Corkbuzz Wine Studio has set its sights on a spring opening in Charlotte’s SouthPark.
The 3,000-square-foot wine bar and restaurant is now targeting a May 15 launch, says Laura Maniec, who co-founded Corkbuzz and is a master sommelierread more
CorkBuzz will be located in the Sharon Square mixed-use development at Sharon and Fairview roads.
The project is being designed by Kelly Cook and Steve Meyer of K2M Design in Charlotte. Metrolina Builders is the contractor.
“We are very excited as we think Charlotte is the perfect location for our first out-of-state venture,” Maniec says.
Continued progress updates and invitations to friends-and-family test dinners and lunches are available by joining CorkBuzz’s mailing list.
Corkbuzz has a wine and dining concept that caters to both expert and novice wine enthusiasts, with wine education and menus that complement available vintages.
The wine list will have about 250 selections, with about 40 wines available by the glass. That global wine list will cover all price points, providing options for customers whether they want to try a $30 wine or splurge for a $100 bottle.
Classes will be offered on topics such as Wine 101 or food and wine pairings.
The restaurant will offer wine-inspired cuisine for lunch and dinner. That means fare such as fresh salads and house-made pastas with seasonal ingredients.
The Charlotte location will be the wine bar’s third site. Its first opened in New York City’s Union Square in 2011, and a second was added in Chelsea Market last year.
As Maniec considered expansion, she targeted other markets, including Charlotte.
A key reason Charlotte is a good fit for Corkbuzz is because of Maniec’s family ties to the area, including her uncle and co-founder Frank Vafier, who has a home here.
Sharon Square is being co-developed by Pappas Properties and Allen Tate Co.
Bryan Wyker of The Providence Group represented Corkbuzz. Brian Roth of Pappas Properties represented the developer.
The Sharon Square development incorporates apartment homes, restaurants, shops and offices. It includes Charlotte’s first Whole Foods Market, which opened in 2012.