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Chuck Jones
 
May 13, 2022 | Chuck Jones

Let The MUSIC Begin!

After five years of planning, designing, permitting, grading and construction, the STAGE @ Jones von Drehle opens on June 24, 2022. The challenges have been endless; record rains, pandemic, material shortages, labor delays, and design changes. But now, now…we are ready to bring music to the STAGE... 

...with a show featuring the incredible Heather Gillis Band! Heather brings amazing guitar energy backed by a band including brass. Read, hear and watch this extraordinary young lady, HERE then come see her at the STAGE.  

Here is the list of upcoming shows at THE STAGE @ JONES VON DREHLE:

June 24, 2022, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – Heather Gillis Band     

Heather Gillis is the TOTAL package as a guitar player, lap steel player, singer, songwriter, and arranger. You may not know her yet BUT listen up, as you are going to hear a lot about this young lady in the next few years! Heather is an amazingly versatile player and performer. At 22 years old, Heather has not only formed a strong southeastern following but has played alongside and befriended the likes of The Allman Brothers Band, Col. Bruce Hampton, North Mississippi Allstars and Damon Fowler just to name a few.

In 2015 Heather was recruited by (legendary Allman Brothers Band drummer) Butch Trucks to be a member of his touring outfit, Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band (2015-2017). During this time people saw that Butch had a secret weapon in his band and Heather’s name began to get talked about by those in the know. In early 2017, The Freight Train Band had a full touring schedule and Heather had planned to spend most of her time on the road touring with them throughout the year. That’s when she received the shocking news of Butch’s untimely death and all of a sudden had to switch gears and come up with a game plan. She relocated from the Tampa area to Atlanta, put together an all new band, and has not looked back since! 

Gates open at 6:00 PM. All tickets are advanced purchase only, no day of concert tickets.

Tickets: Wine Club Members $42.50, General Admission $47.50 BUY NOW

July 1, 2022, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – Kruger Brothers 

Originally from Switzerland, brothers Uwe and Jens Kruger began playing North American folk music at an early age and were particularly inspired by recordings of Doc Watson, Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Monroe, and other progenitors of country, bluegrass and folk music. Their first public performances were as a duo, busking on the streets of cities throughout Eastern and Western Europe. After gaining a recording contract as well as a radio show on SRG SSR, the Swiss public broadcaster, they teamed up with bass player Joel Landsberg, inaugurating a trio that has been playing professionally together since 1995. Landsberg is an American citizen from New York, NY. The first re- cording project to include Landsberg was Behind the Barn, Vol. 2, released in 1997.

The Kruger Brothers moved to the United States in 2002, and are based in Wilkesboro, NC. The group is highly regarded within the world of acoustic music in North America, and in particular by those within the industry. They have also gained the attention of some of the musicians, including Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Tut Taylor, and Bobby Hicks, that once served as models. Watson has said, “The Kruger Brothers are just about as fine a band as I’ve ever played with. ... I love to play music with them.” In 2013, Jens Kruger was named the fourth recipient of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music. The prize, created and endowed by Martin, recognizes “outstanding accomplishments in the field of five-string banjo,” Jens was selected by a committee that included Martin, Pete Wernick, Béla Fleck, Alison Brown, J.D. Crowe, Tony Trischka and others. Jens Kruger has been inducted to the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame, nominated for Banjo Instrumentalist of the year by the International Bluegrass Musician Association (IBMA) in 2014, and has received commissions for his ensemble compositions that include through the National Endowment for the Arts and Chamber Music America. 

Gates open at 6:00 PM. All tickets are advanced purchase only, no day of concert tickets.

Tickets: Wine Club Members $42.50, General Admission $47.50 BUY NOW

July 8, 2022, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – Chatham Rabbits 

As one of North Carolina’s most beloved roots music outfits, Chatham Rabbits has swiftly emerged from the fertile Americana scene in the Triangle with intimate-close harmonies and mature songwriting.
The husband-and-wife duo of Sarah and Austin McCombie favor rich, minimalist arrangements, and their stage banter and presence connects to the audience in a way that is both warm and universal.
Summer 2022 PBS will release an 8 episode TV series called "On The Road With Chatham Rabbits". The show will chronicle the life of a young married couple and their journey to succeed in the modern music business. It will air locally throughout North Carolina and bordering states as well as stream globally. 

Gates open at 6:00 PM. All tickets are advance purchase only, no day of concert tickets.

Tickets: Wine Club Members $42.50, General Admission $47.50 BUY NOW

July 22, 2022, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – The Tim O’Brien Band     

Born in Wheeling, West Virginia in 1954, Grammy winning singer songwriter and multi- instrumentalist Tim O’Brien grew up singing in church and in school. After seeing Doc Watson on TV, became a lifelong devotee of old time and bluegrass music. Tim started touring nationally in 1978 with Colorado bluegrass band Hot Rize. His songs “Walk the Way the Wind Blows” and “Untold Stories” were bluegrass hits for Hot Rize, and country hits for Kathy Mattea. Soon more artists like Nickel Creek, Garth Brooks, and The Dixie Chicks covered his songs. Over the years, Tim has collaborated with his sister Mollie O’Brien, songwriter Darrell Scott, and noted old time musician Dirk Powell, as well as with Steve Earle, Mark Knopfler, Dan Auerbach and Sturgill Simpson. 

Living in Nashville since 1996, O’Brien’s skills on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and banjo make him an in-demand session player. He tours throughout the US and abroad, most often with his partner Jan Fabricius on mandolin and vocals. His regular band includes Fabricius along with Mike Bub (bass) and Shad Cobb (fiddle). The International Bluegrass Music Association awarded him song of the year in 2006 and named him best male vocalist in 1993 and 2006. He was inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame in 2013. A voracious reader who loves to cook, he has two sons, Jackson (born 1982) and Joel (born 1990).

Notable O’Brien recordings include the bluegrass Dylan covers of “Red On Blonde”, the Celtic-Appalachian fusion of “The Crossing”, and the Grammy winning folk of “Fiddler’s Green”. His duet recording “Real Time” with Darrell Scott is a cult favorite, and he won a bluegrass Grammy as part of “The Earls Of Leicester”. His 2017 release “Where the River Meets the Road” paid tribute to the music of his native West Virginia. O’Brien formed his own record label, Howdy Skies Records, in 1999, and launched the digital download label Short Order Sessions (SOS) with his partner Jan Fabricius in 2015.

His new release “He Walked On” features eight new originals and five covers from R.B. Morris, Bill Caswell, Dale Keys, Yip Harburg, and mentor J.D. Hutchison. A rhythm section including drummer Pete Abbott and long-time bassist Mike Bub underpins contributions from fiddlers Shad Cobb and Justin Moses, bassist Edgar Mayer, gospel singer Odessa Settles, guitarist Bo Ramsey, keyboard player Mike Rojas, as well as vocals and mandolin from Jan Fabricius. Historical and socially conscious themes weave their way through songs about ordinary and not so ordinary people just trying to “keep it between the ditches”. 

Gates open at 6:00 PM. All tickets are advance purchase only, no day of concert tickets.

Tickets: Wine Club Members $42.50, General Admission $47.50 BUY NOW

September 2, 2022, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – Robert Jon & the Wreck   

Robert Jon & The Wreck are a double shot of southern rock with a blues chaser. Roots rock jams, whiskey drenched lyrics and fervent stage shows only scratch the surface of what makes RJ&TW one of the best live bands to emerge from Southern California in years. With a growing discography and billings alongside the likes of Joe Bonamassa, Sturgill Simpson, and Peter Frampton, the quintet is poised for their greatest work yet. Based in Orange County, CA with a vibe straight out of the south, Robert Jon & The Wreck are blazing a path into 2021 with a new album and international tour. 

Gates open at 6:00 PM. All tickets advance purchase only, no day of concert tickets.

Tickets: Wine Club Members $42.50,General Admission $47.50 BUY NOW

September 9, 2022, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – John King & Band     

Always Gonna Be You, the full-length debut from chart-topping country songwriter John King, is an autobiographical album whose songs tell a universal story. For King, that story began in the Appalachian foothills of northern Georgia, where he worked construction jobs as a teenager and strummed his first songs around the campfire. He also began dating the woman who would later become his wife. Always Gonna Be You tells the story of that real-life romance, its songs brimming with details we've all experienced: the rush of a new relationship, the brink of a breakup, and the thrill of falling in love. 

King's songs may be relatable, but his success is extraordinary. A Number 1 songwriter who penned Randy Houser's chart-topping hit "We Went" and Hootie and The Blowfish's "Rollin," King launched his solo career with "Tonight Tonight" — a Top 40 hit whose anthemic chorus was heard everywhere from country radio to the weekly NFL recaps on CBS — and earned his stripes as a road warrior, playing 150 shows annually for the better part of a decade. With Always Gonna Be You, he blurs the boundaries between genres, creating a modern-day country album that's diverse and driven. Call it a coming-of-age story, performed by a southern son whose twang is matched by his pop hooks.

Gates open at 6:00 PM. All tickets are advance purchase only, no day of concert tickets available.

Tickets: Wine Club Members $42.50, General Admission $47.50 BUY NOW

October 14, 2022, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Caleb Caudle    

Equally inspired by American indie, classic rock, and roots rock, singer/songwriter Caleb Caudle carved out a cult following with his albums Carolina Ghost (2016) and Crushed Coins (2018). At its core, his songcraft is indebted to the Americana movement of the 21st century -- it has echoes of Ryan Adams and Jason Isbell, both in their evocative melodies and introspective lyrics -- while his records blend elements of the burnished country-rock of the '70s with spooky modern rock, creating a distinctive roots sound. 2014's Paint Another Layer on My Heart most clearly reflects Caudle's rock influences, Carolina Ghost puts his country influences front and center, and Crushed Coins finds him experimenting with a more moody and atmospheric studio techniques.

A native of the Winston-Salem area of North Carolina, Caudle began playing music as a teenager, notably with a group called The Bayonets. Initially inspired by punk, his tastes expanded to encompass rootsier music as he aged. He released an indie debut, Red Bank Road, in 2007 but didn't dedicate himself to music full-time until 2012, after the release of Tobacco Town. Two years later, he released Paint Another Layer on My Heart, which emphasized his heartland roots. Carolina Ghost, which followed in 2016, pushed him toward country sounds, but for its 2018 successor, Crushed Coins, he teamed with War on Drugs producer Jon Ashley to create a moodier approach. Caudle relocated from North Carolina to Nashville in 2019, and his next album was recorded in his new hometown. Aiming for a natural sound, he recorded 2020's Better Hurry Up at the Cash Cabin, which was once Johnny Cash's personal recording studio; the musicians included members of Wilco, The Jayhawks, Drivin' N Cryin', and Willie Nelson's and Sturgil Simpson's road bands.

Gates open at 6:00 PM. All tickets are advance purchase only, no day of concert tickets available.

Tickets: Wine Club Members $42.50, General Admission $47.50 BUY NOW

Concert Venue Information

Please see The Policies for The Stage @ Jones von Drehle on our website for the complete list prior to purchasing tickets.

Tickets prices plus applicable service fees and taxes.

Tickets are limited due to parking constraints.

Ticket sales are final with no refunds.  All shows are rain or shine.  

Over 18 only.  Service dogs with ADA certification only.

Just bring yourself, an ID, and credit card/cash for food and beverage purchases. No backpacks, outside food or beverages, umbrellas, chairs or blankets. We will provide a folding chair for your use.

10” x 9" stadium approved clear bags are welcome. 

As always, we are a no smoking, vaping or tobacco use property. 

No returns to vehicle once in the venue.

Wine, beer, and lemonade available for sale. Bottled water is free.

Time Posted: May 13, 2022 at 11:01 AM Permalink to Let The MUSIC Begin! Permalink
Chuck Jones
 
February 27, 2022 | Chuck Jones

Join us for the first Sip & Savor of 2022!

A Wine, Cheese and Charcuterie Affair

On Sunday, March 27 from 1:00PM – 3:00PM, Chris Sottile, proprietor of The Loyalist Market in Matthews, NC will be presenting classic pairings of wine, cheese and charcuterie. Diana and I spent an afternoon with Chris at his shop tasting through wines while sampling hand-selected cheese and charcuterie. It was nothing short of amazing!

Tanner will describe each of the wines, from grape to glass, and Chris will explain the magic in each pairing while you enjoy wine, cheese, and cured meats. Accompanying this classic pairing that has been enjoyed throughout the centuries are fresh breads, seasonal fruits, and delectable spreads. Each wine will have a 3 ounce pour to enjoy with the selected cheese and charcuterie.

Your afternoon of pairings WINE | CHEESE | CHARCUTERIE

Barrel Chardonnay | Comte | Tempesta Salumi Salame di Manzo 
Petit Manseng | Tomme | Cochon Butcher Mortadella
Malbec* | Ossau Iraty | Creminelli Wild Boar Salame
Merlot | Saint Nectaire | Smoking Goose Fig and Pig Terrine
Cabernet Sauvignon | Bleu d'Auvergne | Prosciutto di Parma
Rosa Dia | Goat's Milk Bloomy Rind | Tempesta Salumi Coppa

*Released on this day, the 2017 Malbec. Available to Wine Club Members only after this Sip and Savor.

Tickets are $78 each; Wine Club Members $70 each.
Tickets go on sale Thursday, March 10th at 10:00am to Wine Club Members and are available to the public at 10:00am on Saturday, March 12th. Wine Club Members may purchase two tickets at the discounted rate. Seating is family-style, 8 guests per table. If you wish to purchase a full table for 8, please call Erika at (336) 874-2800 or send her an email at Erika@jonesvondrehle.com. 

To purchase tickets, please click HERE or visit our website under the Wine Shops tab and click on Event Tickets.

Tickets sales are final, no refunds.  

We will also be releasing the schedule and themes for the next three Sip & Savor events in a few weeks. Thank you for your support and we hope to see you there!

Cheers,

Chuck

Time Posted: Feb 27, 2022 at 12:00 PM Permalink to Join us for the first Sip & Savor of 2022! Permalink
Chuck Jones
 
November 7, 2021 | Chuck Jones

Thanksgiving Holiday Discount

Fall. A time of thanks, a time of reflection for the gifts of the year, and a moment to remember those not with us. It is also a great time to take a pause to celebrate the hands that grow, prepare and serve our food and drink. With the Holiday season upon us, I wanted to say a few words of thanks to all of you who have raised a glass of JvD wine with family or friends. You are sharing the hard work of a team of folks committed to excellence in crafting fine wine in North Carolina. During many of my home deliveries this year, I was often told, “this wine is being shared with our neighbors at dinner club” or “this wine is a gift of appreciation to the family who cared for our pets while we were on vacation”.  Regardless of the words spoken, it is moving to know we are part of your kindness and celebrations. Thank you!

In appreciation of this sharing, we are offering a Thanksgiving Holiday discount so that more folks might experience the dedicated work of our team.

Announcing The Thanksgiving Holiday Discount:

From now until November 24, take an additional 5% off all bottle purchases.  For our wine club members that is 20% on all wines currently offered. For all other guests, 5% off on 1-5 bottles, 10% off on 6-11 bottles and 15% off on 12 or more. We still offer $15 shipping on 6-11 bottles, and FREE shipping on 12 or more bottles. Click here to shop!

When you share our wines at your table, we would love to have you send photos so we can share with the JvD family.

I asked several members of our team to let me know what they will be serving for Thanksgiving and what wine they might pair it with.  

Director of Hospitality, Erika Carter, shares this menu. Erika is WSET, Level II certified and brings a wealth of tasting and pairing experience to JvD.

Slow smoked turkey, creamy mashed potatoes, stuffing, roasted citrus green beans, baked brie and fresh homemade bread. The wine that makes this entire feast come together is the Barrel Chardonnay. With notes of lemon, vanilla and a hint oak, this French style liquid gold will accentuate every component of this meal. The oak will bring out the smoke in the turkey, the lemon note will accompany the citrus green beans, and the vanilla notes will pair magically with the creamy baked brie. 

Vineyard Manager, Eric Steinbicker offers this unique spin on his Thanksgiving with amazing gourmet foods. Eric is a true foodie, and his menu shows it!

Wagyu chili crisp carpaccio with the Cabernet Franc. Shaved fennel feta salad with heirloom golden apples with the Barrel Chardonnay. Roasted hen of the woods mushroom bisque with shelled hemp and chive with the Viognier.

Our Winemaker, Tanner Pardue, pays homage to his home state of Louisiana with a Cajun inspired main dish that cries for family gathered around a long table. I bet he will also have some beignets on that table… 

After spending several summers in New Orleans as a kid I grew an appreciation for jambalaya. I will be pairing the 2015 Merlot with jambalaya because the acidity of the wine can stand up to the tomatoes. The wine and the dish are also among my favorites.

Wine Director, Dan Tallman will be enjoying a meal that is certain to fill the kitchen with amazing, intriguing aromas.

Roasted pork tenderloin with garlic & rosemary, roasted butter nut squash, and caramelized Brussels sprouts with the Cabernet Franc.

Diana and I will celebrate our 46th Thanksgiving this year.  We will have the traditional herb-roasted turkey with my great grandmother’s stuffing recipe, plus the usual cast of characters, lima beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, maple carrots and pumpkin pie.  Wine on the table will be the Rosa DiaViognier and Cabernet Franc.   

As I reviewed the meals everyone was planning for Thanksgiving, Diana reminded me that one of our best and most loved Thanksgiving traditions is served the weekend after Thanksgiving, homemade creamy turkey vegetable and rice soup. On Saturday, the Turkey is picked clean, bones roasted, added to water to make a stock that is simmered for hours. Then we make the soup and serve with homemade sourdough bread with softened butter. The perfect wine to accompany this annual tradition is the Steel-Fermented Chardonnay. It is crisp with great acidity which complements the creamy soup. We can’t wait!

Please let us know your pairings. We will start collecting and sharing with your permission.

A glass raised to all and Happy Thanksgiving!

Chuck

Time Posted: Nov 7, 2021 at 5:00 PM Permalink to Thanksgiving Holiday Discount Permalink
Chuck Jones
 
August 5, 2021 | Chuck Jones

A Note from the Vineyard: Véraison

Véraison (veh-ray-zohN) 

Véraison.  Now happening across the vineyard.  It is the start of ripening, when red grapes change from a vibrant green to blue or purple and white grapes develop a translucent hue.  Sugars begin to accumulate while acids decline.  This process marks one of the major milestones in a grapevine annual cycle.  For us, it begets anticipation. 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the grapes near ripeness, the deer, racoons, squirrels, geese, and all manner of birds line up in the rows like it is a Golden Corral Grand Opening.  Those who have visited have seen the 7 ft tall deer fence – over a mile of it – and electric fence that surround the vines.  This is merely a speed bump for the really determined, but it does help to deter the majority.  Our most popular grape with the wildlife is Tempranillo.  If left unchecked the deer will take nearly 50% of the fruit.  As you drive by in the evenings and early mornings, you will see us taking turns patrolling the vineyard.  We have thought of dogs but with 30 acres to protect, it is not feasible.  All part of farming…

In just 4 to 6 weeks, we will begin the frenzy of harvest.  Grapes must be picked when they are ready, not at our convenience.  No matter weekday or weekend.  When it is time to pick, we must go.  In the next post we will discuss how we determine when to pick.

Over the next several posts we will spend a few words discussing each of the grapes we grow at Jones von Drehle.  First up is Merlot

When you first enter the vineyard at the south gate, you are looking at Block G, planted entirely with Merlot; approximately 2.5 acres.  This is the coolest part of the vineyard with loam clay soils that drain quickly and make the vines work a little harder to look for water.  The vines are planted 6 feet apart from each other and 9 feet across on the aisles.  This spacing gives each vine 54 square feet to reside in, which equals to 807 vines to the acre (43,560 / 54).  The cordon (French word for arm) wire is situated 42” above the ground, providing great airflow helping to dry off morning dew or summer rains, which lessens disease pressure.

We make our estate and reserve Merlots from this special planting.  Our clonal selections are Bear Flats and ENTAV INRA 343, both grafted on 3309 Rootstock.  The wine produced is very typical of rich merlots with a portfolio of dark berry fruits, cherry and in some years ripe plum.  We use French oak for aging, anywhere from 36 to 60 months depending on the vintage.  Oak contributes nice cedar, slight winter spice and hints of vanilla.  The wine presents nice, well rounded tannins and soft fruit notes on the nose and palate. 

Chuck

Time Posted: Aug 5, 2021 at 7:30 AM Permalink to A Note from the Vineyard: Véraison Permalink
Chuck Jones
 
April 11, 2021 | Chuck Jones

Many Updates- Spring 2020

First, apologies for the delay in getting this newsletter out.  Looking backward, it has been a surreal past twelve months.  Pandemic, frost, cicadas, politics, and precipitation…just to name the obvious.  No looking back, just forward.  As I write that I realize, we will look back.  A bottle of wine captures the sun, rain, soil, millions of years of geology, the careful hands that tend the grapes and the artistry in making a vintage for you.  So, we will all look back a little when we open a 2020 bottle of JvD wine. 

Let’s move on to updates… lots of them. 


Tasting Room 

When we re-opened the tasting room in December, we introduced a reservation system to better allocate space for tasting and most importantly, keep our service level as high as possible.  This system has been such a well-received success that we have decided to keep it in place.  It is very easy to use, the link is on our web site.  

Over the past several months, we have presented several virtual wine tastings for corporate clients, some tastings included specialty North Carolina cheeses.  If you have a business, club or social group and wish to spend a wonder hour in a virtual tasting experience, give us a call or send an email. 

In the next month or so, our lounge will be converted to a Reserve Tasting Room, seating up to 18.  This move will allow us to provide a private tasting with a dedicated staff member.  The program is in development while the room is being remodeled.  A special newsletter will detail this exciting addition.


 Chloe Hall 

Dedication of the new building “Chloe Hall” is scheduled for mid-May.  The building will primarily be used for our new JvD Wine Experience.  An hour filled with special tastings, food pairings, and wine education.  Diana, helped by our amazing staff, will be heading up these exciting multi-media programs and with guest experts in the wine industry, distinguished chefs, and winemakers from other regions. 

Chloe Hall will also be available for corporate meetings (complete multi-media support), group wine tastings and a special program for sommelier certification provided by Doreen Colondres, a certified WSET educator.  

These programs will be highlighted in a special announcement.  


The Stage @ Jones von Drehle 

We jokingly say “well, if the rains continue, mud wrestling or monster trucks may be the entertainment!”  Seriously, we are close to having this facility finished.  The stage itself should be finished in 30 days with seating area and walkways in about 90 days – assuming we can get grass established.  Depending on the configuration, we can accommodate up to 1,500 for a concert.  We are speaking with agents trying to set up performances beginning in late July.  More to come.  


Vineyard & Winery 

Eric and the team have kept the vineyard in pristine shape despite all the weather challenges.  Rain heightens disease pressure in the vines and with all our hills, rain creates erosion issues that require constant repair.  As you drive through to the winery, notice how great the vineyard floor looks. 

Dan has entered into semi-retirement, taking on the mantle as Wine Director while Tanner has assumed the helm at Wine Maker.  The wine team of Dan, Tanner, and Eric are producing amazing wines as you have come to expect.  On any given day, you will see Dan and Tanner in the vineyard assisting Eric and Francisco and, on another day, everyone in the winery pulling together.  We are grateful to this team dedicated to the production of true fine wine in North Carolina. 

Of note, we have added to the Viognier. It is now our largest white planting.  The demand is very exciting for us as it is so challenging to grow, but the wine is worth the effort!  With this latest planting, JvD has four clones of Viognier with each contributing nuance to this unique and beautiful wine.  Like instruments in a quartet – each shining on its own, but collectively a concert. 


Cellar Club 

Words do not do justice for the gratitude we have for our wine club members.  During the shutdown, you kept us going with home deliveries.  The new Honda Passport now has 70,000 happy wine miles!  The Acura was retired at 576,000 miles.  Chloe and I miss it but we are adjusting.   

A Cellar Club newsletter will follow this one, with the pool of wines to select from – several new and exciting selections available only to our members.  We will still do a rolling pick-up for spring, but are planning major events for the fall when hopefully pandemic and construction mud are in the rear-view mirror! 


Deliveries 

We are continuing our delivery specials; 6-11 bottles for $15, or free shipping for 12 or more bottles.  Delivery in North Carolina is by Chuck or by the big brown truck!  Chuck’s delivery schedule is the Triad Area on Tuesday, Charlotte metro on Wednesday, Triangle on Thursday and Western North Carolina and the High Country on Friday.  JvD wines make a great gift to celebrate a new house, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations (just be sure it is college and above), promotion - well, lots of reasons to send a gift of fine JvD wine!  Diana will include a note with a message of your choice - make it personal.  


New Hours 

We have expanded our tasting room hours – now Wednesday – Saturday, 11:00 AM- 5:00 PM, Sunday Noon – 5:00 PM.  Last beverage service or tastings at 4:30 PM.   Reservations are recommended but walk-ins are welcome, space permitting.  The patio is open, and tables are well spaced for your comfort.  


Support Local 

On a closing note, please support local whenever possible.  Wine, beer, cider, spirits, cheese, meats, vegetables, fruits and the restaurants that take these gifts from North Carolina to make wonderful food for us all.  Diana and I always seek out our friends as we deliver to show our support and thanks.  Di and I grew up in North Carolina and after many years of living away, we came back to create a place of community in the state we love; join us. 

Cheers, 

Chuck  

Time Posted: Apr 11, 2021 at 3:07 PM Permalink to Many Updates- Spring 2020 Permalink
Chuck Jones
 
February 4, 2021 | Chuck Jones

Wine, Winter & Soup Sunday!

To everything there is a season.  And for us, winter is soup season.  From the first arctic blast until we see the green of new buds, Sunday is Soup Day.  From chili to chowder to stew (okay, not technically a soup but it is made in a big pot and feeds a lot).  Nothing sings family and friends like a big kettle on the stove with tempting aromas inviting everyone to share the goodness.  Don’t forget the fresh from the oven homemade bread.  In the Jones’ household Soup Sundays have been a ritual for decades.   So, to invite everyone to our virtual home, below are links to close replicas to some of our favorites, and the wines we enjoy with them.   Remember to always use the same wine you would drink when you cook with it…an old and wise rule.

First up.  Classic beef stew.  This recipe is from Once Upon a Chef by Jenn Segal.  We made this last year for everyone to sample in the Tasting Room.  Huge hit.  To make this stew a little closer to Julia child’s class Bouef Bourguignon, I add pearl onions and sauteed mushrooms.  Sauté your mushrooms in olive oil and butter, finish the same wine we use, JvD Merlot.  You won’t regret it!

Wine:  Jones von Drehle Estate Merlot

Recipe: https://www.onceuponachef.com/recipes/beef-stew-with-carrots-potatoes.html

 

On to another favorite.  Can’t miss with a creamy Seafood Chowder, the ultimate “use what you got” recipe.  Fish, shrimp, scallops, clams, whatever.  It’s all good.  A New England cream-based chowder, this recipe from “Spend with Pennies,” is easy to scale up for a crowd and is very close to the recipe we use.  We do add a bit of heat with a dash of cayenne, but this is up to you.  

Wine: Jones von Drehle Barrel Fermented Chardonnay

Recipe: https://www.spendwithpennies.com/creamy-seafood-chowder/

 

 

 

We switch to vegetarian soups on occasion and this one is great.  Potato leek soup (served cold, Vichyssoise) is a classic, simple and very comforting dish.  Clean Eating Magazine gives us this very simple, easy recipe for this great soup.  Google for variations, there are many. 

Wine: Jones von Drehle Viognier

Recipe: https://www.cleaneatingmag.com/recipes/vegan-potato-leek-soup/

 

 

 

And last for today, Chili.  Maybe the best comfort there is for a cold day, with freezing winds a’roaring outside.  This recipe is as close as I can find to my regular fare.  It’s from another winery, ParaDuxx, but when something looks this good, you just go with it.   I do add a little ground hot sausage to my recipe to impart a little more complexity.   If you want to make this a little quicker than the 3 hours plus required for this recipe, you can use course ground sirloin.  Also, make sure to have plenty of grated sharp cheddar cheese ready for topping.

Wine:  Jones von Drehle Malbec Reserve or Steel & Stone

Recipe: https://www.paraduxx.com/Events/Recipes/Big-Bold-Beef-Chili

 

A couple of general notes on soups: 

I use the Better Than Bouillon products when a recipe calls for broth.  It is easy to keep on hand and offers superior flavor. 

One of the best investments you can make is to purchase good soup pots and Dutch ovens.  Different sizes for different crowds.  Folks gather around these faster than firepits…you will create a community in your kitchen just anticipating a bowl.

 

Time Posted: Feb 4, 2021 at 10:00 AM Permalink to Wine, Winter & Soup Sunday! Permalink
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January 17, 2021 | Chuck Jones

Pruning, the Kindest Cut.

A new year and a new start.  With the winds howling down the mountain and often temps never reaching above freezing, Eric and Francisco head to the vineyard to begin the long process of pruning the vines. Removing last year’s growth down to two buds. 

These guys can prune at a lightning pace with incredible precision.  In an instant the vine health is noted, diseased or surplus canes are removed, and healthy canes cut down to a two-budded spur. Pruning is essential for maintaining the structural integrity, quality, and consistency of the vineyard. The spurs are spaced along the cordons (french for arm), with about 5 or 6 on each side of the trunk.  In early April, the buds will open and release this year’s canes.

We use a vertical shoot positioning (VSP) trellis system here. As the canes grow, they are continually hand-positioned between 3 sets of catch wires held aloft above the cordons.  This tucking of shoots into a narrow “zone” is the heart of the VSP system.

Some factoids:

  • 24,000 vines planted 6’ x 9’ apart cover approximately 30 acres.  
  • At a minimum each vine will have 20 canes from last year removed, that is over 480,000 cuts made by hand.  
  • Those canes average 4 feet each, creating about 1.9 million feet of pruned canes - all carefully mulched into the soil. Sustainable.
  • It takes about 10 weeks to prune the entire vineyard; We start with the reds which tend to bud break later than the whites, as some believe pruning, especially if we have a warm winter, stimulates an early budbreak.  Frost is always a risk in farming.  More on frost in a later blog.

Note the goggles. A cane pulled from the trellis has a tendency to “whip” out and can cause serious injury without protection.

Our team works in the freezing cold, holding up their arms and squeezing their shears for long periods at a time. That sort of repetitive activity will make anyone very sore after a full day. Now imagine doing that for approximately ten weeks! We are very grateful to have staff that are devoted to the health of our vineyard and the quality of our wines.

There is something amazing when you observe the vineyard without all the growth and leaves.  The carefully engineered trellis system is fully exposed.  The skeleton of the vineyard gleams for a short few months each year awaiting its annual burden to bring us the fruit for our wines.

Time Posted: Jan 17, 2021 at 9:30 AM Permalink to Pruning, the Kindest Cut. Permalink
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November 30, 2020 | Chuck Jones

Thankful. -Winter 2020

Thankful.  So much said in such a small word.  Even with the confusion, inconvenience and despair of this year, thankfulness abounds.  Over the past nine months we have learned the deep value of supporting local businesses to keep jobs in our community; Thankful.  The pleasure in meeting smiling eyes peering above a protective mask; Thankful.  The dedication of neighbors providing healthcare and hope over seemingly endless days.  Thankful.  Scoring a four-roll pack of toilet tissue.  Thankful, really….

We wish to add our thanks to this list.  Since March, you have supported us in your purchases, whether wine for your table, a gift to a neighbor or simply for sipping and reflecting.  Thank you.

On to news….


Special Holiday Offerings:

Wine & Cheese!

We are excited to offer our first ever Wine & Cheese Gift Box – all produced in North Carolina.  This exciting combination was created by Scott Banks, President of White Knight Engineered Products in Charlotte as a special gift for clients and friends.  A video was produced to accompany the gifts and Scott has granted us permission to share it with you here.  Diana, Dan and Chris Sottile, Cheese Monger and Proprietor of The Loyalist Market in Matthews, NC, describe the wines and the pairings.  The chance to present this 100% North Carolina offering is exciting and true to our mission of “Proudly North Carolina™”. 

Wines Included:

2017 Petit Manseng – A puzzlement.  A red wine in white wine clothes.  The wine that mystifies all who partake. Wraps around a rich creamy entrée with such a silkiness on the tongue and lingering finish to bring you back, again, and again…a celebrated gold medal champion at Jones von Drehle.

2015 Cabernet Franc – A wine that plays well with others.  With complex berry, cherry and slight wood notes, this wine is poured in many restaurants across North Carolina. Its careful French Oak aging, with measured stirring and sampling consistently gives us one of the most food-friendly wines possible.  

2015 Steel & Stone – An intriguing blend of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon with a touch of Merlot. Deep in flavor of dark berries, plum, and dried fig with an elegant note of spice, violet and cedar. A true dark velvet glove of the wine world.  Yes Virginia, North Carolina can produce a wine of depth and caliber to compete with the best.

Cheeses Included: 

North Carolina is truly honored to be the home of amazing creameries that produce world-class cheeses.  Chris has carefully selected the following that pair with each of the wines above.  A full description of each is found here.

Boxxcar Handmade Cheese, Carrboro, NC – “Cottonbell”

Looking Glass Creamery, Fairview, NC – “Bear Wallow”

Goat Lady Dairy, Climax, NC – “Lindale”
 

What an incredible opportunity to share with your family, friends or send the perfect North Carolina gift to your customers and clients.  Only $125 for the Holiday Wine & Cheese Pairing Gift Box, plus a $15 shipping fee. Discounts are not available for this special collection.  It will be shipped in a secure carton with ice packs to ensure the freshness of the cheese.  Orders must be received by December 18th for shipping or up to December 22nd for pickup at Jones von Drehle Vineyards and Winery.  Order yours now!
 


Wine for Christmas! Only 21 days remain to ship in time for Christmas!

Order by the 21st to make sure your special gift is under the tree in time for Christmas Dinner or Fireside Time. Every shipment includes the wonderful Chloe Christmas Card with a message of your choice!  Visit our online shop here!
 


The Tasting Room Opens!

Beginning Friday December 4th, we will open the Tasting Room for hosted tasting.  We are doing this on a reservation system; click here to reserve your spot!  We can accept walk-ins if the space permits.  Per Covid-19 regulations, limited occupancy and spacing will be maintained.  Masks will be required except when tasting.  Groups no larger than 6 and no one under 21 will be allowed in the tasting room. 

We will discontinue the patio wine flights, but glasses and bottles will be available for outside seating.  Wine sales for take home are always available.   We will maintain the Friday-Sunday hours of 12:00PM - 5:00PM, but if you need wine for that special occasion, dinner or just down time, call or email us.  We will do our best to meet you at the winery or even deliver.  Thank you.


In closing, let’s all remember to smile a little more, laugh a little louder and wish hope for all during this Holiday Season.

Cheers,

Chuck

Time Posted: Nov 30, 2020 at 10:49 AM Permalink to Thankful. -Winter 2020 Permalink
Chuck Jones
 
August 13, 2020 | Chuck Jones

The Patio Rocks! -August 2020

 

Rockin’ the Patio

Since we were allowed to open on a limited basis, it is heart-warming to see so many old friends and new faces taking a few minutes away from home to relax and enjoy a glass of wine (all our tables are spaced at 6 foot intervals), pick-up wine club orders, or relax while sipping a self-directed wine tasting flight. The Tasting Room bar will remain closed for the near future as it is difficult to provide the distancing necessary and enforce occupancy limits. For now, the patio is a great place to enjoy JvD! 

New Releases 

Labor Day weekend will bring the release of two new wines, the 2015 Estate Merlot and 2014 Merlot Reserve.  Both wines have gone through extended aging and are tasting wonderfully.  

Our tasting flights will be updated that weekend to include these two releases. Come, enjoy!

Healthy Vineyard 

The vineyard is looking amazing. Eric and team have done a fantastic job tending these vines during a crazy year. As you drive through from the south gate, go slowly and look up the rows to see the fruit is looking great. During harvest we often have a treat of a bowl of freshly picked grapes for you to sample and enjoy. A sort of grape du jour. 

Roll On!

Diana and I will continue our “direct to your door” wine deliveries (or UPS). We are so grateful for everyone’s support during the lockdown. While we are now open on a limited basis, we know many of you cannot make the trip or feel comfortable in doing so to pick up your favorite JvD wine.  No worries, we will bring it to you!  Free delivery with a case or more purchase and a fixed cost of $15 for 1-11 bottles. Visit our website to purchase. Why not send 6 bottles to your friends, co-workers, neighbors, family (we ship to Florida, Virginia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Ohio) and introduce them to wines that are Proudly North Carolina.

Chloe Hall and the Stage nearing completion! 

What a time to build a performance venue and an event building, eh?  Well, sooner or later the new “normal” will let us host great music and wine events.  Thank you everyone for your patience in dealing with construction noise, dirt and barriers and the ever-confusing parking lot… I am told that the Stage and Event Building (Chloe Hall) will both be done by October 15. Fingers crossed. A formal dedication will be held in the Spring.  

Chloe Update

Many of you may be aware that Chloe went through another round of cancer removal surgery a few weeks ago.  Her report came back all clear and she is back to work now, meeting and greeting.  One tough girl.  Drop by and say hello.

2020, What a Cluster! 

This year has been odd enough for us to create a special t-shirt. Here at JvD we have seen multiple frost events, 10 days of endless rain, millions of cicadas shrieking for three weeks, a direct lightning strike on the winery, and now a 5.1 magnitude earthquake with the epicenter about 10 miles up the mountain. And, of course, we are all impacted with the global pandemic. We think this shirt sums it up. Available for purchase in person at the winery or online. **These sold out very quickly and current online orders are pre-orders; allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.

 

Front  View                                                          Back View

Fall Wine Club

Watch for a newsletter on September 30th with wine selections and key dates. The wine club continues to see wonderful growth during this very odd time. We just cannot say thank you enough for all your past and future support!  

We wish everyone to be well and stay well.  

Cheers to all,

Chuck

Time Posted: Aug 13, 2020 at 10:55 AM Permalink to The Patio Rocks! -August 2020 Permalink
Chuck Jones
 
April 5, 2020 | Chuck Jones

We miss you! -April 2020

We miss everyone...
*cue sad Chloe*


Photo courtesy of Wine Club members Grace and Al Waddell

It is so quiet here.  We may sometimes wish for peace and quiet, but not now, not due to this circumstance.  We hope all reading this are well and continue to stay well.  But if you, or someone close to you, is ill with this wretched virus, we wish them a speedy recovery and a return to normal life soon.

We thank all who have purchased wine in the last few weeks and given us the opportunity to deliver to your home or work or send via UPS your way.  Our income went to zero, so every dollar is most appreciated.  And, Diana and I have enjoyed seeing many of our friends and meeting new ones (from the right distance…) as they open the door to receive their wine purchases.  Be assured, we observe all the recommended protocols, to bring you contactless wine delivery from Jones von Drehle.

The free shipping program continues.  From now until the end of April, when you purchase 6 bottles or more going to the same address, enter the codes below for free UPS shipping, or if you are in one of our North Carolina markets, Diana and I will gladly hand deliver.  Visit our online store to see all available wines!

For Club Members use codes:  six to eleven bottles: CLUBFREESHIP6 or twelve or more bottles: CLUBFREESHIP12  

For Guests use codes: six to eleven bottles: GUESTFREESHIP6 or twelve or more bottles: GUESTFREESHIP12 

Wednesdays : Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Charlotte

Thursdays : Triangle including Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill and surrounding communities

Fridays : High Country (Boone, Banner Elk, Blowing Rock), Hickory, Asheville, WNC

Share our award-winning wines with family, business associates, or friends and amaze them with the quality of our Estate wines, “proudly North Carolina”.  In addition to North Carolina, we also ship to Ohio, Virginia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, and Minnesota.

The winery is open for curbside pickup each Saturday and Sunday from noon until 5:00 PM.   Please order online or by phone and let us know when you plan to pick-up your wine.  Diana or I will be here to greet you.  We can be reached at winery@jonesvondrehle.com or 336.874.2800 ext 3. 


Now for a couple of notes from the quiet winery on the hill. 

The orange safety fence is down!  We are almost ready to install the top amphitheater seat wall in front of the winery and Chloe Hall.  After 18 months.  Progress is occurring, even in these times.  Hopefully, we will host the first concert in September.

The 2019 Rosa Dia is being bottled on April 17; and will be available online or, hopefully, in the Tasting Room on May 4th.  I can tell you it continues the tradition of amazing Rosé from Jones von Drehle. 
Our Petit Verdot continues to win accolades across the country.  At the 2020 Texsom International in Dallas, Texas in late February, it was awarded a Silver.  A very tough competition and an exciting award for us.

The new plantings here are showing great promise: Gros Manseng, Courbou Blanc, and an exciting proprietary clone of Viognier from Condrieu, France.  We have always believed our property has much in common with the southwest of France, so we are researching several new varieties for planting in the upcoming mountain block.  As we like to say, stay tuned.

All for now.  I cannot say thank you enough to all of you for keeping us going in this tough time.  Please support your local restaurant, shop, brewery and wineries.  We all need to come through this together. 

Wishing all the best.

Chuck

 

 

 

Time Posted: Apr 5, 2020 at 11:09 AM Permalink to We miss you! -April 2020 Permalink