November 1, 2016 Written by

We at The Park on Main®, the luxury hotel in Highlands, North Carolina, tell you emphatically: You don’t have to scratch your chest, grunt and growl, swing your hairy arms while drooling or throw spears at wild boars to enjoy fine wine, although we don’t absolutely forbid it.

Fancying ourselves as connoisseurs of good living, we will explore different types of wine in this article to serve as a guide for your wine-sampling pleasure in advance of the 4-day Highlands Food & Wine Festival starting Nov. 10.

But first, let’s rewind the good-living clock to prehistoric times to discover how our ancient, little-finger-lifting ancestors sipped their fermented libations. Historians believe the first wine drinkers were probably Paleolithic humans using animal-skin pouches or crude bowls made from trees to drink the juice from naturally fermented grapes from the wild.

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Back to The Future

Let’s return to the future – present day. The festival will present top culinary and musical talent from throughout the southeastern United States. Festival goers may sample food and wine from master chefs. Check out the infographic here for more information about types of wine. Here are some major festival events:

  • “Grand Tasting” begins the evening of Nov. 10 as local restaurants offer fine wines, spirits and live music.
  • “Truckin” features top craft beers, live music and delicious food from food trucks on Nov. 11.
  • The Main Event on Nov. 12 involves a roast of oysters, stews and chili by top area chefs. Craft brews, champagne and wine will be served. Rhiannon Giddens, founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, will perform.


Contact us today at The Park on Main® to learn more about down-home hospitality and first-class luxury.

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About The Park on Main

The Park on Main hotel is located in the quaint village of Highlands, North Carolina, a picturesque mountain retreat nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. A boutique style hotel, the Park on Main offers 24 luxury suites, each facing an exquisitely landscaped central park-like garden terrace.

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