We are blessed to live in the Asheville community, where both wine and art help to make up the rich cultural landscape of the region. We love to support the local artist community and we were blessed to meet local artist Olga Dorenko a few months back. Lynn and I were struck by the colorful, powerful, evocative and vibrant nature of her works and we are very fortunate to have her paintings lining the walls of our store currently. We welcome Olga to the store this Saturday, July 28 from 2 to 5 p.m. for for a “meet the artist” exhibition and free wine tasting, and we invite you all to come out and support a local artist and a local business.
Olga will be on hand to talk about her works and her artistic process and we will have six wines for you to try along with light palate cleansers to share with you as well. Support a local artist and a local business all under one roof – guaranteed to be fun, tasty, colorful and inspiring!
For more information about Olga and/or to view more of her works, click here to access her website.
The lineup of wines will include the following:
1. Badia Corti Orvieto – Orvieto hails from the Umbrian region of Italy, and this one is based primarily on Trebbiano with just a touch of Malvasia. It is crisp and lively, with notes of melon, green apple and citrus fruits and would work well with everything from pasta salad to grilled chicken breasts.
2. Il Conti Pinot Grigio – Fresh, fruity and dry, this is one of the best value Pinot Grigios on the market. Bursting with ripe pear and melon fruit, it is one of those classic white wines custom made for warm and muggy summer days.
3. Casamaro Vedejo – Verdejo is the grape, and this one hails from Rueda in western Spain. Old vines contribute to the intensity and complexity of this unique white wine – it jumps out of the glass with aromas of grapefruit, lime and citrus zest leading into a tangy and refreshing palate of green apple, citrus, mineral and baking spices. Sauvignon Blanc lovers will love this one.
4. Antica Osteria Rosso – This is classic Italian red table wine. A blend of Montepulciano and Sangiovese, it is hearty and juicy with easy to understand notes of ripe black cherry and plum.
5. Chateau d’Oupia Les Heretiques – From the Iché family of southern France, we have this traditional French country wine. Based almost entirely on old vine Carignan with just a splash of Syrah, this is a bold, bright wine with clean flavors of cherries, spice and plums.
6. Milbrandt Vineyars Cabernet Sauvignon “Traditions” –Brothers Jerry and Butch Milbrandt embody the philosophy of “farmer first, winemaker second” which implies that great wines are made in the vineyard. They are great farmers, and their wines mirror the care and attention they give to their vines in the vineyard. This 90 point rated Cabernet is priced to sell and abounds in aromas and flavors of currants, plums, caramel and creamy chocolate.