Saturday, September 1, 2018

Yes! There is a wine industry in North Carolina!



September is North Carolina Wine month and that means it’s time to celebrate and acknowledge our growing wine and grape industry here in our own backyard.
We’ve been blogging for quite some time now, and in the past couple of years found our focus shine more toward the NC wine industry. We have visited 80 wineries here in the state in addition to wineries in Virginia, Michigan, Ohio and our first trip to Napa Valley this past May.

Along our journey we’ve developed an appreciation for the wine produced here in our state. And over the years, we have not only seen growth with the addition of new wineries and vineyards, but we’ve also seen these wines improve and mature over the years.

BREAKING DOWN THE BARRIER 

Being located in Raleigh, we have experienced a difficult barrier to break when it comes to the perception of NC wine. This state is home to the “Mothervine” on Roanoke Island, and yes, the state fruit is the scuppernong grape, but that only accounts for a percentage of what NC is producing. If sweet, muscadine or scuppernong is not to your liking, simply travel further west and you will find some spectacular wineries producing varietals such as chambourcin, cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay. There are wineries that are experimenting with different varietals not common to the state, such as corot noir being produced by Midnight Magdelena in Jonesville, or the nero produced by Piccione Vineyards. And Raffaldini Vineyards is currently growing an Italian-based grape known as liguria.


So, when we talk NC wine, and the look of utter disbelief comes across people’s faces that we even have a wine industry here, we start the conversation. But conversation only goes so far. You must try!

PERCEPTION VS REALITY 

Let’s look at some recent experiences we’ve had around town. At our neighborhood bottle shop we noticed several bottles of JOLO Vineyards award-winning Jolotage sitting on the bar for sale. When we mentioned how pleased we were to see NC wine, the owner almost turned her nose up at us. She had not yet tried the wine but was convinced to sell it in the shop, but her perception was that if it was NC wine, it must not be good. We made her open up a bottle and drink it with us. Her response was priceless!  “Ooohh, this is good!!!” she exclaimed!  “We know,” we responded.

Not too long ago there was a wine dinner in town featuring the wines of Jones von Drehl out of Thurmond. JvD is another favorite of ours. Good, solid wines that never disappoint. We were unable to attend the dinner but had the opportunity to talk with the hosts later when we visited the establishment. They were telling us what a great event it was and that very few, if any, attendees had even heard of the winery before. By the end of the evening, they had just about sold every bottle with rave reviews.

And just recently, we bought tickets for the Yadkin Valley Summer Whites event and convinced some family members, who are fairly new to the state, to join us.  We made some suggestions on which wineries, of those we would be visiting that day, where they may enjoy a full tasting. They chose Laurel Gray in Hamptonville to start their day. We met them as they were finishing their tasting. We are glad to say, they loved it! They had no idea North Carolina was home to so many wineries, and so close to home – for them the Charlotte area.  As we began our Summer Whites tour, and with each stop, more questions were directed towards us … “what makes the wine so good here?” …. “how many wineries are there?” …  “it’s so beautiful here!”  We have no doubt they will be back for more and we can’t wait to plan their next tour in NC Wine Country.


These are just a few examples where perception or stereotypes need to be thrown out the window. Not all varietals will be your style but we’re sure you will find some to please the palate.

ROAD TRIP

Sure, you’re looking at a 2-hour or so drive from Raleigh whether you head East or West – and sometimes it’s hard to plan that day trip. You venture out to your local Total Wine or bottle shop and the pickings are slim when it comes to NC wine. This is another obstacle and barrier that is hard to break and a topic for another day. The plus is that we are starting to see more and more NC wineries make their way to our area so keep your eyes open for tasting events at the local bottle shops as well. In our opinion, however, the best way to experience what our wine country has to offer, is to visit!


If you decide a day trip is the way to go but you find yourself not knowing where to start, let us know. Email us at trianglearoundtown@gmail.com or visit our web page at www.trianglearoundtown.blogspot.com or even our Pinterest for ideas. Let us know what you like or what you are looking for and we’ll be glad to guide you on your next winery adventure!

As we head into September and NC Wine month, follow along with us on Facebook as we will be posting blogs on wine trails and winemaker/owner interviews, tasting room tips and helpful hints for your winery adventure and more!

We find this industry in a very exciting place right now as it continues to grow and flourish. We urge all of our wine drinking followers, to give NC wine a chance and let us know what you think!

Cheers!

The 7 top views of North Carolina's Swan Creek wineries

North Carolina's Swan Creek AVA located in the heart of Yadkin Valley is home to 7 different wineries. Visiting the wineries you can find anything from award-winning cabernet sauvignon wines to moonshine. You can taste rare hybrid grapes such as the corot noir or sample a wine that tastes like a liquid Tootsie Roll pop. And all of them are surrounded by scenic views of the valley. 

We have decided to rank these 7 wineries by their views, according to Triangle Around Town, and put together our "Seven Top Views of N.C.'s Swan Creek Wineries." Each one of these are worth checking out your next time in Yadkin Valley.



7. WINDSOR RUN CELLARS | 6531 Windsor Road, Hamptonville
Driving up to Windsor Run Cellars, you see what you're expected to see ... grapes ... and not much else. But don't let that fool you in the slightest. Step inside and you get great hospitality from any one of its employees. You can find yourself going through a tasting of all its wines, and if that isn't enough, Windsor Run Cellars also offers a tasting flight of all its fortified wines (don't miss out on the Midnight Run ... it's one of our favorites). And if that's not enough, stop by on a Saturday when you can head over into the distillery for a tour and tasting of its 3 brand new spirits.




6. MIDNIGHT MAGDELANA | 5109 Howell School Road, Jonesville
We always enjoy talking to owners Jim and Tauny Zimmer at Midnight Magdelana each time we're in the valley. You don't see many grapes growing as you approach the tasting room – they're all across the street. But the couple are planting grapes currently and in several years, the rows of vines will blend beautifully with the mountain side that lies just behind the tasting room. Come here to check out the corot noir – the only winery in the state growing this red wine.





5. DOBBINS CREEK | 4430 Vineyard View Lane, Hamptonville
Dobbins Creek offers up a nice view of its property and vines while sitting on a wooden deck enjoying a bottle of wine. Owner Charles King's winery serves up a variety of wines to sample which include a riesling, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and chardonnay. On picture perfect days one can see in the distance the high-rises of downtown Winston-Salem on one side and the silhouette of Grandfather Mountain on the other.





4. SHADOW SPRINGS VINEYARD | 5543 Crater Road, Hamptonville
You can't ask for much more if you're looking to enjoy wine on a perfect day out in Yadkin Valley. Shadow Springs pretty much has it all. Nice green grass. Rows and rows of vines. A gazebo overlooking a lake. All you need now is some wine – and Shadow Springs can help you out with that. On a nice sunny day, its seyval blanc really hits the spot. Outside on a fall evening ... the 2014 petit verdot will warm you up.





3. LAUREL GRAY VINEYARD | 5726 Old U.S. 421, Hamptonville
You always get a picturesque view when you head over to Laurel Gray Vineyards. Walking up to the tasting room, one is taken back by all the rose bushes and flowers that line around the building, making it very inviting. Take a bottle or glass out back and relax in the new enclosed patio, or make your way outside and sit in one of the many chairs that overlook vines, a small lake with a fountain or the mountain that lays right behind the winery. The outdoor patio is lined with ceiling fans for those warm afternoons and has a fireplace for the chilly autumn evenings. 



2. RAFFALDINI VINEYARDS | 450 Groce Road, Ronda
What's more amazing than driving up the path to Raffaldini Vineyards and seeing a breathtaking glance of an Italian villa where award-winning Italian wines can be found? Not much! From walking through the garden en route to the front door of this winery, you feel like you left the real world behind – at least for an hour or two. Decide to sit upstairs on the veranda or out on the patio around the water fountain and enjoy views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Owner Jay Raffaldini knows a travel destination is needed here in wine country and hopes to bring it here with these views, as well as a new restaurant and inn coming soon on the property. There's not much that can beat these views.





1. PICCIONE VINEYARDS | 2364 Cedar Forest Road, Ronda
We just said not much can beat the view from Raffaldini – but there is one. And that's our No. 1 view of Swan Creek – Piccione Vineyards. Elevated just slightly higher and Raffaldini and right next door, this winery has the best view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and on a clear day, you can see Mount Mitchell, which resides 6,684 feet in the blue skies. Take a bottle outside and just enjoy the views, and take lots of selfies. We always do. The winery hosts food trucks and local musicians on the weekends that only add to your temporal bliss for the afternoon. 

We hope you enjoyed our list. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more adventures and to keep up with our upcoming blogs on North Carolina wine, beer and travel. 

Friday, August 31, 2018

Wine Pairing Weekend – Summer Whites in Yadkin Valley

The Yadkin Valley Summer Whites event, sponsored by Yadkin County Tourism Development Authority, took place this past weekend, Aug. 25-26, 2018. Being more red wine drinkers, we've attended the Winter Reds event a handful of times but it was now time to help wind down summer with some refreshing whites!

This year's event included 11 wineries and 2 days. Believe it or not, we met some daring wine drinkers who accomplished all 11 wineries in one day. Not us! We decided to take our time and turn this into a weekend getaway. And we are so glad we did.

The Summer Whites event pairs a 2 oz pour of a featured white wine at each winery with a 3 oz food pairing for a $25 fee. It's a great way to visit several wineries and see what they all have to offer.

So, what exciting food pairings did we try? Let’s find out!


Pairing up wines at Laurel Gray, Shadow Springs and Windsor Run Cellars.
Day 1:

We started our tour at Laurel Gray Vineyards. Here we were treated to Mexican street corn pasta paired with pinot gris.

Next, we headed down the road to Shadow Springs Vineyards and enjoyed a serving of meatballs with a golden BBQ glaze and fig sauce paired with a seyval blanc. We have to say, the glaze and fig sauce was quite tasty!

Practically around the corner from Shadow Springs, we came up on Windsor Run Cellars. Here we got a little taste of fall with an apple sausage kabab paired with the winery's apple mead. While there we decided on a tasting of their fortified wines. We had an enjoyable time with our host being sure to keep us on our toes with corny jokes.


Sweets at Dobbins Creek, our ticket for the weekend, pasta salad with traminette at Midnight Magdalena.

We then headed over to Dobbins Creek Vineyards where they were serving up a honey crisp tart paired with its chardonnay. 

It was suppose to be our last stop of the afternoon – as we headed over to Midnight Magdalena Vineyard where we were treated to Mediterranean pasta salad with chicken paired with the 2016 traminette.

At the 4 o’clock hour and the event ending at 5 p.m., we decided to hightail it to one last winery for the afternoon.

We headed over to Brandon Hills Vineyard where they were serving roast chicken sliders with a mango-peach salsa paired with its viognier. This was only our second time visiting Brandon Hill, so we decided to also do a full tasting and had a great time talking with the owner before he had to dash and get ready for a trip to Paris the following day.  


Day 2:

On day 2 with 5 wineries left and only 4 hours to finish them all. Our first stop was at Sanders Ridge Vineyard. Sanders Ridge is also home to Roots Restaurant. The pairing today was blackened salmon tostada with poblano cream sauce, paired with barrel-aged chardonnay. We loved this pairing together, especially the tostada! Yum.

Down the road and to the left, we come up on RagApple Lassie Vineyards where we were served divine liquid center truffles paired with Kaleidoscope Gold. These truffles, filled with, you guessed it – wine, will be a staple there soon. Note: do not bite into the truffle, else you’ll be wearing it.


Sliders, salmon tostadas and a specially-made white chocolate candy.

Our next stop was Sweet Home Carolina Vineyards where we were served corn bread and chicken salad paired with Sweet Dreams. The Sweet Dreams is sweeter wine but paired nicely with the chicken salad and the corn bread was great.

We decided on Cellar 4201 next where we were served lemon pepper grilled chicken skewer paired with a stainless-steel chardonnay. Cellar 4201 was offering $5 tastings along with Summer Whites, so we decided to take them up on their offer since we hadn’t been in a while.  

Our last stop of the day and last stop of Summer Whites was at Flint Hill Vineyards where they paired Hawaiian pizza with Olde Yattken Semi Sweet. We could finally breathe now that we finished all 11 wineries. They, too, were offering $5 tastings so we decided to stick around. The hospitality was top-notch and really enjoyed our time unwining. Before we left, we picked up an extra wood-fired pizza to go and we were back on our way home. 


Cornbread, chicken skewers and pizza ... a nice way to end the weekend.
We truly hate to feel rushed while wine tasting or not patronize these establishments better while we are there, but with 11 wineries and 2 days, we were on a mission. We were, however, grateful that we were able to enjoy some tastings and being able to chat with other patrons and wine owners is always an added bonus. 

This was a perfect way to spend the $25 it cost per ticket. In the two days we got to try 22-ounces of wine, or roughly three-and-a-half glasses of wine, 11 bite-size food pairings and have a relaxing weekend away from the mayhem of home. This was a great way to start our farewell to the summer of 2018.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

North Carolina Wine Month kicks off in downtown Raleigh

The Norris House in downtown Raleigh played host to the 2018 NC Wine and Grape Month Kickoff

By Dathan Kazsuk & Jennifer Primrose
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It's one of our favorite times of the year. Fall is approaching, and those dreaded days of the bombastic humid heat will soon to be left in the rear-view mirror. As we say goodbye to summer this month, we also say hello to NC Wine Month. What better time to drink local wine and hopefully inspire others to give it a shot as well. Remember, it's not all sweet muscadine. North Carolina produces a wide variety of wines, many of which are award-winning.

Related Story: N.C. wineries win awards in largest American-made wine competition


This year to kick off NC Wine Month, the Got to be NC Grape Counsel reached out to fellow NC bloggers, the NC Wine Guys, to put together an event to bring together both wineries, bloggers and industry alike to converge and taste some wine. You don't have to ask us twice! This last minute event, found its home at the historic Norris House in Raleigh on Aug. 28.

We arrived on this hot and humid August afternoon ready to network, taste and kickoff North Carolina's wine month. As we circulated the room we caught up with Jones von Drehle’s Diana Jones and chatted about how pleased we are to see their wines more and more in the Raleigh-area. We also caught up with Laurel Gray’s Kim Myers, who we just saw this past weekend at the Summer Whites event in Yadkin Valley. We finally had the pleasure of meeting in person fellow blogger, Dennis Turner, from WineryEscapades, as well catching up with Jessica Adams and Jessica Byrd from Wine Mouths.



NC Wine Guys and Whit Winslow, Executive Director of the NC Wine and Grape Council, 
kick off NC Wine Month.

Around 2 p.m., the NC Wine Guys kicked off the official program. One of the highlights of this event, now in its second year, is having Gov. Roy Cooper and agricultural commissioner Steve Troxler attend and kick-off the month in style. Unfortunately, this year schedules did not align and neither were able to attend. In their absence, NC Wine and Grape Council’s Executive Director, Whit Winslow, stepped in and read the official proclamation from the Governor to a group of about 50 attendees.

Whit Winslow 

Next, we all received our official Kickoff wine glasses and we were off to wine taste, nibble on charcuterie and network. With bread donated by LaFarm Bakery out of Cary and an assortment of meat and cheeses courtesy of the Norris House, this made for the perfect accompaniment to the wines we would be tasting.


The featured wineries in attendance included Biltmore Winery, Banner Elk Winery & Villa, Childress Vineyards, Cypress Bend Vineyards, Jones von Drehl Vineyards and Winery, Junius Lindsay Vineyard, Laurel Gray Vineyards, RayLen Vineyards and Sanctuary Vineyards.




We started our tour against the flow of traffic and wound up at Cypress Bend Vineyards. Known for its muscadine wines (something we're not fond of), head wine maker Nadia informed us that she's producing the grape the right way and not making it as sweet as what people are used to drinking. And she was right. Many of the wines were made in the dry-style and had us rethinking muscadine.



Next we stopped at Sanctuary Vineyards. There sales manager, Nick Beadles, went through a list of four wines he poured for us, ending with the winery's Double Barrel red blend – the wine that won the best in show in this year's NC Fine Wines competition.
























Related Story: 2018 NC Fine Wines Competition Awards Results

Other stops among the historic home included Banner Elk where we tried the Marechal Foch, a French-American hybrid with soft tannins and flavors of plum and dark, ripe cherries. We also paid a visit to Childress Vineyards where we ran the gambit of its viognier, cabernet sauvignon and Starbound dessert wine. We talked with the owners of Junius Lindsay out of Lexington. We visited this winery a couple of years ago and look forward to visiting again in the near future. There we sampled the petite sirah and the Special Delivery. We continued on with the fabulous wines of Jones von Drehl, Laurel Gray and RayLen. All in all, we had a fantastic time and made new contacts and friends.



Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Top-Selling Wines in N.C.'s Swan Creek AVA

North Carolina's Swan Creek AVA is located in the northwestern portion of the state in the Piedmont region. The AVA was established on May 27, 2008, and the petition was submitted by Raffaldini Vineyards on behalf of the vineyards of Swan Creek.

Currently, Swan Creek is home to 7 wineries all within a 10-mile stretch. In that drive you can try many award-winning and stellar wines. On a perfect July afternoon, which was not to humid, Triangle Around Town paid a visit to all of these wineries and asked one simple question ... "What's your top selling wines?"

Our question was answered – and we bring to you – the results!



LAUREL GRAY VINEYARDS | 5726 Old U.S. 421, Hamptonville
At Laurel Gray we talked with owner Kim Myers, who selected 3 wines for us. Laurel Gray's cabernet sauvignon has been flying off the shelves at the winery since it was selected as one of the winners in the 2018 NC Fine Wines Competition. Myers also selected the estate chardonnay. She said in these warm days of summer, the chardonnay is always a big hit. Finally she selected the Scarlet Mountain red blend – a customer favorite.




WINDSOR RUN CELLARS | 6531 Windsor Rd., Hamptonville
The gang at Windsor Run Cellars had so many medal-winning wines and fortified wines that they couldn't decide – so they grabbed them all! The chambourcin/cabernet sauvignon blend of WRC's Guilty is a taste of blackberry, cherry and plum in each sip. Others include the rich and hefty fortified wines such as Hillbilly Holiday (apple mead fortified with 170 proof brandy) and the Midnight Run (an 18% port-style wine with hints of chocolate, mocha and black currants).




RAFFALDINI VINEYARDS | 450 Groce Rd., Ronda
Raffaldini's tasting room manager, Thomas Salley, personally told us that the winery's montepulciano riserva and liguria are the two choices here at the winery. Its flagship red is a full-bodied wine with unparalleled structure. The liguria is a vermentino-based wine with subtle flavors of both grapefruit and lime – a perfect summer beverage.




PICCIONE VINEYARDS | Cedar Forest Rd., Ronda
Right around the corner from Raffaldini, resting on top of a hill overlooking the Blue Ridge Parkway, you'll find Piccione Vineyards. The Italian-style wines produced by Piccione are something you wouldn't expect to find in North Carolina (other than at Raffaldini Vineyards). So, it comes to no surprise that their top selling wines are the nero (Nero d'Avola) and the vermentino. Both wines are an important part to Sicilian culture and grow well here in North Carolina.




MIDNIGHT MAGDALENA VINEYARDS | 5109 Howell School Rd., Jonesville
The latest winery to be added to the Swan Creek AVA is Midnight Magdalena. There Jim and Tauny Zimmer are already making some worthwhile wines. When asked what their top selling wines are, they reached for the 2016 traminette and the 2017 corot noir? Never heard much of the corot noir? That doesn't come as a shock – MMV is the first winery in the state growing this grape that's a hybrid that came to life by grape breeder Bruce Reisch at Cornell University in New York.




SHADOW SPRINGS VINEYARD | 5542 Crater Rd., Hamptonville
Born in April of 2005 and serving its first wines out of its tasting room in 2008, Shadow Springs Vineyard is the brainchild of Chuck and Jamie Johnson. The winery is right down the road from the Johnson's second-owned winery, Windsor Run Cellars. When talking to co-owner Jamie Johnson, she picked out the following wines as Shadow Springs top sellers. First, is the seyval blanc, a light, crisp white wine with highlights of mango and peaches. Next is the meritage, a Bordeaux-style blend of cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and petit verdot. And finally, the Dark Shadow. This wine has a warm chocolate cherry flavor – a fan favorite according to Johnson.




DOBBINS CREEK | 4430 Vineyard View Lane, Hamptonville
Resting high atop Hemric Mountain inside a German-style log tasting room you'll find Dobbins Creek Vineyards. Serving up wine since late 2007 the winery has a great view of Swan Creek, and on a clear day, the top of Grandfather Mountain. When asked to select their top-selling wines, the 2015 estate grown merlot reserve was at the top of the list. This limited release is great from start to finish. Dobbins Creek riesling and cabernet sauvignon were also two others selected as a go to wine from its repertoire.

So there you have it. The top-selling wines of Swan Creek, straight from the wineries themselves. The next time you're looking for a NC wine to enjoy at one of these wineries – our research might help you out some. 


Monday, August 20, 2018

Mead Maker: Interview with Starrlight Mead's Ben Starr




We continue on with our exploration of mead, aka honey wine, during our own personal #meadmonth. After talking to many mead makers around North Carolina and Virginia, we have decided that we might try making our own mead sometime in the near future.

Until that time, you can read up on our interview with Starrlight Mead co-owner and head mead maker, Ben Starr. He was kind enough to chat with us on a busy Sunday afternoon inside the production facility. Check out some excerpts from our conversation below.

Related story: What you need to know about this popular honey wine!

Seems like a lot of mead makers got their start in home brewing. Is that how you got your start as well? Actually, no. I’m one of the odd ones. My first batch of alcohol was mead.

When did you get your first sample of mead? Becky and I first tried mead at a renaissance festival. When I was 12 years old, I was a bee keeper, so I always loved honey. So when I had the mead at the renaissance festival – you know honey and booze – it was very hard to go wrong with that combo. I had friends at home that were making mead, and of course, this is over the years, I wasn’t 12 anymore.

Oh, we just thought you had some very cool parents or something like that.

Yeah. Ha-ha. But Becky bought me a mead kit, and then I read this book about wine making, and it told you everything you can do to screw it up. And that’s the way they presented it. And it scared me. So I set aside the equipment for about a year, before I got Ken Schramm’s book, “The Compleat Meadmaker.” I started reading that, and he explains the ‘why’s’ and the ‘not just do this,’ and then it started making more sense to me, and we decided to just go for it. So we made our first batch of mead, and that was around 14 years ago.

Related story: Interview with Ken Schramm of Schamm's Mead in Michigan

So at that time, what were you making as far as gallons? Somewhere between 1 to 5 gallons? Yeah, we started out with a 5 gallon batch, but we’ve also made some 3 gallon batches, and I had some 1 gallon carboys to try some different things.

What type of honey were you using back then? We used all different types of honey. We used mesquite honey, actually the very first batch we used, we did a clover honey. This is not my favorite honey to use, but I didn’t know any better at that point.

And how did all these lead to eventually coming up with Starrlight Mead? We were making so much mead that we ended up giving it away. After about two years we entered a competition with the International Mead Festival in Boulder, Colorado in 2006. We ended up taking the gold medal in our category and the best in show trophy out of the 212 meads.

And that was the point when we decided that we shouldn’t be giving it away, and we started playing around with a business plan. Shortly after, Becky got laid off and then she got a job at Chatham Hill Winery. She worked there for a few years, and shortly after that is when we opened up this place.

When did Starrlight Mead come into the world? We opened up in 2010. In September will be our 8-year anniversary. And that’s when we’re hoping to move to the new place.

You’ll be in the same area as Fair Game Beverage and Chatham Cider Works, right? Yeah. We’ll be right off Lorax Lane. Before you get to them you’ll see a huge industrial looking building. That’s where I’ll be make the mead. Actually, the square footage of that is the same square footage of our entire building here. And then right behind that, you’ll see a beautiful, huge, blue building. That will be our tasting room. And that is a little bit larger than this building.

Related story: Interview with Williamsburg's Silver Hand Meadery

Being in that compound with Fair Game and Chatham Cider Works, we can probably look forward to some collaborations in the near future, right? Some barrel-aged meads, and some cysers? There may be a fortified mead in our future. Using some of the distilled product from Fair Game and adding that to the mead. And with Chatham Cider Works, there’s some collaborations in the works with them as well.  Honey and apples go well together, as you know.

There are so many different mead styles – from cysers to melomels, and metheglins to the basic traditional. Do you have a favorite? I really don’t. I enjoy complexity. Especially when I can take something like our spiced apple – where it’s not just a melomel. It’s not just a cyser. It’s not just a metheglin. It’s a combination of all them together.

We’ve talked to other people making mead here in North Carolina. We recently talked to Diane Currier at Honeygirl Meadery in Durham and Dana Acker at Windsor Run Cellars in Hamptonville. Both had very kind words to say about you. It’s a testament to what you’ve done for mead here in N.C. Is that in part to you being the first meadery here? Actually, we’re the third. Fox Hill Meadery was before us, and so was Desi Dew, but they closed before we opened. Fox Hill is near Asheville and they distribute, and they make some great stuff.

Thanks for spending a few moments with us. We hope to see you and Becky when  you open up your brand new location.