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Report on October Group

The group follows two guidelines (1) MetroWines is a small shop and every wine that lands a place on the shelf must earn it! and (2) the wine must have appeal to most people. Following these guidelines, Group made some learned and tough calls. 
Our host was Tom Leiner of Grapevine Distribution. Tom's goal was to introduce Group to some new varietals or new expressions of the grape. With his extensive experience in food and wine pairing, Tom also gave us some ideas about what would work with each wine. We learned and we laughed!
Kurtatsch Muller Thurgau ( This wine from Alto Adige sold very well. Most said the wine offered bright tropical notes on the front end and a brininess on the finish. Tom explained that wines from northern Italy like this one are fuller in body and palate feel. The brininess makes this wine more appropriate for food than porch sipping. Group thought this was a good example of how every wine has its place!
Clarendelle Bordeaux Rose: Clarendelle is inspired by Haut-Brion ( This wine has been on our shelves. Because of its heavier flavors from the Bordeaux varietals, Group thought this Rose would be well suited to Thanksgiving. MetroWines has supported this winery. We also offer the Clarendelle White Bordeaux and Red Bordeaux. perfect lineup for the Thanksgiving table.
Evolucio Blaufrankisch ( : From Bergenland in Austria, Group found this to be a light red that could use a bit more fruit content. Should be served with a slight chill and would be best with food. Group found htis to be a new taste that might take a few tries but had a future! Evolucio is served by the glass at Sante if you want to try before you buy.
Bakan Montepulciano Reserva: Group says this is The Winner. With a deep, intense ruby red color, an intense nose of ripe blackberry and spices, the wine is powerful on the nose and palate. Long finish. 


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October Wine Focus Group @MetroWines

 Reserve Your Seat HERE!

News Release: Thursday, September 13th, 2018

About: Asheville Wine Focus Group
Join us for The Asheville Wine Focus Group ( on Wednesday, October 10th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines.
Our host will be Empire Distributors. Empire is a wholesale distributor working in four states: Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Colorado representing 1,000 brands from around the world. The Empire Portfolio includes everyday wines such as Villa Pozzi from Sicily, Josh and 10 Span, to high end wines such as Stag's Leap, Heitz Cellars and Dom Perignon!
Empire Distributors will present four wines for consideration by the group. Participants are asked in an informal give and take gathering to advise if they like the wine, do they think other customers will like the wine, should the wine be in our shop and what should the wine cost.
"Participants are doing a great job guiding us in selecting wines for our shelves that have appeal for most customers," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "This is a small shop and every wine must earn its place!"
There is no charge for the event. Reserve at (828) 575-9525 or online here.
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525


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Washington State REDs Seated Tasting


Tickets HERE! 

News Release: Tuesday, September 11th, 2018
About: Seated Tasting of Washington State Reds @MetroWines
Please join us on Wednesday, October 24th from 5:30 to 6:30 for a Seated Tasting of Washington State Red Wines @MetroWines.
The Asheville School of Wine hosts Robert Novick of Kellogg Selections. Bordeaux varietals from Andrew Hill ( and Rhone varietals from Gramercy Cellars ( will be paired with small plates from Bone and Broth on Charlotte Street.
"Washington State Wines, in general, have only been partially discovered and are of extraordinary quality for the price." says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "These selections have all been critically acclaimed and would be perfect for the holiday table."
The Wines from Andrew Hill received between 91 and 94 points from Robert Parker:
“I continue to think these Bordeaux blends from Chris Camarda are some of the most impressive, balanced, and age-worthy wines coming out Washington State.” - Jeb Dunnuck in The Wine Advocate
And the wines from Gramercy also claimed between 92 and 95 points from Robert Parker:
“Under the leadership of Greg Harrington and Brandon Moss, Gramercy Cellars is unquestionably in the top handful of producers in Washington State.” - Jeb Dunnuck in The Wine Advocate
$25 plus tax for the evening. Reserve your seat by calling (828) 575-9525 or online:
Seating is Limited to 20 participants. Cancelations Store Credit Only
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
The Menu from Chef Chris Bensen at Bone&Broth
Will Blend - Red Grapes Green - Red Grapes coated in blue cheese mousse
and dusted with pistachios
Gramercy Syrah - Smoked Tomato Bruschetta - Smoked cherry Tomato, garlic, parmesan
cheese, and herb gremolata on tallow butter toasted crostini
Gramercy Cab – Duck Prosciutto on Herb Lavash with Crispy Capers
and Three Graces dairy Blanche.
Will Cab- Blackened Apple Brandy Farms Denver Steak, Shaved thin
and drizzled with Balsamic Reduction
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Decero, Italian Tasting, Group, Trim, Gassat Pinot, Terre Rouge Viognier, Terrebrune Bandol, Carmenere


*** LAST CALL ***
Ticket Window Closes Monday (tomorrow) at noon.
Rare Opportunity to hear from one of the Top Executives at Decero
London Based Stephanie Morton Small
and taste these award winning wines

(Seriously, we had to fight  mano a mano for this one)
Decero (Argentina) Seated Tasting
Tuesday, September 11th from 5 to 6:30
(Yes, you can be a few minutes late. Seating time built in!)
Seated Italian Wine Tasting
4 RED Wines and Vin Santo Paired with STRADA Small Plates
September 21st from 6 to 7pm
$20 for ALL this plus informative Presentation by Importer

Reserve by calling (828) 575-9525
or online:



Princess Anne Wine Dinner

with Chef Todd Ritter

See friends. Make friends. Learn. Laugh. Eat. Drink Wine.
Dine at the hottest new restaurant in town 
with the HOTTEST new chef in town Todd Ritter!

CALL: (828) 258-0986

"Are You Coming to Group?"

The Asheville Wine Focus Group
Wednesday, September 12th from 5:30 to 6:30
@and ONLY @MetroWines

Wine Pairing Guru Tom Leiner Hosts! Don't Miss Out!

Call (828) 575-9525

TRIM is a well-crafted Cabernet Sauvignon from outstanding vineyards in California. The winemaking team works with some of the best vineyards to produce a lush,
well balanced and fruit forward Cabernet Sauvignon.
Awesome Blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot


Fall Brunch

Comprised of Barbera d’Asti, Syrah, and Merlot. Damilano offers a dry, harmonic,
and balanced taste at the palate. This medium-bodied rose remains delicate and has a pleasantly fresh aroma. Floral and fruit notes emerge mid-palate. Perfetta!  19.99 @MetroWines

Ratatouille Wines

If you go Red, GO Moulin de Gassat, $13.99
Why: Pinot Noir from Southern France have more acidity but still offers rich fruit.

If you go White, GO: Terra Rouge Viognier (CA) $19.99
Why? From California but made in the French style, the wine has enough body to stand up to a vegetal recipe and herbs but enough acidity to cut through the cheese.

If you GO Rose, GO: Domaine Terrebrune Bandol 2016, $23
Why? This Rose from the same area that gave us Ratatouille!. Terroir driven with a nose of thyme and white peach reminicent of a Provencal summer.
Internet price ranges from $33-40, Metro Wines has this Bandol for $23!!

All About Carmenere
by Gina Trippi for Laurel of Asheville

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October Great Rose' Tasting

News Release: Friday, September 7th, 2018

About: Great Rose Tasting @MetroWines
The Great Rose Tasting continues on Saturday, October 6th from 10am to 7pm.  Four bottles of Rose representing different varietals from around the world suitable for the cooler weather will be "on the taste" and "on the house" @MetroWines. 
"Rose works all year round whether as an aperitif, with dessert or with a menu of difficult to pair flavors." says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "As we move into the cooler months, consider a Rose that is a little heavier in flavor and body."
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Seated Italian Wine Tasting

Tickets HERE!

News Release: Thursday, September 6th, 2018

About: Seated Italian Wine Tasting @MetroWines
Four Italian Reds and Vin Santo will be paired with small plates from Strada at a Seated Tasting on Friday, September 21st from 6 to 7pm @MetroWines.
The wines include the popular and highly rated Colpetrone Sagrantino from Montefalco, Umbria. Described as muscular, the wine has aromas of almonds, dried fruits, shave chocolate and notes of tobacco.
"If you have not tasted Sagrantino," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines, "This varietal is a world apart!"
A representative of the Importer will present a thorough and informative discussion of the origin and history of each wine as well as pairing suggestions for your table.
$20 the evening.
Reserve your seat by calling (828) 575-9525 or online here: 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Landron Chartier Muscadet Coteaux de la Loire sur Lie

Muscadet Coteaux de la Loire Sur Lie, Cuvee Revelation 2016: 100% Melon de Bourgogne

Between 35 year old vines, gneiss soil, Yield: 45 hectolitres per hectare,ageing at least 12 months in vats. The wine has a light gold color, an open expressive nose, supple attack, expressive exotic, ripe fruit aromas and a long rich finish.

     "At Integrity Wines, it is our goal as an importer and broker of fine natural wines, to market wines that possess purity of fruit, distinct varietal character, true expression of their terroir and balance. We focus primarily on producers who practice sustainable, organic and bio-dynamic farming, producing high quality, artisan, and estate-bottled wines. In most cases our producers are farmers, grower-producers who are passionate about their land and the quality fruit it produces. These growers use extremely low – intervention vinicultural practices acting more as stewards to deliver nature’s finest product while nurturing the earth we all live on.

   Further, our goal is to build a balanced portfolio of like-minded producers, whose communality is a commitment to quality, working with noble and lesser known varietals from unique microclimates throughout Europe and the Americas."



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Terrebrune Bandol 2016

A blend of 50% Mourvedere, 25% Grenache and 5% Cinsualt, vines are grown in limestone pebbles in brown clay with blue limestone bedrock. This wine is aged for 6 to 8 months in stainless steel and can go up to 20 years in bottle! A Kemit Lynch Import.



Domaine de Terrebrune

Before acquiring vineyards, Georges Delille trained as a sommelier in Paris.  In 1963, he bought what would become Domaine de Terrebrune, a property in Ollioules, just east of Bandol, framed by the Mediterranean and the mountain called Gros-Cerveau (Big Brain), dotted with olive groves and scenic views—an idyllic spot. During the years following the declaration of A.O.C. Bandol (1941), mass overhauling and reconstruction of vineyards were commonplace, and vignerons were eager to revive the noble Mourvèdre grape. Georges spent ten years just renovating the property; he terraced hillsides, refashioned the masonry, replanted vineyards following the advice of Lucien Peyraud, designated soils to lie dormant and regenerate, and built a new cellar. In 1980, his son Reynald joined him after finishing winemaking school, and together they launched their first bottled vintage of Domaine de Terrebrune, which Reynald named in honor of the rich, brown soils they farm.

Reynald’s Bandols are different. There is a more ethereal quality to them, a real freshness—and with Mourvèdre accounting for 85% of the final assemblage, this is praise indeed. Soil, climate, and winemaking all play a role. Limestone dominates the subsoil of Bandol, with tremendous variation between vineyards. Throughout Terrebrune’s thirty hectares, beneath the layers of clay and earth, the blue, fissured, Trias limestone is silently at work. This bedrock lends a more noticeable minerality to the wine than others. The soil here is healthy and full of nutrients, because he adheres to organic farming practices; to achieve the balance in the vineyards, he plows regularly. Gentle maritime breezes funnel air into the vineyards directly from the Mediterranean, cooling the grapes from the bright sun—another factor in safeguarding the freshness. This, in turn translates to wines for great long-term cellaring, including the rosé and dry white. Reynald’s credo of “Philosophy, Rigor, and Respect” is not a catch-phrase. He believes that the hard work and extra attention to the vines is worth it, and, as they say, the proof’s in the pudding—a glass of Terrebrune!



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Terre Rouge Viognier, CA


"Just in time for summer, our fresh 2015 Viognier is perfect for a picnic or backyard gathering. Easy open screw cap! Our 2015 Viognier is organically-grown on our Fiddletown estate in granitic soils. Zesty fresh, floral, and spicy aromatics with fruit notes that suggest classic white peach and apricot flavors. This a very balanced example of California viognier that is more like its French counterparts."


TERRE ROUGE means "Red Earth". This vermillion-colored soil is one of the hallmarks of our region. Our vineyards are in soils that are largely granite and volcanic-based. The TERRE ROUGE portfolio is composed of wines made from Rhône varietals grown in the rugged and varying terroirs of this region: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne. High elevation sites up to 3200’ contribute to the complexity of our wines.


Our winemaker, Bill Easton puts his family name, EASTON, on our non-Rhône varietals wines. The wines are crafted from varietals that have traditionally worked the best in Amador County and the Sierra Foothills: ancient and old-vine Zinfandel, Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sauvignon Blanc. Under the Easton label we also bottle small selections of varietals new to the Sierra Foothills: Grenache Blanc, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc.


The style of our red wines emphasizes deep color, balanced flavors, full middle palate, and a long finish, with power and finesse. They gain complexity with age. Our whites are aromatic, flavorful with nice texture, and balanced with good acidity. They also show an amazing mineral sense that is derived from our stony mountain soils.


We make over thirty different wines, many of which are very small production (100-500 cases). Each is unique and site-specific with a sense of place (terroir) all of their own. Our goal for the last 25 years has always been to make the finest wines possible that can be placed on a table with the best wines of the world.


We were Green before Green was Green

At Terre Rouge and Easton we strive to manage our business and vineyards with as little impact on the environment as possible. Here are some interesting and fun facts about what we do.


1. The winery and tasting room facilities are solar powered. The sun provides about 90% of our needed electrical power to run pumps, press, cooling units and to keep the wine cellar and our customers happy on hot summer days. On sunny days, our PG&E meter runs backwards!

2. All the grape waste (pomace) during harvest is spread onto the zinfandel vineyard at the winery.

3. Our vineyards are farmed sustainably. We mow, we disc, we French plow, we don’t use chemicals.

To keep the rodent population in check, we have Barn Owls housed in special pole boxes. We also have Bart, the resident cat.

4. In the winter we spread fertilizer on our Fiddletown vineyards with a special mix from Grover Landscaping in Vernalis. The raw material for this compost comes from curbside green waste containers in Berkeley, San Francisco, Amador County, Sacramento County and more. If you live in these areas, your green waste could end up as compost in a Terre Rouge syrah vineyard.

5. Terre Rouge and Easton bottles are manufactured using at least 25% cullet, the name for ground up recycled glass.

6. All the bottles recycled from the tasting room end up in a bin at Amador County’s waste transfer station. These bottles are shipped off to Anheiser-Busch, where they are ground into cullet and used to make beer bottles. Think of that the next time you have a Bud.

7. During wine and food events, Jane uses reusable china and glass, paper plates made from recycled materials and silverware made from plant starch.

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Moulin de Gassac Pinot Noir


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WSJ, Decero, Focus Group, Wine School, Princess Anne, French Pinot, Hybrid, Shipping



*** WOW ***

MetroWines was in The Wall Street Journal!

Saturday, September 1st, 2018

Read on our FaceBook(pinned to top) here:


Decero Seated Wine Tasting

Tuesday, September 11th from 5 to 6:30 @MetroWines
hosted by London Based Stephanie Morton-Small

** Featuring "The Owl and The Dust Devil" **

Jancis Robinson, Respected Critic, Writer
and Wine Advisor to the Queen of England
said  "Truly groundbreaking wine."

Tickets: Call (828) 575-9525

The Asheville Wine Focus Group
** The ONLY one of its Kind Anywhere ***
Wednesday, September 12th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines

This One Will be HOT!

Hosted by Tom Leiner of Grapevine Distribution
Tom is known all over Asheville for  his wine pairing knowledge
and for his over the top and fun personality!
Don't miss the show. Or the wines!

This One Will Fill UP!

Call (828) 575-9525 
or register 

Back to School. Wine School. 
"Be the One Who Knows"

"Around the World in Wine"
Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines

 6 classes from September 18th to October 23rd.
Classes will be limited to 20 students
and tickets must be purchased prior to the date.


Princess Anne Italian Wine Pairing Dinner
with Chef Todd Ritter

Some seats left. A few rooms left to stay the night in luxury.
If you are thinking about it, stop thinking and DO IT!

(828) 258-0986

You're Worth it!

French Pinot Noir for $13.99! Say What?
Light red with brick tint in the glass.
The nose is cherry, light roasted hints and mocha.
Palate presents turns aromas to flavors.
Abundant fruit with soft tannins.
From Languedoc, Moulin de Gassac is organic and oak free! 
Put a light chill on the bottle to accentuate the fruit.

Hybrid Chardonnay / Viognier 2016   
Susana Rodriguez Vasquez, Winemaker

Extraordinary Quality for $11.99

Unoaked style of Chardonnay with a brush of Viognier to showcase
the tropical notes of fresh pineapple and kiwi. Smooth with a clean finish.

Certified green under the "Lodi rules for Sustainable Winegrowing Practices."
A widely recognized, stringent program. Yearly audits of all facets of wine making. 
About the winemaker.............................

Gumps in San Francisco is Closing
Why? The Web.

Aside from depriving local businesses of BIZ,
online sales and shipping have multiplied trucks
on the road using massive amounts of fuel and creating danger.

Support your local merchants who have invested in your community.

**Join The Case Club @MetroWines**
Call (828) 575-9525

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Domaine Drouhin Oregon @MetroWines

News Release: August 31st, 2018

About: "French Soul. Oregon Soil" Domaine Drouhin Oregon @MetroWines
Ashley Bell, Director of Sales and Education for Domaine Drouhin Oregon will join us on Thursday, October 4th from 5 to 6:30 to host a tasting of their wines.  
Domaine Drouhin wines "on the taste" and "on the house" include Arthur Chardonnay, Rose Rock Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
"The Drouhin family has literally uprooted their wine making traditions and expertise and brought it forward from the caves of Burgundy to Willamette Valley," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Drouhin Oregon wines uniquely blend old world tradition with new world preferences."

About: The Drouhin Family's winemaking roots run deep, having taken hold in Burgundy's best vineyards more than a century ago. Through the years, there has been a very clear link, a continuum, that inhabits Maison Joseph Drouhin, and now Domaine Drouhin Oregon.

Our estate winery in the Dundee Hills creates elegant, fine Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines forged from our family's tradition of fine winemaking in France. For more than 25 years, the Drouhin Family has brought a wealth of hard-earned experience to their vineyards in the Willamette Valley, just southwest of Portland, Oregon.

For more about Drouhin Oregon:
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Great Rose' Tasting, Decero Tasting, Wine Classes, Gateway Red, German White Liter, Grenache Blanc, Road Trips!

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

September Great Rose Tasting
*** Four on the Pour ***
Saturday, September 1st from 10am to 7pm

Bottles from Around the World "on the taste" and "on the house"
Rose and Labor Day Barbeque
A Great American Tradition!


Seated Tasting of DeceroWines, Mendoza
with London-Based Chief Commercial Officer Stephanie Morton-Small
Tuesday, September 11th from 5 to 6:30 @MetroWines.
Seating Limited to 20.

(Call NOW. Other events are SOLD OUT)
Reserve at (828) 575-9525 or online


"Around the World in Wine"
Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines

 6 classes from September 18th to October 23rd.
Classes will be limited to 20 students
and tickets must be purchased prior to the date.



Your "Everybody Will Love It Wine"
and it pairs with grilled zucchini steaks!

Gateway Red, Portugal

    A blend of 50% Touriga Franca, 30% Tinta Roriz and 20% Touriga Nacional.
2015 is a distinctive vintage which resulted in producing first-rate wines. Yields were relatively low with excellent fruit quality. 2015 was dryer with some humidity towards harvest time. Gateway was picked just before the September rains. Harvested at optimum ripeness. Fermented in stainless steel. Ripe fruits with hint of raspberry, blueberry and blackberry and some spice including cinnamon and nutmeg.
Sold out on the Internet. $11.99 @MetroWines


This winery was founded in 1648
and is currently in the hands of the 11th generation.
Light. Refreshing.Versatile.



Light. White. Different. Way Cool.

Fleshy, juicy and dry with notes of lemon pith, red apple skin and just ripe pear. 
Another Spanish varietal thriving in Lodi, Grenache Blanc exhibits
traditional aromas of lemon and lime coupled with well-pronounced minerality.
Crisp, bright flavors of citrus and under-ripe apricot lead into a silky smooth finish.
And at 12.8% alcohol, this is a Bottle for Brunch"!
$25 on Internet. $17.99 @MetroWines!


Last Call for Great American Road Trip Before Fall
50% of Americans find road trips more appealing than other
forms of travel due to the ability to be more spontaneous about activities
and stops, according to a survey of 1137 adults by Ford Travel Trends.

Drive on over @MetroWines and shop Road Trip 
Wine and Rose in Boxes and Cans, Beer in cans
and Govino plastic, recyclable beer mugs and wine and bubbly glasses!

PS: I did not realize what good advice this was until last week. After 6 hours on the road from Chicago including rush hour traffic with two young, excitable greyhounds in tow, we thought we would stop at a motel, pick up some Italian food,  bottle of Wine, turn Seinfeld reruns and crash. That's when we found out that there are still DRY counties! Bottom line: Take a box of wine with you! Shop a stash @MetroWines.





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Backsberg Pinotage Rose'

August Wine Focus Group WINNER!

The growing demand for dry rosé from its established customer base has led to the launch of Backsberg Estate Cellars’ maiden Pinotage Rosé. Made from the superb 2017 vintage, the Backsberg Pinotage Rosé 2017 is produced from grapes grown on the Backsberg Estate on the Paarl side of the Simonsberg, arguably South Africa’s premier wine-making address. This is the second rosé in the Backsberg range, complementing a semi-sweet wine made from Grenache and Shiraz.

Grapes for the Backsberg Pinotage Rosé were picked at 21 degrees balling, just before optimal ripeness and so as to capture the bracing acidity and freshness required by this style of wine.

“The sweet spot for rosé is in allowing the juice sufficient contact with the red grape skins to give colour and a whiff of tannin complexity, but not enough of these to overpower the delicate composition and fruit profile this style of wine requires,” says Back.

As a result, the juice was drawn from the skins after six hours’ contact after which it was handled like a white wine, fermentation taking place in cooled stainless steel tanks.

“If there is one concept used internationally to describe the requirement of a dry rosé, it is freshness,” says Back. “This is what makes rosé so popular among consumers, together with the fragrant summer notes of berry-fruit and the slight complexity on the palate.”

Backsberg’s Pinotage Rosé 2017 exudes fruit flavours of cherry and strawberry, with a minty freshness, due to earlier picked fruit. The salmon pink coloured wine is lightly tinted from the red wine skins, but fruity and juicy on the palate, with subdued tannins. Delightful flavours of melon, ripe tropical fruit and strawberry are found in this wine, which is best served well-chilled.

For food pairings, look at seafood dishes and salads. Light meat lunches such as quiche and pastries. Mediterranean platters of olives and cheese, ham, French bread or ciabatta.

R/S: 3.6 pH: 3.37 TA: 5.7   Alc: 12.76%
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September Asheville Wine Focus Group

News Release: Friday, August 17th

About: Asheville Wine Focus Group
Please join us on Wednesday September 12th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines for The Asheville Wine Focus Group. Participants are asked to review wines and help us decide what we should sell in the shop.
"This is your chance to play wine shop owner for the night," says Gina Trippi, co- owner of MetroWines.
There is no charge, we value your opinion! But please call to reserve your seat or shop online here: so we can set a place for you.
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
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Decero Wine Tasting



News Release: Tuesday, August 14th, 2018
About: Decero Wine Tasting @MetroWines
Please join us for a seated wine tasting including acclaimed "The Owl and Dust Bowl" with London based Stephanie Morton-Small, Chief Commercial Officer for Finca Decero, Mendoza on Tuesday, September 11th from 5 to 6:30 @MetroWines.
"If you shop @MetroWines, you know the popular Decero Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Verdot," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Join us to learn about Finca Decero and taste the rest of these highly regarded wines served around the world."
The event is $15 plus tax and includes wine, cheese and charcuterie!
Seated is limited to 20. Please call MetroWines NOW at (828) 575-9525 or reserve online at
Special Event pricing on all wines served!
About Stephanie Morton-Small

Chief Commercial Officer, Decero

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 restaurants where most of the wines are sold, Finca Decero enjoys a positioning aligned with Thomas Schmidheiny’s vision for a world class wine estate of Argentina.

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More About Decero:

Decero, meaning “from scratch”, was born of a bare patch of land and a family´s love affair with wine. Winemaking in Thomas Schmidheiny´s family went back to his grandparents in Switzerland and, just as Napa had inspired his mother, Adda, in the 1970s, so too did Agrelo capture the heart and mind of Thomas, when travelling over the Andes into Argentina, 20 years later.

Starting “decero” was exactly how Thomas Schmidheiny dreamt of beginning a world-class vineyard, free from constraint of tradition and full of passion. Here in Agrelo, the source of some of Argentina’s finest red wines, Thomas instinctively knew that he had found the place to continue the family legacy and to handcraft wines whose allure would lie in being true to their origin.

The beautiful yet desolate spot Thomas had found was cradled in the heart of Agrelo, in the foothills of the Andes. This land, bare apart from wild shrubs, was to become our Remolinos Vineyard.

We named the vineyard after its strangest and most special natural attribute, the remolinos, or tiny whirlwinds. These gusts of wind stir up the bare soil into dancing spiral forms which thread their way through the vines, keeping the grapes in perfect condition during the growing season. Situated 3,500 feet (1,050 meters) above sea level, our vineyard is the highest in Agrelo: here the cool night westerly air from the Andes passes over a land that is warm by day.

In coming to understand the unique qualities of this place, certain things became very clear to us. We would make no compromises, planting only the red varieties perfectly suited to Agrelo. The soil presented a tapestry of natural variations that meant we would have to get to know it and nurture it inch by inch, knowing the reward would be that every parcel of wine would have its own character. Our viticulture had to be sustainable, treading lightly in the environment and having a positive role in the life of the local community. Our winemaking philosophy required both local knowledge and international expertise, but above all it needed to be hands-on from start to finish: we called it our “amano” approach.

With Thomas’ world-class vision and conviction in starting from scratch, Finca Decero is a legacy for generations to come. We are proud to have built Decero from the ground up, and of the wines we have crafted by hand to be true to their origin, our one-of-a kind Remolinos Vineyard in Agrelo.

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Princess Anne, Cucina, Jordanov, Groth, Atteca, Focus Group, Bandit



September Dinner at The Princess Anne Hotel
September 19th starting at 6:45

*** Chef Todd Ritter ***
one of the break out star chefs of 2018
who amazed the guests at the July Dinner 


Want to stay the night?
Princess Anne offering 15% off rooms for dinner guests.

Tuscan wine Dinner at Cucina24

Wednesday, August 29th
$85 for 4 courses including dessert, wine, tax & gratuity

Call Cucina24 at (828) 254-6170
JORDANOV Red Blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Vranic
MACEDONIA (really old country!)
The locals have been making wines for thousands of years in Macedonia. the area was the crossroads of the ancient world enriched by travelers and awash in the finest spices, silks, food and wine.
Jordanov is a blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Vranic, a rare local varietal dating back to antiquity. vibrant on the palate, the wine is rich with aromas of dark blackberry and tobacco leading to a long, smooth finish.
>>> Transitioning to Fall White >>>
GROTH Sauvignon Blanc, $19.99
Since 1981 in Oakville. Family Owned and Operated. Sustainable.
A little more body. A little more palate rolling feel. But still fresh
! and crisp.
  Winemaker Says: Groth's 2017 Sauvignon Blanc was produced from grapes grown in various microclimates in Napa Valley. The warmer Napa Valley microclimates gave grapes resulting in wines with a lush, full melon and citrus aroma flavor. The cooler Napa Valley fruit provides a solid, crisp backbone that gives the wine an exciting liveliness that balances the rich creaminess from "sur lie" aging.
100% Old Vine Garnacha
Calatayud, Spain, 

Rich morello cherry and plum flavors are accented by mint, orange peel and sassafras notes in this expressive red, which has soft tannins, juicy acidity and a smoky finish.
("Rich" is an understatment!)
Asheville Wine Focus Group
Wednesday, August 15th from 5:30 to 6:30
@MetroWines with Oceans South Importers

Call (828) 575-9525

We were forced to cancel the event on August 8th due to the storm.
We lost all power along with 13,000 other downtown Duke Energy Customers.
With the aging energy grid and a LOT of new residents in Asheville,
power failures are likely to occur. Let's plan ahead. Wine must go on!

If Focus Group is canceled, we will call you.  
Standing "Rain Date" to set the event for the following Wednesday.
As always, just let us know that you are joining us.

Your Shop Dog Bandit is Gone
Bandit broke his leg on Friday morning.
But the truth is that he never got over losing Cate.
ALE DodgemBandit
Born to Dodgem By Design and Flyin Lickin on June 15, 2008.
This picture was taken on the day we brought him home.
And that smile is how we will always remember him.
Sweet, sweet boy. Always sweet. Always. My boy.

If you want to remember Bandit and his kin
who are hoping and trying to get off the track and into a home,
please consider a donation to his rescue group
The Greyhound Alliance in Chicago.

Mark the donation for "The Sunburst Project"
This is an 80 stall kennel at Ebro Greyhound Park
where we shelter and care for hounds who are done with their racing careers
and at risk until we can get them onto a transport and sent to rescue groups
around the country and Canada. Since 2011, we have rescued nearly 6,000.

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Tuscan Dinner at Cucina24 Update

News Release: Monday, August 6th
About: Tuscan Wine Dinner at Cucina24

Please join us for a Tuscan Wine Dinner at Cucina 24 on Wednesday, August 29th starting 7pm. Cucina24 has partnered with Country Vintner Imports and MetroWines to serve up Tuscany!

Cucina24 will present four original courses including dessert inspired by the cuisine of Tuscany. Four Tuscan red wines, Cetamura 2016, R. Stucchi 2015, Classico Reserva 2015 and Sangioveto 2011 from Badia a Coltibuono will be served.

Presentation and discussion of the wines will be hosted by Emmanuella Stucchi, owner of Badia a Coltibuono, considered to be one of the oldest continuously operating wineries in the world!

"The opportunity to share wine over a Tuscan dinner with Emmanuella Stucchi is rare," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "We look forward to learning and tasting!"

Cost is $85 including tax and gratuity. Seating is limited to 25. This event will sell out! Please Call Cucina24 NOW at (828) 254-6170. Credit card number will be taken when you reserve your seat. 24 hours cancellation notice is required. Without 24 hours notice, cancellation fee is $40.

Wines served will be offered at the event at a special price through MetroWines for pick up at the shop.

More about Badia a Coltibuono:

Winery Profile: The thousand-year-old “abbey of good culture” has belonged to the Stucchi Prinetti family since 1846. Its name literally signifies the abbey’s role in European cultural history as a place of worship and spiritual refuge, as well as a center of learning and agricultural research. After WWII Piero Stucchi Prinetti transformed Badia a Coltibuono into a modern estate, selling and cellaring its best Chianti Classico wines as well as promoting the extra virgin olive oil produced on site, all while creating international branding for the Coltibuono name. Lorenza dé Medici, his wife, opened the first cooking school in a winery. A devotion to the Badia and a respect for its history guides the current fifth generation family members and managers: Emanuela, Paolo and Roberto. Their challenge in winemaking is to maintain the integrity of Sangiovese and heirloom varieties, as well as Chianti Classico’s unique terroir through organic farming practices, clonal diversity, restrained use of oak and cultivation of indigenous grape varieties. Today, Coltibuono’s estate is a center of Tuscan culture and includes a restaurant, a culinary school, a B&B, apartments for farm holidays and is open for visits and tastings to all those that want to learn about local products and traditions.

Vineyards and Vinification: The estate is situated on the hills of the commune of Gaiole in Chianti and is planted to 60 hectares of vineyards and 20 hectares of olive groves. After ten centuries of uninterrupted agricultural tradition, all of Coltibuono’s estate grapes are organically grown and vinified using natural yeasts. Among the first leading wineries in Tuscany to wholly return to environmental sustainability, Badia a Coltibuono is dedicated to the preservation and vinification of Sangiovese and local varieties such Ciliegiolo, Colorino, Canaiolo, Malvasia Nera, Foglia Tonda, Sanforte, Pugnitello, Mammolo, Trebbiano, and Malvasia, from which they produce a variety of wines. At the center of their vineyards situated in Monti in Chianti their architecturally and technologically innovative winemaking facility is located. Designed to have minimal environmental impact, the facility uses manual grape sorting and a gravity flow system for gentle conveyance of de-stemmed fruit to the fermentation tanks. Smaller size vats are used for separate vinifications, both in wood and stainless steel, while the wines mainly mature in large casks instead of small barrels. The estate also produces a line of “Coltibuono” wines, made from grapes selected from small growers in Tuscany that the family knows a long time!

Critical Acclaim:
“Badia a Coltibuono is one of the most historic and important of the Chianti estates…The Badia Chiantis remain among the most expansive and richest of all the Chiantis. From recent vintages one can see that some wonderfully rich, ripe wines are being made here with cellaring potential of 5-10 years. Excellent Producer List (top rating) “ -Robert Parker’s Wine Buyer’s Guide

From the Importer, Dalla Terra:
“If you have not met Ema she is out of this world amazing.  To give perspective in talking about Ema, she is the owner of a winery that is considered to be one of the oldest continuously operating wineries in the world. The estate is known for wines coming from the “historical” Chianti Classico zone which is an off the record designation right now. Meaning there is Chianti Classico which yes, is a smaller zone within the bigger Chianti zone but Badia Coltibuono is the epicenter of where Chianti originally started- hence the “Historical” add on”.

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September Great Rose' Tasting

August 6th, 2018

About: September Great Rose' Tasting @MetroWines
Please join us for The Great Rose Tasting set for September 1st from 10am to 7pm. Bottles of Rose' from around the world will be "on the taste" and "on the house" all day.
"Rose' works all year," says Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines. "Always perfect as an aperitif, Rose can handle difficult flavors, including spices and herbs, as well as popular favorites like barbeque."
Event pricing on all bottles poured at the tasting.

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Vuelta, Classes, Focus Group, Miraval, Araucano, Jacquere

Laurence Vuelta of Aveniu Brands
Thursday, November 15th from 5:30 to 6:30
Seated Tasting with Five Wines Paired with Small Plates
$25. Event Limited to 20 Participants.
Advance Tickets ONLY. Refund: Store Credit ONLY

Call (828) 575-9525
"If you have not been to a wine tasting with Laurence Vuelta,
you have NOT been to a wine tasting!"

"Around the World in Wine"
Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines

 6 classes from September 18th to October 23rd.
Classes will be limited to 20 students
and tickets must be purchased prior to the date.

Asheville Wine Focus Group
Wednesday, August  5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines

Randy Basham of Ocean South Importers is the Host.

Note: This group is progressing. Getting too smart! This is getting too easy!
Time to move to the next level of deciding what goes on the shelf.

Meanwhile, YOU were quoted in The Wall Street Journal on July 28th!
(P.S. If anybody has a copy of that paper, we need it!)

Reserve your Seat at (828) 575-9525

** Most Popular **
at Great Rose Tasting on Saturday

Jeb Dunnuck (formerly of Wine Advocate) 91 points

Tucked away in a private valley in the ancient village of Correns, 
the first organic village in France, Miraval sits in the heart of Provence. 

Miraval's exclusive valley location embodies an exceptional terroir, the expression of the soil, the climate and the history of the land, that is, the essence of the wine.
At an altitude of 350 meters the vines enjoy warm, sunny days and cool nights, bringing freshness and balance to the wines.

Beautiful, pale, petal-pink color, elegant with bright nuances. A beautiful aromatic expression of fresh fruit and spring flowers, refreshing acidity,
with great minerality and a saline finish. $23.
To Go with Your Turmeric and Ginger Laden Brain Food!!

Araucano Carmenere Reserva 2015

This probably sounds a little counter intuitive.
BUT, Carmenere works great with curry, hence, turmeric and ginger!
"Concentrated nose of liquorice and blackcurrant, with a minty freshness. Exceptionally round and soft on the palate. Slight grilled notes of coffee
come through on the finish. This wine was aged for ten months in French Oak."

Stand by for September Laurel of Asheville
Article on the history of the "lost grape," Carmenere!

Meanwhile, Araucano is a steal at $13.99.
Be smart.

Les Cellier des Chenes 100% Jacquere 
Apremont, Savoie

Savoie, a quintessentially alpine region bordering Switzerland.
Located in Apremont, Winemaker Willy Blanc makes wine the traditional way. This 100% Jacquer goes through malolactic fermentation giving the wine a round, creamy quality. Intense and crisp, this wine concentrates great acidity and citrus flavors. It's zesty, bright and fresh lightly salty character.

At 11.5% alcohol, this bottle perfect for brunch.


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