Wines of 2019

While scrolling back through our pictures of 2019, found some really interesting wines which we never wrote about. Our goal remains to promote locally produced, yet certainly that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy other wines from around the world. In fact, we feel tasting other wines from around the globe helps us to understand, judge, and appreciate locally produced wines.

We go regularly to our local wine bar, Bond Street Wines in Spartanburg, South Carolina where proprietor Jeff House shares and teaches about unique wines from around the word. Jeff is one of the most knowledgeable wine people we have encountered. He has a penchant for sharing unique, small batch, affordable and amazing wines with interesting back stories.A tasting at the wine bar generally consist of whites and reds which normally share a general characteristic, such region, varietal, or wine maker.

This one, vinhas Atlas, while a nice fruit forward flavor, was crystal clear, not sure that’s a good thing though….it’s wine not water.

This mead we tried at Savannah Bee Company in Myrtle Beach. Our niece gifted us this rosé in a lighthouse shaped bottle.

The tastings often include Whites and Rosé
Yet Big Bold Reds are Prevalent!
Pinot Nero

Pinot Nero is Jenni’s “regular” at our favorite local Italian restaurant, Renato’s downtown Spartanburg. Pinot Noir fermented without skin contact to produce a full bodied white!

A nicely aged bold red likewise makes us smile!

Wine is such a great field to study. There exist so many different varietals and different wine regions along with different wine making techniques. There is really only one way to learn, and that is to drink it! Cheers!

Rosé – Mountain Brook Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Rosé from Mountain Brook Vineyards.

Vintage 2018.

Grape sourced from North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley AVA.

Bright beautiful salmon in color.

Nose of apricots, almonds, dates, and fresh herbs.

Dry, balanced, and delicate in mouth feel.

Flavor notes of fresh sliced pears, strawberries, cherries, lime, tangerines, and pink grapefruit.

12.3% ABV.

$23 a bottle.

Ships to most states via VinoShipper.

Mountain Brook Vineyards and Winery is located the Tryon Foothills of Western North Carolina.

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Wow Did We Have Some Wine Fun In 2019!

Reminiscing on 2019 evokes many fun memories. We rang in 2019 with our friends at the AC Marriott downtown Spartanburg. Awoke January 1st and headed for North Georgia where we enjoyed a traditional New Year’s Day meal at the Dillard House restaurant.

While visiting North Georgia most imperative is a visit to the wineries of the Dahlonega Plateau AVA. Dahlonega Plateau is the first a AVA contained entirely within the Georgia state line boundaries. Our favorites are Cavender Creek Vineyards & Winery and Kaya Vineyards. January we launched quickly into visiting many of our favorites. We popped in to see Charles and Ann at Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard in Shelby and roasted some hot dogs over the open fire pit. 2019 was a year for wine adventures, many with our partners in wine, Will and Pam. One such adventure found us devouring a 27″ pizza in Locust, North Carolina. February found us staying in a lodge at Roaring River Vineyards where we enjoyed a dinner theater performance. March brought our annual anniversary adventure. We enjoyed our first visit to Cartersville Country Winery in Timmonsville, South Carolina. We then drove up to Elizabethtown, North Carolina where we were fortunate to stay four nights in a cabin at Lu-Mil Vineyards. That trip further took up into Northern Virginia where we had the pleasure to meet Mike Barefoot, one of the creators of the VinoWine App.

It was In April we jumped at the opportunity to visit Surry Community College to tour the winery’s day vineyard and learn about their Viticulture and Enology programs. April also took us to Talladega to watch the big boys race! May brought our first visit to the newly opened Kefi Vineyard in Monroe, North Carolina. It was May we hosted the second annual Palmetto Wine Competition.

June afforded us the opportunity to tour and learn from Josh Jones at Cityscape Winery in Pelzer, South Carolina. It was July we were fortunate to watch our youngest son graduate from Marine Corp Recruit Station Parris Island! August we enjoyed the last of the Summer’s incredibly beautiful sunset party at Parker-Binns Vineyard. September brought our Labor Day trip to New York City where of course we had to visit City Vineyard at Pier 27! September we also enjoyed a fun wine and cheese pairing at Wellborn Winery in Travelers Rest, South Carolina. Continuing in September was dinner with the winemaker at Mountain Brook Vineyards in the Tryon Foothills. October brought a return visit to Divine Llama Vineyards where Jenni and Pam loved on some Llamas! There was a BBQ dinner at a Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard. We closed out October with our maiden glamping trip in our new thirty-two foot camper! November took us to the Monthly Open House (First Saturday Of Each Month) at Wandering Bard Meadery in Easley, South Carolina. November also took us to Charleston, where we were thrill to find Charleston Winery pouring tastings of South Carolina locally produced wines. We closed out November with a Murder Mystery dinner theater at Parker-Binns Vineyard. 1920’s gangster themed of course! Closing out 2019 in December with the ugly Christmas attire party. The cooler weather is perfect for wine around the fire pit! December is the month for viewing Christmas lights, we visited our favorite spots, the Christmas House in Inman, South Carolina and downtown Forest City, North Carolina. Made our traditional Turner Family Christmas egg nog! Of course we couldn’t close out the year without one final Winery Escapade with our partners-in-wine Will & Pam! What a fun year as the above is only a small sampling of the fun we enjoyed! We met so many new friends, and caught up with some old friends. Jenni and I encourage you to get out and discover your local winery, meadery, cidery, brewhouse, and distillery,

We thank you for your continued support of our blogs WineryEscapades.Com and OurWineTonight.Com, the Palmetto Wine Competition and our new American Mead-Cider-Fruit Wine Association Competition.

Happy New Year!

Cheers!

Your Friends In Wine, Dennis & Jenni

Turner Family Christmas Egg Nog

Christmas Day egg nog is a long tradition in my family and I excitedly, and stubbornly continue this tradition every year. In honor of said tradition, here I share our simple yet delectable recipe.

Egg Nog can be purchased at your local grocery store. We recommend Sealtest brand. What is egg nog? It is more or less a sweetened concoction of milk and whipped eggs. I know right? Yum! Well as you likely know, tradition calls for our egg nog to be seasonally fortified.

We will Blend with a shot of dark or spiced rum. You don’t want to use top shelf yet certainly use a quality rum. We sometimes use Barcadi Black. However, our current favorite is the Spiced Carolina Rum from Muddy River Distillery in Belmont, North Carolina.

We also need a half shot of Cognac. Cognac is a high quality brandy distilled in the Cognac region of France. We prefer Hennessy Very Special Cognac.

Also needed is vanilla extract (please don’t use vanilla flavoring), cinnamon, and ground nutmeg.

We recommend blending in a stemless wine glass.

1. Pour one shot (one once) of dark or spiced rum.

2. One half shot (half once) of Cognac.

3. One quarter teaspoon of vanilla extract.

4. Pour six to eight ounces of egg nog. Dependent on how strong you prefer.

5. Stir.

6. Add a dash of cinnamon!

7. Add a pinch of nutmeg!

Serve chilled!

Merry Christmas and Cheers!

Prunus Private Selection – Gota Wines

Our wine tonight is the 2016 Dão Prunus Private Selection.

Vintage 2016.

Red blend of 80% Jaen, 10% Tinta Roriz, 5% Alfrocheiro, and 5% other varietals.

Dão, Portugal wine region.

Aged six months in French Oak and six months in the bottle.

Dark garnet color.

Nose of plum, blackberry, rose petals, light oak and vanilla.

Recommend decanting for 60 minutes.

Medium bodied, dry with modest acidity.

Flavor notes of chocolate covered cherries, raspberries, cinnamon, smoke, black pepper, plum, and oak.

13% ABV.

This is a really nice drinking red blend for under $15 a bottle.

Plum – Lazy Bear Winery

Our wine tonight is the Plum from Lazy Bear Winery in Easley, South Carolina.

Lazy Bear Winery producers REAL fruit wines and meads.

Yes, this plum is produced from 100% locally sourced plums.

Lazy Bears grows a majority of the fruit and honey used in their wines and meads, and further sources from local farmers as much as possible.

This plum exhibits color characteristics of a White Zin, perhaps a light plum.

The nose is not overly expressive yet subtle and pleasant.

Semi-sweet.

The taste is amazingly reminiscent of Christmas plum pudding, with hints of citrus and nutmeg. The finish one of lasting smooth decadence.

12% ABV.

This small craft producer has racked up an impressive array of awards. We strongly encourage you to check them out in the upstate of South Carolina.

Open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday each week.

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!

WineryEscapades scoring on the American Wine Society twenty point scale.

Appearance 3: Aroma 4: Taste 6: Finish 3: Impression 2

Total Score 18 – Gold Medal

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

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