Quite the crowd at Wine World Friday night
Quite the crowd at Wine World Friday night

T here was an incredible sunset as I drove to Wine World for their First Friday tasting. I thought that might be a good omen and I think it was.
I bumped into a taster who is a regular. She made the comment “I love Wine World.” She then added “they have some great folks come in here.” I think she was referring to the many wine educators who Wine World has brought in for seminars but she could also be speaking about the gathered crowd. Dozens came and went while I was there a little after 6. Good conversation and good wine. Once again Rudy grabbed my camera and took a picture of me.
I really liked the Valle Dorado Sauvignon Blanc. Nice fruit and not too acidic. Delightful aroma, no grassy flavors here. And I was intrigued with the Hangtime Chardonnay. I could taste vanilla, which Andrew Benjamin, pouring at the white table, added was quite common for many oaked California chardonnay. This was a unique taste for my palate.
Andrew Benjamin pours at the white table.
Andrew Benjamin pours at the white table.

On the red table I really enjoyed the J Lohr Wild Flower. I’ve had this at tastings before. I have to say that the flavor of this wine changes with the vintages. I’ve liked earlier vintages but the 2010 is nice and bold and suites me quite well.
I also enjoyed the Concannon Petite Syrah. I think I would have enjoyed trying a second sip of that. Some nice toasty oak flavors on top of the dark fruit. A well made Petit Syrah.
Over on the cheese table they had Grafton Village Cheddar, Castello Creamy Havarti (one of my favorites) and Orange Windmill Mediterranean Herb.
Next up for Wine World will be Third Thursday tasting on February 19.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
When: Friday, February 6, 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):

  1. Valle Dorado Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  2. Hangtime Chardonnay 2012
  3. Covey Run Gewurztraminer 2012
  4. J Lohr “Wildflower” Valdiguie 2012
  5. Campo Viejo Tempranillo 2012
  6. Concannon “Conservancy” Petite Sirah 2010

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Here are the detailed wine notes:
Valle Dorado Sauvignon Blanc 2014 | Central Valley, Chile
“Aromas of green apples, pineapples and peaches combine nicey with ntes of fresh herbs and lemon blossoms. The palate is fresh and tasty, with a round and fruty finish.” 100% Sauvignon Blanc from “ungrafted selected clones of pre-philloxera French rootstock.” Wonderful combination of good price and good quality.
Hangtime Chardonnay 2012 | Monterey, California
Delicious fruit flavor of pineapple, sweet apple lead to a nice clean finish with good acidity. Creamy texture and oak notes of spice & toast.Salmon, crab cakes, shrimp risotto, Mushroom Crostini. Appealing aperitif. Website
Covey Run Gewurztraminer 2012 | Columbia Valley, Washington State
A medium-sweet Gewurztraminer with excellent varietal character. Floral and aromatic, with impressions of lychee, rose, and pear, and filled with youthful fruit. Pair this Gewurz with spicy foods and Asian cuisine: it cools the heat of the food and complements the intense and exotic flavors. General Tso’s chicken. Indian Curries. An amazing good value. Fruit & cheeses. Lightly sweet pastries, fruit tarts. Website
J Lohr “Wildflower” Valdiguie 2012 | Monterey, California
A wonderfully appealing light-bodied red made from the Valdiguié grape, a grape originally from the southwest of France. It is now almost unique to Jerry Lohr’s windy, cool Arroyo Seco properties in Monterey County, where it produces a wine reminiscent of the ‘Crus’ of Beaujolais – Morgon, Fleurie and Moulin-a-Vent. Wildflower is a vibrant, red-purple in color with bright aromas and flavors of boysenberry, Bing cherry, pomegranate, and raspberry. The luscious fruit and lingering acidity make this wine ideal as an aperitif. Pairs very well with many foods. Grilled salmon. Serve slightly chilled. Website
Campo Viejo Tempranillo 2012 | Rioja, Spain
Intense red ripe fruit aromas with subtle oak and notes of vanilla and sweet spices. Aromas of cherry, red currant, plum and blackberry.
Grilled vegetables, chicken, paella. spicy marinara sauce with pasta. Website
Concannon “Conservancy” Petite Sirah 2010 | Livermore Valley, California
Rich aromas & flavors of blackberries along with notes of plums, cherries & mocha. Earthy notes lead to a smooth finish. This is a dense, beautiful wine from the producer who was the first to present Petite Sirah as a varietal wine. “Conservancy” refers to a land trust in which winegrowers have placed their vineyards to protect them from urban development and preserve the land as vineyards. Here’s a big wine for your big steaks. It’s a fine match for grilled sausages. BBQ and spicy pulled pork. Sausage-stuffed mushroom. Eggplant casserole. Lamb kebobs. Website


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