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Tuesday, 06 February 2024 15:52

How And Why Time Enhances Wine Flavor

Gathering with friends over a glass of flavorful wine is a timeless and cherished social experience. The rich and nuanced taste of a well-selected wine adds depth to the conversation and enhances the overall enjoyment of the moment. 

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News Release: Friday, February 2nd, 2024
About: Santa Barbara Wine Tasting with Morgan Clendenen
Join us on Thursday, February 15th from 4 to 6pm to meet Winemaker Morgan Clendenen and taste Dalfonso-Curran Wines from Santa Barbara. Hosted by Tom Leiner, tasting includes
2022 Grenache Blanc, 2022 Grenache Gris (rose), 2019 Badge "Borderlands" Red Blend and 2021 Tempranillo. The event is "at the bar" and "on the house." No reservations necessary! 
Dalfonso-Curran wines is owned by Kris Curran and Brian d'Alfonso. The two have developed long-standing relationships with some of the best vineyards located in Santa Barbara County.  

Kris Curran undoubtedly ranks among California’s highest profiled winemakers, particularly for her gift for creating outstanding Pinot Noir. She’s voted as one of Wine Spectator’s Top Winemakers almost annually due to her pioneering station amid the industry’s forward-thinkers.
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Kris’s love for animals led her to Science, which led her, ultimately, to winemaking. She initially graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with an Animal Science Degree, followed by her second Bachelors, this time in Winemaking from Fresno State. From there Kris took up a position at Cambria as Assistant Winemaker and later became a founding member at Koehler. She progressed to Sea Smoke where she produced seven vintages but left when Foley Wines offered her the Winemaker position, where she made wines under the Foley, Lincourt and Two Sisters brands.

Today Kris continues to fulfill her innovative standing as the first Californian vintner to popularize Grenache Blanc which she started making in 2003. Her love for Spanish varietals prompted her to take up the challenge of mastering different production techniques: “I have come to appreciate the unique personality of each varietal with which I work. I combine this understanding with my scientific knowledge in pursuit of crafting the best wine possible.”

Bruno D'Alfonso: When one thinks Bruno D’Alfonso, one also thinks the best Pinot Noir-winemaker in the business. Bruno’s approach to winemaking is fueled by a talent for creating outstanding wines that alter traditional expectations, matched by his dedicated precision and attention to detail. He is the consummate perfectionist.
With a history of hunting and fishing in the wild and a love for open spaces, it was no surprise Bruno earned a Degree in Soil Science from Cal Poly. However, his Italian heritage compelled his inherent appreciation for wine, so his second Degree, this time in Winemaking, was earned at UC Davis.

Bruno’s early career is almost as fascinating as his current one. He started out with the now-late Richard Graff of Chalone at Edna Valley Vineyards and worked there for three vintages. Bruno later joined Richard Sanford to start Sanford Winery where he remained as Winemaker for twenty-three vintages.

Today, fans of Bruno’s Pinot Noir acquire his exceptional offerings under the BADGE and Di Bruno labels. “Over the years I have begun to understand the designing of wine. That has become my goal: to create wonderful, stable, long-lived, stylized wines.”

Bruno is an ardent foe of the practice of using harmful chemicals in the winemaking process. All D’Alfonso-Curran wines bode well with the imbiber’s health, in addition to their senses. Bruno’s purist approach to winemaking ensures uncontaminated, unpolluted wines that respect his customers’ health and wellbeing.
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D'Alfonso- Curran Wines is also home to The Wine Dogs:
Website: Bruno & Kris are true lovers of animals, especially their dogs - Roland, Gunner, Breaker, and Badge. These magnificent Shepherds are quite the local attraction. Wherever the “Pack” goes - the winery, out to lunch, to the grocery store…Kris & Bruno are sure to follow!
Who is Morgan Clendenen: Morgan Clendenen is a close friend and collegaue of Kris and Bruno. She knows these wines well and, because, she lives here in North Carolina, she will be representing the selection and discussing the Santa Barbara Wine Region!
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Morgan says that her mission and goal as a winemaker is to illuminate and define Viognier, elevate its profile, and explore its potential through keen observation and copious tasting. She seeks to sound the depths of this enigmatic grape, to reveal its secrets, and to shine a bright light on the extraordinary fruit grown in the cool vineyards of the Santa Maria and Santa Ynez Valleys of California’s Central Coast.

Morgan started in the wine industry working for an Italian wine importer in her native North Carolina. Then she moved on to a boutique wine importer to optimize her learning curve. A move to a sales and marketing position at Robert Sinskey Vineyards, in Napa, led to her meeting Jim Clendenen, winemaker and owner at Au Bon Climat. They married, and she moved to Santa Barbara County. When Au Bon Climat, by chance, was offered a lot of Viognier grapes in 1996, Cold Heaven Cellars was born.

Morgan knew little about Viognier at the time and had only some practical knowledge of winemaking and no formal training. She learned winemaking “on the job” and also says that she had some amazing mentors, including Bruno D’Alfonso and her then-spouse.

After closing the Cold Heaven tasting room in 1998, Morgan joined Shokrian Vineyard in Los Alamos as one of its winemakers. She continues to produce Viognier, making up to five single-vineyard versions, and Syrah, and has added Pinot Noir to her portfolio.
MetroWines says: "This is a high profile tasting that you do not want to miss!"
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Wednesday, 31 January 2024 08:50

Judge Jay Wilkinson Returns for the Sequel ...

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Sicilian Love Stories

In case you missed author Jay Wilkinson's excellent presentation and book signing in November of last year, Ciao Asheville is pleased to announce that Jay will be back in mid July with a sequel presentation titled "Sicilian Love Stories", which tells the story of the four great Sicilian-culture-tinged romances in Jay's book "A Lie Will Suffice". Jay is a dynamic and engaging speaker so you won't want to miss this event. Stay tuned for more details.


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Roberto Benigni's

Life is Beautiful

Winner of 3 Academy Awards!

Sunday, March 3, 1pm

Metro Wines

169 Charlotte Street 

Join Ciao Asheville and Metro Wines for a showing of this 1997 comedy-drama film. There will be a group discussion of the film following the showing. Snacks provided "on the house" and wine will be available for purchase. This film is in Italian with English subtitles.

This event is *free* but registration is required. Seating is limited so call Metro Wines at 828-575-9525 to reserve your seat.

Tuesday, 23 January 2024 16:41

Basics of Burgundy

News Release: January 23rd, 2024
About: "Basics of Burgundy" @MetroWines
Please join us for a class with Ayres Newsom, Proprietor of Vino Mondial, guiding us through the "Basics of Burgundy" and tasting 6 wines from the region, on February 11th @MetroWines on Charlotte Street from 2-4pm. 
"Burgundy is home to some of the world's most exclusive and sensuous wine!" says Ayres. "With all the romance of France in your glass, this is an exciting way to start your Valentine's Day Week."
Presentation includes three white Burgundies and three red Burgundies paired with charcuterie style small bites as well as:
* side by side comparisons of white and red burgundies
* the basics of the classification system in Burgundy
* the history of the region
* and why Burgundy might just be the best food wine in the world! 
What's Burgundy All About?

"When some people hear “burgundy wine,” they immediately think of red wine. “Burgundy” does not refer to the color of the wine, however, but to the region of France in which the wine is made. That region is called “La Bourgogne” in French, “Burgundy” in English.

Some of the world’s finest red and white wines are produced in this storied region. These sought-after red wines are made entirely from the Pinot Noir grape, and the world-famous white wines are made entirely from the Chardonnay grape.

While these wines are known throughout the world, few people realize that Burgundy is by far the smallest major wine-growing region in the world. In fact, the heart of Burgundy is only about 30 miles long by one mile wide – tiny by wine standards. Obviously, the villages are tiny, too, and are a mere kilometer or two apart.

Herein lies one of the most complicated aspects of Burgundy – namely, the terrain presents a compact arrangement of microclimates. These microclimates present a complex assortment of altitudes, slopes, exposures and soil types. Literally, two vineyards separated by a stone wall or a dirt road will produce grapes that make wines which can be very different in flavor as well as quality. It’s no wonder that Burgundy produces a greater variety of single-grape wines than any other region in the world and it’s also no wonder that Burgundy can be a minefield for the wine lover in the United States.

Wines made in Burgundy receive their quality classifications, called appellations, based on the region, village or individual vineyard in which the grapes are grown. In most cases, the more defined the growing area of the grapes, the more consistent the quality of the wine produced by those grapes. Oftentimes, the finest wines are produced by vineyards that are no more than a few football fields in size."

Event cost for the presentation and tasting is $55 (plus tax). Go here:


Contact for MetroWines: John Kerr

Metro Wines Asheville

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Sunday, 21 January 2024 15:45

Ms. Fancy

Monday, 15 January 2024 08:02


Sunday, 14 January 2024 15:44

5 Star Review on Sunday!

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"Extremely knowledgeable staff, welcoming vibe and fair pricing.
Helped me understand things as a total wine novice.
Varying price ranges so a little bit for anyone."
Wednesday, 10 January 2024 11:35

Wine Language: A Quick Glossary

Understanding the language of wine can be a journey, much like wine tasting itself. As rich and complex as the beverage it describes, wine terminology can feel elusive to many. Fear not, fellow wine enthusiasts, we're here to help.

Tuesday, 09 January 2024 11:26

August Briggs Wine Tasting

News Release: January 9th, 2024
About: August Briggs Wine Tasting @MetroWines
Please join us on Tuesday, January 30th from 4 to 6pm for a tasting of wines from August Briggs Winery, Calistoga, California. And meet the Owner of August Briggs, Matt Gasco! Gwen Bell will pour and discuss these well-made wines "at the bar" and "on the house" with no reservations necessary.
"We have chosen wines that represent the new grapes coming from Napa Valley," says John Kerr, co-owner of MetroWines.
On the Taste:
Pinot Blanc
Winery Notes: "This is our seventh release of Pinot Blanc and has now settled into the August Briggs portfolio as one of our favorites and definitely our customer’s favorite for the Spring and Summer. We once again purchased the Pinot Blanc grapes from the Dutton family and one of their oldest properties. This sustainable and dry-farmed vineyard has cool coastal air and moderate daytime temperatures which highlights the brightness of this European styled wine. The color is a light shade of straw with hints of green around the edges of the wine. This vintage is loaded with bright fruit flavors of grapefruit and pear and has a hint of minerals on the finish. It is a lovely and mouthwatering wine so be sure to order a bunch before summer is here!"
Pinot Meunier
Winery Notes: "Pinot Meunier is one of a few grapes that are more well-known for making sparkling wines than still ones. We have made a scintillating dry wine from these grapes for over 15 years and have found the wine to be grapes to be very aromatic much like pinot noir, as well as exuding an exotic spicy aroma as found in Rhone varieties. This wine makes a great porch quaffer, as well as, a perfect match with light to medium menu items.For the 2018 Pinot Meunier is an elegant vintage that shows the feminine side of this wonderful grape. The aromas and flavors are of cherry blossom, cranberry & orange peel. The palate has a satiny texture with nice balancing tannins that gives it a long and memorable finish. This is just great to drink and show off to friends.After hand sorting, the clusters were destemmed into a small open-top fermenter. After a two-day cold soak, the must was inoculated with Assmanhausen yeast. The cap was punched-down by hand, twice daily. Following primary fermentation the wine was inoculated for malolactic fermentation and barreled down to traditional burgundian barrels. The barrels used were 33% new French oak and 67% two year old French barrels. The wine was aged in barrel for 9 months."
Red Blend
Winery Notes; "Utilizing a “kitchen sink” approach we played with blending various amounts of Syrah, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Charbono from a mix of vineyards planted throughout the Napa Valley. The components of this wine change every year so be sure to sample this vintage and see if it hits your sweet spot! This wine has a deep saturated color of dark purple with rich aromas of blueberry, black fig, spice and pepper. The wine is medium in body which makes it accessible for drinking young and the fruit character is bold but balanced by bright acidity. The finish is lengthy across the palate with moderate fruit and oak tannins. This wine is a big bruiser if you want to match it with a porterhouse tonight or if you prefer it can be aged for additional complexity with another 3-5 years in bottle. The wine was aged in a variety of American and French oak barrels for 16 months then blended together for additional aging before bottling. Only 100 cases produced." 
About August Briggs:
   August Briggs Winery is an owner-managed craft producer of small lot and sustainably produced wines showcasing some of Napa and Sonoma’s premier vineyards focused on a restrained winemaking philosophy that highlights wines of provenance, not pretense. When you come visit us, it is likely you will meet with one of our welcoming owners, Matt and Colette, who live by their hands-on management style, ‘You get back what you put in’. 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
(828) 575-9525
Tuesday, 09 January 2024 09:23

5 Star Review from a Winemaker!

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"Through a turn of fate and a leap of faith, I was fortunate to be a winemaker for 20 years. That worldly experience allows me to really appreciate this particular wine shop. They buy exceptional wines from extensive and surprising regions around the world. If you want a Condrieu, Pinotage, Priorat or Zweigelt you can find them here for example. You can also find great wines at a value price in the teens. I bought a Viognier for $15. A solid wine lightly oaked. Buy 6 wines get 10% off, 12 is 15% off. Over Christmas they tasted out a limited purchase of an Italian Frezzante (a semi sparkling wine less than 2 bars pressure). The wine was spectacular. Typically, you wouldn't find this particular wine outside of Italy but yet here it was in store. Amazing. They are rightly proud of what they buy, and you can rest assured that the bottles you purchase will be well made. I recently discovered them after living here five years. A distributor (Skyland) friend of mine told me to check them out over Thanksgiving. I've been twice and will happily drive the half hour to purchase wines. Prost, Salud, cin, cin! , sante! etc..."
Wednesday, 03 January 2024 15:17

Wine Tasting with Winemaker Michele D'Aprix

News Release: January 3rd, 2024
About: Wine Tasting with Michele D'Aprix @MetroWines
Please join us on Friday, January 26th from 4-6pm @Metrowines to meet Winemaker Michele D'Aprix and taste 5 of her wines "at the bar" and "on the house" with no reservations necessary.
Michele D'aprix will be pouring to taste:
Maz Caz Blanc
Maz Caz Rosé
Maz Caz Rouge
Pierre Anglaire
In 2022, The Certified Wino said this of Michele D'Aprix: 
"I become more, and more enthralled by Michele every time I crack open a bottle from her or discover more of her story. She is the ONLY American female winemaker producing wine out of France. Michele got bit by the wine bug while bartending in Boston & attending UC Davis to obtain her degree in chemistry. She decided to use that background in chemistry to pursue a career in winemaking. Michele secured an internship in Burgundy where her days were spent with Pinot Noir, and the foundation for her passion as a winemaker was laid. She grew bored of playing with pinot & made her next move to the male-dominated Bordeaux. It was here that she was able to be experimentive & expressive with groups of varietals. She has become a Bordeaux crusader of sorts with her Pentimento red blend being a gorgeous & modern interpretation of Bordeaux wine. Michele also does some work out of the Rhone Valley with her other line-up, Maz Caz (meaning crazy in a good way)."
In Her Own Words:
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi 
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
(828) 575-9525
Wednesday, 03 January 2024 14:24

Winebow Italian Wine Tasting

News Release: January 3rd, 2024
About: Wine Tasting @MetroWines
Please join us for a wine tasting with Chris Curtis of Winebow on Thursday, January 18th from 4 to 6pm @MetroWines. The event is "at the bar" and "on the house" with no reservations necessary.
We will be tasting four Italian Wines from Northern Italy:
Lageder Terra Alpina Pinot Bianco 2021
Tiefenbrunner Chardonnay 2022
Lageder Schiava 2022
Tramin Lagrein 2022
Winebow was a big winner in the Wine Spectator 2023 Top 100 with 28 bottles in the Top 100 and 4 in the Top 10!
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
(828) 575-9525
Wednesday, 03 January 2024 09:24

Another, Another 5 Star Review!

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"Great atmosphere and good wine varieties. Service was very good."
Tuesday, 02 January 2024 17:06

Another 5 Star Review

"These people couldn't be better to work with! Prompt service, great prices, helpfulness and knowledge... they make the sometimes stressful process of event planning/organizing so smooth and easy. Metrowine has helped me plan several corporate and festive events and Kristen is wonderful, available, and prompt 100% of the time. Excellent selection of wine and very good service. We greatly enjoyed the wine education Andy gave us on the wines we were interested in." 
Tuesday, 02 January 2024 16:59

5 Star Review

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"The staff are so kind and always eager to help you find a delicious bottle in your price range. We loved this place so much that we even hired them for our wedding wines - which they did an incredible job with!!! Highly highly recommend! Even for a casual stop by, there's always something intriguing to taste open."
Sunday, 31 December 2023 16:32


Sunday, 17 December 2023 18:21

Rex, Jessie, & Woody

Tuesday, 05 December 2023 09:44

Sparkling Wine Tasting December 29th

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News Release: December 5, 2023
About: Tasting Sparkling Wines @MetroWines
Please join us on Friday, December 29th from 2:30 to 5:30 to meet Gwen Bell, "The Queen of Bubbles," from 3Keys Distributors @MetroWines and taste four sparkling wines "at the bar" and "on the house." 
"This is a unique opportunity to taste wines of this quality "on the house! presented by a top-notch representative." says John Kerr, co-owner of MetroWines.
Who is 3Keys?
(From 3Keys Website): 3 Keys distributes new and old world wines from family-run properties focused on quality, conscious farming methods and tradition.

Through our relationships with world-class importers and domestic wineries we’ve been able to do just that. Every wine we sell is vetted by our team of wine professionals to ensure that the only wines we represent are those we love and care about. We are lucky enough to represent some iconic wineries as well as up and coming start-ups worth paying attention to.

Our small size allows us to provide our customers with a personal wine buying experience few others can provide. We look forward to getting to know each of our customers as friends and clients.
The Tasting Includes:
Babylonstoren Sparkling Pinot Noir 
Castellroig Brut Nature Corpinat 18’ 
Clotilde GC Blanc de Blanc Champagne
Paul Launoise Composition Champagne NV 
And parking @MetroWines is free,close and easy!
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
(828) 575-9525
Monday, 04 December 2023 15:10


Wednesday, 29 November 2023 07:56

Micro Winery Burgundy Tasting on December 7th

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Micro-Winery Burgundy Tasting
for holiday gifts and celebrations
"At the Bar" and "On the House"
Thursday, December 7th, 4-6pm
@MetroWines on Charlotte Street

Meet Distributor Ayres Newsom and taste 5 wines from the world’s most famous region for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Burgundy! These small-production wines appear at a few wine dinners around town each year, but almost never in wine shops – until now!

Ayres Newsom will pour five wines from the world’s most famous wine region and answer your questions and remove the mystery from these wines. Micro-producers produce so little of these wines, almost none of these wines ever make it to the United States. But because the importer and distributor are located in Asheville, we have great access to these fine wines.
Since a summer during college in Burgundy, the importer knows each vintner personally and has maintained not only a business relationship but a friendship with them all for 40 years. “It’s a tiny region where the best wines are made by mom-and-pop operations, not large corporations.”
As one winemaker says, “I put my heart in every bottle of wine.” Each family owns the vines and personally works in the vineyards, pruning the vines, hand-picking and sorting the grapes, and overseeing the winemaking process in its entirety.
Wines on The Taste:
Crémant - Jean-Luc Joillot Agnes
From Pommard, 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. In blind taste tests, people choose this Crémant over many famous Champagnes. Like a true Champagne at half the price!

Chablis – Francois Servin Vaillons 1er Cru Chablis 2022
Muscular, with a firm streak of minerality underlying the lemon cream fruit. Quite crisp on the finish in its youth. A good candidate for aging, and a wonderful wine for the dinner table.

Montrachet – Paul Jouard Chassagne-Montrachet 2021
The most revered Chardonnay region on the planet. This wine is produced from just one acre. Classic Montrachet with floral, white peach and smoky pear. Nicely integrated with a bit of minerality and oak mid-palate that lingers to the finish.

Givry – Chofflet Valdenaire Givry Heritage 2020
Grown in reddish limestone soil with a little bit of clay. Elegant with flavors of black currant, raspberry, and cherry. Some vegetal notes of bark, typical of village-level red wines from Givry.

Beaune – Claudie Jobard Beaune "Les Epenottes" 1er Cru 2019
Just four barrels produced each year. The vineyard is next to the famous Epenots Premier Cru vineyard in Pommard & just below the sought-after Clos des Mouches vineyard in Beaune. Expect subtlety, complexity and elegance, with layers of cherry, tobacco, spice and flowers. The texture is like silk.
Aside from quality, why choose these wines for gifts, holiday celbrations or your own table?
Because you will be supporting LOCAL 3 times over since the importer, distributor, and Metro are all located right here in Asheville!
Monday, 27 November 2023 17:13

Trione Family Vineyards Tasting

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News Release: November 27, 2023
About: Metro Wines Official Holiday Wine Tasting
Please join us on Friday, December 15th from 4 to 6pm @Metro Wines on Charlotte Street for our Official Holiday Wine Tasting with Trione Family Winery, Sonoma, California. Tasting four wines including Chardonnay, Syrah, Henry's Blend and Block 21 Cabernet Sauvignon. The event is "at the bar" and "on the house."
Rich, inviting nose with an elegantly firm structure and a smooth lingering finish. This wine draws you in with its bright aromas of lemon zest, butterscotch cream, and hints of tart Granny Smith apple and caramel. Its youthful body is soft and silky on the palate. Pair this wine with grilled chicken or salmon with fresh herbs or sip on this without food! This wine will age gracefully for years to come.
The 2016 Syrah is a Pinot lover’s Syrah; rich and inviting on the nose and palate.  A charcuterie of sweet, smoked meats comes to mind. The seductive aromas of peaty, wet earth with hints of plum, blueberry and wild blackberry preserves are ever present. This wine is rich and decadent with the body, balance and structure to age beautifully for the next 5-7 years. Enjoy this Syrah with almost any cuisine. 
Henry's Blend
The first impression of the 2018 Henry’s Blend is a rich, supple, aromatic mix of red fruits and fall spices. Silky smooth on the palate, this wine has a lingering finish that is seemingly endless. While fantastic now, the 2018 Henry’s Blend has the structure to age for many years to come. 
Block 21 Cabernet
This wine is a classic Bordeaux-style blend. It is composed of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 8% Merlot and 2% each of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. We hand-harvested and fermented each variety separately, then moved the wines to the barrel, where it aged for twelve months. Once we determined our blend, we returned the wine to the barrel for an additional twelve months, to ‘marry’ the varietals. We used tight grained French oak barrels exclusively for this wine. 
The 2018 Block 21 Cabernet Sauvignon is more Left Bank in style, reminiscent of the Medoc. While Pauillac in character, this wine is vibrant with hints of black currant, raspberry, and blackberry on the nose. It is rich, with a silky-fine tannin structure and mid-palate with a long lingering finish that foretells a long cellar life. Enjoy now and for the next 5-10 years. 
About the Winery
"Three generations, decades of farming, five ranches — our family is deeply rooted in the Sonoma County wine industry. Dedicated farmers for over fifty years, brothers Mark and Vic Trione own and cultivate close to 600 vineyard acres in three prime Sonoma County appellations: Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Coast.

The Trione Family has a rich history of grape growing and winemaking in Sonoma County which is best told from the beginning with the family’s patriarch, Henry Trione. Raised in Fortuna, CA by Italian immigrant parents, Henry has always been described as a true entrepreneur with great foresight."
More About Trione Family Winery:
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Sunday, 26 November 2023 13:18

Baby Girl

Sunday, 26 November 2023 08:58

Rioja Wine Tasting Wednesday: Bodega Lanzaga

*** Wednesday, November 29th ***
4-6 pm @MetroWines
"on the house" and "at the bar"

Bodegas Lanzaga Corriente 
Bodegas Lanzaga LZ 
Bodegas Lanzaga Estate 
Bodegas Lanzaga Tabuerniga 
Bodegas Lanzaga Las Beatas 

   Telmo Rodriguez is one of Spain’s brightest winemaking talents. He established Compañia de Vinos Telmo Rodriguez in 1994 to highlight notable vineyards throughout Spain planted with native grape varieties. In 1998, while working at his family winery, he started to buy old vineyards around the town of Lanciego. This was the catalyst for Bodega Lanzaga.

   The aim is to rediscover the ‘true’ historic taste of Rioja that he believes can only be achieved from the best sites. “We respect the capacity of generations of vine growers who observed these places and recognised their value”. Telmo is a vocal advocate for the potential of Spanish wine, believing it should sit at table with best of Burgundy and Bordeaux.

   Time spent working in France led him to question Rioja’s reluctance to acknowledge a wine’s origin, vineyard or village, on the label. “Our wines are not made by winemakers, they’re made by grape growers... Once you understand your place, you know how to work.” These are pure terroir wines, representing historical vineyards in the most transparent way possible.

Wednesday, 22 November 2023 13:28

Soji and Yoko

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