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14-18h Greek Rose'

"14-18h" from Greece
The name refers to the length
of time of skin contact with the Agiorgtiko grapes.

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 A pioneer of modern Greek wine, Gai’a Estate (pronounced Yay-ya)
was established in 1994 by Leon Karatsalos and winemaker
Yiannis Paraskevopoulos. Their mission is to capture the best
that Greece’s indigenous grapes have to offer by merging traditional viticultural and production methods with innovative techniques.
The estate is named after “Mother Earth,” in honor of its unique terroir. 

About the Vineyard: The grapes for the 14-18h Rosé come from vineyards located on the slopes of the mountainous Koutsi and Asprokampos regions
of Nemea, at 2,625ft. The climate is cooler at this higher elevation,
producing grapes with higher acidity and berry fruit aromas. Ideal for Rose!

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Wine Production: After harvest, the grapes are crushed and placed
into stainless steel vats where they undergo a chilled maceration
(50°F) for 14-18 hours in order to extract its suberb rosy hue.

  Tasting Notes: This intensely-hued rosé has a fresh and fruity character,
with flavors of cherry and gooseberry, typical of Agiorgitiko grapes from Nemea highlands.  Medium-bodied and well balanced, 
it has a cool and refreshing finish. 
  Food Pairing: This refreshing and versatile rosé pairs well with variety
of flavors and salty dishes. Chinese and Southeast Asian cuisine!

$18.99 at (OUCH)
$14.99 on shelf @MetroWines!

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Naples, Campagna
NYT says: 
"A city of glorious but battered beauty, known for its vibrancy and,
yes, a frisson of menace, Naples is now humming with visitors.

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You will see this work by El Greco at Museo di Capodimonte.
And you will probably see a bottle of Fiano on the dinner table!

Montesole Fiano Campania
Very limited distribution in US. $16.99 @Metrowines!
The Vitis Apiana grapes from Irpinia hilly landscape make Montesole Fiano, an impressive white with unforgettable delicacy, extraordinary taste of great elegance. Straw yellow color, fine floral scents of sage, whitethorn, racy pear, ginger introduce a crisp and refreshing sip, rich in minerality as well as graceful body and perfect balance. The ideal companion of seafood and Mediterranean dishes.

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*** The Fableist ***
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles

Spending 10 months in American Oak, The Fableist is a blend of 84%Cabernet Sauvignon, 6%Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Tempranillo.
Winery Tasting Notes: Vibrant black currant, cedar and vanilla hit your tongue,
as you're warmed by the comforts blackberries and cherries.
About the Winery: A strong finish wraps you in a fond embrace. 
Two winemakers who were already producing some serious Central Coast wines, Curt Schalchlin founder of Sans Liege and Andrew Jones who started
Field Recordings, teamed up to launch The Fableist Wine Co. 

$22 on the shelf @MetroWines

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Mt. Etna Rosato

And Speaking of Rose
while guests loved all the wines presented at "Aperitivi" Rose Tasting,
the most popular was Girolamo Russo, Mt. Etna Rosato, 2018 Sicily.

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A unique pink in color with orange hues, the wine is 100% Nerello Mascalese.
The bouquet recalls notes of pomegranate and wild strawberries that alternate
with hints of broom; the sip is supported by a big boost savory and mineral,
with a lingering finish and great freshness. Can go 2 to 3 years in bottle!

This wine is $27 to $28 on West Coast and $25 at Vivino. Sad.
$23 @MetroWines Everyday ALL Day.

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Blind Tasting League Returns

News Release: Monday, July 29th, 2019
About: Blind Tasting League Returns!
The Blind Tasting League, hosted by Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines, returns on Thursday, September 19th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines.

The Blind Tasting League is moving on and moving up. "Expect wines to be higher quality and the commentary to be more in depth than our last series," says Andy Hale. "but we will  keep the causal, no pressure comfortable, atmosphere that makes it work!"

The hour promises to be a fun, humorous and an exciting way to learn the deductive style of identifying what's in your glass. "And it's good for you!" Andy Hale says. "Research shows blind tasting is one of the best exercises for your brain, better than crossword puzzles, the jumble and sudoku."
Andy Hale will host The Blind Tasting League on the third Thursday quarterly. And expect "Pop UP" Blind Tasting Events featuring wine importers and winemakers as they come through Asheville. 
"We want to tap into their expertise while they are available to us." says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "This a great way to combine the facts of wine life with inside information from this close to the source."
This "level up" Blind Tasting League is $20 ALL IN for each event. Please call (828) 575-9525 or reserve your seat here:
Free, close and easy parking available as always.
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Celine and Company Wine Dinner

News Release: Saturday, July 27th, 2019
About: Wine Dinner Collaboration at Celine and Company
Please join MetroWines and Grapevine Distribution at Celine and Company on Wednesday, September 18th, 6:30pm at The Historic Broadway Arts Building located 49 Broadway Street in Asheville.
The innovative menu will be paired with wines by Grapevine Distribution. All featured wines will be available for purchase that evening at an event price with convenient pickup @MetroWines. 
"We rarely hear this many compliments on the decor, the dinner, and the service." says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines commenting on the last wine dinner at Celine and Company. "Chef knew the wines and paired each course perfectly."
The cost for this unique experience in this vintage, urban venue is $79 including tax and gratuity. Call Celine and Company at (828) 254-9902 to reserve your seat at the table!
More About Celine and Company:
Don't want to park downtown? Park in the lot @MetroWines and carpool or ride share down to the event!
*** MENU ***

Passed Bites 

Piquello Peppers, Smoked Goat Cheese and Edible Flower Petals GF

Atlantic Coast Oysters, Steamed on the Half Shell, Cured Chorizo Butter GF

Soup Course

Traditional Spanish Gazpacho, Charred Ciabatta

From the Sea

“Gambas al Ajillo”

Spanish Garlic Shrimp


Lamb Meatballs

 Spanish Paprika Spiced Fresh Tomato Sauce

Poached White Asparagus, Saffron Aioli & Preserved Lemon

Simple Sweet Ending

Churro with Dark Chocolate Fondue

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Casting Call


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The First Annual Thanksgiving Wine Tasting
and Customer 2 Customer Arts and Crafts Bazaar!
Saturday, November 9th from Noon to 5pm


** 6 Tables Left! **
If you have something to sell, avante garde encouraged!
call Hayley at (828) 575-9525

Give the Unique! Locally Made.

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Erbaluce from Cieck is Here!
The New. The Old. The Different.
Piedmonte, Italy

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Founded in 1985, Cieck is overseen by Remo Falconieri. The winery was one
of the original five producers in San Giorgio Canavese, and a number
of other top estates in the area consult with Remo today. Now in his eighties,
Remo labors daily in the cellar alongside his daughter, Lia, and Domenico Caretto, producing some of Alto Piemonte’s most elegant Erbaluce.
This ancient, indigenous grape, Erbaluce, is derived from two words:  dawn (“erba”) and light (“luce”). Its name alludes to the striking copper color the grapes assume as the sun hits them on traditional pergola-trained vines. $22

"Your Drink it With" Suggestion is:
This BBC piece on Italian Author Andrea Camilleri,
creator of the Inspector Montalbano Series
Camilleri died last week at 93. He was 69 when his first novel was published.
Shop one of his many novels at Malaprops here:

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The Shepherd, Trouchard


Trouchard "The Shepherd" Estate Red 2014

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The Estate Red is a blend of Syrah, Zinfandel, and Tempranillo.
These grapes were sourced from distinctly different sections of our Estate Vineyard. Each wine was vinified separately and aged for 12 months in French Oak barrels (30% new). Syrah was chosen for structure; Zinfandel contributes bright fruit flavors; and Tempranillo adds a unique spicy element. Combined, these varietals produce a playful, easy drinking red that is both fruity and complex.

Tasting Notes: Rich aromas of blackberry and red currants with a hint of vanilla
and cedar. The mouth is filled with juicy flavors of cassis, boysenberry, cherry,
and plum jam. Round tannins provide an opulent finish of red fruit and spice.

Vivino only found one online retailer selling this bottle. Price? $19.97.
Price @MetroWines: $18.99

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Peyrrasol Rose' and Provence


"Not Your Parents' Provence"
Wall Street Journal says Provence went trendy and cutting edge.

Maybe so, but a provencal Rose is still PROVENCAL!

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In my head, I am there with a glass of:
Peyrassol, Cuvee De La  Commanderie Rose, $21 

Rosenthal Wine Merchants

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2018 Vintage Notes: Hermine Clermont, Peyrassol’s spirited young winemaker
says this cute is a classic Provence rosé without being heavy or overly structured, but still offering good concentration. Varieties and parcels are all vinified individually. 

Tasting Notes: A workhorse rosé, Commanderie shines in 2018,
the best example of Commanderie in recent memory. Built around equal parts Cinsault and Grenache, with splashes of Syrah and Rolle, it is a chiseled rosé
with pronounced salt component and a driving energy on the palate.
The fruit is tight and focused. The finish is long and persistent. Dry.

New York Times suggests pairing a dry rose
with a Charred Tomato Soup with Coriander and Cilantro.

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Caperitif, South Africa


Straight Talking Vermouth to MountainX

UNIQUE SPIRIT: Vermouths are fortified wines with added herbs, spices and sometimes sugar, all of which provide distinctive characteristics. A primary goal of vermouth in a cocktail, says John Kerr of Metro Wines, pictured, is “to add flavor without overpowering the drink.”

John suggests you try:
Caperitif, South Africa, $30

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This question asked by an adventurous Danish mixologist lead to
a meeting with a maverick South African winemaker and the rebirth of South Africa’s once-famous vermouth. Caperitif is handcrafted by infusing Chenin Blanc with the flavours and aromas of some 35 natural botanicals, many of which are unique
to the insane biodiversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom.

All About Caperitif:
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We Also Carry These Vermouths:
Antica (Italy)
Dolin Rouge, Blanc and DRY (France)
VYA (California)
Lillet (France)
VErmut Lustau (Spain)
Acha (Spain)
Cardamaro (Italy)
Carpano Bianco (Italy)
Berto (Italy, Kermit Lynch Import)

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Rustenberg Petit Verdot Rose'


Great Rose Tasting August
6 Bottles "on the taste" and "on the house"

Saturday, August 3rd from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines
Stacy Strong of Empire Distribution will join us from 1 to 4pm

This dry rosé made from Petit Verdot grapes exhibits elegant
flavors of strawberries and rose water. Perfect for a Summer day!
From Stellenbosch, South Africa, $13.99 @MetroWines
Rustenberg is a favorite every year.
But we will also have two new bottles of Rose on the taste.
And event pricing on all featured bottles!

Wall Street Journal says some retirees are retiring to yachts!
With a LOT of money to spend, drink of choice?

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Truffles and Wine

From The MetroWines Book Review Department
** Of Malice and Mushrooms **
The Truffle Underground by Ryan Jacobs


Beneath the gloss of star chefs and crystal-laden tables,
the truffle supply chain is touched by theft, secrecy, sabotage, and fraud.
Farmers patrol their fields with rifles and fear losing trade secrets to spies.
Hunters plant poisoned meatballs to eliminate rival truffle-hunting dogs.
Naive buyers and even knowledgeable experts are duped by liars and counterfeits. 

This exposé documents the dark, sometimes deadly crimes at each level
of the truffle’s path from ground to plate, making sense of an industry that
traffics in scarcity, seduction, and cash.

Your Read it With Wine is:
Luigi Giordano Langhe Rosso 2017

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I asked Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines
to tell us about a classic truffle and wine pairing:

Luigi Giordano Langhe Rosso brings history, the old world style.
The background is that the white grape Arneis was, way back when,
blended with Nebbiolo. Barolo and Barbaresco needed years for the tannins to smooth out and be drinkable. Arneis tempered the tannins making the bottle ready
to go to table. But when the regulations took hold in Italy, to be labeled Barolo
and Barbarsco, the bottle had to be 1005 of the varietal. Read: no Arneis!
This situation nearly sent Arneis to being extinct. Giordano brings the traditional style back blending a touch of Arneis with Nebbiolo, simulating aged wine.
Lovely and smooth this bottle, this bottle offers classic Barbaresco flavors
including dried tobacco and rose petals.

Totally Internet Competitive at $17.99
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Winetones Spanish Wine Tasting


Tickets HERE!

News Release: July 18th, 2019
About:  Winetones Tasting with Marta Plana @MetroWines
Please join us for a Seated Wine Tasting and Class on Spanish Wines with Marta Plana, owner of Winetones, and Andy Hale, Director of Wine Education @MetroWines, on September 12th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines.
Spanish Wines from Winetones Portfolio will be "on the taste" with presentation on the philosophy of the company, history of the varietals, regions of origin and the wineries as well as her travels around the world to promote Spanish Wines. And expect Spanish cheese!
The cost for the evening is $15. To reserve your seat, please call (828) 575-9525 or online here:
About Marta Plana:
Marta Plana is originally from Catalonia, the northwest part of Spain. She was born in the Penedes area, in a little coastal town just south of Barcelona. She has been almost 20 years working in the wine industry, and has work hand by hand with more than 50 wineries from all over Spain focused on the US market during the last 12. Learning and experiencing the importance of consistency, coherence and also defining goals as instrumental in the success of any wine brand that wants to offer something unique to the US market, has been their main goal.
She moved to the US in October 2017 where she founded The Winetones Inc, her own wine import company, that brings 3 very differentiated portfolios into the US and gives a great scope of what Spain has to offer.

"There are more than 10,000 wines in Spain and only one is unique, the one you choose!" says Marta. "Excellence in service is a big deal to me as well - sometimes simple, sometimes sophisticated - it's just what I have always done."
See Marta's Impressive Resume here:
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July Film Discussion

"Io Non Ho Paura" (I am Not Afraid)

Film Discussion with Robert Formento of "Ciao Asheville"

Sunday, July 28th starting 1pm @MetroWines.

Admission is "on the house" and $7 for glass of Red or White Italian Wine.

Ciao Asheville is dedicated to raising awarness about Italian Culture in Asheville. We believe that a review of some of the best regarded films will be a window into the history, attitudes and hopes of Itlay.

Robert's Film Summary:

With this next film (released in 2003) we visit Italy in the turbulent 1970s, sometimes called the “Years of Lead”. Political and ransom killings were rampant at that time. The worst of it often involved kidnapping children of wealthy families for ransom.


This movie, Io Non Ho Paura (I Am Not Afraid), is loosely based on one such kidnapping of a 10 year old boy from Milan. He is taken to a small impoverished town in the south of Italy. The village is tiny and there are only a handful of children who roam the area around them.  The story is about how he was discovered by another 10 year old boy from the local town.


This film can be described as a crime mystery thriller, but uniquely seen through the eyes of a ten year old boy. You get to observe how the boy confronts the idea that the family and neighbors whom he loves and trusts are the same people who kidnapped the boy and shackled him in a deep underground cellar. Does he decide to protect his family or protect the kidnapped boy?


Io Non Ho Paura, is based on the novel of the same name by Niccolo Ammaniti. The movie was very popular in Italy where it won several awards, but had a very limited release in America. The director, Gabriele Salvatore also directed Mediterraneo which won the Oscar for best foreign film in 1992. 


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Staff Pick: Zach (The Manager)

Domaine de la Pepiere ‘La Pepie’ Muscadet

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"I chose this wine because of it’s minerality, body weight and balance. I like white wines that have a little richness to them without tasting wood from the oak.  
This wine is made ‘sur lie’ which translates to on the lees. After fermentation the wine is aged with sediment and stirred occasionally to give the wine it’s fuller body.
It is organically farmed and hand-harvested. If you see a Muscadet on a wine list, there will most likely be shelf fish on the menu. Very versatile with lighter fare,
but classically paired with mussels, oysters and scallops."

Internet Competitive and Often Better at  $14.99

Because so many of you have come for a featured wine and it was out of stock
at the importer or temporarily out of stock @MetroWines, we want to give you
the opportunity to snag a bottle now! Click on link and shop!

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August Wine Focus Group

** Save the Date: August 14th **

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Asheville Wine Focus Group
Hosted by Michele d'Aprix (Pentimento) 
and Christopher Campbell of C and P Wines

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Great Rose' Tasting August

News:  Monday, July 15th, 2019
About: Great Rose Tasting for August @MetroWines 
Pleas join us on Saturday, August 3rd all day long from 10am to 7pm for The Great RoseTasting @MetroWines.
"Our distributors and importers have been asking to show off their respective Rose portfolios," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "This tasting will be hosted by Stacy Strong of Empire Distribution who will bring one of the shop favorites, Rustenberg Petit Verdot Rose from South Africa, and two from one of our top importers, Thomas Meunier, including the sparkling Rose Granit and Laurent Miguel."
As always, 6 bottles of Rose from around the world will be "on the taste" and "on the house."

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The New California Wineries and Wine!

From The MetroWines Book Review Department

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With well-told stories and stunning photography, author Heather Hebert
features the architecture of 25 California wineries in her alluring new book. 

As wine tourism has increased, California vintners created splendid spaces where visitors can taste their wines and enjoy conversations. In place of imitating old-world European estates, grand architectural statements or quirky forays into bohemianism, the new architecture of wine has evolved into a celebration of California’s topography, agricultural heritage, historic architectural vernacular,
and forward-thinking passion for sustainability and design.

The 25 wineries featured in The New Architecture of Wine, all built within
the last ten years, include buildings designed by top architects Juancarlos Fernandez and Howard Backen, among others. These wineries form an authentic expression of  passion for the land and its heritage—an homage to California.

But the future is not just a new style of California architecture,
it's also a new style of California wine. A brief review of some of the new
California Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs shows that the style is shunning the ultraripe, high-octane wines to which California staked a claim.
The number of producers dedicated to "real" and terroir transparency has grown exponentially in just a few years. Even commercial wineries are scaling
back sugar ripeness and adding sugar as well as dialing down the new oak. 

Raj Parr, one of the winemakers leading the charge, says:  

"Every important wine has a strong sense of will behind it,
and every serious winery shares a desire to find a deeper knowledge
of their vineyards; to discover the beauty that lies within the balance
between the grape, soil and microclimate.

In my regular travels to the best wine regions of the world,
I have also included forays into less well-known appellations.
Tasting at both pedigreed domaines and modest cellars,
has led me to appreciate, equally, wines meant for the well-heeled cellar
as well as wines best drunk early and appreciated for their immediacy. I have discovered that what is consistent in all the wines I admire
is the importance of minimal intervention: growing healthy,
balanced grapes without the use of chemicals and making
and bottling wines without manipulation."

All that said, Your "Read it With Wine" is:

Donkey & Goat
Jared and Tracey Brandt in Berkeley, California
The Gallivanter Red Blend, $25

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Donkey & Goat Winery is owned and operated by Jared and Tracey Brandt
in Berkeley, California. We make “natural wines” which is a term that covers both
the vineyard and the cellar. That is what distinguishes natural wine– the extension
of natural farming philosophies that drive the practices for sustainable,
natural & biodynamic farming into the cellar.
Different every year  depending on quality of the grapes, the blend tends to be a heavy percentage of Pinot Noir with Grenache and Mourvedre, Merlot and Syrah. Under 1000 cases made which makes this their greatest produced quantity for any wine.  The 2017 offers candied fruits with fresh strawberry and raspberry, pomegranate, naval orange, citrus oils, pine, leaves and Asian spice box. 

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Tarima Hill is Back

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92 Points from Wine Spectator and #17 on Wine Spectator 2017 Top 100!
This red shows grace and depth. Black cherry, plum, mineral and smoke flavors mingle harmoniously over well-integrated tannins, while lively acidity keeps this focused. Not showy, but all the pieces fit together. Balanced, in the modern style. Drink now through 2025.

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