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 native of Asheville, North Carolina. She is a Virginia community college French and Spanish professor turned wine industry professional turned traveling media specialist, writer, and consultant. While living and working in the Napa Valley, Elizabeth has broadened her professional experience to include content creation, writing, marketing, public relations, social media, management, direct-to-consumer sales, and customer service. 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 produces content for American Winery Guide, Drizly, MonthlyClubs.com, Plum Deluxe, Snooth, The SOMM Journal, Travelfood Curated Wines, Wine Industry Network Advisor, and her website, travelwinechick.com. 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.” Elizabeth's passions include travel, tourism, craft beverages, food, fun, and fitness. She is always on the move to new destinations and loves discovering inspirational stories and places to share. View all posts by Elizabeth