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Talk and Taste Series: Art and Wine

Monday, 08 May 2023 12:00
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News Release: Monday, May 8, 2023

About:  Ciao Asheville Event

Taste and Talk Series: Art and Wine 

Can art affect and inform winemakers and their philosophy about making their wines and how they want the public to perceive those wines? The answer is definitely yes!

This is an Asheville FIRST! Ciao Asheville and Metro Wines team up with Sarah Newman, art historian and Certified Sommelier with Volio Imports, to discuss the symbiosis between art and wine. This event will take place on Tuesday, June 13, 5:30pm, at Engaged Asheville Event Space, 41 N Merrimon Ave #107, Asheville, NC 28804.

Sarah just returned from a whirlwind trip to Italy, making her way from Piemonte to Sicily, visiting a number of winemakers, and will discuss their favorite artists and the various ways that art fuses with wine. 

This event will include a talk by Sarah while everyone tastes 6 Italian wines:

Fantinel Sun Goddess, Prosecco Brut

Berlucchi, Franciacorta Brut Rosé 61

Ilatium Morini (Latium), Soave (2020)

Val delle Rose, Vermentino Litorale (2021)

Rivetto, Langhe Nebbiolo (2020)

Tenuta Argentiera, Bolgheri Poggio Ai Ginepri Rosso (2021)

This is a great opportunity to enjoy the sensory experience of these wonderful Italian wines while Sarah discusses the winemakers’ philosophies, the journey behind the bottle, and lots of “inside information” about these wines and the marriage of art and wine.   

Price for the evening is $40 + tax (refundable up until 48 hours prior to the event), which includes the tasting and talk by Sarah. Light snacks will be served. Register online here. For more information call Metro Wines at (828) 575-9525.

All wines featured can be purchased at event pricing this night only.


More about Sarah Newman:

After graduating from Duke in 2007 with an A.B. in Visual Art and Art History, Sarah Newman moved to New York to pursue her masters at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. It was a part-time job at a wine bar while in graduate school where Sarah was first bitten with the wine bug. Her New York restaurant experience includes such iconic places as P.J. Clarke’s, Oceana, Felidias and Artisanal Bistro. While in New York, Sarah also began pursuing wine education. She became a Certified Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers) in 2013 and passed with merit the advanced exam for Wine and Spirits Education trust. She is now pursuing the WSET Diploma, completion of which will make her eligible to become a candidate for Master of Wine (MS).  

Here in North Carolina, Sarah worked as a sommelier at the Angus Barn before discovering wine distribution. After working with over 85 restaurants in Durham, Sarah became the Regional Sales Director for Volio Imports and now represents her portfolio in over 10 states, including North Carolina. She is delighted to share her love of Italian wine in her home state.  

   More about the wines:

* Fantinel Sun Goddess, Prosecco Brut

Region: Veneto, Italy
Appellation: Prosecco

Appearance: straw-yellow with citrine glints. Nose: intense and extremely elegant, giving off fruity aromas recalling especially apple, pear and peach. Palate: a creamy essence and a velvety flavor, revealing a structured body rich in volume and smoothness. Acidity is pleasant and perfectly balanced, for a freshness feeling and a delightful after-taste.

* Berlucchi, Franciacorta Brut Rosé 61

Region: Lombardy, Italy
Grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Appellation: Franciacorta

Wine Enthusiast – 92 Points. A Wine Spectator “Top 100”. “Bright and savory, this refreshing, polished sparkler boasts alluring aromas of juicy raspberry, wild cherry, baking spice and a whiff of bread crust. The inviting aromas follow over to the vibrant palate along with a continuous refined perlage. A tangy candied nectarine note closes the finish.” – K.O. 9/12/2017

* Ilatium Morini (Latium), Soave (2020)

Region: Veneto, Italy
Grapes: Garganega, Trebbiano di Soave
Appellation: Soave
Fresh and very persistent on the palate, a finish with delicate hints of bitter almonds typical of Soave. It is ideal at any time of day. 

* Val delle Rose, Vermentino Litorale (2021)

Region: Tuscany, Italy
Grape: Vermentino
Color: Straw-yellow, with light gold reflections. Bouquet: Intense, fruit-forward aromas that suggest tropical fruits. Taste: Fresh, crisp with well-balanced acids, and an assertive finish. 

* Rivetto, Langhe Nebbiolo (2020)

Region: Piedmont, Italy
Grape: Nebbiolo
Appellation: Langhe

An extremely pleasing and drinkable wine and although it has a high alcohol grade this never overpowers its fruity character. Its red color has Bordeaux reflections and the slow trickle from the edge of the glass confirms its optimal concentration and good body. The palate is caressed by a smooth tannin content typical of the Nebbiolo grape and by a warm and enveloping flavor. 

* Tenuta Argentiera, Bolgheri Poggio Ai Ginepri Rosso (2021)

Region: Tuscany, Italy
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Appellation: Bolgheri

This Bolgheri DOC is composed of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot vinified separately and extracted by soft pressing. A nice wine with defined structure and pronounced concentration. The wine’s olfactory panorama is ample and profound while at once immediate and present. An intense structure characterizes this wine, but with a beautiful softness and a remarkably clean finish. Tenuta Argentiera stands in a magnificent patch of land in the Maremma that blends countryside and sea, suspended between woods and Mediterranean scrub. 


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Metro Wines Asheville
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
(828) 575-9525

Join us May 17th at 6pm. Metro Wines will host a dinner with the Owner, Karl Wittstrom, of Ancient Peaks Winery. The chef for the evening is Sam Etheridge who will take the challenge of airing innovative dishes with these bold wines. Location is 41 North Merrimon Ave. Suite 107 Asheville, NC 28804.
You will be greeted with an Amuse Bouche and a glass of Ancient Peaks Sauvignon Blanc, followed by a 4 course dinner with wine pairings from Ancient Peaks winery. The evening is $89 plus tax. Dinner is served Family Style!

Go here to reserve your seat, or call 828-575-9525

All are “grower” Champagne 
Grower Champagnes or Artisan Champagnes are Champagnes produced by the estate that owns the vineyards where the grapes are grown. Récoltant-Manipulant is the term in French, and Grower Champagnes can be identified by "RM" on the wine label.[1] While large Champagne houses such as MummMoët et Chandon and Veuve Clicquotmay use grapes from as many as 80 different vineyards in the Champagne region to create a consistent house style, Grower Champagnes tend to be more terroir-focused, sourced from a single vineyard or closely located vineyards around a village, and made with grapes which vary with each vintage.[2] Today there are over 19,000 independent growers in the Champagne region,[citation needed] accounting for nearly 88% of vineyard land in the region; around 5,000 of these growers produce wine from their own grapes.[citation needed] Of the Champagne imported into the US in 2014, only 5% was Grower Champagne.[3]
The French Fête is SOLD OUT. We post this Wine Dinner Menu only to encourage you to watch for MetroWines Wine Dinners Going forward!
This one is Hosted by Chef Sam Etheridge of AMBROZIA Catering and Jean Philippe Bourgeois of JPBourgeois Imports