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Asheville Wine Focus Group 2018 ReCap

With such a small shop working to serve different tastes and price points, stocking the shelves can be like pushing a wine barrel up a hill! And trying to maintain the constant favorites while still bringing in new wines is no easy feat. The Asheville Wine Focus Group ("Group") has been extraordinarily helpful in advising on decisions.
Some of our findings for the year are:
While Group enjoyed Chenin Blanc from South Africa and thought these wines had their place, if you had to choose just one, Group preferred the crisp acidity of a French Chenin Blanc while recognizing that pairing with a dish may call for the smoother South African version.
Rose works all year! On three occasions, the favorite of the four submitted wines was a Rose with the Backsberg Pinotage Rose being the biggest hit. Believe it. Kudos to Group for stepping outside their collective comfort zone and bringing a wine truth forward that the rest of the world already knows: Rose works all year!
Group was not afraid to tackle lesser known varietals such as Muller Thurgau. In fact, the Muller took the prize one night. Group thought the varietal offered a smoothness, showing good weight like a Chardonnay, that made the wine good to go solo but still presented enough acidity to pair with food. 
We also taste tested a Blaufrankisch. You cannot fool Group. While they liked the bottle, Group thought we could do better for the same or a lower price. This one was booted, baby!
Group went crazy for a blend of Tannat and Merlot from Brumont. We brought the bottle in and still have trouble keeping it on the shelf. Not only great tasting but Group thought the bottle was really good for the price. "A real deal," Group said. And who could forget the Copertino, a blend of 95% Negroamaro and 5% Malvasia. Again, this wine had a little age on it. Group will go there!
And Group showed their knowledge and interest in putting a little age on the bottle. A 2011 Rioja was a smash hit. Group picked this wine as a winner before we knew that James Suckling had given this vintage 93 Points! 
We showed that we got critical acclaim game again when we chose Airfield Cabernet Sauvignon. Turned out Wine Enthusiast loved it too. And we were ahead of Eric Asimov choosing a bottle from Broadside which showed up in his column weeks later!
And then there was the Biltmore Smack Down! What is "A Biltmore SmackDown" you ask? A while back, Biltmore showed up @MetroWines and blind tasted us on their Chardonnay and Cabernet. They pitted their wines against two very, very well known and good selling bottles of the same varietal and close in price. Let's just say, we were impressed. But, to land on the shelf, we told Biltmore that they must convince our customers. 
More than 40 showed up to take the challenge! Biltmore Wines held their own. The goal for Biltmore was to show that, even if you did not prefer the Biltmore Wine, it was a quality bottle. for example, The Biltmore Chardonnay was quite French in style. The majority of Group prefers a heavier bottle. BUT, it was agreed that the North Carolina chardonnay was great for the price and it was not at all clear, that style aside, the competitor was worth $10 more. When asked which of the Biltmore Wines we should stock, Group said the Blanc de Blanc Sparkling and the Pinot Noir.
And that brings us to the bottom line: the price to quality ratio. So many times Group loved a bottle but when the price was announced, it was a no go. In some cases, Group could even name a bottle already on the shelf of the same varietal that was, in their opinion, better and at a lower price! 
Name aside, you have to Bring IT! There is so much competition in the wine world, savvy consumers are passing up the name brands looking for quality at at a better price.
The Asheville Wine Focus Group did a heck of a job helping us to decide not just what goes on our shelves, but the wine landscape in Asheville as well. The importers, sometimes taken aback by how knowledgable Group was about wine and their discerning palates, took note of Group comments. 
One phenominon we did notice was consumer connection to a label. That goes bothe ways. You can continue to buy a wine that has long past its prime, that is, living off its respected label and subconsciously refuse to give a new label or a label on a wine, such as Biltmore, that has not peformed well in the past.
This is an article about both sides of label predjudice that we wrote for The Laurel of Asheville a while back:

  “I don’t buy wine because of the label. “  But the research says some of us, actually many of us, do.  Wineries want you to look. You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. And so it is for the wine label. Who can resist the lure of Kungfu Girl Riesling?

  Labels were originally intended to provide legally required information. Wine Searcher, a service that posts information from online wine shops, says countries around the world have laws for both wines produced in country as well as imported wines. Labeling laws typically require name, region of origin, vintage, often the varietal or blend, volume and percentage of alcohol.

  But fierce competition in the wine world has forced the label to become a marketing tool.  “99 Bottles of Wine,” a new book by wine label designer David Schuemann, tells all in his book revealing the wine marketing strategy. The label, Schuemann says, is easier to remember than the taste of the wine.

  Schuemann notes that at a wine tasting held at the Edinburgh Science Festival in Scotland showed that while people could not consistently differentiate wines, they were consistently drawn back to the label they knew. So, from a wine marketing perspective, wine consumers look for the label, the brand, just like with any other product. And, again, just like any other product, research shows that an eye catching label can encourage the consumer to buy a more expensive bottle.

  Labels range from the traditional coat of arms style to animal portraits to high end design by artists whose works are seen in museums! Little did I know when I saw an exhibition by Mickalene Thomas at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC, that her work might be sitting on my dining room table in the form of a wine label!

  Label designs also carry subtle messages and invoke what might be called wine label prejudice. People associate minimalist, uncluttered design with high end vintages, says Schuemann. Wine connoisseurs are attracted to labels with cream or white backgrounds, a touch of gold or metal. Labels with “critters” are out. The wine neophyte, Schuemann says, are attracted to labels that “pop” and that means color, design and sometimes, “critters!”

  Label prejudice can influence taste as well. An experiment conducted by Cornell University Professor of Marketing Brian Wansink, proved the point. Professor Wansink filled all the bottles with the same $2 wine, labeling half as wine from California and the other half as wine from North Dakota. Those drinking the wine with the California label stayed longer, drank more and rated the wine higher!

  But, in the end, the label really tells the story of the winery, the philosophy, the history, how the winery wants to be seen. There is no better example than the label on the Washington State Red Blend by highly regarded winemaker Eric Dunham. One night, Dunham heard a dog fight. He ran out to find and rescue a badly wounded puppy. The puppy lost his leg that night but, as Dunham said, the puppy found a home and Dunham a best friend. With a drawing of the puppy on the label, Dunham named a wine for his new friend, “Three Legged Dog.”

When it comes to wine, make your own decisions and have the courage of yor convictions!

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Asheville Wine Focus Group: January



News Release: Thursday, December 13th, 2018
About: January Wine Focus Group

Join us on Wednesday, January 9th for the Asheville Wine Focus Group from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines. Our hosts will be Richard McKinney and Nick Demos from Tryon Distributing (

"This night marks one year of working The Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines" says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "The group has been incredibly helpful in guiding us to provide what our customers want to see on the shelves."
Four wines will be presented for consideration by the Group. Richard McKinney and Nick Demos will tell us about the varietals included and the history surrounding the wines as well as personal stories from their travels to the wineries.

The event is "on the house" but you need to reserve a seat. Register by calling (828) 575-9525 or online:

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Sparkling Rose Tasting Goes On!


Great Rose Tasting: December  Event Pricing in RED!

Mazzolino, Lombardy, Italy $27  *** $23 ***

100% Pinot Nero, this wine is made in the Methode Traditionelle, aged for 18 months on the lees then manually riddled. The color is a light to medium orange with dried roses.  The nose is intense red fruits, citrus, flowers and toasted bread. On the palate, you will find prickly bubbles - bursting! with dry red fruit including, tangy strawberry and yeast.


Underraga Pinot Noir Rose $10.99 *** $9.49 ***

Light pink with tiny and persistent bubbles. Fruity (cherry) and floral (roses), delicate aroma. Fresh and dry with a juicy sensation. Perfect as an aperitif, by itself, with desserts or Asian food. Now selling in more than 70 countries around the world, with more than 130 years, Viña Undurraga is one of Chile’s oldest wineries and a pioneer in the nation’s winemaking industry.


Juve Y Camps Rose Cava $16.99  *** $14.49 ***

This Cava is a bright red cherry color in the bass with a lovely effervescence. On the plate, Juve Y Camps is intense, fresh and exuberant with notes of cherry and strawberry wrapped in a hint of honey, toasted bread and flowers. Robert Parker gave this bottle 91 Points saying the non-vintage sparkling wine is: "displays a bright cherry red color with a showy nose of cherries, truffles and star berry jam with a fresh, pungent palate, with balanced acidity and flavors.


Sharffenberger Brut Rose, Mendicino County $28  *** $24 ***

A blend of 54% Chardonnay and 42% Pinot Noir, the wine has a pale salmon hue with integrated aromas of fresh raspberry jam and wild strawberries on a cream covered pastry base. The flavors are layered, round, fresh, fruity and long. Made in the Methode Traditionelle, the grapes are sourced from Sharffenberger vineyards in Anderson Valley together with other quality vineyards in Mendocino County. This type of vineyard selection allows us to choose from the best vineyards in the area.

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Holiday Wines Tasting, RockWall Zinfandel, Wind Gap, Crusher Petite Sirah, Vina Alberdi, Caprili, Midnight in CapeTown, Biltmore Smack Down, Case Club



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*** Holiday Party Wines Alert ***

Shop Your Holiday Party Wines @MetroWines
Better Selection. Better Quality. Better Price than Big Box.


No "Loss Leader" to lure you in
and then download overpriced bottles on you!

Take Meomi for example.
Big Box Price: $18.98
MetroWines Price: $14.99

And Toward This Goal, Join us for:
*** "Confirmed Holiday Hits" ***

4 High Quality, Value Minded Wines
from Advintage Distribution
"on the taste" and "on the house"

Thursday, December 13th from 5 to 6:30

Back of die-cut business card.

This is The Little Black Dress of Wines
Goes with Anything. Crowd Pleaser $15.99 

      Vineyard Notes: This 100% Zinfandel is a blend created from small lots of Zinfandel grown all over Northern California. This blend characterizes a refined, elegant expression of what California Zinfandel can be. Production All of the lots of Zinfandel for this beautiful cuvée were picked at optimal ripeness. Each one was fermented in macro bins using various yeast strains.
   Winemaker Comments:  We have isolated the most complimentary favor profiles from distinctly different AVA’s to make this cuvee intricate, and layered with our favorite Zinfandel characteristics. This Zinfandel exhibits jammy, yet delicate aromas of strawberry jam, white pepper and marshmallow and then gives way to flavors of raspberry, blackberry pie, ripe cherry, cinnamon and nutmeg.


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From Our Chef in Residence 
in The MetroWines Food History Department!

Potatoes Conquer the World!

Green Bean Casserole Still a Holiday Favorite!

Chef Recommends Pairing the NEW with the Vintage
Wind Gap Trousseau Gris 2017 ( $23) with Both

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"Bright, fresh, and clean, with supple yellow & white tree fruits, pronounced floral aromatics,
and exotic spices, this California Original is all about having fun and enjoying life with
a glass of wine in your hand. Smashable and delicious this 2017 will delight with almost
any type of cuisine you can throw at it, or drink it all by itself with a nice view and a friend or two."

Jen Sincero is a world-renowned author, success coach, and motivational speaker
who’s spent over a decade helping people transform their lives and their bank accounts.

See Malaprop’s website for ticket information.

Shop @MetroWines for your
"Badass Read it With Wine"
Might we suggest:

The Crusher $11.9990 pts + Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast, September 2018

The Crusher Petite Sirah is a deep, inky color with bold aromas of boysenberry, blackberry, and fig jam.
The inviting aromas lead to a medium palate with a core of juicy fruit flavors, toasted hazelnut
and baking spice notes. The wine spends 10 months in a combination of French, American and Hungarian oak, giving the final blend a soft texture with fine, well-integrated tannins.


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Thinking About Retiring to Spain?

Think About It Over
a Bottle of Vina Alberdi Rioja Reserva 2012

    Lively, medium depth garnet red withan intense pink rim. The nose stands out for the intensity of fresh aromas of ripe red fruit, wild strawberries, currants and raspberries, against a balsamic background with notes of vanilla, toasted caramel, bakery, coffee and sweet mints. Warm aromatic entry, with good structure and balance and soft, amiable tannins. The aromatic harmony persists on the finish, with marked freshness and balance.  Long finish. Magnificent expression of classic aging.

92 points, James Suckling (Aug 2018)
Cropped from an extremely dry year, the 2012 Viña Alberdi was saved by some rains in late September. The aging lasted two years, the first one in new American oak barrels and the second in used ones. It felt livelier than the 2011. This 2012 has some aromas of raw meat, with marked toast from the American oak (all the American oak barrels are built by their own coopers), with a good combination of fruit and spice, tradition and modernity. It's approachable and easy to drink, but a little more time in bottle should polish it even further. 500,000 bottles produced.

90+ points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 235 - Feb 2018)

$24 for this aged Tempranillo and, oh baby,
Tempranillo takes to aging but good!

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Caprilli Sangiovese 2017
Montalcino, Tuscany


Dark garnet core with cherry hued edges in the glass. Bold and brooding!
Rich, deep berry notes from black cherry, plum and ripe blackberry, with pops of peppery spice. Spruce and evergreen mingled with black liquorice and new leather.

Decant for 30 - 60! The wine will flesh out and open to a rounder body and palate. Plenty of structure and backbone is supported by tart notes of cranberry, choke cherry and briar patch. A wild and slightly rustic fruit layer covers the palate and leaves room for light pepper and wintery herbs, like bay leaf.


Cape Town, South Africa Map

New Year's Eve!

"Midnight in CapeTown"

Because When it's 6pm in Asheville,
it's Already Midnight in CapeTown

December 31st from 5:30 to 6:30
South African Dishes
Prepared by Break Out Star Chef Todd Ritter
of The Princess Anne Hotel
Wines Paired by Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine
and onscreen Fireworks from CapeTown!!

$25 (plus tax) for ALL this!

Please note: Because we must prepare the feast and bring in staff for the event,
we cannot accommodate any refunds or event or store credit. 
Thank you for understanding.


Asheville Wine Focus Group


"The Biltmore Smack Down"

Wednesday December 12th from 5:30 to 6:30

Say What? What is "A Biltmore Smack Down"
A while back, Biltmore showed up @MetroWines and blind tasted us on their Chardonnay and Cabernet.
Biltmore pitted their wines against two very, very well known and good selling bottles of the same varietal
and close in price. Let's just say, we were impressed. But, to land on the shelf @Metrowines,
we told Biltmore that they must convince our customers. 

That said, join us to taste test 4 Biltmore Wines against 4 wines from our shelves.
Yikes. And you think you are scared!

Reserve a Seat NOW! Call (828) 575-9525

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The Flying Car is Almost Here
And Some of You have Not Yet Joined The Case Club!

The Case Club @MetroWines 
Allows You to Travel the World in Wine
Without Flying in Anything!

Call (828) 575-9525


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Ciao Asheville Presents Slow Food

Event is "on the house" but you must register!

Call (828) 575-9525 or go HERE!

News Release: December 1, 2018
About: Ciao Asheville Presents Slow Food Movement

"Ciao Asheville," is pleased to welcome Jason DiLoreti, an Asheville area resident and board member of Slow Food Asheville, a chapter of the International Slow Food Movement on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from 5:30 to 6:30 @Metrowines. 

The event will be hosted by Gail Rampersaud, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist from University of Florida, and Event Coordinator for "Ciao Asheville."

Highly qualified to speak on the subject, Jason received a Master's Degree in Food Culture and Communication with a focus on high quality products from University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy. The university was started by Carlo Petrini, Founder of The International Slow Food Movement.

The International Slow Food Movement was founded in Italy in 1986. Jason will give us a historical perspective on Slow Food’s roots in Italy, the present and the future of this organization that promotes local food and traditional cooking.  

Jason holds Dual Citizenship with the US and Italy and will also offer a few comments on obtaining Italian Citizenship through your Italian ancestry as well as his own journey to citizenship.

Italian Wines will be available for $7 a glass.

"Ciao Asheville" serves as an Italian Cultural Forum lead by Gail Rampersaud, Events Coordinator, Michael Scardaville, Language and Travel Coordinator, Gina Trippi, Social Media Coordinator, Julie Hettiger, Food and Photography Coordinator and is advised by The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines. The mission of "Ciao Asheville" is to offer presentations on all things Italy including language, art, history, food and wine.

You can contact "Ciao Asheville" by email at

Follow "Ciao Asheville" on Facebook here:  

"Ciao Asheville" events will also be posted to the MetroWines Sunday email. sign up here:

Media Contact for Ciao Asheville:  Gina Trippi
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Confirmed Holiday Hits


News Release: November 29th, 2018
About: Value Minded Wines for the Holidays
Join us on Thursday, December 13th from 5 to 6:30 @Metrowines to meet Anne Kaufmann of Advintage Distribution and taste "Confirmed Holiday Hits!"
Anne will offer four quality wines for value minded prices perfect for the table and big gatherings over the holidays "on the taste" and "on the house."
"You want to impress and please your guests with good wines," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "But, at the same time,
you don't want to break the bank!"
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Northern and Southern Italian Wine Clases


News Release:  November 27th, 2018

About: Northern and Southern Italian Wine Classes
Ciao Asheville sponsors The Asheville School of Wine presentation and tasting of Northern and Southern Italian Wines. 
Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine, will discuss the history, varietals and styles of both wine making regions in two classes. 
Northern Italian Wines Class including Tuscany is set for Thursday, January 24th from 5:30 to 6:30. TICKETS HERE! 
Southern Italian Wines including Umbria is set for Thursday, January 31st from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines. TICKETS HERE!
"These classes are part of the cultural exploration of Italy by Ciao Asheville connecting the old and the new through wine," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "The underground cellar at Paitin, for example, dates back to the XV century with the Paitin Family history starting in 1796!"
The presentation with tasting and paired cheeses is $25 (Plus tax).  Please reserve your seat at (828) 575-9525 or online here:
We cannot offer any refunds for cancelations.
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What is a Biltmore Smack Down?

What is "A Biltmore SmackDown" 

A while back, Biltmore showed up @MetroWines and blind tasted
us on their Chardonnay and Cabernet. They pitted their wines against two very, very well known and good selling bottles of the same varietal and close in price. Let's just say, we were impressed.
But, to land on the shelf, we told Biltmore that they must convince our customers. That said, join us to taste test 4 Biltmore Wines against 4 wines from our shelves. Yikes. And you think you are scared!
Biltmore Smack Down is Wednesday, December 12th
from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines!
To register: call (8280 575-9525 or online HERE!



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"Midnight in CapeTown"


Tickets HERE!

News Release: Monday, November 26th
About: New Year's Eve @MetroWines
Join us on December 31st from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines for a celebration of New Year's Eve!  
Why so early? Because when It's in Asheville (depending on daylight savings time!) It's Midnight in Capetown, South Africa.
Share foods from South Africa prepared by break out star Chef Todd Ritter of The Princess Anne Hotel, wines from South Africa paired by MetroWines and on screen fireworks from Capetown! The menu is still in progress but will definitely feature South African classics including candied peanuts and plantain chips!
And expect South African wines including Pinotage and Chenin Blanc!
This is the fifth year of this celebration at MetroWines. Previous years have included Midnight in Paris, Barcelona, Venice, London and Morocco.
"The event is designed for people who want to celebrate early!" says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Maybe you want to follow our party with dinner around town, another event, getting home early to let the babysitter have a night out, watching the ball drop in NYC or going to sleep before midnight!"
To insure that everyone has a good view of the fireworks and can share the evening with the other guests, seating is limited to 40. 
$25 plus tax for the event. Parking is free, close and easy.
Please note that because we must buy and prepare the South African feast! as well as bring in staff on NYE, we cannot accommodate any refunds or credit for another event.
Make reservations by calling MetroWines at (828) 575-9525 
or online here:
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Ciao Asheville Kick Off Party

SORRY: This Event is Full ! Posted Monday, January 14th.

Please check our Facebook Page for other Ciao Asheville Events! 

News Release: November 25th

About: Kick Off Party for "Ciao Asheville"

Join us as we launch "Ciao Asheville," an organization intended to serve as The Italian Cultural Forum in Asheville on Wednesday, January 16th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines. 

At this first meeting, Gail Rampersaud, Event Coordinator for "Ciao Asheville," will explain upcoming programs and the benefits of joining with us. 

STRADA will provide the pizza, Mike Tiano of Haw River WineMan will bring the Chianti and tell us about the history of the region!           and Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine, will discuss the wine pairings.

Register at (828)575-9525 or online:

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New Culinary Festival in Asheville

AVL Today reports:

Introducing Asheville’s new culinary festival
Get ready Asheville – a new culinary festival is coming to town. The Asheville Culinary Festival (an official name is still in the works) will be full of immersive culinary experiences as well as a place of diversity and community(Not your average wine + food fest – which is mostly just wine).
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Spearheaded by Chef Katie Button of Cúrate, Chai Pani ownerMeherwan Irani, French Broad Chocolate Lounge’s Jael Rattigan + a board of local culinary experts, the goal is to have guests experience food from an educational, historic + cultural perspective. Charleston Wine + Food Festival founder Angel Postell will be the event director and Asheville Event Co.’s Melissa Porter will be the on-the-ground manager. 

Here’s what we know: 
📅Sept. 12–15, 2019 (as of now) with a major event on Saturday + culinary experiences throughout the weekend.
📍“Wheel and spoke model” – The main event will be at Pack Square with demos and dinners scattered throughout the city. 
💸Prices aren't known, but we’re told there will be lots of volunteer options + inclusive pricing. Plus, the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority pledged $75,000 toward the event, made possible by tourism tax. 
🗣️: And, since this festival is still brewing in a pot of creativity, those on the board want to hear the community’s ideas + suggestions. Let us know what your theme and demo ideas are here. (More on that below). 

Learn about potential festival experiences (can you say chocolate flight night?), how to become a sponsor, get info about being involved, andsubmit your ideas here.⬇️

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Michele D'Aprix, Capital at Play, FolkTale Pinot, Stolpman, Morgon, Guimaro Mencia, Lambrusca


*** Michele D'Aprix ***
The only American woman winemaker in Bordeaux
and, we are so proud to say, friend of MetroWines
presents her wines "on the taste" and "on the house'
Wednesday, November 21 from 3 to 6pm
@ and ONLY @MetroWines!

"on the house"

Michele will be  available to talk about her wines and sign bottles.
Signed bottle? Now THAT is a great holiday gift.

John Kerr-New


John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine
TAKES a STAND in Capital at Play

"Anything But Beajolais"

Oh yes he did. He said it! He wrote it.

** Thanksgiving Approved **
FolkTale Pinot Noir 2015, Monterey County, $23

 95 Points, California State Fair Wine Competition

FolkTale says: This vintage captures the true fruit expression of Pinot Noir. 
Its rich and complex characters should be given an opportunity to open up by swirling in the glass or decanting. Rich mineral notes begin the bouquet with slate and graphite, soon opening to rich notes of black cherry, cola, and soft earth. Hints of light black pepper, leather, and vanilla balance everything out. On the palate, bright and lively acid is balanced by a nice minerality, leading to a long, rich finish.  Pairings go from meats to cheese to dark chocolate!

*** Thanksgiving Approved ***
2016 Stolpman Roussanne, Ballard Canyon, CA, $21

A  rich, full-bodied wine. Good acidity makes this Roussanne is bright and lively. Approachable now or cellar 2 to 5 years for an richer profile. A creamy palate
with a bouquet of white flower, lemon meringue, and sweet cedar. 
The Asheville School of Wine can say with confidence:
"Roussanne is spot on Thanksgiving!"

*** Thanksgiving Approved ***
2015 Chapelle des Bois Morgon, $21

Compared to the often one-dimensionally fruity Beaujolais currently in fashion,
the wines of Chapelle des Bois demonstrate substance and shape, while still offering the freshness and juiciness typical of Gamay from this region. Engaging fruit with notes of dried herbs and flowers and an earthy underpinning reminiscent of classic Burgundy. "These are wines that we prize for their dynamic and authentic character,
a character which continues to evolve with cellaring." Rosenthal Wine Merchants

Thanksgiving Approved, $18.99
(Just FYI: Gary's online has Guimaro at @24.99 not including shipping.  
Always check with us first. Shop locally and Save!)
** And Lettie Teague, Wall Street Journal Approved **

"Is Mencía the Spanish answer to Burgundy’s Pinot Noir?
The two grapes certainly have some appealing characteristics in common:
snappy red fruit, bright acidity and charming fruit and floral aromas.
But this Mencía bottling is a much cheaper buy than most Burgundies.
The Ribeira Sacra region in the Galician northwest corner of Spain
has a cool climate and slate soils that give rise to fresh, vibrant reds like this one,
with just the right balance of fruit and acidity to stand up to rich Thanksgiving fare."

James Suckling: 95 Points

Superb, peppery dark berries, plenty of spices and a wrap of glossy,
ripe tannins on the palate that perfectly suits the dark-berry and spicy-fruit core.
Lots to like here. Drink or hold.


Thanksgiving Approved. Thanksgiving Perfect! $18.99
Labrusca Lambrusco, Emilia Romagna, Italy

Lini 910 rosso is a red sparkling wine produced using the Charmat method, from
a blend of Lambrusco Salamino and the slightly sweet Lambrusco Ancelotta.

ark ruby red in color, with scents of red fruits and berries including cherry, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry. Well-structured, with intense, refreshing flavors of cherry and dark berries, and a slightly tannic finish. 

The Lini family has been making Lambrusco in Correggio since 1910. With a century of experience as a foundation, Winemaker Fabio Lini, highly-respected among his peers for his talent, focus and enthusiasm, has created a world class Lambrusco

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AVL Today Reports:

Small Business Saturday is next Saturday, Nov. 24. Asheville is full of awesome small businesses that make it an interesting + unique place to live. New small businesses are opening here all the time –helping boost not only our vibes, but our economy. 

This is something called the “Multiplier Effect.” #Fact - According to American Independent Business Alliance (AIBA), the multiplier effectis the boost to your local economy that results from locally-owned, independent businesses, owners and employees spending business revenue within the region. In a number of studies on AIBA’s site, a proven 48% return to the community occurs when you spend locally– vs. a 13.6% return when shopping chain retail.

In N.C. more than 97% of all businesses are considered small businesses, and 46% of the North Carolina workforce is employed by small businesses.Nationwide, small businesses employ almost half of the U.S. workforce
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Case Club, Eric Asimov Picks, Beaujolais Rose', Princess Anne, DMZ, Have a Heart, GlenElly, Thanksgiving Tasting, Lawrence Vuelta, Port&Sherry Class, Pinot Blanc,


From The MetroWines Super Hero Department

**MetroWines is a ROBOT FREE ZONE**
Now and Always
Besides, word is that we are beating their steely butts but good anyway!

Join The Case Club @MetroWines
Call (828) 575-9525


Eric Asimov, The Pour, New York Times

Recommends Avancia Godello and Montinore Borealis for Thanksgiving.
Both have been previously featured in this email and YEAH, we still got that!
PS: I think that picture was taken a while back. I'm just saying.......
** Think Beaujolais Rose for Thanksgiving! **
Chateau Thivin Beaujolais Villages Rose
from Claude Geoffrey Kermit Lynch Import

You won’t find many rosés made like this, in the Beaujolais or anywhere else: fermented with ambient yeasts, malolactic complete, bottled only when the wine is ready. In other words, it is produced like a serious wine of any color, allowed to run its natural course rather than being manipulated to designer specs and rushed into bottle. The result is a sleek, suave rosé that expresses the nuances of its terroir—granite soils outside the cru of Brouilly—with succulent flesh and a mouthwatering finish punctuated by a pleasant salinity.

Anthony Lynch

Princess Anne Thanksgiving Dinner
(with vegetarian option!)

Served Family Style by Chef Todd Ritter !

Located at 301 E. Chestnut

Call (828) 258-0986

Princess Anne will be serving cocktails but no wine.
You can bring your own wine. Corkage Fee is $25.
What's a Corkage Fee ALL About?

"BYOW" by Gina Trippi of The Asheville School of Wine 
for Laurel of Asheville

    90 Points from James Suckling: "A fresh and easy chardonnay
with sliced apples and white peaches. Medium body and a straight-up finish."

“The fruit for DMZ Chardonnay is selected from premium trellised vineyards in Stellenbosch at elevations of 100 to 200 meters above sea level, most with the cooling effects of the close proximity to the ocean. Components from weathered granite and sandstone soils in Stellenbosch all contribute to the elegance and minerality, as well as a fresh citrus and yellow apple character.”-Winemaker’s Notes 

“De Morgenzon is Dutch for "the morning sun," a fitting name for this boutique property high on the Stellenboschkloof, which is the first to be touched by the rising sun's rays. De Morgenzon's high altitude vineyards command sweeping views of Table Mountain and Cape Point, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Embracing the philosophy that a biodiverse and ecologically sensitive environment produces infinitely better grapes, proprietors Wendy and Hylton Appelbaum have established De Morgenzon as a garden carefully tended vineyards interspersed  with wildflowers between the vines." 

November 17th All Day Long from 10am to 7pm
Big Guy Donates $2 of every case sold to Paws for Purple Hearts.
Good Wine. Good Cause.
Featured in Carolina Epicurean FIRST!

This Cabernet delivers a classic Bordeaux profile, with bright, tangy acidity,
excellent structure, fine tannins and  balance. It flaunts a core of pure blackcurrant and dark cherry fruit, tinged with notes of dark chocolate, herbs and spice.

Personal Note: "I think you would identify this wine as a French Bordeaux in
a blind tasting. The South African soil and climate give the wine a little more body
and fruit content. From woman winemaker, the bottle is a steal at $14.99."

*** BUT ***
Our Sommeliers Are Stepping UP and Stepping IN
to Feature Wines for The Thanksgiving Table

"ON and OFF BEAT Wines for Thanksgiving"

On Friday, November 16th All Day from 10am-6pm


Laurence Vuelta Hosts a Seated Tasting
"California Meets Spain: An International Holiday Table"

Thursday, November 15 5:30-6:30
"If you have not been to a wine tasting with Laurence Vuelta,
you have not been to a wine tasting. It's just a fact."

Dishes from Local Establishments including
Sovereign Remedies and Gan Shan
$25 (plus tax) Event Credit Only for Cancelations
Tickets at (828) 575-9525

Tuesday, November 12th from 5:30 to 6:30
with Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine

*** LAST CALL ***

To be perfectly honest with you, we have hesitated a bit to focus on Port and Sherry.
Both of these time honored wines seem to suffer from the image of being
"the little nip" that your grandma had before bed or when grandpa came home.
And, making it worse, a lot of us think the two are alike!
But the truth is that the two are wildly different in aroma and taste.
What Port and Sherry do share in common is that both are:
Sexy. James Bond Kind of Sexy.

Asheville Wine Focus Group
*** November WINNER ***
This Wine from Alsace is amazingly versatile, smooth and lovely.
Group nearly unanimously agreed on the wine and the price: $16.49
THIS is Thanksgiving in a bottle!
More about the November Group here:

December Wine Focus Group: "The Biltmore Smack Down"
Biltmore Says They Can Bring IT.
Join Us for A Blind Tasting to Put Biltmore to the Test!

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ON and OFF Beat Thanksgiving Wines



"ON and OFF Beat Thanksgiving Wines"

Saturday, November 16th All Day

from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines

"on the house"

And we use real glasses @MetroWines!

   Our sommeliers @Metrowines have selected some traditional choices as well as wines you may not have considered that pair pefectly with Thanksgiving flavors. Join us!

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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
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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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
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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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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