Press Release: NC MCF Awards

PRESS RELEASEFor Immediate ReleaseMay 27, 2021   Flat Rock, North Carolina— JenNis Beverage Marketing organized the inaugural North Carolina Mead-Cider-Fruit Wine Competition. The competition announces twenty-seven medals, three people’s choice winners, and a Best in Show each in Mead, Cider, and Fruit Wine. A panel of nine highly qualified judges evaluated the entries by blindContinue reading “Press Release: NC MCF Awards”

Carolina Crisp – Chatham Cider Works

Our wine tonight is the Carolina Crisp from Chatham Cider Works in Pittsboro, North Carolina. We originally published this review in 2019 on http://www.ourwinetonight.com Straw in color, perhaps unpolished gold. Label describes as effervescent, though it’s certainly bubbly! Off-dry Nose and taste are spot on with notes of freshly picked green apple. True to it’sContinue reading “Carolina Crisp – Chatham Cider Works”

Strawberry Vanilla Mead

Strawberry Vanilla from Honeygirl Meadery in Durham. Honey Strawberry Mead with natural flavors. Style of Melomel.  Melomel is mead fermented with fruit for added flavors.  Metheglin style mead is made with spices to enhance the flavor.  Light amber in color.  Nose of wildflower honey, yet as the mead opens up more of the strawberry aromasContinue reading “Strawberry Vanilla Mead”

2013 Merlot – Mountain Brook Vineyards

Vintage 2013 Merlot – Mountain Brook Vineyards Wines in North Carolina are typically produced for immediate consumption. Though we certainly know some will cellar well for up to 8-10 years! So with this 8 year old Merlot, there was naturally some concern. Well rest assured, this wine has held up remarkably well. Amazingly, this MerlotContinue reading “2013 Merlot – Mountain Brook Vineyards”

Chardonnay Rosso

Chardonnay what? “Um, I do drink red wine,” says David. “But I also drink white wine. And I’ve been known to sample the occasional rosé. And a couple summers back, I tried a Merlot that used to be a Chardonnay, which got a bit complicated… I like the wine and not the label. Does thatContinue reading “Chardonnay Rosso”

Virginia Virginia Virginia! Discover NCWine Now!

As I formulate this writing in my mind, I feel it’s important to stress that I intend not to isolate, call out, nor pick on any one individual. Though as I listened to the recap of the NC Wine Guys zoom presentation of Open That Bottle to kick-off NC Wine Month, this one thought continuedContinue reading “Virginia Virginia Virginia! Discover NCWine Now!”

Chambourcin

French-American Hybrid Pronunciation: SHAM-bore-sin. Unknown parentage. Vinifera most similar to would be Pinot Noir. Chambourcin is teinturier grape, meaning it’s flesh and juice are naturally red-hued. (Most red grapes have white juice and develop their color only from soaking on the red skins) Produces a deep purple wine. Medium bodied with crisp acidity and smoothContinue reading “Chambourcin”

Petit Manseng

White grape variety originating from the foothills of the Pyrenees in Southwest France. Scientific name: Vitus Vinifera. Petit Manseng. A white variation of the black Manseng grape. A centuries old and until recently little known varietal in France. Sometimes referred to as Small Manseng or Little Manseng or Manseng Blanc. An early budding varietal andContinue reading “Petit Manseng”

Open for Entry: North Carolina Mead-Cider-Fruit Wine Competition

The inaugural North Carolina Mead-Cider-Fruit Wine Competition was held May 24 at The Lodge at Flat Rock! Judging is completed! Final results have been posted by Triangle Around Town! Click here to view awards announcement. ➡️ https://www.trianglearoundtown.com/trianglearoundtown/mead-cider-fruit-wine-mcf We have pick-up available in the following, Western North Carolina, Charlotte/Lake Norman area, Raleigh/Triangle area. Contact Dennis viaContinue reading “Open for Entry: North Carolina Mead-Cider-Fruit Wine Competition”

Pea Ridge Red – Parker-Binns Vineyard

Pea Ridge Red. Parker-Binns Vineyard, Tryon Foothills, North Carolina. Non-vintage blend of 2016, 2017, 2018 harvest. Estate grown Blend prominent of Merlot, also with Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Decanted 30 minutes. Utilizing the Saignée method of bleeding off the top free flowing of the blend to create a rosè, leaves a more concentrated volumeContinue reading “Pea Ridge Red – Parker-Binns Vineyard”