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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