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Enjoying Wine and Beer in the Augusta GA area

Weekend Tasting-Vineyard-May 5-6

Some of the tasters from Friday afternoon

Some of the tasters from Friday afternoon

The Vineyard was busy celebrating Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby this weekend. The wines were from Spain and South American but on Friday the beer was from   Mexico and on Saturday it was from Kentucky.

I actually stopped by both days. I liked the El Enemrgo Malbec which drank like a Cab.  The Arenal Cabernet Sauvignon had nice earthy flavors. I could sip on this for a wine. 

On the beer side Friday I actually skipped a few and concentrated on the Victoria and the Bohemia, two I’ve never had before. They are typical Mexican  brews. I liked the Victoria and would enjoy it the same way I would enjoy a Yuengling. 

But on Saturday Roger had three different Kentucky Bourbon Barrel brews. The first one was Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale. Whoa. I could drink a lot of this. It tastes like beer but I would possibly drink it more like I would a soft drink. I would have to watch myself. The 

Where: Vineyard Wine Market (map), 4414 Evans to Lock Road, Evans, GA. (706) 922-9463

When: Friday, May 5, 2017, 5-7 PM and Saturday, May 6, 2017, 5-7 PM.
Cost: $7 wine only, $3 beer only. $10 for both flights.

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

  1. Codorniu Clasico Cava
  2. Pulenta Pinot Gris
  3. El Enemrgo Malbec
  4. Arenal Cabernet Sauvignon
  5. Felino Malbec

The Beer Line Up Friday:

  1. Modelo Especial
  2. Negra Modelo
  3. Victoria
  4. Tecate
  5. Bohemia Lager

The Beer Line Up Saturday:

  1. Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Cream Ale
  2. Kentucky Old Fashioned Barrel Ale
  3. Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Codorniu Clasico Cava | Penedes, Spain
This cava captures all the typical varietal characteristics of the local grape varieties: citrus, apple, and white flowers together with subtle toasty aromas from 9 months of lees aging. Fresh, fruity, and well-balanced on the palate. Pale straw yellow; elegant, fine bubble.Citrus, Almond Flower. A pleasant, fresh and well balanced sparkler on the palate.

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Cost: $12.99

Pulenta Pinot Gris | Argentina
The color is yellow with slight greenish tones. On the nose, there are white flowers, peaches and apricots. Very fresh and persistent on the palate with balanced acidity and a long, pleasant finish.
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Cost: $14.99

El Enemrgo Malbec | Mendoza, Argentina
A joint venture between Adrianna Catena, daughter of Nicolas Catena, and Alejandro Vigil, Chief Winemaker at Bodega Catena Zapata, El Enemigo Malbec is produced at Piedemonte al Sur, located in the southern foothills of Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza. The facility is named for the unique aspect of Mendoza’s high altitude winemaking region nestled in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. Rich and concentrated, it offers aromas of black fruit, cherry and dark berryfruit on the nose followed in the palate by a full-bodied wine with flavors of spice, blackberry, black cherry, pepper and a slight floral character. The finish is elegant and lengthy. Pair this wine with rodizio, Lyonnaise sauces, grilled steaks, and barbecued ribs.

Cost: $24.99

Arenal Cabernet Sauvignon | Maipo Valley, Chile
“Black ruby color. Bright, fruity aromas of roasted nuts, chocolate, and spiced berries with a silky, crisp, fruity body and a graceful, relaxed menthol and herbs finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A nice tangy, lightly herbal cabernet.” ~BTI
Cost: $11.99

Felino Malbec | Mendoza, Argentina
Deep red color with violet and blue tones, this exquisite malbec displays aromas of white flowers and black fruits along with notes of white pepper and cloves. Elegant and balanced, delights the palate with hints of licorice and chocolate as presents broad and smooth with firm tannins that lead to a persistent finish. 100% Malbec.
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Cost: $11.99

Modelo Especial | Mexico
Brewed as a model of what good beer should be, this rich, full-flavored Pilsner-style Lager delivers a crisp, refreshing taste. Well-balanced taste and light hop character with a crisp, clean finish. Modelo Especial is characterized by an orange blossom honey aroma with a hint of herb.–From Website

Negra Modelo | Mexico
A medium-bodied lager with slow-roasted caramel malts. Brewed longer to enhance the flavors, this Munich Dunkel-style Lager gives way to a rich flavor and remarkably smooth taste. 5.4 ABV.
–From Website

Victoria | Mexico
This is a popular choice for those who want to drink a couple beers while keeping a clear head.Victoria was produced for the first time in 1865. The brewery and brand were acquired by Grupo Modelo in 1935, making Victoria Mexico’s oldest beer brand. Victoria has been brewed consistently as a Vienna-style lager for 145 years. Victoria is made with filtered water, malted barley, hops, corn and yeast. Victoria is a medium-bodied Vienna-style lager, with a rich amber color and toasted malt character, which is perfectly balanced with a smooth, crisp finish and low to mild hop aroma. Victoria should not be served with a lime.

Tecate |
Sold mostly in cans, this is a “load up the cooler” kind of beer.

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Bohemia Lager |
By far the best beer in Mexico that you can see through. It’s an unabashedly European lager with far more complexity than the competition, & 5.3% alcohol.
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Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale | Kentucky
Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale is our take on a classic American style of beer. We took a cold-conditioned cream ale, brewed with a hint of flaked corn and bourbon vanilla beans, and aged it in freshly decanted bourbon barrels for a minimum of two months. Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale’s medium body and 5.5% ABV make it the perfect barrel-aged beer for an all day event. –From Website.

Kentucky Old Fashioned Barrel Ale | Mexico
Subtle vanilla, caramel, toffee, bourbon notes with slight orange zest and cherry. Oak and bitters on finish.
It’s a copper-colored brew that plays off the beloved taste of a bourbon Old Fashioned – the most iconic of Southern cocktails. This seasonal is brewed with tart cherries and orange peel, then aged in fresh bourbon barrels as well as bourbon barrels used to age bitters. Kindly donated Cherry Bitters barrels, originally used by Kentucky’s finest distillers, impart their wonderful character on this beer. Subtly sweet, it’s balanced by bitter hints of hops and bitters, as well citrusy notes of orange. –From Website.

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout | Kentucky
Lightly sweet, notes of coffee, vanilla, caramel, toffee and oak. Light roasted coffee finish. 8% ABV. 25 IBU. Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout® builds on the success of its barrel-aged brother, the beloved Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale®. Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout is brewed and aged with Alltech® Café Citadelle Haitian coffee and aged in world-famous Kentucky bourbon barrels. The result is a complex stout with dark-roasted malts, hints of caramel and vanilla and a lightly roasted coffee finish. –From Website.

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