E very year during the month of December The Vineyard presents “Wines for the Holidays!” I stopped by Saturday afternoon and sampled the Ports, Champagne, Hardy Reds & Delicious Whites that Roger selected that pairs well with holiday fare.
I have to admit the food spread was pretty good. The wines were nice especially the Peju and the Marietta Angeli Cuvee Red Blend 30. Of course those were the most expensive of the bunch.
More later…. but the Vineyard will be having tastings on Saturday, Dec. 26 and Saturday, Jan. 2. They will be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Where: Vineyard Wine Market (map), 4414 Evans to Lock Road, Evans, GA. (706) 922-9463
When: Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, 4:30-6:30PM. Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, 3 to 6 pm.
Cost: $15 per person and a $3 refund when buying a featured wine.
Here are the wines to be presented (click to see more):
- Francois Montand Demi-Sec Ice Edition
- Fritz Muller Troken Muller Thurgau
- River’s Edge Pinot Gris
- River’s Edge Pinot Noir
- Marietta Angeli Cuvee Red Blend 30
- Peju Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
- Whisker’s Blake Tawny Port
Here are the detailed wine notes:
Francois Montand Demi-Sec Ice Edition | France
:François Montand Ice is a Quality Sparkling Wine Demi-Sec elaborated according to the traditionnal method. Enjoy the freshness of its fine and delicate bubbles with notes of exotic fruits. WHY A DEMI SEC? In order to maintain all the aromas and the sweetness of François Montand once in the glass with ice. VINIFICATION: Traditional method with fermentation at a very low temperature to preserve all the aromas. Matured 9 months on the lees after a double fermentation in bottle, François Montand Ice offers a distinctive richness of flavors. THE ICE EFFECT: Share a François Montand Ice with your family or your friends at the aperitif or during parties.
To enjoy the “Ice” effect we recommend serving cold on ice between 5° to 7° C. TIPS: If you like, you can add one or two mint leaves in the glass and for those who dare, add red fruits. Website
Fritz Muller Troken Muller Thurgau | Germany
Light straw yellow with lovely green highlights. Fresh-fruity aromas of pear, apple and grapefruit. Mild and well balanced on the palate with exotic aromas and a delicate nutmeg tone. Sparklingly refreshing. Website
River’s Edge Pinot Gris | Oregon
The wine has a fruit forward nose of pear, a focused lemon/lime flavor on the palate, and refreshing acidity on the finish. We vinified the wine in the traditional Alsatian manner in older oak barrels, with seven months aging.–From their Website.
River’s Edge Pinot Noir | Oregon
Grapes from our two estate vineyards as well as three neighboring vineyards were the sources for this wine. It has a complex smoky, earthy aroma, flavors of blackberry and black cherry, and a refreshing finish. The wine was aged in a combination of French and American oak cooperage. Website.
Marietta Angeli Cuvee Red Blend | Geyserville, California
This is a big, rich wine that is generous in its flavors and aromas of dark berries, graphite, briar patch, and hints of oak. The mouth feel is lush and full with a structured, long finish. Aging potential of up to 15 years.–From their Website
Peju Napa Cabernet Sauvignon | Napa California
Rich and complex, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon offers lovely aromas of summer berries with hints of anise, cocoa powder and caramel on the nose. Concentrated flavors of mocha, cherry, ripe raspberry and nutmeg lead to a rounded finish with restrained, yet velvety tannins.–From their Website
Whisker’s Blake Tawny Port | South Australia
Whiskers Blake was a longstanding employee of the Hardy family in the 1900s, he was responsible for scaring birds away from the grapes, ensuring that their quality was maintained. As thanks for his hard work he was regularly asked to ‘test’ the end product of his beloved grapes and his dedication to ensuring their quality led us to name our Tawny Port after him. Made primarily with Grenache and Shiraz grapes and aged on average for 8 years, our Whiskers Blake port blends several vintages to ensure its rich, smooth and nutty flavours.–From their Website Website