NC Holiday Wine Project – #9

The Muscadine grape is indigenous to the Southeastern portion of the United States.  A little known fact about Muscadines is that they bud four to five times per year.  You can actually harvest from the same vine from August all the way through November.  Being a hearty grape that is resistant to mold and mildew (not to mention a number of insects), our hot humid summers are the perfect pairing for growing Muscadine.  Muscadine actually comes in several different varieties just as Vinifera Grapes do.  Some of the more popular Muscadine grapes in North Carolina are the Carlos, Doreen, Magnolia and Noble.    And North Carolina’s 100th winery, Cauble Creek Vineyard, produces some of the best Muscadine in the state.

Cauble Creek Vineyard’s Wines
You can pull out your wine aroma wheel and search for Muscadine but you won’t find it there.  You also won’t find any wine books that recommend pairings or show great recipes for this plump, sweet grape.  The wineries that specialize in Muscadine wines have had to create their own pairings and recipes.
Cauble Creek’s La-Vinia, a semi-sweet white made from the Carlos grape, is the perfect example of creating a mouth-watering recipe for the holidays and a natural pairing that will make you smile.  The La-Vinia is fruit forward with a bit of a dry finish.  You may get a slight hint of cinnamon on the palate with a touch of pear.  An unlikely recipe for La-Vinia is to blend it with balsamic vinegar and use it as a marinade for shrimp, scallops or chicken and then use the marinade in your skillet when you stir-fry.  This is a perfect appetizer to serve with the La-Vinia during the holidays or any gathering of friends!
Varietal: Carlos Muscadine;   Alcohol: 13%;   Residual Sugar: 4%   Price: $15.00

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karyn
    Dec 12, 2011 @ 13:22:06

    Muscadine is such an interesting varietal. When it’s done well, the wine can be enjoyable.


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