Australian Wines - Free Wine Tasting in Asheville, NC

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Australian Wines

Free on Friday’s Wine Tasting this Friday, August 5th from 2-7 p.m. featuring some deliciously affordable Australian wines!  Australia is the world’s fourth largest exporter of wine, and the vine has thrived throughout the country since the early 1800’s.  Australia is highly regarded for rich and jammy reds, especially Shiraz, but the country’s vignerons also produced some seriously delicious and engaging white wines.  From dry Riesling to white Rhone varietals like Viognier and Marsanne, Australia’s white wines are some of the hidden treasures of the wine world.  We’ll pour you a couple of those along with a highly rated Shiraz produced by one of France’s first families of wine.  Stop by, taste, learn, and save big on all of the tasting wines.

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 10%, mix any 6 and save 15%, and mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2014 Pikes Riesling “Hills and Valleys” (Clare Valley, Australia) – Brothers Andrew and Neil Pike established Pikes Wines in 1984 and continue to manage every aspect of the business today.  Their specialty is dry Riesling, and they produce one of Australia’s best versions.  From black slate soiled vineyards located in Australia’s Clare Valley, slightly northwest of the Barossa Valley, this wine is completely dry and laced with bright citrus, peach, floral and mineral notes.  Super refreshing and a wonderful wine to serve with seasonal vegetables and lighter fare, this is a winner in our books!
Tasting Price: $13.49/bottle in mixed 3-packs | $12.74 in mixed 6-packs | $11.99 in mixed cases

2. 2014 Domaine Tournon Mathilda White (Victoria, Australia) – Seeking excellence in the land Down Under, Frenchman Michel Chapoutier founed Domaine Tournon in 2009 in the Victorian Pyrenees in South-Central Australia.  It has been a very successful endeavour, and we love the work they’re doing.  Their Mathilda White is named after Michel’s daughter and is a blend of mostly Viognier with a touch of Marsanne.  Exotically scented with a fleshy core of juicy orange blossom and mango, it finishes fresh and dry with notes of citrus zest.
Tasting Price: $13.49/bottle in mixed 3-packs | $12.74 in mixed 6-packs | $11.99 in mixed cases

3. 2013 Domaine Tournon Mathilda Shiraz (Victoria, Australia) – Simply put, this is one of Australia’s greatest red wine values!  Being that Michel Chapoutier makes some of the best Syrah-based wines in France, it is not surprising that he has mastered the varietal in Australia.  Fermented and aged completely in stainless steel and concrete, this medium to full bodied red is packed with aromas and flavors of dark cherry, blackberry, plum and black pepper.  Smooth and silky on the palate, try this one with just about anything off the grill.
Tasting Price: $14.39/bottle in mixed 3-packs | $13.59 in mixed 6-packs | $12.79 in mixed cases

Nugan Estate Third Generation Wines

The Wines Of Nugan Estate: A Free Saturday Tasting – Saturday, October 5th, 2013 – 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Nugan Estate is a third generation, family owned winery located in the Riverina section of southeastern Australia.  Alfredo Nugan came to Australia from Spain in 1940 to start a vegetable growing operation that eventually morphed into one of the most successful of its type in the country.  Moving forward three generations, Alfredo’s great-grandchildren ventured into the world of fine wine in the early 90’s and they haven’t looked back since.  These days, they produce a range of wines, from great everyday values to dramatic, highly rated showstoppers.  This Saturday, we’ll run you through their affordable range of wines, and we think you’ll be quite impressed.  Stop by anytime between 2 and 5 p.m. this Saturday and we’ll tell you all about the wines while we let you taste them.  All of the tasting wines are 10% off by the bottle, 15% off when you buy six and 20% off when you buy 12 or more.

1. 2011 Chardonnay “Third Generation”
The family’s Chardonnay is all about balance!  The warm, sunny weather of Australia allows for a nicely ripe style of Chardonnay, but there is still plenty of acidity to keep things fresh.  Ripe peach, spiced apple, nectarine and melon notes………mild oak and vanilla flavors.  This is a great go-to Chardonnay for everyday drinking!

2. 2011 Shiraz “Third Generation”
It’s hard to believe that Nugan’s vineyards are in the same region as those that Yellow Tail uses to make their wines!  Trust me, these are as far removed from Yellow Tail as a Big Mac is to filet mignon.  The Shiraz is fresh and balanced, but still classic and true to form.  A nice core of lush dark berry fruit, somewhat jammy, but fresh at the same time……… pepper and spicy vanilla from the oak.  This one makes me want a big, fat, greasy bacon cheeseburger.

3. 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon “Third Generation”
“You could easily spend $50 on a Napa cabernet that has less depth and energy than this wine, which makes it an absolute steal.” This is what wine critic phenom Steve Tanzer said about this wine.  This is a nice, bright style of Cabernet Sauvignon……….in plain speak that means it’s not too heavy and not overloaded with dark fruit notes.  Spicy cherry and currant fruit, fresh flowers, mocha and a bit of mint inform the nose and palate of this complex, restrained effort.

Mollydooker Winery Tasting

Wednesday, December 12 from 7-9 p.m. at Table Wine, Asheville’s only wine store dedicated to promoting and selling wines from small family owned and operated wineries from all parts of the world.   The cost of the tasting is $10/person or $8 if you’re a Grape Nut and includes a taste of 7 different wines, bread and cheese.

RSVP/Pre-Pay Required Please

Trust me folks, this one will sell out quick, as there is definitely a fan base for Sarah and Sparky Marquis’ wines.  If you like them, please call us at 828.505.8588 to reserve your space and pre-pay for this special tasting event.  We cannot accept RSVP’s via email for this event.

We’ll sample seven of these bigger than life wines and you’ll need to cleanse your palate in between tastes, so we’ll have plenty of bread and cheese for you as well.This will be a pre-sale tasting – you get to try all of these wines and if you like them, you can order them at a 20% discount for pick up on Friday. Check out the lineup below and run, don’t walk, to your phone to get in on the action!

1. 2011 Verdelho “The Violinist” – You may not have known it, but Sarah and Sparky do make a white wine. It’s a big, creamy-rich verdelho with notes of warm apple, white pepper and fresh cut hay. 90 points – Wine Advocate


2. 2010 Shiraz/Cab/Merlot “Two Left Feet” – This is a great introduction to the Mollydooker style of wine – big, lush, ripe and jammy with a ton of stuff going on.  This would not work with fish…………trust me! 90 points – Wine Advocate


3. 2010 Shiraz “The Boxer” – Like wines that make your teeth and the inside of your mouth purple?  You’ll love this blueberry bomb then!  Smooth, but overtly ripe and creamy textured, this is not for the faint of heart. 91 points – Wine Advocate


4. 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon “Maitre d'” – This might be the most restrained of the wines, but it ain’t shy to say the least.  Chocolate coverd berries, warm spice and meat juices can all be found in this delicious red wine. 90 points – Wine Advocate


5. 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon “Gigglepot” – This is basically their Reserve Cab, made with fruit from older vines and aged longer in oak.  It is delicious now, but should drink well through 2020. 92 points – Wine Advocate


6. 2010 Shiraz “Blue Eyed Boy” – This should be called “Big Ol’ Boy”, because it is gonna’ give your palate a workout. Abundant blueberry and cherry preserves, clove, Chinese 5 spice, mocha and cedar permeate this big red monster.
93 points – Wine Advocate


7. 2010 Shiraz “Carnival of Love”– We’ll end the tasting with what many consider to be one of the great red wines of Australia.  From a single vineyard of substantial age, this one is aged entirely in American oak, 97% new. It will leave you wanting more of it, but remember, this is is a wine tasting, not a drinking! 95 points – Wine Advocate

South Asheville’s Best Free Wine Tasting

Table Wine – South Asheville’s Premiere Wine Store
Saturday, June 18 – 2 to 5 p.m. – FREE

Free Wine Tasting

Table Wine offers our customers a free wine tasting every Saturday from 2 to 5.  This Saturday, we’re pouring some extreme value wines from the New Zealand and Australia.  It’s a great chance to “try before you buy” some delicious wines at great prices.  Here’s the lineup:

2009 Ponga Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, New Zealand – $9.99/bottle………….$4/glass
Do you like grapefruit?  If so, you’ll love this wine from New Zealand’s most famous wine production zone.  Along with grapefruit, I taste crisp green apple, melon and some subtle mineral notes.

2009 Kilda Chardonnay Southeastern Australia – $8.99/bottle…………..$4/glass
Fresh, unoaked Chardonnay from Australia, this is a Table Wine best seller.  The wine is made by the De Bortoli family winery based in Victoria, Australia and it offers up gulpable notes of spiced apple, pear and tropical fruits.  A daily house wine for many of our South Asheville customers.

2008 Heartland Stickleback Red South Australia – $13.99/bottle…………..$6/glass
This is an original blend put together by the talented Ben Glaetzer, one of Australia’s top winemakers.  47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Shiraz, 5% Lagrein and 4% Dolcetto aged in used French oak, this is rather full bodied and full flavored with aromas and flavors of plum, chocolate covered cherries and black currant.  The palate is full but smooth, with fine grained tannins.

2008 Heartland Cabernet Sauvignon South Australia – $13.99/bottle……………$6/glass
This is sappy, full throttle, intense Cabernet Sauvignon made by the talented Ben Glaetzer.  Opaque-purple in color, it offers up scents and flavors of ripe blackberry, cherry-vanilla and exotic spices.  You typically pay at least twice the price for a wine of this caliber.

6 mixed bottles gets you a 10% discount
12 mixed bottles gets you a 15% discount