January 1, 2024

Raise a Glass to 2024!

This New Year, we're toasting to you!

We're toasting a beautiful farewell to last year and celebrating what's to come in the new year. Maybe you want to commit to finally picking up yoga or meditation, trying your hand at baking, or traveling more with your family – whatever goal you’re looking forward to most, we’ve got just the thing to help you ring in the new year. As the gateway to the Yadkin Valley wine region with more than 45 nearby wineries, we also have our fair share of sparkling wines (and cider) to sample year-round. Here we’ve curated a selection of Yadkin Valley bubbly to help you celebrate the New Year with some sparkle!

Childress Vineyards

Childress Winery and Vineyards is conveniently located just 20 minutes from downtown Winston-Salem and is the largest wine producer in the Yadkin Valley. Childress features over 70 acres of vineyards and produces a range of more than 30 wines, accommodating introductory palates as well as seasoned tasters.

Sparkling: Jewel Soft White Slightly bubbled, this refreshing wine features aromas of sweet apricot with flavors of ripe peach and a hint of pear. Pairs well with weekend brunch, fresh baked apple pie, or soft cheeses such as brie with sliced apples.

A personal touch: The back label features a toast from owner and Nascar legend, Richard Childress to all your winning moments in life.  

Junius Lindsay Vineyard

Owner Michael Zimmerman started growing his vineyard on a century-old family farm worked by his late grandfather and winery namesake, Junius Lindsay Zimmerman. Today, Junius Lindsay serves Old World French wines just 20 minutes from Winston-Salem's bustling downtown.

Sparkling: Special Delivery Bubbly Rosé This refreshing sparkling rose is created from a blend of Syrah and Petite Sirah. Described as “bone dry with refreshing acidity,” you’ll taste notes of lime peel and rose petals. Pair with your favorite cheese and crusty bread, or over a spread of brunch favorites. When U.S. Postal Service offered, "special delivery," in years past, letters were sent with utmost urgency. So just as the name suggests, this sparking is considered a must-have for all of life's happiest moments...even if you're rewarding yourself for simply rolling out of bed today.  

Piccione Vineyards

Family-rooted and sommelier produced, Piccione offers some of the highest quality wines in the Yadkin Valley. Dr. William Piccione is a Harvard-trained cardiovascular surgeon turned sommelier. Inspired by the memories of his hardworking Italian grandfather, he and his wife started Piccione Vineyards in 2010 and proudly serve 100% estate-grown wines.

Sparkling: 2021 Rospira Say hello to the New Year with this dry, sparkling rosé with notes of citrus, raspberry, and strawberry. 

Raffaldini Vineyards

Neighboring Piccione Vineyards, Raffaldini Vineyards, is known as the "Chianti in the Carolinas," and provides the total Italian experience. Sample award-winning wines at the Villa tasting room surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Sparkling: Auguri 2022 “Auguri.” This toast to well wishes translates from Italian, as "to your health and happiness!" Eschewing the more common method of fermentation in the tank, Raffaldini winemakers chose to ferment each bottle one at a time. Though extremely laborious, this method produces the highest quality of wine, and it is frequently compared to Franciacorta, on the higher end of Italian-style Champagnes.