Lake Norman & Mooresville

Vineyards to open wine tasting room

Davesté Vineyards plans to open a wine tasting room later this month that will include a fine art gallery featuring works by N.C. artists.

The tasting room is a 1,500-square-foot rustic, timber-frame building. Its three-sided porch overlooks a four-acre estate vineyard, part of a 52-acre pastoral setting about a mile west of downtown Troutman.

Owners Dave and Ester DeFehr planted the vineyard in 2005 and grow malbec, chambourcin, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon for red wines and chardonnay grapes and the lesser known rkatsiteli and chouchillon for white. The DeFehrs opened a 1,000-case winery in fall 2006.

Tasting room hours will be 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and 1-6 p.m. Sundays.

Check the Davesté Vineyards Web site,, for updates on the exact opening day of the wine-tasting room.

Radiant Barrier company opens in Huntersville

Ken and Sue Lamoureux of Huntersville have opened Radiant Barrier Energy Savers Inc., a home energy-saving company serving Mecklenburg County and surrounding areas.

The company installs radiant barrier over existing attic insulation to help keep extreme heat out of homes in summer and retain heat in winter. Radiant barrier is a 99-percent pure aluminum, double-sided reflective foil that reflects 97 percent of heat that strikes it, the couple said.

The couple said they installed radiant barrier in their home after reading about it in the Observer. It worked so well that they decided to form the company, they said. The company also offers the “Attic Tent,”which covers pull-down attic stairs. Details: 704-578-2008 or