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News from the Winery at Iron Gate Farm

Notes from the Winemaker

 
     Great Grapes!  Where did the summer go?  Harvest began on August 17th with our Sauvignon Blanc, Traminette, and Seyval Blanc.  We followed these with our Niagara grapes on the 18th, 19th, and 20th.  Our largest harvest ever of Niagara grapes with just over 9 tons!  Of course, Niagara is one half or our most popular wine, ”Flue Fire” and our newest wine, “Rustic Blooming.”
     Our first red grapes to come off the vine were Chambourcin and what a gorgeous bunch of grapes.   Merlot and Sangiovese followed close behind..  Our Cabernet Sauvignon continues to ripen in the vineyard.   These cool days with low humidity came just at the right time for these grapes.  While our neighbors to the west in the Yadkin Valley have experienced above normal rainfall, the piedmont area has been in a drought.  While other farmers are complaining it has been great weather for our grapes.  2009 has produced an awesome harvest for us!
     While work in the cellar continues with pressing our reds, hydrating barrels and checking on those long cool fermentations for our whites, we look forward to my favorites season, fall.
     We have an exciting line up of events scheduled for you to enjoy.  Currie Clayton will perform on Sunday afternoon, September 27 from 2 – 4 pm.  When folks ask me about what type of music to expect, I tell them anything from beach to Johnny Cash.
     One of the most unusual and fun events to be held at Iron Gate is our “Pumpkin Chunkin” contest on Oct 31st.  This has become an annual fundraiser for the Women’s Resource Center.  This year we are adding something new to our activities, a Cornhole tournament. Check out the rules at www.playcornhole.org.  This is the hottest new game at tailgating events.
     As the holidays draw closer and we think about getting together with our families consider our Murder Mystery dinner on Novermber 21st, “Gobble, Gobble, Death & Trouble.”  Seats are filling up fast so make those reservations NOW!
     “Christmas at the Vineyard” our annual holiday celebration will continue to be the first Thursday night in December, the 3rd to be exact.  Everyone is invited for a night of food, fellowship, music, and great shopping.  Admission will be three cans of food for Loaves & Fishes Food Ministry.
     As you can see our fall is busy, so make plans to come visit us at the Winery at Iron Gate Farm.
Debbie Stikeleather

NC Lung Cancer Partnership

Exciting News!
     The Winery at Iron Gate Farm and the NC Lung Cancer Partnership will celebrate October as Cancer Awareness Month with the release of four wines; “Free to Breathe,”  “Look Deeper,” “Survivor Spirit” and “Ribbons for Hope”.  With the purchase of these wines a portion of the sale is donated to the NC Lung Cancer Partnership for research.  The exact release dates will be forthcoming on our website.  In support of our collaboration with the NC Lung Cancer Partnership, Iron Gate goes totally “SMOKE FREE” on October 1.  Let’s focus on a cure for cancer.  Support lung cancer research with your purchase of these special wines.

Award Winning Wines

The Winery at Iron Gate Farm recently won the following awards at the Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition.
 
Brightleaf White—Gold
Cabernet Sauvignon—Gold
Rustic Blooming—Gold
Flue Fire—Silver
2007 Merlot—Silver
2007 Chambourcin—Bronze
Pack House Red—Bronze

Gobble, Gobble, Death & Trouble

Murder Mystery Dinner
November 21

"GOBBLE, GOBBLE, DEATH & TROUBLE."

He was world-renowned for his gourmet turkey dinners. Chef and restaurant owner Ramsey Gordon attracted food aficionados from everywhere to his fine-dining establishment, "The Golden Gobbler." Last night, Gordon's restaurant was to have been jam-packed with hungry customers, waiting for the chance to devour his famous main course. Yet, it was not to be. The famished foul feasters were unexpectedly told the sad news that Gordon was dead, the victim of an unfortunate accident. Only sound logic and expert sleuthing skills would solve the case and ensure that no clues would be left over.

Dinner is from 7:00 to 8:00pm. 

  Dinner menu will be available in the coming months.

There will be limited seating available, so get your tickets soon.

The price for this event is $60.00  Tickets may be purchased at the winery, by calling 919-304-9463, or on-line at
www.irongatevineyard.com

Cost includes buffet dinner, 2 glasses of wine, murder mystery performance.

The Mystery begins after dinner.


 

Of Local Interest

September 26  “Homegrown:  An Agricultural Experience of North Easter Alamance County”  sponsored by Farm Bureau.  Visit five farms and finish the day off with a dinner made of local products.  Tour Time starts at 1:00 and concludes with dinner at 6:00 at Martin’s Chapel Church.  The farms include:  The Winery at Iron Gate Farm; Morris Meadows, Black Angus and South Devon cattle; Stagg Creek Farms, freshwater prawn shrimp; Occaneechi Village, heirloom apples, and Enoch Farm, tobacco.  The Farm Tour is FREE and dinner is $5 per person.  Children under 12 free.  Limited to the first 200 people.  Children under 12 are free.  Tickets are available at all Alamance Farm Bureau Locations.  For more information call 336.226.2477 or visit www.acfarmbureau.com.
 
October 3 & 10  Prawn Harvest at Stagg Creek Farms 10 – 5 pm  Fun at the farm with Pig Pickin, Stew, Baked goods, Fresh Grilled prawn Samples, & Sweet Potatoes.  Prawns will be available at $j8.50 per pound.  For more information, call Stagg Creek Farms at 336-516-1241 or visit www.staggcreekfarms.com

In This Issue

Notes from the Winemaker

NC Lung Cancer Partnership

Award Winning Wines

Gobble, Gobble, Death & Trouble

Of Local Interest

Upcoming Events
September 27  2 – 4 pm Cool Music in the Courtyard with Currie Clayton.  Free Event
 
October 31  2 – 5 pm Pumpkin Chunkin and Cornhole Tournament  Proceeds benefit the Women’s Resource Center
 
November 16  3:30- 7:30 pm  Annual Red Cross Blood Drive Please come help us save lives
 
November 21     7 pm Murder Mystery Dinner “Bobble, Gobble, Death & Trouble”  $60 per person includes dinner, 2 glasses of wine, and murder mystery performance
Wine Tasting
The  Tasting Room at the Winery at Iron Gate Farm is open 7 days a week.  Drop in and sample  all 14 of our wines for only $5.  Groups of 6 or more, please call ahead so we can adequately serve you.
No Smoking Please!
As of October 1, 2009, Iron Gate Winery and Grounds will be smoke free.  Thank you for your understanding.
The Winery at Iron Gate Farm • 2540 Lynch Store Road • Mebane, NC 27302
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