A Wine Tasting – Charlotte-South Rotary Club Social Event

Posted By Marc Friedland

When? Sunday October 18th,2009 from 2-4 PM.

Where? The party will be held at Owls Eye Vineyard and Winery, 1414 Metcalf Road, in Shelby, NC.

This will be a great event to unwind after all the hard work put in for the Dick Keffer Charity Golf Tournament! Please RSVP to Thomas Hannah by Wednesday, October 14. Below is a signup sheet for your convenience. Please mark if you can attend and provide the names of your guests. There will be a $15.00 charge per person on your next billing statement for attendance.

Signup Sheet (MS Excel)
Included in the charge is the tasting fee to Owl’s Eye and an engravedwine glass. Light Hors d’oeurves will be served. There will be a tourof the facility, including the barrel and tank rooms where wine isstored until it is ready for bottling.

Along the rolling foothills of Cleveland County, approximately 3 milesfrom downtown Shelby lie the vineyards of Owl’s Eye. Ten acres ofvines are planted now, with more plantings to be done in the nearfuture. Currently, the following varietals are being grown in the Owl’sEye vineyards.

Cabernet franc
Petit verdot
Pinot gris

My dad, Frank Hannah M.D., owned this 140-acre land for over 30 years and in 2002 decided to develop a vineyard and winery with the planting of 10 of those acres. More plantings will be happening in the near future.

Owl’s Eye is a short 45 minute drive from Charlotte to Shelby, NC. Take I-85 South toward Gastonia, to exit 10B. Merge onto US-74W toward Shelby/Kings Mountain. Turn right at East Marion Street (US-74) and turn right at North Lafayette Street. Make slight right to stay on North Lafayette Street, then take the 2nd left onto Metcalf Road. Owl’s Eye Winery will be on your left.

I sure hope you will come to this fellowship event and learn more about my family’s winery. Along with your knowledge of Owl’s Eye Vineyard and Winery, you may wish to purchase a bottle of wine to take home with you. Here are a few to choose from:

2006 Chardonnay
This Chardonnay was fermented and aged in French oak barrels using the French “sur lie” method. It has fruit flavors, a soft buttery feel and mild oak overtones. $16.00

This is a versatile, crisp wine with tropical fruit characteristics and just 2% residual sugar. It goes well with fruit, cheese, cheesecake, stir fry, Thai food or by itself while sitting in the shade on a hot sunny day. $14.00

Vidal Blanc
This semi-sweet white wine is light and fruity. It is a very “food friendly” wine that pairs well with a variety of dishes but also hits the spot all by itself. $10.50

South Mountain Scarlet
This dry red is a blend of Merlot, Malbec, Petite Verdot and Cabernet Franc. It pairs well with barbeque and many red meat dishes. $12.00

This wine has a beautiful deep red color with a great aroma. It has a good tannin/acid balance with a nice long finish. You could “lay this one down” for 6 months to 5 years. $20.00

This fruit wine is a unique combination that starts sweet and finishes tart. It was made from 100% fresh local blackberries–not from concentrate! This is not just a dessert wine. It pairs well with foods such as turkey and pork tenderloin. $18.00.

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