Owner of Metro Wines

Hit Dog Rescued by Officer and Nurse in Black Mountain

Lucky Dog Rescued by Officer of The Year

by Fred McCormick for Black Mountain News and USA Today Network

When Tina Kuetemeyer saw a dog hit by a coar on U.S. 70, she called the Buncombe Sheriff's Department not knowing who would sho up. Luckily for her - and for Dakota the Great Pyrenees - who showed up was deputy Phil Holderman, who is known for helping people and animals in need. Holderman, a Swannanoa Valley native, had recently been named the sheriff department’s officer of the year.


It all started about 6:15 p.m. May 29, in the rain. Kuetemeyer, an emergency room nurse at Mission Hospital, was driving west on the highway when she saw a big, white dog running in and out of traffic. She  called the sheriff’s department and began trying to divert drivers around Dakota, who had been spotted around the Swannanoa Valley for weeks.

“Then a car came flying,” Kuetemeyer said in a recent interview. “It almost hit (Dakota) head on, but he jumped out of the way at the last second and still was hit really hard.” The car didn’t stop.

Dakota went over an embankment, and minutes later Holderman, who regularly patrols the Swannanoa Valley, arrived. The 23-year law enforcement veteran knew about the Great Pyrenees - he had tried catch it days earlier. Social media had been buzzing for days with reports from people seeing the dog and hoping to reconnect it and its owner.

“It looked like a big, white bear,” Holderman said. “When I got the call that a dog had been hit, I immediately knew it was him.”

Crouching down beside the whimpering dog, the deputy and the nurse tried calling the number of Dakota's tag; no one picked up. Holderman asked Kuetemeyer if she thought she could help him get the 120-pound dog to his patrol car. She said yes, so they carried Dakota to the deputy’s vehicle on a heavy canvas seat cover the nurse keeps in her car for her own dogs.

Holderman and Kuetemeyer took Dakota to the nearby fire station to wait for an animal control officer.

“There is no way I could’ve helped that dog without him,” Kuetemeyer said of Holderman. “His willingness to help in that situation was incredible. It was one of those situations where it was the right people in the right place at the right time.”

The "right" person certainly seems to describe Holderman. The 1992 Owen High graduate pursued a career in law enforcement specifically to help people, he said. He is "the type of guy who always goes the extra mile," his wife Tonia said. "That's one of the reasons he was chosen as officer of the year."

Holderman received the award in April during the organization's annual awards banquet. During the presentation, he was recognized for assisting in a property crime case in which an elderly resident was targeted. 

"I look at it as though it's my job to offer whatever resources I can to the community," he said. That's why he was willing to do whatever it took to help Dakota, lying by the highway soggy and injured.

Holderman tracked down Dakota's owners and found out he was a farm dog who wandered into the Valley from Barnardsville. The deputy learned the owner was not willing to pay to repair the dog's broken femur (the surgery would cost $5,000, Kuetemeyer learned later). Dakota was taken to the Regional Emergency Animal Care Hospital in Asheville.


“He was going to have to be put down if he didn’t have the surgery,” said Kuetemeyer, who followed Dakota to the animal hospital. “I asked the vet about his prognosis, and he said it would be a good one.”

She created a GoFundMe account and posted it on social media, where many were familiar with the large white dog that had been roaming the Valley. The crowdfunding effort raised a little over $1,800 within a few hours and more than $5,300 in two days. Kuetemeyer contacted the Carolina Great Pyrenees Rescue out of Charlotte and found that they would happily accept Dakota.

“I was blown away by the support of the community,” she said. “I expected there would be some help, but the amount of people who were willing to help out was overwhelming.”

Holderman is not surprised that the community he grew up and works to keep safe would jump to help Dakota.

“I see this community step up to help each other out all the time," he said. "They help people in need and animals in situations like this where they need it. It's part of what makes this community so great."

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THE Treasure Hunter Pops Up on Monday

THE Treasure Hunter

Pops UP @MetroWines 

on Monday from 3 to 4pm

to pour and sign bottles.

If you have not met Hunter Vogel

you don't want to miss this event!

Treasure Hunter wines are micro-lot and one time releases.  

Each lot represents the best of it's appellation,

varietal and the winemakers who have crafted them.  

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Andre Mack Pop Up Hard Target Tasting!

Andre Mack is @MetroWines for a Pop Up Hard Target Tasting

Tuesday, June 12th from 4 to 5 to pour his

"Love Drunk Rose"

and signing bottles until the ink runs dry.

If you have not met Andre Mack,

you DO NOT DO NOT want to miss this opportunity!

Who is Andre Mack?

   After a successful career with Citicorp Investment Services, André Hueston Mack decided to pursue his passion for wine. While working as a sommelier in San Antonio, Mack was awarded the prestigious title of Best Young Sommelier in America by the highly regarded Chaine des Rotisseurs.

   This recognition propelled Mack to sommelier at Thomas Keller’s world-renowned French Laundry in Yountville, California and then to Head Sommelier at Keller’s Per Se in NYC, where he managed a 1800 selection award-winning wine list. 

   Mack has been featutured in major publications including Food&Wine, Wine&Spirits, The New York Times, Women’s Health, Ebony, and Wall Street Journal. Mack was honored in 2007 with The Network Journal’s 40-Under-Forty Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to business

What is Love Drunk Rose

The 2017 Love Drunk is an intoxicating rosé. Andre mack says:  "Much like new love, it clouds the brain, causes eyes to sparkle, cheeks to glow, blood pressure to rise, and lips to pucker. Provocative aromas of strawberry and raspberry, followed by refreshing flavors of wild strawberry, watermelon rind, and a hint of kiwi."

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Airfield Wines, Yakima, Washington

  The June Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines was a great night of history, fun and, of course, great wine! Mark Orsini of Orsini Imports took us on a vicarious trip back to Yakima, Washington, circa 1940s. The property that now yields extraordinary vines was once used to build planes for the war effort.

  If you shop @MetroWines, you know the great Italian wines that Mark brings us and it was Mark that brought us Marcel Servin and his magnifique Chablis last month. Mark wanted to show us that his portfolio also includes some great west coast wines. And that he did! We tasted and reviewed four wines: Chardonnay, Rose, Cabernet Sauvignon and a Bordeaux Blend.

  The Focus Group, while all wines were hits, thought two stood out. The price to amazing quality ratio for the Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon was high. And both wines were thought to be wines that, no matter your preferred style, you could enjoy. In other words, you can serve these wines to guests with confidence. And both are the kind of wines you can and should! buy by the case. Just that good. Worth it!

  Mark shared personal stories of his visits with the family as well as the history of the property and the generations of owners. This text from the website is some of what we learned. 



Founder of our Family Farm

H. Lloyd Miller was a successful businessman and pioneer of the Yakima Valley. Noting the potential for the valley to become one of the nation’s leading agricultural producers, he began acquiring dry farmland with the hopes that someday it would have access to water. Eventually, H. Lloyd became the chairman of the Roza Irrigation Canal Board, and he saw the project through to its completion in 1951. At that time, he was able to begin farming on his property and devoted the rest of his life to managing our family farm, which became known as Airport Ranch.


Founder of our Estate Vineyard

Don Miller, son of H. Lloyd, was born and raised in Sunnyside, Washington. During his junior year of college at Washington State University, Don enlisted in the military and was stationed overseas through the duration of World War II. Returning home, Don joined his father on the ranch in 1950 and helped develop a diversified farm consisting of asparagus, alfalfa, potatoes, onions, oats, hogs, cattle, mint, and sugar beets. In 1968, Don planted Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Cabernet Sauvignon marking the early beginnings of our estate vineyard.


Founder of Airfield Estates Winery

Mike Miller, son of Don Miller, was born and raised on the family farm. During the Vietnam War, Mike enlisted in the Navy and was stationed in Japan. Upon returning home, he graduated from Washington State University, married his wife Kristeen, and became the third generation to carry on the family’s farming legacy. Facing the demise of the sugar beet processing plants in 1978, but seeing a bright future with Washington’s Wine Grape Industry, Mike took grape growing to a whole new level. Mike gradually transitioned our farm into what it is today – 830 acres of wine grapes and 350 acres of Concord juice grapes. In 2005, Mike founded Airfield Estates Winery, and he brought his son, Marcus, and daughter, Lori, on board to help manage the daily operations. Airfield Estates Winery and Tasting Room in Prosser opened its doors in 2007, the Tasting Room in Woodinville opened in 2010, and after outgrowing the Prosser Winery, the Production Facility was relocated to our farm in 2014. The pride, passion, and enthusiasm that Mike expressed for our vineyard, grapes, and wine is something that we hope to share for generations to come.


With the onset of World War II, the Olympia Air Transport Corporation began looking to lease land in the Yakima Valley to establish a civilian flight school. H. Lloyd Miller, the founder of our family estate and a successful realtor and landowner, knew that it would be several years before the arrival of irrigation water on his farmland so he signed a lease agreement for a portion of his property.

Construction of the flight school commenced on December 21, 1941. The airbase included three dirt runways, each over a half mile long, and several buildings including a 70-foot water tower, multiple airplane hangars, a large mess hall, four barracks, and several smaller storage buildings.

Initially, the training was part of the Civilian Pilot Training Program, which was sponsored by the United States Government. It offered primary, secondary, and cross-country courses, and the pilots trained on various types of biplanes. In mid-1943, the school changed to the War Training Service Program, and they confined the training to the secondary phase only, which focused on aerobatics and other evasive techniques. According to government records, over 500 Army Air Corps pilots trained at the airbase on our family’s property until the flight school closed in 1944.

Shortly after the war came to an end, the pilots moved off-site and the recently constructed buildings were auctioned off to the highest bidder. The only bidder turned out to be H. Lloyd Miller. With a bid of $1, he got one heck of a deal for all of the buildings on the property. These unique buildings became the headquarters of our family’s farming operations, which today is known as Airport Ranch. Over time, many of the buildings began to deteriorate, but two of the original hangars still exist and we continue to use them as workshop and storage facilities.

And now, drumroll please...Focus Group Favorites!


This lightly oaked Chardonnay unites layers of Asian pear and green apples with hints of marzipan and toasted marshmallow contributing to a round mid-palate and a smooth, well-balanced finish.


100% estate grown


65% fermented and aged in stainless steel, 35% fermented and aged in French oak (40% new).


Roast Lobster with Tarragon-Lemon Butter
Braised Pork with Pearl Onions and Grapes
Fresh Corn Soufflé with Bacon and Comté
Brie or Camembert


Gold, 2018 Seattle Wine Awards.


This classically styled Cabernet Sauvignon showcases pronounced aromas of cherry and blackcurrant with undertones of toasted oak. A smooth, well-balanced palate framed with lingering tannins on the finish.


100% Estate Grown


Grilled Steak with Salsa Verde
Beef Tagliata, Arugula and Trevisana Salad
Port Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs
Sharp White Cheddar or Roquefort


91 Points, Wine & Spirits Magazine.


Gold, 2017 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.
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Wyatt Chardonnay, J. Mourat Rose, La Villa Real, Garzon, Lodge Hill


The Distributor says: "The 2016 Wyatt Chardonnay is made primarily from select vineyards in California with about 30% from Napa Valley and a good amount of Russian River Valley fruit to round out the blend. The result is an elegant California Chardonnay with good ripe fruit, subtle toasty oak, and great balance. Notes of orchard fruits are complemented by zippy citrus and a rich, mouth-filling texture."

Want to Taste?
Rustic Grape 14 Aston,
Behind Aloft Hotel fronting on Lexington

pours Wyatt Chardonnay By the Glass!

Open at 10am for Brunch on Sundays!
For those of us who work Sunday, this means a LOT!
But, in ANY case, Rustic Grape is a great place, 
a comfortable place, an easy place to start your Sunday with friends.
And you might just recognize some of your favorite wines there!
Taste Wyatt Chardonnay at Rustic Grape
and Shop Wyatt Chardonnay @MetroWines

Customer Favorite at The June Great Rose Tasting

    J.Mourat, Loire: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Negrette & Gamay.

Flavors of white peach, raspberry, hint of orange peel. Long on the palate
with great acidity makes this Rose perfect for spicy foods like Thai Curry.
J.Mourat is also available in splits and wine kegs.

Staff Favorite at The June Great Rose Tasting
La Villa Real, La Mancha, Spain
100% Tempranillo

Dry Rose presenting flavors of raspberry, strawberry cherry and violet.
Classic Spanish style. Perfect with pasta, paella and Manchego cheese!

At $7.49, THIS is summer!
Note: Only 4 cases left in North Carolina
And all are @MetroWines! Hurry!
New York Times Talking "Obscure Wines"
One of the wines is Tannat. If you shop @MetroWines, you already know Tannat!
A blend of Tannat and Merlot from France was the winner in May of
The Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines.
Let's go one step further, try a Tannat from Bodega Garzon in Uruguay!

    About Garzon: Uruguay is renowned worldwide Tannat, a grape variety popular in Uruguay for its unique velvety flavor and international awards. Tannat makes full-bodied reds in Southwest France. Uruguay is producing a bold, expressive wine with good complexity. Bodegas Garzon grows Tannat in the mineral rich soil of hillside vineyards. Combing this soil with cool ocean breezes brings beautiful balance and intense flavor. Consulting Enologist Alberto Antonini extracts the rich flavors and then ages the wine on the lees in French oak barrels for 12 months.
   Critics say: The Decanter World Wine Awards gave it 90 points saying "Ripe and rich with intense fruit and power. Complex notes of black tea leaf and liquorice along with great texture." And James Suckling scored it 91 and said "A juicy red with blackberry and stone. Slate undertone. Full body. Chewy tannins. Big and intense. Needs some time to soften. Lots of flavor and character. Flamboyant. Drink now."

** $14.99 **
Note: Gary's (online) is selling for $16.99.
And THAT  is before shipping and the possibility of damage. 
Shop locally @MetroWines and SAVE!
Put dollars into your community instead of New York!

** By Customer Request **

Lodge Hill Shiraz 2016, Claire Valley, Australia
Lodge Hill was first planted in 1977 and has yielded some of the best fruit
at the estate. The Shiraz plantings are sited upon the north facing high altitude
slopes in the vineyard. A medium bodied, complex wine is ready to drink now!TheWinemaker says: "This wine is a deep red with a bright magenta hue. 
The nose offers vibrant aromatics of red and black berry fruits, a lift of violet florals, clove spice and mixed garden herbs. The palate is dominated by a lively burst of berry fruits, which are well-framed by fine, powdery tannins. Juicy plum and blackberry flavors persist through the finish, with sweet spice to close."
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Midsummer Wine Dinner at Princess Anne Hotel



News Release:  Thursday, June 7th, 2018

About: Wine Dinner at Princess Anne Hotel
Please join us on Wednesday, July 18th for "A Midsummer Wine Dinner" at Princess Anne Hotel starting at 6:45. The Princess Anne Hotel is located at 301 East Chestnut, one block off Charlotte Street.
The menu offers a summer inspired dinner prepared by Chef Todd Ritter including amuse-bouche and four courses each paired with a wine from Grapevine Distribution. Dessert will be a very special sorbet trio! The menu is posted on MetroWines blog here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog
The cost is $80 including tax but not gratuity. Please call Princess Anne to reserve your seat at (828) 258-0986. Because seating is limited, the reservation window closes at 5pm on Sunday, July 15th, 2018. All wines will be available for purchase through MetroWines at a special event price.
Originally built in 1924, The Princess Anne Hotel combines tradition, history and southern hospitality. Serving brunch every Sunday from 11 to 3pm, the Princess Anne Hotel will open for dinner during the week later in the year. 
More about The Princess Anne Hotel here: http://princessannehotel.com/
Contact for The Princess Anne Hotel: Samantha Fann at (828) 258-0986
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
google: https://goo.gl/knC8LP

The Princess Anne Hotel and Metro Wines Presents…

A Midsummer Wine Dinner

Crispy Cauliflower Wings

Sundried tomato and blue goat cheese sauce, basil salt, balsamic reduction

NV Cune Cava, Penedes, Spain 

Roasted and Stuffed Peach

Prosciutto and peach marmalade, tarragon, spiced pistachios

2017 Lubanzi Chenin Blanc, Swartland, SA

Rosemary Smoked Silky Avocado Cold Soup

Charred Lemon Creme fraiche, scallop ceviche, fried leeks, parmesan tuile

2017 Amity White Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR  

Basil Marinated Jumbo Sea Scallop

Creamy popcorn grits, braised chard, cranberry beurr blanc

2017 Commanderie de la Bargemon Rose, Provence, FR

Caribbean Jerk Oxtail

Whipped golden beets, black berry peach chutney, ginger and wine poached beet greens  

2014 Capcanes Mas Collet, Montsant, SP 

Sorbet trio

Watermelon, Raspberry & Rosé

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Great Rose' Tasting July

News Release; Monday, June 4th, 2018

About: Rose' Tasting @MetroWines
The tradition continues! Join us for The Great Rose' Tasting on Saturday, July 14th from 10am to 7pm at MetroWines. Six bottles of Rose' from around the world will be "on the taste" and "on the house" all day long.
"Every month, the crowd gets bigger," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Customers are finding that with all the different varietals and styles, there is a Rose' for any occasion." 
The Great Rose Tasting will continue once each month through December.
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Great Rose' Tasting June

Great Rose Tasting: June

Event Pricing (10% off any bottle) in RED

    L'Espigoutte, Rhone: 60%Grenache, 20%Syrah & 20%Cinsault

Family owned, Domaine L'Espigouette offers this fresh Rose with hints of citrus and mineral finish making it perfect as an aperitif or with a summer meal. The sandy, clay soils provide an elegance and depth to the wine. Grapes from estate Cote du Rhone vines averaging 45 years. Leaner, old school style.

Shelf Price: $21.00  Event Price: $14.99

    Copain, North Coast, Santa Rosa: 88%Pinot Noir and 12%Syrah

Salmon pink in glass. Watermelon, grapefruit, lemon blossom, satsuma orange on nose. All this and tart cherry, strawberry, Meyer Lemon and Granny Smith Apples on palate. Moderate acidity. Mendicino County is all the rage!

Shelf Price: $ 13.99  Event Price: $11.99 

    Rustenberg, Stellenbosch, South Africa: 100%Petite Verdot

The newest edition to Rustenberg Wine Portfolio, this dry Rose' exhibits elegant flavors of strawberries and rose water. We are not aware of any other winery that makes a 100% Petite Verdot Rose!

Shelf Price: $13.99    Event Price: $11.99

    J.Mourat, Loire: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Negrette & Gamay.

Flavors of white peach, raspberry, hint of orange peel. Long on the palate with great acidity makes this Rose perfect for spicy foods like Thai Curry. Mourat is also available in splits and wine kegs.

Shelf Price: $14.99   Event Price: $12.99

    La Villa Real, La Mancha, Spain: 100%Tempranillo

Dry Rose presenting flavors of raspberry, strawberry cherry and violet. Perfect with pasta, paella and machego cheese! Classic Spanish style.

Shelf Price: $7.49    Event Price: $6.99 

    Leverano, Puglia: 80%Negroamaro and 20%Malvasia. 

The winery dates back to the 16th century. Popular around the world including Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Czech Republic, Leverano is a direct import of Haw River Wine Man in NC, cutting out the middle man and keeping the price low. Also available in a really big bottle!

Shelf Price: $8.99   Event Price: $7.99



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Flaky Cousin at Wedding!


We can't help you with your attendants or guest list @MetroWines BUT for nearly everything else, like wine, beer, venue, even comedians!! yeah we got that!

"Weddings Start @MetroWines!" Call brandie at (828) 575-9525.

DEAR ABBY: I have an extremely difficult decision to make. I recently got engaged to the love of my life. However, with this comes the decision of who should be my maid of honor.

Until a couple of years ago, the choice was obvious – my cousin. Over the past couple of years, though, we’ve become distant. She’s an extremely flaky person and can’t be counted on for much. Now, I also have a best friend who is always there when I need her, but we’ve been friends for only a couple of years.

My immediate family says I should still ask my cousin to be my maid of honor because her feelings will be hurt if I don’t. Abby, I don’t want to give such a special title to someone I can no longer depend on. She has hurt my feelings countless times by not being there. She shouldn’t get the honor just because I’ve known her forever. Please help. -- STUCK AT A CROSSROADS

DEAR STUCK: Talk to your cousin and also your best friend. When you do, remind your cousin there are serious responsibilities that go along with being a maid of honor and ask if they would create a problem for her. Tell her that if it’s too much for her, she could be a bridesmaid. If she says she wants to be maid of honor, give her the chance. However, if she flakes EVEN ONCE, ask your best friend to step in.

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Zagra, Rustenberg Rose', Monte Tondo Corvina, ZOE Update

Grillo: Dry, Italian White Grape
Makes "Top 20 Under $20" by NYT Eric Asimov

If you shop @MetroWines, you know ZAGRA.
We have been fans of ZAGRA and all wines from Valle dell'Acate
and owner Gaetana Jacono Gola since we opened the store five years ago.
Our interview with Gaetana during her most recent visit to Asheville.

What Eric Asimov said about ZAGRA

   "In recent years, I have seen more dry whites made from grillo, a grape once known as the backbone of sweet Marsala or for making big, blousy dry wines. This one — from various coastal vineyards in eastern Sicily — is young, fresh, floral and refreshing, with lingering earthy notes. Delightful."

(YIKES! ZAGRA sold out yesterday. Back in stock on Thrusday after 2pm.
In the meantime, try another great Italian White Wine @MetroWines)


100% Petite Verdot, Stellenbosch
Hand Picked. Steel Tank Fermentation
Tasting Notes:
This rosé exhibits aromas and flavors of red fruits: strawberries, cranberries
and red cherries rounded by a fresh clean palate and food friendly palate weight.
Gold Medal Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2017
Silver Medal International Wine & Spirits Competition 2017


Corvina is the main grape in "Valpolicella"
And Monte Tondo is 100% Corvina!
Pasta and Clams? Bring it ON!

From Small Vineyards, $13.99
   To create the classic Valpolicella cuvee, the noble Corvina is typically blended with other varietals such as Molinara and Rondinella. Monte Tondo’s Veneto IGT is the extraordinarily rare 100% Corvina wine crafted from vines that could wear the more recognized Valpolicella label. Transparent garnet in the glass, Monte Tondo’s Corvina is redolent of pie cherries, orange peel, potpourri, mint, and star anise. Brisk on the attack yet round and satisfying, Monte Tondo’s Corvina conveys suggestions of violets, white pepper, and ruby red grapefruit notes wrapped around a bright, vibrant core of sour cherry fruit. Bitter herbs and fine tannins join the wine’s chewy core of red fruits to make this an exceptionally versatile and table-ready red wine. Pair this over the coming two years with just about everything but shellfish, oily fish, and delicate freshwater fish preparations.



ZOE, the fabulous Greek Rose that won the
May Rose Tasting is IN shop!

(Down to less than 2 cases out of 6. So, hurry!)

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Beer Beats Arthritis

Beer Beats Arthritis!

American experts found that beer protects women from a deadly disease. Specialists from the Harvard Medical School in Boston conducted relevant studies, reports ” Medic Forum “.

In the observations of scientists participated 250 thousand women. In the course of the experiment it turned out that the use of certain types of beer allowed participants to reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. As a result, the probability of the disease decreased by 31%.

Beer, The Laboratory People

“Perhaps a moderate use of alcohol two or three times a week can reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis in women,” the study authors said.

Researchers have not yet been able to explain how exactly physiologically beer helps women reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease of unknown etiology, characterized by symmetrical damage to cartilage and bone tissue. The disease leads to a deterioration in the quality of life, disability and premature death.

Earlier in the UK, a 100-year-old woman explained the longevity of love for beer .


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Ancient Yeast in Beer

By Mike Cherney for Wall Street Journal


Tim Decker hoped some lichen he found in the California hills last summer would contain an exotic strain of yeast that would give a unique flavor to his home-brewed beer.

Have an old one
Have an old one

Mr. Decker put the lichen in a jar with a sugary solution to see if the liquid would ferment, a sign that yeast, which consumes sugars and releases alcohol, could be present. Weeks later, a small wormlike grub appeared, likely crawling out of a bit of wood attached to the lichen.

“I knew pretty quickly that wasn’t going to be something I was going to want to put in my beer,” says Mr. Decker, 33 years old, who writes the AltBrau beer blog and plans to start a commercial brewing operation. In another such experiment, he found a spider floating in the jar.

Mr. Decker is in the vanguard of a brewing movement in the beer world: trying to find the weirdest, funkiest yeast. Even global drinks companies are entering the contest, hoping new and exclusive brewswith a story behind them will entice consumers who are increasingly migrating to wine and spirits.

But finding new yeasts and successfully using them in a modern brewery can take years of work—and there is no guarantee of success. Brewers sometimes have to dump thousands of gallons of undrinkable beer.

Entire Article HERE.

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ZAGRA makes Eric Asimov "Top20 Under $20"

If you shop @Metrowines, you KNOW Zagra. Review from way back here!

We have been big fans of not just Zagra but all wines from Valle dell'Acate and owner Gaetana Jacono Gola since we opened the store five years ago. 

In an interview with Gaetana, she told us that outisde of the US, her biggest market is Japan. Why? Because her Zagra and Frappato GO with anything! Interview here! 


Color: Bright straw-colored yellow
Aroma: Complex with distinctive aromas of white flowers and minerals
Flavor: Large, velvety but alive, with great structure and persistence with strong flavor and minerality

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Three Sticks Deal Alert!


The James Three Sticks 2012
Santa Rita Hills

Winemaker says: "Complex wild berry and forest floor on the nose with hints of creamy cherry and loamy earth. On the palate, bright acidity and ripe huckleberry transition into racy red and black fruit with a structured, balanced finish."

We would add: "Rich, gutsy and balanced tannins, ripe berry spice and cedar."

The bottle is $23.
Internet pricing ranges from $54 to $69.
Our price is over 50% less. Why?
Because when we get a deal, you get a deal 

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Party Perfect Sparkling

Gathering Recommended!

Los Monteros CAVA
100% Macabeo, Bottle Fermented
Catalonia, Spain

Apple and peach aromas are clean at first but struggle to stay vital.
The CAVA is citrusy on the tongue, with acidity similar to orange juice.
Mild flavors of orange and pink grapefruit finish light and fresh.

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Travel Summer through Wine

WSJ Talks Summer Vacation Deals
Can't go? Travel vicariously through wine.
Shop bottles or plan a private tasting @MetroWines.

You are going? Be ready! Be the wine who knows the wine.
Plan a private class and tasting. And Bon voyage.
Call (828) 575-9525

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Mulderbosch Rose'

You are Always on Vacation with Rose!

Mulderbosch is Back!
100% Cabernet Sauvignon, South Africa

Winemaker Notes: 
"An attractive confected cherry note greets the nose, followed by subtle rose petal aromatics and a crisp mineral note that holds it all together nicely. Due to careful selection of vineyard sites and gentle fruit handling in the cellar the palate has an effortless poise about it. Sweet-fruited Cabernet flavors and early-picked natural acidity make for an intense palate that refreshes with each sip."

And Mulderbosch is Socially Responsible
As a member of WWF-SA Biodiversity & Wine Initiative, Mulderbosch follows environmentally responsible management practices both in the cellar and vineyards and on the land. Sections of the farm are zoned for conservation; projects including wetland rehabilitation and the introduction of fish, to removing alien invasive species of grass and replanting the indigenous, encouraging more bird species and insects.

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Great Rose' Tasting June


Great Rose Tasting @MetroWines
Saturday, June 2nd @MetroWines from 10am to 7pm
6 Bottles from around the world "on the taste" and "on the house"

As Featured in Carolina Epicurean
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Francois Servin Talks @MetroWines


Francois Servin poured his Chablis @MetroWines on Saturday Night, May 19th.
There were over 40 people crowding the bar through the two hours of the tasting so a sit down interview was not possible. This is what I gleaned from Francois as he responded to questions from the crowd.
First, Francois is a lovely and engaging person, with or without great Chablis!
Francois is ALL about Chablis and so was his father before him and his father before him. So he likes, he makes, and he almost exclusively drinks Chablis. 
Francois says there is a danger beyond diversity in this singular approach to wine. If all you drink is your own, he says, "it's hard to tell if the wine is off."  Francois and other makers in Chablis have a regular get together where they taste test each other's wines.
But what if you got crazy, I asked Francois, and drank another wine? Waht wold it be? "Red Burgundy," he says. Some security, Francois believes, in this choice. "Because there is some pain with Bordeaux," says Francois.  "Bordeaux is either too old or too young, there is always something wrong and you don't know until you open the bottle!"
What if you get crazy again and decide to grow another varietal. What would it be?Sit down. "Zinfandel," says Francois. "Zinfandel is fruity and easy to drink." 
So not all things California are bad! But one thing that is bad is what the big early produces did to the name Chablis. The truth is that jug had a concoction of mostly table food grapes, not Chardonnay from Chablis. I ask Francois how we can get past the stigma of a big jug that calls itself Chablis. Francois suggests we refer to the bottle first as Chardonnay and then say it is "from Chablis."
BTW, Francois does not eat cheese. I ask what the cheese eaters would pair with his Chablis. Francois says some french cheese that I can't pronounce and "gruyere."

Besides the US, Francois says his biggest markets are UK, Japan and, get this, Russia.

And one more thing. I had Disco cranked up on Spotify. I asked francois if he would prefer different music. "Yes, Country," he says. "I don't get to hear it much in Chablis!"

All in all a good night. 
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Italian Wine Tasting: Kobrand

News Release: May 18th, 2018

About: Italian Wine Tasting @MetroWines
Please join us for a tasting of Italian Wines from Kobrand Wine and Spirits on Monday, June 18th from 5 to 6:30pm @MetroWines.
Ryann Harris, Fine Wine Manager for Empire Distributors, and Mauro Maugliani, the Italian Specialist for Kobrand, will host the event.  Wines will be offered at a special "event price" this evening.
Four wines will be "on the taste" and "on the house" at the event:

Feudo Maccari Grillo IGP: Straw yellow and gold with intense floral aromas with notes of citrus, peach, almonds and sweet grass. 

Masi, Rosa dei Masi (Refosco Rosé): Salmon pink with cherry colored reflectios. Intense aromas of just rippened berry fruit on the nose, especially raspberries and wild cherries. Soft and well balanced. 

Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo (Super Tuscan): 80% Sangiovese. Intense ruby red in color with a fruity, spicy bouquet and ripe cherries and berries on the palate.


Michele Chiarlo Tortoniano Barolo: The wine shows layered aromas and flavors of mint, red fruit and spices. The palate shows silky tannins and bright acidity before a long finish. 

About Kobrand Wines: Kobrand imports and markets a distinguished portfolio of hand selected brands representing virtually every major wine region of the world and its most iconic specialty spirits. Family owned since its founding in 1944, Kobrand attributes its success to a single guiding principle that describes the people, products and relationships behind it: quality.

The portfolio is a collection of gems of New World and Old, including American wineries such as Cakebread Cellars, Sequoia Grove and St. Francis as well as the wines of European masters such as Champagne Taittinger and Maison Louis Jadot and the Portos of Taylor Fladgate, Fonseca and Croft. The legendary Sassicaia from Italy’s Tenuta San Guido and the wines of Craggy Range in New Zealand are relatively new additions that will stand the test of time. The spirits portfolio includes the original Alizé liqueurs as well as fine Cognacs, Armagnacs and other premium spirits.

A portfolio like this grows out of the decades-long experience of passionate professionals who seek out the star viticulturists, winemakers and distillers who are its key contributors. This is Kobrand today: a story of continuing tradition, a story of strong commitment, a story of innovative excellence... a Story of Quality.


Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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