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WHAT: Riesling comes in a wide range of styles, from bone dry to sticky sweet. This wine falls nicely in the middle, with strong floral notes and rich fruit. It is a beautiful pale yellow, with a hint of lemon on the nose. The tastes are a regular basket of fruit, with peaches, pears, apricots and pineapples tickling your taste buds. The wine is slightly sweet, but the strong fruit and crisp acid make for a well-balanced wine. Chill well before serving.

GOES WITH: Spicy Asian food, ham, turkey and even chili. It is also the kind of wine you would enjoy sipping on the back porch.

TODAY

In-shop wine tasting, six wines, Wine World, 5-8 p.m.

FRIDAY

- Friday wine fest, Vineyard Wine Market, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

- German & Austrian Wines, Seminar Tasting with Matt Cory & Danielle Robinson of Grassroots Wines. 7 p.m. Reservations at Wine World, (803) 279-9522.

SATURDAY

Saturday wine fest, Vineyard Wine Market, 1-6 p.m., at least six wines tasted.

AUG. 25

In-shop tasting, Ninth Street Wine Market.

AUG. 26

Wine tasting at Broad Street Market, featuring 10 wines rated 90 points or better, 6:30 p.m. $20. Make reservations at Toast, 706-922-8627. Broad Street Market will serve hors d'oeuvres.

SEPT. 5

- Mexican beer dinner at the Marriott. Reservations through Ninth Street Wine Market, (706) 724-1442. $39.

- In-shop First Friday tasting, Wine World, 5-8 p.m.

Reach Dennis Sodomka at dsodomka@knology.net. Read his column on picnic wines in the August issue of Augusta Magazine.

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