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Sangiovese Takeover wine tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting – Sangiovese Takeover

Saturday, April 22nd from 2-5pm – Drop by Table Wine for a free “Sangiovese Takeover” Tasting!  This is your chance to try the new Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose along with some classic Tuscan interpretations of the grape!

I love Sangiovese in all its various forms and styles.  It creates everything from dry and refreshing roses to full bodied, long lived red wines………and everything in between.  Join us as Sangiovese takes over the tasting bar!  Not familiar with the grape?  Not to worry as I will guide you through the tasting and tell you about the grape and the wines.  To start, the Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose always reminds me of picking strawberries in the summer as a kid.  It literally smells of sun-soaked strawberries but remains crisp and dry on the palate.  Up next, the Poggio Vignoso Chianti flows with juicy, ripe red fruits.  It makes me want a big plate of eggplant parm.  To finish, the Brunelli Poggio Apricale is what I like to call “Poor Person’s Brunello.”  90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot from younger Brunello vineyards, it is rich, ripe, and savory.  Bring on the bolognese!  Getting hungry yet?  Stop by this Saturday, taste, buy and get to cooking!  Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

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 Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose  (Columbia Valley, Washington) – I’ve been selling this wine for over 10 years and it’s always great!  100% Sangiovese fermented in stainless steel, it just hits the spot on so many different levels.  It’s dry, it’s packed with aromas and flavors of ripe summer fruits, and it goes down super easy.  Pour this at your next outdoor spring or summer party and your friends will think you’re a certified sommelier.
Tasting Price: $12.59 in mixed 3-packs | $11.89 in mixed 6-packs | $11.19 mixed cases
Special Case of the Month Price: Just $10.99/bottle on your solid case through May 10th!

2.2015 Poggio Vignoso Chianti (Tuscany, Italy) – There are oceans of horrible Chianti on the market — thin, sour, and astringent, they just plain suck.  This is not one of those!  Rich, complex, and packed with ripe cherry and plum fruit, this tastes more like a Classico.  With a bit of complexity in the form of leather and earthy spice, it’s a wine I could have a conversation with just as much as I could chug it.
Tasting Price: $13.49 in mixed 3-packs | $12.74 in mixed 6-packs | $11.99 in mixed case

3. 2015 Brunelli Poggio Apricale (Tuscany, Italy) – This one really does it for me!  From younger vines located on the outskirts of Montalcino, it gives me Brunello-like heart and soul at a fraction of the price.  I pick up notes of wild cherry, blackberry, black tea and savory spice all offered up on an opulent and open knit palate.  Who’s bringing the bolognese over?
Tasting Price: $17.99 in mixed 3-packs | $16.99 in mixed 6-packs | $15.99 in mixed cases

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 Wednesday, May 10th
$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!

Free wine tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Rocking Good Wines

Friday, April 7th from 4-7 p.m. – We’re pulling the corks on some rocking good wines this Friday and you’re invited!  Stop by the store to sample the new vintage of Barnard Griffin’s award winning dry rose followed by an honest and easy-going Barbera.  And we’ll finish up with the new release of Alto Moncayo’s massive Veraton Garnacha — we won’t pour this one again, so don’t miss your chance to try this “Gargantuan Garnacha!”  It’s guaranteed to be a rocking good time featuring some rocking good wines! All you have to do is stop by, taste the wines, stock up and save big!  Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

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 Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rosé  (Columbia Valley, Washington) – It’s back and it’s another fantastic wine from Rob Griffin.  Taste for yourself why Barnard Griffin Rosés have won eleven Best of Class and numerous gold awards at prestigious wine competitions since our first Rosé release in 2002.  100% Sangiovese fermented completely dry in stainless steel, this will make fans of this wine happy.  Bursting with ripe raspberry, strawberry, and orange zest, it is ripe yet bursting with refreshing acidity.  
Tasting Price: $12.59 in mixed 3-packs | $11.04 in mixed 6-packs | $11.89 in mixed cases

2. 2014 Bricco dei Tati Barbera (Piemonte, Italy) – Italian native Emanuele Gaiarin and his American-born wife Mary Beth purchased this rustic estate in the hills of Langhe in 2006.  With it came an old farm house, some old vineyards, 8 large cement fermenting tanks, and a 100 year old grape press.  The couple make honest, natural wines that are both charming and delicious, and their Barbera has become a customer favorite.  Light, low in tannin, and popping with bright red fruit and subtle earth notes, it is an absolute joy to drink.
Tasting Price: $9.89 in mixed 3-packs | $9.34 in mixed 6-packs | $8.79 in mixed cases

3. 2014 Alto Moncayo Veraton (Campo de Borja, Spain) – Hit the reset button!  We’re moving into a whole new breed of wine with this one!  A joint venture between importer Jorge Ordonez, Bodegas Borsao, and winermaker Chris Ringland, this is Grenache on some serious steroids.  From 30 to 50 year old vines, the grapes are picked late and then aged for 16-18 months in primarily new French and American oak.  The result is a wine that will coat every square inch of your palate with flavors of ripe boysenberry, blueberry, vanilla, and exotic spice.
Tasting Price: $26.99 in mixed 3-packs | $25.49 in mixed 6-packs | $23.99 in mixed cases

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.

Free Pacific Northwest Wine Tasting

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Pacific Northwest Wines

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting this Friday, May 13th from 4 to 7 p.m. featuring  a wonderful trio of Pacific Northwest wines!  In case your geography isn’t great, that means Oregon and Washington.  And yes, we will be pouring the 2015 Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose, the most awarded dry rose in the United States and our new Case of the Month Selection.  With the warm weather back in town, this is a perfect wine for sipping on spring and summer days.  In addition, we’ll pour you a new Oregon Pinot Gris from Left Coast Cellars (many of you already love their Pinot Noir) and a big, rich Washington state Cabernet Sauvignon from Jerry and Butch Milbrandt.  Trust us, if you like wine, you don’t want to miss the best free wine tasting in Asheville.  Stop by, taste, learn, and save big on all of the featured tasting wines.

All of the featured tasting wines are on sale the day of the tasting: take 10% off if you mix any 3, 15% off if you mix any 6, or 20% off if you mix any 12.

The Wines

1. 2014 Left Coast Cellars “The Orchards” Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley, Oregon) – This family owned and operated winery is exactly the kind we love here at Table Wine.  They own close to 300 acres in the Willamette Valley, and all of those vineyards are farmed in a sustainable and/or organic fashion.  Their Orchards Pinot Gris comes from a vineyard that was formerly home to apple, pear, and cheery orchards.  Today, this site gives us an absolutely delicious and luscious Oregon Pinot Gris.  
Tasting Price: $15.29 in mixed 3-packs | $14.44 in mixed six packs | $13.59 in mixed cases


2. 2015 Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose (Columbia Valley, Washington) – Ten years in a row, this wine has taken home Gold or better at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, and this year’s version was chosen as best in show.  What that basically means is that at the largest wine competition in the United States, this was judged as the best dry rose in the country.  That’s about all we have to say about this one other than that it is absolutely delicious.
Tasting Price: $11.69 on mixed 3-packs | $11.04 on mixed 6-packs | $11.04 on mixed cases
Special Case of the Month Price: $9.99/bottle when you buy a solid case — that’s over 20% off!

3. 2013 Milbrandt Cabernet Sauvignon “Traditions” (Columbia Valley, Washington) – Brothers Jerry and Butch Milbrandt own some prime vineyard lands in Washington’s famed Columbia Valley AVA.  They sell fruit to a number of top name producers (Charles Smith, K Vintners, and others), but they also make their own wines.  Their Cabernet is super generous, friendly, supple, and easy drinking with a nice core of ripe dark fruit framed by toasty oak.  Drink it with a grilled steak or drink it solo by the pool.
Tasting Price: $15.29 in mixed 3-packs | $14.44 in mixed six packs | $13.59 in mixed cases

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator/Wine Buyer
Table Wine Asheville
828.505.8588 or josh@tablewineasheville.com

New World Wines

New World Wines — New Arrivals Tasting

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting this Friday, March 25th from 4-7 pm featuring a trio of new arrivals of New World wines!!!  Get your weekend off to a good start with one of Asheville’s best free wine tastings!  This Friday, we’ll pour you a trio of delicious wines from the Southern Hemisphere (aka The New World).  We’ll debut the new 2015 vintage of the always popular Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose along with a textbook New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and a Paso Robles Cab that is going to rock your world.  Stop by, taste, learn and save up to 20% off on all of the tasting wines this Friday.

Try Three for Free Wine Tasting

All of the featured tasting wines are on sale the day of the tasting: take 10% off if you mix any 3, 15% off if you mix any 6, or 20% off if you mix any 12.

The Wines

1. 2014 Walnut Block Wines Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand) – For fans of New Zealand staples like Kim Crawford, give this a try!  Simply put, this is textbook Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc — dry, super crisp, and brimming with tangy and tart citrus fruits and green herbs.  If you are looking for a perfect wine to serve ice cold on a hot and sunny day, this is an ideal candidate.
Tasting Price: $13.49 on mixed 3-packs | $12.74 on mixed 6-packs | $11.99 on mixed cases

2. 2015 Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose (Columbia Valley, Washington) – Year in and year out, this is one of the most beloved of dry roses that we stock at the store.  Deeper colored, richer and creamier than most roses, this is literally like drinking a sun ripened strawberry.  Additional notes of cherry, cranberry and white flowers show up in this fuller bodied, chuggable dry rose as well.  Chill, open, chug and repeat!
Tasting Price: $11.69 on mixed 3-packs | $11.04 on mixed 6-packs | $10.39 on mixed cases

3. 2014 Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles, California) – We predict that this will become one of the best selling Cabs in the store.  Husband and wife Brian and Stephanie Terrizzi are crafting gorgeous wines from the various terroirs of California’s Central Coast with a focus on purity and varietal expression.  This is a great entry point!  100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 14 months in neutral French and American oak, this one really shows the pure and classic side of Cab — blackcurrant, dark cherry, cassis and just a whiff of oak.  Big flavors, great price, no brainer!
Tasting Price: $13.49 on mixed 3-packs | $12.74 on mixed 6-packs | $11.99 on mixed cases

Sangiovese Wines

Exploring Sangiovese

The Best Free Wine Tasting in Asheville – Saturday, July 11th from 2-5 p.m. – Sangiovese is one of those grapes that cannot be generalized.  There are many different clones and it is grown in many different micro-climates and situations.  Thus, it can give you everything from delightfully fresh rose to full bodied, powerful reds built for the dinner table.  Join us this Saturday as we’ll be exploring Sangiovese in all of its forms and permutations.  Taste, learn, and save up to 20% off on all of the tasting wines every Saturday at Table Wine.

The Wines

1. 2014 Barnard Griffin Rose of Sangiovese (Columbia Valley,  Washington) – This is your chance to taste our Case of the Month for free!  Rob Griffin knows how to make really good dry rose as evidenced by his nine Gold Medals at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.  Richer, deeper hued, and abundant in red fruit aromas and flavors, this is dry rose for the red wine drinker.
Tasting Price: $11.69/bottle | $11.04 in mixed six packs | $10.39 in mixed cases
Special Case of the Month Price: $9.99/bottle when you buy a solid case — that’s over 20% off!

2. 2013 Caparzo Sangiovese di Toscana (Tuscany, Italy) – Caparzo makes stunning Brunello di Montalcinos, but they know that most of us “common folks” can’t afford to drink those with our daily meals.  Thus, they make this delightfully fresh and pure red just for those sorts of occasions.  Medium bodied, moderately rich, and laced with ripe cherry, raspberry, plum, and mint flavors and aromas, it makes a perfect companion to a Marco’s pizza.
Tasting Price: $10.79/bottle | $10.19 in mixed six packs | $9.59 in mixed cases

3. 2011 Tabarrini Montefalco Rosso (Umbria, Italy) – This is a whopper of a red wine from Umbria’s top red wine zone and one of the region’s top producers.  Mainly Sangiovese with small doses of Cabernet Sauvignon and the native Sagrantino, it sees some brief aging in oak (some older, some new) before it is bottled.  The resulting wine is full bodied, powerful, and almost lavish in style.  Lush cassis, spiced plum, raspberry, smoky oak and chocolate aromas and flavors abound in this fuller styled Sangiovese.
Tasting Price: $19.79/bottle | $18.69 in mixed six packs | $17.59 in mixed cases

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.

Euro-Zone Extreme Wine Values – Free Saturday Wine Tasting

This Saturday, April 12th, 2014 from 2 to 5 p.m. — Join us this Saturday for one of Asheville’s best free wine tastings!  This week, we’re celebrating the arrival of spring with open arms and delicious wines.  First up, we’ll pour you the fresh and frothy Broadbent Vinho Verde, one of Portugal’s top versions of this popular wine.  With notes of fresh apple, citrus and flowers, this low alcohol white wine is the perfect accompaniment to sunbathing and patio/porch hanging.  After that, you’ll get to sample the low production 2013 Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rosé from Washington’s Columbia Valley.  Bursting with fresh strawberry, raspberry and white flowers, this dry, almost red wine is just about impossible to put down.  We’ll finish with the 2012 Les Ondines Cotes du Rhone, one of Josh’s favorite wines at the moment.  With lots of fresh and snappy red fruit along with subtle notions of spice and herb, this affordable and delicious red wine makes for a great everyday casual quaffer.  Remeber, we’re closed on Sundays, so stop by before 6:00 this Sunday to taste and learn about wine, one sip at a time.

The Wines
All tasting wines are 10% off by the bottle or 15% off when you purchase six tasting wines

1. N.V. Broadbent Vinho Verde
Northern Portugal

2. 2013 Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rosé
Columbia Valley, Washington

3. 2012 Domaine Les Ondines Cotes du Rhone “La Buissonnade”
Southern Rhone Valley, France

 

Friday Winedown – A Mixed Bag of Wines – Friday, April 5, 2013 – 4:00 to 7:00 pm

Come “wine down” your week with us this Friday in South Asheville with a “mixed bag” wine tasting guided by Anne Kaufmann from The Country Vintner.  We apologize for our lack of creativity with this tasting but promise you that we won’t let you down!  Anne has been sampling us on countless awesome wines, and this Friday, we’re going to share some of our favorites with you.

She’ll be at the tasting bar to sample you on a diverse offering of wines from a perfectly balanced California Chardonnay to a dry and pink Sangiovese that smells like spring.  No, we didn’t forget about reds for those of you not in touch with your “white wine side”.  We’ve got a super juicy Spanish Garnacha, a meaty, richly fruited Priorat and a luscious Napa Valley Meritage to round things out.

$5/person…..Free for Grape Nuts

All tasting wines are 10% off by the bottle and 15% off if you buy six or more. 

The Wines
Prices range from $10 to $26

1. 2010 Stillman Street Chardonnay Alexander Valley
Stillman Street is the “second” label from highly acclaimed producer Stuhlmuller, and we believe it to be one of the great Chardonnay values coming out of California.  It is rich, yet zesty with a good mix of ripe tropical fruits balanced by zestier lemon and citrus notes, all framed nicely by toasty oak.

2. 2012 Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rosé Columbia Valley
Dry Rosé season is in bloom and this wine is always good.  Rob Griffin has quietly been making some of Washington state’s best value wines for over 20 years now and he has a masterful touch with his dry rosé.  Intensely aromatic and juicy, this one abounds in flavors and aromas of strawberry, cherry, peach and flowers.

3. 2012 Zestos Garnacha Old Vines Madrid
Old vine Grenache from Spain qualifies in our book as one of the great red wine values in the world and this one is right up there with the best.  From 40+ year old vineyards, the wine is fermented in a combination of stainless steel and cement to preserve the freshness and richness of fruit.  Kirsch, strawberry, pepper and earth burst out of the glass of this surprisingly intense and affordable red wine.

4. 2011 Bodegas La Cartuja Priorat
This stunning, 93 point rated (Robert Parker) red is a blend of 70% Garnacha and 30% Carignan aged for 8 months in new and used French oak.  It offers up a stunning nose of mineral, spice and ripe fruit leading into a luscious, creamy textured palate of spicy blueberry, blackberry and black raspberry.  All of this for under $20?  Yep!

5. 2010 Hill Family Barrel Blend Napa Valley
After three decades of farming grapes for some of Napa Valley’s finest wine producers, Doug Hill and his family decided they should start bottling their own wines.  We’re glad they made this decision as this wine is a stunner!  Winemaking is handled by Alison Doran who used to make wines at Lewis.  The 2010 is a blend of  74% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Zinfandel, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Petite Sirah and 2% Sangiovese.  It is plush, concentrated and filled with warm, ripe notes of blueberry, boysenberry, plum and chocolate.