Some of the tasters got a full glass pour and retired to the side room for an evening of conversation

I t was well worth dodging a few thunderstorms to get to Wine World tonight. Luckily it wasn’t raining there. I got there for the last half hour. The risk you run at getting there a bit late is you might miss some of the special cheeses. I missed out on the Marionberry Cheese Torta but I’m cool with that. The substitute Blueberry Fayre filled in nicely.
But let’s get to the wines. Tonight it was hard to pick out a favorite because I liked them all. Since I tend to lean toward reds I will give them an edge but I could easily serve any of the wines tonight at a party and I doubt any would be left over, red or white.
The Girasole Pinot Blanc uses a grape that Andrew Benjamin pointed out that you don’t see much. This one had a chance to warm up, I typically chill my white wines pretty cold, but this one was up around 60 degrees and it was wonderful. I think it wasn’t as crisp or acidic, a quality many people savor. I typically lean to more full-bodied whites that aren’t so acidic. This was in between. Very nice.
The A by Acacia Unoaked Chard was very nice as well. Andrew asked if I could smell sea mist or ocean air and he was right. That thought changed my thoughts about the taste of the wine. I think there is a hint of minerality that dries it out just a hint but has one of the longest finishes of any chard I’ve ever had. No butter here. This would be great with seafood.
The Luna Nuda Pinot Grigio is definitely a wine that has flavors of green apples. I would love this in early Fall when the apples start coming in. The tasting notes say pair it with sushi. I might just do that on $5 sushi night at Earth Fare.
At the red table Michael was expertly describing the wines. The first was Luberri Orlegi, being served slightly chilled. I think chilling it brought out some the dense cherry flavors (not sweet). Michael said it turned dry on the finish with a hint of cherry tartness. I could see that.
Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo is best described as a Italian Dry Zin and Michael’s favorite for the evening. (The grape is Zinfandel in the US but Primitivo in Europe). Minerally for sure, lots of black pepper. I would love to find an old vine Primitivo made this way.
I guess if I had a favorite it was the last one: Castano Monastrell. The tasting notes said “a silky mouth” but I sensed as being more dry. I would say this has a solid fruit structure with the dryness that makes it interesting but not a the expense of the fruit. On second thought this was easier than I thought. This was my favorite. Here’s another wine that has many names. In France it is referred to as Mourvèdre. In Spain it’s Monastrell. This grape is the M in GSM blended wines. The tasting notes suggest a BBQ pairing. I think it best with a good dry-rubbed BBQ.
On the cheeses they also had Castello Havarti Dill, English White Stilton and Grafton Village Maple Smoked Cheddar.
Great tasting. Met some new friends and said hello to old ones. Next up for Wine World is First Friday on July 7th.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC

When: Thursday, June 15, 2017, 5 to 8 pm
Cost: $5, with $2 rebate on the purchase of 1 bottle of the featured wines.

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

  1. Girasole Pinot Blanc 2016
  2. A by Acacia Un-Oaked Chardonnay 2015
  3. Luna Nuda Pinot Grigio 2016
  4. Luberri Orlegi 2016
  5. Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2014
  6. Castano Monastrell 2014

We say good bye to “Cheese Girl” Holly as she and her husband John are moving to Morocco to teach english. We will miss them.

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Girasole Pinot Blanc 2016 | Mendicino, California
Aromas of ripe green melon, honeysuckle, white peach. Bright and refreshing, straw yellow color fresh floral notes mingle with cool minerality, sweet fruit, Crisp acidity. fresh seafood or light, flavorful salads. Website
A by Acacia Un-Oaked Chardonnay 2015 | California
Citrus, Fuji apple and pear notes, with a hint of apple blossom and a crisp finish. sun-ripened tomato and basil bruschetta, sizzling garlic shrimp, crab cakes or hummus with warm pita. Grilled chicken breasts or halibut. Website
Luna Nuda Pinot Grigio 2016 | Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Aromatic with rich notes of green apples and pears, dry and mineral-driven, crisp flavors of apple, citrus, slate, and a touch of almonds. simply prepared fish, sushi, salads, light tapas. Website
Luberri Orlegi 2016 | Rioja, Spain
95% Tempranillo, 5% Viura. Vivid red. Floral and spice-accented aromas of red fruits, rose and minerals. Seductively perfumed in the mouth, with juicy raspberry and floral pastille flavors dominating. Shows clarity and spiciness on the long finish. Lasagna, Pasta Bolognese, Hearty Meat Dishes, Carnitas Tacos. Website
Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2014 | Puglia, Italy
Rich and ripe with notes of plums, cherries, vanilla, and chocolate, bold layers of spice and dark fruit complex structure, properly tannic but balanced and flavorful as well. Pizza, Smoked Cured Meats, Spaghetti with Meatballs. RP 90pts. Website
Castano Monastrell 2014 | Yecla, Spain
Unoaked, 100% Monastrell (Mourvedre) Cherry red, with violet notes. Intense fruity aroma of mature blueberries, and raspberries. A silky mouth, with good structure. Grilled vegetables, barbeque, broiled lamb chops ST 90pts. Website


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