Looking back at 2017, notes on wine, events, and what we’re excited about in 2018.

Looking Back at 2017

2017 has been another great year for NC Wine. As we look back at the year, we reflect on some of the highlights of the year as well as what we’re looking forward to in 2018.

Looking Back

If we go back three harvests to the 2015 vintage, our notes promised it would be a season for the record books. Fast forward two years and you find that several wineries already released their 2015 vintages. White wines of this vintage are selling out, but in general are fresh and crisp with brilliant fruit. 2015 reds are still drinking young but show great potential.

2014 red wines also show great potential. Many wineries in the state have already released their 2014 reds. We’ve actually compiled a collection of some of the highlights of the 2014 vintage. As the year went on, we noticed the 2014 vintage is only getting better. To summarize this vintage; 2014 red wines have a wonderful balance of rich fruits and well-developed tannins.

Our First Event

2017 was an important year for us as we hosted the very first NC Wine Month Kickoff event. It was an intimate gathering of 13 wineries and about 70 media and blogger guests. Plus, we had a very special guest appearance by Governor Roy Cooper! We were  honored to have him there, officially endorsing NC Wine Month. We learned a lot from hosting our first major event and we’re looking forward to hosting again!

Looking Forward

2018 promises to be another great year. Here’s a list of things we’re excited about:

More 2014 and 2015 wines

We tasted so many great wines from these two vintages.  The remaining releases are something to look forward to.

More wine reviews on our site

We want to expand our wine review presence so we’ll be adding new reviews more often.

Enhanced Social Media presence

We want to start using some of the things we learned at the wine bloggers conference. Stay tuned!

More support for the industry

We are always looking for more ways to support the NC Wine industry. We have a few ideas that we will start in 2018.

What excites you most about 2018? Leave a comment to share your thoughts. We would love to hear from you!

Posted by Matt Kemberling

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