A good crowd of tasters dropped by Wine World Friday night

I  always try to make the First Friday tasting, especially around Christmas time. They always have a wine that I wouldn’t buy on my own that surprises me. One was the Villa Rosa Moscato D’Asti. It’s a sweet wine, something I seldom drink, but this one had some very interesting flavors. The sweet taste lingers on like a fine dessert. Dick Benjamin and I both said this isn’t an everyday wine nor one you would drink a lot of. But as a nice Holiday sipper this is excellent.

At the red table the wine with the funny name, Neprica, was my favorite of the night. Italian wines can be intimidating to American tasters just because of the labels. Old World grapes, numerous geographic regions and wine designations aren’t as easy for the casual wine lover to understand. I seldom buy Italian wines unless I’ve tried them at a tasting or tasting seminar (which Wine World frequently has). As a matter of fact one of my most frequently purchased wines is an Italian wine that was featured at a seminar at Wine World (Villa Pozzi Nero D’Avola).

This is was a great tasting as usual.

Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
803-279-9522

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When: Friday, December 7, 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. Michel Chapoutier Marius Blanc 2010
  2. Charles de Fére Sparkling Dry Rosé
  3. Villa Rosa Moscato D’Asti 2011
  4. Michel Chapoutier Marius Rouge 2010
  5. Tormaresco “Neprica” 2010
  6. GraffignaMalbec 2010

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Michel Chapoutier Marius Blanc 2010
An interesting & delightful white from one of France’s most highly regarded winemakers and part of the pre-eminent Rhone producer family. Grapes some of us have not had; it’s a blend of Terret and Vermentino.  Floral aromas of ripe fruit, peach. Flavors of ripe fruit with a crisp and lively acidity in the finish. Aperitif. A fine foil to rich creamy dishes, good match for hearty vegetable lasagna.
From: Vin de Pays d’Oc, France
Winery: Michel Chapoutier
Year: 2010

Charles de Fére Sparkling Dry Rosé
A Wine World favorite as an aperitif, with heavy hors d’oeuvres, or especially with spicy Chinese dishes. Although the label says dry, it is not quite dry. It has enough character and just enough light sweetness to do well with spicy foods. Goes well with everything. Puff pastry with smoked trout. Visually intense with a light salmon-pink color. Fine delicate bubbles and wonderful forward aromas of fruit. Very elegant on the palate. Refreshing. Well-structured with a nice long finish.
From: France
Winery: Charles de Fére

Villa Rosa Moscato D’Asti 2011
Villa Rosa is one of the best of these appealing sparkling, lightly sweet wines made from the Muscat grape. Very aromatic with peach and apricot aromas and flavors. A clean finish and beautifully balanced.  A great dessert wine by itself or with lightly sweet treats: superb with tarts and fruits, cheeses with fruit–such as white Stilton with Mango & Ginger.
From: Piemonte, Italy
Winery: Villa Rosa
Year: 2011

Michel Chapoutier Marius Rouge 2010
The two Rhone red grapes make a very appealing wine in Michel Chapoutier’s hands. Rich and robust with the dark fruit of Syrah balanced by the sweet ripeness of the Grenache with vanilla notes on the finish. Nice complexity. Mushroom ragout on toast points. Sausages. Lentil Soup. Gruyere cheese.
From: Vin de Pays d’Oc, France
Winery: Michel Chapoutier
Year: 2010
Grapes: Syrah, Grenache
Tormaresco “Neprica” 2010
An exciting and delicious blend of Negroamaro, Primitivo and Cabernet Sauvignon. Full blackberry flavors with earthy hints. A fine match for big flavors. Game, roast beef,  hearty vegetarian dishes.
From: Puglia, Italy
Winery: Tormaresco
Year: 2010

GraffignaMalbec 2010
A terrific Malbec from an excellent producer which is also a remarkable value! Full-bodied with rich flavors of black cherries, blackberries. Fruit-filled. lingering finish. Beef steaks or patties, especially with Chimichurri sauce.  Full flavored cheeses.

From: Argentina
Winery: Graffigna
Year: 2010

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