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Cotes du Rhone Flavors and Trip

News Release: Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

About: Rhone Wine Tasting and Trip @MetroWines.
 
Join The Asheville School of Wine and Sylvie Delaunay of Provence Detours on Sunday, November 4th from 3 to 4pm @MetroWines for an educational wine tasting and discussion of the Cotes du Rhone wine region of France. The wine tasting with cheese and charcuterie will accompany the presentation followed by a discussion of travel opportunities to the area.
 
The event is "on the house" but seating is limited. Reserve your seat by calling (828) 5756-9525, contact Sylvie Delaunay at france26120@gmail.com or online at https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/special-events/
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Seated French Wine Tasting Part Deux

Tickets HERE!

News Release: Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018
About: Seated French Wine Tasting @MetroWines
 
Philippe Bourgeois hosts a seated tasting of five of his imported French Wines paired with small plates of charcuterie and French cheeses on Wednesday, October 17th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines. 
 
Wines include Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux and Chateauneuf du Pape from the Bourgeois Portfolio.
 
Please call (828) 575-9525 for reservations or shop in our online store: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/special-events/.
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Tremenda, Wine Class, Lubanzi, Rose' Tasting, Puglia, Lucarelli


La Tremenda Monastrell 2016

92 Points, Wine Advocate, $12.99

From the 30-year old La Tremenda vineyard, the 100% low yielding
Monastell vines are grown at 2200 feet. Aged for 6 months in French Oak. 

Winery Tasting Notes: "Bright ruby-red in color, the wine shows notes
of fresh black cherries and red berries with hints of sweet spice, toast and cocoa.
On the palate, this accessible red shows silky texture, liveliness and long length.
Pair it with pork chops, Kobe beef, or parmesan-crusted asparagus tips." 


*** Travel to Italy Through Wine ***

with Andy Hale
Director of The Asheville School of Wine

on Tuesday, October 2nd from 6 to 7pm
$25 plus tax. Call (828) 575-9525

Tickets here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/october-2-italy/
Heading toward medium bodied, this is a transitional white wine.

91 Points James Suckling, $14.99 

   "A lively green color, with hues of pale straw is the first indication the wine is both fresh and complex. The nose offers an intriguing array of fruits - sliced November figs, ripe nectarine and freshly-peeled satsumas (we call them naatjies!). In the background is the hint of herbaceous rosemary. The palate is round and fleshy, pushing forward ripe citrus fruits like orange, nectarine again and a fresh core of green melon. There is the hint of banana bread as well. It is moreish and beautifully balanced. But the excitement doesn’t stop there – the finish is creamy and long and fresh like watermelon sorbet. Very delicious."
October Great Rose Tasting 
Four on the Pour "on the house" ALL Day Long
on Saturday, October 6th from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines

Rose that's a little heavier in flavor and body for the coming cooler weather.
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/october-great-rose-tasting

"What,"  you say? Rose in October?
Call me crazy but they're still doing it in Paris and doing it all year long.

https://www.lesmaquereaux.com/

It's THAT Time of Year Again
National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Gala in Washington DC.
This year, the Region of Honor is Puglia featuring a sit-down dinner
prepared and hosted by with Lidia Bastianich!
Experience a typical Pugliese dinner perfectly paired with Pugliese wine.
Want to join in the fun? http://www.niaf.org/
Can't go but you want Puglia? Try Lucarelli Negroamaro!
NIAF is also offering a service for those interested in Italian Dual Citizenship
http://www.niaf.org/culture/dual-citizenship/
Follow all things Italian on "Ciao Asheville" right here:

https://www.facebook.com/CiaoAsheville/
And you can Start Learning
"Survival Italian" with Michael Scardaville

here: 
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/learning-italian
Luccarelli Negroamaro, Puglia
Lucarelli is a reflection of the colors of Puglia.  
Ruby red in the glass with purple hues, intense, and fruity,
with notes of black black currants and berries. Medium bodied, velvety with a good balance between freshness and smooth palate, long-lasting and savory finish.
Big Red with 13.5%alc. A Shop Favorite. $15.99
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Tenute del Cerro Tasting List

 

The Wine of Tenute del Cerro

Giacomo Alari, Export Sales Manager

will present and discuss these wines paired with Small Plates from STRADA

on Friday, September 21st from 5:30 to 6:30

Event Sponsored by "Ciao Asheville" The Asheville Italian Cultural Forum

*** Tickets HERE! ***

Tenute del Cerro is composed of five estates including four wine estates in two of the most important regions of Italy, Toscana and Umbria, with almost 5000Ha of owned land, of which approximately 300 are vineyards.

Awards and prizes given by the Italian and foreign press to Fattoria del Cerro‘s Vino Nobile di Montepulcianos, La Poderina’s Brunello di Montalcinos and Colpetrone’s Montefalco Sagrantinos are testament to Tenute del Cerro’s uncompromising work in harmony with the territory and the commitment of highly qualified staff who is deeply linked to the history of wines and production area.

Fattoria del Cerro Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG 2014, Tuscany                              

100% Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese clone) aged 12 months French and Slavonian oak barrels                                 

“Tre Bicchieri”                                                              - Gambero Rosso Guide to Italian Wines 2018           

“A layered and ripe red with plum and chocolate character. Medium body, soft and velvety tannins and a delicious

finish. Just right now.”                                                                          - 91 points, JamesSuckling.com

La Poderina Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2013, Tuscany                                                             

100% Sangiovese Grosso                                                                                                                                     

Aged 25 months in French barriques (1/3), tonneaux (1/3) and 110Hl Slavonian oak casks (1/3)                                                   

“The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautiful wine and a protagonist of this vintage. I love the purity of the fruit

and the direct manner in which it is delivered. This wine exhibits intensity and a careful sense of balance in which

dark cherry fruit and blackberry are folded into spice, tar and licorice. The effect is seamless and elegant. This wine

has the inner flexibility to drink in the near or the long term.”                             - 94 points, Wine Advocate
                                                                                                                                               

“Dark ruby-red. Strong notes of aromatic herbs, flint and licorice complicate red cherry and berry aromas and flavors.

Very long, fresh and clean, offering serious but polished tannins, this classic Brunello ought to age and develop nicely.”

                                                                                                                    - 92+ points, Vinous

Colpetrone Rosso di Montefalco DOC 2013/14, Umbria 

70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino and 15% Merlot aged 12 months in Slavonian oak barrels                                       

“The 2013 Montefalco Rosso is a dense and hearty red wine with ample structure and concentration. The wine is

infused with pressed cherry, blackberry, Christmas spice and cured tobacco.”        - 89 points, Wine Advocate

“A round and velvety red showing chocolate, walnut and wet-earth character together with plummy fruit. Medium

body, soft texture and a delicious finish. Why wait on this one?” - 92 points, JamesSuckling.com (2013 vintage)

Colpetrone Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG 2011, Umbria                                                 

100% Sagrantino aged 12 months in heavy-toast French barriques, followed by 24 months in cement tanks                  

and then 36 months in stainless steel tanks

“So much pressed lavender to the nose here as well as the classic brambleberries but also some hints of sour

cherries, leather and Chinese spices. This is full and delicious with mouth-coating tannins, driven acidity and a

compact yet long finish. Better in 2020.”                                                    - 93 points, JameSuckling.com

Fattoria del Cerro Vin Santo di Montepulciano “Sangallo” DOC 2013, Tuscany 

60% Trebbiano and 40% Malvasia dried 120 days; fermented and aged 24 months in 100L caratelli                             

(Extremely limited – vintage sold out)                                                                                                                                    

 

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Wine Consumer Study

 

Thought you might be interested in seeing this just released study of the wine and liquor markets across the US.
It was included in the WIne Growers News from Iowa State University.
https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/544043/2018_Webinars/4.0%20BevAlc%20(June%2020,%202018)/White%20Paper/2018%20TABS%20Bev-Alc%20Study%20FINAL.pdf?t=1536853786854

Some of the key findings from this survey include:
        1       66% of U.S. adult consumers (21+) purchase alcohol beverages with 45% regulary purchasing wine and 35% regularly purchasing liquor. 
        2       Consumers in the Northeast purchase more alcohol than on the West coast. 
        3       A similar percentage of both men & women purchase wine. 
        4       The of wine purchasers continues to grow steadily from 55% of those with an annual income of $125-$149K - $149,000 to 68% of those with an income of $250K+. 
        5       Non-Hispanic whites tend to purchase more wine than other ethnicities, while non- Hispanic blacks and Asians indicate they purchase liquor at greater levels. 
        6       Only 5% of regular wine purchasers and 9% of regular liquor purchasers strongly agreed that they would cut back on those purchases when cannabis was legal. 
        7       Only 19% of regular wine purchasers say they know wine brands, and fewer – 16% say they look for deals. 
        8       Walmart (29%) is the leading retail outlet for wine and number two for liquor (20%) in the U.S. 
        9       Point of purchase is very important as consumer behaviors can shift dramatically. 

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Decero: Stephanie Morton-Small

   Stephanie Morton-Small, chief Commercial officer, for Decero in Mendoza, Argentina hosted a sold out Seated Tasting on Tuesday, September 11th. What's the one thing Stephanie wants us to remember? Mendoza is the size of California and, so, not all parts are created equally! Great Wines. Great Speaker. Great Night!

 

Chief Commercial Officer

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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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 (https://www.kellerei-kurtatsch.it/en/terroir-wine-mueller-thurgau-doc-graun/): 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 (http://www.clarendelle.com/en/) 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 (https://www.siemawines.com/evolucioa/) : 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 (https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/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!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"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 (http://www.andrewwill.com/home/) and Rhone varietals from Gramercy Cellars (http://gramercycellars.com/) 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
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Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
google: https://goo.gl/knC8LP
 
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

https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/decero-wine-tasting
(Yes, you can be a few minutes late. Seating time built in!)
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
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: 
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/
blog/entry/seated-italian-wine-tasting

 

 

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
online: 
https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/
august-asheville-wine-focus-group/

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

$13.99

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
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/moulin-de-gassac-pinot-noir
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
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/terre-rouge-viognier-ca
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
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/terrebrune-bandol-2016
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

https://thelaurelofasheville.com/lifestyle/breweries/back-to-wine-school/

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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."
 
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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: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/seated-italian-wine-tasting/ 
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
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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

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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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:


https://www.facebook.com/MetroWinesAsheville/

 

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" **
http://www.theowlandthedustdevil.com/

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

http://www.theowlandthedustdevil.com/press.html

Tickets: Call (828) 575-9525
online: 
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/decero-wine-tasting

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 
online: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/
product/august-asheville-wine-focus-group/

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.

Details: https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/
entry/around-the-world-in-wine-class

Princess Anne Italian Wine Pairing Dinner
with Chef Todd Ritter
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/
september-dinner-at-the-princess-anne-hotel

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.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/157-year-old-department-
store-gumps-begins-store-closing-sale-1534190220

Support your local merchants who have invested in your community.

**Join The Case Club @MetroWines**
Call (828) 575-9525
online: 
https://metrowinesasheville.com/club

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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: www.domainedrouhin.com
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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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
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/decero-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.

Details: https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/
entry/around-the-world-in-wine-class

 

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.

$14.99

 


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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