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North Carolina has one of the earliest, most interesting, and little known wine histories in the United States. In the 1520s, French explorer Giovanni de Verrazano discovered a native varietal, later given the jolly name Scuppernong (for a local river), growing in the Cape Fear river valley and identified its wine potential. Men in Sir Walter Raleigh’s fleet were amazed at the number of wild grapes growing throughout the coastal areas, and identified the Scuppernong “mother vine” on Roanoke Island. Plantings from this vine were scattered in surrounding areas. In Brinkleyville in 1835, Sidney Weller established the first commercial winery, Medoc Vineyard. He produced Scuppernong and other native grapes. Other wineries followed, and by the 1850s, North Carolina had 25 wineries, which was a significant number in those days. European varieties had little success due to diseases not known in their native soils, but indigenous grapes did well. However, the Civil War soon sent vintners Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Catawba

    Even older than the Concord grape, this historically-important variety is thought to be a chance seedling from North ...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Duplin Carolina Red

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    Floral scent, sweet, wet dinner wine that may border on a light dessert. Close to its kin, the Hatteras Red, but with a touch of dry tart at the end and a bit more musk than an assault of sweet. Given the choice, I prefer the Hatteras, but for those with less of a sugar affinity, this may be the better way to go. Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis


  • Duplin Winery Red Blend Carolina Red NV

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    Very Good Wine It's One Of My Favorite Read More

    Wine review by Hambrick74


  • I am not sure if they actually source their grapes for dry wine from the north east coast, maybe they source from California or maybe South Carolina or something because the only wines that I know are for sure grown in Ohio are sweet wines with lots of grape musk. Like Concord and Catawba. I have asked the same question about where they source t... Read More

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  • Duncan, consensus was that the Hook Norton bitters was the best followed by the ... quite refreshing on this hot North Carolina evenin Read More

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  • Hi. I am a basic novice.  I have been to a few wine tastings but I am ... ... ... in the outer Banks of North Carolina and live those scupper grapes. I look forward to learning about Italian wines that pair with deserts. Thanks for being g part of the group that welcomes the wine coniseaur wanna be P Read More

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  • Nice looking pizza, MJET. Calling Stephen! Any experience with the wines I ...lNorth Carolina72Video Recap   Rhode Island72FinalOregon75USC78FinalBaylor82   South Carolina42Live - H2 14:15Duke41Video HighlightsCincinnati24Live - H1 5:37UCLA19Video Highlights  All times are in Eastern Time   Read More

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  • ...Following up on my darling ADRIO........Today, I spoke with the Wine ... following states: FLORIDA, NORTH CAROLINA, VIRGINIA and WASHINGTO Read More

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  • Wow, that picture came out just a little bigger than I was expecting! lolGood ... ... laboratory -  in North Carolina so I like being reasonably close to i Read More

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  • Okay, I was pages behind here and missed the rundown on the Carlisle.  ... cab like a Napa Cab. I think North Carolina, esp out near Asheville in the "mountains," might be a fine place to grow Barbera, Dolcetto, and Nebbiolo, for instance, but no one is doing that.  (Okay, not true:  Had one okay nebbiolo from there Read More

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  • I forgot to mention that last night we had a Gruner Veltliner from... North Carolina.  I think it had a touch of RS, but it also had tons of acid, so it was like a really good Chenin.  That was bottle #1 with our Tequila Lime rotisserie chicken (home cooked and delicious), then wife opened a bottle of Cottonwood PN from Willamette Valley and I h... Read More

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  • Sorry about last comment: At Shadow Springs Vineyard and Winery, try Shortcake wine, it's a strawberry wine and their Dark Shadow wine. It's a red wine with dark chocolate. Wonderful. Located in Hamptonville, NC.

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  • Just went on a five winery tour in Hamptonville, NC. Buck Shoals make a couple of excellent meads; Shadow Springs was the best winery of the five. Try their Strawberry Shortcake wine and their . Laurel Grey makes excellant sauce with their wine. The vinaigrette and chocolate sauce was wonderful. Raffaldini and Dobbins Creek wineries and ...

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