O Cellars Meritage from Burntshirt Vineyards.

Our wine tonight in celebration of #OTBN #NCWine is the Meritage from Burntshirt Vineyards.

Vintage 2016.

Bordeaux blend of estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon 48%, Petit Verdot 19%, Cabernet Franc 16%, Merlot 9%, Malbec 8%.

Crest of the Blue Ridge Henderson County AVA

Keep in mind, Meritage rhymes with heritage, not garage. Click link above to learn more about Meritage.

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.

14% ABV

$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

#NCWineNight #Meritage #Burntshirt

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This wine is very special to us as this vintage was the toast wine at our wedding! So from us to all of you, Cheers to local wine 🍷 🍷

Baby Doll Legs – The Cottage Winery

Our wine tonight is the Baby Doll Legs from The Cottage Vineyard and Winery in Cleveland, Georgia.

Rosé of Blanc du Bois

Blanc du Bois is a Hybrid grape cultivar developed at the University of Florida.

Blanc du Bois wines can be difficult to achieve a commercially acceptable clarity and is therefore often used in blends. We suspect this wine was lightly blended with small percentages of estate grown Syrah and Merlot.

Non-vintage.

Brownish orange in color. Shows long thick legs legs more expected of a red wine.

Aromas of pink lemonade, orange, lemon zest, and honeysuckle.

Semi-sweet with a moderate mouthfeel, notes of citrus explode prominently on the palate, pink grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pink lemonade, and finishing with a subtle woodsy tone and hints of vanilla ice cream and can pears.

13% ABV

Produced under the consultation of iconic North Georgia winemaker Joe Smith. Nathan Beasley is the assistant winemaker learning as an apprentice under Joe’s tutelage.

The Cottage Vineyard and Winery sits atop a North Georgia mountain offering stunning views.

Bearly Sweet Red – Serenity Cellars

Our wine tonight is the Bearly Sweet Red from Serenity Cellers in Cleveland, Georgia.

Red White blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, and Traminette.

The Cabernet Sauvignon and the Sangiovese are Estate grown. The Traminette is local to North Georgia.

Non-vintage, but this is a young wine. We aerated but did not decant. Served very slightly chilled.

Labeled as Georgia table wine, no ABV is listed. We estimate the alcohol level at about 11-12%.

Bright ruby in color. Medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate tannins.

Expressive fruit forward nose and balanced bouquet. Sweet on the tongue, more so than barely yet not cloyingly sweet. Flavor profile of ripe dark fruits, with prominent notes of blueberries and black plums. Lingering finish with peppery and subtle nutty tones.

$20 a bottle.

Owner and winemaker Joe Smith is an icon in the North Georgia wine region. He’s the guy everyone turns to for assistance and Joe is currently mentoring other upcoming winemakers in the region.

The winemakers descriptor suggest this wine pears well with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. We’ll just take his word for that.

Granda – Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard.

Our wine tonight is the Granda from Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard.

Red blend of estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Chambourcin.

Fermented in French Oak Barrels.

Burgundy in color.

Intensely fruit forward on the nose, off dry with mild tannins. Flavor notes of black cherries, red plums, blackberries, and red licorice. Finishing long with subtle earthy and nutty tones.

A really nice easy drinking red blend.

12.5% ABV

Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard is rooted on a 100 plus year old dairy farm. The soil is fertile and rich in nutrients and not over farmed. Originally planted in 2003, much of those original vines remain.

Cider – Stella Artois

Celebrating tonight as I have accomplished a milestone. I have passed the entry level exam to be a certified competition cider judge.

Cidre – Stella Artois

Several months of study and tasting (hard) ciders have paid off. I still have to pass a tasting exam for full certification. However, as of today, I am a certified entry level competition cider judge.

Color of light amber. Moderate carbonation.

The bottle says European Style Cider, we would classify it as French Style Cider.

Semi-sweet, medium bodied, with a pleasurable fruity component in the nose and on the palate. Balanced with moderate tannins and mouthfeel.

4.5 % ABV

How would we grade this one in competition. It’s a really nice drinking cider, fairly true to it’s style. I’d score this one as a high silver medal winner.

The cider certification exam consist of 100 questions and only 30 minutes are allowed to complete. A passing score is 70.

The questions are really technical and one could not pass without significant study.

Therefore, admittedly I’m really excited! Cheers!

Barrel Aged Malbec – CityScape Winery

Our wine tonight is the Barrel Aged Malbec from CityScape Winery in Greenville County, South Carolina.

In celebration of #WorldMalbecDay

Malbec – CityScape Winery

Vintage 2018

Cellared for 12 months.

Decanted for 90 minutes

100% Malbec Grapes sourced from Yakima Valley in Washington.

Aged in a mix of medium and medium plus oak barrels.

Inky purple color with a thin bright purple rim.

Nose of black cherries, blackberries, smoke and mild cedar.

Medium to Full bodied with well balanced tannins, shows bountiful thick legs.

Flavor profile of black cherries, black licorice, pomegranate, red plums, oak, vanilla, and soft herbal and spicey notes fading toward more complex earthy tones and a light hint of brandy.

This wine paired beautifully with our Italian takeout for dinner.

An excellent drinking and palate pleasing Malbec, one you wouldn’t expect was produced and bottled in South Carolina.

13% ABV

Gold medal winner in the 2019 Palmetto Wine Competition.

In 2019 the Palmetto Wine Competition judges were harsh on vinifera wines so the fact that this Malbec won a Gold medal is a testament to its superior character!

We spoke with with CityScape winemaker Josh Jones and he said they would soon release a 2019 vintage Malbec. Josh said the 2019 was intensely more peppery and spicy than this 2018.

We’re anxiously awaiting!

Laurel Hill – Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Laurel Hill from Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards.

Laurel Hill

Vidal Blanc.

Crest of Blue Ridge Henderson County AVA.

Aged in stainless steel.

Served chilled.

Pale Mellow Yellow in color, very light.

Tropical nose, off dry and crisp with a medium mouth feel. Flavor notes of grapefruit, key lime pie, lemon, peach, and Bosc Pears.

12.2% ABV

$20 a bottle. Ships most states via VinoShipper. Order at SaintPaulFarms.Com

This is a really nice drinking white wine. This AVA was just designated about a year ago, and the wines are continuing to progress and evolve.

WineryEscapades scores 87 points.

Green Apple – Angry Orchard

Tonight enjoying a bottle of Green Apple from Angry Orchard Hard Cider.

Green Apple

Taste study for my cider judge certification.

Green Apple and tropical on the nose, crisp, sweet to sharp Green Apple on the palate, with medium – high acidity. Pleasantly tart with balanced sweetness.

Very light carbonation.

Apple varieties Granny Smith, Fuji, Gala, Pink Lady, and Braeburn.

5% ABV.

Angry Orchard Hard Cider – Walden N.Y.

A pleasant drinking cider which lives up to it’s green apple name.

In judging this cider I would grade favorably with minimal deductions for aroma, balance, and complexity.

WineryEscapades scores as Silver Medal worthy.

Bearly Sweet Rosé – Serenity Cellars

Our wine tonight is the Bearly Sweet Rosé from Serenity Cellars in North Georgia.

Blend of estate grown Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon combined with Traminette.

Vintage 2019.

Nose of strawberries, freshly sliced strawberries! A little cinnamon, tart cherries, cedar, and spice.

Light copper in color with orange hues.

Semi-sweet and medium bodied on the palate with notes of strawberries, raspberries, sweet cherries, and cloves, and most definitely cream soda on the finish with hints of blood orange.

Labeled as table wine with no ABV. Therefore by law this wine can range between 7 and 14 percent ABV. We estimate approximately 11% ABV.

$25 a bottle.

Owner and Winemaker Joe Smith is one of the more established winemakers in the North Georgia wine region. Joe continues to assist as the winemaker for several other North Georgia wineries. He is well respected in the region and has up and coming winemakers learning as apprentice under his tutelage.

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