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Thursday, 21 September 2023 14:39

Tarot or Trick?


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  (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.

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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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Saturday, 26 August 2023 10:44

Bordeaux in June with Andy Hale

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"Bordeaux Tour with Andy Hale"
Hosted by Jean Christian Rostangi of Contrast Tours
Dates: June 15 - 29, 2024.
Up to 12 Travelers
Temporary Webpage:
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
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Friday, 04 August 2023 08:32

Volcano Wines!

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News Release: Friday, August 4, 2023

About:          Ciao Asheville Event: Volcano Wines!

Italian wines are revered throughout the world for their beautiful qualities as well as their distinctive taste. So what makes them so unique? The secret begins in the depths of the earth, brought to the surface by the extinct and active volcanos found throughout Italy’s landscape. And it’s not just the wine. Tomatoes would not have become the global culinary favorite without volcanic soil.


Ciao Asheville and John Kerr of Metro Wines team up to discuss what makes Italian volcano wines so unique. This event will take place on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, from 5-6pm at Metro Wines, 169 Charlotte Street, Asheville. 

John will discuss how volcanos produce the world’s best wines and how volcanos create the excellent conditions needed for the varied and complex flavors found in many Italian wines. You’ll also find out how volcanos helped produce Italy’s vast number of grape varietals, over 1,500 throughout the peninsula. And you’ll learn how to recognize these flavors as you taste volcano wines throughout the presentation.

We’ll present 4 volcano wines for tasting: a white and red from Mt. Etna in Sicily and a white and red from Mt. Vesuvius near Naples. 

Price for the evening is $15 + tax (refundable up until 48 hours prior to the event), which includes the tasting and talk by John. Light snacks will be served. Register online here. 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. 



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.

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