To Italy on Sundays

If you don’t own a private jet, you can still go to Italy on Sundays…

sort of.

Raffaldini Vineyard is a great place to pretend that you are in an Italian vineyard.

The view is spectacular.

The wine is delicious.

 

The pizza is from a brick oven, albeit a small one, on wheels.

It is a lovely place to spend a quiet afternoon.

 

Even if it is raining.

We love Raffaldini’s.

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Raffaldini Winerini

Okay, so I made up a new word.  It fits doesn’t it?   A little, Italian winery.

Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery is in North Carolina,

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but it did make me feel like I was in Italy or at least California.

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Mr. Flower and I enjoyed a wine tasting here last weekend.

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We sampled eight different wines as we learned about the various grapes and processes for creating the complex aromas, flavors and textures.

I did not know that some grapes are dried to enhance their flavors. This process is called Appasimento.  Some of the wines were aged in stainless steel instead of oak barrels.

 

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The lovely facilities are set up on a hill with a great view of the grape vines and surrounding farms.

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It amazes me the vision and foresight some people have “to dream and then do.”

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This is an impressive yet peaceful place to spend an afternoon.

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