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Summer Wine Showcase – Super Saturday Wine Tasting

Saturday, June 24th from 2-5 pm – For our next Super Saturday Wine Tasting, it’s a Summer Wine Showcase with Sara Helmkamp and Aldo Morales of Advintage Distributing!  Help us welcome the summer season with a big tasting starring 10 awesome wines from all parts of the globe.  Just $5 to try all of the wines or it’s free if you’re a Grape Nut!

Lynn and I recently headed south to Charleston to pay a visit to one of our favorite suppliers, distributors, and importers.  Advintage Distributing was started in 2003 by the passionate Henri Gabriel, a super cool dude who loves wine just as much as I do.  He has truly built a very special portfolio of wines, and he treated us to a wonderful tasting at their temperature controlled, state of the art warehouse.  I returned to Asheville pumped about the new wines I tasted, and I can’t wait to share them with you.  We’ll be pouring quite the smorgasbord of wines — from crisp summer whites and an epic dry rosé to one of the best Cotes du Rhone deals of all time, this promises to be one of the best tastings of the summer.  Oh yeah, we’re also pouring a really special treat in the form of Wine #10 — it’s one of California’s top names in Red Zinfandel…….trust me, you don’t want to miss this tasting!

Super Saturday Wine Tasting Advintage Distributing Table Wine Asheville North Carolina

Get your summer off to a good start with a tasting featuring some of my top new finds of the season!  Check out the list below, and I think you’ll agree that this is an adventurous and epic tasting that is not to be missed.  Stop by, taste, learn, stock up and save big on a bevy of perfect summer wines.  No RSVP is required and you do not have to be a Grape Nut to attend — just pay $5 before you begin the tasting and have a great time.

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 10%, mix any 6 and save 15%, or mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2016 Jean Perrier et Fils Jacquere “Cuvée” Gastronomie” (Savoie, France)

2. 2016 Massone Gavi “Vigneto Masera” (Piemonte, Italy)

3. 2015 Single Post Riesling (Mosel, Germany)

4. 2013 Elyse L’Ingenue White Blend (Sierra Foothills, California)

5. 2016 Domaine Montrose Rosé (Languedoc, France)

6. 2015 Soldier’s Block Shiraz (Langhorne Creek, Australia)

7. 2016 Domaine de Chantepierre Cotes du Rhone Rouge (Southern Rhone Valley, France)

8. 2015 M. Chapoutier Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillon Villages Rouge (Roussillon, France)

9. 2014 Bench Cabernet Sauvignon (Knights Valley, California)

10. Surprise Wine – It’s epic, it’s one of California’s top names in Zinfandel, and we’re pouring it.  That’s all we’re saying.

Free Chateau Montelena Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville North Carolina.

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Chateau Montelena Wine Tasting

Friday, April 21st from 4-7 pm – Yep, you read that right as we’re hosting a free Chateau Montelena Wine Tasting on Friday!  Truly one of California’s blue chip estates, we will pour you an all-star lineup of their current releases.  This guarantees to be the best free wine tasting in Asheville!

Founded in 1882, Chateau Montelena is one of California’s most historic and respected estates.  With 120 acres under vine, the winery produces about 50,000 cases of wine each year, and they make 7 different wines.  That’s really not a lot of wine!  Bo Barrett is still running the show here, and he continues to turn out great wines rooted in balance, class, and finesse.  Join us and see what we’re talking about.  We’ll start with their Dry Riesling, a 1,500 case production wine that is guaranteed to convert the most avid Riesling hater.  Up next, the estate’s Calistoga Zinfandel is just singing this vintage with bbq-friendly notes of briary fruit and peppery spice.  To finish, it’s the new vintage of Montelena’s Napa Valley Cabernet, and they knocked it out of the park this year.  What’s new?  Talk is cheap, let the wine do the talking and stop by to taste, learn and save this Friday at Table Wine.   Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 10%, mix any 6 and save 15%, or mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2015 Chateau Montelena Riesling  (Potter Valley, California) – We know, you hate Riesling because it’s so sweet and syrupy.  Wrong!  This one is completely dry and completely delicious.  In fact, it is actually sold out at the winery, but we’ve got a couple cases up for grabs.  Possessing bright acidity along with exotic tropical notes, this one makes us want for spicy Thai or Indian food.
Tasting Price: $22.49 in mixed 3-packs | $21.24 in mixed 6-packs | $19.99 mixed cases

2.2013 Chateau Montelena Zinfandel (Napa Valley, California) – Montelena’s Zinfandel is a rare Zinfandel treat.  As opposed to the extracted, jammy style often encountered, this one is balanced, medium bodied, and old school in style.  Briary red berries, earth, and spice all come out to play in this red wine that would pair nicely with a wide range of cuisines, from red sauced pasta dishes to smoked brisket.
Tasting Price: $35.99 in mixed 3-packs | $33.99 in mixed 6-packs | $31.99 in mixed case

3. 2013 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley, California) – Bo Barret’s Cabs are never the biggest or most extravagant, but they are always delicious, and this is no exception.  Mored medium bodied and seductive, it exhibits silky tannin and balanced acidity making it a perfect pair for a grilled steak.  Classic Napa Cabernet aromas and flavors of dark cherry, currant, tobacco, cedar, and licorice all make an appearance.  Drink now through 2025.
Tasting Price: $53.09 in mixed 3-packs | $50.14 in mixed 6-packs | $47.19 in mixed cases

Thanksgiving Wine Tasting in Asheville, NC.

Big, Free, Thanksgiving Wine Tasting

We are pleased to announce our annual Big, Free, Thanksgiving Wine Tasting which will take place on Saturday, November 12th, 2016 from 2-5 p.m.  Sample 12 different turkey, ham, and family friendly wines under one roof and stock up for the most important culinary holiday of the year.  This guarantees to be one of Asheville’s best free wine tastings of the year and you’re all invited!

Thanksgiving only comes once a year, and it’s one of those holidays where good wine is required.  Whether you need special wines for that delicious meal or simple, value priced wines to keep the family happy and peaceful, we’ve got you covered.  Aldo Morales and Sara Helmkamp of Advintage Distributing will join us to pour 12 classic Thanksgiving wines from their extensive portfolio, and the tasting is free to the public. From festive sparkling wines and complex whites to regal and ravishing reds, we’ll have something for everyone.

The wines will range in price from $10 to $50 — regardless of your beverage budget, we’ll get you taken care of! Even better, all of the tasting wines will be on sale at 10% off by the bottle, 15% off if you mix any six of them, and 20% off if you mix any 12 or more of them.  It’s the perfect time to taste, learn and save on wines that are guaranteed to make this Thanksgiving the best ever.

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 10%, mix any 6 and save 15%, or mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2013 Raventos I Blanc de Nit Brut Sparkling Wine (Penedes, Spain)
This is the winery Josh visited on his trip to Spain in August.  From one of Spain’s first families of sparkling wines, this light, but highly flavorful rosé is ideal for sipping before, during, and/or after the meal.

2. 2014 Isle Saint-Pierre Blanc (Rhone Valley, France)
Round, refreshing, beautifully aromatic blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat.  Peach, citrus, flowers and crisp acidity make this perfect for the Thanksgiving meal.

3. 2013 Elyse L’Ingenue White “Naggiar Vineyard” (Sierra Foothills, California)
Full bodied blend of Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier and Grenache Blanc — lush, exotic, aromatic and full flavored.  Delicious!

4. 2014 Poppy Chardonnay (Santa Lucia Highlands, California)
Classy and classic California Chardonnay from the hills just outside of Monterey.  Barrel fermented, rich, creamy and stylish.

5. 2015 Montinore Borealis (Willamette Valley, Oregon)
Almost dry and oh-so-delicious blend of Gewurztraminer, Muller Thurgau, Riesling and Riesling.  In our opinions, this is one of the all-time great domestic white wines to pair with classic holiday meal.

6. 2015 Isle Saint-Pierre Rouge (Rhone Valley, France)
Obscure, but delicious and juicy blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Arinarnoa, and Petit Verdot from an island in the middle of the Rhone River.  Medium bodied, fresh, spicy and low tannin red that is great with or without food.

7. 2014 Bench Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast, California)
When we poured this one 3 years ago at this same tasting, it was the best selling wine of the day.  We predict that could happen again!  Complex, with notes of ripe red cherry, spice, and complex earth and spice notes, this is a Thanksgiving classic.

8. 2013 Drew “Gatekeeper’s” Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley, California)
This one is even more complex than the Bench and from one of the top producers in the Anderson Valley, in Mendocino County.  Subtle, refined, and one of the best reds of the tasting!

9. Sherman & Hooker’s Shebang Red Blend (Various Regions, California)
Don’t let the name fool you into thinking this is some boring old red blend.  Far from it, this combination of mainly Zinfandel with about 10 other grapes is one of our favorite new finds of the holiday season.

10. 2013 Zorzal Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina)
Tasting more like a Malbec from France’s Loire Valley than one from Mendoza, this is juicy, silky and way too easy to drink!

11. 2015 Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillon Rouge (Languedoc/Roussillon, France)
From the Chapoutier family’s outpost in the Roussillon, this blend of Syrah, Grenach and Carignan is perfect for those who like fuller flavored reds for their meals.

12. 2014 Bedrock Zinfandel “Old Vines” (Various Regions, California)
We love dry Red Zins with our holiday meals and this one from Morgan Twain-Peterson is one of the best we’ve tried all year.  Rich, full bodied, spicy and a perfect way to end the tasting.

Taste the LEAF Love

Taste the LEAF Love – A Wine Tasting to Benefit LEAF Community Arts – Saturday, September 17th from 2-5 p.m. – $10/person at the door with all of the proceeds going back to LEAF!  Stop by the store (click here for directions or call us at 828.505.8588 for more details) for a fun afternoon of tasting wine and learning more about the mission of LEAF Community Arts.  This incredible non-profit organization brings cultures, communities, and people together through music, arts, and outreach, both locally and globally.  To learn more about LEAF and the work they do, click here; otherwise, stop by the store on Saturday, September 17th and learn more.

Your donation gets you samples of eight different wines along with light hors d’oeuvres and the chance to meet some great folks.  In addition, Table Wine will donate 10% of all sales for the day back to LEAF Community Arts.  Whether you love LEAF, Table Wine, or both, this is a great way to show your support. Cheers and we’ll see you Saturday, September 17th!  If you can’t make it, but still want to contribute, stop by store and learn more about and purchase one of the LEAF Choice Wines.  For every bottle sold, Table Wine gives 10% of the sale back to LEAF.

Coastal Wines

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Coastal Wines

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting on Friday, August 12th from 2-7 p.m. featuring some ocean and sea influenced coastal wines!  Get your weekend off to a good start with the best free wine tasting in Asheville.  This week, we’ll pour some great wines from various coastal regions of the world. Vineyards located closer to water tend to benefit from the cooling influence of the ocean and the sea.  Many of these regions can experience dramatic temperature variations between day and night and it is under these conditions that grapes ripen ideally.  We’ll start with a zesty and refreshing Vinho Verde from Portugal followed by refreshing dry rose from Southern France.  We’ll top it all of with a super California Pinot Noir value made with grapes grown along California’s Pacific Coast.  Sound good?  Stop by, taste, learn and save big every Friday 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. 2015 Las Lilas Vinho Verde (Vinho Verde, Portugal)Vinho Verde is one of the ultimate summer wines, and it is ideal for sipping on the beach or poolside.  Light, low in alcohol, and with just a bit of spritz, this version from Northwestern Portugal is a beauty.  Ripe citrus, apple, and white flower nuances galore!
Tasting Price: $8.99 in mixed 3-packs | $8.49 in mixed six packs | $7.99 in mixed cases

2. 2014 Domaine Sainte Lucie “MIP” Rose (Provence, France) – The “MIP” in the name means “Made in Provence,” and this is the Mediterranean region where some of the world’s greatest roses are produced.  This one, a blend of Cinsault, Syrah and Grenache offers up an intoxicating bouquet of floral edged strawberry, watermelon, white peach and Provenacal herbs.  Completely dry, but almost creamy in texture, this is a real crowd pleaser!
Tasting Price: $19.79/bottle | $18.69 in a mixed six pack | $17.59 in a mixed case

3. 2014 Rickshaw Pinot Noir (Various Regions, California) – From the boys at Banshee, Rickshaw is their more easy-going and affordable Pinot Noir. Grapes are sourced from vineyards along California’s Sonoma Coast and Central Coast and the resulting wine is absolutely delicious.  Medium bodied, silky smooth and flowing with notes of red fruits, earth, and spice, it makes for a great cocktail wine.
Tasting Price: $14.39 on mixed 3-packs | $13.49 on mixed 6-packs | $12.79 on mixed cases

Free on Fridays: New Arrivals From Spain

Asheville’s Best Free Wine Tasting – Superstar Spanish Wines – Friday, May 15th from 2 to 7 p.m. –
Stop sitting in traffic and come taste some wines with us each and every Friday at Table Wine!  We know that Hendersonville Road traffic can be a drag, especially on Fridays, so get out of that mess, come taste some wines and hang out until things start flowing again (usually by 6:00).  After you taste, feel free to order a glass of wine or buy a bottle to share with your friends in the store, and we don’t even charge corkage!  And last, but not least, don’t forget that all of the tasting wines are 10% off by the bottle, 15% off on mixed six packs, and 20% off on mixed cases.

This week, we’ll pour a terrific trio of new arrivals from Spain, and  you’re not going to want to miss your chance to try one of the wines we get the most excited about every year.  It’s pink, it’s a little bit fizzy, it’s completely dry, and it’s 100% delicious.  Along with that one, we’ll pour one of the best Rioja values in the marketplace, and a Tempranillo-based Ribera del Duero from one of the region’s greatest producers.  Stop by, taste, learn, and save every Friday at Table Wine.

The Wines

1. 2014 Ameztoi Rubentis (Getariako Txakolina, Spain): From the far northern, Basque region of Spain, this is a wine we look forward to receiving each and every year.  Importer Andre Tamers of Chapel Hill based De Maison Selections brings small quantities of this very popular dry, slightly spritzy rosado into the United States each year. Composed of equal parts Hondarribi Beltza and Hondarribi Zuri from vineyards that range from 5 to 150+ years of age, it tastes of zingy red fruits infused with lime and a touch of mineral.  High in natural acidity, it leaves your mouth watering and thirsty for another sip.
Tasting Price: $17.99/bottle | $16.99 on mixed six packs | $15.99 on mixed cases

2. 2013 Rio Madre Rioja (Rioja, Spain): On paper, this sound like your basic, simple Rioja, but it’s not! Composed entirely of Graciano, one of the native grapes of Rioja, the grape is often compared to Petit Verdot due to it’s intense dark color and dark fruit character.  Aged for ten months in French oak, this fuller styled, more intensely flavored Rioja combines power, finesse, and moderated complexity at an affordable price.
90 points – Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media
Tasting Price: $10.79/bottle | $10.19 on mixed six packs | $9.59 on mixed cases

3. 2013 Vina Sastre Ribera del Duero Tinto (Ribera del Duero, Spain): Vina Sastre is one of the oldest and most respected producers in Spain’s Ribera del Duero region, an area highly noted for it’s Tempranillos.  Vineyard manager and winemaker Jesus Sastre is committed to organic and biodynamic viticultural practices, and you can taste that “TLC” in his wines.  His Tinto is far from a simple wine.  100% Tempranillo from vineyards in the 15-20 year age range, the wine enjoys a long soak and is then aged in French oak for nine months.  The resulting wine is full bodied, full flavored, and complex with a mix of dark fruit, violet, roasted coffee, and smoky mineral notes.
Tasting Price: $17.99/bottle | $16.99 on mixed six packs | $15.99 on mixed cases

Free Open House Holiday Wine Tasting

Join us on Saturday, December 13th any time between 2 and 5 p.m. for our annual free Open House Holiday Wine Tasting.  Brian Bouressa and Mike Bell from Mutual Distributing will join us to pour 13 different wines (aka “A Drinker’s Dozen”) from their extensive portfolio including some festive sparkling wines, some great value-priced reds and whites for your holiday parties, and a couple of premium wines that would make great gifts for the wine lover in your life .  The tasting is free to the public and all of the tasting wines will be on sale at 10% off by the bottle, 15% off if you mix any six of them, and 20% off if you mix any 12 or more of them.  It’s the perfect time to taste, learn and save on wines that are guaranteed to make this holiday season the best ever.

The Wines

1. 2008 Juve Y Camps Cava Brut Nature: One of the best sparkling wine values on the planet.

2. NV Louis Roederer Brut Sparkling: This famous Champagne house also makes some of the best California sparkling wines.  This one is rich, toasty, and very fine.

3. 2012 Schlumberger Pinot Blanc: Alsatian Pinot Blanc doesn’t get much better!

4. 2012 Matchbook Chardonnay “The Arsonist”: Like Rombauer?  Try this stellar value that just scored 90 points in The Wine Advocate.

5. 2013 Venge Spettro: We all know that Venge makes incredible reds, but they also make some fun and fantastic whites like this one.  A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Vermentino and Viognier, this is exotic, aromatic and beautifully textured.

6. 2012 Moillard Cotes du Rhone “Les Violettes”: This is just pure, delicious, comfort wine.

7. 2009 Pietra Santa Sangiovese: Yes, California Sangiovese can be great!  This drinks a lot like a Super Tuscan, but sells for less than $20.

8. 2012 Fabre Montmayou Malbec Reserva: This is one of the top Malbec values in the world, and we’re not kidding.

9. 2012 Shatter Grenache: Like Orin Swift wines?  This is made by owner/winemaker Dave Phinney from vineyards in Southern France.  It’s a real WOW wine.

10. 2012 Seven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon: This Washington State veteran producer has knocked it out of the park with their 2012 Cabernet. 90+ points in every wine publication that matters and very deserving.

11. 2011 Rosenblum Zinfandel “Rockpile Vineyard”: This is just absolutely decadent Zinfandel and our price is the best in the country!

12. 2012 Snowden Cabernet Sauvignon “The Ranch”: There’s nothing quite like getting the chance to try a superstar, hard to find, highly rated Napa Cab.  This stuff is pure class and pedigree.

Friday Wine Down: The Best Wine Tasting in Asheville

Join us this Friday, August 1st 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’ll be pouring and talking about the art of blending red and white wines. This process of blending different grapes together to create a better whole of a wine has been used for centuries all over the world. Join us this Friday and we’ll explain the how’s and why’s of this process, and we’ll let you taste five blended wines.

We’ll start with some bubbles, the Juve Y Camps Cava Brut, a lovely Spanish sparkler composed of the classic Cava grapes (Parellada, Macabeo, Xarel-lo) and just a splash of Chardonnay.  Beautifully balanced with tart citrus, apple, cream, and spice, this will get your taste buds tingling!  After that, the 2013 Domaine de la Petite Cassagne Rosé from the southern part of France is a blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Cinsault, and 20% Syrah.  Clean and juicy, it exhibits aromas and flavors of watermleon, peach, melon, and just a kiss of minerality.

Moving into the reds, the 2009 Pietra Santa Sangiovese from California’s Central Coast actually contains 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and you can taste it.  With ripe plum, black cherry, and toasty oak notes, this one reminds us of a modern styled Super Tuscan accented by more of the plush fruit of California. The 2011 J C Cellars Smoke and Mirrors is a big old red blend from containing grapes from all over the state.  Winemaker Jeff Cohn blends Zinfandel, Grenache, Syrah, and several other grapes to create a ripe, rounded and rich red wine that will remind some of The Prisoner.  And to finish things up, the 2012 Seven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon is pure class and pedigree from one of Washington state’s veteran producers. Even though it is varietally labeled, it also contains Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, and it delivers classic notes of creme de cassis, black cherry, tobacco, cedar and spice box. Come on by, taste, learn, and save every Friday at Table Wine.

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 $13 to $30 per bottle

1. N.V. Juve Y Camps Cava Brut
(Penedes, Spain) 

2. 2013 Domaine de la Petite Cassagne Rosé
(Costieres de Nimes, France) 

3. 2009 Pietra Santa Sangiovese
(Cinega Valley, California) 

4. 2011 J C Cellars Smoke and Mirrors
(Various Regions, California) 

5. 2012 Seven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon
(Columbia Valley, California)

Friday Wine Down – Asheville’s Best Wine Tasting

Join us this Friday, July 25th 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 Asheville’s best wine tasting!  It’s just $5 to try 5 wines, or it’s free if you’re a Grape Nut.  This week, we’ll be exploring a delicious and diverse lineup of Italian wines that taste good with or without food. Italians love to have wine with food.  Thus, many Italian wines are naturally high in acidity and/or tannin; when you put the two together, the wine can make the food taste better and the food can make the wine taste better.  Americans, on the other hand, often enjoy their wines without food, and Italian wines drunk without food can come off as sharp, edgy, tart and tangy, all characteristics that many Americans don’t find pleasing.  But that’s not always the case, and this week we’re going to showcase Italian wines that drink well with or without a meal.

We’ll start with the Wine of the Week, the 2013 Nals Margreid Pinot Grigio “Punggl,” the current best Pinot Grigio being produced in Italy. Up next, the 2012 Tenuta Sant’Antonio Scaia Bianco blends Garganega and Chardonnay together to create a round and exotic white wine marked by notes of creamy mango, pineapple, herbs and spices.

Moving into the first red, the 2012 Tenuta Sant’Antonio Scaia Rosso is 100% Corvina, the headlining grape in Valpolicella. Juicy, spicy, friendly, and very easy to drink, this berry scented and flavored red is one of the best red wine values in the store.  The 2012 Vajra Rosso Langhe comes from one of our favorite producers in the Piemonte.  A blend of Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Pinot Noir, Albarossa, and Pinot Noir, this medium bodied, freshly fruited red wine goes down super easy.  And to finish things up, the 2011 Corte Majoli Valpolicella Ripasso is a ton of wine for the money!  Boasting a full bodied bouquet and palate of ripe cherry, spices, and chocolate, it finishes sweet and succulent.  Come on by, taste, learn, and save every Friday at Table Wine.

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 $12 to $20 per bottle

1. 2013 Nals Margreid Pinot Grigio “Punggl”
(Alto Adige, Italy) 

2. 2012 Tenuta Sant’Antonio Scaia Bianco
(Veneto, Italy) 

3. 2012 Tenuta Sant’Antonio Scaia Rosso
(Veneto, Italy) 

4. 2012 G.D. Vajra Rosso Langhe
(Piemonte, Italy) 

5. 2011 Corte Majoli Valpolicella Ripasso
(Veneto, Italy)

Friday Wine Tasting – French and Spanish Selections from Eric Solomon

Friday, May 23, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m. — $5/person…..Free for Grape Nuts — 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’ll pour you a delicious selection of wines from importer Eric Solomon, who is based out of Charlotte.  Eric has a tremendous knack for picking very high quality and highly rated wines that don’t cost a ton of money. This promises to be a great wine tasting and with our aggressive tasting discounts, it’s a great chance to stock up on some wines that are guaranteed to please. All six 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 $14 to $20 

1. 2012 Espelt Vailet (Emporda, Spain): The Espelt family winery has produced a lovely white wine with their 2013 Vailet, an old vine blend of 60% Garnacha Blanca and 40% Macabeo.  Fruity and floral, but crisp and dry, this wine exhibits bright notes of melon, tropical fruits and mineral.

2. 2012 Domaine Lafage Cuvée Centenaire (Roussillon, France): The talented Jean-Marc Lafage, one of the top winemakers in southern France, has crafted this stunning white wine based on 100+ year old Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris and a bit of Roussanne.  It displays ripe and creamy notes of white peach, white currant, exotic tropical fruits and crushed rock.  The Wine Advocate called it “one of the best values in white wine in the world today.”

3. 2012 Gramona Gessami Blanco (Penedes, Spain): If ever there were a wine that smelled like a sunny spring day, this would the one.  A blend of old vine Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat, and Gewurztraminer, this wine explodes out of the glass with aromas and flavors of roses, jasmine, fennel, apricot and peach.

4. 2012 Chateau Pesquié Ventoux “Cuvée Terrasses” (Cotes du Ventoux, France): As is always the case, Pesquié’s Terrasses Rouge is one of the great red wine values in the world.  70% Grenache and 30% Syrah from older, organically farmed vineyards, it is a pure and flavor packed taste of Southern France.  Loaded with pure kirsch, dark berries, licorice, and spring flowers, the 2012 is clicking on all cylinders.  92 points The Wine Advocate

5. 2012 Domaine Lafage “Cuvée Nicolas”: Jean-Marc’s red is composed entirely of Grenache from vines that average 60 years of age.  Named after his son, the wine is one of the best values in the store at the moment.  Showing plenty of body, but seamless tannin and tons of ripe berry, spice and herb flavors, this is undeniably delicious.  93 points The Wine Advocate

6. 2012 Bodegas Castano Solanera (Yecla, Spain): We’ll end the tasting with Castano’s newest release of Solanera, a custom cuvée made for Eric Solomon for distribution in the U.S.  A blend of 70% Monastrell, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Garnacha aged for 10 months in a combination of French and American oak, this hearty, full bodied, intense red wine tastes like a $40 to $50 bottle, but it comes to you at less than $20!  Don’t miss your chance to taste and buy this incredible value.  94 points Robert Parker


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