[scrollGallery id=607]I t was another great Third Thursday tasting at Wine World. Six wines and some wonderful cheeses were presented.

As usual, all the wines were crowd-pleasers. But in anticipation of the warm summer months ahead, the whites seemed particularly good this time. All three were fun, easy-drinking wine, but each showed some character. And at prices ranging from $10.99 to $13.99, they are the kinds of wines you could pop open after work any night of the week and not feel guilty.

Here’s the list.

Trying the first white wine.
Trying the first white wine.

Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC


When: Thursday, May 16, 2013, 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. Valis de Salis Viognier 2011
  2. Donati “Sorrelle per Simpre” Chardonnay,
  3. Casillero del Diablo Coastal White 2011
  4. Primal Roots Red Blend 2010
  5. Alba Liza Tempranillo/Garnacha 2009
  6. Cryptic Red Blend 2011
Dick Benjamin serves the white wines.
Dick Benjamin serves the white wines.

Here are the detailed wine notes:

Valis de Salis Viognier 2011

This Viognier delivers lovely peach, orange, apricot and honeysuckle aromas and flavors, a creamy texture, and a slight mineral note at the end. There’s a lively contrast between the ripe fruit and the tangy acid in the finish. Delicious aperitif. Excellent match to salads and lighter dishes. It is dry yet it goes well with salad dressings and with exotic cuisines. A wonderful warm-weather wine.

From: Vin de Pays d’Oc, France

Winery: Valis de Salis

Year: 2011

Donati “Sorrelle per Simpre” Chardonnay,

The name means “Sisters Forever”. An un-oaked Chardonnay sustainably farmed from Central Coast vineyards and fermented in stainless steel. Tropical fruit aromas lead to flavors of Meyer lemon, peach, and grapefruit.  It is creamy on the palate, yet finishes crisp and bright. Chicken in creamy sauce. Grilled chicken. Seafood. Pork.

From: Central Coast, California

Winery: Donati

Casillero del Diablo Coastal White 2011

A blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Moscato. Fresh fruit upfront on the nose, followed by a luscious floral perfume. Pineapple, ripe peaches and orange blossom dominate the fruit character. “Soft, sweet notes from the Moscato are instantly apparent on the palate, complimented by a bright, clean acidity from the Chardonnay.  Friendly and refreshing with lingering fruit flavors, for a long satisfying finish. This is an ideal pairing for fresh summer salads with fruit, poultry and seafood, or alone as an aperitif.”–From their Website

From: Central Valley, Chile

Winery: Casillero del Diablo

Year: 2011

Primal Roots Red Blend 2010

Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel artfully blended to create a smooth, full bodied, sensual wine. Aromas of mocha, vanilla and spice give way to a silky texture and rich flavors of raspberries and chocolate. Low in tannins, rich in mouthfeel. Simple but enjoyable. Try with a slow cooked pork shoulder. Barbeque. Burgers.

From: California

Winery: Primal Roots

Year: 2010

Alba Liza Tempranillo/Garnacha 2009

A big, beautiful favorite good value among our many good value Spanish wines. Aromas of blackberry and blueberry. Black fruit flavors with hints of anise and coffee. Medium bodied with easy tannins and a lingering finish. Try it with a pan fried New York strip. Manchego cheese. Eggplant casserole with Parmesan.

From: Tierra de Castillo, Spain

Winery: Alba Liza

Year: 2009

Cryptic Red Blend 2011

“Very dark ruby color; red plum, light spice nose; juicy, tart plum, red plum, tart berry, ripe currant, mocha palate; medium finish (44% Zinfandel, 24% Petite Sirah, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 9% other red varieties). The zinfandel component is brimming with brambly, intense red berry flavors. Inky, intense Petite Sirah provides depth and color and concentration, while elegantly structured, silky Cabernet Sauvignon adds polish and complexity.” Grilled meats and stir-fried veggies. Lamb kebobs.

From: California

Winery: Cryptic Wines

Year: 2011


Write A Comment

Pin It