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

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.

Once again we ended up having another busy month – and we’re glad it’s come to an end. Maybe the heat will die down and we can enjoy more wines on the front porch or the newly painted back deck. Besides drinking some great wines in August we had fun taking in a few concerts both here in Raleigh and down in Charlotte. And even with the warm weather in August, our top 5 wines we had last month all ended up being our typical red wines.

Without further ado – we bring to you are cellar picks for the month of August.

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2014 HUDSON PICK UP STICKS

This wine from Hudson Ranch and Vineyards is an estate-grown blend of Grenache (80 percent), Syrah (15 percent) and Viognier (5 percent). We picked this up last February during the annual Triangle Wine Experience’s Sip, Shop and Sign event where we got to meet owner and winemaker, Lee Hudson. Blueberry, tobacco, cloves and some spice is what we enjoyed with this wine hailing from the Carneros appellation of California.

Average price: $40.00

Location purchased: Taylor’s Wine Shop, Raleigh

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2012 ELYSE NERO MISTO

We opened this wine for our #NewWineWednesday we’ve been doing throughout the month of August. Talk about being a red wine blend – this wine features all the following: Petit Sirah, Zinfandel, Carignane, Syrah, Barbera, Grenache and Mouedre. Dark and inky with a medium nose, this wine was very fruit forward with some mild tannins. Dominate fruit on the nose: plum! Glad we purchased this wine!

Average price: $37.00

Location purchased: Falls Village Wine & Beer, Raleigh

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CHOPO JUMILLA MONASTRELL

You know when you walk into Total Wine and they have those employee picks cards? Well, this one was Jim’s top selection. And now we can see why. First off, you can’t beat this price tag. A little over $10 for a Spanish Monastrell, that has a little Mourvedre blended in it as well. Another fruit-forward dominate wine with a medium body. This was another one of our #NewWineWednesday wines we opened up after a long day at work.

Average price: $10

Location Purchased: Total Wine, North Hills Raleigh

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WILLIAMSBURG WINERY 2017 CABERNET FRANC

We’ve been wine club members at this winery for years, and have never been disappointed with anything they produce – and this is no exception. The 2017 Cabernet Franc offers up tastes of blueberry and strawberries with just small hints of cinnamon. One reason we love this winery so much is most of its red wines have a very “old world” taste to them. Earthy is the best way to describe this wine – think leather and suede. Paired well with a grilled sirloin and asparagus.

Average price: $22

Location Purchased: Williamsburg Winery Wine Club, Williamsburg, Virginia

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CASA SANTIAGO 2018 CABERNET SAUVIGNON

This was a very easy drinking Cabernet. Nice and fruity, but a little thin for the type of Cab Sauv that we usually like to drink. We tried a few other Cab Sauv’s during the month of August from places such as North Carolina and Virginia, and thought this one held more true to style than the others. No food pairing was needed with this wine.

Average cost: $24

Location purchased: Falls Village Wine & Beer, Raleigh