Wine time

Beringer California Collection Chenin Blanc, 2007


COST: $7

WHAT: This is an easy sipping wine. Three of us drank a bottle quickly, without noticing how smooth and easy it was to drink. It is a refreshing wine with crisp citrus flavors mixed with melon and spicy ginger. At times you can detect pear and cantaloupe, with an underlying mineral quality. Chenin blanc is an underappreciated wine grown in the Loire Valley of France. Serve chilled.

GOES WITH: Beef ragout, roast pork, crab cakes, fried chicken, chicken tostadas, turkey burgers, or baked or roasted fish.

Reach Dennis Sodomka at Read his column on Zinfandel in the October issue of Augusta Magazine.



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


Third annual CSRA Wine Festival, Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 1-4 p.m. Sample more than 200 wines, dozens of cheeses, breads and other foods, and visit the Augusta Rose Show. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Order online at, or from Ninth Street Wine Shop, The Vineyard Wine Market or Toast Wine and Beverage.

OCT. 9

Wine dinner at Bistro 491, 6:30 p.m. Three-course dinner with appetizers and matching wines. $50. Call Ninth Street Wine Market for reservations, (706) 724-1442.

OCT. 10

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

OCT. 11

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

OCT. 16

A Taste of Wine & Art, 7-10 p.m., Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. S.W., Aiken; $50