South Asheville’s Best Free Wine Tasting(s)

Every Friday and Saturday at Table Wine
Tastings start at 2:00 and end when the wine runs out or we close

What’s the best way to learn about wine?  By tasting it of course, and we currently offer two free wine tastings per week at Table Wine, South Asheville’s premiere wine shop.  On Friday, it’s always a surprise, as Josh walks the store and picks out a wine or two that deserve more attention.  In other words, we sample wine off the beaten path.  We follow this up with another free tasting on Saturday, exposing you to some of the best wine values on the planet. 

This Saturday, May 21, Richard McKinney of Tryon Distributing will be our guest MC, and he’ll be pouring some delicious new wines to the store.  The weather is supposed to be nice, so we’re going to focus on some yummy new whites and one red perfect for the grilling season.  Here’s the lineup:

2009 Bodega Lurton Sauvignon Blanc “Fumée Blanches” Vin de Pays Gascogne – The best Sauvignon Blanc for the money I’ve tasted this year!  The name implies Fumé Blanc, which implies smoky white, and there is definitely some flinty, sauvage character here, but it’s really all about clean and crisp green apple, citrus and grassy notes.  $12.99/bottle

2010 Bodega Lurton Pinot Gris Mendoza, Argentina – Francois Lurton is really on his game when it comes to great values.  His Pinot Gris is nicely textured and relatively rich with ripe peach, melon and apple flavors and just a hint of spice.  $10.99/bottle

2010 Bodega Lurton Torrontes Mendoza, Argentina – Oh, the lovely Torrontes, a wine that calls to mind wild spring flowers and aromatic fruit.  This one doesn’t fail to please…….it smells so good, I almost don’t want to drink it.  $10.99/bottle

2010 Bodega Lurton Malbec Mendoza, Argentina – This is one serious Malbec, smelling and tasting like one that would typically cost you a lot more money.  It’s packed with ripe berry fruit, earthy spicy nuances and toasty oak notes.  Perfect for a grilled piece of beef.  $15.99/bottle

12 Bones and Rhones

“12 Bones and Rhones” at Table Wine
Thursdy, May 26 from 7-9 p.m.
$40 per person/$32 for Grape Nuts

Do you like rich, spicy and robust red wine and/or beautifully aromatic white wines?  If you answered yes, then this is the tasting for you.  In the picture above, you see the galets of Chateauneuf du Pape, rounded stones that the vines literally grow out of.  We’ll sample a total of 8 wines, as anything less than this just wouldn’t do the region justice.  The highlight of the night will be two wonderful and highly rated Chateauneufs from the glorious 2007 vintage.  This tasting is for the seasoned Rhonophile as well as those who are interested in learning more about the region’s wines.  And just to up the ante a little bit, we’ll be picking up ribs, chicken and fixins’ from 12 Bones to pair up with the wines.  Please RSVP and reserve your spot by calling us at 828.505.8588.  We can only take 24 lucky folks for this special tasting, so call us asap.

The event will take place in the store, and you’ll be provided with tables, chairs, maps and handouts.  Take a look at the lineup below, and I think you’ll agree that the price tag is more than fair.  Even better, if you’re a Grape Nut, all of the wines will be offered to you at 10% off by the bottle, 15% off in mixed six packs or 20% off in mixed cases.  Keep in mind that this tasting is being done Table Wine style, so just because you haven’t heard of it doesn’t mean it’s not good.  There will be no big name producers in the tasting, but if you’ve liked what you’ve bought here in the past, give us the benefit of the doubt.

2009 Domaine Ferraton Cotes du Rhone Blanc

2009 Chateau du Trignon Cotes du Rhone Blanc “Roussanne”

A delicious, dry Rosé will go in this spot, but I’m still on the hunt for the “one”! 

2008 Eric Texier Cotes du Rhone

2008 Domaine les Ondines Vacqueyras

2009 Auguste Clape “Le Vin des Amis”

2007 Domaine de Monpertuis Chateauneuf du Pape

2007 Domaine Vieux Lazaret Chateauneuf du Pape “Cuvée Exceptionelle”

Ladies Only Wine Tasting This Thursday

Ladies Night at Table Wine
Thursdy, May 12 from 7-9 p.m.
$10 per lady/$8 for Grape Nuts

glass of rosé

We’re kicking off what we hope will become a monthly event this Thursday night at Table Wine in South Asheville.  Statistics show that nearly 60% of wine purchases are made by women, and this trend is pretty accurate for Table Wine as well.  As a show of our appreciation for your loyalty to our store, we’re offering you a night to taste wine, eat chocolate and mingle with all of your girlfriends.  Your friendly wine monger Josh will be the only guy in the house, and his role will be to make sure that your glass doesn’t go empty. 

We want to stress that this will be a casual, informal gathering where you can just hang out and relax with friends.  We’ll set up tables and chairs so you can relax with your friends, but Josh will not be giving a “lecture” on the wines.  He’s there to answer your questions, but not to interfere in your fun.  At the end of the day, it’s just $10 to taste 6 wines, and we’d love to create a space in South Asheville for women to gather with their friends and have a good time.  We hope you’ll join us.  Here are the wines that you’ll get to try……….keep in mind it’s Table Wine so just because you haven’t heard of the wine doesn’t mean it’s not good:

Francois Pinon Sparkling Vouvray Brut Loire Valley, France
 Francois Pinon is one of the top 3 producers in Vouvray, and his sparkling version is dangerously addictive, with intense earthy minerality layered with ripe pear, apple, citrus and fig notes.

German Gilabert Cava Brut Rosato Penedes, Spain
 One of my favorite dry rosés in the store, this one comes from an organic vineyard planted to Grenache and Trapat.  It abounds with aromas and flavors of cherry, raspberry, blood orange and earth.  Almost like a Burgundy with bubbles!

Domaine Ricard Touraine Blanc “Le Petiot” Loire Valley, France
100% Sauvignon Blanc from the vineyards of Vincent Ricard, one of the top young growers in the region.  He works very hard to make small amounts of delicious, mineral infused Sauvignon Blanc.  Tastes a bit like Sancerre at a much more friendly price.

Big Vine Chardonnay Napa Valley, California
Some of you have enjoyed the Big Vine Cabernet Sauvignon, which is one of the top selling Cabs in the store at the moment.  The Chardonnay is equally good, being composed primarily of fruit from Carneros.  Ripe and full bodied, with notes of tropical fruits, spiced apple, buttered peach and some toasty notes.

Joseph Voillot Bourgogne “Vieilles Vignes”, France
100% Pinot Noir from 40 year old vines located in the villages of Pommard and Volnay.  This is that light, refreshing, layered and complex style of Burgundy showing bright cherry, black tea and earth notes.

Federico Ribera del Duero Tinto, Spain
Federico Fernandez makes the quintessential Ribera del Duero, a wine based entirely on Tempranillo from the hot and dry region of Ribera del Duero.  This will appeal to those who like fuller, richer red wines and it would be perfect for summer grilling and chilling.


Customer Appreciation Sale and Grand Opening Party

 March 21-26 at Table Wine

huge glasses for wine

These two dudes obviously know how to party, and so do we at Table Wine.  This next Friday, March 25, please join us as we finally celebrate our opening with a ribbon cutting at 5:00 followed by a party starting at 7:00 featuring 30 wines from around the world, food and a bunch of our friends.

In addition, from March 21-26, all wines are on sale!  Take 10% off bottles and 20% off mixed cases.  Special order items apply as well, but please call ahead for availability.  Thanks so much for buying great wines from small family producers at Table Wine.  We hope to see you!  Below, you will find the friends that will be joining us to pour their wines and what they’ll be pouring.  The tasting is free to the public!

Table #1 – Richard McKinney of Tryon Distributing
1. La Posta Cocina White Blend Mendoza, Argentina
2. Crios Torrontes Mendoza, Argentina
3. Lapierre Raisin Gaulois Vin de Table, France
4. La Posta Pinot Noir Mendoza, Argentina
5. Mapema Malbec Mendoza, Argentina
6. Ben Marco Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza, Argentina

Table #2 – Cara Freije of Wisdom Distributors
1. Inama Soave Classico, Italy
2. Foxglove Chardonnay Central Coast, California
3. Lan Rioja Crianza, Spain
4. Foxglove Zinfandel Paso Robles, California
5. Magnificent Wine Company Syrah Columbia Valley, Washington
6. Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast, California

Table #3 – John O’Shea of Juice Wine Purveyors
1. Domaine de Menard Cotes du Gascogne, France
2. Lioco Chardonnay Sonoma, California
3. Leese Fitch Pinot Noir, California
4. Sacha Lichine Coq Rouge, France
5. Fall Line Alder Creek Red Blend Columbia Valley, Washington
6. Fall Line Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley, Washington

Table #4 – Anne Kauffmann of The Country Vintner
1. Villa Wolf Pinot Gris Pfalz, Germany
2. Domaine Antugnac Chardonnay, France
3. Little James Basket Press White, France
4. A to Z Pinot Noir, Oregon
5. Badenhorst Family Secateurs Red Blend, South Africa
6. La Rioja Alta Rioja Reserva Vina Alberdi, Spain

At The Bar – Mike Tiano of The Haw River Wine Man
1. Eric Chevalier Chardonnay, France
2. Kermit Lynch Vaucluse Blanc, France
3. Case Ibidini Nero d’Avola, Sicily
4. Corte Majoli Valpolicella Ripasso, Italy
5. Paitin Barbera d’Alba “Campolive”, Italy
6. Paitin Barbaresco “Serra”, Italy

Wood-Fired Deliciousness and Tuscan Wines

“A Taste of Tuscany”
wood fired oven
The Wood Fired Oven of Love

A fun and adventurous bunch of wine and food lovers gathered at the Caldwell’s house in The Ramble this past Thursday night to enjoy a night of wood-fired deliciousness and Tuscan wine.  The event exceeded all of my expectations, and I hope that people don’t expect all of our events to be this pimpin’.  Tricia Caldwell and Sharon Powell spent most of the day preparing the food for this bash, and they did a wonderful job.  There was pizza and lots of it, crostini with an assortment of dips, pork tenderloin with fennel, cheese, fruit and on and on.

wood fired food
The Spread
tricia and susanne
Suzanne and Tricia
The wines, I must say, were all very good as they were selected by yours truly to pair with the wide variety of flavors going on here.  Sangiovese in all of its glory and various permutations was the star of the night, with the Montesecondo Rosso being many folks favorite wine of the night.  The 2004 Casanova di Neri showed very nicely too, but in all honesty, I thought all of the wines performed nicely.  A special thanks to Tricia and Jerry Caldwell for hosting, and an extra-special thanks to Tricia and Sharon for cooking up such a wonderful and visually pleasing feast.
For a listing of the wines served, click here.  We hope to be able to do more events like this in the coming months, as we consider wine to be just another food group here at Table Wine.  Thanks again for attending, and look below to see if we snapped a photo of you!
Josh Spurling
Yours Truly!
tuscan wine and dine
Eat, Drink and Be Happy
I love smilers!

I’ll Have Some Wine With That Cheese, Please!

Thursday, April 14 at Table Wine
7-9 PM
wine, cheese picture

Do you get confused by what wine to serve with what cheese and vice versa?  If so, let wine and cheese geek Josh help to demystify this sometimes tricky task.  We’ll sample 6 wines with 6 cheeses and before you know it, you’ll be hosting wine and cheese parties at your house!

RSVP and pre-payment are required, and the cost is $25 per person and $20 for Grape Nuts.  Call us at 828.505.8588 to reserve your spot.  We can take 24 folks for this one, and I’ll announce the pairings as the date gets closer.

Goin’ Down South

Wednesday, March 16 at Table Wine
7-9 PM
mendoza - andes mountains

The wine producing countries of the Southern Hemisphere are characterized by long, warm and sunny growing seasons, and the resulting grapes and wines are ripe, friendly and loaded with fruit.  If this sounds like your style of wine, join us as we sample 7 great wines from family estates with light palate cleansers on Wednesday, March 16.

RSVP and pre-payment are required, and the cost is $20 per person and $15 for Grape Nuts.  Please call us at 828.505.8588 to reserve your spot, as we can take 30 folks for this one.  Here are the wines we’ll sample:

Oh yeah, I can’t tell you which wines we’ll sample because this will be a blind tasting!!!

Wine is Fun Right?

Thursday, March 10 at Table Wine
7-9 PM

baby with bottle of wine

This baby sure thinks so huh!?  This is our Wine 101 class where you’ll learn how wine is made (from vine to bottle), how to read a wine label and how to properly analyze wine.  In addition, you’ll sample 6 wines because learning about wine is made even more fun by consuming some of the stuff.  It’s perfect for all levels of wine snootiness, but we prefer non-snoots!

RSVP and pre-payment are required, and the cost is just $15 per person and $10 for Grape Nuts.  Please contact Josh via email ( or phone at 828.505.8588.  We’ve got room for 30 folks!  Here’s the lineup of wines we’ll sample, and we’ll also have a nice cheese and bread tray to cleanse our palates in between wines.

2009 Chateau de la Vieille Tour Bordeaux Blanc
Bordeaux, France

2009 Villa Wolf Pinot Gris
Pfalz, Germany

2009 Eric Chevalier Chardonnay
Loire Valley, France

2007 Remi Jeanniard Pinot Noir Bourgogne Rouge
Burgundy, France

2008 Vinos de Terrunos “TPG” Alicante Bouschet
Almansa, Spain

2006 James Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, California

Bubbly, Sushi and Chocolate – 2/9/2011

Join us on February 9 as we explore the wonderful world of sparkling wines.  Many of you have heard me say that one of the ultimate food and wine pairings is Champagne and sushi, and this will be your chance to experience those flavors working together.  We’ll sample a variety of sparkling wines, including 2 “real deal” Champagnes, as we munch on a platter of sushi from Green Tea.  If raw fish doesn’t agree with you, don’t worry as we’ll have some vegeterian rolls…….the cucumber/avocado roll is delicious!  We’ll cap the night off with some chocolate and a delicious sparkling dessert wine from Italy. 

The tasting runs from 7 to 9, and RSVP and pre-payment are required.  I know I’ve been pretty easygoing on the RSVP/pre-pay thing in the past, but this tasting is going to require a lot of planning and coordination.  We have room for 30 folks and the cost for the tasting is $25 per person or $20 for Grape Nuts.  Please call or email to reserve your spot.  Here are the wines we’ll be trying:

Belstar Prosecco
St. Hilaire Blanquette de Limoux
German Gilabert Cava Brut Rosato
Francois Pinon Sparkling Vouvray Brut
R. Dumont et Fils Champagne “Brut Tradition”
José Michel Champagne Brut “Pinot Meunier”
Sant Evasio Brachetto d’Aqui

Blind Tasting – Does Price Guarantee Quality in Wine?

Put your palate to the test on Wednesday, January 12, as we taste four different varietals in a blind format and determine whether a higher price tag results in a better wine.  In each flight, we’ll taste one wine in the $10-$15 range and one in the $20 to $30 range, and you will be responsible for ranking each of the wines to determine which one you think is better.  At the end of the night, we’ll tally the results and release the findings.  This is not a test and there are no winners or losers!  Just bring yourself and an open mind and plan on having fun.
Small palate cleansers will be served with each flight and the tasting is open to the public.  We will start promptly at 7:03 pm and will finish at 9:07.  The cost for the tasting is $20 and $15 for Grape Nuts members.  10% bottle and 20% case discounts will be applied to any purchases of wines included in the tasting that night.  Please RSVP Josh to reserve your spot via phone or email. or 828.505.8588