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First Friday Tasting-Wine World-Nov. 2

Time for Wine World’s First Friday tasting. Six wines were featured, 3 white and 3 red. As usual they had some great cheeses.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
803-279-9522

When: Friday, Nov. 2, 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. Gaia Wines Moschofilero Monograph 2017
  2. Maison de Grand Esprit L’etre Magique 2017
  3. Bodega Colome Torrontes 2016
  4. Noah River Wines Pinot Noir 2016
  5. Murphy Goode Red Blend 2014
  6. Cantine di Ora Amicone Rosso 2014

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Gaia Wines Moschofilero Monograph 2017 | Peloponnese, Greece
The grapes for the Monograph Moschofilero come from vineyards located in the Arcadianplateaus in the Mantinia region of Peloponnese, at an altitude of 1,500ft. In this cool climate,the pink-skinned Moschofilero thrives, developing intense, spicy and floral aromatics andcrisp acidity.
This lively, dry white wine has an intensely floral and fruity nose, with hints of rose petaland spice. A refreshing wine, with a crisp acidity and flavorful finish. Playing off its characteristically floral bouquet, this wine is a great pairing for seafood, MiddleEastern and Asian cuisine, or paired with fresh fruit or fruit-based desserts. Website

Maison de Grand Esprit L’etre Magique 2017 | Provence, France
55% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 15% Syrah. Complex and elegant, with notes of red berries and with a citrus finish. Fresh raspberries, hints of wild flower and grapefruit complete this beautiful bouquet. A palate of refined cherry, raspberry and strawberry fruit. Website

Bodega Colome Torrontes 2016 | Salta, Argentina
Torrontes is the signature white wine of Argentina, dating from early vineyards first planted in the 1800s. DNA research has shown that the varietal is a cross between the Mission grapes of Galicia, Spain, and Muscat of Alexandria. This popular expression of Argentina is growing in acclaim around the world, popular for a light, refreshing wine with Muscat notes redolent of jasmine and orange blossoms. Excellent as an aperitif, it also finds a welcome place with delicate first courses. 91pts Decanter.
“Founded in 1831, Argentina’s oldest winery is owner of the highest vines in the world at 3,111m above sea level. This is made from grapes grown at 1,700m, giving fresh aromas and bright floral notes mixed with citrus and spice. An absolute cracker – refreshing and vibrant, which makes it ideal as an aperitif or with Asian food.” Website

Noah River Wines Pinot Noir 2016 | California
Ruby in color. Alluring and intoxicating aromas of vibrant black cherry, pomegranate, cardamom, steel, savory garrigue undertones. Perfumed with black cracked peppercorn, deep rose, dark chocolate powder, kirsch and sandalwood. Beautiful and vibrant, fresh layers of sultry fresh blueberry, rich dark plum skin, cinnamon with a savory underbrush. Website

Murphy Goode Red Blend 2014 | California
34% Zinfandel, 27% Merlot, 16% Petite Sirah, 13% Petit Verdot, 6% Syrah, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. This year’s California Red Blend is a soft red wine comprised of different varietals to create complexity and to show off the great fruit flavors that our grapes in California contribute. The nose kicks in with dark aromas of black cherries and blueberries while the first taste mixes things up with raspberries and Bing Cherries. The mouthfeel is rich yet soft and has a nice long finish. Pair it with a pot roast or simply your favorite burger. Website

Cantine di Ora Amicone Rosso 2014 | Veneto, Italy
Ruby red colour with delicate and vinous bouquet characterized by intense raspberry and black cherry aroma. In the mouth, it is full-bodied, soft and velvety, with hints of spices and chocolate. Amicone is obtained from a unique blend of selected red grapes cultivated in Veneto region. Part of these grapes undergoes a particular overripe process in the vineyards, followed by fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Once obtained the final blend, part of it goes into a slow maturation process in Tonneaux. Red meats, game, roasted meat and cheese. Website

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