Our wine tonight is the Classic Rosé 2018 from Chateau Pigoudet located in the mountains of Provence, extreme Northeast quadrant of Coteaux d’ Aix.
Blend of 35% Grenache, 35% Cinsault, 15% Cabernet, 10% Syrah, and 5% Ugni Blanc.
Pale copper in color. Strawberry, citrus, and hints of mineral on the nose. Crisp with a medium-light mouthfeel, exceptional structure and balanced acidity. Dry on the palate with notes of green melons, peaches and cream, apricots, orange zest, tangerine, and lemon-lime.
Our wine tonight is the Baby Doll Legs from The Cottage Vineyard and Winery in Cleveland, Georgia.
Rosé of Blanc du Bois
Blanc du Bois is a Hybrid grape cultivar developed at the University of Florida.
Blanc du Bois wines can be difficult to achieve a commercially acceptable clarity and is therefore often used in blends. We suspect this wine was lightly blended with small percentages of estate grown Syrah and Merlot.
Brownish orange in color. Shows long thick legs legs more expected of a red wine.
Aromas of pink lemonade, orange, lemon zest, and honeysuckle.
Semi-sweet with a moderate mouthfeel, notes of citrus explode prominently on the palate, pink grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pink lemonade, and finishing with a subtle woodsy tone and hints of vanilla ice cream and can pears.
Produced under the consultation of iconic North Georgia winemaker Joe Smith. Nathan Beasley is the assistant winemaker learning as an apprentice under Joe’s tutelage.
The Cottage Vineyard and Winery sits atop a North Georgia mountain offering stunning views.
Our wine tonight is the Bearly Sweet Rosé from Serenity Cellars in North Georgia.
Blend of estate grown Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon combined with Traminette.
Nose of strawberries, freshly sliced strawberries! A little cinnamon, tart cherries, cedar, and spice.
Light copper in color with orange hues.
Semi-sweet and medium bodied on the palate with notes of strawberries, raspberries, sweet cherries, and cloves, and most definitely cream soda on the finish with hints of blood orange.
Labeled as table wine with no ABV. Therefore by law this wine can range between 7 and 14 percent ABV. We estimate approximately 11% ABV.
$25 a bottle.
Owner and Winemaker Joe Smith is one of the more established winemakers in the North Georgia wine region. Joe continues to assist as the winemaker for several other North Georgia wineries. He is well respected in the region and has up and coming winemakers learning as apprentice under his tutelage.
While scrolling back through our pictures of 2019, found some really interesting wines which we never wrote about. Our goal remains to promote locally produced, yet certainly that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy other wines from around the world. In fact, we feel tasting other wines from around the globe helps us to understand, judge, and appreciate locally produced wines.
We go regularly to our local wine bar, Bond Street Wines in Spartanburg, South Carolina where proprietor Jeff House shares and teaches about unique wines from around the word. Jeff is one of the most knowledgeable wine people we have encountered. He has a penchant for sharing unique, small batch, affordable and amazing wines with interesting back stories.A tasting at the wine bar generally consist of whites and reds which normally share a general characteristic, such region, varietal, or wine maker.
This one, vinhas Atlas, while a nice fruit forward flavor, was crystal clear, not sure that’s a good thing though….it’s wine not water.
This mead we tried at Savannah Bee Company in Myrtle Beach. Our niece gifted us this rosé in a lighthouse shaped bottle.
Pinot Nero is Jenni’s “regular” at our favorite local Italian restaurant, Renato’s downtown Spartanburg. Pinot Noir fermented without skin contact to produce a full bodied white!
A nicely aged bold red likewise makes us smile!
Wine is such a great field to study. There exist so many different varietals and different wine regions along with different wine making techniques. There is really only one way to learn, and that is to drink it! Cheers!