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NC Holiday Wine Project – Summary!

I love snow and the holidays!  Putting together the NC Holiday Wine Project was so much fun and the wineries that opted in (yes, they had to opt in!) to participate were great!  And, yes, I know I am a little late with this post, but I do want to take some time here and sum up the NC Holiday Wine Project.

So starting at the top:

NC Holiday Wine Project #1Raffaldini Vineyards featuring their La Dolce Vita.  Being a perfect companion for cheese and breads, this wine is actually great to have in the house year round to serve those unexpected guests.  Weighing in at 12.5% alcohol and retailing for $15 at the winery.

NC Holiday Wine Project #2: Grove Winery presented the Halbrotroken version of their Traminette.  This light elegant wine pairs well with the Holiday feast from appetizers to dessert and is mild enough to never overpower your turkey.  This wine weighs in at 12.5% alcohol and retails for $14.99.

NC Holiday Wine Project 3Laurel Gray Vineyards always features a special Holiday wine label on their Encore, a raspberry infused red blend bottled under the name for the Holidays.  This post was a lot of fun to work on as I used frosted glasses rimmed with chocolate – sounds like a great idea for a special Valentine’s evening as well!  Encore weighs in at 12.5% alcohol and retails for $17.

NC Holiday Wine Project #4Shelton Vineyards  participated in the Holiday Wine project by featuring their port.  A true aperitif, this Oporto Style port  weighs in at 18% alcohol and is a real bargain at only $16.

NC Holiday Wine Project #5Iron Gate Winery is another of those wineries that offers up a special Holiday wine.  This year was Blessings, a raspberry infused Pinot Noir with 4% residual sugar.  Blessings weighs in at 9% alcohol and retails for $12.85.  (This wine was a media sample from Iron Gate.)

NC Holiday Wine Project #6Raylen Vineyards presented their 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon.  This wine stands in a class all its own as it won the prestigious title “Best in Show” at the North Carolina state fair this year.  This wine is great to just sip by itself but it also pairs really well with ham and pork anytime of the year.  This Cab weighs in at 13.5% alcohol and retails for $15.99 at the winery.

NC Holiday Wine Project #7Shadow Springs Vineyard took a different approach to the holidays with something we can appreciate all winter – Merry Mist. This wine is infused with just a touch of orange and has 3.5% residual sugar.  To create a mulled wine, all you need to add is a cinnamon stick and a cozy fire to sit in front of.   Merry Mist weighs in at 12.5% alcohol and retails for $14.

NC Holiday Wine Project #8: Biltmore Estate had several recommendations for the holidays from bubbly to semi sweet to bold dry wines.  For the Holiday Wine Project, I sampled their Century Dry Rose‘.  (This wine was a media sample from Biltmore.) For those that read my blog regularly or follow my tweets, you know I LOVE a good rose’ so this was a real treat.  By far one of the best rose’ wines I have had.  If you like rose’, I highly recommend that you try this one.  The Century Dry Rose’ weighs in at 12.5% alcohol and retails for $14.99 at the winery.

NC Holiday Wine Project #9:  The final wine that was featured in the Holiday Wine Project was La-Vinia from Cauble Creek Vineyards.  La-Vinia is made from North Carolina’s native grape, the Muscadine (this one was the Carlos variety) and is sure to please anyone who prefers a bold but sweeter wine.  La-Vinia weighs in at 13% alcohol, has 4% residual sugar and retails for $15 at the winery.

Unfortunately I didn’t get to sample all the wines that I had at home for this project, but each will eventually get its own blog post up soon enough.  I want to thank all the wineries that chose to participate in the NC Holiday Wine Project.  Without you it would not have been possible.  Thank you!

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