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Kermit Lynch Wine Tasting Asheville North Carolina.

Kermit Lynch Value Wines – Free On Fridays Wine Tasting

Friday, October 13th from 4-7pm – Join us as we pour some top values from the legendary Kermit Lynch import portfolio  All European wines, all under $15/bottle, all made with lots of TLC!

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again.  Thank the wine gods for Kermit Lynch!  This man has quite possibly turned more American wine palates on to small grower/producer European wines than any other.  His import portfolio is vast, and includes some of the greatest names in French and Italian wine, but we’re going to focus on some of his more humble wines and producers for this tasting.  Stop by to sample wines like Italian Verdicchio along with some tasty red blends from both France and Italy.  It’s gonna’ be fun, it’s gonna’ be delicious, and we’ll have the wines at the best prices in the country.  Stop by, 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 Aziena Santa Barbara Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi (Marche, Italy) – On Italy’s less traveled Adriatic coast, in between Emilia-Romagna and Abruzzo, the Marche is the home of the Verdicchio grape. This one is vibrantly fresh and crisp and makes a wonderful accompaniment to seafood.
Special Tasting Price: $10.39/bottle

2. 2015 Kermit Lynch Languedoc (Languedoc, France) – Over forty years of doing business in France and Italy have given Kermit Lynch a level of expertise that few in the wine industry can boast.  Every year, Kermit enjoys a creative collaboration with some growers to find the best of their selections. Together, they work towards creating a final blend that showcases the region in all its glory at a price point that is difficult to match.  This classic Languedoc blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, and Cinsault is one of his finest!
Special Tasting Price: $11.19/bottle

3. 2015 Cantine Elvio Tintero Vino Rosso (Piemonte, Italy) – Talk about an awesome pizza/pasta, Italian red table wine!  A stainless steel fermented blend of Barbera, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, and Cabernet Sauvignon, this one is fresh with red fruits and spice, yet nicely rounded and juicy.  Outstanding bottle at a great price!
Special Tasting Price: $10.39/bottle

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588
josh@tablewineasheville.com

Kermit Lynch Wine Dinner at Local Provisions in conjunction with the Asheville Yoga Festival.

Kermit Lynch Wine Dinner at Local Provisions

Thursday, July 27th at 6:30 pm at Local Provisions in conjunction with the Asheville Yoga Festival – Kermit Lynch Wine Dinner featuring 5 courses of locally sourced, seasonal fare and French wines from famed importer Kermit Lynch.  $100/person all inclusive (tax and tip included).  

Click here to make your reservations today — this link will redirect you to Eventbrite where you can purchase tickets.  Once there, you will see a screen that says “Select Tickets.”  Scroll down to the “Farm to Table Wine Dinner,” enter the number of tickets you would like, and proceed to checkout.  Please note that the sparkling wine reception starts at 6:30 pm — please plan to arrive no earlier than 6:30 as we will be setting up the dining room.  Thanks for your understanding.

I’m super excited to work with the fine folks at the Asheville Yoga Festival (July 27-30), with local restaurant Local Provisions, and with the wines of famed importer Kermit Lynch for a Farm to Table Wine Dinner. Please note that the dinner is not limited to Asheville Yoga Festival attendees — anyone can come. Chef Justin Burdett will prepare a 5-course menu crafted with pristine ingredients from local farms, and each course will be paired with a clean, farmer-made, French wine from the Kermit Lynch portfolio.

The Menu

1. Cucumber, Smoked Sunburst Trout, Doll, Crème Fraiche
2016 Roger Neveu Sancerre “Cote des Embouffants”

2. Tomato, House Mozzarella, Basil, Black Pepper
2016 Chateau Trinquevedel Tavel Rosé

3. Coastal Fish (still to be decided), Herbed Acqua Pazza
2015 Punta Crena Mataossu “Vigneto Reiné”

4. Rabbit and Dumplings, Crushed Tomato, Fennel and Celery
2015 Domaine Gachot-Monot Cotes de Nuits Villages

5. Assorted Petit Fours

At just $100 all inclusive, this is a great deal and you will leave nourished, satiated, and happy!  Trust me, it’s going to be great.  If you have any food allergies or restrictions, please call the restaurant at least a week before the dinner at 828.424.7815 and Local Provisions will offer delicious alternatives.  Cheers and we hope to see you for this incredible night of wine and food.

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
1550 Hendersonville Road, Suite #102
Asheville, NC 28803
828.505.8588

Great European Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Go-To European Wines – Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting

Saturday, July 1 from 2-5 p.m. – Stop by the store this Saturday for our free wine tasting featuring some great, go-to European wines. I’m talking about affordable, delicious wines perfect for your Fourth of July celebrations.  

I can’t believe the Fourth of July is almost here!  The summer is flying by, and we’re busier than ever.  Thanks folks!  With the holiday just a few days away, we’re going to pour you some great wines to enjoy while you’re cooking out and enjoying time with friends and family.  Up first, it’s one of my new favorite pink fizzy wines.  The Venturini Baldini Lambrusco is cheap, it’s delicious, and it’s refreshing.  After that, it’s a pure Garnacha from Spain’s Aragon region. This region in Northeastern Spain is where the grape comes from, and this wine is seriously delicious………and less than $10!  To finish, it’s a super duper red blend put together by Kermit Lynch, one of our favorite importers.  Mainly Syrah and Grenache, it is a fabulous red to serve with just about any sort of grilled meat.

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. NV Venturini Baldini Lambrusco Rosato “Cadelvento” (Emilia-Romagna, Italy) – Lambrusco has made a huge comeback and I attribute that to quality producers like Venturini Baldini.  Since 1976, they have made Lambrusco their focus and their wines are affordable and delicious.  Their Rosato is the perfect start to a great evening with friends and family.  Dry, sparkling, clean and delicious.
Tasting Price: $9.89 in mixed 3-packs | $9.34 in mixed 6-packs | $8.79 in mixed cases

2. 2016 Gerberas Garnacha (Aragon, Spain) – I was blown away by this wine when I tasted it a couple of weeks ago.  Good thing I ordered 10 cases as it sold out in less than 2 hours.  Pure Garnacha from 30 year old vines, it is fermented in stainless steel.  The resulting wine is fat, plush, juicy and delicious. Need a wine for burgers and hot dogs or bbq?  This is it!
Tasting Price: $8.99 in mixed 3-packs | $8.49 in mixed 6-packs | $7.99 in mixed cases

3. 2015 Kermit Lynch Languedoc Rouge (Languedoc, France) – God bless America and God bless Kermit Lynch.  For nearly 50 years, he has brought us a taste of real, authentic French wines, and he’s done it again.  This custom-made blend is composed of 60% Syrah, 30% Grenache and 5% each Carignan and Cinsault.  Fermented in stainless steel and aged in a combination of cement and foudre, it is just simply delicious.  Words don’t do it justice — stop by and taste it.
Tasting Price: $12.59 in mixed 3-packs | $11.89 in mixed six packs | $11.19 in mixed cases

 

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588
josh@tablewineasheville.com

2011 A. and G. Fantino Barbera d'Alba Cascina Dardi

2011 A. and G. Fantino Barbera D’Alba Cascina Dardi

Wine of the Weeks – Amazing, old vine Barbera from a classic vintage as low as $19.99/bottle! Email josh@tablewineasheville.com or stop by the store to make sure you get some.  As I’ve gotten older and my taste in wine has “matured,” Barbera has become a real go-to wine for me. Being a lowly wine shop owner, I can rarely afford Barolo and Barbaresco, but I can always afford good Barbera, and one of the secrets to getting the best wine for your dollar is to buy Barbera from a top notch Barolo or Barbaresco producer.  This is one of those!  From a marvelous vintage in Italy’s Piemonte region, this is from a 60 year old vineyard in the Bussia cru, just north of Montforte, one of Barolo’s most famous zones.  It’s the 2011 A. and G. Fantino Barbera d’Alba Cascina Dardi, and it’s the new Wine of the Weeks.  Here’s the deal:

2011 A. and G. Fantino Barbera d’Alba Cascina Dardi – On sale through Wednesday, May 25th

Regular Price: $24.99/bottle

Sale Price: $21.99/bottle (over 10% off) or $19.99/bottle on solid 6-packs (20% off)

I forgot to mention that there are just 6 precious cases of this wine available — I bought all that my distributor had to offer Western North Carolina, and I have no doubt that this one is going to go fast.  Stop by this Saturday, May 14th between 2 and 5 p.m. and we’ll pour you a splash if there is any left to sell.  Alright, I’m starting to sound like a used car salesman.  Let me tell you why I bought all of this one.  The brothers Alessandro and Gian Natale Fantino run this family estate in Monforte d’Alba.  Prior to dedicating himself to running his family’s estate with his brother, Alessandro managed the vineyards and served as the enologist at the legendary Cantina Bartolo Mascarello for 20 years, from 1978 to 1997.

He has definitely put his experience working for one of the legends of Barolo to good use.  Of course, it’s not hard to make good wine when you have a great vintage and a great vineyard.  Wine Spectator rated the 2011 Piemonte vintage at 94 points and said it was a “fine year for Barbera.”  Yep, they got that right!  The Fantinos choose to ferment this wine in stainless steel, and I completely support that decision.  When you’re working with 60 year old, deeply rooted, low yielding vines, why do anything to take away from the natural purity and abundance of character inherent in those grapes?

As importer Kermit Lynch says, the “Fantino brothers produce an amazing Barbera d’Alba from these ancient vines in Dardi. The Barbera is loaded with lush fruit and smooth, silky texture, and a ravishing perfume.”  Yep, Kermit pretty much sums that up nicely.  I had similar notes that included terms like silky, polished, balanced, cherry, plum, leather, spice, complexity and so on.  All in all, this is just a ridiculously good wine from a small family estate (they make 3,800 cases total and they make 8 wines).  Buy some or I’ll take it all home……….that’s a promise!  Stop by the store or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com to pick some up before I do just that.  Happy drinking, happy eating, and happy spring from me to you!

Wine dinner at Local Provisions in Asheville, NC.

Kermit Lynch Wine Dinner at Local Provisions

Flavors of Spring Wine Dinner at Local Provisions featuring wine selections from famed importer Kermit Lynch – Thursday, May 12th at 6:30 pm – Click here to learn more and to purchase tickets!  This promises to be a special night of delicious, locally sourced, seasonally appropriate cuisine and delicious wines from one of our country’s finest importers.  I can say with 100% certainty that Local Provisions is my favorite new restaurant in Asheville, and I’ve been wanting to put this together since the first time I dined there.  Inventive and original dishes, beautiful presentation, and delicious flavors are put out my chef Justin Burdett and his his team.

I invite you all to join us for a 4-course meal paired with small production, artisanal French wines from importer Kermit Lynch.  Richard McKinney of Tryon Distributing and yours truly will be on hand to discuss the wines and the pairings, and all of the wines will be available for purchase at deeply discounted prices.  The cost for the tasting is $85/person and that includes tax and gratuity.  Seating is limited and we expect that this incredible wine and dine experience will sell out quickly.  Cheers and happy eating and drinking in Asheville!  Here’s the menu!

If you have any food allergies or restrictions, just call the restaurant at 828.424.7815 and Chef Justin will offer delicious alternatives.

Passed Canapes and Sparkling Wine Reception
Lambert de Seyssel “Petit Royal”

1. Salt-Roasted Beets, Harker’s Island Oyster, Grilled Cucumber Juice, Baby Radish, Fermented & Puffed Carolina Gold Rice, Angelica
with Andre-Michel Bregeon Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie

2. Chilled English Pea Soup, Frozen Buttermilk, Strawberries, Puffed and Charred Crackling
with Andre et Michel Quenard Vin de Savoie “Les Abymes”

3. Smoked Sunburst Trout, Roots, Shoots, Roe
with Domaine du Salvard Cheverny Rouge

4. Apple Brandy NY Strip, Farro, Carrot, Watercress 
with Domaine Gallety Cotes du Vivarais Rouge

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

2012 Neyers Cabernet Sauvignon Neyers Ranch

Wine of the Week – 2012 Neyers Cabernet Sauvignon Neyers Ranch

Wine of the Week – A 93 Point Rated Napa Cabernet Deal – We bought it all!!!  I’ve got two words for you on this one……..BUY IT!  Trust me, it’s not going to last long.  We bought all 7 cases that our Western North Carolina distributor got, and we’re already down to about 5 cases.  With that warning out of the way, let’s continue.  The nearly perfect 2012 Napa vintage has yielded a bevy of beautiful, open, ripe, and opulent Cabernet Sauvignons and this is one of the best deals out there.  The 2012 Neyers Cabernet Sauvignon Neyers Ranch is truly magnificent and it’s our Wine of the Week.  Here’s the deal:

2012 Neyers Cabernet Sauvignon “Neyers Ranch-Conn Valley”
On sale through Tuesday, November 24th

Regular Price: $54.99/bottle

Sale Price: $46.99/bottle (over 10% off) or $43.99/bottle on 3-packs (20% off)

Bruce Neyers is one of the hardest working guys in the business.  In addition to owning a vineyard and running a winery, he is also the National Sales Manager for Kermit Lynch Imports.  I’m not sure how he finds time to do it all, but I am 100% sure that he does a fantastic job in both of these roles.  Bruce’s long years of working with small, artisanal domaines and estates of France definitely informs his philosophy at Neyers.

This wine comes from Bruce’s Neyers Ranch Vineyard in Napa’s Conn Valley.  Located in the hills just east of St. Helena, this vineyard supports Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, and since 1998 has been farmed organically and sustainably.  The vineyards are overseen by David Abreu, one of the great viticulturists in the world, and these Cabernet vines are now over 20 years old.  As Bruce says, they are “just entering the ‘Sweet Spot’ of their productive years.”  Yep, these hard working vines are in a great zone, and Neyers says that he “think(s) it’s the finest wine we’ve made from the grapes grown on our property.”

We agree and so does James Laube of Wine Spectator who awarded the wine 93 points.  That’s a great score, but I find it a touch conservative — I’d easily put this one at 95+ points!  Deep and opaque in color, the wine smells like heaven upon popping and pouring a glass.  Notes of cassis, dark cherry, cedar, and spicy oak flow out of the glass leading into a sumptuous, supple palate or ripe dark berries, spice box, cigar tobacco, licorice, and chocolate.  Laube says to drink through 2028, but I wouldn’t wait that long.  It’s simply fabulous right now!!!

Like meat?  So does this wine.  I enjoyed with lamb chops last night and it made for a great pairing.  It would be equally awesome with any sort of other grilled meat, but be sure to enjoy a glass without food as well.  There’s just under 5 cases of this wine to sell, and there’s no more to get — needless to say, I doubt it will make it through the sale period.  To place your order, simply email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com or stop by the store.  Happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

2013 Sesti Monteleccio

Wine of the Week – 2013 Sesti Monteleccio Toscana IGT

Wine of the Week – A Tuscan Red That Over-Delivers!!!!  – On Sale Through Tuesday, September 15th – This is one of the best Italian wines I’ve tasted this year, and if you love Sangiovese, you should keep reading!  Wait, that sounds familiar Josh…..haven’t we heard this before?  Yep, I said the same thing about this overachieving Tuscan red last summer, and the new release is just as good if not better — even better, the price is down $5!  This is a wine that has a history of overshadowing and outclassing wines that cost a lot more.  In fact, English wine writer and Master of Wine Jancis Robinson recently did a tasting of wines from 11 of Italy’s top estates (including Sassicaia, Antinori, and Ornellaia); the standout for her and the only one she wrote up in her newsletter was the Sesti Monteleccio!  It’s our new Wine of the Week, and here’s the deal:

2013 Sesti Monteleccio Toscana Rosso IGT – On Sale Through Tuesday, September 15th

Regular Price: $24.99

Sale Price: $21.99/bottle or $19.99/bottle on solid six packs or more

What’s in the bottle here is pure Brunello di Montalcino “material,” and it’s from some of the best terroir in the region.  In fact, Monteleccio is the local Tuscan dialect for Montalcino.  Bottled with just a year of oak aging instead of the two years required to be labeled Brunello di Montalcino, the wine is 100% Sangiovese Grosso grown on Giusepe Sesti’s south facing slopes.  These well exposed, arid, and rocky vineyards  produce some of Montalcino’s finest wines, and this is one of the best values produced.

The Sesti Estate was founded in 1975 when Giusepe and Sarah Sesti relocated to Tuscany and purchased the abandoned ruins of the hamlet and castle of Argiano.  They slowly and painstakingly rebuilt the estate to its former glory, and Giusepe planted his vineyards in 1991 after several of his winemaking neighbors suggested he do so. These days, Giusepe still oversees all aspects of winemaking, from vineyard to bottle, and his daughter Elisa is constantly by his side helping out as well.  All of the farming is done according to the principles of biodynamics, the earliest form of organic agriculture.  The Sestis farm this way because it produces better tasting and healthier fruit, not for marketing purposes.

The 2013 vintage in Tuscany is one that is being hailed by wine writers as a very high quality and classic one.  Wine Spectator said it “looks like one of the best [years] since 2001.”  Marked by cooler than average temperatures and slow, even ripening, many producers harvested later than usual.  This slower development resulted in Sangiovese grapes that developed more complex and layered nuances, and you can definitely taste the vintage conditions in this wine.  Medium bodied, beautifully aromatic, and assertively flavored, this is a complex red wine that manages to balance richness with freshness.  On the nose, it’s all fresh cherry, raspberry, and strawberry fruit combined with more complex notes of exotic spices, violet, and earth.  The palate is downright sumptuous, with nicely integrated acidity and tannin, and a finish that lasts 30+ seconds.  Although delicious now, I would bet my store that this wine is going to be extraordinary in 3 to 5 years and that it will continue to offer pleasure through 2024.

To place your order, you can stop by the store or email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com  We’ve got just over 5 cases to sell, so there’s a good chance this one will be gone well before the 15th.

Free French Wine Tasting

Free Fun and Funky French Wine Tasting

Asheville’s Best Free Wine Tasting – Friday, July 10th from 2-7 p.m. – Ever heard of the term terroir?  It’s the French term for “sense of place” or the way that a wine tastes and smells like the place from which it came.  For instance, take a wine like Heitz “Martha’s Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon, wine from a single vineyard surrounded by eucalyptus trees.  Guess what it smells like?  You guessed it, minty eucalyptus!  This same premise applies in vineyards throughout France where you have some of the most complex soil types and micro-climates in the world. If this all sounds crazy to you, stop by this Friday for our “Free, Fun, and Funky French Wine Tasting.”  You’ll leave a believer!  Taste, learn, and save up to 20% off on all of the tasting wines every Friday at Table Wine.

The Wines

1. 2012 Domaine Bru-Baché Jurancon Sec (Southwestern France) – Imported by the incomparable Kermit Lynch, this is 100% Gros Manseng from biodynamically farmed vineyards grown on clay and limestone soils.  Vines are in the 15 to 75 year age range, so the terroir really shines through in this soulful, thought provoking white that smells and tastes of golden apple, pear, flowers, and honeyed mineral.
Tasting Price: $16.19/bottle | $15.29 in mixed six packs | $14.39 in mixed cases

2. 2013 Domaine de Fontsainte Corbieres (Languedoc, France) – This one also comes from Kermit Lynch’s portfolio and it is year in and year out one of the great French red wine values.  From older vineyards positioned in rocky, gravelly soils, the blend on this one is mainly Carignan with smaller splashes of Grenache and Syrah.  Aromas of fresh berries, hot rocks, peppery spice, and herbs de Provence show up on the nose and the medium bodied palate of this sensational Southern French red.
Tasting Price: $13.49/bottle | $12.74 in mixed six packs | $11.99 in mixed cases

3. 2013 Domaine Lafage Tessellae Carignan Vieilles Vignes (Roussillon, France) – Poor old Carignan! Long regarded as a lower class grape that was relegated to jug wine production, many of the quality producers of Southern France are making remarkable versions these days.  Old vines and low yields are the keys to success, and Jean-Marc Lafage has the magic touch with the varietal.  From 70+ year old vineyards grown in the rocky, schist soils of Maury, this smells of liquid mineral, ripe berries, spices and dark chocolate leading into a palate of ripe and smooth dark fruits, anise, and mineral.  94 points The Wine Advocate
Tasting Price: $15.29/bottle | $14.44 in mixed six packs | $13.59 in mixed cases
Special Wine of the Week Price: $12.99/bottle on solid case purchases — that’s over 20% off!

2013 Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais Blanc

We challenge you not to like this wine!  For those who remember the joys of the Jean-Paul Brun Beaujolais Blanc that we featured this past summer, get ready for Round 2.  Until his untimely death earlier this year, Damien Dupeuble ran this fantastic domaine with the help of his wife, his brothers, his sons and his daughter. Located in Le Breuil, in the deep southern part of Beaujolais, the estate has been running pretty much continuously since 1515 (that’s not a typo). Domaine Dupeuble is comprised of 100 hectares, and about 40% of that land is dedicated to the vine.  The Dupeubles are strong proponents of the lutte raisonée approach to vineyard work, and they farm their vineyards without the use of any chemicals or synthetic fertilizers.  They also harvest with their hands, vinify with super low levels of SO2, and their wines are never chapitalized or filtered and all are fermented with indigenous yeasts.  All of this care to attention and detail and the family’s love for their vineyards shows in this wine.

The 2013 Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais Blanc is all Chardonnay from a tiny (2 hectares) clay and limestone composed vineyard.  The vines are over 30 years of age and that maturity results in intensely flavored grapes.  Thus, Damien chose to ferment entirely in stainless steel to preserve the natural intensity and purity of fruit present in this wine.  Upon pouring, you can tell that this is not just some boring, no-oak Chardonnay  as it possesses a deep straw, almost golden color.  The aroma is pure, unbridled, uninhibited Chardonnay — golden apple, pear. sweet lemon, flowers and mineral all come to mind.  The palate is fresh and crisp, but sappy (that means fuller bodied) with a nice mix of ripe orchard fruits and zesty citrus fruits all backed up by notes of white flowers, delicate spice and just a tiny taste of crushed rock (aka mineral).  Thank God for wines like this one, producers like Domaine Dupeuble, and importers like Kermit Lynch who started bringing this small production wine to the states in the late 1980’s.

Even better is the price!  We bought all of this from our distributor, so there’s not a ton of the wine to go around………..keep in mind that less than 500 cases come stateside each year.  Stop by, call us at 828.505.8588 or email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com if you’d like to get some or have us set some aside for you.

2013 Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais Blanc Special Offer – On Sale Through 11/19
Regular Price: $19.99/bottle

Sale Price 
$17.99 if you buy 3 bottles (10% off)

$16.99 if you buy 6-11 bottles (15% off)

$15.99 if you buy 12+ bottles (20% off)

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