Fall brings with it the expectations of pumpkins, apples, crisp air, lazy afternoons, rich colors, hikes, and lots of leaves. For our wineries, it’s harvest time. It’s also a great month to introduce the new wine shop, unWINEd, in Moncure.
Owners Ray and Joni Pavlik had lived in various places, including New Orleans, before moving to Chatham County years ago. Ray bought the land and building years ago in an auction. The first round of bidding resulted in a different owner, but after the initial bidder couldn’t find the funds, Ray was the only one who appeared at the second auction opportunity and the space in Moncure was soon theirs. Joni wasn’t exactly on board but trusted Ray’s building and design skills so Moncure became home, which included Ray’s vision for an unreal man cave and what is today, the wine shop, unWINEd.
The time they spent in New Orleans has served the décor well for unWINEd. It’s impressive to HGTV buffs and experts alike to see the rock garden, ornate ironworks, and creative pieces inside the shop. The rocks were on-site and moved into a pile that now forms an attractive rock garden that features some mint and other plants. The beams inside the building are from an old bridge. The brick is from the original building, which was once a general store. The store has lots of character, with all the wine bottle placement in nifty holders, including a wrought iron piece that will display meads, honey wine, including Chatham County’s Starrlight Mead (Pittsboro). House wines include Chatham County wines from SilkHope Winery (Pittsboro) and newly opened Vineyards At Southpoint (Durham), sister winery to Horizon Cellars (Siler City).
They’ll carry an expansive selection of North Carolina wines, and the wine store will provide a fantastic hub for visitors to unwind, taste, and browse from a selection of more than 20 wineries at a time. North Carolina ranks 7th for wine production in the United States.
Meet Ray and Joni today, Saturday, October 29, at their opening. They’ll be open in the future on the weekends, but tomorrow, Sunday, October 30, they’re visiting friend and neighbor, Guy Loeffler, at Vineyards At Southpoint for the Open House and Barrel Room Extravaganza.
Join Ray and Joni soon to experience wines with some delicious breads, cheese, and more; listen to music; and enjoy good conversation. Explore this fork in the road in Moncure, yet another one of our nifty places just around the bend.