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North Carolina Wineries

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Spent weekend in NC visiting daughter. For 4 years we have been discussing that when she was 21 we would go to a wine tasting at a few of the wineries we had seen signage for in Burlington area. Friday tried 2 - Grove Winery and Glen Marie. It was monsooning and the young man conducting our private tasting was obviously looking for something to do in the empty winery, so we enjoyed a slightly expanded tasting. Neither DD nor I are especially wine-educated, and he was able to increase that somewhat. Best was his taking us behind the scenes for a few minutes to see the stainless and oak barrels, bottling machines, and even a few huge tubs of recently picked, smashed grapes. Location was beautiful on a lake and they have events and concerts. We bought 7 assorted bottles and he gave us protective sleeves so I could take mine in checked luggage.

Then on to Glen Marie. Talk about contrasts. This was in what seemed to be a converted garage of a ranch-style home. There was a quite elderly guy who gave a rather rote description of a half dozen wines. However, interestingly, he told us he and his wife are the only workers for every aspect of their wine - they grow, prune, pick the fruit; then they do every aspect of the wine making themselves - not even a part time picker or clerical person! Wines were not as good, but since they were so authentic, we bought a couple of bottles. Then visited his 2 alpacas - which he had grumbled that he bought for his wife and she was bored with them - and offered to sell them to us.

These wineries were part of advertised Haw River Winery Trail - there are 2 others. Calling it a trail is really a stretch, since they are not in a geographically logical pattern, and to visit all 4 would take at least a day and lots of backtracking on pretty country roads.

Posting mainly in case anyone does a search for this type of info - since a few years ago I searched here for info on NC wineries and found nothing (there are apparently over 150 commercial wineries in NC)

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