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Former military pilot and retired educator enjoying life with rhododendrons, magnolias, travels, and Norton wine explorations. We suggest expanding your knowledge of Norton wines by reading The Wild Vine by Todd Kliman.

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Latest Winery Visits

Noboleis Vineyards (added Feb 01, 2018)
Nehalem Bay Wine Company (added Jan 26, 2018)
Crown Valley Winery (added Jan 07, 2018)
12 Spies Vineyards (added Jan 07, 2018)
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Latest Wine Journal Entries

12 Spies Vineyards (written Jan 07, 2018)
Wine: 2 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars
Eight vinifera wine choices plus cheese and salami trays are available. With only one planted acre of grapes, wines are produced predominantly from California and New York state juices plus muscadine grapes from Albany, Georgia. This is a 'hobby' winery where you will find most dry bottle prices in the mid $23-to-$27 range. Sweet wines were approximately ten dollar less expensive. Disappointing was the lack of estate or grapes grown from the local Northeast Georgia hills. Nice setting and helpful hostess.

Hightower Creek Vineyards (written Jan 07, 2018)
Wine: 2 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars
My original visit to Hightower Creek was in the summer of 2012. Since then they have expanded vineyard plantings and their picturesque 2195' elevation setting. Today they work with estate grown Pinot Gris, Catawba, Cabernet Franc, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Norton, Seyval Blanc, Traminette, Merlot and Chambourcin grapes. I was disappointed that their 100% Norton or Cab Franc was not available at this time. At this rural winery you will find unique white and red blends plus a 'blush' semi-sweet Chambourcin. The reasonably priced bottles are non-pretentious Georgia wines which show an ever improving local wine setting.

Holy Grail Winery (written Dec 14, 2017)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars
This new, small, side street winery tasting room may be moving to a new location outside of town in the near future. Here you will find an assortment of unique varietals and blends; as, 'Signature 7' dry red blend consisting of Petit Verdot, Malbec, Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Merlot with Pinot Noir & Missouri Norton (each bottle individually numbered and signed by the vintner); American Bordeaux (Cab Sauv, Merlot, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec); Pinot Noir, Norton Reserve, Norton Raspberry, Malbec, Rougeon semi-sweet red, Seyval Blanc, Traminette, Vignoles, Vidal Blanc, Chocolate Port (brandy infused Chambourcin), Chardonel white port and a Cabernet Sauvignon Ice Wine. The wines, unfortunately, are not as outstanding as the rendered $40, $75 & $90 prices. Though Lonnie, the vintner, may tell you they are the #1 recognized winery(?), all this may settle down a bit in time.

Crane Creek Vineyards (written Dec 11, 2017)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars
Norton Wine Review: Our first attempt at securing Crane Creek Vineyard’s Hellbender was not to be since they were already sold out in late summer, but a Fall release was promised. O.K., I know you are wincing from this Hellbender term, so understand that this wine is named for the rare, locally found, orange-red, 20" long, largest salamander in the western hemisphere. So mid-November, 2010 I drove again over two hours one way through beautiful mountain back roads to retrieve the announced release of their 2007 Hellbender. Crane Creek's wines are produced on a nineteen acre vineyard at 2100’ elevation with one acre set aside for these non-lyred Norton vines which were set out in 1996. Approximately 225 Hellbender cases annually can be produced if all goes well with the harvest. This was a no excuses dry 100% Norton wine with a typical initial Southern slight sour taste due maybe(?) to local soils and begging to be put away for four years or more. This Norton didn't portray being overly oaked in spite of the fact that it had been held in Pennsylvania Oak barrels (very similar to French Oak according to the vintner) for over 25 months. Weather, setting, host, visitors, a stunning black bean soup, two well behaved dogs, and a pleasantly different Norton made for a great day. I opened my first 2007 Hellbender bottle for 2012's Father's Day. Oh my, was this an outstanding vintage year! Since then we have acquired a 2010 case which we are now enjoying and last week we picked up Crane Creek's new gelatin fined 2015 vintage ($29) to 'lay down' for several years. When you go, be prepared to chose from fourteen wine alternatives. I was especially enchanted with their 2016 Virginia oaked $21 Enotah White Chardonel (a cross between Seyval Blanc and Chardonnay).

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