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Willamette Valley Wine Tasting

Willamette Valley Wines – Free on Fridays Wine Tasting

Friday, July 21 from 4-7 p.m. – Join us as we pour you a trio of our favorite Willamette Valley wines.  Taste the the 2015 Kings Ridge Pinot Noir, our new Wine of the Week and the best under-$20 Oregon Pinot Noir we’ve ever tasted!

Oregon has enjoyed a string of back to back incredible vintages.  Both 2014 and 2015 are being called two of the best vintages in the history of the state.  Hot and dry conditions yielded fuller, riper wines than usual, and I’m a huge fan.  Stop by and taste what I’m talking about.  Up first, it’s an incredible, Burgundy-like Chardonnay from Omero Cellars.  One of the best domestic Chardonnay values in the store, it is seriously complex and absolutely delicious.  Next, it’s an aromatic and delicious white blend from the folks at Anne Amie.  An Alsatian-like field blend of Riesling, Muller Thurgau, Pinot Blanc and a few others, it is lightly effervescent and fruit forward.  To finish, it’s the brilliant 2015 Pinot Noir from Kings Ridge.  I just had a bottle of this the other night, and it reminded me of wines that typically cost $30+.  Flowing with silky red fruits, baking spices, and a hint of earth, this medium bodied red is really delicious this year.  Stop by, taste, learn and save big 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.

1. 2014 Omero Cellars Chardonnay (Willamette Valley, Oregon) – This small winery sources grapes from organic, biodynamic and sustainably farmed vineyards.  And they put those grapes to good use! Winemaker Sarah Cabot ferments with indigenous yeasts low and slow — the fermentation takes place in a mixture of new and used French oak and takes 8 months to complete.  This slow and natural fermentation saps all of the flavor out of the grapes, and this is a very complex and full flavored Chardonnay.  
Tasting Price: $22.49 in mixed 3-packs | $21.24 in mixed 6-packs | $19.99 in mixed cases

2. 2015 Anne Amie Cuvée A “Amrita” (Willamette Valley, Oregon) – The name Amrita comes from the Buddhist equivalent of ambrosia, or a wine of the gods.  Anne Amie’s white blend combines 6 different white grapes together each harvest to create an irresistible, lightly effervescent, fruit-forward wine.  A blend of Riesling, Muller-Thurgau, Pinot Blanc, Viognier, Gewurztraminer, and Chardonnay, it is fruit filled and just off-dry.  We think it’s the perfect white wine to pair with spicy Asian or Indian cuisine.
Tasting Price: $15.29 on mixed 3-packs | $14.44 on mixed 6-packs | $13.59 on mixed cases

3. 2015 Kings Ridge Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley, Oregon) – Ryan Harms started Union Wine Company with goal of “making wines for everyone.”  He has succeeded!  His wines are affordable, they’re delicious, and here’s the proof.  A wonderful rendition of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, his 2015 is the best value of its type that we’ve ever stocked.
Tasting Price: $17.99 in mixed 3-packs | $16.999 in mixed 6-packs | $15.99 in mixed cases
Special Wine of the Week Price: $17.99/bottle, $15.99/bottle on your solid 6-pack, or $14.99/bottle on your solid case!

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

Southern Italian Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Sensational Southern Italian Wines – Try Three For Free Wine Tasting

Saturday, July 22 from 2-5 p.m. – Stop by the store this Saturday to sample some truly sensational Southern Italian wines.  All of the wines are great, but the 2013 Morella Old Vines Primitivo is truly special.  It is one of the highest rated versions of its type to ever be produced!

The hot summer weather that is upon has me dreaming of warm and sunny Southern Italy.  I love the region’s rich and juicy reds as well as it’s Mediterranean styled whites.  Join us as we pour you some perennial favorites as well as some new ones.  Up first, it’s the brilliant Vermentino from Sardinia’s Argiolas. Crisp, fresh, and delightful, it has me dreaming  of the beach and seafood.  Up next, it’s a new extreme value from small grower/producer Paolo Petrilli.  A medium bodied, juicy blend of Nero di Troia, Aglianico, Montepulciano and Bombino Bianco, this is Italy’s answer to French Cotes du Rhone.  Last, but not least, we’ll pour you a really special treat in the form of Morella’s Old Vine Primitivo.  Australian Lisa Gilbee is making some of the region’s top wines, and this one just scored 93 points in The Wine Advocate.  Trust me, you’re gonna’ love it.  Stop by, taste, learn, and save big 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.

1. 2015 Argiolas Costamolino Vermentino (Sardinia, Italy) – I’ve had 10 consecutive vintages of this wine and it’s always fantastic.  A candidate for one of the best whites to serve with any sort of seafood, it is zesty and crisp with notes of melon, citrus, and white flowers.  I also enjoy it as an aperitif, especially on hot summer days.
Tasting Price: $15.29 in mixed 3-packs | $14.44 in mixed 6-packs | $13.59 in mixed cases

2. 2016 Paolo Petrilli Motte del Lupo (Puglia, Italy) – Jay Murrie of Durham’s Piedmont Wine Imports brings this one to us from a small, certified organic estate based in Lucera in the heel of Italy’s boot.  It is one of the most charming red wines I’ve tasted this year.  A stainless steel fermented blend of Nero di Troia, Sangiovese, Montepulciano, and the rarely seen Bombino Bianco, it is much lighter and fresher than most Puglian reds.  Bright notes of cherry, plum, herbs and spice flow through this extreme Italian red wine value.  Yum!
Tasting Price: $11.69 in mixed 3-packs | $11.04 in mixed 6-packs | $10.39 in mixed cases

2. 2013 Morella Old Vines Primitivo (Puglia, Italy) – Lisa Gilbee makes the best Primitivos in Italy……..there, I said it!  Crazy story — Lisa is from Australia, but she married a native Puglian and now is considered one of the region’s top winemakers.  Her home estate in Manduria is certifed biodynamic, and all of her vines are old — 80 years old for this wine. Grapes are hand harvested, fermented in small open vats, and then aged for 14 months in new French barriques.  The wine is then aged an additional 18 months in bottle before release.  The resulting wine is truly awesome.
Tasting Price: $47.69 in mixed 3-packs | $45.04 in mixed 6-packs | $42.39 in mixed cases

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

Super Saturday Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

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.  Just $5 to try all ten wines or free if you’re a Grape Nut!

“Near Master of Wine” and Asheville native Ryan Brazell started Rise Over Run just a couple of months ago, and we are huge fans.  Simply put, this guy has an incredible palate, and the wines he has 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 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. 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

European Value Wines Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Euro-Zone Extreme Value Wines – Try Three For Free Wine Tasting

Saturday, July 8 from 2-5 p.m. – Make your Saturday great with a free wine tasting showcasing some extreme value wines from Europe. All 3 wines are new, they’re delicious, and they’re grossly under-priced.

The producers throughout the Euro-zone continue to put out the greatest wine values in the world, and I keep buying them!  Join us as we pour you a trio of new, budget friendly wines from Spain and Austria.  Up first, it’s a Sauvignon Blanc-like Verdejo-driven blend from Spain’s Telmo Rodriguez.  Fresh and zesty, this is a great summertime wine.  After that, it’s the dry rosé from Austria’s Anton Bauer — light, tart, refreshing and crisp, it’s really good this year.  To finish, it’s a really special treat in the form of a pre-aged Ribera del Duero.  Translated, it means you are going to get to try (and possibly buy) an eight year old Tempranillo that is in fine form.  Oh yeah, it’s less than $15 too…….and we bought it all!  Stop by, taste, learn and save big on all of the 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.

1. 2015 Telmo Rodriguez “Basa” Rueda Blanco (Rueda, Spain) – Rueda is located in the western part of Spain, and it has become a hub for fresh and zesty white wines based on the Verdejo grape.  Telmo Rodriguez, one of Spain’s pioneering winemakers, blends 90% Verdejo with 10% Viura to create a lovely and refreshing white wine.  Laced with notes of exotic tropical fruits, citrus, herb and mineral, it is a great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc.
Tasting Price: $11.69 in mixed 3-packs | $11.04 in mixed 6-packs | $10.39 in mixed cases

2. 2016 Anton Bauer Rosé (Wagram, Austria) – Born in 1971, Anton Bauer is the fourth generation to manage his family’s 25 hectare vineyard and winery.  His dry rosé is a blend of nearly equal parts Zweigelt, Merlot and Syrah and it is fermented in stainless steel.  Dry, super crisp, and offering up flavors of tart cherry, cranberry, citrus, and white flowers, it is the perfect wine to beat the heat of summer.
Tasting Price: $11.69 in mixed 3-packs | $11.04 in mixed 6-packs | $10.39 in mixed cases

2. 2009 Torrederos Ribera del Duero Roble (Ribera del Duero, Spain) – One of my distributor reps tasted me on this one a few weeks back and I bought all 20 cases he had to offer.  Ever tried Tempranillo with 8 years of aged under its belt?  Here’s your chance!  Offering up savory and complex aromas of smoked meat, spice, leather and dried fruit, this one fleshes out on the palate with rounded and sweet dark fruit and lots of secondary complexity.
Tasting Price: $13.49 in mixed 3-packs | $12.74 in mixed 6-packs | $11.99 in mixed cases

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

Foxglove Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Insane Values from Foxglove – Free on Fridays Wine Tasting

Friday, July 7 from 4-7 p.m. – Stop by the store to sample the wines from Foxglove, California’s undisputed top value brand!  Trust me folks, it’s nearly impossible to find under-$20 California wines that “behave” like these.  Taste them and you’ll see what I’m talking about! 

Brothers Jim and Bob Varner created the Foxglove line of wines to demonstrate that great California wines don’t have to cost a lot of money.  By sourcing fruit from vineyards throughout the Central Coast and using little or no new oak, they are able to produce pure, fruit driven, and delicious wines that sell for a song. Robert Parker says “(t)hese are absolutely spectacular bargains from the very high-quality Varner Winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains. This is their less expensive line-up of wines, and I encourage readers to try them – they are true winners.”  Join us as we try all three of their wines.  Stop by, 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.

1. 2014 Foxglove Chardonnay (Central Coast, California) – This stainless steel fermented, non-malo Chardonnay is consistently one of California’s great white wine values.  Moderately rich, but light on its feet, it displays lovely notes of white peach, apple blossom, lemon oil, mint and subtle spice notes.
90 points Vinous Media, 90 points The Wine Advocate.
Tasting Price: $15.29 in mixed 3-packs | $14.44 in mixed 6-packs | $13.59 in mixed cases

2. 2015 Foxglove Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles, California) – This one always hovers around the 90 point rating, and I personally think it’s deserving of that score.  100% Cabernet Sauvignon from 25 year old vines located in Paso Robles, it is fermented and aged entirely in stainless steel.  The resulting wine is pure and full flavored with notes of dark berries, mint, herb and spice.  89 points Vinous Media, 88 points The Wine Advocate.
Tasting Price: $15.29 in mixed 3-packs | $14.44 in mixed 6-packs | $13.59 in mixed cases

2. 2013 Foxglove Zinfandel (Paso Robles, California) – This is my personal favorite of the bunch as this Zin really shows old-school character and purity.  Like the Cab, it is from a 25 year old vineyard in the northern part of Paso Robles and it is fermented and aged entirely in stainless steel.  Lush, spicy, rich and easy drinking, this one coats the palate with flavors of briary red fruit, pepper, and spice.  88 points Vinous Media, 88 points The Wine Advocate.
Tasting Price: $15.29 in mixed 3-packs | $14.44 in mixed 6-packs | $13.59 in mixed cases

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

Perfectly aged red wines tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina

Perfectly Aged Red Wines – Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting

Saturday, June 17th from 2-5 p.m. – Want to try some perfectly aged red wines that won’t break the bank?  Stop by the store this Saturday to sample a trio of rare treats.  We’ll carefully pull the corks on three 10+ year old red wines, and you will experience firsthand why some choose to age their wines.  I’m talking about mature, super complex aromas and flavors as well as round and supple textures. Supplies are limited on all of these. It’s going to be fun.  Stop by!

So where did you find these perfectly aged red wines Josh?  Occasionally, our distributors discover older wines in their warehouses while doing inventory. Most of them taste…………well, old and not so good.  However, some of them taste marvelous!  They’ve benefited from the aging process and the wines are absolutely glorious.  I found three such wines just this past week, and we’re going to open them for you this Saturday to try.  Up first, it’s the 2001 Rosemount Mountain Blue Red Blend.  At one time, this was the jewel in the crown of Rosemount’s premium offerings.  Wait until you taste it!  After that, its the 2003 Cougar Crest Merlot from Washington’s Walla Walla Valley.  Rated 90 points upon release with a suggested retail of $35, this one is in a great spot right now and my pick for the perfect filet mignon red.  To finish, the 2005 Cougar Crest Syrah is fabulous!  Flowing with sumptuous aromas and flavors of dark fruit, smoked meat, and complex spice, it is simply awesome.

The Wines
I am offering some very aggressive discounts on these wines — these will move out fast!  Please note that the heightened discounts only apply to the tasting wines.

1. 2001 Rosemount Mountain Blue Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon (Mudgee, Australia) – A blend of roughly 80% Shiraz and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, this red is really peaking right now.  Aromas of peppered meat, smoke, dried blackberry lead into a palate of savory fruit, spice and herb.  Drink this one, ideally with lamb, in the next year.  When released, this wine was $50/bottle.  Check out our price!
Regular Price: $29.99/bottle
Special Tasting Price: $26.99/bottle (10% off) | $23.99 in mixed 6-packs (20% off) | $22.49 in mixed cases (25% off)

2. 2003 Cougar Crest Merlot (Walla Walla Valley, Washington): This one really surprised me.  I thought the estate’s Cabernet Sauvignon would be the hit, but it was actually my least favorite.  This one is holding up just fine — offering up plush notes of plum, milk chocolate, green olive and anise, the texture is as smooth as silk.  When released, this wine was $35/bottle.
Regular Price: $24.99/bottle
Tasting Price: $22.49/bottle (10% off) | $19.99 in mixed six packs (20% off) | $18.74 in mixed cases (25% off)

3. 2003 Cougar Crest Syrah (Walla Walla Valley, Washington) – As I said, this one was my favorite of the three by just a hair.  Syrah does incredible things if aged properly, and this one has developed nicely.  Still ripe and not showing much fading of color, it is a wine I could literally smell all day.  Savory notes of black olive, smoked meat and pepper align with ripe notes of dark berries.  Like lamb?  Here’s your wine!  Originally released at $35/bottle.
Regular Price: $24.99/bottle
Tasting Price: $22.49/bottle (10% off) | $19.99 in mixed six packs (20% off) | $18.74 in mixed cases (25% off)

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

 

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

Huia Vineyards Wine Tasting at Table Wine Asheville North Carolina

New Zealand’s Huia Vineyards – Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting

Saturday, June 3 from 2-5 pm – I used to sell the wines of New Zealand’s Huia Vineyards, and I loved them!  The wines left the market for a bit, but they’re back and they’re better than ever.  These are unique, non-formulaic New Zealand wines, and you’ll recognize that when you taste them.  From their crisp and minerally Sauvignon Blanc and their fun and playful “Tangle” White Blend to their rich and creamy Pinot Gris, these are world-class wines at great prices.

Huia Vineyard Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Huia’s pristine organic and biodynamically tended vineyards.

Huia Vineyards was started in 1990 by Claire and Mike Allan and they released their first wines in 1997.  They immediately hit the world market with a bang and they haven’t slowed down since.  Today, all of their estate vineyards are certified organic and all of their wines are made in a very natural fashion — native yeasts, long fermentations, and minimal sulfur additions.  Whatever they’re doing, I suggest they keep it up.  Join us as we taste through this fascinating and delicious lineup of wines.  Up first, it’s the Estate Sauvignon Blanc, and it’s unlike any other I’ve ever tried from New Zealand.  Far from the grapefruit bomb that many a Kiwi Sauvie have become, this wine is elegant, restrained, mineralic……….it actually calls to mind Sancerre.  Up next, Huia’s second label is called Hunky Dory………I know, kinda’ cheesy, but the wine is great.  The Tangle White Blend combines Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, and Riesling to create a “mostly dry” white wine laced with floral and ripe fruit notes.  To finish, the Estate Pinot Gris could have easily fooled me into thinking it was from a top flight Alsatian producer.  Good lord, talk about rich, textured, and full bodied………yet, there’s a vein of refreshing acidity present to hold it all together.  Bravo Huia!  Sound good?  Stop by this Saturday to taste, learn, and save big on all of the featured tasting wines.

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 Huia Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand) – Talk about a masterpiece of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc!  From Huia’s certified organic, practicing biodynamic estate vineyards, the wine is fermented in a combination of stainless steel and neutral French oak.  The oak component really adds a beautiful texture to the wine and it also contributes more aromatic and flavor diversity.  Guava, lime, gooseberry, green herbs, mineral, and on and on and on…….
Tasting Price: $19.79 on mixed 3-packs | $18.69 on mixed 6-packs | $17.59 on mixed cases

2. 2016 Hunky Dory Tangle White Blend (Marlborough, New Zealand) – I’m not a huge fan of the name, but I guess this is a commonly used phrase in New Zealand.  Who really cares right?  The wine is hugely delicious!  A combo of 53% Pinot Gris, 43% Gewurztraminer, and 4% Riesling, again from certified organic vineyards, the wine is almost dry.  It explodes out of the glass with exotic notes of honeysuckle, jasmine, lime and apple and proceeds to delight the palate.
Tasting Price: $14.39 on mixed 3-packs | $13.59 in a mixed six pack | $12.79 in a mixed case

3. 2016 Huia Pinot Gris (Marlborough, New Zealand) – This one really impressed me when I tasted it a couple weeks back.  I’m a total nutter for Alsatian Pinot Gris, and this one is a dead ringer.  From old, organically tended vines, the wine is fermented 50/50 with native and organic yeasts in a combination of stainless steel and neutral oak.  Post-fermentation, the wine was left on the lees for a bit to soften and add complexity.  The resulting wine is a 95 pointer in my book.  Rich, just off-dry, and possessing lovely notes of white peach, golden apple, spice and a creamy texture, this is just screaming for crab cakes or richer seafood preparations.  I’ll eat it if you bring it!
Tasting Price: $20.69 on mixed 3-packs | $19.54 in a mixed six pack | $18.39 in a mixed case

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

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

Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting – Wines You’re Going To Like

Saturday, June 10th from 2-5 pm – Join us Saturday for a free wine tasting featuring 3 wines that are guaranteed to please your palate! This is your chance to try the Pullus Halozan, our new Wine of the Week and one of the best summer whites I’ve ever tasted.  Trust me, you are going to want to stock up on this one!

I easily taste over 1,000 wines every year.  Many are horrible, many are great.  I deem some as hard sells, but worth carrying and others as easy sells, but not necessarily to my liking.  Occasionally, the stars align and I find wines that are both pleasing to my palate and easy to sell.  That’s what this Saturday’s tasting is all about.  Stop by to try a trio of wines you are going to like……..I guarantee it!  Up first, it’s our new Wine of the Week, the 2016 Pullus Halozan.  This liter bottled Slovenian white blend is destined to become the top selling white wine of the spring and summer.  After that, it’s a fun and fizzy Pinot Noir rosé from a family-run, biodynamic farm in Austria.  Dry, yet fruit filled and way too easy to drink, I love this one at the beach or by the pool.  To finish, it’s a lovely, silky, value-priced Red Burgundy from the brilliant 2015 vintage.  In case you didn’t hear, the vintage has been called “nearly perfect” by a number of top wine writers, and this wine showcases the quality of the vintage.  Stop by, taste, learn, and save!

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 Pullus Halozan (Styria, Slovenia) – It’s our new Wine of the Week, it comes in a nifty liter bottle, and I’m calling it the most dangerous white wine in the world.  Why?  Because it’s too darned easy to drink!  A blend of 8 different white grapes (Welschriesling, Furmint, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Yellow Muscat, Pinot Grigio if you must know), it is decidedly dry, fresh, aromatic and thirst-quenching.
Tasting Price: $13.99 on mixed 3-packs | $13.59 on mixed 6-packs | $12.79 on mixed cases
Special Wine of the Week Price: $13.99/bottle or $12.49/bottle on your solid 6-pack

2. 2015 Meinklang Pinot Noir Frizzante “Prosa” (Burgenland, Austria): From the small, biodynamic Michlits Family Estate, this is one of the funnest and easiest to drink wines in the store.  It’s pink in color, it’s dry, and it’s got a little spritz to it.  With aromas and flavors of fresh cherry, tart strawberry, and cranberry, this light and juicy rosé will convert the most suspicious pink wine pessimist over to our side.
Tasting Price: $16.19/bottle | $15.29 in mixed six packs | $14.39 in mixed cases

3. 2015 Domaine du Prieure Bourgogne Rouge (Burgundy, France) – I had a bottle of this one this past Saturday night, and it blew me away!  It’s incredibly hard to find good Red Burgundy for less than $20, but this one does it.  Based in the village of Savigny-les-Beaune, this is 100% Pinot Noir from 40 year old vineyards.  Hand harvested, fermented in stainless steel, and matured in French oak (just 10% new) for 10 months, this one offers up scents and flavors of red fruits, complex spice, and fine grained tannin.
Tasting Price: $17.09 on mixed 3-packs | $16.14 in a mixed six pack | $15.19 in a mixed case

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

 

Spring and Summer Wines Tasting Table Wine Asheville North Carolina

Josh’s Perfect Spring and Summer Wines – Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting

Friday, June 2 from 4-7 pm — I’ve been waiting for agreeable weather to pour you some of my favorite spring and summer wines, and this Friday looks promising……….fingers crossed.  If you want to know what your favorite wine guy drinks when the weather turns warm and sunny, don’t miss this tasting!  If you like all variety of whites as well as life-changing dry rosé, do not miss this tasting.  I think you see the point.  Don’t miss this tasting!

Table Wine owner and operator Josh Spurling.

Many of you might not know that I actually drink more white, pink, and sparkling wine than red.  I don’t know why that is, but it’s a fact.  I guess whites don’t weigh on me as heavily, and Lynn and I eat a lot of Asian food.  That’s all I’ve got for you.  Beyond that, there is nothing like a cold, crisp, and refreshing glass of wine on a sunny day.  Join us this Friday as I reveal my secrets in the form of 3 of my favorite spring and summer wines.  Up first, it’s the brilliantly fizzy, light and highly aromatic Avinyo Petillant from Spain’s Penedes region.  Lynn and I went there last summer and drank tons of wines like this one, as did the locals.  After that, it’s a richer, creamier style of white wine from the Southern Rhone.  Domaine de Piaugier’s Cotes du Rhone Blanc is perfect for some of my favorite warm weather dishes.  Think grilled salmon or swordfish with grilled veggies on the side.  To finish up, it’s a really special wine from Chateau Peyrassol.  Their Cotes de Provence Rosé is one of the best pink wines we get each year, and we’re sharing it with you!  Stop by, taste, learn, and save big on all of the featured tasting wines.

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 Avinyo Petillant (Penedes, Spain) – If anyone says this wine is sweet, you will politely be asked to leave……..just kidding……sort of.  From famed Cava producer Avinyo, this is their Vi d’Agulla, the Catalan name for prickly wine.  Yep, it’s a little bit fizzy.  A blend of Petit Grain Muscat and Macabeu, the wine undergoes a secondary fermentation to give it it’s fizz.  The result is a beautifully aromatic, high acid, highly enjoyable white for screaching hot days.
Tasting Price: $13.49 on mixed 3-packs | $12.74 on mixed 6-packs | $11.99 on mixed cases

2. 2016 Domaine de Piaugier Cotes du Rhone Blanc (Southern Rhone Vallley, France) – If you’ve shopped with us, you’ve seen the “mountain” of Piaugier’s Cotes du Rhone Rouge in front of the register………it’s super!  We just picked up their white and it’s super as well.  A blend of nearly equal parts Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Viognier, and Roussanne, it is a ton of wine for the money.  Made with indigenous yeasts, barrel fermented in older French oak, with lees stirring once a week, it is rich, creamy, exotic and good to the last drop.
Tasting Price: $11.69/bottle | $11.04 in a mixed six pack | $10.39 in a mixed case

3. 2016 Chateau Peyrassol Cotes de Provence Rosé (Provence, France) – There is no disputing the greatness of this wine.  Before I even pour you some, know that you are on trial…….not the wine.  This is one of the oldest estates in Provence (they were founded by the Knights Templar), and they know a thing or two about dry rosé in these parts.  The estate uses their oldest vines to produce this wine.  A blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, and Tibouren (the secret weapon), it is one of the most concentrated and intense dry rosés in the world.  Some folks age it.  I don’t.  Enjoy!

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

Events

Super Saturday Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

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

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.  Just $5 to try all ten wines or free if you’re a Grape Nut!

“Near Master of Wine” and Asheville native Ryan Brazell started Rise Over Run just a couple of months ago, and we are huge fans.  Simply put, this guy has an incredible palate, and the wines he has 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 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. 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

Free Wine Tasting – Southern Hemisphere Summer Wines

Cool off this Friday with a free wine tasting starring some delicious Southern Hemisphere Summer Wines!  These are guaranteed to beat the heat.

Let’s face it, it’s hot!  Summers in the south can be brutal, and my favorite way to beat the heat is crisp and refreshing white wines and lighter reds.  Join us as we pour a trio of great values from New Zealand, South African and Argentina.  Up first, it’s a crisp and lively Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc that is a longtime customer favorite.  Up next, it’s a fresh and delicious South African Chardonnay from the fine folks at Excelsior, the country’s top value brand.  To finish, taste a budget-buster Pinot Noir from Patagonia in Southern Argentina.  Reminiscent of a good Sonoma County Pinot, this one sells for less than $15, and pleases lots of palates.  Stop by, taste, learn and save big 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.

1. 2016 Walnut Block Wines Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand) – For fans of New Zealand staples like Kim Crawford, give this a try!  Simply put, this is textbook Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc — dry, super crisp, and brimming with tangy and tart citrus fruits and green herbs.  If you are looking for a perfect wine to serve ice cold on a hot and sunny day, this is an ideal candidate.
Tasting Price: $13.49 on mixed 3-packs | $12.74 on mixed 6-packs | $11.99 on mixed cases

2. 2016 Excelsior Estate Chardonnay (Robertson, South Africa) – This crisp, mouthwatering bottling is a blend of Excelsior’s three best Chardonnay blocks. It displays lively flavors of green apple, citrus, and pineapple on a full, creamy palate. Traces of peach, orange blossom and delicate toasty notes combine with a mineral edge to round out this versatile everyday sipper, a consistent crowd pleaser.
Tasting Price: $8.99 on mixed 3-packs | $8.49 on mixed 6-packs | $7.99 on mixed cases

3. 2015 Familia Schroeder Saurus Pinot Noir (Patagonia, Argentina) – Looking for a great Pinot Noir at a great price?  Look no further!  The version from Argentina’s Schroeder family is one of my favorite under-$15 Pinots.  Smooth, silky, moderately complex and laced with notes of ripe berries, violet, and hints of toasty oak, it’s a great alternative to more mass produced and widely distributed brands like Meiomi.
Tasting Price: $13.49 on mixed 3-packs | $12.74 on mixed 6-packs | $11.99 on mixed cases

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

Southern Italian Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Free Wine Tasting – Southern Italian Wines

Stop by the store this Saturday for a free wine tasting featuring some truly sensational Southern Italian wines.  All of the wines are great, but the 2013 Morella Old Vines Primitivo is truly special.  It is one of the highest rated versions of its type to ever be produced!

The hot summer weather that is upon has me dreaming of warm and sunny Southern Italy.  I love the region’s rich and juicy reds as well as it’s Mediterranean styled whites.  Join us as we pour you some perennial favorites as well as some new ones.  Up first, it’s the brilliant Vermentino from Sardinia’s Argiolas. Crisp, fresh, and delightful, it has me dreaming  of the beach and seafood.  Up next, it’s a new extreme value from small grower/producer Paolo Petrilli.  A medium bodied, juicy blend of Nero di Troia, Aglianico, Montepulciano and Bombino Bianco, this is Italy’s answer to French Cotes du Rhone.  Last, but not least, we’ll pour you a really special treat in the form of Morella’s Old Vine Primitivo.  Australian Lisa Gilbee is making some of the region’s top wines, and this one just scored 93 points in The Wine Advocate.  Trust me, you’re gonna’ love it.  Stop by, taste, learn, and save big 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.

1. 2015 Argiolas Costamolino Vermentino (Sardinia, Italy) – I’ve had 10 consecutive vintages of this wine and it’s always fantastic.  A candidate for one of the best whites to serve with any sort of seafood, it is zesty and crisp with notes of melon, citrus, and white flowers.  I also enjoy it as an aperitif, especially on hot summer days.
Tasting Price: $15.29 in mixed 3-packs | $14.44 in mixed 6-packs | $13.59 in mixed cases

2. 2016 Paolo Petrilli Motte del Lupo (Puglia, Italy) – Jay Murrie of Durham’s Piedmont Wine Imports brings this one to us from a small, certified organic estate based in Lucera in the heel of Italy’s boot.  It is one of the most charming red wines I’ve tasted this year.  A stainless steel fermented blend of Nero di Troia, Sangiovese, Montepulciano, and the rarely seen Bombino Bianco, it is much lighter and fresher than most Puglian reds.  Bright notes of cherry, plum, herbs and spice flow through this extreme Italian red wine value.  Yum!
Tasting Price: $11.69 in mixed 3-packs | $11.04 in mixed 6-packs | $10.39 in mixed cases

2. 2013 Morella Old Vines Primitivo (Puglia, Italy) – Lisa Gilbee makes the best Primitivos in Italy……..there, I said it!  Crazy story — Lisa is from Australia, but she married a native Puglian and now is considered one of the region’s top winemakers.  Her home estate in Manduria is certifed biodynamic, and all of her vines are old — 80 years old for this wine. Grapes are hand harvested, fermented in small open vats, and then aged for 14 months in new French barriques.  The wine is then aged an additional 18 months in bottle before release.  The resulting wine is truly awesome.
Tasting Price: $47.69 in mixed 3-packs | $45.04 in mixed 6-packs | $42.39 in mixed cases

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

Willamette Valley Wine Tasting

Free Wine Tasting – Willamette Valley Wines

Join us this Friday for a free wine tasting featuring a trio of our favorite Willamette Valley wines.  Taste the the 2015 Kings Ridge Pinot Noir, our new Wine of the Week and the best under-$20 Oregon Pinot Noir we’ve ever tasted!

Oregon has enjoyed a string of back to back incredible vintages.  Both 2014 and 2015 are being called two of the best vintages in the history of the state.  Hot and dry conditions yielded fuller, riper wines than usual, and I’m a huge fan.  Stop by and taste what I’m talking about.  Up first, it’s an incredible, Burgundy-like Chardonnay from Omero Cellars.  One of the best domestic Chardonnay values in the store, I can’t get enough of this stuff.  Next, it’s an aromatic and delicious white blend from the folks at Anne Amie.  An Alsatian-like field blend of Riesling, Muller Thurgau, Pinot Blanc and a few others, it is lightly effervescent and fruit forward.  To finish, it’s the brilliant 2015 Pinot Noir from Kings Ridge.  I just had a bottle of this the other night, and it reminded me of wines that typically cost $30+.  Flowing with silky red fruits, baking spices, and a hint of earth, this medium bodied red is really delicious this year.  Stop by, taste, learn and save big 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.

1. 2014 Omero Cellars Chardonnay (Willamette Valley, Oregon) – This small winery sources grapes from organic, biodynamic and sustainably farmed vineyards.  And they put those grapes to good use! Winemaker Sarah Cabot ferments with indigenous yeasts low and slow — the fermentation takes place in a mixture of new and used French oak and takes 8 months to complete.  This slow and natural fermentation saps all of the flavor out of the grapes, and this is a very complex and full flavored Chardonnay.  
Tasting Price: $22.49 in mixed 3-packs | $21.24 in mixed 6-packs | $19.99 in mixed cases

2. 2015 Anne Amie Cuvée A “Amrita” (Willamette Valley, Oregon) – The name Amrita comes from the Buddhist equivalent of ambrosia, or a wine of the gods.  Anne Amie’s white blend combines 6 different white grapes together each harvest to create an irresistible, lightly effervescent, fruit-forward wine.  A blend of Riesling, Muller-Thurgau, Pinot Blanc, Viognier, Gewurztraminer, and Chardonnay, it is fruit filled and just off-dry.  We think it’s the perfect white wine to pair with spicy Asian or Indian cuisine.
Tasting Price: $15.29 on mixed 3-packs | $14.44 on mixed 6-packs | $13.59 on mixed cases

3. 2015 Kings Ridge Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley, Oregon) – Ryan Harms started Union Wine Company with goal of “making wines for everyone.”  He has succeeded!  His wines are affordable, they’re delicious, and here’s the proof.  A wonderful rendition of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, his 2015 is the best value of its type that we’ve ever stocked.
Tasting Price: $17.99 in mixed 3-packs | $16.999 in mixed 6-packs | $15.99 in mixed cases
Special Wine of the Week Price: $17.99/bottle, $15.99/bottle on your solid 6-pack, or $14.99/bottle on your solid case!

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