Our wine tonight is the limited release Chenin Blanc from Biltmore Estate Winery in Asheville, North Carolina.
Fruit harvested from partner growers in California.
Pale gold in color.
Expressively floral bouquet and pleasantly aromatic of honeysuckle and lilac.
Semi-sweet on the tongue exhibiting crisp acidity. 4.1% RS
Citrusy layered on the palate with notes of lemon-lime, pink grapefruit, key lime, and star fruit, finishing with lingering tart notes of green apple and bosc pear.
$17 a bottle (at the winery).
The 2019 is perhaps more pleasantly balanced than the 2017 and 2018 vintages. This vintage is delightfully refreshing and elegantly balanced.
Winery Escapades scores 90 points.
Gold Medal worthy.
Biltmore Estate Winery is the most visited winery in The U.SA. A tasting is included in the Biltmore Estate price of admission.
Biltmore Estate currently with 40+ acres under vine grows Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Merlot, and has recently planted a vineyard of Petit Manseng. Area viticulturalist are seeing Petit Manseng grow very well in the Western North Carolina climate.
Our wine tonight is the award winning Strawberry wine from Lazy Bear Winery in Easley, South Carolina.
Lazy Bear Winery focuses on award winning fruit wines and meads.
Produced from 100% strawberries.
Many of the strawberries are grown on-site and the rest sourced from local South Carolina farms.
Bright salmon in color.
Light nose of strawberry starburst and strawberry twizzlers.
Semi-sweet on the tongue, not overly sweet throughout the tasting.
Flavor notes reminiscent of fresh strawberry shortcake dripping with strawberry syrup, mid-palate lingers with notes of a hot-out-of-the oven strawberry cobbler, finishing similar to a strawberry tart.
This is an excellent representation of a true strawberry fruit wine.
Lazy Bear Winery is a micro-producing family owned winery. They may be small yet they have rack up multiple domestic and international awards!
The Lazy Bear Winery team poising with medals won at the 2019 Palmetto Wine Competition.
Packaged in a fuchsia colored mesh gift bag, comes six different wines in 50ml mini bottles all for $20. Available in a dry or sweet selection, we’re enjoying the sweet mini tasting tonight.
A wine sheet is included and provides the following tasting notes.
Lime in Da Coconut – A Pinot Gris bursting with a perfect blend of tantalizing coconut and zesty lime. One sip and your taste buds will be swept away to a tropical paradise of flavor. (Bronze Medal – 2019 Palmetto Wine Competition)
Crab-Apple Zinger – This sweet Chardonnay zings the tongue with a deliciously flavored blend of tart green apples and juicy white cranberries.
RaspberryGiggles – With a mouth watering raspberry flavor, this White Zinfandel will leave you giggling with delight. (Gold Medal – 2019 Palmetto Wine Competition)
Peachy Keen – This Chardonnay is bursting with such delectable preachiness you will feel like you have just bitten into a juicy, ripe South Carolina peach! (Silver Medal – 2019 Palmetto Wine Competition)
Raspea Sangria – Flavors of juicy peach and tart raspberry envelop the senses with every taste of this sweet red wine!
Blackberry Banger – A sweet red wine that is surprisingly rich with a blackberry taste that will make your jaw bang the table with delight!
Our favorites in this tasting were the Cran-Apple Zinger and the Lime in Da Coconut.
An absolute great, unique gift idea so we wholeheartedly encourage you to pick up one for yourself…..and yes of course also to give as Birthday, Mother’s Day, or Christmas gifts. Honesty, just perfect for any gift idea!
Our wine tonight is the Chloe Rosé from Marked Tree Vineyards in Flat Rock, North Carolina.
Estate grown blend of 90% Cab Franc and 10% Lemburger.
Crest of the Blue Ridge Henderson County AVA.
Produced in the Saignee style.
Light salmon in color.
Off dry and light. Strikingly refreshing.
Nose of stone fruits with subtle tones of red currant, strawberry, basil, and soft minerals, showing a bright acidity with flavor notes of blood orange, ripe apple, red plum, watermelon, and honeydew melons.
Fruit grown in their Upper Pisgah block planted in 2015. So for young fruit this produced a nice rosè.
$23 a bottle.
Winemaker: Justin Taylor
We visited Marked Tree Vineyards On their opening weekend, which was Memorial Day weekend 2020.
We enjoyed a bottle of this Rosé on our visit and of course brought a bottle home. Blow are a few pictures from our visit.
Our wine tonight is the Classic Rosé 2018 from Chateau Pigoudet located in the mountains of Provence, extreme Northeast quadrant of Coteaux d’ Aix.
Blend of 35% Grenache, 35% Cinsault, 15% Cabernet, 10% Syrah, and 5% Ugni Blanc.
Pale copper in color. Strawberry, citrus, and hints of mineral on the nose. Crisp with a medium-light mouthfeel, exceptional structure and balanced acidity. Dry on the palate with notes of green melons, peaches and cream, apricots, orange zest, tangerine, and lemon-lime.
Our wine tonight is the Sunset Sippin’ from Burntshirt Vineyards.
Semi-sweet white wine blend of Petit Manseng and Traminette.
Crest of the Blue Ridge Henderson County AVA.
Beautiful light golden color.
Floral aromas of fresh rose petals, gardenia, honeysuckle, and crisp morning dew, and nicely balanced acidity with bright tropical fruit notes vibrant on the tongue,
13.2% ABV! Wow seriously high alcohol content for a porch pounder!!
Copied direct from BurntshirtVineyards.Com“This wine has won multiple international Gold, Double Gold and Best of Class from competitions such as Pacific Rim International Wine Competition, East Meets West Wine Competition, Finger Lakes International Wine Competition”
$19 a bottle. Ships most states via VinoShipper.
This particular bottle doesn’t have the vintage listed, though in the past I know we have enjoyed a 2014 vintage of this wine. Perhaps a dual vintage?
WineryEscapades.Com easily scores this wine as Gold Medal worthy! Color: 2 Nose: 5.5 Taste: 6 Finish: 2.5 Impression: 3 = 19 points on AWS scale
We promised our review of the Hardscoop Ice Cream and Sorbet.
We first saw the product advertised on Facebook.
We purchased the Chocolate Ice Cream and the Strawberry Sorbet.
Price each $9.95 per 375mm plastic tub.
Strawberry Sorbet 9.0 % ABV.
First the not so flattering out of the way. We didn’t enjoy the Strawberry Sorbet as much as we hoped that we would. Weirdly enough we’ve since seen others post how much they loved the Strawberry Sorbet. So to each their own, we recommend you try it for yourself.
The Strawberry flavor was in my opinion overly intense and just not balanced. The sorbet wasn’t horrible by any means, let me just say not $10 good.
But OMG the Chocolate Ice Cream!!!
Chocolate Ice Cream 8.1% ABV.
The Chocolate Ice Cream is everything we hoped it would be and more! True silky chocolate flavor with the grain neutral alcohol subtly and pleasantly present on the finish! The alcohol is similar to a top shelf vodka flavor.
The chocolate ice cream is oh so good, simply decadent and so very worth the $10 price point!
We remain interested to try the peach sorbet and other flavors of ice cream.
Flavors available at our local Ingles were the Strawberry Sorbet, sadly no Peach Sorbet was available, the Chocolate Ice Cream, Vanilla Ice Cream, and a Coffee Flavored Ice Cream.
Produced by Hardscoop Distillery based in Charleston, South Carolina.
Meritage is an American term, not French, originating out of California, which signifies a wineries best blend of Bordeaux noble varietals. A winery must license the right to label a blend “Meritage.”
Aged in French oak.
We aerated for 60 minutes.
Dark burgundy in color showing long sleek legs.
Nose of blackberries, think hot blackberry cobbler just out of the oven, black currants, rum (black) cherries, vanilla, tobacco, and cocoa.
Dry on the palate with expressive notes of bramble berry jam, dark chocolate, blackberries, vanilla, sage, and pipe tobacco, finishing with cedar, spice, and dried herbs.
$30 a bottle.
This vintage of Meritage accumulated an impressive collection of medals.
Double Gold. – International East Meets West Double Gold – China Wine and Spirits. Gold – Asheville Food and Wine. Gold – New York International. Gold – North Carolina State Fair. Silver – Finger Lakes International Competition. Silver – Grand Harvest Competition