Portuguese Wine Tasting at Asheville Wine Store

Portuguese Red Wines

Saturday, October 10th from 2-5 p.m. — Portuguese Red Wines: The Next Great Value Zone in the World — The wine world is abuzz with talk about the incredible variety of values than can be found in Portuguese red wines.  The country’s producers utilize mainly the native, indigenous grapes of the country to produce a wide range of styles of red wines.  From medium bodied, savory and complex to full bodied, fruit forward, and spicy, there’s a Portuguese red wine for all adventurous wine drinkers.  Join us this Saturday to taste, learn, and save on some extreme value Portuguese red wines.

Don’t forget, all of the tasting wines are 10% off by the bottle, 15% off if you mix any six of them, or 20% off if you mix any twelve of them.  This is a great chance to taste, stock up, and save!

The Wines
Prices range from $8 to $13

1. 2014 Quinta das Arcas Conde Villar Tinto (Alentejo) – This classic table wine is a blend of  Aragones, Trincadeira, Alicante Bouschet, and Touriga Nacional.  Fermented entirely in stainless steel, it is uncomplicated and fruity, but dry and spicy at the same time.  With gentle, soft tannins and bright acidity, this makes for a great everyday drinker.
Tasting Price: $8.99/bottle | $8.49 in mixed six packs | $7.99 in mixed cases

2. 2012 Quinta do Crasto “Flor de Crasto” (Douro Valley) – Quinta do Crasto is one of the Portugal’s top still wine producers, and this is a great introduction to the “house style.”  A blend of stainless steel fermented Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), Touriga Franca, and Touriga Nacional, this wine behaves a bit like a fuller styled Pinot Noir or Beaujolais.  With gorgeous fruit purity and a supple and seamless texture, it is a great one to sip with or without food.
Tasting Price: $12.59/bottle | $11.89 in mixed six packs | $11.19 in mixed cases

3. 2012 Symington Family Altano Tinto (Douro Valley) – The Symington family have been involved in the Douro wine trade since the mid 17th century.  These days, they own sizable acreage in the Northern Douro Valley, and that’s where all of the grapes for this wine were sourced from.  The hot and dry 2012 vintage resulted in concentrated flavors, and this blend of Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, and Tinta Barroca definitely shows the character of the vintage.  Like the previous two reds, this was fermented entirely in stainless steel — the resulting wine is ripe and almost jammy, with notes of plum, dark berries, and chocolate.  It’s another easy drinker for all sorts of occasions.
Tasting Price: $10.79/bottle | $10.19 in mixed six packs | $9.59 in mixed cases

“545 Wine Tasting” – Pumped for Portuguese Wines

Join us every Friday any time between 4 and 7 p.m. to “wine down” your work week and get your week end off to a good start with the best wine tasting in Asheville!  This week, we’re excited to pour you a great quintet of wines from Portugal.  If you thought all that Portugal did was Port, think again!  We’ll start you off with uber-exotic and refreshing 2012 Monte Velho Branco, a blend of native, oddly named Portuguese grapes that wows the senses with pineapple, peach, honeysuckle and spice notes. The 2012 Monte das Promessas Branco is also composed of some of Portugal’s old native grapes, and it’s just a touch sweet, but oh-so refreshing and delicious.

Moving on to the reds, the 2011 Pedra Cancela Tinto comes from older hillside vineyards above the Dao River and is composed of Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro and Tinta Roriz (aka Tempranillo).  Richly fruited, smooth and spicy, this is Portugal’s answer to Rioja.  The 2012 Palestra Tinto hails from Portugal’s Douro Valley and has been a staple in the store since we opened almost four years ago.  Lushly fruited and ripe with raspberry and plum fruit, this perennial great value is clicking on all cylinders in the new vintage.  Finally the 2011 Quinta do Encontro Tinto combines 50% Baga with 50% Merlot to produced a structured and powerful red wine that could easily sell for $20+.  Stop by, taste, buy and save every Friday at Table Wine!  Just $5/person or it’s free if you’re a Grape Nut!

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

The Wines (Prices range from $11 to $13) 

1. 2012 Monte Velho Branco (Alentejo)

2. 2012 Monte das Promessas Branco (Lisbon)

3. 2011 Pedra Cancela Tinto (Dao)

4. 2012 Encostas do Douro Palestra Tinto (Douro Valley)

5. 2011 Quinta do Encontro Tinto (Barraida)

Extreme Portuguese Wine Values

Extreme Portuguese Red Wine Values – Try Before You Buy Tasting – Saturday, September 14th, 2013 – 2:00 to 5:00

Portugal is a hotbed of extreme red wine values, and we’ve been saying it since we opened over three years ago.  The country’s difficult economic situation is being exploited by importers, and both of the wines we’ll pour this Saturday are evidence of that.  Both come to you at less than $12 per bottle and both scored 89 points via The Wine Spectator………..and we concur with those scores!  Don’t worry if you don’t know the grapes or the regions; just come by and try them!  Here are the wines we’ll have open to try:

1. 2010 Quinta de Cabriz Tinto (Dao, Portugal)
Find us a better red wine value and we’ll give you a free bottle of wine!  We’ve carried this one since we opened in 2010, and it remains one of our g0-to wines for customers looking for a wine that tastes like $20, but costs about $10.  The current release is focused and a little bit “wild”, with a mineral edge to the dried cherry and plum fruit.  It finishes with ample tannin and a nice smoky herb nuance.

2. 2010 Quinta do Encontro Tinto (Bairraida, Portugal)
This is a big wine for a small price!  A blend of Portugal’s native and rugged Baga grape blended with a little bit of Merlot and then aged in oak barrels, this is dark and intense.  A ripe core of lush blackberry, black cherry and raisin combine with gentle spice and cocoa notes in this extreme value from the Portuguese coast.

All tasting wines are 10% off by the bottle or 15% off if you mix six or more of them together.

545 Wine Tasting – Portugal

Taste 5 wines for $5………..get it?  This Friday, February 3, we’ll explore the new breed of Portuguese still wine.  When we say “still wine”, we mean wines that are fermented dry and not fortified………..thus no Port or Madeira for this tasting.  This will be a fun and eye and palate opening experience for many, and we’ll sample some good values along with some more “premium” offerings.

As is always the case, the tasting is free for Grape Nuts – if you’re not sure what the heck that is, click here.  The tasting runs from 4:00 to 7:00 and all wines will be offered by the glass as well.  The wines we will be tasting are below.

1. Qunita da Romeira Arinto – The Arinto grape is native to Portugal and produces dry and fragrant white wines that are somewhat reminiscent of dry Riesling or Albarino.  This one make a wonderful aperitif and works equally well with seafood dishes or spice fare.

2. Heredade do Esporao White Reserva – This wins our award for one of the best Portuguese whites we’ve ever tasted and it comes from one of Portugal’s most cutting edge producers.  A blend of Arinto, Roupeiro and Antao Vaz (what the heck are those?) that sees some aging in French oak, this is full bodied, full flavored wine that will remind some of a rich and buttery Chardonnay.

3. Paolo Laureano Vale da Torre “Bin 717” – From Alentejo in southern Portugal comes this delicious, modern red wine made by one of Portugal’s top oenologists.  It blends Aragones and Trincadeira to create a full bodied, fruit filled red wine with side notes of coffee and mocha.

4. Enostas do Douro Palestra – This one hails from the Douro Valley, the heart and soul of Portugal’s wine country.  A blend of 40% Tinta Franca, 40% Tinta Roriz and 20% Tinta Barroca this is a lush, supple, full red wine that will have you thinking it costs $20+……………but it doesn’t!

5. Quinta do Penedo Dao Tinto – This is big, strapping, tannic red wine that you would easily pay $30 to $40 for if it were from anywhere but Portugal.  A blend of 70% Touriga Nacional and 30% Alfrocheiro, this one is packed with blueberry and blackberry fruit, with complex notes of roasted meat, smoke and spice.  Get ready to brush your teeth with Sensodyne tooth paste after tasting this one because the enamel is going to be stripped!


Portugal – The New Frontier For Extreme Wine Values

Friday Winedown
Friday, July 15 at Table Wine – 4 to 7 p.m.
$5/person – Free For Grape Nuts

Join Andoni Uroz of Uroz Beverage fresh off of his presentation of the wines of Lopez Heredia on Thursday for an incredible tasting of Portuguese wines.  We’ve stocked many wines from Portugal since day one of opening the shop, and Andoni is our go-to distributor for them.  Don’t worry, just because you can’t pronounce or recognize any of the grape varieties means nothing……….these are just good and they completely over deliver their price points.

Join us for wine, light appetizers and the delightful Andoni Uroz on July 15, and get your week end started right!  Here’s the lineup of wines we’ll try:

Portuguese Wine Tasting

1. 2010 Monte Velho Blanco – Yes, many of you have tried this wine, which I call “the most dangerous white wine on the planet”, but I don’t think anyone is going to complain if they have to try it again.

2. 2009 Quinta da Romeira Arinto – The native Arinto grape produces beautifully aromatic and dry whites that I could drink all day.  It tastes a bit like a dry Riesling or Albarino with its tropical fruit notes……….great with fresh seafood.

3. 2008 Herdade do Esporao Blanco Reserva – This is one of those wow wines that will give you a glimpse into the potential of how great Portuguese whites can be.  Rich, oily and nicely textured, this one bursts out of the glass with notes of clove, honey, exotic spices and ripe orchard fruits. It is the Reserve bottling of the Monte Velho Blanco!

4. 2008 Quinta de Cabriz Tinto – Here’s a 90 point Wine Spectator wine for $10.99.  Try it, love it and buy it by the case, as it can be consumed now or through 2017!

5. 2008 Dao Sul Palestra Tinto – From Portugal’s famous Douro Valley, here’s an 89 point Wine Spectator wine for $10.99.  Try it, love it and buy it by the case at a 15% discount.

6. 2007 Quinta do Penedo Tinto – This looks and tastes like a wine that you would typically pay $30+ for.  It is dark as night in color and extremely powerful and rich with ripe plum, black cherry, exotic spices and on and on.  The real deal here folks!

7. 2007 Heredade do Esporao Tinto Reserva – Here’s a wine that behaves like one that would typically cost you $40 to $50.  It oozes blackberry, boysenberry, spicy oak and mocha notes on the nose leading into a jammy palate of berries, spices and chocolate mousse.

Put together a mixed 6 pack at 10% off or a mixed case at 15% off.

Monte Velho Blanco

A Wonderful White Wine For Warm Weather

2009 Monte Velho Blanco
Alentejo, Portugal

Monte Velho Blanco

Spring is officially here, and summer is not far behind.  I know there are some out there who drink red wine all the time, but for those like me whose taste in wine changes with the season, I’ve got the perfect warm weather white wine for you.  Yes, you can always do Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio or un-oaked Chardonnay, but that’s been done a million times folks.  It’s time to tap into your adventurous side and taste something different.  I believe I’ve found you the perfect white wine for sipping, or slamming if you prefer, for the rest of the spring and throughout the summer.

The wine hails from Alentejo in southern Portugal, the area where Portugal’s climate escapes the Atlantic influence.  That means it’s hot and dry and the wines produced here are not shy.  In fact, whether red or white, the wines tend to be full and ripe with a taste of the sun about them.  The estate is a rather large one, as most of them are in the region, and it goes by the name of Esporao.  Since the first wine was released under this label, in 1989, Esporão has been a great ambassador for the wines of Alentejo, with a high profile on export markets.

Table Wine tries to focus on small family estates, but every once in awhile we come across a wine that just “plain tastes great”, and we’ve always said that we reserve the right to carry any damn wine we want to.  Well, this one of those wines that tastes just plain great.  It is a blend of native Portugues grape varieties, including Roupeiro, Antao Vaz and Perrum……..please don’t quiz me on these!  Right out of the shoot, it smells of ripe and juicy summer peach and other orchard fruits.  I almost thought the wine was going to be sweet, but when it hit my palate, I knew this wasn’t the case.  Though fresh, aromatic and fruity, the wine is dry and mouthwatering with cleansing acidity on the finish.  We are currently the only wine store in Asheville to offer it, and at $11.99/bottle, I’d buy this one by the case and get yourself a 15% discount.  Happy Spring and Summer and ch-ching from me to you.