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We are asking our customers to help us decide what wines should be on our shelves. A small wine shop has limited space so we have to be right! On the first Wednesday of every month from 5:30 to 6:30pm @MetroWines, we will pour wines that have been presented to us by our sales representatives. 
 
So many think owning a wine shop must be a...
We are asking our customers to help us decide what wines should be on our shelves. A small wine shop has limited space so we have to be right! On the first Wednesday of every month from 5:30 to 6:30pm @MetroWines, we will pour wines that have been presented to us by our sales representatives. 
 
So many think owning a wine shop must be a great job. And it is! But it is also difficult. It's easy to say what wines we like. Not so easy to decide what wines most of you will like. So, we thought, who better to ask for help in the selection process than you. Tell us what you think.
 
Seating is limited to 10. The first who call (828) 575-9525 every month have a seat at the big table. As we are asking your guidance, the tasting is "on the house" and parking is free, close and easy.
 
We will be taking notes on our tastings and discussions and inviting comments on our Asheville Wine Focus Group Blog here: 
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MetroWines Staff Picks 2020

*** Staff Picks for 2020 ***

 

A boy leaning on a rock, holding a wine glass in his hand, a greyhound to  the left by Jacob Esselens on artnet

 

** John's Pick **
Maestro 2016, South Africa $24

32% Roussanne, 23% Chardonnay, 23% Chenin Blanc, 15% Grenache Blanc,
and 7% Viognier. The nose shows notes of concentrated orange
and yellow stone fruits, with a hint of spice, citrus and blossoms.
The palate is full-bodied, textured and nuanced with a lingering finish.

"Not new to the shop but a consistently high quality and versatile wine.
The unique blend presents just enough crispness and texture resulting
in a familiar yet different and enticing palate."

** Gina's Pick **
VentiSei 2017, Italy $16.99

91 Points from James Suckling
Fresh raspberry notes, delicate underbrush hints and sweet spice aromas
will charm you. Serious wine drinkers will think Cru Beaujolais got their passport stamped in Italy while touring Montepulciano. Juiciness and mineral finish
will call for another glass straight away.

"Aside from the fact that this is just a great, easy drinking and pleasing wine,
it reminds me of the strawberry farm in Hammond Louisiana, owned by my father's immigrant family, where they occasionally made strawberry wine. This is no doubt
a much more complex and elegant version, but it still brings back memories
and sends me to my comfort zone. Wine can do that!"

** Zach's Pick **
Biortolone Frappato 2018, Sicily $16.99
Bortolone's 100% Frappato is from vines grown on sandy red soils at an altitude
of 260 meters. The wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel in order to preserve its prisitine fruit qualities. This Frappato is a pale, light ruby color with intense aromas of cherries, blueberries and raspberries with a subtle earthiness. The palate is light and fresh with moderate tannins and wonderful concentration of berry fruit flavors. Zach says: "Bortolone Frappato is an amazing value from a small family
that has been in Sicily since the 1800s. This organic Frappato over delivers.
Light to medium bodied, balanced fruit and acidity. Very versatile with food."

** Andy's Pick **
Chateau Musar Jeune 2018, Lebanon $19.99

Blend: Cinsault 50%, Syrah 30%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%
The 2018 Chateau Musar Jeune Red is a deep plum color with a violet rim.
Aromas of blueberries, dark red cherries with Mediterranean herbs,
tobacco and spice. A warm and fruity wine with medium tannins
and gentle acidity. Dense darkfruits –including blackcurrants, blueberries
as well as strawberries and pomegranate with a touch of Eastern spice. 
Andy says: "Musar is one of my favorite wineries in the world
and certainly the Middle East. Stylistically, it is halfway between
Bordeaux and Cotes du Rhone with a generous dab of Napa Cab tossed in.
It's easy drinking enough on its own but also pairs well with food. 
The fact that it's under $20 makes it a treat that I can enjoy on a regular basis."

** Lou's Pick **
Shebang 13th Cuvee, California $14.99

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Blend: 55% Zinfandel blended with Carignane, Petite Sirah, Mourvedre,
Alicante Bouchet, Grenache, Syrah, Barbera and a touch of whites
for aromatics much of which comes from old vines.

Lou says: The Whole Shebang! The most popular Red Blend at both our locations. And who doesn't love a good blend? This rich and full bodied beauty goes well with steak, grilled meats or just by itself. I'm Lou Collichio and I approve of this message!"

** Kristen's Pick **
Christian Etienne Brut Rose NV, France $46

From a small family grower. Their rosé is 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay
from vines averaging 25 years old, and it bursts from the glass in bright,
fresh berry fruit and a resplendent color.

Kristen is our Wedding Coordinator and she is all about joy.
She says "This bottle is pink and bubbly like me, joyful and so, so good." 

*** Brett's Pick ***
2016 Clos Guirouilh Jurancon, $22
Clos Guirouilh Estate has been in the same family since the 16th century.
Jean Guirouilh is currently operates the estate. The climate is characterized by cooler temperatures, and the soil varies from clay-calcareous to grès.
The Jurancon Sec is made up of 85% Gros Manseng and 15% Courbu.
The vines are over 40 years old and are located at an average of 350 meters elevation on steep slopes. The nose of Jurancon Sec comes across as floral and sweet, but with a palate that is dry, flinty and bright. 

Brett says: This bottle is from a woman winemaker, the daughter
of the patriarch of the Jurancon region, Jean 
Guirouilh. Jurancon is just southwest
of Bordeaux. A Bordeaux Blanc with more of a cold climate mountainous core laced with an elegance throughout. Best bottle for classical old world French white.

 

Celebrate the End of 2020 with a case of staff picks!

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Wine in the Middle

Stand in Solidarity with Being in the Middle!

The Middle Seat
Airlines are experimenting with middle seats that are wider
than the coveted window or aisle seats.



https://www.wsj.com/articles/imagine-a-middle-seat-
youd-actually-pay-for-11583331299


Often called crowd pleasers or party wines,
flavor and style profiles that hit the middle ground.

We suggest our March Winner!
60% of The Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines chose:
2018 Clovis Cotes du Rhone, France
50% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 15%Cinsault and 10%Carignan
Organic, Steel Tank. $16.99

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Medium bodied, red fruit including cherry with a touch of black pepper. Soft tannins.

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Asheville Wine Focus Group: April

 

Register HERE!

News Release: Friday, March 13th, 2020

About: Asheville Wine Focus Group for April
 
Join us on Wednesday, April 8th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines for The Asheville Wine Focus Group. Our host will be Joseph Schwabauer from Kellogg Selections with  Moderator Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines.
 
Kellogg Selections will present four wines for your consideration.
 
Please save your seat by calling (828) 575-9525 or online here:
 
Parking is free, close and easy.
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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En Passant

Asheville Wine Focus Group 
*** February Winner ***


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40% Grenache (aged in stainless steel vats) and 60% Syrah (5 years in oak) Blend. 
Rich and Fruity, The Asheville Wien Focus Group found this wine to be versatile.
Perfect for your table, parties or as a gift (especially chess players!
$18.99


Teaching Moment: Vin de France
A small category representing the wines that either fall outside of appellation lines
or don’t subscribe to the law and traditions set forth by the French government within certain classified appellations, “Vin de France” is a catch-all that includes some of the most basic French wines
as well as those of superior quality. The category includes large production, value-driven wines.
It also includes some that were made with a great deal of creativity, diligence and talent by those who desire to make wine outside of governmental restrictions. These used to be called Vin de Table
(table wine) but were renamed to compete with other European wines of similar quality.

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Wine Focus Group: March

News Release: Saturday, February 15th, 2020

About: Asheville Wine Focus Group for March
 
Join us on Wednesday, March 11th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines, for the Asheville Wine Focus Group. Kate Stamps, owner of Rise Over Run, will be our host presenting four wines for your consideration.
 
As always, participants will be asked if they like the wines presented, should the wines be offered in the shop and what should be the price of the bottle.
 
Kate Stamps is well known and regarded as an expert in natural and biodynamic wines in the Asheville area.  She will be showcasing wines that will appeal to all palates, not just the "cool and geeky wine nerds."
 
The event is "On the House" but you must reserve your seat. Please call (828) 575-9525 or online: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/wine-focus-group-march-11th/
 
Follow Rise Over Run on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/riseoverrunwine/?hl=en
Check out the history of The Asheville Wine Focus Group here:
 
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Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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Quality in a Box

ROLL OVER BIG BOX.
YOU'RE SNORING!


Ananto, Bodega Sierra Norte, established 1914
Organic, Vegan. Made in Requena, Spain

*** in a Box ***

The Red: A blend of 65%Bobal and 35%Tempranillo in a 3 Litre Box. 13.5% alc. 
Certified Organic, Certified Vegan: Bobal 65% - Tempranillo 35%
"A youthful clean, dark garnet-cherry color. Complex aromas of red berry fruit
(strawberry and blackberry), good fruit expression, lively and complete.
The wine opens out on the attack on the palate and shows an impressive array of flavors,
great intensity and very good balance. Ripe, soft tannins bring a sensation of harmony."


The White: 100% Macabeo. Pale yellow, clean with green tinges.
Aromatic, well-balanced and fresh.
This white wine offers pleasant acidity that complements perfectly
the aromas of flowers, fruit and herbs that show through in the finish


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What we are saying is these are Bottle Shop Wines in Boxes
at Big Box Prices!
Note to Big Box: You're sleeping on the job.

AND SNORING!

Red and White IN. And Rosé in a box is en route!

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February Focus Group Winner

Asheville Wine Focus Group 
February Winner 

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40% Grenache (aged in stainless steel vats) and 60% Syrah (5 years in oak) Blend. 
Rich and Fruity, The Asheville Wine Focus Group found this wine to be versatile.
Perfect for your table, parties or as a gift (especially chess players!
$18.99

Teaching Moment: Vin de France
A small category representing the wines that either fall outside of appellation lines
or don’t subscribe to the law and traditions set forth by the French government within certain classified appellations, “Vin de France” is a catch-all that includes some of the most basic French wines as well as those of superior quality. The category includes large production, value-driven wines. It also includes some that were made with a great deal of creativity, diligence and talent by those who desire to make wine outside of governmental restrictions. These used to be called Vin de Table (table wine) but were renamed to compete with other European wines of similar quality.

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Asheville Wine Focus Group: February

 

TICKETS: HERE!

News Release:  Friday, January 10th, 2020

About: February Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines
 
Please join us on Wednesday, February 12th from 5:30 to 6:30 for The Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines. Juniper Cooper of Mutual Distribution will host the event. Four wines will be presented for your consideration.
 
Please reserve your seat by calling (828) 575-9525 or online: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/february-wine-focus-group/
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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January Focus Group Winner

 

Zinfandel 2015, Old School, Tollini Vineyard

 

Taking it back to when Zin was easy drinking and no thinking! Dry farmed, head trained, gnarly zinfandel vines farmed by the Tollini family that were planted in the 1970's in the heart of Mendocino are no bull! Easy tannins and bright natural acidity carry the layers of juicy fruit and zesty spice. Whether having a dinner party, barbecuing, relaxing after work, or on a weekend getaway, there's never a wrong time to make it old school.

 

Peterson Winery has been producing wine in Dry Creek Valley for 30 years and, like most wineries in the Valley, produces Zinfandel as well as other wines. Yet a closer look shows that is where the similarities end.

Owner Fred Peterson is an iconoclast with an old world winemaking philosophy and a reverence for sustainable farming. The Peterson approach is to capture the essence of vintage and vineyard—a philosophy they call Zero Manipulation—with low tech, yet high touch, to produce wines of a place, wines with soul. The evolution of Peterson wines and winemaking accelerated when

Fred’s son Jamie became assistant winemaker in the summer of 2002. In 2006, after moving from the tiny red barn on Lytton Springs to Timber Crest Farms, Jamie was given the overall responsibilities as winemaker. As a winegrowing team, Fred and Jamie assess the grapes from each vineyard and vintage as the season progresses, evaluating how the weather, soil and site are interacting for the particular vintage. At Peterson winery, the winemaking process begins while the grapes are still on the vines. Zero Manipulation is a discipline the Petersons follow to capture the character and balance of inherent in the grapes. Zero Manipulation means using the most gentle, traditional winemaking practices possible to maximize the flavors, aromatics and texture of the wines. Fred and Jamie celebrate vintage differences and don’t tweak or homogenize the wine to obtain consistency of flavors, a common practice in mass-market wineries.  For Fred and Jamie, Peterson Winery is all about the wines. But if you look a little deeper, you’ll see the heart and soul that goes into every bottle.

 

Making great wines is all about balance.

It starts in the vineyards, where we try to achieve a balance from bud break in the spring until the grapes are picked in the fall. Balancing the canopy, the crop load, the sun exposure, the hang time, and the few hundred other details involved in managing a vineyard are what need to be considered to achieve balance.

Once the grapes are picked, it is then the winemaker’s responsibility to continue the balancing act in the cellar. All the variables that Mother Nature gave us during the growing season need to be considered because they affect the grapes and the approach to winemaking for that vintage. If you keep a good handle on the growing conditions of the season, you have fewer preconceived notions of what the wine should taste like because you’ve already been dealing with all the realities of that vintage.

With the winemaking underway, now the balancing act involves questions like how much oak to achieve the proper intensity in the wine,what type of oak best enhances the flavors in this wine, how often should this wine be racked, or does this wine need blending?

At Peterson Winery we practice the philosophy of Zero Manipulation.

Our definition of Zero Manipulation is using the gentlest winemaking techniques possible to maximize flavors, aromatics and the original essence of the wine. The less you do in the course of a wine’s tenure in the cellar, the more of the grape’s and vineyard’s essence you’ll have to bottle. Every time you do something to a wine, you take out a little of what you started with.

 

 

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January Wine Focus Group

News Release: Thursday, December 12th, 2019

About Asheville Wine Focus Group: January
 
Join us on Wednesday, January 8th @MetroWines for The Asheville Wine Focus Group hosted by Shelby Pounds of Oceans South. 
 
Oceans South Imports says: "We are a North Carolina wine importer/distributor that works with hard to find quality wines at amazing values for our customers." More information: 
http://www.osiwine.com
 
Four wines will be presented for your consideration. You decide if you like the wine, whether you think other customers will like it, if MetroWines should sell the bottle and, if so, for what price.
 
"This is your chance to play wine shop owner for the night," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Help us decide which wines should be on our shelves!"
 
The event is "on the house" but you must reserve a seat. Call (828) 575-9525 or save your reserve online: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/january-8th-wine-focus-group/
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Asheville Wine Focus Group: December

News Release: Monday, November 18th, 2019

About: Asheville Wine Focus Group
 
Join us on December 11th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines to participate in The Asheville Wine Focus Group hosted by Volio Imports and Empire Distribution.
 
"Volio would like to see more placements of their wines @MetroWines," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "You taste and help us decide!"
 
The event is "on the house" but you must reserve your seat. Call (828) 575-9525 or online here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/asheville-wine-focus-group-december/
 
Event pricing on all bottles poured.
 
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Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Klinker Brick- All of It - Wins

 

Renee Roscoe of Klinker Brick hosted The Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines last night. This gathering was a little different because we were asking Group to consider whether Klinker Birck, which has 5 to 6 placements in this small shop, should have one or two of their labels voted off the island! Not only are none of the labels leaving, we might have taken in two more! Renee brought Old Ghost and 1850.

 

There is no way to pick a winner. Participants snapped of every, and I do mean, every bottle of Rose', Brickmason, Old Vine Zinfandel and Syrah. And customers who came in shop after the eventtasted the wines at the counter and bought four more cases. The price to quality ratio is high. In most cases, Group guessed over the shelf price.

Klinker Brick early on realized that the climate at the winery was similar to The Mediterranean and pulled up Chardonnay to focus on varietals that fared will in Mediterranean temperatures and topography. Some of the new viticultrual residents include Albarino and Dolcetto.

We talked about old vines. It seems that "old vine" means 40 years or older but some of the deep down vines at Klinker Brick are over 100 years old. They struggle, they concentrate, they simmer down into elegance.

And we talked about red blends. Not every varietal plays well together. Blending is not a DYI project and that's a fact.

We talked about the versatility and tolerance of Klinker Brick Wines. Because of the smoothness in texture, most of their wines, even some of the reds! can even work with Indian flavors. So the flavors on your Thanksgiving Table has to be a cakewalk! 

Shop crowd pleasing Klinker Brick all year @MetroWines. Clearly, it's not going anywhere soon!

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Size Up the Sparkling

Jacquart Brut Mosaigue

Half Bottles

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Holiday and Host Gift Perfect
Mosaique is a non-vintage brut from top Champagne producer Jacquart. Lively and fresh, with a good backbone of fruit and a very fine mousse.
STOCK UP! These bottles will sell out.

This is a good time to mention our tasting
"Sizing Up The Holidays" @MetroWines!
Saturday, December 14th from 1 to 4pm
@MetroWines

Taste Sparkling Wines in all sizes 
including single servings in a four pack
perfect for stocking stuffers or a host gift,
half bottles suited for opening a dinner for two followed by wine, and magnums that not only make an extraordinary gift but also look fabulous and festive on a table!

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November Winner: Furmint

 

Katerina Dordelman of Sour Grapes brought two wines from Croatia and two from Slovenia for consideration. The clear favorite was 2017 Kobal Furmint from Slovenia.  
 
Group appreciated the varietal as you could enjoy it solo or pair with food. Flavors found ranged from Meyer Lemon, Green Apple to Ginger. Good with Asian dishes. The wine is dry, medium in body and acidity. No need to decant and it can go for 10 years in the bottle!
 
Some thought this wine would also work as a palate cleanser between courses. But whether paired with a dish or served between dishes, this wine is spot on for Thanksgiving. $17.99
 
2016 Plavac was also very well received. This wine is from the cooler island locations presenting aromas of plum, cherry and local herbs. The palate is bight, rustic and earthy but with soft tannins leaving the fruit to shine. Group thought this wine was very versatile. Another good choice for the Thanksgiving Table
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November Wine Focus Group

Reserve Your Seat HERE!

News Release: Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

About: Asheville Wine Focus Group: November
 
Join us on Wednesday, November 13th for The Asheville Wine Focus Group from 5:30 to 6:30@ MetroWines. Renee Roscoe of Klinker Brick will host the event presenting four wines, including their highly regarded Zinfandel, for Thanksgiving and the holiday season.
 
About Klinker Brick:

The Felten Family own and manage fifteen individual vineyard blocks of “Old Vine” Zinfandel that range in age from 40 to 120 years old. Each vineyard is planted in sandy loam soils in the Mokelumne River Appellation of Lodi and the Clements Foothills.

In the nineties, the family began to market their zinfandel in the bulk wine market, selling to a number of prestigious, benchmark producers of Zinfandel in Napa and Sonoma Counties.

In 2000, Steve and Lori produced their first vintage of Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel. They continue to produce wine from all of the vineyard blocks, culling only the very best lots for bottling Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel and designated vineyard wines. They produced their first vintage of Farrah Syrah in 2001.

The Feltens and Klinker Brick have one goal…produce world-class wine.

"Zinfandel is considered one of the best varietals for Thanksgiving," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "and many say that no winery does it better for the shelf price than Klinker Brick."
 
But is that a fact? You decide! 
 
The event is on the house. Reserve your seat by calling (828) 575-9525 or online here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/november-wine-focus-group/
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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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
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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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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August Wine Focus Group

** Save the Date: August 14th **

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Asheville Wine Focus Group
Hosted by Michele d'Aprix (Pentimento) 
and Christopher Campbell of C and P Wines

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July Focus Group Winner

Eva Luna 2016 Garda

Cabernet Suavignon & Csabernet Franc Blend


The decision was virtually unanimous! 
This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc is spectacular! 


As a second generation producer in a region that her father Sergio Zenato put on the map, Nadia Zenato and her mother Carla Prospero created Evaluna out of a deep love but also deep knowledge of the area. Evaluna (Eve + Moon) evokes the passion and a long practice in the vineyard sites of Lake Garda by the Zenato family. Evaluna in name and intent endeavors to break the mold of what is considered possible in a land of diverse agricultural abundance.

Customers like that this wine would not only hold up to heavy flavors and cold weather foods but could also be chilled for a summer dinner. Eva Luna offers an opportunity to really taste the cabernet grape without the full throttle of a California bottle or the vegetal flavor, not always completely pleasant, this variety can show.  This wine is very flavorfull yet light.

Some of our BEST Participant comments:

"Full bodied but light."

"Not too overwhelming for a red."

"Yes! So MF good. Summer."

 

Most participants guessed price to be between 1$18 and $20 or higher. Eva Luna is $15.99 @MetroWines.

 

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Le Quattro Terre Rose'

WINNER: June Great Rose Tasting
Le Quattro Terre, Barbera, Piemonte Rosato, $14.99

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The soil is calcareous-clay and silt with south exposure. Manual harvest. Direct pressing of grapes. 
Static cold decantation, fermentation in stainless steel tanks on fine lees for 3 months at controlled temperature. 
Brilliant rosé with light purple hues. Delicate but intense. Pleasant, with light hints of wild strawberry and sour cherry. 
Medium body, good acidity and minerality. Provencal in style with Italian Grapes!

"Quattro Terre" Piemonte Rosato is Gianpiero's is an iconic rosé made of 100% Barbera grape,
This wine represents the Piemonte Region, specifically the Monferrato terroir.
The rosé is also made with grapes from four different types of soil at La Meridiana Estate;
hence the name, "QUATTRO TERRE" or "FOUR SOILS." Clay, sand, limestone, and iron. 
The blend presents  complexity and minerality. Elegant body and harmonious acidity. 


And Le Quattro Terre Red will be "on the taste at Foucs Group on Wednesday!

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