An excellent selection of wine, beer and nibbles.
An excellent selection of wine, beer and nibbles.

W ow. I was pleasantly surprised when I noticed they also had six craft beers at Ninth Street’s First Monday tasting. That’s on top of an incredible range of wines for tasting.

The Sauvion Rosé was a very nice slightly sweet rosé. I nice sipper on a hot day. The Calling All Angels Chardonnay being un-oaked provided a nice example of what the Chardonnay grape can be when left alone.

I asked several tasters about what they liked. Luke, like many said the Outcast Red was their number one. But he added the Hella Fine and Noble Vines 1 Red where close behind. Ray seconded the Outcast and the Hella Fine. Justin added he also liked the Hella Fine, which was a very nice Merlot.

Misty though liked the whites saying the Sauvion Vouvray and the Sequin Moscato were her favorite.

I can’t finish without commenting on the food served that included shrimp, salmon, seafood spread and various delicious cheeses and cured meats.

A great tasting for sure.
Where: Ninth Street Wine Market
12 Ninth Street, Augusta, GA 30901

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When: Monday, May 6, 2013, 5:30-7:30 pm
Cost: $10 per person. 706-724-1442. Reservations requested.

Here are the wines to be presented (click to see more):

  1. {Noble Vines} 242 Sauvignon Blanc 2012
  2. {Noble Vines} 1 Red Blend 2011
  3. Sequin Moscato 2012
  4. Pierre Qui Roule (Rolling Stone) Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
  5. Sauvion Rosé 2011
  6. Sauvion Vouvray 2011
  7. Dreaming Tree White 2012
  8. Steele Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2008
  9. Outcast Red 2009
  10. Hella Fine Merlot 2011
  11. Calling All Angels Chardonnay 2011

The Beer Line Up:

  1. Brooklyn Summer Ale
  2. Horny Goat Horny Blond Ale
  3. Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL
  4. Highland St. Teresa’s Pale Ale
  5. Bell’s Oberon
  6. Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA
  7. Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA

Here are the detailed wine notes:
{Noble Vines} 242 Sauvignon Blanc 2012
{Noble Vines} 242 Sauvignon Blanc exhibits vibrant aromas of white peach, green melon and lemongrass. Medium bodied with a round mid palate and bright acidity, this refreshing wine offers flavors of guava, passion fruit and a hint of lemon zest.
From: Monterey, California
Winery: Nobel Vines
Year: 2012

{Noble Vines} 1 Red Blend 2011
{Noble Vines} 1 Red Blend is a medium-bodied wine with a balanced acidity and supple tannins. On the nose, rich aromas of blackberry and black cherry mingle with hints of spice. these dark fruit flavors carry through beautifully to the palate ending with a touch of pepper. Merlot leads the way in this fruit-forward wine followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. The addition of Zinfandel adds a touch of softness to the final blend — softening the shoulders of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

From: Monterey, California
Winery: Nobel Vines
Year: 2011

Sequin Moscato 2012
Sequin Moscato is a glamorous addition to any occasion— whether a ladies’ night out or movie night in, this wine adds a dose of sparkle and style. Each sip beams with a twinkle of delicate bubbles, delivering the sweet aromas and flavors of citrus blossom, honeysuckle, soft white peach and honeyed nectar.
Enjoy Sequin Moscato slightly chilled, or get creative with a signature wine cocktail. Either way, Sequin Moscato provides a lovely pair with a creamy Gruyere cheese, fresh fruit or even your favorite dessert.–From their Website
From: California
: Sequin
Year: 2012

Pierre Qui Roule (Rolling Stone) Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
With its nice dark red color, this wine is elegant, complex and velvety. It offers blackcurrant and strawberry aromas with hints of spices, cinnamon, mint and honey, and a fresh vegetal note typical of this grape variety. The finish is subtle with hints of cedar and oak. The vines for this 100% varietal are grown on the foothills of the Cévennes mountains (the wine gives spicy and fruity aromas to the blend, as well as roundness) and in the Aude valley (structure and length). The 15-year-old vines are cultivated at an average altitude of 150 metres on acid soils with pebbles in the valleys, giving smoky notes and are pruned according to the “gobelet” (non-trellised) method. The yields are relatively low (50 hectoliters/hectare). Vinification: the bunches are totally destemmed and undergo a long maceration period at low temperature (in order to obtain a long, full and rich wine), with pumping-over. Malolactic fermentation. The wines aged in vats for 6 months. 5 to 10% are aged in oak barrels to give complexity to the wine.

Year: 2011

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Sauvion Rosé 2011
A strawberry-flavored, medium-sweet wine, with lightness, freshness and a crisp, clean character. Fresh, fruity, generous. Peach, cherry, strawberry. Serve chilled, with Asian food. It is the perfect 4 o’clock afternoon wine. Cabernet Franc, Gamay, Pineau d’Aunis, Grolleau.

Year: 2011

Sauvion Vouvray 2011
An anise thread holds the core of green almond, green plum and glazed pear notes together, with a floral edge keeping the finish bright and fresh.

Year: 2011

Dreaming Tree White 2012
A bright and aromatic blend with fresh floral and ripe honeysuckle notes that lead to zesty fruit flavors. The Dreaming Tree project is a collaboration between grape grower Steve Reeder and Dave Matthews. –From their Website
From: North Coast, California
Winery: Dreaming Tree
Year: 2012
Grapes: Albariño, Viognier, Gewürztraminer, and Riesling.
Steele Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2008
Dark, rich and complex, aromas of dried cherry with flavors of bright cherry, strawberry, herb, cola, sassafras, and mineral components. Full mouthfeel and good structure holds this Pinot Noir up to its long spicy finish.–From their Website
From: Lake Country, California
Winery: Steele Wines
Year: 2008

Outcast Red 2009
Four California counties have been legally recognized as the North Coast Grape Growing Region. These four counties, lying to the north of San Francisco are Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake. Due to the remoteness and splendid isolation, Lake County has never received the tourist attention of its north coast neighbors. It has 8,500 acres of grapes, but its resident wineries are few. While the quality of its grapes is widely recognized, most all of them are shipped out of county to fuel the wines of its more popular neighbors.
We in Lake County, in this sense, feel ourselves to have become an “Outcast”. The special blend in this bottle clearly demonstrates the excellence of wine from Lake County grapes. In drinking and enjoying this wine, you will be helping us to shed the chains that have for so long bound us in the role of “Outcast”.–From their Website
From: Lake Country, California
Winery: Steele Wines
Year: 2009

Hella Fine Merlot 2011
A smooth-full bodied Merlot with delicious chocolate and cherry flavors. It’s perfect with gourmet pizza, grilled burgers or a view of the ocean along the coast.–From their Website
From: California
Winery: Save Me, San Francisco Wine Co.
Year: 2011

Calling All Angels Chardonnay 2011
Fruit-forward, medium-bodied Chardonnay. This wine has a fantastic citrus scent and a hint of pineapple that works great with the slight vanilla bean notes. The soft tannins and long finish make this great with both a dinner or a drink with friends. Serve straight from the cellar so flavors come alive in your glass.–From their Website
From: California
Winery: Save Me, San Francisco Wine Co.
Year: 2011

Brooklyn Summer Ale
Brooklyn Summer Ale is a modern rendition of the “Light Dinner Ales” brewed in England throughout the 1800’s right up until the 1940’s. They were also called “luncheon ales” or even “family ales”, because they were refreshing and flavorful without being too heavy. We brew our Brooklyn Summer Ale from premium English barley malt, which gives this light-bodied golden beer a fresh bready flavor. German and American hops lend a light crisp bitterness and a citrus/floral aroma, resulting in a beer with a very sunny disposition.–From their Website
From: Brooklyn, New York
Brewery: Brooklyn Brewery

Horny Goat Horny Blond Ale
A German blonde lager. Lagers are an American tradition, and so are blondes. You’ll find this pale lager both bright and crisp up front, and perfectly balanced by a hint of German hops on the end.–From their Website
From: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Brewery: Horny Goat Brewing

Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL
Full of the bold grapefruit & piney character of an American IPA, this brew also reveals its smooth lager side creating a balanced, flavorful brew.–From their Website
From: Boston, MA
Brewery: Sam Adams

Highland St. Teresa’s Pale Ale
A golden pale having a slightly malty body balanced by an assertive American hop flavor. This pale ale displays a delicate hop nose due to the process of dry hopping. A crisp and refreshing beer perfect for any occasion.
Our most aromatically hopped beer, St Terese’s was designed for easy drinking. After the beer is finished fermenting, it is dry hopped which entails adding hops for several days to impart an aromatic hop nose to the beer. When quaffed, the beer finishes cleanly with almost no residual hop bitterness and is a particular delight with most subtly flavored foods. This beer was named after the patron saint of headaches in consideration of all beer lovers who may occasionally be over served.–From their Website
From: Asheville, North Carolina
Brewery: Highland Brewing

Bell’s Oberon
The heart of our summer lineup, Oberon Ale offers a refreshing mix of malted wheat flavor and fruity notes, wrapped up in a distinctively citrusy hop aroma. Brewed around the concept of balance, Oberon brings a moderate bodied yet full-flavored ale to the table that complements all manner of summer activities.–From their Website
From: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Brewery: Bell’s Brewery

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA
Our new 2013 release introduces Mosaic™ hops from Washington to our select blend of German, English, and American hops, all grown close to the 48th Latitude.–From their Website
From: Boston, MA
Brewery: Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA
This flavor packed brew draws inspiration from two distinct styles, the white ales of Belgium & American IPAs. But while a fusion of the two, it’s far more than the sum of both, exhibiting a harmony of crisp wheat, bright pine and citrus flavors, & just a hint of orange peel.–From their Website
From: Boston, MA
Brewery: Samuel Adams


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