Monthly Archives: March 2016

March 2016 WINE CLUB selections

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

The Wine buyers (Andrew and Dale) 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
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
(totals are pre-tax)


March 2016 Selections

Protea Chenin Blanc 2014 Western Cape, South Africa
South Africa is known for its great Chenin Blanc, and this one is a stunner! Crisp and clean, nice mineralty, and a full mouthfeel, peach and melon… This was suggested as a WINE CLUB selection by Erica Crawford, who with her husband Kim, established the Kim Crawford winery. She was here showing off their Love Block wines, which are wonderful, though a little pricey for WINE CLUB. Dale and I opened a bottle and decided it would be a great choice. Mom tasted this one as well, and raved about it. (she also loved the Priorat) Anyhow, here’s what Wilfred Wong of has to say –
“A really cool wine (aka: I like this stuff), the 2014 Protea Chenin Blanc has beautiful flavors, is very fresh and drinks so nicely. I would ask the chef to make a shredded chicken salad, with romaine lettuce, pickled scallions and dressed with a light touch of sesame oil. Medium straw color; ripe honey dew aroma, appealing, medium depth; off-dry, medium acidity, well balanced; fine white peach, melon flavors; medium finish, lively aftertaste. (Tasted: June 26, 2015, San Francisco, CA)”
I would add that the slight minerality of this wine will pair wonderfully with light seafood dishes!

Bluegray Priorat 2012 Spain
I saw this wine on a list and thought to give it a try, as this is in a very attractive price range for a Priorat blend. It’s 45% Garnacha, 30% Mazuelo, and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. Mazuelo is also used in Rioja blends and is genetically identical to Carignan, which is grown widely throughout Europe and primarily used as a blending grape.
This wine is a big dark inky thing, clean dark fruit, nicely complex, definitely old world, clean and well balanced with nice acidity and tannins. It’s relatively high in alcohol at %15, and it shows up in the glass as an asset to this wine.
I’d have this wine with grilled or smoked meats, lamb shish kebab, even a heavy roast if you choose to age the Bluegray for a couple of years. A little char would match the intensity of this wine quite well, this wine will heighten the effect of any hot pepper you use.

I found a couple consumer reviews on this Priorat:

“This one opens quickly. Lovely garnet color with ruby tips.
Nose of blackberry and tobacco with a dark chocolate fade.
Opening of black fruits favoring blackberry and plums with French oak, slate and leather.
Medium bodied, above average acidity with a lovely complex tannin that emerges quickly but lingers long.”

“drinks above the price tag, stewed berry and earth on the nose, soft entry, powerful as it crosses the palate, raspberry, plum, smoke and cassis flavors, a heavy dose of tannin, the finish is long, had with a beefy stew, a structured, strong performing wine for the price, excellent value”

Wines of Provence and the Rhône valley w/ Jean-Pierre Chambas, Friday March 18th, 7pm


Wines of Provence and the Rhône Valley
with Jean-Pierre Chambas, Aleph Wines

Friday Evening, March 18, 2016, 7 pm. At Wine World. $20 paid reservation
We love Provence and Rhône wines, white, rosé, and red, and we look forward to a wonderful evening sharing with you an outstanding selection of these captivating French wines. Our good friend Jean-Pierre Chambas will lead us on this wine exploration. We’ll discuss the grapes and their aromas and flavors, the landscape and terroir, vintages, and many other topics as Jean-Pierre shares with us his intimate knowledge of the region. Jean-Pierre is a great speaker and the wines are wonderful. Nine wines will be tasted.
You don’t want to miss any seminar by Jean-Pierre, especially the Rhone Valley an area of his special enthusiasm, experience and expertise. These are some of or very favorite wines, favorite producers–highest quality in the Rhone Valley. Special prices will be offered to attendees.
Terriific wines, terrific speaker. Reserve now.

The Wines
Roquesante, Rose de Provence 2014
Domaine Houchart, Côtes du Provence Blanc 2014
Domaine Houchart, Côtes du Provence Rouge 2013
Domaine du Vieux Lazaret Côtes du Ventoux 2013
Chateau du Trignon Côtes du Rhone Blanc, Rousanne 2014
Chateau du Trignon Vacqueyras 2010
Chateau du Trignon Gigondas 2010
Guigal Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2011
Les-Combes d’Arnevel Chateauneuf du Pape, 2011

Accompanied by cheese, bread, and tasty tidbits.
$ 20 paid reservation. $ 25 at the door, if space is available.
Space is limited.
Call or come by to reserve now and save your place!
Wine World
133 Georgia Ave.
North Augusta, SC 29841

First Friday March 4th Drop-In Tasting 5-8pm

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!


Ironstone, Pinot Grigio, Lodi, California, 2014 $11.99
Exotic floral notes. Flavors of green and red apples perfumed with a touch of citrus. Serve with mild cheeses, sole meuniere or sautéed shrimp.

Meiomi, Chardonnay, California, 2013 $14.99
Bright, enticing layers of tropical fruit, aromas of brown sugar, honey, and butterscotch. Notes of mango and citrus zest enhance the complex palate. The lush, creamy mouthfeel. Grilled Sea Bass, Chicken Curry with Coconut milk, Crab cakes. Game Hens in Lobster sauce.

Sauvion, Vouvray, Loire, France, 2014 $13.99
Acacia, wallflowers, verbena. Lively and punchy in the palate with a honey-noted finish.
Wonderful aperitif or with desserts, and fruit.

Scaia, Corvina, Colognola, Italy, 2013 $14.99
Flowery notes of red rose and sweet violet, silky with hints of wild black cherry. Flavoursome and fresh blackcurrant and raspberry. Sausage Risotto, Bean Soup, gnocchi.

Line 39, Merlot, California, 2013 $11.99
Aromas and flavors of cherry, ripe plum and hints of roasted coffee on the palate. Bright and juicy. Spice-dusted roasted duck served with charred vegetables.

Clayhouse, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, Calif, 2013 $11.99
Dark ruby red color. Aromas of ripe black cherry, cedar, tobacco, sweet tar, vanilla bean, and a hint of bell pepper. black current and bing cherry fruit flavors as well as a hint of cracked black pepper. Pairs well black pepper crusted ribeye steaks.