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Vinho Verde Rose'

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Gateway Vinho Verde Rosé
2012 Blend

 

Viticulture

Vineyard: From selected vineyards within the Amarante sub-region, higher altitude than in the other parts of the Vinho Verde apellation.
Soil Type: Dominated by granite soils.
Vine Age:  
Irrigation: No irrigation
Harvest Date:  
Yield:  

Vinification:

This is a blend made of the typical regional varieties; 60% Touriga Nacional and 40% Espadeiro.
The grapes are selected from the best Vinho Verde vineyards within the Amarante sub-region.
Each grape varietal is picked individually at optimum ripeness so that the finished wine has the best balance between the richness of the fruit and the natural acidity.
Pressed at low temperature, the must is then clarified and
fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at 12 to 14ºCentigrade. Before
bottling, the wine is filtered and cold stabilized.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Bright pink.
Nose: Lively strawberry and red currant complemented with floral notes.
Palate: In the mouth it is well balanced with good acidity and fresh fruity notes, young, crisp with a smooth and delicate finish.
The slight fizz on the finish adds a thirst quenching effect.
Other: It is brisk and luscious, a perfect summer wine that will enliven the palate on a hot summer day.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 10.5
RS (g/l): 15
TA (g/l): 6.5
pH:  
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Wedding Gift Registry for Charity

Meghan and Harry have asked people to give to charity, through their Gift Registry, as a gift for their wedding. We do that @MetroWines and have been doing it for two years! We have four Asheville charities, Our Voice, Habitat for Humanity, Brother Wolf, Full Moon Wolfdog Sactuary, listed on our Gift Registry or we can collect for one of your choosing.

Call Brandie at (828) 575-9525 to start your Gift Registry headed in the right direction. "Weddings Start @MetroWines!"

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have named seven charities they have chosen to benefit from financial donations in lieu of wedding gifts.

Many of them are small, little known organisations, including a Bristol-based children’s HIV charity with just four part-time employees and a charity for bereaved Armed Forces children.

The only foreign charity chosen is the Myna Mahila Foundation, which supports women in Mumbai’s urban slums and which Ms Markle visited last year before writing about the experience for Time magazine.

Kensington Palace said the couple, who will wed on May 19, did not have any formal relationships with the seven charities but wanted to chose those which represent a range of issues they are passionate about.

In asking guests and well-wishers to donate money rather than give them presents, the Prince and Ms Markle follow in the footsteps of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who asked for money to be donated to their own charitable fund, which supported 26 charities of their choice, when they got married, raising more than £1million.

One of the charities chosen by the couple is the Children's HIV Association (CHIVA) which supports more than 1,000 UK children growing up with HIV and their families.

A spokeswoman told the Telegraph: “We only found out a couple of weeks ago that we have been chosen, it’s a huge honour and will make a huge difference to us.

“We are a very small charity so it’s a massive deal.”She said Prince Harry had been aware of their work since members of their youth committee spoke to him at the International AIDS Conference in Durban in 2016 and that a group had subsequently met him at Kensington Palace.

Another one of the chosen charities is Scotty’s Little Soldiers, inspired by the experience of war widow Nikki Scott, which supports children who have lost a parent while serving in the British Armed Forces.

Mrs Scott, who met the Prince at Buckingham Palace last year, said: “I know that the Armed Forces and looking after the children our heroes have left behind is close to his heart.”

She said to have been personally chosen by the couple was an “incredible honour” and that she was extremely grateful.

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Wedding Perfect Rose' - Komaros

 

100% Montepulciano. Lovely. Light. Versatile. Rose is the strong, silent type!

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Bread, Brie and Bubbles

Tickets Here!

UPDATE: 

Meet at shop at 4:30. Park @MetroWines.

Come on in and Share a Glass of Bubbles

UBER (not includd) picks up at 5 and drives group to Great Harvest.

Enjoy Sourdough, Brie and Bubbles, Make Sourdough.

UBER drives you back to pick up uour car @MetroWines.

DONE!

Or you can just meet us there!

News Release: March 8th, 2018

About: "Bread, Brie and Bubbles"
 
Please join MetroWines for a hands-on class and evening of camaraderie, "Bread, Brie and Bubbles" at the Great Harvest Bread Company on Friday, April 20th from 5:30 to 7:30.
 
The baker will show you how to make sour dough bread while you taste Brie on freshly baked bread paired with a French sparkling wine selected by MetroWines and offered compliments of Great Harvest Bread Company. Carve your initials in your bread, Great Harvest Bread Company will bake your loaf overnight and you pick up your work on Saturday morning!
 
"We are delighted to partner with Great Harvest Bread Company where everything is done from scratch" says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "What's better than freshly baked bread, cheese and bubbles?"
 
Class is limited to 20 participants. The cost is $20 plus tax. Purchase tickets online here: https://www.metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/bread-brie-and-bubbles-on-april-20th/or call MetroWines at (828) 575-9525.
 
Great Harvest Bread Company is located at 1838 Hendersonville Road in Asheville. 
 
Contact for Great Harvest Bread Company: Andy Singleton at (828) 412-3199
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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Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast

Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast in historic Montford is the perfect place for your guests and YOU to stay for your wedding in Asheville. Pinecrest, a beautifully restored 5 bedroom inn built in 1905, is conveniently located in Montford, an easy one mile walk to downtown Asheville and just minutes from the Biltmore Estate. Plan your day’s adventure over a sumptuous breakfast served at 9am and upon your return, enjoy a freshly baked dessert and beverage. Innkeepers Dan & Diane invite you to experience relaxation, privacy and pampering at our premier Asheville bed and breakfast. Read more here. 

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"Bird Bliss" Art Opening and Wine Tasting with Lisa Casperson

News Release: Thursday, January 4th, 2018

About: "Bird Bliss"

Please join us for The Opening Reception of "Bird Bliss" by local artist Lisa Casperson on Thursday, February 8th from 5 to 7pm @MetroWines. 

"This is the third exhibition by Lisa Casperson @MetroWines," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "As her work is both engaging and affordable, Lisa is back by very popular demand."

Multi-media artist, Lisa Casperson, will display petite paintings  @Metro Wines from Thursday February 8, through Sunday, February 12, 2018. 

The pieces will revolve around the theme of birds, some of which belong to a series the artist is presently working on, "Birds of North Carolina." These are not Audubon style bird representations; Casperson has combined several techniques to produce very unusual likenesses of our North Carolina song birds. 

"Smaller framed prints mean more affordable art, just in time for that perfect Valentine’s Day gift," says Lisa. "A bottle of wine, a unique piece of art. Who knows where that could lead?"

More about Lisa and her work here: www.playswellalone.com.

The Opening and Wine Tasting are on the house. Glasses of wine are $5 all evening. 

Photos Attached. Photo Credit to Lisa Casperson

 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
Cell: (828) 273-5348 and Shop: (828) 575-9525
 
"Veery"
 

"Dream Bird" 

"Little Bird Sings"

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Wedding Wines for Laurel of Asheville

 

Wedding Wine Don’ts

Heidi and Cataldo Perrone. Photo by Laura Pena

By Gina Trippi

Let them eat cake…but not with Brut! The first “wedding don’t” is not to serve a dry sparkling wine with a sweet cake. “If the cake is sweeter than the wine, the wine can take on a vinegar taste and the cake can taste metallic,” says John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine.

With just a touch of sweetness, Kerr advises that Prosecco is a better choice as a partner to the toast and traditional wedding cake. London’s The Telegraph reports that 63 percent of British couples chose Prosecco, according to a 2015 survey, for the toast, with only eight percent toasting with traditional Champagne.

But if you intend to serve sparkling with dinner, don’t go sweet! Martha Stewart recommends, and so do we, Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne Brut Blue Label. “It’s light with a hint of citrus that works nicely with all foods,” says Todd Krafchin, senior director of facilities at Union Square Events in New York City. Sparkling wines made outside of Champagne, like Saint Hilaire, are well-made, value-minded alternatives.

Don’t let a venue tell you that you can only serve the wines they offer. True story: A bride comes into my shop tearfully saying she is having her wedding at an Asheville venue where you must pick your wedding wines from their list of rather unremarkable wines. It gets worse. The venue would not even let her taste the wines! She came to Metro Wines to buy bottles of the wines she chose so she could taste them before serving the wines to her guests!

A reasonable corkage fee for outside wines is fair. Businesses are, after all, in the business to make a profit. But to deny you the wines you prefer on your wedding day is nonsense. Cheap wine in a nice place is still cheap wine. Remember, the wine says something about you.

Don’t scrimp on the wines. The idea that the wines for your wedding are the item where you can save a few dollars is so yesterday. You don’t need to buy cheap wines to make your budget work. There are plenty of quality wines that you won’t find at the grocery at affordable prices. The wines you choose are part of the memories for you and your guests.

Don’t offer too many choices. Choices create confusion and, on occasion, irritation. If you offer, for example, two whites, one will inevitably be more popular than the other one. If the favorite runs out, guests often become disenchanted. Select one versatile white, red and rosé appropriate for your menu. “You don’t want to make it too complicated,” says Gillian Sciaretta, associate wine tasting coordinator at Wine Spectator.

Don’t overbuy, but don’t underbuy. The general rule for a wedding is a bottle per person. This might sound like a lot of wine, but your event will likely extend for hours and some will consume more than others. “There’s nothing worse than running out of wine,” says Nicholas Jackson, Sotheby’s wine buyer.

Don’t just select wines that you like. The wines should pair well with the menus.

Finally, don’t forget this day is about you! If you avoid the wedding wine don’ts, you will have served your guests well. Stash an exceptional bottle somewhere for the two of you!

Gina Trippi is the co-owner of Metro Wines, 169 Charlotte Street in Asheville. Committed to the community, Metro Wines offers big shop selection with small shop service. Gina can be reached atgina@metrowinesasheville.com or 828.575.9525. To learn more about wines for the big day, visit Metro Wines’ Facebook page dedicated to weddings at Ashevilleweddingwines.

 

Link to Laurel of Asheville for more great stories HERE! 

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Wedding Wines Should be YOUR Choice

This post is from a previous FAcebook Post but it bears repreating.

True story. Bride comes in yesterday. Says she is having her wedding at an Asheville venue where you must pick your wedding wines from their list or pay a BIG corkage fee. The venue would not let her taste the wines!! She came to MetroWines to buy bottles of the wines she chose so she could taste them! UNBELIEVABLE.

We had one of the wines. It was, in the opinion of the staff, perhaps the worst wine you could offer for a wedding. Not very versatile with foods, a very definite taste and in no way a crowd pleaser. We don't even carry the second wine. Not one we want on our shelves and definitely not one you want on your wedding tables. Sad. Just sad.

The idea that wines for your wedding are a place where you can save a few $$ is so yesterday. And you really need to question a venue that tells you otherwise. We can help you select quality for the price. We don't PUSH cases of wines bought on discount. And there is no one size that fits all. Your wine depends on your menu, your story, YOU!

So 2 guidelines here. First, the wines you choose are part of the memories. You need to be right. Consult with us @MetroWines and make GOOD memories! And, second, a venue that won't let you taste the wines that you are buying doesn't GET IT and you have to wonder what else they DON'T GET!

Sorry about the length of this post, but we are very disturbed. Your wedding is important, very important.

And we take it that way.

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Wedding Red Wine

Versatile. Aromatic. French!
80% Grenache, 20% Syrah. 
    ‘Les Traverses’ are the dry stone walls which were built to support and protect the slopes in Ventoux from the significant erosion caused by the strong Mistral winds. 40+ year old vines on averag. From the foothills of the Mont Ventoux – clay and limestone soils with south/southwest exposure. Aged in 20% large older barrel and 80% in stainless tanks. Blood orange, raspberry, fresh pepper and wild herbs emerge from this delicious Ventoux Rouge. 
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Wedding White Wine!

Wedding White. Versatile 

Hecht & Bannier Languedoc 2016
50% Picpoul, 25% Roussanne, 25% Grenache Blanc

The Picpoul Blanc brings this crunchy and vivid character, which,
blended with the Roussanne citrus fruits and white flowers notes,
complete perfectly the aromatic pallet and give us a medium weight palate.

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Fiji Wedding Started @MetroWines! Shouldn't Your's?

Where does a travel writer get married? All the details of our beautiful celebration and escape! W/LaZoom ToursGolden Fleece Slow Earth KitchenStorm Rhum Bar and BistroMetro Wines Asheville,The Chocolate LoungeCrowne Plaza Resort AshevilleRoyal Davui Island Resort ~ Fiji -

Asheville Charm Meets South Pacific Timelapse… “Sota Tale” As a travel and lifestyle writer, deciding where to celebrate our marriage and honeymoon was not an easy one. We knew we were not going to have a traditional wedding, and wanted to make the celebration uniquely our own, reflecting our love a...
CLOUDSURFING.LIFE

 

 
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Catch the Wine Bouquet

From the September Issue of The Laurel of Asheville

By Gina Trippi

Weddings are about the bouquet. But not just the one the bride carries. The bouquet of the wines also creates memories.

In a 2004 study, Dr. Rachel Herz at Brown University found that women showed more brain activity when smelling a perfume with which they associated a positive memory than when smelling the control perfume. The brain activity associated with the memorable perfume was also greater than that produced by the visual cue of seeing the bottle of perfume.

More recently, Psychology Today reported in 2015 that a number of behavioral studies have demonstrated that smells trigger more vivid emotional memories and are better at inducing the feeling of “being brought back in time” than images.

These findings were supported by the work of Dr. Ken Heilman, distinguished professor of Neurology and Health Psychology at University of Florida.

“Smell goes into the emotional parts of the brain and the memory parts, whereas words go into thinking parts of the brain,” says Heilman. “When you smell things, you remember your emotions.”

Why argue with science? Increase the memories of your wedding or any special occasion with aromatic wines.

The French white grape, Viognier, presents natural aromatics described as perfume including chamomile, lavender, peach and violets. And the Italian white grape from Langhe, Arneis, is a sensory sensation. Arneis offers an intense bouquet of peach, acacia flowers, chamomile and melon.

Red grapes can be memory makers too. Consider Monastrell, a particularly aromatic grape from Spain. A bottle of Juan Gil Silver Label Monastrell makes memories with aromas of blackberry, cherry cola, candied violet and just a hint of vanilla and black pepper.

But no grape beats Frappato, the red grape indigenous to Sicily, for pungent aromas. A glass of Frappato brings intoxicating aromas of raspberry, red cherry, roses and lavender.

A rose is always aromatic but the particular scents depend on the varietal from which the wine was made. A rose made from the French grape, Cinsault, presents strawberry and red cherry along with floral notes and a wave of perfume on the nose. A well-done wedding menu pairs the wine to the food. But you could consider choosing a wine that not only works with the foods but also invokes the aromas of the wedding flowers for a total sensory experience.

According to Wine Folly, an educational wine blog, you will find a complex set of floral scents, especially rose, in red wines including Pinot Noir, Grenache, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Monastrell and Tempranillo. White flowers are present in white wines including Pinot Gris, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Blanc and Sémillon.

But what about Asheville? Are we smelling the roses? “Wedding clients are beginning to really focus on their wine selections,” says Heidi Perrone, event planner at Cordial and Craft, a local event production company. “Wines are becoming the focus of the table and couples are seeking choices not just in terms of taste but the look of the bottle and, yes, even the aromas!”

Gina Trippi is the co-owner of Metro Wines, 169 Charlotte Street in Asheville. Committed to the community, Metro Wines offers big shop selection with small shop service. Gina can be reached atgina@metrowinesasheville.com or 828.575.9525.

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Wedding Couple Meets Importer!

            Laurie and Woody meet Thomas Meunier of AuthentiqueVin, the importer for the sparkling wine, Rose Granit, they served to toast an celebrate their vows.

That happens @ and ONLY @MetroWines!

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MetroWines Wedding: Laurie and Woody

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Beautiful bride, Laurie, with her handsome husband, Woody, toasting with Rose Granit Sparkling French wine from Thomas Meunier and AuthentiqueVin. Guests said that Rose Granit is "like drinking pastels!"

On September 15th, Thomas Meunier will be @MetroWines and Laurie and Woody will have the opportunity to meet the importer of the "toasting wine" served at their wedding. That happens @ and only @MetroWines!

Want a unique wedding experience? A memory you can treasure? A story you can tell forever?

Call Hayley @MetroWines at (828) 575-9525. Why?

Because "Weddings Strat @MetroWines!"

 

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Meet Hayley, our Wedding Coordinator, @MetroWines

Hayley Gauthier
 
  Hayley studied Opera for 3 Years at Louisiana State University, while crafting Latte Art designs at an Italian Cafe and Gelatoria. Working with the owner, she learned to make handcrafted scratch made Gelato through true Italian pasteurization techniques which began her focus towards the food industry. She was awarded best frozen treats for "225" Magazine in Baton Rouge for her 150 different unique recipes on Gelato. 
 
  Transitioning a small shop into a full restaurant with Chef Marcus Day, the two showcased his cuisine offering amazing and innovative wine dinners! From then on, she was fascinated with finding perfect wine and food pairings. Bottom line: Hayley knows wine and food and Gelato! and how to put them together to make any event special and memorable. 
 
  And all that experience partnered with her interest in celebrations and sharing that joyful spirit lead Hayley to weddings. She loves meeting the wedding couple, friends and family, and helping them to plan the perfect wedding pairings! 
 
  "Planning your celebratory wedding drinks should be exciting, fun and easy," says Hayley. "That's what we do from the moment you walk in the door to celebrate your engagement. We can help you select just the right wines and beers for every aspect of your menu all the way through to that gorgeous bottle of bubbly!"  
 
  Weddings start @MetroWines. Call Hayley at 828-575-9525.
 
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