DIVINE WINE AND BEER OFFERS SPIRITED BEVERAGES
AND CLASSES IN EAST ASHEVILLE
Ask Kevin Schwartz about his passion for wine and he’ll tell you he can’t remember a time when he wasn’t interested in it, given his family’s penchant for good food and all that goes with it. The sommelier turned entrepreneur officially opens his first retail venture -- Divine Wine and Beer at 1011 Tunnel Road – on August 14 beginning at 4 p.m. with a ribbon cutting and reception to which the public is invited. (For more information about the grand opening go to www.divinewineandbeer.com)
In addition to a robust selection of wines and craft beers, Schwartz also offers a wine and beer bar. “On Thursday night we offer a $5 beer tasting, and on Friday night a $5 wine tasting,” Schwartz said. “This is a place where you can meet friends, download your favorite music, or expand your wine and beer horizons.” In the future, Schwartz, who worked for many years as the assistant food and beverage manager at The Grove Park Inn prior to its sale, plans on offering a limited small plate menu showcasing food produced at farms from around the region.
“I like to think that Divine Wine and Beer is a reflection of what makes Asheville such a wonderful place to live, work and visit,” he said. “That’s why we are also offering gift baskets and picnic baskets filled with Asheville specialties, including French Broad Chocolates.” Currently baskets can be purchased in-store with on-line ordering in the works. “We’ve hand-picked the items to reflect the culinary diversity that has made Asheville one of the nation’s top foodie towns,” said Schwartz. “They are great gifts for family, friends and anyone who can’t get enough of Asheville’s food and flavors.”
This fall Schwartz will offer classes in cooking, wine (he creates notes for each of the wines in the store to assist customers in making the selection that best suits their palate and occasion), beer, mixology and even soap-making. “The soap-making class always takes people by surprise. It’s a way of tipping our hat to the rich mountain heritage that makes Asheville such a unique place,” he said.
Divine Wine and Beer is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Wednesday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.