Valvin Muscat – Fireclay Cellars

Our wine tonight is the Valvin Muscat from Fireclay Cellars in Siler City, North Carolina.

Valvin Muscat is a hybrid grape developed at Cornell University.

Vintage 2017.

Yadkin Valley AVA.

Light straw in color.

Nose of wildflower honey, peach cobbler, orange blossom, and freshly cut grass.

Semi-sweet to sweet, but not Moscato sweet.

Exhibits a nice full mouth feel.

Complex flavor profile with notes of fresh apricot, sweeten peach slices with cream, lemon meringue pie, pear, orange peel, star fruit, and pineapple.

Lingering lemon-lime finish.

12% ABV.

$16 a bottle.

WineryEscapades scoring on the 20 point scale.

Appearance 3 : Nose 3.5 : Taste 6 : Finish 3 : Impression 2

Overall Score 17.5 – Gold Medal

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Strawberry Wine – Old Homeplace Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the Strawberry Wine from Old Homeplace Vineyard in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Fermented 100% of fresh strawberry juice.

Color of deep amber.

Nose and flavor notes true to it’s strawberry origin.

Sweet but not syrupy.

11.2% ABV.

Available only at the winery.

Old Homeplace Vineyard sits nestled lakefront along Lake Thomalex. The back patio offers hypnotic views of the lake. Out front of the tasting room is a large pasture where you can view and if you’re lucky, pet the horses and donkeys. The back barn is for special events and weddings. Don’t forget as you leave to ring the bell and let’em know what a great time you enjoyed.

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White Sangria – Duplin Winery

Our wine tonight is the White Sangria from Duplin Winery in Rose Hill, North Carolina.

Light golden in color.

Produced of muscadine grape infused with natural flavors.

Sweet, light, and delicate.

Nose of citrus and pineapple with flavor notes of peach, mango, orange, lime, lemonade, and pineapple.

This is a summertime porch pounder or sunny day pool wine.

10% ABV

$7.99 a bottle. We picked up this bottle during our recent visit to Duplin’s tasting room. Our tasting experience was really enjoyable. Understand, Duplin stays true to it’s heritage and proudly promotes it’s sweeter wines. One of their favorite slogans is that ” Life is sweeter with Duplin.” The tasting experience includes this beautiful sales booklet and scoring card. Duplin Winery is the largest producer of muscadine wines in the world. They further claim to be the oldest and largest winery in the South, originally established in 1975.

Carolina Sunshine – Huffman Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Carolina Sunshine from Huffman Vineyards in Richlands, North Carolina.

Green Apple Riesling.

Pale yellow in color.

Nose of pear, pineapple, white table grapes, butter, and green apple.

Semi-sweet and crisp.

Flavor notes of Bosc pears, fresh picked Granny Smith apples, bananas, and honeysuckle, with a crisp tartness that pleasantly lingers.

11.5% ABV.

$12 a bottle.

Huffman Vineyards was a very enjoyable experience for us. We’re always fond of small family owned vineyard and winery operations.

Located just inland from Jacksonville along North Carolina’s Crystal Coast. Though growing only Carlos, Noble, and several lesser known Muscadine varietals, winemaker Lee Huffman has handcrafted a diverse selection from dry vinifera wines, semi-sweet and sweet fruit and muscadine wines.

Nicki, Lee’s sister, tends the tasting bar and their Mom, a fabulous artist, manages the gift shop. The gift shop features an eclectic selection of many fun and practical wine products.

Peach – Huffman Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Peach table wine from Huffman Vineyards in Richlands, North Carolina.

Fermented of peaches.

Color of sweet tea.

Nose of a cooled peach cobbler.

Semi-sweet, guessing about 2-3% residual sugar.

Flavor notes of peach cobbler, caramel, vanilla, and sarsaparilla…giving way to a lingering finish much like a Werther’s Original hard candy.

Labeled as table wine which by law means between 7 and 14% ABV. We’d guess this wine approximately 8% ABV.

$11 a bottle.

Available only at the vineyard.

Certainly not your traditional peach, but good.

Electric Pelican – Hinnant Family Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Electric Pelican from Hinnant Family Vineyards.

Light salmon in color.

Blend of estate grown Norton (Muscadine) and Blanc du Bois (American Hybrid).

Grown and produced in Pine Level, North Carolina.

Serve chilled.

Nose of pink grapefruit, strawberry jam, and a orange creamsicle.

Semi-sweet with crisp acidity.

Flavor notes of orange, grapefruit, tangerine, homemade lemon curd, bananas foster, Granny Smith apples, and finishing crisp like a fresh Bosc pear.

Pair with a delicate fish or charcuterie plate.

12% ABV.

$10 a bottle.

Ships most states.

Hinnant Family Vineyards currently the largest Muscadine vineyard in North Carolina consist of over 100 acres under vine. Vines are mostly of Muscadine varietals with some American hybrids under vine. The farm originally grew tobacco. The first vines were planted in 1971.

Hinnant Family Vineyards has proudly won hundreds of awards for their estate grown wines. They likewise import vinifera varietals from the state of Washington. A tasting consist not only of muscadine wine, but also vinifera such as Cabernet Sauvignon and a Meritage Boudreaux blend.

Rosé – Mountain Brook Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Rosé from Mountain Brook Vineyards.

Vintage 2018.

Grape sourced from North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley AVA.

Bright beautiful salmon in color.

Nose of apricots, almonds, dates, and fresh herbs.

Dry, balanced, and delicate in mouth feel.

Flavor notes of fresh sliced pears, strawberries, cherries, lime, tangerines, and pink grapefruit.

12.3% ABV.

$23 a bottle.

Ships to most states via VinoShipper.

Mountain Brook Vineyards and Winery is located the Tryon Foothills of Western North Carolina.

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Wow Did We Have Some Wine Fun In 2019!

Reminiscing on 2019 evokes many fun memories. We rang in 2019 with our friends at the AC Marriott downtown Spartanburg. Awoke January 1st and headed for North Georgia where we enjoyed a traditional New Year’s Day meal at the Dillard House restaurant.

While visiting North Georgia most imperative is a visit to the wineries of the Dahlonega Plateau AVA. Dahlonega Plateau is the first a AVA contained entirely within the Georgia state line boundaries. Our favorites are Cavender Creek Vineyards & Winery and Kaya Vineyards. January we launched quickly into visiting many of our favorites. We popped in to see Charles and Ann at Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard in Shelby and roasted some hot dogs over the open fire pit. 2019 was a year for wine adventures, many with our partners in wine, Will and Pam. One such adventure found us devouring a 27″ pizza in Locust, North Carolina. February found us staying in a lodge at Roaring River Vineyards where we enjoyed a dinner theater performance. March brought our annual anniversary adventure. We enjoyed our first visit to Cartersville Country Winery in Timmonsville, South Carolina. We then drove up to Elizabethtown, North Carolina where we were fortunate to stay four nights in a cabin at Lu-Mil Vineyards. That trip further took up into Northern Virginia where we had the pleasure to meet Mike Barefoot, one of the creators of the VinoWine App.

It was In April we jumped at the opportunity to visit Surry Community College to tour the winery’s day vineyard and learn about their Viticulture and Enology programs. April also took us to Talladega to watch the big boys race! May brought our first visit to the newly opened Kefi Vineyard in Monroe, North Carolina. It was May we hosted the second annual Palmetto Wine Competition.

June afforded us the opportunity to tour and learn from Josh Jones at Cityscape Winery in Pelzer, South Carolina. It was July we were fortunate to watch our youngest son graduate from Marine Corp Recruit Station Parris Island! August we enjoyed the last of the Summer’s incredibly beautiful sunset party at Parker-Binns Vineyard. September brought our Labor Day trip to New York City where of course we had to visit City Vineyard at Pier 27! September we also enjoyed a fun wine and cheese pairing at Wellborn Winery in Travelers Rest, South Carolina. Continuing in September was dinner with the winemaker at Mountain Brook Vineyards in the Tryon Foothills. October brought a return visit to Divine Llama Vineyards where Jenni and Pam loved on some Llamas! There was a BBQ dinner at a Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard. We closed out October with our maiden glamping trip in our new thirty-two foot camper! November took us to the Monthly Open House (First Saturday Of Each Month) at Wandering Bard Meadery in Easley, South Carolina. November also took us to Charleston, where we were thrill to find Charleston Winery pouring tastings of South Carolina locally produced wines. We closed out November with a Murder Mystery dinner theater at Parker-Binns Vineyard. 1920’s gangster themed of course! Closing out 2019 in December with the ugly Christmas attire party. The cooler weather is perfect for wine around the fire pit! December is the month for viewing Christmas lights, we visited our favorite spots, the Christmas House in Inman, South Carolina and downtown Forest City, North Carolina. Made our traditional Turner Family Christmas egg nog! Of course we couldn’t close out the year without one final Winery Escapade with our partners-in-wine Will & Pam! What a fun year as the above is only a small sampling of the fun we enjoyed! We met so many new friends, and caught up with some old friends. Jenni and I encourage you to get out and discover your local winery, meadery, cidery, brewhouse, and distillery,

We thank you for your continued support of our blogs WineryEscapades.Com and OurWineTonight.Com, the Palmetto Wine Competition and our new American Mead-Cider-Fruit Wine Association Competition.

Happy New Year!

Cheers!

Your Friends In Wine, Dennis & Jenni

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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