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Wednesday, 24 May 2023 16:45

The French Class

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Date: Wednesday, May 24th, 2023
About: The French Wine Class @MetroWines
 
Join us on Tuesday, July 18th from 5 to 6pm, as Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines, for The French Wine Class. 
 
Class will address the classic wine regions of France, the varietals, history and styles of wine and, in view of global warming, the future of French Wine. Participants will taste and discuss five French wines that represent the country.
 
No experience or prior study is necessary. Andy Hale will walk you through the process from vineyards to the glass.
 
"With years of experience and accolades, Andy Hale presents the basics of French Wine in an informative, comprehensive and relatable way," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "You will learn, laugh and leave with confidence."
 
The evening is $35 (plus tax). Call (828) 575-9525 or reserve your seat online here: https://metro-wines.shoplightspeed.com/july-18th-wine-class-france.html

Contact for MetroWines: Andy Hale, Director of Education
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
(828) 575-9525
Monday, 08 May 2023 12:00

Talk and Taste Series: Art and Wine

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News Release: Monday, May 8, 2023

About:  Ciao Asheville Event

Taste and Talk Series: Art and Wine 

Can art affect and inform winemakers and their philosophy about making their wines and how they want the public to perceive those wines? The answer is definitely yes!

This is an Asheville FIRST! Ciao Asheville and Metro Wines team up with Sarah Newman, art historian and Certified Sommelier with Volio Imports, to discuss the symbiosis between art and wine. This event will take place on Tuesday, June 13, 5:30pm, at Engaged Asheville Event Space, 41 N Merrimon Ave #107, Asheville, NC 28804.

Sarah just returned from a whirlwind trip to Italy, making her way from Piemonte to Sicily, visiting a number of winemakers, and will discuss their favorite artists and the various ways that art fuses with wine. 

This event will include a talk by Sarah while everyone tastes 6 Italian wines:

Fantinel Sun Goddess, Prosecco Brut

Berlucchi, Franciacorta Brut Rosé 61

Ilatium Morini (Latium), Soave (2020)

Val delle Rose, Vermentino Litorale (2021)

Rivetto, Langhe Nebbiolo (2020)

Tenuta Argentiera, Bolgheri Poggio Ai Ginepri Rosso (2021)

This is a great opportunity to enjoy the sensory experience of these wonderful Italian wines while Sarah discusses the winemakers’ philosophies, the journey behind the bottle, and lots of “inside information” about these wines and the marriage of art and wine.   

Price for the evening is $40 + tax (refundable up until 48 hours prior to the event), which includes the tasting and talk by Sarah. Light snacks will be served. Register online here. For more information call Metro Wines at (828) 575-9525.

All wines featured can be purchased at event pricing this night only.

  

More about Sarah Newman:

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After graduating from Duke in 2007 with an A.B. in Visual Art and Art History, Sarah Newman moved to New York to pursue her masters at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. It was a part-time job at a wine bar while in graduate school where Sarah was first bitten with the wine bug. Her New York restaurant experience includes such iconic places as P.J. Clarke’s, Oceana, Felidias and Artisanal Bistro. While in New York, Sarah also began pursuing wine education. She became a Certified Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers) in 2013 and passed with merit the advanced exam for Wine and Spirits Education trust. She is now pursuing the WSET Diploma, completion of which will make her eligible to become a candidate for Master of Wine (MS).  

Here in North Carolina, Sarah worked as a sommelier at the Angus Barn before discovering wine distribution. After working with over 85 restaurants in Durham, Sarah became the Regional Sales Director for Volio Imports and now represents her portfolio in over 10 states, including North Carolina. She is delighted to share her love of Italian wine in her home state.  

   More about the wines:

* Fantinel Sun Goddess, Prosecco Brut

Region: Veneto, Italy
Appellation: Prosecco

Appearance: straw-yellow with citrine glints. Nose: intense and extremely elegant, giving off fruity aromas recalling especially apple, pear and peach. Palate: a creamy essence and a velvety flavor, revealing a structured body rich in volume and smoothness. Acidity is pleasant and perfectly balanced, for a freshness feeling and a delightful after-taste.

* Berlucchi, Franciacorta Brut Rosé 61

Region: Lombardy, Italy
Grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Appellation: Franciacorta

Wine Enthusiast – 92 Points. A Wine Spectator “Top 100”. “Bright and savory, this refreshing, polished sparkler boasts alluring aromas of juicy raspberry, wild cherry, baking spice and a whiff of bread crust. The inviting aromas follow over to the vibrant palate along with a continuous refined perlage. A tangy candied nectarine note closes the finish.” – K.O. 9/12/2017

* Ilatium Morini (Latium), Soave (2020)

Region: Veneto, Italy
Grapes: Garganega, Trebbiano di Soave
Appellation: Soave
Fresh and very persistent on the palate, a finish with delicate hints of bitter almonds typical of Soave. It is ideal at any time of day. 

* Val delle Rose, Vermentino Litorale (2021)

Region: Tuscany, Italy
Grape: Vermentino
Color: Straw-yellow, with light gold reflections. Bouquet: Intense, fruit-forward aromas that suggest tropical fruits. Taste: Fresh, crisp with well-balanced acids, and an assertive finish. 

* Rivetto, Langhe Nebbiolo (2020)

Region: Piedmont, Italy
Grape: Nebbiolo
Appellation: Langhe

An extremely pleasing and drinkable wine and although it has a high alcohol grade this never overpowers its fruity character. Its red color has Bordeaux reflections and the slow trickle from the edge of the glass confirms its optimal concentration and good body. The palate is caressed by a smooth tannin content typical of the Nebbiolo grape and by a warm and enveloping flavor. 

* Tenuta Argentiera, Bolgheri Poggio Ai Ginepri Rosso (2021)

Region: Tuscany, Italy
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Appellation: Bolgheri

This Bolgheri DOC is composed of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot vinified separately and extracted by soft pressing. A nice wine with defined structure and pronounced concentration. The wine’s olfactory panorama is ample and profound while at once immediate and present. An intense structure characterizes this wine, but with a beautiful softness and a remarkably clean finish. Tenuta Argentiera stands in a magnificent patch of land in the Maremma that blends countryside and sea, suspended between woods and Mediterranean scrub. 

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Metro Wines Asheville
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
(828) 575-9525

Tuesday, 02 May 2023 07:21

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Tuesday, 02 May 2023 07:20

Leo "Seashell" Hale

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Chef Sam Etheridge!
 
Wine Dinner with The Owner, Karl Wittstrom!
May 17th at Engaged in Reynolds Village

Chef Sam Etheridge prepares an amuse bouche and a 4 course dinner
that take the challenge of these bold and beautiful wines.
We have offered Ancient Peaks wines for years to our customers
who have continued to support the brand.
And now, we are delighted to host Karl Wittstrom
who wants to see what this MetroWines is all about!

You will be greeted with an amuse bouche and Ancient Peaks Sauvignon Blanc
followed by 4 courses each pairedwith an Ancient Peaks wine selected by Chef Sam.

Menu: Chef Sam says: "My idea is summertime, California style cuisine."
- Sunburst trout farms Rangoons, fermented mango.
- First of the season tomato and watermelon gazpacho,
fresh Buffalo milk mozzarella, ramp pesto.
- Grape Vine Smoked Heritage Farm Ribs,
charred corn and shrimp potato salad, pork belly hush puppies,
black garlic bbqand Grilled beef tri-tip,
- Wild mushroom and scallion pancake “short stack”, sun dried tomato butter, pomegranate syrup, ramp chimichurri. 
Served Family Style!

Join us! $89(plus tax) for the evening for evening,
signed bottles, winery stories and a handshake!
Join us May 17th at 6pm. Metro Wines will host a dinner with the Owner, Karl Wittstrom, of Ancient Peaks Winery. The chef for the evening is Sam Etheridge who will take the challenge of airing innovative dishes with these bold wines. Location is 41 North Merrimon Ave. Suite 107 Asheville, NC 28804.
 
You will be greeted with an Amuse Bouche and a glass of Ancient Peaks Sauvignon Blanc, followed by a 4 course dinner with wine pairings from Ancient Peaks winery. The evening is $89 plus tax. Dinner is served Family Style!


Go here to reserve your seat, or call 828-575-9525

On Fri, Apr 7, 2023 at 12:48 PM Amanda Moore <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> wrote:
 
Congratulations! You have won a 2023 Griffin Award for Metro Wines!
 
We will be celebrating the Griffin Award winners at an event at The Hideaway on May 25th. The owners of the property will get two free tickets and tickets will be on sale to everyone else in the coming weeks. Please let us know if you cannot attend the event and would like to release your tickets. We do expect the event to sell out fast so keep your eye out for the email about purchasing additional tickets if you need them.
Thursday, 30 March 2023 14:35

MetroWines 10th Anniversary Celebration

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News Release: March 30th, 2023
About: MetroWines 10th Anniversary Celebration!
 
MetroWines celebrates its 10th Anniversary serving the Asheville Community with a "Customer Trade Show" open to the public. Please join us on May 6th from 3 to 6pm @MetroWines on Charlotte Street to taste more than 20 Wines!
 
Wines from France, Italy, South America and California will be presented by winery representatives for tasting "Trade Show Walk Around Style" with cheeses and small bites at every table.
 
"This is your chance to get a glimpse of the working wine world," says Zach Eidson, General Manager of MetroWines. "And also to participate, preview, taste and party!" 
 
$40 (plus tax) for the tasting and experience. Purchase your ticket by calling (828) 575-9525 or online here: https://metro-wines.shoplightspeed.com/events/.
 
 
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Contact for MetroWines: Zach Eidson
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
(828) 575-9525
Wednesday, 22 March 2023 18:41

Poetry @MetroWines

Sunday, April 30, 2023 - 3:00pm @MetroWines
 
Join us to celebrate National Poetry Month with a reading of Mildred Kiconco Barya’s The Animals of My Earth School at Metro Wines. Malaprop's is pleased to partner with Metro Wines to present this event and pairing of select wines and poems.
 
The reading is free and open to the public (You do not need to register). Wine and books will be on sale. Free, easy parking.
Saturday, 18 March 2023 08:52

Women's History Month Dinner

Letter from the Chef with MENU !!
 
From Chef Terri Terrell:
Recently I took a road trip through the Mighty Mississippi Delta, my earth homeland. This road trip would prove to be two-fold. I wanted to go back and visit where my family was from since it had been 30 years but I also wanted to intentionally re-visit my food memories. I wanted to re-visit these memories because over the past 3 years I have nurtured a pop-up dining experience called The Clarksdale. This dining experience draws on my memories of the Mississippi Delta, gas station food and roadside diners. I wanted to see how these memories were holding up!
Wine Tour of Bordeaux Hosted by Jean Christain Rotagni of Contrast Tours and Joined by Andy Hale of The Asheville School of Wine at Metro Wines.
 
"This is a very urban tour, as Bordeaux is a quintessential European city, and one of the trendiest destinations in the world. Not only is Bordeaux utterly pleasant to live in, with its rather mild weather, its 12th to 18th century glorious architecture, which earned it to be on UNESCO's World Heritage List, but this is also a city with a rich past, and a vibrant present. We will stay in the very center of the town, and will take daily trips from that location to vineyards, cultural sites of importance, and villages of legends. Everyday will be a new feast, with gastronomy and wine aligned with the exceptional character of what we will visit. Please take a look at the itinerary below and feel free to contact me with any questions."
 
Tuesday, 07 March 2023 16:11

Cooking Class: Ricotta Gnocchi Class

About: Ciao Asheville Continues its Cooking Class Series with Ricotta Gnocchi

Ciao Asheville teams up again with Metro Wines and Asheville-based q.b. Cucina for a ricotta gnocchi cooking class. You’ll get hands-on instruction from Sarah Ubertaccio of q.b. Cucina. This event will take place on Sunday, April 16, 2023, from 12-3pm, at a private local residence in the Beaverdam area with mountain views (address to be provided with registration).  

You’ll work alongside Sarah as she demonstrates the skills to make this delicate gnocchi, plus a sauce perfect for a springtime pairing. What an ideal way to kick off spring! The class will conclude with enjoying the gnocchi and sauce you’ve made, a fresh salad, and wine.

Tuesday, 07 February 2023 12:14

Asheville School of Wine Class

Join us on Wednesday, March 8th from 5-6pm, @MetroWines for "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Wine But Were Afraid to Ask," presented by Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine.
 
Andy says: "Be afraid no longer! Learn the basics of wine so that you will feel confident in all wine situations. Why do wines need to “breathe?” How long should I age my wines? Where do people come up with these crazy flavor descriptions? When I order wine in a restaurant, what do I do with the cork that the Sommelier presents to me? Learn all of these and more in this practical class with wine tastings."
 
5 wines explored. $25 for the seated tasting.
 
But just know that the tour includes four nights in Arles on the edge of the Rhone and Camargue where Van Gogh painted his iconic "Cafe Terrassee at Night" almost in front of the hotel where you will stay!
Saturday, 21 January 2023 11:08

Mardi Gras @MetroWines

Drop in for a French Fête Extraordinaire, "Mardi Gras @MetroWines," with Chef Sam Etheridge of AMBROZIA on Tuesday February 21st from 4 to 6pm at Metrowines on Charlotte Street. Wines from Johnson Brothers/Mutual will be paired to each dish.
 
"We invite you to cruise the food and wine stations, mingle, clink glasses and laissez les bons temps rouler!" says, Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Although rooted in religion, Mardi Gras has come to mean a time for everyone to let the good times roll and let tomorrow worry about tomorrow!"
 
The evening is not a sit-down dinner but a walk around Bourbon Street Bash featuring:
Tuesday, 10 January 2023 17:58

Italy off the Beaten Path: Abruzzo

 Ciao Asheville, Metro Wines, and Saluda Sister Cities team up for an evening with Massimo Criscio and Dino Paganelli from the Palazzo Tour d’Eau in Carunchio, Abruzzo, Italy. This event will take place on Thursday, February 9th, 2023, at Engaged Asheville, 41 N Merrimon Ave #107, from 5:00-6:30pm.
 
Learn about the food, wine, culture, and travel opportunities in the region of Abruzzo. Massimo and Dino will also demonstrate a black truffle risotto typical of the region (and you'll get a taste!) and Metro Wines will be offering a glass of sparkling wine, plus a glass of red or white Abruzzese wine to celebrate the evening.

Ciao Asheville and Metro Wines kick off 2023 with an “on the house” tasting of Raffaldini Vineyards wine. The tasting is Wednesday, February 8th, 5:00-6:30pm “at the bar” at Metro Wines, 169 Charlotte Street, Asheville. 

Raffaldini is located in Ronda, North Carolina, in the rolling foothills of the Swan Creek Wine Appellation within the Yadkin Valley. This family-owned winery brings Tuscan charm to North Carolina. Known widely as “Chianti in the Carolinas” Raffaldini currently produces only classically dry Italian style wines ranging from reds like Sangiovese Classico, whites like Vermentino and a sparkling Prosecco style wine.

This is a great opportunity to meet Raffaldini’s winemaker who will present several wines to taste and discuss the Italian varietals they grow. They also use an old winemaking method from north eastern Italy, called appasimento, to dry the grapes before crushing to create wines from North Carolina with more depth and character in this notoriously wet climate.

This event is free and no registration is necessary. For more information call Metro Wines at (828) 575-9525.

All are “grower” Champagne 
 
Grower Champagnes or Artisan Champagnes are Champagnes produced by the estate that owns the vineyards where the grapes are grown. Récoltant-Manipulant is the term in French, and Grower Champagnes can be identified by "RM" on the wine label.[1] While large Champagne houses such as MummMoët et Chandon and Veuve Clicquotmay use grapes from as many as 80 different vineyards in the Champagne region to create a consistent house style, Grower Champagnes tend to be more terroir-focused, sourced from a single vineyard or closely located vineyards around a village, and made with grapes which vary with each vintage.[2] Today there are over 19,000 independent growers in the Champagne region,[citation needed] accounting for nearly 88% of vineyard land in the region; around 5,000 of these growers produce wine from their own grapes.[citation needed] Of the Champagne imported into the US in 2014, only 5% was Grower Champagne.[3]
The French Fête is SOLD OUT. We post this Wine Dinner Menu only to encourage you to watch for MetroWines Wine Dinners Going forward!
This one is Hosted by Chef Sam Etheridge of AMBROZIA Catering and Jean Philippe Bourgeois of JPBourgeois Imports
Tuesday, 13 December 2022 08:07

Menu for An Italian Wine Dinner on 12-21!

An Italian Dinner in The Parlor of The Asheville Beauty Academy on Wednesday, December 21st, with Zach Eidson, Sommelier, of General Manager of MetroWines and Chef Sam Etheridge of Ambrozia Bar and Bistro.
Monday, 12 December 2022 17:39

NYE Midnight in Paris

Please join MetroWines for "Midnight in Paris" on Saturday, December 31st in The Parlor at The Asheville Beauty Academy, 28 Broadway Street. 
 
We start the evening at 5pm and celebrate until 8pm with “Midnight" cheers at 6pm. "Because when it's 6pm in Asheville, it's already Midnight in Paris!" And, after dinner, please stay and continue the party with us upstairs in The Parlor or downstairs!
Monday, 05 December 2022 13:07

WSET Wine classes LIVE @MetroWines

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WSET Level One, Two and Three Award in Wines Classes

Coming to Asheville School of Wine

The MWWine School, an approved program provider for the globally recognized WSET,

will offer the certification classes, perfect for wine and food professionals and wine enthusiasts,

live and in-person, starting January 23rd

Asheville, NC – November 30th, 2022 – MWWine School, an approved program provider for the globally recognized Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) certifications, today announced that WSET Level One, Two and Three Award in Wines classes will launch in Asheville, North Carolina in January 2023. The WSET certification courses, which are offered in partnership with the Asheville School of Wine, are among the most prestigious wine industry qualifications in the world and are ideal for beginners, connoisseurs, and wine and food industry professionals.

The WSET Level One Award in Wines class will take place January 31st with Level Two taking place January 24th, 25th and January 30th in Asheville. The classes offer foundational principles for wine tasting, and wine and food pairing, as well as key knowledge about winemaking, viticulture, and the wine regions of the world. 

“I am so impressed with the enthusiasm and knowledge of the students who attended my seminars in Asheville this August and am thrilled to be bringing these world-class certification courses to this world-class food and wine city,” said Webber. “I am also pleased to continue my partnership with The Asheville School of Wine as we further expand access to a curriculum that will not only enhance wine professionals and enthusiasts’ love of wine, but that will also increase their wine knowledge, further develop their palates and help them achieve professional certifications.”

Classes will be taught by MWWine School Director Melanie Webber, a WSET certified wine educator and sommelier. Melanie holds the Diploma in Wine and Spirits from WSET, as well as the Wine Scholar Guild’s (WSG) French Wine Scholar and Spanish Wine Scholar certifications. She recently taught two sold-out wine tasting and food and wine pairing seminars in Asheville through the Asheville School of Wine and has taught in Paso Robles and Los Angeles since 2018, helping hundreds of industry professionals – from winemakers, to chefs to tasting room personnel – and wine lovers achieve their WSET certifications. Her MWWine School is also an approved program provider for the WSG’s Spanish and French Wine Scholar courses, which will be offered in Asheville later in 2023.

The Classes

Level One Award in Wines is a beginner level introduction to wine suitable for those starting a wine career or pursuing an interest in wine. Students will explore the main types and styles of wine through sight, smell, and taste, while also gaining the basic skills to describe wines accurately, as well as learning food and wine pairing, wine service and etiquette. It includes tasting of 10 wines. Go Here to Register!

 

Level Two Award in Wines is for individuals seeking a core understanding of a wide range of wines. This qualification explores the major grape varieties of the world and the regions in which they are grown. Through a combination of tasting and theory, students will explore the factors that impact style and quality and learn how to describe these wines with confidence. The course includes tastings of over 30 wines. Successful candidates receive a certificate and lapel pin for the internationally-recognized WSET Level Two Award in Wines. Go Here to Register!

Wednesday, 30 November 2022 10:25

Tapas at Zambra

Please join us on December 15th at 6:30 for Tapas at Zambra paired with wines from Jean-Christian Rotagni. Located at 85 Walnut Street in Asheville, Zambra presents the tastes and traditions of the Western Mediterranean offering a contemporary take on tapas and wine pairings. In between the romantic amber-lit ceiling and smooth stone floor is a festive atmosphere that holds true to the name which means “gypsy dance of celebration.” 
Saturday, 26 November 2022 09:20

Sushi Rolling Class with Sake

Please join us on Saturday, December 17th from 2 to 4pm for "Sushi Making Class and Sake Tasting" at The Asheville Beauty Academy located at 28 Broadway Street in downtown Asheville.
Saturday, 19 November 2022 14:37

Argyle Sparkling Wine Tasting

Please join us on Friday, December 16th, from 4pm to 6pm @MetroWines on Charlotte Street to taste three Sparkling Wines from Argyle, a pioneer in sustainability and a leader in domestic sparkling wines. In addition to the extraordinary wine craft showcased in these sparkling wines, all three are remarkably affordable! The event is "on the house" and "at the bar."
 
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