Table Wine Asheville opened in August 2010, and quickly established itself as the premiere wine retailer in Asheville, North Carolina. We focus on “wines for the people” and our tagline is “artisanal wines at affordable prices.” Whether it be vin de table in France, vino da tavola in Italy, vina de mesa in Spain or just table wine in the U.S., every country has its own designation for honest, affordable and delicious wines that are consumed on a daily basis at the dinner table. Although we stock many premium wines, the average bottle price is about $15, and there are easily over 150 wines available for $15 or less. In total, we stock nearly 800 different wines so we’ve got something for every type of wine drinker.
One of the other things that makes our work unique is that we focus specifically on what we like to call “farmer” wines. Put simply, almost all of our wines come from producers who farm their own grapes or from those who purchase grapes from small, family grape farmers. These are the producers that subscribe to the notion that great wine is made in the vineyard with good, healthy, carefully grown grapes. In a sense, we offer a “farmer’s wine market”, and if you’ve ever shopped for your vegetables at one of Asheville’s many farmer’s markets, we think you’ll agree that the tomato purchased there far surpasses the quality, freshness and deliciousness of the one purchased at the grocery store. This same premise applies to wine!
We also feature Asheville’s largest and most focused selection of wines produced using organic, sustainable and biodynamic agricultural methods, but very few of the wines in the store are labeled as such. Many producers have been farming their vineyards this way for many years, but prefer not to spend the thousands of dollars it takes to get this designation printed on their labels. To them, organics is a necessity, a philosophy and a way of life, not a grand marketing scheme. We could go on and on, but the best way to learn more about these types of wines is to stop by the store and ask for Josh, David, Sarah or Aidan, and make sure you’ve got extra time on your hands!
Josh Spurling – Owner
I must be honest. I got into this business by accident while I was enjoying my post-college “sabbatical” in Aspen, Colorado……aka goofing off before I had to join the real world. It was 1998 when I took a job at a wine shop/pharmacy called Sundance Drug and Liquor in Snowmass Village because the job provided me with a free ski pass. From there, store owner Barbara Wickes became my early mentor in the business. She gave me my first copy of Wine for Dummies, and I started shifting from a beer drinker to a wine drinker. These were blissful, heady days and it was in Aspen that I met Lynn, who is now my wife.
Aidan McKinney – Wine Consultant
My first experience in the wine trade was earlier than many. I can remember “helping” my dad stock wine and beer in the Westgate Earthfare well before I even knew what the stuff was. My first sensory experience with wine was not at a tasting or dinner table. Rather, my first experience was the smell of oxidized samples being poured into the yard at home after my dad had shown them around town the week before. Skip forward a decade or so to high school and I found myself working in foodservice in downtown Asheville. After several years in the industry, I ended up at Rhubarb
Sarah Chandler – Wine Consultant
My interest in wine was sparked at a young age. My parents and their friends would have gatherings often centered around tasting and sharing wines that they loved. Although I wasn’t fully aware of how large the world of wine was at the time, it was clear to me that wine and food played an integral role in bringing people together.
As an international studies major, I had to opportunity to travel and learn about different cultures and the way that they interact with one another. No matter where I traveled or what I was studying, it was clear that wine and food were the foundations of many different cultures and their
David Staples – Wine Consultant
I first started working with wine in the early 2000s as a bartender in Los Angeles. After a few years of slinging drinks, I moved into restaurant management. Eventually I was offered the GM position at a superb Chef-owned bistro called The Park in the trendy neighborhood of Echo Park near downtown Los Angeles. My duties included buying the wines for the restaurant, and I had free reign with the wine list.
It was an incredible learning opportunity and I happily spent the next three years there exploring, tasting, researching, pairing and selling wines from all over the world – many of them organic or biodynamic.