Post-Memorial Day is festival time at the wineries.
Early summer is a beautiful time in vineyards, with grapevines growing so fast you can practically watch the green shoots, beginning to build the framework for the grapes that will be formed after flowering.
It’s a great time to celebrate the arrival of summer with a trip to North Carolina’s wine country. There are many beautiful wine regions in the U.S., but when you are standing in one of “our” vineyards, it’s hard to think of a prettier place.
Winemakers will celebrate the season with fun events. Every weekend is packed with concerts, dinners, and the promise of an enjoyable visit. Most wineries are an easy hour or so drive from Charlotte, making a perfect day trip or an overnight weekend getaway.
This weekend, a wine lover could hit the Salute! NC Wine Festival in Winston-Salem on Saturday afternoon. Representatives from several dozen local wineries will be on hand to pour wines. Before or after the festival, you might be able to catch some live music at any one of a number of afternoon or evening concerts at a winery.
On Sunday, stop at the Yadkin River Wine Trail mini-festival before heading home . Five wineries take turns hosting a once-a-month Sunday tasting backyard party-style. This Sunday, Rag Apple Lassie in Boonville will be the host.
Whew! And that’s just one weekend. The party continues through summer and into fall harvest. The best way to stay in touch is to stay connected to your favorite wineries, as they will have the latest information and times about their events, or visit www.visitncwine.com for a winery map and more information. For details on the Salute! Wine Festival and the Sunday tasting, go to www.salutencwine.com and www.rapapplelassie.com.
I can’t think of a better way to mark the arrival of summer than a glass of wine and a beautiful view.
Catherine Rabb is co-owner of Fenwick’s and a senior instructor at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte. Email: email@example.com
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