Wining the Old North State

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You are probably reading this and thinking: Ugh! Another wine blog! Well, hold on a minute. This post is going to be a little different. I’m not really going to write about wine. I am not going to write about the floral notes on the nose, the smooth finish, or even the tannins. I’m not going to tell you what wines pair well with certain foods. Before I tell you how I will be framing this post, let me start by giving you a little background about me.

I am “Tar Heel born and Tar Heel bred” as the saying goes. Except for three years that I lived in Virginia, I have lived in North Carolina my entire life. I love the unique beauty of this state that stretches from the Great Smokey Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean. I love the cultural diversity of its people. I love the history even though some of it is not so pretty and I am not proud to own it. Personally, I believe there is a wealth of untapped history here just waiting to be told. But I will leave that to the historians.

I grew up in a rural area of this state. In my household, consumption of any alcohol was forbidden. I even remained a teetotaler through my teen and young adult years. So, you might be asking just how wine fits into all this.

I began exploring wine a few years ago while spending a lot of time in Virginia. With some free time on my hands, I began to explore some of the local wineries in the central region. I discovered I enjoyed the wines, and the convenience of a day trip fit my schedule. While on those excursions, I usually learned some interesting facts about the area and met some interesting people. As the wine industry began to explode in North Carolina, I began to explore wineries closer home. I am by no means a wine expert. But I know what I like, and I learned what I liked by visiting wineries and tasting their wines. For that reason, I will not be making wine suggestions other than to tell you to go discover for yourself what you like by experiencing our North Carolina wineries.

I am not going to be quoting a lot of facts, figures, and statistics here. You can look those up just as easily as I can. But I will say that North Carolina is one of the top ten wine producing states in the country, and the wine industry continues to be one of the fastest growing industries in the state. The North Carolina economy also relies heavily on tourism. My desire here is to pique your interest to explore the heritage of North Carolina, take some tours (real and virtual), explore some of the 180 or so wineries in the state, talk to some vineyard owners and others related to the industry, and share our experiences across the state.

Yes, I said “our” experiences. Please share your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions in the comments section. I only ask that we show respect to each other. Please direct any judgment or criticisms my way and not toward those who graciously share their thoughts and experiences here. So let’s get started and have some fun!

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