More than just wine.
I am very impressed with Corkbuzz and can’t wait to go back! You may think about coming here just for wine, but they have a very delicious menu as well. I previously had the same thoughts, yet I was very impressed with how out of the box some of their menu choices were. The food options are well thought out and they do a great job of helping match wines to pair with your food, which is always a plus!
You should also know that they do regular wine tasting classes, wine 101, champagne 101, wines from different regions (France, Australia) and much more. They can even source a wine for you. For example, if you are celebrating a memory from Tuscany, they can source a Tuscan wine to try to reciprocate what you are celebrating – how romantic!?. They also have great private rooms for events. I came in with the Charlotte Food Bloggers group and it was absolutely perfect for a group and having private and individualized attention.
We started with a trio of scallop noodles, fried oysters and pickled shrimp. All which were amazing, but I particularly loved the creativity of the scallop noodles, which were served with apple, mint, jalapeno and lemon seasoning. The flavors were perfect together, and not too strong. They even paired a beer with each, with was a creative twist. When you think of seafood, you typically think white wine. The beer gave a different flavor profile that was equally refreshing.
We next tried the veal tartare, a different twist on the typical tartare. It was served with fermented cabbage, turnips and a quail egg, with a side of cheddar chips. The tartare was so flavorful, and I love the bitterness that the fermented cabbage added. The cheddar chips were unbelievable – thin and delicate, while full of flavor. AND YES TO THE CHEDDAR. They were so addictive.
One of my favorite dishes was the confit pork belly, which was served with pork tenderloin, roasted broccoli and gnocci. The combination of pork belly with pork tenderloin gave a unique contrast and the two cuts of pork almost tasted like two different meats. The gnocci was some of the best I’ve ever tasted. It was so chewy, cheesy and flavorful. I could eat it by the bowlful every day.
We also tried a unique twist on dessert – an avonlea cloth bound piece of cheddar cheese, served with blueberries, strawberry jam and rosemary toast. I’m usually a cake or ice cream girl – I like really sweet – but this dessert won me over for its more savory side. The rosemary toast was out of this world. It just went perfectly well with the cheese. I would even order this as an appetizer.
Overall, I was very impressed with Corkbuzz’s creative use of ingredients and flavors, and they have a very knowledeable team. I believe they have 2 or 3 sommeliers, including one of only 33 female sommeliers in the world. You’ll find what you’re looking for and more here, it’s definitely MUCH MORE than just a place for happy hour wine and cheese. Check out their food menus next time you are in and you will agree!
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