Monthly Archives: February 2016

February 2016 WINE CLUB Selections

“The first rule of WINE CLUB is… ALWAYS talk about  WINE CLUB!”

The Wine buyers pick two wines each month for you that we love, one white (or rose, or bubbly) and one red each the total value of which will exceed $40
If you sign up by before the end of the month, you can start with our January 2016 selections!
Come by the shop to sign up, or give us a call at 803.279.9522

3 months $40/month = $120 and you get a Riedel glass
6 months $36/month = $216 and you get two Riedel glasses
12 months $32/month = $384 and you get four Riedel glasses
(these totals are pre-tax)

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Cooper Hill Pinot Gris 2013
At Wine World representatives from our various distributors drop by throughout the week and bring wine to taste. When Dale and I tasted this Pinot Gris we both loved it immediately and ordered a few bottles, funny thing though, we already had it! Same vintage! (Dale must have tasted it already and bought some, before I came back to Wine World) Pinot Gris is the same grape as Pinot Grigio, but has a very different expression in Oregon. To my pallet this 2013 Pinot Gris has a wonderful delicate floral complexity, great for sipping or with lighter dishes, especially with a little spice and acidity maybe a thai-style squid or shrimp salad, a simple steamed whitefish on a bed of gently sauteed cabbage and mushrooms, seared scallops with garlic butter sauce and pasta, or how about chili lime chicken kabobs?
Here’s what Cooper Hill says about this wine:
Bright and aromatic.
This crisp Pinot Gris is loaded with pear, melon and peach that explode on the palate.
Made with Organic and Biodynamic grapes
(which means a great deal of care was taken in getting the best fruit possible!)

Stag’s Leap Hands of Time Red Blend 2012
This is essentially a Napa Valley Bourdeaux-style blend 57% Cabernet Sauvignon and 43% Merlot. We were impressed by the generous complexity of this wine. 2012 is a stellar vintage for California in general, this wine drinks wonderfully now, but promises to age nicely with full fruit, nice acidity and full, but silky tannins. Stag’s Leap is a well known producer of quality Napa wines, and Hands of Time is no exception.
Here’s what the winery says about the name: “Along a shady walkway on the tranquil grounds of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars one comes across a succession of limestone plaques, each bearing a handprint. These handprints comprise the Hands of Time exhibit, an enduring tribute to the many people who contributed to the winery’s
history over the years and who have gone on to become celebrated winemakers and viticulturists in their own right. With a tradition of mentoring that dates back to our founding in 1970, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars has been a springboard for many a storied winemaker’s career. This wine is a tribute to our alumni whose unwavering vision of crafting elegant and balanced wines has been passed down from teacher to student, and through the hands of time.
Pair with grilled skirt steak, roast duck, pork tacos

Third Thursday Feb. 18th Drop-In Wine Tasting!


Drop-In anytime between 5 and 8pm
Taste 6 wines (3 whites, 3 reds)
only $5 and you get a $3 rebate if you buy one of the featured wines!

Pine Ridge, Chenin Blanc+Viognier, Calif, 2014 $14.99
Aromas, fresh lemon, juicy honeydew, and sweet mango. Palate is crisp, mouth-watering, luscious papaya, yellow pear and ruby grapefruit. Thai curry, a sushi dish, spicy tuna roll.

Murphy-Goode, Sauvignon Blanc, North Coast, Calif, 2014 $11.99
Bright citrus and lush tropical fruit aromas. Flavors of white peach and honeydew. Touch of oak intriguing “fume” personality. oysters, coconut shrimp, pad thai.

Centine Rosé Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese Toscana Italy 2014 $10.99
Very aromatic. hints of woodland berries. rich berry flavors long crisp, clean finish. ideal as an aperitif. pairs perfectly with fish, poultry and young, mild cheeses.

Fuego, Garnacha, Calatayud, Spain, 2013 $10.99
80-90 year old vines. Fruit-bomb, it offers loads of strawberry and cherry fruit intermixed with hints of earth, spice and pepper, silky tannins, and a medium-bodied, delicious, savory mouthfeel. Pizza, rabbit, braised lamb shanks, goulash.

Portillo, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2014 $9.99
Fruit of dense blackberries and blueberries, sour cherry and a floral character offset by peppery spice, cloves. Pairs well with red meats, roasted poultry, Mexican, Cajun, Indian and Italian.

Temptation, Zinfandel, Sonoma, California, 2012 $13.99
Aromas of dark fruits with plum and red cherry, spice and vanilla. Jammy ripe flavors of cherry, black plums, black pepper, strawberries. Eggplant with sausage in zinfandel sauce,
Tex-Mex, BBQ Brisket, Sticky Baby Back Ribs.

Attack of the Clones Seminar, Redux! Fri. Feb 26th 7pm


Attack of the Clones, Redux!
Wine Tasting Seminar
February 26, 2016, Friday, 7 pm
at Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave, North Augusta.
with Michael Simmons, Ben Arnold

“Do not let the name of this seminar fool you, this is serious stuff.  While we might not be traveling to a galaxy far, far away, we will definitely be taking a journey into the exciting world of clonal variations.  What is a clone?  Why is it important? After a lot of reading, a lot of drinking, and a few conversations with some of today’s best wine makers, I have the answers.
Trust me, these are the wines you are looking for.” – Michael Simmons
Michael Simmons will look in depth at the clonal aspects of these exceptional wines. We’ll take a break for yummy snacks halfway through the tasting, and we will offer a discounted price on the featured wines of the evening.
Reserve now. Space is limited. $25 per person
Call or Come by the shop!803-279-9522

Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs 2012
Matchbook “Musque” Chardonnay 2012
Cambria Clone IV Chardonnay 2014
Galerie Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Cambria Clone IV Pinot Noir 2014
Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir 2012
Silverado Merlot 2011
Ernie Els Cabernet 2013
Silverado “Geo” Cabernet 2012
Michael David “Sloth” Zinfandel 2009

Bread, cheese and nibbles will be served. We will begin promptly at 7 pm and taste the wines in sequence, with comments on each wine. The tasting will last approximately 2 hours. Special prices on the wines will be offered to attendees Paid reservations are $25 per person. Reservations must be paid when they are made to save your spot. Entry at the door—if space is available—will be $30 per person.

First Friday Feb. 5th Drop-In Wine Tasting 5-8pm


Friday February 5th Drop-In between 5 and 8pm
We’ll taste 6 wines.
$5 and a $3 rebate if you buy a featured bottle.

These are the wines:

Richel, Apremont 2014. Vin de Savoie, France $13.99
100% Jacquére grape. Light & fresh, this crisp white shows floral aromas & pear flavors with full mineral notes & excellent acidity. Serve with fondue. Mountain cheese & fruit.

Manuel M. Suarez, Fatum 2014. La Mancha, Spain $11.99
80% Airen grape. Crisp & refreshing, balanced. Grilled sardines with green pepper. Chinese broccoli in oyster sauce, Garlic prawns. Herbed Pork loin. Braised Chicken thighs.

Caves de L Angevine 2014, Rosé D’Anjou. Loire, France $12.99
Soft, fruity, lovely Rosé with a faint hint of sweetness. Raspberry color. Mellow, very supple & rich, red fruit flavor. Great with chicken curry. Roast chicken, seasonal salads.

Garnet, Pinot Noir 2013. Monterey, California $14.99
Lush body and silky texture. Aromas include ripe blackberries, cherry preserves, vanilla, hazelnuts. Flavors of dark red fruits & exotic spices. Lamb Stuffed Eggplant. Pizza.

Domaine Forca Real, Mas Garrigue 2013. Languedoc, France $14.99
Grenache Noir, Carignan, Syrah. Aromatic. Ripe red fruits: cherries & raspberries & spice aspect. Round tannins. Smoked pork chops, rosemary potatoes,. Tuscan-style bean dishes.

Bonny Doon, A Proper Claret 2013. Central Coast, California $14.99
46% cabernet sauvignon, 17% merlot, 15% tannat, 13% petit verdot, 8% syrah, 1% petite sirah. Creative blend suggests black plums, roasted red-bell pepper, chocolate, cranberries. Cedar & mint notes. Leg of lamb and Yorkshire pudding. Beef steaks Braised short ribs.