During my stay in Greece, one of the things my North Carolinian roommate always talked about was North Carolina Wine.
Now I’m Californian. I know wine.
Ok. That’s a lie.
I don’t like most wine.
Well, I don’t like reds.
Or dry whites.
Or dry rosés.
So really, I’m pretty picky about my wine.
But my Family! They know their wines. Especially my brother.
But – just because I don’t like wine doesn’t mean I haven’t tried it.
So with more than a bit of skepticism (and Californian wine-snoodiness), I went to a North Carolina wine tasting.
And it. Was. Delicious.
I mean – WOW! The things these people were doing with wine!
I had three favorites:
- Shadow Springs Vineyard, Shortcake.
This wine was made from strawberries. Yeah, you read that. STRAWBERRIES! Fermented Strawberries! Drinking that wine was like drinking strawberry juice. With 11% alcohol content. Om nom nom.
- Shadow Springs Vineyard, Dark Shadow.
Now this was one of those ‘dark chocolate red wines’. Now I’ve had plenty of those. It’s just red wine. Right?
Well this one. I sniffed it. Smelled just like dark chocolate. I tasted it. It was like drinking dark chocolate! Oh man, this was a decadent wine!
- Hanover Park Vineyard, Blueberry.
Once again, a fruit based wine. This one: blueberry. And just like the name, again, it was like drinking blueberries!
(I brought a bottle of the strawberry and blueberry home to my parents, who vastly enjoyed it.)
When the wine servers found out I was from Cali, they were so tickled by how much I enjoyed the wine – and of course we got into a conversation about what I thought was so special about NC wines.
And I came to this conclusion: North Carolina is doing what California used to do. Experiment.
They’re making wines from different fruits – with great success! If you suggested that to Cali wineries? They’d wrinkle their nose in disgust at you – hardly believing you’re daring to suggest something different from their grape-y recipe.
So I’d come to see that what my roommate was always going on about was true – North Carolina has amazing wines! And I will eagerly search the wine section – hoping to one day see these wines gracing my grocery store shelves.