Southern Italian Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Sensational Southern Italian Wines – Try Three For Free Wine Tasting

Saturday, July 22 from 2-5 p.m. – Stop by the store this Saturday to sample some truly sensational Southern Italian wines.  All of the wines are great, but the 2013 Morella Old Vines Primitivo is truly special.  It is one of the highest rated versions of its type to ever be produced!

The hot summer weather that is upon has me dreaming of warm and sunny Southern Italy.  I love the region’s rich and juicy reds as well as it’s Mediterranean styled whites.  Join us as we pour you some perennial favorites as well as some new ones.  Up first, it’s the brilliant Vermentino from Sardinia’s Argiolas. Crisp, fresh, and delightful, it has me dreaming  of the beach and seafood.  Up next, it’s a new extreme value from small grower/producer Paolo Petrilli.  A medium bodied, juicy blend of Nero di Troia, Aglianico, Montepulciano and Bombino Bianco, this is Italy’s answer to French Cotes du Rhone.  Last, but not least, we’ll pour you a really special treat in the form of Morella’s Old Vine Primitivo.  Australian Lisa Gilbee is making some of the region’s top wines, and this one just scored 93 points in The Wine Advocate.  Trust me, you’re gonna’ love it.  Stop by, taste, learn, and save big on all of the featured tasting wines.

All of the featured tasting wines are on sale the day of the tasting: take 10% off if you mix any 3, 15% off if you mix any 6, or 20% off if you mix any 12.

1. 2015 Argiolas Costamolino Vermentino (Sardinia, Italy) – I’ve had 10 consecutive vintages of this wine and it’s always fantastic.  A candidate for one of the best whites to serve with any sort of seafood, it is zesty and crisp with notes of melon, citrus, and white flowers.  I also enjoy it as an aperitif, especially on hot summer days.
Tasting Price: $15.29 in mixed 3-packs | $14.44 in mixed 6-packs | $13.59 in mixed cases

2. 2016 Paolo Petrilli Motte del Lupo (Puglia, Italy) – Jay Murrie of Durham’s Piedmont Wine Imports brings this one to us from a small, certified organic estate based in Lucera in the heel of Italy’s boot.  It is one of the most charming red wines I’ve tasted this year.  A stainless steel fermented blend of Nero di Troia, Sangiovese, Montepulciano, and the rarely seen Bombino Bianco, it is much lighter and fresher than most Puglian reds.  Bright notes of cherry, plum, herbs and spice flow through this extreme Italian red wine value.  Yum!
Tasting Price: $11.69 in mixed 3-packs | $11.04 in mixed 6-packs | $10.39 in mixed cases

2. 2013 Morella Old Vines Primitivo (Puglia, Italy) – Lisa Gilbee makes the best Primitivos in Italy……..there, I said it!  Crazy story — Lisa is from Australia, but she married a native Puglian and now is considered one of the region’s top winemakers.  Her home estate in Manduria is certifed biodynamic, and all of her vines are old — 80 years old for this wine. Grapes are hand harvested, fermented in small open vats, and then aged for 14 months in new French barriques.  The wine is then aged an additional 18 months in bottle before release.  The resulting wine is truly awesome.
Tasting Price: $47.69 in mixed 3-packs | $45.04 in mixed 6-packs | $42.39 in mixed cases

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588
josh@tablewineasheville.com

Massone Gavi Masera Table Wine Asheville

Quintessential Summer White Wine – 2016 Massone Gavi Vigneto Masera

The 2016 Massone Gavi “Vigneto Masera” is the quintessential summer white wine and one of my new favorites.  Whether you are a fan of Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, or Chardonnay, you have to try this wine. From the southern part of Italy’s Piemonte region, Gavi is one of the most beloved whites of the region.  Composed entirely of the native Cortese grape, this is one of the prettiest and purest whites I’ve tasted in a long time.  Flowing with lovely notes of Asian pear, pineapple, green fig, white flowers, and spicy mineral, this crisp and clean white wine is the perfect beach companion.  It’s the new Wine of the Week and you should buy some.  Here’s the deal:

2016 Massone Gavi “Vigneto Masera” – On Sale Through Saturday, July 15th

Regular Price: $13.99/bottle

Sale Price: $10.99/bottle on your solid 6-pack or more — Over 20% off!!!

Gavi often gets a bad rap and deservedly so.  Why?  Because the majority of the Gavi that makes it to the US is washed out and flavorless.  The Cortese grape is known for producing high yields so careful vineyard management is required to produce flavorful wines.  And Stefano Massone, who grew up in the region and followed in his father’s footsteps, is a master with the varietal.  He only makes Gavi, and he is highly skilled in the vineyard and in the cellar.  The Masera vineyard is a single plot of Cortese that was planted back in 1978.  Today, these old vines produce low yields and low yields result in intensely flavored grapes.

Stefano Massone in his vineyards in Gavi.

Fermented in stainless steel and aged on its lies for 3 months, this one explodes out of the glass with beautiful aromas of exotic fruits, spring flowers, and mellow minerality.  On the palate, it is crisp, but not too acidic, with flavors that mimic the nose.  For years, this has been one of the most popular white wines at restaurants in Genoa to serve with fresh seafood caught off the Ligurian coast.  I can see why!  The wine’s natural acidity and freshness make it a natural partner for all sorts of fish and seafood, but I also love it with summer vegetables and salads.  I also find it to be quite pleasing as an aperitif.

Words can only do this wine so much justice.  Stop by and try it whenever you have time — we’ll have it open for you to try before you buy.  Otherwise, you can simply email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com, and I’ll be glad to set some aside for you.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville this summer!

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588
josh@tablewineasheville.com

 

Vallana Barbera at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

2014 Vallana Barbera – Case of the Month

Case of the Month – Ben, Will and myself were sipping on the 2014 Vallana Barbera after work recently and a really good question arose.  How is this wine less than $15?  We’re talking about one of the most historically significant names in the Alto Piemonte and a producer that Wine Spectator called one of the top 100 producers on the planet.  And we’re also talking about a wine that is absurdly delicious, and one that we all agreed could easily sell for $20+ per bottle.  We never found an answer to our original question, but we certainly found extreme enjoyment out of that bottle of wine.  I promptly contacted Jay Murrie of Piedmont Wine Imports and secured enough Vallana Barbera to make it our next Case of the Month.  You should buy some! Here’s the deal:

2014 Vallana Barbera – On sale through June 17th

Regular Price: $13.99/bottle

Sale Price: $10.99/bottle on your solid case — Over 20% off!

Vallana is the stuff of legends.  The estate as we know it today was founded in 1937, but the Vallana family name first shows up in connection to high quality winemaking in Alto Piemonte in 1787.  As Robert Parker says, these are “intense traditionally-made wines that ooze with character.”  The family’s specialty is Spanna, the local name for Nebbiolo (we’ve got that too), and these are the wines that deservedly gain all of the critical acclaim.  But they also make a small amount of Barbera.  It is not to be overlooked, and it is the least expensive way to “test drive” a Vallana wine.  It also bears the stylistic framework that marks Vallana’s wines.

Vallana Winery in Alto Piemonte.

From humble abodes come grand wines.

The vineyards of the Alto Piemonte, located north of the Langhe at the base of the Alps, are cooler and possess more acidic soils.  These conditions give the Vallana wines their acidic backbone and the structure that allows them to age gracefully for years.  The propensity to age and improve is one of the hallmark attributes of Vallana, and the tradition is carried on today by Giuseppina Vallana, together with her son Francis (a Ph.D. in Viticulture and Oenology), and her daughters Marina and Miriam.

Although their Barbera is perfect to drink young, it also has a track record for medium to long term aging.  Yes, an $11 bottle of wine that you can age!  As with all of their wines, including their more expensive offerings, all of the grapes for their Barbera are hand harvested from organically farmed vineyards.  Fermentation and aging takes place in cement vats to preserve purity and character.  And wow, does this wine have some character!  Made in a traditional, old school Piemonte style, the wine is medium bodied and refreshing, offering up lovely notes of red berries and moderately complex notes of spices and earth.  High in acidity but possessing soft tannin, this is enjoyable all year round as a stand-alone wine, but I really love the way it enhances the flavors of grilled meats, especially lamb.

What more is there to say?  Seriously folks, this is the kind of wine that makes me do what I do with such vigorous passion.  Legendary producer, clean farming and production techniques, delicious wine.  Buy some!  If you’re not sure, we invite you to stop by Saturday, May 20th (2-5pm) to give it a sniff and a sip. Email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com if you’d like me to hold some for you as this one will run out.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator
828.505.8588

Italian Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Tour of Italian Wines – Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting

Saturday, May 20th from 2-5pm – Take a tour of Italian wines at your favorite neighborhood wine shop on Saturday!  We’ll hit north, central and southern Italy for this adventurous tasting that features the incredible 2014 Vallana Barbera, one of Italy’s greatest red wine values.

For fans of Italian wines, you don’t want to miss this free wine tasting!  We’re pulling the cork on that Vallana Barbera (our new Case of the Month) along with some other delicious, but lesser known wines.  We highly encourage you to stop by.  Up first, it’s a relatively rare white grape from Italy’s Abruzzo region.  Cococciola is the grape, and it yields a fresh, bright and aromatic white wine perfect for sunny days.  Up next is something entirely unique. Dry rosé of Aglianico is something I wouldn’t think would work (the grape is quite thick skinned and tannic), but it does when Fontanavecchia makes it! Fuller bodied and more powerful than most rosés, this is truly a treat for the senses.  And last but not least is that Barbera I’ve mentioned too many times! Vallana is one of the Piemonte’s most legendary producers, and their Barbera is about as good as red wine gets for less than $15.  Stop by, try the wines, learn something new, and save every Saturday at Table Wine.  Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

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The Wines
All of the featured tasting wines are on sale the day of the tasting: take 10% off if you mix any 3, 15% off if you mix any 6, or 20% off if you mix any 12.

1. 2016 Cantina Frentana Cococciola (Abruzzo) – Here’s something you don’t try every day.  The Cococciola grape is believed to be peculiar to the Rocco San Giovanni region of Abruzzo.  It produces a beautifully aromatic, dry white wine with notes of melon, pear, apple and herbs.
Tasting Price: $10.79 on mixed 3-packs | $10.19 on mixed 6-packs | $9.59 on mixed cases

2. 2016 Fontnavecchia Aglianico Rosé (Campania) – Fontanavecchia is one of our favorite producers of Southern Italy, and this is a new one for us. The rugged and tannic Aglianico grape is made pretty by turning it into a dry rosé.  A shade darker than many rosés and intensely flavored, this is dry pink wine to enjoy with richer fish and seafood dishes.
Tasting Price: $14.39/bottle | $13.59 in a mixed six pack | $12.79 in a mixed case

3. 2014 Vallana Barbera (Alto Piemonte) – It’s our new Case of the Month, and we can’t figure out how this wine retails for less than $15.  From a winery that Wine Spectator called one of the Top 100 Producers on the Planet, this is pure, medium bodied, and lively red wine perfect for sipping with or without food.  At $10.99/bottle on your solid case, you won’t find a better wine for the money and this has a track record for aging and improving.
Tasting Price: $12.59/bottle | $11.89 in a mixed six pack | $11.19 in a mixed case
Special Case of the Month Price: $10.99/bottle on your solid case

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588

Sangiovese Takeover wine tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting – Sangiovese Takeover

Saturday, April 22nd from 2-5pm – Drop by Table Wine for a free “Sangiovese Takeover” Tasting!  This is your chance to try the new Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose along with some classic Tuscan interpretations of the grape!

I love Sangiovese in all its various forms and styles.  It creates everything from dry and refreshing roses to full bodied, long lived red wines………and everything in between.  Join us as Sangiovese takes over the tasting bar!  Not familiar with the grape?  Not to worry as I will guide you through the tasting and tell you about the grape and the wines.  To start, the Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose always reminds me of picking strawberries in the summer as a kid.  It literally smells of sun-soaked strawberries but remains crisp and dry on the palate.  Up next, the Poggio Vignoso Chianti flows with juicy, ripe red fruits.  It makes me want a big plate of eggplant parm.  To finish, the Brunelli Poggio Apricale is what I like to call “Poor Person’s Brunello.”  90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot from younger Brunello vineyards, it is rich, ripe, and savory.  Bring on the bolognese!  Getting hungry yet?  Stop by this Saturday, taste, buy and get to cooking!  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. 2016 Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose  (Columbia Valley, Washington) – I’ve been selling this wine for over 10 years and it’s always great!  100% Sangiovese fermented in stainless steel, it just hits the spot on so many different levels.  It’s dry, it’s packed with aromas and flavors of ripe summer fruits, and it goes down super easy.  Pour this at your next outdoor spring or summer party and your friends will think you’re a certified sommelier.
Tasting Price: $12.59 in mixed 3-packs | $11.89 in mixed 6-packs | $11.19 mixed cases
Special Case of the Month Price: Just $10.99/bottle on your solid case through May 10th!

2.2015 Poggio Vignoso Chianti (Tuscany, Italy) – There are oceans of horrible Chianti on the market — thin, sour, and astringent, they just plain suck.  This is not one of those!  Rich, complex, and packed with ripe cherry and plum fruit, this tastes more like a Classico.  With a bit of complexity in the form of leather and earthy spice, it’s a wine I could have a conversation with just as much as I could chug it.
Tasting Price: $13.49 in mixed 3-packs | $12.74 in mixed 6-packs | $11.99 in mixed case

3. 2015 Brunelli Poggio Apricale (Tuscany, Italy) – This one really does it for me!  From younger vines located on the outskirts of Montalcino, it gives me Brunello-like heart and soul at a fraction of the price.  I pick up notes of wild cherry, blackberry, black tea and savory spice all offered up on an opulent and open knit palate.  Who’s bringing the bolognese over?
Tasting Price: $17.99 in mixed 3-packs | $16.99 in mixed 6-packs | $15.99 in mixed cases

Taste some classic Northern Italian wines at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Classic Northern Italian Wines

Friday, March 31st from 4-7 pm – Join us on Friday (directions here) for a free wine tasting starring some Classic Northern Italian Wines.  Taste a trio of delicious new arrivals to the store!

Northern Italy is home to some of the country’s most well known and greatest wines.  From easy-going sparkling wines and refreshing whites to big, structured reds, the region has a wine for every type of palate. We invite you to stop by the store this Friday to sample some of our new favorites!  Up first, it’s an estate-grown Prosecco from a family run estate — this is a rarity for Prosecco as most of these wines are made at large facilities.  Trust us, you will be able to taste the difference!  Up next, we’ll pour you a deliciously refreshing Arneis, one of the Piemonte’s most important white grapes.  To finish, you’ll taste an exquisite Barbera from old, organically farmed hillside vineyards……….this one’s got a little age on it too.  Translated, it’s drinking really well right now.  Stop by, taste, learn, and save on all of the featured tasting wines.

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. NV Tenuta Degli Ultimi “Ciacola” Prosecco Brut  (Conegliano-Veneto, Italy) – This estate-grown Prosecco comes from hillside vineyards in the village of Conegliano, long hailed as the best spot in the Veneto for Prosecco production.  Fermented completely dry, it offers up crisp notes of apple and tropical fruits, finishing with zesty acidity.  You’ll be hard pressed to find a better Prosecco for the money!
Tasting Price: $12.59 on mixed 3-packs | $11.04 in mixed six packs | $11.89 in mixed cases

2. 2015 Cordero di Montezemolo Roero Arneis (Piemonte, Italy) – Talk about an absolutely delicious, extroverted white!  Arneis is the grape, and it literally means “rascal” because it can be difficult to grow.  Whatever the case, Cordero di Montezemolo makes one of the richer, creamier versions out there.  With creamy pear, peach, golden apple, and floral notes, this calls to mind good White Burgundy but costs a fraction of the price.
Tasting Price: $16.19/bottle | $15.29 in mixed six packs | $14.44 in mixed cases


3. 2011 Borgo Moncalvo Barbera d’Asti Superiore (Piemonte, Italy) – Talk about a bargain in super high quality, perfectly aged, certified organic Piemonte red wine!  Most of Borgo Moncalvo’s Barbera was planted back in the 1950’s.  These old vines yield a hearty and robust style of wine with soaring aromas and flavors of ripe blueberry, raspberry, and spice.  The “bottle conditioning” on this one contributes a soft and supple texture.
Tasting Price: $15.29 in mixed 3-packs | $14.44 in mixed 6-packs | $13.59 in mixed cases

 

Big Italian Reds Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting – Big Italian Reds

Saturday, March 11th from 2-5pm – Join us (directions here) for a free wine tasting featuring a trio big Italian reds!  Trust us, if you are a fan of full bodied, full flavored Italian reds, you don’t want to miss this one!

From north to south and from east to west, Italy is home to some of the world’s greatest red wines.  We’re excited to share some of our favorites with you this Saturday!  Up first, we’ll pour you the stunning Toscana Rosso from Podere Il Palazzino, one of the great estates in Chianti.  This is a wine that Antonio Galloni of Vinous Media called “one of the best wines readers will find in its price range.”  Sound good?  It is!  Up next, we’re pouring a Cannonau (aka Grenache) from Sardinia from Antonio Sanguineti.  Be warned — we are down to the last few cases of this one and it’s drinking really well right now.  To finish, we’ll pour you a splash of a perfectly aged Super Tuscan from Montepeloso, one of the all-stars of coastal Tuscany.  All you have to do is stop by, taste, learn and save big on all of the tasting wines.  Just do it!

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 Podere il Palazzino Rosso di Palazzino (Tuscany, Italy) – As we said, Antonio Galloni described this wine as “one of the best wines readers will find in its price range,” and we agree 100% with him on that.  Basically a really, really, really good Chianti Classico without the price tag, this Sangiovese-based wine from one of the top estates in the region is incredible for the price.  Words don’t do it justice………get some in your glass and let the wine do the talking!
Tasting Price: $15.29 on mixed 3-packs | $14.44 on mixed 6-packs | $13.59 on mixed cases

2. 2014 Antonio Sanguineti Cannonau di Sardegna (Sardinia, Italy) – This has been a top seller at the store for 2 years running!  100% Cannonau (aka Grenache) from the island of Sardinia, it’s rich, supple, and packed with flavors of ripe berries, spices, and just a hint of damp earth.
Tasting Price: $15.29/bottle | $14.44 in mixed six packs | $13.59 in mixed cases

3. 2012 Montepeloso A Quo (Tuscany, Italy) – Proprietor Fabio Chiarelotto farms a variety of grapes/vines in Suvereto, one of the warmest micro-climates of Tuscany’s coastal Maremma zone.  His wines are powerful, but also full of finesse and charm, and that is definitely the case with his 2012 A Quo. A blockbuster blend of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Montepulciano, 20% Sangiovese, 10% Marcellan, and 10% Alicante Bouschet, it is one of the best Super Tuscan values out there.  Drink now through 2025.  
Tasting Price: $22.49 in mixed 3-packs | $21.24 in mixed six packs | $19.99 in mixed cases

2015 Barbanera Ser Passo at Table Wine in Asheville, NC

Case of the Month – 2015 Barbanera Ser Passo

Who’s in the mood for a rich and ravishing Sangiovese-based red blend from Tuscany?  The 2015 Barbanera Ser Passo is just the ticket!  From the gloriously warm and sunny 2015 vintage, this is rich, ripe, and ready for drinking tonight.  It is fetching $22 online from a big, well known retailer, but we’re going to beat that price by a long shot.  How does $11.99/bottle or $9.49/bottle on your solid case sound?  If interested, keep reading!

2015 Barbanera Ser Passo Toscana Rosso – On sale through Thursday, March 9th

Regular Price: $11.99/bottle

Sale Price: $9.49/bottle on your solid case — that’s over 20% off!

As I said in the opening paragraph, Vintage 2015 was a great one throughout Tuscany.  Wine Spectator said, “The growing season brought a warm summer and just enough rain for promising Sangiovese.”  After an incredibly challenging vintage in 2014, producers were rewarded with near perfect conditions in 2015.  It really shows in this wine!  This one is brand new to the United States, so I found it challenging to find much online information about the wine.  You’ll just have to trust me and my tasting notes.  Oh yeah, stop by this Friday, February 10th any time between 4-7pm, and you can taste it for yourself.

A blend of Sangiovese with bits of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, the wineis fermented in stainless steel and then aged for 6 months in new and used oak barrels. It pours a dark ruby color and the nose is all warm cherry, strawberry, raspberry and spice.  On the palate, the wine is fuller than most Sangioveses in this price range, but it is silky smooth, rounded, and easy to drink with or without food.  The flavors of ripe berry fruit are almost sweet, but there’s just enough acidity to give this one lift and freshness.

Overall, the Barbanera Ser Passo is a super classy, stylish, and highly likeable wine — I can see why some stores are getting $20+ for it.  I know my write-ups can sound to good to be true, but this one is the real deal.  We just received 20 cases, and I predict we’ll sell out by the end of the week.  Stop by the store to pick some up, stop by this Friday to “try before you buy” it, or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com and let me know how much you would like!  Happy drinking and happy eating in Asheville, NC this winter.

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588

Super Saturday Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Super Saturday Wine Tasting – Italian Wine Tour

Saturday, February 25th from 2-5pm — Come take an Italian Wine Tour with Muriel Edens and Anne  Kaufmann of The Country Vintner — try 8 incredible Italian wines for just $5 — free for Grape Nuts!

Grape Nuts unite as your membership just got better!  If you don’t know what we’re talking about, click here to read more about Table Wine’s VIP Wine Club or ask us about Grape Nuts the next time you’re in.  Membership has its privileges and becoming a Grape Nut entitles you to a number of perks for a small fee.  One of the major bonuses of becoming a Grape Nut is the new Super Saturday Wine Tasting series.  These big, themed tastings take place the last Saturday of each month and will give you the chance to taste more and better wines than typically offered at our free weekend tastings.  With a Grape Nuts membership running just $25 for 12 months, all you have to do is attend 5 Super Saturdays to recoup your original investment.

Our first Super Saturday was a huge success, and we’re excited to announce our next wine adventure.  Stop by the store (click here for directions) any time between 2-5pm to try a wide selection of Italian wines brought to us by our friends at The Country Vintner.  From $10 “pizza wines” to spendier and more “special occasion” wines, this is a tremendous opportunity to taste, learn, save and stock up on some high quality Italian wines.  No RSVP is required and you do not have to be a Grape Nut to attend — just pay $5 before you begin the tasting and have a great time.

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. 2015 Nals Margreid “Punggl” Pinot Grigio (Alto Adige)

2. 2015 Luigi Baudana “Dragon” Langhe Bianco (Piemonte, Italy)

3. 2015 Tenuta Sant’Antonio Scaia Bianco (Veneto)

4. 2015 Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Cetamura (Tuscany)

5. 2015 Tenuta Sant’Antonio Scaia Rosso (Veneto)

6. 2014 G.D. Vajra Langhe Rosso (Piemonte, Italy)

7. 2013 San Marzano Primitivo di Manduria “Talo”

8. 2013 Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (Tuscany)

Purchase Mannara Primitivo at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Case of the Month – 2014 Mannara Primitivo

Do you need a delicious house red for the winter?  I have found it!  Customers and staff alike love the 2014 Mannara Primitivo, and the wine is already a great deal at $8.99/bottle.  At just $6.99/bottle for the next month, you won’t find a better red wine value at Table Wine.

2014 Mannara Primitivo – On sale through Thursday, February 9th

Regular Price: $8.99/bottle

Sale Price: $6.99/bottle on your solid case — that’s over 20% off!

Jim Stock and Mike Tiano of The Haw River Wine Man are really good at finding bargains.  They are the same ones who found the Bidoli Sauvignon Blanc, our last Case of the Month, and we sold close to 50 cases in a month.  The 2014 Mannara Primitivo is another of their finds, and it can be summed up with one word — AWESOME!  Hailing from the warm and sunny region of Puglia, in the heel of Italy’s boot, Primitivo is the Italian name for Zinfandel.  Offering up loads of ripe fruit, moderate complexity, and surprisingly long finish, the only thing it lacks is the “superficiality” typically found in wines in this price range.  It’s just good, and you should buy some!

Puglia is sunny and warm and responsible for some of Italy’s greatest red wine values.  Mannara Primitivo qualifies in my book as an extreme value and it truly demonstrates its warm and sunny place of origin.  Fermented and aged entirely in stainless steel, the wine shows a deep, almost purple color in the glass.  The bouquet is overt and obvious with notes of warm blueberry, dried blackberry, fig, and zesty herb leading into a soft and juicy palate of dark fruit, smoky sage, dark chocolate and spice.  All of that for just $6.99/bottle?  Yep!

Even better, the wine is not at all sweet or artificial tasting like so many in this price range.  I’ve enjoyed this wine with classic “Amer-Italian” dishes like eggplant parm, baked ziti, and spaghetti and meatballs, but I’ve also enjoyed many bottles with nothing more than a glass and a good friend.  It’s not overly flashy or flamboyant, but it’s also far from boring and mundane.

Still not sure?  Join us Friday, January 13th any time between 4-7pm and try it at our Free on Fridays Wine Tasting.  At less than $7/bottle, I don’t know what more you could ask for.  Stop by the store or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com to make sure you get some of this one today!  Happy drinking and happy eating in Asheville, NC this winter.

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588