North Carolina’s wine fortunes have fluctuated over the years. Especially after the long stretch of Prohibition, what had once been the nation’s leading manufacturer of wine faded from the forefront of the industry.
The mention of mead is likely to bring to mind Vikings and Renaissance fairs rather than sophisticated sipping and food pairings. But times and tastes are changing, and some locals have their sights set on modernizing perceptions and knocking the dust off the ancient drink’s faded appeal. One of these mead mavens is Fairview resident […]
In Beer City, USA, even wine stores specialize in brews — at least MetroWines will upon launching into beer territory this month. Pioneered by local home brewer Anita Riley, the expansion will feature an in-store beer section along with an online component entitled Brewing up a Storm — a first-of-its-kind blog “focusing on women in […]
News on indoor holiday markets, a winter community potluck, evaluations for amateur winemakers and a free tasting of Alpine cheeses.
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 […]
“This is about the fusion of two passions,” says French instructor and wine enthusiast Allison Weems, explaining the inspiration behind her new continuing education series, Sip and Speak. The Asheville French School founder approached Metro Wines owners Gina Trippi and John Kerr earlier this year with the idea of offering in-store classes exploring basic language […]
Click through for a slideshow of photos by Cindy Kunst and a report by Jonathan Ammons on the inaugural Taste of Our Carolina Foothills food and wine festival, held Sunday in Tryon.
The Our Carolina Foothills campaign will host the inaugural Taste of Our Carolina Foothills wine and food festival on Sunday, Sept. 28, at Overmountain Vineyards in Tryon. The event is a fundraiser for the Our Carolina Foothills public relations campaign to create awareness about and promote tourism in Landrum, Tryon, Saluda and Columbus. Visitors will […]
Hundreds of flavor enthusiasts gathered at the U.S. Cellular Center for four hours of wine, food, competition and camaraderie at Asheville’s sixth annual Wine and Food Festival Grand Tasting event, and only Southern hospitality could explain the extent of heavy pours that sloshed around inside the event’s beautifully branded keepsake cups.
Asheville may be Beer City, but that’s not the only libation local residents enjoy. Consider the continuing success of the Asheville Wine & Food Festival. Now in its sixth year, the annual celebration of the region’s winemakers, wine shop owners, chefs and restaurants is expanding its focus on local wines, adding a competition for commercial […]
“Everybody needs sodas and cigarettes and snacks,” says Ben’s Tune-Up co-owner Meg Alt. Now, individuals who work and play downtown have an expedient means to get these items. Ben’s Penny Mart, Asheville’s newest convenience store and hangout, is scheduled to open on Friday, Aug. 15, at 195 Hilliard Ave. adjacent to Hi-Wire Brewing. The hours […]
Running a wine shop isn’t easy. Margins are often surprisingly tight, something’s always breaking, vintages vary in quality, people’s tastes change constantly, and it can often seem impossible to compete with the prices in the big grocery chains that keep popping up all over town. A number of local wine shops have closed in the last few years, but Table Wine in South Asheville seems to be thriving.
Blind Tasting League brings wine appreciation down to earth Currants, bramble and boysenberry are among many of the somewhat inaccessible descriptive terms I’ve heard tossed around at lofty wine tasting events over the years. The world of wine can be a bit pretentious, a trait that often leads would-be connoisseurs to settle for “critter wines” […]
Asheville Lyric Opera’s Winter Gala was attended by a crowd of more than 200 on Saturday, Jan.25, at the Crowne Plaza Resort Expo Center. The event provided a bountiful feast of both food and music to all who partook.
Photo by Mark-Ellis Bennett
Now in its fifth year, the festival brings together local chefs, producers, nonprofits, breweries, wineries and more for five days of dinners and events.
The Wine Studio on Charlotte Street is closing after almost three years of business.
I was recently in a local store, intending to purchase a single bottle of wine. I was notified by the cashier that I'd have to wait until noon to purchase this item, as it was Sunday. Is this asinine and arbitrary statute still on the books? Our state legislators need to take on as part […]
The Champagne BYOB (or C), but we’ve got some ideas about where to get your V-Day chocolate, and there’s no reason not to go local. Here, we’ve provided seven opportunities. (Photo of chocolate hearts from The Chocolate Fetish by Max Cooper)
This year, Santé‘s annual bubbles fundraiser raises money for Little Iron Man and little Marough Gardner.
The new home for the Battery Park Book Exchange is a labyrinthine place, straight out of an Omar Khayyam fantasy. Here’s our photo slideshow of the opening. Photos by Jonathan Welch.
What’s going on around town in the drink and eats world.