Purchase Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

2016 Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose

Case of the Month – Dry rose fans rejoice as the Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose is back and it’s great again!  With eleven Best of Class and numerous gold awards at prestigious wine competitions, it is one of our country’s top pink wines.  I can say with certainty that it is very deserving of the praise. We poured this one last Friday and every single person that tasted it loved it.  We ran out!  Not to worry, 20 cases arrive today……….even better, I’m putting it on sale through May 10th.  Believe me when I say that this is one of the most satisfying wines to drink during the spring and summer seasons.  Stop by the store or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com to place your order.  Here’s the deal:

2016 Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose
Regular Price: $13.99/bottle

On Sale Through Saturday, May 13th
$10.99/bottle on solid case purchases — That’s Over 20% Off!

Dry rose sales continue to surge in the United States, and it’s wines like this one that are making that happen.  Please note that this is not anything like White Zinfandel, Lancers, or Mateus.  I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with those wines, but Barnard Griffin’s Rose is decidedly dry.  With ripe and creamy notes of strawberry, raspberry, orange and pomegranate balanced by crisp acidity, this is the wine you want to drink on warm sunny days.

Not sold yet?  I’ll give you one more chance to try it for free.  Stop by next Saturday, April 22nd — we’ll have it open for our free wine tasting that day. Otherwise, stop by the store and pick some up!  Cheers and happy spring and summer drinking and eating!

2015 Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose

2015 Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose

Case of the Month – Our best selling dry rose of all time and the most awarded dry rose in the United States is back and it’s better than ever!  Email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com to place your order or stop by and pick some up.  Rob Griffin works magic with this wine every single year, and he really nailed it with his 2015 Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose.  For the eleventh year in a row, his rose took home a Gold Medal and best in show at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Translated, that means the largest wine competition in the United States deemed this to be the best domestic dry rose of the year.  I definitely get it!  Although dry in flavor, this is a rose for all palates and budgets — from its deeper color and creamier texture to its ridiculously low price, this is one of the most satisfying wines of the spring and summer season.  It’s our new Case of the Month, and it’s on sale at one of the best price’s we can find in the country — it’s the 2015 Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose and here’s the deal:

2015 Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose
Regular Price: $12.99/bottle

On Sale Through Tuesday, June 14th
$9.99/bottle on solid case purchases — That’s Over 20% Off!

Dry rose consumption is at an all time high in the United States and it is wines like this one that are contributing to that trend.  Far removed from the blush wines of the past, the new breed of dry roses are crisp, refreshing, and loaded with aromas and flavors of spring and summer.  In the case of the Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose, think warm summer strawberries, watermelon, peach and white flowers all offered up on a zesty, fuller bodied, and lower acid palate.

If I haven’t sold you yet on the virtues of this wine and dry rose in general, let me tell you more about how roses are made.  Black-skinned grapes (in this case Sangiovese) are crushed and the juice that is released is clear — at this point, you basically have a white wine, and some producers actually make white wines out of black skinned grapes (Domaine Serene makes a White Pinot Noir every year). Thus, if you like white wine, there is no reason you shouldn’t like dry rose!  After the grapes are crushed and the juice is released, the juice and the skins remain in contact with each other for a short period of time, usually 1 to 3 days.  The longer the juice and skin remain in contact with one another, the darker the rose.

Based on the deeper color of this wine, I would say that the juice and the skins spent a little more time hanging out together.  It’s in no way heavy or tannic, but it does possess a deeper hue than many of the other roses that we stock.  With a terrific balance of red fruit and orchard fruit aromas and flavors along with a subtle floral nuance, this is spring/summer sunshine in a bottle!  Drink this one all spring and summer or all year with or without food.  Try it with spicy stuff (think Thai or Indian food) or green stuff (think asparagus or caprese salad) and experience wine and food nirvana.  More specifically, try it this Friday at our free wine tasting from 4-7 p.m.

Want to make sure you get some of this at the best price in the country?  Stop by and pick some up or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com with your order.  I’ll be glad to hold your order for you until you can make it by.  Cheers and happy summer drinking and eating.

Purchase Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

2014 Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose

Case of the Month – America’s Most Awarded Dry Rose – We’re not sure how Rob Griffin manages to capture the Gold Medal every year at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, but his 2014 Sangiovese Rose did it again this past February.  That’s the ninth time this wine has won Gold or better at this prestigious competition!  There’s definitely something special about this wine, from it’s deeper hued color and creamy texture to its ripe strawberry and cherry pie flavors.  It’s our new Case of the Month, and it’s on sale at one of the best price’s we can find in the country — it’s the 2014 Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose and here’s the deal:

2014 Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose
Regular Price: $12.99/bottle

On Sale Through Tuesday, August 5th
$9.99/bottle on solid case purchases — That’s Over 20% Off!
$11.69/bottle on six pack purchases — 10% off

Let’s get one thing straight here, this wine is 100% DRY!  Despite its deeper color (compared to other roses) and its ripely fruited nose and palate, we promise you that all of the natural sugar contained in the grapes at harvest have been converted into alcohol.  There are still many who think that all pink wines must be sweet, a la Sutter Home White Zinfandel or Mateus — that’s rarely the case these days.

In fact, dry rose consumption in the United States is one of the largest wine growth categories of any in the country. Why is this?  Because we’ve finally figured out what Europeans in Mediterranean climates have long known, that dry roses are the perfect warm weather, sunny day wines.  With some of the red fruit character of a red wine, but the refreshing acidity of a white, they are easy to gulp with or without foods during the warmer months.

Talk about easy to gulp, the Sangiovese Rose from Barnard Griffin is downright dangerous in the sense that it goes down very easily and disappears quickly.  The nose smells of freshly picked strawberry and cherry, watermelon, and flowers leading into a richer and more rounded palate of similar flavors.  Perfect for just about any occasion that involves sunshine and warm weather, you’ll go crazy for this ideal summer wine.

Want to make sure you get some at the best price in the country?  Email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com, call us at 828.505.8588, or just stop by.  We’ve got plenty!  And make sure you stop by this Saturday, July 10th as we’ll be pouring this one as part of our free tasting from 2-5 p.m.  Cheers and happy summer drinking and eating.

2012 Seven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Seven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Washington State, like Oregon and California, enjoyed an incredible vintage in 2012, but hardly anyone is talking about it.  Everyone is raving about the 2012 Cabs from Napa and the 2012 Pinots from the Willamette Valley, and there’s plenty to rave about there, but don’t forget about Washington State.  Wine Spectator said of the 2012 vintage in Washington: “Ideal conditions produced powerful wines with elegance,” and went on to rate the vintage 97 points.  We couldn’t agree more, and our new Wine of the Weeks, the 2012 Seven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon is a product of this fabulous vintage and it’s made by one of the state’s pioneering producers.

Established in 1988, Seven Hills Winery is one of Washington’s oldest and most respected producers. Guided by founder, winemaker, and fourth generation farmer Casey McClellan, the winery works with fruit from some of the state’s top Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vineyards to craft their award winning wines.  Their 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon blends fruit from a variety of these sites, and they’ve really knocked it out of the park with this vintage.

Rated 91 points by The Wine Enthusiast and 90 points by both The Wine Spectator and The Wine Advocate, the 2012 Seven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon is a great way to sample a highly rated, delicious wine from this fantastic vintage without breaking the bank.  I can honestly say that if this wine bore a Napa Valley designation on its label, it would be twice the price.  A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot and the balance Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Merlot that spent 16 months in 25% new oak, it offers up notes that will remind some of Bordeaux, but with more of the fruit stuffing one would expect from a North American wine. Cassis, black currant, cherry, graphite, tobacco and herbal aromas give way to a supple, medium bodied, slightly firm palate of dark fruit, cedar, spice, earth and herb.  You can easily drink this one tonight, but it’s got at least 7 years of life ahead of it.

At less than $30 a bottle and as low as $23.99, this is for sure one of the best values that will come out of this prodigious vintage.  Stop by and pick some up, call us at 828.505.8588 or email us and we’ll set some aside for you as long as you pick it up within a week. Cheers and happy drinking and eating!

On Sale 10/3 through 10/15
Regular Price: $29.99/bottle

Sale Price

Buy 3 Bottles: $26.99(10% off)

Buy 6 Bottles: $25.49(15% off)

Buy 12 Bottles: $23.99(20% off)

Table Wine Asheville - Pacific Northwest Wine Tasting

Pacific-Northwest Wine Exploration – “545” Wine Tasting – Friday, March 8, 2013 – 4:00 to 7:00

The best way to learn about wine is to taste it!  This Friday at our “545” Wine Tasting (Try 5 wines for $5), the discussion and tasting will focus on the wines made in the states of Oregon and Washington, aka the Pacific Northwest.  If you think the types and styles of wines are the same in each state, think again.  Each of these two states enjoys a history and legacy all their own.

We’ll be at the bar  pouring and talking to you about the “wine culture” of each of the states and how they are different.  From the smooth and earthy Pinot Noirs from Oregon to the dark fruited and structured Cab and Merlot based wines from Washington, you’ll leave the store more educated and in the know when it comes to Pacific/Northwest wines.  Please understand that if you arrive after 6:30, we might be out of some of the wines and new bottles will not be opened.  Thanks for understanding.

$5/person…..Free for Grape Nuts

Guild winemaking team.

The Guild winemaking team, with John Grochau on the right.


The Wines
Prices range from $15 to $24

1. 2011 Guild Lot #6 White Wine
Guild” is a cooperative of Portland, Oregon vintners who create delicious and affordable wines together.  This white is a dry blend of 85% Pinot Gris and 15% Riesling from Washington’s Columbia Valley.  It is sunshine in a bottle!

2. 2011 Chehalem Chemistry White Wine
You gotta’ love the creative spirit of the Oregon wine community and this wine is one of the results.  A blend of Pinot Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris, it is a slightly sweet white wine abounding with fresh orchard fruits, spice and floral notes.

3. 2009 Van Duzer Pinot Noir “Vintner’s Cuvée”
Great producer, great vintage, great wine!  From a warm and sunny vintage, this is ripe, nicely textured and ripely fruited Willamette Valley Pinot Noir at a super price.

4. 2010 Guild Lot #6 Red Wine
This one is a stunner……….to us!  A blend of 67% Syrah, 19% Counoise, 5% Mourvedre, 5% Grenache and 4% Viognier, it is plump and richly fruited with additional nuance of smoky coffee, pepper and roasted herb.  Get ready to fire up the grill and make sure you have plenty of this on hand.

5. 2009 Grochau Cellars Red Wine
Some of you might have had this at some point, but it never hurts to see how a wine evolves, even if just over the course of a few months.  John Grochau, an up and comer based in Portland, makes this meritage, based on a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 4% Malbec.  It is solid from top to bottom with a nice core of dark berry fruit topped with shadings of earth and toasty oak.

Wine Of The Week – 2009 Arbor Crest Cabernet Franc “Connor Lee Vineyard”

Arbor Crest Wine Cellars was started in 1982 by Harry and Marcia Mielke.  It was Washington’s 29th winery to open, and today it is still owned and operated by the Mielke family.  For 30 years, the family has quietly been making great wines at great prices.  In fact, The Wine Advocate made this bold statement about Arbor Crest – “If I were forced to name a single Washington winery offering the best value across the entire range of their portfolio, it might well be Arbor Crest.”

I’m typically not the biggest fan of Cab Franc as a stand alone wine, but this one changed my opinion entirely.  Just 475 cases were produced from tiny yields of 2 tons per acre and the wine sees 20 months aging in French oak.  A touch lighter than Cabernet Sauvignon, but with plenty of stuffing, this one “offers up a panorama of herbs and spices, floral notes, cassis, and black currants. In the glass it opens to reveal its elegant personality along with layered savory flavors, good balance, and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. It will provide enjoyment through 2021.”  The Wine Advocate – 92 points

I’ve got about 4 cases left of this delicious, 92 point rated, well priced wine.  I recommend you give it a shot.  If you can’t make it by immediately, don’t worry, I’ll hold some for you until you can.

Regular Price: $26.99 

Sale Price: $23.99 

In A Mixed Six Pack: $22.94 

In A Mixed or Solid Case: $21.59