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Salute Wine Festival + Artisan Restaurant

Happy Sunday folks! I hope you’ve had a good weekend. Mine has been fun! Yesterday was the Salute Wine Festival. I went with my manfriend, Meg and her husband Matt, and some friends from work, Whitney and Christina.

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I had fun with my friends but the festival was just kind of meh. It was a beautiful day (a little hot!) and the crowds weren’t too bad but I just didn’t like many of the wines I tasted. A lot of NC wines are super sweet which I can’t stand. But I did get a few good ones from Westbend and Raylen!

IMG 9442As Matt (I think) pointed out, a festival just isn’t an environment conducive to wine tasting. The wine temperatures are all over the board, which impacts taste and the crowds prevent you from being able to really learn about the wines. And I think the heat makes it hard to taste the subtleties in the wine too.

Meg was being all paparazzi with her camera… (side note: uhhhh how weird do I look when I’m drinking? Not a good look.)


but I caught her on this one!

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After an hour or so, Meg suggested that we call it quits on the festival and head back home for some good wine in the comfort of air conditioning. It was a good call.

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After the festival, I took a nap and then went out to dinner at Artisan (next to Camino Bakery for your local folks). This was my second time there and it was nice to see more people in the restaurant since it’d been looking pretty empty. I’ve really enjoyed both of my meals there. Last night, I had the cioppino. It was deeeelicious. I asked our waitress if it was a regular on the menu, and it is, so definitely order it if you’re in town! Our waitress was really helpful with our dietary restrictions and with wine suggestions too. Great night overall!

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Alrighty, I’m off for a super tasty brunch today so I better go get ready! Chat at ya later! Maybe I’ll even have some weekender links for you soon. 🙂 It’s been a while! Have a great day!

PS – if you want to read about Meg’s experience at the wine festival – with more details about the wines, the vineyards – check out her post. If you’re new to her blog, she writes a great wine blog called The Grocery Store Wino. If you love wine, this blog is a must-read!

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  • Caryln

    I went to Salute last year and felt the same way! NC wine are sooooooo sweet, I felt like my tongue was shriveling up! haha Last weekend when they had that wine festival at Tanglewood, Raylen had a free one at the same time. A couple friends and I when to Raylen and THAT was a good time, their wines are delish!

  • Lauren

    I love your purse! Where is it from?

  • Chrissie

    I went to a beer festival this weekend and was thinking the same thing. Plus it’s so hot in Charlotte now! Moving your party into the air conditioning was a great idea.

    I was in Winston-Salem a few weeks ago for work and this week I’m highlighting some of the places we ate at while there (if you want to check it out). I wish I discovered your blog before I went so I could have gotten some recommendations! (some places we visited weren’t that good). I wish we tried Artisan, it looked good but a bit expensive.

    • Teri [a foodie stays fit]

      I’d love to read your posts about WS! I couldn’t find any when I looked at your blog though. Share the links with me if you have time! 🙂

      • Chrissie

        I started the series this week, so my first post about WS was today (I started the week off on a disappointing place, Buena Pinta, but WS redeems itself tomorrow with Mooneys). I’m also going to write about Jeffery Adam’s and Tate’s later this week. The Buena Pinta link is below.

        I still regret not trying Artisan, my coworkers said it was good!

  • Meg

    We had so much fun with yall. I’ve been wanting to try Artisan forever – glad you’ve given it the thumbs up! (Matt just made fun of me because I called it “ar-tee-shan.” Oops.)

  • Tiff @ Love Sweat & Beers

    My hubby and I aren’t fans of NC wines. I sometimes like sweet ones when I’m really in the mood for them, and he doesn’t like them at all. Even so – we still enjoy a fun outdoor wine tasting! 🙂

  • gina

    I love your dress! I’ve been looking for something similar but have been unsuccessful so far. Where is it from?

  • Annette @ FitnessPerks

    cute dress!

  • Christine Whittington

    I do not like the sweet NC wines (muscadine, scuppernong) either, but there are a few vineyards that do an excellent job and give me faith in NC winemaking. Fewer of the excellent ones are going to the festivals than they used to because some of them (not Salute! so much, but maybe getting there . . . ) resemble drunken brawls. My husband and I poured wine for Hanover Park at Salute! one year and it was very interesting to see the increased, shall we say, lack of clarity among the clientele by the end of the day. In addition to Westbend and Raylen, which have some excellent wines, as you note, check out Hanover Park, Junius Lindsay (who did an excellent wine dinner the Thursday night before Salute!), Grove, Shelton (nice Riesling if you like something a little sweet/spicy with spicy food), Raffaldini, Round Peak, Brandon Hills, McRitchie Ciderworks and Winery, and Divine Llama (Maisie would love the llamas–there are 30+ of them!). In Virginia, Chateau Morrisette and Villa Appalachia are very nice.

    • Teri [a foodie stays fit]

      ha! I bet it would be interesting to watching the, uh, progression of people throughout the day!

      You have good taste! I have been out to Shelton, Hanover Park, Raffaldini, Round Peak, McRitchie Ciderworks, and Divine Llama. I especially like Raffaldini and McRitchie’s wines! And the other ones, while not my favorite wines, had great ambiance and are worth a trip anyway. And I was just at Chateau Morrisette this weekend – love that place! I’ll have to check out Villa Appalachia! I just learned of Junius Lindsay last week and can’t wait to try that one too.

      Thanks for the helpful comment!