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On the NYT List of 52 Places to Visit in 2020!

Slovenia is arguably the world's most environmentally conscious nation.
In 2016, it's chief city, Ljubljana, was named European Green Capital
and in 2017, Slovenia became the first country to be certified as a "green destination."

I know you want to go right now, today!
But you probably can't drop everything and head for Ljubljana.
Plan B. Travel vicariously. Try a Slovenian Wine!
Rodica Istra 2015 Malvazija, a dry white presenting
lemon, honey and peach. 

I asked Brett Watson, Asheville School of Wine,
if my Plan B had legs? And he said:

"If you've read the NYT 2020 list and are packing your bags,
AND have a penchant for incredible, under-valued, historic wine, look to Slovenia. 
Look more importantly at the wines of the 100% organically produced Rodica. 
Hanging off into the Slovenian Adriatic Sea in an epic grape growing area
known as Istria, lies the vineyards of Rodica.  The 100% pure and ancestral grape
of Malvazija (Malvasia) ripens at high altitudes overlooking the sea and is entirely
dry-farmed.  One of the most nuanced white wines in the shop, Rodica will surprise
you with its wild-flower elegance.  Put it next to a Tupperware of truffle pasta you had leftover from last nights Istrian dinner.  $21 buys your a piece of Slovenian purity."

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Books about Slovenia, travel to Slovenia
and travel journeys for when you go for real here:


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This sexy and approachable wine leads with aromas of boysenberry
and blackberry. It greets the palate with lush notes of dark fruit
and a smooth hint of chocolate. The finish lingers on your tongue
and the taste is heightened with just a touch of spice.

John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine says
tycement is a big and rich red but remains elegant."

Originally released at $34
$31 Average online

and $19.99 @MetroWines

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Brumidi in US Capitol

National Organization of Italian American Women 
Greater Washington, DC Region presents
Constantino Brumidi in The Capitol
The Italian-born Artist Who Painted the U.S. Capitol's Corridors
A Special Tour for NOIAW Members and Friends
Brumidi's "Apotheosis of Washington," U.S. Capitol Building Rotunda, 1865.
Saturday, February 8th, 11:00AM-12:30PM
First Street and East Capitol Street
Washington, D.C. 20565
Meet at 10:45AM at the Visitor Center to
proceed inside the Capitol Building.
Capitol South Metro Stop is the closest to this location.
NOIAW DC is pleased to invite you to attend a private tour of the "Brumidi Corridors," an area within the U.S. Capitol Building, whose walls and ceilings were decorated in the 19th century by the Italian-born fresco painter Constantino Brumidi. NOIAW members and friends will be escorted by Steven Livengood, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society's Director of Public Programs and Chief Guide.
Please note: Our group will meet up at the Capitol Visitor Center at 10:45AM, to begin the tour at 11:00 with Mr. Livengood.
The Capitol Visitor Center is located at the intersection of first Street and East Capitol Street, underground on the east side of the Capitol. Please come to the southeast corner of the great hall to meet your guide by the status of Father Kino of Arizona, the only green statue in the hall.
Please note that there is little parking near the Capitol.
The following items are NOT allowed inside the Capitol (and will be confiscated at the door): Food, drinks, water bottles (even empty ones), liquids, aerosols, hand lotion, perfumes, mace, lighters, matches, pocket knives, large bags, backpacks, scissors, and nail files.
The following items MAY need to be left in the checkroom before your visit:
cameras, cell phones, and PDAs (muted or turned off), remote car door openers, iPods, ear buds, other electronic devices, and umbrellas.
Members: Free | NonMembers: $10
RSVP is required
Gentlemen always welcome!
Ticket payments are nonrefundable.
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Rouze Quincy

*** Pre-Tariff French White of the Week ***
2018 Domaine Adele Rouze QUINCY $19.99 
A Charles Neal Selection

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Quincy is characterised by its freshness and notes of ripe citrus, grapefruit,
white flowers and freshly-cut herbs. On the palate, this medium-bodied wine shows flavors
of grapefruit and lime, with a touch of citrus pith and a crisp, mineralled finish.

The Winemaker Adèle Rouze

Farming and winemaking is in Adèle's blood. Her father, Jacques, is a respected vigneron 
in Quincy & Reuilly, while her brother, Côme, is a well-known oenologist.
Adèle is a certified agricultural appraiser, and after completing her wine studies
in Bordeaux, she returned to Quincy in 2003 to launch her eponymous domaine.
Her vineyard holdings are only 5 hectares, but many parcels consist of old vines,
some of which were planted in 1920, 1930, and still others in the 1950's.
She farms with minimal spraying, using only natural products to work the siliceous,
gravel and clay soils. Domaine Adèle Rouzé is the quintessential familial estate; 
the type we are delighted to support @MetroWines.

I asked Brett Watson of The Asheville School of Wine
what a Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc is all about? And he said:

"Extremely small wine producer and local female winemaking legend Adele Rouze
farms 80+ year old vines in Loire Valley's Sancerre neighbor of Quincy.  Farming everything
by hand in a traditional organic, true to the land style, Rouze showcases the stone and granite soils of Quincy, Frances 2nd AOC in 1936, to absolute perfection.  Think crystal clean Sancerre'ish Sauvignon Blanc at a heavy discount with a touch more visceral
and ripe stone fruit-like texture.  An absolute steal of a deal at $19.99 here @MetroWines
will make your friends like white wine again in the winter." 

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*** Tariff Free Italian Wine of The Week ***
MOMA, Umberto Cesari,  2016

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A blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Merlot, 13% alc.
Emilia-Romagna is one of Italy's best loved wine regions,
and this northern region has been  a superb viticulture for an astonishing
length of time. Indeed, wine has been made in Emilia-Romagna for almost
three thousand years, and as an ancient and respected wine region
remains today deeply traditional and proud, with wineries determined
to protect this region of quality and distinction. 
This wine is soft and velvety with an intense bouquet
of berry fruit especially raspberries. $22

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2016 Bouchaine Chardonnay, Napa Valley, Carneros

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Aged in select French oak, this wine is a barrel selection of Chardonnay
from the Estate. Aromas of baked golden apples, Asian pears, honeycomb,
and hazelnuts greet the senses. The rich, mouth-coating texture lingers,
while notes of butterscotch, nutmeg and vanilla grace the finish.

This bottle is essentially French White Burgundy with a touch of California 
expressed in light tropical fruit. Rockstar Winemakers! Paul Hobbs consulting. $21

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Wine

 Posted to Facebook on January 21st, 2020

Neil deGrasse Tyson was generous enough with his time to answer my question about biodynamic wine. The Astrophysicist said, in essence, that the concept of the wine being better because of the stars and the moon is (paraphrasing) not a fact. Sadly our Astrophysicist Department @MetroWines is on a space sabbatical but we @MetroWines who were left behind think, you might nevertheless find, as do we, that biodynamic wines have a better and more solid taste. Biodynamic wines undergo no processing. The grape is the grape. Every vintage is unique. Open and fervent invitation to Neil deGrasse Tyson to join us @MetroWines and let's talk wine. Anytime. AnyWine. @Neil deGrasse Tyson


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Stock Your Cellar Through MetroWines

Wine Auctions? Online Bidding?
Lettie Teague Tells All in Wall Street Journal


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Bottom Line: Easy to become caught up in the frenzy! 
But what sounds like a deal is not always a deal.
Call us @MetroWines and let us search and confirm for you.


***And Thinking of Stocking a Wine Cellar **

We Got This TOO!
Call John or Brett @MetroWines: (828) 575-9525

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Italian Food While You Live!

From The MetroWines Book Review Department

Flowers When You're Dead is a memoir covering the author's first 18 years.
Included are much-loved Italian recipes from his relatives. The memoir also takes
an historical look at two topics currently in the news: immigration and ancestry.
Daniel Delfucho renders a touching and revealing history of his family. 
Daniel Delfucho is an Italian-American raised and educated on the East Coast.
Born 19th century, all four of his grandparents emigrated to U.S. from Italy.
His mother was one of ten children and his father one of eight children.
When his parents married, their families merged around holidays,
relationships, celebrations, and food. 


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BYOB and MetroWines

BYOB Policies Changing

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Wall Street Journal reports that restaurants,
in any effort to bring in more business,
are easing their BYOB policies. Know the BYOB rules.
And shop your BYObottle @MetroWines!


More on BYOB in this article.
Although the focus is Thanksgiving, the rules apply to any situation.
Gina Trippi of The Asheville School of Wine, for The Laurel of Asheville


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The Jetsons and Wine?

Flying Cars? Hundai and Uber are working on it.
Oh baby, we've seen this before!

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Stop the World. This is just too much.
Hold onto your sanity and your ground bound car
with a solid, standard operating Cabernet Sauvignon:

2017 Tradition &  Red Wine
$39.99 online (what planet are they on?)

** $29 @MetroWines ** (with free parking on earth)

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Wedding Rosé

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Vinous Says: Shimmering orange. Fresh pit fruit, red berry and floral qualities
on the highly perfumed nose, along with suggestions of dusty minerals
and orange zest. Juicy, focused and lithe on the palate, offering intense nectarine,
red currant, strawberry and candied lavender flavors supported by a spine
of juicy acidity. Shows outstanding clarity and mineral cut on a very long,
sappy finish that strongly echoes the floral and pit fruit notes. 

Kermit Lynch Import: 55% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, 20% Cinsault

$49.99 at wine.com and (all together now) unavailable!
*** $44 @MetroWines ***

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John Malkovich and Wine

John Malkovich and Wine. Who Knew?

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Malkovich said he had little interest in and no knowledge of wine
until  the night he tasted a bottle by Winemaker Michel Chapoutier.
Since Malkovich discovered Chapoutier,
the winemaker has become an international wine making sensation
and Malkovich has become The Pope - at least on HBO:


2017 Tournon Victoria Shiraz by Chapoutier
"Mathilda" named for his daughter.

It could be a life altering experience!

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The 2017 Mathilda Shiraz is dark and earthy, with hints of roasted meat,
black olive and asphalt on the nose. Yet on the palate, there's a New World
sense of blueberry and blackberry fruit that's ripe without being
sweet yet dry and savory on the softly dusty finish. $16.99

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Staff Chili Cookoff and Wine Pairing

************ SAVE the DATE ************
Wednesday, February 5th, from 5:30 to 6:30
 Staff Chili Cookoff
and Wine Pairing with Crimson Imports

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$30. To reserve your BOWL,

online tickets HERE

 or Call (828) 575-9525

*** And THIS Just IN ***
Sam Etheridge, the Chef and Owner of Ambrozia,
a restaurant that turned the culinary scene
in Asheville toward the future,

will pick the winner. The pressure is ON!

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Greco di Tuffo

Organic Vadiaperti Greco di Tuffo, $23
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Pleasant note of bitter almond and apple blossom, full-flavoured white wine,
intense palate with fine orange-and-tangerine zest flavours, smoky,
mineral notes smoothing towards a honeyed finish.

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Big RED of The Week, $19.99

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A blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Carmenere, 25% Merlot,
8% Petite Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc. The base is Cabernet Sauvignon,
which provides structure, while Merlot delivers red fruit and vitality in mouth.
Carménère adds weight and softness, as well as spices that combine beautifully
with Petit Verdot’s smooth finish. Cabernet Franc brings elegance and persistence.

94 Points from James Suckling
A generous and rich red with round and chewy tannins. So much lovely ripe fruit
with currant and hints of walnut. Full and beautiful. Gorgeous wine.  Drink or hold.

90 Points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
I found nice integration and balance in the 2015 Primus The Blend. 
Matured in French barrique for 18 months. The oak is nicely folded into the fruit,
and the aromas and flavors are focused.
It has fine-grained tannins, good freshness and overall balance.

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Climate Change and Wine

News Release: Monday, January 13th, 2020

About: Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines Class on Climate Change and Wine
The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines presents "Climate Change and Wine" on Tuesday, April 14th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines.  Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine, hosts this class which includes presentation and tasting.
"The world is getting warmer and it is affecting the wine you drink more than you might think," says Andy Hale. "Famous wine regions are changing the grapes grown due to rising temperatures and different parts of the world previously too cold for vineyards are producing wine."
$25 for the class.
Reserve your seat by calling (828) 575-9525
Contact for The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines: Andy Hale
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Money, Mayhem, Murder: The Darkest Side of Wine!

News Release:  Sunday, January 12th, 2020

About: Money, Mayhem, Murder: The Darkest Side of Wine
Join us for "Money, Mayhem, Murder: The Darkest Side of Wine" @MetroWines. 
Over the centuries, the wine business has occasionally turned deceptive, dangerous and often criminal! Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines, takes us on a remarkable and sometimes frightening journey through the very darkest side of wine.
"Some of the most recent incidents of wine crime have North Carolina connections," says Hale. "Where wine and money are involved, you can expect anything."
Each class is $30 or $75 for all three classes. 
Money: Tuesday, March 10th, 5-7pm @MetroWines
Mayhem: Tuesday, March 17th, 5-7pm @MetroWines
Murder: Tuesday, March 24th, 5-7pm @MetroWines
"Taking all three classes gives you an excellent overview and perspective on the wine business," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "What many think is glamorous has all the dark sides of any other business!"
Seating will be limited. Please make plans early be reserving your seat with a credit card at (828) 575-9525 or shopping our online store here: 
Parking is free, close and easy.
Contact for The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines: Andy Hale
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Blind Tasting League: March 19th


News Release: Saturday, January 11th 2020

About: Blind Tasting League @MetroWines
Blind Tasting League convenes on Thursday, March 19th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines. Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines, takes you through the process of deductive reasoning, in a fun and informative way, to determine what's in your glass!
"We are investigating higher end wines and delving into more detail in this series of classes," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "This training will not only help you to understand and speak with knowledge on wine, but also raise your skill level in interacting with restaurant staff and pairing wines with food."
$20 plus tax covers presentation and tasting. Please reserve your seat by calling (828) 575-9525 or online here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/blind-tasting-league/
Contact for Blind Tasting League: Andy Hale
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525


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Asheville School of Wine Classes on Wine Service

News Release: Saturday, January 11th, 2020

About: Asheville School of Wine Classes
The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines presents two classes that will help you to know and sound like you know about the basics of wine. Classes are presented by Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines, and include lecture, discussion and wine tasting.

Sensory Analysis: How to Talk About Wine Like a Pro on April 9th, 5:30-6:30, $25

Sensory analysis – describing wine


Basic wine varietals

Winemaking techniques


Faults/returning a bottle

Interacting with your Sommelier

Call (828) 575-9525




Restaurant Wine Service Skills for the Home, April 16th, 5:30-6:30, $25

Service Skills

Opening a bottle of wine/champagne


Aging wine

Serving temperatures

Wine glass shapes

Food and wine pairing in brief 

Call (828) 575-9525

online HERE!

The classes can stand alone but taking both exponentially increases your wine knowledge and lexicon. 


Contact for Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines: Andy Hale
828 575-9525 Shop
828 200-5073 Cell
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
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