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

 

2011 A. and G. Fantino Barbera d'Alba Cascina Dardi

2011 A. and G. Fantino Barbera D’Alba Cascina Dardi

Wine of the Weeks – Amazing, old vine Barbera from a classic vintage as low as $19.99/bottle! Email josh@tablewineasheville.com or stop by the store to make sure you get some.  As I’ve gotten older and my taste in wine has “matured,” Barbera has become a real go-to wine for me. Being a lowly wine shop owner, I can rarely afford Barolo and Barbaresco, but I can always afford good Barbera, and one of the secrets to getting the best wine for your dollar is to buy Barbera from a top notch Barolo or Barbaresco producer.  This is one of those!  From a marvelous vintage in Italy’s Piemonte region, this is from a 60 year old vineyard in the Bussia cru, just north of Montforte, one of Barolo’s most famous zones.  It’s the 2011 A. and G. Fantino Barbera d’Alba Cascina Dardi, and it’s the new Wine of the Weeks.  Here’s the deal:

2011 A. and G. Fantino Barbera d’Alba Cascina Dardi – On sale through Wednesday, May 25th

Regular Price: $24.99/bottle

Sale Price: $21.99/bottle (over 10% off) or $19.99/bottle on solid 6-packs (20% off)

I forgot to mention that there are just 6 precious cases of this wine available — I bought all that my distributor had to offer Western North Carolina, and I have no doubt that this one is going to go fast.  Stop by this Saturday, May 14th between 2 and 5 p.m. and we’ll pour you a splash if there is any left to sell.  Alright, I’m starting to sound like a used car salesman.  Let me tell you why I bought all of this one.  The brothers Alessandro and Gian Natale Fantino run this family estate in Monforte d’Alba.  Prior to dedicating himself to running his family’s estate with his brother, Alessandro managed the vineyards and served as the enologist at the legendary Cantina Bartolo Mascarello for 20 years, from 1978 to 1997.

He has definitely put his experience working for one of the legends of Barolo to good use.  Of course, it’s not hard to make good wine when you have a great vintage and a great vineyard.  Wine Spectator rated the 2011 Piemonte vintage at 94 points and said it was a “fine year for Barbera.”  Yep, they got that right!  The Fantinos choose to ferment this wine in stainless steel, and I completely support that decision.  When you’re working with 60 year old, deeply rooted, low yielding vines, why do anything to take away from the natural purity and abundance of character inherent in those grapes?

As importer Kermit Lynch says, the “Fantino brothers produce an amazing Barbera d’Alba from these ancient vines in Dardi. The Barbera is loaded with lush fruit and smooth, silky texture, and a ravishing perfume.”  Yep, Kermit pretty much sums that up nicely.  I had similar notes that included terms like silky, polished, balanced, cherry, plum, leather, spice, complexity and so on.  All in all, this is just a ridiculously good wine from a small family estate (they make 3,800 cases total and they make 8 wines).  Buy some or I’ll take it all home……….that’s a promise!  Stop by the store or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com to pick some up before I do just that.  Happy drinking, happy eating, and happy spring from me to you!

Free Piemonte Wine Tasting

Try Three for Free Wine Tasting – Piemonte Wines

Try Three for Free Wine Tasting this Saturday, May 14th from 2 to 5 p.m. featuring a trio of Piemonte wines guaranteed to please!  Italy’s Piemonte zone, in the northwestern part of the country, is home to some of the country’s most prized wines.  Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Dolcetto and a host of other regions and grapes thrive here, and the Piemonte is populated by many high quality, family owned estates.  We’ll pour your a few of those! We’ll start with an absolutely stunning Cortese from a new, up and coming producer that is destined for greatness.  Next up, we’ll take a slight detour with a rich and creamy Pinot Grigio from Slovenia.  We’ll return to the Piemonte to finish up with our new Wine of the Weeks, an absolutely stunning old vine Barbera that is just absolutely delicious.  Stop by, taste, learn and save up to 20% off on all of the tasting wines this Saturday — you won’t regret it!

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 Oltretorrente Cortese Colli Tortonesi (Piemonte, Italy) – As my friend Jay Murrie of Piedmont Wine Imports says: “A young wine-obsessed couple from Milan and their two kids are starting a new organic farm in sleepy Paderna. So far the results are really exciting!”  We agree wholeheartedly.  From the far eastern hills of the Piemonte, neighboring the more famous village of Gavi, this is a fabulous new producer that was established in 2010.  Their organically farmed vineyards, some of which exceed 100 years of age, give us this lovely, mineral-infused, focused and powerful white wine.  
Tasting Price: $15.29 in mixed 3-packs | $14.44 in mixed six packs | $13.59 in mixed cases


2. 2015 Ptujska Klet Pullus Pinot Grigio (Podravje, Slovenia) – If you are tired of drinking thin, washed out, boring Pinot Grigios, you’ll love this version from Slovenia’s oldest winery (started in 1239!).  Pinot Grigio grapes are pinkish in color, and this winery allows the juice and the skins to “steep” together for about 3 days.  The resulting wine is a Pinot Grigio rose — light salmon/orange in color, it offers up richer and creamier notes of ripe melon and pear, with complex spice and mineral notes.
Tasting Price: $15.29 in mixed 3-packs | $14.44 in mixed six packs | $13.59 in mixed cases

3. 2011 A. and G. Fantino Barbera d’Alba “Cascina Dardi” (Piemonte, Italy) – It’s our Wine of the Week, and it is an absolute stunner!  Alessandro Fantino was the longtime enologist at famed Barolo producer Bartolo Mascarello before he returned to his family’s estate in 1998 to work with his brother. Today, he and his brother Gian Natale produce about 3,800 cases of wine total (they make 8 different wines), and this is one of their stars.  From a 60 year old vineyard, these ancient vines give us an incredibly satisfying, complex, silky and savory Barbera.  Drink now or over the next couple of years as this one is in top form right now!
Tasting Price: $22.49 in mixed 3-packs | $21.24 in mixed six packs | $19.99 in mixed cases
Wine of the Weeks Price: 
$21.99/bottle (over 10% off) or $19.99/bottle on solid 6-packs (20% off)

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

Italian Wine Tasting

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Awesome Italian Wines

Free Wine Tasting at Table Wine this Friday, May 6th from 4 to 7 p.m. featuring some seriously awesome Italian wines.  Get your weekend off to a grand start with the best free wine tasting in Asheville!  This week, we’re serving up a really nice lineup of new arrival Italian wines that are sure to bring a smile to your face.  With somewhere around 350 different grape varieties grown throughout the country, Italian wines offer something for everyone.  We’ll kick things off with one of favorite new whites in the store, a crisp and sunny Locorotondo from the Puglian coast.  Next up, we have one of our favorite Italian dry roses — a pale colored, beautifully aromatic  version from Giorgio Rivetti’s famed La Spinetta estate.  We’ll finish up with Chianti from Tuscany’s famed Selvapiana estate — trust me, their 2013 is delicious and shows more roundness and softness than most Chiantis.  All you have to do is 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 I Pastini Antico Locorotondo Bianco (Puglia, Italy) – Locorotondo is a town of roughly 14,000 located along Italy’s southeastern Adriatic coast, and it is listed as one of the most beautiful villages of Italy.  Taste this unique white wine, based on a blend of Verdeca, Bianco d’Alessano, and Fiano Minutolo, and be transported to one of the most beautiful parts of Italy…….sort of.  Nicely dry and possessing aromas and flavors of fresh flowers, citrus, mineral and sea air, this would be the perfect wine to wash down fried calamri or any range of seafood dishes……..or no food at all of course!
Tasting Price: $12.59 in mixed 3-packs | $11.89 in mixed six packs | $11.19 in mixed cases


2. 2015 La Spinetta Il Rose di Casanova (Tuscany, Italy) – Trust me folks, this is one of the best dry roses of the 2015 vintage!  Giorgio Rivetti just doesn’t make bad wine, whether it be his award winning Barolos, Barbarescos and Barberas or his groundbreaking Tuscan wines.  His dry rose comes from a single parcel of Sangiovese vines called “Casanova,” and despite its pale color, it really packs a punch. Smelling of fresh peach, summer strawberry, white flowers and mineral, it hits the palate with a round and rich texture.  Don’t miss your chance to try this because there’s not much left to sell!
Tasting Price: $17.99 on mixed 3-packs | $16.99 on mixed 6-packs | $15.99 on mixed cases

3. 2013 Selvapiana Chianti Rufina (Tuscany, Italy) – I poured this wine at a private tasting last week, and when folks saw I was pouring Chianti, many weren’t overly excited…….until the first person took a sip and loudly pronounced it as the best Chianti she had ever tasted.  Thank God for people like that!  Selvapiana is one of the top Chianti producers, and they are not even in the Classico zone.  Their wines show classic Tuscan pedigree, but tend to me more elegant and fine grained than most of their peers.  This one truly shows those traits — silky cherry and plum fruit mingle with mellow mineral and dusty herb notes. Lovely with all sorts of foods (from chicken to beef), this one really just needs a big glass!
Tasting Price: $16.19 on mixed 3-packs | $15.29 on mixed 6-packs | $14.39 on mixed cases

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

2013 Verso Salento Rosso

2013 Verso Salento Rosso

Wine of the Weeks – The Verso Salento Rosso is back by popular demand and you can try it for free this Friday, April 15th (4-7 pm)! Email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com to place your order or stop by the store and pick some up.  Like Amarone but hate paying $50+ per bottle?  You might want to try the 2013 Verso Salento Rosso.  Bold statement for sure, but stay with me.  This rich and decadent blend of 60% Negroamaro, 35% Primitivo and 5% Malvasia Nera is made with a small percentage of appassimento grapes.  This process of drying out and raisinating the grapes results in more concentrated and heady aromas and flavors, and it is exactly the same process that is used to make Italy’s famed Amarone.  Trust me folks, this is one of the great Italian red wine values out there, and the only place you will find this wine is at Table Wine.  I worked a deal, bought all of the wine, and I’m offering it for the next two weeks at a ridiculous price.  Here’s the deal:

2013 Verso Salento Rosso — On sale through Tuesday, April 26th

Regular Price: $17.99/bottle

Sale Price: $14.99/bottle, $13.99/bottle on solid 6-packs, or $12.99/bottle on solid cases!  Save up to more than 25% off!!

Many of you will remember the 2010 vintage of this wine that we carried a few summers back.  It quickly developed a huge following and became one of the top sellers in the store and one of the go-to summer barbecue/cookout wines of 2013.  Unfortunately the 2011 and 2012 versions of the wine were not up to my standards, but the new vintage is back to its previous quality level.  This is a big wine folks — there is nothing shy about it at all!  Deeply colored, full bodied, packed with flavor and Southern Italian soul, it is the quintessential red to serve at your spring and summer cookouts.

Even better, the wine by no means has to be served with food.  It possesses a round and supple texture that makes it perfect for serving and sipping solo.  For fans of big, rich, spicy Zins and Red Blends (think Orin Swift or The Prisoner), this is a must try wine.  The Verso Salento Rosso pours a deep, nearly opaque color and smells of sun baked fruit — think fig, warm blueberry, raspberry and dark cherry.  I couldn’t find exact technical data on the wine, but the nose and the palate suggests that the wine sees some oak aging.  Intermixed with the rich fruit flavors are notes of clove, vanilla and allspice.  It all works to create a showy and flamboyant, yet balanced red wine.

This is a great go-to red to take to parties and cookouts this spring and summer.  Trust me, once people taste this, you’ll be the most popular person at the party until your bottle is empty.  Thus, you might want to take more than one bottle!  So there you go, one of the most popular red wines in the history of Table Wine is back and it’s as good as ever.  We bought the last 28 cases of the wine and based on its past performance, those won’t last long.  Stop by and pick some up or swing by the store this Friday, April 15th (4-7 pm) to taste it.  Until then, happy drinking and eating in Asheville.

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