Carolina on the Vine - Crushin' The Blues


This past weekend, my husband, some of our friends and I visited RayLen Vineyards & Winery to attend their Crushin’ the Blues Festival. Blending the company of great friends, beautiful scenery, good music and fantastic wine is always a winning combination.

RayLen knows how to throw a party. Overall, the event was well organized and had a great turnout. Attendees set-up their chairs and umbrellas on the lawn between the tasting room and the pavilion. Three blues bands played throughout the day and catered BBQ was available for purchase. The vibe was upbeat, casual and fun as people danced, some even outside in the rain.

Included in our ticket purchase was a glass of our choice; since it was such a large event, they weren’t doing tastings. I selected the Syrah Rose. I LOVE Rose in the summer and this one didn’t disappoint – crisp and refreshing with notes of red berries. Usually, I pair Rose with BBQ chicken or pork.

After everyone finished their initial glass, we drank several bottles of the Category 5. I know why this Bordeaux blend is a favorite. This full-bodied red has dark fruit upfront and is complemented nicely by hints of vanilla.

As the event drew to a close, in my mind I was planning my next visit...

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