With the increasing public service announcements about the dangers of smoking along with the numerous smoking bans in cities around the country, the tobacco industry has taken a nosedive. Tobacco farmers had a plethora of land but their current crops are undesirable. What to do? That's right, plant vines and make wine.
It seems like a crazy concept, but North Carolina has started to produce some interesting varietals as the terroir lends itself to creating some decent wine. On a recent trip down there, I had a Shelton Vineyards dry Riesling. It was reminiscent of a Finger Lakes Riesling. Slightly viscous, lush orchard fruits along with some citrus fruits filled the glass. High in acid, it was a zingy surprise.
I'm not too sure what their shipping and distribution regulations are, but keep your eyes out for them - definitely worth a try.
Keep tasting, friends...