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Wine Tasting to Benefit Animal Compassion Network

Friday, September 23 at Table Wine from 4-7pm – South Asheville’s Most Charitable Wine Store – $5 gets you a taste of the 6 wines that give back – We’re excited to be hosting another wine tasting to help raise money for the Animal Compassion Network. Their mission is to help end the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable pets in our community by finding lifelong, stable and loving homes for companion animals in need; by offering assistance to the community’s pets to help ensure their well-being and to keep them in their homes; by advocating for animal welfare; and by educating the public about the contributions companion animals make to happy families and healthy communities.

Table Wine fully supports this mission and we’re doing everything we can to help ACN raise funds. Thus, in addition to this tasting event where some of the proceeds from the admission fee go back to ACN, you will have the chance to sample the 6 wines that give back all year long! Every time we sell a bottle of one of these wines, we give 10% of the proceed back to Animal Compassion Network. So far, we’ve raised over $600 for this awesome community organization. Here’s what you’ll get to sample:

1. 2009 Bidoli Friulano Friuli, Italy – $10.99/bottle
Friulano is the name of a grape indigenous to the northeastern part of Italy, and it produces a clean, crisp and refreshing white wine with lovely notes of peach, apple, tropical fruits and zesty acidity.

2. 2010 Vallevo Chardonnay Les Marches, Italy – $8.99/bottle
Super fresh, unoaked, unadulterated Chardonnay that tastes like a ripe Chardonnay grape plucked straight off the vine. Fruit driven and easy to drink, this wine just bursts out of the glass with notes of ripe pear, spiced apple and assorted citrus fruits. A great back porch, daily wine that won’t break the bank.

3. 2009 La Meriggia Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Italy – $9.99/bottle
This is just good, hearty, blue collar wine. It tastes of ripe black cherry and plum with subtle notes of baking spices. A great wine for drinking by itself or with classic Italian fare like lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, etc.

4. 2009 Tenuta Canale Pergolato Rosso Toscana, Italy – $8.99/bottle
This blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a tiny, family winery based in Chianti. It is just delicious, easy-drinking, “blue collar” red wine with notes of cherry, plum, earth and delicate spice. A great pizza/pasta guzzler.

5. 2007 Fattori Casabianca Chianti Colli Senesi, Italy – $11.99/bottle
This is one of the best Chianti values we’ve been able to find. Almost all Sangiovese, drinking this wine will remind some of their visit(s) to Tuscany. Medium bodied and zesty, this one offers up bright notes of black cherry, currant, sun baked earth and baking spices. Serve with classic Italian fare like chicken parm, lasagna or spaghetti and meatballs.

6. 2007 Vecchia Torre Salice Salentino, Italy – $10.99/bottle
Salice Salentino, located in the Puglia region of southern Italy, relies on two ancient grape varieties to make their sturdy, rustic red wines – Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera. As I said, this wine is rustic, earthy and spicy, but it’s just plain delicious with aromas and flavors of black plum, raisins, licorice and tobacco. Great with roasted sausages, peppers and onions.