Everyone had fun at Wine World's First Friday tasting.
Everyone had fun at Wine World’s First Friday tasting.

S mooth, easy-to-drink wines were the order of the night at Wine World’s First Friday tasting for March. Three whites and three reds left all the tasters smiling.

The wines were from France, Italy, Argentina, Chile and Washington State. There also were some tasty cheeses that matched the wine.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
803-279-9522

When: Friday, February 1, 2013, 5 to 8 pm
Cost: $5, with rebate on the purchase of 1 bottle of the featured wines.

Checking out the red wines.
Checking out the red wines.

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

  1. Bouchard Chardonnay 2011
  2. La Wine Agency Sauvignon Blanc 2011
  3. Washington Hills Late Harvest Riesling 2011
  4. Vina Maipo Vitral Reserva Red Wine Blend 2011
  5. Bodegas Nieto Senetiner Malbec Reserva 2010
  6. Cavicchiolo Lambrusco Dolce NV

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Bouchard Chardonnay 2011
A bright, fruity Chardonnay with a hint of oak on the finish from the sunny south  of France! Aromas of apple, tropical fruit and peach with floral notes.  Silky texture with hints of buttery richness, honey & toast. From the highly-respected, venerable Burgundy producer, Bouchard.  Pairs well with corn souffle with bacon & Gruyere,  chicken thighs baked in wine with cream & herb sauce, clam chowder or camembert. This also is a nice sipping wine for pleasant spring afternoons on the porch.
From: France
Winery: Bouchard
Year: 2011

La Wine Agency Sauvignon Blanc 2011
La Sauvignon is intended by its makers to show classic Sauvignon Blanc character and they succeed very well. La Sauvignon displays a classy version of SB’s classic grassy character and rich fruit, showing a strong grapefruit component. This is a crisp but mellow Sauvignon Blanc as only the French can make it. Pairs well with seafood, chicken, bruschetta with Goat cheese with olive oil, walnuts & roasted red peppers, fusili pasta with tomatoes & feta.
From: Loire Valley, France
Winery: La Wine Agency
Year: 2011

Washington Hills Late Harvest Riesling 2010
What a beautiful, full-bodied, velvety wine. Floral aspects with peaches, pears, nectarine and honey notes in the aromas. Flavors of peaches with notes of orange and honey. The sweetness in the palate is well-balanced with citrus notes and fresh acidity. Serve with hot & spicy Asian dishes, Chicken Marsala with Shitake mushrooms, fruit salad, lightly sweet fruit pastries. While it makes a great companion for spicy Szechuan dishes, it also is a lively dessert wine.
From: Washington State
Winery: Washington Hills
Year: 2010

Vina Maipo Vitral Reserva Red Wine Blend 2011
Syrah is the principal component in this luscious dark ruby red. Attractive aromas of dark plums, blackberries, dark cherries, chocolate and soft hints of vanilla. Shows the black pepper & clove notes characteristic of Chilean Syrah.  Aged in American oak barrels. This is a round, satisfying wine with soft tannins and full texture. Enjoy with grilled meat, lamb, cheeses and pasta, meaty casseroles, medium-hot curries, chili con carne.
From: Rapel Valley, Chile
Winery: Vina Maipo
Year: 2011

Bodegas Nieto Senetiner Malbec Reserva 2010
A real treat! Intense aromas and dense, complex flavors of dark fruit, plum, black currant with herb and fig notes. Vanilla aromas from aging in French oak. Rich texture and balanced finish. Serve with steaks or burgers with Chimichurri sauce, fajitas, grilled sausages. lamb, venison. This is a more mellow, more approachable Malbec than many on the market. It is well-balanced and better than some Malbecs selling for twice the price.
From: Mendoza, Argentina
Winery: Bodegas Nieto Senetiner
Year: 2010

Cavicchiolo Lambrusco Dolce NV
What fun! Perfect easy sipper. Enjoy chilled. It’s semi-sweet with delicious black cherry & blackberry flavors and a crisp refreshing finish. It’s frizzante: slightly fizzy, a nice little bit of sparkling. Simple, fun & inexpensive. Goes well with Italian-style cold cuts, appetizers and lightly sweet desserts. We thought it was great with Szechuan Beef, medium-hot. Also goes well with venison, duck or pork with a fruit sauce. If you were put off by the overly sweet Lambrusco on the market 20 years ago, this wine has a much different taste. While it’s still sweet and bubbly, it is not cloying or over the top. It has a nice, subtle sweetness that will leave you refreshed when the warm weather hits.
From: Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Winery: Cavicchiolo
Year: NV

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