If you have been reading the blog for a bit, you probably know I enjoy wine. I won’t label myself a “wine snob” but I am particular and know what I like. Do you remember the first time you tried a glass? I have memories of the good ole Box ‘O Wine – namely Franzia, that we used to bring to parties or enjoy ourselves, because we like Zinfendal and it wasn’t expensive! When you are in college, I don’t think you get to be so picky! I thought I would write a bit of a different post today about our day at one of the NC Vineyards.
As we have now lived here for about 12 years, we have learned that there are about 100 or so vineyards in the North Carolina region. I find learning about varietals and regions very interesting. So, in an effort to try a new vineyard this weekend, we looked on Ncwines.org and found a vineyard about an hour away, Midnight Magdalena. Midnight was the owners dog who kept watch while the initial vines were planted.
We had a great day and since it was Truffles Birthday she wore a birthday hat and the guitarist sang Happy Birthday to her! Boy, did she feel special. When we arrived, we immediately felt welcome as we enjoyed the wine tasting outside. One of the owners, Tauny, provided great hospitality as she brought each wine out for the tasting outside, so my hubby and I could enjoy it together.
Here are some of their wines
2015 Dry Reisling: this had floral aromas and a citrus taste. I was pleasantly surprised as most Reislings I have tried have been too sweet for my taste. This had a tinge of sweetness that I preferred. I love dry wines so this was a hit!
2015 Traminette: I had never heard of this grape and learned it is a hybrid grape that has a honeysuckle smell and light body, a white grape that has a sweetness and unique flavor.
They also had several Rose wines, one with bubbly and a more dry wine called the 2016 Half Moon Rose. I have been enjoying and trying various Roses over the years where I used to be quick to dismiss them. The reds were a Merlot and a Taspestry blend. I am not usually a fan of Merlot, but this was not as overpowering to me as some can be.
The atmosphere is perfect for an afternoon of enjoying company, food, wine, and music as the NC mountains are visible and I could just stare at the view all day!
If you are in the NC. region near Charlotte, have a look at www.ncwines.org. My hubby and I find it a great resource to find vineyards in the area. I hope to bring you some additional posts on our NC Vineyard excursions!
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Have a great weekend!