Sensational Southern French Wines Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina

Sensational Southern French Wines – Free on Fridays Wine Tasting

Friday, May 26 from 4-7 pm — Get your weekend off to a great start with a free wine tasting starring some sensational Southern French wines.  You’ll get to try a crisp and aromatic white, an award winning and highly rated dry rosé, and plush and juicy red from a rising star producer.  

I continue to be amazed with the incredible wine values that come out of Southern France.  The Rhone Valley, Provence, and the Languedoc-Roussillon typically experience warm and sunny growing seasons, and you can certainly taste those attributes in the wines.  Join us as we introduce you to 3 great values perfect for spring and summer.  Up first, it’s a fresh and exotic white blend from Isle Saint-Pierre, an island in the middle of the Rhone River.  I love sipping on this refreshing little wine while sunbathing by the beach or the pool — you will too.  After that, it’s a dramatically delicious dry rosé from Chateau Puech-Haut, arguably the top producer in the region.  A blend of Grenache and Cinsault, the new vintage just received 92 points from The Wine Advocate.  That’s one of the highest scoring rosés of the vintage!  To finish, we’ll pour you one of my personal new favorites, a sumptous red from the Ventoux. A classic blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre, I love this one with burgers, bbq, or lamb.  Sound good?  All you have to do is stop by, taste, learn and save big on all of the tasting wines.  Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

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The 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.

1. 2016 Isle Saint-Pierre Blanc (Southern Rhone Valley) – Isle Saint-Pierre is a small island in the middle of the Rhône river just 10 miles inland from the Mediterranean. This close proximity to the sea ensures a cooling influence resulting in fresh, easy drinking, “bistro-styled” wines for everyday consumption.  The white is made up of 70% Chardonnay, 25% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscat and is fermented entirely in stainless steel.  Offering up lovely notes of pear, apple, mixed citrus and honeysuckle, it is a white wine for all palates.
Tasting Price: $10.79 on mixed 3-packs | $10.19 on mixed 6-packs | $9.59 on mixed cases

2. 2016 Chateau Puech-Haut Prestige Rosé (Languedoc) – I’ve drunk a lot of  Puech-Haut wines over the years, and I tend to agree with Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate who called it “easily one of the top estates in the Languedoc.”  The new release of their rosé is another winner that I could drink for days. Primarily Grenache with a dollop of Cinsault, all of the grapes come from 30-60 year old, biodynamically farmed vineyards.  Quite pale in color but intensely aromatic with notes of white flowers, strawberry and white peach, it’s just straight up gorgeous.
Tasting Price: $19.79/bottle | $18.69 in a mixed six pack | $17.59 in a mixed case

3. 2015 Domaine Terrasses d’Eole Ventoux Rouge (Southern Rhone Valley) – I love happy stories like the one involving this small domaine.  For years, the family just grew grapes and sold them off to the local cooperative.  In 1998, son Stephane Saurel convinced his parents to start bottling their own wines………..the rest is history as this small, family run domaine is really clicking on all cylinders.  The red combines 65% Grenache with 25% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre.  Fermentation occurs in concrete and the resulting wine is simply delicious with notes of ripe cherry, blueberry, peppery spice and herb.  
Tasting Price: $13.49/bottle | $12.74 in a mixed six pack | $11.99 in a mixed case

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588

Buy M & S Bouchet Cabernet Franc at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

2012 M. & S. Bouchet Cabernet Franc ‘Le Sylphe’ – Josh’s Freakout Wine

Wine of the Week – I might be jumping the gun here, but I’m going to go ahead and call this one of my favorite wines of 2017.  From a tiny, family run, biodynamic domaine in France’s Loire Valley, the 2012 M. & S. Bouchet Cabernet Franc is everything I look for in a red wine and more.  I love how it balances freshness and total “chuggability” with more “serious,” savory and complex nuances.  I love that it comes from 80+ year old vineyards that see zero chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or additives.  I also love that the wine has 5 years of age on it and that less than 100 cases make it to the United States.  And finally, I love the fact that we bought it all!  For fans of lighter, fresher, spicier red wines (think Beaujolais) that you can serve with a little chill, I promise you’re going to love this natural wine from France’s Loire Valley.

2012 M. & S. Bouchet Cabernet Franc ‘Le Sylphe’ – On Sale Through Saturday, May 13

Regular Price: $24.99/bottle

Sale Price: $21.99/bottle or just $18.99/bottle on your solid 6-pack

Matthieu and Sylvanie Bouchet took over the family domaine in 1990.  Located in Montreuil-Bellay, just south of Saumur, the husband and wife farm 15 acres of vines according to the strictest principles of biodynamics.  This isn’t a new phenomenon here — Matthieu’s father Francois started farming this way back in 1962.  In fact, Francois wrote the seminal book on how to use biodynamic principles in the vineyard, and he consulted for the likes of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Leroy, and Domaine Leflaive (to name a few) when they decided to make the conversion to this integrated system of organic agriculture.  Matthieu and Sylvanie chose to follow in Francois’ footsteps and the estate is now Demeter-certified organic and biodynamic.

Matthieu and Sylvanie Bouchet Cabernet Franc at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

                                             Matthieu et Sylvanie Bouchet

That’s all fine and dandy and healthy for the planet, but what’s the wine like?  Trust me folks, this stuff isn’t just good for the planet, it’s good for the body too! I can testify to this fact.  After consuming the better part of a bottle last week, I felt great and I woke up the next morning feeling even better. The Bouchet’s put a ton of TLC into this wine, and you can certainly sense it.  The estate’s Cabernet Franc vines are some of the oldest in the region at 80+ years of age.  In addition to using no synthetic chemicals in their vineyards, the couple ferment with native yeasts.  They add minimal sulfur and do not fine or filter before bottling.  They then age this one for a full 2 years in neutral French oak before bottling.  This hand’s off approach in the vineyards and the cellar is all done in an effort to showcase the beauty and purity of these old vines.

The Bouchet’s are succeeding in this effort!  ‘Le Sylphe’ is an aptly chosen name for this wine —  translated into English, it me means a slender, graceful woman. The wine definitely has its similarities – it is beyond alive here with classic, sweet spices and black pepper. There is a silky, tobacco quality that combines well with all of the explosive black fruit. The wine tastes even better on day two when the tannin relaxes and all that is left is the exposed, raw richness of red/black/blue fruit that comes to the center weaving in and out with perfect acidity on a solid structure. It’s a delicious wine that will compete with the best Cru Beaujolais’ any day.

Enjoy this one with grilled sausages, lighter game, or just about anything off the grill this spring and summer.  Like I said, I bought all 15 cases that made it to Western North Carolina, and it’s going to go fast.  Stop by our French Farmers Wine Tasting on Saturday, April 29th (2-5pm) to give this one a try or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com, and I’ll be glad to put some aside for you.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator
828.505.8588

Super Saturday Wine Tasting with Sour Grapes at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Super Saturday Wine Tasting – Tour de France with Sour Grapes

Saturday, April 29th from 2-5 p.m. – Super Saturday Wine Tasting!  We’re taking you on a Tour de France with special guests Daniel Lukin-Beck and Katerina Dordelman of Asheville’s own Sour Grapes — sample 9 awesome small grower/producer, organic and biodynamic French wines for just $5 — free if you’re a Grape Nut!

Our next Super Saturday adventure will give you the chance to try some incredible French wines from local distributor/importer Sour Grapes.  Led by the passionate Devon Price and the cool and calm Daniel Lukin-Beck, Sour Grapes has established itself as one of our top sources of high quality, estate grown, organic and biodynamic French wines.  For this tasting, we’ll focus on the wines of Vignerons de Nature, a small group of independent growers and producers committed to organic and biodynamic viticultural practices.  We’re talking farmers with dirt under their fingernails, folks who know that good wine is made in the vineyard, real wines from real people!  Sour Grapes direct imports these wines and they are some of our favorite French wines in the store.

Sour Grapes Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

If you’ve had bad luck with organic wines in the past, you obviously haven’t tried the right ones — these are the right ones!  We’ll pour you samples from a variety of famed French wine regions with an emphasis on the vineyards and producers of Southern France.  This guarantees to be a great chance to taste, learn, and save big on some great wines from some wonderful small growers/producers.  No RSVP is required and you do not have to be a Grape Nut to attend — just pay $5 before you begin the tasting and have a great time.

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

1. 2016 Le Ballon Vin Blanc (Languedoc) –Equal parts Sauvignon Blanc and Vermentino from organic vineyards in Southern France. Stainless steel fermentation results in a fresh, dry, crisp white wine perfect for sunny spring and summer days.
Tasting Price: $8.99 in mixed 3-packs | $8.49 in mixed 6-packs | $7.99 in mixed cases 

2. 2014 Francois le Saint Sancerre “Calcaire” (Loire Valley)– Pure Sauvignon Blanc from calcareous soils farmed organically. Tiny production and a stunning example of mineral-rich, racy and restrained Sancerre.  Did anyone bring goat cheese?
Tasting Price: $22.49 in mixed 3-packs | $21.24 in mixed 6-packs | $19.99 in mixed cases 

3. 2015 Chateau de la Selve Viognier (Rhone Valley) –From biodynamically cultivated vineyards in the lesser known Ardeche section of the Rhone Valley. Fermented with native yeasts in neutral oak.  Super aromatic, full bodied, yet fresh Viognier.
Tasting Price: $15.29 in mixed 3-packs | $14.44 in mixed 6-packs | $13.59 in mixed cases 

4. 2016 Chateau de la Selve Rosé “Maguelonne (Rhone Valley) – Lovely expression of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah from biodynamic and organic vineyards fermented with native yeasts. Dry, perfumed, red and white fruits, flowers. Delicious!
Tasting Price: $12.59 in mixed 3-packs | $11.89 in mixed 6-packs | $11.19 in mixed cases

5. 2015 Le Ballon Vin Rouge (Languedoc) – The perfect house red! A blend of organically cultivated Grenache, Cinsault, and Cabernet Sauvignon, all fermented in steel. Medium bodied, fresh, spicy.  Great with bbq chicken, great with friends.
Tasting Price: $8.99 in mixed 3-packs | $8.49 in mixed six packs | $7.99 in mixed cases

6. 2015 Domaine de L’R Chinon (Loire Valley) –Full on NATURAL WINE! No junk in the trunk here folks.  Just pure, certified organic, Cabernet Franc from older vines fermented with native yeasts.  Unfined and unfiltered and bottled with very low sulfur addition.  Earthy, spicy, mineralic, funky good.
Tasting Price: $17.99 in mixed 3-packs | $16.99 in mixed 6-packs | $15.99 in mixed cases 

7. 2012 M. & S. Bouchet Cabernet Franc (Loire Valley) –Just 100 cases of this wine make it to the US each year……..most of it goes to Parisian bistros. We got 15 of those case.  85 year old, biodynamically farmed Cabernet Franc with serious soul!  Aged for 2 years in neutral oak and bottled without fining or filtration and minimal sulfur.  Josh’s current freakout wine!
Tasting Price: $21.99 in mixed 3-packs | $21.24 in mixed 6-packs | $19.99 in mixed cases
Wine of the Week Price: Just $21.99/bottle or $18.99/bottle if you buy a solid 6-pack! 

9. 2015 Domaine Duseigneur Cotes du Rhone “La Chapelle” (Rhone Valley) – One of the leading biodynamic estates in the Southern Rhone, this is a prime example of how clean farming results in great tasting wines. Equal parts Grenache and Syrah result in an explosive, rich, decadent red wine. Serve with barbeque please!
Tasting Price: $12.59 in mixed 3-packs | $11.89 in mixed 6-packs | $11.19 in mixed cases 

9. 2015 Chateau les Croisille Cahors “Silice” (Southwestern France) – Organic Malbec from old vines in France’s top Malbec appellation. 12 months aging in French oak results in a boisterous, full bodied, warming red. Enjoy with lamb, beef and such.
Tasting Price: $16.19 in mixed 3-packs | $15.29 in mixed 6-packs | $14.39 in mixed cases           

10. 2012 Domaine Duseigneur Lirac “Antares” (Rhone Valley) – Chateauneuf du Pape like flavor and style at a fraction of the price! Old vine Grenache and Mourvedre combine to create a sumptuous, heady red wine with ripe notes of plum, blackberry, spice and oh so much more. One of the best wines for the money in the store.  Lamb chops, medium rare, please. Yep!
Tasting Price: $24.29 in mixed 3-packs | $22.94 in mixed 6-packs | $21.59 in mixed cases                

 

French Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting – Fantastic French Wines

Saturday, April 8th from 2-5 p.m. – For fans of French wines, do yourself a favor and stop by Table Wine this Saturday.  We’ll have a trio of classics open for you try before you buy, and we’ll talk you through them. Up first, it’s a lovely little Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre superstar Domaine Fournier.  Dry and crisp and perfect for spring drinking, this one will have you wanting for fresh chevre!  Up next, it’s a stunning bargain in high quality Red Burgundy from Nicolas Potel’s new operation.  Medium bodied, savory and complex, this is about as good as Pinot Noir from these hallowed grounds gets.  To finish, it’s one of our all-time favorite French country wines.  The new vintage of Domaine du Cros’ Marcillac is 100% Fer Servadou (the grape), and it’s full of hearty, earthy, and spicy nuances………truly one of a kind!  Stop by, taste, learn, and save every Saturday at Table Wine.  Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

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

1. 2015 Domaine Fournier Sauvignon Blanc  (Loire Valley, France) – This old Sancerre estate crafts this wine with fruit purchased from friends and neighbors in Touraine and Anjou.  Just like their top Sancerres, the wine is fermented entirely in stainless steel and bottled soon thereafter.  Completely dry, crisp, and exhibiting aromas and flavors of passion fruit, lime, kiwi, and mineral, this is the perfect wine for Sancerre lovers on a budget.
Tasting Price: $14.39 in mixed 3-packs | $13.59 in mixed 6-packs | $12.79 in mixed cases

2. 2014 Roche de Bellene Bourgogne Rouge “Vieilles Vignes” (Burgundy, France) – This is Burgundy superstar winemaker Nicolas Potel’s new winery, and it is already garnering great press far and wide.  His “entry level” red wine is made with grapes from 40 to 60 year old Pinot Noir vineyards in both the Cote de Beaune and the Cote de Nuits.  Possessing pure and enticing notes of red fruits and surprising earthy complexity, it is lively, fresh, and aromatic.  For less than $20, this offers amazing nuance, class, and pedigree.
Tasting Price: $17.99 in mixed 3-packs | $16.99 in mixed 6-packs | $15.99 in mixed cases

3. 2015 Domaine du Cros Marcillac “Lo Sang del Pais” (Marcillac, France) – We’re getting off of the beaten path with this one!  Marcillac is a small AOC in southwest France, and Domaine du Cros is arguably the top producer here.  The specialty of the region is the native grape Fer Servadou (aka Mansois) grown in the iron-rich soils of the region.  With bright acidity, fine tannins, and plenty of good funk, this is as versatile a food wine as some of the finest Cru Beaujolais’.  Trust us, try it with grilled sausages, and your head will spin!
Tasting Price: $15.29 in mixed 3-packs | $14.44 in mixed 6-packs | $13.59 in mixed cases

Taste Michel Gassier wines at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting – Focus on Michel Gassier

Saturday, April 1st from 2-5 pm – Join us for a free wine tasting (click here for directions) featuring new vintages of Michel Gassier’s award winning Southern Rhones!  Yep, the Cercius and the Nostre Pais reds and whites are back, and Table Wine is the only place in Asheville to get them!

We spend a lot of time talking about the wines of Michel Gassier.  Why?  Because they represent some of the best values of the Southern Rhone every single year.  Michel Gassier was born in Costieres de Nimes, the southernmost part of the Rhone Valley, and he knows the land, the grapes, the climate, and the soil. This knowledge is highly evident in his wines.  You all know the Cercius wines are rock solid, but we think the real values are his Nostre Pais wines.  These might best be described as his “Cercius Reserve” wines.  Made with fruit from Gassier’s home turf of Costieres de Nimes, just west of Chateauneuf du Pape, these wines offer up Chateauneuf like style, flavor, and press at a fraction of the price.  Sound good? All you have to do is stop by, taste, learn, and save on all of the featured wines.

Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

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

1. 2015 Michel Gassier Cercius Blanc (Southern Rhone Valley) – This enchanting blend of Grenache Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc is the best selling white wine in the store.  Offering loads of ripe fruit flavors, great texture, and plenty of balancing acidity, it’s what Josh calls “the perfect white wine.”
Tasting Price: $13.49/bottle | $12.74 in mixed 6-packs | $11.99 in mixed cases

2. 2014 Michel Gassier Nostre Pais Blanc (Costieres de Nimes)
– This brilliant white wine would put many White Chateauneuf du Papes to bed!  A blend of 52% Grenache Blanc, 22% Roussanne, 17% Viognier, and dollops of Clairette and Bourbolenc, this is fresh, bright, exotic and delicious.  Offering up gorgeous notes of white peach, citrus blossom, white flowers, and zesty acidity, it offer immediate gratification.
Tasting Price: $17.99/bottle | $16.99 in mixed 6-packs | $15.99 in mixed cases

3. 2015 Michel Gassier Cotes du Rhone Vieilles Vignes “Cercius” (Southern Rhone Valley) – The Cercius Cotes du Rhone is one of the best selling wines in the history of the store, and Vintage 2015 produced another incredible wine.  A blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah, all from 80+ year old vineyards, it is fat, plush, and decadent with notes of ripe kirsch, raspberry, lavender and Provencal herbs.  Full bodied, yet seamless and smooth, this is guaranteed to blow some minds.
Tasting Price: $15.29/bottle | $14.44 in mixed 6-packs | $13.59 in mixed cases

4. 2014 Michel Gassier Nostre Pais Rouge (Costieres de Nimes) –  We’ll let Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate tell you about this one!  “One of the bigger, richer versions of this cuvee, the 2014 Nostre Païs Costières de Nîmes (35% Grenache, 25% Carignan, 20% Syrah and the rest Mourvèdre and Cinsault) was fermented with one-third whole clusters and aged in equal parts 500-liter barrels and concrete tanks. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by terrific notes of blackberries, blackcurrants, roasted herbs and licorice. It has serious mid-palate depth, integrated acidity and present, yet ripe tannin, all suggesting it will evolve gracefully for at least 4-6 years.” – 91 points
Tasting Price: $17.99/bottle | $16.99 in mixed 6-packs | $15.99 in mixed cases

Domaine Lafage Miraflors Blanc at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

2015 Domaine Lafage Miraflors Blanc – Perfect Sunny Day Sipper

Yep, it’s another Domaine Lafage wine on sale!  I love Jean-Marc’s wines and if you have not tried the dazzling 2015 Domaine Lafage Miraflors Blanc, it’s time to change that!  This is one of the freshest, most exotic, and aromatically pleasing white wines in the store at the moment, and like the Miraflors Rose, it tastes just as good as it looks!  Stop by and pick some up or join us Saturday, March 18th to try this one first.  Here’s the deal:

2016 Domaine Lafage Miraflors Blanc – On Sale Through Saturday, April 1st

Regular Price: $16.99/bottle 

Sale Price: $14.44/bottle (15% off) or $13.59/bottle (20% off) on your solid 6-pack

If you liked the Domaine Lafage Miraflors Rose (our last Wine of the Week), you’re going to love Jean-Marc’s white wine.  A blend of 7 classic Mediterranean white grapes – Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Muscat, Viognier, Vermentino, Roussanne, and Sauvignon Blanc to be exact – it is one of those white wines that just makes you smile when you smell it.  From organically farmed, 35 year old vineyards located near the Mediterranean, the wine is fermented in stainless steel and aged on its fine lees for 4 months.  Exploding out of the glass with notes of white peach, creamy lemon, honeysuckle, mint, and citrus peel, there is a lot going on here.  On the palate, the wine is dry, yet nicely fruited with terrific brightness and freshness.  Trust me, a couple bottles of this, some good friends, a warm and sunny day, and a porch or patio equals smiles all-around!

A quintessential white wine for sipping outside or for serving alongside fish curries, spicy Thai food, or grilled vegetables, this is going to fly out of the store quickly.  Stop by and pick some up or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com.  I’ll be glad to hold it for you through the end of the sale period.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville, NC.

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588

Southern French free wine tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting – Southern French Wine Values

Saturday, March 18th from 2-5 pm — Stop by the store (directions here) for a festive and free wine tasting featuring a trio of stunning Southern French  wine values!  Free to the public and you can drop by any time between 2 and 5 pm.

Southern France is home to some of the greatest wine values on the planet.  The warm and sunny, Mediterranean-influenced conditions are ideal for the vine, and the resulting wines are richly fruited and often marked by spicy nuances.  Join us as we pour you 3 of our favorites!  We’ll start with the Domaine Lafage Miraflors Blanc, our current Wine of the Week and a wine that literally tastes like spring in a bottle.  Up next, we’ll pour you a hearty and rustic little red from the Southern Rhone.  To finish, we’ll pour the new vintage (2015) of one of our favorite Cotes du Rhones — the exceptional 2015 vintage has yielded an excellent wine that sells for a song.  Stop by, taste, learn and save big on all of the tasting wines!

Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

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

1. 2015 Domaine Lafage Miraflors Blanc (Roussillon, France) – “A blend of close to equal parts Grenache Blanc, Vermentino, Viognier, Muscat and Grenache Gris that was raised all in tank (with plenty of lees contact), it offers exotic aromas and flavors of mint, citrus peel and lemon to go with a medium-bodied, bright, fresh style on the palate that’s ideal for a hot summer day.” — Jeb Dunnuck — The Wine Advocate — 90 points
Tasting Price: $15.29 on mixed 3-packs | $14.44 on mixed 6-packs | $13.59 on mixed cases
Special Wine of the Week Price: $14.44/bottle (15% off) or $13.59/bottle (20% off) on your solid 6-pack!

2. 2015 Isle Saint-Pierre Rouge (Rhone Valley, France) – This obscure, but delicious and juicy blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Arinarnoa, and Petit Verdot comes from an island in the middle of the Rhone River.  It is medium bodied, fresh, spicy and low in tannin red makin git a great one to have with or without food.
Tasting Price: $10.79 on mixed 3-packs | $10.19 on mixed 6-packs | $9.59 on mixed cases

3. 2014 La Grange de Piaugier Cotes du Rhone (Rhone Valley, France) – I would venture to guess that at least six of my mortgage payments have been “assisted” by our sales of various Cotes du Rhones.  This one is a great example of why so many love the red wines of Southern France.  Mainly Grenache, with smaller portions of Syrah, Mourvedre, and a few others, it’s medium bodied, juicy, and spicy with moderate earthy complexity.  Talk about a chuggable red…….
Tasting Price: $11.69/bottle | $11.04 in mixed six packs | $10.39 in mixed cases

Sample some delicious new wines at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Quintessential House Wines

Friday, March 24th from 4-7 pm – Join us at the store (directions here) for a free wine tasting featuring a trio of quintessential house wines.  From a little Southern French operation called Le Ballon, this is your chance to try their white, rosé, and red.  Trust us, the wines are delicious, affordable, and perfect for spring and summer parties and casual sipping.

Call them house wines, table wines, or vin de table…….we don’t care what you call them!  The new Le Ballon wines from the Languedoc are some of the most honest and easy drinking French wines of all time!  Part of the Vignerons de Nature portfolio imported to North Carolina by local importer/distributor Sour Grapes, the Le Ballon wines are ridiculous values in highly quaffable organic wines.  We’ll start with the white, a fresh and zesty, tank fermented blend of equal parts Sauvignon Blanc and Vermentino.  Up next, the dry rosé is simply sensational — 50% Grenache and 50% Cinsault, this is about as chuggable as wine can get.  To finish, the grill-ready red combines Grenache with little bits of Cinsault and Cabernet Sauvignon — juicy, spicy, and easygoing, this is the perfect mid-weight red for warmer weather drinking.  All you have to do is stop by, taste, learn and save on all of the featured tasting wines.

Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

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

1. 2016 Le Ballon Blanc (Languedoc, France) – This is exactly the kind of white wine you want to have around the house for pretty much any sort of drinking occasion.  A blend of equal parts Vermentino and Sauvignon Blanc fermented in stainless steel, it offers up crisp notes of peach, apple, citrus and white flowers.  Uncomplicated, but way too easy to drink, this is a lot of white wine for the money.
Tasting Price: $8.99 on mixed 3-packs | $8.49 on mixed 6-packs | $7.99 on mixed cases

2. 2016 Le Ballon Rosé (Languedoc, France) – After one sniff of this wine, we knew we were going to buy it.  Talk about a wine that smells like sunny fruit!  Tart strawberry, cherry, white peach, honeysuckle and more.  We guarantee you can’t have just 1 glass!
Tasting Price: $8.99 on mixed 3-packs | $8.49 on mixed 6-packs | $7.99 on mixed cases

3. 2016 Le Ballon Rouge (Languedoc, France) – A combination of 50% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon from organically cultivated vineyards, this stainless steel fermented red is full of charm and sheer drinkability.  Stock up on this one for cookouts and bbq!
Tasting Price: $8.99 on mixed 3-packs | $8.49 on mixed 6-packs | $7.99 on mixed cases

Buy Domaine Lafage Miraflors Rose at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Best Selling Dry Rose Is Back – 2016 Domaine Lafage Miraflors Rose

Our best selling dry rose of 2016 is back and better than ever!  The 2016 Domaine Lafage Miraflors Rosé arrived last week, Ben and I popped a bottle, and we are both convinced that this year’s version is even better than last year’s.  I know it’s still February, but this is one of those wines that tastes just as good as it looks no matter what time of year it is.  The only think I have left to say is come and get it!

2016 Domaine Lafage Miraflors Rosé – On Sale Through Thursday, March 9th

Regular Price: $17.99/bottle 

Sale Price: $15.99/bottle (over 10% off) or $14.39/bottle (20% off) on your solid 6-pack

I’m not going to go into depth about Domaine Lafage, Jean-Marc and his wife Eliane, and the incredible wines they make.  If you’ve shopped here, you’ve heard the in-depth story.  I will simply say that they make some of the best wines in France’s Roussillon region, and their Miraflors Rosé is always a standout.  A blend of organically cultivated Grenache Gris (80+ year old vines) and Mourvedre, this is literally springtime in a bottle.  Ripe and silky, yet elegant and energetic, it tastes even better than the bottle looks.  And yes, that is one of the best-looking bottles of wine we stock!  Laced with aromas and flavors of red berries (think strawberry, cherry, and raspberry) with hints of floral infused white peach, the wine is decidedly dry yet silky smooth.

Buy it and save it for the next 70 degree day or turn up the heat and drink it liberally.  You’ll thank me.  This is always one of the first dry rosés to arrive and thus one of the first to disappear.  Stop by and pick some up or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com.  I’ll be glad to hold it for you through the end of the sale period.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville, NC.

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588

Try some world class French white wines at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting – World Class French White Wines

Saturday, February 18th from 2-5pm — For fans of French white wines, this is the tasting you don’t want to miss.  We’ll pour a trio of truly classy and stylish wines from the Loire and Burgundy, two of France’s top white wine zones.

This is an incredible lineup of very special wines from some of the most distinct and special terroirs of France.  With spring just around the corner (hopefully), this is a great opportunity to taste some of our favorite new white wine arrivals.  We’ll start with a crispy and crunchy Chardonnay from Muscadet, in France’s Loire Valley.  Possessing bright flavors of fresh apple, pear, citrus and mineral, it’s a perennial staff and customer favorite.  Up next is a stunning, mineral-laced Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly Fumé, also in France’s Loire Valley.  This one is already flying out of the store and shows the more restrained and complex side of Sauvignon Blanc.  To finish, you’ll get to sample a drop dead gorgeous version of White Burgundy from the oft-overlooked village of Montagny.  Super stylish, moderately rich, and beautifully balanced, this Premier Cru is shows a whole different side of Chardonnay.  Seriously, don’t miss this tasting!  Stop by, taste, learn, and save on all of the featured tastings 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%, or mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2015 Eric Chevalier Chardonnay (Loire Valley, France) – Eric Chevalier’s family has owned vineyards just south of Nantes in the western part of the Loire Valley for four generations.  He was the first to estate bottle wines from their unique terroir that is composed of rocky, quartz-rich soils.  The resulting wine possesses flinty minerality along with notions of bright fruit and zero oak.  It’s always great, but the warm and sunny 2015 vintage has yielded a wine with a little more richness and intensity.
Tasting Price: $16.19 on mixed 3-packs | $15.29 on mixed 6-packs | $14.39 on mixed cases

2. 2015 Régis Minet Pouilly Fumé “Vieilles Vignes” (Loire Valley, France) – This is easily the best Pouilly Fumé we’ve ever stocked!  Just across the river from Sancerre, this is 100% Sauvignon Blanc fermented in stainless steel and aged the lees for 6 months.  The Kermit Lynch website says, “You couldn’t ask for a cleaner, fresher, flintier, or truer expression of Sauvignon Blanc. Its mouth-watering acidity, depth of flavor, and fleshy texture will have you racing back for more.”  We concur 100%!
Tasting Price: $22.49 on mixed 3-packs | $21.24 on mixed 6-packs | $19.99 on mixed cases

3. 2015 Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot Montagny 1er Cru (Burgundy, France) – Prior to making his own wines, Jean-Marc Boillot was the winemaker at Olivier Leflaive.  In addition, his grandmother was Burgundy’s famed Etienne Sauzet.  Talk about a guy with Burgundy running through his veins!  The style here is rich, ripe, and highly attractive and his Montagny 1er Cru is one of the great values in super high quality White Burgundy.  From the highly esteemed 2015 vintage, this one shows lovely notes of poached pear, spiced apple, carmelized citrus and judicious oak.
Tasting Price: $31.49 on mixed 3-packs | $29.74 on mixed 6-packs | $27.99 on mixed cases