Asheville’s Best Free Wine Tasting – Friday, July 3rd, 2015 from 2-7 p.m. – Our Annual Red, White, and Pink Wine Tasting is one you don’t want to miss. We’ll have Ryan Brazell from Proof Wine and Spirits in the house to help us get the Fourth of July festivities under way. If you’re a student of American history, you know that the French were key players in helping us gain our independence, so we’re going to pour a nice mix of holiday appropriate French and American wines. Stop by, taste, learn, and save up to 20% off on all of the tasting wines this Friday at Table Wine. We will be closed on Saturday, July 4th so that we can celebrate the holiday with our families.
1. 2013 Domaine Terrasses d’Eole Ventoux Blanc (Southern Rhone Valley, France) – This beautifully aromatic, plump, and juicy white is crafted with grapes from vineyards within sight of Mont Ventoux. A blend of Clairette, Ugni Blanc, and Viognier, it offers up round and soft flavors of pear, white peach, and spiced orange.
2. 2014 Camp Chardonnay (Sonoma County, California) – The new release of Kenny Likitprakong’s Camp Chardonnay is as good as ever. Soured from a single vineyard in Sonoma’s Alexander Valley, it is fermented with native yeasts in a combination of stainless steel and neutral oak. The result is a fresh and moderately rich Chardonnay marked by notes of ripe apple, pear, lemon, and herbs.
3. 2014 Laurent Gauthier Beaujolais-Villages Rosé (Beaujolais, France) – This has turned out to be one of our top selling dry roses this year, and this will probably be your last chance to try and buy it as our supplies are getting low. Completely dry and invigorating, it offers up a lovely mix of tart strawberry, cherry, and fresh flowers.
4. 2014 Domaine de Colette Beaujolais-Villages (Beaujolais, France) – Good, small grower Beaujolais is our favorite summer red, and this one over delivers big time. From older vines in and around the Cru Village of Regnie, it’s all crunchy, tangy cherry, strawberry, red currant, and earth. Put a chill on it and enjoy it with grilled burgers and/or sausages.
5. 2014 Folk Machine Parts & Labor (Various Regions, California) – Our friend Kenny Likitprakong doesn’t make bad wine……..period! His Parts & Labor red blend combines 37% Syrah from the biodynamically farmed Vecino Vineyard in Potter Valley, 31% Carignane from 100 year old organically farmed vines planted in Redwood Valley, 25% Grenache from Cedar Lane in Arroyo Seco, and 7% Barbera from Fox Hill in Mendocino. Fresh, spicy, and the quintessential American bistro styled red, this one loves anything off the grill.
6. 2013 Lioco Indica Red (Mendocino County, California) – That’s an interesting name huh? I’m told that the guys at Lioco (Matt Licklider and Kevin O’Connor) named this wine as a tribute to the real cash crop of Mendocino. Whatever, it’s absolutely delicious! Composed entirely of Carignan from old vines in Mendocino, it is reminiscent of really good Cru Beaujolais, Cotes du Rhone, or Italian Dolcetto.