Food & Drink

Charlotte-area food notes

Dry is available in Charlotte-area markets.
Dry is available in Charlotte-area markets.

Forecast: Dry, with botanical flavors

Looking to trim a few calories and a little sugar out of holiday-cocktail season? Dry Sparkling is a new line of clear sparkling water in vivid flavors: Blood Orange, Vanilla Bean, Rhubarb, Rainier Cherry, Lavender, Juniper Berry, Cucumber and Ginger. Use them plain or as mixers; they have 45 to 70 calories per 12-ounce serving. They cost $1.49-$1.99 for 12-ounce cans or bottles, $5.99-$7.99 for four-packs and $6.99 for 750 ml bottles (lavender, ginger or cucumber only in that size). Look for them at Common Market, Target, Earth Fare, Fresh Market and Bi-Lo.

High-tech weight-loss help for kids

Kids and teens who struggle with weight issues are the target for Kurbo, a new smartphone food and fitness tracker based on Stanford University’s pediatric weight control program. Instead of focusing on calories, it uses red, yellow and green lights for food choices, sets fitness goals, and includes live coaching via phone, video and text. The app works on iOs (iPhone and iPad) and Android system. The program is subscription-based: $75 per month, $180 for three months or $240 for six months. Details:

New spot for Wine Shop Dilworth

The Wine Shop Dilworth is ready to pop the corks on its new location. Located at 911 E. Morehead St., next to Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, the new space includes a 12-wine WineStation Tasting Machine, Wine Goddess classes and temperature-controlled wine storage. Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays; closed Sundays.