Talking about red wine at the Red table.
Talking about red wine at the Red table.

I was a long hot day. Lots of yard work getting ready for the Fourth. I was ready for a break and Wine World’s First Friday did the trick. I was running late and got there around 7:30. They had to chase us out around 8:15.
Nice summer tasting. The My Essential Rosé was one of the driest rosés I’ve had in a while. This one, when nicely chilled should go nicely with the BBQ pork I had over the Fourth weekend. On the other extreme was the Blue Moon Riesling. A bit sweet for some, nice summer time sipper for others.

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I caught up with Susan, someone I’ve bumped into over the years at Wine World and she really liked the Cautivo Malbec, which was very good. The Carnivor though is one of those go to Cabs. Reasonably priced (you can usually find it under $15 in most shops but at Wine World it’s $12.99). It has never disappointed me.
For the cheeses they had 3 of my favorites: Castello Havarti Dill, Orange Windmill Mediterranean Herb and the Castello Soft Blue Triple creme (which is my top favorite but being late….. they ran out).
Next up for Wine World is Third Thursday on July 16th.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
When: Friday, July 3, 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. My Essential Rosé 2014
  2. Beach House White 2014
  3. Bridgeview Riesling Blue Moon 2014
  4. Cautivo di Orfila Malbec 2013
  5. Carnivor Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
  6. Noah’s Fruit 365 Blackberry Semi-Sweet

Here are the detailed wine notes:
My Essential Rosé 2014 | Provence, France
Dry rosé. A delicate pink wine with an aroma of red fruit and flowers. Beautiful fruit & citrus–lemon & grapefruit -flavors with notes of spice & mint lead to a crisp, dry, refreshing finish. 40% Grenache, 40% Cinsault, with Syrah, Carignan & Mourvedre. A great example of Provencal rosé &why it is so highly regarded. Seasoned Grilled Mahi Mahi, BBQ chicken or pork. Pizza Supreme, Summer salads. Very nice match for practically everything. Website
Beach House White 2014 | Western Cape, South Africa
A delightful warm weather wine. Bright aromas of lemongrass, lime, tangerine and a hint of pear. Flavors of lime citrus and pear with a long finish. Light, bright, and a refreshing finish. A blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon. Terrific with sautéed tilapia. Grilled fish Sushi, shrimp. Spinach & artichoke dip. Herb-roasted Chicken. Grilled vegetables. Aperitif. Website
Bridgeview Riesling Blue Moon 2014 | Oregon
An appealing & popular “off-dry” white. It’s slightly sweet ( 1.75% residual sugar) with a lively, refreshing acidity at the finish. Flavors of ripe apples, apricot & grapefruit are prominent with honeysuckle notes. Good Riesling character. Enjoy with poultry, mild cheess & salads. A good match for spicy dishes. Pacific Rim cuisines. “Mexican” dishes. Terrific summertime Aperitif. Website
Cautivo di Orfila Malbec 2013 | Mendoza, Argentina
Generous aromas & flavors of blackberry, plum, blueberry & violets. This 100% Malbec is aged in French oak. A good companion to beef, spicy foods, mature & hard cheeses. Roast poultry Black pepper tenderloin. Burgers. Steaks. Chimichurri sauce. Lamb shish ke-bobs.
Carnivor Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 | Lodi, California
A big dark fruit, jammy wine showing plum & dark berry fruit with spice & chocolate notes. Fairly prominent, nice oak treatment. A “crowd-pleaser” at a very good value price. Steaks, burgers wit avocado. Beef stew. BBQ. Full-flavored cheeses. Website
Noah’s Fruit 365 Blackberry Semi-Sweet | Armenia
Lucious blackberry fruit fills the aroma and flavors of this semi-sweet fruit wine. Slight hints of raisin and toast frame the ripe fruit and add complexity. This is a fun wine with many tasty uses. Great match for meats with dark fruit salsas and/or use this wines as a marinade and baste. Venison and game. With lightly sweet desserts or byitself with cheese & fruit at the end of a meal. Website


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