What We’ve Been Drinking — November 2016

November always seems like such a whirlwind of a month! Family visits, holiday parties and a few vineyard trips filled up our calendar. Among the highlights we made a visit to two new wineries (Midnight Magdelena Vineyards and the newly re-opened West Bend Vineyards) as well as took part in an impromptu botteling at Hanover Park Vineyards!  We’re excited to see what the next month brings with it!

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

Instagram post 17865778168011147 Happy International Merlot Day!  To celebrate, we're enjoying the 2007 Merlot from @brandonhillsvineyard! This wine is still in a great spot!  The color is deep dark red. The nose is rich stewed cherries. The palate gives rich black cherry with notes of cedar, leather and tobacco. It's full bodied with a pleasant lingering finish that's smooth and leaves you wanting more!  #MerlotDay #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgnov2016

Happy International Merlot Day! To celebrate, we're enjoying the 2007 Merlot from @brandonhillsvineyard! This wine is still in a great spot! The color is deep dark red. The nose is rich stewed cherries. The palate gives rich black cherry with notes of cedar, leather and tobacco. It's full bodied with a pleasant lingering finish that's smooth and leaves you wanting more! #MerlotDay #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgnov2016 ...

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Instagram post 17844089323185584 We're watching the election returns and enjoying the Chardonnay sur Lie from @ragapplelassie! Notes of butterscotch on the nose and a palate of butter and toasty oak makes for a delightful wine. It's perfectly in balance. It's neither overly buttery or oaky.  #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgnov2016

We're watching the election returns and enjoying the Chardonnay sur Lie from @ragapplelassie! Notes of butterscotch on the nose and a palate of butter and toasty oak makes for a delightful wine. It's perfectly in balance. It's neither overly buttery or oaky. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgnov2016 ...

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Instagram post 17844169729173204 Tonight we're enjoying the Cabernet Sauvignon from @parkerbinnsvineyardandwinery! This bold red has a complex nose with rich vanilla that unfurls into sweet dried cherry.  The flavors are as big as the aroma. It starts out with oaky vanilla with a leathery mid-palate. The finish has a touch of dried cherry that lingers on for a while. Perfect for cooler weather! #NCWine #ncwgnov2016

Tonight we're enjoying the Cabernet Sauvignon from @parkerbinnsvineyardandwinery! This bold red has a complex nose with rich vanilla that unfurls into sweet dried cherry. The flavors are as big as the aroma. It starts out with oaky vanilla with a leathery mid-palate. The finish has a touch of dried cherry that lingers on for a while. Perfect for cooler weather! #NCWine #ncwgnov2016 ...

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Instagram post 17855315956111271 Tonight we're having the Syrah from @menarickvineyard! Dark and peppery are two words that first come to mind with this wine. The color is intense and opaque. The nose is filled with strawberry preserves with a sticky-sweet undertone. The flavor is deep, starting with dried plum skins that move to a peppery mid-palate. The spice fades gently on the finish before disappearing completely. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgnov2016

Tonight we're having the Syrah from @menarickvineyard! Dark and peppery are two words that first come to mind with this wine. The color is intense and opaque. The nose is filled with strawberry preserves with a sticky-sweet undertone. The flavor is deep, starting with dried plum skins that move to a peppery mid-palate. The spice fades gently on the finish before disappearing completely. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgnov2016 ...

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Instagram post 17855281462111243 Tonight we're enjoying the 2014 Montepulciano Riserva from @raffaldinivineyards!  The nose is black cherry, vanilla and baking spice. The palate is woody and leathery with a smooth black cherry finish. It's a perfect wine for fall! #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgnov2016

Tonight we're enjoying the 2014 Montepulciano Riserva from @raffaldinivineyards! The nose is black cherry, vanilla and baking spice. The palate is woody and leathery with a smooth black cherry finish. It's a perfect wine for fall! #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgnov2016 ...

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Instagram post 17854972351120861 Family is visiting, so we have a bonus pour tonight!  We decided to do a small vertical, so we went with the 2013 Montepulciano Riserva from Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery!  Having a extra year in the bottle has made for a smoother more refined wine!  The nose is more floral and herbaceous than the 2014. The palate is smooth black cherry. What a treat!  #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgnov2016

Family is visiting, so we have a bonus pour tonight! We decided to do a small vertical, so we went with the 2013 Montepulciano Riserva from Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery! Having a extra year in the bottle has made for a smoother more refined wine! The nose is more floral and herbaceous than the 2014. The palate is smooth black cherry. What a treat! #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgnov2016 ...

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Instagram post 17844303340152518 Tonight we're enjoying be 2014 Cabernet Franc from @oldstonewinery!  The nose is fragrant with notes of cherry, oak, vanilla and tomato.  The palate presents savory flavors of white pepper and oak with subtle notes of cherry. This wine would be perfect for your Thanksgiving table! #NCWine #ncwgnov2016

Tonight we're enjoying be 2014 Cabernet Franc from @oldstonewinery! The nose is fragrant with notes of cherry, oak, vanilla and tomato. The palate presents savory flavors of white pepper and oak with subtle notes of cherry. This wine would be perfect for your Thanksgiving table! #NCWine #ncwgnov2016 ...

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Instagram post 17844274018166497 We visited Midnight Magdalena Vineyards this afternoon. Great wines and great views!  We particularly loved the 2015 Riesling! #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #MidnightMagdalena #ncwgnov2016

We visited Midnight Magdalena Vineyards this afternoon. Great wines and great views! We particularly loved the 2015 Riesling! #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #MidnightMagdalena #ncwgnov2016 ...

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Instagram post 17866781020002374 Tonight we're enjoying the Syrah from Stony Knoll Vineyards! This medium bodied red wine has a great nose with equally impressive flavors. The nose is fruit forward with dried raspberries, a touch of vanilla, and delicate spice. The flavors start with subtle cherries that move into a soft leathery mid-palate. The finish is slightly smoky with a soft spice at the very end. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgnov2016

Tonight we're enjoying the Syrah from Stony Knoll Vineyards! This medium bodied red wine has a great nose with equally impressive flavors. The nose is fruit forward with dried raspberries, a touch of vanilla, and delicate spice. The flavors start with subtle cherries that move into a soft leathery mid-palate. The finish is slightly smoky with a soft spice at the very end. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgnov2016 ...

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Instagram post 17855453215110469 Tonight we're drinking the 2014 Petit Verdot from @childresswines!  The nose brings to mind a forest floor. It's earthy and woody. The palate is also woody with a dried berry finish. This wine is perfect for fall and winter! #NCWine #ncwgnov2016

Tonight we're drinking the 2014 Petit Verdot from @childresswines! The nose brings to mind a forest floor. It's earthy and woody. The palate is also woody with a dried berry finish. This wine is perfect for fall and winter! #NCWine #ncwgnov2016 ...

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Instagram post 17855653870113565 To celebrate National #ZinfandelDay we're having one from @ragapplelassiewine! Big and bold, just like a west coast zin. It also has a more subtle fruit profile. The nose is filled with charred black fruits. The flavors are juicy up front with blackberries and blueberries in the middle. It ends on a delicate tart finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ZinDay #ncwgnov2016

To celebrate National #ZinfandelDay we're having one from @ragapplelassiewine! Big and bold, just like a west coast zin. It also has a more subtle fruit profile. The nose is filled with charred black fruits. The flavors are juicy up front with blackberries and blueberries in the middle. It ends on a delicate tart finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ZinDay #ncwgnov2016 ...

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Instagram post 17866588993034422 We got to visit the winery at @hanoverparkvineyard and help with some bottling! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgnov2016

We got to visit the winery at @hanoverparkvineyard and help with some bottling! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgnov2016 ...

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Instagram post 17868492580041094 We ended our Friday adventure at the new @westbendwineryandbrewery!  We loved the 2011 Chambourcin!  The cabin tasting room is super cool too!  #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgnov2016

We ended our Friday adventure at the new @westbendwineryandbrewery! We loved the 2011 Chambourcin! The cabin tasting room is super cool too! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgnov2016 ...

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Instagram post 17855397280126770 Tonight we're having the Chambourcin from Baker Buffalo Creek - Vineyard and Winery! This fruit forward red wine has a vibrant nose filled with baking spices and a touch of vanilla.  The flavors star out with cranberries then move to an oaky mid-palate. The finish has delicate tannins that end with a nice spice. #NCWine #ncwgnov2016

Tonight we're having the Chambourcin from Baker Buffalo Creek - Vineyard and Winery! This fruit forward red wine has a vibrant nose filled with baking spices and a touch of vanilla. The flavors star out with cranberries then move to an oaky mid-palate. The finish has delicate tannins that end with a nice spice. #NCWine #ncwgnov2016 ...

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