It’s in a ideal location, being next to “sister” winery Shadow Spring Vineyard. It’s also a stone’s throw from the popular Shiloh General Store, an Amish store with a great deli, interesting wares, and an accommodating porch on which to enjoy your lunch.
This “run” in the beautifully crafted wood tasting room began with the 2016 Swan Creek Pinot Grigio. It is Windsor Run’s driest white and offers fresh tastes of green apple. After cleansing the road dust from our palates, we were ready to move on to a trio of reds.
We sampled the 2011 Merlot, Guilty and the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon. Our favorite was Guilty, a blend of 88% Chambourcin and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon. There’s not enough Chambourcin in the world, at least in our opinion. Chambourcin is a French-American hybrid grape that can make excellent quality wine and is more resistant to the ups and downs of North Carolina weather. Guilty is fruit forward with blackberry and cherry notes. It retails for $20.
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We’d recommend the Apple Mead for a frosty autumn day or the cold of winter. Mead is made from honey and in this case the honey was fermented with apple cider, natural cinnamon and cloves. Enjoy this heated in a mug for a great blend of fruit, honey and spice.
I mentioned the diversity of Windsor Run’s lineup. It offers a nice selection of sweet wines to go with the dry, including Island Holiday, which is Cab Franc blended with pineapple, mango and coconut! There is also Sangria, brandy, Midnight Run (a Port-style wine), three meads and two wine cocktails.
Windsor Run Cellars also operates the WRC Distillery, which was licensed in 2007. The name has changed over the years, but it remains North Carolina’s first and oldest winery owned and partnered distillery. The distillery offers three artisan spirits: White Widow, Killer Bee and Shadow Hawk.
Killer Bee is created by distilling mead made from genuine Africanized “killer bee” honey. Killer Bee is an 80 proof straight sipping spirit with pleasant honey characteristics.
On your next “run” to North Carolina wine country, be sure to visit Windsor Run Cellars. You’re sure to find a bottle that suits your taste.