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Best Pinot Grigio value in the world at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Pinot Grigio Find of the Year – 2016 Raetia Pinot Grigio

I know, I know, I know.  You’re saying “Pinot Grigio is boring, over-produced, and void of flavor” to yourself.  Yes, that is often the case, but that is not the case here.  When Team Table Wine tasted this one a few weeks back, we were completely blown away. Awesome aromatics, fuller and richer flavors, and lovely texture…….it’s eerily reminiscent of the Punggl Pinot Grigio and it costs a lot less.  Still not sure?  Stop by the store Friday, August 4 any time between 4-7 p.m. to try it along with a couple of other fresh, summery whites. It’s the 2016 Raetia Pinot Grigio, it’s delicious, and you’re going to love it!

2016 Raetia Pinot Grigio Alto Adige – On Sale Through August 26

Regular Price: $14.99/bottle

Case of the Month Sale Price: $10.99/bottle on your solid case — Over 20% Off!

Experts (myself included) agree that the best Pinot Grigios come from the northeastern part of Italy, specifically the regions of Alto Adige and Friuli. Located in the foothills of the Alps, a very special combination of factors contribute to the quality of the wines produced here.  The rocky soils contribute complex mineral notes, the warm and sunny days allow the fruit to ripen perfectly, and the cool nights allow the wines to maintain their zesty acidity. Of course, region and grape only give you so much in a wine — the producer is most important.  This one comes from the Viticolori Alto Adige, one of the top cooperatives in the region.  Unlike some of the larger coops of the Italy, this one is composed of just 7 growers, and all are committed to quality versus quantity in their production.

I was immediately impressed by the bouquet of this wine — ripe pear, peach, tropical fruits and white flowers jumped out of the glass.  The palate was equally impressive.  Loads of ripe orchard and tropical fruit notes are buttressed by zesty acidity.  I honestly wanted to drink the whole bottle, but that would not be responsible!  See if you can exercise that same restraint.

In a nutshell, this needs to go with you to the pool or the beach this summer.  Drink it with seafood, vegetables or salads or drink it as an aperitif.  I recommend you have more than one bottle on hand though — it goes down quick and easy.  Stop by the store and pick some up or email me if you’d like me to hold some for you.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

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

Buy Pullus Halozan at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Most Dangerous White Wine on the Planet – 2016 Pullus Halozan

The 2016 Pullus Halozan is the most dangerous white wine on the planet!  No, it won’t poison you if you don’t drink it at the right temperature and there are no hazardous chemicals contained within.  The only “issue” with the wine is that once it’s opened, it’s nearly impossible to stop drinking it.  I’m not kidding.  I predict that this dry, liter-bottled, Slovenian field blend will be our best selling white wine of the spring and summer.  It’s our new Wine of the Week, it’s delicious, and you are invited to stop by and try it this Saturday, June 10th (2-5 pm).  Here’s the deal:

2016 Pullus Halozan – On Sale Through Saturday, June 24th

Regular Price: $15.99/bottle

Sale Price: $13.99/bottle or $12.49/bottle on your solid 6-pack

Let me start my quelling your fears and uncertainties about Slovenian wine.  Wine has been produced here for thousand of years.  In fact, Pullus was started in 1239!  Just across the border from Friuli, one of Italy’s top white wine zones, Slovenia enjoys a similar climate and geography that favors the production of high quality white wines.  And this is certainly high quality white wine.  Whether you are a fan of Pinot Grigio, Gruner Veltliner, or drier styled Rieslings, the Pullus Halozan is going to float your boat.

In terms of technical notes, Pullus Halozan is a blend of 8 different grape varieties — for those interested, they are Sauvignon Blanc, Welschriesling, Riesling, Furmint, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and Muscat. Each grape is fermented separately in stainless steel, and the cellar master then blends the finished wines together each year to create a consistent style.  Packed with aromas of ripe pear, apple, citrus and white flowers, I could smell it for days.  On the palate, the overt, pure fruit-forward style of the wine is balanced by crisp and cleansing acidity.  All in all, this is the quintessential warm weather white wine.  Heading to the beach?  Stock up.  Need a tasty, fresh, and lighter styled white for poolside sipping?  This is the one.  And last, but not least, if you need a wine for a crowd, this is my top pick.  Remember, it comes in a liter bottle so you’re getting an extra 1/3 of a bottle!

Not sure if you’ll like it?  Join us this Saturday, June 10th from 2-5 pm and give it a whirl.  Otherwise, stop by the store and pick some up or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com and I’ll put your order together for pickup.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

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

Baumard Savennieres

A Haunting and Cerebral White

2007 Domaine des Baumard Savennieres
Loire Valley, France

Domaine des Baumard

I just tasted this wine yesterday and ordered a case immediately upon smelling it.  I then tasted it, and my palate agreed with my nose thank God.  Of all of the white wines that we stock at Table Wine, South Asheville’s top wine store, this might just be the most complex and the best in my opinion for the money. 

The Baumard family have been major players in the Loire villages of Savennieres and Anjou for many years, but they’ve especially risen to prominence in the past century.  These days, Florent and Isabelle Baumard run the estate with great care and attention to their vineyards.  Their wines are consistently judged as some of the best in the appellation by the wine lovers and writers all over the world.  Savennieres, along with Vouvray, is regarded by most in the know as the top spot(s) in the world for Chenin Blanc.  The key difference is that, while Savennieres began as a sweet wine, and has since confidently developed into one of the Loire’s finest dry whites, Vouvray has retained its multiple personalities, sometimes to its detriment unfortunately.

Florent has modernized the estate in a number of ways since taking over the reigns from his father Jean in 1990.  In particular, in 2006 Florent surprised almost everybody with a whole-scale move to Stelvin screwcap for even his top wines.  This is an interesting development from my point of view as Savennieres is a wine noted for its capacity to age for many years, and there is still little proof that wines bottled with this enclosure age the same way as those bottled under natural cork.  Fortunately, the current release of this wine is so amazingly good that I really could care less.

As I said, the aroma of this wine was absolutely intoxicating, seductive and memorable, and I’ll have no problem drinking several bottles over the course of the next couple of years.  To understand Loire Valley Chenin Blanc and its aromatics, one has to understand the soil.  The dirt here is marked by gravelly, free-draining topsoils with a deep bed of tuffeau – the highly porous limestone-rich sedimentary rock deposited all over the Loire region during the Turonian geological age.  The resulting wines are highly limestone-influenced with an aroma reminiscent of water running over stone in a young river.  Vintage 2007 was a warm one in the Loire, so Florent was able to pair this minerlity with a beautiful purity and intensity of fruit, namely musky pear, apple, peach and quince.  There is something haunting and cerebral about this wine that can’t really be put into words………..the best I can come up with is “World Class White Wine” – I know that sounds pretty generic, but for $22.99/bottle, it’s definitely worth taking the “risk”.  Enjoy it now or over the next several years with fresh seafood or river fish cooked seared or baked very simply in olive oil and herbs.  You won’t be disappointed.

Monte Velho Blanco

A Wonderful White Wine For Warm Weather

2009 Monte Velho Blanco
Alentejo, Portugal

Monte Velho Blanco

Spring is officially here, and summer is not far behind.  I know there are some out there who drink red wine all the time, but for those like me whose taste in wine changes with the season, I’ve got the perfect warm weather white wine for you.  Yes, you can always do Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio or un-oaked Chardonnay, but that’s been done a million times folks.  It’s time to tap into your adventurous side and taste something different.  I believe I’ve found you the perfect white wine for sipping, or slamming if you prefer, for the rest of the spring and throughout the summer.

The wine hails from Alentejo in southern Portugal, the area where Portugal’s climate escapes the Atlantic influence.  That means it’s hot and dry and the wines produced here are not shy.  In fact, whether red or white, the wines tend to be full and ripe with a taste of the sun about them.  The estate is a rather large one, as most of them are in the region, and it goes by the name of Esporao.  Since the first wine was released under this label, in 1989, Esporão has been a great ambassador for the wines of Alentejo, with a high profile on export markets.

Table Wine tries to focus on small family estates, but every once in awhile we come across a wine that just “plain tastes great”, and we’ve always said that we reserve the right to carry any damn wine we want to.  Well, this one of those wines that tastes just plain great.  It is a blend of native Portugues grape varieties, including Roupeiro, Antao Vaz and Perrum……..please don’t quiz me on these!  Right out of the shoot, it smells of ripe and juicy summer peach and other orchard fruits.  I almost thought the wine was going to be sweet, but when it hit my palate, I knew this wasn’t the case.  Though fresh, aromatic and fruity, the wine is dry and mouthwatering with cleansing acidity on the finish.  We are currently the only wine store in Asheville to offer it, and at $11.99/bottle, I’d buy this one by the case and get yourself a 15% discount.  Happy Spring and Summer and ch-ching from me to you.