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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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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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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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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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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 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 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 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 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 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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What We’ve Been Drinking: July 2016

What We’ve Been Drinking: July 2016

Another late posting, but we’ve been busy during the month of August! July was another hot month, but we found some great wines to keep us cool. We also made our way to another new winery in July! Roaring River Vineyards opened its doors in mid July so we couldn’t resist making a visit.   It was so peaceful and serene we didn’t want to leave!  We made a few other winery trips during the month and picked up another set of Riedel glasses during a special tasting event at Hanover Park.  It was a great way to beat the heat of summer!

Check out our Instagram for a recap of what we had during the month of July:

Instagram post 17849099464096454 We had a great visit at @childresswines!  Thanks to Julia and Sherry for taking care of us!  Thanks to Olga for the exceptional service at our tasting!  We'll see you soon!  Cheers!  #NCWine #ncwgjuly2016

We had a great visit at @childresswines! Thanks to Julia and Sherry for taking care of us! Thanks to Olga for the exceptional service at our tasting! We'll see you soon! Cheers! #NCWine #ncwgjuly2016 ...

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Instagram post 17850108622077934 Tonight we're having the 2014 Cabernet Franc from @silverforkwinery! A medium bodied red, the nose offers dark red raspberries with a hint of cedar. The flavors are mellow with a fruity mid-palate that fades to a toasty finish. #NCWine #ncwgjuly2016

Tonight we're having the 2014 Cabernet Franc from @silverforkwinery! A medium bodied red, the nose offers dark red raspberries with a hint of cedar. The flavors are mellow with a fruity mid-palate that fades to a toasty finish. #NCWine #ncwgjuly2016 ...

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Instagram post 17850459382113553 It's a beautiful day in wine country! The view at @raffaldinivineyards is hard to beat! #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjuly2016

It's a beautiful day in wine country! The view at @raffaldinivineyards is hard to beat! #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjuly2016 ...

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Instagram post 17859593647005219 Tonight we're having the 2011 Petit Verdot from @shelton_vineyards! This wine is deep in color and flavors, yet isn't too heavy to enjoy on a hot summer day. The nose is full of vanilla with a touch of spice. The flavors are fruit forward with a toasty finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjuly2016

Tonight we're having the 2011 Petit Verdot from @shelton_vineyards! This wine is deep in color and flavors, yet isn't too heavy to enjoy on a hot summer day. The nose is full of vanilla with a touch of spice. The flavors are fruit forward with a toasty finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjuly2016 ...

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Instagram post 17859031459010969 Tonight we're having the 2012 Ring of Fire from @mcritchiewinery! This distinctive red blend of Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Sangiovese creates a wine that is bold, even and full of flavors. A nose of black fruits moves to a dried fruit flavor when you sip it. The finish is dry with a touch of cocoa and tobacco. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjuly2016

Tonight we're having the 2012 Ring of Fire from @mcritchiewinery! This distinctive red blend of Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Sangiovese creates a wine that is bold, even and full of flavors. A nose of black fruits moves to a dried fruit flavor when you sip it. The finish is dry with a touch of cocoa and tobacco. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjuly2016 ...

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Instagram post 17849706856092070 Tonight we're having the 2014 Petit Manseng from @jonesvondrehle! The nose is intense showing lemons, honey, pears and fresh cut melon. The flavors are bright and cheery, starting with lemon before it moves into an intense tropical creamy mid-palate. The finish is long and lingering with dried herbs and coconut. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjuly2016

Tonight we're having the 2014 Petit Manseng from @jonesvondrehle! The nose is intense showing lemons, honey, pears and fresh cut melon. The flavors are bright and cheery, starting with lemon before it moves into an intense tropical creamy mid-palate. The finish is long and lingering with dried herbs and coconut. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjuly2016 ...

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Instagram post 17849796904119960 Let's play with glasses and @hanoverparkvineyard wine! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjuly2016

Let's play with glasses and @hanoverparkvineyard wine! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjuly2016 ...

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Instagram post 17859027988015281 Tonight we're enjoying the 2015 Vermentino Superiore from @raffaldinivineyards!  The smell of preserved lemons greets you on the nose. The palate gives you mild acidity with hints of sage and a lemony finish. It's a delightful accompaniment to a creamy, garlicky pasta dish! #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjuly2016

Tonight we're enjoying the 2015 Vermentino Superiore from @raffaldinivineyards! The smell of preserved lemons greets you on the nose. The palate gives you mild acidity with hints of sage and a lemony finish. It's a delightful accompaniment to a creamy, garlicky pasta dish! #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjuly2016 ...

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Instagram post 17858591740003478 Tonight we're enjoying the 2014 Viognier from @jonesvondrehle!  A nose of apple and pear with hints of coconut and vanilla invite you to take a sip. The palate delights with apple and hints of citrus peel and mineral undertones. It's well balanced and crisp!  A great wine for Monday evening!  #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjuly2016

Tonight we're enjoying the 2014 Viognier from @jonesvondrehle! A nose of apple and pear with hints of coconut and vanilla invite you to take a sip. The palate delights with apple and hints of citrus peel and mineral undertones. It's well balanced and crisp! A great wine for Monday evening! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjuly2016 ...

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Instagram post 17858599780032444 It's a perfect day for Special Delivery Rosé from Junius Lindsay Vineyard!  Simply one of the best #NCWine Rosés around!  #YadkinValley #ncwgjuly2016

It's a perfect day for Special Delivery Rosé from Junius Lindsay Vineyard! Simply one of the best #NCWine Rosés around! #YadkinValley #ncwgjuly2016 ...

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Instagram post 17849205367108415 Tonight we're enjoying the 2014 Viognier from @hanoverparkvineyard!  Tropical notes of pineapple along with candied pear make for marvelous nose.  The palate is creamy tropical goodness with pineapple shining through along with hints of pear. This wine IS art!  #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjuly2016

Tonight we're enjoying the 2014 Viognier from @hanoverparkvineyard! Tropical notes of pineapple along with candied pear make for marvelous nose. The palate is creamy tropical goodness with pineapple shining through along with hints of pear. This wine IS art! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjuly2016 ...

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Instagram post 17857706986008919 Tonight we're having the 2013 Montepulciano from @piccionevineyards! This dark and earthy red has a brilliant nose of purple flowers and touch of sugar plums. The flavors are bold, starting off with delicate blueberries that quickly moves to a tart cherry vanilla mid-palate. The finish is long and drawn out with soft tannins and a hint of toasted oak. #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjuly2016

Tonight we're having the 2013 Montepulciano from @piccionevineyards! This dark and earthy red has a brilliant nose of purple flowers and touch of sugar plums. The flavors are bold, starting off with delicate blueberries that quickly moves to a tart cherry vanilla mid-palate. The finish is long and drawn out with soft tannins and a hint of toasted oak. #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjuly2016 ...

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Instagram post 17858316886011272 Happy Independence Day everyone!  We hope you're celebrating with a bottle of NC Wine!  We are!  Tonight it's the dry Rosé of Merlot from @parkerbinnsvineyardandwinery!  A nose of strawberries and watermelon leads to a palate of tart watermelon. This wine is crisp with balanced acidity!  It's perfect for a hot, humid day! #NCWine #4thofJuly #DrinkLocal #ncwgjuly2016

Happy Independence Day everyone! We hope you're celebrating with a bottle of NC Wine! We are! Tonight it's the dry Rosé of Merlot from @parkerbinnsvineyardandwinery! A nose of strawberries and watermelon leads to a palate of tart watermelon. This wine is crisp with balanced acidity! It's perfect for a hot, humid day! #NCWine #4thofJuly #DrinkLocal #ncwgjuly2016 ...

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Instagram post 17849144803107354 Tonight we're having the 2014 Barrel Chardonnay from @laurelgrayvineyards! This big and bold Chardonnay has a blast of toasty vanilla on the nose, with a rich butterscotch in the background. The flavors are just as full, playing up the rich buttery vanilla, ending with a toasted caramel finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjuly2016

Tonight we're having the 2014 Barrel Chardonnay from @laurelgrayvineyards! This big and bold Chardonnay has a blast of toasty vanilla on the nose, with a rich butterscotch in the background. The flavors are just as full, playing up the rich buttery vanilla, ending with a toasted caramel finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjuly2016 ...

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Instagram post 17848868602081311 Our final stop today was to see Barry, Kathy & Marge at Misty Creek Vineyards!  Always a treat! #NCWine #ncwgjuly2016

Our final stop today was to see Barry, Kathy & Marge at Misty Creek Vineyards! Always a treat! #NCWine #ncwgjuly2016 ...

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Instagram post 17848881757087355 Our third stop earlier today was @raylenvineyards!  Thanks to Erin for our great tasting. The new Eagle's Select is superb! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjuly2016

Our third stop earlier today was @raylenvineyards! Thanks to Erin for our great tasting. The new Eagle's Select is superb! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjuly2016 ...

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Instagram post 17859387997036312 Tonight we're enjoying the 2013 Bella Misto from @raffaldinivineyards! This red blend is full bodied yet easy going. Toast and fresh red fruit is present on the nose. The flavors play up black cherries and vanilla with a hint of cedar on the finish. #NCWine #ncwgjuly2016

Tonight we're enjoying the 2013 Bella Misto from @raffaldinivineyards! This red blend is full bodied yet easy going. Toast and fresh red fruit is present on the nose. The flavors play up black cherries and vanilla with a hint of cedar on the finish. #NCWine #ncwgjuly2016 ...

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What We’ve Been Drinking: June 2016

What We’ve Been Drinking: June 2016

Summer is officially here! As the weather heats up, we normally shift to the whites and rosé wines.  Normally we would be full force into the North Carolina white wine scene, but slightly cooler weather and some rain toward the middle of the month allowed for a few red wines to slip in our mix.  Notable June happenings included our trip to the Finger Lakes, a visit to a West Virginia VIneyard, and a first visit to Shadow Line Vineyards right here in NC.

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