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NC Wine Touring: Native Vines Winery

Hello Again Wine Friends!

This is the final stop that we made on the birthday wine tour from weeks ago, and we definitely knew that this place was going to be fantastic. Mmmm. Native Vines Winery is located in Lexington, and is the first American Indian-owned winery in the United States. Producing wine since 1998, this newer veteran winery is famous for their Green Tea Wine, and most of the fruit wines are made with fresh fruit grown on the 36 acres of property owned by Native Vines.

Last stop with the ladies: Native Vines Winery!

Now onto the wines of Native Vines (comments are all mine, just a heads up)…!

Sauvignon Blanc
Dried apple flavor undertone to this dry white wine.

Riesling
This sweet, smooth and buttery pear-note white wine hits all the right notes from start to finish.

Pinot Noir
This pinot has traditional flavors well-blended of dry oak and currants winding together from first to last sip.

Cab Franc
This cab franc’s peppery flavor hits you quickly, then smooths out with the toasted oak flavor that finishes on a dry note.

Warhorse Red
Cherry with a hint of pepper, and a buttery smooth finish make this a good red that takes you by surprise from start to finish.

White Buffalo
This peach and rose flavored wine is sweet yet light from beginning to end, and finishes on a light but smooth peach note.

Green Tea
This is the first wine of its kind I’ve tasted, and the green tea flavor is so delicious, sweet, smooth and light, that you don’t realize you’re drinking wine!

Raspberry Tea
This tastes just like a fresh-raspberry version of the Green Tea wine. Sweet, fruity, light and delicious!

Apple
This sweet apple wine has a buttery undertone with a crisp, lighter finish.

Blackberry
This sweet wine tastes like a decadent blackberry jam in a glass. Yum!

Redhawk
This lambrusco-styled wine has a dryly sweet berry flavor that makes it sweet on the start and end, but just a little dry in the middle to take you on a journey while you’re taking a sip.

Hope you enjoyed this, and definitely try to get to this place if you’re out by Lexington, or intend to be wine tasting! 🙂

Craft You Later,
Beth

NC Wine Touring: Weathervane Winery

Hello Again Wine Friends,

I am at my second-to-last vineyard from the birthday wine tour we did a few weeks ago, and this is a good one indeed. Weathervane Winery is right in Lexington, NC, and a very quaint and pretty spot it is, too!

Weathervane with the Ladies!

Wines of Weathervane reviewed below!

Evening Breeze
WV: Fruity yet floral, a crisp Riesling. Bold and pleasing to the palette.
Beth: Sweet, crisp and citrusy white whine that brings to mind a crisp spring night.

Ionosphere
WV: Pinot Grigio offering floral notes and a crisp and flavorful taste. It is soft and fruity yet assertive and dry!
Beth: Smooth, sweetly dry white wine with lavender undertones that make it unique and intriguing.

Sunset Red
WV: Soft full flavor Merlot laced with oak to enhance fruitiness.
Beth: Soft and tart berry flavors underneath from start to finish, with a smooth oaky overtone that wraps the sip up quite pleasantly.

Cirrus Red
WV: A soft, rich textured Malbec with the taste of ripe plums, cherries, currants and red berries.
Beth: A smoothly dry berry red wine with heavy juicy plum and tart currant flavors underneath, and a hint of spice (cinnamon?) at the end of the sip.

Temperature Rising
WV: Luscious, rich and velvety Super Tuscan! This is like liquid Viagra, not for the weak hearted.
Beth: Smooth, butter texture with a grape oak finish that leaves the palate pleased.

Grand Vieux Chateau du Roi
WV: This big red wine offers a great berry & cherry aroma. Made in the style of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
Beth: Very cherry and berry flavored full-bodied wine with an oaked butter finish that makes the red wine slightly dry yet incredibly smooth.

Stratosphere
WV: Well-rounded, full-bodied mellow Zinfandel.
Beth: A dry start, with a heavy berry middle that leads to a sweet finish, this is a good Red Zin.

Tropical Wave
WV: Limited release fruity Viognier that is a Tropical Wave.
Beth: Notes of kiwi, pear & the tropics, with smooth and buttery undertones, this is one of the best Viogniers that I have tried….and that is my favorite white varietal, so, take that as a MMMMMMMMMM note from me! 😉

In addition they carry wine slushes (two flavors usually available) at most times, red and white wine mixed with other goodness to make a frozen spectacular of a treat!

I recommend highly stopping by this quaint winery and have a tasting or a glass of wine or wine slush, relax, and enjoy the calm view surrounding the tasting room!

Craft You Later,
Beth

NC Wine Touring: Childress Vineyards

Hello Again Wine Friends,

Day 2 of that weeks-ago wine tasting weekend saw us starting with the über-picturesque Childress Vineyards, owned by famed NASCAR-owner Richard Childress, situated in Lexington, NC, conveniently located off of the NC-64 and NC-52 intersection. (Read: this one is easy to get to!)

I arrived and this was the first thing I saw once I passed the vineyards (which were pretty in and of themselves):

Childress greeting-way

I seriously felt like I was at a super fancy resort driving up to this place. Which made me feel kind of super-fancy myself, not to mention under-dressed in jeans and a button-down plaid shirt. But oh well, in for a penny in for a pound, right?!?! I walked into the entryway and see this view immediately:

Childress entryway

So pretty! Then I stopped gawking long enough to realize that people are dressed in everything from golf attire to super-casual jean attire to fancy-dresses attire. Whew! I fit right in the middle, yay!

Within 10 minutes of arriving, we set off with a group on a free guided tour of the winery. I won’t get into all of the details, however they explained the process to us in great detail…

From Grape Harvesting…

To Grape Smashing…

To Extracting Juices…

To Processing the Wine…

To Aging the Wine in Oak Barrels…

To Bottling the Wine…

Ladies of Wine Tasting at Childress

So now onto the wines themselves that we tasted! Kera & I decided to split the “Cellar Select Tasting” between us. We ended up doing the basics on that list plus 2 extras!

Classic White
CV: Tempting floral and tropical fruit aromas and bright citrus flavors.
Beth: Light papaya and rose flavor throughout this airy white wine.

Classic Blush
CV: Boasting plenty of tropical fruit aromas set off by strawberry and apple notes.
Beth: Sweetly floral and berry flavored blush wine.

Classic Red
CV: A smooth, uncomplicated red blend with cherry flavors and a clean finish. Aged briefly in oak.
Beth: Dry cherry undertones over a smooth red lightly oaky wine.

Muscadine White
CV: Muscadine blend proving aromatic, fruity, refreshing and fun on the tongue.
Beth: Sweet muscadine flavor with a very smooth finish to this light sweet white wine.

Muscadine Red
CV: A perfect blend of Muscadine grapes. Aromatic, sweet spice and refreshing.
Beth: Berry overtones with an undertone of allspice and corriander, very sweet from start to finish, but with a a dry ending note.

2010 Pinto Gris
CV: Nose of fresh pears and spring flowers. Light, spicy cinnamon flavors. Smooth, firm and balanced.
Beth: Pear overtones with a crisp smooth wine from the start, that ends on a smooth cinnamony finish.

2010 Riesling
CV: A fresh, fruity semi-sweet wine full of floral and peach aromas.
Beth: A peacy, sweet wine that carries a taste of summer, and finishes with a hint of tartness.

Late Harvest Viognier
CV: Sweet, heavy dessert wine made from high quality, botrytisized grapes with notes of citrus and orange blossom honey.
Beth: This nicely sweet Viognier starts of citrusy and sweet, and finishes smooth as fresh honey. Yum.

Starbound
CV: Port-style dessert wine made from real blueberries.
Beth: Richly flavored with fresh blueberries that you can taste, this super sweet port is a heavy and rich decadence that would go great as an after-dinner port or in a dessert sauce topping. I bought a bottle for my port-loving brother, and he really loved it!

Enjoy the ratings, and let me know if you’ve been here and enjoyed the view and wine tasting and tour!

Craft You Later,
Beth

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