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

Festa Italiana This Saturday


14th Annual Festa Italiana THIS SATURDAY

Saturday, September 21 | 11am-5pm

 

 

One of the largest Italian celebrations in the Southeast features vendors from across the region including food, art, music, crafts, and of course, wine. You will also be able to purchase admission at the gate on the day of Festa. Ticket includes parking, admission to the festival, commemorative wine glass, and either a tasting of three select Raffaldini wines or a glass of wine.

Buy Now
 
Can't Go to Italy this Fall? Join Us! 
Afternoon in Tuscany
Sunday, October 6
$70 plus tax per person | General Admission
$60 plus tax per person | Wine Club Members

 

Indulge your senses and take off to Tuscany right here at Chianti in the Carolinas, Raffaldini Vineyards. Enjoy the cool, fall breeze while you stroll int0 the vineyard as the leaves are changing just after harvest. A traditional Tuscan lunch will await you, followed by a concert of Italian music. 

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. 

 

Sample Menu

Panzanella Salad
marinated tomato, crusty bread, red onion, fresh herbs, Tuscan herb EVOO, 18yr Balsamic
 
Grilled Asparagus
served cold with toasted almonds, citrus gremolata, extra virgin olive oil
 
Grilled Breast of Chicken
artichoke salad, sundried tomato, capers, fresh herbs
 
Zucchini-Bean Salad
summer vegetables, tomato, cannellini beans, fresh herbs
 
Torta Della Nonna
lemon-ricotta pastry cream, pine nuts, flaky pastry
 
Fresh Strawberries
18yr Balsamic, fresh basil, whipped mascarpone

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Harvest 2019
 
 
 
 
 
Fall 2019 Wine Club Package
Click to learn more about the wine club package and complete your purchase below by choosing one of the options below.
 
Saturday, September 28
We will be closing at 3pm. We apologize for any inconvenience and we thank you for your cooperation. 


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450 Groce Road, Ronda, NC 28670

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Time Posted: Sep 16, 2019 at 9:25 AM
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August 29, 2019 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Raffaldini September Newsletter

 
Harvest Time is Here! 
 

Harvest 2019 is officially under way! So far this year we've picked 10 tons for our 2019 Auguri. This week more than 3.5 tons of Sangiovese were picked and are currently in our Fruttaio getting dehydrated with another ten tons of Sangiovese coming in before the long weekend. Stop in this week to see us in action! Learn more about Appassimento.
 

 
14th Annual Festa Italiana
Saturday, September 21 | 11am-5pm

 

One of the largest Italian celebrations in the Southeast features vendors from across the region including food, art, music, crafts, and of course, wine. You will also be able to purchase admission at the gate on the day of Festa. Ticket includes parking, admission to the festival, commemorative wine glass, and either a tasting of three select Raffaldini wines or a glass of wine.

Buy Now
 
Labor Day at Raffaldini Vineyards means relaxing with family and friends, drinking wine, eating some delicious food prepared by Porchetta Food Truck, and  listening to the warm sounds of Austin Dando, who is new to North Carolina, but not to its music and beauty. He will be serenading us with his acoustic guitar, accompanying vocals, and harmonica. Dando plays a number of covers as well as original music, and is sure to provide an inviting atmosphere. Austin's Bio.

 
Labor Day Weekend:  Open Normal Hours

Friday, August 30 - 11am-5pm

Saturday, August 31 - 11am-5pm
featuring Porchetta Italian Food Truck

Sunday, September 1 - 12pm-5pm
featuring Porchetta Italian Food Truck

Monday, September 2 - 11am - 5pm
featuring Porchetta Italian Food Truck and live music from Austin Dando. 
Raffaldini Farmer's Market
Sunday, September 15 | 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. 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. 

 
 
 
Food Truck | Music Dates

FOOD TRUCKS:

Porchetta Italian Food
Friday, August 31
Sunday, September 1
Monday, September 2

Almost Home Cooking
Saturday, September 7
Sunday, September 8

King of Jerk
Sunday, September 15

Gianno's Brick Oven Pizza
Saturday, September 14
Saturday, September 28
Sunday, September 29

Raffaldini Farmer's Market
Sunday, September 15


LIVE MUSIC:

Austin Dando
Monday, September 2


Brooke McBride
Sunday, September 8

 
Fall 2019 Wine Club Package
Click to learn more about the wine club package and complete your purchase below by choosing one of the options below.
 
Virtual Tastings Live!
Visit our YouTube Channel to see Jay Raffaldini tasting through our line up. New videos added weekly! Stay Tuned


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450 Groce Road, Ronda, NC 28670

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Time Posted: Aug 29, 2019 at 3:52 PM
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August 29, 2019 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Austin Dando Bio

Almost anywhere Austin Dando goes, he has an old guitar in the backseat. Its a way to bring old memories along with him, offering the chance to create new ones. Hailing from Pennsylvania, Dando is new to North Carolina, but not to it's sound or rugged landscape. Over the past many years, Dando has spent his days playing music among the hills and rivers of Central PA. All the while fly fishing for wild trout, and living his summers in the West. You can expect to hear warm acoustic songs, with accompanying vocals and harmonica. Dando plays a number of covers as well as original music, sure to provide an inviting atmosphere for everyone.

Time Posted: Aug 29, 2019 at 7:14 AM
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August 19, 2019 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Experience Raffaldini Vineyards at the Peak of Harvest Season

 
14th Annual Festa Italiana
Saturday, September 21 | 11am-5pm

 

One of the largest Italian celebrations in the Southeast features vendors from across the region including food, art, music, crafts, and of course, wine. Discounted, advance tickets and exclusive VIP experience available now. Ticket includes parking, admission to the festival, commemorative wine glass, and either a tasting of three select Raffaldini wines or a glass of wine.

Save $5 off General Admission
 
Beyond the Vines...Into the Community
Bookmarks Recommended by AASL

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) formally commended Bookmarks' Book Build program for its support of the school librarian profession and the learners the profession serves. To be considered, programs must align with AASL’s "National School Library Standards" and the principles expressed in the association's mission and value statements.

Vote Raffaldini Best Winery in Wilkes! 


Show your love for Raffaldini Vineyards to the Wilkes Journal-Patriot! Vote Raffaldini as the best winery in Wilkes. Click the image to complete the survey. The Deadline for Ballots is August 24. Thank you! 











 
 
Fall 2019 Wine Club Package Now Available

Classico Club:

  • 6 bottles, 2 times a year
  • 5% off 6 bottles of more
  • 1 free tasting per visit (or glass of wine)
  • Invite to Wine Club Appreciation Day
  • Classico Club Membership Card
  • No substitutions

Superiore Club:

  • 12 bottles, 2 times a year
  • Raffaldini picks 6, Customer picks 6
  • 5% off 6 bottles, 10% off 12 bottles, 15% off 24 bottles
  • 2 free tastings per visit (or glass of wine)
  • Discounted tickets on select events
  • Invite to Wine Club Appreciation Day
  • Superiore Club Membership Card
Shipping Update:

We are pleased to partner with VinoShipper which allows us to ship to many more states. Here is the complete list. 

AK, AZ, CO, DC, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, LA, MA, MD, ME, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY
 
Food Truck | Music Dates

FOOD TRUCKS:

Street Gourmet
Saturday, August 24
Sunday, August 25
Sunday, September 15

Porchetta Italian Food
Saturday, August 31
Sunday, September 1

Almost Home Cooking
Saturday, September 7
Sunday, September 8

Gianno's Brick Oven Pizza
Saturday, September 14
Saturday, September 28
Sunday, September 29

Raffaldini Farmer's Market
Sunday, September 15


LIVE MUSIC:

Brooke McBride
Sunday, September 8

 
Meet the Artist
Handbagz and Gladragz - Handcrafted in High Point, NC
Saturday, August 24
 
A simple, solid commitment: to utilize top quality, new & upcycled hardware, fabrics, furs and exotic leathers when creating an original piece of “Functional Art." Great care is taken selecting colors, textures and accents, scouring the USA from one end to the other, repurposing leather from North Carolina or embellishing an accent acquired from an estate sale in California. Each piece is numbered and named to insure uniqueness and authenticity. The finished product exudes both respect for the environment and the love of art. *Stop by the tasting room Sat. August 24th and let Debby know you heard about her through this newsletter to receive a free gift!
 
 
Labor Day Weekend:  Open Normal Hours

Friday, August 30 - 11am-5pm
Saturday, August 31 - 11am-5pm
Sunday, September 1 - 12pm-5pm
Monday, September 2 - 11am - 5pm

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450 Groce Road, Ronda, NC 28670

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Time Posted: Aug 19, 2019 at 2:14 PM
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August 15, 2019 | Raffaldini Vineyards

2017 Montepulciano Riserva

Time Posted: Aug 15, 2019 at 7:29 PM
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August 8, 2019 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Jay Raffaldini Describes Girasole

Time Posted: Aug 8, 2019 at 6:41 AM
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August 3, 2019 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Jay Raffaldini Describes Auguri

Time Posted: Aug 3, 2019 at 7:52 AM

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