Our 1939 Model M tractor has been a workhorse for three generations. Like this wine, it’s enjoyable, unassuming, and reliable for the long haul. Dusi has sold grapes to Turley! This wine reflectes that big, rich, lush style. A blend of Syrah, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel from Central Coast of California. The Asheville Wine Focus Group found it to be a crowd pleaser. $14.99
Metro Wines Blogs
News Release; Saturday, April 9th
News Release: Saturday, April 9th, 2018
Princess Anne/Metro Wine Dinner
May 23rd, 2019 6:30pm
Beet / Strawberry / Radish / Brie / Tuile / Bitter Greens / Balsamic
2016 Clarendelle Blanc, Bordeaux, FR
Tomato / Tarragon / Nasturtium
2018 Domaine Campuget Rose, Costieres de Nimes, FR
Scallop / Mussel / Local Ramp / Fennel / Champagne Foam / Local Baguette
2017 Dopff & Irion Crustaces, Alsace, FR
Rose / Mint
Duck Breast / Lavender / Blueberry / Celeriac / Asparagus / Green Apple
2016 Chanson Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Burgundy, FR
Rhubarb / Chevre / Anise / Vanilla Bean
News Release: April 9th, 2019
In Don Camillo, we enter a small rural town in the Po Valley of Northern Italy. The time period is the late 1940s early 50s. At that time, Giovanni Guareschi started writing short stories about conflicts between a hot headed town priest, Don Camillo, and with his rival, the Communist mayor, Peppone. The stories, printed in the satirical Milanese weekly magazine Candido, represent the real life conflict that was taking place between the Catholic Church and the Communist party of Italy (which had a strong following in Northern Italy at the time).These short stories were later compiled into a series of books and then woven into several movies.
Filmed in Italy during the 1950s, they showcase Don Camillo, the village priest who is always arguing with his ideological enemy, the communist mayor, Peppone. Guareschi takes on the philosophical arguments in both a serious and comical way. Both the priest and the mayor are convinced of their ideas which makes for some fiery but humorous arguments. Adding to the comedy and delight of this movie is the third main character, the statue of Jesus. There are many “conversations” that the priest (Don Camillo) has with his statue of Jesus in his church...and the statue gently but firmly lectures Don Camillio into better ways to work with Peppone for the good of the village.
Well-known and loved in Italy, but relatively unknown in America, this film will make you want to read “The Little World of Don Camillo” stories by Guareschi.
Movie discussion with "Ciao Asheville" Film Critic Robert Formento on Sunday, April 28th starting 1pm @MetroWines.
Admission is free. $7 for a glass of Italian Wine!
BRANDON GIBSON, CHEF DE CUISINE OF VUE 1913
Brandon Gisbon is the Chef de Cuisine of Vue 1913, The Omni Grove Park Inn’s brasserie style restaurant with an abundant wine cellar and panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. As Chef de Cuisine, Gibson continues Vue 1913’s tradition of crafting dishes with the love of food in mind, that showcase the best local rustic ingredients of each season.
Prior to joining the team at The Omni Grove Park Inn, Gibson was the Head Chef at Firekeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek, MI where he worked with local vendors for rotating seasonal menus that highlighted regional fare. Prior to that, Gibson was the Head Chef at Motorcity Casino Hotel in Detroit and the Lead Cook at the Green Valley Ranch Resort-Spa-Casino in Nevada.
In his free time, Gibson enjoys mountain biking and exploring the outdoors.
Klinker Brick Tasting
"on the house"
Friday, April 5th from 5 to 6:30
You Know Klinker Brick Zinfandel. Try their other wines!
*** VOTING ***
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We Respectfully Ask for Your Vote for Best Wine Shop
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The Asheville Wine Focus Group
Wednesday, April 10th
from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines
*** Orsini Imports Hosts ***
The event is "on the house" but you must reserve a seat.
Call (828) 575-9525
I HATE Sauvignon Blanc
No doubt, you hate some of them. Me too. Maybe you really do hate all of them.
But Sauvignon Blanc from different countries made in different styles is, well
*** DIFFERENT ***
Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines,
and Juniper Cooper of Mutual Distribution
level the playing field and bring justice to this maligned grape!
Taste Sauvignon Blanc from around the world. Get the facts.
Then Decide. Come on. Be Fair.
Tuesday, April 16th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines. $25.
Call (828) 575-9525
Get Started in The New World of Sauvignon Blanc Now
Luzon Collecion 2018
White, early harvest, 50% Macabeo and 50% Sauvignon Blanc from our trellised vineyards
which have an average age of 20 years, at altitudes reaching over 800 metres and chalky soils.
*** $8.99 ***
NYT says: Etymologically, "procrastination" is derived from the Latin verb procrastinare
meaning to put off until tomorrow. But its more than just voluntary delaying.
Procrastination is also derived from the ancient Greek word "akrasia"
meaning doing something against our better judgment.
And some doctors say procrastination is a form of self harm!
Stop the procrastination. You know you should. Just do it!
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Call (828) 575-9525
DaGiacomo in Milan (Lombardy Wine Region)
The Ristorante: http://www.
Ian Griffiths, Creative Director for Max Mara for the past 32
was interviewed for NYT Style Magazine
"Bella Fugura" is an italian expression that means looking and acting your best.
It applies to every aspect of Italain culture- art, fashion, cars and, of course, food.
My favorite restaurant in the world is Da Giacomo in Milan."
Headed to Milan? Know Before You Go!
Sign Up for a Classs on Northern Italian Wines with Andy Hale
Tuesday, April 9th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines
$25. Call (828) 575-9525
Do DaGiacomo with Pesce (Seafood)
and a Bottle of Barone Pizzini Franciacorta (Brut) Animante! $37
Why so expensive ?
and other things you should know about Franciacorta:
Franciacorta is a small wine-producing area in Lombardy. Famous for its sparkling wines made
in the Methode Champenoise from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and a small percentage of Pnot Blanc,
the Franciacorta wine region is located in the Brescia province.
Although relatively unknown in globally, Franciacortais known as Italy's finest sparkling wine.
Due respect is still paid to the traditional and better-known classics such as Prosecco, but these
lighter-hearted styles are aimed at straightforward enjoyment rather than complexity or finesse.
Tasting notes for Franciacorta Brut wines sound remarkably like those for Champagne
with frequent references to biscuit, brioche, lemon and lees.
So, basically Champagne for less and its Italian!
Costieres de Nimes is the most southerly appellation of the Rhone Wine Region
in southeastern France. The wines of the area are said to have been on the table
of Ancient Greeks and, hence, are among the oldest known wines in the world.
A typical Costieres de Nimes red wine, made from the classic Southern Rhone Blend,
is robust and spicy, and perfectly suited to the rustic local cuisine.
To enjoy the name Costieres de Nimes, winesrequire Grenache, Syrah
and Mourvedre to make up at least 60 percent of the finished red and rosé wines.
Cinsaut, Marselan and Carignan are also allowed. The appellation permits white wines
made from Grenache Blanc, Marsanne and Roussanne.
Can't Go to Nimes? Get Napoleonic at home.
A little velvet, some gold lemay, Beethoven's Symphony No.3 "Eroica"
and a bottle from just north.
Vin De Pays De Vaucluse 2017, $13.99
Kermit Lynch Import
This southern French red blend reminds me of those ripe mulberries I would pick all summer.
The soft, juicy fruit and bright acidity lead to a long, dry finish with very supple tannin.
At this price, it is quite likely that this wine will become your go-to red
for barbecues and leisurely summer evenings with friends.
A blend of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Shiraz, 15% Malbec & 12% Petit Verdot
Winery Notes: Intense and deep ruby red in color with rich
aromas of black fruit and elegant notes of sandalwood.
The palate is full bodied and layered.
Well integrated tannins give the wine a toned and precise structure.
The wine concludes with a long velvety finish.
Our Notes: AWEEEEEEEEEEEEESOME!
For those of you who watch "The Wine Show" with Matthew Rhys on Hulu,
Klein Costantia was featured. The winery pick their grapes at night!
Interview with Winemaker Michele D'Aprix @MetroWines
Event was a Smash Hit! Wine Sold Out.
Pentimento, Maz Caz and Pierre Angulaire back in 2 weeks
@ and ONLY @Metrowines!
Wine Spectator Tells All:
Where was the movie filmed? What Wine Does Amy Prefer?
"The Conclusion" Next Week!
(Hint: MetroWines Customers have already been introduced!)
Chef Sam Etheridge does the Big Dinner from "The Big Night"
with special guest Deborah diSabatino,
Food Stylist for the Film!
*** SELL OUT RISK ***
$65 (exclusive of tax&gratuity)
Call (828) 350-3033
Don't Miss This BIG NIGHT!
Us Too !
Wall Street Journal reports that Scientists hope Haikus about space
will make science less tedious. 335 Haikus were submitted this year
for the annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston.
So, we thought - you know where this is going -
we would ask Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine,
to write a Haiku to bring wine out of the special and into your everyday world.
Andy has two for us:
You are my daily reward
Just one more glass please
By my dinner plate
It sits, befriending the food
Drink with a good meal
We respectfully ask for your Vote for MetroWines for Best Wine Shop. So much has happened this year. Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines, has returned and classes are plentiful, full and fun. (Follow here: https://www.ashevilleschoolofwine.com/). We are home to Ciao Asheville, The Italian Cultural Forum in Asheville (Follow on FB here: https://www.facebook.com/CiaoAsheville/). And The Asheville Wine Focus Group, where our customers select wines for our shelves, is in its second year (Follow here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/wine-focus-group)!
We continue to beat internet pricing and save you shipping and potential damage. We continue to provide great service for wedding wines and beers (Follow here: https://www.facebook.com/ashevilleweddingwines/). And we continue to offer Big Shop Selection with Small Shop Service.
In our sixth year now, we are just getting started. Stay with us and we can do more and better for you!
WOW. What a night. Michele D'Aprix is not just a great winemaker but a natural comedienne! About 35 participants came out to welcome Michele. We learned. We laughed. We left knowing all about Bordeaux.
Making a REALLY REALLY Big Deal of It!
H. Mynors 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel Cuvee
Sourced from Sonoma, Amador and Lodi
Winery Tasting Notes: Our H. Mynors Zinfandel is deep ruby in color
and displays aromas of bright fruit, blueberry, raspberry and vanilla.
On the palate, the bold rich flavors of red fruit, currants, black pepper
and oak spices provide a mouthwatering experience.
The round soft tannins and sweet oak balance leading to a long finish.
Vinted and Bottled by Sean Minor $14.99
$19.99 at wine.com and currently unavailable.
$17.99 at winedeals.com (some deal! just sayin')
How can we have this bottle at this price you ask?
well, the distributor double ordered. needs the shelf space.
We got a good price. YOU get a good price.
Shop LocalLY and Save!
2017 Le Petiot Touraine, $15.99
John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine says:
"This wine is like Sancere for half the price."
Very old vines (the oldest being planted in 1947!) and tiny yields
are the source of this extracted, vibrant Sauvignon Blanc from vineyards
on the southern bank of the Cher River in the Loire Valley.
Better than most Sancerre, twice its price, Le Petiot has a great depth of flavor
and a viscous, satin-like texture. The finish is persistently fruity with a good dose
of minerality. Pair with all types of seafood and goat cheese.
Sold out online!
Shop LocalLY and get what you came for!
The name Chão Rijo means “hard soil” in Portuguese refering to the claycalcareous soils on which the native Malvasia, Galego Dourado, Jampal, and Fernão Pires grapes grow. These vineyards are located less than 6 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, producing wines low in alcohol, high in acidity, with delicate floral aromatics and saline notes. Grapes were harvested the first week of October, 100% destemmed and given 2 hours of skin contact, then wild yeast fermented and raised in vat for 8 months on the lees. The result is a vibrant white wine that truly expresses its Atlantic coast origin, with bright fruit, lively acidity, and seaside salinity. Pair it with your favorite seafood dishes, grilled vegetables, or herb-roasted poultry.
Only 300 Cases. $17.99 @MetroWines.
NOT all over the internet.
Shop the different. Shop LocalLY!
You know how it feels when an airliner lands and pulls reverse thrust?
It was just like that. You could feel it.
Once introduced to the world of Merlot, participants in the class last week
GOT IT! LIKED IT! BOUGHT IT!
Merlot is BACK. At least @MetroWines.
We finally kicked "Sideways" to the side!
Andy Hale Tells the Story of Victory!
Next Maligned Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
You might be saying what? Everybody likes Sauvignon Blanc!
(Don't hate me ALERT)
Not so. I am admitting, I don't like all, nay, most bottles of Sauvignon Blanc (SB).
It could be the grape but It is probably the country of origin and the style.
So, for those of you that think you don't like SB, try a different country or style.
And for those of you who do like SB, step outside your usual zone
to experience the many different styles to which this grape lends itself.
Tuesday, April 16th from 5:30 to 6:30
with Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of wine
and Juniper Cooper from Mutual Distribution
or online: https://
*** Please note that we cannot offer Refunds ***
Wine Note: We will be pouring Groth (California) SB.
Groth is the first winery to receive 100 Points from Robert Parker.
About the Master
Another kind of, sort of accidental winemaker!
As reported by Gina Trippi and John Kerr
on The Wine Dinner at Vivian
By Michael Scardaville!
Planning your own trip: benefits
Is planning your own tour of Italy realistic?
Crete Senesi, Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore
The tradition of "Vino Sfuso" (getting wine in bulk) in Italy
When to go
Weather in Italy
White Truffle Festival, Alba
New travel security system for most EU countries in 2021
Where to go
Italia (nice overview of regions, trip possibilities)
Regions of Italy
The Ultimate Guide to the Regions of Italy
La Pasta di Gragnano
Slow Food: Food itineraries
What to do
Google regional specific sites: examples
- Florence and Tuscany: http://www.discovertuscany.com/
- Turin: http://www.turinitalyguide.com/
- Umbria: http://www.bellaumbria.net/en/
Tickets for the Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Gallery,
OMNIA Vatican & Rome Card
Venezia Unica Pass
How to get around
A beginner's guide to train travel in Italy
Italia rail (be wary of additional fees)
Rail Europe (be wary of additional fees)
- Arranges cheap rentals with the major companies: Avis, Europcar, Hertz, etc.
A Beginner's Guide to the Do's and Don't's of Driving In Italy
A beginner's guide to train travel in Italy
Where to stay
True Italian Agriturismos
Bed and Breakfast
Where to eat
8 Signs You’re Eating at a Tourist Trap
How to Read An Italian Menu
Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurants in Italy (and gluten-free)
Eating Vegetarian in Italy (or Vegan, Gluten-Free, Lactose-Intolerant, Celiac)
The Essential Gluten Free Guide to Italy
Slow Food: cookbooks
Decanter, Wine Travel – Italy
How to communicate
Google Translate: download languages to use offline
Edoardo A. Lèbano, Italian: A Self-Teaching Guide (2nd edition)
Metro wine blog: Survival Italian
Coffee Break Italian (Season 1 & 2)
£ 80 ($104.) each; £ 145 ($189) together https://coffeebreakacademy.com/courses?query=Italian
Online Italian Club (free)
Rocket Italian (free)
Wellesley College: Italian Language and Culture: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced (more academic; free)
Learn Italian: How to Survive on Your Travels to Italy If You Do Not Speak Italian (3 parts)
XE Currency: for offline currency conversions
When in Rome . . .
When in Rome… A Look at Cultural Norms in Italy
A Look at Italian Language, Culture, Customs and Etiquette
Who is Michele D' Aprix?
Pentimento Bordeaux! that's WHO!
Winemaker Michele D'Aprix
and Andy Hale of The Asheville School of Wine
Present a Class and Tasting
Join us at The French Cafe @MetroWines
Tuesday, March 26th from 5:30 to 6:30, $25
This is a unique opportunity to meet
the Only American Women Winemaker in Bordeaux
and hear how she, literally, stirs the pot!
Asheville Wine Focus Group
- A blend of red grapes from Tuscany. Ser Passo has been conceived as an attempt to surprise and delight the wine consumer with new flavors, tastes and aromas. The unique flavors are of intense, strong and ripe fruits, such as cherries and black cherries. A velvety structure on the palate leaves a graceful softness in the mouth which make it suitable for tasty pasta, red meats and game in general.
*** $11.99 ***
Tiny Rooms of Literary Giants
One of those Rooms, including what he called his "Welcome Table" set with wine and food belongs to James Baldwin ("If Beale Street Could Talk") in Provence.
What Wine Was on the "Welcome Table" ??
Story about James Baldwin from Saveur:
is the standard bearer for this ancient wine-growing district. Pradeaux sits on the Mediterranean between Toulon and Marseilles. Owned by the Portalis Family since before the French Revolution, the domaine
Start with the BEST. Start with Bandol!
John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine
"Drinking Old School" for Capital at Play
Dear Paul, Can I call you that? (After what we have been through together, it only seems fair.)
Punch Downs Punch downs, on the other hand, are a very delicate way of stirring a wine. Theykeep skins from getting too extracted and little to no amount of added oxygen in the fermentation. Punch downs are typically done by hand and are more popular with non-interventionist winemaking.
Thursday, March 14th, 2019
Ser Passo was conceived as an attempt to surprise and delight the wine consumer with new flavors, tastes and aromas. The unique flavors are of intense, strong and ripe fruits, such as cherries and black cherries. A velvety structure on the palate leaves a graceful softness in the mouth which make it suitable for tasty pasta, red meats and game in general.
Focus Group Said:
"strong black cherry flavor
"touch of chocolate"
"could enjoy alone or with food"
"can handle meat"
Among Group last night was a sommelier from Italy, Roberto, who said "This wine is a good example of the great values coming out of Italy. You could definitely take this wine to a dinner or party with confidence."
We say: $11.99 !!