Vin Chocolate Du Barista – St. Paul Mountain Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Vin Chocolate Du Barista from St. Paul Mountain Vineyards in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Dark ruby color.

Decadent semi-sweet red blend of undetermined varietals.

Nose of robust fresh ground Colombian coffee and truffles.

Flavor notes of white chocolate, rich mochachino, vanilla bean, peanut butter cups, and chocolate covered cherries.

12.5% ABV

Ships most states via VinoShipper, see St. Paul Mountain Vineyards website.

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Vinho Branco – Menarick Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Vinho Branco from Menarick Vineyards in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley.

Vinho Branco is Portuguese for white wine.

Portuguese style white table wine.

Blend of Chardonnay and Albariño.

Unfiltered.

Color reminiscent of early morning rays of sunshine.

Nose of lemon, vanilla, coconut, and early spring floral aromas.

Dry on the tongue with flavor notes of juicy fruit gum and lemon drop, finishing with soft hints of underripe pear and chalk.

11% ABV

Ships to most states. See Menarick Vineyards website.

Vidal Blanc – Burntshirt Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Vidal Blanc from Burntshirt Vineyards in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Light straw in color.

Nose of lime zest, flint, honeysuckle, green apple, and pear.

Off dry.

Flavor notes of juniper, green melons, fresh peach, ginger ale, over ripe bananas, and lemonade, finishing with hints of mango and orange slice candy.

12% ABV.

Non-Vintage.

Rosé – Brandon Hills Vineyard

In celebration of #NationalDrinkWineDay, our wine tonight is the 2017 Rosé from Brandon Hills Vineyard in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley.

100% Cabernet Franc.

Beautiful light rose in color.

Nose of strawberry creamsicle, honeysuckle, and light rum.

Flavor notes of strawberries, red plums, over ripe raspberries and cherry cola fading to notes of soft vanilla bean with noticeable minerality.

12% ABV

Recommended pairing: grilled or pan seared chicken. 

White Merlot – Brandon Hills Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the 2012 White Merlot from Brandon Hills Vineyard in the Yadkin Valley of North Carolina.

Often White Merlot is classified such as a White Zinfandel. This is unfair, as the Merlot is in my opinion a superior wine grape. White Merlot is produced by quickly removing the skins from the Merlot grape, as the skins are where the dark ruby color is derived.

This 2012 has aged beautifully and is currently drinking well.

Color is much paler than a standard Merlot….extra light ruby but darker than your standard rosé.

Fruity nose expressive of raspberries, chocolate covered strawberries and pink grapefruit.

Semi-sweet, light tannins, and delicate in mouth feel.

Flavor notes of raspberries, cranberries, strawberries, watermelon, grapefruit, cherries, reminiscent of a fruit sorbet, finishing with light tones of cashews and pine nuts.

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

Appearance: 3 Aroma: 4.5 Taste: 4.5 Aftertaste: 3 Impression: 2

Total: 17 Silver Medal worthy!

12.5% ABV

Priced at $15 a bottle.

Petit Manseng – Parker-Binns Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the 2017 Petit Manseng from Parker-Binns Vineyard.

Gorgeous glimmering color of liquid sunshine.

Large expressive nose of pink grapefruit, banana, papaya, pineapple, and tangerine.

Bold in depth flavor notes of bananas foster, grilled pineapple, freshly squeezed lemon, green melon, mango, plantain, and star fruit.

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

Appearance: 3 Aroma: 5 Taste: 5 Aftertaste: 2.5 Impression: 2

Total: 17.5 Gold Medal worthy!

14% ABV

Priced at $25 a bottle.

Pinot Noir – Patz and Hall

Our wine tonight is the 2015 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast from Patz and Hall.

Dark ruby in color.

Nose of blackberries, raspberries, black plums, figs, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, and allspice.

Flavor notes of dark cherries, plums, charcoal, smoke, leather, pipe tobacco, black pepper, and oak with a lingering earthy and herbal finish.

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

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

Total: 18 – Gold Medal worthy!

14.2% ABV

Priced at $45 a bottle.

Lower Vineyard – St. Paul Mountain Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Lower Vineyard (Riesling) from St. Paul Mountain Vineyards in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Golden yellow color.

Aged in Stainless Steel.

Nose of lemon drops, honeysuckle, light corn syrup, white lilies, freesia, and gardenia.

Semi-sweet with flavor notes of ripe pears, peach, pineapple, lemon-lime, beeswax, naval orange, tangerine, and pink grapefruit.

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

Appearance: 3 Aroma: 4 Taste: 5 Aftertaste: 2.5 Impression: 2

Total: 16.5 – Silver Medal worthy!

11.5% ABV

Priced at $22.50 a bottle.

Ships: Multiple States via VinoShipper.Com

Bunker Hill Covered Bridge – The Winery at Catawba Farms

Our wine tonight is the Bunker Hill Covered Bridge blend from The Winery at Catawba Farms.

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Blueberry.

Dark ruby in color.

Off-dry on the palate.

Nose of blueberry pie, peanut butter cups, black plums, licorice, and vanilla.

Flavor notes of dark cherry, plum, tobacco, leather, graphite, cola, light vanilla, and subtle spices with a lingering finish.

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

Appearance: 3 Aroma: 4.5 Taste: 4.5 Aftertaste: 3 Impression: 1.5

Total: 16.5 – Silver Medal worthy!

12 % ABV

Priced at $21 a bottle.

Ships most states via VinoShipper

For each bottle purchased, $1 is donated by The Winery at Catawba Farms to the Catawba County Historical Association to benefit its activities.

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