Rustic Red – Wellborn Winery

Our wine tonight is the Rustic Red from Wellborn Winery in Travelers Rest, South Carolina.

Produced of locally grown Chambourchin.

Non- vintage.

Light ruby in color.

Nose of fresh baked blueberry muffins, raspberries, passion fruit, dark cherries and the forest after a morning mist.

Semi-sweet.

Flavor notes of tart raspberries, red currants, boysenberries, and a fresh hot cherry turnover, slight smokiness on the finish with a lingering tartness of a Christmas fruitcake.

12% ABV

This wine is racking up awards.

Gold medal winner in the 2019 Wine of the South Competition. Silver medal winner in the 2018 Palmetto Wine Competition.

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Versailles “Si” … – Divine Llama Vineyards

Our wine tonight is is the Versailles “SI” … from Divine Llama Vineyards in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley AVA.

Blend of 90% Traminette and 10% Peach Juice.

Light straw in color. Delicate.

Nose is expressively perfumed of sliced peaches with an essence of fresh roses!

Flavor tones on the palate of a fresh peach bellini, notes of lemon juice and pears, finishing softly with hints of apricots and gingerbread cookies.

12% ABV

We would recommend pairing with your favorite Asian Fusion combination.

Yes…it’s a working Llama farm…..and the Llamas are wildly popular.

Rosé Blend – Leftie Wine

Our wine tonight is the Final Frontier Rosé Blend from Leftie Wine Company.

Light salmon in color.

Red blend that undergoes a secondary fermentation with peach juice.

Expressive nose of peach schnapps, bing cherries, apricots, coconut, and buttery.

Fruity on the tongue, expressive notes of freshly sliced peaches, vanilla beans, cashews, and finishing buttery and dry.

12% ABV

$9 a bottle.

Produced in California.

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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.

Milk House White – Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the Milk House White, a scuppernong wine from Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard just outside of Shelby, North Carolina.

Non-vintage.

Fermented of 100% scuppernong grapes.

The state fruit of North Carolina.

Color of 24 karat gold……. just polished!

Intense musky nose, hints of honeysuckle, lemon, citrus, and butterscotch.

Distinctive sweet flavor notes of lemon, lime, honeysuckle, dandelion, green apples, bananas foster, and cheap brandy, with a long bold finish reminiscent of eating wild scuppernongs right off the vine.

Labeled as table wine (7 – 14% ABV). I’d guess close to around 10% ABV.

The scuppernong is a native Muscadine variety. The fruit is a large berry, bronze in color with amazingly thick skins. The oldest cultivated vine in the U.S.A. Is the Mother Vine, a 400 plus year old scuppernong vine in North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

NCWINE Virtual Tasting

A look back at our participation in the September 9th #NCWineMonth virtual tasting on Twitter.

Twitter virtual NC Wine Tasting 9/9/19

We tasted three wines and our Twitter notes are below.

1. Blanc du Bois – Hinnant Family Vineyards

2. Fig Orange Mead – Honeygirl Meadery

3. Côte-Soleil Syrah – Elkin Creek Vineyard

1. Blanc du Bois – Hinnant Family Vineyards

Hinnant Family Vineyards

Pine Level, NC

Dry, 12% ABV. $13 a bottle

Pale yellow in color

Nose of grapefruit, lemon, butterscotch, and honeysuckle.

Flavor notes of grapefruit, green apples, pineapple, and bananas foster finishing with hints of lemon and wildflower honey and a certain dull minerality.

Flavor profile similar to a crisp Sauvignon Blanc.

Hybrid Grape developed at the University of Florida

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2. Fig Orange Mead – Honeygirl Meadery

Durham, NC

Beautiful golden color 12% ABV.

Roasted locally sourced figs fermented with NC wildflower honey

A Melomel is a Mead that contains fruit…either fermented with or infused after fermentation.

Nose of honey, fig, caramel, and butterscotch.

Bold Flavor Notes of honey, orange slices, caramel, and Fig.

Bronze medal in Finger Lakes Int’l Wine Competition.

Pair with a nice charcuterie plate.

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3. Côte-Soleil Syrah – Elkin Creek Vineyard

Right outside of Elkin—-Yadkin Valley AVA

Côte-Soleil Syrah 2016

Syrah blended with 12% Viognier

12.5% ABV

Dark inky in color with a short purple rim.

Big nose of over ripe blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, raisins, dried fruits, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, vinaigrette, graphite, smoke.

Full bodied, big and bold, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with prunes, blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, vanilla, cedar, black licorice, cloves, tobacco, dark chocolate, mocha, coffee, peppercorn, and graphite.

Long finish with fine tannins with notes of chocolate covered cherries.

This is a delicious Syrah blend from the Yadkin Valley AVA. Fruit forward with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. A great sipping wine.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (60 minutes). We actually decanted for 2 hours.

Still young and will continue to mature in the bottle.

2008 Chambourcin – Misty Creek Vineyards

Tonight we dusted off a bottle of 2008 estate Chambourcin from Misty Creek Vineyards in Mocksville, North Carolina.

100% produced of estate grown Chambourcin in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley AVA.

Lightly aged in Hungarian oak.

Beautiful color of violet.

Nose of chocolate covered cherries, pluff mud, and sarsaparilla.

Light residual sugar. Off dry.

Mild tannins with flavor notes of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, tart raspberries, blueberries, currants, finishing with lingering hints of graphite and smokiness.

12.5% ABV.

$23 a bottle.

This is a really nice drinking #NCWine. We aerated it lightly prior to enjoying.

#NCWineMonth #YadkinValley #FrenchAmericanHybrid

Strawberry Wine – Enoree River Winery

Our wine tonight is the Strawberry Wine from Enoree River Winery in Newberry, South Carolina.

Fermented of 100% Strawberries.

Beautiful delicate rose color. Similar to red-orange blend.

Nose of strawberry shortcake and freshly picked strawberries.

Semi-sweet on the tongue.

Flavor burst of a strawberry starburst, notes reminiscent of strawberry lemonade, with lingering notes of a strawberry crème brûlée, and strawberry sorbet.

Excellent representation of a real fruit wine.

12% ABV.

Honeymoon Delight – Cartersville Country Winery

Our wine tonight is the Honeymoon Delight from Cartersville Country Winery In Timmonsville, South Carolina.

100% estate grown Carlos – White Muscadine.

Color of light straw.

Labeled as dry, but we feel it more accurately off dry.

Nose of over-ripe bananas, rubber cement, and charcoal.

Bright tropical flavor notes on the tongue, lemon, lime, coconut, and pawpaw, fading to a more floral and earthy finish.

Labeled as table wine, likely around 8-9% ABV.

$12 a bottle.

Winemaker’s name is Carlos Norton! Could that be real? Nevertheless, great wine business name!

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