News Release: Thursday, October 18th, 2018
News Release: Thursday, October 18th, 2018
News Release: Thursday, October 18th
"Word is that Michele is serving her Maz Caz Wines for Thanksgiving with her family in Raleigh," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Michele tells us that this vintage of the Rose is especially perfect for the holiday table!"
About Michele d'Aprix in MountainX: https://
News Release: Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
When Megan and Steve Long's Rottweiler mix, Rocky, started having digestion problems, the couple needed a way to help him keep his food down.
Megan scoured the internet looking for remedies, but none seemed to do the trick.
"I'm not a crazy dog lady. I just really wanted to prolong my boy's life," she said.
Then she stumbled up a solution she could brew: "Beer" for dogs – a nonalcoholic beverage packed with healthy ingredients for pooches. Fast forward almost a year, and Good Boy Dog Beer company sells three different beers throughout Houston in more than 20 dog-friendly restaurants and bars.
And they're not alone. Across the U.S., dog "breweries" have sprouted up in the past 10 years crafting beverages for dogs that allow owners to share a cold one with their pet while also giving them with a nutritious treat.
News Release: Friday, October 12th
We had a rollicking, rollicking I say, night at the October Wine Focus Group @MetroWines. Stacy Strong of Empire Distriution hosted presenting four wines and Any Hale, Director of The Asheville Shool of Wine, added commentary on fining, filtering as well as describing what "biodynamic" is all about. We leaned. We laughed. We left with confidence.
Yangarra PF Shiraz from McLarenvale, Australia, was the wine that nearly everyone agreed upon. Made more in the old world style than other popular versions of Shiraz, Yangarra has returned to the tradition of Shiraz. Rather than a big, let's be frank here, fruitbomb, Yangarra presents complexity in flavors and aromas in a slightly lighter body. Comments of leather and chocolate were common. And this is what we like to hear when a wine is presented, that the wine is so well made that you can actually identify flavors!
The Focus Group was of the opinion that this wine stood in a class of its own. Yangarra is a new world wine made with old world traditions and minimal, if any, interference from vine to bottle. The Group thought this wine coudl be served chilled and could handle a concoction of flavors that you might find on a holiday table. Shop Yangarra @MetroWines!
PF (Preservative Free) Shiraz is made from grapes grown on our certified biodynamic single-estate vineyard, grown without herbicides, fungicides or synthetic chemicals. It is made without additions of any kind: sulphur (preservative), acid, tannin or finings. It’s medium bodied, fresh, fruit driven wine that is delicious enjoyed as a young wine. With that in mind, we do have PF shiraz back to our first vintage of 2013 that is still showing some of lovely vibrant characters.
WINE COMPOSITION: 100% Shiraz
REGION: Estate grown in Kangarilla, McLaren Vale, SA
WINEMAKING: Cold soaked, wild yeast ferment, pressed after 10-12 days on skins, no additives, no fining, only filtration.
About This Franconia
100% Franconia violets, pomegranate and blueberrry. Less than four miles from the border with Slovenia - the Visintini Family continues the work of their great-grandfather, Domenico, who bought the estate in the late 1800s. Their wine cellar dates to the 1200s but their winery is very modern. This Franconia is hand-harvested and fermented in cement tanks. No manuiulation or additives. Clean Wine. While work in the cellar is minimal, Visintini's work in the vineyards is extensive. With certified organic vines moving toward biodynamic, the Visintinis are continuing the 800 year legacy of their land. Heavier, creamy cheeses and spicy sausages are great pairs fr this Franconia!
About Visinitini from Piedmont Wine Imports in Durham
Palmira, Oliviero and Cinzia Visintini are wine geeks of the best kind. You can see Slovenia from their farm, it’s the next line of low hills on the horizon, 6km away. Their grandfather Domenico Visintini bought the estate and its ruined medieval tower in 1884. A respectable portion of the original 13th century cellar is crammed with Palmira Visintini’s personal wine stash. Amphorae of biodynamically farmed Pignolo line the hallway outside, wine that won’t be ready to sell until 2016. In another restored alcove rest bottle of Refosco di Peduncolo Rosso and other cool indigenous grapes: Fruili actually has more indigenous reds than whites. The Visintini siblings do fine work with both.
Visintini is a clean, organized, efficient modern winery. The family are intellectual and inquisitive about wine, connected to the larger world outside of the Colli Orientali DOP and at the same time very aware of farms making interesting wine in Friuli. It’s fun to watch them hang out and talk shop with other growers in the local oenoteca in Cormons. Gossip about Colli Orientali and Collio is passed around, along with many bottles of the best wines of each DOP. And abundant prosciutto.
The Visintinis farm twenty five hectares of indigenous grapes (Ribolla, Verduzzo, Friulano, Franconia) the bulk of which are in close proximity to the cellar. The winery was significantly expanded in 1976 by Andrea (the trio’s father) allowing for their current robust 140,000 bottle annual production, more or less. The new portion built by Andrea rests a full six meters underground, perfect for long term storage of the estate’s amphorae and bottle-aged reds. Andrea also installed the mixture of cement and stainless steel tanks that are used to ferment and age Visintini’s white wines. Their guiding principle in the cellar is to do as little as possible. In the fields Oliviero is charting a path toward biodynamic agriculture. After years of organic farming they are recently certified, and have begun making their own biodynamic composts and other preparations.
News Release: October 9th, 2018
Bad Name. OK. Let's Face It. VERY Bad Name.
But WOW! Great Wine!
Intense and brilliant ruby red with shades of purple and violet.
Bellifelli, a project of Valle dell'Acate
from Friend of MetroWines, Gaetana Jocano Gola!!
Insolia, Sicilia DOC, $15.99
"The notes of citrus fruit, the jasmine aromas, and the typical
greenish yellow color of Insolia have inspired a reassuring
and serene face which suggests fragrance and balance."
|The Dark Side of Wine
with Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine
What's REALLY REALLY in Your Glass
(Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid)
Wednesday, October 30th starting 6pm @MetroWines
$20 plus tax. Seating Limited to 20. Event Credit Only.
Call (828) 575-9525
|** Seated Washington State REDs Tasting **
with Small Plates from Bone&Broth!!
Wednesday, October 24th
from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines
$25 plus tax. Seated limited to 20. Event Credit Only
Call (828) 575-9525
Or online: https://
|Asheville Wine Focus Group
Wednesday, October 10th from 5:30 to 6:30
|Morales Tempranillo 2016
This riper version of Tempranillo shows black cherries and blueberries,
along with sandalwood and sawdust from American oak. The finish reflects its warm region origins with some raisins and dusty earth lingering on the palate.
** $11.99 **
|*** BREAKING NEWS ***
Seated French Wine Tasting Part Deux
Wednesday, October 17th
Ancient Animal Themed Drinkware
William Kole for Associated press
Nice. BUT Better Idea......
*** JOIN ***
100% Sangiovese Rose Imported by Kermit Lynch
Although he always enjoyed visiting vineyards and attending tastings, Giuseppe Maria “Giugi” Sesti did not initially choose a career in wine. Instead, his Venetian upbringing inspired him to study music, art, and astronomy, the last of which became his profession. He met his future wife in North Wales while writing his first book on this topic, and in 1975 Giugi and Sarah moved their family to Tuscany, where they bought the abandoned ruins of the hamlet and castle of Argiano, slowly clearing the land and restoring the buildings to create the breathtaking estate we see there today. Giugi was now a father of four, vice-director of a local Baroque opera festival, and actively writing books on astronomy, but he miraculously found spare time to visit local wineries and help his neighbors in the vineyards and cellar. His passion for wine grew along with his experience, and in 1991 he planted his own vineyards on the slopes around the castle. The children helped pick and stomp grapes from the earliest age, and though they, too, pursued international studies in various fields, they always managed to come home for the harvest. In 1999 the couple’s only daughter, Elisa, joined the estate full time, and today she is an active partner in all aspects of the vineyard management and winemaking.
While helping out at neighboring estates Giugi observed that simplicity and careful attention were the most important factors in producing great wines, while chemical intervention skewed their delicate balance; so he determined to make entirely natural wines right from the start. He even took a pioneering extra step by applying his prodigious knowledge of the moon’s influence on living things to his vineyard management and winemaking. Today the family continues this thoroughly eco-friendly philosophy (although no official certification currently meets their personal standards), and Elisa’s primary concern is the materia prima, or raw material, that goes into the wine. The Sesti lineup includes a white Sauvignon and a Sangiovese Rosato born directly of necessity, since the family wanted something light and cooling to drink under the hot summer sun; they were forced to increase production when visiting friends and clients tried these wines and started placing orders. But their basic trio—the Brunello, Brunello Riserva “Phenomena,” and Rosso di Montalcino—provides traditional expressions of the appellation, robust and powerful yet refreshing, with great aging potential in the Brunellos.
New Release: November 8th, 2018
News Release: Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018
La Tremenda Monastrell 2016
92 Points, Wine Advocate, $12.99
From the 30-year old La Tremenda vineyard, the 100% low yielding
Winery Tasting Notes: "Bright ruby-red in color, the wine shows notes
*** Travel to Italy Through Wine ***
with Andy Hale
Director of The Asheville School of Wine
on Tuesday, October 2nd from 6 to 7pm
$25 plus tax. Call (828) 575-9525
Tickets here: https://
|Heading toward medium bodied, this is a transitional white wine.
91 Points James Suckling, $14.99
"A lively green color, with hues of pale straw is the first indication the wine is both fresh and complex. The nose offers an intriguing array of fruits - sliced November figs, ripe nectarine and freshly-peeled satsumas (we call them naatjies!). In the background is the hint of herbaceous rosemary. The palate is round and fleshy, pushing forward ripe citrus fruits like orange, nectarine again and a fresh core of green melon. There is the hint of banana bread as well. It is moreish and beautifully balanced. But the excitement doesn’t stop there – the finish is creamy and long and fresh like watermelon sorbet. Very delicious."
|October Great Rose Tasting
Four on the Pour "on the house" ALL Day Long
on Saturday, October 6th from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines
Rose that's a little heavier in flavor and body for the coming cooler weather.
"What," you say? Rose in October?
|It's THAT Time of Year Again
National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Gala in Washington DC.
This year, the Region of Honor is Puglia featuring a sit-down dinner
prepared and hosted by with Lidia Bastianich!
Experience a typical Pugliese dinner perfectly paired with Pugliese wine.
Want to join in the fun? http://www.niaf.org/
Can't go but you want Puglia? Try Lucarelli Negroamaro!
NIAF is also offering a service for those interested in Italian Dual Citizenship
Follow all things Italian on "Ciao Asheville" right here:
And you can Start Learning
"Survival Italian" with Michael Scardaville
|Luccarelli Negroamaro, Puglia
Lucarelli is a reflection of the colors of Puglia.
Ruby red in the glass with purple hues, intense, and fruity,
with notes of black black currants and berries. Medium bodied, velvety with a good balance between freshness and smooth palate, long-lasting and savory finish.
Big Red with 13.5%alc. A Shop Favorite. $15.99
The Wine of Tenute del Cerro
Giacomo Alari, Export Sales Manager
will present and discuss these wines paired with Small Plates from STRADA
on Friday, September 21st from 5:30 to 6:30
Event Sponsored by "Ciao Asheville" The Asheville Italian Cultural Forum
*** Tickets HERE! ***
Tenute del Cerro is composed of five estates including four wine estates in two of the most important regions of Italy, Toscana and Umbria, with almost 5000Ha of owned land, of which approximately 300 are vineyards.
Awards and prizes given by the Italian and foreign press to Fattoria del Cerro‘s Vino Nobile di Montepulcianos, La Poderina’s Brunello di Montalcinos and Colpetrone’s Montefalco Sagrantinos are testament to Tenute del Cerro’s uncompromising work in harmony with the territory and the commitment of highly qualified staff who is deeply linked to the history of wines and production area.
Fattoria del Cerro Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG 2014, Tuscany
100% Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese clone) aged 12 months French and Slavonian oak barrels
“Tre Bicchieri” - Gambero Rosso Guide to Italian Wines 2018
“A layered and ripe red with plum and chocolate character. Medium body, soft and velvety tannins and a delicious
finish. Just right now.” - 91 points, JamesSuckling.com
La Poderina Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2013, Tuscany
100% Sangiovese Grosso
Aged 25 months in French barriques (1/3), tonneaux (1/3) and 110Hl Slavonian oak casks (1/3)
“The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautiful wine and a protagonist of this vintage. I love the purity of the fruit
and the direct manner in which it is delivered. This wine exhibits intensity and a careful sense of balance in which
dark cherry fruit and blackberry are folded into spice, tar and licorice. The effect is seamless and elegant. This wine
has the inner flexibility to drink in the near or the long term.” - 94 points, Wine Advocate
“Dark ruby-red. Strong notes of aromatic herbs, flint and licorice complicate red cherry and berry aromas and flavors.
Very long, fresh and clean, offering serious but polished tannins, this classic Brunello ought to age and develop nicely.”
- 92+ points, Vinous
Colpetrone Rosso di Montefalco DOC 2013/14, Umbria
70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino and 15% Merlot aged 12 months in Slavonian oak barrels
“The 2013 Montefalco Rosso is a dense and hearty red wine with ample structure and concentration. The wine is
infused with pressed cherry, blackberry, Christmas spice and cured tobacco.” - 89 points, Wine Advocate
“A round and velvety red showing chocolate, walnut and wet-earth character together with plummy fruit. Medium
body, soft texture and a delicious finish. Why wait on this one?” - 92 points, JamesSuckling.com (2013 vintage)
Colpetrone Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG 2011, Umbria
100% Sagrantino aged 12 months in heavy-toast French barriques, followed by 24 months in cement tanks
and then 36 months in stainless steel tanks
“So much pressed lavender to the nose here as well as the classic brambleberries but also some hints of sour
cherries, leather and Chinese spices. This is full and delicious with mouth-coating tannins, driven acidity and a
compact yet long finish. Better in 2020.” - 93 points, JameSuckling.com
Fattoria del Cerro Vin Santo di Montepulciano “Sangallo” DOC 2013, Tuscany
60% Trebbiano and 40% Malvasia dried 120 days; fermented and aged 24 months in 100L caratelli
(Extremely limited – vintage sold out)
Thought you might be interested in seeing this just released study of the wine and liquor markets across the US.
It was included in the WIne Growers News from Iowa State University.
Some of the key findings from this survey include:
1 66% of U.S. adult consumers (21+) purchase alcohol beverages with 45% regulary purchasing wine and 35% regularly purchasing liquor.
2 Consumers in the Northeast purchase more alcohol than on the West coast.
3 A similar percentage of both men & women purchase wine.
4 The of wine purchasers continues to grow steadily from 55% of those with an annual income of $125-$149K - $149,000 to 68% of those with an income of $250K+.
5 Non-Hispanic whites tend to purchase more wine than other ethnicities, while non- Hispanic blacks and Asians indicate they purchase liquor at greater levels.
6 Only 5% of regular wine purchasers and 9% of regular liquor purchasers strongly agreed that they would cut back on those purchases when cannabis was legal.
7 Only 19% of regular wine purchasers say they know wine brands, and fewer – 16% say they look for deals.
8 Walmart (29%) is the leading retail outlet for wine and number two for liquor (20%) in the U.S.
9 Point of purchase is very important as consumer behaviors can shift dramatically.
Stephanie Morton-Small, chief Commercial officer, for Decero in Mendoza, Argentina hosted a sold out Seated Tasting on Tuesday, September 11th. What's the one thing Stephanie wants us to remember? Mendoza is the size of California and, so, not all parts are created equally! Great Wines. Great Speaker. Great Night!