A nice crowd gathered at Ninth Street Wine Market Monday to taste some wines and hear about wine cruises offered by Travel Planners of Augusta and AMA Waterways. One lucky taster even got a wine shop gift certificate.
Where: Ninth Street Wine Market
12 Ninth Street, Augusta, GA 30901

When: Monday, May 7, 2012, 5:30-7:30 pm
Cost: $10 per person. 706-724-1442.

Travel Planners of Augusta talked about wine cruises.

There were about 15 wines in all, and the tasters really enjoyed them. Most of them were at great prices. The folks from Travel Planners were fielding a lot of questions so there seems to be a good bit of interest in wine cruises.

They offer one river cruise later this year: November 4-18 from Barcelona to Paris. The prices range from $2,699 for a 7-night cruise only to $4,259 for the cruise plus three nights in Barcelona and three nights in Paris. Prices are for Category E deluxe outside staterooms, based on double occupancy.

They will soon have a brochure out for another dozen cruises in 2013. For information about the cruises contact Beverly Dorn, 706-863-7458 or brdorn@bellsouth.net; Susy Wimmer, 706-733-0598 or wimmer05@comcast.net; or Nancy Connaughton, 706-736-7999 or travelplanners@birch.net.

Here are the wines tasted:


Caccia Moscato

Xamfra Cava

Hannah Nicole Chardonnay

Caccia Nero

Mureda Syrah

Mureda Tempranillo

Tossals Junior

Yellow Tail Rose Brut

Twomey Sauvignon Blanc

Kunde Sauvignon Blanc

Louie Jadot Macon Village Chardonnay

Handcraft Pinot Noir

Stump Jump Shiraz

Halter Ranch Cabernet


The Mureda Syrah at $8.99 was an incredible wine, with smooth, silky tannins and lots of bold fruit. Everything came together perfectly. I also liked the Tossals Junior at $15.99. It had a little more boldness and finesse, but still smooth.

In the whites the Kunde Sauvignon Blanc and Twomey Sauvignon Blanc were excellent, but for $13.99 I thought you couldn’t go wrong with the Louie Jadot Macon Village Chardonnay.

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