Table Wine Holiday Hours

Merry Christmas and happy holidays!  It’s been another great year for Table Wine and we thank all of you for making that happen.  Please take a look at our holiday hours as they are different than our usual hours.  We hope to see you soon.

For Christmas
We will close at 4:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve and will be closed both Christmas day and the day after, returning to the shop on Tuesday, December 27th at 11 a.m.

For New Years
We will close at 5:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and will be closed both New Years day and the day after, returning to the shop on Tuesday, January 3rd at 11 a.m.

Table Wine’s New Year’s Schedule

We’re wishing you and yours a Happy New Year!  We will be closing at 5:00 on New Year’s Eve and will reopen Monday, January 4th at 11:00 a.m.

Table Wine’s Holiday Schedule

We’re wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a joyous holiday season.  We will be closing at 4:00 on Christmas Eve and will reopen Monday, December 28th at 11:00.

For New Year’s, we will be closing at 5:00 on New Year’s Eve and will reopen Monday, January 4th at 11:00.

 

Monte Oton Garnacha, one of the great red wine values in the world.

2013 Bodegas Borsao Monte Oton

Case of the Week – 89 point Spanish red as low as $6.99/bottle!!!  Warning, we bought the rest of our distributor’s inventory on this, and it will sell out fast.  This is such a no-brainer that I’m going to make an attempt not to go on too long about it.  When searching for extreme wine values, look no further than Spain and especially the Campo de Borja region.  Located just south of Rioja and Navarra in North-Central Spain, this area is home to some of the country’s and the world’s greatest red wine values, and the grape responsible for all of these great values is Garnacha, aka Grenache.  Of all of the producers of the region, Bodegas Borsao might “do” Garnacha the best.  One of the pioneering producers of the region, they are the unofficial emperors of “The Empire of Garnacha.” The 2013 Bodegas Borsao Monte Oton is undoubtedly one of the best red wine values in the world.
Rated 89 points by Vinous Media and 88 points by The Wine Advocate, it sells well below $10 and can be yours for as low as $6.99/bottle.  Here’s the deal:

2013 Bodegas Borsao Monte Oton

Regular Price: $8.99/bottle

Buy 12 or more Bottles: $7.64/bottle (15% off)
Buy 6-11 Bottles: $8.09/bottle (10% off)

The Campo de Borja region is part of the larger Aragon region, and most experts agree that this is where the Garnacha grape originated.  Today, Garnacha accounts for nearly 60% of the D.O.’s vineyard plantings, and Bodegas Borsao represents almost 35% of the total D.O. vineyard surface.  This is not a small family affair; instead, it is a cooperative composed of 620 different small growers all working towards a common goal — producing the best Garnacha-based wines of the region.  They are succeeding!

Monte Oton is Borsao’s entry level Garnacha, and it is 100% Garnacha from 15 to 25 year old vineyards situated high on the windswept slopes of the extinct volcano, Moncayo. This sun drenched, arid location is ideal for harvesting, perfectly matured, fully ripened Garnacha grapes.  Once harvested, the wine is fermented in stainless steel  to preserve all the natural aromas of the grape.  Surprisingly full bodied and packed with aromas and flavors of kirsch, blueberry, peppery spice, and earth.  Styled like a really good Cotes du Rhone, but selling for a lot less, this one is going to disappear quickly.

It looks like my attempt to limit my words did not work, but all good wines have a story to tell.  We poured this one this past Saturday, and there’s not much left of the 10 cases we picked up from our distributor.  Bad news, they’re out now!  Good news, we still have six cases to sell, and this is the perfect one to have around the house for all occasions, big and small.  It’s on sale for the next two weeks unless we run out first and……and it’s gonna’ run out. Stop by and pick some up or email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com if you’d like us to hold some for you until you can get by.

A 93 point rated Super Tuscan for less than $!5? Yep, the 2012 Tommasi Poggio al Tufo Rompicollo is one the great Italian red wine values in the marketplace.

2012 Tommasi Poggio al Tufo Rompicollo

Wine of the Weeks – 93 point rated Super Tuscan for less than $15!  How often do you come across 93 point rated wines for less than $15?  How about 93 point rated wines from one of Italy’s most famous names in Amarone? Rarely, hardly ever, never!  Trust us folks, the 2012 Tommasi Poggio al Tufo Rompicollo is one of our best finds of the new year, and it’s more than worthy of the press that has been bestowed up on it.  After pouring it this past Saturday and running out way too fast, we think the wine loving folks who frequent Table Wine concur.  Don’t worry, we’ve reloaded and we’ve decided to put this one on sale for the next two weeks unless we run out first and that is a serious possibility.  Here’s the deal:

2012 Tommasi Poggio al Tufo Rompicollo

Regular Price: $16.99/bottle

Buy 12+ Bottles: $14.44 (15% off)
Buy 6-11 Bottles: $15.29/bottle (10% off)

The famed Tommasi family of Valpolicella purchased the Poggio al Tufo Estate in 1997.  Located in Maremma, along Tuscany’s southwestern coast, this region has long been a hotbed of Super Tuscan activity.  Ever heard of Tignanello, Sassicaia, or Ornellaia?  These legendary estates were some of the pioneers of the region, and these days, their wines sell for hundreds of dollars.  What these famed estates and the Tommasi family recognized about the Maremma region were some very special traits that would allow them to propel Tuscan wines to new heights.  First and foremost, it’s all about the dirt, namely the vein of the famed galestro soil of Brunello di Montalcino that is prevalent throughout the region.  This rocky, hard to work soil stresses the vines and yields wines with full, assertive flavors. The region is also one of the warmest in all of Tuscany, and this allows for richer and riper Sangiovese as well as the cultivation of later ripening Bordeaux varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot) and Syrah.  When these grapes are combined in varying proportions, the net result is that you get complex red wines that combine the earthy, red fruit of Sangiovese with the darker fruit and more powerful structure of the other varietals.  It’s no surprise that the region has become known as Super Tuscan Central.

When the Tommasi family set up shop in the zone in 1997, one of their first creations was Rompicollo, a term that roughly translates as “neck-breaking” in English.  The name was inspired by the backbreaking labor required to farm in the volcanic, Tufo-rich soils of the area.  Trust us, there’s nothing “hard” about buying or drinking this wine. Rated 93 points by Ian D’Agata of Vinous Media (one of our favorite wine reviewing journals), that puts this one is the same ranks as wines that cost well north of $100.  A blend of 60% Sangiovese and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 12 months in Slovenian oak, this one bursts out of the glass with ripe, warm aromas of cherry, blackberry, blueberry and plum along with more complex notes of sun baked earth, brown spice, and a touch of black pepper. On the palate, it’s powerful but accessible, with well integrated tannins, plush fruit, and a 30+ second finish.  Drink it with a big plate of Italian antipasto for simple pleasure or decant and drink with your favorite meat.

D’Agata said: “Dark bright red. Amarone-like opulence on the nose and in the mouth, with a raisiny nuance to the ripe, soft red cherry, sweet spice and herb aromas and flavors. So velvety and opulent I would have tasted it in Veneto had I tasted it blind, but it’s so well balanced and smooth that it’s pretty irresistible. Finishes long, with lush, smooth tannins and a hint of residual sweetness. I really like this wine because, for all its showy sweetness and opulence, it manages to retain a graceful quality without going over the top. Amarone lovers will score it even higher than I have.”

This one will go fast, so we recommend you stop by and pick some up as soon as possible or you can call us at 828.505.8588 or email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com and we’ll be glad to hold some for you until you can get by the store.

 

Table Wine Closed Today

Thursday, February 26th: Due to the wintry weather, Table Wine is closed today.  We’ll be back tomorrow at 11 a.m. and the free wine tasting from 4 to 7 p.m. is still happening!  Be safe and stay warm.

Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting

Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting

Join us this Saturday, February 21st between 2 and 5 p.m. for a free Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting featuring three different version of the King of Grapes.  With winter bearing down on us, there are few wines better for keeping you warm than a good, hearty, full bodied Cab.  We’ll have three different ones open for you to try before you buy, and all of the tasting wines will be on sale at 10% off by the bottles, 15% off if you mix six of them, and 20% off if you mix a case of more of them.  Stop by, taste, learn, and save every week-end at Table Wine.

The Wines
Prices range from $10 to $24 per bottle

1. 2012 Dante Cabernet Sauvignon – From various parts of California, Michael Pozzan’s Dante Cabernet Sauvignon is perfect for everyday drinking, with or without food.  Ripe, round, and inviting, it offers up a nice mix of lush berry fruit and toasty oak.  At just over $10/bottle, don’t over think this one.

2. 2011 Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon – Australia Margaret River region is one of the country’s top spots for Cabernet Sauvignon, and the Cab-driven wines from here tend to take on a slight Bordeaux-like nuance.  The one from Ringbolt opens “to aromas of freshly crushed blueberries and blackcurrants with nuances of cedar, cloves, pencil lead and dried oregano. Medium to full-bodied, it offers a good amount of herbal-laced, black fruit flavors, medium-levels of chewy tannins and long finish. Drink it now to 2018.” The Wine Advocate – 88 points 

3. 2010 James Creek Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon – Grape grower Scott Brown’s vineyards are located in Popes Valley, in the eastern, more inland part of Napa.  Scott makes a pretty good living selling his grapes to a number of big name producers, but he also makes tiny quantities of his own wines.  For the 2010 vintage, he made just 348 cases of this full bodied, full flavored, strapping Cabernet Sauvignon.  It’s a great deal too!

Classic Thanksgiving Wines

Join us this Saturday, November 15th any time between 2 and 5 p.m. for our annual tasting featuring Classic Thanksgiving Wines. Whether you need good wines that will taste great with turkey, ham, and all of the fixins’ or affordable, value wines to keep the family happy and at peace, we’ve got you covered.  John McCarthy and Damon Haynes from Proof Wine and Spirits will join us to pour 12 different wines from their extensive portfolio, and the tasting is free to the public.  The prices on the wines range from $10 to $50, and even better all of the tasting wines will be on sale at 10% off by the bottle, 15% off if you mix any six of them, and 20% off if you mix any 12 or more of them.  It’s the perfect time to taste, learn and save on wines that are guaranteed to make this Thanksgiving the best ever.

The Wines

1. Jean Bourdy Crémant du Jura
100% Chardonnay and every bit as good as many Champagnes at half the price.  

2. Domaine Duffour Cotes de Gascogne
One of the best white wine values in the lineup.  Fresh, tart, herbaceous and packed with ripe apple, melon and lime fruit.

3. Domaine Daulny Sancerre
Beautiful, stylish, Sauvignon Blanc from one of the region’s great producers.  Lime, quince, ginger, integrated mineral — yep, all of that and a little bit more!

4. Jean Manciat Macon-Charnay “Franclieu”
Plump, rich, vibrant and mineral-laced Chardonnay from Southern Burgundy, this might be our top white wine pick for Thanksgiving this year.

5. Banyan Gewurztraminer
Dry and spicy, with exotic fruit and floral notes, this is one of the best renditions of Gewurztraminer produced in our country.

6. Renardat-Fache Cerdon de Bugey
This stuff should be illegal!  A low alcohol, lightly sweet and sparkling blend of Gamay and Poulsard.  I’ll let John and Damon tell you more about this “way too easy to drink” natural wine.

7. Bodan Roan Pinot Noir
A clean, bright, and fruit filled California Pinot Noir perfect for the meal or for drinking while you watch football post meal.

8. Clos de la Roilette Fleurie
Like Pinot Noir?  You’ll love this Cru Beaujolais that flows with zesty berry fruit and pepper.  This is our pick for the top red to go with turkey this year.

9. Bernard Baudry Chinon “Domaine”
Earthy, zesty, vibrant Cabernet Franc from one of the region’s masters.  The perfect wine to pair with all of the earthy flavors at the table.

10. Piaugier Cotes du Rhone Rouge
This one is new and we predict it will become one of the best selling wines in the store.  That is all!

11. Folk Machine Charbono
Charbono is almost extinct in California.  We don’t understand why because it’s so tasty, kind of like a really good Italian Barbera.  Come see what we mean.

12. Roger Perrin Chateauneuf du Pape
Hands down, one of the best Chateauneuf du Pape values in the world.  This was Decanter’s (Britain’s Wine Spectator) top rated Chateauneuf of the vintage.

Distinctive White Wines of Western Europe

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!  This week, we’ll be pouring and talking about delicious and distinctive white wines from various parts of the Euro-Zone.  Team Table Wine is comprised of three dudes who all absolutely love white wine, and we’re excited to get these into your tasting glasses this week!  The cost for the tasting is just $5 to try 5 wines.

We’ll start with the 2013 Pietralta Bianco Toscana, a wine that works great as a Pinot Grigio alternative.  Composed of Trebbiano and Malvasia, it’s about as fresh as white wine can get.  Up next, the 2013 Oltretorrente Cortese Colli Tortonesi is made from the same grape (Cortese) that is used to make Gavi, one of Northern Italy’s most famous white wines.  With great purity, texture and minerality, this is perfect for the white wine geek.

We depart Northwestern Italy and head next to Northwestern Spain’s, one of the top white wine zones in the country.  The 2012 Benaza Godello is a real charmer!  With nice body and texture, this peach, pear and spice scented wine will remind some of Chardonnay.  Even better, the 2012 Benito Santos Albarino is one of the best we’ve ever stocked.  This was one of the pioneering producers of Albarino, and the wine is absolutely sensational — super dry, intense and mineralic, it lights up the palate with lime, lemon and pineapple fruit.  And to finish up, we head south into Portugal with the 2012 Luis Pato Branco Vinhas Velhas.  It is without a doubt the best white wine we’ve ever had from Portugal.  We’ll tell you more about it when we see you this Friday!

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 Pietralta Bianco Toscana (Tuscany, Italy) 

2. 2013 Oltretorrente Cortese Colli Tortonesi (Piemonte, Italy) 

3. 2012 Benaza Godello (Monterrei, Spain) 

4. 2012 Benito Santos Albarino (Puglia, Italy) 

5. 2012 Luis Pato Branco Vinhas Velhas (Beiras, Portugal)

 

The best free wine tasting in Asheville.

Free Wine Tasting – French Selections from Vintage 59 Imports

Stop by the store every Saturday any time between 2 and 5 p.m. for an educational and free wine tasting .  This Saturday, we’ll have some dazzling new Southern French wines open for you to “try before you buy.” All of the wines are chosen and brought into the U.S. by Roy Cloud of Vintage 59 Imports.  Based out of Washington, D.C., Roy has an impeccable palate and a knack for finding truly artisanal wines at affordable prices.  We’re proud to carry these wines, and we can’t wait for you to try them.

We’ll start with the 2013 Chateau Coupe Roses Minervois Blanc “Champ du Roy,” an intensely aromatic and delicious blend of Vigonier, Muscat, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc from the southern part of France.  It will delight you with its flavors of peach, apricot, flowers and basil oil.  Next up, the 2012 Closerie des Lys Rouge is one of our new favorites.  A blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, this pure and unbridled red wine is a classic bistro-styled red that sells for a song.  And to finish things up, the 2012 Coupe Roses Minervois “Cuvée des Vignals” is a blend of old vine Syrah, Grenache, and Carignan.  Moderately rich, spicy and flowing with brambly berries, it’s an engaging wine that offers you a pure taste of Southern France at a great price.  The only thing left for you to do is stop by, taste, learn and save this and every Saturday at Table Wine.

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

The Wines
Prices range from $12 to $22 per bottle 

1. 2013 Coupe Roses Minervois Blanc “Champ du Roy”
(Languedoc, France) 

2. 2012 Closerie des Lys Rouge
(Languedoc, France) 

3. 2012 Coupe Roses Minervois Rouge “Cuvée Vignals”
(Languedoc, France)