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October 30, 2019 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Raffaldini November Newsletter

James Suckling Hails Raffaldini 2017 Vintage

Wine critic James Suckling recently reviewed three wines from the 2017 vintage. This spectacular vintage was marked by persistent warmth throughout the growing season and relatively dry conditions. All of these wines are available now

2017 Grande Riserva - 92 points

Roasted-fig and tobacco-leaf aromas combine with suggestions of bitter chocolate on the nose. Some dried fruit. Rich and elegant, this has a solid sense of balance with soft tannins and a lovely texture. Blend of montepulicano and sangiovese. Drink or hold.

2017 Sangiovese Classico - 90 points

A pretty sangiovese with tea-leaf, red-fruit and flint character. Lightbodied and tight. Bright acidity. Silky at the finish. Already drinkable but can improve with age.

2017 Bella Misto - 88 points

A spicy red with dark-cherry aromas and flavors. Slightly funky. Mouth-coating. Round and fruity. Montepulciano, petit verdot and sangiovese. Drink now.

 
                   
Assemblaggio!
Grande Riserva Blending Trials
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Available Dates:
Saturday, November 2, 9, 23
Sunday, November 3, 10, 17, 24

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.

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Beyond the Vines...Into the Community

10th Annual Taste of the South fundraiser in downtown Winston Salem. 

Join Raffaldini Vineyards and other community supporters to enjoy the stories and tastings of the very best in Southern Cuisine. Authoring Action! transforms the lives of teens and the world through the power of creative writing, spoken word, visual and media arts. Many of our teens come from challenging backgrounds and are referred to us through the court system, school system and juvenile justice services. Our signature creative writing, spoken word, filmmaking, visual art & design programs offer our youth the tools to discover their unique voices, explore and transform their lives, and become the positive change they want to see in the world.



Raffaldini Vineyards Wine Served in Support of Hispanic League Concert

We were privileged to partner with the Hispanic League's presentation of Venezuelan violinist Eddie Marcano. Established in 1992 to foster diversity and raise awareness by serving as a liaison between the non-Hispanic and Hispanic communities. The Hispanic League a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, strives to improve the quality of life for Hispanics/Latinos through promoting community inclusion, education, health and multicultural understanding.




 
 
Special announcement from Jay Raffaldini coming November 7! 
 
Jay will have a special email update to share on Thursday, November 7. Share our newsletter with your friends and ask them to subscribe! Stay tuned...

 

 
Food Trucks
Wraps Around the World
Saturday, November 2
Sunday, November 3

Gettin' Sauced in the City
Saturday, November 9
Sunday, November 10

Saturday, November 23
Sunday, November 24


King of Jerk
Saturday, November 16
Sunday, November 17

Friday, November 29
Saturday, November 30
 
Harvest 2019

This nearly unprecedented streak of dry weather with the last significant rainfall event of less than 2" in late August left us with warm, dry temperatures all throughout the ripening season, culminating with what is simply the best harvest in the history of Raffaldini Vineyards. Stay tuned! 
Harvest Update From

Winemaker Chris Nelson

 
2019 was an intense harvest at Raffaldini. This harvest was my first in North Carolina after 17 years in California.  Early on in the growing season we could see potential for some quality fruit so we made plans to focus on Appassimento (the Italian drying method used to more intense wines such as Amarone). We were able to push 28 tons of fruit through this drying process so we can expect the same full-bodied, well structured wines routinely produced by Raffaldini. During this harvest we were able to experiment with some new techniques on our Vermentino, as we look to produce a more robust style in 2019. Something new for our fans to look forward to in 2020. All in all, it was a wonderful harvest, and it's still not over as I have a number of wines still fermenting
 


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Time Posted: Oct 30, 2019 at 1:40 PM
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October 16, 2019 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Our Favorite Fall Color...Is Red!

 
Assemblaggio!
Grande Riserva Blending Trials

Weekends in November:

Saturday, November 2, 9, 16, 23
Sunday, November 3, 10, 17, 24


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

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
 
 
 
Vino e Pittura
Sunday, October 20 | 1pm-3pm

$50 General Admission

Join us at Raffaldini Vineyards for an al fresco wine and painting event. This two hour instructional workshop will be overlooking the vines and Blue Ridge Mountains at Villa Raffaldini.

Charlotte, NC artist Rina Norwood of Rina Norwood Designs will instruct the group.

Throughout the class, enjoy award winning Raffaldini wine as your inner artist is inspired to create gorgeous, unique artwork for you to take home.

 

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The Italian Kitchen: Cooking Demonstration
Sunday, October 27 | 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 some helpful tips from Chef Corey and watch him prepare two courses. Chef Corey will be demonstrating a Fall Minestrone soup with butternut squash, celery, artichoke, onion & broccolini and Penne alla Norma pasta with eggplant, tomato, onion, basil & ricotta Panzanella Salad. Price includes the cooking demonstration, food sampling, 2 glasses of wine and recipe cards. 

 

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Harvest 2019
October



King of Jerk
Saturday, October 19




Wraps Around the World
Saturday, October 26
Sunday, October 27



 
November

Wraps Around the World
Saturday, November 2
Sunday, November 3

Gettin' Sauced in the City
Saturday, November 9
Sunday, November 10

Saturday, November 23
Sunday, November 24


King of Jerk
Saturday, November 16
Sunday, November 17

Friday, November 29
Saturday, November 30

 
 
Harvest 2019

This nearly unprecedented streak of dry weather with the last significant rainfall event of less than 2" in late August left us with warm, dry temperatures all throughout the ripening season, culminating with what is simply the best harvest in the history of Raffaldini Vineyards. Stay tuned! 
Harvest Update From

Vineyard Manager Jason Krug

 
One word to describe the 2019 harvest year “Bountiful." Bountiful days full of clear skies and ample sunshine led to a vineyard loaded with juicy full clusters. Its really hard to imagine a better year for growing vitis vinifera on the East Coast. First we had a great two weeks of dry weather and light breezes during the flowering stage in spring leading to an awesome fruit set. We had a few rain event through the season but this year but the clouds didn’t stay long and quickly parted for the sun keeping the vines photosynthesizing and maturing the fruit. September is when the grapes are getting close to pick. Sugars are rising, acid is falling and the fruit is developing phenolics, flavors and the complexities that build a fine wine. If you get a lot of rain in September you can inflate the berries with water and dilute and wash out all the things we look for in a great vintage. With only one rain event dropping less than ¼ inch of rain in September you could not ask for better ripening conditions.  2019 has the potential to be an awesome vintage.


Next time, we'll here from our winemaker, Chris Nelson
 


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450 Groce Road, Ronda, NC 28670

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Time Posted: Oct 16, 2019 at 6:27 PM
Raffaldini Vineyards
 
October 1, 2019 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Raffaldini October Newsletter

 
Beyond the Vines...Into the Community



Mary Queen of Scots
October 18, 20, and 22
Piedmont Opera

New to the Piedmont Opera repertory and making its NC professional debut!

Freedom. After 18 years of being held prisoner by Queen Elizabeth, her cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots breathes fresh air. Believing herself to be the true heir to the throne, Mary has been imprisoned first for plotting against her cousin, and ultimately for attempting to murder her. This day of freedom turns to condemnation as these empowered women have a momentous meeting.

Raffaldini Vineyards is the wine sponsor of Piedmont Opera and a proud supporter of the arts. 

 

Join us for a special evening of food, fun, and thrilling entertainment to support Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC.

Second Harvest has thrown down the gauntlet and challenged local food fanatics to match wits with our Providence Culinary team in a one-of-a-kind foodie throwdown. But winning will take more than culinary know-how. Keep your friends close, but your opponents closer... we're turning up the heat! 

Raffaldini Vineyards is committed to help those in need in our community and proud to be the wine sponsor of Forklift.

 
Afternoon in Tuscany
Sunday, October 6 | 1pm - 3pm

$70 General Admission | $60 Wine Club

 

Enjoy Chianti...in the Carolinas! Take a stroll through the vines on the way to a lovely lunch al fresco family style on the Piazza while being serenaded by classical guitarist, Samuel Taylor. 
 

Menu
Panzanella Salad, Tuscan bread, fresh tomatoes, caper, onion, herbs & balsamic vinegar.

Cannellini Bean Salad, sundried tomato, asparagus, fresh herbs & Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Grilled Marinated Chicken, artichoke salad with a balsamic reduction.

Grilled Squash, fresh herbs, garlic, white wine & butter.

Limoncello Cake

 

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Take a Hike! With Jay Raffaldini and Steve Nelson
Sunday, October 13 | 10:30am - 1pm

$50 General Admission

 
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.
Buy Now
 
Vino e Pittura
Sunday, October 20 | 1pm-3pm

$50 General Admission

Join us at Raffaldini Vineyards for an al fresco wine and painting event. This two hour instructional workshop will be overlooking the vines and Blue Ridge Mountains at Villa Raffaldini.

Charlotte, NC artist Rina Norwood of Rina Norwood Designs will instruct the group.

Throughout the class, enjoy award winning Raffaldini wine as your inner artist is inspired to create gorgeous, unique artwork for you to take home.

 

Buy Now
 
The Italian Kitchen: Cooking Demonstration
Sunday, October 27 | 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 some helpful tips from Chef Corey and watch him prepare two courses. Chef Corey will be demonstrating a Fall Minestrone soup with butternut squash, celery, artichoke, onion & broccolini and Penne alla Norma pasta with eggplant, tomato, onion, basil & ricotta Panzanella Salad. Price includes the cooking demonstration, food sampling, 2 glasses of wine and recipe cards. 

 

Buy Now
 
Assemblaggio! Grande Riserva Blending Trials
Weekends in November -
(Check Cart for Available Dates) 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
 

Harvest 2019 Continues
 
 

Festa Italiana 2019

Thank You!

 
A big thank you to all of our guests, staff, volunteers, vendors, musicians, entertainers and everyone else who helped make our 14th Annual Festa Italiana a wonderful day for all.

Save the date for our 15th Annual Festa Italiana!

Saturday, September 19, 2020
 


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450 Groce Road, Ronda, NC 28670

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Time Posted: Oct 1, 2019 at 7:10 AM

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