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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

WINE CLUB April 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)


Tokaji Furmint Sec 2013
Királyudvar
Hungary
(Tokaji is the Region, Furmint is the Grape, Királyudvar is the producer)
Biodynamic

Tokaji is a region in Hungary known for its sweet wines made primarily from the Furmint grape. Dry Tokaji is a new thing, first introduced to the world in the year 2000, and has since become somewhat of a small sensation. We’ve been curious about it, so Dale’s been bugging our reps to bring us a dry Tokaji, and here it is! Wow, what a strange and delightful wine, you certainly taste the similarity to a sweet Tokaji, but dry, of course, with a crisp acidity. It has a sherry-like quality which makes it especially appealing as an apertif.
This would be great with indian food! How about grilled pineapple and steak kabobs, yum. Grilled mango… Tacos Al Pastor…
From the producer:
“Almost 90% Furmint complemented by Hárslevelu and cultivated through biodynamic viniculture. Rich aromas of acacia, pink grapefruit, and honey. The abundant acidity of the Furmint never tips the balance of the wine. Slightly smoky finish, likely thanks to the wood and the Hárslevelu, a variety often characterized by smoky impressions.”
Chateau Puech-Haut Coteaux du Languedoc Prestige 2014
France
Practicing Biodynamic

This is a Dale favorite, and I love it too, (apparently many wine writers also love it) from the Languedoc region of France.
I’ve copied and pasted a bunch of great info below, so I’ll get right to the food pairings!
Great with cheese, Caramelized root veggies, almost any sort of game, Wild Boar, Elk, back to the chees, how about a fancy mac and cheese with a little prosciutto and sliced tomato thrown in? Mushrooms and spinach…

91 Points, Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate:
“A terrific value, the 2014 Languedoc Cuvee Prestige checks in as a blend of 55% Grenache and 45% Syrah that’s brought up all in tank. It has tons of Mediterranean character in its sweet dark fruits, lavender, damp earth and peppery herb-laced bouquet. This gives way to a full-bodied, sexy, layered 2014 that has plenty of fruit, fine tannin and a hedonistic style that’s just hard to resist. It’s another outstanding vintage for this cuvee that’s well worth a multi-bottle purchase. Drink it over the coming 4-5 years.”

“One only needs to glance briefly through the notes of Jancis Robinson,
Robert Parker, Andrew Jefford and David Schildknecht (among many
others) to discover their love affair with the Languedoc. And by that, we
mean head-over-heels, butterflies-in-the-stomach kind of love. We have had
affection for the region since the humble beginnings of European Cellars
when our motto was “unknown…and unsold” – an affection that remains
as exciting to us today as it did 25 years ago.
Château Puech-Haut has been on the critic’s radar for some time – which
makes sense since the property has employed Michel Rolland, Claude Gros
and now Philippe Cambie as consulting enologist. Visionary owner Gérard
Bru spares no expense in his quest for excellence. Located quite close to Pic
Saint-Loup, in Saint-Drézéry, Puech-Haut is near the far western border of
the Rhône valley and benefits from both its proximity to the Mediterranean
and the rugged, mountainous interior of France. There are slightly over 50
hectares planted with Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Carignan,
Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Carignan Blanc.
The wines from Puech-Haut are rich and lush but also show the earthy and
mineral character of the rocky clay-limestone soils of the region.
Owner Gerard Bru, consultant Philippe Cambie and Eric Solomon have
collaborated on the Prestige Rouge since the 2009 vintage capitalizing
on the amazing limestone-rich terroir of Saint-Drézèry in the eastern
Languedoc. Combining 65-80 year old Grenache with 45 year old Syrah
then fermented and aged concrete, they have crafted a dense and powerful
wine capturing the warm climate of the Mediterranean with all its floral
aromatics of, dark fruit, spice, cracked pepper and garrigue.”

“Let’s just get right to the point, Chateau Puech Haut is one of the greatest and most talked about estates in Southern France at the moment. Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate has this to say about this over-achieving producer: “Easily one of the top estates in the Languedoc (if not southern France), Chateau Puech Haut lies just outside the village of Saint-Drezery and is owned and run by Gerard Bru, with consulting help from Philippe Cambie. They produce a number of cuvees, with their entry level efforts representing superb values, and their top cuvees being able to stand toe to toe with the greatest wines in the world.”

“In 2000, Gerard Bru checked out. He sold his business and moved back to Saint-Drézéry, a small village 15 km northeast of Montpellier. He grew up here, spending much of his time hunting and working with his grandfather in the local vineyards. Despite his knowledge of the land, he faced an uphill battle because there wasn’t a single vine on the property until he planted one, convinced that the terroir, covered in olive trees and wild herbs, would be conducive to spectacular wines.”

 

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 March 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)

Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina Rubentis, Spain 2016
Txakolina, (pronounced Chacolina) or Txakoli is a style of wine from the Basque area of Spain, that’s made from grapes native to the region. 50% Hondarribi Beltza (red) and 50% Hondarribi Zuri (white) the white and red grapes are worked together, and go through a cold maceration for about 12 hours, (during which the wine gets its color from the red grape skins) then fermented in stainless steel for 20 days. The resulting wine is fresh and clean with bright red fruit flavors, a super crisp acidity, a bit of minerality and a touch of salinity. It’ll remind you of Vinho-Verde. Traditionally the wine is served in a large tumbler and poured from a height to enhance the slight effervescence. (although it’s great in a wine glass too!) In Basque, Txakoli is commonly served with “pintxos”, tapas-like appetizers served on a spike, a toothpick or skewer, usually a mix of seafood, sliced meats, cheese, breads, peppers, olives… This wine will pair well with almost anything, do an image search for “pintxos” and you’ll get the idea! (you’ll also be hungry!)

Feudo Maccari, Saia, Sicily 2013
Nero D’ Avola from Sicily. We had the 2012 as part of seminar last year, it was one of our favorite wines that night, we decided to revisit Saia for WINE CLUB. The current vintage is 2013 and it’s yummy. Blackberry on the nose dark cherry on the pallet, big without being bulky or dense, clean, pretty, and complex, while still a big full flavored wine. The tannins are substantive, but not blocky. Drinks great now, should be amazing in a couple of years, and should hold up well for 8 or 10 if you want to sit on a bottle. Pair with grilled steak, venison, wild boar, stews, roasts, blue cheese, charcuterie

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 February 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)

Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2014
Au Bon Climat began making wine in 1982, focusing on Burgundian varietals made in a classic style. This is a beautiful Chardonnay, elegant bright citrus, slight minerality, with only a hint of oak. We had the previous vintage of this wine in a seminar a little over a year ago and liked it very much then. I recently took a bottle of the 2014 home and Amy and I were blown away by how lovely this wine was!
Will go great with shellfish in a light buttery sauce, a little garlic, zucchini and tomato, Baked Chicken with parmesan, sauteed white mushrooms, and asparagus.
Tikal Patriota 2013
60% Malbec, 40% Bonarda,
We tasted this just about a week ago with several really nice wines from South America, there wasn’t a bad wine in the bunch, but this really stood out as a special wine, and an interesting blend! Big Dark and Brambly, dark cherry nose, blackberry and licorice on the palette, a nice touch of spiciness, and a long finish that stays and stays, Finishes with a soft acidity that balances the generous fruit and some fairly hefty tannins. This wine should age well for several years as the tannins soften and the fruit mellows, but it’s wonderful now!! Drink this with grilled or smoked meats, grilled lamb in particular will go great with this. The spiciness and bold fruit will make this a great pizza wine as well!

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 January 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)

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Minges Gleisweiler Scheurebe Trocken 2015
Pfalz, Germany
I tasted this wine early fall as part of a Terry Theise collection pre-order. Sheurebe is the grape, and this is a beautiful example. “Troken” means Dry in german wine nomenclature. This wine is crisp bright and has a nice minerality, you catch a little fresh gravel/damp driveway on the nose with flavors of a hint of mandarin orange finishing with grapefruit. A great apertif, or with fruit salad, light seafood dishes, thai food. Keep the food on the light and bright side, a bit of spiciness will work well, this wine manages to be both delicate and bold at the same time with great complexity, depth and a long satisfying finish, Yum.
Emblem Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Mondavi Family Estate
Napa Valley California
Blend: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petite Sirah, 5% Petit Verdot, 4.5% Syrah, 2% Zinfandel, 1.5% Merlot

It’s time for a big bold Napa cab in the modern California style! Will age well for 10ish years, but this monster is designed for drinking now. Michael Mondavi is the winemaker, son of the Iconic Napa wine innovator Robert Mondavi. Michael runs the Mondavi Family Estate, while his brother Tim has Continuum Winery.
Grilled filet mignon, marinated in olive oil, vermouth, with some honey (or brown sugar), a little Bragg’s (or soy sauce), some paprika, fresh rosemary and sage if you have it, and fresh minced garlic, a big portabello would work too! Beef ribs in a sticky spicy marinade, or save it for after dinner!

Here’s what the Winerey has to say:
“The Oso Vineyard provides the central character and structure of the wine, while the balance of the grapes from the valley floor contribute roundness and complexity.
Vinitfication: After the grapes were gently hand-harvested, de-stemmed and crushed, the juice fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, with an extended post-fermentation maceration that beautifully married flavors and tannins, giving our Emblem Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon its lovely, seamless texture. Malolactic fermentation in barrel, combined with 18 months aging in French oak (66% new), further concentrated the wine’s rich cassis and blackberry cobbler flavors, adding subtle nuances of torched crème bruleè.”

Critical Acclaim
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James Suckling – “A polished and refined red with plum, blackberry and spice. Full-bodied, yet toned and muscular. Flavorful and long. Polished with tension. Has brightness to it. Mostly cabernet sauvignon with merlot, petite verdot, syrah, and zinfandel. Drink or hold.”

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The Wine Advocate – “The 2013 Emblem Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Merlot, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. It sells at a very modest $35.00. The wine has a deep ruby/purple color, loads of juicy fruit, a medium to full body (about 14.7% natural alcohol), a lush, heady, accessible mouthfeel. This is a steal, and a sleeper of the vintage, and capable of lasting up to a decade or more.”

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!

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

WINE CLUB December 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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Zinck Pinot Blanc, Alsace France 2014
“A vibrant, zesty Alsatian Pinot Blanc with an assertive acidic attack on the palate. Aromas of white grapefruit and lime. Pair with shellfish.
Notions of baked Mirabelle plums lend their full-fruited aspect to nose and palate. Their softness is countered by fresh, lively crispness. This is friendly, refreshing and fruit-driven. The vines for this Alsatian white wine are planted in the silt soils of Eguisheim developed by Philippe Zinck. Very dry and mouth-watering.”

The most important reason we choose this as one of the December wines is… Fondue!!
In the Benjamin family cold weather means it is time for melted cheese. Alsatian Pinot Gris is a perfect match! Dick and Sally Benjamin spent several years living in Switzerland and returned with their “Echter Schweitzer Fondue” (Real Swiss Fondue) recipe.
I’ve added the recipe below, with a few comments from me.
Another fun thing about Pinot Blanc from Alsace, is that it can age very well! We had one from 1990 with a fondue last week and it was amazing.
other Pinot Blanc food pairings: salmon rice bowl, Thai shrimp, chicken caesar.

Northstar Merlot, Columbia Valley, Washington 2011
Merlot is making a comeback, led by wonderful wines from Washington state. Northstar was founded in the early 1990s and focuses on Merlot. Dale and I loved this when we tasted it, and know that you will too!
“The 2011 vintage has rich concentrated aromas of cherry, raspberry and chocolate that lead into flavors of cinnamon and vanilla. It is subtle and soft with a lingering toasted oak finish. This wine was created to enjoy now, or for many years to come as it will age gracefully. Diversity of vineyards and sub-appellations within the Columbia Valley are Northstar’s hallmarks. Fruit is selected from the very best possible sources throughout the Columbia Valley. Winemaker David “Merf” Merfeld works closely with each grower to achieve specific fruit quality and yield parameters. Vines average 15 years old and yield grapes with concentrated varietal flavors of cherry and plum with elegant tannins. Fruit from more than 10 separate vineyards and 14 different blocks contributed to the blend.”

Blend: 78% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot

Critical Acclaim
TP90
Tasting Panel – “Smooth and elegant with juicy plum and berry fruit; balanced, lush and long; medium weight, supple and rich.”

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Echter Schweizer Fondue (Real Swiss Fondue)
Dick and Sally Benjamin {with Additional Comments by Andrew Benjamin}

{You’ll need a Fondue Pot! Paderno World Cuisine Fondue Set or Swissmar Fondue Set}

Quantities are per person as a main course

Ingredients
~1/3 pound of coarsely grated Swiss-style cheese per person
We like about half Gruyere(or more) and half other Swiss (e.g., Emmental, Appenzel) or Swiss-style cheeses. {We have been using Fontina as the secondary cheese, and a little Havarti as a third cheese} But there are many possible variations (including all Gruyere). You may try the Swiss-styled cheeses from other countries such as Jarlsberg from Denmark or Comte or Fol Epi from France. We like to add a bit of softer creamier mild cheese such as Havarti for a smoother mixture.
~ 5 ounces of dry white wine per person
Select a dry, fairly acidic, relatively neutral (not very fruity) white wine with no oak. {We used a Picpoul de Pinet recently and the Fondue was amazing, another good, and very inexpensive one is La Ville Ferme Blanc} (Swiss wines such as Fendant, Aigle, or Dezaley are ideal, but hard to find and much too expensive.) We like Grüner Veltliner (from Austria), white blends or Pinot Blanc from Alsace, crisp Sauvignon Blancs, crisp Pinot Grigios from Italy. A good shellfish white is usually a good fondue wine. Many California wines are too fruity and not acidic enough for good fondue.
~1½ teaspoon of cornstarch (1-4 people).
~1 ½ jigger of Kirschwasser (1-4 people) cherry brandy – the distilled firewater, not a sweet liqueur.
{most importantly,  you are looking for firewater, not a flavored liqueur, European fruit brandy works perfectly, we’ve used moonshine to add a little local flavor, even something like Paul Masson white brandy will work in a pinch}
1 large clove of fresh garlic
½ fresh lemon (seeded)
A ceramic Fondue pot, and a stand with an alcohol burner
A slotted wooden stirring spoon {needs to be wooden, but slotted is not necessary}
A loaf of French or Italian bread with a hard crust, not too fresh, cut into ~1 inch cubes. Each cube must have some crust to hold the Fondue fork. {day old is best}

Rub the inside of the Fondue pot with cut garlic and put about ½ of the garlic clove, very finely diced, in the bottom of the pot. Add about three-fourths of the wine and put the pot on a gas or electric range at medium-high heat. When the wine just begins to bubble, begin putting the cheese in, stirring with the slotted wooden spoon. As the cheese melts, add more cheese until all of the cheese is in solution. Continue stirring. Add the juice of ½ lemon, and then the cornstarch mixed well with 1½ jiggers of Kirschwasser. Continue stirring. If the mixture is too thick, add some of the retained wine. If, after a few minutes, the mixture is too thin, add a bit more cornstarch well-mixed with Kirschwasser. If it separates, add more lemon juice.

Put the burner in the middle of the table and put the bubbling pot on the burner. Use immediately (or have someone continue stirring). If you wish something more than bread, serve small Gerkins, small cocktail onions, or thin-sliced salami. Fun!
{we like prosciutto! Also, pour some of the Firewater you used with the cornstarch in a shot glass for each diner, dip your bread in quickly before stirring it in the pot, and… when you eat it… WOW!  aaand… If you are careful to stir in a circle around the edges of the pot, a crust will form in the middle, at the end of the meal you can scrape the crust from the bottom of the pot carefully with a fondue fork and split it for a special burnt cheese treat}

Fondue isch güet und git a güete lüüne.
Switzertutsch (Zurich area)
(Fondue is good and gives a good feeling.)

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

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