Owner of Metro Wines

Blind Tasting League Returns via Facebook LIVE


News Release: Wednesday, August 5th, 2020

About: Blind Tasting League Returns via Facebook Live
The Blind Tasting League with Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines, returns on Wednesday, August 19th at 5:30 via Facebook LIVE. Join in the process of deductive reasoning used by wine experts to determine what's in the glass. Andy will present two wines and work with you through the process because he doesn't know what's in the glass either!
Participants do not need to register, sign up or pay for the event. All you need is two glasses ready to go and to logon to our Facebook page at 5:30 on August 19th. Go here: https://www.facebook.com/MetroWinesAsheville
"This is a great way to learn the deductive process of blind tasting with no pressure," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "You don't need any previous experience and Andy has prepared videos and educational materials to get you started down the road of wine knowledge."Go here: https://www.ashevilleschoolofwine.com/blog/entry/the-blind-tasting-league-returns-virtually.
If you are interested in purchasing the wines to be tasted, you can purchase the two wines by calling (828) 575-9525 @MetroWines. The wines will be concealed in brown paper bags so no looking! And don't tell Andy anything!
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Contact for The Blind Tasting League @MetroWines: Andy Hale at 828-200-5073
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Travel the World in Rosé

Travel the World Through Rosé


Great Rose' Tasting Starts May 4th - Metro Wines Blogs - Metro ...


It is difficult to see the world wide range of our collection.
So we have lined the locations up. And know that we
usually havemore than one Rosé from each location! 


Spain: RAW 2019, $15.99
Italy: FontanaVecchia 2019, $15.99
France: Houchart 2019, $14.99
Austria: Mittelbach 2019, $13.99 
Greece: Zoe 2019, $14.99
Slovenia: Grape Abduction 2019, $15.99
California: Wild Thing 2018, $18.99
South Africa: Backsberg, 2019 $13.99
Corsica: Ventriccie 2019, $12.99
Lebanon: Musar 2018, $19.99

Visit Gardens Around the World Vicariously:


Pick Up a Rosé Round the World Case.
Call (828) 575-9525

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French Resistance: Rhone

The French Resistance


These Wines are Not New to the Shop but RESIST Being Rotated!
Always Big Sellers. Always Good. Always a Value.

** En Passant Rhone 2017 $18.99 **
** Tellus Vinea (Unoaked) Bordeaux $18.99 **
** L'Oustalet Rhone 2016 $12.99 **

Pick Up a Case. Call (828) 575-9525

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Priest Choker, Selvapiana and Cala Civette Toscana

Will economic conditions reinvigorate a traditional Tuscan savings plan?


Your Discuss it Over OR Pair with the Pasta - Wine

SELVAPIANA | Our Producers | Dalla Terra

92 Points Wine Enthusiast
LA Times: 

A blend of 60% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, this has alluring,
earthy aromas of new leather, tobacco and ripe black-skinned berry. On the smooth palate,
fresh acidity brightens juicy raspberry, Marasca cherry, orange zest, star anise and eucalyptus. Polished tannins lend elegant support. 

$21 Cellar Potential: Drink through 2025.

Also Consider Cala Civetta Toscana 2018 $14.99

Los Angeles Times recommened Selvapiana Rufina 2013 - Fattoria ...

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Save Alsace

*** Save Alsace ***

New York Times reports that 6 million liters of wine
from Colmar, France, the Alsace Region, will be boiled to make
hand sanitizer as a result of the lethal combination of COVID and tariffs. 
"The move is necessary, but the wound
to the nation's soul may be slow to heal."

Shop ALSACE @MetroWines!
Since 1626, Trimbach has crafted wines that reflect
the Alsace terroir. This one is elegant and dry.

2016 Trimbach Riesling Alsace White 750 ml


Wine Enthusiast 93 
Wet stone and fresh lemon are faint but distinct on the nose. A pure lemon flavor streaks
across the slender, taut palate, with a comet-like spray of freshness. This wine is dry and,
if it weren't for juicy glimpses of ripe lemon, would be almost austere.

Vinous Media 91 
Pale straw with green tinges. Lemon, minerals and fresh herbs on the nose and palate.
Juicy and vibrant, delivering zingy, lemony bite on the long finish. Boasts lively but harmonious acidity that really extends the fresh citrus and stony flavors on the back end.
Knockout entry-level Riesling. A good thing too, as this is Trimbach’s “bread and butter” wine,
the house’s most important one commercially (at a whopping 350,000 bottles a year).
To be frank, anyone who can make 350,000 bottles of an entry-level wine
this good has simply unbelievable talent. Chapeau!

James Suckling 90 
Quite tart and firm. This has enough depth to carry well,
and there's a great burst of candied-citrus character at the long finish. Drink or hold.

Wine Spectator 90 
Fresh and floral, featuring minerally petrol and anise accents underscoring flavors of Asian pear, white peach and almond blossom. Light-bodied and lithe, with hints of lemon peel and herb on the mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2024. 20,000 cases made, 5,000 cases imported.

$21 (red tag)

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Columbo and Freisa

New York Times Says Cling to COLUMBO


Columbo turns 50 - why we still love Peter Falk's crumpled ...
NYT suggests that we take a step back to find comfort in troubled times.
Before there was cable TV with omnipresent gratuitous and graphic sex and violence,
unremittant misogyny, stupid story lines and blood, blood, blood, there was Columbo!
In this David vs. Goliath show, Columbo, a poorly paid, stogie smoking LA detective
wearing a cheap rain coat, takes down the rich and famous every week without violence,
DNA, CCTV, smart phones, or GPS, just good old fashioned smarts.

While the Columbo character was said to be of Italian Heritage,
and Peter Falk played the part to perfection, Falk's heritage was from Poland and Russia 
on his father's side and from Hungary and Poland on his mother's side.

Your Sink into The Comfort Zone and Watch it With Wine:
We chose this bottle as it is made in the colder, northern climate of Piedmonte.
So whether you celebrate Peter Falk, the actor with real-life Northern European roots,
or Peter Falk as the character of Italian Heritage, Colombo,

It works!

La Casaccia Monfiorenza Monferrato Freisa U.V. | Wine Info
Teaching Moment: Freisa is a love it or leave it grape, but you,
if you dare to step outside your comfort zone, (and I know you will) should try it!

Wine Folly says: Freisa Wines have deep color. The aromas are lightly fruity,
with sour, wild red berries and then deeply herbaceous with notes of sage, green olive,
earth, tar, and bitter green almond. On the palate, the wine has zippy acidity
and astringent bitterness with chalky and grippy tannins. Several producers
will actually leave a touch of residual sugar in the wine to complement its astringency.

Explore this grape. All in all, Freisa is a rare treat.

La Casaccia Monfiorenza Monferrato Freisa 2018 
The organic Freisa grapes by the Rava Family in the Montferrato region.
are hand-picked and selected individually to produce this medium structured wine,
fruity when young and good for medium aging. Tannins play well with barbecue.
More on the winery: 
*** Try it With a Little Chill. $14.99 @MetroWines ***

More on Columbo: A scene from "Any Old Port in a Storm"

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Mullet and Yalumba Viognier

It comes with a heavy heart that I must tell you...

Great Moments in Mullet History (@GreatMullet) | Twitter
The MULLET is Back!

but was it ever really gone?



Yalumba The Y Series Viognier

Yalumba Viognier 2019, South Australia 
** 90 Points from Wine Spectator **

This Y Series has lovely aromas of orange blossom and honeysuckle
with fresh pineapple and dried figs on the palate and a silky textural finish.

$13.97 at Wine Chateau
$12.99 at wine.com

*** $9.99 @MetroWines! ***
(mullet optional)

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In Memoriam:Meme. And Altesse.

In Memoriam


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An idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person
within a culture. Memes (discrete units of knowledge, gossip, jokes and so on)
are to culture what genes are to life. Just as biological evolution is driven by the survival of the fittest genes in the gene pool, cultural evolution may be driven
by the most successful memes.— Richard Dawkins

I don't care! I am sick of seeing this word. Think about it. How long have you
been reading? I am willing to wager that this word has come up more
in the past two years than in your past paper all total. Too much!

That said: Good Bye, Aurevoir, Arrivederci, Soyonara, Adios, etc.

To Celebrate the Happy Demise of "Meme"

La Cave du Prieure - Raymond Barlet & Fils Altesse Roussette de ...
Winner Medaille d'or Paris 2020, 13% ALC.
LaCave du Prieure Altesse Roussette De Savoie

Savoie, a quintessentially Alpine region bordering Switzerland,
is dotted with glacial lakes, rocky outcrops and vineyards.
LaCave du Prieureis located in Jongieux on a sunny,
protected western face on Mont du Chat range.
Here the Bartlet family has cultivated the limestone slopes
by hand for five generations, employing sustainable growing practices
and minimal intervention winemaking. This 100% Altesse,
a unique white grape variety only grown in Savoie, this Cuvee
is full and textured, with ripe stone fruit, mountain herbs and bees wax.

$21 for an awesome in glass experience.

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Chill Out: Peyrassol Rosé

*** CHILL OUT and IN ***
The TOOU Outo Rocking Chair is Born to stay out,
enjoying the sun and rain, unafraid of heat, humidity or temperature changes
High-end comfort and design out in the open air showcasing 
quality, ergonomics and diversity, balanced with perfect aesthetics.

Chilling in a Chair. Chill IN the Kitchen.

Viana La Place and Evan Kleiman write in their classic 1985 book "Cucina Fresca" that "the true flavors of food" really shine at temperatures ranging from
"barely warm to cool." This book is a collection of Italian recipes designed to be served lukewarm or cold. Perhaps the greatest joy of room temperature dishes
is the way they give the cook time to cool off away from the hot kitchen!

Shop Spicewalla Mediterranean 3 Pack, Spigadoro Penne Rigate from Italy, Stanislaus Red Sauce, Greek Olive Oil and Divina Large White Beans.
All @MetroWines. Call (828) 575-9525

Cool off in the chair OR the Kitchen with a glass of ......................

2019 Château de Peyrassol
The name of the estate is the first indication of its long, illustrious past.
Located in the heart of Provence, near routes traveled by Crusaders
in the early Middle Ages, the Commanderie de Peyrassol was founded
by the Knights of Templar who were dedicated to protecting the Crusaders
en route to, and in, the Holy Land.
The first recorded grape harvest took place in 1256 and winemaking
has continued uninterrupted throughout the centuries.
When the Templars were brought down in 1311 by the King of France,
who was nervous of their power and jealous of their wealth, the Knights of Malta became the fortunate owners of the Commanderie. They remained in control, flawlessly maintaining the vineyards until the French Revolution, when it was taken over by the State. The Rigord family purchased the estate in 1870.
The current proprietor, Françoise Rigord, has been making the wines
at Peyrassol since 1981 and has now been joined by her son, François.
Drink well chilled and with black olives, tomato-based dishes.

$14.99 for centuries of history in bottle.

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Lettie Teague and Burgans Albarino

Lettie Teague Talks Summer

Lettie likes Burgans Albarino 2019

Burgans Rias Baixas Albarino 2018 | Wine Info
A bright greenish yellow color with golden highlights.
NOSE A uniquely fruity aroma where the varietal is clearly appreciated,
highlighting hints of ripe apples, apricots, and peach aromas. $16.99

We love Burgans too! It's the classic version of this varietal.
And take a second look at our video on some other summer wines we like.
Here's Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine!


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JUSTIN Tasting presented by Master Sommelier


News Release: Tuesday, July 28th, 2020

About: Online Tasting with Master Sommelier Joe Spellman and JUSTIN
This is BIG. This is JUSTIN! Join us on Monday, August 10th at 7pmEST on ZOOM for a tasting of three extraordinary wines from JUSTIN presented by Master Sommelier Joe Spellman. You will be at an online party with JUSTIN fans from cities around the country including Chicago, New York and Houston. The ZOOM presentation is on the house!
"This is a unique opportunity presented by one of the most well respected wineries in America and, judging from our sales here in Asheville, one of the most popular!" says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines.
The wines include two we have always shelved @MetroWines and a new one to our shop, JUSTIN Sauvignon Blanc.
JUSTIN Sauvignon Blanc from Central Coast, has been described as a "Bordeaux meets California" style that presents bright acidity, lemon and tropical flavors in a medium bodied crisp and clean wine. JUSTIN Cabernet Sauvignon made in Paso Robles was chosen as the "#5 Most Popular Restaurant Wine in the US" by Wine&Spirits Magazine in 2019. And JUSTIN Isosceles, is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Merlot scoring 94 Points from Wine Enthusiast. JUSTIN Cabernet and Cabernet blends are deep purple with a ruby core, full bodied, rich cherry wrapped in a Bordeaux style.
You do not need to purchase the wines to join in the online tasting. But when you buy any two of the three wines to be presented prior to the tasting, JUSTIN is presenting your purchase in an official JUSTIN tote bag while our stash lasts!
About JUSTIN: 


We planted our first vineyard back in 1981 with a mission to make world-class Bordeaux-style blends. Since then, we’ve expanded both our knowledge of viticulture in this unique region as well as our acreage.


Rich in fossilized limestone from eons of marine deposits, JUSTIN’s soil is ideally suited to creating big, Bordeaux-style reds. The limestone “stresses” the vines, producing grapes that fully express their varietal character.


Paso Robles’ distinctive microclimate offers the widest day-night temperature swings of any grape-growing region in California. The hot days allow the grapes to develop intense flavor, while the cool nights create great structure and balance.


At JUSTIN, we combine traditional Old World methods—like hand-harvesting and small-barrel aging in French oak—with New World technology. For example: the “Air Knife,” an ingenious process invented by our winemakers, boosts grape quality and efficiency.

Once the grapes are harvested, our winemakers—some of the best in the business—gather to sort, select, age, taste, blend and decide what goes into every bottle.


Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Summer Big-Ger Red is Lis Neris Cabernet


Summer (Big) Red

100% Cabernet Sauvignon, Alto Adige, 13% ALC

Venezia Giulia IGT Cabernet Sauvignon Lis Neris 2016 0,75 L

Lis Neris Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Why is this the Summer Big Red?
John Kerr of The Ashevilles  School of Wine @MetroWines says:
"This is an Italian Cabernet made with very little oak so the wine retains
the bold rich flavor experience from Cabernet but, because of low oak,
the fruit shines through. Low in tannins, this wine will not conflict
with barbecue sauce even one with a touch of the sweet."

The Cabernet Sauvignon of Lis Neris winery is an elegant and precise wine,
which matures for six months in oak barrels and then for a short period in glass, before being ready for consumption. At sight, it shows a beautiful
intense ruby red color. On the nose, it develops pleasing hints of cherry
and ripe red fruit, while on the palate it comes fresh and balanced,
with delicate tannins and a persistent final. It is excellent if drunk in combination
with pasta with ragout, white meat and medium-aged cheeses.

Lis Neris winery is one of the most interesting realities of Friuli Venezia Giulia,
which has continued its success for four generations. Owner, Alvaro Pecorari,
has continued his paternal tradition by producing exceptional white wines,
trying to exalt the characteristics of the different vines and the territory at their best. The perfect conditions of the land, favored by the proximity to the Adriatic Sea
and the winds of Bora, have allowed him to produce exceptional, harmonious
and balanced wines avoiding any form of weeding and placing Lis Neris
as the authentic excellence of Friuli Venezia Giulia.

$23 (red tag)
Personal Note: You know how you have a comfort level doing business with friends? It's like that with Lis Neris. This is a really nice, competent, dedicated family that we and, hence, you can trust. And with everything going on, we need trust!

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Wegman and Backsberg Rosé


NYT says "Watching any one of Mr. Wegman's short video takes on his practically human Weimaraners, you can laugh at their slow, poignantly befuddled reactions, and even utter a faint "Awww" without feeling square. In Duet, he has them looking up and around maybe at-a circling UFO. That's probably what we'd do if we saw one, too, and that's Wegman's point."
More about what's it's all about? Recent Interview with Wegman:


Your Discuss it Over Wine:
Backsberg Pinotage Rosé U.V. | Wine Info

Red fruit flavours of cherry and strawberry give way to minty freshness
from earlier picked fruit. Lightly tinted from red grape skins, this salmon
hued wine is fruity and juicy on the palate. Low in tannins, it displays
delightful notes of melon, ripe tropical fruit and strawberry.
We picked this rosé as it is not overly acidic and just right
for a summer talk. Backsberg is also a 3 year favorite!

*** $13.99 ***

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Anthony Horowitz and Frassinello

From The MetroWines Summer Paperback Read Department
The Sentence is Death by NYT Best Selling Author Anthony Horowitz
The author plays a part in this mystery about a celebrity divorce lawyer
murdered with a bottle of 1982 Château Lafite Rothschild!


ANTHONY HOROWITZ is the author of the US bestselling Magpie Murders 
and The Word is Murder, and one of the most prolific and successful writers
in the English language; he may have committed more (fictional) murders
than any other living author. His novel Trigger Mortis features original material
from Ian Fleming. His most recent Sherlock Holmes novel, Moriarty,
is a reader favorite. As a TV screenwriter, he created
both Midsomer Murders and the BAFTA-winning Foyle’s War on PBS.

Well the obvious Read it With Wine is Lafite Rothschild!
But let's say you still have a mortgage, want a new car, need to 

A good compromise is Rocca di Frasennili, a collaboration between
Rothschild and Italian Superstar Castellare. What started as a small expansion
in Maremma Toscana took on a new dimension, as a unique joint venture
between Castellare and Domaines Barons de Rothschild-Lafite,
the first partnership of its kind. 
The project couples Castellare's experience in the growing and vinification 
of Sangiovese with Lafite's experience in classic French varietals.
A Super Tuscan blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet and Syrah.

Rocca di Frassinello Maremma Toscana 2014 | Wine Info

93 Points from Robert Parker: 
Brooding and thick, the 2014 Maremma Toscana Rocca di Frassinello
takes all the intensity of the vintage and pours it into the glass.
That's saying a lot because this vintage infamously lacked in intensity overall, although you'd never know it here. Rocca di Frassinello makes good on the excellent environmental factors that contribute to this wine. There is the sunshine of Coastal Tuscany, the light sea breezes and the reddish Maremma soils. This Bordeaux blend born in Tuscany offers dark fruit aromas,
savory spice and bitter chocolate. The tannins are soft, but the wine
does deliver solid structure to keep it firmly stitched together.

We aged for 6 years in bottle. Ready to GO
$45 @MetroWines (red tag)

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The Biggest Bluff and Clovis Cotes du Rhone

From The MetroWines Book Suggestion Department
We NEED This Kind of Thinking!



How a New York Times bestselling author and New Yorker contributor
parlayed a strong grasp of the science of human decision-making
and a woeful ignorance of cards into a life-changing run
as a professional poker player, under the wing of a legend of the game.

Men rule the world she had entered, said Michael Paterniti in The New York Times.
97% of professional players are men and Konnikova endured plenty of harassment
and condescension on her way to a 2018 championship in which she beat 290 competitors
for a $84,600 prize. That said, The Biggest Bluff can be read as a feminist triumph story.
But, the big surprise in not the triumph at the table but that she "bet the house on the power
of her mind to synthesize big philosophical ideas and psychological insights"
 and she won.
She has found direction as to how we regard our futures, how to "see through the ups and downs to the underlying grid of chance and self determination that guides all life."

Clovis - Clovis Cotes du Rhone 2018 750ML | WeSpeakWine.com
50%Grenache, 25%Syrah, 15%Cinsault and 10%Carignan

Clovis Wines is a collaboration between T. Edward Imports and some of the best small producers in France. Clovis CDR comes from Remi Pouizin.
A biodynamic producer located in Visan (the northernmost part of Southern Rhône).
This is a blend of Pouizin estate’s grapes and 3 other organic producers.
They are all located 10km maximum from the winery.
Organic grapes. Aromas of red fruit and sweet spices. On the palate,
it’s ample and silky with good concentration and a smooth finish with plenty of tannins.

Unavailable at wine.com. Rejoice. It was $16.99!
*** $15.99 @MetroWines ***
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Talk with Your Hands!


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Zoom and The Maestro, SA

*** Zoom Etiquette ***

Let's face it, Zoom Life is here to stay. In studying the rules of the road,
you need a wine that knows the art of blending but remaining a voice to be heard,
how to play in the bottle with others and how to serve the purpose for which you were born!
(OK, the last virtue is a little heavy but you get the point: behave yourself!)


DeMorgenzon, Maestro White Blend 2016 750ML


Maestro White 2016
A blend of 32%Roussanne, 23%Chardonnay, 23%Chenin Blanc,
15%Viognier and 7%Grenache Blanc

Winemaker Notes: The name Maestro pays homage to the Baroque music
piped throughout the vineyards and in the cellar at DeMorgenzon.
On the nose and palate, there are concentrated orange and yellow stone fruit flavors,
along with hints of citrus fruits and spice. Full-bodied, textured and nuanced,
floral, honeysuckle and frangipani notes linger on the lengthy finish.

 $24 to take control of the future!
(Personal Note: I love this wine Zoom or no Zoom)

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Giotto: Heat Buster

Heat Buster even in Moscow. Read on.....


Terre di Giotto White Wine Nostrale Bianco 2019 Terre di Giotto

A blend of Trebbiano 80%, Malvasia di Candia 2019 Tuscany
Winemaking: Vinified in flower must bringing aromas and flavors 
of pear, quince, yeast, melon, citrus. Aging in steel and bottled in May after the harvest.
Soil typical of the Apennines, limey-clay loam, rich in shale and sandstone. 
Spontaneous fermentation in cement without adding of yeast,
enzymes and other winemaking additives. No clarification and filtering. Biodynamic.

Limited number of bottles produced. Not widely available. $22
Available in Moscow. Shipping will be high! But if there, the store has free parking!
Check it out: 

Meanwhile, back in Italy......
Clad in masks, an adventurous group including a reality TV star,
sets off to find the perfect Italian Villa: 


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Brumidi in The Capitol

Join Us Virtually
University of Maryland – NIAF Ernest L. Pellegri Series:
Constantino Brumidi's Roman-Influenced 
Frescoes in the U.S. Capitol with 
Elise A. Friedland 

As proud Italian Americans, we all know that Italy has made a tremendous impact on the art and architecture of the United States, particularly in our nation's capital. While many are familiar with Constantino Brumidi's classically-inspired frescoes that grace the Rotunda of the US Capitol, few are familiar with his first full commission, the stunning Pompeii inspired fresco in the Senate wing's Naval Affairs Committee room. 

Join NIAF to discover the connection between motifs in the Senate room and paintings discovered at Pompeii and other Campanian sites, as well as understand Brumidi's goals in choosing such a wholly Pompeian style. This lecture will also feature a stunning slideshow and brief Q&A after the presentation. 


Elise A. Friedland is Associate Professor of Classics and Art History at George Washington University. She earned her PhD in Classical Art and Archaeology from University of Michigan and her BA in Classics from Williams College. Prof. Friedland has published two co-edited volumes, The Sculptural Environment of the Roman Near East: Reflections on Culture, Ideology, and Power (2008, Peeters Press) and The Oxford Handbook of Roman Sculpture (2015, 2018: Oxford University Press), and a monograph, The Roman Marble Sculptures from the Sanctuary of Pan at Caesarea Philippi/Panias (Israel) (2012, ASOR’s Archaeological Report Series). Prof. Friedland is currently engaged in two projects: studying the corpus of Roman marble sculptures discovered at Beth Shean/Scythpolis, Israel; and investigating the reception of Classical art in Washington. For 2020-2021, Prof. Friedland was awarded an NEH Public Scholar Fellowship to write Classical Washington: Greece & Rome in the Art and Architecture of DC.  

This lecture is free and made possible through the NIAF Ernest L. Pellegri Grant, but registration is required. We can't wait for you to join us!

Learn more about all NIAF Virtual Events

Amb. Peter F. Secchia Building
1860 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

© 2020 National Italian American Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

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Chilled Italian Reds

*** Put a Chill on It ***
It's HOT out there. Some red varietals benefit from a slightly higher chill.



*** Schiava ***

Alois lageder sauvignon blanc 2018 - xtrawine IT

Teaching Moment: Schiava is a light-bodied red wine (like Pinot Noir) with aromas
of cotton candy, strawberry, bubblegum, and lemonhead candy. The wine is delicate
and light in color. On the palate, the flavors are quite subtle. Producers in Alto Adige
will often make a DRY style. The alcohol levels are slightly lighter
because the grape grows predominantly in a cooler climate.

Alois Lageder's great grandfather founded the winery over 150 years ago in Alto Adige, Northeast Italy. In 1934, the family acquired the Lowengang estate in Magre and continued adding other prime Alto Adige vineyards. Now in its fifth generation, the company is led
by Alois Lageder. His brother-in-law Luis von Dellemann, is the winemaker.
Color: Ruby-red with a purple shimmer. Aroma: Subtly pronounced, fresh, fruity,
floral (violet), white pepper. Flavor: Light to medium bodied, well-balanced, soft, dry. 

*** 12% alc. $15.99 ***


*** Ruche ***

Dacapo Majoli Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato | Wine Info

Teaching Moment: Ruchè is a varietal of Piedmont in Italy that has risen
from virtual obscurity as a little-known, dark-skinned variety to having its own appellation, 

Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato. Its origins are disputed, with some claiming
Ruchè as indigenous to the region, while others claim it has 
Burgundian roots.

Ruchè wines can be characterized by their lightness in color and complex aromas,
somewhat like the lauded 
Nebbiolo of the region. The similarities continue
with Ruchè having fine but forceful 
tannins and good acidity to stimulate the palate.

Ruchè is a very unique wine from the Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato 
that exhibits roses, pepper, black cherries, and cinnamon, with moderately high tannin.

Forbes Magazine on Ruchè and Surroundings

13.5% alc. $23

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