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NC Food & Wine University

“Congrats!  You’ve Been Admitted to North Carolina Food & Wine University!”

For decades it seems, the fine art of wine appreciation and selecting the proper wine to go with certain foods left many beginners a tad intimidated.  There was a sense of mystery surrounding the different varietals and a classic stereotype of “wine snobbery” that accompanied those who had solved the puzzle.  More recently, as wines have become more affordable and available from national, regional and local vineyards, many novices continue to feel unqualified to tiptoe into the world of oenophiles, the wine experts.

Salute! The North Carolina Wine Celebration wants to forever put aside those feelings of wine incompetence with an entertaining and educational opportunity perfect for all levels of wine-lovers.  De-mystifying the wonderful world of wine, and clarifying the art of food and wine pairings that bring out the best in our North Carolina wines is the mission of “North Carolina Food & Wine University,” back by popular demand at this year’s festival.

Five unique presentations will be held at NCF&WU throughout the day.  The knowledgeable local chefs from some of the best restaurants and winemakers from some great NC wineries will help unravel the mysteries of wine, including how to swirl, sniff and savor the luscious varietals that are being produced in our state.

But the biggest lesson to learn at NCF&WU is how to relax and enjoy the experience and the experiments of mixing and matching your favorite wines with different foods.  Or maybe you are trying to find your favorite type of wine?  At this University, there are no wrong questions, and the only test will be as you rate the flavors of wines you’ll try while enjoying the festival!  Be sure you don’t skip these classes….plan to attend at least one during your day at Salute!

Each chef will demonstrate a meal that you can do at home. That meal will showcased with its paired NC Wine, where you'll get to smell, swirl and sip. A few lucky folks will get to try the dish and everyone gets a taste of wine

Schedule of Chefs Demos and Wineries:   

12:30-1:15 First Course With Starrlight Mead 

1:30-2:15 Second Course Tim Grandinetti, Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar & Sanctuary Vineyards

2:30-3:15 ALL LOCAL Challenge with Chef Travis Myers of Willow's Bistro and Hanover Park Vineyards     fwu 

3:30-4:15  Chef John Bouley - Twin City Quarter Weddings and Social Events with Ragapple Lassie Vineyard

4:30-5:15 Dessert with Terry Miller and Joey Burdette of Twin City Hive and RayLen Vineyards