Maggie – Parker-Binns Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the Maggie from Parker-Binns Vineyard in the Tryon Foothills. This 2017 off dry white is produced from 100% Muscat Giallo.

Soft citrus on the nose, tropical flavor notes on the tongue with a lingering finish of pear and jackfruit.

Personal scoring on the American Wine Society twenty point scale.

Appearance: 3

Aroma: 4.5

Taste: 5.5

Aftertaste: 3

Impression: 2

Total: 18 – Gold Medal worthy!

Priced at $20 a bottle.

Ships: Only in North Carolina

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Mulled Spiced Wine – Cupcake Vineyards

It’s a cold rainy evening in the South, so our wine tonight is hot mulled spiced wine. Our wine base is the 2014 Black Forest Decadent Red from Cupcake Vineyards.

Easy to blend, but choosing your wine is critical. You certainly wouldn’t want mull one of your better aging reds….save those. A nice red blend works best for mulling. Perfect for a cold rainy day.

Cruse Wine Tasting (NAPA)

Our wine tonight is a Cruse Wine Company tasting at Bond Street Wines downtown Spartanburg, South Carolina. This California winery is producing small batch table wines from fine NAPA valley vineyards.

First we started with the 2017 Chardonnay. Light and crisp, orange and vanilla nose, not overly buttery, nice mineral finish. Only 24 barrels produced, $42 a bottle.

On to the 2015 Tannat, expressive nose, dark fruited, medium tannins, medium bodied. Only 10 barrels produced, $36 a bottle.

Finishing with the 2017 Valdiguié blend, peppery nose, light smooth red, with a lingering light floral finish. Only one barrel produced, $36 a bottle.

Catawba White – Waldensian Heritage Winery

Our wine tonight is the Catawba White from Waldensian Heritage Winery. A light pink wine with a soft fruity nose and crisp complex flavor notes of exotic fruits.

The Waldensian people have long produced wines and their traditional wine making techniques have passed through centuries of generations. The Waldensian movement originated in the twelfth century and the Waldensian people have been long persecuted in Europe as their teachings were in conflict with the traditional Catholic Church. The North Carolina settlement in Valdese arrived in the late 18th century. Waldensian Heritage Winery is “legally” the third oldest winery in North Carolina. However, these traditional wines have been produced in Valdese for generations.

Personal scoring on the American Wine Society twenty point scale.

Appearance: 2.5

Aroma: 4

Taste: 5

Aftertaste: 2.5

Impression: 2

Total: 16 – Silver Medal worthy!

Priced at $8 a bottle.

Ships: Only in North Carolina

Pomegranate Pinot Noir – CityScape Winery

Our wine tonight is the Pomegranate Pinot Noir from CityScape Winery in Pelzer (Greenville County) South Carolina.

Semi-Sweet Pinot Noir blended with fresh pomegranate juice.

Personal scoring on the American Wine Society twenty point scale.

Appearance: 2.5

Aroma: 5

Taste: 5.5

Aftertaste: 3

Impression: 2

Total: 18 – Gold Medal worthy!

Priced at $16 a bottle.

Ships: Only in South Carolina

Pack House Red – Iron Gate Vineyards

Our wine tonight is Pack House Red from Iron Gate Vineyards just outside of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Off Dry Red Blend of Bordeaux Varietals.

Personal scoring on the American Wine Society twenty point scale.

Appearance: 3

Aroma: 4.5

Taste: 4.5

Aftertaste: 2.5

Impression: 2

Total: 16.5— Silver Medal worthy!

Priced at $19 a bottle.

Ships: Only in North Carolina

Drinking beautifully now