Monday, May 11, 2009

Silver Coast Winery & Vineyard

This particular installment on our Sunset Beach Bliss Blog is the result of "on the scene" reporting. In fact, I have just returned to our condo from an exploratory visit to nearby Silver Coast Winery (about a 15-min drive from our place). The Sunset Beach area seems such a sleepy little place at first glance, but we keep finding very pleasant surprises like this Winery very near to us. And a tasting at Silver Coast made it plain to us that it is run by folks who are masters at their craft.

Like many others comprising the newly borne wine industry of North Carolina, Silver Coast Winery has made the South their new frontier, using our treasure trove of unique soils and excellent grape growing weather with skilled craftsmanship to fashion some very excellent wines. We tried all 10 of the wines currently available for tasting today, and guided through our journey by Amanda, a certified sommelier whose enthusiasm for fine wines and world travel fueled some very enjoyable conversations as we sniffed, swirled and sipped our way through a sublime array of flavors.

In addition to the pleasures of wine, there is plenty at the Winery to enjoy with your eyes. The tasting room is decorated in a delightful fusion of rustic and whimsy, which is complemented by a small art gallery and gift shop, featuring the work of several local artists. Also, you're encouraged to visit the barrel room to enjoy its beautiful waterfall fountain. (If you have brought the kids, there is a table of lego in one corner of the gallery to entertain them while the adults take some time to educate their palates.)

So watch out, you may find yourself making an unplanned purchase of a case. Fortunately, their wines are very reasonably priced, particularly after the discounts offered with a purchase of tasting. An excellent afternoon out.