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Muga Rioja, La due Arbie Chianti Clssico, Komaros Rose', Pintupi9 White&Red

 


MUGA

Rioja
90% Viura (Macabeo) and 10% Malvasia and Garnacha Blanca

NYT Wine Critic Eric Asimov selected MUGA for his
Top 10 White Rioja over bottles priced at $40 and above!

A lemon-yellow color in glass with green glints that reveal its youth. 
On the nose, expect a floral wine reminiscent of almond blossom,
with citrus notes of American lime and faint underlying toasted nuances.
On the palate, the wine is fresh with very good acidity and a long finish,
wrapping the mouth with reminders of Golden Delicious apples.
Perfect match for vegetable dishes, rice, fish and shellfish, taps or all alone.

La Due Arbie Chianti Superiore 
80% Sangiovese. 20% Merlot. 13.5ALC ! 
  Ruby red in the glass, this Tuscan wine presents ripe red fruits, violets and cherries on the nose and palate. Rounded tannins and an elegant long finish. Fermentation on natural lees in steel vats for two weeks followed by aging in barrels for 12 months and three months in bottle before release. 

 

 

Rose is Rolling IN
Shop Favorite Garofoli Montepulciano Rose is one of the first IN!

100% Montepulciano. Steel Tank. Fresh. Light. Lovely.

Start planning for "Rose in the Courtyard"
Save the Date: May 20th. Details TBA

A blend of 78% Chardonnay, 19% Sauvignon Blanc and 3% Fiano.
The Chardonnay brings plenty of texture and stone fruit flavor.
The wine is dry and zesty in character, with lifted aromas of citrus, melon and white blossom while the palate is fresh and flavorsome with lovely and fruit focus.
A delicious and rewarding white. Easy to open a second or third bottle!

A blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Shiraz, 48% Shiraz
and 2% Chenin Blanc. "The Red" is bright ruby in the glass.
Lively aromas of red berries, cherry, cracked pepper and dried herbs on the nose.
Spicy and precise on the palate, offering tangy red fruit flavors,
picking up a bitter licorice quality and leaving red fruit notes behind. 

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Rose' Tasting Saturday Starts May 5th

 

News Release: Monday, April 2nd, 2018

About: Rose' Tasting @MetroWines
 
 Monthly Rose Saturday is starting on Saturday May 5th, 2018 from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines.
 
Six bottles of Rose from around the world will be "on the taste" and "on the house" and featured wines will be offered at an event price.
 
"Join us to taste the versatility of Rose," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Rose is the strong silent type!"
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi 
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gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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Women Winemakers Dinner

 

WOW! What a night. Good wine. Great menu. Excellent pairings. And Juniper Cooper of Mutual Distribution took us through the amazing world of women winemakers! The menu was set but at the last minute, we decided to step outside the wine box and called an audible.
 
First, we served Beef Carpaccio with Soave. Oh yes, we did! From Sauvia, the Soave is made by a family of four women. Founded in the 1600s, the family started exporting in the 1800s to Spain and England. The emphasis today is on sustainability and the women are pioneering the biodynamic movement in wine.
 
 
We shook up it up again and paired the Priorat with tuna and avocado with sesame and ginger dressing. GR-174 2015, a blend of Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the wine is made by Anna Gallisa. 
 
First established as a priory in the 1500s by a group of friars seeking to be closer to God, this high point was called "Scala Dei." The priory kept copious records. The methods and blends are historically accurate. The wine is balanced, structured and offers up black fruit on the nose and palate. Juniper Cooper says the wine is "a big bang for the buck" and is "approachable yet complex."
 
Pork Belly was paired with, although they said it couldn't be done! Napa Valley!  Made wine by Sarah Fuller, Piccolo Red is a Bordeaux blend. Starting her career scrubbing the floors, Sarah Fuller carries credentials and clout including stints at Quintessa and Estancia in South America. Her focus is on sustainable farming.
 
 
Vanilla Sky partnered up with Signature Rose, a blend of Malbec and Pinot Noir, from Susana Balbo made in the UCO Valley, Mendoza. Born in the 1950s in Argentina, Susana was encouraged by her parents to study nuclear physics. Fun as it was!!, Susana finally said NO to physics and yes to wine. She also started down the winding wine road scrubbing barrels. Susana was the first woman winemaker in Argentina and is still considered one of the best.
 
Juniper described this rose as "manifesting spring!" But even more than that, what we found was that the wine had a cameleon like quality. The wine works with flavors, adjusting where necessary, without losing it's character or strength. Here again, we went off campus. The dessert was sweet, no question, and some might have thought a dry rose would clash, but no, cameleon! The inclsuion of 40% Pinot Noir provided enough fruit to partner.
 

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Hiyu and Smockshop Wine Tasting with Winemaker!

News Release: Wednesday, March 28th, 2018
About: Wine tasting with Winemaker for Hiyu and Smockshop
 

On Tuesday, April 10th, from 5 to 6:30, Winemaker, Nate Ready, a Master Sommelier, will pour and discuss his well received, limited production wines @MetroWines. 

A very thoughtful and environmentally aware wine maker, Nate Ready operates a polyculture farm and uses biodynamic and organic practices in his production.
Wines "on the taste" and "on the house" include Hiyu Falcon Box, Arco Iris, Smock Shop Pinot Noir and Smock Shop Columbia Valley Red. 
“When I have Hiyu/Smock Shop wines, I am struck by the sense of place, complexity, and thoughtfulness which they embody," says Charlie Stanley of Rise Over Run, Distributor for the wines. "Master Sommelier and winemaker Nate Ready’s wines harken to  historical classics of Burgundy and the Rhone Valley, while they are firmly rooted in American expression existing at the intersection of natures agricultural beauty and human ingenuity.”
 

Smockshop says: "Smockshop is an exploration of the Columbia Gorge by the team at Hiyu Wine Farm. The Gorge contains a diverse range of landscapes within a small area. It was this multitude of potential terroirs that drew us to the Gorge. We've been working on developing relationships with growers and landowners who share our vision of farming. We now lease and farm twenty acres of land outside of Hiyu and purchase fruit from an additional few more. All of the vineyards are farmed naturally and allow us access to the full spectrum of possible flavors from high altitude, cool climate sites on the western end of the Gorge to the more Mediterranean, dessert influenced sites to the east."

 
Read more about Smockshop here: https://www.smockshopband.com/About-Us

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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"Flavors and Splendors of Provence"

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News Release: Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

About: Northern Provence Presentation
 
Join The Asheville School of Wine and Sylvie Delaunay of Provence Detours on Sunday, May 20th from 3-4pm @MetroWines for a wine tasting with cheese and charcuterie to accompany a presentation about the cuisine and culture and discussion of a hosted tour of the area. 
 
Sylvie Delaunay, owner and operator of Provence Detours, will offer a power point presentation called "Flavors and Splendors of Northern Provence" with details of the planned trip to the area.
  From Provence Detours: Nestled in the Rhône Valley at the northern end of Provence, our tours explore the riches of Drôme, home of the Côtes du Rhône wines. Relax and savor the charm and peacefulness of rural Provence as you experience Drôme’s sprawling vineyards, brilliant lavender fields, mountain-perched villages, and sunny blue skies. It’s a region you shouldn’t miss — home to its own identity and culture, stunning landscapes, and incredible local flavors. Take the time to stop, explore, and savor parts of France you never knew existed.

Meet the local shop owners and proprietors who have called the region home for generations. Experience sights and sounds off the beaten path — exploring places no other tour does. Taste the food of the region, grown mere steps from the medieval villages you’ll explore. Taste wines from the vineyards you’ll see as you explore the region.

Local farms, olive groves, forests, and orchards provide the quintessential Mediterranean fare you’d expect for a journey through Provence. Explore historic villages, perched atop mountains and cliffs, wandering the cobblestone streets and soaking in the warm French sun.

  Rest easy at the end of each day in a warm and inviting bed and breakfast — you’ll enjoy the same location the duration of your trip — where you’ll connect with your travel companions, share stories, and build relationships with people from around the world.

The event is "on the house" but seating is limited. Please reserve your seat by calling (828) 575-9525 or shop online here:  https://www.metrowinesasheville.com/store/special-events/and reserve your seat.

More about the tour: https://provencedetours.com/

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi

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gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com

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Italian Wine Tasting with Nicola Cerini

News Release: Sunday, March 25th, 2018
About: Italian Wine Tasting
 
Please join The Asheville School of Wine for a wine tasting with Nicola Cerini, Export Manager for Italian Wineries, Bove and Rubbia al Colle, on Monday, April 23rd from 5 to 6:30 @MetroWines. The tasting is "on the house.' parking is free, close and easy.


Bove

Three generations of the Bove family have called the rich farmland of Avezzano, Abruzzo, home. Here, they have nurtured wine grapes that grow plump and favorful nourished by soil from what was the bed of Italy’s largest lake. The lake was drained in the late 19th Century to create new agricultural lands – giving birth to modern day Avezzano.

Rome may have its historic prominence and Venice its pic-turesque canals – Avezzano itself has a history reaching to the Paleolithic period. As its inhabitants developed agricultural prominence in the early 20th Century, a devastating earthquake all but eradicated the city. Staunch residents rebuilt only to be bombed repeatedly during World War II – until liberated by the New Zealand Army in June 1944.

Families rebuilt again – and today Avezzano has come into its own for both its high quality agricultural products and its emergence as a center for tech industry.

The Bove family, who founded their cantine in 1930, epitomize the pride of the Avezzano people and embrace their role as stewards of the land and the surrounding natural resources.

And, as the saying goes, it takes a village. The Bove family works closely with local farmers to resurrect varieties like Pecorino that had nearly disappeared from the region. Likewise, refined cultivation of the fabled Montepulciano grape has resulted in wines that exhibit the region’s true character.

The wines have been forged from hardship but drink with enjoyable and with well-earned maturity. Bove wines express the character of the region’s fruitful terroir and the dedication and passion of the Bove family. A high-tech bottling line shows the family’s eye for the future. Careful sourcing from optimal vineyards and careful grape selection are hallmarks of respect for quality and tradition.

More: http://uvaimports.com/producers/bove

Rubbia al Colle

For many travellers, an exploration of Italy often begins in Tuscany. The region is known for its romantic allure, the food and, of course, the wine.

Tuscany, like the rest of Italy, is not easily pigeonholed. Its 8,900 square miles are diverse, from its capital of Florence to the tiniest of mountain villages, Tuscany is a nation within a nation, where the matter of a few miles finds diverse daily meals and much, much different wines.

Almost 7 miles due east of the Mediterranean Ocean and 57 miles southwest of Florence, Rubbia al Colle is nearly in the heart of the vast Maremma region. Here, grapes grow on two tracts. Podere Le Pulledre skirts a fertile valley floor where vines flourish in clay soil with deep sand layers, warm climate and significant diurnal temperature swings. Podere La Rubbia is located on a hillside with a warm and windy climate. Soils are clay and calcareous with stony sediment. The two vineyards are very diferent and exemplify the micro-regions that give Maremma its rich agricultural heritage.

Located on highly traveled tourist paths, this rich farmland tucks up against foothills leading to Campiglia – a beautiful walled city with roots in Medieval times. To the northeast lies the DOCG namesake, Suvereto, another walled city of barely 4,000 people.

The winery of Rubbia al Colle is located in the ancient property Le Pulledre. The Muratori family built the winery in the hearth of a hill, where now the red wines of Rubbia al Colle mature. The winery is predominately underground, made of local materials, in sympathy to the original structure of the estate. Mediterranean maquis grows on the roof of the winery and water, sun and rocks are primary elements of the winery, while clay is its foundation layer.

The wines are released at a time when they can be enjoyed – and will grow more compelling with time. Rubbia al Colle, on the Arcipelago Muratori estate, is dedicated to red wines, especially Sangiovese, and including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot. The wines are a testament to the vineyards’ outstanding growing conditions and the Muratori family commitment to tradition and quality.

 

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi

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Comings and goings

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     It's been quiet in here as of late, hasn't it? For good reason, I promise. The end of February and most of March have been very busy for us at Metro Wines. 

     One of our favorite winemakers, Michele D'Aprix, was here not very long ago. Michele is the only American woman wine maker in Bordeaux! And she was actually here IN our store! Not Skype, or Facebook Live, but in the very flesh, enchanting us with stories about life in Bordeaux, and how she comes up with names for her wines. We had a significant turnout that evening, and I'm sure many of you had the pleasure of meeting Michele.

     We also had a fantastic tasting featuring the wines of Donkey & Goat. Based in California, they take a very holistic, "hands off" approach to wine making: natural, sustainable, and biodynamic practices at the vineyard; in the cellar they don't add or take anything from the wine, and they ever only use minimal effective sulphur. They don't stabilize, fine, or filter their wines at bottling. The result is a world of flavors that you don't usually get from these varietals, with a fantastic texture to boot. And, from what I hear, no donkies, nor goats, are ever harmed in the making of the wine.

     I had the pleasure of being invited to the Beth HaTephila Congregation to do a presentation on Kosher wines. This was a great learning opportunity for me. Admittedly, I fell under the umbrella of everyone who believed that all Kosher wines are boiled, and of poor quality, because I was told that long ago, and never questioned it. It was eye-opening, as well as pleasantly surprising to find out that, while some Kosher wines are pasteurized, most are not, and as far as quality goes, there's no difference between a Kosher wine and its conventional counterpart. Chateau Valandraud double magnum, you say? $3,000 at auction. Quality, pedigree, and the history are there to rival the most legendary wines on earth. By the way, that's a picture of the Golan Heights at the top of this post. 

     We have also been making our Auction winners very happy with their tastings. Among the themes for these tastings are "Fun, but not weird," "Wine for Bourbon drinkers," and "Greek wines you've never heard of, or heard of but haven't tried." Retsina, anyone? 

    These are but a few of the activities that have kept me away from the keyboard here at Metro. While things don't seem to be slowing down (which is a good thing), I will try to keep the updates more consistently frequent.  Until next time.

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Asheville Wine Focus Group: July

 

Chris Curtis of Country Vintner will host the July gathering of The Asheville Wine Focus Group.

The Country Vintner has served North Carolina as an importer and wholesaler of fine wines since 1995.  Our portfolio is incredibly diverse and dynamic, featuring classic iconic wineries and exciting new brands from around the world. 

We serve restaurants and retailers across the entire state from the coastline of the Outer Banks to the mountains of Asheville.  All of our wines are received into our temperature-controlled distribution center on refrigerated containers and are delivered to our customers on refrigerated trucks.

If you shop @MetroWines, you are familiar with Country Vintner Wines including Secateurs, RAATS, DMZ just to name a few!

You must reserve a seat. Please call (828) 575-9525.

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Engineers Without Borders Fundraiser

 

 

News Release: Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Engineers Without Borders: Asheville Chapter Fundraiser
 
The Asheville Chapter of Engineers Without Borders invites you to a wine tasting to benefit the good work of the organization on Friday, April 13th from 5 to 7pm @MetroWines. 
 
Engineers Without Borders, a non-profit, is a team of experienced professionals with backgrounds in environmental, manufacturing, chemical, civil, mechanical and software engineering.
 
In 2015, our team of Asheville engineers (http://ewbasheville.org/) saw children kicking a soccer ball into a medical waste burn pile in Uluthe Village Kenya. A year later, in collaboration with the community, we completed the building of a safe medical waste incinerator at the Uluthe Medical Hospital and Dispensary.
 
The current project aims to improve medical waste disposal at the larger Siaya County Hospital near Uluthe. The hospital serves more than 300 people each day, that's 106,800 people every year providing all types of medical services including antimalarial drugs and antiretroviral drugs, HIV testing, prenatal care and childbirth as well as first aid and surgery.
 
Donation for the event is $20, includes glass of red, white or rose. Tickets HERE. 
 
Can't join us but want to make a tax deductible donation?
Or make checks payable to EWB-USA with "Asheville Professionals" on memo line to: 
EWB-USA Asheville Professionals
C/O Anchor QEA of NC PLLC
213 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801

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Asheville Wine Focus Group Winner: March

In a bizarre turn of events, the focus group was almost evenly split among the four wines presented by Mike Tiano of Haw River Wine Man. But, I think I saw one more hand for the Colterenzio Pinot Nero. OK, it was my hand but, hey, I count! I love this wine.  Brilliant ruby red in the glass, fresh fruity on the nose with aromas of red currants and black cherry. Colterenzio is medium bodied with ripe berry flavors on the palate. Soft tannins and integrated aciidty round out the wine. This Pinot Nero could go 2-4 years in the bottle. Bottom line is that a Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir in France and Blauburgunder (OUCH!) in Germany and Austria) of this quality at this price, $16.99, is hard to find. Find it @MetroWines!

Tellus Vinea 2016, an unoaked Bordeaux imported by Neal Rosenthal, was a close second, a hand away, OK OK, my hand. But I love this one too. This blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc is earthy and fruity with a waft of cherry. The wine is fermented in concrete allowing the true flavors of the grapes to speak without being smothered by oak. That said, this is a versatile Bordeaux.

Vallevo Pecorino sold out last night. The importer tells the story of how he found this wine:

Some years ago I helped a group of Italian winemakers tour Sonoma County wineries. The following year I was at Vinitaly, the huge Italian wine trade fair, and I went to say hello to one of the winemakers at his booth; his name was Gianni Pasquale, and he was the Technical Director for a small co-operative winery in the Abruzzo region, near Chieti. We talked for a bit, and then he asked if I'd like to taste his wines. I must admit I felt slightly embarassed; I knew roughly how little they cost, and I assumed they'd be pretty dire. But it would have been rude to refuse.

They poured the wines, and I started tasting, mentally composing a white lie to explain why I couldn't buy them. Then I realized that they were in fact exactly right- very flavorful, honest, well-made wines at a perfect price. In a sense this is an importer’s highest achievement; it’s pretty easy to find good wine at $50 a bottle, but very difficult at less than $10.  This extraordinary bottle is $10.99 @MetroWines.

COSTA DEI TRABOCCHI’ ABRUZZO PECORINO DOC

‘No, this is not the sheep cheese: the variety’s curious name refers to sheepherders who ate the grapes while accompanying their flocks…’ Ian d’Agata

Pecorino is a grape variety that almost died out, and has been coming back into production in the last 20 years or so in the Marche and the Abruzzo. The wine is characterized by fresh acidity and very attractive aromas: ‘…usually delicately herbal (sage, thyme, mint) with balsamic nuances to the crisp apple and pear aromas and flavors…’ (d’Agata again).

The Vallevò Pecorino is fermented dry and aged on the lees in stainless steel tanks, and bottled in the Spring following the vintage. Makes a great dry aperitif and works with a range of foods, from seafood to vegetables.

 

 

Also a winner, Ostatu. Not a new wine to the shop but a constant favorite with customers and, as of last night, the Focus Group. The Focus Group liked the acidity and freshness of this wine. It is a"porch sipper" or the perfect partner to seafood. The winery says: The Rioja Blanco 2016 from Bodegas Ostatu is a blend of 85% Viura and 15% Malvasia from the highest parts of their oldest vineyards - the vines are between 30 and 80 years old. Pronounced aromas of nectarine, passion fruit and peach, give way to a fresh, lively palate with vibrant acidity and a spicy finish with hints of ginger and lemongrass.

 

 

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Graves, L'Oustalet, Rosso di Rocca

What We're Talking About @MetroWines...

 

Rosso di Rocca 2015 by Daniela, Monica and Paola Roca
Read about the Winemakers: http://www.albinorocca.com/en/today/
The 2015 Rosso di Rocca, the estate’s Nebbiolo based,
Barbera and Cabernet Franc blend,
is another fruity, tasty red to drink now and over the next year or two.
Sweet red cherry, flowers, mint, orange peel and sweet spices
are laced into the supple, racy finish.
Red Beans and Rice Approved
That's Pistou on the label, the horse that still works the fields!
L'Oustalet is just as dependable and, oh yeah, red beans and rice approved.

 
  The Perrin Family has been pioneers in organic viticulture in France. Jacques Perrin being engaged in its development as early as 1950. this natural approach to viticulture has one maine goal: to encourage the roots to grow deep. When this happens, they interact with the soil's complex structure and produce grapes with marvelous intensity and balance. L'Oustalet is no exception. A blend of Grenache and Syrah, the wine displays superb aromas of juicy fruit, cherries, spices and smoked meat, with texture and balance.
You Like Semillon? Don't Forget Graves!
Chateau Graville-Lacoste Graves
IMPORTED BY KERMIT LYNCH

A blend of 75% Semillon, 20% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscadelle.
Unfiltered. Stainless Steel.
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Asheville Wine Focus Group: April

News Release: Thursday, March 8th, 2018

About: April Session of The Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines
 
Please join us for The Asheville Wine Focus Group on April 4th, 2018 from 5:30-6:30 @MetroWines as we welcome Bryan Hendershot of Mims Distribution, in business over 50 years, to host the evening.
 
Bryan will present four wines for participants to consider. "Participants are asked to play wine shop owner for the night," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Participants will taste the wines and answer whether like the wine, do they believe others will like the wine, should the wine be carried  @MetroWines, and what should the wine cost."
 
There is no charge for the event. Please reserve your seat by calling (828) 575-9525 or register online here: 
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Bread, Brie and Bubbles

Tickets Here!

UPDATE: 

Meet at shop at 4:30. Park @MetroWines.

Come on in and Share a Glass of Bubbles

UBER (not includd) picks up at 5 and drives group to Great Harvest.

Enjoy Sourdough, Brie and Bubbles, Make Sourdough.

UBER drives you back to pick up uour car @MetroWines.

DONE!

Or you can just meet us there!

News Release: March 8th, 2018

About: "Bread, Brie and Bubbles"
 
Please join MetroWines for a hands-on class and evening of camaraderie, "Bread, Brie and Bubbles" at the Great Harvest Bread Company on Friday, April 20th from 5:30 to 7:30.
 
The baker will show you how to make sour dough bread while you taste Brie on freshly baked bread paired with a French sparkling wine selected by MetroWines and offered compliments of Great Harvest Bread Company. Carve your initials in your bread, Great Harvest Bread Company will bake your loaf overnight and you pick up your work on Saturday morning!
 
"We are delighted to partner with Great Harvest Bread Company where everything is done from scratch" says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "What's better than freshly baked bread, cheese and bubbles?"
 
Class is limited to 20 participants. The cost is $20 plus tax. Purchase tickets online here: https://www.metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/bread-brie-and-bubbles-on-april-20th/or call MetroWines at (828) 575-9525.
 
Great Harvest Bread Company is located at 1838 Hendersonville Road in Asheville. 
 
Contact for Great Harvest Bread Company: Andy Singleton at (828) 412-3199
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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History in the Making: Women Winemakers from Around the Globe

News Release: Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

About: Women Winemaker's Dinner at Golden Fleece
"History in the Making: A Celebration of Women Winemakers Across the Globe"
*** Please note Change of Date and Event Title ***
Celebrate Women's History Month! Please join MetroWines, Mutual Distribution, Great Harvest Bread Company and Chef George Delidimos for "History in the Making: A Celebration of Women Winemakers Across the Globe" on Wednesday, March 28th from 6 to 9pm at Golden Fleece in Asheville. 
"The evening celebrates women who worked their way up to be winemaker," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "These women winemakers were not born to the job, some started sweeping the winery floor!"
 
Chef George Delidimos will create an original four course menu to honor these winemakers. Juniper Cooper of Mutual Distribution will tell us the story of the winemaker behind the wine paired with each dish. Great Harvest Bread Company will provide freshly baked breads for the evening and cookies, cookies, cookies!
 
Wines featured will be from Argentina, Spain, Italy and California.
The dinner is $65 plus tax and gratuity. Please reserve your seat by calling Golden Fleece at (828) 424-7655. Plenty of free parking.
 

Contact for Golden Fleece: Kathleen Marshall (828) 424-7655

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
google: https://goo.gl/knC8LP
 

First Course

Beef Carpaccio

local watercress, graviera flakes, olive oil, lemon, topped with edible flower petals

Second Course

Ahi Tuna Salad

local butter lettuce, radish, avocado, citrus supremes, sesame ginger dressing

Third Course

Pork Belly and Pears

seared local pork belly, grilled pears, asparagus, candied garlic

Fourth Course

Vanilla Sky

basil-vanilla custard wrapped in phyllo nest, sugar glass, with a berry coulis 

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Wine Tasting with Laurence Vuelta

 

TICKETS HERE

News Release: Wednesday, February 28th, 2018
About: Wine Tasting with Laurence Vuelta!
The Asheville School of Wine presents the best show in the wine world, Laurence Vuelta of Aveniu Brands hosts "Bodega Septima: A Taste of Mendoza, Argentina" on Thursday, April 19th starting 6pm @MetroWines. 
"This tasting with tapas is a twice yearly event @MetroWines and customers began reserving seats at the last event in November," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines."@MetroWines, we say that if you have not been to a wine tasting with Laurence Vuelta, you have NOT been to a wine tasting!"
The seated tasting includes 5 wines and tapas. The cost is $25 plus tax. Seating is limited. Please call (828) 575-9525 for reservations or shop online here: https://www.metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/laurence-vuelta-seated-wine-tasting-with-tapas/

Wines include Bodega Septima Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and, from the oldest family owned winery in the world, Codorniu Gran Reserva Pinot Noir Brut Cava. 
 
Juniper Cooper of Mutual Distribution will also join us for the event. And wines will be available for a special event price that evening @MetroWines.

Follow Bodega Septima on FB here: https://www.facebook.com/bodegaseptima/   
Follow Laurence Vuelta on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/laurencevuelta?lang=en

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi

Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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Roaring Meg, Painted Wolf, Vieux Pressoir, Bocelli

Winemaker Notes

This wine highlights the season with a blend of dark red and black forest berries

adding complexity with a hint of dried herbs, adding complexity.

The wine starts with a dark berry and lovely texture and to the mid palate.
Lovely ripe textural tannins rise gracefully out of the mid-palate to finish the wine.
The wine is balanced by the acidity and fruit producing long fruit-driven finish.


Critical Acclaim

90 Points from Wine Spectator
Clove and cinnamon accents add a spicy overtone to the gingerbread,
caraway and black cherry flavors. Smooth and creamy on the finish. 

90 Points from Wine Enthusiast
Earthy and beet-like on the nose, this medium-bodied Pinot Noir
also boasts hints of cola and black cherries. It's round and silky in texture,
with a softly dusty finish reminiscent of cola and espresso. 

This winery, Painted Wolf, makes extraordinary wines
to help in the effort to save The African Wild Dog.
Hunted for their magnificent coats and losing their homes to humans,
between 5,500 and 7,000 are left in the world.
Painted Wolf aims to stop the extinction of The African Wild Dog.
We aim to help.

The den wines are social wines to be enjoyed with friends and family.
These wines are named for the den, the heart of African Wild Dog communities.

Flavor-packed, soft and juicy comfort wines for every day drinking.

This wine has a bright aroma and flavor of tropical fruits. Honeydew melon,
guava and pineapple host an underlying savory minerality and a lick of wood.
The wine has a great texture and a long layered finish with bright acidity
keeping it fresh and vibrant. Grown and made wine in South africa.

Pick up a bottle of this crowd pleasing Chenin Blanc
and "read it with" this NYT article on Johannesburg.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/08/travel/36-hours-in-johannesburg.html
Chateau Le Vieux Pressoir 2010
Saint Emilion Grand Cru

 Dark ruby purple in color, it is medium full on the palate
with an appealing wood influence that integrates well into the wine.
Flavors of red currant, plum, kirsch and a touch of licorice
balance out the toasty oak. Drinks way above price.

NYT Eric Asimov on La Cite' du Vin, read Bordeaux Museum
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/15/
dining/wine-museum-bordeaux-la-cite-du-vin.html

(We should be in that museum, La Cite' du Vin, for finding
a Bordeaux this good for $15.99)

*** THIS JUST IN ***

Jody Allen of Small Vineyards
Saturday, March 3rd from 3 to 6 @MetroWines

*** This is A MUST SEE ***

Jody makes a wine tasting up close and personal
with stories of his experiences at the wineries,
with the winemakers, including Bocelli !! and their families.
You do not want to miss this virtual trip into the wine world.

https://www.metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/
blog/entry/small-vineyards-tasting-with-jody-allen

Going Facebook LIVE from 5:30-6pm!

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Michele D'Aprix Wine Tasting

 

News Release: Friday, February 23rd, 2018

About: Wine Tasting with WineMaker Michele D'Aprix
 
Please join The Asheville School of Wine as we present Winemaker Michele D'Aprix, the only American woman winemaker in Bordeaux,  on Thursday, March 15th from 5 to 6:30 @MetroWines.
 
Michele D' Aprix makes the scandalously good and wildly popular "Pentimento," a Bordeaux blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Michele will present "Pentimento" and other wines in her portfolio including MazCaz White and Red Rhone blends, "on the taste" and "on the house" @MetroWines.
 
"Michele and her wines have been popular since we opened the doors almost five years ago," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines.  "The wines are great but it is meeting the charismatic, accomplished and approachable Michele, that makes this event a must for anyone who appreciates winemaking."
 
A rising star in the wine world, Michele took her work in chemistry (note the chemical formula on "Pentimento") west and added a degree in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis. Michele then headed to Bordeaux and trained with accomplished and highly regarded winemaker Stephane Derenocourt known for his many bottles that have garnered 100 points from critics. Adding her own touch, Michele started her own project in St. Emilion, "Pentimento." And the rest is, as they say, wine history!
Follow Michele on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/pentimentowine?lang=en
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525

 

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Donkey&Goat Tasting with Winemaker

 

News Release: Monday, February 19, 2018
About: Donkey&Goat Wine Tasting @MetroWines
 
Jared Brandt of Donkey&Goat,the 2018 featured winemaker at the highly regarded Charleston Wine&Food Festival, will join us to pour wines "on the taste" and "on the house" @MetroWines on Tuesday, March 6th from 5 to 6:30.  
 
Winery Owner and Winemaker Jared Brandt will pour and discuss 5 wines: 
-Donkey & Goat Gadabout White 2016 
-Donkey & Goat Gallivanter Red 2016 
-Donkey & Goat Untended Chard 2014 
-Donkey & Goat Old Vine Carignan 2015 
-Donkey & Goat "The Bear - Fenaughty and Light Vineyards" 2015  
 
New York Times Wine Critic Eric Asimov, recently recommended Gallivanter Red:
 
The Donkey&Goat Philosophy:
     Donkey & Goat Winery is owned and operated by Jared & Tracey Brandt in Berkeley, California. We make “natural wines” which is a term that covers both the vineyard and the cellar. That is what distinguishes natural wine– the extension of natural farming philosophies that drive the practices for sustainable, natural & biodynamic farming into the cellar. Our wines are made from sustainably (or more) farmed vineyards in the Sierra Nevada, Mendocino and Napa. 
     In the cellar nothing is removed and nothing is added save minimal effective sulphur. Sulphur is a contentious issue in the natural wine world. We have made wines with zero sulphur added but in general we do use minimum effective sulphur. Or we use as little as possible and our levels going into bottle fall within the predominant guideline for natural wines in Europe. Our wines are bottled without stabilization, fining or filtration. While not required, we include our ingredient list on our label which is remarkably short: grapes and minimal sulphur. We have made our wines in this manner since we created Donkey & Goat in 2004 and will continue to do so until we stop.
 
Donkey&Goat Website: https://www.donkeyandgoat.com/shop
 

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi

Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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Chateau de Ruth, Idiot's Grace, Berto, Christies International RE,

 

"The Read it With Bottle"

Château de RUTH is located in Ste-Cécile-les-Vignes,
north-east of Orange in the heart of the terroirs of the southern Côtes du Rhône. 

The estate is one of the oldest in the Rhone Valley. 
The name first appears in 1561. The remains of a convent
working in the era of Louis XIV are still present on the property.

A balanced blend of White Grenache and Roussanne,
the wine presents citrus and white flowers on the nose, 
with a dry but fruity freshness on the palate.

Idiot's Grace 2014
From Memaloose in the Columbia River Gorge, WA
http://www.winesofthegorge.com/our-story.html

Wine Searcher Says:
Not quite as widely known as other wines from Columbia Gorge - Washington.
In contrast, this wine has been getting more popular over the past year.
We can only find a few stores in America that have this wine. 

INVITATION
to MetroWines Customers

Please join MetroWines at The Grand Opening
of Christie's International Real Estate
on Thursday, February 22nd from 5:30 to 7:30
at 18 South Pack Square.

The event, with hors d'oeuvres, wine poured by MetroWines!
and art from Momentum Gallery is open to our customers.


Let's Just Tell it Like it IS
With nearly 20 Different Bottles of Vermouth,
MetroWines is Your Vermouth Destination

And it's ALL the Rage!
Berto White and Red Vermouth from Kermit Lynch
 
      Founded in 1890, the distillery of Castelnuovo Don Bosco was purchased in 1906 by Carlo Quaglia, the great grandfather of the current distillery director. Based in The Piedmont, traditional knowledge of distillation, liqueur, and vermouth has been passed down through generations. 

   The Bèrto red vermouth (Ross da Travaj) and white vermouth (Aperitiv dla Traddission) are standard-bearers of traditionally produced sweet vermouth from The Piedmont. The recipe dates back to the 1930s.  The vision was to create Piemontese Vermouth that could stand on its own as an aperitif or after dinner drink. Enjoy Berto in wide glasses or in a tumbler with ice and an orange peel.

 

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Valentine's Day Dinner at the Princess Anne Hotel

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     Bubbles and amuse-bouche; Pinot Gris and Squash soup; Bourgogne Rouge and Duck, fennel, and beet salad; Cabernet and steak. The pairings were fantastically executed (I would know- I was there!), and ensured love remained in the air long into the evening. So did the entire staff at the Princess Anne Hotel, without whom this would not have been possible, nor as successful or enjoyable.

     With every new course came a new wine. Tom Leiner of Grapevine Distributors and I introduced these delights as they were poured, offering small bits of information about the wines and the people who make them. To my relief, it was well received- safe to say we made acceptable entertainers.

     For my part, I thoroughly enjoyed interacting with every guest, meeting new faces, and sharing a little of what we do here at Metro. It was my first of such events, and I should like to know it won't be the last. Certainly a memorable experience!

     Again, infinte thanks to the Princess Anne Hotel for hosting the event, their kitchen and wait staff for the impeccable service, and Tom Leiner and Grapevine Distributors for the libations. I had a great time working the event, and look forward to doing it again soon!

 

Cheers!

    

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