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Red Wines at Childress Vineyards

Childress Vineyards in Lexington, North Carolina is an excellent place to enjoy many different things. From the scenery the beautiful grounds the estate sits on to the delicious foods found on the Bistro’s menu. If Tuscany decor is your style, you will experience a little slice of heaven when inside this winery.

If you are in Lexington looking for place to enjoy a glass or two of wine the tasting room here is an excellent atmosphere to do so. There’s many different reasons to visit here.

The primary purpose of this post is to point out a few of the best red wines you need to try when visiting here. There are many to choose from and below we will give you our recommendations and opinions of those you must try if you are a red wine lover.

Childress Vineyards Red Wines 

In total, you will find over 30 wines here, many varieties, whites, reds, desserts and what Childress calls their Classical, Reserve and Signature wines.

We may have missed a couple but to our knowledge there are at least 13 different red wines to choose from when visiting this Lexington North Carolina winery.

Here is a list of our favorites

Classic Red - If you can only try one, this is the one you need to taste. This is a blended red wine that’s aged in oak barrels making it very smooth. Upon first sip your palate will be presented with the flavor of cherries. But this fruity taste is not too sweet or overbearing to make you sick and provides a very clean finish.

Three Red - As the name hints, this is a blend of three different wines: Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec. Compared to the Classic Red mentioned above, Three Red is sweeter, heavier on the tannins and provides the flavor of raspberries.

2009 Syrah - This might not be the most popular varietal but if you are searching for a unique taste it’s definitely worth a try. This is a very intense and deep dark red wine. It has the same hints of raspberry as the Three Red mentioned above but a little less on the sweets.

Other Reds found at Childress

The three listed above our in our opinion are the best at this winery. Everyone has different tastes but we are confident you will find at least one of the three listed quite enjoyable. But you will not be limited to our top choices. Other red wines found here include:

  • Muscadine Red
  • 2008 Merlot
  • 2010 Sangiovese
  • 2009 Barbera
  • 2009 Reserve Syrah
  • 2009 Signature Merlot
  • 2010 Richard’s Red
  • 2009 Signature Meritage

If you are interested in buying Childress wines online, you will find more information about the requirements and restrictions on this page.

If you want to read our review of this winery to learn all that is offered here.

Best North Carolina Red Wines

For whatever reason – you want a good red wine – for drinking, cooking, collecting…  Whatever reason it may be. You could visit your nearest grocery store’s wine section to find exactly what you need. But you may want to try a different route which will allow you to explore the many different red wines made in the state of North Carolina.

This different route to find the best red wines would be visiting a North Carolina winery. Maybe you already have visited one of these? If you are a person who never has you might be wondering if there are even any nearby where you live?

Since there are over 100 wineries in NC, so there’s a very good chance there’s one, if not more nearby. To make it is for you, find a list of cities and areas below with links to pages naming and describing the best red wines and which winery produces these.

Locations and Advantages

There are more than a few advantages of buying at red wines at the wineries which make these: Prices (no high mark-ups you pay at a store) and compared to talking with a stock boy at a store, you will be able to ask questions and learn from the experts about recommendations, food-wine pairing, serving and storage tips.

If learning more about the wines produced in the state sounds good to you then below we have a section which allow you to choose the area or nearby city. Click over to a page to find a list of the best red wine var

Near Raleigh Charlotte
Winston-Salem The Smoky Mountains
On The Coast Northern North Carolina
Eastern NC Southern NC

Besides low prices for a bottle or case and being able to learn from experts there are two other advantages that can be had by buying from a winery.

A lot of these will have win clubs that you can join which will allow you to save even more money and also introduce you to to other great varietals. And once you do find a favorite many of these places have websites where you can order online and have the wine delivered to your doorstep.

Visit our homepage for more information and reviews of North Carolina wineries

Shelton Vineyards Wines

Red, White, Blush, Dry, Semi-Sweet and Sweet: You will find a Great Variety

Maybe you plan on visiting Shelton Vineyards soon and want to learn about their wines? Maybe you are wondering if you can order their online? Or maybe you are a local person looking for a good cooking wine? For whatever reason you are searching for information on Shelton Vineyards Wines, you will find it here. 

Below you will find information on how many, what types, the most popular award winning wines are and also information about ordering online.

In 2013 Shelton Vineyards produced and sold 19 different wines. We will update this page as new products are added. Also as you view the list below if you find a wine you are interested in you can click the link to learn more specifics about that wine. Have you ever thought about visiting Shelton Vineyards? Read our review about this winery located in the Yadkin Valley of North Carolina.

They produce 11 Red Wines

2011 Merlot

2011 Petit Verdot

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 Tannat  - this is one was recently introduced in 2013

2011 Cabernat Franc

2006 Port

Madison Lee

2007 Family Reserve Claret

A box of six bottles – Harvest Red

Salem Fork Blush

A box of 12 bottles – 2006 Yadkin Valley Port

8 different White Wines

Madison Lee White

Sold by the case, 12 bottles of Bin 17 Chardonnay

2012 Dry Riesling

2012 Sauvignon Blanc

2011 Bin 17 Chardonnay

Harvest wine white sold in 6 bottles

2012 Riesling

2011 Estate Chardonnay

Learn more about the different weekend winery packages available 

One Blush Wine

Salem Fork Blush

Shelton Vineyards Does Produce a lot of different Dry Wines

Some of these will be repeats from what was arleady listed above:

2012 Family Reserve Chardonnay

Bin 17 Chardonnay (sold in cases of 12) and also sold by the bottle.

2011 Petit Verdot

2012 Dry Riesling

2011 Estate Chardonnay

2012 Sauvignon Blanc

Madison Lee White

Semi-Sweet Choices

Harvest White sold in a package of 6 bottles

2012 Riesling

Salem Fork Blush

Two Sweet wines at Shelton Vineyards

2006 Port

Port wine

As we already said above, as we get the time we will be reviewing each wine on the list above. If you are interested in learning more about the nc winery your can visit our review page here.

Shelton Vineyards is located at 286 Cabernet Lane in Dobson, NC . The phone number to the winery: (336) 366-4724.

There are a lot of great wineries to visit in North Carolina. Visit our homepage to learn more about the choices nearest to your location.



Pinot Gris in Charlotte, NC

Where is the best place to find Pinot Gris in Charlotte, NC? This is one of my favorite white wine varieties so I should be of great assistance since I myself have spent many of days searching for this specific wine in Charlotte.

First, I will give you maybe some obvious options. Well, these first option may not be so obvious if you’re new to the city or new to wine in general. Then I will give you some options to finding wine that you maybe have never considered.

You can skip down to the lists but if you’re new to Charlotte or buying wine you should know this city is actually blessed with more than a few great places to purchase wine.  In many cities all you will find is a convenient store on the corner that carries wine or a big box grocery store that has a wine aisle. But Charlotte has many specialty wine stores and boutiques.

But I will not list all these places only my favorite two because these are all you need to visit when in Charlotte looking for wine. And both have a wide selection of different Pinot Gris.

Address: 720 Governor Morrison St # 150, Charlotte, NC Phone: (704) 442-4024

Just click the marker on the map and enter your current location for directions. If you have never visited the Winestore in Charlotte I promise you once you do you will thank me for pointing this one out.

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The Wine Shop at Rivergate
Address: 14142 Rivergate Pkwy Charlotte, NC 28273 Phone: (704) 831-9000

This wine boutique in Charlotte is also great. A wide selection of wine and a knowledgeable staff. Great atmosphere too. Just click the marker on the map and enter your current address for directions.

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Less Obvious places to find Pinot Gris in Charlotte

Did you know there are 7 or 8 very good wineries located near Charlotte? These are great places to visit when you want to find a great new wine including a bottle of Pinot Gris.

I really think visiting wineries for a bottle or case of wine beats visiting a store hands down. You can learn so much about many different types of wines and the people you met at wineries are true experts that will help you find a wine that matches exactly what you are looking for.

Recommended wineries near Charlotte. 

You click through to read reviews on each of the listed wineries. You will also find maps that will lead you to each winery.

Southern Charm Winery
235-D East Main Street
Lincolnton, NC 28092

Treehouse Vineyards
301 Bay Street
Monroe, NC 28112

Eric Solomon Selections
2129 East Seventh Street
Charlotte, NC 28204
phone: (704) 358.1565

Old Stone Vineyard
6245 U.S. Hwy 52
Salisbury, NC 28146

Return to our homepage to learn more about the wineries in North Carolina.

Best Red Wine at Daveste Vineyards

Are you searching for a great red wine in North Carolina that pairs great with steaks or Italian and Mediterranean dishes? Daveste Vineyards, just north of Charlotte, has a great Cabernet Franc, if you goal is to have a great dinner this wine will become the feather in your hat if serving the style of dishes mentioned above.

This Cabernet Franc at Daveste Vineyards is handcrafted in small lots by the expert wine makers onsite and is an award winning wine. This is a medium bodied red wine with a long finish.  Aged in French Oak barrels with the optimal tannins and low in acidic content. For best performance, decant this wine and leave open  an hour before serving.

If you are experienced with red wines, you may have shied away from Cabernet Franc in the past, instead going for a nice Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. If so, your not alone, the majority of red wine drinkers have done the same. This is a very misunderstood wine made from the Noble Grape, the parent grape of the Sauvignon and Merlot.

But in recent years the Cabernet Franc has started to become more and more understood and its popularity has began to climb. Its become very common with many red wine drinkers, that once they give the wine a chance it becomes one of their favorites.

Your First Cabernet Franc at Daveste Vineyards

If you are in a hurry, your best option to find a wine is at local supermarket or wine store. You can ask the clerk or the guy stocking the wine aisle. But hances are you probably will not get the best advice on wines at either of these places. So if you do have the time why not visit a nearby winery? To talk with the experts who actually make the wine. Daveste Vineyards located about 30 miles north of Charlotte is a great place to pick up a Cabernet Franc and other quality wines.

Wine Tasting Riesling at Westbend Vineyards

If you never plan to visit Westbend Vineyards in Lewisville, North Carolina but enjoy a good Riesling you may still learn a couple useful bits of information here to help make the best possible purchase of this wine type. But if you do plan to visit this North Carolina winery, I’m writing this to recommend adding this wine to your wine tasting.

The Riesling packaging must be right or I just say no.

For me to give any respect to a Riesling, for me to even consider tasting it, the packaging must be correct.

Any self respecting winery will package their Riesling correctly. What do I mean by correct packaging:

  1. Green
  2. Brown
  3. Cobalt Blue

The bottle must be one of these three colors. Use of these colored wine bottles for this wine is German tradition, the country the wine originated. Westbend Vineyards does package their Riesling correctly, in a taller, thinner cobalt blue bottle, a traditional bottle. Very pleasing to the eye.

I can’t tell you how many times I have seen this wine being sold in a plain old red wine bottle. If something as simple as the bottle type is incorrect then this should throw up red flags in your head about the quality of this German wine inside the bottle.

One compliant about the packaging, instead real cork, a plastic cork is used.

Not too dry, not too sweet

It’s crisp and clean and there’s plenty of fruit going on. The Rielsing at Westbend Vineyards is a very, very good summer white wine. A dry white wine with just a hint of sugar. A well balance acid and sugar profile. A dry mineral finish.

Different aromas and tastes but the two that most stand out is apple and honey. Some more subtle pineapple and floral hints.

This is a wine you will definitely want to drink cold, the colder the better.

A bottle of this wine can be picked up for around $16.

Wine and Spicy foods

Riesling wines have a very broad food pairing profile. However, many people have difficulty finding a wine that pairs well with spicy and ethnic foods. This German white wine goes great with Middle Eastern, Mexican, and Cajun cuisines.