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At this time of year, I particularly enjoy a blend nicknamed GSM, for the grapes in the blend: Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre.

I had the good fortune to be in California wine country during the thick of the harvest a couple of weeks ago. It’s hard to express the excitement from locals as the grapes are picked and reports come in about the quality and amount of fruit.

The proposed fourth American Viticultural Area for N.C. is in the southwest part of the state – encompassing Cherokee and Clay counties in North Carolina and Towns, Union and Fannin counties in Georgia.

“Patio pounder” may not sound very flattering, but it’s a term wine-profession insiders use to describe easy-drinking, refreshing, warm-weather wines.

When Brad Pitt is on the cover of Wine Spectator magazine holding a glass of rosé from his Chateau Miraval vineyard, it’s confirmation of what anybody selling wine these days already knows:

If you’re interested in North Carolina wines, the next few weeks will make it easy to enjoy that. May is packed with wine festivals, with events continuing the next two Saturdays.

Catherine Rabb
Catherine Rabb is co-owner of Fenwick's and an associate instructor at Johnson & Wales University.
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