December 1, 2016 |
Grande Riserva, as the name implies, represents the utmost and very best efforts of all that we do from the vineyard to the winery. In making this limited quantity wine, we used the finest and oldest Montepulciano, Petit Verdot and Sagrantino grapes, harvested at optimal ripeness and then triple sorted to create a decadent, powerful wine with a focused expression of Raffaldini Vineyards. We applied the Appassimento drying process to further concentrate the grapes' natural flavors and aromas. Finally, we placed the grapes in oak fermenters to further deepen the profile and age the wine in the best oak barrels available.
The inaugural release of Grande Riserva is available for preorder ahead of its Saturday, December 10 release date. Less than 100 cases of this wine are available at $55 per bottle. Purchase limits are one case per person for wine club members and six bottles per person for the general public.
Pre-Order 2014 Grande Riserva
Join us for the Inaugural Release of Grande Riserva
Saturday, December 10 | 11am - 5pm
Host your Corporate or Holiday Event at Raffaldini Vineyards
Did you know that Raffaldini Vineyards hosts corporate and private events? If the conference room feels like its closing in on you, or maybe the "bored" room has stifled your team's creativity, excite your senses and invigorate your workforce with a day out at Raffaldini Vineyards. Our Event Coordinating team can help you choose from one of our many activities or we can prepare a one-of-a-kind event that your employees will never forget. Plan your event at Raffaldini.com or speak to one of our event coordinators today, 336.526.1078.
Holiday Gift Ideas
The holidays are quickly approaching! Raffaldini Vineyards offers a complete wine country experience. Choose a basket complete with our finest private label items, an array of authentic Italian foods, merchandise, or events to make the perfect holiday gift! We can also add a custom touch to your gift with personalized tags or wine labels. Below are just a few of the many examples that Raffaldini can provide for the wine and food lover on your list, or click to see our Top Ten Holiday Gift Ideas!
Fill the Barrel With Toys
We are sponsoring a gift drive, "Fill the Barrel with Toys." Please bring an unwrapped children's toy to be put in the barrel. All toys will be donated to the Children's Home of Winston-Salem, NC.
Afternoon of Holiday Cheer
Event Tickets - Enjoy a holiday gift long after the holidays are over. Attend one of our upcoming events such as our Winter Four Seasons Wine Tasting Dinner and much more!
Raffaldini Wine Club - The ultimate wine gift! Enjoy semi annual wine releases from Raffaldini Vineyards featuring flagship and exclusive wines along with a letter from the Raffaldini Family, winemaker's notes, recipes and more. Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting for two and 10% off case purchases all year long.
Private Label Tour - The ultimate behind-the-scenes tour for your group! Your Raffaldini Vineyards Private Label tour will begin at the winery where you will be led through the process of what happens to the grapes from harvest until they are transformed into a bottle of wine. You will then continue with a tour of the vineyards to see where the grapes came from along with an explanation of the different varietals grown in the vineyards and finishes with a private wine tasting in Villa Raffaldini. *For groups of ten or more. Must be booked 2 weeks in advance $30+ tax per person.
Gift Cards - If you're not sure what to get, gift cards are available at $25 and up and are valid for tastings, tours, events, food and more. We can also mail a gift card to your recipient with a special message from you!
Custom Wine Collections: Add some sparkle to your holiday celebrations! Choose from one of many of our many classic, Italian wines, add a personalized note or label to commemorate your occasion.
Sunday December 11 | 1pm-4pm | Free Admission but please RSVP
Carol along with live holiday music, enjoy light refreshments and holiday storytelling. Do some last minute holiday shopping or pick up a treat for yourself. This is an event for your entire family!
Wine Club Appreciation Day
Saturday, December 17 | 12pm-4pm | Free for Wine Club Members, please RSVP
La Famiglia Raffaldini cordially invites all of our current wine club members to our Wine Club Member Appreciation Day. Enjoy delicious samples from vendors and a glass of your favorite wine. Experience includes live music, fresh food, and a gift bag!
Join us in a drawing of various prizes at 3pm. *Must be present to enter, but not to win.
This event is complimentary for current wine club members. RSVP by Tuesday, December 6.
JANUARY 2017 EVENTS
Four Seasons Winter Wine Tasting Dinner
Saturday, January 14, 2016 | 6pm-9pm |$85+tax per person
Join Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini for the next quarterly wine tasting dinner held at our beautiful, Tuscan-style Villa Raffaldini. We have created the perfect menu to feature four seasonal food courses alongside four specially-chosen Raffaldini wines to embody the winter months. Delight in a bountiful antipasti display while mingling with new friends by a roaring fire upstairs on the second floor of Villa Raffaldini. All remaining courses will be served downstairs to create an intimate dining experience, with a relaxed and casual atmosphere so you can focus on meeting new friends and enjoying La Dolce Vita. Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini will provide culinary and wine descriptions for each course to make this dinner truly unique and special. This event is for those age 21 and over. Stop by the tasting room, visit our website, call 336.526.1078 or email us for more information or to make a reservation. *Cancelations with a full refund are accepted up to 7 days prior to the event. If you cancel less than seven days prior to the event, you will receive a full refund only if your reservation is re-booked.
The Italian Kitchen: Italian Cooking Demonstration
Sunday, January 29 | 1pm-3pm |$40 +tax per person
Unwind from the holidays with an afternoon of food and wine tasting as you learn and observe the preparation of a traditional Italian recipe. Cost is $40+tax per person and includes two glasses of wine, a food sampling, a two-hour live cooking demonstration and a recipe card. This event is for those age 21 and over. Stop by the tasting room, visit our website, call 336.526.1078 or email us for more information or to make a reservation. *Cancelations with a full refund are accepted up to 7 days prior ot the event. If you cancel less than seven days prior to the event, you will receive a full refund only if your reservation is re-booked.
There's Still Time to Purchase Your Fall 2016 Wine Club Wines
This year's Fall Wine Club Package contains three new, highly-anticipated releases from the 2014-2015 vintage--the best vintages ever in the history of Raffaldini Vineyards. During these years, we were blessed with near perfect, hot and dry weather conditions. By employing our judicious use of the Appassimento process, these vintages reveal focused and complex flavors, expressing the essence of Raffaldini Vineyards, and red wines with unparalleled body and structure.
In addition to the wines, each package contains a letter from the Raffaldini Family, winemaker's notes and recipes to pair with the wines, a list of exclusive Raffaldini events. For more information or to learn how to sign up for the Raffaldini Wine Club, stop by the tasting room, visit our web site, call 336.835.9463 or email us for more information.
Your Fall Wine Club Package contains three new releases:
2014 Sangiovese Classico
2014 Montepulciano Riserva
You're Invited to the North Carolina Fine Wines Awards Gala Dinner
You already know that North Carolina and Raffaldini Vineyards produces fine wines, but did you know that North Carolina is holding its first Fine Wines Competition in January 2017? We're inviting you to join with North Carolina wineries as we announce the winners on Saturday, February 18th, 2017 in Winston-Salem at the Millennium Center.
Dress to impress on the red carpet and be prepared to enjoy a leisurely, six course meal paired with outstanding wines from across the state. Millenium Center Executive Chef Patrick Rafferty will introduce each course and the wine selection to go with it. Jay Raffaldini, President of the NC Fine Wines Society, will give the Welcome Speech and we'll have other speakers who will help tell the story of North Carolina Fine Wines and insight into our industry.
NC Fine Wines Road Show
Can't make it to the Awards Gala? The Top 12 wines from the NC Fine Wines Competition will be named the 2017 NC Fine Wines Case. These top 12 wines will then be Showcased at some spectacular locations around the state. There will be heavy hors d'oeuvres to enjoy along with a taste of each of the winning wines. Our Fine Wines in Fine Places events are all on Tuesday evenings and will be held at the Umstead in Cary on February 28th, the Duke Mansion in Charlotte on March 14th, and the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville on March 28th.
Tickets to the Awards Gala and ShowCase events are very limited, so act fast. Tickets make an excellent Holiday, Birthday, or Valentine's Day gift for that special wine and food aficionado. To purchase tickets and for more information about the Awards Gala and the ShowCase events, visit the www.NCFineWines.com.
About the NC Fine Wines Society
The North Carolina Fine Wines Society was formed with two goals in mind: To promote the quality of North Carolina wines and raise scholarship money for students attending college programs focused on Oenology, Viticulture, Fermentation and Hospitality careers through our partnership with the Winston-Salem Foundation to create a 501(c)3 scholarship program. For more than one hundred years, the Winston-Salem Foundation has helped non-profit organizations achieve their goals. You tax deductible donation will go directly to the Winston-Salem Foundation, and perhaps can be matched by your employer.
In the Spring of 2017 the first applicants will be applying for money to help make North Carolina wine continue on its trajectory upwards. This is one investment in your future that certainly has the potential to be enjoyed for years to come. The Winston-Salem Foundation
Mark Your Calendars!
Wed. Feb 1 - Pino Vino IX Entries Accepted
Sat. Feb 4 - Afternoon with the Winemaker 1pm & 3pm
Sat. Feb 11 - For the Love of Chocolate...and Wine! 12pm-5pm
Sun. Feb 12 - For the Love of Chocolate...and Wine! 1pm-5pm
Sat. Feb 18 - NC Fine Wines Competition Gala Dinner | Millenium Center Winston-Salem, NC
Sat. Feb 25 - Wine Club Barrel Tasting With the Winemaker 1pm-3pm
Tue. Feb 28 - NC Fine Wines Showcase Event - at the Umstead Hotel and Spa | Cary, NC
Fri. Mar 3 - Spring 2017 Wine Club Pickup Weekend 12pm-4pm
Sat. Mar 4 - Spring 2017 Wine Club Pickup Weekend 12pm-4pm
Sun. Mar 5 - Spring 2017 Wine Club Pickup Weekend 12pm-4pm
Sat. Mar 11 - Special Collaboration wine release featuring Raffaldini Vineyards and JOLO Winery
Tue. Mar 14 - NC Fine Wines Showcase Event - at the Duke Mansion | Charlotte, NC
Sat. Mar 18 - Barrel Tasting with the Winemaker Wine Club Only
Tue. Mar 28 - NC Fine Wines Showcase Event - at the Omni Grove Park Inn | Charlotte, NC