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

Crisp Summer Whites Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Crisp Summer Whites – Free on Friday Wine Tasting

Friday, April 4 from 4-7 p.m. – Stop by the store this Friday to sample some crisp summer whites that will make your forget about the summer heat.  It’s the best free wine tasting in Asheville and you’re invited!

I’m kind of sick of talking about the weather.  Everybody’s talking about how hot it is…….stop already!  I know it’s hot, but it’s not like we’re in Florida or Missouri (where I grew up).  Either way, I invite you to the cool confines of Table Wine for reprieve.  We’re pouring an impeccable lineup of summer sippers including the 2016 Raetia Pinot Grigio, our new Case of the Month Selection and my pick for the Pinot Grigio deal of the year.  That one is second in the lineup, and I promise you it’s impressive.  Up first though, it’s a simple and crisp Sauvignon Blanc from Chile.  Classic notes of grapefruit, melon, and green apple prevail in this easy-to-drink white.  And last, but not least, it’s a special treat in the form of a tiny production Chablis from Domaine Costal.  Trust me, this is nothing like the large grocery store jugs of Chablis.  It’s truly world class!  All you have to do is 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.

1. 2017 Santa Luz Sauvignon Blanc (Central Valley, Chile) – Yes, that vintage is correct!  This is just fresh, crisp, and inviting Sauvignon Blanc at a great price.  Yes, we know it’s good and we know it’s cheap………buy 2 bottles!
Tasting Price: $7.19 in mixed 3-packs | $6.79 in mixed 6-packs | $6.39 in mixed cases

2. 2016 Viticolori Alto Adige Pinot Grigio “Raetia” (Alto Adige, Italy) – Before you say “I don’t like Pinot Grigio,” try this!  From one of the top cooperatives of Northeastern Italy, this is Pinot Grigio with something to say.  Beautifully aromatic and flavorful, it offers up notes of ripe pear, peach, apricot and white flowers.
Tasting Price: $13.49 in mixed 3-packs | $12.74 in mixed 6-packs | $11.99 in mixed cases
Case of the Month Price: $10.99/bottle on your solid case — Over 20% off!

3. 2015 Domaine Costal Chablis “Les Truffières” (Burgundy, France) – Chablis is the northernmost part of Burgundy, and Chardonnay “behaves” differently here.  The cool climate and the limestone soils result in a higher acid and more mineral style that I am quite keen on.  This one is brought to us by importer Kermit Lynch……..being that he also brings in Raveneau, he knows a thing or two about top notch Chablis.  Fermented entirely in stainless steel and aged on its lees for 10 months, it is a nearly perfect white wine in my book.
Tasting Price: $31.49 in mixed 3-packs | $29.74 in mixed 6-packs | $27.99 in mixed cases

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine