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The Asheville Wine Market

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The Asheville Wine MarketThe Asheville Wine Market
BA SCORE
85
very good

24 Ratings
Ratings: 24
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 7.9%
[ Store ]

65 Biltmore Ave
Asheville, North Carolina, 28801-3626
United States
phone: (828) 253-0060

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Reviews by wcudwight:
Photo of wcudwight
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

First I want to say that finding a parking space is tough. Once you find one leave your car there and walk around Asheville. And this was on a Tuesday afternoon. If you look across the road from Barleys you can see Asheville Wine Market. The selection is fair for Asheville, good for anywhere else. They have a very good import selection and only average for local and regional micros. No one asked to help, but it was busy. Did I mention that this was on a Tuesday afternoon. Prices are higher than Greenlife Grocery but about on par with other places I've been. Overall it is a good place to go. If you have the time I would suggest going to Greenlife to get your local and regional micros and then to the Asheville Wine Market to get your Belgiums and other imports.

wcudwight, Dec 28, 2005
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emeyer, Aug 31, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev +13.9%

This was the first bottle shop I hit up on my last trip to Asheville, I didn't think they would have such a big selection, of not only local beers, but a lot of beers that I can't get here in South Carolina...very knowledgeable and helpful staff, very reasonable

tlema1, Aug 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

patre_tim, Jun 24, 2014
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3.61/5  rDev -1.6%

On Biltmore Ave between Wicked Weed and Aloft Hotel very nice new shop with wood floors wine is the star in this shop but thay do have a nice selection of local and regional brews beer is to the left bombers of locals and imports had Pisgah Catawaba, Green Man Foothills and some nice regionals Bells Founders Ska, not a destination to shop but do stop in its a weel displayed shop right on the beat of downtown

gatornation, Jun 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

marleyr, Apr 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

AngusOg, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of goatsby
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%

Walked in not expecting much and found a nice stash of Founders Double Trouble and Breakfast stout at the best prices I have seen on these beers so far. For the beer only occupying a small section of this wine store there was an impressive selection of local brews (Highland, French Broad,Asheville Brewing) quite a few Belgians (Delerium Tremens), and a nice helping of Bells and Founders. Like others have said service was non-existent even though the three folks on staff saw me come in. Fair prices and decent selection, worth a stop-in if in Asheville.

goatsby, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

This was my fifth stop on a recent trip to Asheville. This location was very easy to spot from the road as you are coming into town. There was a small nook on the left side of the store that housed all of the craft beer. As you might can tell by the name of the location, this is a wine store; no doubt about it... As with the previous reviewer, I had to go out of my way to grab someones attention to verify that was all the craft beer they had. He said yes, and instantly walked away... Sad. There was lots of local representation here with a few Belgians, but that was about all that I really saw. Not really that impressed with this location. But at least it looked nice...

thagr81us, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of Brenden
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

This is a place evidently dedicated to wine, but the beer selection was good. There was a section for beers just straight through the door toward the back, where a wall forms but stays open so you can still walk past for more wine. A cooler had some stuff in it, but it was mostly stuff already out so you could take it cold. A couple of bottles were 12 oz. bottles that weren't on the floor. Of course, the local stuff was available, though I didn't see any growlers like most of the places have (which I'd rather get straight off the tap anyway). Nobody spoke to me except at checkout. A few people definitely saw me, but they were much more interested in the customers browsing the wine selection. I did end up taking home several local brews along with some Oskar Blues, and they were all good. It's difficult to rate the prices, since some were higher but some seemed really low.

Brenden, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of titosupertramp
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

For a wine store, I thought this place had a pretty nice selection; most of which was well priced. I pulled a Westmalle and an offering from the Asheville Brewing Co, both of which can't be had in my native Nashville. I wanted to get the Brooklyn IPA and a 6 pack of Bell's, but had just spent a pretty penny at Bruisin Ales the day before and thought my wife's tolerance for another haul might be low.

As a few of the previous reviewers mentioned, it's across the street from Barley's and next to a public parking lot so it's quite convenient. They also had a great selection of glassware as well, but didn't happen to notice the pricing.

Worthwhile stop if you're on this side of town.

titosupertramp, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

This was my plan B wehn I discovered Bruisin Ale is closed on Mondays, ugh! I was just passing through, so I plan on hitting them on the way home...

Beers drank so far a good quality

Service was frindly enough.

Selection was pretty good, they had a about a 50/50 split of American & Import craft offerings. I would've hoped for more local stuff. My haul was all brooklyn & asheville brewing co offerings. There was enough there to make me happy. This place would be more of reccomendation for mixed purpose shopping, ie.making a wine lover happy at the same time. The wine selection looked very high-brow

Prices seemed very reasonable to me

russpowell, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of Imstillthegman
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

Stopped in here while visiting Asheville with my wife. Luckily for her, she was able to find more wine to purchase than I was beer. Upon entering the store, head to the left and you will notice the beer coolers straight back against the wall. There are some warm selections on shelves on the left wall and stacks on the floor. They had some standards and locals like French Broad, Highland, Pisgah, and Terrapin. Decent selction of imports, also. Small selection of glassware. Not a bad one stop shop if you are in the general area and need some wine and beer. Though it wouldn't be a bad idea to head up the road a couple miles to Greenlife. This is definitely a wine shop, so go in expecting that and you won't be disappointed.

Imstillthegman, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Always a pleasure when I get to go up to Asheville for a day. I swear, one day the family and I will move here, it will happen. Anyways on my latest trip up there I was over in the Barleys area, as usual and looked down the street and saw the Asheville Wine Market. I have never been here to be honest, I do all my shopping at Bruisin Ales or Greenlife, but I was a block away and it started to rain so I figured what the heck. As I mentioned it is right on Broadway, about a block down from Barleys on the opposite side of the street, right next to the Hot Dog King. So lets have a look.

Just through the windows from outside it is very obvious that this was a Wine first store. Very classy and spacious, but absolutly full of wine. The beer was relegated to the very back, and the adjacent walls to. Decent selction. Lots of imports and your more common of the micros. Nothing really to out of this world. Prices seemed reasonable for the agrea, which is usually a little higher then normal due to it being in the center of the city. Staff was very knowledgeable of wine, and when we went towards the beer section they really stayed away for the first 10 minutes we were in the store. Once we were noticed they were courteous and helpful, not soo good at making recommendations, but could easily find anything in the store we were looking for that they had without much of a delay. Decent selection of glassware at the front of the store, again mostly wine oriented, but fairly good beer glass selection as well. The store was very neat and tidy, laid out very well and had a general upscale feel and appearence to it.

Overall not half bad, as others have said there are better beer stops in Asheville if you are there, but a good deal can be found if you are close by. Worth stopping in if you are accross the street, but I wouldnt drive any appreciable distance to go inside/

mikesgroove, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of rodrot
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

This place is located across the street from Barleys, about one block down. The appearance inside the store was very nice and clean. Wine is first and foremost the main attraction here with beer being secondary. However, the beer selection was pretty good with a nice variety of German, Belgian, British and US craft beers. I saw six packs of Anchor Old Foghorn for 11.99 which is the cheapest I've seen it in NC. I also saw Erdinger Pikantus for the first time since the cap was lifted. Service was average. They didn't even notice us when we walked in and it took about 10 minutes for someone to ask it we needed help. Overall, not a bad store but there are better beer stores to be had in Asheville.

rodrot, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of Enola
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

This place is not hard to find. Right across from Barley's. There is a public parking lot right next to this place as well. The selection was not as good as some other places. This place is wine first. About half the selection is cold and about half is on shelves. The service was about average. I wprobably would not make a habit of stopping in here. There are lots better options in Asheville. If you can park in the public parking lot consider yourself lucky. Stop in here if you are at Barley's, otherwise I would not bother.

Enola, May 09, 2006
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

Compared to other places in NC (Brawleys, City Bev, TW and More), prices here are pretty cheap. I purchased a mixed 8 pack of Highland, Anchor porter, two imports, and Anchor Christmas for $11. Pretty damn cheap if you ask me. Other places dont even allow mixing and if they do the prices are ridiculous. I was very pleased with the selection here. The service was pretty much nonexistent but I really didnt need help anyway. One lady came in and bossed one of the workers around on beer and wine selection and he was happy to oblige. Seemed like a very nice WINE and (in very small letters) beer store. Next time in Asheville, I will visit again.

SaCkErZ9, Mar 15, 2006
Photo of blitz134
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

This store is mainly about its wine, but still managed to squeeze in some quality beer in a corner with a dedicated cooler for some of it. Store is located just south of Barley's just before you start to get into the more happening section of town. A nice clean well lit store mainly dedicated to wine. Selection was decent with almost everything being available in singles.

Selection was less than I expected. Imports were the typical Sam Smith and Lindeman's caliber brews. Mainly British and German beers. Domestic included some Lost Coast, a decent bit of Rogue. Not a huge regional or local selection. Some Cottonwood and some Sweetwater. They did have the entire Highland line which was nice b/c I was able to pick up the ellusive Black Mocha Stout. I'd like to see them really bring in some more NC beers. I went in looking for the Mash House Hoppy Hour IPA since I heard it was in the Asheville area but didn't have any luck. (They had it at the Harris Teeter about 3 miles south of I-40 on Hwy 25...which is the same "highway" this store is on).

Service seemed good. The guy I asked about the Mash house was helpful and was the one that pointed me to the Harris Teeter down the road. They seem to have a resident beer guy there, Alex, but he wasn't around. The other folks seemed nice as well, but not overly beer educated.

Prices seemed good actually. The Mocha Stout bombers were 2.89/ea, a deal if you ask me.

blitz134, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%

A wine and beer shop with a gourmet food shop next door. There's a few parking spaces on the side and few metered spots out front. Located a few hundred feet from Barely's Taproom and Pizeria is also a bonus, although they're only open until 6:00 (7:00 Thurs & Fri) so get there early.

Very nice store on the inside. Well lit, shinny wood floors, and everything is well organized. I'd say more then 3/4 of the store was wine, but there was a decent beer selection. The selection was decent keeping in mind I was mostly interested in picking up some NC brews, and the whole 6% thing. They had 3-4 highland brews in both 6-packs and bombers, along with two of the Cottonwood brews in 6-packs. Catawba doesn't bottle so I was SOL there. They had a bunch of Left Hand and Rogue bombers as well as some Lost Coast 6ers.There was also a decent selection of British beers along with some German/Czech brews.
The best part about this place is the three doored cooler full of singles. A good mix of most of their selection, although I wish they would have thrown some Cottonwood in there. Speaking of selection I don't think I saw and BMC or even Heinikin or Sam Adams. If you're just visiting like I was this is the only place in town to get singles.
The sevice was good. Although I didn't really have any questions, both times I stopped in I was promptly greeted and asked if I needed any help.
I visited all three beer stores in town due to its easy access and availablity of singles.

HappyHourHero, Feb 04, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%

The Asheville Wine Market is a piece of cake to locate on Biltmore Avenue just South of Barley's. It is a super clean store and well lit. Very well appointed. The quality of all the beer is very good as well.

Unfortunately the selection just left me a bit numb. I expected more from such a beer rich town. They had a few German beer selections and just a few Regionals and NC breweries, but nothing too special. The service was good, I was asked a few times if I needed assistance.

I would return, but not expecting as much and mainly since it is so darn easy to get to and they do have a few beers around warm, in the cooler, and single bottles to boot. Bring in the NC micros and the Regionals and that 3.5 could go to a 4.5 really quickly.

GCBrewingCo, Jun 30, 2004
Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +9%

Interesting store in an interesting town. The majority of the store is wine, however beer does have a good section. There was a cooler with cold beer, and a decent area with packs. Selection seemed to have a good balance of regional, along with other beers, and imports. One of the employees told us that the limit on alcohol % for beer is currently 6.0%, so that is one reason why the selection is not as large as hoped. Still, this seemed to be the best selection in the area. The staff was very friendly, and eager to talk beer. He even gave us a case discount. The inside is a nice open space, where they were playing jazz music. I would recommend stopping in here if you should find yourself in the area.

Bierguy5, May 17, 2004
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