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News from Gan Shan:



A reminder that we'll be closing for lunch at Gan Shan Charlotte St. starting June 1st. New hours mean we'll now be open 7 days/week from 5 PM onward.

Again, a message from Patrick:
Change and growth are inevitable and necessary in the restaurant industry. To celebrate our first five years in business, I am ready to shift our focus to expanding our dinner menu with exciting new offerings and re-visiting our all-time most popular dishes. We very excited about these changes as they will allow us a restaurant "facelift" and re-focus on a larger menu with fun takes on familiar dishes. We are taking these steps to be better than ever. I'm sure you all will agree.
What to look for:
  • New hours: Sunday - Thursday 5pm to 9:30pm, Friday/Saturday 5pm to 10:30pm
  • Expanded menu with new dishes and cocktails
  • Updated wine list
  • Refreshed aesthetic and decor
  • Outdoor field lighting
  • New Promotional Nights
  • And more...

Catering and Event Space

Our developing catering menu will have exciting new offerings. We recently debuted some of these foods at the Preservation Society's Croquet in the Park event for which we were thrilled to provide the food. These menus can be catered to individual desires/needs and in the coming weeks we will be posting on our website and have information available in the restaurant. 

Gan Shan Station will be available during the day to host private events and meetings in our unique space, all of which can be catered if you choose. We are already planning on teaming up with our Charlotte street neighbors Metro Wines to expand upon their extremely popular wine education classes as well as other wine-related events. If you have a neighborhood event or meeting that you would like to hold in our space, please reach out as we'd love to have you. This allows us to expand further upon our mission to nourish and build community and it is my sincere hope that our neighbors use us as a fun space to host their meetings, lunch parties, or whatever may come up. 

Don't worry, you'll still be able to get you fix of Gan Shan foods for lunch across town at our West Asheville location. Our hours won't be changing there and it is built for speed and deliciousness. 

Thank you all for supporting us. We're so excited about this change and hope you are also. Please contact us with any questions and we look forward to having you in for the last couple weeks of lunch. 

With much gratitude,


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Hopler Wine Tasting @MetroWines

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News Release: Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

About: Hopler Winery Wine Tasting @MetroWines
Please join us on Tuesday, June 4th from 5 to 6:30 @MetroWines for a wine tasting hosted by Lead Winemaker from Hopler Winery "on the house."
Hopler is a family winery located in Burgenland, Austria and is winery to some of the biggest names in food including Jamie Oliver, Thomas Keller of French Laundry, Baby Flay and Gordon Ramsey!
"Hopler produces food friendly wines," says Gina Trippi, co owner of MetroWines. "We look forward to food pairing suggestions!"

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Decero Seated Tasting

News Release: Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

About: Decero Seated Tasting@MetroWines>
Please join us on Tuesday, June 25th from 5:30 to 6:30 for a Seated Decero Tasting hosted by Stephanie Morton Small, Chief Commercial Officer for Decero. At least 4 Decero wines will be poured and paired with small bites. 
"This is the second event hosted by Stephanie @MetroWines,"  says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "She is an extraordinarily competent speaker who makes the world of wine both interesting and exciting!"
More about Stephanie Morton Small: 
Experiencing wine at some of the greatest estates of France during time spent in Bordeaux, Burgundy and Aix-en-Provence was the seed from which Stephanie’s career in wine grew. After graduating from University of London, time in the UK wine trade was fast followed by nearly a decade in international sales and marketing roles based in Australia and further consolidated by an MBA.

Having been a Director of a group of some of the finest and well established wineries in Australia, Stephanie was attracted to moving away from the “established” to start something “from scratch”. The long-term vision of Thomas Schmidheiny and the quality of every aspect of Finca Decero, from the ground up, formed a unique attraction which caused Stephanie to move to Argentina in 2007.

As Finca Decero’s Chief Commercial Officer, Stephanie manages the full commercial side of Finca Decero and has consistently managed the business from start-up development, launch, to ongoing sales and marketing of all Finca Decero’s wines including the most recent fly-away success of ‘The Owl & The Dust Devil’.  Through an exceptional network of importer and agency partners and having attracted an array of fine 

More about Decero:
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Shop:  828-575-9525
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Wine Dinner at Celine and Company

News Release: Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

About: Wine Dinner with MetroWines and Grapevine Distribution at Celine and Company
Please join us on Wednesday, June 12th at 6:30, for "Asian Fusion with a French Kiss" at Celine and Company, 49 Broadway in the Historic Broadway Arts Building 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. 
The cost for this unique experience in this vintage, urban venue is $75 including tax and gratuity. Call Celine and Company at (828) 254-9902 for reservations.
More About Celine and Company:
The Menu:

Celine and Company, Metro Wines and Grapevine Distributors

Wine Dinner Collaboration

Celine and Company “On Broadway”

Wednesday June 12, 2019

Asian Fusion with a French Twist

Passed Small Bites as everyone settles in…

Steak Tar Tar on Crispy Wonton, Tamari and Pickled Ginger

Gruyere Toast with Charred Crimson Onions

Filipino Lumpia with Sweet Chili Glaze… Kale, Edamame and Shredded Tofu

Mille Prosecco

First Course

Duck Confit Bao Bun

Roasted Exotic Mushrooms, Rainbow Carrots, Crushed Peanuts

Yin Yang Sauces… Carrot Coulis and House Made Hoisin

Amity White Pinot Noir

Second Course

Korean Style Bouillabaisse

Coastal Shrimp, Octopus, Clams and Mussels

Korean Paprika and Caramelized Kimchi Broth

 Annie’s’ Bakery Baguette, Roasted Garlic Aioli

 Bargemon Rose

Third Course

Char Grilled Rack of Lamb 

Fresh Mint, Ginger, Toasted Cumin, Mellow Smoked Chili Oil

Sticky Rice and Seared Baby Bok Choy

Novelty Hill Syrah

Fourth Course

Roasted Fresh Strawberries

Lychee Sabayon and Sesame Tuille


Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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French Twist, Klinker Brick, 1448, Skeleton Gruner, Classes, Asparagus and Tinto Rey, Murder, Book Review and C'est la vie, Italian Hand Gestures, Schiava, Lillet

*** LAST CALL ***

French Twist
French Fare. North Carolina Flair.

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Wine Pairing Dinner

at The Princess Anne Hotel
301 East Chestnut, One Block off Charlotte Street.

*** May 23rd starting 6:30. $125  ***

Support Charlotte Street Neighborhood
and Women Chefs!

Chef Amber Whitt combines her Classic French Cuisine
with North Carolina Flavors.

Menu and Details:

Klinker Brick Wine Dinner
at Bone and Broth with Chef Chris Benson

Wednesday, May 29th, 6pm
$75 including tax and gratuity.
Call with credit card to (828) 575-9525
or shop online here:
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Spring Essential "Do it All" Big RED

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Jeff Runquist, Winemaker 
Sierra Nevada Mountains, $17.99

 "1448" is deep and dark in the glass with bright and beautiful hues
and an edge of magenta. The aromas lead with blue and black fruits,
most notably black raspberry, along with blackberry and mulberry
and wafts of sweet vanilla, hazelnut, violets and lavender.
Plenty of ripe fruit framed by a toasted oak creaminess on the palate.
The tannins are mature and add richness and texture. 

Spring Essential "Do it All" White
Skeleton Gruner Veltliner 2017
Liter Bottle Means 13 More Wine!

$9.99 @MetroWines.
$12.99 at and unavailable!

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Winemaker's Notes: Fresh, fruity, and above all, food-friendly,
our Grüner Veltliner shows off the charms that make this grape
Austria's favorite white wine varietal. A racy wine with explosive fruit flavors,
a light mineral undercurrent, and a full, expansive finish.

Spring Essential "Do It All" (lighter) Red
Langhe Rosso 2016 Blend $16.99

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One of the singular best values in European table red, this brilliant blend of Barbera,
Nebbiolo and Dolcetto sings with wild berries, cherries. Piedmont, Italy

Vajra’s Langhe Rosso is a blend of mostly Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, and Barbera,
with pinches of Albarossa, Freisa and Pinot Noir for added complexity.
A translucent garnet in the glass. Vibrant aromas arise of black currants, black tea,
tobacco, and tar. The palate brings cherry, loganberry, and cassis fruit.
Rosso is a great lighter meal, red table wine. Put a little chill on it!
Good three years in bottle.

Asheville School of Wine May Classes
with Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines

** Much Maligned Grapes: Riesling **
"Not always sweet. Not even always German. But always cool!"
Tuesday, May 21st, 5:30-6:30 @MetroWines

** Wine Essentials **
READ: SECRETS. What they don't want you to know
and they know who they are!

Wednesday, May 22nd, 5:30-6:30 @MetroWines

Follow Andy Hale and The Asheville School of Wine here:

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The story of this painting has endured: Manet sold Charles Ephrussi 
"A Bunch of Asparagus" for 800 francs. But Ephrussi sent him a 1,000 francs,
and Manet, who was a master of elegance and wit, painted this asparagus
and sent it to him with a note saying: "There was one missing from your bunch".

Asparagus is a vegetal vegetable! The chlorophyll green flavor, while making asparagus delectable,
flat out clashes with a lot of wines. And, the green giant has compounds like asparagusic acid,
causing many wines taste metallic and harsh.
Generally wine speaking, avoid tannic reds or oaked whites. Select an unoaked wine
that offers citrus and herbal flavors. You might consider a Sancerre or Pouilly Fumé
from France’s Loire Valley, Grüner Veltliner from Austria, Alsace Riesling
or even and un-oaked Chardonnay from a cooler region like the Willamette Valley.

OR, You Know. Yes You Do. ROSE

Asparagus tolerates great temperature variations: growing in the Imperial Valley
of Southern California where temperatures can reach 115° F to Minnesota 
where temperaturescan plunge to -40° F. Asparagus grow in a wide range of soils and climates. 
In this country, the bulk of asparagus come from Central Valley, California.

Let's go with tradition: what grows together goes together!

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Tinto Rey 2018 Rose, Zamora, 
(upper Central Valley) California, $11.99

An Estate Bottled Blend of 53% Tempranillo, 31% Tannat and 16% Verdejo
Winery Tasting Notes: The 2018 Tinto Rey Rosé has a beautiful pale coral color
from the co-fermentation of Tempranillo, Tannat and Verdejo.
Enticing aromas of white peach and nectarine lead to flavors of cream cola and sassafras
that are balanced by a lively, tart cherry finish. There is some weight to this pretty wine
and a bright finish with a lingering hint of tangerine.


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

Tuesday, June 13th, 20th and 27th
$30 per class or $75 for the Series

Reserve your seat at (828) 575-9525
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From The MetroWines Book Review Department
Ruth Reichl, multiple James Beard winner and best selling author,
talks about her decade as Editor-in-Chief of Gourmet Magazine.

This is the story of a former Berkeley hippie entering the corporate world
and worrying about losing her soul. It is the story of the moment restaurants
became an important part of popular culture, a time when farm-to-table
changed the way we eat. Meet legendary chefs like David Chang
and Eric Ripert, idiosyncratic writers like David Foster Wallace,
and a group of editors and art directors who, under Reichl's leadership,
transformed stately Gourmet into a cutting-edge publication.
This was the golden age of print media. Perhaps the last spendthrift gasp
before the Internet turned the magazine world upside down.

Complete with recipes, Save Me the Plumsis a personal journey of a woman
coming to terms with being in charge and making a mark, following a passion
and holding on to her dreams even when she ends up in a place she never expected to be.

Your Read it With Wine, $13.99
This book is about independence, courage, confidence, 
stepping outside your comfort zone and well, that's life.

C'Est La Vie Pinot Noir Syrah

Winery Tasting Notes: 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Syrah. Bright, modern, and clean fruit
make up this friendly red. Versatile with or without food, this unique blend is sure to entice.
It has a clear ruby color, with a purple tint; fragrant nose of ripe cherries and raspberries;
dry, medium body; ripe berry flavour with a touch of spice; balanced acidity.

Ciao Asheville 
"Italian Hand Gestures"
with Roberto Stragiotti

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Wednesday, June 19th from 5:30-6:30
@MetroWines and ONLY @MetroWines
$10 for the presentation, a glass of Italian Red or White Wine

*** and a LOT of Fun! ***

Call (828) 575-9525
Online here:

Reserve NOW. Very High Sell Out Risk.
Seating is Limited

Follow Ciao Asheville here:

And Register to Learn the (Verbal !!) Language
The Low Pressure Way with UNCA Professor Dr. Valeria Tezzon

Best "Put a Chill on it Red" from Alto Adige

@MetroWines on Tuesday!

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Can you say Schiava?
Wine Folly says: Schiava is kind of like breathing in a bouquet of roses
while getting a massage from Strawberry Shortcake. Shockingly, this wine hasn’t been
on radar for years because it’s so elegant, and light.

Winery says: This indigenous grape variety had its first documented historical mention
at the end of the Middle Ages, and it has played a central role in Alto Adige/Südtirol winegrowing
since the sixteenth century. Schiava presents aromas of sweet cherries, red currants,
raspberries and strawberries. Added to this, there are often tones of almonds and violets.
The Schiava grape produces a light wine low in tannins, with moderate alcohol content,
low acidity and individual character that is typical of the area.

Good Pairing? Shiso enhanced dishes! Say what? Asheville Tailgate Markets are bursting
with this mint family herb, AKA Perilla. A dark purple, the taste is often described as
a marriage of Basil and Cumin. Some say you might also detect a whiff of Cinnamon and Anise.
Add to mushroom dishes, soba noodles, stir fry and eggs or any combination thereof!

** SMACK DOWN: Lillet vs Aperol **

You Knew This Day Had to Come.
NYT takes the challenge and compares Aperol to Lillet
After several rounds, NYT calls the Smack Down for Lillet!
Usually, we side with Italian over French, just because...
But this time, NYT might be right.
NYT suggests Lillet and Fever Tree Tonic.
Lillet? Yeah we got that! We got both!

Lillet Blanc

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NYT is in good company on this one. 

The 'Vesper Martini' is the famous drink made with Lille
ordered by James Bond in both the book and the movie Casino Royale. 
The recipe for Bond's "Vesper" martini, as described in the 1953 book:
"Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Lillet. 
Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon-peel."

Lillet is a blend of 85% Bordeaux region wines (Semillon for the Blanc and Rose',
Merlot for the Rouge) and 15% mascerated liqueurs,
mostly citrus liquers (peels of sweet oranges from Spain and Morocco
and peels of bitter green oranges from Haiti).
The mix is then stirred in oak vats until blended.
During the aging process, Lillet is handled as a Bordeaux Wine. 

Remember: Shaken. Not Stirred!

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Mira Dinner at Smoky Park Supper Club

News Release: May 20, 2019

About: Mira Wine Dinner at Smoky Park Super Club
Join MetroWines on June 6th, 2019 starting 6:30 at Smoky Park Super Club, 350 Riverside Drive, for a Mira Wine Pairing Dinner hosted by Mira Winemaker Gustavo Gonzalez. 
5 courses prepared by Chef Michelle Bailey will be paired with award winning, hand crafted, natural wines from Mira. Gustavo Gonzalez spent 17 years at Robert Mondavi, achieving the title of Head Red Winemaker and consistently receiving Wine Spectator ratings of 95+. He is also responsible for the 2001 Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia "Masseto" Toscana which received 100 points rating and was described by James Suckling as " perhaps the best Tuscan red ever"! He has worked at Vineyards all over the world and brings a distinct level of expertise, achievement and passion to all of his projects at Mira.
"Pairing these wines with Chef Michelle Bailey's exceptional cuisine will be an experience not to be missed!," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines.
Limited seating available. The evening is $60 (not including tax and gratuity). Please call Smoky Park Supper Club to reserve your seat with a credit card: (828) 350-0315.

Course 1

Fried oyster, smoked remoulade, celery, lemon, chive

Course 2

Local arugula, black tea vinaigrette, crispy goat cheese, blueberry, raspberry, charred spring onion

Course 3

Smoked NC pork loin, buttermilk biscuit, strawberry bacon jam, cucumber/watercress slaw

Course 4

Wood-grilled Apple Brandy strip loin, asparagus, roasted mushrooms, green peppercorn jus

Course 5

Miniature lemon pie, saltine crust, smoky whipped cream, lemon ash

Executive Chef Michelle Bailey will create an innovative menu featuring wood-fired cuisine. Born in Memphis Tennessee, Michelle has called Western North Carolina her home for the past 22 years. She has over 14 years experience in the kitchen including her most recent position at the Season's Restaurant at Highland Lake Inn.

More about Smoky Park:

About Gustavo Gonzalez:
For over 20 years Mira winemaker and cofounder Gustavo A Gonzalez has been practicing his craft in the Napa Valley and around the world to critical acclaim. Gustavo has worked in California, Italy, France, Argentina and Brazil, establishing vineyards and producing wines in areas that never have before. 
His local knowledge and global perspective bring a highly experienced and creatively expansive approach to Mira’s vineyard practices and wine making techniques. Gustavo has a long and decorated history of making exceptional wines both at Robert Mondavi Winery and around the world. He was responsible for the 2001 Tenuta dell’Ornellaia “Masseto” Toscana which received 100 points from Wine Spector. In fact, James Suckling of The Wine Spectator described the 2001 Masseto as “possibly the best Tuscan red ever.”
In his 17 years at Robert Mondavi Winery, Gustavo earned the title of Head Red Winemaker and established the Robert Mondavi Winery Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon as one of the leading Napa Valley Cabernets, consistently receiving Wine Spectator ratings of 95 or higher. He produced the best Sauternes style wine of the new world and raised the Pinot Noir program to cult status.
In Mira’s infancy Gustavo’s reputation provided us with unmatched access to the finest blocks of grapes in some of the Napa Valley’s premier vineyards including Hyde Vineyard in the Carneros AVA and Schweizer Vineyard in the heart of the Stags Leap AVA. In a recent blind tasting of eight of the world’s top wines from Bordeaux and the Napa Valley, the 2012 Mira Schweizer Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon took the top slot for Cabernet from the Napa Valley besting Screaming Eagle, Schrader To Kalon and Shafer Hillside Select. 
With his superb craftsmanship and attention to detail, Gustavo has quickly established Mira as one of the top producers of small production single vineyard wines from the Napa Valley. In just the past year, Mira has received 90 plus ratings on 11 different wines highlighting both the breadth and quality of the winemaking. Gustavo grew up with a love for winemaking that was developed through his family, and his interest in wine as a career stemmed in part from their agriculture business. 
Simply put, in Gustavo’s mind wine was a way to be creative through agriculture.Gustavo believes that there is always something new to learn in the pursuit of making the highest quality wine. Every vintage is different, and you have to understand how to adjust to those differences. His experience allows him to do that at a higher level, in Napa, a place with the unique combination of optimal climate and exceptional soils. Working in an area that creates some of the finest grapes in the world, his goal is to allow the innate spirit of those fruits to shine through in the wines Mira produces.
He takes great pleasure in the response from those who enjoy savoring Mira wines, but is even more excited about where we are headed and what the future holds for Mira. With the soon to be completed winery and tasting room at 6170 Washington Street just south of the town of Yountville in the heart of the Napa Valley, Gustavo sums it up simply, “the best is yet to come.”
About Mira:
 In 2009 entrepreneur Jim “Bear” Dyke and winemaker Gustavo A. Gonzalez launched Mira Winery and began to acquire some of the best blocks from leading vineyards exclusively from the Napa Valley. We were determined to build a broad portfolio of single vineyard 100% varietal wines with production limited to the grapes from each block. Wines that were interesting, balanced and a true reflection of their place, varietal, and season.
Mira has small blocks of Syrah, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc at Hyde Vineyard in the Carneros AVA of the Napa Valley and produces a vineyard designated wine from each block.Mira’s two small Cabernet Sauvignon blocks at Schweizer Vineyard one of the oldest continuously planted vineyards in the StagsLeapAVA of the Napa Valley, ferment in three specially designed 5 ton French Oak fermentation tanks. Mira’s 2012 Schweizer Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is the first vineyard designated wine from the historical property released in 2016 quickly proving to be one of the Napa Valley’s leading Cabernets.
In the spring of 2018 we planted small blocks of Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris and began construction of our new winery and hospitality house on our 16 acre property at 6170 Washington Street just south of Yountville. 
In June of 2019, on Mira’s 10th anniversary, we will open to visitors by appointment. Our new winery will allow us to further our hands-on small block approach to winemaking. Visitors will have a vine-to-bottle and beyond experience that reflects hundreds of years of wine making history in a facility inspired by early settlers of the Napa Valley and could have been built by George C. Yount himself.
Albert Einstein famously said there are two types of people in life. Those who don’t believe in miracles and those who believe everything is a miracle. Mira has other meanings but we chose it because it is the Latin root of miracle. Many miracles are unexpected but in our case we have been believing and building it everyday for 10 years. We couldn’t be more excited about the future as we continue our quest for perfection.
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AB Tech Locker

MetroWines supports the AB Tech Locker with donations from our Customers.  Thank you GM for your contribution!

What's it all about?

The Locker is a professional clothing closet that offers free men's and women's business attire to A-B Tech students and the Asheville community. Sponsored by A-B Tech's Phi Beta Lambda chapter, The Locker includes an assortment of seasonal clothing, shoes, and accessories.

Phi Beta Lambda is a national business organization that strives to guide and promote professional development. In opening and operating The Locker, Phi Beta Lambda hopes to serve the community by supporting professional growth.

Gently used business clothes are donated to The Locker by businesses and individuals in the Asheville community. Phi Beta Lambda welcomes all members of the community to donate unwanted professional attire for all seasons to their project.

The Locker is located in Birch 106. To set up an appointment, donate clothing, or for more information about The Locker or Phi Beta Lambda, contact Marlene Frisbee at 828-398-7247.

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June Great Rose' Tasting @MetroWines

News Release: Friday, March 17th, 2019

About: The Great Rose Tasting for June @MetroWines
Please join us on Saturday, June 1st from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines for the all day Great Rose Tasting. Six bottles of Rose made with various varietals in different styles from countries around the world will be "on the taste" and "on the house." 
"Last month, the big hit was a Rosfrom Spain followed closely by a Rosefrom Austria made with Blaufrankisch," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "You never know what you might find that you like!"
All featured bottles of Rose are event priced all day on June 1st.
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Italian Hand Gestures!


Tickets HERE!! (HIGH Sell Out Risk)

News Release: May 14, 2019
About: Learn Italian Gestures with Ciao Asheville!
Everybody knows it – Italians are masters at talking with their hands! But do you know what all those hand gestures mean? Want to know how to order a beer instead of a glass of wine in Italy just by using a hand gesture? Or let your waiter know that your meal is fantastic?

Ciao Asheville presents a fun and animated journey into learning about and understanding Italian hand gestures with Italian native and Asheville resident Roberto Stragiotti. Roberto will give us a demonstration and lend some history to hand gestures, along with some useful cultural information. “Travelers to Italy will benefit by knowing about gestures and actually using some while you are there”, adds Roberto.   

Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 5:30-6:30 at Metro Wines. $10 for the talk, which includes a glass of red or white Italian wine.

Please note that Ciao Asheville events often sell out so please reserve early.

Call (828) 575-9525 with credit card or shop online:

Contact for Ciao Asheville: Gail Rampersaud
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Focus Group: Natural Wines from Sour Grapes


Customers had been asking about the "Natural Wine" trend so we set the stage at Group to taste and learn.
Katerina Dordelman of Sour Grapes took us through the world of "Natural Wine" first explaining the differences between this style, organic and biodynamic.
Much time and work goes into making a "Natural Wine" which essentially means no manipulation of the wine, no additives or deletions, no nothing! The product is vine to bottle. All this labor means the process is not for big grocery store national brands. 
Natural Wines are mostly made at very small wineries from very carefully chosen grapes. And that means these wines tend to cost a bit more. That also means that a naturally made Pinot Noir, or any other grape, will taste quite different than most Pinot Noir Wines on the shelves. One of Group suggested that these wines be on a rack by themselves as it is difficult to compare "Natural Wines" in taste or price to their new world counterparts. We agree and will do.
Four wines were presented and, while there was agreement on the first and last wine, opinions ranged widely on the other two wines. 
The first wine was an Aligote, Qu'est-ce queen Crest Aligote?, from Burgundy, France. Most liked the minerality to this wine and some thought it was good to find a French Chardonnay alternative at such a reasonable price. Almost everyone liked this wine and thought it should be in the shop Done.  
This Aligote was also a good example of how "Natural Wines" can appear a little cloudy. This is because these wines are unfixed and unfiltered. Remember, nothing is done, no additives, no deletions! Katarina suggested this wine pairs nicely with Thai food and told us that it has been on the menu at Little Bee Thai. And people thought this wine might be a transitional wine for beer lovers. Makes sense. 
Next up was a Sauvignon Blanc, 2016 Atena Sauvignon Blanc, Valle de Casablanca, Chile, by Couvelier in Chile. The wine presented less acidity than some had come to expect in a Sauvignon Blanc and was disappointing to some for that reason, but others (me included) found that aspect to be a positive. Nevertheless, most enjoyed this wine and thought it was very drinkable on its own. A possibility for our all new "Natural Wine" Rack!
The next wine, 2016 Atena Pinot Noir, Valle de Casablanca, Chile, by Couvelier, presented was where the rubber met the road. Over the 16 months that we have hosted Focus Group, staff and Group have disagreed on a few wines but not like this one! The Pinot Noir made by Couvelier was divisive, you were all in one way or the other. Overall, Group did not care for a natural version of Pinot Noir. But staff (including me) loved it! We thought is was very similar to a high end naturally made Oregon Pinot Noir at a third of the price.
The last wine, 2017 Anella Tempranillo, Ribera del Duero, Spain, was the winner of the overall preference in taste and best quality to price ration. Again, staff disagreed but Group bought every bottle we had to sell! And that is what we are here for at Group: what YOU want. 
The bottom line is that "Natural Wines" DO, for the most part, taste differently than new world wines. Often, "Natural Wines" are described as "raw" and there is a sense of the wines being unrefined, a bit wild, not smoothed out to please every palate, somewhat unfinished. 
For me, I would say there is a historic quality to the wine that appeals to me. When you think about, as we speculate in our emails, what Caravaggio might have had in the flask or what was on Vermeer's table, THIS is what IT was. Real wine. Vine to bottle. No manipulation. No nothing.
Wine, and especially "Natural Wine," is one of those links that binds us to the past. Thank you Katarina for a special night.

And Katarina had a great time and has already agreed to return in October!

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Artesa Albarino, Amy Poehler and a Movie

*** Breaking News ***

Only once before have we sent out a "Breaking News" email mid-week.
We struggle with whether to bother you. But John, who is way more judicious than me,
thought it was appropriate to let you know the what's going on.

What's UP?
"Wine Country" the new movie by and with Amy Poehler is streaming on Netflix today.
You might be saying Ok, but what's she big deal? 
Well, The movie was filmed at Artesa Winery in Napa.
Some of you have tasted Artesa Wines when Laurence Vuelta was here last year.
Well, Amy tasted the Artesa Albarino at the winery while filming and LOVED it. Really, really LOVED it!

Review: Amy Poehler makes a fizzy but uneven directing debut with ‘Wine Country’
Amy, who knows from whence she speaks as she is part owner of Zula, a wine shop in Brooklyn, said this:
"The Albarino was fantastic. I'm trying to think of a better word. The Albarino was.....the Albarino was playful, daring and not afraid to cause a scene and I was all in on that. Loved it. Highly recommended."

But Still, Why is this Breaking News?
Because, outside of California, North Carolina is the only state who has Artesa Albarino and MetroWines
is one of the few stores that has it on the shelf and certainly the only store in Asheville and points beyond.
We expect a rush on this wine and we are working to garner as many bottles as we can but right now,
What you see is what you get and we wanted you, if you want it, to get it.

We will be pouring Artesa Albarino to taste from 5 to 7 this afternoon @MetroWines
but bottles are for sale all day!

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But WAIT, There's More!
The movie is a comedy about six 50ish women who take a trip to Napa to celebrate a 50th birthday.
It is a film that celebrates female friendships in middle age.
Amy said: "Most of the women I'm around are in the big squeeze, young kids, aging parents."
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June Wine Focus Group @MetroWines

Reserve Your Seat HERE!


News Release: Thursday, May 9th, 2019

About : The Asheville Wine Focus June 12
Join us on Wednesday, June 12th for The Asheville Wine Focus Group from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines. 
This month our host will be our manager @MetroWines, Zach Eidson! "Zach comes to us from Cincinnati where he owned a wine shop and wine bar," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Zach will be introducing some of the wines that were popular in his shop."
Parking is free, close and easy and the event is "on the house." Please reserve your seat by calling (828) 575-9525 or online here:
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What's Organic?

From the MetroWines Shop SmartLY Department 


Be wary of the definition of "organic" on wines. Lots of substances that yu do not want to ingest can be called "organic" without any governement regulation. Wine Searcher spills the unsavory beans here: 

Organic Wine's Deadly Carbon Footprint

© Genetic Literacy Project | Workers spray grapevines with copper sulfate in a Spanish vineyard.
It should be the more eco-friendly option, but is organic viticulture bad for the environment?
By James Lawrence | Posted Monday, 06-May-2019

A decade ago, the very idea of journalists denigrating organic methods would have been almost sacrilegious.

When I started my writing career, the hype over the organic winemovement was reaching fever pitch – today the vast majority of Americans believe that organic foods are healthier, and better for Mother Nature.

Related stories:
Organics: Trusting the Terminology
Reduced Copper Spells Trouble for Champagne
Europe Seeks Alternatives to Vineyard Staple

It has become the easiest sales pitch in the world: pay a little more for food that doesn't require the application of synthetic chemicals. Consumers far and wide now "understand" that naturally derived chemicals are so much better for your health and the environment.

Of course, a chemist might argue that dioxin, the most toxic man-made compound available, is still a million times less dangerous than botulinum, which is derived from a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. We have Mother Nature, not man, to thank for that nasty little creation. Nevertheless, such arguments are probably lost on eco-friendly shoppers. The popularity of organic food and wine is not going away anytime soon.

Yet as the European viticultural debate increasingly coalesces around sustainable viticulture, a growing number of voices are starting to publicly question whether organic methods are long overdue a dressing down.

Europe's pioneer in this regard was the inimitable Dr Richard Smart, a frequent critic of the furore surrounding organic and biodynamic viticulture. He described the hype as reaching "ludicrous levels" in 2018.

"Let us not forget that organic methods still permit the use of copper in the vineyard, which is arguably the most harmful chemical input you can use in winegrowing," says Smart. His repeated assertion that organic growers' often liberal application of the Bordeaux mixture is hardly eco-friendly has struck a chord with several Champagne houses.

"AR Lenoble's 18 hectares of vineyards have been certified Haute Valeur Environnementale since 2012. We are practising near-organic viticulture with one important caveat," says Christian Holthausen, AR Lenoble's export and communications director.

"We do not feel comfortable treating mildew with copper sulfate since we are worried about the long-term effects of copper in the soil. It rains more in Champagne than almost any other region in France. Mildew is a recurring problem. If we have to treat it periodically with drastic limits on the use of phytosanitary inputs to control both mildew and powdery mildew, we would prefer to treat it periodically rather than to introduce large amounts of copper into the soil.”

Bollinger's chef de cave Gilles Descotes simply adds: "I'm not sure that copper used in organic farming is sustainable."

Many other wine producers have shared similar views, off the record.

However, Torres' beef with organics takes it one step further. The Spanish producer underlines the point that organic methods typically result in higher C02 omissions – hardly a gold standard in environmental protection.

"I think the key difference between sustainable and organic viticulture is that organics do not sufficiently take climate change into consideration; in general organic vineyards need more treatments with sulfur or bouillie bordelaise, which means more C02 emissions," explains Miguel A Torres, president of Familia Torres.

He continues: "A few years ago a research project coordinated by the University of Zaragoza concluded that organic vineyards have a 22 percent higher CO2 footprint than traditional vineyards. The other important point is that the copper from the bouillie bordelaise is toxic for the soils."

Torres' remains a key advocate of promoting sustainable winemaking across the world. Their Torres & Earth program aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 30 percent per bottle by 2020 in comparison with 2008. They have invested more than 12 million euros and have reduced their C02 footprint by 25.4 percent (certified by Lloyd's in 2017) across the board.

So their influence is considerable, which suggests that other producers may heed their warning that organic viticulture has its downsides.

There are also other factors to consider. The longer-term effects of using "natural" pesticides and heightened levels of the Bordeaux mixture are unknown. Conventional, man-made pesticides are highly regulated and have been for some time.

Yet their PR is at an all time low. There have been several high-profile media stories over the past few years, scrutinizing the health and social impacts of the use of synthetic chemicals in viticulture. A lawsuit from the daughter of a vine grower, James-Bernard Murat, who died from cancer linked to his use of pesticides over a 40-year period, was reported around the world. But can growers prove definitively that organic methods carry no potentially harmful side-affects, both to the environment and personal heath? On the former point, Torres would claim they can't.

Meanwhile, the organic and natural-products industry is estimated to be worth an estimated $63 billion worldwide. According to a report by Academics Review, a group founded by University of Illinois nutritional scientist Bruce M. Chassy and University of Melbourne food scientist David Tribe, the organic industry has engaged in a "pattern of research-informed and intentionally-deceptive marketing".

Nevertheless, its advocates remain firmly convinced that organic viticulture is the right way forward for the industry.

"We don't want to change to sustainable certification as it won't be an improvement, on the contrary, it is less stringent than the organic methods we employ," says Arthur Larmandier, of Champagne Larmandier-Bernier.

Ultimately, of course, it's up to the individual producer to decide how best to manage their vineyards. Traditional, organic, sustainable or biodynamic – take your pick. But I would add that a healthy scrutiny of the numerous claims made by advocates of organic and biodynamic viticulture is long overdue. As Smart observes: "There is no hard evidence that organic or biodynamic viticulture improves the quality of the wine, or the health of the vine."

On the latter point, I couldn't say. However, marketeers and wine merchants have made numerous claims to me about organic wine over the years, statements that deserve a large dose of skepticism.

They always insist that organic wine is better for the environment; Torres says otherwise. They argue it's safer – show me the hard evidence? They claim it tastes better; it doesn't. Lastly, I was once sold the myth that organic wine never induces a hangover.

Trust me. It does.

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Celebrate Amy Poehler's "Wine Country" @MetroWines


News Release: Monday, May 6th, 2019

About: Celebrate Amy Poehler's  "Wine Country" @MetroWines
Celebrate Amy Poehler's new movie, "Wine Country," @MetroWines on Friday, May 10th from 5 to 7pm. 
"Wine Country" is a comedy about six 50ish women who take a trip to Napa to celebrate a 50th birthday. The movie was filmed at the Artesa Winery where Amy developed a crush on Artesa Albarino! Amy describes the wine as "playful, daring and not afraid to cause a scene." 
Outside of California, Artesa Albarino is ONLY sold in North Carolina and MetroWines is the ONLY retailer or restaurant where you can enjoy it in Asheville!
Join us to taste Artesa Albarino "on the house" and take home a bottle to watch "Wine Country" which debuts on Netflix on Friday Night!
This is Big!
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Italian Language Classes


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 Tickets HERE!

News Release: Saturday, May 4th, 2019

About: "Low Pressure" Italian Language Classes
Ciao Asheville presents Italian Language Classes @MetroWines with Dr. Valeria Tezzon. This introduction to the Italian Language will be low-pressure classes that focus on conversation and communication. Classes will be organized by topics, such as ordering at a restaurant, traveling within the country, shopping, and enjoying an afternoon in a piazza! 
"The goal is to teach students what they will need to enjoy and successfully navigate a trip to Italy," says Valeria Tezzon. "The classes, sprinkled with Italian history and culture, are designed to be both fun and informative."
The "kick off" class will be held "on the house" on September 26th from 5:30 to 7pm @MetroWines. Dr. Tezzon will host 10 classes, one each week from October through December. Classes are tentatively scheduled for Thursdays from 5:30 to 7pm. The cost for each class is $20 (plus tax) or $150 (plus tax) for the entire series.
The classes will be limited to 25 students to ensure personal attention. You can reserve your seat for the series by calling (828) 575-9525 or shopping online here:
"Ciao Asheville had so many requests for language classes that focus on communication over conjugation." says Gina Trippi, Outreach Coordinator for Ciao Asheville, "We are delighted to offer what Michael Scardaville, Ciao Asheville Travel Consultant, calls Survival Italian!"
Parking is free, close and easy @MetroWines. 
Contact for Ciao Asheville: Gail Rampersaud
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Money, Mayhem, Murder: The Darkest Side of Wine


Tickets HERE!

News Release: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
About: Money, Mayhem, Murder: The Darkest Side of Wine
Join us for "Money, Mayhem, Murder: the Darkest Side of Wine" @MetroWines on June 13, 20 and 27 from 5 to 7pm. 
Over the centuries, the wine business has occasionally turned deceptive, dangerous and sometimes criminal! Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine, takes us on a remarkable journey through the very darkest side of wine.
"Some of the most recent incidents of wine crime have North Carolina connections," says Hale. "Where wine and money is involved, you can expect anything."
Each class is $30 or $75 for all three classes. Seating will be limited. Please make plans early be reserving your seat with a credit card at (828) 575-9525 or shopping online here: 
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Contact for The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines: Andy Hale
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Waterbird, Treasure Hunter, Rose' Tasting, RAW, Krasno, Barbera, Cotes Du Rhone, Focus Group, Riesling, Klinker Brick Dinner, Case Club

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When the lunch we ordered for wine and food pairing class @MetroWines was not delivered,
on very short notice, Waterbird bailed us out with an extraordinary lunch for 30 students!

And, oh yeah, eat, drink and be very merry!


** Treasure Hunter Alert **

Scandalous 2016 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - The Authentic 3 Finger Wine Company

The Treasure Hunter says (more or less): Washington is bringing it with
their Cabernets and SCANDALOUS is the top quality we have come to expect from WA. 

Scandalous is polished and focused presenting concentrated black cherry, vanilla espresso,
warm fig and cascading flavors of dark berries, cassis, and velvety chocolate. Mature vines offer
the best wine experience, here sprinkled with a chorus of toasty accents of coconut and spice.

$27 @MetroWines and, of most importance, actually IN stock!


The Great Rose Tasting
Commences for the Season on Saturday, May 4th
All Day from 10am to 7pm

Taste 6 different Bottles of Rose from Around the World
"on the house" @MetroWines
There IS a Rose for YOU!

And Speaking of Rose....
We Are Sooooooo Excited to Present This Wine to You!
Imported by Philippe Borgeois, the wine is just NOT everywhere.

White Flowers on the nose and strawberries on the palate!
Clean, Fresh. Flavorful. So Good.
Inside Info: RAW will be on the Taste on Saturday!

The Winemakers
RAW stands for pure, organic and vegan. 
Natural wines for people that love life as much as we do
in the small town of Villanueva de Alcardete – Spain.


Exotic New White. Perfect for Spring.

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Krasno, White Blend from Slovenia, 2017, $14.99
Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School fo Wine, says:
"The winery is just across the Italian border . It's spicy!"
Grapes variety: 40% rebula, 30% chardonnay, 30% sauvignonasse 
Harvesting: exclusively handpicked grapes
Fermentation: Chardonnay: 70 % in stainless steel tanks, 30% in large oak barrels.



Giovanni Battista Moroni Exhibit at Frick in NYC

Born between 1520 and 1525 in Albino (Republic of Venice),
Moroni spent his working life painting the aristocracy in Brescia (Lombardy) and Trento (Alto Adige).
He died in Bergamo (also Lombardy) in 1578-79.

What wine might have been on the Moroni Table?

Lagrein is from up north but documents mentioning Lagrein date from 17th century.
Verdicchio dates back
to the 14th century but only in the Marche. Ahhhh, but Barbera from
the neighboring region is a strong possibility!
   Barbera is believed to have originated in the Monferato Hills in central Piedmonte where it has been known since the thirteenth century. Documents dating to the period between 1246 and 1277 record vineyard lands planted with "de bonis vitibus barbexinis" or Barbera. However, one ampelographer (an expert in the study and classification of grapes) Pierre Viala, speculates that Barbera originated in Oltrepo Pavese, Lombardy.

  So, even if Barbera is not indigenous to Lombardy where Moroni spent so much time,                        it was being made

into wine at least two centuries before Moroni, and, hence, was almost certainly available to him.

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The Casaret by Marziano Abbona is a 100% Barbera aged exclusively in steel with an excellent
quality to price ratio and great versatility, perfect as a wine for every day.

It shows a brilliant ruby red color
and offers notes of red fruits and vanilla; smooth on palate,

beautiful freshness and persistence.
Sold all over Europe. Limited Distribution in this country. $16.99 @MetroWines!


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Night at The Museum
** For Real **

NYT reported that 2 scientists, Ian Tattersall and Rob DeSalle, meet for an anthropological happy hour every Friday night at the American Museum of Natural History FOR REAL. Happy Hour includes beer and well, you guessed it, wine. "that sharing a bottle of wine helped the flow of their discussions."

Besides having a good time, the 2 have written 2 books on, well, drinking. 

"A Natural History of Wine" is a captivating survey of the science of wine and winemaking for those wondering about the magic of the fermented grape. 
And, hence, proving their theory that an excellent bottle of wine can be the spark that inspires a brainstorming session! 
Ian Tattersall is curator emeritus in the Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), New York City. Rob DeSalle is curator of entomology in the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics, AMNH.

Despite the collective brain power of the pair, the book is conversational and accessible. This colorfully illustrated book calls upon every area of science, from microbiology and ecology to physiology and neurobiology. The authors also draw on physics, chemistry, biochemistry, evolution, and climatology, as well as anthropology, primatology, entomology, Neolithic archaeology, and even classical history.

Wow, this is so not your everyday wine book yapping about the nose, the palate, the berry flavors, the mineralogy, blah, blah blah.  This is real  thing. So, I decided, for you of course, to write to Ian Tattersall and ask him what wines the two share to release the genius!


Ian (I feel like I can use his first name, right?) very graciously responded: "We drink wines from all over the world, often with an eye to making connections to the places we write about.  Right now, our favorite Ice Age art cave – Chauvet, in Vallons-Pont-d’Arc in the Ardeche -- is adjacent to the southern Rhone Valley, which gives us an excellent excuse to drink reds from places like Lirac, Gigondas and Vacqueyras.  We’d love to be drinking Chateauneufs, but they are a bit above our budget!"

WOW! That is what we do in this email, try to put wine in its place in the world and history. For your investigation, Ian, into Chauvet in the Ardeche, we recommend Domaine Couron Cotes du Rhone. $11.99

(Ian, if you are reading this post, we would ship this bottle to you but the evolution of wine shipping out of state  has not treated the small merchant very well:

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About the Wine; 60% Grenache, 60% Syrah, farmed organically and sustainably from vines 46 years on average. This family-run estate is crafted with loving hands on land once cultivated by the Romans. Ripe, well-defined with blueberry, plum and blackberry fruit along with hints of cocoa, warm stone and anis. A hint of lavender chimes in on the finish.


About the winery: This family-run estate lies in the tiny hamlet of Saint Marcel d’Ardeche.  Vestiges of a Roman outpost have been found throughout  the vineyards, as wine has been grown here since antiquity.  Parcels are terraced at Couron, with one higher in elevation than the next.  Balance and great finesse are the hallmarks at Domain de Couron. Jean-Luc carries the mantle, a descendant of nine generations of wine growers. Using sustainable farming techniques, Jean-Luc and Marie-Lise Dorthe craft, with loving hands, wines on land once cultivated by the Romans.


The Asheville Wine Focus Group
Wednesday, May 8th, 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines

With everybody talking about "natural wines,"
we arranged for four to be presented for your consideration.
Katarina Dordelman of Sour Grapes Hosts

Call (828) 575-9525

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Riesling Class
Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine,
Introduces you to this "Noble Grape"

** Not Always Sweet. But Always Cool! **

Tuesday, May 21st from 5:30 to 6:30
$25. Call (828) 575-9525


*** This Just IN ***

Klinker Brick Wine Dinner
at Bone and Broth
with Chef Chris Benson

Wednesday, May 29th, 6pm
$75 including wine, dinner tax and gratuity.
Details and Tickets here:

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As Americans fall further, Younger and more frequently into DEBT,
NYT says there is a big push for Financial Literacy starting in High School.
A few years past past High School? Let's Start HERE!

** Join The Case Club @MetroWines **
Convenience, Adventure and VALUE
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Klinker Brick Dinner at Bone and Broth


*** SOLD OUT *** 

News Release: Friday, April 26th, 2019
About: Klinker Brick Wine Dinner at Bone and Broth
Join Renee Roscoe of Klinker Brick, Chef Chris Benson and MetroWines for a Wine Pairing Dinner at Bone and Broth on Charlotte Street on Wednesday, May 29th starting 6pm.
Atlanta born and trained Chef Chris Benson will prepare innovative dishes in his casual, yet refined style blending southern classics with traditional dinner time favorites.
"This promises to be a fun and informational evening at this neighborhood gem, Bone and Broth!" says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "The wine and food professionals will discuss the pairings and be available to answer questions about your own recipes!"

$75 including tax and gratuity. Bone and Broth is located at 95 Charlotte Street between Chestnut and The Grove Park Inn! Please reserve your seats with credit card by calling Bone and Broth at (828) 505-2849 or shop online here:

The Menu:
Greeting- Bricks & Roses Rose. A crisp refreshing Rose with notes of melon and minerals.
Appetizer course-Seared Scallop with Citrus Brown Butter and Mango Pico de Gallo. Paired with Albarino with notes of Citrus and White Pear.
Salad Course- Bitter Greens, Poached Pear, Smoked Blue Cheese, Pistachio, and Vidalia Onion Vinaigrette. Paired with Farrah Syrah and its notes of Black Pepper and Herbs de Provance. 
Main- Dry Aged Braised short Ribs, Carrot Puree, Pickled Onions and Pablanos, Roasted Fingerlings. Paired with 2015 Old Ghost Old Vine Zinfandel . Its firm tannin and structure will go perfectly with this dish. 
Cheese Course- Filo wrapped Three Graces Baked Brie with Mixed Berry Compote. Paired with Brickmason a  Juicy, Rich and Full bodied Red Blend
More About Chef Benson: Chef Christopher Benson brings his passion for both food history and current cuisine to our table every day. After graduating Valedictorian from The Art Institute of Atlanta in 2007 and working in a variety of kitchens in the area, Chris moved to Athens, GA to become the Chef of Trappeze Pub and later open South Kitchen+Bar with the same group. He relocated to Asheville in 2017 and joined our family at Bone and Broth soon afterward. He takes his love of regional American and New South cuisine and applies it through the lens of traditional European cooking methods to create each dish with intentionality and passion. He welcomes you and the ones you love to our tables to enjoy the best food, drink, and new memories together.
More About Bone and Broth:
Contact for Bone and Broth: Sam Douglas at (828) 505-2849
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Riesling Class


Tickets Here! 

News Release: Thursday, April 25th, 2019

About: Riesling Class
"I don't like Riesling because it is so sweet!" We hear this @MetroWines everyday. And, yes, some are sweet, but many are not. Join us on Tuesday, May 21st from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines as Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine, leads us through Riesling from around the world, part of The Much Maligned Grape Series. 
Richard McKinney of Tryon Distribution will join the class discussing the history, style and characteristics of the varietal from various countries. 
"Riesling is a varietal that lends itself to many different styles," says Andy Hale.  "There is a Riesling for everybody."
The class, which includes presentation and tasting, is $25. Please reserve your seat by calling (828) 575-9525 or online here:
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xarell.lo, Valpolicella, Lustau Fino, Wild Thing Zin, Paroles de Femme, Rose' Tasting, Paola Ferraro Cocktail Party, Case Club, French Twist, Pinotage, Big Night, Ciao Asheville!


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Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, 91 Points

 "Produced with Xarello grapes grown in the Can Sumoi property, the 2017 Xarel.lo had an intense nose of fennel, aniseed and other Mediterranean herbs, with some balsamic and waxy apple aromas, still very young and undeveloped, with an electric and clean palate. It's clear and was filtered before bottling, but no additives or sulfur were added. The palate revealed a lot of acidity and a very tasty, almost salty finish. There are some 20,000 bottles of this. It was bottled in January 2018. The wine is clean and harmonious, it didn't seem to have suffered from the bottling."


     A blend of Corvina, Corvinone, and Rondinella sourced primarily from vineyards in the breezy Illasi Valley, the name Ventale is inspired by the Italian word for wind. A fresh and medium bodied red with some zing and a touch of cranberry tartness and red cherry. Ventale is silky, juicy, and quite refreshing. Grapes are handpicked and aged in 75% Oak,
20% Chestnut and 10% Cherry for 18 months.

92 Points fromWine Enthusiast

A wonderful, deep blackberry-jam aroma and equally expressive fruit flavors on the palate give this wine a lot of enjoyment. This feels full and firm, with tones of blackberry, boysenberry, baking spice and dash of oaky complexity from 35% new barrels.

Winemaker Notes

"Aromas of black cherry, plum and raspberry fruit combine with a beautiful hint
of vanilla-oak loveliness, smoothly textured palate, very creamy and round, the finish is long and has lush jammy fruit — this wine is dangerously good!
Remember – you are what you drink …." 

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Carol Shelton has been Mastering the Zen of Zin since 1978. Focusing mostly on her favorite varietal, Carol is a guru of single vineyard Zinfandel. California has been home to world class Zin for over a century, making it the benchmark varietal of American wine. Carol & Mitch Mackenzie, her husband and business partner, sought out exceptional California vineyards including Dry Creek Valley, Rockpile, Russian River Valley, Mendocino, and the Cucamonga Valley of Southern California. Many of her vineyard sources are organically grown and decades old. She develops close partnerships with each grower to ensure her wines maintain and express the unique terroir of the vineyard.


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Bouillon Pigalle
22 Boulevard de Clichy, 18th Arrondissement
Entrees 8.50 to 14 euros

NYT says: Only in Paris would you find such a nonchalant juxtaposition
of gastronomy and pronographey as the one in the city's Pigalle district,
which has become a hipster neighborhood on its side streets but still
recalls Time Square circa 1980 along its boulevards.
Bouillon serves wine by the Pitcher! Rhone Red, Chardonnay and Rose!

A good by the pitcher choice for the home version of Bouillon Pigalle:
Domaine Galevan Paroles le Femme 2015, Cotes du Rhone
$14.99 By the bottle. $152.90 By the Case: 

Imported by Thomas Meunier AuthentiqueVin
A blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Cinsault and 10% Carignan,
The wine offers a nose of concentrated black fruits, wild berries,
spices (pepper and laurel) and all again on a silky palate.

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Coralie, owner and winemaker, is the first woman in nine generations
to have taken the reins of the family estate and she is whipping it but good!

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Before her Jean-Pierre et Pierrette, her parents, and grandparents left their marks
on the estate.
Continuing this long line of Rhône winemakers, Coralie’s joie de vivre
and modern, independent approach has bought new energy to the Domaine Galévan.
Her wines reflect experience and expertise that have handed down over the years.


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*** Great Rose Tasting ***
Saturday, May 4th from 10am to 7pm
@ and ONLY @MetroWines
6 DRY Bottles of Rose from Around the World
On the Taste and On the House and ON Event pricing!

This One will be Open!
Klinker Brick "Bricks and Roses Rose 2018"
Everyday low price; $14.99
Rose Saturday Event Price: $12.99

(Meanwhile, at, "the #1 rated online store," so they say,
Klinker Brick Rose 2018 is not available but the 2017 is $15.99.)

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Winemakers Notes: Bricks & Roses is a blend of Grenache, Carignan,
Syrah, and Mourvedre with aromas of citrus, a hint of floral fragrance
and a salmon pink hue. Pleasant flavors of ripe strawberries, grapefruit,
and subtle watermelon coupled with a dry composition, gently on the palate. The finish is incredibly clean with light, bright acidity.

This is a good time to tell you to: 

*** SAVE THE DATE: May 29th  ***
for a Klinker Brick Wine Pairing Dinner at Bone & Broth!

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Ciao Asheville Presents

*** Paola Ferraro ***
Tuesday, May 7th from 5:30 to 6:30

"Prosecco ONLY Cocktail Party"
With Italian Bread and Antipasto, $10

Paola is Popular @MetroWines! Reserve now.
Call (828) 575-9525


(Note: This is a traditional cocktail party and by that we mean standing up

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Is Scotty Bigger Than Sue?

Oh, the controversy. Oh, the uncertainty.

Be Certain. Be Prepared. 
Add Value Minded. And Adventurous.
Join the Case Club @MetroWines!

Call (828) 575-9525


French Twist
"French Fare. North Carolina Flair."

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Wine Pairing Dinner at The Princess Anne Hotel
301 East Chestnut, One Block off Charlotte Street.
May 23rd starting 6:30. $125 ALL IN.
Chef Amber Whitt combines her Classical French Cuisine
with North Carolina Flavors.

Menu and Details:

Call for reservations: (828) 258-0986

Artist Colony Growing in South Africa

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De Bergkant Lodge on the Outskirts of Prince Albert, SA

The highway between Johannesburg and Cape Town winds through Great Karoo,
a vast desert of reddish brown earth, scrub vegetation and a few springbok.
An oasis, Prince Albert, soon appears. The little town is known for its 19th century
Cape Dutch architecture, Bulgarian yogurt, figs, olives, sheep and at least 30 artists.
And, of course, the De Bergkant Lodge.

Pick up a picture book of South African Wildlife
and travel vicariously with a artistic bottle of SA Wine.

(The photo was clipped from Total Wine. Why? Because their price is $19.99!)

And Our Price @Metrowines is $14.99
Shop LocalLY and SAVE!

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     From the Val de Vie wine estate in the heart of the cape winelands where wine production dates back to 1825. This is a deliberately modern offering by winemaker Bertus Fourie, who has concentrated on drawing out the coffee-like aromas of South Africa's signature grape. Intense on the nose, with a bouquet of coffee, chocolate and cherry, with meaty, savoury hints. The tannins are ripe, perfectly suiting the round and mouth-filling plum and mulberry fruit. Drink on its own or with heavy flavors. 
Bertus' recommends a blue-cheese-filled brandy snap
with chocolate and roasted coffee beans!

"Big Night at Ambrozia"

The Big Hit at The Big Night: Aglianico!

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Ruby red with violet reflections, this wine offers aromas of black cherry, wild blackberry
and plum fruit with a spicy, toasted overtone. On the palate, it is soft and elegant,
displaying the structure necessary for long aging.

And this is what Isabella Rossellini, one of the stars of Big Night, is doing now.
Warning: the local news staff is pretty irritating but Isabella is great!

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and mingling with very limited seating.)




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