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Summer in the Mountains Celebration at Linville Falls Winery

linville-winery1Mark your calendar!!!  Our next special celebration will be on Saturday, August 3rd.  We will be having a  Summer in the Mountains  Celebration.  It  will be from 11 am to 6 pm.  There  will be free  wine tastings,  wine specials and  catering will  be by Private Chef, Chef Albrich.  You will be amazed at the quality and variety of foods offered.
Music will be provided in the afternoon by Melody Cox and Andy Ferrell.   Enjoy an afternoon walk through the vineyard, it is beautiful this time of year.Join us at Linville Falls Winery for a delightful afternoon of wine, food, music and good times!
Mark your calendars!

Linville Falls Winery

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Family owned and operated, Linville Falls Winery is the culmination of a life-long passion for wine by owner, Jack Wiseman. Wiseman has dreamed of growing grapes and opening a winery for more than 25 years, and now he and his family are pioneering a new High Country wine in Linville, North Carolina. Nestled in the lower end of Avery County near the Blue Ridge Parkway is a state of the art tasting room on a 40 acre farm with its staple grapes Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon, blueberries and raspberries. The winery is perfectly situated at 3200 feet with warm days, cool nights and minerally balanced soil. This magical combination of high elevation and microclimate terra produces a wine unique to the region with complex flavors creating award winning wines.

To be completely dedicated to the craft of wine making, Wiseman brought a seasoned and passionate wine maker to lead the wine making effort. Rick Donley was previously director of Appalachian State University’s enology and viticulture department and spent years as Wine Maker with Glen Ellen and Gundlach Bundschu wineries in Sonoma, California. His background includes a degree in enology and viticulture, a graduate degree in food chemistry and almost 30 years in the wine industry.


SPECK cold smoked pork made in USA

riva-speck 800Blue Ridge Mountain Speck

Speck is a delicacy.  It is a cold smoked deli meat made from pork. It is similar to the Italian “prosciutto,” but much less salty and smoked.  It can be eaten sliced, made into sandwiches, to top a salad, with pastas, risotto, potatoes, omelets, quiche, and just about anywhere you would use ham. It is sliced very thin. Speck is typical of the Tyrol region in Europe, where I come from, a mountainous area of the Alps which is part in northern Italy and part in western Austria [South Tyrol and North Tyrol].

It takes months to make a batch of Speck.  It requires a lengthy process to be done properly and naturally.  To start with, I order the meat to my specifications.  I use only top grade meats. Once the meats arrive I season them and cure them for a couple of weeks with a very old Austrian family recipe handed down from generation to generation in my family.  I use sea salt which is much healthier.  Then, I slowly cold smoke the meats for several weeks over hickory or pine wood in the Blue Ridge Mountains area. Once they are ready, I hang them to dry for several more weeks.  This process is very time consuming, but it assures you get the best quality Speck possible.

Although I use a generations old recipe from Europe, I use leaner meats than are used in Tyrol; therefore my Speck is much healthier and contains much less fat, only 4% or less.  I like to call it Speck Lite. It is made from the loin and I use no processed salt to season, only sea salt and other spices. Nothing artificial, no coloring and no additives.  Until now, it has only been available imported, but now it is made right here.  Made in USA, in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this mountain specialty deli meat is absolutely delicious! Available here.

Blue Ridge Mountain Speck


Arts d'Vine

Arts d’Vine - Friday June 4th!- An evening of art, wine and music. Stroll the streets of Kernersville’s Downtown and see businesses transformed into art galleries as they host a variety of Triad artists, musicians and wineries.

Participate NC Wineries

Allison Oaks Vineyards             221 East Main St, Yadkinville, NC 27055 336-677-1388
Biltmore Estate Winery             800-411-3812
Brandon Hills Vineyard             1927 Brandon Hills Road, Yadkinville, NC 336-463-WINE
Cellar 4201                             4201 Apperson Road, East Bend, NC 27018 336-699-6030
Dennis Vineyards                     24043 Endy Rd, Albermarle, NC 28001 704-982-6090
Grove Winery                          7360 Brooks Bridge Rd, Gibsonville, NC 27249 336-584-4060
Little River Vineyard & Winery   1907 NC 73 West, Mount Gilead, NC 27306 (910) 439-6783
Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery   450 Groce Road, Ronda, NC 28670 336-835-9463
Round Peak Vineyards              765 Round Peak Church Rd, Mt Airy, NC 27030 336-352-5595
Shadow Springs Vineyard          5543 Crater Rd, Hamptonville, NC 27020 336-468-5000
Stonefield Cellars                     8220 Highway 68, North Stokesdale, NC 27357 336-644-9908
Stony Knoll Vineyards               1143 Stony Knoll Road, Dobson, NC 27017  336 374-5752
Thistle Meadow Winery            1102 Thistle Meadow, Laurel Springs, N.C. 28644 800-233-1505
Weathervane Winery               1452 Welcome-Arcadia Road, Welcome, NC 27374 336-793-3366


Sharks in the Mountains

928 Party for 928 Owners and their families. Lots of 928s, Fun and activities for the WHOLE family.
928 Discounts at the Stores and Shops of Beech Moutain and Banner Elk, NC! Door Prizes !  Kite Flying and Fun/Games for Kids of all ages! Tech Help !
928 Parade through two incredible mountain Towns!
Sharks in the Mountains is our annual Customer Appreciation Event for the customers and friends of 928 Specialists.
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Memorial Day Weekend in Banner Elk area

Yesterday we enjoyed beer and appetizers at Sugarfoot Grill. Great music, great weather!  We even met a lovely older couple with an incredible love story!

Today we are heading to the first ever Banner Elk Herb Festival, at the elementary school in downtown. Just have to check it out and maybe add something to our fresh herb garden.

We are enjoying fantastic weather this weekend. The weather predictions were all wrong!


Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival at Blowing Rock

The Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival is proud to present an excellent line-up of North Carolina wineries, as well as a wide variety of regional, domestic, and international wines. April 15-18, 2010

Watch the battles “Fire on the Rock Chef Challenge”

The Gamekeeper vs. Storie Street Grille
Saturday, April 17, 11:00 am

Sorrento’s Bistro vs. Rowland’s of Westglow
Saturday, April 17, 4:00 pm

Grand Finale
Sunday, April 18, 2pm

$10 per ticket, or $25 for combo pass


Michelle Leigh & August Black performing at Sapphire Valley Country Club

Michelle Leigh & August Black will be the featured entertainment at Sapphire Valley Country Club Arts Festivals June 26-27, August 14-15 and October 16-17.
Bakersville native Michelle Leigh performs regularly throughout WNC, and East Tennessee. Michelle’s is an electic style of music, encompassing a wide range of influences from Janis Joplin to Loretta Lynn. Her “sound” is all her own. Events are listed on her website


Real Estate

Amazing Amenities at Headwaters!

These are just a few of the amazing amenities offered at Headwaters at Banner Elk!

*Professionally Staffed Gate House for controlled access and peace of mind
*The Point Clubhouse with views of NC, TN, and VA mountains featuring a fully equipped fitness room, game  room, gourmet kitchen, 14 seat state-of-the-art theater and 2,000 s.f. of outdoor decks
*Two spring-fed lakes with picnic areas and fishing piers
*Tennis court with 20 mile view
*The Sunset Amphitheater for concerts, lectures, weddings and other special events
*The Lakeside Park with covered picnic pavilion with mountain stone fireplace
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Beech Mountain

Winterfest Weekend at Beech Mountain!

Don’t miss Winterfest this weekend, Jan 8th-10th 2010. Live music, bathing beauty, big air contest, village rail jam, cardboard box derby, food cookouts, demos, ski beech sports sale and more!