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Wine & Food Pairing: Corkbuzz

Let me start by saying I know NOTHING about wine.

Like, nothing. Honestly, I don’t even really like it. I know it’s an acquired taste, and I should really suck it up, but I just haven’t gotten into it.

But I’m very curious about it. I watched every episode of Esquire’s Uncorked this year. I have a small list of sommelier documentaries I’m anxious to watch. And I love the way chefs and somms are able to pair specific wines with certain dishes.

So although I prefer beer and cocktails over wine, I was excited to attend the Perfect Pairings Dinner at Corkbuzz with the Charlotte Food Bloggers this month.


This is actually the second food bloggers meet-up I’ve attended but the first I’ve written about (call me lazy.) I love being a member of this organization because of all the talented and passionate people I get to meet. While I focus on discovering and eating all the food in Charlotte, many of these men and women cook, eat, and blog for a living. It’s fun talking food and drink with a group that shares a passion for food in so many different ways.

Corkbuzz, located behind the Whole Foods off Sharon and Fairview, is a beautiful restaurant and wine bar that started in NYC. They are constantly hosting cool events, such as wine dinners and tastings, but I had not visited until this night. And I certainly see what I’ve been missing out on.

We sat in a private dining room and received a two-sided menu. Each list contained the specially-designed dishes we would be served, but there were two separate pairings, a “traditional” and “discovery.” The idea was to give us a taste of what would usually be paired with the food flavors along with an option that branched out from the norm. Pretty cool.

I won’t sit here and tell you what I thought worked best because I really can’t say for sure. However, I DID try all the wine that was poured, and I’ll admit – I liked quite a few of them. Guess it’s never too late to start trying!

Below are the incredible dishes and each of the pairings. Beware of foreign words that I cannot pronounce.

Scallop Noodles (apple, mint, jalapeno, preserved lemon) / Fried Oyster (caviar, cucumber, creme fraiche) / Pickled Shrimp (sea beans, smoked ricotta)

Traditional Pairing: Man o’War Sauvignon Blanc
Discovery Pairing (scallop): Anderson Valley Brewing Co. Briney Melon Gose
Discovery Pairing (oyster): OMB Hornet’s Nest Hefeweizen
Discovery Pairing (shrimp): Benford Brewing Co. World’s Problem Solver American IPA

Veal Tartare (fermented cabbage, turnip, quail egg, cheddar chips)

Traditional Pairing: Grangeneuve les Dames Blances du Sud
Discovery Pairing: Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina Rubentis (wut???)

Corvina Sea Bass (braised radishes, fiddlehead ferns)

Traditional Pairing: Cordero di Montezemolo Arneis
Discovery Pairing: Kurt Darting Pinot Meunier Trocken

Confit Pork Belly (pork tenderloin, nduja, roasted broccoli, gnocchi, parmesan consomme)

Traditional Pairing: Vecchia Torre Primitivo Barocco Reale
Discovery Pairing: Isole e Olena Chardonnay Privata

Avonlea Cloth Bound Cheddar (blueberries, strawberry jam, rosemary toast)

Discovery Pairing: La Perle Mondiale Strong Ale


I love these monthly Charlotte Food Bloggers meet-ups and can’t wait for the next one (or for my next trip to Corkbuzz.) Stay tuned.

This post was created after a complimentary meal from Corkbuzz. All opinions are my own.


5 thoughts on “Wine & Food Pairing: Corkbuzz

  1. Love your recap of the night. I had a blast and it was great meeting you. Until the next one…but we will have to get you to try more wine. Especially red wine.


  2. Lovely review and don’t let wine scare you. I think people in general think wine is a science and get scared with all the “notes” about taste and smell. It should be simple as liking or not liking it. Check out my blog on food and travel when you have time. Cheers

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