About Us

Table Wine is local, family owned, and dedicated to our Asheville community.

Our Philosophy

WInes for the People

Farm to Bottle

One of the other things that makes our work unique is that we focus specifically on what we like to call “farmer” wines. Put simply, almost all of our wines come from producers who farm their own grapes or from those who purchase grapes from small, family grape farmers.

These are the producers that subscribe to the notion that great wine is made in the vineyard with good, healthy, carefully grown grapes. In a sense, we offer a “farmer’s wine market”, and if you’ve ever shopped for your vegetables at one of Asheville’s many farmer’s markets, we think you’ll agree that the tomato purchased there far surpasses the quality, freshness and deliciousness of the one purchased at the grocery store. This same premise applies to wine!

Sustainability Tastes Better

We also feature Asheville’s largest and most focused selection of wines produced using organic, sustainable and biodynamic agricultural methods, but very few of the wines in the store are labeled as such.

Many producers have been farming their vineyards this way for many years, but prefer not to spend the thousands of dollars it takes to get this designation printed on their labels. To them, organics is a necessity, a philosophy and a way of life, not a grand marketing scheme. We could go on and on, but the best way to learn more about these types of wines is to stop by the store and have a conversation with one our wine-loving consultants, and make sure you’ve got extra time on your hands!

Our Dedicated Team

Josh Spurling | Owner & Founder

I must be honest. I got into this business by accident while I was enjoying my post-college “sabbatical” in Aspen, Colorado……aka goofing off before I had to join the real world. It was 1998 when I took a job at a wine shop/pharmacy called Sundance Drug and Liquor in Snowmass Village because the job provided me with a free ski pass. From there, store owner Barbara Wickes became my early mentor in the business. She gave me my first copy of Wine for Dummies, and I started shifting from a beer drinker to a wine drinker. These were blissful, heady days and it was in Aspen that I met Lynn, who is now my wife.


After we got married, we moved to Washington DC where I managed a small wine store in Dupont Circle, eventually landing a sales position with a major distributor in the area. After two years, the call to Asheville grew too loud to ignore. Lynn and I headed south to our new and permanent home. I found a place at the Asheville Wine Market, continually learning, tasting and listening to my new mentor Eberhard Heide as my dream of owning my own store percolated. After leaving the Asheville Wine Market in 2005, I took a job with a new distributor to Western North Carolina (The Country Vintner) and helped them to develop a major presence in Western North Carolina. After several years of continued business growth (and many miles), I grew weary of the grind and I left The Country Vintner in late 2009 to write my business plan for Table Wine and catch my breath. The store opened in July of 2010, and I haven’t looked back since then. Today, the store is stronger than ever, and I am extremely proud to provide full time employment to three wonderful human beings.

I love wine, I love food, I love the art of pairing them and I love communicating this knowledge to others. My gift is selecting the perfect wine for specific palates and occasions in any price range. I look forward to sharing this with you. Come to Table Wine, sit down, have a taste, and let’s have a conversation about wine!

Martha Speegle-Snell | Store Manager

My introduction to wine was the result of a true small-town connection. I returned to my hometown of Black Mountain after graduating with a degree in English down in Georgia. I was set on finding a job at a public library but was stymied by the slow-turning wheels of bureaucracy. In the meantime, I needed a job to pay the bills. My mother told me that the owner of our small town’s wine shop, who used to be a first-grade teacher when I was in primary school, a logical career progression he always maintained, needed a new employee. At the time, it would have been miraculous if my wine knowledge had filled a


single page however, I was told I’d have plenty of opportunity to learn on the job.

Turned out, wine entranced me. There was so much to learn; if I spent a lifetime studying, I’d never know it all. Bookworm that I am, this delighted me. I was then so giddy to share my new discovery with everyone who came into the shop. My library job search was quickly forgotten. I spent a few years working at The Merry Wine Market: organizing, learning, and tasting. After that period of time and a move to a different part of the county, I decided it was time to find a job that could provide further growth in my wine education and be closer to my new home. I was delighted to be offered a position at Table Wine where I could foster a deeper knowledge, embrace a new ethos, and share new wines. I can’t wait to share the joy and depth of experience that a good wine can bring you! 


My entry into the world of wine was through restaurants, as I worked my way through college and beyond, eventually ending up in fine dining establishments in New York City and Napa. I fell in love with the wider world of wine, however, while traveling through Europe, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and parts of South America. I noticed that through learning about the wines and the foods of a region, I was able to understand a lot about the culture and history of the place that I was in, and I was



My passion for the art of wine is based upon the feeling that through wine we connect to families, cultural traditions, and to our natural environment.

I eventually owned my own wine and cheese shop in Maine, and then managed wine stores for others. I have worked as a wholesale wine representative, managed a team of sales people here in western NC for a distributor, and worked for an importer representing their wines in the South East. I am very happy and excited to be back in the realm of retail and to be working with team Table Wine!

Navied Setayesh | Wine Consultant

Growing up good wine and good food were always present in my life. My father was a chef and restaurateur and I learned from a young age how food could transport you to other places and cultures. When I was old enough wine was added to this equation and a whole new world was opened up to me. My knowledge of grape varietals, regions, and producers was limited. However I managed to pick up, almost by osmosis, how flavors complement one another and how food and wine are the best ways to experience a place, short of


actually traveling there. For many years, I balanced recording music and touring with my band while also working in my father’s restaurants. While working as a barista, I discovered a passion for coffee and how coffee from different regions can have distinct flavors. Soon, though, I became a customer at Table Wine and it reignited my interest in wine. I realized wine was an incredibly detailed and fascinating world that called to me more than coffee ever did. Every trip into the store felt like an educational experience, and I always left with an interesting new bottle of wine to try. I'm now thrilled to work at Table Wine, where I can further discover the art of wine and assist customers on their own unique wine journeys.

Darius Mangum | Wine Consultant

I was introduced to the wine world by my mom, two of my aunts, and a dear friend of mine. In my last years of college, my family began to show me just how wonderful wine could taste, and shortly thereafter, my dear friend Marley showed me the rabbit hole that studying wine will inevitably lead you down. 

My professional career in wine began in Great Grapes, in Cary, NC. A short time after becoming a customer there, I realized I needed a job to fund my new wine hobby. I asked if they were hiring, they were, and once I took the job, my learning of wine accelerated to new levels. After working there, I moved back to Western North Carolina, where I’m from, to work at my dad’s handmade soap store in Tryon.


While I greatly enjoyed my time working at my dad’s store, I wanted to move back to my hometown of Asheville and needed a job within the city. Luckily, my timing was great, and Josh was hiring. I am very thankful that Josh has chosen to add me to the team, and in my short time here I have already learned a staggering amount. 

One of the most incredible things about wine to me is that it exists as an intersection between so many disciplines. Wine is history, geology, chemistry, physics, and so many other things. You also don’t need to know any of that to enjoy what you drink, and that is also fascinating to me. Further, wine is also impermanent, you will never have the same glass twice, but the great moments with those that you share it with are forever, and I find that very special indeed.