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Enjoying Wine and Beer in the Augusta GA area

Spooky Weekend Tasting-Vineyard-Oct. 27-28

Roger shows off the Caymus Suisun Grand Durif to one of the regulars.

Roger shows off the Caymus Suisun Grand Durif to one of the regulars.


I needed to get into the Halloween spirit so I dropped by the Vineyard Friday afternoon where they were featuring some big reds that Roger said was very “spooktacular.”

Everywhere I turned I found all kinds of spooky stuff including a butler who spoke. Outside it wasn’t as spooky as Smoke Show BBQ was on hand to sell some great BBQ.

I’ve had several of these before. Nice reds. The average price on the wines was over $19. Of course Chronic Cellar has been coming up with some interesting blends for years. Their Chronic Cellars Spritz & Giggles Sparkling was something of a surprise. They don’t have a description of it on their website and I didn’t have a chance to look at the bottle to see what grapes are being used but this is a great sparkler for someone who doesn’t like all the bubbles. This one kind of sneaks up on you that it is a sparkler. Soft mouthfeel and slightly sweet honeysuckle flavors.

Roger wasn’t sampling it but he’s got in the new Caymus Suisun Grand Durif. He’s got a price of $49.99, which is pretty good for this wine described as “Deep, majestic purple, with a nose of blueberries, wet earth and saddle leather. The initial impression on the palate is broad, smooth and weighty, then springs into gear with rich harmonious tannins. Oak plays a significant role in providing vanilla character. This wine can be enjoyed now, though it is still quite a baby.” Sounds interesting.
Where: Vineyard Wine Market , 4414 Evans to Lock Road, Evans, GA. (706) 922-9463

When: Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, 5-7 PM and Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, 5-7 PM.
Cost: $12

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

  1. Chronic Cellars Spritz & Giggles Sparkling
  2. Chronic Cellars Pink Pedals Rose
  3. Skeleton Malbec
  4. Chronic Cellars Dead Nuts Red Blend
  5. Chronic Cellars Purple Paradise
  6. Chronic Cellars Sofa King Bueno

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Chronic Cellars Spritz & Giggles Sparkling | California
Almost the color of water in the glass, this offers notes of lemonade, freshly-cut kiwi, honeydew, white peach, Japanese pear and white peach on the fruit-forward nose. A sip offers intense white flowers flavors and a guava-led tropicality, perhaps a tad too showy for sensitive palates but well priced for quaffable bubbles.
Website
Cost: $15.99

Chronic Cellars Pink Pedals Rose | Paso Robles, California
87% Grenache, 13% Syrah. Lady Pink rides into town on a fresh summer breeze, and so does this Grenache and Syrah-based Rosé, a bright, crisp, refreshing wine that rolls down a road of watermelon, pomegranate, cantaloupe and cherry Jolly Rancher right to your happy place.–From their Website
Cost: $15.99

Skeleton Malbec | Mendoza, Argentina
An enticing Malbec with aromas of violet and plum, alongside secondry notes of blackberry jam and dark fruits. A burst of rich, fresh fruit on the palate, vibrant acidity, and a touch of oak, followed by a long, lingering finish.–From their Website
Cost: $10.99

Chronic Cellars Dead Nuts Red Blend | Paso Robles, California
81% Zinfandel, 13% Tempranillo, 6% Petite Sirah. A tribute to the almond and walnut groves that once dominated Paso wine country, Dead Nuts is a dead-on crowd-pleasing Zinfandel-based red wine with Tempranillo and Petite Sirah blended in for good measure. Imagine tart raspberries, blackberries and black cherries hanging out on your palate with white pepper and allspice, and you’ve pretty much nailed it. –From their Website
Cost: $28.99

Chronic Cellars Purple Paradise | Paso Robles, California
68% Zinfandel, 18% Petite Sirah, 8% Grenache, 6% Syrah. Lucky boxcars with this Zinfandel-dominated blend, which tumbles out on the tongue with dark cherries, fresh, ripe strawberries, a double dip of chocolate and vanilla, and the cool grip of moto jacket (aka leather). Paradise awaits.–From their Website
Cost: $17.99

Chronic Cellars Sofa King Bueno | Paso Robles, California
52% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 13% Petite Sirah, 7% Mourvedre, 3% Tannat. The life of the party has just arrived and is setting up shop in your mouth. It’s approachable, as all good party guests should be, with lively flavors of blackberries, cherries and strawberries to get things started. And this Paso red blend knows how to mingle, introducing milk chocolate, caramel and leather to all those beautiful fruits. It’s going to be an interesting night.–From their Website
Cost: $24.99

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