Why did we choose to name a package after Asheville, North Carolina? What do think of when you hear Asheville? Most people think of the Biltmore Estate another Fredrick Law Olmsted landscape and largest private home in the US, or their Art Deco inspired City Hall, and other significant architecture in the area. Even the McDonald's in Biltmore Village is styled for the surroundings, including a stone fireplace! Others think of the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and white water. We at The Craftsman Bed & Breakfast think of another famous building; the Grove Park Inn. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Grove Park Inn is furnished by Roycrofters. We will get more into them in our next package.
The Inn hosts an Arts and Crafts Conference every year hosted by Bruce Johnson an expert on the history of the Inn, arts and crafts collecting and finishing. Collectors from around the country gather to learn more about the movement and the furniture, functional and decorative pottery, iron work and everything that defines arts and crafts. One year, Mike and Laura will make the journey.
Now on to the wine. Evesham Wood is a small winery just outside of Salem, Oregon. Their Cuveé J is a top barrel-selected blend of Pinot Noir. This is an awesome pairing with the truffles. Mike bought all the 375 ml bottles they had left one year. This is such a great Pinot, we have just a few bottles left until next release in November. You need to try this wine while we still have some.
While you may think Pinot Noir and chocolate are an excellent pairing for watching a sunset at the Oregon Coast in Pacific City, my favorite is what I eat everyday, duck and potato with a nice chilled bowl of water. I have been known to drink a bottle of beer in my past, but this is an upscale package description, so I'll finish this off with a Cheers!