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Hoopla, Capetown NYE, Pendulum, Paitin, Primitivo, Glenelly, White Rioja, Frizzante! Focus Group

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*** Holiday Tasting @MetroWines ***

Bring the Joy and a Really Great Bottle of Wine!

Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon
"on the taste" and "on the house"

Saturday, December 22nd
All Day Long from 10am to 7pm

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Join us on December 31st from 5:30 to 6:30 
South African Party Food from Chef Todd Ritter, Princess Anne Hotel
South African Wines Paired by The Asheville School of Wine
Fireworks from CapeTown!

Don't Miss Midnight. Get There First!


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Pendulum 2014 Red Blend,
Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Washington, $18.99

A blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petit Verdot, 14% Syrah, 10% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc,
Pendulum presents sweet black cherry and toasted oak aromatics introduce flavors
of Santa Rosa plum, clove and raspberry. 14 months aged in new and old oak.
Flawlessly balanced, a long finish chocolate cake and berry jam rounds out the palate.
This umami-evoking wine will pair well with nearly any food, but it also makes the perfect standalone.


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Paitin "Ca' Veja Nebbiolo d'Alba" $26

The Paitin vineyards, in the southern hills of Alba have been farmed since the 1500s! 
Ca’ Veja means "old house" in the local dialect.
The soil is rare with sandstones only present in these hills that slope to Barolo.
The wine presents a strong and passionate personality.
Wild strawberry, mint and rose petal give its distinctive high-toned aromatics.
Succulent, silky tannins give up-front appeal. 

If you shop @MetroWines, you know Paitin.
Paitin "Serra Barbera" is, and has been for 5 years, a shop favorite.
And Paitin "Campolive" was our choice for "2017 Wine of the Year"

This bottle is no exception.

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Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim in the glass. This medium bodied wine
is fruit forward on nose with black currants, black cherries, oak, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco,
chocolate, and black pepper. Palate is dry presenting plums, black currants, coffee, oak, cloves, earth,  
peppercorn, leather, tobacco leaf, licorice, spices and chocolate.

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Glenelly is a South African Wine with a French Touch. The Estate purchased by owner
of the iconic Chateau Pichon.  Aged in French Oak  for 12 months, with flavors of coffee beans,
mint, blackcurrant, cedar, dried cherry, dark chocolate and a touch of cigar box,
this bottle drinks like Bordeaux!

(Personal Note: I LOVE this wine. Not quite French. Not quite California.
All the flavors of Bordeaux with a little more heft and softer tannins. All for a great price.) 

The "I Feel Guilty" Value Minded Alternative:
Excelsior 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sout Africa, $9.99


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 Monopole White Rioja is from Cune! 
Winemaker says: Made from the Viura grape variety, the 2017 Monopole shows
a pale yellow color with greenish reminiscences. The aromas are composed
of a set of typical fruits of the Rioja region, such as apple, pear, white currants
and spring flowers. In the mouth it is attractive, in a soft and fresh way,
with a long finish that culminates in a fruity aftertaste.

The "I Feel Guilty" Value Minded Alternative
Indaba Chenin Blanc 2017, South Africa $9.99

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A lovely gold tone in the glass, the nose is apple and green tea with apple,
melon, grapefruit, elderflower and honeysuckle on the nose.
The medium bodied dry light sparkling wine goes with anything!

The Asheville Wine Focus Group
*** 2018 ReCap ***

Group has been working for a year helping us to decide what should be on our shelves!
Join us as the new year starts on January 9th from 5:30 to 6:30.
Richard McKinney and Nick Demos of Tryon Distributing will be our hosts!
















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