Wine series named for local landmark debuts Thursday

Pop quiz. How many buildings in town have a series of wine named after them?

I don’t know the answer to that question, but it’s probably a low number (Less than three. Possibly zero). Whatever that number is, it will increase by one today.

That’s when Raimondo Family Winery will debut their new “Inn at Carnall Hall” series of wines during a reception in Fayetteville.

Wine label

Margie Roelands, Owner and winemaker at Raimondo Winery said that she wanted to create a new label based on an Arkansas historical landmark.

“It seemed fitting to honor this building for its beauty and its significance as Arkansas’ first women’s dormitory in the state,” Roelands said. “I am the first female winemaker in a legacy of family winemaking so I felt a special connection to Inn at Carnall Hall.”

Raimondo Family Winery is located in Mountain Home, Arkansas, and specializes in Italian and Iberian varietals made from California grapes. There are five wines in the “Inn at Carnall Hall” line including a 2010 Chardonnay, a 2010 Viognie, a 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, a 2009 Merlot, and a 2008 Syrah.

The wines will be available for sale at Ella’s Restaurant and Raimondo Winery’s Tasting Room. Roelands hopes that other liquor stores across Arkansas will choose to carry it as well.

The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30 at Ella’s Restaurant, 465 N. Arkansas Ave., and is open to the public.