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WINE CLUB! June 2017 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, and you will too. One white (or rose, or bubbly) and one red. The total value of wines will exceed $40 (usually between $45 and $50) and the longer you sign up for, the better the deal! (see below for pricing and perks) Our goal is to show excellent wines in a wide range of styles.   We only choose wines we have tasted and don’t base our choices on ratings.(Although we’ll often include them in the write-up)

WINE CLUB selections June 2017!

Murrieta’s Well The Whip White Blend 2014
Livermore Valley California

30% Sauvignon Blanc 30% Semillon 30% Chardonnay 7% Viognier 3% Muscat Canelli
A fun, unique and, beautifully complex white blend that starts with the white bourdeaux Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes, but with a good chunk of chardonnay, finished with a little viognier and muscat cannelli. The small percentages of the latter two grapes really stand out, adding floral aromatics, touches of melon, and a round, full mouthfeel. The Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc both get about two weeks of fermentation in small oak barrels. Wente is the producer, the oldest continuously-operated family-owned winery in America, now in their Fifth Generation, known as California’s First Family of Chardonnay. All of their wines are estate grown and certified sustainable. The Murrieta’s well wines are made in conjunction with winemaker Robbie Meyer, who has worked with Peter Michael Winery, Lewis Cellars, and Jericho Canyon Vineyards.

This, like a Rhone-style blend is going to go great with almost anything you’d use a white wine for. I’d reccomend Asian or Indian food especially, as the complexity of this wine will really shine when paired with complex spices!

Here’s what the winery has to say:
“The Whip 2014 is an elegant and balanced wine, fruit driven with a hint of toasty oak. While this is a Chardonnay and Semillon led style, each grape varietal has a purpose in our blend that I hand select to add elements like structure, texture, floral notes, and acidity. This unique wine showcases juicy fruit flavors of white peach, pear and melon with bright acidity and a touch of sweetness that creates a smooth and creamy finish.”

The Tasting Panel gives it 91pts:
“Six varieties combine to make this aromatic and complex wine; smooth and luscious with juicy, ripe flavors; smooth, floral and lovely; smooth, floral and lovely. ”

Bedrock Wine Company Old Vines Zinfandel 2014
Sonoma Valley, California
We love Zin at Wine World, Argentina has Malbec, Australia has Shiraz, and in the U.S. we have Zinfandel. Planted widely in California, with some old vineyards containing vines up to 150 years old. The origins of the grape were uncertain, but Zin has been genetically linked to Primitivo in Italy and Crljenak Kastelanski in Croatia, neither of which is grown in great volume today. Bedrock is owned by Morgan Twain-Peterson, son of Joel Peterson, founder of Ravenswood Winery. (remember when it was the “Rs” of Zin: Ravenswood, Ridge, Rosenblum and Renwood?) Now Morgan’s friend Chris Cottrell has joined him as a partner at the winery. I met Morgan a few weeks ago and tasted several of their wines including some of the single vineyards. All tremendous wines! We also had fun talking about how great thos old Ravenswood Single vineyard wines were, and how well they age.

Zinfandel has been our go-to Pizza wine since I was a child, the spiciness goes great with italian sausage or pepperoni, the bold fruit stands up to and melds with the tomato sauce, and the complexity of a good Zin matches to complex flavors of a good pie! We always have real grated parmesan (get it at Wine World!) and chopped green onions for topping.

Here’s what Bedrock has to say:
“Morgan and Chris like to think of this as the gateway drug to Bedrock. Beyond this, it is perhaps the most important wine they make. It is widely available, and as such, acts a bit like the winery’s business card—theywant it to carry the density, fruit, freshness, and spice that we look for in our single-vineyard wines.”

Vinous / Antonio Galloni give this wine 91pts:
“The 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel is deep, rich and luscious, with plenty of up-front fruit and tons of appeal. More of a field blend than a true Zinfandel, the 2014 is soft and forward, with expressive red-fleshed fruit, bright acidity and terrific overall balance. The Old Vine is 77% Zinfandel and a generous 23% mixed blacks. Best of all, the Old Vine Zinfandel is a fabulous value.”

Here’s the price structure of WINE CLUB:
3 months $40/month = $120 total and you also receive a FREE Riedel glass
6 months $36/month = $216 total and you also receive two FREE Riedel glasses
12 months $32/month = $384 total and you also receive four FREE Riedel glasses
All WINE CLUB members get a substantial discount on Wine Tasting Seminars  at Wine World (usually 25%)
WINE CLUB members get a 15% Case discount when you pick up your club wines, since you are picking up 2 you only need to pick 10 more wines to make it a case!

Sign Up Now!
Come by the shop, 133 Georgia Ave. North Augusta, SC 29841
or give us a call at 803.279.9522

Third Thursday, June 15th, Drop-In Wine Tasting, 5-8pm

Drop-in anytime between 5 and 8pm.
We’ll Taste 3 Whites and 3 Reds
Only $5, and a $2 rebate if you buy a featured bottle!
133 Georgia Ave. North Augusta, SC 29841

Wine World Wines, Third Thursday, June 15th 2017:

Luna Nuda, Pinot Grigio, Trentino-Alto Adige 2016
Aromatic with rich notes of green apples and pears, dry and mineral-driven, crisp flavors of apple, citrus, slate, and a touch of almonds. simply prepared fish, sushi, salads, light tapas.

Girasole, Pinot Blanc 2016
aromas of ripe green melon, honeysuckle, white peach. Bright and refreshing, straw yellow color fresh floral notes mingle with cool minerality, sweet fruit, Crisp acidity. fresh seafood or light, flavorful salads.

A by Acacia, Un-Oaked Chardonnay, California 2015
Citrus, Fuji apple and pear notes, with a hint of apple blossom and a crisp finish. sun-ripened tomato and basil bruschetta, sizzling garlic shrimp, crab cakes or hummus with warm pita. grilled chicken breasts or halibut.

Luberri, Orlegi, Rioja, Spain 2016
Vivid red. Floral and spice-accented aromas of red fruits, rose and minerals. Seductively perfumed in the mouth, with juicy raspberry and floral pastille flavors dominating. Shows clarity and spiciness on the long finish. Lasagna, Pasta Bolognese, Hearty Meat Dishes, Carnitas Tacos.

Castano, Monastrell, Yecla, Spain 2014
Unoaked, 100% Monastrell (Mourvedre) Cherry red, with violet notes. Intense fruity aroma of mature blueberries, and raspberries. A silky mouth, with good structure. Grilled vegetables, barbeque, broiled lamb chops
ST 90pts

Tormaresca, Torcicoda Primitivo, Puglia, Italy 2013
rich and ripe with notes of plums, cherries, vanilla, and chocolate, bold layers of spice and dark fruit complex structure, properly tannic but balanced and flavorful as well.
Pizza, Smoked Cured Meats, Spaghetti with Meatballs
RP 90pts