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January 30, 2020 | Raffaldini Vineyards

πŸΎπŸ‡ Raffaldini February Newsletter

Vintage Update from Vineyard Manager Jason Krug
 
Winter is a peaceful time in the vineyard.  Vines are in slumber, dormant until warm Spring temperatures tell them it's time to wake and push life into the sleepy buds formed in the previous season. This is the time of the year that the crew bundles up in extra layers and gets to work cutting and shaping the vines for the new 2020 vintage. So much of what the growing season will give us is determined in the pruning season. Each cut and removal of older wood will determine how much new growth will come forward in the spring. By making choices of what to cut, where to cut, what wood to remove and shaping the vine, we are determining how much growth will come in the spring, where that growth will arise from, and how much fruit we want to set. Every grape cultivar from Sagrantino to Sangiovese will be pruned slightly different dependent on its growth habits, how it sets fruit, and what the winemaker's goals are. If I may borrow a quote from The Mandalorian, "this is the way." Pruning these vines takes time and strategy, and we will continue pruning most everyday until March when the vines just start pushing growth.
 
St. Valentine's
Celebrate Amore at Raffaldini

AmoreAmore: The Language of Love!
Sunday, February 9 | 1:00pm

 
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 | 1:00pm-3:00pm

$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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Speakeasy:
Murder Mystery Wine Dinner
Saturday, February 29 | 6:30pm - 9:00pm

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 | 1:00pm-3:00pm

$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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Four Seasons Wine Tasting Dinner: Spring
Saturday, April 18 | 6:30pm - 9:00pm
$120 Dinner and Hotel Shuttle | $99 Dinner Only


The Four Seasons Wine Tasting Dinners are held Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter and are hosted by Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini. Each dinner features four seasonal food courses and four specially chosen wines to complement the food. Culinary and wine descriptions will be given during the evening to enhance your enjoyment. This is an opportunity to share your food and wine passion with like-minded friends. The atmosphere will be relaxed and casual with a focus on meeting new friends and enjoying la dolce vita. 
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Jay Tasting from Barrels
Take a Hike! With Jay Raffaldini
Sunday, April 19 | 10:30am - 1:00pm

$50 General Admission | $40 Wine Club

 
Join Jay Raffaldini on a moderate hike around the Raffaldini property! Wear sensible walking shoes and prepare yourself for a delightful morning out. Hike will be followed by a hearty luncheon of soup, crusty breads and wine! $50 plus tax per person includes the hike, lunch and two glasses of wine.
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Beyond the Vines...Into the Community


4th Annual Big Bands Are For Lovers

Friday, February 14, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
The Millennium Center, Winston-Salem

Join Camel City Jazz Orchestra for an evening of fine dining and dancing to the classic sounds of big band music. Admission ($85/person) includes passed hors d’oeuvres with a glass of Raffaldini sparkling wine upon entrance, interactive food stations (beef, seafood and vegetarian options), and complimentary beer and wine from Raffaldini Vineyards.

Purchase Tickets

Tickets must be purchased in advance (by Sunday, February 9, 2020). 
 




Movable Feast: Parapalooza

Saturday, February 8
Hanesbrands Theatre, Winston-Salem

 

Movable Feast is one of Bookmarks' signature events, now in its eighth year. Presented by Bookmarks and Salemtowne Retirement Community, Movable Feast features authors in a rotation among guests who are seated at round tables. Like speed dating for avid readers, each table enjoys conversation and Q&A's with each author that visits their table.

The eighth annual Movable Feast will feature 21 authors whose works range from poetry to mystery to cookbooks. Guests can choose from two ticket options that include food and drinks.

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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