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2011 Smyrna wine stroll, Part 2

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Reneé Rowe (owner of The Wine Cellars), their dedicated employees and the amazing group of volunteers lead by Andrea Murphy, Chairperson for the event; made this year event a success with wine strollers. Over 65 wines spread over 12 tables; great selections from USA, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil and Chile.

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In wine station #4 David Rimmer from Continental Beverage Corp. had wines from Spain, Italy, CA and GA to taste. A great value wine for $9 is the 2009 Seis Circles tinto, a blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Syrah; this wine express great aromas of ripe red and dark berries, cherries and brown spices. In the palate this wine feels medium to full-bodied with dark berries, red currant, plums and hints of black pepper, cocoa powder and spice. On wine station #5 you was able to enjoy Savida Sangria, red and white, in Atlanta distributed by National Distributing. The Savida red sangria is more spicy this year, is a blend of Merlot, Syrah and various tropical fruit juices, a very refreshing summer drink, you can buy it for $13.

On wine station #6 Metro Fine Wines featured four wines from Maryhill Winery, Washington State and Dante Rubino Chardonnay from Chile. The 2009 Maryhill rosé, retails for under $15; made from Sangiovese is a refreshing wine with strawberry, raspberry and tropical fruits aromas; strawberries with honey on the palate with beautiful mineral and sweet vanilla notes. Zip this wine on your deck and pair it with a creamy artichoke/spinach dip or brie cheese topped with Jalopy Jelly.

On wine station #7 Big Boat Wine Distributors offered wines from California, Missouri, Italy and Argentina to taste. A great find on Big Boat table was the 2006 Valley Floor Cabernet Sauvignon, very simple grey label, on the front it said that the fruit is from Napa Valley but in the back it said that is vinted and bottled by Eagle Rock Vineyards in Lodi, two completely different AVA's, 100 miles apart. This mysterious Cabernet has great aromas of ripe dark berries, plum, red currants and brown spices; on the palate feels full-bodied with well structure pleasant tannins, good acidity and layered flavors of blackberry, blueberry, red currant, cinnamon and earth. This well crafted Cabernet has a long finish that goes from full of fruit to spicy and puckery in your mouth. Great Cabernet to have with any full flavored steak dish and old aged cheeses, a great deal for $17.

On wine station #8 Prime Wine and Spirits Offered a Journey from Paso Robles, CA to Germany and finishing in South Africa with the 2009 Essay Chenin Blanc (95% Chenin Blanc and 5% Viognier). Refreshing white wine for the summer with floral, apricot, peach and melon aromas and flavors, nice mineral and smooth finish and nice viscosity, a great value wine under $10. Enjoy this wine with shellfish, white fish, shrimp and lobster.

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