NC Wine at Thanksgiving

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So many things to be thankful for and here is one more … North Carolina is making some fantastic wines and you should be serving them at your Thanksgiving tables. Yes, we are one of the fastest growing wine regions in the country and currently we are the tenth largest producer of wine in the country! Here are some ideas to pair with your upcoming feasts.

Begin your holiday dinner by toasting with a bit of the bubbly. Yes, we make sparkling wines in North Carolina. You will find excellent sparkling wines from RayLen Vineyards and Biltmore. My recommendation is a special wine from Raffaldini Vineyards in Ronda called La Dolce Vita. Just the name alone is the perfect beginning to your celebration – The Sweet Life. The wine is primarily Orange Muscat with some Petit Manseng and Traminette in the blend and it won a Double Gold medal at the NC State Fair Wine Competition.

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Toast your Thanksgiving dinner with a bit of NC sparkling wine.

For the dinner there is always the age old problem of some like red and some like white wines. And to complicate matters, people always think you must have white with poultry, assuming a turkey is on the menu. Here is an important rule to remember … in wine there are NO rules. You should definitely offer both a red and white at dinner.

For the white selection try a Viognier, a traditional French varietal from the Bordeaux, Loire and Rhone regions.This has a citrusy, floral aroma and tasting notes that will pair well with turkey, cranberry relish and sweet potato pie. Try Round Peak’s award winning Viognier from Mt. Airy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    RoundPeak_Viognier

And for the red wine drinkers in the group you want a medium bodied red that will compliment and not dominate the dinner. Go with a Chambroucin which is a French / American hybrid that produces a beautiful medium-bodied wine with a wonderful finish. The fruit-forward profile of blackberry, black raspberry and black cherry make this an immediately approachable red, inviting food pairings unthinkable with most reds. Go with the Chambroucin from Flint Hill Vineyards in East Bend.

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Finally it is time for the pie parade – apple, pumpkin, berry and so much more. This sweet dessert deserves a sweet wine. And so why not try the wine that was just selected by the NC State Fair Wine Competition as the BEST wine in the state. The Carolina Wildflower, from Hinnant Family Vineyards in Pine Level is a special a semi-sweet Muscadine from estate grown Carlos grapes and blended with fresh, local Wildflower Honey. It features flavors of honeysuckle, clover and jasmine and pairs beautifully with fruits, pies, cheeses or as an aperitif.

All of these wines are available through North Carolina Wine Gifts, here in Asheville. This year Drink Local and enjoy North Carolina Wine!

23 Funky Finds at Asheville’s Sweeten Creek Antiques

asheville sweeten creek antiques The Asheville Antique world is growing by leaps and bounds. Along with beer city USA and foodie city USA; antique city USA is definitely sneaking up on us. Of course there is the Antique Tobacco Barn, a new spot name Reliks and many others; but Sweeten Creek Antiques is one of our personal favorites. Even their website is antique lol, but it has directions if you wish to get there. We stopped by there the other day and got to experience the whole store. Well kind of. We did not have enough time at each booth, but we got to browse them at least. Here are 23 “Funky” and maybe even “Not So Funky To You” Finds at Asheville’s Sweeten Creek Antiques: asheville statue of liberty The original Statue of Liberty! This was actually the smaller version, the one France originally sent us; but the USA was insulted and told them to shove it! So it ended up here. Now she is looking for a home. asheville trolls I know, I know, trolls are everywhere around Asheville. But these guys are cute! asheville playboy Oh yeah, I just love vintage pornography lol. Now we know the filth grandpa used to read. asheville wheelchair A vintage wooden and wicker wheelchair. This is all Asheville will be using in the future. Homemade, handmade wheelchairs made from organic wood. asheville hom art Asheville stoner quotes made into art! asheville bee happy The Bee Happy booth… reclaimed, recycled and repurposed furniture and home decor. This spot is a store in itself! asheville players A sign calling for Players! There is no shortage of these type in Asheville. Especially the women hahaha 😉 asheville head hunter This dude is either a victorious gladiator, or a headhunter from the mountains of Western North Carolina. Yeah, we have them too. Celebrate diversity! asheville antique furniture

Some stolen furniture from the Biltmore Estate. I will ship it to my condo in London.

king louis xiv asheville Got to hang with King Louis XIV during intermission. And yes, those are dreads he is wearing. asheville home decor A cute and colorful corner that just brightened my whole day 😉 asheville baby carriage A wicker baby carriage. If you are ultra local grown, you will have one of these, handmade in Asheville, instead of one of those commercialized ones you buy at Wal-Mart or Babies R Us. Surely some hippie put this thing together. Don’t trust it! asheville wigs These four chicks kept staring at me. Then I noticed they all had wigs on. asheville man cave Ahhh, the man cave. Every man needs one, or to be a member of one. asheville mannequins Headless tie dye and painted mannequins. Say goodbye to blowup dolls! These 3 ladies are the organizers for both the GoToplesss, and GoBottomless campaign in Asheville. asheville pirate ship A handmade pirate ship! Just what I need floating around in my jacuzzi. asheville bison head Painted bison heads. Now I know what I am going to be for Halloween. You can also use these for satanic rituals so no animals are harmed in the process. asheville fedora hats A couple of Fedora hats! Great. Now I could look like “That Hipster” anywhere I go. asheville suitcase A chest (slash) suitcase (slash) dresser (slash) closet. We were so much more creative back in the days. asheville bar stools Lime green bar stools, just in case Austin Powers stops by. Or better yet, Foxy Cleopatra! Yeah baby!!! asheville nativity scene A vintage nativity scene. I guess there was no room for them at the Inn either, so now they live here; just waiting in anticipation for another virgin to get pregnant. asheville merry go round A merry-go-round with a pole. Just what I wanted for my bedroom. My ladies portable stripper pole has got to go. We gonna ride the white pony! asheville_stuffed_animals And… in the kids PG section, they have lots of toys including this stuffed animal that says “I Love You!” This whole building is awesome. If you are in the Asheville area and looking for lots of wonderful merchandise; this is the place to be!