D arn, the fiasco known as Riverwatch Parkway foiled my plans tonight. With traffic backing up in all directions I couldn’t guarantee getting to North Augusta and back to honor other commitments. I really wanted to try the Temptation Zinfandel and the Murphy-Goode The Fume. I’ve never had a bad wine from Murphy-Goode. Hopefully that mess will be fixed soon because Wine World has their Attack of the Clones seminar coming up on February 26.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC

When: Thursday, February 18, 2016 , 5 to 8pm
Cost: $5 fee—$3 rebate with your purchase of one bottle of featured wine
Here are the wines to be presented (click to see more):

  1. Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier
  2. Murphy-Goode The Fume Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  3. Banfi Centine Rosé
  4. Fuego Garnacha 2013
  5. Salentein Portillo Malbec 2013
  6. Alexander ValleyTemptation Zinfandel 2012

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier | Napa Valley, California
Lush aromas of pear, ruby grapefruit, melon. Delicious flavors suggest apples, lychee with hints of honey. Crisp finish. No oak. Food flexible. Spicy dishes. Seared fish fillets. Thai curry. Sushi: spicy tuna roll. Aperitif. Website
Murphy-Goode The Fume Sauvignon Blanc 2014 | North Coast, California
Aromas of fresh lemon, juicy honeydew & sweet mango. Flavors of luscious papaya, yellow pear & ruby grapefruit. Most of the juice is stainless steel fermented; a small amount gets some Franch & some American oak to give the “fume” character. Chicken with mustard- thyme sauce. Grilled salmon with orange-fennel salsa. Thai curry. Sushi, spicy tuna roll. Website
Banfi Centine Rosé | Tuscany, Italy
Inviting intense pick color. Berries, especially strawberry, with hints of sea salt. Citrus notes such as grapefruit. Grapes used are Sangiovese, Cabernet & Merlot. Fresh & dry with rich berry flavors and a long, clean finish. Slight minerality & a hint of earthiness. Ideal aperitif. Spicy dishes. Chicken Pair with fish, poultry, mild cheeses. Onion soup. Proscuitto. A spicy Paella. Grilled salmon. Salads. Aperitif. Website
Fuego Garnacha 2013 | Calatayud,Spain
Flavors of ripe plum. Sweet round tannins. Notes of spice, clove. 80-90 year old vines. Fruit-bomb offers loads of strawberry and cherry fruit mixed with hints of earth, spice and pepper. Silky tannins, medium-bodied, delicious, savory mouthfeel. Pizza. Rabbit. Braised lamb shanks. Goulash. Chorizo, Grilled sausages.
Salentein Portillo Malbec 2013 | Valle de Uco,Mendoza, Argentina
This terrific bargain is estate-bottled made from hand-picked grapes by the highly regarded Bodegas Salentein, specialists in high quality Malbecs. Despite its easy price, this is a rich Malbec with tempting aromas of ripe black fruits, dark plums and blackberries. Its generous fruit flavors are soft and velvety with notes of spice. Enjoy with grilled meats, pasta, spicy dishes, and cheeses. Grilled steak with Chimichurri sauce. Burgers. Website
Alexander ValleyTemptation Zinfandel 2012 | Sonoma, California
A plush, rich Zin, a crowd-pleaser. Aromas of dark fruits with plum & cherry with hints of spice & vanilla. Ripe flavors of red cherry, black pepper, blackberry and strawberry. Zin (primarily from Alexander Valley) and about 5% Petite Sirah. and about 5% Petite Sirah, 10 months in American oak. Website


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