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Renaissance Wines

Should you serve wine from the days of the Renaissance?

No, these bottles of wine are not 400 years old.  But these Barbera and Arneis wines come to us from vineyards that have been growing grapes since the Renaissance.  It’s very possible that the great painter Caravaggio drank wines from these very vineyards during the 1600’s.  For this reason, we poured both last night to celebrate artist Nick Wade’s stunning reproduction of Bacchus, one of Caravaggio’s iconic paintings.

Paitin Barbera d’Alba Serra 2010

Don’t take our word for it – this is what the Los Angeles Times wine critic said:

“This is not your rustic Barbera but a wonderfully elegant example from the renowned Barbaresco producer Giovanni  Pasquero-Elia.  A gorgeous ruby red, the 2010 Paitin Barbera "Serra" is soft and silky in texture, intense and so fresh with flavors of cherries, blueberries, mint and spice. The Barbera shines with a platter of salami and with hearty pasta dishes. Pour it with vegetarian dishes, pizza and grilled meats too.”

Metro Wines offers this extraordinary Italian red at a very competitive price.

Cordero di Montezemolo Arneis 2012

The Wine Authority said this about this Arneis.  

“Vibrant, quince, floral honey – clean and dry.  Since 1340, this single estate has been owned by the same family for 18 generations. This Arneis really delivers the goods. Where most are insipid and over-priced, this one is a great deal for a wine of its complexity, distinction, and perfect balance. Classic white Italian style, both breathtakingly vibrant and complex. A truly lovely drink! Serving Suggestion: flounder in browned butter and almond slivers, and …piccata dishes.”


The winemaker says: “Medium straw yellow. Soft nose of lemon, yellow apple, river rock, and mineral. Good acidity and lemon and mineral dominated palate, with some white pepper and spice also in the mix. Good with shellfish and seafood in general. Splendid accompaniment for antipasti and first courses of spring, including omelets with wild herbs, savory pies, vegetable soups, stuffed squash blossoms, and freshwater seafood… Excellent as an aperitivo.”

The MetroWines Tasting Panel says: If you are not familiar with Italian White Wines, Cordero de Montezemolo Arneis from the Langhe Region is an excellent and most delightful bottle to start you down the path of the many possibly little known, probably unappreciated and certainly undervalued world of white Italian varietals. Aromatic on the nose, plush on the palate, smooth and stong on the finish. No bumps in the road. Good from the get go to the end.

And read what Gina said in her wine column in The Laurel of Asheville about this Arneis and two other great white varietals:


Flowers are starting to bloom. Spring has decidedly sprung. Time to bring out the white wines. But maybe you are not quite ready for the snap and tingle of a Sauvignon Blanc. You are still thinking a little heavier in body, a little more floral on the nose, a little more lush on the palate. Think Italian Whites. Think indigenous grapes such as Grillo, Verdicchio or Arneis. The rich aromas and discernible flavors in these Italian Whites come from the vineyard terroir and the varietal, not oak. We taste spring!

Although the origin of Grillo is not certain, the varietal was already widely planted throughout Sicily by the end of the 1800s. Traditionally used as the primary grape in Marsala, Italian winemakers have begun to make dry wines from this plush varietal.

Zagra Gillo is a fine example. The name itself evokes spring. Zagra in Sicilian dialect is “la Zagar,” white blossoms prevalent in Sicily and traditionally used in bridal bouquets. This dry white wine is a deep yellow in the glass, presents an intense bouquet of white flowers and wild rose and spreads velvety and creamy across the palate. 

Verdicchio calls the Marche Region of Italy, think calf muscle of the boot, its varietal home. Verdicchio is a low yield grape and to maintain n its characteristic integrity, the yield per acre is kept low.  “Macrina” by Garofoli, fifth generation winemakers, offers an award winning version of verdicchio. Pale straw in color with soft green highlights, Macrina is spring in your glass. In fact, verdicchio is derived from the Italian word, “verde” that is, green, referring to this characteristic greenish cast. On the nose, expect pear, lemon, lime, fresh melon and apple flavors. Well structured, you will find the aromas turn fresh, rich flavors with the varietally characteristic almond finish.  

And then there’s my favorite, Arneis. Eighteen generations have made grapes wine on this single estate since 1340! A strong, straw yellow in color, Langhe Arneis from winemaker Cordero di Montezemolo, delivers a seductive, floral nose of acacia blossoms and yellow flowers with peach and hazelnut rolling into a vibrant, velvety and dry palate of citrus and solid minerality and ever so slight a touch of white pepper. I know. I know! Some of you might be thinking how can this wine be both velvety and dry? I questioned that too. But tasting is believing! This Arneis can serve as an aperitif, stand up to herbs that demand attention or a good book all by itself.

Slide into Spring with Grillo, Verdicchio and Arneis.


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Truffle Hunting Dogs

Last night at the shop, wines from Piedmont in Italy were featured. From what I hear, the Piedmont is the place to be. Great wine. Great art. Great people. Great countryside. And truffle hunting dogs! Check out this dude working it in the Piedmont.


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Home Source Design Center Recipe. Our Wines!

On Tuesdays, we partner with Home Source Design Center to make meals, their recipes and our wines.

Click here:

Home Source Recipes 


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Cheesecake Shots

So, on this most Italiano day, what with Caravaggio's "Bacchus" brought to life by Nick Wade at OUR shop,

Your shop dogs have located pictures of dogs in Italian Renaissance Art.

We chose to feature this portrait of Ippolito de Medici painted by Agnolo Bronzino in 1532. 

Ippolito is a good looking guy but check out the hunka hunka brunin' love next to him! Yeah baby.


For more cheesecake shots go here: 

Dogs in Italian Art

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Caravaggio's Dog

Unlike Napoleon, there is fairly good evidence that Caravaggio had a black dog he named "Crow."

Take a look at this text we found. True, just one man's opinion, but we found the same story on many sites, some that people actually respect!

Gary Byrd will probably mostly address the most awesome work of Caravaggio on Wednesday night but we thought we would offer the thought that he, Caravaggio, could not have done it without his faithful companion! I wonder if it is too late to talk Nick Wade who painted the reproduction of "Bacchus" into adding Crow to the scene? Oh well, anyway, Your Shop Dogs on the job rounding out the story:

Caravaggio's paintings were wildly controversial for their stark, bordering-on-indecent naturalism, intense tenebrism and often morally questionable choice of models.

However, they were also hugely successful, attracting admiring patrons (including the influential Cardinal Scipione Borghese, patron of fellow Baroque star Bernini) and young artists alike.

Caravaggio was never able to capitalize on his success, however, for his character and personal life were even darker and more controversial than his paintings. With his unruly black curls and unkempt black beard, the artist was known to wander the streets of Rome dressed in black, accompanied by his black dog, Crow (the bird-harbinger of death), and brandishing swords and daggers at the slightest provocation.

This is Caravaggio painted by Ottavio Leoni, circa 1621.


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"Bacchus" on Auction

A reproduction of Caravaggio's "Bacchus" by Nick Wade will be on silent auction at Metro Wines on Wednesday, May 29th from 6 to 8pm.

"Bacchus" is on view now at Metro Wines. We will accept phone bids.



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Look Into My Eyes

On our day off we setting up the shop with tables and chairs, stocking the shelves with italian wines and working to convince you to come by the shop on Wednesday at 6pm for the BIG, we mean really BIG, Caravaggio event. thinking to try something new. This is another friend of ours from Florida, Rockalot. He does hypnosis. Don't be concerned. He is really really good at it. Here we go:

Look into my eyes.


You are getting sleepy.

You are thinking about Italian wine.

You are thinking about Italian art.

You want both.

You know "Bacchus" by Nick Wade is at Metro Wines.

You resolve to go to Metro Wines On Wednesday at 6.

When you wake up, you will be planning your schedule to attend the Caravaggio presentation at Metro Wines on Wednesday night from 6 to 8pm.

You will enjoy it.

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Wine and Art and AUCTION


Wednesday, May 29th from 6 to 8pm

Wine and Art and AUCTION

Join us to discuss the history of wine from a

13th century Italian winery and Caravaggio's painting of "Bacchus," circa 1595.

We will be offering for viewing and sale an Old Mater Reproduction painting

of Caravaggio's "Bacchus" by Asheville artist Nick Wade.

Stay tuned to this page for photos of the painting in progress.

Nick Wade's "Bacchus" completed. Auction May 29th, 6 to 8pm.

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Brother Wolf Critter Camp

Hi All, Brother Wolf is offering Critter Camp! We are proud to say that we still offer Brother Wolf logo wine and beer glasses, cat or dog, with all sales proceeds going to support programs like this one at Brother Wolf. So shop us!

Best regards, Your Shop Dogs


Brother Wolf to host 'Critter Camp'

ASHEVILLE – Critter Camp, offered beginning in mid June by Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, is a weeklong day camp designed for children who love animals. Age-appropriate activities and field trips teach young people about animal care in a fun, safe, hands-on environment.

Critter Camp will be offered June 17-21 and July 22-26 for grades three-four; June 24-28 and July 29-Aug. 2 for grades five-six; and July 8-12 and Aug. 5-9 for grades seven-eight.

All classes run 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The fee is $300 per camper, $250 for an additional sibling. Healthy snacks will be provided daily. To register or learn more, call 575-2699 or visitwww.bwar.org/critercamp.

Instructing the campers will be Brother Wolf staff, longtime volunteers and guest presenters. Speakers include wildlife rehabilitators, a service dog trainer and representatives from Phoenix Landing bird rescue and Friends 2 Ferals.

In addition to understanding cat and dog behavior, children will learn the value of socializing pets at a young age and will pick up training techniques that can be used with dogs and cats at home and in the adoption center if they choose to volunteer in the future.

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Making Tables

Busy day. Lots of customers and 8 cases of wine went out to a non-profit event. Busy. And we had to construct tables and chairs. Thank you to Sean and Tony for helping the staff to "make tables." In addition to the BIG meeting table and the 4 cafe tables, now we will have 6 more nice, really nice, black tables with 4 chairs each. The place is swinging' We hesitate to say this because it might mean shop doggin' overtime but this really is a great place to have a meeting or a party or a wedding or a campaign event or whatever. And on top of everything, Nick Wade brought his painting of "Bacchus' over today. This is Nick and Bacchus. Come on! Awesome. Come see us all on Wednesday night for wine, history, "Bacchus" and an auction! Have a great Sunday, Your Shop Dogs


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Power of the Purse

The Power of the Purse Luncheon yesterday was a huge hit. Sold out. Room filled. celebrities. BIG grants to worthy organizations supporting women. Women everywhere know the power of the purse. Look at my friend from Florida. She gets it:


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Downward Dog

OK. The Blue Ridge Bicycle Club folks were great. But let's face it, cycling is a little tough for us. But, word is yoga might be coming to the shop! Stretching, relaxing, downward dog, now that's stuff we can do.


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Sexual Chocolate

Using grapes from around California, 2011 Sexual Chocolate is vinted and bottled in the Santa Barbara countryside by, as the label says,b2ap3_thumbnail_product-2.png"the boys at SLO Down Wines" in Napa. This bottle of red is a smooth blend of old vine Zinfandel from Napa's Howell Mountain and Syrah from the warm climate of Santa Barbara. The full bodied tongue feel of the Zinfandel is much like that of biting into a chocolate covered cherry. The Syrah adds a touch of class bringing a refined and long finish. Sexual Chocolate is an experience.

Winemaker's Notes:

"This bottle originated From a boot legging operation my buddies and I had in college.  We started making wine knowing it would be used for late night drinking and that the French are annoying. It took some time but we finally perfected our blend and came up with this full bodied red that pairs well with Wednesday nights and pizza. We use grapes from all over California so we recommend that this be drank immediately, and shared with girls. When you want more, just call us." Bob & Brandon

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Pedal to the Metal

WOW! Yesterday was really busy. Getting ready for the big event tonight with The Blue Ridge Bicycle Club. Charlie from the Club came by to the shop  about 5pm. Real nice guy. He says he is bringing t-shirts tonight. LOVE t-shirts even if they are a bit difficult to navigate. We support cycling but we can really kick up some dust ourselves. Check out one of our buddies from Florida. This is "Heavy Metal." Pedal to the metal our way! Come out and support Charlie and his work to promote better health and a better environment through cycling.


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Home Source Desin Center Recipe and Our Wines!


Ashevile Grilled Cheese RecipeAsheville’s One-Stop Shop for home remodeling needs brings you Savory Tuesday: featuring delicious Asheville recipes paired with a complimentary wine from Metro Wines, the newest wine studio in Asheville.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Recipe:

Grilled Cheese w/ Bacon, Tomato and Avocado

2 slices bacon, sliced in half crosswise
2 slices hearty white bread, such as Pepperidge Farm or Arnold
2 teaspoons butter
2 slices American or Cheddar cheese
2 slices ripe beefsteak tomato
1/2 a ripe avocado, thinly sliced
Kosher salt

1 Place bacon in a large nonstick or cast iron skillet and cook over medium-low heat, turning occasionally, until crisp all over, about 8 minutes. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate and bacon fat to a small bowl.
2 Wipe out skillet and return to medium heat. Melt butter until foaming subsides. Add both bread slices and cook, swirling occasionally, until pale golden brown on bottom side, about 2 minutes.
3 Transfer to a cutting board toasted-side-up. Place one cheese slice on top of one slice, followed by bacon, tomato, and avocado. Top with second cheese slice and close sandwich.
4 Add half of reserved bacon fat to skillet and heat over medium-low heat. Add sandwich and cook, swirling occasionally, until deep, even golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove sandwich using a flexible metal spatula. Add the remaining bacon fat. Return sandwich to skillet cooked-side up. Season with salt. Cook, swirling occasionally, until second side is deep, even golden brown and cheese is thoroughly melted, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

There’s nothing quite like a BLT for lunch or a light dinner on a warm, sunny day.  It’s a great contrast of light and hearty from the classic combination of crisp, cold lettuce with the juicy sharpness of tomatoes and the spicy, deep flavors of crunchy bacon.

Metro Wine Studio of Asheville has supplied delicious wine pairings below to compliment your grilled cheese.  You can choose a French with an elegant Rhone red blend, or go a little heartier with an earthy Italian Sangiovese.  To help you decide, here’s a description of the wines.

French Wine AshevilleDelas Ventoux 2011

This delightful regional blend is a wonderfully aromatic wine, with fruity cherry-berry Grenache to the fore and a nice backbone of spicy Syrah to add interest.  Medium bodied with soft tannins, this classic regional blend won’t disappoint.  This is a beautiful example of the red wines from the Ventoux region.

Toscana Wine AshevillePerazzeta Sara Sangiovese Toscana IGT 2011

Perazzeta is making some of the best everyday wines in all of Toscana right now. Located in the D.O.C. region of Montecucco, just south of the famous Montalcino region, these wines have tremendous power, tension, and assertive terroir.  Bright, stinging cherry, crisp acidity, and tantalizing earth tones make this pretty, yet interesting wine hard to resist.



More Information Metro Wines:
Metro Wines, located at 169 Charlotte Street, offers a wide selection of wines focusing on pairing just the right wine with any dish or event. Here you will find grape specific shelves as well as categories ranging “from $10 and under” to the “bucket list.” Proprietors John Kerr and Gina Trippi share the philosophy that wine is about friends, family and community. Both are always available to answer questions, offer suggestions, share stories and work with your caterer or event planner. Metro Wines is also home to the Semi Public Space for Contemporary Art presenting rotating exhibits from acclaimed artists across the country. At Metro Wines, you will always find great wine on the shelves and great art on the walls! Visit metrowinesasheville.com for our wine tasting events and wine blog.

More Information HomeSource Design Center:

One convenient location providing home improvement, new construction and remodeling products; kitchen and bath design; and all your construction and landscaping needs. Located at 409 Charlotte Street in Asheville, NC.  Make 80% of finishing product selections including cabinets, countertops, flooring, decking, roofing and more. 


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Day Off Update

Day Off Update:

All the rage in the shop is about a French grape called Picpoul. We are thinking that Napoleon, whether or not he had a dog, drank Picpoul.

Anyway, sounds like 4 cases will be delivered to the shop today or tomorrow.

That means we have to go shop doggin' on our day off.

But the public demand must be met! The show goes on. 

And the shop was announced on WCQS 88.1 FM this morning. We met Melissa from WCQS. Real nice. 

And this is the Picpoul !!






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Summer Gear

Great article about summer gear in USA Weekend . Our friend here did not get the memo. The point is safety, yes, but also to look cool not crazy!! Anyway, not that we are hinting for gifts or anything but check this out:

Whether you’re into recreational Frisbee with your pup or just leisurely strolls around the block, here’s seasonal gear to help your canine companion stay safe and comfortable:

• Keep your running buddy dry in a water-repellent Muttluks Dog Jog Rainsuit featuring a step-in design and zip closure; available in a variety of colors and sizes. ($40-$80, muttluks.com)

• The Kurgo Surf n Turf Coat suits a water dog swimmingly. It features a removable flotation liner, two metal d-rings for leashes and handles for quick control. ($39.99 to $69.99, brookstone.com)


• Doggles Protective Eyewear keeps out wind and debris and provides 100% UV protection; with wrap-around frames, fogproof and shatterproof lenses and flexible straps in a selection of sizes. ($29.99, petco.com)

• A battery-operated dog collar by Pup-Light features three ultra-white LEDs shining light up to 200 feet; fits necks from 8 to 26 inches. ($19.99, bedbathandbeyond.com)

• Help your pooch stay hydrated with this 25-ounce stainless steel water bottle from H204K9 that’s designed to make it easy for him to drink; available in a variety of brilliant colors. ($15.95, thedogoutdoors.com)


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The Door Knob Principle

This group is riding to our shop on Wednesday for the Bar-b-Que wine tasting!! AWESOME.

Bike riding is down the road, so to speak, for us as we are still working on the confounded door knob principle.

But once we nail that, there is no limit!

Come see us on Wednesday and support The Blue Ridge Bicycle Club. Your Shop Dogs


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Vote for Our Shop!!

Please vote for our shop as Best Wine Shop in the Mountain Xpress Poll.

We love Emily and Samantha and all the great people over at Mountain Xpress.

Please tell them that you love US!

And this is not a bribe but there is a Veggie Madness biscuit as a thank you in it for you.

Thank you for your support. Vote here:



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Meet Here!

Sounds like we are encouraging groups to meet at our shop. who wouldn't want to meet here?

Great art on the walls, big tables, digital TV (with a picture of us rolling through but we digress!),

state of the art sound system, wine by the glass, buy a bottle, chocolate and cheeeeeeeeeeeeeese.

Take a look here:


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