There was still a pretty good crowd at 7:30.
There was still a pretty good crowd at 7:30.

G reat little tasting Friday night at Wine World. I spoke with Andrew Benjamin who was pouring at the first table and agreed that the Chateau La Graviere was an excellent summer time wine. Clean, slightly crisp but nice and even from start to finish.
The Peter Yealands Pinot Gris showed its New Zealand roots with a hint of grassiness. I thought it had more body that usual for most Pinot Gris. Hint of minerality that firmed it up.
While chatting Dave Sheets came over and recommended I save some of the Roscato Prosecco to pair up with the Stilton with Lemon Zest, where his wife Anna was serving as cheese girl. I followed his suggestion and hit the cheese table. He was right. They pair up nicely. This combo would make an excellent summer time dessert. A little sweet cheese with this nice prosecco. I then tried the El Greco Spanish Manchego, followed by the Orange Windmill Mediterranean Herb (a mild, rich Dutch cheese with herbs, sun dried tomatoes, garlic and cured olives), and the Clawson Huntsman, a Double Gloucester with Blue Stilton. All great cheeses.
On the red table where I met David and Ciera who were on wine #5. So far David really like the Chateau La Graviere. Ciera was holding out comment until after trying #6 because “its called Seducer and that sounds like it has to be good.” I checked back a minute later and she gave me the thumbs-up, The Seducer Red Blend was her favorite. And I was there with her. I was discussing it with some taster and they said it was jammy. I thought it was more jelly jar than jammy. A bit sweeter on the fruit and lush but the fruit was lighter than many of the dark jammy wines I’ve been tasting lately.
I really like the Mossback Pinot Noir 2012. I’ve been tasting a lot of Pinots lately that have changed my opinion of Pinot Noir. This has a heavy mouthfeel to it, unlike most, but not in the way a cab is “heavy.” A bit dry and a bit spicy.
Next up for Wine World is Thursday on June 16th. 5-8.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
When: Friday, June 3, 2016, 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. Chateau La Graviere 2010
  2. Peter Yealands Pinot Gris 2014
  3. Roscato Prosecco
  4. Guigal Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge 2014
  5. Mossback Pinot Noir 2012
  6. The Seducer Red Blend 2012

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Chateau La Graviere 2010 | Entre deux Mers, Bordeaux, France
Sauvignon Blanc with Semillon. Fresh, dry & crisp. Aromas of lemon & grass; light fruit flavors with a slight hint of honeysuckle. Aperitif. Wonderful with fish, chicken, turkey,and pork dishes. Braised chicken thighs with leeks. Asparagus with Parmesan cheese. Goat cheese. Beautiful!
Cost: $17.99
Peter Yealands Pinot Gris 2014 | Marlborough, New Zealand
Sensation of pear flavors with hints of nutty character and honey. Rich fruit flavors suggest peach and apricot. Excellent balance between the fruit and the acidity. Salads. Chicken or Caesar Salad. Broiled fish fillet with friuit salsa. Terrific summer aperitif.
Roscato Prosecco | Italy
Lightly sweet, lightly effervescent, Flavors suggest peache, green apple and citrus notes.Roscato is a delightful aperitif and is also food friendly. Chicken, seafood and salads. Soft cheeses. Lightly sweet desserts.
Guigal Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge 2014 | Rhone Valley, France
Fresh fruit and red berries. Intensely aromatic. Guigal is the classic for Cotes du Rhone Rouge. Grapes are traditional Cdr blend: Syrah & Grenach with just a touch of Mourvedre. Full-bodies and round in the palate. Good structure; Rounded tannins.
( 90 points from, Dec 2015.) Very food friendly. Goes well with roast chicken. Steaks & burgersLamb & game dishes. Website
Mossback Pinot Noir 2012 | Central Coast, California
Classic pinot noir aroma of earth & fruit. Cranberry and black cherry dominate Pulled pork. the flavors with notes of mushrooms and cream cola. Roast pork loin with mushrooms. Steak with roasted peppers and blue cheese. Website
The Seducer Red Blend 2012 | California
A blend of grapes, Syrah, Zinfandel and Merlot are the dominant varieties. Lush, jammy fruit. Cherry, vanilla and spice aspects. Raspberry & blueberry notes. Easy finish makes this a a popular party wine. Enjoy on its own. or with rich dishes. Easy finish. Website

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