T ime for Wine World’s First Friday tasting. Six wines were featured, 3 white and 3 red. When was the last time you had a California Gewürztraminer? And of course they had those great cheeses.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC

When: Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, 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. Michel Lynch Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  2. Huguet Can Feixes Blanc Seleccio 2016
  3. Banyan Gewürztraminer 2016
  4. Franklin Tate Estates Wines Shiraz 2015
  5. Domaine Les Pins “Les Rochettes” 2015
  6. Armida Poizin Zinfandel 2014

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Michel Lynch Sauvignon Blanc 2016 | Bordeaux, France
Brilliant pale colour with silver glints, nose that is bursting with notes of tropical fruits, pineapple, and hints of coconut. The palate is generous and lively, revealing aromas of acacia and white peach. The finish, persistent, displays lovely aromatic complexity, a touch of minerality and a crisp freshness. blue crab cakes, grilled cod fish and potatoes with rosemary and olive oil. Website
Huguet Can Feixes Blanc Seleccio 2016 | Penedes, Spain
Macabeo, Chardonnay, and a touch of Malvasia de Sitges. Parellada at its best, from high-altitude, gravelly mountain soils: intense lemon-oil aroma with firm acid structure enhanced by the rare, glyceric Malvasía. Stony and aromatic, reminiscent of France’s Chablis or Rheingau. Apple, melon and apricot aromas, Flavors of melon, lime and wet stones reflect gravelly soils, and it’s steady on a long finish. Seafood Paella, Shrimp and Spicy Sausage Salad. Website
Banyan Gewürztraminer 2016 | Arroyo Seco, Monterey, California
Refreshing and bright with floral aromatics. This off dry Gewürztraminer is grown at Mission Ranch and Ventana Vineyards in the Arroyo Seco AVA of Monterey. Typical for that area, wind, fog, and cool temperatures predominate year round. The vineyard is carefully farmed to assure the specific ripeness, a balance of sugar and acidity, that we are looking for. A long growing season and temperatures that rarely rise above 80°F create an ideal spot for such an intensely aromatic wine. Pad Thai, Green Curry Chicken. Website
Franklin Tate Estates Wines Shiraz 2015 | Margaret River, Australia
Deep ruby red with a purple hue. A rich and spicy nose with dense dark cherry, blueberry and mixed red berry fruits. These are complimented by notes of Belgian waffle, milk chocolate and vanilla aged in American oak. This is a highly expressive wine with great fruit concentration driven by mixed berries and dark, juicy cherry fruit. The tannin structure is chewy, and the oak has provided a sweet, chocolatey flavour along with hints of hazelnuts and toast. White pepper lingers on the finish. Grilled beef served rare with a green pepper sauce. Website
Domaine Les Pins “Les Rochettes” 2015 | Bourgueil, Loire, France
Cabernet Franc 100% Domaine les Pins has been a family-owned estate for 5 generations. They are independent winegrowers who work with traditional methods at every stage of the production. Ruby red with hints of violet. Floral with red berry fruits on the nose. Flavors of cherry, blackberry and raspberry. Long finish with round tannins. Roast Lamb or Pork, Neapolitan Style Pizza, Duck and Mushroom based dishes. 91pts Wine Enthusiast – 2015 vintage – Editor’s choice. Website
Armida Poizin Zinfandel 2014 | Dry Creek Valley, California
A moderate, shiny, ruby red that glistens toward cranberry. The nose is Boysenberry, blackberries, and cranberries all come forward, and are wrapped up in a spice mix. Touches of vanilla come in, as does hints of espresso, oak, and dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is soft with a hint of milk chocolate, sweet oak, and a long vanilla finish. The body is soft, and smooth, like a velvet glove. Amazing given how it pricks with the heat of the high alcohol hidden behind the veneer. Huge flavor of blackberry, cranberry, and vanilla come through. Compliments of spices, raspberries, and dried cherries add complexity. Barbecued Ribs, Rich Spicy Chili, Eggplant Caponata. Website


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