Western North Carolina Regional Wine Competition

The French Broad Vignerons are set to host the annual Western North Carolina Regional Wine Competition the weekend of September, 17 and 18. This competition invites commercial and amateur entries. The first day of the competition with judge vinifera and hybrid wines, with muscadine and fruit wines judged on the following day. Members of theContinue reading “Western North Carolina Regional Wine Competition”

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 judge. Jenni is a full-time marketing professional! We both are members of the French Broad Vignerons and both are experienced wine competition judges. Together having judged the Asheville Wine Competition andContinue reading “JenNis Beverage Marketing”

Weekend April 22-24

It was a full weekend for sure. Friday evening we dined at the CARO-Mi Dining Room in Tryon and afterwards enjoyed an amazing Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir at Bodega Noir in Landrum. Bodega Noir is quickly becoming one of favorite hangouts! Saturday we enjoyed the Pig Pickin celebration at Parker-Binns Vineyard and Winery and afterwardContinue reading “Weekend April 22-24”

Watershed Dry Red – Marked Tree Vineyards

WINE: Watershed Dry Red Wine Winery: Marked Tree Vineyards Vintage: 2019 Region: Crest of the Blue Ridge, Henderson County AVA Decanted: 30 minutes Color: Medium Purple Nose: black cherry, black plum, cranberry, lilac, and charred wood. Palate: dry, bone dry, and silky on the tongue, medium-high tannins with high acidity and medium flavor notes of blackContinue reading “Watershed Dry Red – Marked Tree Vineyards”

Raptor Red Reserve – Brandon Hills Vineyard

WINE: Raptor Red Reserve – Exclusive Blend – Brandon Hills Vineyard Vintage: 2019 Region: Yadkin Valley AVA Decanted: 30 minutes Color: Medium Ruby with a youthful light rim. Nose: cherry, plum, blueberry, cocoa, and vanilla. Palate: dry and silky on the tongue, medium tannins with balanced acidity and medium flavor notes of plum preserves, blackContinue reading “Raptor Red Reserve – Brandon Hills Vineyard”

NC Wineries Win at San Francisco Wine Competition!

More that 5,800 wines were evaluated by 48 judges over three days. The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest in North America and one of the most influential commercial competitions of American wine. Several North Carolina wineries won medals in the 2022 competition. The list of winners include JOLO Winery and Vineyards, BiltmoreContinue reading “NC Wineries Win at San Francisco Wine Competition!”

Vineyard Snow Pics – Jan 16, 2022

It’s a winter wonderland here in the Deep South! A few of our favorite vineyards shared some snow pics! Meanwhile… ….and Josh and Deb @ Cityscape Winery in Pelzer, SC share a snow pic of the brand-new soon to be opened Tasting Room! Cheers 🍷🍷

Wine Competitions 2022

It was a busy 2021, we were fortunate to organize two wine competitions in spite of Covid. The first North Carolina Mead-Cider-Fruit Wine Competition with judging held in Flat Rock and the first ever American Sangria Challenge held in Tryon. For 2022, we’re planning our two state competitions. May of 2022, will be judging forContinue reading “Wine Competitions 2022”

Biltmore Christmas Wines – Past Four Year Ratings

Each Year End for the Holiday season Biltmore Estate Winery releases a Christmas Red and Christmas White. As Biltmore wine club members, we’ve been fortunate to taste a bottle of both each of the past four seasons. We thought it’d be interesting to look back and see just how we rated each release. Each releaseContinue reading “Biltmore Christmas Wines – Past Four Year Ratings”