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

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Northern Italian Wines

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting this Friday featuring some elegant and refined Northern Italian Wines.  Friday, December 2nd from 4-7pm.

Northern Italy is home to some of the country’s most prized wines, and we are huge fans.  From the legendary reds of the Piemonte region to the world class whites of Friuli, Northern Italian wines are some of the best produced in all of Italy.  Join us as we’ll pour you some of our favorites this Friday.  We’ll start with our new Case of the Month, an incredible Sauvignon Blanc value from Friuli.  After that, you’ll try a Piemonte red blend from the famed Vajra Barolo house, followed by an elegant Barbera from one of the Piemonte’s oldest and most respected producers.  Stop by, taste, learn and save this Friday at Table Wine.

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

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

1. 2015 Bidoli Sauvignon Blanc (Friuli, Italy) – This is our new Case of the Month as well as one of the best Sauvignon Blanc finds of all time.  From the gravelly, rocky soils of Friuli Grave, this fuller styled, intense Sauvignon Blanc is packed with aromas and flavors of pear, lime, passion fruit, fresh green herbs and mineral.
Tasting Price: $11.69 on mixed 3-packs | $11.04 in mixed six packs | $10.39 in mixed cases
Special Case of the Month Price: $9.99/bottle on your solid case — over 20% off!

2. 2013 G.D. Vajra Langhe Rosso (Piemonte, Italy) – G.D. Vajra is one of the Piemonte’s top names in Barolo, and their blended red wine is always one of the great values of the region.  A crisp, medium bodied blend of Dolcetto, Barbera, Nebbiolo, Pinot Nero, Freisa and Albarossa, it is a true taste of the Piemonte.  From younger vines, it is fresh and fruit forward, but not at all simple.
Tasting Price: $14.39 on mixed 3-packs | $13.59 on mixed 6-packs | $12.79 on mixed cases

3. 2014 Cordero di Montezemolo Barbera d’Alba (Piemonte, Italy) – This old and historic estate can trace its roots back to 1340!  Like G.D. Vajra, this is one of the most respected Barolo producers of the region, and their Barbera is a ton of wine for the money.  Rich and juicy, it shows notes of blackberry, dark plum, dark cherry, violet and just a kiss of oak.
Tasting Price: $21.59 on mixed 3-packs | $20.39 on mixed 6-packs | $19.19 on mixed cases

Sangiovese Tasting in Asheville, NC.

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Celebrating Sangiovese

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Join us as we’ll be celebrating Sangiovese and all of its glories!  Friday, October 28th, 4-7pm.

Sangiovese is responsible for some of Italy’s greatest red wines.  From classic Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino to grandiose Super Tuscans, the grape is one of the most prolific in the country.  Join us this Friday as we pour you 3 different versions of the grape and talk to you about the style and significance of the grape.  We’ll start with a delicious and value priced Chianti that would make a great mate to a big plate of lasagna or spaghetti and meatballs.  Next up, we’ll move out of Italy and into California as we pour you a slightly richer, fuller style of Sangiovese from the Central Coast.  We’ll finish up with a bigger, brawnier, more structured red from the famed hill of Montalcino.  All you have to do is 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. 2013 Fattoria Casabianca Chianti Colli Senesi (Tuscany, Italy) –This small, family owned and operated estate consistently over-delivers the goods on this wine.  If you want to wow the Italian wine lover in your life and not spend a ton of money, this is the wine to do it with.  80% Sangiovese with the balance in Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Canaiolo, it is velvety smooth and exhibits aromas and flavors of ripe cherry, plum, and light earth nuances.
Tasting Price: $11.69/bottle | $11.04 in mixed six packs | $10.39 in mixed cases

2. 2011 Pietra Santa Sangiovese (Cienega Valley, California) – This one comes from California’s Central Coast and Pietra Santa blends in 8% Cabernet Sauvignon.  You can taste it too! With ripe plum, black cherry, and toasty oak notes, this one reminds us of a modern styled Super Tuscan accented by more of the plush fruit of California.
Tasting Price: $15.29 on mixed 3-packs | $14.44 on mixed 6-packs | $13.59 on mixed cases

3. 2013 Caprili Rosso di Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy) – Caprili is one of our favorite Brunello producers, and their 2013 Rosso di Montalcino is lights out this vintage.  Composed entirely of Sangiovese Grosso from the estate’s younger vines that will eventually go into their Brunello, it is a pure taste of Tuscan Sangiovese.  It exhibits aromas and flavors of ripe cherry, dark plum, damp earth, licorice and mushroom.  Full bodied, but totally accessible, it is a joyous wine to drink now or over the next 5 years.
Tasting Price: $23.39 on mixed 3-packs | $22.09 on mixed 6-packs | $20.79 on mixed cases

Big, free wine tasting featuring wines from Small Vineyards.

Big, Free Italian Wine Tasting

Big, Free Italian Wine Tasting on Saturday, September 24th from 2-5 p.m. featuring selections from importer Small Vineyards!  Seattle-based importer Small Vineyards brings in a bevy of delicious wines from the types of producers and family farms that we love to support.  We’re talking small family owned and operated wineries that make their wines in a traditional manner.  These are producers who get their hands dirty in the vineyards to ensure superb quality in their wines.  This careful and conscious approach to their craft results in wines full of heart and soul, and many of our top finds ever have come from the Small Vineyards portolio.  Join us and special guest Aldo Morales, brand ambassador for Small Vineyards, as we take you on a tour of Italy through her wines.  Taste, learn, and save up to 20% off on all of the featured tasting wines.

The Wines

1. 2015 San Rocco Soave (Veneto, Italy) – This is the entry level wine from famed Soave producer Monte Tondo, and it’s one of the best values of its type we’ve ever found.  100% Garganega, the grape responsible for making great Soave, it is fresh, bright, and absolutely delightful.
Tasting Price: $11.69/bottle | $11.04 in mixed six packs | $10.39 in mixed cases

2. 2015 Jordanov Rkatciteli (Macedonia) – This ancient white grape is believed to be one of the oldest on the planet!  Marked by spicy and floral notes and bright citrus fruits, it makes for a refreshing and delicious white wine to pair with spicy Asian cuisine.
Tasting Price: $11.69/bottle | $11.04 in mixed six packs | $10.39 in mixed cases

3. 2015 Poggio Vignoso Chianti (Tuscany, Italy) – Chianti can be awful!  Many renditions lack the ripe fruit necessary to offset the natural acidity of Sangiovese.  Not this one!  Elegant, juicy and laced with dusty plum and dark cherry fruit, this would be great with a big plate of spaghetti and meatballs.
Tasting Price: $13.49/bottle | $12.74 in mixed six packs | $11.99 in mixed cases

4. 2014 Antonio Sanguineti Cannonau di Sardegna (Sardinia, Italy) – This has been a top seller most of the summer and we were able to get our hands on another 10 cases to use for this tasting.   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

5. 2013 Casa Contini Brindisi Riserva (Puglia, Italy) – It’s our current Wine of the Week Selection, and it’s selling at a very rapid pace.  A combination of Negroamaro, Malvasia Nera, and Sangiovese, it tastes like a hypothetical cross between a complex, firm Barolo and a spicy rich Zinfandel.  Yum!
Tasting Price: $16.19/bottle | $15.29 in mixed six packs | $14.39 in mixed cases
Special Wine of the Week Price: $15.99/bottle, $14.99/bottle on solid 6-packs, or $13.99/bottle on solid cases!

6. 2013 Perazzeta Erio Rosso Toscana (Tuscany, Italy) – Here’s a true Super Tuscan that won’t break the bank.  Alessandro Bocci and his daughter craft brilliant wines from their property in Montecucco just miles from the prized vineyards of Montalcino.  A blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah aged in barrique for 18 months, this is rich, flashy and flamboyant red wine that could easily sell for $40+.
Tasting Price: $19.79/bottle | $18.69 in mixed six packs | $17.59 in mixed cases

7. 2015 Brunelli Poggio Apricale (Tuscany, Italy) – From the famed vineyards of Montalcino (Brunelli makes epic Brunello as well), this one is not aged long enough to be called Rosso or Brunello.  A blend of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot and 5% Colorino, this is an opulent and complex red wine marked by aromas and flavors of ripe berries, orange peel, spice, and a hint of leather.  It’s a ton of wine for the money!
Tasting Price: $17.99/bottle | $16.99 in mixed six packs | $15.99 in mixed cases

8. 2014 Verso Salento Rosso (Puglia, Italy) – Talk about a powerhouse of a wine!  This blend of Negroamaro, Primitivo and Malvasia is like a first rate Zin or Red Blend from California with just a splash of Italian Amarone.  Full bodied, super rich and ripe, and soft and supple on the palate, get ready to be blown away.
Tasting Price: $16.19/bottle | $15.29 in mixed six packs | $14.39 in mixed cases

2013 Casa Contini Brindisi Riserva

Wine of the Week – A rare and rich red from one of Italy’s most remote regions – It is wines like this one that make our jobs incredibly easy.  It’s from a remote and rarely visited part of Italy, it’s delicious, and the only place to find it in Western North Carolina is here is at Table Wine!  If you can imagine a hypothetical blend of Old Vine Zinfandel (rich and spicy) blended with a splash of Barolo (firm and complex), you can begin to understand what a great deal this wine is.  In fact, it’s a super deal at less than $20 per bottle, but at less than $15 per bottle on your solid six pack, it’s one of the top red wine deals of the year.  It’s the 2013 Casa Contini Brindisi Riserva, and it’s our new Wine of the Week.  Here’s the deal:

 

2013 Casa Contini Brindisi Riserva – On Sale Through Wednesday, September 28th

Regular Price: $17.99/bottle

Sale Price: $15.99/bottle
$14.99/bottle on your solid 6-pack – Over 15% off
$13.99/bottle on your solid case – Over 20% off

Casa Contini is owned and operated by the Botter family, and they farm vineyards in the Southern Italian region of Molise.  If you’ve never heard of it, don’t worry as only about 1 out of 100 Italians have ever visited this remote and sparsely populated region.  Let’s be honest, there’s not a ton of great wine made in this area as the climate is very hot.  Many of the wines are extremely alcoholic and smell and taste of sweet, cooked and dried fruit.  Winemaker Alessandro Botter’s wines are quite the opposite.  Because he farms and harvests by hand, he only selects the healthy clusters for his wines, and the resulting wines possess amazing balance, tremendous intensity, and overachieving complexity.

Alessandro Botter’s 2013 Casa Contini Brindisi Riserva is a blend of 80% Negroamaro, 10% Malvasia Nera, and 10% Sangiovese.  In case you aren’t familiar with Negroamaro, it is one of the most important grapes of Puglia and Southern Italy, and it contributes rich fruit and perfumed spice and earth character.  Malvasia Nera provides color and dark fruit notes and Sangiovese gives subtle red fruits, earth and acidity.  All in all, the 3 grapes work incredibly well together, each one complimenting the other.  After fermentation in stainless steel, Botter moves the wine to large oak casks for 24 moths of aging before he bottles it.  This long oak aging allows the wine to settle, soften, come together and gain complexity.

This patience and attention to detail results in a wine that easily outclasses the mass majority of Southern Italian red wines.  On the nose, it exhibits mature and sophisticated notes of warm raspberry, baked cherry, allspice, rosemary, vanilla, toasted coconut and violet.  The palate is full bodied and firm, with a nice sense of ripe fruit framed by dusty tannins.  Delicious now, you could easily drink this one over the next 5 to 7 years if not longer.  With fall just around the corner, make sure to save a few bottles for your favorite autumn beef or lamb stew.

If you would like to taste it first, don’t miss our Big, Free Italian Wine Tasting on Saturday, September 24th from 2-5 p.m.  We’ll pour you this one along with some of our other favorite new arrivals from the Italy. Otherwise, stop by and pick some up, call us at 828.505.8588, or email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com and we’ll set some aside for you until you can get by and pick it up. Cheers and happy drinking and eating!

Italian Wine Tasting in Asheville, NC.

Try Three For Free Wine Tasting – New Italian Wines

Try Three For Free Wine Tasting on Saturday, August 20th from 2-5 p.m. featuring some new and exciting Italian wines!  We’ve been a hot streak with Italian wines as of late, and we’re expecting that trend to continue after you taste this incredible lineup of wines.  Daniel Lukin-Beck of Asheville’s own Sour Grapes Distributing joins us to pour a trio of truly incredible Italian wines.  A rich and textured Soave from one of the top producers, a fresh and juicy Tuscan blend based on Rhone varietals, and and a rich and powerful, 92 point rated Super Tuscan for less than $20 will wow your palate and transport you to Italy.  Stop by, taste, learn and save every Saturday at Table Wine!

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

1. 1. 2014 Gini Soave Classico (Veneto, Italy) – Gini is not only one of the best producers of Soave, they are one of the top white wine producers in the entire country.  Unlike many of the mass market Soaves that are watered down and innocuous, the Gini family craft white wines that are deeper colored, richer, and more nuanced………being that the family has farmed in the region since 1600, that should come as no surprise.  Their current release is almost golden in color with exotic notes of white peach, tangerine, apple and white flowers.  90 points Wine Enthusiast
Tasting Price: $17.99/bottle | $16.99 on mixed six packs | $15.99 on mixed cases

2. 2014 Ampeleia Unlitro (Tuscany, Italy) – This biodynamic/organic red wine from Tuscany is made by the super talented Elisabetta Foradori.  The blend is Grenache and Mourvedre which thrive in the warm and sunny condtions of Tuscany.  Fresh, juicy, charming and joyful to drink, this is a great one for fans of Beaujolais and Pinot Noir.  Even better, it comes in a liter bottle giving you an extra 1/3 of a bottle!
Tasting Price: $17.99 on mixed 3-packs | $16.99 on mixed 6-packs | $15.99 on mixed cases


3. 2011 Tenuta Monteti Caburnio (Tuscnay, Italy) – Famed wine writer sums it up pretty nicely – “Tenuta Monteti remains arguably the single finest source for reasonably priced wines in Maremma.”  Produced from organically cultivated grapes from the warm and sunny coast of Tuscany, this offers up big, bold Super Tuscan flavors at a ridiculously good price.  A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 15% Alicante-Bouschet, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, this dazzles with intense notes of dark cherry, blackberry, mint, herb and spice notes.  Drink now – 2022.  92 points Wine Enthusiast
Tasting Price: $17.99 on mixed 3-packs | $16.99 on mixed 6-packs | $15.99 on mixed cases

Gini Soave Classico

2014 Gini Soave Classico

Wine of the Week – The 2014 Gini Soave Classico is one of Italy’s great white wines and it sells for less than $20!  Before you pre-judge this wine based on your past experience with Soave(s), please at least finish the first paragraph.  There is a lot of boring, mass produced, inexpensive Soave out there, and I advise you to avoid those like the plague.  Not all Soaves are created equally, and the 2014 Gini Soave Classico will immediately bring you to this realization.  Possessing beautiful color, plump texture, and complexity of flavor, it is without a doubt the best Soave I’ve ever tasted.  I convinced a couple of skeptics to try a bottle recently…..they both called back  within 48 hours to order more.  Did I get your attention yet?  The 2014 Gini Soave Classico is our new Wine of the Week, it’s a perfect summer wine, and here’s the deal:

2014 Gini Soave Classico – On Sale Through Wednesday, August 17th

Regular Price: $19.99/bottle

Sale Price: $17.99/bottle (10% off), $15.99/bottle on solid 6-packs (20% off), or $14.99/bottle on solid cases (25% off)

The Gini family has cultivated vineyards in the Veneto since 1600!  The same family making the same wine in the same place for almost 420 years with each successive generation passing down their knowledge and expertise to the next.  While many producers with this pedigree either lose focus or sell, the Gini clan forge on and make the best Soaves in the Veneto.  And I’m not the only one who says this — famed wine writer Stephen Tanzer of Vinous Media says “Claudio and Sandro Gini have always made some of the best Soaves.”

I agree with Mr. Tanzer, and I think their 2014 might be the best I’ve ever tasted from them.  Composed entirely of Garganega from the family’s well situated, certified organic, hillside vineyards, you can literally smell and taste the Veneto sunshine with each sip.  Almost golden in color, the wine smells of summer peach, pear, honeysuckle and almond.  The palate is round, rich and juicy with uplifting acidity and thirst-quenching deliciousness.

Those are my notes — here are the notes from The Wine Enthusiast who awarded the 2014 with its third consecutive 90 point score: “Vibrant and savory, this polished white offers scents of perfumed white flower and ripe orchard fruit. The tangy palate doles out Granny Smith apple, white peach and juicy tangerine. Crisp acidity provides balance while a mineral note energizes the clean finish.”

Enjoy this one all summer with grilled chicken, pork chops or richer seafood dishes.  Have I convinced you to try some yet?  If not, you are more than welcome to stop by this Saturday, July 23rd any time between 2-5 p.m. and give it a try for yourself.  Otherwise, just stop by the store or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com to secure your order today.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

Soulful Italian Wines

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Soulful Italian Wines

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting this Friday, July 22nd from 2-7 p.m. featuring a trio of soulful Italian wines!  Whether you are already a devoted fan of Italian wines or just want to learn more about them, you should stop by the store this weekend.  Stop by Friday (2-7 p.m.) and Saturday (2-5 p.m.) for back to back free wine tastings featuring some new arrivals and some old favorites from all parts of Italy.  With over 1,000 different grapes and a variety of micro-climates, Italy produces a diverse range of styles of wine.  From light and crisp whites to massive, full bodied reds, we’ve got Italian wines for all palates this weekend.  Stop by, taste, learn, and save up to 20% off on all of the tasting wines.

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

1. 2014 Vallevo Pecorino (Abruzzo, Italy) – No it’s not made with cheese, but the sheep and sheep herders of the region love to eat these grapes right off of the vine.  It’s Pecorino, a grape that almost went extinct, but made a huge comeback in the 1990’s.  From the highly acclaimed Cantina Frentana cooperative and made with certified organic grapes, this is a great summer quaff.  Medium bodied, fresh, zesty and herbaceous, it is perfect for summer parties, beach and poolside drinking, or grilled fish and vegetables.
Tasting Price: $10.79/bottle | $10.19 on mixed six packs | $9.59 on mixed cases

2. 2014 Benito Ferrara Greco di Tufo (Campania, Italy) – Greco di Tufo is one of the great white wines of Southern Italy, and Benito Ferrara is recognized as the best producer of this indigenous varietal.  The Ferrara vineyards stand next to abandoned sulfur mines and sufur rocks can be found amongst the vines: this gives their wines wonderful mineral notes.  In addition, there is a lovely, weighty, almost oily texture to the wine along with spicy fruit notes of pear, peach, and apricot.  This is a truly special white wine.  90 points Vinous Media
Tasting Price: $21.59/bottle | $20.39 in mixed six packs | $19.19 in mixed cases

3. 2014 Antonio Sanguineti Cannonau di Sardegna (Sardinia, Italy) – It’s our new Case of the Month, and it’s delicious again this year………maybe even better than last year!  Cannonau is the Sardinian name for Grenache, and this one comes from older vineyards on the eastern part of the island. Fermented in stainless steel, it reminds us of a really good Cotes du Rhone with Italian flair and gusto.  Medium to full bodied, it is packed with ripe but fresh notes of cherry, pomegranate and plum fruit backed by hints of anise, peppery spice, and refreshing acidity.
Tasting Price: $15.29 on mixed 3-packs | $14.44 on mixed 6-packs | $13.59 on mixed cases
Special Case of the Month Price: $12.74/bottle on solid cases (25% off) or $13.59/bottle on solid 6-packs (20% off)

Asheville's Best Free Wine Tasting

Try Three For Free Wine Tasting – Best Italian Wines Under $20

Try Three For Free Wine Tasting this Saturday, July 23rd from 2-5 p.m. showcasing some of the best Italian wines under $20!  It’s Round 2 of our “All Italian Wine Weekend” at Table Wine!  If you missed yesterday’s tasting, don’t worry as we’ve got another trio of incredibly tasty and well priced wines from all over Italy.  Award winning Soave, a classic easy drinker that was one of Sinatra’s favorites, and one of the best Tuscan red wine values we’ve ever tasted. We’re not joking!  Stop by, taste, learn, and save up to 20% off on all of the tasting wines.

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

1. 2014 Gini Soave Classico (Veneto, Italy) – Gini is not only one of the best producers of Soave, they are one of the top white wine producers in the entire country.  Unlike many of the mass market Soaves that are watered down and innocuous, the Gini family craft white wines that are deeper colored, richer, and more nuanced………being that the family has farmed in the region since 1600, that should come as no surprise.  Their current release is almost golden in color with exotic notes of white peach, tangerine, apple and white flowers.  90 points Wine Enthusiast
Tasting Price: $17.99/bottle | $16.99 on mixed six packs | $15.99 on mixed cases
Special Wine of the Week Price: $17.99/bottle, $15.99/bottle on solid 6-packs, or $14.99/bottle on solid cases

2. 2014 Corte Majoli Valpolicella (Veneto, Italy) – This is just good, solid, simple Valpolicella from the Tezza family estate in northeastern Italy. Comprised mainly of Corvina, this stainless steel fermented red was a favorite of Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack friends while dining on big plates of spaghetti and meatballs.  We like it with or without classic Amer-Italian cuisine.
Tasting Price: $9.89/bottle | $9.34 in mixed six packs | $8.79 in mixed cases

3. 2014 Il Palazzino Rosso di Toscana (Tuscany, Italy) – 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

 

2014 Antonio Sanguineti Cannonau di Sardegna

2014 Antonio Sanguineti Cannonau di Sardegna

Case of the Month – The newly released 2014 Antontio Sanguineti Cannonau di Sardegna is better than last year’s version!  On sale through Wednesday, August 17th – Many of you have repeatedly asked about this wine as it was one of last year’s top sellers.  I’m pleased to announce that the new vintage has arrived, and we think it’s even better than last year’s version!  Cannonau is Sardegna’s leading red grape, and it is noted for being powerful, rich, and packed with resveratrol, the substance that researchers say can improve heart health.  We think that’s great, but we didn’t buy this because of that, we bought it because it’s an awesome wine at an awesome price.  For fans of wines like the Cercius and Amido Cotes du Rhones, you’re going to love this soulful Italian red!  It’s the 2014 Antonio Sanguineti Cannonau di Sardegna, we bought the entire allocation for Asheville, and it’s our new Case of the Month.  Here’s the deal:

2013 Antonio Sanguineti Cannonau di Sardegna – On sale through Wednesday, August 17th

Regular Price: $16.99/bottle

Sale Price: $12.74/bottle (over 25% off) on solid case purchases or $13.59/bottle (20% off) on solid 6-pack purchases!

Tuscan-born Antonio Sanguineti is a character.  When he’s not blazing through the Italian countryside at very high speeds in his Ferrari, he is busy crafting incredible wines in Tuscany and Sardegna.  As his US-based importer Small Vineyards says, “the first time you try one of Antonio’s wines, you’ll realize how perfectly they match the man–bold, intelligent reds that simultaneously suggest control and grace.”  But his was not an easy road; as happens sometimes in Italian families, there was a disagreement about what to do with the Sanguineti family’s land. This happened while Antonio was still a young man and, in the end, it wound up being sold. Despite his love of wine, Antonio was left without a vineyard. As he recalls it, “I owned the knowledge, but not the land.” But the accomplished young winemaker, dubbed “Il Maestro” by his colleagues, was not to be deterred. He parlayed his wine knowledge into consulting work, and now trades his expertise for the right to select the best grapes from wonderful estates. Without the ongoing overhead of an estate, Antonio is able to produce truly outstanding wines for a modest price.

Antonio’s 2014 Cannonau di Sardegna is perhaps his most successful wine to date, and it is truly an amazing wine at a terrific price.  About 1,000 cases were produced, and the wine is made with grapes from older vineyards scattered throughout the eastern portion of Sardegna.  Fermentation and aging occur with native yeasts in a mixture of stainless steel and used oak barrels to preserve purity and freshness.  The resulting wine pours a lovely, medium to deep shade of purple and the nose is packed with ripe cherry, raspberry, plum, and pomegranate fruit notes along with some earthy/spicy nuances.  On the palate, the wine is medium to full bodied, plump, juicy, pliant and fresh with flavors of warm red berries, peppery spice, and smoky herbs.  Possessing the perfect balance of richness and refreshing acidity, this is a wine for all seasons.  I would recommend serving it with grilled meats, namely lamb marinated in olive oil, garlic, rosemary and thyme.  If that doesn’t sound good to you, we can’t be friends any more!

We’ve got plenty of the wine on hand, but if it sells as quickly as it did last year, it will disappear quickly.  Stop by and pick some up or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com and I’ll be glad to hold your order for you until you can make it by.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville.

Free Italian Wine Tasting in Asheville, NC.

Try Three for Free Wine Tasting – More Great Italian Wines

Try Three for Free Wine Tasting this Saturday, May 21st from 2 to 5 p.m. featuring some more great Italian wines!  Yes, we know we’ve been pouring a lot of Italian wines recently, but we just keep tasting more and more that wow us.  Even better, we love sharing them with our customers.  Anne Kaufmann of The Country Vintner will be with us this Saturday to pour some new favorites and new vintages of some old favorites.  Stop by, taste, learn, and save up to 20% off on all of the 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.

The Wines

1. 2014 Nals Margreid “Punggl” Pinot Grigio (Alto Adige, Italy) – From one of the finest cooperatives in Northeastern Italy, this is one of the best Pinot Grigios we’ve ever tasted.  It comes from a single parcel of vines that are over 80 years old and fermentation takes place in stainless steel.  The resulting wine is full bodied, rich, and beautifully textured with flavors and aromas of white peach, pear, golden apple, spice and mineral.  If you are still convinced that Santa Margherita is the best Pinot Grigio out there, come taste this!
Tasting Price: $17.99 in mixed 3-packs | $16.99 in mixed six packs | $15.99 in mixed cases


2. 2014 Tenuta Sant’Antonio Scaia Bianco  (Veneto, Italy) – This is one of the most exotic, under $15 bottles of white wine in the store.  A blend of Garganega, Chardonnay and Trebbiano Soave, it is a “Super Soave” of sorts.  Loaded with pungent passionfruit, pink grapefruit, lemongrass, and green herb notes, this full bodied white wine is always a crowd pleaser.
Tasting Price: $11.69 on mixed 3-packs | $11.04 on mixed 6-packs | $10.39 on mixed cases

3. 2013 Tenuta Sant’Antonio Scaia Rosso (Veneto, Italy) – Good luck finding a better Italian red wine value than this one!  Composed entirely of Corvina, the grape that typically forms the basis of Valpolicella, it is a great red wine options for pretty much any sort of meal or gathering.  Monica Larner of The Wine Advocate says: “This is the ultimate downtime wine. The fruit is fresh and bright with white cherry, cassis, sweet almond and freshly milled white pepper.”  Yep, she nailed it!
Tasting Price: $11.69 on mixed 3-packs | $11.04 on mixed 6-packs | $10.39 on mixed cases

4. 2013 Aia Vecchia Lagone Rosso (Tuscany, Italy) – Have we found the best Super Tuscan value?  Maybe, but you’ll have to be the judge!  From Italy’s coastal Maremma region, this one is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc that spent 12 months aging in French barrique.  James Suckling gave it 92 points and we agree with his assesment — full bodied, packed with ripe fruit and oak spice notes, this could easily sell for $25+ per bottle.
Tasting Price: $15.29 on mixed 3-packs | $14.44 on mixed 6-packs | $13.59 on mixed cases

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