Monday, January 30, 2017

Shelton Vineyards in Dobson NC

It's fall, my favorite time of year.  Now is a good time to travel up to the Blue Ridge Mountains to feel the cool crisp air and hopefully see the colorful fall leaves.  Erica and I decided to stop a few of the many wineries in NC on our mini vacation.  On the way to Blowing Rock we took a slight diversion to Shelton Vineyards in Dobson NC
Here is what they say on their website...

Located in the Yadkin Valley American Viticultural Area, the vineyard shares a similar climate and growing season to that of some of the best wine growing regions in Europe. The vineyard is one of the largest on the East Coast.

One thing I like about Shelton Vineyards is the fact that they have a restaurant. We decided to eat lunch and enjoy some of their delicious wines.  First stop was the Harvest Grill 
 We decide to try their wine flight.  It came out on a tiered display.  Five wines of your choosing.  As they brought the flights out there were many Oohhs and Aahhs from our fellow diners.  It also sparked lively conversation and we made new friends:-)
 I know you are wondering if we finished our flights.  Let's just say Erica was flying a bit higher then me.  I drove after our adventure.  (She drove for me the next night:-)

Erica and I split the Grilled Carolina Mountain Trout.  Delicious!

After our dinner we walked around a portion of the property. ...


We went into the wine store.  We did not have time to do the tour.  I have done it in the past and recommend it.  I did buy a bottle to take home. This was my favorite wine in my flight...
Harvest White...Yummy
Happy Travels, Eats, and Wine Sipping...
KathieyV:-)

Thursday, January 19, 2017

NC Wines...Cloer Family Vineyards Apex NC

Cindy and I decided to check a local winery, Cloer Family Vineyards in Apex NC.  We went with a meetup group that we are members of.  What a fun afternoon of wine, music and friendly folks.

Here is what they say on the website...

"When you visit Cloer Family Vineyards, you will be welcomed by a member of the Cloer family. We love growing the grapes and making the wines, but we also enjoy meeting the people who come to our winery and buy our products. Our goal is to ensure everyone who visits our vineyard feels at home. That means no stress and no pressure – just friendly folks enjoying a common interest."

I found that to be true.  We were warmly welcomed and and did feel right at home:-)

We enjoyed a wine tasting and sampled all of their wines.  As we sipped we listened to the history of this winery and information regarding their wines.  Yummy and informative!
We took a walk around the property...
 Furry Friends...

Lovely Vineyards



I did buy a bottle of their Riesling.  It did not last long in my house:-)
Check out their website for events and tastings.  I recommend you visit.
Happy Wine Tasting
Kathiey

Hiking the Rough Ridge Trail

A few weeks ago just after the peak leaf season Erica and I had the pleasure of going on a mountain trip.  One of our favorite things to do is to explore some well marked mountain trails.  A nice hike is Rough Ridge off of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Milepost 302.8
Here is a web site that will tell you all about the trail.  Rough Ridge  I will have information from this site in quotes.
"The trail goes up over a wooden footbridge spanning a tributary of Wilson’s Creek, then leads on up the hill. You’ll need to pick your way through some boulders.  The trail ascends about 25 stone steps of varying height before semi-leveling out. This section of the trail is right around a quarter mile, so it takes just a few minutes to get to the top. High bushes obscure the view at this point, but then- you climb a few wooden steps onto the boardwalk, and you’re treated to the best view the High Country has to offer. Over 180° of panoramic I-can-see-for-miles views."
I love the stairways of wood and rock...

"The boardwalk was built around 20-25 years ago to keep hikers from destroying the fragile ecosystem of the ridge. You can wander out onto a large somewhat level rock, one of my favorite places to sit and ponder or write in my journal. This sharply angled rock has a promontory many people step out onto and take photos, but be careful! The trail keeps going on up past the boardwalk for about anothe half a mile, and let me tell you- they don’t  call it Rough Ridge for nothing. There are a couple other places for the sure-footed to venture out onto boulders to soak in the view."

There is a nice boardwalk.  From the boardwalk you can go out onto a very large rock..which we did.


"There are a couple cables and steel spikes to help you reach the very top of the summit. Up there is of course the best view, although the views lower down are awe-inspiring too."

For the first time we went past the boardwalk.  I did not even know that the trail went higher then that.  Off we went.  We finally arrived at a large bolder that we had to crawl up.  Happy day we made it to the top.  
We met a park ranger up there that shared some tips with us.  He told us the bears were not really a problem as far as safety.  He said one of the major dangers was falling from the rocks.  They had just lost a teen the week before that was taking a selfie and fell.  Very sad.


Wonderful day on the trail.
If you find yourself on the Blue Ridge Parkway I suggest you take a hike on 
The Rough Ridge Trail.
You won't regret it.
Happy Travels
KathieyV:-)

Restaurant Adventures....Woodlands Bar-B-Que in Blowing Rock NC

One place that has become a regular stop for me on my Blowing Rock Adventures is Woodlands Bar-B-Que.  Rustic atmosphere, great barbecue and, every time I have been there, live music.
"Our Restaurant’s Menu features barbecue beef, pork, chicken and ribs plus home style Mexican food. Family oriented with a rustic atmosphere."
Woodlands


"Serving North Carolina Barbeque in Blowing Rock NC since 1977."
Woodlands
It was my first time getting their chicken BBQ.  It was great.
One of my daughters favorite desserts at Woodlands is the Blackberry Cobbler.
They ran out the night we were there.  No worries because we will be back:-)
If you find yourself in the Blowing Rock area I suggest you visit Woodlands Bar-B-Que.  I know you will enjoy it:-)
Happy travels and eating.
KathieyV

Linville Falls Winery in the Mountains of NC

After our somewhat strenuous hike down to the lower falls of Linville Gorge Erica and I decided to reward ourselves with a visit to a local Winery, Linville Falls Winery All the way up the Gorge Trail on this somewhat warm fall day we kept encouraging ourselves with the promise of wine and relaxation.  And it was just as we imagined...wonderful:-)
Here is a description from their website..
"Family owned and operated, Linville Falls Winery is the culmination of a life-long passion for wine by owner, Jack Wiseman. Wiseman has dreamed of growing grapes and opening a winery for more than 25 years, and now he and his family are pioneering a new High Country wine in Linville, North Carolina. Nestled in the lower end of Avery County near the Blue Ridge Parkway is a state of the art tasting room on a 40 acre farm with its staple grapes Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon, blueberries and raspberries. The winery is perfectly situated at 3200 feet with warm days, cool nights and minerally balanced soil. This magical combination of high elevation and microclimate terra produces a wine unique to the region with complex flavors creating award winning wines."


Christmas trees and grapes what a wonderful combination...
More from their website...
"With over a million Christmas trees in production, Jack Wiseman has been at the forefront of the world-famous Fraser Fir Christmas Tree industry. Jack's passionate desire to grow, cultivate and harvest trees has led him to do the same with his vineyard."




Tasting room.  Look there is Erica.

Nice Patio and View





Yes, we found another great winery.  If you are in the Linville Falls area and you like wine I suggest you stop in and enjoy the wines of Linville Falls Winery.  You will be glad you did.
Happy Travels and Wine Tastings!
KathieyV:-)