Every Saturday, we host one of Asheville’s best free wine tastings from 2 to 5 p.m. It is free to the public and the tasting typically features 4 affordable wines from small family wineries. The “smaller guys” use a more artisan approach in the farming of their grapes and the making of their wines and they are driven more by quality than profit. Much like the local Asheville organic farmer or cheese maker is driven by the quality of their product as opposed to the quantity produced, wine farmers share a similar ideal.
At the end of the day, the proof is in the pudding, so stop by Table Wine on Saturday’s to taste what we’re talking about! We love to talk about wine, so feel free to ask questions, even if they make you uncomfortable. We won’t make you feel inadequate! Here what’s on tap for this Saturday:
1. Francois Cazin Cour-Cheverny – How many of you have tried Romorantin? I’m guessing not many of you have – that is the name of the grape and the tiny village of Cour-Cheverny in France’s Loire Valley is home to it. Stop by Saturday to taste and learn about this awesome and unique wine.
2. Domaine de Larzac Merlot – From France’s Languedoc region, this is what I like to call an extreme value. With bright fruit, funky herbs and spices and a little bit of age, this is not your typical Merlot. Stop by and you will be convinced.
3. Chateau Jouclary Cabardes – This has been a store favorite since we opened. A blend of Grenache, Syarh and Merlot, it tastes like a hypothetical blend of a Cotes du Rhone crossed with a Bordeaux. Don’t know what that would taste like? Stop by Saturday to sense it firsthand.
4. Chateau la Bastide Corbieres – I’ve always been a fan of the wines of Corbieres in France’s Languedoc zone. These are rich, spicy and honest wines that make for great everyday drinking and I got turned onto this blend of Syrah and Grenache over a meal at Bouchon recently. We think you’ll like it!