September is North Carolina Wine + Grape Month #NCWine

September is North Carolina Wine & Grape Month.

North Carolina currently has over 120 wineries and 400 grape growers.
NC-produced grapes and wine makes the state the 10th largest producer of wine in America. North Carolina is also home to the nation’s first cultivated wine grape, the scuppernong (the official fruit of the state of North Carolina!), which is a variety of the muscadine family. On Friday, you will be able to read and see a little bit more about Scuppernong grapes here on Nik Snacks.

The month of September is nearly over, but now is the best time for NC wine events and more.

Southern Lady Cocktail

Southern Lady Cocktail

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Author: Nikki Miller-Ka of Nik Snacks
Muscadine grapes are noted for their superior antioxidant and other properties, compared to other grapes. My grandma used to make muscadine wine and keep it in bottles on top of our refrigerator. Well, most of the wine turned to vinegar, but the few bottles that weren't vinegar actually turned into something good. Varietals from Duplin Winery and Woodmill Winery are two of my favorites. That being said, I've made a new drink using muscadine wine. My new favorite drink is something I've created called a Southern Lady.


  • Two parts muscadine wine
  • One part cake flavored vodka
  • Club soda


  1. Combine muscadine wine and cake flavored vodka.
  2. Top with club soda.



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It's sweet, fresh and just as polite and demure as can be.

Curious about this grape? Want to take a little road trip? Well, the 10th Annual Muscadine Harvest Festival in Kenansville, NC takes place September 26-27. Nearly 50 wineries will be present for you to sip, sample, taste and find out all about muscadines, scuppernongs and all kind of grapes in between. has a monthly calendar of events at NC wineries, and other information, too. Check it out.

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About the author

Nikki Miller-Ka

Nikki Miller-Ka

Ms. Miller-Ka is a classically trained chef with a BA in English from East Carolina University and a Culinary Arts Associate Degree from Le Cordon Bleu-Miami.

Formerly, she’s worked as a researcher, an editorial assistant, reporter and guest blogger for various publications and outlets in the Southeast. She has also worked as a catering chef, a pastry chef, a butcher, a baker, and a biscuit-maker. Presently, she is a food editor, freelance food writer, and a tour guide for Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours.

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  1. Oh, this sounds like a sassy cocktail! You can pretty much pair anything with Cake Vodka and I'm game, though ;).

  2. Muscadine wine and cake vodka? Now I want to drink this Southern Lady!

  3. I like the sound of this cocktail. I have yet to visit a winery but it's on my to do list

  4. I didn't know that North Carolina had so many wineries! This looks delicious!

  5. I didn't know about wines in North Carolina - muscadine sounds really interesting, and that Southern Lady looks delish!

  6. Love this post! What at great way to celebrate NC Wine Month. Guess what, there are now over 150 NC wineries. And we are celebrating with a special on all Muscadine wines. Please check us out at And I'm going to try our your Southern Lady tonight! Cheers to all!

  7. Who knew about the wineries? I would be very happy there! I would totally knock that cocktail back.

  8. I have a few friends who would love me if I made this cocktail for them!

  9. What an awesome color. I would love one of these cocktails right about now!


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