World Class Wines Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Super Saturday Wine Tasting – World Class Wines

Saturday, September 30th from 2-5pm – For our next Super Saturday Wine Tasting, we’re pouring some world class wines perfect for fall.  It’s been a great summer, but I think we’re all ready for cooler weather, bigger and richer wines, and heartier meals.  This guarantees to be an epic wine tasting featuring some truly special wines, and you’re invited.  Bring a friend!

I can promise you that this will be one of the best wine tastings of the fall.  We’re really going all out for this one!  I’m talking about Venge Cabernet Sauvignon, a new red blend that will make you forget about The Prisoner, and a stunning 2015 Red Burgundy. Yep, I let Ben, Will, and Sarah pick out the lineup for this one, and they didn’t hold back.

It’s just $5 (free for Grape Nuts) to taste all 6 premium wines, and the prices range from $20 to $50.  Additionally, all of the tasting wines will be aggressively discounted.  I am proud of all of the value wines we have to offer, but it’s always fun to pour and taste some topnotch wines from some first-class producers.  Check out the lineup of wines below, and don’t forget the date.  Stop by, taste, learn, stock up and save big on a bunch of awesome wines.  No RSVP is required – all you have to do is stop by, grab a glass and a tasting/sales sheet, and have a good time.

All of the featured tasting wines are being offered at 20% off by the bottle!  All sales must be tendered by the end of business on Saturday unless other arrangements are made.  Email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com with questions. 

1. 2016 Smith Story Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma County, California) – The new vintage of our favorite California Sauvignon Blanc is super!  Beautifully vibrant and crisp, it soars with aromas and flavors of green apple, lemon curd, mixed citrus and mineral.
Special Tasting Price: $18.39/bottle

2. 2014 Michel Gassier Costieres de Nimes Blanc “Lou Coucardie” (Rhone Valley, France) – From 35 to 55 year old vines grown in the rocky/sandy soils of Costieres de Nimes, the southern-most part of the Rhone Valley, this one is fermented and aged in French oak. “Tasking like a top flight Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc with its buttered citrus, citrus oil, white flowers and apple blossom aromas and flavors.” – Jeb Dunnuck – The Wine Advocate – 91+ points
Special Tasting Price: $23.99/bottle

3. 2015 Capitain-Gagnerot Bourgogne Rouge (Burgundy, France) – Established in 1802, this esteemed estate has holdings in both the Cote de Beaune and the Cote de Nuits.  Their Bourgogne Rouge is a special one.  From a vineyard planted in 1952 that sits at the northeastern base of the Corton hillside, this is lovely Pinot Noir.  Deep notes of raspberry, dark cherry, and strawberry lead into a sumptuous palate of rich and silky fruit, spice and earth.
Special Tasting Price: $20.79/bottle

4. 2015 Jiménez-Landi Bajondillo (Mentrida, Spain) – Vigneron Daniel Landi is leading the pack of Mentrida producers to greater heights.  His Bajondillo red blend combines 85% Garnacha from old vines with little bits of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.  The resulting wine is medium bodied, silky and savory with earthy, leathery, smoky notes on top of juicy berry fruit.  I love how this wine manages to balance weight and power with elegance.
Special Tasting Price: $15.99/bottle

5. 2015 Tank Garage Winery All or Nothing Red Blend (Napa Valley, California) – This aptly named winery is located in an old garage in Calistoga, and their wines are super!  The All or Nothing Red Blend is 100% Napa Zinfandel,  Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Malbec, and a few others.  It is big, broad, plush…………we like to call it a “Pleasure Bomb” of a wine!
Special Tasting Price: $23.99/bottle

6. 2015 Venge Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon “Silencieux” (Napa Valley, California) – This is a special treat as we only get 20 six-packs of this one per year!  Kirk Venge makes larger-than-life wines, and his 2015 Silencieux Cabernet is no exception.  From the hot and dry 2015 vintage, this one offers up classic notes of cassis, dark cherry, mocha and spicy, toasty oak.  The last three vintages of this wine have garnered 94-95 point scores in the Wine Advocate — this one will be no exception!
Special Tasting Price: $39.99/bottle

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588
josh@tablewineasheville.com

European Cellars Eric Solomon Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Epic Eric Solomon Selections – Super Saturday Wine Tasting

Saturday, August 26th from 2-5 pm – Our next Super Saturday Wine Tasting features an epic lineup of French and Spanish wines from importer Eric Solomon!  Many of you know and love Eric’s selections — we’ll be breaking out some old favorites as well as some new finds.  Just $5/person to sample 10 wines — free for Grape Nuts.

Charlotte-based importer Eric Solomon is one of the best in the business.  His French and Spanish wines always garner high marks from The Wine Advocate as well as other trade periodicals (see below) — they are quite deserving of the praise.  Join us for an extensive tasting guided by Mike Kolker and Peg Laurita of Freedom Beverage, the North Carolina distributor of Eric’s wines.  They’ll pour you some incredible values along with some more “choice” selections from some of the warmer and sunnier parts of France and Spain.  From crisp and aromatic Verdejo and Grenache Blanc to rich and spicy Monastrell, Grenache Rouge and Syrah, we’re bringing out some serious heat for this tasting.

For fans of lush, polished, and distinctive European wines, this is one of the best wine tastings of the summer.  Prices range from $12 to $30+ on the wines — there’s something for every palate and every budget!  Check out the lineup below, and I think you’ll agree that this is an impressive lineup.  And at just $5 to try all 10 wines, it’s a great deal!  Oh yeah, all of the tasting wines will be aggressively discounted.  Stop by, taste, learn, stock up and save big on a bunch of awesome wines.  No RSVP is required – all you have to do is stop by, grab a glass and a tasting/sales sheet, and have a good 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. 2015 Herencia Altes Garnatxa Blanca (Terra Alta, Spain) – 89 points The Wine Advocate

2. Menade Verdejo (Rueda, Spain)

3. 2016 Domaine Lafage Cote Est (Roussillon, France) – 88 points The Wine Advocate

4. 2015 Domaine Lafage Novellum Chardonnay (Roussillon, France) – 90 points The Wine Advocate

5. 2015 Domaine Lafage Cuvée Centenaire (Roussillon, France) – 92 points The Wine Advocate

6. 2015 Herencia Altes Garnatxa Negre (Terra Alta, Spain)

7. 2015 Casa Castillo Monastrell (Jumilla, Spain) – 90 points The Wine Advocate

8. 2014 Domaine Lafage Narassa (Roussillon, France) – 93 points The Wine Advocate

9. 2015 Chateau Saint-Roch Kerbuccio Maury Sec (Roussillon, France) – 94 points The Wine Advocate

10. 2013 Saint Jean du Barroux L’Argile (Ventoux, France) – 92 points The Wine Advocate

Serious Red Blends Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Serious Red Blends – Free on Fridays Wine Tasting

Friday, August 11th from 4-7 p.m. – Join us for a tasting featuring some red blends with serious depth and character.  It’s Asheville’s best free wine tasting and you’re invited!

Red Blends are all the rage these days, but blending grape varieties together is nothing new.  It’s been a common practice in famed regions like Bordeaux, Chateauneuf du Pape, and Napa Valley for hundreds of years.  Stop by the store this Friday to taste a trio of wines from near and far made by masterfully blending different grapes.  After searching for quite a while, we’ve found a North Carolina wine that we can really get behind.  That will get the party started!   The mixer continues with a new Portuguese red blend that offers tons of flavor at a very modest price.  We finish with a Table Wine staple from the Ventoux region of France imported by Charles Neal.  There’s much more to each of these wines so stop by, taste, learn, and save this and every Friday 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 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. NV Sanctuary Vineyards “Morton” Red Table Wine (Outer Banks, North Carolina) – Just three miles from the Atlantic Ocean, Sanctuary Vineyards uses all five Bordeaux varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot) to craft their “Morton” Red Blend. It’s juicy, easy drinking, and more importantly, it’s the North Carolina wine we’ve been searching for.

2. 2015 Aplanta Red Wine Blend (Alentejo, Portugal) – Composed of 70% Aragonez (Tempranillo) and 30% Alicante Bouschet, this is destined to become a Table Wine top seller.  It shows a deep color, it balances ripe berry fruit with structure, and it’s about $10 per bottle! An interesting side note is that Aplanta’s grapes are grown in a community vineyard planted in 2002 after the village was relocated to make space for a much-needed reservoir in the middle of one of the most arid regions of Western Europe. The wine is said to be a “liquid link” between us and the story of Aldeia da Luz and its people.

3. 2015 Les Terrasses d’Eole Rouge (Ventoux, France) – For many years Claude and Gisele Saurel grew grapes to sell to the local cooperative. However, fresh from Agronomy school, son Stephane convinced them to start bottling on their own in 1998. We’re glad he did as this blend of 65% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre combines incredible complexity with pleasure-bent drinkability unmatched in this price range.  We like to call this one poor man’s Chateauneuf du Pape!

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588
josh@tablewineasheville.com

BB's Buddies Wine Tasting Benefit

Classic Wines of the Euro-Zone – Super Saturday Wine Tasting

Saturday, July 29th from 2-5 pm – For our next Super Saturday Wine Tasting, we’re pouring 10 classic wines of the Euro-Zone with Ryan Brazell and Kate Stamps of Rise Over Run Wine!  This is one of our favorite new distributors/importers, and we invite you to stop by and check out a bunch of new arrivals from France, Spain, Austria and Germany.  Even better, it’ Table Wine’s birthday, so the tasting is free to all!

“Near Master of Wine” Ryan Brazell and industry veteran Kate Stamps started Rise Over Run just a couple of months ago, and we are huge fans.  Simply put, they have incredible palates, and the wines they have selected are some of the most exciting we’ve tasted all summer.  After extensive travels throughout Europe, Ryan and Kate have put together a wonderful portfolio of wines from small growers and producers.  We’re super excited to share them with you. We’ll pour you wines from all over the Euro-Zone, but we’ll focus on the classics………..with a couple of weirdly wonderful wines as well.  From incredible Albarino and Gruner Veltliner to sensual Pinot Noir and boisterous Bandol Rouge, this is a tasting you don’t want to miss.

Rise Over Run Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Sample a bevy of summer-appropriate whites, rosés and reds for a paltry fee and stock up on some wines perfect for cookouts and beach trips.  Prices range from $10 to $40, so there’s a wine for every palate and budget here folks.  Check out the list below, and I think you’ll agree that this is an adventurous and epic tasting that is not to be missed.  Stop by, taste, learn, stock up and save big on a bunch of awesome wines.  No RSVP is required – all you have to do is stop by, grab a glass and a tasting/sales sheet, and have a good 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. 2015 Coing de Sevre Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie (Loire Valley, France)

2. 2015 La Belle Vigne Cotes de Gascogne Blanc (Southwest, France

3. 2015 Hermann Moser Gruner Veltliner (Kremstal, Austria)

4. 2015 Bodegas Y Vinedo Attis “Xion” Albarino (Rias Baixas, Spain)

5. 2016 Chateau Coussin “Le Rosé de S” (Provence, France)

6. 2016 J. Mourat Coleccion Rouge (Loire Valley, France)

7. 2014 Ludi Neiss Spatburgunder (Pfalz, Germany)

8. 2015 Domaine des Homs L’Amandier (Languedoc, France)

9. 2013 Castro Ventosa Mencia “El Castro de Valtuille” (Bierzo, Spain)

10. 2011 Domaine Suffrene Bandol Rouge

BB's Buddies Wine Tasting Benefit

Summer Wine Showcase – Super Saturday Wine Tasting

Saturday, June 24th from 2-5 pm – For our next Super Saturday Wine Tasting, it’s a Summer Wine Showcase with Sara Helmkamp and Aldo Morales of Advintage Distributing!  Help us welcome the summer season with a big tasting starring 10 awesome wines from all parts of the globe.  Just $5 to try all of the wines or it’s free if you’re a Grape Nut!

Lynn and I recently headed south to Charleston to pay a visit to one of our favorite suppliers, distributors, and importers.  Advintage Distributing was started in 2003 by the passionate Henri Gabriel, a super cool dude who loves wine just as much as I do.  He has truly built a very special portfolio of wines, and he treated us to a wonderful tasting at their temperature controlled, state of the art warehouse.  I returned to Asheville pumped about the new wines I tasted, and I can’t wait to share them with you.  We’ll be pouring quite the smorgasbord of wines — from crisp summer whites and an epic dry rosé to one of the best Cotes du Rhone deals of all time, this promises to be one of the best tastings of the summer.  Oh yeah, we’re also pouring a really special treat in the form of Wine #10 — it’s one of California’s top names in Red Zinfandel…….trust me, you don’t want to miss this tasting!

Super Saturday Wine Tasting Advintage Distributing Table Wine Asheville North Carolina

Get your summer off to a good start with a tasting featuring some of my top new finds of the season!  Check out the list below, and I think you’ll agree that this is an adventurous and epic tasting that is not to be missed.  Stop by, taste, learn, stock up and save big on a bevy of perfect summer wines.  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 Jean Perrier et Fils Jacquere “Cuvée” Gastronomie” (Savoie, France)

2. 2016 Massone Gavi “Vigneto Masera” (Piemonte, Italy)

3. 2015 Single Post Riesling (Mosel, Germany)

4. 2013 Elyse L’Ingenue White Blend (Sierra Foothills, California)

5. 2016 Domaine Montrose Rosé (Languedoc, France)

6. 2015 Soldier’s Block Shiraz (Langhorne Creek, Australia)

7. 2016 Domaine de Chantepierre Cotes du Rhone Rouge (Southern Rhone Valley, France)

8. 2015 M. Chapoutier Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillon Villages Rouge (Roussillon, France)

9. 2014 Bench Cabernet Sauvignon (Knights Valley, California)

10. Surprise Wine – It’s epic, it’s one of California’s top names in Zinfandel, and we’re pouring it.  That’s all we’re saying.

Free wine tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – What to Drink and What to Wear

Friday, June 16th from 4-7 pm – Join us on Friday for a free wine tasting as we welcome Elizabeth Roth and our friends from India Hicks. They are popping-up with an exclusive look at the summer collection of accessories and jewelry from the British designer also known as the goddaughter of Prince Charles and the daughter of famed interior designer David Hicks. Curious? You can take a peek by clicking here or you can stop by the store this Friday.

If you decide to purchase any of their high quality goods, India Hicks will donate 20% of the proceeds back to BB’s Buddies.  Formed by our good friend Robin Boylan in honor of his wife Barbara, who is stricken with this horrible disease, BB’s Buddies is donates all of the money they raise to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.   In addition, I have selected 4 classic spring and summer wines that fit perfectly in their Baby Biscayne bag.  Actually, the bag holds 8 bottles of wine!  Stop by, meet the India Hicks team, check out their wares, and taste some delicious wines.

The Baby Biscayne Bag, perfect for toting delicious beverages.

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 Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais Blanc (Beaujolais, Blanc) – For those who think they don’t like Chardonnay, wait until you try this!  This un-oaked version comes from a wonderful family owned estate that is over 500 years old.  Full bodied and creamy, yet pure and refreshing, this one offers up notes of golden apple, pear and spice.
Tasting Price: $17.99 in mixed 3-packs | $16.99 on mixed 6-packs | $15.99 on mixed cases

2. 2016 Domaine des Diables “Bonbon” Rosé (Provence, France): If you were a fan of the MIP rosé last year, you are going to lose your mind when you taste this one.  From the same estate that makes the MIP, I opted for this one this year because it is amazing.  One of the most intensely aromatic rosés I’ve ever encountered, this one smells and tastes of carmelized grapefruit, gooseberry, mixed red fruits, and pungent green herbs.  Full bodied and creamy in texture, it’s a perfect pick for the summer.
Tasting Price: $19.79 in mixed 3-packs | $18.69 in mixed six packs | $17.59 in mixed cases

3. 2014 Ampeleia Unlitro (Tuscany, Italy) – This biodynamic/organic red wine from Tuscany is made by the super talented Elisabetta Foradori.  The blend is Grenache and Mourvedre which thrive in the warm and sunny conditions of Tuscany.  Fresh, juicy, charming and joyful to drink, this is a great one for fans of Beaujolais and Pinot Noir.  Even better, it comes in a liter bottle giving you an extra 1/3 of a bottle!
Tasting Price: $19.79 in mixed 3-packs | $18.69 in mixed six packs | $17.59 in mixed cases

4. 2015 Bodegas Volver Paso a Paso Tempranillo (La Mancha, Spain) – Talk about a screaming value!  This 90 point rated red from Central Spain is ridiculously delicious and it’s less than $10.  Ripe and flowing with rich berry fruit, sweet spices, and supple tannin, I challenge you to find a better red wine for the money.
Tasting Price: $8.99 in mixed 3-packs | $18.69 in mixed six packs | $17.59 in mixed cases

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588
josh@tablewineasheville.com

Perfect Grilling Wines Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Top Value Grilling Wines – Free on Fridays Wine Tasting

Friday, April 12th from 4-7pm – Join us Friday for a free wine tasting starring some top value grilling wines.  These are guaranteed to make your grilled meats, fish, and vegetables taste even better!

If you’re like me, one of your favorite things to do during the warmer months is grilling………….and drinking wine of course!  From steaks and chops to fish and veggies, I love the charred, smoky flavors that grilling contributes to foods.  Join us to sample three of our favorite “grillmates,” aka wines that are perfect for pairing with foods off the grill, but also totally enjoyable while you are grilling said foods!  Up first, it’s a crisp and delicious dry rosé from Corisca.  I love sipping on this one while I’m grilling, and I also love it with grilled fish and asparagus too.  Next in the lineup is a juicy and spicy, Grenache-driven Cotes du Rhone that is ideal for barbecued chicken or pork slathered in peppery barbecue sauce.  To finish, we’ll got with an Old Vine Zinfandel, one of the all time great grilling wines.  From babyback ribs to thick cut steaks, this one hits the spot every time.  Stop by, taste, learn, and save big on all of the featured 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 Vetriccie Ile de Beauté Rosé (Corsica, France) – The new vintage of Vetriccie’s dry rosé is as crisp and refershing as ever.  A blend of native Corsican grapes (40% Niellucciu, 30% Sciaccarellu, 15% Grenache, 15% Merlot), it’s light, aromatic, and perfect for seafood, fish, and green vegetables.
Tasting Price: $9.89/bottle | $9.34 in mixed six packs | $8.79 in mixed cases


2. 2015 Finca Sophenia Malbec Reserve (Mendoza, Argentina) – We’ve been longtime fans of Finca Sophenia, and the new vintage of their Malbec is another winner.  From high altitude vineyards in the Tupungato sub-region of Mendoza, all fruit is hand harvested and aged for 12 months in French and American oak.  The resulting wine is a steak’s best friend!  Ripe, yet restrained, this one offers up notes of punch red berries, violet, and oak spice.
Tasting Price: $15.29/bottle | $14.44 in a mixed six pack | $13.59 in a mixed case

3. 2014 Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi, California) – For six generations, Klinker Brick has been family owned and operated, and they are one of the qualitative leaders of the vast Lodi AVA.  I recently tasted the wines with Farrah Felten-Jolley, daughter of the owners of Klinker Brick, and I was deeply impressed.  Their Old Vine Zinfandel comes from 16 different vineyard blocks with an average age of 86 years.  Deep, layered, rich and opulent, this one of my go-to wines when grilling steaks or chops.
Tasting Price: $19.79/bottle | $18.69 in a mixed six pack | $17.59 in a mixed case

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588

Asheville, North Carolina's best free wine tasting at Table Wine.

Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting – Ben’s Picks

Saturday, April 15th from 2-5 p.m. – Join us as Josh gives up his position at the tasting bar and lets long time employee Ben Fort take over for the day.  Ben will taste you on three of his favorite wines.

When Josh asked me to pick the wines for Saturday’s free wine tasting, I immediately knew which wines we’d pour as my picks.  We’ll start with a lovely white, beautifully balancing rich fruit and refreshing acidity, that always hits the spot especially on a day where I grab some Chinese take-out on the way home.  Next is the “entry level” field blend from my favorite producer in the Langhe, G. D. Vajra.  It is quite literally the family’s house wine and a perfect pair with some of my favorite foods from salmon or roast chicken to mushroom risotto.  Finally, we’ll taste the current vintage of a wine I’ve sought out every year since their appearance at #10 on the Wine Spectator Top 100 list back in 2008.  Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel is excellent time and again as the accompaniment to my Grandmother’s pulled pork recipe or spending time with the best of friends telling (mostly) true stories of years gone by.  There’s much more to each of these stories so stop by, taste, learn, and save; this and every Saturday at Table Wine.  Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

Wine Consultant Ben Fort.

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 Tenuta Sant’Antonio Scaia Bianco (Veneto, Italy) – After inheriting their Father’s 20 Hectare estate, the four Castagnedi brothers purchased another 30 hectares of hillside vineyards on which they grow fruit for their Scaia wines. All four brothers are actively involved as they grow grapes with low yields, which they hand harvest, resulting in grapes that require minimal intervention during the winemaking process.
Tasting Price: $11.69 in mixed 3-packs | $11.04 in mixed 6-packs | $10.39 in mixed cases

2. 2014 G. D. Vajra Langhe Rosso (Piemonte, Italy) – G. D. Vajra is a true family estate winery with parents and children working collaboratively to produce wines of character. This is the wine they describe much as a soccer team, with different grapes playing different roles in the wine much as different positions on the field make up the team.
Tasting Price: $14.29 in mixed 3-packs | $13.59 in mixed 6-packs | $12.79 in mixed cases

3. 2015 Seghesio Zinfandel (Sonoma County, California) – Since 1895 Seghesio has been essentially synonymous with Zinfandel with 300 acres of prime Sonoma County real estate under vine. Now in their 5th generation, the Seghesio family has always sought to “sustainably produce great estate wines from vineyards the family first tended in the late 1800’s.”
Tasting Price: $24.29 in mixed 3-packs | $22.94 in mixed 6-packs | $21.59 in mixed cases

Best free wine tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Free On Fridays Wine Tasting – Will’s Picks

Friday, April 14th from 4-7pm – Join us this Friday for a free wine tasting featuring some of new Table Wine employee Will Russell’s top picks.  

In case you didn’t know, I joined Table Wine 2 months back after a long stint as the wine buyer at Greenlife/Whole Foods.  I am so happy to be working with Josh and Ben and cherish the opportunity to increase my wine knowledge and share it with you.  I’ll start the tasting with one of my favorites, the new vintage of Domaine Salvard Cheverny Blanc.  This lovely expression of Sauvignon Blanc with just a touch of Chardonnay is one of the wines that first drew me to the Loire. Next up, the new vintage of Bodegas Muga Rosado is in fine form this year.  With great richness balanced by zesty acidity, I enjoy this one especially with lighter fish courses or spicy shellfish preparations.  One of the first wines I tasted with Josh when I joined the team was the Torre de Golban Ribera del Duero Reserva — I knew I’d found my new home!  We’ll finish with this big, structured Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero.  There’s so much more to each of the wines than words can purvey.  Stop by, taste, learn, and save every Friday at Table Wine.  Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

Table Wine Consultant Will Russell.

Wine Consultant Will Russell.

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 Domaine du Salvard Cheverny Blanc  (Loire Valley, France) – I love drinking wines from the Loire Valley.  Cheverny may be one of most underrated appellations in the Loire. It has never mounted a significant threat to the powerhouses of Sancerre nor Pouilly Fume. However, I don’t think the brothers Delaille are looking for a fight. Year after year they put their heads down and turn out spectacular, affordable wines that convey the chalk and limestone soils not far from the river banks.
Tasting Price: $15.29 in mixed 3-packs | $14.44 in mixed 6-packs | $13.59 mixed cases

2.2016 Bodegas Muga Rosado (Rioja, Spain) – If you knew me well, you might ask why I have chosen two Spanish wines, as I am a hardcore Franco-phile.  I am actually an equal opportunity drinker and happen to love roses from Rioja. Bodegas Muga is relatively new to the game in Rioja, having been founded in 1932. Their rose is a blend of 60% Garnacha, 30% Viura and 10% Tempranillo fermented in wooden vats for 15-20 days. The end result is a rich, pretty and impeccably balanced rose that smells and tastes of white peach with notes of wild strawberries.
Tasting Price: $14.39 in mixed 3-packs | $13.59 in mixed 6-packs | $12.79 in mixed case

3. 2012 Torre de Golban Ribera del Duero Reserva (Ribera del Duero, France) – I’ve always leaned toward Ribera del Duero for my favorite expressions of Tempranillo. Torre de Golban is a side venture of the famed Dominio de Atauta. The high altitude and hot, dry climate make for wines of great concentration and depth. It spends 18 months in French oak and 2 years in the bottle prior to release. It is big, with strong dark fruits, a firm backbone of integrated tannin and subtle notes of cedar and tobacco. I want a thick, juicy, grilled bone in ribeye with this one.
Tasting Price: $22.49 in mixed 3-packs | $21.24 in mixed 6-packs | $19.99 in mixed cases
Special Wine of the Week Price: Just $18.99/bottle on your solid 6-pack!  Drink now – 2022.

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Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Rocking Good Wines

Friday, April 7th from 4-7 p.m. – We’re pulling the corks on some rocking good wines this Friday and you’re invited!  Stop by the store to sample the new vintage of Barnard Griffin’s award winning dry rose followed by an honest and easy-going Barbera.  And we’ll finish up with the new release of Alto Moncayo’s massive Veraton Garnacha — we won’t pour this one again, so don’t miss your chance to try this “Gargantuan Garnacha!”  It’s guaranteed to be a rocking good time featuring some rocking good wines! All you have to do is stop by, taste the wines, stock up and save big!  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 Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rosé  (Columbia Valley, Washington) – It’s back and it’s another fantastic wine from Rob Griffin.  Taste for yourself why Barnard Griffin Rosés have won eleven Best of Class and numerous gold awards at prestigious wine competitions since our first Rosé release in 2002.  100% Sangiovese fermented completely dry in stainless steel, this will make fans of this wine happy.  Bursting with ripe raspberry, strawberry, and orange zest, it is ripe yet bursting with refreshing acidity.  
Tasting Price: $12.59 in mixed 3-packs | $11.04 in mixed 6-packs | $11.89 in mixed cases

2. 2014 Bricco dei Tati Barbera (Piemonte, Italy) – Italian native Emanuele Gaiarin and his American-born wife Mary Beth purchased this rustic estate in the hills of Langhe in 2006.  With it came an old farm house, some old vineyards, 8 large cement fermenting tanks, and a 100 year old grape press.  The couple make honest, natural wines that are both charming and delicious, and their Barbera has become a customer favorite.  Light, low in tannin, and popping with bright red fruit and subtle earth notes, it is an absolute joy to drink.
Tasting Price: $9.89 in mixed 3-packs | $9.34 in mixed 6-packs | $8.79 in mixed cases

3. 2014 Alto Moncayo Veraton (Campo de Borja, Spain) – Hit the reset button!  We’re moving into a whole new breed of wine with this one!  A joint venture between importer Jorge Ordonez, Bodegas Borsao, and winermaker Chris Ringland, this is Grenache on some serious steroids.  From 30 to 50 year old vines, the grapes are picked late and then aged for 16-18 months in primarily new French and American oak.  The result is a wine that will coat every square inch of your palate with flavors of ripe boysenberry, blueberry, vanilla, and exotic spice.
Tasting Price: $26.99 in mixed 3-packs | $25.49 in mixed 6-packs | $23.99 in mixed cases