Raising the Bar

The Guys at Appalachian Vintner tell us what to sip this Spring


McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks Hard Cider
The apples for this cider were picked at the peak of freshness from an orchard in the Brushy Mountains of Wilkes County. Ciders like this are frequently finding their way into the fold manly because they are just so full of flavor, yet delicate, refreshing and complex. Filling the void between a lighter ale, lager or sparkling wine.

PAIRING:Cherve or Gouda

PRICE $9.99


Domaine Sainte Lucie MIP* Classic Rosé
You want red, they want white? Rosé it is! Aptly named for their cheeky angelic like color, it pairs with just about anything and usually perfectly. The key word to all of this of course is the word DRY. Just remember, not all Rosé colored wines are created equal; the syrupy sweet juice in your grandmothers fridge is not Rosé. The true expressions, made by a dedicated means, are the most refreshing wines around. A chilled bottle of Rosé is spring in a glass, and MIP combines the greatest attributes of the best we’ve sampled.

PAIRING: almost ALL Cheese

PRICE: $21.99


Wicked Weed Genesis Sour Blonde Ale
Sour beer is beer which has an intentionally acidic, tart or sour taste. The most common sour beer styles are Belgian: lambics, gueuze and Flanders red ale. Asheville’s own Wicked Weed specializes in this uncertain and very tricky brewing method. Genesis is brewed with over 200lbs of Mango, Papaya, Guava and Pineapple and aged for 6-12 months in white wine barrels. Each batch is then blended to bring out the nature of the yeast and fruit.

PAIRING: sharp Cheddar or blue cheese

PRICE: $13.50


Domaine Rouge Bleu Mistral
A natural wine from the heart of the Southern Rhône in France, and imported locally by Robert Walters Selections. Isn’t all wine natural? You’d like to think so, but alas this is not the case. Mistral is sourced from ancient Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Roussanne vines, grown organically and some nearly 80 years old. Like the Wicked Weed Genesis, it has a “wild” flare to it, no doubt from its own wild yeast fermentation. One of the greatest values in rich, earthy reds we’ve come across.

PAIRING: Brie or creamy blue

PRICE: $21.99

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NoDa Brewing Hop Drop n’ Roll IPA
The India Pale Ale category of beer has all but exploded over the last few years. At the 2014 World Beer Cup there were 224 entries for this style, more than any other by a long shot. Hop Drop n’ Roll beat them all and took GOLD. Brewed in the “West Coast” style but with a big enough malt backbone to keep us east coasters happy.

PAIRING: aged gouda or toma

Price: $13.50



Appalachian Vintner

Charles & Geoff Alexander are the owners of Appalachian Vintner, a fine wine & craft beer store, located near Biltmore Village. The company supports local, organic and sustainable products, produced by small family owned businesses. The store features twenty rotating beer taps, a comfortable lounge and bar, and a huge private patio, all in addition to a well-stocked showroom filled with wine, beer, ale, cider and more.

Located at:
745 Biltmore Ave, Ste 121
Asheville, NC 28803
Phone: 828-505-7500