Best Free Wine Tasting - Asheville, North Carolina

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting - Domaine Lafage and Banshee Wines

Friday, June 30th from 4-7 p.m. – Get your weekend off to a good start with the best free wine tasting in Asheville! This week, Mike Kolker of Freedom Beverage Co. joins us to pour the awesome wines of France’s Domaine Lafage and California’s Banshee.

If you’ve been shopping at Table Wine for any amount of time, you know the wines of Lafage and Banshee, and most likely you love them. They are great wines at great prices made by great people. Join us as we pour you a sampling of wines from these all-star producers. Up first, it’s Jean-Marc Lafage’s Miraflors Blanc, a white blend that smells and tastes of sunny days and flowers. After that, it’s Jean-Marc’s dry rosé, a perennial best seller and a candidate for the best looking bottle of wine on the market. Next, we’ll move into the Banshee zone with a pair of reds from this Healdsburg-based winery. First up is the 2014 Pinot Noir — the favorable conditions of the vintage and the expert winemaking of Ross Cobb resulted in a stunning value in Sonoma County Pinot Noir. We’ll finish with their Mordecai, a big and boisterous red blend composed of several different grapes from various parts of the state. It’s gonna’ be fun and it’s gonna’ be tasty. 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 Domaine Lafage Miraflors Blanc (Roussillon, France) – Talk about a fun and exotic white wine. Composed of Vermentino, Vigonier, Muscat, Grenache Blanc and a few others, it is dry, but tender, and laced with lovely notes of ripe lemon, white peach, spring flowers and herbs.

2. 2016 Domaine Lafage Miraflors Rose (Roussillon, France) – This is a stellar value in first class dry rose. Jean-Marc Lafage crafts this one from blend of 80 year old Grenache Gris and younger vine Mourvedre. The result is a wine flowing with ripe and creamy red fruits, white peach, and spring flowers. Even better, it’s on sale!

3. 2014 Banshee Pinot Noir (Sonoma County, California) – I had a bottle of this recently and was amazed at the quality for the price ratio. Tasting like Pinots that often sell for $50+, this one is always good, but the 2014 is great. Medium bodied, silky, complex and possessing gobs of ripe red fruits, exotic spices, and rooty, earthy nuances, it is a wonderful Pinot at a wonderful price.

4. 2014 Banshee Mordecai (Various Regions, California) – 35% Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa, Sonoma), 28% Syrah (Anderson Valley, Sonoma), 22% Zinfandel (Dry Creek, Russian River), 6% Merlot (Alexander Valley), 4% Carignan (Mendocino), 3% Cabernet Franc (Sonoma), 2% Cinsault (Sonoma). Is that enough grapes for you? Aged for 15 months in French oak (new and used), the resulting wine is reminiscent of a good Cotes du Rhone meets Priorat.

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine