T ime for Wine World’s Third Thursday tasting. Three whites and three reds were featured.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC

When: Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, 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. Picpoul de Pinet 2013
  2. The Seeker Sauvignon Blanc 2013
  3. Hidden Crush Chardonnay
  4. Barbera d’Asti”Le Orme” 2011
  5. Ken Forrester Pinotage “Petite” 2011
  6. Ravenswood ‘Besieged’ 2012

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Domaine Desol Picpoul de Pinet 2013 | Languedoc-Roussillon, France
This vibrant white shows crisp citrus, green melon and apple flavors with notes of minerality and a hint of white pepper. It finishes wtih a pleasing crisp acidity. Picpoul de Pinet is one of the oldest varieties in the Mediterranean. It is delightfully refreshing. This Picpoul (“tickle the lips”) is from a single vineyard and estate bottle. Excellent quality at a bargain price. It’s a fine match for seafood, chicken, salads. Poached or broiled salmon with butter sauce. Excellent aperitif.
The Seeker Sauvignon Blanc 2013 | Marlborough, New Zealand
Classy aromas of grapefruit, herbs, tomato bush, and freshly cut grass. Lively flavors of grapefruit, nectarine, lime, and pineapple. Matured on the lies for richness and complexity. No oak. A beautiful New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc! Enjoy with shellfish, salads, and citrus-sauced dishes. Cablanca cheese (goat gouda). Winery Website: The Seeker
Hidden Crush Chardonnay | Central Coast, California
Aromas of lime, lemon blossom, green apple, pineapple and white peach. Generous fresh fruit flavors, rich texture, refreshingcrisp acidity and lovely lingering flavors. Pair with Sauteed fish. Crabcakes, three-cheese white pizza or a Cuban sandwich. Think about a really good Fettuccini Alfredo. Pleasing aperitif. Winery Website: Hidden Crush
Barbera d’Asti”Le Orme” 2011 | Piedmont, Italy
This favorite Barbera is very highly rated vintage after vintage and has been on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list. It shows fine intensity with ripe red berry and black cherry flavors, an appealing earthiness and a spicy note. It’s matured for 8 months in large French oak casks so there is nicely complex and round with very little oak flavor. Pairs very well with pasta with red sauces, chicken, sausages, mushrooms, grilled and roasted red meats. Italian sausages with mushrooms & peppers. Eggplant Casserole. Blue Castello .Robust cheeses. Winery Website: Michele Chiarlo
Ken Forrester Pinotage “Petite” 2011 | Western Cape, South Africa
Rich, luscious flavors ofblackberry, mulberry and plum with notes of smoke, spice and earth. Soft finish. Great match for pizza, steaks, burgers, barbeque. “Ideal for a ‘braai’ (South African barbeque or grilling session). Stuffed Mushrooms. Pinotage is a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault (often called Hermitage in South Africa) created in the 1920’s in South Africa Pinotage is known as South Africa’s signature red grape variety. Winery Website: Ken Forrester
Ravenswood “Besieged” 2012 |Sonoma, California
Get in the Halloween spirit with one of our favorites! A “limited”seasonal release red blend from Joel Peterson, founder of Ravenswood (1976) and iconic winemaker. It is his personal blend of several California “Heritage” varietals from a number of Old Vine vineyards: 35% Carignane, 20% Petite Sirah, 18% Zinfandel, 13% Mourvedre, 9% Alicante Bouschet, and 5% Barbera. Dark, rich, full aromass & flavors excite the senses with impressions of ripe blackberry, black cherry, plum, cardamon, flowing into a delicious, smooth, pleasing finish. We think this is a very impressive wine and a terrific good value. There’s a limited amount available. Fun for Halloween. And if you want some for the holidays, don’t wait—it may be gone by then. The winery’s description on the back label refers to Joel’s story about his first vintage and his choice of name for his winery. “Under a threatening sky, BESIEGED by rain clouds, lightning glinting in the hills, winemaker Joel Peterson worked alone to collect grapes destined for one of his debut wines. As he worked, ravens laughed from above, but instead of being harbingers of doom, they brought him good fortune, becoming the totem for his winery — Ravenswood.” Winery Website: Ravenswood


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