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April 1, 2020 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Raffaldini April Newsletter


 

Benvenuti Primavera: Welcome Spring
 

Barbara Raffaldini with a new Bota.We hope that everyone is healthy and safe at home. You all are in our thoughts during this difficult time. Despite all that is going on in the world, the vineyard is awakening from winter. Bud break is occurring throughout the vineyard, and the signs of spring are beginning to appear around the property. 
 
Our vineyard crew is hard at work laying out the new vineyard and digging holes to prepare for spring planting (and a new varietal--stay tuned!) that will fulfill our need for more vines in the coming years. In the winery, we received four new bottis to expand our production capability and align our winemaking and stylistic goals. 
 
Afternoon with the WinemakerWinemaker Chris Nelson
Saturday, May 2 | 1pm & 3pm
$30 General Admission | $25 Wine Club Members

Join Winemaker Chris Nelson as he guides you on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Raffaldini Winery. Learn in-depth how we craft our award-winning wines and go step-by-step through the winemaking process with our team all while enjoying a glass of current vintage wine and samples of wines in the making. 

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RARA Sisboombah Release

Sunday, May 3 | 12:00pm - 2pm at Raffaldini Vineyards

This event was rescheduled from April 11. 

Join Owners Jay Raffaldini and JW Ray as they unveil the fourth vintage of RARA, their collaborative wine blend. Enjoy a meet and greet with Raffaldini and Ray with signed bottles available for purchase. The event kicks off at Raffaldini Vineyards at 12pm and resumes at JOLO Vineyards at 2pm. Admission is free, but please RSVP. Owners JW Ray and Jay Raffaldini will unveil the fourth vintage of RARA, their collaborative red wine blend. Signed bottles will be available for purchase. Complimentary passed appetizers will be served.

This is a special, limited edition wine that is expected to sell out quickly. Order now online or phone ahead and pickup in person. 
 

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2018 Grande Riserva Release


Release Pre-Party
Saturday, May 9 | 1pm

$10 Wine Club Members Only

Jay Raffaldini invites all our wine club members to join him for a unique, behind-the-scenes tasting and discussion on our brand new Grande Riserva in the winery. Enjoy a glass of the 2018 Grande Riserva while Jay describes the dedicated labor of love that our winemaking team goes through to create this special wine. We'll pair the Grande with light refreshments and lively atmosphere as we lead into the Grande Vertical Tasting later in the evening (see below). 
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Grande Vertical Tasting
Saturday, May 9 | 5:30pm-7:30pm

$100 Wine Club Members Only
Winemaker Chris Nelson
Grande Riserva is a wine that represents the pinnacle of Raffaldini Vineyards. Join owner Jay Raffaldini for a rare opportunity to taste every Grande Riserva vintage ever made in an elegant evening setting at Villa Raffaldini. Guests will enjoy a vertical tasting of every vintage of Grande Riserva including the newly-released 2018 vintage. Heavy Hors D'oeuvres will be served throughout the event. Taste for yourself how Raffaldini Grande Riserva withstands the test of time.
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Mamma Mia! Mother's Day BrunchWinemaker Chris Nelson
Sunday, May 10 | 12pm
$50+Tax Per Person

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Raffaldini Vineyards with our Mamma Mia! Mother’s Day Brunch. Feast together over a buffet-style brunch served alongside award-winning Raffaldini Vineyards wines.


Sample Menu, subject to change 

Fruit Salad & Yogurt Parfaits

Italian Strata, – both Vegetable and Meat

Signature Italian Toast Casserole alla Raffaldini

Broccoli Salad

Cucumber and Strawberry Salad, Deviled Eggs and Tortellini  Olive salad

Mini Chicken Salad Croissants

Assorted Breakfast Breads, Pastries and Fritters

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Four Seasons Wine Tasting Dinner: Spring
Saturday, May 16 | 6:30pm - 9:00pm
$120 Dinner and Hotel Shuttle | $99 Dinner Only

This event was rescheduled from April 18. 

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 which complement each course. 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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Take a Hike! With Jay Raffaldini
Sunday, May 17 | 10:30am - 1:00pm

$50 General Admission | $40 Wine Club

This event was rescheduled from April 19. 

Jay Tasting from Barrels
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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May Food Trucks
 
Wraps Around The World 

Wraps Around the World will be on site serving fresh cuisine on Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24.



Cousins Maine Lobster

Cousin's Maine Lobster will make their debut at Raffaldini Vineyards on Saturday, May 30. We can't wait to taste that delicious lobster roll with a glass of Auguri! 
 
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Time Posted: Apr 1, 2020 at 7:36 AM
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March 24, 2020 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Contactless Curbside Pickup Now Available Save 10%

Time Posted: Mar 24, 2020 at 8:04 PM
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March 18, 2020 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Covid-19 Update

 
COVID-19 Update
       Ciao Amici:

  At this time Governor Cooper has ordered that the onsite sale and consumption of food and alcohol be halted. Given this executive order and CDC recommendations, we think that it is in the best interest of our employees and guests to close our tasting room to the public. So effective immediately our tasting room is closed and will remain closed until April 1, 2020.

   This decision was not taken lightly, and we understand the impact this has on our business operations, employees, customers, and vendors. We will continue to monitor the situation, and we will re-open the tasting room as soon thereafter as it is safe to do so. 

   During this time, all of our wines will continue to be available for purchase online at www.raffaldini.com. Starting today until end of the day March 31, 2020, free shipping is available on 1/2 case and full case purchases when you enter the coupon code MARCHFREE when you check out. In addition, all wine club members who want their packages right away will be offered complimentary shipping.

   We are working on the launch of virtual wine tastings with Jay Raffaldini and will advise you of the times and dates. So please check your emails or our website for further information on this new offering.

   As the sign at our exit gates says:  Lontano dagli occhi, vicino al cuore.  While you may be far from sight, you are close to our heart.  We wish you and your family all the best of health and hope to see you in person when as we reopen to the public. 

Sincerely,

La Famiglia Raffaldini
 
 
 
 
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Time Posted: Mar 18, 2020 at 9:51 AM
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March 4, 2020 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Raffaldini March Newsletter


2016 Meditazione Wins NC Fine Wines Case Award

 
The inaugural release of Meditazione, our intense, Port-style dessert wine, was included in the coveted NC Fine Wines Case awards at the annual NC Fine Wines Society Wine Competition and Awards Gala held Saturday, February 15 at the Millennium Center in Winston-Salem, NC. Raffaldini's Meditazione was awarded as one of the top wines in the competition out of over 120 wines entered.

Click for more information on the NC Fine Wines Society, its scholarship program, and the 2020 competition results. 
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Raffaldini Awarded Wine Grower of Excellence Award from the NC Winegrowers Association 
Jason Krug, Raffaldini Vineyards, Winegrower of Excellence
Raffaldini Vineyards was awarded The Wine Grower of Excellence award from the NC Winegrowers Association at its annual conference held in February. The Wine Grower of Excellence award is given to a member of the North Carolina Winegrowers Association who has been in business over five years, produces high-quality wine grapes, and is actively involved with promoting the wine industry in the state. This is a prestigious award given to only one out of more than 400 working vineyards in the state.

Since his arrival at Raffaldini, Jason Krug, our vineyard manager, has worked tirelessly towards helping the vineyard reach its  highest potential.  Thank you Jason and team for your hard work and dedication. Congratulations!

 
 

Spring Wine Club Release Party

with Jay Raffaldini
Saturday, March 7 | 12pm-4pm Winery Botti Room
Sunday, March 8 | 12:00pm-4:00pm – Villa 2nd Floor
 
Please join Jay Raffaldini in the Botti Room (barrel room) at the Winery on Saturday, March 7, 2020 to a wine tasting of the wine club wines, unveiling the first new wines of 2020. Accompanying the release will be abundant food, music, and a barrel tasting of future releases. Jay will be joined by our Winemaker Chris Nelson and they will explain the nuances of the new wines and chronicle the making  of them.  

On Sunday, March 8, Jay will host Wine Club Pick Up with food, music, and a wine tasting of the wine club wines at the Villa on the second floor overlooking the gorgeous vineyards and majestic Brushy Mountains.
 
Gianno's Brick Oven Pizza will be with us all weekend  at the Villa selling made to order Neapolitan-style Pizzas. 

 
Included in Your Spring Wine Club Package Is:
  • 2x 2019 Paradiso (Dry, Col Fondo Style Rosé)
  • 2x 2018 Bella Misto (Smooth, Dry, Red Blend)
  • ​2x 2018 SPQR (Bold, Dry Red)
  • A Letter From Jay Raffaldini Describing All Things Happening at Raffaldini Vineyards
  • Raffaldini Family Recipes that pair with each Wine Club Wine
  • Invitations to Future Raffaldini Events

 
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RARA Sisboombah Release
Saturday, April 11 | 12:00pm - 1pm at Raffaldini Vineyards
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Easter Brunch
Sunday, April 12 | 12:00pm
$50+tax Adults over 21 | $25+tax Under 21  


Bring the whole family and feast together over an Italian-style buffet brunch along with award winning Raffaldini wines. 

An Easter egg hunt for the kids will take place on the lawn following brunch at 2:30pm, and we will have Heritage Homestead’s baby goats back out again this year for petting. 

We will also have our annual  La Ruzzola Del Formaggio competitions at 1pm and 3 pm on the lawn of the Villa.  La “Ruzzola”,  a traditional Italian game of the rolling of the large wheels of cheese, dates back 3000 years to the Etruscan Tomb of the Olympiads but is now played every Easter in many Italian farming villages.

Easter Brunch tickets are $50 plus tax per person and include two glasses of Raffaldini wines. Easter Brunch tickets for those under 21 are $25 plus tax per person. Click to view Brunch Menu

 

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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 Jay Raffaldini. Each dinner features four seasonal food courses and four specially chosen wines which complement each course. 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. 
Shop Now Dinner + Shuttle
Shop Now Dinner
 
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

 
Join Raffaldini Vineyards at Poplar Tapas for Charlotte Wine + Food Week
Thursday, April 23 | 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. 

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Raffaldini Vineyards Supports Piedmont Opera's The King and I

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works comes to Winston-Salem for only three performances! The King and I  has captured the hearts and minds of millions. This unique love story is told with one of the most glorious and unforgettable scores ever written. The much-loved songs and sweeping melodies from the show include: “The March of the Siamese Children,” “Getting to Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers” and the unforgettable “Shall We Dance.”

The King And I March 22 & March 24

March Food


Giannos Brick Oven Pizza

Giannos will have their popular brick oven pizza truck serving fresh pizza al forno a legna. Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8.

Wraps Around The World 

Wraps Around the World will be on site serving fresh cuisine Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15. 

 
 
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Time Posted: Mar 4, 2020 at 12:45 PM
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February 17, 2020 | Raffaldini Vineyards

They Say 🍷 is Good for Your ❀️

 
Raffaldini Vineyards Named Among Top Vineyards Outside of California



 

"In the rolling foothills of the Yadkin Valley about an hour north of Charlotte, North Carolina, Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery focuses exclusively on dry Italian wines, earning it the nickname “the Chianti of the Carolinas.”

Using estate-grown Vermentino, Montepulciano, and other grapes, Raffaldini embraces the medieval Italian winemaking technique known as Appassimento. Rather than stomping freshly harvested fruit, Raffaldini dries its grapes, resulting in a unique complexity and higher alcohol content."

Read the full article from Travel Awaits here

 
 
Spring Wine Club Release Party
with Jay Raffaldini
Saturday, March 7 | 12pm-4pm Winery Botti Room
Sunday, March 8 | 12:00pm-4:00pm – Villa 2nd Floor
 
Please join Jay Raffaldini in the Botti Room (barrel room) at the Winery on Saturday, March 7, 2020 to a wine tasting of the wine club wines, unveiling the first new wines of 2020. Accompanying the release will be abundant food, music, and a barrel tasting of future releases. Jay will be joined by our Winemaker Chris Nelson and they will explain the nuances of the new wines and chronicle the making  of them.  

On Sunday, March 8, Jay will host Wine Club Pick Up with food, music, and a wine tasting of the wine club wines at the Villa on the second floor overlooking the gorgeous vineyards and majestic Brushy Mountains.
 
Gianno's Brick Oven Pizza will be with us all weekend  at the Villa selling made to order Neapolitan-style Pizzas. 

 
Included in Your Spring Wine Club Package Is:
  • 2x 2019 Paradiso (Dry, Col Fondo Style Rosé)
  • 2x 2018 Bella Misto (Smooth, Dry, Red Blend)
  • ​2x 2018 SPQR (Bold, Dry Red)
  • A Letter From Jay Raffaldini Describing All Things Happening at Raffaldini Vineyards
  • Raffaldini Family Recipes that pair with each Wine Club Wine
  • Invitations to Future Raffaldini Events

 
Shop Now Superiore Club
Shop Now Classico Club
 

Easter Brunch
Sunday, April 12 | 12:00pm
$50+tax Adults over 21 | $25+tax Under 21  


Bring the whole family and feast together over an Italian-style buffet brunch along with award winning Raffaldini wines. 

An Easter egg hunt for the kids will take place on the lawn following brunch at 2:30pm, and we will have Heritage Homestead’s baby goats back out again this year for petting. 

We will also have our annual  La Ruzzola Del Formaggio competitions at 1pm and 3 pm on the lawn of the Villa.  La “Ruzzola”,  a traditional Italian game of the rolling of the large wheels of cheese, dates back 3000 years to the Etruscan Tomb of the Olympiads but is now played every Easter in many Italian farming villages.

Easter Brunch tickets are $50 plus tax per person and include two glasses of Raffaldini wines. Easter Brunch tickets for those under 21 are $25 plus tax per person. Click to view Brunch Menu

 

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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 Jay Raffaldini. Each dinner features four seasonal food courses and four specially chosen wines which complement each course. 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. 
Shop Now Dinner + Shuttle
Shop Now Dinner
 
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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Shop Now Wine Club
 
Beyond the Vines...Into the Community



 

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Raffaldini Vineyards Supports Piedmont Opera's The King and I

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works comes to Winston-Salem for only three performances! The King and I  has captured the hearts and minds of millions. This unique love story is told with one of the most glorious and unforgettable scores ever written. The much-loved songs and sweeping melodies from the show include: “The March of the Siamese Children,” “Getting to Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers” and the unforgettable “Shall We Dance.”

The King And I March 22 & March 24

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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Time Posted: Feb 17, 2020 at 11:13 AM
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February 8, 2020 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Raffaldini Vineyards Among 7 Truly Underrated U.S. Wineries Outside Of California

5. Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery, Ronda, North Carolina

In the rolling foothills of the Yadkin Valley about an hour north of Charlotte, North Carolina, Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery focuses exclusively on dry Italian wines, earning it the nickname “the Chianti of the Carolinas.”

Using estate-grown vermentino, Montepulciano, and other grapes, Raffaldini embraces the medieval Italian winemaking technique known as appassimento. Rather than stomping freshly harvested fruit, Raffaldini dries its grapes, resulting in a unique complexity and higher alcohol content.

Read the full article here

Time Posted: Feb 8, 2020 at 10:36 PM
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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. 
Shop Now Dinner + Shuttle
Shop Now Dinner
 
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.
Shop Now General Admission
Shop Now Wine Club
 
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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Time Posted: Jan 30, 2020 at 5:24 PM
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January 18, 2020 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Discover the Secret Season At Raffaldini

Welcome to the Secret Season

In January, as the vines sleep, we are preparing for the next vintage. Pruning, tucking, nurturing the vines, and in the winery, carefully blending, tracking the flavor profiles of the vintages lying in wait. The secret season is a time to let your senses explore. Enjoy the slower pace, the wide open spaces, the cool and quiet stillness of the season. Take an impromptu trip and enjoy the beauty of winter at Raffaldini that is perhaps the best kept secret of all. 


Vintage Update from Winemaker Chris Nelson
 
Winter is good for the young 2019 wines as they are left to rest after completing their secondary, Malolactic fermentation, which converts malic acid to lactic acid, giving the wines smoother mouthfeel and texture. The wines receive two small doses of sulfur dioxide to help preserve their fruit characteristics as oxygen slowly penetrates the oak staves to help the wines develop on a phenolic level (i.e. tannins, structure). 

We are also focused on the blending of our first 2018 red wines to be released in March, our 2018 SPQR and 2018 Bella Misto. Both wines are shaping up to be excellent, especially for the difficult growing conditions in 2018, and will be welcome additions to our tasting room lineup. Both of these wines will be bottled in the coming weeks.
 
St. Valentine's
Celebrate Amore at Raffaldini

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

 
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 | 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 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 - 9pm

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 | 1pm-3pm

$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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Beyond the Vines...Into the Community



Looking for a resolution? 

We've all heard that a glass of wine here and there is good for you, but how exactly does it contribute to your health? The ways seem almost endless.

Check out these ten ways to make wine a part of your healthy lifestyle.


MLK Day is Monday, January 20th

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, January 20th. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Thank you to all who volunteer to make our communities better on this special day of service and throughout the rest of the year. 





Piedmont Wind Symphony Gala
Friday, January 24th, 2020 at 7PM
Millennium Center Underground


Join Raffaldini Vineyards in celebrating the Piedmont Wind Symphony's annual gala! Join the Piedmont Wind Symphony at the Millennium Center Underground as they celebrate their supporters with a themed evening evoking director Frank Capra's 1934 classic film "It Happened One Night." Enjoy an evening of Raffaldini wine and wonderful music from the Piedmont Wind Symphony. 



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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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January 6, 2020 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Raffaldini January Newsletter

Salon Tasting: Sagrantino
with Jay Raffaldini
Saturday, January 25
$50 General Admission | $45 Wine Club
Jay Tasting from Barrels
Take your taste buds on a journey with Owner Jay Raffaldini as we explore the rare Sagrantino varietal. Jay has curated a flight of four top examples of this expressive red from around the world, including our very own Sagrantino, Il Falco. 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 25th as we explore Sagrantino, the most tannic grape in the world.”

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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Beyond the Vines...Into the Community





Raffaldini Vineyards Supports the Little Theatre of Winston Salem

The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem has presented professional-quality community theatre for more than 80 years. Generations have experienced spectacular productions as audience members, as well as the thrill of collaborating and creating onstage and backstage.

As a fundamental part of Winston-Salem's cultural scene, we invite everyone in the community to exercise their imaginations, stretch their creative muscles, and experience the transformative magic of live theatre. 

The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem
 


Help the Next Generation of Winemakers through the NC Fine Wines Society

The North Carolina Fine Wines Society was established as a nonprofit with two goals. The first goal is to promote the quality of North Carolina Fine Wines (Vinifera & Hybrids). The second goal is to fund a scholarship for NC students, attending NC Colleges or Universities, pursuing careers in Enology, Viticulture, and wine related Hospitality and Agritourism programs. 

Help us support the NC wine industry's growth by donating to our 501(c)(3) Scholarship Fund.  The fund is managed by the Winston-Salem Foundation, and 100% of your donation goes directly to the fund.  Click here to donate.

 
Four Seasons Wine Tasting Dinner: Winter
Saturday, January 11, 2020

 
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. Cost is $99.00 + tax per person and is all-inclusive.
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Shop Now Dinner + Shuttle
 
Chocolate and Cheers! Dessert and Wine Pairing
Sunday, January 12

 
The perfect pairing! Wine and dessert! Join us for this 2 hour event where we will pair four Raffaldini wines with four decadent desserts from Pastry Chef Ann Medlin of Catering by Ann. Learn the ingredients and technique involved in the creation of each dessert and why they pair perfectly with each wine. The event includes a sample of 4 wines along with a dessert pairing for each wine. 
Shop Now Wine Club
Shop Now General Admission
 
The Italian Kitchen: Cooking Demonstration
Sunday, February 23

 
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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Shop Now General Admission
 


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


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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December 16, 2019 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Give a Little Chianti in the Carolinas this Christmas

Thank You for an Incredible Year! 

We are grateful to everyone who visited Raffaldini Vineyards this year. We are thankful to our staff, family, and friends for making this such a wonderful destination. We are also proud of all we have accomplished this year: 

  • 97 Points, 2017 Grande Riserva, San Francisco Wine International Wine Competition
  • 92 Points, 2017 Grande Riserva, James Suckling
  • 91 Points, 2017 Sangiovese Classico, American Wine Society
  • 91 Points, 2017 Il Falco, American Wine Society
  • 90 Points, 2017 Sangiovese Classico, James Suckling
  • Best Premium, Non-Bordeaux Red Blend >$25, 2017 Grande Riserva, San Francisco Wine International Wine Competition
  • Gold Medal, 2017 Grande Riserva, NC State Wine Competition
  • Gold Medal, 2016 Meditazione, NC State Wine Competition
  • Best Winery in Wilkes County, Wilkes Journal Patriot
 
Less than 20 cases left of this Raffaldini wine 'named one of the best in the World.' 

Our 2017 Grande Riserva is almost sold out with less than 20 cases remaining of this remarkable vintage. The proprietary blend of Sagrantino, Montepulciano, and Petit Verdot made with Appassimento received a 97 point score and Best Premium Non-Bordeaux Red Blend at the San Francisco International Wine Competition held last month. A double gold wine must go through a rigorous judging process and all the judges deliberate and must agree on the wine's quality. Double Golds are only awarded to the very few entries that receive a Gold medal rating by all members of the judging panel; these are among the finest wines in the world.
 
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. Raffaldini Vineyards will be open Christmas Eve for your last-minute holiday shopping and entertaining needs. 
 
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Beyond the Vines...Into the Community
Our Favorite Things

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 this year and encourage you to support them, too. These are a few of our 'Favorite Things!' 

A/perture
Advice 5K 
Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation (AARF)
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
 

Fill the Wine Barrel with Toys!
 
This holiday season we are filling the wine barrel with The Crossnore School! When you come to Raffaldini to do your holiday shopping or family outing, bring along a new, unwrapped toy for the wine barrel! Crossnore School & Children’s Home is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization providing residential foster care for children in crisis from North Carolina. With three locations, Crossnore School is committed to providing a sanctuary of hope and healing for children.

 
 
Raffaldini Wine Club Appreciation Day
Saturday, December 21

 
La Famigilia Raffaldini cordially invites all of our wine club members to our wine club member appreciation day. You'll enjoy live music, samples from local vendors raffles for door prizes and special tastings all day! 
RSVP
 
Four Seasons Wine Tasting Dinner: Winter
Saturday, January 11, 2020

 
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. Cost is $99.00 + tax per person and is all-inclusive.
Shop Now Dinner Only
Shop Now Dinner + Shuttle
 
Chocolate and Cheers! Dessert and Wine Pairing
Sunday, January 12

 
The perfect pairing! Wine and dessert! Join us for this 2 hour event where we will pair four Raffaldini wines with four decadent desserts from Pastry Chef Ann Medlin of Catering by Ann. Learn the ingredients and technique involved in the creation of each dessert and why they pair perfectly with each wine. The event includes a sample of 4 wines along with a dessert pairing for each wine. 
Shop Now Wine Club
Shop Now General Admission
 
Salon Tasting: Sagrantino, with Jay Raffaldini
Saturday, January 25

Take your taste buds on a journey with Owner Jay Raffaldini as we explore the rare Sagrantino varietal. Jay has curated a flight of four top examples of this expressive red from around the world, including our very own Sagrantino, Il Falco. 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 hopefully gain a new appreciation for this wonderful varietal. 

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.  
Shop Now Wine Club
Shop Now General Admission
 
NC Fine Wines Society Gala
Make Your Reservations Now
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Less than 40 Tickets Remain! 
 
The 2020 North Carolina Fine Wines Awards Gala will be a five course dinner and wine pairing, with wines selected from our 2019 Award Winning Vineyards. The Gala, now in its fourth year, is a celebration that is open to the Public to watch as the winning wines which will make up the 2020 NC Fine Wines Showcase are announced. These are the top 12 wines that were selected by Advanced Sommeliers from the Court of Master Sommeliers. You can learn about what's going on in North Carolina's $2 billion dollar wine industry and why the Yadkin Valley AVA was voted one of the 10 best regions in the country for wine. More information at NCFineWines.com. If you have any questions, contact NC Fine Wines Society on social media or at (336) 499-2045. 
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