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Italian Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Tour of Italian Wines – Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting

Saturday, May 20th from 2-5pm – Take a tour of Italian wines at your favorite neighborhood wine shop on Saturday!  We’ll hit north, central and southern Italy for this adventurous tasting that features the incredible 2014 Vallana Barbera, one of Italy’s greatest red wine values.

For fans of Italian wines, you don’t want to miss this free wine tasting!  We’re pulling the cork on that Vallana Barbera (our new Case of the Month) along with some other delicious, but lesser known wines.  We highly encourage you to stop by.  Up first, it’s a relatively rare white grape from Italy’s Abruzzo region.  Cococciola is the grape, and it yields a fresh, bright and aromatic white wine perfect for sunny days.  Up next is something entirely unique. Dry rosé of Aglianico is something I wouldn’t think would work (the grape is quite thick skinned and tannic), but it does when Fontanavecchia makes it! Fuller bodied and more powerful than most rosés, this is truly a treat for the senses.  And last but not least is that Barbera I’ve mentioned too many times! Vallana is one of the Piemonte’s most legendary producers, and their Barbera is about as good as red wine gets for less than $15.  Stop by, try the wines, learn something new, and save every Saturday at Table Wine.  Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

Table Wine, Asheville's premiere wine shop.

The 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.

1. 2016 Cantina Frentana Cococciola (Abruzzo) – Here’s something you don’t try every day.  The Cococciola grape is believed to be peculiar to the Rocco San Giovanni region of Abruzzo.  It produces a beautifully aromatic, dry white wine with notes of melon, pear, apple and herbs.
Tasting Price: $10.79 on mixed 3-packs | $10.19 on mixed 6-packs | $9.59 on mixed cases

2. 2016 Fontnavecchia Aglianico Rosé (Campania) – Fontanavecchia is one of our favorite producers of Southern Italy, and this is a new one for us. The rugged and tannic Aglianico grape is made pretty by turning it into a dry rosé.  A shade darker than many rosés and intensely flavored, this is dry pink wine to enjoy with richer fish and seafood dishes.
Tasting Price: $14.39/bottle | $13.59 in a mixed six pack | $12.79 in a mixed case

3. 2014 Vallana Barbera (Alto Piemonte) – It’s our new Case of the Month, and we can’t figure out how this wine retails for less than $15.  From a winery that Wine Spectator called one of the Top 100 Producers on the Planet, this is pure, medium bodied, and lively red wine perfect for sipping with or without food.  At $10.99/bottle on your solid case, you won’t find a better wine for the money and this has a track record for aging and improving.
Tasting Price: $12.59/bottle | $11.89 in a mixed six pack | $11.19 in a mixed case
Special Case of the Month Price: $10.99/bottle on your solid case

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588

Central Italian Wine Tasting

Delicious Wines of Central Italy

The Best Free Wine Tasting in Asheville – This Saturday, June 20th from 2-5 p.m. – Exploring the Diverse and Delicious Wines of Central Italy – When it comes to Central Italian wine, Tuscany tends to dominate the conversation and for good reason.  It’s home to some of the region’s most famed vineyards, families, and wines, and it definitely deserves mention as one of the great viticultural zones in the entire world.  But the vine is also cultivated in areas just outside of Tuscany as well, and many of Central Italy’s greatest wine values come from these lesser known zones.  Thus, we invite you to join us for an exploration of the wines of Central Italy, from Chianti and Montalcino to Abruzzo.  Stop by, taste, learn, and save up to 20% off on all of the tasting wines every Saturday at Table Wine.

The Wines

1. 2014 Vallevo Chardonnay (Abruzzo, Italy) – You’ll be hard pressed to find a better no-oak Chardonnay for under $10 than this one.  Vallevo puts out several great values that grace our shelves (they’re the same ones who make that Pecorino that so many of you love), and this is always pure, juicy, Chardonnay goodness.  Flowing with ripe apple, pear, melon, and light floral nuances, it’s dry, crisp, and refreshing………and cheap!
Tasting Price: $8.09/bottle | $7.64 in mixed six packs | $7.19 in mixed cases

2. 2013 Fattoria Casabianca Chianti Colli Senesi (Tuscany, Italy) – This small, family owned and operated estate consistently over-delivers the goods on this wine.  If you want to wow the Italian wine lover in your life and not spend a ton of money, this is the wine to do it with.  80% Sangiovese with the balance in Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Canaiolo, it is velvety smooth and exhibits aromas and flavors of ripe cherry, plum, and light earth nuances.
Tasting Price: $11.69/bottle | $11.04 in mixed six packs | $10.39 in mixed cases

3. 2012 Mocali Rosso di Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy) – Monica Larner of The Wine Advocate called this ” my favorite Rosso of the year and a highly recommend value wine.”  She went on to give it 91+ points and after tasting this one, we think it deserves more like 93 points.  100% Sangiovese Grosso, it delivers sheer drinking pleasure and real soul and character at a very attractive price.  Wow, is this good!

Northern Italian Wine Tasting

Standout Wines of Northern Italy

Asheville’s Best Free Wine Tasting – Friday, June 19th from 2-7 p.m. – Exploring the Wines of Northern Italy – We’ll kick off our “All Italian Weekend” with a free wine tasting where you’ll get the chance to taste and ask questions about the diverse and delicious wines of Northern Italy.  Include this week, we’ll pour the new vintage of the Nals Margreid “Punggl” Pinot Grigio.  The last vintage was named the best Pinot Grigio in the world at the International Pinot Grigio Competition, and the new release is just as good.  You’ll also have the opportunity to try the vastly different styles of wine that Barbera can produce.  We’ll pour you one that is simple, juicy, and delicious followed by one that is deeper, richer, and more complex.  Stop by, taste, learn and save up to 20% off all of the tasting wines every Friday at Table Wine.

The Wines

1. 2014 Nals Margreid “Punggl” Pinot Grigio (Alto Adige, Italy) – Located in Northeastern Italy, the Nals Margreid cooperative is one of the best in the region, and this is consistently one of the best Pinot Grigios produced in the entire country.  From a single, 80 year old vineyard, this is full bodied, beautifully textured, and abundant in exotic, floral accented peach and tropical fruit nuances.  As famed Italian wine expert James Suckling said of this wine, it’s “one of the best Pinot Grigios out there.”  We concur!
Tasting Price: $17.99/bottle | $16.99 in mixed six packs | $15.99 in mixed cases

2. 2013 Bricco dei Tati Barbera (Piemonte, Italy) – Bricco Dei Tati is a small, family-owned wine estate in the heart of the Langhe region of Piemonte, Italy.  The estate covers just a little more than three acres on a hillside across the valley from the village of Barbaresco.  The husband and wife team of Emanuele and Mary Beth Gaiarin farm organically, harvest and sort by hand, ferment in cement, and use a 100 year old grape press to extract juice from their grapes.  This is honest, easy drinking, and budget friendly wine that tastes of fresh cherry, strawberry, and earth.  You’ll be hard pressed to find a better red wine in the store for such a small price.
Tasting Price: $9.89/bottle | $9.34 in mixed six packs | $8.79 in mixed cases

3. 2013 Paolo Conterno Barbera d’Alba “Bricco” (Piemonte, Italy) – A pretty safe bet when shopping for red wines from Italy’s Piemonte zone is to look for a producer with the last name of Conterno — they’re all great! Giogrgio Conterno’s 2013 comes from a single parcel of older vines, and it definitely shows the richer, deeper side of Barbera.  Juicy and rich, with a nice mix of ripe raspberry, black cherry, and blackberry fruit, it is a wine of great intensity, balance, and complexity.
Tasting Price: $16.19/bottle | $15.29 in mixed six packs | $14.39 in mixed cases

Italian Wine Tasting – From Tuscany to Piemonte

Our first seated tasting of 2015 is set to take place on Thursday, February 5th from 7 to 9 p.m., and we’ve invited Mike Tiano of The Haw River Wine Man to join us and help us present a wonderful Italian wine tasting.  For this limited seating affair, you’ll get to sample ten different premium wines from both the Tuscan and the Piedmont regions.  From Arneis, Barbera, Nebbiolo and Amarone to Chianti and a Super Tuscan and Brunello or two, Mike and Josh will guide you through the finer points of these classic Italian wines and answer any questions you might have.  Each table of four will also be provided with a nice selection of Italian cheeses, salamis and other cured meats to enjoy while you taste the wines.  Our promise to you is that this is going to be a great night to taste, learn, and save some serious money on some great wines. To top it all off, all of the wines you taste will be offered at some of the best prices in the country.

To reserve a seat and pre-pay for this special tasting, please email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com or call the store at 828.505.8588.  If you email us, you will need to call us within 48 hours to pre-pay and officially confirm your reservation.  If we don’t hear from you within this time frame, your reservation will be cancelled and opened back up to the public.  If you should need to cancel your reservation, as long as you do so within 72 hours, we’ll refund your money.  The cost for all of this is just $30/person or $24 if you’re a Grape Nut.  This is guaranteed to sell out quick, so don’t delay!

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