Weekend Winery Escapades -1st in November 2022

How about a Winery Escapades blog! Just a recap of our weekend adventures! 🍷Our new tradition is to start our weekend early! Like Thursday evening kind of early! Mountain Brook Vineyards in Tryon, North Carolina is just 30 minutes from us – and they stay open late! Open until 7pm on Thursday evening! It’s normallyContinue reading “Weekend Winery Escapades -1st in November 2022”

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”

Paolo Bea Cerrete Sagrantino

WINE: Paolo Bea, Cerrete, Montefalco, Umbria, Sagrantino VINTAGE: 2015 COLOR: Medium Ruby NOSE: Amazing! Needs to open 30 to 60 minutes. Alcohol is present, licorice, toasted almonds, and leather until it opens up with very expressive layers of red currant, red cherry, and very ripe red plums. TASTE: Dry with polished tannins and harmonious layers.Continue reading “Paolo Bea Cerrete Sagrantino”

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”

Firesteed Pinot Noir

Firesteed Cellars Pinot Noir Vintage 2020 Wine is youthful as shown in it’s light delicate ruby red color. Decanted 30 minutes. The nose moderately shows aromas of red cherry, red plum, vanilla, smoke, cedar, and spice. On the tongue is moderate notes of red cherry, red plum, cranberry, pomegranate, vanilla, oak, spice, cedar, and smoke.Continue reading “Firesteed Pinot Noir”

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”

Georgia Wine Highway

The Georgia Wine Highway is back in 2022! The event is scheduled for March of 2022. Open Georgia Wine posted the below. The Georgia Wine Highway features a passport which normally cost $75, and provides for a tasting at each participating winery. Last year approximately 40 wineries and several wine tasting rooms participated. A majorityContinue reading “Georgia Wine Highway”

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”