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Enjoying Wine and Beer in the Augusta GA area

First Friday Tasting-Wine World-July 7

Andrew was manning the red table on Friday night as usual

This was a nice way to start Friday night. Mrs. Dan was able to join me. We enjoyed 6 great wines.

The first, Latue Tempranillo Rosado was a nice Rosé. Not too sweet, not too dry, not too acidic. A nice smooth sipper. The Mondavi Private Selection Bourbon Barrel Chardonnay was very impressive. It is supposedly the first bourdon barrel chard to be released. This one has some nice vanilla to it. The flavors are more mellow than those found in the red wines aged in bourbon barrels. I could enjoy this one. With it’s medium mouthfeel I could drink it a warmer than usual.

I could taste honeysuckle in the Villa Riesling Kabinett. Nice Riesling that isn’t super dry or patently sweet. Very nice Riesling.

At the red table Michael was starting with the Coto De Hayas Garnacha Centenaria. I could sense some dry cocoa with the dark fruit flavors. Went nicely with the white cheese nibbles they provide. The Jamieson Ranch Vineyards Whiplash Malbec is definitely a California Malbec. A tad more body that most from Argentina. A little less acidity. I think this was my favorite for the night. The tasting notes described the Chateau Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon as “vivid aromas of roasted vanilla, mocha and baking spices with elegant layers of blackberry and ripe cherry flavors. Balanced fruit, acidity and round tannins and a juicy, lingering finish.” I though the acidity was a bit high but the blackberry and cherry flavors made up for it. I could see this wine with a good steak.

At the cheese table, they were sampling Karst Cave-Aged Cheese, Manchego Spanish Sheep Cheese and Clawson Cotswold.

Next up for Wine World is their Third Thursday tasting on July 20th from 5-8PM. See you there.

Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
803-279-9522

When: Friday, July 7, 2017, 5 to 8 pm
Cost: $5, with rebate on the purchase of 1 bottle of the featured wines

Here are the wines presented (click to see more):

  1. Latue Tempranillo Rosado 2016
  2. Mondavi Private Selection Bourbon Barrel Chardonnay 2015
  3. Villa Riesling Kabinett 2014
  4. Coto De Hayas Garnacha Centenaria 2014
  5. Jamieson Ranch Vineyards Whiplash Malbec 2014
  6. Chateau Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Latue Tempranillo Rosado 2016 | La Mancha, Spain
Vivid pink in color,strawberry and watermelon notes on the nose. Mouth shows soft acidity, cherry and a pleasant tang vibrancy. Semolina Cavatelli, Braised Free-Range Veal, Yellow and Red Cherry Tomato Confit.
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Mondavi Private Selection Bourbon Barrel Chardonnay 2015 | Monterey, CA
Golden yellow, with aromas of vanilla, toasted coconut, flavors of ripe pineapple, juicy peach, toasty oak, and caramel, rich and present bourbon effect. English cheddar, roasted pork tenderloin, shrimp scampi.
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Villa Riesling Kabinett 2014 | Mosel, Germany
Aromas & Flavors of Honey, Candied Lemon, Green Apple, Dried Apricot, Honeysuckle, crisp acidy and a hint of minerality. Cider-Dijon pork chops with roasted yams and apples.

Coto De Hayas Garnacha Centenaria 2014 | Campo de Borja, Spain
Delicious dark plummy fruits on the nose, with hints of vanilla spice, leather and red liquorice. On the palate, dark fruits, cocoa, cardamom dusty cedary oak and boysenberry jam notes frame blackberry and clove flavors, Seafood Paella, Wine Braised Short Ribs.
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Jamieson Ranch Vineyards Whiplash Malbec 2014 | California
Garnet color, aromas of spice and plum, palate has notes of black cherry and fig soft tannins and a smooth finish. Duck Confit with Blueberry Sauce, BBQ Pulled Pork and Honey Glazed Ham.
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Chateau Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 | California
Deep ruby-purple in color and boasts vivid aromas of roasted vanilla, mocha and baking spices with elegant layers of blackberry and ripe cherry flavors. Balanced fruit, acidity and round tannins and a juicy, lingering finish. Grilled Steak, Cheeseburger.
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Friday night tasters line up for the white wines

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