S ometimes you got to remember it’s not all about the wine. There is cheese as well and good cheese at that. Grand Camembert, Cablanca Dutch goat cheese and some mediterranean herb cheeses all added to the really nice wines selected for Wine World’s Third Thursday.
The 3 featured whites make for great summer sippers (I especially liked the first white, Les Tortues). Two of tonight’s wines (The White Knight Moscato and Leese Fitch Pinot Noir) were from “The Other Guys” a division of Don Sebastini and Sons. They got their fingers in some of the more interesting wines coming out of California.
I think my favorite red was the Hahn Cabernet Sauvignon. A really nice wine to finish on. It’s oak and dark berry flavors made it very enjoyable. Nice tasting. Next tasting is First Friday, May 2.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
When: Thursday, April 17, 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):
- Les Tortues Colombard / Sauvignon Blanc
- Villa Pozzi Pinot Grigio 2012
- The White Knight Moscato 2011
- Leese Fitch Pinot Noir 2012
- Hahn Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
- Dreaming Tree Crush Red Blend 2009
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Here are the detailed wine notes:
Les Tortues Colombard / Sauvignon Blanc | Cotes de Gascony, France
A refreshing dry white blend of Colombard & Sauvignon Blanc.from southern France. Aromas & flavors suggest pear, apple and peach with some light herbal notes. Fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel to preserve the freshness of the fruit. ( “Les Tortues Winery has been growing grapes on the hills of Gascony for over a century. The vineyards are located in the heart of a protected environment where the last European Testudos (aqua turtle) are still to be found”) Excellent aperitif. Pair with salads, seafood, chicken, pork. Poached Salmon with dill. Tangy cheeses.
Villa Pozzi Pinot Grigio 2012 | Sicily
Light and attractive with soft, lighty herbal aromas with floral notes of rose petals & honeysuckle. Pear and apple flavors with citrus hints. Refreshing finish. Delightful aperitif! Fine match for seafood, chicken, summer salads. Ffettucine with grilled zucchini, spinach, herbs,
and Parmesan cheese. Winery Website: Villa Pozzi
The White Knight Moscato 2011 | California
A refreshing, lightly sweet Moscato with 20% Pinot Grigio. This interesting Moscato includes juice from three different Moscato clones: 50% Muscat of Alexandria; 27% Muscat Canelli and 3% Orange Muscat. Its appealing aroma suggests pear, honeysuckle and jasmine. Flavors of pear, lychee, honey with citrus notes. Great aperitif. Excellent match for many Thai and Indian dishes. Spicy shrimp & grits. Fresh corn casserole wih leeks & green chilies. Proscuitto –wrapped melon. Poached pears. Lightly sweet tarts or “biscuits”. Winery Website: The Others Guys
Leese Fitch Pinot Noir 2012 | California
Dark ruby color, this Pinot Noir displays lovely aromas of strawberry, plum, violets and vanilla notes from the oak treatment. Its flavors reminds us of raspberry, dark plum, black cherry with hints of earthiness. This Pinot Noir is an excellent match for many dishes. Bacon-stuffed mushroom. Dates stuffed with Aged Gouda. Greek Foods. Peking Duck. Teriyaki grilled ribs. Korean BBQ. Roast Beef tenderloin. Grilled salmon steaks. Winery Webiste: The Others Guys
Hahn Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 | California
A concentrated, rich Cab Sauv that is also good value. Full aromas of black cherries and dark currants are enhanced by notes of espresso and oak.Flavors of Dark fruit continues in the flavors along with blueberry and hints of dark chocolate and spicy oak. Integrated, smooth tannins give structure nnd add complexity. Grapes for this jewel are from Lodi and Monterey County. A portion of the grapes were barrel-fermented in new French oak. Burgers, Steaks. Teriyaki chicken on skewers with zucchini, red and green peppers. Grilled lamb. Venison. Hearty beef stews, pot roasts. Winery Website: Hahn Estates
Dreaming Tree Crush Red Blend 2009 | North Coast, California
This rich red gives us irresistible, captivating berry aromas with a smoky, toasty notes. (Very pretty oak.) Its flavors tend towards a little jammy and emphasize raspberries and blackberries. (78% Merlot, 13% Syrah, 6% Zinfandel, 2% Petite Sirah, 1% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon). Here’s another wine project from a popular band artist–Dave Matthews– in a collaboration with grape grower Steve Reeder. Have a look at the website. Dreaming Tree Crush Red is a terrific match for steaks & burgers. Grilled sausages & ribs. Roasted vegetables. Robust cheeses. Winery Website: Dreaming Tree