Some of the tasters at First Friday.
Some of the tasters at First Friday.

G reat little tasting as usual. I stopped by with about 35 minutes before the end. I saw some old friends and met some new ones.
The first wine was a Michael David Sauvignon Blanc. I’ve never had a bad wine from Michael David. I have admit I’ve had much more of their reds (Petit Petit, Freakshow etc). The white is a very nice not in your face Sauvignon Blanc. Has some structure to the mouthfeel though. I think the guava mentioned in the tasting notes is more apparent. Very nice.
Wine World features more South African wines at their tastings than anyone else in the area. If it weren’t for Wine World many people wouldn’t know about the great wines they produce. I wasn’t aware that South Africa was starting to be known for their Chenin Blanc. This is a grape you don’t mean much of. The Indaba Chenin Blanc does have some tropical fruit flavors… hints, not in your face. I typically like a white wine with a bit of body. This one does it well.
The DeLoach Heritage Reserve Rosé would make a great wine with some herbed chicken. I think I could sip on this on the back porch when it’s hot.
At the red table Franco Serra Dolcetto d’Alba to me begs for a nice bit of steak. I would like this with a nice dinner more than a sipper. But with a bit of cheese or peppered dry salami it’s nice.
The Wente Southern Hills Cabernet is another good steak wine but it would be great as a sipper before the meal begins. This one has lots of flavor but isn’t fruit forward. The think the dark chocolate description is best.

The last was the Conundrum Red 2014 which I think could be an everyday drinking wine. I like reds that blend zin and Petite Sirah. They do a great job with this blend.
At the cheese table they had one of the more interesting cheeses: Barely Buzzed, A Utah cheese with a rind coating of expresso and lavender. Rembrandt Extra Aged Gouda (nice bold flavor on this one) and Rising Sun Farms’ Key Lime Cheese Torta which is great on a cracker.
Next up for Wine World is their Third Thursday tasting on June 15th.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC

When: Friday, June 2, 2017, 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. Michael David Sauvignon Blanc 2015
  2. Indaba Chenin Blanc 2016
  3. DeLoach Heritage Reserve Rosé 2016
  4. Franco Serra Dolcetto d’Alba 2014
  5. Wente Southern Hills Cabernet 2013
  6. Conundrum Red 2014

The Friday Night Lineup

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Michael David Sauvignon Blanc 2015 | Lodi, California
Light in color, the 2015 Michael David Sauvignon Blanc oozes aromas of freshly juiced grapefruit and guava with hints of waxed pepper. An elegant, light-body style that is zesty with fresh acids and quite easy drinking. Tomato-and-Cilantro-Marinated Chicken Skewer, Grilled-Vegetable Pasta with Cumin.
Indaba Chenin Blanc 2016 | South Africa
Chenin Blanc, also known as “Steen” is South Africa’s most widely planted varietal. This un-oaked Chenin Blanc shows kiwi and melon nuances on the nose followed by a crisp, medium-bodied palate filled with tropical melon and citrus fruit flavors ending in a long finish with a touch of spice. Salmon and avocado tartare, Salt and pepper squid, Goat cheese.
DeLoach Heritage Reserve Rosé 2016 | California
80% Barbera, 9% Pinot Noir, 6% Zinfandel, 5% Merlot. A delightful aperitif, this 2016 California Rose offers floral aromatics of white jasmine and orange blossom with ripe raspberry notes. Refreshing upon the palate, juicy flavors of wild strawberry, Bing cherry and a touch of rose petal are balanced with bright acidity and a smooth finish. Brilliant on its own, it is also a delicious pairing with mild cheeses, flakey white fish dishes and rosemary chicken.
Franco Serra Dolcetto d’Alba 2014 | Piedmont, Italy
A graphite note runs straight down the middle of this Dolcetto, anchoring the cherry and spice flavors. Linear and firm overall, Garnet to ruby on the glass. Red fruits on the nose, toasted almonds. Dry, medium tannins, medium acidity, medium bodied. Cranberries mostly, but raspberries and a hint of cinnamon. Antipasta, Sage Veal Chops, Pizza.
Wente Southern Hills Cabernet 2013 | Livermore Valley, California
77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 8% Malbec, 7% Petite Sirah This Cabernet Sauvignon is brilliantly focused with aromas and flavors of bing cherry, black cherry, raspberry, and blackberry with notes of herbs, bay leaf, roasted coffee and subtle dark chocolate. The wine has excellent concentration and a full mouthfeel with gripping tannins and balanced acidity. A perfect pairing for red meats, pasta or grilled vegetables.
Conundrum Red 2014 | Rutherford, California
Features dark red varietals including Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. It is rich, complex and approachable. With lush flavors of cherries and baking chocolate, this wine has fine tannins that create a silky smoothness. Bright notes of cherry, raspberry and blackberries, and a slight spice. Sweet ‘n Spicy BBQ Ribs, Vegetarian Sweet Potato Chili.


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