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Monday, July 12, 2010

Day 193 Drink: Hanover Park 2004 Michael's Blend

Michael and Amy Helton had their wine epiphany in 1996 during their honeymoon in the south of France. The former art teachers returned home and started to work on creating Hanover Park Vineyard in North Carolina's Yadkin Valley. An 1897 farmhouse serves as the winery's tasting room and the grounds have a relaxed and laid back feel.

Hanover Park 2004 Michael's Blend is made with 60 percent Cabernet Franc and 40 percent Merlot. Aged for nearly 4 years in oak, the wine has a full and rich flavor profile, with black currants, spice and oak present. A good wine to go with food, Michael's Blend shows the potential for reds in the North Carolina climate.

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