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Eric Scheffer'S New Wine Line: Beverage makers are suddenly clamoring to produce the chosen drink of the chosen people, with Shmaltz Brewing Company, makers of Jewbelation ale, hosting a party at Thirsty Monk last week. The latest culinary entrepreneur to join the fray is Asheville's own Eric Scheffer, who's just unveiled a red wine called “New York Jew.”

Savoy owner Eric Scheffer's new line of wines, including the humorously titled “New York Jew.”

“I can't keep cases of it in the restaurant,” says Scheffer, owner of Savoy. “I have people in Detroit and Chicago asking how they can get the wine. I have people driving up from Florida.”

New York Jew — along with the more prosaically named e.scheffer Cabernet Sauvignon, e.scheffer Petite Syrah and e.scheffer Chardonnay — is now available at Savoy, Greenlife and the Doubletree Hotel. All four wines are the product of a collaboration between Scheffer and the North Coast's Windsor Vineyards.

“I designed the wines to be general public wines,” Scheffer says. “I wanted them to be a broad sample.”

New York Jew, of course, targets a slightly more select demographic.

“I love self-deprecating humor, so I thought, why not poke fun at myself?” Scheffer says of the wine.

To learn more about all four wines in Scheffer's portfolio, call 253-1077.

Hickory Tavern Grill &Amp; Raw Bar: A third Charlotte import has announced plans to move into Biltmore Park Town Square, already home to 131 Main and Brixx Pizza. Hickory Tavern Grill & Raw Bar, which boasts 10 locations, including six in Charlotte, will arrive in Asheville later this year. The restaurant's menu features a mix of traditional steakhouse cuisine and low-country fare, with an emphasis on shrimp and crab. For more information, visit www.thehickorytavern.com.

City Market South: Biltmore Park Town Square last week also welcomed a chain of a very different sort: Asheville City Market, the weekly tailgate market organized by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Program, has added a second location across the street from P.F. Chang's. City Market Manager Mike McCreary is quoted in a release as saying all parties involved “feel that it is a fantastic location, a wonderful opportunity and this additional market location will be a huge success.”

The market will convene every Wednesday, 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. through Oct. 28, with a single Saturday morning market scheduled for July 25. To find out more, visit www.asapconnections.org.

Pickling At Earth Fare: The recession has made pickling the latest craze — home gardeners need to do something with all their extra veggies — and the subject of an upcoming evening workshop at Earth Fare's Hendersonville Road location. The Tuesday, July 14, class will cover ingredients, equipment, water-bath canning and pickling fundamentals. All students will be sent home with a jar of homemade pickles. Registration is $20. To sign up, call 210-0100.

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