Around the World with Swissgear – Charlotte Wine & Food Edition

Food & Wine Festival, Charlotte, North Carolina

The Queen – A Diverse Cultural Hub

Welcome to the Queen City, where food, art, and live entertainment intersects inside a diverse cultural hub. And those looking to experience that Charlotte zest all at once would be remiss not to attend the Wine & Food Week in Charlotte, North Carolina. Taking place from April 22 to April 25th, 2020, this event was designed to attract a cornucopia of wine enthusiasts. Whether you’re a weekend sipper or a connoisseur with enough acumen to cultivate your own winery, this festival offers something for everyone. Along with the Wine & Food Week, the city also offers a bevy of attractions and landmarks tucked into its neighborhoods. Head to this budding metro, prepared ahead of time with your smart Swissgear bags in tow. Explore what lies behind the appeal of Charlotte, carrying a slimline city pack and a smart carry-on luggage.

Sip and Sample the Finest Wines

The main act of this grand spectacle is (you guessed it right) the wine. Swirl sweet, bitter, fruity and chocolate notes in a harmonious marriage before taking a sip from your flute. Whether you prefer sweet and robust or dry and tangy, the selection of over 100 wines set to be on display during Charlotte’s Wine & Food Week will hit all the right notes. Peruse this year’s schedule to purchase tickets for wine tastings and throughout the week and learn from renowned vintners and sommeliers about some of your favorite bottle labels. To top it off, bidders will have the chance to compete for coveted wines via mobile and silent auctions.

Luggage to Protect your Essentials

Pack for Your Trip to Charlotte – Swissgear 7272 19” USB Energie Expandable Carry On

But before you can wedge your way into an acclaimed tasting, it’s time to start packing for your trip to Charlotte. Choose the Swissgear 7272 19” USB Energie Expandable Carry On luggage to protect your essentials from departure to your return. Engineered from tough German Makrolon® Polycarbonate, this stylish hardside case comes in a variety of monochromatic colorways and embeds clever functionality to keep you going no matter what. Hook your drained smartphone, laptop or iPad to the back USB port while on-the-go and organize your toiletries and clothes inside its multi-pocketed interior. Nestle everything your need plus more, courtesy of a nifty expandable compartment, and bypass luggage check-in lines.

Once you’ve packed your cocktail and casual attire in the 7272 carry-on, you’re ready to create an itinerary to navigate the week’s festivities. With your contemporary carry-on in tow, resume your way to one of the countries most revered Wine & Food Festival editions.
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Taste the Food Defining Charlotte’s Culinary Scene

Aside from the ambrosia spirits, the culinary events pair local delicacies with tastings, combining sweet and savory tastes. Book reservations at restaurant vintner dinners hosted by the likes of Ruth’s Chris Steak House ft Bodega Catena Zapata and Reid’s Fine Foods SouthPark ft Guillaume Gonnet Vigneron. Each dinner is hosted by expert winemakers and industry professionals and will include a menu designed by some of the area’s top chefs. Mingle with wine lovers from all over the world while tasting traditional southern dishes with a contemporary twist.

To close out the function, the best and most exclusive dinner rendezvous is saved for last. Limited to only 70 guests and hosted by Master Somm Laura Maniec-Fiorvanti, the Grand Finale: 1000-Point Tasting & Winemaker Honoree Dinner will feature a tasting of ten 100-point rated wines and the acclaimed 99-point rated Purlieu. Moderated by Charlotte’s Wine & Food Week’s 2020 Winemaker Honoree Julien Fayard, experience Fayard’s most coveted creations from his Napa Valley vineyard: Covert and Purlieu.

Following the tasting, attendees are set to accompany the moderators for a tour through Uptown Charlotte and later a breathtaking multi-course dinner atop the Barings’ building inside its state-of-the-art Sky Room. Savor a selection of small plates to indulgent main courses as a surreal sunset paint the backdrop of this farewell soiree.

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Things to Do in Charlotte During Wine and Food Week

Organize Your Essentials Inside the 1651 City Pack Backpack

Though Wine & Food Week is punctuated by a bevvy of events, in between tastings and excusive dinners, venture into Charlotte and discover what the city has to offer on your own. Before you sightsee in the city, organize your essentials inside the 1651 City Pack Backpack in Noir Satin/Raffia Teal. This slimline silhouette features a front organizer compartment for your smartphone, snacks, and shades and a deep main compartment with a tablet pocket. Quickly reach for bank cards, ID, and smaller items and pack a light layer, your iPad, and books in the center compartment. Ergonomic straps and a plush Airflow back panel ensures a light and airy journey.

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Five Best Things to do in Charlotte

Now that your daypack is ready, follow a full-day’s itinerary to some of the city’s top landmarks.

  • Little Sugar Creek Greenway is a nature-lover’s paradise. Consisting of a network of trails, pathways, parks, and streams, this lush park winds through the city from Cordelia Park to Uptown. Perfect for bikers, runners, and a tranquil stroll, this park is great for winding down or for an early-bird jumpstart.
  • NASCAR Hall of Fame is a popular local attraction for NASCAR enthusiasts. Peruse the Hall of Fame and experience interactive racing simulators as well as learn the history of some of your favorite iconic drivers. Constructed to resemble a racetrack, this state-of-the-art tech venue intertwines the thrill of racing with the heritage of NASCAR.
  • Take a Brewery Tour in the home of more than four dozen breweries. Choose from a plethora of brewery tours, such as the Charlotte Brews Cruise, Brew Ha-Ha Tours, and Charlotte CycleBoats, and revel in scenic neighborhoods as well as your favorite artisan brew.
  • Amèlie’s French Bakery & Cafè is a Charlotte staple. With a quirky ambience, its authentic French menu offers creamy lattes and flaky croissants that transports you into an actual Parisian café. Grab at snack or lunch at this cultural landmark and bask in Charlotte’s incomparable hospitality.
  • S. National Whitewater Center is an outdoors mecca for adventure, festivals, and kickbacks. Pick from a smorgasbord of activities like rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, ziplines, and paddle boarding and enjoy your free time with friends and family.

Mark Your Calendar for Next Year’s Fest

As the week closes out, you may be reluctant to leave Charlotte’s captivating essence. A mix of amicable nature and bustling city life, the yin and yang character of the city is also reflected at the Wine & Food Week’s assortment of events. Turn this trip into an annual tradition and rely on your Swissgear essentials to take you from a refined wine enthusiast to a wanderlust adventurer