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Sangiovese Takeover wine tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting – Sangiovese Takeover

Saturday, April 22nd from 2-5pm – Drop by Table Wine for a free “Sangiovese Takeover” Tasting!  This is your chance to try the new Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose along with some classic Tuscan interpretations of the grape!

I love Sangiovese in all its various forms and styles.  It creates everything from dry and refreshing roses to full bodied, long lived red wines………and everything in between.  Join us as Sangiovese takes over the tasting bar!  Not familiar with the grape?  Not to worry as I will guide you through the tasting and tell you about the grape and the wines.  To start, the Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose always reminds me of picking strawberries in the summer as a kid.  It literally smells of sun-soaked strawberries but remains crisp and dry on the palate.  Up next, the Poggio Vignoso Chianti flows with juicy, ripe red fruits.  It makes me want a big plate of eggplant parm.  To finish, the Brunelli Poggio Apricale is what I like to call “Poor Person’s Brunello.”  90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot from younger Brunello vineyards, it is rich, ripe, and savory.  Bring on the bolognese!  Getting hungry yet?  Stop by this Saturday, taste, buy and get to cooking!  Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

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. 2016 Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose  (Columbia Valley, Washington) – I’ve been selling this wine for over 10 years and it’s always great!  100% Sangiovese fermented in stainless steel, it just hits the spot on so many different levels.  It’s dry, it’s packed with aromas and flavors of ripe summer fruits, and it goes down super easy.  Pour this at your next outdoor spring or summer party and your friends will think you’re a certified sommelier.
Tasting Price: $12.59 in mixed 3-packs | $11.89 in mixed 6-packs | $11.19 mixed cases
Special Case of the Month Price: Just $10.99/bottle on your solid case through May 10th!

2.2015 Poggio Vignoso Chianti (Tuscany, Italy) – There are oceans of horrible Chianti on the market — thin, sour, and astringent, they just plain suck.  This is not one of those!  Rich, complex, and packed with ripe cherry and plum fruit, this tastes more like a Classico.  With a bit of complexity in the form of leather and earthy spice, it’s a wine I could have a conversation with just as much as I could chug it.
Tasting Price: $13.49 in mixed 3-packs | $12.74 in mixed 6-packs | $11.99 in mixed case

3. 2015 Brunelli Poggio Apricale (Tuscany, Italy) – This one really does it for me!  From younger vines located on the outskirts of Montalcino, it gives me Brunello-like heart and soul at a fraction of the price.  I pick up notes of wild cherry, blackberry, black tea and savory spice all offered up on an opulent and open knit palate.  Who’s bringing the bolognese over?
Tasting Price: $17.99 in mixed 3-packs | $16.99 in mixed 6-packs | $15.99 in mixed cases

Purchase Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

2016 Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose

Case of the Month – Dry rose fans rejoice as the Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose is back and it’s great again!  With eleven Best of Class and numerous gold awards at prestigious wine competitions, it is one of our country’s top pink wines.  I can say with certainty that it is very deserving of the praise. We poured this one last Friday and every single person that tasted it loved it.  We ran out!  Not to worry, 20 cases arrive today……….even better, I’m putting it on sale through May 10th.  Believe me when I say that this is one of the most satisfying wines to drink during the spring and summer seasons.  Stop by the store or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com to place your order.  Here’s the deal:

2016 Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose
Regular Price: $13.99/bottle

On Sale Through Wednesday, May 10th
$10.99/bottle on solid case purchases — That’s Over 20% Off!

Dry rose sales continue to surge in the United States, and it’s wines like this one that are making that happen.  Please note that this is not anything like White Zinfandel, Lancers, or Mateus.  I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with those wines, but Barnard Griffin’s Rose is decidedly dry.  With ripe and creamy notes of strawberry, raspberry, orange and pomegranate balanced by crisp acidity, this is the wine you want to drink on warm sunny days.

Not sold yet?  I’ll give you one more chance to try it for free.  Stop by next Saturday, April 22nd — we’ll have it open for our free wine tasting that day. Otherwise, stop by the store and pick some up!  Cheers and happy spring and summer drinking and eating!

Super Saturday Wine Tasting with Sour Grapes at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Super Saturday Wine Tasting – Tour de France with Sour Grapes

Saturday, April 29th from 2-5 p.m. – Super Saturday Wine Tasting!  We’re taking you on a Tour de France with special guests Daniel Lukin-Beck and Katerina Dordelman of Asheville’s own Sour Grapes — sample 9 awesome small grower/producer, organic and biodynamic French wines for just $5 — free if you’re a Grape Nut!

Our next Super Saturday adventure will give you the chance to try some incredible French wines from local distributor/importer Sour Grapes.  Led by the passionate Devon Price and the cool and calm Daniel Lukin-Beck, Sour Grapes has established itself as one of our top sources of high quality, estate grown, organic and biodynamic French wines.  For this tasting, we’ll focus on the wines of Vignerons de Nature, a small group of independent growers and producers committed to organic and biodynamic viticultural practices.  We’re talking farmers with dirt under their fingernails, folks who know that good wine is made in the vineyard, real wines from real people!  Sour Grapes direct imports these wines and they are some of our favorite French wines in the store.

Sour Grapes Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

If you’ve had bad luck with organic wines in the past, you obviously haven’t tried the right ones — these are the right ones!  We’ll pour you samples from a variety of famed French wine regions with an emphasis on the vineyards and producers of Southern France.  This guarantees to be a great chance to taste, learn, and save big on some great wines from some wonderful small growers/producers.  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. Le Ballon Vin Blanc 
(Languedoc, France)
2. Francois Le Saint Sancerre “Calcaire”
(Loire Valley)
3. Chateau de la Selve Viognier “Saint Regis”
(Aredeche)
4. Chateau de la Selve Rose “Maguelonne”
(Ardeche)
5. Le Ballon Vin Rouge
(Languedoc, France)
6. Domaine de L’R Chinon Rouge
(Loire Valley)
7. M. & S. Bouchet Cabernet Franc
(Loire Valley, France)
8. Domaine Duseigneur Cotes du Rhone “La Chapelle”
(Rhone Valley)
9. Chateau les Croisilles Cahors “Silice”
(Southwestern France)
10. Domaine Duseigneur Lirac “Antares”
(Rhone Valley)

 

Free dry rose tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Dry Rose Rollout 2016

Friday, April 29 from 4-7pm – Join us for a free Dry Rose Wine Tasting as we pull the corks on some deliciously dry pink wines from the glorious 2016 vintage.

Spring has sprung and dry roses have arrived at Table Wine!  I was first introduced to dry roses by Eberhard Heide in 2003 when I moved to Asheville and started working at the Asheville Wine Market.  I was young and thought all pink wines were sweet and sappy.  Eb quickly corrected me, and I’ve been enjoying these dry, crisp and refreshing wines ever since.  On to the wines!  Up first, the Ameztoi Rubentis comes from Spain’s Basque region, and it is always a customer and staff favorite.  Slight effervescent and super high in crisp acidity, this stuff goes down way too easy.  Up next, the La Belle Etoile Rose comes to us from famed Tavel producer Chateau Manissy. Primarily Syrah, it offers tons of refreshment at a very fair price.  To finish, the Chateau Pesquie Les Terrasses Rose is a classic, Provencal-styled wine that makes me want for a caprese salad.  Stop by the store, celebrate the arrival of dry rose season, and stock up for the warm and sunny days of spring and summer!  Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 1, 0%, mix any 6 and save 15%, or mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2016 Ameztoi Rubentis Txakolina  (Getariako, Txakolina) – I know, you’re like what the heck does that say.  Don’t worry about it folks, this stuff is straight up delicious.  A 50/50 blend of Hondarribi Beltza and Hondarribi Zuri from vineyards that range in age from 20 to 150+ years old, this remind me a bit of a strawberry/lime Snapple, minus the sugar.  Yum, yum, yum!
Tasting Price: $17.99 in mixed 3-packs | $16.99 in mixed 6-packs | $15.99 mixed cases

2.2016 Chateau Manissy La Belle Etoile (Southern Rhone Valley, France) – Chateau Manissy owner and winemaker Florian Andre apprentice at Domaine de la Mordoree for 3 years before founding his estate.  Florian then approached the religious order that owned the Chateau de Manissy. Apparently many had tried and been turned down by the Brothers. In this case, however, they were impressed by Florian’s resume and plans.  La Belle Etoile means “beautiful star,” and this was the name given to the wine by the Manissy Brotherhood’s missionary preist.  A blend of organically farmed Syrah, Cinsault and Bourbolenc, it is lighter than Tavel, but nonetheless delicious.
Tasting Price: $12.59 in mixed 3-packs | $11.89 in mixed 6-packs | $11.19 in mixed case

3. 2016 Chateau Pesquie Les Terrasses Rose (Southern Rhone Valley, France) – Many of you have enjoyed the red wine from this all-star Ventoux estate.  Wait until you try their rose!  I tasted this one for the first time just last week, and I was smitten with it.  A blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah, this is the type of wine I refer to as a “porch pounder.”  Completely dry, beautifully aromatic, and just a joy to drink with or without food, it will run out quickly.
Tasting Price: $14.39 in mixed 3-packs | $13.59 in mixed 6-packs | $12.79 in mixed cases

 

Asheville, North Carolina's best free wine tasting at Table Wine.

Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting – Ben’s Picks

Saturday, April 15th from 2-5 p.m. – Join us as Josh gives up his position at the tasting bar and lets long time employee Ben Fort take over for the day.  Ben will taste you on three of his favorite wines.

When Josh asked me to pick the wines for Saturday’s free wine tasting, I immediately knew which wines we’d pour as my picks.  We’ll start with a lovely white, beautifully balancing rich fruit and refreshing acidity, that always hits the spot especially on a day where I grab some Chinese take-out on the way home.  Next is the “entry level” field blend from my favorite producer in the Langhe, G. D. Vajra.  It is quite literally the family’s house wine and a perfect pair with some of my favorite foods from salmon or roast chicken to mushroom risotto.  Finally, we’ll taste the current vintage of a wine I’ve sought out every year since their appearance at #10 on the Wine Spectator Top 100 list back in 2008.  Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel is excellent time and again as the accompaniment to my Grandmother’s pulled pork recipe or spending time with the best of friends telling (mostly) true stories of years gone by.  There’s much more to each of these stories so stop by, taste, learn, and save; this and every Saturday at Table Wine.  Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

Wine Consultant Ben Fort.

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 Tenuta Sant’Antonio Scaia Bianco (Veneto, Italy) – After inheriting their Father’s 20 Hectare estate, the four Castagnedi brothers purchased another 30 hectares of hillside vineyards on which they grow fruit for their Scaia wines. All four brothers are actively involved as they grow grapes with low yields, which they hand harvest, resulting in grapes that require minimal intervention during the winemaking process.
Tasting Price: $11.69 in mixed 3-packs | $11.04 in mixed 6-packs | $10.39 in mixed cases

2. 2014 G. D. Vajra Langhe Rosso (Piemonte, Italy) – G. D. Vajra is a true family estate winery with parents and children working collaboratively to produce wines of character. This is the wine they describe much as a soccer team, with different grapes playing different roles in the wine much as different positions on the field make up the team.
Tasting Price: $14.29 in mixed 3-packs | $13.59 in mixed 6-packs | $12.79 in mixed cases

3. 2015 Seghesio Zinfandel (Sonoma County, California) – Since 1895 Seghesio has been essentially synonymous with Zinfandel with 300 acres of prime Sonoma County real estate under vine. Now in their 5th generation, the Seghesio family has always sought to “sustainably produce great estate wines from vineyards the family first tended in the late 1800’s.”
Tasting Price: $24.29 in mixed 3-packs | $22.94 in mixed 6-packs | $21.59 in mixed cases

Free Chateau Montelena Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville North Carolina.

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Chateau Montelena Wine Tasting

Friday, April 21st from 4-7 pm – Yep, you read that right as we’re hosting a free Chateau Montelena Wine Tasting on Friday!  Truly one of California’s blue chip estates, we will pour you an all-star lineup of their current releases.  This guarantees to be the best free wine tasting in Asheville!

Founded in 1882, Chateau Montelena is one of California’s most historic and respected estates.  With 120 acres under vine, the winery produces about 50,000 cases of wine each year, and they make 7 different wines.  That’s really not a lot of wine!  Bo Barrett is still running the show here, and he continues to turn out great wines rooted in balance, class, and finesse.  Join us and see what we’re talking about.  We’ll start with their Dry Riesling, a 1,500 case production wine that is guaranteed to convert the most avid Riesling hater.  Up next, the estate’s Calistoga Zinfandel is just singing this vintage with bbq-friendly notes of briary fruit and peppery spice.  To finish, it’s the new vintage of Montelena’s Napa Valley Cabernet, and they knocked it out of the park this year.  What’s new?  Talk is cheap, let the wine do the talking and stop by to taste, learn and save this Friday at Table Wine.   Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

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 Chateau Montelena Riesling  (Potter Valley, California) – We know, you hate Riesling because it’s so sweet and syrupy.  Wrong!  This one is completely dry and completely delicious.  In fact, it is actually sold out at the winery, but we’ve got a couple cases up for grabs.  Possessing bright acidity along with exotic tropical notes, this one makes us want for spicy Thai or Indian food.
Tasting Price: $22.49 in mixed 3-packs | $21.24 in mixed 6-packs | $19.99 mixed cases

2.2013 Chateau Montelena Zinfandel (Napa Valley, California) – Montelena’s Zinfandel is a rare Zinfandel treat.  As opposed to the extracted, jammy style often encountered, this one is balanced, medium bodied, and old school in style.  Briary red berries, earth, and spice all come out to play in this red wine that would pair nicely with a wide range of cuisines, from red sauced pasta dishes to smoked brisket.
Tasting Price: $35.99 in mixed 3-packs | $33.99 in mixed 6-packs | $31.99 in mixed case

3. 2013 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley, California) – Bo Barret’s Cabs are never the biggest or most extravagant, but they are always delicious, and this is no exception.  Mored medium bodied and seductive, it exhibits silky tannin and balanced acidity making it a perfect pair for a grilled steak.  Classic Napa Cabernet aromas and flavors of dark cherry, currant, tobacco, cedar, and licorice all make an appearance.  Drink now through 2025.
Tasting Price: $53.09 in mixed 3-packs | $50.14 in mixed 6-packs | $47.19 in mixed cases

Best free wine tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Free On Fridays Wine Tasting – Will’s Picks

Friday, April 14th from 4-7pm – Join us this Friday for a free wine tasting featuring some of new Table Wine employee Will Russell’s top picks.  

In case you didn’t know, I joined Table Wine 2 months back after a long stint as the wine buyer at Greenlife/Whole Foods.  I am so happy to be working with Josh and Ben and cherish the opportunity to increase my wine knowledge and share it with you.  I’ll start the tasting with one of my favorites, the new vintage of Domaine Salvard Cheverny Blanc.  This lovely expression of Sauvignon Blanc with just a touch of Chardonnay is one of the wines that first drew me to the Loire. Next up, the new vintage of Bodegas Muga Rosado is in fine form this year.  With great richness balanced by zesty acidity, I enjoy this one especially with lighter fish courses or spicy shellfish preparations.  One of the first wines I tasted with Josh when I joined the team was the Torre de Golban Ribera del Duero Reserva — I knew I’d found my new home!  We’ll finish with this big, structured Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero.  There’s so much more to each of the wines than words can purvey.  Stop by, taste, learn, and save every Friday at Table Wine.  Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

Table Wine Consultant Will Russell.

Wine Consultant Will Russell.

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. 2016 Domaine du Salvard Cheverny Blanc  (Loire Valley, France) – I love drinking wines from the Loire Valley.  Cheverny may be one of most underrated appellations in the Loire. It has never mounted a significant threat to the powerhouses of Sancerre nor Pouilly Fume. However, I don’t think the brothers Delaille are looking for a fight. Year after year they put their heads down and turn out spectacular, affordable wines that convey the chalk and limestone soils not far from the river banks.
Tasting Price: $15.29 in mixed 3-packs | $14.44 in mixed 6-packs | $13.59 mixed cases

2.2016 Bodegas Muga Rosado (Rioja, Spain) – If you knew me well, you might ask why I have chosen two Spanish wines, as I am a hardcore Franco-phile.  I am actually an equal opportunity drinker and happen to love roses from Rioja. Bodegas Muga is relatively new to the game in Rioja, having been founded in 1932. Their rose is a blend of 60% Garnacha, 30% Viura and 10% Tempranillo fermented in wooden vats for 15-20 days. The end result is a rich, pretty and impeccably balanced rose that smells and tastes of white peach with notes of wild strawberries.
Tasting Price: $14.39 in mixed 3-packs | $13.59 in mixed 6-packs | $12.79 in mixed case

3. 2012 Torre de Golban Ribera del Duero Reserva (Ribera del Duero, France) – I’ve always leaned toward Ribera del Duero for my favorite expressions of Tempranillo. Torre de Golban is a side venture of the famed Dominio de Atauta. The high altitude and hot, dry climate make for wines of great concentration and depth. It spends 18 months in French oak and 2 years in the bottle prior to release. It is big, with strong dark fruits, a firm backbone of integrated tannin and subtle notes of cedar and tobacco. I want a thick, juicy, grilled bone in ribeye with this one.
Tasting Price: $22.49 in mixed 3-packs | $21.24 in mixed 6-packs | $19.99 in mixed cases
Special Wine of the Week Price: Just $18.99/bottle on your solid 6-pack!  Drink now – 2022.

French Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting – Fantastic French Wines

Saturday, April 8th from 2-5 p.m. – For fans of French wines, do yourself a favor and stop by Table Wine this Saturday.  We’ll have a trio of classics open for you try before you buy, and we’ll talk you through them. Up first, it’s a lovely little Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre superstar Domaine Fournier.  Dry and crisp and perfect for spring drinking, this one will have you wanting for fresh chevre!  Up next, it’s a stunning bargain in high quality Red Burgundy from Nicolas Potel’s new operation.  Medium bodied, savory and complex, this is about as good as Pinot Noir from these hallowed grounds gets.  To finish, it’s one of our all-time favorite French country wines.  The new vintage of Domaine du Cros’ Marcillac is 100% Fer Servadou (the grape), and it’s full of hearty, earthy, and spicy nuances………truly one of a kind!  Stop by, taste, learn, and save every Saturday at Table Wine.  Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

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 Domaine Fournier Sauvignon Blanc  (Loire Valley, France) – This old Sancerre estate crafts this wine with fruit purchased from friends and neighbors in Touraine and Anjou.  Just like their top Sancerres, the wine is fermented entirely in stainless steel and bottled soon thereafter.  Completely dry, crisp, and exhibiting aromas and flavors of passion fruit, lime, kiwi, and mineral, this is the perfect wine for Sancerre lovers on a budget.
Tasting Price: $14.39 in mixed 3-packs | $13.59 in mixed 6-packs | $12.79 in mixed cases

2. 2014 Roche de Bellene Bourgogne Rouge “Vieilles Vignes” (Burgundy, France) – This is Burgundy superstar winemaker Nicolas Potel’s new winery, and it is already garnering great press far and wide.  His “entry level” red wine is made with grapes from 40 to 60 year old Pinot Noir vineyards in both the Cote de Beaune and the Cote de Nuits.  Possessing pure and enticing notes of red fruits and surprising earthy complexity, it is lively, fresh, and aromatic.  For less than $20, this offers amazing nuance, class, and pedigree.
Tasting Price: $17.99 in mixed 3-packs | $16.99 in mixed 6-packs | $15.99 in mixed cases

3. 2015 Domaine du Cros Marcillac “Lo Sang del Pais” (Marcillac, France) – We’re getting off of the beaten path with this one!  Marcillac is a small AOC in southwest France, and Domaine du Cros is arguably the top producer here.  The specialty of the region is the native grape Fer Servadou (aka Mansois) grown in the iron-rich soils of the region.  With bright acidity, fine tannins, and plenty of good funk, this is as versatile a food wine as some of the finest Cru Beaujolais’.  Trust us, try it with grilled sausages, and your head will spin!
Tasting Price: $15.29 in mixed 3-packs | $14.44 in mixed 6-packs | $13.59 in mixed cases

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

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Rocking Good Wines

Friday, April 7th from 4-7 p.m. – We’re pulling the corks on some rocking good wines this Friday and you’re invited!  Stop by the store to sample the new vintage of Barnard Griffin’s award winning dry rose followed by an honest and easy-going Barbera.  And we’ll finish up with the new release of Alto Moncayo’s massive Veraton Garnacha — we won’t pour this one again, so don’t miss your chance to try this “Gargantuan Garnacha!”  It’s guaranteed to be a rocking good time featuring some rocking good wines! All you have to do is stop by, taste the wines, stock up and save big!  Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

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. 2016 Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rosé  (Columbia Valley, Washington) – It’s back and it’s another fantastic wine from Rob Griffin.  Taste for yourself why Barnard Griffin Rosés have won eleven Best of Class and numerous gold awards at prestigious wine competitions since our first Rosé release in 2002.  100% Sangiovese fermented completely dry in stainless steel, this will make fans of this wine happy.  Bursting with ripe raspberry, strawberry, and orange zest, it is ripe yet bursting with refreshing acidity.  
Tasting Price: $12.59 in mixed 3-packs | $11.04 in mixed 6-packs | $11.89 in mixed cases

2. 2014 Bricco dei Tati Barbera (Piemonte, Italy) – Italian native Emanuele Gaiarin and his American-born wife Mary Beth purchased this rustic estate in the hills of Langhe in 2006.  With it came an old farm house, some old vineyards, 8 large cement fermenting tanks, and a 100 year old grape press.  The couple make honest, natural wines that are both charming and delicious, and their Barbera has become a customer favorite.  Light, low in tannin, and popping with bright red fruit and subtle earth notes, it is an absolute joy to drink.
Tasting Price: $9.89 in mixed 3-packs | $9.34 in mixed 6-packs | $8.79 in mixed cases

3. 2014 Alto Moncayo Veraton (Campo de Borja, Spain) – Hit the reset button!  We’re moving into a whole new breed of wine with this one!  A joint venture between importer Jorge Ordonez, Bodegas Borsao, and winermaker Chris Ringland, this is Grenache on some serious steroids.  From 30 to 50 year old vines, the grapes are picked late and then aged for 16-18 months in primarily new French and American oak.  The result is a wine that will coat every square inch of your palate with flavors of ripe boysenberry, blueberry, vanilla, and exotic spice.
Tasting Price: $26.99 in mixed 3-packs | $25.49 in mixed 6-packs | $23.99 in mixed cases

Taste Michel Gassier wines at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting – Focus on Michel Gassier

Saturday, April 1st from 2-5 pm – Join us for a free wine tasting (click here for directions) featuring new vintages of Michel Gassier’s award winning Southern Rhones!  Yep, the Cercius and the Nostre Pais reds and whites are back, and Table Wine is the only place in Asheville to get them!

We spend a lot of time talking about the wines of Michel Gassier.  Why?  Because they represent some of the best values of the Southern Rhone every single year.  Michel Gassier was born in Costieres de Nimes, the southernmost part of the Rhone Valley, and he knows the land, the grapes, the climate, and the soil. This knowledge is highly evident in his wines.  You all know the Cercius wines are rock solid, but we think the real values are his Nostre Pais wines.  These might best be described as his “Cercius Reserve” wines.  Made with fruit from Gassier’s home turf of Costieres de Nimes, just west of Chateauneuf du Pape, these wines offer up Chateauneuf like style, flavor, and press at a fraction of the price.  Sound good? All you have to do is stop by, taste, learn, and save on all of the featured wines.

Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

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 Michel Gassier Cercius Blanc (Southern Rhone Valley) – This enchanting blend of Grenache Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc is the best selling white wine in the store.  Offering loads of ripe fruit flavors, great texture, and plenty of balancing acidity, it’s what Josh calls “the perfect white wine.”
Tasting Price: $13.49/bottle | $12.74 in mixed 6-packs | $11.99 in mixed cases

2. 2014 Michel Gassier Nostre Pais Blanc (Costieres de Nimes)
– This brilliant white wine would put many White Chateauneuf du Papes to bed!  A blend of 52% Grenache Blanc, 22% Roussanne, 17% Viognier, and dollops of Clairette and Bourbolenc, this is fresh, bright, exotic and delicious.  Offering up gorgeous notes of white peach, citrus blossom, white flowers, and zesty acidity, it offer immediate gratification.
Tasting Price: $17.99/bottle | $16.99 in mixed 6-packs | $15.99 in mixed cases

3. 2015 Michel Gassier Cotes du Rhone Vieilles Vignes “Cercius” (Southern Rhone Valley) – The Cercius Cotes du Rhone is one of the best selling wines in the history of the store, and Vintage 2015 produced another incredible wine.  A blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah, all from 80+ year old vineyards, it is fat, plush, and decadent with notes of ripe kirsch, raspberry, lavender and Provencal herbs.  Full bodied, yet seamless and smooth, this is guaranteed to blow some minds.
Tasting Price: $15.29/bottle | $14.44 in mixed 6-packs | $13.59 in mixed cases

4. 2014 Michel Gassier Nostre Pais Rouge (Costieres de Nimes) –  We’ll let Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate tell you about this one!  “One of the bigger, richer versions of this cuvee, the 2014 Nostre Païs Costières de Nîmes (35% Grenache, 25% Carignan, 20% Syrah and the rest Mourvèdre and Cinsault) was fermented with one-third whole clusters and aged in equal parts 500-liter barrels and concrete tanks. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by terrific notes of blackberries, blackcurrants, roasted herbs and licorice. It has serious mid-palate depth, integrated acidity and present, yet ripe tannin, all suggesting it will evolve gracefully for at least 4-6 years.” – 91 points
Tasting Price: $17.99/bottle | $16.99 in mixed 6-packs | $15.99 in mixed cases

Events

Super Saturday Wine Tasting with Sour Grapes at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Super Saturday Wine Tasting – Tour De France with Sour Grapes

Saturday, April 29th from 2-5 p.m. – Super Saturday Wine Tasting!  We’re taking you on a Tour de France with special guests Daniel Lukin-Beck and Katerina Dordelman of Asheville’s own Sour Grapes — sample 9 awesome small grower, organic and biodynamic French wines for just $5 — free if you’re a Grape Nut!

Our next Super Saturday adventure will give you the chance to try some incredible French wines from local distributor/importer Sour Grapes.  Led by the passionate Devon Price and the cool and calm Daniel Lukin-Beck, Sour Grapes has established itself as one of our top sources of high quality, estate grown, organic and biodynamic French wines.  For this tasting, we’ll focus on the wines of Vignerons de Nature, a small group of independent growers and producers committed to organic and biodynamic viticultural practices.  We’re talking farmers with dirt under their fingernails, folks who know that good wine is made in the vineyard, real wines from real people!  Sour Grapes direct imports these wines and they are some of our favorite French wines in the store.

Sour Grapes Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

If you’ve had bad luck with organic wines in the past, you obviously haven’t tried the right ones — these are the right ones!  We’ll pour you samples from a variety of famed French wine regions with an emphasis on the vineyards and producers of Southern France.  This guarantees to be a great chance to taste, learn, and save big on some great wines from some wonderful small growers/producers.  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. Le Ballon Vin Blanc 
(Languedoc, France)
2. Francois Le Saint Sancerre “Calcaire”
(Loire Valley)
3. Chateau de la Selve Viognier “Saint Regis”
(Aredeche)
4. Chateau de la Selve Rose “Maguelonne”
(Ardeche)
5. Le Ballon Vin Rouge
(Languedoc, France)
6. Domaine de L’R Chinon Rouge
(Loire Valley)
7. Domaine Duseigneur Cotes du Rhone “La Chapelle”
(Rhone Valley)
8. Chatau les Croisilles Cahors “Silice”
(Southwest)
9. Domaine Duseigneur Lirac “Antares”
(Rhone Valley)
Free dry rose tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Free Wine Tasting – Dry Rose Rollout 2016

Join us for a free wine tasting featuring a trio of delicious dry roses from the glorious 2016 vintage.

Spring has sprung and dry roses have arrived at Table Wine!  I was first introduced to dry roses by Eberhard Heide in 2003 when I moved to Asheville and started working at the Asheville Wine Market.  I was young and thought all pink wines were sweet and sappy.  Eb quickly corrected me, and I’ve been enjoying these dry, crisp and refreshing wines ever since.  On to the wines!  Up first, the Ameztoi Rubentis comes from Spain’s Basque region, and it is always a customer and staff favorite.  Slight effervescent and super high in crisp acidity, this stuff goes down way too easy.  Up next, the La Belle Etoile Rose comes to us from famed Tavel producer Chateau Manissy. Primarily Syrah, it offers tons of refreshment at a very fair price.  To finish, the Chateau Pesquie Les Terrasses Rose is a classic, Provencal-styled wine that makes me want for a caprese salad.  Stop by the store, celebrate the arrival of dry rose season, and stock up for the warm and sunny days of spring and summer!  Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 1, 0%, mix any 6 and save 15%, or mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2016 Ameztoi Rubentis Txakolina  (Getariako, Txakolina) – I know, you’re like what the heck does that say.  Don’t worry about it folks, this stuff is straight up delicious.  A 50/50 blend of Hondarribi Beltza and Hondarribi Zuri from vineyards that range in age from 20 to 150+ years old, this remind me a bit of a strawberry/lime Snapple, minus the sugar.  Yum, yum, yum!
Tasting Price: $17.99 in mixed 3-packs | $16.99 in mixed 6-packs | $15.99 mixed cases

2.2016 Chateau Manissy La Belle Etoile (Southern Rhone Valley, France) – Chateau Manissy owner and winemaker Florian Andre apprentice at Domaine de la Mordoree for 3 years before founding his estate.  Florian then approached the religious order that owned the Chateau de Manissy. Apparently many had tried and been turned down by the Brothers. In this case, however, they were impressed by Florian’s resume and plans.  La Belle Etoile means “beautiful star,” and this was the name given to the wine by the Manissy Brotherhood’s missionary preist.  A blend of organically farmed Syrah, Cinsault and Bourbolenc, it is lighter than Tavel, but nonetheless delicious.
Tasting Price: $12.59 in mixed 3-packs | $11.89 in mixed 6-packs | $11.19 in mixed case

3. 2016 Chateau Pesquie Les Terrasses Rose (Southern Rhone Valley, France) – Many of you have enjoyed the red wine from this all-star Ventoux estate.  Wait until you try their rose!  I tasted this one for the first time just last week, and I was smitten with it.  A blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah, this is the type of wine I refer to as a “porch pounder.”  Completely dry, beautifully aromatic, and just a joy to drink with or without food, it will run out quickly.
Tasting Price: $14.39 in mixed 3-packs | $13.59 in mixed 6-packs | $12.79 in mixed cases