I t was hot outside. And I was attending Day 5 of our Vacation Bible School. Well I took a quick break and stopped by Wine World and took a quick sample. Once again a 6 wine sample format is perfect if you have plenty of time or only a short amount.
I liked everything I tried. The Straphanger Chard was excellent and all three reds were great. Well, that’s about it. I got to head back to Vacation Bible School before they serve the ice cream.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
When: Thursday, June 18, 2015, 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. Straphanger Chardonnay
  2. Michel Lynch Sauvignon Blanc
  3. Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2013
  4. Artisan Pinot Noir
  5. Josh Legacy Red Blend
  6. Drops of Jupiter Red Blend

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Here are the detailed wine notes:
Straphanger Chardonnay | Central Coast, California
Light straw in color. Bouquet of citrus & vanilla. Slight oak treatment. Light & fresh. Pairs well with chicken, turkey, mild fish fillets, soft cheese White mushrooms, yellow squash, Vegetable lasagna.
Michel Lynch Sauvignon Blanc | Bordeaux, France
Green apples & grass with attractive mineral notes. Grapefruit, green melon & lime notes. Matches well with seafood, chicken, pasta. Grilled fish with asparagus. Its citrus notes work well with Greek & Mexican cuisines. Garlic shrimp with avocado.
Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2013 | Washington State
Crisp & zesty Riesling, “off-dry”—-just slightly sweet. Juicy white peach & nectarine flavors. Zesty acidity & minerality make for a refreshing finish. (Several vintages have made Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines.) Great food wine. Fine match for sushi, German sausages with apple saurkraut. Pulled pork. Spicy dishes. Chicken burritos with Pepperjack cheese & Mango / Black Bean salsa. Perfect summer-time aperitif.
Artisan Pinot Noir | California
“On the nose Artisan Pinot Noir shows off nice Oriental Spice with highlights of Maraschino and dark cherries followed by plum, strawberries, mocha, vanilla and sandalwood. On the palate the finish is firm and spicy with the underlying minerality. . .also has more acidity and less oak than past efforts.” –from the website. Many good food matches. Salmon Filets. Mushroom & mozzerella Bruschetta. Roasted chicken. Vegan enchiladas. Eggplant stuffed with lamb & pine nuts. Garlic & Herb Roasted Pork tenderloin.
Josh Legacy Red Blend | Lake County, California
Aromas of blueberry pie, raspberries, sage & rosemary with notes of black pepper. Lush flavors of plum, black currant, dark chocolate & Bing cherry. Smooth texture. Burgers. Big juicy steak, Prime Rib.Grilled veggies. Grilled sausages. Great for sittin’ around & sippin.’ A favorite.
Drops of Jupiter Red Blend | California
This fruit-forward, full-bodied red blend is the product of a collaboration between Jimmy Stafford of the rock band Train and winemaker James Foster at Concannon. It’s a Petite Sirah-based blend with soft, supple tannins and rich blackberry, boysenberry fruit. The wine is produced under the label of the Save Me San Francisco Wine Company (which makes donations to Family House Inc). (Their Chardonnay is named for another Train song “Calling All Angels,”) Give ’em credit for knowing where to go for really good Petite Sirah. Concannon is a first-rate PS producer (and the first California winery to produce a Petite Sirah as a separate varietal), This an affordable beauty with big fruit and beautiful flavors. Hearty dishes. Steaks, burgers. lamb kebobs, moussaka, ratatouille, grilled eggplant. Eggplant lasagna. Dark, dark chocolate cake. Aged Gouda. One of our very favorites!


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