Winter Wonder – B & C Winery

Our wine tonight is the Winter Wonderland from B & C Winery in Maggie Valley, North Carolina.

Vintage 2019 Red blend.

Serve slightly chilled.

Nose of red plums, bing cherries, vanilla bean extract, cocoa, and apricots.

Dark purple in color with a bright garnet rim.

Semi-sweet, chewy, with substantial tannins.

Complex flavor notes of chocolate covered cherries, caramel apples, vanilla rum, dehydrated fruits, spices, and fig preserves lingering on the finish.

Heavy 14.5% ABV.

We judge this one as follows:

Appearance 3: Aroma 3: Taste 5 Finish 2.5. Impression. 2.5

Total Score 16 – Silver Medal

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Turner Family Christmas Egg Nog

Christmas Day egg nog is a long tradition in my family and I excitedly, and stubbornly continue this tradition every year. In honor of said tradition, here I share our simple yet delectable recipe.

Egg Nog can be purchased at your local grocery store. We recommend Sealtest brand. What is egg nog? It is more or less a sweetened concoction of milk and whipped eggs. I know right? Yum! Well as you likely know, tradition calls for our egg nog to be seasonally fortified.

We will Blend with a shot of dark or spiced rum. You don’t want to use top shelf yet certainly use a quality rum. We sometimes use Barcadi Black. However, our current favorite is the Spiced Carolina Rum from Muddy River Distillery in Belmont, North Carolina.

We also need a half shot of Cognac. Cognac is a high quality brandy distilled in the Cognac region of France. We prefer Hennessy Very Special Cognac.

Also needed is vanilla extract (please don’t use vanilla flavoring), cinnamon, and ground nutmeg.

We recommend blending in a stemless wine glass.

1. Pour one shot (one once) of dark or spiced rum.

2. One half shot (half once) of Cognac.

3. One quarter teaspoon of vanilla extract.

4. Pour six to eight ounces of egg nog. Dependent on how strong you prefer.

5. Stir.

6. Add a dash of cinnamon!

7. Add a pinch of nutmeg!

Serve chilled!

Merry Christmas and Cheers!

Holiday Red – Burntshirt Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Holiday Red from Burntshirt Vineyards in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Blend of Chambourcin and Cabernet Franc.

Crest of the Blue Ridge Henderson County AVA.

Non-Vintage.

Though we did buy this bottle during the 2018 Christmas season.

Beautiful dark ruby color with a bright garnet rim.

Nose of chocolate covered cherries, fresh brewed Colombian coffee, pomegranate, and clove.

Off dry, medium bodied, with subtle tannins.

Nutty on the palate, with depths of red plum, strawberry, bell pepper, cinnamon, vanilla, all spice, oak, mint, and gingerbread cookies.

13% ABV

Enjoyed in this beautiful snowman wine glass hand painted by our talented friend Sonnette.

Stay frosty!

Please check out Sonnette’s work. We love supporting small businesses and ask that you consider shopping with your local small businesses this Christmas season.

Merry Christmas from the Turner’s!

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