Tasters enjoy conversation, some nice wines and some great nibbles… and catch up on emails.
Tasters enjoy conversation, some nice wines and some great nibbles… and catch up on emails.


N inth Street’s monthly in-shop tasting was back this month but with a twist. On a Wednesday, just in time to test out some nice wines before the Holidays begin.
Speaking of the Holidays, I spoke with Ben Johnson, of Georgia Crown who had some nice recommendations for Thanksgiving. For a good “turkey wine” he recommends his favorite, the Sauvion Rosé d’Anjou. This is a nice little Rosé that is light crisp and fruity. Won’t fill you up so you can take that second… or third… helping of turkey. Not into white or Rosé and want a red with your meal? Then try Artesa Pinot Noir. This Pinot is a typical pinot in that its not supper heavy and pairs well with poultry.

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Now to the tasting. There were 11 wines featured Wednesday night, several that could brighten someone’s Holiday table. Often I hear Gewurztraminer mentioned for Thanksgiving. The Firestone Gewurztraminer, at a price point of $13.99 sounds like it would be a good value.

One special treat tonight was the Bolinger Champagne. These people know how to make champagne having produced it since 1829. This true champagne also has a price point of $59.99. I can’t say that I’ve ever paid that much for a champagne but I truly can say this was the best champagne I’ve had in quite sometime. It has a bit of a yeasty character which I don’t mind. When I looked at the tasting notes I saw the flavor I was trying to identify—honey. Like I said this is a nice champagne.

Two other favorites for me tonight was the Halter Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon. Truly tasting of dark cherry. This is one full bodied wine. The other was the Hilary Goldschmidt Oakville “Charming Creek” Cabernet Sauvignon . This would be nice as an apertif or with a nice steak. The oak isn’t overpowering. The tasting notes mention raspberry and cherry. This to me is a very typical cabernet but in the sense it tastes like a cabernet should.

I have to admit I had walk away from the nibbles table. There were too many good things that I would fill up on…salami wrapped cheese, chicken salad, shrimp, spinach dip. With the Holidays fast approaching I need to watch my waistline. This was a great little mid-week break.
Where: Ninth Street Wine Market
12 Ninth Street, Augusta, GA 30901

When: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, 5:30-7:30 pm
Cost: $15 per person. 706-724-1442. Reservations requested.

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

  1. Bolinger Champagne
  2. Firestone Gewurztraminer
  3. Sauvion Rosé d’Anjou
  4. Artesa Pinot Noir
  5. Hilary Goldschmidt Oakville “Charming Creek” Cabernet Sauvignon
  6. Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava
  7. Hendry Pinot Gris
  8. Sterling Vineyard Napa Valley Chardonnay
  9. Failla Pinot Noir 2010
  10. J. Lohr Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir
  11. Halter Ranch Carbernet Sauvignon

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Bolinger Champagne | Champagne, France
Very elegant and refined in texture, with fresh, focused acidity finding fine integration with the layered notes of patisserie apple, black currant, smoky mineral and biscuit, complimented by hints of lemon zest and honey. Lingering finish.” [From tonight’s tasting notes handed out at the door. Appears to have come originally from Wine Spectator – who gave this 93pts]
Cost: $$59.99

Firestone Gewurztraminer | Central Coast, California
Screams with bright aromatic notes of pink grapefruit, lychee, candied ginger, orange blossoms and rose. Firm, crisp, and full palate with flavors of red grapefruit, lemon and lime zest. is balanced and refreshing wine is the perfect accompaniment to grilled seafood or spicy foods.–From their Website

Cost: $13.99

Sauvion Rosé d’Anjou | France
A strawberry-flavored, medium-sweet wine, with lightness, freshness and a crisp, clean character. Fresh, fruity, generous. Peach, cherry, strawberry. Contains Cabernet Franc, Gamay, Pineau d’Aunis and Grolleau grapes.
Cost: $13.99

Artesa Pinot Noir | Napa, California
Abundant varietal character of pure Pinot Noir fruit. Sweet red and black cherry spice with hints of ripe raspberry. A sweet impression of juicy berry opens up the palate followed by more cherry and berry flavor. Smooth tannins and a complex body complete this Pinot Noir.–From their Website
Cost: $22.99

Hilary Goldschmidt Oakville “Charming Creek” Cabernet Sauvignon | California
“My objective in making this wine is to style it after famous 1970’s icon wineries like Inglenook and Beaulieu. Pick a little earlier when flavors and tannins are ripe and at a level without excessive sugar or low acid. No acid or alcohol adjustment (lowering) was done here as is typically done in the Napa Valley these days. Overall sugar levels were lower in 2011 than in recent vintages but the fruit developed fully and shows elegance and subtlety. The wine is pure and untouched. Subsequently, no fining or sterile filtration either. Here’s a wine that will age like so many of the wines of years’ past. A great wine made completely hands-off, from my favorite appellation—Oakville.”
Aromas of cassis, red berry and lightly toasted oak. Shows raspberry, cherry and cassis flavors. Well balanced, medium-bodied. Dried forest leaf in the finish.–From their Website
Cost: $33.99

Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava | Penedes, Spain
Cool crisp apple with notes of toast, nuts and flowers. [From the event tasting sheets]
Cost: $8.99

Hendry Pinot Gris | Napa, California
Delicate floral, clean and bright tart cider apple with high acid. [From the event tasting sheets]
Cost: $19.99

Sterling Vineyard Napa Valley Chardonnay | Napa Valley, California
Lauers of golden apple, peach, lemon curd and caramel bright citrus finish. [From the event tasting sheets]
Cost: $19.99 (a featured wine for November- 10% off this price this month)

Failla Pinot Noir 2010 | St. Helena, California
Cost: $32.99

J. Lohr Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir | California
Love, cherry preserve, violet and creme brulee notes. [From the event tasting sheets]

Cost: $15.99

Halter Ranch Carbernet Sauvignon | Paso Robles, California
Blackberry and black cherry followed by toasty cedar scents. [From the event tasting sheets]

Cost: $23.99


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