News Release: October 9th, 2018
News Release: October 9th, 2018
Bad Name. OK. Let's Face It. VERY Bad Name.
But WOW! Great Wine!
Intense and brilliant ruby red with shades of purple and violet.
Bellifelli, a project of Valle dell'Acate
from Friend of MetroWines, Gaetana Jocano Gola!!
Insolia, Sicilia DOC, $15.99
"The notes of citrus fruit, the jasmine aromas, and the typical
greenish yellow color of Insolia have inspired a reassuring
and serene face which suggests fragrance and balance."
|The Dark Side of Wine
with Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine
What's REALLY REALLY in Your Glass
(Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid)
Wednesday, October 30th starting 6pm @MetroWines
$20 plus tax. Seating Limited to 20. Event Credit Only.
Call (828) 575-9525
|** Seated Washington State REDs Tasting **
with Small Plates from Bone&Broth!!
Wednesday, October 24th
from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines
$25 plus tax. Seated limited to 20. Event Credit Only
Call (828) 575-9525
Or online: https://
|Asheville Wine Focus Group
Wednesday, October 10th from 5:30 to 6:30
|Morales Tempranillo 2016
This riper version of Tempranillo shows black cherries and blueberries,
along with sandalwood and sawdust from American oak. The finish reflects its warm region origins with some raisins and dusty earth lingering on the palate.
** $11.99 **
|*** BREAKING NEWS ***
Seated French Wine Tasting Part Deux
Wednesday, October 17th
Ancient Animal Themed Drinkware
William Kole for Associated press
Nice. BUT Better Idea......
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100% Sangiovese Rose Imported by Kermit Lynch
Although he always enjoyed visiting vineyards and attending tastings, Giuseppe Maria “Giugi” Sesti did not initially choose a career in wine. Instead, his Venetian upbringing inspired him to study music, art, and astronomy, the last of which became his profession. He met his future wife in North Wales while writing his first book on this topic, and in 1975 Giugi and Sarah moved their family to Tuscany, where they bought the abandoned ruins of the hamlet and castle of Argiano, slowly clearing the land and restoring the buildings to create the breathtaking estate we see there today. Giugi was now a father of four, vice-director of a local Baroque opera festival, and actively writing books on astronomy, but he miraculously found spare time to visit local wineries and help his neighbors in the vineyards and cellar. His passion for wine grew along with his experience, and in 1991 he planted his own vineyards on the slopes around the castle. The children helped pick and stomp grapes from the earliest age, and though they, too, pursued international studies in various fields, they always managed to come home for the harvest. In 1999 the couple’s only daughter, Elisa, joined the estate full time, and today she is an active partner in all aspects of the vineyard management and winemaking.
While helping out at neighboring estates Giugi observed that simplicity and careful attention were the most important factors in producing great wines, while chemical intervention skewed their delicate balance; so he determined to make entirely natural wines right from the start. He even took a pioneering extra step by applying his prodigious knowledge of the moon’s influence on living things to his vineyard management and winemaking. Today the family continues this thoroughly eco-friendly philosophy (although no official certification currently meets their personal standards), and Elisa’s primary concern is the materia prima, or raw material, that goes into the wine. The Sesti lineup includes a white Sauvignon and a Sangiovese Rosato born directly of necessity, since the family wanted something light and cooling to drink under the hot summer sun; they were forced to increase production when visiting friends and clients tried these wines and started placing orders. But their basic trio—the Brunello, Brunello Riserva “Phenomena,” and Rosso di Montalcino—provides traditional expressions of the appellation, robust and powerful yet refreshing, with great aging potential in the Brunellos.
New Release: November 8th, 2018
News Release: Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018
La Tremenda Monastrell 2016
92 Points, Wine Advocate, $12.99
From the 30-year old La Tremenda vineyard, the 100% low yielding
Winery Tasting Notes: "Bright ruby-red in color, the wine shows notes
*** Travel to Italy Through Wine ***
with Andy Hale
Director of The Asheville School of Wine
on Tuesday, October 2nd from 6 to 7pm
$25 plus tax. Call (828) 575-9525
Tickets here: https://
|Heading toward medium bodied, this is a transitional white wine.
91 Points James Suckling, $14.99
"A lively green color, with hues of pale straw is the first indication the wine is both fresh and complex. The nose offers an intriguing array of fruits - sliced November figs, ripe nectarine and freshly-peeled satsumas (we call them naatjies!). In the background is the hint of herbaceous rosemary. The palate is round and fleshy, pushing forward ripe citrus fruits like orange, nectarine again and a fresh core of green melon. There is the hint of banana bread as well. It is moreish and beautifully balanced. But the excitement doesn’t stop there – the finish is creamy and long and fresh like watermelon sorbet. Very delicious."
|October Great Rose Tasting
Four on the Pour "on the house" ALL Day Long
on Saturday, October 6th from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines
Rose that's a little heavier in flavor and body for the coming cooler weather.
"What," you say? Rose in October?
|It's THAT Time of Year Again
National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Gala in Washington DC.
This year, the Region of Honor is Puglia featuring a sit-down dinner
prepared and hosted by with Lidia Bastianich!
Experience a typical Pugliese dinner perfectly paired with Pugliese wine.
Want to join in the fun? http://www.niaf.org/
Can't go but you want Puglia? Try Lucarelli Negroamaro!
NIAF is also offering a service for those interested in Italian Dual Citizenship
Follow all things Italian on "Ciao Asheville" right here:
And you can Start Learning
"Survival Italian" with Michael Scardaville
|Luccarelli Negroamaro, Puglia
Lucarelli is a reflection of the colors of Puglia.
Ruby red in the glass with purple hues, intense, and fruity,
with notes of black black currants and berries. Medium bodied, velvety with a good balance between freshness and smooth palate, long-lasting and savory finish.
Big Red with 13.5%alc. A Shop Favorite. $15.99
The Wine of Tenute del Cerro
Giacomo Alari, Export Sales Manager
will present and discuss these wines paired with Small Plates from STRADA
on Friday, September 21st from 5:30 to 6:30
Event Sponsored by "Ciao Asheville" The Asheville Italian Cultural Forum
*** Tickets HERE! ***
Tenute del Cerro is composed of five estates including four wine estates in two of the most important regions of Italy, Toscana and Umbria, with almost 5000Ha of owned land, of which approximately 300 are vineyards.
Awards and prizes given by the Italian and foreign press to Fattoria del Cerro‘s Vino Nobile di Montepulcianos, La Poderina’s Brunello di Montalcinos and Colpetrone’s Montefalco Sagrantinos are testament to Tenute del Cerro’s uncompromising work in harmony with the territory and the commitment of highly qualified staff who is deeply linked to the history of wines and production area.
Fattoria del Cerro Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG 2014, Tuscany
100% Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese clone) aged 12 months French and Slavonian oak barrels
“Tre Bicchieri” - Gambero Rosso Guide to Italian Wines 2018
“A layered and ripe red with plum and chocolate character. Medium body, soft and velvety tannins and a delicious
finish. Just right now.” - 91 points, JamesSuckling.com
La Poderina Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2013, Tuscany
100% Sangiovese Grosso
Aged 25 months in French barriques (1/3), tonneaux (1/3) and 110Hl Slavonian oak casks (1/3)
“The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautiful wine and a protagonist of this vintage. I love the purity of the fruit
and the direct manner in which it is delivered. This wine exhibits intensity and a careful sense of balance in which
dark cherry fruit and blackberry are folded into spice, tar and licorice. The effect is seamless and elegant. This wine
has the inner flexibility to drink in the near or the long term.” - 94 points, Wine Advocate
“Dark ruby-red. Strong notes of aromatic herbs, flint and licorice complicate red cherry and berry aromas and flavors.
Very long, fresh and clean, offering serious but polished tannins, this classic Brunello ought to age and develop nicely.”
- 92+ points, Vinous
Colpetrone Rosso di Montefalco DOC 2013/14, Umbria
70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino and 15% Merlot aged 12 months in Slavonian oak barrels
“The 2013 Montefalco Rosso is a dense and hearty red wine with ample structure and concentration. The wine is
infused with pressed cherry, blackberry, Christmas spice and cured tobacco.” - 89 points, Wine Advocate
“A round and velvety red showing chocolate, walnut and wet-earth character together with plummy fruit. Medium
body, soft texture and a delicious finish. Why wait on this one?” - 92 points, JamesSuckling.com (2013 vintage)
Colpetrone Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG 2011, Umbria
100% Sagrantino aged 12 months in heavy-toast French barriques, followed by 24 months in cement tanks
and then 36 months in stainless steel tanks
“So much pressed lavender to the nose here as well as the classic brambleberries but also some hints of sour
cherries, leather and Chinese spices. This is full and delicious with mouth-coating tannins, driven acidity and a
compact yet long finish. Better in 2020.” - 93 points, JameSuckling.com
Fattoria del Cerro Vin Santo di Montepulciano “Sangallo” DOC 2013, Tuscany
60% Trebbiano and 40% Malvasia dried 120 days; fermented and aged 24 months in 100L caratelli
(Extremely limited – vintage sold out)
Thought you might be interested in seeing this just released study of the wine and liquor markets across the US.
It was included in the WIne Growers News from Iowa State University.
Some of the key findings from this survey include:
1 66% of U.S. adult consumers (21+) purchase alcohol beverages with 45% regulary purchasing wine and 35% regularly purchasing liquor.
2 Consumers in the Northeast purchase more alcohol than on the West coast.
3 A similar percentage of both men & women purchase wine.
4 The of wine purchasers continues to grow steadily from 55% of those with an annual income of $125-$149K - $149,000 to 68% of those with an income of $250K+.
5 Non-Hispanic whites tend to purchase more wine than other ethnicities, while non- Hispanic blacks and Asians indicate they purchase liquor at greater levels.
6 Only 5% of regular wine purchasers and 9% of regular liquor purchasers strongly agreed that they would cut back on those purchases when cannabis was legal.
7 Only 19% of regular wine purchasers say they know wine brands, and fewer – 16% say they look for deals.
8 Walmart (29%) is the leading retail outlet for wine and number two for liquor (20%) in the U.S.
9 Point of purchase is very important as consumer behaviors can shift dramatically.
Stephanie Morton-Small, chief Commercial officer, for Decero in Mendoza, Argentina hosted a sold out Seated Tasting on Tuesday, September 11th. What's the one thing Stephanie wants us to remember? Mendoza is the size of California and, so, not all parts are created equally! Great Wines. Great Speaker. Great Night!
Reserve Your Seat HERE!
News Release: Thursday, September 13th, 2018
|*** LAST CALL ***
Ticket Window Closes Monday (tomorrow) at noon.
Rare Opportunity to hear from one of the Top Executives at Decero
London Based Stephanie Morton Small
and taste these award winning wines
(Seriously, we had to fight mano a mano for this one)
Decero (Argentina) Seated Tasting
Tuesday, September 11th from 5 to 6:30
(Yes, you can be a few minutes late. Seating time built in!)
|*** BREAKING NEWS ***
Seated Italian Wine Tasting
4 RED Wines and Vin Santo Paired with STRADA Small Plates
September 21st from 6 to 7pm
$20 for ALL this plus informative Presentation by Importer
Reserve by calling (828) 575-9525
Princess Anne Wine Dinner
with Chef Todd Ritter
See friends. Make friends. Learn. Laugh. Eat. Drink Wine.
CALL: (828) 258-0986
|"Are You Coming to Group?"
The Asheville Wine Focus Group
|TRIM is a well-crafted Cabernet Sauvignon from outstanding vineyards in California. The winemaking team works with some of the best vineyards to produce a lush,
well balanced and fruit forward Cabernet Sauvignon.
Awesome Blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot
Comprised of Barbera d’Asti, Syrah, and Merlot. Damilano offers a dry, harmonic,
and balanced taste at the palate. This medium-bodied rose remains delicate and has a pleasantly fresh aroma. Floral and fruit notes emerge mid-palate. Perfetta! 19.99 @MetroWines
If you go Red, GO Moulin de Gassat, $13.99
Why: Pinot Noir from Southern France have more acidity but still offers rich fruit.
If you go White, GO: Terra Rouge Viognier (CA) $19.99
Why? From California but made in the French style, the wine has enough body to stand up to a vegetal recipe and herbs but enough acidity to cut through the cheese.
If you GO Rose, GO: Domaine Terrebrune Bandol 2016, $23
Why? This Rose from the same area that gave us Ratatouille!. Terroir driven with a nose of thyme and white peach reminicent of a Provencal summer.
Internet price ranges from $33-40, Metro Wines has this Bandol for $23!!
All About Carmenere
by Gina Trippi for Laurel of Asheville
News Release: Friday, September 7th, 2018
News Release: Thursday, September 6th, 2018
Muscadet Coteaux de la Loire Sur Lie, Cuvee Revelation 2016: 100% Melon de Bourgogne:
Between 35 year old vines, gneiss soil, Yield: 45 hectolitres per hectare,ageing at least 12 months in vats. The wine has a light gold color, an open expressive nose, supple attack, expressive exotic, ripe fruit aromas and a long rich finish.
"At Integrity Wines, it is our goal as an importer and broker of fine natural wines, to market wines that possess purity of fruit, distinct varietal character, true expression of their terroir and balance. We focus primarily on producers who practice sustainable, organic and bio-dynamic farming, producing high quality, artisan, and estate-bottled wines. In most cases our producers are farmers, grower-producers who are passionate about their land and the quality fruit it produces. These growers use extremely low – intervention vinicultural practices acting more as stewards to deliver nature’s finest product while nurturing the earth we all live on.
A blend of 50% Mourvedere, 25% Grenache and 5% Cinsualt, vines are grown in limestone pebbles in brown clay with blue limestone bedrock. This wine is aged for 6 to 8 months in stainless steel and can go up to 20 years in bottle! A Kemit Lynch Import.
Before acquiring vineyards, Georges Delille trained as a sommelier in Paris. In 1963, he bought what would become Domaine de Terrebrune, a property in Ollioules, just east of Bandol, framed by the Mediterranean and the mountain called Gros-Cerveau (Big Brain), dotted with olive groves and scenic views—an idyllic spot. During the years following the declaration of A.O.C. Bandol (1941), mass overhauling and reconstruction of vineyards were commonplace, and vignerons were eager to revive the noble Mourvèdre grape. Georges spent ten years just renovating the property; he terraced hillsides, refashioned the masonry, replanted vineyards following the advice of Lucien Peyraud, designated soils to lie dormant and regenerate, and built a new cellar. In 1980, his son Reynald joined him after finishing winemaking school, and together they launched their first bottled vintage of Domaine de Terrebrune, which Reynald named in honor of the rich, brown soils they farm.
Reynald’s Bandols are different. There is a more ethereal quality to them, a real freshness—and with Mourvèdre accounting for 85% of the final assemblage, this is praise indeed. Soil, climate, and winemaking all play a role. Limestone dominates the subsoil of Bandol, with tremendous variation between vineyards. Throughout Terrebrune’s thirty hectares, beneath the layers of clay and earth, the blue, fissured, Trias limestone is silently at work. This bedrock lends a more noticeable minerality to the wine than others. The soil here is healthy and full of nutrients, because he adheres to organic farming practices; to achieve the balance in the vineyards, he plows regularly. Gentle maritime breezes funnel air into the vineyards directly from the Mediterranean, cooling the grapes from the bright sun—another factor in safeguarding the freshness. This, in turn translates to wines for great long-term cellaring, including the rosé and dry white. Reynald’s credo of “Philosophy, Rigor, and Respect” is not a catch-phrase. He believes that the hard work and extra attention to the vines is worth it, and, as they say, the proof’s in the pudding—a glass of Terrebrune!
"Just in time for summer, our fresh 2015 Viognier is perfect for a picnic or backyard gathering. Easy open screw cap! Our 2015 Viognier is organically-grown on our Fiddletown estate in granitic soils. Zesty fresh, floral, and spicy aromatics with fruit notes that suggest classic white peach and apricot flavors. This a very balanced example of California viognier that is more like its French counterparts."
TERRE ROUGE means "Red Earth". This vermillion-colored soil is one of the hallmarks of our region. Our vineyards are in soils that are largely granite and volcanic-based. The TERRE ROUGE portfolio is composed of wines made from Rhône varietals grown in the rugged and varying terroirs of this region: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne. High elevation sites up to 3200’ contribute to the complexity of our wines.
Our winemaker, Bill Easton puts his family name, EASTON, on our non-Rhône varietals wines. The wines are crafted from varietals that have traditionally worked the best in Amador County and the Sierra Foothills: ancient and old-vine Zinfandel, Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sauvignon Blanc. Under the Easton label we also bottle small selections of varietals new to the Sierra Foothills: Grenache Blanc, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc.
The style of our red wines emphasizes deep color, balanced flavors, full middle palate, and a long finish, with power and finesse. They gain complexity with age. Our whites are aromatic, flavorful with nice texture, and balanced with good acidity. They also show an amazing mineral sense that is derived from our stony mountain soils.
We make over thirty different wines, many of which are very small production (100-500 cases). Each is unique and site-specific with a sense of place (terroir) all of their own. Our goal for the last 25 years has always been to make the finest wines possible that can be placed on a table with the best wines of the world.
At Terre Rouge and Easton we strive to manage our business and vineyards with as little impact on the environment as possible. Here are some interesting and fun facts about what we do.
1. The winery and tasting room facilities are solar powered. The sun provides about 90% of our needed electrical power to run pumps, press, cooling units and to keep the wine cellar and our customers happy on hot summer days. On sunny days, our PG&E meter runs backwards!
2. All the grape waste (pomace) during harvest is spread onto the zinfandel vineyard at the winery.
3. Our vineyards are farmed sustainably. We mow, we disc, we French plow, we don’t use chemicals.
To keep the rodent population in check, we have Barn Owls housed in special pole boxes. We also have Bart, the resident cat.
4. In the winter we spread fertilizer on our Fiddletown vineyards with a special mix from Grover Landscaping in Vernalis. The raw material for this compost comes from curbside green waste containers in Berkeley, San Francisco, Amador County, Sacramento County and more. If you live in these areas, your green waste could end up as compost in a Terre Rouge syrah vineyard.
5. Terre Rouge and Easton bottles are manufactured using at least 25% cullet, the name for ground up recycled glass.
6. All the bottles recycled from the tasting room end up in a bin at Amador County’s waste transfer station. These bottles are shipped off to Anheiser-Busch, where they are ground into cullet and used to make beer bottles. Think of that the next time you have a Bud.
7. During wine and food events, Jane uses reusable china and glass, paper plates made from recycled materials and silverware made from plant starch.