H ere’s the wine list for Wine World’s Third Thursday tasting. The stops on this tour included Portugal, Argentina, Chile and California.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC

When: Thursday, July 19, 2011, 5 to 8pm
Cost: $5 per person with rebate on purchase of a featured wine.

Here are the wines to be presented (click to see more):

  1. Vinhas Altas VinhoVerde 2011
  2. Nieto Senetiner Torrontes Reserva 2010
  3. Edna Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2011
  4. Il Bastardo Sangiovese 2010
  5. MontGras Carmenère Reserva 2010
  6. J Lohr South Ridge Syrah 2010

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Vinhas Altas VinhoVerde 2011
A refreshing delight especially for late summer, though it’s also a great year-round inexpensive pleasure. Lightly spritzy.  Citrus aromas & flavors with hints of melon and nectarine. The finish is lemony and crisp.  Aperitif.  Good food partner, especially for fresh seafood.  Shrimp salad, Green salads, Gazpacho,  Spicy Garlic Salmon.  Tangy cheeses.
From: Portugal   
Winery: Vinhas Altas
Year: 2011

Nieto Senetiner Torrontes Reserva 2010
Floral aroma with notes of white peaches, herbs, and grapefruit. Rich fruit flavors balanced with good acidity for refreshing finish. A Winebow selection. Excellent pairing for seafood, chicken, pork. (Some folks like to pair Torrontes with blue cheese.)  Roast pork loin in a cream sauce
with herbs, garlic & Parmesan.
From: Mendoza, Argentina
Winery: Nieto Senetiner
Year: 2010

Edna Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2011
A lively Sauvignon Blanc offers vibrant aromas and flavors of grapefruit, guava, and peach with  notes of cut-grass and pleasing crisp acidity. Full body, hints of minerality, long finish. Enjoy it with fresh seafood, broiled fish fillets. Cablanca, mild goat-milk gouda cheese. Grilled chicken
rubbed with thyme and tarragon.
From: Edna Valley, California
Winery: Edna Valley
Year: 2011

Il Bastardo Sangiovese 2010
Dark ruby red color. Cherry, strawberry and  blackberry aromas and flavors. A fun “junior chianti” with appealing fruit. Medium bodied with pleasing tannins and fruit in the finish. Food-versatile. A great pasta wine with a rich meat sauce.
From: Tuscany, Italy
Winery: Toscano
Year: 2010

MontGras Carmenère Reserva 2010
Deep violet-purple color. Powerful aromas of dark fruit with herb and spice notes.  Rich fruit flavors suggest ripe blackberry and plum with earthy, herbal notes. Round texture, soft tannins lead to a fruit-filled, spicy finish.  Steaks & burgers. Venison. (Be adventurous: try it with Indian Curry dishes.) Braised short ribs. Rich cheeses. (This is a Cheap Wine Bastard Favorite).
From: Chile
Winery: MontGras
Year: 2010

J Lohr South Ridge Syrah 2010
Very appealing. Dense, dark color. Beautiful nose of blueberry, pomegranate, plum, and earthy black currants. Rich dark fruit flavors. with spice notes and a hint of chocolate. Supple with good structure. Lingering finish. Sautéed lamb chops, standing rib roast. Grilled eggplant & peppers.
Robust cheeses. Aged Gouda.

From: Paso Robles, California
Winery: J Lohr
Year: 2010


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