What We’ve Been Drinking: May 2016

Summer is almost upon us and the North Carolina wine has never tasted better! May was warm and our selections were a bit heavier on the whites and rosés. But still, each bottle showed what NC can produce and how it really is an exciting place to be for new wines.

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

Instagram post 17847065749092685 Road trip day 2!  First stop is @stpaulvineyard! #NCWine #ncwgmay2016

Road trip day 2! First stop is @stpaulvineyard! #NCWine #ncwgmay2016 ...

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Instagram post 17847570394091417 Tonight we're having the 2014 Seyval from Calaboose Cellars! This crisp and clean white wine has a delicate honeyed nose with a subtle musky undertone. The flavors are vibrant with a bright acidity upfront that turns into a gentle pear mid-palate. The finish has a hint of marble apple skins that ends on a clean note. #UpperHiwasseeHighlands #NCWine #ncwgmay2016

Tonight we're having the 2014 Seyval from Calaboose Cellars! This crisp and clean white wine has a delicate honeyed nose with a subtle musky undertone. The flavors are vibrant with a bright acidity upfront that turns into a gentle pear mid-palate. The finish has a hint of marble apple skins that ends on a clean note. #UpperHiwasseeHighlands #NCWine #ncwgmay2016 ...

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Instagram post 17857601866041104 Tonight it's the O Cellars 2013 Reserve Chardonnay from @burntshirtvineyards!  The nose is apple with hint of oak. The palate is crisp acidity with apples that turn to toasted apples. It's a delightful blend of fruit, acid and oak. #NCWine #ncwgmay2016

Tonight it's the O Cellars 2013 Reserve Chardonnay from @burntshirtvineyards! The nose is apple with hint of oak. The palate is crisp acidity with apples that turn to toasted apples. It's a delightful blend of fruit, acid and oak. #NCWine #ncwgmay2016 ...

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Instagram post 17847917011089376 Stunning view at @piccionevineyards goes great with the fantastic wines!  #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2016

Stunning view at @piccionevineyards goes great with the fantastic wines! #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2016 ...

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Instagram post 17857771588004484 Tonight we're having the 2013 Malbec from @shelton_vineyards! This medium-bodied red offers blueberries and fleshy plums on the nose. The flavors are of dark cherries and vanilla with a warming toasted oak on the mid-palate. The finish is light, yet lingering finally ending on a brûléed fruit note. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2016

Tonight we're having the 2013 Malbec from @shelton_vineyards! This medium-bodied red offers blueberries and fleshy plums on the nose. The flavors are of dark cherries and vanilla with a warming toasted oak on the mid-palate. The finish is light, yet lingering finally ending on a brûléed fruit note. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2016 ...

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Instagram post 17860679245038835 It's Chardonnay Day! Why not have a bubbly made from Chardonnay?  Tonight we're having the 2011 Château Reserve from @biltmorewines! This tasty bubbly is deliciously dry with a touch of toast and a delicately crisp finish. #NCWine #ChardonnayDay #ncwgmay2016

It's Chardonnay Day! Why not have a bubbly made from Chardonnay? Tonight we're having the 2011 Château Reserve from @biltmorewines! This tasty bubbly is deliciously dry with a touch of toast and a delicately crisp finish. #NCWine #ChardonnayDay #ncwgmay2016 ...

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Instagram post 17847788017127532 Tonight we're celebrating #NationalWineDay with the Barrel X from Stonefield Cellars Winery! This bold red wine is full bodied and quite a delight. The nose is complex showing baking spice and squeezed plums. The flavors are equally complex starting with charred red fruits and a touch of smoke. The mid-palate is fruity and even with a toasty finish. #NCWine #ncwgmay2016

Tonight we're celebrating #NationalWineDay with the Barrel X from Stonefield Cellars Winery! This bold red wine is full bodied and quite a delight. The nose is complex showing baking spice and squeezed plums. The flavors are equally complex starting with charred red fruits and a touch of smoke. The mid-palate is fruity and even with a toasty finish. #NCWine #ncwgmay2016 ...

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Instagram post 17850949120064354 Tonight we're having the 2015 Pinot Gris from @laurelgrayvineyards! This vintage is a bit more fruity than the previous year. The nose is bold with apricots and a delicate musky background. The flavors are full and even, highlighting green apples and honeydew. #YadkinValley #NCWine #SwanCreek #ncwgmay2016

Tonight we're having the 2015 Pinot Gris from @laurelgrayvineyards! This vintage is a bit more fruity than the previous year. The nose is bold with apricots and a delicate musky background. The flavors are full and even, highlighting green apples and honeydew. #YadkinValley #NCWine #SwanCreek #ncwgmay2016 ...

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Instagram post 17851004614064053 Tonight we're having the 2013 Special Delivery Rosé from Junius Lindsay Vineyard! A Provençal style wine, it is deeply complex yet still light and crisp. The nose is light with a bold citrus peel coming through. The flavors are big on the strawberry with a nice mineral mid-palate. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2016

Tonight we're having the 2013 Special Delivery Rosé from Junius Lindsay Vineyard! A Provençal style wine, it is deeply complex yet still light and crisp. The nose is light with a bold citrus peel coming through. The flavors are big on the strawberry with a nice mineral mid-palate. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2016 ...

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Instagram post 17856613039000382 Tonight we're having another Chardonnay in preparation for National Chardonnay Day. This time it's the 2014 Chardonnay from Hutton Vineyards! This lightly oaked Chardonnay is very fruit forward with a bright acidity to it. The flavors are of fresh apple and have a light caramel finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2016

Tonight we're having another Chardonnay in preparation for National Chardonnay Day. This time it's the 2014 Chardonnay from Hutton Vineyards! This lightly oaked Chardonnay is very fruit forward with a bright acidity to it. The flavors are of fresh apple and have a light caramel finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2016 ...

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Instagram post 17848371022072577 Tonight we're having the 2015 Barrel Chardonnay from @hanoverparkvineyard! A touch of oak graces this fresh and vibrant white wine. There's a hint of butterscotch on the mid-palate and it finishes quite nicely. We're a few days early for National Chardonnay Day, but there's plenty of time to get you one of these and celebrate! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2016

Tonight we're having the 2015 Barrel Chardonnay from @hanoverparkvineyard! A touch of oak graces this fresh and vibrant white wine. There's a hint of butterscotch on the mid-palate and it finishes quite nicely. We're a few days early for National Chardonnay Day, but there's plenty of time to get you one of these and celebrate! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2016 ...

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Instagram post 17856455056015728 Tonight it's the 2013 Rossa from @elkincreekvineyard!  Rossa is a Bordeaux style blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. The nose is plum and cedar.  So fragrant!  The palate is rich and warm plum and cherry with a slight tartness. The finish lingers softly on your tongue. It's an excellent wine!  But don't take our word for it, go get a bottle for yourself! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2016

Tonight it's the 2013 Rossa from @elkincreekvineyard! Rossa is a Bordeaux style blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. The nose is plum and cedar. So fragrant! The palate is rich and warm plum and cherry with a slight tartness. The finish lingers softly on your tongue. It's an excellent wine! But don't take our word for it, go get a bottle for yourself! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2016 ...

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Stop 2- @burntshirtvineyards! #NCWine #ncwgmay2016 ...

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Instagram post 17856039889050144 It's a gorgeous day @hanoverparkvineyard!  We enjoyed a great brunch by Chef Dion Sprenkle. We're now outside enjoying this gorgeous but cool day!  #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2016

It's a gorgeous day @hanoverparkvineyard! We enjoyed a great brunch by Chef Dion Sprenkle. We're now outside enjoying this gorgeous but cool day! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2016 ...

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Instagram post 17856536782024082 Tonight we're having the 2013 Cynthiana from Carolina Heritage Vineyard & Winery! Also know as Norton, this particular wine is an easy going red that unfurls with every sip. The nose is heavy on the plums with a subtle black tar in the background. The flavors start with tart juicy cherries and move into a soft red fruit finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2016

Tonight we're having the 2013 Cynthiana from Carolina Heritage Vineyard & Winery! Also know as Norton, this particular wine is an easy going red that unfurls with every sip. The nose is heavy on the plums with a subtle black tar in the background. The flavors start with tart juicy cherries and move into a soft red fruit finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2016 ...

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Instagram post 17848549408079171 Tonight we're sipping on the 2014 Montepulciano from @raffaldinivineyards! Considerably lighter than the Montepulciano Riserva, it still packs in the flavor. The nose is mellow with delicate plums and cedar. The flavors are of cherries and strawberries with a subtle hint of reduced balsamic on the finish. #SwanCreek #NCWine #ncwgmay2016

Tonight we're sipping on the 2014 Montepulciano from @raffaldinivineyards! Considerably lighter than the Montepulciano Riserva, it still packs in the flavor. The nose is mellow with delicate plums and cedar. The flavors are of cherries and strawberries with a subtle hint of reduced balsamic on the finish. #SwanCreek #NCWine #ncwgmay2016 ...

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Instagram post 17856278281029194 Tonight we're having the Kaleidoscope Red from @ragapplelassie! An easy going red blend for a Tuesday evening. It has a mild nose of toasted red fruits and flavors to match. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2016

Tonight we're having the Kaleidoscope Red from @ragapplelassie! An easy going red blend for a Tuesday evening. It has a mild nose of toasted red fruits and flavors to match. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2016 ...

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Instagram post 17856211048031976 Tonight we're having the 2011 Between the Rivers Reserve from Baker Buffalo Creek - Vineyard and Winery! A bold red blend, it's filled with fleshy plums on the nose with a hint of vanilla in the background. The flavors play up the charred plums up front, moving into a bold toasty cherry mid-palate. The finish is lingering with cedar notes that fade away slowly. #NCWine #ncwgmay2016

Tonight we're having the 2011 Between the Rivers Reserve from Baker Buffalo Creek - Vineyard and Winery! A bold red blend, it's filled with fleshy plums on the nose with a hint of vanilla in the background. The flavors play up the charred plums up front, moving into a bold toasty cherry mid-palate. The finish is lingering with cedar notes that fade away slowly. #NCWine #ncwgmay2016 ...

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Instagram post 17848183756077847 Tonight we're having the 2013 Second Leaf from Junius Lindsay Vineyard! This blend of Viognier and Roussanne makes an incredibly flavorful white wine. The nose is bold and tropical, highlighting coconut and grilled pineapple. The flavors start with the pineapple then move into a delicate creamy mid-palate. The finish has a nice acidity that carries the flavors through to the very end. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2016

Tonight we're having the 2013 Second Leaf from Junius Lindsay Vineyard! This blend of Viognier and Roussanne makes an incredibly flavorful white wine. The nose is bold and tropical, highlighting coconut and grilled pineapple. The flavors start with the pineapple then move into a delicate creamy mid-palate. The finish has a nice acidity that carries the flavors through to the very end. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2016 ...

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Instagram post 17860612771000964 Tonight we're having the 2014 Merlot from @raylenvineyards! A recent release, this red has a ripe and fruity nose of red fruits with a floral note in the background. The flavors are mellow and even with a delicious cherry vanilla mid-palate. The finish is light and lingers, the ends with a tasty oaky finale. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2016

Tonight we're having the 2014 Merlot from @raylenvineyards! A recent release, this red has a ripe and fruity nose of red fruits with a floral note in the background. The flavors are mellow and even with a delicious cherry vanilla mid-palate. The finish is light and lingers, the ends with a tasty oaky finale. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2016 ...

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Instagram post 17856229684016485 Tonight it's the 2011 Two Five Nine Tannat from @shelton_vineyards!  Tomato jam on the nose and a palate of rich cherries, leather and tobacco. This wine is a joy to drink!  It's one of favorite Shelton wines ever!  #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2016

Tonight it's the 2011 Two Five Nine Tannat from @shelton_vineyards! Tomato jam on the nose and a palate of rich cherries, leather and tobacco. This wine is a joy to drink! It's one of favorite Shelton wines ever! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2016 ...

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Instagram post 17858101912009807 We're enjoying an old favorite tonight. It's the 2013 Muscat Blanc from @mcritchiewinery!  The nose is pears and pineapple. The palate gives more pears and pineapple along with a creamy honey flavor. This wine is well balanced and just a delight!  #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2016

We're enjoying an old favorite tonight. It's the 2013 Muscat Blanc from @mcritchiewinery! The nose is pears and pineapple. The palate gives more pears and pineapple along with a creamy honey flavor. This wine is well balanced and just a delight! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2016 ...

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Instagram post 17848025497111122 Tonight we're enjoying the 2011 Chambourcin from @hanoverparkvineyard!  Smoke, leather and spice along with an earthiness greet you on the nose. The palate is full of flavors of macerated red fruits and hints of baking spice. The finish is long and smooth. A perfect way to end the day!  #YadkinValley #NCWine #DrinkLocal #ncwgmay2016

Tonight we're enjoying the 2011 Chambourcin from @hanoverparkvineyard! Smoke, leather and spice along with an earthiness greet you on the nose. The palate is full of flavors of macerated red fruits and hints of baking spice. The finish is long and smooth. A perfect way to end the day! #YadkinValley #NCWine #DrinkLocal #ncwgmay2016 ...

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