Sweet Peach Mead
The color of this mead is gorgeous—no, it’s not peach, but more of a gold with a pink hue to it. I could stare at it for hours. Okay, that’s a lie; I could never refrain from drinking a poured glass for that long.
It smells first of honey and then of peaches, and the honey comes back for an aftertaste I’m growing familiar with from these wines. Sweetness dominates the glass, but the peach wades through and surprises you after a few seconds. It’s not complex, just a simple, lovely dessert wine that works wonders on a hot Sunday afternoon.
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I think I’m still the only blogger fascinated with this Pittsboro-based winery. That won’t last for long as they get more and more well known.
Starrlight Meadery Traditional Off-Dry
Mr. Gourmez’s first, and only, thought on this honey wine from Starrlight Meadery in Pittsboro, was “popsicles.” I would disagree. It smelled like green apples and tasted, unsurprisingly, of honey and flowers. This is a dry mead, so it wasn’t nearly as sweet as I’d expect from a regular mead, but that honey smoothness shone through without being cloying. The green apple was definitely the prominent note with vanilla and butterscotch in supporting roles.
Even with too much green apple in my wine of late, I found this a simple and refreshing change from grape wines. Will drink again, and merrily.
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480 Hillsboro Street, Pittsboro
Hours: Thurs through Sat, 12 to 6; Sun 1 to 5.
Tours offered every other hour on the weekends
I had a great time checking out Starlight Meadery a couple of weekends ago in Pittsboro’s Chatham Mills shopping center. They are located in the white building hiding at the back of the complex.
Not a bad location at all
Mead, for those not in the know, is nothing but honey water and yeast—I admit, I didn’t know it was only those two ingredients. I knew honey was involved, but beyond that, I only knew I liked the stuff! It’s a fun switch from wine, and its appeal for a fantasy writer like me is limitless.
That appeal was the same for owners Becky and Ben Starr, who first tried the stuff at a Renaissance Faire. They eventually took up home brewing and ultimately won the national title for best home-brewed mead in 2006. Thus, they realized that they might have a future in meadmaking.
Tasting bar on the left; drinking horns for sale on the right. I almost bought one but decided a wooden goblet was more my style.
We tried their three available meads for $3, wine glasses included in the price. I loved the off-dry mead, no doubt because I like dry wines best. The sweetness of honey is such a fun change from grape sweetness; I’m very excited to add this mead into the mix. Next up was their blackberry mead, which was too similar to extra-sweet blackberry dessert wines for my taste buds. I’d be lucky if I finished a small glass of it. The peach mead was better for me, with a less syrupy sweetness but still plenty honeyed to do for dessert—-I’ll likely buy a bottle next time I go back, though Mr. Gourmez was less enthused. Starrlight also offers a semi-sweet mead and a spiced apple mead that will hopefully be back in stock come March.
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