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Spice it up and add Rose'

Salt and Pepper are No Longer Enough

Ain't it the Truth?

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Spicewalla Indian Spice Three Pack @MetroWines!
You probably dabble in Indian Food and Flavors all year.
Only one way to be sure the wine is right for those exotic flavors:

Rose ALL Year!

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Palama Archangelo Negroamaro rose from Puglia 14.99
Winner of the last Great Rose Tasting

and MetroWines is the only retailer in the US with Palama!

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November Focus Group Winner

*** Focus Group Winner ***

Kobal Furmint, Slovenia $17.99
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Next Month Klinker Brick will Host Focus  Group
It's ALL About Thanksgiving
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Dining Solo Italian Style

Dining Solo

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Food companies are beginning to cater to the single serving. Dining solo does not need to be dining without wine! In addition to single serve bottles and double serving cans, easy screw top bottles work well and stay fresh for days.

Two of our all purpose favorite screw tops are from Valentina:

La Valentina is located in the rolling Abruzzo Hills,
just inland from the port of Pescara on the Adriatic coast.
The area benefits from a special microclimate, taking advantage of cool breezes from mountains and maritime winds from the Adriatic.

The owner of La Valentina, Andrea di Properzio, was recently @MetroWines to pour his wines for our customers. He explained that what sets La Valentina apart is that every bottle is 100% varietal. Often, a bottle labeled Trebbiano contains other grapes such as Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc.

* Valentina Trebbiano 2018, $13.99 *
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Vines grown in clay soil. Stainless steel fermentation. 
Straw yellow with green reflections in the glass.
The nose presents intense notes of exotic fruits, floral sensations, notes of aromatic herbs and mineral tones. And the palate is dry, refreshing, harmonious and balanced. $13.99

* La Valentina Montepulciano *

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Pretty depth of dark fruit in this with hints of flowers
and fruit tea that follow through to a medium to full body,
soft tannins and a juicy finish. Drink or hold. $13.99

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Tricky Rabbit is Big Red

Tricky Rabbit is not new to the shop but it has been a consistent seller for five years. The vintages continue to improve with the age of the vines. For $11.99, you cannot do better than Tricky Rabbit!

*** Big Red of The Week ***
Tricky Rabbit Stands for the Proposition That
A Big Red Does Need to Have a Big Price!

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A blend of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Carmenere. This blend has aromas of dry leaves and white pepper
that unfold with raspberry and blackberry fruit flavors, silky smooth tannins, and a lovely complex finish.

*** $11.99 ***

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Groovy Architecture and Wine

The Glass House for Party People!

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Designed by Arthur Elrod, this glass and concrete dwelling
is the standard bearer for Palm Springs Modernism. The interior designer was Kelly Wearstler, shoes design aesthetic has been described as "daring couture for architecture, not bodies." And her trademarks: "body juxtaposing eras and styles, introducing avant -garde glamour and statement everythings"

G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S! But, where's the wine? This IS a party house, right?
Some of the phrases used to describe the interior, although the scene is stunning,
are not too obtrusive, new space airiness, ambient, synergy, moods, and echoes.

A house of such architectural significance
calls for a wine that reflects its essence.

Let's go with New World
2017 Riviera Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Pali Wine Co.

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** Robert Parker, Wine Advocate 91 Points **
Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2017 Pinot Noir Huntington has a perfumed nose of dried rose petal, bergamot, pipe tobacco and autumn leaves with black cherries and wild blackberries plus notes of blueberries, woodsmoke and cola. Medium-bodied with a good core of earthy dark fruits with spicy accents,
it has juicy acidity, grainy tannins and a long finish. 

$24.99 at I'm serious!
$21 @MetroWines

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Lettie Teague Talks Cellars in Wall Street Journal

Consult with The Asheville School of Wine
Call John at (828) 575-9525

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Wine Class: Sparkling


Tickets HERE!

News Release Monday, October 14th, 2019

About: Wine Class on Various Sparkling Wines
Join us on Tuesday, December 17th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines for a class on various Sparkling Wines presented by Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines.
Wines will include Champagne, Cremant, Cava, Prosecco, PetNat, Sparkling French, Franciacorta and others. Find out the differences and the reasons for choosing one style over another for a particular pairing.
"Sparkling Wines are now made from many varietals," says Andy Hale. and a Sparkling Wine is not just for a celebration!"
$25 for presentation and tasting. Reserve your seat by calling (828) 575-9525 or online here:
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Wine Class: The New World

News Release: Monday, October 14th, 2019

About: Class on Wines of The New World
Join us on Tuesday, October 22nd from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines for a class on wines from The New World presented by Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines.
"The class will include wines from countries other than Old Europe," says Andy Hale." 
$25 for the presentation and tasting. All wines poured will be offered at an event price.
Reserve your seat by calling (828) 575-9525 or online here:
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Port, Sherry, Madeira and Vermouth Class



News Release; Monday, October 14th
About: Wine Class about Port, Sherry, Madeira and Vermouth
Join us on Tuesday, November 19th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines for a class on "Port, Sherry, Madeira and Vermouth" presented by Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine. Find out the difference in the four wines, how and when to serve each as well as perfect food pairings.
"These are some of the oldest traditionally made wines in the world and yet they remain very versatile," says Andy Hale. "The wines are available in a variety of styles and flavor profiles and most can age forever!"
$25 for the tasting and presentation. Tickets by calling (828) 575-9525 or go here:
All wines poured will be offered at an event price.
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Neyers Vineyards Tasting

News Release: Monday, October, 14th, 2019

About: Neyers Vineyards Tasting @MetroWines
Join us on Thursday, November 14th from 5 to 6:30 for a tasting of Neyers Wines "on the house" @MetroWines. The tasting will be hosted by Laurence Vuelta!
After a hugely successful tasting with Neyers Wines earlier in the year, MetroWines has invited the winery back to present their wines for the holidays.
"Neyers is said by many to offer the quintessential wines for Thanksgiving," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "And if you have not been to a tasting with Laurence Vuelta, you have NOT been to a tasting!"
All wines poured will be offered at an event price.
About Neyers:
In 1999, we purchased and renovated a winery on a thirty-acre parcel in the Sage Canyon area of Napa Valley. Over the next 14 months we built the modern, highly functional winery designed for our traditional winemaking practices. We produced our first vintage in this state of the art facility in 2000. In 2002, Wine and Spirits Magazine named Neyers Vineyards the Artisan Winery of the Year.
Neyers Vineyards sits in the heart of the Napa Valley but Bruce’s experience with French wine importer Kermit Lynch has had an undeniable influence on our wines. Many of the French producers Bruce works with farm organically, make their wines naturally without use of cultured yeast or laboratory designed malo-lactic starter, and bottle their wines without fining or filtration. We like their results and utilize many of their ideas.
Our barrels are made in France, to our specifications, from wood that we buy in bulk and air dry for three years, two years longer than normal. All of our grapes are picked by hand, into small bins that hold only one-half ton. They are then laboriously hand sorted and inspected at the winery. Grapes that require travel of more than thirty minutes to our winery are delivered in refrigerated trucks.
Our wines are aged with as little intervention as possible, and in most years we bottle our wines with neither fining nor filtration, using a state of the art mobile bottling line. No expense has been spared in our grape growing, winemaking practices, or processing equipment, yet customers repeatedly tell us that our wines represent great value in today’s highly competitive wine market.
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Dionysus is Bacchus. Bacchus is Dionysus.

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(although the Greek depiction is a little more stately, same god!)

The intersection of Greek snd Roman Cultures is ancient
AND alive and well in Asheville.
Ciao Asheville hosts a fundraiser for UNCA Celebration of Dionysus
on Tuesday, December 3rd from 5:30 to 7pm at Golden Fleece!
$35 for appetizers that span the cultures with Greek and Italian Wines.
Reserve by Calling (828) 575-9525 or online:

Meanwhile, revisit the pleasure principle and indulge
in "How to Be an Epicurean"
By Catherine Wilson. Reviewed by Wall Street Journal here:

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Book at Malaprops here:

Your Read it With Wine @MetroWines!
*** Agyros Santorini 2017 ***
100% Assyrtiko, Stainless steel fermentation, volcanic and sandy soil.

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Founded in 1903, Argyros Estate is on the island of Santorini,
famed for its spiraling vines and white washed churches. Yiannis Argyros, 3rd generation owner of the estate took over in 1974 and today, Matthew Argyros the 4th generation of family winemakers continues his father's legacy using traditional techniques

The estate vineyards are primarily in Episkopi and Pyrgos,
prime locations for Assyrtiko. The ungrafted vines range in age
from 30 to over 150 years, and are trained into basket-shaped bowls, a traditional technique called "kouloura". 
The soil of Santorini is naturally immune to Phylloxera and other vineyard pests, reducing the need for synthetic herbicides & pesticides. Estate Argyros practices sustainable viticulture, using composted grape must as fertilizer, and plowing the vineyards with mules.

Assyrtiko is known for its high natural acidity.
This wine is true to character, with flavors of citrus, lemongrass and stone. It is medium-bodied and elegant with great finesse.

$29.99 at and, you guessed it, unavailable. 

$29.99 at Vivino

$28 @MetroWines

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Le Due Arbie

Bertoldo, Medici, Chianti !

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La Due Arbie is  a blend of 80%Sangiovese and 20%Merlot.
2016 was the 300th Anniversary of the most famous Italian Wine in the World,
from the ancient recipe by Barone Bettino Ricasoli (1716).

Chianti Superiore Le Due Arbie by Dievole has fresh
and fruit forward with tannins that are youthful yet harmonious and rounded.
An elegant wine, with a long finish pairing easily with foods.

The Dievole estate has a long standing history in Tuscany,
dating back as far as 1090. Dievole does not use herbicides and pesticides, they swapped the use of cultured yeasts for wild, and they replaced international varietals with indigenous varieties. The result is is varietal purity and authenticity.

$18.94 in New York. $16.00 @MetroWines!

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Sidekick Cabernet

Psychologists Say Color Affects Moods and Behavior

Working off that theory, this bottle has to make you happy!

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2017 Sidekick Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi
On the nose, cedar, mocha, plum, pipe tobacco and licorice.
The palate is rich, bold with dark berries and a swash of anise.

$16.99 and on the shelf @MetroWines

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November Winner: Furmint


Katerina Dordelman of Sour Grapes brought two wines from Croatia and two from Slovenia for consideration. The clear favorite was 2017 Kobal Furmint from Slovenia.  
Group appreciated the varietal as you could enjoy it solo or pair with food. Flavors found ranged from Meyer Lemon, Green Apple to Ginger. Good with Asian dishes. The wine is dry, medium in body and acidity. No need to decant and it can go for 10 years in the bottle!
Some thought this wine would also work as a palate cleanser between courses. But whether paired with a dish or served between dishes, this wine is spot on for Thanksgiving. $17.99
2016 Plavac was also very well received. This wine is from the cooler island locations presenting aromas of plum, cherry and local herbs. The palate is bight, rustic and earthy but with soft tannins leaving the fruit to shine. Group thought this wine was very versatile. Another good choice for the Thanksgiving Table
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November Great Rose' Tasting

News Release: Saturday, October 12th, 2019

About: Taste Rose' Perfect for Thanksgiving 
Join us on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 from 10am to 7pm for a tasting of Rose' Wines perfect for your Thanksgiving Table. 
"With all the flavors that come together on a Thanksgiving Table, you need wines that are versatile and pair with most flavor profiles," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "We are introducing Rose' wines a little heavier in body that can not only handle bolder flavors but cooler weather!"
The event is "on the house" and all wines poured will be offered at an event price.
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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*** Another BIG RED ***
"The Wild Ride" 2015 by TAIT 
A blend of 60% Shiraz, 20% Grenache and 20% Mataro

*** Teaching Moment! ***
Mataró, also known as Mourvedre or Monastrell, is a red grape varietal grown in many regions around the world including the Rhone and Provence in France, the Valencia and Jumilla regions of Spain, as well as the Balearic Islands, California, Washington, Australia and South Africa. Mataro wine is medium to full-bodied with a dark purple color. On the nose, you will find herbal notes as well as spice, licorice and leather. Dark fruits like plums and dark cherries are apparent on the palate with an obvious savoury presence with spice and leather.

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Winemaker says this is a full bodied wine, but one that stays within normal bounds. Black cherry fruit is tinged
with mocha and baking spices, ending in a dusting of soft tannins. 
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate 90 Points
Tait's 2015 The Wild Ride boasts hints of vanilla and graham crackers on the nose, alongside notes of mulberries and plums. A big, full-bodied wine is still reasonably light on the palate, with just a touch of warmth on the finish. Drink it over next 3-4 years.

$20.99 at and unavailable.
$19.99 @MetroWines and on the shelf!

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White Garnatxa

Obsessio White Garnatxa 2017
Montsant, From Marta Plana

Intense fresh white fruit, mostly pears and apples with citric notes, white flower and fennel on the nose. On the palate, the white fruit stands out, pear and almond white flower, aniseed flavored and a taste of aromatic plants with a long and persistent end note and a pleasant saline touch. $19.99

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Clos Pissarra

** Big RED of the Week **
Arrels Garnaxta from Clos Pissara
from Winemaker Emmanuel Kermiji

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The name Clos Pissarra is derived from the Catalan word for slate, as this is the soil that covers the regions of Montsant (sacred mountain) and Priorat (priory), that lie about 85 miles southwest of Barcelona.

Priorat has quickly established itself as the premier wine region in Spain, producing intense and concentrated wines yet remaining elegant and balanced. Montsant is a softer, more approachable version of Priorat, hence, a great value. 

The flinty, mineral character of this wine combined with rich peach notes and a lively acidity continue to a palate that shows balance and concentration.

Only 179 cases produced. $21

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Size Up The Holidays

News Release: Tuesday, October 8th, 2019
About: "Sizing Up The Holidays"
Sparkling Wine in Various Sized Bottles
Join us on Saturday, December 14th from 1 to 4pm @MetroWines to "Size Up the Holidays" hosted by Gwen Collins of Mutual Distribution.
Sparkling wine is now available in all different sizes from single serve bottles with corks in a four pack perfect for just yourself, stocking stuffers or a host gift to a magnum that not only serves a party but looks fun and festive on a table.
"This is a great opportunity to see and taste your bubbly options!" says Gina Trippi, co-owner @MetroWines. "Add a new spark and surprise to your holidays."
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Children's Book Launch

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News Release: Tuesday, October 8th, 2019
About "Naughty Noel" Book Launch
Join us on Friday, December 6th from 5:30 to 7pm to launch "Naughty Noel," a book for children by Asheville area residents, author Christine Davison and illustrator Dana Irwin. Meet both Dana and Christine and talk over a glass of wine. Books will be available for purchase and both Christine and Dana will be available to sign your copy. The event, just in time for the holidays, is "on the house." 


Based on a true story, Naughty Noel is about a cat who loses everything and finds his way home for Christmas.  Without Grandma, Noel is forced to leave the comfort of the little house with pink shutters in Florida and embark on a year-long journey. There are adventures and misadventures along the way.  It’s a scary world even for this tough cat, and at times, he just wants to give up. Ultimately, Noel discovers a home and family in the spirit of Christmas.


This tale of a regal Persian cat’s journey is a love letter to felines and their companions. Cat lovers will recognize Noel’s instinctive, quirky, and hopeful reactions to tragedy and change. The illustrations perfectly convey a frightened, curious, angry, confused, perturbed, and ultimately contented cat.”

—Veronika Gunter, editor, Lark Books Children’s Book Division,  Sterling Publishing/Barnes & Noble


Christine D. Page received a painting of her mother’s beloved cat as a Christmas gift from her daughter and was inspired to write Naughty Noel. Christine enjoys photography and writing short stories and poetry. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Utah and later studied fine arts and photography at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her short stories are regularly published in the La Honda Voice.

Christine is an international flight attendant and a volunteer with Airline Ambassadors International (AAI). She is also a mission and child sponsorship coordinator for Shepherd of the Hills Children’s Foundation in the Philippines. A portion of the proceeds of this book will go to AAI ( and to the orphanage. Christine lives with her husband, Philip, in Asheville, North Carolina.

Dana Irwin has been creating art since her childhood in Greenville, South Carolina. She earned a BFA from University of Georgia in graphic design and did post graduate study at the School of Visual Arts in New York, the Art Students League of New York, Tyler School of Art in Pennsylvania, and Pythagorian School of Art in Samos, Greece. 

Dana’s publishing career spanned both coasts as art director for Avon Books, Hearst Magazines, Mother Earth News, Peninsula Magazine, Northern California Home & Garden, and Lark Books. She is a member of the Saints of Paint, a local art fundraising group benefittting non-profits and artists. She  lives with her dog and two mischeivous cats in Fairview, North Carolina.

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Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Contacts for "Naughty Noel"
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