Beer, Wine & Spirits in Chapel Hill

$12 for a Saturday Tour Package with Tasting at The Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Company ($29 Value)

The Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Company

Durham

Tour a 1,300-square-foot facility that makes krupnikas, a traditional Lithuanian spiced-honey liqueur

$29 $12

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Brewery Tour for Two with Beer Tasting, Stickers, and Take-Home Pint Glasses at Gizmo Brew Works (64% Off)

Gizmo Brew Works

Umstead

Tours uncover brewery methods; beer pints and take-home pint glasses preserve the memory

$22 $8

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Beer Flights, Pint Glasses, and Coozies for Two or Four at Lonerider Brewing Company (47% Off)

Lonerider Brewing Company

Raleigh

Sip flights of award-winning Wild West–themed ales, such as Peacemaker pale ale, Shotgun Betty hefeweizen, and Sweet Josie brown ale

$30 $16

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Brewery Tour or Sunday Tasting for Two at Aviator Brewing Company (Up to 55% Off)

Aviator Brewing Company

Fuquay-Varina

A tour guide elucidates each step of the beer-making process while navigating a brewery; tasting includes pint glasses and aviator hat

$38 $17

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Winery tasting with Cheese Plate and Take-Home Wine for Two or Four at Gregory Vineyards (Up to 47% Off)

Gregory Vineyards

McGee's Crossroad

Outings illuminate winemaking with tours and tastings of wines produced from 12 acres of muscadine grapes

$34 $18

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Packages for Two or Four to Harvest Party on October 4 at Annefield Vineyards (50% Off)

Annefield Vineyards

Saxe

Packages include admission, hand-rolled cigar "experiences," two drink tickets per person, and souvenir wine-tasting glasses

$188 $94

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Tasting for Two or Four with Snacks and Take-Home Glasses at Hinnant Family Vineyards (Up to 52% Off)

Hinnant Family Vineyards

Pine Level

In 40 years, vineyard has had time to grow 87 acres of muscadine grapes that have been turned into wines, some as old as the vineyard itself

$47.49 $23

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Entry and Souvenir Wineglasses for Two or Four at SoVA Wine Fest on October 25 (44% Off)

SoVA Wine Trail

Southern Virginia Wine Region

Sample more than 60 varieties of wine alongside specialty foods while enjoying live music on the front lawn of The Berry Hill Resort

$70 $39

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Eight-Sample Wine Tasting with Souvenir Glass and Snack for Two or Four at Cauble Creek Vineyard (Up to 53% Off)

Cauble Creek Vineyard

Locke

Guests explore the grounds of a 36-acre vineyard after sampling eight wines

$36 $18

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Wine-Tasting Package for Two or Four with Hand-Crafted NC Cheese at Old Stone Winery (50% Off)

Old Stone Winery

Salisbury

Each session includes one glass of wine per person, one take-home wine glass per person, and a sampling of handcrafted local cheese

$32 $16

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Wine Tasting with Souvenir Glass for Two or Four with Pedal-Kart Rentals at Lu Mil Vineyard (Up to 58% Off)

Lu Mil Vineyard

Dublin

Tasters sample vineyard's wares before exploring the 58-acre grounds by pedal-kart

$26 $12

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Brewery Tour for 2, 4, or Up to 16 with Glasses, Beer Flights, and Bombers at Beer Army (Up to 49% Off)

Beer Army

Trenton

Active-duty Marine and brewer considers it his duty to bring craft-beer culture to eastern North Carolina and raise money for local causes

$36.39 $20

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$20 for a Wine Tasting for Two with Bottle of Wine and Hat or Tumbler at Grassy Creek Vineyard ($40 Value)

Grassy Creek Vineyard

State Road

Yadkin Valley winery provides tastings for pairs, along with a logo hat or insulated wine tumbler and a bottle of one of its creations

$40 $20

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Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tour for Two, Four, or Six at Stony Knoll Vineyards (Up to 50% Off)

Stony Knoll Vineyards

Dobson

Winery nestled in the Blue Ridge foothills with a tasting room that overlooks more than 48 acres of crops

$29 $15

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Though Stony Knoll Vineyards' first harvest didn't take place until 2002, the winery's 48 acres of cropland have been part of the Coe family since 1896, making it a North Carolina Century Farm. For most of that time, the land yielded tobacco, but now, under winemaker Lynn Crouse, its two vineyards grow grapes for 12 wines. That selection ranges from two cabernet francs to the signature SKV Plantation White, a dessert wine fashioned from handpicked chardonnay grapes.

Samples abound inside Stony Knoll's tasting room, which is nestled high in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, overlooking the scenic vines below. Elsewhere on the picturesque estate, Stony Knoll hosts weddings and overnight guests in its Wine Lodge. The lodge, which was built in 1860, was originally a rural homestead, but it now offers modern amenities for its guests, including a two-person jacuzzi and flat-screen TVs.

1143 Stony Knoll Rd
Dobson,
NC
US

Studio 91’s elegant gallery space and boutique wine selections combine the passionate products of both artists and vintners, regaling the eye with fine art and the palate with fine wine from family-owned vineyards. Budding oenophiles get to tipple a 3-ounce tasting from a batch of four boutique wines, served in a combination of either two white wines and two red, one white and three reds, or all reds. To match each sip with sustenance, Studio 91's servers will raid the Mouse King’s treasury and bring forth a cheese plate of gourmet brie, aged sonoma jack cheddar, sliced apples, olives, walnuts, and fresh bread. Gourmet chocolate toffee almond truffles, accompanied by fresh raspberries and whipped cream, dance out with the last glass of red wine. The Studio 91 crew's guidance for properly tasting a vino will sharpen your senses to such nuanced flavors as black currant and democracy.

1201 Raleigh Rd
Chapel Hill,
NC
US

Six Plates Wine Bar minimizes customers’ food indecision with a concise menu that pairs six upscale small plates with six wines by the glass. Despite the menu's diminutive size, there's no lack of variety—the foodies in the kitchen constantly swap out dishes to make use of as many local ingredients as possible, while a clipboard bears a list of more than 150 wines, and 30 beers, sold by the bottle. Mentioned in the New York Times for its use of local food, Six Plates Wine Bar puts an upscale take on comfort foods with its plates, which are about half the size of a traditional entree.

Six Plates Wine Bar's resident wine lover, Matthew Beason, curates a wine list that hails from around the globe—from behind the bar, he'll recount the tale of his first wine love, a 1995 JL Chave Hermitage Blanc that broke his heart when it eloped with a bottle of Boone’s Farm. Each glass romances tongues beneath crystal-drenched chandeliers in the warmly lit dining room, where eclectically framed vintage photos and mirrors share space on exposed brick and deep-amber walls. Diners can recline on red-upholstered armchairs, at the bar, or at intimate, candlelit tables flanked by backed barstools.

2812 Erwin Rd
Durham,
NC
US

The chefs at El Rincon Mexican Restaurant create Mexican specialties such as enchiladas with mole poblano sauce, pork chops slathered with a green hot sauce, and sincronizada—a grilled tortilla sandwich stuffed with chicken or beef and cheese and served with sliced jalapeños and avocado slices. Guests pair these eats with libations from the full bar, including imported Mexican beer such as Bohemia and Tecate bottles and Negra Modelo drafts. After concluding meals with fried ice cream, patrons can head over to the eatery’s game room for some foosball and pool.

3808 Guess Rd.
Durham,
NC
US

With the fountain chortling pleasantly in the background and the sun soaking into the fertile ground, it's easy to lose track of time at Vineyards at Southpoint. The glasses of handcrafted wines probably don't help much, either. In addition to shipping varietals to wine-club members, the vineyards offer weekly and special-event tastings, so guests can sip award-winning vintages while taking in the beautiful scenery.

8913 Nc Highway 751
Durham,
NC
US

Judging by his daring attitude toward fusion cuisine, head chef Michael Schiffer probably tried to fry the rule book before throwing it out the window. He founded Maximillian's Grill in 1991 with humble aspirations: it would be a 32-seat pizza restaurant where guests could enjoy quiet meals. In four months, however, he had amassed magazine awards and a clientele that would line up outside the restaurant for an hour before he opened the doors. They were there, waiting patiently, to see what delicious fusion food would sail out of the kitchen that night?Michael hand wrote a new menu every day and often invented new dishes on the spot, fusing Italian flavors with creole and Asian influences.

Unfortunately, in 1998, a fire closed Max?s for good. Though he and his wife Gayle later opened a gourmet deli, it wasn?t until 2001 that they opened Max?s once again, this time in a roomier location with high ceilings, soft light, and tinted windows. The new joint even has a wine bar in the back separated from the dining room by a partition.

In the kitchen, Michael devises fresh takes on fusion cuisine while holding onto many of the dishes that made Max?s famous, classics as the grilled caesar salad?prepped by grilling the actual lettuce?and the peppercorn-encrusted Voodoo tuna. Michael has also archived his old menus on the restaurant's webpage, viewing them as a timeline for his culinary evolution and a way to remember how to spell "bouillabaisse."

8314 Chapel Hill Rd
Cary,
NC
US