South Asheville’s Best Free Wine Tastings

Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23 at Table Wine
Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m.

The best way to learn about wine is to taste it, and this week, Table Wine gives you two chances to taste and learn about wine for free.  On Friday, owner Josh Spurling selects a few of his favorite wines in stock to sample with customers starting at 4:00.  He usually selects some nicer (aka more expensive) bottles to open, so you won’t want to miss this.

We follow this up with our weekly free tasting, featuring the best values in wines from family estates and wineries from all over the world.  This week end’s lineup is especially strong, with some new arrivals to the store.  Stop by any time between 2 and 5 to “try before you buy” four great wines.  Here’s the lineup:

Free Wine Tasting

1. Il Conti Pinot Grigio Veneto, Italy – This is the best Pinot Grigio for the money we’ve come across.  Il Conti is the Veneto-based operation of the Anselma family of Barolo fame, and this is that elusive under $10 bottle of Pinot Grigio that actually has flavor.  Bright apple, citrus and melon notes are all present in this perfect summertime white. 

2. Schloss Muhlenhof Muller Thurgau Trocken Rheinhessen, Germany – This is a little bit different.  Muller Thurgau was created in Germany by crossing Sylvaner with Riesling, and this one is dry or trocken.  It offers up delicious notes of ripe peach, pear, apple and nectarine.  It would be a perfect partner to spicy Thai or Indian cuisine. 

3. Castell del Remei Gotim Bru Costers del Segre, Spain – Costers del Segre is just outside of Spain’s famed Priorat region, and this is one of the oldest estates in the region.  Founded by four French families, this blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot always exhibits a Bordeaux-like personality.  With plenty of richness and a round and supple texture, this is sure to please a lot of folks! 

4. Creta Ribera del Duero Roble, Spain – This is an estate to watch, as the wines are being made by Isaac Fernandez Montana, nephew of Mariano Garcia who was the longtime winemaker for Vega Sicilia, one of Spain’s most famous estates.  Not only that, the wine is 100% Tempranillo sourced from a 60-70 year old vineyard and this is big, dark fruited, smoky red wine perfect for grilled meats.  Bravo!

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