A night of wine and dancing

By Keith Strange

August 1, 2014

STATE ROAD — With summer in full swing and the heat of the day keeping many inside in the comfort of air conditioning, organizers of this year’s second annual Vine and Dine Gala thought, “why not host an event to get people outside and mingling?”

“This is a chance to give people an elegant event to attend during high summer,” said Louis Jeroslow, president of the sponsoring Surry Wineries Group. “This time of the year it’s hot in the daytime, so we wanted to put together a lovely evening event that was a little different.”

The Vine and Dine Gala is set for August 9, from 6 p.m., until 10 p.m. This year’s event is being hosted by Grassy Creek Vineyards in State Road.

Attendees will be able to taste and purchase wines from 10 Yadkin Valley Wineries and munch on food provided by Elkin’s Heaven Scent Catering.

“They have a very good reputation and do really beautiful work, so we’re looking forward to the food,” Jeroslow said.

In addition, this year’s event features music by The Elkin Big Band.

“Last year we had classical music culminating with a string quartet, so this year we wanted to be a little different,” Jeroslow said. “We’re having a 16-piece big band playing all night long and we will have a dance floor set up.”

Wineries participating in the Gala include Adagio Vineyards, Brushy Mountain Winery, Carolina Heritage Vineyard and Winery, Elkin Creek Vineyard, Grassy Creek Vineyard and Winery, Jolo Winery and Vineyards, McRitchie Vineyard and Ciderworks, Olde Mill Vineyards, Round Peak Vineyards, Slightly Askew Winery and Stony Knoll Vineyards.

Jeroslow said he sees the event as a mini wine festival.

“We have 10 wineries participating and the guests will be able to taste all the wines and they’re also going to be available for sale,” he said.

And while he doesn’t expect attendees to dress in their formal best, he noted that the Gala will be “a little on the elegant side.”

“We’re going to have tents set up and they will be lit by chandelier,” he noted. “We want it to be a nice event.

“When we started planning the first Gala, we looked at a lot of events like this in the region, and discovered there wasn’t anything that was a bit on the elegant side,” he said. “We’re hoping this will be really nice and special, and we hope the public comes out to support the Yadkin Valley Wineries. It’s something we’d like to do on an annual basis.”

Tickets for the event are $65 per person or $120 per couple and can be purchased online at or at any participating winery.

Keith Strange can be reached at 336-415-4698 or via Twitter @strangereporter.