(828) 575-9525 • 169 Charlotte Street • Asheville, NC 28801
Owners John Kerr and Gina Trippi opened Metro Wines and celebrated their grand opening April 27, 2013. Located at 169 Charlotte Street in Asheville, Metro Wines is in the space of the former Wine Studio, just down the street from City Bakery, The Chop Shop and a very pleasant walking distance to The Grove Park Inn. And there is plenty of parking!
Metro Wines offers a wide selection of wines focusing on pairing just the right wine with any dish or event. We also offer Fentiman's Tonic water, Rose Lemonade and Saratoga Water, the only sparkling water bottled in the U.S. giving this extraordinary water a low carbon footprint. Here you will find grape specific shelves as well as categories ranging "from $10 and under" to the "bucket list" to "a bad hair day." John and Gina share the philosophy that wine is about friends, family and community. Both are always available to answer questions, offer suggestions, share stories and work with your caterer or event planner.
There is always a tasting, as our sign says "Tasting NOW," at Metro Wines! Wednesday Nights are usually to benefit a local charity, "Almost Free Friday" introduces wines under $10 that are perfect to buy by the case for weekend gatherings, and Sundays are "Side by Side" days, same grape, different county. And there is always "a bottle of red, a bottle of white or perhaps a rose instead" open to taste. Please see our events calendar for all our weekly tastings and special events
Josh Deloach of Hook&Ladder Winery visited us at Metro Wines earlier this year. Standing next to a Hook&Ladder barrel proudly sitting in our shop!, Josh discussed winemaking, the vineyards, the Hook &Ladder philosophy, and his favorite wine. Set to music by Brad Earnhardt, President of the Asheville Classical Guitar Society, take a look at this video:
My name is Kendal and I am originally from Baltimore and have lived in Asheville, NC since 2006.
I started drinking wine when I was in college and I started with the classic Sutter Home White Zinfandel wine and my “swirley” straw. I then upgraded to “boxed” chardonnay chased with a frozen push-pop. When I told my parents about my wine expertise they just laughed at me. When I came home for summer vacation they educated me on wine and taught me the differences between the grapes. Still, wine was and is a scary and intimidating thing and that is my goal here at Metro Wines, to make wine a fun and exciting experience!
In my short amount of time at Metro Wines, my knowledge and love for wine has exceeded my expectations. That is why I have worked hard with Gina, John, and Andy in making the Blind Tasting League and Asheville School of Wine successful and locally known. You can also find my blogs on the Metro Wines Wine Blog, Women Vintners, and in the Sophie Magazine with my own blog called "Breaking The Grape Ceiling." And be sure to check out both Blind Tasting and Asheville School of Wine websites at www.blindtastingleague.com and www.ashevilleschoolofwine.com
I look forward to sharing the experience of discovering wine with you! Contact me at Metro Wines for events at our shop including everything from small office meetings to weddings. With our network of vendors and adviors, we can do it all. And check our calendar on this site to see all of our public events. (828) 575-9525.
Andy Hale has recently joined the team and has been working hard with us to get our Asheville School of Wine and Blind Tasting League in action. Andy and his wife moved to Asheville two years ago from Charleston, South Carolina, where he had worked as a sommelier for Jasmine Porch and the Ocean Room, two very high-end restaurants at Kiawah Island. When he first moved to Asheville he worked for a local distributor before joining the team here at Metro Wines.
Andy Hale is the face of the Blind Tasting League where he helps you discover the grape varietal, region, vintage, and even alcohol content of two white and red wines. He has a "fantastic" way of educating people about wine and making wine fun! Andy says "one of the benefits of tasting blind is that you're not burdened or encumbered by your expectations of what the wine is going to be. People bring a whole lot of what they expect a wine to be when they are trying something. Sometimes we'll open up a bottle of merlot at the shop and people look at you like 'pssh, I'm not drinking any merlot, trust me, I saw Sideways, I don't drink Merlot."
Andy has also been working hard to get Asheville School of Wine off the ground and will be starting his first series in June with his Wine Sales and Service Class for Restaurant Professionals. His other class in the works is Wine 101 which will start in July! You can learn more about his classes and sign up on the school's website at www.ashevilleschoolofwine.com.
Photo Courtesy by www.mountainx.com
I love to pair wines and beers with food for that perfect combination. When a customer asks me what they should get with little or no knowledge of wines or beer, I immediately ask them what they want it to taste like or what they are having with it. I love being a part of creating a perfect meal that allows good friends, good food, and good times to take center stage. That's what it's all about. Setting a stage for laughter and connections to happen naturally.
I am a native to WNC and a student of Brewing, Distillation, and Fermentation. As a Certified Beer Server through Cicerone, USA, I bring a knowledge of beers and beer styles in addition to wine and spirits to the shop. I'm also writing "Brewing Up A Storm", a blog about women in the beer industry, and I am having a blast doing it! Beginning in January of 2016 I'll be joining the team at Mystery Brewing in Hillsborough, NC as a full time Cellarman. If you have no idea what a cellarman does, you aren't alone! Here's a fun interview with a cellarman to give you an idea. While my presence at the shop will be limited to guest appearances, the blog continues!
Photo credit: Derek DiLuzio
Joe Scott joined Metro Wines team, having recently moved to Asheville with his wife Jamie from Whidbey Island in Washington State. After a long, interesting path that started with degrees in Geology from William & Mary and University of Wyoming and time as an exploration geologist in the oil patch, he changed careers to pursue a lifelong interest in wine and food. A short stint in cooking school was followed by a formative kitchen job at La Toque restaurant in Napa Valley, long known for creative wine and food pairings.
After moving to the Pacific Northwest to cook at the northern Italian restaurant Café Juanita, Joe met and married Jamie. Together they were chefs and owners of the Oystercatcher Restaurant in Coupeville, WA where they specialized in seasonal, farm to table northwest cuisine paired with a wine list carefully assembled by Joe.
Shortly after joining MetroWines, Joe's own business, Postre Caramels, took off! But Joe continues to ocassionally consult with us and to particpate in The French Market on Bastille Day hosted by The Asheville Sister Cities Committee for Saumur France @MetroWines.!
Lou Collichio "Beer Guy"
Lou came to Metro Wines with twenty eight years of experience in the spirits industry. He started his career in New Jersey first managing a small wine shop and then working for a chain of discount beer, wine, and liquor stores as a beer buyer and assistant store manager. After moving to Asheville in 2006, Lou worked for both Greenlife Grocery, and Whole Foods as a beer and wine buyer. His passion for all things craft beer started at the dawn of the American craft beer movement and has continued unabated to this day.
Lou says he is a "recovering musician." We haven't heard his music yet but what we do know is that Lou has stories! He plans to share some of his greatest hits with us and you on "Brewing UP a Storm" our beer blog. did you know that Lou was in a 7th grade play with James Gandolfini and lou stole the show? Stay tuned!
Charlie is the most recent addition to the Metro Wines team and couldn't be more excited to be here. Originally hailing from Atlanta, Charlie has been living in Asheville on and off for the last 12 years. When he hasn't been working in wine retail and distribution here in Asheville, he’s spent his time backpacking across Europe multiple times, ski-bumming in Colorado, climbing in Wyoming and Idaho, touring wine country in California, and eating the finest Cajun and Creole cuisine from New Orleans to Lafayette Louisiana.
After falling in love with food and cooking, wine was a natural progression for Charlie and he has now found himself in a full blown love affair with the grape. Charlie very much enjoys pairing wine with food and is always interested in helping customers find that perfect bottle that will compliment any evening or dish they’re preparing.