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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Instagram post 17857065187022554 Today we're celebrating #NationalRoséDay with a bottle of the 2013 Special Delivery from Junius Lindsay Vineyard! This wine offers a fresh, appealing nose filled with strawberries and a hint of citrus peels. The flavors are equally fresh, echoing the strawberries up front, then moving into a mineral rich mid-palate. The finish is dry with a touch of cranberry at the end. Rosé is a perfect wine for summer.  It pairs well with so many summer meals, like BBQ, burgers, fish, and corn on the cob. Delicious! #YadkinValley #NCWine #NationalCornOnTheCobDay #ncwgjune2016

Today we're celebrating #NationalRoséDay with a bottle of the 2013 Special Delivery from Junius Lindsay Vineyard! This wine offers a fresh, appealing nose filled with strawberries and a hint of citrus peels. The flavors are equally fresh, echoing the strawberries up front, then moving into a mineral rich mid-palate. The finish is dry with a touch of cranberry at the end. Rosé is a perfect wine for summer. It pairs well with so many summer meals, like BBQ, burgers, fish, and corn on the cob. Delicious! #YadkinValley #NCWine #NationalCornOnTheCobDay #ncwgjune2016 ...

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Instagram post 17856764797017349 Picking up wine @elkincreekvineyard! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjune2016

Picking up wine @elkincreekvineyard! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjune2016 ...

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Instagram post 17857673896017767 We're enjoying an old favorite tonight!  It's one of the most delightful white wines around!  It's the 2013 Muscat Blanc from @mcritchiewinery!  A nose of well-ripened melon and a palate of tropical fruits with hints of pear and apple, this wine is the perfect ending to a long, hot day!  #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjune2016

We're enjoying an old favorite tonight! It's one of the most delightful white wines around! It's the 2013 Muscat Blanc from @mcritchiewinery! A nose of well-ripened melon and a palate of tropical fruits with hints of pear and apple, this wine is the perfect ending to a long, hot day! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjune2016 ...

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Instagram post 17857500808056415 Tonight we're having the 2011 Roussanne from Junius Lindsay Vineyard! A big tropical nose with a touch of honeysuckle opens up to flavors of honey and a delightfully creamy mid-palate. Hints of pears dance throughout and fade into a lingering finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjune2016

Tonight we're having the 2011 Roussanne from Junius Lindsay Vineyard! A big tropical nose with a touch of honeysuckle opens up to flavors of honey and a delightfully creamy mid-palate. Hints of pears dance throughout and fade into a lingering finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjune2016 ...

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Instagram post 17848418794091493 Tonight we're having the 2015 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay from @hanoverparkvineyard!  This full bodied Chardonnay has a nose filled with toasted coconut and touch of vanilla. The flavor starts with a crisp acidity that moves into a fruit filled creamy mid-palate. Vanilla and toasty oak develop on the end, leaving on a clean note. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjune2016

Tonight we're having the 2015 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay from @hanoverparkvineyard! This full bodied Chardonnay has a nose filled with toasted coconut and touch of vanilla. The flavor starts with a crisp acidity that moves into a fruit filled creamy mid-palate. Vanilla and toasty oak develop on the end, leaving on a clean note. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjune2016 ...

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Instagram post 17851685707069937 Tonight we're having the 2011 Merlot from @lazyelm! A bit of age on this wine has given it a smooth and refined profile. The nose is complex, showing earthy leather up front with a dried fruit background. The flavors are equally complex with dried fruits in the beginning, followed by a toasty oaky finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjune2016

Tonight we're having the 2011 Merlot from @lazyelm! A bit of age on this wine has given it a smooth and refined profile. The nose is complex, showing earthy leather up front with a dried fruit background. The flavors are equally complex with dried fruits in the beginning, followed by a toasty oaky finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjune2016 ...

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Instagram post 17848604335089712 Tonight we're having the 2011 Tannat from @shelton_vineyards! A bold red wine, this one has a nose full of ripe plums and tanned leather. The flavors are equally bold, echoing the plums up front before moving to a toasty vanilla mid-palate. The finish is long and lingering leaving on a pleasant dried fruit note. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjune2016

Tonight we're having the 2011 Tannat from @shelton_vineyards! A bold red wine, this one has a nose full of ripe plums and tanned leather. The flavors are equally bold, echoing the plums up front before moving to a toasty vanilla mid-palate. The finish is long and lingering leaving on a pleasant dried fruit note. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjune2016 ...

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Instagram post 17849702959073835 Tonight we're having the 2014 Grüner Veltliner from @burntshirtvineyards! This Austrian grape has made a nice home in the mountains of Western North Carolina. The nose is bright with bold candied lemon peel and fresh citrus. The flavor starts out with an acidic first sip. Then it quickly moves into a mellow citrusy mid-palate, balanced with a delicately creamy finish. A nicely balanced alternative white wine for summer! #NCWine #ncwgjune2016

Tonight we're having the 2014 Grüner Veltliner from @burntshirtvineyards! This Austrian grape has made a nice home in the mountains of Western North Carolina. The nose is bright with bold candied lemon peel and fresh citrus. The flavor starts out with an acidic first sip. Then it quickly moves into a mellow citrusy mid-palate, balanced with a delicately creamy finish. A nicely balanced alternative white wine for summer! #NCWine #ncwgjune2016 ...

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