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Old 06-10-2009, 01:06 PM
 
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I have my best friend coming to visit the Raleigh area this weekend and I want to take her wine tasting since she has never gone before. What places do you recommend that are not more than a hour drive away?
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Old 06-10-2009, 01:10 PM
 
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Duplin Winery is about 100 miles from Raleigh.

Duplin Winery - Rose Hill North Carolina
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Old 06-10-2009, 01:23 PM
 
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The News and Observer newspaper lists on a weekly basis many wine-tastings in the greater Raleigh area. The whole Triangle for that matter. With the days and times and cost (some are free). I like the wine place on Semart Drive in Raleigh (Seaboard Station) where I bought 4 great bottles of wine a couple of months ago, had terrific help from the employees, but can't recall the name just now. Check back issues of the N&O from this week, you'll definitely find plenty of info.
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Old 06-10-2009, 02:00 PM
 
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I reallylike (red) wine, but IMO most of the NC Wine is not very good. There are some wineries that are at least interesting to visit, and a few that actually have some good wine. I have not found any very close to the Triangle though. But if you get further west, try out Shelton (good tour, so-so wine) or Raylen (probably the best NC wines I've tried).

If you want to taste some good wine, just go to one of the many local wine shops and taste some wine from California, Oregon, Chile, Australia, France, Italy, etc. I like Apex Beverage Company and Seaboard.
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Old 06-10-2009, 02:04 PM
 
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You could go to Chatham Hill Winery in Cary/ Morrisville, exit 285 off Hwy 40, they do wine tastings.
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Old 06-10-2009, 03:50 PM
 
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There are five or six wineries right in Raleigh if you want a tasting. They are probably not as scenic as heading to the Yadkin Valley vineyards or Appalachian Mountains, but they are a lot closer.


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Westbend is the closest vineyard I can think of - its small but nice - probably about 70 min drive from Raleigh.

http://www.westbendvineyards.com/
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Old 06-10-2009, 03:50 PM
 
Location: SW Durham, NC (27713)
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Haw River Wine Trail

Cheers!
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Old 06-10-2009, 03:50 PM
 
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I also believe that The Wine Merchant and Total Wine have wine tastings during the weekend.
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Old 06-10-2009, 05:04 PM
 
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If you need to stay local I would just go get a "flight" at one of the local wine bars or shops. You can get flights at Seaboard Wine Warehouse in Downtown Raleigh. Every Thursday & Friday from 4-8 with they have wines for sale by the glass, flight or bottle at their tasting bar.

I haven't been there yet, but the West End Wine Bar in Chapel Hill looks amazing!
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Old 06-10-2009, 07:29 PM
 
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there's a nice little vineyard in Mebane called Iron Gate. the wine is OK (not SUPER great, but they have a few worthwhile ones), but the facility is charming and they do a nice job with the tastings.

Mike
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