Sanders Ridge Vineyard

How great are spontaneous dinners accompanied by great wine?  At Sanders Ridge, you’ll find both.

This was the next stop after our tasting at RagApple Lassie vineyards since it was fairly close. After visiting 4 other vineyards that day, it was a welcome reprieve.

The Hearth Restaurant at Sanders Ridge has an exquisite interior and was built by the owner himself. This added to the ambiance for a fantastic dinner. Highly recommend the Pimento Cheese burger.

After our pre-dinner tasting, we chose a glass of the Big Woods. This full flavored red, was a great appetizer before dinner. Even though we don’t normally enjoy the fruit wines, the Peach Mango was a nice glass to have with us as we walked around the property and down to the lake after dinner.

Because we were there during the evening, the zip line was not an option. Fine with us, another reason to come back and enjoy.




Shadow Line Vineyard

Next time you are in Granite Falls, NC making your way down Highway 321, make a slight detour for Shadow Line Vineyard. The facility is beautiful.  On our recent trip, we started with a tasting of all 8 of their wines.

As we were throwing back our tasting, it occurred to me that we’d done a poor job of capturing our thoughts on wine tasting in North Carolina, because we have been to 8-10 vineyards over the last few years and haven’t documented our trips. Given the benefit we found in reading other’s reviews of vineyards across the State before starting our trips, we thought others could benefit.

Nestled in the country, a few miles off of highway 321, a peaceful experience awaits you at Shadow Line Vineyard. I didn’t take great notes on the tastes of these wines as one of the people in our group was participating in his first tasting, so our focus was on him, but I did choose a glass of the Merlot after finishing the tastings. Several in our group purchased bottles as well.


Shelton Vineyard & Hampton Inn

Like most others, we thought the wine-tasting room in the hotel was a nice touch. Being that it’s 2 miles from the Shelton Vineyards, you get…Shelton Wines. Paying $5 for a tasting gives you 3 wines to pick. It was a relaxing and quaint environment but we did enjoy the two other couples in the room who were enjoying a bottle of Harvest Red.  You could tell they may have been in to their second bottle because the laughter was happening regularly.

As for the Hampton room – it was clean and had a fridge & microwave. The only slight downside was that the TV was a little small to see being how far it was from the King bed.  The patio was a nice touch as well. Actually had breakfast out there the following morning and it is surprisingly quiet being that close to the interstate.

I wish we’d taken more pictures of the actual vineyard as the grounds were beautiful.  They also had a restaurant on site, but seemed more fit for a nice dinner and we were there at lunch.  I would like to spend more time at this one the next time we are in Dobson, NC.

Why You Should Love NC Wine

So many people we talk with have no idea the wealth of great tasting wine and beautiful landscaped vineyards that are here in North Carolina. Many also aren’t aware that North Carolina produces wines outside of the sweet muscadine flavors one might normally expect.

I feel we should preface our descriptions, with the fact that we are not wine aficionados. But we have tended to favor the wines you find in the north western part of the state. We’ve spent time in the Yadkin Valley over the last few years and were overwhelmingly impressed with the scenary, people, taste, and choice of wine.

After taking our first trip to a few California vineyards in 2009, we’ve also come to learn that much of the experience around wine is influenced by the people you are with. You don’t have to know how to swirl the wine in your glass to see the legs.  Or sniff it and the wax poetically about the specifics fruit or abstract item you may smell.  It does help when the wine is tasty, but enjoying with friends with some live music on a beautiful afternoon makes the experience that much more meaningful and memorable.

So join us as we share our experiences.  Use what you like.  If nothing else, there will be pictures and perhaps videos you may find useful in your own vineyard trips across the North Carolina Wine Country.  You can thank us later as you also a lover of North Carolina wine.