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.

Muscat Canelli – Biltmore

Our wine tonight is the 2017 Muscat Canelli from the Biltmore Estate Winery.

Pale yellow in color.

Enticing floral aromas of violets, lavender, and honeysuckle.


Flavor notes of grapefruit, peach, pear, and lime, while finishing softly with hints of nutmeg.

12.5 % ABV.

$17 a bottle.

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

Appearance: 3 Aroma: 4.5 Taste: 4.5

Aftertaste: 2.5. Impression: 1.5

Total: 16 Silver Medal worthy!

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

Mount Pisgah – Appalachian Ridge Cidery

Our wine tonight is the Mount Pisgah artisan cider from Appalachian Ridge. Appalachian Ridge is from the same group as Saint Paul Vineyards. The Mount Pisgah is grown, squeezed, and bottled in the mountains of North Carolina. Alcohol content is 8% and the Cider is Slightly bubbly with a really nice nose of freshly picked green apples. #NCWine

2015 Chardonnay – Judd’s Peak

Our wine tonight is the 2015 Chardonnay from The Winery at Judd’s Peak. The Winery at Judd’s Peak was located in Saluda, North Carolina and though now closed, once produced small batch hand crafted Chardonnay wines from their petit lot vineyard. This 2015 was the last vintage before the vines were uprooted from the Western North Carolina mountain soil. Our bottle signed by proprietors Kathy and Glenn, is numbered 109 of 375 total bottles produced in 2015.

Actually we love this bottle so much, we’ll just tuck it right back into the top of our wine rack. I’m not sure that we’ll ever open this bottle of Chardonnay. This bottle is representative of our love for local craft #NCWine


Dennis and Jenni


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