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Third Thursday Tasting-Wine World-Apr. 19

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Stopped by early to sample some nice wines and try to forget about the day I had. It did the trick. I was impressed with all of the whites: the Von Donabaum Gruner Veltliner, nice and crisp and fresh; the Trivento Torrontes Reserve, my favorite of the evening, had aromas of a Sauvignon Blanc but had just enough fruit to be completely different; and the Willamette Valley Vineyard Riesling, which is a slightly sweet Riesling, nothing like the dry Reislings the upper west coast has been producing.

At the red table the first wine was a keeper. The Gouguenheim Merlot, a $9.99 wine that Michael was pouring, said he found was listed as one of the lower end wines from Argentina, but that might be because they are trying to sell more expensive wines. “Unrefined elegance in a Bordeaux style wine but without the French influence,” Michael said. I couldn’t agree more. A great little wine. Kenwood Six Ridges Cabernet definitely a dry red, one of the driest California cabs I’ve had in a while. Last was the Consentino “The Dark”. This red blend is approaching jammy but not over the top. I could enjoy this wine at the end of the day, which as a matter fact it is.

I want to add that the prices shown for the Willamette Valley Vineyard Riesling is normally $16.99 and the
Kenwood Six Ridges Cabernet is normally $26.99. If you need to stock up better do so during this special pricing.

Don’t want to forget the cheeses: DaneKo Havarti with Dill (nice dill flavors that aren’t overpowering), Beecher’s Flagship (aged 15 months, has great nutty flavor) and Rembrandt Extra Aged Gouda (which I love…sometimes you get one of the little salty/sugary granules and they explode with flavor when you bite one).

Next up for Wine World is an Argentina Wine Seminar on Friday, April 27th at 7pm.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
803-279-9522

When: Thursday, April 19, 2018, 5 to 8 pm
Cost: $5, with $2 rebate on the purchase of 1 bottle of the featured wines.

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

  1. Von Donabaum Gruner Veltliner 2016
  2. Trivento Torrontes Reserve 2016
  3. Willamette Valley Vineyard Riesling 2015
  4. Gouguenheim Merlot 2015
  5. Kenwood Six Ridges Cabernet 2013
  6. Consentino “The Dark” 2016

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Von Donabaum Gruner Veltliner 2016 | Burgenland, Austria
Leads with a touch of flint, green pear and lemon zest aromas. Light and dry flavors, with a phenolic character that lends both texture and structure, adding complexity to the freshness. Fish poultry and port. Perfect match for roasted vegetables. Wine Enthusiast gave it 91points. Website
Cost: $14.99

Trivento Torrontes Reserve 2016 | Mendoza, Argentina
Golden yellow in color with greenish reflections. An alluring bouquet with floral notes of roses and violets and hints of citrus. On the palate, the wine is crisp and well-structured, offering flavors of delicate tropical fruit and citrus. Pairs wonderfully with seafood, grilled poultry, and other white meat. It also goes well with spicy Asian fare. Website
Cost: $10.99

Willamette Valley Vineyard Riesling 2015 | Willamette Valley Oregon
This semi-sweet wine opens with luscious aromas of citrus and tropical fruits. The mouthfeel is juicy with bright acidity that activates the palate and displays flavors of peach, pineapple and honeysuckle. The finish is wonderfully persistent with balance of sweetness and refreshing crispness. Serve well-chilled and allow to warm in your glass for optimal enjoyment of aroma and flavor. Perfect as an aperitif or as an ideal pairing to spicy Asian dishes, seafood and rich cheeses. This wine is versatile enough for dessert pairings like fruit tarts or savory options like blue cheese creme brulee. Website
Cost: $14.99

Gouguenheim Merlot 2015 | Mendoza, Argentina
This Merlot has a dark ruby color with a bouquet of red and black fruits such as cherries, blackberries, and red currants. On the palate it shows rich flavors and lots of fruits in the mouth. It has a good balance and a long finish. Roast duck, lamb chops grilled on vine prunings and flavored with oregano. Drink as an aperitif too. Website
Cost: $9.99

Kenwood Six Ridges Cabernet 2013 | Alexander Valley California
Wonderfully complex aromas of fig, plum, and ripe berry join subtle hints of vanilla, cocoa nibs, and cola. This wine has a full-bodied mouthfeel with complex tannins that give way to a lingering, silky finish. Being both full-bodied and elegant, this Cabernet Sauvignon is an excellent accompaniment to richly flavored food such as Barbeque Beef Ribs, Chicken with Port and Figs, or Pan-Roasted Veal Chops with Mushrooms. Website
Cost: $15.99

Consentino “The Dark” 2016 | Lodi California
444% Petit Verdot, 21% Malbec, 17% Petite Sirah and other varietals. Inky in the glass, aromas of blueberries, blackberries, plum. Richly textured on the palate, jammy notes are layered with black pepper spice and herbs de Provence. Slow-roasted ribs, rosemary-crusted lamb, aged Gouda. Website
Cost: $14.99

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