I will begin this review by saying I do not consider myself a wine connoisseur, but I do love wine and I have been to multiple vineyards, wineries, classes, and wine tours. My husband and I even travelled to Chile earlier this year and spent seven days tours vineyards and wineries in the Santiago area.
Paul was our tour guide and while not overly engaged he was a kind and thoughtful host. We actually began our tour at his winery, Falderal, and frankly he had the best wine of any that we tasted. He offered a very unique creation that he calls Planchette White that is mild and has a citrus flavor. I think it would be an excellent wine to serve with brunch if mimosas are not on the menu. We brought home a bottle.
After we left Falderal, we headed out to the countryside to see the rest of the vineyards and wineries. The drive was beautiful. Afterall, it was October in the North Carolina mountains. The vineyards were spectacular, but the wine left much to be desired. Sadly there were few to no buckets to dump out samples that were unpleasant. I found myself chugging down samples and quickly following them with water to rinse away the taste. It brought back many unhappy childhood memories of choking down medicine. Instead of focusing on the poor wine though, we focused our attention on the gorgeous weather we were enjoying and the fun people we met on the trip. We ended the day with pleasant memories but only one bottle of wine to take home.
I can say I will not be participating in anymore wine tours of North Carolina, but I'm glad that we took the trip. Otherwise I may always wonder if I missed out on the opportunity to experience great wine from my own backyard! Now I know and I know to avoid North Carolina wine as it does not suite my taste.
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