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International Wine Dinner at NC Arboretum

News Release: Monday, February 20th, 2017

About: Wine Dinner at The North Carolina Arboretum with MetroWines
 
Please join The Asheville School of Wine for an International Wine Pairing Dinner at The North Carolina Arboretum on Sunday, March 19th. The afternoon includes a Champagne Reception from 3:30 to 4pm and dinner from 4 to 6pm. 
 
The menu features 6 internationally inspired courses representing Oregon, Spain, Italy, Argentina and France created and prepared by the Savory Thyme Cafe. Each course will be paired with a wine from that country. The afternoon concludes with Fair Trade Coffee and dessert.
 
$50 plus tax and gratuity includes the dinner and wine as well as admission to The North Carolina Arboretum. Stay tuned to MetroWines Wine Blog (https://www.metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog) for the menu and wine pairings. 
 
For reservations, call (828) 665-2492, ext 232. The North Carolina Arboretum is located at 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way in Asheville.
 
About The Arboretum: 
 
     For 30 years…Cultivating Connections between People and Plants…amid a 434-acre public garden, The North Carolina Arboretum is located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest just south of Asheville and adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 393. Surrounded and crisscrossed by forested coves and meandering creeks in the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains, The North Carolina Arboretum is set in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America.

     The Arboretum was established as an affiliate of the University of North Carolina by the State General Assembly in 1986, nearly a century after Frederick law Olmsted, the Father of American Landscape Architecture, first envisioned a research arboretum as part of his legacy and plan for George Vanderbilt at Biltmore Estate. More about The Arboretum here: http://www.ncarboretum.org/

 
 
  Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
google: https://goo.gl/knC8LP
 

 

Champagne Greeting 

3:30-4:00

Food and wine Tasting

4:00-6:00 

 U.S.A.-Pacific Northwest

House-smoked Salmon Rillettes

Chunky smoked salmon spread with dill  

Served with toasted brown bread

Lange Pinot Gris '14, Willamette Valley, Oregon 

 

 Spain

 Braised Pork and Clams

Pork and fresh clams braised in an aromatic broth 

Luis Canas Rioja Blanco '14, Rioja, Spain

 

  Italy

 Spinach, Goat Cheese and Prosciutto Ravioli

 With sun-dried tomato pesto cream sauce

L'Armangia Barbera D'Asti '15, Piedmont, Italy 

 

 Argentina

Argentine-style Chicken 

On skewers with Chimichurri 

Qaramy Alto Malbec '13, Uco Valley, Argentina 

 

France

Blue Cheese Terrine

With Sun-Dried Fruit

 French cave aged blue cheese, mascarpone, sun-dried apricots, currants,

cranberries, black figs, raisins, pistachios and toasted pecans

Served with assorted crackers

Grand Planal Corbiers '14, Rhone Valley, France  

 

  A Collection of Chocolate Desserts

Fresh Brewed Fair Trade Coffee

 Premium Hot Tea

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Open Letter to Hilary Swank

 

First, let me say that we loved you in "Million Dollar Baby" all night long! Now, to the matter at hand....

According to an interview in The Download in New York Times Magazine, you said that you use an app to "learn more about the wine I am drinking." A little research indicates you are learning through tasting too!

Sounds like you are working the wineries on the west coast and points beyond. You recently presented Ellen De Generes with a bottle from your favorite winery with her name on it. Nice. And this past September, we hear that you and your brother Dan wined, dined and even truffle-hunted as the guests of proprietor Ernesto Abbona at Piedmont’s Marchesi di Barolo winery in Barolo. We met with Valentina Abbona of Marchesi di Barola just two weeks ago here @MetroWines. Now that you have taken the tour on location, we can save you a trip to re-stock. We have Marchesi di Barolo on our shelves!

Scrap the app! We can do more and do it better. We @MetroWines have been featured in Lettie Teague's column in The Wall Street Journal and between us we write for The Laurel of Asheville, Sophie and Capital at Play. We @MetroWines are The Asheville School of Wine and home to the first of its kind Blind Tasting League! We offer wine classes, co-host wine pairing dinners and taste dozens of wines every month. And, if you give us a little guidance on what you like, we can set you up but good!

All this is to say that we can help you learn about wine and to shop. Hilary, call us anytime for help at 828-575-9525 or to place an order. We ship right to your door.

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For the Love of DOG

"Opening the Heart's Floodgates, With a Paw"

A New York Times story about shelter dogs, those who work to find them homes and those who adopt them.

Starts like this:

The quiet young man had come to me looking for love, ideally at first sight. I asked my usual questions about his work, where he lived, how he spent his free time. I asked about his great loves of the past, what had worked, or not worked, in those relationships. Then I asked how he felt about being jumped on, slobbered on or getting mud all over his couch.

Full story here.

Help if you can,

   Your Shop Dogs

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Asheville School of Wine Class: France

Friday, February 17th, 2017

About: French Wine Class
 
Please join Andy Hale of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines for a one hour class about French Wine on Thursday, March 9th from 6 to 7pm. Participants will taste their way through Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne and other well known wine making regions in France. You will also learn how to read the label on a bottle of French wine.
 
The class is $20. Shop "France" and other classes here: https://www.metrowinesasheville.com/store/special-events/ or call MetroWines at 828-575-9525.
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Podere Ciona Chianti Classico Reserva 2011

Imported by Small Vineyards, Seattle!

Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva

The most important wine for the estate, our Chianti Classico Riserva is meticulously crafted from the best Sangiovese grapes coming from our vineyards. Fermented and aged in French oak, then refined in the bottle for at least a year.

Rich and elegant, it has a deep, garnet red color with swaths of mineral cherry fruit, layered with tobacco and dried herbs all underlined by a firm grip of refined tannins. It pairs well with pastas with red sauces, roasted and grilled meats, game, aged cheeses.

We recommend waiting at least 5 to 6 years from vintage for consumption; can be cellared for 10 - 12 years.

Harvest period: Sangiovese, from Oct 1st to Oct 15th; Merlot, from Sep 20th to Sep 30th; Alicante Bouschet, from Sep 25th to Oct 10th.

Harvest method: Manual in small baskets, immediately brought to the cellar for de-stemming. Manual berry-byberry selection (triage) before slight crush and filling of temperature-controlled fermentation tanks (30 HL French oak vats).

Characteristics

Colour:Deep ruby red.
Aroma:Elegant fragrance of red fruits and spices.
Palate:Well-balanced, velvety, excellent structure, prolonged concentrated finish.
Serving:Serving Temperature of 18-20 °C (65-68 °F). Uncork at least one hour before drinking, preferably two.

Food Pairings

Pastas with red sauces, roast & grilled meats/game, cheeses, traditional Tuscan cooking.

The Podere Ciona estate and vineyards are located in Chianti Classico, the original and oldest part of Tuscany’s Chianti wine-growing region, symbolized by the Gallo Nero, or Black Rooster, a figure prominently featured on the authentication labels of locally produced wines.

Our estate lies on a south-facing hill between 1,600 and 2,050 feet (or approximately 490 and 625 meters) above sea level, and the vineyards extend over an area of about 12 acres (or 5 hectares), oriented to the south-southwest. The soil is a mixture of quartz arenite (sandstone), clay schist and marl – ideal for high-quality winemaking – and the varietals planted are SangioveseMerlotAlicante Bouschet and a little Cabernet Franc.

We keep our yields very low – on average one bottle per vine – in order to produce superior wine. Harvesting is done exclusively by hand and we carry a grape-by-grape selection out at harvest; alcoholic fermentation takes place both in stainless steel and French oak vats (according to the grape selection), while ageing is primarily done in French oak barriques and tonneaux (made from a mix of Allier, Nievre, Tronçais and Vosges oak).

Podere Ciona is currently producing a Chianti Classico DOCG (Denominazione di Orgine Controllata e Garantita) Riserva, as well as our flagship wine, Le Diacce – a Merlot-based IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) – and two young IGTs, Montegrossoli and Semifonte, respectively based on Sangiovese and Merlot grapes. In most vintages, there is also a small production of Rosé wine.

The vineyards and cellar are managed by Franco Gatteschi and his son Lorenzo, the wine maker. They are assisted by Dott. Stefano Chioccioli, an œnologist of international fame, and his assistant agronomist, Dott. Marco Pierucci.

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Gavalas Assyrtiko, Santorini, Greece

        Delicate fruity aromas of pear, pineapple and citrus. A full-bodied wine with balanced acidity and long finish. 
        One of the finest noble white grapes of Europe, its origins come from the island of Santorini, where it has its greatest expression of character, due in large part to the influence of the island’s volcanic soil. It is naturally resistant to most diseases and another reason why it has become a popular grape, re-planted throughout Greece. Assyrtiko makes up 70% of the vineyards of Santorini. It has the unusual quality of maintaining high levels of alcohol and acidity at the same time, making it one of the few white grapes of the Mediterranean that also possess long aging potential. Assyrtiko produces dry, full-bodied white wines with citrus aromas combined with a pleasing mineral character derived from the volcanic soil it is grown in. 
        The Gavalas family’s history, part of the rich tradition of winemaking in Santorini, is carried on today by George Gavalas utilizing many of the same practices as his distant forefathers. But even though many customs of the past still remain, George has brought a modern approach to the family business in order to help realize the enormous potential of the indigenous varieties from this unique volcanic island.

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Trade Show Wines at MetroWines

News Release: Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

About: Trade Show Wines @MetroWines
 
Join The Asheville School of Wine to taste wines direct from The Country Vintner Trade Show on Monday, March 13th from 5:30 to 7pm @MetroWines. 
 
Selections from Cape Classics (http://capeclassics.com/) and Hedges (http://www.hedgesfamilyestate.com/) will be "on the taste" and "on the house" poured by representatives of the wineries.
 
"This is an opportunity to gather information and hear stories about the winemakers, the wines and the winery that you won't find on the websites," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "And a little window into how our wine shop decides what wines to put on the shelves."
 
Parking is, as always, free, close and easy.
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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My Valentine to Cate

Dear Cate,

I know you get tired of hearing the story of the day we met, but it means so much to me, would you humor me just one more time? OK. 

I was at a greyhound rescue kennel outside of Chicago. Lonely. Sad. I had been at a home but a baby came and I did not make the transition as well as the family had hoped. So I ended up here. I was thinking I would never have a real home again. Never. And I missed my family. One day, they were just gone. And I was here.

There was talk about you maybe being in the dating market. They said you were really pretty, sweet and strong. Had  a nice family in Washington DC and a new car! When I saw your picture, I just thought we might be soul mates. Just something about the look in your eyes and my heart singing! You looked like you might be a little high maintenance, that's true, but a girl like you deserves the best! And I am that guy. I just knew it.

Then one day they told me that you were coming to find a companion and I would be in the bachelor pool! Awesome! Bachelor #2 to be specific. I knew you had been recently widowed with the passing of FourWheels at almost 15. That was a little intimidating. Everybody knew Grey's FourWheels. A 20 page track record with a LOT of wins. And handsome too.  A big man they say. Confident. All the women liked him. An officer and a gentleman, they say. That's tough for a basic guy like me. I was not a great racer but my heart has always been in the right place! I'm what you call a heart dog.

I was up early the day you were to arrive. Handing out kisses to anyone who take one. You just didn't know who might put in a good word for you. Being sweet. Keeping to myself. Eyes open and scanning the territory. I was so nervous. But I took a deep breath and Iooked over the the other contestants.

Bachelor #1 had been brought up on the haul from Florida just to meet you. I was worried about that. But he seemed a little rough, like he might be the jealous type. From what I heard, you would not go for a tough guy but more of a partner. So, I thought he was probably out.

Bachelor #3 was a looker. A blue greyhound they call his type. Really good looking. Just like the dog on the side of the bus. But Bachelor #3 had been injured on the track and had a bum leg. Needed surgery. And while he was expect to make a full recovery, he would need some rehab. I figured after helping FourWheels in his last years, you might not want to be a caretaker again. Maybe want somone to take care of you for a change. I would!!

Bachelor #4 was a young one, only 2. He was fast and strong and had a shiny coat. Sweet too. But you were 9 and while I heard you were not opposed to a younger man, he was a baby! No worldy experience. Not the kind of relationship to which you had become accustomed, as they say. I was only 4 but I was more mature than that guy.

Bachelor #5 was a problem. He was your standard operating nice guy. Good looking but not overly handsome. Smart. Knowledgable but a little quiet. Of the group, I thought this guy, the strong silent type, was the biggest threat.

But I didn't have much time to think about it.

All of a sudden, there you were. Just like your picture. Beautiful. Full of life. They brought you and all the bachelors to a big field. We all tried to act sure of ourselves. But, man, I was jittery. You kind of gave me the nod. I was sure of it. But no one was convinced. They thought you would go for the blue guy. So they brought out a kiddie pool and you stepped in. I waited a minute and then joined you. It was like the other guys just knew it was to be me and you!

We left in your new car and went back to the O'Hare Hilton. Gave the car to the valet and headed upstairs. I guess you were thinking to stay the night to be sure we were a match. But within minutes we were rubbing noses. We called downstairs and got the motor cranked before the valet even had a chance to park it and headed HOME! We spent the night in Indiana and made it to DC the next day.

That's me in the back of the car on the way HOME!

That's you after we got HOME! You are so beautiful to me!!

And there has never been a grumble between us. Never. I will always take care of you Cate.

I love you. You will always be my Valentine. Always.

Your Bandit

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OUR VOICE Benefit in MountainX

WINE AND ADVOCACY: Metro Wines co-owner Gina Trippi will offer guests a free glass of shiraz or chardonnay and treats from French Broad Chocolates during an upcoming benefit for Our VOICE. A $10 admission fee supports the local sexual assault prevention organization, which will present a discussion on human trafficking in Western North Carolina during the event. Photo by Jack Sorokin

 

Wine and chocolate for Our VOICE

Buncombe County sexual assault prevention organization Our VOICE will host a sweet benefit on Thursday, Feb. 16, at Metro Wines. The $10 admission includes a glass of either Woop Woop Australian shiraz or Helena Ranch chardonnay from California plus treats donated by French Broad Chocolates. For the program, Our VOICE Executive Director Angelica Wind will lead a discussion about human trafficking in the region. “We were surprised to learn the staggering amount of human trafficking in WNC,” says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. “We are proud to host this event to raise awareness and funding for this most-needed life saving work.”

5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, Metro Wines, 169 Charlotte St. Admission is $10, includes a glass of wine and chocolate. metrowinesasheville.com

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Saumur Tentative Itinerary

 

Cost*: $1,200 per couple/double occupancy

$900 per individual/single occupancy

$600 per individual/double occupancy

$200 deposit due February 15, 2017.

Mail checks payable to ASCI to:

Jessica Coffield

101 Carolina Bluebird Loop

Arden, NC 28704

*Based on current itinerary and exchange rate. Price subject to modification.  Includes 7 nights accommodations in a 3* hotel, all breakfasts, 3 lunches, all excursions and entrance fees, ground transportation while in Saumur.

Airfare not included.

You must be a member of ASCI to participate in this trip.

Visit www.ashevillesisitercities.org to join today!

Tentative itinerary-ASCI in Saumur

June 23-30, 2017

Friday, June 23

  • Arrival in Saumur & Mayor Marchand’s welcome reception
  • Dinner on your own

Saturday, June 24          

  • Anjou Vélo Vintage bicycle/wine festival (complimentary participation offered by the Mayor’s office)
  • Lunch & Dinner on your own

Sunday, June 25

  • Anjou Vélo Vintage bicycle/wine festival (complimentary participation offered by the Mayor’s office) & Lunch for participants
  • Dinner on your own

Monday, June 26-A Day in Saumur

            9:30

  • Meeting w/Mayor Marchand
  • A guided tour on foot of town, its ramparts, and 16th-17th c. homes linked to the founding father, Duplessis-Mornay
  • A guided tour of the Château de Saumur- dating to the 13th century, this site bears witness to the former Dukes of Anjou. Today, it offers stunning, panoramic views of town and a rich decorative arts collection

            12:30              3-course lunch w/ wine at the restaurant l’Orangerie (in the                            courtyard of the Château de Saumur)

            3:00   “Saumur-Loire” pleasure boat ride on the Loire to marvel at local flora and fauna, all while tasting local delicacies   

After 4:00   Free time & dinner on your own

Tuesday, June 27—Day trip to Touraine

            9:00   Depart for the Château de Chinon, 14th-15th. C.

            12:30            3-Course lunch chez L’Echo des Rabelais in Chinon

            3:15   Château des Jardins de Villandry, 16th C.

            7:00   Return to Saumur & Dinner on your own

Wednesday, June 28—Wine Day

            9:30-6pm  Thomas Meunier, originally from Saumur and N.C.             resident who imports wines to the U.S., will guide us on a personal          tour of Loire Valley Vineyards: Château de Villeneuve, les Caves de   Grenelles/le Château de la Durandière. Transportation provided.

            7:00   Return to Saumur & Dinner on your own

Thursday, June 29

            9:30  Visit to Le Cadre Noir, French national equestrian school

            12h30           Farewell lunch at La Table des Fouées, St. Hilaire

                                    St. Florent

            Afternoon and evening free.

Friday, June 30   Depart Saumur, Frace.

Questions?

Contact Jessica Coffield jeallen8@gmail.com or Allison Weems, weems.allison@gmail.com

To learn more about Saumur, visit http://www.ville-saumur.fr and  http://www.ot-saumur.fr

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Dog Ramp

If you have  buddy who is a little older like me, or has an injury or has had a few too many biscuits this year !!

and has a problem with steps, please consider a wood, permanent ramp. My new ramp gave me back my independence!

 

Call my ramp guy Robert at 828-280-5871

Your Shop Dog, Cate

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PUPPY BOWL TODAY

Photo by Reuters

Puppy Bowl goes LIVE today!

Wiki says: The Puppy Bowl is an annual television program on Animal Planet that mimics an American footballbowl game similar to the Super Bowl, using puppies. Shown each year on Super Bowl Sunday, the show consists of footage of a batch of puppies at play inside a model stadium, with commentary on their actions. The first Puppy Bowl was shown on February 6, 2005, opposite Super Bowl XXXIX. The puppies featured in the Puppy Bowl are from shelters.

VOX explains the purpose and practice of Puppy Bowl HERE!

See videos HERE!

Only one thing to say about all this: ADOPT

                                                                                            Your MetroWines Shop dogs, Cate and Bandit

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EGEO Rueda Verdejo 2015

Love this bottle but Verdejo is my left forever alone on an island grape so I am not totally open minded!

Grapes: 100% Verdejo
Vintage: 2015
Color: White 

This wine is produced by Isaac Fernandez in partnership with a winery whose modern day operations began in 1941. The winery is located in the heart of Rueda just south of the Duero river and has over 80 hectares of vineyards. After harvesting the grapes are destemmed and undergo a pre-crush cold maceration for several hours. A gentle press is followed by a slow, cool temperature controlled fermentation (max temperature is 17° C) in stainless steel tanks. This cool fermentation maintains vibrant fruit aromas in the finished wine.

90 Points from Vinous: Green-tinged straw. Fresh pear and honeydew aromas, joined by suggestions of white flowers and herbs as the wine opens up. Pliant orchard and pit fruit flavors show good depth and an enlivening suggestion of candied ginger. Closes smooth, broad and quite long, delivering subtle sweetness and a resonating pear note. 2017 - 2020

Rueda D.O.

The wines from Rueda won wide renown in the 1700’s thanks to clarification using local clay which made the wines especially clear and long lived. Rioja producer Marques de Riscal started a new venture in the area in 1972 engendering a start of new plantings and focus on quality leading to D.O. status being granted in 1980.

Climate: The climate is continental and windy with occasional hail, fog and frosts. The summer is long and warm but not as hot as the majority of the interior. Evenly spaced rain throughout the growing season will often lead to an excellent quality vintage.

Soil: Range from decomposed limestone alluvial soils in the north near the Duero River to brown, sandy soils with clay and sandstone subsoils in the south of the region.

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Open Letter to Johnny Depp

Holy Catfish, Mr. Depp!

USA Today is reporting that you are spending $30,00 a month on wine! Say what? You need to watch out. Did you hear about Rudy Kurniawan. I'm not saying that you have been taken but check this out HERE. 

Anyway, you need someone you can trust, someone who will provide quality, honesty AND value to pick your wines. That's us, Johnny! We can set you up with the MetroWines Premium Case Club. Ship it right to your California door. (OK, one glitch: Please note that we cannot ship to any of your homes outside of the USA.)

$30,000!? From what I hear (OK. I read it in a supermarket gossip paper. But still...) you sued your business manager blaming him for your financial troubles. But he says it's you! Your business manager has filed a countersuit alleging that your financial troubles are because of your careless spending including this little wine thing. 

You can't go on like this, my man! Let us help you. Show the court that you are mending your ways. Call us to join the MetroWines Premium Case Club. We just need an address and a credit card. And if we could impose on you for an autographed photo, that would be nice but not required to join.

Sincerely, Your Friends @MetroWines

PS: We loved you in Willy Wonka!

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Wines Served at the White House Dinner CANCELED

 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
About: Wine pairing Dinner at Corner Kitchen Canceled
 
It is with great regret that Corner Kitchen and MetroWines cancels the "Wines Served at The White House Wine Pairing Dinner." 
 
An event, that was intended to focus on the history dating back to Thomas Jefferson of wines served at the White House with stories of how great wineries like Schramsberg have been called upon for their wines for decades, has resulted in disturbing communications. 

 

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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Napa Now

 

New York Times says Napa is changing. probably so but some originals remain. MetroWines owner John Kerr is a Napa Native and give his take on the developments. But first, an excerpt from the NYT report:

In the 1980s, when John Truchard was a teenager, the most happening watering hole in downtown Napa was the McDonald’s on Jefferson Street. “It was a ghost town,” said Mr. Truchard, the owner of a wine room, JaM Cellars. “There were no good restaurants, nothing good to do.”

Napa, with a population of about 80,000, is Napa Valley’s largest city and the county seat. Until recently, even as Napa Valley became an international wine destination, tourists tended to bypass the city in favor of venturing “up valley” for wine tasting, luxury lodging and upscale restaurants. Places like St. Helena, Yountville and Calistoga attracted tourists while Napa, an hour north of San Francisco, tended to be a pit stop for gas. It didn’t help that there was also flooding in the downtown streets after torrential rains.

NYT Story by Kathy Chin Leong HERE!

John Kerr says: "John Truchard is right that the town of Napa has changed since we were teenagers in the 1970’s and 1980’s. But the character of the town remains intact, and many of the downtown restaurants and sites are still there.  If you are making a trip to the town of Napa, feel free to call and I will recommend a few of the places that only the natives know."

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Trip to Saumur France in June!

The Asheville Sister Cities Saumur Committee (ASCI) hosts a trip to Saumur France in June.

Just in from ASCI:

On Tuesday, January 7 from 5:15-6:15 pm at Metro Wines on Charolotte Street, the Asheville Sister Cities Saumur Committee will host an information session  about their upcoming delegation trip to Saumur, France from June 23-30, 2017. All ASCI members are eligible to travel. If you are not already an ASCI member,  please visit http://www.ashevillesistercities.org to learn more about joining today! 
 
The Saumur delegation trip cost is estimated* at $1200 per couple (double occupancy), $900 per individual (private room) or $600 per individual (shared room).  Included in the cost of the trip are the following: 3* hotel accommodations and all breakfasts, 3 lunches, all excursions and guided tours,  and  ground transportation while in Saumur. Flights to France and transportation to the city of Saumur are not included. *The final cost will be adjusted based on the current exchange rate at the time the final payment is made. We only have 20 spots available for this trip. To reserve your place, please be prepared to pay a $200 deposit (cash or check) to ASCI at the information session or by mail before February 15.  
 
All inquiries about the trip should be directed to Saumur Committee co-chair, Jessica Coffield at jeallen8@gmail.com or by calling Allison Weems, 423.823.1360
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Weddings for Charity

 
News Release: Monday, January 30th, 2017
About: MetroWines Wedding Gift Registry includes Charities!
 
MetroWines introduces a new addition to our Wedding Gift Registry. In addition to wine, beer, glassware, wine classes and gift certificates, couples can choose a donation to one of or all of our three partner charities: Habitat for Humanity, Brother Wolf and Our Voice!
 
How does it work? The couple meets, as usual, with a MetroWines Wedding Consultant advising of the gifts from our shop they would like to receive. As part of their gift list, the couple can choose one or more of our three partner charities. If a wedding guest chooses to donate to charity as a gift to the couple, we will enclose their check in a donation envelope provided by the charity and mail it. The charity will acknowledge the gift to giver and the recipient.
 
"This is consistent with the growing trend of couples, as recently reported in The New York Times, who want to use their wedding as an occasion to support worthy causes," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "We plan to increase our charity partners."
 
About Habitat for Humanity: https://www.ashevillehabitat.org/
About Our Voice: http://www.ourvoicenc.org/
About Brother Wolf: http://www.bwar.org/
 
Attachment: MetroWines ad in Laurel of Asheville Wedding Edition
 

Contact for Metrowines: Gina Trippi

Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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La Zorra 2013 Sierra de Salamanca

Rufete is at the heart of the Sierra de Salamanca D.O., a tiny viticultural area and one of the youngest Spanish D.Os, located in the Sierra de Francia mountains. Within this denomination, La Zorra stands out as the most qualitydriven, forward-thinking winery. Agustin Maillo is dedicated to elevating the native grape of his home to the status it deserves. The owner of a restaurant in the small town of Mogarraz, his family has always made a little wine, but it was only a few years ago that Agustin decided to start working on a commercial scale.

From 60+ year old vines on granite and slate soils, he carefully crafts three cuvées. The Teso Rufete is designed to show off the characteristics of the grape grown on granitic soils. La Zorra is a 50-50 blend of Rufete and Aragones (the local name for Tempranillo), this blending being typical of the area. And the Teso Blanco has the particularity of being made with Rufete Blanco, a rare old indigenous variety about which very little is known.

La Zorra 2013 Grapes: 60% Tinto Aragonés and 40% Rufete Vine age: Over 60 years Soil: Slate, clay and granite Farming: Lutte Raisonnée Vinification: Temperature controlled fermentation with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks. Aged for 9 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

90 Points
2013 Vinos La Zorra Teso Tempranillo/Rufete Sierra de Salamanca
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), Sept/Oct 2014

Deep ruby. Spicy redcurrant and raspberry aromas are complemented by Asian spices and fresh rose. Lively and precise on the palate, offering alluringly sweet red fruit flavors and a hint of star anise. Finishes with good clarity, smooth tannins and lingering spiciness. Quite elegant and approachable now.

 

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Golden Fleece Dinner to Benefit Asheville Symphony Guild

The Asheville Symphony Guild & Metro Wines 
 present
 
A magnificent dining experience including 3 sumptuous courses paired with incredible wines from the vineyards of Greece
 
Tuesday evening, January 31st     6:00 p.m.
at 
Golden Fleece Slow Earth Kitchen 
111 Grovewood Road
(Next to the Grovewood Gallery, behind the Grove Park Inn)

 
The Menu
First Course:  individually plated winter salad accompanied by dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), imported Greek olives, house-made tzatziki with artisan bread for the table, paired with Gavalas Santorini (dry white wine).
Second Course:  Lamb en papillote (lamb cooked in parchment) or vegetarian option available, if specified in advance, paired with Oenodea Cabernet
Third Course:  Assorted cheeses with fresh fruit, paired with Nico Lazaridi Solitaire Sparkling (medium sweet white wine)

 
$95 per person all inclusive / paid in advance
To purchase tickets, 
please call Golden Fleece at 828-424-7655
Seating requests can be made at the time of ticket purchase
 
$25 of the cost for the dinner will be a tax deductible donation to the Guild in support of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra.
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