Owner of Metro Wines

Dark Side of Wine, III

 

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News Release: Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

About: What's in the Wine?
 
Andy Hale, Director for The Asheville School at MetroWines, brings back "The Dark Side of Wine!" The tasting and class will focus on additives and manipulation in winemaking just in time for Halloween, Wednesday, October 30th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines. 
 
The class this year will include new and up to date information including labeling laws for wine bottles.
 
"Shoppers are very cautious about food ingredients these days, eating healthy, buying organic, avoiding transfats and additives," says Andy Hale, "but there has been little concern about what might be in your wine."
 
Andy will discuss the process of "fining" and "filtering" and the possible additives that some wineries are using to control and conform the taste of wine. "Expect some creepy stuff," says Andy.
 
$25 for the presentation and tasting. To reserve a seat, call (828) 575-9525 or go online here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/dark-side-of-wine/
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Celebration of Dionysus

Ciao Asheville Hosts
A Fundraiser for Dionysus!


"Dionysus is Bacchus. Bacchus is Dionysus.
Greek and Roman cultures have always been linked in more ways than just words and the connection continues today. 

UNCA hosts the Celebration of Dionysus, the god of Wine!  
every year in April. This year the students will translate and perform "Antigone," a Sophocles play that presents issues that remain unanswered.

Join us on Tuesday, December 3rd from 5:30 to 7pm
at Golden Fleece 
for a Fundraiser to support The Celebration of Dionysus


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Golden Fleece will present Mediterranean appetizers
paired with Greek and Italian wines selected in conjunction with MetroWines and presentations will be offered by UNCA Professor Sophie Mills, PHD and Valeria  Tezzon, PHD, both of the ancient history departments at UNCA
about how the Greek and Italian cultures crossed paths. 


$35 for an extraordinary evening. Reserve tickets here:
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/
blog/entry/fundraiser-for-dionysus

or Call (828) 575-9525

Golden Fleece has ample free and close parking!

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Asheville Wine Focus Group

Asheville Wine Focus Group
Wednesday, October 9th from 5:30 to 6:30

*** Slovenia and Croatia ***
"1,000 Years of Winemaking"


Katerina Dordelman of Sour Grapes Imports and Distribution,
a native of The Czech Republic and recently returned from a trip to Croatia and Slovenia, presents four wines. Katerina will share photographs and stories from her trip including meeting with the winemakers and their families.

When NYT Eric Asimov says a wine is difficult to find in NYC, we have it on the shelf. When Lettie Teague of WSJ recommends 5 varietals you should try, we already  have them on the shelf. Why.? Because we and YOU have opened our minds and palates to the new imports. WE have work to do!

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

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Anatomy

BIG RED of the WEEK
*** ANATOMY ***
Image result for anatomy 2013 cabernet sauvignonFrench winemaker Philippe Langner brings a touch of Bordeaux to Napa for a more restrained though still very engaging style of Cabernet. The nose opens with nicely ripe black fruits – think blackcurrant, blackberry, and black cherry – plus a subtly oaky nose of smoke, black pepper, and cloves. Bright, refreshing acidity on the palate adds to the overall approachability.
Great everyday drinking Napa Cab.

Sold Out Online. $23 and on shelf @MetroWines!

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Beethoven Binge

Binge on Beethoven

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binge-on-beethoven-in-vienna-11568303745


What Beethoven Might Have Binged On...

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Steininger Gruner Veltliner Ried Loisium
Kampala Reserve 2017

Really pure green apple and tarragon aromas lead into a dry, steely palate with hard-edged green apple and citrus followed by a scattering of white pepper. Smooth on palate.
Long finish with a crisp acidity. G
reat food wine. 
90 Points from Decantur. 94 Points from Wine Enthusiast.

Almost nowhere in country. $22 and on the shelf @MetroWines.
                     "This is what Gruner Veltliner was meant to be."  John Kerr, Asheville School of Wine

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Pazo Albarizo

Pazo Cilleiro 2017 Albariños, Rias Baixas

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Importer says: This first vintage of Pazo Cilleiro has a lively golden yellow color, with green reflections. It is clean and balanced, with citric fruits and white fruit notes, with small white flower aromas. The palate brings forth the nose. Pazo is fresh,
round and elegant on the palate, with a persistent, refreshing finish. 

James Suckling says: 90 Points

For those online shops that actually have this wine:
Applejack says $17.99
WineChateau says $17.07 (if you buy 12)
MetroWines says: $14.99 (If you buy even one!)
Shopping online just does not match the hype.


Shop LocalLY! 
SAVE and Support Your Community
Walk the Talk.

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Great Rose' Tasting: October

Great RosTasting
Saturday, October 5th from 10am to 7pm


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Let's get serious here. Most of the world drinks Rosall year. Why? Because, while Rose' is perfect for summer, it is food more than weather that drives it to the table. We serve aperitifs, host pot-lucks and have salad, fruit and asparagus, seafood, and turmeric!! on the table all year.
And in a global economy, we can access Rose' all year long.
Be part of the international community!
But, we get it. Join us to taste Rose' with a slightly heavier
body and flavor from four countries.

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Harvested from sustainable farmed Napa Valley estate vineyards, this is an elegant and dry Rose'.With aromas and flavors of strawberry, raspberry and watermelon, this wine is refreshing and full of life.
Michael Scholtz, winemaker for St. Supery says: 

"Enjoy year-round."
Taste St. Super on October 5th! $11.99

*** NEXT MONTH ***
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100% Nebbiolo (the locals say "Picontendro") grown in sandy soil. The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines chose this rose for one of the flavor driven dishes at ChowChow.  A bit of creaminess, strawberry on the palate. And some say a touch of pepper.
Hard to Find. $22 and on the Shelf @MetroWines!
Perfect for Thanksgiving. Taste on November 2nd
at The Great Rose Tasting!


Hot Tip: For a real transitional wine,
try Rose Sangria laced with White Vermouth!

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La Valentina Tasting

*** Friday ***
Friday, October 4th from 5 to 6:30 @Metrowines
Hosted ny Andrea di Properzio


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About our Host: Andrea di Properzio was born and raised in Pescara (Abruzzo). He is a Graduate in Business Administration from University of Bologna and University of Virginia Darden School of Business. A former management consultant, Investment Banker and working within the family’s business since 2002. Andrea, along with his brothers Sabatino and Roberto, Co-own Fattoria La Valentina. The winery was founded in 1990 in Spoltore, a village nestled amongst Pescara Hills on the central coast of the Adriatic. Today, La Valentina is a member of Grand Cru D’Italia and is regarded by Italian and international critics as one of the best cellars in Abruzzo.
Presented and Hosted by Ciao Asheville!

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BookSigning and Beaujolais Nouveau Tasting

News Release: Monday, September 30th, 2019

About: "Nouveau Noir" Booksigning and Beaujolais Nouveau Tasting
 
Please join us on Saturday, November 23rd from 2 to 5pm @MetroWines to taste the best of Beaujolais Nouveau for Thanksgiving and meet Cynthia Drew, on one the authors of "Nouveau Noir"
 
What is the book about? Cynthia says: "The new Gamay Nouveaus are here...and they're killer. Someone is poisoning the wine in Napa Valley, but who? And why? Is it bioterrorism? Revenge? Industrial espionage? Nouveau Noir tails dyslexic FBI Art Crimes agent Wynn Cabot as she travels to California in search of paintings stolen from the Napa tasting room of Domaine Laurent winery; and before she’s through she’s solved the mystery of who poisoned Domaine Laurent’s promising release of Gamay Nouveau and why."
This event is "on the house."
 
More about Cynthia Drew: https://cynthiadrew.com

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Tgiving Tasting & Customer2Customers Arts & Crafts Show

News Release: Friday, September 27th, 2019
About: First Annual Thanksgiving Tasting and Customer2Customer Arts and Crafts Show
 
Please join us on Saturday, November 9th from Noon to 5pm for The First Annual Thanksgiving Tasting and Customer2Customer Arts and Crafts Show @MetroWines. 
 
"Customers of MetroWines will present their arts and crafts for sale to all of our customers as well as all of Asheville!" says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "This is an opportunity to select holiday gifts that are unique or something special  and "one of a kind" for yourself."
 
Customers will be presenting pottery, pet tugs, candles, greeting cards, wine bottle art, wine art including clothing and accessories, paintings, jewelry and quilts. 
 
Shoppers can enjoy versatile wines that would be perfect for the Thanksgiving holidays while strolling the store and meeting the artists.
 
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Truth

Big Red of The Week


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This delicious Napa Valley red is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 21% Cabernet Franc. It is full and soft with round, juicy black and red currant fruit, licorice and spice box. $22

Meanwhile, down south in Paso Robles, they are lighting up!
https://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-travel-paso-robles-
sensorio-lighted-flowers-20190525-story.html


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Pasta Making Class

Pasta Making Class
Believe it. We're Doing it!
with Roberto Stragiotti @MetroWines
Sunday, October 20th, 1-3pm

$25 includes ingredients, glass of wine and instruction!



*** TICKETS ***
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/pasta-making-class
Class is Limited to 15 Students


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Chess and Vermouth

Keith Haring, Chess and Vermouth

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Crafted of turned and lacquered wood by the venerated toy firm Vilac, 
the Keith Haring Chess Set includes a white fabric bag to hold the pieces 
measures 12.6” square and pieces range from 0.5” (pawn) to 2.5” (king) tall. 
While it doesn't get much more traditional than chess, this set is out of the box.

Accordingly, we usually recommend port as your "play chess with wine, "but here we are stepping with Keith outside the box with Spanish Vermouth.
This Vermouth was the best seller at our recent wine tasting, with over 35 seated customers, with Marta Plana of WineTones Imports.


The Keith Haring Chess Set is at Moma
The Vermouth is @MetroWines (and Curate by the glass)


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Marta Plana, Owner of Winetones who imports Bandarra and recently hosted a sit down tasting @MetroWines,
suggests a slice of orange in the glass.
BTW, Bandarra was the favorite wine at the tasting
and sold out twice over!

Not Everywhere. $21 @MetroWines

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Tasting with Fine Wines Trading Company

News Release: Thursday, September 26th, 2019

About: Wine Tasting with Fine Wines Trading Company
 
Please join us on Wednesday, October 16th from 5 to 6:30 for a wine tasting from the portfolio of Fine Wine Trading Company (FWTC). The evening will be hosted by The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines and Andy Singleton of FWTC will present the wines. The event is "on the house" and all wines poured will be offered at an event price.
 
About FWTC from the website: Founded in March of 2003, Fine Wine Trading Company is family owned and operated by Danny and Kimberly Sanford. FWTC found itself born from a realization that most distributors were becoming too large and commercialized and losing touch with the finer points of the wine business. FWTC exists as a small, boutique style distributor that places a premium on product knowledge, service, and above all else, great juice. Over the past decade FWTC has built a reputation as one of the premier fine wine distributors in North Carolina. We are excited to announce that we have just launched service in South Carolina as well.
 
"This is a great opportunity to taste wines from a carefully curated collection," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "These wines will not be on every shelf in town!"
 
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Fundraiser for Dionysus!

 

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News Release:  Wednesday, September 25th, 2019
About: Fundraiser for UNCA Celebration of Dionysus.
 
Join us on December 3rd from 5:30 to 7pm for a unique cocktail party at Golden Fleece. Ciao Asheville hosts a fundraiser for UNCA Celebration of Dionysus, heralding the arrival of spring.
 
Dionysus in Ancient Greece, Bacchus in Rome, is the god of fruitfulness and vegetation, wine, theater and joy!
 
"Greeks and Italians share more historical and cultural connections, some conflicting, than just Dionysus and Bacchus," says Gina Trippi of Ciao Asheville. "This is an opportunity to taste Mediterranean food and wine, learn about the links and raise funding for a very special event." 
 
Each year UNCA Department of Classics translates a Greek play and performs the play for the public. The play this season, Antigone, written by Sophocles on or before 441BC, will be performed on April 21st. Directed and performed by UNCA undergraduates, the play offers interesting dance work and presents themes that are relevant even today. 
 
"In Sophocles’Antigone, the oppositions are clear: young versus old. woman versus man. family versus state," says Sophie Mills, PhD, Professor of Classics at UNCA. "But right versus wrong is not quite so clear. How far would you go to save your family?" 
Chef George Delidimos of Golden Fleece will prepare appetizers that represent both the culinary traditions of Greece and Italy paired with wines, in consultation with MetroWines, from both countries.
Professor Sophie Mills will offer a brief presentation on the connections between the two countries from the Greek perspective and Dr. Valeria Tezzon of Ciao Asheville will speak to the Italian view.
The cost for the evening is $35. You can reserve a seat at this celebration of the two cultures by calling (828) 575-9525 or online here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/fundraiser-for-unca-celebration-of-dionysus/
Contact for Ciso Asheville: Gail Ramperssud
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Wine Class: France

 

News Release: September 23rd, 2019

About: Around the World in Wine: France
 
Join Andy Hale, Director tor of The Asheville School of Wine, for a vicarious trip around the world in wine starting on Tuesday, October 1st from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines.
 
$25 for this Seated Tasting and Presentation. Reserve your seat by calling (828) 575-9525 or online: https://www.ashevilleschoolofwine.com/schedule
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Asheville Wine Focus Group: October

RESERVE YOUR SEAT HERE!

News Release: September 18th

About: Focus Group: Croatia and Slovenia
 
Please join us as The Asheville Wine Focus Group considers wines from Croatia and Slovenia on Wednesday, October 9th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines.
 
Katerina Dordelman of Sour Grapes Imports and Distribution, a native of The Czech Republic and recently returned from a trip to Croatia and Slovenia, presents four wines. Katerina will share photographs and stories from her trip including meeting with the winemakers and their families.
 
"But, while all that promises to be great, the bottom line is," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines, "do you like the wines and should they be in the shop."
 
Reserve your seat by calling (828) 575-9525 or online here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/october-wine-focus-group/
 
This event will fill up quickly. Call Reserve NOW!
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Around the World Wine Series

 

"Around the World in Wine Series" with Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine!

Learn about the famous wine regions of the world as you taste wine in this fun series!

Class 1: Vin Francaise

Learn about the wines and regions of France.

October 1st @ 5:30, $25+ tax

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Class 2: Vino Italiano

Learn about the famous wine regions of Italy.

October 8th @ 5:30, $25+tax

Buy Tickets Here!

Class 3: The Iberian Peninsula

Learn about the wine regions of Spain and Portugal.

October 15th @ 5:30, $25+tax

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Class 4: The New World

Learn about the regions of the USA, Chile, Argentina, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

October 22nd @5:30, $25+tax

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 Or buy all 4 classes for $85+tax!

Buy The Series Here!

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"Buona Sera" an Italian Cocktail Party

(historic Sky Club)

News Release: Monday, September 16th, 2019
About: Italian Cocktail Party
Please join us for "Buona Sera" at The Sky Club on Wednesday, November 6th from 5:30 to 7pm. Hosted by Kelly Hull for Ciao Asheville, the event includes high end Italian wines paired with appetizers selected by Chef Marcus Day formerly of Jargon and The Vue at Grove Park INN.
Guests will include Marla Hardee Milling, author of "Legends, Secrets and Mysteries of Asheville" and Andy Hale of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines.
Wines will include 2017 Girolamo Russo Nerina Etna Bianco from Sicily, 2016 Dessimis Pinot Grigio, an "orange wine" served to great accolades at ChowChow, 2010 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino that received 93 points from Wine Spectator and 94 Points from Robert Parker, and 2014 Luigi Einaudi Barolo!
 
The Sky Club has a long history and remains the subject of speculation at cocktail parties! Starting as a restaurant and dance club operated by German-Americans Gus and Emma Adler atop Beaucatcher Mountain called The Old Heidelberg Supper Club. Opened in the late 1930s, the club changed its name in 1942 in response to anti-German sentiment. 
After Gus' death in a fire in 1952, Emma continued the club, hosting celebrities such as Grace Kelly and Robert Mitchum, in town to make movies. "Buncombe County did not allow sales of liquor," historian Sharon Fahrer writes. Sky Club patrons "would bring their own bottles ... They were also charged a dollar for a bucket of ice." The Sky Club "was known for ... strip steaks and shrimp cocktail," as well as for views, Rick McDaniel writes in his book "Asheville Food." 
In 1957, Castle in the Sky purchased The Sky Club from Emma Adler for $65,000, with much more later spent on renovations. The corporate treasurer was Fred Seely Jr., E.W. Grove's grandson. The president, William Conrad of New Jersey, revived the panoramic third floor dinner-and-dance hall as The Satellite Club. The Sky Club was later sold and converted to condos. 
"Join us as we bring an Italian touch to The Sky Club!" says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "The history continues." 
$35 for the evening. Tickets for "Buona Sera" can be reserved by calling (828) 575-9525 or online here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/buona-sera/. Space is limited to 20 guests so please reserve early!
Contact for Ciao Asheville: Gail Rampersaud
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Focus Group Survivor!

Where is the Love? That is what we were asking at the last Focus Group ("Group"). We presented four wines that we thought were great for the price, that have either fallen out of favor or just never got there. As always, Group was spot on and provided invaluable information.

Group was concerend about blends that do not indicate what the heck is in the bottle on the label. And while a wine story is good, it is not a great sales tool. For example, a bottle that was made from a special clone might be of interest to wine geeks but not so much to most customers. Group did think an eye catching label was imoortant in a sea of wine. But of most importance is education. More classes on wines such as txakolina are necessary to insure customers know what is being offered. And more informational cards on the shelf so custoemrs can roam around by themselves and get the drift.

So, of the four wines reviewed by Group, only one survived! While two of the others were acceptable for now, don't reorder! And one was a flat out why bother. Here's the winner:

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Winemaker's Notes: This Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon has all the hallmarks of a great, true-to-style Cabernet. Its structure is approachable, the fruit is juicy red with a hint of savory which is appropriate for this varietal. Oak is well integrated and lends spiciness on the palate. This wine is very fitting for a weekday wine and/or for more formal occasions.

Blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 4% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petite Verdot

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