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White Rhone

 

** French Wine **

French Rhone Blanc. Affordable. Lovely.

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This bright, pale-golden wine opens to aromas of white fruits and flowers.
On the palate, it is nicely balanced with freshness provided by the Clairette
while the Grenache gives it body and a gentle softness.

Teaching Moment: Clairette?  Clairette is one of the oldest grapes used for wine in France,
dating back to the mid 1500’s.Clairette is used not only in the production of white wine,
it is also used to produce Vermouth. Typical flavors in the grape are green apple, lime, peach, licorice,
white peach and floral characteristics. Clairette is one of the few white wine grapes also used as part
of the blend from time to time in the production of red Chateauneuf du Pape wine.

$12.99 @MetroWines

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Muga Rose' 2018


MUGA 2018

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James Suckling 90 Points: This is a superb rosé with aromas of white strawberries and watermelon,
as well as a hint of pink grapefruit. The palate is packed with bright acidity
and zesty, flavorsome pink berries. So good! A blend of viura with some grenache.

Wine Enthusiast, 90 Points: Bright, peppy aromas of tangerine and nectarine.
A healthy palate braced by proper acidity offers flavors of cantaloupe and peach,
while this is a steady and fresh on the finish.

$15.99 on shelf @MetoWines. Limited Distribution but Muga is HERE!
($18.99 at wine.com and that is for 2017 Muga. The 2018 not available.)

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Hopler Gruner

Also for Summer: Hopler Wines from Austria
Gruner Veltliner and DRY Riesling
on Shelf @MetroWines NOW!


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Christof Hopler, Winemaker and Owner, was at the shop on Tuesday.
Customers LOVED his wines. And the stories! 

https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/hopler-a-hit

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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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Rose' Tasting and Candles

News Release: Monday, June 17th, 2019

About: Update Great RosTasting
 
MetroWines partners with Paris of the South Candles for The Great Rose Tasting on July 6th from 10am to 7pm.
 
Candlemaker and Owner, Anthony Mikolojeski, will be @MetroWines from 10 to 6pm with over 20 different scents including Victorian Rose. There is a candle that is perfect for any time of the day or night or for summer or any time of the year! 
 
Candles are locally made from 100% organic soy wax, small batched and hand poured with 100% lead free wicks. Fragrances are made with essential oils. Candles burn 60-65 hours. For more about these "real" candles: http://www.ashevillesparisofthesouthcandles.com
 
"Paris of the South Candles were created with the inspirations of Asheville and surrounding Western North Carolina," says Anthony. "Each scent is customized to share an experience or location in the area."
 
There will be six bottles of Rose "on the taste" and "on the house" all day long. Event Pricing on all featured bottles of Rose.
 
Contact for Metro Wines: 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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July Rose' Tasting

News Release: Monday, June 10th, 2019

About: July Great Rose' Tasting @MetroWines
 
Join us for the monthly Great Rose' Tasting on Saturday, July 6th from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines.
 
6 bottles of Rose' from around the world will be "on the taste" and "on the house" all day.
 
"Some Rose' works for porch sitting, parties and nearly every recipe," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "And Rose' is pure joy in a bottle!"
 
Event pricing on featured bottles of Rose' at the tasting!
 
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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Wedding Venue? Test Drive it!

Wine Pairing Dinner at Celine and Company
on Broadway in Asheville

"Asian Fusion with a French Kiss"

Wednesday, June 12th, 6:30
$75 (including tax and gratuity)

https://carolinaepicurean.com/2019/05/wine-dinner-
at-celine-and-company-asian-fusion-with-french-twist/

Call (828) 254-9902

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Curator Won't Bust the Wedding Budget!

 Badenhorst Curator is organic, sustainably farmed and part of the bio diversity project.

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A blend of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Semillon from Swartland in South Africa.
On the nose, find beeswax, lemon zest, lime and fresh peach. The palate is peach with hints of honey,
yellow apple, and citrus peel. Full fruit but still DRY with a peach, lemon-lime finish.
Excellent value selected Washington Post #2 best bargain wine of 2018!


2018 Curator is $9.99 @MetroWines!

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Austrian Gruner is Versatile! Try it!

*** This Just In and Coming Up ***

*** Christof Hopler ***
Owner and Lead Winemaker for Hopler
Hopler is a family winery in Bergenland Germany
that is winery to some of the biggest names in food including
Jamie Oliver, Thomas Keller of French Laundry and Gordon Ramsey!


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Tuesday, June 4th 
from 5-6:30 @MetroWines
"on the house" @ and ONLY @MetroWines!

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Taste Wedding Ready Rose'


Saturday, June 1st
from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines!

No reservations needed. No charge. No reason not to join us!

As always, 6 Bottles of Rose from Around the World.
Event pricing on Featured Bottles!

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Wedding Story Contest!

 


Recently married (or know someone who is)?
 Asheville Wedding Guide is accepting submissions from people married in the past year for its new issue. Through Jan. 4, submit photos + stories from your big day, plus your engagement, wedding shower, reception + more. See the full submission guidelines here💐
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Wedding Day!

 

 

 

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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."
 
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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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Backsberg Pinotage Rose'

August Wine Focus Group WINNER!


The growing demand for dry rosé from its established customer base has led to the launch of Backsberg Estate Cellars’ maiden Pinotage Rosé. Made from the superb 2017 vintage, the Backsberg Pinotage Rosé 2017 is produced from grapes grown on the Backsberg Estate on the Paarl side of the Simonsberg, arguably South Africa’s premier wine-making address. This is the second rosé in the Backsberg range, complementing a semi-sweet wine made from Grenache and Shiraz.

Grapes for the Backsberg Pinotage Rosé were picked at 21 degrees balling, just before optimal ripeness and so as to capture the bracing acidity and freshness required by this style of wine.

“The sweet spot for rosé is in allowing the juice sufficient contact with the red grape skins to give colour and a whiff of tannin complexity, but not enough of these to overpower the delicate composition and fruit profile this style of wine requires,” says Back.

As a result, the juice was drawn from the skins after six hours’ contact after which it was handled like a white wine, fermentation taking place in cooled stainless steel tanks.

“If there is one concept used internationally to describe the requirement of a dry rosé, it is freshness,” says Back. “This is what makes rosé so popular among consumers, together with the fragrant summer notes of berry-fruit and the slight complexity on the palate.”

Backsberg’s Pinotage Rosé 2017 exudes fruit flavours of cherry and strawberry, with a minty freshness, due to earlier picked fruit. The salmon pink coloured wine is lightly tinted from the red wine skins, but fruity and juicy on the palate, with subdued tannins. Delightful flavours of melon, ripe tropical fruit and strawberry are found in this wine, which is best served well-chilled.

For food pairings, look at seafood dishes and salads. Light meat lunches such as quiche and pastries. Mediterranean platters of olives and cheese, ham, French bread or ciabatta.

R/S: 3.6 pH: 3.37 TA: 5.7   Alc: 12.76%
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Andre Mack Pop Up Hard Target Tasting!

Andre Mack is @MetroWines for a Pop Up Hard Target Tasting

Tuesday, June 12th from 4 to 5 to pour his

"Love Drunk Rose"

and signing bottles until the ink runs dry.

If you have not met Andre Mack,

you DO NOT DO NOT want to miss this opportunity!

Who is Andre Mack?

   After a successful career with Citicorp Investment Services, André Hueston Mack decided to pursue his passion for wine. While working as a sommelier in San Antonio, Mack was awarded the prestigious title of Best Young Sommelier in America by the highly regarded Chaine des Rotisseurs.

   This recognition propelled Mack to sommelier at Thomas Keller’s world-renowned French Laundry in Yountville, California and then to Head Sommelier at Keller’s Per Se in NYC, where he managed a 1800 selection award-winning wine list. 

   Mack has been featutured in major publications including Food&Wine, Wine&Spirits, The New York Times, Women’s Health, Ebony, and Wall Street Journal. Mack was honored in 2007 with The Network Journal’s 40-Under-Forty Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to business

What is Love Drunk Rose

The 2017 Love Drunk is an intoxicating rosé. Andre mack says:  "Much like new love, it clouds the brain, causes eyes to sparkle, cheeks to glow, blood pressure to rise, and lips to pucker. Provocative aromas of strawberry and raspberry, followed by refreshing flavors of wild strawberry, watermelon rind, and a hint of kiwi."

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Great Rose' Tasting July

News Release; Monday, June 4th, 2018

About: Rose' Tasting @MetroWines
 
The tradition continues! Join us for The Great Rose' Tasting on Saturday, July 14th from 10am to 7pm at MetroWines. Six bottles of Rose' from around the world will be "on the taste" and "on the house" all day long.
 
"Every month, the crowd gets bigger," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Customers are finding that with all the different varietals and styles, there is a Rose' for any occasion." 
 
The Great Rose Tasting will continue once each month through December.
 
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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Great Rose' Tasting June

Great Rose Tasting: June

Event Pricing (10% off any bottle) in RED

    L'Espigoutte, Rhone: 60%Grenache, 20%Syrah & 20%Cinsault

Family owned, Domaine L'Espigouette offers this fresh Rose with hints of citrus and mineral finish making it perfect as an aperitif or with a summer meal. The sandy, clay soils provide an elegance and depth to the wine. Grapes from estate Cote du Rhone vines averaging 45 years. Leaner, old school style.

Shelf Price: $21.00  Event Price: $14.99

    Copain, North Coast, Santa Rosa: 88%Pinot Noir and 12%Syrah

Salmon pink in glass. Watermelon, grapefruit, lemon blossom, satsuma orange on nose. All this and tart cherry, strawberry, Meyer Lemon and Granny Smith Apples on palate. Moderate acidity. Mendicino County is all the rage!

Shelf Price: $ 13.99  Event Price: $11.99 

    Rustenberg, Stellenbosch, South Africa: 100%Petite Verdot

The newest edition to Rustenberg Wine Portfolio, this dry Rose' exhibits elegant flavors of strawberries and rose water. We are not aware of any other winery that makes a 100% Petite Verdot Rose!

Shelf Price: $13.99    Event Price: $11.99

    J.Mourat, Loire: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Negrette & Gamay.

Flavors of white peach, raspberry, hint of orange peel. Long on the palate with great acidity makes this Rose perfect for spicy foods like Thai Curry. Mourat is also available in splits and wine kegs.

Shelf Price: $14.99   Event Price: $12.99

    La Villa Real, La Mancha, Spain: 100%Tempranillo

Dry Rose presenting flavors of raspberry, strawberry cherry and violet. Perfect with pasta, paella and machego cheese! Classic Spanish style.

Shelf Price: $7.49    Event Price: $6.99 

    Leverano, Puglia: 80%Negroamaro and 20%Malvasia. 

The winery dates back to the 16th century. Popular around the world including Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Czech Republic, Leverano is a direct import of Haw River Wine Man in NC, cutting out the middle man and keeping the price low. Also available in a really big bottle!

Shelf Price: $8.99   Event Price: $7.99

 

 

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Flaky Cousin at Wedding!

 

We can't help you with your attendants or guest list @MetroWines BUT for nearly everything else, like wine, beer, venue, even comedians!! yeah we got that!

"Weddings Start @MetroWines!" Call brandie at (828) 575-9525.

DEAR ABBY: I have an extremely difficult decision to make. I recently got engaged to the love of my life. However, with this comes the decision of who should be my maid of honor.

Until a couple of years ago, the choice was obvious – my cousin. Over the past couple of years, though, we’ve become distant. She’s an extremely flaky person and can’t be counted on for much. Now, I also have a best friend who is always there when I need her, but we’ve been friends for only a couple of years.

My immediate family says I should still ask my cousin to be my maid of honor because her feelings will be hurt if I don’t. Abby, I don’t want to give such a special title to someone I can no longer depend on. She has hurt my feelings countless times by not being there. She shouldn’t get the honor just because I’ve known her forever. Please help. -- STUCK AT A CROSSROADS

DEAR STUCK: Talk to your cousin and also your best friend. When you do, remind your cousin there are serious responsibilities that go along with being a maid of honor and ask if they would create a problem for her. Tell her that if it’s too much for her, she could be a bridesmaid. If she says she wants to be maid of honor, give her the chance. However, if she flakes EVEN ONCE, ask your best friend to step in.

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Zagra, Rustenberg Rose', Monte Tondo Corvina, ZOE Update

Grillo: Dry, Italian White Grape
Makes "Top 20 Under $20" by NYT Eric Asimov

If you shop @MetroWines, you know ZAGRA.
We have been fans of ZAGRA and all wines from Valle dell'Acate
and owner Gaetana Jacono Gola since we opened the store five years ago.
Our interview with Gaetana during her most recent visit to Asheville.
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/unfiltered/entry/
unfiltered-2-dinner-with-valle-dell-acate

What Eric Asimov said about ZAGRA

   "In recent years, I have seen more dry whites made from grillo, a grape once known as the backbone of sweet Marsala or for making big, blousy dry wines. This one — from various coastal vineyards in eastern Sicily — is young, fresh, floral and refreshing, with lingering earthy notes. Delightful."

(YIKES! ZAGRA sold out yesterday. Back in stock on Thrusday after 2pm.
In the meantime, try another great Italian White Wine @MetroWines)

 


100% Petite Verdot, Stellenbosch
Hand Picked. Steel Tank Fermentation
Tasting Notes:
This rosé exhibits aromas and flavors of red fruits: strawberries, cranberries
and red cherries rounded by a fresh clean palate and food friendly palate weight.
Awards:
Gold Medal Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2017
Silver Medal International Wine & Spirits Competition 2017

 

Corvina is the main grape in "Valpolicella"
And Monte Tondo is 100% Corvina!
Pasta and Clams? Bring it ON!

From Small Vineyards, $13.99
   To create the classic Valpolicella cuvee, the noble Corvina is typically blended with other varietals such as Molinara and Rondinella. Monte Tondo’s Veneto IGT is the extraordinarily rare 100% Corvina wine crafted from vines that could wear the more recognized Valpolicella label. Transparent garnet in the glass, Monte Tondo’s Corvina is redolent of pie cherries, orange peel, potpourri, mint, and star anise. Brisk on the attack yet round and satisfying, Monte Tondo’s Corvina conveys suggestions of violets, white pepper, and ruby red grapefruit notes wrapped around a bright, vibrant core of sour cherry fruit. Bitter herbs and fine tannins join the wine’s chewy core of red fruits to make this an exceptionally versatile and table-ready red wine. Pair this over the coming two years with just about everything but shellfish, oily fish, and delicate freshwater fish preparations.

 

ALERT:

ZOE, the fabulous Greek Rose that won the
May Rose Tasting is IN shop!

(Down to less than 2 cases out of 6. So, hurry!)

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ZAGRA makes Eric Asimov "Top20 Under $20"

If you shop @Metrowines, you KNOW Zagra. Review from way back here!

We have been big fans of not just Zagra but all wines from Valle dell'Acate and owner Gaetana Jacono Gola since we opened the store five years ago. 

In an interview with Gaetana, she told us that outisde of the US, her biggest market is Japan. Why? Because her Zagra and Frappato GO with anything! Interview here! 

 

Color: Bright straw-colored yellow
Aroma: Complex with distinctive aromas of white flowers and minerals
Flavor: Large, velvety but alive, with great structure and persistence with strong flavor and minerality

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