Joseph Mills, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis, teaches at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Danielle Tarmey is experienced in many aspects of the wine business; for several years, she was a member of the tasting-room staff at Westbend Vineyards.
A Guide to North Carolinas Wineriesby Mills, Danielle Tarmey, Danielle Tarmey
The future of North Carolina wine was hinted at as early as 1584, when Arthur Barlowe wrote Sir Walter Raleigh that the land was "full of grapes." Today, the state has 22 wineries and over 240 vineyards. With annual retail sales estimated at $25 million, North Carolina ranks 10th nationally in wine production, and it is experiencing impressive growth. As one winery owner says, "This is an industry whose time has come." Visitors to North Carolina's wineries have a wide range of wines to sample, and as they do, they can engage in a variety of activities, In addition to touring and tasting, they can picnic, celebrate weddings or other events, listen to concerts, look at art, try their hand at horseshoes or Italian bowling, and even help in the vineyards. A Guide to North Carolina's Wineries provides detailed portraits of the state's wineries. These include the history of each establishment, hours of operation, comprehensive wine lists, and recipes and food-pairing suggestions contributed by the wineries themselves. Interviews with owners, winemakers, grape growers, and other people involved in the industry make it clear that in North Carolina, winemaking is rapidly evolving as an art form.
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