About an hour’s drive north of Greenville, an area once known for horses is quickly becoming known for wine.
There are five active wineries and 12 vineyards in the area just east of Tryon, North Carolina. Four of the wineries showcased their efforts during a progressive wine dinner Sunday.
The fundraising event was the brainchild of Suzanne Strickland, director of Our Carolina Foothills, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and tourism in the region. About 15 people met at Stone Soup restaurant in Landrum before being shuttled to four wineries, where wine-makers and restaurant owners discussed the wines and foods being served.
The dinner started with an appetizer at Russian Chapel Hills Winery in Columbus, North Carolina. Here, sushi from Umi in Hendersonville, North Carolina, was paired with a rosé made from estate-grown cabernet franc grapes. The wine was dry and quite light, with hints of strawberries and a touch of minerality. It paired well with the sushi…
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