Great Christmas Wines

Free Wine Tasting – Great Go-To Christmas Wines

Free Wine Tasting – Go-To Christmas Wines – Saturday, December 19th from 2-5 p.m. – With Christmas less than a week away, it’s time time to make your final wine buying decisions and we’re here to help.  Keep in mind that we will be closed December 25th through December 27th (reopening Monday, December 28th) so this is a great opportunity to taste some great wines, stock up and save up to 20% off.  The lovely Anne Kaufmann of The Country Vintner will join us to pour six super tasty wines from all over the world.  From 93 point rated Chardonnay to blue chip Napa Cab, we’ll have all bases covered.

Remember, all of the tasting wines are on sale the day of the tasting.  Take 10% off on mixed 3-packs, 15% off mixed 6-packs, or 20% off on mixed cases!

The Wines
Prices range from $16 to $40

1. 2014 Nals Margreid Pinot Grigio (Alto Adige, Italy) – This has got to be one of the best under $15 Pinot Grigios we’ve ever tasted!  Richer, fuller bodied and more expressive, it offers up a nice mix of ripe stone fruits along with subtle notions of spice and mineral.
Tasting Price: $13.49 in mixed 3-packs| $12.74 in mixed 6-packs | $11.99 in mixed cases

2. 2014 Paul Cluver Chardonnay (Elgin, South Africa) – Paul Cluver is recognized as one of South Africa’s leading white wine producers and they really knocked it out of the park with their 2014 Chardonnay.  “The 2014 Chardonnay has an attractive nose of dried honey, dried mango and a touch of walnut that is very well defined. The palate is fresh and crisp with harmonious almond and hazelnut notes infusing the tropical tones on the long and tender finish. One drop will never be enough!” – The Wine Advocate – 93 points
Tasting Price: $19.79 in mixed 3-packs | $18.69 in mixed 6-packs | $17.59 in mixed cases

3. 2013 Scaia Corvina (Veneto, Italy) – From the highly regarded Tenuta Sant’Antonio estate, one of the region’s “Amarone All-Stars,” this is a delicious and unique little red wine.  Based entirely on Corvina, the grape that is usually the headliner in Valpolicella and Amarone, it is fresh, juicy, spicy and very easy to drink.  At less than $15/bottle, it’s a steal!
Tasting Price: $11.69 in mixed 3-packs | $11.04 in mixed 6-packs | $10.39 in mixed cases

4. 2013 Finca Sophenia Malbec Reserve (Mendoza, Argentina) – We’ve been longtime fans of the wines of Finca Sophenia and every year they just seem to get better.  Their 2013 Malbec Reserve deserves mention as one of Argentina’s great red wine values.  “The extremely aromatic, perfumed and showy 2013 Malbec Reserve made me go back to the glass over and over again.” – The Wine Advocate – 91 points
Tasting Price: $14.39 in mixed 3-packs | $13.59 in mixed 6-packs | $12.79 in mixed cases

5. 2013 Seghesio Zinfandel (Sonoma County, California) – Seghesio is undoubtedly one of California’s top Zinfandel producers.  The warm and dry conditions of the 2013 vintage resulted in a rich, spicy and delicious Red Zin.  “A lively, zesty red that offers bright cherry and tarragon aromas and sleekly layered flavors of briary raspberry, nutmeg and fresh-cracked black pepper.” – Wine Spectator – 92 points
Tasting Price: $22.49 in mixed 3-packs | $21.24 in mixed 6-packs | $19.99 in mixed cases

6. 2012 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley, California) – In case you didn’t hear, Vintage 2012 was a great one for Napa Cabernet, and here’s a fine example.  Classically styled, pretty, and delicious, it is laced with flavors of cassis, blackcurrant, earth and oak spice notes.  For those enjoying any sort of beef for Christmas dinner, this wine is the ticket!
Tasting Price: $43.19 in mixed 3-packs | $40.79 in mixed 6-packs | $38.39 in mixed cases

90+ Point Rated South American Red Wines

South American Red Wines – Friday Wine Tasting

Join us this Friday between 4 and 7 p.m. as we take a trip to South America and taste some highly rated wines from Chile and Argentina.  Both countries enjoy favorable climates and terroirs, and South American red wines have never been better.  The world wine press has noticed and we’re serving you up a trio of 90+ point rated reds that are guaranteed to please your palate.  If you are a fan of or want to learn more about South American red wines, this is a tasting not to miss!

All of the tasting wines will be on sale at 10% off by the bottle, 15% off if you mix any six of them, or 20% off if you mix any twelve or more of them.  Thus, it’s not only a great time to taste, it’s the perfect time to buy and save!

The Wines
Prices range from $15 to $30 per bottle

1. 2012 Zorzal Wines Malbec “Terroir Unico” (Mendoza, Argentina) – Zorzal is a young winery, created in 2008, and it is owned and operated by the Michelini brothers.  The winery is quite simple, and they are championing the fermentation and aging of wines in egg-shaped cement vats, a trend that seems to be catching in Argentina and Chile.  Thus, this is not your typical Argentinean Malbec in the sense that it it sees no aging in oak at all.  The result is a wine with a strong sense of minerality, earth, and pure Malbec character.
92 points The Wine Advocate

2. 2012 Casa Silva Carmenere “Los Lingues Vineyard” (Colchagua Valley, Chile) – The Silva family pioneered grape-growing in the Colchagua Valley and their cellar is the oldest in the valley. They are regarded by most as one of the top Carmenere producers in the entire country and after tasting this one, we won’t argue with that assessment.  If you’d like to learn more about the Carmenere grape and its history in Chile, click here — otherwise, just note that it is Chile’s signature red wine, kind of like Malbec is to Argentina.  The Silvas have produced a classic version with their 2012 — full bodied and possessing an intense nose of dark fruits, spices and herbs, it finishes silky smooth and long with just a touch of tannic grip.  90 points Stephen Tanzer

3. 2011 Bodega Renacer Enamore Red Wine (Mendoza, Argentina) – Enamore is a joint venture between Renacer and famed Amarone producer Allegrini, and this is one interesting and delicious red wine.  Based on a blend of 45% Malbec, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Bonarda and 5% Cabernet Franc, after the grapes are harvested, they are allowed to partially dry in the arid winds of the Andean Mountains.  After that, the wine is fermented and then aged in new French oak for 12 months.  The resulting wine is gently and pleasantly sweet with rich notes of roasted fruit, raisin and exotic spices.  If you love Amarone, but hate paying the price, this is a delicious wine and a relatively great value.
91 points Stephen Tanzer

Asheville's Best Wine Tasting! Captivating Wines of North and South America.

Captivating Wines of North and South America

Join us this Friday any time between 4 and 7 p.m. to “wine down” your work week and get your week end off to a good start with the best wine tasting in Asheville!  As I said in the introduction, this week end, we’re focusing on the “Wines of the Americas,” and we’ve got a great lineup for you to try this Friday.  From Chile and Argentina to Oregon and California, you’ll get to sample a broad range of styles and types of wines of North and South America at a variety of price points, from everyday drinkers to more special occasion bottles.  You don’t want to miss it!

We’ll start with the 2013 Undurraga Chardonnay/Riesling, a unique blend that combines the richness and fullness of Chardonnay with brightness and zestiness of Riesling.  Don’t worry, it’s dry and it’s absolutely delicious.  After that, the 2013 Elk Cove Pinot Gris is one of Oregon’s finest versions of that grape variety.  It just received a 91 point score from Wine Enthusiast, and it deserves every single one of those points.  Boasting attractive notes of ripe peach, pear, tangerine and spice, this medium to full bodied white absolutely loves salmon and poultry dishes, although we have no problem drinking it without food.

Moving into the reds 2013 Finca Sophenia Altosur Malbec is a wine we think you’re going to like.  If you bought and liked this winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon (it was Wine of the Week a couple of week’s ago), do yourself a favor and come try this one.  Equally delicious and a great value as well, this full bodied, dark fruited, warm and spicy Malbec is a no-brainer all the way.  The second red, the 2010 Baptiste Cuvelier Cuvée del Maule is one of our favorite Chilean reds in the store.  The devastating earthquake off the coast of Chile’s Maule region in 2010 shook up more than just the populace.  Many winery barrels got tossed, turned, and in many cases broken.  Winemaker Baptiste Cuvelier picked from surviving barrels and made the best blend he could, and he did one heckuva’ job, and this wine is drinking incredibly well right now.  To finish up, we’ll pour you a wine from California’s oldest family owned and operated winery.  The 2011 Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvée is a fun and delicious blend of mainly Merlot and Cab with small amounts of several other grapes.  Lush, fruit forward and toasty, this one is loaded with ripe black cherry, blackberry, mocha and spicy oak notes.  Come help us celebrate the wines of the America’s this week end — all you have to do is stop by, taste, learn and save this Friday at Table Wine.

Tasting wines are 10% off by the bottle, 15% off if you mix six of them, and 20% off if you mix twelve of them!

The Wines
Prices range from $10 to $20 per bottle

 1. 2013 Undurraga Chardonnay/Riesling
(Central Valley, Chile)

 2. 2013 Elk Cove Pinot Gris
(Willamette Valley, Oregon)

 3. 2013 Finca Sophenia Altosur Malbec
(Tupungato-Mendoza, Argentina)

 4. 2010 Baptiste Cuvelier Cuvée del Maule
(Maule Valley, Chile)

 5. 2011 Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvée Red Blend
(Sonoma County, California)

Best wine tasting in Asheville!

The Best Wine Tasting in Asheville – French Summer Sippers

Join us this Friday, August 8th any time between 4 and 7 p.m. to “wine down” your work week and get your week end off to a good start with the best wine tasting in Asheville!  This week, we’ll have a delicious batch of fresh and delicious French Summer Sippers for you to try before you buy. Great with or without food, all of the wines we’re pouring this Friday are guaranteed to please.  The cost to taste all 5 wines is just $5 or it’s free if you’re a Grape Nut.

We’ll start with what we believe is one of the best white wine values in the world, the 2013 Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet, a bone-dry, mineral driven white wine filled with fresh lemon and apple notes that will get your mouth watering.  After that, the 2013 Domaine Baron Touraine Vieilles Vignes is classic Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc bursting with tangy lime, green apple, quince, mineral and herb notes.

Moving into the reds, the 2012 Vignerons de Buxy Gamay/Pinot Noir, from the southern part of Burgundy, is one of the most charming red wines in the store.  With lots of juicy, lively red fruit and a touch of earth, this is the quintessential summer red wine.  The 2013 Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais is equally charming, but a little bit richer and fuller.  From very old Gamay vines, it offers up a nicely rounded, invigorating palate of pure berry fruit.  And to finish things up, the 2012 Eric Texier Cotes du Rhone is a Team Table Wine Favorite.  A blend of Grenache and a few white varietals, this is the lighter, juicier, fresher side of Cotes du Rhone. Served in top notch bistros throughout Paris, it tastes great with or without classic bistro fare. Come on by, taste, learn, and save every Friday at Table Wine.

Tasting wines are 10% off by the bottle, 15% off if you mix six of them, and 20% off if you mix twelve of them! 

The Wines
Prices range from $12 to $20 per bottle 

1. 2013 Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie
(Loire Valley, France) 

2. 2013 Domaine Baron Touraine Blanc “Vieilles Vignes”
(Loire Valley, France) 

3. 2012 Vignerons de Buxy Gamay/Pinot Noir
(Burgundy, France) 

4. 2013 Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais
(Beaujolais, France) 

5. 2012 Eric Texier Cotes du Rhone
(Rhone Valley, France)

Friday Wine Down: Spanish Reds from Juan Gil Family Estates

This Friday, February 28th from 4 to 7 p.m. — $5/person…..Free for Grape Nuts — If you like full bodied, spicy-rich reds, this is your tasting! We’ll pour nothing but reds this Friday, and we’ll be featuring wines from the historic, award winning Juan Gil Family Estates.  Founded in 1916 in Jumilla, Spain, this family run operation now includes vineyards and wines from a number of Spain’s most prolific growing zones. From their entry level Honoro Vera wines to their more “grown up” wines like Atteca, Can Blau, and Juan Gil Monastrell, everything this family touches is delicious and you can’t beat the prices.  We’ll have six of their wines open to try before you buy, and there’s something for everyone here.  Join us and get your week end off to a great start with a Friday Wine Down at Table Wine!

The Wines

1. 2012 Honoro Vera Merlot (Jumilla, Spain): This is one of the top selling red wines in the store, and if you haven’t tasted it, now is your chance.  Aged for four months in French and American oak, it is sweet, ripe and friendly with spicy notes of ripe cherry, plum, vanilla, chocolate and mint.

2. 2012 Honoro Vera Garnacha (Calatayud, Spain): Moving into the northern, higher, more rugged landscape of Calatayud, Honor Vera’s Garnacha is just a pure turn-on wine.  Ripe, fleshy, soft and open knit, it is a relatively straightforward wine, but what’s not to like.  Ripe blueberry, blackberry and cherry fruit are framed nicely by spicy mocha notes.

3. 2012 Honoro Vera Monastrell (Jumilla, Spain): Here’s another amazing value and one that already has a number of fans. With notes of cherry and blackberry liqueur along with a smoky, floral quality, this is one of those wines to buy in bulk for all sorts of casual drinking occasions.

4. 2011 Bodegas Ateca “Atteca” Garnacha Old Vines (Calatayud, Spain): Atteca is basically the “reserve” bottling of the Honoro Vera Garnacha.  Grapes come from older vines (up to 100 years old) and the aging in oak is longer, resulting in a wine with more palate coverage and saturated flavors.  Silky, sweet, ripe and ready to go, this one shoots out of the glass with sexy notes of kirsch, macerated strawberry, coffee, mocha and exotic spice notes.

5. 2012 Celler Can Blau “Blau” (Montsant, Spain): This Priorat lookalike is composed of Carignan, Garnacha and Syrah and enjoys a brief aging in French oak.  The resulting wine is polished, pure and fleshy with ripe raspberry, cherry and strawberry notes along with pronounced Asian spice nuances.

6. 2012 Bodegas Juan Gil Monastrell (Jumilla, Spain): The estate specialty is Monastrell, and this one comes from 40 year old vines and is aged for 12 months in new French oak.  Explosive notes of blueberry, blackberry, black cherry, licorice, pepper and violet permeate this full bodied, full flavored effort.

Friday Wine Down: Hobo Wine Company Tasting

Friday, February 21st from 4 to 7 p.m. — $5/person…..Free for Grape Nuts — We are super-psyched to welcome Kenny Likitprakong of The Hobo Wine Company to Asheville and to Table Wine for a wine tasting featuring a wide array of selections from his arsenal.  Kenny is one of those guys that we love to support for a number of reasons.  He makes incredibly delicious and affordable wines and he’s not afraid to take chances.  Born in Healdsburg, California to a Thai father and a Jewish mother, the wine bug caught him early as he “started soaking up wine fumes at Domaine St. George,” the winery owned by his great uncle.  Growing up, Kenny was much more into skateboarding and snowboarding than wine, but after several years of travelling like a hobo around the world, the wine bug brought him back to California.

He studied at UC-Davis and after graduation he cut his teeth interning at a couple of Sonoma County wineries.  Once he felt he had the hang of things, Kenny started Hobo and Banyan Wines in 2002; at the same time, he continued his travels around the world, surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding, drinking beer and tasting more wines while continuing to make wines for others in California.  He’s truly an original character, and what makes his enterprise even more amazing is the fact that he doesn’t own a single vineyard, a wine making facility, or even a delivery truck.  Whatever the case, it doesn’t seem to matter as his wines and his operation have been positively reviewed by a number of leading wine writers and critics from Stephen Tanzer to Jon Bonné from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Table Wine Asheville - Hobo Wine Company Wine Tasting

Kenny, his wife, and their little one standing in one of the many vineyards he works with.

I could go on and on, but how about we let Kenny tell you more about himself and his wines during the tasting?  We’ll pour at least 5 of his wines and we’ll offer them at some great prices.  You do not want to miss this chance to meet one of the emerging winemakers of California and taste his wines.  We’ll have at least the following 5 wines open to try before you buy:

1. 2013 Camp Chardonnay (Sonoma County, California): This no-oak white is a lovely expression of Sonoma County Chardonnay.  It’s a pretty wine laced with aromas and flavors of green apple, pear, peach and mixed tropical fruits.  Enjoy it with or without food!

2. 2013 Banyan Gewurztraminer (Monterey County, California): Kenny loves Asian cuisine and he loves wines that compliment the exotic and spicy flavors that are typical in Asian fare.  He sources the fruit from old vines in the Ventana Vineyard in Arroyo Seco, and the wine is pretty much dry, with a nice mix of peach, orange, lemongrass and fresh flower aromas and flavors.  This is his highest production wine at just under 1,600 cases………that’s not a lot!

3. 2012 HOBO Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley, California): I love the way this guy crafts Zinfandel!  Using fruit from all corners of the Dry Creek Valley, it’s rich, but not overripe and fruit forward, but not a fruit bomb.  Structured, yet friendly, this one offers up notes of spicy red and black currant, cherry, mocha and vanilla.  Just 525 cases made!

4. 2012 HOBO Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley, California): Lean like a lot of French wine, but fruit forward like the best of California, this is a super classy rendition of California Cabernet Sauvignon.  Bright and zesty and full of vigor, this wine delivers bright cherry/black cherry fruit in addition to complex floral and spice notes.  Just 600 cases made!

5. 2012 HOBO Zinfandel “Rockpile Branham Vineyard” (Sonoma County, California): This was the first vineyard Kenny ever purchased fruit from.  For a fun read about how he made this happen, click here.  This is one of his smallest production wines, with just 275 cases made, and it is a jaw droppingly delicious one!  With a heady bouquet of dark berry preserves, spices, lavender and mineral, this one is rich, yet refined and nearly impossible to put down.

Friday Wine Down – New Releases From Chakana Estate

Friday, January 17th from 4 to 7 p.m. — $5/person…..Free for Grape Nuts – Come “wine down” your week with us this Friday and get your week end off to a good start!  This week, we’re going to pour just two red wines, but they’re quite special, at least wine critic Robert Parker thinks so (we do too!).  Many of you have tried and loved past vintages from Argentina’s Chakana Winery, and their 2012’s have just arrived with some glowing reviews.

First up, you’ll get to taste the Esate Selection Malbec, which Parker described as “a wine of delicacy, suppleness and full bodied power as well as tremendous harmony and purity.”  Next up, you’ll taste the Estate Red, a blend of 60% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Syrah; Parker said “If this were a Napa Valley or Bordeaux red, it would undoubtedly be priced at $150 to $200.” It’s going to be a really tasty-good time!

Remember, if you’re a Grape Nut, you can stop by anytime on Friday, not just between 4 and 7, to taste the wines for free.  Even better, there will be a special Grape Nuts price on both of the wines. 

1. 2012 Chakana Estate Selection Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina): “Chakana’s 2012 Malbec Estate (100% Malbec aged in new and used French oak for 18 months) exhibits a dense, saturated ruby/purple color along with a sweet perfume of charcoal, white chocolate, blueberries and blackberries intermixed with hints of forest floor and spring flowers. A wine of delicacy, suppleness and full-bodied power as well as tremendous harmony and purity, it will provide pleasure over the next 7-8 years.”
Robert Parker – 92 points 

2. 2012 Chakana Estate Red Blend (Mendoza, Argentina): “The 2012 Estate Red is a blend of 60% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Shiraz aged 10 months in 100% new French oak. This killer red comes from Chakana-s two well-placed vineyards in southern Mendoza, Agrelo and Alta Mira. Aromas of flowers, blackberries, camphor, forest floor and subtle new oak emerge from this full-bodied, textured, opulent blockbuster. Extremely pure and rich, this bargain-priced Malbec should drink well for 6-10+ years. If this were a Napa Valley or Bordeaux red, it would undoubtedly be priced between $150.00-200.00.”
Robert Parker – 95 points

Friday Wine Down: Asheville Wine Lovers Unite!

(Friday, January 10th from 4-7 p.m. — $5/person…..Free for Grape Nuts) – That’s right; Friday Wine Downs are back and they run from 4 to 7 p.m. and the cost is $5/person.  If you’re a Grape Nut, however, not only is the tasting free, but you can stop by any time on Fridays to taste through the wines.  If you don’t like crowds, it’s a good idea to get here before 5:00.  Either way, now is a great time to either renew your Grape Nuts membership or to join up.  For more details on what it means to be a Grape Nut, just click here.

For our first Wine Down of 2014, we’ll pour some budget busting reds and whites from the classic wine growing regions of Western Europe.  We’ll start with a dry and aromatically pleasing liter of Austrian Gruner Veltliner before we move to an exceptional Sauvignon Blanc-based, White Bordeaux crafted by a Master of Wine.  Moving into the reds, we’ll start with another Austrian “liter of wine love” in the form of a friendly, Pinot Noir-like Zweigelt.  After that, we’ll pour you a hearty and rustic red from Mediterranean France, and we’ll finish up with an Italian Corvina that The Wine Advocate named one of the top red wine values of the year for 2013.  Stop by, “wine down” your week and get your week end off to a good start at Table Wine each and every Friday from 4 to 7.

Here’s a list of the wines we’ll be pouring this Friday:

1. 2012 Carlo Huber “Uber” Gruner Veltliner 1 Liter (Burgenland, Austria)
New York-based importer Carlo Huber helped to assemble this dry, quaffable and enjoyable wine perfect for any occasion.  It offers up an enticing nose of ripe apple, peach, tropical fruits and white florals leading into a zesty, refreshing palate or mixed citrus and orchard fruits.

2. 2012 St. Glinglin Bordeaux Blanc (Bordeaux, France)
Master Sommelier Richard Betts, former sommelier at the Little Nell in Aspen (my old stomping grounds), is the man behind St. Glinglin.  Roughly translated as “when pigs fly”, you can read more about the project and the label by clicking here to access a Wine Spectator article.  Essentially, he’s working with a veteran Bordeaux negociant (François Thienpont to be exact) to create affordably delicious wines, and his White Bordeaux is exactly that.  Bright and aromatically complex, this one burst out of the glass with aromas and flavors of green apple, white peach, lime and jalapeno pepper.

3. 2012 Zum Martin Sepp Zweigelt 1 Liter (Vienna, Austria)
Zweigelt was “born” in 1922 when Austrian researcher Fritz Zweigelt crossed a very highly regarded Austrian grape (Blaufrankisch) with a lesser known member of the Pinot Noir family (St. Laurent).  The resulting wine takes on many of the characteristics of Pinot Noir — light, juicy and fresh, this one offers up smoky notes of cherry, raspberry and strawberry……..even better, it comes in a 1 liter bottle that gets you an extra 1/3 bottle of wine!

4. 2012 Chateau d’Oupia Les Heretiques (Languedoc-Roussillon, France)
The  late Andre Iché was one of the first small family growers in the Languedoc to quite selling to the local cooperatives.  It was a very controversial move at the time, but one that helped propel many others to do the same with the net result being that the quality of wines from the region improved dramatically.  These days, the winery is run by Andre’s daughter, and this is one of the great red wine values in the world!  The current vintage is 100% Carignan, from vineyards ranging in age from 40 to 100 years old, and the taste is more honest than Abe Lincoln.  Bright and pure, it exudes notes of fresh cherry, spice and plum……..yum!

5. 2012 Tenuta Sant’Antonio Scaia Rosso (Veneto, Italy)
The Wine Advocate’s Monica Larner proclaimed this wine as one of the top Italian values of the year.  Composed entirely of Corvina, the “headlining” grape in Valpolicella and Amarone, this is about as drinkable, friendly and complex as red wine can get for under $15.  Fresh berries, peppery mineral, and damp earth dominate the nose leading into a fresh and juicy palate of  just picked berries and peppery spice.

Table Wine Asheville - Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting

Crazy About Cab Tasting – Friday, July 19th., 2013 – 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Cabernet Sauvignon continues to be the red wine of choice for many of our customers, and we’re going to celebrate that fact this Friday with an “all Cab” lineup of wines.  The grape thrives in almost every major wine producing region in the world, and we’re going to let you sample five different ones.  From Argentina to Chile to Australia to California, you should notice that even though all of the wines are based on the same grape, they have their own distinct personalities.  Let us be your “tour guides” this Friday as we explore the world of Cabernet Sauvignon.
$5/person…..Free for Grape Nuts

The Wines You’ll Get To Try
Prices range from $10 to $24

1. 2011 Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza, Argentina) – Tilia is owned by the Catenas, Argentina’s first family of wine, and they are putting out some of the country’s top values.  Their Cabernet is a wonderful rendition of the grape at a very attractive price.  Medium bodied and zesty, it offers up notes of black currant, cherry and blueberry and a wonderful balance between tannin and ripe fruit.

2. 2011 Foxglove Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles, California) – When Jim and Bob Varner aren’t making award winning Pinots and Chardonnays under their Varner label, they buy high quality fruit to make their Foxglove range of wines.  Their Cabernet is a stellar value that shows true Paso Robles character – more lush, ripe and fruit driven with nice little side notes of earth and spice.

3. 2009 Cousino Macul Cabernet Sauvignon “Antiguas Reservas”  (Maipo Valley, Chile) – Cousino Macul is one of Chile’s oldest family owned and operated wineries, and their “AR” Cab as it’s called is one of the iconic wines of  the country.  With a Bordeaux like nose of tobacco, mint and dark fruit, this is firmly rooted in the “Old World” model of wine.  The palate is rich, yet crisp and vibrant, with black currant, cherry, floral and smoke notes.  Even better, you can drink this one over the next 10+ years.

4. 2011 Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon (Margaret River, Australia) – Australia’s Margaret River region in the far western part of the country has developed a great reputation for Bordeaux varietals.  The cool, ocean-influenced climate is ideal for the cultivation of grapes, and Ringbolt is a great introduction to Margaret River Cab.  Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon gives a pure, intensely fruited nose of ripe black currant, black cherries and pencil shavings with touches of lightly grilled bread, dried mint and chocolate box.

5. 2010 Hendry Ranch “HRW” Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley, California) – George Hendry is a quality fanatic and only makes about 1,400 cases of this, his “second” wine.  It is classic Napa Cab, with gorgeous notes of warm cassis, spice box, cedar and graphite along with a beautifully balanced palate.

Purchase any 6+ bottles of the tasting wines and we’ll give you a 15% discount.

“545” Wine Tasting – Try 5 Wines for $5 – Friday, June 5th., 2013 – 4 to 7 pm

Join us this Friday in south Asheville to taste the latest and greatest wines to hit this side of town.  Sometimes, our Friday tastings are themed, but when we run out of ideas, we just head to our expansive shelves and pick some wines that we know we haven’t poured yet, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do this Friday.  Join us for a truly adventurous tasting of 100% good stuff from all over the world.

We’ll start with an unique and exotically fruited white from Portugal before we move on to a silky textured Pinot Blanc from Alsace.  We’ll follow that up with a few reds starting with a pure, bright and refreshing Barbera from Italy’s Piemonte zone before we move on to a stellar value, highly rated Bordeaux from the brilliant 2010 vintage.  We’ll wrap it all up with new (2011) Zinfandel from Seghesio……….if you want to get a head start on buying wines that will make Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list, go ahead and stock up on this one.  It’s going to be fun and festive at Table Wine on Friday, so stop on by and get your week end off to a good start.
$5/person…..Free for Grape Nuts

The Wines You’ll Get To Try

1. 2011 Monte Velho Blanco (Alentejo, Portugal)
This was the wine of the spring/summer last year, but we haven’t poured it for months now.  A blend of Roupeiro, Antao Vaz and Perrum (HUH?) it is rich and creamy with a nice mix of apple and peach fruit along with refreshing acidity to provide balance.

2. 2011 Meyer Fonné Pinot Blanc Vieilles Vignes (Alsace, France)
This deceptively titled wine comes from vineyards that range in age from 35 to 50 years, and the name of the wine doesn’t sum it up.  Felix Meyer includes old vine Pinot Blanc, Auxerrois, Pinot Gris and even a little Pinot Noir in this bottling and it is a terrific value in white wine.  With a silky, oily texture and intense flavors of peach, apricot, orange, apple, pepper and mineral, this is no one trick pony.

3. 2011 Dacapo Barbera d’Asti (Piemonte, Italy)
Da capo means “from the top”, and in 1997 this estate represented a new start for two friends, colleagues from the wine trade with a desire to focus on wine with finesse, elegance, and authenticity.  Paolo Dania and Dino Riccomagno make a lovely Barbera d’Asti that embodies everything Barbera should be and then some.  Brightly fruited, pure and easy to drink, it bursts out of the glass with pure red cherry, cranberry and subtle earthy notes…………..”I find it hard not to drink the entire bottle.”  (Josh Spurling)

4. 2010 Chateau de Mirambeau Bordeaux Superieur (Bordeaux, France)
A blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc, this over-achieving  Bordeaux Superieur displays loads of cassis fruit, licorice and subtle smoke along with hints of graphite and earth. It is delicious, silky smooth and ideal for drinking over the next 3-4 years.

5. 2011 Seghesio Zinfandel (Sonoma County, California)
“An excellent wine from a challenging vintage, with black cherry and spice aromas opening to rich wild berry, mineral and toasty sage flavors that wrap around a concentrated core of acidity and tannins. Best from 2015 through 2021.”
92 points – Wine Spectator

Purchase any 6+ bottles of the tasting wines and we’ll give you a 15% discount.