Asheville’s Best Wine & Beer Tasting– Saturday November, 20 2010 4PM-8PM http://www.appalachianvintner.com/
The greatest food & wine event can be the meal you are having at this very moment or later in evening. But certainly many holidays provide us with the perfect opportunity to share this incredible marriage of wine & food with the people that we love the most. We know that finding the best wine for the multiple courses on the holiday table can be daunting. Thats why this weekend Appalachian Vintner will aim to demystify the process. We’ve gathered quite a selection of well-made, versatile wines that are tried-and-true, guaranteeing a homerun with everyone’s palate this Thanksgiving.
~ Free Saturday Tasting ~
Zum Martin Sepp Gruner Veltliner– 100% Gruner from Weinviertel, Austria. “Innovation, stubbornness and a little bit of madness.” This, according to Michael Martin, the young wine making dynamo of Weingut Martinshof, is the secret to his success. Gruner Veltliner is Austria’s star grape and yields one of the greatest food wines in the world. Use this white for the hard to pair and lighter dishes~ brussel sprouts, asparagus, cold/smoked or cured meat, salads and believe it or not fried chicken! 1L bottle for that little bit extra to handle your guzzlin’ cousin. Shelf $12.99 Tasting $11.69 or $11.04 as part of any case
Gundlach Bundschu Gewürztraminer– 100% old vine Gewürztraminer from the Gundlach Bundschu estate in the Sonoma Valley, CA. This is one of, if not the oldest continually produced wines in California, from THE oldest family owned winery in CA. Originally we wanted to showcase an Alsatian white at this tasting, but honestly this wine is a perfect example of the style. This is the bottle to have on hand with roast turkey but it will pair gracefully with baked ham, black eyed peas, mac-n-cheese, potatoes, spicy Asian food and rich cheeses. Special Shelf Price $18.99 Tasting $17.09 or $16.14 as part of any case
Almar Orchards J.k.’s Solstice Cider– 100% pure unadulterated Organic apple cider from a 150 year old apple orchard in Flushing, Michigan. This gluten free, sorbate & sulfite free hard cider is the real deal. You may think we are crazy but trust us, this will pair well with the entire table from appetizers to dessert. Their solstice cider has been aged and lightly spiced with ethically traded cinnamon, vanilla and a drop of syrup from Almar’s own Maple trees located on their farm. Easy as she goes though, this stuff is 7% abv and goes down so easy it should be illegal. Shelf $6.69 or $6.02 as part of any case
Château du Basty Régnié– 100% Gamay from a 600 year old family estate situated within the communes of Lantignié and Régnié, at an altitude of 1,312 ft in the Beaujolais. Just Google Thanksgiving wine and just about every blog or wine site out there in cyberspace will mention Beaujolais. Most of these wines are of the village level and are quite delicious. However when you begin to move out of the valley’s and up into the small mountains above, you find the greatest wines in Beaujolais. Wines from these northern “crus” are down right mouth coating in their rustic heartiness. Basty’s Régnié is a perfect example and at a wonderfully fair price. It will pair with almost anything, but make sure to grab a bottle if stuffing and cranberry sauce is your thing. Sustainable and hand harvested. Shelf $14.99 Tasting $13.49 or $12.74 as part of any case
Shadow Mountain Vineyards Pinot Noir– 100% Pinot Noir, Willamette, OR. Shadow Mountain is one of the worlds largest Christmas tree farms. They even export a large number of trees to the Asian markets. Just by chance they had a number of acres that was not suited for trees, so they decided to plant Pinot Gris & Pinot Noir. This estate is Salmon Safe and farmed with nature firmly in mind. This wines earthy qualities and its juicy sweet tannins make it a perfect candidate for heavier meat courses like salmon, duck or pot roast, braised meat or lamb. This will be the last of the 2007’s. Shelf $21.99 Tasting $19.79 or $18.69 as part of any case
2005 Chateau Barrail Chevrol Fronsac– 80% Merlot, 15% Cab Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 2005 in Bordeaux the vineyards where subjected to a relatively severe drought-like summer. In the past this kind of summer weather has produced some of the great vintages of the previous century including 2000, 1990, 1982, 1961, 1959, 1949, 1947 and 1945. While Chateau Barrail Chevrol is not a wine that will see multiple decades of aging potential, it will age for an additional number of years. Keep in mind that in the 19th century wines from Fronsac were better received than Pomerol. With a mere half hour of mildly rigorous decanting the wine began to ooze from the glass with sweet cassis, pencil lead, licorice and black cherry. With an hour plus, the earth came forth with old leather and cedar. The highest portion of the blend is Merlot and when Merlot can ripen slowly with a long dry maturation on the vine, the resulting juice has a texture of silk. This is the wine for heavy sauces, think leg of lamb with demi-glace, but the additional bottle age has softened the wine somewhat, allowing it to pair with many foods. Last of the 2005. Shelf $14.99 Special Tasting Price $12.74
Seigneurs de Monbazillac Monbazillac– Semillon 85 %, Sauvignon 15 %, Muscadelle 5 % from the Southwest of France in the Dordogne Valley, south of Bordeaux. Among the best sweet wines in France, Monbazillac (or Montbazillac) must wait for noble-rot to attack the grapes before being harvested. In good years Monbazillac wines can compete with the models of the type such as Sauternes and Barsac. This is honeyed indulgence without being cloyingly sweet. Perfect match for foie gras, strong cheese and lighter desserts~ crepes, fruit & cream, banana pudding etc. 375mL bottles. Shelf $12.99 Tasting $11.69
As always the above wines are merely a suggestion. Appalachian Vintner stocks many wines that would glide through overflowing tables with ease. Swing by and let us help you with your holiday wine selections, we sure you’ll leave satisfied.
Geoff & Charles.