Six nice wines Friday night at Wine World
Six nice wines Friday night at Wine World

D uring Masters Week you are either going, going, going, or you’re relaxing and watching the others going, going, going.  Friday night at Wine World it was a nice compromise. If your the “going” type you had someone where to go and enjoy six really nice wines. If you were the “relaxing” type you got to casually enjoy those same six wines.

Nice selection. The whites were all crisp and fresh making them great “fish” wines as Dick Benjamin described them. The reds, were all nice subtle wines that weren’t overly extracted and in your face. That might be because none of the wines were from California and were more Old World style wines and when paired with the right foods would make a great dinner even better.

The Portillo Malbec was the youngest and the only non-European wine. It started off a bit spicy and then the nice tannins took over. I would love to try this with a nice steak.

I have to mention the cheeses. Green Hill (soft-ripened Camembert-style from Thomasville, Georgia), White Stilton with Lemon Zest, Maple Smoked Cheddar and the ever popular Da Vinci cheese, a Dutch cheese with Mediterranean herbs, sun-dried tomatoes and dried olives.

Excellent tasting all around.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC

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When: Friday, April 6 2012, 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. Domaine Lalaurie Alliance Blanc 2009
  2. Garofoli dei Castelli de Jesi “Macrina” Verdicchio 2009
  3. Blüfeld Riesling 2010
  4. Domaine Lalaurie Alliance Rouge 2009
  5. Franco Serra Barbera d’Alba 2010
  6. Portillo Malbec 2011

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Here are the detailed wine notes:
Domaine Lalaurie Alliance Blanc 2009
A bright blend of Chardonnay and Grenache Blanc. Intense nose of tropical fruit including pineapple and apple with a hint of pear. On the palate, yellow apple flavors dominate. Good length and a lingering finish. Excellent with fish and shellfish, chicken, pork. Chicken breasts with Mediterranean seasonings, roasted peppers & couscous. Camembert.
From: Coteaux de Narbonne, France
Winery: Domaine Lalaurie
Year: 2009
Goes with: Match with baked ham. Asian dishes. Avocado and melon salad. Asparagus with goat cheese. Cheese souffle. Grilled chicken. Camembert.

Garofoli dei Castelli de Jesi “Macrina” Verdicchio 2009
April White Wine of the Month. An exceptionally fine Verdicchio, bright & crisp. Citrus fruit with hints of earth and almonds; good minerality in the finish. Displays more depth and complexity than most Verdicchios. The Garofoli family is now in its 3rd generation of producing highly regarded wines. Great match for many dishes. Perfect for seafood! Broiled fish filets, Shrimp risotto. Fontal (Fontina).
From: Marche, Italy
Winery: Garofoli dei Castelli de Jesi
Year: 2009

Blüfeld Riesling 2010
Refreshing, appealing medium-dry Riesling from blue slate vineyards in the Mosel. Notes of citrus & peach with a nice flinty minerality and just the right acidity to balance its light sweetness. Enjoy it as an aperitif or match with lighter foods. German-style dishes, spicy chicken dishes, shrimp, Asian cuisine. Outstanding value.
From: Mosel Valley, Germany
Winery: Blüfeld
Year: 2010

Domaine Lalaurie Alliance Rouge 2009
A lively fruit forward blend of Grenache, Marselan, and Syrah from southwestern France. Red fruit aromas (strawberry and raspberry). Good balance and easy drinking. Lingering finish. Burgers. Pan fried rib steak. Goat Gouda.
From: Coteaux de Narbonne, France
Winery: Domaine Lalaurie
Year: 2009

Franco Serra Barbera d’Alba 2010
April Red Wine of the Month. Big, earthy dark berry aromas and flavors with hints of strawberry and mocha. Medium bodied, light tannins, well-balanced acidity. A very food friendly wine. A fine Barbera, especially for the price. Great match for dishes made with tomato sauce (pasta and pizza). Excellent with sausages, beef, lamb, venison.and cheeses. Stuffed mushrooms.
From: Piedmont, Italy
Winery: Franco Serra
Year: 2010

Portillo Malbec 2011
Generous aromas of plums and blackberries, with hints of vanilla and black pepper. Fresh fruit flavors, with velvety tannins and good structure. Lingering finish. Enjoy with grilled meats. pasta in richly-flavored sauces, spicy dishes, and robust cheeses. Perfect for beef. Grilled steaks with Chimichurri Sauce. Aged Gouda.
From: Mendoza, Argentina
Winery: Portillo
Year: 2011


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