G reat little tasting. I stopped by Friday afternoon to try these wines and catch up with old friends.
Roger said in his newsletter: “Despite a labeling system that is often confusing to many outside of France, French wine still gives the greatest pleasure of any wine producing region. French wines go best with food, never overpowering either in flavor or in alcohol, always well balanced, often beautiful. Today the quality of even the least expensive French wine has improved impressively providing a whole new range of wines open to wine drinkers.”
The Pierre Spar Pinot Gris is from Alsace and I think picks up some influence from the late harvest wines from the area.
Fruit up front and much more body that any Pinot Gris I think I’ve ever had. Not sure if it was spicy on its own or was the result of the cheese I nibbled on.
The Bouchard Aine & Fils Macon Villages Chardonnay was one of the driest Chardonnays I think I have ever had. If this touched oak it was most likely neutral oak.
I read where some areas in France are running out of Rosé because of their popularity in the US. I think this one fits that bill. Not sweet but not bone dry either. This is a wine I can sip. I sometimes will drink a Rosé a bit too fast. This one I think I would simply sip and enjoy it the whole time.
The last two were red blends, with the Tessellae Old Vine GSM being my favorite. The Syrah makes this wine stand out. Nice fruit up front. A slightly musty finish that I actually enjoy. Almost smokey. The Bastide Miraflors is from the same winery. It has even more Syrah in it. I think I could drink this one over a nice steak. That’ is making me hungry thinking about it. Gotta go.
Where: Vineyard Wine Market (map), 4414 Evans to Lock Road, Evans, GA. (706) 922-9463

When: Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, 4:30-6:30PM. Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, 3 to 6 pm.
Cost: $10
Roger is calling this an “All 90 Pointers or Above Tasting.” He will be introducing Refugio Ranch to the CSRA. Refugio Ranch is a 415 acre estate nestled into the north face of the Santa Ynez Mountains, and skirting the southern banks of the Santa Ynez River. For thousands of years this was the domain of the Chumash. The first Spaniards arrived in this land on foot in 1769 in an expedition led by Don Gaspar de Portola. Among Portola’s men was a Sergeant named Jose Francisco de Ortega. When Ortega retired several years later, he petitioned the King of Spain for a land grant of a particularly stunning stretch of coastline west of Santa Barbara. This swath of land, 18 miles long and 4 miles wide, was named “Rancho Nuestra Senora del Refugio” or “Our Lady of Refuge.” The original Refugio Ranch.
Like the Rhone Valley, Refugio Ranch encompasses two unique microclimates. A mile of the Santa Ynez River snakes through the ranch bringing with it centuries of sandy, alluvial soil, along with the natural flow of cool air combined with ocean breezes to create an ideal climate for growing white Rhone varietals and Sauvignon Blanc. As you climb out of the river valley into the hillsides of the Santa Ynez Mountains, one finds entirely different conditions. Dense clay and rock prevail on the ranch slopes with temperatures conducive to growing complex and unique Rhone red varietals. What better place to start a vineyard?
We will be introducing these highly rated wines to the CSRA this weekend.
Here is the line-up:
• Clean Slate Riesling, 90 Points WE (Wine Enthusiast) and Best Buy!: $10.99
• Refugio Ranch Tiradora Sauvignon Blanc, 91 Points WE (Wine Enthusiast): Winery Price-$24; our price: $21.99
• Refugio Ranch Escondrijo, Syrah, Grenache & Petite Sirah, 92 Points WA (Wine Advocate): The winery price-$34; our price-$26.99
• Refugio Ranch Petite Sirah, 91 Pts WE & WA; winery price-$38; our price-$28.99
• Refugio Ranch Barbareno Syrah & Petite Sirah, 94 Pts WE & 92 Pts WA; winery price-$42; our price-$34.99
• Refugio Ranch Ineseno, 92 Pts WA & 90 Pts WE; winery price-$24; our price-$19.99
Be the first to taste these great wines and bring in a friend to enjoy them with you. This will be a $10 tasting this week.

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