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WAKEFIELD RIESLING, CLARE VALLEY, AUSTRALIA 2008

COST: $12-$14

WHAT: This is a good wine to try if you dislike Rieslings because you think they are too sweet. The pale straw color and floral aromas only hint at the pleasures to come when you sip this wine. You get tastes of lime and lemon with a mineral character. It's a medium-bodied wine with a crisp acid backbone that holds up well to food. Riesling is one of the few white grapes that can improve with age. This Wakefield tastes like it will be a dandy. Serve chilled.

THE WINERY: Owned by the Taylor family, Wakefield celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. While digging to plant vines, the owners found fossils of tiny seahorses. Today, images of seahorses are on every Wakefield label.

GOES WITH: Turkey, lime and chili chicken stir fry, fresh oysters and Asian food, especially spicier dishes.

Reach Dennis Sodomka at dennis@bottlereport.com. Read his column on Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris in the June/July issue of Augusta Magazine.

WINE EVENTS

TODAY

In-shop tasting and cheese sampling, Wine World, 5-8 p.m.; fee rebated with purchase of any featured wine

FRIDAY

Beer and barbecue tasting, 11 beers and barbecue and fixings, 7:30 p.m., North Augusta Community Center; $25 Tasters Guild members, $30 others; call Wine World for reservations at (803) 279-9522

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

SATURDAY

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

MONDAY

Wine and beer tasting, four-course tapas pairing, French Market Grille West; 6-8 p.m.; $30; (706) 855-5111 for reservations, which must be made by Saturday; organized by Toast Wine & Beverage

TUESDAY

Italian wine-tasting seminar, 7 p.m., Wine World, with Clint Harris, of Winebow Imports; 11 classic wines; $20 advance paid reservation, $25 at door


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