About Metro Wines
(828) 575-9525 • 169 Charlotte Street • Asheville, NC 28801
Owners John Kerr and Gina Trippi opened Metro Wines and celebrated their grand opening April 27, 2013. Located at 169 Charlotte Street in Asheville, Metro Wines is on the way to The Grove Park Inn, just down the street from Gan Shan Station, City Bakery and The Chop Shop.
And there is plenty of free, close and easy parking!
Metro Wines offers a wide selection of wines focusing on pairing just the right wine with any dish or event. We also offer Fentiman's Tonic water, Rose Lemonade and Saratoga Water, the only sparkling water bottled in the U.S., giving this extraordinary water a low carbon footprint. Here you will find grape specific shelves as well as categories ranging "from $10 and under" to the "bucket list" to "a bad hair day." John and Gina share the philosophy that wine is about friends, family and community. Both are always available to answer questions, offer suggestions, share stories and work with your caterer or event planner.
There is always a tasting, as our sign says "Tasting NOW," at Metro Wines! Wednesday Nights are usually to benefit a local charity, "Almost Free Friday" introduces wines under $10 that are perfect to buy by the case for weekend gatherings. And there is always "a bottle of red, a bottle of white or perhaps a rose instead" open to taste. Please see our events calendar for all our weekly tastings and special events.
An attorney by trade and member of The Florida Bar and The District of Columbia Bar, Gina has worked as an Felony Public Defender in Tampa, for the City Attorney in St. Petersburg, Legal Adviser and Hearings Officer for Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries and as a Litigation Attorney for the Comptroller of the Currency in Washington DC.
Relying on her skills in strategy and representing clients and issues, Gina has worked for political campaigns and to promote the mission national historic landmarks including Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio as well as many animal welfare organizations.
Doing what she likes best, Gina wrote feature stories for Current Newspapers in Washington DC and currently writes a column about wine for The Laurel of Asheville.
A graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, with a degree in Communications, Gina graduated Law Review from Loyola New Orleans College of Law and received a Masters of Law from Georgetown in Securities Regulation. Gina founded and funds The Brigadier General Carl. L Trippi Animal Law Scholarship at Loyola New Orleans College of Law, a scholarship named after her father to assist a student who promises to use their law degree to promote animal welfare through the courts.
So why wine? Gina started to learn about and appreciate wine when she met John in Washington DC. The two started wine shipping business in Virginia, relocated to Asheville about two years later with their two greyhounds, Cate and Bandit, and Voila!
Zach Eidson, joined the team at Metro Wines as General Manager of the shop in early 2019. Zach has been in the wine and spirits industry 17 years. Having worked in fine dining, wine wholesale and retail, his experience led him to purchase a wine store in Cincinnati, OH. Zach transformed the retail shop into a top 5 wine bar in the city. He recently sold the wine bar to spend more time with his wife and three kids, and move closer to family here in Asheville. Zach is passionate about creating a wonderful customer experience and is excited to bring his passion to Metro Wines.
Born in Washington DC, Zach attended the U.S. Naval Academy, and has lived in 13 different places including Portland, OR Durham, NC, Johnson City, TN, and Paris, France. He says he is really happy to settle down in Asheville!
Zach's wife, Valerie, is a talented photographer who is originally from Fairview, NC and attended A.C. Reynolds High School. Valerie got her undergraduate degree from ETSU in Digital Media and Associates from Parsons School of Design in NY.
Zach is passionate about french and Italian wine, loves to cook, hike and fly-fish.
Photo Courtesy Valerie Eidson
Andy Hale has worked in the wine industry for almost two decades, first as a server and later as a Sommelier for the 5-Star 5-Diamond rated Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island, located outside of Charleston, SC. After a brief stint as a wine rep, he is now the Director of Education at Metro Wines. He is co-founder of the Asheville School of Wine and Asheville’s Blind Tasting League and teaches classes on wine for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute through UNC Asheville as well as AB Technical College. He is a Certified Specialist of Wine and first level Sommelier.
His hobbies include eating, hiking, snowboarding, and cooking with his wife, Christina and daughter, Josie. He is a native North Carolinian who attended Appalachian State University, before moving to Charleston to further his wine and food education. He loved the culinary scene in Charleston, but is very glad to be back in the mountains of Western North Carolina.
Andy has also been working hard as the Director of Education for the Asheville School of Wine.
Photo Courtesy Valerie Eidson
Lou came to Metro Wines with twenty eight years of experience in the spirits industry. He started his career in New Jersey first managing a small wine shop and then working for a chain of discount beer, wine, and liquor stores as a beer buyer and assistant store manager. After moving to Asheville in 2006, Lou worked for both Greenlife Grocery, and Whole Foods as a beer and wine buyer. His passion for all things craft beer started at the dawn of the American craft beer movement and has continued unabated to this day.
But it's not just beer. Lou has a Certificate for passing the Introductory Sommelier Examination in the Court of Master Sommeliers Program. He has a lapel pin!! But that does not mean that Lou has gone High Hat on us. He still offers Craazy Lou's Dollar Beers!
Lou says he is a "recovering musician." We haven't heard his music yet but what we do know is that Lou has stories! He plans to share some of his greatest hits with us and you on "Brewing UP a Storm" our beer blog. Did you know that Lou was in a 7th grade play with James Gandolfini and Lou stole the show? Stay tuned!
Sales/Wedding & Events Coordinator
Wines, Kristen says, are becoming more and more important to the wedding and creating lasting memories. Kristen works with couples to pair the best wines for the best price with the menu, select wines that almost everyone can love, and the perfect sparkling for that special toast!
Kristen is also the co-owner of Doll Box Beauty where she offers her services as a make-up artist. Kristen's work in make up began in department store management. In 2005, her customer service skills, commitment to getting the job done and creativity convinced the Cosmetic Department Manager to recruit her to oversee and work a brand counter.
Kristen says she instantly fell in love with the world of make up and has been making women beautiful ever since that day!
In 2008, Kristen worked her first wedding party. She realized that makeup has the power to make a woman feel her best, to make her feel great, to give her the best day of her life! Those who have worked with Kristen say she listens, really listens, and works closely with you to bring your vision to life. "Kristen puts her heart into it."
Kristen's goal at MetroWines is to be as big a part of the wedding or event as the customer needs, to do whatever she can to help the customer tamp down the stress and enjoy to occasion from selecting just the right wines and beers in just the right amounts to just the right make up to make you feel confident and beautiful.
Call Kristen at (828) 575-9525 at MetroWines for wine, beer and sparkling. And visit her website for make up.
Sales/Special Order Guru