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2012 Black Slate Porrera, Priorat, Spain: Eric Solomon is known for making really delicious wines, often at very approachable prices.
Benjamin Romeo makes a cult favorite wine, Contador, that sells for hundreds of dollars. This far more affordable offering is awfully good, and at a more approachable price. Deep in color with deep fruit flavors, lovers of big reds will find this an almost addictive bottle. Catherine Rabb
For many, the end of one year and the beginning of another is to be celebrated only with champagne. But what better to celebrate with here in Charlotte than beer? Fortunately, you can do just that at several beer-centric New Year’s Eve parties.
2012 Selby Merlot, Sonoma Coast.
2012 Little James’ Basket Press, France; at The Vintner Wine Market, Arboretum.
2012 Stuhlmuller Chardonnay, Alexander Valley: Wine pro Abby Johnson with Foxcroft Wine Co. really enjoys this wine.
Some local breweries have grown into larger spaces, while others prefer to stay on a nano level.
The new brewery at 4150 Yancey Road in Charlotte opens to the public at 11 a.m. Friday. The grand opening, with live music and a dozen beers on tap, goes until 11 Friday night.
2013 Chateau Pesquie, Terrasses, France: Brian DuBois recommends this lovely, affordable rosé.
Marques de Caceras, Rioja, Spain; and Matchbook Rose of Tempranillo, Dunnigan Hills, Calif.