Friday, January 24, 2014

Time to grab Wine and Food Weekend tickets

It only happens every two years, so tickets get snapped up fast for the Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend, April 22-26 this year (yes, it's a long weekend).

Since this is the 25th anniversary, it will have even more than usual going on. It will actually start way in advance, with the Feb. 18 Louis Latour Grand Cru Burgundy Tasting. Tickets for that are $195, covering 20 Grand Cru Burgundy wines, all with a minimum rating of 91 points, and Louis-Fabrice Latour will be there for it.

The actual weekend has plenty of events as well, including the popular Vintner's Tasting, Big Bottles & Blues, Wine 101, the 1,000-Point Tasting and more. Wine pairing dinners will be held at 17 restaurants around the city, and this year will include a cooking class by chef Chris Hall of Local Three Kitchen in Atlanta.

And most importantly: This year's festival benefits the family-advocacy program Pat's Place, the Council for Children's Rights, the Second Harvest Backpack Program and Charlotte Concerts, which provides arts programs for children.

Find the full schedule and tickets at