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W hen I stopped by Wine World Friday night a little after 7 I wasn’t sure I could fit in. The place was packed. By the time I left at 8:30 the cases of featured wines were pretty much depleted.

The Can Blau Blau was hands down the most popular wine as evident by the empty cases. But that’s no surprise since 125 tasters stopped during the 3 hour event by for the monthly First Friday tasting.

One taster, Toni, liked this wine saying it had nice aromas and spices on the taste. Molly said “it’s the best.”

On the white table the Noble House Riesling was popular with several tasters.One, Zach, said he liked it best out of the whites and that he normally doesn’t care for Reislings. (He also gave a thumbs up for the Can Blau.

And the wines weren’t the only thing that sold well. Trudy was kept busy slicing cheeses for sale.

The Camembert, Wensleydale with cranberries and El Grego Manchego cheeses were a hit and were all being purchased.

All and all a great way to start the month of June.

Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC

When: Friday, June 1, 2012, 5 to 8 pm
Cost: $5, with rebate on the purchase of 1 bottle of the featured wines.

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

  1. Belleruche Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2010
  2. Prosecco LaMarca
  3. Noble House Riesling 2010
  4. Portillo Pinot Noir 2010
  5. Belleruche Cotes du Rhône Rouge 2010
  6. Can Blau Blau 2009

Here are the detailed wine notes:

Belleruche Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2010
A white Rhône blend of Grenache Blanc, Clairette, and Bourboulenc. Aromas of green apple, white flowers and citrus fruits. Fresh pear and melon flavors, with a slight hint of almond. Full bodied, silky texture with a lingering finish. Serve with grilled fish, pork, chicken. Good match for poached or grilled salmon. Soft goat cheese. Camembert.
From: Rhone, France
Winery: M. Chapoutier
Year: 2010

Prosecco LaMarca
Fresh and effervescent, this excellent Prosecco will add sparkle to your summertime. LaMarca is one of the most highly regarded of the proseccos, the sparkling wines produced by the Charmat method in northeastern Italy. Aromas of fresh citrus with notes of white flowers and
light honey. Flavors of green apple, lemon and hints of grapefruit . Refreshing crisp, clean finish. Aperitif. Great with appetizers, mild cheeses, salads & lighter fish, lightly sweet fruit-based desserts. Seafood linguine in garlic butter sauce.
From: Veneto, Italy
Winery: LaMarca

Noble House Riesling 2010
Aromas of orange blossom and lemony citrus. Medium sweet with lively flavors of ripe apricots, green apples, lemony citrus, and slate minerality with a long finish. Very classy. From the winery of Dr. Pauly Bergweiler. Aperitif. A nice match for ham and cheese sandwich. Curry butternut squash soup. Spicy Cajun or Asian dishes. Fruits & cheeses. White Stilton with Lemon Zest.
From: Mosel Valley, Germany
Winery: Noble House
Year: 2010

Portillo Pinot Noir 2010
Fruit-forward aromas and flavors of fresh, ripe cherries, strawberries and blackberries. Well-balanced. Soft, balanced tannins lead to a long finish. Hand-harvested, then fermented and aged in stainless steel. This treatment really preserves the freshness of the fruit. Good partner with appetizers, mushroom dishes, roast pork or chicken. chopped beef steaks. Havarti with Dill.
From: Mendoza, Argentina
Winery: Bodega Salentein
Year: 2010

Belleruche Cotes du Rhône Rouge 2010
A classic red Cotes du Rhone blend of Grenache (80%) and Syrah (20%). Aromas of red cherries and spices (black pepper & hint of anise). Flavors of red and black currants with firm and silky tannins. Great balance. From one of the Rhone Valley’s leading producers. Excellent value.
Grilled steaks, sausages, burgers, red peppers. Braised beef. Gruyere.
From: Rhone, France
Winery: M. Chapoutier
Year: 2010

Can Blau Blau 2009
Wine World’s June Red Wine of the Month. A terrific find! Full-bodied blend of Mazuela (Carignan) 40%, Syrah 40%, and Garnacha 20%.
Rich black cherry, pomegranate, and plum fruit with notes of spice, lavender, smoke & chocolate. Round texture, well-integrated tannins & long finish. (12 months in French oak.) (90 points from Wine Advocate, from Wine Spectator & from International Wine Cellar.). A wonderful over-achiever! Braised lamb shanks. Duck with olives & green peppercorns. Grilled steaks, burgers, eggplant.
Aged Gouda, Parmesan, Manchego.

From: Montsant, Spain
Winery: Celler Can Blau
Year: 2009


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