JOLO Wins Jefferson Cup!

JOLO Winery and Vineyards celebrated winning gold at the 2021 Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition. JOLO won three gold medals, one double gold, four silver, one bronze, plus a highly-coveted Jefferson Cup! The second year in a row JOLO has won a Jefferson Cup! JOLO posted the big announcement on Facebook! Of the 750 winesContinue reading “JOLO Wins Jefferson Cup!”

Riesling – Mountain Brook Vineyards

Vintage 2020 Riesling Mountain Brook Vineyards Tryon Foothills, North Carolina Beautiful yellow gold in color. Excellent clarity. Vibrant tropical bouquet of pineapple, kiwi, mango, and lime, with hints of pear and a delicate floral note of jasmine. Hints of sweetness on the tongue…medium acidity with a medium-light body. Complex tropical notes on the tongue, pineapple,Continue reading “Riesling – Mountain Brook Vineyards”

Sémillon – Biltmore Estate

Sémillon Limited Release. Vintage 2020. Biltmore Estate Winery, Asheville, North Carolina Sémillon is not a grape grown in North Carolina, so this fruit was sourced from Northern California. Pale yellow in color. Moderate intensity nose of pear, apricot, apple pie, lemon, brie, and honey. Dry on the palate, medium-light acidity with a full structured mouthfeel.Continue reading “Sémillon – Biltmore Estate”

James Suckling Scores NC Wine

The esteemed and decade long tenured James Suckling is world-famous for his wine reviews and wine scores. Jame Suckling rated the 2012 Midnight Run Grand Reserve at an astonishing 93 points! Windsor Run Cellars in Hamptonville, North Carolina lies along the Western boundary of the Yadkin Valley AVA. Windsor Run Cellars posted the news online!Continue reading “James Suckling Scores NC Wine”

Strange Encounter (Cider) – Twisted Vine Winery

Strange Encounter! How awesome is that name! Hard Cider with natural pineapple flavor. Twisted Vine Winery, Lenoir, North Carolina. The nose is expressive of apple and pineapple. Sweet and crisp, with very little carbonation. The flavor profile is layered with apple and pineapple. The initial flavor is sweet yet the finish is refreshingly tart. 5.2%Continue reading “Strange Encounter (Cider) – Twisted Vine Winery”

Show Us Your Grapes #NCWine

Harvest coming in grand for North Carolina wineries! Show us that beautiful fruit! Parker-Binns Vineyard and Winery starts this show with Savannah harvesting the Petit Manseng. Her husband Lance, assist Justin with the winemaking. Linville Falls Winery makes a cameo with some beautiful Seyval Blanc! Locklear Vineyard and Winery mechanically harvested a bountiful yield ofContinue reading “Show Us Your Grapes #NCWine”

Carolina’s Harvest 2021

2021 harvest at North and South Carolina vineyards is winding down. We thought it’d be fun to take a look at harvest pictures from around the Carolina’s Cartersville Country Winery in Timmonsville, SC harvests the muscadine with an automatic harvester. The coolest winery in the Carolina’s was showing off their beautiful bountiful harvest of CabernetContinue reading “Carolina’s Harvest 2021”

Green Tea Wine – Native Vines

What in the world of oenology is tea wine? Green Tea Wine. Native Vines Winery in Lexington, North Carolina. It’s most likely not what you think! No grape juice, no fruit juice! Just water, yeast, sugar, and tea leaves! 12.5% ABV! That’s not a typo. This is not some light bodied delicate table wine! PaleContinue reading “Green Tea Wine – Native Vines”

Where We’ve Wined Local Lately – April-July 2021

Got’a stop and check progress of the major expansion at Cityscape Winery in Pelzer. Picked up Wine Club selections at Marked Tree Vineyard in Flat Rock! You know you’ll find us at Parker-Binns Vineyard and Winery. Love our friends at Wandering Bard Meadery in Greenville. Always fun to visit Fat Ass Heifer Cidery in Campobello.Continue reading “Where We’ve Wined Local Lately – April-July 2021”

Electric Pelican – Hinnant

Electric Pelican from Hinnant Family Vineyards. We last tasted this muscadine wine in 2019. Then, it was light salmon in color, as you can see on the right above. This year, the wine is light orange in color as seen on the left in above picture. Blend of estate grown Norton (Muscadine) and Blanc duContinue reading “Electric Pelican – Hinnant”