News Release: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Duck Prosciutto “Purse”, Seared Scallop and Roasted Mango Golden Potato Chips, Chive Crème Fraiche, Caviar Pecan Cracker, Foie Gras Butter, Cranberry Jam
NV Pierre Legras Blanc de Blanc Grand Cru, Chouilly, FR
Buttery Lobster... Drawn Butter, Smoked Sea Salt
Exotic Trumpet Mushroom... Sweet and Sour Mountain Honey Soy Dipping Sauce Manchester Farms Quail Knot... Spicy Carolina Dredge
NV Drappier Carte d’Or, Urville, FR
Pan Seared Sunburst Farms Smoked Trout Cake Classic Sauce Vierge, Zesty Mustard Greens
NV Charles de Cazanove Rose, Reims, FR
Steak Au Poivre, Green & Pink Peppercorns, Classic Pan Sauce Fresh Fettuccine Tangle with Carrot Pesto
2007 Charles de Cazanove, Reims, FR
Pine Nut Tart, Blood Orange Curd, Rosemary Infused Chantilly Cream
Continue to sip your favorites!
Cost: $129 inclusive of tax and gratuity.
Reserve your seat by calling (828) 254-9902. The last collaborative dinner with Celine&Company seated fifty guests. Don't be left out. Please make your reservations early.
And as always, if you are concerned about downtown parking, please park in the lot at MetroWines and ride share.
What Wine Goes IN a Villa?
100% Syrah fermented in stainless steel and aged in small barrels. Deep ruby in glass, intense aromatics of blueberry, plum, cherry and spicy notes. Warm and soft with round tannins, this wine is powerful yet delicate. Ciacci Piccolmini is one of the most sought-after producers in Montalcino.
The vineyard is organically farmed. Limited Distribution: $26.
Frizzante! The word means only slightly sparkling.
"Generalising a bit, you could say frizzanti are a good choice when you want a joyful, quintessentially Italian, democratically priced wine that you can cheerfully polish off a bottle," said Baudains of Decanter.
Read more at https://www.decanter.com/
Meanwhile, 10 years in the making, Leonardo is all the rage at Louvre!
Asheville Wine Focus Group
*** KLINKER BRICK ***
Wednesday, November 13th from 5:30 to 6:30
You are probably saying that Klinker Brick is already in the store. The problem is that we had 5 different bottles from the winery, we have narrowed the field to two varietals.
So, the question is: do we bring them back?
IT'S YOUR PROBLEM NOW. YOU DECIDE.
And, BTW, all of these wines are screaming Thanksgiving. PUT ME IN COACH !
* Tips for What To Do if You Inherit Artwork *
All great suggestions, but WSJ forgot the Big One!
**** Sparkling ****
But wait, YOU are still frugal. You want Champagne but, despite your lucky break, you want value. We get that. Easy. Cremant!
Agnes Cuvee Cremant, Joillot,
Hard to find: $39.
This is the time of year when we look to wineries that *** Give Back ***
That said, our BIG RED this week
is Purple Cowboy!
Every year, Purple Cowboy does a Paso Robles Blend to battle breast cancer and support research.
"A rich, full-bodied wine with aromas of crushed red berries and cherries, notes of cola and cinnamon, and a hint of earthiness. Berry flavors explode in the mouth with cinnamon and cassis in the mid-palate leading to slight cocoa powder tannins on the finish."
$12.99 at Vivino. $13.99 at wine.com. $14.97 at Wine Chateau.
*** $11.99 @MetroWines ***
So, now it's math. Could be that the "portion of the proceeds"
at a higher price will outweigh the take from quantity sales.
But logic and experience says shoppers will choose the lower price and buy more.
Dark red with hints of purple. Aromas of ripe plum, cherry and cassis are accented with cola and vanilla. Tastes Like: Dark red with hints of purple. Aromas of ripe plum, cherry and cassis are accented with cola and vanilla.
Again, $13.99 at wine.com. $11.99 @MetroWines!
Purple Cowboy creator and Wine Sisterhood founder, Terry Wheatley, is a breast cancer survivor and the Purple Cowboy wines she created have long given back to Tough Enough To Wear Pink.
Terry co-founded Tough Enough To Wear Pink in 2004 with the idea that cowboys would wear pink at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on one night of the competition to raise awareness. The idea took off and Tough Enough To Wear Pink is celebrating its 14th anniversary in 2018. To date, $26 million has been raised at rodeos and western events to support families facing breast cancer,
early detection and research. The goal is $50 million by the 20th anniversary. A portion of the sale of each bottle goes to Tough Enough To Wear Pink.
*** GIVE BACK ***
Ridge Vineyards Dinner at Bone and Broth
and Chef Chris Benson
Wednesday, December 4th, $70 ALL IN
Reserve Your Seat or Give Dinner as a Gift
*** Start the Holidays ***
Call (828) 575-9525 or online:
News Release: Monday, October 28th
"Picpoul and Van Gogh"
This is a stream of consciousness piece on my most excellent but quick trip
to Columbia Art Museum in Columbia, South Carolina, to see
"Van Gogh and His Inspirations"
Wine once again weaves its way into the fabric of art.
*** But Wait, There's MORE ***
*** RED BLEND TASTING ***
Hosted by Juniper Cooper of Mutual Distribution
Thursday, November 21st from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines
Seated. Wines Paired with Small Bites
"Because of their versatility, Red Blends are perfect for holiday gatherings
with lots of guests and as many palate preferences!"
Gina Trippi, The Asheville School of Wine
$20 plus tax. Reserve by calling (828) 575-9525
or online: https://
*** MORE JUST IN ***
(It just keeps coming!)
Class on Port, Sherry, Madeira and Vermouth
with Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine
Tuesday, November 19th
5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines
*** THIS JUST IN ***
Neyers Vineyards Thanksgiving Tasting
Thursday, November 14th 5 to 6:30 @MetroWines
After a HUGELY Successful Neyers Vineyards Tasting Earlier in the Year,
We have Invited Neyers Back to Present Their Wines for Thanksgiving.
Laurence Vuelta will Present the Wines!
And You know what we say here @MetroWines:
"If you have not been to a wine tasting with Laurence Vuelta,
you have NOT been to a wine tasting!"
News Release: Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019
"This vintage has a gorgeous, concentrated assemblage of aromas of stone fruits, crushed blue herbs, violets, cherry, anise, and a touch of honeysuckle. On the palate is pure richness from the old-vine Zinfandel with loads of super-ripe blackberry, pepper spice, and an enveloping masculinity of char and tannins from the Syrah, Charbono and Petite Sirah. A seamless balance and mouth coating deliciousness are found throughout the palate, with an extra long finish with a touch of barrel tannin at the end. 2015 Scout’s Honor is certainly a generous mouthful of red wine that we recommend be opened and enjoyed immediately upon release. Cellared correctly it will age for 5 to 8 years."
*** Big RED of The Week ***
Three Saints 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Happy Valley of Santa Barbara, $24
"What could have been a very difficult vintage for Bordeaux varietals in Santa Ynez Valley, one plagued by cool weather and severe shatter, turned out to produce a surprisingly subtle and nuanced Three Saints Cabernet.
The unbridled power of 2005 is subdued; in its place, the 2010 trades in elegance, class and sophistication. Extraordinarily complex aromas of pipe tobacco, sandalwood and wild briar brush are freshened by Santa Cruz blackberry and violet notes. On the palate, the wine is firm, fresh and striking.
Blackberry fruit is framed by fine-grained tannins and a cleansing finish."
And if you are looking for a house in wine country,
here are some available properties in St. Helena:
"Bright cherry red with a garnet rim. A refined nose with predominant notes of red and stone fruits: strawberry, raspberry and peach. Patisserie and cream encased in elegant notes of vanilla, caramel and a subtle hint of cinnamon.
It is flavorful and expressive on the palate. It is immediately inviting, enveloping the palate and leaving a long and pleasant aftertaste."
$18.99 and Unavailable at wine.com
$14.99 and on Shelf @MetroWines
Reserve Your Seat HERE!
News Release: Monday, October 21st
The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor who became a prominent member of San Francisco’s Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. He terraced the slopes and planted vineyards; using native limestone, he constructed the Monte Bello Winery, producing the first vintage under that name in 1892. This unique cellar, built into the mountainside on three levels, is Ridge’s production facility. At 2600′, it is surrounded by the “upper vineyard”, now referred to as the Perrone Ranch.
In the 1940s, William Short, a theologian, bought the abandoned winery and vineyard just below the Perrone property; he replanted several parcels to cabernet sauvignon in the late 1940s. From these vines — now the “middle vineyard” and referred to as the Torre Ranch — new owners Dave Bennion, Hew Crane, Charlie Rosen, and Howard Ziedler, all Stanford Research Institute engineers, made a quarter-barrel of “estate” cabernet. That Monte Bello Cabernet was among California’s finest wines of the era. Its quality and distinctive character, and the wines produced from these same vines in 1960 and ’61, convinced the partners to re-bond the winery in time for the 1962 vintage. Dave Bennion left his role at S.R.I. to oversee winemaking duties full time.
The first zinfandel was made in 1964, from a small nineteenth-century vineyard farther down the ridge. This was followed in 1966 by the first Geyserville zinfandel. The founding families reclaimed the Monte Bello terraces, increasing vineyard size from fifteen to forty-five acres. Working on weekends, they made wines of regional character and unprecedented intensity. By 1968, production had increased to just under three thousand cases per year, and in 1969, Paul Draper joined the partnership. A Stanford graduate in philosophy—recently returned from setting up a winery in Chile’s coast range—he was a practical winemaker, not an enologist. His knowledge of fine wines and traditional methods complemented the straightforward “hands off” approach pioneered at Ridge. Under his guidance the old Perrone winery (acquired the previous year) was restored, the finest vineyard lands leased or purchased, the consistent quality and international reputation of the wines established. Cabernet and Zinfandel account for most of the production; Syrah, Grenache, Carignane, and Petite Sirah constitute a small percentage. Known primarily for its red wines, Ridge has also made limited amounts of chardonnay since 1962.
Lytton Springs, in Sonoma County, became part of the Ridge estate in 1991. A quarter century’s experience with this vineyard had convinced us that it was an exceptional piece of ground. Forty consecutive vintages of Geyserville attest to yet another stunning combination of location and varietals. Though born in the early sixties to the post-Prohibition world of modern California winemaking, Ridge relies on nature and tradition rather than technology. Our pre-industrial approach is straightforward: find intense, flavorful grapes; intrude upon the process only when necessary; draw the fruit’s distinctive character and richness into the wine.
At Ridge, we’re committed to sustainability and organic farming of our vineyards. We are the largest grower of organically certified grapes in Sonoma County and in the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation.
Sustainability is both a philosophy and a set of environmentally responsible practices designed to safeguard the land on which we grow our grapes. It seeks to conserve and renew natural resources, protect wildlife habitats, and ensure the safety and economic security of our employees.
Organic farming goes further by eschewing the use of synthetic chemicals in the vineyard in favor of natural methods of maintaining soil health, controlling vine pests and diseases, and combating weeds and mildew.
Wineries can earn certification from third party agencies for sustainability and/or organic farming, with organic certification requiring a rigorous, three-year process of compliance with a long check list of requirements.
In 2008, we began transitioning to organic farming, which brought our viticultural practices in line with our traditional winemaking approach, which employs only the non-invasive treatments used in fine winemaking prior to the 1940s. As of July, 2017, 315 acres of vines at our Monte Bello, Lytton Springs, Geyserville, and East Bench vineyards are certified organic. (Many of our growers also have moved from certified sustainable to certified organic status as they witness the positive effects of organic viticulture on their vineyards and on grape and wine quality.) Additionally, all of the vineyards we farm are certified sustainable by Fish Friendly Farming, a certification program for agricultural properties working to restore fish and wildlife habitats and improve water quality.
As published in 50Plus Living:
The Great American Road Trip by Gina Trippi
My husband and I own Metro Wines in Asheville. We have two greyhounds, Domino and Kobe, that we find very hard to travel without. Air travel for a month, even a week, is out. Aside from the time I considered smuggling their two predecessors into England on a tramp steamer, a very brief consideration of a private jet and crossing the ocean on the QEII with two big dogs in a very small cage, that pretty much just leaves the car. And that means The Great American Road Trip!
Research shows that taking dogs on vacation is the new trend! Apparently, we, at least in this country, need the canine emotional support and friendship. No one has specifically studied the effect of taking your dog on wine adventures as your destination, but it is certainly a consideration. Without some kind of assistance, read: sitter, your out of the room or out of sight experiences are limited. And, even if you opt for taking the dog everywhere, there is, unless you have the new Tesla, the hot car problem. I am told the Tesla has a battery operated AC mode for, well, the dog.
We have decided to do the old fashioned, time-tested trip with our magic seat Honda. To avoid too many stops and a lot of curious looks from the back that ask with ears whether we are there yet, we have opted to keep the destination within a four hour radius of Asheville. With a map and a compass, we have selected targets based on literary history as opposed to wine. This is the first trip. The destination is 4 hours and 7 minutes. Already breaking the rules but …
I won’t lie to you, we have canned wine in the car in the event we hit a dry county. Believe it, they exist. In 2018, on the way to Chicago to pick up Domino and Kobe, we picked up Italian food from a restaurant for the room. That would be when we found out we would be having gnocchi, which was pretty good for a small town, paired with coca cola.
So, on this road trip, there will be wine! We need a restaurant where we can sit at the window and watch the dogs in the car. No way I am leaving them in the hotel room for someone to open the door and two greyhounds go 45 miles an hour down the dusty streets of a small town. That said, the surveillance window takes priority over the wine list. I know. I know! But that’s the reality.
And that means we are probably doing take out again. And THAT means Sant’ Evasio Red in a box and in the car! Take it from veterans of the family road trip: always be prepared with wine in boxes or cans. Shop success @MetroWines!
News Release: Wednesday, October 16th, 2019