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Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery LLC

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The red wine you've been waiting for, 2014 Grande Riserva, now available for purchasegrr
Grande Riserva, as the name implies, represents the utmost and very best efforts of all that we do from the vineyard to the winery. In making this limited quantity wine, we used the finest and oldest Montepulciano, Petit Verdot and Sagrantino grapes, harvested at optimal ripeness and then triple sorted to create a decadent, powerful wine with a focused expression of Raffaldini Vineyards. We applied the Appassimento drying process to further concentrate the grapes' natural flavors and aromas. Finally, we placed the grapes in oak fermenters to further deepen the profile and age the wine in the best oak barrels available.

Less than 75 cases of this wine are available at $55 per bottle. Purchase limits are one case per person for wine club members and six bottles per person for the general public.

Purchase 2014 Grande Riserva


 


FEBRUARY EVENTS
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Sales of Raffaldini Vineyards' Pino Vino I - VIII helped benefit all animals in need through donations to local animal rescue agencies. If you have a rescue dog that you would like to be considered for the Pino Vino IX label, send us a photo and back story in 50 words or less between February 1-April 25. An independent panel of judges will narrow down the entries and then vote on a winner. The winning dog will then go on to represent all animals in need as the new Pino Vino ambassador featured on the label of our Pino Vino IX red wine.

Click here to see the Pino Vino rescue kennel of champions.

The winner will be revealed on the labels of Pino Vino IX at a grand unveiling ceremony on June 17, 2017. Make plans now to send us your living rescue dog photo through April 25. 
 

afternoon-with-the-winemakeAfternoon with the Winemaker
Saturday, February 4 | Sessions held at: 1pm & 3pm | $20 General Admission, $15 Wine Club, per person includes a glass of Raffaldini wine

Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini and Assistant Winemaker Katy Kidd welcome you as they guide a behind-the-scenes tour of the winery from harvest to bottle. Enjoy this exclusive opportunity to tour the winery at Raffaldini Vineyards as we prepare to bottle our most popular new releases. You will learn how we craft our award-winning wines, as well as go step-by-step through the winemaking process. $20 per person or $15 per person for Wine Club Members includes a glass of wine of your choice. This event is for those age 21 and over. Stop by the tasting room, visit our web site, call 336.526.1078 or email us for more information or to make a reservation. *Cancelations with a full refund are accepted up to 7 days prior to the event. If you cancel less than seven days prior to the event, you will receive a full refund only if your reservation is re-booked.

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Afternoon with the Winemaker - 1pm General Admission
Afternoon with the Winemaker - 1pm Wine Club

Afternoon with the Winemaker - 3pm General Admission
Afternoon with the Winemaker - 3pm Wine Club

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For the Love of Chocolate...and Wine!
Saturday, February 11 | 12pm-5pm | Sunday, February 12 | 1pm-5pm| Free Admission

Raffaldini Vineyards and the Vineyards of Swan Creek celebrate Valentine's Day as each vineyard pairs one of their wines with a Valentine's Day sweet! At Raffaldini Vineyards, enjoy a complimentary sample of our famous Sangiovese-wine infused chocolate brownie paired with a tasting of an award-winning Raffaldini wine. A delicious way to start off your romantic weekend! This event is for those age 21 and over. Stop by the tasting room, visit our web site, call 336.526.1078 or email us for more information.


 
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Amore! The Language of Love
Sunday, February 12 |  1pm & 3pm | Free Admission, RSVPs Requested

Please visit Raffaldini Vineyards for this year's Amore workshop. Nada's Italy Tours of Charlotte, NC will introduce us to the Italian culture and essential tips on Italian customs that you need to know when traveling to Italy. Each workshop will be a one-hour session held on the second floor of Villa Raffaldini at 1pm and 3pm. Admission is free, but please RSVP as space is limited. Stop by the tasting room, visit our web site, call 336.526.1078 or email us for more information or to make a reservation.

RSVP Now - Amore! The Language of Love - 1pm

RSVP Now - Amore! The Language of Love - 3pm

 

827539-250Sat. Feb 18 - NC Fine Wines Competition Gala Dinner | Millenium Center Winston-Salem, NC | Click for Tickets
The unveiling of the North Carolina Fine Wines competition winners is only one portion of this celebration of North Carolina Fine Wines.  This will be an event to remember with fine wines and a six course dinner paired with outstanding wines from across the state. Wineries and wine lovers will learn the top 12 wines which will make up the 2017 NC Fine Wines Case. We're partnering with both the The Kimpton Hotel and The Graylyn Estate, both unique hotels in Winston-Salem. The boutique Kimpton Hotel is a block away from the Millennium Center, while The Graylyn Estate is an historic residence only 3 miles from downtown. Book your room online here with the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel or call the The Graylyn Estate (800) 472-9596 and mention the North Carolina Fine Wines Society Room Rate for February 17th & 18th, 2017.  


 
31732050601_c2ff55c310_bBarrel Tasting with the Winemaker
Saturday, February 25 |  1pm - 3pm | $25 per person

Enjoy an exclusive opportunity to sample wines from our cellar straight out of the barel with Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini. This intimate, wine-focused event is limited to the first 36 Wine Club Members to RSVP. Be among the first to sample our exciting new vintages! Stop by the tasting room, visit our web site, call 336.526.1078 or email us for more information or to make a reservation.

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weddingsmast4NC Fine Wines Showcase Event - at the Umstead Hotel and Spa | Cary, NC
Tuesday, February 28


In January 2017, a panel of seven Advanced Sommeliers and one Master of Wine will have judged over 125 wines from vineyards in North Carolina. The top 12 wines from this competition make up the 2017 NC Fine Wines Case.

Join us at The Umstead Hotel and Spa on Tuesday February 28th from 5:30 - 7:30 to taste the best wines accompanied by succulent hors d'oeuvres. The winning vineyards will be there pouring you their award winning wines as well as sharing their story of what makes their wines so great.

This is a great educational opportunity for wine lovers to increase their knowledge of the quality of North Carolina wines and interact directly with the owners and winemakers that made them. What better way to spend a Tuesday night in February than sharing a Fine Wine in such a great location. Tickets are limited and will sell out quickly. Optionally, the Umstead Hotel & Spa would love for you to continue your evening in their restaurant and spend the night in their Forbes 5 Star-rated hotel.

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Spring 2017 Wine Club Pickup Weekend
Friday, March 3, Saturday, March 4,  Sunday, March 5 | 12pm-4pm | TR Hours: Fri. & Sat. 11am-5pm - Sun. 12pm-5pm

Don't miss the first opportunity to pick up your all-new Spring Wine Club package! Enjoy a complimentary food and wine tasting featuring one of the new Wine Club releases paired with a recipe from your wine club Package. On Saturday, join Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini for unique look into this new vintage at one of our 30 minute personal discussion at 1pm and 3pm. Exclusive wine club tastings and pairings will be held from 12pm-4pm on all three days. Tasting room hours are: Friday, 11am-5pm; Saturday, 11am-5pm; and 12pm-5pm on Sunday. Stop by the tasting room, visit our web site, call 336.835.9463 or email us for more information on how to sign up for the wine club.

Sign up for La Famiglia Raffaldini Wine Club

 
In the Community:

Raffaldini Wines Served at the Heart of the Community Truffle Dinner to Benefit The Children's Law Center of Central NC
Thursday, February 9 | 6pm-10pm

Raffaldini Vineyards will provide wines for a one-of-a kind dinner featuring locally-grown truffles. Sample our wines along with delicious dishes prepared by local favorites Chef Harrison Littel of The Honey Pot and Five Loaves Catering with Chef Richard Miller bringing you the best in truffle dishes and wines along with live music all for a great cause, The Children's Law Center of Central North Carolina.

Mark Your Calendars!

Sat. Mar 11 - Special Collaboration wine release featuring Raffaldini Vineyards and JOLO Winery
Tue. Mar 14 - NC Fine Wines Showcase Event - at the Duke Mansion | Charlotte, NC
Sat. Mar 18 - Barrel Tasting with the Winemaker Wine Club Only
Tue. Mar 28 - NC Fine Wines Showcase Event - at the Omni Grove Park Inn | Charlotte, NC

 

Raffaldini Vineyards is open year-round and there’s something for everyone on our full 2017 Events Calendar
 
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La Famiglia Raffaldini

Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery, LLC

Double Gold Medal 95 pts. 2012 Montepulciano Riserva | 2015 San Francisco International Wine Competition

450 Groce Rd

Ronda, NC 28670

tel.336.835.9463

fax. 336.835.9330

          www.raffaldini.com



Hours: Weekdays & Saturday: 11am-5pm, Sunday: 12pm-5pm, Tuesday: closed

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Please have photo ID available to present to our staff. Pets are not permitted on the premises. Picnics are welcome at our designated picnic areas; however, outside picnics and coolers are not permitted at the Villa. Only alcohol purchased at Raffaldini may be consumed on the premises. To insure the highest quality experience for all our visitors, we are unable to accommodate groups of eight or more for wine tasting without a reservation. Groups of eight or more need to reserve a private tasting package that will be held with an expert Raffaldini staff member. Please call 336.526.1078 or email us to check availability or make reservations for you group.

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December 1, 2016 | Raffaldini Vineyards

December Newsletter

Grande Riserva, as the name implies, represents the utmost and very best efforts of all that we do from the vineyard to the winery. In making this limited quantity wine, we used the finest and oldest Montepulciano, Petit Verdot and Sagrantino grapes, harvested at optimal ripeness and then triple sorted to create a decadent, powerful wine with a focused expression of Raffaldini Vineyards. We applied the Appassimento drying process to further concentrate the grapes' natural flavors and aromas. Finally, we placed the grapes in oak fermenters to further deepen the profile and age the wine in the best oak barrels available.

The inaugural release of Grande Riserva is available for preorder ahead of its Saturday, December 10 release date. Less than 100 cases of this wine are available at $55 per bottle. Purchase limits are one case per person for wine club members and six bottles per person for the general public.

Pre-Order 2014 Grande Riserva

Join us for the Inaugural Release of Grande Riserva
Saturday, December 10 | 11am - 5pm


 

Holiday Happenings
Host your Corporate or Holiday Event at Raffaldini Vineyards
Did you know that Raffaldini Vineyards hosts corporate and private events? If the conference room feels like its closing in on you, or maybe the "bored" room has stifled your team's creativity, excite your senses and invigorate your workforce with a day out at Raffaldini Vineyards. Our Event Coordinating team can help you choose from one of our many activities or we can prepare a one-of-a-kind event that your employees will never forget. Plan your event at Raffaldini.com or speak to one of our event coordinators today, 336.526.1078.

Holiday Gift Ideas

The holidays are quickly approaching! Raffaldini Vineyards offers a complete wine country experience. Choose a basket complete with our finest private label items, an array of authentic Italian foods, merchandise, or events to make the perfect holiday gift! We can also add a custom touch to your gift with personalized tags or wine labels. Below are just a few of the many examples that Raffaldini can provide for the wine and food lover on your list, or click to see our Top Ten Holiday Gift Ideas!

Event Tickets - Enjoy a holiday gift long after the holidays are over. Attend one of our upcoming events such as our Winter Four Seasons Wine Tasting Dinner and much more!

Raffaldini Wine Club - The ultimate wine gift! Enjoy semi annual wine releases from Raffaldini Vineyards featuring flagship and exclusive wines along with a letter from the Raffaldini Family, winemaker's notes, recipes and more. Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting for two and 10% off case purchases all year long.

Private Label Tour - The ultimate behind-the-scenes tour for your group! Your Raffaldini Vineyards Private Label tour will begin at the winery where you will be led through the process of what happens to the grapes from harvest until they are transformed into a bottle of wine. You will then continue with a tour of the vineyards to see where the grapes came from along with an explanation of the different varietals grown in the vineyards and finishes with a private wine tasting in Villa Raffaldini. *For groups of ten or more. Must be booked 2 weeks in advance $30+ tax per person.

Gift Cards - If you're not sure what to get, gift cards are available at $25 and up and are valid for tastings, tours, events, food and more. We can also mail a gift card to your recipient with a special message from you!

Custom Wine Collections: Add some sparkle to your holiday celebrations! Choose from one of many of our many classic, Italian wines, add a personalized note or label to commemorate your occasion.

December Events
Fill the Barrel With Toys
We are sponsoring a gift drive, "Fill the Barrel with Toys." Please bring an unwrapped children's toy to be put in the barrel. All toys will be donated to the Children's Home of Winston-Salem, NC. 

Afternoon of Holiday Cheer
Sunday December 11 | 1pm-4pm | Free Admission but please RSVP

Carol along with live holiday music, enjoy light refreshments and holiday storytelling. Do some last minute holiday shopping or pick up a treat for yourself. This is an event for your entire family!




 



Wine Club Appreciation Day
Saturday, December 17 | 12pm-4pm | Free for Wine Club Members, please RSVP

La Famiglia Raffaldini cordially invites all of our current wine club members to our Wine Club Member Appreciation Day. Enjoy delicious samples from vendors and a glass of your favorite wine. Experience includes live music, fresh food, and a gift bag!

Join us in a drawing of various prizes at 3pm. *Must be present to enter, but not to win.

This event is complimentary for current wine club members. RSVP by Tuesday, December 6.











 
JANUARY 2017 EVENTS
Four Seasons Winter Wine Tasting Dinner
Saturday, January 14, 2016 | 6pm-9pm |$85+tax per person
Join Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini for the next quarterly wine tasting dinner held at our beautiful, Tuscan-style Villa Raffaldini. We have created the perfect menu to feature four seasonal food courses alongside four specially-chosen Raffaldini wines to embody the winter months. Delight in a bountiful antipasti display while mingling with new friends by a roaring fire upstairs on the second floor of Villa Raffaldini.  All remaining courses will be served downstairs to create an intimate dining experience, with a relaxed and casual atmosphere so you can focus on meeting new friends and enjoying La Dolce Vita. Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini will provide culinary and wine descriptions for each course to make this dinner truly unique and special. This event is for those age 21 and over. Stop by the tasting room, visit our website, call 336.526.1078 or email us for more information or to make a reservation. *Cancelations with a full refund are accepted up to 7 days prior to the event. If you cancel less than seven days prior to the event, you will receive a full refund only if your reservation is re-booked.

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The Italian Kitchen: Italian Cooking Demonstration
Sunday, January 29 | 1pm-3pm |$40 +tax per person

Unwind from the holidays with an afternoon of food and wine tasting as you learn and observe the preparation of a traditional Italian recipe. Cost is $40+tax per person and includes two glasses of wine, a food sampling, a two-hour live cooking demonstration and a recipe card. This event is for those age 21 and over. Stop by the tasting room, visit our website, call 336.526.1078 or email us for more information or to make a reservation. *Cancelations with a full refund are accepted up to 7 days prior ot the event. If you cancel less than seven days prior to the event, you will receive a full refund only if your reservation is re-booked.

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There's Still Time to Purchase Your Fall 2016 Wine Club Wines
This year's Fall Wine Club Package contains three new, highly-anticipated releases from the 2014-2015 vintage--the best vintages ever in the history of Raffaldini Vineyards. During these years, we were blessed with near perfect, hot and dry weather conditions. By employing our judicious use of the Appassimento process, these vintages reveal focused and complex flavors, expressing the essence of Raffaldini Vineyards, and red wines with unparalleled body and structure.

In addition to the wines, each package contains a letter from the Raffaldini Family, winemaker's notes and recipes to pair with the wines, a list of exclusive Raffaldini events. For more information or to learn how to sign up for the Raffaldini Wine Club, stop by the tasting room, visit our web site, call 336.835.9463 or email us for more information.


Your Fall Wine Club Package contains three new releases:
2015 Girasole
2014 Sangiovese Classico
2014 Montepulciano Riserva

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You're Invited to the North Carolina Fine Wines Awards Gala Dinner
You already know that North Carolina and Raffaldini Vineyards produces fine wines, but did you know that North Carolina is holding its first Fine Wines Competition in January 2017?  We're inviting you to join with North Carolina wineries as we announce the winners on Saturday, February 18th, 2017 in Winston-Salem at the Millennium Center. 
 
Dress to impress on the red carpet and be prepared to enjoy a leisurely, six course meal paired with outstanding wines from across the state. Millenium Center Executive Chef Patrick Rafferty will introduce each course and the wine selection to go with it. Jay Raffaldini, President of the NC Fine Wines Society, will give the Welcome Speech and we'll have other speakers who will help tell the story of North Carolina Fine Wines and insight into our industry. 

NC Fine Wines Road Show
Can't make it to the Awards Gala? The Top 12 wines from the NC Fine Wines Competition will be named the 2017 NC Fine Wines Case. These top 12 wines will then be Showcased at some spectacular locations around the state. There will be heavy hors d'oeuvres to enjoy along with a taste of each of the winning wines. Our Fine Wines in Fine Places events are all on Tuesday evenings and will be held at the Umstead in Cary on February 28th, the Duke Mansion in Charlotte on March 14th, and the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville on March 28th.
 
Tickets to the Awards Gala and ShowCase events are very limited, so act fast. Tickets make an excellent Holiday, Birthday, or Valentine's Day gift for that special wine and food aficionado. To purchase tickets and for more information about the Awards Gala and the ShowCase events, visit the www.NCFineWines.com.  

About the NC Fine Wines Society
The North Carolina Fine Wines Society was formed with two goals in mind: To promote the quality of North Carolina wines and raise scholarship money for students attending college programs focused on Oenology, Viticulture, Fermentation and Hospitality careers through our partnership with the Winston-Salem Foundation to create a 501(c)3 scholarship program. For more than one hundred years, the Winston-Salem Foundation has helped non-profit organizations achieve their goals. You tax deductible donation will go directly to the Winston-Salem Foundation, and perhaps can be matched by your employer.  
 
In the Spring of 2017 the first applicants will be applying for money to help make North Carolina wine continue on its trajectory upwards.  This is one investment in your future that certainly has the potential to be enjoyed for years to come. The Winston-Salem Foundation

 
Mark Your Calendars!
Wed. Feb 1 - Pino Vino IX Entries Accepted
Sat. Feb 4 -
Afternoon with the Winemaker 1pm & 3pm
Sat. Feb 11 - For the Love of Chocolate...and Wine! 12pm-5pm
Sun. Feb 12 - For the Love of Chocolate...and Wine! 1pm-5pm
Sat. Feb 18 - NC Fine Wines Competition Gala Dinner | Millenium Center Winston-Salem, NC
Sat. Feb 25 - Wine Club Barrel Tasting With the Winemaker 1pm-3pm
Tue. Feb 28 - NC Fine Wines Showcase Event - at the Umstead Hotel and Spa | Cary, NC

 
Fri. Mar 3 - Spring 2017 Wine Club Pickup Weekend 12pm-4pm

Sat. Mar 4 - Spring 2017 Wine Club Pickup Weekend 12pm-4pm
Sun. Mar 5 - Spring 2017 Wine Club Pickup Weekend 12pm-4pm
Sat. Mar 11 - Special Collaboration wine release featuring Raffaldini Vineyards and JOLO Winery
Tue. Mar 14 - NC Fine Wines Showcase Event - at the Duke Mansion | Charlotte, NC
Sat. Mar 18 - Barrel Tasting with the Winemaker Wine Club Only
Tue. Mar 28 - NC Fine Wines Showcase Event - at the Omni Grove Park Inn | Charlotte, NC



 

 

 

Time Posted: Dec 1, 2016 at 8:36 PM

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