Yadkin Valley Wine

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Welcome to North Carolina’s first AVA. Attaining final approval on February 7, 2003, this 1.4-million-acre viticultural area in the northwestern section of the Piedmont region, spans seven counties along the Yadkin River.

The appellation hosts a growing number of wineries, concentrated at moderate elevations. The majority of vines here are Vitis vinifera, with wineries finding the greatest success with Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

The Yadkin Valley viticultural area was born out of a need to find a new crop. With tobacco in decline, farmers needed to find a more profitable way to utilize their fertile grounds. The gently rolling hills and the mixture of clay and loam soils provide the area with excellent drainage. Combine that with a long, warm growing season and a mild winter and you find the recipe for successful viticulture. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • 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...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

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  • Dobbins Creek Vineyards Chardonnay 2012

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    Second evening in a row having a Yadkin Valley North Carolina chardonnay. This Dobbins Creek is even nicer than the Laurel Gray. Light on its feet with fresh creamy lemon chiffon, a hint of green apple, nice acidity and a medium finish. There are a couple NC wineries doing justice to the chardonnay grape and this is one of the better ones. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Laurel Gray Vineyards Yadkin Valley Chardonnay 2011

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    For a North Carolina wine this is very good chardonnay. Fresh golden apple, a touch of lemon pith, nice acidity and a medium finish. None of the harsh bitter almond that sometimes plaques NC whites. Quite nice. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Shelton Vineyards Port 2004

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    This is a dessert wine with a light touch and very pleasing cherry notes. It would go great with cherry pie or with a chocolate dessert. It is a medium-bodied wine that is not too sweet. I was very pleasantly surprised by its pleasant qualities. I had some at a restaurant and plan to get some bottles. Read More

    Wine review by ncmathsadist


  • Dobbins Creek Vineyards Chardonnay 2011

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    Interesting North Carolina chardonnay from Yadkin valley. Slightly oaky, smokey with bits of almond, caramel and butterscotch. Nice acidity and some decent mouth coating texture. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Raffaldini Vineyards Vermentino 2013

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    Fairly nice North Carolina, Yadkin Valley Vermentino. Not too complicated with some nice notes of lemon cream, lemon drop and some not too ripe green pear. This has a short to medium finish and a decent amount of acidity. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Raffaldini Sangiovese Riserva 2011

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    Pretty decent sangiovese from Yadkin NC. Somewhat on the lighter side with decent red cherries, a hint of earth, medium acidity, a medium finish and just a bit of that mustiness. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • I sure hope I'll be able to work out this crick in my neck after viewing ... cab franc (Dobbins Creek in Yadkin Valley, NC). PS, Don't forget to call Mom!  And then finishing a near perfect May day in the Carolina's with a splash of Maipo Valley sauvignon gris.  (I'm not really drinking alone, the neighbors are home).&nbs Read More

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  • Laurel Gray Vineyards Pinot Gris 2013

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    Very nice North Carolina (Swan Valley) pinot gris. Lemon zest, some nice acidity and a touch of minerality. Very nice summer deck wine and a bit of a surprise for NC wine. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Laurel Gray Cheri Sweet NV

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    Think sweet white grape juice, nothing more, nothing less, just not my kind of dessert wine. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Banner Elk Winery Marechal Foch NV

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    Interesting red wine from Yadkin North Carolina. This NC version of the French Marechal Foch grape has a leafy/vegetal nose and a flavor profile similar to a ligther sangiovese with nice red and black cherry and a touch of rhubard. Nice acidity and soft tannins. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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