“The first rule of WINE CLUB is… ALWAYS talk about WINE CLUB!”
The Wine buyers (Andrew and Dale) pick two wines each month for you that we love, and you will too. One white (or rose, or bubbly) and one red. The total value of wines will exceed $40 (usually between $45 and $50) and the longer you sign up for, the better the deal! (see below for pricing and perks)
Praxis Gewurtztraminer 2013
Russian River Valley, Sonoma, CA
This is a dry Gewurztraminer, with full Gewurztraminer character, similar in style to the structured and complex Alsatian Gewurtz’s. Many Gewurtraminers you encounter will be at least a little sweet, we love this grape as a dry wine!! The grape tastes and smells a little like a Lychee Nut. If you’ve never tried a Lychee, you can sometimes find them canned at Asian markets, and definitely worth trying if for no other reason than to compare with a gewurtz! We always recommend Gewurztraminer as the ideal match for Thanksgiving Turkey, but it’s also one of the best wines for Asian and Indian food. Be sure to let the bottle warm up a bit before you drink this, the flavors are muted at refrigerator temperature, but really jump out of the glass as the wine approaches room temperature.
A good inexpensive sweet gewurtz we have in the shop, is the Robertson from South Africa, it’s also yummy!
Wine Enthusiast gave the Praxis a respectable 89, I would rate it higher!!
The Pundit Syrah 2014
88% Syrah, 6% Grenache, 4% Mourvèdre, 2% Viognier
This is a collaboration between renowned Rhone winemaker Michel Gassier, and Washington State Winery Chateau Ste. Michelle. The grapes are sourced in Washington State. Approximately 22% of the grapes were fermented as whole clusters, remember the Whole Cluster Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley? (April 2016 selection) We tasted the 2013, thought it was great, wanted to use it for Wine Club in January, but couldn’t get any. It had sold out completely! (found out later that it got ratings in the 90s from many of the major critics) Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate gave this wine, the 2014, 92pts, and had this to say:
The Wine Advocate – “The finest vintage of this cuvee to date (it’s only the second year for the cuvee though), the 2014 Syrah The Pundit has loads of ripe dark fruits, charcoal, smoked herbs and licorice in a concentrated, rich, yet always balanced and fresh style. Made from 88% Syrah, 6% Grenache and the rest Mourvedre, aged mostly in French oak (which is a positive change from the American oak used for the 2013), with a small part in concrete, drink this pleasure-bent effort over the coming 4-5 years. ”
Pairing? Syrah is know for it’s flexibility, this would be considered a warm climate heavy syrah, so you’re going to want a meal with some heft, and some interesting spice, a little mint, for example is going to bring out extra flavors in this wine
Here’s some ideas I pulled off the internet from “Food&Wine”, I’m getting hungry!!
Grilled Bison with Black Rice and Shiso-Plum Compote
Lamb Chops with Fennel Relish
Olive-Crusted Lamb with Adzuki Bean Stew
Paprika-Roasted Leg of Lamb
Pork and Purple Taro Stew
Here’s the price structure WINE CLUB:
3 months $40/month = $120 and you also receive a FREE Riedel glass
6 months $36/month = $216 and you also receive two FREE Riedel glasses
12 months $32/month = $384 and you also receive four FREE Riedel glasses
All WINE CLUB members get a substantial discount on Wine Tasting Seminars at Wine World (usually 25%)
WINE CLUB members get a 15% Case discount when you pick up your club wines, since you are picking up 2 you only need to pick 10 more wines to make it a case!
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Come by the shop, 133 Georgia Ave. North Augusta, SC 29841
or give us a call at 803.279.9522