News Release: Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019
News Release: Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019
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
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:
or Call (828) 575-9525
Golden Fleece has ample free and close parking!
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
BIG RED of the WEEK
*** ANATOMY ***
French 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!
Binge on Beethoven
What Beethoven Might Have Binged On...
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. Great 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
Pazo Cilleiro 2017 Albariños, Rias Baixas
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.
SAVE and Support Your Community
Walk the Talk.
Great Rose Tasting
Saturday, October 5th from 10am to 7pm
Let's get serious here. Most of the world drinks Rose all 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.
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:
Taste St. Super on October 5th! $11.99
*** NEXT MONTH ***
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!
*** Friday ***
Friday, October 4th from 5 to 6:30 @Metrowines
Hosted ny Andrea di Properzio
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!
News Release: Monday, September 30th, 2019
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Big Red of The Week
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!
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 ***
Class is Limited to 15 Students
Follow All Things Italian at Ciao Asheville
Keith Haring, Chess and Vermouth
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)
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
News Release: Thursday, September 26th, 2019
News Release: September 23rd, 2019
RESERVE YOUR SEAT HERE!
News Release: September 18th
"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
Class 2: Vino Italiano
Learn about the famous wine regions of Italy.
October 8th @ 5:30, $25+tax
Class 3: The Iberian Peninsula
Learn about the wine regions of Spain and Portugal.
October 15th @ 5:30, $25+tax
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
Or buy all 4 classes for $85+tax!
(historic Sky Club)
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:
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.