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White Rhone


** French Wine **

French Rhone Blanc. Affordable. Lovely.

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This bright, pale-golden wine opens to aromas of white fruits and flowers.
On the palate, it is nicely balanced with freshness provided by the Clairette
while the Grenache gives it body and a gentle softness.

Teaching Moment: Clairette?  Clairette is one of the oldest grapes used for wine in France,
dating back to the mid 1500’s.Clairette is used not only in the production of white wine,
it is also used to produce Vermouth. Typical flavors in the grape are green apple, lime, peach, licorice,
white peach and floral characteristics. Clairette is one of the few white wine grapes also used as part
of the blend from time to time in the production of red Chateauneuf du Pape wine.

$12.99 @MetroWines

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Muga Rose' 2018

MUGA 2018

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James Suckling 90 Points: This is a superb rosé with aromas of white strawberries and watermelon,
as well as a hint of pink grapefruit. The palate is packed with bright acidity
and zesty, flavorsome pink berries. So good! A blend of viura with some grenache.

Wine Enthusiast, 90 Points: Bright, peppy aromas of tangerine and nectarine.
A healthy palate braced by proper acidity offers flavors of cantaloupe and peach,
while this is a steady and fresh on the finish.

$15.99 on shelf @MetoWines. Limited Distribution but Muga is HERE!
($18.99 at and that is for 2017 Muga. The 2018 not available.)

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Xiloca Garnacha

**The Red Wine **
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Intense blackberry color and aroma are captivating. 
Freshness and integrated tannins invite a second sip. The intensity continues
in a mouth full feel palate and a lingering fruit/mineral finish.
Awarded The Gold Medal at Concours International, $13.99

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Hopler Gruner

Also for Summer: Hopler Wines from Austria
Gruner Veltliner and DRY Riesling
on Shelf @MetroWines NOW!

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Christof Hopler, Winemaker and Owner, was at the shop on Tuesday.
Customers LOVED his wines. And the stories!

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Italian Cabernet Sauvignon: Sultry


By night, something more, shall we say, sultry in the glass.
Eva Luna 2016 Cabernet with Cabernet Franc,
Lake Garda, Italy $15.99

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In the 1990s, Carla Prospero and her daughter Nadia Zenato acquired a large 18th century farm
in the Sirmione area called Sansonina. With this purchase they accepted a challenge to disprove
some preconceptions. They set about producing exceptional red wine in a zone traditionally known
for whites, while demonstrating that well-structured red wine isn’t necessarily men’s work.
With a typically feminine combination of determination and sensitivity, 
Carla and Nadia have succeeded in producing hearty, powerful and elegant wines.

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Le Quattro Terre Rose'

WINNER: June Great Rose Tasting
Le Quattro Terre, Barbera, Piemonte Rosato, $14.99

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The soil is calcareous-clay and silt with south exposure. Manual harvest. Direct pressing of grapes. 
Static cold decantation, fermentation in stainless steel tanks on fine lees for 3 months at controlled temperature. 
Brilliant rosé with light purple hues. Delicate but intense. Pleasant, with light hints of wild strawberry and sour cherry. 
Medium body, good acidity and minerality. Provencal in style with Italian Grapes!

"Quattro Terre" Piemonte Rosato is Gianpiero's is an iconic rosé made of 100% Barbera grape,
This wine represents the Piemonte Region, specifically the Monferrato terroir.
The rosé is also made with grapes from four different types of soil at La Meridiana Estate;
hence the name, "QUATTRO TERRE" or "FOUR SOILS." Clay, sand, limestone, and iron. 
The blend presents  complexity and minerality. Elegant body and harmonious acidity. 

And Le Quattro Terre Red will be "on the taste at Foucs Group on Wednesday!

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Asheville Wine Focus Group July 10


Tickets HERE!

News Release: June18th, 2019

About: Asheville Wine Focus Group for July
Please join us on Wednesday July 10th for The Asheville Wine Focus Group. Our host, Chris Curtis of Winebow, will present four wines for your consideration. 
Winebow says the company "offers a dynamic portfolio of fine wine and spirits from around the world, representing both established properties and a new generation of winemakers and distillers. Since 1980, Winebow has upheld a long-standing commitment to personal relationships, knowledge, and outstanding service. With a distribution network in 20 markets that cover ˜70 percent of the wine consumption in the U.S., Winebow strives to be the best partner to its customers and suppliers, and to inspire a passion for fine wine and spirits nationwide."
As always, the group will be asked if you like each wine, do you think others will like it, should the wine be on our shelves and what should the wine cost. We encourage you to speak candidly! We value your opinion.
Asheville Wine Focus Group is open to all but you must reserve  your seat. Call (828) 575-9525 or reserve online at:
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Neyers Vineyards Tasting

News Release: Tuesday, June 18th, 2019
About: Neyers Vineyards Wine Tasting @MetroWines
Please join us on Wednesday July 3rd from 3 to 6pm @MetroWines for barbecue perfect wines from Neyers Vineyards, Napa Valley. The tasting, hosted by Juniper Cooper of Mutual Distribution, is "on the house" with event pricing on featured bottles.
Because of the minimal intervention in the winemaking process, Neyers Vineyards is known for balanced and bold flavors. Both the winery and the winemaker have received awards from highly regarded reviewers.
"This is a great opportunity to taste California Wines that can really take your 4th of July celebration up a notch," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Neyers is one of the best domestic producers of Carignan featured in the Sage Red Blend and the winner of the Carignan Blind Tasting last year @MetroWines!"
Neyers 304 Chardonnay
The winery calls this wine Chardonnay '304' because of the use of food grade 304 stainless steel vs French oak barrels for fermentation and storage. A portion of the wine was fermented in a concrete tank to add richness and bring out the minerality in the wine. There was continuous lees contact used in this unique fermentation process. It pairs with everything from a plate of oysters to a crisp roast chicken.

Neyers fondness for French Chablis led to a search for the right combination of grapes and winemaking techniques to more closely approximate this style of wine. Neyers needed to find Chardonnay fruit grown under especially cold conditions in order to ensure a high level of natural acidity and a lower than normal pH, both necessary to reach the balance essential to this style of wine. And Neyers wanted those grapes to be grown on soils that were rocky, in order to maximize the mineral character in the finished wine. 

Two vineyards provided the right stuff. Paul Larson Vineyard in Sonoma Carneros only a few hundred yards from the northern-most reach of the San Francisco Bay and the Trinchero Family Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. 

The fruit is harvested by hand, then whole-cluster pressed to yield bright, crisp juice. The fermentation is carried out in stainless steel tanks (made from Stainless Steel 304) with a mix of native and dry-active yeast strains, and the wine is then aged four months on the natural yeast lees to increase flavor, texture and stability. We filter the wine just before bottling, which typically leaves the secondary or malo-lactic fermentation less than 50% complete. The result is a fresh, crisp wine with no external oak flavor to interfere with the attractive lemon-lime component natural to cold climate Chardonnay.

Neyers Sage Canyon Red

An Old World-Styled Blend, the Sage Canyon Red derives its name from the region where the winery is located. The canyon created by the north face of Pritchard hill was settled in the 1830’s by a group of Ohio pioneers led to California by John Chiles, and in neighboring Chiles Valley they established a modern, self sustaining community with farms, homes, gardens, winemaking, mills and a distillery. The sage they introduced to the area grew wild in the canyon, hence the name we use today.

We draw together fruit from four separate areas of northern California for this wine: Grenache from the Sierra foothills, Carignan from Oakley, Mourvèdre from the southern Sonoma Valley near Glen Ellen, and Syrah from the Santa Lucia Highlands.

The grapes are all processed using traditional Rhône Valley techniques as they are fermented with 100% stem retention and crushed by foot for the first 30 days or so. The tanks are then drained and pressed, and the new wine is aged 8-10 months in used 60-gallon French oak barrels. Carignan makes up 45% of the finished wine, and the vines here are 140 years old, with yields that barely reach 1 ton/acre.

It’s a soft wine, wonderfully attractive in its youth with complex flavors that are attractive across the palate. 

Neyers Left Bank Red

Awarded a score of 90 POINTS from Wine Enthusiast. 

Left Bank Red is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot. Both vineyards are planted in the gravelly soil at the south end of our Conn Valley Ranch. The soil profile from a recent well drilling has shown the gravel deposit on this section of the vineyard is almost 40 feet deep, and with the combination of nearby sandy-loam and basalt soils, serves as an ideal spot for Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to mingle. Both parcels are certified organic with CCOF, and we practice modern sustainable farming. 

Winemaker Tadeo Borchardt focuses on small yields, grown on vines propagated from heirloom budwood selections. Each vineyard is separately hand-harvested, and each cluster is closely examined on our sorting table before de-stemming. Fermentation is carried out using only native, wild yeast, and the separate wines are aged in a combination of new and used 60-gallon French oak barrels. We bottle the Left Bank Red after 14 months of barrel aging, without fining or filtering the finished wine. The blend is immediately appealing, with its combination of bright raspberry flavors balanced by the charm of the wild cherry component of the Merlot. The gravelly soil provides a subtle hint of minerality, making the wine both complete and complex. 

A Little History:

Neyers Vineyards sits in the heart of the Napa Valley but Bruce’s experience with French wine importer Kermit Lynch has had an undeniable influence on our wines. Many of the French producers Bruce works with farm organically, make their wines naturally without use of cultured yeast or laboratory designed malo-lactic starter, and bottle their wines without fining or filtration. We like their results and utilize many of their ideas.

Our barrels are made in France, to our specifications, from wood that we buy in bulk and air dry for three years, two years longer than normal. All of our grapes are picked by hand, into small bins that hold only one-half ton. They are then laboriously hand sorted and inspected at the winery. Grapes that require travel of more than thirty minutes to our winery are delivered in refrigerated trucks.

Meet The Neyers:

Bruce Neyers

Bruce worked at a French wine importing company in the city before moving to Mayacamas Winery in the Napa Valley in 1972. He spent a year in Germany as an apprentice winemaker in 1974, then 17 years at Joseph Phelps Vineyards. In 1991 he left to begin Neyers Vineyards. At the time Bruce and Barbara began the winery, Bruce accepted a position as national sales manager for Berkeley importer Kermit Lynch. Today he divides his time between these two positions.

Barbara Neyers

Barbara followed her academic training and became a teacher but was soon able to pursue her love of food and cooking as a chef and eventually manager at Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley. Bruce and Barbara raised three children on their home vineyard and ranch in the Conn Valley area of the Napa Valley, and now lead the varied and hectic lives of all vignerons; running a small business, growing grapes on their farm, and traveling around the country to oversee the distribution of their wines.

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Rose' Tasting and Candles

News Release: Monday, June 17th, 2019

About: Update Great RosTasting
MetroWines partners with Paris of the South Candles for The Great Rose Tasting on July 6th from 10am to 7pm.
Candlemaker and Owner, Anthony Mikolojeski, will be @MetroWines from 10 to 6pm with over 20 different scents including Victorian Rose. There is a candle that is perfect for any time of the day or night or for summer or any time of the year! 
Candles are locally made from 100% organic soy wax, small batched and hand poured with 100% lead free wicks. Fragrances are made with essential oils. Candles burn 60-65 hours. For more about these "real" candles:
"Paris of the South Candles were created with the inspirations of Asheville and surrounding Western North Carolina," says Anthony. "Each scent is customized to share an experience or location in the area."
There will be six bottles of Rose "on the taste" and "on the house" all day long. Event Pricing on all featured bottles of Rose.
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Daou Dinner at Bone and Broth


News Release: Monday, June 17th, 2019

About: Daou Wine Dinner at Bone and Broth
Please join MetroWines on Wednesday, July 17th starting 6pm at Bone and Broth, 94 Charlotte Street in Asheville, for a wine pairing dinner hosted by Caitlyn Hadley of Daou Vineyards &Winery. Daou Wines average ratings from the most respected reviewers of 91.5 points per bottle!
Chef Chris Benson of bone and Broth will again create dishes that prove what wine pairing is all about. And Chef Will be preparing the dinner with olive oil made by Daou not available to the public in this area.
"Chef Chris sat in on the wine tasting and gave the pairings very serous thought," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "I expect great pairings and an amazing evening!"
Wines will include 2017 Chardonnay, 2017 Chardonnay Reserve, 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and 2017 Pessimist!
The last dinner with Chef Chris at Bone and Broth sold out! Don't be left out. 
$75 INCLUDING tax and gratuity! Tickets:
The Menu:

Come enjoy an evening of great food from Bone & Broth and Daou Winery and Metro wines. 

Meet & Greet-

Paso Robles Chardonnay 2018

First Course-

Reserve Chardonnay 2017

Seared halibut medallions with fennel ceviche, cilantro pesto, micro marigold fronds

Second Course-

Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Scarlet kale & arugula with Manchego peppercorn dressing, balsamic marinated blueberries, Manchego crisp, and watermelon radish

Third Course-

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

7 spice lamb porterhouse with Lebanese green beans, Congaree and Penn purple rice, and red wine gastrique

Fourth Course-

Pessimist 2017

Flourless bittersweet chocolate torte with lavender creme anglaise, grilled plum & raspberry coulis

2017 Chardonnay
Floral and fragrant with a nose of pear and white peach, fresh vanilla bean creme brûlée and star jasmine. The palate is lush and silky with fruit flavors of mango, pineapple and kiwi laced with hazelnut and honeysuckle.
Reserve Chardonnay 92 points, Wine Enthusiast
Bright citrus, honey and warm toast on the nose with hints of tangerine, orange blossom, vanilla, lemon chiffon and nutmeg. Aromas flow into the palate of pineapple, nectarine, casaba melon and cinnamon toast. Good weight yet crisp with a long and flavorful finish.
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
For serious wine lovers. The aromas are black cherry, currant, plum and blackberry bolstered by chocolate, tobacco and menthol with wisps of olive, fig and dried thyme. The bold palate presents dark fruits, bing cherries, black raspberry, plum, pomegranate with notes of cranberries and rhubarb, fennel and cigar box. 
2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Impressive aromas of black cherry, Oregon blackberry surrounded by cigar box, desert sage and peppermint with unfolding layers of blueberry, leather, black plum and whisks of wild mushroom, bayleaf and white pepper. Voluptuous on the palate with fruit and earthy undertones. Elegant yet powerful. 91-93 Points, Wine Advocate
2017 Pessimist
A blend of 64%Petite Sirah, 23%Syrah, 10%Zinfandel, 2%Lagrein and 1%Tannat. Much like a pessimist, you will not be disappointed! Powerful and aromatic nose of blueberry, boysenberry and black plum evolving into layers of elderberry, truffle, cocoa, cardamom spice and hints of eucalyptus, leather and cherry pie. The lush palate is black cherry, blueberry and forest floor with notes of lavender, anise and black olives. Smooth finish.
The History:
    As children growing up in Lebanon, Georges and Daniel fell in love with the rural way of life during visits to their grandfather’s ancient olive groves. Their world was turned upside down, however, when the Daou family home was struck by an errant rocket at the start of the Lebanese civil war.  
    The Daous were forced to emigrate to Paris and later moved to Southern France. It was here surrounded by vineyards that reminded them of their childhood that Georges and Daniel first began to dream of a life in wine.
Georges Daou, Proprietor
 It was only on DAOU Mountain that he discovered his true calling. Here, he became the shepherd of a dream: that the mountain’s wines would one day bring joy and pleasure to people around the world.      
   “The raw jewels of this mountain have been here for thousands of years, but they can only be unlocked through great imagination,” Georges says. “This is the quest we are wholly engaged in—and it is the journey that we invite you to walk with us.”
Daniel Daou, Proprietor & Winemaker
   Daniel has mastered both the science and creativity necessary to make transcendent wines. Upon discovering DAOU Mountain, he set out to elevate Paso Robles to a new level by becoming the region’s ambassador of Bordeaux varieties. His heart ultimately lies in the vineyard, where he spends the majority of his time living amongst the vines—attentive to every possibility for cultivating the purest expression of terroir.
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Contact Bone and Broth at (828) 505-2849
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Aperitivi: Italian Rose Tasting

News Release: June 13, 2019 
About: Ciao Asheville presents Italian Aperitivo Rose Tasting
Ciao Asheville is pleased to announce our signature summer event. We will be presenting four Italian rose wines for tasting along with light Italian appetizers for an authentic Sunday afternoon Italian "happy hour" aperitivo! This event will take place at a gorgeous outdoor location here in Asheville (location and directions to be provided when you reserve and pay). We will be serving a variety of aperitivo foods including bruschetta, cheese, prosciutto, and fruit. This is a great way to kick off your Sunday dinner plans the Italian way!  
Sunday, July 21, 3:00-4:30pm. 
Cost is $20 per person which includes tax. 
Please note that Ciao Asheville events often sell out so reserve early. 
Call (828) 575-9525 with credit card or shop online:    
Contact for Ciao Asheville: Gail Rampersaud
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Il Postino Film Discussion


Registration HERE!

Film Discussion of Il Postino on Sunday, June 30th starting1pm @MetroWines. The event and popcorn is on the house. A glass of Italian red or white wine is $7. Robert Formento, Film Coordinator for Ciao Asheville will lead the discussion. Robert has extensive knowledge of Italian Films. His brief synopsis of Il Postino is here:

Il Postino

Pablo Neruda was a Nobel Prize winning Chilean poet-diplomat and politician. Probably best known for his passionate love poems, he also served a number of diplomatic positions in Chile, but because of his politics (he was a communist), he got himself into trouble with the Chilean government and was exiled to The Isle of Capri in Italy in the early 50s. (Tough exile!)


The movie, Il Postino, takes place after Pablo Neruda arrives. It is a story about Mario, a bumbling mailman, who’s madly in love with Beatrice, the most beautiful woman on this island. . . . but is too shy to tell her how he feels. With Pablo’s help, he finds the right words to win her heart. 


Il Postino was nominated for 5 Oscars in 1994 (Best Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Original Music Score and Best Picture) Those viewers who loved the movie, Cinema Paradiso, will be pleased that Philippe Noiret (who played Alfredo, the movie projectionist) also plays the role of Pablo Neruda in Il Postino. Mario is wonderfully played by Massimo Troisi. Although not well known in America, Troisi was very well known in Italy for his comedy films. Sadly, Massimo died one day after major filming was completed. The movie ends with a simple dedication, “To Our Friend Massimo”.

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July Rose' Tasting

News Release: Monday, June 10th, 2019

About: July Great Rose' Tasting @MetroWines
Join us for the monthly Great Rose' Tasting on Saturday, July 6th from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines.
6 bottles of Rose' from around the world will be "on the taste" and "on the house" all day.
"Some Rose' works for porch sitting, parties and nearly every recipe," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "And Rose' is pure joy in a bottle!"
Event pricing on featured bottles of Rose' at the tasting!
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Trip to Cotes du Rhone

Tickets HERE!
News Release: Saturday, July 8th, 2019
About: Guided Trip to Cotes du Rhone

Do you look for unusual travel experiences? Then consider joining Roots and Tradition tour by Provence Detours in June 2020 to one of France’s secret destinations, the county of Drôme in the Côtes du Rhône region of southern France.

Let Sylvie Delaunay take you on an intimate discovery of her native land. Sylvie has been conducting tours to her region for five years. The 10 day tour will let you marvel in the county’s beauty, delight in its gastronomy, meet the people who call this land home. 

A presentation of the region, followed by details of the trip is scheduled Sunday, June 23, 2019  4pm @MetroWines on Charlotte Street. Wine and cheese will accompany the presentation. Space is limited. To RSVP and for more information contact Sylvie at

The event is "on the house" @MetroWines.

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi

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Gustavo Gonzalez, Mira

This was not a structured interview, just bits and pieces I picked up while Gustavo chatted with us and the dinner guests. Hee we go:

Gustavo Gonzalez, Winemaker for Mira, dropped in @MetroWines today. Not to make this personal already but my favorite restaurant in this country is Bistro Jeanty ( in Yountville. Guess where the new Mira Winery will be built? Come on, just guess. Just south, I mean steps, south of the Bistro. How cool is that?
Meanwhile, let's start with the basics. What's the name, Mira, all about? Mira is the Latin root word for "miracle." Mira means peace in Russian, luck in Spanish and Sicilian and beautiful in Hindi. The label has a story too. The graphic encircled on the label is the 12th letter of the ancient Germanic alphabet signifying the harvest.
Gustavo is not just the Winemaker, he is also the artist who designed the label and the thinker who thought up the name Mira. "Everybody takes part in the process," says Gustavo who started the winery with two friends with other skills, "and I wanted to bring a little intellectual touch to our presentation." Well done Gustavo!
Mira started in 2009. Gustavo had been Winemaker for Robert Mondavi and had worked at Ruffino in Italy as well as at wineries in Burgundy, Argentina and, wait for it, Brazil. What?? The winery in Brazil only exports to the UK. Gustavo's goal for Mira is to put "all this experience from around the world into the bottle."
The dinner started with a Chardonnay paired with an oyster "dressed" as we say back home. Gustavo says, if you were to pick one off a vine, the Chardonnay grape does not look like anything special nor does it have much taste. That is what the Winemaker does, "build the grape." Same with Pinot Noir. The grape neither has much color or taste right off the vine. "It does not show what it has." The Winemaker has to "coax it out."
Jimmy D's Red Blend is smooooooooooth with raspberry, black cherry, violet and spice aromas and flavors. Gustavo mostly only works with 100% varietal wines, but here he has blended Petit Verdot, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. Nice.
The 100% Cabernet Sauvignon shows plum, coffee beans and velvety tannins. We were surprised by the capability of this wine. The pairing partner featured asparagus. Notorious for being a pairing nightmare, asparagus is said to only play well with a few wines including Gruner Veltliner. We are a long way from that grape here. Now it could have been that the asparagus in this dish were surrounded by meat and mushrooms and the respective juices took over. But, I don't know, asparagus usually busts through the barrier to clash just for the fun of it! Not here. All systems GO.
With vibrant red fruit with pencil lead undertone, the Cabernet Franc was the star in the lineup. Even Gustavo says: "I love this Cabernet Franc!" The brutal truth here is that there were only 100 cases to begin with and there are only three bottles left @MetroWines! Call now!
Fun Fact: Gustavo is left handed. He says many people in the wine industry are left handed. Who knew? But I can tell you that over, way over, 50% of the people who have worked here have been left handed. We need a study on this phenomenon.
Serious Business Fact: Gustavo Gonzalez is considered by many, including us @MetroWines, in the wine world to be "a winemaker's winemaker." These wines certainly proved the legend. 
And on top of it all that, Gustavo was a really genuine guy. No attitude. No prevention.  He did and does the name "Mira" proud.
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Hopler a HIT!

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Christof Hopler was delightful! He shared the story of the winery and why their wines are so special. And indeed they are extraordinary. 
Of course, we asked Christof about the rumor that Hopler provides wine to kingdom royalty as well as food royalty. Turns out it is all true. Hopler supplies Gordon Ramsey and Jamie Oliver with his Gruner Veltliner and Dry Riesling (which BTW was DRY and very appealing). And, Hopler Gruner was on the table at a recent State Dinner hosted by Prince Charles of England! All ture.
You can share in the majesty!! on Thrusday. Hopler Gruner and Rielsing will be on the shelf @MetroWines. Surprisingly very affordable. The British subjects can feel good that the boss served an excellent price to quality wine and did not waste their pounds, not this time at least!
Hopler is a family winery located in Burgenland, Austria. 
"Hopler produces food friendly wines," says Gina Trippi, co owner of MetroWines. 
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Mira Dinner, Calabria, Celine&Co. Dinner, Rickety Bridge, MidCentury Kitchens, Steele, Moringa, Pink Pegau, Summer Whites, Sauvignon Blanc, Decorating with Books, Klinker Brick, Focus Group!

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Mira Wine Dinner with Winemaker!
at Smoky Park Supper Club

Thursday, June 6th at 6:30

*** This is BIG. This is Mira! ***
And this is Coming Up! Call Now!

Call Smoky Park at (828) 350-0315

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Calabria is Back!
More Specifically, "Ippolito" is back in the House.

In 1845, Vincenzo Ippolito stamped his initials on a country house that sat amongst vineyards,
olive groves, and orange trees in the heart of the Marina of Ciro. With a 160+ year history, Ippolito is Calabria’s oldest winery. Located in the historic center of Ciro Marina, the heart of Calabrian wine-growing, the company maintains a farm amongst rolling hills and sunny plains near the Ionian Sea.
The company’s mission is the restoration and enhancement of indigenous grapes.

More about Ippolito from Wine Spectator

Mare Chiaro (clear sea) is 100% Greco Bianco, a grape indigenous to the area at the Ionian Sea.
This Calabrian white has an explosive nose full of fresh flowers and bright citrus.
All steel tank, no oak to preserve freshness and fruit. Organic.
Note: For Sauvignon Blanc Fans looking to step outside their comfort zone,
this is a good choice. Fresh, snappy, flavorful.


100% Galioppo aged in French Oak.
Ruby red in color with a light purple hue, complex aromas of wild berries, violets,
spice and a soft note of oak provided by barrique aging. A full-bodied, rich and velvety wine.

Wine Dinner at Celine and Company

"Asian Fusion with a French Kiss"

Wednesday, June 12th, 6:30
Grapevine Distribution and MetroWines

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The Jude Law Retro Shirt Look

This is probably for the more Avant Guard Dad.
Let's pair the present with a wine that is a little outside the Dad comfort zone.

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Rickety Bridge 2017 Pinotage, $26
Rickety Bridge is a boutique wine cellar situated just on the edge of Franschhoek village
in South Africa. With just an hour or so drive from Cape Town, the vineyard is a favorite
with tourists to Franschhoek with its picturesque setting and great quality wines.
This classic pinotage is produced from vines in the Swartland region. A smooth Pinotage showing some earthy characters and underlying dark berry flavors and a hint of bramble. It's So Dad.

From The MetroWines Book Review Department
Since We Are talking Retro Shirts and Wine Here:
Let's Move Inside with "The MidCentury Kitchen"
by Sarah Archer

The Midcentury Kitchen: America's Favorite Room, from Workspace to Dreamscape, 1940s-1970s Cover Image

Nearly everyone has experienced cozy, welcoming kitchens packed with conveniences
that we now take for granted. Sarah Archer, takes us through a simpler time,
shows how the 1950's prosperity kicked off the technology and design of today's kitchens.
While contemporary appliances might look different and work better than those of the 50s, the midcentury kitchen has yet to be improved upon. During the consumerism of midcentury America when families were ready to put their newfound prosperity on display, companies from General Electric to Pyrex to Betty Crocker were there to usher them into a new era. Counter heights were standardized, appliances were designed in fashionable colors, and convenience foods took over the family table.
The Midcentury Kitchen captures the spirit of an era-and a room-where anything seemed possible.

Your Read It With Wine?
A California Chardonnay but of course!  

Steele Cuvée Chardonnay 2016 Photo
A blend of fruit that is 48%Santa Barbara, 43%Sonoma and 9%Mendicino,
this bottle showcases what Jed Steele does best, blending grapes from various vineyards!


    Jed says: With the exception of the Lolonis vineyard fruit (which was stainless steel fermented and then barrel aged for 4 months). Our cuvée is fermented in barrel (20% new) and aged sur-lees for about eight months. Stirring the barrels regularly aids in the completion of malo-lactic fermentation, yielding complexity, depth of flavor and aroma. The Santa Maria vineyards add a tropical fruit character to the wine, flavors and aroma of mango, pineapple, and papaya. The Sonoma vineyards attribute citrus character and acid to the cuvée. The Mendocino vineyard, Lolonis, has a flavor profile that leans toward apples aromas of apple crisp and cinnamon. $21


The Moringa, a chewy green plant in Africa,
may be the next Superfood

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What's is all about? The leaves are usually served as vegetables. Looking like giant string beans,
but tasting somewhat like asparagus with a touch of horseradish, they are highly nutritious.
For one thing, they provide a good balance of all the essential amino acids.
That alone is unusual in a plant food, but these pods also possess one of the highest vitamin C levels of any tropical vegetable, not to mention goodly quantities of vitamins A and B. And beyond all that they are among the best sources of minerals. Most parts of the plant are not only edible but nutritious.

Tasty but tricky to pair.  Let's GO Rose
Specifically, 2018 Pink Pegau, by Laurence Feraud, France

The Winemaker:
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The Wine
80%Cinsault, 10%Carignan and 10%Grenache. Pink Pegau features a deep pink salmon color,
bright and clear. With an aroma that is more like a red wine than a rose, Pink Pegau opens
with aromas of peach and red currant. On the palate, find flavors of grapefruit and berries with notes
of "garrigue." Fresh acidity and long finish. This rose could even handle grilled meats!

What is garrigue? Wine Spectator says: 

“Garrigue” isn’t used that often as a wine descriptor, but all the examples I’ve ever seen
have used it with a positive connotation. As I’ve written before, garrigue refers to the low-growing
wild vegetation in hills of Mediterranean coast, including juniper, thyme, rosemary and lavender.
It’s not just a single note, but the sum of them together.
Let’s say I’m trying to describe a wine, and I pick out a lavender note. Sometimes that note is so distinctive that I’ll just say “lavender” or “dried lavender,” if there’s that added touch of dried leaves. Sometimes the lavender note is less focused, so I might just use “floral” instead.
But if it’s mingled with a fresh herbal, minty note, that’s when I will use “garrigue”.

*** Summer Whites ***

Scaia Garganega & Chardonnay 2017 $12.99 (Italy)

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The name Scaia is a local colloquialism referring to parmesan cheese crumbs which
resembles chalky area soil. A blend of 55%vGarganega and 45% Chardonnay from Veneto. 
After harvest and cold maceration of the whole bunches, the press is filled with a layer of nitrogen, forming an oxygen-free barrier during pressing that concentrates flavors. The wine is then aged in stainless steel with weekly stirring of the lees until bottling. The resulting wine is lush,
fruit forward and highly aromatic and perfect for summer.

Tasting Notes: Aroma of white flowers of acacia, jasmine as well as pineapple, grapefruit and orange, apple, pear and mango and a light note of bananas. Flavor that are fresh and pleasant thanks to
its sustained acidity. Well balanced softness and tanginess, making it inviting and intriguing.

Samorens Cote du Rhone $12.99 (France)

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Variety: 35% Roussanne; 30% Viognier; 25% Grenache Blanc; 5% Clairette; 5% Marsanne
Winemaker’s Notes: This bright, pale-golden wine opens to aromas of white fruits and flowers.
On the palate, it is nicely balanced with freshness provided by the Clairette
while the Grenache gives it body and a gentle softness.


Straight-UP Sauvignon Blanc

Delaille Val de Loire 2018, $14.99
Kermit Lynch Import

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Sauvignon Blanc vines set amongst the picturesque hillsides of Cheverney set stage for a delicious series of IGP wines from Domaine Delaille. A contemporary of Sancerre and other Loire Valley favorites, this wine packs juicy citrus and tropical fruits with bracing acidity.

Let's reintroduce Kermit Lynch:  "Raised in San Luis Obispo, his name has become synonymous with quality French and Italian wines. In 1972, with a $5,000 loan and a vision, Kermit Lynch, a writer and musician, opened "Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant" with 35 cases
of wine stacked on the floor. With a preference for Old World wine, Lynch became a retailer, distributor, and importer for authentic wines that express their terroir. His influence endures and he can claim success introducing the wine world to many small, artisan producers. 

John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine says:
"Think of this one as a baby Sancere."

Peter Yealands 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, $15.99
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Presents notes of citrus blossom and passionfruit, underpinned with aromas
of fresh herbs and lemon zest. The palate is full and lively with tropical fruit that
is balanced with a long, crisp mineral finish. Yealands Estate maintains an absolute commitment
to sustainable wine production from vine to bottle. Yealands has already achieved
a high industrial sustainability rating and has also been awarded carboNZeroCert™ status,
joining a select group of wineries around the world who have earned this recognition.


Decorating with Books

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Interest in books, although not necessarily to read, has exploded. The concept
of a collectiondates back to the 1820s in Britain. Hotels, offices, Restaurants are using
books to make a statement as well as bring interest and color to their establishments. And companies are stepping up to meet the demand. Books By The Foot, sells books by subject, color (robin's-egg blue is popular), even by titles that being "fresh" to mind like
"Whispering Willows" and "Modern Enchanted Forest."

And yes, you can buy a stack of wine books! Check it out:

We can help you complete the shelf with the perfect bottle to enhance any collection.
As you know, we pair with anything!
Let's say you have chosen the wine book collection. Might we suggest a bottle that is
not too ostentatious or, shall we say, overly value minded but shows that you
are a keen shopper who finds excellent quality to price ratio bottles.

Klinker Brick "farrah syrah," Lodi 2015, $22

2015 Farrah Syrah

The 2015 Syrah exhibits aromas of currant, baking spice, cacao and smoky oak
with subtle earthy and floral notes. The palate is greeted with bright and vibrant flavors
of blackberry, anise and exotic spices. Supple tannins and superb balance lend structure
to this full-bodied Syrah with a long, lingering finish. And it looks nice on a


The Asheville Wine Focus Group
"Manager's Special"

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@ and ONLY @metroWines
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Leah Chase Goes Cooking on High Up

Leah Chase, the famed Creole Chef, passed away at 96. Over the decades, Leah served everyone from Presidents to janitors. We loved Leah. Subscribe to our email for wine pairings with some of her most loved and "cooked" recipes  posted on Sunday, June 9th!

From the Dooky Chase Website:

Leah Chase

Known as the “Queen of Creole Cuisine,” Leah Chase has fed Quincy Jones, Jesse Jackson, Duke Ellington, Thurgood Marshall, James Baldwin, Ray Charles, Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and countless others as Executive Chef of Dooky Chase’s Restaurant — one of the best-known and most culturally significant restaurants in New Orleans. Leah Chase has more recently served as the inspiration for Princess Tiana in Disney's Princess and the Frog. 

Born on January 6, 1923 in New Orleans, Chase was one of 14 children. She was raised in the small town of Madisonville, LA. There were no high schools for black children, so after sixth grade, Chase moved to New Orleans to live with an aunt. After completing high school, Chase had a colorful work history including managing two amateur boxers and becoming the first woman to mark the racehorse board for a local bookie. Her favorite job, though, was waiting tables in the French Quarter. It was here that she developed her love for food and feeding others. 

In 1946, she married local musician Edgar “Dooky” Chase Jr., whose father had opened a street corner stand selling lottery tickets and his wife’s homemade po’boy sandwiches. Eventually, Leah and Dooky Jr. took over the business, which by then had become a sit-down restaurant and a favorite local gathering place. 

In a town deeply divided by segregation, Dooky Chase’s Restaurant was one of the only public places in New Orleans where mixed race groups could meet to discuss strategy for the local Civil Rights Movement. Although such gatherings were illegal through most of the 1960s, Dooky Chase’s was so popular; it would have caused a public uproar if local law enforcement had interrupted the meetings. Black voter registration campaign organizers, the NAACP, backdoor political meetings and countless others often found a home at Dooky Chase’s, and Leah cooked for them all. 

Chase is also a patron of black art and her collection — displayed on the walls of her restaurant — was at one time considered New Orleans’ best collection of African American art. To this day, she serves on the board of the New Orleans Museum of Fine Arts and has even testified before Congress to lobby for greater funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. She has participated in countless political campaigns and has used her culinary talents and celebrity to raise money for a myriad of charities and services. Her cookbooks, including The Dooky Chase Cookbook, And Still I Cook, and Leah Chase: Listen, I Say Like This, are popular and have received great praise among her most famous colleagues. 

Chase has received many awards, including multiple awards from the NAACP, the New Orleans Times-Picayune 1997 Loving Cup Award, the Weiss Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and the Outstanding Woman Award from the National Council of Negro Women. Chase was inducted into the James Beard Foundation's Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America in 2010. She was honored with a lifetime achievement award from the Southern Foodways Alliance in 2000. Chase received honorary degrees from Tulane University, Dillard University, Our Lady of Holy Cross College, Madonna College, Loyola University New Orleans, and Johnson & Wales University. She is also the recipient of the Francis Anthony Drexel Medal, the highest award presented to an individual by Xavier University of Louisiana. The medal is not presented annually. The Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana named a permanent gallery in Chase's honor in 2009. She also serves on many boards, including the Arts Council of New Orleans, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Urban League. She is member of the Women of The Storm and the International Women’s Forum. She has four children, sixteen grandchildren and twenty-two great-grandchildren. 

Many are attracted to her warmth and mastery of culinary arts, that to this day still excite the minds of those she serves. Ray Charles sang about her, and National and International Presidents have sought her out, but in all her ability to excite the palates of Leaders she has remained steadfast in her ministry to all.

** Recipe for Creole Shrimp Gumbo **


1/2 cup peanut oil

4 tablespoons flour

1 cup chopped onions

1 pound small white shrimp (30/40), peeled and deveined

8 ounces Creole hot sausage, cut into bite-size pieces

8 ounces smoked sausage, cut into bite-size pieces

8 ounces beef stew meat, cubed

8 ounces smoked ham, cubed

6 chicken wings, cut in half

1 tablespoon file powder

1 tablespoon paprika

1 tablespoon salt

2 dozen oysters, with their liquid

1/4 cup chopped parsley

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon ground thyme



  1. Heat the oil in a skillet over low heat and add the flour to make a roux, browning until golden about 3 minutes. Add the onions and cook over low heat until the onions wilt about 4 minutes.
  2. Put the shrimp, sausages, stew meat and ham in a 5-quart pot over medium heat. Pour the onion mixture over the ingredients and add 3 quarts water, the chicken wings, file powder, paprika and salt. Bring to a boil and cook for 30 minutes or until broth reaches desired thickness.
  3. Add the oysters, parsley, garlic and thyme. Lower the heat and cook until the shrimp is pink, about 10 minutes more, before serving.

This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional. It has not been tested for home use.

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Silver Oak Dinner at Market Place

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News Release: Thursday, May 30th, 2019

About: Silver Oak Wine Pairing Dinner at Market Place
The Market Place and MetroWines present "A Dinner with Silver Oak Family Wines" on Thursday, June 27th starting 6pm at Market Place, 20 Wall Street in Asheville. The evening will be hosted by Jeff Flood from Silver Oak.
Five seasonally courses paired with five award winning wines from Silver Oak and Twomey Winery. A sparkling wine will start the evening at 6pm as we gather to be seated for dinner at 6:30.
"A set of tickets to dinner would be a great gift for Father's Day," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines.
The evening is $75 not including tax and gratuity. Seating is limited. Please reserve your seat by calling Market Place at (828) 252-4162. All featured wines will be available for purchase at a special event price and available for pick up @MetroWines.
Market Place Says: We are a group of cooks, farmers, waiters, cheese-makers, organizers, ranchers, brewers and dishwashers who share a common philosophy about how we eat and in a larger sense, about life.

We believe in the importance of working locally, not just using ingredients from our surrounding area, but also in our contribution to the community. The success of our restaurant has always been closely entwined with the health and progress of our community. For 35 years we have supported the arts, local-needs and education programs.

Our clients have returned over the decades, we hope in part because we have always tried to treat them as family… and friends. Some might say, our food tastes good, perhaps even memorable. Each day, we do our utmost to prepare and present fresh food in a creative manner with a craftsman’s hand. Working in the most sustainable way possible is important.

The Market Place has been a fixture in downtown Asheville since 1979. Though it’s beginnings rose in the streams and mountains of western North Carolina – a place of mountain trout and small farms – it also has a hand and heart inspired by traditions far from our borders. This mélange of local food prepared with other worldly traditions of the table may have helped the Market Place garner national attention but the keen reverence for the heritage and roots of Appalachia has always remained at the center of what we do.

About Silver Oak:

Silver Oak complements winery-owned fruit with grapes from top independent growers throughout the Napa and Alexander Valley appellations, giving our winemaking team access to the highest-caliber fruit to make Cabernet of the finest quality.

“We have yet to make our best bottle of wine.” This is a saying we have at Silver Oak that embodies our commitment to quality, continuous improvement and excellence. Our pursuit of making our best bottle of wine continues as in 2015 we became the sole owners of a Missouri-based cooperage we proudly call The Oak Cooperage.

No detail goes overlooked in our pursuit of excellent wine, and that includes cork quality. Associate Winemaker Christiane Schleussner pioneered the use of the “dry soak” method with a team of researchers from Cork Supply USA, and this method has given Silver Oak one of the lowest cork taint rates on large-format bottles in the wine industry: 0.53% cork taint versus the 4% industry standard.

Bottle shock is real. It takes a full-bodied red wine 12 months to fully recover and show the full expression of fruit that it had before bottling. We give wine more time in the bottle, and the end result is a food-friendly, moderate-alcohol (13–14.1%) Cabernet that is drinkable upon release.

More About Silver Oak:


Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi 

Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Great Rose' Tasting, Hopler (Austria) Tasting, Mira Dinner at Smoky Park, Borealis, Curator, Focus Group, Wine Dinner at Celine&Co., Diner a la Maison and Anibals Rose', Artichokes and Vermentino, Sarkozy, Shoes & Bordeaux, Murder, Neil deGrasse Tyson & Wine, Paitin, Ciao Asheville!

*** Great Rose Tasting ***

Saturday, June 1st
from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines!

No reservations needed. No charge. No reason not to join us!

As always, 6 Bottles of Rose from Around the World.
Event pricing on Featured Bottles!

*** This Just In and Coming Up ***
Hopler (Bergenland, Austria) Wine Tasting
Hosted by Hopler Owner and Lead Winemaker

*** Christof Hopler ***

Hopler is a family winery in Bergenland Germany
that is winery to some of the biggest names in food including
Jamie Oliver, Thomas Keller of French Laundry and Gordon Ramsey!

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from 5-6:30 @MetroWines
"on the house" @ and ONLY @MetroWines!

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Mira Wine Dinner with Winemaker!
at Smoky Park Supper Club

Thursday, June 6th at 6:30
** Hosted by Winemaker Gustavo Gonzalez **

John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine says:
"The Cabernet Franc from Mira is one of the best anywhere."

Call Smoky Park at (828) 350-0315
Event Posted on Carolina Epicurean!

Sour is on the RISE!
Ligaya Mishan writes in the New York Times Magazine:
Sour is ascendant! Sour is booming in candy, cocktails and food.
And home fermentation is back! Basements are full of loaded jars again.

But, in terms of wine pairing, sour is a tough customer.
As always, pairing depends on the details of your recipe but generally speaking....

The easiest wine pairing with sour is contrast, that is, fruity or possibly a touch of the sweet,
to balance out the sour. think of the classic sweet and sour sauce. The food pairing is in the sauce itself!
So let's pair a bottle that will sidle past the sour and smooth out the experience.
Borealis has the slightest touch of sweetness. Pairing it with the sour,
you will not taste the sweetness, you will taste balance.

Review: Montinore Estate ‘Borealis’ NV
BOREALIS, $16.99
38% Muller-Thurgau, 32% Gerwerztraminer, 19% Riesling and 11% Pinot Gris

Flavorful and multi-dimensional, this perennial crowd pleaser is a blend
of the winery's favorite cool-climate whites.
Crafted 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 drizzledwith caramel. Clean, bright and uplifting finish.

Warm Weather PartEEEE!
From Badenhorst, Curator is organic, sustainably farmed and part of the bio diversity project.

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A blend of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Semillon from Swartland in South Africa.
On the nose, find beeswax, lemon zest, lime and fresh peach. The palate is peach with hints of honey,
yellow apple, and citrus peel. Full fruit but still DRY with a peach, lemon-lime finish.
Excellent value selected Washington Post #2 best bargain wine of 2018!

Curator is $9.99 @MetroWines!

The Asheville Wine Focus Group
"Manager's Special"

These are wines that our new manager, Zach,
thinks should be in the shop.

As always, YOU DECIDE! 768w,
Wednesday, June 12th from 5:30 to 6:30
@ and ONLY @metroWines

Call (828) 575-9525 

Wine Pairing Dinner at Celine and Company
on Broadway in Asheville

"Asian Fusion with a French Kiss"

Wednesday, June 12th, 6:30
$75 (including tax and gratuity)

As Featured in Carolina Epicurean

Diner à la MaisonFrom The Metro Wines Book Review Department
Diner a La Maison

By Parisian Designer, Architect and Bon vivant Laurent Buttazzoni
In this guide to hosting chic French stye dinner parties,
you will find recipes to table settings
and an interaction by frequent guest, Sofia Coppola.


As the recipes are influenced by local culture and include local ingredients:
read: all very different.
Let's go with a versatile wine with wide ranging pairing potential.  

Cuvee Annibals 2018, $16.99
A blend of 70%Cinsault, 10%Syrah, 10%Grenache, 5%Ugni Blanc and 5%Rolle.
Popular every year, Annibals is limited.
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And your Winemaker:

Located in the heart of the Provence verte region, Chateau des Annibals,
founded 1772, spreads over 75 acres.  Chateau des Annibals is a pillar estate of the region.
Nathalie Coquelle, owner and winemaker, has dedicated herself to sustainability.
The estate is farmed organically and run using 100% of renewable energy sources.


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David Tanis of New York Times City Kitchesn tells us that an artichoke is not a vegetable,
it is a flower that we eat just before the purple bloom bursts.
Eric Asimov, NYT Wine Critic steps up to pairthe artichoke calling it a vegetable.
OK, let them fight that one out. A rose is a rose. Let's move on.

Conventional wine wisdom says a chemical in artichokes can make wine taste sweet.
This is especially true if you choose an oaked wine. 
OK. So select an un-oaked, dry Vermentino, Etna Bianco or Sauvignon Blanc,
Manzanilla Sherry, Txakolina or our choice, Vermentino from Sardegna.

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2018 Parpinello Vermentino, Sardegna, Italy, $15.99
Elegant and fine aromas of ripe tropical fruits, with an intriguing hint
of bitter almonds and a lovely spicy finish. 13% ALC
The Parpinello family have passionately run this winery for three generations.
Giampaolo Parpinello and son Paolo strive to maintain the respect for the typicity of the wines
from the Sardinian terroir. The vineyards are situated on a gentle slope between Alghero and Sassari,
in the North-West of the island. The most modern winemaking technology is successfully combined
with traditional farming and respect for the environment. The result is high quality wines
with aroma and flavor, recalling those of the area from which they originate.

Bring ON the Artichokes!

*** Father's Day ***
We Got This But Good

Louis Sarkozy, the son of Nicolas Sarkozy, former president of France,
has created a line of shoesinspired by a few of his "brainy heroes"
including Marie Curie, Sigmund Freud and Thomas Jefferson.
Add a bottle of Bordeaux and you have an unbeatable gift!
Domaine de Galouchey
2015 Vin de Jardin Bordeaux, $34

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A blend of 65%Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 3%Carmenere,
2%Petit Verdit, 1%Sauvignon Blanc, 1%Sauvignon Gris, 1%Semillon and 1%Muscadelle

John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine says of this bottle:
"The wine is rich. The white grapes add a complexity and smoothness
not usually found in a red Bordeaux."


By Very Popular Demand
HIGH Sell-Out Risk. Shop NOW!

Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine,
takes you through the darkest side of wine from the Borgias in Italy
to the present day in North Carolina.

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Some suggestions for you!
In an interview with NPR, Tyson said:
"I'm a sucker for cosmically conceived wine names and labels."

To meet your interest in cosmically conceived labels, we suggest 2017 Les Heretique
(label from last vintage but the picture was so good and, anyway, the label is always the same.)

The Bottle and Cosmically Influenced Label:
The Wine: 

A blend of 90%Carignan and 10% Syrah produced with biodynamic methods, organic and unfiltered.
The Carignan vines average 40 years in age, with some of them being over 100 years old.
The fruit is sustainably farmed and harvested partly by hand and partly by machine.
Half of the Carignanis vinified traditionally--destemmed and fermented in used barrel
and macerated with skins for 30 days, half as whole clusters with carbonic maceration.
Wines are blended with Syrah and aged in a combination of steel tank and neutral oak vats.

History figures prominently in this label from Château d'Oupia. "Les Hérétiques"
is named in recogntion of the Cathars, a heretical Christian group once based in the Languedoc
but wiped out by order of Pope Innocent III in 1208 in response to the murder of a papal representative
by a Cathar supporter near Minervois. The castle, home to Château d'Oupia in Minervois dates back to this time.

The Winemaker:
(Interlude) Tyson takes some pretty controversial positions in the wine world like this one:
"And the fact is, let a grape hang without intervening and you’re not getting Jamet Côte-Rôtie.
You’re getting salad dressing."
Neil deGrasse Tyson has a well documented love and, as you might expect, extensive knowledge of wine.
Apparently when he’s not working on unlocking the secrets of the cosmos, he’s trying to understand
the secrets of Gouges, the enigmatic grand cru wines of the Nuits-Saint-George region of Burgundy.
Jerome Chézeaux Nuits -Saint George, 1st Cru Les Vaucrains
from Neil Rosenthal Wine Merchants, $74

Image result for jerome chezeaux 2012 vaucrainsSomewhat reticent right now, swirling reveals dark red and black fruits that build in intensity
along with classic hints of earth (sous bois), creating a rustic and brooding style
that has a lot of structure in its youth.
A very classic and traditional representation of this famed vineyard site,
although this one will need some time to show at its best.
(More Value minded, relatively speaking, of course.)
Cote de Nuits Villages 2016, Domaine Gachot Monot, $41
Kermit Lynch Import

Domaine Gachot-MonotDamien Gachot sources grapes from the village of Corgoloin in the southern end of the Côtes de Nuits
presenting a wine with the velvety character of the Côtes de Beaune while maintaining the structure
and finesse of the Côtes de Nuits. Soft fruit. Exotic spice. The genius of the winemaker is found
in his ability to balance traditional philosophies in the vineyards and respect of terroir 
with more contemporary methodologies in the cellar. His style gracefully manages to achieve approachability
without sacrificing authenticity, typicity, or age-ability. sustainable farmed. Hand picked. 18 months in barrel.
And, either bottle, together with the story,
would make a great Father's Day gift! 

First: The Bad News!
Shop Favorite Paitin Serra Barbera is out with the importer.
But: The Good News is that this is a good time
to move on up to another shop favorite
the Paitin Campolive Barbera D'Alba Superiore, $25

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In the steepest, sandier and warmer part of Serraboella, one century ago there was olive trees,
now only the name survived along the generations and some old roots can recall that moment. 
In this area the Barbera has a unique expression for roundness, deepness and aging ability.
Lavender, mint, plum, violet and dark spice add considerable nuance throughout.

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