Hi friends! Happy Saturday! I hope you are having a great weekend. I have had a wonderful day so far. Today was the Italian Festival at the Raffaldini Vineyard in Ronda, NC. My friend Debbie and I go every year together. This was our third annual trip!
It was beautiful weather today – I donned a sundress and bracelets I got when I was in Rome in 2007 in honor of the Italian theme.
Last year, it was chilly – I stumbled upon last year pictures when I was downloading this year’s pictures! I’m so ready for fall and boots and jackets! Flashback photos!
Look how short my hair was.
On our way out of town, we stopped at The Coffee Mill in Lewisville, NC.
It was a really cozy coffee shop with a great rustic vibe. They had a wonderful patio, comfy-looking couches, and rocking chairs on the front porch. How quaint is that? Their coffee was good and the owner was very friendly.
When we were closer to Raffaldini, we stopped at the Shiloh General Store. It’s run by the Amish and has a large variety of grains, spices and jams. Plus the whole store smelled like the homemade bread they make each day for their sandwiches!
I snagged a fig jam and a strawberry rhubarb jam and some beet chips before we left!
We finally made it to Raffaldini around noon. There was already a great crowd! Raffaldini has a beautiful view, a beautiful Italian-esque villa, and a nice variety of wines. It’s my favorite vineyard to visit in NC. Definitely check it out if you haven’t! They have events year-round.
The Italian Festival always has live music, local food vendors and a lively crowd.
I had some awesome coffee and chocolate-covered espresso beans from The Wet Whistle and a cheese-free tuna pasta salad from Amalfi’s. (There were no gluten free and dairy free options at the Italian Festival…surprise surprise. So I opted for gluten over dairy. Let the breakout begin. Sigh. I already can feel and see crazy bloating in my stomach and tightness in my face. So weird!)
We headed in for our wine tasting and one of my yoga instructors from Village Yoga was actually there volunteering and poured our wine. Thanks Steve! (Another instructor, Maureen, is married to Jay Raffaldini, the owner of the vineyard. Small world!)
After doing our tasting, Debbie and I shared a bottle of the Pinot Grigio. The Reserve Sangiovese was also tasty! It was a tough call but since it was warm outside, we went with a white.
We met some lovely ladies while standing in line for food who happened to work about 0.5 mile from both of us. We spent the afternoon laughing and chatting with them.
We cleared out just in time around 5:00. It looked like a storm was blowing in. (Or it looked like it was “coming up a cloud” as they say in the South.)
Maizey spent the day at doggy playcare at Ruff Housing so she was sooooo tired by the time I picked her up. But not too tired to be tricked into looking at the camera.
It was a great day! I’m already looking forward to next year’s festival!Tweet