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I t was a great crowd for the First Friday wine tasting at Wine World featuring 6 great wines, 3 white and 3 reds. The wine drinkers also were able to sample several great cheeses.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
803-279-9522

When: Friday, March 2, 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. Jean-Claude Bougrier Vouvray 2009
  2. Santa Julia Innovación Torrontés-Pinot Grigio 2010
  3. Masciarelli Rosato de Montepulciano 2010
  4. Santa Julia Innovación Tempranillo-Malbec 2010
  5. Don Ramon Oak Aged Red 2008
  6. Cuvée de Peña Rouge 2009

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Jean-Claude Bougrier Vouvray 2009
Wine World’s March White Wine of the Month. Lightly sweet Chenin Blanc from the captivating “chateau region” of France. Aromas of crisp
red apples, Anjou pears and citrus continue in the flavors along with a hint of minerality. Creamy texture; nice balance. One of the best Vouvrays we’ve tasted lately. Appealing aperitif.
From: Loire Valley, France
Winery: Jean-Claude Bougrier
Year: 2009
Goes with: Match with baked ham. Asian dishes. Avocado and melon salad. Asparagus with goat cheese. Cheese souffle. Grilled chicken. Camembert.

Santa Julia Innovación Torrontés-Pinot Grigio 2010
Complex fruity aromas with hints of roses and orange peel. Flavors of white peach and pear with citrus notes. Generous fruit balanced by good acidity for a refreshing finish. Excellent value.
From: Mendoza, Argentina
Winery: Santa Julia
Year: 2010
Goes with: Good choice to match with shellfish and lighter fish. Chicken. Pork. Tangy cheeses. Cablanca, goat gouda. Havarti with Dill

Masciarelli Rosato de Montepulciano 2010
Dry rosé made from the Montepulciano grape. Intense cherry pink color. Pleasing aromas and intense flavors reminiscent of cherry, plum and raspberry with hints of strawberry. and a pleasing roundness. Lingering finish. The weather is getting into what most folks consider “rosé season.” You know that we think “rosé season” is all year round. And we are really delighted with this one. Refreshing aperitif.
From: Abruzzo, Italy
Winery: Masciarelli
Year: 2010
Goes with: Great with Carolina barbeque. Dr Seuss’s Green Eggs & Ham. Fruit salads.

Santa Julia Innovación Tempranillo-Malbec 2010
Red fruit aromas and flavors with notes of berries, plums and violets. Vibrant fun red. Soft tannins and pleasant acidity in the finish. Very food friendly.
From: Mendoza, Argentina
Winery: Santa Julia
Year: 2010
Goes with: Blue cheese, walnuts, olive oil, fig preserves & sliced Parmesan on bread. Braised beef.

Don Ramon Oak Aged Red 2008
A terrific blend of 75% Grenache and 25% Tempranillo. This tasty Spanish red is a wonderful value. Aromas of red berries, raspberry and black cherry with nice earthy notes giving interest and complexity. Integrated tannins and well-balanced acidity. All of us were delighted when we sampled this wine! Good for just ”sipping” and a fine match to so many foods.
From: www.bodegasaragonesas.com
Winery: Bodegas Aragonesas
– Bring on the burgers. Grilled meats and vegetables. Manchego.
Year: 2008

Cuvée de Peña Rouge 2009
Wine World’s March Red Wine of the Month. A terrific over-achiever from southwestern France! Grenache 40%, Syrah 40% and Carignan 20%. Luscious plum, dark cherry and blackberry flavors. Herbal, earthy notes, along with melded tannins add complexity. Full, rich finish. Unoaked and unfiltered. (Robert Parker awarded 90 points to this wine; he’s been a long-time fan of this producer.)
From: Pyrenees Orientales, France
Winery: Cuvée de Peña
Year: 2009
Goes with: Grilled sausages. Steaks and burgers. Lamb. Venison. Gruyere. Aged Gouda.

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