It was a family affair Thursday night.

W ith only 4 days till Christmas what better place to get those last minutes gifts and toss in a wine tasting to boot. We stopped by around 6PM and many of the usual crowd was there. Nice time to sip and chat.
Enjoyed the Les Vignerons de Florensac Picpoul, Terlato Pinot Grigio and the Gouguenheim Extra Brut Rose of Malbec. The Terlato has some nice body that I seldom find in a Pinot Grigio. The Gouguenheim Extra Brut Rose of Malbec has lots of bubbles. If you like bubbles and something with more flavor for New Year’s this is your sparkler.
Over on the red table the Bonny Doon Clos de Gilroy Grenache was the closest Grenanche/Garnacha from California that has the minerality and flavors of a good Spanish Garnacha. The Coppola Director’s Cut Zinfandel was typical of this wine marker. A really nice Zin. Coppola always makes nice wines.
The Les Jamelles Cabernet Sauvignon is one few French cabs I’ve had this year. Firm tannins. This is an excellent food wine. I tried it with some of the cheeses, which featured Daneko Fontina, Cambozola (tripe cream camembert with gorgonzola blue cheese—very yummy) and Rembrandt Extra Aged Gouda (we bought some of this). Nice pairing with the wine and any of these.
Next up for Wine World will be their First Friday Tasting on January 5th. Great way to start the year.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC

When: Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, 5 to 8 pm
Cost: $5, with $2 rebate on the purchase of 1 bottle of the featured wines.
Here are the wines to be presented (click to see more):

  1. Les Vignerons de Florensac Picpoul 2016
  2. Terlato Pinot Grigio 2016
  3. Gouguenheim Extra Brut Rose of Malbec NV
  4. Bonny Doon Clos de Gilroy Grenache 2014
  5. Coppola Director’s Cut Zinfandel 2013
  6. Les Jamelles Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Les Vignerons de Florensac Picpoul 2016 | Picpoul de Pinet, France
Aromas of grapefruit, citrus, and stone fruit flavours of citrus, melon, grapefruit, and orchard fruits with a hint of minerality. Swordfish, Scallops, Clams, Oysters, Rich Cream or Butter Sauces.
Terlato Pinot Grigio 2016 | Friuli, Italy
Bright aromas of green apple, white peach, pear and spring flowers. The palate is complex and layered with ripe peach, apricot, pear and juicy nectarine zest. Mouthfilling texture and crisp, mineral finish. Shellfish, white fish, appetizers and sushi.
Gouguenheim Extra Brut Rose of Malbec NV | Mendoza, Argentina
100% Malbec. Red fruit aromas, cherries and strawberries. Soft tones of cherry on the palate with a gorgeous strawberry finish nicely balanced with acidity. Canapés and fresh salads, Lemon pancakes with strawberry compôte and vanilla cream.
Bonny Doon Clos de Gilroy Grenache 2014 | Monterey County, California
75% Grenache, 13% Mourvedre, 4% Syrah, 3% Pinot Noir, 2% Cinsaut, 1% Grenache Blanc, 1% Roussanne & 1% Counoise Nose of raspberry, hibiscus, cola and iron. Palate is plum with notes of strawberry and red cherry, pomegranate, black and white pepper. Grilled salmon burger, Peppered Ahi Tuna Steak.
Coppola Director’s Cut Zinfandel 2013 | Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
Spicy raspberry nose, with a cigar-box edge, Jammy, dark berries, cracked pepper flavors, baked cherry, green pepper, grilled anise and toffee hints. BBQ Lamb Loin Chops, Duck Ragu, Pizza.
Les Jamelles Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 | Vin De Pays D’oc, France
Aromas of dark cherries, raspberry, and blackberry, with traces of toasty vanilla and a dusty tone. The palate similar, but even more fruit forward, with a bit of mocha on the finish. Lighter pasta dishes, Shepherd’s Pie, Rich Stews.


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