Monthly Archives: January 2018

First Friday February 2nd Drop-In Wine Tasting 5-8pm

Drop-in anytime between 5 and 8pm.
We’ll Taste 3 Whites and 3 Reds
Only $5, and a $2 rebate if you buy a featured bottle!
133 Georgia Ave. North Augusta, SC 29841

Wine World Wines, First Friday February 2nd, 2018:

Barnard Griffin Pinot Gris 2016 Columbia Valley, Washington
Juicy acidity lends a fresh, vibrant feel to the apple and pear flavors found in this delicious Pinot Gris. Subtle elements of orange blossom and honey complete the package. Rich fish (salmon, tuna etc), Shellfish, Mature and Hard Cheeses.

Domaine De Pellehaut Blanc 2015 Gascogne, France
Sauvignon, Colombard, Ugni Blanc, Chardonnay, Gros Manseng and Petit Manseng.
Delicately coloured with green tints. Lemon zest, peach, grapefruit, and pineapple on the nose. On the palate, complex palate of pear, lime, pineapple, honey and grapefruit. A perfect match for seafood.

Sokol Blosser Evolution NV US
A nonvintage blend of White Riesling, Pinot Gris, Semillon, Müller-Thurgau, Gewürztraminer, Muscat Canelli, Chardonnay, Early Muscat Spicy and floral on the nose, this wine is lush and tropical on the palate, with a soft and round sweetness that is tempered by a burst of citrus, leaving the finish clean and crisp. Thai curry, Tandoori chicken, spicy tuna rolls, jambalaya.

Black Beret Grenache Syrah 2015 Minervois, France
80% Grenache, 20% Syrah Deep red colour, purple at the rim. Intense aromas of vanilla, coffee, red fruit, spice and herbs. Rich yet soft on the palate, with well-integrated tannins. Good length. Perfect with all full-flavoured meat dishes, and as ideal with traditional French cuisine as well as more international dishes whose flavours include a note of spice.

Garofoli Farnio, Rosso Piceno 2016 Marche, Italy
60% Montepulciano 40% Sangiovese Lively ruby ​​red. Intense fruity bouquet with hints of ripe plums. Spicy, juicy cherries and berries, dry and slightly vinous in taste. Delicate, well-integrated tannins. cheese pizza, charcuterie, grilled meat.

King & Cannon Cellars, Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Walla Walla, Washington
Aromas of ripe red and black fruits, licorice, coffee and cassis. Creamy black raspberry and dark cherry flavors. Tannin is smooth and ripe. braised beef ribs, garlic chicken wings, grilled portobellos.

WINE CLUB Selections January 2018

Join WINE CLUB Today!
call (803) 279 9522
(see below for pricing and perks)

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, and the longer you sign up for, the better the deal! Our goal is to show excellent wines in a wide range of styles.   We only choose wines we have tasted and loved.   We don’t base our choices on ratings. (Although we’ll often include them, for your reference,  in the write-up)

Freemark Abbey Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Napa Valley California  $23.99

Ok, yes, we do love Sauvignon Blanc. Dale and I were both blown away by this wine, one of those moments where we just kind of look at each other and nod. It shows refined citrus and pear and apple, all the while presenting a light honeyed creaminess, and a delicate bit of earthiness that grounds the wine and adds to its remarkable complexity. This wine has just a touch of older French oak which contributes to this complexity without being overt, or even noticeable.

Broiled Cod with lemon and thyme, and green beans, Grilled Vegetable Pasta with Parmesan Reggiano, Crab Cakes

Freemark Abbey began in 1939, but was originally planted by Josephine Tychson Napa’s first female winemaker in 1886. Freemark Abbey famously participated in the “Judgment of Paris” (a blind tasting in 1976 comparing some of the top U.S. wines with the top French wines, American wines won both white and red categories!) and was the only one of the 11 participating U.S. wineries to be included in both categories. Ask me about the 1975 Cabernet Bosche I tasted a few months ago… Wow!

Arcanum Il Fauno di Arcanum 2013 Tuscany, Italy $29.99

Il Fauno di Arcanum is a Bordeaux Style Blend from the Southeast corner of Chianti Classico in Tuscany, owned by an American company, made by a French winemaker! 55% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot. It’s a dark round thing, smooth but with nice structure. A touch lavender in the nose, maybe a little coffee mixed in with the dark fruit, continuing and in the mouth but with an underlying herbal quality. The wine lingers and grows longer with every sip. Yum!

Filet Mignon, a little mushroom sauce on top…
This Lentil and Egg Stew:
Fancy homemade cheeseburgers, I recommend Gruyère Cheese and avocado

The Arcanum estate has been owned by the Jackson family since 1994. Although most known for their Kendall-Jackson brand, the family owned company has holdings all over the world and makes great terrior driven wines. Winemaker Pierre Seillan has worked with the Jackson family since the 1990s on projects such as the high end California Vérité wines and of Saint-Émilion Château Lassègue.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate gave this wine 94pts, here’s the review:
“It’s hard not to be smitten with the 2013 Il Fauno di Arcanum. This blend of 55% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot is a rich and lasting Tuscan red that offers ample power and concentration. There are points of greenness here with crushed peppercorn and wild sage, backed by dark fruit aromas of plum and blackberry. Yet the Merlot component does much to smooth out and enrich the mouthfeel.”

Here’s the price structure of WINE CLUB:
3 months $40/month = $120 total and you also receive a FREE Riedel glass
6 months $36/month = $216 total and you also receive two FREE Riedel glasses
12 months $32/month = $384 total 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

Third Thursday January 18th Drop-In Tasting 5-8pm

Drop-in anytime between 5 and 8pm.
We’ll Taste 3 Whites and 3 Reds
Only $5, and a $2 rebate if you buy a featured bottle!
133 Georgia Ave. North Augusta, SC 29841

Wine World Wines, Third Thursday January 18th, 2018

Adria Vini ‘Il Meridione’, Grillo 2015 Sicily, Italy
100% Grillo A ripe and spicy nose with floral and stone fruit characters. The palate has more honeyed stone fruit and savoury notes backed by fresh citrus acidity. No oak was used. Pair with white fish, grilled octopus, or chicken caesar salad.

Domaine de Bernier, Chardonnay 2015 Loire, France
fresh, unoaked, with fruit flavors that echo pears and apples, and an enticing hint of minerality beneath the surface.
Pair with grilled lobster, fish with sauce, chicken curry and hard cheeses.

Brancott, Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Marlborough, New Zealand
Aromas of sweet ripe gooseberry, golden stone fruit, and rock melon. Palate shows apple blossom, lime zest and chive blossom notes surrounding a core of intense and refreshing lemon and grapefruit flavors. This wine can be matched with barbecued prawns or salmon and poached white fish with fresh green salads containing parsley, pepper or lemon. Mediterranean and Turkish dishes with hummus, olives and feta will also match well.

Campo Viejo, Reserva Rioja 2012 Rioja, Spain
Tempranillo. Brick red color. Aromas of bourbon, celery puree, dried cherry, vanilla taffy, and orange peel and dried rose with a slightly chewy, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, short sea sponge and pinto beans finish with papery tannins and moderate oak. Pair with Hoagies, Chicken Parmesan Sandwich, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew.

Emporio Wines, Gerberas Garnacha 2016 Aragón, Spain
Bouquet of flowers on the nose, Juicy plum, black cherry, spice, cedar, smooth supplier tannins, raspberry with a little pepper on the edge of the tongue. Eggplant Parmesan, Jambalaya, Bacon Wrapped Chicken Skewers, Hot Dogs.

Bogle, Essential Red 2015 North Coast, California
Old Vine Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah fruit of dark berries and black plums is nuanced by the flavors of juniper and dried herbs. The juicy, jammy fruit is framed with spicy cedar and hints of pipe tobacco and cocoa, the American oak lingers. Pair with a Barbecue Burger, Pt. Reyes Blue Cheese, Goulash, Lamb Curry, Dark Chocolate Macarons.

First Friday, January 5th Drop-In Wine Tasting 5-8pm

Drop-in anytime between 5 and 8pm.
We’ll Taste 3 Whites and 3 Reds
Only $5, and a $2 rebate if you buy a featured bottle!
133 Georgia Ave. North Augusta, SC 29841

Wine World Wines, Friday, January 5th, 2018

Vina Galana Verdejo 2016 La Mancha Spain
Lemon green color with intense aromas of mango, passion fruit, grass and elderflower. Light bodied with citrus fruit and a touch of fresh herbs kept in balance with a fresh acidity. Lime Chicken, Carnitas, Fish Tacos

Feudo Zirtari Bianco 2016 Sicily, Italy
65% Inzolia, 35 Chardonnay, Deep straw yellow in color, it displays rich floral and fruity notes, with a faint hint of almonds. These sensations are echoed on the palate, along with an acidity that balances out the wine’s alcoholic warmth. Zirtari Bianco makes an exemplary match for many types of food thanks to its complex and varied range of aromas and flavors. This richness makes it ideal for the simplest or most elaborate seafood recipes, or for accompanying white meats. Sicilian grilled octopus, risotto and light pasta dishes, vegetables and soft cheeses.

Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Blanc 2016 Languedoc, France
Grenache Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Terret Blanc. Straw-yellow colour, with a nose of acacia and pear and an harmonious palate of apple, pear, lemon, dill and green olive. Coconut fish curry, penne al pesto, seafood gratin, cheese soufflé.

Tormaresca Primitivo 2012 Puglia, Italy
Intense ruby red color. Aromas of plums, and cherries with vanilla and chocolate. On the palate, complex structure with good tannins and a spice note. Brisket, Flank Steak, Braised Lamb Shanks, Grilled Marinated Eggplant.

Chono Red Blend 2014 Maipo Chile
Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Tempranillo intense red color. Nose of raisins, mocha and cocoa, with a hint of blueberries and plums. Flavors of plum, berry, tomato, mint, and fennel. Spicy Kebabs, Barbecued Pork Ribs.

Primus Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Colchagua Valley, Chile
Aromas of red currant, dried cherry, fig, cassis, oak notes of vanilla and sweet spice. Juicy flavors of baked plum, blackberry, cherry, raspberry and blueberry and subtle notes of oak. fine – grained tannins add balance providing a beautiful and lingering finish.
Grilled rib eye with Chimichurri, Pastel de Chocio (deep dish corn casserole with chicken and beef stuffing), Twice baked potatoes with broccoli, Cheddar cheese and fresh scallions.