Best Free Wine Tasting Asheville, North Carolina

Cabernet Sauvignon Family Reunion – Free On Fridays Wine Tasting

Friday, October 6th from 4-7pm – Join us for a free Cabernet Sauvignon Family Reunion Tasting this Friday!  In case you didn’t know, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc are the “parent grapes” of Cabernet Sauvignon.  We’ll pour you one of each of those, before we let you sample the 2015 Bench Cabernet Sauvignon, our new Wine of the Week.

It makes sense when you think about it.  Cabernet Franc possesses notes of dark berries, pepper, tobacco, and spice, and Sauvignon Blanc is high in acidity and herbal aromatics.  When you combine the two, you get Cabernet Sauvignon.  Stop by the store and join us on this fun and engaging journey into the roots of Cabernet Sauvignon…… pun intended.  We’ll start with an award winning South African Sauvignon Blanc before we move into a spicy and peppery Cabernet Franc-based red from France.  And last, but not least, we’ll pour you a majestic, Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.  It’s fun, it’s free, it’s Friday at Table Wine!  Stop by, taste, learn, and save.

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 Friday unless other arrangements are made.  Email us at with questions. 

1. 2017 Bayten Sauvignon Blanc (Constantia, South Africa) – From South Africa’s esteemed Buitenverwachting Estate, this is world-class Sauvignon Blanc at a great price.  Typically a 90+ pointer, we’re confident the 2017 will score in a similar fashion.  The wine has a pale lemon yellow color and a bouquet reminiscent of green figs with hints of gooseberries and an intrusion of green peppers. The wine is dry, full bodied and has a long lingering finish.
Special Tasting Price: $13.59/bottle

2. 2016 Isle Saint-Pierre Rouge (Rhone Valley, France) – This fun and quaffable French country wine is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, the rarely seen Arinarona, and Petit Verdot.  Fermented in stainless steel to preserve freshness and purity, it is a medium-bodied, peppery, and fresh red wine for everyday guzzling.
Special Tasting Price: $7.99/bottle

3. 2015 Bench Cabernet Sauvignon (Knights Valley, California) – It’s our new Wine of the Week, and it’s a screaming deal in high-quality, North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon.  Boasting intense and full aromas and flavors of cassis, blackcurrant, dark chocolate and spice box, it possesses dusty, but fine grained tannins and a long and satisfying finish.  
Special Wine of the Week Price: $18.99/bottle

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine

Philipppe Girard Sancerre Cuvee Silex at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Top Summer Sancerre Pick – Philippe Girard Cuvée Silex

The 2016 Philippe Girard Cuvée Silex is my top summer Sancerre pick, and it’s our new Wine of the Week.  Why you ask?  Because Sancerre pairs perfectly with summer.  It’s bright, it’s crisp, it’s refreshing, and it’s absolutely delicious.  In case you’re not familiar, Sancerre is one of the top Sauvignon Blanc zones in the world, and this reserve bottling from small grower Philippe Girard is about as good as it gets.  It possesses great acidity, super intense aromas and flavors, and you’re going to love it.

2016 Philippe Girard Sancerre Cuvée Silex — On Sale Through Saturday, September 2nd

Regular Price: $28.99/bottle — That’s a great price!

Sale Price: $24.99/bottle or $22.99/bottle on your solid 6-pack (Over 20% off!)

This estate has quite the track record.  The family was tending vines and making wines at the time of the French revolution, but they kept it all for themselves or allocated small amounts to good friends.  This all changed in the 1960’s when Marius Girard began bottling, marketing, and selling the family’s wines to top restaurants both near and far.  Today, the estate is still family owned and operated with 16 acres planted to Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.  Located in the village of Verdigny, one of the top terroirs in Sancerre, the vines for Girard’s Cuvée Silex are located along the banks of the Loire River.

Part of what makes this wine so special is the dirt!  The best vineyards of Sancerre mix limestone, clay and silica to form a flint and sand mixture known as silex, and you can certainly taste it in this wine.  Fermented entirely in stainless steel and aged on its lees for 4 months, this is distinctively delicious Sauvignon Blanc that could come from no other place.  Pure, intense, and highly aromatic, it offers up a bevy of aromas and flavors.  Ripe and zesty, with lovely notes of gooseberry, lemon curd, citrus zest, flinty mineral, this is prototype Sancerre!  I could hang out with it for hours, smelling and sipping and then repeating over and over.

I recommend you do the same!  Enjoy this one during the dog days of summer as a cocktail/aperitif or pair it with flaky white fish in an herb-butter sauce.  You’ll thank me! Stop by the store to pick some up or email me at with your order.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville.

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine

Crisp Summer Whites Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Crisp Summer Whites – Free on Friday Wine Tasting

Friday, April 4 from 4-7 p.m. – Stop by the store this Friday to sample some crisp summer whites that will make your forget about the summer heat.  It’s the best free wine tasting in Asheville and you’re invited!

I’m kind of sick of talking about the weather.  Everybody’s talking about how hot it is…….stop already!  I know it’s hot, but it’s not like we’re in Florida or Missouri (where I grew up).  Either way, I invite you to the cool confines of Table Wine for reprieve.  We’re pouring an impeccable lineup of summer sippers including the 2016 Raetia Pinot Grigio, our new Case of the Month Selection and my pick for the Pinot Grigio deal of the year.  That one is second in the lineup, and I promise you it’s impressive.  Up first though, it’s a simple and crisp Sauvignon Blanc from Chile.  Classic notes of grapefruit, melon, and green apple prevail in this easy-to-drink white.  And last, but not least, it’s a special treat in the form of a tiny production Chablis from Domaine Costal.  Trust me, this is nothing like the large grocery store jugs of Chablis.  It’s truly world class!  All you have to do is 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. 2017 Santa Luz Sauvignon Blanc (Central Valley, Chile) – Yes, that vintage is correct!  This is just fresh, crisp, and inviting Sauvignon Blanc at a great price.  Yes, we know it’s good and we know it’s cheap………buy 2 bottles!
Tasting Price: $7.19 in mixed 3-packs | $6.79 in mixed 6-packs | $6.39 in mixed cases

2. 2016 Viticolori Alto Adige Pinot Grigio “Raetia” (Alto Adige, Italy) – Before you say “I don’t like Pinot Grigio,” try this!  From one of the top cooperatives of Northeastern Italy, this is Pinot Grigio with something to say.  Beautifully aromatic and flavorful, it offers up notes of ripe pear, peach, apricot and white flowers.
Tasting Price: $13.49 in mixed 3-packs | $12.74 in mixed 6-packs | $11.99 in mixed cases
Case of the Month Price: $10.99/bottle on your solid case — Over 20% off!

3. 2015 Domaine Costal Chablis “Les Truffières” (Burgundy, France) – Chablis is the northernmost part of Burgundy, and Chardonnay “behaves” differently here.  The cool climate and the limestone soils result in a higher acid and more mineral style that I am quite keen on.  This one is brought to us by importer Kermit Lynch……..being that he also brings in Raveneau, he knows a thing or two about top notch Chablis.  Fermented entirely in stainless steel and aged on its lees for 10 months, it is a nearly perfect white wine in my book.
Tasting Price: $31.49 in mixed 3-packs | $29.74 in mixed 6-packs | $27.99 in mixed cases

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine


Try some world class French white wines at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting – World Class French White Wines

Saturday, February 18th from 2-5pm — For fans of French white wines, this is the tasting you don’t want to miss.  We’ll pour a trio of truly classy and stylish wines from the Loire and Burgundy, two of France’s top white wine zones.

This is an incredible lineup of very special wines from some of the most distinct and special terroirs of France.  With spring just around the corner (hopefully), this is a great opportunity to taste some of our favorite new white wine arrivals.  We’ll start with a crispy and crunchy Chardonnay from Muscadet, in France’s Loire Valley.  Possessing bright flavors of fresh apple, pear, citrus and mineral, it’s a perennial staff and customer favorite.  Up next is a stunning, mineral-laced Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly Fumé, also in France’s Loire Valley.  This one is already flying out of the store and shows the more restrained and complex side of Sauvignon Blanc.  To finish, you’ll get to sample a drop dead gorgeous version of White Burgundy from the oft-overlooked village of Montagny.  Super stylish, moderately rich, and beautifully balanced, this Premier Cru is shows a whole different side of Chardonnay.  Seriously, don’t miss this tasting!  Stop by, taste, learn, and save on all of the featured tastings wines.

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 Eric Chevalier Chardonnay (Loire Valley, France) – Eric Chevalier’s family has owned vineyards just south of Nantes in the western part of the Loire Valley for four generations.  He was the first to estate bottle wines from their unique terroir that is composed of rocky, quartz-rich soils.  The resulting wine possesses flinty minerality along with notions of bright fruit and zero oak.  It’s always great, but the warm and sunny 2015 vintage has yielded a wine with a little more richness and intensity.
Tasting Price: $16.19 on mixed 3-packs | $15.29 on mixed 6-packs | $14.39 on mixed cases

2. 2015 Régis Minet Pouilly Fumé “Vieilles Vignes” (Loire Valley, France) – This is easily the best Pouilly Fumé we’ve ever stocked!  Just across the river from Sancerre, this is 100% Sauvignon Blanc fermented in stainless steel and aged the lees for 6 months.  The Kermit Lynch website says, “You couldn’t ask for a cleaner, fresher, flintier, or truer expression of Sauvignon Blanc. Its mouth-watering acidity, depth of flavor, and fleshy texture will have you racing back for more.”  We concur 100%!
Tasting Price: $22.49 on mixed 3-packs | $21.24 on mixed 6-packs | $19.99 on mixed cases

3. 2015 Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot Montagny 1er Cru (Burgundy, France) – Prior to making his own wines, Jean-Marc Boillot was the winemaker at Olivier Leflaive.  In addition, his grandmother was Burgundy’s famed Etienne Sauzet.  Talk about a guy with Burgundy running through his veins!  The style here is rich, ripe, and highly attractive and his Montagny 1er Cru is one of the great values in super high quality White Burgundy.  From the highly esteemed 2015 vintage, this one shows lovely notes of poached pear, spiced apple, carmelized citrus and judicious oak.
Tasting Price: $31.49 on mixed 3-packs | $29.74 on mixed 6-packs | $27.99 on mixed cases

Free Wine Tasting - Sauvignon Blanc Showdown

Sauvignon Blanc Showdown

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting this Friday, July 15th from 2-7 p.m. — It’s a Sauvignon Blanc Showdown for this Friday’s free tasting!  Stop by and get your weekend off to a good start with one of the best free wine tastings in Asheville.  With the dog days of summer upon us, there’s nothing quite like a good glass of super crisp, tart and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc to cool off.  Our friend and sales rep Ryan Brazell of Proof Wine and Spirits will join us to pour a trio of Sauvignon Blancs including two from France’s Loire Valley and another from one of our favorite new California producers.  This is a great opportunity to sample and learn about the diversity of styles of Sauvignon Blanc out there — trust us, they don’t all taste the same!  Stop by, taste, learn and save on all of the featured tasting wines.

The Wines
On all tasting wines, save 10% off by the bottle, 15% off when you mix six of them, or 20% off when you mix a case or more of them!

1. 2015 Domaine Thomas-Labaille Sancerre “L’Authentique” (Loire Valley, France) – Sancerre is France’s most famous region for Sauvignon Blanc, and this family run domaine owns some of the best and oldest vineyards in Chavignol, one of the key villages in Sancerre.  This is prototype Sancerre — crisp, concentrated and minerally, yet restrained and elegant.  Yum!
Tasting Price: $23.39/bottle | $22.09 in mixed six packs | $20.79 in mixed cases

2. 2014 Smith Story Wine Cellars Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma County, California) – This is destined to become one of California’s benchmark Sauvignon Blancs.   Antonio Galloni says it “is made in a fresh, reductive style that shows the brighter, stonier side of Sauvignon. Even with all of its freshness, the Sauvignon shows plenty of depth and an attractive element of phenolic weight that adds complexity.”  We agree wholeheartedly!  Vinous Media 89 points
Tasting Price: $22.49 on mixed 3-packs | $21.24 on mixed 6-packs | $19.99 on mixed cases

3. 2015 Domaine Ricard Touraine Blanc “Le Petiot” (Loire Valley, France) – Mark our words, Vincent Ricard is a legend in the making, and he’s currently making some of the best and most intriguing Sauvignon Blancs in the Touraine AOC.  His entry level “Le Petiot” bottling is comprised entirely of Sauvignon Blanc from hand harvested, 40 year old vines.  Bright, refreshing, and possessing rich, exotic and exuberant tropical fruit, herb, and mineral notes, this is a terrific value in Sauvignon Blanc.
Tasting Price: $15.29 on mixed 3-packs | $14.44 on mixed 6-packs | $13.59 on mixed cases

Sauvignon Blancs

Free Wine Tasting – Exploring Sauvignon Blanc

Asheville’s Best Free Wine Tasting – This Friday, August 7th from 2-7 p.m. – Join us this Friday as we explore, examine, and taste a fine trio of Sauvignon Blancs.  With the heat of summer bearing down, a cold and crisp glass of Sauvignon Blanc can be the perfect way to chill down.  Stop by, try before you buy, and save up to 20% off on all of the tasting wines.

The Wines

1. 2014 Santa Luz Sauvignon Blanc “Alba” (Central Valley, Chile) – Chile is gaining a very good reputation for her Sauvignon Blancs and this is a great introduction.  Fresh and zesty, with simple melon, grapefruit, and pear notes, this is cheap and good enough to buy by the case.  It’s just that simple!
Tasting Price: $7.19/bottle | $6.79 in mixed six packs | $6.39 in mixed cases

2. 2013 Barker’s Marque “Arona” Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand) – This is a great introduction to the New Zealand style of Sauvignon Blanc.  There’s a lot of pure Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc character, but there’s more complexity in this one than most in this price range.  Super crisp, tart, and totally refreshing, it offers up generous flavors of pink grapefruit, passion fruit, lime zest, and gravelly minerality.
Tasting Price: $12.59/bottle | $11.89 in mixed six packs | $11.19 in mixed cases

3. 2014 Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand) – It’s our Wine of the Week, and it’s one of the best New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs we’ve ever stocked.  Founded by the former viticulturist and winemaker from Cloudy Bay, Dog Point has catapulted into the upper echelon of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc producers in a relatively short period of time (their first vintage was 2005).  This is nearly perfect New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in our opinions — fresh and zesty, but beautifully textured, and very long on the finish.  Think about it — you’re drinking one of the best of its type and you can take it home today for less than $20!
Special Wine of the Week Price: $19.99/bottle or $18.99/bottle by the solid 6-pack

Domaine Ricard Touraine Le Petiot, one of the great Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc values on the market.

2013 Domaine Ricard Touraine Blanc Le Petiot

White Wine of the Week – Extreme Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc Value!!!  Vincent Ricard is easily making some of the best Sauvignon Blancs in the Touraine AOC, one of the Loire Valley’s largest and most diverse. As importer Charles Neal puts it, “Touraine has never been rated as highly as Sancerre, Pouilly Fumé, Quincy or Menetou Salon.  But times change, demand soars in other regions and prices rise, leaving a void for well-priced, affordable wine.  With the increased prices of Sancerre, we saw interest in Menatou rise, then Quincy. Now Touraine is looked at as the value white wine of the Loire. However, with quality rising at frightening speed, who knows how long that can last?”  Thus, if you crave the flavors of Sancerre and other higher priced Loire Valley Sauvignon Blancs but hate paying the price, this is the wine for you.  Ricard doesn’t make much wine, and we just bought the last 5 cases from our distributor. And with these aggressive discounts in place, it’s not going to last long.  Here’s the deal:

2013 Domaine Ricard Touraine Blanc Le Petiot

Regular Price: $16.99/bottle

Buy 12+ Bottles: $14.44/bottle (15% off)
Buy 6-11 Bottles: $15.29/bottle (10% off)

After earning his Degree in Enology and then working for several years at some of the premiere estates in the Loire Valley, Vincent Ricard returned home to his family’s vineyards in 1998.  He and his father immediately bought themselves out of their cooperative contract, and began converting all of their vineyards over to organics.  Today, all of the vineyards are organic, and the estate is now one of the most esteemed in the appellation.

The estate’s Le Petiot bottling is 100% Sauvignon Blanc that comes from hand harvested, 30 year old vineyards.  The wine is fermented in stainless steel and then allowed to age on its lees.  Vincent ages a small percentage of the wine (20%) in older French oak, and this process serves to enhance the texture of the wine.  The Wine Advocate described this one as  being “very precise and zesty on the palate, this is a pure and green-hearted Sauvignon. Best buy.” Translated, that means it’s nicely dry and fresh with notes of citrus (grapefruit, lemon, lime) and green herbs and it’s a great deal.  Delicious by itself on the porch or patio nicely chilled, this one also works incredibly well with fresh fish, shrimp, seafood, and vegetables.

With just 5 cases to sell, I repeat THIS ONE WILL NOT LAST LONG.  Stop by and pick some up or email us at and we’ll put some aside for you until you can make it by.

Free Wine Tasting – Deconstructing Cabernet Sauvignon

Stop by the store every Saturday any time between 2 and 5 p.m. for an education and free wine tasting.  This Saturday, we’ll deconstruct Cabernet Sauvignon and put it back together again.  You may not know that Cabernet Sauvignon was created when Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc “mated” and created a new, singluar grape variety that is now one of the most popular in the world.  “Mother Sauvignon Blanc” contributes herbal and acidic components while “Father Cabernet Franc” gives woodsy tobacco and dark currant notes.  Join us as we examine and taste the parents and their offspring this Saturday.

We’ll start with the 2013 Domaine Ricard Touraine “Le Petiot”, a 100% Sauvignon Blanc-based wine from one of the leading producers in the appellation.  Dry, tart, tangy and displaying classic herbaceousness, this is an invigorating and palate-awakening white wine.  Next, the 2012 Marc Plouzeau Chinon “Rive Gauche” is all Cabernet Franc from France’s Loire Valley region.  With dark cherry, currant, tobacco and mineral notes, this is a very distinctively delicious red wine.  And last, but not least, the 2012 Finca Sophenia Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva from Mendoza, Argentina is a classic, European-styled Cabernet Sauvignon that exhibits notes of dark berries, roasted herb, and toasty oak.  We’ll see you this Saturday for a tremendous opportunity to taste, learn and save.

Tasting wines are 10% off by the bottle, 15% off when you mix any six of them and 20% off if you mix twelve! 

The Wines
Prices range from $12 to $22 per bottle 

1. 2013 Domaine Ricard Touraine Blanc “Le Petiot”
(Loire Valley, France) 

2. 2012 Marc Plouzeau Chinon “Rive Gauche”
(Loire Valley, France) 

3. 2012 Finca Sophenia Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva
(Mendoza, Argentina)

Table Wine Asheville: South African Sauvignon Blanc

Exploring South African Sauvignon Blanc – Free “Try Before You Buy” Wine Tasting – Saturday, August 3rd., 2013 – 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

For this Saturday’s free “Try Before You Buy” tasting, we’ll be pouring a couple of value priced, highly rated Sauvignon Blancs from South Africa.  The country counts Sauvignon Blanc as one of its most planted and revered white wine varietals, and the style is more reminiscent of the Loire Valley than that of New Zealand.  Translated and generally speaking, South African Sauvignon Blanc tends to possess more green notes and less grapefruit and boisterous tropical fruit notes.  Think gooseberry, lime, green or jalapeno pepper, herbs and crunchy textures.

You will try two of the best versions you can find for the money.  The Excelsior estate is run by the fourth and fifth generations of the De Wet family, who also raise horses.  Their 2012 Sauvignon Blanc is a great intro — super zesty and tangy, with gooseberry, lime and pepper notes and rated 89 points by Stephen Tanzer, who does a great job of covering South African wines. Next up, we’ll pour you the 2012 from Indaba, one of the all time great value brands of South Africa and the world.  With lemon/lime, green fig and herbal undertones, this is another great rendition and another overachiever Sauvignon Blanc.

All tasting wines are 10% off by the bottle or 15% off if you buy six or more of them.

Chateau Magneau Graves Blanc

Wine of the Week – 2010 Chateau Magneau Graves Blanc

It’s definitely starting to feel like summer out there, and I predict it’s going to be a hot one………..I hope I’m wrong, but if it is, this is the perfect wine to serve nice and cold on a hot day.

Chateau Magneau has been owned and operated by the Ardurat family since the reign of Henry IV.  Today, Henri and Brigitte Ardurat run the estate with their two sons.  Their vineyards are located in Graves, in southern Bordeaux, so named because of the deep gravelly soils of the region.  All of the vineyard and cellar work is done by hand – no chemical pesticides are used in the vineyard and all fruit is hand harvested and sorted prior to fermentation.

The wine is a blend of 45% Sauvignon Blanc, 45% Semillon and 10% Muscadelle, and the average age of vines is around 30 years.  It is a completely harmonious wine in the sense thatthe Semillon contributes ripe stone fruit flavors and rich texture while the Sauvignon Blanc adds tangy, zippy citrus and melon notes……….oh yeah, the Muscadelle (no relation to Muscadine or Muscat) adds a beautiful floral component to the wine.

All in all, it is a wine that drinks well above it’s price point with or without food.  If you like to cook, try this one with flaky white fish, roasted vegetables or a good friend or loved one on your back porch.  You will thank me!


$14.39/bottle in a mixed 6 pack 

$13.59/bottle in a mixed case


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