Some of the tasters on Friday afternoon.
Some of the tasters on Friday afternoon.

T here was a bit of wind but no rain yet from Hurricane Matthew but Roger said “Hunker down! It’s time for a Hurricane Tasting!” He appointed The Vineyard an official Wine Tasting Hurricane Shelter this weekend. After the navigating all the hurricane warnings Roger did have some nice wines including a 94 pointer.
I stopped by Friday afternoon. I was glad to see two Zins are on the tasting sheet. But one of the big draws was the recent release of Bogle’s Essentials Red for 2015. This is one of those wines you figure will be jammy but it’s really not. It features some great grapes, Old Vine Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah. It’s got fruit but they are nice and dark and not jammy. Plus he had it on sale, $9.99 instead of its usual $11.99.
It’s a good wine but I really liked the Motto Unabashed Zinfandel and the Paris Valley Red Founder’s Blend.  And as usual the nibbles were good including a horseradish white cheddar. Yum.
Roger was also having a Hurricane Sale that goes until 8PM on Monday, the 10th, with 6 to 11 bottles at 10% discount and 12 or more at 15% off. Mixing a case is no problem. And all beer is 5% off and when you buy any beer bomber, you can purchase a 6 pack of Bell’s Oberon for just $5.
Where: Vineyard Wine Market (map), 4414 Evans to Lock Road, Evans, GA. (706) 922-9463
When: Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, 4:30-6:30PM. Saturday, Oct. 8 2015, 3 to 6 pm.
Cost: $9
Here are the wines presented (click to see more):

  1. Vin D’Alsace Bouquet Printemps Pinot Blanc 2015
  2. Bogle Essentials Red 2015
  3. Paris Valley Red Founder’s Blend 2013
  4. Motto Unabashed Zinfandel 2013
  5. Cigar Zin Old Vines 2014
  6. Lafage La Narassa 2014

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Here are the detailed wine notes:
Vin D’Alsace Bouquet Printemps Pinot Blanc 2015 | France/strong>
Grapes are Auxerrois – Pinot Blanc. Clear yellow colour, brilliant, expressive nose, peach, apricot, white flowers aromas. In the mouth it is light and fresh. This wine is always dry. Website
Cost: $17.99

Bogle Essentials Red 2015 | California
This compelling blend of Old Vine Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah has created a ripe and mouthfilling wine. Richly textured fruit of dark berries and black plums is nuanced by the flavors of juniper and dried herbs. The juicy, jammy fruit is framed with spicy cedar and hints of pipe tobacco and cocoa as the American oak lingers through the aging of 12 long months. Luscious from start to finish, this wine is easy to drink, but impossible to forget. Share it with your friends tonight. Website
Cost: $9.99 (sale)
Paris Valley Red Founder’s Blend 2013 | Monterey County, California<
This wine yields aromas of bing cherry, chocolate, roasted fig, and espresso. Fine but sustained tannins hold the profile together giving way to a smooth and flowing texture. Finally, hints of black plum, pomegranate and ganache become evident on the exquisite finish. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Zinfandel, 7% Syrah, 5% Petite Sirah, 5% Merlot. Website
Cost: $14.99
Motto Unabashed Zinfandel 2013 | Sonoma, California
Dark and complex, our Zinfandel starts off with soft, leathery aromas and finishes with flavors of chocolate-covered raspberries with a hint of spice. Website
Cost: $12.99
Cigar Zin Old Vines 2014 | California
The wine is deep and alluring with aromas of white pepper spice, coffee and nutmeg. The palate is rich and voluptuous with flavors of brown spice, coffee and cocoa. The wine is balanced with a long and lingering finish. Website
Cost: $17.99
Lafage La Narassa 2014 | Côtes du Roussillon, France
94 Points. Hand harvested, cold pre-fermentation maceration, natural yeast co-fermentation in tank. 12 months in concrete (80%) and French oak demi-muids (20%). Grenache, Syrah.
Cost: $19.99


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