Huia Marlborough Botrytis Riesling

Tonight we enjoyed a late season New Zealand Riesling – 2017 Huia Vineyards Marlborough Botrytis Riesling.

Light orange in color.

Late season Riesling harvest.

46 degrees brix at harvest.

Delicate floral nose with hints of nectarine, pear and green apples.

Sweet on the tongue, big flavor notes of hot Yellow tea sweetened with wildflower honey, and with a long mineral finish. The flavor notes of tea are lingering and prominent

This is one of those wildly unique wines. A Riesling unlike any you’ve ever tasted and meant to be shared with friends if for nothing more than the conversation it will generate.

11.5% ABV.

$23 a bottle.

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Peach Grape Wine – Menarick

Our wine tonight, in celebration of Chardonnay day, is the Peach Grape Wine from Menarick Vineyard and Winery in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley AVA.

Pale yellow in color.

Chardonnay infused with real peaches.

Nose very expressive of fresh sliced peaches.

Semi-sweet.

Flavor notes of buttery Chardonnay on the tongue, mid-palate classic butteriness, butterscotch, and fresh baked lemon meringue pie, finishing with big notes of biting into a fresh picked ripe peach.

9% ABV

$21 per bottle.

Chardonnay Peach – Hilton Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Chardonnay Peach from Hilton Vineyards in Monroe, North Carolina.

Pale yellow in color.

90% Chardonnay and 10% Peach wine blend.

Expressive nose of fresh sliced peaches, with hints of apple and yeast.

Sweet with flavor notes of fresh peaches, strawberries, green apples, green melons, and honeysuckle.

11% ABV.

$13 per bottle.

WineryEscapades.Com scoring on the American Wine Society 20 point scale.

Appearance: 1.5

Aroma: 4

Taste: 4.5

Aftertaste: 2

Impression: 1.5

Total: 13.5 Bronze medal

Pea Ridge Red – Parker-Binns Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the Pea Ridge Red from Parker-Binns Vineyard.

Dual vintage blend of estate grown Chambourcin.

Dark ruby in color with a purple hue.

Expressive nose of raspberries, blackberries, Cranberries, and smoke.

Flavor notes of raspberries cranberries, black cherries, blackberries, black pepper, flat cola, and finishing with lingering tones of leather, smoke, and earthiness.

We have a real fondness for regionally grown Chambourchin and this offering from Parker-Binns doesn’t disappoint.

13% ABV

$20 a bottle

Ships to 34 states (see website)

Bananas Foster Forever – Artisan Crafted Meadery

Our wine tonight is a mead; Bananas Foster Forever from Artisan Crafted Meadery.

Dark gold to light orange in color.

Still (no carbonation).

Nose is true to a bananas foster, strong banana, syrup, honey, vanilla rum, and coffee aromas.

Flavor notes of bananas, honey, cinnamon, vanilla rum, nutmeg, clove, brown sugar, cappuccino, caramel and a light finish of walnuts.

6% ABV

Back label reads………

It is said that once, long before the Birds and the Bees, there was the Banana and the Bee. The rowdy Banana came from the wrong side of the tracks, so it was instantly a scandalous relationship. Things were hot for a while, practically a flambé. Their love didn’t last long, though, as it was steeped in good times and a heavy dose of a certain Caribbean libation. After the flames settled settled they decided it would be best to stay BFF’s.

Muscat Canelli – Biltmore

Our wine tonight is the 2017 Muscat Canelli from the Biltmore Estate Winery.

Pale yellow in color.

Enticing floral aromas of violets, lavender, and honeysuckle.

Semi-sweet.

Flavor notes of grapefruit, peach, pear, and lime, while finishing softly with hints of nutmeg.

12.5 % ABV.

$17 a bottle.

Winery Escapade scoring on the American Wine Society twenty point scale.

Appearance: 3 Aroma: 4.5 Taste: 4.5

Aftertaste: 2.5. Impression: 1.5

Total: 16 Silver Medal worthy!

Riesling. – Shelton Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the 2017 Riesling from Shelton Vineyards in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley AVA.

Light straw in color.

Nose of Fuji Apple, Bosc Pear, lemon juice, and apricots.

Semi-sweet, 3% RS.

Flavor notes of fresh baked apples, sliced pears, honeysuckle, lemon, apricots, pineapple, and finishing with delicate notes of ginger.

12.75% ABV

$15 a bottle.

This vintage won gold in the 2018 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.

White Brix – Brix and Columns Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the 2017 White Brix from Brix and Columns Vineyards in McGayhesville, Virginia.

Blend of 31% Chardonnel, 31% Pinot Gris, 23% Traminette, and 7% Petit Manseng.

Light lemon in color.

Floral nose with hints of lemonade, green apple, and pear.

Flavor notes of green apples, pink grapefruit, tangerines, orange creamsicle, pears, honeysuckle, bananas, cheese curds, vanilla beans, apricots, lemon and lime.

2.5% residual sugar.

12.4 % ABV.

$24 per bottle.

Sir Walter Raleigh- Lu Mil Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the Sir Walter Raleigh from Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin, North Carolina.

Cold fermented of Noble Muscadine varietal.

Light ruby in color.

Nose of bing cherries, raspberries, cantaloupe, and vanilla.

Sweet on the tongue.

Flavor notes of fresh baked cherry pie, cinnamon, vanilla, and finishing with strong hints of mint. Flavors really pop when held under the tongue for a few seconds.

10.5 % ABV

$12 per bottle.

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