By Dathan Kazsuk & Jennifer Primrose | February 13, 2017
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We enjoy red wines. We also enjoy getting out of town, leaving the hustle and bustle of Raleigh behind for the more laid-back life of North Carolina's Yadkin Valley. We also like food – who doesn't? So, of course, we wanted to get our tickets for the second year in a row to the annual Yadkin Winter Reds Food & Pairing Event and get the heck out of dodge!
The event took place the weekend of January 28-29 inside 6 different Yadkin County wineries. Tickets for the event were $25 per person, and that entitled you to a 2-ounce pour of a signature red wine at each winery, which was also paired up with a tasty snack.
The wineries included during our weekend jaunt in Yadkin Valley included Cellar 4201, Divine Llama, Flint Hill, Sanders Ridge, RagApple Lassie and Hanover Park. It was a good opportunity to chat with some of the wine makers again over some wine and food.
Below you can check out their food and wine pairings we tasted over the weekend.
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|Day one of Winter Reds come to an end.|
FLINT HILL | Our final stop of the weekend ... or at least as far as the Winter Reds event goes. There we had a chicken and bacon pasta with spinach and tomatoes in a garlic cream sauce. That was paired with the Chambourcin – which we really like. After that tasting we decided to stick around for a full tasting, which was offered at a discount to Winter Red participants. How can we say no?
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If our trip sounds fun, that's because it was. But it's not too late for you. The Yadkin Winter Reds is split into two weekends. The upcoming weekend takes place on February 25-26, and will feature the following Yadkin Valley wineries:
Brandon Hills, Dobbins Creek, Laurel Gray, Shadow Springs and Windsor Run Cellars (which features some pretty good fortified wines).