Syrah Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Perfectly Aged Syrah and Others – Try Three for Free Wine Tasting

Saturday, July 15 from 2-5 p.m. – If you’ve never tried a perfectly aged Syrah, this is your chance!  The 2003 Cougar Crest Syrah is a feast for the senses and we’re going to pour it for you along with two other Syrah based wines this Saturday.  Trust me, you don’t want to miss this tasting!

Some call it Syrah, some call it Shiraz, but whatever you want to call it, it’s one of the most distinct and noble of all red varietals.  Typically referred to as Syrah in the Northern Hemisphere and Shiraz in the Southern Hemisphere, the grape yields a variety of styles of wine.  From lovely dry rosés and jammy fruit bombs to savory, complex reds, this is a grape that can’t be pigeonholed.  Join us for a Syrah adventure where we’ll pour you a diverse lineup of wines. Up first, it’s the lovely Le Petit Diable Rosé from France’s Provence region — dry, crisp, and aromatic, this is one of our top selling pink wines this summer. Up next, the Jam Jar Shiraz is an ever-so-slightly sweet red wine from South Africa — loaded with ripe and jammy berry notes, it’s just off-dry and perfect red for bbq.  The top wine of the tasting is the sensational 2003 Cougar Crest, a wine that truly shows the savory, spicy, complex side of Syrah.  Words don’t do it justice — stop by and taste it.  You won’t be disappointed!

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 Le Petit Diable Cotes de Provence Rosé (Provence, France) – This one comes to us from the same folks who made the MIP rosé, a top seller last summer.  A classic blend of Syrah, Cinsault and Grenache, it is light, delicate, aromatic and oh-so easy to drink on warm summer days.
Tasting Price: $14.39 in mixed 3-packs | $13.59 in mixed 6-packs | $12.79 in mixed cases

2. 2015 Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz (Western Cape, South Africa) – At 12.5% alcohol, this one is really just gently sweet.  It’s more about fresh, ripe, and overt fruit flavors, and I find it quite delicious.  Blueberry, dark cherry and dark chocolate notes flow through this fun and easy drinking red from South Africa.
Tasting Price: $10.89 in mixed 3-packs | $10.19 in mixed 6-packs | $9.59 in mixed cases

2. 2003 Cougar Crest Syrah (Columbia Valley, Washington) – Like Cougar Crest’s 2003 Merlot (which we poured yesterday), this is an incredible deal in pre-aged red wine.  In case you didn’t know, Syrah does wonderful things in Washington State, and this one is proof positive.  Showing the more secondary and savory notes that Syrah develops with time (spice, smoked meat, dried fruit) this one is still fully kicking. Lush in texture, intense in flavor, and the perfect accompaniment to grilled lamb, you’re gonna’ love it!
Tasting Price: $22.49 in mixed 3-packs | $21.24 in mixed 6-packs | $19.99 in mixed cases

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine


Syrah and Shiraz Wine Tasting

You Say Shiraz, I Say Syrah

What’s the difference between Syrah and Shiraz?  Absolutely nothing, it’s the same grape.  If it comes from the Northern Hemisphere (United States, France), most producers will label it Syrah, although there are some exceptions.  Alternately, if it comes from the Southern Hemisphere, most notably those in Australia, South Africa, and South America, producers call their wines Shiraz after the long held belief that the grape came from Shiraz, Iran. Wrong!  It has now been discovered through DNA research that the grape’s genetic birthplace is the Northern Rhone region of France, but these days, the grape is planted in a variety of spots throughout the world.

Like any grape, the style of wine produced is heavily dictated by the place it is grown, and we’re going to give you the chance to experience this firsthand at our wine tasting this Friday, February 6th from 4 to 7 p.m.  You’ll get to try a few different Syrah and Shiraz-based wines for just $5 (free for Grape Nuts), and you’ll taste the difference.  Even better, all of the tasting wines will be on sale at 10% off by the bottle, 15% off if you mix and 6-11 of them, and 20% off if you mix any 12 or more of them.  Stop by, taste, learn, and save every Friday at Table Wine.

The Wines
Prices range from $12 to $40

1. 2011 Hyatt Vineyards Syrah (Rattlesnake Hills, Washington) – This family owned and operated winery makes one of the best Syrah/Shiraz values we stock.  Washington State has developed a tremendous reputation for Syrah production, and the wines tend to bridge the styles of France and Australia.  This one offers up Syrah’s classic spice and smoke characteristics (more French) with ripe blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry fruit (more Aussie) to create a harmonious wine perfect for sipping with a burger or without.

2. 2011 Monier-Perréol Saint-Joseph (Northern Rhone, France) – Jean-Pierre Monier makes one our favorite Syrahs in the entire store.  This is Syrah from its genetic birthplace made by a producer that knows what they’re doing.  Good Northern Rhone Syrah is powerful and assertive, but elegant and pretty at the same time, and that combination of brawn and beauty is what we love about this wine.  Sensual, earthy, spicy, and beautifully textured, this one is for true lovers of European wines.

3. 2012 Shinas Estate Shiraz “The Guilty” (Victoria, Australia) – If you like big, luscious, flamboyant reds, you might just love this one.  George Shinas is a magistrate judge and a winemaker/tender of vines, and his wines are firmly rooted in the Australian style.  From very old, low yielding vines harvested extremely late, Shinas ages this intensely flavored red in French oak for 24 months.  The resulting wine is super ripe, rich, and decadent.

Nugan Estate Third Generation Wines

The Wines Of Nugan Estate: A Free Saturday Tasting – Saturday, October 5th, 2013 – 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Nugan Estate is a third generation, family owned winery located in the Riverina section of southeastern Australia.  Alfredo Nugan came to Australia from Spain in 1940 to start a vegetable growing operation that eventually morphed into one of the most successful of its type in the country.  Moving forward three generations, Alfredo’s great-grandchildren ventured into the world of fine wine in the early 90’s and they haven’t looked back since.  These days, they produce a range of wines, from great everyday values to dramatic, highly rated showstoppers.  This Saturday, we’ll run you through their affordable range of wines, and we think you’ll be quite impressed.  Stop by anytime between 2 and 5 p.m. this Saturday and we’ll tell you all about the wines while we let you taste them.  All of the tasting wines are 10% off by the bottle, 15% off when you buy six and 20% off when you buy 12 or more.

1. 2011 Chardonnay “Third Generation”
The family’s Chardonnay is all about balance!  The warm, sunny weather of Australia allows for a nicely ripe style of Chardonnay, but there is still plenty of acidity to keep things fresh.  Ripe peach, spiced apple, nectarine and melon notes………mild oak and vanilla flavors.  This is a great go-to Chardonnay for everyday drinking!

2. 2011 Shiraz “Third Generation”
It’s hard to believe that Nugan’s vineyards are in the same region as those that Yellow Tail uses to make their wines!  Trust me, these are as far removed from Yellow Tail as a Big Mac is to filet mignon.  The Shiraz is fresh and balanced, but still classic and true to form.  A nice core of lush dark berry fruit, somewhat jammy, but fresh at the same time……… pepper and spicy vanilla from the oak.  This one makes me want a big, fat, greasy bacon cheeseburger.

3. 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon “Third Generation”
“You could easily spend $50 on a Napa cabernet that has less depth and energy than this wine, which makes it an absolute steal.” This is what wine critic phenom Steve Tanzer said about this wine.  This is a nice, bright style of Cabernet Sauvignon……….in plain speak that means it’s not too heavy and not overloaded with dark fruit notes.  Spicy cherry and currant fruit, fresh flowers, mocha and a bit of mint inform the nose and palate of this complex, restrained effort.


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