Monthly Archives: May 2018

“Exploring Japanese Sake” Wine Tasting Seminar, Wednesday June 6th 7pm

Space is Limited Sign up now!
Stop by Wine World 133 Georgia Ave. North Augusta, SC
or Call us at 803 279 9522 to reserve your space.
Only $25/person ($18 for WINE CLUB Members)
Attendees will be offered special prices when ordering these wines.
Pre-Paid reservation is required to save your place.
The Seminar will begin promptly at 7pm

with Alexis Abu South East/South Central Regional Manager for Joto Sake

Many people love sake but find it intimidating and indecipherable. Joto’s mission is to serve as a bridge between Japanese artisanal sake and the American market. They aim to bring the world of artisanal sake to life without “dumbing it down,” “Americanizing” it.

Joto is Japanese for “highest level” and describes the makers of our sake and our aspirations as their importer. They are the exclusive importer for multi-generational, family-owned breweries whom they identify and approach after trying their sake in Japan and reading about their brands in Japanese food and beverage publications. Our jizake (local) breweries are located throughout Japan, producing sake in small batches with locally-raised indigenous rice varieties, offering flavors and styles ideal for a range of cuisines. Our passion for breweries that have rich and wonderful histories makes them fun to learn about and explore.

The Wines:
One Cup “Graffiti Cup” Honjozo
Eiko Fuji Ban Ryu Honjozo
Joto Junmai
Shichi Hon Yari Junmai
Maboroshi “Mystery” Junmai Ginjo
Yuki No Bosha Junmai Ginjo
Joto Daiginjo
Joto Junmai Nigori
Hou Hou Shu Sparkling
Joto Yuzu


First Friday June 1st Drop-In Wine Tasting 5-8pm

Come taste some wines with us!
Drop-in anytime between 5 and 8pm.
Only $5, with a $2 rebate if you buy a featured bottle!
133 Georgia Ave. North Augusta, SC 29841

Wine World Wines, First Friday, June 1st, 2018:

Domaine La Taste Blanc 2016 Gascogne France
60% Colombard, 20% Ugni Blanc, 11% Gros Manseng and 9% Sauvignon Blanc. In the glass, the wine is a light gold with green highlights. Aromas of ripe grapefruit, white peach and white flowers explode from the glass in a concentrated, inviting manner, accented with a subtle, mineral earthiness. The first sip of this wine displays an intensity of flavor that is eye-opening. There is a beautiful texture to the wine and a subtle note of honey that adds to its complexity. A fresh, vibrant acidity washes across the palate and leads to a zesty finish that calls you back for more. Enjoy with a tomato and watermelon salad, zucchini pancakes or quinoa-stuffed peppers.

Les Bremailles Pineau d’Aunis Rose 2017 Touraine, Loire Valley, France
100% Pineau d’Aunis
Formerly called Chenin Noir, Pineau d’Aunis is the oldest grape of the Loire Valley. On the nose, it develops a nice bouquet of fresh fruit slightly peppered. On the palate, it is a supple, slightly acidic wine, the ultimate summer wine. It can be enjoyed as an aperitif, with your appetizers, fruit-based desserts and exotic dishes.

Clean Slate Riesling 2016 Mosel Germany
The fresh, balanced taste of clean slate is achieved by carefully selecting grapes from vineyards throughout the Mosel. The steep blue slate slopes of the Lower Mosel give the wine its minerality while the Middle Mosel provides a hint of spice to complement the characteristics fresh peach flavors of the Upper Mosel. The result is a clean, fresh flavor that is delicious with food and perfect to share with friends.
Pairs beautifully with spicy cuisines, Asian, Tex-Mex, Indian and sushi.

Castello Del Trebbio Chianti Superiore 2016 Rufina, Chianti, Italy
Sangiovese 85% Canaiolo + Canaiolo + Ciliegiolo 15%
Chianti, Tuscany, Italy- Vibrant fruit complements the floral bouquet of this wine, made, like all Chiantis, primarily from the Sangiovese grape. A hint of flowers on top of red cherry and herbs with flavors of ripe cherry, raspberry, chocolate and spice leading to nice tannins and a solid finish.
Serve this wine with hamburgers, Tuscan Crostini, Cold Cuts, Roasted Meats.

Bodega Casir Dos Santos Cab 2017 Mendoza Argentina
Lovely deep red color, with ripe blackberry fruit. The spiciness of the nose is echoed on the palate and combines well with juicy red fruit flavors. Well integrated oak and fine tannins ensures a long and classic finish. Red meat, pasta, lamb.

Cline Ancient Vines Mourvedre 2015 Contra Costa County, California
Ancient Vines Mourvèdre offers distinct chocolate characteristics, luscious deep plum, and concentrated cherry. This scrumptious and unusually delightful wine has a substantial mouth-feel followed by soft tannins. grilled
lamb or pork, sautéed asparagus and curried deviled eggs.

Third Thursday May 17th Drop-In Wine Tasting 5-8pm

Come taste some wines with us!
Drop-in anytime between 5 and 8pm.
Only $5, with a $2 rebate if you buy a featured bottle!
133 Georgia Ave. North Augusta, SC 29841

Wine World Wines, First Friday, May 17th, 2018:

Laurent Miquel Cinsault Syrah Rose 2017 Pays d’Oc France
70% Cinsault, 30% Syrah
Characterized by a beautiful pale pink robe, this Cinsault Syrah epitomizes the best of southern French rosés with fruit-forward flavours and perfect balance. The Cinsault adds a fresh, smooth texture to the blend and the Syrah reveals delicious red fruit flavours with a dramatic colour. Delicious on its own or with salads, cold meats, chicken dishes and barbecues. You can even try it with shellfish or light spicy foods!

Chamisal Stainless Chardonnay 2015 Edna Valley Central Coast California
Tropical notes of juicy Satsuma, ripe kiwi and mango are highlighted by aromas of candied lemon peel, apple blossom and refreshing minerality. The palate supports the nose, revealing the Stainless winemaking with its round, weighty mouthfeel. Crisp acidity and flavors of white nectarine, papaya and key lime pie round out the clean, lingering finish. Baked whitefish, Grilled Tarragon Chicken.

Gouguenheim Valle Escondido Torrontes 2016 Mendoza Argentina
Bright approachable nose of honeysuckle, canned peaches, Asian pear, vanilla bean, slight geranium. Light bodied, almost airy, but with reasonably strong pear, lemon, tangerine, peach, and cantaloupe notes. Mildly saline and perfumed, with gentle acidity and some minerals. Geranium floral elements more prominent in the finish than on the nose.

Enrique Mendoza La Tremenda Monastrell 2016 Alicante Spain
Bright ruby-red in color, this wine shows expressive notes of fresh black cherries and red berries mingled with hints of sweet spice, toast and cocoa. On the palate, this accessible red shows silky texture, liveliness and long length. Pair it with pork chops, Kobe beef, or parmesan-crusted asparagus tips. Wine Advocate 92pts

Tormentoso Old Vine Cinsault 2015 Paarl South Africa
A ruby-red Cinsaut showing faint spice, cinnamon and red cherries on the nose, followed through by strawberries and cream on the palate. This juicy wine with silky berry-fruit flavours is backed by earthy, cigar-box-aromas and soft oak tannins. Will pair nicely with a wide range of dishes; try with margherita pizza, seafood pasta, cottage pie and spareribs.

Zin-phomaniac Old Vine Reserve Zinfandel 2012 Sonoma, California
The grapes for this old-vine wine come from various appellations within Sonoma, including Dry Creek and Sonoma Valley. The Zin is blended with mixed blacks and Mourvèdre. Aromas of tobacco, cola, plum and clove. Wild raspberry, plum, cherry and molasses flavors are complemented by white pepper, anise and clove flavors on the spicy lingering finish.

“California Family Values” Wine Tasting Seminar, Saturday May 19th 7pm

Saturday, May 19th, 7pm
Space is Limited Sign up now!
Stop by Wine World 133 Georgia Ave. North Augusta, SC
or Call us at 803 279 9522 to reserve your space.
Only $30/person ($20 for WINE CLUB Members)
All Attendees will receive their own Riedel wine glass!
Attendees will be offered special prices when ordering these wines.
Pre-Paid reservation is required to save your place.

with Kristin Lowe, Grace Reynolds, and Caroline Taylor of Republic National Distributing Company

California Family Values means Great Wine! We’ll taste ten high-end wines from several iconic family owned California wineries. We’ve decided to up our Glassware game for this seminar. You’ll get your very own Riedel glass to use during the event and take home with you!

The Wines:

Twomey Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Talbott Kali Heart Chardonnay 2016

St. Supery Rose 2016

Fel Pinot Noir 2014

Seghesio Sangiovese 2013

Plumpjack Merlot 2014

Round Pond Kith and Kin 2016

Klinker Brick Syrah 2014

Odette Adaptation Cabernet 2014

Cliff Lede Stag’s Leap Cabernet 2014

Space is Limited Sign up now!
Stop by Wine World 133 Georgia Ave. North Augusta, SC
or Call us at 803 279 9522 to reserve your space.
Only $30/person ($20 for WINE CLUB Members)
Attendees will be offered special prices when ordering these wines.
Pre-Paid reservation is required to save your place.
The Seminar will begin promptly at 7pm

BIG SALE, end of bins, Wine and Beer, Thursday May 10th through Saturday May 12th, 10am-7pm

End of Bins SALE!
Wine and Beer
Thursday May 10th
through Saturday May 12th
15% to 30% off many wines
Deeper discounts on some items!

We’ve added several wines and beers to the SALE room.
We’ll taste a bunch of the wines on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday!

Drop by the shop, see what’s open to taste, and grab some deals from the front room!

Wine World 133 Georgia Ave. North Augusta, SC
803 279 9522

WINE CLUB! selections, May 2018

Join WINE CLUB Today!
call (803) 279 9522
(see below for pricing and perks)

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, and the longer you sign up for, the better the deal! Our goal is to show excellent wines in a wide range of styles. We only choose wines we have tasted and loved. We don’t base our choices on ratings. (Although we’ll often include them, for your reference, in the write-up)

I hope everyone is enjoying the odd varietals, we have great fun with them. A customer came in yesterday, and was doing the Wine Century challenge with the goal of tasting at least 100 specific varietals. We’ve gotten her about half way there with some fairly obscure grapes, and will be trying to find the rest. This months red, a Pais, (aka “Mission”) wasn’t even on the list!

Illahe Vineyards and Winery, Viognier 2016 Willamette Valley, Oregon 20.99

We love Viognier at Wine World. The varietal is best known for its use in the Rhone valley as part of the white blend, and with many of the reds. In small percentages adds a little viscosity, some floral notes, and, believe it or not, color. (I’m told that there is a reaction between the Viognier and the reds that intensifies the color!)

Illahe is proud to produce their wines as naturally and sustainably as possible. They do not even irrigate their mature plants, and use a team of Percheron Draft horses to mow and to bring the grapes to the winery during harvest. This is an amazing value considering that this wine is hand picked and hand sorted, and you’d be hard pressed to find a Willamette Valley Viognier of this quality at such a reasonable price. (though it says on the bottle these grapes were gently pressed, Ha! See what I did there?)

This wine really tastes natural, bright, fresh, and clean with just a hint of sweetness. Crisp gala apple flavors and a touch of honey, maybe slightly under ripe pear. This will be delicious with greek yogurt, blended with a little honey and mixed with fruit.

Here’s what the winery has to say:
“The 2016 Illahe Viognier leaps from the glass with expressive stone fruit, and floral aromas of apricot, tangerine, honey blossom and wet stone. The palate is layered with peach compote, banana peel, and lavender with a touch of peppercorn. Mouth-watering acidity and an off-dry palate makes this wine a crowd pleaser.”

Bouchon Family Wines, País Salvaje 2016 Maule Valley, Chile 23.99

Now in the fourth generation of winemaking, the Bouchon family began their Chilean adventure when Emile Bouchon, in 1887, at the age of 22, was hired as a wine consultant for the Vigouroux Vineyard.

Pais, (also known as “Mission”) was the first European grape varietal planted in the New World. It was brought by missionaries from Spain and was used to make sacramental wine. It’s hardy, loves hot and dry climates, and is resistant to drought. Eventually it was displaced throughout most of the Americas in favor of varietals considered more desirable.

In Chile these vines grow up the trees and drape themselves over the foliage, requiring the pickers to use ladders during the harvest. The grapes used to make this wine are grown on vines that are an average of 120 years old. There is no oak used, all naturally occurring yeast, and the juice is unfiltered.

I love translucent light garnet color of this wine in the glass. To my nose Salvaje smells and tastes a bit like an old-school pinot noir. It has the cleanliness and brightness of a lighter burgundy, spicy raspberry and cherry with a touch of barnyard and a hint of smoke to ground the wine and give it a delightful bit of complexity that lingers. It just keeps getting better and better!

This wine screams “Afternoon Barbecue”… Throw some Italian sausage and mixed veggies on the grill, put a slight chill on the bottle and you’ll be good to go. On their website Buchon suggests: “An ideal wine to accompany Chilean dishes, such as empanadas, prietas and huaso rolls.”

Ok I’m getting hungry now, time for lunch!

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 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

First Friday May 4th Drop-In Wine Tasting 5-8pm

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

Come taste some wines with us!
Drop-in anytime between 5 and 8pm.
Only $5, with a $2 rebate if you buy a featured bottle!
133 Georgia Ave. North Augusta, SC 29841

Wine World Wines, Friday, May 4th 2018:

Charles Smith Wines, Band of Roses 2017 Washington State
Brand new from Charles Smith 100% Pinot Gris “A Very cool wine. Pure, vibrant, fresh, penetrating perfume giving way to lilac, guava, tangerine, and passion fruit. Delivered on a silky palate, this rosé has got the beat!”

Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Marlborough, New Zealand
Succulent, fleshy peach and nectarine flavors are accented by Key lime, mango and ruby grapefruit notes. Shows nice intensity on the long, expressive finish. Lemon and Prawn Risotto, Fresh Fish, or a Cheese Platter.
90pts Wine Spectator

Robertson Special Late Harvest Gewürztraminer 2016 Western Cape, South Africa
Full bodied wine with honeysuckle and rose petals in bouquet. Rich and smooth with beautifully balanced sugar and acid give an extra interest by a touch of honeyed botrytis. Ideal with fresh fruit based desserts and mild soft cheeses.

Babylonstoren Babel 2015 Western Cape, South Africa
39% Shiraz. 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. 10% Malbec 6- 6 % Petit Verdot
This dry, full-bodied red wine is a fusion of blackcurrant and spice with a hint of chocolate, with sweet tobacco and fynbos on the nose. Perfect for rack of lamb and a good piece of beef.

Masi Campofiorin 2014 Veneto, Italy
Blend: 70% Corvina, 25% Rondinella and 5% Molinara
With an intense, ruby-red color and violet traces, the wine shows generous, ripe aromas of plum and cherry jam, with hints of spice. Bold and rich flavors of bitter cherries and berry fruits stand out on the palate, with good acidity, balance and velvety tannins.
This very versatile wine is perfect with many different foods, including pasta with rich meat- or mushroom-based sauces, grilled or roasted red meats, game and mature cheeses.
90pts Wine Enthusiast

Terra D’Oro Petite Sirah 2015 Amador County, California
The color is almost black, with lots of dark berry and black pepper aromas. Flavors are of pepper, meat and boysenberries. Bold and spicy with mineral details and refined tannins. A dark and opulent aubergine color in the glass, the wine has a powerful nose of sweet oak vanillin and bright, juicy fruit. The palate is focused with crisp and captivating flavors of ripe blueberry and jammy blackberry cobbler, with a warm oaky spice note on the finish. For a delightful and mouth-watering pairing, serve this wine with roast tenderloin of wild Boar, or baked root vegetable lasagna. Tannins make the mouthfeel thick and layered. A lingering finish attests to its considerable concentration.
91pts Wine Enthusiast