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WINE CLUB Selections February 2018

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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)

Halter Ranch, Grenache Blanc, 2016 Paso Robles, California $24.99
A primary blending grape in the southern part of France, Grenache Blanc is the light skinned mutation of Grenache Noir, the one used to make all the yummy reds. Here it’s 75% blended with 21% Picpoul Blanc, and 4% Viognier. (two of our favorite white grapes as many of you know) This is truly delicious and unique. There’s almost a sweet-tart dust quality to this wine, without being sweet, of course. Orange peel, banana, even custard, all while being clean, crisp, very dry and acidic without being overly citrusy. The finish is long and keeps evolving. Just keeps getting better and better, yum!

This will go with salad in a way many wines can’t, because of its great acidity. Fruit with goat cheese. All manner of seafood, or just drink it by itself, wowzers, it’s yummyliscious!

This wine is S.I.P. (Sustainability In Practice) Certified, which is a certification specifically for the wine industry, and is a step beyond USDA Organic.

Best of Class
2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Gold and Best of Grenache Blanc
2017 Central Coast Wine Competition

Plouzeau, Chinon, Les Cornuelles 2014, Loire France
Chinon is a part of the Loire valley known for great Cabernet Franc
Leather, dark, dark, dark chocolate, almost a hint of spicy Italian sausage with a little chalk, or slate. (if you’ve been to a rock yard or used some in your own yard, you’ll know what I mean) The palate has these flavors but with the addition of some roast tomato or red pepper. The Tannins are pretty chewy (I love chewy tannins! I you don’t stick this one under the stairs for a couple of years) and the acidity is med high. The wine is very balanced and will age well. (I’m planning to purchase a few extra to lay down for a bit) You’re going to love this with a meaty pizza, sausage or game on the grill, creamy rich mushrooms with pasta, or grilled bacon wrapped mushrooms.

This wine is made from estate fruit and is certified organic. Pierre Plouzeau bought the property in 1976, renovated the castle and replanted the vineyards. His son Marc took over the vineyard in 1999 and converted the production to organic.

Read a little about Chinon and its history!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinon

and Here is the Plouzeau Website:
http://www.plouzeau.com

 

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: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/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!

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

WINE CLUB Selections December 2017

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 don’t base our choices on ratings.(Although we’ll often include them in the write-up)

Broc Cellars Love White, 2015, Madera, California
We love a Rhone style blend at Wine World, and this 90% Marsanne, 7% Rousanne, 3 % Viognier wine fits the bill. Broc Cellars focuses on site specific wines, all grapes are grown sustainably, organically, or biodynamically. The grapes for this wine come from “Love Ranch” The wines are fermented using native yeasts, naturally occurring on the skins and in the winery. Round full and floral, with flavors of honeysuckle and cantaloupe.
As I’ve said before and will say again, Rhone blends White or Red are extremely adaptable food wines, different elements of the blend will come out with different foods. Roussane, the majority grape in this blend goes particularly well with seafood, especially dishes that are fully spiced or smoked, also great match for almost any spicy asian dish. This will be great with a Roast Chicken!
These other suggestions I found online that while sipping this wine made me hungry! Smoked Trout Chowder, Crab Salad with Ginger and Dried Orange Peel, Creamy Cauliflower Pasta

The British wine magazine Decanter like this wine too!
91pts Decanter
“This crystal clear classic white Rhone blend is ripe with honeysuckle and peach mixed with warm marzipan and toasty flavors. It is succulent with touch of dried herbs and a waxy texture.”

Levendi Symphonia Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa Valley California
This was a mistake, a happy accident! Wetasted this and were given a price much too low for this wine. By the time the distributor caught the error, we’d already set it up for WINE CLUB. They graciously let us go ahead with the quoted price, as the mistake was theirs, so here we have a wonderful holiday surprise for you all.

Winemaker Alison Doran has been making wine in Napa for more than 30 years, and the Gianulias family has been involved in Napa wine since 1926. They focus on making big, extracted, lush wines, and Symphonia is a prime example.

Tastings.com gave this wine 92 points and the following description, which is accurate:
“Bright dark indigo color. Attractive aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits and nuts, berry pie a la mode, and chocolate rice bar with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, appealing, medium-length dried cherries and toffee finish with fine tannins and light oak. A supple and attractive cabernet that will improve with time.”

I’ll add that this is classic Napa Cab, intense and extracted without being sweet. It’s great now, (just had my last sip) but couple years in the bottle will bring out some more sublte character, and if you grab an extra bottle (while we still have some!) and put it under the stairs for 10 years, you’ll be greatly rewarded!

As far as pairing… grilled meats! Especially Lamb. I’d reccomend a little honey, some rosemary and lots of garlic in the marinade. Slow cooked short ribs, anything with blue cheese… I’d might have this with grilled skirt steak, sliced about a quarter inch thick and spread a little Point Reyes Blue on when we eat it. Or maybe we’ll sit on the back porch with a box of crackers and a big wedge of Cambozola, maybe a little prosciutto and some sliced red onion for texture and spice! Yum!

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

WINE CLUB Selections November 2017

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 don’t base our choices on ratings.(Although we’ll often include them in the write-up)

For this Month’s WINE CLUB we have two great Wines for your Thanksgiving table!

Hugel Gewurztraminer 2013

At Wine World we always reccomend Gewurtztraminer as a perfect pairing with thanksgiving turkey. Alsatian Gewurtz is typically dry and full flavored, with a richness that tastes a little like lychee nut, a distinctive fruit. This wine also goes great with heavier aisian fare. These wines, including Alsatian Pinot Blanc and Riesling, age remarkably well, and develop really interesting and yummy character. The wines darken and the flavoprs become more intense over time. I recently had Gwurtz and Pinot Blanc from the late 80s that were amazing! The Hugel family has been making wine in Alsace since 1635.

Critical Acclaim:
90pts Wine Enthusiast
A sumptuously rich nose of musk, creamy peach and fragrant orchid precede a rounded, medium-dry palate of gentle, warm peach and plum. A pleasant bitter-honey edge lends even more grip to the textured midpalate. Savor this slowly and enjoy the tingling baking spices that enliven the palate.

From The Winery:
“The spice of Alsace and one of Famille Hugel’s signature wines. It is both aromatic and extroverted through its floral and spicy notes. Gewurztraminer is an invitation to accompany a variety of spicy Asian dishes as well as smoked salmon and strong cheeses.”

Julien Sunier Wild Soul VdF 2016
Julian Sunier is a well known producer of Gamay in Beaujolais. When hail destroyed a good portion of his crop in Regnie, he bought some gamay from another producer in Beaujolais and made a this wine, designated as a “Vin de France” as its composition doesn’t follow the rules. It’s all Gamay from old vines, 65yrs or older, which I belive shows in the intensity of the fruit. Wild Soul was aged on the lees in conrete eggs, no there’s no oak. We were struck by how delightful and different this wine is, bright cherry and rasberry flavors, almost candylike, but completely dry, and very “clean”. Wild Soul will be a great addition to your holiday table, a nice counterpoint to the bird, and a stellar match with cranberry sauce. I suspect it’ll even go well with pumpkin pie, although a nice Sauterne would be perfect… I’m getting hungry already!

WINE CLUB Selections October 2017

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 don’t base our choices on ratings.(Although we’ll often include them in the write-up)

We have a pair of French wines this month both from somewhat iconic producers, enjoy!

Louis Latour Mâcon-Lugny Les Genièvres 2015
2015 is known to be a stellar vintage in Burgundy, particularly for the reds. We tasted several burgundy’s with a representative for LaTour just recently and agreed this “little” white Burgundy was very yummy and a spectacular bargain.
100% Chardonnay (as is true of most white Burgundy) and unoaked.
I wouldn’t look to age this wine for a long period, drink it with pleasure within the next 3 or 4 years.
From the Latour webpage:
“The village of Lugny is located high up in the South of the Mâcon region. It has a great reputation for its white wines which has made Mâcon famous. It is well known that the village of Lugny, with its limestone soils and warm climate, produces the most coveted white wines of the region. The vineyard of « Les Genièvres » is one of the best. Maison Louis Latour selects the best grapes of this village, which thanks to its terroir, was the only village planted with Chardonnay 30 years ago.
Mâcon-Lugny “Les Genièvres” is crisp and yet still typically honeyed. The nose unveils aromas of lemon and green orchard fruit with notes of honeycomb. A clean dry, yet quite rich wine full of light lemon citrus and orchard fruits with nutty notes, it has an elegant smoothness with balanced fresh acidity and a lingering dry-almost honeyed finish. A good value quality white Burgundy that is drinking well now.
Food Pairing: Grilled fish – seafood – Comté cheese”

Château de Ségriés Lirac Cuvee Reservee 2015
50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, 10% Mourvèdre
We’re big fans of wines from the Rhone Valley, they tend to be extremely adaptable for pairing with food, and tend to age remarkably well. I had a simple Guigal Cotes Du Rhone from 1995 last night and it was fabulous! This wine comes from Lirac, an appelation just across the river from Chateneuf Du Pape.
These grapes are from 80 year old vines and harvested by hand, and have no oak treatment.
Pairs well with Stews, Grilled meats, Game, Various cheeses, or almost anything else you’d drink a red wine with!
The Wine Advocate gave this wine 92pts.
“The 2015 Lirac Cuvee Reservee is a beauty. Notes of dried Provencal garrigue, cedar, blackberries, blueberries and roasted herbs all jump from the glass of this concentrated, rich and seriously endowed Lirac that has a stacked mid-palate, rocking levels of concentration, ripe tannin and a great finish. It’s another superstar wine to drink over the coming 7-8 years.”

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

WINE CLUB! September 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.

Mouton Noir, Love Drunk Rosé 2016 
Willamette Valley, Oregon
75% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir.
Release date: 03/2017
Alcohol:13.3%
PH: 3.16
Residual Sugar: .2 g/L
2400cases

A super Yummy Rosé, the blend is inspired by Champagne. Most Rose is made by letting the white juice of red grapes sit on the skin fo a short period of time. We suspect that this wine was made instead by blending the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, although I couldn’t find any specific info. The grapes come from a single vineyard from McMinnville AVA, a sub AVA of the Willamette Valley. The winemaker, Andre Mack was a Somellier at the famous French Laundry and was the first African American to win the title of Best Young Sommelier in America in 2003. We have another of his wines in the store, a lovely Pinot Noir called “O.P.P”, or Other People’s Pinot.

The Chardonnay really stands out in this wine, and there’s a hint of spicyness from the Pinot. You could pair this with almost anything! Paella, Grilled Chicken, Prosciutto Panini, Curried Salmon Cakes

Here what the producer has to say:
“The 2016 Love Drunk is an intoxicating Rose. Much like
new love, it clouds the brain, causes eyes to sparkle, cheeks to
glow, blood pressure to rise and the lips to pucker. Provocative
aromas of strawberry and raspberry, followed by refreshing flavors
of wild strawberry, watermelon rind and a hint of kiwi.
Maison Noir Wines: Garage Wines (Micro-Negociant)
focusing on specific terroirs in Oregon by sourcing the best fruit
possible from the Willamette Valley region of Oregon to produce
wines which show the individuality of their respected sites.”

 

Eberle Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Vineyard Selection’ 2014
variety: 100% CABERNET SAUVIGNON
appellation: PASO ROBLES
alcohol: 14.5 %
acidity: 0.69
ph: 3.59

This is our one of our “Go To” California Cabs under $25 Big bold Paso Robles fruit with nice supple tannins, this is a serious and easy drinking cab all in one bottle. Gary Eberle has been making wine in Paso since the mid seventies and released the first Eberle Cab in 1979. He’s know as the “Godfather” of Paso Robles Winemaking. Chris Eberle (No Relation!) is the current Winemaker, while Gary and his wife Marcy oversee operations.

Braised Beef Short Ribs, Spicy Meatballs with Parmesan, Grilled Steak with Salsa Verde

Here’s what the Winery has to say:
“Cooked blackberries, baked black plum, grape candy and lilac touches show on the nose of this bottling, which is easy to like and uncomplicated. Violet floral flavors kick off the palate, followed by coffee spice, cedar and dark berry fruit, all framed by moderate tannic tension.
Eberle’s Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon displays 100% varietal characteristics blended from several distinguished Paso Robles vineyards, including the Eberle Estate Vineyard. This well-balanced Cabernet has a silky mouthfeel with flavors and aromas of blackberry jam, ripe plums, and toasty oak with a dry lingering finish. The Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon is so approachable that can you enjoy it by the glass or with hearty fare.
The rich dark fruit flavors and moderate tannins found in the 2014 Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon make it a complement to a variety of favorite dishes including braised lamb shanks with rosemary, a steak sandwich with goat cheese butter or a juicy rib-eye steak with a dollop of blue cheese.
The 2014 growing season started with a very dry and mild winter, leading to an early bud break in mid-March. Warm weather continued
throughout spring leading into a hot and dry summer. Another year of scant rain and mild temperatures brought vines into early fruition with harvest beginning in mid-August. Yields were lower as clusters formed smaller berries, but the fruit came into the perfect ripeness and harvest was fast and furious. The results of the 2014 vintage is a wine that is full bodied with intense fruit flavors and good color extraction.”

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

 

WINE CLUB! August 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)

Jolo Vineyards, Golden Hallows 2016
Yadkin Valley, North Carolina

Vidal Blanc 55%, Viognier 35%, Traminette 10%
$23.99

Dale and I like to tell our wine reps to bring us the “Weird Stuff”, meaning strange varietals from interesting places. This is the first East Coast U.S. wine we’ve used for the wine club. Yadkin Valley, N.C is now a designated American Viticultural Area or “AVA”, which makes it a bona fide American wine region. The primary crop in Yadkin until recently was tobacco, today there are 38 wineries in the region. The grapes in this blend are all highly aromatic grapes. The primary grape, Vidal Blanc, is a hybrid most notably used to make icewine in Canada and Sweden, it’s high in sugar, has great acidity, can survive colder climates. Viognier is a part of the “Rhone Blend” providing floral aromatics and some viscosity in the mouth feel, it’s often used in small percentages to add complexity to Syrah.  Traminette is a cross between Geuwurtztraminer and “Joannes Seyve” a french/american hybrid, with the purpose of creating a hearty, full cluster grape with the flavors found in Gewurtztraminer.
This is a fun and funky wine!

I’ll post the winery’s description below, I’d like to add that this wine will pair wonderfully with spicy food, Asian, Indian, anything with complex flavors.
This is a very dry crisp wine, but with lots of funky fruit!

“2016 was a very hot and dry growing season. With little rainfall and hot sunny day slowly ripened the fruit and concentrated the flavors. This wine is crisp, clean and refreshing. Equal parts of elegance and delicate aromatics offer pineapple, passion fruit and white flowers with loads of Asian pear, freshly peeled apple, and pineapple dancing on the palate. The finish is crisp and rounded with a citrus and wet stone. This is a very enjoyable wine alone and also pairs well with shellfish, white fish, chicken, roasted pork, pastas in butter or pesto sauces. This wine should be consumed within the next 4 to 5 years to savor the harmonious balance of fruit and acidity. Enjoy!”

oh, and on a side note, only 5000 bottles of this were made, and each bottle is numbered individually.

Tenuta Sant’ Antonio Monti Garbi Ripasso 2013
Veneto Italy

Corvina and Corvinone 70% – Rondinella 20% – Croatina and Oseleta 10%.
$22.99

Ripasso! A style we love here at Wine World, and the first one we’ve used for wine club. We think this is a wonderful example. Ripasso is a sort of combination of Amarone and regular Valpolicella. Amarone is made from grapes that have been dried, so that they are almost raisins. Ripasso, is “passed through” the Amarone leavings and refermented, making for a bolder, more complex wine than “standard” Valpolicella.

Here’s what the winery has to say:
“The wine is a lovely ruby red color. Aromas of red fruit and cherries. The flavors are slightly sweetish, soft yet powerful, fresh, and full-flavored with a trace of tannin and a spicy aftertaste. Pasta entrées with meat ragout and Italian sauces, grilled, roast or stewed white meats, hard medium-ripe cheeses.” Also… Pizza!!, Cambozola Cheese!!

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

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
WS91
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”
V90
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

WINE CLUB! June 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 (usually between $45 and $50) 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)

WINE CLUB selections June 2017!

Murrieta’s Well The Whip White Blend 2014
Livermore Valley California

30% Sauvignon Blanc 30% Semillon 30% Chardonnay 7% Viognier 3% Muscat Canelli
A fun, unique and, beautifully complex white blend that starts with the white bourdeaux Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes, but with a good chunk of chardonnay, finished with a little viognier and muscat cannelli. The small percentages of the latter two grapes really stand out, adding floral aromatics, touches of melon, and a round, full mouthfeel. The Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc both get about two weeks of fermentation in small oak barrels. Wente is the producer, the oldest continuously-operated family-owned winery in America, now in their Fifth Generation, known as California’s First Family of Chardonnay. All of their wines are estate grown and certified sustainable. The Murrieta’s well wines are made in conjunction with winemaker Robbie Meyer, who has worked with Peter Michael Winery, Lewis Cellars, and Jericho Canyon Vineyards.

This, like a Rhone-style blend is going to go great with almost anything you’d use a white wine for. I’d reccomend Asian or Indian food especially, as the complexity of this wine will really shine when paired with complex spices!

Here’s what the winery has to say:
“The Whip 2014 is an elegant and balanced wine, fruit driven with a hint of toasty oak. While this is a Chardonnay and Semillon led style, each grape varietal has a purpose in our blend that I hand select to add elements like structure, texture, floral notes, and acidity. This unique wine showcases juicy fruit flavors of white peach, pear and melon with bright acidity and a touch of sweetness that creates a smooth and creamy finish.”

The Tasting Panel gives it 91pts:
“Six varieties combine to make this aromatic and complex wine; smooth and luscious with juicy, ripe flavors; smooth, floral and lovely; smooth, floral and lovely. ”

Bedrock Wine Company Old Vines Zinfandel 2014
Sonoma Valley, California
We love Zin at Wine World, Argentina has Malbec, Australia has Shiraz, and in the U.S. we have Zinfandel. Planted widely in California, with some old vineyards containing vines up to 150 years old. The origins of the grape were uncertain, but Zin has been genetically linked to Primitivo in Italy and Crljenak Kastelanski in Croatia, neither of which is grown in great volume today. Bedrock is owned by Morgan Twain-Peterson, son of Joel Peterson, founder of Ravenswood Winery. (remember when it was the “Rs” of Zin: Ravenswood, Ridge, Rosenblum and Renwood?) Now Morgan’s friend Chris Cottrell has joined him as a partner at the winery. I met Morgan a few weeks ago and tasted several of their wines including some of the single vineyards. All tremendous wines! We also had fun talking about how great thos old Ravenswood Single vineyard wines were, and how well they age.

Zinfandel has been our go-to Pizza wine since I was a child, the spiciness goes great with italian sausage or pepperoni, the bold fruit stands up to and melds with the tomato sauce, and the complexity of a good Zin matches to complex flavors of a good pie! We always have real grated parmesan (get it at Wine World!) and chopped green onions for topping.

Here’s what Bedrock has to say:
“Morgan and Chris like to think of this as the gateway drug to Bedrock. Beyond this, it is perhaps the most important wine they make. It is widely available, and as such, acts a bit like the winery’s business card—theywant it to carry the density, fruit, freshness, and spice that we look for in our single-vineyard wines.”

Vinous / Antonio Galloni give this wine 91pts:
“The 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel is deep, rich and luscious, with plenty of up-front fruit and tons of appeal. More of a field blend than a true Zinfandel, the 2014 is soft and forward, with expressive red-fleshed fruit, bright acidity and terrific overall balance. The Old Vine is 77% Zinfandel and a generous 23% mixed blacks. Best of all, the Old Vine Zinfandel is a fabulous value.”

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

WINE CLUB May 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 (usually between $45 and $50) and the longer you sign up for, the better the deal! (see below for pricing and perks)

Hopler Gruner Veltliner 2015

Gruner is one of our favorite grapes here at Wine World, crisp acidity, peach, apricot, apple, citrus, white, pepper, and a touch of minerality are common descriptors. We’ve had this Hopler in the shop for many years and after recently tasting the current vintage, decided it would make a great WINE CLUB wine!

Pair with… cold starters, sushi, light pastas, salads or use as an aperitif.
Handley, Anderson Valley, Pinot Noir 2014

Round, soft, and beautiful, this is a wonderful Pinot Noir from the Andreson Valley, California, an region know for expressive Pinot. Anderson Valley has a cooler growing season, producing more “classically” oriented Pinot similar to what we find in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Handley is a small family producer making only about 12,000 cases yearly of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Gewurtztraminer. Here’s what they have to say about this wine:

“The 2014 harvest was even earlier than the early 2013 vintage. Warm and dry conditions during winter and spring forced early bud break and bloom. We had drained and repaired our pond at the end of 2013, and had little rainfall that winter. We did not have water in reserve for frost protection and little was available for irrigation. Luckily, we avoided frost damage in our Estate Vineyard and no rains fell during bloom. Summer temperatures were moderate. As a result our yields were also moderate, but the grapes were intensely concentrated. This blend was largely sourced from the Handley Estate Vineyard, located at the cooler end of Anderson Valley, closest to the Pacific and subject to coastal influence. Our vineyard is usually one of the last in the valley to be picked. The fruit our old vines produce is nicely perfumed, especially in warmer vintages, and still maintains good acidity which provides structure to the wine. The grapes from our Estate Vineyard were combined with fruit from Ferrington and Helluva vineyards. These two sites are located in the warmer end of Anderson Valley and contribute fleshy red fruit flavors and soft texture. We also added grapes from our mountaintop RSM vineyard because of their dense dark fruit character and complexity.

The fruit for this blend were gently destemmed and crushed, retaining about 40% whole berries. It was then transferred to small open top fermenters, where it was chilled and cold soaked for three days. As we slowly warmed the fruit, we inoculated it with a variety of yeasts selected to express different characters, some to enhance floral and fruity aromatics, some for good tannin extraction, and others to promote mouthfeel and a long finish. We punched down the fermenters twice a day, and at completion of fermentation the wine was pressed to tank and allowed to settle for three days. Then it was racked to barrels and stirred on the lees until it completed malolactic fermentation. This Pinot Noir was aged for 10 months in a mix of French Oak barrels (25% new), after which It was sterile filtered to maintain consistency and stability. (No animal derived products were used in the production of this wine).

Our 2014 Anderson Valley blend has aromas of freshly baked Bing cherry pie, dried rose petal, and baking spices. With the concentrated ripe fruit flavors indicative of this warm vintage, it’s juicy and full on the palate with black cherry, raspberry, and sour plum, with hints of violets and nutmeg. The finish is long and lingering punctuated by bright acidity.

We’ve found this wine is a perfect complement to Spaghetti Carbonara, Quinoa & Sweet Potato Salad, or Roasted Guinea Hen with au jus.”

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