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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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