January 2011 Blog Posts (6)

North Carolina opens its 100th winery

As reported by the Triangle Business Journal, the 100th winery in North Carolina opened last Thursday, January 27th.

The milestone winery is Cauble Creek Vineyard in Salisbury.

North Carolina ranks seventh in the nation for wine production and 10th in grape production.

“Our wine industry… Continue

Added by Lisa Englert on January 29, 2011 at 6:55am — No Comments

The renaissance of mead

PITTSBORO, NC — Mead, that drink of Viking saga and medieval verse, is making a comeback. But this ain't your ancestors' honey wine.

"It's not just for the Renaissance fair anymore," says Becky Starr, co-owner of Starrlight Mead, which recently opened in an old woven label mill in Pittsboro.

In fact, this most ancient of alcoholic libations hasn't been this hot since Beowulf slew Grendel's dam and Geoffrey Chaucer fell in with the Canterbury pilgrims at the…


Added by Lisa Englert on January 28, 2011 at 8:02pm — No Comments

How to Give the Perfect Toast

This appeared in last Sunday's Parade Magazine. I found these to be practical and witty tips for raising your glass with style, and thought I'd share them here in case you missed the post. They're provided courtesy of Jon Lovett, a White House speechwriter and winner of the "Funniest Celebrity in…


Added by Lisa Englert on January 25, 2011 at 7:15pm — No Comments

Pinots may get more affordable

Now that we’ve lifted our glasses to toast the New Year, wine lovers may be wondering what 2011 has in store for them. Catherine Rabb, an instructor at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina asked folks on the front lines in her area to share their predictions for trends. Here’s what she found… Continue

Added by Lisa Englert on January 21, 2011 at 7:23am — No Comments


The owners of a winery estate that lies on the cusp of the Willamette Valley and southern Oregon came to us recently with a unique proposition: Help them sell the winery by running a link to their sales video.  Turns out to be one of the oldest wineries in Oregon, in a sprawling, secluded property with…


Added by Jim Gullo on January 13, 2011 at 3:23pm — No Comments

Chefs predict the biggest trends for 2011

As reported by Greg Cox, restaurant critic for Raleigh's News & Observer, it's that time of the year again when "experts" (quotation marks optional, depending on whether you agree with them) of all stripes make their predictions about coming trends.

Let's take a peek into the crystal ball of the National Restaurant Association, which recently surveyed more than 1,500 chefs nationwide, and published the results as the association's Top 20 Trends for 2011. …


Added by Lisa Englert on January 9, 2011 at 8:28am — No Comments

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