Raylen Vineyards is one of the jewels of the very underrated North Carolina wine country. Now it's not Napa or anything, but it's very good, well-priced, and well-decorated.
Plus, who am I to disagree with one particular high-profile wine fan:
Any winery that Mariano Rivera endorses is one that I could set up a cot in. I'd just wait for his arrival so we can discuss whether he prefers the 1996 Yankees or 2009 Yankees while we share one of Raylen's unique red blends.
When it was time to go, I loaded up the trunk to transport the alcohol back across state lines.
Now I'm no professional bootlegger, but I'm told this is how Nascar got started in these parts. Guys who were transporting moonshine had to drive very, very, very fast.
I took it a little slower. And when I got home I uncorked one, and took it even slower than that.