Some of the Southern Sophistication nibbles
Some of the Southern Sophistication nibbles

N ice tasting…. but forget that for now. You got to stop by for the nibbles. Suzanne Beeland, of Southern Sophistication, has presented quite the spread. All sorts of holiday favorites, some with a new twist.
Roger’s throwing a WinesGiving celebration. I stopped by Friday afternoon and immediately was attracted to the eats. But I avoided temptation and started with the wines. I can appreciate the Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc. This is a Sauvignon Blanc that is as close to what the grape can produce without oak or other influences. Dry and seductive.
The St. Christopher Gewürztraminer is a great turkey wine. A bit on the sweeter side of many Gewürztraminers I’ve served on Thanksgiving Day but I would consider this a great wine to start the meal and could treat it as a dessert at the end.
I liked the Skyline Red Blend. Not over the top but nice fruit up front. One of the “honorees” at this tasting is Beaujolais Nouveau. Which was released this past Thursday. Beaujolais Nouveau Day is marked in France on the third Thursday in November. I can say I had my Beaujolais Nouveau for the year. They will never welcome me to France now but I’ve never been a big fan of Beaujolais Nouveau. This year was better than last I think but.. enough said.
Suzanne Beeland replenishing the nibbles
Suzanne Beeland replenishing the nibbles

In between wines I had to hit Suzanne’s nibbles. There was tomato basil bruschetta, spicy cheese straws (my momma would have been jealous of these), cinnamon almonds, toffee apple dip, dill dip, turkey and dressing bites (they had some cranberry on them), garlic parmesan potatoes and my favorite (I got her recipe) Macaroni Cheese Cups. That where you make little cupcakes made of macaroni and cheese. Yum.
Stop by on Saturday if you can. She’ll be there.
Where: Vineyard Wine Market (map), 4414 Evans to Lock Road, Evans, GA. (706) 922-9463
When: Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, 4:30-6:30PM. Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, 3 to 6 pm.
Cost: $12
Here are the wines to be presented (click to see more):

  1. Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc 2015
  2. St. Christopher Gewürztraminer 2013
  3. Angeline Reserve Chardonnay 2014
  4. Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2016
  5. Thomas Henry Zinfandel 2012
  6. Skyline Red Blend 2013
  7. Tamber Bey Deux Chevaux Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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Here are the detailed wine notes:
Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc 2015 | Sancerre, France
100% Sauvignon Blanc. The vines have an average of 25-30 years. The color is pale yellow, the nose typically citrus, with a touch of sweet acidity. The mouth is full, fruity, crunchy and well balanced. Website
Cost: $19.99
St. Christopher Gewürztraminer 2013 | Rheinhessen, Germany
Creamy and aromatic with rich texture and notes of minerals, vanilla, and spice; ripe, long and mellow. Few white wines have achieved the fame that Riesling has in Germany. Its ability to produce a wide range of styles, from bone dry to lusciously sweet, in an even wider range of climates has made it the grape of Germany. Website
Cost: $9.99
Angeline Reserve Chardonnay 2014 | Santa Rosa, California
This Chardonnay has a delicious bouquet of ripe golden pear, tropical pineapple, and sweet honeydew melon, along with aromatic apple blossom, and creamy vanilla bean. The carefully chosen, lightly impactful French oak serves to convey a perceived sweetness that is perfectly balanced by the clean acidity around the edges of the palate. Although deceivingly full bodied, the wine maintains a juicy mouthfeel and a clean, concise finish. Website
Cost: $12.99
Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2016 | Beaujolais, France
Beaujolais Nouveau owes its easy drinkability to a winemaking process called carbonic maceration, also known as whole-berry fermentation. This technique preserves the fresh, fruity quality of the grapes without extracting bitter tannins from the grape skins. Website
Cost: $11.99
Thomas Henry Zinfandel 2012 | California
Brimming with ripe wild berries, as if freshly picked from a summer garden, this zinfandel is filled with sumptuous boysenberry jam coupled with firm tannins and a touch of baking spice. Website
Cost: $11.99 but now $10.99
Skyline Red Blend 2013 |
The Skyline Red Blend is a masterfully crafted red wine blended from delicious parcels of fruit from across California. Big fruit, soft tannins and ample spice make this a fantastic wine to pair with food or simply on its own. We blend the spanish grape Tempranillo (from Rioja and Ribera Del Duero) with Merlot and smaller amounts of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon to create this every day drinker. 60% Tempranillo, 29% Merlot, 9% Syrah, 2% Cabernet. Website
Cost: $17.99 but now $14.99
Tamber Bey Deux Chevaux Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 | Napa Valley, California
A deep, dark nose, with notes of cassis, blueberry, sweet vanilla, pie crust and a light smokiness. The mouthfeel is masculine, with blueberry and black stone fruit, ground coffee and tar. The finish delivers cinnamon spice, raspberry seed, turmeric and cold ash. Website
Cost: $49.99 but now $39.99

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