WASHINGTON CROSSING - Crossing Vineyards and Winery in Washington Crossing is offering area lovers some alternatives to the standard Valentine’s Day fare: two opportunities for a five-course, candlelit dinner at the winery; a class on the world’s most romantic wine – champagne – and a course on pairing wine and chocolate.
Indian Chenin Blanc For anyone who’s ever wondered how champagne gets its bubbles, Crossing will present “Champagne For Lovers” Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at the winery, 1853 Wrightstown Road. The course will explore what champagne is, which grapes are used, and how it is made. Attendees will sample the bubbly and some companion desserts. Cost is $45 per person and includes learning materials.
Indian Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) A lavish, five-course gourmet dinner will be offered on two nights, Feb. 12 and 14 at 7 p.m. Dinner will begin with a wild mushroom duxelle tartlet, followed by a mixed field greens and frisee salad with lardons, hard boiled egg and warm Dijon vinaigrette. Next is seared beef tenderloin au Poivre with caramelized onion relish and brandy peppercorn cream over tagliatelle, served with sautéed spinach with garlic. A cheese course follows, then vanilla bean cheesecake with chocolate sauce, served with coffee or tea. Plat du jour substitutions may be made in advance. Dinner will include a bottle of wine per couple.
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Gov. Bev Perdue has a collection of wine glasses from across North Carolina. Now she will add one from Cauble Creek Vineyard, which she recognized Thursday as the 100th winery in the state.
Indian Sauvignon Blanc The governor joined winemakers and growers, local dignitaries and representatives from several state wine publications in Rowan County. Cauble Creek owners William “Biff” Yost, his wife Anita and their son Alex basked in the event.
Indian Chenin Blanc At first the family didn’t quite understand the impact or the honor of being named 100th winery in the state.
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RALEIGH - Gov. Bev Perdue announced today that North Carolina is now home to 100 wineries. The 100th winery in North Carolina to raise a glass is Cauble Creek Vineyard in Salisbury.
Indian Rosé “Our wine industry is made up of small business owners, entrepreneurs and farmers. Most importantly it creates jobs in our state,” said Gov. Perdue. “Our wineries and vineyards provide a compelling reason to visit our state and they are a significant economic engine.” North Carolina ranks seventh in wine production and 10th in grape production nationally. Research funded by the North Carolina Wine & Grape Council reports the wine and grape industry in this state accounts for more than 5,700 jobs with total economic impact as much as $813 million. North Carolina also ranks among the top five states in the country as a destination for culinary tourism according to a 2007 Travel Industry Association (now known as U.S. Travel Association) survey.
Indian Sauvignon Blanc A Tale of Two Grapes The industry here shares two types of grapes: the sweet native muscadines (such as carlos, noble, magnolia, etc.) and the European-style vinifera grapes (such as chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, etc.) The 100th winery focuses exclusively on the sweet muscadine grape and also sells jams, jellies and neutraceuticals made from muscadines.
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Beverly Perdue is celebrating North Carolina 's growing wine industry at the opening of the state's 100th winery.
Indian Cabernet Shiraz Perdue visits Cauble Creek Vineyards in Salisbury on Thursday. Others are planning to open in the months ahead. The number of vineyards has quadrupled in less than a decade.
Indian Rosé North Carolina's wine industry divides between those growing, pressing or bottling native muscadine grapes or European-style vinifera grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Chardonnay.
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The invitation said it was being held in “Sundance House” at the corner of Heber and Park. Turns out, Sundance House is the Kimball Art Center’s avatar during the festival. So there’s another self-interested party involved.
Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) India One of the event sponsors was the St. Regis, so they had to get their branding in by providing uniformed butlers, and the presiding chef from Napa, Michael Chiarella, chef-owner of Bottega in Yountville,also had to tout his brand, NapaStyle. Lotsa spotlights on him.
Indian Cabernet Shiraz It involved hundreds of fake candles, sofas, chairs and lots of pouring stations, each one devoted to a different Napa Valley winery: Staglin Family Vineyard, Raymond, David Arthur Vineyards, Allora Vineyards, Gemstone, Cimarossa, Farella Park Vineyards, John Anthony Vineyards, Terlato Wine Group, Tom Eddy Winery, Chiarello Family Vineyards, Gargiuilo Vineyards, Matthiasson and Shcramsberg. Oddly, there were no spit or pour buckets—but this was less a tasting event than a cocktail infomercial to promote an upcoming event of the same kind. Kind of a Mobius strip of marketing. Not that there’s anything wrong with that—I’m pretty much in favor of marketing efforts that involve lots of wine.
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