S topped by at the tail end of the tasting. I wish I had gotten there about 10 minutes earlier because one of the most popular wines of the night, per tasters Kayla and Matt-and others, the Ravage Knight Fall Dark Red Blend had run out. Darn. But the Maggio Petite Syrah that replaced it was pretty good.
This tasting was a tour of Italy, Spain, California and Washington State. The most interesting stop was in Italy with the A. Bertolani Rosso All’Antica Sparkling Dry Lambrusco. This was not the $1.98 Lambrusco I had back in my 20’s. That stuff was sweet. This, unlike many European sparklers claiming to be dry, was dry. Interesting flavors. This might be a good sparkler for New Year’s if you are bored with the usual sparklers.
Don’t forget those great cheeses. Tonight they had Orange Windmill Leyden, a traditional spiced cheese with cumin seeds; Grand Camembert from Delice de France served with Del Duca Prosciutto; and Italian Parmesan Reggiano.
Next up for Wine World is their Third Thursday on July 21st.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
When: Friday, July 1, 2016, 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):
- Martin Codax Albarino 2014
- Palazzone Terre Vineate Orvieto
- Grace Lane Riesling
- A. Bertolani Rosso All’Antica Sparkling Dry Lambrusco 2014
- Silver Totem Cabernet Sauvignon
- Ravage Knight Fall Dark Red Blend 2014
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Here are the detailed wine notes:
Martin Codax Albarino 2014 | Rias Baixas, Spain
A terrific dry, aromatic white from northwestern Spain. Aromas of lime, tangerine & honeysuckle with interesting notes of minerality. Flavors of apricot, tart apple, white peach. No oak. Fresh, crisp finish. A great seafood & fish wine. Grilled fish fillets. Spicy Thai dishes. Paella. Website
Palazzone Terre Vineate Orvieto | Italy
Straw, light yellow color. Aromas and flavors of green apple and apricot ending with an almond note. Fresh, clean finish. Versatile food wine. Great with seafood, chicken, pastas. Four-cheese pizza. Grilled scallops. Appealing aperitif. Website
Grace Lane Riesling | Yakima Valley, Washington
A beautiful medium-dry Riesling from the Terlato Family. Refreshing and crisp; round and fruity. Sensations of lemon, apricot, pear & nectarine carry through the refreshing finish. Pork with apple stuffing. Asian Chicken Salad. Chicken Stir-Fry. Sushi. Cheese selection. Website
A. Bertolani Rosso All’Antica Sparkling Dry Lambrusco 2014 | Italy
Deep ruby color. Rich aroma & flavor with interesting complexity. Here’s a really interesting different wine for you to try. We don’t see the dry Lambruscos very often. It’s “frizzante,” just lightly sparkling. Serve chilled. Notes of raspberry & pomegranate. Earthy, meaty and fruity this rich wine goes well with sausages, roast meats and game. Aged cheese. (It’s from the same region as Parmesan-Reggiano.). Website
Silver Totem Cabernet Sauvignon | Columbia Valley, Washington State
Lush Cab Sauv with a little Syrah and a splash of Malbec. Enticing aromas of cherry, cedar, violets and spice lead to a rich, silky texture. Intense flavors of currants, plums and blackberries show a wine that’s a fine match for beef and grilled vegetables. Beef stew with mushrooms. Lamb. Another U.S. wine to enjoy with your July 4th celebrations. Website
Ravage Knight Fall Dark Red Blend 2014 | California
Very ripe and fruit-forward, this bold wine is mostly Cab Sauv (86%) with some Merlot and 4% of “other” grapes. This “easy-drinking-style” wine has rich plum and blackberry fruit aromas and flavors. Its strong oak element gives sensations of spice, mocha, vanilla and smokiness. Smooth texture and light tannins yield an easy, soft finish. Steaks. Specialty burgers. Mongolian Beef. Roasted peppers. BBQ. Sipping. Website