Greetings Foodtopia fans and wine lovers! One of the best parts about downtown food tours is having the opportunity to explore so many of Asheville’s best restaurants and really getting to know them. Although Rustic Grape is one of the newer players to the downtown scene, they have already captured our hearts as a local favorite.
Opened earlier this year by owners Melissa and Patty; Rustic Grape strives to maintain the “wine nook” feel by combining an intimate, yet fun, setting with well thought out wine and food selections.
“Our wine focus is on smaller productions and family run vineyards where craft and tradition result in wines full of heart and soul. Wines that communicate not only a grape(s), but also speak deeply of place, the winemakers passion, care for the land, tradition, and kinship. Taste place and passion in the glass while gathering in good company.”
Of course, here at Eating Asheville we love our food. While we are continually impressed by the great wine selection and knowledge at Rustic Grape- we are equally enamored with the delicious bites available to be paired with your tastings.
“Europeans know a good thing. Wine. Cheese. Bread. Bring them together with a bottle of wine and don’t over complicate. We emphasize flavorful combinations in a casual way. Indulge in tastes of local, regional and international farmstead cheeses, meats, rustic breads, nibbles and local artisan sweets all chosen to compliment our expressive wines and playful cocktails.”
And if you’re looking for fun and unique things to do in downtown, Rustic Grape has got you covered! Just this week alone they’re hosting a blind wine and cheese pairing and several live music performances. A Full list of their events is available here.
We are lucky enough to be starting off several of our weekly food tours at Rustic Grape and always encourage guests to return after the tour to keep the party going with their amazing wine selections. Our food tour is a great way to get the inside scoop into each of our restaurants, and we love learning about Rustic Grape from Melissa and Patty! Join us this summer to visit this great local establishment amongst several other of Asheville’s best restaurants! For more information and to book your tour, visit our website at www.eatingasheville.com.