MEET MERLOT

MEET MERLOT

Meet Merlot! Often a stepping stone into the red wine world, Merlot is a fantastic grape to enjoy anytime and pairs easily with foods. After Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot is the second most popular red grape in America . Merlot is a dark blue-colored wine grape variety, that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. The name Merlot is thought to be a diminutive of merle, the French name for the blackbird, probably a reference to the color of the grape. Its softness, “fleshiness”, and elegance makes Merlot an easy drinking red whether combined with food or sipping solo. Merlot is also a great choice for someone new to red wines. Merlot grapes first arrived in California in the mid-nineteenth century, and American winemakers began making wines using 100% Merlot! The grape grew easily here and Americans really loved the softness of the fruit on its own, and its expected that they enjoyed its low tannin levels as well. Merlot Pairing Do’s and Dont’s: Merlot wine matches with a wide variety of foods because of its position in the middle of the red wine spectrum. In general Merlot pairs well with chicken and other light meats as well as lightly-spiced dark meats. With medium tannin and not too much acidity you’ll find Merlot pairs well with many foods. Merlot doesn’t pair well with fish or leafy green vegetables unless they are braised or cooked a certain way. Also, spicy food will most likely overwhelm Merlot’s nuanced flavors. Climate Merlot: Merlot is a varietal that contains at least 13.5% alcohol, but can approach 14.5%, especially when it...
Orin Swift 2015 Machete

Orin Swift 2015 Machete

ORIN SWIFT 2015 MACHETE RED WINE Orin Swift’s 2015 Machete Red: A brooding hue and viscous consistency, powerful aromas of crème de cassis, boysenberry, and ripe cherries are complemented by a soft minerality and hints of dark chocolate. The entry is smooth with dark plums and a charred meatiness that floods to create a velvety texture that lingers. Blend: Petite Sirah, Syrah, Grenache 15.2% Alc./Vol. |...
2014 Continuum has Arrived!

2014 Continuum has Arrived!

CONTINUUM 2014 HAS ARRIVED! With their 2014 vintage, they celebrate their 10th Continuum release! This wine, while having beautiful vibrancy and richness of body, is more approachable than the well-regarded 2013 vintage. A dense purple robe and vibrant violet rim lead to aromas of cassis, cardamom, espresso and graphite. 2014 shows purity of site and fruit; a core of black plum and cherry, intertwined with layers of exotic spice, heightened by ripe, polished tannins, natural vibrancy and a long silky finish. This vintage reveals the harmonious balance of fruit, site and season from our Sage Mountain Vineyard at Continuum Estate. It has all the body and age worthiness to carry forward for decades to come. Very expressive already, 2014 Continuum is an estate blend. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 15% Petit Verdot and 5% Merlot And it’s Top Rated.. again! 99 Points, James Suckling “Fabulous aromas of blueberries, blackcurrants, sage and mint. Lead pencil and graphite, too. Full body and ultra-fine tannins that are slowly transformed to ripe and beautiful fruit. Super polished and textured. Great finish. Drink in 2022, but it’s hard not to drink now. This harkens back to the great Mondavi reserves of the 1970s in texture and construction.” 96 Points, Vinous / Antonio Galloni “A raw, intense wine, the 2014 Continuum reveals serious intensity. Next to some of the more recent vintages, the 2014 is a bit more lithe and linear in feel, but like the 2013, it shows darker tonalities of fruit and terrific energy. Mocha, black cherries, graphite and cloves add the final shades of nuance. Although it is early, the 2014 is...
Andi’s Beer Corner 4/25/17

Andi’s Beer Corner 4/25/17

ANDI’S BEER CORNER The craft/micro -brew world is always changing.  Keep an eye on this section so see Andi’s most exciting and newest additions. Celebrate North Carolina Craft Beer month by taking 10% off any size single and 15% off make-your-own 6 packs for the entire month of April! This is the LAST WEEK to take an extra 10% off singles! Here are some singles that we are really excited about! Now check out what in Andi’s Beer Corner this week: New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins CO Dayblazer Easygoing Ale ABV 4.8% Available in 24oz cans $3.50 The latest addition to New Belgium’s year-round lineup is also their first 24oz can offering. Dayblazer is the brewery’s attempt at reaching a wider range of beer drinkers. With craft beer culture growing and developing at such a rapid rate, craft beer can sometimes be inaccessible to people who just want a lighter option. This was also New Belgium’s way of taking on a style of beer that’s popular with larger domestic breweries and making it complex and flavorful so it can be enjoyed by anyone. The packaging is also something to note, being very different than anything New Belgium has ever released. The beer inside is no different. This golden ale is smooth and flavorful but not so intense that you need to be a huge craft connoisseur to enjoy what this beer has to offer. Very light bodied and refreshing, aromas of honey and cereal are coupled with some herbal notes. The flavor is honey and a little bit of vanilla. Finishing with light hops to counter that sweetness, it’s a...
Parking Lot Party July 15th

Parking Lot Party July 15th

Taylor’s Parking Lot Party Saturday, July 15th, 2017 4:00pm – 7:00pm at Taylor’s Wine Shop 10005 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh, NC 27615 Get ready for more fun in the parking lot at Taylor’s Wine Shop on Saturday, July 15th, 4-7pm! We will have live music by local artist Julia Janlynn, Norm’s Farms will be here sampling their tasty Jellies & Jams. King’s Authentic Philly Cheesesteaks Food Truck will be serving up some authentic goodness! We will have Free Beer Tastings with Chris Ferri of Mother Earth Brewery and of course some Free Wine Tastings inside at the bar! Also, Favor Desserts will be out serving up some tasty cakes – “Pound for Pound, they are the best in town”! Local artist Kristen Patinka will be showcasing her artwork. She is an amazing artist, so make sure you come by and check her out. Grab your family, friends, the dog and your lawn chairs and join us for a fun afternoon in the Taylor’s parking lot! Born in Central New Jersey in 1998, Julia Janlynn is a natural born singer and a self-taught guitarist. In 2013 she made her audition debut for The Voice and received a call back for a second audition. She decided to focus on her education. She spends her days in Knightdale preparing for college applications and has her sights set on a Bachelor’s of Recorded Music at a prestigious college in New York City. Meanwhile this Singer Song Writer spends her time honing her skills. Her musical preferences include genres such as folk-rock, soft rock and just about anything from the 1960’s and 1970’s. Her biggest...