JenNis Beverage Marketing

Who is JenNis Beverage Marketing?

We are Dennis and Jenni Turner. Dennis is certified at WSET Level 2 and a BJCP certified Hard Cider & Mead judge. Jenni is a full-time creative marketing professional! We are both professionally trained in wine faults. We both are long-standing members of the French Broad Vignerons and both experienced wine competition judges. Together having judged the Asheville Wine Competition, Western North Carolina Wine Competition, and the American Sangria Competition, among several other regional competitions. Each year we taste in excess of 1,000 different wines!

What we do?

We organize beverage competitions! We plan, organize, market, and execute specialty focused wine and beverage competitions with the optimal goal to create organic and dynamic exposure for our participating producers! Since 2016!

We blog! Our blog can be found at WineryEscapades.Com. We blog about our visits to wineries and review individual wines which we enjoy each week.

We build communities! We build specialized communities. Join our Facebook groups……..Drink Local North Carolina……and Drink Local South Carolina!

We are a full pour creative team whose strength is generating organic and dynamic exposure for our participating partners. Our branded competitions are designed to generate an instrument for creating an organic buzz!

Let’s connect!


North Carolina Vineyard Bookends – 551 Miles Apart

Two North Carolina vineyards – wineries bookend the state!

Jarvisburg, North Carolina and Murphy, North Carolina are five hundred and fifty-one miles apart.

An almost nine hour drive!


Sanctuary Vineyards – Jarvisburg, North Carolina along North Carolina’s OBX coast.

Nottely River Valley Vineyards – Murphy, North Carolina in the Upper Hiwassee Highlands AVA of the Blue Ridge Mountains.


Sanctuary Vineyards is a seaside vineyard just off the Outer Banks of Eastern North Carolina and nestled along the sandy shores of the Currituck Sound.

Nottely River Valley Vineyards is nestled atop a mountain terrace in Murphy, North Carolina. The elevation exceeds 1600 feet and offers views of mountain tops in three states, North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. The soil is rocky and the vineyard slopes Northwest toward the nearby Nottely River.


Sanctuary Vineyards has ten acres under vine, with Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Syrah, Albariño, Traminette, and Chardonnel. The cool sea breezes coming off the Sound allow traditional European Vinifera and French-American Hybrids to thrive in the sandy soils.

Sanctuary Vineyards

Nottely River Valley Vineyards with ten acres under vine grows many traditional European varietals. The mountain cold challenges the vineyard Winter after Winter; An original planting of Cabernet Sauvignon was lost four years ago. Current varietals are Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Primitivo, Pinot Gris, Riesling, and French American Hybrids Chambourcin and Syval Blanc.

From the Website

Sanctuary Vineyards is located on a quaint seaside farm where you are likely to see rows of corn competing with Cabernet and migratory snow geese nesting among the Sangiovese. Ten acres of grapes are nestled among hundreds of acres of farmland and wildlife impoundments that we like to call “The Sanctuary.”

Nottely River Valley Vineyards strives for minimal intervention throughout the wine making process. We strive to fashion our wines after the “Old World Style, Hand-Crafted” wines of Europe. The first harvest was in the fall of 2011. The 2011 vintage was released November 1, 2012.

Recommended Wine

The Pearl from Sanctuary Vineyards, an Albariño led white blend was highly acclaimed by world renowned wine critic James Suckling. We also like the 2020 Shipwreck, a red blend of mostly Syrah complimented with Tannat and Petit Verdot. Another must try is the Outer Banks Ice, An ice wine (frozen post harvest) blend of Viognier, Vidal Blanc, and Petit Manseng.

As one of North Carolina’s few vineyards growing Riesling, one must try the semi-sweet Fault Rock 100% Southern Riesling. We also recommend the Rosé of estate grown Chambourcin.

Riesling from Nottely River Valley Vineyards

We have to wonder just how many have enjoyed the pleasure to visit both of these bookend North Carolina vineyards. We have!

If you haven’t yet the experience, put both of these incredible North Carolina destination vineyards & wineries on your bucket list!


Mountain view’s from Nottely
Sanctuary Vineyards

Biltmore Garden Conservatory Pic Drop Feb. 2023

Last weekend in February 2023 we had the pleasure of visiting Biltmore House and Gardens.

Just seemed right to post a pic drop of our visit through the conservatory!

Enjoy…more wine post to follow!

Enjoy! More wine post to follow!



2022 Palmetto Wine Comp Medal Presentations

The 2022 Palmetto Wine Competition was judged May 7th at The Belmont Inn in historic Abbeville, South Carolina. The Palmetto Wine Competition serves to increase exposure for commercially licensed wineries in South Carolina.

The event is made possible by our generous and supportive sponsors, Van in Black, Bristow Beverage Law, JenNis Beverage Marketing, and the Belmont Inn in Abbeville, South Carolina.

Best in Show and Double Gold: La Crescent – South Bend Winery, Greenwood

South Bend Winery in Greenwood

Best Estate Grown Wine: Lily White – Wellborn Winery, Travelers Rest

Best Estate Grown Wine – Wellborn Winery

Best Vinifera: Petite Sirah Reserve – Cityscape Winery, Pelzer

Cityscape Winery in Pelzer

Prestigious Palmetto Signature Half Case:

Scuppernong – Elevation 966 Winery, Greenville 

Harvest White (Muscadine) – Island Winery, Hilton Head Island

Lily White (Chardonel) – Wellborn Winery, Travelers Rest

Magnolia (Scuppernong) – Deep Water Vineyard, Wadmalaw Island

Carlos (Muscadine) – Enoree River Winery, Newberry 

Single Vineyard Dry Chambourcin – Cityscape Winery, Pelzer

Best Cider: Lemon Ginger – Fat Ass Heifer Cidery, Campobello

Fat Ass Heifer Cidery in Campobello

Gold Medal Winners: Peggy’s Chocolate Cherry Decadence – Old Rock Quarry Winery, Enoree 

Lemon Ginger Cider – Fat Ass Heifer Cidery, Campobello

Winemaker’s Reserve Petite Sirah – Cityscape Winery, Pelzer 

Guava Chipotle Cider – Ships Wheel Hard Cider, North Charleston 

Mead with Sour Cherry – Bee-Town Mead and Cider, Bluffton

Ships Wheel Hard Cider – North Charleston
Elevation 966 Winery in Greenville
Cartersville Country Winery in Timmonsville
Old Rock Quarry Winery in Enoree

Thank you to all of our participants that allowed us to give a presentation and take pictures. That’s the fun part of running this competition!! 🍷🍷

A few other accolades!

Best Muscadine: Magnolia (Scuppernong) – Deep Water Vineyards, Wadmalaw Island (Charleston)

Best Fruit Wine: Blackberry – Enoree River Winery, Newberry

Best Mead: Mead with Sour Cherry – Bee-Town Mead and Cider, Bluffton

Best in Show – La Crescent

Woodstock Beer Festival

@ New Groove Artisan Brewery in Boiling Springs, South Carolina.


Featuring beers that have been conditioned with wood, be it an oak barrel or staves!

23 different brewery from 8 different states!

Breweries as far away as Colorado, Illinois, and Nebraska.

Wiley Roots Brewing from CO
Jukes Ale Works from Nebraska
We love Charles Town Fermentory
Liability Brewery
Alga Beer Co. from Pensacola, Florida
Pontoon Brewing from Sandy Springs, Georgia
Jenni pouring for Charles Town Fermatory

The beer was the star of this show!

The event drew a big crowd! Several donning home-brew club t-shirts and we even saw one “I ❤️ Beer” sweater.

Thanks to New Groove for organizing and hosting and to Deutsche Beverage Systems for sponsoring.

Beer festivals are a great way for beer drinkers to try many different artisan and craft beers. Likewise a great way for small brewers to present their craft to beer enthusiasts!

Here’s to wood crafted beer! Cheers! 🍻

Show Us Your Grapes #NCWine 2022

We wrote a similar post for the 2021 harvest.

…so yeah a little late but without further ado!

Show us your grapes North Carolina! #NCWine

Jones Van Drehle Vineyards
Mountain Brook Vineyards
Stone Ash Vineyard
Point Lookout Vineyards in Hendersonville
Dobbins Creek Vineyards in Hamptonville
Golden Road Vineyards in State Road
Kefi Vineyards in Monroe
Linville Falls Winery
Surry Cellars
Parker Binns in the Tryon Foothills
Piccoine Vineyards in the Yadkin Valley AVA
Hidden Vineyards

2022 brought a very bountiful harvest to our local vineyards and this fruit is fermenting well!

Excited to taste the fine wine to be vinified from this amazing vintage!

Cheers! 🍷🍷

Inaugural National Estate Grown Wine Competition

We are so excited to announce this national competition!

The Wine Natty! The National Estate Grown Wine Competition.

The Natty

All wines entered must be American estate-grown and vinified. The label must support this requirement.

Enter the inaugural Wine Natty here ➡️ The Wine Natty

JenNis Beverage Marketing has organized wine competitions since 2016.

Our focus is on expanding exposure of artisan wines. We are WSET 2 certified and long serving members of the French Broad Vignerons.

We are likewise experience wine competition judges, having previously twice judged the Asheville Wine Competition and the American Sangria Challenge, along with a few other local competitions.

We select from a pool of judges with vast wine competition judging experience and varied industry certifications. Our judges hold such certifications and distinctions as Certified Specialist in Wine, WSET level 3, American Wine Society Certified Judge, and even Certified Sommelier.

Judging is scheduled for February 11-12th in Asheville, North Carolina.

Results will be published the following week.

Moving to Enofile Online

Why you ask?

JenNis Beverage Marketing is moving registration for all of our wine competitions to http://www.enofileonline.com

Enofile Online provides for a streamlined online platform for managing wine competitions.

Many of the most prestigious wine competitions are listed on the platform. Now, so are competitions by JenNis Beverage Marketing!

Wineries register for free and upload all the info for their wines. The platform then allows for a quick simple entry process of any competition listed on the site.

The platform further allows for us to print several reports on the wines entered and allows us to quickly upload scores and results.

No more will we need to create our own entry form! Payment of entry fees are easily processed online through Stripe!

Our first competition in 2023 is our inaugural National Estate Wine Competition – The Wine Natty. This competition only accepts estate-grown and vinified wines. We are thrilled to announce this competition is listed and live on Enofile Online! 🥂

Our next competition of 2023 will be the 2nd Annual American Sangria Challenge!

We will continue our Palmetto Wine Competition and our North Carolina Mead-Cider Competition.

We couldn’t be anymore excited to further develop our brand and additional wine competitions. I’m 2023 we will host several competitions.