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Wine Vault, Game Dinner, Napa History, Lettie Teague, Focus Group, Chaka Khan, Merlot, Michele d'Aprix, Plan Trip to Italy, Prisoner Dinner


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Future Kitchens Have a Wine Vault

Let us @MetroWines Help You Stock It!
Style isn't everything. Quality is.
Shop Your Vault Wines @MetroWines.

Call John at (828) 575-9525 for a Consultation.


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Wednesday, March 13th Starting 6pm

Call (828) 252-4162


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Farnum Kerr RIP

California Rivers north of San Francisco are overflowing. Will this ruin your trip to Napa? No.
John Kerr, MetroWines Co-owner, Assistant Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines and Napa Native,

shares his "don't cancel your trip to Napa" reasons:

"The town of Napa should be safe. My father, Farnum Kerr,
City Planner and Civil Engineer, returned the Napa River to its original state with flood control modifications as well as adding a beautiful park along the banks of the river in downtown Napa.
If you walk this way, notice the plague to commemorate the work of Farnum Kerr
to add beauty and safety to Napa. We got this!"
"And further, (John is on a roll now...) Farnum received an award, together with Thomas Jefferson (obviously posthumously!) for his design of UVA, to commemorate his preservation of the beauty of Napa Valley. Before Farnum, city officials had chosen the cheapest and fastest fixes. Seeing the vision of what could be, Farnum vigorously fought the city, to achieve this goal."

So.............Napa Wine You Say!
Sean Minor Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, $24
"An incredible bottle of Napa Wine for this price," says John Kerr.

(Farnum probably would have said the same.)

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If you shop this wine online, be sure to compare apples to apples.
Sean Minor makes wine in several areas of California, some more value minded.
This one, the Napa Cabernet! is $26.99 at Wine.com
Shop LocalLY. Convenience and Savings.

   Winery Says: Our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a deep ruby color with aromas of ripe blackberry, red and black currants. Flavors of blackberries and ripe plum fill the mid-palate, entwined with black currant, mocha and black pepper, providing for a full-bodied and rich wine experience. The soft tannins and sweet oak balance lead to a long and lingering finish.


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Lettie Teague Talks "Tremenda" and "Seghesio"
in WSJ


Yeah, We Got That!

Are you Coming to Group?
The Asheville Wine Focus Group
Wednesday, March 13 from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines
Call (828) 575-9525
online: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/asheville-wine-focus-group-march-13/

 Our Host is Charlie Stanley from Advintage Distributing of The Carolinas
Selected one of the Top 100 distributors in Country by Wine Spectator!

Advintage says: "Serving as a true partner to our customers is our #1 priority.
This means understanding their needs, maintaining a portfolio hinged on quality,
and bringing the most authentic, exciting products to the Carolinas."

They're asking. Let's Answer! See you at Group.

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"She comes to my house, I go to her house,
we play music, we drink wine, we talk, we have a good time" 

Chaka Khan on her friendship with Joni Mitchell
NYT says expect Chaka to sing Joni on her next album

>> Personal Note. Tune out now if you don't want to hear it! <<
One of my best of my memories was seeing Chaka Khan on The President,
in New Orleans summer of 80. Tina Turner was scheduled but, an hour before, she canceled.
Chaka Khan was announced to fill in. Who? We stumbled aboard a little disgruntled.
Sitting on fold up chairs set on the rickety wood floor about the give way to the Mississippi
beneath it drinking cheap gin, we waited. She was late. She was also gorgeous.
Had all this brown hair and a dress with a thousand fabric ribbons flowing and swirling.
And when she spun, it was magic. You never heard a voice like it! 

Invite a Friend Over to Share a Bottle of Wine!
Put on Chaka. Put on Joni. 

** For Brunch **
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Underwood Rose, Oregon 2017, $
This blend including Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir offers flavors
and aromas of strawberry, watermelon and peach.

** Afternoon **
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Secateurs Red Blend of Shiraz, Cinsault and Grenache. $16.99
(We clipped the image from Wine.com for a rea$on!)

Winemaker Says: "This is a bright Chardonnay, with beautiful layers of fruit bursting
in the glass with notes of honeysuckle, orange blossom, key lime and golden peach.
The techniques used are designed to retain the signature Los Carneros aromas of
lemon-citrus and white blossom while accentuating the minerality and vivid,
fresh fruit flavors of citrus and stone fruits in the wine.
Partial barrel fermentation and lees stirring create complex layers that impart
hints of oak and wrap the flavors in a rich, generously textured mouthfeel and elegant finish."

James Suckling says 91 Points! "The full citrus and pineapple aromas are
well married to the vanilla oak. Medium to full body and lively acidity to form
a very satisfying package. Drink now." 


*** In the Dark ***

2016 Secateur Vintage Red Blend, South Africa, $16.99
(Again, we have clipped image from Wine.com for a rea$on!)

Winemaker Says: Secateurs, pruning shears, shape our bushvines during
the winter pruning and are used to pick ripe grapes in summer. Our family has,
for the last 3 generations, nurtured our vines to produce fruit with integrity. 
The aromas are perfumed, peppery, spicey, smokey and exhibit ripe red fruit notes.
The palate is textured and smooth. Finish is fresh and dry. Drinkable with or without food.


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Andy Hale says "Jason Stephens Merlot Drinks like a smooth Cabernet."

Winery says: "Rounded red-berry fruit meets with vanilla, caramel,
smoke and wet soil on the nose of this bottling from a winery near Morgan Hill.
Hickory smoke and rich red-fruit flavors start the palate, where grippy tannins
lead into a cocoa-laced finish. Best with some time to smooth out."


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Winemaker Michele D'Aprix
and Andy Hale of The Asheville School of Wine
Present a Class and Tasting at The French Cafe @MetroWines
Tuesday, March 26th from 5:30 to 6:30 $25



Next Ciao Ashville Event
Wednesday, March 20th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines

"Plan Your Trip to Italy with Michael Scardaville"

$10 for the presentation, a glass of italian wine and cheese!
Call (828) 575-9525 


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Orin Swift
"The Prisoner"
Wine Pairing Dinner at Vue 1913 
at Omni Grove Park Inn

** Thursday, March 28 **

Call (828) 210-7813


Torii Mor Wine Tasting
Northern Italy Wine Class III