CHARLOTTE, N.C.—The Bottle Shop, which opened in December 2016, is a posh yet approachable boutique wine outlet that’s quickly becoming Uptown Charlotte’s preferred wine locale.
Open daily, the Bottle Shop is stocked with wines for every palate. Roughly 120 global selections are offered, ranging from crowd pleasers to hard-to-find labels. Some favorites include Del Dotto’s 2009 Cinghiale Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Calif.; Azelia’s 2012 Barolo from Piedmont, Italy; and Domaine du Vieux Lazaret’s 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape from Rhône Valley, France. With North Carolina’s budding wine industry, the shop also offers locally sourced choices, like Jones Von Drehle’s 2012 Petit Verdot and Shelton’s 2014 Riesling from Yadkin Valley.
Patrons can enjoy nightly complimentary tastings, allowing them to explore the vast world of wine in a comfortable setting. Cheese and charcuterie are also served from the on-premise dining destination Stoke, which was recently named one of best new restaurants of 2016 by USA Today and Charlotte magazine. Each tasting features two wines with a common theme, like California vs. Oregon Pinot Noir, American sparklers, North Carolina wines, White vs. Red Blends, and Chardonnays from different regions.
Hotel guests and locals alike are free to purchase a bottle and to enjoy it anywhere in the hotel’s public spaces, such as Stoke and the Coco & The Director coffee house—with no corkage, or they may enjoy the wine in the comfort of their rooms—a great alternative to room-service markups. Taking a bottle to go or having a case shipped home is an option too.