Asheville’s Best Wine Tasting Saturday, November 26th, 2011 3-7PM

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appalachian vintner will be closed November 24th for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will re-open on Friday for our normal hours (10am-8pm) for a huge store wide sale, some restrictions will apply, call or see store for details.


Friday DECEMBER 2nd, APPALACHIAN VINTNERS 3rd Annual Anniversary Party Charity Fundraiser and Portfolio Tasting. This is always the best wine and beer tasting of the year, no matter where you live in Asheville! We will have over 75+ wines at the lowest prices of the year, beer and some ridiculously delicious food for your tasting pleasure. Multiple breweries, distributors and importers will be in attendance. Appalachian Vintner is a spacious store and even when our events draw crowds of hundreds of people, these events are comfortable with plenty of room for everyone so bring all your friends, neighbors and co-workers! For all you beer collectors, this will also be the Asheville release for Olde Hickory’s EVENT HORIZON bourbon barrel aged Imperial Stout 2011! We will be tapping a 1/4 barrel of 2010 Event Horizon and re-releasing a very small amount of last years bottles signed by the brewmaster.


December 22nd 6pm Holiday Wine, Cheese and Champagne Tasting- The perfect tasting to find the best wine to accompany your holiday gatherings and the best sparkling wine & Champagne for a memorable New Years Toast! Enjoy a local cheese selection, Pâté and other goodies. Come and see why traditional French Champagne has been the king of sparkling wine for centuries.


 

The Thanksgiving tasting last Saturday was another hugely successful evening of food and wine pairing, we are grateful for the support! Any of the wines that sold-out should be back it stock and ready for your Thanksgiving feasts. If you know what is on this years menu, or even if you don’t, swing on by and let us help make the choices effortless. Great food deserves great libation, the two are intrinsically linked and infinitely heightened when both are in harmony. Acidity, tannin, fruit, body etc. all play a part in creating a pleasant dinning experience, we know the wines we sell inside and out so if you need us we are here to help.


~ Asheville’s Wine Tasting ~

This Saturday in lieu of our massive holiday tasting next week, we will be sampling some special wines from the cellar as well as some great values that we have on hand. If you need the full list give us a call. Thanks and have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!


 

Gnekow Winery Campus Oaks Old Vine Syrah

Dry Creek Chenin Blanc

Daumas Gassac Guilhem Rouge

Château de Caladroy Muscate de Rivesaltes

Château de Valmer Vouvray

Falesco Merlot– 92pts

Layer Cake Shiraz

 

don Rodolfo Pinot Noir– Argentine high altitude Pinot!

 


Jean-Claude Thévenet & Fils St. Véran Clos de l’Ermitage Cuvée Vieilles Vignes– wow your in-laws with this absolutely amazing, single vineyard Burgundy!

 

Bierbrouwerij Emelisse Black IPA

 

Stillwater Import Series Vol. 1 Of Love & Regret

 

Grassroots Wachu Saison– Hill Farmstead & Tired Hands collaboration

 

Evil Twin Ron & the Beast Ryan– brewed with Jolly Pumpkin Brett.


 

Brasserie Fantôme Saison D’Erezée

 

Brasserie Fantôme Chocolat

 

Brasserie Fantôme De Noel

Brasserie Fantôme Dark White

Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze

Dieu de Ciel! Solstice d’Hiver

Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza

Bells Cherry Stout

Bells Winter White

Samuel Smiths Winter Welcome Ale

Stay tuned for more great wine & beer!

Asheville’s Best Wine Tasting Saturday, November 19th, 2011 3-8PM

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Friday DECEMBER 2nd, APPALACHIAN VINTNER’S 3rd Annual Anniversary Party Charity Fundraiser and Tasting. This is always the best wine and beer tasting of the year, no matter where you live Asheville! We will have over 75+ wines, beer and some ridiculously delicious food for your tasting pleasure. Multiple breweries, distributors and importers will be in attendance. Appalachian Vintner is a spacious store and even when our events draw crowds of hundreds of people, these events are comfortable with plenty of room for everyone so bring all your friends, neighbors and co-workers! For all you beer collectors, this will also be the Asheville release for Olde Hickory’s EVENT HORIZON 2011! We will be tapping a keg of 2010 Event Horizon and re-releasing a very small amount of last years bottles signed by the brewmaster.

 

December 22nd 6pm Holiday Wine, Cheese and Champagne Tasting- The perfect tasting to find the best wine to accompany your holiday gatherings and the best sparkling wine & Champagne for a memorable New Years Toast! Enjoy a local cheese selection, Pâté and other goodies.

~ Asheville’s Wine Tasting ~

A HUGE thank you goes out to our massive tasting audience last Thursday, you all are really the best group of folks we know. This fall tasting with Falcor was our best to date. Mike & Natali were thrilled to meet each and everyone of you and promise that they will be back very soon! We see a wine dinner in our near future……….. Stay tuned

 

This Saturday, November 19th, 4PM-8PM, We are hosting an enormous Thanksgiving Wine Tasting. While the exact products will be kept secret, we’ve chosen to keep them confidential so as to not reveal our super hero wine pairing skills :), I can tell that we will be serving multiple courses and that each course will be perfectly paired with selection of carefully chosen handcrafted wines that just beg for a spot on your families holiday table. Food will be hand-made by Chefs, Shelton Friesland and Michelle Alexander (Chef at Sunny Point Cafe). Cost is $5 per person or free with the purchase of a case. If you haven’t attended a food and wine pairing at Appalachian Vintner, let me assure you that they are always memorable and educational to say the least. We hope to see you here.

Gnekow Winery Campus Oaks Old Vine Syrah

Dry Creek Chenin Blanc

Daumas Gassac Guilhem Rouge

Château de Caladroy Muscate de Rivesaltes

Château de Valmer Vouvray

Falesco Merlot– 92pts

don Rodolfo Pinot Noir– Argentine high altitude Pinot!

Jean-Claude Thévenet & Fils St. Véran Clos de l’Ermitage Cuvée Vieilles Vignes– absolutely amazing, single vineyard Burgundy!

Bierbrouwerij Emelisse Black IPA

Stillwater Import Series Vol. 1 Of Love & Regret

Grassroots Wachu Saison– Hill Farmstead & Tired Hands collaboration

Evil Twin Ron & the Beast Ryan– brewed with Jolly Pumpkin Brett.

Asheville’s Best Wine Tasting Saturday, November 12th, 2011 3-7PM

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Save the date!

November 19th, 4PM-8PM, Thanksgiving Wine Tasting- a selection of wines offered exclusively at Appalachian Vintner for the holiday table with light hand-made Hors d’oeuvres sourced from local farms, paired with each wine. $5 per person or free with case purchase.

Friday DECEMBER 2nd, APPALACHIAN VINTNER’S 3rd Annual Anniversary Party Charity Fundraiser and Tasting. This is always the best wine and beer tasting of the year, guaranteed! We will have over 75+ wines and beers open for your tasting pleasure. Multiple breweries, distributors and importers will be in attendance. Appalachian Vintner is a spacious store and even when our events draw crowds of hundreds of people, these events are comfortable with plenty of room for everyone so bring all your friends, neighbors and co-workers! This will also be the Asheville release for Olde Hickory’s EVENT HORIZON!

December 22nd 6pm Holiday Wine, Cheese and Champagne Tasting- The perfect tasting to find the best wine to accompany your holiday gatherings and the best sparkling wine & Champagne for a memorable New Years Toast! Enjoy a local cheese selection, Pâté and other goodies.

 

~ Asheville’s Best Free Wine Tasting ~

This week we are exploring wines from Australia, the forgotten wine continent. Forgotten in figurative terms and literal terms. Australian wine had seen a quiet but meteoric rise over the last say 10-15 years, due mostly impart to a sea of mediocre super cheap juice filling the shelves of monster retail chains and around the country. The recent down-turn has been severe for these catastrophically adulterated, mass produced wines, due largely to a new demographic of drinkers that are better informed in regards to quality and have value choices from multiple continents, including South America and Spain. With the veil of “critter” labels finally removed from consumers eyes, a resurgence of the smaller family owned Australian producers has made an effort to grace America’s palate. These families are hell bent on proving that quality, well-balanced, yet flavorful wines can be produced in the Aussy sunshine and at very competitive prices to boot! Swing by this Saturday to sample a few that we feel really dance a tune for your hard earned dime.

 

West Cape Howe Winery Ironberry Chardonnay-ViognierWestern Australia. 75% Chardonnay with 25% Viognier. 88 points Steven Tanzer- “Pale gold. Pungent pear, peach and melon aromas are complemented by notes of sage and dried flowers. Juicy orchard fruit flavors are given a firm edge by a dusty citrus pith quality that adds a touch of dryness. Plump but not at all loose, finishing with good clarity and a touch of pit fruit nectar. I’d serve this with spicy Asian food.” Shelf $9.99 Tasting $8.99

Ballast Stone Steeple Jack Merlot– The Shaw family is meticulous with their vineyard site selection and has established vineyards of ultra premium quality that are located in two renowned South Australia wine-grape growing districts, McLaren Vale and Currency Creek. Wine experts taunt the Currency Creek region for producing consistent style, ultra premium quality and outstanding varietal definition wines. The Steeple Jack wines represent the fruit forward easy drinking bottlings that were enjoyed by the hard working steeplejacks. These craftspeople played a crucial role in constructing and maintaining our townships, completing stonework on the highest towers, oblivious to vertigo, gravity and mortality. Blackcurrant fruit with lavender and herbaceous undertones on the nose. A well structured, soft, full palate of cherry fruit amid cedary notes with good length and smooth tannins. Great with hearty winter stews. Best Price $7.99

Hope Estate Hunter Valley Shiraz– 100% Shiraz ~ 100% Estate Grown ~ 100% Family Owned. Hunter Valley is the first place that Syrah was planted in Australia according to U.C. Davis. Spicy pepper and nutmeg, concentrated blackberry with black plums and chocolate. The oak fermentation and maturation have enhanced the peppery and spicy characters of the wine. Open top fermenters have increased the fruit intensity and warm colors of the Shiraz. Smooth, juicy palate with rich mocha and spicy plums leading to an earthy finish. Mildly subdued compared to the rest of the tasting wines, but still Aussy through and through. Shelf $12.99 Tasting $11.69

Ballast Stone Petit Verdot– 100% Petit Verdot from a single vineyard on the Ballast Stone’s Currency Creek Vineyard. In the 1800s Goolwa, was the most important river port in South Australia linked by rail to Port Elliot, where sailing ships unloaded ballast stone to refill their holds with wool and grain for their return trip to England. Buildings on Ballast Stone Estate Vineyards are made from this ancient stone. Deep, dark black cherries, violets and soil. Usually seen in Cabernet based blends due to its fine tannic structure. As a stand alone variety, this wine is powerful and rich, with a very long cellaring potential. Grab a few of these to put away for a few years! Shelf $15.99 Tasting $14.39

 

Saint André de Figuière Côtes de Provence Magali Rosé

Lioco Sonoma County Chardonnay– completely natural wines from California.

Black Mountain Chocolate BARSThere are here! WNC’s best chocolate in a tasty bar. Celtic Sea Salt & Dynamite Roasting Co Coffee flavors!

Dogfish Head Hell hound on my Ale

Dogfish Head Pearl Jam Twenty Ale

Mikkeller Wine Barrel Aged Black Hole

de Struise Pannepeut 2011– not to be confused with Pannepot, this is the Old Ale.

Founders Breakfast Stout– very limited this year unfortunately but its here!

Crispin Stagger Lee– Rye Whiskey Cask Aged Cider

Saranac Caramel Porter

Dupont Monks Stout

Dupont La Biere de Beloil– We finally found a Bière de Garde we love!

Full Sail Barleywine

Full Sail Wreck the Halls

Full Sail Session Dark Lager

Asheville Brewing Co. Xmas Jam Ale

Southern Tier Choklat– limited

Asheville’s Best Wine Tasting Saturday, November 5th, 2011 3PM-7PM

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Save the date!

Thursday November, 10th 2011 5:30PM- Join Mike Bee, owner of Falcor Winery in Napa Valley as we taste our way through his massive and diverse portfolio of handcrafted single vineyard wines at up to 50% off national retail prices. Next Week!

November 19th, 4PM-8PM, Thanksgiving Wine Tasting- a selection of wines offered only at Appalachian Vintner for the holiday table with light hand-made Hors d’oeuvres sourced from local farms, paired with each wine. $5 per person or free with case purchase.

Friday DECEMBER 2nd, APPALACHIAN VINTNERS 3rd Annual Anniversary Party Charity Fundraiser and Tasting. This is the best wine and beer tasting of the year, guaranteed! We will have over 75+ wines and beers open for your tasting pleasure. Multiple breweries, distributors and importers will be in attendance. Appalachian Vintner is a spacious store and even when our events draw crowds of hundreds of people, these events are comfortable with plenty of room for everyone.

December 22nd 6pm Holiday Wine, Cheese and Champagne Tasting- The perfect tasting to find the best wine to accompany your holiday gatherings and the best sparkling wine & Champagne for a memorable New Years Toast! Enjoy a local cheese selection, Pâté and other goodies.

~ Ashevilles Best Free Wine Tasting ~

Pascal Bellier Cheverny– 80% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Chardonnay from a biodynamically farmed estate in the A.O.C. of Cheverny deep with in the far eastern reaches of the Loire in Touraine and just south of Chambord. The Bellier family has grown their estate to over 80 acres gradually over the last 50 years with some old vine still in harvest, but intelligent replanting has left many young vines as well. Pascal Bellier’s Cheverny displays a bit of the warm ripeness with caraway, salt, and grapefruit rind pungently inflecting both nose and palate; with a grapefruit, melon, and passion fruit core; and almost palpable underlying chalkiness. It finishes with impressive if faintly bitter grip but enough juicy refreshment. A fabulous seafood wine. Shelf $16.99 Tasting $14.99

Jean-François Mérieau Les Hexagonales Pinot Noir This is a new brand from Jean-François Mérieau, one of the young stars of the Loire Valley. Representing tremendous value, these wines reflect winemaking philosophy of Mérieau: single varietal bottlings, often from a single parcel; a terroir-specific approach; and clean, crisp, delicious wines. Pinot Noir from the appellation of Saint Pourcain in the Eastern Loire. The soils are chalky with gentle sloping. Aged in tank for 8 months before release. Bright strawberry red, with crushed rose pedals and cherry on the nose. The mouth is dry and minerally with brisk red fruit and flowers with a touch of spice. Very nice cool climate Pinot Noir. Shelf $12.99 Tasting $10.99

Domaine Paul Autard Côtes du Rhône– 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Counoise. Jean-Paul Autard has managed his family’s domaine since the age of seventeen. The Autard property, situated between Courthézon and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, is composed in large part of the distinctive Châteauneuf galets roulés(large round river stones) and deep, sandy soils. The vines range in age from forty to ninety-five years! This 2010 version of the estates’ Côtes du Rhône marks the second vintage here at Appalachian Vintner and I have to be honest with you, this wine is one of the greatest values we’ve ever sold. The estate is known for its hedonistic Châteauneuf-du-Pape, particularly the Cuvee de la Cote Ronde which is from a tiny plot of ninety-five year old vines, leaving this, the estates young wine, almost unknown. The pedigree behind this wine is instantly noticed with its blast of intense black cherry, mineral and . The palate is creamy and minty with a mouth coating, lengthy finish that just doesn’t stop. No pesticides, or chemical anti-rot products or fertilizers are used at this estate. This wine is very limited this year and we are already nearing the last few cases available. Be sure to swing by on Saturday to grab a few for the coming weeks. Shelf $15.99 Tasting $14.99

Domaine Faillenc Saint Marie Corbières Rouge– Faillenc Sainte Marie is a small property, with only eight hectares of vineyards stubbornly clinging to the rocky foothills of Mont Alaric. The vineyards are buffeted by the northerwesterly Tramontane wind or the southerly Autan breezes coming off the nearby Mediterranean, creating an extremely dry climate. Syrah, Grenache Noir, and Cinsault are the red grape varieties raised here. The terroir is composed of inhospitable, rocky limestone terraces. Only vines, olive trees and some scraggly brush survive under these harsh conditions. As a result, yields are naturally low. The grapes are strongly marked by their environment and this powerful character shows through in the wines. The charming, quirky personality, sense of humor and creativity of Dominique Gibert, as well as the sensitive and diligent vineyard work of his wife, Marie-Therese Gibert, also mark these wines, both in their style and in their names and labels. A completely natural wine with native yeasts and the wild alluring smells of the countryside in the glass. ATTENTION if you love wines with funky, gamey notes reminiscent of life on the farm this is your wine! Shelf $17.99 Tasting $16.19

 

~New Arrivals~

 

Valdespino A.R. Valdespino El Candado Pedro Ximenez Sherry– Bodegas Valdespino is the OLDEST sherry house in Spain, the family has produced wine for over 700 years.

Valdespino Inocente Fino Sherry– single vineyard

Valdespino Deliciosa Manzanilla Sherry

Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon

Weingut Tinhof Blau + Red

Dominio IV Of Poetry & Roses Pinot Noir– this is Oregon Pinot at its finest! Biodynamic!

Pisgah LEAF Amber– Growlers

Pisgah Red Devil– Growlers, new release!

Pisgah Solstice Triple– Growlers

Pisgah Porter– Growlers!

Pisgah Pumpkin Ale

Pisgah Valdez– 22oz

New Holland Cabin Fever

New Holland Hopivore Wet Hop Ale

Ballast Point Big Eye IPA– in 6 pack and on Draft!

Highland Brewing Co. COLD MOUNTAIN 1L

Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout