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!

Check out our Instagram feed for a recap of our December selections.

Instagram post 17844948016149901 Tonight we're enjoying the 2014 Classico from @elkincreekvineyard! This Super Tuscan blend of Sangiovese and Syrah is quite an experience. The nose has sun dried tomatoes and a subtle spice in the background. The flavor is refined and smooth, starting with dried cherries that move into an earthy mid-palate. The finish ends with a gentle pepper spice. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgdec16 #2014ncwine

Tonight we're enjoying the 2014 Classico from @elkincreekvineyard! This Super Tuscan blend of Sangiovese and Syrah is quite an experience. The nose has sun dried tomatoes and a subtle spice in the background. The flavor is refined and smooth, starting with dried cherries that move into an earthy mid-palate. The finish ends with a gentle pepper spice. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgdec16 #2014ncwine ...

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Instagram post 17845083946157525 Happy Cabernet Franc Day!!! After an afternoon at @hanoverparkvineyard, we decided to have their 2012 Three Francs at dinner. This Cabernet Franc is a blend of three different barrels of Cabernet Franc. The nose has notes of light cherry and hints of oak. The palate is tart cherry which quickly fades into a leathery, oaky note with a slightly fruity finish. This wine is refined and perfect for a cold late fall night! #YadkinValley #NCWine #CabFrancDay #ncwgdec16

Happy Cabernet Franc Day!!! After an afternoon at @hanoverparkvineyard, we decided to have their 2012 Three Francs at dinner. This Cabernet Franc is a blend of three different barrels of Cabernet Franc. The nose has notes of light cherry and hints of oak. The palate is tart cherry which quickly fades into a leathery, oaky note with a slightly fruity finish. This wine is refined and perfect for a cold late fall night! #YadkinValley #NCWine #CabFrancDay #ncwgdec16 ...

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Instagram post 17856367621118706 We were fortunate enough to sample some of these vintage wines this afternoon at @hanoverparkvineyard! The 2011 Viognier and 2002 Mourvèdre were standouts!  #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgdec16

We were fortunate enough to sample some of these vintage wines this afternoon at @hanoverparkvineyard! The 2011 Viognier and 2002 Mourvèdre were standouts! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgdec16 ...

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Instagram post 17867294770012729 Our next stop was Dobbins Creek Vineyards! They have one of the best views in the Yadkin Valley!  Don't miss their new releases!  All were great!  The Dry Riesling was a standout as it always is!  #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgdec16

Our next stop was Dobbins Creek Vineyards! They have one of the best views in the Yadkin Valley! Don't miss their new releases! All were great! The Dry Riesling was a standout as it always is! #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgdec16 ...

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Instagram post 17845941043143214 Another stellar view in the Yadkin Valley is at @piccionevineyards!  Stop by and see Hailey for roasted chestnuts and great wine!  #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgdec16

Another stellar view in the Yadkin Valley is at @piccionevineyards! Stop by and see Hailey for roasted chestnuts and great wine! #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgdec16 ...

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Instagram post 17858620888074858 Tonight we're having the 2013 Malbec from @shelton_vineyards! This wine is medium bodied with complex flavors. The nose is plummy with an earthy undertone. The flavors start with mellow fruits, but then quickly move to a soft leather mid-palate.  The finish has a touch vanilla and lingers for a short time before fading out. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgdec16

Tonight we're having the 2013 Malbec from @shelton_vineyards! This wine is medium bodied with complex flavors. The nose is plummy with an earthy undertone. The flavors start with mellow fruits, but then quickly move to a soft leather mid-palate. The finish has a touch vanilla and lingers for a short time before fading out. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgdec16 ...

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Instagram post 17867639116012262 Tonight we're having the 2015 Sauvignon Blanc from @childresswines! This vintage is exceptionally fruit forward. The nose is vibrant with fresh white peaches and yellow pears. The flavors are bold, starting with a tropical citrus that quickly develops into a creamy mid-palate. The finish lingers on moving back into the tropical notes. #NCWine #RepealDay #ncwgdec16

Tonight we're having the 2015 Sauvignon Blanc from @childresswines! This vintage is exceptionally fruit forward. The nose is vibrant with fresh white peaches and yellow pears. The flavors are bold, starting with a tropical citrus that quickly develops into a creamy mid-palate. The finish lingers on moving back into the tropical notes. #NCWine #RepealDay #ncwgdec16 ...

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