Wine Time

  • Follow Things to Do

Ravenswood Sonoma County Syrah, California, 2005

COST: $14-16

WHAT: While Ravenswood made its name with outstanding zinfandel, they have evolved to include many varietals. This Syrah is blended with Grenache, Carignane and Viognier to produce a classic Rhone-style wine. The deep reddish-purple color leads to floral scents mixed with smoky, jammy, black cherry aromas. The spicy, complex flavor ends with a hint of oak that lingers on the finish. It has enough structure to last several years in the cellar.

THE WINERY: This is a great example of Ravenswood's County series of wines, which are crafted from individual sites in the county on the label. After aging for 20-24 months in French oak, the wines are blended to produce an expression of regional terroir. That is, they reflect the special characteristics of the region in which they are grown. The individual wines in the blend often are as good as more expensive wines, but because there isn't enough for a separate vineyard-designated wine, they go into the cheaper blend.

GOES WITH: Steak, ribs, veal, hearty minestrone, We had it with grilled chicken and the smoky barbecue flavor perfectly accented the smoky characteristics of the wine.

REACH DENNIS SODOMKA AT DSODOMKA@KNOLOGY.NET. READ HIS COLUMN PLANNING A WINE TASTING PARTY IN THE FEBRUARY ISSUE OF AUGUSTA MAGAZINE.

Wine Events

FRIDAY


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


First Friday Tasting at Wine World, six wines, cheese sampling, 5-8 p.m.


SATURDAY


Saturday wine fest, Vineyard Wine Market, 1-6 p.m.


MONDAY


Wine tasting and Valentine celebration at Ninth Street Wine Market, special Valentine bottles and door prizes, 5:30-7:30; $10


TUESDAY


Tasters Guild dinner at Old Edgefield Grill, five courses, six wines, $68 members, $74 non-members; reservations required, through Wine World, (803) 279-9522


WEDNESDAY


Wine tasting at The Snug Steak & Grill, 240 Davis Road, 6-8 p.m., $20; Toast Wine and Beverage will host, featuring syrah and shiraz from around the world, as well as a blind tasting of white wines, and chocolates; reservations with The Snug by Monday, (706) 863-1118


Educational wine tasting at the Bee's Knee's, combining food with value-priced wines, 5:30 p.m., $15


FEB. 13


In-shop beer tasting at Wine World, featuring 13 beers and various cheeses; casual drop-in, 5-8 p.m.


FEB. 14


Valentine Wine Dinner at the Marriott, reservations through Ninth Street Wine Market, (706) 724-1442


FEB. 25


Wine Tasting at the Bistro with wine maker of Carabella wines from Oregon, reservations through Ninth Street Wine Market


FEB. 27


In-shop wine tasting at Wine World with six wines and cheeses, 5-8 p.m.


Top headlines

Fatality highlights golf cart safety

Similar to cars, driving a golf cart has legal requirements. Texting and driving is illegal. So is driving while impaired. Also, all drivers must have a valid driver's license and golf carts are ...
Search Augusta jobs