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Italian Classes Canceled




Bad, Sad News. Dr. Tezzon has been assigned another class at UNCA which will conflict with our program so we must, for now, cancel the program.


But nothing stops us from try to learn on our own. we Will have 12 extraordinary lessons on our Learning Italain Blog by Michael Scardaville. Get with it!

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Fattoria La Valentina Tasting

Image result for fattoria la valentinaNews Release: Thursday, August 22, 2019

About:  Fattoria La Valentina Wine Tasting@MetroWines>


Join us Friday, October 4th from 5 to 6:30 for a tasting of wines from Fattoria La Valentina, Abruzzo, presented by Ciao Asheville and hosted by La Valentina Owner Andrea di Properzio. 

"This is a unique opportunity to taste and learn about extraordinarily well made Italian wines," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines, "and to practice your language skills with Andrea!"

The event is "on the house" with featured wines offered at event pricing.

About our Host:

Andrea di Properzio was born and raised in Pescara (Abruzzo). He is a Graduate in Business Administration from University of Bologna and University of Virginia Darden School of Business. A former management consultant, Investment Banker and working within the family’s business since 2002. Andrea, along with his brothers Sabatino and Roberto, Co-own Fattoria La Valentina. The winery was founded in 1990 in Spoltore, a village nestled amongst Pescara hills on the central coast of the Adriatic. Today, La Valentina is a member of Grand Cru D’Italia and is largely awarded from Italian and international critics as one of the best cellars in Abruzzo.

About Fattoria La Valentina

La Valentina Farm was born on the hills overlooking Spoltore, which is near Pescara in Central Italy, in 1990. The owners, Sabatino, Roberto and Andrea Di Properzio and in operations since 1994.After the first few years studying the Santa Teresa vineyard, their vigorous efforts to improve quality and achieve recognition for the high-quality wines from the Abruzzo became the principal goal of the company. La Valentina learned to understand the land more fully by respecting and tending it. Each year, the vines have been successively healthier and the wines of more authentic quality. Moved by the conviction that improvement comes only through respect for natural equilibriums, year after year, La Valentina has shunned the use of chemicals and over reliance on technology. 
By ensuring that the land remains highly fertile and keeping the plants healthy, they are able to fight off parasites and disease on their own and express themselves. In this way they can produce the healthiest possible grapes of the absolute highest quality.
Our wines are natural products of our terroir – our unique combination of terrain and soil, which we try to convey to every bottle and which is the secret of our original taste. The local micro-climate and the land itself, to which our vines are bound and so well-adapted, give rise to wines of a unique, distinctive character. Convinced that a fine wine is born from the sum of so many small details, our objective must not only be to always produce fine wine, but also to make sure that our wines are always authentic.
Today La Valentina adheres completely to the principles of sustainable development and considers sustainability and respect for the environment as commercial necessities. Employee training permits all our work and associated tasks to be carried out responsibly as far as the environment is concerned and there is also continuous monitoring of the principles of sustainable development. The company policy remains to pursue the greatest possible social and environmental awareness.
Contact for Ciao Asheville: Gail Rampersaud
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Author Mary Doria Russell and Wine

From The MetroWines Book Review Department:

The Women of the Copper Country

(Name Dropping Alert: I have had the honor and pleasure of hosting
a book signing event for Mary Doria Russell at my home in Washington DC.
Mary is not only a literary genius and success - like I need to say that!, but also
warm, charming, fun, and she has the best black pencil skirt EVER!)

From the bestselling and award-winning author of The Sparrow comes
an inspiring historical novel about “America’s Joan of Arc” Annie Clements—
the courageous woman who started a rebellion by leading a strike
against the largest copper mining company in the world.
Shop the Book at Malaprops here:

Continuing with the pioneering women theme,
"Your Read it With Bottle"
is Glenelly Cabernet Sauvignon, Glass Collection, 2016. 

$19.99 at Vivino. 
$14.99 @MetroWines! Price Pioneers!

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Glenelly Estate in Stellenbosch was purchased by May de Lencquesaing, former owner of Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse deLalande in France. This Cabernet Sauvignon delivers a classic Bordeaux profile, with bright, tangy acidity, excellent structure, fine tannins and perfect balance. A core of pure blackcurrant and dark cherry fruit, and notes of dark chocolate, herbs and spice.

Inspired by antique glasses from May de Lencquesaing’s private collection, Glenelly’s Glass Collection celebrates the parallels between the art of making wine and the art of making glass. Both glass and fine wine come from poor soil, and just as the glassblower breathes life into glass, the winemaker’s love gives life to wine.

“Since my childhood in the heart of Bordeaux’ finest vineyards till today,I have travelled the world and discovered the amazing diversity of terroirs. On my first visit to Stellenbosch I knew that this was where I wanted to fulfil my dream of starting a new adventure outside of France. In 2003, and after visiting many vineyards, I recognized the amazing potential of Glenelly.
I also believed in continuing the French heritage of wine making in South Africa going back more than three centuries.

My vision is to establish Glenelly as a world-class estate, producing award-winning wines with power, elegance and balance.”

*** But Wait. There's More! ***
From The Ciao Asheville Book Review Department:

Mary DORIA Russell has an Italian Heritage! 

Mary Doria Russell is also the author of "A Thread of Grace," the little-known story of the vast underground effort by Italian citizens who saved the lives of 43,000 Jews during the final phase of World War II. 
"AThread of Grace" puts a human face on history."

Shop book @Malaprops:
NPR on "Thread of Grace"

"Your Read it With Bottle"
is Ventale Valpolicella Superiore 2016
Imported by Frederick Wildman&Sons 14.99

Hand picked fruit, aged in 70%Oak, 20%Chestnut and 10%CherryWood for 18 months and then a few months in bottiglia (bottle). A blend of Corvina, Corvinone, and Rondinella sourced primarily from vineyards in the breezy Illasi Valley, the name Ventale is inspired by the Italian word for wind.
A medium bodied red with a touch of cranberry tartness and red cherry.  Fresh vibrancy with velvety tannins make this the perfect "drink it with bottle."

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Spiked Ice Cream!


An artisan ice cream company in Columbia, South Carolina, PROOF is changing the way people think about dessert. Using proprietary formulas and production techniques, PROOF is handcrafted daily using top-shelf liquor as a key ingredient to create a savory end-product with an unmatched creamy consistency. 

Combining quality spirits and popular ice cream flavors, 
PROOF delivers a modern, indulgent taste experience in every bite.

$9.99. Seasonal flavors available NOW @MetroWines include: 
Strawberry Moonshine, Bourbon Caramel, Coconut Rum,
Cheesecake Moonshine and Mocha Chocolate Moonshine

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Learn Italian the Low Pressure Way!

*** Italian Language Classes ***
Presented by Ciao Asheville
Hosted by Dr. Valeria Tezzon

*** Low Pressure ***
Learn through subjects like shopping, travel, art, etc.

Details and Seat Reservation here:

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Let's get started!
This is "The Kiss" translate: il Bacio
by Italian Artist Francesco Hayez

Tickets HERE!


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Franco Serra @MetroWines

*** AND This (also) Just IN ***
Franco Serra Wine Tasting
Hosted by Antonio Sperone

LIVE from Italy!

Monday, September 30th from 5 to 6:30
"on the house" @ and ONLY @MetroWines

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Sponsored by Ciao Asheville
(Added Benefit: Practice your Italian!)

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Bone&Broth Dinner: Walk The Andes

*** THIS JUST IN ***

"A Walk Through the Andes"
Wednesday September 25th
@Bone and Broth on Charlotte Street

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Because of the popularity of Bone and Broth Dinners,
seating will be limited this time. Reserve NOW!

Rose when you arrive followed by 4 courses paired
with wines from Chile and Argentina. Then dessert!
$80 with tax and gratuity!

Reserve by calling (828) 575-9525 or online here:

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Treasure Hunter "Propaganda"

*** Big Red of The Week ***
A NEW Treasure Hunter is in The House!
2017 "Propaganda" 

Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa 

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Treasure Hunter says: "Complex aromatics of blackberry liqueur, fresh strawberry, pipe tobacco, and salted caramel are complemented with mouth-coating flavors
of velvety blueberry, cream soda, sage, and roasted chicory

440 cases made. When it's gone, it's gone.
Sold Out online at Wine Spies for $30
$27 @MetroWines and IN Stock!

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Carpinus, Hungary

2017 from Hungary!

Istvan and Edit Bai farm 5 small, historically celebrated vineyards in Tokaji.
These prized plots are situated on the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, encompassing a myriad of wine growing soils. This cuvee is 100% Furmint.
While the grape is mostly recognized as a dessert wine, Carpinus is DRY.
This balanced wine presents orchard fruits, nuts, mineralogy and beeswax.
Furmint pairs with a wide range of spices and flavors.
(Personal Note: And, because of its slightly lemony taste,
Furmint can be served as a sorbet alternative. Do the different! Do Furmint!)

Almost nowhere in country. But on shelf in London and Netherlands!
$15.99 @MetroWines!

Make Hungarian Wine an Experience
with a Marcel Breuer Hungarian Chair!

The Hungarian born architect and designer Marcel Breuer created the B3 chair inspired by bicycle frames. In 1927, he launched the sequel: the D4, that folded!
The D4 has been reissued in cobalt blue canvas at MOMA Design Store in NYC.
In the first catalog of Breuer's tubular steel furniture, the D4 was nicknamed the Wassily after Bauhaus School colleague Wassily Kandinsky. Marketed as suitable
for patios, summer homes and gardens. Still a good suggestion in 2019!

Shop the Breuer Chair at MOMA here:

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Italian White from Kermit Lynch

Corte Gardoni Custoza Bardino 2017
Kermit Lynch Import, $16.99

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When looking for everyday whites, many automatically pick up old reliables like Chablis, Mâcon, or Sancerre. But with yields down in Burgundy and prices for good Sancerre creeping up, why not experience new flavors?

       Corte Gardoni, the Veneto farm run by the Piccoli Family since 1600s, is just south of Lake Garda. Gianni Piccoli 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! And he has efused to raise his prices over the years, allowing Kermit Lynch to continue offering his wines at affordable prices.

      Piccoli’s Custoza is incredibly complete with spring-fresh bouquet, complex flavors, good body, pleasant acidity, and a stimulating finish. Garganega is prominent, blended with other local grapes to complete your new experience. 

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MetroWines Does SPAIN in September

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*** September Wine Class: Spain ***
Seated Spanish Tasting with Marta Plana, Owner of Winetones,
and Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine
Thursday, September 12th from 5:30-6:30, $15
@ and ONLY @MetroWines

*** September Dinner: Spain ***
at Celine and Company!
Wednesday, September 18th at 6:30, $79 ALL IN.
Extraordinary Menu. Spanish Garlic Shrimp anyone?
Chef Kim can accommodate any food requirement.

As Featured in Carolina Epicurean

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Italy: Books and Wine!

From the "Ciao Asheville"
Book Review Department:

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Order the book from Malaprops:

Make it Real with Locorosso 2017, Fabrizio Pratesi

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Wine Spectator: 91 Points, $17.99
“Leads off with an intense graphite aroma and flavors of cherry, currant and mineral. Fresh, fruity and saturated on the long,
firm finish. Drink now through 2024.”

This wine is produced by Fabrizio Pratesi in the LoLocco estate,
owned by his family since 1875. Locorosso is made with hand-harvested
90% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet. This fragrant wine offers
flavors of strawberry, cherry and black currant with a wisp of chocolate.
Ample bodied wine, soft on palate with plushy tannins. Long finish. 

Summer Pasta Salad Recipes

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*** And Don't Forget ***
Italy in America!

Donati Family Wine Tasting with Adam Chesia
Presented by Ciao Asheville
** Thursday, August 22nd from 5-6:30 @MetroWines **

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Great Rose' Tasting for September

News Release: Monday, August 12th

About: Great Rose' Tasting for September @MetroWines
Join us on Saturday, September 7th from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines, for the September Great RoseTasting. 
Four bottle of Rosfrom around the world, including Palama Archangelo Negromaro Rose from Puglia, will be "on the taste" and "on the house" all day long.
"We are the only store in North Carolina and possible this country to offer Palama Archangelo," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Archangelo is already selling down and when it's gone, it's gone!"
Event pricing on featured bottles.
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Andy Hale at ABTech!

Join Andy Hale, Certified Wine Specialist, and learn the practical skills essential for a career in the wine industry. Focus on knowledge necessary to prepare students for entry-level certification exams such as those offered by the Court of Master Sommeliers and the Society of Wine Educators. Must be 21 years of age and register in person.

Classes are Monday Evenings from 6 to 9pm from September 9-September 30. $107.

For more information, call Maria Spadaro at (828) 398-7925

or email at

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Montsarra CAVA


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Montsarra CAVA, Penedes, Methode Champenoise

90 Points from Wine & Spirits
Bosky apple scents and flavors of clotted cream imply richness, but the wine cuts that with Spanish severity, finishing on the flavor of Marcona almonds, briny and tight.

This bottle is a great price for a special occasion, gift, thank you, to take to a party when you "don't know what they are serving" or for your own table of various and diverse flavors.

$15.99 at, $17.99 at Vivino
nut....$14.99 @MetroWines

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Italian Language Classes: Low Pressure

Italian Language Classes
(the easy and interesting way!)
Presented by Ciao Asheville

and Hosted by Dr. Valeria Tezzon
starting September 26th and then 10 Thursday classes.

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Everything You Need to Know to Get By in Italy!

As this Italian Language class is one of the very few in Asheville
and class size is limited to insure meaningful participation,
there is a very HIGH SELL OUT Risk.
To encourage that all students progress at the same level,
You must purchase the entire series. You will LOVE it!
Go here to reserve your seat:

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Donati Family Vineyards Tasting

Donati Family Vineyards
Presented by Ciao Asheville
** Thursday, August 22nd
from 5 to 6:30 @MetroWines **

Who is Donati? "Sisters Forever "and "Claret" for starters!

Image result for sisters forever chardonnay donatiAdam Chesia, East Coast Representative for Donati Family Vineyards, will host a tasting of Donati Wines "on the house" and tell us all about the winery, the history, the Italian Heritage and the current winemaker, Briana Heywood!

More here:

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Abbona Barolo!

Barolo Docg

93 Points from Wine Spectator
Wine SpectatorA beautiful expression of cherry, strawberry,
rose and light spice flavors is buoyed by dusty, linear tannins.
Tense and energetic, with a long, resonant finish. Best from 2022 through 2040.
$39 for a high quality Barolo of which you own 100%, a better deal!

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Wine Pairing Dinner at Bone and Broth


News Release: Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

About: Wine Dinner at Bone and Broth with MetroWines 
and Vine Connections
Join us at Bone and Broth on Wednesday, September 25th starting 6pm
for "A Walk Through the Andes" at Bone and Broth on Charlotte Street. Our host for the evening will be Donna Creese from Vine Connections. 
"This dinner is all about the wines of Chile and Argentina," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "We hope to introduce you to some new wines, different flavors and pairings you might not have considered!"
Bone and Broth Chef Chris Benson has tasted all the wines to create just the right food pairing. "His expertise and extra attention to the pairing process makes all the difference for diners," says Sam Douglas, General Manager of Bone and Broth.
With this focus on Chile and Argentina, expect the unexpected! We welcome you with a Rose from Chile, then four courses paired with four wines that well represent the region, followed by dessert.
The evening is $80 including gratuity and tax. Please call (828) 575-9525 or reserve online here:
Because of the popularity of past wine pairing dinners at Bone and Broth, seating will be limited. We encourage you to reserve your seat as soon as possible.
The Menu

A walk through the Andes

A Vine Connections Wine Dinner

Course 1-Chile

Wine - Boya Rose

Course 2-Chile

Wine- J. Bouchon, Canto Sur Valle del Maule 2017

Food- Grilled Pork Tenderloin with milcao and garnished with tomato, feta, olive pesto

Course 3-Chile

Wine-Casa Silva, Carmenere, Los Lingues Vineyard valle del Colchagua 2017

Food- Beef Tenderloin crudo, with a small salad with seasonal vegetables and a blackberry vinaigrette and flatbread

Course 4 Argentina

Wine-Luca Syrah Laborde double select Uco Valley

Food-  Asado 1- Roulade and pork chorizo and provoletta, roast purple potatoes and cherry tomato asado sauce

Course 5-Argentina

Wine-Tikal Jubilo Mendoza 2014

Food-Asado 2- Grilled assorted steaks, grilled eggplant, with onions and chimmichurri

Course 6-Argentina

Food- Bittersweet chocolate éclair filled with Dulce de leche creme Chantilly

Asado is an Argentinian BBQ over fire and coals

About Vine Connections:
Nick Ramkowsky and Ed Lehrman got their wine careers started early. Nick began working at North Berkeley Wine Shop while attending UC Berkeley, eventually becoming the store’s manager and wine buyer. Ed started collecting wine as a hobby and storing it in the bottom 2 drawers of his dorm dresser at Duke University before moving to NYC where he worked at New York’s premier wine shop, Sherry-Lehmann.
While on a trip in 1999 visiting wineries in Mendoza, Argentina, Ed and Nick realized they had to introduce America to the best wines from the world’s 5th largest (but still fairly unknown) wine producing country. They decided to form and launch Vine Connections, which pioneered the first nationally-imported portfolio of artisan wines from Argentina More about Vine Connections:
Donna Creese
Mid-Atlantic Regional Sales Manager
Donna Creese, Mid-Atlantic Regional Sales Manager, works in DC, MD, DE, VA, NC, WV, TN, and PA. She came to Vine Connections in 2014 with a strong background in luxury properties and food & beverage management.
Growing up on a farm in Virginia, driving a tractor with her dad, tossing hay bales, birthing calves and working with horses, she reached for excellence in her pursuits early joining the jumper circuit showing. Today Donna resides on the eastern shore of Maryland, in a small sailing community enjoying her down time with her two dogs and lots of friends.  
In addition to being accomplished in a list of sports, Donna is an also excellent cook working with greens from the gardens surrounding her cottage home. This brings real hands on knowledge to her passion for South America making wine and food events special. 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Franco Serra Wine Tasting

News Release:  August 6th, 2019

About: Franco Serra Wine Tasting @MetroWines
Please join us on Monday, September 30th from 5 to 6:30pm for a tasting of Franco Serra Wines "on the house" @MetroWines sponsored by "Ciao Asheville," your Italian Cultural Forum in Asheville.
The event will be hosted by Antonio Sperone, the producer of Franco Serra Wines, who joins us for the event from Italy!
"If you shop @MetroWines, you know Franco Serra Wines, especially the Barbera, the Barbaresco, all of them!" says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Franco Serra offers excellent quality for the price."
As always, wines poured will be offered at an event price. And Antonio would be delighted to sign your bottle!
About Antonio Sperone:

Antonio Sperone is the son of Giacomo Sperone, founder of the Giacomo Sperone Company. Founded in 1960, the Giacomo Sperone company is one of the most relevant producers of Vermouth and sparkling wines in Italy. Antonio joined the family business in the seventies after obtaining a degree in chemistry.

In 1983 the family opened a second winery, Tenute Neirano (producer of the Franco Serra wines), in the Asti area. Tenute Neirano produces and bottles high quality wines from the Piedmont area. Antonio became CEO in 1995. Currently he is also the director of production of both Tenute Neirano and Giacomo Sperone companies. His daughter, Francesca and son, Andrea have since joined the family business.

About Franco Serra Winery:

Franco Serra is produced by the Sperone family who have been making affordable premium wines for four generations. In 1920, Antonio Sperone opened a small wine shop in Torino where he sold bulk wine directly to consumers. Unsatisfied with the quality and price of the local wine, Antonio started his own winery in Puglia where land was inexpensive and produced good wine.

He built a bottling facility in Torino and was soon able to offer his customers quality wines at prices everyone could afford. Sadly, it was destroyed when the city was bombed in WWII. The winery in Puglia survived the war and enabled Antonio’s grandson Giacomo to open a new facility near Milan where he produced vermouth, sparkling wines, spirits and fine wines. With the help of his sons Paolo and Antonio, the company grew quickly and achieved distribution throughout Italy and expanded into foreign markets.

In 1965, the family purchased 75 acres of prime vineyards in Piedmont and built a new winery in the small town of Mombaruzzo just outside Monferrato. Even as prices fetched for wines from this increasingly fashionable region continue to climb, the Sperone family proudly focuses on value.  Franco Serra provides everyone with the opportunity to drink thoughtfully crafted, distinctive wines from Italy’s most renowned region.

Contact for Ciao Asheville" Gail Rampersaud: 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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