T he threat of rain didn’t damper the turnout for Wine World’s First Friday Tasting. I got there a little after six and it was packed.
Nice little tasting. The Acrobat Rosé of Pinot Noir was a nice start. I remember commenting at a tasting several weeks ago about having one of the best Rosés I’ve had in a while. I looked through my notes and couldn’t find the name. The reason I was looking is that I think this Rosé is even better. Rosé has started taking off in the US and some regions in France are running out because it’s being shipped to the US. This is good enough to ship to France.
I also enjoyed the Shooting Star Blue Franc. This is a grape usually found in Austria but has found its way to Washington State. Whether you call it Blue Franc, Blaufrankisch or Lemberger this is a very wine. I would love to compare it to one from Austria.
It was also good to bump into old friends. I nice start to the weekend. Up next for Wine World is Third Thursday Tasting on October 15 and mark your calendar for an Australian Wine Seminar on Friday, October 30.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
When: Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, 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):
- King Estate Acrobat Rosé of Pinot Noir 2014
- Valdo Prosecco Brut
- Clean Slate Riesling 2014
- Carpineto Dogajolo Red Blend 2013
- Shooting Star Blue Franc 2012
- Aguaribay Malbec 2012
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Here are the detailed wine notes:
King Estate Acrobat Rosé of Pinot Noir 2014 | Oregon
This dry rosé offers lots of red fruit flavors like strawberries, plum & red cherries beautifully balanced by lively acidity giving a clean, fresh finish. Spice & floral notes. Enjoy now through 2017. Excellent match for lighter pasta & rice dishes. Perfect for seafood. Oriental cuisine. Chicken couscous. Salmon with fruit salsa. Popcorn.Wine & Spirits Magazine “Best Buy”. Website
Valdo Prosecco Brut | Veneto, Italy
Rich aromas & fruty aromatics lead to a well-balanced delightful sparkler. Lighty effervescent. Tart Granny Smith apple flavors. Great match with everything, Seafood, sushi. Asian cuisine. Camembert. Manchego. Appetizers! Festive holiday bubbly. At this price you don’t have to wait for the holidays. Enjoy now.
Clean Slate Riesling 2014 | Mosel, Germany
Crisp, pleasant aromas of ripe Granny Smith apple, pear, and spice. Lightly sweet flavors of peaches, apricots, honeydew melon, sweet pear. Refreshing, with nice acidity and a lingering finish. The light sweetness makes this wine a good match for spicy foods and for Asian cuisine. And, of course, with traditional German dishes such as bratwurst, knockwurst and weisswurst. Pad Thai. Pasta with shrimp & zucchini. Website
Carpineto Dogajolo Red Blend 2013 | Tuscany, Italy
80% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Garnet color with violet rim. A beautiful dry red “Super Tuscan” style wine. Lots of cherry and coffee with hints of spices and vanilla. Soft smooth. Its fruitiness makes this wine very food versatile. Goes especially well with grilled meats, roasts & beef steaks.Great with burgers. Website
Shooting Star Blue Franc 2012 | Washington State
Here’s a wonderful wine for the fall season. It shows lots of berry and cherry fruit with notes of almond, pepper a spice. Appetizers, cheeses, burgers and BBQ. Smoked chicken sandwich with grilled onion and avocado. Jed Steele does a great job with this less familiar grape. It’s a special pet project of his. The variety is known under two names: Blaufrankisch and Lemberger. This is planted widely in Austria, its traditional home, but now there are also significant plantings in Washington State. Shooting Star is a secondary label for Jed Steele, a well known California winemaker. Website
Aguaribay Malbec 2012 | Mendoza, Argentina
70% Malbec, 30% Syrah. Deep dark color and ripe black fruit from the Malbec, together with the spiciness and smooth character of the Syrah. Beef! Steak with Chimichurri sauce. Mediterranean food. Tapas. Grilled vegetables. Soft cheeses. Website