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

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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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Peach for the Stars – Catawba Farms

Our wine tonight is the Peach for the Stars – peach wine, from The Winery at Catawba Farms in Newton, North Carolina.

A real fruit wine.

Beautiful color of bright polished gold.

Moderately sweet, crisp.

Nose of peach cobbler with hints of honey.

Flavor notes of nectarine, watermelon jolly rancher, and a finish reminiscent of peaches and cream.

Light bodied, well balanced, easy drinking.

8% ABV

Niagara – Rocky River Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Niagara from Rocky River Vineyards in Midland, North Carolina.

Niagara wine is often reviewed as”foxy.” I’m not sophisticated enough to understand what exactly that means….so…..

Color of light straw.

Nose of country fresh honeysuckle, jasmine, and diesel, with slight hints of cinnamon.

Semi-Sweet. Light bodied and delicate.

Flavor notes of lemon drops, pear, green apple, and pine, it’s like biting into a juicy white table grape.

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

Appearance: 3 Aroma: 4 Taste: 4.5 Aftertaste: 3 Impression: 1.5

Total: 16 – Silver Medal worthy!

12.5% ABV

Priced at $14 a bottle

Ships: Only in North Carolina

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Maggie – Parker-Binn’s Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the 2017 Maggie (Muscat) from Parker-Binn’s Vineyard in the Tryon Foothills.

Nose of pink grapefruit, lime, peach, brandy, plus white lily.

Off dry, bright and crisp.

Bursting with tropical notes on the tongue, mango, orange, pink grapefruit, hints of lemon, lime, and star fruit fading to a lingering complex finish reminiscent of juicy fruit gum.

Varietal: 100% Muscat Giallo

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

Appearance: 3 Aroma: 5 Taste: 5.5 Aftertaste: 3 Impression: 2

Total: 18.5 – Gold Medal worthy!

13 % ABV

Priced at $20 a bottle.

Winemaker: Justin Taylor

Rosé – Winery at Catawba Farms

Our wine tonight is the Rosé from the Winery at Catawba Farms in Newton, North Carolina.

Varietals: Cabernet Franc and Merlot blend.

Floral nose of fresh garden roses and violets.

Off-dry.

Flavor notes of fresh cut strawberries and raspberries transitioning to a long lingering tart cranberry finish.

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

Appearance: 3 Aroma: 4 Taste: 4.5 Aftertaste: 3 Impression: 1.5

Total: 16 – Silver Medal worthy!

AVA: Yadkin Valley

12.5 ABV

Priced at $20 a bottle.

Christmas in a Bottle – Locklear Vineyard & Winery

Our wine tonight is the Christmas in a Bottle from Locklear Vineyard and Winery in Maxton, North Carolina.

Blush colored spiced muscadine wine which I believe to be a blend of Carlos and Noble with spices added before bottling.

Definitely very distinctively Carlos on the nose.

Tropical fruit and expressive spices on the tongue. Fruit flavors of orange, tangerine, grapefruit and spice notes of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg,

We enjoyed the first glass slightly chilled and the second warmed such as a mulled wine.

Although we enjoyed both……we agreed it’s best served warm.

This is a very nice wine that we really enjoyed.

13% ABV

$10 a bottle.

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Merry Berry – Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard

Our Holiday wine tonight is the Merry Berry from Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard.

A tart cranberry blend produced seasonally just for the Holidays. Beautiful color and a robust aroma make this North Carolina wine perfect for a family get-together.

In case you’ve yet to visit Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard in the small farming community of Fallston, just outside of Shelby, put this one on your list. The vineyard and winery property operated as the Baker family dairy farm for 100+ years. The red barn is featured in current Hillshire Farms commercials. Our friend Will snapped the first picture below and I snapped the second of the old farmhouse which lies toward the back of the property.

Get by quickly to pick up your own bottle of this refreshing seasonal cranberry wine so you too can sip their fine wine and explore the beautiful farm.

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