I was lucky to get there. It was a long day. I was glad they hadn’t shut down for the night. That’s what I like about Wine World, they’ll always have a glass left for you.
I wouldn’t mind sipping on any of the whites during the holidays. The Amanti Prodescco is a nice bubbly if you don’t like all those bubbles. (I know a lot of folks that won’t drink champagne because it’s too bubbly). This one would be a good crowd pleasure since it will please everyone… except those who look for a super super dry super bubbly.
The Haut Marin Gros Manseng was very appealing. The description said a touch of honey but I think it was more honeysuckle. The interesting thing about this wine is that it feels very light across the tongue but has a nice firm body as it swirls about. Light.. heavy… light… heavy. Can’t make up my mind but I like it for sure.
On the red time the Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon was a nice dry cab that isn’t over the top. The Poizin Zinfandel actually complimented it. Very similar in mouthfeel. I would not have guessed this to be a zin because lately have had so many old vine zins that are dense and fruit forward. Or many my palate was just messed up tonight.
The cheeses were great. El Greco Manchego from Spain, Grafton Village Cheddar from Vermont. But the Mimolette Vieille Sharp Cheddar from France was amazing. It says sharp but this is actually much more mellow and has a bit of a nutty flavor to it. They had the cannonball shaped cheese on the cutting block and it looked like a cantaloupe after being sliced. I like this cheese.
Next up for Wine World is Anna’s Appetizers. An annual event were Anna and David Sheets present some great holiday appetizers along with wines paired by the Wine World crew. Saturday, Nov. 19th. 7pm. This 2 hour event requires a reservation.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
When: Thursday, November 17, 2016, 5 to 8 pm
Cost: $5, with rebate on the purchase of 1 bottle of the featured wines.
Here are the wines to be presented (click to see more):
- Domaine Marion Pral Beaujolais Blanc 2015
- Amanti Prosecco
- Haut Marin Gros Manseng 2015
- Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap Red Blend 2014
- Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
- Poizin Zinfandel 2014
Domaine Marion Pral Beaujolais Blanc 2015 | Gascogne, France
100% chardonay no oak nice acidity with crisp apple flavors. slightly buttery but fruity. Crab Cakes, Aha Turn, Stuffed Flounder.
Amanti Prosecco | Abruzzo, Italy
Extra Dry style, with a fruity, soft bubble style. Fine, persistent, soft fizz surrounds a fruit spectrum of apple and pear with a hint of peach. Peach Clobber, Lemon Cake
Haut Marin Gros Manseng 2015 | Gascogne, France
Sweet apple white currants, white peach, touch of honey. With the apples come white currants, Grilled Oyster, Calamari Salad.
Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap Red Blend 2014 | Swartland, South Africa
Rich, deep red blend ofSyrah, Mourvèdre, and Viognier. Rich opulent flavours of dark fruit, violets, black pepper and liquorice. Hints of oak. Pulled Pork, Shepher Pie, Bangers & Mash. Website
Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 | Paso Robles, California
Aromas swirl with black cherry and a subtle vanilla and cola oak-tinged spice. The palate follows with rich black Currant and plum notes. Stirfry Beef, Veal Chops. Website
Poizin Zinfandel 2014 | Sonoma, California
Nose is fruit driven with fresh plum, bing cherry, spicy peppercorn and zinberry. The mouthfeel is soft with a hint of milk chocolate, sweet oak, and a long vanilla finish. Pizza, Lasagna. Website