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Sunday, 30 July 2023 16:55

Wine Celebrities in Asheville

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News Release: July 30th, 2023
About: Wine Celebrities in Asheville: Sean and Nicole Minor
About: Sean Minor Wine Tasting Event
Join us to meet Sean and Nicole Minor and taste 10 of their wines on August 11th from 4 to 6pm @MetroWines on Charlotte Street. The event will be in the casual MetroWines "station" style with tables featuring 10 wines accompanied by small bites paired to the wines. Sean and Nicole will join the party, mingling and conversing with you!
"This is a rare opportunity to meet two of the best known and most regarded winemakers in California," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "And Sean and Nicle will not be lecturing to a class or presenting to a dinner, but will join the party guests."
Wines 10 will include:
2021 CA Series Sauvignon Blanc
2021 Signature Series Sonoma Coast Chard 
Central Coast Chardonnay
2021 Signature Series Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 
2021 Invited Series Sangiacomo "Roberts Road" Pinot Noir 
2020 Signature Series North Coast Cab 
Paso Cabernet Sauvignon
Central Coast Pinot Noir
2021 Signature Series "Nicole Marie" Red Blend
And an EXCLUSIVE to Metro Wines Pinot Noir Rose'
"Never tasted Sean Minor Wines? John Kerr, co-owner of MetroWines. You will be impressed by the quality for the value." 
The Sean Minor Story (website)
"Not long after we met, we quickly bonded over our love of wine. That was 31 years ago, and not much has changed. We like to enjoy wine in our everyday lives - with dinner, catching up with friends and family, and celebrating life’s most special events. In fact, we believe there are few moments in life that aren’t paired perfectly with a great bottle of wine.

After we married and Sean had spent a number of years in the wine industry, we noticed that there was a gap in the market. We were yearning for wines that were easy to enjoy, highlighted the amazing fruit of California, and didn’t break the bank—so we made them.

We began by producing wines from premier appellations throughout California, sourced from vineyard sites strategically located near the cool, marine influences of the sun-filled California coast. With the help of a family friend and colleague, Will Bucklin, our initial production featured a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast Chardonnay, and Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc.

Fast forward to today our dedication to producing quality wines at an approachable price has remains. Since we don’t own vineyards, we work diligently with sustainable, experienced farms throughout California and Oregon. We’ve developed strong relationships with some of the best growers in the industry so that we can contract the finest fruit. Today, you can find our wines at restaurants and gourmet grocery stores in 49 states and, of course, here on our website. Our family and team have grown, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds."
More About Sean Minor Wines Here:
You can reserve a glass! and a place at the party by calling (828) 575-9525 or go here: 
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Sunday, 23 July 2023 11:14

Join Local Wine Clubs!

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Letter to The Editor of The Asheville Citizen Times
by John Kerr, Co-owner of MetroWines.
Sunday, July 23rd, 2023

Letter to the Editor – Wine Time? Shop Local!

Your Sunday, July 9 “Wine Time” article didn’t mention that Asheville has the absolute best wine clubs right here. There are at least three in town. Ours has all of the pros and none of the cons listed for the national clubs you mentioned. But your article missed one con we don’t have and two pros we do have. Con: all of these national clubs have expensive shipping fees. If they say there are no fees, trust me, it’s coming out of the quality of the wine. And the two pros: local clubs are a better value, and all of your club dollars stay in Asheville and support your community. So, consider the local clubs before sending your dollars out of town and NC.

John Kerr, co-owner, Metro Wines

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Monday, 17 July 2023 14:24

Italian Wine Class

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:
Contact: Andy Hale
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
(828) 575-9525
Wednesday, 12 July 2023 15:25

Materra Wine Tasting

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Date: Wednesday, July 12th, 2023
About: Materra Vineyards Wine Tasting @MetroWines
Please join us on Thursday, July 27th from 4 to 6pm @MetroWines on Charlotte Street for a Materra Vineyards Wine Tasting "at the bar" and "on the house" hosted by Brian Noshay, Materra National Sales Representative.
The winemaker for Materra has a solid and storied wine history! Remember the movie "Bottle Shock" about The Judgment of Paris? Wiki summarizes the plot as follows: 

Sommelier and wine shop owner Steven Spurrier (Alan Rickman), a British expatriate living in Paris, is to increase his business. He concocts a plan to hold a blind taste-test intended to introduce Parisians to quality wines coming from elsewhere in the world. Spurrier travels to the not-yet-famous Napa Valley in search of contestants for his Judgment of Pairs taste test, where he meets vintner Jim Barrett (Bill Pullman) of Chateau Montelena. Barrett wants no part in it, believing it to be a set-up designed by the French to humiliate New World wine producers. Barrett's son, Bo (Chris Pine), secretly passes Spurrier a couple of bottles of the Chateau's Chardonnay for the competition. Pretty and nonconformist university graduate student Sam Fulton (Rachel Taylor) arrives at Chateau Montelena seeking an internship, and is promptly put to work in the vineyards. 

Chateau Montelena wins the blind tasting in Paris putting Napa on the world wine map. Flash forward, Bo Barrett and Heidi (the Sam Fulton character in the movie) marry. Chelsea Barrett is their daughter and the winemaker for Materra.
Materra Vineyards says: Winemaker Chelsea Barrett grew up in Calistoga and began working in vineyards and wineries from a young age. She attended UC Davis and graduated in 2010 with a degree in Viticulture and Enology. After college, Chelsea interned at Mayer am Pfarplaz (Austria), Two Hands (Australia), and Opus One (Napa Valley). She started as enologist at Joel Gott wines in 2012, where she was promoted to assistant winemaker a year later, then to winemaker in 2017. In 2017, she also joined Heidi as co-winemaker for Amuse Bouche and Au Sommet. Chelsea lives in Calistoga with her husband, two daughters, and a husky-german shepherd mix. 
More about Materra Vineyards:
Contact: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
(828) 575-9525
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