Harvest Time Wine Tasting

It’s Harvest Time for more than 113 wineries and 400 commercial grape growers in North Carolina.

Harvest festivals with serenades, grape stomps, and harvest-to-barrel celebrations are abundant with October’s arrival.

With that in mind, I pulled out my grandmother’s Harvest Time by Johnson Brothers~ to enjoy with some wine we purchased during our tasting visits to some NC wineries during September, for NC Wine Appreciation Month.

With a nod to harvesting, we’re enjoying our tasting with a

celebratory toast in my newly planted Potting Shed!

You can click here to see how she’s grown.

I picked up some cheese to slice from our local Fresh Market~ served on fig leaves harvesting from our neighbor’s tree.

Chipotle Cranberry Cheddar,

along with an aged Gouda~

To pair with Stonewall Kitchen Apple Cranberry Chutney~

a blend of sweet & savory~ wonderful with cheddar and the perfect condiment with pork tenderloin or ham on a biscuit!

I used a pot as well as an urn already in my Potting Shed for serving~ repurposing a pot as a wine chiller~ used at the table for flowers, Dining with Butterflies, here.

Our favorite Marcona Almonds with Rosemary from Trader Joe’s~

 Bread Sticks served in a vintage

and well-used Della Robbia glass goblet~

And a wine bottle fitted with a candelabra insert for light~ a fun addition for the table & a keepsake bottle after the contents are gone.

A mixture of olives to enjoy with our red wine, conveniently available at the olive bar at the grocery store~ served from a bowl  fitted & elevated in a rusted garden urn.

And some hearty crackers with a blend of seasonal flavors~

Margaret’s Artisan Bakery

Cranberry Pumpkin Seed Crisps

 Ripe for the picking, I found an grape-producing fruit crate at an antique mall in my hunt for some vintage charm for holding pots and tools for my Potting Shed.

Goat cheese with our favorite fig preserves~

equally wonderful paired with brie!

Harvest Time Wine Tasting Details:

Dishes/Harvest Time by Johnson Brothers

Cheese Knife & Jute Runner/ Pottery Barn

Della Robbia Goblets/ Westmoreland Glass Co.

Bistro Wine Glasses/ Pottery Barn

Woven Charger & assorted spreaders, spoons/ World Market

Wishing you a Happy Harvest!

Thank you for your visit, I’m joining:

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2805 for Potpourri Friday~

StoneGable for Tutorials Tips and Tidbits~

A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday~

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays~

  41 comments for “Harvest Time Wine Tasting

  1. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    October 3, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Very pretty Mary! Looks like the perfect Christening for your potting shed! I’d love to try the chipotle cranberry cheddar as well as a sip or two of your regional wines-enjoy:@)

  2. bles
    October 3, 2012 at 6:21 am

    Magnifique mise en scène !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1001 Tables

  3. October 3, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Mary, I did not realize that there were so many wineries in North Carolina! Your potting shed is the perfect place for a little wine and a beautiful snack! I hope to see many more fabulous tables and events in the potting shed!
    It all looks magical with the filtered light shining through the window!!!

  4. October 3, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Lovely tasting Mary! And it strengthens my resolve to make a trip to Trader Joe’s.

  5. October 3, 2012 at 7:33 am

    :D Oh, my!!! What a lovely wine tasting party!!! And the goodies look yummy, too! I have seen the wine candelabra inserts, and I think they are the neatest things!

    I wish we had a trader Joe’s *sadface*…..and I had no idea that there are so many wineries in North Carolina! Let us know your favorite vintage and I’ll see if it’s available here in Alabama! :D

  6. October 3, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Mary…such a spectacular display…love those dishes and you always find the perfect food to compliment your dishes…and I so love that you displayed your tablescape in your garden cottage!…Do you have a favorite winery in NC?….

  7. Tracy F.
    October 3, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Your post put an early-morning smile on my face, as I spotted the china pattern I grew up with. I think my mother ended up selling it at a garage sale, after she bought a new pattern. I love those almonds from Trader Joe’s!

  8. October 3, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Gorgeous. I love how your used your new beautiful potting palace to showcase the fall wine tasting. Just perfection. It all looks so good. xo marlis

  9. October 3, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Mary this makes me want to grab a wine glass and join you! I do enjoy wine tasting and the cheese and cracker assortment is wonderful. I really love the Johnson Bros dishes. I have a couple of plates in the ‘Georgia’ pattern that I love! hugs, Linda

  10. October 3, 2012 at 11:02 am

    What a delightful spread. I too did not realize there were that many wineries in No.Carolina. Now I wonder how many there are in the nation. I seem to be reading about them everywhere. Thats a good one for googling. Loved how you arranged everything and I really like the wine bottle chandelier. Am going to pursue that. Also I need to try the Trader Joe Almonds, chutney, fig spread and those pumpkin seed crackers sound so delicious. Wow girl you really did it up well. And I love that its in the potting shed. What a talent you have for putting it all together. So classy!!! Well done my friend. Well done. Wish I could drop by and enjoy it all with you! N.

  11. October 3, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Mary, this is so pretty! This is such a lovely setting; and makes me want to join you for a glass of wine!

  12. October 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Mary, the china is splendid and give me fig preserves every day please. xo, olive

  13. October 3, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I’m sharing this with my NC relatives….I think they would enjoy traipsing around the state to all the different wineries…I knew there were a lot of them but I did not realize there were so many!!!

    Another beautiful share…Your imagination knows no bounds, Mary…Keep them coming!

  14. October 3, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Enjoyed your post on N.C. wines as my mother was born and raised there as well as her family for several hundred years. I grew up in Virginia and my Dear One of 60 years is from the Great Canadian Northwest and there we raised our family.

    Our province is/has been large in the grape and wine industry and when my daughter from Cape Cod comes for a visit we do the local wineries which grow yearly.

    In recent years in many women’s magazines a winery form N.C. caught my eye called Duplin Wines…at first I thought they were a Canadian winery as that was my Dear One’s mothers maiden name…….so you can imagine my surprise to find it in North Carolina.

    In your list of visited wineries in N.C. you did not mention this one. Do you know of it and if so have you ever visited their location? If not it might be one to check out and write about. There wine names are c’est manifique and it would be most interesting to hear your opinion of them.

    I receive your posts in my box daily and always love them; your comments and pictures are grand.

    The ones of the sunset, etc. were extra special. My brother used to have a vacation place in the Outer Banks.
    ~Sylvia Faye

    • October 3, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      Thanks for everyone’s kind comments!

      Shirley~ Our favorite winery strictly for the setting and scenery (wine, not so much :) is Raffaldini. You can see it here. We like McRitchie for the wine (not much setting or scenery :) We also like RayLen and Shelton.

      Sylvia Faye~ Duplin is near the coast so it’s a 4 1/2 to 5 hour drive from where we are, so we’ve not been!

  15. Linda Kemp
    October 3, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Love the dishes and the potting shed. Love everything :-)

  16. October 3, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I like that wood crate. It says exactly what I was thinking: “Oh, yeah!” This is the way to do it, Mary! You’re livin’ the life with this wine feast in your newly revamped digs. What a way to celebrate! Your Grandmother’s china is the perfect choice for this intimate fete. I didn’t realize that NC had so many wineries!!! I assume you’re going to try a wine from each? :-)

  17. October 3, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Oh Mary, I adore those dishes of your grandmother. They are perfect for your post! Your cheeses are just tempting my taste buds. Thanks for all your Trader Joe’s food recommendations. I’ll know what to buy whenever I get there.

  18. October 3, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    What a neat idea to do a Christening of your Potting Shed with a Wine Tasting…love the idea. And the settings are really inspired by nature, wish I was invited ;)) Enjoy and thanks for sharing, I am new to your blog and am enjoying it so much.

  19. Kathy Cummins
    October 3, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Mary, I’m new to your blog and enjoying it so much. Love the beautiful photography and your warm and cozy entertaining and decorating. I’m in Seattle and enjoying the Fall here. I’m also using my Harvest Time and Historic America dishes. They make the season special. I’ll be looking forward to your next post.

  20. October 3, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Hi Mary, I knew the cute little potting shed was destined for even bigger things! A wine bar! SOOOO cute and all the food looks good too. There’s so much to see in this post, and your fruit crate was a great find. I checked back on your other post of these beautiful dishes and I think the ricotta recipe sounds delicious. Have a wonderful time in your new shed. Linda

  21. October 3, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Love this vingette. So inviting and tastefully done. The plates are so perfect.

  22. October 3, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Oh my ~ I certainly do love your potting shed!!!

    Susan and Bently

  23. naughteebits
    October 3, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Oh my goodness, chipotle cranberry cheddar! Rosemary almonds!! Sigh and swoon!! Not to mention WINE! YAY! You’ve got me drooling so hard over here! Yum!

  24. October 4, 2012 at 6:24 am

    As if the presentation isn’t beautiful enough, I love the setting of the whole thing even more! I always purpose in my heart before visiting blog friends that I will be inspired rather than envious. Posts like this make it verrrry tempting though. I just really love all of it.

    And those funny pies in the previous post just make me giggle.

    I’ve been away for quite a while, and it’s really nice to finally have the time and ability to visit. Thanks for so much inspiration!

  25. October 4, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I truly think your Fall tables are my favorite. The colors are so glorious. Just when I think you couldn’t possibly come up with another one, there it is. Fabulous.

    – The Tablescaper

  26. October 4, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I love your Della Robbia goblets and the use of the garden urn for the olives dish was a great idea. It’s all lovely, Mary!

  27. October 4, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Wow, this is gorgeous! I love everything about it. The wine bottle candelabra is really sweet. I’m visiting from Tablescape Thursday. Pamela

  28. October 4, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    I love those old Johnson Bros plates! I have some from my MIL that I pull out occasionally. Lovely photos, as always!

  29. October 4, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    What a fabulous setting, those wonderful Johnson Bros. dishes, yummy cheeses, and amazing bottles of vino. I want to come live in your potting shed!! Thank you for always coming over to party!

  30. October 5, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Lovely table in a perfect setting!

  31. October 5, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Mary, I love your Grandmother’s Johnson Bros china. Those painted patterns of theirs are some of my favorite. Perfect use of the china with all the harvest details. We love Marcona almonds, but haven’t tried the TJ ones with rosemary. I will be picking those up this week. Such a wonderful use of your potting shed. Dianne

  32. October 6, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Mary, right now it is 7:35 Pm, we have not had dinner(no food), and I am starving. I would LOVE a glass of the wine and some of that DELICIOUS spread! I will look for that cheese. The setting in your new potting shed is PERFECT and I love those dishes. The box is wonderful too. I better go find SOMETHING to eat and hopefully get to the grocery store tomorrow. We AE in our new home:):):):) XO, Pinky

  33. October 6, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Lovely Mary ~ you always set me in the mood!

    Susan and Bentley

  34. October 7, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    How could I notice we have the same candelabra for wine bottles! I’m glad to know I have something just like Mary! I knew your new shed would become background for something special.

  35. October 7, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Mary, always gorgeous, delicious food, i want to jump into your photos and partake of whatever it is you’ve made. xo

  36. October 8, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Hi Mary, love what you have done with your potting shed. Beautiful vignette! Your wine & cheese looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing.

  37. October 8, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    love your home. can’t wait to see more of it in future posts.

  38. October 10, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Wow! I didn’t know that there were that many vineyards and wineries in North Carolina! Fascinating post – lovely, lovely photos! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  39. October 10, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    The wineries should hire you, you do such a great layout! I dont drink, so I’ll eat your munchies!
    Thanks so much for linking to Let’s Dish!

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