From the Vineyard Puts NC Wine on TV

From the VineyardLover of North Carolina Wine? Then your TV thirst will finally be quenched.

A new show profiling NC Wine will debut on UNC TV Sunday, October 2nd at 1:30pm. The Salisbury Post reports that the premise will have Lisa Prince visit two vineyards or wineries to help you see the beauty that is exists in locales all across our state. Henk Schuitemaker will also join her to give a commentary on the wines discussed at the end of the show.

Having just made a trip to a few southern California vineyards, us North Carolinians have it pretty good with the experiences you get in many of our low-key tasting rooms across the state. Glad there will be a TV show to demonstrate this to the entire state now.

In the first episode, Lisa will visit Childress Vineyards in Lexington, NC and the Mothervine in Manteo, NC.

To see the full schedule, head over to the The Salisbury Post.

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Menarick Vineyard

Menarick VineyardThis was a very pleasant surprise we ran across on our way to another vineyard.

The knowledge of our tasting guide was fantastic and overall was a great way to start the day.

The Spanish and Portuguese design of the tasting room is a unique and more intimate feel than many of the other tasting rooms we’ve seen.  My wife really loved the Tempranillo so we came home with a bottle of it. We are generally not fans of the sweeter wines but they had a Peach and a Blackberry wine that was a very pleasing way to finish our tasting.  So much so, we walked out with a bottle of the blackberry as well.  The stemless tasting glass we received was also a nice touch.

As we were leaving, the sky opened up and it began pouring, so we chose to sit on the patio for a bit enjoying a glass. Part of the fun in tastings is the people you meet at the tables next to you.  You never know what type of conversations you might hear.  We had a fun exchange where we met another older couple from Raleigh. The wine tends to make others more friendly as well.

We would recommend you putting Menarick at the top of your list, early in your visit to the Yadkin Valley.

Menarick Vineyard Menarick Vineyard

Jones von Drehle Vineyard

Jones von Drehle was not on our original agenda, but we made a stop on a recommendation from Menarick after our first tasting of the day.  It was a fairly quick drive and in the direction of McRitchie which was next on our agenda.

Jones von DrehleJones von Drehle Vineyard had just opened recently in Thurmond, NC and we arrived hungry for lunch.  At this point, it’s tough to find criticism for any of the vineyards and tasting rooms we visited in the area. This was another great experience although quite a different feel than Menarick. This was a much larger facility with wonderful views.  They also had a wonderful food truck we devoured on the patio while the rain came down. When walking in, there was a large group of forty-something couples that were riding around the area in a bus. Seems like a fun (and safe) way to spend an afternoon in the Yadkin Valley.

I wished we’d taken better notes on the wines themselves but we were so hungry we rushed through our tasting. But is a tasting ever bad? We can’t wait to make another visit here.

Jones Von Drehle

Jones Von Drehle Vineyard



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.