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Confirmed Holiday Hits


News Release: November 29th, 2018
About: Value Minded Wines for the Holidays
Join us on Thursday, December 13th from 5 to 6:30 @Metrowines to meet Anne Kaufmann of Advintage Distribution and taste "Confirmed Holiday Hits!"
Anne will offer four quality wines for value minded prices perfect for the table and big gatherings over the holidays "on the taste" and "on the house."
"You want to impress and please your guests with good wines," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "But, at the same time,
you don't want to break the bank!"
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Northern and Southern Italian Wine Clases


News Release:  November 27th, 2018

About: Northern and Southern Italian Wine Classes
Ciao Asheville sponsors The Asheville School of Wine presentation and tasting of Northern and Southern Italian Wines. 
Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine, will discuss the history, varietals and styles of both wine making regions in two classes. 
Northern Italian Wines Class including Tuscany is set for Thursday, January 24th from 5:30 to 6:30. TICKETS HERE! 
Southern Italian Wines including Umbria is set for Thursday, January 31st from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines. TICKETS HERE!
"These classes are part of the cultural exploration of Italy by Ciao Asheville connecting the old and the new through wine," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "The underground cellar at Paitin, for example, dates back to the XV century with the Paitin Family history starting in 1796!"
The presentation with tasting and paired cheeses is $25 (Plus tax).  Please reserve your seat at (828) 575-9525 or online here:
We cannot offer any refunds for cancelations.
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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What is a Biltmore Smack Down?

What is "A Biltmore SmackDown" 

A while back, Biltmore showed up @MetroWines and blind tasted
us on their Chardonnay and Cabernet. They pitted their wines against two very, very well known and good selling bottles of the same varietal and close in price. Let's just say, we were impressed.
But, to land on the shelf, we told Biltmore that they must convince our customers. That said, join us to taste test 4 Biltmore Wines against 4 wines from our shelves. Yikes. And you think you are scared!
Biltmore Smack Down is Wednesday, December 12th
from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines!
To register: call (8280 575-9525 or online HERE!



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"Midnight in CapeTown"


Tickets HERE!

News Release: Monday, November 26th
About: New Year's Eve @MetroWines
Join us on December 31st from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines for a celebration of New Year's Eve!  
Why so early? Because when It's in Asheville (depending on daylight savings time!) It's Midnight in Capetown, South Africa.
Share foods from South Africa prepared by break out star Chef Todd Ritter of The Princess Anne Hotel, wines from South Africa paired by MetroWines and on screen fireworks from Capetown! The menu is still in progress but will definitely feature South African classics including candied peanuts and plantain chips!
And expect South African wines including Pinotage and Chenin Blanc!
This is the fifth year of this celebration at MetroWines. Previous years have included Midnight in Paris, Barcelona, Venice, London and Morocco.
"The event is designed for people who want to celebrate early!" says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Maybe you want to follow our party with dinner around town, another event, getting home early to let the babysitter have a night out, watching the ball drop in NYC or going to sleep before midnight!"
To insure that everyone has a good view of the fireworks and can share the evening with the other guests, seating is limited to 40. 
$25 plus tax for the event. Parking is free, close and easy.
Please note that because we must buy and prepare the South African feast! as well as bring in staff on NYE, we cannot accommodate any refunds or credit for another event.
Make reservations by calling MetroWines at (828) 575-9525 
or online here:
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Ciao Asheville Kick Off Party

SORRY: This Event is Full ! Posted Monday, January 14th.

Please check our Facebook Page for other Ciao Asheville Events! 

News Release: November 25th

About: Kick Off Party for "Ciao Asheville"

Join us as we launch "Ciao Asheville," an organization intended to serve as The Italian Cultural Forum in Asheville on Wednesday, January 16th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines. 

At this first meeting, Gail Rampersaud, Event Coordinator for "Ciao Asheville," will explain upcoming programs and the benefits of joining with us. 

STRADA will provide the pizza, Mike Tiano of Haw River WineMan will bring the Chianti and tell us about the history of the region!           and Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine, will discuss the wine pairings.

Register at (828)575-9525 or online:

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And start learning Italian here:

Contact for Ciao Asheville: Gina Trippi
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New Culinary Festival in Asheville

AVL Today reports:

Introducing Asheville’s new culinary festival
Get ready Asheville – a new culinary festival is coming to town. The Asheville Culinary Festival (an official name is still in the works) will be full of immersive culinary experiences as well as a place of diversity and community(Not your average wine + food fest – which is mostly just wine).
Image via Pexels
Spearheaded by Chef Katie Button of Cúrate, Chai Pani ownerMeherwan Irani, French Broad Chocolate Lounge’s Jael Rattigan + a board of local culinary experts, the goal is to have guests experience food from an educational, historic + cultural perspective. Charleston Wine + Food Festival founder Angel Postell will be the event director and Asheville Event Co.’s Melissa Porter will be the on-the-ground manager. 

Here’s what we know: 
📅Sept. 12–15, 2019 (as of now) with a major event on Saturday + culinary experiences throughout the weekend.
📍“Wheel and spoke model” – The main event will be at Pack Square with demos and dinners scattered throughout the city. 
💸Prices aren't known, but we’re told there will be lots of volunteer options + inclusive pricing. Plus, the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority pledged $75,000 toward the event, made possible by tourism tax. 
🗣️: And, since this festival is still brewing in a pot of creativity, those on the board want to hear the community’s ideas + suggestions. Let us know what your theme and demo ideas are here. (More on that below). 

Learn about potential festival experiences (can you say chocolate flight night?), how to become a sponsor, get info about being involved, andsubmit your ideas here.⬇️

Get in on the action. 🥂
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Michele D'Aprix, Capital at Play, FolkTale Pinot, Stolpman, Morgon, Guimaro Mencia, Lambrusca


*** Michele D'Aprix ***
The only American woman winemaker in Bordeaux
and, we are so proud to say, friend of MetroWines
presents her wines "on the taste" and "on the house'
Wednesday, November 21 from 3 to 6pm
@ and ONLY @MetroWines!

"on the house"

Michele will be  available to talk about her wines and sign bottles.
Signed bottle? Now THAT is a great holiday gift.

John Kerr-New


John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine
TAKES a STAND in Capital at Play

"Anything But Beajolais"

Oh yes he did. He said it! He wrote it.

** Thanksgiving Approved **
FolkTale Pinot Noir 2015, Monterey County, $23

 95 Points, California State Fair Wine Competition

FolkTale says: This vintage captures the true fruit expression of Pinot Noir. 
Its rich and complex characters should be given an opportunity to open up by swirling in the glass or decanting. Rich mineral notes begin the bouquet with slate and graphite, soon opening to rich notes of black cherry, cola, and soft earth. Hints of light black pepper, leather, and vanilla balance everything out. On the palate, bright and lively acid is balanced by a nice minerality, leading to a long, rich finish.  Pairings go from meats to cheese to dark chocolate!

*** Thanksgiving Approved ***
2016 Stolpman Roussanne, Ballard Canyon, CA, $21

A  rich, full-bodied wine. Good acidity makes this Roussanne is bright and lively. Approachable now or cellar 2 to 5 years for an richer profile. A creamy palate
with a bouquet of white flower, lemon meringue, and sweet cedar. 
The Asheville School of Wine can say with confidence:
"Roussanne is spot on Thanksgiving!"

*** Thanksgiving Approved ***
2015 Chapelle des Bois Morgon, $21

Compared to the often one-dimensionally fruity Beaujolais currently in fashion,
the wines of Chapelle des Bois demonstrate substance and shape, while still offering the freshness and juiciness typical of Gamay from this region. Engaging fruit with notes of dried herbs and flowers and an earthy underpinning reminiscent of classic Burgundy. "These are wines that we prize for their dynamic and authentic character,
a character which continues to evolve with cellaring." Rosenthal Wine Merchants

Thanksgiving Approved, $18.99
(Just FYI: Gary's online has Guimaro at @24.99 not including shipping.  
Always check with us first. Shop locally and Save!)
** And Lettie Teague, Wall Street Journal Approved **

"Is Mencía the Spanish answer to Burgundy’s Pinot Noir?
The two grapes certainly have some appealing characteristics in common:
snappy red fruit, bright acidity and charming fruit and floral aromas.
But this Mencía bottling is a much cheaper buy than most Burgundies.
The Ribeira Sacra region in the Galician northwest corner of Spain
has a cool climate and slate soils that give rise to fresh, vibrant reds like this one,
with just the right balance of fruit and acidity to stand up to rich Thanksgiving fare."

James Suckling: 95 Points

Superb, peppery dark berries, plenty of spices and a wrap of glossy,
ripe tannins on the palate that perfectly suits the dark-berry and spicy-fruit core.
Lots to like here. Drink or hold.


Thanksgiving Approved. Thanksgiving Perfect! $18.99
Labrusca Lambrusco, Emilia Romagna, Italy

Lini 910 rosso is a red sparkling wine produced using the Charmat method, from
a blend of Lambrusco Salamino and the slightly sweet Lambrusco Ancelotta.

ark ruby red in color, with scents of red fruits and berries including cherry, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry. Well-structured, with intense, refreshing flavors of cherry and dark berries, and a slightly tannic finish. 

The Lini family has been making Lambrusco in Correggio since 1910. With a century of experience as a foundation, Winemaker Fabio Lini, highly-respected among his peers for his talent, focus and enthusiasm, has created a world class Lambrusco

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Shop Locally


AVL Today Reports:

Small Business Saturday is next Saturday, Nov. 24. Asheville is full of awesome small businesses that make it an interesting + unique place to live. New small businesses are opening here all the time –helping boost not only our vibes, but our economy. 

This is something called the “Multiplier Effect.” #Fact - According to American Independent Business Alliance (AIBA), the multiplier effectis the boost to your local economy that results from locally-owned, independent businesses, owners and employees spending business revenue within the region. In a number of studies on AIBA’s site, a proven 48% return to the community occurs when you spend locally– vs. a 13.6% return when shopping chain retail.

In N.C. more than 97% of all businesses are considered small businesses, and 46% of the North Carolina workforce is employed by small businesses.Nationwide, small businesses employ almost half of the U.S. workforce
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Case Club, Eric Asimov Picks, Beaujolais Rose', Princess Anne, DMZ, Have a Heart, GlenElly, Thanksgiving Tasting, Lawrence Vuelta, Port&Sherry Class, Pinot Blanc,


From The MetroWines Super Hero Department

**MetroWines is a ROBOT FREE ZONE**
Now and Always
Besides, word is that we are beating their steely butts but good anyway!

Join The Case Club @MetroWines
Call (828) 575-9525


Eric Asimov, The Pour, New York Times

Recommends Avancia Godello and Montinore Borealis for Thanksgiving.
Both have been previously featured in this email and YEAH, we still got that!
PS: I think that picture was taken a while back. I'm just saying.......
** Think Beaujolais Rose for Thanksgiving! **
Chateau Thivin Beaujolais Villages Rose
from Claude Geoffrey Kermit Lynch Import

You won’t find many rosés made like this, in the Beaujolais or anywhere else: fermented with ambient yeasts, malolactic complete, bottled only when the wine is ready. In other words, it is produced like a serious wine of any color, allowed to run its natural course rather than being manipulated to designer specs and rushed into bottle. The result is a sleek, suave rosé that expresses the nuances of its terroir—granite soils outside the cru of Brouilly—with succulent flesh and a mouthwatering finish punctuated by a pleasant salinity.

Anthony Lynch

Princess Anne Thanksgiving Dinner
(with vegetarian option!)

Served Family Style by Chef Todd Ritter !

Located at 301 E. Chestnut

Call (828) 258-0986

Princess Anne will be serving cocktails but no wine.
You can bring your own wine. Corkage Fee is $25.
What's a Corkage Fee ALL About?

"BYOW" by Gina Trippi of The Asheville School of Wine 
for Laurel of Asheville

    90 Points from James Suckling: "A fresh and easy chardonnay
with sliced apples and white peaches. Medium body and a straight-up finish."

“The fruit for DMZ Chardonnay is selected from premium trellised vineyards in Stellenbosch at elevations of 100 to 200 meters above sea level, most with the cooling effects of the close proximity to the ocean. Components from weathered granite and sandstone soils in Stellenbosch all contribute to the elegance and minerality, as well as a fresh citrus and yellow apple character.”-Winemaker’s Notes 

“De Morgenzon is Dutch for "the morning sun," a fitting name for this boutique property high on the Stellenboschkloof, which is the first to be touched by the rising sun's rays. De Morgenzon's high altitude vineyards command sweeping views of Table Mountain and Cape Point, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Embracing the philosophy that a biodiverse and ecologically sensitive environment produces infinitely better grapes, proprietors Wendy and Hylton Appelbaum have established De Morgenzon as a garden carefully tended vineyards interspersed  with wildflowers between the vines." 

November 17th All Day Long from 10am to 7pm
Big Guy Donates $2 of every case sold to Paws for Purple Hearts.
Good Wine. Good Cause.
Featured in Carolina Epicurean FIRST!

This Cabernet delivers a classic Bordeaux profile, with bright, tangy acidity,
excellent structure, fine tannins and  balance. It flaunts a core of pure blackcurrant and dark cherry fruit, tinged with notes of dark chocolate, herbs and spice.

Personal Note: "I think you would identify this wine as a French Bordeaux in
a blind tasting. The South African soil and climate give the wine a little more body
and fruit content. From woman winemaker, the bottle is a steal at $14.99."

*** BUT ***
Our Sommeliers Are Stepping UP and Stepping IN
to Feature Wines for The Thanksgiving Table

"ON and OFF BEAT Wines for Thanksgiving"

On Friday, November 16th All Day from 10am-6pm


Laurence Vuelta Hosts a Seated Tasting
"California Meets Spain: An International Holiday Table"

Thursday, November 15 5:30-6:30
"If you have not been to a wine tasting with Laurence Vuelta,
you have not been to a wine tasting. It's just a fact."

Dishes from Local Establishments including
Sovereign Remedies and Gan Shan
$25 (plus tax) Event Credit Only for Cancelations
Tickets at (828) 575-9525

Tuesday, November 12th from 5:30 to 6:30
with Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine

*** LAST CALL ***

To be perfectly honest with you, we have hesitated a bit to focus on Port and Sherry.
Both of these time honored wines seem to suffer from the image of being
"the little nip" that your grandma had before bed or when grandpa came home.
And, making it worse, a lot of us think the two are alike!
But the truth is that the two are wildly different in aroma and taste.
What Port and Sherry do share in common is that both are:
Sexy. James Bond Kind of Sexy.

Asheville Wine Focus Group
*** November WINNER ***
This Wine from Alsace is amazingly versatile, smooth and lovely.
Group nearly unanimously agreed on the wine and the price: $16.49
THIS is Thanksgiving in a bottle!
More about the November Group here:

December Wine Focus Group: "The Biltmore Smack Down"
Biltmore Says They Can Bring IT.
Join Us for A Blind Tasting to Put Biltmore to the Test!

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ON and OFF Beat Thanksgiving Wines



"ON and OFF Beat Thanksgiving Wines"

Saturday, November 16th All Day

from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines

"on the house"

And we use real glasses @MetroWines!

   Our sommeliers @Metrowines have selected some traditional choices as well as wines you may not have considered that pair pefectly with Thanksgiving flavors. Join us!

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Biltmore Smack Down at Asheville Wine Focus Group


News Release: November 8th, 2018
About: Biltmore Smack Down!
Join us on Wednesday, December 12th from 5:30 to 6:30 for "The Biltmore Smack Down" with The Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines.
What's it all about? Biltmore has new winemakers and wines.  Four of the Biltmore Wines will be matched against four well known wines of the same varietals and similar pricing. All wines will be concealed in brown bags. This is a blind tasting!
"Biltmore intends to challenge your previous experience with their wines," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "And prove that if you haven't taste Biltmore Wines lately, you haven't tasted Biltmore Wines!"
The event is "on the house" but please let us know you are joining us. We expect a full house so reserve your seat early. Call (828) 575-9525 or register online: 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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November Focus Group: Pinot Blanc!

Juniper Cooper of Mutual Distribution was our host for the evening. For consideration, Juniper submitted wines that would complement a Thanksgiving Table including an Pinot Blanc from Alsace, a French Minervois, California Red Blend and a California Zinfandel. 

In an hour, Juniper shared location and origin history, characteristics and styles of the varietal, as well as pairing advice. The evening was comprehensive, interesting, educational and fun. Thank you Juniper!
While a significant number of participants liked each of the wines, the Pinot Blanc was the clear favorite. From Gustav Lorentz, this Pinot Blanc is 100% organic and could probably go 5 years in the bottle. 
Juniper explained that this varietal, because of its heavier texture and being smooth on the palate can be paired with just about anything except a thick piece of beef. That means German sausages, chicken and fish, and anything with heat. Oregon Pinot Blancs, Juniper says, are a little more tropical in aroma and flavor. This Pinot Blanc from Alsace was clearly more complex.
As always, Group was concerned about the quality to price ratio. In one case, a participant even named a bottle on the shelf he preferred for a lower price! Group has become very savvy.
It is clear that Group is seeking the different. If you present a varietal they know, it better be better and cost less than what is on the shelf or it won't make the shelf!
We are very grateful to Group for their insight and advice. Often, when only two or three taste in the shop, we can go wrong, pick a wine we like but not many others will like or a wine that is not worth the extra cost.
In December, Group tackles The Biltmore Smack Down.
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Great Sparkling Rose' Tasting


News Release: November 5th

About: Sparkling Rose' Tasting @MetoWines
Join us on Saturday, December 8th for the Great Sparkling Rose' Tasting all day from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines.
Four Sparkling Rose' wines from around the world will be "on the taste" and "on the house" for the holidays. One of the MetroWines sommeliers will be at the counter to tell customers all about the wines.
"Nothing says celebration and joy like a rose' with bubbles!" says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines.  "A Sparkling Rose' makes a great aperitif for a holiday meal, with a dish presenting many flavors and aromas or to pop the cork and celebrate."
MetroWines offers event pricing on featured wines.
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Princess Anne Thanksgiving (Vegetarian Option)!


Chef Todd Ritter is doing something a little different this time.

Chef is preparing a table in the dining room

and plate dishes for everyone in there while talking with everyone. 



Thanksgiving Dinner at the                  Princess Anne Hotel

1st Course

  Bacon wrapped caramelized water chestnuts

Fried Brussels sprouts

Gougères pastry

2nd Course

Slow roasted turkey with brown butter and sage

Ham with maple bourbon glaze

Fresh grouper baked with a creamy artichoke

   Green bean casserole

Corn pudding

Cranberry sauce

Garlic chive mash

Sweet potato casserole


3rd course

Apple pie with bourbon ice cream

Pumpkin pie with pretzel crust

Homemade eggnog


Thanksgiving Dinner at the                               Princess Anne Hotel

(vegetarian menu)


1st Course

Fried Brussels sprouts

Gougères pastry

2nd Course

Mushroom pot pie

Green bean casserole

Corn pudding

Cranberry sauce

Garlic chive mash

Sweet potato casserole


3rd course

Apple pie with bourbon ice cream

Pumpkin pie with pretzel crust

Homemade eggnog 

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Thanksgiving Rose' Tasting Notes

Gueissard, Provence $11.99 $10.49

Salmon color with nuances of dark pink. Red fruit aromas of raspberry, wild strawberry and notes of litchi. Fresh, rich and long-lasting on palate. Blend of Mourvèdre(25%), Syrah(25%), Cinsault(25%), Grenache(15%), Cabernet-Sauvignon(5%), Rolle(5%)

Chateau Soucherie 2017 $21 $17.99

incredibly delicate and pale, elegant and light. Made from 90% Cabernet Franc and 10% Gamay from a schist-dominated vineyard called “l’Astrée.” Direct pressing with no maceration, hence the pale pink hue. The acidity is clean. the wine presents typical Cabernet Franc varietal typicity but without any herbal or earthy smudginess.  2016 was an incredibly challenging vintage for Soucherie, with painfully reduced yields, but they managed to create a classic and beautifully balanced rosé.

Depueble Beaujolais Rose' 2017 $14.99 $12.99

In the hamlet of Le Breuil, deep in the southern Beaujolais and perched above a narrow creek, Domaine Dupeuble has been operating since 1512. The name of the domaine has changed just three times in its history, most recently when the last heir, Anna Asmaquer, married Jules Dupeuble in 1919.  Kermit first met Ghislaine and Stéphane’s father, Damien, for lunch in Paris in the late 1980s. Aged for three months in barrel, this smooth, rounded rosé is both fruity and rich. It has good acidity from the attractive red-currant fruit and an orange tang of zest at the end. Kermit Lynch Import

Backsberg Pinotage Rose, South Africa $14.99 $12.99

Red fruit flavors of cherry and strawberry give way to minty freshness gleaned from earlier picked fruit. Lightly tinted from red grape skins, this salmon hued wine is fruity and juicy on the palate. Low in tannins, it displays delightful notes of melon, ripe tropical fruit and strawberry. 

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Case Club, Gini Soave, Lawrence Vuelta Event, Port&Sherry Class, Ampeleia, Rose' Tasting, Andrew Will, Yes on 13 in Florida


A Call for an End to Drabness!
Wall Street Journal Says add a little color to your wardrobe.

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character,
give him power and a fuchsia waist coat"

OR Just DO the Different
Join The Case Club @MetroWines
Call (828) 575-9525

GINI Soave Classico, Veneto

Gini says: "This wine brings together the best expressions of our vineyards,
a single bottle to express the aromas and the flavours of our land harmoniously. The mention “Classico” distinguishes the Soave made from vineyards standing in the historical hilly area where Garganega grapes are traditionally grown."

100% Garganega, the wine is straw yellow with green-gold reflections in the glass. The nose is intense and fragrant, fresh white flowers including hawthorn, elder, and cherry, together with white peach and tropical fruit. The palate is all this plus blended in an elegant and harmonious way with almond notes and a balanced minerality.

But don't ask me! Wine Spectator Says 90 Points:
"A lithe, light-bodied white, with racy acidity and a subtle streak of mineral,
layered with nectarine, melon and pink grapefruit pith flavors. This is well-knit, with a lingering, lightly spiced finish. Drink now through 2020. 9,000 cases made."

Laurence Vuelta of Avenui Brands
"Spain Meets California: An International Holiday Table"
5 Wines Paired with Small Plates from Local Establishments
including Gan Shan Station. Oh yeah!
$25 plus tax. Event Credit Only for Cancelations

"If you haven't been to a wine tasting with Laurence Vuelta,
You haven't been to a wine tasting! It's just a fact."

Port and Sherry
What's the difference? What's it all about?
Andy Hale , Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines,
tells you everything you need to know about these holiday wines!
$20. Class with pairings limited to 20 Participants
Capitalizing on the move toward natural wines,
farms in Tuscany are embracing nature and going biodynamic.
"To the mystification of skeptics, the farming calendar is determined by heavenly bodies. Growers harvest when the moon is full and sap rises
in plants, mirroring the tides." New York Times

Can't go to Tuscany?
GO BIO right here @MetroWines.

Shop Ampeleia!
Elizabetta Foradori Brings IT!

(Personal Note: "Kepos" from Ampeleia ($26) is my 2018 favorite wine
A blend of Meditteranean grapes including Grenache,
Carignan and Alicante Bouschet, this is what wine should taste like!)

Thanksgiving Great Rose Tasting

ALL Day Long on Saturday, November 3rd
from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines

Taste Rose that works ALL Year Long
from aperitif to dessert to just because!

Wine Spectator reports that sales of Rosare up over 59%!
The country is drinking Rose All Year Long.
For some Purpose. For some Reason. Or no Reason at all !!

And see Amazon Review of book by Elizabeth Gabay, Master of Wine
"Understanding the Pink Wine Revolution"

"This wine bucks the trend toward heavy, overbearing Cabernet
that too often shuts down on palate. Instead, this wine has texture and fruit
bound by tannin and acid to perform in glass and on palate.
Seductive in its freshness and fruit definition." 

James Suckling, 93 Points
"Pretty blackberry and blueberry aromas with black licorice. A full body,
firm and silky tannins and a fresh finish. Integrated and tight.  Best in 2020."

Robert Parker for Wine Advocate, 92 Points
"Notes of minty cassis, blackberries and cigar smoke, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
is medium to full-bodied, supple and velvety, with beautifully fine-grained tannins and a deep core of fruit. Generous and expressive. Drink over the next 5-6 years."

Play a TRICK on the Gamblers and Breeders who have
shamelessly used Greyhounds to make a buck.
Shut them all down.

Florida Voters Have the Power!

Vote "YES on 13" in Florida 
*** and set greyhounds free ***


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Have a Heart Wine Tasting

News Release: November 1, 2018

About: Taste Wine from a Winery that Gives Back!
Join us for "Have a Heart Wine Tasting" featuring "Big Guy Wine Cellars" ( Red Blend on Saturday, November 17th all day long "on the house" from 10am to 7pm @Metrowines. 
What's "Have a Heart" all about? 
"Big Guy Wine Cellars" has committed to donating $2.00 of every case sold to Paws for Purple Hearts (, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping service veterans by providing them with the highest quality service dogs and canine assisted therapeutic programs. The PHH goal is to improve the lives of American warriors facing mobility challenges and trauma related conditions such as PTSD and TBI. "Big Guy Wine Cellars" understands the sacrifices made by American veterans and wants to do its part to ensure help to those in need.
"MetroWines has already bought cases so a donation has been made to help," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "But if YOU buy bottles or cases, we can buy more cases and make more donations!"
What about the Wine? Is it just low end wine with a great label?
No! From Winemaker John Albaugh, this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Petite Sirah and Merlot presents ripe fruit with an aromatic nose and smooth, lush palate. Well balanced with a solid structure, the soft tannins and sweet vanilla oak carry the red fruits over the palate to a long finish. A crowd pleaser, "Big Guy" is perfect for group gatherings and the holiday table but can also go solo!
Who is "Big Guy"?
The Winery says: "Winemaking goes to the dogs! Our beloved Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier Ty, also know as “Big Guy”, spent many faithful years welcoming guests to the winery. Whether walking through vineyards to inspect grapes or in the barrel room cleaning out barrels prepping for the next vintage, Ty was always happily by our side. His high-spirited presence was guaranteed to make any day that much better. Sadly, Big Guy has left us. As a tribute to his memory, and all of the beloved four-legged friends that have gone before him, an unwavering wine was created to keep their spirit alive."

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Alessandro Cellai, "Rock Star Winemaker"


What a delightful guy! Alessandro Cellai ( was interesting, fun and very, very, very accomplished. 

Seems like some people are just born with a genetic predisposition to do what they end up doing. Alessandro is one of them. He was, no doubt about it, born with the wine gene. That stands in stark contradistinction to me who was born with the "Watch Mary Tyler Moore Reruns Over and Over Again" gene, a predisposition I can assure you I have fulfilled!
There is so much to tell you about Alessandro but so much has already been written about and by him, all available on the internet and YouTube, I think I will let you focus on the aspects of his life and winemaking that interest you. 

First, let me say that I hope Alessandro is not shining me on! He is mighty charming and could do some shining with ease but he seems like a real and nice guy. And I could see he was visibly taken aback when I gave him my business card. He says his mother's name is the same as mine, Trippi. She was from the Tuscan village of Civitella Della Chiana in Arezzo. "It is not a common name and I have only heard it around the Florence area." How cool is that?

Are we cousins, I ask with great hope? Alessandro says, "Probably, up the line somewhere." That works!  A world class winemaker for a cousin, even if it is several generations back in the old country and a little light on connectivity, is good enough for me. Alessandro says he will send me something that his mother signed. WOW!  I am all over town today telling everyone about my cousin. But enough about my excellent adventure. Back to Alessandro...

So the "Rock Star Winemaker" Alessandro Cellai sandwiched a quick visit to MetroWines between two other engagements in Asheville. Add a very curious crowd @MetroWines meaning I had limited time to question our guest so I dived right in to the less than technical stuff. We already know his wines have balance, structure and a berry taste and are highly reviewed. Yada. Yada. Move on...

I was determined to make sure that I got to the bottom of this "Rock Star" designation. What's that all about? Turns out Alessandro was chosen by Decanter Magazine as the Best Winemaker Under 40 in the World! The WORLD I say. Read: "Rock Star." Yeah, that's my cousin!

But do you believe it? The RockStar thing, I ask? Alessandro hesitates a bit. Ok, I say, put another way then, can you name a better winemaker? "No." He believes it. And well he should. After tasting the wine, I know I do!

Alessandro says he entered the wine world through his uncle. A Catholic priest at a church in Tuscany, Alessandro's uncle made the sacramental wine with Sangiovese grapes he planted and farmed on the church property. A not so little divine intervention! And from there, the wine gene took over.

Alessandro has two children. His son, Lorenzo  is 18 and studying economics. His daughter, Barbara is 16 and, Alessandro hopes, his winemaking successor. Barbara is already studying viticulture and is hands on at the winery. 

Do women in wine have a tough time in Italy? Do you have any concerns about your daughter pursuing a career in winemaking? Alessandro says "No." He does not see discrimination against women in the wine industry. "Women have always been winemakers in Italy." About this time, I am wondering why I am not in Tuscany! I have the Mary Tyler Moore boxed set of 7 seasons. I can go anywhere now.

Now the important stuff. Favorite actor? "Bruce Willis." So I guess "Die hard" is your favorite movie? Alessandro says, without a hint of equivocation, "Si. All of them."

Actress? "Julia Roberts." Movie? "All of them. Any of them. I like Pretty Woman but, really, all of them."  It is clear that Alessandro really, really, really likes Julia Roberts!

And if you are kicking back to watch a Julia Roberts movie, what wine in today's lineup that included Grillo, Frappato, Nero d'Avola, Cabernet Sauvignon, and his most awesome dessert wine, do you pour. "Nero d'Avola." That might have been my favorite too.

Vineyard Dog? "Si, due cani." Alessandro has two Black Labs named Tom and Jerry.

Finally, what music did he want us to play for the tasting? "I like music from the 60s and 70s but if I have to pick just one, The Beatles."

I write this through the haze of wondering why I am not in Firenze. My cousin is a rock star winemaker! And a real nice guy.



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Yes on Florida Prop 13! Laurence Vuelta, Beajolais Blanc, Dark Side, Ramos, Italian Wine Tasting, Washington Wines


Vote in Florida?
Have Friends and Family Who Vote in Florida?
Please ask them to support Greyhounds.

Vote YES on Prop 13

to end greyhound racing in Florida
and let these gentle creatures find HOMES!

Laurence Vuelta of Aveniu Brands
"Spain Meets California: An International Holiday Table"

November 15th from 5:30-6:30 @MetroWines
Wines include selections from Artesa, Vina Pomal and Scaladei!
paired with Small Plates from a popular LOCAL restaurant!

$25. More Information and Tickets at (828) 575-9525 or here:
You Know What We Say @MetroWines
If you have not been to a wine tasting with Lawrence Vuelta,
you have NOT, NOT I say, been to a wine tasting!

Beaujolais Blanc, Kermit Lynch Import

A Little Heavier White for Soup and Cooler Day Menus...
The Dupeuble Beaujolais presents riveting color, super concentrated body strong palate with blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, olallieberries, boysenberries, cinnamon, cherry pit, violets, petunias, red currants,
black currants and a hint of graham crackers. $16.99

*** Dark Side of Wine ***
Tuesday, October 30 from 5:30 to 6:30
@ and ONLY @MetroWines

Wall Street Journal asks What's in Your Food?

Andy Hale of The Asheville School of Wines @MetroWines
*** Speaks Truth to Power ***

and asks What's in Your Wine?

$20 plus tax. Event Credit Only for Cancelations
CALL: (828) 575-9525

Yeah Baby!! This is a Real FIND!! $12.99
Ramos Reserva 2016, Un-oaked

This hand-crafted wine is a blend of native Alentejo grapes,
Trincadeira and Aragonez, plus a touch of Syrah for added body.
The fruit is sourced from 1,000 ft high schist and limestone vineyards
surrounding the J Portugal Ramos Vila Santa winery. 
Unoaked, it is fresh and fruity while maintaining a plush palate.

Ruby red in color, this wine has aromas of ripe red fruit and dried herbs.
The palate is soft and robust with complex tannins, spicy with a long finish.

Born into a long line of wine producers, Joao P. Ramos
took the path of agronomical studies. He has won international acclaim
and many prestigious awards during the last 30 years.
"Rock Star Winemaker" Alesandro Cellai
Fuedi del Pisciotto
Thursday, October 25th from 3 to 5pm @MetroWines
4 Wines and Presentation "on the house"

*** LAST CALL ***

Seated Washington State REDS Tasting:
with Small Plates from
Atlanta Chef Chris Bensen at Bone&Broth

Wednesday, October 24th 5:30 to 6:30


*** The Menu ***
Will Blend - Red Grapes Green - Red Grapes coated
in blue cheese mousse and dusted with pistachios

Gramercy Syrah- Smoked Tomato Bruschetta -
Smoked cherry Tomato, garlic, parmesan
cheese, and herb gremolata on tallow butter toasted crostini

Gramercy Cab – Duck Prosciutto on Herb Lavash
with Crispy Capers and Three Graces dairy Blanche.

Will Cab- Blackened Apple Brandy Farms Denver Steak,
Shaved thin and drizzled with Balsamic Reduction

$25 plus tax. Event Credit Only for Cancelations
Call: (828) 575-9525

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Corte Gardoni Custoza White 2017, Kermit Lynch


A blend of Gargenaga, Trebbiano, Trebbianello, Cortese and a small percentage of other white grapes for pizzazz! Sustainable farming. Imported by Kermit Lynch.    

        When on the hunt for crisp everyday whites, it is natural to turn to appellations like Chablis, Mâcon, or Sancerre—the tried and true old reliables. But with yields down in Burgundy and prices for good Sancerre slowly creeping up, why not branch out and travel off the beaten path to find real value and experience new flavors?
        That road leads right to Corte Gardoni, the Veneto farm run by the Piccoli family just south of Lake Garda. Founder Gianni Piccoli, who is all but retired and has handed the keys to the kingdom to his three sons, is something of a local legend. Having resisted the wave of globalization that saw native grape varieties uprooted in favor of international ones, this man is a hero to like-minded peers. And Gianni is an outlier in more ways than one: he has also proudly refused to raise his prices over the years, allowing us to continue offering his wines at bargain cost.
      Piccoli’s Custoza is incredibly complete—it is hard to think of anything out of place or missing—spring-fresh bouquet, complex flavors, good body, pleasant acidity, and a stimulating finish. Garganega is the secret weapon in the blend, while a number of other local grapes combine to complete the experience. This charming little Venetian white will dance a jig along with any platter you place in front of it. —Anthony Lynch

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