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January 4, 2021 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Raffaldini January Newsletter

 
JANUARY 2021 Events
Salon Tasting with Jay Raffaldini
Grande Riserva
Saturday, January 23 | 1pm - 3pm

Enjoy this opportunity to join Owner Jay Raffaldini and Winemaker Chris Nelson in an exclusive, first ever Raffaldini Grande Riserva Salon Tasting. Held in the barrel room of the winery, guests will enjoy a blind tasting of our Grande Riserva going up blind against some of the greatest Super Tuscan wines in the world. All paired with antipasti to complement each wine. 

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." 
General Admission
Wine Club

Four Seasons Wine Tasting Dinner: Winter
Saturday, January 9 | 6:30pm - 9pm

The Four Seasons Wine Tasting Dinners are held Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter and are hosted by Owner Jay Raffaldini. Join us under the spacious, heated tent for an evening of food, wine, and fellowship! 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. 
 
Menu

Antipasti:
Crostini with Fig Jam, Prosciutto, Arugula
Cured Meats, Crostini                    
Assorted Cheeses                    
Artichoke Salad, Sun Dried Tomato, Caper, Herbs
Caponata, Sweet and Sour Eggplant 
Raffaldini 2019 Auguri 

Primo:                    
Linguini Tossed with Roasted Butternut Squash Pureé and Sage            
Raffaldini 2018 Bella Misto

Secondo:                    
Braised Pork Loin, stuffed with Pine Nuts, Golden Raisin, Caper, Parsley in Tomato Sauce
Whipped Potatoes, Garlic and Herb
Sautéed Green Beans with Buttered Almonds
Focaccia     
Raffaldini 2018 Grande Riserva

Dolce:
Sweet and Savory Apple Cobbler 
Raffaldini Meditazione 
                    
Dinner + Shuttle
Dinner Only
 
Our Heated Tent is So Delightful
 
 
Our heated piazza tent with socially distanced seating is ready to keep you cozy this winter. Warm up with a glass, flight or bottle and don't let the winter blues keep you away!


a display of wine, cheese and crackersComing Soon, Charcuterie Plates
We are excited to bring expanded food options and charcuterie plates in to the tasting experience in 2021! Stay tuned for more details! 
 
Beyond the Vines...Into the Community



Help Us Fill the Wine Barrel with Food! 
 
This year we are helping to fight hunger in the Carolinas! Join us by bringing your non-perishable item to the wine barrel in the Villa through January 11. Second Harvest Food Bank serves the 18 counties of Northwest North Carolina by providing food and support 430+ on-the-ground local partner programs and by lifting the message of food insecurity and poverty into the public eye.

 
 
 
Virtual Yoga in the Vineyards with Maureen
Mondays & Wednesdays | 9am via Zoom

Join Maureen Stitt a certified Kripalu yoga instructor for a 60-minute yoga class designed for all students who have a desire to enhance their well-being through movement, breath awareness and self-inquiry. Set-up your mat and get ready to change the world, one breath at a time!

Cost: $10.00 per class

NOTE: After purchase, you will receive a link to join the class via Zoom. Please note, you must make the purchase at least 30-minutes before the class begins.

RSVP Wednesday, January 6
RSVP Monday, January 11
Felice Anno Nuovo e Tanti Auguri! 

Happy New Year and Best Wishes! Thank you for being a part of our story and spending time with us in 2020. We look forward to seeing you in 2021! 
 

 
Raffaldini Vineyards is committed to Count on Me NC, a mutual pledge to keep everyone safe and healthy. Click to read our latest guidelines. As a general reminder, no one under 21 is allowed on premise during phase 3. We appreciate your cooperation.  
 
 
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Time Posted: Jan 4, 2021 at 12:23 PM
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December 16, 2020 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Walking in A WINE-ter Wonderland

 

Gifts in front of a tree

Deck the Halls with Bows of Vino! 

Let us give your gifts some local flavor. Our staff are here to help make suggestions or order from our web site 24/7 and include a gift message for a personalized, handwritten note to accompany your gift. UPS ground shipping to NC and many surrounding areas is one day transit, making Raffaldini wine a unique and convenient gift! Click to see some of our many options, or give us a call at 336.835.9463 to customize your gift!
Buy Now
Our Heated Tent is So Delightful
 
Our heated piazza tent is open with safe spacing and ready to keep you cozy this winter. Warm up with a flight or a glass and don't let the winter blues keep you away! 

 
 
December Food Trucks

Saturday, December 19 - Dogs R' Us
Sunday, December 20 - Dogs R' Us
 
Beyond the Vines...Into the Community
 

Fill the Wine Barrel with Food! 
 
This year we are helping to fight hunger in the Carolinas! Join us by bringing your non-perishable item to the wine barrel in the Villa through December 21. Second Harvest Food Bank serves the 18 counties of Northwest North Carolina by providing food and support 430+ on-the-ground local partner programs and by lifting the message of food insecurity and poverty into the public eye.
 
 
Virtual Yoga in the Vineyards with Maureen
Mondays & Wednesdays | 9am via Zoom

Join Maureen Stitt a certified Kripalu yoga instructor for a 60-minute yoga class designed for all students who have a desire to enhance their well-being through movement, breath awareness and self-inquiry. Set-up your mat and get ready to change the world, one breath at a time!

Cost: $10.00 per class

NOTE: After purchase, you will receive a link to join the class via Zoom. Please note, you must make the purchase at least 30-minutes before the class begins.

RSVP Monday, December 21
RSVP Wednesday, December 23
 
JANUARY 2021 Events



Four Seasons Wine Tasting Dinner: Winter
Saturday, January 9 | 6:30pm - 9pm

The Four Seasons Wine Tasting Dinners are held Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter and are hosted by Owner 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.
Dinner + Shuttle
Dinner Only

Chocolate and Cheers! Wine & Dessert Pairing
Sunday, January 17 | 1pm - 3pm

The perfect pairing! Wine and dessert! Join us for this 2 hour event where we will pair four Raffaldini wines with four decadent desserts. Learn the ingredients and technique involved in the creation of each dessert and why they pair perfectly with each wine. Tickets are $40 for general admission and $35 for wine club members. The event includes a sample of 4 wines along with a dessert pairing for each wine. This event is for those age 21 and over. Stop by the tasting room, visit our website www.raffaldini.com, call 336.526.1078 or email us at info@raffaldini.com for more information or to make a reservation.
General Admission
Wine Club

Grande Riserva Salon Tasting
Saturday, January 23 | 1pm - 3pm

Enjoy this opportunity to join Owner Jay Raffaldini and Winemaker Chris Nelson in an exclusive, first ever Raffaldini Grande Riserva Salon Tasting. Held in the barrel room of the winery, guests will enjoy a blind tasting of our Grande Riserva going up blind against some of the greatest super Tuscan wines in the world. All paired with antipasti to complement each wine. 
General Admission
Wine Club
 

 
Raffaldini Vineyards is committed to Count on Me NC, a mutual pledge to keep everyone safe and healthy. Click to read our latest guidelines. As a general reminder, no one under 21 is allowed on premise during phase 3. We appreciate your cooperation.  
 
 
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Time Posted: Dec 16, 2020 at 12:56 PM
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December 1, 2020 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Raffaldini December Newsletter

 

Uncork the Perfect Gift
Raffaldini Vineyards is your holiday destination! 
 
Let us give your gifts some local flavor. Our staff are here to help make suggestions or order from our web site 24/7 and include a gift message for a personalized, handwritten note to accompany your gift. UPS ground shipping to NC and many surrounding areas is one day transit, making Raffaldini wine a unique and convenient gift! Click to see some of our many options, or give us a call at 336.835.9463 to customize your gift!
Buy Now
 
December Food Trucks

Saturday, December 12 - Wraps Around the World
Sunday, December 13 - Wraps Around the World

Saturday, December 19 - Dogs R' Us

Sunday, December 20 - Dogs R' Us
 


Wine Club Appreciation
Saturday, December 12th, 12:00pm – 4:00pm

 
In honor of our wine club members, we would like to show our appreciation by making a whole day about you! We are inviting you all to join us for a full day of live music, food and the best part…wine! This event is free to attend, we just ask that you please RSVP with the number of guests attending.
RSVP
 
Beyond the Vines...Into the Community
 
Giving Tuesday | December 1

It is the giving season, and we would like to encourage you to give a little back to your community during this time of need. We'd like to share some of the organizations that we've supported over the years and encourage you to support them, too. These are a few of our 'Favorite Things!' 


A/perture
(AARF)Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation
Advice 5K 
Authoring Action
Bookmarks
Carolina Caring
The Crossnore School
Hispanic League
Little Theater
Metrolina Association for the Blind
Parenting Path
Piedmont Opera
Piedmont Wind Symphony
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC
Trellis

 

Fill the Wine Barrel with Food! 
 
This year we are helping to fight hunger in the Carolinas! Join us by bringing your canned nonperishable item to the wine barrel in the Villa through December 21. Second Harvest Food Bank serves the 18 counties of Northwest North Carolina by providing food and support 430+ on-the-ground local partner programs and by lifting the message of food insecurity and poverty into the public eye.

 
 
 
Virtual Yoga in the Vineyards with Maureen
Mondays & Wednesdays | 9am via Zoom

Join Maureen Stitt a certified Kripalu yoga instructor for a 60-minute yoga class designed for all students who have a desire to enhance their well-being through movement, breath awareness and self-inquiry. Set-up your mat and get ready to change the world, one breath at a time!

Cost: $10.00 per class

NOTE: After purchase, you will receive a link to join the class via Zoom. Please note, you must make the purchase at least 30-minutes before the class begins.

RSVP Monday, December 7
RSVP Wednesday, December 9
 


Four Seasons Wine Tasting Dinner: Winter
Saturday, January 9 | 6:30pm - 9pm

The Four Seasons Wine Tasting Dinners are held Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter and are hosted by Owner 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.
Dinner + Shuttle
Dinner Only
 

 
Raffaldini Vineyards is committed to Count on Me NC, a mutual pledge to keep everyone safe and healthy. Click to read our latest guidelines. As a general reminder, no one under 21 is allowed on premise during phase 3. We appreciate your cooperation.  
 
 
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Time Posted: Dec 1, 2020 at 1:53 PM
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December 1, 2020 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Give Thanks with Raffaldini Wine

 

Uncork the Perfect Gift
Raffaldini Vineyards is your holiday destination! 
 
Let us give your gifts some local flavor. Our staff are here to help make suggestions or order from our web site 24/7 and include a gift message for a personalized, handwritten note to accompany your gift. UPS ground shipping to NC and many surrounding areas is one day transit, making Raffaldini wine a unique and convenient gift! 

Last Chance! 
Raffaldini Desaria and Girasole Rose almost Sold Out 
 

We have less than ten cases left of our dried Vermentino, Desaria (until August), and dry rosé Girasole, which will be discontinued after this vintage. Stop by the Villa or order online to secure yours today!  
Buy Now
 
Black Friday at Raffaldini Vineyards Nov. 27

 
Tis the season for Holiday Cheer! Come and do your holiday shopping under the tent with Raffaldini! We are hosting local vendors with local arts, crafts, food and more to make your holiday shopping experience safe, convenient and unique, and help you find great gifts for everyone in your life. Stock up on your favorite Raffaldini wines for the holidays or to give as a gift for friends and family. Shop local this year for the perfect Christmas gift! 
 
Local instrumentalist RG Absher will entertain you with storytelling, traditional Appalachian instruments and music to get you in the holiday mood! 
 
November Food Trucks

Saturday, November 21 - Dogs R' Us
Sunday, November 22 - Dogs R' Us

Saturday, November 28 - Cousins Maine Lobster
Sunday, November 29 - Southern on Wheels
 
Beyond the Vines...Into the Community


Fill the Wine Barrel with Food! 

 
This year we are helping to fight hunger in the Carolinas! Join us by bringing your canned nonperishable item to the wine barrel in the Villa from November 27 through December 21. Second Harvest Food Bank serves the 18 counties of Northwest North Carolina by providing food and support 430+ on-the-ground local partner programs and by lifting the message of food insecurity and poverty into the public eye.

Small Business Saturday | November 28
Small Business Saturday is a national shopping day that takes place the Saturday after Thanksgiving.This shopping day encourages consumers to Shop Small and support their local communities. Raffaldini Vineyards encourages you to give intentionally this year with locally produced or sourced gifts this holiday season!

Giving Tuesday | December 1

It is the giving season, and we would like to encourage you to give a little back to your community during this time of need. We'd like to share some of the organizations that we've supported over the years and encourage you to support them, too. These are a few of our 'Favorite Things!' 


A/perture
(AARF)Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation
Advice 5K 
Authoring Action
Bookmarks
Carolina Caring
The Crossnore School
Hispanic League
Little Theater
Metrolina Association for the Blind
Parenting Path
Piedmont Opera
Piedmont Wind Symphony
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC
Trellis


Wine Club Appreciation
Saturday, December 12th, 12:00pm – 4:00pm

 
In honor of our wine club members, we would like to show our appreciation by making a whole day about you! We are inviting you all to join us for a full day of live music, food and the best part…wine! This event is free to attend, we just ask that you please RSVP with the number of guests attending.
RSVP
 
 
Virtual Yoga in the Vineyards with Maureen
Mondays & Wednesdays | 9am via Zoom

Join Maureen Stitt a certified Kripalu yoga instructor for a 60-minute yoga class designed for all students who have a desire to enhance their well-being through movement, breath awareness and self-inquiry. Set-up your mat and get ready to change the world, one breath at a time!

Cost: $10.00 per class

NOTE: After purchase, you will receive a link to join the class via Zoom. Please note, you must make the purchase at least 30-minutes before the class begins.

RSVP Monday, November 23
RSVP Wednesday, November 25
 
 
Save The Date!
 

Murder at the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
Saturday, December 19th
General Admission | Dinner with Shuttle

A Holiday Murder! An interactive Ugly Christmas Sweater Murder Mystery Experience! Put on the ugliest sweater you can find and join us for an exclusive evening filled with Mystery, Mayhem & Murder! This event will be held on December 19th from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Interactive Murder Mystery where YOU play as a character to find the murderer! 

Solve the murder? WIN THE GRAND PRIZE!

Click the photo for more info! Call Ashley at 336.526.1078 or email us info@raffaldini.com for any additional questions!



Four Seasons Wine Tasting Dinner: Winter
Saturday, January 9th, 2021
More Details Coming Soon!
 

 
Raffaldini Vineyards is committed to Count on Me NC, a mutual pledge to keep everyone safe and healthy. Click to read our latest guidelines. As a general reminder, no one under 21 is allowed on premise during phase 3. We appreciate your cooperation.  
 
 
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Time Posted: Dec 1, 2020 at 2:50 AM
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November 1, 2020 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Raffaldini November Newsletter

Assemblaggio! 
Grande Riserva Blending Trials
Very limited seating for these three dates

Available Dates:
Sunday, November 8
Sunday, November 15
Saturday, November 21
1pm-3pm
$40 General Admission | $35 Wine Club

 


We're excited to unveil the first taste of our epic 2019 red wines that benefitted from the extraordinary hot and dry conditions of the vintage, yielding ripe, flavorful wines. After careful aging, these reds are ready for blending and we need you to help us determine the blend for the Raffaldini Grande Riserva!

Assemblaggio is a two-hour educational wine experience led by Owner Jay Raffaldini in our winery barrel room. Each blend you create will be carefully analyzed, sampled and help inspire our new vintage of Grande Riserva. 

This is an opportunity to hone your winemaking knowledge and ability, learn more about grape varietals, and make a few new friends in the process. Blending trials will be held in the barrel room allowing you to experience the winery during the winemaking session.
Buy Now
November Food Trucks

Saturday, November 7 - Wraps Around the World
Sunday, November 8 - Dogs R' Us


Saturday, November 14 - Dogs R' Us 
Sunday, November 15 - Dogs R' Us


Saturday, November 28 - Cousins Maine Lobster
Sunday, November 29 - Southern on Wheels
 
Black Friday at Raffaldini Vineyards Nov. 27

 
Tis the season for Holiday Cheer! Come and do your holiday shopping with Raffaldini! We are hosting local vendors with local arts, crafts, food and more to make your holiday shopping experience safe, convenient and unique, and help you find great gifts for everyone in your life. Stock up on your favorite Raffaldini wines for the holidays or to give as a gift for friends and family. Shop local this year for the perfect Christmas gift! 
 
Local instrumentalist RG Absher will entertain you with storytelling, traditional Appalachian instruments and music to get you in the holiday mood! 
 
Beyond the Vines...Into the Community


11th Annual Taste of the South...at Home!
November 19th, 2020

Authoring Action will host its 11th Annual major fundraising event in a new, virtual format entitled Taste of the South...at Home! Guests will continue to enjoy tastings of the very best in Southern cuisine, but this year they will select a drive-through pick up time to receive their exquisite Southern tastings to enjoy at home, including Raffaldini Wines! 

 
 
Virtual Yoga in the Vineyards with Maureen
Mondays & Wednesdays | 9am via Zoom

Join Maureen Stitt a certified Kripalu yoga instructor for a 60-minute yoga class designed for all students who have a desire to enhance their well-being through movement, breath awareness and self-inquiry. Set-up your mat and get ready to change the world, one breath at a time!

Cost: $10.00 per class

NOTE: After purchase, you will receive a link to join the class via Zoom. Please note, you must make the purchase at least 30-minutes before the class begins.

RSVP Monday, November 9
RSVP Wednesday, November 11
 
 
Save The Date!
 

Murder at the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
Saturday, December 19th

Four Seasons Wine Tasting Dinner: Winter

Saturday, January 9th, 2021
 

 
Raffaldini Vineyards is committed to Count on Me NC, a mutual pledge to keep everyone safe and healthy. Click to read our latest guidelines. As a general reminder, no one under 21 is allowed on premise during phase 2. We appreciate your cooperation.  
 
 
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Time Posted: Nov 1, 2020 at 2:47 AM
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October 22, 2020 | Raffaldini Vineyards

A Personal Note From Jay Raffaldini

Jay Raffaldini in the Vines courtesy of Visit Winston Salem

Ciao Amici,

I hope this post finds everyone safe and healthy. As 2020 draws to a close it is hard not to reflect on what an extraordinarily unusual year it has been. All of us have been touched by COVID in one form or another. I remember celebrating my daughter Kristava’s birthday on St. Patrick’s Day and could not imagine in a mere few days how the whole world was about to change. This served as a stark reminder to me how short and precious life can be and to celebrate each and every day with passion and joy.

On a more mundane level it was a year of change at Raffaldini Vineyards as well. The arrival of COVID forced us to adjust our business model from stand-up tastings to the much nicer seated wine flights. This has proven so wildly popular that we decided to keep it and invest in a beautiful custom-made tent to enclose the piazza and also allow for more tables. We will be resuming reservations only tastings in December.

Next up, I need to mention the weather this year. For growing grapes to say it was a challenge would be a gross understatement. Between the April frost, Mother’s Day freeze in May and record rainfall it was a year I would like to forget. Our production is down about 75% and while the remaining 25% is excellent it doesn’t help in meeting the soaring demand for our wines. But, as we say in New York and in my new favorite movie, The Irishman, “it’s what it is.”

On a happier note, we managed to plant twelve thousand vines (to replace underperforming ones), significantly increasing our Sagrantino acreage while reducing Sangiovese and planted a new grape called Trebbiano to serve as the base of our Prosecco style sparkling Auguri. In 2021, we are planting six thousand more vines and as noted before none of this is about expanding our production but rather to put healthier vines into production so we can produce better wine year after year which is our ultimate goal – quality over quantity.

Speaking of 2021, this is the 20th anniversary of when we purchased an abandoned farm and began the long conversion of establishing Raffaldini Vineyards. To celebrate this special event, we will be introducing in May a limited-edition 20th anniversary wine made in a very special bottle that I hope will provoke as many happy memories for you as it does with me. Stay tuned for details.

Finally, on a personal level I received some rather devasting news with the irrational decision of the Coca Cola Company to permanently end the production of my beloved Tab. So, I am going to make an offer to everyone - for every 12 pack of Tab you bring to Raffaldini Vineyards I will exchange a bottle of Sangiovese from my personal cellar. Similar to two years ago when I did this and received over 150 12 packs, I am hopeful to receive more given the finality of this terrible outcome. 

During this holiday season please make as much time as you can to fill it with joy and happiness with the ones your hold most dear.  A toast to 2021 and our best wishes to all of you.

 

Jay

Time Posted: Oct 22, 2020 at 11:44 AM
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October 1, 2020 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Raffaldini October Newsletter

15th Annual Festa Italiana...Grazie!!!
Thank You!

 
A big thank you to all of our guests, staff, volunteers, vendors, musicians, entertainers and everyone else who helped make our 15th Annual Festa Italiana a wonderful day for all. Thanks to the wonderful feedback and demand for the event we will continue with a two day format in 2021! 


Save the date for our 16th Annual Festa Italiana!
Saturday, September 17 & 18, 2021
Photos Courtesy Monty and Brenda Combs
 
 
Photo Courtesy Seasons Magazine
Fortune Favors The Bold.
Raffaldini Vineyards Featured in Greensboro's Seasons Magazine. 

We're pleased to be featured in the Fall 2020 Issue of Seasons Magazine, produced by O'Henry Hotel.
Learn More
 
October Events
 

 
Join Raffaldini Vineyards at Poplar Tapas for Charlotte Wine + Food Week
Thursday, October 15 | 6:30pm

Charlotte Wine & Food brings together leading wine industry experts from around the world and pairs them with Charlotte’s top chefs to celebrate and advance knowledge of and appreciation for fine wine and food, while making significant contributions to charitable organizations that benefit children and their families in the Charlotte community. Join Jay Raffaldini and Winemaker Chris Nelson at this exclusive pairing experience in the heart of uptown at Poplar Tapas. This dinner is extremely limited and will sell out. Make reservations now. 

Details, Menu and Tickets

 

Raffaldini Farmers Market
Sunday, October 18 | 12pm-5pm

Celebrate all the season has to offer as you meet and shop with local farmers on the grounds of Raffaldini Vineyards! In addition to magnificent vineyard and mountain views, you will have the opportunity to sample and purchase locally sourced produce, cheese and baked goods. You can also enjoy a picnic from our fully-stocked deli case. 

Featured Vendors:
Apalachee Bee Company
Garnet Rose Soap Co.
Green Mesa Blueberry Farm
Heritage Homestead Goat Cheese
Megan's Vinyl Studio

Robinson House Collection

Halloween 80s Theme Murder Mystery Dinner
Sunday, October 31 | 6pm - 9pm 

Dinner + Shuttle $95 | Dinner $75

A Totally Rad Murder! An interactive 80s/Halloween Murder Mystery Experience! Put on your best retro outfit and join us for an exclusive evening filled with Mystery, Mayhem & Murder! This event will be held on October 31st from 6:00pm-9:00pm. Ticket includes: Totally Rad Four-Course Meal & Wine, Pre-Party 80s Trivia & Auguri, Interactive Murder Mystery where YOU play as a character to find the murderer! Solve the murder? WIN THE GRAND PRIZE! Best Dressed? WIN A PRIZE!

October Food Trucks

Saturday, October 3 - Kebab Soul Food Truck
Sunday, October 4 - Kebab Soul Food Truck

Saturday, October 17 - Wraps Around the World

Sunday, October 18 - Wraps Around the World


October Live Music

Sunday, October 18 - To Be Announced
 
 
Beyond the Vines...Into the Community


Presents:

 

Echoes from Carolina Matinee

October 16 & 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

 $20
 

Romeo and Juliet are reimagined in 1950’s North Carolina by Floyd, whose most popular opera, Susannah, would explore similar themes. Sadie, whose family belongs to the Disciples, is in love with Micah, a member of the Truelights, and Sadie’s Aunt Sue is against their marriage. American composer Carlisle Floyd’s Slow Dusk will be our first act. Floyd, a South Carolina native, has written a story set in the Sandhills of North Carolina. Raffaldini Vineyards, the official wine sponsor of Piedmont Opera, hopes you will join us in supporting the Arts. This production will be broadcast live from the Stevens Center of the UNCSA on October 16th and 18th.

Buy Now
 
 
Assemblaggio!
Grande Riserva Blending Trials

 

Available Dates:
Saturday, November 7
Saturday, November 14
Saturday, November 21

1pm - 3pm
$40 General Admission | $35 Wine Club

 

Our reds are ready for blending and we need you to help us determine the blend for the Raffaldini Grande Riserva! Each session is a two-hour education wine experience led by Owner Jay Raffaldini in our winery barrel room. Each blend you create will be carefully analyzed, sampled and help inspire our new vintage of Grande Riserva.

This is an opportunity to hone your winemaking knowledge and ability, learn more about grape varietals, and make a few new friends in the process. Blending trials will be held in the barrel room allowing you to experience the winery during the winemaking session.


 
Buy Now
 
 
Virtual Yoga in the Vineyards with Maureen
Mondays & Wednesdays | 9am via Zoom

Join Maureen Stitt a certified Kripalu yoga instructor for a 60-minute yoga class designed for all students who have a desire to enhance their well-being through movement, breath awareness and self-inquiry. Set-up your mat and get ready to change the world, one breath at a time!

Cost: $10.00 per class

NOTE: After purchase, you will receive a link to join the class via Zoom. Please note, you must make the purchase at least 30-minutes before the class begins.

RSVP Wednesday, October 14
RSVP Monday, October 19
 

 
Raffaldini Vineyards is committed to Count on Me NC, a mutual pledge to keep everyone safe and healthy. Click to read our latest guidelines. As a general reminder, no one under 21 is allowed on premise during phase 2. We appreciate your cooperation.  
 
 
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September 10, 2020 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Women in Wine, Barbara Raffaldini

Women in Wine: Barbara Raffaldini Barbar Raffaldini in the vines at Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery.

by: Jennifer Primrose and Dathan Kazsuk for the Wilkesboro Tourism Development Authority

From law school and culinary classes to travel and running day-to-day operations at one of North Carolina’s most successful wineries, Barbara Raffaldini is one of the state’s trendsetters when it comes to its successful wine industry.

She’s quick to admit that Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery in Ronda is her brother’s brainchild, but she’s also very attentive about all the time and energy she devotes to the winery. Working 3 to 4 days a week at the vineyard, which also includes weekly visits to Costco for supplies, Raffaldini’s jobs include, but not limited to, being general counsel, handling HR matters, maintaining the books and records and acting as general manager.

“I’ve also helped with planting some of the 12,000 new vines this year,” she says. She will also be helping at harvest.

But where did it all start for Barbara? How did she wind up in North Carolina, partnering up with her older brother in the winery business?

While her brother, Jay, spent his entire career working in New York, Barbara is proud to call herself a mid-westerner. “When I was 9 and he was 10, we moved to a suburb of Chicago,” Raffaldini says. There the two went to the school until the graduated from high school, and then when it was time for college, Raffaldini left for the east to attend Georgetown University. She graduated cum laude with a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service as well as her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. 

After she graduated, she practiced law in Washington, D.C. for two years, then moved back to Illinois to practice law and where she eventually became a partner in the law firm Pachter, Gregory & Raffaldini until she eventually made the move to North Carolina in January 2015.

“Jay and Maureen (his wife) moved to North Carolina in 2008,” she says. “I would come and visit and spend time at the vineyard and then go home to Chicago to work on vineyard matters remotely.” Eventually, Raffaldini came to the conclusion that it would be best for her to do her legal work long distance. “My clients didn’t care where I was, and my law partners were fantastic and supportive, and so I became our firm's North Carolina office.’ I’m still am part of our Illinois law firm, I just work remotely.” Which has been the name of the game since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the states in March of 2020.

One might think working alongside a sibling in a business might not be the best option, but Raffaldini sees only the positive side. “It’s a wonderful thing to be in business with a sibling. We’re really different and can appreciate each other’s strengths. There’s only been a few times we’ve wanted to hit each other over the head,” she says. Just look at other wine family greats such as the Gallo’s or Mondavi’s … “Yeah, they are successful, but they all hated each other,” Raffaldini quips.


LENDING A HELPING HAND

When Raffaldini isn’t at the winery, she enjoys devoting time to nonprofit organizations such as Bookmarks. The Winston-Salem organization began in 2005, and helps bring together readers and authors from all around the world. Raffaldini started out volunteering, and currently is the board president of Bookmarks, whose tag line is Books with a Purpose. “We are just finishing up an amazing program called "Book Build. Bookmarks by this fall will have infused over 25,000 books into local school libraries,” she says.

Raffaldini is also on the board of the Piedmont Opera, another nonprofit organization in Winston-Salem that puts on two opera performances a year. In the past, the opera presented performances such as “The Pirates of Penzance”, “Silent Night” and “The Elixir of Love." 

Even at the winery, the philanthropic roots go deep. Raffaldini Vineyards has also supported local animal rescues by donating proceeds of its special Pino Vino, which for 10 years featured a shelter dog on its label. Raffaldini Vineyards also supports the 2nd Harvest Food Bank and donates wine for its fundraisers. 

Taking part in these nonprofits can always tug at heartstrings, but they can also lead to some amazing dinner conversations while enjoying a glass of wine. Raffaldini’s moment might be when Bookmarks launched an event for the debut of Frances Mayes’ new book “See You in the Piazza.” A fan of Mayes’ best-selling book “Under the Tuscan Sun,” Raffaldini got to meet Mayes and talked about how she took a group of 25 Raffaldini wine club members to Tuscany and Umbria, including a visit to Cortona with her travel agency, Behind the Vines Travel.

“In her last book, (Mayes) had a sentence recounting that Sagrantino wine is a favorite of her husband, Ed, and it is mainly grown in Umbria, in Montefalco. She then wrote that she heard a winery in North Carolina is growing Sagrantino grapes. So, when I met her, I said that winery is us, and gave her a bottle,” Raffaldini says.


LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

On the drive to the winery’s ornate Italian villa tasting room, you will one day see a new destination that will catch your eye. Raffaldini purchased 12 acres adjacent to the vineyard where she plans to erect a B&B and restaurant. While there’s still a lot of work to be done, she knows exactly what she wants. “I want the feel to be simple. Clean lines, a two-story library filled with books as well as outdoor seating to gather while relaxing and drinking wine.” With Swan Creek’s group of wineries all within a short distance of one another, Raffaldini knows the area is in dire need of secondary businesses such as lodging, and a high-quality restaurant/B&B and that such businesses would really lead to more people from out of town staying a weekend. 

A business plan is still in the works, architectural plans are being finalized and construction drawing and permits need to be obtained, but when complete, visitors to the Swan Creek AVA will feel like they’re in wine country.

“Because of Covid-19, I think there will be a lot more people traveling near home to places they can rely on and trust. I think there is an opportunity to capture more business.”

 

Time Posted: Sep 10, 2020 at 8:28 AM
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September 4, 2020 | Raffaldini Vineyards

15th Annual Festa Italiana

 
Raffaldini Vineyards 15th Annual Festa Italiana
Thursday, September 17th - Saturday, September 19th
 
 
In previous years we have held our Italian Festival for one day only. This year, due to COVID-19, Festa will be a 3-day, fun filled, family event to accommodate required social distancing and allow for small group educational sessions on all things Italian!

Across the property we will have designated spots marked six feet apart for you to set up your own canopies, lawn chairs, blankets umbrellas or pop up tents, etc. to enjoy your time with us! Masks are required when you are not seated in your designated area. Access is limited so online, pre-purchased tickets are strongly encouraged. 

 
BOTTLE SALES ONLY * CASH AND CARD ACCEPTED
 
Tickets 
General Admission
 
Your ticket consists of admission to the festival for one of the three days, your designated area on the lawn to set up all day, full access to daily entertainment sessions listed below on a first come, first serve basis, one complimentary glass of wine, live music & more!

One Day Pass
 

Three Day Pass
 
Your ticket consists of admission to the festival for all three days, your designated area on the lawn to set up all day, full access to daily entertainment sessions listed below on a first come, first serve basis, one complimentary glass of wine each day, live music & more!
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VIP Access (tickets must be purchased in advance)

*                      Exclusive check-in point for VIP guests
*                      VIP Parking
*                      Festival admission for up to 8 guests
*                      All General Admission perks per guest
*                      One reserved table seating up to 8 guests
*                      Access to the VIP Section on the Piazza for all three days.
*                      VIP section includes indoor bathrooms, exclusive table side service,
                        VIP identity badge, individually wrapped packaged antipasti plates, bottled
                        water & more.
*                      One complimentary glass of wine per guest.
*                      Commemorative wine glass per guest.
*                      Live music all day and full access to daily entertainment sessions listed below
                        on a first come, first serve basis.
Reserve
 
Food Trucks:
Dogs R Us (T,F,S)
Gianno’s (T,F,S)
Southern on Wheels (T,F,S)
Kebab Truck (T,F,S)

Sweet Treats:

The Cannoli Man (S)
Desserts by Anne (T,F,S)
 
 
Small Sessions

The small sessions offer an inside glimpse at Raffaldini Vineyards and some of the beautiful facets of Italian culture. Each session will be held outdoors at designated locations listed below (limited to 50 seats – first come first serve). Click the links for more details. 

Thursday | Friday | Saturday
 
 
*Visit one of our 3 wine windows for contactless purchase of bottles of wine, based on a tradition used in 14th century Italy during the Black Plague. 
 

Best Mask Challenge


We have competition for 1, 2nd and 3rd place finishers of BEST MASK competition. They need to wear their favorite wine related mask. Winners selected each day for great prizes!
 

 
Raffaldini Vineyards is committed to Count on Me NC, a mutual pledge to keep everyone safe and healthy. Click to read our latest guidelines. As a general reminder, no one under 21 is allowed on premise during phase 2. We appreciate your cooperation.  
 
 
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Time Posted: Sep 4, 2020 at 11:41 AM
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September 1, 2020 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Raffaldini September Newsletter

 


Harvest Time is Here!

 
Our team is working diligently to bring in the grapes of the 2020 vintage. Come visit with us during this magical season and experience our vineyard at harvest time!
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Fall Wine Club Wines Now Available!

The Fall Wine club package contains six bottles of four new wine releases including one completely new expression of Vermentino called Desaria. Your wine club package will contain the following wines: 
  • 1 Bottle 2019 Auguri (Traditional Method Sparkling Wine, crisp, dry and refreshing) 
  • 1 Bottle 2019 Desaria (First of its kind, full-bodied Vermentino utilizing Appassimentoextended skin contact and oak fermentation)
  • 2 Bottles 2018 Montepulciano Riserva (Our signature varietal, hearty, fruit forward red)
  • 2 Bottles 2018 Il Falco (Robust, savory red wine made from Sagrantino. Epic Tannins) 
The package also contains a letter from Jay and recipes to pair with each wine from Barbara. If you cannot join us for the wine club release, you will have the opportunity to hear from Jay Raffaldini on these new wines via Zoom (more info below) in the weeks following the release.

Jay Raffaldini Hosts Wine Club Zoom Tastings
 
Jay Raffaldini will host a series of live, virtual tastings exclusively for wine club members on Zoom. Jay will taste and describe the new wines and offer a Q & A Session. The schedule for tastings are: 
 



 
Friday, August 28 | 7pm - Desaria
Friday, September 4 | 7pm - Montepulciano Riserva
Friday, September 11 | 7pm - Il Falco

Wine Club Members, look out for a separate email containing the Zoom Invite. Not a member?
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September Events

Labor Day Weekend
September 5th, 6th, 7th

Classic Italian Cuisine by Catering by Ann 
Live Music Monday, September 7 The Craig Vaughn Experience

Labor Day Weekend at Raffaldini Vineyards means relaxing with family and friends, drinking wine, eating some delicious food prepared by Catering By Ann, and on Monday, listening to the warm sounds of The Craig Vaughn Experience. His high energy blend of rock, blues, pop & acoustic music pairs well with our wines and is sure to make your weekend memorable. 

15th Annual Festa Italiana 
September 17th, 18th, 19th | 11am-5pm


In previous years we have held our Italian Festival for one day only. This year, due to COVID-19, Festa will be a 3-day event to accommodate safe social distancing and allow for small group educational sessions on all things Italian! Across the property we will have designated spots marked six feet apart for you to set up your own canopies, lawn chairs, blankets umbrellas or pop up tents, etc. to enjoy your time with us! Access is limited so online pre-purchased tickets are strongly encouraged. More details will be announced soon! 
 

General Admission $20 | 3 Day Pass $50VIP Experience: $350 per table 

 
Beyond the Vines...Into the Community
September 13 | 4pm-7pm pickup

Raffaldini Vineyards teams up with Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC and Providence for food, fun, and fellowship in the comfort of your own home. We will bring the mission, local chefs will bring the farm-to-table to-go menu, you bring the good will.

Order pick ups will be between 4 and 7 p.m. on September 13, 2020 at Canteen Market & Bistro located at  411 W 4th Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. 

Reservations are required. Social distancing and mask requirements will be enforced. 

 

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Virtual Yoga in the Vineyards with Maureen
Mondays & Wednesdays | 9am via Zoom

Join Maureen Stitt a certified Kripalu yoga instructor for a&nbsnbsp;60-minute yoga class designed for all students who have a desire to enhance their well-being through movement, breath awareness and self-inquiry. Set-up your mat and get ready to change the world, one breath at a time!

Cost: $10.00 per class

NOTE: After purchase, you will receive a link to join the class via Zoom. Please note, you must make the purchase at least 30-minutes before the class begins.

RSVP Monday, August 31
RSVP Wednesday, September 2
 
September Food Trucks
 
Saturday, September 5 - Italian Classics by Catering by Ann & The Kebab Truck
Sunday, September 6 - Italian Classics by Catering by Ann & The Kebab Truck

Monday, September 7 - Italian Classics by Catering by Ann & The Kebab Truck

Saturday, September 12 - Cousins Maine Lobster
Sunday, September 13 - Dogs R' Us


Sunday, September 20 - Dogs R' Us

Saturday, September 26 - Wraps Around the World
Sunday, September 27 - Wraps Around the World
September Music

Monday, September 7 - The Craig Vaughn Experience

Thursday, September 17 
- The Craig Vaughn Experience
Friday, September 18 
- The Craig Vaughn Experience
Saturday, September 19 
- Triple P
 
October Events

Fall Wine Tasting Dinner
Saturday, October 3 | 6:30pm - 9pm
Dinner + Shuttle: $120Dinner Only: $99


This four course wine dinner celebrates the bounty of the fall harvest. Owner Jay Raffaldini is your host who will entertain you with humor, anecdotes and descriptions of the wines served. Share your food and wine passion with like-minded friends.

Take a Hike! with Jay Raffaldini 
Sunday, October 4 | 10:30am - 1pm 

General Admission $50 | Wine Club $45

Wear sensible walking shoes and prepare yourself for a moderate 90 minute hike followed by a hearty luncheon which of course includes wine! During the hike, Jay will share details of the vineyard and his friend and avid outdoorsman Steve will share his love of the woods. 

 

 
Raffaldini Vineyards is committed to Count on Me NC, a mutual pledge to keep everyone safe and healthy. Click to read our latest guidelines. As a general reminder, no one under 21 is allowed on premise during phase 2. We appreciate your cooperation.  
 
 
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