Owner of Metro Wines


*** More Good News ***
Luzan 2018 Bianco is Back
50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Macabeo

Pale straw yellow with a greenish rim color.
Aromas of floral notes, tropical and herbs.
The Macabeo and Chardonnay brings a fresh,
fruity and spicy and sweet palate driven with good acidity.

This wine is amazing for the price! 3 cases only.
Call with cc to reserve: (828) 575-9525


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Online Tasting with Cape Classics





Register HERE!

News Release: Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

About: Wine Tasting Goes Online with MetroWines
Join us on Thursday, April 23rd at 5:30 for our first in a series of online tastings. Our host is Zingo Munger of Cape Classics, Wine Enthusiast 2018 Importer of The Year, presenting "South Africa vs France Showdown" through Zoom!
The event is "on the house" but you must register here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/online-wine-tasting-with-cape-classics/  
At that time you will be giving the access code to the event.
How do you access the tasting? MetroWines Tech Wizard, Austin Sebek, has put together step by step instructions:
To join a Zoom meeting:
- Download Zoom Client For Meetings on either a computer or smartphone. For either device, you can find the download links here: https://zoom.us/download#client_4meeting
- Once downloaded, open Zoom app and select Join Meeting.
- Enter the unique Meeting ID given to you by Metro Wines.
- Type in your name and click Join.
- The app will then ask you whether you would like to enable your camera as well as your audio.
- You're in!
These instructions are generalized as they can differ across devices. For more information, here are device-specific, step by step instructions provided by Zoom:
And if you would like to share the wines featured during the presentation from your home, please call (828) 575-9525 for pickup or home delivery.
More on Cape Classics: https://capeclassics.com

Press Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Tech Contact for MetroWines: Austin Sebek
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Organic and Biodynamic, this 2017 wine is a blend of 90%Sangiovese
and 10%Cabernet Sauvignon from Fabrizio Pratesi.
 Wine producers in the Carmignano
near Florence have been blending Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon since the 1600s! 
Pratesi has brought attention back to a region The Medici Family prized for their table.

Bold aromas of ripe cherry, dark raspberry, and Bordeaux-like lead pencil
leads to a juicy, ripe, palate of dark red fruit, tobacco and spice. The wine is full of fruit,
but not really “fruity,” and finishes with layers of savory graphite and earth. 
The wine works for a casual dinner or a sophisticated table. 

Wine Spectator: 91 Points
“Leads off with an intense graphite aroma
and flavors of cherry, currant and mineral.
Fresh, fruity and saturated on the long, firm finish.
Drink now through 2024.”


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At MetroWines, We Are Family!

Finally Some Good News!
Customer sent this email last Sunday:
Hi guys! In last week's newsletter, you mentioned the AHS needed emergency foster homes.
Experienced with fostering cats, I applied, then scanned through the kitty pics,
guessing who might be a match for us. Long story short, we ADOPTED Willow, an 18 yr old cat - yes, 18. We just lost our 18 yr old cat so Willow was meant for us. ? We needed each other.
Wanted you to know your suggestion made a difference - thank you!

Animal Shelters Everywhere Need Your Help.
Please help if you can - foster or adopt. Contact your nearest shelter.

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Greyhound Alliance Partners with Prison Greyhounds



The Race is On to Bring the Hounds Home

Sunburst Kennel (FL) is literally bursting at the seams with greyhoundsnow that even more Florida tracks have closed earlier than expected due to COVID-19. Greyhound adoption groups from throughout the United States are having to work quickly to transport, vet and find homes for these amazing dogs.

Our Greyhound Alliance (IL) has partnered with Prison Greyhounds (IN) to bring at least 200 dogs from Sunburst Kennel (FL) during the next few months. We thank Prison Greyhound leadership & volunteers for organizing this fundraising effort benefitting Sunburst Kennel and the greyhounds. We're so proud to be working together to help move as many dogs as possible.
It's ALL about the teamwork!

Every retired racing greyhound wants their Ticket Home. 

YOU have been invited as a selected group of greyhound lovers to help launch this important fundraising campaign. 
This is a peer-to-peer platform meaning you will create a page and invite your circle of friends & family to make small (or larger) donations. Every gift is valued - whether $5 or $50 or more.
You set your fundraising goal. Each greyhound costs $100 for the haul from Sunburst Kennel to Indiana where Prison Greyhounds will welcome the hounds and send them on to approved adopters or partner adopter organizations. Greyhound Lola encourages you to sponsor at least 1 greyhound (thank you)!
Creating My Fundraiser Now!
Lola (Blackjack Lola), a blue brindle brood mama, age 8 1/2 is arriving with our April 11th haul of 30 greyhounds. Her adoption is pending but she wants us to help bring as many hounds as possible up from Florida so they too can find forever homes.

Will you join Lola's 2020 A Ticket Home Campaign?

Setting up a personal fundraising page is easy, quick and secure. Have fun with it! Maybe add your dog's picture. Make it personal. What you NAME your campaign will become its URL. Share the URL with friends and ask them to give what they can to help the hounds. If it's important to you, it will matter to them as well!
8Sunburst Kennels is overcrowded with dogs so the need is urgent! We hope you'll join us to raise $30,000 and bring the hounds home!
If YES, you are encouraged to create your personal page by April 7th. 
The plan is for our Greyt Donors (that's YOU) to get the campaign started so we can raise $5,000+ by the time the first haul arrives April 11th.
Then we go public. We'll be asking all do-gooders and everyone who loves dogs to join Lola, Emily and Loca (mother, aunt & daughter) to bring all the hounds home! When they see we've already started raising funds, it will encourage others to join the team and help provide A Ticket Home for the hounds!
For The Greyhounds!
Here's suggested language you could use on your fundraising page...
What I'm raising money for...Every retired racing greyhound wants A Ticket Home. While we knew all greyhound race tracks in Florida would close at the end of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused most to already shutter. Sunburst Kennel is bursting at the seams with greyhounds needing transport to adoption groups. I am working with Prison Greyhounds and The Greyhound Alliance to transport at least 200 dogs in the next few months. There is a $100 per dog transport fee. My goal is to help transport >>> dogs. Please give what you can so that together we can "haul tail"! Thank you!
Questions? Need help setting up your personal page? Email prisongreyhounds@comcast.net. Either Mary or Joni will be able to help you!
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Learn Italian Online

Dear Ciao Asheville members,
We certainly hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!
Since we are all stuck at home, Ciao Asheville has been thinking about how we can offer virtual Italian language classes and have come up with a plan. We are going to use Coffee Break Italian, which has free podcasts on their website. They have a beginning Italian series that includes 40 podcasts, with each podcast being about 20 minutes long. You can access the podcasts here to check it out. They also offer some other supporting materials which are free, plus a more comprehensive language program and materials for a fee.
We plan to use Zoom Pro and once per week in a one-hour time slot we will broadcast 2 of the audio podcasts back to back. Those interested would need to download Zoom (free; you do not need to pay for an account) onto their phone, tablet or computer to listen in and participate. Listening to the podcasts would take up about 40 to 45 minutes of an hour-long session. The remaining 15-20 minutes would be to practice, discuss, ask/answer questions, etc. via the Zoom session. Everyone participating would be put on mute for the podcast broadcast but then we would open up the lines so we could hear everyone for the discussion portion of the class. Note that the podcasts are *FREE* and we are offering this experience at no cost to members. We are hoping that this will give everyone something to focus on and we can all be ready with some basic Italian phrases when COVID-19 has cleared and we can plan (reschedule?) our trips to Italy. I know that I personally am really looking forward to that day!!
At this time, we would ask a couple of things from you. For those who are interested in participating, please do the following:
(1) Reply to this email (please do NOT reply all) to let us know you are interested.
(2) Let us know what day of the week and 1-hour time period you would prefer for the classes. Note that when we planned our language classes last fall that subsequently got canceled, we were going to have those classes on Thursdays starting at 5:30PM. 
If you are interested, please respond to us by Wednesday, April 8.  Feel free to email us if you have any questions.
Honestly, we are not sure how this will all work out but we are going to give it a good try!  We look forward to hearing back from you.
Gail Rampersaud
Events Coordinator
Ciao Asheville
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Avocados and Wine


From the April Edition of 50Plus Living

By Gina Trippi

Avocado is back on the table and on the walls!  The all white kitchen is yielding to the resurgence of the celebrated 1960’s color and the avocado itself is showing up with everything from toast to dessert.  The color palette is your call but we can help with the avocado, the fruit, palate pairing.


The relatively mild avocado, indigenous to Central America, with its creamy texture started as an aphrodisiac! By 1871, the avocado had found its way to California. Hass and Fuerte are the two most easily accessible varieties. While Hass has more oil content and Fuerte more fiber, the two are similar in taste and interchangeable for recipes and for our purpose of pairing.

Got a great recipe and the wine ready but the avocado is not yet ripe? Put no more than a few avocados in a paper bag with an apple at room temperature. The apple emits ethylene gas, a ripening agent. And to stop the avocado from turning brown, a teaspoon of lemon or lime juice helps the fruit retain its lovely green color.


Most of us think of the avocado as uniquely suited to Mexican dishes but this versatile fruit is holding its own in many other cuisines. You have no doubt encountered western style sushi known as the California Roll. So, now the avocado is surround by cucumbers instead of black beans and salsa! And the avocado is a welcomed addition to any dish with the heat turned up as the natural fat tempers the heat and calms the spices. Avocados are now in ice cream, sweet drinks and vinaigrette.


But for all its virtues, the Avocado has a bad reputation for wine pairing. Natalie MacLean, author of Red, White, and Drunk All Over says: “I put them in a category I call ‘Green Wine Stalkers’ because their natural compounds don’t marry well with many wine styles.”

Look for a white wine with high acidity to cut through the sweetness and fat in the fruit. A New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc such as Kim Crawford or Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio from Alto Adige would be good matches. If you prefer red, avoid tannic wines and opt for Domaine Depueble Beaujolais or California Pinot Noir such as Bodan Roan. 


Depending on the heat level of the recipe, the pairing may require a demi-sec Vouvray such as La Vigne Des Sablons or a domestic sparkling like Roederer Brut. And in case of doubt, call for backup! A middle of the road Rosé works with almost anything almost anytime!

Finally, many fear the avocado for its fat content. But rejoice! It is, as they say, the good fat. Avocado is loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, the kind that doctors say can lower the bad LDL cholesterol and maintain levels of the good HDL cholesterol.

Pick up avocados and let us pair a wine to your recipe @MetroWines.  Painting the walls is up to you!

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Leverano 5 Liter Rosé

From The MetroWines Book Review Department
No Better Time to Bring The Outside IN !!

*** Broken Glass by Alex Beam ***
Tells the Story of the Building and the Builders of The Farnsworth House.
WSJ Review: 


So bringing the outide in is not just about the fresh air and greenery,
it's about all that goes on outdoors. Maybe back yard parties. Maybe picnics.

Leverano Vechia Torre Rosé
Quality in a 5 liter Bottle holding over 6 bottles of wine!

80% Negroamaro with Malvasia Nero, 

Tasting Notes:
Color: bright pink with violet highlights
Bouquet: intense and delicate
with hints of raspberries
Taste: soft and tangy
Serving Temperature: 8-10°C
Pairing: an ideal companion to all kinds
of meals, to first courses with tomato sauce,
white meat, fish soup and roast prawns.

All over Europe but not widely available
in this country.

$29 for what is over 6 bottles of wine!
bring all that is the outside IN!

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Pet Nat for Your Wedding!

Breaking Bread ~2019 Pet Nat

From the Winery, Kokomo
Pét Nat, short for Pétillant Naturel, is French for “natural sparkling.”
This method of making sparkling wine pre-dates the traditional champagne method,
where one takes a fully fermented dry wine and adds yeast and sugar to cause
a secondary fermentation. Instead, the Pétillant Naturel method transfers wine
that is still in its first fermentation to the bottle. This allows the native yeast
to continue fermentation within the bottle and produce carbon dioxide
which creates the delicious bubbles we all love.

Passion fruit and Bing cherry come off the nose of this wine with a distinctive,
wet gravel minerality. As you look at the wine in your glass it continues to dance
and open up to its more complex flavors and aromatics. The palate on this wine evokes
a traditional Champagne in weight and fineness of bubbles;
however the easy-drinking, fruit forward youth of the wine makes it very quaffable.

Very Limited Distribution. $26 at Kokomo Winery.
$24 @MetroWines

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Divina White Beans

MetroWines "Essential" Dinner
Giant White BeansMartha Stewart Recipe
(You might want our Spicewalla Mediterranean Collection for this recipe.)
Bon Appétit Recipe

(You might want our Stanislaus Red Sauce for this recipe.)
Epicurious Recipe

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Wine. Dog. Laugh.

Now...for a Laugh!
(Customer sent this cartoon. Thank you!)

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Virus Plan Update

News Release: Saturday, March 28th, 2020
About: Update on Changes @MetroWines
As of tomorrow, Sunday, March 29th, 2020, MetroWines will be open for Curbside Pick-Up and Delivery to home or office only. Call with your order at (828) 575-9525.
Store hours remain the same. Services available from 10am Monday through Saturday at 7pm and Noon until 5pm on Sunday. Curbside Pick-up offered during all store hours. Call (828) 575-9525 to inquire about delivery areas, dates and charges.
In addition to wine and beer, we offer Saratoga Sparkling Water, Fentiman's tonic and soft drinks and Riedel Glasses.
And MetroWines Essential Groceries Include:
Roots and Branches crackers by box or case
 Roland Artichoke hearts in a can
"Gigantes" white beans from Greece in a can
Bagged Pasta and Stanislaus Red Sauce
Roland Aritchoke Hearts from Peru
Cheese, Eggs, Italian Hard Salami!! 
Spicewalla Mediterranean and Indian Collections
We can take orders for a menu of cheeses including Cheddar and Manchego
and nuts including Marcona Almonds and Walnuts. 
Contact for MetroWines: Zach Eidson, General Manager
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"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
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Mars and Wine

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Bunkered IN? Good time to experience what it is like to be an astronaut.
Or experiment with vegetables.

"The Mars Menu"

Soviet Cosmonauts have conquered Chinese Cabbage,
Flax, Leeks and Onions in the space galley.
NASA is testing Kale, Broccoli, Red Lettuce and Brussels Sprouts.

Need help with the recipes?
Chef Amanda Cohen at Dirt Candy in NYC offers a new approach to vegetable dishes.


I asked Brett Watson to pair to Mars and he said....
Cascina Barisél Foravia Bianco 2018 

Image result for Cascina Barisol Foravia Bianco 2018As weird as things could get being stuck on Mars with a fairly strict menu, it calls for nothing else
than a strict diet of Italian Piedmontese Favorita.  A grape most of you haven't heard of,
much like most of you haven't experienced life on Mars.  But HEY, turns out...it's delicious! 
All the freshness and ripping saline style of coastal Italian Vermentino. 
All the old school structure and grip on central Piedmont Gavi..
all wrapped into a completely organically farmed and 11.99 package. 
If you brought a portable cooler to your Mars cottage, fill it up with dry ice and this peppy little number. 

Wine Searcher says the Global Average for this Bottle is $17!
Stock UP! $11.99 @MetroWines and Mars Meal Ready

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Involuntary Commitment

** Big RED of The Week **
This wine is not new but so apropos!
$25 and Bunker Ready @Metrowines!

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We believe that with so much such great fruit coming out of our vineyards,
it would be shame not to spread the wealth. This medium body wine exhibits a dark garnet color
with a bouquet of dark fruit, herbs, earth and hints of tobacco. On the palate, flavors of cherry,
red currants and spices shine through. This wine is fresh, youthful and ready to drink,
though will cellar nicely through the next 5 years. 73% Cabernet, 20% Merlot, 7% Cab Franc. 21 months in barrel.
Firm in texture with a smoky core of blueberry and dark chocolate. Graphite, licorice, roasted meats and singed herbs.

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Bouffant and Wine

Amidst All This Bad News, New York Times Brings us Good News

** The Bouffant is Back! **

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Celebrate the Bouffant and Binge The 1970s Mary Tyler Moore Show in the Bunker
The 7 seasons stand the test of time. I have high comedy standards.
And don't just ask me, ask Joan Jett! Here she is reviving the theme song in 1997:


Your Watch it ALL With Bottle?
You need something traditional but built for Bold. Cutting edge.

Sometimes it takes courage to say you like Rosé 
But as the Charles and Charles Bumper Sticker says:
"Yes, you can still be a Bad Ass and Drink Rosé"
Binge the Bouffant with Giacometti
Kermit Lynch Import

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Three generations ago, when Laurent Giacometti purchased a derelict, sprawling vineyard and estate
in the middle of the Désert des Agriates, the previous owner handed him the keys and dryly told him,
“Welcome to the village where it’s always raining somewhere else.” For centuries, agricultural plans
and projects failed in this aptly named desert, and the Giacomettis struggled for many years as well.
It took more than three decades of organic farming and persistence for vines to learn to go deep,
away from the parched and sea-salt-crusted surface. A blend of 75% Niellucciu and 25% Sciaccarellu.
This rustic, pomegranate-tinged year-round rosé is for the table, not the pool.

$23 or more online
$19.99 @MetroWines

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Essentials Update Press Release

News Release: Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

About: Food Essentials @MetroWines
MetroWines has essential food items for curbside pick up or home delivery. For residents who want to avoid shopping at Big Box or the potential dangers presented by online shipments, MetroWines can take your call and payment over the phone or email and deliver to our close and easy parking lot or to your homer office.
All food is restaurant grade and quality and pre-pakcaged. We have Fronte Pasta, Stanislaus Red Sauce, Divina White Beans from Greece, Roland Artichokes in a can from Peru, Roots and Branches Crackers, locally made Spicewalla, as well as eggs, bread and cheese.
Our staff follows a rigid policy of safety measures including taking their temperature before leaving home, wearing gloves, and following federal guidelines for social distancing and regular and as necessary hand washing and continuous cleaning of surfaces. And no more than 10 customers are allowed in the store at any one time.
Call (828) 575-9525 for service. Store remains open regular hours from 10am to 7pm Monday through Saturday and Noon to 5pm on Sunday.
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Rose Granit for Weddings


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$24! HURRY! Call (828) 575-9525.
Treat Yourself. Nothing says Peace like Rose Granit!

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Ghibello Sangiovese

Ciao Asheville Alert
Canceled events:

Olive Oil and Wine Tasting
Set for March 26th

Film Discussion
Set for Sunday, March 29th 

Do Red Wine in the Bunker Instead!
With something about Leonardo, but of course, to read:

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2015 100% Sangiovese is an intense ruby red color with a very concentrated red berry bouquet
that finishes with hints ofvanilla. On the palate, it is well-balanced and smooth with delicate tannins
and a persistent finish. This Chianti is made for pizza, pasta with red sauce, charcuterie,
grilled meats, Fettuccine Alfredo, and Spaghetti Carbonara.

*** $11.99 ***

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Virtual Tours with Wine

*** What to do in Isolation? Take Virtual Tours ***

Check Out Museums Online!

Selected Works from Asheville Art Museum Collection

Virtual Tour of The New Orleans Museum of Art

Nearly all museums have a virtual tour. Take one!


Take Virtual Tours of Expensive Homes for Sale

Prince's Bomb Proof Estate

340 Year Old London Mansion

Clint Eastwood's BelAir Mansion in 3D

Your Virtual Tour Wine
Mas Theo 2017
A blend of 40%Grenache, 40%Syrah and 20%Carignan
Aged in an underground cave!

Image result for mas theo 2017$20 and UP online*** $17.99 @MetroWines **

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Shopping Options Updated @MetroWines

Virus Block and Tackle Update @MetroWines
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We are all still bunkered, bunkering, bunkerizing.
But, wine perseveres!


** We have Pre-packed Bunker's Dozen Boxes **

We also have restaurant quality Pasta and Red Sauce!
 and candles and teapots in case of power failures.
Sealed, pre-pakcaged restaurant quality bag is $2.49

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And $14.99 for this 6 pound can that holds more
restaurant quality red sauce than 6 jars of Prego for $50
Ask for a can when you call in for wine!

Unless otherwise directed store hours remain the same!
Monday-Friday from 10am-7pm and Sunday from Noon to 5pm

Delivery and Curbside Pickup Options Here:

Meanwhile, Big Box is slow, sluggish and making a mess. Asleep at the wheel.

Call us with questions. Operators are standing by!
(828) 575-9525

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