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June 1, 2020 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Raffaldini June Newsletter



Wineries Open In Phase 2 

Bentornati amici - welcome back dear friends. We have missed you at Raffaldini.

We are open during our normal business hours ‪: Wednesday-Saturday 11am‬ to 5pm & ‪Sunday 12pm to 5pm‬ and Monday ‪11 am to 5 pm‬. ‪

We are approaching our reopening with caution and with improved procedures to ensure your enjoyment and comfort. We ask for your patience and understanding as we re-open in these unusual times.

The safety of our staff and our guests is our priority.
 

Read more before your next visit here

 
2018 Grande Riserva: The Wine that Shouldn't Be

The flight of the Bumble Bee defines physics- their wings are too small and don't flap fast enough to support their weight. Yet somehow, through the sheer force of their will and determination, they fly. Given the nearly impossible climate conditions we have here, we should not make a wine this wonderful, yet we do. Raffaldini Grande Riserva our Flagship is our Bumble Bee wine. Montepulciano, Petit Verdot, and Sagrantino grapes, harvested at optimal ripeness are triple-sorted and then dried heavily using the Appassimento drying process to further concentrate the grapes natural flavors and aromas.

Prior Vintages of Grande Riserva have received:
97 Points, Best Non-Bordeaux Red Blend >$35: 2019 SF Wine Competition

 
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Grande Riserva Vertical Tasting
Saturday, June 13 | 5:30pm-7:30pm


Savor a rare opportunity to join owner Jay Raffaldini for an exclusive Grande Riserva vertical wine tasting. Guests will enjoy a vertical tasting of three past vintages alongside the newly released 2018 vintage and paired with  heavy hors d'oeuvres. See for yourself how Raffaldini Grande Riserva withstands the test of time. The event will take place at Villa Raffaldini and will be extremely limited. 
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Take a Hike! with Jay Raffaldini
Sunday, June 21 | 10:30am-1pm

Join Owner Jay Raffaldini and long time NC resident and outdoorsman Steve Nelson, as they show you the way through the Raffaldini woods and vineyards. Wear sensible walking shoes and prepare yourself for a moderate 90 minute hike followed by a hearty luncheon which of course includes wine! During the hike, Jay will share details of the vineyard and Steve will share his love of the woods. Ticket includes a  guided hike, lunch and two glasses of wine.   

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. 
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Three Cheers for Dad:
'15, '16, '17 Montepulciano Vertical Bundle
Just in time for Father's Day!
 
Together for the first time, take advantage of this special trio of Montepulciano for Dad! Montepulciano Riserva is sourced exclusively from our oldest and highest altitude vineyard block. Montepulciano clusters are sorted three times prior to Appassimento, the traditional Italian method of drying fruit, and fermentation. This laborious technique creates an opaque, full-bodied Montepulciano of unparalleled structure, character and lively acidity with aging potential. Often compared to Merlot for it’s general drinkability and easy pairing with a wide range of food it is simply a delicious wine.
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Jay Raffaldini Tastes Montepulciano Riserva

During the shelter in place order, Jay Raffaldini has offered a series of live, virtual tastings for wine club members on Zoom. Click the video below to watch Jay Raffaldini taste the 2017 Montepulciano Riserva head to head against another famous Montepulciano. Join our wine club and receive access to new and limited releases plus the opportunity to join in on future live and virtual events. 
 
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Exclusive Presale: RARA Sisboombah

This fourth vintage of a special project between friends and winemakers JW Ray of JOLO Winery and Jay Raffaldini of Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery. This special wine is limited to 48 case production and only available at Raffaldini while supplies last. This wine features the hearty Montepulciano grape grown at Raffaldini Vineyards skillfully blended with the Norton Grape from JOLO, a spectacularly fruit-forward and smooth component to the wine. 

We are making RARA Sisboombah available for release ahead of the June 28th release. We hope you can join Jay Raffaldini and co-host JW Ray of Jolo Winery & Vineyards on June 28th for the official release

 
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RARA Sisboombah 4 Release
Saturday, June 28 | 12pm@Raffaldini  2pm@JOLO

Join us for the official kick off of RARA Sisboombah! We will start the day at 12pm at Raffaldini Vineyards with a special conversation with Jay and JW and then move to JOLO Vineyards to enjoy more wine and conversation. This is a complimentary event, but please RSVP as space is limited. 

 
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2019 Vermentino Superiore: Our Signature White

The 2019 Vermentino Superiore, made from our signature white grape, reflects the best of what our estate vineyard has to offer utilizing minimal intervention from our winemaker. This hands-off approach is built around whole cluster pressed juice fermented in stainless steel to bring forth the citrus and tropical aspects of the grape while maintaining its refreshing, natural acidity. It's unique mid-palate depth is the result of a small addition of Appassimento wood-fermented Vermentino. Our Winemaker, Chris Nelson, recommends serving Vermentino Superiore slightly chilled, about 55°F-60°F and serving in a larger glass, like one you would enjoy with a red wine, to fully take in all of the subtle aromas and flavors.

 
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June Food Trucks & Live Music

Saturday, June 20 - Gianno's Brick Oven Pizza
Sunday, June 21 - Gianno's Brick Oven Pizza

Saturday, June 27 - Wraps Around The World
Sunday, June 28 - Wraps Around The World
 
 
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May 25, 2020 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Jay Raffaldini Tastes Montepulciano Riserva

Time Posted: May 25, 2020 at 8:39 PM
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May 24, 2020 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Raffaldini Phase 2 Reopening

We are happy to announce that we have been permitted to re-open in Phase 2.🍷

Bentornati amici - welcome back dear friends. We have missed you at Raffaldini.

We will be open during our normal business hours ‪: Wednesday-Saturday 11am‬ to 5pm & ‪Sunday 12pm to 5pm‬ and Monday ‪11 am to 5 pm‬. ‪

We are approaching our reopening with caution and with improved procedures to ensure your enjoyment and comfort. We ask for your patience and understanding as we re-open in these unusual times.

The safety of our staff and our guests is our priority and we will be adhering to the following policies at this time until further notice:

All guests must be 21 years of age or older
We will be offering bottle and glass sales only (bottle sales preferred); No Tastings
Our capacity is limited by local regulations
All tables inside and outside will be spaced 6+ feet apart
When the weather is good we will be seating our guests at outside tables only on the Villa balcony, Piazza and Fattoria deck
All staff will be wearing face masks and protective gloves
We require guests to wear face masks when entering the Villa or Fattoria
High-touch spots and the bathrooms will be sanitized frequently
Hand sanitation stations will be available to guests
No groups larger than 6 guests are permitted
Please no cash; credit cards or Apple Pay only

For those guests who want to buy wine to take home our curbside pick-up is available at the Fattoria

Time Posted: May 24, 2020 at 9:54 PM
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May 11, 2020 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Jay Raffaldini Tastes Paradiso

Time Posted: May 11, 2020 at 8:13 PM
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May 4, 2020 | Raffaldini Vineyards

🍷May: NC Wine Month and Mother's Day🌹

May is NC Wine Month!
 
May is recognized as North Carolina Wine Month. It is a time to recognize the industry's impact, drink some good, local wine, and support local businesses. 

North Carolina is home to 186 wineries with more than 525 individually owned grape vineyards on 2,300 acres are spread across the state. The North Carolina Wine industry has an economic impact of more than $2 Billion, and is responsible for more than 10, 000 jobs. Learn more about the NC Wine and Grape Industry here

We hope you will join the NC Wine Guys on May 2nd, 2020 for Open that Bottle of NC Wine Night.

Here's how to participate:
  1. Select a bottle of North Carolina Wine, Mead, or Cider.
  2. Open it on the evening of May 2, 2020.
  3. Take a picture and post on social media.
  4. Share why you chose that bottle, who you shared it with, and more.
  5. Tag the winery, vineyard, meadery, or cidery and tag us too @NCWineGuys.
  6. And use #NCWineNight and #NCWineMonth on your posts!  
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Jay Raffaldini Tastes New Bella Misto Online with Wine Club

During the shelter in place order, Jay Raffaldini has offered a series of live, virtual tastings for wine club members on Zoom. Click the video below to view the second installment featuring one of the wines from our 2020 Spring Wine Club package, Bella Misto. Join our wine club and receive access to new and limited releases plus the opportunity to join in on future live and virtual events. 
 
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Contactless Curbside Now Available Daily 12pm-4pm.
Save 10% on Contactless Curbside Pickup: Use code "Pickup"

 
We are proud to offer contactless curbside pickup daily from 12pm-4pm. Our staff is ready to help you pick out the perfect wines and pack up your orders for you or as a gift for friends and loved ones. Bring mom for a scenic drive out of the house and surprise her with a few bottles of her favorite Raffaldini wine. Place your contactless pickup order in advance on our web site and use code "Pickup" at checkout to receive 10% off your pickup order of six bottles or more. 
 
Free Shipping On Six Bottles or More: Use code "Jellyfish"

During the month of May, you can get free shipping on any six bottles of Raffaldini wine by using the code "Jellyfish" at checkout. Check out why Jay Raffaldini says "Be A Jellyfish.


Mother's Day is Sunday, May 10
Give Mom the Gift of Wine and Books

 
Not sure what to get Mom? Nothing says ti amo mamma like Raffaldni wine and a good book! Check out our "Bella Mama" bundle in partnership with Bookmarks, a literary non-profit and independent bookstore located in Winston-Salem. For $65 you will receive a bottle each of our Liguria white and Fiori rosé along with a $25 gift card redeemable in store or online at Bookmarks. You will be mom’s favorite by giving her some delicious wine and a good book to read, and helping support a local nonprofit organization.
 
Fiori: The Perfect Spring & Summer Sipper
 
This beautiful rosé is off-dry with notes of roses, strawberries and watermelon. The sweetness on the palate is well balanced by its crisp acidity. The wine is perfect for warm, sunny days while relaxing on your porch or patio. 
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Coming Soon: 2019 Vermentino Superiore
 
The 2019 Vermentino Superiore, made from our signature white grape, reflects the best of what our estate vineyard has to offer utilizing minimal intervention from our winemaker.  This hands-off approach is built around whole cluster pressed juice fermented in stainless steel to bring forth the citrus and tropical aspects of the grape while maintaining its refreshing, natural acidity.  It's uniquie mid-palate depth is the result of a small addition of Appassimento, wood-fermented Vermentino, which is the base of our Riserva Vermentino called Desaria.
 
 
Upcoming Events

Saturday, June 6 Salon Tasting: Sangiovese (Rescheduled from May 23, 2020)
Saturday, June 13 - Grande Riserva Wine Release & Vertical Tasting (Rescheduled from May 9, 2020)
Sunday, June 14 - An Afternoon with the Winemaker
Saturday, June 20 - Spring Wine Tasting Dinner  (rescheduled from May 16, 2020)
Sunday, June 21 - Take a Hike! with Jay Raffaldini (rescheduled from May 17, 2020)
Sunday, June 21 Parents Day (Details to come)
Sunday, June 28 - RARA Release (Rescheduled from May 3, 2020)
 
Reopening Update
 
As many are aware Governor Cooper outlined a three-phased reopening plan for NC. Our opening to the public for on-site consumption falls into phase two of the plan alongside bars and restaurants. We are looking forward to serving you again and will maintain the strictest standards for cleanliness and safety. Once we know more about the timeline for reopening we will share more details with you along with a special reopening celebration that is in the works! In the meantime we are here to serve you with free shipping for online orders and contactless curbside pickup. 

For now, "Lontano Dagli Occhi, Vicino al Cuore." You may be out of sight, but you are near to our hearts. 
 
 
 
 
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April 29, 2020 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Bella Misto Live Tasting with Jay Raffaldini

Time Posted: Apr 29, 2020 at 5:59 AM
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April 21, 2020 | Raffaldini Vineyards

A Message from Jay Raffaldini

Time Posted: Apr 21, 2020 at 7:21 PM
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April 16, 2020 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Lontano Dagli Occhi, Vicino al Cuore

Lontano Dagli Occhi, Vicino al Cuore
 
We miss you all and hope that everyone is healthy and safe. While we are longing to host you here on a warm sunny day at the Villa, it helps to see the love online and on social media memories! So keep them coming.

Mother nature has kept us busy over the past few weeks so we are delighted to share with you some updates and beautiful sights from the vineyard. If you're having wanderlust or just popping a bottle of Raffaldini at home, share your photo memories or whatever you miss most about Raffaldini and tag us online @raffaldini and we'll share with our fans to spread around some positivity. 

 
 
Jay Raffaldini Offers Virtual Tastings to Wine Club Members

During the shelter in place order, Jay Raffaldini has offered a series of live, virtual tastings for wine club members on Zoom. Click the video below to view the first installment featuring our spring wine club release, SPQR. Join our wine club and receive access to new and limited releases plus the opportunity to join in on future live and virtual events. 
 
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Left: Barbara Raffaldini's rescue dog, Dolce, supervises planting. Right: Barbara Raffaldini shows off her "quarantine" mask during a planting break. 
 
Update from Vineyard Manager Jason Krug


Vineyard Manager Jason Krug and our winemaking team are hard at work in the fields. They are shoot thinning the established vines, preserving only the best shoots for the upcoming vintage. They installed a new acre of vineyard, and planted more than 10,000 vines of a familiar favorite, Montepulciano, and a brand new varietal, Trebbiano Toscano. 







Jason says that due to the mild winter, "[the vines] are out two weeks earlier. We escaped the recent frost with minimal damage." Thanks to recent rains in excess of three inches, the newly planted vines have sustenance and the ground is soft enough for Jason and crew to plant the remaining 2,000 vines on his to do list.
 


Read more about our vineyard.
 

Winemaker Chris Nelson taking a break from planting vines. When not helping plant vines, Winemaker Chris Nelson reports that the winery staff were able to hand bottle the new 2019 Auguri, which is undergoing a secondary fermentation currently to transform the still wine into the crisp, refreshing sparkling wine our guests have come to know and love. They are also working on a Riserva Auguri which will be aged on lees for an additional 6-12 months to increase mouthfeel and texture. He is looking forward to this exciting new project. Chris and his team have also assembled the 2019 Vermentino Surperiore, which is finishing cold stabilization and will be ready to bottle later this month.

Read more about our winemaking technique. 

 

 
Free Shipping on Six Bottles: Use Code Jellyfish

During the month of April, you can get free shipping on any six bottles of Raffaldini wine by using the code "Jellyfish" at checkout. Why Jellyfish? For the answer, watch Jay Raffaldini's Ted talk. 
 
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Save 10% on Contactless Curbside Pickup: Use code "Pickup"
 
We are proud to offer contactless curbside pickup Monday through Saturday from 12pm-4pm. Our staff is ready to help you pick out the perfect wines and pack up your orders for you or as a gift for friends and loved ones. Use the code “PICKUP” to save 10% during checkout online.
 
 
 
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We are looking forward to being back with you soon! We hope everyone remains healthy and well and enjoy the beautiful outdoors and nature responsibly as much as you can. Like our exit sign says, "Lontano Dagli Occhi, Vicino al Cuore." You may be out of sight, but you are near to our hearts. 
 
 
Upcoming Events
Saturday, May 16 | 6:30pm - 9pm
Four Seasons Spring Wine Dinner
 
Saturday, May 17 | 10:30am - 1pm
Take a Hike! with Jay Raffaldini
 
Saturday, May 23 | 1pm
Salon Tasting with Jay Raffaldini: Sangiovese
 
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April 13, 2020 | Raffaldini Vineyards

SPQR Live Tasting with Jay Raffaldini

Time Posted: Apr 13, 2020 at 10:36 AM
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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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