Karen Thomas samples a wine at Pairapalooza, a wine and food pairing event organized by iHeartRadio, to benefit Center in the Square, held at the Patrick Henry Ballroom and Conference Center on Sunday.
Wine From India Brian Powell (left) and Matthew Marry are served a One Hope Chardonnay wine by Sherry Parcel at Pairapalooza, a wine and food pairing event organized by iHeartRadio, to benefit Center in the Square, held Sunday at The Patrick Henry Ballroom and Conference Center.
Wines Of India As Welsey Fitzhugh with Lazy Days Winery of Amherst poured from a bottle of Sweet Nights, a petit manseng, she told tasters what to expect.
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At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’ll say it one more time: the wines at Harbes Vineyard are way better than they need to be. With the throngs of people who visit their farm and agritainment mecca on the North Fork, they could get away with mediocre wines for the masses — but that’s not what I’ve found. Ed Harbes and consulting winemaker Erik Bilka are doing good things and Harbes Vineyard is a producer on the rise. It’s a winery that wine lovers, not just wine tourists, need to know.
India Vineyard Our wine of the week, Harbes Vineyard 2014 Cabernet Franc ($29) spent 16 months in French oak and the scent is perhaps a bit too prominent when the wine is opened, coming across a hint of campfire on the nose, but there is plenty of wine beneath. Concentrated notes of blackberry and black cherry are accented by enough bay leaf and sage herbal aromas to remind you that this is cabernet franc.
Red Wine In India The oak is a bit less pronounced on a palate that has ripe, almost dense fruit character — more blackberry and black cherry — with a nice spice component that pushes the herbaceous qualities to the background. Medium-intensity tannins are joined by a nice bit of fresh-fruit acidity to create a lively, but balanced mouthfeel. The finish is long and a bit spicy with just the faintest vanilla note.
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When top chefs gather with winemakers next week at Appalachian State University to talk about bringing more regionally produced wines into restaurants, only one Alabama winery will be represented — Hokes Bluff’s Maraella Estate Vineyard and Winery.
Vineyards India While working on her forthcoming book on Appalachian vineyards, Appalachian State University professor Jessica Blackburn spent a year conducting roughly 70 site visits and interviews with winemakers, growers, regionally inspired chefs, farmers and food artisans from Maryland to Alabama.
India Vineyard In the course of her travels, she noticed a disconnect between the top chefs and restaurateurs in the region and the wineries. “Many of the chefs I interviewed,” said Blackburn, “admit there is a wine hierarchy that can make it difficult for restaurants to sell our region’s wines, but most also agree that this hierarchy is based on an outdated and inaccurate stereotype stemming from a lack of knowledge of the wines produced in our region.” Given the world-class wines that are now coming out of the region, Blackburn began to wonder why more were not featured in the area’s top restaurants that feature regionally sourced ingredients and regionally inspired cuisine. With such a strong commitment to the region’s diverse food heritage and future, the chefs shared Blackburn’s interest in connecting the region’s award-winning food and wines.
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