Fortunately, a new winery opened in 2008 that was very close to Leland. This new winery, 45 North, proved to be a real delight. We had a charming woman assist us during our tastings. It probably didn't hurt that she was "tasting" along with us. If you've not done a wine tasting before, there is a typical order to it. You go from white (dry to sweet), rose (dry to sweet) and red (dry to sweet). I love dry whites. The dryer the better.
At 45 North, we went through their first 5 whites and loved everyone of them. I was particularily pleased with their unwooded Chardonnay. It was delicious. And as I have a intense dislike for oaked Chards (Mom- please note, I did not say hate), I was really pleased to be able to bring home some Chardonnay.
They also had a really nice Rose and and a Cabernet Franc that I purchased for Krissy as she loves red wine. (Don't tell her...it's a surprise.)
Since my wine cellar only got half stocked...it means I've got to make another visit in the Fall. Oh, darn. It's a dirty job, but somebody has to do it.