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May 1, 2024 | Newsletters | Raffaldini Vineyards

May Newsletter

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Chianti in the Carolinas Claims 94 points, Platinum at Int'l Winemaker Challenge

Our acclaimed 2022 Sangiovese Classico, honored with the prestigious platinum award, boasting an impressive 94 points and clinching the title of Best Sangiovese in show among entries worldwide at the 2024 Director's Awards at the Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition. Crafted with precision and passion, this exceptional vintage captivates with its unparalleled quality and distinct character, promising an unforgettable journey for wine enthusiasts. Stay tuned as we proudly feature this triumph front and center in our upcoming newsletter, inviting you to savor the excellence of our award-winning creation. Cheers to indulging in greatness.

Sangiovese is the grape used to make Chianti and is notoriously difficult to grow in climates that are not arid. Taking care of this grape is a labor of love and our plantings (lead by a clone called Vino Nobile) produces sensual and soft wines with beautiful aromatics and balance. The grapes are also put through the Appassimento drying process to further concentrate their structure. Finally, we use another Italian technique called Ripasso which utilizes grape skins that have been dried for other wines and “repass” the fresh wine over the skins to further deepen the wine. This wine is light and elegant with plenty of fresh red fruit and floral notes.

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Mamma Mia! Mother's Day Flower Pressing Class

Sunday, May 12 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Join Mikayla from Blue Mountain Flowers for a delightful flower pressing class where you'll learn the art of preserving blooms in a glass floating frame. Your ticket includes all materials needed, light snacks, and a glass of exquisite Raffaldini wine to enjoy while you craft your own beautiful botanical masterpiece.

This class is a great gift idea for Mother's Day!

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Italian Cooking with Chef Marla
Saturday, May 18  | 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Join us in welcoming back Marla Monzo Holmes, aka 'The Chef in Red,' at our Olive Oil Cake and Panna Cotta with Raspberry Coulis class on May 18th in the Fattoria. Chef Marla, an alumna of the prestigious Lorenza de' Medici School of Cooking in Florence, Italy, is eager to share her expertise and techniques with us,  as she teaches us how to make two traditional Italian desserts, which are not only lovely to look at but delicious to eat. Tickets are $65 and include wine, assorted cheeses and fruit, the two desserts Chef Marla will be making, and a memorable culinary experience with her.

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Vermentino Vertical Tasting
Saturday, May 25 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Embark on a fun and educational wine tasting journey with Winemaker Chris Nelson as he guides you through a captivating sample of previous vintages of Raffaldini Vermentino Superiore. Immerse yourself in the unique flavors and evolution of our wines and relish the behind-the-scenes backdrop of our Winery where the magic truly unfolds. This tasting and crisp, opulent white wine sets the stage for the ideal kickoff to Memorial Day weekend and the summer season, promising an unforgettable experience for all! 
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May is NC Wine Month! 

Throughout the month of May, we’re celebrating all things wine! Stop by Raffaldini Vineyards and explore a unique wine experience, grown from the ground up, right here in NC.  Check out our events page for more ways to celebrate #NCWineMonth this May.

🎉 Countdown Alert: 150 Days Until the 19th Annual Festa Italiana! 🍝🍷

Secure your tickets now for our September 21-22 celebration, filled with food trucks, local vendors, and kid-friendly fun like bubble blowing and jugglers. Let's countdown to the Italian way of celebration! #FestaItaliana #ItalianCulture 🎈🎟️
🎟️ Tickets Are Live! Secure your spot now and join in the festivities! Click here to purchase your tickets: /Shop/Events
More Questions? Email us at info@raffaldini.com
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Food Trucks / Family Days 

MAY 2024 

Saturday, May 4th - OG BBQ
Sunday, May 5th - Sandwich Express

Saturday, May 11th
Dogs R' Us 
Sunday, May 12th - Carolina Case-A-Dillaz

Saturday, May 18th - Sandwich Express
Sunday, May 19th
Dogs R' Us 

Saturday, May 25thDogs R' Us 
Sunday, May 26th - Fire Chiefs Grill


Sunday, May 12th
- Mother's Day
Monday, May 27th - Memorial Day

Friday, June 7th - Congrats Grads!
Sunday, June 16th -  Father’s Day
Wednesday, June 19 - Juneteenth


Wine Club Member Feature: Rick Beach 

Hailing from Rock Hill, SC, Rick and Renee Beach, along with their three adult sons known as the Beach boys, discovered Raffaldini Vineyards in 2020 on the recommendation of their friends, the Odoms. Captivated by the beautiful setting and the exquisite wines, the Beach family eagerly participates in the Vineyard's release events, enjoying the knowledge shared by Jay, Chris, and Barbara. While Rick, fondly dubbed "Santa," brings joy as a professional Santa Claus during the holidays, he also plans to make a special appearance at Raffaldini Vineyards this holiday season at our Afternoon of Holiday Cheer, the Friday after Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, Collin David Beach, one of the Beach boys, engages with Raffaldini Vineyards on social media, leveraging his platform as an actor to promote our Italian-style wines. Embracing the spirit of camaraderie at Raffaldini, the Beach family cherishes each moment with old and new friends, raising their glasses to toast to cherished memories, excellent wine, and the joy of shared experiences—Saluti!

Beyond the Vines...Into the Community

Piedmont Opera Magnolia Ball
Friday, May 17 | 6:30PM

Get ready for a night of elegance and enchantment at the Piedmont Opera's Magnolia Ball. Join Barbara Raffaldini for the Opera's largest fundraiser of the year. The Magnolia Ball is a magical evening filled with live music, delectable cuisine, and captivating performances, all in support of the arts in our community! Secure your tickets now and prepare to be swept away by the magic of the Magnolia Ball with a theme of Around the World in 80 Days. For more information and to reserve your spot, visit the Piedmont Opera Web site. 
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🍇 Join La Famiglia Raffaldini Online! 🥂

We invite you to join the vibrant La Famiglia Raffaldini on social media! Connect with us online to receive daily updates on new releases, exclusive offers, and upcoming events. Share your Raffaldini moments with us by tagging your posts with #Raffaldini. 

Raffaldini Wines Now Available Across NC

After nearly two decades of having Raffaldini wines available exclusively at the Villa we have found a wholesale distribution firm that targets wine shops and restaurants rather than mass supermarket, etc. We sought to build connections with independent retailers and restaurateurs so we can still tell our story to the sales outlet and build on the connection that we have with all of you. To begin, we agreed to have two value-based wines (Bella Misto and Bianco) as well as higher end (Vermentino Superiore and Montepulciano Riserva) available for sale. 

To locate a store near you, simply go to raffaldini.com then hover your mouse over shop on the header. When the drop down menu appears, click "Find Raffaldini Wines" at the bottom of the list. Once on the Raffaldini Store Locator, you can use the drop down to search by type or location or type in your zip code and search a radius for outlets near you. If you don’t see your favorite wine shop listed please email me directly at jay@raffaldini.com and I will work with our wholesale partner to get them in the store near you.
Planning a Visit? 
We encourage you to read our visitor experience guide. Your cooperation will help us provide the best possible experience for all our patrons.
We have partnered with Tock to provide a reservation system for tastings and flights at the Villa. Our continued goal is to provide the best experience for you, our valued customers and friends. While walk-ins are welcome  and a reservation is not required, we believe that making a reservation will enhance your visit.

As a general reminder to all our guests, to provide a safe, relaxing, and intimate experience for our guests, all visitors must be at least 21 years old, except on holidays and specially designated family days when the whole family is welcome and we have children friendly activities available. Please see our calendar for a full list of Family Days.
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