There was a great crowd at Wine World's "Second" First Friday Tasting.
There was a great crowd at Wine World’s “Second” First Friday Tasting.

F irst Friday this year was actually the first day of the year so Wine World waited a week to have their monthly First Friday Tasting. If this tasting was indicator for the upcoming year then 2016 is going to be pretty good. I got there around 6:20 and the place was packed.
It was so packed I opted out of the white wines as it looked like it might take a while and hit the reds. These were really nice reds. The Old Soul Pinot Noir is a nice wine that I think I could drink everyday. Smooth and gentle on the palate. Nice berry flavors that linger for just a bit. The Maggio Petite Sirah was a bit more complex, more tannins and would pair up nicely with a steak or something spicy. The St. Francis Red Splash would be nice to start an evening with friends. This red blend is not jammy or to spicy. Nice and smooth.
The cheeses were Rising Sun Farms Pesto Dried Tomato Cheese Torta, Grafton Village’s Maple Smoked Cheddar and Huntsman Double Cloucester with Blue Stilton. All very yummy. Next up for Wine World is Third Thurday on Jan. 21. But mark your calendar for January 29th when they will have a Wines of Jed Steele and Quincy Steele tasting seminar. Steele makes great Pinots and some of the best Grenache in California (They are known for Writer’s Block). Don’t miss this one.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
When: Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, 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. Crios Torrontes 2014
  2. Spellbound Chardonnay 2013
  3. Goats do Roam Rosé 2015
  4. Old Soul Pinot Noir 2014
  5. Maggio Petite Sirah 2012
  6. St. Francis Red Splash

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Here are the detailed wine notes:
Crios Torrontes 2014 | Mendoza, Argentina
Enticing perfumed floral aromas with hints of peach, pear & orange citrus. Slightly reminiscent of Viognier. Its mineral notes suggest Sauvignon Blanc. Spicy character. Crisp & dry. Wonderful with smoked meats, mild to medium-strong cheeses. Seafood. Crab. Smoked salmon. Salads & vinaigrette. Spicy Thai food. Website
Spellbound Chardonnay 2013 | Napa, California
Lush, vibrant Chardonnay shows tropical fruit flavors such as pineapple, guava and kiwi. Balanced notes of vanilla & creme brulee result from most of the juice being aged & fermented in small French oak barrels. A small amount of the juice is fermented in stainless steel to preserve the lively acidity and fresh finish Roast Pork Loin with herbs. Crab Cakes. Polenta with mushrooms. Chicken breasts in creamy sauce and butternut squash. Website
Goats do Roam Rosé 2015 | Western Cape, South Africa
Notes of strawberry & rose petals. Flavors full of bright red berries lead to a lively fresh finish. Blend of 49% Shiraz, 21% Grenache, 20% Gamay Noir & 10% Mourvedre. Fine match for almost every food. Grilled chicken. Tapenade appetizers. Turkey & avocado sandwich. Tangy cheeses. Website
Old Soul Pinot Noir 2014 | Lodi, California
Delivers that big fruit richness characteristic of the Lodi appellation. Aroma & flavors of cherry & raspberry with floral notes. Just a hint of blackberry from the blended Zinfandel. (Interesting combination.) Smooth texture, yet maintains the good, gentle acidity that Pinot Noir is known for. Grilled salmon & spinach salad. Crispy pork belly. Roasted duck.
Moussaka. Bacon-wrapped mushrooms. Website
Maggio Petite Sirah 2012 | Lodi, California
Generous dark berry & plum flavors and a lingering finish. Hints of spice, pepper, fig & cocoa. Good balance. Beef or venison roast. Beef Strogonoff. Burgers. Grilled pork chops with spicy rub. Mexican Dishes. Website
St. Francis Red Splash | Sonoma Valley, California
Ripe dark fruit flavors and spicy aromas. Blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc & Zin! Great with pizza. Spicy meat dishes. Venison sausage. Chorizo. Eggplant casserole. Italian dishes with seasoned tomato sauce & lots of Parmesan. Website


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