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Where to sip for National Wine Day
Snack on tapas and sip on wine flights at Barcelona Wine Bar’s large outdoor patio. | Photo by RALtoday
Happy National Wine Day to all who celebrate. Want to know where to sip? Keep reading for 10 swanky spots featuring a large selection of bubbly.

Barcelona Wine Bar, 430 W. Martin St., Raleigh | Build a flight with a selection of 40 wines offered by the glass or order a bottle for the table — there are nearly 400 to choose from.

DRINK, 215-A Glenwood Ave., Raleigh | This neighborhood wine store offers a small patio where guests can sip by the glass while watching the bustle of downtown.

Seaboard Wine, 1914 Bernard St., Raleigh | Stop by for a weekly wine tasting at this spot featuring over 1,000 hand-selected wines.

The Hippo Wine Bar, 123 E. Martin St., Raleigh | This newly-opened wine shop has a trendy space and specializes in natural, low-intervention, and estate wines.

Uncorked, 10511 Shadowlawn Dr., Ste. 111, Raleigh | Enjoy a large selection of unique wines and delectable small plates.

A glass of red wine on DRINK's patio.

DRINK’s facade has a large peacock mural.


Photo by RALtoday

Vinos Finos y Picadas Wine and Tapas, 8450 Honeycutt Rd., Ste. 110, Raleigh | Choose a South American wine to sip in this warm, intimate setting.

Vita Vite, 313 W. Hargett St., Raleigh + 200 Park at N. Hills St., Ste. 130, Raleigh | Pick a cozy spot near the fireplace to curl up with a glass of vino at this sophisticated art gallery and wine bar.

Wine Authorities, 211 E. Franklin St., Raleigh | Grab a glass of estate-grown wine to enjoy on the large outdoor patio or take a bottle to go.

RBF, Your Authentic Champagne Bar, 210 E. Chatham St., Ste. 10, Cary | Bring your authentic, bubbly-loving self to this moody champagne and wine bar.

ZincHouse Winery, 6225 Wake Forest Hwy., Durham | Located on 80+ acres near the Falls Village Golf Course, this winery grows muscadine grapes on site, which will eventually be used to produce in-house wine.

Did we miss your favorite wine hangout? Let us know.
Thursday, May 25
  • Midtown Raleigh Alliance Real Estate Forum | Thursday, May 25 | 8:30-10:30 a.m. | First Citizens Bank, 4300 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh | $0-$25 | Join this group for breakfast and updates on residential real estate trends, city projects in Midtown, and development project updates.
  • Live Animal Feeding – Snakes | Thursday, May 25 | 1-1:15 p.m. | Nature Exploration Center at NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh | Free | Watch NC Snakes during feeding time.
  • The Raleigh Pancakes & Booze Art Show | Thursday, May 25 | 7 p.m. | Lincoln Theatre, 126 E. Cabarrus St., Raleigh | $10-$20 | Enjoy pancakes and view works from some of the nation’s leading emerging artists.
  • Drag Me To The Con | Thursday, May 25 | 9 p.m. | Ruby Deluxe, 415 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh | $5-$10 | Enjoy this pre-party for Animazement, NC’s largest anime convention.
  • Movies in the Garden: Transformers | Thursday, May 25 | Raleigh Little Theater, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh | Free | Watch this action-packed film on the lawn and grab a snack or brew from food trucks Chick-N-Que, JAM Soft Serve Ice Cream, and Raleigh Brewing Company.
Friday, May 26
  • Dinner Party - Southern-Asian Fusion | Friday, May 26 | 7-9 p.m. | The Optimist, 1000 Brookside Dr., Raleigh | $75 | Sit on the coffee shop’s tranquil patio to enjoy a four-course Asian-fusion meal.
  • Mix & Sip: Tequila and Margaritas | Friday, May 26 | 7-9 p.m. | Raleigh Union Station, 510 W. Martin St., Raleigh | $65 | At this interactive bartending experience, participants will learn to make their own cocktails with a certified mixologist.
Saturday, May 27
  • Frontside w/ Sleave, Old Suns | Saturday, May 27 | 8 p.m. | The Pour House Music Hall, 224 S. Blount St., Raleigh | $15-$18 | Get loud with these metalcore and punk rock bands.
  • Museum Park Tour | Saturday, May 27 | 10:30 a.m. | NC Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh | Free | Register for this two-mile art-and-nature-filled guided tour.
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What does it mean to be enterprising and resourceful?
Graphic of Merz Aesthetics members featured on podcast.
The Urban Truth is a corporate podcast hosted by Merz Aesthetics North America President Patrick Urban and Tyra Sitton, Communications Director, that pulls back the corporate veil and asks listeners to think outside the box. | Photo provided by Merz Aesthetics N.A.
Here’s The Urban Truth: Opportunity is endless when you believe in yourself.

That’s the topic of the latest episode of The Urban Truth podcast, where Raleigh CEO Mikki Paradis and President of Merz Aesthetics North America Patrick Urban discuss the essence of being resourceful and enterprising.

Listen along as they:
  • Challenge the status quo
  • Share secrets to success
  • Inspire listeners to believe in themselves
Pro tip: Subscribe to never miss an episode.*
News Notes
  • The Roers Companies of Minnesota recently submitted site plans to build affordable housing in southeast Raleigh. The real estate company plans to develop 181 apartments on Old Poole Road, ~5 minutes from Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek. A timeline has not yet been announced. (Triangle Business Journal)
  • Effective July 1, the Jaycee Park disposal site will be closed. The city made the decision to stop the “frequent and illegal dumping” at the site. Wake County offers 11 convenience centers for residents to drop off recycling and trash.
  • Last night, the Carolina Hurricanes were knocked out in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Florida Panthers won the series 4-0 to move on to the Stanley Cup Finals. We’re proud of you, Canes.
  • Fantasy Lake Adventure Park — a 65-acre lake with water activities — opens in Wake Forest tomorrow, May 26. Water sports include kayaking, paddle boarding, scuba diving, an inflatable water park, and more. Park passes start at $15.
Try This
  • Hammered Trivia is hosting its second annual Triangle Trivia Tournament Sunday, June 11-Thursday, Aug. 31. Test your knowledge of random things and compete for a grand prize of $1,000. Bars and restaurants will host weekly trivia nights across the Triangle leading up to a final showdown. Brush up on your trivia game.
Plan Ahead
  • This year’s Raleigh-Durham Startup Week was so successful that the event added a fourth day next year. The free, four-day networking event geared toward local startups is slated for April 9-April 12, 2024. Join the 2024 waitlist.
Featured Job
  • Trinity Academy is hiring a part-time Lower School Music Teacher for Transitional Kindergarten-first grade. The Music Teacher is an important part of supporting the school’s established music program, which incorporates musical instruction and enjoyment for TK-6th grade students. Learn more + apply.*
  • Picture this: Eating fresh, local fruits and vegetables all summer long while supporting Carolina farms and farmers. Sound ideal? Enter: The Carolina Crate from Lowes Foods, a CSA (read: Community Supported Agriculture) box filled every week with local produce. Learn more.*
🤝 Join the club
The Raleigh Wine Shop facade with a patio and seating.
The Raleigh Wine Shop guarantees at least 20% off regularly priced wine in your monthly pack. | Photo by RALtoday
Are you a wine or beer aficionado... or interested in becoming one? Welcome to the club — here are eight groups to consider joining in the City of Oaks.

American Wine Society, Triangle Chapter | This group hosts monthly wine tastings around the Triangle and educates its members on all aspects of wine.

Farina Neighborhood Italian | Reap the benefits of special discounts and wine tasting events.

The Green Monkey | Join the loyalty club to learn about some of the finest wines. Bonus: The new location is opening soon.

The Raleigh Wine Shop | Choose from three customizable Sir Walt’s Wine Club packages for perks like 20% off.

The Wine Feed | Offering six different clubs ranging from rosé to collectors, there’s something for every oenophile.
The Wrap
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From the editor
On Tuesday, I took “shop local” to the next level. I picked up a bottle of red wine from The Raleigh Wine Shop and visited the live chickens... I mean, ate dinner at Dos Taquitos (if you know, you know.)

The cherry on top? I finished the night by picking up a pint of Midnight Brownie Crunch from FRESH. Local Ice Cream.
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