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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.
Shop Now Wine Club
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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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.  
Shop Now Wine Club
Shop Now General Admission
 
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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Time Posted: Jan 18, 2020 at 10:46 AM
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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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Shop Now General Admission
 
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.
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
 
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.
Shop Now Wine Club
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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Time Posted: Dec 16, 2019 at 4:38 PM
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November 27, 2019 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Raffaldini December Newsletter

Success at AWS

2017 Raffaldini Il Falco | 91 Points
2017 Raffaldini Sangiovese Classico | 91 Points
2019 American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition


We are pleased to announce our 2017 Il Falco and 2017 Sangiovese Classico each received a 91 point score at the American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition conducted at the end of October, landing among the top reds in the United States.  Both of these wines are available in the tasting room and online! 

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Friday, November 29 | 11am-5pm
Afternoon of Holiday Cheer

 

 
The Holidays are in full swing, and we invite you to help us prepare for the holidays! The entire family will enjoy holiday tunes while you decorate the upstairs tree, craft your own Christmas ornament with wine corks, and enjoy complimentary cookies and hot chocolate while writing letters to Santa or shop for the perfect gift. 
 
 
Raffaldini Holiday Shop and Sip
Sunday, December 8 | 12pm-5pm

 
Celebrate all the holiday season has to offer as you meet and shop with local vendors on the grounds of Raffaldini Vineyards! In addition to magnificent winter vineyard and mountain views, you will have the opportunity to sample and purchase locally sourced chocolates, cheese and baked goods and more from: 

Heritage Homestead Goat Cheese, Garnet Rose Soaps, Boone Chocolat and To His Glory Alpaca scarfs, hats, socks. 

Our good friends from Wraps Around the World will be serving up their hot and fresh brand of Jamaican cuisine. You can also enjoy a picnic from our fully-stocked deli case. Stop by the tasting room, visit our website, call 336.526.1078 or email us for more information. 
 
 
Uncork 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, making Raffaldini wine an unique and convenient gift! 

 
Shop Now
Beyond the Vines...Into the Community
 

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.



 
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
 
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
 

Meditazione Available Now

Our 2016 Meditazione is now available in the Villa Tasting Room and online. In Italy, a dessert wine is also known as a meditation wine for it is consumed at the end of the evening meal when one can relax and reflect upon the day and all that has transpired. It gives pause, slows one down, and allows time for what is commonly referred to as an "exhale moment.” Because it is a limited production wine, Meditazione will be bottle sales only. 

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Food Trucks
King of Jerk
Friday, November 29
Saturday, November 30
Sunday, December 1


JT's BBQ & Ribs
Saturday, December 7

Wraps Around the World
Sunday, December 8
January 2020
Save the Date!

 
Four Seasons Wine Tasting Dinner: Winter
Saturday, January 11

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. 

RSVP - Shuttle
RSVP - Dinner Only


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. 

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

 
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. 
Buy Now
 


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Time Posted: Nov 27, 2019 at 12:52 PM
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November 15, 2019 | Raffaldini Vineyards

This Raffaldini Wine Named One of the Best in the World

Grande Riserva Named Best Premium Non-Bordeaux Red Blend at SF International Wine Competition

2017 Raffaldini Grande Riserva
97 Points | Double Gold - Best Premium Non-Bordeaux Red Blend
2019 San Francisco International Wine Competition


We are honored to announce our 2017 Grande Riserva received a 97 point score and Best Premium Non-Bordeaux Red Blend at the San Francisco International Wine Competition conducted last week. A double gold wine must go through a rigorous judging process included a blind tasting from the entire judging panel 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.

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Assemblaggio!
Grande Riserva Blending Trials

Last Chance! 
Available Dates:

Sunday, November 17 & 
Saturday, November 23
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 Thursday, November 21

Join Raffaldini Vineyards and other community supporters to enjoy the stories and tastings of the very best in Southern Cuisine at Taste of the South. 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.

Authoring Action
Share CLT

Raffaldini Vineyards is #GivingTuesdayCLT

We are honored to contribute to Share Charlotte's Giving Tuesday event. GivingTuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely-recognized shopping events, Black Friday and Cyber Monday - kicking off the charitable season.  #GivingTuesday has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for nonprofits worldwide since it's inception in 2012.  



Share Charlotte

 
 

Meditazione Available this Weekend!

We are pleased to announce the release of our 2016 Meditazione in the Villa Tasting Room and website on Friday, November 15th. As the name implies, in Italy, a dessert wine is also known as a meditation wine for it is consumed at the end of the evening meal when one can relax and reflect upon the day and all that has transpired. It gives pause, slows one down, and allows time for what is commonly referred to as an "exhale moment.” Because it is a limited production wine, Meditazione will be bottle sales only. 

Buy Now
 
Food Trucks
Dessert Specialists
Saturday, November 16
Sunday, November 17

Gettin' Sauced in the City
Saturday, November 23
Sunday, November 24

King of Jerk
Friday, November 29
Saturday, November 30
 

Friday, November 29 | 11am-5pm
Afternoon of Holiday Cheer
 
The Holidays are in full swing, and we invite you to help us prepare for the holidays! Enjoy holiday tunes while you decorate the upstairs tree, craft your own Christmas ornament with wine corks, and enjoy complimentary cookies and hot chocolate while writing letters to Santa or shop for the perfect gift. 
 
 
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.
 


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Time Posted: Nov 15, 2019 at 8:03 AM
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November 7, 2019 | Raffaldini Vineyards

A Personal Note From Jay Raffaldini

An Update from Jay Raffaldini

Greetings All –
 
I hope this email finds everyone happy, healthy, and looking forward to spending the holidays with family and loved ones. I would like to give you an update on Raffaldini.
 
Meditazione available for purchase on November 16, 2019!
 
After much deliberation on the style of dessert wine we wanted to make, we are pleased to announce the release of our 2016 Meditazione in the Villa Tasting Room and website on Friday, November 16th. As the name implies, in Italy, a dessert wine is also known as a meditation wine for it is consumed at the end of the evening meal when one can relax and reflect upon the day and all that has transpired. It gives pause, slows one down, and allows time for what I commonly refer to as an "exhale moment.” It is typically served in half bottles (375 milliliters) rather than the more common 500 milliliter bottles used for Port, or 750 milliliter bottles used for non-fortified wines. Because it is a limited production wine, Meditazione will be bottle sales only. 

Girasole to be replaced by Paradiso in March, 2020
 
We will be replacing our rosé Girasole with a new wine called Paradiso. While it is a rosé, it is slightly effervescent and fermented naturally in a style that Italians call "Col Fondo," which means “on the bottom,” because that is where the sediment resides in this unfiltered wine. It is incredibly refreshing and aromatic and will be moved to the end of the tasting line up when it is released the first week in March.  
 
Raffaldini wines at Trader Joe’s?
 
Yes indeed it is true. Trader Joe’s recently approached us about selling our 2017 Sangiovese and 2017 Liguria in their five North Carolina stores for the holidays. My reaction was heck let’s give it shot and see if we can reach new customers who are not familiar with our wines. So you should be seeing it on their shelves imminently, and I would be pleased to receive any feedback you may have on this decision.
 
2019 was a bad year for growing mushrooms but…
 
Finally, as many of you can attest by the size of your irrigation water bills, this summer was incredibly hot and dry, and while that is difficult for lawns, landscaping and mushrooms, it is wonderful for grapes. The 2019 harvest was simply incredible, one of the best we have ever had, and I look forward to releasing those wines in the coming years.
 
So on behalf La Familigia Raffaldini we wish everyone a joyous holiday seasons.


 
Jay

 
 
 
 
 


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Time Posted: Nov 7, 2019 at 2:06 PM
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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
Buy Now

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.

 

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. 

 

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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

 

Buy Now
 
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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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.

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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
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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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