The fight against creepy wine: local winemakers, merchants push back against plonk
Picture this oh-so-Asheville altercation: A woman at a certain popular grocery store reaches for the conventional broccoli, only to be shamed by a stranger who urges her to buy organic.
“Broccoli is on the Dirty Dozen list,” sniffs the stranger, who then wheels away a cart laden with bottles of that store’s well-known $3 wine.
That happened to the wife of Andy Hale, a wine expert who works at Metro Wines on Charlotte Street.
“I thought, ‘you have no idea, your cart is full of creepy chemicals,'” Hale said.
There’s a notion among many that any wine is good for you, and the cheaper the bottle the better.