Mar 09

VinExpo New York

March 9, 2018 Earlier this week I had the opportunity to spend two days at VinExpo New York. This wine trade show showcased wines from around the world and the United States.  Some were very large producers as well as smaller family vineyards who were looking for representation in the US.  There were master classes with tasting seminars, as well as discussion groups about important issues in our industry. I was able to attend a seminar on Bordeaux wines and two on wines from the Rhone Valley, both North and… Read More

Mar 02

That time of the year

March 2, 2018 This is that time of year.  We know it is still winter but there are many days that fool us into thinking it is spring.  Snow could be here any day now.  The vineyard has been pruned and the vines have their haircut ready for the weather to warm up.  Michael always says that bud break is March 28th at 3:30pm.  We shall see.   Also this is the time to bottle up some new wines.  Today the Mourvedre went into bottles.  It will sit for a… Read More

Feb 09

What Launched the Ship

February 9, 2018 What has influenced you over the years?  Experiences can influence your future and at times you do not realize it.  In the winter of 1996 we knew we were heading to the South of France on our honeymoon that summer.  We would only drink wines from the South of France, to learn about the wines.  We knew very little about wine at that time.  In Nobles Restaurant in Winston-Salem they suggested a wine from Domaine Tempier which is near the town of Bandol.  Tasting that wine changed… Read More

Jan 26

Many Shoes

It is not always easy to do everything in the tasting room.  It takes teamwork and many pairs of hands and feet to make it work well.  This weekend is an event called Yadkin Winter Reds.  Wineries in our county get grouped together to each serve one red wine paired with a small dish.  Guests travel from winery to winery during the afternoon. Every event takes time to prepare and all here play a role. I am lucky to have a group of women here all with different strengths that… Read More

Jan 12

The Winemaker

January 12, 2018 Every winemaker has his or her own style.  It evolves over time but the palette tells him what tastes right and what will be.  Our winemaker, my husband Michael has often said that he knows he can’t get fired, so he experiments.  We like our red wines and Michael ages them, watching carefully over the barrels.  Sometimes these barrels will become the 1897, our reserve red, aged for almost 6 years.  Why do we do this?  Because we can, and we like the results. Over time as… Read More