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Everyone had a good time at the First Friday tasting.
Everyone had a good time at the First Friday tasting.

F irst Friday time, and Wine World was packed. A big, happy crowd turned out to taste six wines, three reds and three whites. And poor Dan missed one of his favorite wines, Villa Pozzi Nero d’Avola. This wine won at the recent CoCo Wine Festival. And at $9.99 it’s right in the Cheap Bastard’s price zone.
He said he had planned to be at the tasting, but something came up and Dennis had to pinch sip for him. I didn’t mind a bit.

Getting in line for the white wines.
Getting in line for the white wines.

The Wine World tastings are always great fun because they feature such good wines at great prices in a low-key setting. All you have to do is bring some friends and you have an instant party.


I’ll have to admit Dan was right about the Nero d’Avola. It was beautiful, rich and full of fruit. I also liked the Sauvignon Blanc from SeaGlass in California. It’s sort of a middle-of-the-road Sauvignon Blanc–lots of great citrus fruit, but not an over the top pucker up buttercup style.
If you missed it, don’t worry. There’s always the Third Thursday tasting and then the next First Friday.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC

When: Friday, February 1, 2013, 5 to 8 pm
Cost: $5, with rebate on the purchase of 1 bottle of the featured wines.

The red wines tasted.
The red wines tasted.

Here are the wines presented (click to see more):

  1. Casal Thaulero Pinot Grigio 2010
  2. SeaGlass Sauvignon Blanc 2011
  3. Robertson Special Late Harvest Gewürztraminer 2009
  4. Le Drunk Rooster Pinot Noir 2010
  5. Santa Christina Toscano Rosso 2010
  6. Villa Pozzi Nero d’Avola 2010

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Casal Thaulero Pinot Grigio 2010
Lively & flavorful. Hints of apple, white peach, pineapple. Rich flavors of pear, melon,  citrus.  Seafood, sushi, chicken.  Linguini & shrimp. Appetizers.
From: Terre de Chieti, Italy
Winery: Casal Thaulero
Year: 2010

SeaGlass Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Tropical fruit aromas and a clean grassy aspect are balanced by refreshing acidity. Full fruit flavors of lime, tangerine, citrus, kiwi. Good match for lighter chicken & pork dishes, seafood, tangy cheeses.
From: Santa Barbara, California
Winery: SeaGlass
Year: 2011

Robertson Special Late Harvest Gewürztraminer 2009
Luscious honeysuckle and rose petal notes in the aroma of this beautiful sweet wine. Spicy Gewurz flavors with just a hint of honey, balanced by good acidity. Spicy Asian cuisine.  Roast pork with southwestern chilis or with a fruit glaze.  At the end of a meal with fruit or slightly sweet fruit tart. Perfect with spicy Asian food.
From: South Africa
Winery: Robertson
Year: 2009

Le Drunk Rooster Pinot Noir 2010
Inviting aromatics with dark berries and black pepper notes. Ripe, round berry fruit with a smooth, spicy finish. Very crisp and jammy mouth feel with a nice smooth spicy finish. Can be served slightly chilled.  Grilled meats, sausages. A good match for pork, spicy cuisines, Indian or Cajun.
From: Languedoc, France
Winery: Le Drunk Rooster
Year: 2010

Santa Christina Rosso 2010
Very classy, full Italian red blend of 60% Sangiovese and 40% Cab Sauv, Merlot and Syrah. (A “baby Super-Tuscan.)    Floral aspect in the aroma (violets) and dark berry fruit. Flavors of ripe fruit, strawberries and currants. Soft tannins.  Steaks and burgers.
Grilled sausages.  Cheeses.
From: Toscana, Italy
Winery: Santa Christina
Year: 2010

Villa Pozzi Nero d’Avola Noir 2010
From the rich, red grape of Sicily–Nero d’Avola–here’s a full, lively wine with lots of fruit, spice and deep color. Aromas of black berry liqueur, white flowers and vanilla with a hint of figs. Flavors are full- bodied with plums and wild berry notes. A Wine World favorite and a tremendous value. Enjoy this wine with all of your favorite Italian dishes, beef, spicy foods –and maybe even dark chocolate.  Aged Gouda.  Blue Castello.
From: Sicily
Winery: Villa Pozzi
Year: 2010


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