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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

Chateau d'Oupia Les Heretiques

2014 Chateau d’Oupia Les Heretiques

Case of the Month – The Perfect French Country Wine – 2014 Chateau d’Oupia Les Heretiques on sale for $8.49/bottle when purchased by the case!!!  Every wine lover I know is on a constant quest to find the perfect house wine, table wine, country wine………whatever you want to call it.  It’s a wine that delivers great flavor, comfort, and dependability at as low a price as possible.  Chateau d’Oupia’s Les Heretiques is a wine that I’ve stocked since I opened the store in 2010, but the new release is the best version I’ve ever tasted.  It’s a great deal at $10.99/bottle (regular price), but at $8.49/bottle (more than 20% off) by the case, it’s a steal.  The 2014 Chateau d’Oupia Les Heretiques is our new Case of the Month and here’s the deal:

2014 Chateau d’Oupia Les Heretiques — On Sale Through Tuesday, November 10th

Regular Price: $10.99/bottle

Sale Price: Just $8.49/bottle on solid case purchases!!!  I’m feeling good, so I’ll do $8.99/bottle on solid six packs.

Chateau d’Oupia is one of the great family estates of France’s Languedoc region, and I’ve been a fan of the wines from the Iché family for many years.  André Iché inherited his Minervois-based estate several decades back, and he immediately realized he had some special vineyards.  The vines were old and located on rocky hillsides, but they needed a little bit of tender loving care.  He nursed these old gnarly vines back to health, and began making wines from these old Carignan, Syrah, and Grenache plantings.

For years, he sold his wines to negociants to blend and bottle, but he always took pride in his work and his wines. Towards the end of the 20th century, a visiting Burgundian winemaker visited André, tasted his wines, and was so enthused that he convinced him to bottle and market his production.  The rest, as they say, is history.

Chateau d’Oupia’s wines were met with immediate praise.  Famed wine critic Robert Parker said “Château d’Oupia has produced the ideal bistro wine.  Bravo to proprietor André Iché!”  Good call there Bob!  André passed away in 2007, and the estate was passed on to his daughter Marie-Pierre.  The wines are still made the same way that André made them, and the estate’s Les Heretiques is 100% old vine Carignan.  Half the fruit goes through whole cluster carbonic maceration for pure fruit charm while the other half is fermented in barrel with a 30 day maceration which provides color and extraction.

Long considered an ideal blending variety, but inferior as a stand alone grape, Carignan has experienced a renaissance of sorts in the past ten years.  Producers have realized that as long as they work with old vines and keep yields low, the grape can produce lip smackingly delicious red wines.  This is one of those wines!  Dark in color and boasting a nose of ripe cherry, raspberry, and plum, it opens up on the palate with fresh and juicy flavors of ripe berries, spice, and just a touch of earth.  It’s not overly complex, but it is completely charming and joyful to drink.

There you go folks, a French country wine with lots of heart and soul.  This is one of those wines to have on hand for whenever or whatever.  It can be consumed over the next 2-3 years and I promise you’ll get rave reviews from your friends and family.  If you’d like to reserve some,  email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com, call the store at 828.505.8588, or just stop by.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

Asheville's Best Free Wine Tasting!

Fun and Festive French Wines

Wine down your work week and get your week-end off to a good start with Asheville’s Best Wine Tasting every Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.  The holiday season is just around the corner, and you know you’re going to need good, affordable, and honest wines for all of your parties and family gatherings.  The French do this style of wine better than just about anyone else, and we invite you to stop by, taste, learn and save on some of our favorite fun and festive French wines this Friday.

We’ll start with the 2013 Jean de Roze Vin Blanc, a zesty, crisp and lively blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, and Ugni Blanc from the Languedoc Region.  It exhibits bright notes of green apple and mixed citrus and tastes great with or without food.  Also from the Languedoc region, the 2013 Claude Val Vin Blanc combines Grenache Blanc, Vermentino, Chasan and Sauvignon Blanc to create a rounded, spicy and floral-scented white wine that is just plain delicious.

Getting into the reds, the Non-Vintage Roncier Vin Rouge comes from the southern part of Burgundy and is composed entirely of Pinot Noir.  Bright and juicy with notes of fresh cherry and strawberry fruit along with subtle notions of forest floor and spice, it’s a delicious wine to serve with fall favorite dishes like roast chicken and root vegetables. Next up, the 2013 Claude Val Vin Rouge is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Merlot and Carignan that drinks a lot like a Cotes du Rhone. Soft and spicy, it offers up lots of fresh cherry and strawberry fruit, finishing with peppery spice and herb.  We’ll finish with the 2013 Jean de Rozes Vin Rouge, a blend containing mainly Syrah with smaller portions of Grenache and Cinsault.  Rich, dark fruited, spicy and herbaceous, this one likes richer dishes like lamb or beef stew.

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 

1. 2013 Jean de Roze Vin Blanc
(Languedoc, France) 

2. 2013 Claude Val Vin Blanc
(Languedoc, France) 

3. NV Roncier Vin Rouge
(Burgundy, France) 

4. 2013 Claude Val Vin Rouge
(Languedoc, France)

5. 2013 Jean de Rozes Vin Rouge
(Languedoc, France)