Get your week end started off right with a South Asheville tradition – Winedowns at Table Wine! Join us this Friday, October 21 for a sampling of wines from all over the globe that have been very well received by the major wine writers and critics. Fortunately, great wines like these abound, but most of these are $15 or under – don’t worry, we’re throwing in a couple big dogs too.
The tasting runs from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. this Friday, October 21 and the cost is $5 per person to taste 8 wines along with light palate cleansers. As always, the tasting is free for Grape Nuts. We hope you can make it, and no, we won’t be sampling the wine below! Here’s the lineup:
1. 2010 Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc South Africa –This is consistently one of the great white wine values on the planet and 2010 is no exception. Dry and juicy with lemon, pineapple and almond notes, it is just plain delicious.
89 points – The Wine Advocate
2. 2010 Can Feixes Blanc Seleccio Penedes, Spain – From high altitude vineyards in Penedes, where much of Spain’s sparkling wine is made, this blend of Parellada, Macabeo, Chardonnay and Malvasia reminds me of a very fine Chablis with lemon, pear and mineral notes galore.
89 points – The International Wine Cellar
3. 2010 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, New Zealand – I could pretty easily drink this wine all day! It is so fresh, so vibrant and so delicious with notes of pineapple, peach and fresh cut grass – if you like Sauvignon Blanc, you’ll love this one.
89 points Wine Spectator and International Wine Cellar
4. 2009 Talley Chardonnay Arroyo Grande Valley, California – Talley has quietly been making some of California’s best Chardonnays for a long time now. All of the fruit for this one comes from their famed Rincon and Rosemary’s Vineyards and it is a model of complexity, elegance and sophistication.
91 points – Wine Enthusiast
5. 2009 A to Z Pinot Noir Oregon – Started by a group of Oregon industry veterans, A to Z always makes a good Oregon Pinot Noir, but their 2009 is one of the state’s best values.Boysenberry, plum and black cherry fruit are shaded by cedary oak and earth notes.
90 points – Wine Spectator
6. 2010 Honoro Vera Garnacha Calatayud, Spain – You’ll struggle to find a more palate pleasing wine than this one for the price ($9.99). Plush and succulent with aromas and flavors of ripe black cherry and raspberry fruit along with secondary notes of sage, thyme and pepper.
88 points – The Wine Advocate
7. 2009 Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda Mendoza, Argentina –Bonarda is of Italian descent and is now Argentina’s second most planted red grape behind Malbec. It produces hearty, slightly rustic wines with notes of ripe black cherry and strawberry and subtle earth and spice overtones. Kind of like a Pinot Noir in terms of flavor, but with more power and structure.
89 points – The Wine Advocate
8. 2009 Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma County, California –Good old Seghesio Zin and it’s classic blue label! This is always a solid wine and the 2009 keeps that consistency going with layers of ripe berry fruit and peppery spice, plenty of body and texture and tons of personality.
90 points Wine Spectator and The Wine Advocate