Wine Shop Rocks Their Winetasting


Story and photos by Lindsey Chester.

Cary, NC – We stayed in town over the Holiday weekend, and I’m glad we did. Saturday, May 25, I stopped by Sip…A Wine Store for one of the season’s first great summer parking lot parties.

Wine Shop Rocks Their Winetasting

For the summer of 2013, Sip owner April Schlanger has planned a series of themed wine and beer tastings that is part wine bar, food truck rodeo and concert rolled into one.

The event got started about 4:00 pm, I arrived at 5 and things were in full swing. The bar at the back of the store was lined up with a series of 4 wines from Tryon Distributors and several beers from Bells Brewery. The cost of sampling: $5 per person.

The servings were generous and the company was lively. Saturday’s weather had warmed up and turned sunny.


Food & Music

Outside a tent was set up where folks were sipping and eating Bar B Q plates from the Humble Pig food truck stationed next door. Kyle Scobie was playing a set on his acoustic guitar. He played some originals and the crowd was digging him. Around 6:00, the second act, Finally Friday arrived and began their set to the packed audience.

The wines ranged from a crisp Sauvignon Blanc to start, switching to a Rose, then a light Pinot Noir, and lastly to a Merlot. I tried two of the beers as well. More of a sip, than a glass, which was just right at the start of the holiday weekend!

If you are looking for something to do on a summer Saturday afternoon (say on date night as a warm up to a dinner out), check out Sip’s schedule for the net “Wine, Beer and Music Fest”. For $5 you can have a whole lot of fun, and maybe bring home a bottle or two of wine or beer you’ve checked out and serve that night with friends.

Other Wine, Beer and Music Fests at Sip:

Father’s Day Celebration

Saturday, June 8, 2013, 6pm to 10pm
Bands: Kyle Scobie & Shawn Odenhall
Cigar Bar Bus: Dr. Jimmy Cigar Bar
Wine sampling: Eric Soloman Imports French and Spanish wines
Beer sampling: Mystery Brewing from Hillsbourgh

Family Day!

Saturday, June 22, 2013, 4pm to 8pm
Band: Billy Strahtmann
Magician: Happy Dan the Magic Man
Wine sampling: Porch and Picnic wines from Juice Distributing
Beer sampling: German and Belgium Beers

Adult Night Out!

Saturday, July 13, 2013 – Special Time: 6pm to 10pm
Band: Finally Fridays!
Food Truck: Porchetta
Wine sampling: Spanish Wines from Sour Grapes
Beer sampling: Ciders and Fruit Beers

Local Night!

Saturday, July 27, 2013 – 5pm to 9pm
Band: No Worries!
Food Truck: Deli-icious Truck
Wine sampling: Summer Wines
Beer sampling: Fullsteam Brewery

It was a great way to start my evening, the samples were tasty and I left feeling happy but not flattened, and glad to have heard some live music outside on a lovely Saturday evening in Cary, NC.


Food and wine coverage on CaryCitizen is sponsored in part by Sip…A Wine Store, located in Preston Walk Shopping Center on Darrington Drive in Cary.

2 replies
  1. Robert Campbell
    Robert Campbell says:

    Fantastic place! Love, Love, LOVE SIP…
    Recently got a wine that hails from the Loire Valley of France, made with the Gamay grape and I’m going back for more! April runs a great place here and if you’ve not been GO, and GO NOW! 🙂 You’re missing out if you haven’t been to a class or party at this place.

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