Winery Fun

Last Monday, while on vacation, my Mom and I took some “Girly” time to visit a local winery.  We went to Silver Coast Winery.  We got to tour the area where they make wine, though they weren’t making any on this day in particular.  They also don’t grow the grapes there on the property, but in the mountains of North Carolina, where it is cooler. 


After our tour, we were led to the bar to sample some of the wines.  We chose to sample both red & white.  There were 6 red wines & 5 white wines. 


  • Calabash Red ~ The dark ruby color provides a hint of the black cherry, plum and floral notes that entertain the nose of this vibrant red. The palate is offered red cherry violets, a hint of currant and plum. The finish is enhanced with a hint of spice. Pastas and red meats are complimented by this wine.
  • 2002 Merlot ~ Dark and rich in color, with a leather, smoke, and black pepper nose. This wine has tastes of black current and leather, and a touch of licorice on the finish. Aged 14 months in oak. A fantastic wine when paired with a delicious grilled steak!
  • 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon ~ Dark garnet color entices the eyes with licorice, black cherries, vanilla, and violets on the nose. This medium body wine offers lush mouthfuls of black raspberry, cranberries, and rich dark fruit. Balanced acidity contributes to a long, lingering finish with hints of smoke and rich berries.
  • 2006 Touriga ~ Deep berry and plum ,with subtle dark cherry and lavendar notes, accent this rustic style Portuguese varietal. The palate is treated to dark cherry and deep plum with smokey overtones and soft tannins..The deep color of this wine enhances it’s presentation.
  • Holiday Red ~ Aromas of nice fleshy cherry fruit with hints of apice lead to roasted sugar plum flavors accented with a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon. Soft and sensual, this is a nice wine to enjoy next to the fireplace!
  • 2007 Cabernet Franc ~  Intriguing aromas of blueberries, dried leaves and cedar leads to complex flavors of ripe black plum and cherries. Rich and full bodied with a long lingering finish marked by leather, dried cherries and vanilla.

My Mom


Me (disregard my Rudolph the Reindeer sunburned nose)



  • Stainless Chardonnay ~ Straw in color, hints of green apple skins, pineapple & minerals are surrendered to the nose of this wine.   The palate is entertained with Granny Smith apples, pineapple & tropical citrus.  Hints of minerals and of well balance acidity beg this chardonnay to be paired with food in cream sauces, salads, cheese & poached salmon.
  • Calabash White ~ The eyes are greeted with green highlighted straw color. The nose is treated to apple and pear. This soft, round, well balanced wine seduces the palate with spiced pear and lemon grass. A hint of sweetness and acidity make this wine a perfect pairing for seafood or poultry.
  • 2008 Seyval Blanc ~ Delicate, smooth and crisp with hints of pineapple and apricot. Great with creamy cheeses and light meals.
  • RosΓ© ~ A crisp, fruity style that exhibits multiple layers of berry and tropical fruit flavors. A complex blend of grapes with a slightly sweet, medium body. Ideal for sipping or when paired with appetizers, sharp cheeses and smoked meats.
  • 2005 White Merlot ~Ripe strawberry and rose petal aromatics, immediately on the nose of this vibrant, lighter bodied sipper. This wine also shows some subtle white pepper spice on the back palate. Delightful as a dessert wine.

The Bartender


Bartender teaching us how to “swish” the wine


After sampling all of the wines, my Mom and I decided to split a glass of one of the top wines on our list: 2008 Seyval Blanc.  I can’t put into words how amazing this wine tasted!! 

My favorite red was probably the Calabash Red (odd because I always end up liking the most expensive wines and this was the least expensive!  HA!).  I also really liked the Cab Franc & Merlot.  I didn’t care for the Cabernet Sauvignon, which is again, odd, because it is one of the only reds I drink at home.  If you were to come over to my house, you would always find a bottle of Cab Sauvignon and most likely Pinot Noir.  The Touriga (which has won a double gold), was good, but not as good as I expected.  It is a different grape, though, so we were told up front that it is almost an acquired taste.  Also, they recommend opening the bottle & letting it breathe for 45 minutes before drinking and also placing in the fridge for 15 min to get the temperature to about 64 degrees.  The Touriga we sampled was not prepared like that. 

My favorite white was probably the Chardonnay with the Seyval Blanc coming in a very close second or tie.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that I really like the RosΓ© and White Merlots, as blushes are usually not my thing.  The bartender asked if the blushes that I had had in the past were white zins and I said “yes” and he said that was what he thought. πŸ˜‰  LOL!  He recommended having the Seyval Blanc with Chocolate Covered Apricots.  Too bad I didn’t have any in my purse. πŸ˜‰

After our tasting my Mom & I wandered around in the gift shop.  This place has the right idea…..offer you alcoholic beverages & then set you free in the gift shop!  Aside from my buying 2 bottles of wine, my Mom bought several & we had to have these sparkly t-shirts, too!  Mine says “Save  water, drink wine” and hers says “Group Therapy”. 

In the garden finishing up our wine



We had a wonderful time!!  πŸ™‚  We hope to make this one of our new vacation “traditions”, just like the ice cream trips I posted about last week. 

I will leave you with one last picture….this is my attempt at a self portrait of my Mom & I.  Fortunately, our designated driver arrived & took a picture for us.  πŸ™‚  Thanks, honey!



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Menu Plan ~ June 14, 2009

Home again, home again, diggity dog.  Oh, being home from the beach has been bittersweet.  We had a great time (though we feel badly that Aaron’s Mom had an accident while we were there and broke both of her ankles ~ GET WELL SOON, MARY!).  Aside from the accident, the first week it was just our family and we enjoyed the time together.  The second week it was nice to see additional family members and I have already shared some of the fun stuff we did, with a couple more posts coming in the next week or so.  2 weeks is a long time to be away.  It seems a week isn’t enough, but 2 weeks almost borders on too long.  I feel so behind.  I feel like I will never catch up.  Sigh.  I know I will, but I want it all done now!!  LOL!  I sat down to make our menu plan for the week, going through the freezer first.  Oh, I forgot, used all the meat before leaving town.  Time to start all over!  So, my grocery list was longer than normal this week….I had to re-stock meat and other necessities.  Here is the plan I came up with:

Sunday ~ Burgers (beef for the fam; portobello mushroom for me that I marinated in a Thai Peanut sauce..YUM!), baked sweet potato & sauteed asparagus.

Monday ~ Sweet Thai Chile Salmon, red quinoa, sugar snap peas & salad

Tuesday ~Grilled Balsamic Chicken, Rosemary Garlic Potatoes, Broccoli & Salad

Wednesday ~ Enchilada Bake, corn & salad

Thursday ~ Bourbon Chicken, brown rice, green beans & salad

Friday ~ Bob’s Red Mill Pizza (cheese for fam, veggie for me) and salad

Saturday ~ leftovers

Baked Goods

Pamela’s Bread

Brownies (GFP mix I have on hand)

That’s all folks!

Have a great week! Make sure to check out the Gluten-Free Menu Swap at Gluten-Free Goodness. Thanks for hosting, Cheryl!

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Product Review: PURE Cherry Cashew Bar

A month or so ago, I tried the PURE Chocolate Brownie Bar.  I wrote a review here.  This time I tried the the Cherry Cashew version.  I was super impressed!!  I got a picture of the wrapper this AM, but had eaten it yesterday on our trip back while it was still dark out, so no picture of the bar itself.  The flavor & chunks in this bar are amazing!  I like these much better than the Cherry Pie Lara Bars.  Now, I am not dissing my Lara Bars, because they do hold a special place in my heart (especially that chocolate coffee flavor & the peanut butter cookie, too). 


The Cherry Cashew bar is organic,raw, vegan, has 1.5 servings of fruit, omega-3s, 4 grams of fiber & 6 grams of protein per bar.  What a bang for your buck (or $2, depending on where you get them)!!  I like to keep these on hand for emergency situations……no safe food or healthy choices (while Frito’s & Snicker’s are both gluten-free, they don’t qualify as healthy choices for emergency snacks or meal replacements).  Obviously this bar would not hold me over for more than 2-3 hours, but it will do the trick in a pinch.  What I did yesterday was I ate a banana at 5:30 AM or so, then I opened the bar around 7:30 or so and then did lunch around 11:30 AM.  I could have probably eaten lunch sooner, but being on the road for 12 hours and having to find a place to stop & use the restroom didn’t allow for it. 

I highly recommend this bar and can’t wait to try more PURE Bar flavors.  Maybe the PURE Bar people want to send me some samples to review (hint, hint). πŸ˜‰  LOL! 


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