North Carolina wines
What is your opinion of North Carolina wines?
According to http://www.wineamerica.org/ . . .
In 2005, North Carolina ranked 13th among the 50 states in wine production. The state produced 767,648 gallons, the equivalent of approximately 322,874 cases of wine (one case of 12/750ml bottles = 9.0L).
California, by contrast, was ranked 1st (no surprise there), producing 713,540,700 gallons of wine (over 300,116,150 cases) in 2005.
That same year, the US as a whole produced 782,017,235 gallons (more than 328,917,472 cases), meaning California accounted for approx. 91.25 percent of all the wine produced in America.
All of these boring statistics is merely to point out that North Carolina wines represent but a tiny drop in the proverbial bucket, even though that are 50+ wineries in the state.
I have had probably somewhere between 6-10 wines produced from grapes actually grown in North Carolina. And while I remain curious to taste them, not a single one has been good enough to want to make me buy any for my own personal use.
Some trivia that does nothing to answer the poster's original question:
U.S. Wine production in gallons according to the 1870 Census
Arizona Territory 0
Colorado Territory 67
Dakota Territory 0
District Of Columbia 900
Idaho Territory 0
Montana Territory 0
New Hampshire 2,446
New Jersey 24,970
New Mexico Territory 19,686
New York 82,607
North Carolina 62,348
Rhode Island 765
South Carolina 13,179
Utah Territory 3,131
Washington Territory 235
West Virginia 6,093
Wyoming Territory 0
At this year's Hot Brand Award ceremony I was really pleased to see that a NC Winery (Duplin Winery) won one of Impact Magazine's Hot Brand awards for 2008, having sold 275,000 cases. It was all based on the Muscadine grape, and probably not up to most of our qualitative standards, but it was pleasing none the less to see something other than multinationals on the stage.
North Carolina wines as a whole still have a long way to go, but in saying that they have also come a long way. Rafalidini Vineyards produces some notable reds and whites from Italian varietal and Westbend's Cabernet and Reserve Chard are showing very well. Raylen Vineyards Category 5 is an Bordeaux style blend that is absolutely fantastic. However, i think my favorite NC wines are currently from Shelton. Their estate grown Riesling is a steal at about 12 dollars. It shows great fruit and has nice balance considering the climate. I also enjoy the Bin 17 unoaked chardonnay, no malo leaves this wine revealing vibrant fruit with a nice clean finish. To sum things up, Yadkin Valley certainly doesn't rival Napa but its well on its way!