South Asheville’s Best Free Wine Tasting

This Friday and Saturday at Table Wine
Starts at 2:00

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, we’ve got a great lineup of highly rated, yet affordable wines to compliment your Memorial Day festivities.  In addition, the beautiful Lynn will be offering chair massage at $1 per minute.  Wine and massage……..I think you know where you’re going to be this Saturday!  Here’s the lineup:

 Indaba Chardonnay 
This South African gem is a great deal with nice ripe tropical fruits and just a kiss of oak. 88 points Stephen Tanzer

Beyond Sauvignon Blanc
Almost Loire Valley-like, this is wild, untamed Sauv Blanc from South Africa.  Lime, mint, chive and racy acidity make this a great wine for the Sauvignon Blanc purist.

Gouguenheim Malbec 
The perfect, juicy, everyday go-to red wine.  Ripe black cherry, mulberry and oak spice galore.  88 points Stephen Tanzer

Gouguenheim Cabernet Sauvignon 
Just tasted this the other day, and it is one of the best Cab values on the market.  You’ve gotta try this!  89 points The Wine Advocate

10% off 6 bottles, 15% off 12 and you can mix and match the wines.

Table Wine Spring

Friday Winedowns at Table Wine

Friday, June 3 at Table Wine
“France – From East to West”
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
$5/person – includes a taste of 6 wines, crackers and cheese

Paris, France

Table Wine, South Asheville’s premiere wine store, is excited to announce what we hope will be a new South Asheville tradition – Friday Winedowns at the store.  At least two Fridays per month, the store will be transformed into a gathering spot for all of our great customers.  For a small fee, you’ll get to sample 6 to 8 wines, with some more premium (that means more expensive) offerings thrown into the mix as well.  All of the wines being tasted will also be offered by the glass for the day at very attractive prices, or you can by a bottle and drink it with your friends in the store.  Cheese, crackers and other small bites will be offered, but we welcome you to bring your own snacks as well. 

For our first Winedown, we welcome Rick Bowman of Bordeaux Fine and Rare.  He’ll be pouring a delicious and diverse offering of wines from small family estates from France.  In case you didn’t know, France continues to offer wine consumers some of the best values on the market, and we’re excited to share some of them with you.  There will be wine, cheese, crackers and informed and insightful commentary on each of the wines presented.  The cost to sample 6 wines is $5 and Grape Nuts get their money back when they make a purchase.  Take a look at the lineup:

2010 Domaine de la Salette Gascogne Blanc – $10.99/bottle………$4/glass
Gascogny is one of France’s go-to regions for clean and refreshing white wines that are somewhat reminscent of Sauvignon Blanc.  This one is based on a blend of Colombard, Ugni Blanc and Gros Manseng, and it is loaded with green apple and citrus notes that will keep you coming back for sip after sip.

2009 Domaine de Martinolles Chardonnay Vin de Pays de l’Aude – $11.99/bottle………..$4/glass
There are many progressive wine shops throughout the country much like Table Wine, and we tend to agree that this is one of the best Chardonnay values in the world.  The estate practices organic viticulture and this tank fermented white is bursting with bright tropical fruit notes, peaches and pears.

2010 Domaine les Grands Bois Cotes du Rhone Rosé – $15.99/bottle…………$5/glass
There’s nothing quite like a dry, fruit filled, zesty French Rosé on a warm and sunny day, and this one is delicious.  It tastes of fresh strawberry and cherry, with zesty Herbes de Provence notes in the background.

2008 Chateau Jouclary Cabardes “Cuvée Tradition” – $12.99/bottle…………$4/glass
This blend of 50% Merlot and 25% each Grenache and Syrah tastes like what you might get if you crossed a Cotes du Rhone with a Bordeaux.  Dark, savory berry fruits combine with roasted meat and spice nuances to create somthing perfectly suited for your summer barbecues.

2009 Saint Damien Cotes du Rhone “Vieilles Vignes” – $17.99/bottle………….$6/glass
Vieilles Vignes is French for old vines, and this wine is almost entirely Grenache from a 50 year old, biodynamically farmed vineyard.  It is just oozing with fruit and spices……….think kirsch and raspberry with white pepper and rosemary notes.  Great with lamb!

2008 Domaine du Cros Marcillac “Vieilles Vignes” – $19.99/bottle………….$7/glass
We’ll finish the tasting with a wine I absolutely love.  Composed of 100% Fer Servadou, a grape indigenous to the southwestern part of France, this stuff is completely singular.  From a vineyard originally planted in the 1930’s, the wine is fermented and aged in chestnut and oak barrels.  It is a stout wine with lots of structure and aromas and flavors of meat juices, wild herbs and earth.  Drink now through 2020.

As always, we will offer 10% off of 6 bottles and 15% off of 12, and you can mix it up.  We hope you can make it!

Table Wine and Animal Compassion Network

Friday, June 10 at Table Wine
3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

ACN Logo

Besides being the premiere wine store in South Asheville, Table Wine loves giving back to our community because they support us. The Animal Compassion Network is one of those community organizations you just gotta’ love.   ACN is proud to be the largest, non-profit, safe-for-life animal welfare organization in WNC.  They strive to prevent the euthanasia of  healthy, adoptable pets in our community by finding lifelong, stable and loving homes for companion animals in need.  We love to support dynamic organizations such as this one, and we show our support by helping them to raise money through the sale of wine all year long!

On Friday, June 10, you can try the 5 wines that give back, meaning any time you purchase any of the following wines at any time during the year, Table Wine donates 10% of the proceeds back to ACN.  Here’s the current list of wines we’re featuring and the ones we’ll be tasting on Friday, June 10. 

Terra Andina Sauvignon Blanc Central Valley, Chile – $8.99
One of the most popular white wines in the store, this is lovely, herbaceous, fruity Sauvignon Blanc at a very fair price.

Tilia Chardonnay Mendoza, Argentina – $9.99
A great all around Chardonnay with lots of ripe tropical fruits, hints of butter and just a whiff of toasty oak.  The entry level lable from the Catena family.

Terra Andina Carmenere Central Valley, Chile – $8.99
Super smooth and silky, with lots of blueberry and black cherry fruit and spicy, toasty oak notes.

Terra Andina Cabernet Sauvignon Central Valley, Chile – $8.99
A medium weight Cab with nice cherry, raspberry and vanilla notes.  Perfect for a Tuesday night!

Tilia Malbec Mendoza, Argentina – $9.99
Warm, spicy and inviting with a good mix of blackberry and boysenberry fruit, this one begs for something off the grill.

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!!!