The winter may bring cold and gloomy days, but that’s no reason to stay at home. It’s nice and cozy at the wineries in Yadkin County and the seventh annual Yadkin Winter Reds is the perfect reason to get out of the house on a cool winter day.
“An absolute must to cure the mid-winter blahs,” said LeDon Bedsaul of the Yadkin Winter Reds event. “All the wineries are so warm and inviting, and I highly recommend it.”
The Yadkin Winter Reds wine and food pairing event will be held Jan. 30-31 and Feb. 27-28. The event is sponsored by the town of Yadkinville and Yadkin County Tourism Development Authorities.
“This is a great opportunity for you to visit Yadkin County wineries and taste the excellent wines that are being produced,” said event organizers.
Jamie Johnson at the Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce said the event brings in many new visitors to the area and is a great boost for tourism during a typically slower time of year.
“It’s like a progressive party that people used to do,” explained Donna Bissette, a local wine connoisseur. “We often end up on the same path as other groups and meet some fun folks, as wine drinkers tend to be! The food and wine pairings are fabulous. It’s a festive winter tradition.”
For the event, Yadkin County wineries will feature a 2-ounce pour of their Winter Red selection paired with a 4-ounce serving of a gourmet food item. The hours will be Saturday noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Each ticket holder will be assigned to a starting winery where they will receive their souvenir glass and a map. The ticket is good for both days on the selected weekend — one visit per winery. A limited number of tickets are sold for both weekends.
Amy Helton of Hanover Park Vineyard said the event is unique because it offers wine lovers a chance to learn more about food and wine pairings.
“Yadkin Winter Reds allows people to learn about pairing food and wine and the more educated the public is, the more they will enjoy the wine,” she said. “I think that is one of the most important aspects to me and also for people to spend a day driving around our community to see what it’s about.”
The pricing and menu for the event are as follows:
January weekend — $15 per person
February weekend — $20 per person
Both Weekends Package — $30 per person — a savings of $5. If you select both weekend package then you must use your wine glasses that you receive for both weekends. You will not have to select a winery for your February weekend since you have already received your wine glasses.
Also, check out the calendar of events for additional activities happening the weekend of the Yadkin Winter Reds.
Menu for January Weekend (Tickets must be ordered by Jan. 27)
• Brandon Hills Vineyard will feature Pork Barbecue Sliders paired with Raptor Red
• Hanover Park Vineyards will feature Chili paired with Chambourcin
• Laurel Gray Vineyards will feature Homemade Jalapeño Cheese Mini Sandwiches paired with Cabernet Franc
• Yadkin Valley Wine Company will feature Lemon Poppy Seeds paired with Carolina Blue
Menu for February Weekend (Tickets must be ordered by Feb. 24)
• Cellar 4201 will feature Gumbo with Chicken & Sausage paired with Rose
• Divine Llama Vineyards will feature Brunswick Stew paired with In A Heartbeat
• Flint Hill Vineyards will feature Popcorn Carbonara paired with Cabernet Sauvignon
• RagApple Lassie Vineyards will feature Sweet & Spicy seared Beef encroute with Peston Cream paired with Hobson’s Choice Estate Grown Reserve
• Sanders Ridge Vineyards will feature Morrocan Spiced Shrimp with Arrugulant Pickled Onions.
For more information about the Winter Reds Event, contact the Yadkin County Visitors Office at 1-877-492-3546.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.