Reminiscing on 2019 evokes many fun memories. We rang in 2019 with our friends at the AC Marriott downtown Spartanburg. Awoke January 1st and headed for North Georgia where we enjoyed a traditional New Year’s Day meal at the Dillard House restaurant.
While visiting North Georgia most imperative is a visit to the wineries of the Dahlonega Plateau AVA. Dahlonega Plateau is the first a AVA contained entirely within the Georgia state line boundaries. Our favorites are Cavender Creek Vineyards & Winery and Kaya Vineyards. January we launched quickly into visiting many of our favorites. We popped in to see Charles and Ann at Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard in Shelby and roasted some hot dogs over the open fire pit. 2019 was a year for wine adventures, many with our partners in wine, Will and Pam. One such adventure found us devouring a 27″ pizza in Locust, North Carolina. February found us staying in a lodge at Roaring River Vineyards where we enjoyed a dinner theater performance. March brought our annual anniversary adventure. We enjoyed our first visit to Cartersville Country Winery in Timmonsville, South Carolina. We then drove up to Elizabethtown, North Carolina where we were fortunate to stay four nights in a cabin at Lu-Mil Vineyards. That trip further took up into Northern Virginia where we had the pleasure to meet Mike Barefoot, one of the creators of the VinoWine App.
It was In April we jumped at the opportunity to visit Surry Community College to tour the winery’s day vineyard and learn about their Viticulture and Enology programs. April also took us to Talladega to watch the big boys race! May brought our first visit to the newly opened Kefi Vineyard in Monroe, North Carolina. It was May we hosted the second annual Palmetto Wine Competition.
June afforded us the opportunity to tour and learn from Josh Jones at Cityscape Winery in Pelzer, South Carolina. ￼It was July we were fortunate to watch our youngest son graduate from Marine Corp Recruit Station Parris Island! ￼August we enjoyed the last of the Summer’s incredibly beautiful sunset party at Parker-Binns Vineyard. ￼September brought our Labor Day trip to New York City where of course we had to visit City Vineyard at Pier 27! ￼￼September we also enjoyed a fun wine and cheese pairing at Wellborn Winery in Travelers Rest, South Carolina. ￼Continuing in September was dinner with the winemaker at Mountain Brook Vineyards in the Tryon Foothills. ￼October brought a return visit to Divine Llama Vineyards where Jenni and Pam loved on some Llamas! ￼There was a BBQ dinner at a Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard. ￼￼We closed out October with our maiden glamping trip in our new thirty-two foot camper! ￼￼November took us to the Monthly Open House (First Saturday Of Each Month) at Wandering Bard Meadery in Easley, South Carolina. ￼￼November also took us to Charleston, where we were thrill to find Charleston Winery pouring tastings of South Carolina locally produced wines. ￼We closed out November with a Murder Mystery dinner theater at Parker-Binns Vineyard. 1920’s gangster themed of course! ￼￼Closing out 2019 in December with the ugly Christmas attire party. ￼The cooler weather is perfect for wine around the fire pit! ￼December is the month for viewing Christmas lights, we visited our favorite spots, the Christmas House in Inman, South Carolina and downtown Forest City, North Carolina. ￼Made our traditional Turner Family Christmas egg nog! ￼Of course we couldn’t close out the year without one final Winery Escapade with our partners-in-wine Will & Pam! ￼￼What a fun year as the above is only a small sampling of the fun we enjoyed! We met so many new friends, and caught up with some old friends. Jenni and I encourage you to get out and discover your local winery, meadery, cidery, brewhouse, and distillery,
Happy New Year!
Your Friends In Wine, Dennis & Jenni