THE SMALL PICTURE: "I'm definitely on a mission to bump up the wine culture around here," says the Asheville Wine Market's new owner, Larry Weaver, of his intentions to bring in more wine by small, independent vignerons. Photo by Jonathan Ammons

Asheville Wine Market has new owner, new focus on independen­t wineries

After 21 years of continuous ownership, the Asheville Wine Market has officially changed hands. Opened in 1993 by Eberhard Heide after he left Weinhaus, the store became Asheville’s second wine shop. But rather than a buyout, this takeover seems more like a passing of the scepter. Larry Weaver moved from the New York/New Jersey area […]

WHAT TO DRINK: Local wine stores, including Metro Wines on Charlotte Street (pictured) are offering wines for Thanksgiving meal pairings — some priced as low as $10. Photo by Cindy Kunst

Perfect pairings: Asheville wine shops offer Thanksgivi­ng options

Garrison Keillor once said, “Thanksgiving is the closest Americans will ever come to understanding the Middle East conflict.” And while most of our dinner tables might not get quite that explosive, it is always wise to keep some wine on hand as a welcomed social lubricant. But pairing wines on Thanksgiving can be tricky. For […]

TOP TASTING: Larken Egleston, regional brand ambassador for Rémy Cointreau, will visit Top of the Monk on Wednesday, Nov. 19, to host a showcase of Woodford Reserve's finest bourbons. Photo courtesy of Top of the Monk

Top of the Monk event to spotlight bourbon and the Manhattan

No plans for hump day? How about Whiskey Wednesday at Thirsty Monk? On Wednesday, Nov. 19, the regional brand ambassador for Rémy Cointreau, Larken Egleston, will be making his way to Asheville to host a showcase of Woodford Reserve’s finest bourbons at Top of the Monk, the speakeasy above Thirsty Monk. Woodford, based in Versailles, […]

FROM THE HEART: Restaurateur Laurey Masterton (far right in the red hat) was known for both her love of  community and her entrepreneurial savvy. "She was so generous, and yet she was such a sharp businesswoman," remembers her friend Howard Hanger. Mountain Xpress file photo

Asheville’s food pioneers: The legacy of Laurey Masterton

When Laurey Masterton opened her restaurant and catering company storefront, Laurey’s, in 1990, most of Asheville was still degenerate. Barley’s wouldn’t start slinging pizzas until four years later, but Laurey’s sandwich shop paved the way for an entire section of Biltmore Avenue to be revitalized. “Cooking was a big part of their family, and that […]

CHEERS: Downtown farm-to-glass cocktail venture Sovereign Remedies recently opened to the public,  Photo by Jonathan Ammons

A cure for all ills: Sovereign Remedies opens for business

After several months of anticipation, Sovereign Remedies, Asheville’s new farm-to-glass cocktail haven, opened last week. In his typical, community-focused fashion, owner Charlie Hodge first welcomed Asheville bar employees for a Bartenders Brunch on Wednesday, Sept. 3, followed by a family-and-friends event on Friday, Sept. 5, which allowed VIPs and the press to get the first tastes.  The […]

UP IN THE AIR: Scott Thomas, left, and Mike Piroli, right, were hoping to open the Public School bar in the old Standard Paper Sales Co. building on Banks Avenue this fall, but city paperwork has kept the project from getting off the ground as scheduled. Photo by Cindy Kunst

The long hello: Permitting issues drag on for South Slope ventures

Driving by the old Standard Paper Sales building, you can see construction workers carrying equipment in and out and hear the sounds of loud machinery. Vortex had originally planned to open in the space in June, and four other South Slope businesses had their sights on the space for September. As the summer slips away, you can’t help but wonder what’s holding up those projects.