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New BE Baker wine from Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard

Quite a while back while we were visiting Charles and Ann at Baker Buffalo Creek, Charles invited us into the barrel room for a sneak peek at a new wine he was working on. Charles knew that CD Baker, his Cabernet Sauvignon aged in Bourbon barrels is one of my favorite wines. He told me that he was contacted about purchasing some Brandy barrels, and decided to buy a few. He then decided that he was going to age his Merlot, which is amazing on its own by the way, in the Brandy barrels. It had only been in the barrels a short while but Charles got out his wine thief (which makes my heart beat faster) and pulled me off a glass.

The barn at Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard

I only had a small frame of reference, as I have only ever tried one other Brandy Barrel aged Merlot, but man this was delicious! I told Charles that it had just about the perfect amount of Brandy flavor paired with the Merlot. We talked for a while and then we went back to the tasting room to finish our visit with he and Ann. Charles said that they were working on their label since this was a new wine. All labels have to be approved by the state.

The tasting room at Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard

Fast forward several months, to several visits later with some of our WTF (wine tasting friends 😊). I asked about the release of the new wine, which was to be named BE Baker after Ann’s grandmother. Ann stated that there had been some administrative hold ups and they still weren’t able to bottle. We asked them to make sure to let us know when they were able to bottle and release as we were anxious to have a whole bottle. Ann assured us that she would let us know.

Ann serving at the wine bar (prior to the current shutdown)

Fast forward again to our current situation where we can’t visit the winery for tastings or on premise consumption. Ann contacts us to let us know they finally received approval on they’re new labels and they are going to bottle! She tells us that they will be ready for bottle pick ups on Friday! We are so excited to finally be able to get one of the first bottles of the new BE Baker. Friday afternoon, we jump in the WYNTRVLR Jeep to go pick up our wine. Luckily, it’s a beautiful afternoon and we can drop the top for a fun country Jeep ride.

Sun’s out, top is off on the WYNTRVLR Jeep

We finally arrived at Baker Buffalo Creek after calling in our order. Kim took Charles and Ann some fresh baked sourdough bread and I walked around the farm for a few minutes while Kim and Ann caught up. Charles was busy working around the vineyard. It was a beautiful afternoon, and the lillys were blooming. The vines had experienced bud break and there were baby grape clusters on the Vines. Spring is such a beautiful time in the vineyard.

We picked up our BE Baker, along with several other selections of our own. We also picked up another bottle for our WTFs.

Kim with a bottle of the new BE Baker wine

The new BE Baker, even freshly bottled, is I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E. The classic Baker Buffalo Merlot is kissed by the flavor of the Brandy barrels resulting in a harmonious pairing of flavors. Our WTFs, who are very well versed in NC wines, agreed that this is one of the best #NCwines out there. I would put this up against anything you can find on the market, regardless of the origin. If you think that #NCwine is only sweet muscadine wines, which are great, think again. Charles, Ann and many other terrific wine makers across NC and SC are producing estate grown wines that rival California and Italian produced wines.

The new BE Baker Brandy barrel aged Merlot from Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard

We travel NC and SC to bring you the best wines in all varietals and styles. Follow us for our trips, experiences and tips. Especially during this economically difficult time for local businesses, including wineries, support your local businesses. While they cannot offer tastings or on-site consumption, many wineriees are still offering curbside pickup up and many are offering some great deals! Drink local and support local. Until next time, Cheers! ✌🏻♥️😊🍷

#drinklocal #supportlocal #ncwine #ncwino #wyntrvlr ✌🏻❤️😊🍷


Published by Carolinawinetraveler

Travelling the Carolinas visiting vineyards and wineries.

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