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APR 2012

Asheville’s Best Wine Tasting Saturday, April 28th, 2012 3PM-7PM


The evening of Friday April 27th , we will be hosting a private wedding rehearsal from 6:30-9:30. The store will be open to the public for off premise service only and thus the bar/patio will be closed to the public. We apologize in advance for any inconveniences this may cause.


This Saturday we’ve amassed a collection of Spanish wines from some of the greatest production areas the country has to offer. If you placed two imaginary lines down the center and middle of the Spanish continent, all of these wines would originate in the middle & northeastern quadrant of your map. Please note that due to the premium nature of most of these wines only one sample bottle will be opened and each guest is asked to limited their tastings to a single serving of each wine.


Huguet de Can Feixes Blanc Selecció 2010– D.O. Penedès. Only free-run must from rigorously selected grapes is used at this estate, which is located in the Penedès at the very tip of Spain. Parellada (locally, Montonec), Macabeo, Chardonnay (!), and a touch of Malvasía de Sitges. Parellada at its best, from high-altitude, gravelly mountain soils: intense lemon-oil aroma with firm acid structure enhanced by the rare, glyceric Malvasía. Stony and aromatic, reminiscent of France’s Chablis or Rheingau. 89 points ……more Shelf $14.99 Tasting $13.49

La Rioja Alta, S.A.VIÑA ALBERDI Rioja Reserva 2005– D.O.C. Rioja. Located on the western edge of the Rioja region and at higher elevations than other areas, the Rioja Alta is known more for its “old world” style of wine. A higher elevation equates to a shorter growing season, which in turn produces brisk fruit flavors and a wine that is lighter on the palate, pairing very well with food. This Reserva is made only in the best years, 2005 being one for sure, is a massively delectable treat and will reward the patient wine buyer with years of pleasant drinking ……more Regular $23.99 Tasting $21.59 As part of any case $19.99

Bodegas Condado de Haza Tinto 2008 D.O. Ribera del Duero. It would be a disservice to this wine and the Ribera del Duero, not to explain the history of its winemaker and crowned star- Alejandro Fernández. Mr Fernández & his wife Esperanza almost single handedly led the resurrection of the then defunct Ribera del Duero in the early 1970’s with the creation of Pesquera. The Condado de Haza one of their “younger” properties, abandoned for years gained new life under their hands and now is one of the top estates in all of Spain ……moreNational Retail $31 AV $29.99 Tasting $26.99

Celler Dosterras Vespres 2009– D.O. Montsant. 80% Garnatxa (Garnacha) and 20% Samsó (Carignan) from old vines, aged 8 to 10 months in French oak cooperage. Founded in the early 2000s by Josep Grau upon a base of Garnatxa and Samsó (Carignan) vines between 40 and 100 years of age in the traditional Priorat villages of Marça, Capçanes and Falset. D.O. Montsant was separated from the main D.O.C. Priorat in 2002 due to its lower overall elevation and flatter topography. The area still benefits from the llicorella, chalk and clay terroirs that wash down from Priorat and lend both areas to boldness and minerality 92 points ……more Shelf $24.99 Tasting $21.99

Celler Pasanau Ceps Nous 2010– D.O.C. Priorat one of the steepest areas under vine in all of Spain. Garnacha, Mazuelo, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, including fruit from Pasanau’s most recently planted vineyards in La Morera. The Pasanau family are perennial growers in Priorat, with vineyards located in the highest municipality of the region, literally skirting the sheer rock wall of the Sierra de Montsant which forms Priorat’s viticultural boundary. At over 2,400 feet, Pasanau’s “Finca La Planeta” dominates the regional landscape and experiences Priorat’s widest daily temperature variation ……more Shelf $27.99 Tasting $25.19 limited


Duval-Leroy Brut Rose Champagne

Duval-Leroy Cuvee Paris 2006

Stewart Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Milou Rouge

Alois Lageder Alto Aldige Chardonnay

Inama Carmenere Piu

Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico

Edgebaston The Honey Pot

Swallow Chardonnay

Foris Fly Over Red

CASS Winery Rockin’ One Estate Cuvee

Owl’s Eye Night Owl (merlot/petite verdot)

Owl’s Eye Viognier

Owl’s Eye Chardonnay

Carlos Basso Blanc de Noir

Orval Trappist

Unibroue 17th Grande Reserve

Unibroue La Fin du Monde

Unibroue Don de Dieu

Unibroue Trois Pistoles

Allagash Four

Allagash Black

Allagash Curieux

B. Nektar Zombie Killer

B. Nektar Vanilla Cinnamon Mead

B. Nektar Wildberry Pyment

B. Nektar Backwoods Cyser

B. Nektar Ethiopian Harrar Coffee Mead– oh man this stuff is seriously serious

Mikkeller Black Buffalo– Black aged in Buffalo Trace Barrels

Terrapin Georgia Theater Sound Czech

Terrapin Georgia Theater Double Feature

Widmer Brothers Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout

Stone Russian Imperial Stout

Olde Hickory Death by Hops

Mother Earth Barrel Aged Triple Overhead

Highland Razor Wit

Oliver’s Classic Perry

Henney’s Vintage Still Cider 2010

De Molen Hemel & Aarde

Evil Twin Hop Flood

Caldera Hop Hash IPA

Epic Brewing: Imperial IPA, Spiral Jelly, Brainless on Peaches & Cherries, Sour Apple Saison, Imperial Red

Asheville’s Best Wine Tasting Saturday, April 21st, 2012 3PM-7PM


We hope everyone has been enjoying this amazing mountain weather…… Spring in Appalachia is truly off to a great start. Please join us tomorrow for a tasting of some delicious new wine arrivals! These selections have been carefully chosen for your palates pleasure, perfect for the warm days and cool nights of spring. For a full list give us a call 828.505.7500. Thanks, we hope to see you here!


Draft list:

Pisgah Pale Ale

Sweetwater Exodus Porter

Uinta Dubhe Imperial Black IPA

North Coast Red Seal Pale Ale

Southern Tier Oak Aged Back Burner Barleywine

Green Flash West Coast IPA

Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout

Epic Big Bad Baptist

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold

Unibroue Trois Pistoles

French Broad Rye Hopper CASK dry hopped w/ 3.5oz of centennial




Asheville’s Best Wine Tasting Saturday, April 14th, 2012 3PM-7PM


This Saturday  & the wines of CARLOS BASSO, the man the myth the legend. Carlos and the current generation created the company that we know today in 1996 by selling Bodegas Santa Ana, the family’s gargantuan property and purchasing a tiny property in Mendoza’s Uco Valley. Appalachian Vintner has supported sustainably farmed Carlos Basso line of wines since opening in 2008. Stop by this Saturday to meet the distributor, taste the special soil and micro climates of the Uco Valley and see why. Also featuring the South American Chardonnay smack down, Chile vs Argentina.


Viña Ventisquero Queulat Gran Reserva Chardonnay– 100% Chardonnay from a sustainably farmed single vineyard in Chile’s Casablanca Valley. Queulat wines take their name from southern Chile’s most spectacular hanging glacier, a sight that is both imposing and elegant. This Chardonnay is crystal-clear with a pale golden yellow color. The nose evokes tropical fruits such as papaya and mango, scents of honey and vanilla. A full-bodied rich white, acidity, with a fresh finish of fruit and delicate touches of vanilla. Enjoy with Gruyère and Edam-type cheeses, pastas in white sauce, fatty fish such as salmon, and rock fish such as grouper, tilefish and butterfish. It is also an excellent match cheesecake! National Retail $16     A.V. $11.99     Special Solid Case $9.59

Bodegas Amalia Carlos Basso Dos Fincas Chardonnay– 100% Chardonnay from Los Arboles, Tunuyán, Mendoza, Argentina at 1150 meters (3.700 ft) above sea level Vineyard: 200 hectares (500 acres) (planted in 1997 and 1998). Brilliant gold color with greenish highlights. Notes of guava and melon on the nose, with a spicy stone fruit driven palate. Finishes fresh, with plenty of balancing acid. Shelf $12.99 Tasting $11.69

Bodegas Amalia Viña Amalia Malbec Reserva– 100% single vineyard Malbec. 91 points Robert Parker: “The 2010 Malbec Reserva delivers lots of spice, floral notes, sandalwood, and black cherry aromas in its inviting bouquet. Smooth, silky, and plush on the palate, it over-delivers in a big way. Another outstanding value………… Vina Amalia’s entire collection of new releases offers excellent value. The line-priced, lower-tier wines are labeled Dos Fincas.” We would add that this Malbec drinks like wines priced well over $50 and that it is a complete departure from the 2009, which was deeply rustic, this wine is proving to truly be terrior driven and completely dependent on the weather during any given growing season. National Retail $21.99 A.V. $19.99 Tasting $16.99 Special Solid Case $15.99

Bodegas Amalia Viña Amalia Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva– 100% single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. The “yang” to the Malbec “yin”in the Viña Amalia collection. This Cab is seriously structured, with slow, stern aromatics and intense red color. Elegant aromas and flavors of fresh picked red berries, marmalade, baking spices, and dirt. Very balanced structure, with medium weight tannins and refreshing acidity. It certainly will continue to develop over the next five-six years and continue its evolution well beyond that. Previous scores: 2009 90 points RP, 2008 91 points RP. National Retail $21.99 A.V. $19.99 Tasting $16.99


Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Ranches

Falcor Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

Falcor Bilancia

Falcor Cabernet Sauvignon

Falcor “H Block” Cabernet Sauvignon

Brazin Old Vine Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon

Lange Pinot Gris

Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee

Haraszthy Amador County Zinfandel

Donati Paicines Claret

Sho Chiku Bai Sake– 1.5L Mags

Bodegas Leceranas Evohé Viñas Viejas Garnacha

Domain Alain Normand Mâcon-La Roche Vineuse

Porto Kopke 20 Year Old Tawny– 92 points

Pisgah Blueberry Wheat– Growlers

Pisgah L.E.A.F. Amber

Ballast Point Calico Amber

Boulder Beer Co. Mojo Risin’ Dbl IPA– 22oz

Boulder Beer Co. Sweaty Betty Blonde

Highland Little Hump

Flying Dog Wildeman Farmhouse IPA

Flying Dog Raging B**ch

Flying Dog Barrel Aged Gonzo

Erdinger Hefe-Weizen

Stillwater Beer Table, Table Beer

Hopfenstark Ostalgia Blonde

Sweetwater Road Trip Pils

Bison Honey Basil

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum– 4 packs

Asheville’s Best Wine Tasting Saturday, April 7th, 2012 3PM-7PM


JUST ANNOUNCED! April 19th 5PM-Close. Homebrewers, craft beer collectors and craft beer fans unite! This will be the first gathering of the Craft Beer Guild of Western North Carolina© Asheville Chapter. Specifics are still in the works, but we hope to have members bring beers they’ve brewed, collected or love and we hope to have a different beer for sale on cask at each meeting. We are trying to schedule these events on the 3rdThursday of each month. Please send feedback here.


~ Asheville’s Wine Tasting ~

We are happy to welcome Bill O’Friel back to the tasting bar this Saturday. Mr O’Friel will be representing the wines of


The wines of Cape Classics represent some of the finest values in South Africa.



Indaba Chardonnay– 100% Chardonnay from the Western Cape of South Africa. “Indaba” is the traditional Zulu forum for sharing ideas. World-wide sales of the Indaba wines help fund the Indaba Scholarship, established to open the wine industry doors to a new generation of native South Africans …..more Shelf $8.99 Tasting $8.09

Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc Steen op Hout– 100% Chenin Blanc from environmentally responsible vineyards in the Western Cape. Mulderbosch Vineyards are members of BWI (Biodiversity and Wine Initiative), harmony has become central to the philosophy of Mulderbosch where nature is as much appreciated as the wine. 87% is aged in stainless steel, 13% in barrel and then blended with a swash of late harvest Chenin …..more Shelf $14.99 Tasting $13.49

Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé– Inland Coast, South Africa. Hand harvested from 10-20 year old bush Cabernet vines and crushed directly into stainless steel tanks. After it is inoculated with yeast, the wine is slowly racked and allowed to age for a period on its fine lees. The resulting wine is sexy and sophisticated its elegance…..more Shelf $11.99 Tasting $10.79

Indaba Shiraz– This fresh, juicy Shiraz flaunts lively flavors of ripe blackberry, blueberry and dark chocolate, with hints of white pepper, licorice and spice. It makes a perfect partner for bacon cheeseburgers, grilled sausages, hearty pasta dishes, and lamb chops. Our friend Ms Kimberly found this little gem for us, thanks deary.Shelf $8.99 Tasting $8.09

Rustenberg John X Merriman– 47% Cab, 39% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, 4% Cab Franc, 3% Malbec from one of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine farms, with a viticultural history dating back to 1682. The estate was purchased by Peter and Pamela Barlow in 1941, and today it is run by their son Simon. Despite its long history, Rustenberg has one of the most modern cellars in the Cape. Another wine that was brought to our attention by a wonderful customer, King! …..more Shelf $23.99 Tasting $21.59


Vecchia Torre Leverano Rosato

Garofoli Kamaros Marche Rosato

Francois Montand Blanc de Blanc

ArOna Sauvignon Blanc– Winemaker at Cloudy Bay

Edgebaston The Honey Pot

Gundlach Bundshu Gewurztraminer

Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay

Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee

Annabella Napa Chardonnay

Dreyer Sonoma County Chardonnay

Harasethy Amador County Zinfandel

Carlos Basso Blanc de Noir

Carlos Basso Chardonnay

Couvillion Sagemoor Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Underwood Cellars Pinot Noir– affordable Oregon Pinot Noir!

Foris Fly-Over Red

Atwater Block Brewery Vanilla Java Imperial Stout

Abita Strawberry

Brooklyn Lager– fresh 16oz cans

Left Hand Good JuJu

New Belgium SHIFT– 16oz cans

New Belgium Fat Tire– 16oz cans

Ballast Point Sea Monster

Heavy Seas Plank II

North Coast Old Stock 2012

North Coast PranQster

21st Amendment Back in Black IPA

RJ Rockers Son of a Peach

Allagash Triple Reserve

Bear Republic/Fat Heads/Stone TBA