Kickoff Event Presented by Wells Fargo - Laura Catena Comes to Charlotte
Born in Mendoza, Argentina, Laura graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and has a Medical Doctor degree from Stanford University. Laura combines a strong science background with a passion for her family winery. She is currently managing director of Bodega Catena Zapata and her own Luca Wines in Mendoza, as well as a practicing pediatric Emergency Medicine physician in San Francisco.
Laura has been called the “face” of Argentine wine. She has traveled the globe to lecture about Argentine wines and viticulture and has been an invited speaker at the American Society of Wine Educators, Decanter Fine Wine Encounter, The Smithsonian and the Vancouver Playhouse among others. Now she's coming to Charlotte and here's your chance to get in on the fun.
2017 Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend - Save The Date's coming soon!
Fall Favorites Dinner
On Monday, November 7th, Bank of America and CWFW Chairman David Furr treated the guests to their favorite wine and food. Overlooking Charlotte's skyline in the Bank of America Corporate Dining Room, David's generous wine donation paired with an exquisite menu prepared by Bank of America's chefs made for a spectacular evening. We raised over $30,000!
2016 Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend - $430,000 Donated!!
The Weekend schedule kicked off with in-home dinners at the homes of some of Charlotte’s most generous benefactors. Winemakers and chefs from around the world entertained guests at the intimate dinners. Charlotte’s Largest Dinner Party was held on Thursday evening at 16 of Charlotte’s best restaurants paired with wineries.
The Grand Tasting Tent on Friday and Saturday was a new event this year aiming to bring new wine and food lovers to the Weekend. The two sessions in Romare Bearden Park were formatted as casual walk-about tastings and featured wineries, local craft breweries, food vendors, and demonstrations. The annual premier tastings, such as the 1,000 Point Tasting, were held on Friday and Saturday at Ruth’s Chris Uptown.
The sold-out Grand Gala & Auction was held on Friday evening under the tent in Romare Bearden Park. Overlooking the Charlotte skyline, the guests enjoyed a silent auction, a seated, multi-course dinner with wine pairings, and a live auction.
Because of our generous donors, sponsors, winemakers, distributors, restaurants and chefs, we were able to donate $430,000 to our five children's charities.
2016 Wells Fargo Kickoff Event Featuring Eric Solomon
The 2016 Charlotte Wine & Food Kickoff Dinner was held again at One Wells Fargo Center and our rockstar wine host this past year was Eric Solomon. Eric Solomon is a wine importer and founder of European Cellars, a Charlotte-based company celebrating its 25th year in business. He has made discovering the next best wine his life's work. Robert Parker once said, "The name of Eric Solomon on a bottle of wine is synonymous with high quality." The Wells Fargo Executive Dining Room chefs prepared a delicious multi-course meal with Eric's wine pairings. After dinner, a live auction occurred with all proceeds benefiting our children's charities.
Latour Grand Tasting Event & Dinner
On October 20, 2015, Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend welcomed Louis-Fabrice Latour to Charlotte for a guided tasting of 18 Premier Cru and Grand Cru Classé wines, including an exclusive preview of the 2013 vintage. Some of the wines were yet to be released to the public and all were direct from their caves in France. Following the tasting, a sparkling reception and dinner was held featuring additional Latour wines, including some older vintages. Guests enjoyed some of the finest white and red Burgundies in the world with Louis-Fabrice Latour himself while helping us raise money for our children's charities.
Ornellaia Retrospective Tasting and Dinner in New York City
A Tenuta dell'Ornellaia retrospective wine tasting, given by some very generous donors, went for $70,000 at our Wells Fargo kickoff dinner in January and turned into a road trip to NYC on May 19, 2015 at New York Vintners. Attended by Tenuta dell'Ornellaia winemaker, Axel Heinz, and Frescobaldi CEO, Giovanni Geddes, a 20-year retrospective tasting of Ornellaia and dinner was enjoyed by 25 supporters--a historic wine event never performed on this continent. Because of the generosity of the attendees, another $16,700 was raised that night to nourish the kids in Charlotte.
Big Bottle & Blues in Founders Hall
Big Bottles & Blues 2015, held on Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend’s (CWFW) off-year, took place on the evening of May 9, 2015, in Founders Hall in Uptown Charlotte. The wine tasting and auction event, which benefited local children’s charities, featured over 40 wineries, 18 impressive live auction items, dozens of silent auction packages, and live music. Over 300 charitable guests attended, and just under $200,000 was raised for the five benefiting charities.
Wells Fargo Kickoff Event featuring Ornellaia Wine
This special evening kicked off Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend's 26th year of raising money for children's charities. The dinner was held on January 28, 2015, atop One Wells Fargo Center. Wells Fargo sponsored the dinner and their Executive Dining Room chefs developed a four-course menu paired with the fine Italian wine Ornellaia. Ornellaia is Italy's answer to first growth Bordeaux and we were honored they chose this event as their only trip to America this year. Aston Martin/Maserati of Charlotte sponsored the Champagne reception in which the guests enjoyed Pommery Champagne. Over $140,000 was raised in the live auction for our children's charities.