Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about locally crafted beverages of many persuasions: beer, wine, coffee, spirits and more.
North Carolina wineries now number more than 100 and span roughly 550 miles from coast to mountains. Yet one doesn’t have to go very far to purchase wines from about a third of those wineries. Drive just five miles south of Pittsboro to unWined to find representation from several regions (including some close to home in the Triangle) in a single stop.
The wine shop had a past life as a country store and gas station along what was once the main route of travel from New York to Florida. Owners Joni & Ray Pavlik converted the remains of the old brick store structure to the wine shop, digging out a wine cellar, and incorporating steel pipe and beam remnants of other commercial business and structures. They opened the shop in November 2011, selling exclusively North Carolina made wines. Wine lovers themselves, Joni & Ray have traveled the state visiting the wineries represented in their shop. They vet each ensuring the wines are made with North Carolina grown grapes.
unWined opens on weekends (Friday through Sunday) offering a tasting course, as well as wine for purchase by the glass or the bottle. The warm interior of the shop welcomes visitors to take a seat inside on cooler days (and purchase some of the “lagniappe” to nibble while sipping), while the outdoor terrace invites guests to enjoy the peace and quiet of “Deep Chatham”. Once a month (or sometimes twice) Pittsboro’s Bella Donna Restaurant serves their oft raved about grilled pizzas. Scheduled live music performances add to the unWined experience (full details about special events can be found at the unWined website). unWined is well worth a visit to experience the quality wines North Carolina producers offer, as well as to unwind with the gracious shop owners and a few of their favorite customers.