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La Rioja Alta Wine Tasting - Table Wine - Asheville, North Carolina

Free La Rioja Alta Wine Tasting

This week, we’re pouring the legendary wines from Spain’s La Rioja Alta Estate.  For fans of traditionally-styled, complex Spanish wines, this is a tasting you don’t want to miss.

Formed in 1890, La Rioja Alta is one of the top quality-oriented producers in Spain.  In addition to making world class Riojas, the firm has also purchased prestigious properties in other top viticultural zones throughout the country.  Join us as we present you with three wines from three different properties including a stunning Albarino, a world-class Rioja, and a powerful Ribera del Duero.  You’ll be amazed at the quality to price ratio on all of these wines.  Taste, learn, and save every Friday at Table Wine.

All of the featured tasting wines are being offered at 20% off by the bottle!  All sales must be tendered by the end of business on Friday unless other arrangements are made.  Email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com with questions.

1. 2016 Lagar de Cervera Albarino (Rias Baixas, Spain) – Owned by La Rioja Alta S.A. since 1988, Lagar de Cervera produces some of the finest dry white Albarino in Spain.  This wine particularly stands out for its great aromatic intensity, with marked hints of stone fruit (peaches) and white fruit (ripe apples and quinces) against a citrus background of lemon tree leaves.  Big, flavoursome and fresh in the mouth, with a well-integrated acidity.
Special Tasting Price: $13.59/bottle

2. 2010 La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva (Rioja, Spain) – Year in and year out, this is one the top values in classic Rioja.  100% Tempranillo, the wine was aged for 24 months in American oak before being bottles in 2013.  “This is the younger of their wines, with even some red berry aromas and spicy oak, quite harmonious. The palate is lively, balanced and polished, with tasty flavors and bright acidity. Delicious.” – Luis Gutierrez – Wine Advocate – 91 points
Special Tasting Price: $19.99/bottle

3. 2013 Bodegas Aster Ribera del Duero Crianza (Ribera del Duero, Spain) – Owned by La Rioja Alta since the 1990’s, this is 100% Tinta del Pais (the local name for Tempranillo) aged for 22 months in French and American oak.  “The straightforward and fruit-driven 2013 Crianza is a classical Ribera del Duero: clean, modern and with nicely integrated oak. It’s pure Tempranillo aged in French oak (70% new) for 22 months. The palate is approachable, balanced and fresh, very good for the year.” – Luis Gutierrez – Wine Advocate – 90 points
Special Tasting Price: $20.79/bottle

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Free Wine Tasting – Lesser Known Grape Varieties

Stop by Table Wine this Friday to try some wines made with lesser known grape varieties.  Just because you haven’t heard of it doesn’t mean it’s not delicious — trust me!

There are many different types of wine grapes — close to 3,000 to be exact!  Yet, many wine lovers never venture into lesser known grapes and regions.  That’s about to change!  Join us this Friday to try some wines you’ve probably never heard of nor tried.  Broaden your horizons, taste with an open mind, and you might just find a new favorite wine.  Taste, learn, and save every Friday at Table Wine.

All of the featured tasting wines are being offered at 20% off by the bottle!  All sales must be tendered by the end of business on Friday unless other arrangements are made.  Email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com with questions. 

1. 2016 Cederberg Bukettraube (Cederberg, South Africa) – Bukettraube is the grape, and it’s of German origin.  For serious wine geeks out there, it’s a cross of Silvaner and Schiava Grossa, two other obscure varietals.  All of that aside, it is absolutely delicious — just off-dry, floral, exotic, and wonderfully fresh, you’re gonna like it!
Special Tasting Price: $11.99/bottle

2. 2014 De Martino Carmenere Legado (Valle del Limari, Chile) – Carmenere is to Chile what Malbec is to Argentina…..sort of.  Both grapes are originally from Bordeaux, but both have found new homes in South America.  De Martino makes one of Chile’s top Carmeneres, and this one is in fine form.  With loads of ripe berry and plum fruit along with notes of pepper and herbs, this one is plump and rounded, with fine-grained tannins.
Special Tasting Price: $15.99/bottle

3. 2015 Adrien Berloz Mondeuse “Rosa” (Savoie, France) – This is one of my favorite red wines in the store!  The jury is still out, however, as to the “parent grapes” of Mondeuse.  Some evidence points to Syrah while others point to Refosco.  Whatever the case, this wine is brilliant.  Reminiscent of Jean Foillard’s prized Morgon Cote du Py, this one is savory, complex, and texturally satisfying.  For fans of Cru Beaujolais and good Red Burgundy, you need to taste this one!
Special Tasting Price: $27.99/bottle