On August 25, I attended the Asheville Wine & Food Festival VIP Grand Tasting in the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, North Carolina. This was my first public tasting event and I was not disappointed. In fact, I was pleased to find an assortment of vendor choices serving not just wine and food samples, but also beer and liquor, most of which were produced in North Carolina. I tasted food samples from local hotels and restaurants, wines from North Carolina wineries, international wines provided by local retail stores and their distributors, ONEHOPE Wine (50% of their profits are donated to charities benefiting the environment, breast cancer, the troops, AIDS, and autism), beers from Asheville-area microbreweries, Cardinal Gin (Kings Mountain, NC), Troy & Sons Moonshine Platinum and Oak Reserve (Asheville, NC), and Carriage House Apple Brandy (Lenoir, NC). Below are some photos from this year’s event.
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Elizabeth Smith is a French and Spanish professor turned wine and travel professional. In 2013, her part-time role as executive assistant to a wine broker and importer became her stepping stone into the wine business. In January 2014, she moved from Virginia to the Napa Valley to begin her second career. Her wine industry experience includes wine club membership management, direct-to-consumer sales, and social media marketing. Elizabeth holds a doctoral degree in community college and foreign language education from George Mason University as well as Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s advanced wine certification. She has written about wine and wine destination travel for various media outlets such as American Winery Guide, Basil & Salt Magazine, Plum Deluxe, Snooth, The SOMM Journal, Wine Industry Network Advisor, and her own website. Elizabeth won the 2017 Born Digital Wine Award for Best Tourism Content with a Focus on Wine for her piece entitled, “Lodi: Beyond the Zinfandel.” View all posts by Elizabeth