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Franco Serra @MetroWines

*** AND This (also) Just IN ***
Franco Serra Wine Tasting
Hosted by Antonio Sperone

LIVE from Italy!

Monday, September 30th from 5 to 6:30
"on the house" @ and ONLY @MetroWines

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Sponsored by Ciao Asheville
(Added Benefit: Practice your Italian!)

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Bone&Broth Dinner: Walk The Andes

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"A Walk Through the Andes"
Wednesday September 25th
@Bone and Broth on Charlotte Street

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Because of the popularity of Bone and Broth Dinners,
seating will be limited this time. Reserve NOW!

Rose when you arrive followed by 4 courses paired
with wines from Chile and Argentina. Then dessert!
$80 with tax and gratuity!

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

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Treasure Hunter "Propaganda"

*** Big Red of The Week ***
A NEW Treasure Hunter is in The House!
2017 "Propaganda" 

Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa 

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Treasure Hunter says: "Complex aromatics of blackberry liqueur, fresh strawberry, pipe tobacco, and salted caramel are complemented with mouth-coating flavors
of velvety blueberry, cream soda, sage, and roasted chicory

440 cases made. When it's gone, it's gone.
Sold Out online at Wine Spies for $30
$27 @MetroWines and IN Stock!

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Carpinus, Hungary

2017 from Hungary!

Istvan and Edit Bai farm 5 small, historically celebrated vineyards in Tokaji.
These prized plots are situated on the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, encompassing a myriad of wine growing soils. This cuvee is 100% Furmint.
While the grape is mostly recognized as a dessert wine, Carpinus is DRY.
This balanced wine presents orchard fruits, nuts, mineralogy and beeswax.
Furmint pairs with a wide range of spices and flavors.
(Personal Note: And, because of its slightly lemony taste,
Furmint can be served as a sorbet alternative. Do the different! Do Furmint!)

Almost nowhere in country. But on shelf in London and Netherlands!
$15.99 @MetroWines!

Make Hungarian Wine an Experience
with a Marcel Breuer Hungarian Chair!

The Hungarian born architect and designer Marcel Breuer created the B3 chair inspired by bicycle frames. In 1927, he launched the sequel: the D4, that folded!
The D4 has been reissued in cobalt blue canvas at MOMA Design Store in NYC.
In the first catalog of Breuer's tubular steel furniture, the D4 was nicknamed the Wassily after Bauhaus School colleague Wassily Kandinsky. Marketed as suitable
for patios, summer homes and gardens. Still a good suggestion in 2019!

Shop the Breuer Chair at MOMA here:

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Italian White from Kermit Lynch

Corte Gardoni Custoza Bardino 2017
Kermit Lynch Import, $16.99

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When looking for everyday whites, many automatically pick up old reliables like Chablis, Mâcon, or Sancerre. But with yields down in Burgundy and prices for good Sancerre creeping up, why not experience new flavors?

       Corte Gardoni, the Veneto farm run by the Piccoli Family since 1600s, is just south of Lake Garda. Gianni Piccoli 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! And he has efused to raise his prices over the years, allowing Kermit Lynch to continue offering his wines at affordable prices.

      Piccoli’s Custoza is incredibly complete with spring-fresh bouquet, complex flavors, good body, pleasant acidity, and a stimulating finish. Garganega is prominent, blended with other local grapes to complete your new experience. 

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MetroWines Does SPAIN in September

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*** September Wine Class: Spain ***
Seated Spanish Tasting with Marta Plana, Owner of Winetones,
and Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine
Thursday, September 12th from 5:30-6:30, $15
@ and ONLY @MetroWines

*** September Dinner: Spain ***
at Celine and Company!
Wednesday, September 18th at 6:30, $79 ALL IN.
Extraordinary Menu. Spanish Garlic Shrimp anyone?
Chef Kim can accommodate any food requirement.

As Featured in Carolina Epicurean

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Italy: Books and Wine!

From the "Ciao Asheville"
Book Review Department:

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Order the book from Malaprops:

Make it Real with Locorosso 2017, Fabrizio Pratesi

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Wine Spectator: 91 Points, $17.99
“Leads off with an intense graphite aroma and flavors of cherry, currant and mineral. Fresh, fruity and saturated on the long,
firm finish. Drink now through 2024.”

This wine is produced by Fabrizio Pratesi in the LoLocco estate,
owned by his family since 1875. Locorosso is made with hand-harvested
90% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet. This fragrant wine offers
flavors of strawberry, cherry and black currant with a wisp of chocolate.
Ample bodied wine, soft on palate with plushy tannins. Long finish. 

Summer Pasta Salad Recipes

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*** And Don't Forget ***
Italy in America!

Donati Family Wine Tasting with Adam Chesia
Presented by Ciao Asheville
** Thursday, August 22nd from 5-6:30 @MetroWines **

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Great Rose' Tasting for September

News Release: Monday, August 12th

About: Great Rose' Tasting for September @MetroWines
Join us on Saturday, September 7th from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines, for the September Great RoseTasting. 
Four bottle of Rosfrom around the world, including Palama Archangelo Negromaro Rose from Puglia, will be "on the taste" and "on the house" all day long.
"We are the only store in North Carolina and possible this country to offer Palama Archangelo," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Archangelo is already selling down and when it's gone, it's gone!"
Event pricing on featured bottles.
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Andy Hale at ABTech!

Join Andy Hale, Certified Wine Specialist, and learn the practical skills essential for a career in the wine industry. Focus on knowledge necessary to prepare students for entry-level certification exams such as those offered by the Court of Master Sommeliers and the Society of Wine Educators. Must be 21 years of age and register in person.

Classes are Monday Evenings from 6 to 9pm from September 9-September 30. $107.

For more information, call Maria Spadaro at (828) 398-7925

or email at

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Montsarra CAVA


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Montsarra CAVA, Penedes, Methode Champenoise

90 Points from Wine & Spirits
Bosky apple scents and flavors of clotted cream imply richness, but the wine cuts that with Spanish severity, finishing on the flavor of Marcona almonds, briny and tight.

This bottle is a great price for a special occasion, gift, thank you, to take to a party when you "don't know what they are serving" or for your own table of various and diverse flavors.

$15.99 at, $17.99 at Vivino
nut....$14.99 @MetroWines

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Italian Language Classes: Low Pressure

Italian Language Classes
(the easy and interesting way!)
Presented by Ciao Asheville

and Hosted by Dr. Valeria Tezzon
starting September 26th and then 10 Thursday classes.

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Everything You Need to Know to Get By in Italy!

As this Italian Language class is one of the very few in Asheville
and class size is limited to insure meaningful participation,
there is a very HIGH SELL OUT Risk.
To encourage that all students progress at the same level,
You must purchase the entire series. You will LOVE it!
Go here to reserve your seat:

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Donati Family Vineyards Tasting

Donati Family Vineyards
Presented by Ciao Asheville
** Thursday, August 22nd
from 5 to 6:30 @MetroWines **

Who is Donati? "Sisters Forever "and "Claret" for starters!

Image result for sisters forever chardonnay donatiAdam Chesia, East Coast Representative for Donati Family Vineyards, will host a tasting of Donati Wines "on the house" and tell us all about the winery, the history, the Italian Heritage and the current winemaker, Briana Heywood!

More here:

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Abbona Barolo!

Barolo Docg

93 Points from Wine Spectator
Wine SpectatorA beautiful expression of cherry, strawberry,
rose and light spice flavors is buoyed by dusty, linear tannins.
Tense and energetic, with a long, resonant finish. Best from 2022 through 2040.
$39 for a high quality Barolo of which you own 100%, a better deal!

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Wine Pairing Dinner at Bone and Broth


News Release: Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

About: Wine Dinner at Bone and Broth with MetroWines 
and Vine Connections
Join us at Bone and Broth on Wednesday, September 25th starting 6pm
for "A Walk Through the Andes" at Bone and Broth on Charlotte Street. Our host for the evening will be Donna Creese from Vine Connections. 
"This dinner is all about the wines of Chile and Argentina," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "We hope to introduce you to some new wines, different flavors and pairings you might not have considered!"
Bone and Broth Chef Chris Benson has tasted all the wines to create just the right food pairing. "His expertise and extra attention to the pairing process makes all the difference for diners," says Sam Douglas, General Manager of Bone and Broth.
With this focus on Chile and Argentina, expect the unexpected! We welcome you with a Rose from Chile, then four courses paired with four wines that well represent the region, followed by dessert.
The evening is $80 including gratuity and tax. Please call (828) 575-9525 or reserve online here:
Because of the popularity of past wine pairing dinners at Bone and Broth, seating will be limited. We encourage you to reserve your seat as soon as possible.
The Menu

A walk through the Andes

A Vine Connections Wine Dinner

Course 1-Chile

Wine - Boya Rose

Course 2-Chile

Wine- J. Bouchon, Canto Sur Valle del Maule 2017

Food- Grilled Pork Tenderloin with milcao and garnished with tomato, feta, olive pesto

Course 3-Chile

Wine-Casa Silva, Carmenere, Los Lingues Vineyard valle del Colchagua 2017

Food- Beef Tenderloin crudo, with a small salad with seasonal vegetables and a blackberry vinaigrette and flatbread

Course 4 Argentina

Wine-Luca Syrah Laborde double select Uco Valley

Food-  Asado 1- Roulade and pork chorizo and provoletta, roast purple potatoes and cherry tomato asado sauce

Course 5-Argentina

Wine-Tikal Jubilo Mendoza 2014

Food-Asado 2- Grilled assorted steaks, grilled eggplant, with onions and chimmichurri

Course 6-Argentina

Food- Bittersweet chocolate éclair filled with Dulce de leche creme Chantilly

Asado is an Argentinian BBQ over fire and coals

About Vine Connections:
Nick Ramkowsky and Ed Lehrman got their wine careers started early. Nick began working at North Berkeley Wine Shop while attending UC Berkeley, eventually becoming the store’s manager and wine buyer. Ed started collecting wine as a hobby and storing it in the bottom 2 drawers of his dorm dresser at Duke University before moving to NYC where he worked at New York’s premier wine shop, Sherry-Lehmann.
While on a trip in 1999 visiting wineries in Mendoza, Argentina, Ed and Nick realized they had to introduce America to the best wines from the world’s 5th largest (but still fairly unknown) wine producing country. They decided to form and launch Vine Connections, which pioneered the first nationally-imported portfolio of artisan wines from Argentina More about Vine Connections:
Donna Creese
Mid-Atlantic Regional Sales Manager
Donna Creese, Mid-Atlantic Regional Sales Manager, works in DC, MD, DE, VA, NC, WV, TN, and PA. She came to Vine Connections in 2014 with a strong background in luxury properties and food & beverage management.
Growing up on a farm in Virginia, driving a tractor with her dad, tossing hay bales, birthing calves and working with horses, she reached for excellence in her pursuits early joining the jumper circuit showing. Today Donna resides on the eastern shore of Maryland, in a small sailing community enjoying her down time with her two dogs and lots of friends.  
In addition to being accomplished in a list of sports, Donna is an also excellent cook working with greens from the gardens surrounding her cottage home. This brings real hands on knowledge to her passion for South America making wine and food events special. 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Franco Serra Wine Tasting

News Release:  August 6th, 2019

About: Franco Serra Wine Tasting @MetroWines
Please join us on Monday, September 30th from 5 to 6:30pm for a tasting of Franco Serra Wines "on the house" @MetroWines sponsored by "Ciao Asheville," your Italian Cultural Forum in Asheville.
The event will be hosted by Antonio Sperone, the producer of Franco Serra Wines, who joins us for the event from Italy!
"If you shop @MetroWines, you know Franco Serra Wines, especially the Barbera, the Barbaresco, all of them!" says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Franco Serra offers excellent quality for the price."
As always, wines poured will be offered at an event price. And Antonio would be delighted to sign your bottle!
About Antonio Sperone:

Antonio Sperone is the son of Giacomo Sperone, founder of the Giacomo Sperone Company. Founded in 1960, the Giacomo Sperone company is one of the most relevant producers of Vermouth and sparkling wines in Italy. Antonio joined the family business in the seventies after obtaining a degree in chemistry.

In 1983 the family opened a second winery, Tenute Neirano (producer of the Franco Serra wines), in the Asti area. Tenute Neirano produces and bottles high quality wines from the Piedmont area. Antonio became CEO in 1995. Currently he is also the director of production of both Tenute Neirano and Giacomo Sperone companies. His daughter, Francesca and son, Andrea have since joined the family business.

About Franco Serra Winery:

Franco Serra is produced by the Sperone family who have been making affordable premium wines for four generations. In 1920, Antonio Sperone opened a small wine shop in Torino where he sold bulk wine directly to consumers. Unsatisfied with the quality and price of the local wine, Antonio started his own winery in Puglia where land was inexpensive and produced good wine.

He built a bottling facility in Torino and was soon able to offer his customers quality wines at prices everyone could afford. Sadly, it was destroyed when the city was bombed in WWII. The winery in Puglia survived the war and enabled Antonio’s grandson Giacomo to open a new facility near Milan where he produced vermouth, sparkling wines, spirits and fine wines. With the help of his sons Paolo and Antonio, the company grew quickly and achieved distribution throughout Italy and expanded into foreign markets.

In 1965, the family purchased 75 acres of prime vineyards in Piedmont and built a new winery in the small town of Mombaruzzo just outside Monferrato. Even as prices fetched for wines from this increasingly fashionable region continue to climb, the Sperone family proudly focuses on value.  Franco Serra provides everyone with the opportunity to drink thoughtfully crafted, distinctive wines from Italy’s most renowned region.

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Italian Language Classes Update


Tickets HERE!

News Release: August 5, 2019 (updated from May 4, 2019 release)

About: "Low Pressure" Italian Language Classes

Ciao Asheville presents Italian Language Classes @MetroWines with Dr. Valeria Tezzon. This introduction to the Italian Language will be a total of 10 low-pressure classes that focus on conversation and communication. Classes will be organized by topics, such as ordering at a restaurant, traveling within the country, shopping, and enjoying an afternoon in a piazza! 

"The goal is to teach students what they will need to enjoy and successfully navigate a trip to Italy," says Valeria Tezzon. "The classes, sprinkled with Italian history and culture, are designed to be both fun and informative."

A "kick off" introductory party will be held for attendees on Thursday, September 26th, from 5:30-7pm @MetroWines. We'll all get to know each other and Dr. Tezzon will review the class series and topics. A glass of wine and snacks will be provided "on the house". The 10 language classes will run from October 3 through December 12, every Thursday from 5:30-7pm. Note that there will be no class the week of Thanksgiving. The cost for the series is $150 (plus tax).** Each class will build on the previous classes so you must purchase the entire series to ensure continuity and that everyone can move at the same pace. 


Classes will be limited to 25 students to ensure personal attention. You can register by calling (828) 575-9525 or shopping online here:

"Ciao Asheville had so many requests for language classes that focus on communication over conjugation." says Gina Trippi, Outreach Coordinator for Ciao Asheville, "We are delighted to offer what Michael Scardaville, Ciao Asheville Travel Consultant, calls Survival Italian!"

Parking is free, close and easy @MetroWines. 

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Jancis Robinson at Smithsonian


Jancis Robinson is described by Decantermagazine as "the most respected wine critic and journalist in the world". She is the co-author, along with Hugh Johnson, of the eighth edition of the World Atlas of Wine, a major new version of the landmark wine book that has now sold over 4.7 million copies worldwide. Since the publication of the first edition in 1971, The World Atlas of Wine has been widely recognized as the essential and most authoritative wine reference work available.

Robinson, who writes on wine daily for and weekly for the Financial Times, has authored and edited many books on the subject, and even advises Queen Elizabeth on her cellars. In a conversation with Dave McIntyre, the Washington Post’s wine columnist, she shares her valuable expertise and insights on what’s new in the world of wine.

Afterward, raise a glass as you sample a generous selection of wines representative of today’s trends, and have Robinson sign a copy of the substantially revised The World Atlas of Wine (Mitchell Beazley), available for purchase. Cheers!

S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)
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Trip to Provence

News Release: August 4th, 2019
About: Provence Detours Presentation
Join us on September 15th from 3 to 4pm @MetroWines for a presentation with Sylvie Delauney of Provence Detours about a private trip to France while sharing French wine and cheese on a Sunday afternoon! 
Do you look for unusual travel experiences?  Then consider joining Provence Detours trip June 15 to 24, 2020 to one of France’s secret destinations, the county of Drôme in Northern Provence. 
Nestled in the heart of the Côtes du Rhône region, the tours explore the riches of Drôme. Relax and savor the charm and peacefulness of rural Provence among sprawling vineyards, brilliant lavender fields, hill-top 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. 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Put a Chill on It

As published in 50+ Living by Gina Trippi

"Put a Chill on It!"

Thinking it’s too hot for a room temperature Cabernet Sauvignon? You’re probably right! Put a chill on your red wines. The optimal serving temperature for most red wines is about 62-65F. But some red varietals really come alive served a little cooler.  Many of the best wines to chill are made from Italian varietals. So let’s take a trip through Italy and chill out!

Starting in the northeast corner of Italy just north and west of The Veneto, is Alto Adige. We find Schiava! The grape prefers shade and produces a fresh and light wine with rounded tannins and moderate alcohol at about 11%. Ruby red in the glass with a purple shimmer, Schiava is floral including violets on the nose with a fruity palate and a hint of white pepper. Perfect for warmer days and lighter fare. Schiava from Alois Lageder is leading the way putting this forgotten grape solidly on the wine map. The suggested serving temperature is 54-57F.

Going just south from The Veneto, we pass through Emilia Romagna where they are serving Lambruso! What we call Lambrusco is a family of old grape varietals native to the region, a part of  ancient history. Cato spoke of these grapes in Agri Cultura in 160 BC, humanity’s oldest farming manual. Lambrusco styles range from very dry to sweet to sparkling. The four most popular varietals, Sorbara, Maestri, Grasparossa and Salamino pair with a wide range of summer dishes. Served Lambrusco between 50 and 55F.

The Trentino-Alto Adige Region in South Tyrol is home to another native varietal, Lagrein. A dark garnet color in the glass, the grape offers aromas of violets, bilberry and blackberry with hints of dark chocolate. Spicy and smooth on the palate with a long finish. Colterenzio, a popular producer of Lagrein, recommends you serve this bottle at 58-60F.

From Alto Adige, we travel west across northern Italy to Langhe in the Piedmont . Here we find a wine from GD Vajra, Langhe Russo, a fruity blend of Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto. Beautiful violet hues spring from the purple in the glass. Concentrated flowers and fruits on the nose give way to a plate of intense berries, hay, tobacco and spices.  Serve at 58-60F.

And way down south in Sicily is the indigenous grape Frappato! Flavors are strawberry, pomegranate, white pepper and clove.  Frappato is perfect for summer pasta with sun dried tomatoes or a dish with roasted red peppers and works through fall with turkey and cranberry sauce. Valle dell’Acate frappato is a shop favorite presenting all the varietally typical flavors plus raspberry and cherry. Experts say to serve Frappato between 55 and 60F.

Other varietals available at bottle shops to consider for the cool are Dolcetto, Neurella Mascalese, Corvina and Ruche.

How can you tell if you have hit the cool? Wine Spectator recommends a temperature control cuff!

The cuff wraps around the bottle giving you a reasonably good reading of the temperature inside.

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Celine and Company Wine Dinner

*** SAVE the DATE: September 18th ***
for A Wine Pairing Dinner Collaboration with MetroWines
and Grapevine Distribution at Celine & Company
in The Historic Broadway Arts Building

*** And, as always, Chef Kim can accommodate any dietary restrictions. ***

$79 (including tax and gratuity)
Call Celine&Company at (828) 254-9902

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