T he bad news was it was wet outside. The good news was the wine inside was dry. Well for the most part. The St. Christina Oppenheimer Krötenbrunnen Spätlese was sweet but pleasantly so.

It was First Friday tasting time and I enjoyed being out of the rain and of course all of the evening’s wines. I think I agree with Dick Benjamin that the Foris Gewürztraminer would make a nice turkey wine. The smooth texture and nice blend of fruit and spices would enhance any bite of turkey.

At the second table the wine that was the most interesting was the Apothic Dark. This limited release it much darker in color and much darker fruit as compared to the popular Apothic Red. This is a nice sipper. Shame this wine is a limited release.

At the cheese table I enjoyed sampling the herb encrusted dry salami, the Tillamook Extra Sharp Cheddar, Wensleydale with cranberries and Caraway Havarti.

A nice tasting. Only 20 days until Third Thursday.

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Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
803-279-9522

When: Friday, November 1, 2013, 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. Veuve Devienne Sparkling Brut Rosé
  2. St Christina Oppenheimer Krötenbrunnen Spätlese 2009
  3. Foris Gewürztraminer 2011
  4. Votre Santé Pinot Noir 2012
  5. Evodia Old Vines Grenache 2012
  6. Apothic Dark Limited Release 2012

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Veuve Devienne Sparkling Brut Rosé | France
An elegant sparkling dry rosé. Light pink with fine bubbles. Aromas of strawberry and citrus. Refreshing flavors and a soft finish, with fruit-driven hints of berries and lemon. (Veuve Devienne means the widow Devienne.) It’s  a festive opener for Thanksgiving dinner. Great for December holidays. Goes very well with everything.

St Christina Oppenheimer Krötenbrunnen Spätlese 2009 | Rheinhessen, Germany
A late-harvest Riesling (sweet) of exceptionally good quality for a bargain price. Enticing floral, apricot, apple and slate aromas lead to rich, ripe fruit flavors. Its late-harvest sweetness is well-balanced by pleasant, refreshing acidity. A fine match for a wide variety of dishes: Asian foods, spicy lighter dishes. Shrimp and whole-wheat pasta. Salads with a fruit element. Excellent aperitif.

Foris Gewürztraminer 2011 glaze. Prime choice with Southern Thanksgiving turkey and trimmings.
| Rogue River Valley, Oregon

It’s Turkey time! And here’s the wine to match. Enticing aromas of citrus blossom, lychee, rose petal, orange peel and a touch of nutmeg. Flavors of pineapple, nectarine,and hints of cardamom and ginger spice. Richly textured, yet lively. Gewürztraminer is wonderful in its youth and ages very well. Spicy Chinese, Thai, Indian dishes. Pork loin with apricot

Votre Santé Pinot Noir 2012 | California
Burgundian in style, this lively Pinot Noir shows bright fruit, spice and tea leaves aromas and flavors of cherries, cranberries, with earth, mineral & clove spice hints. It’s vibrant and well balanced, with a long finish. Try it with grilled salmon, grilled chicken, duck, stuffed mushrooms.  A good choice for Turkey Day. (2012 is an especially good vintage throughout California.)

Evodia Old Vines Grenache 2012 | Calatayud, Spain
A super good-value old-vines Grenache, no oak. This highly praised wine offers aromas of earthy minerality, mocha, black cherry, and black raspberry followed by flavors of juicy blackberry, blueberry and raspberry and a silky smooth mouthfeel. Hints of spice and black pepper. Long, round inish. Terrific with grilled beef, pork, venison, or lamb.  Robust cheeses.
Winery: Altovinum (a joint partnership between Eric Solomon, Jean Marc Lafage and Yolanda Diaz)

Apothic Dark Limited Release 2012 | Modesto, California
A rich, hearty red blend of Petite Sirah, Teroldego, and Cabernet Sauvignon.  It offers dark fruit aromas and flavors of blueberries and blackberries with hints of coffee and dark chocolate and a rich, silky smooth texture with significant depth of flavor. It’s a limited-release from the foks who brought you Apothic Red. Hearty stews, grilled meats. Steaks, burgers. Aged Gouda. Perhaps with a bit of dark chocolate at the end of a meal.

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