6 SEATS REMAIN FOR THIS TRIP!
This overnight trip is an educational and entertaining journey as we experience the variety of wine, whiskey, mead and spirit offerings in the rolling Piedmont hills of North Carolina. We meet the entrepreneurs who have transformed neglected lands, buildings and even an old prison into successful award winning businesses. Featured stops include Starlight Mead in Pittsboro for an exploration of mead (wine made from honey). Maybe you’ve heard of mead from literature (Beowulf, Shakespeare, Harry Potter…) but you will discover it offers much more than just the preconceived sweet taste. The stop at Windsor Run Cellars takes us to the middle of what once was the bootleg capital of the country. Here, we learn about the differences in wines from spirits, what does "proof" mean and all kinds of interesting "spirited" trivia to make you really smart at cocktail parties! We cap off the day with a Murder Mystery Dinner at Shadow Springs Vineyard, offering not only delicious wines and a gorgeous mountain range view but also a hysterical "who done it". The trip home on Day Two, introduces us to Southern Grace Distillery aka the Whiskey Prison. This is such a unique experience as we learn about the history of this retired, 1929 prison campus as well as the creation of award winning Conviction Bourbon. The method for aging the bourbon will surprise you!
As we get closer to departure date, you will receive an email with lunch selections for your choosing. On Day One we will have a box style lunch at Starrlight Mead. You will be able to choose a sandwich type accompanied with chips, cookie and bottled water.
Day Two lunch will be a more robust box selection offered at 73 & Main in Mount Pleasant following our tour at the Southern Grace Whiskey Prison. Choices will include a 73 & Main Burger; Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich; Crab Cake Sandwich or Mixed Greens Salad Topped w/ Grilled Chicken. Food allergy substitutions can be made for both lunches.
The Murder Mystery Dinner will be buffet style with a complimentary glass of wine. The menu will also be emailed closer to the trip date. A cash bar will be available too.
8:30am - Depart Compass Pointe
Approx. 11:30am -Tasting followed by box lunch at Starrlight Mead
Approx. 3pm - Check-in at hotel in Elkin
Following check-in, make short trip to Windsor Run Cellars for tour & tasting. After our time at Windsor Run Cellars, Shadow Springs Vineyards is just around a country block for our Murder Mystery Dinner evening.
9am - Departure for Southern Grace Distillery
Approx. 10:30 - Tour and tasting
12:30pm - Lunch at 73 & Main
Approx. 1:30pm - Departure for Leland
5pm - Arrive at Compass Pointe