Trentadue, Bellevue Claribes, Rotie, Paroles de Femme


Couch Potato Wine

2016 Trentadue Old Patch Red Lot # 44

     "The 2016 Old Patch Red blend#44 is predominately Zin blended with Petite Sirah and Carignane resulting in very fruity yet complex and full bodied Rhone- like style wine. The wine has dark red color with intense black cherry aromas, blueberries and cherry cola as an immediate impression. With aeration nuances of ripe plums, vanilla and cocoa are showing with slight dose of oak and toast. On the mouth the wine is fresh and juicy with youthful brightness, finishing long and fruity. This is a wine that will drink well with variety of foods but it is also very enjoyable on its own. Our 2016 OPR Lot# 44 is delicious now but it will reward your patience with 2-5 years of aging. Cheers!"


50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc

Fairly deep, attractive garnet. Relatively subdued nose of red fruits
with a faint oak touch in the background. Quite a tannic wine on the palate,
balanced with upfront fruit and a restrained oak tone. 

Numerous prizes have been won by this wine:
The Concours General Agricole Paris awarded the 2015 Gold 




Vinegar-ed and Fermented Cmpatible
Lemon meringue and nectarine jump out of the glass.
On the palate, cantaloupe and bright acidity.


Domaine Galevan Cotes du Rhone 2014
"Paroles de Femme"

(Julia Child Recipe Appropriate!)
A blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% cinsualt and 10% Carignan, this wine has a concentrted nose of black fruits, wild berries, and spices including pepper and laurel. The palate is lively, silky with a beautiful persistence of fruits. Certified Organic.

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New York Times is NOT Funny



  After a period of reflection and grief over the loss of my friend, Cate, I am motivated by Cate's constant concerns for animal welfare and my own commitment to speak out where I can. This post in New York Times (The T Edwards' Fantasy Gift Guide) is way over the line. Humor at the expense of killing animals is completely unexceptable and, to be honest New York Times, juvenile and declass. Witness:


Haute Window Dressing

For the person who has it all, except for a set of plush and ropy

mink drapes (and a PETA membership): a set of $52,500 plush and

ropy mink drapes, designed by Rick Owens. They can flank a

window frame, divide a room into two distinct spaces, hang as a

tapestry/objet d’art — or just replace some hippie doorway beads.



How many minks will be killed for this pathetic "look at me" travesty. Is that what it takes for you, mink drapes guy, to feel like a big deal? To impress your friends? Yourself? better you invest that $52,000 in therapy as soon as possible.


After years of sitting on the sidelines, for which I apologize, I'm back. Bring it.


(note: It's hard for me to look tough. Boyish good looks. But, remember when your mother said "it's the quiet ones you have to watch"? Yeah, it's like that.)

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Nothing Else to Say

There's nothing else to say. Going to be lonely.

I'm almost 10 myself. 

Sail on Silver Girl, Your Bandit.

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Clarendelle, Il Moro, JANSZ

Bordeaux to Ready the Book WITH

Wine Spectator says:  "A light straw note frames modest tangerine
and grapefruit peel flavors, with a flicker of quinine adding zip to the finish." 

Made under the auspices of Château Haut-Brion considered one of the top estates
in the world, this relatively new estate takes its name from Clarence Dillon,
an eminent international financier who purchased the troubled estate of Haut-Brion
in 1934 and single handedly helped to restore the luster of this legendary estate. What makes this bottle so good, so special?
10 to 25% of the grapes come from Haut -Brion vineyard.

WOW. That's a LOT for only $21
Enjoy the bottle and the book!


Publication: Vinous
Rating: 90
"Good full bright red. Sexy aromas of red cherry, violet, tobacco and
a hint of marzipan. Fresh and flavorful, offering easygoing flavors of dark berries and plum complicated by hints of licorice and tobacco.
Long and bright on the floral finish. "

...oh yeah, and perfect with pistachios!


Out of Tasmania
a Roederer Project

Pale color resembling rose petals or Argyle pink diamonds.
The nose is fragrant and expressive with aromas of rose water, quince blossom
and strawberries, overlaid by notes of truffle and sweet brioche.

Rich and elegant, the palate shows a delightfully pure expression of Pinot Noir
with vibrant red fruit, Turkish delight and savoury notes of blue cheese and truffles.

A dash of fine tannin from barrel fermentation complements the luscious, creamy layers on mid palate. Fine natural acidity delivers a refreshing mouth-watering finish.

Perfect as an aperitif or to accompany a special meal or a wedding!

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Happy Birthday Cate

Today would have been Cate's Birthday. She would have been 14.

Her full name was The Flying Catesby. The beautiful daughter of Kiowa Sweet Trey and Flying Madam.

We were planning to make pesto for her birthday. That was her favorite and dance all day!

Cate's legs gave out. But this is how I will always remember her. Chasing "Mardi Gras."

Happy Birthday my friend.

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Lonely Snow Day

This is what it used to look like on a snowed in day. Me and Cate.

We were always together. Always. I think I already told you that.

But today, it's just me. I miss you Cate.

I'm working through it, but it's a slog.

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Pink Boots Society

Our Own Anita Riley, Emeritus for WNC Woman

Building the Pink Boots Society 150w, 50w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 0px 25px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; float: right; background: transparent;">When I began this column in 2015, I didn’t set out to build a community of women within the North Carolina beer industry. The Pink Boots Society and the countless women working with beer far longer than I have were already doing that. The community existed in tiny pockets across the state. Through Brewing Up a Storm, I have had the privilege of meeting dozens of spectacular women that are individually awe inspiring. Most of the time, they don’t even know it. What I’ve enjoyed most, however, are the phone calls and emails from one amazing woman asking me if I know an equally amazing woman with expertise in another part of the industry that could potentially help her with a challenge she’s facing, and being able to say “yes.” Without realizing it, I have become a human Rolodex of awesome. I am not upset about this! 282w, 150w" sizes="(max-width: 400px) 100vw, 400px" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 25px 0px 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; float: left; background: transparent;">I can’t help but draw comparisons between my experience and the journey of Teri Fahrendorf, founder of The Pink Boots Society. After a 19 year career as a Brewmaster, Teri decided to give up her job in exchange for a cross country trip of a lifetime. She visited 71 breweries and brewed with 38 of them. Along the way, she met dozens of women working in these breweries that all believed they were the only woman in the industry. They didn’t have a support system of women who could offer guidance, advice, or lend a sympathetic ear. They worked in male bubbles. Each meeting with a new Brewster (the feminine term for a brewer) reminded Teri of an article she had read or a colleague she wished she could introduce to the Brewster in front of her.

When she returned from her five month trip, Teri began The Pink Boots Society, named for the pink brewing boots that she wore during her trip. At first, she only set out to offer a list of resources and a database of women in the industry that other women could turn to when they needed a boost. In the ten years since The Pink Boots Society was formed, it has become an international nonprofit organization that seeks to assist, inspire, and encourage women to pursue their careers in the beer industry through education. I can’t emphasize education enough.

As women in a male dominated industry, we have to be exceptional at our work in order to compete with men in job interviews. We have to work harder, be more knowledgeable, and roll with the punches more fluidly than our male counterparts. Education is vital to our success. Through the scholarships The Pink Boots Society offers women in the industry, we are able to stand out in the crowd of applicants clambering to get into this growing industry. I didn’t know about The Pink Boots Society until I had been in brewing school for a year, and they didn’t have scholarships established for accredited degree programs. Granted, fermentation education in the United States was quite limited prior to 2013, with two schools in the country: University of California Davis, which offered a master’s degree that required a bachelors in either chemistry or biology, or Siebel in Chicago, which is private and unaccredited. Both are geographically and financially limiting, with a waiting list that is years long. Today there are five community colleges in North Carolina that offer fermentation education, and two public universities. My goal is to start a scholarship fund for women to attend each of these schools.

With this goal in mind, I began writing ‘Brewing Ambition,’ a collection of homebrew recipes donated by Pink Boots Society members, along with an article about each woman that participated. It was released this year in March at the inaugural Biere de Femme Festival, which celebrates women in the beer industry by showcasing beers they designed and brewed. These two projects have knitted the community of the North Carolina Pink Boots Society together in unexpected ways. We have worked together across the three tiers of the beverage industry (supplier, distributor, and retailer) and collaborated with other breweries to create the beers and organize a festival that exceeded all of our expectations.

As excited as I am about the experience we were able to provide our ticket holders, I am even more excited about the experiences we have been able to offer our members since the festival. So many women came together to make Biere de Femme possible that we were able to envision new possibilities. We are growing in leaps and bounds both in membership and in action. I am thrilled to see this growth and to have a clear vision for continued growth in 2018.

The Pink Boots Society of North Carolina is proud to announce the second annual Biere de Femme Festival! Saturday, March 3rd at The Raleigh Beer Garden in downtown Raleigh, NC, beginning at 1pm for VIP ticket holders, while general admission begins at 2pm and ends at 6pm. Food will be available along with samples of beers created especially for this festival by women employed from each participating brewery. Proceeds from the event will benefit the scholarship fund of Pink Boots Society, which exists to ASSIST, INSPIRE, and ENCOURAGE women beer professionals through EDUCATION.

Tickets go on sale Friday, December 1st. General admission is $45 and includes samples of beers throughout the festival and a souvenir glass. VIP tickets are $75 and include an extra hour of sampling, access to the VIP area with food and private restrooms, along with a festival t-shirt. For tickets or more information about the festival, visit

Anita Riley is the Cellar Tech and Assistant Brewer at Lonerider Brewing Company in Raleigh and serves as Co-Chapter Leader of The Pink Boots Society’s Eastern NC Chapter. Her book ‘Brewing Ambition’ that benefits The Pink Boots Society’s Scholarship Fund can be found at Anita is a Certified Beer Server Cicerone and studied Brewing, Distillation, and Fermentation at AB Tech in Asheville as well as Rockingham Community College in Riedsville, NC. Her blog, Brewing Up a Storm, focuses on women in the beer industry: Anita is a native to North Carolina.
Anita Riley is also the author of "Brewing Ambition"
Copies signed by the author!! @MetroWines.
Great read and a great gift!

Brewing Ambition : Recipes & Stories from the Women of North Carolina Craft Beer

By Anita Riley
Brewing Ambition : Recipes & Stories from the Women of North Carolina Craft Beer
Homebrew recipes by the women of North Carolina's Craft Beer Industry and the stories behind them. Proceeds from the sale of this book benefit The Pink Boots Society's scholarship fund, which seeks to assist, encourage, and inspire women in the beer industry to further their careers through education.
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It's snowing outside. Oh boy. Me and Cate would walk with our coats. Neighbors would call them "blankets." Cate had one with leopard print. WOW. Was she beautiful in that coat!  It's the little things, huh? Looked like a slim leopard with big eyes. I will miss that. The first time I ever saw Cate, she was in the snow. No coat! Unflappable. As always. I needed her.

                                                                               Your Shop Dog Bandit

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First Day Without Cate

This is my first day wihout Cate. I am lost. People come to see me but it's not the same. Everything is different.

This is what mornings used to look like:

But today, it was just me.

I am working through it. But it's going to take some time.

We were always together ever since I left the shelter. Always.

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My Cate



I am lost already without you, Cate. You picked me out to be your buddy. You made it possible for me to have a home and a family but best of all a friend like you. And we were always together. And always friends. Never a grumble between us. Not sure what I am to do without you. I feel like I will spend everyday looking for you. Maybe you will come home.

I love you Cate and I always will.

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Cate would have been 14 on Sunday.

But this morning, my friend lost her back legs and her spirit.

Cate was a woman of courage, strength and know how.

She was a survivor.

Her strength was my strength.

Cate never growled, snarled, loved everyone she met and always had a smile and a happy greeting. 

It was an honor and a joy to have her in our lives.

Thank you Greyhound Alliance for trusting Cate with us.


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Embody Project at aSHEville Museum and we are there!




MetroWines will be pouring our wines provided complimentary by aSHEville museum

for guests at this event introducing

"The Embody Project" at aSHEville Museum on Thursday, December 7th from 5 to 7pm.

Follow news at the museum and details of the event HERE!


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Buena Vista Champagne

In partnership with the largest family-owned proprietors of vineyards in Champagne, Buena Vista is proud to present our La Victoire Brut Champagne.
A blend of 70% Pinot Noir from Premier Cru vineyards from Montagen de Reims and 30% Chardonnay, this classic Champagne is made in the traditional style, Methode Champenois, and is aged more than 3 years. 

This champagne opens with elegant and complex aromas of grapefruit followed by rich honey and brioche notes. A crisp and intense palate offers flavors of white stone fruits, peaches and pears. The wine’s impressive mouthfeel is full and rich but well balanced, leaving delightful freshness on the palate. 

*** ONLY $37 for THE REAL THING***


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Colin Champagne


65% Chardonnay and 35% Petite Meunier, this Premier Cru

is from an Independent Vigneron and is brought to us by

local Asheville Importer, Robert Walter Selections.

Crisp texture. Notes of pears and spices.

(Another personal note: I (personally) love this Champagne!

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Jordanov Red Blend Macedonia


JORDANOV from Macedonia
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Vranec

   "For thousands of years, the locals have been making wine in Macedonia.
It was the crossroads for the ancient world enriched by travelers and traders offering only the finest spices, silks food and wine. Continuing this fine tradition, Jordanov Red Blend combines Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and the rare, local varietal Vranec dating from antiquity. it is vibrant on the palate with rich, dark blackberry and tobacco aromas ending with a long smooth finish."
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Niel Garnacha

Niel Santofimia Garnacha

Put your Hat ON

"Opaque ruby. Black and blue fruits on the highly fragrant, smoke-accented nose.

Juicy, penetrating blueberry and bitter cherry flavors display very good clarity

and pick up sweetness and spiciness with air.

Fine-grained tannins give shape and grip to the long, spicy finish. Superb value here."
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 90 Points


*** $10.99 ***

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Ca Del Sarto Super Tuscan

A blend of 85% Sangiovese and 15% Merlot,
the wine spend 4 months aging in barrel.

Ardente is a Super Tuscan wine produced by famous Chianti Classico winemaker,

Enrico Pozzesi of Rodano.
Ardente refers to the ‘warm Tuscan stones’ found in the vineyards
that keep the temperature consistent from day to evening.
Winery Tasting Notes: Deep, ruby red color with purple hues,
pleasant hints of red pepper and licorice.


**** $11.99 **

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GhostRider Red

From the makers of "Fiction," Ghostrider Red Blend includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Zinfandel. It shows a dark ruby color with an aroma that's rich in mixed berries and black cherry preserves. Hints of spice including black pepper and bacon carry through the very smooth finish.
   Producer says: "We started Ghostrider as a way to bring to the market a great tasting red blend that you’ll enjoy drinking anytime. Ghostrider grapes are sourced through central valley vineyards that produce rich and elegant wines. This handcrafted wine shows complex fruit and has a gentle, well balanced finish. It can be enjoyed on its own or with a variety of foods or a wingback chair. (OK. I said that last part but am I right?)
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Primes Tawny Port

GO NUTS. It's a Good Thing!

"Ward off Disease with Nuts"
Nicholas Bakalar for New York Times

This is the time of year when you offer a plate of nuts and a little Port!
Let's GO Prime's Tawny Port
Blondish red appearance; red fruit jam aroma; sweet taste
with fine wood and vanilla hints.
Prime's Tawny Port is drawn from wines selected
for their smoothness and mellow character.

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Rollin Aligote

"sharp white"
    A family domaine run by Rémi Rollin and his son Simon who are 3rd and 4th 
generation to make wine in the  village of Pernand-Vergelesses. 
This is very much a family affair, with all the vineyard and winery work done
by father and son across 12 hectares, 8 of which are owned by the Rollins.
Their wines are well made with the potential for cellaring.   

The wine offers a ripe, saline nose of honey and white flowers introduces
a resinous, broad palate showcasing notes of seashells and juicy citrus,
with the mountain-flower overlay of the nose continuing to shine through. 

"With Chablis like qualities, and aging potential" says John Kerr
of The A
sheville School of Wine, "this is a great bottle for only $19.99"

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