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Valentine wine tastings in Charlotte

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Charlotte restaurants and wine shops plan special events during the Valentine's Day time frame to help you find the perfect wine for your romantic day, or just put you in the mood for romance with a wine-based buzz.

Sparkling Wine Tasting
Gallery Restaurant at the Ballantyne Hotel
Friday, February 7
6 p.m.
Sample a variety of Valentine-worthy sparkling wines. Wine tastings are held twice a month at the Ballantyne.
$25 per person, includes souvenir wine glass.
Reservations suggested. Call 704-248-4100.
www.theballantynehotel.com

Love at First Sip (Wines for your Valentine)
Total Wine (4 locations: Myers Park, Ballantyne, University, Huntersville)
Friday, February 7, 4 to 7 p.m.and
Saturday, February 8, noon to 6 p.m.
Drop-by free tasting on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons features a different theme each weekend. On Valentine's weekend, Feb. 14 & 15, explore "Around the World Wines" at Total.
Free, no reservations required.
www.totalwine.com

Founder's Hall High Scoring Spanish Red Wine Tasting
Founder's Hall
Tuesday, February 11
6 to 7 p.m.
Try 21 wines from Spain selected by the experts at The Wine Vault. Aria, also located in Founder's Hall is offering its Restaurant Week 3 course $30 menu for the night.
$20 per person.
Reservations: 704-548-9463
www.headwino.com

Grower Champagne Tasting
Vin Master Wine Shop
Tuesday, February 11
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Rick Bowman from Bordeaux Fine and Rare leads a tasting of six grower champagnes made by the farmers themselves, including Aube, Vallee de la Marne, Montaigne de Reims, Cote des Blancs, Vintage and Rose.
$20.
704-307-5565
www.thevinmaster.com

Pre Valentine Free Wine Tasting
Grape and Barley (Gastonia)
Wednesday, February 12
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Guitarist John White will entertain at this free event. Grape and Barley hosts numerous free tastings each month. The next is the regular Saturday Sip to Sample, 2 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 15, with two wines and one brew available to sample.
Free, no reservations required
704-864-2718
www.grapeandbarley.com

Wine Wishes and Sweet Dreams - Valentines Tasting Affair
Wine Me Down Events
Veterans Park
Thursday, February 13, 2014
6 to 9 p.m.
Sample 20 different wines, plus appetizers, cheese pairings, desserts and chocolates.
(704) 678-2339
www.winemedown.com

Un-Wine With Us!
Healthy Home Market (South End)
Saturday, February 22
1 to 4 p.m.
Wines from national and regional vendors, plus brews from Mother Earth Brewing Company in Kinston, NC, paired with tasty bites and treats from local vendors.
Free, no reservations required.
www.hemarket.com

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