What We’ve Been Drinking: April 2016

Where has the time gone! As we were preparing the What We’ve Been Drinking for May, we realized we never posted April’s recap.  April was quite the month. We had a good sampling from around the state. Also worth mentioning, we had the opportunity to travel out to the Upper Hiwassee Highlands AVA out near Murphy, NC.

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Instagram post 17859645571026876 Getting ready for the blind tasting event at @raylenvineyards! They're uncorking wines in the background and we can't wait for it to start! #NCWine #ncwgapril2016

Getting ready for the blind tasting event at @raylenvineyards! They're uncorking wines in the background and we can't wait for it to start! #NCWine #ncwgapril2016 ...

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Instagram post 17846785033091513 Tonight we're enjoying the 2013 Traminette from @mcritchiewinery! This mellow white wine offers a bold nose rich with raw honey and gentle floral notes coming through from the background. The flavors are mild with a soft acidity up front that eases into a creamy mid-palate. The finish brings with it a potpourri of flavors and aromas that echo the floral nose. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2016

Tonight we're enjoying the 2013 Traminette from @mcritchiewinery! This mellow white wine offers a bold nose rich with raw honey and gentle floral notes coming through from the background. The flavors are mild with a soft acidity up front that eases into a creamy mid-palate. The finish brings with it a potpourri of flavors and aromas that echo the floral nose. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2016 ...

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Instagram post 17847208312109740 Just as we were finishing up at Valley River Vineyards & Winery, we caught a shot of the vineyard with a storm headed our way! They had a late harvest Vidal that was exceptional! #NCWine #ncwgapril2016

Just as we were finishing up at Valley River Vineyards & Winery, we caught a shot of the vineyard with a storm headed our way! They had a late harvest Vidal that was exceptional! #NCWine #ncwgapril2016 ...

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Instagram post 17855759605006406 Loved the 2011 Pinot Noir at Nottely River Valley Vineyards, LLC! #UpperHiawasseeHighlands #NCWine #ncwgapril2016

Loved the 2011 Pinot Noir at Nottely River Valley Vineyards, LLC! #UpperHiawasseeHighlands #NCWine #ncwgapril2016 ...

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Instagram post 17847012142119420 Just finished up our tasting at Cherokee Cellars! On our way out we met up with the local bouncer. #NCWine #winerycats #ncwgapril2016

Just finished up our tasting at Cherokee Cellars! On our way out we met up with the local bouncer. #NCWine #winerycats #ncwgapril2016 ...

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Instagram post 17856295753018712 We met this guy at Calaboose Cellars!  His name is Diesel!  He's a chill wine dog. We loved his humans' Seyval Blanc!  Go check them out!  #UpperHiawasseeHighlands #NCWine #winerydog #ncwgapril2016

We met this guy at Calaboose Cellars! His name is Diesel! He's a chill wine dog. We loved his humans' Seyval Blanc! Go check them out! #UpperHiawasseeHighlands #NCWine #winerydog #ncwgapril2016 ...

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Instagram post 17856110719025092 Road trip tomorrow to the Upper Hiawassee Highlands AVA!  We can't wait! #NCWine #ncwgapril2016

Road trip tomorrow to the Upper Hiawassee Highlands AVA! We can't wait! #NCWine #ncwgapril2016 ...

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Instagram post 17856399535058667 Tonight we're having the 2014 Syrah from Misty Creek Vineyards! This fruit forward red has a nose of fresh red fruits and macerated strawberries. The flavors are smooth and easy, leaning toward cherries and vanilla. The finish is lengthy and dry, ending just as it should. #NCWine #ncwgapril2016

Tonight we're having the 2014 Syrah from Misty Creek Vineyards! This fruit forward red has a nose of fresh red fruits and macerated strawberries. The flavors are smooth and easy, leaning toward cherries and vanilla. The finish is lengthy and dry, ending just as it should. #NCWine #ncwgapril2016 ...

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Instagram post 17847069247121093 We're enjoying a special treat for a Monday night!  It's the 2010 1897 Grand Reserve from @hanoverparkvineyard!  The nose shows hints of plum, cedar and leather. The palate is rich and deep with dark fruit, hints of vanilla and a slight sweetness. It paired perfectly with a grilled steak salad, but it goes just as well on its own!  #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2016

We're enjoying a special treat for a Monday night! It's the 2010 1897 Grand Reserve from @hanoverparkvineyard! The nose shows hints of plum, cedar and leather. The palate is rich and deep with dark fruit, hints of vanilla and a slight sweetness. It paired perfectly with a grilled steak salad, but it goes just as well on its own! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2016 ...

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Instagram post 17856035029044328 To celebrate Sauvignon Blanc Day, we're enjoying the 2011 Sauvignon Blanc from @childresswines! This easy to drink wine is full of honeydew and melons on the nose. The flavors are mellow with delicate honeyed fruits and mild acidity. The finish is creamy with a fresh finale. #sauvblancday #NCWine #ncwgapril2016

To celebrate Sauvignon Blanc Day, we're enjoying the 2011 Sauvignon Blanc from @childresswines! This easy to drink wine is full of honeydew and melons on the nose. The flavors are mellow with delicate honeyed fruits and mild acidity. The finish is creamy with a fresh finale. #sauvblancday #NCWine #ncwgapril2016 ...

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Instagram post 17846870470124489 Tonight it's wine as art - the 2014 Viognier from @hanoverparkvineyard!  White peach and a hint of fresh coconut on the nose give way to a palate of tropical fruit with hints of coconut and a delightful creaminess. This wine is full-bodied and delightful!  #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2016

Tonight it's wine as art - the 2014 Viognier from @hanoverparkvineyard! White peach and a hint of fresh coconut on the nose give way to a palate of tropical fruit with hints of coconut and a delightful creaminess. This wine is full-bodied and delightful! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2016 ...

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Instagram post 17856343378003623 Tonight we're celebrating #malbecworldday with the 2013 Malbec from @jonesvondrehle! A medium bodied red that isn't short on flavors. The nose is of toasted cherries and a touch of caramelized sugars. The flavors start with a delicate red-berry front.  It moves into a rich plum and slightly cedar mid-palate. The finish is bold and lingering with hints of chocolate and an earthy finale. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2016

Tonight we're celebrating #malbecworldday with the 2013 Malbec from @jonesvondrehle! A medium bodied red that isn't short on flavors. The nose is of toasted cherries and a touch of caramelized sugars. The flavors start with a delicate red-berry front. It moves into a rich plum and slightly cedar mid-palate. The finish is bold and lingering with hints of chocolate and an earthy finale. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2016 ...

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Instagram post 17847033295079873 Tonight we're having the Rambunctious Rosé from Mountain Brook Vineyards! A rosé of Cabernet Franc, this wine is incredibly dark when compared to other rosé wines. The nose is filled with juicy red berries and a hint of chocolate in the background. The flavors are very close to a chocolate covered strawberry - fruity, slightly tart, and a wonderful chocolatey finish. #NCWine #ncwgapril2016

Tonight we're having the Rambunctious Rosé from Mountain Brook Vineyards! A rosé of Cabernet Franc, this wine is incredibly dark when compared to other rosé wines. The nose is filled with juicy red berries and a hint of chocolate in the background. The flavors are very close to a chocolate covered strawberry - fruity, slightly tart, and a wonderful chocolatey finish. #NCWine #ncwgapril2016 ...

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Instagram post 17855352979008677 Tonight's menu for the Spring Wine Dinner at @raffaldinivineyards! #WineDinner #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2016

Tonight's menu for the Spring Wine Dinner at @raffaldinivineyards! #WineDinner #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2016 ...

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Instagram post 17855872618039055 The view for the first course of the Spring Wine Dinner at @raffaldinivineyards! #WineDinner #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2016

The view for the first course of the Spring Wine Dinner at @raffaldinivineyards! #WineDinner #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2016 ...

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Instagram post 17855608714005937 Tonight we're having the Adequate Red from @elkincreekvineyard! This red blend of Merlot and Syrah has a nose of vanilla and cherries with a touch of fresh cut wood. The flavors are smooth and mellow with a delicate spice on the end. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2016

Tonight we're having the Adequate Red from @elkincreekvineyard! This red blend of Merlot and Syrah has a nose of vanilla and cherries with a touch of fresh cut wood. The flavors are smooth and mellow with a delicate spice on the end. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2016 ...

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Instagram post 17846740231119533 Tonight we're enjoying the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from @silverforkwinery! The nose is soft with hints of coffee beans and a hint of dried figs. The flavors are of dried cherries and has a lovely drying mid-palate. The finish is long and lingering with a pleasing tannic finish. #NCWine #ncwgapril2016

Tonight we're enjoying the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from @silverforkwinery! The nose is soft with hints of coffee beans and a hint of dried figs. The flavors are of dried cherries and has a lovely drying mid-palate. The finish is long and lingering with a pleasing tannic finish. #NCWine #ncwgapril2016 ...

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Instagram post 17855454538013323 Tonight we're having the 2014 Roussanne from Junius Lindsay Vineyard! A full bodied white wine with big tropical notes, delicate floral mid tones and a rich finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2016

Tonight we're having the 2014 Roussanne from Junius Lindsay Vineyard! A full bodied white wine with big tropical notes, delicate floral mid tones and a rich finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2016 ...

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Instagram post 17846621305087028 Tonight we're having the 2015 Minuet from @adagiovineyards! Made from 100% Cabernet Franc, this rosé has a lot of flavor. The nose offers up red apple skins with a touch of fresh off the vine strawberry. The flavors echo the strawberry nose and also highlight fresh raspberries on the mid-palate. The finish is crisp with a slight mineral note. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2016

Tonight we're having the 2015 Minuet from @adagiovineyards! Made from 100% Cabernet Franc, this rosé has a lot of flavor. The nose offers up red apple skins with a touch of fresh off the vine strawberry. The flavors echo the strawberry nose and also highlight fresh raspberries on the mid-palate. The finish is crisp with a slight mineral note. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2016 ...

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Instagram post 17846507914127362 Tonight we're enjoying the 2013 Carignan from @medalonicellars! A bold red wine that's big on flavor, yet still hold back as to not be overbearing. The nose is of dried plums and a touch of vanilla. The flavors are well rounded with a cedar-like mid-palate and a hint of a licorice root finish. #NCWine #ncwgapril2016

Tonight we're enjoying the 2013 Carignan from @medalonicellars! A bold red wine that's big on flavor, yet still hold back as to not be overbearing. The nose is of dried plums and a touch of vanilla. The flavors are well rounded with a cedar-like mid-palate and a hint of a licorice root finish. #NCWine #ncwgapril2016 ...

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Instagram post 17855471878036008 Tonight we're having the Merlot from Cellar 4201! Delicate plums and a hint of tobacco on the nose gives way to a mild flavor up front, before moving to a bold mid-palate. the flavors mainly stay in the dried black cherries with a mildly tannic finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2016

Tonight we're having the Merlot from Cellar 4201! Delicate plums and a hint of tobacco on the nose gives way to a mild flavor up front, before moving to a bold mid-palate. the flavors mainly stay in the dried black cherries with a mildly tannic finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2016 ...

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Instagram post 17846464651125638 From Hutton Vineyards its the 2014 Cabernet Franc! The nose on this one is deep with black cherry syrup and hints of tobacco. The flavors are incredibly full bodied for a 2014. It starts off with mild blackberries then quickly moves into a rich cherry flavor laced with vanilla. It finishes on a delicate plum note before slowly fading away. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2016

From Hutton Vineyards its the 2014 Cabernet Franc! The nose on this one is deep with black cherry syrup and hints of tobacco. The flavors are incredibly full bodied for a 2014. It starts off with mild blackberries then quickly moves into a rich cherry flavor laced with vanilla. It finishes on a delicate plum note before slowly fading away. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgapril2016 ...

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Instagram post 17856043492040735 Our final stop for the day was at Eagle Fork Vineyards! The view was stunning and they had a great Catawba blush that will be fantastic when summer arrives. #NCWine #ncwgapril2016

Our final stop for the day was at Eagle Fork Vineyards! The view was stunning and they had a great Catawba blush that will be fantastic when summer arrives. #NCWine #ncwgapril2016 ...

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