Sparkling Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Spring and Summer Sparkling Wines- Free on Fridays Wine Tasting

Friday, May 19th from 4-7pm – Stop by Table Wine in South Asheville for a free wine tasting of some awesome spring and summer sparkling wines.  This is your chance to try the 2015 Alla Costiera Prosecco, our new Wine of the Week and the best Prosecco we’ve ever tried!

Who said sparkling wines were just for the holidays and special occasions?  Not us!  Join us as we pour a delicious and affordable trio of bubbles from the Old World.  To start, it’s the always dependable and delicious Broadbent Vinho Verde.  A candidate for the best value porch and patio pounder out there, this year’s version is as good as ever.  Up next, it’s a bone dry, clean and “bready” Cava from Spain’s Perelada Estate.  Possessing great cleansing acidity and an overall zesty personality, this is the perfect bottle to start your weekend.  To finish, it’s the greatest Prosecco we’ve ever tried.  About 500 cases of Alla Costiera’s Prosecco are made each year, and you can certainly taste the small production craftsmanship with every sip.  Get your weekend off to a good start — stop by, taste, learn and save every Friday at Table Wine.  Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email me at

Table Wine, Asheville's premiere wine shop.

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. NV Broadbent Vinho Verde (Vinho Verde, Portugal) – Vinho Verde is Portugal’s most popular white wine, and it’s also one of the most refreshing wines on the planet.  A blend of native Portuguese grapes, it is lightly fizzy/frothy and super fresh with notes of green apple and mixed citrus fruits.
Tasting Price: $8.99 on mixed 3-packs | $8.49 on mixed 6-packs | $7.99 on mixed cases

2. 2013 Castillo Perelada “Stars” Cava Brut Nature (Emporda, Spain) – Since 1987, every summer Castillo Perelada hosts one of the most prestigious music festivals in Europe. This Cava was made as a tribute to all the artists who perform each year.  A traditional blend of Parellada, Xarel-lo, and Macabeu, this is clean, dry, and zesty Cava for all occasions.
Tasting Price: $13.49/bottle | $12.74 in a mixed six pack | $11.99 in a mixed case

3. 2015 Alla Costiera Prosecco Extra-Dry (Veneto, Italy) – It’s our Wine of the Week and it’s simply sensational.  From a small, certified organic, family owned estate, this is as good as Prosecco gets.  100% Glera from older vineyards in the Colli Eugenei, just 500 cases of this wine are made each year!  Compare that to some of the “other,” more well known Prosecco producers who produce their wines in a “factory setting” and make close to a million cases…………it’s an incredible value!
Tasting Price: $14.99/bottle | $14.44 in a mixed six pack | $13.59 in a mixed case
Special Wine of the Week Price: $14.99/bottle or $13.59/bottle on your solid 6-pack

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine

Taste Champagne and Sparkling Wines at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Big, Free Champagne and Sparkling Wine Tasting

Big, Free Champagne and Sparkling Wine Tasting featuring some of the best bubbles in town!  Friday, December 30th from 4-7pm.

Make your New Year’s Eve sparkle this year with the perfect bottle of bubbly!  Need help?  We got you covered as our good friend and Champagne Queen Gwen Collins of Epiphany Wine Company joins us to pour some of her favorite Champagnes and sparkling wines from all corners of the globe.  Just in time for New Year’s Eve, we’ll pour you 6 different bubbly options from top flight Champagnes to fruity and affordable Cava and Prosecco.  Stop by, taste, learn, and save big on all of the tasting wines.

Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at

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%!2013 Castillo

1. 2013 Perelada Cava Brut Nature “Stars Reserva”

2. NV Bisol Prosecco “Jeio”

3. 2012 Iron Horse Vineyards Wedding Cuvee

4. NV Simonnet-Febvre Cremant de Bourgogne Brut

5. NV Champagne Delamotte Brut

6. 2011 Louis Roederer Brut Rose Champagne

Sparkling Wine and Chocolate Truffle Tasting

Monday, December 31 at Table Wine, Asheville’s wine store dedicated to stocking promoting, and selling wines from family owned and operated wineries.

1:00 to 5:00 p.m.


It’s our last tasting of the year, and we’re going out in style with nothing but bubbles and truffles.  No New Year’s Eve would be complete without a bottle of sparkling wine and you don’t have to spend a ton of money to partake in the festivities.

Not only is bubbly delicious, it only contains 90 calories per glass……that’s for those of you who might be starting your New Year’s resolutions early.  It’s great for festive occasions, but we love it on Tuesday nights with sushi. Try it and you’ll know what we’re talking about.  But first, come try it before you buy it this Monday!


The Wines
Prices range from $11 to $38 

1. NV Garofoli Guelfo Verde Frizzante
Good enough to drink by itself, perfect for mimosas!

2. NV Belstar Prosecco
Gorgeous, dry Prosecco from one of the oldest and most trusted producers.

3. 2009 Antech Blanquette de Limoux
From France’s oldest sparkling wine zone, this stuff is knockout. It easily competes with many true Champagnes at a fraction of the price.

4. NV Mercat Cava Brut
For those who love pretty labels, this is the one for you.  The bubbly juice inside is wonderful too!

5. NV Domaine Thevenet Blanc de Blancs Brut
Beautifully pure Chardonnay fermented methode Champenoise. From importer extraordinaire Neil Rosenthal, this is wonderful stuff priced to sell.

6. NV Fontanavecchia Principe Lotario Brut
Here’s the freaking wine in the tasting.  Dry, sparkling rose of Aglianico……….what!? 

7. NV Thierry Triolet Champagne Brut
True, small grower/producer Champagne.  Just the smell of this one makes my mouth water! 

8. NV Jose Michel Champagne Brut Tradition
From the “Guru of Pinot Meunier” …..we’ll explain!  This is superstar Champagne from one of the region’s true originals.

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

Great Organic Champagne

Great Champagnes For Toasting 2011


Here are my top picks for sparkling wines and Champagnes for toasting this New Year’s Eve.  100% “Grower Champagnes”, meaning these folks own their vineyards and monitor quality from vine to bottle.  Yeah, you could easily run down to your big box store and snag a bottle of one of the big name brands made with grapes purchased from one of these growers, but why not just cut to the chase and drink something different, unique and delicious straight from the source?  Take a look.

R. Dumont et Fils Champagne “Brut Tradition”
Honest, delicious and round Champagne from two brothers farming 22 hectares in Aube.  80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay, this is round with a soft mousse and flavors and aromas of roasted nut, bright citrus and floral nuances.
José Michel Champagne Brut “Pinot Meunier”
José Michel is known as the “Guru of Pinot Meunier”.  This grape is regarded by the larger Champagne houses as nothing more than a blending grape that contributes fruity characteristics.  However, one of the larger houses I’m especially fond of, Krug, uses a high proportion of the grape in many of their wines.  José discovered long ago that if planted in the right spots with lower yields, this grape was capable of making world class Champagne.  His wines now enjoy a cult following, and this one is highly perfumed and exotic with a fine mousse and aromas and flavors of spiced apple, delicate red berries and mineral.
Voirin-Jumel Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru

This wine took my breath away when I tasted it in November.  100% Chardonnay from Cramant, one of the best spots in Champagne for Chardonnay………and Grand Cru for less than $50.  This is pretty big and rich with a wonderful balance between toasty/leesy/minerality and focused acidity. 
2002 José Michel Champagne Brut “Special Club”

No, you don’t have to be in a special club to drink this, but José Michel is a member of the Club de Viticulteurs, a group of independent Champagne producers who have come together to promote the high quality of their work.  The group chose José’s Vintage 2002 Brut as one of their representatives to the world of what true grower Champagne is all about.  It’s a blend of 50/50 Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay from a vineyard first planted in 1929.  The wine is fermented entirely in oak and then moved to bottle and disgorged according to demand.  It would make a wonderful bottle for this New Year’s Eve or for one 10-20 years down the road.

Jacques Lassaigne Blanc de Blancs “Le Cotet”

Mark my words, Jacques Lassaigne will be the next highly sought after, cult Champagne producer.  This is his single vineyard, old vine Chardonnay based Champagne, and it is truly something special.  Unlike the bigger producers who look at the making of their wines as an industrial process (machine harvesting, quick fermentations, lots of manipulation), this is an entirely organic and natural wine, bottled without the addition of any sulfur.  Grapes are harvested super-ripe, kind of like Jacques Selosse, and the wine undergoes full malolactic before being placed in new and used oak barrels to “rest” for two years.  The wine is then held in bottle for another 1 to 5 years before disgorgement.  In a nutshell, this is the real deal folks, the ultimate “insider” Champagne that I would happily put in a blind tasting against any of the “Tete de Cuvees” from the larger houses.  Oh yeah, it costs about half the price of any of these!

There are many others that I could write about, but these are my personal favorites.  May your New Year’s Eve be fun, festive and safe and I hope you take my advice to try something different this year.  You won’t regret it!  Pre-Cheers to 2011……’s gonna’ be a great year!


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