Carolina Blue – A Trifecta of NC Wineries

The Carolina Blue sky envelopes the state on this perfect late August Sunday afternoon.  What a perfect time to visit some local wineries.  Sometimes we get so caught up in looking for something new and different, that we forget what we have just down the road; so like Dorothy in the “Wizard of Oz,” I decided to look no further “than my own backyard.”

First up was supposed to be one of North Carolina’s newest wineries, Medaloni Cellars , but with disappointment, we pulled up in the vacant lot of what will one day be their tasting room.  (Will definitely have to add this one to my “to-do”list.)  Not to be discouraged, we moved on down the road to Westbend Vineyards & Brewhouse.  Being one of North Carolina’s oldest vineyards, Westbend planted the first ever vinifera grapes in the State back in 1972 and they have been going strong ever since.   

Today with a menu of wines to suit every palate, you are sure to find something to please.  I opted for their barrel fermented Chardonnay while hubby chose the Chambourcin.  The Chardonnay was like biting into caramel-coated popcorn with rich caramel, fig and vanilla flavors.  The Chambourcin had earthy notes with slight cherry on the palate.  We sat outside under the covered pavilion and enjoyed the cool breezes of an early fall and the beautiful scenery. 

We moved on from Westbend to Weathervane Winery.  As we both really like a dry red wine, we decided to go with one of their newest releases, “Forecaster’s Reserve Meritage.”  One might think that on an August day in North Carolina, you wouldn’t want to drink red wine, especially outside; but the air already has that little nip in it indicating that we have a long “red wine” drinking season in front of us. 

A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, this wine is bold with hints of tobacco and leather, a big mouth feel with a silky finish.  As a matter of fact, it was so good, that we decided to stock up! 

Last on our triple header day was Zimmerman Vineyards.  Zimmerman Vineyards is actually renowned across the State for their Cabernet Franc and since hubby had never been there, we each chose to imbibe of this particular nectar and enjoy the exquisite view.  Nestled far off the road in a tranquil valley in the middle of Randolph County, NC, the scenery is absolutely breath-taking.  The wine had cherry aromas, soft tannins and a smooth, long finish.  The perfect way to wrap up a day spent in our own backyard.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. John Smith
    Dec 04, 2012 @ 11:09:02

    Very nice site and write-up on these North Carolina wineries. I have visited many of the wineries in the Winston-Salem area or the Yadkin Valley and I have never heard of Medaloni Cellars, from your post I take it they never got off the ground? But I do like very much Westbend Vineyards and Weathervane Winery, I especially like the sweet wine “Red Rooster” at Weathervane.


    • Red Wine Diva
      Dec 04, 2012 @ 14:33:17

      John – thanks so much for taking time to read my blog!!! Medaloni Cellars is actually very new. They are not open to the public and their tasting room is still under construction, but they are producing wine. They are just before you get to Westbend Vineyards. I am very anxious to try their wines.


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