The white table
The white table

I t had been raining all day. I was ready for something to add a bit of sunshine. Time for Wine World’s Third Thursday to provide it. The Ruffino Prosecco was a nice start. Nice fruit, nice sparkling texture and just sweet enough to brighten anyone’s spirits.
The Due Torri Pinot Grigio was one of the lightest Pinots I’ve had lately.  This is a very bright wine. A bit of a mineral edge but would go nicely with some seafood. A nice summertime sipper.
From the red table I really liked the In Situ Cabernet Sauvignon which is a nice alternative to the typical California cabs.  The tasting notes mention “cedar.” I think that was the taste I was trying to describe. I’m not saying it tastes only like cedar but it blends nicely in with the dark fruit flavors.
The Murphy-Goode Homefront Red is a very interesting blend. The vanilla and oak notes are very nice. Each sale also helps wounded veterans.
Oh, the rain has finally stopped. I better head out…… oops. I loved the Rembrandt mediterranean herb cheese. I loved it so much I asked for them to cut me a 1/4 pound. But in my hurry I forgot it. Sorry… I’ll be dropping by to get it. Give me another chance to get some of the Homefront Red.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC

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803-279-9522
When: Thursday, May 15, 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. Ruffino Prosecco Extra Dry
  2. Due Torri Pinot Grigio 2013
  3. Cedrus Le BlancColombard / Ugni Blanc
  4. Bodegas Salentein Portillo Pinot Noir 2012
  5. In Situ Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
  6. Murphy-Goode Homefront Red 2011

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Ruffino Prosecco Extra Dry | Italy
Made from the Glera grape, the famous sparkling wine from northeastern Italy is a versatile companion. It’s an excellent, affordable festive wine for all year round. Great by itself as an aperitif. Fine match with chicken, seafood, spicy Asian dishes or rich creamy, buttery dishes. Popcorn! Winery Website: Ruffino
Due Torri Pinot Grigio 2013 | Venezie,Italy
Bright & fresh, this fruity white is from the classic Pinot Grigio district in northeastern Italy. Citrus fruit aromas & flavors with balancing acidity & minerality. Versatile food wine. Seafood, fish, chicken. Light pasta with creamy sauces. White sauce pizza. Prosciutto- wrapped melon. Great aperitif, wonderful “summer sipper.”
Cedrus Le BlancColombard / Ugni Blanc | Cotes de Gascogny, France
60% Colombard – 40% Ugni Blanc. Crisp, zingy white from the land of d’Artagnan (of Three Musketeers fame). Aromas & flavors of pears, green apples, lemons & grapefruit, with notes of minerality. Another super “summer sipper.” Excellent match for shellfish, fish, chicken, summer salads. Broiled fish filet with lemon & capers. Tangy cheeses. Appetizers.Winery Website: Cedrus
Bodegas Salentein Portillo Pinot Noir 2012 | Valle de Uco,Mendoza, Argentina
This very appealing Pinot Noir is an outstanding value. [The Portillo wines are one of the lines produced by the prestigious Bodegas Salentein ( renowned for marvelous Malbecs!)] Great effort is made to preserve the fresh quality of the grapes used in this wine The grapes are hand-harvested, fermented at cool temperatures and aged in stainless steel tanks. Aromas and flavors of ripe cherries and strawberries. Soft tannins and good acidity. Enjoy this with seared tuna steaks, grilled salmon. Great with grilled meats. Roast pork. Stuffed mushrooms. Winery Website: Bodegas Salentein
In Situ Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon | Mendoza, Argentina
A dense Cab with rich aromas & flavors of ripe fruit: plum, currant & dark cherry with notes of herbs, spice & black pepper. Integrated tannins and oak spice add complexity. Made from grapes grown in Vina San Esteban’s high altitude Andes vineyards (3,600 ft) in the Aconcagua Valley. A terrific good-value. Many accolades. Steaks & burgers. Beef stews. Lamb kebobs with peppers. Braised Lamb Shanks. Grilled vegetables. Mushroom Stroganoff. Winery Website: In Situ
Murphy-Goode Homefront Red 2011 | California
Enjoy a marvelous wine and donate to a good cause! “Homefront Red is a delicious combination of juicy raspberry and blackberry notes balanced by notes of toasted vanilla and oak. The finish is smooth and lengthy, enticing another glass.” ~Winemaker Dave Ready. It’s a blend of predominately Syrah with Zinfandel, some Petite Sirah, and a little Merlot. A portion of the proceeds from every bottle sold will go to Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit that provides emergency and financial assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors. Enjoy with BBQ, Black Pepper Steaks. Cajun chicken. Spicy dishes. Grilled sausages. Grilled Lamb. Venison. Black olive tapenade. Lentil salad with mushrooms. Grilled Portobellos. Gruyere cheese. Winery Website: Murphy-Goode Winery

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