Davidson Wine Shop opens
Monday, Apr. 07, 2014

Davidson Wine Shop opens

JOE MARUSAK - jmarusak@charlotteobserver.com
Owner Robin Gardner open Davidson Wine Shop on March 21.
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    The shop is at 130 South Village Lane, Suite D, Davidson; 704-997-2876; www.davidsonwineshop.com; and on Facebook.

When Robin Gardner decided to open her first wine shop in Davidson’s arts district on March 21, she made sure to stock it with wines you won’t find in local grocery stores.

Gardner features small estate wines from around the world at her Davidson Wine Shop in the South Main Square complex off South Main Street. Those, after all, are the wines she’s always enjoyed.

They’re also affordable, she said, with about half her offerings selling for $12.99 to $17.99 and the other half from $20 to $35. A tempranillo from Spain is $9.99 and a cabernet sauvignon from Chile that received 90 points from Wine Spectator magazine is $13.99.

The interior decor is “French countryside rustic,” she said, with the all re-purposed furniture reflecting the shop’s arts district setting. The tasting table bar came from Custom Rustic Designs of Salisbury.

Davidson Wine Shop hosts $10 tastings 5-7 p.m. Fridays. Gardner also plans a charity tasting once a month, with part of the proceeds benefiting a local charity. The Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson will receive $150 from the first charity tasting held March 21.

Wine is served by the bottle and glass during regular store hours of 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The shop also sells wine accessories, Lolita glasses and chocolates from Videri Chocolate Factory in Raleigh.

Davidson Wine Shop also will have picnic baskets patrons can take to the town’s Concerts on the Green series that begins on April 27. The baskets will have wine from the shop and Italian cheeses, bruschetta and bread or crackers from the nearby Campania Italian Cafe & Trattoria. The baskets can be recycled and used again for each concert.

Gardner is a former writer with the Independent Tribune in Concord who’s long had a passion for wine and the dream of opening a wine shop.

After her husband, Al, temporarily retired from Charlotte radio broadcasting last year, the couple toured such wine regions as Napa Valley and Paso Robles, Calif., and noted wine regions of Oregon and Washington State.

Al Gardner hosted “Charlotte’s Morning News” on WBT-AM (1110) for 14 years before leaving at the end of 2011. In December 2013, he returned as a Monday co-host on WZGV-AM (“ESPN” 730).

The couple lives in Charlotte’s Highland Creek community off Eastfield Road.

Robin Gardner said she considered various Charlotte area locales for her first venture in the world of wines.

“I wanted a place that was community-oriented, where people could just come and talk,” she said.

Davidson, she said, was that perfect place.

Marusak: 704-358-5067; Twitter: @jmarusak

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