19 In Places

Our Visit to Midnight Magdalena- N.C. Vineyard

Hello Friends

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!

Also, if you haven’t read about some great unique and handmade gifts for Mother’s Day from Uno Alla Volta, please read my post here.

Have a great weekend!

Stay fashionable!

Jess xo

Linking with Dawn, Jennie,  Nancy and Rachel.




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  • Reply
    April 26, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    There’s something very proper and chic about visiting a vineyard. Especially if they have tastings and a restaurant.

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      Jess Jannenga
      April 26, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      Hi Anne Marie!
      Thanks for popping by! I truly enjoy learning about vintage, the land, regions and of course tasting the varietals 🙂 Ill be writing more reviews about other NC Vineyards we visit. xx

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    April 25, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Wow it looks very peaceful!

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      Jess Jannenga
      April 26, 2017 at 10:11 am

      Thank you Marcia for stopping by, we had a great time and the atmosphere was great! xx

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    April 22, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Truffles and Gibson look so cute! Very cute vineyard, too. Thanks for linking up and enjoy your weekend, Jess!

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    GlamorousandGeeky (@Gofashiondeals)
    April 21, 2017 at 11:35 am

    That place looks heavenly!!!! Happy birthday Truffles!!

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      Jess Jannenga
      April 21, 2017 at 5:56 pm

      Thanks for the birthday wishes, yes it was so pretty there. We love visiting different Vineyards. xx

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    Amy Christensen
    April 21, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Looks very pretty. While my hubby and I are not wine drinkers we do enjoy traveling and seeing new places. Glad you had a good time. Have a great weekend, Jess. – Amy

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      Jess Jannenga
      April 21, 2017 at 10:47 am

      Thanks Amy, we had a great time. We love to bring the pups and many of the vineyards are dog friendly. I do enjoy learning about different wines too. Hope you have a great weekend as well! xx

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    jodie filogomo
    April 21, 2017 at 8:09 am

    We love visiting vineyards, too!! And that front porch is just calling me!!

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      Jess Jannenga
      April 21, 2017 at 10:21 am

      I know! They took one of our local house plans and it is the tasting room. I am big on wraparound porches. We all sat outside and enjoyed the music.

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    April 21, 2017 at 6:40 am

    I love visiting Vineyards!! Planted Traminette at my friends Vineyard!! Hybrids are what will grow in the area of Michigan we live in. 🙂

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      Jess Jannenga
      April 21, 2017 at 10:23 am

      That is so interesting Jaymie! I never knew about Tramiette wine until I visited this vineyard. To learn about it being a French hybrid was interesting. We ended up getting a bottle of it.

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    Nancy Baten
    April 21, 2017 at 3:12 am

    Next week We are going to the UK and we always visit a vinyard there!

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      Jess Jannenga
      April 21, 2017 at 10:23 am

      Oh that sounds great Nancy. I hope to hear about your visit. 🙂

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    Tanjas Bunte Welt
    April 21, 2017 at 1:48 am

    Hi Jessica
    I like wine also and my first was from Kriecher, a sweet one. Happy Birthday Truffles

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      Jess Jannenga
      April 21, 2017 at 10:24 am

      Hi Tanjas! I am much of a dry wine drinker and most of these were. I was pleasantly surprised that the Reisling wasn’t overly sweet! Thanks for the Birthday wishes for Truffles. xx

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    Heather Lord
    April 21, 2017 at 1:21 am

    Happy birthday, Truffles! xx

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      Jess Jannenga
      April 21, 2017 at 11:13 am

      Thank you Heather, she enjoyed it and was as always, a bit spoiled! 🙂 xx

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