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 17857559479023039 Tonight we're enjoying the 2013 Chambourcin from @silverforkwinery! A light and fruity red with a nice and dry finish. Always a treat! #NCWine #ncwgjune2016

Tonight we're enjoying the 2013 Chambourcin from @silverforkwinery! A light and fruity red with a nice and dry finish. Always a treat! #NCWine #ncwgjune2016 ...

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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 17857658959043115 Tonight we're enjoying the 2014 Rosa Dia from @jonesvondrehle! This rosé of Grenache is mild pink in color, with a nose of creamy strawberries and hint of lemon zest. The flavors are full of fresh strawberries that moves quickly into a fresh tart plum finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjune2016

Tonight we're enjoying the 2014 Rosa Dia from @jonesvondrehle! This rosé of Grenache is mild pink in color, with a nose of creamy strawberries and hint of lemon zest. The flavors are full of fresh strawberries that moves quickly into a fresh tart plum finish. #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 17857821487028898 Great first visit to @shadowlinevineyard!  Great wines and a beautiful location!  Go check them out!  #NCWine #ncwgjune2016

Great first visit to @shadowlinevineyard! Great wines and a beautiful location! Go check them out! #NCWine #ncwgjune2016 ...

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Instagram post 17848558060091066 Tonight we're enjoying the 2013 Petit Verdot from Mountain Brook Vineyards! This dark red wine has an intense nose of dark fruits and earthy leather. The flavors are fruity up front, playing to the dark cherry and black currants. The mid-palate makes a slightly smoky turn before moving to a toasty finish. #NCWine #ncwgjune2016

Tonight we're enjoying the 2013 Petit Verdot from Mountain Brook Vineyards! This dark red wine has an intense nose of dark fruits and earthy leather. The flavors are fruity up front, playing to the dark cherry and black currants. The mid-palate makes a slightly smoky turn before moving to a toasty finish. #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 17858525935041552 Tonight we're having the 2013 Sangiovese Riserva from @raffaldinivineyards! Robust and flavorful, this red has a nose of cherries with a subtle spicy earthiness in the background. The flavors are smooth and even. It starts with cherry then moves to a roasted tomato mid-palate. The finish is mild fading to a subtle vanilla. #YadkinValley #SwanCreek #NCWine #ncwgjune2016

Tonight we're having the 2013 Sangiovese Riserva from @raffaldinivineyards! Robust and flavorful, this red has a nose of cherries with a subtle spicy earthiness in the background. The flavors are smooth and even. It starts with cherry then moves to a roasted tomato mid-palate. The finish is mild fading to a subtle vanilla. #YadkinValley #SwanCreek #NCWine #ncwgjune2016 ...

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Instagram post 17857319455031207 Tonight we're having the 2014 Barbera from Hutton Vineyards! An easy going red, it doesn't lack in flavor or character. The nose is complex with with leather and cedar marked with earthy undertones. The flavors are smooth, starting with a sweet black cherry before it moves into a lovely cedar box mid-palate. The finish is light, but it lingers on and fades out slowly. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjune2016

Tonight we're having the 2014 Barbera from Hutton Vineyards! An easy going red, it doesn't lack in flavor or character. The nose is complex with with leather and cedar marked with earthy undertones. The flavors are smooth, starting with a sweet black cherry before it moves into a lovely cedar box mid-palate. The finish is light, but it lingers on and fades out slowly. #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 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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