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News Release: Friday, November 3rd, 2023
About: Official MetroWines 2023 Thanksgiving Wines 
 
Join us for a two-day tasting of The Official MetroWines Thanksgiving Wines! Joseph Schwabauer, CSW, FSW, of Kellogg Selections, will be our host. Joseph is a 12 year veteran of the wine business, doing it all from wine retail, restaurant wine lists and working with some of the best producers and importers on the supplier side. 
 
The first event, Friday, November 17th from 4 to 6pm @MetroWines will feature wines from Empire Estate.  The next day, Saturday, November 18th from 3 to 6pm, National Sales manager for Terre Rouge & Easton Wines, Les Doss, will pour five wines to taste. And you can taste wines with small bites that present all the Thanksgiving Flavors. Both tastings are "on the house" and "at the bar" with no reservations necessary.
 
Empire Estate:
"If you watched Billions, you saw Paul Giamotti with a bottle of Empire Estate Wine," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "This time he likes the wine!" 
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Empire Estate sits in The Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. The region has a long history of grape-growing and winemaking, but its sparkling wine production in the late-1800s is what initially put the area on the world’s wine map. With vineyards planted on mineral-rich soils, on slopes that hug the glacially-carved lakes, and a cool climate similar to many of the finest Old World wine regions, the Finger Lakes is an ideal terroir for making world-class sparkling wines.
 

Empire Estate, Blanc de Blanc NV 

A shimmering silver-yellow color with a persistent mousse, on the nose this sparkling wine displays fruit tones of green apple, golden peach & baked lemon, notes of toasted brioche, and racy mineral aromas of gravel & limestone. Refined bubbles and a brisk acidity hit the palate, followed by flavors of lemon cream, orange blossom & stone fruit, all leading to a long, mineral finish. 

Empire Estate, Brut Rose NV 

A vibrant rose-pink color with a persistent mousse, on the nose this sparkling wine displays fruit tones of red cherry, raspberry, & baked lemon, notes of toasted brioche, and racy mineral aromas of gravel & limestone. Refined bubbles and a brisk acidity hit the palate, followed by flavors of strawberry & lemon cream, orange blossom & stone fruit, all leading to a long, mineral finish.

Empire Estate, Dry Riesling 2019 

"Empire Estate was created to showcase an incredible winemaking region that we New Yorkers have right in our own backyard: The Finger Lakes. We crafted this wine to express the dry style of this dynamic grape - Riesling doesn't always have to be sweet!" 
 
Meet the Founder of Empire Estate, Thomas Pastuszak, formerly Wine Director at NoMad Hotel in New York, via video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbA410A3vi0
Read More about Empire Estate here: http://www.empireestatewine.com
 
Terre Rouge & Easton
"Wine Enthusiast says Terre Rouge is one of the top 100 wineries in the World,"  says Gina Trippi. "The 2016 Ascent Syrah from Terre Rouge, winemaker Bill Easton, received 100 points from Wine Enthusiast!" 
 
Five wines will be presented by Les Dos, National Sales Manager for Terre Rouge & Easton Wines, Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3, Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW), Certified Sommelier (CS). He is a 25 year veteran of the restaurant industry. His titles include General Manager, Wine Director & Sommelier. He owned and operated his own restaurant for over a decade. Before joining Terre Rouge & Easton Wines he worked for several other wineries in Napa and Sonoma. But those of you who have been around Asheville for a while know Les as the former owner of "Usual Suspects" the present Avenue M on Merrimon!!
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Terre Rouge, Viognier Fiddletown 2021

Viognier is organically-grown on our Fiddletown estate in granitic soils. Zesty fresh, floral, and spicy aromatics with fruit notes that suggest classic white peach and apricot flavors. This will be a perfect glass pour wine with its lively flavors. Bottled with a screw-cap closure for easy accessibility.

Easton, Zinfandel Amador County 2016 

This hand-crafted wine is made from grapes harvested in California's famous Amador County, long renowned as one of the best places in the world for distinctive Zinfandel because of its old head-pruned vines, mountain soils, languid blue sky days, and cool summer nights. This Amador County bottling is luscious, fruity, and tinted for current enjoyment both at home and at your favorite restaurant.
 
Wine Enthusiast, 91 Points
Smooth and creamy yet firm enough for good grip, this is a big but well-balanced wine that offers plenty of ripe berries and plums along with hints of black pepper and sage. Moderate tannins seem to build on the palate and add a good bite to the finish.
 
Wine Spectator, 90 Points
Vibrant and sleekly focused, with a lively core of acidity and tannins, layered with raspberry, stony mineral and white pepper flavors. Drink now through 2025.
 

Terre Rouge, Garrigue 2014 

Wine Enthusiast, 92 Points
This blend of two-thirds Syrah and one-third Cabernet Sauvignon is earthy, smoky and black peppery in a very good way, as it reveals funky nuances from the potent aromas through flavors that are also ripe and full of black-fruit notes, to the lingering spicy finish. There aren't many pure Syrahs from the Foothills as good as this blend. 
 

Terre Rouge, Syrah, 'Les Côtes de l'Ouest' 2017

This 2017 vintage has beautiful color with rich, silky, wild raspberry fruit flavors laced with pepper, sage, tar, and olive/herb tones. Aromas are raspberry, smoky, wild gamey, peppery, and cinnamon. The wine has a clean purity of Syrah fruit that is reminiscent of many St. Joseph’s and other Northern Rhone's. It has forward fruit flavors and great acid balance. It is very smooth and savory in the mouth.

Terre Rouge, Grenache, "L'Autre" 2014 

This 2014 is very elegant, complex, and lively. It shows Grenache savory plum and black cherry flavors, coupled with Mourvèdre’s smoky gaminess, and a bit of richness and punch from the Syrah component. This is a dead ringer for a top Southern Rhône,; say a Châteauneuf-du-Pape or Gigondas.
 
Wine Enthusiast, 91 Points
A slightly tawny color and extra spicy, meaty aromas make this appetizing blend of 75% Grenache, 17% Mourvèdre and 8% Syrah interesting to taste. It's medium-bodied, peppery and savory and is backed by moderate berry flavors.
 
Join us and set a memorable table, host a happy party and greet friends with good taste!
                      
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Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
(828) 575-9525
  
Thursday, 02 November 2023 08:07

Orsini "Around the World Holiday Wine Tasting"

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News Release: Thursday, November 2, 2023
About: Orsini Wines Presents "Around the World Holiday Tasting"

Join us on Saturday, November 11th from 4-6 @MetroWines on Charlotte Street for an "Around the World Holiday  Wine Tasting" presented by Sara Ciofoletti from Orsini Wines. The event is "at the bar" and "on the house" and no reservations are necessary.
 
Bring friends to discover great wines for prices that won't break the holiday bank! 
Hermann Moser, Green Eyes Grüner Veltliner (2022 Liter) Austria 
Lindquist Family Wines Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley (2022) California
Rodaro Friuli Colli Orientali Schioppettino (2017) Italy
Château de la Font du Loup, Côtes du Rhône Signature (2021) France
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
(828) 575-9525
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“One day, you’re gonna write a book about my family, and it won’t be so pretty. Why all the secrets? Why all the lies?”

These fateful words were spoken to Jay Wilkinson by his mother, who had recently discovered a small piece of the secret history of their Italian family. After 12 years of extensive research, Jay Wilkinson disentangles the complex history of his family in New Orleans and Sicily in the book “A Lie Will Suffice: A DiGiovanni Family History”. Jay’s family had strong links to organized crime and all the drama that goes with it: Atlantic Ocean crossings, murder, extortion, vendetta, bootlegging, hostage-taking Fascists cracking down on Sicilian Mafiosi, labor influence on the New Orleans banana docks, two criminal trials, a secret interment in the family burial vault, the Great Depression and World War II. This book includes an extensive bibliography that supports and helps unravel and explain the sometimes difficult-to-discern, complex, but ultimately triumphant DiGiovanni-Guinta family history. It ends with the opaque revelation to the author by his Godfather, ten months before his Godfather’s death, of the most closely held family secret. 

“Picchi didi a verita farfantaria cia basta.”

(Why tell the truth when a lie will suffice.)

Join Ciao Asheville, Metro Wines, and author, Jay Wilkinson, for a presentation and book signing of Jay’s dramatic family story. This event will take place on Friday, November 3, from 2-3:30pm at Metro Wines, 169 Charlotte Street, Asheville. The event is free; however, registration is required. Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author. Wine by the glass will be available for purchase. Please call Metro Wines at (828) 575-9525.

Note for attendees: Please park at the back of the parking lot at Metro Wines. 

About Jay Wilkinson

Jay Wilkinson was a United States Magistrate Judge at the federal trial court in New Orleans for 25 years until his retirement in 2020. Before his judicial appointment, he was a lawyer for 15 years and a newspaper reporter for two years. 

He is a life-long product of Louisiana and an honors graduate of the Tulane University School of Law (1980), the Louisiana State University School of Journalism, now the Manship School of Mass Communication (1976), Archbishop Shaw High School (1973) and Christ the King School. He is a husband, father and grand-father; great-grandson of Gaetano “Don Tano Baioco” and Angelina Bucaro DiGiovanni and the grandson of Natale and Antonia (Lena, Nia) Guinta. He is extremely proud of his Sicilian heritage and loves his extended DiGiovanni-Guinta-Wilkinson family more today than ever before. He lives with his wife Sue in Gretna, LA.

Sunday, 29 October 2023 15:45

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Sunday, 29 October 2023 15:44

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Kristen Calloway is The New General Manager @MetroWines!!
Kristen brings years of management experience, sound judgment and common sense 
(which John says turns out to be not so common!) We look forward to the next chapter of the business
with Kristen at the helm! BRAVA!
Sunday, 29 October 2023 08:54

Piaugier Tasting with Maude Piaugier

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**FIRST and LAST CALL**
Piaugier Wine Tasting
with Maude Piaugier
Join us on Tuesday, November 7th from 4-6 @MetroWines,
to meet Maude Piaugier and taste Piaugier Rhone Wines.
The tasting is "on the house" and "at the bar"
and no reservations are necessary.

 
  Jean-Marc', owner and winemaker, raised his daughters in the vineyards and cellar. Today, his oldest daughter Maude is traveling the world (including Asheville!) marketing French wines. In the words of Robert Parker, "This small estate, managed with intelligence and talent by Jean-Marc Autran, deserves praise for its Côtes du Rhônes the very high quality Gigondas which it regularly produces."
Sunday, 29 October 2023 08:50

Bubbles for Every Budget

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***First and Last Call ***
"Bubbles for Every Budget"
(Read: Bubbles for The People!)
Friday, November 3rd, 4-6:30
"At the Bar" and "On the House" 
with No Reservations Necessary.


With the celebratory season, all sorts of occasions for popping a cork pop-up! and we have you covered for every occasion and wallet.
4 bottles of Bubbles from around the world, selected by Juniper Cooper
of Johnson Brothers-Mutual Distributing of North Carolina, along with Gougères, the traditional pairing for Champagne. We look forward to seeing you and kicking off the Holidays with style, bubbles and Gougère!


PS: For those (me) who think cuisine has something to do with a microwave, a Gougère is a French baked pastry. Savory choux, pastry dough made by combine the butter, water, milk, salt, and granulated sugar together in a medium saucepan over medium heat, 
then blended with cheese. No microwave involved!
Friday, 27 October 2023 20:49

Dia de los Muertos 2023

SUNDAY OCTOBER 29, 2023 • 4-8 PM

Weaverville Community Center at Dottie Sherrill Knoll - 60 Lakeshore Drive, Weaverville, NC 28787

Purchase Tickets Online Here

Wednesday, 25 October 2023 17:21

Andy Hale on AIR FB!

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The Asheville Independent Restaurant Association (AIR)
recommended "The Foundations of Wine" Class at AB Tech
presented byAndy Hale, Director of Education @MetroWines. 
Sunday, 22 October 2023 10:58

Harvest Farm Dinner

 
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*** Last Call ***
Harvest Farm Dinner at Blackbird
Monday, October 23rd, 6:30
Menu and Details Here:
 
The WOW FACTOR: The Farmers Join Us!
The evening is $125 (exclusive of tax & gratuity). Seating is limited .
Please reserve your seat by calling Brenden Wyand at  828-254-2502
or email: information@theblackbirdrestaurant.com 
 
 
Monday, 16 October 2023 13:40

Another 5 Star Review for Kristen!

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"Kristen was fabulous to work with! She made the planning process easy and ensured that our wedding bar was stocked with the perfect quantity of our chosen beer and wine selections for our 200 guests. We highly recommend Metro Wines for your wedding or other big event ~ rest assured, their professional team has you covered!'
Sunday, 01 October 2023 09:20

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Saturday, 30 September 2023 14:43

Another 5 Star Review for Cat!

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Another 5 Star Review for Cat from GR:
"Metro has a great selection and Kat was so nice and helpful!
We described what we wanted and she took us right to it!"
Saturday, 30 September 2023 13:07

Wine Pairing Dinner at Blackbird

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News Release: Saturday, September 30, 2023
About: A Harvest Farm Dinner: Wine Pairing Evening at Blackbird

The Blackbird Presents A Harvest Farm Dinner with Metro Wines and Juniper Cooper of Johnson Brothers/Mutual Distributing of North Carolina.
Please join us on Monday, October 23rd  at The Blackbird, 47 Biltmore Ave in downtown Asheville, for a special dinner to celebrate the harvest season and highlight our local farm partners. 
 
Each course has been designed by Executive Chef and Owner, Michael Reppert and carefully paired with a wine  selection from sustainably certified, family-led wineries from around the world. In addition, we are fortunate enough to be joined by several of our local farm partners who will talk about their journeys and experiences/farming ethos with the courses that feature their products.
 
The evening begins at 6:30pm with a Bubbly Welcome Pour paired with an amuse and will then continue with 4 courses, dessert, and their wines.
-Apple Goat Cheese Amuse with Cuvee Francoise Cremant de Limoux Brut
 
*** MENU ***
1st Course
- Local Pear Salad with Walnut, Creamy Pear Vinaigrette
   paired with Ceretto Langhe Arneis Blange 2021
2nd Course
-Malinak Farms Candied Roaster Squash Bisque (Speaker: Rama Malinak- Malinak Farms)
  paired with Shaya Habis Old Vine Verdejo 2018
3rd Course
-Gourmet Mountain Mushroom Risotto (Speaker: Tony Buckner- Gourmet Mountain Mushrooms)
paired with Donald Patz Maritana Russian River Valley Pinot Noir "Le Russe" 2020
4th Course
-Braised Brasstown Beef, Local Autumn Root Vegetables (Speaker: Garrett Osburn- Brasstown Beef)
    paired with Shatter Cotes Catalanes Old Vine Grenache 2021
Dessert
-Apple Crumb Cake, Housemade Ice Cream
paired with Paula Kornell California Brut
 
Monday, October 23rd at 6:30pm
The evening is $125 (non-inclusive of tax and gratuity) and the wines will be available the same week through Metro Wines. Seating is limited so please reserve your seat by calling 828-254-2502 or online at https://theblackbirdrestaurant.com/reservations/
 
We look forward to seeing you there and sharing this special evening.
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Gina Trippi: Contact for MetroWines
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
(828) 575-9525
 
Friday, 29 September 2023 11:03

An Evening in Bordeaux

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New Release: Friday, September 29, 2023
About: French Wine Pairing Dinner
 
Please join us on Thursday, November 2nd, 6:30pm, at Engaged in Reynolds Village, for "An Evening in Bordeaux!" Chef Sam Etheridge will prepare a true French dinner with wines paired by Importer Jean-Christian Rostagni. Chef Sam Etheridge will be available to take your questions about the menu and Importer Jean-Christian Rostagni will pour the wines and discuss pairing food and wine!
 
*** MENU ***       
                                                                                          

Chateau Vignol, Entre Deux Mers 2022, Château la Fleur des Pins Blanc 2019, Château Léhoul Graves Supérieures 2020

Lemon Pepper oysters served 3 ways

Chateau Haut-Bergeron Sauternes 2013

Foie Gras torchon, fennel apple chutney, little gem salad, 

cider vinaigrette

Chateau Coulonge Malbec 2016, Château houl Grand Vin de Graves 2019, Château Le Chatelet St. Emilion Grand Cru Classé 2018

Duck confit terrine, cherry bordelaise, winter squash, garlic greens

Château Haut-Bergeron 2016 Sauternes

Blue Cheese cheesecake, poached pear, spiced honey syrup, pecan crumble

"Please reserve your seats early," says John Kerr of MetroWines, "The very mention of Chef Sam Etheridge and Importer Jean-Christian Rostagni, creates a buzz that guarantees a sell out!"

The evening is $95 plus tax. You must cancel 48 hours in advance for a full refund. A Link to buy tickets will be posted next week. Until that time, please call (828) 575-9525 to reserve your seats.
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Gina Trippi: Contact for Metrowines
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
(828) 575-9525
Monday, 25 September 2023 10:17

Trick or Tarot

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News Release: Monday, September 25, 2023

About: Ciao Asheville Event: Trick or Tarot? The History of Tarot in Italy

Tarot cards originated in northern Italy during the late 14th or early 15th century. They began as illustrated playing cards with imaginative themes and were used for a leisurely card game called tarocchi, which became popular in Europe. Tarocchi eventually became tarot in southern France and around the mid 18th century decks started to be used for divination and fortune telling while also being infused with a layer of the occult. In modern times you'll find a never-ending variety of designs and themes for tarot cards, from French Impressionism to Star Wars.

Just in time for Halloween, join Ciao Asheville and local teacher, folklorist and book author H. Byron Ballard as she discusses the history of tarot and how cards are interpreted (is drawing the Death card always a bad thing?) She'll also do some sample card interpretations for attendees. 

This event will take place on Thursday, October 26, from 5-6pm at Metro Wines, 169 Charlotte Street, Asheville. Price for the evening is $20 + tax and includes a glass of red or white Italian wine. Register online here and find out more information about this event here. (Note: registration refundable up to 48 hours prior to the event.) For more information call Metro Wines at (828) 575-9525.

Note for attendees: Please park at the back of the parking lot at Metro Wines. 

Contacts:
Ciao Asheville: Gail Rampersaud, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Metro Wines: Gina Trippi, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday, 23 September 2023 14:29

Wine Dinner at Market Place!

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News Release: September 23rd
Re: Dinner at Market Place with Haw River Wine Man and MetroWines
 
Please join us on November 8th at 6:30pm at Market Place, 20 Wall Street in Asheville, with Mike Tiano of Haw River Wine Man for an Innovative Wine Pairing Dinner! To be certain that all guests can interact with the food and wine staff, seating is limited. 
 
"The Market Place has been a fixture in downtown Asheville since 1979. Though its beginnings rose in the streams and mountains of western North Carolina – a place of mountain trout and small farms – it also has a hand and heart inspired by traditions far from our borders. This mélange of local food prepared with other worldly traditions of the table may have helped the Market Place garner national attention but the keen reverence for the heritage and roots of Appalachia has always remained at the center of what we do."
 
You will be greeted with a Sparkling Wine, Domaine Thet Sparkling Chenin Blanc Loire, FR NV
 
1st Course
Wood Roasted NC Oysters (2-3 ea.), lemon peppermash butter, caviar, chervil
paired with Garofoli Verdicchio "Supera" Le Marche IT 2022

2nd Course
Slow Roasted Acorn Squash, farro piccolo, braised rainbow chard, miso parmesan crema paired with Gilles Paris Beaujolais Chiroubles "Les Genets" FR 2021

3rd Course
Maitake Rubbed Beef Short Rib, flowering cauliflower, marigold, cabernet jus
paired with Paolo Conterno Barolo "Riva del Bric" IT 2018
 
Dessert
Pecan Tart, bourbon, shortbread crust, cinnamon brown butter ice cream, preserved raspberries paired with Coffele Recioto di Soave IT 2020
 
The evening is $125 (includes gratuity) plus tax. Please reserve your seat by calling (828) 252-4162 or online for November 8th at 6:30 here: 
https://www.opentable.com/booking/experiences-availability?rid=82936&restref=82936&experienceId=200624&utm_source=external&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=shared&covers=2&dateTime=2023-11-08T18:00:00
 
Wine purchased will be available the next day @MetroWines.
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Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
(828) 575-9525
Thursday, 21 September 2023 14:39

Tarot or Trick?

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Event title: Trick or Tarot? The History of Tarot in Italy

Tarot cards originated in northern Italy during the late 14th or early 15th century. They began as illustrated playing cards with imaginative themes and were used for a leisurely card game called tarocchi, which became popular in Europe. Tarocchi eventually became tarot in southern France and around the mid 18th century decks started to be used for divination and fortune telling while also being infused with a layer of the occult. In modern times you'll find a never-ending variety of designs and themes for tarot cards, from French Impressionism to Star Wars.

Just in time for Halloween, join Ciao Asheville and local teacher, folklorist and book author H. Byron Ballard as she discusses the history of tarot and how cards are interpreted (is drawing the Death card always a bad thing?) She'll also do some sample card interpretations for attendees.

This event will take place on Thursday, October 26, from 5-6pm at Metro Wines, 169 Charlotte Street, Asheville. Price for the evening is $20 + tax and includes a glass of red or white Italian wine. Light snacks will be served. Register online here https://metro-wines.shoplightspeed.com/ciao-tarot-card-event.html.  (Note: registration refundable up to 48 hours prior to the event.) For more information call Metro Wines at (828) 575-9525.

Note for attendees: Please park at the back of the parking lot at Metro Wines.


About H. Byron Ballard

H. Byron Ballard, BA, MFA, is a western NC native, teacher, folklorist and writer. She has served as a featured speaker and teacher at Sacred Space Conference, Pagan Spirit Gathering, Southeast Wise Women’s Herbal Conference, Glastonbury Goddess Conference, Heartland, Sirius Rising, Starwood, Scottish Pagan Federation Conference, Hexfest and other festivals and conferences. She serves as senior priestess and co-founder of Mother Grove Goddess Temple and the Coalition of Earth Religions/CERES, both in Asheville, NC. She podcasts about Appalachian folkways on “Wyrd Mountain Gals.”


Her essays are featured in several anthologies and she writes a regular column for SageWoman Magazine. Her books include “Staubs and Ditchwater” (2012), the companion volume “Asfidity and Mad-Stones” (2015) “Embracing Willendorf” (2017), “Earth Works: Ceremonies in Tower Time” (2018),“Roots, Branches, and Spirits: the Folkways and Witchery of Appalachia” from Llewellyn (Feb. 2021) and “Seasons of a Magical Life: a Pagan Path of Living” (Weiser, August 2021). Upcoming: “The Ragged Wound: Tending the Soul of Appalachia” (Smith Bridge Press), “Porch Food: a cookbook from Wyrd Mountain” and a musical adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. www.myvillagewitch.com

Thursday, 21 September 2023 08:36

My Favorite Neighbor Wines and tasting

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The Story:
 
Eric Jensen is the Farmer-Winemaker at Booker Vineyard. Named 2022 Paso Robles Wine Industry Person of the Year, he is well know for championing the Paso Robles AVA, it's wines, people and community. The Booker Vineyard wines have been recognized with the highest of accolades from all publications and industry notables. In addition, he is a founding supporter of the Juan Nevarez Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides academic opportunities to children of vineyard and winery works. Booker Vineyard obtained organic certification in 2021 and Eric is carrying that mission to all his family of wines. Booker Wines have achieved cult-status and are highly sought after and allocated. There will be a limited amount of a surprise pour of one of the newly relased Booker wines as well as the line up from his other two projects, My Favorite Neighbor and Harvey and Harriet.
My Favorite Neighbor Wines were created to honor Eric's mentor and friend, Stephan Asseo of L'Aventure Winery. Stephan was instrumental in Eric's journey as a wine maker and the My Favorite Neighbor Wines pay hommage to Stephan's Bordeaux roots.It should also be noted that Stephan gave himself the title of Eric's "favorite neighbor" and introduces himself as such.
 
The wines are meant to be shared with friends and family, wherever life might find you. Harvested from Paso Robles vineyards that hold true to Eric and Stephan's commitment to responsible farming practices and community support. The Cabernet is a gorgeous culmination of black cherry, cassis and warm spice with well-integrated tannins. The Chardonnay is a complex representation of the region, notes of Meyer lemon, nutmeg, Asian pear and a long mineral finish. Both wines are perfect for the sharing with company during upcoming season, special occasions and an everyday treat for these busy times.
My Favorite Neighbor Cabernet 2020- 95 pts Robert Parker/WA, 94pts James Suckling
My Favorite Neighbor Chardonnay 2021- 97pts WA, 93pts James Suckling
Harvey and Harriet Wines are the eponymous labels created for Eric's parents. As the Booker Vineyard wines garnered ever higher ratings and commanded commensurate price points, Eric's salt of the earth parents felt like they could not afford the wines (although I am sure he would have just given it to them!). So Eric developed two Bordeaux inspired blends that are sourced from his favorite vineyard sites and barrels but are at a price point that his parents were more comfortable with. Thoughtful, delicious, cult-style wine that can land on everyone's dinner table.
 
The Red is a blend that is crafted for ultimate drinkability with attention to the specific nature that Paso Robles lends to the wine. Bold with bramble fruit, baking spices and savory elements, sure to be a crowd pleaser and a go-to selection. The White is a fun, unique blend with unexpected notes of tangerine, honeydew and nutmeg cream with a refreshing acidity. It will pair well with many fall/winter dishes but is sublime for a glass all on its own.
Harvey and Harriet Red 2020- 93pts James Suckling, 91pts Robert Parker/WA
Harvey and Harriet White 2021- 95pts Robert Parker/WA
Each of these wines have consistently achieved top ratings and accolades from the industry's top critics.
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https://harveyandharriet.com/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=paid&utm_campaign=conversion&utm_content=search&utm_term=brand&gad=1&gclid=CjwKCAjwsKqoBhBPEiwALrrqiBjU6DbkU1IU4v3sWFtijyqcPwSuG5TOLPgoQgH0tA-w5af_Us7H9hoCNb8QAvD_BwE

Tarot cards originated in northern Italy during the late 14th or early 15th century. They began as illustrated playing cards with imaginative themes and were used for a leisurely card game called tarocchi, which became popular in Europe. Tarocchi eventually became tarot in southern France. Around the mid 18th century, decks started to be used for divination and fortune-telling while also being infused with a layer of the occult. In modern times you'll find a never-ending variety of designs and themes for tarot cards, from French Impressionism to Star Wars.

Just in time for Halloween, join Ciao Asheville and local teacher, folklorist and book author H. Byron Ballard as she discusses the history of tarot and how cards are interpreted (is drawing the Death card always a bad thing?) She'll also do some sample card interpretations for attendees.

This event will take place on Thursday, October 26, from 5-6pm at Metro Wines, 169 Charlotte Street, Asheville. Price for the evening is $20 + tax and includes a glass of red or white Italian wine. Light snacks will be served. 

Saturday, 16 September 2023 15:53

Another 5 Star Review for Kristen!

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"I loved working with Kristen while planning a family wedding!
She was always quick to respond
and made picking out the wine a fun experience.
Everyone I have been in contact with has been upbeat and helpful.
I’ll be shopping here regularly from now on!
Saturday, 26 August 2023 10:44

Bordeaux in June with Andy Hale

bordeaux cathedral
 
"Bordeaux Tour with Andy Hale"
Hosted by Jean Christian Rostangi of Contrast Tours
Dates: June 15 - 29, 2024.
Up to 12 Travelers
Temporary Webpage:  http://contrasttours.com/upcomingtours/bdx0624/
 
Travelers who are firmly interested should contact Jean Christian as soon as possible.
A spot will be held with no obligation until the final itinerary and pricing are published.
 
People are traveling again and international travel is UP for Contrast Tours.
But, the good news is that MetroWines Customers interested in Bordeaux get priority!
Stand by for a welcome aboard dinner with Jean Christian, Andy and MetroWines in the Fall!
 
+1 919-416-1111 (USA Land)   +1 984-312-5315 (USA Cell) 
+33 (0)7-69-85-84-74 (France)
918 Carolina Ave, Durham, NC 27705.  USA
Saturday, 26 August 2023 08:29

5 Star Review for Andy!

letter writing
 
"Andy helped me over TEXT when i submitted a random request online. He also helped me get the wine i wanted shipped into the store the next week AND gave me recommendations for white wines even though i was mostly vague and unhelpful. Awesome service and prices were reasonable."
Tuesday, 15 August 2023 19:31

Zach's Good Bye

Eidson Family
 

I am writing to you with a heavy heart, and letting you know that I will be leaving Metro Wines. I have an opportunity to be the Director of Operations for a real estate investment company that will be a game changing opportunity for me and my family. We will be staying here in Asheville for this opportunity.

 

Leading the team here at Metro Wines has been one of the highlights of my career. I have made so many amazing connections that I hope last a lifetime. I will never forget my Metro family of vendors, customers and colleagues. 

 

A special thanks to John and Gina for letting me be apart of their business for almost 5 years.

 

Thank you for everything and remember... life is too short to drink bad wine, so keep supporting Metro Wines!

 

Zach Eidson

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