The table is set. Family has gathered, and red wine is in each glass warming everyone from the inside out.

The holidays are a time to imbibe, indulge, and enjoy. Read on to learn more about our local wine of the week that is the perfect partner for your holiday celebrations.

The Drink: Cyril’s Blend

Locally made in Concord, NC by Dover Vineyards, Cyril’s Blend is a beautifully fruity red wine with hints of cherry and blackberry. Its light tannins make it a perfect drink for wine drinkers of all levels. This red blend is a culmination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Petit Verdot, and Merlot. This approachable, crowd pleasing blend will be hard to beat for the holidays.

The Vineyard: Dover Vineyards

Located in Concord, NC, Dover Vineyards began as a natural career for a hardworking family. The Dover family is comprised of self-proclaimed foodies and oenophiles -- who have always appreciated good, honest work. When you combine the two, you get The Farm at Dover Vineyard: more than a vineyard, and more than a farm.

Dover Vineyards makes two to three wines each year: white, red and rosé. Wine is the only produced beverage, but it’s far from the only thing they produce. After realizing that half of their land would be unsuitable for a vineyard, the Dover family decided it would be better suited for a garden. And so, the Farm began. Strawberries, okra, greens, butternut squash, and onions are the main crops the farm… all of which conveniently pair perfectly with wine!

Tours and tastings of Dover Vineyards can be scheduled, or you can make the vineyards come to you with a personal tasting, where they bring the wine to your home for you and your guests to enjoy (even in your pajamas).

You can also find Dover Vineyards at Free Range Brewing on Thursdays and at The Common Market in Plaza Midwood on Saturdays in April through December. Events are hosted at the vineyard throughout the year, and the next event is Galentine’s Day on February 13!

The Event: Christkindlmarkt

For three years, Dover Vineyards has been a dedicated vendor of the Christkindlmarkt (or Charlotte Christmas Village). The Christkindlmarkt is open through Christmas Day, so visit their tent before it’s over! Grab some Gluhwein (hot, spiced wine) for yourself, pick up some souvenirs for your friends, and get in the holiday spirit!

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