First, I would like to point out that I am not a "baby." Second, there is a big difference between whining for biscuits and a respectful request for one of those hard bread focaccia like rounds that we serve at wine tasting. So there! Bandit.

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Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting and the YWCA

Back on the job. Big day at the shop. New staffer, Kendall, joined us. She's awesome. Just about to graduate college. Congratulations Kendall and welcome aboard! Kendall learned the cash register pretty quickly. Great. Because that is where we are drawing the shop duties line. Anyway, we will be able to toast Kendall in style because we just took delivery of nearly 100 "champagne" glasses. But the toasting starts today when the Asheville Chamber of Commerce comes to do the Official Ribbon Cutting at the shop. Word is that we get to keep the ribbon. And someone said that as part of the festivities, someone might break out a guitar and jam. And part of proceeds benefit The Asheville YWCA. We know what it's like to need a helping hand. Hoping everyone comes out to shop and support the programs at the YWCA. Our contribution is that we promise not to whine and cry for biscuits during the party. OK. I promise. Me, Cate. Bandit's a baby.


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This is a day off?

We were technically off today. But, getting ready for the Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting and the YWCA!!!!, we ran errands. First, we let Larry the electrician in at our house - we love Larry - later Larry went to the shop - so we were there on our day off - see what we mean!! - anyway - then we went for a walk and our neighbor Mary said she might bring her poetry group to the shop on Sundays - oh yeah - then we went to Allegra Printing for flyers for the WNC Green Ladies event on Saturday, Rosebud Video for most awesome movies like "Wise Blood" - Staples for chairs - you have to know how to shop furniture at office supply and hardware - it's an art - and there was a little too much excitement about the sale on scissors - moving on - Mike's on Charlotte Street for our food - Ingles for their food and balloons - using a lot of those pesky things to let folks know that we are open and come on down! - and then to the coffee place but it was closed - the cans of Cafe du Monde seem to be disappearing a little too quickly around here these days - we still have stuff to learn and oh boy everyone is excited because Bob Bowles posted our YWCA Ribbon cutting event - love him - and we went to UPS - we love that guy too! - and now we are settling in to watch the movie "50/50" AGAIN because this guy is the star - OK - not the star but a really big deal and he did us proud.


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Napoleon Bonaparte

The Asheville Citizen Times reports that on this day in 1821 France's Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile on St. Helena. So we started  to thinking, did Napoleon have a dog? Despite the many millions of pages written about Napoleon and all the pages he penned himself about himself, the answer to this question cannot be verified. But your Shop Dogs found the following text and we are running with it. In any case, it sounds like a good reason to raise a glass of something French. Come on over to the shop! We can talk about the fact that Napoleon Bonaparte was really born Napoleone Bounaparte to parents from the Tuscany region another day. 

Meanwhile, here is what we found on the dog controversy:

The Newfoundlander

Napoleon Bonaparte owed his life to a nameless Newfoundland. As Bonaparte fled the island of Elba in 1815, where he was exiled, choppy seas pitched him overboard. A fisherman's dog jumped in after the drowning despot and kept him afloat. Napoleon lived to experience his own defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.  CNN LIVING



"When Napoleon was on St. Helena he had a black and white dog called 'Sambo' - it had its ears cut off, in the Chinese style, and looked more like a seal. After Napoleon's death in May 1821 the dog was taken back to Europe by Countess Bertrand and her children." 

This is Napoleon:



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Yesterday was really really really busy. So busy that a sales rep (learning the "talk") had to walk us after dinner. Nice guy. He had Bordeaux. We need a plan to ride the passenger cabin! Why? Because this is Bordeaux:


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Radio 1350 WZGM Metro Wines Interview

Oh no! We are never going to hear the end of this! John and Gina were interviewed by Bob Bowles!!! of Asheville Wine and Food !! oh yeah! on WZGM 1350 Asheville Independent Radio. Interview will be broadcast today about 4:30. We weren't there. Nope. Somebody had to watch the shop. Shop Doggin' is 24/7. Anyway, here is a studio shot:


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Chasing ceeeeeese is funny, but this is serious. This is about the work YWCA does to empower women.

Empowering Women

Since 1906, women’s empowerment has been at the heart of the YWCA of Asheville’s work. The organization’s original charter in 1897 was to provide safe housing for working women. Today, the YW combines a programmatic history of women’s empowerment, a century of advocacy with and for women, and a passion for justice and equality into programs that change women’s lives and the lives of their families.

Women have held the leadership positions throughout the 103 year history of the organization. At the YWCA, all program directors and all board members are women. From a staffing perspective, the YW does not discriminate of the basis of sex; however, a review of our administrative staff, departmental directors and employees reflects the extensive efforts the YW makes to reach out to women and underrepresented groups when job opportunities arise. Our success at inclusion has lead to our being recognized as having one of the most visibly and intentionally diverse leadership teams in Asheville.

The YWCA Board of Directors pays great attention to power-building in historically disenfranchised groups of women as well as the generational transfer of leadership. We intentionally build the power of low-income women by hiring women who have been enrolled in our programs, and offering deeply discounted on-site child care and after school care. Specifically, to build up the power of low-income women, the YW has intentionally not incorporated a financial means needs test to access service. Instead, the YW has developed program entry avenues for low-income women that assure dignity and full participation. Many of our programs have advisory councils that intentionally seek out program participants so that they may have direct input into program decisions. Maintaining an environment that includes people from all walks of life creates challenges and risks, and we continually assess whether our programs successfully align with our mission.

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No Cheese

A shop dog's responsibilities are many and varied. One of them is assisting with clean up. We had about 50 people in the shop last night to taste sparkling wine from Saumur. There was cheese. We prepared, shall we say, the plates for washing. Success! Now, if we can just figure out how to get into the passenger cabin of a plane! We need another plan. This is the Chateau Saumur.

le chateau de saumur


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Three Graces Dairy cheeeeeeeeeeese coming out for the wine tasting today. Another chance! Strategy. It's all about strategy. A plan. We need a plan. We can do this. We took out a bag of sourdough last week. We can do this. Less than 2 hours. Keep you posted.

This is about the Three Graces Dairy: 

In antiquity the Three Graces brought beauty, mirth and hospitality to the Gods...
Our Three Graces - the goat, the sheep and the cow give us the exquisite milks
that are the source and inspiration for our French-style cheeses.
From soil to seed to grass to feed
From goat, sheep and cow to kid, lamb and calf
From milk to curd to cheese
Farmstead means it all happens on our farm!
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Trent Reznor

Open letter to Trent Reznor,

Dear Trent, Thank you for adopting retired racing greyhounds and for your efforts to raise funding for more to find homes. You are most awesome and we love Nine Inch Nails! Please stop by our store, Metro Wines (some of us greys are not totally retired but that is another story!) when you headline the New Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit from October 25 to 27. We found this clip about you. Also, we loved you in Social Network.  Your most devoted fans, Shop Dogs.



Trent Reznor, the frontman of Nine Inch Nails, who also scored the movie The Social Network.

He has put up rare band memorabilia on eBay to benefit two greyhound rescue organizations, Greyhound rescue and California Greyhound Adoption Promotion.

There are four bundles of Nine Inch Nails collectors items including, limited edition CDs, t-shirt protypes, tour posters and other swag, all signed by Trent Reznor.

Current bids are hovering just above $1,000 so get your bid in soon!

The 2011 auction page said: "Trent is an animal lover and longtime supporter of rescuing greyhounds and has created this auction specifically to help his friends continue their work in saving these animals’ lives. Reznor himself has adopted several greyhounds."

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Tres Francais

This is Erte. Look at that greyhound. You know, you really can be too thin!

Anyway, please come to the shop on Wednesday from 5 to 7 pm for French. Your Shop Dog, Cate

This is Erte. 



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What Shop Dogs do on Their Day Off

Sleep! "Sleep is the best meditation." Dalai Lama

This is me and Bandit meditating on our day off.


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Fat Dog Update

Really rainy here but we are excited to tell you that people still came in the shop!  In fact, a nice couple just came in and specifically requested to meet us! They even knew our names. How cool is that? From where we sit, I can see a hole on the shelf where two six packs of Fat Dog have sold.  I forgot to tell you that a really nice lady came in the shop and was so excited to see Fat Dog Oatmeal Stout here. She says she is from Adamstown, the home of Stoudts Fat Dog and there is only one other shop around Asheville that has the Fat Dog. She was pretty happy. Us too. Signed Bandit, Shop Dog. 

PS  This is Fat Dog!


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250 taste 6 wines at Grand Opening

Long night of shop doggin' last night. Over 250 visitors tasted 6 wines at Metro Wines Grand Opening last night! We worked the crowd but good. We made several valiant efforts to reach the 3 Graces Dairy Cheese on the party table but failed. But hope springs eternal! today is clean up and who knows what will happen. Keep you posted. Saw a lot of rose and cava go out the door. Stand by for party pix but for now:


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Welcome Asheville Humane Society!

We are so proud and honored to be part of supporting The Asheville Humane society. If you shop our store on Saturday, 10% of the proceeds of all the sales that day go to support the work at The Asheville Humane Society. Not every dog is as lucky as we were, finding a family and a forever home. So please come and shop. And visit The Asheville Society here:

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Our thoughts and prayers are still with Boston.


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Shelving continues

After a hard day of shelving wine and Fat Dog, Shop Dog Bandit crashes.


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Sign is Up!

We helped put the sign up today on the road!


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Brother Wolf Run Story AC-T

And here is the story about the Brother Wolf Run for The Paws 5K on Sunday. You can support Brother Wolf any day at Metro Wines where we will stock and sell Brother Wolf logo wine and beer glasses with ALL proceeds going to Brother Wolf. Asheville Citizen Times story here:


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Headed to Charlotte

Shop Dogs on the way to the big government building in Charlotte to see the man come from behind the curtain and give Metro Wines all official documents. Stand by for Grand Opening April 27, 2013!


Things got a little crazy with The Shop Dogs on the way back from Charlotte but we are official and will start stocking the shelves ASAP.



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