Best free wine tasting in Asheville, NC.

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – New Chilean Wines

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting this Friday, April 29th from 4 to 7 p.m. featuring some delicious new arrivals from Chile!  Start your weekend right with the best free wine tasting in Asheville! This is drop-in style tasting so come and go as you please.  This week, we’ll pour a terrific batch of Chilean wines, including versions of some of the country’s most recognized and heralded grape varieties.  We’ll start with a certified organic Sauvignon Blanc from Chile’s coastal Lolol Valley — both the grape and the region have been getting a lot of good press recently, and we’re certain that this will appeal to many palates.  Next up, we’ll pour your a stunning, 93 point rated Pinot Noir made by legendary winemaker Paul Hobbs — again, Chilean Pinot Noir has gotten so much better over the past 5 to 7 years, and you won’t believe the great price on this one.  We’ll finish up with a classic Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon from a small family estate discovered by Paul Hobbs — from high elevation vineyards in Chile’s historic Maipo Valley, this shows that classic Chilean mint, earth, and pepper quality along with notions of bright red fruit.  Sound good?  We think so and we invite you to stop by, taste, learn, and save big on all of the featured tasting wines.

All of the featured tasting wines are on sale the day of the tasting: take 10% off if you mix any 3, 15% off if you mix any 6, or 20% off if you mix any 12.

The Wines

1. 2015 Araucano Sauvignon Blanc Reserva (Lolol Valley) – Bordeaux-born Francois Lurton has a really good touch with Sauvignon Blanc, and this wine definitely shows his skill with the varietal.  His vineyards are certified organic, and he chooses to harvest his grapes a touch later to accentuate richer fruit and less herbal character.  Showing more orchard fruit notes (think peach, pear and apple) with mild citrus and spice notes, this is really lovely and distinctive Sauvignon Blanc from a master of the grape.
Tasting Price: $12.59 in mixed 3-packs | $11.89 in mixed six packs | $11.19 in mixed cases

2. 2014 Ritual Pinot Noir (Casablanca Valley) – The Ritual wines are a joint venture between Chilean vintner Agustin Huneeus and American winemaker Paul Hobbs.  From the cool, Pacific influenced vineyards of Chile’s Casablanca Valley, this is a region that gets some of the same weather patterns as California’s Russian River Valley, and there is a likeness to high quality Sonoma County Pinot Noir in this wine. Made with 100% hand harvested fruit from a dry, low yielding vintage, the wine is fermented with wild yeasts and aged for 12 months in 30% new French oak.  Well known wine writer James Suckling (formerly of Wine Spectator) scored this one at 93 points and we agree with him.  Full of ripe red fruit, brown spice, and orange peel, this softly textured, easy to drink Pinot Noir is a steal at this price.
Tasting Price: $17.99 on mixed 3-packs | $16.99 on mixed 6-packs | $15.99 on mixed cases

3. 2012 Perez Cruz Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva (Maipo Valley) – This is a wine that we predict will be very divisive — some will love it and some will hate it.  We love it!  This small family estate was discovered by Paul Hobbs and he started importing their wines into the United States about 2 years ago.  Their Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva comes from higher elevation vineyards of the Maipo Andes region, and the rocky soils and cooler temperatures of this region contribute to this wine’s personality.  Aged for 12 months in French oak, the wine shows a lot of spice and herbal notes of mint, cracked black pepper, and paprika up front, but with time, the fruit comes out to play.  Enjoy this lovely, Old World styled Cab over the next 10 years or so.
Tasting Price: $15.29 on mixed 3-packs | $14.44 on mixed 6-packs | $13.59 on mixed cases

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator/Wine Buyer
Table Wine Asheville
828.505.8588 or

Great value wines from Chile and South Africa.

“Southern Hemisphere Classics” – Free Try Before You Buy Wine Tasting – Saturday, September 28th, 2013 – 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

We’re heading south this Saturday to Chile and South Africa to taste some of the best wine values of the Southern Hemisphere. For most of history, the wine producers of the Northern Hemisphere have held a monopoly on quality wine, but as Bob Dylan said, “the times, they are a-changin’.”  Over the past 15 to 20 years, the wine producers of the south have been catching up and improving the quality of their wines dramatically, and this Saturday, we’re going to focus specifically on the wines of Chile and South Africa.  Both of these countries produce wines with more of an “Old World” feel to them; translated, these are wines with more forward spice and earth character.  We’ll have six wines to try and we’ll guarantee you’ll leave happier than when you got here!  All tasting wines are 10% off by the bottle or 15% off if you buy six or more of them.

The Wines

1. 2013 Santa Luz Sauvignon Blanc “Alba” (Central Valley, Chile)
We don’t know what more you could ask for from a wine that sells for less than $10.  Pure, crisp, and nicely fruited, this is brimming with melon, lemon and grapefruit.  Great by itself or splendid with flaky white fish, shrimp or salads.

2. 2012 Boekenhoutskloof Wolftrap White (Western Cape, South Africa)
An intriguing blend of 46% Viognier, 28% Chenin Blanc and 26% Grenache Blanc, this is spicy and aromatic with more of an orchard fruit personality.  With just a kiss of oak to the apricot, peach and apple aromas and flavors, this is a great alternative to Chardonnay and works incredibly well as an aperitif or with spicier foods.

3. 2012 Excelsior Chardonnay (Robertson, South Africa)
Here’s your perfect, “in the cut” style of Chardonnay that can be had for less than $10!  It offers a nice balance of ripe pear and apple with more zesty citrus fruit notes, finishing with a touch of oak spice.  This one would make a perfect “party wine”, but it would also work well with roasted chicken or turkey.

4. 2012 Boekenhoutskloof Wolftrap Red (Western Cape, South Africa)
Mark Kent of Boekenhoutskloof makes some of South Africa’s most highly rated Syrah-based wines, and this is a great entry into that world.  A blend of 67% Syrah, 31% Mourvedre and 2% Vigonier, it is spicy, juicy and rich with a nice mix of red cherry, raspberry and darker fruit notes.  Try this with by itself or with rich stews, chili or barbecue.

5. 2011 Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon (Robertson, South Africa)
Excelsior consistently knocks it out of the park with their Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2011 is no exception.  Dark, ripe and chunky, it is crammed with aromas of cassis, plum, chocolate and spice leading into a pliant and juicy palate of  dark fruits, herbs and light mint.

6. 2011 Santa Luz Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva (Colchagua Valley, Chile)
If you like to spend less than $15 on a Cab that drinks like a $25 one, you should stop by and try this!  Made with fruit from some of the estate’s oldest vines, this is classic Chilean Cabernet with a nice core of black currant and black cherry fruit.  With air, it shows that classic pepper, spice and mint nuance that makes this a no brainer for pairing with lamb or other grilled red meats.

Wine 101: Understanding Chilean Wine – Monday, June 10th, 2013 – 7:00 to 9:00 pm

We’re extremely excited about this upcoming tasting as we’ll be joined by two Chilean winemakers/proprietors whose wines have never been tasted in North Carolina!  Importer Vine Connections has recently added a brand new batch of Chilean producers to their all ready strong Argentinean portfolio which includes notables such as Susana Balbo, Ben Marco, La Posta and many others.  We’re more than confident that the new wines will be of the same high quality, and this is the first time the wines will be poured in Western North Carolina!  Be the first to taste the wines in the “Table Wine Classroom”, as seen below.

Table Wine Asheville - Wine and Food Pairing

The Table Wine “classroom”.

We will be joined by Eduardo de Solminihac, Commercial Director at Aquitania Winery (started by Bruno Prats of Cos d’Estournel and Paul Pontallier of Chateau Margaux) and Matias Garces Silva, Executive Director at Amayna Winery.  This will be a seated and structured tasting, led by Eduardo, Matias and myself where you’ll get to taste some of the best new Chilean wines available in the country.  Bread, cheese and tastes of at least six wines are included with the price of entry.  Seating is limited, so call us at 828.505.8588 or stop by to pre-pay and reserve your spot.

$20/person…..$15 for Grape Nuts