Holiday Red – Burntshirt Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Holiday Red from Burntshirt Vineyards in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Blend of Chambourcin and Cabernet Franc.

Crest of the Blue Ridge Henderson County AVA.

Non-Vintage.

Though we did buy this bottle during the 2018 Christmas season.

Beautiful dark ruby color with a bright garnet rim.

Nose of chocolate covered cherries, fresh brewed Colombian coffee, pomegranate, and clove.

Off dry, medium bodied, with subtle tannins.

Nutty on the palate, with depths of red plum, strawberry, bell pepper, cinnamon, vanilla, all spice, oak, mint, and gingerbread cookies.

13% ABV

Enjoyed in this beautiful snowman wine glass hand painted by our talented friend Sonnette.

Stay frosty!

Please check out Sonnette’s work. We love supporting small businesses and ask that you consider shopping with your local small businesses this Christmas season.

Merry Christmas from the Turner’s!

White Merlot – Brandon Hills Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the White Merlot from Brandon Hills Vineyard in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley.

Vintage 2012.

Pale orange in color.

Processed of 100% Yadkin Valley AVA grown Merlot grapes.

Nose of grapefruit, orange, cranberry, and strawberry.

Mild tannins.

Semi-sweet. 3.5% residual sugar.

Flavor notes of cherry pie, strawberries, raspberries, kiwi, guava, and bananas foster.

12.5% ABV.

We recently picked up this one and a second bottle at the winery and saw even more recently they had opened the very last case of this vintage.

White Merlot is looked down on in the wine “snob” industry, Placed in the same category as White Zinfandel, and perhaps in the past rightfully so.

However, this Yadkin Valley AVA vintage is undoubtably a cut above. We’ve enjoyed bottles of this vintage for a few years now and it’s still drinking well. We’re saddened to realize that we are down to most likely the very last bottle we’ll ever enjoy of this vintage.

Thanks for the memories 2012 White Merlot!

Cheers!

Rosé – Barefoot

Our wine tonight is the Rosé from Barefoot Wine and Bubbly. Light Salmon in color.

Fruit forward nose of raspberries, strawberries, ted plums, and fresh sliced watermelon.

Light, delicate, and sweet yet not syrupy.

Slightly effervescent.

Bursting of summer fruit on the tongue, with notes of watermelon, bing cherries, tangerines, lime, pink grapefruit, and honeysuckle.

The finish lingers with a crisp tartness.

10% ABV.

$5 a bottle in your local grocery store.

Barefoot strives to offer wines which are fun, flavorful, and approachable. This Rosé hits the mark on all three points.

Barefoot is the most awarded wine brand in the world, so they are obviously doing something right.

Winemaker Jennifer Wall has been awarded over 2,000 medals for her wines.

This blog is sponsored, doesn’t change that this wine is good, and certainly an exceptional value.

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Merry Christmas and Cheers!

Dennis & Jenni

Cabernet Franc – Parker-Binns Vineyard

Tonight we celebrate Cabernet Franc day with one of our favorites. Our wine tonight is the Cabernet Franc from Parker-Binns Vineyard in the Tryon Foothills of North Carolina.

Vintage 2016

Blend of 77% Cabernet Franc and 23% Chambourcin.

Dark ruby color with a gorgeous garnet rim.

Aromatic nose of cocoa, coffee, lavender, cranberry, and graphite.

Dry, medium bodied, with mild tannins.

On the palate exhibits notes of cherry cola, dark chocolate, fresh baked cinnamon buns, vanilla bean, sweet tea, and leather.

13% ABV.

$23.00 a bottle.

We may somewhat better enjoy the 2015 vintage however this 2016 certainly drinks very nice.

Decant for about 30 to 60 minutes to open.

Contact Parker-Binns Vineyard direct for ordering/shipping info.

Riesling – Schmitt Söhne

Our wine tonight is the Riesling from Schmitt Söhne.

Riesling imported from Germany.

Light straw in color.

Nose of green apple, peach, and grapefruit.

Mid sweet-sweet to sweet.

Light and crisp.

Nicely balanced with mild acidity.

Flavor notes of apricot, lemon-lime, tangerine, nectarine, pineapple, pear, and honey, finishing of mineral, limestone, and ginger.

9.5% ABV.

$7.98 a bottle at your local grocery store.

Excellent drinking wine for the price.

Good as an aperitif or pair with chicken, Thai, or a charcuterie plate.

While we sincerely enjoyed this wine, this post is sponsored.

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Stella Peach – Stella Rosa

Our wine tonight is the Stella Peach from Stella Rosa.

White blend infused of natural peach flavor.

Pale with a very light yellowish tint and a soft white rim. A beautiful wine.

Nose very expressive of peach and cotton candy.

Light and delicate.

Sparkling, more so effervescent.

Semi-Sweet on the palate with flavor notes of fresh baked peach cobbler, wildflower honey, kiwi, green apples, lemon custard, cream soda, almonds, strawberries, apricots, and a light finish reminiscent of cremè brûlée.

5% ABV

$12 a bottle.

Imported from Italy.

Gold medal winner in the Beverage Testing Institute’s World Wine Championship scoring 91 points.

This wine is light and refreshing. The perfect before dinner wine for those family get togethers.

This blog is sponsored.

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Harmony Hall – Lu Mil Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the Harmony Hall from Lu Mil Vineyard in Elizabethtown, North Carolina.

Produced from estate grown Magnolia Muscadine grape.

The Magnolia varietal produces a medium sized bronze colored fruit.

Cold fermented.

Nose is distinctly muscadine, though not as pungent as most Carlos muscadine wine. The nose further exhibits notes of citrus and pear.

Color of polished gold.

Served chilled.

Sweet on the tongue.

Flavor notes of green apple, pear preserves, freshly baked lemon meringue pie, pineapple, tangerine, and grapefruit.

Smooth balanced finish.

This is without any doubt one of the very best muscadine wines that we have ever enjoyed.

12% ABV

WineryEscapades.Com scoring on the American Wine Society twenty point scale.

Appearance 3 Nose 5 Taste 6 Finish 3 Impression 2

Total: 19 Gold Medal Worthy

Click here to check out our previous blog about our cabin stay at Lu Mil Vineyard.

Harmony Hall stands six miles North of Lu Mil Vineyard. The home of Colonel James Richardson, Revolutionary soldier and patriot. His wife overhearing plans of Cornwallis, quartered there, dispatched information to her husband with Green’s army in South Carolina, this aiding in the defeat of the British and retreat of Cornwallis.

Black Cherry Mead – Lazy Bear Wine

Our wine tonight is the Black Cherry Mead from Lazy Bear Winery in Easley, South Carolina.

Rust in color with a garnet rim.

Still not sparkling.

Nose of honey, cherry and almonds.

Dry on the palate with bitter sweet notes of black cherry and wildflower honey.

Finishes like a traditional mead.

A prime example of melomel mead.

12% ABV

This mead is smooth drinking, would pair well with Mexican food.

This is good. Really good. I would grade as gold medal worthy.

I’m quickly a huge fan of Lazy Bear Winery.

Unfortunately only available at the small production winery and meadery.

These guys use honey and fruit from their own property or either source very locally.

They continue to rack up some impressive competition medals for their products.

We strongly recommend a visit.

Lazy Bear Winery

Cork and Pork – Rock of Ages Winery

Our wine tonight is the Cork & Pork wine from Rock of Ages Winery.

Red blend of dry vanifera and sweet muscadine grapes.

Dark plum in color with a bright purple rim.

Muscadine on the nose, hints of cheap cigar, red currants, and cherry cola.

This red blend is sweet!

Served chilled.

Bold on the palate, chewy, notes of red and black currants, blackberry jam, fresh baked cherry pie, plums, cranberries, and raisins. Oaky on the back end with a lingering vanilla finish.

Absolutely one of the most unusual wines we have tasted. Not bad just unusual.

13.1% ABV

$14 a bottle.

Blended to pair with pork BBQ.

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