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Small Vineyards Tasting with Jody Allen

News Release: Thursday, Februay 15th, 2018

About: Small Vineyards Tasting with Jody Allen
 
Jody Allen, Vice President for National Accounts for August Wine Group, will pour wines from "Small Vineyards" on Saturday, March 3rd from 3 to 6pm "on the taste" and "on the house" @MetroWines.
 
"Jody brings you into the the world of wine with personal stories of his experiences at the wineries and with the winemakers and their families," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "This is a real opportunity not to be missed!"
 
Small Vineyards brings labels you know including Bocelli and Arcangelo.
 
 

About Small Vineyards

At Small Vineyards, we search every corner of the Mediterranean for the best small production wines being made today. Why? Because we believe—after tasting thousands of wines—that the very best consistently come from small estates. If you think about it, it’s a lot easier to make a great meal for 5 people than for 500, and winemaking is no different. That is why we tell our clients up front—with our Small Vineyards gold seal on the bottle—that you’re holding a small batch wine from a family-owned estate, that you will be proud to serve. In working with small, family-owned estates we are not just ensuring that the wine is fantastic, but we are working to protect a way of life that has been preserved through generations. 

Why Small?

1. Every grape is actually picked by hand, only the ripest grapes get made into wine. 
2. Our estates use sustainable growing methods to make earth-friendly wines, 
year-in and year-out. 
3. By importing wines from family vineyards, we are helping to protect unique 
grape varietals, winemaking styles and preserve a special way of life. 

About Our Gold Seal

The Small Vineyards Gold Discovery Seal is on the front of every bottle we import. This helps to identify quality wines on the shelf when you shop–when you see the Gold Discovery Seal, you know that you are getting a terrific small production wine that is from one of the best hand-harvested, family-owned, earth-friendly estates in the Mediterranean. 
 
About Small Vineyards Wines: http://www.enjoysmall.com/
 
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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Drappier, Cuvee Barcelona, Furmint and Pinyeres

Sparkling Rose from France
"We are one of the rare Houses producing Rosé by the saignée method."

Saignée (“sohn-yay”) means “to bleed.” It describes a method of rosé winemaking that involves “bleeding” off a portion of red wine juice after it’s been in contact with the skins and seeds. Saignée is a unique style of rosé wine because it produces a bolder and darker rosé wine. On the nose, you will find hints of red fruits and violet with a hint of spice. The palate is fresh with a subtle trace of licorice in the finish. 

 


...or GO Spanish!

Commemorating the year in which Josep Raventós crafted the first bottle of cava.
A brut cava made as in the past, reviving the original and readapting it to the present. A cava with rich aromatic nuances,creaminess and intense expression. And draped in a bottle inspired in our own history, typical modernist stained glass windows.

Asheville Wine Focus Group "Red" Winner for February:

Pinyeres 2013 from Spain
(bordering the legendary Priorat)

Blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Carignan and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Fully de-stemmed, fermented with native yeasts,
spending 12 months in natural oak barrels.

Celler el Masroig is situated in the southern part of Montsant, bordering on Priorat.
The winery uses two main methods of vinification: Traditional fermentations begin when bunches are de-stemmed at the winery. Alternatively, bunches may be kept in tanks to permit them to undergo carbonic maceration before pressing and
a low-temperature fermentation.


Asheville Focus Group "White" Winner for February:

FURMINT from Hungary

We LOVED this wine. Great acidity and a touch of lemon that is extraordinary.
The freshness and zing of this wine makes it perfect to enjoy alone, with a dish,
as an aperitif or liquid sorbet! and at 11% alcohol, this is a bottle for dinner!

Carpinus is a relatively young wine company from the Tokaji region in Hungary. 
The house is run by the couple Edith and Istvan Bai. In the past they have
gained experience in well-known wineries in Hungary and abroad. 
They focus on top quality, family traditions and sustainable winemaking.

The wine has a lot of elegance, minerality and a rich taste. 

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Wine Basics Class

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     Another week, another class! This time we went back to the drawing board, to expand on the finer details and cover the lesser-known bits of the basics, beyond fermentation, balance and complexity, and typical flavor profiles. For instance, did you know that many of the wines that you've drunk have gone through Malolactic conversion? You may associate this term with white wines, such as Chardonnay and Viognier, and the distinct buttery flavor and creamy texture it imparts on the wine. What's less known about MLF (as this conversion is usually referred to), is that nearly all reds will undergo this process, so it isn't considered a distinctive or differentiating quality. To showcase the effects of MLF, we tasted Talbott Chardonnay from Monterey, California.

    We also covered "lees". Lees are, in simple terms, the dead yeast cells post-fermentation, when they've essentially eaten themselves. This may sound odd, but for some wines, keeping these little critters can enhance the texture, and add complexity to the flavor. Muscadet, legendary friend of oysters, is a great example of a wine aged on the lees, and very often the words "sur lie" will be printed on the label. Albariño and Champagne often get cozy with their defunct friends as well, except it isn't explicit on the packaging. We did in fact taste a wonderful Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie to identify those delicious bready, brioche flavors, as well as the incredible texture that results from this, and we learned that every time we heard the words "autolytic character" this is what was being talked about.

     These are just two of the topics we covered in addition to oak (French vs. American, toast levels, size of the barrel), extraction, terroir, variety vs. varietal (yup, there is a difference!), decanting (when and how to do it), clones, crossings, hybrids, and mutations (Pinot Noir, Gris, and Blanc are the same grape with varying degrees of pigment). We even discussed how to interact with your sommelier at the restaurant to get your wine in perfect drinking condition! To wrap up the evening and, well, enjoy ourselves a bit, we chose a fantastic example of a crossing: Austrian Zweigelt. Delicate flavors of red currants, raspberries, violets, lavender, and earth were just the perfect kiss to send us off.

Cheers!

For more information on our classes, as well as our schedule, visit www.ashevilleschoolofwine.com

 

 

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Women Vintners Wine Dinner at Golden Fleece

News Release: Friday, February 9th, 2018

About: Women Vintners Wine Dinner at Golden Fleece
 
To celebrate Women's History Month, please join MetroWines Asheville School of Wine and Juniper Cooper of Mutual Distributing Company for a Wine Dinner at Golden Fleece focusing on Women Vintners from Around the World on Wednesday, March 28th at 6pm. 
 
Executive Chef George Delidimos will prepare four original dishes to pair with wines made by women vintners across the wine world.
 
"We are anxious to talk about the history of women in winemaking and to showcase these great wines during Women's History Month," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines.
 
Please make reservations by calling Golden Fleece at (828) 424-7655. The cost of $65 does not include tax or gratuity. Reservations may be canceled until 8pm on Sunday, March 18th. Free, close and easy parking is available.
 
Contact for Golden Fleece: (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
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Asheville Wine Focus Group Winner: February

WINNERS!

Carpinus Takaji Furmint       

The name of the winery, Carpinus (Latin for hornbeam, the English translation of the Hungarian name), is after Gyertyános, our largest current vineyard. It is the goal for Carpinus Winery to be an example of a Tokaj winery that with top quality work and family cooperation, without compromise, can run sustainably and build a stable position in the world wine market. Continuing local values established by families from the wine region is of particular importance. The vineyards are located in the Tokaj Wine Region. The vineyards are classed first and second growths according to the historical classifications.

 

They also grow Hárslevelű, Sárga Muskotály and Sauvignon Blanc. The expectations of Carpinus are that by making the very best wine possible, they can present the natural assets and varieties of the varied terroirs of Tokaj Wine Region. They strive to cultivate the crop with environmentally friendly practices. The individual attributes of the vineyards (soils, aspect, microclimate) are expressed through the single-vineyard wines. The wines are characteristically fresh, elegant and harmonious, and to be enjoyed.

  • 100% Furmint

  • Sustainably Farmed

  • All stainless steel fermentation

  • Vines planted 1985-1990

Participant Comments:

* "Fresh. I like the lemony taste."

* "Could be used as an aperitif."

* 11% alcohol means you could drink the entire bottle!"

" Dry Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc drinkers would like this wine."

CELLER el MASROIG

Celler el Masroig is situated in the southern part of Montsant, bordering on Priorat. It was founded in 1917 as the Cooperativa of El Masroig. It is an association of grape and olive oil producers with approximately 300 members who are associated owners of the company. In the early years of the Cooperativa, the focus was on producing quantities of wine rather than quality wine. They produced wines with high alcohol content and very deep color that were sold to the domestic market and often used to “improve” other wines. Then followed a period in which the major products were mistelas, fortified wines.

 

Today, the Cooperativa’s members own almost 500 hectares of vineyards. The winery uses two main methods of vinification: Traditional fermentations begin when bunches are destemmed at the winery. Alternatively, bunches may be kept in tanks to permit them to undergo carbonic maceration before pressing and a low-temperature fermentation.

Despite its eighty years heritage, the Cooperativa el Masroig continually strives to improve methods of production and the quality of the wines, while maintaining and enhancing their traditional identity.

 

2013 Celler el Masroig Pinyeres           

  • 50% Garnacha, 40% Carignan, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Fully destemmed, fermented with native yeasts

  • 12 months in neutral oak barrels

 

Participant Comments:

* "Low tannins make this wine totally quaffable!"

* "Great nose with a good cherry taste."

* "Drinks way better than the price."

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Asheville Wine Focus Group Meeting: March

News Release: Thursday, February 8th, 2018

About: Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines
 
Please join us on Wednesday, March 7th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines for the monthly meeting of The Asheville Wine Focus Group. 
 
"We are asking our customers to help us decide what wines should be on our shelves," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of Metro Wines. "A small wine shop has limited space so we have to be right!"
 
Participants will be asked if they like the wines presented, if they believe other customers will like the wines, should the wine be offered for sale @MetroWines and what should be the price.
 
Seating is limited to 12.  As we are asking your guidance, the tasting is “on the house” and parking is free, close and easy.
 
To reserve your seat, please call: (828) 575-9525 or register online: 
 
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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Vote for Greyhounds in Shorty Awards

 

 

PLEASE VOTE FOR THE STORY ABOUT THE RESCUE OF MY KNISMEN FROM THE HORRORS OF A TEXAS BLOOD BANK IN THE "SHORTY AWARDS." GREYHOUNDS COULD USE THE PRESS. AND IT WOULD BE A NICE WAY TO HONOR MY CATE.

                              THANK YOU, YOUR SHOP DOG BANDIT

OBJECTIVE

Through a multi-faceted campaign including social media, online video, traditional media, and celebrity outreach, PETA exposed a horrific practice to the public, resulting in the shut-down of a terribly abusive business.

For years at The Pet Blood Bank, greyhounds had been warehoused in conditions akin to solitary confinement, trapped 24/7 in wire and dirt-floored kennels in an old shed, with nothing to do but wait for the next "bleed," where 20% of their blood volume was taken from their jugular vein, to be sold to vet clinics across the US. These naturally active, sensitive dogs were deprived of exercise, enrichment, companionship, respect, and any semblance of joy.

The vast majority of the public had no idea a dog blood bank could exist, so we first had to educate the public and then encourage them to get active. Following PETA's multi-platform awareness campaign — which included social media videos and images, instant advocacy such as text-ins, call-ins, emails alerts and more — The Pet Blood Bank closed its doors within X days of the feature going live, and transferred 151 dogs into adoption programs. These dogs are finally getting the care and love they need and deserve.

Details and Link to VOTE HERE.

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Borealis, Pedro Ximenez, Case Club @MetroWines

143 Million US Consumers were victims of cybercrime
in the past year with losses totaling $19.4 billion
according to a survey by Norton Cyber Security Insights 

We @MetroWines probably cannot stop cybercrime.
But you can do one small thing
to decrease your expose on the internet.

Don't shop wine online!

Join the Case Club @MetroWines.
Call (828) 575-9525
online: 
https://www.metrowinesasheville.com/club

Pedro Ximenez

95 Points Decantur Magazine

Vinification This Pedro Ximénez is aged for 15 years in the solera system.

Tasting Notes A great nose of exotic spices and almost red fruits combine
with more classic caramel overtones. With great acidity
the wine is light on its feet and almost refreshing.

 

Borealis
    Mouthwatering and multi-dimensional, this perennial crowd pleaser is a blend of our favorite cool-climate whites: Müller-Thurgau (38%), Gewürztraminer (32%), Riesling (19%) and Pinot Gris (11%). Crafted from several harvests in order to display the unique qualities of each variety, heady scents of orange blossom, ripe honeydew, guava and kiwi offer a vibrant introduction to this aromatic blend. The palate is sumptuous and round, bursting with stone fruit, Meyer lemon and juicy pear drizzled with caramel. This plushness yields to a clean, bright and uplifting finish.
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Leonardo LoCascio Selections Barbera Wine Tasting

*** THIS JUST IN ***
Emily Farrell, Territory Manager
for  Leonardo LoCascio Selections (LLS)

Tuesday, February 6th from 5-6:30
"on the taste" and "on the house" @MetroWines

Emily will pour 3 Barberas made in 3 different styles from Pico Maccario 
Barbera specialists in Asti for four generations!

Pico Maccario Lavignone Rosato 2017 ($9.99)
Pico Maccario Barbera d’Asti Lavignone (unoaked) 2016 
Pico Maccario Barbera d’Asti Tre Roveri old vine, oaked 2014 
 
Emily Farrell, a Raleigh native, is a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW)

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Traveling vicariously - Tuscany

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     Wine can be, and often is, an expression of the place where it's made; a representation of the local taste and culture, a sense of 'what grows together goes together.' As part of our ongoing Italy class, and thanks to Mark Orsini of Orsini Wines, we tasted our way Tuscany. This means we got really friendly with Sangiovese, as well as other much more rare, but no less tasty varietals: Malvasia frizzante; a Vermentino blended with Fiano, Verdicchio, Incrocio Manzoni, and Petit Manseng; a Bordeaux left-bank style beauty with the kingly name of Atis. While these uncommon wines showcased Italian artistry and creativity, the more familiar names reminded us of the power of tradition: Chianti Classico, Brunello, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. 

     And then, there was Jassarte. Oh, Jassarte! Where old meets new, tradition meets experimentation, and the diversity of the world grows in one small lot of land. This wine is a blend of thirty (yes, THIRTY) grapes, all contributing the same 3.3% to the bottle, with origins that go beyond Italy, both in location and in history. France, Spain, and Greece lend their flavors, as well as the Saperavi grape from Georgia! Saperavi was found in amphorae dating back over 8,000 years, and it is still planted in Georgia today. All of this amounts to a wine that is powerful, but not opulent or hedonistic; complex, yet approachable; great friend of food, and a pleasure to enjoy on its own. 

     This experience would not have reached such heights without Mark and his wines, and Mr. Michele Scienza of Guado al Melo, who was beyond kind to connect via Skype with us so late in the day and take us through the history, land, fruit, and flavor of his little piece of Tuscany. For that, the team at Metro Wines are infintely thankful!

Cheers!

    -Juan.

*For more information on our classes, visit www.ashevilleschoolofwine.com

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Skyfall, Mud House, Domaine du Coing

 

FRENCH CHARDONNAY IN STEEL FOR A STEAL!

** YOUR WINTER WHITE **

Tasting notes:   From the Valley of Loire in Western France almost into
The Atlantic.  A light straw yellow color envelops a wine of great complexity. Aromas include daffodil and daisy, locust tree and white fleshy fruit
that segue into flavors of peach, white currants and winter melon.
This is pure, unoaked Chardonnay with a dollop of salinity and minerality. 
SHOP WINTER WHITES @METROWINES

Mud House Pinot Noir from New Zealand is Back!
** 91 Points from Wine Spectator **
 
    A deep ruby red in the glass. Aromas of red cherry, dried herbs, scented oak and vibrant spice on the nose. Smooth on the palate with dark cherry and bramble flavors delivering a long finish with fine tannins and balanced acidity. ALC13.50% Cellar for the next five to six years.
 ** SKYFALL is Back by Very Popular Demand **
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AXIOS Wine Dinner at Golden Fleece

 

AXIOS Wine Dinner 

On February 21st, Golden Fleece along with Metro Wine’s Asheville School of Wine is eager to introduce you to Axios. Axios is a Napa Valley Cult Cab started by Constantine ‘Gus’ Kalaris, a Greek-American. It is a match made in heaven to our Greek cuisine crafted by Chef George Delidimos. Join us for this decadent four-course paired wine dinner alongside Axios representative, Ryan Kim, a Certified Sommelier of the Court of Master Sommeliers. This dinner will also feature a special limited release of Philotimo, a one of a kind blend of the Cabernet Sauvignon of Axios and Xinomavro of Alpha Estate in Amnydeon, Greece. Reservations must be made in advance and are $85 per guest (tax & gratuity not included). Please call the restaurant directly via (828)-424-7655 or email us below to reserve.

 

First Course

Seasonal Fish Crudo
paired with
2014 Worthy Napa Chardonnay

Second Course

Winter Roots
paired with 
2013 Truth Cuvee de Fume 

Third Course

Lamb Tenderloin
paired with 2009 Axios Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Fourth Course

Dolce E Salato
paired with 2015 Philotimo Xinomavro Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Due to the growing popularity of our wine dinners and limited availability we will be requiring credit cards (placed into our secure vault) for every reservation.*Any cancellations or changes to your reservation must be made by February 18th at 8:00pm.Reservation cancellations or no shows after that time will be subject to the full $85 per guest charge for their party.

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Capital at Play, Red Puro, Domaine Bousquet, Worthy

John Kerr for Capital at Play
"Diner's Choice"
How to get the most from a wine list:
simple tips to maximize value and minimize panic.

https://www.capitalatplay.com/diners-choice/

REDPURO (Argentina)

 "Rose is Your Winter White"

100% Caberent Sauvignon
WINEMAKER’S NOTES: Intense and brilliant rosé color.
Notes of cherries and red flowers.
Fresh and crispy with a very intense sucrosity.

 


Domaine Bousquet Cabernet Sauvignon 

(Argentina)

** 91 Points Wine&Spirits **

Color: dark ruby color.
Nose: intense red berry notes mixed with sweet spice.
Palate: open-knit elegant in style, with lots of mineral notes, cherry and blackcurrant. It’s bright acidity keeps it refreshing on the finish.
The palate is packed with ripe concentrated fruit flavors with hints of tobacco
and black pepper. It shows a long structure and fine tannins.

 

 

Domaine Bousquet Chardonnay
(Argentina)

WineMaker Notes
     Made from organic grapes sourced mainly from vineyards in Tupungato (Uco Valley) at an altitude of 1200 meters (4000 feet) above sea level, one of the highest points in Mendoza. It is 100% un-oaked Chardonnay, the wine has been fermented in stainless tanks in contact with lees to give a creamy feel to the wine, and then aged for 4 months in the bottle. Smooth with tropical fruit aromas, the wine has notes of apple and pear with a slight tone of sweet spice presenting a clean, fresh taste.
 
Producer
     From the southern French city of Carcassonne, The Bousquet Family has a long and accomplished history of wine making. In the constant struggle to produce wines of a superior quality, Jean Bousquet was determined to find the best place to continue the family’s decades long tradition.
   Bousquet first arrived in Mendoza in 1990 to investigate the vineyards and wineries. Upon discovering the unique characteristics of the region, its soil, it’s high altitude, it’s terroir, Bousquet moved from France to the foothills of The Andes. Located in Uco Valley, the vineyards are blessed with cool nights and a near constant cool breeze, the idyllic conditions for ripe grapes and excellent wines.
     The main objective of Domaine Bousquet is to combine the European winemaking style with the prefect cool climate and terroir of the Uco Valley in Argentina. The result is wines that are naturally elegant with incredible color, beautiful fruity driven character, good structure with velvety style and a perfect sugar to acid balance. Approachable young, the wines reward with further aging. The wines continue to receive accolades from the International Wine Press.

 


On The Menu for AXIOS Wine Dinner 
at Golden Fleece

 
  Worthy is the second label of AXIOS. "Sophia's Cuvée," a premium Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, is named after the daughter of proprietor Gus Kalaris. AXIOIS is the the Greek word for worthy. Sophia's Cuvée enjoyed overnight success when this Cabernet Sauvignon dominated Bordeaux blend stormed into the market in 2001. Over the years Worthy has been recognized as a household name in small production wines.
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AXIOS Wine Dinner at Golden Fleece

 

90+ rated wines served:

Worthy Chardonnay, TRUTH,

AXIOS Cabernet ($330 on menu!)

and Philotimo!

 

News Release:  January 16th, 2018
About: AXIOS Wine Dinner with MetroWines at Golden Fleece
 
Please join The MetroWines Asheville School of Wine for a Wine Pairing Dinner at Golden Fleece on Wednesday, February 21st at 6pm with AXIOS and Golden Fleece Executive Chef George Delidimos.
 
AXIOS Wines have been highly reviewed by wine critics including Robert Parker, James Suckling and publications from "Wine&Spirits" to the "Washington Post" and have won awards from contests including Critics Challenge International Wine Competition and Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition.
 
 "Chef George is known for authentic, culinary excellence," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Pairing innovative dishes by Chef George with the award winning wines from AXIOS will be an extraordinary experience."
 
Golden Fleece is located in Grovewood Village, part of an 11 acre property listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 
Zagat called Golden Fleece one of the "8 Hottest Restaurants and Bars in Asheville:

https://www.zagat.com/b/charlotte/8-hottest-restaurants-and-bars-in-asheville#1

And National Geographic Travel included Golden Fleece in a recent "food lovers" edition: 
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/united-states/north-carolina/asheville/asheville-restaurants-food-lovers/
 
The cost is $85 (not including tax and gratuity). Plenty of free, close and easy parking at Golden Fleece.
 
Wine Dinners at Golden Fleece have sold out in the past so please call Golden Fleece to reserve your seats now: (828) 424-7655
 
More about Golden Fleece: http://goldenfleeceasheville.com/
 
 
About AXIOS: 

A powerhouse collaboration between proprietor Gus Kalaris and winemaker Bob Egelhoff, Axios is a super premium Cabernet Sauvignon of Napa Valley "cult" status.  Axios, meaning worthy in Greek, reflects Gus' vision to craft a wine of Bordeaux influence that represents the richness of its' Napa Valley origin.  This wine was proudly served at a reception hosted by President Bush at The White House in March of 2002.


Worthy is the second label of Axios - the super premium Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Axios is the the Greek word for worthy. Worthy’s Cabernet Sauvignon dominated Bordeaux blend  enjoyed overnight success when it stormed into the market in 2001.  Over the years Worthy has been recognized as a household name in cult wines.

The Kalaris brand, named after proprietor Gus Kalaris, evolved from Gus' love of the great wines of Burgundy and his passion for producing California wines reflective of the uniqueness and beauty of their terroir.  It is the newest addition to our family of wines mostly coming from our Calistoga Kalaris Family Vineyard.  Staying true to the vision of the brand, these wines are hand-crafted, small production and of the highest quality.  They are a true reflection of Gus’ vision to produce first class wines in a classic old world style but allowing the wine’s Napa Valley origin to shine.

The label for Truth was the inspiration behind this wine's name.  Looking at one's own reflection unveils the truth.  This intriguing label was proudly displayed at the SFMOMA's exhibition "How Wine Became Modern" in 2010-2011.  Beyond the packaging you will find an outstanding bistro style wine at a value price point.”

The Telios brand is a new entry to the portfolio. The name Telios is of Greek origin meaning "complete", finished in the most successful way possible, reaching the pinnacle.  Telios follows all the same protocols and philosophy of all of our Axios Napa Valley wines, achieving perfect balance.

Napa Valley’s fantasy baseball team has added another star to its roster.  Hall of Famer
Cal Ripken Jr., dubbed the Iron Man for not missing a single game in almost 17 years,
is the latest player turned Napa vintner.  To commemorate the 20th anniversary of surpassing
Lou Gehrig's consecutive game streak, Ripken has teamed up with Napa Valley’s AXIOS winery
to make a luxury Cabernet Sauvignon.  The wine is named "2131"after Ripken's record-breaking number of consecutive games.  One-third of the profits from the wine will be donated to the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, which supports at-risk youth through baseball-related programs.  This collectable wine is a limited run of 2,131 bottles and sold individually in wood-and-glass boxes.

 
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"
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Derek Rubio of Skyland Hosts in May

 

Derek Rubio of Skyland Distributing hosts the May gathering of Asheville Wine Focus Group. Skyland represents some of our favorite brands here including Orin Swift (Prisoner) and Kindred. Derek understands that this is serious business so bring it!

Skyland FB page HERE.

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Up Country Brewing Company Tasting

 

News Release: Friday, January 5th, 2018

About: Up Country Brewing Company Tasting @MetroWines
 
Please join us on Friday, February 2nd from 5 to 6:30 for a beer tasting "on the house" hosted by Up Country Brewing @MetroWines. We are pouring beer @MetroWines just in time for SuperBowl.
 
About Up Country Brewing Company:

At UpCountry Brewing, we believe that craft beer and the outdoors go hand in hand. This is the basis of our Mission Statement – “To create memorable experiences while sharing our passion for craft beer and for getting outside with family and friends.”

UpCountry Brewing was founded in 2016 by John Cochran, a craft beer industry veteran since the mid 1990’s. While John has worked many beer related jobs in his 20+ years in brewing (including co-founding Terrapin Beer Company), he sees UpCountry as the culmination of all he has done so far. “It was in 2013 that my wife Irina and I purchased an old farmhouse in the Carolinas,” says John. “We’ve always enjoyed being outside, whether it’s hiking, fishing, boating, or skiing in the winter. This farm has become our home base for exploring the Carolinas, especially the Blue Ridge mountains. I see UpCountry Brewing as being an extension of that. It’s a way I can share my dual love for craft beer and for the Carolina outdoors with others.”

We are committed to being a local, Carolina only brewery. “UpCountry beers will not find their way outside of the Carolinas”, states John. “This allows us to put all our efforts into working with and supporting local causes in the Carolina communities where our beer is sold. And that starts right here at home in West Asheville.”

UpCountry Brewing loves our neighborhood and we are excited to be West Asheville’s community brewery. With a taproom that serves a wide variety of craft beer styles and provides a full food menu, a complete bar, live music and a large outdoor area for your daily shenanigans, UpCountry Brewing is a fantastic place to meet up with family and friends.

We are proud to be a kid friendly and pet friendly brewery. Come have a beer with us—we’ll see you soon! Cheers!

Contact for Up Country Brewing: Miranda Michaels
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
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Rustic Grape DOES MetroWines

 

News Release: Friday, January 5th, 2018
Rustic Grape DOES MetroWines
 
Join The Asheville School of Wine on Thursday, January 25th from 5 to 6:30 @MetroWines for a wine tasting "on the house" with Rustic Grape! 
 
Melissa Ward, co-owner of Rustic Grape, a wine bar set to open in March at 14 Aston Street at S. Lexington in Asheville, selects some of her favorites wines on the shelf @MetroWines. Please Join us to meet Melissa, hear news about this hot new wine bar and taste some great wines!
 

Follow Rustic Grape on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/rusticgrapeavl/

 
Contact for Rustic Grape: Melissa Ward: info@rusticgrapeavl.com
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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January Winner: Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon!

First, BRAVO and THANK YOU to our January Asheville Wine Focus Group! The group really GOT IT! They played wine shop owners for the night and they made decisions. In the end, the group almost unanimously liked one of the whites and one of the reds best of the four we tasted. The winners for the evening were a white blend from New Zealand called "Hunky Dory Tangle" and "Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon" from Paso Robles. Thanks to our astute group, you will see both on shelf @MetroWines!

The group of 10 was tough but fair. They were asked to say whether they liked the wine, whether we should we offer it in the shop, and what the bottle should cost. The group also offered their opinion on whether they liked it, thought others would like it, thought it best for a party, with food or alone. They also focused on the quality to price ratio. The group was working!

"Hunky Dory Tangle" is a blend of 10% Riesling, 55% Pinot Gris and 35% Gewurztraminer. The winery says the wine presents honeysuckle, jasmine, quince, lime and lemon on the nose with ripe apple, lychee and mandarin flavors on the palate. What the group liked about "Hunky Dory Tangle" is that it presented as a wine everyone could like. Whether you enjoy Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio, you could find something to like in "Hunky Dory Tangle" served with or without food.

Broadside is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 14 months in neutral French and American Oak Barrels. The group found that this Cabernet was lighter and more complex than many of the Cabernets coming out of California which they thought to be too big and bold. Broadside, they said, would stand up to heavy flavors but at the same time would not overwhelm food and, could, unlike many other west coast Cabernets, be enjoyed without food.

Broadside says: 

Broadside produces wines focused on purity and true varietal expression. Our winemaking favors a natural approach in that our wines are minimally handled to best express the grape, site, and vintage. The 2015 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a vintage marked by frost, wind, drought, and the resulting record low yields from our vineyards. So low, in fact, that we elected to use all of the fruit originally intended for our vineyard designate and Ephemera bottlings in this 2015 Paso Robles Cabernet. Low yields of flavorful fruit, produced a serious, concentrated, yet still elegant Cabernet Sauvignon. Fresh boysenberry, peppercorn, and sweet tobacco notes highlight ample fruit in the nose, complemented by subtle notes of toasty oak vanillin and cigar box. Cassis, green olive, and fresh berry acidity greet the palate with an underlying current of fine tannin, coalescing in a dry, persistent finish.

The Asheville Wine Focus Group meets the first Wednesday of every month. Seating is limited to 10. If you want to join us, call (828) 575-9525 as soon as possible! There is no charge. We value your opinion.

 

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"Bird Bliss" Art Opening and Wine Tasting with Lisa Casperson

News Release: Thursday, January 4th, 2018

About: "Bird Bliss"

Please join us for The Opening Reception of "Bird Bliss" by local artist Lisa Casperson on Thursday, February 8th from 5 to 7pm @MetroWines. 

"This is the third exhibition by Lisa Casperson @MetroWines," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "As her work is both engaging and affordable, Lisa is back by very popular demand."

Multi-media artist, Lisa Casperson, will display petite paintings  @Metro Wines from Thursday February 8, through Sunday, February 12, 2018. 

The pieces will revolve around the theme of birds, some of which belong to a series the artist is presently working on, "Birds of North Carolina." These are not Audubon style bird representations; Casperson has combined several techniques to produce very unusual likenesses of our North Carolina song birds. 

"Smaller framed prints mean more affordable art, just in time for that perfect Valentine’s Day gift," says Lisa. "A bottle of wine, a unique piece of art. Who knows where that could lead?"

More about Lisa and her work here: www.playswellalone.com.

The Opening and Wine Tasting are on the house. Glasses of wine are $5 all evening. 

Photos Attached. Photo Credit to Lisa Casperson

 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
Cell: (828) 273-5348 and Shop: (828) 575-9525
 
"Veery"
 

"Dream Bird" 

"Little Bird Sings"

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Asheville Wine Focus Group: March

 

Mike Tiano of Haw River Wine Man will host in March.

 

HAW RIVER WINE MAN, Inc.

AN ORGANICALLY GROWN COMPANY, IMPORTING,

DISTRIBUTING AND DEMOCRATIZING WINE SINCE 1995.

     Beginning in 1995 with six wines from Puglia, Haw River Wine Man has quietly compiled an Italian wine portfolio that stands out in North Carolina and South Carolina for Quality, Price and Selection. With a firm belief that wine is an every day beverage, and not the exclusive domain of the wealthy and privileged, the company strives to bring the consumer the best values possible by sourcing wine direct from the producer.  Our portfolio has slowly grown from the original six wines to now include partnerships with around thirty estates in Italy.  Beginning in 2006, we began our collaboration with Rosenthal Wine Merchant, one of the most respected importers of wines from France and Italy to North Carolina.  Our expansion into Europe continued in 2012 with the inclusion of the fantastic wines of Spain from De Maison Selections and Andre Tamers.

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