Bottling at Silver Coast Winery

Press Release

February 17, 2006 – Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina (NC) - Silver Coast Winery is gearing up for spring and welcoming the warmer weather with a short bottling run on the 16th and 17th of this month. Bottling is always an exciting time at the winery because it gets everyone enthusiastic about the new vintage of wines, and gives people something to look forward to in the future months. Typically the wines bottled this week will not be ready for a month or more, but guests often get a sneak preview of what will soon become available to them.

The winery uses a mobile bottling unit from Virginia which houses all the components needed for the task at hand. Three wines will put into glass this week, two from 2005’s grape harvest; a White Merlot and a Viognier, and one new offering from 2004’s fruit. Thirteen hundred cases of White Merlot are set to go. This is a blush wine made from red grapes and finished in a slightly sweeter fashion, and has been a big hit at Silver Coast since its inception in 2002. There will be a scant two hundred cases of the 2005 Viognier bottled, the second vintage for this elegant and complex white wine. Viognier’s addition to the Silver Coast lineup has been a success story, frequently showing well in wine competitions and with loyal customers. The winery sold nearly fifty cases of the first vintage before the wine was even released. The third wine being bottled is anxiously awaited, but is a bit of a dilemma. It is a proprietary blend of hand selected barrels from 2004’s harvest; the mix being Touriga, Mourvedre, Sangiovese and Merlot. The wine has a distinct Mediterranean style with ripe berry fruit and bright floral accents. And did I mention only two hundred and fifty cases will be bottled. At the time of press this wine is yet-to-be named, and there is not yet a label selected for the wine.

Bottling at the winery is not only exciting, but it is an interesting process to watch unfold. It is a clock-work type of operation which signals the upcoming rewards for a lot of hard work.

Silver Coast Winery, located just 15 minutes from the beach in a woodland setting near Ocean Isle Beach NC offers daily wine tastings and tours. The winery also has unique gift shops, eclectic art gallery, extensive picnic grounds and a beautiful barrel room for weddings and special events. For additional information contact the winery at (910) 287-2800 or check out the website at Directions: 7 miles north of the South Carolina border on Hwy 17, take 904W--2nd right Russtown Rd--4th right Barbeque Rd.

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