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5 Star Review for a Metro Wines Tasting!

Thursday, 14 March 2024 18:04
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5 Star Review for a wine tasting with Andy Hale!
 
I attended a wine tasting here that was won at an auction. My friend won, and the experience was delightful, and doubly delightful, as the item was donated to the Asheville Music School. Full disclosure: I am a board member there. So thank you so much to Metro Wines for the donation, but this will be a review of my experience, unbiased, regardless of whether the experience was donated, because my friend did pay for the experience. She just happened to invite me!

This was one of the most delightful evenings we have had in Asheville a long time. I’ve attended so very many wine tastings, having lived in San Francisco for 10 years and frequenting the wine country on many weekends. In addition, we have friends in Long Island, and we go to the wineries up there, and we have been to Châteauneuf de Pape region and had wine tastings in France, and even enjoy the North Carolina Vineyards, because they are fun with their muscadines and scuppernongs and their small town goodness. I’ve also attended tastings with food pairings and tastings where the experience is focused on a particular producer or maker, or even varietal. An evening with Antinori or Caymus for example. So I guess I’m trying to say this was not my first rodeo.

Somehow, though, Andy Hale at Metro managed to make the whole experience feel fresh and interesting. He chose some really unusual varietals and smaller boutique Vineyards and wine makers, and as such, created a delightful experience of wines that I normally would not have sought. So kudos to his choices, but also kudos to his presentation, his sense of humor, his style. We are a group of Gen Xers, a bit jaded, still hopeful. We are artists and community activists, readers and poets, tech nerds and lobbyists. We have all lived in Asheville for decades. The “newcomer“ having lived here 17 years. Together the eight of us collectively have lived in Asheville over 160 years. I know that’s an odd way to put it, but we all have so much history in this town. That said, we can be a bit rowdy, sassy, interruptive, etc. So Andy handled that element as well. His sense of humor matched ours, his timing matched ours. He met us where we were.

I emcee a lot of of the events, and I’m on mic a lot, and I am a semi-retired college professor, and I understand if you’ve got a crowd/room that is talkative, it’s difficult to capture their attention and still be interesting. Andy managed to do this with grace and humor, and he still managed to educate us on a lot of the wines. He was a perfect fit for our group.

Also, at a lot of past wine tastings, often the same information is recycled over and over again. Not so here. Andy’s stories were interesting, delving into the actual producers, notes on biodynamic wines, stories about the makers. My only complaint, and it’s a Picayune one, is it would be great to have just a couple of more slices of cheese. Since the cheese was pairing so beautifully with the whites at the beginning (especially the wines he introduced us to that straddled the Swiss border) everybody gobbled up their cheese on the first two tasting. Perhaps leave those cheeses out for the whites with the crackers, and then bring in something a little bit different for the reds to prevent the group from eating all of the cheese with the white pairings.
Regardless, bravo Andy and Metro Wines! What a fun event!

And thanks for supporting youth music education through your donation to the auction.
 
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Italian Wine Class

Monday, 17 July 2023 14:24
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Date: July 17th, 2023
About: Learning About Italian Wine
 
Join Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine, on August 15th from 5 to 6pm, at  Engaged in Reynolds Village, for a presentation about and tasting of Italian Wines from around Italy. Ciao Asheville will provide small bites including cheese!
 
"This is an opportunity to learn from the best!," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Andy Hale is not only the Director of The Asheville School of Wine but also teaches at ABTech and trains restaurant staff here in Asheville."
 
The class will focus on the traditions, styles and history of the varietals as well as feature some of the Italian varietals new to this country and becoming popular stateside. Andy Hale will address emerging issues in the Italian Wine World as well as be available for your questions.
 
The class is $35 (plus tax). Reserve your seat at (828) 575-9525 or online here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/events
 
Contact: Andy Hale
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"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
(828) 575-9525

Asheville School of Wine Class

Tuesday, 07 February 2023 12:14
Join us on Wednesday, March 8th from 5-6pm, @MetroWines for "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Wine But Were Afraid to Ask," presented by Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine.
 
Andy says: "Be afraid no longer! Learn the basics of wine so that you will feel confident in all wine situations. Why do wines need to “breathe?” How long should I age my wines? Where do people come up with these crazy flavor descriptions? When I order wine in a restaurant, what do I do with the cork that the Sommelier presents to me? Learn all of these and more in this practical class with wine tastings."
 
5 wines explored. $25 for the seated tasting.

WSET Wine classes LIVE @MetroWines

Monday, 05 December 2022 13:07

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WSET Level One, Two and Three Award in Wines Classes

Coming to Asheville School of Wine

The MWWine School, an approved program provider for the globally recognized WSET,

will offer the certification classes, perfect for wine and food professionals and wine enthusiasts,

live and in-person, starting January 23rd

Asheville, NC – November 30th, 2022 – MWWine School, an approved program provider for the globally recognized Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) certifications, today announced that WSET Level One, Two and Three Award in Wines classes will launch in Asheville, North Carolina in January 2023. The WSET certification courses, which are offered in partnership with the Asheville School of Wine, are among the most prestigious wine industry qualifications in the world and are ideal for beginners, connoisseurs, and wine and food industry professionals.

The WSET Level One Award in Wines class will take place January 31st with Level Two taking place January 24th, 25th and January 30th in Asheville. The classes offer foundational principles for wine tasting, and wine and food pairing, as well as key knowledge about winemaking, viticulture, and the wine regions of the world. 

“I am so impressed with the enthusiasm and knowledge of the students who attended my seminars in Asheville this August and am thrilled to be bringing these world-class certification courses to this world-class food and wine city,” said Webber. “I am also pleased to continue my partnership with The Asheville School of Wine as we further expand access to a curriculum that will not only enhance wine professionals and enthusiasts’ love of wine, but that will also increase their wine knowledge, further develop their palates and help them achieve professional certifications.”

Classes will be taught by MWWine School Director Melanie Webber, a WSET certified wine educator and sommelier. Melanie holds the Diploma in Wine and Spirits from WSET, as well as the Wine Scholar Guild’s (WSG) French Wine Scholar and Spanish Wine Scholar certifications. She recently taught two sold-out wine tasting and food and wine pairing seminars in Asheville through the Asheville School of Wine and has taught in Paso Robles and Los Angeles since 2018, helping hundreds of industry professionals – from winemakers, to chefs to tasting room personnel – and wine lovers achieve their WSET certifications. Her MWWine School is also an approved program provider for the WSG’s Spanish and French Wine Scholar courses, which will be offered in Asheville later in 2023.

The Classes

Level One Award in Wines is a beginner level introduction to wine suitable for those starting a wine career or pursuing an interest in wine. Students will explore the main types and styles of wine through sight, smell, and taste, while also gaining the basic skills to describe wines accurately, as well as learning food and wine pairing, wine service and etiquette. It includes tasting of 10 wines. Go Here to Register!

 

Level Two Award in Wines is for individuals seeking a core understanding of a wide range of wines. This qualification explores the major grape varieties of the world and the regions in which they are grown. Through a combination of tasting and theory, students will explore the factors that impact style and quality and learn how to describe these wines with confidence. The course includes tastings of over 30 wines. Successful candidates receive a certificate and lapel pin for the internationally-recognized WSET Level Two Award in Wines. Go Here to Register!