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Salute! The North Carolina Wine Celebration - Saturday, June 6, 2015

Held on the streets of Downtown Winston-Salem, Salute! The North Carolina Wine Celebration has become the premier festival dedicated to serving North Carolina wines exclusively. In its 10th year, Salute! uncorks along Fourth Street in Winston-Salem as more than 35 North Carolina wineries come together to share sample pours of their wines and inform festival goers of the happenings  at their wineries. Looking to learn more about the art of wine and how to properly taste and pair it? Be sure to attend at least one of the sessions at NC Food & Wine University. Presented by Salute!, NC Food & Wine University brings local chefs and winemakers together to share about wine pairing and the art of wine consumption. Beer lovers also find their niche at the festival. Recently introduced is the beer garden that highlights Winston-Salem's local craft beer scene.

Though the actual festival is held Saturday, June 6 from noon to 6 p.m. -- the celebrations and excitement for Salute! begins on the weekdays prior to the event. Throughout the week visitors can savor paired meals at Winemaker dinners or attend Friday night's celebrity chef cooking event. See below for more details on all of this year's Salute! special events.

Tickets for Salute! NC Wine Celebration may be purchased online at www.salutencwine.com, at all North Carolina Lowes Foods stores, select BB&T branches, Whole Foods in Winston-Salem, or at Triad area Total Wine Stores.
Advance tickets are $25 each. Day-of tickets will be available for $30 each and are subject to sell out.
No tickets will be sold after 4 p.m. the day of the festival. 

Salute Weekend Packages:


Just the Basics Salute Wine Festival Package at The Hawthorne Inn
June 5 - 7
420 High Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Discover the crisp and bold tastes of North Carolina wines at the annual Salute! NC Wine Celebration Saturday, June 6 in downtown Winston-Salem. Enjoy a one-night stay for two at the Hawthorne Inn & Conference Center, two tickets to Salute! NC Wine Celebration and the following morning enjoy a hot breakfast buffet for two.
The cost of the package is $109 + tax.  To make your reservation call toll free at 877-777-3099 or visit http://www.wakehealth.edu/hawthorne-inn/.

Salute Super Saver Package at the Hawthorne Inn
June 5 - 7
420 High Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Enjoy a two-night stay for two at the Hawthorne Inn & Conference Center, two tickets to an “Evening of Southern Food with Chef Virginia Willis” on Friday, June 5, two tickets to Salute! NC Wine Celebration Saturday, June 6 and enjoy a hot breakfast buffet for two daily.  Also receive 10% off in our Bayberry Bistro by showing your Salute ticket for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch, June 7. Also, receive a voucher for 20% off on one of our Yadkin Valley Wine Tour Packages.  To learn more about these tours go to http://YadkinWineTours.com.  The cost of the package is $249 + tax. To make your reservation call toll free at 877-777-3099 or visit http://www.wakehealth.edu/hawthorne-inn/.

Embassy Suites - Salute! NC Wine Celebration Package
June 5 - 7
460 N. Cherry Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Enjoy a one night stay for two at the Embassy Suites and two tickets to Salute! The North Carolina Wine Celebration, located in the center of Downtown Winston-Salem at $135 per night.  Your stay includes a two room suite, an evening manager’s reception and full, cooked to order breakfast.
To book CLICK HERE or call 1-877-888-WSNC. 

Winston-Salem Marriott - Salute NC! Wine Celebration Package
June 5 - 7
425 N. Cherry Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Enjoy a one night stay for two at the Marriott in Downtown Winston-Salem and two tickets to Salute! The North Carolina Wine Celebration.  For reservations call 1-877-888-WSNC. The price of the package is $115 (plus tax).

Winemaker Dinners:

Meridian Restaurant & Biltmore Estate Winery
Thursday, June 4; Time to be determined.
Stay tuned as details emerge. 

Quanto Basta Italian Eatery and Wine Bar & Raffaldini Vineyards: "The Italian Gathering"
Thursday, June 4; 5 - 7:45 p.m.
Savor the tastes of Italy while in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem. One of Winston-Salem's newest restaurants, Quanto Basta offers a cozy, chic setting with authentic Italian small plates and wood-fired gourmet pizzas. Chef Tim Grandinetti pairs with vineyard owner and winemaker, Jay Raffaldini for a cultural culinary experience you're sure to remember. 

Here's a look at what you'll receive at The Italian Gathering: 

  • Official Release of Quanto Basta /Raffaldini Collaboration Wines
  • Barbera infused Hand-Crafted Pasta
  • Duo of Sauces & Truffle Essence
  • Salumi & Cheeses
  • "Never-Ending" Pizzette Tasting
  • Our Signature: Stuffed Focaccia with Sicilian Pesto
  • Shrimp Arrabiata
  • Eggplant Parmesan & Cavatelli
  • QB Tiramisu
  • Butterscotch Budino with Salted Caramel & Chocolate "Bacio"

Cost: $69 per guest plus tax and gratuity. For reservations and additional information call 336.293.4797.
Limited seating is available to make your reservation early. 

Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar and RayLen Vineyards
Friday, June 5; Cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner is served at 7 p.m.
Cost: $54 per guest plus tax and gratuity. 
Menu to be announced. 

Salute! Presents: An Evening with Southern Food, Chef Demonstration, Wine Tasting & Small Bites - Friday, June 5

Celebrity Southern chef and cookbook author, Virginia Willis, headlines this year's Friday night celebrity chef event at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in Downtown Winston-Salem. Chef Virginia Willis is the author of Bon Appétit, Y'all, Basic to Brilliant, Y'all, Okra: A Savor the South Cookbook, and Grits by Short Stack Editions. The Chicago Tribune praised her as one of "Seven Food Writers You Need to Know."

She is also the author of the popular comfort food blog, Down-Home Comfort.  Her eponymous food blog, tagged as a favorite blog by Saveur magazine, receives rave reviews for her recipes and stories celebrating her Southern heritage and classic French training. She is a contributing editor for Southern Living and her articles have appeared nationally including Food52 and CNN as well as All Recipes, Country Living, Eating Well, Family Fun, and Fine Cooking. As a nationally recognized Southern food and beverage authority, she has been featured in the Washington Post and USA Today and quoted in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

During her career, Virginia has worked as the TV kitchen director for Martha Stewart Living, Bobby Flay, and Nathalie Dupree. She was the producer of Epicurious on the Discover Channel and Home Plate for Turner Studios. In front of the camera, Virginia has appeared on Food Network's Chopped, Fox Family and Friends, Martha Stewart Living, Paula Deen's Best Dishes, and as a judge on Throwdown with Bobby Flay.

Virginia is joined by Winston-Salem local chefs, Jared Keiper of The Tavern at Old Salem and Chef Stephanie Tyson of Sweet Potatoes. 

Event Details: 
Date: Friday, June 5
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts -- 251 N Spruce Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

 

North Carolina Food & Wine University

Festival goers at Salute! NC Wine Celebration has the opportunity to attend and learn from five unique presentations that are held at NC Food & Wine University;  every hour throughout the day.  Local chefs and North Carolina winemakers work together to unravel the mysteries of wine, including how to swirl, sniff and savor the luscious varietals that are being produced in our state. Participants will also learn how to enjoy the experience of mixing and matching favorite wines with different food products. The presentations are very interactive and guests are encouraged to ask questions that may even include "how to find your favorite type of wine." 

The North Carolina Food & Wine University coincides with Salute! NC Wine Celebration and is also held along Fourth Street. Ask the Salute ambassadors to point you to the appropriate tent. 

North Carolina Food & Wine University Schedule at Salute!

12:30 p.m. - Kevin Reddick of The Screaming Radish Food Truck pairs with Jones vonDrehle Vineyards
1:30 p.m. - Chef Mark Grohman of Meridian Restaurant pairs with Biltmore Estate Winery
2:30 p.m. - Chef Richard Miller of Graze Restaurant pairs with Cellar 4201 Vinyards. This presentation is the second annual All Local Challenge where Chef Richard will prepare a meal full of local ingredients, including produce from Shore Farms Organics.
3:30 p.m. - Chef Tim Grandinetti of Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar and Quanto Basta: Italian Eatery & Wine Bar pairs with Raffaldini Vineyards
4:30 p.m. - Chef Pablo del Valle of Atelier on Trade pairs with Hanover Park Vineyards

 

For more information on Yadkin Valley wineries and events go to VisitWinstonSalem.com/wine.

 

Special Offers

Salute Super Saver Package at the Hawthorne Inn

Enjoy a two-night stay for two at the Hawthorne Inn & Conference Center, two tickets to an “Evening of Southern…

May 30 2014 - June 01 2014
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Just the Basics Salute Wine Festival Package

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June 05 2015 - June 07 2015
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Embassy Suites - Salute! NC Wine Celebration Package

Enjoy a one night stay for two at the Embassy Suites and two tickets to Salute! The North Carolina Wine…

June 05 2015 - June 07 2015
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Winston-Salem Marriott - Salute NC! Wine Celebration Package

Enjoy one night for two at the Marriott in Downtown Winston-Salem and two tickets to Salute! The North Carolina Wine…

June 05 2015 - June 07 2015
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