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Serious Cotes du Rhone Value – Domaine de Chantepierre

The 2016 Domaine de Chantepierre is a serious Cotes du Rhone Value and one of the best red wine deals I’ve encountered this year!  I tasted this one with Henri Gabriel, owner Advintage Distributing, about a month ago while in Charleston.  From the first sniff, I knew I was going to buy this wine.  Why?  Because it literally lit up every olfactory receptor in my being. Lovely warm and ripe berry fruits, a whiff of pepper and herbes de Provence just exploded out of the glass.  I took a sip.  Wow!  Concentrated and mouth-filling, yet supple and soft, I knew I had found the new Case of the Month.  It’s the 2016 Domaine de Chantepierre Cotes du Rhone Rouge, it is scrumptious, and it can be yours for less than $10/bottle!  Join us this Saturday, June 24th any time between 2-5 p.m. to taste this one along with 9 other wines at our Super Saturday Wine Tasting!  Here’s the deal:

2016 Domaine de Chantepierre Cotes du Rhone Rouge – On Sale Through Saturday, July 22nd

Regular Price: $12.99/bottle

Sale Price: $9.99/bottle on your solid case — Over 20% off!!!

If you know me, you know I love me some Cotes du Rhone and this is one of the best I’ve ever found for the money.  One of the most versatile red wines out there, it’s ideal for sipping solo or for pairing with all sorts of different dishes.  From grilled meats and stews to burgers and sausages, it just makes everything taste better.  A classic blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre, this one is fermented entirely in stainless steel to preserve purity and freshness. Upon pouring, the wine shows a nice deep color and the nose is rich and decadent with notes of kirsch, cassis, plum, spice and rosemary.  The palates shows a similar flavor profile, but it’s the texture of the wine that most impressed me.  Possessing ripe and fine grained tannin and relatively low acidity, this Cote du Rhone value glides across the palate seamlessly.

Oh yeah, what about the producer Josh?  In case you didn’t know, we specialize in wines from family-run wineries, and this is certainly one of those.  Domaine de Chantepierre has belonged to Christian Paly’s family for over 500 years!  That’s all?  In all seriousness, this passing down of the land and the vineyards from generation to generation is the primary reason that this estate makes consistently great wines.  The family knows the land, the grapes, the climate, and how to overcome the many challenges encountered by grape farmers.  They certainly figured it out in this vintage!

That’a about all I’ve got to say about this one.  One more reminder — stop by this Saturday any time between 2-5 p.m. and try this stuff.  Hopefully, you’ll be as blown away as me!  Can’t make it, but want to buy some because you trust me?  Just stop by the store or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville.

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

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
828.505.8588
josh@tablewineasheville.com

 

Buy McPrice Myers wines at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Wine of the Week – 2013 McPrice Myers Right Hand Man

This is going to sell out quick………trust me!  The McPrice Myers Right Hand Man Syrah is rich, decadent and opulent and it costs less than $20.

I just got seven cases in, and I am taking a case home so that leaves me with six to sell.

McPrice Myers started making wine in California’s Central Coast in 2002.  In a very short period of time, founder and winemaker Mac Myers has established his winery as one of the rising stars of the region.  I tasted Mac’s Right Hand Man recently, and I agree with that assessment 100%.  I’m not going to beat around the bush on this one — this is easily one of the best under-$20 domestic Syrah’s I’ve ever tasted.

To make sure you get some of this one, please stop by the store or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com.  I’ll be glad to hold your wine through the end of the sale period.

McPrice Myers Right Hand Man Syrah 2014 — Sale $17.99/bottle — $15.99/bottle on solid 6-packs — 91 points Vinous Media — On sale through Friday, January 27th!

“Bright violet. Blueberry, cherry compote, dark chocolate and cracked pepper on the pungent, smoke-tinged nose. Smooth, palate-staining black and blue fruit and violet pastille flavors show excellent clarity and pick up a mineral element with air. The peppery note comes back strong on a very long, penetrating finish shaped by supple, even tannins.  Drink now through 2025.  $25 suggest retail.” – Vinous Media

Fruit is source from the west side of Paso Robles and Santa Barbara County for this wine.  Mac includes small bits (5% each) of Petite Sirah for color/pepper and Viognier for exotic aromatics.  After fermentation, the wine is aged for 22 months in 10% new French and American oak.  The resulting wine is a beauty! Deeply colored, almost opaque and exhibiting heady aromas and flavors of cassis, dark raspberry, dark cherry, smoky herb, bacon fat, and on and on.  This could easily compete with $40 to $50 Syrahs from anywhere in the world.

As I said before, with Table Wine offering this one up at pretty much the best price in the country, this will not last long.  Cheers and happy drinking in Asheville!

 

Syrah and Friends Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting – Syrah and Friends

 Saturday, January 21 from 2-5pm — Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting featuring the McPrice Myers Right Hand Man Syrah and two of Syrah’s best friends, Grenache and Viognier! 

We are huge fans of Syrah in all of its various styles.  We are also fond of Syrah’s typical blending partners.  Join us Saturday for an adventure with Syrah and Friends, and learn more about the grape and its common companions.  We’ll start with a delicious, aromatic Viognier — yes, that’s a white grape!  Often blended in small amounts with Syrah to add aromatics and rounder texture, it’s also great as a stand-alone wine.  Next up, you’ll taste a pure Grenache, one of Syrah’s best friends in blends from the Southern Rhone and elsewhere.  To finish up, you’ll get to taste our new Wine of the Week, a Syrah-heavy red that is absolutely delicious.  Stop by, taste, learn, and save!  Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

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

1. 2015 Le Paradou Viognier (Languedoc, France) – In our estimation, this is the best Viognier for the money in the marketplace.  From organic and sustainably farmed vineyards located in various parts of Southern France, it shows the grape’s tell-tale aromatic qualities, but remains fresh and crisp on the palate.  Look for notes of peach, melon, citrus and honeysuckle.  
Tasting Price: $10.79/bottle | $10.19 in mixed six packs | $9.59 in mixed cases

2. 2015 Belle Provencale Rouge (Cotes du Ventoux, France) – Belle Provencale is made by the Perrin family, who also make Chateau Beaucastel, one of the prized wines of Chateauneuf du Pape.  Almost entirely Grenache, with bits of Syrah and Carignan, it offers up ripe and juicy notes of cherry, plum, peppery spice and Provencal herbs.  Soft, low in tannin, and completely chuggable, this makes for a great easy drinking house wine.
Tasting Price: $8.99/bottle | $8.49 in mixed six packs | $7.99 in mixed cases

3. 2013 McPrice Myers Right Hand Man Syrah (Central Coast, California) – It’s our Wine of the Week and it’s awesome!  From one of the hottest young producers in California, this is their Syrah-heavy red blend.  It contains a splash of Petite Sirah and Viognier and the finished wine is rich, plush, sexy.  Stop by and taste what we’re talking about.
Tasting Price: $17.99 on mixed 3-packs | $16.99 on mixed 6-packs | $15.99 on mixed cases
Special Wine of the Week Price: $15.99/bottle on your solid 6-pack!

 

Asheville's Best Free Wine Tasting

Mediterranean Wines from Importer Eric Solomon

Join us for Asheville’s best free wine tasting this Saturday, July 9th from 2-5 p.m.!  We’ll pour an all-star batch of Mediterranean wines from importer Eric Solomon including our new Wine of the Week, the 2014 Chateau Saint-Roch Kerbuccio.  When it comes to Mediterranean varietals, specifically Grenache and Syrah, Charlotte-based importer Eric Solomon can do no wrong.  His portfolio includes top flight producers from the Rhone, the Languedoc-Roussillon, and Spanish Catalunya, and we’re going to let you taste some of his all time greats. Stop by, taste some classic Mediterranean wines, learn, and save big on all of the featured tasting wines.

The Wines
On all tasting wines, save 10% off by the bottle, 15% off when you mix six of them, or 20% off when you mix a case or more of them!

1. 2015 Herencia Altes Garnatxa Blanca (Terra Alta, Spain) – The beautiful Nuria Altes comes from a long line of grape growers in Terra Alta, one of the largest DO’s in Spain’s Catalunya region.  After years of selling the family’s grapes to larger operations, Nuria started estate bottling her own wines in 2010 and we’re glad she did!  Her White Grenache comes from vineyards that range in age from 25 to 100+ years old, and the resulting wine is fermented in stainless steel and concrete eggs.  Fresh, dry, and expressing lovely old vine character in the form of lemon, pear and complex mineral notes, this is a year in and year out great value.
Tasting Price: $10.79/bottle | $10.19 in mixed six packs | $9.59 in mixed cases

2. 2015 Herencia Altes Garnatxa Negra (Terra Alta, Spain) – The red wine from Herencia Altes is 100% Grenache (Garnatxa is the Catalan name) from old vines planted in sandy clay limestone soils. Fermented entirely in concrete tank, it is a wonderfully pure version of Grenache that shows the grapes true essence.  Ripe cherry, raspberry, white pepper, and subtle mineral notes inform the nose and palate of this soft and supple, medium bodied red wine.
Tasting Price: $10.79/bottle | $10.19 in mixed six packs | $9.59 in mixed cases

3. 2014 Chateau Saint-Roch “Kerbuccio” Maury Sec (Roussillon, France) – It’s our Wine of the Week, and it’s one of the best red wines we’ve ever encountered from this appellation.  A somewhat mysterious blend of classic Southern French/Mediterranean varietals, it is nonetheless a stunning example of how good Southern French wine can be when made by an expert like Jean-Marc Lafage.  Eric Solomon’s website lists the blend as being Grenache, Carignan and Mourvedre, but Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate says its Syrah, Mourvedre and Carignan.  Whatever the case, it is a rich, sumptuous, and silky red wine flowing with ripe blueberry, cassis, dark raspberry and a host of other yummy notes.  Click here to read more.
Tasting Price: $19.79/bottle | $18.69 in mixed six packs | $17.59 in mixed cases

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.

Chateau Massiac Minervois “Sentinelles de Massiac”

This is that elusive, under $15 bottle of red wine that delivers a ton of flavor, a great story, and 100% satisfaction again and again.  Josh says “this made by dry rubbed, spicy grilled chicken taste incredible.”  Tom says “this wine holds up and keeps delivering the goods for five days once it’s opened.” And Ben says very simply “just buy it.”  Lets just say Team Table Wine loves this wine, and we think you will too.

Located in the village of Azille, in the deep southern part of France, Chateau Massiac is a small, certified organic estate that makes less than 5,000 total cases of wine per year, and they make four different wines.  The Chateau can trace its “roots” back to the Roman Empire, and the entire estate was burned to the ground during the French Revolution. Bernard Bourdouresques and his family recently took over and revived the estate, and they currently own 53 acres of vineyards.  The estate’s rocky, well drained soils combined with the warm and windy Mediterranean climate of the region work together to bring out concentrated flavors and aromas in the grapes and the wines made from them.

The new vintage of the Chateau Massiac Sentinelle de Massiac is produced from roughly 2/3 Syrah and 1/3 Carignan from older vines fermented and aged in tank.  In a good year, about 800 cases of this wine make it into the U.S.  What makes this the quintessential summer red can be summed up in one word, BALANCE. There’s ripe and rich fruit to balance out some of the more rustic characteristics of the wine.  There’s some grip (aka tannin), but there’s a plushness to the wine that keeps you coming back for sip after sip with or without food.  There’s fruit, but there’s other interesting “stuff” happening in the glass too.

The nose smells of Southern France right after you pop the cork on this one, and the palate is open knit, seamless and friendly.  Ripe blueberry, raspberry and plum mingle with smoky sage, pepper and dark chocolate notes.  The mouthfeel is soft and luscious with ripe, succulent baked berry notes along with the classic peppery spiciness of Syrah, finishing with smoky bacon fat.  And who doesn’t like bacon?!  Serve this with any of your favorite grilled foods from pork and steak to chicken and portobellos.  Or just drink it and enjoy it as it doesn’t require food.

 

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