Hurricane Matthew didn't affect the crowd Friday night as they arrived about the same time.
Hurricane Matthew didn’t affect the crowd Friday night as they arrived about the same time.

H urricane Matthew was trying to reach out for us Friday afternoon. The wind was picking up a bit but the rain didn’t start until after 5. Over in Augusta they were trying to salvage the Border Bash at the old Golf and Gardens. Inside Wine World it was nice and dry and getting handing the crowd nicely.
Good wines and cheeses. The Prime Cuts White Blend is one of the most interesting whites I’ve had a in a while. The flavors were wide and varied and not at the same time. I couldn’t tell you which flavors come up first of last because they were so quick in their variations. The tasting notes said “Jasmine, lemon flowers, bright and citrusy overtones on the nose. The palate is a bright that reflects the sandy soils. Tangy fruits and lovely blossom notes.” This is one where the aromas do influence the taste. Blossum notes could be just about anything. Nonetheless I liked it.
On the red table I was accused of sacrilege. I said that the California Sangiovese from Girasole was better than any Italian Sangiovese I’ve had. After a few gasps and possibly a threat to not let me taste any more. I amended my comments to simply say “this is a really good Sangiovese.” I thought the Project Paso Red Blend was excellent and why not considering the blend: Syrah, Merlot, Zinfandel and Barbera. I didn’t pick up the roasted dill in the tasting notes but then again I’m not sure what that would taste like.
On the cheese table there were featuring a new cheese that I thought would interest my wife so I bought some. But not a lot since it’s $21.99 a pound. Barely Buzzed from Beehive is a cheese with an expresso and lavender. I was warned not to grab it by the rind as the black express would rub off on your fingers. Their website describes it as “Unique espresso and lavender hand-rubbed cheese with subtle notes of butterscotch and caramel. Made from the milk of Jersey cows; this is a full-bodied cheese with a smooth, creamy texture. Barely Buzzed is our most popular cheese and is considered by many to be a great American original.”
Also on the cheese table was Rembrandt Extra Aged Gouda and Delice de France Grand Camembert.
Next up for Wine World is their Third Thursday tasting on October 20 and then on Friday, October 28, they will be having a wines of Spain seminar.

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Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
When: Friday, October 7, 2016, 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. Schreckbichl Colterenzio Muller Thurgau 2012
  2. Prime Cuts White Blend 2015
  3. Schlink Haus Riesling 2013
  4. Girasole Sangiovese 2011
  5. Gordo Tinto 2012
  6. Project Paso Red Blend 2013

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Schreckbichl Colterenzio Muller Thurgau 2012 | Trentino, Italy
Clean white grapefruit, alpine lake aromas followed by crisp pineapple and lemon candy favors Offers peppery and spicy aromas with lively fruit flavors. Potato Chips, Mussels in wine sauce. Website
Prime Cuts White Blend 2015 | Swartland, South Africa
Jasmine, lemon flowers, bright and citrusy overtones on the nose. The palate is a bright, that reflects the sandy soils. Tangy fruits and lovely blossom notes. Good with BBQ, Sour and Salty foods, Char Grilled Fish.
Schlink Haus Riesling 2013 | Nahe, Germany
Well balanced yand slightly fruity, semi-dry. A crisp and refreshing wine. Tarragon Chicken, Bang Bang Shrimp, White Wurst w/Sauerkraut, Game Hens in Riesling wine sauce. Website
Gordo Tinto 2012 | Yecla, Spain
70% Monastrell, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. Opaque ruby/purple color along with notes of lead pencil shavings, blackberries, black raspberries and a hint of blueberries. The sensational fruit characteristics are pure as well as vivid Blue Cheese, Stews, Spicy Chili and Five Alarm BBQ Chicken Wings.
Girasole Sangiovese 2011 | Mendocino, California
Organic. Medium bodied wine cranberry and cherry fruit. It displays intriguing notes of licorice and anise on the palate. The bright, forward fruit and crisp acidity. Beef Stuffed Zucchini, Baked Shrimp w/ Tomatoes and Feta, Greek Lamb Chops. Website
Project Paso Red Blend 2013 | Columbia, Washington
55% Syrah, 28% Merlot, 4% Zinfandel, 3% Barbera. Bing cherry and ‑oral notes of orange blossom and tangerine. sassafras, clove, anise and toasted dill. Taste of pomegranate, tobacco, Earl Grey tea and baked caramel. Cumin-spiced Burgers, Chicken Chili Soup, Cajun Red Beans. Website


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