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Enjoying Wine and Beer in the Augusta GA area

Third Thursday Tasting-Wine World-Mar. 16

One big topic of this group what spices were in the Kenwood Cab

I stopped by during the last half hour. Still a nice crowd. Some people were buying their beer for St. Paddy’s Day. But there were people enjoying some wine especially a small group who purchased one of the evening’s Hopes End Red Blend and enjoying it over good conversation.

The Hopes End Red Blend was the last of the evening and I admit I bought a bottle. The label summed it up pretty good. It starts off with a cherry jam flavor and then shifts to vanilla. I first swore that it tasted like a bourbon barrel aged wine. This little gem from Australia is $12.99 a bottle. What seemed to be the topic of discussion was the Kenwood Cabernet Sauvignon. The discussion centered on some spice flavors. Nutmeg, licorice, cardamon? People were interrogating each other. I thought nutmeg but more the drying nature of nutmeg more than the flavor itself… But maybe. Nutmeg amongst this group seemed to be the favorite.
It was a nice simple wine that I describe as chewy. It had a mouthfeel that felt like it was clinging to your mouth and giving it a bit of tannic dryness. Nice wine.

I asked Amanda what she thought and wasn’t sure how to describe why she liked the Hopes End settling on how many nice flavors there were. John commented that it “was a draw” between the Hopes End and the Kenwood. I would have to agree.

Before I forget there was a white table of course. I really liked the Montinore Almost Dry Riesling. I don’t don’t think this was almost dry. It had a burst of pear sweetness up front for just a second then it settle down to a almost dry riesling. I really liked that pear and pineapple flavors.

And don’t forget those great cheeses. The cheeses tonight were Havarti Dill, Swiss Gruyere, Cambozola triple cream with gorgonzola.

The cheese was good tonight

Next up for Wine World is the just announced “Around the World with Banfi” wine seminar on Friday March 24th at 7pm. Better make reservations now.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
803-279-9522

When: Thursday, March, 16, 2017, 5 to 8 pm
Cost: $5, with $2 rebate on the purchase of 1 bottle of the featured wines.

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

  1. Mayu Pedro Ximenez 2016
  2. Innocent Bystander Sauvignon Blanc 2015
  3. Montinore Almost Dry Riesling 2014
  4. Kenwood Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
  5. Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec 2015
  6. Hopes End Red Blend 2015

Here are the detailed wine notes:

Mayu Pedro Ximenez 2016 | Elqui Valley, Chile
Stylish white wine that offers appealing floral and fruit aromas, with flavors balanced by fresh acidity, minerality and a long finish. It is best served with a range of foods, especially shellfish. Best known as a grape used to make sherries. Blending soft, creamy fruit with polished oak and butter-soft tannins. The classic palate is vividly expressive and lifted, with lovely floral and fruit characters. Sticky BBQ Ribs, Tagliatelle with Mushrooms and Sausage, Pulled Pork, Crockpot Lamb Shanks. Website

Innocent Bystander Sauvignon Blanc 2015 | Marlborough, Australia
Plump and ample in the mouth, while the aromas are laced with hints of struck flint, snow pea, celery leaf and gooseberry, all woven into fine balance and possessing a long, mouthwatering finish. Gazpacho, Smoked Salmon, Sushi and Sashimi. Website

Montinore Almost Dry Riesling 2014 | Willamette Valley, Oregon
Aromas of lime, fresh flowers and roasted pineapple with hints of pear. On the front of the palate, a spark of sweetness and an elegant, almost silky fresh entry is followed by flavors of citrus accented with green apple. The finish brings a refreshing, palate-cleansing acidity with accents of lingering grapefruit and mineral flavors. Compliments Seafood Salads, or Aperitif, Schnitzel. Website

Kenwood Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 | Sonoma, California
Ripe fruit aromas of blackcurrant, cherry and plum with notes of licorice and nutmeg. Full-bodied flavor with excellent acid balance and well-structured tannins that give way to a long finish. Pair tomato-based pasta dishes and beef rib roast. Website

Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec 2015 | Mendoza, Argentina
Blending soft, creamy fruit with polished oak and butter-soft tannins. The classic palate is vividly expressive and lifted, with lovely floral and fruit characters. Sticky BBQ Ribs, Tagliatelle with Mushrooms and Sausage, Pulled Pork, Crockpot Lamb Shanks. Website

Hopes End Red Blend 2015 | South Australia
Shiraz, Grenache and Malbec. Bright, deep purple red. Boysenberry and cherry jam. Forest fruit jam, vanilla with subtle oak, a hint of chocolate and velvety smooth finish. Grilled Ribeye, hearty BBQ, your favorite Pizza. Website

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