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Visintini Franconia

About This Franconia

 100% Franconia violets, pomegranate and blueberrry. Less than four miles from the border with Slovenia - the Visintini Family continues the work of their great-grandfather, Domenico, who bought the estate in the late 1800s. Their wine cellar dates to the 1200s but their winery is very modern. This Franconia is hand-harvested and fermented in cement tanks. No manuiulation or additives. Clean Wine. While work in the cellar is minimal, Visintini's work in the vineyards is extensive. With certified organic vines moving toward biodynamic, the Visintinis are continuing the 800 year legacy of their land. Heavier, creamy cheeses and spicy sausages are great pairs fr this Franconia!


About Visinitini from Piedmont Wine Imports in Durham

Palmira, Oliviero and Cinzia Visintini are wine geeks of the best kind. You can see Slovenia from their farm, it’s the next line of low hills on the horizon, 6km away. Their grandfather Domenico Visintini bought the estate and its ruined medieval tower in 1884. A respectable portion of the original 13th century cellar is crammed with Palmira Visintini’s personal wine stash. Amphorae of biodynamically farmed Pignolo line the hallway outside, wine that won’t be ready to sell until 2016. In another restored alcove rest bottle of Refosco di Peduncolo Rosso and other cool indigenous grapes: Fruili actually has more indigenous reds than whites. The Visintini siblings do fine work with both.

Visintini is a clean, organized, efficient modern winery. The family are intellectual and inquisitive about wine, connected to the larger world outside of the Colli Orientali DOP and at the same time very aware of farms making interesting wine in Friuli. It’s fun to watch them hang out and talk shop with other growers in the local oenoteca in Cormons. Gossip about Colli Orientali and Collio is passed around, along with many bottles of the best wines of each DOP. And abundant prosciutto.  

The Visintinis farm twenty five hectares of indigenous grapes (Ribolla, Verduzzo, Friulano, Franconia) the bulk of which are in close proximity to the cellar. The winery was significantly expanded in 1976 by Andrea (the trio’s father) allowing for their current robust 140,000 bottle annual production, more or less. The new portion built by Andrea rests a full six meters underground, perfect for long term storage of the estate’s amphorae and bottle-aged reds. Andrea also installed the mixture of cement and stainless steel tanks that are used to ferment and age Visintini’s white wines. Their guiding principle in the cellar is to do as little as possible. In the fields Oliviero is charting a path toward biodynamic agriculture. After years of organic farming they are recently certified, and have begun making their own biodynamic composts and other preparations.  

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Thanksgiving Rose' Tasting @MetroWines

News Release: October 9th, 2018

About: Thanksgiving Great Rose' Tasting @MetroWines
Join us on Saturday, November 3rd from 10am to 7pm to taste Rose' from around the world perfect for the Thanksgiving celebration. Different varietals in different styles but all with a little more weight and heavier aromas and flavors to complement the holiday table and celebrations.
"Rose" can be served all year as an aperitif, with a dish presenting a complex mix of flavors, with peppery recipes, turkey and herbaceous stuffing, even dessert," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Rose' works all year long." 
Join the international community. Celebrate the holidays, friends and family, the end of the year and the beginning of a new year with Rose!
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Buttafuoco, Insolia, Dark Side, Washington Reds Tasting, Focus Group, Iberian Class, Tempranillo, French Tasting, Case Club


Bad Name. OK. Let's Face It. VERY Bad Name. 

But WOW! Great Wine!

From Rosenthal Wine Merchants,
a blend of 
CroatinaBarbera & Uva Rara

Intense and brilliant ruby red with shades of purple and violet. 
The nose is intense, harmonious, with good vinosity with a pleasant hint 
of small red fruits. In the mouth it is quite soft, full, fresh, slightly tannic,
of excellent structure with sensations of austerity and persistence.


Bellifelli, a project of Valle dell'Acate
from Friend of MetroWines, Gaetana Jocano Gola!!

Insolia, Sicilia DOC, $15.99

"The notes of citrus fruit, the jasmine aromas, and the typical
greenish yellow color of Insolia have inspired a reassuring
and serene face which suggests fragrance and balance." 
The Dark Side of Wine
with Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine
What's REALLY REALLY in Your Glass
(Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid)
Wednesday, October 30th starting 6pm @MetroWines

$20 plus tax. Seating Limited to 20. Event Credit Only.
Call (828) 575-9525

** Seated Washington State REDs Tasting **
with Small Plates from Bone&Broth!!

Wednesday, October 24th
from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines

$25 plus tax. Seated limited to 20. Event Credit Only
Call (828) 575-9525

Or online: https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/
Asheville Wine Focus Group
Wednesday, October 10th from 5:30 to 6:30

Call (828) 575-9525

The Iberian Peninsula

with Andy Hale 
Director of The Asheville School of Wine

Tuesday, October 9th from 6 to 7pm. $25 plus tax.

Morales Tempranillo 2016
This riper version of Tempranillo shows black cherries and blueberries,
along with sandalwood and sawdust from American oak. The finish reflects its warm region origins with some raisins and dusty earth lingering on the palate.

** $11.99 **


Seated French Wine Tasting Part Deux
with Philippe Bourgeois

Presentation and 5 Wines Paired with Small Plates

Wednesday, October 17th
from 5:30-6:30 @MetroWines

call (828) 575-9525 or online:


Ancient Animal Themed Drinkware

William Kole for Associated press

Nice. BUT Better Idea...... 
Riedel Glasses and The Case Club @MetroWines!

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October Great Rose Tasting Winner: Sesti

100% Sangiovese Rose Imported by Kermit Lynch



Although he always enjoyed visiting vineyards and attending tastings, Giuseppe Maria “Giugi” Sesti did not initially choose a career in wine. Instead, his Venetian upbringing inspired him to study music, art, and astronomy, the last of which became his profession. He met his future wife in North Wales while writing his first book on this topic, and in 1975 Giugi and Sarah moved their family to Tuscany, where they bought the abandoned ruins of the hamlet and castle of Argiano, slowly clearing the land and restoring the buildings to create the breathtaking estate we see there today. Giugi was now a father of four, vice-director of a local Baroque opera festival, and actively writing books on astronomy, but he miraculously found spare time to visit local wineries and help his neighbors in the vineyards and cellar. His passion for wine grew along with his experience, and in 1991 he planted his own vineyards on the slopes around the castle. The children helped pick and stomp grapes from the earliest age, and though they, too, pursued international studies in various fields, they always managed to come home for the harvest. In 1999 the couple’s only daughter, Elisa, joined the estate full time, and today she is an active partner in all aspects of the vineyard management and winemaking.

While helping out at neighboring estates Giugi observed that simplicity and careful attention were the most important factors in producing great wines, while chemical intervention skewed their delicate balance; so he determined to make entirely natural wines right from the start. He even took a pioneering extra step by applying his prodigious knowledge of the moon’s influence on living things to his vineyard management and winemaking. Today the family continues this thoroughly eco-friendly philosophy (although no official certification currently meets their personal standards), and Elisa’s primary concern is the materia prima, or raw material, that goes into the wine. The Sesti lineup includes a white Sauvignon and a Sangiovese Rosato born directly of necessity, since the family wanted something light and cooling to drink under the hot summer sun; they were forced to increase production when visiting friends and clients tried these wines and started placing orders. But their basic trio—the Brunello, Brunello Riserva “Phenomena,” and Rosso di Montalcino—provides traditional expressions of the appellation, robust and powerful yet refreshing, with great aging potential in the Brunellos.


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Thanksgiving Tasting with Philippe Bourgeois






New Release: November 8th, 2018

About: Cancelation
Please note that the event with Philippe Bourgeois on November 16 from 5 to 6:30 @MetroWines
has been canceled due to family obligations. Thank you for your assistance.
Gina Trippi

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News Release: Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018
About: Thanksgiving Wine Tasting @MetroWines
Join Philippe Bourgeois on Friday, November 16th from 5 to 6:30 to taste Beaujolais and other wines perfect for Thanksgiving from his portfolio of imported French wines "on the house."
JP Bourgeois is a highly specialized wine importer of French and Spanish wines, focusing solely on handcrafted, sustainably farmed or certified organic wines.
More about JPBourgeois here: https://jp-bourgeois.com/
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Cotes du Rhone Flavors and Trip

News Release: Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

About: Rhone Wine Tasting and Trip @MetroWines.
Join The Asheville School of Wine and Sylvie Delaunay of Provence Detours on Sunday, November 4th from 3 to 4pm @MetroWines for an educational wine tasting and discussion of the Cotes du Rhone wine region of France. The wine tasting with cheese and charcuterie will accompany the presentation followed by a discussion of travel opportunities to the area.
The event is "on the house" but seating is limited. Reserve your seat by calling (828) 5756-9525, contact Sylvie Delaunay at france26120@gmail.com or online at https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/special-events/
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Seated French Wine Tasting Part Deux

Tickets HERE!

News Release: Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018
About: Seated French Wine Tasting @MetroWines
Philippe Bourgeois hosts a seated tasting of five of his imported French Wines paired with small plates of charcuterie and French cheeses on Wednesday, October 17th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines. 
Wines include Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux and Chateauneuf du Pape from the Bourgeois Portfolio.
Please call (828) 575-9525 for reservations or shop in our online store: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/special-events/.
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Tremenda, Wine Class, Lubanzi, Rose' Tasting, Puglia, Lucarelli

La Tremenda Monastrell 2016

92 Points, Wine Advocate, $12.99

From the 30-year old La Tremenda vineyard, the 100% low yielding
Monastell vines are grown at 2200 feet. Aged for 6 months in French Oak. 

Winery Tasting Notes: "Bright ruby-red in color, the wine shows notes
of fresh black cherries and red berries with hints of sweet spice, toast and cocoa.
On the palate, this accessible red shows silky texture, liveliness and long length.
Pair it with pork chops, Kobe beef, or parmesan-crusted asparagus tips." 

*** Travel to Italy Through Wine ***

with Andy Hale
Director of The Asheville School of Wine

on Tuesday, October 2nd from 6 to 7pm
$25 plus tax. Call (828) 575-9525

Tickets here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/october-2-italy/
Heading toward medium bodied, this is a transitional white wine.

91 Points James Suckling, $14.99 

   "A lively green color, with hues of pale straw is the first indication the wine is both fresh and complex. The nose offers an intriguing array of fruits - sliced November figs, ripe nectarine and freshly-peeled satsumas (we call them naatjies!). In the background is the hint of herbaceous rosemary. The palate is round and fleshy, pushing forward ripe citrus fruits like orange, nectarine again and a fresh core of green melon. There is the hint of banana bread as well. It is moreish and beautifully balanced. But the excitement doesn’t stop there – the finish is creamy and long and fresh like watermelon sorbet. Very delicious."
October Great Rose Tasting 
Four on the Pour "on the house" ALL Day Long
on Saturday, October 6th from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines

Rose that's a little heavier in flavor and body for the coming cooler weather.

"What,"  you say? Rose in October?
Call me crazy but they're still doing it in Paris and doing it all year long.


It's THAT Time of Year Again
National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Gala in Washington DC.
This year, the Region of Honor is Puglia featuring a sit-down dinner
prepared and hosted by with Lidia Bastianich!
Experience a typical Pugliese dinner perfectly paired with Pugliese wine.
Want to join in the fun? http://www.niaf.org/
Can't go but you want Puglia? Try Lucarelli Negroamaro!
NIAF is also offering a service for those interested in Italian Dual Citizenship
Follow all things Italian on "Ciao Asheville" right here:

And you can Start Learning
"Survival Italian" with Michael Scardaville

Luccarelli Negroamaro, Puglia
Lucarelli is a reflection of the colors of Puglia.  
Ruby red in the glass with purple hues, intense, and fruity,
with notes of black black currants and berries. Medium bodied, velvety with a good balance between freshness and smooth palate, long-lasting and savory finish.
Big Red with 13.5%alc. A Shop Favorite. $15.99
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"Beer Hacks"

Malaprops Says:

A tour de force of 100 tips and tricks, Beer Hacks is the ultimate guide to becoming a better beer drinker. Includes an emergency bottle opener on the front cover 

Discover the very best and most creative ways to serve, share, store, and savor your favorite brews. There's problem solving: Warm beer? Chill a bottle in about a minute with a can of compressed air. DIY projects: Turn empty bottles into guitar slides. Party tricks: The only thing you need to know to safely tap a keg--and the one foolproof technique for shotgunning a beer. Flavor bombs: A French press is all you need to infuse ale with fresh berries.

Whether you're replenishing after a workout (that's right: beer has electrolytes), or relishing the singular tranquility of a shower beer, Beer Hacks is the ultimate guide to taking drinking to the next level, making it more fun and more practical. 



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Tenute del Cerro Tasting List


The Wine of Tenute del Cerro

Giacomo Alari, Export Sales Manager

will present and discuss these wines paired with Small Plates from STRADA

on Friday, September 21st from 5:30 to 6:30

Event Sponsored by "Ciao Asheville" The Asheville Italian Cultural Forum

*** Tickets HERE! ***

Tenute del Cerro is composed of five estates including four wine estates in two of the most important regions of Italy, Toscana and Umbria, with almost 5000Ha of owned land, of which approximately 300 are vineyards.

Awards and prizes given by the Italian and foreign press to Fattoria del Cerro‘s Vino Nobile di Montepulcianos, La Poderina’s Brunello di Montalcinos and Colpetrone’s Montefalco Sagrantinos are testament to Tenute del Cerro’s uncompromising work in harmony with the territory and the commitment of highly qualified staff who is deeply linked to the history of wines and production area.

Fattoria del Cerro Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG 2014, Tuscany                              

100% Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese clone) aged 12 months French and Slavonian oak barrels                                 

“Tre Bicchieri”                                                              - Gambero Rosso Guide to Italian Wines 2018           

“A layered and ripe red with plum and chocolate character. Medium body, soft and velvety tannins and a delicious

finish. Just right now.”                                                                          - 91 points, JamesSuckling.com

La Poderina Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2013, Tuscany                                                             

100% Sangiovese Grosso                                                                                                                                     

Aged 25 months in French barriques (1/3), tonneaux (1/3) and 110Hl Slavonian oak casks (1/3)                                                   

“The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautiful wine and a protagonist of this vintage. I love the purity of the fruit

and the direct manner in which it is delivered. This wine exhibits intensity and a careful sense of balance in which

dark cherry fruit and blackberry are folded into spice, tar and licorice. The effect is seamless and elegant. This wine

has the inner flexibility to drink in the near or the long term.”                             - 94 points, Wine Advocate

“Dark ruby-red. Strong notes of aromatic herbs, flint and licorice complicate red cherry and berry aromas and flavors.

Very long, fresh and clean, offering serious but polished tannins, this classic Brunello ought to age and develop nicely.”

                                                                                                                    - 92+ points, Vinous

Colpetrone Rosso di Montefalco DOC 2013/14, Umbria 

70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino and 15% Merlot aged 12 months in Slavonian oak barrels                                       

“The 2013 Montefalco Rosso is a dense and hearty red wine with ample structure and concentration. The wine is

infused with pressed cherry, blackberry, Christmas spice and cured tobacco.”        - 89 points, Wine Advocate

“A round and velvety red showing chocolate, walnut and wet-earth character together with plummy fruit. Medium

body, soft texture and a delicious finish. Why wait on this one?” - 92 points, JamesSuckling.com (2013 vintage)

Colpetrone Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG 2011, Umbria                                                 

100% Sagrantino aged 12 months in heavy-toast French barriques, followed by 24 months in cement tanks                  

and then 36 months in stainless steel tanks

“So much pressed lavender to the nose here as well as the classic brambleberries but also some hints of sour

cherries, leather and Chinese spices. This is full and delicious with mouth-coating tannins, driven acidity and a

compact yet long finish. Better in 2020.”                                                    - 93 points, JameSuckling.com

Fattoria del Cerro Vin Santo di Montepulciano “Sangallo” DOC 2013, Tuscany 

60% Trebbiano and 40% Malvasia dried 120 days; fermented and aged 24 months in 100L caratelli                             

(Extremely limited – vintage sold out)                                                                                                                                    


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Wine Consumer Study


Thought you might be interested in seeing this just released study of the wine and liquor markets across the US.
It was included in the WIne Growers News from Iowa State University.

Some of the key findings from this survey include:
        1       66% of U.S. adult consumers (21+) purchase alcohol beverages with 45% regulary purchasing wine and 35% regularly purchasing liquor. 
        2       Consumers in the Northeast purchase more alcohol than on the West coast. 
        3       A similar percentage of both men & women purchase wine. 
        4       The of wine purchasers continues to grow steadily from 55% of those with an annual income of $125-$149K - $149,000 to 68% of those with an income of $250K+. 
        5       Non-Hispanic whites tend to purchase more wine than other ethnicities, while non- Hispanic blacks and Asians indicate they purchase liquor at greater levels. 
        6       Only 5% of regular wine purchasers and 9% of regular liquor purchasers strongly agreed that they would cut back on those purchases when cannabis was legal. 
        7       Only 19% of regular wine purchasers say they know wine brands, and fewer – 16% say they look for deals. 
        8       Walmart (29%) is the leading retail outlet for wine and number two for liquor (20%) in the U.S. 
        9       Point of purchase is very important as consumer behaviors can shift dramatically. 

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Decero: Stephanie Morton-Small

   Stephanie Morton-Small, chief Commercial officer, for Decero in Mendoza, Argentina hosted a sold out Seated Tasting on Tuesday, September 11th. What's the one thing Stephanie wants us to remember? Mendoza is the size of California and, so, not all parts are created equally! Great Wines. Great Speaker. Great Night!


Chief Commercial Officer

Experiencing wine at some of the greatest estates of France during time spent in Bordeaux, Burgundy and Aix-en-Provence was the seed from which Stephanie’s career in wine grew. After graduating from University of London, time in the UK wine trade was fast followed by nearly a decade in international sales and marketing roles based in Australia and further consolidated by an MBA.

Having been a Director of a group of some of the finest and well established wineries in Australia, Stephanie was attracted to moving away from the “established” to start something “from scratch”. The long-term vision of Thomas Schmidheiny and the quality of every aspect of Finca Decero, from the ground up, formed a unique attraction which caused Stephanie to move to Argentina in 2007.

As Finca Decero’s Chief Commercial Officer, Stephanie manages the full commercial side of Finca Decero and has consistently managed the business from start-up development, launch, to ongoing sales and marketing of all Finca Decero’s wines including the most recent fly-away success of ‘The Owl & The Dust Devil’.  Through an exceptional network of importer and agency partners and having attracted an array of fine restaurants where most of the wines are sold, Finca Decero enjoys a positioning aligned with Thomas Schmidheiny’s vision for a world class wine estate of Argentina.


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Report on October Group

The group follows two guidelines (1) MetroWines is a small shop and every wine that lands a place on the shelf must earn it! and (2) the wine must have appeal to most people. Following these guidelines, Group made some learned and tough calls. 
Our host was Tom Leiner of Grapevine Distribution. Tom's goal was to introduce Group to some new varietals or new expressions of the grape. With his extensive experience in food and wine pairing, Tom also gave us some ideas about what would work with each wine. We learned and we laughed!
Kurtatsch Muller Thurgau (https://www.kellerei-kurtatsch.it/en/terroir-wine-mueller-thurgau-doc-graun/): This wine from Alto Adige sold very well. Most said the wine offered bright tropical notes on the front end and a brininess on the finish. Tom explained that wines from northern Italy like this one are fuller in body and palate feel. The brininess makes this wine more appropriate for food than porch sipping. Group thought this was a good example of how every wine has its place!
Clarendelle Bordeaux Rose: Clarendelle is inspired by Haut-Brion (http://www.clarendelle.com/en/) This wine has been on our shelves. Because of its heavier flavors from the Bordeaux varietals, Group thought this Rose would be well suited to Thanksgiving. MetroWines has supported this winery. We also offer the Clarendelle White Bordeaux and Red Bordeaux. perfect lineup for the Thanksgiving table.
Evolucio Blaufrankisch (https://www.siemawines.com/evolucioa/) : From Bergenland in Austria, Group found this to be a light red that could use a bit more fruit content. Should be served with a slight chill and would be best with food. Group found htis to be a new taste that might take a few tries but had a future! Evolucio is served by the glass at Sante if you want to try before you buy.
Bakan Montepulciano Reserva: Group says this is The Winner. With a deep, intense ruby red color, an intense nose of ripe blackberry and spices, the wine is powerful on the nose and palate. Long finish. 


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October Wine Focus Group @MetroWines

 Reserve Your Seat HERE!

News Release: Thursday, September 13th, 2018

About: Asheville Wine Focus Group
Join us for The Asheville Wine Focus Group (https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/wine-focus-group) on Wednesday, October 10th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines.
Our host will be Empire Distributors. Empire is a wholesale distributor working in four states: Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Colorado representing 1,000 brands from around the world. The Empire Portfolio includes everyday wines such as Villa Pozzi from Sicily, Josh and 10 Span, to high end wines such as Stag's Leap, Heitz Cellars and Dom Perignon!
Empire Distributors will present four wines for consideration by the group. Participants are asked in an informal give and take gathering to advise if they like the wine, do they think other customers will like the wine, should the wine be in our shop and what should the wine cost.
"Participants are doing a great job guiding us in selecting wines for our shelves that have appeal for most customers," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "This is a small shop and every wine must earn its place!"
There is no charge for the event. Reserve at (828) 575-9525 or online here.
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Airfield Cabernet Sauvignon

Just a quick note to say that the Wine Enthusiast just gave this one, one of our Focus Group Wines!! a great review. We got game people!

Winery Tasting Notes: "This classically styled Cabernet Sauvignon showcases pronounced aromas of cherry and blackcurrant with undertones of toasted oak. A smooth, well-balanced palate framed with lingering tannins on the finish."

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Washington State REDs Seated Tasting


Tickets HERE! 

News Release: Tuesday, September 11th, 2018
About: Seated Tasting of Washington State Reds @MetroWines
Please join us on Wednesday, October 24th from 5:30 to 6:30 for a Seated Tasting of Washington State Red Wines @MetroWines.
The Asheville School of Wine hosts Robert Novick of Kellogg Selections. Bordeaux varietals from Andrew Hill (http://www.andrewwill.com/home/) and Rhone varietals from Gramercy Cellars (http://gramercycellars.com/) will be paired with small plates from Bone and Broth on Charlotte Street.
"Washington State Wines, in general, have only been partially discovered and are of extraordinary quality for the price." says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "These selections have all been critically acclaimed and would be perfect for the holiday table."
The Wines from Andrew Hill received between 91 and 94 points from Robert Parker:
“I continue to think these Bordeaux blends from Chris Camarda are some of the most impressive, balanced, and age-worthy wines coming out Washington State.” - Jeb Dunnuck in The Wine Advocate
And the wines from Gramercy also claimed between 92 and 95 points from Robert Parker:
“Under the leadership of Greg Harrington and Brandon Moss, Gramercy Cellars is unquestionably in the top handful of producers in Washington State.” - Jeb Dunnuck in The Wine Advocate
$25 plus tax for the evening. Reserve your seat by calling (828) 575-9525 or online:
Seating is Limited to 20 participants. Cancelations Store Credit Only
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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The Menu from Chef Chris Bensen at Bone&Broth
Will Blend - Red Grapes Green - Red Grapes coated in blue cheese mousse
and dusted with pistachios
Gramercy Syrah - Smoked Tomato Bruschetta - Smoked cherry Tomato, garlic, parmesan
cheese, and herb gremolata on tallow butter toasted crostini
Gramercy Cab – Duck Prosciutto on Herb Lavash with Crispy Capers
and Three Graces dairy Blanche.
Will Cab- Blackened Apple Brandy Farms Denver Steak, Shaved thin
and drizzled with Balsamic Reduction
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Decero, Italian Tasting, Group, Trim, Gassat Pinot, Terre Rouge Viognier, Terrebrune Bandol, Carmenere


*** LAST CALL ***
Ticket Window Closes Monday (tomorrow) at noon.
Rare Opportunity to hear from one of the Top Executives at Decero
London Based Stephanie Morton Small
and taste these award winning wines

(Seriously, we had to fight  mano a mano for this one)
Decero (Argentina) Seated Tasting
Tuesday, September 11th from 5 to 6:30

(Yes, you can be a few minutes late. Seating time built in!)
Seated Italian Wine Tasting
4 RED Wines and Vin Santo Paired with STRADA Small Plates
September 21st from 6 to 7pm
$20 for ALL this plus informative Presentation by Importer

Reserve by calling (828) 575-9525
or online: 



Princess Anne Wine Dinner

with Chef Todd Ritter

See friends. Make friends. Learn. Laugh. Eat. Drink Wine.
Dine at the hottest new restaurant in town 
with the HOTTEST new chef in town Todd Ritter!

CALL: (828) 258-0986

"Are You Coming to Group?"

The Asheville Wine Focus Group
Wednesday, September 12th from 5:30 to 6:30
@and ONLY @MetroWines

Wine Pairing Guru Tom Leiner Hosts! Don't Miss Out!

Call (828) 575-9525

TRIM is a well-crafted Cabernet Sauvignon from outstanding vineyards in California. The winemaking team works with some of the best vineyards to produce a lush,
well balanced and fruit forward Cabernet Sauvignon.
Awesome Blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot


Fall Brunch

Comprised of Barbera d’Asti, Syrah, and Merlot. Damilano offers a dry, harmonic,
and balanced taste at the palate. This medium-bodied rose remains delicate and has a pleasantly fresh aroma. Floral and fruit notes emerge mid-palate. Perfetta!  19.99 @MetroWines

Ratatouille Wines

If you go Red, GO Moulin de Gassat, $13.99
Why: Pinot Noir from Southern France have more acidity but still offers rich fruit.

If you go White, GO: Terra Rouge Viognier (CA) $19.99
Why? From California but made in the French style, the wine has enough body to stand up to a vegetal recipe and herbs but enough acidity to cut through the cheese.

If you GO Rose, GO: Domaine Terrebrune Bandol 2016, $23
Why? This Rose from the same area that gave us Ratatouille!. Terroir driven with a nose of thyme and white peach reminicent of a Provencal summer.
Internet price ranges from $33-40, Metro Wines has this Bandol for $23!!

All About Carmenere
by Gina Trippi for Laurel of Asheville


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October Great Rose' Tasting

News Release: Friday, September 7th, 2018

About: Great Rose Tasting @MetroWines
The Great Rose Tasting continues on Saturday, October 6th from 10am to 7pm.  Four bottles of Rose representing different varietals from around the world suitable for the cooler weather will be "on the taste" and "on the house" @MetroWines. 
"Rose works all year round whether as an aperitif, with dessert or with a menu of difficult to pair flavors." says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "As we move into the cooler months, consider a Rose that is a little heavier in flavor and body."
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Seated Italian Wine Tasting

Tickets HERE!

News Release: Thursday, September 6th, 2018

About: Seated Italian Wine Tasting @MetroWines
Four Italian Reds and Vin Santo will be paired with small plates from Strada at a Seated Tasting on Friday, September 21st from 6 to 7pm @MetroWines.
The wines include the popular and highly rated Colpetrone Sagrantino from Montefalco, Umbria. Described as muscular, the wine has aromas of almonds, dried fruits, shave chocolate and notes of tobacco.
"If you have not tasted Sagrantino," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines, "This varietal is a world apart!"
A representative of the Importer will present a thorough and informative discussion of the origin and history of each wine as well as pairing suggestions for your table.
$20 the evening.
Reserve your seat by calling (828) 575-9525 or online here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/seated-italian-wine-tasting/ 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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