|Drive leading to Three Sisters Vineyard and Winery,|
The heat slapped us hard as we emerged from the cocoon of our car. Sweat blurred our vision as we ran to the safety of the cool-aired tasting room.
|Tasting room at Three Sisters Vineyard and Winery,|
When he found out I was a food journalist he asked, "Why don't more Georgia restaurants carry Georgia wines?"
"I don't know", I said, "I get asked this question a lot. In Florida, we have some really good dry wines but no restaurants serve them. I think it's something to do with distribution problems and chefs unfamiliar with the wines."
Paul said he had taken his wines to Atlanta restaurants but could find no takers. He said there were some restaurants in Dahlonega that served his wines. As he talked he poured more than the six wines we had paid for.
Our favorites were 2007 Vidal Blanc (made with French-American hybrid grapes), 2006 Cabernet Franc, and 2007 Cynthiana (made with American native Vitus aestinvalis grapes).
The Cabernet Franc was deliciously complex. Aged in French and American oak barrels, this wine smelled slightly of Gardenias. It tasted of dark berries mixed with pepper and had a surprisingly creamy green-coconut finish.
The Cynthiana, aged in French and American oak, was delightfully full bodied and rich with just the right level of tannin at the end.
The Vidal Blanc, made with French-hybrid grapes, had a delicious oak nose and flavor. It ended clean with a crisp green-apple finish.
We had one blended wine called Fat Boy Red, made with Cynthiana, Cabernet, and Merlot. It had a sweet flavor at the beginning of the sip followed by a rich brown-sugar taste. It finished with strong tannin characteristics. This would be a good wintertime drinking wine.
I don't know why there were no takers in Atlanta for the wines from Three Sisters Vineyard. From what I tasted there were some really remarkable wines in the collection.
To find out more about Three Sisters Vineyards you can visit them in person, Thursday to Sunday, at 439 Vineyard Way, Dahlonega, GA, 30533, phone: 706-865-9463
Or go to their website at www.threesistersvineyards.com