Owner of Metro Wines

January Wine Focus Winner

45 customers gathered to consider the wines presented by Richard McKinney and Nick Demos of Tryon Distribution. 

We talked wine, soil, biodynamic methods, Chile and Argentina, Bordeaux grapes, and herbaceous flavors!

We liked all of the 4 wines presented and thought they met the quality to price ratio challenge. But in the end, one was the most impressive to most of the group. While everyone has a different palate and preferences and every wine has a different best use, the fact that most people liked this one is a good indicator that most customers will like this wine. And in a small shop with limited space, that matters! And the winner is.......

 

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A biodynamic blend of 40% Malbec and 60% Bonarda. Mendoza

Winemaker Says:

Deep reddish purple with aromas of bright berry/cherry fruit. Big body yet very balanced with luscious layers of raspberry, cherry, and cocoa flavors. Just a hint of baking spice at the end brings it all together. A great companion to grilled or smoked meats. Pairs well with beef and pork, and even pizza with meat toppings.
 
Robert Parker Says 90 Points
The 2015 Patriota was a similar blend of Malbec from the Valle de Uco (Vista Flores) and Bonarda from Ribadavia matured in oak barrels for some ten months. There is no astringency or herbal notes in this blend, and the Malbec is nicely complemented by the slightly rustic character of the Bonarda.
 
Wine Entusiast Says 90 Points
Spicy red-berry aromas with an accent of musky, cheesy oak get this Malbec-Bonarda blend moving in an interesting way. A tight, pointy palate with lean acidity houses flavors of plum and berry along with creamy oak and vanilla. Lactic oak is a factor on an otherwise bright and spicy finish.
 
MetroWines Focus Group Says:
"fruity but dry with a great nose"
"crowd pleaser!"
"love the biodynamic aspect"
"good value"
"bold but very drinkable"
"I like this and I think red wine drinkers will love it"
"approaches smoky"
"deep rich color"
 
MetroWines Staff Says:
"Toasty, spicey oak with rich, bold dark fruits. The palate is fruit driven but shows good acidity. Good to go solo but will definietly pair well with heavier foods."
 
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Small Retailer Shipping

 

Let's Talk Shipping


Many of you have asked us to ship to friends and family. And we have sadly had to inform you that the state of shipping affairs is a mess of constitutional, and we mean that literally, proportion.

This is a very brief synopsis of the issues involved from Wine Searcher:
https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2019/01/friends-of-supreme-court-see-trouble-brewing

You may be asking how then can the online big boys ship and you, MetroWines, cannot?
We did too. Part of the answer is that some common carriers have looked the other way for Big Boys but returned packages crossing some state lines to small retailers. We wondered why.

Many states, including North Carolina, do not allow retail shipments from out of state retailers. The common carrier says it is your, you the customer, fault. In other words, you the customer bears the criminal responsibility not to order online from an out of state shipper. You bear the burden of knowing this is a crime. You are the guilty party. Beleive it.

The exception, read loophole, to state regulations prohibiting out of state shipments is for wineries and what is called a blender. That is why you can buy from a California winery you visited on your trip to Napa. And it is also how the Big Boy .com-ers and National Wine Clubs manage to ship. They have somehow convinced the federal agency that has jurisdiction over these designaitons that they are in fact blenders or wineries. And this is the loophole through which common carrier as a defendant will crawl. They will argue that, hey, the feds said .com was a winery. Talk to them.

It's a good and probably a winning argument. So it is the definition of "winery" or "blender" that is at stake. In any effort to obtain some guidance and serve our customers, we wrote to US Representative Mark Meadows. The letter:

S. Gina Trippi

Member: District of Columbia Bar and The Florida Bar

4 Club Knoll Road, Asheville, North Carolina 28804

October 22, 2018                                                BY US Mail, FAX and Email this Date

Mark Meadows, United States Representative

1024 Longworth HOB, Washington, DC 20525

Dear Representative Meadows:

I write to you in your capacity as a member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform which supervises Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and as you are my representative. My husband, John Kerr, and I own MetroWines at 169 Charlotte Street in Asheville, a North Carolina LLC.

TTB is charged with issuing a permit to “operate a wine premises” pursuant to 27 CFR. Being permitted as a “winery” allows an online wine retailer to ship across state lines in states where strictly retail shipping is illegal. Said another way, being permitted as a winery is a ticket to ending around state prohibitions that retailers, like MetroWines, must follow. The competitive advantage is enormous.

The problem is that, while TTB does require the submission of documentation, including a blueprint of the premises, to support that the premises is a “winery,” there is no definition of “winery” and no other guidelines to facilitate consistent and fair decisions.

To illustrate the issue, consider that in North Carolina, we have a license to sell wine retail and also to pour wine by the glass. But if more than 50% of our profits come from pouring, then we are a bar and must abide by those regulations.

TTB has no guidance on how many bottles of wine a “winery” must produce. Is ten enough?  If the winery buys a few bottles at the grocery and blends with some dried up grapes on the “premises,” is that a winery? If a “winery” has wine made in California and shipped through the “premises” in another state, is that a “wine premises? And if it is found that a “winery” makes most of its profits by shipping wines from actual wineries, should the TTB “winery” permit be revoked? Does TTB track permitted “wineries?”

I have traded emails with TTB staff who merely recite the rather sparse CFR. And I have contacted John Manfreda, TTB Administrator, by certified letter advising him of all correspondence and requesting a response by October 19th. Having received no response, TTB either cannot or will not answer how decisions are made. Without guidelines, the issuance of a TTB permit is arbitrary.

I am inclined to file for an injunction to halt the issuance of permits by TTB to “operate a wine premises” and to freeze “winery” operations already permitted until TTB sets guidelines. This would be chaotic. We are starting with you first.

Please advise when this situation will be resolved.

Sincerely,

/S/

S. Gina Trippi

 

Sadly, Representative Meadows did not answer our letter neither did he nor his office even acknowledge receiving the letter.     So much for representing small business in North Carolina!

All that said, depending on how the Supreme Court rules, stand by for MetroWine-ery!
If they can do it. We want to do it. We want to be able to say yes to you when you ask us to ship your purchase to your family at the holidays, for your neice's wedding, for your friend's retirment. We will continue this fight for fairness and a level playing field.

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Steele Cab, Maligned Grapes! Eating France, Thomas Meunier, Ciao Asheville, Chianti, Coonawarra, Focus Group

 

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Winemaker says: This wine has a rich, fruit-forward elegance.
A spicy fruit and berry core backed up by soft tannins makes it
a nice glass of wine for casual sipping among friends.


92 Points Wine Enthusiast, $19.99
Complexity and concentration mark this wine as a standout. It has a deep, dark color,
with aromas of black cherry, currant and mint. Layered flavors of ripe fruit and mild spice
are bolstered by a velvety texture of fine-grained tannins. The finish lingers nicely,
and the wine will surely improve in the cellar. Best after 2021. 

 

Much Maligned Grapes


Seek Justice

(You knew This Day Would Come!)

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Andy Hale 
Director of The Asheville School of Wine


Makes The Case for Chardonnay, Merlot,
Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.
Maybe You Don't Like These Grapes.

BUT, Maybe You Do!
Make Plans to Take the Challenge

$25. Tickets: https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/
much-maligned-grapes-class-series


Chardonnay is First UP on February 5th.
Chris Curtis of Country Vintner joins Andy Hale for Class
bringing Chardonnay from around the World.

(No pressure but I love South African Chardonnay!)

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The MetroWines Book Review Department and Malaprops
Suggest You Start the Year Eating France!

Book at Malaprops. Shop Locally!
https://www.malaprops.com/book/9781579658762
Your "Read it With Bottles" @MetroWines!
You want a smoother, less tannnic wines that does not need but can do food.

Red, LaFage 2014 "Nicolas" Grenache.
$14.99 @MetroWines. Unavailable at the Big Boys online.


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92 Points: Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Aged in 25% demi-muids, the 2014 Cotes Catalanes Nicolas comes all from the rolling hills and gravel soils in the Aspres region and is made from 100% Grenache. What should represent an incredible value, it boasts fabulous notes of black raspberry, licorice and crushed violets to go with medium+-bodied richness, fine tannin and a supple, pretty profile on the palate. This is far from an over-the-top fruit bomb and it has real class and elegance. Good for 2-3 years in bottle. 

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White: Mediterranee Viognier 2016 from Kindred Wines, $16.99
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The color is like yellow straw with light green reflections. It has an aromatic nose
with a prevalence of citrus and passion fruits. Intense bouquet where
the fruit mixes with more moderate floral perfumes.

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Not a Viognier Fan? No problem
Note Blanche, 100% Gamay Noir, $18.99 
Imported by Thomas Meunier of AuthentiqueVin.

(BTW: Thomas Meunier returns to MetroWines on February xx!)
Made by Frank Besson, HE who makes Rose Granit,
you know, the sparkling wine that tastes like drinking pastels!

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Imported by Thomas Meunier, AuthentiqueVin
Organic, hand harvested, 55 year old vines growing in granite and clay soil.
This 100% Gamay Noir drinks fresh with flavors of white flower and peaches.
The granite soil is providing an intense mineral backbone and the bright acidity bring balance
and a refreshing finish. winemaker says can go 5 years in bottle.

 

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Did Somebody Say Thomas Meunier?
French Wine Tasting Hosted by Friend of The Shop
** Thomas Meunier of AuthentiqueVin **
Friday, February 8th from 5 to 6:30 @MetroWines

"on the house"
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/
thomas-meunier-hosts-french-wine-tasting

 
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"Ciao Asheville"
The Italian Cultural Forum in Asheville
*** Kick off Party ***
Wednesday, January 16th @MetroWines

Pizza from STRADA
Chianti and Presentation from Mike Tiano, Haw River Wine Man,
together with Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine
Register by calling (828) 575-9525
online: 
https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/ciao-asheville-kick-off-party/
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Italian Wine Classes with Andy Hale
"Know Before You GO!"

Northern Italian Wine (including Tuscany)
Thursday, January 24th from 5:30-6:30 @MetroWines, $25

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Tickets by calling (828) 575-9525 
online: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/
product/northern-italian-wine-class-january-24th/

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Southern Italian Wine (including Umbria)
Thursday, January 31st from 5:30-6:30 @MetroWines, $25

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Tickets by Calling (828) 575-9525
online: 
https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/
product/southern-italian-wine-class-january-31st/

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And Watch for "Ciao Asheville" 
in The MountainX "Small Bites"
on Wednesday, January 9th!

 

Did Someone Say Chianti?

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Poderi Nespoli 2016 $11.99

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Sangiovese Blend, Romagna DOC Superiore
Intense red fruit. Radiant ruby ​​red in the glass. Gentle tannins are complemented
by aromas of cherries, ripe plums and delicate violets. 
On the palate, the Sangiovese is fresh and fruity with a spicy and persistent finale.
Strong with surprising depth.

Asheville School of Wines says Nespoli is bolder than most European Wines.
More About Nespoli in their words...

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BIG COLD? BIG RED.

Aged for 10 months in second used French and American oak, the wine is
a marriage of rich terra rossa soil, pure underground water and a long, cool ripening season
made in Australia’s tiny Coonawarra region, the birthplace of world-class Cabernet Sauvignon! 
Complex with an inky hue, Criterion explores flavors of current, eucalyptus and black plum. $16.99


Are You Coming to Group?
We are Starting our Second year!

The Asheville Wine Focus Group
Wednesday, January 9th from 5:30 to 6:30
Hosted by Richard Mckinney and Nick Demos
of Tryon Distributing


Call (828) 575-9525
online: 
https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/january-wine-focus-group/

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Thomas Meunier Hosts French Wine Tasting!

 

News Release: January 3rd, 2019
About: Thomas Meunier of AuthentiqueVin Tasting @MetroWines
 
Thomas Meunier of AuthentiqueVin hosts a tasting of French Wines on Friday, February 8th from 5 to 6:30 @MetroWines "on the house." 
 
"Thomas Meunier  has been one of our favorite importers since we opened the shop," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines."His wines represent extraordinary quality for the price."
 
In addition to pouring his wines, Thomas will tell us about the origin of the grapes, the terroir surrounding each wine and share personal stories of the winemakers and families who make the wines so special.

What is AthentiqueVin all About?
“Authenticity”, a simple and humble word that sums up my conception of wine and life because, to me, both are so closely linked. As sales manager at a winery in the Loire Valley for the last 6 years, I had the chance to live in the heart of a family that has made wine for four generations. Thanks to them, I realized that behind a wine and our sometimes subjective, personal appreciation there underlies a family tradition, the force of the experience, the expression of a single personality that makes each wine different with its quality and defaults. In the end, all this makes it unique.
 
I have kept this understanding first while building my selection; finding true winegrowers that make no concessions, with distinctive personalities that are reflected in their wine. Authentic people that make authentic wine in a sustainable way which reveal the identity of a soil, a grape and a climate- the notion of Terroir.”
 
How Did Thomas Meunier Get Started in Wine?
Freshly graduated from an International Trade high school with a specialization in Supply Chain Management, I met my mentor, the vigneron Frederic Mabileau, during a trip organized by the sommelier/oenologue program I was attending. His interest in expanding the winery’s export markets matched perfectly with my professional goals and skills. For 6 years Frederic entrusted me with the entire communications and sells around the world. Here, I had the chance to fight for this tiny unknown appellation … a true learning experience. In addition, I had the chance to assist Frederic during the key moments of the harvest and vinification periods. I shared the fears, the joys and the hopes of a winemaker, while meticulously paying attention to every detail so he could reveal his expression of wine. Through this experience I developed my will to fight for the individual recognition of wines of character.
 
Follow Thomas Meunier and AuthentiqueVin on Facebook here:
 
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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Cabernet Franc, CAVA, Pundit, Montangnieu, Apremont, Ciao Asheville, Italian Wine Classes, Book Review, Focus Group, Spirit of the Season!

Black Eyed Peas?

First Choice: Broc Cellars 2015 Cabernet Franc
Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara, California $34
Gritty to Gritty! Naturally made of 100% Franc. 11.9% alc.


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WINEMAKER’S NOTES: Harvested at night on September 5th, the grapes were placed whole cluster
into 5 ton wooden vats for fermentation and foot tread lightly in the morning with a gentle pumpover at night.
Then gently pressed into a larger stainless steel tank overnight, and racked to older barriques to age for 8 months.
Sold out at the winery and most online sites.

A Slightly Smoother Choice: Field Recordings 2016 Cabernet Franc,
Paso Robles, CA $23

100% Franc. 60% of wine aged in French oak for 6 months. 14% alc.
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WINEMAKER NOTES: A rustic punch of blueberries, black cherries and red currants with a touch of mint and rosemary.


A Highly Rated, Value Minded Choice: Fabre Montmayou,
Mendoza, Argentina $13.99


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WINEMAKER NOTES: Intense red color. Elegant on the nose, with red and black fruit aromas and hints of mint.
Fresh and well balanced, with a long finish. 94 Points from Tim Atkin, Master of Wine "Best in Argentina" 

BUT, wait....not so fast!
The pairing depends on the amount of HEAT you add to the dish. 
Let's say that you use the recipe from Chef Mashama Bailey calling for chile de arbol and 10 peppercorns!
The Asheville School of Wine says low heat works with Cabernet Franc but medium to high heat calls for Zinfandel.

Might we suggest this one:
Fiddletown Cellars 2016 Old Vine Zinfandel, Amador County, CA, $22

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WINEMAKER NOTES: Bursting with rich blackberries, dark cherries and hints of vanilla.
Ultra creamy texture and dark fruit flavors dominate from front to back.

But Wait! There's More......
What if you don't want Red?

We Got This! Do the Different!
*** Go CAVA ***


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Brut Cava Rose, Spain $15.99
This sparkling gem is made from 100% Trepat, one of the officially sanctioned varietals for CAVA.
Because few know of this grape, the quality far exceeds the price.
The "earthiness" of this wine will pair perfectly with the little round devils!
A golden salmon color in glass, this assertive sparkler has aromas and a palate of peach and nectarine.

 

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90% Syrah, 4% Grenache, 4% Mourvèdre, 2% Viognier 13 months in American and French Oak

Winemaker Says: The color is deep ruby with garnet highlights. Raspberry jam and citrus with soy
and earthy undertone aromas are complemented by a brambly, subtle meaty character. 
A smooth mouthfeel glides into a long silky finish
with flavors of juicy blueberry, hints of tobacco and subtle gamey undertones.  
The Pundit Syrah was brought from bud break to bottling under the careful supervision of Rhône superstars
Michel Gassier and Philippe Cambie with Chateau Ste. Michelle winemaker Bob Bertheau,
and highlights the potential for Syrah’s ripe sweetness as opposed to its savory side.
If Syrah has scared you away before due to its occasional leanings to the black-olive side of the flavor spectrum,
you owe it to yourself to try this. Medium body featuring abundant black fruit and just a hint of spice.

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70% Altesse/30% Mondeuse and Chardonnay. Planted on Jurassic limestone soils,
made by méthode champenoise.
Though the wine is not vintage-dated, it is always single-vintage (in this case 2015).
The high proportion of Altesse and the presence of Mondeuse is unusual in a Montagnieu sparkling.
Most are Chardonnay heavy. This is indicative of Peillot's emphasis on these two local varieties in his wines.
The vine age for all three varieties averages 30 years, with some plots of Altesse and Mondeuse up to 60 years old.

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100% Jacquere from Savoie. Mirroring the famous clay and limestone that nurtures these grapes.
This wine is a rough, crumbly, unpolished dagger holstered in a smooth, creamy leather sheath.
Aromas of honeycrisp apple and stone fruits open for bracing acidity, a light/medium body and a sharp mineral core.

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"Ciao Asheville"

The Italian Cultural Forum in Asheville

** Kick Off Party **
Wednesday, January 16th

5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines

Pizza and Wine "on the house"
And a presentation by Mike Tiano of Haw River Wine Man 
on Chianti: Then and Now!
Hosted by The Asheville School of Wine

Event is "On the House" but please register here:
https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/ciao-asheville-kick-off-party/


And Follow "Ciao Asheville" on FB Here:
https://www.facebook.com/CiaoAsheville/

 

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Italian Wine Classes!
Northern Italy: January 24th
Southern Italy: and 31st
from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines


Presented by Andy Hale
Director of The Asheville School of Wine

https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/
entry/northern-and-southern-italian-wine-clases


Sponsored by "Ciao Asheville!"
The Italian Cultural Forum in Asheville!
Follow us here: http:// https://www.facebook.com/CiaoAsheville/

 

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Review by Publishers Weekly
  James Beard Award winning wine importer Theise celebrates unassuming vintages.
Theise supports “small-scale family viticulture” over commercial operations,
and offers guidance for interpreting and enjoying the distinctive wines he favors.
  He reveals how industrial producers manipulate flavors to appeal to mass markets by using oak,
or adding residual sugar; shares his opinion of “coarse” high-alcohol wines and cautions about trendy, 
natural wines that can be “no more virtuous than body odor.”
 
Theise philosophizes about his relationship with what is, to him, much more than a beverage:
This intoxicating book shows a path to savoring good wine, body, and spirit. 
 
Asheville Wine Focus Group
Wednesday, January 9th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines
Welcome Richard McKinney and Nick Demos
from Tryon Distributing

Register Here:

 
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And we leave 2018 with this Great "That's the REAL Spirit of the Season" Story:
Hundreds of people gather outside the Detroit Children's Hospital to shine flashlights as a holiday gift to patients.
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Much Maligned Grapes Class Series

News Release: December 26th, 2019
About: "Much Maligned Grapes"
 
Tickets HERE!
 
Join us to taste and learn about "Much Maligned Grapes," in a four class series hosted by Andy Hale, Director of the Asheville School of Wine, including Chardonnay, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. Maybe you really don't like these grapes but maybe you do!
 
The classes will present the origins of each grape, the history, the differences in the terroir and styles of the grape made wine around the world. Taste each wine with Manchego Cheese, a cheese that pairs with almost every wine. Taste the differences as well as the pairing options!
 
"Maybe you think you don't like a particular varietal because you have only tasted the grape from one region or made in one style," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines, "but tasting the result of different climates, soils and styles might change your mind about the grape!"
 
Class 1: Chardonnay!  Tuesday, February 5th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines.
Class 2: Merlot! Tuesday, March 19th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines.
Class 3: Sauvignon Blanc! April 16th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines.
Class 4: Riesling! Tuesday, May 21st from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines.
 
All classes are $25 plus tax. You can register by calling (828) 575
 
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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Hoopla, Capetown NYE, Pendulum, Paitin, Primitivo, Glenelly, White Rioja, Frizzante! Focus Group

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*** Holiday Tasting @MetroWines ***

Bring the Joy and a Really Great Bottle of Wine!

HOOPLA
Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon
"on the taste" and "on the house"


Saturday, December 22nd
All Day Long from 10am to 7pm

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Join us on December 31st from 5:30 to 6:30 
@MetroWines
South African Party Food from Chef Todd Ritter, Princess Anne Hotel
South African Wines Paired by The Asheville School of Wine
Fireworks from CapeTown!

Don't Miss Midnight. Get There First!

 

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Pendulum 2014 Red Blend,
Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Washington, $18.99

A blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petit Verdot, 14% Syrah, 10% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc,
Pendulum presents sweet black cherry and toasted oak aromatics introduce flavors
of Santa Rosa plum, clove and raspberry. 14 months aged in new and old oak.
Flawlessly balanced, a long finish chocolate cake and berry jam rounds out the palate.
This umami-evoking wine will pair well with nearly any food, but it also makes the perfect standalone.

 

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** HOLIDAY MUST HAVE! **

Paitin "Ca' Veja Nebbiolo d'Alba" $26

The Paitin vineyards, in the southern hills of Alba have been farmed since the 1500s! 
Ca’ Veja means "old house" in the local dialect.
The soil is rare with sandstones only present in these hills that slope to Barolo.
The wine presents a strong and passionate personality.
Wild strawberry, mint and rose petal give its distinctive high-toned aromatics.
Succulent, silky tannins give up-front appeal. 

If you shop @MetroWines, you know Paitin.
Paitin "Serra Barbera" is, and has been for 5 years, a shop favorite.
And Paitin "Campolive" was our choice for "2017 Wine of the Year"

This bottle is no exception.

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Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim in the glass. This medium bodied wine
is fruit forward on nose with black currants, black cherries, oak, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco,
chocolate, and black pepper. Palate is dry presenting plums, black currants, coffee, oak, cloves, earth,  
peppercorn, leather, tobacco leaf, licorice, spices and chocolate.

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Glenelly is a South African Wine with a French Touch. The Estate purchased by owner
of the iconic Chateau Pichon.  Aged in French Oak  for 12 months, with flavors of coffee beans,
mint, blackcurrant, cedar, dried cherry, dark chocolate and a touch of cigar box,
this bottle drinks like Bordeaux!

(Personal Note: I LOVE this wine. Not quite French. Not quite California.
All the flavors of Bordeaux with a little more heft and softer tannins. All for a great price.) 


The "I Feel Guilty" Value Minded Alternative:
Excelsior 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sout Africa, $9.99

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 Monopole White Rioja is from Cune! 
Winemaker says: Made from the Viura grape variety, the 2017 Monopole shows
a pale yellow color with greenish reminiscences. The aromas are composed
of a set of typical fruits of the Rioja region, such as apple, pear, white currants
and spring flowers. In the mouth it is attractive, in a soft and fresh way,
with a long finish that culminates in a fruity aftertaste.

The "I Feel Guilty" Value Minded Alternative
Indaba Chenin Blanc 2017, South Africa $9.99

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A lovely gold tone in the glass, the nose is apple and green tea with apple,
melon, grapefruit, elderflower and honeysuckle on the nose.
The medium bodied dry light sparkling wine goes with anything!


The Asheville Wine Focus Group
*** 2018 ReCap ***


https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/asheville-wine-focus-group-2018-recap
Group has been working for a year helping us to decide what should be on our shelves!
Join us as the new year starts on January 9th from 5:30 to 6:30.
Richard McKinney and Nick Demos of Tryon Distributing will be our hosts!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chardonnay Around the World: Compare and Contrast

TICKETS HERE!

Part of The Much Maligned Grapes Class Series!

News Release: Thursday, December 13th, 2018

About: Chardonnay from Around the World
 
The Asheville School of Wine hosts Chris Curtis of Country Vintner for "Chardonnay Around the World: Compare and Contrast" on February 5th, 2019, from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines. 
 
The class will focus on the various soils, climates and winemaking styles that make Chardonnay different. Taste Chardonnay from Oregon to South Africa paired with cheeses to accentuate the aromas and flavors of each one.
 
"So many have had a bad experience with Chardonnay and think they do not like the varietal," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines, "but it might be that they have only tasted one style or wines from just one area."
 
Limited to 20 students, the class is $25 (plus tax). Please reserve yur seat at (828) 575-9525 or online: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/special-events/

 

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Asheville Wine Focus Group 2018 ReCap

With such a small shop working to serve different tastes and price points, stocking the shelves can be like pushing a wine barrel up a hill! And trying to maintain the constant favorites while still bringing in new wines is no easy feat. The Asheville Wine Focus Group ("Group") has been extraordinarily helpful in advising on decisions.
 
Some of our findings for the year are:
 
While Group enjoyed Chenin Blanc from South Africa and thought these wines had their place, if you had to choose just one, Group preferred the crisp acidity of a French Chenin Blanc while recognizing that pairing with a dish may call for the smoother South African version.
 
Rose works all year! On three occasions, the favorite of the four submitted wines was a Rose with the Backsberg Pinotage Rose being the biggest hit. Believe it. Kudos to Group for stepping outside their collective comfort zone and bringing a wine truth forward that the rest of the world already knows: Rose works all year!
 
Group was not afraid to tackle lesser known varietals such as Muller Thurgau. In fact, the Muller took the prize one night. Group thought the varietal offered a smoothness, showing good weight like a Chardonnay, that made the wine good to go solo but still presented enough acidity to pair with food. 
 
We also taste tested a Blaufrankisch. You cannot fool Group. While they liked the bottle, Group thought we could do better for the same or a lower price. This one was booted, baby!
 
Group went crazy for a blend of Tannat and Merlot from Brumont. We brought the bottle in and still have trouble keeping it on the shelf. Not only great tasting but Group thought the bottle was really good for the price. "A real deal," Group said. And who could forget the Copertino, a blend of 95% Negroamaro and 5% Malvasia. Again, this wine had a little age on it. Group will go there!
 
And Group showed their knowledge and interest in putting a little age on the bottle. A 2011 Rioja was a smash hit. Group picked this wine as a winner before we knew that James Suckling had given this vintage 93 Points! 
 
We showed that we got critical acclaim game again when we chose Airfield Cabernet Sauvignon. Turned out Wine Enthusiast loved it too. And we were ahead of Eric Asimov choosing a bottle from Broadside which showed up in his column weeks later!
 
And then there was the Biltmore Smack Down! What is "A Biltmore SmackDown" you ask? A while back, Biltmore showed up @MetroWines and blind tasted us on their Chardonnay and Cabernet. They pitted their wines against two very, very well known and good selling bottles of the same varietal and close in price. Let's just say, we were impressed. But, to land on the shelf, we told Biltmore that they must convince our customers. 
 
More than 40 showed up to take the challenge! Biltmore Wines held their own. The goal for Biltmore was to show that, even if you did not prefer the Biltmore Wine, it was a quality bottle. for example, The Biltmore Chardonnay was quite French in style. The majority of Group prefers a heavier bottle. BUT, it was agreed that the North Carolina chardonnay was great for the price and it was not at all clear, that style aside, the competitor was worth $10 more. When asked which of the Biltmore Wines we should stock, Group said the Blanc de Blanc Sparkling and the Pinot Noir.
 
And that brings us to the bottom line: the price to quality ratio. So many times Group loved a bottle but when the price was announced, it was a no go. In some cases, Group could even name a bottle already on the shelf of the same varietal that was, in their opinion, better and at a lower price! 
 
Name aside, you have to Bring IT! There is so much competition in the wine world, savvy consumers are passing up the name brands looking for quality at at a better price.
 
The Asheville Wine Focus Group did a heck of a job helping us to decide not just what goes on our shelves, but the wine landscape in Asheville as well. The importers, sometimes taken aback by how knowledgable Group was about wine and their discerning palates, took note of Group comments. 
 
One phenominon we did notice was consumer connection to a label. That goes bothe ways. You can continue to buy a wine that has long past its prime, that is, living off its respected label and subconsciously refuse to give a new label or a label on a wine, such as Biltmore, that has not peformed well in the past.
 
This is an article about both sides of label predjudice that we wrote for The Laurel of Asheville a while back:
 

  “I don’t buy wine because of the label. “  But the research says some of us, actually many of us, do.  Wineries want you to look. You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. And so it is for the wine label. Who can resist the lure of Kungfu Girl Riesling?

  Labels were originally intended to provide legally required information. Wine Searcher, a service that posts information from online wine shops, says countries around the world have laws for both wines produced in country as well as imported wines. Labeling laws typically require name, region of origin, vintage, often the varietal or blend, volume and percentage of alcohol.

  But fierce competition in the wine world has forced the label to become a marketing tool.  “99 Bottles of Wine,” a new book by wine label designer David Schuemann, tells all in his book revealing the wine marketing strategy. The label, Schuemann says, is easier to remember than the taste of the wine.

  Schuemann notes that at a wine tasting held at the Edinburgh Science Festival in Scotland showed that while people could not consistently differentiate wines, they were consistently drawn back to the label they knew. So, from a wine marketing perspective, wine consumers look for the label, the brand, just like with any other product. And, again, just like any other product, research shows that an eye catching label can encourage the consumer to buy a more expensive bottle.

  Labels range from the traditional coat of arms style to animal portraits to high end design by artists whose works are seen in museums! Little did I know when I saw an exhibition by Mickalene Thomas at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC, that her work might be sitting on my dining room table in the form of a wine label!

  Label designs also carry subtle messages and invoke what might be called wine label prejudice. People associate minimalist, uncluttered design with high end vintages, says Schuemann. Wine connoisseurs are attracted to labels with cream or white backgrounds, a touch of gold or metal. Labels with “critters” are out. The wine neophyte, Schuemann says, are attracted to labels that “pop” and that means color, design and sometimes, “critters!”

  Label prejudice can influence taste as well. An experiment conducted by Cornell University Professor of Marketing Brian Wansink, proved the point. Professor Wansink filled all the bottles with the same $2 wine, labeling half as wine from California and the other half as wine from North Dakota. Those drinking the wine with the California label stayed longer, drank more and rated the wine higher!

  But, in the end, the label really tells the story of the winery, the philosophy, the history, how the winery wants to be seen. There is no better example than the label on the Washington State Red Blend by highly regarded winemaker Eric Dunham. One night, Dunham heard a dog fight. He ran out to find and rescue a badly wounded puppy. The puppy lost his leg that night but, as Dunham said, the puppy found a home and Dunham a best friend. With a drawing of the puppy on the label, Dunham named a wine for his new friend, “Three Legged Dog.”

When it comes to wine, make your own decisions and have the courage of yor convictions!

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Asheville Wine Focus Group: January

 

REGISTER HERE!

News Release: Thursday, December 13th, 2018
About: January Wine Focus Group

Join us on Wednesday, January 9th for the Asheville Wine Focus Group from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines. Our hosts will be Richard McKinney and Nick Demos from Tryon Distributing (https://tryondist.com/).

 
"This night marks one year of working The Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines" says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "The group has been incredibly helpful in guiding us to provide what our customers want to see on the shelves."
 
Four wines will be presented for consideration by the Group. Richard McKinney and Nick Demos will tell us about the varietals included and the history surrounding the wines as well as personal stories from their travels to the wineries.

The event is "on the house" but you need to reserve a seat. Register by calling (828) 575-9525 or online: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/special-events/

 
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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http://www.metrowinesasheville.com/
http://ashevilleschoolofwine.com/
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Sparkling Rose Tasting Goes On!

 

Great Rose Tasting: December  Event Pricing in RED!

Mazzolino, Lombardy, Italy $27  *** $23 ***

100% Pinot Nero, this wine is made in the Methode Traditionelle, aged for 18 months on the lees then manually riddled. The color is a light to medium orange with dried roses.  The nose is intense red fruits, citrus, flowers and toasted bread. On the palate, you will find prickly bubbles - bursting! with dry red fruit including, tangy strawberry and yeast.

 

Underraga Pinot Noir Rose $10.99 *** $9.49 ***

Light pink with tiny and persistent bubbles. Fruity (cherry) and floral (roses), delicate aroma. Fresh and dry with a juicy sensation. Perfect as an aperitif, by itself, with desserts or Asian food. Now selling in more than 70 countries around the world, with more than 130 years, Viña Undurraga is one of Chile’s oldest wineries and a pioneer in the nation’s winemaking industry.

 

Juve Y Camps Rose Cava $16.99  *** $14.49 ***

This Cava is a bright red cherry color in the bass with a lovely effervescence. On the plate, Juve Y Camps is intense, fresh and exuberant with notes of cherry and strawberry wrapped in a hint of honey, toasted bread and flowers. Robert Parker gave this bottle 91 Points saying the non-vintage sparkling wine is: "displays a bright cherry red color with a showy nose of cherries, truffles and star berry jam with a fresh, pungent palate, with balanced acidity and flavors.

 

Sharffenberger Brut Rose, Mendicino County $28  *** $24 ***

A blend of 54% Chardonnay and 42% Pinot Noir, the wine has a pale salmon hue with integrated aromas of fresh raspberry jam and wild strawberries on a cream covered pastry base. The flavors are layered, round, fresh, fruity and long. Made in the Methode Traditionelle, the grapes are sourced from Sharffenberger vineyards in Anderson Valley together with other quality vineyards in Mendocino County. This type of vineyard selection allows us to choose from the best vineyards in the area.

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Holiday Wines Tasting, RockWall Zinfandel, Wind Gap, Crusher Petite Sirah, Vina Alberdi, Caprili, Midnight in CapeTown, Biltmore Smack Down, Case Club

 

 

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*** Holiday Party Wines Alert ***

Shop Your Holiday Party Wines @MetroWines
Better Selection. Better Quality. Better Price than Big Box.

EVERYDAY

No "Loss Leader" to lure you in
and then download overpriced bottles on you!

Take Meomi for example.
Big Box Price: $18.98
MetroWines Price: $14.99


And Toward This Goal, Join us for:
*** "Confirmed Holiday Hits" ***

4 High Quality, Value Minded Wines
from Advintage Distribution
"on the taste" and "on the house"


Thursday, December 13th from 5 to 6:30
@Metrowines

Back of die-cut business card.

 
This is The Little Black Dress of Wines
Goes with Anything. Crowd Pleaser $15.99 

      Vineyard Notes: This 100% Zinfandel is a blend created from small lots of Zinfandel grown all over Northern California. This blend characterizes a refined, elegant expression of what California Zinfandel can be. Production All of the lots of Zinfandel for this beautiful cuvée were picked at optimal ripeness. Each one was fermented in macro bins using various yeast strains.
   Winemaker Comments:  We have isolated the most complimentary favor profiles from distinctly different AVA’s to make this cuvee intricate, and layered with our favorite Zinfandel characteristics. This Zinfandel exhibits jammy, yet delicate aromas of strawberry jam, white pepper and marshmallow and then gives way to flavors of raspberry, blackberry pie, ripe cherry, cinnamon and nutmeg.

 

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From Our Chef in Residence 
in The MetroWines Food History Department!

Potatoes Conquer the World!
https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-potatoes-conquered-the-world-1542295908

Green Bean Casserole Still a Holiday Favorite!
https://www.wsj.com/articles/inventing-a-thanksgiving-favorite-1542383912

Chef Recommends Pairing the NEW with the Vintage
Wind Gap Trousseau Gris 2017 ( $23) with Both


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"Bright, fresh, and clean, with supple yellow & white tree fruits, pronounced floral aromatics,
and exotic spices, this California Original is all about having fun and enjoying life with
a glass of wine in your hand. Smashable and delicious this 2017 will delight with almost
any type of cuisine you can throw at it, or drink it all by itself with a nice view and a friend or two."

Jen Sincero is a world-renowned author, success coach, and motivational speaker
who’s spent over a decade helping people transform their lives and their bank accounts.

See Malaprop’s website for ticket information.

Shop @MetroWines for your
"Badass Read it With Wine"
Might we suggest:

The Crusher $11.9990 pts + Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast, September 2018

The Crusher Petite Sirah is a deep, inky color with bold aromas of boysenberry, blackberry, and fig jam.
The inviting aromas lead to a medium palate with a core of juicy fruit flavors, toasted hazelnut
and baking spice notes. The wine spends 10 months in a combination of French, American and Hungarian oak, giving the final blend a soft texture with fine, well-integrated tannins.

 

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Thinking About Retiring to Spain?
https://www.wsj.com/articles/if-youre-thinking-about-retiring-in-spain-1542645000

Think About It Over
a Bottle of Vina Alberdi Rioja Reserva 2012

    Lively, medium depth garnet red withan intense pink rim. The nose stands out for the intensity of fresh aromas of ripe red fruit, wild strawberries, currants and raspberries, against a balsamic background with notes of vanilla, toasted caramel, bakery, coffee and sweet mints. Warm aromatic entry, with good structure and balance and soft, amiable tannins. The aromatic harmony persists on the finish, with marked freshness and balance.  Long finish. Magnificent expression of classic aging.

92 points, James Suckling (Aug 2018)
Cropped from an extremely dry year, the 2012 Viña Alberdi was saved by some rains in late September. The aging lasted two years, the first one in new American oak barrels and the second in used ones. It felt livelier than the 2011. This 2012 has some aromas of raw meat, with marked toast from the American oak (all the American oak barrels are built by their own coopers), with a good combination of fruit and spice, tradition and modernity. It's approachable and easy to drink, but a little more time in bottle should polish it even further. 500,000 bottles produced.

90+ points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 235 - Feb 2018)

$24 for this aged Tempranillo and, oh baby,
Tempranillo takes to aging but good!

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Caprilli Sangiovese 2017
Montalcino, Tuscany

$11.99

Dark garnet core with cherry hued edges in the glass. Bold and brooding!
Rich, deep berry notes from black cherry, plum and ripe blackberry, with pops of peppery spice. Spruce and evergreen mingled with black liquorice and new leather.

Decant for 30 - 60! The wine will flesh out and open to a rounder body and palate. Plenty of structure and backbone is supported by tart notes of cranberry, choke cherry and briar patch. A wild and slightly rustic fruit layer covers the palate and leaves room for light pepper and wintery herbs, like bay leaf.

 

Cape Town, South Africa Map

New Year's Eve!

"Midnight in CapeTown"

Because When it's 6pm in Asheville,
it's Already Midnight in CapeTown

December 31st from 5:30 to 6:30
South African Dishes
Prepared by Break Out Star Chef Todd Ritter
of The Princess Anne Hotel
Wines Paired by Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine
and onscreen Fireworks from CapeTown!!

$25 (plus tax) for ALL this!

https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/midnight-in-capetown


Please note: Because we must prepare the feast and bring in staff for the event,
we cannot accommodate any refunds or event or store credit. 
Thank you for understanding.

 



Asheville Wine Focus Group

HOSTS

"The Biltmore Smack Down"
*** A BLIND TASTING ***

Wednesday December 12th from 5:30 to 6:30

Say What? What is "A Biltmore Smack Down"
A while back, Biltmore showed up @MetroWines and blind tasted us on their Chardonnay and Cabernet.
Biltmore pitted their wines against two very, very well known and good selling bottles of the same varietal
and close in price. Let's just say, we were impressed. But, to land on the shelf @Metrowines,
we told Biltmore that they must convince our customers. 

That said, join us to taste test 4 Biltmore Wines against 4 wines from our shelves.
Yikes. And you think you are scared!

Reserve a Seat NOW! Call (828) 575-9525
 online: 
https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/biltmore-smack-down-december-12th/

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The Flying Car is Almost Here
And Some of You have Not Yet Joined The Case Club!

The Case Club @MetroWines 
Allows You to Travel the World in Wine
Without Flying in Anything!

Call (828) 575-9525
online: 
https://metrowinesasheville.com/club

 

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Ciao Asheville Presents Slow Food

Event is "on the house" but you must register!

Call (828) 575-9525 or go HERE!

News Release: December 1, 2018
About: Ciao Asheville Presents Slow Food Movement

"Ciao Asheville," is pleased to welcome Jason DiLoreti, an Asheville area resident and board member of Slow Food Asheville, a chapter of the International Slow Food Movement on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from 5:30 to 6:30 @Metrowines. 

The event will be hosted by Gail Rampersaud, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist from University of Florida, and Event Coordinator for "Ciao Asheville."

Highly qualified to speak on the subject, Jason received a Master's Degree in Food Culture and Communication with a focus on high quality products from University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy. The university was started by Carlo Petrini, Founder of The International Slow Food Movement.

The International Slow Food Movement was founded in Italy in 1986. Jason will give us a historical perspective on Slow Food’s roots in Italy, the present and the future of this organization that promotes local food and traditional cooking.  

Jason holds Dual Citizenship with the US and Italy and will also offer a few comments on obtaining Italian Citizenship through your Italian ancestry as well as his own journey to citizenship.

Italian Wines will be available for $7 a glass.

"Ciao Asheville" serves as an Italian Cultural Forum lead by Gail Rampersaud, Events Coordinator, Michael Scardaville, Language and Travel Coordinator, Gina Trippi, Social Media Coordinator, Julie Hettiger, Food and Photography Coordinator and is advised by The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines. The mission of "Ciao Asheville" is to offer presentations on all things Italy including language, art, history, food and wine.

You can contact "Ciao Asheville" by email at ciao@metrowinesasheville.com.

Follow "Ciao Asheville" on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/CiaoAsheville/  

"Ciao Asheville" events will also be posted to the MetroWines Sunday email. sign up here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/contact

Media Contact for Ciao Asheville:  Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
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Confirmed Holiday Hits

 

News Release: November 29th, 2018
About: Value Minded Wines for the Holidays
 
Join us on Thursday, December 13th from 5 to 6:30 @Metrowines to meet Anne Kaufmann of Advintage Distribution and taste "Confirmed Holiday Hits!"
 
Anne will offer four quality wines for value minded prices perfect for the table and big gatherings over the holidays "on the taste" and "on the house."
 
"You want to impress and please your guests with good wines," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "But, at the same time,
you don't want to break the bank!"
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
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Northern and Southern Italian Wine Clases

 

News Release:  November 27th, 2018

About: Northern and Southern Italian Wine Classes
 
Ciao Asheville sponsors The Asheville School of Wine presentation and tasting of Northern and Southern Italian Wines. 
 
Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine, will discuss the history, varietals and styles of both wine making regions in two classes. 
 
Northern Italian Wines Class including Tuscany is set for Thursday, January 24th from 5:30 to 6:30. TICKETS HERE! 
 
Southern Italian Wines including Umbria is set for Thursday, January 31st from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines. TICKETS HERE!
 
"These classes are part of the cultural exploration of Italy by Ciao Asheville connecting the old and the new through wine," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "The underground cellar at Paitin, for example, dates back to the XV century with the Paitin Family history starting in 1796!"
 
The presentation with tasting and paired cheeses is $25 (Plus tax).  Please reserve your seat at (828) 575-9525 or online here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/special-events/
We cannot offer any refunds for cancelations.
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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What is a Biltmore Smack Down?

What is "A Biltmore SmackDown" 

A while back, Biltmore showed up @MetroWines and blind tasted
us on their Chardonnay and Cabernet. They pitted their wines against two very, very well known and good selling bottles of the same varietal and close in price. Let's just say, we were impressed.
 
But, to land on the shelf, we told Biltmore that they must convince our customers. That said, join us to taste test 4 Biltmore Wines against 4 wines from our shelves. Yikes. And you think you are scared!
 
Biltmore Smack Down is Wednesday, December 12th
from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines!
To register: call (8280 575-9525 or online HERE!

 

 

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"Midnight in CapeTown"

 

Tickets HERE!

 
News Release: Monday, November 26th
About: New Year's Eve @MetroWines
 
Join us on December 31st from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines for a celebration of New Year's Eve!  
Why so early? Because when It's in Asheville (depending on daylight savings time!) It's Midnight in Capetown, South Africa.
 
Share foods from South Africa prepared by break out star Chef Todd Ritter of The Princess Anne Hotel, wines from South Africa paired by MetroWines and on screen fireworks from Capetown! The menu is still in progress but will definitely feature South African classics including candied peanuts and plantain chips!
 
And expect South African wines including Pinotage and Chenin Blanc!
 
This is the fifth year of this celebration at MetroWines. Previous years have included Midnight in Paris, Barcelona, Venice, London and Morocco.
 
"The event is designed for people who want to celebrate early!" says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Maybe you want to follow our party with dinner around town, another event, getting home early to let the babysitter have a night out, watching the ball drop in NYC or going to sleep before midnight!"
 
To insure that everyone has a good view of the fireworks and can share the evening with the other guests, seating is limited to 40. 
 
$25 plus tax for the event. Parking is free, close and easy.
 
Please note that because we must buy and prepare the South African feast! as well as bring in staff on NYE, we cannot accommodate any refunds or credit for another event.
 
Make reservations by calling MetroWines at (828) 575-9525 
or online here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/special-events/.
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
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Ciao Asheville Kick Off Party

SORRY: This Event is Full ! Posted Monday, January 14th.

Please check our Facebook Page for other Ciao Asheville Events!

https://www.facebook.com/CiaoAsheville/ 

News Release: November 25th

About: Kick Off Party for "Ciao Asheville"

Join us as we launch "Ciao Asheville," an organization intended to serve as The Italian Cultural Forum in Asheville on Wednesday, January 16th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines. 

At this first meeting, Gail Rampersaud, Event Coordinator for "Ciao Asheville," will explain upcoming programs and the benefits of joining with us. 

STRADA will provide the pizza, Mike Tiano of Haw River WineMan will bring the Chianti and tell us about the history of the region!           and Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine, will discuss the wine pairings.

Register at (828)575-9525 or online: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/ciao-asheville-kick-off-party/

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CiaoAsheville/

And start learning Italian here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/learning-italian

Contact for Ciao Asheville: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
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New Culinary Festival in Asheville

AVL Today reports:

Introducing Asheville’s new culinary festival
Get ready Asheville – a new culinary festival is coming to town. The Asheville Culinary Festival (an official name is still in the works) will be full of immersive culinary experiences as well as a place of diversity and community(Not your average wine + food fest – which is mostly just wine).
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Spearheaded by Chef Katie Button of Cúrate, Chai Pani ownerMeherwan Irani, French Broad Chocolate Lounge’s Jael Rattigan + a board of local culinary experts, the goal is to have guests experience food from an educational, historic + cultural perspective. Charleston Wine + Food Festival founder Angel Postell will be the event director and Asheville Event Co.’s Melissa Porter will be the on-the-ground manager. 

Here’s what we know: 
📅Sept. 12–15, 2019 (as of now) with a major event on Saturday + culinary experiences throughout the weekend.
📍“Wheel and spoke model” – The main event will be at Pack Square with demos and dinners scattered throughout the city. 
💸Prices aren't known, but we’re told there will be lots of volunteer options + inclusive pricing. Plus, the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority pledged $75,000 toward the event, made possible by tourism tax. 
🗣️: And, since this festival is still brewing in a pot of creativity, those on the board want to hear the community’s ideas + suggestions. Let us know what your theme and demo ideas are here. (More on that below). 

Learn about potential festival experiences (can you say chocolate flight night?), how to become a sponsor, get info about being involved, andsubmit your ideas here.⬇️

Get in on the action. 🥂
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Michele D'Aprix, Capital at Play, FolkTale Pinot, Stolpman, Morgon, Guimaro Mencia, Lambrusca

 

*** Michele D'Aprix ***
The only American woman winemaker in Bordeaux
and, we are so proud to say, friend of MetroWines
presents her wines "on the taste" and "on the house'
Wednesday, November 21 from 3 to 6pm
@ and ONLY @MetroWines!

"on the house"
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/
entry/michele-d-aprix-at-metrowines

Michele will be  available to talk about her wines and sign bottles.
Signed bottle? Now THAT is a great holiday gift.

John Kerr-New

 

John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine
TAKES a STAND in Capital at Play

"Anything But Beajolais"

https://www.capitalatplay.com/wine-column-anything-beaujolais/

Oh yes he did. He said it! He wrote it.

** Thanksgiving Approved **
FolkTale Pinot Noir 2015, Monterey County, $23

 95 Points, California State Fair Wine Competition

FolkTale says: This vintage captures the true fruit expression of Pinot Noir. 
Its rich and complex characters should be given an opportunity to open up by swirling in the glass or decanting. Rich mineral notes begin the bouquet with slate and graphite, soon opening to rich notes of black cherry, cola, and soft earth. Hints of light black pepper, leather, and vanilla balance everything out. On the palate, bright and lively acid is balanced by a nice minerality, leading to a long, rich finish.  Pairings go from meats to cheese to dark chocolate!

*** Thanksgiving Approved ***
2016 Stolpman Roussanne, Ballard Canyon, CA, $21

A  rich, full-bodied wine. Good acidity makes this Roussanne is bright and lively. Approachable now or cellar 2 to 5 years for an richer profile. A creamy palate
with a bouquet of white flower, lemon meringue, and sweet cedar. 
The Asheville School of Wine can say with confidence:
"Roussanne is spot on Thanksgiving!"

*** Thanksgiving Approved ***
2015 Chapelle des Bois Morgon, $21

Compared to the often one-dimensionally fruity Beaujolais currently in fashion,
the wines of Chapelle des Bois demonstrate substance and shape, while still offering the freshness and juiciness typical of Gamay from this region. Engaging fruit with notes of dried herbs and flowers and an earthy underpinning reminiscent of classic Burgundy. "These are wines that we prize for their dynamic and authentic character,
a character which continues to evolve with cellaring." Rosenthal Wine Merchants



Thanksgiving Approved, $18.99
(Just FYI: Gary's online has Guimaro at @24.99 not including shipping.  
Always check with us first. Shop locally and Save!)
** And Lettie Teague, Wall Street Journal Approved **

"Is Mencía the Spanish answer to Burgundy’s Pinot Noir?
The two grapes certainly have some appealing characteristics in common:
snappy red fruit, bright acidity and charming fruit and floral aromas.
But this Mencía bottling is a much cheaper buy than most Burgundies.
The Ribeira Sacra region in the Galician northwest corner of Spain
has a cool climate and slate soils that give rise to fresh, vibrant reds like this one,
with just the right balance of fruit and acidity to stand up to rich Thanksgiving fare."

James Suckling: 95 Points

Superb, peppery dark berries, plenty of spices and a wrap of glossy,
ripe tannins on the palate that perfectly suits the dark-berry and spicy-fruit core.
Lots to like here. Drink or hold.

 

Thanksgiving Approved. Thanksgiving Perfect! $18.99
Labrusca Lambrusco, Emilia Romagna, Italy

Lini 910 rosso is a red sparkling wine produced using the Charmat method, from
a blend of Lambrusco Salamino and the slightly sweet Lambrusco Ancelotta.

ark ruby red in color, with scents of red fruits and berries including cherry, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry. Well-structured, with intense, refreshing flavors of cherry and dark berries, and a slightly tannic finish. 

The Lini family has been making Lambrusco in Correggio since 1910. With a century of experience as a foundation, Winemaker Fabio Lini, highly-respected among his peers for his talent, focus and enthusiasm, has created a world class Lambrusco

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