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April 2017

Seminar – Exploring the Rhône Valley

April 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunset and Vine, 150 Sunset Drive
Blowing Rock , NC 28605 United States

The Rhône Valley wine region, once the hidden secret of France, is now well-known for having some of the top vineyards in the world, and these wines are increasingly becoming more available around the world. The Rhône wines are some of the most exciting and expensive wines in the world, however they are also known for producing great wines of value.  And although known primarily for red wines, the Rhône Valley does produce some rich and powerful whites wines. There is something…

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Seminar – Michael David Wines

April 20 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Sunset and Vine, 150 Sunset Dr.
Blowing Rock, NC 28605 United States

You may not know it, but you’ve probably encountered one of the far-ranging family of wines from Michael David Winery, the largest winery operation in the fast-emerging Lodi appellation of California’s Central Valley.  There’s a reason why Michael David Winery is capturing America’s attention. The wines are flavorful and fun. Michael David Winery’s success is firmly rooted in its rich, jammy, and uniquely named Zinfandels and tasty Cabernet Sauvignons.  Joy Dixon of Empire Distributing will lead us through learning more about this fun winery.  Seminar at Sunset &…

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Seminar – Blends from Around the World

April 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sunset and Vine, 150 Sunset Dr.
Blowing Rock, NC 28605 United States

Who doesn’t love a good blend?  Wine blends have been around for centuries. Ask any winemaker what the purpose of blending is, and they will mostly likely answer that they are trying to make a wine greater than the sum of its parts.  In this tasting, we will sample Old and New World wines that will showcase the varietal diversity of the grapes from the different wine growing regions. Doug May will lead us through discussing this question.  Seminar at Sunset & Vine (formerly Christopher’s Wine…

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Seminar: From Farm to Barrel to Bottle

April 20 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Meadowbrook Inn, 711 Main Street
Blowing Rock, NC 28605 United States

There is so much more to good wine than grapes.  The barrel, the type of wood used to make the barrel, the charring of the wood – all affect the wine’s taste as much as the varietal and ripeness of the grapes.  Even the bottle shape makes a difference.  Sit with Joey Medaloni of Medaloni Cellars for this very informative seminar that takes you from the farm to the barrel to bottle and finally to the glass.  Joey explains some…

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Seminar – The Aroma of Wine

April 20 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Sunset and Vine, 150 Sunset Dr.
Blowing Rock, NC 28605 United States

The aroma of wine is a key component of the total wine tasting experience.  The aroma can be fruity, floral, citrus, vegetal, earthy or any number of scents depending on the grape variety used, and the winemaking process implemented.  In this fascinating seminar, Sommelier Anne Prevatte will talk about some of the common aromas of wine.  We will smell (and taste) different wine varietals, then smell different items that are commonly described in the wine’s aroma.  Seminar at Sunset &…

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Seminar – What makes Vodka Vodka and the Distillation of Spirits

April 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Meadowbrook Inn, 711 Main Street
Blowing Rock, NC 28605 United States

This is the type of class you wish you could have taken in school! You will learn about the distillation of spirits from history to what makes vodka vodka. You will also get to taste our Spur Vodka made from N.C. muscadines and leave with a copper shot glass souvenir. Our goal is for you to leave educated on distilled spirits, vodka, and to enhance your experience with all spirits in the future. You will know what flaws smell like…

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Seminar – Montes Winery Wines

April 20 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sunset and Vine, 150 Sunset Dr.
Blowing Rock, NC 28605 United States

With the release of the first Montes Alpha wine back in 1988, Montes became one of the first premium wineries of Chile. They built their winery on the belief that Chile had an untapped potential as a producer of quality wines, and since have become a benchmark for other wineries to follow. Hard work and total focus on quality has led Montes to be one of the most successful and respected quality-driven wineries in Chile as they continue pioneering and…

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TAC (Thursday Arts and Culture) Talk: Cheese-makers of Western North Carolina

April 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, 159 Chestnut Street
Blowing Rock, NC 28605 United States

Kick off Savor Blowing Rock at BRAHM and meet makers of artisanal cheese from four Western North Carolina creameries and dairies. Have you ever wondered about the difference between fresh and aged cheese? Feta vs. chevre? Or where a bloomy rind comes from? What is a cave-aged cheese? Cheesemakers will discuss all of these things, as well as their experiences making and selling cheese. We will be joined by cheesemakers from the following dairies and creameries: Blue Ridge Mountain Creamery…

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Seminar – Elyse Winery Tasting

April 20 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Ray and Nancy Coursen started Elyse Winery in 1987 with 286 cases of Zinfandel. After a decade of nomadic winemaking at various custom crush facilities, in 1997 they purchased a small winery and vineyard on Hoffman Lane, the home of Elyse Winery and tasting room. From that point on, the Elyse portfolio expanded and Elyse Winery began to produce Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Rhone Style Reds. Today Elyse Winery is known as a hidden gem among giants.  Over the…

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Seminar: Wine & Cheese

April 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Meadowbrook Inn, 711 Main Street
Blowing Rock, NC 28605 United States

Cheese and wine seem to be made for each other. While many combinations are quite enjoyable, certain pairings really excite your taste buds. In this seminar we will explore the fundamentals of wine and cheese harmony and help you determine what cheese pairs best with your favorite wine. Taught by Catherine Rabb, one of our most sought after seminar instructors!  Catherine is  an associate instructor at Johnson & Wales College of Culinary Arts, teaches  wine classes at CPCC and owns  the…

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