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Enjoying Wine and Beer in the Augusta GA area

First Friday Tasting-Wine World-June 1

It was time for Wine World’s First Friday tasting. Six wines were featured, 3 white and 3 red. There were tasting stops in France, Germany, Italy, Argentina and California. Plus they had those great cheeses.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
803-279-9522

When: Friday, June 1, 2018, 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. Domaine La Taste Blanc 2016
  2. Les Bremailles Pineau d’Aunis Rose 2017
  3. Clean Slate Riesling 2016
  4. Castello Del Trebbio Chianti Superiore Rufina 2016
  5. Bodega Casir Dos Santos Cab 2017
  6. Cline Ancient Vines Mourvedre 2015

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Domaine La Taste Blanc 2016 | Gascogne France
The Harmonie de La Taste is a tasty blend of 60% Colombard, 20% Ugni Blanc, 11% Gros Manseng and 9% Sauvignon Blanc. In the glass, the wine is a light gold with green highlights. Aromas of ripe grapefruit, white peach and white flowers explode from the glass in a concentrated, inviting manner, accented with a subtle, mineral earthiness. The first sip of this wine displays an intensity of flavor that is eye-opening. There is a beautiful texture to the wine and a subtle note of honey that adds to its complexity. A fresh, vibrant acidity washes across the palate and leads to a zesty finish that calls you back for more. Enjoy with a tomato and watermelon salad, zucchini pancakes or quinoa-stuffed peppers.

Les Bremailles Pineau d’Aunis Rose 2017 | Touraine, Loire Valley, France
Formerly called Chenin Noir, Pineau d’Aunis is the oldest grape of the Loire Valley. On the nose, it develops a nice bouquet of fresh fruit slightly peppered. On the palate, it is a supple, slightly acidic wine, the ultimate summer wine. It can be enjoyed as an aperitif, with your appetizers, fruit-based desserts and exotic dishes.

Clean Slate Riesling 2016 | Mosel Germany
The fresh, balanced taste of clean slate is achieved by carefully selecting grapes from vineyards throughout the Mosel. The steep blue slate slopes of the Lower Mosel give the wine its minerality while the Middle Mosel provides a hint of spice to complement the characteristics fresh peach flavors of the Upper Mosel. The result is a clean, fresh flavor that is delicious with food and perfect to share with friends. Pairs beautifully with spicy cuisines, Asian, Tex-Mex, Indian and sushi. Website

Castello Del Trebbio Chianti Superiore Rufina 2016 | Chianti, Italy
Sangiovese 85% Canaiolo + Canaiolo + Ciliegiolo 15%. Chianti, Tuscany, Italy- Vibrant fruit complements the floral bouquet of this wine, made, like all Chiantis, primarily from the Sangiovese grape. A hint of flowers on top of red cherry and herbs with flavors of ripe cherry, raspberry, chocolate and spice leading to nice tannins and a solid finish. Serve this wine with hamburgers, Tuscan Crostini, Cold Cuts, Roasted Meats. Website

Bodega Casir Dos Santos Cab 2017 | Mendoza Argentina
Lovely deep red color, with ripe blackberry fruit. The spiciness of the nose is echoed on the palate and combines well with juicy red fruit flavors. Well integrated oak and fine tannins ensures a long and classic finish. Red meat, pasta, lamb. Website

Cline Ancient Vines Mourvedre 2015 | Contra Costa County, California
Ancient Vines Mourvèdre offers distinct chocolate characteristics, luscious deep plum, and concentrated cherry. This scrumptious and unusually delightful wine has a substantial mouth-feel followed by soft tannins. grilled lamb or pork, sautéed asparagus and curried deviled eggs. Website

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