10 Wonderful Wine Stops in Asheville North Carolina

 

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Asheville wine comes from many vineyards throughout North Carolina, and from around the world. Now there are dozens of people around town that claim to be specialists when it comes to wine, and it could be a touchy subject sometimes. Some of our locals flew to Napa Valley, got their “wine expert license” in a couple of days, came back to AVL, and now they tell us which wine to drink. Hahaha, cheers! I remember cruising around in a limo with a few of them. One of the ladies was all about finding some 1997 White Wine from California. She said that was a great grape year! Personally, Vouvray is my favorite wine. Many restaurants and wine bars in the community do extensive research when it comes to choosing which vineyards to represent. Some only work with smaller family owned farms, with low output and high quality. I have to say, Biltmore Village dominates this list, as more and more wine is gravitating there. Here are several places that we definitely recommend if you are coming to the Asheville area looking for wine. We started with 10 Asheville Wine Stops, but as you can see we have added more below:

  1. 5 Walnut Wine Bar – this is the wine bar nightlife hot spot in downtown Asheville. A little hole in the wall spot, with a great wine selection, music, and dancing that sometimes runs out into the streets.
  2. Table Wine – a great little wine store in south Asheville, on Hendersonville Rd. Josh has wine tastings and other events here regularly.
  3. Sante Wine Bar – located in the Grove Arcade, this spot is the perfect spot to wine down and experience Asheville.
  4. Ruth’s Chris – the wine offerings here are chosen by their local management, and feature several small farm selections. They also carry several wines that you cannot find anywhere else around town.
  5. NC Wine Gifts – this is actually Asheville’s Best Kept Wine Secret! They only sell wines from vineyards in North Carolina, and have a Wine Club that ships select bottles to your door several times a year.
  6. Biltmore Estate – this place speaks for itself. Visiting the winery and tasting each of their wine offerings is an experience in itself. Somehow, our crew got stuck there for hours one time.
  7. Fig Bistro – one of our favorite restaurants in the community, with a fine wine selection, and located in Biltmore Village.
  8. Appalachian Vintner – wine on tap, or by the bottle, the choice is yours. They also have lots of beer too. A must stop only 1 minute from the Biltmore Estate entrance.
  9. Table Restaurant – incredible food and ambiance create this perfect setting for a fine time plus wine in downtown Asheville.
  10. Battery Park Book Exchange – located in the Grover Arcade, this spot is the wine lounge you’ve always dreamed about. So many books, and little nooks & crannies, it’s so easy to get happily lost in this place.
  11. Maggie B’s Wine – and if you venture a little north of Asheville, to Weaverville; stop by and visit this little cute wine shop that also offers meats and cheeses in their deli cooler.
  12. Rezaz Restaurant – wining and dining is a win win situation here always. Another great restaurant in Biltmore Village!

NC Wineries – Time to Visit

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Fall at Burntshirt vineyards

NC Wineries are the perfect place to visit this fall. Looking for a destination for your fantastic fall foliage drive this year? There are 25 wineries all within 1 ½ hours of Asheville. Imagine exploring the vineyards of WNC, enjoying wine tastings at beautiful wineries or picnicking amid the streams and mountains surrounding the vineyards. Surprised that we have so many wineries here? You can check out the smallest, complete, free standing winery in America at Calaboose Cellars in Cherokee County or visit a winery with vineyards situated on both sides of the Eastern Continental Divide at some of highest elevations on the East Coast at Burntshirt Winery in Hendersonville. Every winery has a story!

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Awards for Lake James Winery

NC Wineries and their wines are creating quite a stir in the wine world. We are one of the fastest growing wine regions in the country and our wines are winning international, regional and state-wide medals for excellence. Whether you prefer the fine dry reds and whites, the delicious semi-sweets or the down-home taste of our native Muscadine wine you will find them all within a short drive of Asheville. Forget Napa and Sonoma and check out NC Wine Country. You’ll find everything you need to plan your trip at WNC Wine Trails.

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Visit the WNC Wine Trails

NC Wineries are growing every month! We are now up to more than 150 wineries state wide. Surprised?! Even more surprising is that prior to prohibition North Carolina was the largest wine producing state in the country! Of course, at that time it was primarily our native Muscadine wine – yes that sweet wine that everyone says their grandmothers used to make for them. The Muscadine wines have matured over the years. Read more about the history of NC Wine and the Muscadine grapes at North Carolina Wine Gifts. Go out and discover NC Wine Country this Fall!




An Amazing Wine Dinner in Asheville!

What do you get when you put Domaine Serene Wines together with the glorious cuisine at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Asheville NC? An amazing wine dinner, so many moments of culinary satisfaction, the pleasure of friends, meeting new people, and great memories added to our lives. WOW! What an evening!!!

It all started when I walked in the doors to Ruth’s Chris in Biltmore Village. I told the hostess that I was here for the wine dinner and she escorted me to the back room. Tony, the manager, handed me a glass of wine as I entered and I proceeded to find a seat. A few moments later, my friend Mackensy walked in, so we decided to go seat hunting together. We got settled and met the folks to our right and left. Great people all around.

After a quick welcome from the Ruth’s Chris Asheville GM Gabe Fore; Special Guest Michelle Farkas of Domaine Serene was introduced, and the courses of wine and food decorated the table in front of us. The conversations quickly changed from common to Ohhh, Ahhh and Ummm. I definitely loved what I tasted and heard.

The Hors D’Oeuvres: Venison Wellington, Goat cheese-stuffed grapes with pistachio crust, Hamachi and Yellow Fin “Dueling” Tuna. Wine: Domaine Serene Rose, NV. Next was the Bisque: Roasted apple, butternut squash. Wine: 2010 Domaine Serene Coeur Blanc.

Main Courses Included: Macadamia-Crusted Mahi-Mahi with Lo mein noodle, togarashi & pineapple beurre blanc, complemented by 2008 Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir. Smoked Duck Breast with Veal demi, beet cous cous, with a 2009 Domaine Serene “Jerusalem Hill” Pinot Noir. USDA Prime NY Strip with Root Beer & peppercorn reduction, creamy mushroom polenta, coupled with 2009 Domaine Serene Grand Cheval.

Just when we though every taste-bud imaginable had been reached, a Chocolate Creme Brulee with Peppermint bark appeared on the table. The aroma from the Smoky Mountain Coffee Roasters was in a cup to my right calling me.

An Amazing Wine Dinner such as this one at Ruth’s Chris in Asheville NC is usually $75 – $100, and worth every cent. Tremendous! Thank you.