Beer, Wine & Spirits in Gastonia

$29 for Entry to Bubbly Fest at Bubble Charlotte on Friday, September 26 ($60 Value)

Bubble Charlotte

EpiCentre Charlotte

$60 $29

Guests sample upscale champagne while enjoying music provided by the live DJ

$40 for Sunday Funday Brewery Tour from Charlotte Brewery Tours ($65 Value)

Charlotte Brewery Tours

Charlotte

$65 $40

Aboard a roomy party bus tour-goers travel for 4.5 hours between Charlotte's finest craft-beer breweries, enjoying free samples at each

Winery Tour with Tasting and Cheese Plate, or Craft Beer Flight at Morgan Ridge Vineyards (Up to 53% Off)

Morgan Ridge Vineyards

Morgan

$26 $13

Winemakers Tommy and Amie Baudoin welcome guests to newly built winery with views of charming vineyards and tasty cheese plates.

Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Souvenir Glass at RayLen Vineyards & Winery (Up to 54% Off)

RayLen Vineyards & Winery

Mocksville

$42 $21

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Sample a variety of award-winning wines produced locally in North Carolina

Winery Tour with Tastings, Souvenir Glasses, and Bottles for Two or Four at Treehouse Vineyards (Up to 61% Off)

Treehouse Vineyards

Monroe

$41 $18

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Guides lead tour of winery’s inner workings and ply guests with wine bottles made from local grapes; souvenir glasses to take home

Wine Tasting Packages at Southern Medley Wine Cellar (Up to 49% Off). Two Options Available.

Southern Medley Wine Cellar

Uptown Wadesboro

$27.50 $14

Choose from seven wines produced and bottled onsite; packages include tastings, bottle of wine, and appetizers or desserts

Wine Tasting, Wineglasses, and Cheese Plates at Hilton Vineyard (Up to 44% Off)

Hilton Vineyard

Monroe

$34 $19

Guests can choose 8 wines to sample from a selection of 24 wines

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

$36 $18

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

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

Old Stone Winery

Salisbury

$32 $16

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

$16 for Tour for Two at Stony Mountain Vineyards ($32 Value)

Stony Mountain Vineyards

North Albemarle

$32 $16

Drink in breathtaking views of the Uwharrie Mountains as you sample barrel-aged craft wines

Wine or Craft Beer Tasting for Two at Wine & Beer (Up to 45% Off)

Wine & Beer

Greer

$20 $11

Connoisseurs host regular tastings of from local wineries and breweries, enhanced with weekend karaoke on weekends and family-oriented games

Distillery-Tour Package for Two at Six and Twenty Distillery (Up to 56% Off). Two Options Available.

Six and Twenty Distillery

Powdersville

$20 $9.50

Craft distillers show off the hybrid still they use to make whiskey from wheat, not corn; each tour comes with a choice of souvenirs

$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

$40 $20

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

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

Stony Knoll Vineyards

Dobson

$29 $15

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

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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
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Q&A with the Owner

Has your business won any awards?

Muddy River competed in The Big Sip Cup Drink Expo in Greensboro, North Carolina. We won Best Spirits in 2012 and 2013, first overall in 2013, and 2nd overall in 2012 to beat out many other breweries, wineries, coffee, and tea.

We also won Best Locally Made Spirit in the Best of Charlotte Awards by "Creative Loafing" Magazine in October 2013.

Do you adhere to any sustainable or eco-friendly practices?

Yes?Muddy River Distillery recycles the water used to cool down our stills to make our mash. We're glad we can reuse the water and not waste it.

1500 River Drive Ste 100
Belmont,
NC
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Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill pays a deep resemblance to the kind of farm one might have visited during a fall field trip, with trees laden with ripening apples ready to be plucked. But, take a turn in the orchard and you'll encounter the piney scent of something else entirely: towering Cascade hop plants. The fresh juice that flows from the apple presses ferments for six months, emerging as mildly bubbly hard cider or accidental alcoholic applesauce. Concoctions infused with strawberries, peaches, and fragrant spices spill from bottles and taps, pairing with sugar-dusted cider donuts.

1860 Black Hwy
York,
SC
US

A new player on Charlotte's vibrant culinary scene, El Camino greets diners with a menu of fresh, scratch-made Tex-Mex dishes that are as innovative as they are family-friendly. Meals often start with the kitchen's signature guacamole, which contains traditional ingredients—hand-smashed avocados, fresh tomatoes, and cilantro—but with a creative addition of roasted peppers. Warm flour tortillas play triple duty; they envelop spinach and cheese to create quesadillas, hold unusual fixings, such as fried chicken or beef brisket, inside half a dozen taco varieties, and wrap themselves around nine kinds of overstuffed burritos. The El Camino kitchen prepares north-of-the-border specialties as well, including Cowboy Burgers topped with pepper jack cheese and a West Texas chili made with five varieties of peppers.

1600 Montford Dr
Charlotte,
NC
US

In addition to the sense of perseverance and accomplishment that comes with finishing a 5K, the organizers of the Bacon Chase have added another incentive: bacon. During their two races?the 5K Piggy Pilgrimage, which is a traditional 5K, and the 0.05K Blitz to Bacon, which is a 164-foot sprint?runners can munch on unlimited bacon bits before feasting on unlimited amounts of bacon at the finish line. Runners 21 and older can wash down the savory strips of bacon with a bloody mary, and all runners get a Bacon Chase T-shirt and a signature bacon-scented bib. The festival opens at 8 a.m. and features many bacon-themed activities, plus music.

The festive day serves a greater purpose, too. Attendees will be able to register to become a St. Jude Hero, raise money for St. Jude Children?s Research Hospital, or both.

301 East 7th Street
Charlotte,
NC
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Sisters and native Charlotteans Neha Negandhi and Monika Shah didn?t let respective stints in Seattle and Alaska keep them away from their hometown arts scene. Inspired by similar BYOB painting sessions seen during their travels, they harnessed their diverse experiences with event management and Alaskan train tours to open their own studio, where they encourage students of all artistic levels to tap into their inimitable creativity just as they did. Joined by an impressive cast of local artists, the sisters unfurl a calendar stocked with a barrage of painting options, allowing students to portray a sailboat with an impressionistic mast or a seahorse wearing a gilded saddle.

1308 The Plaza
Charlotte,
NC
US