Starting with the JAQK Chardonnay
Starting with the JAQK Chardonnay

R oger is giving everyone a chance to explore his wine cellar. These reds are $40+ and a great opportunity to try something more expensive that I normally drink. I stopped by on Friday and enjoyed myself thoroughly with Mrs. Dan. I thought I would treat her to something better than the “value” stuff I usually buy.
The JAQK Chardonnay was very nice. Nice and mellow. I don’t really care for acidic whites and this one is mellow. The Mi Sueno El Llano Red Blend is really good. I was told that this would make someone a great birthday present. Hmmm. Maybe Christmas.
On the brew side I really like the Wychwood Hobgoblin one of my favorite English ales. The Dogfish Punkin Ale was good but not my favorite of the plethora of pumpkin ales that have hit the market this year.
Great cheeses including a cheddar and horseradish and Gouda and herbs. Yum. And by the way, Roger’s sponsoring a bus tour on Oct. 25 to north Georgia to see the leaves and visit 3 wineries. Should be a great time.
The line up at Vineyard Wine Market
The line up

Where: Vineyard Wine Market (map), 4414 Evans to Lock Road, Evans, GA. (706) 922-9463
When: Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, 4:30-6:30PM. Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, 3 to 6 pm.
Cost: $10 (usually)
Here are the wines to be presented (click to see more):

  1. JAQK Pearl Handle Chardonnay 2009
  2. Rex Hill Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2009
  3. TOR Rock Cuvee Cooper Grenache 2011
  4. Mi Sueno El Llano Red Blend 2009
  5. Prime District 4 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

The Beer Line Up:

  1. Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
  2. Wychwood Hobgoblin English Ale
  3. J.K. Scrumpy’s Organic Hard Cider

A nice cheese selection today
A nice cheese selection today

Here are the detailed wine notes:
JAQK Pearl Handle Chardonnay 2009 | California
They named the winery after the face cards and the ace in a deck. Pear, apricots, melon, honeysuckle, toasty oak. Smooth, viscous, balanced, good acidity, long finish, full-tilt style without being heavy or cloying. Website Cost: $39.99
Rex Hill Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2009 | Oregon
93 points Wine Spectator and #38 in Top 100 Wines of 2011: “Focused, satiny and elegant, with a powerful thrust behind the pure currant and boysenberry flavors, shaded with touches of talcum and cream as the finish expands. Drink now through 2019.” (Web Only – 2011) According to Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: “Bright red. Spicy raspberry and red cherry aromas are complicated by lively floral and herbal qualities. Sappy and round, with sweet red fruit and candied rose flavors, supple tannins and subtle spiciness. This open-knit pinot finishes with a touch of heat.” (Jul/Aug 11). Website Cost: $38.99
TOR Rock Cuvee Cooper Grenache 2011 |
The nose on the 2011 Cooper is filled with bright spice, kirsch and cigar smoke – almost the essence of Grenache. On the palate this is full weight with tremendous density, richness and length with loads of red fruits, plums and Christmas spices. With the density and richness of this wine it can very easily be consumed on its own but would also do quite well with richer meat and pasta dishes. Website Cost: $48.99

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Mi Sueno El Llano Red Blend 2009 | Napa California
The smell of adobe is accompanied with dried berries, black olives, roasted coffee beans and a drop of vanilla extract. Don’t forget to smell for the white pepper. Velvety tannins with balanced acidity makes for a food-friendly and versatile big red wine. Its mouth-coating richness and spicy flavors allow your palate to keep this wine in its long-term memory bank.Pairs well with oven roasted chicken with spicy black mole and spanish rice. Simple dish (sort of ), that inspires an amazing pairing. Why the name El Llano? In commemoration of his humble beginings, Rolando wanted to pay respect to his place of birth and his roots; El Llano, Michoacan, Mexico. Website Cost: $41.99
Prime District 4 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 |
From the winemaker of Jarvis Wines, Ted Henry. This is Ted’s solo project. This wine has aromas of vanilla, gingerbread, spice and cream with bright red fruit and slight herb component. Fine tannins and flavors of blackberry and cedar round out the finish of this food friendly wine. Website Cost: $43.99
Dogfish Head Punkin Ale | Milton, Delaware
A full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar. We brew our Punkin Ale with pumpkin meat, brown sugar and spices. As the season cools, this is the perfect beer to warm up with.
Punkin Ale is named after the seriously off-centered southern Delaware extravaganza Punkin Chunkin (check out some of these Discovery Channel videos of Punkin Chunkin, you gotta see it to believe it!). In fact, Punkin Ale made its debut as it claimed first prize in the 1994 Punkin Chunkin Recipe Contest. Yes, that was a full 6 months before we even opened our doors for business!
Punkin Chunkin has grown in size and scale, with pumpkins now being hurled more than 4,000 feet through the air! If you come down to see if for yourself, drop by and visit us.Since its debut, we’ve brewed Punkin Ale each and every fall. It is released right around Sept. 1 each year. When you find it, grab some extra because it’s usually gone by Thanksgiving.–From their Website Cost: $9.99/4pk
Wychwood Hobgoblin English Ale | Oxfordshire, England
Traditionally craft brewed with Chocolate & Crystal malts and a blend of Styrian, Goldings & Fuggles hops to produce a full-bodied, Ruby beer that delivers a delicious chocolate toffee malt flavour, balanced with a rounded moderate bitterness and an overall fruity, mischievous character.What’s the matter Lagerboys… Afraid you
might taste something? Hobgoblin is the perfect beer to drink with meat stews & Steak & Ale pies, Sausages & Mash, Burgers & BBQs; roasts; & char-grilled vegetables. Ideal for Halloween!–From their Website Cost: $9.99/4pk
J.K. Scrumpy’s Organic Hard Cider | Michigan
Today, Almar Orchard is well known for its dedication to “quality over quantity.” and is continuing in its set course of being the best that they can be. Throughout the grand history of Almar Orchard very few things have actually changed. The pride in a job well done and the care that is taken to produce a top-notch product is, and always has been, what makes Almar Orchard one-of-a-kind. What does Scrumpy mean? Well… that’s an English-style of farmhouse cider that has always been popular on the farms of southern England. It was also known here in the states in the early 1800’s. While we are not an English-style cider we are definitely a Farmhouse Cider.–From their Website Website Cost: $6.99

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