Oregon Wine Lovers Unite for the best free wine tasting in Asheville! Join us Saturday to try 5 delicious wines from Oregon’s Willamette Valley and beyond for free.
If you think all that Oregon does well is Pinot Noir, think again! The state is abundant with new producers “playing with” new grapes and new styles of wines, and we’re big fans. Don’t worry, we’ll certainly pour some Pinot Noirs, but we’ll also set our sights on some of Oregon’s newer wines and wineries. Check out the lineup below, spread the word, and plan to stop by. Taste, learn, save every Saturday at Table Wine!
Asheville’s Best Free Wine Tasting – Just stop by – we’ve got plenty of free parking!
Don’t forget, all the featured tasting wines are 20% off by the bottle on tasting day.
1. 2017 Elk Cove Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley, Oregon) – Elk Cove makes one of Oregon’s top Pinot Gris’, and the 2017 is in top form. Fermented in stainless steel, it is medium-bodied with good concentration to the pear, nectarine, apple and spice.
90 points Wine Advocate, 90 points Wine Enthusiast
2. 2018 Division-Villages Rosé of Gamay “L’Avoiron” (Yakima Valley, Washington) – Gamay, the same grape that makes the joyful wines of Beaujolais, has a found a new home in the Pacific Northwest, and one of my favorite new producers is Division Winemaking Company. They are fully dedicated to the Gamay grape (see wine #3), and their tiny production dry rosé is thrilling. Bright, crisp, fresh and brimming with tart red fruit, herbs and mineral, you’re gonna’ like it.
3. 2017 Division Winemaking Company Gamay “Lutte” (Willamette Valley, Oregon) – When I tasted this for the first time, I was immediately transported to Fleurie, the famed Cru Villages in Beaujolais. And it totally makes sense as winery founders Kate Norris and Thomas Monroe trained there! Lithe, fresh and packed with peppery, red fruit aromas and flavors, it is a hard one to put down.
4. 2015 Raptor Ridge Pinot Noir “Barrel Reserve” (Willamette Valley, Oregon) – I love the more modern-styled, richer, fuller-bodied style of Raptor Ridge’s Pinot Noirs, and they knocked it outta’ the park with this one. From the warm, dry and sunny 2015 vintage, this is a gorgeous, opulent red wine with soaring notes of ripe plum, cherry preserves, baking spices, and herb.
93 points James Suckling, 92 points Wine Enthusiast
5. Surprise Wine – Get ready for Oregon Pinot Noir greatness! This one was one of Wine Spectator’s top-rated wines of the legendary 2014 vintage. Yep, we’ve still got some!