The buds will be breaking very soon as the weather continues to warm, and with that new growth comes a season of wine festivals.
This also begins the perfect time to follow new paths and trails — whether those be in your vehicle, or on your feet — for adventure and discovering new and familiar flavors alike.
This edition of On The Vine will provide readers with information about a number of North Carolina wine festivals, from the High Country of Blowing Rock to the flatlands.
As organizers of the Yadkin Valley Wine Festival prepare for their annual gathering in Elkin, they also are mourning the loss of a familiar face. Gary Maxey, who has portrayed Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, since the festival’s inception, died in March of this year. He is remembered in the pages of this edition.
Also, visitors to the Yadkin Valley during the winter months have come from as far away as Ireland, and have included the youngest winery owners in the southeast and their pet pig, Pinot. That’s right, they brought their pig on vacation with them to Elkin.
Don’t forget to check out all the events that are coming up at the state’s wineries in our calendar of events.
So find a wine you enjoy, pour a glass and relax in the warm spring air.
Until the next glass,
Wendy Byerly Wood