T his sounded like a great tasting. We unfortunately couldn’t attend. We’ve had the Thorny Rose before. It’s a nice bold blend we like. Here’s the wine list. I do believe I will drop by and get a bottle of the White Splash and try it with shrimp and grits.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC

When: Thursday, March 20, 2014, 5 to 8pm
Cost: $5 fee—$3 rebate with your purchase of one bottle of featured wine

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

  1. Esporao Monte Velho White 2011
  2. Rustenberg White Blend 2013
  3. St Francis White Splash 2011
  4. Rustenberg Red Blend 2012
  5. Concannon Crimson & Clover 2009
  6. Thorny Rose Red Blend 2011

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Esporao Monte Velho White 2011 | Alentejo, Portugal
The 2011 Esporao Monte Velho White begins with a fresh and fruity aromas of apple, pear, white peach and a little citrus zest. It’s fresh, fruity and easy to drink with crisp acidity, a fresh citrus aspect & a nice spicy mineral streak. Rosemary & Lemon Pork Stew. Paella. Spanish Omelette. Chicken Picatta. Seafood. Link to Winery WebsiteEsporao

RustenbergWhite Blend 2013| Western Cape, South Africa
A beautiful blend of 54% Sauvignon Blanc, 36% Chardonnay and 10% Viognier. The freshness and herbal notes of the Sauvignon Blanc marries very well with the soft, smooth melon aspects of the Chardonnay. The Viognier contributes to an appealing floral aroma and round fruitiness. From one of the most distinguished and oldest wine farms in South Africa. (Refreshing acidity with a lingering finish. This wine’s crispness makes it a perfect match for seafood and ligher pasta dishes. Fine match for chicken enchiladas with green chilis. Link to Winery WebsiteRustenberg

St Francis White Splash 2011 | California
A blend of four aromatic, flavorful white grape varieties (Muscat, Gewürztraminer, Roussane and Pinot Grigio). Sweet fresh fruit aromas and flavors of pear, citrus and a touch of vanilla are accompanied by a full body and fresh finish. Perfect for Sipping. Spicy dishes, including Indian and Chinese. Chicken. This is a superb match for the Shrimp and Grits. Link to Winery WebsiteSt. Francis

Rustenberg Red Blend 2012 | Western Cape, South Africa
Outstanding blend of 40% Shiraz, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 7 % Grenache and 3% Petite Verdot. Red current and cherry ripe-fruit aromas & flavors with notes of herbs & violets. Hints of black pepper add interest. Smooth with firm finish. Steak encrusted in black pepper corns with avocado. Lamb kebobs. Braised lamb shanks.Stuffed mushrooms. Link to Winery WebsiteRustenberg

Concannon Crimson & Clover 2009 | Livermore, California
A full-bodied red blend of 50% Petite Sirah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah and 10% Zinfandel. Aromas of currant, clove, and vanilla lead into bright, fruit flavors of blackberry on the palate. Velvety texture and fruit-filled smooth finish. (Concannon has been a Petite Sirah pioneer and continues to be a Petite Sirah over-achiever.) Great match for steaks & burgers. BBQ. Grilled zucchini and artichokes with tarragon aioli. Black pepper-crusted filet mignon blue cheese. Aged Gouda. Link to Winery WebsiteConcannon

Thorny Rose Red Blend 2011 | Columbia Valley, Washington State
Enticing intense flavors of black cherry, along with raspberry and blackberry marry.Vanilla and cocoa notes round out the rich fruit flavors in this blend of Cabernet Sauvignnon & Merlot with smaller amounts of Syrah & Malbec. Lots of ripe fruit with a smooth finish. Grilled pork chops. Burgers with cheese. Steaks. Rich, hearty beef pot roast. Link to Winery WebsiteThorny Rose


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