Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Charm of Southern Wine Festivals

I’m packing for a weekend away to head to the Blue Ridge Food and Wine Festival in the charming mountain town of Blowing Rock, NC. I went down with the whole family two years ago and we had a blast. I’m looking forward to seminars on Food and Wine Pairing as well as a Vintage Reserve Seminar. If I make it into town early tomorrow, I’ll try to catch a California Basics class, too. The grand tasting is Saturday afternoon. North Carolina has a fairly developed wine industry. Looking at their terroir, it makes sense. Warm days but cool evenings in the rolling hills. When I visited a couple years ago, I learned that NC was a leading American wine grower before prohibition put the kabosh on the industry.
Two weeks from now, I’ll drive south again, this time to the St. Michael’s Food and Wine Festival in Maryland.

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