I was disappointed that I missed this one. Anytime Carmenere is on the tasting list I want to be there. And I’ve never had a bad wine from Hahn. My loss. But that doesn’t keep me from stopping by and purchasing one. That’s the thing about tastings and tasting lists it encourages you to try something new or reminds you of something you’ve enjoyed in the past and having bought in a while.
Next up for Wine World is the First Friday Tasting on June 5th.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC

When: Thursday, May 21, 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. Vera Vinho Verde
  2. Pennywise Sauvignon Blanc 2012
  3. 14 Hands Moscato
  4. Mad Dogs & Englishmen 2011
  5. Root 1: Carmenere Red
  6. Hahn GSM Red Blend 2012

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Vera Vinho Verde | Minho, Portugal
Bright, zippy and refreshing. Perfect for summer—and beyond. Fruity with a base of minerality and nice acidity for a fresh finish. The wines is made from traditional Portuguese grapes: 60% Arinto, 30% Azal & 10% Loureiro by Luis Duarte, one of Portugal’s most highly respected vintners. Vera Vinho Verde has a little more substance and is more interesting than many vinho verdes. It is a delightful aperitif and a fine companion to snacks or light meal. Enjoy with sushi and seafood, with chicken, lighter pastas and summer salads.
Pennywise Sauvignon Blanc 2012 | California
A bright & refreshing Sauvignon Blanc with aromas of melon, pineapple & pear. Flavors of pink grapefruit, pineapple & lemongrass. Notes of citrus & minerality & a slight creaminess in the texture. Great for seafood. Grilled shrimp. Roast chicken. Summer salads. Goes very well with Greek & Mexican dishes. Marries beautifully with garlic and with tomato sauces. Tangy cheeses. Website
14 Hands Moscato | Columbia Valley, Washington State
Bright, fresh Moscato, its light sweetness balanced by good acidity. A fine example of Moscato characteristics. Pear, lychee and rose petal with citrus notes make guide the aromas. Flavors are reminiscent of peach & mango with hints of mandarin orange & melon. 2013 vintage awarded
“Best Buy” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, 11/14. Soft white cheeses. Lightly sweet fruit-based desserts Asian cuisine, especially spicy & slightly hot. Aperitif. Website
Mad Dogs & Englishmen 2011 | Extremadura, Spain
Bright raspberry nose, notes of clove & pepper. Rich flavors of ripe black fruits followed by hints of vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa, herbs. Fresh gazpacho soup. Braised pot roast. Chorizo. Grilled steaks, roast beef. venison. Website
Root 1: Carmenere Red | Colchagua Valley, Chile
“Root: 1 Carmenere is a deep red color with gentle tannins and rich flavors of plum, blackberry and spice. Root: 1 Carmenere pairs well with pasta, vegetable soup, spicy entrees and grilled meats. Its unique character pairs perfectly with ingredients that are difficult to match such as garlic, bell peppers, fresh herbs and eggplant.” “After years of being thought extinct, Carmenere was rediscovered in Chile in 1994. The lush flavors and soft tannins of Root: 1 Carmenere are proof that the “lost grape of Bordeaux” has finally found its perfect home.” —website Website
Hahn GSM Red Blend 2012 | California
A luscious blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre from this excellent family winery based in Monterey County. “Ruby and purple colored in the glass, this wine shows aromas of blueberry, dried loganberries and hints of vanilla and cloves.” Bright fruit flavors of raspberries, red currants and blackberries leap forward on the palate leading to a long fruit-filled finish. Enjoy with grilled meats, beef, sausages, BBQ. Great with burgers. Grilled Portobello mushrooms. Manchego. This wine is one of our favorites! Stock up for your Memorial Day celebrations. Website


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