I’d been living on the Crystal Coast in North Carolina for the summer, which was a great experience but unfortunately it meant I was depriving myself of a few things that I love… okay, just my favorite Virginia wines. Luckily while I was down there I worked in a shop that had a great wine selection, including some North Carolina wines that I didn’t even know existed.
Most of the wines from NC were either too sweet or tannic to me, but there are two wines that stand out to me from the Old North State Winery. They are Bare Bones and Restless Soul. I bought a bottle of each on my first night in town to celebrate my new apartment with my friends before they left (thanks again Jen and Rachael for helping me move!) and both wines became a staple in my kitchen for the four months I was down there.
Bare Bones is one of the best chardonnays I’ve tried in a long time. It’s an unoaked chardonnay, so it’s nice and crisp but still has a slight buttery-ness which I enjoy. When it comes to oaky notes in a wine, you either love it or hate it. Personally, I don’t like it, which is why I absolutely love this wine.
As for Restless Soul, it’s the perfect balance of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and chambourcin giving it deep cherry notes but still keeping it light. I try to keep a bottle on hand for any spur of the moment cookouts, pasta night or just a really long day at work.
Unfortunately for me, I am back in Virginia and have yet to find a store that sells these wines. It looks like I’m just going to have to take a trip down 95 to pick up a couple bottles, but until then I will keep searching, and if I find one I will pass the info along.
So I’m a bit out of practice with writing these pieces, but then again nothing was ever consistent with my blog in the first place so maybe sporadic writing is what everyone’s used to from me, but I do have a few more in the works and hope to be able to recover the ones I had been working on before my laptop crashed, so please keep reading and giving me feedback because I appreciate all of it.