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April, 2016. Welcome back spring!

Amazing how quickly it happens.  You go from the dreariness and dull colors of winter right into the vibrant colors of new growth seemingly overnight.  And so it goes here on the Estate as our trees, shrubs and grass have all greened up considerably in just a short time.  The long range views from our perch up on Hemric Mountain are a tapestry of colors that can easily rival the fall color season. It’s quite the sight to behold and worth a trip to the vineyard to check it out.  Best of all…we’ve had bud break on our vines and that signals the beginning of the 2016 growing season.  Have to admit to still being a bit nervous as April has been known to deliver late frost and freezes so we’re still keeping the fingers crossed until about mid-April.

April also brings two popular wine events that we’ll be participating in.  Both events are sponsored by the Vineyards of Swan Creek  of which Dobbins Creek is a member of.  The first event is the Spring Wine Release, April 9 & 10, where each of the member vineyards will be releasing a new wine.  For our legions of fans of our Dry Riesling, this event is for you as Dobbins Creek will be releasing its new 2014 Dry Riesling on this weekend.

The second event is the Spring Herb Festival which is a 3 day event starting April 29 and running thru May 1st.  This is a ticketed event and tickets are now being sold at each of the six participating vineyards.  If you have thoughts about having a spring herb garden this year and like fine wines then this event is tailor made for you!  There will […]

By |March 30th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off

March, 2016

Beware the Ides of March!  Although this is usually associated historically with Julius Caesar and Rome, it also pertains to March 15 which was the mid -point of the old Roman calendar.  So how does all this relate to us here at Dobbins Creek?   The answer is Bud Break.  March is usually when the buds on our vines pop open signaling the start of a new growing season.  We would prefer not to have this happen on March 15 as this would be considered on the early side and the buds would be susceptible to potential killing frost and freezes.   Optimally, we would prefer bud break in the latter part of March which would give us a shorter exposure period to the killer duo!  We know that the weather in March is very transitory.  We enter March while still in winter but will exit in the spring and will probably experience a wide range of weather conditions for this month.  I know everyone would like to see seasonally warm weather as soon as possible in March especially after a dreary winter but we would like it to stay on the cool side.  Warm weather will raise the soil temperature above 50 degrees and this will get the sap in the vines flowing sending energy to the buds and eventually leading to bud break.

We would like warm weather just like everyone else but recognize the need to keep things cool for most of March for the sake of our crop.  However, Mother Nature has her own ideas and we can only go along with them since we cannot really control them.  So if we appear to be a bit on the nervous side in the tasting […]

By |March 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off

“Drink Wine” Day!

Happy National “Drink Wine” Day! (Yep, you read that right). Whether you’re celebrating this incredibly important holiday accidentally or intentionally, here are a few excellent reasons to keep that corkscrew nearby! Drinking a glass or two of wine every day is not only a ton of fun, it can also be an excellent part of a healthy lifestyle and diet. Pop open a bottle tonight, and enjoy.

Wine Glasses

It decreases your risk of heart disease
In a 12-year study of 38,000 males between the ages of 40 and 75, it was shown that moderate consumption of alcohol (20 to 30 grams several days of the week), such as wine, reduced the risk of coronary heart disease in men by up to 35%!
See: PubMed

It decreases your risk of a stroke
A nurses’s health study that took place over the course of 12 years with over 85,000 participants between the ages of 35 – 59 indicated that drinking about 18mL of wine several times a week could reduce the risk of stroke by up to 70%!
See: PubMed

It decreases your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes
In a 10 year study involving over 35,000 adults living a healthy lifestyle, it was shown that people enjoying a moderate consumption of alcohol (defined as 1 glass a day for women, and 2 glasses for men) had a 40% lower chance of developing type 2 diabetes than those who abstained from alcohol entirely.
See: Reuters

It slows cognitive decline over time
A Columbia University study in 2006 indicates that people who are drinking anywhere from 1 glass of wine a week, to 2 glasses daily, are able to maintain higher cognitive abilities for a longer period than those who never consumed alcohol. As such, the study suggests that […]

By |February 19th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Wine for Beginners

This section is designed to help you kick-start your ongoing exploration of wine. Through these simple and smart guidelines, you’ll discover your own palate.

Getting Started with Wine Tasting
Learning to taste wine is no different than learning to really appreciate music or art in that the pleasure you receive is proportionate to the effort you make. The more you fine-tune your sensory abilities, the better you’re able to understand and enjoy the nuances and details that great wines express. The time and effort invested in palate training is very rewarding—and a whole lot of fun!

How to Taste Wine
The ability to sniff out and untangle the subtle threads that weave into complex wine aromas is essential for tasting. Try holding your nose while you swallow a mouthful of wine; you will find that most of the flavor is muted. Your nose is the key to your palate. Once you learn how to give wine a good sniff, you’ll begin to develop the ability to isolate flavors—to notice the way they unfold and interact—and, to some degree, assign language to describe them.

This is exactly what wine professionals—those who make, sell, buy, and write about wine—are able to do. For any wine enthusiast, it’s the pay-off for all the effort.

While there is no one right or wrong way to learn how to taste, some “rules” do apply.

First and foremost, you need to be methodical and focused. Find your own approach and consistently follow it. Not every single glass or bottle of wine must be analyzed in this way, of course. But if you really want to learn about wine, a certain amount of dedication is required. Whenever you have a glass of wine in your hand, make it a […]

By |September 15th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The 9 Things You Need to Know About Wine

10 quick tips to help you get the best flavor out of your wine, store it properly, and try new wines
1. Do not sniff the cork. It’s not an indicator for the taste of the wine; rather feel the cork with your fingers to make sure it is moist. A dry cork can mean the bottle was not stored properly or was subjected to heat.

2. Be sure to pour the glass only one third full so there is enough room to give it a good swirl. The swirling aerates the wine and allows the aromatics to reveal themselves quicker.

3. Hold the wineglass by the stem instead of the bowl. The body heat from your hand can warm the wine and warm wine will always taste “hot” ( too much alcohol) Also, with your hand on the bowl you won’t be able to see the color or clarity of the wine.

4. Two reasons to decant. Decanting young wines gives them air and lets them develop, which will integrate the flavors and aromatics. You decant older wines in order to eliminate any sediment that may have developed over the maturation of the wine. The sediment will impart unwanted flavors to the wine – not to mention it is not fun when you get a mouth full of it!

5. Find a good retailer. Try several and find one that recommends bottles that fit your wine profile. Ask them questions and get advice as they are on the front lines of new wineries and wine regions.

6. Taste, Taste, Taste. The best way to learn is to taste as much as you can. Attend tasting events, join a tasting group or just open a bottle with a good book in […]

By |September 1st, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Wine Storage Temperature

Wine Storage Temperature

Wine storage temperature is the most important factor to consider when keeping wine for long. Even wine kept for a few weeks or months can be affected by the temperature at which it is stored.

All wine is best stored between 45º – 60º F (7.0º – 15.5º C), with 50º to 55º F (10º to 13.º C) being the optimal range. White wine temperature will be the same as red wine temperature.

It’s believed there’s some historic reasoning behind this optimal temperature. In France, wine is typically stored in caves where the natural underground temperature is around 13°C (55º F).

Barrel cave at Justin Winery in Paso Robles

However, not everyone has a cave or a cellar to store their wine in. If you live in a cooler climate and if you’re going to open your bottle of red wine within a day or two, keeping it on your kitchen counter, away from heat, may be fine. If it’s white wine, keeping it in the refrigerator will be just fine.

Read about correct wine serving temperatures here.

The reason temperature is important is because wines age faster at a higher temperature, and chemically, a high temperature is bad for wine.

You can tell by the color of your wine if excessive heat has damaged it. The wine will look brown.

To achieve the optimal temperature it’s best to have a wine cellar or a wine cooler/refrigerator.

Wine coolers come in several different sizes and are made by a variety of manufacturers. Wine cellars can be custom made or home made depending upon how much time you have and upon your budget. We turned our under stairs closet into a home made wine cellar.

Sometimes wine […]

By |August 20th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Travels In Wine Tours!!!!

Travels In Wine Tours is an American-owned company based out of Hendersonville with weekly running routes in Asheville/Hendersonville, Charlotte and Greensboro, North Carolina. Travels In Wine tours is owned and operated by Derek Schuler and Kimberlee Young, a Certified Sommelier.

Their experience and passion for wine, food, travel and golf sparked their idea to create this unique, behind the scenes, luxury travel and tour company.

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By |July 17th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How Is Wine Made?

How is wine made is a very popular question among wine lovers today.

In it’s simplest terms, wine is made by planting vines, growing grapes, picking and crushing those grapes, allowing their juices to ferment, and putting the resulting liquid into bottles.

However, for wineries, the answer to the question “how is wine made” is much more complex than this.

Winemakers have important decisions to make during every step in the wine making process. These decisions can either favorably or unfavorably effect their final product. Of course, mother nature also has a say.
The basic wine making steps are:

 

 

 

Choosing A Vineyard

The location chosen to plant wine grapes is perhaps the most important decision a wine maker has. Climate, weather, topography, and soil composition must be perfect for the vines to
produce, and for the grapes to ripen properly.
Deciding When To Harvest

The next most important factor in wine making is choosing the right time to harvest (pick) the grapes.

The grapes must be harvested in peak condition for their particular variety. Several factors will be considered including sugar levels, color and taste.

It’s also important for grapes to be picked carefully so they’re not bruised or split. Both hand picking and machine harvesting procedures are both used today. Hand picking is the method preferred by many fine wine producers and used most often in France.
Preparation And Crushing

At some point, the grapes will be separated from their stems and leaves, usually by a special machine. If left in contact with the grapes too long after harvest, stems can give off a bitter unwanted taste.

It is at this point that red grapes will be treated differently than white grapes.

White wine grapes are crushed and their juice is separated from their skins.

Red grape skins will remain […]

By |June 11th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How Important Are Food Wine Pairings?

Do food wine pairings really matter and which wine goes with which food?

 The answer depends to a great extent on your individual pallet, how you perceive food, and what types of wine you enjoy.

Wine food pairing preferences are very individual. However, it is undeniable that certain food groups simply pair better with certain wines types. And, when you discover that near perfect match, it truly does enhance both your food and your wine.

 

 

In the days when our choices were just red or just white, it was easy to notice that red wine went with beef and white wine went with fish or chicken. But food wine pairings are no longer this simple.
Today’s wines, both red and white, are so varied in flavor and texture, that it’s impossible to pinpoint with 100% accuracy the best wine food match.
Instead, look for a wine with the flavors, aromas and weight that most closely match the characteristics of your meal. It’s all about balance.

In most cases it makes more sense to match your meals’ sauces to a wine, rather than the protein. For example,
a blackened (spicy) fish will go better with a Dobbin’s Creek Merlot(red) than a Chardonnay (white). But if you are eating a white fish with a delicate sauce, that Chardonnay should be just fine.
One of the most important aspects of wine food pairing is matching the body of your wine with the level of intensity in the flavors of your food.

You don’t want to pair a light wine with with a meal containing heavy foods and sauces. Conversely, you don’t want to pair a full bodied wine with a meal containing light, delicate foods.

Food wine pairings can also be made by region. For example, choose an […]

By |June 7th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Wine Etiquette

Wine Tasting

A great place to taste wine is at a winery. It’s also a place where wine etiquette is important.

Don’t feel you have to know a lot about wine to visit a winery. As a matter of fact, a winery is an excellent place to learn about wines.

Most wineries will have knowledgeable staff to assist you. Don’t hesitate to let them know you’re a new wine drinker and are trying to determine what you like and what you don’t like. Winery staff will be more than happy to explain the different wines and styles.

While wine tasting, it is perfectly acceptable to discard wine you don’t like. All tasting rooms will supply a receptacle for you to pour the wine you don’t care for into. It’s also acceptable to ask for another small taste of a wine you weren’t able to completely understand the first time.

It is not good wine etiquette, however, to ask for a second pour on every wine. If you find a wine you like, it’s in much better taste to purchase a full glass.

You can also taste wine at a wine room. Most wine rooms offer “flights” – a sampling of several different wines side by side.

Most flights contain several different producers of one grape varietal so they’re good for side by side comparisons, but not helpful if you’d like to compare a Chardonnay with a Zinfandel.

Please see our wine tasting guide for complete information on the proper way to taste wine.
Dining Out

Wine is a perfect compliment to a nice restaurant meal. If you are a new wine drinker, it’s easy to feel intimidated when the waiter presents you with the wine list.

Restaurant wines can be very expensive. My favorite wine […]

By |June 5th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments