Raffaldini Vineyards

A few weekends ago my husband and I spent a lovely Sunday afternoon doing a wine and cheese tasting with some friends. One of our stops was Raffaldini. I have to say that this winery boasts the most beautiful view of any in the Yadkin Valley. It’s likely quite a shock for first time visitors….

Windsor Run Cellars

At the risk of repeating myself and always saying how unique our Yadkin Valley wineries are, I just have to say Windsor Run Cellars is so unique. It is fantastic to live in an area with a plethora of wineries (and isn’t it always a good day when you get to use the word “plethora.”)…

Laurel Gray Vineyards

On Sunday my husband and I went wine and cheese tasting with friends and our first stop of the day was Laurel Gray Vineyards. The vineyards of the Swan Creek area within the Yadkin Valley Wine Region hosted a joint wine and cheese pairing event featuring the Ashe County cheeses. Laurel Gray is such a…

A wine and cheese adventure

I love where I live. One of the very best things about it is that we are right in the heart of the Yadkin Valley Wine Region. There are around 40 wineries within a 20-mile radius of my home, and many more that are practically in my back yard. Wine tasting is a favorite weekend…

Wine Review: Apothic Dark

I feel like Apothic wines are the new “it” wines. I hear a lot of people talking about them, and with good reason. They are great wines. Last night for dinner my husband made a delicious red wine braised roast which we served with Apothic Dark. I am a red wine drinker, but I admit…

Wine Review: Smoking Loon Pinot Noir

I love a Pinot Noir. It’s one of my favorite varietals. I have had the Smoking Loon Pinot Noir before, but it’s been several years ago. I remembered liking it and I was not disappointed. This wine is fruity and light, but with a nice smoky texture to the finish. It’s also a very smooth…

Wine festival fun

Eleven years ago I attended my first Yadkin Valley Wine Festival. To be honest, I wasn’t exactly thrilled to be there. I worked as a reporter for The Elkin Tribune for about six months the year I graduated from college and by default I inherited the role of wine reporter. I had never had wine…

Wine for dinner

I’m sure this never happens to my food blogger idols like the Pioneer Woman, but sometimes supper just doesn’t work out like you hoped it would. There are some nights you plan to go home and get into your pjs straight after work and have wine or perhaps a can of icing for supper, but…