Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte to Launch Urban Sip Wine Bar, City’s Largest By-the-Glass Menu

Presenting more than 90 wines and 35 single malt Scotches by the glass, Urban Sip at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte is scheduled to open on December 29 as the Southeast’s most comprehensive fine beverage experience.

Presenting an unmatched by-the-glass list of Cabernet wines and the city’s most noteworthy selection of California vintages by the bottle and by the glass, Urban Sip also will be the only hotel wine bar in the Carolinas to make available single glasses of Far Niente Chardonnay, Cakebread Chardonnay and Dom Prignon Champagne, all accessible in a single experience, and all presented in a contemporary setting offering spectacular urban views. Additionally, Urban Sip will offer the highly-demanded Opus One and Quintessa by the glass, along with ten specially-designed flights of three wines each, presented in Riedel stemware.

For guests wishing to savor fine and rare Scotch whiskeys, Urban Sip will pour single-malts from six different regions of Scotland, including Highland, Lowland, Islay, Isle of Skye, Isle of Jura and Orkney Islands. Featured labels are set to include Macallan 25 Year, Glenlivet 25 Year and Johnny Walker Blue Label Scotch, complemented by fine cognacs such as Hennessey Paradis and Rmy Martin Louis XIII, and by several renowned whiskeys including Crown Royal Reserve and Blanton’s Single Barrel.

“Urban Sip has been designed to revolutionize the wine and Scotch experience for this region, and many of the wines we have selected have never been poured by the glass in Charlotte,” said David Rothwell, General Manager, The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte. “With fine beverage tasting a growing trend, and wines-by-the-glass increasingly demanded among wine aficionados and newcomers alike, we are excited to introduce this transformative new tasting experience to guests and the public.”

Urban Sip will complement its wine and Scotch menus with a premium array of 21 cult and artisanal cheeses from seven different categories, including such blues as Ba Ba Blue, several premium French mountain cheeses, hard cheeses such as Utah’s Sea Hive, which is hand-rubbed with local wildflower honey and Redmond Real Salt, and a selection of North Carolina cheeses to include Bloomin’ Sweet Ash from Hillsborough, Carolina Moon from Chapel Hill, and Silk Hope from Siler City.

Urban Sip is scheduled to begin operations on December 29, 2010 and will be open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 5 to 11 p.m. Located on the 15thfloor of the AAA Five-Diamond
Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, Urban Sip offers the quintessential new lounging and tasting environment, blending wine, food and style in a contemporary but comfortable and relaxed urban setting, and offering complimentary valet parking and by-the-glass wine prices ranging from $9 to $39.

About The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte
The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte is located at 201 East Trade Street in the heart of the city’s most popular business, sports, dining and sightseeing district. For details and reservations, please visit www.ritzcarlton.com/charlotte, call 1.800.241.333 or contact a travel professional. The AAA Five Diamond-rated Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte hotel is located at the intersection of College and Trade Streets in uptown Charlotte and may be contacted directly at 704.547.2244.