Riesling – Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the Riesling from Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard just outside of Shelby, North Carolina.

American Riesling

Non-Vintage. Estate grown Riesling. Vineyard is planted on a 100+ year old former dairy farm.

Light straw in color, hue of goldenrod.

Complex nose expressing aromas of apricot, pear, banana, honey, petrol, jasmine, lemon, and pineapple.

Semi-dry on the palate with bold fruit flavors, nectarine, apricot, mango, apple cider, lemon-lime, and pear, with finishing notes of cream cheese, diesel, wildflower honey, ginger, and beeswax.

11% ABV

Available only at the winery or select local retailers.

A really good example of a Southern American Riesling.

WineryEscapades scores 89 points!

Riesling – Biltmore Estate

Our wine tonight is the Riesling from Biltmore Estate Winery in Asheville, North Carolina.

Vintage 2018

Pale yellow in color.

Nose of apricots, honeysuckle, peaches, and fresh pear.

Crisp, semi-sweet with balanced acidity.

Flavor notes of Granny Smith Apples, pears, wildflower honey, lemon, and cantaloupe, finishing with more minerality.

13.5% ABV. (not a typo)

This one is really enjoyable, better than most Rieslings in the under $20 category.

$17 a bottle at Biltmore Estate Winery.

Biltmore Estate winemaker Sharon Fenchak hit it out of the ballpark with this vintage. Biltmore does grow several acres of Riesling on the estate. Though, this wine isn’t produced entirely with Estate grown fruit, sourcing of the fruit is critical to producing high quality wines.

Biltmore Estate Winery is the most visited winery in the United States of America. A wine tasting experience is included with each admission ticket to the Biltmore Estate.

Wine Vintage Library at Biltmore Estate Winery
Enjoying a bottle with great friends in the Wine Bar.

Delight (Apple Riesling) – Elevation 966

Our wine tonight is Delight (Apple Riesling) from Elevation 966 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Today we are celebrating the opening of Greenville’s first urban winery. Elevation 966 Winery has officially been open just six weeks, but owners Donnie and Penny are long time lovers of wine. We enjoyed a great visit today to learn about Elevation 966 Winery and brought this bottle home to enjoy.

Delight is a green apple Riesling.

The nose is of sliced green apple, a little pear, banana, and caramel notes as well.

Color of light straw.

Semi-sweet, bright, and crisp.

Flavor of biting into a early season fresh orchard picked green apple, lingering notes of sucking on a green apple Jolly Rancher. The flavor is crisp and refreshing, with a pleasant tartness.

10% ABV.

$16.95 a bottle. Elevation 966 produces several whites and red, from dry to sweet, all in small batches. Donnie, the winemaker, explained they are using only high quality winemaking equipment and ingredients, yet he also enjoys experimenting with different yeast and formulas.

As the weather warms, they expect to have live music and will stay open later hours. A new eatery, White Duck Taco, is soon to open next door offering the ability to enjoy dinner with a bottle of Elevation 966 wine. There is a large patio with plenty of room to enjoy sitting outside.

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit today and recommend you give Elevation 966 Winery a try for some sensational small batch #SCWine.

Cheers!

Riesling – Schmitt Söhne

Our wine tonight is the Riesling from Schmitt Söhne.

Riesling imported from Germany.

Light straw in color.

Nose of green apple, peach, and grapefruit.

Mid sweet-sweet to sweet.

Light and crisp.

Nicely balanced with mild acidity.

Flavor notes of apricot, lemon-lime, tangerine, nectarine, pineapple, pear, and honey, finishing of mineral, limestone, and ginger.

9.5% ABV.

$7.98 a bottle at your local grocery store.

Excellent drinking wine for the price.

Good as an aperitif or pair with chicken, Thai, or a charcuterie plate.

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Christmas White – Biltmore Estate

Our wine tonight is the Christmas at Biltmore White Wine from Biltmore Estate Winery.

Blend of Muscat Canelli, Gewürztraminer, Riesling, and Viognier.

Grape sourced from California.

Vintage: 2018

Soft pale yellow in color.

Semi-sweet.

Nose of freshly sliced pears, peaches and cream, red grapefruit, ginger, honeysuckle, and rose petals.

Gewürztraminer is prominent and easily detectable in the nose.

Flavor notes of fresh baked hot apple pie, ginger snaps, cantaloupe, tangerine, pineapple, lychee, lemon drops, and big hints of dried apricots finishing with lingering notes of soft herbs and spice.

12.5% ABV

$15 a bottle.

WineryEscapades.Com scoring on the American Wine Society twenty point scale.

Appearance: 3 Nose: 5 Taste 4.5 Mouth Feel/Aftertaste: 2.5 Impression: 2

Total: 17 – Silver Medal worthy.

Riesling – Point Lookout Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Riesling from Point Lookout Vineyards in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Vintage 2016.

Riesling from North Carolina.

Light golden color.

Nose exhibiting soft minerality, pink grapefruit, lemon, and freshly sliced golden delicious apples.

Off dry on the palate.

Crisp with medium acidity.

Flavor notes of lemon meringue pie, Bosc pears, green vegetables, Granny Smith apples, and soft herbs with a lingering minerality.

11% ABV.

The vineyards sit high atop the Southeast slope of Point Lookout Mountain in North Carolina’s Crest of the Blue Ridge Henderson County AVA.

Riesling – Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the American Riesling from Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard in Fallston, North Carolina.

Estate grown Riesling.

Light golden in color.

Nose of grapefruit, lemon, honeysuckle, daffodil, and apple blossom.

Semi-Dry on the palate.

Tangy notes of tangerine, lemon, pear, and pink grapefruit, with a crisp finish reminiscent of white licorice and lingering notes of soft minerals.

11% ABV.

Riesling – Heinrich Vollmer

Our wine tonight is the 2014 Riesling from Heinrich Vollmer.

2014 Vintage.

Bottled in Pfalz, Germany.

Color of Mountain Dew (soft drink).

Nose of spring time daffodils, tree pollen, apricots, and wildflower honey.

Off dry, crisp.

Balanced acidity.

Flavor notes of peppermint, green apple, pineapple, pink grapefruit, and tangerine.

12% ABV.

$15 a bottle.

2017 Riesling – Fish Hippie

Our wine tonight is the 2017 Riesling with the Fish Hippie branding of Old North State Winery.

Read more about the Fish Hippie brand.

100% Riesling grown in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley AVA.

Light straw in color.

A delicate floral nose with hints of apricot and lemon zest.

Off dry.

Flavor notes of tart green apple slices, lime juice, apricots, and pears, finishing with a bit of nuttiness.

12.5% ABV

Learn more about Old North State Winery.

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