Christmas at Biltmore Red – Biltmore Estate Winery

Our wine tonight is the 2017 Christmas at Biltmore Red from Biltmore Estate Winery.

Off-dry blend of Merlot, Sangiovese, & Zinfandel

Nose of ripe red cherry, medium bodied, medium-high tannins, bursting with fruit flavors of cherry, red plum, and pomegranate.

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!

14% ABV

Priced at $13 a bottle.

Ships: Multiple States via Biltmore website

The label is designed by North Carolina artist Terry Owensby, whom personally signed our bottle.

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2012 Rock and Rail – Jones von Drehle

Our wine tonight is the 2012 Rock & Rail from Jones von Drehle Vineyards and Winery in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley.

A Boudreaux styled estate blended table wine

Floral nose, medium bodied, lingering flavor notes of black cherry.

AVA: Yadkin Valley

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

Appearance: 3 Aroma: 4 Taste: 4.5 Aftertaste: 3 Impression: 2

Total: 16.5 – Silver Medal worthy!

Awards: Multiple Silver & Gold

12.5% ABV

Priced at $24 a bottle.

Ships: Multiple States via Wine Direct

Villa Rosa – Burntshirt Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Villa Rosa from Burntshirt Vineyards in Hendersonville, North Carolina. A sweet red blend table wine.

Soft nose of plum and jam

Ripe blueberries on the tongue

Lingering finish of coffee and chocolate

Personal scoring on the American Wine Society twenty point scale.

Appearance: 2.5

Aroma: 4.5

Taste: 5.5

Aftertaste: 3

Impression: 2

Total: 17.5 Silver Medal worthy!

13% ABV

Priced at $20 a bottle.

Ships: Multiple States via Vino Shipper

Pea Ridge Red – Parker-Binns Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the non-vintage Pea Ridge Red from Parker-Binns Vineyard and Winery located in North Carolina’s Tryon Foothills. A blend of dual vintages of estate Chambourchin masterfully bottled to produce an expressive red.

A nose of cola and over ripe red berries, tart raspberry on the tongue and a lingering earthy finish. Beautiful dark ruby in color and high acidity producing a full bodied wine with great legs.

We have a real fondness for regionally grown Chambourchin and this offering from Parker-Binns doesn’t disappoint.

13% ABV

$20 a bottle

Ships to 34 states (see website)

Maggie – Parker-Binns Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the Maggie from Parker-Binns Vineyard in the Tryon Foothills. This 2017 off dry white is produced from 100% Muscat Giallo.

Soft citrus on the nose, tropical flavor notes on the tongue with a lingering finish of pear and jackfruit.

Personal scoring on the American Wine Society twenty point scale.

Appearance: 3

Aroma: 4.5

Taste: 5.5

Aftertaste: 3

Impression: 2

Total: 18 – Gold Medal worthy!

Priced at $20 a bottle.

Ships: Only in North Carolina

Catawba White – Waldensian Heritage Winery

Our wine tonight is the Catawba White from Waldensian Heritage Winery. A light pink wine with a soft fruity nose and crisp complex flavor notes of exotic fruits.

The Waldensian people have long produced wines and their traditional wine making techniques have passed through centuries of generations. The Waldensian movement originated in the twelfth century and the Waldensian people have been long persecuted in Europe as their teachings were in conflict with the traditional Catholic Church. The North Carolina settlement in Valdese arrived in the late 18th century. Waldensian Heritage Winery is “legally” the third oldest winery in North Carolina. However, these traditional wines have been produced in Valdese for generations.

Personal scoring on the American Wine Society twenty point scale.

Appearance: 2.5

Aroma: 4

Taste: 5

Aftertaste: 2.5

Impression: 2

Total: 16 – Silver Medal worthy!

Priced at $8 a bottle.

Ships: Only in North Carolina

Pack House Red – Iron Gate Vineyards

Our wine tonight is Pack House Red from Iron Gate Vineyards just outside of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Off Dry Red Blend of Bordeaux Varietals.

Personal scoring on the American Wine Society twenty point scale.

Appearance: 3

Aroma: 4.5

Taste: 4.5

Aftertaste: 2.5

Impression: 2

Total: 16.5— Silver Medal worthy!

Priced at $19 a bottle.

Ships: Only in North Carolina

Drinking beautifully now