Weekend Wine Tasting Favorites

June 12, 2012

This weekend I went to a wine tasting at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrels Inlet, SC. Brookgreen Gardens is a beautiful historical landmark with old oak trees with Spanish moss, sculptures, ponds, a zoo, butterfly garden and more. It's huge - 9,200 sq. acres, and used to be I think four rice plantations.

The wine tasting was hosted in the Live Oak Allee with 20 wines to taste, hors d'oeuvres, and a live band. At each table there was a wine from the old world and new world to taste.


The wines:

I'm not a big Chardonnay fan, so consequently I didn't have a favorite from the Chardonnay group. Although, I have heard great things about Trefethen. Here were my favorites:

Pinot Gris from the Willamette Valley in Oregon
Tasting notes: fiji apples, gooseberries, key lime, minerals, and soft flower and apple aroma
Pairing: shellfish, seafood, light pasta
$20/bottle from winery

 Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley, Oregon
Tasting notes: Juicy red, blue and black fruits, spice and minerals
Pairing: leaner meets (chicken, lamb, etc.), earthly flavors - spices, mushrooms, peppercorn, etc.
$35/bottle from winery

Cabernet Sauvignon from the Rapel Valley, Chile
Tasting notes: Juicy fresh red fruit, tobacco, cedar and tea leaves towards the finish.
Pairing: red meat; hearty pasta
$11.99 from Gary Wines 

Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley/Rutherford, CA
Tasting Notes: citrus, lemon peel, minerals, crisp and refreshing
Pairing: shellfish, white fish, seafood
$20/bottle from the winery

What are your favorite go-to wines?

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