Andrew Benjamin pours Bonny Doon De Proprio Gravitas at the white table at Wine World.
Andrew Benjamin pours some Bonny Doon De Proprio Gravitas at the white table.

I ‘m glad I stopped by Wine World at 5PM because it started getting real busy. I don’t think the tasters coming in were disappointed. I really liked the whites. The Lapostolle Sauvignon Blanc is a nice wine that would be a welcoming white at a Christmas party and go nicely with the shrimp on the buffet table. Wine World has been featuring some very nice Sauvignon Blancs from South America. New Zealand better watch it.
I was surprised that I like the Caposaldol Sweet Pink Merlot Moscato because this is one of the sweetest Moscato’s I’ve ever tried. This is a nice dessert wine. Alone or with some holiday sweets at the end of a meal. As a starter I think the sweetness would be a distraction. But at the end of a meal, excellent.
On the red table I always enjoy the Federalist wines. This is the first time I’ve had the Zin that features George Washington on the label. I’ve had the other ZIn that features Alexander Hamilton on the label. I think this one is a bit more spicy and not as jammy as some zins are today.
The Renacer Punto Final Malbec is a nice Malbec that had more body that most Malbec’s I drink (which are usually in a box). I think I would enjoy this better with a nice steak.
I’m also familiar with the Oak Ridge OZV Red Blend. This is a wine I’ve enjoyed several times. This is a wine I have enjoyed with meals and by itself as I sit and discuss the state of the world with my wife. I like it’s zinfandel roots. It’s blended with Cabernet, Petit Sirah and Merlot. With it being a blend each vintage is different from the next. I look forward to each new year. And at $12.99 you can’t beat it.
The cheeses tonight included Cablanca (mild Dutch goat cheese), White Stilton with Mango and Ginger, and Point Reyes Original Blue. All were very yummy.
Wine World is busy the next few weeks. They have a Washington State Seminar next Friday, the 11th, Third Thursday on Dec. 16, then an “Attack of the Clones Seminar” on Dec. 18th.

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Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
When: Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, 5 to 8 pm
Cost: $5, with rebate on the purchase of 1 bottle of the featured wines.
Here are the wines to be presented (click to see more):

  1. Lapostolle Sauvignon Blanc 2013
  2. Bonny Doon De ProprioGravitas 2014
  3. Caposaldol Sweet Pink Merlot Moscato NV
  4. Federalist Zinfandel 2013
  5. Renacer Punto Final Malbec 2014
  6. Oak Ridge OZV Red Blend 2013

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Lapostolle Sauvignon Blanc 2013 | Chile
Fresh aromas, rich, round texture and crisp finish. Full flavors of melon & citrus. Enjoy with seafood & spicy foods. Ideal with Sushi. Website | Cost: $11.99
Bonny Doon De ProprioGravitas 2014 | Santa Cruz, California
Bordeaux-style blend: Semillon 54%, 43.5% Sauv Blanc, Orange Muscat 2.5. Perfume of magnolia flowers & white peaches, with suggestions of ripe Bosc Pear. Fig and melon character in the flavors. Shows some nice minerality & good acidity gives the wine a good backbone. Fine match for Turkey casserole. Braised Chicken Thighs. Pair with Oysters. Cassoulet, Butternut Squash soup. Website | Cost: $14.99
Caposaldol Sweet Pink Merlot Moscato NV | Veneto, Italy
Merlot 55%, Moscato 45%. Soft & Elegant with lively bubbles. Aromas & flavors of berries, apricots. Hints of sage & rose petals. Enjoy on its own an aperitif.Enjoy with light pastries & fruit tarts, especially apple, pear & fresh berry. | Website | Cost: $12.99
wines-4block-zinFederalist Zinfandel 2013 | Lodi, California
Aromas & flavors of red fruits: plum, cherry with hints of cinnamon spice. Richl density & texture. Firm tannin structure & a long, smooth finish. Spiced lamb. Curried Vegetable Casserole. Pork Chops with fresh Salsa Verde. Burgers with Gruyere or Manchego. Grilled rib eye steak.
Website | Cost: $14.99
Renacer Punto Final Malbec 2014 | Mendoza, Argentina
Deep ruby red, aromas of black cherry, dark berries and spices. Scents of vanilla & caramel, notes of chocolate flavors. Pair with rich red meats (and Chimichurri sauce). Serve with Manchego.
Website | Cost: $11.99
Oak Ridge OZV Red Blend 2013 | Lodi, California
Opaque raspberry red. The aroma suggests blackberry, plums, oak spice & French vanilla. Full-bodied, tastes of blackberries & blueberries. Notes of chocolate, cranberry & a bit of spice. Grilled Steaks, Grilled Meats & Sausages. Pork, Spicy Smoked Chicken. Pizza with meat toppings. Duck Confit. Aged Gouda. Website | Cost: $12.99


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