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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.

Gin-and-tonics have taken a turn for the better since real quinine tonics, with depth and sweetness, have been bubbling up in bottle shops.

Charlotte’s hopping craft brew scene could soon welcome an addition to the fold: homegrown hard cider.

Kim Crawford Pinot Gris, Marlborough, New Zealand: This lovely Pinot Gris from the same producer is worth trying.

2012 Estancia Chardonnay, Monterey, Calif.: Chardonnay drinkers looking for rich tropical fruit and vanilla flavors will particularly enjoy this offering.

CAVU Blonde Ale: NoDa Brewing’s newest is an acronym for “Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited,” a term co-founder Todd Ford knew from his previous life as a pilot.

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