The Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend is so big, it takes two years to hold it.
The next festival isn’t until April 26-May 1, 2016, but this year, they’re going to kick it off by holding the biggest event, Big Bottles & Blues, on May 9 in Founders Hall uptown.
Expect 100 wines for sampling, a live and silent auction, music (blues, of course) and several ticket levels. Some of the wineries represented: Krupp Brothers, Darioush, Silver Oak, Emmolo and DoubleBack.
There are several ticket levels, geared to different groups:
▪ Icons of Italy Dinner, $250, is a VIP package including a multicourse dinner at Aria Tuscan Grill before the event.
▪ Wine Lover’s, $125, standard admission to Big Bottles & Blues.
▪ Young Aficionados, $75, is geared at wine lovers who are younger than 35 and includes tutorials to guide them through figuring out what they like.
For tickets and details about the whole festival: www.charlottewineandfood.org or call 704-338-9463 (WINE).