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Friday Wine Tasting - Exotic, Esoteric and Delicious

Friday, May 16th, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m. — $5/person…..Free for Grape Nuts — Put your work week behind you and get your week end off to a good start with a Friday Wine Tasting at Table Wine. This week, we’re going to delve into some lesser known, often forgotten, and rarely appreciated grape varieties. Remember, just because you haven’t heard of it doesn’t mean it’s not good! We’re really good at finding wines made by lesser known producers and from obscure grape varieties that taste great but don’t cost a ton of money.

To get started, we’ll pour the 2012 Orsolani Erbaluce di Caluso, a wine that dazzles with pear, citrus, herb and mineral notes. With bright and lively acidity, we don’t understand why there’s only a few producers left working with this grape. Up next, we’ll pour you the 2013 Fontanavecchia Falanghina del Sannio, a wine made with an ancient grape variety that is believed to have been responsible for one of the great wines of the ancient world. Presently, the wine is still consumed liberally in southern Italy with seafood; dry, exotic and packed with tropical fruit notes, you should try it with your own favorite seafood dish.

That’s it for the whites — next we move on to one of the hardest-to-get dry rosés of the vintage, the 2013 Ameztoi Rubentis. From the Basque region of Spain, this blend of Hondarribi Zuri and Hondarribi Beltza from vines that are over 150 years old offers up notes of candied red fruits, lime, mineral, and just a touch of spritz. For the reds, we start with the 2007 Sella E Mosca Carignano del Sulcis Terre Rare from the island of Sardinia. This old vine Carignan cuvée sees long aging in oak and in bottle before it is released, and the result is a silky, smooth, and savory red wine that will remind some of a traditionally made Rioja. To finish up, we’ll pour you the 2011 Bodegas Paiman Tannat Reserva, a bruiser of a red wine made in Argentina. Deep, dark and intense, this wine wows the palate with aromas and flavors of blackberry, black cherry, wood smoke and cocoa. Don’t forget, all tasting wines are 10% off by the bottle, 15% off if you mix six, and 20% off if you mix twelve. Come taste, learn and save with us every Friday at Table Wine’s Friday Wine Tasting.

The Wines
Prices range from $16 to $22 per bottle

1. 2012 Orsolani Erbaluce di Caluso (Piemonte, Italy)

2. 2013 Fontanvecchia Falanghina del Sannio (Campania, Italy)

3. 2013 Ameztoi Rubentis (Getariako-Txakolina, Spain)

4. 2007 Sella e Mosca Carignano del Sulcis “Terre Rare” (Sardinia, Italy)

5. 2011 Bodegas Paiman Tannat Reserva (La Rioja, Argentina)