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Today’s Email Announcements

Studio 140 Will Participate in High Country Wine Trail Kickoff, June 3

On Saturday, June 3rd, Studio 140 will be participating in the High Country Wine Trail kickoff celebration at the Banner Elk Winery with live painting by artist Kent Paulette.  He’ll be working on his largest bear painting yet.

“I started this bear three years ago at the Banner Elk Winery,” Paulette says.  “My style has changed so much in that time.  It’ll be interesting to see how those old ideas interact with the way I’m painting now.”

Later in the evening, Paulette will be in downtown Banner Elk outside of Studio 140 working on his new large deer painting.

Studio 140 is located at 140 Azalea Circle in downtown Banner Elk.   The gallery is open on Wednesday through Sunday each week this summer from 5 pm until 10 pm.  More info can be found at www.facebook.com/Studio140 or by calling (828) 898-5214.


Concert at St. John’s Episcopal Church, June 4

Sunday, June 4, St. John’s Episcopal Church presents the vocal and hand bell choirs of.Holy Cross Episcopal Church, joined by special guests, Banner Elk Presbyterian church Choir, and jazz musicians Scott Kallestad and Keith McCutchen for an old time gospel sing as well as many special selections.  The concert is at 5:00 pm, followed by a pot luck supper on the lawn.  St. John’s is located on Herb Thomas Road in Valle Crucis.  Admission $5.00, for more information call 828-963-4609  


Grand Opening Kickoff of the new AVA Designation, June 2-4

On November 28, 2016, the Appalachian High Country was recognized as an American Viticulture Area (AVA) by the Department of the Treasury and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). This designation establishes the 2400 square mile area above 2,000 foot elevation, across three states and eight counties as a unique viticulture area of the United States.

The establishment of a defined American Viticulture Area allows the use of appellations of origin on wine labels. This designation allows vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase.

The TTB defines a Viticulture area for American wine as a grape-growing region distinguishable by geographical features including the area geology, soils, elevation and climate. The wines made from the grapes of the region are distinguishable in flavor and types of wine.

The grand opening kick-off celebration of the new AVA designation begins on Friday, June 2nd thru Sunday, June 4th. Located in the heart of the Appalachian High Country, explore four distinctive wineries. You will sip on estate wines produced from fruit grown in the Appalachian High Country American Viticulture Area.

The four wineries include Linville Falls Winery on Hwy. 221 in Linville Falls, Banner Elk Winery off Hwy. 194 on Lee Gualtney Road in Banner Elk, Grandfather Vineyards & Winery in Foscoe and their nearby Tennessee cousin, Watauga Lake Winery at beautiful Watauga Lake. Each of these wineries have special events planned during the weekend. Music, arts & crafts, and more. On Saturday, the Watauga Lake Winery will be serving up wood-burning pizzas with Sangria and the Johnson County Cruisers will be showing off their vintage automobiles.

Come out and join in the fun. Pick up your passport and visit the new “High Country Wine Trail”.   Enjoy Wine with a View!!!