Müller Two-Goats – CityScape Winery

Our wine tonight is the Müller Two-Goats from CityScape Winery in Pelzer (Greenville), South Carolina.

Produced from the German Müller-Thrugau varietal and bestowed a name more fitting of this small rural craft winery.

Named of it’s creator, Professor Müller of Thurgau, Switzerland, who created it in 1812 by crossing Riesling and Gutedel.

Beautiful golden color.

Nose of dandelion, unripe peach, and green apple.

Semi-sweet with flavor notes of apricot, lemon, green melon, gardenia, freesia, and a soft honeysuckle finish.

12.% ABV

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

Priced at $17 a bottle.

Awards: Gold Medal winner 2018 Palmetto Wine Competition: Gold Medal winner 2019 Palmetto Wine Competition

Appearance: 3 Aroma: 5 Taste: 5 Aftertaste: 3 Impression: 2

Total: 18 – Gold Medal worthy!

Ships: Only in South Carolina.

The 2020 Palmetto Wine Competition is scheduled for May 12th. Email WineryEscapades@Gmail.Com for details.

Elderberry – Wandering Bard Meadery

Enjoying a bottle of Elderberry from Wandering Bard Meadery in Mauldin, South Carolina

Reddish in color, close to shade of cranberry.

Melomel style is a mead fermented or flavored with fruit.

Perennial Series Mead with Elderberries.

Produced of locally sourced South Carolina Wildflower Honey.

375 ml bottle

Nose is true to honey and fruit.

Naturally flavored with elderberries.

Semi-sweet with elderberry fruit notes on the front of the palate with more subtle notes of blueberries, red grapes, honeysuckle, grapefruit, and kumquats. The lingering finish is true to a Wildflower Honey mead.

$14.99 a bottle.

12% ABV

Silver Medal award winner in the 2019 Palmetto Wine Competition.

Ships most states via VinoShipper. Click link to purchase from their website.

Serve (cellar temperature) 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

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The 2020 American Mead-Cider-Fruit Wine Competition is scheduled for October. Email WineryEscapades@gmail.Com for details.

Loco Lulu – Parker-Binns Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the Loco Lulu from Parker-Binns Vineyard in the Tryon Foothills wine region of Western North Carolina.

Loco Lulu – Soft Red Blend

Non-vintage on the bottle, though we believe this to be of the 2018 harvest.

Classic Bordeaux blend of estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Dark purple in color with a bright garnet rim.

Nose expressive of fresh Bing cherries, think of a freshly baked hot out of the oven cherry pie, cocoa, soft florals, cinnamon, vanilla, and smoke.

We aerated for 60 minutes.

Medium bodied, medium tannins, with beautiful cascading long legs.

Flavor notes of black currants, blackberries, cherries, red plums, and spice, finishing toward more subtle notes of cedar, vanilla, black pepper, and pipe tobacco.

$12.8% ABV

Winemaker: Justin Taylor

$20 a bottle.

Lulu’s paw of approval is stamped on the cork.

Ships most states via VinoShipper. Check the website for ordering.

Named for Lulu the winery rescue dog. $1 from every bottle sold is donated to her favorite local pet adoption organization.

Lulu

Parker-Binns Vineyard is close to our home and therefore we visit often. We hope to see you visiting one day soon!

From the Tasting Room looking out over the vineyard

Riesling – Biltmore Estate

Our wine tonight is the Riesling from Biltmore Estate Winery in Asheville, North Carolina.

Vintage 2018

Pale yellow in color.

Nose of apricots, honeysuckle, peaches, and fresh pear.

Crisp, semi-sweet with balanced acidity.

Flavor notes of Granny Smith Apples, pears, wildflower honey, lemon, and cantaloupe, finishing with more minerality.

13.5% ABV. (not a typo)

This one is really enjoyable, better than most Rieslings in the under $20 category.

$17 a bottle at Biltmore Estate Winery.

Biltmore Estate winemaker Sharon Fenchak hit it out of the ballpark with this vintage. Biltmore does grow several acres of Riesling on the estate. Though, this wine isn’t produced entirely with Estate grown fruit, sourcing of the fruit is critical to producing high quality wines.

Biltmore Estate Winery is the most visited winery in the United States of America. A wine tasting experience is included with each admission ticket to the Biltmore Estate.

Wine Vintage Library at Biltmore Estate Winery
Enjoying a bottle with great friends in the Wine Bar.

Merlot – Hill Family Estate

Our wine tonight is the 2015 Napa Valley Merlot from Hill Family Estate.

Vintage 2015

94% Merlot blended with 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Malbec.

Deep purple in color with a bright ruby rim.

Nose of blackberry jam, slightly burnt toast, dark roasted coffee, and chocolate covered strawberries.

Medium tannins with a smooth texture.

Off dry on the palate.

Flavor notes of blackberries, red plums, cherries , blueberries, red licorice, charred oak, smoke, and a traditional long spice and peppery finish.

14.5% ABV.

$40 a bottle.

Spiced Apple Cyser – Honeygirl Meadery

Our wine tonight is the Spiced Apple Cyser from Honeygirl Meadery in Durham, North Carolina.

Cyser is a mead fermented with apple juice – combination of a mead and cider.

Local Wildflower honey fermented with North Carolina apple cider.

Color of bright gold. Sunshine in a bottle.

Still, showing no carbonation.

Nose of a cold slice of apple pie and cinnamon.

Full bodied mouthfeel with the sweetness of a mead blending with the tartness of an Cider.

Complex flavor profile with crisp notes of apples and sweet undertones of wildflower honey, showing a depth of baking spices with subtle hints of citrus.

12% ABV

$24 a bottle (750ml)

Ships most states via VinoShipper.

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Producers please stayed tuned for info regarding the inaugural American Mead/Cider-Fruit Wine Competition.

Twenty-Fifteen BDX – Mountain Brook Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Twenty-Fifteen BDX from Mountain Brook Vineyards in the Tryon Foothills of North Carolina.

Vintage 2015

Bordeaux blend of North Carolina grown fruit.

We aerated for 90 minutes.

Aged in a combination of French and American oak.

Dark ruby in color with a bright ruby rim.

Consistent uniform cascading full legs.

Expressive bouquet of blackberries, plums, prunes, fig preserves and dark chocolate.

Dry, medium-full bodied with medium tannins.

Black currant is forefront on the tongue, with subtle hints of blackberries, raisins, black licorice, and graphite, finishing with lingering notes of pipe tobacco and oak.

13.5% ABV

$38 a bottle.

Ships most states via VinoShipper.

Mountain Brook Vineyards is a beautiful venue should you ever be in Western North Carolina.

Below are a few iPhone shots from a recent visit.

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Cheers!

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Petit Manseng – Addison Farms

Our wine tonight is the Petit Manseng from Addison Farms Vineyard in Leicester, North Carolina.

Vintage 2019.

Petit Manseng.

Vineyard lies in the Blue Ridge Mountains North of Asheville at an elevation of 2500 feet.

Bright gold in color.

Aromatic bouquet of peaches, lemonade, pineapples, and mandarin oranges.

Off dry with crisp acidity.

Flavor notes of lemon curd, pineapple, mango, papaya, honeysuckle, pear, apricot, roasted almonds, and ruby grapefruit.

12.5% ABV

$20 a bottle.

Ships most states via VinoShipper.

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Rosé – Mountain Brook Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Rosé from Mountain Brook Vineyards in Tryon, North Carolina.

Vintage 2018.

Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon and Tannat.

Grapes harvested of the Yadkin Valley AVA.

Fermented and aged in stainless steel.

Salmon in color.

Bouquet of strawberries, cherries, cranberries, and spice.

Dry, crisp, medium bodied with subtle tannins.

Notes of cranberries, crabapples, raspberries, orange blossom honey, pomegranate, early season honeydew melons, and a delicate mineral finish.

12.5% ABV.

$23 a bottle.

Ships most states via VinoShipper.

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