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Francois Servin poured his Chablis @MetroWines on Saturday Night, May 19th.
There were over 40 people crowding the bar through the two hours of the tasting so a sit down interview was not possible. This is what I gleaned from Francois as he responded to questions from the crowd.
First, Francois is a lovely and engaging person, with or without great Chablis!
Francois is ALL about Chablis and so was his father before him and his father before him. So he likes, he makes, and he almost exclusively drinks Chablis. 
Francois says there is a danger beyond diversity in this singular approach to wine. If all you drink is your own, he says, "it's hard to tell if the wine is off."  Francois and other makers in Chablis have a regular get together where they taste test each other's wines.
But what if you got crazy, I asked Francois, and drank another wine? Waht wold it be? "Red Burgundy," he says. Some security, Francois believes, in this choice. "Because there is some pain with Bordeaux," says Francois.  "Bordeaux is either too old or too young, there is always something wrong and you don't know until you open the bottle!"
What if you get crazy again and decide to grow another varietal. What would it be?Sit down. "Zinfandel," says Francois. "Zinfandel is fruity and easy to drink." 
So not all things California are bad! But one thing that is bad is what the big early produces did to the name Chablis. The truth is that jug had a concoction of mostly table food grapes, not Chardonnay from Chablis. I ask Francois how we can get past the stigma of a big jug that calls itself Chablis. Francois suggests we refer to the bottle first as Chardonnay and then say it is "from Chablis."
BTW, Francois does not eat cheese. I ask what the cheese eaters would pair with his Chablis. Francois says some french cheese that I can't pronounce and "gruyere."

Besides the US, Francois says his biggest markets are UK, Japan and, get this, Russia.

And one more thing. I had Disco cranked up on Spotify. I asked francois if he would prefer different music. "Yes, Country," he says. "I don't get to hear it much in Chablis!"

All in all a good night. 
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Italian Wine Tasting: Kobrand

News Release: May 18th, 2018

About: Italian Wine Tasting @MetroWines
Please join us for a tasting of Italian Wines from Kobrand Wine and Spirits on Monday, June 18th from 5 to 6:30pm @MetroWines.
Ryann Harris, Fine Wine Manager for Empire Distributors, and Mauro Maugliani, the Italian Specialist for Kobrand, will host the event.  Wines will be offered at a special "event price" this evening.
Four wines will be "on the taste" and "on the house" at the event:

Feudo Maccari Grillo IGP: Straw yellow and gold with intense floral aromas with notes of citrus, peach, almonds and sweet grass. 

Masi, Rosa dei Masi (Refosco Rosé): Salmon pink with cherry colored reflectios. Intense aromas of just rippened berry fruit on the nose, especially raspberries and wild cherries. Soft and well balanced. 

Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo (Super Tuscan): 80% Sangiovese. Intense ruby red in color with a fruity, spicy bouquet and ripe cherries and berries on the palate.


Michele Chiarlo Tortoniano Barolo: The wine shows layered aromas and flavors of mint, red fruit and spices. The palate shows silky tannins and bright acidity before a long finish. 

About Kobrand Wines: Kobrand imports and markets a distinguished portfolio of hand selected brands representing virtually every major wine region of the world and its most iconic specialty spirits. Family owned since its founding in 1944, Kobrand attributes its success to a single guiding principle that describes the people, products and relationships behind it: quality.

The portfolio is a collection of gems of New World and Old, including American wineries such as Cakebread Cellars, Sequoia Grove and St. Francis as well as the wines of European masters such as Champagne Taittinger and Maison Louis Jadot and the Portos of Taylor Fladgate, Fonseca and Croft. The legendary Sassicaia from Italy’s Tenuta San Guido and the wines of Craggy Range in New Zealand are relatively new additions that will stand the test of time. The spirits portfolio includes the original Alizé liqueurs as well as fine Cognacs, Armagnacs and other premium spirits.

A portfolio like this grows out of the decades-long experience of passionate professionals who seek out the star viticulturists, winemakers and distillers who are its key contributors. This is Kobrand today: a story of continuing tradition, a story of strong commitment, a story of innovative excellence... a Story of Quality.


Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Are Expensive Wines Worth It?

"Are expensive Wines Worth It?"
John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines

Tells All for Capital at Play
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Love Drunk, Pinot Nero, Lis Neris, Beaucastel, Chablis


"Love Drunk" by Andre Mack
Rice Salad Approved!
Despite the fact that this is a salad, there are some heavy flavors:
fresh herbs including cilantro, lemon, fennel and fish juice!
That said, you want a Rose that is fairly full bodied, softer with lower acidity.
And that said, you want Love Drunk!

Provocative aromas of strawberry and raspberry,
followed by refreshing flavors of wild strawberry, watermelon rind,
and a hint of kiwi. Full fruit content with good body and DRY.

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. A stylish and elegant wine.
"Read it With" Requirements: 2 bottles!
Cellaring potential: 2-4 years.
Lis Neris Sauvignon Blanc, Friuli, just east of Slovenia

This polished, structured white opens with intense aromas of yellow peach,
passion fruit, dried hay and crushed tomato vine. The linear, vibrant palate delivers juicy nectarine, creamy white peach and green melon.
It's balanced, with refreshing acidity.

“Lis Neris has been very well-known in Italy for years, but I rarely, if ever, hear much about the wines in the US, which is a shame. Proprietor Alvaro Pecorari crafts rich, textured wines from his vineyards in the Isonzo district. The top whites are all aged in 500-liter barrels, which gives the wines considerable texture.” Antonio Galloni

Coudoulet de Beaucastel, 2013
by Famille Perrin

As early as 1687, the property of Pierre de Beaucastel, ennobled by King Louis XVI, has been part of the history of the Rhone Valley. A deep ruby red color in the glass. The nose presents aromas of red fruit, blackberries, black cherries and licorice.
On the palate, you will find hints of wild thyme and a finely structured wine
that shows very good length. Can age in bottle here and Stockholm!

Critical Acclaim: 91 Points from Wine Enthusiast
Unlike many vintages of Coudoulet, this one is medium-bodied and fruit-forward, offering hints of cherries, mulberries and wild Provençal herbs. Those garrigue notes linger on the softly dusty finish. Drink now–2023.

Meet the Winemaker Francois Servin
in a rare US appearance

Saturday, May 19th from 4 to 6pm 
@ and ONLY @MetroWines
The good stuff, the really good stuff "on the house"

*** Event Pricing ***

Bring home a bottle and read some suggestions on experieincing Paris:

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Great Rose' Tasting June 2nd


News Release:  Friday, May 11th, 2018

About: Great Rose Tasting for June
Join us for the monthly Great Rose Tasting on Saturday, June 2nd from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines, 169 Charlotte Street in Asheville.
Six bottles of Rose made from different varietals and representing different countries from around the world will be "on the taste" and "on the house" all day.
"Last month, the most popular bottle of Rose was from Greece," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "You think you don't like Rose, but maybe you really do!"
As always, there will be a handout with tasting notes and "event pricing" on featured bottles.
Contact @MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Mark Orsini in June


New Release: Monday, May 7th, 2018
About: Asheville Wine Focus Group
Please join us for the Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines on Wednesday June 6th from 5:30 to 6:30. Mark Orsini of Orsini Wines will be our host presenting four wines for your consideration.
"This is your chance to play wine shop owner," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "You will be asked questions and provide feedback to help us determine which wines to carry in the shop."

Follow Orsini Wines here: 

Check out Asheville Wine Focus Group here:

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Merlot, Touraine, ZOE, Gateway Vinho Verde, Brumont Tannat, Francois Servin,


Stop Merlot Bashing. Get over it!
So says Lettie Teague of Wall Street Journal. And she is so right.
We took a stand in 2014:

Isn't it time we let a remark in a movie live at Netflix and not your wine shop?
So, maybe Cabernet is king but Merlot was king first!

Winemaker Steve Matthiasson says:
"Cabernet is powerful but Merlot is the one that allows me to express elegance."

Lettie recommends Shafer Merlot.
We have Shafer and bottles of Merlot from California and around the world
from countries including, Italy, South Africa and France.

Three affordable bottles of Merlot to get you started.......

Rich, rounded dark fruit flavors are balanced by a light touch of oak. Pleasant, lingering finish. At 13% alc, this is a bottle for dinner.

Guy Marden Sauvignon Blanc
Perfect Partner for Esquirrou
Generous, with notes of tart lemon and grapefruit.
A good balance of ripe and fresh flavors with crisp acidity and good minerality.
There's good news and bad news:
The Big Winner was Zoe, Greece

And I mean BIG!!

A blend of 70% Agiorgitiko and 30% Moscofilero, the wine shows
ripe cherries, raspberries, rose petals, full and complex palate.
Tasters also said they tasted a touch of lavender.

The bad news is we sold out. The importer is out.
ZOE will hit Asheville again on May 17th.

Taking orders now.
Call Emily at (828) 575-9525

Gateway Rose Vinho Verde, Portugal
Veeeeeery Popular at Great Rose Tasting Yesterday

A blend of regional varietals; 60% Touriga Nacional and 40% Espadeiro
the grapes are from the best Vinho Verde vineyards in the Amarante sub-region.
Each grape varietal is picked individually at optimum ripeness so that the wine
has the best balance between the richness of the fruit and the natural acidity.
Bright pink in the glass with lively strawberry, red currant and floral notes
on the nose, the palate is young, fruity and luscious with a slight fizz.
At 10.5% alc, this is an easy drinker. Take home more than one!

*** SEXY BEAST ***

Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines
May Winner: Brumont Tannat Merlot Blend, $13.99


with Winemaker Francois Servin
For those of you who know Chablis, you do not want to miss these extraordinary bottles and the opportunity to meet Francois Servin considered by many including many of his peers as the best winemaker in the region.
And for those who are not familiar with Chablis, this event will rock your world!

"On the House"
Saturday, May 19th from 4 to 6 STAT!

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Great Rose' Tasting May

Great Rose Tasting: May

Event Pricing (10% off any bottle) in RED 

1. Le Quattro Terre Rosato 2017 Piedmont, Italy $11.99 ($10.79)

This Barbera Rose is a bright pink in the glass with aromas of strawberry and rose petal leading to a salty, mineral driven finish. 

2. Fleur de Prairie 2017, Provence $14.99 ($13.49)

Crafted in the traditional Provencal style, this blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault is a pale salmon color with flavors of strawberry, rose petals and herbs. Bright refreshing acidity. Fleur de Prairie translates as "wildflowers" celebrating the beautiful fields of wisteria, lavender, poppy (you might find a wisp on the nose!) and sunflowers. 

3. DMZ Rose 2017, Stellenbosch, South Africa $14.99 ($13.49)

A crowd pleasing Cabernet rose with alluring aromas and juicy flavors of strawberry, watermelon and pomegranate highlighted by delicate floral and spice notes. 

4. OVR Old Vine Rose Marietta Cellars, California $13.99 ($12.59)

This juicy blend of Syrah, Grenache Noir and Grenache Gris presents bright red and blue fruits on the nose and palate. Balanced bright fruit and acidity.  

5. Zoe, Greece 2017 $12.49 ($11.24)

"Zoe" means life in Greek. This dry rose, a blend of 70% Aghiorghitiko and 30% Moscofilero, is full of life! Ripe cherries, rose petals on the nose and palate. 

6. Gateway Vinho Verde, Portugal $9.99 ($8.99)

A blend of regional varietals: 60% Touriga Nacional and 40% Espadeiro. Bright pink color. The nose is lively strawberry and red currant complemented with floral notes. Luscious palate presents good acidity with fresh, young fruit, slight fizz and delicate finish. 

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Brumont Tannat Merlot Blend Wines May

   Derek Rubio of Skyland presented four wines for consideration to The Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines on May 2nd. All were well received but, based on sales, this 50-50 blend of Tannat and Merlot was the big winner. A lot of praise for the weight, palate feel and taste. Someone was passionatly screaming "sexy beast." OK, that was me. But a lot of participants agreed. We reckoned that any bottle based on a grape (Tannat) that needs another bold grape (Merlot) to lighten it's load, is a "sexy beast" by definition. Our sommelier Emily says the bottle needs abot two hours of air to hit it's best.  $13.99!


  • Vintage2016
  • Producer
  • CountryFRANCE
  • RegionGASCOGNE
  • Alcohol13.5%
  • Composition:
    50% TANNAT, 50% MERLOT
  • WINEMAKER NOTESGascony, lying between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pyrenees Mountains, is home to vineyards with real character, just like the men who cultivate them. Alain Brumont is the leader here. He was a pioneer in Madiran and Côtes de Gascogne wines, bringing them to rank with the world’s best. Alain Brumont has always been fascinated by the Gascony region which provides fruity and fresh wines thanks to its exceptional local terroirs. By blending both Tannat and Merlot, he made a balanced wine which reveals power and roundness. It can be served with food such as cooked pork meats, grilled red meats, roasted poultry, young cheeses.
  • TASTING NOTESAn intensive wine, on red fruits and spices, with a smooth finish. The fruity flavors are strengthened on the palate, and added to soft tannins.
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Asheville Wine Focus Group June

News Release: Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

About: Asheville wine Focus Group
Please join us for The Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines on June 6th from 5:30 to 6:30. Mark Orsini of Orsini Imports will host the event presenting four wines for your consideration.
This is your opportunity to "play wine shop owner." We ask you to tell us if you like the wines presented, do you think that other customers will like the wine, what is it's use, should it be in the shop and what should the bottle cost.
There is no charge for the event. We value your opinion. Please register, so that we can set a place at the table for you, by calling (828) 575-9525 or online here:
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Septima Cabernet Sauvignon, Suavia Soave, Copain Rose,


Septima Cabernet Sauvignon
 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The best from Valle de Uco and Agrelo, perfect lands to produce a wine completely true to its type. Produced under high quality standards, this Cabernet Sauvignon is kept for 6 months in third-use American oak barrels. Complex and spicy; flavours that suggest red peppers, graphite, coffee, and vanilla, with toasty notes. This is the perfect line of wines for New World wine lovers.

Spinach Risotto? Oh Yeah!

Suavia Soave Classico is composed of 100% Garganega grapes harvested
from the Tessari family's 12 hectare estate located in the historic heart of the
Soave appellation.  Suavia’s Soave Classico is vinified only in stainless steel tanks with several months’ lees contact before bottling. The resulting wine has a clarity of expression and regional typicity that speaks to Tessari family's philosophy of careful selection, low yields and attention to detail in the winemaking process.

Suavia Soave Classico appears bright and lemon-yellow.  
Fresh aromas of apple, pear and almond balance clean minerality
and a hint of fresh herb.  Crisp and refreshing on the palate,
the flavors and aromas build toward a harmonious and lingering finish.

Copain Pinot Noir Rose
Banh Mi Bound!
    A blend of 86% Pinot Noir and 12% Syrah, this Rose is a bright salmon pink in the glass. You will find aromas including watermelon rind, grapefruit and lemon blossom. On the palate, Copain brings tart cherry, strawberry, Meyer lemon, and Granny Smith apples. Moderate acidity. Nice finish.
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French Chablis Tasting with Winemaker


News Release: Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

About: French Chablis Tasting with Winemaker
Please join us for a French Chablis Tasting with winemaker Francois Servin, in a rare appearance in this country, on Saturday, May 19th from 4 to 6pm @MetroWines. 
Francois Servin loves to make wine. Following old world traditional winemaking practices, this ninth generation winemaker says, while many have made winemaking a science, it is, for Servin, still an art. The Servin Family traces their roots and winemaking heritage back to 1652.
"Chablis garnered a less than positive reputation for decades as a result of jug wine labeled Chablis in 1970s," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines."But Chardonnay made in Chablis, much like sparkling wine made in Champagne, cannot be replicated. 
This collection of exclusive and limited distribution wines are from a single vineyard in Chablis. With different characteristics ranging from tropical fruit notes to tangerine and citrus to brioche and caramel, all are rich with good minerality.
The wine trade journal in Burgundy rates Francois Servin as one of the top two winemakers our of 120 in Chablis.

Contact: Gina Trippi
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Hogwash, Poderi Elia Barbera, Wolffer Rose' Hard Cider, Lovo Cabernet Sauvignon, Gavi

100% Grenache, California, Beckstoffer
   Hogwash Rosé started when Tuck Beckstoffer was invited to a co-host a charity barbeque. Tuck thought it would be fun to create a wine especially for the event. Tuck had been experimenting with making rosé from a special Grenache vineyard in the Central Coast of California that he thought would be ideal for a rose that paid homage to the rosés from the South of France and yet distinctly California in style.
    The reception to the wine at the event was so positive that he started making small quantities of the wine for distribution. Hogwash Rosé is salmon-pink in color with fresh and lively aromas of rose, raspberry and orange zest. Flavors of lemon, mandarin, honey & just ripened peach.
Poderi Elia 2014 Barbera D'Asti

Poderi Elia has the highest altitude vineyard site in the world famous
Barbaresco Wine Appellation. This affords the grapes maximum temperature variation, promoting  longer growing season and more complexity in the wines. Third generation winemaker Federico Stella is a master craftsman who enjoys allowing his old vines to speak telling the story of the land with each sip.

This Barbera d'Asti is fresh and bright, with aromas of ripe pomegranate,
dried mint and Morella Cherry. It is medium bodied and aged for 18 months
in French Oak barriques for greater richness and depth.

Out of the Box Macaroni and Cheese Pairing
Fiona Beckett, Wine Critic for The Guardian in London,
Says a Dry Rose Cider. We say Wolffer!

 Made exclusively from New York apples, Wolffer Rose Cider brings delicate floral notes with a blend of several apples including Jonagold, Mutsu, Golden Delicious, Gold Rush, Idared, and Northern Spy. To further the distinctive offering,
this cider was make with wine yeast and wine skins to give it that distinctive coloring.

This cider speaks to that perfect color palate, too, glowing with a shiny rose color. 
The floral notes are the first layer that begins to peel back into the more natural craft cider scents and flavors. A pleasantly clean and shaped cider finds the balance between carbonation, acidity, sweetness, and tannic qualities. 

LOVO 2016, Cabernet Sauvignon from Italy! $13.99 
(Macaroni and Cheese Approved)
This Cabernet Sauvignon cuts straight across the grain of the highly concentrated, heavily-oaked versions. Unoaked, it is remarkably
bright and clean, with a zesty-ness perfect for food.

Made in the Veneto by Winemaker Salvatore Lovo, and his daughter Silvia,
the two grow classic varietals of North-Central Italia, but also love to experiment. Vineyards planted in clay and volcanic rock. 13.5 alc.
Masera GAVI 2016, $11.99

(Macaroni and Cheese Approved)
  Clean and crisp, this 100% Cortese is from a single vineyard in Gavi. Exceptional value. Winemaker is known for limiting his yields to ensure wine is not overproduced or diluted.  These low yields and careful winemaking give this Gavi its intensity.
   Made from 100% Cortese grapes, this delicious white is both soft and crisp. With a pleasant stony backbone, this wine features notes of green apple, pear and a lovely, enlivening finish of white flower and white pepper. 
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J. Mourat Rose', Zemmer Lagrein, Tasca Grillo, DMZ Shiraz,

    Made in Loire from a unique blend of Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Gamay and Negrette, this is a very delicate and quite dry Loire Rose. Briny and flinty flavors. Lean, refreshing this is a go to for super warm days.
    Loire produces a great variety of wines. Ranging from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple, the diversity of wines is due in part to its climate spanning Continental to Mediterranean. 

Good time to remind you that The Great Rose Tasting Starts on May 5th!

Transition to Spring
Lagrein is a lighter Northern Italian Varietal

The wine is velvety, elegant with a clear fruity character.
Ruby red to dark garnet red in the glass, expect spicy aromas,
wild berries and violets on the nose and a soft, round palate with good body, and just enough tannins with a spicy finish.

Tasca Tenuta Regaleali

At Tenuta Regaleali, in western Sicily, Grillo has been cultivated for years.  
For this wine, Tasca harvests Grillo vines at different times to retain
freshness and also lend structure that will carry the wine through aging.

Pale straw yellow in color, Tasca Grillo offers a broad range of bright fruit aromas from crisp citrus to white peach, tangy apricots, and exotic tropical fruit like pineapple.  An elegant backbone of minerality carries the wine across the palate and leads into a balanced finish.

And it's Bagna Cauda Approved!

Everyday Wine

DMZ Syrah, Stellenbosch, South Africa

DMZ is DeMorgenzon’s value label, where the objective is to produce classic, elegant, well-balanced wines which over-deliver in terms of quality for price.

Deep, purple core. Rich, berry fruit nose with lots of ripe, red plum and whiffs of white pepper. Some floral notes in the background, including violets, lavender and spring blossoms. Full in the mouth, with tremendous youthful vigor. Layers of berry fruit with developing spices of pepper, cinnamon, clove and vanilla. Gentle oak integration shows and supports the elegance and roundness of the wine.

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Wolffer Rose' Hard Cider is IN Shop!


Wolffer Hard Cider is summer, party and event perfect.

Taste it on May 5th at the season's opener of The Great Rose Tasting


What Wolffer says: Our elegant premium sparkling dry cider is a reflection of soft summer hues of sunsets across the Hampton beaches. This unique hard cider is sourced from only the best New York State Apples and represents the bohemian spirit that resides in everyone.

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Txakolina, Muller Thurgau, Copertino Negroamaro 2008, Piccolo Red


It's IN. 
But this one is limited every year. Stock up!
More About Txakolina from Eric Asimov NYT here:

Copertino Negroamaro 2008!

   Brick red and dense, Copertino has seductive aromatics of blackberry, spice, cigar leaf and smoked meats. It is medium-bodied and surprisingly complex, displaying well-integrated layers of leather, wild berries, cedar, tar, vanilla and soft spices. The long finish lingers with dried cherry and port-like nuances.
Terlano Muller Thurgau 2015
      "In Terlano there are a number of very attractive sites in our highest and steepest vineyards, which extend up to 900 meters above sea-level, where the Müller Thurgau grape produces very elegant wines with the peach and nutmeg flavors that are typical of the variety."
                                                                        Antonio Gallani 90 Points
This wine works with powerful tastes including spicy, HOT and bitter.
Try Terlano Muller Thurgau with this Epicurious Recipe for Dandelion Greens!

Piccolo Red from Peju, Napa Valley
Made wine by Sarah Fuller, Piccolo Red is a Bordeaux blend.
Starting her career scrubbing the floors, Sarah Fuller carries credentials
and clout including stints at Quintessa and Estancia in South America.
Her focus is on sustainable farming.
Paired with pork, Piccolo Red proved its versatility and drinkablity
at the recent Women Winemakers Dinner at Golden Fleece.
Full Report on the dinner here:


Support Women Winemakers and California Wines
NYT says California Vintners are Caught UP in Trade War with China!

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April Focus Group Winners


Bryan Hendershot of Mims stepped out of the wine comfort zone presenting lesser known varietals or varietals done in a different style than is standard operating for a crowd. It worked.
The Group really liked all four wines for various reasons. When making decisions, in addition to versatility and being well crafted, price to quality ratio is also a consideration.
The Pala Cannonau from Sardegna was a less fruity more structured version than you generally encounter. The Group determined that this wine needs food and as we discovered a little air. After we tasted all four wines, we came back around to the Cannonau and those that were not fans on the first taste, appreciated the wine with the changes the air brought. Bryan explained that different wines call for different amounts of air and temperature.
And the Remo Farina Ripasso! We really liked the fact that this bottle was not heavy on the raisin taste. Some of the Group said they have hesitated to try Ripasso and certainly Amarone because the raisin taste smothers the bottle and not in a good way. If you like Amarone and find it out of your price range, Bryan suggested a Ripasso as an alternative. This full bodied, full flavored bottle at $23 is well worth it.
And now the winners!
Copertino is a blend of 95% Negroamaro and 5% Malvasia. This is where price to quality ratio was a factor. It is very unusual to find a bottle of wine that CAN be aged, that HAS been aged and successfully aged for 10 years for only $16.99.
The wine is rustic yet soft with flavors of black berries and earth. A robust wine, Copertino is always aged 2 years  prior to release becoming refined and elegant with the aging. Serve at 65 degrees. Copertino has the WOW factor. You can enjoy this wine by the glass at Nightbell and Cucina 24 in Asheville.
Terlano Muller Thurgau was a close second. Muller Thurgau IS the varietal. You can see how it might have suffered securing placement in the American market. The German grape Blaufrankish is called Franconia in Italy. Same taste on the palate but easier on the ear! Just a thought. Made in Northern Italy, Alto Adige, the wine is German in style.
Pale yellow in the glass with aromatic tropical fruits on the nose, the wine is medium bodied on the palate with flavors of mango and peach balanced with a crisp acidity. The Group agreed with James Suckling who awarded 91 Points! We thought this wine was perfect to enjoy without food but would make a take out bowl of fried rice from Gan Shan Station sing! And you have time. Bryan tells us that this wine could go another 10 years in the bottle.
Other wines from Mims that you may know include "Shop Favorites" such as Pentimento and the Maz Caz wines from Michele d'Aprix as well as Flor de Montgo organic Tempranillo.
Join us for Asheville Wine Focus Group on May 2nd when Derek Rubio of Skyland Distributing will be our host.
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Asheville Wine Focus Group: May



News Release: Thursday, April 5th, 2018

About: Asheville Wine Focus Group: May
The Asheville Wine Focus Group convenes on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines. Derek Rubio of Skyland Distributing will host the event. Four wines will be "on the taste" and "on the house" and "on the discussion!" 
Please call (828) 575-9525 to reserve a seat or reserve online here:
What is Asheville Wine Focus Group? We ask our customers to give their opinions about wines presented by our sales representatives. "In a small shop, space is limited so the retailer needs to be right," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "And we want to serve the interests of our customers."
Participants are asked if they like each wine, do they think other customers will like the wine, what is the best use of the bottle, that is, is this bottle for a party, porch sipping, everyday table wine or a special occasion, and what should it cost.
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Market Place Wine Dinner

News Release: Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

About: Market Place Wine Dinner with MetroWines
Please join us, Grapevine Distribution and Chef de Cuisine Matthew Atkinson on Wednesday, May 23rd starting 6:30 at Market Place for "Farmer to Table," a fresh take on wine pairing dinners. The dinner will pair wines from dedicated vine growers from the west coast with fresh produce and foods from local North Carolina growers.
$65, not including tax and gratuity for the evening. Market Place is located at 20 Wall Street, Asheville 28801. 
For reservations, please call Market Place at (828) 252-4162.
Don't want to drive downtown? Park your car @MetroWines and carpool or Uber to Market Place and back!
More about Market Place:

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.

Chef William Dissen

Chef William Dissen

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.

More About Market Place Farmers:



“farmer to table” wine dinner 5.23.18

1st Course

ember roasted carrots, preserved lemon, farmstead cheese, sumac, crushed almonds

Schug Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Carneros - Sonoma, CA, 2017

2nd Course

Benton's Country Ham wrapped Sunburst Trout, rainbow chard, hakurei turnips, gremolata

DeLoach Family Hook & Ladder Chardonnay, Russian River, CA, 2016

3rd Course

whey cooked Carolina Gold Rice middlins', asparagus, pine nut & mustard green pistou, soft herbs Stoller Estate Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2015

4th Course

roasted Brasstown Beef striploin, black garlic steak sauce, charred spring onion, onion rings

Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, WA, 2014

5th Course

strawberry trifle, pound cake, strawberries, whipped creme fraiche, lemon balm

executive chef: William Dissen chef du cuisine: Matthew Atkinson in partnership with: 

Contact for Market Place: Justin Stoffregen 
(828) 252-4162
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Muga Rioja, La due Arbie Chianti Clssico, Komaros Rose', Pintupi9 White&Red



90% Viura (Macabeo) and 10% Malvasia and Garnacha Blanca

NYT Wine Critic Eric Asimov selected MUGA for his
Top 10 White Rioja over bottles priced at $40 and above!

A lemon-yellow color in glass with green glints that reveal its youth. 
On the nose, expect a floral wine reminiscent of almond blossom,
with citrus notes of American lime and faint underlying toasted nuances.
On the palate, the wine is fresh with very good acidity and a long finish,
wrapping the mouth with reminders of Golden Delicious apples.
Perfect match for vegetable dishes, rice, fish and shellfish, taps or all alone.

La Due Arbie Chianti Superiore 
80% Sangiovese. 20% Merlot. 13.5ALC ! 
  Ruby red in the glass, this Tuscan wine presents ripe red fruits, violets and cherries on the nose and palate. Rounded tannins and an elegant long finish. Fermentation on natural lees in steel vats for two weeks followed by aging in barrels for 12 months and three months in bottle before release. 



Rose is Rolling IN
Shop Favorite Garofoli Montepulciano Rose is one of the first IN!

100% Montepulciano. Steel Tank. Fresh. Light. Lovely.

Start planning for "Rose in the Courtyard"
Save the Date: May 20th. Details TBA

A blend of 78% Chardonnay, 19% Sauvignon Blanc and 3% Fiano.
The Chardonnay brings plenty of texture and stone fruit flavor.
The wine is dry and zesty in character, with lifted aromas of citrus, melon and white blossom while the palate is fresh and flavorsome with lovely and fruit focus.
A delicious and rewarding white. Easy to open a second or third bottle!

A blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Shiraz, 48% Shiraz
and 2% Chenin Blanc. "The Red" is bright ruby in the glass.
Lively aromas of red berries, cherry, cracked pepper and dried herbs on the nose.
Spicy and precise on the palate, offering tangy red fruit flavors,
picking up a bitter licorice quality and leaving red fruit notes behind. 

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