RJ Cole Winery

Insights into the world of an amateur home winemaker.

Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

Cole Wines anagrams to Senile Cow.

Friday, October 28, 2005

BBQ Festival and Childress Vineyards

Last Saturday, Kat and I went with Bobby and Casey to the Lexington BBQ Festival. It wasn't quite what we thought it would be, though. It was mostly just street vendors selling crafts and the such, with very little BBQ and long lines where it was. We got to see General Johnson and Chairmen of the Board who still have very energetic shows even though they've got to be close to 300 years old now! After that, we walked through the streets a couple of times and decided that it would be easier to get our BBQ fix if we just left and went to a BBQ restaurant. We stopped at the Barbecue Center restaurant and ate our fill. Great restauarant - as I said to Kat, it had everything a good BBQ place should have - Pulled (or chopped) pork bbq, hush puppies, sweet tea, and homemade banana pudding.

After that, we still had quite a lot of time before we needed to get back to Charlotte (so Kat could watch the Auburn football game!) We decided to stop by Childress Vineyards and do a wine tasting there. The Winemaker was there. His name is Mark. I stopped him and asked him if he had any advice for the home winemaker. He laughed and said, "Don't make wine, buy it!"

Very funny, Mark. Very funny. I bet we'll all be laughing once I take your job from you! (So it'll take a long time, who cares?) I'm gunning for you!


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