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Contact: Margie Roelands
(870) 467-5115
FAYETTEVILLE, AR. (June 10, 2011) – Inn at Carnall Hall is launching its signature series wines at a reception on June 30, 2012 at Carnall Hall. The wine is made by Raimondo Winery, a new Arkansas winery specializing in Italian and Iberian varietals made from California grapes. "Margie Roelands, Owner and Winemaker at Raimondo Winery, approached us with the idea of featuring Inn at Carnall Hall on her label," says Co-Owner Ted Belden. "We were delighted to have Carnall Hall on the label and to feature this unique label at Ella's Restaurant."
"I wanted to create a special label showcasing an Arkansas historical landmark. After thoughtful consideration, I selected Inn at Carnall Hall," Roelands said. "It seemed fitting to honor this building for its beauty and its significance as Arkansas' first women's dormitory in the state. I am the first female winemaker in a legacy of family winemaking so I felt a special connection to Inn at Carnall Hall." The wine will sell at Ella's Restaurant, Raimondo Winery's Tasting Room, and any local Arkansas liquor stores or retailer interested in selling the wine.
The new signature series wines include:
  • 2010 Chardonnay – Bursting with layers of ripe pineapple and vanilla, the mid-palate expresses pineapple, juicy pear, and crisp Meyer lemon that lingers to the finish.
  • 2010 Viognier - Bright, tantalizing aromas of floral lemon, grapefruit and orange greet concentrated cream of lemon and peach with a spicy white pepper on the finish.
  • 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon – This vintage offers lush aromas of ripe, fruit-forward flavors of black cherry, blackberry and cassis layered with nuances of cigar box and tobacco. Soft supple tannins and toasty oak showcase the silky finish. Subtle hints of oak and spice, married with lively tannins, allow this wine to be enjoyed today or in the years to come.
  • 2009 Merlot – Crafted as a wine to be enjoyed on its own or paired with a favorite dish, the 2009 vintage is a wonderful balance of blackberry and plum fruit and subtle toasty spice combined with rich, ripe tannins that give this wine elegance in the glass.
  • 2008 Syrah – These Syrah grapes are never pressed, but rather naturally free-run drained overnight and fermented with wild yeast. Exploding with boysenberries and plums and a hint of molasses and just the right touch of oak and complexity.
The reception starts at 5:30 p.m. and is open to the public. Roelands will be available to sample wines and share information about the wines and winery. Ella's Restaurant will be providing gourmet cheese and crackers perfectly paired with the wine. Roelands will be presenting an autographed bottle of wine in a designer box with wine glasses to University of Arkansas Chancellor David Gearhart.
About Inn at Carnall Hall
Built in 1905, Carnall Hall, named in the memory of Miss Ella Howison Carnall, was the first women’s residence hall on the University of Arkansas campus. Ella Carnall Hall was a women’s dormitory through 1967 and then was home to the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity until 1977. It joined the National Register for Historic Places in December 1982. In the late 1990’s Carnall Hall had become a candidate for demolition, but took on a new life in 2001 approval was passed to turn the structure into a Historic Hotel and Restaurant. Today the Inn at Carnall Hall and Ella’s Restaurant provide a quaint haven to travelers and locals alike. Ella’s Restaurant features classic upscale American cuisine as well as many world favorites from award winning chef, William Lyle. The Inn at Carnall Hall is located on the corner of the University of Arkansas campus at 465 N. Arkansas Ave, Fayetteville, AR, 72701. For more information, contact (479)582-0400 or
About Raimondo Family Winery
The story of Raimondo Winery begins many generations ago with a family that traces its roots to Palermo, Sicily. The Raimondo Family began its winemaking heritage in the United States three generations ago with patriarch Marty Raimondo and is now owned and operated by his niece, Margie Roelands. After purchasing Blue Lady Resort in the Arkansas' Ozarks, Margie realized her dream of turning the family winery into a commercially-operated business. Raimondo Winery became a small farm winery manufacturer in 2008. Roelands is committed to producing wines from old world Italian and Iberian varietals such as Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Vermentino, Verdelho and Albarino. She continues to produce wines from California grapes grown by vineyards her family has been buying from for three generations. Roelands is joined by her husband Brian and her daughters, Jennifer and Amy. Brian manages all operations of the winery and resort. For more information, contact: (870) 467-5115 or
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