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

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.