Perfect Wines for Grilled Foods

Friday Wine Tasting: Grill Mates

This Friday, May 9th, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m. — $5/person…..Free for Grape Nuts — Put your work week behind you and join us at Table Wine for a Friday Wine Tasting. You can stop by and taste wine any time between 4 and 7 p.m., and we’re one of the only wine stores in Asheville to pour top shelf/premium selections for such a fair price. Join us this Friday as we explore classic wines for the grilling season. With spring and warmer weather upon us here in WNC, we’re sure most of you have dusted off your grills and fired them back up for the season. Whether you’re grilling the perfect ribeye, barbecued chicken or pork, or fish/seafood and veggies, there’s a perfect wine pairing just waiting to happen.

We’ll get the fun started with the 2011 Shaya Verdejo Old Vines, a lovely white wine hailing from Spain’s Rueda region. Combining richness with vivacity and notes of musky pear, peach, lime and herbs, this is the wine to sip on while your food is grilling. If you’re grilling fresh fish, seafood, and/or veggies, this is the perfect, complimentary wine to those sorts of flavors. Equally appealing and second up is the new 2013 Domaine Sainte Lucie “MIP” Rosé; cleverly titled, the “MIP” means “Made in Provence,” and this Cinsault-driven dry rosé is exotic, aromatic and nearly impossible to put down. Drink it liberally with grilled shrimp, salmon, and various green veggies.

Next up, we move on to the red wine portion of the wine tasting. We’ll start with the 2012 Chateau Massiac Minervois “Cuvée Sentinelle,” an extreme value from the south of France. 2/3 Syrah and 1/3 Carignan, this wine bursts out of the glass with smoky blueberry, raspberry and dark cherry aromas and flavors; try it with grilled, dry rubbed chicken or pork and bliss will ensue. Next up, the 2012 Finca Sophenia Malbec Reserve might be a grilled, medium rare steaks best friend. Boasting aromas and flavors of ripe blueberry, boysenberry and smoky, toasty oak, you won’t believe the price on this one! We’ll finish up with the 2011 Three Zinfandel “Old Vines,” made by the “King of Contra Costa County” Matt Cline. This rich, luscious, deeply flavored red is crying for some barbecued baby back ribs that are just falling off the bone. We’ll cover all of these bases and more this Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.

Don’t forget, for our Friday Tastings, all tasting wines are 10% off by the bottle, 15% off if you mix any six of them, and 20% off if you mix any twelve!

The Wines
Prices range from $14 to $23 per bottle

1. 2011 Shaya Verdejo Old Vines (Rueda, Spain)

2. 2013 Domaine Sainte Lucie “MIP” Rosé (Provence, France)

3. 2012 Chateau Massiac Minervois “Cuvée Sentinelle” (Languedoc, France)

4. 2012 Finca Sophenia Malbec Reserve (Mendoza, Argentina)

5. 2011 Three Zinfandel “Old Vines” (Contra Costa County, California)