As fun as it is buying a bottle of wine for the sole reason that the label looks cool, getting a taste of it first is the way to go. Better still if you have the chance to do this in the middle of the work week to shake it up a bit. Good thing these following five sipping spots have you covered.

Just don’t forget the seven S’s: See, swirl, sniff, sip, swish, savor and swallow. At least, that’s how I was raised.

Petit Philippe

This wine-meets-decadent-chocolate nook on Selwyn features daily tastings, excluding Monday. The weekday tastings (ranging from $10-$20 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) tend to follow one theme, while the weekend tastings (ranging from $20-$30 Friday, Saturday and Sunday) follow another. Do not leave without a bite of a house-made, artisan chocolate.

2820 Selwyn Ave., #160

Wine and Chocolate

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The Bottle Shop

This wine retail store at the Marriott City Center hosts free wine tastings of reds and whites like red blends and bubbles seven days a week from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Also featured: Stoke Family Ham and Cheese Boards.

100 W. Trade St.

Flatiron Kitchen + Taphouse 

Don’t just sip wine, know wine. Flatiron hosts a “KNOWINE NIGHT” every first Tuesday of the month, packed with wine education and free tastings at 7 p.m. Then, consider sticking around to get a forkful of the dinner menu.

215 S. Main St., Davidson

The Wine Shop

This shop in Dilworth, which was formerly located by Ru San’s with its Wine Station Self-Serve Tasting Machine, hosts free wine tastings every Friday from 5-7 p.m.

911 E. Morehead St., Suite 400

The Wine Vault

The tagline at this University City spot is: “Unlock your inner wino.” That should be simple enough, with tastings each Wednesday that offer six wines for $5, starting at 7 p.m.

9009-l J.M. Keynes Dr.

Photo: John D. Simmons/Charlotte Observer


  1. NICE WORK! But you missed my FAVORITE:

    winestore (mine is in Blakeney but they have a SouthPark location and several more!)
    Tastings on Thursdays and Saturdays.

  2. Crafty Beer Guys does Tues Beer tastings (4 for $5) and Wednesdays is a $5 wine tasting for 4 wines from around the world. Different reps weekly. Bottles are 30% off as featured on the tasting night they are offered.