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

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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

Traminette – Midnight Magdalena Vineyards

Tonight’s wine is the 2016 Traminette from Midnight Magdalena Vineyards in the Swan Creek AVA of North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley. Midnight Magdalena has become one of our favorites, even though being one of the newest Yadkin Valley wineries. #NCWine. #SwanCreek #YadkinValley

Jolie Blanc – Morgan Ridge Vineyards

Tonight’s wine is the Jolie Blanc from Morgan Ridge Vineyards in Gold Hill, North Carolina. Fragrant, light, and crisp with hints of citrus. Morgan Ridge Vineyards makes for a great visit, also serving light fare and their own craft beer. The vineyard consist of seven acres under vine growing seven different varieties. #NCWine

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