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Scarlet Bee to move, new wine tours, a Table update

ASHEVILLE – While brewery tours abound, there hasn’t been much in the way of wine tours in Asheville. Now, two local women have decided to change that.

New wine tours for WNC

Kelly Denson of All American Food Fights and Kasey Hotchkiss of Asheville Detours have launched Blue Ridge Wine Tours, which explores the growing world of Western North Carolina wine. 

Tour groups will meet local winemakers, explore vineyards with mountain views and, of course, drink locally made wines.

Hendersonville’s main tourism department says its wine region, known as the Crest of the Blue Ridge, was named an American Viticultural Area in 2019, joining fewer than 300 similarly federally dedicated areas in the United States. 

Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards was the first to open in the county in 2012, according to the tourism department.

Van tours depart downtown Asheville, then hit three different Hendersonville wineries. Included in the tours are wine tastings and field and facility explorations, all led by a guide knowledgeable in what makes this particular wine region distinct.

Blue Ridge Wine Tours start at $165 per person. Tours begin May 1, 2021

Purchase tickets at blueridgewinetours.com, call 828-330-9822 or email [email protected]

Madness Sushi, Burger officially open 

The Madness Sushi, Burger and Bar just hosted its grand opening on April 8, and already has an expansion planned.

Aaron Cheng, who is behind Asheville’s two locations of Yum Sushi and Poke, is also the restauranteur behind The Madness, now open at 275 Smokey Park Highway.