What We're Drinking: Top 5 wines from our cellar (May)

The focus of this blog is for us to select the five best bottles of wine we opened from the previous month.

We buy, drink and collect a lot of wine each month, and we enjoy sharing our finds with you, our readers. We’re not all North Carolina wine like others out there, but we try to include a local wine or two in the mix each month as we sip and taste our way through our collection of wines.

During the month of May we found these great finds to share with you.

If you have a recommendation, please be sure to let us know. Email us at trianglearoundtown@gmail.com. If you’d like for us to try your wine, please send a bottle to our office and we’ll add it to our rotation.

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This wine hails from Penedés, Spain, and we picked this one up at a local Raleigh bottle shop during one of its weekly tastings. This white wine is a blend of Macabeo, Chardonnay and Malvasia de Sitges. It had an intense lemon-oil aroma and drank like a French Chablis. We got hints of apple, melon and some apricot on the tongue. A wine like this should be paired with foods such as seafood and shellfish.

Location purchased: Falls Village Wine & Beer, Raleigh

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We have to admit that this North Carolina winery is one of our favorites. Just about everything they release, from the red wines to the white wines are all spectacular. They also produce several hard ciders including a cranberry and a sour cherry. If you are ever in Yadkin Valley – you need to pay them a visit. This wine, The Road, is a red blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. A very nice red that will pair well with a nice grilled steak or burger.

Location purchased: McRitchie Winery and Ciderworks, 315 Thurmond PO Road, Thurmond, NC

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If there is one style of wine that we don’t really care for at Triangle Around Town … it’s Chardonnay. We know it’s one of the most popular varietals of wine on the market, but we just aren’t into the oaky, buttery, malolactic fermentation in our white wines. But this wine was the exception. It wasn’t to buttery and had a crisp apple and stone fruit taste on the tongue. This is a perfect wine for a romantic dinner or sitting out on the porch on a hot summer evening.

Location Purchased: Medaloni Cellars, 9125 Shallowford Rd., Lewisville, NC

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If you happen to find any bottle of Rickety Bridge at your local wine shop – it’s sort of a special treat. This South African winery based in Franschhoek is only distributed to one U.S. state – and that’s the good ole’ Tar Heel State. So pick up a bottle and give it a try. We sampled many of the wineries wines from whites to reds to some of the unique signature blends – and this Shiraz is one that we really like. Think dark forest fruit, white pepper and rich chocolate. That’s what you get when drinking this wine. It’s fresh. It’s juicy and has a great balanced acidity. Very subtle on oak and has a great lingering finish.

Location Purchased: Wine & Beer 101, Wake Forest

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We will just tell you now … we can never have enough of this wine in the house! Hill Family put this wine together with surfer and wine professional Kyle Knox, who loved the idea of “being in the barrel” as both a wine term – as well as a surfing term. This is a California fruit bomb at its max! The mouth picks up an assortment of black fruit, raspberries, boysenberries, blueberries even some ripe plum. Let’s talk varietals that go into a wine like this – Merlot, Syrah, Malbac, Zinfandel and Caberent Sauvignon. Yes. That should make your mouth water … it does ours.

Location purchased: Wine & Beer 101, Wake Forest

Average cost: $26.99-$29.99