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

Cabernet Sauvignon Showdown 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

Taste some great value Italian wines at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Free On Fridays Wine Tasting – Great Value Italian Wines

Friday, January 20th from 4-7pm — Free on Fridays Wine Tasting featuring some incredible value Italian wines from the Haw River Wine Man!  

When we’re looking for delicious and affordably priced wines from Italy, distributor and importer The Haw River Wine Man is our #1 source.  Company owners Jim Stock and Mike Tiano attend Vinitaly (Italy’s largest wine exhibition) every year to taste through hundreds of different wines.  We’d say their palates are aligned with ours as most of our under-$15 Italian wines come directly from them!  Join us this Friday as we pour you some of our favorites.  We’ll start with a fresh and fruity white blend from Sicily before we pour you a taste of our new Case of the Month Selection, an incredible Primitivo from Puglia.  To finish, we’ll pour you a hearty and robust Barbera that will blow your mind!  Stop by, taste, learn and save!  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. 2015 Mannara Grillo/Pinot Grigio (Sicily) – You will be amazed at the quality of this incredible white wine value.  From warm and sunny Sicily, you can almost taste the sunshine in this wine.  Ripe apple, pear, citrus, and white floral notes abound in this delciously dry white.
Tasting Price: $8.09 on mixed 3-packs | $7.64 on mixed 6-packs | $7.19 on mixed cases

2. 2014 Mannara Primitivo (Puglia) – It’s our Case of the Month, and it’s one of the best Italian red wine values we’ve ever encountered.  Primitivo is the Italian name for Zinfandel, and the grape thrives in the warm and sunny condition of Puglia in the southern part of Italy.  Ripe, soft and flowing with rich berry fruit, and hints of herbs and dark chocolate, this is perfect for everyday sipping or for serving with pizza or anything with red sauce.
Tasting Price: $8.09 on mixed 3-packs | $7.64 on mixed 6-packs | $7.19 on mixed cases
Special Case of the Month Price: Just $6.99/bottle on your solid case!

3. 2013 Sant’ Evasio Barbera d’Asti Superiore (Piemonte) – Barbera specialist Sant’ Evasio has crafted a splendid wine here!  With a little bit of age under its belt, this one is flowing with goodness.
Medium bodied, laced with ripe black cherry, juniper berry and earthy complexity, it is a ton of wine for the money.
Tasting Price: $13.49 on mixed 3-packs | $12.74 on mixed 6-packs | $11.99 on mixed cases

 

Buy 2015 Bidoli Sauvignon Blanc at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Case of the Month – 2015 Bidoli Sauvignon Blanc

The 2015 Bidoli Sauvignon Blanc is one of our top white wine finds of the year!  Like Sancerre, but looking for a white that costs less.  I found it!  At just $9.99/bottle on you solid case, this is an incredible deal.  

2015 Bidoli Sauvignon Blanc – On sale through New Year’s Eve 2016

Regular Price: $12.99/bottle

Sale Price: $9.99/bottle on your solid case — that’s over 20% off!

When Mike Tiano of the Haw River Wine Man poured this for me about a month ago, I didn’t expect much.  Sure, Italy is home to some good to great Sauvignon Blancs, but the really good ones tend to run $20+ per bottle.  I figured this would be a nice little white wine with simple citrus and herbal notes. Wrong!  Mike poured it in my glass and I could smell it from close to 5 feet away………and it smelled incredible!  I then took a look at the price and had to keep my “poker face” on as I knew I was going to buy big on this one.  We picked up 10 cases 2 weeks ago, sold out in less than a week and reordered in time to make it our new Case of the Month.  Have I got your attention yet?

Bidoli Vini is a 3rd generation family owned winery that was founded in 1924 in the Friuli Grave (pronounced grah-veh) region of Northeastern Italy.  This specific zone of is renowned for Sauvignon Blanc due to the presence of its gravelly, rocky soils.  The rocks get hot during the day and chill down at night which provides for optimal ripening during the day while  sustaining crisp and fresh acidity.  The peculiarity of these soils, together with the beneficial effect of the Adriatic Sea and the shelter provided by the Dolomites and the Alps, combine to create the perfect conditions for Sauvignon Blanc.

I am quite sure that this is always a nice wine, but Vintage 2015 was an exceptional one throughout all of Italy.  It was a hot and dry vintage throughout the country, and you can taste the warmth and the sunshine in this wine.  Fermented in stainless steel and aged in tank on the lees for 3 months, this is substantial Sauvignon Blanc with more body, weight, and intensity than other Sauvignon Blancs in this price range.  Right out of the bottle, it smells of ripe pear, passion fruit, carmelized grapefruit, and white flowers and herbs.  On the palate, it is full and intense with a nice mix of citrus and orchard fruits and a long and flavorful finish.

There you go, one of my top white wine finds of the year and a Sauvignon Blanc for all palates.  Enjoy this with festive holiday fare or drink it as an aperitif.  It would also make for an ideal party/large gathering white wine as it seems to suit a wide variety of palates.  Stop by the store or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com to make sure you get some of this one today!  Happy holidays, cheers, happy drinking, and happy eating in Asheville!

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588