What We’ve Been Drinking — May 2017

May has 31 days. And with that many days, there are plenty of opportunities to drink some great North Carolina Wine. We did just that. The weather also was quite amazing, so we ended up taking a few weekends and visiting some wineries we haven’t been able to get to in a while. Also, toward the end of the month, we celebrated a milestone birthday in the only way we know how, with wine!

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Instagram post 17855162440166638 Tonight we're enjoying the 2012 Ring of Fire from @mcritchiewinery! This vintage is still showing really well. The nose is deep with black cherries and plums. The flavors are rich and smooth. It starts off with juicy dark fruits and figs. The mid-palate is filled with vanilla and fades slowly to a cedar and leather finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2012 Ring of Fire from @mcritchiewinery! This vintage is still showing really well. The nose is deep with black cherries and plums. The flavors are rich and smooth. It starts off with juicy dark fruits and figs. The mid-palate is filled with vanilla and fades slowly to a cedar and leather finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17880697621007660 Set up is almost complete at the Yadkin Valley Wine Festival in Elkin. Come by and see us. We're helping out at @hanoverparkvineyard's tent today! #YadkinValley #yvwf #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

Set up is almost complete at the Yadkin Valley Wine Festival in Elkin. Come by and see us. We're helping out at @hanoverparkvineyard's tent today! #YadkinValley #yvwf #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17882250472053118 The beautiful vineyard at @lazyelm!  Thanks to Chris for a great tasting! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

The beautiful vineyard at @lazyelm! Thanks to Chris for a great tasting! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17860089487140860 Lush vineyards at @raylenvineyards! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

Lush vineyards at @raylenvineyards! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17881873786046077 Vintage Mourvèdre at @hanoverparkvineyard!  We tasted the 2008,  2005, 2002, and 2001. All were great, but the 2001 was extra special. A nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon!  #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

Vintage Mourvèdre at @hanoverparkvineyard! We tasted the 2008, 2005, 2002, and 2001. All were great, but the 2001 was extra special. A nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17881700092046121 It's National Wine Day and International Chardonnay Day, so we thought we'd open up an older Chardonnay to see if it might still be good. We chose the 2010 Unoaked Chardonnay from @hanoverparkvineyard!  Guess what?  It is still good. The color is extremely golden. The nose is still fragrant. It's classic Chardonnay. The palate is all apples - almost like apple juice. What a pleasant surprise!  A delightful way to end the day!  #YadkinValley #NCWine #NationalWineDay #ChardonnayDay #ncwgmay2017

It's National Wine Day and International Chardonnay Day, so we thought we'd open up an older Chardonnay to see if it might still be good. We chose the 2010 Unoaked Chardonnay from @hanoverparkvineyard! Guess what? It is still good. The color is extremely golden. The nose is still fragrant. It's classic Chardonnay. The palate is all apples - almost like apple juice. What a pleasant surprise! A delightful way to end the day! #YadkinValley #NCWine #NationalWineDay #ChardonnayDay #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17869844179116803 Tonight were enjoying the 2011 Cabernet Franc from @lazyelm! This wine has a classic Cabernet Franc profile and still holding up very nicely.  The nose is complex and deep, highlighting tomato jam and a subtle herbaceous undertone. The flavors start out with soft earthy notes up front.  It then moves to a leathery mid-palate balanced with dried tart cherries.  The finish is long and gentle tannins fade out very slowly. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

Tonight were enjoying the 2011 Cabernet Franc from @lazyelm! This wine has a classic Cabernet Franc profile and still holding up very nicely. The nose is complex and deep, highlighting tomato jam and a subtle herbaceous undertone. The flavors start out with soft earthy notes up front. It then moves to a leathery mid-palate balanced with dried tart cherries. The finish is long and gentle tannins fade out very slowly. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17856243556189860 Tonight we're having the Hemric Mtn Rosé from Dobbins Creek Vineyards! The nose is crisp with a hint of unripened white peaches. The flavors start out bright with a crisp acidity up front. The mid-palate turns to a slight lemon peel and ends with a long mineral finish. #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

Tonight we're having the Hemric Mtn Rosé from Dobbins Creek Vineyards! The nose is crisp with a hint of unripened white peaches. The flavors start out bright with a crisp acidity up front. The mid-palate turns to a slight lemon peel and ends with a long mineral finish. #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17857534582156615 Tonight we're enjoying the 2013 Sangiovese from Hutton Vineyards.  Leather and cocoa with a hint of oak come through on the nose.  The palate begins leather and oak. This moves to an earthy mid-palate.  The finish brings cherry that fades away gently. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2013 Sangiovese from Hutton Vineyards. Leather and cocoa with a hint of oak come through on the nose. The palate begins leather and oak. This moves to an earthy mid-palate. The finish brings cherry that fades away gently. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17882006677025722 We're finishing our #SundayFunday with mead!  We opened the Fig Orange Mead from @honeygirlmeadery!  The nose is pure honey. The palate is crisp with delicate notes of orange and fig. It's dry - not all mead is sweet!  Everyone here loves it!  #NCMead #ncwgmay2017

We're finishing our #SundayFunday with mead! We opened the Fig Orange Mead from @honeygirlmeadery! The nose is pure honey. The palate is crisp with delicate notes of orange and fig. It's dry - not all mead is sweet! Everyone here loves it! #NCMead #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17869673542103560 The rain is about to start, so what better way to spend the afternoon than with friends and a vertical tasting of @jonesvondrehle's Petit Manseng.  We have the 2013, the 2014, and the 2015 on tap!  Blog post coming soon! #YadkinValley #NCWine #SundayFunday #ncwgmay2017

The rain is about to start, so what better way to spend the afternoon than with friends and a vertical tasting of @jonesvondrehle's Petit Manseng. We have the 2013, the 2014, and the 2015 on tap! Blog post coming soon! #YadkinValley #NCWine #SundayFunday #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17842096678199453 Tonight we're enjoying the 2015 Villard Blanc from @thefarmatdovervineyards ! This crisp white wine is certainly perfect as the weather warms up. The nose is balanced between light and airy grassy notes and subtle citrus peel. The flavors start out with a quick burst of acidity that mellows out to a mineral rich mid-palate. The finish brings with it a touch of lingering pear that holds on for a good while. #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2015 Villard Blanc from @thefarmatdovervineyards ! This crisp white wine is certainly perfect as the weather warms up. The nose is balanced between light and airy grassy notes and subtle citrus peel. The flavors start out with a quick burst of acidity that mellows out to a mineral rich mid-palate. The finish brings with it a touch of lingering pear that holds on for a good while. #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17856307951148425 Tonight we're having the 2015 Sauvignon Blanc from @jonesvondrehle! This limited release wine is definitely a surprise in the glass. The nose is citrusy with lemons and a grassy undertone. The flavors start with a crisp acidity up front. It then moves to a lemongrass mid-palate and fades to an herbaceous finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

Tonight we're having the 2015 Sauvignon Blanc from @jonesvondrehle! This limited release wine is definitely a surprise in the glass. The nose is citrusy with lemons and a grassy undertone. The flavors start with a crisp acidity up front. It then moves to a lemongrass mid-palate and fades to an herbaceous finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17856196234183527 Tonight we're having the 2015 Brown Mountain White from @lakejamescellar! This Viognier is a great white wine as the weather starts to heat up. The nose is filled with tropical fruits supported by a floral backbone. The flavors start out with bright pineapple. It moves to a slightly creamy mid-palate and ends with a clean mineral finish. #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

Tonight we're having the 2015 Brown Mountain White from @lakejamescellar! This Viognier is a great white wine as the weather starts to heat up. The nose is filled with tropical fruits supported by a floral backbone. The flavors start out with bright pineapple. It moves to a slightly creamy mid-palate and ends with a clean mineral finish. #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17881544227011672 Tonight's wine is the 2014 Unoaked Chardonnay from @hanoverparkvineyard!  Tropical notes greet you on the nose along with hints of unripened nectarines. The palate continues with tropical notes of mango and banana. It's rounded out with a bit of dried apple. It's a perfect way to end a warm spring day!  #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

Tonight's wine is the 2014 Unoaked Chardonnay from @hanoverparkvineyard! Tropical notes greet you on the nose along with hints of unripened nectarines. The palate continues with tropical notes of mango and banana. It's rounded out with a bit of dried apple. It's a perfect way to end a warm spring day! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17880691606001068 We're out on the patio on this beautiful night enjoying the 2016 Vermentino Superiore from @raffaldini!  The nose is orange and cream. The palate is more citrus with apricots and a hint of creaminess. This finish is crisp and clean. Perfect for a warm spring night!  #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

We're out on the patio on this beautiful night enjoying the 2016 Vermentino Superiore from @raffaldini! The nose is orange and cream. The palate is more citrus with apricots and a hint of creaminess. This finish is crisp and clean. Perfect for a warm spring night! #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17858830405142414 We had a fun day in the #YadkinValley!  Our first stop was @roaringrivervineyards for a tasting and lunch. It was great to catch up with Josephine and Tom!  They're such great host. The 2014 Merlot is tasting well!  Stop by and grab one!

Our next stop was @grassycreekwinery!  Wayne was a pleasure as always. The 2015 Barrel Chardonnay and 2014 Cabernet Franc were favorites. 
We finished at Carolina Heritage Vineyard & Winery.  It's always a treat to see Pat and Clyde. The 2016 Cayuga White was a stand out today.  #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

We had a fun day in the #YadkinValley! Our first stop was @roaringrivervineyards for a tasting and lunch. It was great to catch up with Josephine and Tom! They're such great host. The 2014 Merlot is tasting well! Stop by and grab one! Our next stop was @grassycreekwinery! Wayne was a pleasure as always. The 2015 Barrel Chardonnay and 2014 Cabernet Franc were favorites. We finished at Carolina Heritage Vineyard & Winery. It's always a treat to see Pat and Clyde. The 2016 Cayuga White was a stand out today. #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17858834764142589 Tonight we're enjoying the Sparkling Brut from @raylenvineyards!  Made in Méthode Champenoise, this traditionally made sparkling wine gives that expected yeasty nose.  The palate is delicate as the tiny bubbles dance on your tongue. It has a biscuit dough like flavor with light notes of apple, vanilla, and lemon.  Bubbly is perfect for any night of the week!  #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

Tonight we're enjoying the Sparkling Brut from @raylenvineyards! Made in Méthode Champenoise, this traditionally made sparkling wine gives that expected yeasty nose. The palate is delicate as the tiny bubbles dance on your tongue. It has a biscuit dough like flavor with light notes of apple, vanilla, and lemon. Bubbly is perfect for any night of the week! #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17858382673135973 Tonight we're enjoying the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon from @silverforkwinery! The nose gives intoxicating smells of plums, cherry, and a hint of oak. The palate begins with rich cherry, moves on to a hint of light oak, and finishes with a hint of cocoa powder.  It was perfect with a burger from the grill!  #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon from @silverforkwinery! The nose gives intoxicating smells of plums, cherry, and a hint of oak. The palate begins with rich cherry, moves on to a hint of light oak, and finishes with a hint of cocoa powder. It was perfect with a burger from the grill! #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17856040627155556 Duck confit! Pork Loin! Chef @clarkbarlowe discussing his menu... Some of what we've enjoyed today at @jonesvondrehle Sip & Savor! #YadkinValley #NCWine #DrinkLocal #EatLocal #ncwgmay2017

Duck confit! Pork Loin! Chef @clarkbarlowe discussing his menu... Some of what we've enjoyed today at @jonesvondrehle Sip & Savor! #YadkinValley #NCWine #DrinkLocal #EatLocal #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17880121825048585 Tonight we're enjoying the 2015 Pearl Albariño from @sanctuaryvineyards! This light and crisp white wine is certainly refreshing. The nose is clean with citrus and wet stone coming through. The flavors are airy and complex. Delicate citrus and mineral notes are the major players while the finish is predominantly lemon and fades out slowly. #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2015 Pearl Albariño from @sanctuaryvineyards! This light and crisp white wine is certainly refreshing. The nose is clean with citrus and wet stone coming through. The flavors are airy and complex. Delicate citrus and mineral notes are the major players while the finish is predominantly lemon and fades out slowly. #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17879222761009744 Tonight we're enjoying the 2012 Merlot from @morganridgevineyards! This vintage is quite dark with flavors to match. The nose is jammy and fruit forward with a hint of black tar lingering in the background. The flavors start with a bold dark berry burst right at the beginning. Vanilla and a slight earthy mid-palate slowly fade to a dried fruit finish to the end. #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2012 Merlot from @morganridgevineyards! This vintage is quite dark with flavors to match. The nose is jammy and fruit forward with a hint of black tar lingering in the background. The flavors start with a bold dark berry burst right at the beginning. Vanilla and a slight earthy mid-palate slowly fade to a dried fruit finish to the end. #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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Instagram post 17870537953108610 Tonight were enjoying the 2015 Wild Pony White from @sanctuaryvineyards! This white blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnel is smooth and enjoyable. The nose is filled with fresh stone fruits and lemon peel. The flavor is fruit forward with a nice mild acidity in the mid-palate. The finish is rich in minerals and lingers on with a touch of candied lemon peel. #NCWine #ncwgmay2017

Tonight were enjoying the 2015 Wild Pony White from @sanctuaryvineyards! This white blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnel is smooth and enjoyable. The nose is filled with fresh stone fruits and lemon peel. The flavor is fruit forward with a nice mild acidity in the mid-palate. The finish is rich in minerals and lingers on with a touch of candied lemon peel. #NCWine #ncwgmay2017 ...

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