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At each Blind Tasting League gathering...

Wednesday, 24 March 2021 17:35

The Wine: Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio, Alto Adige, Italy, 2019

What we Tasted: Pineapple, peach, “pink Starburst Candy,” Grapefruit, Lychee, pear, cantaloupe, ginger, Jasmine, Lilly, “Circus Peanut Candy,” “touch of dried apple,” “Wet rocks”

What we Guessed: French Chenin Blanc, Italian Pinot Grigio, Australian Riesling

What Andy Guessed: Andy guessed Southern French Viognier. He has never correctly guessed Pinot Grigio though.

What we Thought: Overall, this one was a hit with our crew. “It’s very balanced” was one comment. “I like it for a white wine” was another. One taster said they would “order it again” if they had it in a restaurant.



"These are current staff favorites," says Brett Watson, Wine Buyer @MetroWines. "We are tasting wines that reflect the changing season, drifting into warmer days while nights remain cool."

"Things are Getting Green Tasting"
Kofererhof Alto Adige Pinot Grigio 2016

"Extremely cold climate and high elevation Pinot Grigio with the quality to put a teeny tiny bit of age on it from an Italian area that used to be considered Germany. Pinot Grigio in a hand-made couture wedding dress and stiletto pumps."

Louis Seabra Xisto Ilimitado Branco 2019
"Field blend of 6 different Douro Portugal varietals made by a legend Louis Seabra. Close your eyes and imagine Portugese Burgundy at half the cost."

Domaine Suavette Les Gravouilles Gamay 2019
"What "not from Beaujolais" 100% Gamay should taste like. Made as true to the land as possible and 8 days of Carbonic makes this as fresh and energetic as a new puppy playing in the backyard!"

 

The Zoom is "on the house" but, if you want to taste along with Brett, the three wines will be available for purchase at a discounted price @MetroWines for $59.68 (including tax) Call (828) 575-9525 for purchase and curbside pickup!

To join the Zoom, go here:
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Nick Demos and Kermit Lynch

Friday, 18 December 2020 00:00

Nick Demos is an Advanced Sommelier and the Brand Manager around these parts for Kermit Lynch. But, mostly, Nick is known for being an all around nice guy. As one restaurant manager I know said: "He does not make you feel totally inadequate while you are learning about wine."  Nick tasted and talked four wines on Zoom on December 17th  hosted by Tryon Distribution and MetroWines in Asheville.



Midnight in France

Thursday, 10 December 2020 00:00
About: New Year's Eve 2020: "Midnight in France"
 
The New Year's Eve Tradition @MetroWines continues! This year we present "Midnight in France" in collaboration with The Asheville Sister Cities Committee for Saumur, hosted by Jean Phillipe Bourgeois, owner of an Asheville based wine import company.


Elisabetta from the Heart

Friday, 04 December 2020 00:00
Elisabetta Fagiuoli. Historians and critics agree that she was and IS a ground breaker, a visionary and one of the best winemakers in the world. You can hear stories of her life and work on YouTube but what you can't hear is her heart speaking. And that is what we heard when Elisabetta joined us LIVE on Zoom from her B.C. built home in San Gimignano, Italy.


August 19th Blind Tasting League Results

Thursday, 03 September 2020 14:37

August 19th marked our first "virtual" Blind Tasting League event. We offered the wines that were to be tasted for sale in the previous weeks and they were available for pick up already bagged and numbered so that they could be tasted blind at home. I tasted the wines live on Facebook and led the tasting while people watched and tasted at home.

Read all about our tasting notes and what we guessed the wines were here https://www.blindtastingleague.com/blog/entry/august-19th-blind-tasting-league

Our next Blind Tasting League will be on September 16th at 5:30. If you want to join in yourself, pick up the wines at Metro Wines and tune in at https://www.facebook.com/MetroWinesAsheville



Cape Classics Zoom Tasting

Friday, 24 April 2020 00:00
The Cape Classics Zoom tasting exceeded expectations. When you attend a LIVE tasting for a popular brand, customers drift in and out of the shop and are often crowded at the counter preventing everyone from hearing the whole story. Not so on Zoom. Zingo Munger of Cape Classics took us through history, geography, terroir, winemaking and all about the particular bottles. We all heard him. And we all heard the whole story. And, best of all, when it was over, we were already home!


Corzano e Paterno Interview

Friday, 06 March 2020 00:00

5:05pm when I arrived and Winemaker William Goldschmidt of Corzano e Paterno already had the crowd whipped but good into a wine frenzy. He looked just like his picture. "Easy on the eyes," just like his importer, Jay Murrie of Piedmont Imports said. Correction! Strike that! Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury: it was not what Jay said but what Jay said women said!  Anyway, William has a head full of black hair. Olive complexion. Very Italian looking. But that name, William Goldschmidt? What's up with that?