T ime for First Friday Tasting at Wine World. Six wines were featured.”
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
803-279-9522

When: Friday, August 2, 2013, 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. Valdo Prosecco Brut NV
  2. Domaine de Ballade 2012
  3. St. Christina Oppenheimer Krotenbrunnen Spatlese 2009
  4. Capestrano Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2010
  5. Sun Garden Dornfelder 2011
  6. Altos las Hormigas Malbec 2011

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Valdo Prosecco Brut NV
A fresh, lively sparkler made from the Glera grape in the prime Prosecco area of north- eastern Italy. Very nicely balanced, with fine bubbles and lots of fruit in the aromas and flavors. A bit dryer than many Proseccos. A terrific start to a festive occasion. At this price you can afford to do “everyday-festive.”  Matches beautifully with almost all foods. Excellent with with delicately flavored dishes or seafood. Camembert. Manchego. Appetizers.
From: Treviso, Italy
Winery: Valdo
Year: NV

Domaine de Ballade 2012
Domaine de Ballade is located in the heart of Gascony, in southwest France. This dry white wine is fresh and lively with good balance between minerality and acidity. Herbs and citrus dominate the aromas and flavors. The finish is long and clean.  This is from the excellent portfolio of the Bourgeois Family Selections. (You may recall that Gascony is the birthplace of D’Artagnan, the irrepressible young hero of the Three Musketeers.)  Serve with an herb-encrusted goat cheese (chevre ), olives, celery, sun-dried tomato hummus and crackers. Works well with a seafood salad. Good match to cold soups like gazpacho or cold cucumber soup. A perfect warm-weather sipper.
From: Gascogne, France
Winery: Domaine de Ballade
Year: 2012
Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc 70%, Colombard 30%
St. Christina Oppenheimer Krotenbrunnen Spatlese 2009
A late-harvest Riesling of exceptionally good quality for a bargain price. Enticing floral, apricot, apple and slate aromas lead to rich, ripe fruit flavors. Its late-harvest sweetness is well-balanced by pleasant, refreshing acidity. A fine match for a wide variety of dishes: Asian foods, spicy lighter dishes. Shrimp and whole-wheat pasta. Salads with a fruit element. Excellent aperitif.
From: Rheinhessen, Germany
: St. Christina
Year: 2009

Capestrano Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2010
A beautiful nose full of black cherry, blueberry, violet and spice. Balanced, with lively and intense dark fruit flavors, easy tannins and a long, fruit-filled finish. A real crowd-pleaser. Enjoy with pastas with tomato-based sauces & pizzas. Herbed lamb ke-bobs with peppers & onions. Gouda with Mediterranean Herbs.
From: Abruzzo, Italy 
Winery: Capestrano.
Year: 2010

Sun Garden Dornfelder 2011
Deep red color, medium-bodied with a very fruity and smooth taste of black fruit and notes of blackberry jam. The finish is sweet, yet refreshing. Goes well with pasta and red meats, or can be Good match for Moroccan spicy dishes and with spicy Indian dishes. Great for Cajun! Served on its own,  it’s a fun aperitif for many folks. Serve slightly chilled.
From: Mosel, Germany
Winery: Sun Garden
Year: 2011

Altos las Hormigas Malbec 2011
An extraordinary Malbec, full-bodied and easy drinking. Big aromas of plum, blackberries and soft hints of vanilla lead to wonderful, concentrated black-fruit flavors.  Balanced with well-integrated oak. Rich and silky.  (“Hormigas” means “ants,” which refers to the many ant colonies in the Altos vineyards.)  Pairs well with roasted or grilled meats, hearty pastas, and flavorful cheeses.  Beef steaks & Chimichurri sauce.
Beef empanadas. Aged Gouda.
From: Mendoza, Argentina
Winery: Altos las Hormigas
Year: 2011

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