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Biltmore Smack Down at Asheville Wine Focus Group


News Release: November 8th, 2018
About: Biltmore Smack Down!
Join us on Wednesday, December 12th from 5:30 to 6:30 for "The Biltmore Smack Down" with The Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines.
What's it all about? Biltmore has new winemakers and wines.  Four of the Biltmore Wines will be matched against four well known wines of the same varietals and similar pricing. All wines will be concealed in brown bags. This is a blind tasting!
"Biltmore intends to challenge your previous experience with their wines," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "And prove that if you haven't taste Biltmore Wines lately, you haven't tasted Biltmore Wines!"
The event is "on the house" but please let us know you are joining us. We expect a full house so reserve your seat early. Call (828) 575-9525 or register online: 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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November Focus Group: Pinot Blanc!

Juniper Cooper of Mutual Distribution was our host for the evening. For consideration, Juniper submitted wines that would complement a Thanksgiving Table including an Pinot Blanc from Alsace, a French Minervois, California Red Blend and a California Zinfandel. 

In an hour, Juniper shared location and origin history, characteristics and styles of the varietal, as well as pairing advice. The evening was comprehensive, interesting, educational and fun. Thank you Juniper!
While a significant number of participants liked each of the wines, the Pinot Blanc was the clear favorite. From Gustav Lorentz, this Pinot Blanc is 100% organic and could probably go 5 years in the bottle. 
Juniper explained that this varietal, because of its heavier texture and being smooth on the palate can be paired with just about anything except a thick piece of beef. That means German sausages, chicken and fish, and anything with heat. Oregon Pinot Blancs, Juniper says, are a little more tropical in aroma and flavor. This Pinot Blanc from Alsace was clearly more complex.
As always, Group was concerned about the quality to price ratio. In one case, a participant even named a bottle on the shelf he preferred for a lower price! Group has become very savvy.
It is clear that Group is seeking the different. If you present a varietal they know, it better be better and cost less than what is on the shelf or it won't make the shelf!
We are very grateful to Group for their insight and advice. Often, when only two or three taste in the shop, we can go wrong, pick a wine we like but not many others will like or a wine that is not worth the extra cost.
In December, Group tackles The Biltmore Smack Down.
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Great Sparkling Rose' Tasting


News Release: November 5th

About: Sparkling Rose' Tasting @MetoWines
Join us on Saturday, December 8th for the Great Sparkling Rose' Tasting all day from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines.
Four Sparkling Rose' wines from around the world will be "on the taste" and "on the house" for the holidays. One of the MetroWines sommeliers will be at the counter to tell customers all about the wines.
"Nothing says celebration and joy like a rose' with bubbles!" says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines.  "A Sparkling Rose' makes a great aperitif for a holiday meal, with a dish presenting many flavors and aromas or to pop the cork and celebrate."
MetroWines offers event pricing on featured wines.
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Princess Anne Thanksgiving (Vegetarian Option)!


Chef Todd Ritter is doing something a little different this time.

Chef is preparing a table in the dining room

and plate dishes for everyone in there while talking with everyone. 



Thanksgiving Dinner at the                  Princess Anne Hotel

1st Course

  Bacon wrapped caramelized water chestnuts

Fried Brussels sprouts

Gougères pastry

2nd Course

Slow roasted turkey with brown butter and sage

Ham with maple bourbon glaze

Fresh grouper baked with a creamy artichoke

   Green bean casserole

Corn pudding

Cranberry sauce

Garlic chive mash

Sweet potato casserole


3rd course

Apple pie with bourbon ice cream

Pumpkin pie with pretzel crust

Homemade eggnog


Thanksgiving Dinner at the                               Princess Anne Hotel

(vegetarian menu)


1st Course

Fried Brussels sprouts

Gougères pastry

2nd Course

Mushroom pot pie

Green bean casserole

Corn pudding

Cranberry sauce

Garlic chive mash

Sweet potato casserole


3rd course

Apple pie with bourbon ice cream

Pumpkin pie with pretzel crust

Homemade eggnog 

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Thanksgiving Rose' Tasting Notes

Gueissard, Provence $11.99 $10.49

Salmon color with nuances of dark pink. Red fruit aromas of raspberry, wild strawberry and notes of litchi. Fresh, rich and long-lasting on palate. Blend of Mourvèdre(25%), Syrah(25%), Cinsault(25%), Grenache(15%), Cabernet-Sauvignon(5%), Rolle(5%)

Chateau Soucherie 2017 $21 $17.99

incredibly delicate and pale, elegant and light. Made from 90% Cabernet Franc and 10% Gamay from a schist-dominated vineyard called “l’Astrée.” Direct pressing with no maceration, hence the pale pink hue. The acidity is clean. the wine presents typical Cabernet Franc varietal typicity but without any herbal or earthy smudginess.  2016 was an incredibly challenging vintage for Soucherie, with painfully reduced yields, but they managed to create a classic and beautifully balanced rosé.

Depueble Beaujolais Rose' 2017 $14.99 $12.99

In the hamlet of Le Breuil, deep in the southern Beaujolais and perched above a narrow creek, Domaine Dupeuble has been operating since 1512. The name of the domaine has changed just three times in its history, most recently when the last heir, Anna Asmaquer, married Jules Dupeuble in 1919.  Kermit first met Ghislaine and Stéphane’s father, Damien, for lunch in Paris in the late 1980s. Aged for three months in barrel, this smooth, rounded rosé is both fruity and rich. It has good acidity from the attractive red-currant fruit and an orange tang of zest at the end. Kermit Lynch Import

Backsberg Pinotage Rose, South Africa $14.99 $12.99

Red fruit flavors of cherry and strawberry give way to minty freshness gleaned from earlier picked fruit. Lightly tinted from red grape skins, this salmon hued wine is fruity and juicy on the palate. Low in tannins, it displays delightful notes of melon, ripe tropical fruit and strawberry. 

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Case Club, Gini Soave, Lawrence Vuelta Event, Port&Sherry Class, Ampeleia, Rose' Tasting, Andrew Will, Yes on 13 in Florida


A Call for an End to Drabness!
Wall Street Journal Says add a little color to your wardrobe.

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character,
give him power and a fuchsia waist coat"

OR Just DO the Different
Join The Case Club @MetroWines
Call (828) 575-9525

GINI Soave Classico, Veneto

Gini says: "This wine brings together the best expressions of our vineyards,
a single bottle to express the aromas and the flavours of our land harmoniously. The mention “Classico” distinguishes the Soave made from vineyards standing in the historical hilly area where Garganega grapes are traditionally grown."

100% Garganega, the wine is straw yellow with green-gold reflections in the glass. The nose is intense and fragrant, fresh white flowers including hawthorn, elder, and cherry, together with white peach and tropical fruit. The palate is all this plus blended in an elegant and harmonious way with almond notes and a balanced minerality.

But don't ask me! Wine Spectator Says 90 Points:
"A lithe, light-bodied white, with racy acidity and a subtle streak of mineral,
layered with nectarine, melon and pink grapefruit pith flavors. This is well-knit, with a lingering, lightly spiced finish. Drink now through 2020. 9,000 cases made."

Laurence Vuelta of Avenui Brands
"Spain Meets California: An International Holiday Table"
5 Wines Paired with Small Plates from Local Establishments
including Gan Shan Station. Oh yeah!
$25 plus tax. Event Credit Only for Cancelations

"If you haven't been to a wine tasting with Laurence Vuelta,
You haven't been to a wine tasting! It's just a fact."

Port and Sherry
What's the difference? What's it all about?
Andy Hale , Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines,
tells you everything you need to know about these holiday wines!
$20. Class with pairings limited to 20 Participants
Capitalizing on the move toward natural wines,
farms in Tuscany are embracing nature and going biodynamic.
"To the mystification of skeptics, the farming calendar is determined by heavenly bodies. Growers harvest when the moon is full and sap rises
in plants, mirroring the tides." New York Times

Can't go to Tuscany?
GO BIO right here @MetroWines.

Shop Ampeleia!
Elizabetta Foradori Brings IT!

(Personal Note: "Kepos" from Ampeleia ($26) is my 2018 favorite wine
A blend of Meditteranean grapes including Grenache,
Carignan and Alicante Bouschet, this is what wine should taste like!)

Thanksgiving Great Rose Tasting

ALL Day Long on Saturday, November 3rd
from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines

Taste Rose that works ALL Year Long
from aperitif to dessert to just because!

Wine Spectator reports that sales of Rosare up over 59%!
The country is drinking Rose All Year Long.
For some Purpose. For some Reason. Or no Reason at all !!

And see Amazon Review of book by Elizabeth Gabay, Master of Wine
"Understanding the Pink Wine Revolution"

"This wine bucks the trend toward heavy, overbearing Cabernet
that too often shuts down on palate. Instead, this wine has texture and fruit
bound by tannin and acid to perform in glass and on palate.
Seductive in its freshness and fruit definition." 

James Suckling, 93 Points
"Pretty blackberry and blueberry aromas with black licorice. A full body,
firm and silky tannins and a fresh finish. Integrated and tight.  Best in 2020."

Robert Parker for Wine Advocate, 92 Points
"Notes of minty cassis, blackberries and cigar smoke, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
is medium to full-bodied, supple and velvety, with beautifully fine-grained tannins and a deep core of fruit. Generous and expressive. Drink over the next 5-6 years."

Play a TRICK on the Gamblers and Breeders who have
shamelessly used Greyhounds to make a buck.
Shut them all down.

Florida Voters Have the Power!

Vote "YES on 13" in Florida 
*** and set greyhounds free ***


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Have a Heart Wine Tasting

News Release: November 1, 2018

About: Taste Wine from a Winery that Gives Back!
Join us for "Have a Heart Wine Tasting" featuring "Big Guy Wine Cellars" ( Red Blend on Saturday, November 17th all day long "on the house" from 10am to 7pm @Metrowines. 
What's "Have a Heart" all about? 
"Big Guy Wine Cellars" has committed to donating $2.00 of every case sold to Paws for Purple Hearts (, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping service veterans by providing them with the highest quality service dogs and canine assisted therapeutic programs. The PHH goal is to improve the lives of American warriors facing mobility challenges and trauma related conditions such as PTSD and TBI. "Big Guy Wine Cellars" understands the sacrifices made by American veterans and wants to do its part to ensure help to those in need.
"MetroWines has already bought cases so a donation has been made to help," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "But if YOU buy bottles or cases, we can buy more cases and make more donations!"
What about the Wine? Is it just low end wine with a great label?
No! From Winemaker John Albaugh, this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Petite Sirah and Merlot presents ripe fruit with an aromatic nose and smooth, lush palate. Well balanced with a solid structure, the soft tannins and sweet vanilla oak carry the red fruits over the palate to a long finish. A crowd pleaser, "Big Guy" is perfect for group gatherings and the holiday table but can also go solo!
Who is "Big Guy"?
The Winery says: "Winemaking goes to the dogs! Our beloved Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier Ty, also know as “Big Guy”, spent many faithful years welcoming guests to the winery. Whether walking through vineyards to inspect grapes or in the barrel room cleaning out barrels prepping for the next vintage, Ty was always happily by our side. His high-spirited presence was guaranteed to make any day that much better. Sadly, Big Guy has left us. As a tribute to his memory, and all of the beloved four-legged friends that have gone before him, an unwavering wine was created to keep their spirit alive."

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Alessandro Cellai, "Rock Star Winemaker"


What a delightful guy! Alessandro Cellai ( was interesting, fun and very, very, very accomplished. 

Seems like some people are just born with a genetic predisposition to do what they end up doing. Alessandro is one of them. He was, no doubt about it, born with the wine gene. That stands in stark contradistinction to me who was born with the "Watch Mary Tyler Moore Reruns Over and Over Again" gene, a predisposition I can assure you I have fulfilled!
There is so much to tell you about Alessandro but so much has already been written about and by him, all available on the internet and YouTube, I think I will let you focus on the aspects of his life and winemaking that interest you. 

First, let me say that I hope Alessandro is not shining me on! He is mighty charming and could do some shining with ease but he seems like a real and nice guy. And I could see he was visibly taken aback when I gave him my business card. He says his mother's name is the same as mine, Trippi. She was from the Tuscan village of Civitella Della Chiana in Arezzo. "It is not a common name and I have only heard it around the Florence area." How cool is that?

Are we cousins, I ask with great hope? Alessandro says, "Probably, up the line somewhere." That works!  A world class winemaker for a cousin, even if it is several generations back in the old country and a little light on connectivity, is good enough for me. Alessandro says he will send me something that his mother signed. WOW!  I am all over town today telling everyone about my cousin. But enough about my excellent adventure. Back to Alessandro...

So the "Rock Star Winemaker" Alessandro Cellai sandwiched a quick visit to MetroWines between two other engagements in Asheville. Add a very curious crowd @MetroWines meaning I had limited time to question our guest so I dived right in to the less than technical stuff. We already know his wines have balance, structure and a berry taste and are highly reviewed. Yada. Yada. Move on...

I was determined to make sure that I got to the bottom of this "Rock Star" designation. What's that all about? Turns out Alessandro was chosen by Decanter Magazine as the Best Winemaker Under 40 in the World! The WORLD I say. Read: "Rock Star." Yeah, that's my cousin!

But do you believe it? The RockStar thing, I ask? Alessandro hesitates a bit. Ok, I say, put another way then, can you name a better winemaker? "No." He believes it. And well he should. After tasting the wine, I know I do!

Alessandro says he entered the wine world through his uncle. A Catholic priest at a church in Tuscany, Alessandro's uncle made the sacramental wine with Sangiovese grapes he planted and farmed on the church property. A not so little divine intervention! And from there, the wine gene took over.

Alessandro has two children. His son, Lorenzo  is 18 and studying economics. His daughter, Barbara is 16 and, Alessandro hopes, his winemaking successor. Barbara is already studying viticulture and is hands on at the winery. 

Do women in wine have a tough time in Italy? Do you have any concerns about your daughter pursuing a career in winemaking? Alessandro says "No." He does not see discrimination against women in the wine industry. "Women have always been winemakers in Italy." About this time, I am wondering why I am not in Tuscany! I have the Mary Tyler Moore boxed set of 7 seasons. I can go anywhere now.

Now the important stuff. Favorite actor? "Bruce Willis." So I guess "Die hard" is your favorite movie? Alessandro says, without a hint of equivocation, "Si. All of them."

Actress? "Julia Roberts." Movie? "All of them. Any of them. I like Pretty Woman but, really, all of them."  It is clear that Alessandro really, really, really likes Julia Roberts!

And if you are kicking back to watch a Julia Roberts movie, what wine in today's lineup that included Grillo, Frappato, Nero d'Avola, Cabernet Sauvignon, and his most awesome dessert wine, do you pour. "Nero d'Avola." That might have been my favorite too.

Vineyard Dog? "Si, due cani." Alessandro has two Black Labs named Tom and Jerry.

Finally, what music did he want us to play for the tasting? "I like music from the 60s and 70s but if I have to pick just one, The Beatles."

I write this through the haze of wondering why I am not in Firenze. My cousin is a rock star winemaker! And a real nice guy.



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Yes on Florida Prop 13! Laurence Vuelta, Beajolais Blanc, Dark Side, Ramos, Italian Wine Tasting, Washington Wines


Vote in Florida?
Have Friends and Family Who Vote in Florida?
Please ask them to support Greyhounds.

Vote YES on Prop 13

to end greyhound racing in Florida
and let these gentle creatures find HOMES!

Laurence Vuelta of Aveniu Brands
"Spain Meets California: An International Holiday Table"

November 15th from 5:30-6:30 @MetroWines
Wines include selections from Artesa, Vina Pomal and Scaladei!
paired with Small Plates from a popular LOCAL restaurant!

$25. More Information and Tickets at (828) 575-9525 or here:
You Know What We Say @MetroWines
If you have not been to a wine tasting with Lawrence Vuelta,
you have NOT, NOT I say, been to a wine tasting!

Beaujolais Blanc, Kermit Lynch Import

A Little Heavier White for Soup and Cooler Day Menus...
The Dupeuble Beaujolais presents riveting color, super concentrated body strong palate with blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, olallieberries, boysenberries, cinnamon, cherry pit, violets, petunias, red currants,
black currants and a hint of graham crackers. $16.99

*** Dark Side of Wine ***
Tuesday, October 30 from 5:30 to 6:30
@ and ONLY @MetroWines

Wall Street Journal asks What's in Your Food?

Andy Hale of The Asheville School of Wines @MetroWines
*** Speaks Truth to Power ***

and asks What's in Your Wine?

$20 plus tax. Event Credit Only for Cancelations
CALL: (828) 575-9525

Yeah Baby!! This is a Real FIND!! $12.99
Ramos Reserva 2016, Un-oaked

This hand-crafted wine is a blend of native Alentejo grapes,
Trincadeira and Aragonez, plus a touch of Syrah for added body.
The fruit is sourced from 1,000 ft high schist and limestone vineyards
surrounding the J Portugal Ramos Vila Santa winery. 
Unoaked, it is fresh and fruity while maintaining a plush palate.

Ruby red in color, this wine has aromas of ripe red fruit and dried herbs.
The palate is soft and robust with complex tannins, spicy with a long finish.

Born into a long line of wine producers, Joao P. Ramos
took the path of agronomical studies. He has won international acclaim
and many prestigious awards during the last 30 years.
"Rock Star Winemaker" Alesandro Cellai
Fuedi del Pisciotto
Thursday, October 25th from 3 to 5pm @MetroWines
4 Wines and Presentation "on the house"

*** LAST CALL ***

Seated Washington State REDS Tasting:
with Small Plates from
Atlanta Chef Chris Bensen at Bone&Broth

Wednesday, October 24th 5:30 to 6:30


*** The Menu ***
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

$25 plus tax. Event Credit Only for Cancelations
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Corte Gardoni Custoza White 2017, Kermit Lynch


A blend of Gargenaga, Trebbiano, Trebbianello, Cortese and a small percentage of other white grapes for pizzazz! Sustainable farming. Imported by Kermit Lynch.    

        When on the hunt for crisp everyday whites, it is natural to turn to appellations like Chablis, Mâcon, or Sancerre—the tried and true old reliables. But with yields down in Burgundy and prices for good Sancerre slowly creeping up, why not branch out and travel off the beaten path to find real value and experience new flavors?
        That road leads right to Corte Gardoni, the Veneto farm run by the Piccoli family just south of Lake Garda. Founder Gianni Piccoli, who is all but retired and has handed the keys to the kingdom to his three sons, is something of a local legend. Having resisted the wave of globalization that saw native grape varieties uprooted in favor of international ones, this man is a hero to like-minded peers. And Gianni is an outlier in more ways than one: he has also proudly refused to raise his prices over the years, allowing us to continue offering his wines at bargain cost.
      Piccoli’s Custoza is incredibly complete—it is hard to think of anything out of place or missing—spring-fresh bouquet, complex flavors, good body, pleasant acidity, and a stimulating finish. Garganega is the secret weapon in the blend, while a number of other local grapes combine to complete the experience. This charming little Venetian white will dance a jig along with any platter you place in front of it. —Anthony Lynch

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"Rock Star" Italian Winemaker @MetroWines

News Release: Thursday, October 18th, 2018

About: Italian Wine Tasting with Winemaker Alesandro Cellai 
Join The Asheville School of Wine and "Ciao Asheville" as we host "Rock Star" Winemaker Alesandro Cellai of Feudi del Pisciotto ( on Thursday, October 25th from 3 to 5pm @MetroWines.
Alesandro Cellai will present Cabernet Sauvignon, Frappato, Grillo and Nero d'Avola from Fuedi del Pisciotto "on the taste" and "on the house" @MetroWines. 
About Alesandro Cellai from Charleston Wine And Food: 
Follow alesandro Cellai on Twitter:

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Michele d'Aprix at MetroWines!


News Release: Thursday, October 18th

About: Michele d'Aprix Wine Tasting
Winemaker Michele d'Aprix pours 5 of her wines on Wednesday, November 21st, from 3 to 6pm @MetroWines just in time for Thanksgiving.
Originally from upstate New York, Michele started as a bartender in Boston while studying chemistry. Her expertise in multi-tasking landed Michele a job at Dry Creek Winery in California. From there, Michele attended U.C. Davis earning a degree in Viticulture and Enology. 
Today, she is a protege of Stephane Derenocourt, one of the most important consultants in Bordeaux. Most importantly, we understand that Michele is the only American woman making wine in Bordeaux. Some have called Michele the "new face of Bordeaux."
Wines "on the taste" and "on the house" include her popular Pentimento 2014 Bordeaux, 2017 Maz Caz Blanc White Rhone Blend, 2016 Maz Caz Rouge Red Rhone Blend, 2017 Pierre Angulaire Sauvignon Blanc and Maz Caz Rose.

"Word is that Michele is serving her Maz Caz Wines for Thanksgiving with her family in Raleigh," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Michele tells us that this vintage of the Rose is especially perfect for the holiday table!"

About Michele d'Aprix in MountainX:

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Thanksgiving Wine Tasting with Philippe Bourgeois

Philippe Bourgeois Goes "Behind the Bar @MetroWines" for a Thanksgiving Wine Tasting "on the house."

News Release: Thursday, October 18th, 2018
About: Thanksgiving Wine Tasting with Philippe Bourgeois
The Asheville School of Wine hosts local importer, Philippe Bourgeois, for a tasting of Beaujolais and other French Wines from his portfolio perfect for the holiday table and celebrations on Friday, November 16th from 5:30 to 6:30 "behind the bar" @MetroWines.
"This is a great occasion to celebrate the French connection to America and, at the same time, support a local Asheville business." says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Go French for the holidays!"
Jp-Bourgeois is celebrating a 90 Point rating from Wine Enthusiast Magazine for their 2016 Chateau Lamothe Castera Cuvee Margaux.
More About JP-Bourgeois:
Follow Philippe on Twitter here:
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Wines You Never Knew You Loved

News Release: Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

About: Wine Class @MetroWines
Join Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine, on Tuesday, October 23rd from 6 to 7pm @MetroWines for a class on "Wines You Never Knew You Loved."
"The class addresses varietals and styles that you probably passed by in shops but are incredibly appealing." says Andy Hale. "Step outside your comfort zone!"
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Beer JUST for Dogs


When Megan and Steve Long's Rottweiler mix, Rocky, started having digestion problems, the couple needed a way to help him keep his food down.

Megan scoured the internet looking for remedies, but none seemed to do the trick.

"I'm not a crazy dog lady. I just really wanted to prolong my boy's life," she said.

Then she stumbled up a solution she could brew: "Beer" for dogs – a nonalcoholic beverage packed with healthy ingredients for pooches. Fast forward almost a year, and Good Boy Dog Beer company sells three different beers throughout Houston in more than 20 dog-friendly restaurants and bars.

And they're not alone. Across the U.S., dog "breweries" have sprouted up in the past 10 years crafting beverages for dogs that allow owners to share a cold one with their pet while also giving them with a nutritious treat.

Entire Story HERE!

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Women Always Brewed !!

From The Wall Street Journal



These days, every neighborhood bar celebrates Oktoberfest, but the original fall beer festival is the one in Munich, Germany—still the largest of its kind in the world. Oktoberfest was started in 1810 by the Bavarian royal family as a celebration of Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. Nowadays, it lasts 16 days and attracts some 6 million tourists, who guzzle almost 2 million gallons of beer.

Yet these staggering numbers conceal the fact that, outside of the developing world, the beer industry is suffering. Beer sales in the U.S. last year accounted for 45.6% of the alcohol market, down from 48.2% in 2010. In Germany, per capita beer consumption has dropped by one-third since 1976. It is a sad decline for a drink that has played a central role in the history of civilization. Brewing beer, like baking bread, is considered by archaeologists to be one of the key markers in the development of agriculture and communal living.

In Sumer, the ancient empire in modern-day Iraq where the world’s first cities emerged in the 4th millennium BC, up to 40% of all grain production may have been devoted to beer. It was more than an intoxicating beverage; beer was nutritious and much safer to drink than ordinary water because it was boiled first. The oldest known beer recipe comes from a Sumerian hymn to Ninkasi, the goddess of beer, composed around 1800 BC. The fact that a female deity oversaw this most precious commodity reflects the importance of women in its production. Beer was brewed in the kitchen and was considered as fundamental a skill for women as cooking and needlework.


The ancient Egyptians similarly regarded beer as essential for survival: Construction workers for the pyramids were usually paid in beer rations. The Greeks and Romans were unusual in preferring wine; blessed with climates that aided viticulture, they looked down on beer-drinking as foreign and unmanly. (There’s no mention of beer in Homer.)

Northern Europeans adopted wine-growing from the Romans, but beer was their first love. The Vikings imagined Valhalla as a place where beer perpetually flowed. Still, beer production remained primarily the work of women. With most occupations in the Middle Ages restricted to members of male-only guilds, widows and spinsters could rely on ale-making to support themselves. Among her many talents as a writer, composer, mystic and natural scientist, the renowned 12th century Rhineland abbess Hildegard of Bingen was also an expert on the use of hops in beer.

The female domination of beer-making lasted in Europe until the 15th and 16th centuries, when the growth of the market economy helped to transform it into a profitable industry. As professional male brewers took over production and distribution, female brewers lost their respectability. By the 19th century, women were far more likely to be temperance campaigners than beer drinkers.

When Prohibition ended in the U.S. in 1933, brewers struggled to get beer into American homes. Their solution was an ad campaign selling beer to housewives—not to drink it but to cook with it. In recent years, beer ads have rarely bothered to address women at all, which may explain why only a quarter of U.S. beer drinkers are female.

As we’ve seen recently in the Kavanaugh hearings, a male-dominated beer-drinking culture can be unhealthy for everyone. Perhaps it’s time for brewers to forget “the king of beers”—Budweiser’s slogan—and seek their once and future queen.

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November Wine Focus Group

About Mutual

News Release: Friday, October 12th

About: Asheville Wine Focus Group for November
Join us on Wednesday, November 7th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines for The Asheville Wine Focus Group. Play wine shop owner for the night!
The evening will be hosted by Juniper Cooper of Mutual Distribution. Four wines will be presented for your consideration. Should the wines be on our shelves? What should the wines cost? 
"We value the input and guidance of our customers," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "We are all in this together!"
The event is "on the house" but you do need to let us know that you will be joining us. Please call (828) 575-9525 or register online at
Please note that due to our event schedule, we will be gathering on the first Wednesday rather than the second Wednesday of the month.
Contact: Gina Trippi
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Yangarra Wins!


We had a rollicking, rollicking I say, night at the October Wine Focus Group @MetroWines. Stacy Strong of Empire Distriution hosted presenting four wines and Any Hale, Director of The Asheville Shool of Wine, added commentary on fining, filtering as well as describing what "biodynamic" is all about. We leaned. We laughed. We left with confidence.

Yangarra PF Shiraz from McLarenvale, Australia, was the wine that nearly everyone agreed upon. Made more in the old world style than other popular versions of Shiraz, Yangarra has returned to the tradition of Shiraz. Rather than a big, let's be frank here, fruitbomb, Yangarra presents complexity in flavors and aromas in a slightly lighter body. Comments of leather and chocolate were common. And this is what we like to hear when a wine is presented, that the wine is so well made that you can actually identify flavors!

The Focus Group was of the opinion that this wine stood in a class of its own. Yangarra is a new world wine made with old world traditions and minimal, if any, interference from vine to bottle. The Group thought this wine coudl be served chilled and could handle a concoction of flavors that you might find on a holiday table. Shop Yangarra @MetroWines!

Winery Notes:

PF (Preservative Free) Shiraz is made from grapes grown on our certified biodynamic single-estate vineyard, grown without herbicides, fungicides or synthetic chemicals. It is made without additions of any kind: sulphur (preservative), acid, tannin or finings. It’s medium bodied, fresh, fruit driven wine that is delicious enjoyed as a young wine. With that in mind, we do have PF shiraz back to our first vintage of 2013 that is still showing some of lovely vibrant characters.



REGION: Estate grown in Kangarilla, McLaren Vale, SA

WINEMAKING: Cold soaked, wild yeast ferment, pressed after 10-12 days on skins, no additives, no fining, only filtration.


The vineyard is certified Biodynamic (certification # 11587) with Australian Certified Organic. We have quite a practical approach, with our philosophy focused around healthy and alive soil. This involves the use of compost and biodynamic preparations, use of sheep in winter to graze under vine, and minimal mechanical soil disruption. There is no use of synthetic herbicides or fungicides.

REGION: Kangarilla, McLaren Vale, SA


VINE AGE: 19-23 year-old vines

ELEVATION: 150-180m above sea level



Sourced from Block 19 on our single vineyard estate, picked on two separate dates; 22nd and 27th February. De-stemmed and mechanically sorted with 50% whole berries retained. Open fermenters. Cold soaked, wild yeast ferment. Basket pressed after 10 - 12 days on skins. No additives were used throughout entire
production. Bottled in May 2018, after completing malolactic fermentation. No fining occurred, just filtration. Certified Organic/Biodynamic.

ALCOHOL: 13.0%

T.A.:  5.1 g/L

pH:  3.73

WINEMAKER: Peter Fraser

CASES:  2,875 cases




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Wines of The New World

News Release:  Wednesday, October 10th
About: Asheville School of Wine Class on New World Style
Join Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines, for "Wines of The New World" on Tuesday, October 16th from 6 to 7pm @Metrowines. Find out what is meant by "old world" and "new world" styles in winemaking and taste the difference.
"Not every wine style pairs with every dish or is appropriate to go solo," says Andy Hale. " Learn how the same varietal has been made wine differently through generations!"
$25. Class limited to 20 participants. For reservations, please call (828) 575-9525 or shop online:

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Visintini Franconia

About This Franconia

 100% Franconia violets, pomegranate and blueberrry. Less than four miles from the border with Slovenia - the Visintini Family continues the work of their great-grandfather, Domenico, who bought the estate in the late 1800s. Their wine cellar dates to the 1200s but their winery is very modern. This Franconia is hand-harvested and fermented in cement tanks. No manuiulation or additives. Clean Wine. While work in the cellar is minimal, Visintini's work in the vineyards is extensive. With certified organic vines moving toward biodynamic, the Visintinis are continuing the 800 year legacy of their land. Heavier, creamy cheeses and spicy sausages are great pairs fr this Franconia!


About Visinitini from Piedmont Wine Imports in Durham

Palmira, Oliviero and Cinzia Visintini are wine geeks of the best kind. You can see Slovenia from their farm, it’s the next line of low hills on the horizon, 6km away. Their grandfather Domenico Visintini bought the estate and its ruined medieval tower in 1884. A respectable portion of the original 13th century cellar is crammed with Palmira Visintini’s personal wine stash. Amphorae of biodynamically farmed Pignolo line the hallway outside, wine that won’t be ready to sell until 2016. In another restored alcove rest bottle of Refosco di Peduncolo Rosso and other cool indigenous grapes: Fruili actually has more indigenous reds than whites. The Visintini siblings do fine work with both.

Visintini is a clean, organized, efficient modern winery. The family are intellectual and inquisitive about wine, connected to the larger world outside of the Colli Orientali DOP and at the same time very aware of farms making interesting wine in Friuli. It’s fun to watch them hang out and talk shop with other growers in the local oenoteca in Cormons. Gossip about Colli Orientali and Collio is passed around, along with many bottles of the best wines of each DOP. And abundant prosciutto.  

The Visintinis farm twenty five hectares of indigenous grapes (Ribolla, Verduzzo, Friulano, Franconia) the bulk of which are in close proximity to the cellar. The winery was significantly expanded in 1976 by Andrea (the trio’s father) allowing for their current robust 140,000 bottle annual production, more or less. The new portion built by Andrea rests a full six meters underground, perfect for long term storage of the estate’s amphorae and bottle-aged reds. Andrea also installed the mixture of cement and stainless steel tanks that are used to ferment and age Visintini’s white wines. Their guiding principle in the cellar is to do as little as possible. In the fields Oliviero is charting a path toward biodynamic agriculture. After years of organic farming they are recently certified, and have begun making their own biodynamic composts and other preparations.  

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