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Zinfandel 2015, Old School, Tollini Vineyard


Taking it back to when Zin was easy drinking and no thinking! Dry farmed, head trained, gnarly zinfandel vines farmed by the Tollini family that were planted in the 1970's in the heart of Mendocino are no bull! Easy tannins and bright natural acidity carry the layers of juicy fruit and zesty spice. Whether having a dinner party, barbecuing, relaxing after work, or on a weekend getaway, there's never a wrong time to make it old school.


Peterson Winery has been producing wine in Dry Creek Valley for 30 years and, like most wineries in the Valley, produces Zinfandel as well as other wines. Yet a closer look shows that is where the similarities end.

Owner Fred Peterson is an iconoclast with an old world winemaking philosophy and a reverence for sustainable farming. The Peterson approach is to capture the essence of vintage and vineyard—a philosophy they call Zero Manipulation—with low tech, yet high touch, to produce wines of a place, wines with soul. The evolution of Peterson wines and winemaking accelerated when

Fred’s son Jamie became assistant winemaker in the summer of 2002. In 2006, after moving from the tiny red barn on Lytton Springs to Timber Crest Farms, Jamie was given the overall responsibilities as winemaker. As a winegrowing team, Fred and Jamie assess the grapes from each vineyard and vintage as the season progresses, evaluating how the weather, soil and site are interacting for the particular vintage. At Peterson winery, the winemaking process begins while the grapes are still on the vines. Zero Manipulation is a discipline the Petersons follow to capture the character and balance of inherent in the grapes. Zero Manipulation means using the most gentle, traditional winemaking practices possible to maximize the flavors, aromatics and texture of the wines. Fred and Jamie celebrate vintage differences and don’t tweak or homogenize the wine to obtain consistency of flavors, a common practice in mass-market wineries.  For Fred and Jamie, Peterson Winery is all about the wines. But if you look a little deeper, you’ll see the heart and soul that goes into every bottle.


Making great wines is all about balance.

It starts in the vineyards, where we try to achieve a balance from bud break in the spring until the grapes are picked in the fall. Balancing the canopy, the crop load, the sun exposure, the hang time, and the few hundred other details involved in managing a vineyard are what need to be considered to achieve balance.

Once the grapes are picked, it is then the winemaker’s responsibility to continue the balancing act in the cellar. All the variables that Mother Nature gave us during the growing season need to be considered because they affect the grapes and the approach to winemaking for that vintage. If you keep a good handle on the growing conditions of the season, you have fewer preconceived notions of what the wine should taste like because you’ve already been dealing with all the realities of that vintage.

With the winemaking underway, now the balancing act involves questions like how much oak to achieve the proper intensity in the wine,what type of oak best enhances the flavors in this wine, how often should this wine be racked, or does this wine need blending?

At Peterson Winery we practice the philosophy of Zero Manipulation.

Our definition of Zero Manipulation is using the gentlest winemaking techniques possible to maximize flavors, aromatics and the original essence of the wine. The less you do in the course of a wine’s tenure in the cellar, the more of the grape’s and vineyard’s essence you’ll have to bottle. Every time you do something to a wine, you take out a little of what you started with.



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History of The Wine Glass


By Gina Trippi

of The Asheville School of Wine

for The Laurel of Asheville HERE!

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Wine in The Time of Tariffs


By John Kerr

of The Asheville School of Wine

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MetroWines Chili Cookoff and Wine Pairing

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News Release: Friday, January 3, 2020
About: MetroWines Chili Cookoff and Wine Pairing
Join us on February 5th from 5:30 to 6:30 for The MetroWines Chili Cookoff. Wines will be presented and discussed by Rexine Connor, Mid-Atlantic Manager for Crimson Wine Group ( Who will claim the title?
"MetroWines staff, Lou, Andy, Brett and John, are busting out their best pots of chili in this first annual cookoff," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "And there will be a vegetarian option!"
Lou says: "Your spurs will be jingling and jangling after my Cowboy Chile, Pardner. This chili bites back at you."
Andy says: "My garlic chili will save you from vampires and make the case for white wine and chili!"
Brett says: "Settle in to this traditional old world Wisconsin ground beef based chili that is the perfect blend of racy spices and dad-rock savory.  You'll be asking why you haven't brought Wisconsin to your table sooner."
John says: "My all bean chili will shame all meat chilis and prove that these big flavors can handle big reds. Just sayin."
Wines include Seven Hills Merlot from Walla Walla and Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel as well as a Chenin Blanc and Viognier Blend from Pine Ridge and Archery Summit Pinot Gris.
$30 for the evening. Reserve your bowl by calling 9828) 575-9525 or online: 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi 
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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The Great Beauty Film Discussion

News Release: Friday, January 3rd, 2020

About: "The Great Beauty" Film Discussion
Join us on Sunday, January 26th at 1pm for a discussion of the Italian Film, "The Great Beauty" presented by Ciao Asheville @MetroWines. 
The discussion will be hosted by Robert Formento, Ciao Asheville Film Coordinator:

"Last year, Ciao Asheville started its Italian film series with Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. To begin 2020 it is fitting that we begin with a movie that is often described as Felliniesque. This film, aptly named The Great Beauty, is directed by Paulo Sorrentino, and is filled with beautiful images of Rome. Some have also described the movie as “La Dolce Vita in technicolor, for the Berlusconi era"! Released in 2013, it won both an Oscar and Golden Globes awards for Best Foreign Language Film as well as many other international awards. 


On one level, it is the story of Jeb Gambardella (played by award winning Toni Servillo) who is reflecting on his life (as he lived it, or as he could have lived it) as he turns 65. Having written one very successful novel, he has been living the high life and coasting ever since. Much of the story is told in connected episodes that include commentaries, poetic dialogues and images that make up Rome - both the gorgeous and the decadent.


But on another level, this movie can also be viewed as a story about the city of Rome and Italy. Has Italy lived up to its history and potential? The movie shows beautiful images of Rome (from ancient history) along with some of the shallowness of modern Rome, (the life that Jeb is now a part of). Pictures of the overturned ship, Costa Concordia, play a part in this story of Jeb and Italy as well as other scenes that make you stop and think. Runtime: 140 minutes."

The event with popcorn is "on the house." $7 for a glass of Red or White Italian Wine.
Reserve your seat by calling (828) 575-9525
Contact for Ciao Asheville: Gail Rampersaud
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Camus, Lucarelli and Darts

** Happy New Year **

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Thank you for your support for our small business
and supporting commerce and community on Charlotte Street.
We are delighted to share with you that your support has made possible
the opportunity to serve you even better with our new delivery vehicle,
The Dodge Ram Promaster 1500!

Wall Street Journal suggests, get this, a wine spritzer to celebrate New Year's Eve.
WSJ recipe calls for the Spanish Grape Verdejo. The Asheville School of Wine suggests
pure bubbles with any one of the Sparkling Wine listed below.
If there was ever a time for big bubbles, NYE is it. But if you prefer a lighter fizz,
the Albarino, our BIG WHITE of THE WEEK, also a Spanish Varietal,
featured in this email would make a very fine spritzer.

In Any Case, 

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler !!
Midnight in Santorini is SOLD OUT
Wait List Only (828) 575-9525
ALERT: From The MetroWines Tariff Department

The New Year will bring tariffs, possibly 100% on wines from certain countries.
This is our last shipment of St. Hilaire before the imposition of the tariff.
We have worked to beat BIG BOX to be lowest price on St. Hillaire.
But the price is going up for all of us. So when this shipment is gone,
prepare for a few dollars more. Shop now @MetroWines!

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France's Oldest Sparkling Wine! 
Dry, toasty, smooth and clean Saint-Hilaire Limoux Blanc de Blanc Brut
truly captivates with an attractive yeasty aroma and luscious creamy texture.
The palate is light and crisp with citrus and apple flavors and the body is just hefty enough. Blanquette de Limoux is probably the oldest sparkling wine in the world.
We know that in 1531, the Benedictine Monks of the Abbey of Saint-Hilaire were already producing Blanquette de Limoux which certainly makes it France's Oldest Sparkling Wine preceding Champagne by more than a century.
The Limoux vineyards are located in Languedoc, in Southern France,
at the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains. The grapes are selected
from clay-limestone plots that capture both the Oceanic and Mediterranean influences.


$13.99 Until Shipment Gone

It's "Best of The Year" Time

Panetone Color of the Year is Classic Blue

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"In these uneasy times, as we move along to the new decade,
the Pantone Color Institute has reached back in time to calming,
confident classic blue as its color of the year for 2020.
The color is an anchor offering stability, constancy and connection.
"It's a reassuring presence," says Laurie Pressman,

Vice President of Global Purveyers
of Color Consulting, Trendsetting and Analysis.
(WOW, who knew there was one?)

Anyway, we get it, the new anchored with the traditional.
That said, we are pairing the color of the year
with The Wine of the Year @MetroWin

Why is Evaluna The Wine of the Year @MetroWines?
Simply put, the quality to price ratio is HIGH.
And all 45 Participants at Focus Group LOVED it.
And no one buys Evaluna that does not come back for another bottle!

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As a second generation producer in a region that her father Sergio Zenato
put on the map, Nadia Zenato and her mother Carla Prospero created Evaluna
out of a deep love but also deep knowledge of the area.
Evaluna (Eve + Moon) evokes the passionand a long practice in the vineyard sites
of Lake Garda by the Zenato family. Evaluna in name and intent endeavors
to break what is considered possible in a land of diverse agricultural abundance.

Both native and international grapes have grown around Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake,
for hundreds of years. Long ago, the presence of red wines of Lake Garda (Gardo clareto)
and their consumption was noted as early as the Renaissance,
when Pope Leo X commented on their quality. The landscape and geology are ideal
for viticulture. The near Mediterranean climate and unique terrain have made this possible.
The geology of advancing and retreating glaciers left deposits rich in morainic
and silty/morainic soils, the same soils prized for production of the region’s Lugana white wines. The lake’s thermo-regulating influence and temperate microclimate make more
than viticulture possible, as the area abounds in diverse crops, including lemon,
orange and citron trees, together with olive groves and capers.

Not widely available. Out of stock, of course, at
$17.88 in California before shipping!

$15.99 @MetroWines!

Big RED of the Week
The Arsonist

The 2016 Arsonist Red Blend has expansive aromas of violet, rose petal,
saddle leather and orange peel. Broad flavors of blackberry, plum and cassis
fill the palate; a hint of dark chocolate and baking spice adds complexity.

Firm, but refined tannins add good structure and long, silky finish.
Power and grace in a bottle! 

Blend: 52% Petit Verdot, 26% Malbec, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon

$20.97 online at Wine Chateau
$18.99 @MetroWines

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The Rías Baixas in the cooler climate of Northern Spain.
Lowlands, with altitude generally less than 300 m. near the sea.  At the lower reaches of rivers, influences by the Atlantic  shown in mild temperatures and high rainfall,
with a water drop in the summer months.

La Milla is 100% Albariño, this variety finds its natural habitat in the Atlantic ecoclimate:
mild temperatures, close to sea, heavy rain, sunny atmosphere with sandy, shallow soil.

La Milla is a cuvée made especially for Vinos de Terruños by Familia Pastor Gilabert,
in collaboration with winegrower and winemaker Angel Parada. 
Slightly golden yellow wine with green hues, great aromatic complexity with ripe fruit, predominantly peach and apple, accompanied by memories of pineapple.
The palate is broad with fresh acidity and a long, silky, lightly herbaceous finish.  $22

I know what you are thinking. I do. Yes, I do!
You are wondering why you would pay more
for this bottle, than, let's say, Garzon Albarino.
To be honest, me too. 

So I asked Brett Watson of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines for his opinion.
He said: "They are both amazing bottles for the price. As The Asheville Wine Focus Group
would say, both wines present a very high quality to price ration.
The difference is that Lamilla is from Rias Baixas, the traditional home of Albarino.
Sited in northern Spain, a cooler climate, this bottle offers the old world nutty
but fresh flavors of the varietal. Lamilla is a crisp and authentic representation of Albarino!"

(I am getting really tired of him being right)

Celebrate Far and Wide!
Hobart Australia. That's Tasmania

Tasmania is experiencing a surge of weekenders and property buyers,
driven by a new found interest in the pristine nature; unhurried way of life
and increasingly diverse art and food scene that really started to take off with the arrival,
in a Hobart suburb of The Museum of Old and New Art in 2011.

One of the first on board was French Winemaker Roederer!

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Jansz Tasmania is a pioneer of deluxe sparkling wine in Australia,
commencing as a French-Australian partnership in 1986. Now 100% family owned,
Jansz Tasmania has coupled old world inspiration with new world innovation
to craft this unique style, known simply as Methode Tasmanoise.
Pale salmon in color with a fine bead, this wine has a rich floral,
bouquet of strawberries with a soft and creamy palate.

Unavailable for the price of $24.99 at
$24 and on the shelf @MetroWines

On a Health Kick?
"Natural Wine for The People:
What It Is, Where to Find It, How to Love it"
By Alice Feiring

A compact illustrated guide to natural wine, focusing on minimal intervention,
lack of additives, and organic and biodynamic growing methods.

Today, wine is more popular than ever in the United States and millennials
are leading the charge drinking more wine than any other generation in history.
Many have been enticed by natural wine. While the hippest restaurants and wine bars
are touting natural wines, there is still a lot of confusion about what exactly natural wine is,
where to find it, and how to enjoy it. In Natural Wine for the People,
James Beard Award-winner Alice Feiring sets the record straight.

In addition to the James Beard and Louis Roederer Wine Writing Awards,
Feiring is the author of seven books, including The Battle for Wine and Love
Naked WineFor the Love of Wine, and The Dirty Guide to Wine.
In 2013 she was named Imbibe magazine's Wine Person of the Year.
Her website The Feiring Line has been an invaluable resource
for natural wine enthusiasts since 2004.

In reviewing the book, NYT says "Even Trader Joe's has started to lean
into "natural" with peach colored signs that imply organic without actually saying it."

Typical. You want the real thing. Shop Natural Wines @MetroWines

Your Read it With Wine:

2018 dv beton 1

A bistro wine and staple at the dinner table were the inspirations for Beton.
A blend of55% Cabernet Franc, 15% Gamay Noir, 15% Pinot Noir and 10% Cot (Malbec) 

from Applegate Valley AVA in Southern Oregon that sits on granite bedrock.
Each variety is fermented separately and then aged in concrete.
Focused, with violets, earth, black pepper and black raspberry.

Sold out at Manhattan Wine Company. Not Sold at Vivino.
It's Special. And on the Shelf @MetroWines, $26

"Existential" is the Word of the Year

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According to, the word "existential" is an adjective meaning: 
relating to existence: Does climate change pose an existential threat to humanity?
or relating to or characteristic of philosophical existentialism  concerned
with the nature of human existence determined by the individual's freely made choices.

(I prefer the word "extant" to mean existing, ie:
there are 25 extant Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in Oak Park, Illinois -
and "existential" for the thinking and writings  of Camus and Kafka, but that's just me.)

Your Ponder it With Wine
Chat Fou (Crazy Cat) Louis Dressner Selections
Eric Texier Winemaker

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"A blend of primarily Grenache and white Rhone varietals. It is easy, fruity and joyful.
Why is it not big, rich and intense?Simply because of the terroir that produces it,
granites from the norther Rhone Valley, where Grenache vines get just enough sun to ripen.
This everyday wine appreciates coolness."  
Eric Texier

Most online prices in Euros!
Our Price $18.99

Speaking of existential, the second dictionary meaning, we will be hosting
a presentation on Camus (pictured above) and wine. Believe it!
One of our customers writes about Camus. His new book has just been published.

But wine? The book finds Camus in Algeria. Perfect.
Algeria is part of the cradle of wine civilization!

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Staying Home for NYE?

That's Fine BUT Get ready for the New Year.
*** Clean out your Shoe Closet ***
You know you have too many pairs of shoes.
Some you don't even wear!
But do it in style. Play Nordstrom.

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Nordstrom has Bars all over the NYC store.

Pick up your "Nordstrom 6 Pack" @MetroWines
and Clean the Closet in Nordstrom Style!

Daou Cabernet Sauvignon
Cakebread Chardonnay
Lageder Pinot Grigio
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
Wolffer Dry Rose Cider
and Veuve

New Ways to Battle Procrastination

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OK But What's Wine Got to Do With It?
According to this Wall Street Journal article, nothing, not no way, not no how.
But this is thier 3rd or 4th article and nothing has worked yet.
Part of the problem is that there is no tangible reward for doing it Now.
And that's what wine has to do with it!
So, you need a bottle to anticipate, to work toward.
Perhaps, something you have not tried but you always meant to do so.
But you don't want to spend too much because then you will just be worried
about the price and use it as a justification to further procrastinate!


2017 Luccarelli Primitivo $15.99

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You know Luccarelli. This is the winery that sends us Negroamaro from Puglia,
the heel of the boot, which has been a best seller fr the past 3 years.
This is their Italian Primitivo (Zinfandel) in the same lush style!

This wine has black cherry, plum and spice aromas on the nose.
This leads to the palate which is dry, medium bodied
and has ripe black fruit flavors with a balanced acidity and fresh finish.

Overall this is a very drinkable wine with great character. 

Ciao Asheville Says Arrivederci to 2019
and Buon Giorno to 2020

Ciao Asheville Welcomes 2020 
with "La Cena" on Charlotte Street

An Italian Dinner Paired with Italian Wines from VOLIO Fine Wine Imports
with Chef Chris Benson at Bone and Broth

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on Monday, January 20th, 2020 at 6pm.
Reserve Your Seats Here:

While you are waiting....

The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini (written in the mid 1500s)
WSJ Reviewed:

The New Italy with Veronica Raimo!
Female Writers on the Rise in Italy
"The Girl at the Door"

Book at Malaprops here:

Follow Veronica Raimo on Facebook here:

And Send 2019 Out with Franciacorta
Barone Pizzini "Animante" Extra Brut, $37

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Barone Pizzini was founded in 1870 by the noble family of the same name.
It is one of the oldest wineries in Franciacorta, and was the first winery in the region
to promote biodiversity and natural farming methods. This choice was made in mid-90s 
because it was essential to having “live” vines, to produce healthy grapes
to for wines that are a complete expression of the terroir.

Animante is sourced from the estate’s 25 vineyards in locations across Franciacorta. 
The average elevation of the vines is 200/300 meters above sea level,
with an average age of 20 years. Subsoils are complex in origin.
Some are morainic in nature, while others are enriched by glacial river deposits.

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Bianco are sourced from all four distinct sites
and harvested in August. Grapes are gently pressed, fermented in stainless steel tanks
for six months, and further refined in bottle on natural yeasts for 20-30 months
until disgorgement and a dosage mixture of 2-3g/l of organic sugar is added.

Tasting Notes

Franciacorta’s layered geological formations boast complex microclimates.
Wines are defined by both a sub-Alpine and Mediterranean-type climate
due to the proximity of Lake Iseo. Summers are tolerably hot and dry,
while winters remain milder, contributing to freshness and complex aromas.
Morainic soils are conducive to stone fruit flavors, spice and florality.

Food Pairing

Franciacorta’s moderate to high acidity makes it admirably versatile at the table.
Animante Brut offers a zesty texture, a vein of minerality and vibrant acidity
that cuts through a creamy risotto or pasta. For a delightful contrast,
match to foods rich in umamisuch as mushrooms, cured meats or shellfish,
flavors that will act as a balancing agentto the full stone fruit notes.

From the 2019 "Milestones Department" @MetroWines

Fallon Sherrock said she is overwhelmed by the “incredible” response
to her historic victories at the PDC World Darts Championship,
Billie Jean King led a wave of congratulations
from across the globe.

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Sherrock became the first woman to defeat a male darts player
in the best-known competition and then one of the world’s top-ranked players~

The 25-year-old, who only took up the sport at 17 after ditching her career
as a hairdresser, said she was struggling to grasp the wave of adulation coming her way.

“It hasn’t all sunk in yet,” she told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“I haven’t had time to process the first game let alone this game.
Then the fact that all these people are tweeting me, especially Billie Jean King.
Oh my god, I never thought someone like that would be contacting me
or congratulating me or anything like that.'"

King, the former world No 1 tennis player, posted her congratulations
on Twitter along with the hashtag “#Gamechanger.” 

Toast Fallon and your accomplishments with another "Gamechanger"

*** Veuve Clicquot ***

We Match Best price in Asheville!

Veuve - Yellow Label - 750ml
And Read All About It Here:

The Widow Clicquot is the New York Times bestselling business biography
of the visionary young widow who built a champagne empire,
became a legend in her tumultuous times, and showed the world how to live with style.

Mazzeo brings to life the woman behind the label, Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin,
in this utterly intoxicating book that is as much a fascinating journey
through the process of making this temperamental wine as a biography
of a uniquely tempered and fascinating woman.

And ....First created in 1972 to celebrate its 200th anniversary,
Veuve Clicquot created an award, the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award, 
to honor this bold woman. For 50 years, the House has awarded businesswomen who have built, taken on or developed a business. To date, 350 women in 27 countries have been honored.
And Vueve tracks the progress of women entrepreneurs here:

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*** Sparkling of The Week ***

Albet i Noya
Brut Rose Reserva 2017, Penedes 19.99

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Stone fruit and red apple aromas set up a punchy, fresh and citric palate.
This bright Penedès sparkler tastes of pink grapefruit and peach,
while the finish is fresh and forward.

Happy Holidays!

Your "Official Holiday Red Wines"

Casadei, Tuscany, Italy

"A Lighter Red"

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A blend of 60% Syrah, 20% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre.
This wine is powerful, yet supple and elegant. The nose opens with intense berry
and cassis fruit, highlighted by notes of dark chocolate and tobacco.
Firm and silky upon entry, the palate is equally intense with chewy and sweet tannins
and a very persistent finish with dark berries and sweet spices.

$26.99 at Ace online, $22.98 at Vintage online, $20.99 at
Back on Planet Earth, $18.99 @MetroWines

2016 Elderton Shiraz, Barossa, Australia

"A Heavier Red"

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A rich and vibrant dark purple. Black forest fruits, chocolate, vanilla on the nose.
The palate consists of flavors of plum and berries, chocolate and has a spice finish.
Full bodied, rich; a classic Barossa Shiraz.

Wine & Spirits, 91 Points
The Ashmead family farms 3 shiraz parcels in Barossa, most vines date to the 1940s.
2016 is typical of a powerful shiraz, a dense wine, thick up-front concentration,
lasting through an expansive finish, where detail in the tannins keeps yielding flavor,
from floral notes to salty edgesand tangy, tarry, cool freshness.

James Suckling, 91 Points
An impressive hearty Barossa shiraz with blackberry anddark-cherry aromas, 
feeing into a succulent, long palate. Plenty of hearty flavor here. Drink or hold.

$22.97 at Wine Chateau
$21 @MetroWines


"Félix Vallotton: Painter of Disquiet’"
Review: Beautiful Contradictions

The Swiss artist is a study in opposites: bourgeois yet radical;
affecting yet chilly; straightforward yet mercurial."

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I am having trouble deciphering this review but it brings up a good point:
Things, people, ideas, stations in life, etc.
that seem like they won't work together, sometimes do!
Same is true in the wine world.
Sure, we are good with the Bordeaux Five but after that we start saying whaaaaaa? 
Think of varietals more as interlocking than intersecting!

We asked Brett Watson of The Asheville School of Wine
to translate the theory of this painting into wine.

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"Chateau Musar is one of the most revered and well respected winemakers
Europe.  Producing some of the most age-worthy wines from the base
of Mount Lebanon in Bekaa valley of Lebanon certified organic since 2006
and minimal sulphur added only at bottling.  Gaston Hochar's (winemaker) wines
are so unique because he uses the traditional French grape of Cabernet Sauvignon
from Bordeaux for structure and backbone.  Then Musar blends floral and perfumed grapes
such as Cinsault and Carignan from the Southern Rhone to round out
the gorgeous bouquet.  Extremely old vines lend themselves to producing
incredible vibrancy of fruit for 30+ years of bottle age.  

The premium red bottling is under the classic "Chateau Musar" label.
Current vintage is 2006 which is showing incredible right now and couldalso sit
for 10 more years and get even prettier.  Fermented in cement, aged in old french oak. 
Unfined and unfiltered.  Finished wines are released 7 years after harvest.  
2006 in store for $60. Back vintages available upon request.

The more "drink now" and for the table bottling is under the"Musar Jeune" label 
comes from younger vines of Cabernet, Syrah and Cinsault.  They are blended together
and fermented in steel and see no oak whatsoever.  Aging happens in cement lined vats
to showcase it's youthful minerality.  Unfined and unfiltered.  
Current vintage is 2017,
an extraordinary showcasing of Musar & Bekaa Valley for only $24."

In summary, Brett says: "Bordeaux mixed with Southern Rhone
has never worked and tasted so delicious."

Art Update: Yesterday morning, I was surprised to see this painting in Wall Street Journal
with the title "The Hunt for Red December" pairing a flower arrangement by Lindsey Taylor
with the work. You would find the link here but WSJ is notorious for not posting these arrangements! I will do the best I can to summarize.

Lindsey is not concerned with theory or contradictions but rather, in this case, mostly color.
She selected a deep brown earthenware vessel to match the brown wood of the chair.
The reds of the dress were represented by amaryllis, full roses, carnations
and a slightly pinker Heptacodium bracts. WOW. Whatever. 
Lindsey then adds a sprig of light blue Larkspur with its black centered flowers
highlighting the painting one the fireplace weaving in a little green to pick up the subject's sash. And to complete the picture, literally, Lindsey places seasonally appropriate sprigs of evergreen sequoia and a playful pink carnation to represent the little girl's dress. You get the idea!
So there you have the paining, the wine and the floral arrangement.

Go Forth!

"Sparkling RosTasting"

Saturday, December 28th
from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines

and, as always, on the house!

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Forbes Magazine Says: "Step up to sparklers. You get the same advantages,
since these wines are served chilled, and in many cases they pair even better with food,
rosé champagnes are one of the world’s great food wines. Well, when it comes to celebrating, there is no more time-honored beverage choice than sparkling wine.
Best of all, you don’t have to stop when summer ends, as sparkling wines are well suited
for many other occasions, holidays, brunches, and year-round enjoyment."

Midnight in Santorini

"Because when it's 6pm @MetroWines,
it's already Midnight in Santorini"

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Meanwhile, archaeologists have discovered two monumentally important 
royal tombs dating from about 3500 years ago in Greece shedding light 
on the Bronze Age Palace in Pylos and the Mycenaean culture.

OK. We don't have any archaeologic finds to reveal to you
but we promise a Greek Cafe, with friends food, fun, fireworks and wine!
This year, the evening is limited to 40 seated guests only!

Reserve your seat by calling (828) 575-9525
or online:

From The MetroWines Book Department

James Beard Award-winning founder of Serious Eats, Ed Levine, 
finally tells the mouthwatering and heartstopping story of building
and, almost losing, one of the most acclaimed and beloved food sites in the world.

In 2005, Ed Levine was a freelance food writer with an unlikely dream:
to control his own fate and create a different kind of food publication:
 the world's best bagels, best burgers, best hot dogs--the best everything edible.
To build something for people like him who took everything edible seriously,
from the tasting menu at Per Se and omakase feasts at Nobu
down to mass-market candy, fast food burgers, and instant ramen.

This is the moving story of making a glorious, weird, and wonderful dream come true.
It's the story of one food obsessive who followed a passion to terrifying, thrilling,
and mouthwatering places--and all the serious eats along the way.

Your Read it With Bottle:

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Winemaker Says:
Our 2017 Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir reflects the diversity of our namesake AVA.
The variety of soil types across this region provide depth and complexity
to this approachable wine. Aromatics of blue and red fruits,
with a touch of brambly earth and spice. The palate shows ripe red fruit,
which is complemented by soft, silky tannins and a crisp finish. 

James Suckling Says 92 Points
This has quite ripe, creamed cherry and spice aromas with a very smooth,
supple and fleshy palate that offers good drinking right away.

The Book is at Malaprops

$32.99 at (They truly have NO shame!)

$24 @MetroWines

*** BIG RED of THE WEEK ***
2018 Phoenix from Penley Estate
Coonawarra, Australia 17.99

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James Suckling 92
“Pretty and aromatic with dried-rose, spearmint and currant aromas and flavors.
Medium body, soft and velvety tannins and a flavorful finish.” 

The Wine Advocate
Penley Estate is one of the finest Coonawarra producers,
fashioning wines of greater richness, nuance and aging potential than most of their peers.

We interrupt our regularly scheduled program
for this urgent message:

100% Tariffs Under Consideration for European Wines

To the extent we can, we will work with importers and distributors to share the extra costs. Beware of online shippers. Many rely on "phantom inventory." This means the
.coms do not and never did actually have the bottle. The .coms order it when you do putting them smack under the tariff effect. We have been preparing and have a good European inventory bought and shipped before the onset of tariffs.

Nevertheless, this is a good time to expand your wine horizons and try wines
from countries excluded from tariffs. Consider wines from South America, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Croatia, Slovenia, Lebanon (see Chateau Musar above!)  
and, of course, this country. Finger Lakes?

From "The Wine Related News Department" @MetroWines
Winery Owner Agustin Huneeus is in the slammer for 5 months
for his part in the college admissions scandal, dubbed Varisty Blues"
actions brought by the US Attorney.

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Who is Agustin Huneeus?

Huneeus Vintners was founded by the elder Huneeus and his wife, Valeria.
Agustin C. built the Chilean winery Concha y Toro into an international success
before immigrating to the United States during political unrest and creating
a small empire around Franciscan Winery.

After his father sold Franciscan to Constellation Brands in 1999, 
Agustin F. stayed on the Board eventually becoming chief executive
of Constellation's fine-wine division before joining his father at the new family company.
The family had held onto 
Quintessa Estatethe foundation of Huneeus Vintners.

Today the company also owns Faust, Flowers Vineyards and Winery in Sonoma and Benton Lane in Oregon. Their biggest splash came when they bought 
The Prisoner from Dave Phinney in 2010, expanded it, and then sold it
in 2016
to Constellation for $285 million.

Meanwhile, Agustin F.  bought his daughter"s way into USC. 
The Justice Department presented evidence, including wiretapped phone calls,
that Huneeus paid $50,000 to Singer to have a proctor improve his daughter's SAT score by correcting some of her answers. Huneeus also agreed to pay both Singer's foundation and a coach at USC a total of $250,000 to secure his daughter a spot
on the school's water polo team, even though she was not a top athlete
and with the understanding she would not have to play.
Lis Neris Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Friuli

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At Lis Neris, while the winery offers excellent red wine, the focus is on white wines.
And well it should be as the conditions at the winery are perfect for white wines.

John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine says:
Grapes grow in gravel beds 150 feet deep covered in breezes off the Mediterranean
and glacial waters that roll down the mountains.

*** Teaching Moment ***
Friuli-Venezia Giulia is where Italian, Germanic and Slavic cultures converge.
The wines produced here in Italy's far north-east reflect this merging of cultures.
Often shortened to just “Friuli,” the area is divided into many distinct subzones,
including Friuli Grave, 
Colli Orientali del FriuliCollio Goriziano and Carso. $25

Last Minute Perfect Gift: Luggage!

Wall Street Journal says: "Buying luggage used to be about
as sexy as acquiring a refrigerator."
But we have entered into the "snap-suitcase culture"

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Floyd’s hard shell suitcases will excite even the most experienced travelers
with their supreme quality, clever packaging solutions and high attention to detail. 
Perfect travel companion for people who haven’t given up on their inner teenager
and their enthusiasm for good, honest, optimistic and authentic design. $420.

This looks Sturdy, Functional and Stylish
Pair it with a Powerful yet Elegant Wine

WHIPLASH 2017 Zinfandel, Lodi
"Like the powerful horse for which they are named, Whiplash wines
are commanding and elegant. Our winery and its California wines celebrate
the unbridled spirit of this hole and pay homage to the invaluable horses
that settled the once untamed American West.
Our Whiplash Lodi Zinfandel is full-bodied with a graceful touch of oak.
Dynamic fruit including dark cherry, plum and blueberry combine with captivating
hints of spice leading to a delightful finish. This wine is the perfect dinner companion.

Add a Wine Journal for the Traveler

Malaprops has this one and dozens more!

The Economic Case for Regifting

Don't "Gift" and Don't "Regift"

*** Go DIY ***
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Give a Gift Card to MetroWines!
Call (828) 575-9525 or come on in.

Operators are standing by.


From The MetroWines  "Upon Reconsideration Department"

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Last week, we suggested jeans and a bottle of CMS for a timeless and useful gift.
But, as it turns out, it takes an MIT doctorate in physics to determine the right size.

"Christopher Moore has a doctorate in physics from MIT and has worked on projects ranging from tracking the world's oil supply to searching for new cancer drugs. His latest gig is turning out to be the hardest: helping shippers find the correct size in clothing."

Bag the jeans. No reason to add more stress to your life.
So, unless you know the size for sure, don't even try.

But the CMS is still a great gift!

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Bone and Broth Italian Dinner

Tickets: HERE!

News Release: Friday, December 20th, 2019

About: Bone and Broth Italian Dinner with MetroWines
Please join MetroWines on Monday, January 20th at 6pm at Bone and Broth for "La Cena." This Italian Wine Pairing Dinner is hosted by VOLIO Fine Wine Imports and sponsored by Ciao Asheville!
Describing their portfolio of wines, Volio says: "Volio connects the customer to the vineyard by sharing the stories of our producers, their history, and the journey behind each bottle of wine. Remarkable producers bring these wines to life. Our goal is to be the window into each winery’s philosophy, terroir, and winemaking process". More about Volio here:
Chef Chris Benson at Bone and Broth is known for his attention to culinary details. In preparing for a pairing dinner, Chef Benson tastes all the wines and creates dishes with flavors that pair perfectly with the aromas, palate and weight of the wines.
"This is our fifth wine dinner with Bone and Broth and Chef Chris Benson," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "And we are all delighted to finally bring Italian cuisine to Charlotte Street!"
The cost is $80 including tax and gratuity. Please call (828) 575-9525 or reserve on line here:
All wines will be available at an event price for pick up @MetroWines.
More about Bone and Broth:
The Menu, Chef Chris Benson 

Bone & Broth Italian Wine Dinner

January 20, 2020


Cantine Povero Spumante Extra Dry

First Course

Fattoria Poggerino Chianti Classico 2015

Eggplant Roulade

Eggplant | Mascarpone | Chevre | Pine Nuts | Parsley | Balsamic Reduction | Red Bell Pepper | Arugula

Second Course

Ventisei Rosato Tocana 2018

Grilled Squid Salad

Marinated Grilled Squid |Mixed Greens | Cucumber | Heirloom Carrot | Grilled Lemon | Citrus Vinaigrette

Third Course

Piancornello Rosso di Montalcino 2016

Mushroom Gnocchi

Gnocchi | Oyster Mushroom | Crimini Mushroom | Bechamel | Crispy Pork Belly | Parmesan | Feta | Rapini

Fourth Course

Cascina San Lorenzo Moscato d’Asti 2018

Biscotti with Crème

Almond Biscotti | Crème Anglaise | Poached Pear, Apricot, and Cherry | Pistachio Dust


Contact for Bone and Broth: Sam Douglas: (828) 505-2849
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525


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The Sunday Newsletter @MetroWines

The Gift Giving Conundrum
Wall Street Journal asks: Functional or Fun?

Whichever path you choose to follow,
everything presents better with a bottle of wine.
We pair with anything @MetroWines.

One of the gifts suggested by WSJ is a traditional Alarm Clock
with a little timely pizzazz!

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Husband and wife design team Jim & Chloe Read seek their inspiration from classic British clock designs of the 19th and 20th centuries. The Wideboy Alarm Clock’s style hearkens back to mid-century timepieces, with an atomic dial and silent-sweep movement to maximize quietness. An ideal alarm clock for your nightstand, the Wideboy’s larger profile (it’s 8” wide) means it can also hold court in your kitchen or on your desktop or worktable. Its rectangular case has a matte black finish and digital beep alarm. The Wideboy Alarm Clock requires one AA battery (not included).

All That Said,
Give Form&Function and Wine

This masterpiece is inspired by British Design of the 19th and 20th centuries,
lets go with a wine that would have probably have been on the dining table,
if not the bedside table! that is, but of course, Bordeaux.

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91 Points, Wine Enthusiast
"From the Haut-Médoc, part of the same property as Château d'Arsac in Margaux,
this wine is made with the same rich character and intense fruit and structure.
It is a dense, powerful wine, full of fruit with a solid background of tannins.
It will certainly age, so drink from 2025." 

Wine Enthusiast says $40
We say $22 @MetroWines
*** Give Dinner and Indulgence ***

Wednesday, December 18th

ALL Sparkling Dinner at Celine&Company

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Is an ALL Sparkling Dinner an Indulgence?

You Bet. And You Are Worth IT!

MENU and Information:

CALL: (828) 254-9902

*** Give The New Year! ***

Midnight in Santorini

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Seating Limited to 40!
Over a third of the seats already sold.

(828) 525-9525

Give the Perfect Dinner Party

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The book includes a guide to music, celebrity recipes, and timing.

But the tie that binds is Wine!
Let us pick the perfect paring for you. 
In a hurry? Good all purpose holiday party wines,
considering flavor, versatility and price,
both from Neal Rosenthal Wine Merchants

2018 Colterenzio Pino Blanco, Alto Adige 
90 Points from James Suckling

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Displays a fresh aroma and flavour reminiscent of green apples
with a fruity palate and a touch of honeyed complexity
alongside crisp acidity and a refreshing, clean finish. 
Not Widely Available. $14.99 @MetroWines
(You might be able to save a few pounds in London, but that's just silly.)

Colterenzio Pinot Nero $17.99

Brilliant medium ruby red with a fresh, fruity nose,
reminiscent of red currants and black cherry; medium-bodied,
round with soft tannins and ripe berry flavours well integrated with the acidity.
A stylish and elegant wine.

Give Glasses & Roederer!

Just yesterday, Lettie Teague announced her holiday gift pick
in Wall Street Journal: Riedel Glasses and Roederer.
Yeah, we got that @MetroWines!

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Give Chocolate

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Cipriani (as in Harry's Bar) is offering these whimsical molded chocolate gift items 646-278 0500

Give a Pink Refrigerator Filled with Pink!
Specialty refrigerators with features like French Doors
and in new colors like pink and turquoise are ALL the rage.
Prepare for Spring!

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Start with this All Year Long Rose from Tenerife!
La Araucaria Rosado, 1005 Listan Negro
by Dolores Cabrera Fernandez, 2018 $23
A Jose Pastor Selection

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Greek author Homer describes a place in “The Odyssey” called Elysium.
It is “where the sea gives fresh life” and where notable men go to rest in the afterlife.
He goes further to call Elysium “a place where men live a sweet and peaceful life,
without snow, harsh winters, or rain, but a perennial cool air,
born of the breath of the zephyrs that the ocean exhales in a musical breath.”
It has been said that the inspiration for this mythical paradise was taken
from a visit to the Canary Islands, the home of Dolores Cabrera Fernández,
 a woman making wines so truly distinctive wines.
Her passion and soul rests in her centenarian vineyards,
vines with such noble beauty that it is easy to envision Dolores in her own paradise,
where the vegetables abound, fresh goat cheese is always at the ready,
and a stirring and profound glass of Listán Negro awaits.

This is a pure and vibrant expression of volcanic Canary terruño
with notes of red and black fruits, cracked peppercorns and purple flowers.
Pair it with grilled meats, poultry and fin fish, charred octopus or mojo rojo.

$25 at Royal Wine Merchants in NYC
$23 @MetroWines
Give Rosemary!

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Rosemary makes a lovely decorative plant around the holidays.
And it is a gift that keeps giving. Rosemary works from appetizers to cookies.

Rosemary is native to the dry, rocky areas of the Mediterranean, 
especially along the coast.
The genus name Rosmarinus derives from the Latin words ros and marinus
which together translate to “dew of the sea.” 

John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine says:
"You want an herbaceous wine to pair with and highlight those flavors
in the rosemary. DAUO Sauvignon Blanc is a good choice."

92 Points from Wine Enthusiast
92 Points from Jeb Dunnuck

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This lovely, bright and cheery Sauvignon Blanc proffers tantalizing aromas of grapefruit, pineapple and gooseberry, with hints of quince. Floral notes of lemongrass and acacia
are balanced with lychee and wet stone. Classily structured and elegantly styled,
a veritable explosion of crisp and juicy fruit flavors burst upon the palate.
Lemon chiffon, key lime pie and kiwi are accented with green apple,
white nectarine and pineapple. Decisively refreshing, this wine finishes lean
and clean with long lingering notes of dragon fruit, citrus and passion fruit. 

$25.99 at and, wait for it, out of stock.
$16.99 @MetroWines and ON THE SHELF!

Give the Ultimate Guilty Pleasure: 
A Lounge Chair

Say what you want, but if you are brutally honest,
you know you and they know they want it.

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Manufacturer says:
"Recliners have an easygoing style that’s just right for resting and relaxing.
Sink in and enjoy its plushly pillowed tall back and padded rolled arms.
The chaise seat and leg rest cradle your body in a continuous zone of comfort.
Use the convenient handle on the outside arm to raise the leg rest for reading,
relaxing or watching TV. When you’re not reclining, it’s a relaxing rocker with a smooth, 
graceful motion. And it's calling your name."

(Is that a rosemary plant on the table? This is all coming together now!)

Your Recline With Wine :
is The BIG RED of The Week


Winemaker's Notes
Dark garnet red with a purple hue. The nose of this opulent blend
is incredibly flashy with abundant aromas of red currant, raspberry,
blackberry cobbler, spice and a hint of underbrush. French oak is subtle, yet present.
This powerful wine boasts copious amounts of juicy, ripe red fruit characteristics
and is extraordinarily soft and supple. In addition, hints of lingering milk chocolate
and cherry truffle notes dance on the back palate.
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 9% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Petite Sirah

Wine Spectator, 91 Points
Warm and velvety in feel, with a well-toasted frame that melds into the core of steeped currant, plum and blackberry flavors. A loamy tug through the finish keeps this grounded.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Petite Sirah.
Best from 2020 through 2028.

If you buy 6, the price of $49 drops to $44.99 at Total Wine
BUT, the bottle is not in Greenville, you need to pick up in Cherry Hill, NJ.
$31.99 at
Or you could shop it @MetroWines for $24.00!
But you want white. OK. White can play cushy, plushy culture too!

Arrels Albarino, Clos Pissara
from Master Sommelier Emmanuel Kemiji

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Not widely distributed.  
The Wine Business is ALL About Relationships!


Give a Book

Women on Food unites the radical, diverging female voices of the food industry
in this urgent, moving, and often humorous collection of essays, interviews, questionnaires, illustrations, quotes, and ephemera.

Edited by Charlotte Druckman and featuring esteemed food journalists and thinkers,
including Soleil Ho, Nigella Lawson, Diana Henry, Carla Hall, Samin Nosrat, Rachael Ray,
and others, this compilation illuminates the women who make up the food world.
Exploring issues from #MeToo movement, gender bias in division of labor and workplace,
and the underrepresentation of women of color in leadership, to cultural trends including food and travel shows, the intersection of fashion and food, and the evolution of food writing
in the last few decades, Women on Food brings together food’s most vital female voices.
Charlotte Druckman is a journalist and food writer. She is the author
of Stir, Sizzle, Bake and Skirt Steak: Women Chefs on Standing the Heat & Staying in the Kitchen, and coauthor of Anita Lo’s Cooking Without Borders. Druckman resides in New York.

Your Woman Winemaker Read it With Bottle
2017 Sesti Rosso di Montalcino
Elisa Sesti, Winemaker

The property goes way back. UNESCO is always on premise
insuring that no-one tampers with history. Elisa's father, Giussepe is the most published astronomer in Italy and, hence,the 3 stars on the label.

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"Just mid ruby. A hugely appealing nose that is a little wild with hints of cherry,
nutmeg and a top note of iron. Bags of minerality and supple,
lithe fruit on the palateand with firm, tasty tannins. Very good for the vintage. "

17/20, Walter Speller,

*** Give Fellini ***

Six year old Federico Fellini watched his first film at The Cinema Fulgor,
a small jewel box of a theater in his home town of Rimini.
That experience, as well as a profound lifelong attachment to his birthplace, 
helped shape his extraordinary career as a film director.

The Smithsonian recently presented a program about Rimini and Modena,
two wondrous cities along the Via Emilia, an ancient Roman byway in Emilia-Romagna.
Both inspired the iconic director as well as today’s travelers who love chic beaches,
fabulous food, ancient ruins, and distinctive art, culture, music, and architecture.

Fellini declared “Life is a mix of magic and pasta,” 
and the glorious food and wines in Emilia-Romagna provide plenty of both.
Modena’s famed cuisine ranges from extraordinary street food to Michelin-starred restaurants, including the internationally celebrated Osteria Francescana. This city takes pasta seriously:
A tortellini festival each September celebrates the shape
that by legend captured the navel of Venus in edible form.

Modena, the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari, also satisfies the appetites of car enthusiasts.
With more than 30 museums and private collections devoted to cars,
the city hosts the lively annual Motor Valley Festival, highlighted by the Mille Miglia,
a thousand-mile parade of vintage autos traveling from northern Italy to Rome and back. 

So what do you need to Go Fellini for The Holidays?
Pick up a book on Fellini at Malaprops

"Amacord" if you can find it!

And or See "Ford vs. Ferrari"
Read about it here

Pasta Grannies: the Secret of Italy's Best Home Cooks

"When you have good ingredients, you don't have to worry about cooking.
They do the work for you." 
– Lucia, 85

Inspired by the hugely popular YouTube channel of the same name,
Pasta Grannies is a wonderful collection of time-perfected Italian recipes
from those who who have spent a lifetime cooking for love: Italian grandmothers.

Featuring over 80 easy and accessible recipes from all over Italy,
Pasta styles range from pici, a simple to make hand-rolled spaghetti, 
to lumachelle della duchessa – tiny, ridged, cinnamon-scented tube.

More than just a compendium of dishes, Pasta Grannies 
tells the extraordinary stories of these ordinary women and shows you
that with the right tools, authentic Italian cooking is simple, beautiful and achievable.

Buy the place next door!

Wall Street Journal Says: Sambuca isn’t alone in resorting to such tactics. According to, 16 towns in Italy, most of them in the poorer south, are selling abandoned houses for as low as €1—about $1.11. The catch: Buyers need to renovate them.

Other depopulated areas of Italy offer other financial incentives to Italians or foreigners. The northern region of Emilia Romagna pays up to €30,000 to young couples who buy or renovate a house in small communities in the Apennine Mountains, and gives tax breaks to companies that move there.

Entire Story:

And a bottle of Lambrusco 
from Emilia Romanga @MetroWines

Dry Sparkling Wine in the Frizzante Style

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Lini's wines are renowned for their signature freshness and classic dry character.
Thanks to Fabio Lini's artisanal approach to sparkling wine production,
their bright red fruit and berryflavors are balanced by juicy minerality.
Their clean but lingering finish makes them an ideal pairing for a wide variety of cuisines.
Blend: 85% Salamino, 15% Ancellotta
$15.99 @MetroWines

Veula! Fellini.

Give Murder!

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Holmes for The Holidays

Sherlock, of course. But What's The Old Boy Drinking?

The most "wine" story was “Sign Of The Four,” in which Holmes drank red burgundy
from Beaune for lunch, but old Hungarian Tokay and three glasses of port after dinner.
For those wishing to emulate the great detective 100 years later, we have "Beaunes" shelf.
If those are too high, try a Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir.

As you might expect, Sherlock favored vintage Port. But let's get real and value minded.
"Drinking beautifully now," as Sherlock would have said. Graham's Six Grapes:

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Six Grapes has won a remarkable 7 gold medals and 2 trophies at the most prestigious international tasting competitions over the last two decades. This is Graham's Reserve Port and is one of the house's signature wines with remarkable quality, finesse and elegance.

The distinctive depiction of the six bunches of grapes on the bottle originates from the marks long used in the Graham's Lodge to classify the quality of the wines in the casks.
The six-grapes symbol is Graham's age-old mark of quality, used the very finest wines. 

Six Grapes is a big-hearted wine, sourced from the same vineyards that contribute
to Graham's famed Vintage Ports. It closely resembles a young Graham's Vintage Port in style: full-bodied, with rich black fruit on the palate, and fragrant blackberry aromas.

This wine can serves as an everyday Port for the Vintage Port drinker. 
Six Grapes is bottled when it is still relatively young in order to retain its freshness
and characteristic opulence. Once bottled it is ready to be served and drunk
and should be served slightly cool, between 12 and 16º Celsius.
*** Channel Sherlock for $26 ***

And of course, Holmes, as Englishman, necessarily drank a lot of Claret or Red Bordeaux, notably in “The Dying Detective” and “The Cardboard Box.” 

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Kristen Calloway, Wedding Coordinator @MetroWines

Kristen Calloway is the Weddings & Events Coordinator @MetroWines in Asheville. 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 @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 @MetroWines for wine, beer and sparkling.
And contact her for make up at (
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Holidays Wines: Big Red & Big White of Week!



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Winemaker Says:  Your nose is teased with coffee nibs, blueberries
and black pepper, but a shy side emerges after time in the glass:
blackberries and a gentle floral lift. Flavors of dark chocolate,
coffee and fresh blackberry are carried on silky tannins—
they speak clearly, but don’t shout. 2017 is a riper, fuller,
but quieter vintage of our signature bottling of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Blend: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec

John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine says:
"The hills are literally red from the iron content,
part of what gives this wine a great and unique flavor."

$38.99 at

** $32 @MetroWines **



Pendulum 2016
Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Washington 18.99
90 Points, Wine Spectator

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This wine is mostly Merlot, with the rest Syrah and Malbec. Plum, tar, herb,
tire rubber, smoked meat and spice aromas are followed by lightly sweet coffee
and cocoa flavors that persist through the finish.

"Alluring aromatics of black pepper, charred oak, and dark berries introduce
notes of van cherry, red apple, and sweet fresh tobacco on the palate.
Medium-bodied and balanced with a supple tannic structure."

'Tis the season to UP your game!

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This 100% Grillo is a straw-yellow colour, scents of apple and pear notes,
that make this wine immediately recognizable and appreciated.
The taste is warm and dry, slightly tannic and citric aroma.

Carolina Marengo Grillo is produced by Feudi del Pisciotto winery
and it is obtained from the best selections of Grillo grapes. Grillo is perhaps
the least known of the Sicilian varieties, though is no way inferior
to those more widely recognised. Carolina marengo Grillo is part of the 
Italian Fashion Collection Top Designer Wines Collection's, which the
Sicilian producer Feudi del Pisciotto has dedicated to the greatest Italian fashion designers. The harvest is carried out towards mid-September,
followed by fermentation in steel and againg in 50% new
and 50% second passage barriques for about 8 months.
The wine completes its refinementin the bottle for the next 8 months. $29

** Your Drink it With Book **

Italy’s Native Wine Grape Terroirs is the definitive reference book on production areas
of Italy’s native wine grapes. Ian D’Agata’s approach to discussing wine, both scientific
and discursive, provides an easy-to-read, enjoyable guide to Italy’s best terroirs.
Descriptions are enriched with geologic data, biotype and clonal information, 
anecdotes and interviews, and facts and figures compiled over 15 years of research.

The author, Ian D’Agata (, is an award-winning author
who has been writing about wine for almost thirty years. Senior Editor of Vinous 
and Creative Director of Collisioni’s Wine & Food Project (Italy’s largest music, literature, wine, and food festival), Director of the Indigena festival (devoted to Italy’s native grapes and wines) and Director of 3iC (an international wine and food study center in Barolo). In 2018, he was nominated to the prestigious Accademia della Vite e del Vino, Italy’s official association of viticulture and enology researchers, university professors, and educators.

The book is at Malaprops:

The (beautiful) Bottle is @MetroWines!

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Sparkling Tasting, Murder and Gamay Noir

Saturday, December 14th

from 1-4pm @MetroWines

"Size UP The Holidays"
Hosted by Gwen Cooper
of Epiphany and Mutual Distribution 

Taste and Shop at Event Prices!
***on the house ***

Pommery Pops Brut Champagne ~ 187ml 4pk with Straws

Sparkling in All Different Sized bottles
from a four pack of individual sparkling with a cork

 to Magnums 

And This Just IN:
Cynthia Drew is Back

by very popular demand from 1:30 to 3:30

on December 14th @MetroWines!

"Nouveau Noir" and a Bottle of Wine
is the perfect gift for wine lovers.
Local author tells the story in Dashiell Hammett style 
of an entire vintage of wine poisoned!

And This IS The Grape In the Book!
And once you are at home with your new book,
read it with Gamay Noir from Oregon!

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This wine has floral accents and pepper spice, sweet fresh juicy red fruit,
gentle structure, weightless length, and is youthful.
This bottle works with a variety of flavors making it a holiday staple.
$32.99 at Westchester Wines
$29.00 @MetroWines

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January Wine Focus Group

News Release: Thursday, December 12th, 2019

About Asheville Wine Focus Group: January
Join us on Wednesday, January 8th @MetroWines for The Asheville Wine Focus Group hosted by Shelby Pounds of Oceans South. 
Oceans South Imports says: "We are a North Carolina wine importer/distributor that works with hard to find quality wines at amazing values for our customers." More information:
Four wines will be presented for your consideration. You decide if you like the wine, whether you think other customers will like it, if MetroWines should sell the bottle and, if so, for what price.
"This is your chance to play wine shop owner for the night," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Help us decide which wines should be on our shelves!"
The event is "on the house" but you must reserve a seat. Call (828) 575-9525 or save your reserve online:
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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*** Flaunting It in 2019 ***

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Best way to impress in the 21st century is smarts!
Wine Smarts. Price to Quality Ratio

We asked Brett Watson!
(the one with the really good hair)
Brett is our new young, hip wine guy from LA
to make the selection for us.

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-Bruno Dubois - Cabernet Franc "Rococo"
from Sumur Champigny in the Loire Valley of France. $29

"Dubois is a serious and comitted natural winemaker in the heart of France's Loire. 
His passion is for the land and showcasing the environment though winemaking. 
He uses beehives and bird boxes in all of his vineyards to increase harmony
of the land and naturally keep harmful pests out of the vineyards. 
Trees and plants are planted throughout his property to increase wildlife biodiversity, which is completely showcased in the grapes.

This 100% Cabernet Franc is seductive on the nose highlighting
the aromatic power of the grape and highlighted by the backbone of green pepper,
wet forest floor and crushed stone so typical of quality Cabernet Franc.  

In the cellar, Dubois is as hands off as possible.  All fermentation and aging
is done in concrete tank to highlight terroir.  Zero mechanical fining or filtration
is done before bottling and if vegan is your thing, the Rococo has you covered! " 

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10 Wines to Try in 2020

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"10 to Try"
Try some of our best sellers from 2019 in 2020!

Gina Trippi of The Asheville School of Wine
in December 50 + Living, page 10

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Midnight in Santorini

News Release: Saturday, November 30th, 2019

About: New Years Eve @MetroWines
Please join us on December 31st from 5:30 to 6:30 for "Midnight in Santorini" to celebrate New Year's Eve @MetroWines. Why? "Because when it's 6pm in Asheville, it's already Midnight in Santorini!"
Celebrate with Greek appetizers served family style, sparkling, red and white Greek Wines, Greek jazz and fireworks from Santorini at our Cafe a la Grecque!
$40 (plus tax) for the evening. Seating is limited to $40. 
Tickets are non-refundable.
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Italy: Wine and Books

From The MetroWines Book Review Department
Lampedusa by Steven Price


In sun-drenched Sicily, among the decadent Italian aristocracy of the late 1950s, Giuseppe Tomasi, the last prince of Lampedusa, struggles to complete the novel that will be his lasting legacy, The Leopard. With a firm devotion to the historical record, Lampedusa leaps effortlessly into the mind of the writer and inhabits the complicated heart of a man facing down the end of his life, struggling to make something of lasting worth, while there is still time.

Always ahead of the curve!, Ciao Asheville showed "The Leopard" last year!
Join us the last Sunday of the month, starting again in January, for an Italian Film with English subtitles with introduction and discussion by Robert Formento,
Ciao Asheville Film Coordinator. Popcorn on the house!

The book is at Malaprops here:

Your Read it With Wine is @MetroWines
Kermit Lynch Import

The Portellis have mastered the wine making process to get the most out of their grapes—their wines are loaded with charm and luscious fruit while possessing plenty
of structure on the backend. They grow two varieties: Frappato and Nero d’Avola,
the latter known locally as Calabrese. Calabrese shows much more elegance here
in the soils of Vittoria than it does in other areas of Sicily, where it tends to earn
its keep as a wine of brawn and power. The Portellis are crafting Calabrese with elegance and refinement, country charm wrapped in suede. Their Frappato
while the most fruit forward wine they make, is no simple quaffer!

"Lampedusa" is serious business, some might say heavy.
Want a lighter version of Italy? The important? The do-able? THE FOOD!
"Valerie's Home Cooking" by Valerie Bertinelli

As the current star of her Food Network show, Valerie's Home Cooking,
and co-host of the network's Kids Baking Championship, as well as having spent
years acting on television, Valerie Bertinelli has made a name for herself in households across America. But to really know Valerie, is to spend time in her kitchen.

Inspired by her family's cooking legacy, Valerie specializes in showing how to make dishes for the heart and soul. Valerie says, there's a story behind every recipe.
Home cooks will find more than 100 recipes that are easy to make and innovative.

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Thanksgiving in NC Calls for Biltmore


Last Call for Thanksgiving

*** Paging BILTMORE ***
I know what you are saying. I can hear you chortling. Yes, chortling.
We only recommend the wines that we have tasted and
have been tested by our Asheville Wine focus Group.
In a blind tasting, over 40 customers compared these Biltmore wines
to nationally know brands including Sonoma Cutrer and Josh.
Women Winemakers have taken over at Biltmore and are steering the process
in the right direction. And you may not think that vintages sell out at Biltmore
but they do! No worries. We planned ahead.
Have out of town guests? Surprise them!

Biltmore Estate 2015 Chateau Reserve Sparkling Blanc de Blanc
Let's start with sparkling. The Biltmore "Methode Champenoise" Brut
is an award winning classic. Its fine bubbles and rich golden color complement
the complex flavor. This premium sparkling exhibits a strong fruit aroma,
neat acid and slight taste of hazelnut. As a dinner wine or cocktail,
the clean tart finish pairs nicely with a variety of foods.

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A few years back, we attended a blind tasting at Ruth's Chris Steak House
in Biltmore. This bottle was sandwiched in with 10 of the big names.
Almost unanimously chosen as the second choice, many picked it as the winner!
Put it on your table with confidence! $23 @MetroWines

Just a little interlude here. The predecessor to Ruth's Chris Steak House
was Chris Steaks on Broad Street in New Orleans. This is the original building
with the original sign and Ruth's name after she bought the place.
And the rest, as they say, is history. 

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This North Carolina Chardonnay is in the French Style. The Focus Group
preferred the Chardonnay from California Grapes but staff liked this one.


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The grapes of the Vanderbilt Reserve Pinot Noir thrive in cool climate California, Russian River Valley in Sonoma County. The reward is a complex and expressive
wine with an almost delicate sensation. The strawberry, raspberry, vanilla,
and well-integrated oak aromas give way to supple fruit flavors. Oak aged.
Pair this luscious red with chicken, mushroom dishes, salmon, and turkey. 

$19.99. A quality Pinot Noir for under $20? Almost never!

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A soft, easy-to-drink wine that presents dried herb aromas on the nose
along with rich blackberry flavors on palate. Finishes with smooth tannins.


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Ridge Three Valleys


Big enough to make The Big Red List
but versatile enough to make The Thanksgiving Table.

Thanksgiving has become almost synonymous with Zinfandel so let's do it!
2017 Ridge Three Valley Zinfandel Blend
73% Zinfandel, 15% Petite Sirah, 10% Carignane and 2% Grenache

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Winemaker says: Deep garnet color. Fresh raspberry and cherry fruits,
barrel spice, clay minerals, and fresh mint. Sweet red berry fruit entry, medium body, lively acid, and supple tannins. Long, elegant finish.

We say: this wine is often overlooked in comparison to its better known siblings.
that means you are getting a price to quality bargain.

$29.99 at

$27.99 at Total Wine

$25 @MetroWines

Shop LocalLY and save!


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Sparkling Rose' Tasting

News Release: Sunday, November 24th
About: Great Rose' Tasting, December
Please join us on Saturday, December 28th from 10am to 7pm to taste Sparkling Rose' from around the world "on the house" @MetroWines.
"Sparkle a little differently this year," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "A little pink makes the occasion just a little more festive."
All wines poured are event priced for the day.

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi

Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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