The best Prosecco in the world at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

2015 Alla Costiera Prosecco – Prosecco Deal of the Year

Wine of the Week – The 2015 Alla Costiera Prosecco is the best Prosecco I have ever tasted!  I still remember the first time we tasted this wine with importer Jay Murrie, the man behind Piedmont Wine Imports.  It was revelatory.  The bubbles were finer and less frothy, the bouquet was intense with notes of white fruits and flowers, and the palate was smooth and almost creamy.  This was no ordinary Prosecco!  Jay went on to tell us about the history and methodology of the producer (we’ll get to that later), and it all made sense.  That was almost 4 years ago, and since then this incredible, certified organic, small batch Prosecco has become a staff and customer favorite.  The 2015 vintage arrived about a month ago after a long absence, I took a bottle home immediately, and I still say that the Alla Costiera is the best Prosecco I have ever tasted. Keep reading to learn more or trust me and stop by the store and pick some up.

2015 Alla Costiera Prosecco Extra Dry – On Sale Through Saturday, June 3

Regular Price: $16.99/bottle

Sale Price: $14.99/bottle or just $13.59/bottle on your solid 6-pack (20% off)

I’ll let wordsmith Jay Murrie sum up the philosophy at Alla Costiera: “Filippo Gamba is a no-nonsense farmer. Back when nearly nobody cared about natural viticulture in Veneto, he transformed Alla Costiera into a scrupulously organic and low-intervention estate. After nearly two decades in charge of this successful small family domaine, Filippo is still thinking and acting like a young visionary winemaker: like he has something to prove.”  Keep it up Filippo! Today, he and his family farm a mere 7 hectares of vines just outside the village of Vo Vecchio in the Colli Eugenei hills.  In addition to being certified organic, they work with old vines in the 15 to 75 year age range and use native yeasts for their fermentations.  Even more impressive is the fact that they make their Prosecco in tiny batches, about 2,500 bottles at a time.  In a good year, Alla Costiera will produce only 500 cases of their Prosecco.  Small production does not always guarantee quality, but it does in this case!

Filippo Gamba of Alla Costiera.

Filippo Gamba, the man behind Alla Costiera.

You can certainly taste the difference Filippo’s passion and hard work make in this wine.  This is true small grower/producer Prosecco, and this is exactly the kind of wine that I like to champion.  Completely contrary in so many ways to the mass produced Proseccos that line the shelves at grocery stores, this is truly special wine.  It’s all in the bottle here folks, and the best way to experience what I’m talking about is to buy some! Carefully remove the cork, pour yourself a glass, and you will be greeted by pristine aromas of pear, apple, citrus and floral notes.  Take a sip, and I think you’ll taste the difference.  There’s a perfect balance between ripe and round orchard fruits and higher toned citrus fruits that just keeps you coming back for sip after sip.

I don’t know what else I can say about this one………….oh yeah, you’re gonna’ like it!  Stock up on this one while it’s here because it does run out.  If you’d like to try before you buy, just stop by the store on Friday, May 19th (4-7pm) as we’ll be pouring it. Of course, you can always email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com, and I’ll be glad to hold some for you through the end of the sale period.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator
828.505.8588

Sparkling Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Spring and Summer Sparkling Wines- Free on Fridays Wine Tasting

Friday, May 19th from 4-7pm – Stop by Table Wine in South Asheville for a free wine tasting of some awesome spring and summer sparkling wines.  This is your chance to try the 2015 Alla Costiera Prosecco, our new Wine of the Week and the best Prosecco we’ve ever tried!

Who said sparkling wines were just for the holidays and special occasions?  Not us!  Join us as we pour a delicious and affordable trio of bubbles from the Old World.  To start, it’s the always dependable and delicious Broadbent Vinho Verde.  A candidate for the best value porch and patio pounder out there, this year’s version is as good as ever.  Up next, it’s a bone dry, clean and “bready” Cava from Spain’s Perelada Estate.  Possessing great cleansing acidity and an overall zesty personality, this is the perfect bottle to start your weekend.  To finish, it’s the greatest Prosecco we’ve ever tried.  About 500 cases of Alla Costiera’s Prosecco are made each year, and you can certainly taste the small production craftsmanship with every sip.  Get your weekend off to a good start — stop by, taste, learn and save every Friday at Table Wine.  Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

Table Wine, Asheville's premiere wine shop.

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. NV Broadbent Vinho Verde (Vinho Verde, Portugal) – Vinho Verde is Portugal’s most popular white wine, and it’s also one of the most refreshing wines on the planet.  A blend of native Portuguese grapes, it is lightly fizzy/frothy and super fresh with notes of green apple and mixed citrus fruits.
Tasting Price: $8.99 on mixed 3-packs | $8.49 on mixed 6-packs | $7.99 on mixed cases


2. 2013 Castillo Perelada “Stars” Cava Brut Nature (Emporda, Spain) – Since 1987, every summer Castillo Perelada hosts one of the most prestigious music festivals in Europe. This Cava was made as a tribute to all the artists who perform each year.  A traditional blend of Parellada, Xarel-lo, and Macabeu, this is clean, dry, and zesty Cava for all occasions.
Tasting Price: $13.49/bottle | $12.74 in a mixed six pack | $11.99 in a mixed case

3. 2015 Alla Costiera Prosecco Extra-Dry (Veneto, Italy) – It’s our Wine of the Week and it’s simply sensational.  From a small, certified organic, family owned estate, this is as good as Prosecco gets.  100% Glera from older vineyards in the Colli Eugenei, just 500 cases of this wine are made each year!  Compare that to some of the “other,” more well known Prosecco producers who produce their wines in a “factory setting” and make close to a million cases…………it’s an incredible value!
Tasting Price: $14.99/bottle | $14.44 in a mixed six pack | $13.59 in a mixed case
Special Wine of the Week Price: $14.99/bottle or $13.59/bottle on your solid 6-pack

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588

Mothers Day Wine Tasting

Try Three For Free Wine Tasting – Mother’s Day Sparkling Wines

Try Three for Free Wine Tasting this Saturday, May 7th from 2 to 5 p.m. featuring some classic Mother’s Day sparkling wines!  Join us this Saturday, May 7th for Asheville’s best free wine tasting!  This week, we’ll have a special Mother’s Day themed tasting featuring some of our favorite festive sparkling wines.  These are wines that work well with Mother’s Day brunches and lunches, but you don’t have to be a mom to enjoy them.  Swing by the store with or without mom, taste, learn and save up to 20% off 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. NV Broadbent Vinho Verde (Portugal) – I taste lots of Vinho Verdes every year, but I always come back to this one.  Assembled by and brought to the US by Bartholomew Broadbent, one of the leading authorities on Portuguese wine in the world, it is lightly frothy, beautifully fresh and dry, and simply delicious.  Chill it nicely, twist the cap off, pour in glass, enjoy and repeat!
Tasting Price: $8.99 in mixed 3-packs | $8.49 in mixed six packs | $7.99 in mixed cases


2. NV Bailly-Lapierre Brut Rose (Burgundy, France) – This has quickly become a staff and customer favorite in a very short period of time.  A blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay from a high quality cooperative based in Bailly, the birthplace of the AOC Crémant de Bourgogne, it is deeply colored and bursting with red fruits, spices and mineral notes.  Come taste it and see why folks are loving it!
Tasting Price: $17.99 on mixed 3-packs | $16.99 on mixed 6-packs | $15.99 on mixed cases

3. 2013 Raventos I Blanc De Nit  (Conca del Riu Anoia, Spain) – In my opinion and the opinion of many wine judges, writers, and lovers, Raventos is the top sparkling wine producer in Spain.  This 21st generation family domaine is currently run by the passionate Pepe Raventos, and he has created a new appellation with mucher higher standards of  quality and geographic requirements than that which is covered under the simple Cava appellation.  The Raventos De Nit is their pale colored, but powerful dry rose, and it is made up of old vine Macabeau, Xarel-lo, Parellada, and just a splash of Monastrell.  You don’t have to agree, but to us, this represents one of the best sparkling wine values on the planet.  Tasting equal to or superior to many much higher priced Champagnes from France, this make an ideal aperitif.  Enjoy!
Tasting Price: $25.19 on mixed 3-packs | $23.79 on mixed 6-packs | $22.39 on mixed cases

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator/Wine Buyer
Table Wine Asheville
828.505.8588 or josh@tablewineasheville.com

Sparkling Wine Tasting

With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, we invite you to join us for a sparkling wine tasting this Saturday, December 27th featuring bubbles from all over the world.  From Spanish Cava and Italian Prosecco to Methode Champenoise domestic bubbles and true Champagne, you’ll get to try a bunch of delicious bubbles.  Even better, all of the wines will be on sale at great prices.

We promise it will be fun and festive and it’s our last wine tasting of 2014.  Stop by any time between 2 and 5 p.m. this Saturday, shake off the post-Christmas blues, and gear up for New Year’s Eve.  Please help us spread the word and let’s end the year in style, with the best sparkling wine tasting in Asheville.

The Wines

1. NV Delamotte Champagne Brut – Delamotte comes from the House of Salon, and in our opinion, Salon is the single greatest Champagne on the planet.  They only make Salon in great vintage year, so when they don’t make it, all of that gorgeous Grand Cru fruit goes into this bottle. We’re of the firm belief that we should start with the best, and this is one of the best non-vintage Champagnes we’ve tasted this year.

2. NV Gruet Blanc de Noirs – Yep, great Methode Champenoise sparkling wine is made in New Mexico.  Gruet has been at it since 1984 and their Blanc de Noirs is one of the great domestic bubbly values.  Elegant and focused, with creamy vanilla and apple aromas and rich yet crisp flavors of baked pear and cinnamon bread.

3. NV Avinyo Cava Brut Reserve – Avinyo is one of the great family owned and operated, estate Cava houses, and the current release is as good as ever.  A traditional blend of Macabeu, Parellada, Xarel-lo made Méthode Champénoise with 100% free run juice and aged 18 to 22 months before being disgorged, this is always one of our favorite Cavas.

4. NV Francois Montand Brut Blanc de Blancs – Francois Montand grew up in Champagne, but relocated to the Jura region (just east of Burgundy) in the 1940’s.  These days, the firm makes some of the most dependable, reliable, and honest sparkling wine in the regions.  Adhering to the methods of Champagne, this lovely blend of Ugni Blanc, Colombard, and Chardonnay is dry, tart and lightly toasty.  It makes for a great, affordable sparkling wine that is good enough to drink on its own, but also perfect for making sparkling wine cocktails.

5. NV Belstar Prosecco Extra Dry – Year in and year out, Belstar is one of the best Prosecco values on the market.  Composed entirely of Glera grapes, it is light, fragrant and refreshing with tender notes of apple, melon, pear and flowers.  With low alcohol and a friendly fruitiness, this is one to buy at least two bottles of.

6. NV Sant Evasio Brachetto d’Aqui – We’ll finish up with one of the most unique sparkling wines in the world.  Brachetto yields a very low alcohol, sweet, and lightly fizzy wine that tastes like fresh squeezed strawberry juice.  Grab a bottle of this and a box of Blue Moon Truffles and call it a night!