North Carolina Wine Country
I occasionally need a short getaway to help get me through to the next big trip, so this past weekend I went to visit my friend Tim in Greensboro, NC. After a quick stop at Replacements, Ltd to sell four bowls ($16 – woohoo!) that were taking up space in my closet, we picked up Tim’s friend Kyle and drove to Winston for their annual Salute! NC Wine Celebration. For a $25 entry fee (I know, my china sale didn’t even cover the entry fee) we were given a wine glass and access to dozens of local wineries and probably hundreds of different wines. I am a wine novice, so I just tried whatever Tim and Kyle tried, as well as quite a few sweet wines they passed on but insisted I would like. They were usually right, although I did like quite a few of the drier wines as well.
A wine tasting festival is a tricky thing. We walked around trying a sip at a time of various wines, all the while thinking we were hardly drinking anything because we never had more than that one sip in our glasses. And then it hit me - I’m quite buzzed. Ok maybe a little drunk, but hey, we had been there for about three hours. We decided to take a break and wandered into Skippy’s where I enjoyed my first Chicago-style hot dog. It was delicious! The onions, the peppers, the pickle…..yum! I’ll be honest though, I HATE mustard, so I had them leave it off. After our energizing meal, we went back outside to try a few more wines before calling it a day. I even bought a bottle of wine, although I can’t remember what it’s called since Tim is mailing it to me. I had much more fun than I imagined I could in Winston, NC. Who knew NC had so many good wineries? It was definitely the widest variety of wine I have ever tasted, but I’m still not any closer to knowing what my favorite types of wines are. It’s all good, right?