The Corkscrew is a coffee shop & wine bar located on the ground floor of the Vue Apartments Tower in Charlotte. They have two locations and offer more than 30 wines by the glass at both establishments. In this post, I talk about our overall experience at their uptown venue; all opinions are mine alone.
My husband and I have been together for 15 years (married for 6 of them), so when it comes to date night we’re typically looking for a place that’s simultaneously approachable and relaxing. At Corkscrew Wine Bar, you’ll find an atmosphere and vibe that are the perfect hybrid of laid back meets sophisticated. Its a place where guests can look forward to the finer things in life without the hefty price tag.
The uptown location currently boasts 389 wines by the bottle (bonus: with no corkage fee), 30 beers on rotation and a private-club collection of liquor. Their beers are selected seasonally, ensuring that guests have options for the newest brews from local and national distributors.
Upon arrival, we decided to go for the “liquor before wine and you’ll be fine” motto. My husband had a Knob Creek on the rocks and I opted for a scratch-made mocktail that the bartender whipped up just for me (we’re still in baby-bump mode over here).
During our little happy hour, my date and I found a cozy spot next to the wine wall. We were given a couple of menus and perused our way through their selection. It was only obvious that we needed to go for a signature cheese and charcuterie platters, so we started our evening with the Chef’s Tasting Board.
This tray of deliciousness comes with assorted cured meats and cheeses that are hand-selected by the Chef. Because each board is personalized, they will vary slightly each time you order one. However, standard accompaniments include fresh fruits, toasted crostini and seasonal garnishes.
For reference, ours included the following (clockwise above): Manchego, Applewood Smoked Duck Breast, Clothbound Aged Cheddar, Wild Boar Salami, Creamy Danish Havarti, Jamón Serrano Ham, Drunkin’ Tomatoes, Angry Cucumbers, Dried Cranberries, Grapes, Local Honey Comb and Fig Jam.
Corkscrew Wine Bar also has a full menu for those who would also like to join them for dinner. Their list of options range from hearty sandwiches with chips and pickles, specialty flatbreads, delicate salads and bistro-style small plates.
Our main course was paired with a California Pinot called “The Path”. Make sure to try it next time you’re in the mood for a well-balanced red wine.
In addition to their savory tapas, Corkscrew Wine Bar also offers hand-made chocolate truffles in six flavors. As soon as we spied the little drops of sweetness on their menu, we immediately ordered one of each variety. They are made locally by Charissa Cassinelli (who actually manages their Birkdale location), which is a nice touch. Rich, semi-soft and utterly delicious… it was the perfect way to finish our foodie wine date.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Corkscrew Wine Bar and would recommend this establishment to anyone looking for a guaranteed good time. They host live music on on Friday and Saturday nights and special tastings throughout the week.
Corkscrew Wine Bar is located at 412 W. 5th Street in Charlotte, NC.
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