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The best Prosecco in the world at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

2015 Alla Costiera Prosecco – Prosecco Deal of the Year

Wine of the Week – The 2015 Alla Costiera Prosecco is the best Prosecco I have ever tasted!  I still remember the first time we tasted this wine with importer Jay Murrie, the man behind Piedmont Wine Imports.  It was revelatory.  The bubbles were finer and less frothy, the bouquet was intense with notes of white fruits and flowers, and the palate was smooth and almost creamy.  This was no ordinary Prosecco!  Jay went on to tell us about the history and methodology of the producer (we’ll get to that later), and it all made sense.  That was almost 4 years ago, and since then this incredible, certified organic, small batch Prosecco has become a staff and customer favorite.  The 2015 vintage arrived about a month ago after a long absence, I took a bottle home immediately, and I still say that the Alla Costiera is the best Prosecco I have ever tasted. Keep reading to learn more or trust me and stop by the store and pick some up.

2015 Alla Costiera Prosecco Extra Dry – On Sale Through Saturday, June 3

Regular Price: $16.99/bottle

Sale Price: $14.99/bottle or just $13.59/bottle on your solid 6-pack (20% off)

I’ll let wordsmith Jay Murrie sum up the philosophy at Alla Costiera: “Filippo Gamba is a no-nonsense farmer. Back when nearly nobody cared about natural viticulture in Veneto, he transformed Alla Costiera into a scrupulously organic and low-intervention estate. After nearly two decades in charge of this successful small family domaine, Filippo is still thinking and acting like a young visionary winemaker: like he has something to prove.”  Keep it up Filippo! Today, he and his family farm a mere 7 hectares of vines just outside the village of Vo Vecchio in the Colli Eugenei hills.  In addition to being certified organic, they work with old vines in the 15 to 75 year age range and use native yeasts for their fermentations.  Even more impressive is the fact that they make their Prosecco in tiny batches, about 2,500 bottles at a time.  In a good year, Alla Costiera will produce only 500 cases of their Prosecco.  Small production does not always guarantee quality, but it does in this case!

Filippo Gamba of Alla Costiera.

Filippo Gamba, the man behind Alla Costiera.

You can certainly taste the difference Filippo’s passion and hard work make in this wine.  This is true small grower/producer Prosecco, and this is exactly the kind of wine that I like to champion.  Completely contrary in so many ways to the mass produced Proseccos that line the shelves at grocery stores, this is truly special wine.  It’s all in the bottle here folks, and the best way to experience what I’m talking about is to buy some! Carefully remove the cork, pour yourself a glass, and you will be greeted by pristine aromas of pear, apple, citrus and floral notes.  Take a sip, and I think you’ll taste the difference.  There’s a perfect balance between ripe and round orchard fruits and higher toned citrus fruits that just keeps you coming back for sip after sip.

I don’t know what else I can say about this one………….oh yeah, you’re gonna’ like it!  Stock up on this one while it’s here because it does run out.  If you’d like to try before you buy, just stop by the store on Friday, May 19th (4-7pm) as we’ll be pouring it. Of course, you can always email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com, and I’ll be glad to hold some for you through the end of the sale period.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator
828.505.8588

Vallana Barbera at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

2014 Vallana Barbera – Case of the Month

Case of the Month – Ben, Will and myself were sipping on the 2014 Vallana Barbera after work recently and a really good question arose.  How is this wine less than $15?  We’re talking about one of the most historically significant names in the Alto Piemonte and a producer that Wine Spectator called one of the top 100 producers on the planet.  And we’re also talking about a wine that is absurdly delicious, and one that we all agreed could easily sell for $20+ per bottle.  We never found an answer to our original question, but we certainly found extreme enjoyment out of that bottle of wine.  I promptly contacted Jay Murrie of Piedmont Wine Imports and secured enough Vallana Barbera to make it our next Case of the Month.  You should buy some! Here’s the deal:

2014 Vallana Barbera – On sale through June 17th

Regular Price: $13.99/bottle

Sale Price: $10.99/bottle on your solid case — Over 20% off!

Vallana is the stuff of legends.  The estate as we know it today was founded in 1937, but the Vallana family name first shows up in connection to high quality winemaking in Alto Piemonte in 1787.  As Robert Parker says, these are “intense traditionally-made wines that ooze with character.”  The family’s specialty is Spanna, the local name for Nebbiolo (we’ve got that too), and these are the wines that deservedly gain all of the critical acclaim.  But they also make a small amount of Barbera.  It is not to be overlooked, and it is the least expensive way to “test drive” a Vallana wine.  It also bears the stylistic framework that marks Vallana’s wines.

Vallana Winery in Alto Piemonte.

From humble abodes come grand wines.

The vineyards of the Alto Piemonte, located north of the Langhe at the base of the Alps, are cooler and possess more acidic soils.  These conditions give the Vallana wines their acidic backbone and the structure that allows them to age gracefully for years.  The propensity to age and improve is one of the hallmark attributes of Vallana, and the tradition is carried on today by Giuseppina Vallana, together with her son Francis (a Ph.D. in Viticulture and Oenology), and her daughters Marina and Miriam.

Although their Barbera is perfect to drink young, it also has a track record for medium to long term aging.  Yes, an $11 bottle of wine that you can age!  As with all of their wines, including their more expensive offerings, all of the grapes for their Barbera are hand harvested from organically farmed vineyards.  Fermentation and aging takes place in cement vats to preserve purity and character.  And wow, does this wine have some character!  Made in a traditional, old school Piemonte style, the wine is medium bodied and refreshing, offering up lovely notes of red berries and moderately complex notes of spices and earth.  High in acidity but possessing soft tannin, this is enjoyable all year round as a stand-alone wine, but I really love the way it enhances the flavors of grilled meats, especially lamb.

What more is there to say?  Seriously folks, this is the kind of wine that makes me do what I do with such vigorous passion.  Legendary producer, clean farming and production techniques, delicious wine.  Buy some!  If you’re not sure, we invite you to stop by Saturday, May 20th (2-5pm) to give it a sniff and a sip. Email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com if you’d like me to hold some for you as this one will run out.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator
828.505.8588

Buy 2012 Chateau Valcombe Ventoux Rouge at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Wine of the Week – 2012 Chateau Valcombe Ventoux Rouge Epicure

For fans of Chateauneuf du Pape, the 2012 Chateau Valcombe Ventoux Rouge Epicure is a must try wine!  A Table Wine Exclusive in Western North Carolina, this hearty red wine is eerily redolent of its more famous neighbor to the west, but it costs a fraction of the price.

2012 Chateau Valcombe Ventoux Rouge Epicure – On sale through Wednesday, December 15th

Regular Price: $21.99/bottle

Sale Price: $19.79/bottle or $17.59/bottle on your solid 6-pack

I recently went to the big city to attend some trade tastings with my favorite importers, and this was easily my top find of the trip.  From the portfolio of legendary New York City based importer Neal Rosenthal, I tasted this one at about 10:30 in the morning with Neal’s “right hand man” Jeremy Sells at the Mad Rose warehouse on the outskirts of Brooklyn.  We had tasted about 20 other super wines before this one was poured in my glass………I took a sniff, I took a sip, and I immediately knew that this wine would find a new home at Table Wine.

Chateau Valcombe is a small, family run, certified organic estate based in the foothills of Mont Ventoux.  Husband and wife Luc and Cendrine Guénard run the show these days, and they work with old vine Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Cinsault to make their red wines.  The average age of the vines is 50 years old, but some of the Grenache and Carignan were planted back in 1936.  The soils are essentially limestone and are covered with the famous “galets” of that area, large round rocks worn smooth by the movement of the Rhone River.  These are the same rocky soils you’ll find in Chateauneuf du Pape, and it is these soils combined with the age of the vines that give this wine its unique character.

I almost forgot to mention the vintage!  Vintage 2012 was considered a really good one in the Southern Rhone — Wine Spectator rated the vintage 93 points describing the wines as “fine-grained and lengthy, with deliciously ripe flavors; well-balanced and should cellar well.”  Chateau Valcombe’s wine has been resting comfortably in the temperature controlled comfort of the Mad Rose warehouse for a couple of years now, and the wine has had time to “relax” and come together.  The wine is a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 10% Carignan and fermentation occurs in cement tanks followed by aging in a combination of cement tanks and larger barrels.  In the glass it shows a deep, dark color and the bouquet offers up enticing notes of ripe blueberry, blackberry, kirsch, pepper and Provencal herbs.  The palate is full bodied and relatively sumptuous, but there is still some firm, yet fine grained tannin present suggesting that this is a wine that will continue to improve if cellared.

Enjoy this robust red wine with fall and winter stews, roasted meats, and root vegetables or cellar for another 5 to 7 years and be rewarded.  We only have 5 cases of this impressive red to sell so either stop by the store or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com to make sure you get some.  Cheers, happy drinking, and happy eating in Asheville!

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588

Envinate Albahra

2014 Envinate Albahra

The 2014 Envinate Albahra is one of the most unique and distinctively delicious Spanish red wines I’ve ever discovered!  Just 580 cases were produced and we got our hands on 12 of them!!

The 2013 vintage, the winery’s debut release, scored 91+ points with The Wine Advocate.  I’m predicting the 2014 will score 92-93 points.   Whatever it scores, it is absolutely delicious and one of my top picks for the fall season.  Talk is cheap.  Come try it this Saturday,  October 1st any time between 2 and 5 p.m.

Enviante is one of Spain’s newest and hottest young wineries.  Founded in 2005 by four friends who studied enology together at the University of Miguel Hernandez in Alicante, Envinate (translated Wine Yourself) is real wine from real folks.  This Gang of Four make wines in a number of Spain’s most distinctive zones, and their collective aim is to make profoundly pure and authentic wines that express the terruño of each parcel in a clear and concise manner.  To this end, no chemicals are used in any of the Envínate vineyards, all parcels are picked by hand, the grapes are foot-trodden, and the wines are fermented exclusively with wild yeasts, with a varying proportion of whole grape clusters included. For aging, the wines are raised in old barrels and sulfur is only added at bottling, if needed. The results are some of the most exciting and honest wines being produced in Spain today.

 

The Gang of 4 from Envinate.

Team Envinate

The 2014 Envinate Albahra is 100% Garnacha Tintorera (aka Alicante Bouschet) that comes from a 30 year old, organically farmed vineyard in Almansa, in Southeastern Spain.  The wine is fermented with wild yeasts in large cement vats and then is left to settle for 8 months before bottling.  While most of the Spanish Garnacha Tintorera I’ve tried has been deeply colored, chunky and rustic, this one is quite the opposite!  Displaying lovely notes of ripe cherry/black cherry, strawberry, savory earth and spice notes, it smells just as good as it tastes.  Even better, the palate is soft, silky, gentle and fresh.  It calls to mind really good Morgon (Gang of Four style) and rustic styled Red Burgundies from the south (think Mercurey).  One more reminder — come taste it this Saturday, October 1st!

2014 Envinate Albahra – On sale through Wednesday, October 19th

Regular Price: $21.99

Sale Price: $18.99/bottle (beats best online price) or $16.99/bottle on solid 6-packs (destroys best online price)

With fall and cooler weather upon us, I recommend stocking up on this one to enjoy with savory dishes, like roasted meats, sausages, mushrooms, and traditional Spanish rice dishes, like paella or arroz negro.  However, I drank a bottle with friends last night with nothing more than a glass and it was delicious.  With just 12 cases on hand and as excited as I am about this one, it won’t last long.  Stop by the store to pick some up or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com and I’ll set some aside for you.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588

 

 

Italian Wine Tasting in Asheville, NC.

Try Three For Free Wine Tasting – New Italian Wines

Try Three For Free Wine Tasting on Saturday, August 20th from 2-5 p.m. featuring some new and exciting Italian wines!  We’ve been a hot streak with Italian wines as of late, and we’re expecting that trend to continue after you taste this incredible lineup of wines.  Daniel Lukin-Beck of Asheville’s own Sour Grapes Distributing joins us to pour a trio of truly incredible Italian wines.  A rich and textured Soave from one of the top producers, a fresh and juicy Tuscan blend based on Rhone varietals, and and a rich and powerful, 92 point rated Super Tuscan for less than $20 will wow your palate and transport you to Italy.  Stop by, taste, learn and save every Saturday at Table Wine!

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 10%, mix any 6 and save 15%, and mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 1. 2014 Gini Soave Classico (Veneto, Italy) – Gini is not only one of the best producers of Soave, they are one of the top white wine producers in the entire country.  Unlike many of the mass market Soaves that are watered down and innocuous, the Gini family craft white wines that are deeper colored, richer, and more nuanced………being that the family has farmed in the region since 1600, that should come as no surprise.  Their current release is almost golden in color with exotic notes of white peach, tangerine, apple and white flowers.  90 points Wine Enthusiast
Tasting Price: $17.99/bottle | $16.99 on mixed six packs | $15.99 on mixed cases

2. 2014 Ampeleia Unlitro (Tuscany, Italy) – This biodynamic/organic red wine from Tuscany is made by the super talented Elisabetta Foradori.  The blend is Grenache and Mourvedre which thrive in the warm and sunny condtions of Tuscany.  Fresh, juicy, charming and joyful to drink, this is a great one for fans of Beaujolais and Pinot Noir.  Even better, it comes in a liter bottle giving you an extra 1/3 of a bottle!
Tasting Price: $17.99 on mixed 3-packs | $16.99 on mixed 6-packs | $15.99 on mixed cases


3. 2011 Tenuta Monteti Caburnio (Tuscnay, Italy) – Famed wine writer sums it up pretty nicely – “Tenuta Monteti remains arguably the single finest source for reasonably priced wines in Maremma.”  Produced from organically cultivated grapes from the warm and sunny coast of Tuscany, this offers up big, bold Super Tuscan flavors at a ridiculously good price.  A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 15% Alicante-Bouschet, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, this dazzles with intense notes of dark cherry, blackberry, mint, herb and spice notes.  Drink now – 2022.  92 points Wine Enthusiast
Tasting Price: $17.99 on mixed 3-packs | $16.99 on mixed 6-packs | $15.99 on mixed cases

Delicious Beaujolais wines.

The Best of Beaujolais Wine Tasting

The Best of Beaujolais Wine Tasting this Friday, June 17th from 2-7 p.m. featuring some incredible wines from one of the most misunderstood wine regions in all of France!  To most people, Beaujolais means Beaujolais Nouveau, the often thin and fruity stuff in a brightly labelled bottle that is always around at Thanksgiving.  Please, please, please stop thinking this!  There is a whole other world of Beaujolais that exists, one where the wines are bolder, more expressive, more “serious,” and ultimately more fulfilling — join us this Friday to experience that world firsthand.  For the record, we love Beaujolais Nouveau!  We just love the Beaujolais’ we’re pouring on Friday even more.  Stop by, taste, learn and save big on all of the tasting wines this Friday!

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 Jean-Paul Brun “Terres Dorees” Beaujolais Blanc (Beaujolais, France) – This is your chance to try our new Wine of the Week and the best Chardonnay and White Burgundy value on the planet.  Grower and producer Jean-Paul Brun is one of our favorites in the region — he farms organically and he’s not afraid to take chances.  Whereas most Beaujolais Blanc is thin and sour, his is rich and beautifully textured with gorgeous notes of golden apple, lemon cream, spice and white florals.  “Behaving” a lot like a great Pouilly-Fuisse or St. Veran, but costing substantially less, it is one of the best White Burgundy deals out there.
Tasting Price: $17.99 in mixed 3-packs | $16.99 in mixed six packs | $15.99 in mixed cases
Case of the Week Price: $17.99/bottle or $15.99/bottle on solid 6-packs or more — On sale through Wednesday, June 29th!

2. 2014 Vignerons de Buxy Buissonnier (Burgundy, France) – We know this one isn’t from Beaujolais, but close enough!  It hails from the new Coteaux Bourguignons appellation that covers all of Burgundy, including Beaujolais, and allows producers to blend Burgundy’s beloved Pinot Noir with Beaujolais’ native Gamay.  This one blends 70% Pinot Noir with 30% Gamay to create a fresh, juicy, and lively red wine that is ideal for warm weather drinking. Put a little chill on it and enjoy!
Tasting Price: $10.79 on mixed 3-packs | $10.19 on mixed 6-packs | $9.59 on mixed cases

3. 2014 Jean-Paul Brun “Terres Dorees” Beaujolais L’Ancien (Beaujolais, France) – Jean-Paul Brun’s Beaujolais L’Ancien is a great introduction to super high quality, small grower/producer red Beaujolais.  Composed entirely of Gamay from old vineyards (50+ years old to be exact), the grapes are destemmed and then fermented with native yeasts in older French oak barrels.  The resulting wine is gorgeous, with notes of freshly ripened red berries, smoky mineral, and pungent herb oil.
Tasting Price: $17.99 in mixed 3-packs | $16.99 in mixed six packs | $15.99 in mixed cases

2014 Montinore Estate Pinot Noir

2014 Montinore Estate Pinot Noir

Wine of the Weeks – Vintage 2014 is a great one in Oregon and the 2014 Montinore Estate Pinot Noir is one of the best values out there!  Come try it this Friday, April 29th any time between 4 and 7 p.m., stop by and pick some up, or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com to place your order.  Mark my words, the 2014 vintage in Oregon’s Willamette Valley is a great one, very similar in quality to the 2012 vintage.  If you know me, you know I love my Pinot Noir, and I’m just going to come out and say that this is one of the best Willamette Valley Pinot Noir values I’ve ever tasted.  At less than $25 by the bottle and as low as $18.99/bottle, it “behaves” like many of its higher priced peers.  It’s on sale for the next two weeks and here’s the deal:

2014 Montinore Estate Pinot Noir — On sale through Tuesday, May 10th

Regular Price: $23.99/bottle

Sale Price: $21.59/bottle (10% off) or $18.99/bottle on solid 6-packs (that’s over 20% off)

Founded in 1982, Montinore Estate is the largest organic wine producer in the United States.  The estate is composed of 210 acres situated at the northern end of the Willamette Valley (quite close to Elk Cove), and all 210 of those acres are Demeter Certified Biodynamic and Stellar Certified Organic.  Today, the estate is owned and operated by Rudy and Susan Marchesi and their two daughters.  They live on their estate, are very much in touch with their land and their vineyards, and are very passionate about maintaining the health of their soils.  Simply put, healthy dirt full of vibrant microbial life leads to more complex and delicious wines.

Every respected wine writer and periodical in the country has rated the 2014 vintage in Oregon as stellar; Wine Spectator said “if you’re looking for power in your Pinot, 2014 is it.” It’s more powerful than 2012 but not as overpowering as 2009 could be.”  Dry and warm conditions resulted in Pinots with darker colors, riper flavors, and more concentrated personalities than what is usually encountered in Oregon.  Montinore’s Pinot Noir definitely achieved all of that and then some!  It pours a gorgeous dark ruby color and the nose is packed with warm, ripe cherry, strawberry, dark raspberry, spice and forest floor aromas.  On the palate, the wine is medium to full bodied, supple and seamless, and loaded with flavors of ripe red fruits, black tea, and brown spice.  A perfect candidate for grilled salmon, poultry, or pork tenderloin, but also delicious with nothing more than a glass, this beauty will drink well over the next 3 to 5 years.

If you know me, you know I’m a “Pinot Devotee,” and this is one of the best under $30 Oregon Pinots I’ve encountered in my 16 year career.  Stop by the store and pick some up or shoot us an email and we’ll hold your wine for you for up to 2 weeks.  Until then, happy drinking and eating in Asheville.

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

 

Asheville's Best Free Wine Tasting

Try Three for Free Wine Tasting – New Dry Roses and New Oregon Pinot Noir

Try Three for Free Wine Tasting this Saturday, April 30th from 2-5 p.m. featuring some delicious new arrival dry roses and the 2014 Montinore Estate Pinot Noir, our new Wine of the Week Selection!  Trust us, you don’t want to miss Asheville’s best free wine tasting, and this is it!  With temperatures rising and summer just around the corner, it’s time to start drinking copious quantities of dry rose and Table Wine has the best selection in town.  We’ll have the new Cotes du Rhone Rose from Domaine Les Aphillanthes (a perennial favorite) along with the 2015 Markowitsch Rose (a new Zweigelt-based, Austrian rose) open for you to try, and as good as those are, the wine we are most excited about is the new Pinot Noir release from Montinore Estate.  From a nearly perfect vintage in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, this might be the best Pinot Noir this estate has ever made.  Stop by, taste, learn, and save big on all of the 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. 2015 Markowitsch Carnuntum Rose (Carnuntum, Austria) – Although not yet well known, we count Gerhard Markowitsch as one of Austria’s best young producers.  His limited production dry rose is based on 70% Zweigelt, 20% Blaufrankisch and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and it is just straight-up gorgeous.  Fermented in stainless steel, it pours a lovely light pink color, but it is intense in both aroma and flavor. Ripe red fruits, pungent herbs, and spice notes inform the nose and palate of this powerfully flavored, ripe rose from Austria.
Tasting Price: $13.49 in mixed 3-packs | $12.74 in mixed six packs | $11.99 in mixed cases


2. 2015 Domaine les Aphillanthes Cotes du Rhone Rose (Rhone Valley, France) – Robert Parker had this to say about this biodynamically farmed estate: “In 1999, I discovered one of the finest estates in the southern Rhone, the Domaine Les Aphillanthes owned by Daniel Boulle. His oenologist is none other than Philippe Cambie, one of the finest in all of France.”  Their dry Rosé is a blend of 60% Cinsault with Grenache, Counoise and Mourvedre rounding things out, and it is always one of our favorite Cotes du Rhone Roses.  It is a pretty wine with fresh aromas of strawberries, earth, and spice, good acidity, medium body, loads of fruit, and a dry style.
Tasting Price: $13.49 in mixed 3-packs | $12.74 in mixed six packs | $11.99 in mixed cases

3. 2014 Montinore Estate Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley, Oregon) – It’s our new Wine of the Week, and it’s a great example of the high quality that was achieve in the Willamette Valley in 2014.  Montinore Estate is the largest organic producer of wines in the United States, and their 210 acres of vines are located at the northern end of the Willamette close to the vineyards of Elk Cove Winery.  Thus, if you were a fan of the 2012 Elk Cove Pinot Noir, you are going to love this!  Richer, deeper colored, and silken in texture, this just explodes out of the glass with sumptuous aromas of ripe cherry, strawberry, dark raspberry, and spice leading into a silky smooth, but completely dry palate.
Tasting Price: $21.59 on mixed 3-packs | $20.39 on mixed 6-packs | $19.19 on mixed cases
Special Wine of the Weeks Price: $21.59/bottle or $18.99/bottle on solid 6-packs (that’s over 20% off)

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

Fresh and Light Wines for Spring

Fresh and Light Wines for Spring Sipping

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting this Friday, April 8th from 4-7 pm featuring some fresh and light wines for sunny day sipping!  Join us for the best free wine tasting in Asheville this Friday as we open some wines perfect for the warmer spring weather.  You’ll get to try one of the great Alsatian values in the world, a perennial Provencal dry rose beauty, and a new liter bottled natural Barbera that we absolutely love.  You will too!  Stop by, taste, learn and save up to 20% off all of the tasting wines this Friday.

Asheville's Best 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 Hugel Gentil (Alsace, France) – This wine revives an ancient Alsace tradition where wines assembled from noble grape varieties were called “Gentil”.  The historic Hugel Estate keeps the exact blend a secret, but the wine is always based on Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and Riesling.  With amble body, ripe fruit, and a floral/spice combination, this is consistently one of the best Alsatian values out there.
Tasting Price: $13.49 in mixed 3-packs | $12.74 in mixed six packs | $11.99 in mixed cases


2. 2015 Domaine Houchart Cotes de Provence Rosé (Provence, France) – With more land under ownership than any other producer in Southern France, Jerome Quiot has a lot of options to choose from when assembling his wines.  His dry rosé combines Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah together to create a classic Provencal pink wine.  Bursting with notes of watermelon, strawberry, white peach and herbs, this is great for sunny spring days. 
Tasting Price: $11.69 in mixed 3-packs | $11.04 in a mixed six pack | $10.39 in a mixed case

3. NV Carussin Completo (Piemonte, Italy) – This might be our top red wine pick for warm weather drinking.  Run by Bruna Ferra and her two sons Luca and Matteo, this tiny, certified organic and practicing biodyamic estate just south of Asti has produced a beautifully fresh, light and easy drinking red.  Even better, it comes in a liter bottle which gives you an extra 1/3 of a bottle.  A blend of primarily Barbera with small splashes of Grignolino, Freisa and Dolcetto, it registers at just 11.5% alcohol.  Chugalug!
Tasting Price: $17.99 in mixed 3-packs | $16.99 in a mixed six pack | $15.99 in a mixed case

Chateau Teulon Costieres de Nimes Rouge

Case of the Month – Chateau Teulon Costieres de Nimes Rouge

Case of the Month – A richly fruited, spice packed red from France’s Southern Rhone for less than $10!  This is a wine that I knew I was going to buy and get behind right when I smelled it.  It literally smells like Southern France, and I love that smell — Provencal herbs (lavender, thyme, marjoram), sun baked earth, and ripe berries burst out of the glass.  Even better, the palate is not too heavy but not too light, with just the right amount of fruit backed by just the right amount of savoriness.  The tannin is soft, the acidity is there but not aggressive, and the it offers up just enough earthy nuance to make it interesting but not weird.  Sound good?  We bought the last 8 cases from our distributor and the Chateau Teulon Costieres de Nimes Rouge is our first Case of the Month offering of 2016. 

2014 Chateau Teulon Costieres de Nimes Rouge – On sale through Tuesday, Febraury 16th

Regular Price: $11.99/bottle
Sale Price: $9.49/bottle on solid cases (over 20% off) or $9.99/bottle on solid 6-packs (over 15% off)

Although Chateau Teulon’s wines are relatively new to the United States and Table Wine, they are not a new estate. The family has actually farmed vineyards in the village of Saint Gilles, just south of Nimes, since 1703.  The southernmost part of the Rhone Valley, this area enjoys a Mediterranean climate perfectly suited to the cultivation of the classic Rhone varietals.  The young Phillipe Teulon is the current head of the estate, and he definitely has an intimate knowledge of his family’s vineyards and the overall terroir of the region.

Philippe Teulon in his family's Syrah vineyards.

                    Phillipe Teulon in his family’s Syrah vineyards.

Phillipe’s red wine is a blend of 60% Syrah, 30% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre from older vines grown in the rocky, sandy soils of the region.  In case you didn’t know, the vineyards of Costieres de Nimes are quite similar to those found further east in Chateauneuf du Pape.  Along with cultivating similar varietals, these vineyards are composed of rocky, sandy, well drained soils that stress the vines and lead to more intense and mineralic flavors.

Phillipe ferments his wine entirely in tank to preserve freshness and purity, but trust me, this is no shy wine.  Medium to full bodied and packed with ripe aromas and flavors of dark cherry, blueberry and plum, the wine finishes with that classic white pepper, herbal, mineral nuance that Southern French wines are famous for.

So there you go, a flavor packed, organically produced red wine perfect for cold nights for less than ten bucks!  Stop by this Saturday, January 23rd any time between 2-5 p.m. to try it for free. Otherwise, just stop by the store and pick some up or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com and I’ll be glad to set your order aside until you can get by to pick it up.

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator/Wine Buyer
Table Wine