Enjoy this great selection of fall beverages from our guest wine expert, Kevin Schwartz.
Meet the Expert
Kevin is the proprietor of Divine Wine & Beer, a Sommelier, a Certified Wine Specialist and a Certified Food & Beverage Executive. Divine Wine offers hand selected wines and craft beers, local products, gift & picnic baskets and of course wine accessories. In addition to a wide selection of beverages, they host a wine and beer bar paired with distinctive small plates and appetizers featuring food from local and regional farms. Divine also holds weekly tasting events and educational classes.
Shelton Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2011
Cabernet Franc: 90%
Cabernet Sauvignon: 10%
The color is garnet with a slight orange hue. The wine has a mildly earthy raspberry nose with vanilla. This Bordeaux blend shows velvety raspberry and cherry cola with notes of vanilla and an integrated tannic backbone. Light for a Cabernet Franc but its approachable and easy to enjoy. Pairing: Grilled pork chops or loin would be a great choice for this Cab Franc. But it will be easy to drink with burgers as well.
Biltmore Estate Château Reserve Blanc de Blancs 2010
This Blanc de Blancs is a brilliant yellow with persistent tiny bubbles from Méthode Champenoise. It has light citrus and strawberry notes wrapped in pastry on the nose that are inviting. The palate follows with lemon, green apple, ripe pear and berry with a little doughy yeast that coats the mouth. This is a bubbly that will make you take a second look at what is happening in North Carolina wine making. Perfect for special occasions and holidays but don’t wait, crack a bottle open today. Bubbles are for every day drinking!
Pairing: Shellfish, and soft cheeses are shouting for you to pop a bottle with them but this can go up against trout in a light beurre blanc as well. Have fun and drink more bubbles!
Carolina Heritage Vineyard & Winery Glögg
Glögg is a traditional Scandanavian wine that is usually served warm. Made from organic red wine, almonds, raisins, orange peel, sugar and spices (including cardamom, cinnamon and cloves). It shows a dark garnet color with a small pink to clear rim. The nose is quite remarkably Christmas in a glass with the clove first to hit your senses mixed in with host of others aromas (you can pick up each of the ingredients fairly easily). The wine is a on the slightly syrupy side and while this is not typically my type of wine – I find it purely fascinating to drink, like a spiced gingerbread cookie. Unlike fortified wines that will be 18% abv and higher, this is only 12% so aside from the sugar you can drink it without getting tipsy.
Pairing: While nice by itself, Glögg will be good with your Holiday fare from cranberry sauce to ham as well as cheeses and fruit breads that are typical during the holidays. You have to try this to truly appreciate it.
French Broad Brewing Company IPA
On tap, it shows a dark cloudy orange with a thin white head. It offers aromas of pine, doughy malt, caramel and tropical fruit. On the palate it brings through the aroma profile in a velvety smooth texture that is very appealing and nicely balanced. Slightly bitter hops and finish for a lighter style IPA. Definitely one for the hot summer months.
Pairing: With a slight sweetness to the malts, I would pair this with BBQ in a heartbeat or some good smoked brisket!
22 oz bottle, $6.00
Highland Brewing Company Clawhammer Oktoberfest Lager
Orange colored lager with an off white/slightly orange head. It is brewed with German malt and noble hops that reflects with aromas of malt and light citrus. The lager drinks smooth with malt, green banana, orange and bright acidity. Yet the brew remains balanced and easy drinking with a finish of lightly toasted almonds and a slight bitterness.
Pairing: You have some diversity with this beer because of the acid so have some fun. Burgers, yes. Cheese, absolutely. Grilled salmon, now we’re talking!
6 pack, $9.99