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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
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"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
(828) 575-9525
Wednesday, 12 July 2023 15:25

Materra Wine Tasting

Materra 800HW
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
Monday, 10 July 2023 10:25

Sean Minor Wine Tasting

Sean Nicole
Date: July 10th, 2023
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 wines accompanied by small bites paired to the wines. Sean and Nicole will join the party, mingling and conversing with you!
Wines 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.

Initially, our brand was called Four Bears and we love sharing the story behind the name. We have four children - three sons and a daughter. Early on, we would convene at the kitchen table to taste various lots of wine, play around with potential blends and talk about what we liked and didn’t like. At one point, our 4-year-old likened this practice to the idea that we were like Goldilocks searching for just the right bottle.

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 children have grown up, our business has evolved and our name has changed (we now go by Sean Minor Wines) but our dedication to producing quality wines at an approachable price has remained. 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. 
Contact: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
(828) 575-9525
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Monday, 03 July 2023 08:11

Support Wine Independence!

Support Wine Independence This 4th of July and Everyday!
cecione toscana
   This producer has been on our shelves and a best seller since we opened the door. Consistent Quality for the price. But lately, the "Consortium," Italian government lead panel that sets standards for wine has been, shall we say, infiltrated by competing (read: carpetbaggers) producers, outside wineries with BIG money. The newcomers want to change the style of Chianti Classico to be big and fruity. Cecione is one of the last family farmers. Hence, the Consortium has decided that the Cecione wine, although exactly the same quality, same high ratings (93) as previous years, cannot be called Chianti Classico, cannot be called Chianti at all! Witness the new label. But a bit of a backfire for the "Consortium." Without the Chianti Classico label, this wine, the same Chianti Classico wine, is less expensive! So there!

   The Cecione family is one of only 3 families that were working the land when Chianti Classico became a designation! The winery is still worked by the family and with a mere 4 hectares dedicated to viticulture. Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard. Certified organic.

    Truth be told, there is so much injustice in the world and, for most of it, we are helpless to fight back. But here, we have the power to show the "Consortium"  that they are probably political, pointless and passé. Buy Cecione! Exercise the bang of your buck, literally.
Shop Cecione HERE!
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