Sunday, July 11, 2010
Day 192 Drink: Raffaldini La Dolce Vita
After exiting Route 421 about 15 miles east of Wilkesboro, and taking several turns passing through rolling farmland with happy cattle, heading to Raffaldini Vineyards, you come face to face with what some would say is the past and future on agriculture in North Carolina.
At the bottom of the slope are several fields of tobacco. A turn through a huge gate and you encounter sprawling vineyards with a European-style villa at the peak.
Raffaldini Vineyards is working to carve out a niche for itself as “Chianti in the Carolinas.” Raffaldini produces both varietal wines and blends use a range of grapes, including Vermentino, Pinot Grigio and Sangiovese.
Raffaldini La Dolce Vita is not the most serious wine the vineyard produces, but it is a perfect wine for a 95 degree day in the Yadkin Valley. The wine is a blend of Traminette, Viognier and Petit Manseng and is lightly carbonated. The wine opens with a nice citrus aroma and the palate has plenty of fruit and a lively sweetness. The wine is easy drinking and perfect as an aperitif.