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Gruet. Dependable Quality.

*** The Sparkling ***

Gruet Brut Price & Reviews | Drizly


The Brut from New Mexico offers a crisp, and full-bodied sparkling wine,
which has developed rich complexity and fine mousse.
The allure of toasty finish from twenty-four months on tirage,
is a complement to the sophisticated apple and citrus flavor.
A blend of 75%Chardonnay and 25%Pinot Noir. ALC 12%
Winemaker's Note: Brilliant with ultra fine bubbles.
A wonderful fine bouquet dominated by green apple and grapefruit flavors. $18.99

New York Times: "For my money, the best sparkling wine in the US
is still produced by Gruet in a place about as far away
from Champagne as it could be." 

Wall Street Journal: "Best Value sparkling wine in the U.S. under $30.” 
And 90 Points from Wine Spectator

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CMS Sauvignon Blanc

CMS Sauvignon Blanc – Verity Wines
CMS 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley, Washington State
Hedges Philosophy "less intervention, less filtration, naturally occurring."
90 Points from Decanter

Bright aromas of creamy lemon curd, tropical papaya, hint of ripe pear,
lemon grass and just a touch of gooseberry. Bright and citrusy with
a touch of creaminess on the mid-palate. Flavors of citrus and lychee
lead into a delicately refreshing yet layered finish.

$15.99 @MetroWines

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Sangria Works at Fall Weddings

Autumn Sangria

Plums, Brandy, Orange Juice: check. But what wine?

GULP/HABLO Trademark of T Edward Wines, LTD - Registration Number 5698991 -  Serial Number 87790040 :: Justia Trademarks

Hand picked grapes. Vegan. Biodynamic. Stainless Steel, 12%ALC
from Castilla La Mancha

This proverbial kitchen sink blend, with 16 different varietals;
Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Verdejo, Moscatel de Alejandra,
Moscatel de grano pequeo, Macabeo, Chardonnay, Tempranillo, Graciano,
Merlot, Monastrell, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc,
and last but not least Garnacha. It's an easy drinking, light bodied wine
with flavors of red fruits and fresh herbs.

The 2019 LITRE Bottle is $14.99 @MetroWines.

More of Spain? Velazquez!

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Autumn Wine. Autumn Sangria. Gulp

Autumn Sangria

Plums, Brandy, Orange Juice: check. But what wine?

GULP/HABLO Trademark of T Edward Wines, LTD - Registration Number 5698991 -  Serial Number 87790040 :: Justia Trademarks

Hand picked grapes. Vegan. Biodynamic. Stainless Steel, 12%ALC
from Castilla La Mancha

This proverbial kitchen sink blend, with 16 different varietals;
Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Verdejo, Moscatel de Alejandra,
Moscatel de grano pequeo, Macabeo, Chardonnay, Tempranillo, Graciano,
Merlot, Monastrell, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc,
and last but not least Garnacha. It's an easy drinking, light bodied wine
with flavors of red fruits and fresh herbs.

The 2019 LITRE Bottle is $14.99 @MetroWines

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Divina Fig spread at Metro North

Consumables Make Great Wedding Gifts!


*** Divina Fig Spread ***

at Metro North in Reynolds Village

Divina Fig Spread 9 oz. (255g)

Crafted from Aegean figs, classic Mediterranean Fig Spread from Divina
is rich and complex with notes of sweet honey and caramel. Use this Fig Spread
to add some flair to your pancakes or toast and can even be incorporated
it into savory recipes. Try combining Divina Fig Spread with oil, garlic,
salt and pepper for a marinade or sauce

Perfect with our Manchego Cheese!
Internet Competitive at $5.99

And pick up a bottle of Ciro! We talked about Ciro last week,
but this wine, moved to the best seller shelves at Metro North,
Made in Calabria from 100% Greco Bianco, Ciro is the perfect partner to Divina.
Ciro presents brilliant lemon-green in color, aromas of peaches
and citrus fruits complement undertones of herbs and flowers.
On the palate, zesty acidity and a long finish showcase this wine's
subtle hints of toasted almonds and macadamia nuts.
vendita online miglior prezzo Cirò bianco DOC Segno di Librandi
17.99 @Vivino and $13.99 at
*** $10.99 @MetroWines ***
on Charlotte and Metro North!

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Cooking with Wine

Cooking Wine?

By Gina Trippi for 50 Plus Living

Retro Metal Coaster I ALWAYS COOK WITH WINE 9 x 9cm with cork base 1950's  Style | eBay

Call us with your recipe. (828) 575-9525

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White Wedding Wine



Because the Distributor will be raising the price on Ciro' significantly,
we will need to raise our price. That said, our bottle selling now for $10.99
(red tag - no further discounts) will be ramping up to around $14.
Ciro is already $13.99 at and $17.99 at Vivino.

This has been a best seller so we bought up big for you.
But when they are gone, they are gone, and the price goes up. 

We have 30 cases. Claim one NOW!

Librandi Cirò Bianco (Segno) | Wine Info
Brilliant lemon-green in color, aromas of peaches and citrus fruits
complement undertonesof herbs and flowers. On the palate, zesty acidity
and a long finish showcase this wine's subtle hints of toasted almonds
and macadamia nuts.

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Love Rosé, Broc Cellars

The Front Porch is on a Comeback

Historian Donald Empson, the author of "The Street Where you Live" says
"on the porch in the cool of the evening, the family could gather to discuss
the day's events and the latest news with neighbors strolling by." 

Rosé is often referred to as a porch "pounder." But the porch and Rosé
are generally relegated to summer only. COVID has changed everything.

We are sitting outside at restaurants, bars and our porches in cooler weather
and probably the coming cold. Let's keep the "Porch Pounder Tradition"
alive with a slightly heavier Rosé. Love Rosé from Broc Cellars!

Broc Cellars 2019 Love Rose, USA - Convive Wine and Spirits
Broc says:  The fruit was destemmed and pressed into stainless steel tank.
All three varieties fermented together just over 30 days.
Spice comes from Zinfandel, acidity from Valdiguié and texture from the Trousseau.
This is a 100% finished wine. This year's rosé is a deep salmon color,
bursting with notes of ripe, juicy strawberry and watermelon with a salty, savory finish and plenty of acidity that keeps this sunny Mendocino wine from becoming too fruity.

The 2019 from Broc Cellars is $19.99

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French Fashion, French TV, French Wine!

*** Paris Fashion Week, etc. ***
From the MetroWines French Desk
and The French American Chamber of Commerce




The latest trends! TV5MONDE Style presents a world of fashion, luxury, design, cuisine, culture and more!
All programs are subtitled in English. Enjoy feature documentaries about fashion designers, artists,
performers, sculptures, painters, chefs and visionaries who are creating the trends of today and tomorrow.
In addition, watch some of the best TV5MONDE signature programs including Epicerie Fine, #versionfrançaise, Tendance XXI, Monte-Carlo Riviera Chik, Rendez-Vous d'Amérique, Visites Privées and Echo-logis. 
And more:

Your French Immersion Wine:

Domaine de Fontsainte Corbieres Gris de Gris 2019 |

A crystalline salmon color with superb amethyst tints. Expressive and particularly tonic,
the wine immediately gives off notes of raspberry, cherry and freshly picked strawberries followed by exotic aromas such as pineapple and mango. A direct and considerable freshness. The density and richness
of the fruit mingle with the superb acid vitality giving a wine with a frisson and a magnificent persistency. 

21.99 at
*** $17.99 @MetroWines ***

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Sandy Cove Sauvignon Blanc

Brett's New Find of the Week!


Winery Tasting Notes for 2019
This wine is elegant and restrained while still undeniably Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. 
It has that grassy element we love from New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, 
but it's a little less aggressive and perhaps rounder and richer in flavor than most.
All good: Certified Sustainable Farming, Minimal Intervention, Recyled Glass! 12.55 ALC.


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Best selling Wedding Wine!

Vicarious Travel Just Became Easier
Now You Can Order Airline Meals Online!

Again, this is not a DIY Project! 

Since you will have options, you need versatility in your wine. 
And, while the dish could be amazing, it will most likely be fairly bland.
You don't want a wine to run it over like an 18 wheeler!
So, lets go with a well made Pinot Noir that won't clash.

Angeline Pinot Noir | Wine Info

James Suckling 91 points - This is very clean and bright with aromas and flavors
of sliced plums and lemons. Hint of watermelon. Medium body, fine tannins and a crisp and dry finish.  

A vivid and easy Pinot Noir. Drink now. Screw cap. 

Produced from fruit that abounds with intense fruit and rich aromas.
By ”cold-soaking” the crushed grapes and fermenting at moderate temperatures, bright fruit flavors
are extracted from the grape, without harsh tannins.

This Pinot Noir is a lively garnet color with aromas of intense fruit, luscious vanilla
and spice. Bright fruit flavors or fresh strawberry, cherry, raspberry and ripe plum
are layered with creamy vanilla, smoke, tea spice and toasty oak.

Angeline 2018 12.99
All Aboard!
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Justin Sauvignon Blanc

** White Wine of The Week **

Justin Sauvignon Blanc

If you missed the Justin Zoom with Sommelier Joe Spellman, he pointed out
that the winery is proud that this bottle of Sauvignon Blanc does not smack you
with greenery! Joe explained why some bottles of this varietal can taste
like eating a garden shop. "You must manage the yield. Too high a yield results
in an overly green taste."
 This is a medium bodied, generous and smooth wine.


Justin Sauvignon Blanc 2019 |

"Our Sauvignon Blanc reflects the diversity of the climates and soils
in the Central Coast that range from the cool, limestone-laden Templeton Gap
area to the warmer, sandy, river-influenced eastern regions. We’ve combined sauvignon blanc grown in vineyards with diverse climates and soils to give our JUSTIN Sauvignon Blanc a full, textured palate with bright citrus and tropical fruit with a hint of fresh herbs balanced with a crisp, refreshing mineral structure."

The 2019 Justin Sauvignon Blanc is a clear, bright, pale straw color
with silver highlights. Aromatic with lemon, peach, pear, green apple, tropical fruit,                                           with subtle herbal notes and just a hint of white pepper. Medium bodied and crisp, with lemon,                       green apple, and peach on the entry and subtle green herb notes                                                                        with a pleasant mineral texture on the mid-palate. The finish is moderately long                                                 and refreshing with lingering citrus and herbal notes.

$17.99 shamelessly at
(The company is under fire from the Ohio Attorney General!) 
$16.99 @MetroWines. $14.44 with case discount!


Buy two bottles of Sauvignon Blanc or any two from Justin
and Justin will package in a Justin tote bag for 6!
(while supply lasts)

Personal Note: Think you don't like Sauvignon Blanc? I thought that too.
But it wasn't the grape, it was the style. This is a true, not overly GREEN,
expression of the grape. You really should try it.

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Early Fall Wedding: Gamay

The Myth and Reality of Parisian Women

INSPIRATION TO DRAW fashion photography - black and white photography - black glamour hat and gloves Vintage Dior, Vintage Fashion, Vintage Black, Vintage Couture, Vintage Style, Estilo Glamour, Foto Fashion, Love Hat, Cool Hats

Discuss Over Sheer Sophistication
Savoie Beaujolais Gamay 2019

La Cave du Prieure - Raymond Barlet & Fils Jongieux Gamay U.V. | Wine Info
Savoie, a quintessentially alpine region bordering Switzerland, is dotted with glacial lakes,
rocky outcrops and vineyards. La Cave du Prieuré is located in Jongieux on a sunny, western face
of the Mont du Char range. Here the Bartlet family has cultivated the limestone slopes by hand
for five generations, employing sustainable growing practices and minimal intervention.
This Gamay has bright red fruit and earthy nuances. Serve  with slight chill.

Buy a Bottle $18.99
Buy a Case of Jongieux or in a Mixed case: $16.14

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Travel the World in Rosé

Travel the World Through Rosé


Great Rose' Tasting Starts May 4th - Metro Wines Blogs - Metro ...


It is difficult to see the world wide range of our collection.
So we have lined the locations up. And know that we
usually havemore than one Rosé from each location! 


Spain: RAW 2019, $15.99
Italy: FontanaVecchia 2019, $15.99
France: Houchart 2019, $14.99
Austria: Mittelbach 2019, $13.99 
Greece: Zoe 2019, $14.99
Slovenia: Grape Abduction 2019, $15.99
California: Wild Thing 2018, $18.99
South Africa: Backsberg, 2019 $13.99
Corsica: Ventriccie 2019, $12.99
Lebanon: Musar 2018, $19.99

Visit Gardens Around the World Vicariously:


Pick Up a Rosé Round the World Case.
Call (828) 575-9525

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Socially Distant Weddings are ON

Socially Distant Weddings Continue!

And this Rosé is perfect for Summer:

Hey Virus! Back at YOU. 
It's Still Summer.
And We are Still Pounding the Porch!

Tegernseerhof Mittelbach Zweigelt Rosé U.V. | Wine Info
100% Zweigelt. The beautiful coral pink, onion skin color is mouth watering.
The bright, fruit-filled nose is filled with delicate cherry and red currant notes.
The crisp, refreshingly dry, light to medium-bodied palate is perfectly balanced
and showcases the fresh cherry and delicate red currant flavors. Elegant. Delightful.
There is also a slight watermelon note that makes it perfect for summer sipping
and a great pairing with barbecued shrimp.  A definite crowd pleaser.

The 2019 is $13.99

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Guilhelm Rosé

Pink Diamonds

14.83-Carat Pink Diamond; 'The Spirit of the Rose'; Could Be a ...

The source of their pink color is greatly debated in the gemological world
but it is most commonly attributed to enormous additional pressure
that these diamonds undergo during their formation.

The price can range from thousands of dollars to $multi millions.
The price leads to questions about provenance and, sometimes, consequent litigation. 
The son of a high-flying Italian senator, Amadeo Angiolillo,
was due to take Christie’s to court in NYC over the sale of one of the world’s
most expensive diamonds, which he claims was stolen from his family.  
This case is a mess involving family intrigue, alleged deception,
lots of money and the Qatari Royal Family. Stand by for an update.

But if you are just in the market for a dreamy pink color,
our advice is to stay away from the treacherous diamond market
and buy a French Rosé like this one:

*** Guilhem Rosé 2019 ***
40%Grenache, 40%Cinsault and 20%Carignan

Mas de Daumas Gassac Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Rosé 2019 | Wine Info
From the Languedoc hillsides, this wine captures
the essence of Southern France and THAT color.

*** $11.99 ***

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OK. You (me) could definitely sit and watch this stuff ALL day long.
No crime there. Do it. But you can DO GOOD while loafing!

Lucia 2019 Lucy Rose Santa Lucia Highlands Herman Story 2015 Rose ...

WINERY TASTING NOTES: Born from the cold and windy slopes of the Santa Lucia Highlands,
the 2019 Lucy Rosé reflects a true sense of place as its pale grapefruit hue catches the light
with each swirl in the glass. Just as sea meets land a short distance north, crisp notes of salinity and sea air mingle and dance with delicate aromas of fresh strawberry, orange peel,
and peach blossom. Gentle pressing combined with minimal skin contact produces this rosé
of distinct purity; one which, when paired with neutral barrel aging, creates additional texture
that offers a complexity not available in most wines of its type. With bracing, refreshing acidity,
Lucy is a wonderful accompaniment to flavorful foods and friendly conversation.


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Celine&Co. and MetroWines Press Release


News Release: Wednesday, 24th, 2020
About: Celine and Company and MetroWines Partner on Dinners
We are partnering with Celine and Company on their new Pop Up restaurant, The Hideaway "On Broadway" opening this Thursday, June 25th.  Celine and Company is known for extraordinary, international cuisine and the reputation is well deserved.
"If you have not been to Celine and Company, the space is quite large," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Social distancing is eminently do-able!"
You are invited to shop your wines at MetroWines and bring the bottle to dinner. For a minimal corkage fee, staff will take care of everything, the chilling, the pouring, the cleaning up! We will have the menu and be ready to pair the perfect wine for you.
The Hideaway “On Broadway “ will open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 4:30pm to 9:30pm through August 1. The menu will change weekly.
The Hideaway "On Broadway" will also have live music most evenings. This Saturday, June 27th, Asheville Favorite Tom Leiner is playing! 
Reservations are available by calling us at 828-254-9902, also thru email at or thru our

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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Hit the Virtual Road with Cantayano

The pet suitcase: 12 Items to pack for your dog – SheKnows

Start Planning Travel Now!

First Step in immersion is to get a head start NOW vicariously.
Call our Vicarious Travel Expert,
Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine,
and plan a customized class!

(828) 575-9525

The planning process calls for a wine that is exciting, slightly exotic but mainstream.
You must remain reasonable and keep your wits about you yet stretch.
Both Brett and Andy agree this bottle of white is the ONE!

Cantayano Verdejo 2017 

Cantayano 2017 | Vino blanco | Isaac Cantalapiedra Viticultor

This delivers a deep, complex bouquet with bags of personality, revealing a nose of pear,
peach stone, wild fennel, beeswax, saline and a nice herbal touch of lemongrass.
On the palate, wine is pure, focused and very full-bodied for Verdejo, with a rock solid core, excellent minerality, fresh acidity and outstanding length yet with a youthful finish.

You may call young winemaker, Manuel Cantalapiedra, a rebel or even a freedom fighter
but most importantly he is a farmer with a clear vision for the style of Verdejo he wants
to make in Castilla y Leon. He shares a passion for this grape with his father, who he named
the winery after, and with his neighbors, but this is where the common interest ends
and the rebellion begins. Harvesting later, organically and from single vineyard plots,
his wines demonstrate power and finesse in equal measure. 

*** $19.99 ***

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Andy Hale Talks Summer Wines


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