Andrew hosts the red table at Wine World's Third Thursday tasting
Andrew hosts the red table at Wine World’s Third Thursday tasting

I was complaining about the rain and one taster commented “what better reason to be here inside tasting wine.” Good point.
It was much better inside at Wine World’s Third Thursday tasting sampling 6 nice wines and some great cheeses.
On the white table the Hahn Chardonnay stood out because of one flavor that stood out (for once I did taste one of the flavors mentioned in the wine notes) the taste of mango. Nice wine with lots of character.
And the Belstar Prosecco was nice and dry. The tasting notes say a touch of honey and I would agree with that. I think this would be a great toasting bubbler for parties during the Masters.
My favorite of the evening was the Francis Ford Coppola Claret. To me this 2012 tastes like something that’s been hiding in the cellar for a while. I actually like some older wines that some people might think is past their prime. To me this has a bit of an old oak flavor but the flavors are so distinct yet mellow (if that is possible). That might be the roasted expresso flavor they mention. I did a bit of searching for what a Claret means and for the most part it is was the English used to describe wines from Bordeaux. Both Shawn, who was pouring at the red table, and myself scratched our heads trying to figure out what “1910 Type” meant on the front label. I looked at their website and it says: “Our prize offering, the ultra premium Claret, sports a label that honors the first Cabernet Sauvignon blended in a Bordeaux style by Gustave Niebaum in 1910. Claret is a term originally coined by the British to describe Cabernet-based wines. This Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc blend is alluring and sophisticated; it is memorably lush with a tapestry of smooth tannins and succulent flavors of wild berries, plum and anise. Borrowing tradition of European wineries, we add gold netting to bottle to signify outstanding quality of wine.”

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I forgot to mention the gold netting which is kinda cool.
I bumping Tia who was enjoying the tasting. She like the Belstar Prosecco and said she couldn’t really pick out the best red because she liked them all.
The Castello Havarti Dill and the Cahill's Irish Cheddar Porter really stand out
The Havarti Dill and the Irish Cheddar Porter really stand out

As for the cheese I can say it’s still not to late to celebrate St. Patty’s day. They were sampling Cahill’s Original Porter Cheese, which is an vintage Irish cedar with porter. The porter is marbled throughout the orange cheese. There was also the Castello Danish Fontina and Castello Havarti Dill. All very nice.
and time for Wine World’sTime for Wine World’s Third Thursday tasting. Three reds and three whites. Don’t forget those great cheeses.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
When: Thursday, March 19, 2015, 5 to 8pm
Cost: $5 fee—$3 rebate with your purchase of one bottle of featured wine
Here are the wines presented (click to see more):

  1. Hughes Beaulieu Picpoul de Pinet Cave de Pomerols 2013
  2. Hahn Chardonnay 2013
  3. Belstar Prosecco DOC NV
  4. Blau
  5. Coppola “Diamond Series” Claret 2012
  6. Bogle Petite Sirah 2012

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Hughes Beaulieu Picpoul de Pinet Cave de Pomerols 2013 | Coteaux de Languedoc, France
Refreshing, dry white made from the ancient Picpoul grape. Intriguing citrus aromas with a hint of melon and minerality. Light, fresh white peach and kiwi fruit flavors. A beautiful crisp white. Fish & seafood! Sautéed flounder filet with a lemon-butter sauce. Creamy cheeses. Cold cuts. Pasta with sage, artichokes, walnuts & Manchego. Sushi. Delicious warm weather aperitif!
Hahn Chardonnay 2013 | Arroyo Secco, Monterey County, California
A beautiful, rich Chardonnay with well-integrated oak. Scents of pineapple, mango & vanilla. Rich mouthfeel laced with flavors of baked apples & toffee. Notes of sweet cream in the finish. Fish, seafood & chicken. Crab cakes, Cornish Hen. Pasta Alfredo.
Belstar Prosecco DOC NV | Italy
Delicate pear & melon flavours with a touch of honey & flower. Ripe white peaches & sweet pears, with hints of minerality. Enjoy with fruit & cheese. Lighty sweet dessert. salty appetizers, cured meats, caviar. Aperitif.
Blau | Montsant, Spain
A terrific red! This crowd-pleasing effort delivers a big mouthful of fruit along with notes of mineral, lavender, blueberry and plum. Forward, tasty, and well-balanced, it is an excellent value for drinking over the next 3-4 years. Full-bodied blend of Mazuela (Cariñena) 50%, Syrah 25% & Garnacha 25%. (4 months in French oak.) An affordable, delicious over-achiever! Rice, pasta, (noodles, spaghetti, macaroni), vegetables,
mushroom, stewed meat, sausage, pork, roast meat, red and/or white meat with sauces, grilled meat, short or medium cheeses.
Coppola “Diamond Series” Claret 2012 | California

The Coppola Claret. From their website
The Coppola Claret. From their website

Layered flavors of wild berries, plum and anise, blackberry, cassis and roasted espresso. 78% Cab Sauv, 14% Petit Verdot, 5 %Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc. Traditional blend of classic Bordeaux grapes. 12 months in French Oak. Prime Rib Roast, steaks. Beef pot roast. Portobello mushrooms. Aged Cheddar cheese.
Bogle Petite Sirah 2012 | Clarksburg, California
Another fun, delicious wines from The Other Guysgroup. A dense red blend of Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zin and other grapes. It’s full of ripe fruit. Aromas of dark raspberries and blackberries with notes of spice. Flavors follow through adding sensations of pomegranate, plum and boysenberry and vanilla. A big favorite. Burgers, steaks. Roasted chicken. Meatloaf with mushrooms. Grilled sausages. Aged Gouda. Maple-wood smoked Cheddar.


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