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Hero: Dog. Wine.

This is (also) What a Hero Looks Like


*** KUNO ***

Celebrate the bravery, commitment and courage of KUNO with a wine from a winery
that has been through some battles and maintained their commitment to their goal of quality.
de Lorimier, Preston Ranch, Alexander Valley, 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon.

** deLorimier is The Big RED of The Week **

Bravery medal for hero British Army dog that took out an Al Qaeda sniper

deLorimier Winery, located in Alexander Valley, is part of the Wilson Artisan Wineries.
While deLorimier escaped, two of the other wineries in the group were destroyed in the California Fires. 
deLorimier Winery has been practicing sustainable farming techniques for many years.
Wilson Artisan Wineries works toward the goal toward continued  sustainability offering quality wines
along with a commitment to the environment for the benefit of future generations. Sustainable practices
are realized in many forms, but primarily through water conservation, recycling, use of organic growing practices including encouraging pest control through attracting raptors in our vineyards.

Deepest crimson like a rare red diamond, this wine shines with vitality.  The swirl releases faceted aromas
of black currant, light tobacco, toasted oak and hints of chocolate torte.  The firm acidity and strong tannins
fill the palate with a juiciness, while a pale violet compound soothes.  This perfect compound
of acidity and tannins blend for form this classic Alexander Valley Cabernet.  $27

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Clean Food and Wine

On the Shelf at Malaprops now. Details here:

By a superstar nineteen-year-old activist and motivational speaker,
a unique cookbook and inspiring guide that combines 80 delicious, wholesome,
super-powered plant-based recipes with a "7 points of power" manifesto to inspire
the next generation toward self-reflection, critical thinking and unlearning toxic ideas.

You need a wine that will pair with all your new ingredients and cooking techniques!
Something organic. Something clean. Something versatile. Something delightful. And low ALC!

Your Serve It With Wine
** and BIG White Deal of The Week**

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100% Malvasia. Minerality. Touch floral on the nose but not too fruity on the palate.
Not too acidic. Balanced. 12.5% ALC. And DRY! All steel. Made on a Family Farm.
Castello di Torre in Pietra’s umbrella pine trees and cool underground caves, excavated into the tufa
of a hillside in the 16th century, are an oasis from the torrid heat of Lazio in July. Perfetta!

** Certified organic. $10.99 **

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Port is Forever (almost)

 In Memoriam

New York Times Called it a FINAL on TV Listings

And Coupon clipping is Fading into the Past

Let's  mourn this paper passing with a wine that has been with us for centuries
and will be around for centuries more! Lasting. Dependable. Dessert. Indulgent!

Quinta Do Infantado Porto Ruby rouge |
This is an organic Ruby Port made in the traditional way. The house style is “meio-seco” (medium-dry)
so while this is definitely a sweet wine, its not syrupy or jammy. The Quinta has been owned
by the same family for over 100 years.The vineyards are steep and terraced. The port is estate bottled.
They usually blend 2 or 3 vintages to achieve the signature house style. Lots of plum and berry fruit
is balanced with nice structured acidity and tannins.  Pair with goat cheese or dark chocolate! $22.

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Tango with Catena!


The annual World Tango Championship is usually held in Buenos Aires,
but this year it took place online because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Instead of competing in crowded dance halls, couples submitted video footage
of them performing their intricate steps at home or in the street.

Icart Art Deco Fashion Lady Greyhound Dogs Coursing by Louis | Etsy

If you want IN, start practicing for The 2021 Competition!
Get in the mood. 
Your Dance the Night Away Wine: Catena 2015 Malbec
So many are going crazy for the new stuff, but much like Tango, Cantena is classic.
Always, balanced, structured, impressive, lush and SEXY!


Catena Malbec | Astor Wines & Spirits
Winemaker Says

Catena Malbec presents a deep violet color with purple reflections. This microclimate blend
of four unique vineyards offers intense aroma, soft texture and concentrated flavor.
Deep aromas of ripe red and dark fruits are joined by delicate violet and lavender notes,
with traces of vanilla and mocha. A rich, concentrated mouthfeel is highlighted by flavors of blueberries
and blackberries with a touch of leather and cinnamon. The wine has well-integrated tannins,
bright acidity and a flinty minerality that provides exceptional length to the finish. 

James Suckling Says 92 Points
Aromas of blackberry and walnut with hints of flowers. Medium body,
focused and bright with dried fruit and just a hint of mushroom in the aftertaste. Drink now.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Says 91 Points
The impressive 2015 Catena Malbec is subtle, balanced and elegant mixing fruit from many different zones.
This is a complex blend that showcases the typicity of Malbec in the province of Mendoza
with perfumed notes of violets and black cherries, and a touch of spices. The palate has great balance,
elegance and subtleness with very fine tannins. Great value for money.

WE SAY $22

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MetroWines YouTube Channel


News Release: Sunday, September 6th, 2020

About: MetroWines YouTube Channel
MetroWines, while waiting for social distancing restrictions to ease and preparing for the colder months, is offering online wine and food education on YouTube. Our Youtube Channel is home to videos by Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines, and Brett Watson, Wine Buyer @MetroWines focusing on wine varietals and styles as well as food and wine pairings.
MetroWines also has several new video series set for the coming months, the first of which is "Flash in the Pan," a monthly feature that will focus on recipes from MetroWines Staff and area chefs together with wine pairings by MetroWines Sommeliers. "Our staff has a combined restaurant food service experience of nearly twenty years!" says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "The focus of our dishes will be on what you can do quickly easily and deliciously in a cast iron skillet using food products from MetroWines."
And subscribe to our channel to stay up with the latest from MetroWines.
Contact for MetroWiners: Gina Trippi
Contact for MetroWines Youtube Channel: Zach Edison
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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"Flash in the Pan" at MetroWines

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Blind Tasting League on Facebook LIVE Again

News Release: Wednesday, September 4th, 2020

About: Blind Tasting League on Facebook Live
The Blind Tasting League with Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines, goes LIVE online Wednesday, September 16th at 5:30 via Facebook LIVE. Join in the process of deductive reasoning used by wine experts to determine what's in the glass. Andy will present two wines and work with you through the process because he doesn't know what's in the glass either!
"After our most successful online gathering in August, we are holding class again!" says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "And you are already home!"
Participants do not need to register, sign up or pay for the event. All you do is logon to our Facebook page at 5:30 on September 16th. Go here:
"This is a great way to learn the deductive process of blind tasting with no pressure," says Gina Trippi. "You don't need any previous experience and Andy has prepared videos and educational materials to get you started down the road of wine knowledge." Get a head start here:
If you are interested in purchasing the wines to be tasted, you can purchase the two wines by calling (828) 575-9525 @MetroWines. The wines will be concealed in brown paper bags so no looking! And don't tell Andy anything!

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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"The Public Palate" (c) of August 30

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"The Public Palate: Putting Wine in Its Place" (c)
*** ALERT ***

MetroNorth OPENS! 

September 10th from 4 to 6pm
in Reynolds Village

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Grand Opening Features

"Flash in the Pan"

Not only a wine shop but a Restaurant Quality Food Shop!
And every month, starting with the first one, a guest chef will show us
what you can do with our products. 
*** And each dish will be perfectly paired with wine! ***
First UP: Brett Watson brings us California Cuisine!

From The Ciao Asheville Book Department
BY Valerio Boni and Stefano Cordara
Perfect in its compactness, in its functionality, and in its widely imitated design,
the Vespa scooter is not only a means of transport, but a true icon.
In celebration of Vespa's 75th anniversary, Vespa: Style and Passion 
is the lavishly illustrated official history of the legendary scooters
and the culture they've inspired. 

Your Flip Through the Gorgeous Photo Pages With Wine:
The Chianti from Corzano & Paterno is a medium bodied red,
a marvelous example of the fruity characteristics that Chianti can have.
It is made from 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo, two local Tuscan grapes.
The wine ages for 17 months in oak barrels, both small and very big ones
which gives more structure to the wine. $16.99

Fattoria Corzano e Paterno - Terre di Corzano 2018 - Princeton Corkscrew  Wine Shop
And while the Vespa sales may have peaked in country,
pasta sales and consumption are on the rise!
Asheville Citizen Times reports that supply gaps are leaving shelves empty.
One of the most sought after "stock up on it" items is PASTA!

We got you covered @MetroWines.
We have Spigadoro Penne Rigate, Red Sauce, Cheese and Italian Sausage.
And for something green: artichoke herats! With a bottle of wine it's dinner!

Pasta Gragnano Penne Rigate Gluten Free from
Call (828) 575-9525 for One stop shopping

After Dinner: Celebrate Raphael

or read "The Lying Life of Adults" by Elena Ferrante
"There's no doubt the publication of The Lying Life of Adults]
will be the literary event of the year."--ELLE Magazine

** The Laugh Test **

You have probably heard the expression that a statement
did not "pass the laugh test." THIS, as reported by both NYT and WSJ,
is the very definition of NOT passing the laugh test:

"Uber and Lyft, both based in San Francisco, have argued
that they are technology platforms connecting riders
with drivers, not transportation companies, so the drivers
aren't part of the usual course of business."

I swear. They said that! Both of them!

Some might say that a quality Sauvignon Blanc from Washington State
is ridiculous and cannot, cannot, I say, pass the laugh test.

We say Au contraire!

CMS Sauvignon Blanc – Verity Wines
Bright aromas of creamy lemon curd, tropical papaya, hint of ripe pear,
lemon grass and just a touch of gooseberry. Bright and citrusy with a touch
of creaminess on the mid-palate. Flavors of citrus and lychee
lead into a delicately refreshing yet layered finish.

CMS 2017 Sauvignon Blanc $15.99

*** BIG Deal of the Week ***

$6.99 by the Bottle & $5.95 by the Case

Douglass Hill Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 | Wine Info

Douglas Hill 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, California
(Customer Suggestion)
This crisp and delightful Cabernet is filled with abundant aromas and flavors
of red fruit such as cherries and raspberry. A great wine to have for parties
or your everyday table.  Soft, smooth finish. Crowd Pleaser!

$10.99 at Vivino
$6.99 by the bottle and $5.95 by the case

The French Connection to Italy
A culinary bond has been strong for centuries. While some historians disagree,
most French accept that Catherine de Medici brought Italian
cooking traditions and ingredients, including olive oil, to France.
And that connection has continued, back and forth, for better and for worse,
through to the present.

But, the connection is not just food.
Pierre Cardin, 98, the famed French Designer is, well, ITALIAN!
His birth name is Pietro Cardin, pronounced Cardeen.
He was born in San Biagio di Callalta, about a half hour north of Venice.
What put Pierre on the fashion map? The Beatles. In 1963, The Beatles were looking
for a high fashion look and Pierre was the only one designing for men.
They chose his "no collar suit."

The Beatles Group Signed Dezo Hoffman Photograph

Let's honor this historic Euro-Partnership with a wines
that present French Grapes with The Italian Touch.

Red: 2018 Colterenzo Pinot Nero, $17.99

Colterenzio Pinot Nero

Brilliant medium ruby red with a fresh, fruity nose, reminiscent of red currants
 and black cherry; medium-bodied, round with soft tannins and ripe berry flavors
well integrated with the acidity.

White: Lis Neris 2015 Picol Sauvignon Blanc, Friuli, $25

Lis Neris Picol Sauvignon Blanc from 22,08 €, | The home of  wine, exclusive Wines
On the nose, Lis Neris expresses a varietally correct profile composed of tomato leaf,
celery, cedar and mint notes. A mineral, chalk tone opens to a dry, fine taste, marked
by a certain acidity and a decisive richness. Balanced, full and satisfying,
it closes with a finish of excellent persistence. This is a unique experience.
I am cautious about using the "should" word but you really should try it. 

** Spanish DEAL of The Week **

Dominio de Eguren Códice | Wine Info
Ruby red with light violet on edges in glass. Red fruits (raspberries, blackberries)
of nice intensity, coffee, toasted notes and vanilla. Well structured, balanced
tannins-alcohol-acidity, fresh mature fruit in perfect conjunction with the characteristics
of aging (spices, toasted coffee and noble wood). Lightly toasted notes on finish.

*** $9.99 ***

Coach Potatoes Unite!

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Online, View from the Couch, Events:

Your Coach Potato Virtual Event Wine:

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Pietralta 100% Sangiovese 2019 Rosé $14.99
Made in the renovated cellar of a 13th century building. Organic.
In this small naturalistic oasis you might also see many wild animals
such as wild boars, roe deer, porcupines and foxes!
With Pietralta in glass, you are NOT a TV slacker, you are part of living history.
And with only 12% ALC, you might even be awake for the second show!
We have said it before, but some grapes are more suited to being
made Rosé than others and Sangiovese is one of them! So good!

Lettie Teague Talks Cardedu Vermentino in Wall Street Journal

*** Yeah! WE GOT THAT! ***

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Vermentino, one of the only varieties widely planted on both Sardinia and mainland Italy,
Sardinian Vermentino tends to be more intense and full-bodied. Cardedu Vermentino
is produced from dry-farmed vineyards, without herbicides or pesticides,
and fermented with native yeasts, with a few hours of skin contact in steel tanks.
It is an intense white wine showing tones of wild mint and rosemary on the nose over orange rind,
ripe yellow peaches, and hot sea air.  The palate is quite full and dry, with mouthwatering acidity,
stone fruit, salty finish. Cardedu is well suited tocured cheese, fatty fish and spinach pie. $21.
And Lettie adds Cardedu is "particularly good with summer vegetable dishes."

Is the Handshake a Gone-er?

NYT says the handshake has been through a lot in changing times.
The Handshake survived the peace sign as "hi" in the 1960s and the deal clinching
high five of the 1990s. But can it outlast COVID? The country's top infectious disease specialist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, says we must "break that custom....because that
is really one of the major ways you can transmit respiratory borne 

OK, we @MetroWines offer an alternative:
The Time Honored TOAST!

The Toast will not be appropriate in all situations, but when it is,
the introductory TOAST is served well by a bottle of 
Salem Wine Co. 2017 Pinot Noir, R. Parr & S. Moornan
Eola amity Hills, Salem, Oregon

Pinot Noir says you are versatile within a traditional framework.
And a wine by Raj Parr says you are forward thinking.
R. Parr & S. Moorman Salem Wine Co. Pinot Noir | Wine Info

Raj Parr is one of the acclaimed group of new California winemakers.
The 2017 Pinot Noir from Salem Wine Company is produced from sustainable grapes,
biodynamically farmed in volcanic soil of the Eola-Amity Hills, using only indigenous fermentation.
It is a pure representation of the vinicultural ecosystem of this lush 

wine-making region. With its lively nose, its fruit forward and slightly funky palate
of red raspberry, strawberry, black tea, and mushroom, its classic Pinot Noir structure,
and its tart acidity,
 it is an essential for fans of this varietal. Incredibly versatile in pairing, 
sitting just as comfortably alongside grilled salmon as Boeuf Bourguigno

$26.99 at Vivino and
** but $24 @MetroWines **

But if you want to express all this but with a touch of don't tread on me:
2018 Provocateur from J.K. Carriere, Willamette Valley, Pinot Noir 

J.K. Carriere Provocateur Pinot Noir | Wine Info
The color is deep beet red with a waffle cone nose of concentrated cherry,
spice, plum and grilled meat. Experientially, it’s almost as if you had got popped
in the mouth in a cherry orchard at harvest, meaning its concentrated-saline
Bing Cherry on vibrant acidity. The fine emery board texture beautifully meets
the acid-laced structure and finishes long. Newberg, Oregon

$29.99 at Vivino and Wine. com
** BUT $26 @MetroWines **

*** New FIND of The Week ***

 UNOAKED Chardonnay, South Africa

De Wetshof Estate Chardonnay Limestone Hill | Binny's Beverage Depot
Vibrant and fruity, with aromas of strawberry hull, ripe melon and pineapple.
The palate is light and bright in feel, with citrus-driven flavors and ample acidity
to keep it fresh and vibrant through the medium-length close.

$17.99 on,$17.99 at WineChateau,
$15.99 at WineMadeEasy, $17.99 at Binny's in Chicago
and my personal favorite...drumroll please...$18.99 at Total Wine!

Meanwhile, $14.99 @MetroWines!

** $13.63 in a case! **
(Friends don't let friends shop at or, just added,Total Wine!)

Reports are that the South African Wine Industry is Struggling

OK, this is another personal opinion, but my experience is that South Africa
turns out bottle bang for the buck, and this is one of them.

"In Memoriam"
Detroit Firefighter Dies Saving 3 Drowning Girls
This is what a HERO looks like.

Image may contain: 1 person, text that says 'R.I.P. Sgt Sivad Johnson DFD Firefighter HERO! SERGE LGAD TROIT SGT SIVAD JOHNSON SPARTMS HERO'

Toast Sgt. Johnson with something very special.

One of Our Subscribers sent me this cartoon from The New Yorker.
Thank you! And thank you to The New Yorker. They get it! 
We, my friends, are in good company!

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Muller-Thurgau is the NEW DRY and way cool Sensation!

Your Step Outside Your Comfort Zone Wine


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This is a DRY, crisp and amazingly tasty version of this varietal.
Muller Thurgau has been winner of The Focus Group!

Located in the quiet little town of Kettenheim in the Rheinhessen, 
the Schloss Muhlenhof winery has been in the Michel family for over 150 years.                                           Bought by Johann Michel in 1846, he laid the foundations for its long history 
of winemaking that continues to this day with young Nicholas Michel. 
This Muller-Thurgau, a cross between Riesling and the grape Madeleine Royale, 
is ripe, aromatic, and zesty; with apricots and citrus on the nose, 
it has flavor notes of lime and green apple and a medium finish.


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Teaching the Dog to Talk & Sueca Sangria

English as a Second Language
Teaching the Dog to Talk

Dictionary | thesausageblog

Your Experience the Experience - Fun Wine:

La Sueca Sangria Price & Reviews | Drizly
La Sueca is a trip down memory lane. A journey back to carefree living.
The bottle takes us back to summers in campsites in the 60s and 70s,
the groovy parties of the time, and the family holidays in a car jam-packed
with the whole family. It is the memory of those wonderful summers
built into a colorful, cheery bottle with a wink to freedom.

This blend of Garnacha and Tempranillo presents a fresh and fruity
Spanish Sangria wine, macerated with natural extracts of orange juice,
lemon, cinnamon, peach, apricot, lime and other red fruits for several weeks.
Clean and bright with aromas of cinnamon, orange, peach and red fruits.
Pleasant, sweet and intensely fruity on the palate.

You would never know this Sangria is from a bottle. 
Just Ask Curate!


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Big Red: Crusher

Big RED of the WEEK

The 2016 CRUSHER Tempranillo Blend

The Crusher Red Blend 2016 | Wine Info
The Crusher Red Blend is a glossy red in the glass with vibrant aromas
of dark red raspberry, blueberry cobbler, fresh cranberry and sweet vanilla notes.
The aromas ring true on the palate where the core of ripe fruit flavors work well
with baking spice, vanilla and melted chocolate nuance. The 2016 harvest was
a very strong vintage with ripe, fruit forward wines of good depth and character.
The perfectly ripened Tempranillo in the blend, along with the judicious use of Malbec and Petite Sirah gives the overall wine a harmonious amount of spice, brambly fruit and rich texture that makes the final blend very easy to drink. Each varietal in this blend imparts something unique giving the wine an overall crowd-pleasing appeal. 

The Crusher Red Blend always presents
a high price to quality ratio. And 2016 is no exception.

*** $14.99 ***

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Cibonne Tentations and Edgar Degas

Looks Can Be Deceiving

'Bellelli Family, 1860. Musee D'Orsay, Paris, France' by Edgar Degas Painting Print
"The Bellelli Family by Edgar Degas, 1858

So this looks like your typical old world family.
But they are itching for a fight! So many hidden clues. NYT Art Writer
Judith Dobrzynski says witness: They (the family) are separated from Gennaro (the father) by a slightly jagged line, formed by the left edge of the mirror,
the mantel and the legs of the desk and chair creates different backgrounds
and suggests 2 different lives. While they look SOP, they are really
ready to smack each other silly!

Same with Wine. People say labels don't matter but study after study
shows they most certainly do - a lot. Wineries are paying artist to design intoxicating labels. But what of the plain spoken simple announcement
that belies a great bottle? Overwhelmed by wineshop label 

2019 Clos Cibonne Tentations Rosé, Côtes de Provence, France (750ml) -  Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant

Blend of 50% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, 15% Syrah and 15% Tibouren.
Never heard of Tibouren? It is an indigenous varietal to Provence
and one that family patriarch, Andre Roux, believed in so strongly,
he replaced all his Mourvèdre vines with it. Tentations is in the Provencal flavor tradition with bright fruit, zesty acidity and great balance.

Clos Cibonne isn't your typical producer of Provençal pink wine.
They have a family heritage that dates back to 1797 when the Roux family
purchased the estate after the death of its original owner,
Jean-Baptiste de Cibon, a captain in King Louis XV's Royal navy.
Successive Roux generations have run the estate ever since.
Louis XV? Who knew from that label?

$21.50 at Wine Merchant in San Francisco
$19.99 @MetroWines

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Birichino Pinot Noir

Unrelated Quote of the Week
NYT says a new book, The Poetry of Strangers, should give comfort
to any parent whose kid utters this blood-will-run-cold words,
"Mom, Dad - I want to be a poet."

Your Sit and Chat, Discuss it Over Wine:

Birichino Saint Georges Pinot Noir U.V. | Wine Info
91 Points, Wine & Spirits
Composed mostly from older vines at Besson, near Gilroy, this is full and bright,
with scents of turf and strawberry and a bit of orange zest to brighten the edges.

The flavors are light and crunchy, coastal through and through. 
Drink solo or pair with almost any menu. is out of stock. Just as well, it was $27.99!

2018 is $22 @Metrowines
(poetry in a bottle!)
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Blind Tasting League in MountainX

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BAG MAN: Metro Wines' Andy Hale challenges wine lovers to participate in the monthly blind tastings he will conduct on Facebook Live. The mystery wines — one red, one white — are available at the shop for pre-purchase, securely wrapped. Photo courtesy Metro Wines

When Andy Hale was a restaurant sommelier studying for rigorous exams to achieve higher certifications, he and a buddy doing the same honed their skills by staging blind tastings after work. “We would pop the cork on a couple of bottles and challenge each other to figure out what they were,” he says. “If we got it right, we’d drink the rest of the bottle to celebrate. If we got it wrong, we’d drink the rest of the bottle to drown our shame. It was fun either way.”

Hale, now the director of the Asheville School of Wine at Metro Wines, thought people interested in wine would enjoy what he calls an “educational drinking game,” so he founded the Blind Tasting League. Before COVID-19, as many as 30 people gathered monthly in the classroom at Metro Wines to sniff, eyeball and taste their way through two unknown whites and two reds to deduce climate, grape variety or blend and whether they were Old World or New World, then reach conclusions and make a guess.

On Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 5:30 p.m., Hale takes the BTL where no tasting has gone before, making his Facebook Live debut with a guided event where participants can play aspiring sommelier in the privacy of their own homes. Two wines — one red, one white — will be available for tasters to buy in advance at Metro Wines, wrapped in  bags, no peeking. Accompanying printed materials can be downloaded from the BTL blog (×5), site of an amusing introductory video by Hale. “We try hard to be anti-wine-snob,” he says reassuringly.

The free virtual tastings (the wines cost about $20 each) require no RSVP and will be held the third Wednesday of each month.

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Big Red of the Week: Barrel Blend

*** Big RED of The Week ***
The Barrel Blend, Napa Valley Red, 2016, $28
– 91 points, James Suckling


41% Merlot, 14% Zinfandel, 13% Malbec, 11% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon,
4% Petit Sirah, 3% Pinot Noir, 3% Grenache, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Mourvedre
and 1% Cabernet Franc Vineyards:  Napa Valley
The 2016 Barrel Blend offers loads of kirsch and blackberry fruits as well
as complex spice and tobacco characteristics.

The 2016 Barrel Blend is big with full of up-front appeal. Enjoy this wine now
in order to get the most out of the wine’s succulence and vibrant fruit but cellar
for a more traditional complex and balanced experience.

Cellar Potential: The optimum drinking window is 2020-2026.
This wine has the highest price-per-quality ratio in the Napa Valley,
and a case belongs in every cellar.

Alison Doran, Winemaker,Hill Family Estate
Alison Doran, Winemaker,

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Justin Sauvignon Blanc

** White Wine of The Week **

Justin Sauvignon Blanc

If you missed the Justin Zoom with Sommelier Joe Spellman, he pointed out
that the winery is proud that this bottle of Sauvignon Blanc does not smack you
with greenery! Joe explained why some bottles of this varietal can taste
like eating a garden shop. "You must manage the yield. Too high a yield results
in an overly green taste."
 This is a medium bodied, generous and smooth wine.


Justin Sauvignon Blanc 2019 |

"Our Sauvignon Blanc reflects the diversity of the climates and soils
in the Central Coast that range from the cool, limestone-laden Templeton Gap
area to the warmer, sandy, river-influenced eastern regions. We’ve combined sauvignon blanc grown in vineyards with diverse climates and soils to give our JUSTIN Sauvignon Blanc a full, textured palate with bright citrus and tropical fruit with a hint of fresh herbs balanced with a crisp, refreshing mineral structure."

The 2019 Justin Sauvignon Blanc is a clear, bright, pale straw color
with silver highlights. Aromatic with lemon, peach, pear, green apple, tropical fruit,                                           with subtle herbal notes and just a hint of white pepper. Medium bodied and crisp, with lemon,                       green apple, and peach on the entry and subtle green herb notes                                                                        with a pleasant mineral texture on the mid-palate. The finish is moderately long                                                 and refreshing with lingering citrus and herbal notes.

$17.99 shamelessly at
(The company is under fire from the Ohio Attorney General!) 
$16.99 @MetroWines. $14.44 with case discount!


Buy two bottles of Sauvignon Blanc or any two from Justin
and Justin will package in a Justin tote bag for 6!
(while supply lasts)

Personal Note: Think you don't like Sauvignon Blanc? I thought that too.
But it wasn't the grape, it was the style. This is a true, not overly GREEN,
expression of the grape. You really should try it.

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Deal of the Decade: Bordeaux

** Deal of the Decade **


Learn about Le Pin Pomerol Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

Chateau TOUR LE PIN Bordeaux 2014
70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc

Black-currant flavors are right up in the front of this wine.
With some youthful stalkiness, it also has the potential for a really juicy character that is bright, almost crisp. A touch of perfume gives wine a lift.
Was not ready in bottle until 2017.
At peak now. Enjoy over next nine months!

We are trying to help one of our distributors who bought big
before COVID and restaurants went dark. 

This is a chance to make Bordeaux your everyday table wine!

$5.87 for a Bottle

$4.99 per Bottle in a Case of Le Pin
or a mixed Case

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Ovum White is Wine of The Week

*** Featured Wine ***


Big Salt from OVUM, Oregon


Ovum Big Salt White 2017 (750ML) -

BIG SALT is a white wine, a Gruner based proprietary blend, that tries to capture a day at the beach in a bottle.Fresh, dry, breezy - the bright aromas of the wine are met with a dry, almost salty textured palate that’s well-suitedfor sitting in the sun and hanging with friends. Made from ancient volcanic decomposed seabeds,
the wine is sustainable and organic vineyards throughout Oregon are the building blocks for Big Salt.

Ksenija Kostic House, co-owner/winemaker
Drinking an OVUM wine should be like listening to AM Radio, in Stereo. " 
Co-owner and Winemaker Ksenija Kostic House

“It’s hard to imagine a better Oregon white at this price.” Wine Enthusiast

2019 (12.5%alc.) is $19.99


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Blind Tasting League Returns via Facebook LIVE


News Release: Wednesday, August 5th, 2020

About: Blind Tasting League Returns via Facebook Live
The Blind Tasting League with Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines, returns on Wednesday, August 19th at 5:30 via Facebook LIVE. Join in the process of deductive reasoning used by wine experts to determine what's in the glass. Andy will present two wines and work with you through the process because he doesn't know what's in the glass either!
Participants do not need to register, sign up or pay for the event. All you need is two glasses ready to go and to logon to our Facebook page at 5:30 on August 19th. Go here:
"This is a great way to learn the deductive process of blind tasting with no pressure," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "You don't need any previous experience and Andy has prepared videos and educational materials to get you started down the road of wine knowledge."Go here:
If you are interested in purchasing the wines to be tasted, you can purchase the two wines by calling (828) 575-9525 @MetroWines. The wines will be concealed in brown paper bags so no looking! And don't tell Andy anything!
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Contact for The Blind Tasting League @MetroWines: Andy Hale at 828-200-5073
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Travel the World in Rosé

Travel the World Through Rosé


Great Rose' Tasting Starts May 4th - Metro Wines Blogs - Metro ...


It is difficult to see the world wide range of our collection.
So we have lined the locations up. And know that we
usually havemore than one Rosé from each location! 


Spain: RAW 2019, $15.99
Italy: FontanaVecchia 2019, $15.99
France: Houchart 2019, $14.99
Austria: Mittelbach 2019, $13.99 
Greece: Zoe 2019, $14.99
Slovenia: Grape Abduction 2019, $15.99
California: Wild Thing 2018, $18.99
South Africa: Backsberg, 2019 $13.99
Corsica: Ventriccie 2019, $12.99
Lebanon: Musar 2018, $19.99

Visit Gardens Around the World Vicariously:


Pick Up a Rosé Round the World Case.
Call (828) 575-9525

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