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Tuscan Wine Dinner at Cucina 24


Tuscan Wine Dinner at Cucina 24

Wednesday, August 29th 7pm

4 Courses including dessert Paired with Tuscan Wines

Call Cucina24 at (828) 254-6170

Stand by for Menu and Charge

But, hey, it's Cucina24, you know it will be delicioso!

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 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 Dinner at The Princess Anne Hotel



News Release:  Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

About: September Wine Dinner at Princess Anne Hotel
Please join us for dinner on Wednesday, September 19th at The Princess Anne Hotel starting at 6:45. The Princess Anne Hotel is located at 301 East Chestnut, one block off Charlotte Street.
The menu for the evening offers an innovative dinner based on the classics prepared by Chef Todd Ritter with wines paired to the dishes by Tom Leiner of Grapevine Distribution. 
"With the success of the Midsummer Dinner in July, we are delighted to be working with The Princess Anne Hotel again," said Gina Trippi, co owner of MetroWines. "Todd Ritter is one of the break out star chefs of 2018 and Tom Leiner is widely known as one of the best in Asheville at pairing wines to foods."
The Princess Anne will offer both family style seating where you can meet other food and wine enthusiasts as well as private tables. You will hear presentations and have the opportunity to talk with Tom Leiner as well as a sommelier from MetroWines. And for those of you who want to stay the night, The Princess Anne Hotel is offering 15% off lodging.
The cost is $80 including tax but not gratuity. Please call The Princess Anne Hotel to reserve your seat at (828) 258-0986. Because seating is limited, the reservation window closes at 5pm on Sunday, September 16th, 2018. All wines will be available for purchase through MetroWines at a special event price.
Originally built in 1924, The Princess Anne Hotel combines tradition, history and southern hospitality. Serving brunch every Sunday from 11 to 3pm, The Princess Anne Hotel will open for dinner during the week later in the year. 
More about The Princess Anne Hotel here:
Contact for The Princess Anne Hotel: Samantha Fann at (828) 258-0986
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Italian Summer Wine Dinner

September 2018


Fresh Burrata

Luxardo cherries, crispy prosciutto, lemon thyme, crostini

 2016 Manimurci Greco di Tuffo, Campania

Smoked Prawn

Heirloom tomatoes, alfalfa sprouts, balsamic, basil, lavash

2016 Casalfarneto Verdicchio, Marche

Crab Bisque

Limoncello ravioli, roasted garlic, leek, goat cheese crocket

 2017  Caldaro Pinot Nero, Alto Adige

Short Ribs

"su jets" fluffy ricotta gnocchi, rich tomato sauce, 12 hour braised short ribs,

sweet peppers, crispy shallots, peccorino romano

2014 Guerrieri-Rizzardi Valpolicella Ripasso, Veneto

Peach Semifreddo

Pistachio white chocolate powder, cherry compote, anisette crust

2017 Mille Prosecco Extra Dry 

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TinPot, Alice, Focus Group, Ancient Peaks, Wine Classes, French Cafe


98 points Decanter

 "This is a flinty, dry and textural wine. A concentrated, poised amalgamation of complexity and style, effortlessly pure and well composed with nice phenolics and crisp acidity." 

(Zucchini and Goat Cheese approved)


**More than Prosecco **
Alice Tajad Brut Spumante, $21

40% Boschera, 40%Verdiso and 20% Glera

Tajad means “blend” in local Veneto dialect, and this kind of blend of local varieties used to be the daily drink in the Veneto. Tasting it makes one question the wisdom of abandoning those antique varieties for a single-minded, conformist focus on Glera. (Wine now must be at least 85% Glera to be labeled Prosecco.) Tajad shows a little spiciness, a touch of rusticity, and a lot of character. It makes you wish you could be standing at Nonna Alice’s bar, asking her for another glass!

Brut dry and ready to please Prosecco historians, hipsters,
and anyone who just loves fun and fine bubbles.

More on the Veneto. The Venice Film Festival is UP.

Asheville Wine Focus Group
Wednesday, August 8th, 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.

Reserve your Seat at (828) 575-9525

For you Ruth Ellen Church!
Ancient Peaks Zinfandel 2016
From Paso Robles, $17.99

Winemaker Notes: 
"The 2016 Zinfandel jumps out of the glass with bold aromas
of cherry jam, wild blackberry, violets, kirsch, and toasty oak. A rich, viscous texture
is packed with dense flavors of black cherry, boysenberry, cola, and spicy vanilla. Lively notes of black pepper add focus to a smooth, jammy finish.

The 2016 Zinfandel’s deep, supple flavors are an excellent match for fine comfort foods, including wood-fired pizzas, classic lasagna, and smoked gouda burgers."

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 90 Points
"Wafting from the glass with notes of black cherries, cassis, fruitcake and mint,
the 2016 Merlot from Ancient Peaks is full-bodied and velvety on the palate,
with a generous core of savory fruit, powdery tannins and a long, flavorful finish.
For the price, it's an incredible value."
"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.

*** This Just IN ***

"French Cafe" with Thomas Meunier
Friday, September 7th from 5:30-6:30 @MetroWines
French Wine, Cheese, Bread Charcuterie 

$25. Seating Limited to 20
You Must Buy Tickets in Advance

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Port & Sherry Class

Port & Sherry

What's it All About?

Andy Hale, Director 

The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines

Tells All Just in Time for the Holidays.

Tuesday, November 13th from 5:30 to 6:30

Seated Tasting with Pairings

Class Limited to 20 Students

$20 plus tax.

Advance Tickets Only.

Refunds Class Credit Only


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Lawrence Vuelta is Back!


Lawrence Vuelta of Avenui Brands

"Spain Meets California: An International Holiday Table"

Thursday, November 15th from 5:30-6:30


Five Wines with Small Plates

from local establishmenst including Gan Shan Station!

Seating is limited to 20  

$25 plus stax. Advance Tickets ONLY!

Refund store credit only.

"If you have not been to a wine tasting with Lawrence Vuelta,

you have not been to a wine tasting!"


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Alley 26 Tonic, Mumbo Jumbo, Majas Rose', Liberamente, Coroa d'Oro


Alley Twenty Six Tonic Syrup is made using the bark of a cinchona tree,
from which quinine is sourced. Lemongrass, limes and sugar are added to create
a tonic as robust in taste as it is in color. The intensity of the flavor allows
you to have control over the kind of tonic libation you prefer.
(OK, I am not the biggest craft cocktail fan, just a standard operating
G&T, maybe a Manhattan.  But this stuff is GOOD! Really GOOD!)
Mumbo Jumbo Pinot Noir
from Treasure Hunter


"Mumbo Jumbo - an object believed to have supernatural powers.
This Pinot Noir is one of the most tantalizing yet temperamental varietals in the world. It is practically worshipped by its fans and when it is done just right,
it almost has supernatural appeal. Our passion for the grape shows brilliantly
in our Mumbo Jumbo, Pinot Noir.  
Hand crafted from select coastal vineyards in California,
this wine is a perfect rapport of power and finesse. 
With a vivid ruby-red color and showing lush raspberry compote & bright red flavors of cherry and strawberry, this wine is harmony in a bottle. Silky tannins unravel intense flavors of savory asian spices & shaved truffle. The finish is long & balanced with toasty coconut, vanilla & a dash of sassafras."

"On the Taste" and "On the House"

At The August Great Rose Tasting!
From Louis Dressner Imports
  This domaine is located in the highest part of Roussillon, the only area considered
to be "mountainous" vineyards. Neighbors practice organic agriculture.
L’Amourouse is their rose, based on Syrah, some of which is over 80 years old vines.
Dry and surprisingly crisp for a southern French rose with bright notes of strawberry.

What They're Doing and Drinking in Abruzzo!
About Liberamente: 

Intense purple red, concentrated. Simple and direct in on the nose 
with floral notes of violet, hydrangea, spices, then blueberries and hints of brush.
On the palate, spicy waves of clove and floral, with low acidity and silky tannin.

"Making Wine with Yoda"
by Marissa A. Ross for Bon Appetit
A winemaking story that started in Abruzzo!

Coroa d'Oro 2016, Douro, Portugal
*** Avocado Approved ***
Fresh and crisp white wine with mineral characteristics and bright fruit.
Made from white indigenous Douro grapes Codega, Malvasia Fina,
Rabigato, Viosinho and Moscatel Galega Branco.
Works as aperitif, through soup, salad, avocado!! and a seafood entree! 
Robert Parker said: "tropical notes of straw gold color.With light, honey and aromas of passion fruit. Fresh and crunchy, with a balanced acidity."
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"French Cafe" with Thomas Meunier @MetroWines

Purchase Tickets HERE!

Seating is Limited! 

News Release: Saturday July 21st, 2018

About: French Cafe @MetroWines
Thomas Meunier of AuthentiqueVin will host a "French Cafe" @MetroWines on Friday, September 7th from 5:30 to 6:30pm. 
Five French Wines will be paired with French cheeses, bread and charcuterie in The MetroWines French Cafe!
Thomas Meunier will share the history of the varietals, the philosophy of the winemaker and his personal stories working with the families involved in making the wines.
The evening is limited to 20 seated guests. You must reserve your seat and purchase your tickets prior to the date. Please call (828) 575-9525 or online here: 
What is AthentiqueVin all About?
“Authenticity”, a simple and humble word that sums up my conception of wine and life because, to me, both are so closely linked. As sales manager at a winery in the Loire Valley for the last 6 years, I had the chance to live in the heart of a family that has made wine for four generations. Thanks to them, I realized that behind a wine and our sometimes subjective, personal appreciation there underlies a family tradition, the force of the experience, the expression of a single personality that makes each wine different with its quality and defaults. In the end, all this makes it unique.
I have kept this understanding first while building my selection; finding true winegrowers that make no concessions, with distinctive personalities that are reflected in their wine. Authentic people that make authentic wine in a sustainable way which reveal the identity of a soil, a grape and a climate- the notion of Terroir.”
How Did Thomas Meunier Get Started in Wine?
Freshly graduated from an International Trade high school with a specialization in Supply Chain Management, I met my mentor, the vigneron Frederic Mabileau, during a trip organized by the sommelier/oenologue program I was attending. His interest in expanding the winery’s export markets matched perfectly with my professional goals and skills. For 6 years Frederic entrusted me with the entire communications and sells around the world. Here, I had the chance to fight for this tiny unknown appellation … a true learning experience. In addition, I had the chance to assist Frederic during the key moments of the harvest and vinification periods. I shared the fears, the joys and the hopes of a winemaker, while meticulously paying attention to every detail so he could reveal his expression of wine. Through this experience I developed my will to fight for the individual recognition of wines of character.
Follow Thomas Meunier and AuthentiqueVin on Facebook here:

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Dark Side of Wine, Part Deux



Andy Hale, Director for The Asheville School at MetroWines, brings back "The Dark Side of Wine!" The tasting and class will focus on additives and manipulation in winemaking just in time for Halloween, Wednesday, October 30th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines. 
"Shoppers are very cautious about food ingredients these days, eating healthy, buying organic, avoiding transfats and additives," says Andy Hale, "but there has been little concern about what might be in your wine."
Andy will discuss the process of "fining" and "filtering" and the possible additives that some wineries are using to control and conform the taste of wine.
"Expect some creepy stuff," says Andy.
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Around the World in Wine Series

2018 Around the World in Wine Series

with Andy Hale

Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines

Every Tuesday from September 18th to October 23rd from 6:00-7:00. $25 per class plus tax or $125 for all 6! Each class includes a wine tasting and cheese. Classes are limited to 20 students and you must purchase tickets prior to the date. Tickets can be purchased by calling (828) 575-9525 or clicking on the links below.

Class 1: Wine Essentials  TICKETS!

                Learn the basics of wine, from practical tips on getting the most enjoyment out of your wine to describing the flavor characteristics in the wines you drink. Learn about decanting, serving, storing and aging your wines, pairing food and wine and even hints about ordering wine in a restaurant like a pro!

September 18th 6:00-7:00, $25 or $125 for all 6 classes.

Class 2: France  TICKETS!

                Learn about the wines of France, the country with the most famous wines of all! Join us as we taste our way through Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, and other famous areas of France. We will also learn how to read a French wine label.

September 25th 6:00-7:00, $25 or $125 for all 6 classes.

Class 3: Italy   TICKETS!

               Intimidated by Italian wines? You won't be after this class! Learn about the most famous regions and grape varietals of Italy and how to read an Italian wine label.

October 2nd 6:00-7:00, $25 or $125 for all 6 classes.

Class 4: The Iberian Peninsula   TICKETS!

                Take a vicarious trip through the most famous wines and regions of the Iberian Peninsula! From Rioja to Priorat, to some less known regions that are incredible values, we will travel across Spain and into Portugal, a country whose dry wines are just being discovered by Americans now. There is so much more than Port to discover!

October 9th 6:00-7:00, $25 or $125 for all 6 classes.

Class 5: Wines of the New World   TICKETS!

                Take a trip through more familiar territory as we explore the wines of the New World. In this class we will examine the famous wines and regions of the United States, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, and New Zealand. If you like big bold wines, then this class is for you!

October 16th 6:00-7:00, $25 or $125 for all 6 classes.

Class 6: Wines You Never Knew You Loved   TICKETS!

                Life is too short to just drink Cabernet and Chardonnay! Take a walk on the wild side as we discover the less known grape varietals and regions of the world. Learn about the wines of Austria, Southern France, Southern Italy, Greece and many other countries as we delve into some of the best value wines in the world.

October 23rd 6:00-7:00, $25 or $125 for all 6 classes.



News Release: Sunday, July 22, 2018

About "Around the World in Wine" Class
Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine, takes you "Around the World in Wine" through six classes from September 18th to October 23rd @MetroWines.
Classes are limited to 20 students and you must purchase tickets in advance. 
Each class is $25 and includes presentation, wine and paired cheeses or you can purchase the six class series for $125. 
To reserve your seat, please call (828) 575-9525 or shop online:
Parking @MetroWines is free, close and easy.

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Muga, Carlos Serres Rioja, Sanguefreddo


Best Seller
at The July Great Rose Tasting

60%Garnacha, 30%Viura, 10%Tempranillo 

Dry. On the nose and palate, you find citrus and green apple.
Freshness and acidity through to a long finish for a Rose.
Add Raspberry and strawberry.
91 Points James Suckling

July Asheville Wine Focus Group

** WINNER **

Carlos Serres Reserva Rioja 2011

"It is rare to find a Rioja Reserva of this quality with
this much age and from such a good vintage
for such an affordable price."

                               John Kerr, Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines

SOLD OUT. Available Tuesday Afternoon


Sanguefreddo Extra Dry Aromatic Sparkling Wine
From the Valdobbiadene Region in The Veneto
one of the original and considered one of the best locations in Italy.
John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines says:
"This is what Procsecco is supposed to taste like."

WSJ Prosecco Recipe:

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August Asheville Wine Focus Group


News Release: Monday, July 16th, 2018

About: August Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines
Join us on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 for The Asheville Wine Focus Group from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines.
Randy Basham of Ocean South Imports ( will be the host presenting wines from around the world.
The event is "on the house" but you must reserve your seat. And seating is limited! 
Call (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"
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August Great Rose' Tasting

News Release: Monday, July 16th, 2018

About: August Great Rose' Tasting @MetroWines
Join us for the monthly Great Rose Tasting @MetroWines on Saturday, August 4th from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines. Six bottles of Rose from around the world will be "on the taste" and "on the house" all day.
"Think you don't like Rose, maybe you don't but maybe you do! says Gina Trippi, co-owner MetroWines. "Join us to find out!"
Event pricing for the featured bottles.

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July Great Rose Tasting List!

Great Rose Tasting: July

Event Pricing


Notorious Pink, France: 100% Grenache 

Aromas of ripe peaches, plums, lavender, pear, orange, and honey. The palate is melon, raspberries, sweet cherry, pear, peach. Crisp, good acidity, minerality and long finish.

Regaliale, Sicily: 100% Nerrello Mascalese 

Deep salmon pink presenting aromas of cherry, raspberry, blackberry and rose petals. Refreshing acidity. Long finish. Seems like it might want to sparkle. This is what Sicilians enjoy in the hot summer!

Muga Rioja: 60%Garnacha, 30%Viura, 10%Tempranillo 

Dry. On the nose and palate, you find citrus and green apple. Freshness and acidity through to a long finish for a Rose. Add Raspberry and strawberry. 91 Points James Suckling 

Love Drunk, Oregon: 75%Chardonnay, 25%Pinot Noir 

Provacative aromas of strawberry and raspberry followed by flavors of wild strawberry, watermelon rind and kiwi. Bottles signed by the Winemaker Andre Mack.

Calcu, Chile: Blend of 90%Malbec and 10%Petite Verdot. 

Calcu is a family owned winery that crafts wines expressing the unique character and diversity of chile's Colchagua Valley. Grapes for this wine are hand selected from individual vineyard blocks. Calcu Rose has aromas of floral citrus and wild berries. on the palate, it is elegant and bright.

Belstar Rose, Italy: 

A blend of merlot, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. this unique sparkling wine is fresh and juicy with soft flavors of citrus and licorice, melon and ripe strawberries. The style is clean by smooth over the palate with a hint, just a hint of sweet.

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August Asheville Wine Focus Group

News Release: Thursday, July 12th, 2018

About: Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines
The Asheville Wine Focus Group will meet again on Wednesday, August 8th @MetroWines from 5:30 to 6:30. Randy Basham of Ocean South Imports ( will be the host.
Participants are asked to review four wines deciding whether they like the wines, whether they believe others customers will like the wines, whether the wine should be on the shelf @MetroWines and what it should cost.
There is no charge for the event but you must reserve a seat. Please call (828) 575-9525 or online here:  to reserve a seat.
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
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Carlos Serres Reserva Rioja 2011

The WINNER of the July Asheville Wine Focus Group is Carlos Serres Reserva Rioja! By WINNER, we mean the bottle that sold the most and the fastest! Finding an affordable "Reserva" with this much age on it is rare.

The Group thought the wine was complex presenting identifiable flavors followed by a long finish. This wine, with just the right amount of acidity, would be a perfect match for food but could also go solo. And most thought, because of its versatility, this bottle would be great to bring to a dinner.


Winemaker Notes: A complex and elegant aroma of mature ripe black fruits, vanilla and cinnamon spice. Extremely velvety smooth, harmonious with a fresh finish. Perfect to accompany all kinds of grilled, stewed or grilled meats. Fine delicatessen, sirloins, game dishes and strong and cured cheeses. 

James Suckling, 93 Points

"A deep and enticing nose showing ripe strawberries and raspberries plus hints of eucalyptus. Full body, excellent balance and lovely freshness. High level of juicy tannins and a long, fresh and cedary aftertaste."



Wine has a history. And history is full of wine. That of Carlos Serres (Charles, in French) is one of them. One of those which happen once in a lifetime and perdure.

Not only because he saw in Haro a perfect place to make wine of great quality but, above all, because he envisaged a new horizon for Rioja wine not considered until then: international exports.
He came from Bordeaux, where the phylloxera pest had compromised winemaking. This famous French wine consultant found in Haro the perfect terroir to make Bordeaux style wines, with a climate and terrain which reminded him of the best terroirs in Bordeaux.

A perfect place to make wines that met the quality, flavour and personality expectations of the most discerning international palates. Elegant wines with a Rioja flavour, ready to conquer; even overseas.

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La Mora Sangiovese & Vermentino, Frangiacorta


Calcu Rose
A blend of 90%Malbec and 10%Petite Verdot.
Calcu is a family owned winery that crafts wines expressing the unique character and diversity of Chile's Colchagua Valley. Grapes for this wine are hand selected from individual vineyard blocks. Calcu Rose has aromas of floral citrus and wild berries. on the palate, it is elegant and bright.


Pesto Perfect Red

Tasting notes: Cecchi was a pioneer in the Maremma,
This wine reflects the sunny terroir. Il Morellino di Scansano Cecchi is a blend
of 90% Sangiovese with grapes permitted in the area. La Mora is fermented in steel for a few months before bottling. Red ruby very intense with evident purple reflections, it has a typical fruity aroma. The palate is soft and persistence.

Pesto Perfect White!
The Cecchi family offers good-value buys with theirLa Mora line of wine from
the Tuscan Coast. Some 200,000 bottles are made of the white wine
and 300,000 bottles of the red.
-Monica Larner, Interim End of November 2017, The Wine Advocate

Vermentino La Mora combines the graceful taste of the vines to a wide-ranging and material character originating from the soil and climate characteristics of the coast. Aroma of yellow flowers for a surely voluptuous palate where a savoury finish guarantees a dynamic and persistent flavor.
It's ALL the Rage. And for Good Reason!

Tasting Notes

Franciacorta’s layered geological formations boast complex microclimates.
Wines are defined by both a sub-Alpine and Mediterranean-type climate due
to the proximity of Lake Iseo. Summers are tolerably hot and dry, while winters remain milder, contributing to freshness and complex aromas. Morainic soils are conducive to stone fruit flavors, spice and florality.

Food Pairing

Franciacorta’s moderate to high acidity makes it admirably versatile at the table. Animante Brut offers a zesty texture, a vein of minerality and vibrant acidity that cuts through a creamy risotto or pasta. For a delightful contrast, match to foods rich in umami such as mushrooms, cured meats or shellfish, flavors that will act as a balancing agent to the full stone fruit notes.

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Areyna, Couron, Cococciola


Areyna Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina

The nose shows subtle aromas of fig, cassis, and dark fruits.
The mouth feel is full and rich with notes of chocolate and spices.
The finish shows finely grained tannins and bright acidity.


Domaine de Couron Rose
Ardeche, France

   This area has been inhabited since the Upper Paleolithic as evidenced by the cave paintings at Chauvet Pont d'Arc. The plateau of the Ardèche river has extensive standing stones, erected thousands of years ago.The river has the largest canyon in Europe and the caves that dot the cliffs are known for signs of prehistoric inhabitants! 

From this tiny village in the South of France,
this 100% Grenache is dry.
Different. Pale Pink in the Glass. Lovely.



Great Summer White

The Cococciola grape is a specialty of southern Abruzzo.
The winemaking is intended to highlight the unique character of the varietal
and its ability to express terroir.  A gentle pressing and cool, stainless
steel fermentation allow for the preservation of primary aromas. 

This refreshing white wine appears pale straw yellow with green highlights. Although light on the palate, it exhibits a sense of firmness emphasized by
a backbone of bright acidity.  Earthy aromas of dusty gravel and chalk blend with citrus blossom, lemongrass, and Bay leaf. The finish is persistent and harmonious.

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Delivery!, LeCorti, Verdejo, Tremenda, Picpoul

Wall Street Journal reports that ultrasound signals from widespread electronics,

including your car, are behind headaches and dizziness.

Make one less car trip! 


*** WE DELIVER ***

Call (828) 575-9525

(Note: We cannot promise driver in picture, deliveries assigned as come in.)

Thieves Plunder Parmesan in Italy! Again!

This is a new level of LOW. Support Parmesan Cheese Makers in Italy.
Pick up a hunk. Then stop @MetroWines and shop a bottle to pair.
Le Corti Chianti Classico 2013
Perfectly aged to match you little hunk of heaven and critically acclaimed!

Winemaker Notes:

   Intense ruby red in color, the wine has a brilliant and silky profile, almost thirst-quenching with its traces of raspberry, violet, lavender, and forest roses. The lightly spicy nose is inviting, an anticipation of a lively flavor and texture with a genteel note of rhubarb, its precise tannins marked by the sensation of just-harvested crunchy, red plums, and a finish that pushes through a dynamic progression of savoriness. Food pairings: Ideal with roast pork, mixed boiled meats, wild fowl, grilled white meat, and medium-aged cheeses.
Critical Acclaim

Wine Enthusiast, 91 Points: Smooth and juicy, this opens with aromas of wild berry, blue flower and a whiff of grilled herb. The soft, succulent palate doles out black cherry, chopped mint, cinnamon and a hint of mocha alongside dusty tannins and bright acidity. It's rather straightforward but delicious.
James Suckling, 90 Points: Aromas of blueberry, lemon and berry follow through to a medium to full body, tangy acidity and a firm, tannic finish.

Dry. White. From Spain.

Friend and Farmer and HAND WORK is the dream of three brothers,
Francisco, Javier and Luis Parra. The hope was to celebrate their home of
La Mancha by raising organically and biodynamically grown grapes.
When it comes to the winemaking behind Friend and Farmer, they partnered
with the exceptional Juan Antonio Ponce of Bodegas Ponce.

The Parra Brothers work two vineyards near the town of Las Mesas.
One is Entresendas (between paths) sitting in a dried river bed. These rich,
alluvial soils are perfect for the cultivation of grapes reflecting light and heat
and ensuring drainage. The other vineyard is Olla del Monte is perhaps easily represented by its other name: Cuesta Colorá, the colored slope. This gentle slope
is covered in chalky clay and a fine layer of pebbles on the surface that capture
and radiate the heat of the sun—a key benefit during the desert nights.

Wine Advocate 92 Points $12.99
   "Their entry-level Monastrell is already the 2016 La Tremenda is sourced from the vineyard that names the wine, from their estate El Chaconero in the village of Villena, a plot at 600 meters altitude planted some 25 years ago. It fermented in stainless steel and matured in French barriques for six months. 2016 is a cooler year than 2014 or 2015, and the wines reflect it. It was not an easy year; they had to do a strict selection of grapes, and it paid off. It has the character of the variety, with its elegant rusticity with a fresh, herbal twist and a palate with fine-grained tannins, nicely textured and with a supple, very tasty finish. This is a superb introduction to Monastrell from Alicante at an incredible price." 

   "Bright ruby-red in color, this wine shows expressive notes of fresh black cherries and red berries mingled with hints of sweet spice, toast and cocoa. On the palate, this accessible red shows silky texture, liveliness and long length." ~ Winery notes




*** $9.99 ***

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Priness Anne Dinner, Cerasuaolo, Tommasi, Dressner Tasting, Kobrand Tasting

"A Midsummer Wine Dinner at The Princess Anne Hotel"

** Call and Call Now: (828) 258-0986 **
And FYI: The Princess Anne Hotel will be opening for dinner,
not just special occasions, but dinner.
High End but affordable in the Charlotte Street Hood!

Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo
   (read: Oh baby!)

    This 100% Montepulciano is an intense rose' in color with a bright violet reflection. The nose is cherry, roses and pomegranate with a soft scent of anise. The palate is medium bodied, with good acidity and inviting minerality. Delicate on the palate with a long finish.

Wine from the Veneto
La Foraci Lugana 2016
Tommasi Wines, Lake Garda
Steel Tank Fermentation of 100% Trebbiano di Lugana 

Moon yellow color, the perfume is clean and spicy, highlighted by delicious
hints of tropical fruit. Medium-bodied taste with a clean, crisp finish.
"From grandfather Giacomo Tommasi’s tiny vineyard, the Tommasi estate has grown steadily over the course of years and today it extends over 195 hectares of hillside vineyards blessed by Mother Nature for its perfect suitability for grapes."
What we say: A true summer wine!

*** THURSDAY ***

Louis Dressner Wine Tasting
Thursday, June 21st, 2018

6 Summer Wines From This Acclaimed Importer
"on the taste" and "on the house"
@ and ONLY @MetroWines

   Louis/Dressner Selections is a portfolio of over 100 vignerons hailing from France, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Croatia, Slovenia and Chile.  
The wineries are all family owned, organically farmed, made with indigenous yeasts, or, in other words, true vine to glass wines.

*** MONDAY ***
Italian Wine Tasting
with Mauro Maugliani, Italian Wine Specialist for Kobrand

Monday, July 18th from 5 to 6:30
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July Asheville Wine Focus Group

News Release: Tuesday, June 12, 2018

About: July Asheville Wine Focus Group
Please join us for The Asheville Wine Focus Group on July 11th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines. Chris Curtis of Country Vintner will host the event.
"This is your chance to play wine shop owner," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Space is limited in a small shop and you have to be right!"
Participants are asked to advise on questions including whether they like the wines, whether they believe other customers will like the wines, what kind of event of food pairing works with each wine, should the wine be offered @MetroWines and what should the wine cost.
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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