Wine & Beer

Looking for Wine to Enjoy During the Holidays? Try Port!

It’s the time for cozy fires, Christmas lights, Hanukkah menorahs and holiday cards. And if you happen to enjoy wine, it is also the time to open a nice bottle of port. Port has a snobby reputation as an after-dinner drink consumed by gentlemen in the parlors of their elegant residential estates. This is unfortunate because port is a wonderful [...]

2019-01-08T11:56:23-04:00September 11th, 2017|Arts & Culture, Wine & Beer|

Wine with a View in the Yadkin Valley

The Wine Guys, Joe and Matt, spent August 18-20 at the Shelton-Badgett Center for Viticulture and Enology at Surry Community Center, judging the 2017 N.C. State Fair Competition with the media, bloggers, and editors. The Yadkin Valley is beautiful any time of year... from a cold winter morning to a hot summer afternoon. No matter the time of year, beauty [...]

2017-09-11T17:30:01-04:00September 11th, 2017|Wine & Beer|

Surry Wineries – Winter Wine Passport

Brian & Mary Ann Guinn enjoyed a wine tasting at Elkin Creek Vineyard in 2013. It’s that time of year again, when the Surry Wineries host the Winter Wine Passport. It is a great opportunity for wine enthusiasts to visit several wineries in Yadkin Valley, to sample old and new vintages. Brian and I have attended this event since it was "Deck [...]

2017-01-28T18:15:12-04:00January 28th, 2017|Wine & Beer|

The Alchemy of Gibb’s Hundred

By Loring Mortensen Many are familiar with the spirit of Nathanael Greene in Greensboro, but how many know that there is a small example of Thomas Jefferson’s philosophy brewing on Lewis Street just around the corner from South Elm. Gibb’s Hundred Brewing is sitting on fertile ground, sowing the idea put forth by Mr. Jefferson who “believed that the HUNDRED [...]

2019-01-02T17:03:52-04:00January 9th, 2017|Wine & Beer|

Brewing Alchemy at Ponysaurus

By Loring Mortensen I remember a time when, due to the state alcohol laws, there was only one lonely brewery in North Carolina, the Weeping Radish. Alcohol laws back then made it very difficult to start a brewery, especially when the main rule was to have a restaurant on the premises. That is what is exciting about the way breweries [...]

2019-01-02T17:04:18-04:00October 19th, 2016|Wine & Beer|

September Proclaimed Wine and Grape Month

September has been proclaimed Wine and Grape Month in North Carolina, aligning with the traditional harvest season of grapes across the state. “North Carolina is home to more than 180 wineries, and each one is as unique as the wines it offers,” says Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “On top of that, the state has 525 grape growers from the mountains [...]

2016-09-23T16:43:20-04:00September 23rd, 2016|Wine & Beer|

On the Wine Trail in Thurmond

During the first weekend in May, Brian and I visited two wineries in Thurmond, located north of Elkin off Highway 21, close to Stone Mountain State Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. The wineries are in the Yadkin Valley AVA, an American Viticultural Area, which covers an area of approximately 1,400,000 acres in the Yadkin River Valley and includes land [...]

2016-06-14T20:35:20-04:00June 14th, 2016|Wine & Beer|

Hopping Around the Piedmont

Loring & Lee Mortensen Loring Mortensen is the marketing and publicity officer at the Weatherspoon Art Museum. His wife, Lee Mortensen, is the director of the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market. Both reside in Greensboro where breweries are (happily) popping up left-and-right these days. When out traveling, the first thing my wife and I do is a Google-search of what craft [...]

2019-01-03T15:36:43-04:00April 6th, 2016|Wine & Beer|

Surry Wineries

Brian & Mary Ann Guinn enjoyed a wine tasting at Elkin Creek Vineyard in 2013. It’s that time of year again, when the Surry Wineries host the Winter Wine Passport. Brian and I have attended this event since it was Deck the Halls. A few years ago our pictures were taken at a winery and we have been the poster [...]

2015-12-18T18:09:16-04:00December 18th, 2015|Wine & Beer|
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