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White Pinot Noir Could Be Your New Fave

Caleb Flint of Wine Merchants in WS offered me a bottle of Amity Vineyards White Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2017 for an honest review. We are grateful for the opportunity (and the wine). All opinions are my own.

My favorite kind of wine is red wine. And of the reds, my favorite has been Pinot Noir. And no that has nothing to do with the film, Sideways. 😀 . Though a Malbec sometimes does sometimes hit the spot.  I also do try to support NC Wine as much as possible but I do like to change up.  So when Wine Merchants talked about a White Pinot Noir, I was intrigued. After grabbing a bottle,  I took a little time and meal planning for when to enjoy it. Mr. foodie and I like wine, but we have two kiddos at home and sometimes we can’t just open a bottle up and enjoy. And we rarely finish a bottle between the two of us in one night. Plus, I wanted to have a mushroom pasta dish. I am particular like that.


Then the night came. Opened up a bottle of the White Pinot on a pasta night. I enjoyed a glass while cooking. What we found was a lightly fruity, very clean wine with body that drinks quite easily alone and is wonderful with pasta, cheese and poultry and particularly, mushrooms. Bonus points if you can manage that in one dish, which we did (a browned butter balsamic mushroom sauce over ravioli with grilled chicken). The photo of the dish didn’t come out well. But I’ll make it again and share the recipe.

The wine went perfectly. I have a feeling this is going to be in the regular rotation.


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White Pinot Noir is gaining in popularity but is still considered somewhat “rare” compared to other varietals.  it takes a special process because Pinot Noir grapes are obviously red. This is an excerpt from VinePair.

To make white wine from red grapes, winemakers take careful steps to ensure that there is minimum contact, or maceration, between the pre-fermented must and color-giving grape skins. To eliminate maceration for white Pinot, only a small amount of the grape’s juice can be fermented into white wine.
Free-run juice is released when grapes are piled, and their skins break under their own weight. In white winemaking, this produces the highest quality wines because there’s minimal contact with bitter skins and seeds. Free-run juice, and occasionally must from a very light pressing, are used to make Blanc de Noirs still wines.

White Pinot Noir also listed as Pinot Noir Blanc or Blanc de Noirs.  In Winston-Salem, you can find Amity Vineyards for about $25 at Wine Merchants & Vin 205 Wine Bar at 205 S. Stratford Rd. in Winston-Salem.  (336) 765-8175.

By the way, if you haven’t been to Wine Merchants or the bistro next door, get yourself over there. The restaurant is one of the most underrated spots in all of the Triad. Read about them here.  Site of 2 Chef’s Tables! That’s how good.



Vin 205 Farm to Table Bistro


OMG. Please eat here. ‘Nuf said if you ask me  but I’ll go a touch further.

I’ve enjoyed a few great meals with mr. foodie at Vin 205 recently. One was a Wine and Swine Dinner that blew us away and blew our wine budget too, lol…because we bought some great new wine.

So good, in fact, that we decided to bring Chef Oren Feuerberg in on one of our Chef’s Tables. Four courses, family-style, with a great group of foodies and friends.

Read about it here in my latest food column in YES! Weekly! 


Vin 205 has a little wine market with all kinds of lovely wine,  plus local meats, boutique cheese, chocolates and wine accessories and they have plans to add even more. Vin 205 also has a great-looking brunch. Check them out!
Our next Triadfoodies Chef’s Table will be announced later this week. We’ll be doing a special kick-off of our High Country Events in October with Vidalia (date announced soon) and our November Chef’s Table returns to the Triad at Sophie’s Cork & Ale in Lexington on November 13. You’ll see that update in a future email.



Cheesecakes by Alex

You know a place is deeeelightful when the line can go out the door and it’s 32 degrees outside. On a blustery night a week and a half ago, that was the case as Mr. foodie and I topped off Undercurrent’s 1st Annual Oyster Roast with dessert at Cheesecakes by Alex. For a little more than 10 years, Chef Alex Amoroso has been “treating” visitors of Downtown Greensboro with the freshest cheesecakes of all varieties, not to mention a whole collection of confections and coffee and ice cream.


There’s something about the “after 8:00” craving for a piece of cheesecake. What is THAT all about? I never crave cheesecake in the middle of the day. For some reason, it’s the perfect cap to an already indulgent meal. And despite all of the great restaurants in Greensboro, no one can blame you for skipping dessert at your dinner location and getting dessert at Cheesecakes by Alex. The taste and texture of his cheesecake can’t be beat.



Look at all those almost gone, yet perfectly wrapped up and protected cheesecakes! There are 22 flavors from original, chocolate, white chocolate raspberry, peanut butter chocolate, key lime, espresso Kahlua, turtle…too many flavors to name…all made in house. My absolute favorite is the Creme Brûlée Cheesecake. It has a caramelized sugar top (like creme brûlée) with beautiful specks of vanilla bean throughout. I just can’t get anything else but that. After I had it once, I just get it EVERY TIME. I don’t get there enough so that’s my time to get it.

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See how rich and pretty and see those little vanilla bean babies? MMMMM. My mouth is watering.

When I met Mr. foodie he did not like cheesecake. No likey the sweet cheese.  He actually likes Alex’s cheesecake. But on this day he wanted something with apples. He changed direction when he saw the Triple Threat. A chocolatey chocolate cake with fudgey chocolate icing. It was very rich and decadent but not overly sweet. It went perfectly with their freshly roasted, organic coffee.


Now, take a look at this next beautiful cake…this, foodies, is a BLUE VELVET cake. No one offered me a taste :(.  They let me take this photo though…


It’s made with real blueberries. He even had a cupcake version. He had Strawberry Red Velvet too.

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And pastries and bread.

Cheesecakes are available in 3 sizes and can be pre-ordered or you can just stop in. They keep a steady supply on hand. You can order by phone or online and have it shipped to you.  Cheesecakes by Alex’s delicious dairy products come from the local Homeland Creamery in Julian, NC. He’s buying local, foodies!
Awesome. As a matter of fact, Alex told me that the best mashed potatoes are made with Homeland Creamery’s buttermilk. “Makes them tastes like you put chives in them.” Sounds weird. I’d have to agree. Magical mashed potatoes. Thanks, Alex! I’d have thanked him in person but a man’s got to rest so he let his lovely staff in charge on this night.


So the next time you have a hankering for some cheesecake, do yourself a flavor and wait patiently while people peruse the case to decide what they want, order what YOU want, sit a spell and enjoy your cheesecake (or cake/pastry) and take in some live music (in warmer months). You can walk around downtown after if you feel you need to work it off some. You might even go dancing?

315 South Elm Street in Greensboro, NC

They are open 6 days a week, closed on MONDAY.
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