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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.

May 2016 WINE CLUB 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, one white (or rose, or bubbly) and one red each the total value of which will exceed $40
Come by the shop to sign up, or give us a call at 803.279.9522

3 months $40/month = $120 and you get a Riedel glass
6 months $36/month = $216 and you get two Riedel glasses
12 months $32/month = $384 and you get four Riedel glasses
(totals are pre-tax)
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Les Caillottes Sancerre 2014

Sancerre is an Appellation in the Loire valley in France known primarily for its Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir is produced there also as both red and rose.

The Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre tends to be very crisp and have a minerality unique to the region, which makes it a bit different stylistically than any other SB in the world. As a Direct Import from our friends at Advintage Distributing, this wine is a great value for a lovely version of Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc!

Try lemon-herbed chicken, grilled fish with mango salsa, caprese salad, mushroom and goat cheese tart or seafood pasta.
Fresh goat cheeses, creamy Brie, triple creme cheeses, ricotta, feta and Parmigiano-Reggiano all go well with Sancerre, as do oysters and mussels

Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2012

Sangiovese and complementary grapes (Malvasia nera, Colorino, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon)

Nippozzano is an Castle in Rufina, originally built in 1371, this is of the historic wines of the property.
This is a serious wine, Chianti is known for having high acidy and firm tannins, Nippozzano is no exception, but with dark and elegant fruit, the producer’s notes say it well: Nipozzano Riserva is a lovely ruby-red. The nose opens with dark wild berries and cherry, hints of candy floss and pleasant floral notes of lilac and chocolate. The spicy component emerges with nuances of clove and green peppercorn. The palate is characterized by a distinct tactile approach in which the stamp of the terroir is underlined by a lively minerality. The tannin texture is tight but not sharp which is also an expression of the uniqueness of the soils of Nipozzano. The finish returns to the intense fruity notes already identified on the nose.

Pair with barbecued meat and beef stews, aged cheeses.

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James Suckling – “Lots of mineral, dried berry and cherry aromas and flavors. Full body, bright acidity and a silky finish. Plenty going on. Love the dark fruit and mineral character on the finish. Drink or hold.”
(Andrew’s note- drinking well now, but a couple or five years might soften this wine very nicely)

Here’s a short article about the Nippozzano castle with pictures of wine barrels lined inside the castle walls
http://www.castellitoscani.com/nipozzano.htm

Islands of Italy Wine Tasting Seminar

with Adam Verona, Italian Specialist, Republic National Distribution
Friday Evening, April 29, 2016, 7 pm. At Wine World. $ 15 paid reservation
We’re ready for an evening of exciting wines, many will be new to most of us. The wine producers of Sicily and Sardinia have made significant strides in recent years with attention to preserving and improving wines from grapes traditional to these areas and also developing “international” grape types.
We are fortunate to have Adam to present these wines and share his extensive knowledge of these fascinating wine regions. Special prices will be offered to attendees.
Come by or Call us at 803.279.9522 to Reserve now!
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The Wines:
 
Argiolas Costomolino. Sardinia
 
Tasca di Almerita Grillo. Sicily
 
Planeta Rosé. Sicily
(50% Syrah, 50% Nero d’Avola)
 
Argiolas Costera. Sardinia
(Cannonau, aka Grenache), Garnacha
 
Argiolas Korem Red. Sardinia
(Bovale Sardo, Carignano, Cannonau)
 
Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Sicily
60% Nero d’Avola, 40% Frappato)
 
Tasca Almerita Regaleali Lamuri. Sicily.
(Nero d’Avola)
 
MandraRosso Bonera Red. Sicily
(50% Nero d’Avola, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc)
 
Feudo Maccari Saia Nero d’Avola. Sicily
Fessina Il Musmeci Etna Rosso. Sicily
(Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappucio. Very old vines)
 
Accompanied by cheeses, tasty tidbits and French bread.
Reserve now. The number of places is limited. Reservations recommended.
$ 20 paid reservation. $ 25 at the door, if places are available.

Third Thursday Feb. 18th Drop-In Wine Tasting!

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Drop-In anytime between 5 and 8pm
Taste 6 wines (3 whites, 3 reds)
only $5 and you get a $3 rebate if you buy one of the featured wines!

Pine Ridge, Chenin Blanc+Viognier, Calif, 2014 $14.99
Aromas, fresh lemon, juicy honeydew, and sweet mango. Palate is crisp, mouth-watering, luscious papaya, yellow pear and ruby grapefruit. Thai curry, a sushi dish, spicy tuna roll.

Murphy-Goode, Sauvignon Blanc, North Coast, Calif, 2014 $11.99
Bright citrus and lush tropical fruit aromas. Flavors of white peach and honeydew. Touch of oak intriguing “fume” personality. oysters, coconut shrimp, pad thai.

Centine Rosé Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese Toscana Italy 2014 $10.99
Very aromatic. hints of woodland berries. rich berry flavors long crisp, clean finish. ideal as an aperitif. pairs perfectly with fish, poultry and young, mild cheeses.

Fuego, Garnacha, Calatayud, Spain, 2013 $10.99
80-90 year old vines. Fruit-bomb, it offers loads of strawberry and cherry fruit intermixed with hints of earth, spice and pepper, silky tannins, and a medium-bodied, delicious, savory mouthfeel. Pizza, rabbit, braised lamb shanks, goulash.

Portillo, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2014 $9.99
Fruit of dense blackberries and blueberries, sour cherry and a floral character offset by peppery spice, cloves. Pairs well with red meats, roasted poultry, Mexican, Cajun, Indian and Italian.

Temptation, Zinfandel, Sonoma, California, 2012 $13.99
Aromas of dark fruits with plum and red cherry, spice and vanilla. Jammy ripe flavors of cherry, black plums, black pepper, strawberries. Eggplant with sausage in zinfandel sauce,
Tex-Mex, BBQ Brisket, Sticky Baby Back Ribs.