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“Italian Wines with Jean Pierre Chambas” Wine Tasting Seminar, Friday July 28th, 7-9pm

Space is limited, Sign up now!
Stop by Wine World 133 Georgia Ave. North Augusta, SC
or Call us at 803 279 9522 to reserve your space.
Only $25/person ($18 for WINE CLUB Members)
Attendees will be offered special prices when ordering these wines.
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Italian Wines with Jean Pierre Chambas
Jen Pierre, CEO of Aleph Wines, will guide us through ten of his favorite Italian offerings. JP will tell us about the producers of these wines and share personal anecdotes. Jean-Pierre’s seminars are always wonderful; great wines, great stories, great information on the wines. (sign up early)

The Wines:

Masciarelli Montepulciano D’Abruzzo

Tommasi Soave Superiore

Tommasi “Le Rosse” Pinot Grigio

Tommasi Rafael Valpolicella Classico Superiore

Poggio Al Tufo Cabernet Sauvignon

Tommasi Filodora Prosseco

Masseria Surani Heracles (Primtivo)

Casisano Rosso Di Montalcino

Casisano Brunello

WINE CLUB! July 2017 Selections

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

Honig Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Napa Valley, California
Bright, clean, and elegant, this is a beautiful Sauvignon Blanc. It’s all about balance and subtlety, notice how it sits on the palette. We’ve tasted quite a few really nice California Sauvignon Blancs lately, and this one really stood out. It’s got 4% Semillon and 1% Muscat to give a little roundness. Most of the wine is aged in stainless steel with 10% in neutral oak, which “softens” the wine by allowing small amounts of oxygenation.

Honig is in Napa Valley and has been family owned and operated since 1964, the vinyards are sustainably farmed and solar power provides most of the electricity used by the winery.

This will go great with any lightly seasoned white fish, a light salad or asparagus. Maybe add a little chevre and fresh dill, yum!

Here’s the winery’s Description:
Bright acidity lends a crisp freshness to the flavors of peach, passionfruit, and lemongrass, artfully balanced by a touch of freshly squeezed grapefruit and lime. Juicy and refreshing, with aromas of jasmine, peach, and grapefruit rind. Medium-bodied, with a lingering finish.

 

Torbreck Cuvee Juveniles 2012
Barossa Valley Australia
This was one of Dad’s favorites! Cuvee Juveniles is a Rhone style blend from Australia consisting of 60% Grenache, 20% Shiraz, and 20% Mataro. Our distributor still has the excellent 2012 vintage. We were suprised at how youthful the wine shows when we tasted it again! In my experience Rhone blends age very well, it’s fun to see how this is progressing! The Spectator gave the 2012, 91 points and said “Drink now through 2019” I’d give at least a few more years. This wine was originally made in 1999 for “Juveniles” a cult wine bar in Paris.

Rhone style blends are remarkably adaptable food wines. Almost anything you would pair with a red wine will work. Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Lavender, think Herbes De Provence will go great with this. It can also stand up to quite a bit of spice! Beef & Bean Chile Verde, Indian Spiced Shrimp, Middle Eastern Lamb Stew, Red Curry with Vegetables.

Here’s the producers description:
Bold and seductive, this youthful, unoaked blend encapsulates all that is great in natural, pure, unseasoned wine. Its fragrance, intensity and energy are all reminiscent of freshly fermenting must, with ripe juicy flavours of blackberry, spiced cherries, minerals and Asian spices wrapped around a skeleton of fresh acidity and fine mineral laden tannins. Soft and sensuous, this wine is frightfully drinkable already, but as with its predecessors will greatly recompense those who choose to give it a few years in the cellar.

Critical Acclaim
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Wine Spectator – “Smooth, rich and expressive, with chocolate undertones to the cherry and guava flavors, lingering easily against polished tannins. Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro. Drink now through 2019”
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Vinous / Antonio Galloni – “Bright violet color. Aromas of raspberry preserves, fresh flowers, licorice and white pepper show very good energy and focus. Juicy, focused and lively on the palate, offering bitter cherry and red berry flavors underscored by a spicy element. Shows a sweet floral pastille quality on the finish, along with silky, even tannins.”

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!

Sign Up Now!
Come by the shop, 133 Georgia Ave. North Augusta, SC 29841
or give us a call at 803.279.9522

Third Thursday, July 20th, 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
803.279.9522

Wine World Wines Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Laurent Perrachon, Beaujolais Blanc, France 2016
Chardonnay, “Perle Blanche” Aromas of white blossom, stone fruit and apple accents of crushed herb (chervil, perhaps) and a little butter. Flavors of pear, apple, peach, and a dusting of crushed stone. Refreshing on its or with roast chicken, seafood and more.

Wairau River, Pinot Gris, Marlborough, NZ 2014
Vines dating back to 1990 planting, cool-fermented in stainless-steel, with a portion in seasoned French oak. Aromatic yellow stonefruits with nuts and kernels, with exotic florals and spice notes. Medium to full bodied, luscious flavours of stonefruits, florals and honeysuckle. White meat dishes and Middle Eastern fare.

Houchart Cote du Provence Rosè, France 2016
Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvèdre, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah. Nose is fresh, with strawberry and red berry notes, delicate aromas of yellow peach and grapefruit. Fresh and delicious, with a fine attack, it is well balanced and long in the mouth. Grilled Mahi-Mahi, Goat Cheese stuffed Chicken Breast
91pts Wine Enthusiast

Frescobaldi, Remole, Toscana, Italy 2015
85% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep purple-red color, brilliant and intense. Aromas of raspberry, blackberry and black cherry, followed by aromatic and spicy notes of black pepper and eucalyptus. Fresh, medium-full bodied Remole proves to be an elegant wine with a long finish. Cured meats and sausages, barbecued meats and vegetables

Montes, Classic Merlot, Colchagua, Chile 2014
85% Merlot, 15% Carmenère, fruitiness and spicy black pepper, Red currant and dark plum flavors. Notes of dried green herbs, with hints of chocolate and pepper. Chicken with mushroom sauce and roasted potatoes, Humitas (Chilean tamales), Lasagna.

Howling Moon, Pinot Noir, Monterey, California 2014
A medium bodied 100% Pinot Noir. Aromas of cherry and raspberry with hints vanilla and spice on the finish. Pairs with chicken or veal Parmesan and semi sweet chocolate desserts.

First Friday May 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
803.279.9522

Wine World Wines First Friday May 5th 2017

Walnut Block, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, Australia 2016
aromatic notes of stone fruits over a herbaceous background. The smooth, textured palate, concentrated with exotic fruits and citrus flavors. Natural acidity leaves a pure and lengthy finish. Seafood with lime, chili and coriander, Thai fish cakes.

Encostas Do Lima, Vinho Verde Rosé, Portugal 2016
75% Souzao, 15% Borraçal, and 10% Espadeiro. This Vinho Verde Rosé has a bright pink color. The aromas of strawberry and raspberry subtle notes of citrus. Youthful but elegant, well-balanced, fresh, with a long, lingering finish. tapenade, grilled fish, or grilled shrimp.

Conundrum White Blend, California, 2015
Fragrant and juicy, honeysuckle, peach, apple, and lemon verbena, set on a light and effortless frame. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Semillon and Muscat Canelli. lobster, grilled swordfish, asian style duck, grilled chicken, roast chicken.

Pannonica Red Blend, Burgenland, Austria 2013
Blaufrankisch, Zweigelt, Pinot Noir.  Aromas of ripe, black cherries, baked plums, pepper, Flavors of juicy blackberries, hints of spice and soft tannins. Fresh acidity keeps the rounded fruit in check, BBQ or steaks.

Three Zinfandel, Contra Costa, California 2013
77% Zinfandel, 14% Petite Sirah, 6% Carignane, 2% Mataro, 1% Alicante Bouschet. Ripe black cherries and spice with a minerality (earthy berry) sneaking through. The mouth-feel is rich and balanced with a lingering peppery finish. Indian Spiced Short Ribs, Italian Spaghetti with red sauce and meatballs.

Manifesto Cabernet, California 2014
Aromas rich notes of black pepper and dark fruits on the nose. subtle notes of cassis and black olive black pepper and dark fruit flavors joined with hints of oak and vanilla. Asian BBQ Lamb Ribs, Beef Tenderloin with Blackberry Dressing, Grilled Steak with Salsa Verde.

Third Thursday April 20th Drop-In Wine Tasting 5-8pm

Come taste some wines with us!
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
803.279.9522

Wine World Wines, Thursday April 20, 2017

Domaine Châteaumar, Rosé, Côte de Rhône, France
Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre. Beautiful ‘petal-of-rose’ colour.On the nose, dominating notes of fresh red fruit (strawberries, raspberries) and marsh-mallow. On the palate, nervy, very expressive. Seared Tuna, Ratatouille, Grilled Shrimp.

Bonterra, Chardonnay, Mendocino, California
An initial impression of rich, buttery cream quickly turns to aromas of honey and lightly toasted almonds, followed by tropical aromas of pineapple, citrusy lemon and crème brulee. Crab stuffed sole, Chinese deep fried Red Snapper.

Pacific Rim, Chenin Blanc, Columbia, Washington
Vividly bright with flavors of pear, quince and grapefruit essence with an eruption of floral aromas. An inspired complement to shellfish, grilled fish, soft cheeses and Middle Eastern food.

Kaiken, Reserva Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina
It’s youth can be appreciated in its vivid purplish red color. Fresh fruit aromas evoke strawberries and cherries nicely supplemented by spicy and floral notes. In the palate, this wines reveals an extraordinary freshness and soft tannins. BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Charcuterie, Turkish Lamb Kebab.

Kenwood, Pinot Noir, Sonoma, California
Fruit aromas of blackcurrant and raspberry join with fragrant notes of nutmeg, thyme and lavender; big and luscious mouthfeel with rich tannins lead to a lasting finish. Pork Roast, Asian Chicken, Wild Salmon

Four Vines, “Sophisticate”, Zinfandel, Sonoma, California
Combined with 10% Petite Sirah, impresses in grip and softness, offering big, rich waves of raspberry, cinnamon and allspice, before unveiling a leathery finish. Tomato-based dishes like Lasagna, Spaghetti Bolognese, Brisket, or Italian Sausage.

WINE CLUB November 2016 Selections

“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)

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Pieropan Soave 2015
Pieropan is a family owned winery founded in 1880 by Leonildo who was a physician in the town of Soave. Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave are the traditional grapes of Soave although legally small amounts of Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc can be added. Pieropan uses only the traditional grapes and sources from their own vineyards. We used the 2014 vintage during the Veneto, Italy seminar in July, there are a few bottles left in the shop. I tasted them together last night, the 2015 is a little more fruit forward than the 14, with a similar salinity, minerality and depth. Dale has been seeking out a good Soave for quite a while, we’ve tasted several over the last year or so, and this is the one we both loved! Production of this wine is all certified organic.
Here’s a neat article about why Pieropan is not using the “Soave Superiore DOCG” designation
http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2015/06/pieropan-s-soave-superiority-complex
Tasting notes from the producer – “Straw yellow with brilliant, greenish and golden reflections, the bouquet is fresh, ample & floral with notes of elderberry, apple, pear and lemon verbena on a background of almonds and nuts; fresh, elegant & well balanced on the palate, with a long finish.”
Blend: 85% Garganega and 15% Trebbiano di Soave
This wine serves as a great appertif, is wonderful withh all kinds of seafood, salads, steamed and lightly seasoned veggies!
Bodegas Muga Reserva 2012
My wife Amy and I were in Asheville and picked up a bottle of this, (2011) and drank it late one night after having beer at a party, wow, it was just what we wanted. I ordered some for the store when we got back, we got the 2012. We tasted the ’12 last week and it was amazing. Very well balanced, beautiful fruit, wil substantial but smooth tannins. This wine gets better with every sip, you will be very sad when the bottle is empty!

The Wine Advocate gave this vintage 91pts
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The Wine Advocate – “The red 2012 Reserva is sold as Crianza or Reserva depending on the market, but it’s always a blend of Tempranillo with some 20% Garnacha, 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo from the lower part of the valley of the Oja-Tirón river. The varieties are fermented and aged separately until most of it (around 80%) is blended the summer after… 2012 saw good ripeness, and the wine shows it, but doesn’t show any excess. The vinification is as classic as it gets: the grapes ferment with natural yeasts with a ‘pied de cuve’ and the wine matured in new barriques the first year; it was then transferred to well-seasoned barrels for a further year of upbringing. It still feels quite oaky with some smoky aromas and some notes of roasted sesame seeds. The palate is lush and round, with polished tannins. This is a textbook Rioja at a very good price for the quality it delivers. This wine should be readily available, as it’s produced in good quantities, close to one million bottles, which for this quality is impressive. Rating: 91(+) Points.”

Here’s the producer’s tasting notes – “On the nose, it displays ripe, dark fruit, grape syrup, bitter chocolate and as it opens up, hints of spices such as pepper, vanilla and a little mountain scrub begin coming through. On the palate, it is balanced with a soft touch of acidity to give it good potential for cellaring. The attack is broad and long, with an evolution in the mouth which spreads silky and mineral sensations before concluding with sweet tannins which still have a lot of grip and will benefit from some time out for their full integration.”

This will pair well with almopst any kind of lamb dish, paella, chorizo, grilled eggplant with a little paprika, shepherd’s pie…

Here’s the price structure of 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!

Sign Up Now!
Come by the shop, 133 Georgia Ave. North Augusta, SC 29841
or give us a call at 803.279.9522

Wines of Piemonte, Italy. Wine Tasting Seminar. Friday, November 11th 7pm

with Kristen Pipitone CSW, Vias Imports Ltd.
Friday Evening, November 11th, 2016, 7 pm. At Wine World.

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Join us as Kristen Pipitone, of Vias Imports, guides us through the Piemonte region of Italy, Which lies in northern Italy at the foot of the Alps. Vias focuses on high quality wines from traditional native Italian grapes. We’ll taste several of the most important styles and varietals from the beautiful and iconic Piemonte!
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Castelvero Cortese 2015

Araldica La Luciana, Gavi DOCG 2015

Damilano Arneis, Langhe DOC 2014
(Wine Spectator 89pts)

Pecchenino San Luigi, Dolcetto di Dogliani DOCG 2015
(Wine Spectator 90pts)

Damilano, Barbera d’Asti DOCG 2014
(Wine Enthusiast 89pts)

Produttori del Barbaresco, Nebbiolo, Langhe DOC 2014

Produttori del Barbaresco, Barbaresco DOCG 2012
(Wine Spectator 93pts)

Damilano Lecinquevigne Barolo DOCG 2011
(Wine Enthusiast 92pts)

Marenco Strev Moscato d’Asti DOCG 2015

Marenco Pineto, Brachetto d’Acqui DOCG 2015
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Accompanied by cheese , french bread, and tasty tidbits
Reserve now! The number of places is limited.
Reserve early to avoid disappointment. Our seminars have been selling out.
Reservations must be paid. We cannot hold places which are not paid for.
$ 25 paid reservation. $ 18 for Wine Club Members.
($ 30 at the door, if places are available.)
To reserve your place with Credit Card call us at 803-279-9522
or come to the shop with your Cash, Check or Credit Card
Wine World, 133 Georgia Avenue, North Augusta, 29841
You can also mail your check to the Address above.
We are not able to take reservations via Email

Third Thursday Drop-In Wine Tasting June 16th 5-8pm

Drop-In anytime between 5 and 8pm
We’ll taste 6 wines (3 whites, 3 reds)
only $5 and you’ll get a $3 rebate when you buy one of the featured wines!
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Wine World Wines, Thursday, June 16, 2016
 
Picpoul de Pinnet, Blanc, 2015 Languedoc, France
Pale yellow color with green tints. Fresh and fine aromas of grapefruit and exotic fruit. Lime flavors, with typical focusing acidity, are hallmarks of Picpoul. Splendid with seafood and shellfish, rich cheese and charcuterie.
 
Yalumba, Chardonnay, 2015, South Australia, Australia
Unoaked. Crisp lively citrus, through to the fuller peach flavours. Fresh tropical fragrances provide a tantalizing suggestion of rich, creamy peach and nougat flavours. Slow roasted pork belly with pear coleslaw, Thai chicken salad or grilled prawns.
 
Crios, Rosé of Malbec, 2015, Mendoza, Argentina
Dry Rosé filled with notes of strawberry, red cherry and hints of spices. Pairs with Roasted Chicken, Sweet & Spicy Shrimp, Strawberry with cream, Charcuterie Platter.
 
Klet Brda, Villa Brici Merlot, 2013, Brda, Slovenia
Ruby red colour with a shade of garnet. Fruity aroma reminiscent of red strawberry bushes, subtle aroma of vanilla. Smooth and medium-bodied.. Serve with venison, beef, grilled vegetables and medium mature cheese.
 
Chamisal, Pinot Noir, 2011, Central Coast, California
Bold, flavorful and complex. Deep cheery, strawberry and spice notes. Pork Chops in dill cream and mushroom gravy, Pizza, Beef Bourguignon, Roasted Rabbit.
 
Robertson, Pinotage, 2014, Western Cape, South Africa
Deep purple tint on the rim with delicious flavors of ripe strawberry, banana, juicy plums and rich, red cherry. Enjoy now with roast beef, roast chicken, stews, lamb, pizza and pasta.