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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 dry rose tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Dry Rose Rollout 2016

Friday, April 29 from 4-7pm – Join us for a free Dry Rose Wine Tasting as we pull the corks on some deliciously dry pink wines from the glorious 2016 vintage.

Spring has sprung and dry roses have arrived at Table Wine!  I was first introduced to dry roses by Eberhard Heide in 2003 when I moved to Asheville and started working at the Asheville Wine Market.  I was young and thought all pink wines were sweet and sappy.  Eb quickly corrected me, and I’ve been enjoying these dry, crisp and refreshing wines ever since.  On to the wines!  Up first, the Ameztoi Rubentis comes from Spain’s Basque region, and it is always a customer and staff favorite.  Slight effervescent and super high in crisp acidity, this stuff goes down way too easy.  Up next, the La Belle Etoile Rose comes to us from famed Tavel producer Chateau Manissy. Primarily Syrah, it offers tons of refreshment at a very fair price.  To finish, the Chateau Pesquie Les Terrasses Rose is a classic, Provencal-styled wine that makes me want for a caprese salad.  Stop by the store, celebrate the arrival of dry rose season, and stock up for the warm and sunny days of spring and summer!  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 1, 0%, mix any 6 and save 15%, or mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2016 Ameztoi Rubentis Txakolina  (Getariako, Txakolina) – I know, you’re like what the heck does that say.  Don’t worry about it folks, this stuff is straight up delicious.  A 50/50 blend of Hondarribi Beltza and Hondarribi Zuri from vineyards that range in age from 20 to 150+ years old, this remind me a bit of a strawberry/lime Snapple, minus the sugar.  Yum, yum, yum!
Tasting Price: $17.99 in mixed 3-packs | $16.99 in mixed 6-packs | $15.99 mixed cases

2.2016 Chateau Manissy La Belle Etoile (Southern Rhone Valley, France) – Chateau Manissy owner and winemaker Florian Andre apprentice at Domaine de la Mordoree for 3 years before founding his estate.  Florian then approached the religious order that owned the Chateau de Manissy. Apparently many had tried and been turned down by the Brothers. In this case, however, they were impressed by Florian’s resume and plans.  La Belle Etoile means “beautiful star,” and this was the name given to the wine by the Manissy Brotherhood’s missionary preist.  A blend of organically farmed Syrah, Cinsault and Bourbolenc, it is lighter than Tavel, but nonetheless delicious.
Tasting Price: $12.59 in mixed 3-packs | $11.89 in mixed 6-packs | $11.19 in mixed case

3. 2016 Chateau Pesquie Les Terrasses Rose (Southern Rhone Valley, France) – Many of you have enjoyed the red wine from this all-star Ventoux estate.  Wait until you try their rose!  I tasted this one for the first time just last week, and I was smitten with it.  A blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah, this is the type of wine I refer to as a “porch pounder.”  Completely dry, beautifully aromatic, and just a joy to drink with or without food, it will run out quickly.
Tasting Price: $14.39 in mixed 3-packs | $13.59 in mixed 6-packs | $12.79 in mixed cases

 

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

Buy Domaine Lafage Miraflors Rose at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Best Selling Dry Rose Is Back – 2016 Domaine Lafage Miraflors Rose

Our best selling dry rose of 2016 is back and better than ever!  The 2016 Domaine Lafage Miraflors Rosé arrived last week, Ben and I popped a bottle, and we are both convinced that this year’s version is even better than last year’s.  I know it’s still February, but this is one of those wines that tastes just as good as it looks no matter what time of year it is.  The only think I have left to say is come and get it!

2016 Domaine Lafage Miraflors Rosé – On Sale Through Thursday, March 9th

Regular Price: $17.99/bottle 

Sale Price: $15.99/bottle (over 10% off) or $14.39/bottle (20% off) on your solid 6-pack

I’m not going to go into depth about Domaine Lafage, Jean-Marc and his wife Eliane, and the incredible wines they make.  If you’ve shopped here, you’ve heard the in-depth story.  I will simply say that they make some of the best wines in France’s Roussillon region, and their Miraflors Rosé is always a standout.  A blend of organically cultivated Grenache Gris (80+ year old vines) and Mourvedre, this is literally springtime in a bottle.  Ripe and silky, yet elegant and energetic, it tastes even better than the bottle looks.  And yes, that is one of the best-looking bottles of wine we stock!  Laced with aromas and flavors of red berries (think strawberry, cherry, and raspberry) with hints of floral infused white peach, the wine is decidedly dry yet silky smooth.

Buy it and save it for the next 70 degree day or turn up the heat and drink it liberally.  You’ll thank me.  This is always one of the first dry rosés to arrive and thus one of the first to disappear.  Stop by and pick some up or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com.  I’ll be glad to hold it for you through the end of the sale period.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville, NC.

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588

Taste some dry rose wines at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – New Dry Rose Releases

Friday, February 24th from 4-7pm — Join us at the store (directions here) as we pour a glorious trio of new dry rose releases.  We’re kicking off Dry Rose Season 2017 and you’re all invited!

It’s the most wonderful time of the wine year!  The 2016 dry roses are beginning to arrive, and that means spring is just around the corner.  Stop by to sample of the early arrivals from some of our favorite producers.  We’ll start with a classic Provencal rose from Domaine Houchart — this is always one of the first to arrive and one of the first to disappear.  Get by and get some before it’s all gone.  Next up is the Domaine Lafage Miraflors Rose, our Wine of the Week and a candidate for best dry rose of the 2016 vintage.  As always, it comes in a beautiful bottle and the juice contained within is equally gorgeous.  To finish up, we’ll sample you on the limited production Rose from the fine folks at Banshee.  This year’s version is better than ever.  Stop by, taste, learn and save on some stunning dry roses to enjoy with the warmer weather.

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 Domaine Houchart Cotes de Provence Rose (Provence, France) – Domaine Houchart is owned by Quiot family of Chateauneuf du Pape, and their dry rose is a prime example of Provencal rose.  A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, it is rich and almost creamy with notes of ripe raspberry, strawberry and cherry.  It finishes with a touch of “grapefruit zing” which keeps everything fresh and friendly.
Tasting Price: $12.59 on mixed 3-packs | $11.89 on mixed 6-packs | $11.19 on mixed cases

2. 2016 Domaine Lafage Miraflors Rose (Roussillon, France) – It’s our Wine of the Week, and it’s an absolutely stellar value in first class dry rose.  Jean-Marc Lafage crafts this one from blend of 80 year old Grenache Gris and younger vine Mourvedre.  The result is a wine flowing with ripe and creamy red fruits, white peach, and spring flowers.  Even better, it’s on sale!
Tasting Price: $16.19 on mixed 3-packs | $15.29 on mixed 6-packs | $14.39 on mixed cases
Special Wine of the Week Price: $15.99/bottle or $14.39/bottle on your solid 6-pack — on sale through March 9th

3. 2016 Banshee Rose (Mendocino County, California) – The team at Banshee have changed things up a bit on their rose.  It used to be all Pinot Noir from Sonoma, but they are now using a stunning, biodynamically farmed site in Mendocino County.  The blend is still led by Pinot Noir, but there are smaller portions of Grenache, Grenache Gris, Barbera and Syrah.  The resulting wine is one of the most complex and dazzling dry roses produced in California.  We only got 5 cases of this one this year, so come and get it before it’s gone.
Tasting Price: $19.79 on mixed 3-packs | $18.69 on mixed 6-packs | $17.59 on 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.

French Wine Finds Tasting

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – New French Wine Finds

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting this Friday, March 18th from 4-7 pm featuring some incredible new French wine finds! Start your weekend off right with the best free wine tasting in Asheville!  We’ll be breaking out some new French finds this week including our new Case of the Month Selection, an incredibly delicious and affordable French Chardonnay.  We’re not kidding, this wine tastes like good Chablis at a fraction of the price!  We’ll also pour you a lovely dry Provencal rosé and one of our all-time favorite Beaujolais’.  Stop by, taste, learn about the wines, and save up to 20% off on all of the featured tasting wines.

French Wine Finds

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 Domaine de Bernier Chardonnay (Loire Valley, France) – Many tasters will not recognize this wine as Chardonnay!  From the rocky, mineral infused soils of France’s Muscadet region, this is bone dry, super crisp and flowing with mineral complexity.  It sees just a touch of oak to round things out a bit and drinks every bit as good as an entry level Chablis at a fraction of the price.
Tasting Price: $9.89 on mixed 3-packs | $9.34 on mixed 6-packs | $8.79 on mixed cases
Case of the Month Price: $8.49/bottle on solid cases — That’s over 20% off!

2. 2014 Maison Fabre “Serpolet” Cotes de Provence Rose (Provence, France) – Provence is one of the top spots in the world for dry rose, and the natives of the region drink copious amounts of the stuff.  One taste of this wine and we think you’ll understand why.  A blend of Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah fermented in stainless steel until completely dry, it offers up lovely notes of rounded red fruit, herb, and citrus zest.
Tasting Price: $15.29/bottle | $14.44 in a mixed six pack | $13.59 in a mixed case
Special One Day Price: $12.99/bottle if you buy 3 or more bottles!

3. 2014 Domaine du Vissoux Beaujolais “Cuvée Pierre Chermette” (Beaujolais, France) – Husband and wife Pierre-Marie and Martine Chermette make some of the most lipsmackingly good Beaujolais on the planet.     Bursting with juicy red fruits, a hint of earth, some spice and virtually no tannin, this is a delightful, warm weather red to enjoy with friends and spring cuisine like salmon, grilled mushrooms, or herb roasted chicken.
Tasting Price: $15.29/bottle | $14.44 in a mixed six pack | $13.59 in a mixed case

The Biggest and Best Dry Rose Sale in Asheville

The Best Dry Rose Sale in Asheville — Save 20% when you mix any six bottles of in-stock dry rose or save 25% when you mix any twelve or more!!!  — Sale Period Runs From Wednesday, August 12th through Tuesday, August 18th – We guess summer is going to wind down at some point, but it’s still burning pretty hot as we type this, and a good, crisp glass of dry rose is the perfect way to beat the heat.  Our selections are starting to run low, but don’t worry, we’ve got plenty of them left.  Are you a fan of the MIP Rose?  How’s $16.49/bottle sound?  Or maybe you’re a Commanderie de Peyrassol lover?  How about that one for as low as $18.74/bottle?  You can’t beat those prices folks, and we’ve got many other options to choose from.  Stop by, stock up, and save some serious bucks!

********Please note that the discounted pricing only applies to dry roses that we currently stock.

Laurent Gauthier Beaujolais Villages Rose

2014 Laurent Gauthier Beaujolais Villages Rose

Wine of the Weeks — A Super Refreshing Dry Rose — On sale through Tuesday, June 23rd for as low as $10.99/bottle!! — We can guarantee you that we have the best dry rose selection in all of Asheville — at last count, we had 32 different bottles of dry pink wine in the store!  This one, from a small grower in the northern part of Beaujolais, is one of our favorites in the under-$15 category.  With the heat on the rise, there’s nothing much better than an ice cold glass of dry rose while your sitting on the beach, poolside, or on your back porch.  Laurent Gauthier’s 2014 Beaujolas Villages Rose is our new Wine of the Week and here’s the deal:

2014 Laurent Gauthier Beaujolais Villages Rose
Regular Price: $13.99/bottle

On Sale Through Tuesday, June 23rd
$10.99/bottle on solid case purchases — over 20% off!
$11.89/bottle on six pack purchases — 15% off
$12.59/bottle when you buy three bottles — 10% off

Laurent Gauthier has more or less lived in Morgon in the norther sector of Beaujolais his entire life.  He was born in 1965 on the famed Cote de Py hill of Morgon to parent who were grape growers.  He tooks over his family’s estate in 1991, and today he is helped by his son Jason.  Let’s just say he knows a thing or two about the terroir of Morgon, and that knowledge of the region and all of its characteristics shows in Laurent’s wines.

Laurent’s specialty is powerful, concentrated, ageworthy Morgon, but he makes a small amount of dry rose because he wants something to drink in the summer.  All we have to say is THANK YOU LAURENT!!!!  Laurent uses younger vines from his organically tended vineyards in Morgon and Chiroubles to make this wine.  It is fermented entirely in stainless steel to preserve the natural purity and freshness of the grapes.

Gauthier’s 2014 Beaujolais Villages Rose is 100% Gamay, and the resulting wine is pale pink in color but highly aromatic and full of fresh and fruity flavors.  The nose exhibits aromas of wild strawberry, white cherry, cranberry, and rose petal.  Imagine eating strawberries on a sunny day in a field of wild flowers — that kind of gives you an idea of how good this wine smells!  On the palate, the wine is decidedly dry, vibrant, and fresh with flavors of snappy red fruits, flowers, and lemony acidity.  It goes down way too easy, so we’re going to say you might want to buy more than 1 bottle!

As good as dry roses are for sipping sans food, this one would be devastatingly delicious with a summer caprese salad or with grilled shrimp or chicken.  Supplies are very limited on this one, so don’t wait!  Stop by the store and pick some up, call us at 828.505.8588, or email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com to secure yourself some of this delicious pink wine today.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

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