Hey everyone its one of your slack ass wineabe! Life has been crazy! Finally gonna tell yall about the BB&T Salute Wine Festival in Winston-Salem. Side-note: I had already wrote a small novel and my stupid ass laptop decided to get rid of everything I had written so far because I minimized the screen, who knew….. Anyways let me tell you your wineabe here was super tired after having worked my 24hr shift the day before, but I was like hey priorities here. Wine NOW, sleep later! We finally get there after forever and ever and ever, found parking after driving around a few minutes. This garage was one of those garages that has a super low roof and we just knew my car was gonna hit the roof, it didn’t. So we finally get down there to the street and it was like what I imagine a street in heaven would look like. As far as the eye could see (may or may not being a little dramatic) tent upon tent of winerys that were there!!!! I saw it and it was like the angels of heaven were singing to me, ( so prolly not the angels of heaven or even my guardian angel but it was def a AHHHHHHHH moment). Also, the smells coming from the food trucks that were there were absolutely amazingly delicious! The street it was on was a super cute street with a bunch of cute stores.
So, finally onto the wine! The important crap! Our first tent stop was Duplin Winery! I did not think I could find another wine slushy I LOVED more than the last one I had had but I did and as Heather said later on in the day at a different tent, it was a winegasm in your mouth! Duplin is over near Wilmington. They are having their annual grape stomp festival the weekend of Sept. 12th, which may or may not be the weekend before my birthday, and I’ve decided I need to be there. Grape stomping is on my bucket list. Even though with my fat ass doing it, it will prolly be more like grapes stomped to smithereens (spelling). I could at least than say I’ve been there done it and check it off my long list! The first wine I tried was the Brices Creek which is a scuppernong grape sweet wine. Super yummo! We tried a blush wine called Cool which was also amazing! The Sangria Red was super good too! Also tried the Black River Red, delish, and the sangria white. My fave wine by itself was the Hatteras Red, which she said is their most popular one. It was sooooooo delicious! Now, onto the winegasms that happened in my mouth! They have a pina colada wine slushy, I do NOT like pina coladas, but it was amazing! The other slushy is a gorgeous purple color and called Raspberry Mango Lemonade, that is mixed with the Brices Creek wine, and it is 100% life-changing. I was skeptical at first cause I don’t really care for any of that by itself but mixed was a explosion of deliciousness on the tastebuds! You can find Duplin wines in your local grocery stores. The mix for the slushies I’m not sure but I know you can order it online! It was so good when we were finished going to all the tents we went back to get a glass of the R.M.L slushy. It was not all the way slushified either but cold and it was that amazing that we were like it is NEEDED! LOL We came home with 3, yes 3, bottles of wine from them, and a slushy mix. The lady that was doing our wine tasting was fantastic. She was so friendly and made us fall in love even more. The people doing the tastings can make it such a better experience if they are friendly and just great people!
Chestnut Trail Vineyard was there. They are in Mocksville. They do muscadine wines and were awesome! We tried the Estrellita, Legado, and Primor. We came home with a bottle of the Primor. Primor means masculine, beauty, elegance, exquisiteness. It is a muscadine and a tart flavor. Super delish!
There was another one there that also had slushies. It was the Waldensian Style Wines. They are in Connelly Springs. The people at this one were also super great people and soooo very friendly! We just fell in love with em. We tried the wines they had I cannot remember which ones we tried, but they were good. They lady doing the tasting had told us she would save the slushy/ best for last. So, to start this off I will say I love peaches like eating a peach. Not a fan of drinking peachy drinks, but Eddie and Brenda completely changed that for me! They have a peach slushy that blew me the hell away! It was another winegasm in the mouth. My tastebuds that day were like you are putting us in overdrive with all these explosions of greatness/taste going on up in here but don’t stop! We even stayed and chitchatted with them for a little bit too, great people! The peach slushy is made with a bottle of the sweet scuppernong and the peach mix.
Ok, so sidenote here: There were so many damn bitches at this festival. Not the people working with the vineyards but that were there just tasting, and some were even trying to talk shit about us, but we behaved that time. But I can tell you when they showed up behind us in line talking like stupid valley girl voice crap I was like I cant even, so yes I started to mock them and talk just like em. Let me say I impressed myself with the skills of talking like a valley girl, I could pull it off I think……… It was so obnoxious! Its like really????
Another sidenote: I was sooooooo extremely saddened at the fact that there was not much eye candy at this one. Im like all the dang eye candy will travel to freaking nowhere elkin nc but not to Winston salem. Houston we have a problem, just saying. You cant get better than a day full of wine tastings and a day full of eye candy! Its like a perfect day! I came up with a rhyme since there was no eye candy I said rollin rollin rollin keep them bottles open! Let me tell you they did, and we ended up coming home with like 7 or 8 bottles of wine total.
Ok, back to the wine! Weathervane Winery, in Lexington, was there. They were also super friendly and just great people to talk too! We tried 7 of their wines and there was not one I did not like! We came home with a tropical wave and Sweet Mountain Bliss. Then Slightly Askew Winery was there, they are from Elkin. They had some good wines but what I like best about them is the names of their wines. They have grateful red- cranberry chianti, Elkahol- green apple gewürztraminer ( I love trying to say that word lol), Numb Knutz- black cherry pinot noir, Nasty Bastard- Pomegranate Zin, Drama Kween- Strawberry Banana Viognier, Crooked Toe Blues- Raspberry White Zin. They were also more great people there. There really was only one tent we went too that had a woman that was short with us.
Some of the other vineyards there were Thistle Meadow Winery from Kernersville- all pretty good, Lake James Cellars from Glen Alpine, I cant remember if we tried theirs or not im gonna say yes since I have one of their papers but your special wineabe didn’t write anything down. Locklear Vineyard from Maxton NC was there. They were some great people too! I loved their noble sweet. I cant remember if we got a bottle of it or not…… My S.T.A.D (short-term, Alzheimer’s, & Dementia, I just have it all) is kicking in right now! Southern Charm Winery from Lincolnton was there too. I cant remember which ones we tried but I do know they had good ones. And Chatham Hill Winery, which had been at last wine festival, we tried them again. There were a lot more vineyards there and a lot that had been at last festival or that we have actually gone and visited. So we skipped some of them, to make sure we could get all other ones in that we wanted too. I had actually slaved over making a game planner before leaving and may or may not have forgotten the planner….. so we made a makeshift one.
I know I had a absolute blast at this one. It was so much more organized and just very relaxing. and I had my besties with me that makes for a great day anytime!!! I am ready for the next festival to go too! Hopefully we will have a date soon for the wine tasting party that we are going to host! Once we get it figured out we will let everyone know! So you can join us or host your own and let us know how it goes! I hope everyone has a fantastic rest of your week, and until next time,
Sarah & Heather