Taste some hearty French red wines at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting – Hearty French Red Wines

Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting this Saturday showcasing some full bodied and hearty French red wines.  Saturday, December 3rd from 2-5pm.

If you are a fan of full bodied, rich, and earthy red wines, you should be drinking French reds!  We’ll give you a chance this Saturday to try before you buy 3 perfect options.  We’ll start with a richly fruited, spicy, Syrah-driven blend from Minervois before we pour you our new Wine of the Week, a dazzling Chateauneuf du Pape lookalike from the Southern Rhone.  To finish, you’ll get to try a super classy and refined Bordeaux from the Left Bank.  Drop in, taste, learn, and save big on all of the tasting wines this Saturday at Table Wine.

Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 10%, mix any 6 and save 15%, or mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2014 Chateau Massiac Minervois “Cuvee Sentinelle” (Languedoc, France) – One of the great red wine values of Southern France, Chateau Massiac’s Cuvee Sentinelle is a blend of Syrah and Carignan.  Ripe, open knit, and packed with plummy dark fruit, spice, and smoky mineral notes, it is ideal for consuming solo or with roasted meats, stews, or chili.
Tasting Price: $12.59 on mixed 3-packs | $11.89 in mixed six packs | $11.19 in mixed cases

2. 2012 Chateau Valcombe Ventoux Rouge “Epicure” (Southern Rhone, France) – As the “Epicure” in the name suggests, this is the perfect lamb or beef stew wine!  It’s our new Wine of the Week, and this blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Carignan from old vineyards in the Ventoux region tastes like Chateauneuf du Pape but costs a fraction of the price.  Robust and hearty, it offers up notes of ripe dark fruit, kirsch, peppery spice, and Provencal herbs.  Yum!
Tasting Price: $19.79 on mixed 3-packs | $18.69 on mixed 6-packs | $17.59 on mixed cases
Special Wine of the Week Price: $19.79/bottle or $17.59/bottle on your solid 6-pack

3. 2012 Chateau Aney Haut-Medoc (Bordeaux, France) – Château Aney was built in 1850 by the family that gave it its name, and today, their holdings are  located between Margaux and Saint Julien on the Left Bank of Bordeaux.  A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot with bits of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the wine sees 12 months of aging in French oak.  Classically styled with notes of dark currant, crisp black cherry, earth and spice box, this is the wine to serve with your Christmas standing rib roast.
Tasting Price: $26.99 on mixed 3-packs | $25.49 on mixed 6-packs | $23.99 on mixed cases

Southern Rhone Wine Tasting

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Southern Rhone Wines

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting this Friday, September 30th from 4-7 p.m. featuring some delicious new Southern Rhone Wines!  Get your weekend off to a good start with the best free wine tasting in Asheville.  This Friday, we’ll open some delicious new wines from sunny Southern France, one of our favorite regions for incredible wine values.  We’ll start with a fresh and aromatic, stainless steel fermented blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat from the Southern Rhone.  Next up and a new staff favorite is a fresh and savory Cinsault-driven red from France’s Ardeche region.  We’ll finish up with a rich, full bodied and powerful Grenache-based wine from Beaumes de Venise, one of the top villages in the Cotes du Rhone.  Taste, learn and save every Friday at Table Wine!

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 10%, mix any 6 and save 15%, and mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2015 Isle Saint-Pierre Blanc (Southern Rhone Valley, France) – Isle Saint-Pierre is a small island in the middle of the Rhône river just 10 miles inland from the Mediterranean. This close proximity to the sea ensures a cooling influence resulting in fresh, easy drinking, “bistro-styled” wines for everyday consumption.  The white is made up of 70% Chardonnay, 25% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscat and is fermented entirely in stainless steel.  Offering up lovely notes of pear, apple, mixed citrus and honeysuckle, it is a white wine for all palates.
Tasting Price: $10.79 on mixed 3-packs | $10.19 on mixed 6-packs | $9.59 on mixed cases

2. 2014 Chateau de la Selve Palissaire (Coteaux de l’Ardeche, France) – This wine blew us away when we tasted it a few weeks back!  We brought in a good bit of it and think you will enjoy it too!  La Selve is a certified organic estate in France’s Ardeche region.  Technically part of the Rhone Valley, it sits in between the Northern and Southern Rhone Valleys and is positioned further west.  Geography aside, this medium bodied blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Merlot overdelivers in a big way.  Juicy cherry, raspberry, earth and spice notes galore. Enjoy!!
Tasting Price: $11.69 on mixed 3-packs | $11.04 on mixed 6-packs | $10.39 on mixed cases

3. 2015 Domaine de Durban Beaumes-de-Venise Rouge (Southern Rhone Valley, France) – Vintage 2015 in the Southern Rhone is being called a great one by the producers of the region.  After tasting this wine, we tend to agree.  A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre from 50+ year old vines, it is very reminiscent of Vacqueyras or Gigondas.  Notes of dark cherry, plum, pepper and Provencal herbs flow out of the glass of this full bodied, yet charming red.  Drink now through 2022.
Tasting Price: $17.99 on mixed 3-packs | $16.99 on mixed 6-packs | $15.99 on mixed cases

 

Meet and Taste with Importer Charles Neal.

Meet Importer Charles Neal

Meet Importer Charles Neal and taste some of his incredible French wines!  Join us on Wednesday, October 5th any time between 5 and 7 p.m. for a free wine tasting featuring selections from one of our favorite importers.  I met Charles Neal about 4 years ago in San Francisco over beers at a German restaurant in San Francisco.  I was already buying a lot of his wines and they were already becoming best sellers at the store.  Meeting him helped me understand why his wines were so original and unique………he’s original and unique.

After college in North Carolina, he moved to London and wrote a book on the underground music of the early 1980’s.  Today, “Tape Delay” is considered one of the most important works on the subject out there. After that, he moved to Madrid and wrote another novel and met a girl.  He followed her to France and eventually married her.  Living above a restaurant in Southwestern France, he developed a love and passion for the wines and the Cognacs of the region.  Fast forward to today, and Charles now lives in San Francisco and is considered one of the foremost authorities on Cognac and Armagnac (he wrote a book on those too).  In addition, his portfolio of small grower/producer wines from all corners of France is outstanding.

Much like the wines imported by legends like Kermit Lynch and Neal Rosenthal, Charles’ wines are unique, distinctive, and reflective of the land they come from and the people who make them.  Join us as we welcome Charles to Asheville for the first time and take advantage of the opportunity to taste his wines and learn about the people who make them.

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 10%, mix any 6 and save 15%, and mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2015 Domaine Daulny Sancerre (Loire Valley, France)

2. 2015 Domaine Duffour Cotes de Gascogne (Southwestern France)

3. 2014 André Bonhomme Viré-Clessé “Les Pierres Blanches” (Burgundy, France)

4. 2014 Domaine de Colette Beaujolais-Villages (Beaujolais, France)

5. 2014 La Grange de Piaugier Cotes du Rhone (Southern Rhone Valley, France)

6. 2013 Domaine du Grand Montmirail Vacqueyras (Southern Rhone Valley, France)

7. 2013 Domaine du Grand Montmirail Gigondas (Southern Rhone Valley, France)

 

2015 Domaine Brunet Pinot Noir

2015 Domaine Brunet Chardonnay

Case of the Month – An amazing Chardonnay value from Southern France – For Table Wine regulars, you will remember the Domaine Brunet Pinot Noir, a previous Case of the Month selection and a huge success.  The estate’s Chardonnay is brand new to the US market, and we are psyched to be the first retailer in the country to feature this wine.  Trust us folks, this is an absurd value in high quality, beautifully balanced Chardonnay, and we challenge you to find a better version of this grape for this price.  It’s the 2015 Domaine Brunet Chardonnay, and it’s our new Case of the Month.  Here’s the deal:

2015 Domaine Brunet Chardonnay – On Sale Through Wednesday, September 21st

Regular Price: $11.99/bottle

Sale Price: $8.99/bottle on solid cases (over 20% off) or $9.59/bottle on solid 6-packs (20% off)

Domaine Brunet is located in France’s Limoux region, in the southern part of the country.  Unlike many of the warmer, Mediterranean influenced  wine zones of France’s Languedoc, Limoux enjoys a cooler, more Atlantic influenced climate that is perfectly suited for cultivating Chardonnay.  In fact, most experts and insiders agree that this zone is the best spot in France to grow the grape outside of Burgundy.

We think the experts are right about that, but this doesn’t really remind us of French Chardonnay, it reminds us more of good Central Coast California Chardonnay!  Fermented in a mix of oak (30%) and stainless steel (70%) with battonage (lees stirring), it pours a gorgeous, deep straw color and the bouquet is rich, yet fresh and inviting.  The palate is rich, yet lively, with notes of tropical fruits (pineapple and tangerine), golden apple, white flowers, spice and a hint of spicy oak. Trust us, you will not find a better Chardonnay value anywhere in the market.  Drink this delicious wine over the next couple of years as an aperitif or serve it with salmon or roast chicken to your guests — they will thank you.

There you go — really, really good French Chardonnay for as low as $8.99/bottle!  I know some of you will be skeptical so I invite you to stop by the store this Friday, August 26th any time between 2:00 and 7:00 to sample it along with some other great value wines from Europe.  Otherwise, stop by the store or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com and I’ll be glad to hold your wine for up to two weeks. Many thanks and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

Chateau Saint-Roch Maury Sec Kerbuccio

2014 Chateau Saint-Roch Kerbuccio – 93 points The Wine Advocate

Jean-Marc Lafage is one of the most talented and ambitious winemakers in Southern France, and his 2014 Chateau Saint-Roch Kerbuccio Maury Sec is one of his best efforts of the year!  It is a somewhat mysterious blend of Southern French grapes, as importer Eric Solomon’s website lists the wine as being primarily Grenache with smaller amounts of Carignan and Mourvedre while Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate says it is 50% Syrah, 30% Carignan and 20% Syrah.  Whatever the case, this is a wine that could easily pass for a top flight Priorat or Chateauneuf du Pape, and it is one of the best under-$20 wines I’ve tasted this year.  Come taste it this Saturday, July 9th for yourself!  Rated 93 points by Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate, it is the 2014 Chateau Saint-Roch Kerbuccio Maury Sec, and it’s our new Wine of the Week.  Here’s the deal:

2014 Chateau Saint-Roch Kerbuccio Maury Sec – On Sale Through Wednesday, July 20th

Regular Price: $21.99/bottle

Sale Price: $18.99/bottle, $17.59/bottle on solid 6-packs (20% off) or $16.99/bottle on solid cases (over 20% off)

So what is this stuff Josh?  Kerbuccio?  Maury Sec?  Huh?  It’s really not that difficult but it does require further explanation.  Maury is a village and an appellation in the Roussillon zone of Southwestern France, and the AOC has long been heralded for sweet, fortified, Grenache-based wines.  For years, top producers have been making dry (in French, dry is “sec”) red wines from old vineyards in Maury, but these wines were relegated to the somewhat generic Cotes du Roussillon-Villages status as there was no recognized zone for dry wines.  After years of lobbying the INAO (the organization charged with regulating French agricultural products) by top producers and personalities of the region, Maury Sec gained it’s own AOC in 2011.  Finally, “Kerbuccio” is the Latin translation for the castle of Queribus, built by the Cathars, which sits at the top of the Corbieres Mountain overlooking the vineyards from the north.

Chateau Saint-Roch Kerbuccio

Old vines and black schist soils at Chateau Saint-Roch.

So there you go, technical information out of the way.  What’s the wine like?  As Master of Wine Andrew Jeffords of Decanter Magazine said, “I would say that this extraordinary zone in the central Agly valley has the potential to be one of the rare ‘grands crus’ of the South of France.  Or, if you prefer, to produce the greatest red wines of Northern Catalonia, wines which deserve to be tasted and judged alongside those of the ‘grand cru’ of Southern Catalonia: Priorat.”  After tasting the new vintage of the Kerbuccio, I would say I have to agree with Mr. Jeffords.  Much like great Priorat and Chateauneuf du Pape, the wine possesses a complex mineral nuance that comes forth in the form of hot rock and soil.  This non-fruity characteristic is what wine lovers pay the big bucks for, and it comes no doubt as a result of the black schist soils of the region.  Combine this with a sexy and supple nose and palate of “black raspberry, cassis, licorice, wilder herbs and violet-like” notes according to Mr. Dunnuck, and you have a wine that smells, drinks, and reads like Chateauneuf du Pape and Priorat but costs a fraction of the price.

Sound too good to be true?  Don’t listen to me, come try it this Saturday any time between 2 and 5 p.m.  Alternatively, listen to me and email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com or stop by the store and pick some up before the sale ends! Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville.

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator/Wine Buyer
Table Wine Asheville
828.505.8588 or josh@tablewineasheville.com

Perfect Wine for July 4th

Red, White and Wine Tasting – Perfect Wines for July 4th

Red, White and Wine Tasting this Friday, July 1st from 2-7 p.m. – Whether you’re gathering with family, cooking out, or watching fireworks, wine is a necessity for you Independence Day celebrations and we’re here to help!  Stop by the store this Friday to taste, learn, and stock up on some perfect wines for July 4th!  We’ll pop some awesomely affordable wines that will make everyone happy.  From crisp whites and dry rosé to a crowd pleasing red perfect for grilled meats and barbecue, we’ve got all bases covered.  Please note that we will be closed Monday, July 4th in observation of the holiday so this a great opportunity to sample some great holiday appropriate wines and save big.

The Wines
On all tasting wines, save 10% off by the bottle, 15% off when you mix six of them, or 20% off when you mix a case or more of them!

1. 2015 Chateau Font-Mars Picpoul de Pinet (Languedoc, France) – The Picpoul grape is responsible for some of the most refreshing and thirst quenching wines on the planet, and the version of Font-Mars is consistently a great one.  Picpoul literally means “lip stinger,” and this high acid white wine is bone dry, crisp and packed with lemony/limey/minerally deliciousness.  Say hello to your new summer white!
Tasting Price: $10.79/bottle | $10.19 in mixed six packs | $9.59 in mixed cases

2. 2015 Belle Provencale Blanc (Cotes du Luberon, France) – The entry level line of wines from France’s Perrin family, makers of Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape, the Belle Provencale wines (we’ll taste the red too) offer a ton of quality and substance at a great price.  This one is a classic Mediterranean blend of Vermentino, Ugni Blanc and Grenache Blanc that literally tastes like sunshine in a bottle.  Notes of apple, pear, citrus and white flowers make this a perfect wine for sipping by the pool or with fresh fish and seafood.
Tasting Price: $8.99/bottle | $8.49 in mixed six packs | $7.99 in mixed cases

3. 2015 Domaine Vetriccie “Ile de Beaute” Rosé (Corsica, France) – This stuff has been flying out of the store at a rapid pace!  A blend of Corisca’s native Nielluccio and Sciacarello with small amounts of Grenache and Merlot it is “pure, with peach, white cherry and bergamot notes, carried by a minerally edge.” – Wine Spectator – 88 points
Tasting Price: $9.89/bottle | $9.34 in mixed six packs | $8.79 in mixed cases

4. 2015 Belle Provencale Rouge (Cotes du Ventoux, France) – The red from Belle Provencale, like the white, is a lot of wine for the money!  A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Cinsault fermented in stainless steel, it offers up ripe and juicy notes of cherry, plum, peppery spice and Provencal herbs.  Soft, low in tannin, and completely chuggable, this makes for a great easy drinking house wine.
Tasting Price: $8.99/bottle | $8.49 in mixed six packs | $7.99 in mixed cases

 

Great Independence Day Wines

Lift a Glass for Lady Liberty at our free wine tasting this Saturday, July 2nd featuring 4 perfect Independence Day wines!   In case you didn’t know, the French played a key role in helping us gain our independence, and we are paying homage to them this Saturday with a free wine tasting featuring a super lineup of value-priced wines from France.  There are so many extreme values coming out of France these days, and these are the perfect “adult beverages” to serve on the 4th of July.  Why?  The combination of quality and value — that’s why!  Stop by, taste, learn, stock up, and save big on all of the tasting wines!

The Wines
On all tasting wines, save 10% off by the bottle, 15% off when you mix six of them, or 20% off when you mix a case or more of them!

1. 2015 Domaine de Menard Cotes de Gascogne Blanc (Southwestern France) – The white wines of Gascogne are easily some of the best values on the planet.  The one from Domaine de Menard is a fine example!  A blend of Colombard and Ugni Blanc fermented in stainless steel, it is fresh, lively, and a great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc.
Tasting Price: $10.79/bottle | $10.19 in mixed six packs | $9.59 in mixed cases

2. 2015 Laurent Gauthier Beaujolais-Villages Rose (Beaujolais, France) – Small grower and producer Laurent Gauthier grew up in Beaujolais and his dry rose is one of our favorites every year.  Composed entirely of Gamay, it is light, brisk, and perfumed with lovely notes of white cherry, cranberry, citrus and white flowers.
Tasting Price: $12.59/bottle | $11.89 in mixed six packs | $11.19 in mixed cases

3. 2014 Domaine de Fenouillet Vin de Pays de Vaucluse (Southern Rhone, France) – This new wine has quickly become a staff favorite.  A blend of Merlot and Marsellan (a Grenache/Cabernet Sauvignon hybrid), it is ridiculously authentic and delicious.  Loaded with spicy cherry fruit and slight herbal edge, it will take you to Provence with just one sip!
Tasting Price: $10.79/bottle | $10.19 in mixed six packs | $9.59 in mixed cases

4. 2014 Domaine de Massiac “Sentinelle de Massiac” (Languedoc, France) – Consistently one of the top French red wine values in the store, the new vintage of the Sentinelle de Massiac is super!  A blend of 2/3 Syrah and 1/3 Carignan fermented in stainless steel, it is full bodied and rich with notes of dark berries, spices, herbs and mineral.  Soft and supple on the palate, it makes for a great red to serve with anything off the grill.
Tasting Price: $12.59/bottle | $11.89 in mixed six packs | $11.19 in mixed cases

Tour de France Wine Tasting featuring wines from Vintage 59 Imports

Seated Tour de France Wine Tasting

Seated Tour de France Wine Tasting featuring delicious, small grower/producer wines from Vintage 59 Imports!  Thursday, July 21st in the Table Wine Classroom from 7 to 9 p.m. – $30/person ($24 for Grape Nuts) – Call us at 828.505.8588 to reserve your seat today!  The passionate and lovely Debra Lewis of Vintage 59 Imports will join us to present an incredible lineup of small batch French wines from all corners of the country.  From Sancerre and White Burgundy to Cotes du Rhone and Chinon, we’ll leave no galet (French for stone) un-turned.

Vintage 59 founder Roy Cloud focuses on “growers who manage small domains and make captivating wine. Some embrace organic or biodynamic values, some take a common-sense sustainable path; none adhere to conventional agro-chemical standards intent on volume. They are serious about their vineyard work, which they consider more fundamental than any post-harvest wizardry that may be employed to turn grape juice into wine. Minimalists in the cellar, these folks don’t think highly of the Houdini bag of modern enological tricks. They do, however, think deeply of land, tradition, and kinship.”

Table Wine Asheville Classroom

The Table Wine “Classroom”

If this sounds like the kind of wine you love or would like to embrace, you don’t want to miss this!  We can only take 24 lucky wine lovers for this incredible opportunity to sample a great batch of real wines from real farmers.  8+ wines and light hors d’oeuvres are included with the price of entry.  In addition, all of the wines will be offered at aggressively discounted prices.  Don’t miss out, call us today at 828.505.8588 to sign up.

Greatest Chardonnay value in the world.

The Greatest Chardonnay Value in the World

Yes, I know that is a bold statement, but year in and year out, this wine consistently amazes me.  If you’re not sure, you are more than welcome to stop by this Friday (2-7 pm) to give it a try. The newly released 2014 Jean-Paul Brun “Terres Dorees” Beaujolais Blanc is again (imho) the greatest Chardonnay value in the world.  Made with grapes from vineyards located in Charnay in the southern part of Beaujolais, Jean-Paul works with vineyards that are over 80 years old, and these old vines yield a luscious, beautifully textured, golden fruited Chardonnay. Great Britain’s Decanter rated the wine 95 points and The Wine Advocate said this wine “offers sensational value and a distinctively delicious personality such as you won’t find in 98% or more Chardonnays grown anywhere in the world.”  You are probably guessing that this is going to run you well over $30 right?  Nope, it’s less than $20 every day, but we’re running a super special deal on it for the next two weeks.  It’s the 2014 Jean-Paul Brun “Terres Dorees” Beaujolais Blanc, and it’s our new Wine of the Week.  Here’s the deal:

2014 Jean-Paul Brun “Terres Dorees” Beaujolais Blanc – On Sale Through Wednesday, June 29th

Regular Price: $19.99/bottle

Sale Price: $17.99/bottle or $15.99/bottle on solid 6-packs or more

Jean-Paul Brun is the man behind Domaine des Terres Dorees, and I am a huge fan of everything he makes (give his Beaujolais Rouge “L’Ancien” a shot too).  He farms organically and in addition to his own vineyards, he purchases fruit from other organic growers scattered throughout the region.  What makes this wine so special in addition to the age of the vines is the fact that the vines are all planted in limestone rich soils, the same type of “dirt” responsible for some of the greatest wines in the world.  What makes limestone so special in terms of wine is that it retains moisture in dry weather, but also offers good drainage in cooler weather, and vines thrive in this sort of situation.

2014 Jean-Paul Brun Beaujolais Blanc, the greatest Chardonnay value in the world.

That’s Jean-Paul Brun surrounded by his delicious wines.

With this pristine old vine fruit, Jean-Paul chooses to ferment entirely in stainless steel to preserve the natural richness and purity that old vines provide.  Trust me, you won’t miss the oak on this one because it’s much richer, layered and textured than most unoaked Chardonnay.  The nose is classic French Chardonnay in the form of pure apple, pear and lemon with some apricot and honeydew sneaking in there too.  And mineral, oh yeah, this one’s got some serious mineral that comes through in the form of scents and flavors of wet rock and oyster shell.  This might sound gross to some of you, but trust us, it’s aromas like these that people pay hundreds of dollars for and it’s quite subtle.  On the palate, this one has great weight, texture and balance with a nice mix of round orchard fruits balanced by tangy and tart citrus, finishing with a complex melange of white flowers, gentle spice, and mineral.

We try a lot of wines here, including top flight White Burgundies and high end California Chardonnays, and we can honestly say that this one is better than a lot of wines that cost two to three times the price.  Feel free to stop by and pick some up or email us at josh@tablewineashevillewine.com and we’ll be glad to hold some for you until you can get by.

Amazing Cotes du Rhone from Domaine Amido

Amazing Cotes du Rhone from Domaine Amido

Our new Case of the Month Selection is the best selling wine in the history of Table Wine, and the new vintage is about as good as red wine gets for less than $15! Come try it for free at this Saturday’s wine tasting (2 to 5 p.m.). Domaine Amido Cotes du Rhone Villages “Signargues” has been a staple at Table Wine and at my house for over 4 years.  I’m not kidding — I personally keep at least 6 bottles of this wine at my house all year long and I still haven’t gotten tired of it.  It offers up an amazing mix of rich fruit balanced by refreshing acidity, and although sumptuous fruit is the main draw of the wine, it also offers up moderate complexity in the form of spice and floral notes.  In a nutshell, it is a wine that appeals to many different palates and it drinks well all year long.  It is the 2014 Domaine Amido Cotes du Rhone Villages “Signargues,” and it’s our new Case of the Month — here’s the deal:

2014 Domaine Amido Cotes du Rhone Villages “Signargues” – On Sale Through Wednesday, July 13th

Regular Price: $14.99/bottle

Sale Price: $10.99/bottle on solid cases or $11.99/bottle on solid 6-packs

A true, family run estate that uses sustainable and organic practices in their vineyards, the winery was founded in the mid-1980’s by Christian Amido.  As importer Charles Neal says, “Christian Amido, who died from complications of a brain aneurysm, was a soft spoken man who had been under his doctor’s care since I had gotten to know him in 2001. Against his doctor’s orders, he frequently smoked while pulling samples to taste out of various casks.”  Amazingly, in his last three years of life, he updated and modernized his winery installing a new press and replacing his cement tanks with a fleet of stainless steel.  Today, Domaine Amido is run by his daughter Nathalie along with her daughter Amandine and son-in-law Antoine.  The wines are better than ever!

Domaine Amido Cotes du Rhone

Amandine Amido and her husband Antoine, the new generation at Domaine Amido.

Vintage 2014 in the Southern Rhone was considered good, but not without problems.  Heavier than usual rains made conditions less than ideal, but it is in these challenging vintages where the cream always rises to the top.  Domaine Amido did just that, and their Cotes du Rhone garnered an 89 point score from Josh Raynolds of Vinous Media: “Brilliant ruby. Dark berries, pungent flowers and a suggestion of allspice on the fragrant nose. Round and spicy on the palate, offering gently sweet cherry and boysenberry flavors that pick up a smoky quality with air. Dusty tannins frame the finish, which clings with good tenacity and a very subtle suggestion of bitter chocolate.”  Having enjoyed many bottles of this wine over the past several vintages, I would say Mr. Raynolds pretty much nailed the aroma and flavor profile for this wine.  Drink this one with or without food over the next 3 to 5 years and.

Want to try it?  Stop by this Friday, June 17th anytime between 2 and 7 p.m. to give it a swirl, a sniff, and a sip.  I guarantee you’ll like it!  Otherwise, just stop by the store, call us at 828.505.8588 or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com.  I’ll be glad to hold your wine for you!  Cheers, happy drinking, happy eating, and happy living in Asheville!