Owner of Metro Wines

Women Winemakers Dinner

 

WOW! What a night. Good wine. Great menu. Excellent pairings. And Juniper Cooper of Mutual Distribution took us through the amazing world of women winemakers! The menu was set but at the last minute, we decided to step outside the wine box and called an audible.
 
First, we served Beef Carpaccio with Soave. Oh yes, we did! From Sauvia, the Soave is made by a family of four women. Founded in the 1600s, the family started exporting in the 1800s to Spain and England. The emphasis today is on sustainability and the women are pioneering the biodynamic movement in wine.
 
 
We shook up it up again and paired the Priorat with tuna and avocado with sesame and ginger dressing. GR-174 2015, a blend of Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the wine is made by Anna Gallisa. 
 
First established as a priory in the 1500s by a group of friars seeking to be closer to God, this high point was called "Scala Dei." The priory kept copious records. The methods and blends are historically accurate. The wine is balanced, structured and offers up black fruit on the nose and palate. Juniper Cooper says the wine is "a big bang for the buck" and is "approachable yet complex."
 
Pork Belly was paired with, although they said it couldn't be done! Napa Valley!  Made wine by Sarah Fuller, Piccolo Red is a Bordeaux blend. Starting her career scrubbing the floors, Sarah Fuller carries credentials and clout including stints at Quintessa and Estancia in South America. Her focus is on sustainable farming.
 
 
Vanilla Sky partnered up with Signature Rose, a blend of Malbec and Pinot Noir, from Susana Balbo made in the UCO Valley, Mendoza. Born in the 1950s in Argentina, Susana was encouraged by her parents to study nuclear physics. Fun as it was!!, Susana finally said NO to physics and yes to wine. She also started down the winding wine road scrubbing barrels. Susana was the first woman winemaker in Argentina and is still considered one of the best.
 
Juniper described this rose as "manifesting spring!" But even more than that, what we found was that the wine had a cameleon like quality. The wine works with flavors, adjusting where necessary, without losing it's character or strength. Here again, we went off campus. The dessert was sweet, no question, and some might have thought a dry rose would clash, but no, cameleon! The inclsuion of 40% Pinot Noir provided enough fruit to partner.
 

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Hiyu and Smockshop Wine Tasting with Winemaker!

News Release: Wednesday, March 28th, 2018
About: Wine tasting with Winemaker for Hiyu and Smockshop
 

On Tuesday, April 10th, from 5 to 6:30, Winemaker, Nate Ready, a Master Sommelier, will pour and discuss his well received, limited production wines @MetroWines. 

A very thoughtful and environmentally aware wine maker, Nate Ready operates a polyculture farm and uses biodynamic and organic practices in his production.
Wines "on the taste" and "on the house" include Hiyu Falcon Box, Arco Iris, Smock Shop Pinot Noir and Smock Shop Columbia Valley Red. 
“When I have Hiyu/Smock Shop wines, I am struck by the sense of place, complexity, and thoughtfulness which they embody," says Charlie Stanley of Rise Over Run, Distributor for the wines. "Master Sommelier and winemaker Nate Ready’s wines harken to  historical classics of Burgundy and the Rhone Valley, while they are firmly rooted in American expression existing at the intersection of natures agricultural beauty and human ingenuity.”
 

Smockshop says: "Smockshop is an exploration of the Columbia Gorge by the team at Hiyu Wine Farm. The Gorge contains a diverse range of landscapes within a small area. It was this multitude of potential terroirs that drew us to the Gorge. We've been working on developing relationships with growers and landowners who share our vision of farming. We now lease and farm twenty acres of land outside of Hiyu and purchase fruit from an additional few more. All of the vineyards are farmed naturally and allow us access to the full spectrum of possible flavors from high altitude, cool climate sites on the western end of the Gorge to the more Mediterranean, dessert influenced sites to the east."

 
Read more about Smockshop here: https://www.smockshopband.com/About-Us

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"Flavors and Splendors of Provence"

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News Release: Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

About: Northern Provence Presentation
 
Join The Asheville School of Wine and Sylvie Delaunay of Provence Detours on Sunday, May 20th from 3-4pm @MetroWines for a wine tasting with cheese and charcuterie to accompany a presentation about the cuisine and culture and discussion of a hosted tour of the area. 
 
Sylvie Delaunay, owner and operator of Provence Detours, will offer a power point presentation called "Flavors and Splendors of Northern Provence" with details of the planned trip to the area.
  From Provence Detours: Nestled in the Rhône Valley at the northern end of Provence, our tours explore the riches of Drôme, home of the Côtes du Rhône wines. Relax and savor the charm and peacefulness of rural Provence as you experience Drôme’s sprawling vineyards, brilliant lavender fields, mountain-perched villages, and sunny blue skies. It’s a region you shouldn’t miss — home to its own identity and culture, stunning landscapes, and incredible local flavors. Take the time to stop, explore, and savor parts of France you never knew existed.

Meet the local shop owners and proprietors who have called the region home for generations. Experience sights and sounds off the beaten path — exploring places no other tour does. Taste the food of the region, grown mere steps from the medieval villages you’ll explore. Taste wines from the vineyards you’ll see as you explore the region.

Local farms, olive groves, forests, and orchards provide the quintessential Mediterranean fare you’d expect for a journey through Provence. Explore historic villages, perched atop mountains and cliffs, wandering the cobblestone streets and soaking in the warm French sun.

  Rest easy at the end of each day in a warm and inviting bed and breakfast — you’ll enjoy the same location the duration of your trip — where you’ll connect with your travel companions, share stories, and build relationships with people from around the world.

The event is "on the house" but seating is limited. Please reserve your seat by calling (828) 575-9525 or shop online here:  https://www.metrowinesasheville.com/store/special-events/and reserve your seat.

More about the tour: https://provencedetours.com/

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi

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Italian Wine Tasting with Nicola Cerini

News Release: Sunday, March 25th, 2018
About: Italian Wine Tasting
 
Please join The Asheville School of Wine for a wine tasting with Nicola Cerini, Export Manager for Italian Wineries, Bove and Rubbia al Colle, on Monday, April 23rd from 5 to 6:30 @MetroWines. The tasting is "on the house.' parking is free, close and easy.


Bove

Three generations of the Bove family have called the rich farmland of Avezzano, Abruzzo, home. Here, they have nurtured wine grapes that grow plump and favorful nourished by soil from what was the bed of Italy’s largest lake. The lake was drained in the late 19th Century to create new agricultural lands – giving birth to modern day Avezzano.

Rome may have its historic prominence and Venice its pic-turesque canals – Avezzano itself has a history reaching to the Paleolithic period. As its inhabitants developed agricultural prominence in the early 20th Century, a devastating earthquake all but eradicated the city. Staunch residents rebuilt only to be bombed repeatedly during World War II – until liberated by the New Zealand Army in June 1944.

Families rebuilt again – and today Avezzano has come into its own for both its high quality agricultural products and its emergence as a center for tech industry.

The Bove family, who founded their cantine in 1930, epitomize the pride of the Avezzano people and embrace their role as stewards of the land and the surrounding natural resources.

And, as the saying goes, it takes a village. The Bove family works closely with local farmers to resurrect varieties like Pecorino that had nearly disappeared from the region. Likewise, refined cultivation of the fabled Montepulciano grape has resulted in wines that exhibit the region’s true character.

The wines have been forged from hardship but drink with enjoyable and with well-earned maturity. Bove wines express the character of the region’s fruitful terroir and the dedication and passion of the Bove family. A high-tech bottling line shows the family’s eye for the future. Careful sourcing from optimal vineyards and careful grape selection are hallmarks of respect for quality and tradition.

More: http://uvaimports.com/producers/bove

Rubbia al Colle

For many travellers, an exploration of Italy often begins in Tuscany. The region is known for its romantic allure, the food and, of course, the wine.

Tuscany, like the rest of Italy, is not easily pigeonholed. Its 8,900 square miles are diverse, from its capital of Florence to the tiniest of mountain villages, Tuscany is a nation within a nation, where the matter of a few miles finds diverse daily meals and much, much different wines.

Almost 7 miles due east of the Mediterranean Ocean and 57 miles southwest of Florence, Rubbia al Colle is nearly in the heart of the vast Maremma region. Here, grapes grow on two tracts. Podere Le Pulledre skirts a fertile valley floor where vines flourish in clay soil with deep sand layers, warm climate and significant diurnal temperature swings. Podere La Rubbia is located on a hillside with a warm and windy climate. Soils are clay and calcareous with stony sediment. The two vineyards are very diferent and exemplify the micro-regions that give Maremma its rich agricultural heritage.

Located on highly traveled tourist paths, this rich farmland tucks up against foothills leading to Campiglia – a beautiful walled city with roots in Medieval times. To the northeast lies the DOCG namesake, Suvereto, another walled city of barely 4,000 people.

The winery of Rubbia al Colle is located in the ancient property Le Pulledre. The Muratori family built the winery in the hearth of a hill, where now the red wines of Rubbia al Colle mature. The winery is predominately underground, made of local materials, in sympathy to the original structure of the estate. Mediterranean maquis grows on the roof of the winery and water, sun and rocks are primary elements of the winery, while clay is its foundation layer.

The wines are released at a time when they can be enjoyed – and will grow more compelling with time. Rubbia al Colle, on the Arcipelago Muratori estate, is dedicated to red wines, especially Sangiovese, and including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot. The wines are a testament to the vineyards’ outstanding growing conditions and the Muratori family commitment to tradition and quality.

 

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi

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Dogs Found Dumped, Dead of Gunshot Wounds

Story was reported in The Asheville Citizen Times today, March 24th. HERE.

Brother Wolf has issued a reward for evidence leading to capture of the perpetrator and MetroWines has sent this Letter to the Editor. 

 

Dear Editor:

How many more stories (March 24th) do we need to read like "Dogs found dumped, dead of gunshot wounds?"

Animal abuse is not an insignificant crime. Acts of cruelty are collected along with felonies including arson, burglary and homicide in the FBI database.

What can we do? First, make animal cruelty a felony. Once the perpetrator is caught, 

the prosecutor should seek the strongest penalty and, upon conviction, the court should so decree.

North Carolina should also consider a registry of animal abusers. Concerned citizens, parents, 

and businesses should know the identity and the whereabouts of these criminals.

Because, studies show, they will go further. They will do more.

S. Gina Trippi

Asheville, North Carolina

  Calling on friends to help stop the abuse. Your Shop Dog, Bandit.

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Asheville Wine Focus Group: July

 

Chris Curtis of Country Vintner will host the July gathering of The Asheville Wine Focus Group.

The Country Vintner has served North Carolina as an importer and wholesaler of fine wines since 1995.  Our portfolio is incredibly diverse and dynamic, featuring classic iconic wineries and exciting new brands from around the world. 

We serve restaurants and retailers across the entire state from the coastline of the Outer Banks to the mountains of Asheville.  All of our wines are received into our temperature-controlled distribution center on refrigerated containers and are delivered to our customers on refrigerated trucks.

If you shop @MetroWines, you are familiar with Country Vintner Wines including Secateurs, RAATS, DMZ just to name a few!

You must reserve a seat. Please call (828) 575-9525.

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Move Over!

Hi ALL,

That's me and Cate in our beds. We liked it that way. But some of us like sharing a bed with YOU. Read on...

"For most Americans, dogs are no longer relegated to the doghouse. According to the American Pet Products Association, an industry trade group, almost 60 percent of dog owners say they regard their pet as a child or member of the family. And many let their dogs snuggle up to sleep right in their human owners’ beds, often alongside their owners."

Entire NYT Story HERE!

Great story. Boy, what I would give for one more day of sleeping next to Cate. Miss you, my friend.

                                      Your Shop Dog, Bandit

 

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Engineers Without Borders Fundraiser

 

 

News Release: Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Engineers Without Borders: Asheville Chapter Fundraiser
 
The Asheville Chapter of Engineers Without Borders invites you to a wine tasting to benefit the good work of the organization on Friday, April 13th from 5 to 7pm @MetroWines. 
 
Engineers Without Borders, a non-profit, is a team of experienced professionals with backgrounds in environmental, manufacturing, chemical, civil, mechanical and software engineering.
 
In 2015, our team of Asheville engineers (http://ewbasheville.org/) saw children kicking a soccer ball into a medical waste burn pile in Uluthe Village Kenya. A year later, in collaboration with the community, we completed the building of a safe medical waste incinerator at the Uluthe Medical Hospital and Dispensary.
 
The current project aims to improve medical waste disposal at the larger Siaya County Hospital near Uluthe. The hospital serves more than 300 people each day, that's 106,800 people every year providing all types of medical services including antimalarial drugs and antiretroviral drugs, HIV testing, prenatal care and childbirth as well as first aid and surgery.
 
Donation for the event is $20, includes glass of red, white or rose. Tickets HERE. 
 
Can't join us but want to make a tax deductible donation?
Or make checks payable to EWB-USA with "Asheville Professionals" on memo line to: 
EWB-USA Asheville Professionals
C/O Anchor QEA of NC PLLC
213 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801

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Pet Approval

 

45% of Millenials say getting their pet's approval of their dates would matter more than getting family approval, according to a Zulily survey. Well, of course. Tell it like it is!

 

And Parade Magazine answers what pets give back. "Science has proven dogs have the power to turn your frown into a smile. When you pet a dog, your body produces oxytocin and endorphins, hormones that lift your mood and strengthen the emotional bond between you and the dog. Oxytocin is the homrone that binds a mother to a child and one lover to another. Simply watching dogs playing or goofing around helps people feel happier and more relaxed."

 

That's my Cate. Got to make you smile. She was so beautiful.

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Asheville Wine Focus Group Winner: March

In a bizarre turn of events, the focus group was almost evenly split among the four wines presented by Mike Tiano of Haw River Wine Man. But, I think I saw one more hand for the Colterenzio Pinot Nero. OK, it was my hand but, hey, I count! I love this wine.  Brilliant ruby red in the glass, fresh fruity on the nose with aromas of red currants and black cherry. Colterenzio is medium bodied with ripe berry flavors on the palate. Soft tannins and integrated aciidty round out the wine. This Pinot Nero could go 2-4 years in the bottle. Bottom line is that a Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir in France and Blauburgunder (OUCH!) in Germany and Austria) of this quality at this price, $16.99, is hard to find. Find it @MetroWines!

Tellus Vinea 2016, an unoaked Bordeaux imported by Neal Rosenthal, was a close second, a hand away, OK OK, my hand. But I love this one too. This blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc is earthy and fruity with a waft of cherry. The wine is fermented in concrete allowing the true flavors of the grapes to speak without being smothered by oak. That said, this is a versatile Bordeaux.

Vallevo Pecorino sold out last night. The importer tells the story of how he found this wine:

Some years ago I helped a group of Italian winemakers tour Sonoma County wineries. The following year I was at Vinitaly, the huge Italian wine trade fair, and I went to say hello to one of the winemakers at his booth; his name was Gianni Pasquale, and he was the Technical Director for a small co-operative winery in the Abruzzo region, near Chieti. We talked for a bit, and then he asked if I'd like to taste his wines. I must admit I felt slightly embarassed; I knew roughly how little they cost, and I assumed they'd be pretty dire. But it would have been rude to refuse.

They poured the wines, and I started tasting, mentally composing a white lie to explain why I couldn't buy them. Then I realized that they were in fact exactly right- very flavorful, honest, well-made wines at a perfect price. In a sense this is an importer’s highest achievement; it’s pretty easy to find good wine at $50 a bottle, but very difficult at less than $10.  This extraordinary bottle is $10.99 @MetroWines.

COSTA DEI TRABOCCHI’ ABRUZZO PECORINO DOC

‘No, this is not the sheep cheese: the variety’s curious name refers to sheepherders who ate the grapes while accompanying their flocks…’ Ian d’Agata

Pecorino is a grape variety that almost died out, and has been coming back into production in the last 20 years or so in the Marche and the Abruzzo. The wine is characterized by fresh acidity and very attractive aromas: ‘…usually delicately herbal (sage, thyme, mint) with balsamic nuances to the crisp apple and pear aromas and flavors…’ (d’Agata again).

The Vallevò Pecorino is fermented dry and aged on the lees in stainless steel tanks, and bottled in the Spring following the vintage. Makes a great dry aperitif and works with a range of foods, from seafood to vegetables.

 

 

Also a winner, Ostatu. Not a new wine to the shop but a constant favorite with customers and, as of last night, the Focus Group. The Focus Group liked the acidity and freshness of this wine. It is a"porch sipper" or the perfect partner to seafood. The winery says: The Rioja Blanco 2016 from Bodegas Ostatu is a blend of 85% Viura and 15% Malvasia from the highest parts of their oldest vineyards - the vines are between 30 and 80 years old. Pronounced aromas of nectarine, passion fruit and peach, give way to a fresh, lively palate with vibrant acidity and a spicy finish with hints of ginger and lemongrass.

 

 

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Graves, L'Oustalet, Rosso di Rocca

What We're Talking About @MetroWines...

 

Rosso di Rocca 2015 by Daniela, Monica and Paola Roca
Read about the Winemakers: http://www.albinorocca.com/en/today/
The 2015 Rosso di Rocca, the estate’s Nebbiolo based,
Barbera and Cabernet Franc blend,
is another fruity, tasty red to drink now and over the next year or two.
Sweet red cherry, flowers, mint, orange peel and sweet spices
are laced into the supple, racy finish.
Red Beans and Rice Approved
That's Pistou on the label, the horse that still works the fields!
L'Oustalet is just as dependable and, oh yeah, red beans and rice approved.

 
  The Perrin Family has been pioneers in organic viticulture in France. Jacques Perrin being engaged in its development as early as 1950. this natural approach to viticulture has one maine goal: to encourage the roots to grow deep. When this happens, they interact with the soil's complex structure and produce grapes with marvelous intensity and balance. L'Oustalet is no exception. A blend of Grenache and Syrah, the wine displays superb aromas of juicy fruit, cherries, spices and smoked meat, with texture and balance.
You Like Semillon? Don't Forget Graves!
Chateau Graville-Lacoste Graves
IMPORTED BY KERMIT LYNCH

A blend of 75% Semillon, 20% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscadelle.
Unfiltered. Stainless Steel.
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Asheville Wine Focus Group: April

News Release: Thursday, March 8th, 2018

About: April Session of The Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines
 
Please join us for The Asheville Wine Focus Group on April 4th, 2018 from 5:30-6:30 @MetroWines as we welcome Bryan Hendershot of Mims Distribution, in business over 50 years, to host the evening.
 
Bryan will present four wines for participants to consider. "Participants are asked to play wine shop owner for the night," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Participants will taste the wines and answer whether like the wine, do they believe others will like the wine, should the wine be carried  @MetroWines, and what should the wine cost."
 
There is no charge for the event. Please reserve your seat by calling (828) 575-9525 or register online here: 
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Bread, Brie and Bubbles

Tickets Here!

UPDATE: 

Meet at shop at 4:30. Park @MetroWines.

Come on in and Share a Glass of Bubbles

UBER (not includd) picks up at 5 and drives group to Great Harvest.

Enjoy Sourdough, Brie and Bubbles, Make Sourdough.

UBER drives you back to pick up uour car @MetroWines.

DONE!

Or you can just meet us there!

News Release: March 8th, 2018

About: "Bread, Brie and Bubbles"
 
Please join MetroWines for a hands-on class and evening of camaraderie, "Bread, Brie and Bubbles" at the Great Harvest Bread Company on Friday, April 20th from 5:30 to 7:30.
 
The baker will show you how to make sour dough bread while you taste Brie on freshly baked bread paired with a French sparkling wine selected by MetroWines and offered compliments of Great Harvest Bread Company. Carve your initials in your bread, Great Harvest Bread Company will bake your loaf overnight and you pick up your work on Saturday morning!
 
"We are delighted to partner with Great Harvest Bread Company where everything is done from scratch" says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "What's better than freshly baked bread, cheese and bubbles?"
 
Class is limited to 20 participants. The cost is $20 plus tax. Purchase tickets online here: https://www.metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/bread-brie-and-bubbles-on-april-20th/or call MetroWines at (828) 575-9525.
 
Great Harvest Bread Company is located at 1838 Hendersonville Road in Asheville. 
 
Contact for Great Harvest Bread Company: Andy Singleton at (828) 412-3199
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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History in the Making: Women Winemakers from Around the Globe

News Release: Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

About: Women Winemaker's Dinner at Golden Fleece
"History in the Making: A Celebration of Women Winemakers Across the Globe"
*** Please note Change of Date and Event Title ***
Celebrate Women's History Month! Please join MetroWines, Mutual Distribution, Great Harvest Bread Company and Chef George Delidimos for "History in the Making: A Celebration of Women Winemakers Across the Globe" on Wednesday, March 28th from 6 to 9pm at Golden Fleece in Asheville. 
"The evening celebrates women who worked their way up to be winemaker," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "These women winemakers were not born to the job, some started sweeping the winery floor!"
 
Chef George Delidimos will create an original four course menu to honor these winemakers. Juniper Cooper of Mutual Distribution will tell us the story of the winemaker behind the wine paired with each dish. Great Harvest Bread Company will provide freshly baked breads for the evening and cookies, cookies, cookies!
 
Wines featured will be from Argentina, Spain, Italy and California.
The dinner is $65 plus tax and gratuity. Please reserve your seat by calling Golden Fleece at (828) 424-7655. Plenty of free parking.
 

Contact for Golden Fleece: Kathleen Marshall (828) 424-7655

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Shop:  828-575-9525
google: https://goo.gl/knC8LP
 

First Course

Beef Carpaccio

local watercress, graviera flakes, olive oil, lemon, topped with edible flower petals

Second Course

Ahi Tuna Salad

local butter lettuce, radish, avocado, citrus supremes, sesame ginger dressing

Third Course

Pork Belly and Pears

seared local pork belly, grilled pears, asparagus, candied garlic

Fourth Course

Vanilla Sky

basil-vanilla custard wrapped in phyllo nest, sugar glass, with a berry coulis 

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Paul McCartney Calls for Meat Free Monday

 

Sir Paul McCartney, while he continues to sell out concert venue at 75, is leading the Meat Free Monday Campaign asking people to skip meat just once a week to "help slow climate change, preserve natural resources, and improve their health."

 

 

Entire Article here online.

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Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast

Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast in historic Montford is the perfect place for your guests and YOU to stay for your wedding in Asheville. Pinecrest, a beautifully restored 5 bedroom inn built in 1905, is conveniently located in Montford, an easy one mile walk to downtown Asheville and just minutes from the Biltmore Estate. Plan your day’s adventure over a sumptuous breakfast served at 9am and upon your return, enjoy a freshly baked dessert and beverage. Innkeepers Dan & Diane invite you to experience relaxation, privacy and pampering at our premier Asheville bed and breakfast. Read more here. 

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Edith Wharton vs. ASPCA

David Dunlap writes for New York Times about Edith Wharton's battle with the president of the ASPCA.

Power to the people! OK, I said that part. With love, Your Shop Dog, Bandit.

Times Insider shares historic insights from The New York Times. In this piece, David W. Dunlap, a metro reporter, looks back at a particularly memorable letter sent to The Times’s publisher.

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The front and back of Edith Wharton’s four-page note to Adolph S. Ochs. CreditTony Cenicola/The New York Times

Edith Wharton loved animals.

But she hated John P. Haines, the president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Mrs. Wharton and other members of the society believed that Mr. Haines was at least inept, if not corrupt, in his management of the agency.

After an especially stormy meeting on Feb. 15, 1906 — a meeting so chargedthat it was front-page news in The New York Times — Mrs. Wharton took pen in hand at her townhouse on Park Avenue and East 78th Street.

She addressed a private letter to Adolph S. Ochs, the publisher of The New York Times:

“My dear Mr. Ochs,

“As one of the S.P.C.A. members who are trying to put the Society on a better basis by an honest investigation of its methods, I write to ask if, in speaking of yesterday’s meeting editorially, you will bring out as forcibly as possible that the two motions carried yesterday by Mr. Haines & his friends have resulted in cutting off all investigations and silencing the members for one year.

“The best service that can be done by the Press to those desirous of reforming the S.P.C.A. is to lay emphasis on these facts, & also on the fact that Mr. Haines voted for both motions, & that at least four of those voting with him (by his own admission) were employés of the Society.

“Irrespective of personal sympathies, we want the public to know that the members have been gagged.

“Sincerely yrs,

“Edith Wharton”

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Edith WhartonCreditBeinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, via Wikimedia Commons

What brings her to mind this week is the fire on Sunday that consumed the chapel near Madison Square Park in Manhattan where she and Edward Wharton were married in 1885.

Both Whartons were devoted to animals; she to dogs and horses, he to cows, sheep, ducks and hens.

“Dogs — small dogs and preferably Pekinese — were among the main joys of her being, and had been since she was a child,” R. W. B. Lewis wrote in “Edith Wharton: A Biography” (1975).

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The Times’s account of the stormy meeting noted Mrs. Wharton’s assertion that the Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Paris and Rome — of which she was also a member — “did far better with less money than the New York society.” The article reported that opponents of Mr. Haines had adjourned to the Whartons’ home to draft a statement that “in smothering further criticism, the society is put on record as fearing to face charges of negligence and inefficiency.”

(Actually, it is hard to square Mrs. Wharton’s letter with the account in The Times of the same day, since it had already done the things she asked Mr. Ochs to do. It’s as if she hadn’t read the paper yet. Perhaps she had let her home delivery subscription lapse. Don’t let this happen in your household!Choose The Times subscription that’s best for you. Starting as low as 99 cents.)

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The meeting in which John P. Haines was “hotly assailed,” which Edith Wharton attended, inspired her to write a personal note to the publisher of The Times.

“Haines Hotly Assailed in S.P.C.A. Meeting,” The Times’s headline read. “Mrs. Cadwalader Jones Tells Him He’ll Regret the Day / Employes Appear to Vote / Both Sides Say Meeting Was Packed — Haines Must Go or the Society Collapse, Reformers Declare.”

Of course, The Times offered balance in its account, noting that Mr. Haines enjoyed the support of Miss Irwin Martin, the vice president of the Toy Spaniel Club. “She wanted to vote that no further evil reports of the management be listened to,” The Times said.

In the end, the reformers won. Mr. Haines resigned on March 8. Nine days later, the Whartons sailed for Europe.

 

Entire story by David Dunlap here.

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Wine Tasting with Laurence Vuelta

 

TICKETS HERE

News Release: Wednesday, February 28th, 2018
About: Wine Tasting with Laurence Vuelta!
The Asheville School of Wine presents the best show in the wine world, Laurence Vuelta of Aveniu Brands hosts "Bodega Septima: A Taste of Mendoza, Argentina" on Thursday, April 19th starting 6pm @MetroWines. 
"This tasting with tapas is a twice yearly event @MetroWines and customers began reserving seats at the last event in November," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines."@MetroWines, we say that if you have not been to a wine tasting with Laurence Vuelta, you have NOT been to a wine tasting!"
The seated tasting includes 5 wines and tapas. The cost is $25 plus tax. Seating is limited. Please call (828) 575-9525 for reservations or shop online here: https://www.metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/laurence-vuelta-seated-wine-tasting-with-tapas/

Wines include Bodega Septima Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and, from the oldest family owned winery in the world, Codorniu Gran Reserva Pinot Noir Brut Cava. 
 
Juniper Cooper of Mutual Distribution will also join us for the event. And wines will be available for a special event price that evening @MetroWines.

Follow Bodega Septima on FB here: https://www.facebook.com/bodegaseptima/   
Follow Laurence Vuelta on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/laurencevuelta?lang=en

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi

Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Roaring Meg, Painted Wolf, Vieux Pressoir, Bocelli

Winemaker Notes

This wine highlights the season with a blend of dark red and black forest berries

adding complexity with a hint of dried herbs, adding complexity.

The wine starts with a dark berry and lovely texture and to the mid palate.
Lovely ripe textural tannins rise gracefully out of the mid-palate to finish the wine.
The wine is balanced by the acidity and fruit producing long fruit-driven finish.


Critical Acclaim

90 Points from Wine Spectator
Clove and cinnamon accents add a spicy overtone to the gingerbread,
caraway and black cherry flavors. Smooth and creamy on the finish. 

90 Points from Wine Enthusiast
Earthy and beet-like on the nose, this medium-bodied Pinot Noir
also boasts hints of cola and black cherries. It's round and silky in texture,
with a softly dusty finish reminiscent of cola and espresso. 

This winery, Painted Wolf, makes extraordinary wines
to help in the effort to save The African Wild Dog.
Hunted for their magnificent coats and losing their homes to humans,
between 5,500 and 7,000 are left in the world.
Painted Wolf aims to stop the extinction of The African Wild Dog.
We aim to help.

The den wines are social wines to be enjoyed with friends and family.
These wines are named for the den, the heart of African Wild Dog communities.

Flavor-packed, soft and juicy comfort wines for every day drinking.

This wine has a bright aroma and flavor of tropical fruits. Honeydew melon,
guava and pineapple host an underlying savory minerality and a lick of wood.
The wine has a great texture and a long layered finish with bright acidity
keeping it fresh and vibrant. Grown and made wine in South africa.

Pick up a bottle of this crowd pleasing Chenin Blanc
and "read it with" this NYT article on Johannesburg.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/08/travel/36-hours-in-johannesburg.html
Chateau Le Vieux Pressoir 2010
Saint Emilion Grand Cru

 Dark ruby purple in color, it is medium full on the palate
with an appealing wood influence that integrates well into the wine.
Flavors of red currant, plum, kirsch and a touch of licorice
balance out the toasty oak. Drinks way above price.

NYT Eric Asimov on La Cite' du Vin, read Bordeaux Museum
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/15/
dining/wine-museum-bordeaux-la-cite-du-vin.html

(We should be in that museum, La Cite' du Vin, for finding
a Bordeaux this good for $15.99)

*** THIS JUST IN ***

Jody Allen of Small Vineyards
Saturday, March 3rd from 3 to 6 @MetroWines

*** This is A MUST SEE ***

Jody makes a wine tasting up close and personal
with stories of his experiences at the wineries,
with the winemakers, including Bocelli !! and their families.
You do not want to miss this virtual trip into the wine world.

https://www.metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/
blog/entry/small-vineyards-tasting-with-jody-allen

Going Facebook LIVE from 5:30-6pm!

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Michele D'Aprix Wine Tasting

 

News Release: Friday, February 23rd, 2018

About: Wine Tasting with WineMaker Michele D'Aprix
 
Please join The Asheville School of Wine as we present Winemaker Michele D'Aprix, the only American woman winemaker in Bordeaux,  on Thursday, March 15th from 5 to 6:30 @MetroWines.
 
Michele D' Aprix makes the scandalously good and wildly popular "Pentimento," a Bordeaux blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Michele will present "Pentimento" and other wines in her portfolio including MazCaz White and Red Rhone blends, "on the taste" and "on the house" @MetroWines.
 
"Michele and her wines have been popular since we opened the doors almost five years ago," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines.  "The wines are great but it is meeting the charismatic, accomplished and approachable Michele, that makes this event a must for anyone who appreciates winemaking."
 
A rising star in the wine world, Michele took her work in chemistry (note the chemical formula on "Pentimento") west and added a degree in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis. Michele then headed to Bordeaux and trained with accomplished and highly regarded winemaker Stephane Derenocourt known for his many bottles that have garnered 100 points from critics. Adding her own touch, Michele started her own project in St. Emilion, "Pentimento." And the rest is, as they say, wine history!
Follow Michele on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/pentimentowine?lang=en
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525

 

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