2012 CHAMBOURCIN ROSÉ
Made from the vineyard’s chambourcin grapes, this lighter rosé has aromas suggestive of raspberry and anise, and fresh summer flavors of raspberries and cranberries. $15.95
2012 PINOT GRIGIO
An Italian style Pinot with both fruit and flowery aromas. Light, dry and crisp, it shows bright flavors of lime. A food-friendly wine. $15.95
Classic Riesling with floral aromas of honeysuckle and orange blossom. An off dry wine showing lively hints of nectarine, melon and tangerine. $16.95.
2012 SUMMER BREEZE
Made from Cayuga White grapes, this sweeter wine shows wonderful strawberry aromas and citric flavors. A perfect wine for that languid summer afternoon. $15.95
2012 COVENTRY WHITE
A blend of Cassidy Hill’s wine grapes, this white wine has green apple and ripe peach aromas. Crisp and lemony, it also shows a combination of tastes that include grapefruit and pear. $15.95
2012 JET’S WHITE
A blend made from our Vidal and Traminette grapes, this white wine features aromas of apricot and honeydew melons. With a pleasant and nice finish, this wine shows flavors including lychee nuts and apricot preserves. $15.95
2010 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Deep vibrant colors and oak overtones complement this traditional red wine. Blackberry, chocolate, and delectable tannins provide a complex yet pleasant taste. $18.75
Shows aromas of oak, apples and pears. This wine has a creamy mouth feel and a toasty finish. Enjoy especially with food. $16.95
2012 MISTY MEADOW
Available only in half bottles, this wine shows sweet citrus aromas and subtle hints of elderflower. Smooth tasting, it shows flavors reminiscent of honey and dried pineapple. $10.95
Fresh and delicious, this white wine shows a refreshing combination of grape and citrus tastes. $15.95
THE HISTORY OF CATAWBA
Catawba is an American grape variety. The exact origin of the Catawba grape is unclear. The Catawba vine was first identified in western North Carolina around 1801.
The Catawba grape is one of the earliest native American grapes used in wine production. From 1825 to 1850 it was the most widely planted grape in the United States. Nicholas Longworth founded America’s first commercially successful winery along the Ohio River where he planted Catawba and produced the first Catawba wine. His Catawba wine was sold and distributed as far away as California and Europe. Longworth’s Catawba wine was so popular that he is said to be the founder of wine culture in America.
In 1858 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow published a poem dedicated to Nicholas Longworth and Catawba, his favorite wine.
“Ode to Catawba Wine”
This song of mine
Is a Song of the Vine,
To be sung by the glowing embers
Of wayside inns,
When the rain begins
To darken the drear Novembers.
It is not a song
Of the Scuppernong,
From warm Carolinian valleys,
Nor the Isabel
And the Muscaded
That bask in our garden alleys.
Nor the red Mustang,
Whose clusters hang
O’er the waves of the Colorado,
And the fiery flood
Of whose purple blood
Has a dash of Spanish bravado.
For the richest and best
Is the wine of the West,
That grows by the Beautiful River;
Whose sweet perfume
Fills all the room
With a benison on the giver.
And as hollow trees
Are the haunts of bees,
For ever going and coming;
So this crystal hive
Is all alive
With a swarming and buzzing and humming.
Very good in its way
Is the Verzenay,
Or the Sillery soft and creamy;
But Catawba wine
Has a taste more divine,
More dulcet, delicious, and dreamy.
There grows no vine
By the haunted Rhine,
By Danube or Guadalquivir,
Nor on island or cape,
That bears such a grape
As grows by the Beautiful River.
Drugged is their juice
For foreign use,
When shipped o’er the reeling Atlantic,
To rack our brains
With the fever pains,
That have driven the Old World frantic.
To the sewers and sinks
With all such drinks,
And after them tumble the mixer;
For a poison malign
Is such Borgia wine,
Or at baest but a Devil’s Elixir.
While pure as a spring
Is the wine I sing,
And to praise it, one needs but name it;
For Catawba wine
Has need of no sign,
No tavern-bush to proclaim it.
And this Song of the Vine,
This greeting of mine,
The winds and the birds shall deliver
To the Queen of the West,
In her garlands dressed,
On the banks of the Beautiful River.
Tastings and Sales: Friday 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Saturday, Sunday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tastings are $7.00 ~ glasses of wine $7.00