NC Fine Wines presents winners paired with Raleigh restaurant

Pickled shrimp with apples and smoked trout with Krispy Kreme croutons were paired with NC Wines.

Pickled shrimp with apples and smoked trout with Krispy Kreme croutons were paired with NC Wines.

The NC Fine Wines Society, in partnership with Raleigh’s Buku restaurant, hosted its sixth and final North Carolina Fine Wine Society dinner of the year on Oct. 11.

The dinner showcased six of its 12 award-winning wines from the 2018 fine wine competition. NC Fine Wines Society was established two years ago as a nonprofit organization aimed at promoting the quality of North Carolina wines (Vinifera- and Hybrid-style) and to fund scholarships for North Carolina students pursuing careers in Enology, Viticulture and wine-related hospitality and agritourism programs.

The blind judging took place in early 2018 using the Wine Spectator scoring method by some of the best sommeliers around. The winners were announced at a gala event in February and soon after the winners went on the road, so to speak, by partnering with NC Fine Wines Society and restaurants across the state to highlight these award-winning wines.

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We were pleased when we heard an event would be hosted in Raleigh at Buku and could not wait to attend. Unfortunately, it seemed that an unwanted visitor also made his way through Raleigh that day, as well as across the state. Hurricane Michael, heading up from the south, made a quick pass through Raleigh as he continued on his way north leaving destruction in its path. Questions were raised if the event would go on as planned and sure enough, it did. Sadly, some of the winemakers/owners were unable to make the trip across the state, from the coast or from the piedmont, due to the weather conditions – but the show went on.

As guests arrived, we made our way around the room chatting with Diana Jones and Jenny Miles of Jones von Drehle, Lou Anne Gaffney with Surry Cellars and Dan McLaughlin of the NC Fine Wines Society. As our glasses were filled with sparkling wine, Buku's wine director Troy Revell, kicked off the evening by welcoming guests and telling everyone a little about Buku and their new partnership with NC Wines. He then passed the microphone over to McLaughlin who introduced us all to the event and to the wines we would be trying this evening. Before each pairing, executive chef Amanda Haisley spoke about her inspiration for the dish we were about to enjoy and each winemaker or a representative spoke about their wine and pairing.

The pairings for the night were: