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WINE CLUB selections August 2018

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Huia Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017 Marlborough, New Zealand $19.99
Huia is a family owned vineyard producing organic and biodanamic wines. Here’s the production notes from the winery: “After hand harvesting, pressing and settling, the juice goes to tank for fermentation. Two thirds of the juice awaits natural fermentation before being moved to neutral French oak barrels for the fermentation and maturation with lees stirring. The remainder is inoculated with wine yeast and fermented through to wine in tank.” This Pinot Gris (same grape as pinot grigio) is subtle and beautiful, reminds me of the lovely Alsatian wines. “A mixture of honeysuckle, pear, apple and quince aromas abound on the nose, followed by white peach and some spice on the well-balanced and smooth, dry palate.” is what the winery gives as tasting notes, I can’t disagree!
 
This wine will go great with Thai or other lighter asian fare, the bit of creaminess up front with its crisp cutting finish will pair well with creamy seafood pasta dishes, or a grilled whitefish marinated in white wine olive oil and a touch of honey, throw some fresh basil or rosemary on top!
Marietta Román Estate Grown Zinfandel 2015 North Coast California $22.99
84% Zinfandel, 11% Petite Sirah, 5% Barbera
I know, I know, we just had a Zin month before last, but this one is different than that one, I know you’re going to enjoy seeing a different expression of the grape. Have I mentioned that we looooove Zinfandel? It’s America’s grape. Similar to Malbec in Argentina, it started elsewhere (probably Croatia) but now it’s ours! My folks were great Zinfandel evangelists and believed if properly made, Zins could age as well as Cabernet or a fine Bourdeaux. (I’ve had many a great bottle over 20 even 30 years old from their collection) Back to the subject at hand. This wine is named for Marietta’s Cellar Master Román Cisneros who has worked at the winery for over thirty years. Román said, before the wine was named, that it is his new favorite house wine, so the wine was named for him. Much of the work at the winery is done by hand, with an eye toward sustainability. Marietta has a small team and is focused heavily on their employees. Scot Bilbro is the second generation owner and winemaker at Marietta after his father, Chris Bilbro founded Marietta Cellars in 1979. Chris cut his wine business teeth by working at Bandiera founded by his grandparents Emil and Luduina Bandiera in 1937.
 
The Román is full bodied, but goes lean and clean through the mid-palate, with a long lingering finish. Dale says it drinks more like an old-world wine and I agree. I love drinking Zin with this elegance! This would be great with spicy grilled Italian sausage, maybe with sautéed mushrooms and carmelized onion served on top of wasabi mashed potatoes?
 
 
90 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
A blend of 84% Zinfandel, 11% Petite Sirah and 5% Barbera, aged for 12 months in neutral barrels, the 2015 Zinfandel Roman sports a deep garnet-purple color and nose of black plums, blackberries and licorice with touches of tar, charcoal, salami and Indian spices. Full-bodied with firm, slightly rustic tannins, it offers great fruit expression in the mouth with freshness and purity coming through on the long finish. (4/2017)
 
90 points Vinous
The 2015 Román is a gorgeous, Zinfandel-based red. Bright, plump and exuberant, the 2015 offers striking depth as well as freshness. This is an incredibly delicious, inviting wine. Even better, it is a tremendous value. Petite Syrah and Barbera round out the blend. Succulent red berry, spice, leather and floral notes add to the wine’s silky personality. I was quite frankly blown away by the wines I tasted at Marietta this year. Brothers Scot and Jake Bilbro have decided to each concentrate on separate properties. In practical terms that means Scot is now running Marietta on his own, while Jake operates Limerick Lane. One of the recent developments at Marietta is that most of the wines are now vintage-dated, with the exception of the Old Vine, Marietta’s flagship, which will remain a non-vintage blend, as it always has been. Aside from being absolutely delicious, these wines offer superb value to the consumer, something that is getting harder and harder to find. I can’t recommend these wines highly enough. 84% Zinfandel, 11% Petite Sirah, 5% Barbera (AG) (1/2017)
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 discount on Wine Tasting Seminars at Wine World (usually $5)
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 a case!
 
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WINE CLUB! Selections July 2018

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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)

Sokol Blosser Rosé of Pinot Noir Estate Cuvee 2017 (Dundee Hills Oregon)
Sokol Blosser was founded in 1971, and focuses on sustainable agriculture. The winery is managed by second generation siblings Alex and Alison Sokol Blosser. Alex is also the head wine maker. Their vineyards are certified USDA Organic by Oregon Department of Agriculture. Sokol Blosser is known for their stunning Pinot Noir, so you would expect their Rosé made from all Estate fruit to be great as well, and it is! Here’s a description from the Wine Enthusiast, who gave the wine 91pts:
“Too many rosés go for power over finesse; this takes the lighter path, to good effect. Made from all organic estate fruit fermented entirely in stainless steel, it’s fragrant and spicy at just 12% alcohol. But there’s no lack of flavor: fresh strawberry, pink grapefruit and blood orange. A hint of pepper spices up the finish.”
Rosé, of course, goes with everything, but I’d pair this with a crisp summer salad, maybe with shrimp and avocado… This wine is lighter than your typical Rosé of Pinot Noir, but it’s certainly bold enough to stand up to salmon or light pork dishes.
This wine will probably change a bit, getting a little more complex and refined over the next year or so, but I wouldn’t hold on to it for too long!

Domaine Des Remizières Crozes-Hermitage 2016 (Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone Valley, France)
100% Syrah. Crozes-Hermitage is in the northern part of the Rhone valley where Syrah rather than Grenache is the most prominent red grape. Domaine Des Remizières is run by the Desmeures family, now in their fourth generation. This wine is made from 100% de-stemmed Syrah grapes aged in large (likely older, and neutral) oak casks to create a pure expression of the grapes and the terroir in which they are grown. This wine is delightfully fresh and clean, while simultaneously bold and forward. It’s a little young still, the tannins are dense and chewy. (which I love! but it’ll settle down in a year or two) Drink it now or hold it for a few years. There’s a touch of what I describe as “lavender” that can be typical of Rhone wines. Dark fruit flavors here with a touch of olive in the finish. It almost smells like grilled meat. Chop up some fresh sage, and rosemary, a little garlic, mix in some Olive Oil and vermouth, a drop of Bragg’s, (maybe a very small amount of honey to get a good crisp.) throw in a skirt steak, grill it hot and quick, this wine will be a perfect match!

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 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, June 2018

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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)

McPhearson Roussanne 2016 High Plains, Texas
So… we were looking for a single varietal Roussane. I found this one from… Texas! We asked our rep for a sample and found it to be delicious. Roussanne is part of the white Rhone blend. Funky and floral like the grapes it’s usually blended with, Marsanne and Viognier. (There are several others, but these three are the most floral and aromatic of the Rhone whites.) The “Rhone white blend” pairs well with almost anything you’d drink a white wine with, and this Roussanne will too!

Here’s what the winery has to say:
“Not very well known outside of the Rhone Valley in France, Roussanne is variety that is seemingly defined by a history of obscurity. Roussanne is typically relegated to Rhone-style blends in order to give that extra dimension, or “boost” of flavor. Celebrated for its unique candy lemon drop flavors and delicate, herbaceous, tea-like aromas, it is without a doubt a wine that deserves more attention. McPherson Cellars would like to introduce you a wine of distinction, a wine that truly should be in the limelight. Enjoy this wine with seafood, poultry, light salads, or on its own.”

Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2016 Sonoma County, California
Blend: 83% Zinfandel, 12% Petite Sirah, 1% Syrah, 1% Carignane, 1% Barbera, 2% Mixed
We decided it was time to use a blockbuster red for June WINE CLUB! Wine World has loved and supported American Zinfandel since the 70s. Its ancestor grape, Crljenak Kastelanski, originates in Croatia, and Zinfandel is also genetically linked to Primitivo in Italy. Like Malbec in Argentina, Zinfandel has become the great American varietal, and is planted widely through California. Several vineyards over 100 years old are still in production. It’s hard to beat the Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel. Now in their fifth generation in California, the Seghesio Family has been making wine in there since 1895, when Edoardo Seghesio and his wife Angela planted what is now know as the “Home Ranch” vineyard.

Here’s what the winery has to say:
“Each vintage, we harvest multiple diverse lots of Zinfandel that span the entire Sonoma County Zinfandel landscape. Each of these lots is produced under the careful eye of our winemaker, Ted Seghesio. The best of these lots are selected to make Sonoma Zinfandel. A small amount of Petite Sirah is added to honor century old traditions and to provide color and structure. The result is a wine that offers tantalizing raspberry, blueberry, classic briary and spicy flavors with a balance of components for which Seghesio wines are known.
Pair with red sauces, pizza, barbecue, spicy cuisine and cured salami.”

93pts Wine Spectator
“Plump and loaded with rich, jammy fruit, this Zinfandel is a pleasure to drink. Bold accents of wild berry, spicy cinnamon and licorice glide dynamically toward plush tannins. Drink now through 2025.”

WINE CLUB! selections, May 2018

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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)

I hope everyone is enjoying the odd varietals, we have great fun with them. A customer came in yesterday, and was doing the Wine Century challenge with the goal of tasting at least 100 specific varietals. We’ve gotten her about half way there with some fairly obscure grapes, and will be trying to find the rest. This months red, a Pais, (aka “Mission”) wasn’t even on the list!

Illahe Vineyards and Winery, Viognier 2016 Willamette Valley, Oregon 20.99

We love Viognier at Wine World. The varietal is best known for its use in the Rhone valley as part of the white blend, and with many of the reds. In small percentages adds a little viscosity, some floral notes, and, believe it or not, color. (I’m told that there is a reaction between the Viognier and the reds that intensifies the color!)

Illahe is proud to produce their wines as naturally and sustainably as possible. They do not even irrigate their mature plants, and use a team of Percheron Draft horses to mow and to bring the grapes to the winery during harvest. This is an amazing value considering that this wine is hand picked and hand sorted, and you’d be hard pressed to find a Willamette Valley Viognier of this quality at such a reasonable price. (though it says on the bottle these grapes were gently pressed, Ha! See what I did there?)

This wine really tastes natural, bright, fresh, and clean with just a hint of sweetness. Crisp gala apple flavors and a touch of honey, maybe slightly under ripe pear. This will be delicious with greek yogurt, blended with a little honey and mixed with fruit.

Here’s what the winery has to say:
“The 2016 Illahe Viognier leaps from the glass with expressive stone fruit, and floral aromas of apricot, tangerine, honey blossom and wet stone. The palate is layered with peach compote, banana peel, and lavender with a touch of peppercorn. Mouth-watering acidity and an off-dry palate makes this wine a crowd pleaser.”

Bouchon Family Wines, País Salvaje 2016 Maule Valley, Chile 23.99

Now in the fourth generation of winemaking, the Bouchon family began their Chilean adventure when Emile Bouchon, in 1887, at the age of 22, was hired as a wine consultant for the Vigouroux Vineyard.

Pais, (also known as “Mission”) was the first European grape varietal planted in the New World. It was brought by missionaries from Spain and was used to make sacramental wine. It’s hardy, loves hot and dry climates, and is resistant to drought. Eventually it was displaced throughout most of the Americas in favor of varietals considered more desirable.

In Chile these vines grow up the trees and drape themselves over the foliage, requiring the pickers to use ladders during the harvest. The grapes used to make this wine are grown on vines that are an average of 120 years old. There is no oak used, all naturally occurring yeast, and the juice is unfiltered.

I love translucent light garnet color of this wine in the glass. To my nose Salvaje smells and tastes a bit like an old-school pinot noir. It has the cleanliness and brightness of a lighter burgundy, spicy raspberry and cherry with a touch of barnyard and a hint of smoke to ground the wine and give it a delightful bit of complexity that lingers. It just keeps getting better and better!

This wine screams “Afternoon Barbecue”… Throw some Italian sausage and mixed veggies on the grill, put a slight chill on the bottle and you’ll be good to go. On their website Buchon suggests: “An ideal wine to accompany Chilean dishes, such as empanadas, prietas and huaso rolls.”

Ok I’m getting hungry now, time for lunch!

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 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 2018 Selections

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(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)

Domaine des Aubuisieres Bernard Fouquet Cuvée de Silex Vouvray 2016

Vouvray is usually associated with the semi-sweet wine made from Chenin Blanc grown there.
This wine is Chenin Blanc, but dry, and wonderfully delicious!

The soil where this particular wine comes from is Clay-siliceous, hence the name “Cuvée de Silex”

Here’s the blurb from the Importer’s web site:
“Bernard Fouquet, a quiet-spoken man, is making some of the most serious Vouvray you’ll find these days. He is regarded in France and the international press as one of the top Vouvray producers. No one succeeds better than Bernard in capturing the mineral tones unique to Vouvray’s soil, with the marvelous balance of explosive fruit and titillating sensation of the Chenin Blanc grape.”
and about the production
“A sec (dry) Vouvray from 2 flint soil parcels. Entirely hand-harvested and only indigenous yeasts used. Fermented and matured in stainless steel thermo-regulated vats.”

Citrus, green melon, touch of almond, a hint of honey, minerals, and a great acidity that grounds the wine, yummy!
Try it with the Green Hill cheese we have in the shop, Grilled Chicken, or spicy fish cakes.

Praxis Lagrein Central Coast California 2008

Only 600 cases of this wine were produced.

Long time WINE CLUB members may remember that we used the Praxis Gewurtztraminer a couple of years back. Here’s another grape with a funny name from this winery. Lagrein is traditionally grown in Northern Italy and produces a big chewy wine with high acidity and tannins. It’s a ” this cool climate, high-elevation red varietal is a 500 year-old cross between Teroldego and Pinot Noir”

At 10 years old this 2008 is drinking fabulously now. Don’t be afraid to decant the wine and let it get some air for an hour or so, but be sure to taste it when you open it so you can see how it evolves.

This wine will turn your lips purple!
From the Praxis webpage:
“The color of the wine is saturated purple with red highlights. Aromas of coco nibs and mulberry jam rise from the glass with hints of mocha. On the palate, flavors of crushed black fruit, blueberry and cranberry are predominant. The wine is smooth with mouth filling tannins and a long, soft, plush finish evidencing the Pinot Noir heritage.”
http://www.praxiscellars.com/shop/Praxis-Cellars/2008-Lagrein-Central-Coast

Grilled Lamb, smoked pork, Tacos al Pastor

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 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 2018 Selections

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)

Calvet Cremant de Bordeaux Rose 2015
$17.99
90% Cab Franc 10% Merlot
Neat, neat, neat! A pink bubbly from Bordeaux, know more for its iconic red blends and sweet Sauternes. It’s rare to see a vintage bubbly in this price range, usually it will be a “Non-Vintage” blend of different years to preserve a house style. This wine is equally crisp and creamy with bright red berry notes, smells and tastes like flowers. (not that I eat flowers often, but I think you know what I’m trying to mean…)
Calvet has been making wine in France since 1818. Sixth generation direct descendant Jean-Christophe Calvet, and his eldest son Jean-Sebastien Calvet run the company. This Brut Rose is the Calvet’s reintroduction into the American market. They have holdings in the Rhone, Burgundy and Bordeaux, and were the largest French wine company in the 19th and most of the 20th century!
This, because of it’s tart and cream will go with a wide variety of foods, it’ll shine in a situation where there are many different appetizers served, or you could have it with Tuna Tartare, or Greek Yogurt with Fruit and Honey.

Gratia Raftacco Vineyards Malbec 2011
29.99 (Would normally be around $40/btl, we got a deal!)
100% Malbec
This is the first Malbec we’ve used for WINE CLUB and it’s a doozy! This wine was made by Andrea Marchiori and Luis Barraud. (who are also the viticulturist and winemaker for the highly acclaimed and fairly expensive Paul Hobbs “Cobos” Malbecs.)

This is a big round powerhouse of a wine. It gets 18 months of oak aging in french barrels, but the wine is so full that the oak is fully integrated. It’s very present but doesn’t stick out as a separate element which I think gives it a kind of rustic flair that I quite like.

Here are the tasting notes from the producer.
“Deep color, lustrous pigmentation, intensity with purple tones. Very ripe red and black fruits. Extremely well structured with oak, clover, white pepper and violets.”

This will go great with grilled meats and veggies.

Wine Enthusiast gave this wine 92pts here’s what they had to say
“Raspberry, blackberry and tobacco aromas settle in front of a chewy, round, solidly built palate. Medicinal berry flavors come with notes of rooty spice and resiny oak. A finely oaked finish holds root beer and dark-berry flavors that smoothly fade out. Drink through 2021”
(I think it could go quite a bit longer)

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 February 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)

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
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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!