NC Wine: Piccione Vineyards celebrates 3-year anniversary

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North Carolina's Piccione Vineyards recently killed two birds with one stone. The winery paid homage to the end of La Vendemmia, or harvest, as well as celebrating its 3-year anniversary of catering to guests with good wine and customer service.

On an overcast Saturday afternoon in October, which eventually opened up to a bright day with the sun's rays overpowering the clouds, the festivities began. We arrived at around noon, after paying a visit to the Shiloh General Store to pick up some fresh-made sandwiches and snacks.

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The event was $15 per person, or $10 for wine club members (which we currently are), and included a ticket for one glass of wine. So we paid our $20 and talked to tasting room manager, Hailey Klepcyk. Upon walking down the steps towards the tasting room, and getting the great view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, we were able to hear the tunes from James Vincent Carroll – a regular musician in the wine world out in Yadkin Valley. His interpretations of classic rock tunes, as well as his original works have made him a great addition when enjoying a glass or bottle of North Carolina Wine.

Check out our brief interview with James Vincent Carroll here!

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The crowd was already filling up all the outside seating, so we decided to take a look inside, which was pretty packed as well. We were able to pick up our three wines as part of our wine club and then decided on a couple glasses of wine to start off the afternoon. Jen went with the Rosato rosé, while Dathan selected the Nero.

We found a park bench towards the entrance of the tasting room, where we sat down and ate our sandwiches, while listening to JVC belt out classics by Pink Floyd, The Eagles, Bon Jovi and an awesome rendition of Jace Everett's Bad Things, which you might know as the theme song to the HBO vampire series "True Blood." If you didn't pack a lunch like us, that wasn't a problem – Full Moon Oyster Bar was selling plates of oysters, shrimp, fish and chicken sandwiches. There was also Café Gelato and Heritage Homestead, who was selling goat cheese products, including goat milk fudge.

After we finished our glasses of wine, we decided to take out the lawn chairs out of the back of the car and finish listening to JVC's set while enjoying a bottle of the Rosato – which we finished under the now glaring heat of the sun. But the people enjoyed the entertainment, food and of course, the wine. As did we. Piccione Vineyards, the Piccione family, who were on hand, the staff and Hailey did a great job organizing this event. And we left pretty content. I think the only thing we missed out on is we didn't get to hear Shelley Ruffin and Soul Revival perform. But we will leave that for another time.

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