Spiker Dude – Slightly Askew Winery

Our wine tonight is Spiker Dude from Slightly Askew Winery In Elkin, North Carolina. Slightly Askew claims to be “not your average winery” and produces a lot of unique and interesting wines.

Lime infused Pinot Grigio.

Light golden color with a slight green hue.

Nose of lime and citrus.

Sweet on the tongue with notes of lime, coconut, pink grapefruit, mint, and lemon tart, and finishing like a coconut creme puff.

Fresh easy sipping summer wine.

9% ABV.

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Peach Grape Wine – Menarick

Our wine tonight, in celebration of Chardonnay day, is the Peach Grape Wine from Menarick Vineyard and Winery in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley AVA.

Pale yellow in color.

Chardonnay infused with real peaches.

Nose very expressive of fresh sliced peaches.

Semi-sweet.

Flavor notes of buttery Chardonnay on the tongue, mid-palate classic butteriness, butterscotch, and fresh baked lemon meringue pie, finishing with big notes of biting into a fresh picked ripe peach.

9% ABV

$21 per bottle.

Riesling. – Shelton Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the 2017 Riesling from Shelton Vineyards in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley AVA.

Light straw in color.

Nose of Fuji Apple, Bosc Pear, lemon juice, and apricots.

Semi-sweet, 3% RS.

Flavor notes of fresh baked apples, sliced pears, honeysuckle, lemon, apricots, pineapple, and finishing with delicate notes of ginger.

12.75% ABV

$15 a bottle.

This vintage won gold in the 2018 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.

Sweetheart White – Medaloni Cellars

Our wine tonight is the Sweetheart White from Medaloni Cellars in the North Carolina Yadkin Valley AVA.

Non-vintage. White blend.

Golden color like summer rays of sunshine.

Explicit nose of state fair cotton candy.

Semi-sweet.

Flavor notes Earl Gray hot tea, wildflower honey, nutmeg, clove, honeysuckle, and lighter notes of vanilla and cream.

12.9% ABV

Vinho Branco – Menarick Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Vinho Branco from Menarick Vineyards in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley.

Vinho Branco is Portuguese for white wine.

Portuguese style white table wine.

Blend of Chardonnay and Albariño.

Unfiltered.

Color reminiscent of early morning rays of sunshine.

Nose of lemon, vanilla, coconut, and early spring floral aromas.

Dry on the tongue with flavor notes of juicy fruit gum and lemon drop, finishing with soft hints of underripe pear and chalk.

11% ABV

Ships to most states. See Menarick Vineyards website.

Rosé – Brandon Hills Vineyard

In celebration of #NationalDrinkWineDay, our wine tonight is the 2017 Rosé from Brandon Hills Vineyard in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley.

100% Cabernet Franc.

Beautiful light rose in color.

Nose of strawberry creamsicle, honeysuckle, and light rum.

Flavor notes of strawberries, red plums, over ripe raspberries and cherry cola fading to notes of soft vanilla bean with noticeable minerality.

12% ABV

Recommended pairing: grilled or pan seared chicken. 

White Merlot – Brandon Hills Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the 2012 White Merlot from Brandon Hills Vineyard in the Yadkin Valley of North Carolina.

Often White Merlot is classified such as a White Zinfandel. This is unfair, as the Merlot is in my opinion a superior wine grape. White Merlot is produced by quickly removing the skins from the Merlot grape, as the skins are where the dark ruby color is derived.

This 2012 has aged beautifully and is currently drinking well.

Color is much paler than a standard Merlot….extra light ruby but darker than your standard rosé.

Fruity nose expressive of raspberries, chocolate covered strawberries and pink grapefruit.

Semi-sweet, light tannins, and delicate in mouth feel.

Flavor notes of raspberries, cranberries, strawberries, watermelon, grapefruit, cherries, reminiscent of a fruit sorbet, finishing with light tones of cashews and pine nuts.

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!

12.5% ABV

Priced at $15 a bottle.

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

Moonstruck – Sweet Home Carolina

Our wine tonight, pi day 2018, is the 2014 Moonstruck from Sweet Home Carolina Vineyard and Winery. Moonstruck is a bold, flavorful, dry Malbec. The label features a waterfall scene originally captured on canvas by the wineries own artist/winemaker Lyn Layton-Koren. Sweet Home Carolina is small boutique winery in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley. #NCWine

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