Festivus 2017 – Airing of Wine Grievances!

Festivus 2017 – Airing of Wine Grievances!

Today, December 23, 2017, is the celebration of Festivus.  Created in 1966 by Daniel O’Keefe and popularized during an episode of the hit TV show, Seinfeld, Festivus is celebrated with Feats of Strength and the Airing of Grievances.  So, in that spirit, we’re here to air a few wine grievances.  We’re looking to make this our one post a year that’s not entirely positive.  So, sit back.  Pour a glass and read on!

These are in no particular order:

  • Lack of hashtags in posts on social media about wines, wineries, vineyards.  You see we’re big proponents of hashtags as a way to brand.  So, all you #NCWine folks out there, USE THE DANG HASHTAG!
  • Untrained tasting room staff.  There’s nothing worse than a tasting room staff who know nothing about the wines they are pouring.  We understand that getting good help can be difficult, but a poor experience affects your brand.
  • Poor tasting glasses.  We’ll admit it.  We’re glass snobs.  Please no glasses with the “lip” around the rim.  These just don’t show wines well.  Upgrade the glass and the experience!
  • Too many wines on the list.  We see this all the time.  Wines lists with 10, 15 or even 20 wines.  We feel this is just too many to be able to focus on quality unless you have a large production staff.  So, scale it back.  You don’t need a new wine for every season.
  • Wineries who aren’t forthcoming in where the grapes for their wine are sourced.  We like to know what we’re tasting and where it was sourced.  If you’re not using local fruit, admit it.  Don’t try to hide it.

  • Children in tasting rooms.  This is probably our #1 grievance if we had to rank them.  Children can’t drink.  Don’t bring them with you to a winery.  Wining is an adult thing and many of us wish to adult in peace and quiet.
  • Parties of 6 or more in tasting rooms who have not called ahead.  This is annoying for tasting room staff and other customers.  If you’re in a group, be courteous!  Call ahead!
  • People who only drink dry wine.  You’re missing out on some really great sweeter wines.
  • People who only drink sweet wine.  Again, most of the wine world is not sweet.  You’re missing out on a lot more than those who only drink dry wine.

  • People who only drink Chardonnay or Cabernet or Merlot.  Give us a break!  We’ll try pretty much anything.  We’re all into to food and wine pairings.  Chardonnay with steak isn’t exactly the best match.  A big, bold Cab with sea bass probably doesn’t work so well either.  So, keep an open mind and try something different!
  • People who constantly bash muscadine wine.  We get it.  Muscadine wine is different.  There’s a distinctive foxy quality in a lot of muscadine.  We’re not big fans of red muscadine, but we won’t turn up our noses at it.  You shouldn’t either.  Find some that are well made.  Maybe one that isn’t so sweet and try it.  You might be surprised!
  • People who think all US wine comes from California.  Yes, California is responsible for 85% of the wine produced in the US, but if you’re only drinking Napa Cab, you truly are missing out!

  • People who think cider is more akin to beer.  Repeat after us!  Cider is NOT brewed!  It’s fermented!  Thus, it is like wine!  Just because you often see is on tap doesn’t mean it’s beer.  Wine can be served on tap too.  We’d like to see more of that!
  • People who think mead is more akin to beer.  Mead is honey WINE!  It’s fermented.  It’s typically bottled in WINE bottles.  If you’re drinking mead, you’re drinking WINE!
  • People who think all cider is sweet.  Cider can go the range from super sweet to super dry.  Again, don’t be afraid to try even if you don’t think you’ll like!
  • People who think all mead is sweet.  Just because mead is made from honey doesn’t mead that it’s all sweet.  Yes, it will almost always have a flavor of honey, but that’s different than sweet.

  • Farm to fork restaurants who don’t have local wine on their lists.  This is probably #2 on our grievance list right after the kids at wineries.  Don’t call yourself a farm to fork locavore restaurant if you don’t have local wine on this list.  There’s just no excuse!
  • 2017 wines that are already out for sale.  Harvest just happened a few months ago.  There are a few exceptions to this, but as a general rule, wine needs time to age, even white wines.  Don’t rush it out!
  • Shiny black labels on a wine bottle.  They look great, but they’re very difficult when it comes to taking a picture of the bottle.  There are too many glares and reflections.  Matte is the way to go!

So, that’s our list for this year.  Here’s hoping next years list is shorter!  And keeping with this theme, leave us your comments of what’s your grievances are.  Just avoid personal attacks.

Cheers and Happy Festivus for the rest of us!

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9 Things I learned at the Wine Bloggers Conference

9 Things I learned at the Wine Bloggers Conference

So it’s been just over a month since we were out in California for the 2017 Wine Bloggers Conference. Once again we had a great time and learned much about being better bloggers and how we can better understand our place in the wine industry. Here’s a list of 9 things I learned while at this year’s conference.

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North Carolina Wines for Your 2017 Holiday Table

North Carolina Wines for Your 2017 Holiday Table

The holidays are here! It’s a time for celebration with family and friends which often means good food and good drink. With a growing industry and higher quality of wines, it is time to consider adding North Carolina wine to your holiday table. But where do you start?  What should you pair with classic holiday foods?  We’re back this year with some updated suggestions!

Off Dry Pear Mead from Starrlight Mead in Pittsboro

Winter Salad with Pears – Pears and spicy greens are perfect this time of year.  Add some blue cheese and a tangy vinaigrette and you have magic!  To further that magic, pair the salad (pun intended) with the Off Dry Pear Mead from Starrlight Mead in Pittsboro.  This mead is made with diluting the honey with fruit juice rather than water.  The palate begins with pear moves to honey and finishes with more pear.

Ham – Ham is a classic main course for any holiday. While Riesling is a classic pairing with any ham, we’re recommending two excellent muscadine wines this year.

  • The first is the Riverton Estate from Cypress Bend Vineyards in Wagram.  This dry Carlos wine is tart yet fruity.  It tastes very much like a Riesling with great acidity!
  • The second is Carlos in the Buff from Dennis Vineyards in Albemarle.  Also, Carlos this wine was made with no skin contact.  It’s also only lightly sweet also with great acidity and less of the foxy quality often found with muscadine.

Turkey – Roast turkey is versatile. You can pair with a white wine or a lighter red wine.

  • For the white wine, we recommend the 2015 Grüner Veltliner from Burntshirt Vineyards in Hendersonville.  This wine is always stellar.  It has notes of citrus, apple. and peach.  This would match well with turkey and cranberry sauce.
  • For the red wine, we recommend the 2015 Chambourcin from Carolina Heritage Vineyard & Winery in Elkin.  This Chambourcin is lightly oaked with flavors of dark cherry and warm spice.   This would also pair well with turkey and cranberry sauce or turkey and gravy.

Provencia from Hanover Park Vineyard in Yadkinville

Duck – Ah, duck! It is poultry that has the umph of a steak! Classically you would pair duck with a Pinot Noir. But, if you can’t find Pinot Noir, Chambourcin is a great substitute!  We recommend the 2014 Provencia from Hanover Park Vineyard in Yadkinville.  This Chambourcin is a step above.  It was so special that it got a special name!  It’s smooth and bold with no hybrid bite.

Reserve Syrah from Junius Lindsay Vineyard in Welcome

Lamb – Lamb is one meat where you either love it or hate it. We happen to love it. A classic pairing with lamb is a wine from the Rhône Valley of France.  We recommend the 2013 Reserve Syrah from Junius Lindsay Vineyard in Welcome.  With warm oak and smooth cherry, this wine is easy drinking with light black pepper notes.

Roast Beef – Roast beef is another holiday classic. Of course, this calls for a hearty red wine!

  • The first recommendation is the 2013 Tannat from Shelton Vineyards in Dobson.  This is a big, bold red.  Yet it’s also smooth and balanced.  It’s perfect for beef or any red meat!
  • The second recommendation is the 2012 Estate Reserve Selection Merlot from Jones von Drehle in Thurmond.  Aged in French oak for forty months, this wine has soft tannins with cherry and cocoa.  It also pairs well with duck confit.

South Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay from RayLen Vineyards in Mocksville

Seafood Lasagna, Roast Chicken or Roasted Vegetables – Any of these dishes make for a great additions to your holiday table.  For pairing with all of these, we recommend the 2015 South Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay from RayLen Vineyards in Mocksville.  Sourced from a vineyard near the South Mountains in Burke County, this wine is barrel fermented.  This wine is oaky and buttery yet retains good fruit.

Barbera from Brandon Hills Vineyard in Yadkinville

Any Tomato Based Dish – Having a dish with tomato sauce and maybe a little spice?  We recommend the 2010 Barbera from Brandon Hills Vineyard in Yadkinville.  This wine is earthy yet with good cherry flavors.  It’s very smoothed and well balanced.

Finish Line Dessert Wine from Childress Vineyards in Lexington

Chocolate Desserts – Decadent chocolate desserts call for port-style wines. They are perfect with rich chocolate or just by themselves on a cold night. We recommend the 2012 Finish Line from Childress Vineyards in Lexington. This fortified wine is made from Cabernet Sauvignon.  It has strong notes of coffee and cocoa which pair perfectly with chocolate!

These are our recommendations for 2017.  We’d love to hear your recommendations, so leave us a comment!

Happy Holidays!

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Napa and Sonoma Are Open for Business

Napa and Sonoma Are Open for Business

We recently returned from the 2017 Wine Bloggers Conference held in Santa Rosa, CA.  Santa Rosa is located in Sonoma County.  Parts of Santa Rosa were directly impacted by the October, 2017 Wildfires.  Yes, we saw fire damage.  We heard stories from panelist who were directly impacted by the wildfires.  Yes, there is recovery in progress.  However, taken as a whole, the wine industry survived pretty much in tack.

Napa and Sonoma are open for business.  Most vineyards saw little to no damage.  So, if you’re able, go visit.  Help revive the tourist economy on which these areas depend.

Below are some images we took during our trip.  They show a beautiful region that’s still extremely picturesque.  We have a new found respect for this region and its wines.  We look forward to enjoying the wines we purchased and visiting again in the future!

Vineyards along US 101 Near Healdsburg in Sonoma County

Beautiful fall colors in a vineyard near Healdsburg in Sonoma County

Vineyards near Geyserville in Sonoma County

Another vineyard near Geyserville in Sonoma County

Red foliage on vines near Healdsburg and Alexander Valley in Sonoma County

Vineyard near Calistoga in Napa County

Vineyard on the approach to PlumpJack Winery near Oakville in Napa County

Vineyard near Windsor in Sonoma County

Head trained vines in the Alexander Valley near Healdsburg in Sonoma County

Front gate at Miner Family Wines near Oakville in Napa County

Vines with grapes still hanging near Calistoga in Napa County

Hill Family Estate tasting room in downtown Yountville in Napa County

Stewart Cellars Tasting Lodge in Downtown Yountville in Napa County

PlumpJack Winery Tasting Room near Oakville in Napa County

Vineyard on a beautiful November day in Napa County

Vineyard in the Stag’s Leap District of Napa County

Charred Trees look down on an untouched vineyard in the Stag’s Leap District of Napa County

Napa Town Center in Downtown Napa

Beautiful Mountains heading over Atlas Peak in Napa County

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#WBC17 Wine Dinner at Thomas George Estates

#WBC17 Wine Dinner at Thomas George Estates

On Friday night of the 2017 Wine Bloggers Conference, we decided to take part in a wine dinner excursion at Thomas George Estates in Healdsburg.  Thomas George is located in the Russian River Valley AVA of Sonoma County.  They were founded in 2008 and focus on small production vineyard designated Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

We loaded on our bus and headed out.  After a twenty plus minute drive in the darkness which included a wrong turn by the driver and a trip across a one lane bridge over the Russian River, we made it up the hill to Thomas George Estates.  As we arrive the tasting room was on one side and the wine cave was on the other.  Dinner was being served in the wine cave.

Cave Entrance at Thomas George Estates

Reception

Immediately upon entering the wine cave, we were greeted with glasses of the 2014 Brut Blanc de Blancs, Starr Ridge Vineyard, Cooper Block.  The grapes for this wine were sourced from the Russian River Valley AVA.  Starr Ridge Vineyard is located a few miles to the east of the winery.  To accompany the sparkling wine, we were served house-made cured meats from the Black Pig Meat Company.  The Black Pig is meat company owned by the evening’s chef, Duskie Estes.  Duskie is co-owner of Zazu Kitchen + Farm with John Stewart.  Duskie has also appeared as a judge on Guy’s Grocery Games on the Food Network.  In addition to the meats, there were roasted vegetables, spreads, and crostini.

Table is set for dinner inside the Cave at Thomas George Estates

First Course

After reception, we took our seats at the long table.  The first course was a roasted Brussel sprouts salad.  The salad included bacon from the Black Pig, Asian pears, Marcona Almonds, aged sherry vinegar, and  Capriago from Bohemian Creamy.  The paired wine was the 2015 Chardonnay from Sons & Daughters Vineyard.  This vineyard is located at the border of the Russian River Valley and Chalk Hill AVAs.  This unoaked wine was aged sur lie with no malolactic fermentation.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts Salad

Entrée

The featured wine for the entrée course was the 2014 Pinot Noir from Baker Ridge Vineyard.  This vineyard is on the winery site.  Duck is, of course, a perfect pairing with Pinot Noir.  This Star Anise Liberty Duck also included Cracklin’ Pork Belly with black rice, estate grown pomegranate and watercress.  This was perfectly paired!

Cracklin’ Pork Belly & Star Anise Liberty Duck

Dessert

We were allowed some time to finish our Pinot Noir after dinner before dessert was presented.  Dessert was a Quince and Apple Tartin with Bourbon Gelato.  The 2012 Late Harvest Viognier from the Baby Block of Baker Ridge Vineyard was the wine of choice.  The grapes for this wine are always hand harvested by the staff at Thomas George estates.  This block is closest to the driveway leading to the winery.  It was a beautiful wine!

Backyard Quince & Apple Tartin with Bourbon Gelato

 

Following dinner, Chef Duskie Estes came out to introduce herself and talk about her meal.  She’s quite the accomplished chef including appearances on Iron Chef and a 2001 James Beard Award.

We made a few purchases and loaded the bus to head back to the hotel.  If you’re ever in the Russian River Valley, be sure to go check out the Zazu Kitchen and Thomas George Estates!

Cheers!

 

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Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards – Lodi, CA

Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards – Lodi, CA

We visited Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards during the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference in Lodi, CA.  Fellow bloggers recommended it and since we’re big fans for Rhône Valley style wines we had to go.  We thoroughly enjoyed everything we tasted.  For more on that trip go here:  Lodi Adventures after 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference.

Since we were returning to California for the 2017 Wine Bloggers Conference, we decided to allow for some time in Lodi again.  We emailed Sue Tipton, the owner of Acquiesce, to see if she would be willing to let us come in for a tasting.  Acquiesce is normally closed on Wednesdays, but Sue graciously agreed.

Arrival

We arrived just before 11am.  Before going in we took a look around the vineyards closest to the road.  Below are some of the pictures we took.  Sue grows only Rhône Valley white varietals and Grenache for making rosé.  This is because Sue only makes white wines and a rosé.  She ripped out Zinfandel, Lodi’s signature grape, to plant these Rhône Valley grapes!  Also, Sue is small production.  She opens for the year in March and is usually sold out of the previous year’s vintage by early to mid-November.  Sue is now closed for the season and will reopen in March, 2018.

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Tasting

After checking out the vineyard and snapping pictures, we headed inside.  Sue was already behind the bar waiting for us to arrive.  We exchanged greetings.  Then Sue proceeded with the tasting.  Here are out notes:

  • 2016 Grenache Blanc – This wine had notes of green apple, apricot, and lime on the nose.  On the palate, it had a crisp, minerally undertone with good apricot fruit.  The finish was slightly minerally too.  Sue paired this with a thyme cracker which provided perfect balance with the wine.
  • 2016 Belle Blanc – A blend of 45% Grenache Blanc, 45% Roussanne, and 10% Viognier, light pear showed on the nose.  Mildly ripe pear with some light mineral notes showed on the palate.  Sue paired this wine with a manchego with a violet flower confit.  This brought out the mineral notes in the wine along with a lightly floral undertone.
  • 2016 Roussanne – A nose of honey and pineapple lead to a palate also of honey and pear.
  • 2016 Viognier – This wine presented a floral peach note on the nose.  Peach and apricot predominated on the palate along with a slight mineral undertone.  Its pairing was a Moroccan spiced cracker with a mango chutney.
  • 2016 Grenache Rosé – Picked at 22.5 Brix and whole cluster pressed, this showed light strawberry on the nose.  Watermelon and lime showed on the palate.

Winery

After we finished the tasting, Sue took us out to the winery.  A fairly new building, it was filled with several tanks of various sizes.  But unlike most wineries, there were no barrels.  Sue’s wines are only done is stainless steel.  She had a few more things for us to taste.

  • 2017 Picpoul Blanc – We tasted this straight from the tank.  While not the finished product, this will be a great wine.  It was highly acidic with notes of pineapple and pear.
  • 2017 Bourboulenc – Sue said we were some of the first folks in the country to taste an American grown Bourboulenc.  Again, this wine will be great.  It had notes of pear with some light pineapple in the background.  Sue has the only known planting of this grape in the US.
  • 2017 Clairette Blanche – A floral nose along with notes of pear showed on the nose.  There was more pear on the palate along with some herbal notes.  Again, it was an interesting wine.

We look forward to tasting these wines again in their finished state.

We headed back to the tasting room and selected wines for shipping home to us.  We thanked Sue for taking the time to host us, and we know we’ll be back to see her.  If you’re ever in Lodi, you should do the same!

Cheers!

 

 

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#WBC17 Live Blogging Day 2 – Red Wines

#WBC17 Live Blogging Day 2 – Red Wines

The live blogging for day 2 will be starting in just a few minutes.  Like we did yesterday, we’ll be posting about the wines that are poured at our table.  Check in soon for more details.

1000 Stories 2015 Bourbon Barrel Aged Zinfandel – This is the flagship wine for the winery. Bourbon and vanilla come through predominantly on the nose. The finish is smokey and charred with a healthy dose of spice on the mid-palate. This particular batch is number 35. Each batch will be different from batch to batch.

Paradise Ridge 2015 Pinot Noir – Cherry and vanilla on the nose are light and airy. The flavors are cherry and a nice oak. Ample fruit is present throughout. This Pinot Noir is slightly lower in alcohol at just over 13%. A very nice sample.

Gracianna 2015 Reserve Pinot Noir – This vintage is the third Pinot Noir made by the winery. The nose is light with subtle cherry, leather and vanilla. There is a very nice spice that comes through on finish. Overall a very nice example of Pinot Noir.

Missouri Wine pouring the Stone Hill Winery 2015 Norton – One of the 135 wineries in the state, this wine is incredibly dark. Aged in a combination of American, French, and Hungarian oak. Blueberries and baking spices come through on the nose. Fresh and fruity flavors come through on the front and mid-palate. The finish is tannic and broad sweeping.

Theopolis Vineyards 2015 Petite Sirah – This vineyard specializes in Petite Sirah and the 2015 doesn’t disappoint. The nose is fresh and bursting with dark berries and a nice vanilla. Big red fruits and berries come through on the flavors. The tannins are bold and grippy right now, but with more time it will transform into a supple profile.

Donelan Wines 2013 Cuvée Moriah – This wine is a Grenache based wine with a splash of Syrah added in. This ode to chateauneuf is lighter in color than some of the previous wines, but it doesn’t lack in flavor. It starts with a nice dried fruit with secondary characteristics of dried herbs and an earthy mid-palate. The finish has a nice tannin balance. Definitely a wine with character.

The Hilt Wines 2015 Pinot Noir – The grapes for this wine come from a vineyard that is just 13 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Coffee and cocoa come through on the nose. Ample red fruit flavors and a juicy mid-palate make this a mouthwatering wine that is easy drinking and approachable. And for the price point of $45, it is definitely enjoyable.

Wagner Family of Wine 2015 Conundrum Red – This wine is Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. The color is dark and the nose is straightforward with vanilla and dried fruit. Dark fruits and vanilla come through as the predominant flavors. Mild tannins come through and have a slightly fruit-sweet finish.

Cliff Lede Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon – This Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is the first we have had during this live blogging session. The nose is slightly floral (violets) with a mild cooling effect. The flavors are big and tannins bold. Cedar cigar box and a dark charred fruit finish are very present on this wine. Overall a very well balanced wine.

Planeta Wines La Segreta Nero D’Avola – This wine of Sicily is fruit forward and juicy. Aged completely in stainless steel, this wine is very fresh. It would be very food friendly and is quite approachable. Bottle price roughly $15.

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#WBC17 Live Blogging Day 1 – Whites & Rosés

#WBC17 Live Blogging Day 1 – Whites & Rosés

Live blogging is set to being here soon.  We’ll be using this page to document the different wines we taste throughout the event.  Check back frequently!

Antica 2015 Block A26 – This Chardonnay is only available in the winery. It is nicely oaked with ripe apples on the nose. The finish is toasty with a nice vibrant profile.

Hanna 2016 Sauvignon Blanc – The nose is zippy and citrusy. The flavors are very nice with a touch of green apple, a hint of grassy mid-palate. The winemaker has learned the nuances of this grape and tamed the wild nature into something that sings in the glass.

Leto Cellars 2014 Chardonnay – The nose is more pronounced and is moving into a more mature profile. The fruit was picked at the peak of freshness to get the best taste. Minimal interaction after picking helped to express the varietal characteristics in the wine. The flavors are broad sweeping and pleasing. A great family story to accompany a great wine.

Acumen Wine 2016 Sauvignon Blanc – 80% stainless steel and 20% new oak fermentation give this a slightly tropical banana nose. The flavors are mellow. Pears and grapefruit come through toward the end and into the finish.

William Hill Estate 2015 Chardonnay – Vanilla and butter come through big time on the nose. They have one of the most iconic views in the Napa Valley. It is buttery in flavor and has a nice balance of oak and fruit. The flavors are very soft and supple and has a really nice character. An excellent value for the $17 price point.

Dancing Coyote Wines 2016 Grüner Veltliner – A refreshing break from Chardonnay, this wine is fresh and crisp. The flavors are of fresh melon and creamed lemon. The acidity is fresh and leaves the mouth with a clean finish. Additional flavors of white peach with a slightly herbaceous note also come through.

Anaba Wines 2015 Turbine White – This Rhône style white is mostly Viognier, Grenache Blanc, and Roussanne (with a dash of other common Rhône whites). The nose is flinty and slightly smoky. The flavors are vibrant and vivid. Tangerine and citrus come through on the mid-palate and the finish is nice minerally. This is another great refreshing break. Delicious!

Paradise Ridge 2016 Sauvignon Blanc – This limited production Sauvignon Blanc is 100% stainless steel. The wine itself is crisp and bright. There’s nice citrus and a light mineral flavor. The mid-palate is mildly tropical with a nice acid balance. It’s easy going and very enjoyable. Despite a loss of their winery and tasting room buildings, the vines were spared in the recent fires. Luckily they had a good supply off-site in a bonded facility that is still available for sale. Definitely one to check out.

Breathless Wines Blanc de Noirs – 99% Pinot Noir and 1% Pinot Meunier make this quite interesting. The nose is bretty and yeasty. The flavors are a bit heavy on the biscuit with a dark subtle undertone. Fruit flavors come through as well, leaning toward strawberry and a hint of kumquat.

Vanderpump 2016 Rosé – This Cotes de Provence may seem a little out of place here in Santa Rosa, but good wine knows no bounds. The flavors are a classic Provence rosé. A nice way to finish out the live blogging round for the day.

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A Spotlight on Vermentino of the Swan Creek AVA

A Spotlight on Vermentino of the Swan Creek AVA

Our final feature in our series of lesser known grapes is a spotlight on Vermentino. As with our other spotlight features, you can find some great examples right here in North Carolina in the Swan Creek AVA.  We go into some detail about the grape itself and review six vintages from two North Carolina wineries.

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Cypress Bend Vineyards

Cypress Bend Vineyards

We recently had to a chance to visit Cypress Bend Vineyards in Wagram, NC.  Cypress Bend is located near the Lumber River in Scotland County and opened in 2005.  Dan and Tina Smith are the owners.  The area is known as Riverton Farm and has been in the family since the early 1800s.  They have been featured on North Carolina Weekend and Flavor NC Presents From the Vineyard in North Carolina. Continue reading →

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NC Wine Month 2017 Kickoff Photos

NC Wine Month 2017 Kickoff Photos

On Tuesday, August 29, 2017, the first ever North Carolina Wine and Grape Month kickoff event was held at The Pavilion at Childress Vineyards in Lexington.  North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper was on hand to sign the official Wine and Grape Month proclamation designating September as North Carolina Wine and Grape Month.  Below are some photos from that day.  We hope this event becomes an annual celebration of North Carolina Wine! Continue reading →

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Celebrating NC Wine & Grape Month 2017

Celebrating NC Wine & Grape Month 2017

September is North Carolina Wine and Grape month! It was proclaimed by Gov. Cooper to celebrate the wine and grape industry’s contributions to our state. With a $1.7 Billion economic impact, 525 grape growers and  more than 180 wineries, this industry is vital to our state. It deserves to be celebrated! Continue reading →

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Judging at 2017 NC State Fair Wine Competition

Judging at 2017 NC State Fair Wine Competition

We spent the weekend of August 18th-20th at the Shelton-Badgett Center for Viticulture and Enology at Surry Community College in Dobson, NC for the North Carolina State Fair Wine Competition.  This was our first time ever judging a wine competition.  We were honored to have been chosen to be part of the panel of judges which included media, bloggers, educators, and Certified American Wine Society Wine Judges. Continue reading →

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NC State Fair Wine Competition

NC State Fair Wine Competition

The North Carolina State Fair is held every October at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.  Each year as part of the State Fair, a wine competition is also held.  There are two categories.  One is the Commercial Category.  The other is the Amateur Category.  Changes have been made to competition.  Let’s talk about the Commercial Category specifically! Continue reading →

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June, 2017 –  Visit to Burntshirt Vineyards

June, 2017 – Visit to Burntshirt Vineyards

In mid-June, we planned a weekend getaway.  We headed to the Hendersonville / Asheville area.  The trip allowed us to relax, visit a “new to us” winery, and revisit other wineries in the area.  Here are some of the highlights from our visit to Burntshirt Vineyards, our first stop of the weekend. Continue reading →

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A Spotlight on Petit Manseng in North Carolina

A Spotlight on Petit Manseng in North Carolina

Continuing with our series of bringing lesser known grapes into the spotlight, we take a deeper look at Petit Manseng. This small cluster and small berry grape make a very interesting wine that most people have never heard of. This grape has great potential here in North Carolina and there are already a few vineyards who have jumped on the Petit Manseng bandwagon. One of which is Jones von Drehle Vineyards & Winery in the Yadkin Valley.

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Unofficial Wine Holiday List

Unofficial Wine Holiday List

Wine and holidays go hand and hand.  Whether is having wine to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s OR celebrating wine itself, it’s important to celebrate with gusto!  Below are is our unofficial list of wine holidays that we’ve taken from various sources.  Use this as your guide for what to drink and when!  Also, be sure to join the conversation on social media by tagging the official wine holiday pages/account.  Don’t forget those hashtags too!  They’re even more important! Continue reading →

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NC Wineries Perfect for Summer Picnicking!

NC Wineries Perfect for Summer Picnicking!

Summer is the perfect time for a picnic!  It’s also the perfect time for wine.  Why not combine the two for a wonderful afternoon of fun?  Just pack your picnic basket and head to any of these wineries (or others in the state).  Here are some of our suggestions (in no particular order) for great wine and picnic adventures. Continue reading →

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What We’ve Been Drinking — May 2017

What We’ve Been Drinking — May 2017

May has 31 days. And with that many days, there are plenty of opportunities to drink some great North Carolina Wine. We did just that. The weather also was quite amazing, so we ended up taking a few weekends and visiting some wineries we haven’t been able to get to in a while. Also, toward the end of the month, we celebrated a milestone birthday in the only way we know how, with wine!

Check out our featured NC Wines on our Instagram feed and be sure to leave us your feedback!

Instagram post 17855162440166638 Tonight we're enjoying the 2012 Ring of Fire from @mcritchiewinery! This vintage is still showing really well. The nose is deep with black cherries and plums. The flavors are rich and smooth. It starts off with juicy dark fruits and figs. The mid-palate is filled with vanilla and fades slowly to a cedar and leather finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2012 Ring of Fire from @mcritchiewinery! This vintage is still showing really well. The nose is deep with black cherries and plums. The flavors are rich and smooth. It starts off with juicy dark fruits and figs. The mid-palate is filled with vanilla and fades slowly to a cedar and leather finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17860089487140860 Lush vineyards at @raylenvineyards! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

Lush vineyards at @raylenvineyards! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17881873786046077 Vintage Mourvèdre at @hanoverparkvineyard!  We tasted the 2008,  2005, 2002, and 2001. All were great, but the 2001 was extra special. A nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon!  #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

Vintage Mourvèdre at @hanoverparkvineyard! We tasted the 2008, 2005, 2002, and 2001. All were great, but the 2001 was extra special. A nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17869844179116803 Tonight were enjoying the 2011 Cabernet Franc from @lazyelm! This wine has a classic Cabernet Franc profile and still holding up very nicely.  The nose is complex and deep, highlighting tomato jam and a subtle herbaceous undertone. The flavors start out with soft earthy notes up front.  It then moves to a leathery mid-palate balanced with dried tart cherries.  The finish is long and gentle tannins fade out very slowly. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

Tonight were enjoying the 2011 Cabernet Franc from @lazyelm! This wine has a classic Cabernet Franc profile and still holding up very nicely. The nose is complex and deep, highlighting tomato jam and a subtle herbaceous undertone. The flavors start out with soft earthy notes up front. It then moves to a leathery mid-palate balanced with dried tart cherries. The finish is long and gentle tannins fade out very slowly. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17856243556189860 Tonight we're having the Hemric Mtn Rosé from Dobbins Creek Vineyards! The nose is crisp with a hint of unripened white peaches. The flavors start out bright with a crisp acidity up front. The mid-palate turns to a slight lemon peel and ends with a long mineral finish. #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

Tonight we're having the Hemric Mtn Rosé from Dobbins Creek Vineyards! The nose is crisp with a hint of unripened white peaches. The flavors start out bright with a crisp acidity up front. The mid-palate turns to a slight lemon peel and ends with a long mineral finish. #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17882250472053118 The beautiful vineyard at @lazyelm!  Thanks to Chris for a great tasting! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

The beautiful vineyard at @lazyelm! Thanks to Chris for a great tasting! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17857534582156615 Tonight we're enjoying the 2013 Sangiovese from Hutton Vineyards.  Leather and cocoa with a hint of oak come through on the nose.  The palate begins leather and oak. This moves to an earthy mid-palate.  The finish brings cherry that fades away gently. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2013 Sangiovese from Hutton Vineyards. Leather and cocoa with a hint of oak come through on the nose. The palate begins leather and oak. This moves to an earthy mid-palate. The finish brings cherry that fades away gently. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17869673542103560 The rain is about to start, so what better way to spend the afternoon than with friends and a vertical tasting of @jonesvondrehle's Petit Manseng.  We have the 2013, the 2014, and the 2015 on tap!  Blog post coming soon! #YadkinValley #NCWine #SundayFunday #ncwgmay2017

The rain is about to start, so what better way to spend the afternoon than with friends and a vertical tasting of @jonesvondrehle's Petit Manseng. We have the 2013, the 2014, and the 2015 on tap! Blog post coming soon! #YadkinValley #NCWine #SundayFunday #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17870537953108610 Tonight were enjoying the 2015 Wild Pony White from @sanctuaryvineyards! This white blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnel is smooth and enjoyable. The nose is filled with fresh stone fruits and lemon peel. The flavor is fruit forward with a nice mild acidity in the mid-palate. The finish is rich in minerals and lingers on with a touch of candied lemon peel. #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

Tonight were enjoying the 2015 Wild Pony White from @sanctuaryvineyards! This white blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnel is smooth and enjoyable. The nose is filled with fresh stone fruits and lemon peel. The flavor is fruit forward with a nice mild acidity in the mid-palate. The finish is rich in minerals and lingers on with a touch of candied lemon peel. #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17842096678199453 Tonight we're enjoying the 2015 Villard Blanc from @thefarmatdovervineyards ! This crisp white wine is certainly perfect as the weather warms up. The nose is balanced between light and airy grassy notes and subtle citrus peel. The flavors start out with a quick burst of acidity that mellows out to a mineral rich mid-palate. The finish brings with it a touch of lingering pear that holds on for a good while. #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2015 Villard Blanc from @thefarmatdovervineyards ! This crisp white wine is certainly perfect as the weather warms up. The nose is balanced between light and airy grassy notes and subtle citrus peel. The flavors start out with a quick burst of acidity that mellows out to a mineral rich mid-palate. The finish brings with it a touch of lingering pear that holds on for a good while. #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17856196234183527 Tonight we're having the 2015 Brown Mountain White from @lakejamescellar! This Viognier is a great white wine as the weather starts to heat up. The nose is filled with tropical fruits supported by a floral backbone. The flavors start out with bright pineapple. It moves to a slightly creamy mid-palate and ends with a clean mineral finish. #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

Tonight we're having the 2015 Brown Mountain White from @lakejamescellar! This Viognier is a great white wine as the weather starts to heat up. The nose is filled with tropical fruits supported by a floral backbone. The flavors start out with bright pineapple. It moves to a slightly creamy mid-palate and ends with a clean mineral finish. #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17882006677025722 We're finishing our #SundayFunday with mead!  We opened the Fig Orange Mead from @honeygirlmeadery!  The nose is pure honey. The palate is crisp with delicate notes of orange and fig. It's dry - not all mead is sweet!  Everyone here loves it!  #NCMead #ncwgmay2017

We're finishing our #SundayFunday with mead! We opened the Fig Orange Mead from @honeygirlmeadery! The nose is pure honey. The palate is crisp with delicate notes of orange and fig. It's dry - not all mead is sweet! Everyone here loves it! #NCMead #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17856307951148425 Tonight we're having the 2015 Sauvignon Blanc from @jonesvondrehle! This limited release wine is definitely a surprise in the glass. The nose is citrusy with lemons and a grassy undertone. The flavors start with a crisp acidity up front. It then moves to a lemongrass mid-palate and fades to an herbaceous finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

Tonight we're having the 2015 Sauvignon Blanc from @jonesvondrehle! This limited release wine is definitely a surprise in the glass. The nose is citrusy with lemons and a grassy undertone. The flavors start with a crisp acidity up front. It then moves to a lemongrass mid-palate and fades to an herbaceous finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17881544227011672 Tonight's wine is the 2014 Unoaked Chardonnay from @hanoverparkvineyard!  Tropical notes greet you on the nose along with hints of unripened nectarines. The palate continues with tropical notes of mango and banana. It's rounded out with a bit of dried apple. It's a perfect way to end a warm spring day!  #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

Tonight's wine is the 2014 Unoaked Chardonnay from @hanoverparkvineyard! Tropical notes greet you on the nose along with hints of unripened nectarines. The palate continues with tropical notes of mango and banana. It's rounded out with a bit of dried apple. It's a perfect way to end a warm spring day! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17880697621007660 Set up is almost complete at the Yadkin Valley Wine Festival in Elkin. Come by and see us. We're helping out at @hanoverparkvineyard's tent today! #YadkinValley #yvwf #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

Set up is almost complete at the Yadkin Valley Wine Festival in Elkin. Come by and see us. We're helping out at @hanoverparkvineyard's tent today! #YadkinValley #yvwf #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17858830405142414 We had a fun day in the #YadkinValley!  Our first stop was @roaringrivervineyards for a tasting and lunch. It was great to catch up with Josephine and Tom!  They're such great host. The 2014 Merlot is tasting well!  Stop by and grab one!

Our next stop was @grassycreekwinery!  Wayne was a pleasure as always. The 2015 Barrel Chardonnay and 2014 Cabernet Franc were favorites. 
We finished at Carolina Heritage Vineyard & Winery.  It's always a treat to see Pat and Clyde. The 2016 Cayuga White was a stand out today.  #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

We had a fun day in the #YadkinValley! Our first stop was @roaringrivervineyards for a tasting and lunch. It was great to catch up with Josephine and Tom! They're such great host. The 2014 Merlot is tasting well! Stop by and grab one! Our next stop was @grassycreekwinery! Wayne was a pleasure as always. The 2015 Barrel Chardonnay and 2014 Cabernet Franc were favorites. We finished at Carolina Heritage Vineyard & Winery. It's always a treat to see Pat and Clyde. The 2016 Cayuga White was a stand out today. #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17880691606001068 We're out on the patio on this beautiful night enjoying the 2016 Vermentino Superiore from @raffaldini!  The nose is orange and cream. The palate is more citrus with apricots and a hint of creaminess. This finish is crisp and clean. Perfect for a warm spring night!  #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

We're out on the patio on this beautiful night enjoying the 2016 Vermentino Superiore from @raffaldini! The nose is orange and cream. The palate is more citrus with apricots and a hint of creaminess. This finish is crisp and clean. Perfect for a warm spring night! #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17858834764142589 Tonight we're enjoying the Sparkling Brut from @raylenvineyards!  Made in Méthode Champenoise, this traditionally made sparkling wine gives that expected yeasty nose.  The palate is delicate as the tiny bubbles dance on your tongue. It has a biscuit dough like flavor with light notes of apple, vanilla, and lemon.  Bubbly is perfect for any night of the week!  #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

Tonight we're enjoying the Sparkling Brut from @raylenvineyards! Made in Méthode Champenoise, this traditionally made sparkling wine gives that expected yeasty nose. The palate is delicate as the tiny bubbles dance on your tongue. It has a biscuit dough like flavor with light notes of apple, vanilla, and lemon. Bubbly is perfect for any night of the week! #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17858382673135973 Tonight we're enjoying the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon from @silverforkwinery! The nose gives intoxicating smells of plums, cherry, and a hint of oak. The palate begins with rich cherry, moves on to a hint of light oak, and finishes with a hint of cocoa powder.  It was perfect with a burger from the grill!  #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon from @silverforkwinery! The nose gives intoxicating smells of plums, cherry, and a hint of oak. The palate begins with rich cherry, moves on to a hint of light oak, and finishes with a hint of cocoa powder. It was perfect with a burger from the grill! #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17856040627155556 Duck confit! Pork Loin! Chef @clarkbarlowe discussing his menu... Some of what we've enjoyed today at @jonesvondrehle Sip & Savor! #YadkinValley #NCWine #DrinkLocal #EatLocal #ncwgmay2017

Duck confit! Pork Loin! Chef @clarkbarlowe discussing his menu... Some of what we've enjoyed today at @jonesvondrehle Sip & Savor! #YadkinValley #NCWine #DrinkLocal #EatLocal #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17880121825048585 Tonight we're enjoying the 2015 Pearl Albariño from @sanctuaryvineyards! This light and crisp white wine is certainly refreshing. The nose is clean with citrus and wet stone coming through. The flavors are airy and complex. Delicate citrus and mineral notes are the major players while the finish is predominantly lemon and fades out slowly. #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2015 Pearl Albariño from @sanctuaryvineyards! This light and crisp white wine is certainly refreshing. The nose is clean with citrus and wet stone coming through. The flavors are airy and complex. Delicate citrus and mineral notes are the major players while the finish is predominantly lemon and fades out slowly. #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17879222761009744 Tonight we're enjoying the 2012 Merlot from @morganridgevineyards! This vintage is quite dark with flavors to match. The nose is jammy and fruit forward with a hint of black tar lingering in the background. The flavors start with a bold dark berry burst right at the beginning. Vanilla and a slight earthy mid-palate slowly fade to a dried fruit finish to the end. #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2012 Merlot from @morganridgevineyards! This vintage is quite dark with flavors to match. The nose is jammy and fruit forward with a hint of black tar lingering in the background. The flavors start with a bold dark berry burst right at the beginning. Vanilla and a slight earthy mid-palate slowly fade to a dried fruit finish to the end. #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17881700092046121 It's National Wine Day and International Chardonnay Day, so we thought we'd open up an older Chardonnay to see if it might still be good. We chose the 2010 Unoaked Chardonnay from @hanoverparkvineyard!  Guess what?  It is still good. The color is extremely golden. The nose is still fragrant. It's classic Chardonnay. The palate is all apples - almost like apple juice. What a pleasant surprise!  A delightful way to end the day!  #YadkinValley #NCWine #NationalWineDay #ChardonnayDay #ncwgmay2017

It's National Wine Day and International Chardonnay Day, so we thought we'd open up an older Chardonnay to see if it might still be good. We chose the 2010 Unoaked Chardonnay from @hanoverparkvineyard! Guess what? It is still good. The color is extremely golden. The nose is still fragrant. It's classic Chardonnay. The palate is all apples - almost like apple juice. What a pleasant surprise! A delightful way to end the day! #YadkinValley #NCWine #NationalWineDay #ChardonnayDay #ncwgmay2017 ...

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A Spotlight on Roussanne and Petite Sirah

A Spotlight on Roussanne and Petite Sirah

Let’s take a minute to talk about two lesser known wine grapes, one red and one white. If you easily get fatigued from Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, these will be two varietals you need to try. The grapes in the spotlight are Roussanne and Petite Sirah. Both grapes are capable of producing a robust wine that can offer a welcome alternative to the more popular choices.

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What We’ve Been Drinking — April 2017

What We’ve Been Drinking — April 2017

April showers bring May flowers. The onset of spring has the vineyards starting up their growing season. We made it out and about to a few wineries this month and ended up featuring around 20 wines. We’ve already got a few plans for next month so stay tuned on social media for what we’ll be up to.

In the meantime, check out our featured NC Wines on our Instagram feed and be sure to leave us your feedback!

Instagram post 17877334072049166 Tonight we're enjoying the 2011 Chambourcin from @hanoverparkvineyard! This vintage is smooth with a slight spice. The nose is leathery with a subtle hint of cloves. The flavors start with dried red berries up front. It then moves to a juicy mid-palate that leads into a finish with gentle tannins. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2011 Chambourcin from @hanoverparkvineyard! This vintage is smooth with a slight spice. The nose is leathery with a subtle hint of cloves. The flavors start with dried red berries up front. It then moves to a juicy mid-palate that leads into a finish with gentle tannins. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2017 ...

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Instagram post 17853890944185368 Last stop for #EarthDay - @silverforkwinery!  Gorgeous views and great wines!  Jennifer and Ed have a great thing going!  Go see them!  Don't miss the fantastic food from Farm to Fork!  #NCWine #EarthDay2017 #DrinkLocal #ncwgapril2017

Last stop for #EarthDay - @silverforkwinery! Gorgeous views and great wines! Jennifer and Ed have a great thing going! Go see them! Don't miss the fantastic food from Farm to Fork! #NCWine #EarthDay2017 #DrinkLocal #ncwgapril2017 ...

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Instagram post 17879196232012085 Final stop - @juniuslindsayvineyard!  We got a sneak peek of the 2016 Special Delivery Rosé. Grenache and Petite Sirah with notes of strawberry and watermelon in classic Provence style!  It will be released on May 19th!  Be sure to come out and stock up!  Rosé goes with everything from grilled meats to Thanksgiving turkey!  #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2017

Final stop - @juniuslindsayvineyard! We got a sneak peek of the 2016 Special Delivery Rosé. Grenache and Petite Sirah with notes of strawberry and watermelon in classic Provence style! It will be released on May 19th! Be sure to come out and stock up! Rosé goes with everything from grilled meats to Thanksgiving turkey! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2017 ...

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Instagram post 17878381762021709 First stop today - @nativevines!  Don't miss the 2014 Zinfandel!  It's unoaked with good dark cherry notes with big black pepper.  Perfect for summer grilling!  #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2017

First stop today - @nativevines! Don't miss the 2014 Zinfandel! It's unoaked with good dark cherry notes with big black pepper. Perfect for summer grilling! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2017 ...

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Instagram post 17879484769054774 Tonight we're having the 2015 Vermentino Superiore from @raffaldini! This bold white is a great alternative if you're seeking something different. The nose is filled with ripe peaches and nectarines. The flavors start with a touch of bright lemon up front. It then turns to a slightly creamy mid-palate and finishes again with a soft lemon finale. #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2017

Tonight we're having the 2015 Vermentino Superiore from @raffaldini! This bold white is a great alternative if you're seeking something different. The nose is filled with ripe peaches and nectarines. The flavors start with a touch of bright lemon up front. It then turns to a slightly creamy mid-palate and finishes again with a soft lemon finale. #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2017 ...

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Instagram post 17878504045037913 Tonight we're enjoying the 2015 Vintner Select Rosé from @elkincreekvineyard! This wine is light and fruity with a hint of sweetness. The nose is heavy on the lemon zest and citrus peel. The flavor starts with lemon up front and moves to a cranberry mid-palate and finishes with dry apple on the very end. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2015 Vintner Select Rosé from @elkincreekvineyard! This wine is light and fruity with a hint of sweetness. The nose is heavy on the lemon zest and citrus peel. The flavor starts with lemon up front and moves to a cranberry mid-palate and finishes with dry apple on the very end. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2017 ...

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Instagram post 17866343767123792 Tonight we're enjoying the 2013 Syrah from @juniuslindsayvineyard! This medium bodied red wine is juicy with a subtle spice. The nose is of freshly squeezed tart cherries balanced out with leather. The flavors start out with juicy cherries up front and move to an earthy mid-palate. A soft black pepper spice comes through on the finish and fades out slowly. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2013 Syrah from @juniuslindsayvineyard! This medium bodied red wine is juicy with a subtle spice. The nose is of freshly squeezed tart cherries balanced out with leather. The flavors start out with juicy cherries up front and move to an earthy mid-palate. A soft black pepper spice comes through on the finish and fades out slowly. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2017 ...

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Instagram post 17878181758000244 A rainy Sunday afternoon is the perfect time to visit a winery. You never know what you might get to enjoy.  At @hanoverparkvineyard, we got to enjoy a bit of a 2002 Mourvèdre and a 2002 Chambourcin. Both were holding up really well!  And both are available for sale on the vintage rack!  Stop by and grab a bottle before they're gone!  #YadkinValley #NCWine #DrinkLocal #VintageWine #ncwgapril2017

A rainy Sunday afternoon is the perfect time to visit a winery. You never know what you might get to enjoy. At @hanoverparkvineyard, we got to enjoy a bit of a 2002 Mourvèdre and a 2002 Chambourcin. Both were holding up really well! And both are available for sale on the vintage rack! Stop by and grab a bottle before they're gone! #YadkinValley #NCWine #DrinkLocal #VintageWine #ncwgapril2017 ...

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Instagram post 17854128895172903 This is the view from our special spot at @silverforkwinery. It's right between rows 5 and 6. It will always hold a special in our hearts - 10/17/15!  #NCWine #ncwgapril2017

This is the view from our special spot at @silverforkwinery. It's right between rows 5 and 6. It will always hold a special in our hearts - 10/17/15! #NCWine #ncwgapril2017 ...

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Instagram post 17855429215144478 Third #EarthDay Stop - Belle Nicho Winery!  Don't miss the Seyval Blanc!  Or the Chambourcin... Or the Traminette!  #NCWine #EarthDay2017 #DrinkLocal #ncwgapril2017

Third #EarthDay Stop - Belle Nicho Winery! Don't miss the Seyval Blanc! Or the Chambourcin... Or the Traminette! #NCWine #EarthDay2017 #DrinkLocal #ncwgapril2017 ...

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Instagram post 17852699569193875 Tonight we're enjoying the 2015 Petit Verdot from @raylenvineyards! This wine is deliciously dark yet still fresh and fruit forward. The nose is clean with fresh plums and figs. The flavors start with dried blueberries that blend into a juicy mid-palate. Vanilla comes into the profile and fades out into the lingering finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2015 Petit Verdot from @raylenvineyards! This wine is deliciously dark yet still fresh and fruit forward. The nose is clean with fresh plums and figs. The flavors start with dried blueberries that blend into a juicy mid-palate. Vanilla comes into the profile and fades out into the lingering finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2017 ...

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Instagram post 17878504624033760 Second #EarthDay Stop - South Creek Vineyards and Winery!  It's always great to see Jim & Mary. Stellar wines! #NCWine #EarthDay2017 #DrinkLocal #ncwgapril2017

Second #EarthDay Stop - South Creek Vineyards and Winery! It's always great to see Jim & Mary. Stellar wines! #NCWine #EarthDay2017 #DrinkLocal #ncwgapril2017 ...

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Instagram post 17854129246179294 First #EarthDay stop - @lakejamescellar!  Check out the Brown Mountain White!  It's a 2015 Viognier from the Yadkin Valley. And don't worry if you don't do dry wine. They  plenty of sweet wines too.  #NCWine #EarthDay2017 #DrinkLocal #ncwgapril2017

First #EarthDay stop - @lakejamescellar! Check out the Brown Mountain White! It's a 2015 Viognier from the Yadkin Valley. And don't worry if you don't do dry wine. They plenty of sweet wines too. #NCWine #EarthDay2017 #DrinkLocal #ncwgapril2017 ...

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Instagram post 17855533570150859 Tonight we're enjoying the 2013 Chardonnay from @mcritchiewinery! This white wine has smooth and buttery flavors. The nose is of baked yellow apples and subtle wet stone. The flavors start off on a smooth note. Yellow apple comes to the mid-palate and it ends on a creamy finish with a touch of lemon peel.  #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2013 Chardonnay from @mcritchiewinery! This white wine has smooth and buttery flavors. The nose is of baked yellow apples and subtle wet stone. The flavors start off on a smooth note. Yellow apple comes to the mid-palate and it ends on a creamy finish with a touch of lemon peel. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2017 ...

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Instagram post 17853207121144622 Tonight we're enjoying the Morton from @sanctuaryvineyards!  This red blend of the five Bordeaux grapes (Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot) is smooth and easy drinking.  The nose is cherry and oak. This carries through to the palate along with a slight leathery note.  A perfect ending to the evening!  #NCWine #WineWednesday #ncwgapril2017

Tonight we're enjoying the Morton from @sanctuaryvineyards! This red blend of the five Bordeaux grapes (Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot) is smooth and easy drinking. The nose is cherry and oak. This carries through to the palate along with a slight leathery note. A perfect ending to the evening! #NCWine #WineWednesday #ncwgapril2017 ...

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Instagram post 17866711927105287 Tonight we're enjoying the Traminette from Belle Nicho Winery! This light bodied white wine is quite delicious. The nose is filled with dried flower petals with a subtle pear. The flavors start out delicate with a soft floral note. It moves to a spicy mid-palate that fades to a white peach finish. #NCWine #ncwgapril2017

Tonight we're enjoying the Traminette from Belle Nicho Winery! This light bodied white wine is quite delicious. The nose is filled with dried flower petals with a subtle pear. The flavors start out delicate with a soft floral note. It moves to a spicy mid-palate that fades to a white peach finish. #NCWine #ncwgapril2017 ...

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Instagram post 17877404425023221 Tonight we enjoyed the 2005 Mourvèdre from @hanoverparkvineyard! This wine was impeccably smooth and had a well balanced profile favoring earthy leather notes as well as secondary notes of dried herbs. It paired well with the lamb dinner and conversation with friends. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2017

Tonight we enjoyed the 2005 Mourvèdre from @hanoverparkvineyard! This wine was impeccably smooth and had a well balanced profile favoring earthy leather notes as well as secondary notes of dried herbs. It paired well with the lamb dinner and conversation with friends. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2017 ...

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Instagram post 17852810713187585 We had a fun day!  We enjoyed lunch, a shared beer flight and a wine tasting at @morganridgevineyards!  Then we headed to Zimmerman Vineyards | Trinity, NC for the White Merlot release. We followed that with a stop at @bullcityciderworks - Lexington!  A great Saturday!  #NCWine #NCCider #DrinkLocal #ncwgapril2017

We had a fun day! We enjoyed lunch, a shared beer flight and a wine tasting at @morganridgevineyards! Then we headed to Zimmerman Vineyards | Trinity, NC for the White Merlot release. We followed that with a stop at @bullcityciderworks - Lexington! A great Saturday! #NCWine #NCCider #DrinkLocal #ncwgapril2017 ...

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Instagram post 17865536335094027 Second stop - Weathervane Winery!  Don't miss the Nor'easter, an Estate Chambourcin. #NCWine #ncwgapril2017

Second stop - Weathervane Winery! Don't miss the Nor'easter, an Estate Chambourcin. #NCWine #ncwgapril2017 ...

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What We’ve Been Drinking — March 2017

What We’ve Been Drinking — March 2017

In like a lion and out like a lamb, they say. March has come to a close and with it starts the growing season in the vineyards. The vines are starting to wake up and bud break is eminently upon us (for better or worse). Midway through the month, we were lucky enough to attend the Showcase of Fine North Carolina Wines. This showcase featured the twelve winning wines in the NC Fine Wines competition. More details on that in our post soling soon.

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Instagram post 17863013806118809 Tonight we're enjoying the 2015 Girasole from @raffaldinivineyards!  This dry rosé gives a big strawberry nose. Those strawberries continue on the palate along with watermelon. It's a perfect pairing with grilled salmon or just about anything! #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2015 Girasole from @raffaldinivineyards! This dry rosé gives a big strawberry nose. Those strawberries continue on the palate along with watermelon. It's a perfect pairing with grilled salmon or just about anything! #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017 ...

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Instagram post 17851052584168618 We had a fun afternoon touring some of the Vineyards of Swan Creek Trail! 
Our first stop was @raffaldinivineyards for the reveal of their new collaboration with @jolovineyards. The blend of Montepulciano from Raffaldini and Chambourcin from JOLO is called RaRa Sisboombah. Jay and JW hope to make this an annual collaboration!

Our next stop was @piccionevineyards for the 2014 Sangiovese release. This wine was full of cherry, vanilla and oak. It paired nicely with the risotto from the visiting food truck.

Finally, we stopped in to try the newly released 2014 Cabernet Franc from Dobbins Creek Vineyards!  Earthy with a big cherry finish, this wine would pair well with pork or mushrooms! 
It was a fun day! #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017 #2014ncwine

We had a fun afternoon touring some of the Vineyards of Swan Creek Trail! Our first stop was @raffaldinivineyards for the reveal of their new collaboration with @jolovineyards. The blend of Montepulciano from Raffaldini and Chambourcin from JOLO is called RaRa Sisboombah. Jay and JW hope to make this an annual collaboration! Our next stop was @piccionevineyards for the 2014 Sangiovese release. This wine was full of cherry, vanilla and oak. It paired nicely with the risotto from the visiting food truck. Finally, we stopped in to try the newly released 2014 Cabernet Franc from Dobbins Creek Vineyards! Earthy with a big cherry finish, this wine would pair well with pork or mushrooms! It was a fun day! #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017 #2014ncwine ...

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Instagram post 17865830884072617 Tonight we're having the 2014 Cabernet Franc from @jonesvondrehle! This rich red wine is bold in flavor with a refined profile. The nose big with caramelized figs and vanilla. The flavors lean more toward leather and tar with dried berries on the mid-palate. It finishes long with a subtle vanilla carrying through to the end. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017

Tonight we're having the 2014 Cabernet Franc from @jonesvondrehle! This rich red wine is bold in flavor with a refined profile. The nose big with caramelized figs and vanilla. The flavors lean more toward leather and tar with dried berries on the mid-palate. It finishes long with a subtle vanilla carrying through to the end. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017 ...

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Instagram post 17851261042167304 Tonight we're enjoying the 2012 Chambourcin from @hanoverparkvineyard! This delightful red wine is complex and deep. The nose has a subtle hint of baking spices with an underlying tomato jam note. The flavors starts with the tomato jam and move quickly to an earthy mid-palate. The finish has gentle tannins and lingers on. #YadkinValley #NCWine 
As we sip on this wine, we are also paying tribute to a recently departed figure in the wine industry. Earlier this week we learned of the passing of Glenn Kelly, our local Riedel glassware salesman. His appreciation for North Carolina wine and fine glassware was truly an inspiration for many. He will be missed by all who knew him. #ncwgMarch2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2012 Chambourcin from @hanoverparkvineyard! This delightful red wine is complex and deep. The nose has a subtle hint of baking spices with an underlying tomato jam note. The flavors starts with the tomato jam and move quickly to an earthy mid-palate. The finish has gentle tannins and lingers on. #YadkinValley #NCWine As we sip on this wine, we are also paying tribute to a recently departed figure in the wine industry. Earlier this week we learned of the passing of Glenn Kelly, our local Riedel glassware salesman. His appreciation for North Carolina wine and fine glassware was truly an inspiration for many. He will be missed by all who knew him. #ncwgMarch2017 ...

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Instagram post 17851974295152156 Tonight we're having the 2014 Cabernet Franc from @divinellamavineyards! This lively red wine is filled with fresh cherry and a light finish. The nose is light with subtle leather supported by ripe cherry. The flavor starts with the cherry up front, then it moves to a vanilla mid-palate before finishing cleanly. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017 #2014ncwine

Tonight we're having the 2014 Cabernet Franc from @divinellamavineyards! This lively red wine is filled with fresh cherry and a light finish. The nose is light with subtle leather supported by ripe cherry. The flavor starts with the cherry up front, then it moves to a vanilla mid-palate before finishing cleanly. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017 #2014ncwine ...

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Instagram post 17866408378075739 Tonight we're enjoying the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from @lazyelm! This cab is bigger than what you would expect from an east coast cab. The nose is complex with woody notes mixing with a lighter plum undertone. The flavor is bold and leathery with dried dark fruits on the mid-palate and finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from @lazyelm! This cab is bigger than what you would expect from an east coast cab. The nose is complex with woody notes mixing with a lighter plum undertone. The flavor is bold and leathery with dried dark fruits on the mid-palate and finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017 ...

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Instagram post 17875090078061399 Tonight we're having the 2013 Petite Sirah from @juniuslindsayvineyard! This dark red is delicate yet leaves quite the impression. The nose is inky with dried fruit skins and a hint of black cherry. The flavors start with juicy red fruits and move quickly to a black pepper mid-palate. The finish is long with a drying sensation that lingers on. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017

Tonight we're having the 2013 Petite Sirah from @juniuslindsayvineyard! This dark red is delicate yet leaves quite the impression. The nose is inky with dried fruit skins and a hint of black cherry. The flavors start with juicy red fruits and move quickly to a black pepper mid-palate. The finish is long with a drying sensation that lingers on. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017 ...

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Instagram post 17880238756026622 Tonight we're enjoying the 2011 Barbera from Hutton Vineyards! A few years in the bottle has done great things to this wine. The nose is earthy with dried herbs. The flavors are complex and refined. There are rich fruits balanced by violets and subtle graphite on the finish. If you still have a bottle of this around, you're in for a treat! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2011 Barbera from Hutton Vineyards! A few years in the bottle has done great things to this wine. The nose is earthy with dried herbs. The flavors are complex and refined. There are rich fruits balanced by violets and subtle graphite on the finish. If you still have a bottle of this around, you're in for a treat! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017 ...

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Instagram post 17875856569053944 Tonight we're enjoying the 2015 Barrel Chardonnay from @raylenvineyards! This wine is intense for a Chardonnay. The nose is ripe with fresh yellow apples balanced with toasty oak. The flavors are rich and vibrant, leaning on well ripened apples and soft vanilla. The bright acidity carries through into the finish and lingers on. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2015 Barrel Chardonnay from @raylenvineyards! This wine is intense for a Chardonnay. The nose is ripe with fresh yellow apples balanced with toasty oak. The flavors are rich and vibrant, leaning on well ripened apples and soft vanilla. The bright acidity carries through into the finish and lingers on. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017 ...

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Instagram post 17864479780107850 Tonight we're enjoying the 2015 vintage of The Triangle from @sanctuaryvineyards! This blend of Viognier, Roussanne, and Albariño is crisp and refreshing. The nose is balanced between ripe pears and tropical fruits. The flavors start out tropical with pineapple upfront. It moves to a mineral rich mid-palate and finishes clean. #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2015 vintage of The Triangle from @sanctuaryvineyards! This blend of Viognier, Roussanne, and Albariño is crisp and refreshing. The nose is balanced between ripe pears and tropical fruits. The flavors start out tropical with pineapple upfront. It moves to a mineral rich mid-palate and finishes clean. #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017 ...

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Instagram post 17870405671064362 We had a fun day in the Yadkin Valley!  We tasted and bought wine at Cellar 4201, @divinellamavineyards, Flint Hill Vineyards and @brandonhillsvineyard! A fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon!  #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017

We had a fun day in the Yadkin Valley! We tasted and bought wine at Cellar 4201, @divinellamavineyards, Flint Hill Vineyards and @brandonhillsvineyard! A fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017 ...

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Instagram post 17853488188147511 Tonight we're enjoying the 2014 Sangiovese Classico from @raffaldinivineyards! The nose is filled with dark fruits and subtle baking spice. The flavors are bbold with plums and leather. The mid-palate is smooth and it flows evenly into the finish. Nice tannins linger on and fade out slowly. #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017 #2014ncwine

Tonight we're enjoying the 2014 Sangiovese Classico from @raffaldinivineyards! The nose is filled with dark fruits and subtle baking spice. The flavors are bbold with plums and leather. The mid-palate is smooth and it flows evenly into the finish. Nice tannins linger on and fade out slowly. #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017 #2014ncwine ...

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Instagram post 17852396764154491 Tonight we're enjoying the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from Mountain Brook Vineyards! A nice full-bodied red, it is well balanced between fruit and tannins. The nose is rich with dark red fruits and a warm vanilla. The flavors start with fresh black plums. It moves to a nice oaky mid-palate that turns to back to dried red fruits on the finish. #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from Mountain Brook Vineyards! A nice full-bodied red, it is well balanced between fruit and tannins. The nose is rich with dark red fruits and a warm vanilla. The flavors start with fresh black plums. It moves to a nice oaky mid-palate that turns to back to dried red fruits on the finish. #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017 ...

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Instagram post 17875264234036273 Tonight we're enjoying the 2013 Petit Verdot from @roundpeakvineyards!  Plums, coffee, vanilla and leather make for a complex nose. The palate begins dark fruits. It moves to slight leather note at the mid-palate and finishes with a hint of coffee. The color is inky and dark. A big, full bodied wine!  #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2013 Petit Verdot from @roundpeakvineyards! Plums, coffee, vanilla and leather make for a complex nose. The palate begins dark fruits. It moves to slight leather note at the mid-palate and finishes with a hint of coffee. The color is inky and dark. A big, full bodied wine! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017 ...

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Instagram post 17854852717132034 Tonight, we're enjoying the 2013 Chambourcin from @thefarmatdovervineyards!  The nose shows cherry with a hint of licorice. The palate is cherry then oaky vanilla finishing with a hint of licorice. There's also a bit of that classic Chambourcin baking spice!  A fantastic wine! #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017

Tonight, we're enjoying the 2013 Chambourcin from @thefarmatdovervineyards! The nose shows cherry with a hint of licorice. The palate is cherry then oaky vanilla finishing with a hint of licorice. There's also a bit of that classic Chambourcin baking spice! A fantastic wine! #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017 ...

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Showcase of North Carolina Fine Wines

Showcase of North Carolina Fine Wines

In mid-March, the North Carolina Fine Wines Competition took to the road and held its first showcase event. The showcase had on display all 12 of the winning wines from North Carolina. This first showcase was at the Duke mansion in Charlotte. The doors opened and the crowds made their way in to pick up their Riedel glass and make their way through the tasting sheet. Continue reading →

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What We’ve Been Drinking — February 2017

What We’ve Been Drinking — February 2017

A short month, yet a good month for North Carolina wine. Two important wine “holidays” also took place; National Drink Wine Day (February 18, we had the Petite Sirah from Junius Lindsay) and Open that Bottle Night (February 25 we opened the2007 Merlot from McRitchie). In total for the month, we had 15 fantastic NC Wines (with a short break at the beginning of the month).
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Instagram post 17873146138059407 Tonight we're enjoying the 2015 Riesling from Midnight Magdalena Vineyards! Unlike many sweet Rieslings you find in the grocery store, this one is dry. The nose is is fruity with notes of creamed lemon, honey, and tangerine. The flavor is bright with a light acidity up front. It moves to a mineral rich mid-palate which turns to light citrus before finishing out cleanly. #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine  #ncwgFeb2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2015 Riesling from Midnight Magdalena Vineyards! Unlike many sweet Rieslings you find in the grocery store, this one is dry. The nose is is fruity with notes of creamed lemon, honey, and tangerine. The flavor is bright with a light acidity up front. It moves to a mineral rich mid-palate which turns to light citrus before finishing out cleanly. #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgFeb2017 ...

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Instagram post 17862257590099400 Tonight we're enjoying the 2015 Carolinius from @raylenvineyards! Dark and inky, this red is quite heavy for being a younger wine.  The nose is deep with dark cherries and a touch of vanilla. The flavors start out fruity with macerated blueberries and figs that move to a nicely oaked mid-palate. It finishes long with medium-heavy tannins. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgFeb2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2015 Carolinius from @raylenvineyards! Dark and inky, this red is quite heavy for being a younger wine. The nose is deep with dark cherries and a touch of vanilla. The flavors start out fruity with macerated blueberries and figs that move to a nicely oaked mid-palate. It finishes long with medium-heavy tannins. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgFeb2017 ...

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Instagram post 17862297757097385 For #OpenThatBottleNight we decided on the 2007 Merlot from @mcritchiewinery! It's holding up quite well and this wine is still going strong. The nose mellowed out nicely and had a hint of dried herbs and vanilla. The flavors were still fruit forward, but were mellow and even. It still could have gone another 3-5 years but we enjoyed it today! #YadkinValley  #NCWine #ncwgFeb2017

For #OpenThatBottleNight we decided on the 2007 Merlot from @mcritchiewinery! It's holding up quite well and this wine is still going strong. The nose mellowed out nicely and had a hint of dried herbs and vanilla. The flavors were still fruit forward, but were mellow and even. It still could have gone another 3-5 years but we enjoyed it today! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgFeb2017 ...

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Instagram post 17873619838048495 Tonight we're enjoying the 2012 Cabernet Franc from @jonesvondrehle! This red is a great balance of juicy fruits and delicate oak. The nose is filled with dark ripe fruits -- plums, figs and cherries all rolled into one. The ripe fruits carry into the flavors up front. It then moves to vanilla on the mid-palate turning to soft tannins and red fruits on the finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgFeb2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2012 Cabernet Franc from @jonesvondrehle! This red is a great balance of juicy fruits and delicate oak. The nose is filled with dark ripe fruits -- plums, figs and cherries all rolled into one. The ripe fruits carry into the flavors up front. It then moves to vanilla on the mid-palate turning to soft tannins and red fruits on the finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgFeb2017 ...

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Instagram post 17864797042077410 Tonight we're enjoying the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon from Flint Hill Vineyards! This red is medium-bodied and full of flavor. The nose is mellow with dried herbs and sweet cherries. The flavors unfold with each sip. It starts with a subtle dried cranberry that slowly move to a slightly spicy mid-palate. Dried red fruits show up as it moves to the finish. It ends on a pleasant plum note and fades out slowly. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgFeb2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon from Flint Hill Vineyards! This red is medium-bodied and full of flavor. The nose is mellow with dried herbs and sweet cherries. The flavors unfold with each sip. It starts with a subtle dried cranberry that slowly move to a slightly spicy mid-palate. Dried red fruits show up as it moves to the finish. It ends on a pleasant plum note and fades out slowly. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgFeb2017 ...

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What We’ve Been Drinking — January 2017

What We’ve Been Drinking — January 2017

The first month of a fresh new year has drawn to a close. January was a good month for NC Wine, too. The annual NC Winegrowers Conference took place in Winston-Salem around half way into the month. We were able to attend both days of the conference this year (no snowstorm got in our way) and the attendance was incredible! Each session was packed and we learned a lot about some of the current issues wine makers and grape growers are facing. Of course, we also presented on the importance of hashtags in social media. Everyone had a great time and we got a ton of good pictures. To see for yourself, head over to Instagram and search for the hashtag #NCWine.

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What We’ve Been Drinking — December 2016

What We’ve Been Drinking — December 2016

The final month of 2016 has come and gone. As the weather turned cooler, our choices tended to lean more to the red side. As we counted down the days of 20316, we did have a few highlights to the month. A vintage tasting at Hanover Park Vineyards greeted us with a fantastic selection of well aged wines. One of these was truly surprising to see, a 2011 Viognier. Normally white wines are best when drunk within a year or two of the harvest. This particular bottle has seen 5 years in the bottle. As such the flavors were incredibly deep with cream and honey gracing the palate. This was truly one incredible wine.

Also worth noting, we finally made our way to an event where Dover Vineyards was pouring their wines. These small batch wines have a lot to offer. We really enjoyed the 2012 and 2013 vintages of their Chambourcin. Both were full bodied and well balanced. We look forward to getting back and trying more of their wine.

Here’s to looking ahead to 2017 and hoping for another great year of wine. Cheers!

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North Carolina Wines for Your 2016 Holiday Table

North Carolina Wines for Your 2016 Holiday Table

The holidays are here! It’s a time for celebration with family and friends which often means good food and good drink. With a growing industry and higher quality of wines, it is time to consider adding North Carolina wine to your holiday table. But where do you start? What should you pair with classic holiday foods? Well, we have some suggestions!

Holiday White Wines from North Carolina

  • Ham – Ham is a classic main course for any holiday. Riesling is a classic pairing with any ham. We recommend the new 2015 Estate Grown Dry Riesling from Dobbins Creek Vineyards (http://dobbinscreekvineyards.com). This wine is the signature white at Dobbins Creek. It is one of the best in the state for Riesling. The nose has notes of pear and honey. It is classic Riesling. The palate continues with pear and honey before moving to a slight mineral note. The finish is crisp. The acidity is pleasing. You will not be disappointed with this pairing!
  • Turkey – Roast turkey is versatile. You can pair with a white wine or a lighter red wine.
    • For a white wine, pairing we recommend the 2014 Traminette from Misty Creek Vineyards (http://mistycreekwines.com). Traminette is typically very floral with a nice spicy finish. This traminette is just that. The nose is almost perfumey. The palate has melon and good fruit. There are those hints of spice that you would expect as well.
    • For a red wine, we recommend the 2014 Cabernet Franc from Divine Llama Vineyards (http://www.divinellamavineyards.com). This wine has a nose of cherry and vanilla that carries through to the palate. There a good oaky note as well. It would be perfect with Cranberry Sauce!

Holiday Red Wines from North Carolina

  • Duck – Ah, duck! It is poultry that has the umph of a steak! Classically you would pair duck with a Pinot Noir. But, if you can’t find Pinot Noir, Chambourcin is a great substitute! We recommend the 2012 Chambourcin from Dover Vineyards (http://www.thefarmatdovervineyards.com). This wine is made in same style as a New Zealand Pinot Noir. The nose has dark fruits with hints of spice. The palate is light cherry and hints of vanilla. The acidity of this wine is the perfect balance to the fattiness of duck.
  • Roast Beef – Roast beef is another holiday classic. Of course, this calls for a hearty red wine! We recommend 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from Mountain Brook Vineyards (http://www.mountainbrookvineyards.com). The nose is herbaceous with notes of cherries. This wine is big and bold with fruity notes along with hints of vanilla. It is perfect with roast beef or any red meat.
  • Lamb – Lamb is one meat where you either love it or hate it. We happen to love it. A classic pairing with lamb is a wine from the Rhône Valley of France. These wines are classically earthy. The recommended pairing of the 2013 Mourvèdre from Hanover Park Vineyard (http://www.hanoverparkwines.com) is just that! From the nose to the palate, there is an earthy quality throughout. There are also notes of cherry. This wine is velvety, but light. It is perfect with lamb, mushrooms or manchego cheese!
  • Roasted Vegetables – We don’t want all of our pairings to be wine and meat. Vegetables should be a big part of any holiday table. Some of our favorites are roasted carrots, parsnips, celery root, garlic, onion, sweet potato and/or butter number squash. This calls for a full-bodied white wine. We suggest the 2014 Barrel Aged Chardonnay from Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard & Winery (http://www.bakerbuffalocreek.com). The nose gives nice notes of oak with hints of butter. The butter carries through to the palate with notes of apples and pears as well. It also pairs well with any winter squash soup!

Holiday Dessert Wines from North Carolina

  • Palate Cleanser – Sometimes, it’s good to take a break from heavy food and cleanse the palate. A classic palate cleanser is lemon granita, but that can a lot of work. Continuously taking the granita out of the freezer, scraping the crystals with a fork, returning it to the freezer and the repeating the process for hours. Why not go with an easier route? We recommend chilling a bottle of Vino Limone from Elkin Creek Vineyards (http://www.elkincreekvineyard.com) in your freezer. Take it out and give your guests a small serving to cleanse their palates. Or use this wine as dessert itself. It’s lemon wine fortified with brandy. The nose has notes of charred lemons. The palate is tart lemon with a slight sweetness. The lemon allows it to maintain a nice acidity. It’s perfect to cleanse the palate or just enjoy with dessert!
  • Chocolate Desserts – Decadent chocolate desserts call for port-style wines. They are perfect with rich chocolate or just by themselves on a cold night. We recommend the Midnight Run from Windsor Run Cellars (http://windsorrun.com). This wine is made from Chambourcin and Petit Verdot and then fortified. There are notes of chocolate on the nose. The palate is warming with notes of cocoa and dark fruit. It’s the perfect way to end any holiday celebration!

Let us know your thoughts on these pairings! We’d love to hear what you think and what pairings you’ve come up on your own. For other food and North Carolina wine pairings, please see an earlier article on our blog. You can find it here: http://ncwineguys.com/index.php/food-pairings-with-north-carolina-wines/.

Whatever holiday you celebrate this time of year, may it be merry, bright and filled with North Carolina wine!

Cheers!

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What We’ve Been Drinking — November 2016

What We’ve Been Drinking — November 2016

November always seems like such a whirlwind of a month! Family visits, holiday parties and a few vineyard trips filled up our calendar. Among the highlights we made a visit to two new wineries (Midnight Magdelena Vineyards and the newly re-opened West Bend Vineyards) as well as took part in an impromptu botteling at Hanover Park Vineyards!  We’re excited to see what the next month brings with it!

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Instagram post 17865778168011147 Happy International Merlot Day!  To celebrate, we're enjoying the 2007 Merlot from @brandonhillsvineyard! This wine is still in a great spot!  The color is deep dark red. The nose is rich stewed cherries. The palate gives rich black cherry with notes of cedar, leather and tobacco. It's full bodied with a pleasant lingering finish that's smooth and leaves you wanting more!  #MerlotDay #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgnov2016

Happy International Merlot Day! To celebrate, we're enjoying the 2007 Merlot from @brandonhillsvineyard! This wine is still in a great spot! The color is deep dark red. The nose is rich stewed cherries. The palate gives rich black cherry with notes of cedar, leather and tobacco. It's full bodied with a pleasant lingering finish that's smooth and leaves you wanting more! #MerlotDay #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgnov2016 ...

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Instagram post 17844089323185584 We're watching the election returns and enjoying the Chardonnay sur Lie from @ragapplelassie! Notes of butterscotch on the nose and a palate of butter and toasty oak makes for a delightful wine. It's perfectly in balance. It's neither overly buttery or oaky.  #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgnov2016

We're watching the election returns and enjoying the Chardonnay sur Lie from @ragapplelassie! Notes of butterscotch on the nose and a palate of butter and toasty oak makes for a delightful wine. It's perfectly in balance. It's neither overly buttery or oaky. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgnov2016 ...

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Instagram post 17844169729173204 Tonight we're enjoying the Cabernet Sauvignon from @parkerbinnsvineyardandwinery! This bold red has a complex nose with rich vanilla that unfurls into sweet dried cherry.  The flavors are as big as the aroma. It starts out with oaky vanilla with a leathery mid-palate. The finish has a touch of dried cherry that lingers on for a while. Perfect for cooler weather! #NCWine #ncwgnov2016

Tonight we're enjoying the Cabernet Sauvignon from @parkerbinnsvineyardandwinery! This bold red has a complex nose with rich vanilla that unfurls into sweet dried cherry. The flavors are as big as the aroma. It starts out with oaky vanilla with a leathery mid-palate. The finish has a touch of dried cherry that lingers on for a while. Perfect for cooler weather! #NCWine #ncwgnov2016 ...

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Instagram post 17855315956111271 Tonight we're having the Syrah from @menarickvineyard! Dark and peppery are two words that first come to mind with this wine. The color is intense and opaque. The nose is filled with strawberry preserves with a sticky-sweet undertone. The flavor is deep, starting with dried plum skins that move to a peppery mid-palate. The spice fades gently on the finish before disappearing completely. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgnov2016

Tonight we're having the Syrah from @menarickvineyard! Dark and peppery are two words that first come to mind with this wine. The color is intense and opaque. The nose is filled with strawberry preserves with a sticky-sweet undertone. The flavor is deep, starting with dried plum skins that move to a peppery mid-palate. The spice fades gently on the finish before disappearing completely. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgnov2016 ...

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Instagram post 17855281462111243 Tonight we're enjoying the 2014 Montepulciano Riserva from @raffaldinivineyards!  The nose is black cherry, vanilla and baking spice. The palate is woody and leathery with a smooth black cherry finish. It's a perfect wine for fall! #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgnov2016

Tonight we're enjoying the 2014 Montepulciano Riserva from @raffaldinivineyards! The nose is black cherry, vanilla and baking spice. The palate is woody and leathery with a smooth black cherry finish. It's a perfect wine for fall! #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgnov2016 ...

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Instagram post 17854972351120861 Family is visiting, so we have a bonus pour tonight!  We decided to do a small vertical, so we went with the 2013 Montepulciano Riserva from Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery!  Having a extra year in the bottle has made for a smoother more refined wine!  The nose is more floral and herbaceous than the 2014. The palate is smooth black cherry. What a treat!  #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgnov2016

Family is visiting, so we have a bonus pour tonight! We decided to do a small vertical, so we went with the 2013 Montepulciano Riserva from Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery! Having a extra year in the bottle has made for a smoother more refined wine! The nose is more floral and herbaceous than the 2014. The palate is smooth black cherry. What a treat! #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgnov2016 ...

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Instagram post 17844303340152518 Tonight we're enjoying be 2014 Cabernet Franc from @oldstonewinery!  The nose is fragrant with notes of cherry, oak, vanilla and tomato.  The palate presents savory flavors of white pepper and oak with subtle notes of cherry. This wine would be perfect for your Thanksgiving table! #NCWine #ncwgnov2016

Tonight we're enjoying be 2014 Cabernet Franc from @oldstonewinery! The nose is fragrant with notes of cherry, oak, vanilla and tomato. The palate presents savory flavors of white pepper and oak with subtle notes of cherry. This wine would be perfect for your Thanksgiving table! #NCWine #ncwgnov2016 ...

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Instagram post 17866781020002374 Tonight we're enjoying the Syrah from Stony Knoll Vineyards! This medium bodied red wine has a great nose with equally impressive flavors. The nose is fruit forward with dried raspberries, a touch of vanilla, and delicate spice. The flavors start with subtle cherries that move into a soft leathery mid-palate. The finish is slightly smoky with a soft spice at the very end. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgnov2016

Tonight we're enjoying the Syrah from Stony Knoll Vineyards! This medium bodied red wine has a great nose with equally impressive flavors. The nose is fruit forward with dried raspberries, a touch of vanilla, and delicate spice. The flavors start with subtle cherries that move into a soft leathery mid-palate. The finish is slightly smoky with a soft spice at the very end. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgnov2016 ...

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Instagram post 17844274018166497 We visited Midnight Magdalena Vineyards this afternoon. Great wines and great views!  We particularly loved the 2015 Riesling! #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #MidnightMagdalena #ncwgnov2016

We visited Midnight Magdalena Vineyards this afternoon. Great wines and great views! We particularly loved the 2015 Riesling! #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #MidnightMagdalena #ncwgnov2016 ...

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Instagram post 17855653870113565 To celebrate National #ZinfandelDay we're having one from @ragapplelassiewine! Big and bold, just like a west coast zin. It also has a more subtle fruit profile. The nose is filled with charred black fruits. The flavors are juicy up front with blackberries and blueberries in the middle. It ends on a delicate tart finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ZinDay #ncwgnov2016

To celebrate National #ZinfandelDay we're having one from @ragapplelassiewine! Big and bold, just like a west coast zin. It also has a more subtle fruit profile. The nose is filled with charred black fruits. The flavors are juicy up front with blackberries and blueberries in the middle. It ends on a delicate tart finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ZinDay #ncwgnov2016 ...

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Instagram post 17855453215110469 Tonight we're drinking the 2014 Petit Verdot from @childresswines!  The nose brings to mind a forest floor. It's earthy and woody. The palate is also woody with a dried berry finish. This wine is perfect for fall and winter! #NCWine #ncwgnov2016

Tonight we're drinking the 2014 Petit Verdot from @childresswines! The nose brings to mind a forest floor. It's earthy and woody. The palate is also woody with a dried berry finish. This wine is perfect for fall and winter! #NCWine #ncwgnov2016 ...

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Instagram post 17866588993034422 We got to visit the winery at @hanoverparkvineyard and help with some bottling! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgnov2016

We got to visit the winery at @hanoverparkvineyard and help with some bottling! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgnov2016 ...

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Instagram post 17868492580041094 We ended our Friday adventure at the new @westbendwineryandbrewery!  We loved the 2011 Chambourcin!  The cabin tasting room is super cool too!  #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgnov2016

We ended our Friday adventure at the new @westbendwineryandbrewery! We loved the 2011 Chambourcin! The cabin tasting room is super cool too! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgnov2016 ...

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Instagram post 17855397280126770 Tonight we're having the Chambourcin from Baker Buffalo Creek - Vineyard and Winery! This fruit forward red wine has a vibrant nose filled with baking spices and a touch of vanilla.  The flavors star out with cranberries then move to an oaky mid-palate. The finish has delicate tannins that end with a nice spice. #NCWine #ncwgnov2016

Tonight we're having the Chambourcin from Baker Buffalo Creek - Vineyard and Winery! This fruit forward red wine has a vibrant nose filled with baking spices and a touch of vanilla. The flavors star out with cranberries then move to an oaky mid-palate. The finish has delicate tannins that end with a nice spice. #NCWine #ncwgnov2016 ...

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What We’ve Been Drinking October 2016

What We’ve Been Drinking October 2016

Half way through November and we remembered we didn’t post our recap of last month! October was one busy month! For us, it involved a trip out to the coast to visit Sanctuary Vineyards. On our return trip, we made a quick stop at the NC State Fair and sampled a few wines from those who were out sampling for the public. It was a tasty month and we are already making progress on our November.

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Sanctuary Vineyards: Making #NCWine in the Outer Banks

Sanctuary Vineyards: Making #NCWine in the Outer Banks

The Outer Banks of the North Carolina coastline have long been a vacationer’s sweet spot. The long, narrow islands of sand and grasses serve as a natural barrier protecting the interior waterways from the harsh currents of the ocean. Just across the Currituck sound in Jarvisburg is something no one would have expected to see — a vineyard, growing European grapes. The vineyard in the spot light is none other than Sanctuary Vineyards. Continue reading →

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NC Wine Month 2016 Recap

NC Wine Month 2016 Recap

Yet another wine month has come and gone. This month, we really stepped it up with our wine postings and winery visits. At the end of the month, we co-hosted a #winechat takeover. There were lots of new participants this year and we had a ton of great questions! One thing we noticed is the increased number of #NCWine and #NCWineMonth hashtags! This is great news for keeping our consistent brand strong and getting the word out there about #NCWine.

Read on for a photo roll of our NC Wine Month adventures.

Instagram post 17851709464124098 It's a new month! It's a new #NCWineMonth!  It's also #CabernetDay, so it's the perfect day for a new Cabernet Sauvignon from a new North Carolina winery!  Tonight we're enjoying the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon from Roaring River Vineyards!

This cab is light and fruity.  The nose is light cherries, plums and lightly crushed rose petals. The palate is rich with notes of black plums. It's fruity but rounds out with a nice earthy finish. A prime example of a North Carolina cab! 
If you haven't visited Roaring River Vineyards, go check them out!  There's great wine, great food, great beer, a beautiful setting and wonderful people!

#YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgNCWineMonth16

It's a new month! It's a new #NCWineMonth! It's also #CabernetDay, so it's the perfect day for a new Cabernet Sauvignon from a new North Carolina winery! Tonight we're enjoying the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon from Roaring River Vineyards! This cab is light and fruity. The nose is light cherries, plums and lightly crushed rose petals. The palate is rich with notes of black plums. It's fruity but rounds out with a nice earthy finish. A prime example of a North Carolina cab! If you haven't visited Roaring River Vineyards, go check them out! There's great wine, great food, great beer, a beautiful setting and wonderful people! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgNCWineMonth16 ...

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Instagram post 17852536648123288 Day 23 of #NCWineMonth and we bring you the 2010 Norton from @hinnant_vineyards! This native grape produces a big fruity wine. The nose leans toward blueberry skins and plums. The flavors are jammy and juicy, low in tannins, with a slight blueberry finish. If you're a Zinfandel fan, you need to give this a try! #NCWine #ncwgNCWineMonth16

Day 23 of #NCWineMonth and we bring you the 2010 Norton from @hinnant_vineyards! This native grape produces a big fruity wine. The nose leans toward blueberry skins and plums. The flavors are jammy and juicy, low in tannins, with a slight blueberry finish. If you're a Zinfandel fan, you need to give this a try! #NCWine #ncwgNCWineMonth16 ...

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Instagram post 17852634526101656 Day 21 of #NCWineMonth and we have the Granda from Baker Buffalo Creek - Vineyard and Winery! This red blend is smooth,  even, and very approachable. The nose shows dried red berries with a touch of toasty oak. The flavors start off with a touch of cherry, then move into a leathery mid-palate. The finish is dry with mild tannins and leaves on a delicate note. #NCWine #ncwgNCWineMonth16

Day 21 of #NCWineMonth and we have the Granda from Baker Buffalo Creek - Vineyard and Winery! This red blend is smooth, even, and very approachable. The nose shows dried red berries with a touch of toasty oak. The flavors start off with a touch of cherry, then move into a leathery mid-palate. The finish is dry with mild tannins and leaves on a delicate note. #NCWine #ncwgNCWineMonth16 ...

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Instagram post 17852090518126561 Day 10 of #NCWineMonth takes us to @davestevineyards! Be sure to check out the Rkatsiteli! You don't find it too often, so be sure to enjoy it! It's crisp with notes of lemon and pear! #NCWine #ncwgNCWineMonth16

Day 10 of #NCWineMonth takes us to @davestevineyards! Be sure to check out the Rkatsiteli! You don't find it too often, so be sure to enjoy it! It's crisp with notes of lemon and pear! #NCWine #ncwgNCWineMonth16 ...

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Instagram post 17863285435046072 It wouldn't be #NCWineMonth without muscadine wine! Night 19 brings the 2015 Carlos from Carolina Heritage Vineyard & Winery!  Made from organic Carlos grapes, the nose of this wine is true muscadine!  The palate diverges a bit from the typically sweet muscadine. This wine is semi-sweet with a slight fuzzy fruitiness that quickly moves to a crisp, acidic finish. It's perfect with food that has a bit of spice! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgNCWineMonth16

It wouldn't be #NCWineMonth without muscadine wine! Night 19 brings the 2015 Carlos from Carolina Heritage Vineyard & Winery! Made from organic Carlos grapes, the nose of this wine is true muscadine! The palate diverges a bit from the typically sweet muscadine. This wine is semi-sweet with a slight fuzzy fruitiness that quickly moves to a crisp, acidic finish. It's perfect with food that has a bit of spice! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgNCWineMonth16 ...

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Instagram post 17851973983092514 Day 17 of #NCWineMonth - Stop 2 - @roundpeakvineyards! It was a fantastic way to end the day!  We loved the Indulgence, their port-style wine and the 2013 Petit Verdot!  It was great catching up with Ken & Kari too! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgNCWineMonth16

Day 17 of #NCWineMonth - Stop 2 - @roundpeakvineyards! It was a fantastic way to end the day! We loved the Indulgence, their port-style wine and the 2013 Petit Verdot! It was great catching up with Ken & Kari too! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgNCWineMonth16 ...

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Instagram post 17863007539054427 Day 25 and the last weekend of #NCWineMonth took us to Cleveland County!  We visited The Owl's Eye Vineyard & Winery and Baker Buffalo Creek - Vineyard and Winery!  What a relaxing and peaceful day!  We just love it here! #NCWine #ncwgNCWineMonth16

Day 25 and the last weekend of #NCWineMonth took us to Cleveland County! We visited The Owl's Eye Vineyard & Winery and Baker Buffalo Creek - Vineyard and Winery! What a relaxing and peaceful day! We just love it here! #NCWine #ncwgNCWineMonth16 ...

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Instagram post 17852287423083479 Day 24 of #NCWineMonth took us to @lazyelm to check out the new 2014 Petit Verdot!  It was great and will be released to the public next weekend. We enjoyed sitting and chatting with Chris, the owner and winemaker. If you haven't checked them out, please stop by! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgNCWineMonth16

Day 24 of #NCWineMonth took us to @lazyelm to check out the new 2014 Petit Verdot! It was great and will be released to the public next weekend. We enjoyed sitting and chatting with Chris, the owner and winemaker. If you haven't checked them out, please stop by! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgNCWineMonth16 ...

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Instagram post 17862329230034401 Day 22 of #NCWineMonth and we're having the 2013 War Woman Red from Nottely River Valley Vineyards, LLC! This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Chambourcin makes for a fruit forward wine. The nose shows fresh red fruits and a touch of herbal spice. The flavors start off on a slight earthy note. Then comes cherries and vanilla on the mid-palate. The fruit carries through to the finish which fades out slowly. #UpperHiwasseeHighlands #NCWine #ncwgNCWineMonth16

Day 22 of #NCWineMonth and we're having the 2013 War Woman Red from Nottely River Valley Vineyards, LLC! This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Chambourcin makes for a fruit forward wine. The nose shows fresh red fruits and a touch of herbal spice. The flavors start off on a slight earthy note. Then comes cherries and vanilla on the mid-palate. The fruit carries through to the finish which fades out slowly. #UpperHiwasseeHighlands #NCWine #ncwgNCWineMonth16 ...

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Instagram post 17923662544016180 Day 27 of #NCWineMonth and we're having the 2015 Chardonnay Reserve from @silverforkwinery! This oak aged Chardonnay has a pleasant nose of butter baked apples. The flavors start with a touch of bright acidity then quickly move to an oaky mid-palate. The finish ends with a hint of vanilla then fades out slowly. #NCWine #ncwgNCWineMonth16

Day 27 of #NCWineMonth and we're having the 2015 Chardonnay Reserve from @silverforkwinery! This oak aged Chardonnay has a pleasant nose of butter baked apples. The flavors start with a touch of bright acidity then quickly move to an oaky mid-palate. The finish ends with a hint of vanilla then fades out slowly. #NCWine #ncwgNCWineMonth16 ...

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Instagram post 17863427338026308 Day 20 of #NCWineMonth and we're having the 2013 Barrel Select Chardonnay from @jonesvondrehle! This wine has a nose rich in apples and a touch of caramel. The flavors continue with yellow apples up front, them move to a mild oaky mid-palate. There's a slight buttery finish that blends into a delicious ending. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgNCWineMonth16

Day 20 of #NCWineMonth and we're having the 2013 Barrel Select Chardonnay from @jonesvondrehle! This wine has a nose rich in apples and a touch of caramel. The flavors continue with yellow apples up front, them move to a mild oaky mid-palate. There's a slight buttery finish that blends into a delicious ending. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgNCWineMonth16 ...

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