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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

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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
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Donkey&Goat Tasting with Winemaker

 

News Release: Monday, February 19, 2018
About: Donkey&Goat Wine Tasting @MetroWines
 
Jared Brandt of Donkey&Goat,the 2018 featured winemaker at the highly regarded Charleston Wine&Food Festival, will join us to pour wines "on the taste" and "on the house" @MetroWines on Tuesday, March 6th from 5 to 6:30.  
 
Winery Owner and Winemaker Jared Brandt will pour and discuss 5 wines: 
-Donkey & Goat Gadabout White 2016 
-Donkey & Goat Gallivanter Red 2016 
-Donkey & Goat Untended Chard 2014 
-Donkey & Goat Old Vine Carignan 2015 
-Donkey & Goat "The Bear - Fenaughty and Light Vineyards" 2015  
 
New York Times Wine Critic Eric Asimov, recently recommended Gallivanter Red:
 
The Donkey&Goat Philosophy:
     Donkey & Goat Winery is owned and operated by Jared & Tracey Brandt in Berkeley, California. We make “natural wines” which is a term that covers both the vineyard and the cellar. That is what distinguishes natural wine– the extension of natural farming philosophies that drive the practices for sustainable, natural & biodynamic farming into the cellar. Our wines are made from sustainably (or more) farmed vineyards in the Sierra Nevada, Mendocino and Napa. 
     In the cellar nothing is removed and nothing is added save minimal effective sulphur. Sulphur is a contentious issue in the natural wine world. We have made wines with zero sulphur added but in general we do use minimum effective sulphur. Or we use as little as possible and our levels going into bottle fall within the predominant guideline for natural wines in Europe. Our wines are bottled without stabilization, fining or filtration. While not required, we include our ingredient list on our label which is remarkably short: grapes and minimal sulphur. We have made our wines in this manner since we created Donkey & Goat in 2004 and will continue to do so until we stop.
 
Donkey&Goat Website: https://www.donkeyandgoat.com/shop
 

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi

Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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Chateau de Ruth, Idiot's Grace, Berto, Christies International RE,

 

"The Read it With Bottle"

Château de RUTH is located in Ste-Cécile-les-Vignes,
north-east of Orange in the heart of the terroirs of the southern Côtes du Rhône. 

The estate is one of the oldest in the Rhone Valley. 
The name first appears in 1561. The remains of a convent
working in the era of Louis XIV are still present on the property.

A balanced blend of White Grenache and Roussanne,
the wine presents citrus and white flowers on the nose, 
with a dry but fruity freshness on the palate.

Idiot's Grace 2014
From Memaloose in the Columbia River Gorge, WA
http://www.winesofthegorge.com/our-story.html

Wine Searcher Says:
Not quite as widely known as other wines from Columbia Gorge - Washington.
In contrast, this wine has been getting more popular over the past year.
We can only find a few stores in America that have this wine. 

INVITATION
to MetroWines Customers

Please join MetroWines at The Grand Opening
of Christie's International Real Estate
on Thursday, February 22nd from 5:30 to 7:30
at 18 South Pack Square.

The event, with hors d'oeuvres, wine poured by MetroWines!
and art from Momentum Gallery is open to our customers.


Let's Just Tell it Like it IS
With nearly 20 Different Bottles of Vermouth,
MetroWines is Your Vermouth Destination

And it's ALL the Rage!
Berto White and Red Vermouth from Kermit Lynch
 
      Founded in 1890, the distillery of Castelnuovo Don Bosco was purchased in 1906 by Carlo Quaglia, the great grandfather of the current distillery director. Based in The Piedmont, traditional knowledge of distillation, liqueur, and vermouth has been passed down through generations. 

   The Bèrto red vermouth (Ross da Travaj) and white vermouth (Aperitiv dla Traddission) are standard-bearers of traditionally produced sweet vermouth from The Piedmont. The recipe dates back to the 1930s.  The vision was to create Piemontese Vermouth that could stand on its own as an aperitif or after dinner drink. Enjoy Berto in wide glasses or in a tumbler with ice and an orange peel.

 

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Small Vineyards Tasting with Jody Allen

News Release: Thursday, Februay 15th, 2018

About: Small Vineyards Tasting with Jody Allen
 
Jody Allen, Vice President for National Accounts for August Wine Group, will pour wines from "Small Vineyards" on Saturday, March 3rd from 3 to 6pm "on the taste" and "on the house" @MetroWines.
 
"Jody brings you into the the world of wine with personal stories of his experiences at the wineries and with the winemakers and their families," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "This is a real opportunity not to be missed!"
 
Small Vineyards brings labels you know including Bocelli and Arcangelo.
 
 

About Small Vineyards

At Small Vineyards, we search every corner of the Mediterranean for the best small production wines being made today. Why? Because we believe—after tasting thousands of wines—that the very best consistently come from small estates. If you think about it, it’s a lot easier to make a great meal for 5 people than for 500, and winemaking is no different. That is why we tell our clients up front—with our Small Vineyards gold seal on the bottle—that you’re holding a small batch wine from a family-owned estate, that you will be proud to serve. In working with small, family-owned estates we are not just ensuring that the wine is fantastic, but we are working to protect a way of life that has been preserved through generations. 

Why Small?

1. Every grape is actually picked by hand, only the ripest grapes get made into wine. 
2. Our estates use sustainable growing methods to make earth-friendly wines, 
year-in and year-out. 
3. By importing wines from family vineyards, we are helping to protect unique 
grape varietals, winemaking styles and preserve a special way of life. 

About Our Gold Seal

The Small Vineyards Gold Discovery Seal is on the front of every bottle we import. This helps to identify quality wines on the shelf when you shop–when you see the Gold Discovery Seal, you know that you are getting a terrific small production wine that is from one of the best hand-harvested, family-owned, earth-friendly estates in the Mediterranean. 
 
About Small Vineyards Wines: http://www.enjoysmall.com/
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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Shop:  828-575-9525
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Last Year on Valentine's Day

 

I miss you Cate. Every minute. Of every day. Your Bandit.

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Drappier, Cuvee Barcelona, Furmint and Pinyeres

Sparkling Rose from France
"We are one of the rare Houses producing Rosé by the saignée method."

Saignée (“sohn-yay”) means “to bleed.” It describes a method of rosé winemaking that involves “bleeding” off a portion of red wine juice after it’s been in contact with the skins and seeds. Saignée is a unique style of rosé wine because it produces a bolder and darker rosé wine. On the nose, you will find hints of red fruits and violet with a hint of spice. The palate is fresh with a subtle trace of licorice in the finish. 

 


...or GO Spanish!

Commemorating the year in which Josep Raventós crafted the first bottle of cava.
A brut cava made as in the past, reviving the original and readapting it to the present. A cava with rich aromatic nuances,creaminess and intense expression. And draped in a bottle inspired in our own history, typical modernist stained glass windows.

Asheville Wine Focus Group "Red" Winner for February:

Pinyeres 2013 from Spain
(bordering the legendary Priorat)

Blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Carignan and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Fully de-stemmed, fermented with native yeasts,
spending 12 months in natural oak barrels.

Celler el Masroig is situated in the southern part of Montsant, bordering on Priorat.
The winery uses two main methods of vinification: Traditional fermentations begin when bunches are de-stemmed at the winery. Alternatively, bunches may be kept in tanks to permit them to undergo carbonic maceration before pressing and
a low-temperature fermentation.


Asheville Focus Group "White" Winner for February:

FURMINT from Hungary

We LOVED this wine. Great acidity and a touch of lemon that is extraordinary.
The freshness and zing of this wine makes it perfect to enjoy alone, with a dish,
as an aperitif or liquid sorbet! and at 11% alcohol, this is a bottle for dinner!

Carpinus is a relatively young wine company from the Tokaji region in Hungary. 
The house is run by the couple Edith and Istvan Bai. In the past they have
gained experience in well-known wineries in Hungary and abroad. 
They focus on top quality, family traditions and sustainable winemaking.

The wine has a lot of elegance, minerality and a rich taste. 

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Women Vintners Wine Dinner at Golden Fleece

News Release: Friday, February 9th, 2018

About: Women Vintners Wine Dinner at Golden Fleece
 
To celebrate Women's History Month, please join MetroWines Asheville School of Wine and Juniper Cooper of Mutual Distributing Company for a Wine Dinner at Golden Fleece focusing on Women Vintners from Around the World on Wednesday, March 28th at 6pm. 
 
Executive Chef George Delidimos will prepare four original dishes to pair with wines made by women vintners across the wine world.
 
"We are anxious to talk about the history of women in winemaking and to showcase these great wines during Women's History Month," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines.
 
Please make reservations by calling Golden Fleece at (828) 424-7655. The cost of $65 does not include tax or gratuity. Reservations may be canceled until 8pm on Sunday, March 18th. Free, close and easy parking is available.
 
Contact for Golden Fleece: (828) 424-7655
 
Contact for Metrowines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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Asheville Wine Focus Group Winner: February

WINNERS!

Carpinus Takaji Furmint       

The name of the winery, Carpinus (Latin for hornbeam, the English translation of the Hungarian name), is after Gyertyános, our largest current vineyard. It is the goal for Carpinus Winery to be an example of a Tokaj winery that with top quality work and family cooperation, without compromise, can run sustainably and build a stable position in the world wine market. Continuing local values established by families from the wine region is of particular importance. The vineyards are located in the Tokaj Wine Region. The vineyards are classed first and second growths according to the historical classifications.

 

They also grow Hárslevelű, Sárga Muskotály and Sauvignon Blanc. The expectations of Carpinus are that by making the very best wine possible, they can present the natural assets and varieties of the varied terroirs of Tokaj Wine Region. They strive to cultivate the crop with environmentally friendly practices. The individual attributes of the vineyards (soils, aspect, microclimate) are expressed through the single-vineyard wines. The wines are characteristically fresh, elegant and harmonious, and to be enjoyed.

  • 100% Furmint

  • Sustainably Farmed

  • All stainless steel fermentation

  • Vines planted 1985-1990

Participant Comments:

* "Fresh. I like the lemony taste."

* "Could be used as an aperitif."

* 11% alcohol means you could drink the entire bottle!"

" Dry Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc drinkers would like this wine."

CELLER el MASROIG

Celler el Masroig is situated in the southern part of Montsant, bordering on Priorat. It was founded in 1917 as the Cooperativa of El Masroig. It is an association of grape and olive oil producers with approximately 300 members who are associated owners of the company. In the early years of the Cooperativa, the focus was on producing quantities of wine rather than quality wine. They produced wines with high alcohol content and very deep color that were sold to the domestic market and often used to “improve” other wines. Then followed a period in which the major products were mistelas, fortified wines.

 

Today, the Cooperativa’s members own almost 500 hectares of vineyards. The winery uses two main methods of vinification: Traditional fermentations begin when bunches are destemmed at the winery. Alternatively, bunches may be kept in tanks to permit them to undergo carbonic maceration before pressing and a low-temperature fermentation.

Despite its eighty years heritage, the Cooperativa el Masroig continually strives to improve methods of production and the quality of the wines, while maintaining and enhancing their traditional identity.

 

2013 Celler el Masroig Pinyeres           

  • 50% Garnacha, 40% Carignan, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Fully destemmed, fermented with native yeasts

  • 12 months in neutral oak barrels

 

Participant Comments:

* "Low tannins make this wine totally quaffable!"

* "Great nose with a good cherry taste."

* "Drinks way better than the price."

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Asheville Wine Focus Group Meeting: March

News Release: Thursday, February 8th, 2018

About: Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines
 
Please join us on Wednesday, March 7th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines for the monthly meeting of The Asheville Wine Focus Group. 
 
"We are asking our customers to help us decide what wines should be on our shelves," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of Metro Wines. "A small wine shop has limited space so we have to be right!"
 
Participants will be asked if they like the wines presented, if they believe other customers will like the wines, should the wine be offered for sale @MetroWines and what should be the price.
 
Seating is limited to 12.  As we are asking your guidance, the tasting is “on the house” and parking is free, close and easy.
 
To reserve your seat, please call: (828) 575-9525 or register online: 
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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Vote for Greyhounds in Shorty Awards

 

 

PLEASE VOTE FOR THE STORY ABOUT THE RESCUE OF MY KNISMEN FROM THE HORRORS OF A TEXAS BLOOD BANK IN THE "SHORTY AWARDS." GREYHOUNDS COULD USE THE PRESS. AND IT WOULD BE A NICE WAY TO HONOR MY CATE.

                              THANK YOU, YOUR SHOP DOG BANDIT

OBJECTIVE

Through a multi-faceted campaign including social media, online video, traditional media, and celebrity outreach, PETA exposed a horrific practice to the public, resulting in the shut-down of a terribly abusive business.

For years at The Pet Blood Bank, greyhounds had been warehoused in conditions akin to solitary confinement, trapped 24/7 in wire and dirt-floored kennels in an old shed, with nothing to do but wait for the next "bleed," where 20% of their blood volume was taken from their jugular vein, to be sold to vet clinics across the US. These naturally active, sensitive dogs were deprived of exercise, enrichment, companionship, respect, and any semblance of joy.

The vast majority of the public had no idea a dog blood bank could exist, so we first had to educate the public and then encourage them to get active. Following PETA's multi-platform awareness campaign — which included social media videos and images, instant advocacy such as text-ins, call-ins, emails alerts and more — The Pet Blood Bank closed its doors within X days of the feature going live, and transferred 151 dogs into adoption programs. These dogs are finally getting the care and love they need and deserve.

Details and Link to VOTE HERE.

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Borealis, Pedro Ximenez, Case Club @MetroWines

143 Million US Consumers were victims of cybercrime
in the past year with losses totaling $19.4 billion
according to a survey by Norton Cyber Security Insights 

We @MetroWines probably cannot stop cybercrime.
But you can do one small thing
to decrease your expose on the internet.

Don't shop wine online!

Join the Case Club @MetroWines.
Call (828) 575-9525
online: 
https://www.metrowinesasheville.com/club

Pedro Ximenez

95 Points Decantur Magazine

Vinification This Pedro Ximénez is aged for 15 years in the solera system.

Tasting Notes A great nose of exotic spices and almost red fruits combine
with more classic caramel overtones. With great acidity
the wine is light on its feet and almost refreshing.

 

Borealis
    Mouthwatering and multi-dimensional, this perennial crowd pleaser is a blend of our favorite cool-climate whites: Müller-Thurgau (38%), Gewürztraminer (32%), Riesling (19%) and Pinot Gris (11%). Crafted from several harvests in order to display the unique qualities of each variety, heady scents of orange blossom, ripe honeydew, guava and kiwi offer a vibrant introduction to this aromatic blend. The palate is sumptuous and round, bursting with stone fruit, Meyer lemon and juicy pear drizzled with caramel. This plushness yields to a clean, bright and uplifting finish.
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Whitney Cummings "hung out with wolves"

 

Comedian Whitney Cummings tells her story on "I Hung Out With Wolves" in NYT.

"Some wolves were not raised with other wolves, so they never learned certain behaviors, and some that looked less like them were raised with wolves and hence more wolflike. Hang out with a wolf, and you’ll become more like one."

Full Story HERE.

 

Around here in Asheville, we support Full Moon Farm Wolfdog Sanctuary HERE!

That's AmbassaDog "River" in the picture above.

Lot to be learned.

                                                    Your Shop Dog, Bandit

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Leonardo LoCascio Selections Barbera Wine Tasting

*** THIS JUST IN ***
Emily Farrell, Territory Manager
for  Leonardo LoCascio Selections (LLS)

Tuesday, February 6th from 5-6:30
"on the taste" and "on the house" @MetroWines

Emily will pour 3 Barberas made in 3 different styles from Pico Maccario 
Barbera specialists in Asti for four generations!

Pico Maccario Lavignone Rosato 2017 ($9.99)
Pico Maccario Barbera d’Asti Lavignone (unoaked) 2016 
Pico Maccario Barbera d’Asti Tre Roveri old vine, oaked 2014 
 
Emily Farrell, a Raleigh native, is a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW)

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Humane Society Head Resigns

Bandit here reporting this disheartening although, sadly, not surprising, news concerning Wayne Pacelle.

The chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States resigned on Friday after sexual harassment allegations against him prompted an uprising from staff and donors.

The executive, Wayne Pacelle, who was the face of the Humane Society for more than a decade, had held onto support from a majority of the group’s board, which voted on Thursday to immediately end an investigation into his behavior.

Yet by Friday afternoon, donors and employees of the organization, one of the most prominent animal welfare groups in the nation, were distancing themselves from Mr. Pacelle, condemning the board’s decision and calling for him to leave. In an email to the staff, Mr. Pacelle said late Friday that because “our mission depends on unity,” he was stepping aside to allow a search for a successor to begin.

 

Entire Story HERE.

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Invitation to Opening of Exhibit with Lisa Casperson

 

 
Dream Bird Painting
DREAM BIRD
Encaustic Wax
Veery
VEERY
Multi-Media
LITTLE BIRD SINGS
Multi-Media
UNCOMMON CROW # 2
Multi-Media

A bottle of wine, a sweet piece of art for your Valentine ~ who knows where that could lead?

 
AN INVITATION
 
WHAT:     BIRD BLISS by Lisa Casperson
                Exhibit & Sale of petite, affordable art 
WHERE:  METRO WINES
                169 Charlotte, Asheville, NC
 WHEN:    February 8-12
                 RECEPTION: 5-7pmThursday, February 8

Lisa Casperson is a multi-media artist originally from Duluth, Minnesota. Following three careers of teaching, writing and hair artistry, she now focuses solely on visual art. 

Website: playswellalone.com
Facebook: PlaysWellAlone   LisaHanftCasperson
Email: lisa@lisacasperson.com
 

CHANCE TO WIN A FRAMED PAINTING !
*Entrant must attend Metro Wines Artist Reception
*Entrant must fill out entire ticket
*Ticket will be pulled by Metro Wines staff member
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Skyfall, Mud House, Domaine du Coing

 

FRENCH CHARDONNAY IN STEEL FOR A STEAL!

** YOUR WINTER WHITE **

Tasting notes:   From the Valley of Loire in Western France almost into
The Atlantic.  A light straw yellow color envelops a wine of great complexity. Aromas include daffodil and daisy, locust tree and white fleshy fruit
that segue into flavors of peach, white currants and winter melon.
This is pure, unoaked Chardonnay with a dollop of salinity and minerality. 
SHOP WINTER WHITES @METROWINES

Mud House Pinot Noir from New Zealand is Back!
** 91 Points from Wine Spectator **
 
    A deep ruby red in the glass. Aromas of red cherry, dried herbs, scented oak and vibrant spice on the nose. Smooth on the palate with dark cherry and bramble flavors delivering a long finish with fine tannins and balanced acidity. ALC13.50% Cellar for the next five to six years.
 ** SKYFALL is Back by Very Popular Demand **
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AXIOS Wine Dinner at Golden Fleece

 

AXIOS Wine Dinner 

On February 21st, Golden Fleece along with Metro Wine’s Asheville School of Wine is eager to introduce you to Axios. Axios is a Napa Valley Cult Cab started by Constantine ‘Gus’ Kalaris, a Greek-American. It is a match made in heaven to our Greek cuisine crafted by Chef George Delidimos. Join us for this decadent four-course paired wine dinner alongside Axios representative, Ryan Kim, a Certified Sommelier of the Court of Master Sommeliers. This dinner will also feature a special limited release of Philotimo, a one of a kind blend of the Cabernet Sauvignon of Axios and Xinomavro of Alpha Estate in Amnydeon, Greece. Reservations must be made in advance and are $85 per guest (tax & gratuity not included). Please call the restaurant directly via (828)-424-7655 or email us below to reserve.

 

First Course

Seasonal Fish Crudo
paired with
2014 Worthy Napa Chardonnay

Second Course

Winter Roots
paired with 
2013 Truth Cuvee de Fume 

Third Course

Lamb Tenderloin
paired with 2009 Axios Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Fourth Course

Dolce E Salato
paired with 2015 Philotimo Xinomavro Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Due to the growing popularity of our wine dinners and limited availability we will be requiring credit cards (placed into our secure vault) for every reservation.*Any cancellations or changes to your reservation must be made by February 18th at 8:00pm.Reservation cancellations or no shows after that time will be subject to the full $85 per guest charge for their party.

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