#CabernetFranc – #WineWednesday

Cabernet Franc - Asheville Wine Wednesday

At Hopey and Co., we have been adding and will continue to add selections of Cabernet Franc. This interesting grape is a strangely unrecognized varietal, yet it is widely planted in France, as well in nearly every other wine producing country. In the past 100 years, it has taken a back seat to the illustrious Cabernet Sauvignon, which is actually a cross between Cab Franc and Sauvignon Blanc.

As interesting as this may be, I bring up Cabernet Franc because it is a great summer-time red for those who tend toward big, bold red wines. This is due to fact that it passed down the deep berries, herbaceous spice, and tobacco to Cabernet Sauvignon… but with a soft side. Cab Franc’s delicate fragrance, lower acidity, and softer tannins make it the Cab lover’s summer Cab.

#WineWednesday 5/13/15

Ancient Peaks Winery

We have added several selections from Ancient Peaks Winery at the Black Mountain store and will be soon carry them at all 3 Hopey and Co.’s. Ancient Peaks wines are supple and delicious. Located within the Paso Robles appellation and nestled in the Santa Lucia Mountains of central California provides their Santa Margarita Vineyard with a particularly fantastic soil and microclimate.

What really makes Ancient Peaks stand out is the business practices. They are SIP (Sustainability In Practice) Certified, which means the agricultural practices are sustainable, and it is mandated employees receive competitive wages. Ancient Peaks takes it a step further and pays all of their employees Living Wage. Within the winery is one thing… for vineyard workers, in particular, that is almost unheard-of!!

For all of these reason, we proudly support this family business and fine wines.

#Beer Pairing – #BrownAles

Asheville Beer PairingThere is always a lot of focus on pairing wine with food, but we should start talking about pairing beers. Now, with beer, it is easy to just grab your favorite style and enjoy it along side almost any meal. Yet, choosing a well paired beer can elevate your experience from a great meal and a delicious beer to enjoying a little slice of heaven. 

So, I would like to start with the incredibly versatile and under-appreciated Brown Ales. Firstly, their brown sugar sweetness is great for balancing spice and earthy tones. Top your burger or portobello with Tillamook smoked black pepper cheddar or a Buffalo sauce cheddar. While you’ve got your grill out, cook up some sweet potatoes and prepare a topping or glazing butter with a touch of vanilla extract and molasses. Brown Ales pair wonderfully with all things barbecue sauce… from pulled pork to BBQ glazed tempeh. Having barbecue chicken with simple vegetable sides? Try a softer English brown ale… if you’re putting that BBQ chicken on a pizza with a bold sauce, go with a bolder and dryer American Brown.

#WineWednesday w/ Broadbent Vinho Verde

Asheville Wine Broadbent Vinho Verde

Asheville Wine Broadbent Vinho VerdeHopey and Co. now proudly carries Broadbent Vinho Verde. This crisp, exciting, and effervescent wine from Portugal is offered at the fanastic value price of $8.49. Vinho Verdes have become a summertime favorite for many Americans in recent years. Broadbent, in particular, produces one which preserves quality and flavor of those being enjoyed throughout Portugal.  They achieve this through several means. Firstly, Broadbent uses the floral Loureiro, the steely Trajadura, and the minerally Arinto (Pederna) grapes and do not include Alvarinho (Albarino). Secondly, the trademark fizziness comes from the traditional use of malo-lactic fermentation as opposed to the forced carbonation of lower quality producers. And lastly, Broadbent ships their Vinho Verde in refrigerated containers so that the heat of the Portuguese Coast doesn’t negatively effect the wine before it gets to your glass.

Vinho Verde pairs best with raw seafood, fresh fruit, and/or any water, from a kiddy-pool to an ocean.  Saude!!

Death by honeybee!

honeybee asheville

Not true ! I am very much alive and I am just as much in love with honeybees as I always was.
Several years ago I found myself (beeing) rushed to the emergency room and lovingly cared for by Mission Hospital staff . I was soon able to breathe again! What an awful and fearful feeling. I know the fear of being stung. It can cause a beautiful rational human being to turn into a monster killing machine.

The question in my mind is how can I be allergic to honeybees? My beautiful flowery world just bumped me in the head, literally the bee bumped me in the head .

I had to grow up quick and the sad truth is when I see a honey bee , I’ll either want to kill it or run! To bee fair the honeybee is a very fair hard-working creature. Working in the sun, the rain, the snow, and even the sleet to keep its beehive warm and nourished.

Now I choose to stand very still and let the honeybee do his job.
The truth bee told what stung me may have been a wasp, not a honeybee at all.
The plight of the honey bee is sad. As a child I remember dancing in clouds of DDT my older brother Mathew on his fast blue bike my sister Velvet on her super cool bike my little sister running after them flowers falling to the ground from her hair. We were totally happy the four of us.

We were an amazing team playing together sharing our dreams never realizing that we were part of the demise of the honeybee. Yes, what fun we had until our father came home from work one night and caught us running up and down the street dancing in the clouds of a poison that would surely kill the mosquitoes! Never did we know that our honeybees would suffer so much!

Let’s celebrate the honeybee. Let’s save the honeybee. In doing this we will save ourselves.

In our small Asheville N.C. based business Hopey & Co. we have 100 employees each one working hard every day to bring amazing healthy food to our neighborhood. As a business owner I look at each market just as the bee keeper watches the hives always looking for signs of growth. I know I must protect my business just like the bee keeper protects the bee hives . When one hive grows large I must start another business (hive) .

I am happy to say this is what every business owner must do to ensure growth and health in his or her life. Don’t bee afraid of the sting of failure! Dream big, if your business is doing well it’s time to start another one.
Cheers to you and your grand adventure!

PS…Bee smart, Bee wise,and Bee willing to grow!

Danette Hopey

Hopey and Company News

Hopey and Company NewsTroy and I have surrounded ourselves with a really gifted people.
We want them to use there talents to create a beautiful experience for each of our customers.
We want every person they meet to find the joy in cooking.

Our Markets are the stores to provide them with all of the ingredients they need to create joy in their lives.
We are the first person a new cook will meet. We want to make this an awesome experience for this customer .
We want our stores to feel to a traveler like they have just come home .
We want to be the place in their memory where they rested and had great comfort and were served well.

So, I want each of you employees at Hopey & Co. to look for someone that you would like to be friends with . Someone that you could see in six months sitting at your dinner table , and even though there are problems at work you will still like each other!
Our customers that we have right now are the people that discovered us.

It is true, we are there invention , they have made us great.
Treat them with great respect, treat them as though they were your friends your whole life, because they will be!

P.S. These friends will be our best customers for the next 40 years!!!

Valentine’s Wine Tasting In Black Mountain

Dear You!

Skip Hale invites you to attend, our pre-Valentine’s Day wine tasting at Hopey & Co. in Black Mountain on Friday Feb 13th, from 3-6pm.

Rijk's Wine

ImageWineZoe Shevack of Sour Grapes Distributing will be at Hopey and Co. to showcase the beautiful wines of Rijks Private Cellars. These South African selections are a Hopey & Co. retail exclusive that you won’t find anywhere else in town! Rijks wines are sustainably grown, hand harvested at night to preserve quality, masterfully vinted, and aged to perfection. What’s more, we are bringing these exceptional wines to you at an incredible value. So, come by, treat yourself, and find that perfect wine for the right price.


WHEN: Friday, February 13th

WHERE: 3018 US 70 W Suite 1, Black Mountain,NC

TIME: 3:00 – 6:0  p.m.


Hard Cider Tasting Friday February 6 at Hopey and Company in Black Mountain!

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You’re Invited to a Specialty Hard Cider tasting with Luke Fenner from Ararat Distributing, at our Black Mountain Location this Friday!

*Aspall Organic cider (English brewed since 1728)

*Luk cider- blanc and rose brewed from heirlom red skinned apples (from Quebec, Cananda)

*Schilling &Company spiced cider (from Seattle, WA).

There will be a charcuterie and tapas sampling with Chef Michael, as well as a pre-Super Bowl sampling station. Come join us for food, drinks, and fun!

WHEN: Friday, February 6th
WHERE: Hopey & Co.
3018 US 70 W suite 1
Black Mountain, NC

Magic Carmel Glaze Recipe

magic caramel glazeMagic Caramel Glaze

You can use as many organic or all natural products as you have

3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

6 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Bring the first three ingredients to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir and stir and stir constantly boil one minute. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Again stirring constantly two minutes. use this immediately on your hot pancakes, apple pie, muffins, monkey bread, or biscuits

Sweet Bread Dough

sweet bread dough asheville recipes

It’s so easy to mix together and keeps beautifully in the refrigerator up to 3 days


1/2 cup warm water (100 to 110°)

1 (1/4 oz.) envelope active dry yeast

1 tsp. sugar

5 cups all-purpose Hopey & Company flour

3 tablespoons sugar

5 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons table salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup cold butter cubed

1/2 cup shortening cubed

2 cups buttermilk at room temperature

Stir together the first three ingredients into a glass measuring cup.

Next in a large mixing bowl with a fork, mix together the flour and the next four ingredients

Using 2 forks cut and crumble the shortening and butter into the flour.

Add your yeast mixture in buttermilk stirring just until the dry ingredients are moistened.

Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 2 to 72 hours.