Category: Wine

Wine Flies When You’re Having Fun

We were fortunate to be invited for a weekend getaway to the North Carolina mountains with some friends in June. Enjoying some beautiful scenery and cooler temperatures with no humidity . . . Just the weather alone makes me want to  abandon ship and head for the hills! A return visit to Grandfather Vineyard and Winery…

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…

Udderly Charming- RagApple Lassie Vineyards

BEVERLY EAVES PERDUE, Governor of the State of North Carolina, hereby proclaims September 2012, as “NORTH CAROLINA WINE APPRECIATION MONTH”  and commends its observance to all citizens. As commended, we took a trip a couple of weekends ago to observe :) and visit a few wineries~ You can enjoy Bottled Sunshine from our visit to Raffaldini…

An Afternoon of Drinks & Dogs

We spent an afternoon enjoying Drinks and Dogs at RayLen Vineyards~ Lots of Dog Gone Fun :) There were treats for your pooch~ And a water station for thirsty hounds~ Shhhh. . . Don’t tell Chloe & Gracie, since we didn’t bring them. . . Even though Chloe has a nose for wine and happy…

Grape Expectations

We’ve been Celebrating the Grape and enjoying Bottled Sunshine during September in observance of North Carolina’s Wine Appreciation Month. Harvest festivals with serenades, grape stomps, and harvest-to-barrel celebrations are abundant with October’s arrival.   Taking my cue from the harvest events at North Carolina wineries this month, I pulled out my grandmother’s dishes~ Harvest Time by Johnson Brothers~…

Celebrating the Grape

Our celebration of the grape continued in observance of  “NORTH CAROLINA WINE APPRECIATION MONTH” as decreed by the governor of North Carolina. We were more than happy to  guzzle taste wines in appreciation & compliance~ making our way to visit a few wineries from the Yadkin Valley area. You can see the other wineries we visited~ Shelton, Raffaldini…

Bottled Sunshine

BEVERLY EAVES PERDUE, Governor of the State of North Carolina, hereby proclaims September 2011, as “NORTH CAROLINA WINE APPRECIATION MONTH” in North Carolina and commends its observance to all citizens. Well OK then. . . I’m more than happy to observe :-)  Until last year, I was completely unaware there were 106 wineries and 400 commercial grape…

The Vintage Caper

    The Vintage Caper **** by Peter Mayle     An Edible Book Review inspired by Jain at Food for Thought, a delicious blog for readers with an appetite for the written word.     “From Hollywood to Marseille with delicious stops in between, Peter Mayle’s latest novel is filled with the culinary delights and entertaining characters that make him our treasured…

Queen of the Road

    Queen of the Road: The True Tale of 47 States, 22,000 Miles, 200 Shoes, 2 Cats, 1 Poodle, a Husband, and a Bus with a Will of Its Own**** by Doreen Orion I’m joining Jain with my Edible Book Review at Food for Thought, a delicious blog for readers with an appetite for the written word.     “A pampered Long Island princess…

Elkin Creek Vineyard

E is for Elkin Creek Vineyard This week’s letter assignment if the letter E~ North Carolina is home to more than 90 wineries~  quadrupling since 2001. The industry has two focuses – native muscadine grapes and European-style vinifera grapes. Commonly planted vinifera grape varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Viognier, which are…