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January 18, 2020 | Newsletters | Raffaldini Vineyards

Discover the Secret Season At Raffaldini

Welcome to the Secret Season

In January, as the vines sleep, we are preparing for the next vintage. Pruning, tucking, nurturing the vines, and in the winery, carefully blending, tracking the flavor profiles of the vintages lying in wait. The secret season is a time to let your senses explore. Enjoy the slower pace, the wide open spaces, the cool and quiet stillness of the season. Take an impromptu trip and enjoy the beauty of winter at Raffaldini that is perhaps the best kept secret of all. 

Vintage Update from Winemaker Chris Nelson
Winter is good for the young 2019 wines as they are left to rest after completing their secondary, Malolactic fermentation, which converts malic acid to lactic acid, giving the wines smoother mouthfeel and texture. The wines receive two small doses of sulfur dioxide to help preserve their fruit characteristics as oxygen slowly penetrates the oak staves to help the wines develop on a phenolic level (i.e. tannins, structure). 

We are also focused on the blending of our first 2018 red wines to be released in March, our 2018 SPQR and 2018 Bella Misto. Both wines are shaping up to be excellent, especially for the difficult growing conditions in 2018, and will be welcome additions to our tasting room lineup. Both of these wines will be bottled in the coming weeks.
St. Valentine's
Celebrate Amore at Raffaldini

Amore: The Language of Love!
Sunday, February 9 | 1pm

Join sisters Tina Raffaldini and Barbara Raffaldini as they share insights into Italian culture, language, and traditions surrounding Love.  Whether planning a trip to Italy or just curious about Italy and its people and customs, this entertaining and interactive experience will give you a new appreciation and understanding for all things Italian. The workshop will begin at 1 pm on the second floor of Villa Raffaldini. Admission is free, but please RSVP as space is limited. Call 336.835.9463 or email us for more information or to secure your reservation.

Also to help us prepare for St. Valentine’s Day, on February 9,  Boone Chocolat  will be at Villa Raffaldini selling its delicious chocolates and sharing the secrets behind making the perfect chocolates. 
The Italian Kitchen: Cooking Demonstration
Sunday, February 23 | 1pm-3pm

$50 General Admission | $40 Wine Club

Join us for an afternoon of wine and food as Executive Chef Corey Hooks, demonstrates two signature Italian recipes. Learn helpful tips, ingredients used and steps involved in creating these delicious dishes. Tuscan white bean soup, perfect for our cold winter nights followed by a three meat Bolognese over Tagliatelle pasta. Chef Corey's dessert offering is a chocolate cup filled with spiced pastry cream.  Price includes the cooking demonstration, food sampling, 2 glasses of wine and recipe cards.
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Murder Mystery Wine Dinner
Saturday, February 29 | 6:30pm - 9pm

Murder at the Speakeasy FlyerJoin us for a Speakeasy Murder Mystery Wine Dinner, Saturday, February 29th from 6:30 PM to 9pm at Villa Raffaldini. 

Tickets are $75 plus tax per person. This interactive dinner will include 3 courses alongside two award winning Raffaldini Wines. 

A 1920's Flapper/Mobster dress code is highly encouraged. If you would like to rent 1920's attire for this event, please call Event Planning at 336-530-7055 for additional details.......

Please sign up by February 22nd to receive further TOP SECRET instructions.

It’s the height of Prohibition in 1920s Chicago, and there’s a mob war brewing between the South Side Gangsters and the Northern Chicago Mob Outfit. The two ruthless crime leaders Hal Sapone and Beanie O’Dannon have finally reached an agreement on bootlegging practices in Chicago and have decided to pull together resources to undergo a collaborative effort with criminal endeavors.

On the surface, this strategy seems similar to bailing out a sinking ship with tin cups, nevertheless.

Recently, gangsters from the north and south have been spotted together at various speakeasies throughout Chicago, but the tension in the air is always thick enough to be cut with a knife. However, this newfound relationship between the opposing mob bosses has served, thus far, to inhibit gratuitous bloodshed as in the past. Part of the success of this truce is that both crime bosses have found new dames, thereby intertwining more mutual relationships between the two factions.  
The two sides will meet at Raffaldini Vineyards to resolve all remaining differences.  Will these two underground organizations resolve their disputes or will a massive melee erupt, rekindling the fatal flames between them?  This is where our dinner begins.
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Jay Tasting from Barrels
Salon Tasting: Sangiovese
with Jay Raffaldini
Saturday, March 21 | 1pm-3pm

$50 General Admission | $45 Wine Club

Take your taste buds on a journey with Owner Jay Raffaldini as we explore the expressive Sangiovese varietal. Jay has curated a flight of four top examples of this venerable red from around the world, including our very own Sangiovese Classico. The wines will be presented blind allowing you to focus on the differences in flavor and texture, and so you can explore your sensory abilities and gain a new appreciation for this wonderful varietal. 

From our winemaker, Chris Nelson, “The Salon tastings are my favorite events at Raffaldini as we get to learn more about how our wines fit into the overall picture of Italian wines. Blind tastings are the most informative way to learn about wine. Jay always makes this an entertaining event as well as very educational. Hope to see you on the 21st as we explore Sangiovese, the noble grape of Italy."

Join Jay in the barrel room of the Raffaldini winery for this intimate tasting experience. This event is limited to 48 guests. Antipasti will be provided by Bottles & Boards.  
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Beyond the Vines...Into the Community

Looking for a resolution? 

We've all heard that a glass of wine here and there is good for you, but how exactly does it contribute to your health? The ways seem almost endless.

Check out these ten ways to make wine a part of your healthy lifestyle.

MLK Day is Monday, January 20th

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, January 20th. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Thank you to all who volunteer to make our communities better on this special day of service and throughout the rest of the year. 

Piedmont Wind Symphony Gala
Friday, January 24th, 2020 at 7PM
Millennium Center Underground

Join Raffaldini Vineyards in celebrating the Piedmont Wind Symphony's annual gala! Join the Piedmont Wind Symphony at the Millennium Center Underground as they celebrate their supporters with a themed evening evoking director Frank Capra's 1934 classic film "It Happened One Night." Enjoy an evening of Raffaldini wine and wonderful music from the Piedmont Wind Symphony. 

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February Food 

Wraps Around The World 

Wraps Around the World will be on site serving fresh cuisine Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16. 
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