G et ready for the holidays. Take a break from Black Friday shipping. Roger had a nice little tasting to see what’s out there.
Where: Vineyard Wine Market (map), 4414 Evans to Lock Road, Evans, GA. (706) 922-9463

When: Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, 4:30-6:30PM. Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, 3 to 6 pm.
Cost: $8
Here are the wines presented (click to see more):

  1. Chloe Prosecco
  2. Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc
  3. Chapoutier Bila-Haut
  4. Torremoron Tempranillo
  5. Columbia Crest Grand Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
  6. Graham’s “Six Grapes” Port

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Chloe Prosecco | Italy
Sourced from the Prosecco DOC, Chloe Prosecco defines the elegant sparkling style for which this captivating area is known. This wine is bursting with fresh fruit and fine bubbles, with notes of peach, green apple, citrus and white flowers on the nose and palate. It is light straw yellow in color with greenish hues. Opulent yet balanced with elegant acidity, this wine offers a crisp finish with a hint of minerality, revealing the proximity to the mountains and calcareous soils where the grapes are grown.–From their Website Cost: $11.99
Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc | New Zealand
A serious, concentrated and expressive wine, Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc flaunts a powerful bouquet of tropical fruits layered with grapefruit and melon. The wine is crisp, balanced and elegant with a distinctive mineral note that holds up well to rich, spicy foods. Website Cost: $14.99
Chapoutier Bila-Haut | France
Grenache 65%, Syrah 35%. The colour is garnet-red, very steady, deep and brilliant with purple lights. The nose is open, expressive and complex with aromas of very ripe black fruits (elderberry, blackberry), some spicy scents (pepper, Garrigue). On the palate: great attack, tight but silky tannins. One notices a dominance of spicy scents, a lot of richness, a good length and a very ethereal final.–From their Website Cost: $14.99
Torremoron Tempranillo | Spain
A wine made from Tinto Fino (Temparillo) old vines situated in Quinanmanvirgo and surrounding areas, with an intense red cherry color and violet tinges reflecting its age. Aromas of mature fruit blend perfectly with an mature aging on mineral background. Balanced, meaty and powerful to the taste.–From their Website Cost: $12.99
Columbia Crest Grand Estate Cabernet Sauvignon | Columbia Valley, Washington
Elegant smoky tones lead to notes of currant, dried herbs and hints of pepper. The supple texture is complemented by flavors of cedar and dark fruits.
Website Cost: $11.99
Graham’s “Six Grapes” Port | Portugal
Six grapes is one of the iconic brands of the Port trade.
One of the distinct features of Port production in Portugal is the geographical separation of the vineyards and wineries from the ageing cellars, so that wines have to be transported in barrel some sixty miles downriver to the coast to begin their barrel ageing process in the cooler climate of the Atlantic seaboard. Originally this journey was made in heavily loaded flat-bottomed ‘barco rabelo’ boats.
In order to identify the different grades of wine leaving the Douro, the barrels would typically be marked with coded symbols describing the type of wine they contained. When the barrels were received in Porto, the requisite symbol and quantity would be entered into large ledgers known as ‘lot books’. Graham’s adopted its own set of codes, with geometric symbols, letters and other designs describing the style of the maturing wines and the final blends ready for shipment to overseas customers. But the very best wines from the very best vineyards, of a quality that could possibly be considered as candidates for a bottling as Graham’s Vintage Port, were designated ‘Six Grapes’, being the highest of six possible classifications depicted by the appropriate number of grape bunches.–From their Website Cost: $23.99

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