Rosato – Piccoine Vineyards

Rosato from Piccione Vineyards. Vintage 2021 Rosé of 100% Estate grown Sagrantino. Swan Creek AVA, a sub-appellation of North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley AVA. Beautiful light cranberry-ish almost crimson hue. Nose of pineapple, blood orange, lemon, over-ripe banana, and cherry, Dry on the palate, crisp acidity. Tropical Flavors of blood orange, lemon, cherry, red plum, cranberry,Continue reading “Rosato – Piccoine Vineyards”

Quick Trip to the Yadkin Valley

Impromptu Labor Day trip to the Yadkin Valley AVA in North Carolina. Knew of a couple of wineries in the AVA which we hadn’t yet enjoyed a visit. So with intent we traveled! First stop at Golden Road Vineyards. We rated our experience at Golden Road Vineyards very favorably and highly recommended. Give it anContinue reading “Quick Trip to the Yadkin Valley”

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”

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!”

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”

Apple Pie Spiced Wine – Carolina Heritage

A perfect Fall wine!  Spiced Apple Wine!  Fermented of North Carolina grown apples with raisins, almonds, and spices added. Vintage 2017.  Medium yellow in color. Smells like apple pie…. Nose is pronounced of spices, expressive of cinnamon and steeping of nutmeg. Sweet with low-medium acidity and light bodied. Pronounce flavor intensity showing green apple, nutmeg,Continue reading “Apple Pie Spiced Wine – Carolina Heritage”

Apple Cranberry Cider – McRitchie CiderWorks

Tonight’s wine is the special release Apple Cranberry Hard Cider from McRitchie Ciderworks. Artisan hard cider produced from North Carolina mountain grown apples blended with sweet-tart cranberries. Beautiful reddish-pink in color. 7% ABV Apple flavors shine with a cranberry finish. Well balanced with the slight tartness from the cranberry. This is a very good qualityContinue reading “Apple Cranberry Cider – McRitchie CiderWorks”

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!”

Local Vineyard and Winery Tidbits, Notes, and News!

We’ll keep this pinned toward the top of our page and do our best to keep it updated as we hear interesting industry tidbits. E-mail tidbits to WineryEscapades@gmail.com or text Dennis @ 864-357-1435 Let’s get going!!! Jones Von Drehle is constructing an amphitheater near the vineyards. Rumor is it’ll seat up to 2,000 people. MyContinue reading “Local Vineyard and Winery Tidbits, Notes, and News!”

Crimson Creek 2019 – JOLO Vineyards

Crimson Creek – JOLO Vineyards. Yadkin Valley AVA. Vintage 2019. From the back label: The 2019 growing season here in Pilot Mountain was marked by very little rainfall, warm sunny days with a constant breeze flowing through the vineyards. This ripened the fruit slowly and at the same time dehydrated the fruit slightly which reducedContinue reading “Crimson Creek 2019 – JOLO Vineyards”