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.

2015 Tenshen Red

Our wine tonight is the 2015 Santa Barbara County Red Wine.

Deep purple in color.

Opens nicely with 60 minutes of decanting.

Bursting of fruit on the nose, black cherry, black plum, wild blackberry, and eucalyptus.

Same fruit flavors on the tongue, plum, black cherry, blackberry, spiced rum and coke, fading to a lingering finish of prune, fig, mint, and spice.

Varietals: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvédre, Petite Sirah & Merlot

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

Appearance: 3 Aroma: 5 Taste: 4.5 Aftertaste: 3 Impression: 2

Total: 17.5 – Gold Medal worthy!

15.5% ABV

Priced at $25 a bottle.

Winemaker: Joey Tensley

Mulled Spiced Wine – Cupcake Vineyards

It’s a cold rainy evening in the South, so our wine tonight is hot mulled spiced wine. Our wine base is the 2014 Black Forest Decadent Red from Cupcake Vineyards.

Easy to blend, but choosing your wine is critical. You certainly wouldn’t want mull one of your better aging reds….save those. A nice red blend works best for mulling. Perfect for a cold rainy day.

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