This is our driest wine, it’s oak aged in oak barrels for over a year. It will have an oaky tartness, an oaky tang. This is our only aged wine, the reason being is the lack of residual sugar, a sweeter wine will not age properly. A dry wine is categorized that way because it is less than one percent residual sugar which means added sugar. The Notch could be compared to a lightly oaked Chardonnay. This being a white wine it would be paired nicely with poultry or fish, but because of the dry, oaky flavor, we’d love this with a juicy, medium rare ribeye!
This is our dry red wine, it is the only one of our wines that should be served at room temperature (70 degrees). A dry red wine, any dry red; Merlot, Cabernet, Pinot etc. should be served at room temperature because if it is chilled it will taste sweeter than it is intended. Our Chatsworth has a very smooth, velvety taste with none of the harsh tannin bite than other dry reds tend to have. This selection is similar to a mild Merlot or Shiraz and needs to be paired a robust meat like beef or venison.
Our Hiwassee is a semi-dry selection, I’d say it’s our “middle of the road” wine, kind of in between our dries and semi-sweets. This wine is a good selection for folks who are new to Muscadine wines, not too sweet, not too dry, with just the right amount of muscadine at the finish. Hiwassee will pair well with any fish or fowl and this wine is like a Riesling. If you are unsure of what wine to take as a hostess gift this one is a safe bet.
This wine is a combination of white and red, more white than red, just enough red for color and a little fruitiness. This selection is the first in the semi-sweet category. Similar to a White Zinfandel, this wine is delightfully crisp and fruity, perfect before dinner with some mild cheese and fruit.
We didn’t make this name up, Dragging Canoe was the name of a real Cherokee chief, as is our name Tsali. This wine is a semi-sweet red that has a flavor that is truly reminiscent of a traditional muscadine wine. Dragging canoe is a full-bodied red with a fruity sweetness and satisfying finish. First time tasters of this wine will comment, “This reminds me of my Grandfather’s house”.
This is our sweetest wine and the most “muscadiney” tasting. Sweetwater is a semi-sweet with a clean, crisp sweetness and a fruitful muscadine finish. Technically not a dessert wine, Sweetwater is a delightful finish to a good meal or with a cheese tray before dinner. You know what they say, “If it’s not sweet and not fried, it’s not Southern”!
This is our only slightly carbonated wine, similar to our Sweetwater but with a fun effervescent twist. Our Atala is a semi-sweet, slightly carbonated wine that is quite refreshing and with an easily drinkable body. This wine is reminiscent of a Prosecco or Asti Spumante with a crisp, bright taste and fruity finish. Please don’t save this sparkling for a special occasion, drink this delightful wine anytime.