The weather may be frigid and the vines bare, but this doesn’t mean there isn’t warmth and beauty at area wineries and tasting rooms.
Winter tends to be a slower time for the vineyard crews as they are taking a short break between harvesting and preparing for pruning vines so they will be fruitful after the buds break in spring. The quiet time also is a good time to visit the tasting rooms that remain open during the colder months, or begin planning trips to wine festivals and wine regions around the state for the warm months ahead.
This edition of On The Vine features Thistle Meadow Winery, a vinifera-focused site nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, just a few minutes’ drive off the Blue Ridge Parkway, as well as Chestnut Trail Vineyard, a Piedmont location with a focus on the equine and organically-grown muscadines.
On The Vine also is going to the dogs during this edition, as we focus on canine-friendly locations in the Yadkin Valley region.
You will get a preview of cold-weather wine events like the Surry Winter Wine and Beer Passport, the first time Yadkin Valley craft beers have been included, and the Yadkin County wineries’ Winter Reds events, giving everyone something to do to fight the winter blues.
Highlights of this year’s annual Budbreak Wine and Craft Beer Festival in downtown Mount Airy are shared, and you will get a chance to learn the ingredients behind Morgan’s Red Wine Braised Roast and try it at home.
Pour a glass of the tastiest Carolina wines and sit a spell while reading through this edition of On The Vine magazine.
Until the next glass,
Wendy Byerly Wood