Up high in the Himalayas, the giant honey bee collects "mad honey" high in psychoactive alkaloids. Long ago, lavender, an herb indigenous to the Tibetan plateau, was collected by Buddhist monks alongside this honey to counter psychosis, perhaps from the honey itself! When rainwater got in, spontaneous wild fermentation of these foraged ingredients by wild native microorganisms, the stardust as we like to call it, likely begat the first ever lavender mead.
This Chardonnay is a harmonious blend of light toasted oak and fruit flavors, with a hint of cream and oak that perfectly complements the grapes. We sourced these delicious grapes from renowned Napa Valley & safely shipped directly to our winery here Wilkesboro, NC.
Mead and Melons each have their origins in ancient human civilization. The Sān hunter-gatherers--indigenous to Southern Africa--first tasted mead after rains forced bees out of hives in the cavities of baobab trees. The abandoned honey combined with rainwater and wild yeasts and began to ferment; nature's own alchemy. Melons storing thirst-quenching moisture dotted the landscape, symbols of survival and self-sufficiency in the arid Kalahari. Migration towards the Nile brought these commodities to the Mediterranean, and centuries later, to the US South and Caribbean. After emancipation across the New World, members of the African diaspora continued to cultivate their ancient and lucrative crop in the sandy loams of the US South, Central America, and the Caribbean. Fearing successes of Black farmers during the 19th and 20th centuries, white supremacists turned the watermelon into a racist trope. In a joint effort to reject that image and reclaim the powerful and life-affirming origins of these ancient fruits, we partner with the nonprofit, beeYounited, to use profits from our Melon Mead to establish BIPOC-owned bee farms and pollinator sites across the US South.
Cherry trees, honey bees, and pagan lore were brought to the Danes by trade with Ancient Greece. Due to lack of grain and grape, the Norse peoples mastered and entwined meadmaking with sacred ritual. The spit of the gods, stardust, or wild honey yeasts, you could say, turned sour cherries and honey into mead suitable for their long voyages at sea. Vanilla, a prized commodity of the Aztec Empire, gives this classic European-style mead a new-world flavor for the American palette.
Raw local honey stirred with well water until appropriately fermented, with a sachet of lavender soaked in. Nothing more, nothing less. 14% ABV
"Up high in the Himalayas, the giant honey bee collects "mad honey" high in psychoactive alkaloids. Long ago, lavender, an herb indigenous to the Tibetan plateau, was collected by Buddhist monks alongside this honey to counter psychosis, perhaps from the honey itself! When rainwater got in, spontaneous wild fermentation of these foraged ingredients by wild native microorganisms, the stardust as we like to call it, likely begat the first ever lavender mead." 14% ABV
Ahh, the starting point to all of our handcrafted meads. Locally sourced, Mothers Finest raw honey stirred by hand daily and fermented dry, leaving bouquets of wild Appalachian wildflowers and yeast to float upon a river of golden honey. Made using the over-wintering method ancestrale technique. Simply delicious & great for any occasion. 14% ABV.
Notes of dark cherry, black pepper, smoke, and leather. This handmade artisanal wine was aged in a blend of American and French oak and made in collaboration with 7-string Gypsy flamenco guitarist Vadim Kolpakov.
Blackberry and cassis fruit with a black pepper finish, fermented with American oak for 1 month and transferred to neutral French oak for 1 year after cold settling without clarification or filtration. These grapes tie us to where my Yaya grew up playing in empty castles. As a child, I visited her hometown where the castle stood in golden fields of wheat. She told me of the proud people there who held out amidst the gravity of a totalitarian era; the shops once filled with cured meats, fermented olives, and sheep cheese, the annual fill of her plucked-feather bed, and the scythe cutting of the fields on a sunny summer day. This wine is a dedication to her heritage and shared family memories held dear to my heart.
42.5% Syrah, 37.5% Tempranillo, 15% Grenache, 5% Carignan.