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Trip to Greece

Asheville Sister Cities Committee for Karpenisi

All About the Committee HERE!

Join the Trip to Greece?

Travel Costs

Each traveler is personally responsible for arranging passage to Athens. The cost of the trip is 710EUR per person (estimated) based on double occupancy. A surcharge will be added for single room arrangements.*

Three-star hotel accommodations are provided throughout the trip. Breakfast is included in the cost. Also included in the cost is in-country travel, with comprehensive daily sightseeing per itinerary, by private motor coach with qualified driver and English-speaking, licensed guide/escort.

Costs not included: lunches, dinners, drinks, and snacks; entrance fees at all sightseeing sites as per itinerary; tipping at hotels and restaurants, and for drivers and guides.

* Surcharge is 190EUR, for those who wish a private sleeping room.


May 20: Arrival at the airport of Athens.

May 21: Depart Athens. Tour of southeastern Greece --the archaeological site of Thebes is included. Overnight at a hotel in a picturesque location.

May 22: Thermopylae - Mount Oeta and mediaeval sites tour – Arrive at Karpenisi.

Overnight at Elvetia Hotel. (Day 1)

May 23: Karpenisi and surrounding villages-birthplaces of the folks in Asheville, visit to Proussos Monastery, assuming that transfer services are provided by locals. Overnight at Elvetia Hotel. (Day 2)

May 24: Karpenisi. Overnight at Elvetia Hotel. Buffet dinner at hotel. Will include delegates and members of Karpenisi Committee. (Day 3)

May 25: Official visits to government offices. Overnight at Elvetia Hotel. Visit "northern villages," with transfer services provided by locals. (Day 4)

May 26: Depart Karpenisi. Tour of southwestern Greece --the archaeological site of Thermon is included. Overnight at a hotel in a beach town in the broader area of Delphi.

May 27: Delphi tour. Return to Athens and tour of the historic district. Overnight at the hotel in Athens. Farewell dinner in Athens.

May 28: Free day in Athens to visit museums, go shopping,and prepare for return trip home.

May 29: The delegation members will be transferred to the airport of Athens for their return flights to the U.S.

Please note that museum / archaeological sites entrance fees are not included. Individuals must pay all admittance fees.

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"Italy Off the Beaten Path"

News Release: February 12, 2020 

About: Ciao Asheville presents "Italy Off the Beaten Path: Hendersonville and Saluda Sister Cities"

Please join Ciao Asheville for our first “Italy Off the Beaten Path” travel series on Sunday, March 8, from 1:00-2:30PM, at Metro Wines. This series is offered to introduce you to the lesser known places in Italy that offer a wealth of travel experiences.


We will have representatives from the Hendersonville and Saluda Sister Cities programs acquainting us with their respective Italian Sister Cities, Carunchio in Abruzzo and Verbania in Piedmont, as well as Montisi in Tuscany.


Judy Thompson is the founder and chair of Saluda Sister City. She pulls together the merchants in Saluda to embrace all things Italian and offer Italian foods, wine and activities to Saluda and also works to connect the elementary schools in Carunchio and Saluda, opening the eyes of the children in these similar villages to other cultures.  Still a practicing attorney, Judy is very active in pro bono support of nonprofit organizations and the arts in the Saluda community.


Judy will acquaint you with the villages of Carunchio in Abruzzo and with Montisi in Tuscany.  Carunchio is the Sister City of Saluda City and home of Palazzo Tour de Eau, a well known touring and cooking school.  Saluda’s and Carunchio’s elementary schools are the focus of Saluda’s Sister City program as the children of the two small villages are linked together and made aware of the value of different cultures and customs.  Judy will also introduce you to Montisi, a special hilltop village in Tuscany.  

Karen Hultin became the president of Hendersonville Sister Cities in 2013 after retiring in 2012 and then volunteering for the Sister Cities program. Her professional background includes non-profit management as well as small city revitalization. Karen now travels, conducts private cooking classes and coordinates tours of Italy.


Karen will acquaint you with the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola in the Piedmont Region. Verbania is the capital city of the province and is the Sister City of Hendersonville. Verbania, a city of a little over 30,000, sits on the well-known Lago Maggiore. It is located 57 miles from Milan and 25 miles from Locarno Switzerland. The charming villages of Pallanza and Intra, are located within Verbania on the shores of Lago Maggiore where wooden fishing boats bob in the water and fishermen catch an abundance of fish to supply the various restaurants nearby. The ferry terminal is located in Pallanza and cruises the Lake dropping passengers off at the islands and various ports o’ call, like the city of Stressa, a tourist destination with many charming shops for exploring and sidewalk cafes where you can partake of the ubiquitous cappuccino! The Borromean Islands – Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Isola dei Pescatori or Fish Island are nestled in the shadows of the Swiss alps on Lago Maggiore and a short ferry ride from lakeside villages. Northern Italy, from East to West is a visual, spiritual, palatable feast!


Judy and Karen will also discuss organized trips to Italy later this year, which are offered at significant discounts. This is a great way to learn about these special little corners of Italy that take you "off the beaten path".


Cost is $15 + tax which will include a glass of Italian wine plus light snacks. Register by calling Metro Wines at 828-575-9525.Parking is free, close and easy @MetroWines. 


Online Tickets: HERE!

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Being Naked and Unlitro

*** NAKED ***
From The MetroWines Current Events Desk:

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New York Times reports a story from Lutz, Florida. The State has more than 34 nudist resorts
and claims 2.2 million visitors every year. "Nudists say their relationship to eating,
at home or in restaurants is better and healthier without all the clothing."

The Asheville School of Wine Has Been Asked for Comment:
"After repeated and varied testing, we can report that we have found no evidence
that wine is improved by consuming sans your clothes."

That said, we never miss an opportunity to pair wine with history and current events.
In that spirit, we are thinking a wine that is uncomplicated,
straight forward, somewhat sensual, versatile and well, natural.

Ampeleia Unlitro Toscana Rosso 2018

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Blend of Grenache, Carignan, Alicante Bouschet and Mourvedre.
This Tuscan blend, bottled in liter, is made by winemaker, Elisabetta Foradori,
regarded for her work with organic and biodynamic, low sulfite methods. 
Farming these grapes biodynamically, focusing on synergy between mankind and nature,
Foradori produces elegant and silky wines.
This red is clean, fresh and tasty with bright red fruit, flower and gentle spice flavors. 

And Unlitro was just recommended by Eric Asimov in NYT!
(People say Eric is fully clothed when he tastes.)

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Ciao Asheville presents "A Spaghetti Western" Discussion

Ciao Asheville Presents "A Spaghetti Western"

on Sunday, February 23 Starting 1pm @MetroWines 

Robert Formento, Ciao Asheville Film Coordinator, will host the discussion.

Get started now with his summary of the film:

Once Upon a Time in the West

Our movie for February is one of the best Spaghetti Westerns ever made. It is included on Time Magazine’s 100 greatest films of the 20th century. Sergio Leone, considered one of the best directors of Italian western movies has assembled a top cast of Henry Fonda, Jason Robards, Charles Bronson and Claudia Cardinale. With music by the great Ennio Morricone he has produced a classic film. 


The movie takes place during the dying days of the wild west with the arrival of the railroad and when capitalism and technology take over to become the engines of growth. But first some of the wild west must be tamed. Henry Fonda, cast against type, is the bad guy. It is a credit to his acting skills that he is convincing as a pure bad guy!  


In a fictional town in the West called Flagstone, there is a piece of land critical to the railroad.  (i.e.The property has water and the railroad will have to stop there) A train baron wants the land and he employs Henry Fonda’s character to make sure that he gets it. Henry Fonda kills the land owner but since he recently married Claudia Cardinale, she now owns the property. Jason Robards (a regular western bandit) and Charles Bronson (who has a mysterious score to settle) get involved and all attempt to outsmart one another for the land and to help Claudia keep the property. You never know until near the end of the movie the source of the score that Charles Bronson has to settle. 


This is Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone at their best producing this classic film. 


Event is "on the house" with popcorn! $7 for a glass of Italian Red or White Wine.

Please reserve your seat by calling (828) 575-9525

or online HERE!

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Raphael at Embassy of Italy in DC


February 19, 2020 at 6:00pm


500 Years of a Master

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Bindo Altoviti (detail), c. 1515, oil on panel, Samuel H. Kress Collection

On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death and marking the opening at the National Gallery of Art (NGA) of the splendid exhibition Raphael and His Circle, join us for an evening celebrating one of the greatest masters of Italian Renaissance, Raffaello.

Together with NGA Senior Curator Jonathan Bober we will learn more about Raphael’s unsurpassed style and how his art became a paragon of classicism that set the standards for aesthetic excellence in the Western tradition.

The talk will highlight the exhibition Raphael and His Circle featuring lesser known but equally important drawings and engravings, and present the five paintings by Raphael that are part of the Gallery’s collection — the largest and most important group outside of Europe.

Embassy of Italy 
3000 Whitehaven Street NW 
Washington, DC 20008


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Smithsonian with Erik Segelbaum

Sommelier Erik Segelbaum

Join Food and Wine magazine’s 2019 Sommelier of the Year Erik Segelbaum in an enjoyable interactive workshop series into the worlds of French and Italian wine, designed to boost the wine IQ of both novices and seasoned aficionados.

In tastings and talks Segelbaum offers new insights, unravels misconceptions, reinvigorates your love of favorite varieties, and guides you in discovering some new ones. He also offers tips on navigating restaurant wine lists, tackling food and wine pairings, and more useful topics for wine lovers.

NOTE: Must be 21 or older to attend this program.



Bordeaux is all about the blend—and the distinctions between wines from the Left Bank and the Right Bank of the Gironde Estuary. Segelbaum explores the grapes of Bordeaux and leads tastings through classic regional blends including white Bordeaux, reds from selected Left- and Right-Bank appellations, and the dessert wines of Sauternes and Barsac. He delves into famous classifications such as the one commissioned in 1855 (which divides parts of the Medoc into First Growth, Second Growth, and subsequent categories) and explains what Grand Cru and Grand Cru Classé mean in a Bordeaux.


Segelbaum holds the designation of Advanced Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, one of fewer than 600 specialists in the world who hold this level of certification. He is the former corporate wine and beverage director for Starr Restaurants, a wine journalist and educator, and chief vinnovation officer of SOMLYAY hospitality and private events consultancy.

Interested in learning about other French and Italian wine regions? View additional dates in this series:

Please Note: This program will not have sales at the door.

S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)
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Home Cooking
Experience and inherited craft are essential for great food.

Again, Wine too! Good to be open minded to change
but hold onto the handed down, the tradition, the why fix it if it ain't broken!

I asked Brett Watson of The Asheville School of Wine
for a Bottle that would pair, generally speaking, with family recipes.
He said: "Ryme Las Brisas 2018 Vermentino, Carneros"

"Since 07 Megan and Ryan Glaab have been organically producing
Italian inspired Vermentino out of the coveted Las Brisas site on the western
Edge of Carneros, CA.  The “Hers” bottling is pure, polished and sexy bringing you
to a fresh, seaside, cliffs edge cafe on the Ligurian coastline as mush as ANY white wine I’ve ever tasted from the states.  Perfect viscosity and fresh minerality from
the foggy mornings on Las Brisas and just enough salty backend to wrap
the whole thing up into a linear bow.  Serve with seafood risotto!

*** $22 on the shelf @MetroWines *** 
$26.99 at and unavailable.
$25 at the winery. Not sold at Vivino. $29 at Drizly. $27 at Bergamot.
I could go on! Suffice it to say: Shop LocalLY and save!

ALSO, be sure to ask Brett about
the “His” bottling with extended skin-contact
...if you’re into that sorta thing.

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La Fleur Bordeaux

Associated Press reports that many people are ditching digital
and steadfastly holding onto their paper planners saying
writing engagements down is comforting, personal and mindful.

The same is true for wine. New grapes, old grapes grown in
new countries, new styles, new parings, drinking Rosé all year!
but there is comfort in the classics, like Bordeaux from Bordeaux!

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From a Rosenthal Wine Merchants, this wine is made from
the best parcelsof the Chateau Belregard estate. Aged in cement for one year;
no oak is used for ultimate freshness. Dark fruit flavors, plenty of minerality
and fine tannins make this a great wine for the table. $24

All about the winery:

Lettie Teague Talks: "Classics" in Wall Street Journal

The Planner pictured and many more at Malaprops:

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Niel Garnacha and "Delicioso"

Niel Santofimia 2017

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85% Garnacha and 15% Merlot
"Opaque ruby. Black and blue fruits on the highly fragrant,
smoke-accented nose. Juicy, penetrating blueberry and bitter cherry flavors
display very good clarity and pick up sweetness and spiciness with air.
Fine-grained tannins give shape and grip to the long, spicy finish.
Superb value here." 

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 90 Points

*** $11.99 ***

In Old Spain as a symbol of honor, one’s armor or shield
was marked with an embossment called a “Niel” in Spanish.
Antonio Santofimia marketed and sold a lot of favorite
Spanish wines against some tough competition so the “Niel Santofimia”
indicates that Antonio was a great warrior in the wine biz. 

Spanish Recipes? Your Read it With Book:

Spanish cuisine is a melting-pot of cultures, flavors, and ingredients:
Greek and Roman; Jewish, Moorish, and Middle Eastern.
The Spanish climate, geology, and spectacular topography have encouraged regional food traditions and “Cocinas,” such as Basque, Galician, Castilian, Andalusian, and Catalan. The cuisine has been shaped by the country’s complex history, as foreign occupations brought religious and cultural influences.
And it has continually evolved with the arrival of new ideas and foods from Italy, France, and the Americas, including cocoa, potatoes, tomatoes, beans,
and chili peppers. Having become a powerhouse of creativity and innovation in recent decades, Spanish cuisine has placed itself among the best in the world.

This is the first book in English to trace the history of the food of Spain
from antiquity to the present day. María José Sevilla skillfully weaves together
the history of Spanish cuisine, the circumstances affecting its development
and characteristics, and the country’s changing relationship to food and cookery.

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ERRE Verdejo

ERRE de herrero Verdejo 2018

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 ERRE is a Verdejo full of intensity, displaying the variety's particular aromas,
with balsamic and mineral hints, full and structured on the palate, giving a lovely flavour of fruit and notes of white flowers, with a pleasant bitter touch on the finish.

Not widely available. $14.99 @MetroWines
Same price in Spain but the shipping is really high!

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Chili, Sam, Rexine and Brett

Thank you Chef Sam Etheridge, Rexine Connor from Crimson Wines and Congratulations to Brett Watson. Chili CookOff @MetroWines was a new, novel and a big hit! Plans are in the works for the next cook off. what happened. It was like Top Chef. Sam discussed each entry and then explained why his winner WON. And Rexine worked through pairings with the various ingredients. We learned. We laughed. We had dinner! Follow us for new of the next "educational competition!" @MetroWines. 




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Garrigue Cotes Du Rhone

Image result for domaine la garrigue 2017 cuvee romaine rhoneWinemaker says: "The Cuvée Romaine is a blend

made fromthe more precocious tanks at Domaine la Garrigue. As such, it is in fact a declassified Vacqueyras not needing additional time in concrete. Therefore it can be viewed as a really easy-going “Vacqueyras” or an amazingly complex

and serious Côtes-du-Rhône."


Jeb Dunnick says 92 Points: "The 2017 Côtes du Rhône Cuvée Romaine
is a custom cuvée from Importer Eric Solomon that’s all from declassified Vacqueyras vines. A blend of 50% Grenache, 45% Syrah, and the rest Cinsault,
it reveals a deep ruby/plum color as well as a great nose of black raspberries,
black cherries, olive tapenade, ground pepper, and earth. It's a fleshy,
full-bodied, beautifully pure, rounded effort that's again a smoking value."

PLUS 10% Discount on 6 Bottles and 15% on a Case!

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"THE CLEAVER, California, 2015"

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Dense. Rich. Intense.
Zinfandel Based Blend with Petite Sirah and Syrah

Deep and dark, The Cleaver is silky smooth with threads of acidity
that pace from front to back, balancing the full-bodied weight of this wine.
A flavor delight with this blend of red varietals: black plum, blackberry jam, and a smidge of peppercorn.

As the name implies, this wine is designed to go with big cuts of delicious meat.
But its food-friendly nature extends to distinctive, aged cheeses,
rubs with interesting spices, and a few other items that are still found in your 
butcher’s realm. 

*** $14.99 ***

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Celine and Company Dinner with Brutocao


News Release: Tuesday, February 4th, 2020
About: Brutocao Family Vineyards Wine Pairing Dinner at Celine and Company
Join WineMaker Hoss Milone on Tuesday, March 31st at 6:30, for a Wine Pairing Dinner with Brutocao Family Vineyards at Celine and Company on Broadway in collaboration with MetroWines and Grapevine Distribution. 
Known for innovative, fresh and sophisticated menus, Celine and Company has crafted extraordinary small plates to highlight these elegant wines. Brutocao is committed to sustainability with continued attention to the latest and most effective practices in soil, water, energy and vineyard management.
The Menu:

A Series of Small Plates Celebrating Brutocao Family Vineyards 

As you Arrive

Broiled Clams, Roasted Garlic Butter, Lemon, Herbs

Carolina Bison Carpaccio, Charred Annie’s Bakery Baguette, Arugula, Lusty Monk Schmear

Crab and Artichoke Arancini, Avocado Emulsion

2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Feliz Vineyards, Mendocino, CA

First Course

Fennel Pollen Seared Scallop

Smashed Spring Peas and Roasted Beet Puree

Watercress, EVOO, Crispy Pancetta

2017 Chardonnay, Bliss Vineyard, Mendocino, CA

Second Course

Duck Confit “Beggar’s Purse”

Forest Mushrooms, House Made Hoisin, Smoked Chili Braised Bok Choy

2015 Pinot Noir, Slow Lopin’ Vineyard, Anderson Valley, Mendocino, CA

Third Course

Pan Seared Veal Chops with Roasted Grapes

Glace de Viande, Crispy Leek and Golden Potato Rosti, Haricot Verts

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Contento Vineyard, Mendocino, CA

California Cheese Course

Cowgirl Creamery Red Hawk Cheese, Sea Salt Cracker, Candied Orange Shallot Jam

Crispy Fried Cypress Grove Chevre, Poached Apricots, Toasted Pistachios

Point Reyes Blue, House Cured Bacon, Mountain Honey, Pink Peppercorns

2015 Quadriga Red Blend, Mendocino, CA

Sweet Ending

Olive Oil Cake, Passion Fruit Caramel, Fresh Mango and Orange Supremes 

Continue to sip your favorites!

Executive Chef Austin Tisdale                          Owner and Operator Kim Lloyd

The Cost for the evening is $80 including tax and gratuity. 
To reserve your seat, please call Celine and Company at (828) 254-9902. 
All wines poured will be offered an an Event Price for pick up @MetroWines. 
Don't want to park downtown? Park @MetroWines and ride share. 
More About Brutocao Family Vineyards

Brutocao Family Vineyards is a tale of two families who combined their passion and expertise to establish one of Mendocino County's most notable wineries. In 1910, the Brutocao family brought with them a love for wine when they emigrated from Treviso, Italy (a small town near Venice). Len Brutocao met Martha Bliss while attending the University of California, Berkeley. Martha's father, Irv, had been farming in Mendocino since 1943. After Len and Martha married, the families joined forces and continued to sell their grapes to well-known Sonoma and Napa wineries for many years before starting to make their own wine in 1980. They selected the Lion of St. Mark as their symbol of family tradition and quality. The heart of that quality is in their land: over 400 acres of vineyards in Hopland and 12.5 acres of Pinot Noir in Anderson Valley.

In the early 90's, Len and Martha's three sons took on individual roles in the family business. David, as Director of Winemaking Operations, ensures the family's vision is carried out. Len, as Director of Vineyard Operations, oversees the cultivation of the land from new plantings to grape harvest. Our vineyard plantings have reached nearly 400 acres, and through out that growth, we have implemented important sustainability practices to ensure healthy land and quality grapes. Their youngest brother, Steve, took over as CEO in 2010 after many years of experience in wine marketing and sales. Steve has helped grow Brutocao's presence in markets accross the country as well as internationally. The three brothers carry on the values and traditions instilled in them through their family heritage to produce world class estate wines from their Mendocino ranches.

Fourth generation family, Kevin and Ryan, are now involved in carrying on the family's legacy. Ryan, Director of Custom Label Sales, wears many hats and assists with distribution as well as our non-profit partner Wine to Water. Kevin, who grew up with his father, Len, in the vineyards, can be found in our Hopland Tasting Room. Kevin does a bit of everything, from pouring wines to managing our online store and creating many of our designs for marketing materials. Many other members of the family help out when and where needed, and they can be found at winery events as well as assisting with wine quality control.


Spurs are thinned to one shoot per bud and two buds per spur with an optimum number of shoots per cordon foot appropriate for that variety. Weak and non-fruiting shoots and suckers sprouting from the head are removed.


Fertility:   When making nutrient application decisions, leaf petiole analysis results are used as a guide. Vine vigor, fruit quality, wine quality, leaf symptoms, and vineyard history are factored into the decision. Site specific nutrient applications are made.


We use a pressure bomb throughout the irrigation season to measure the moisture content of the vines to determine our irrigation requirements. This is an important part of water usage so we do not waste this precious resource.


We partner with a PCA (pest control agency) that monitors our vineyard weekly. We keep a written record of what is found. Our control decisions are not only based on economic thresholds of destructive pests such as mites and leafhoppers but on the population of mite and leafhopper predators.


With the help of the winemaker we adjust our viticultural practices by determining which contribute positively or negatively to wine quality.


We are aware of the main watershed and tributary watersheds that our vineyard operations are located in. We manage the vineyard operations to conserve water and protect water quality by using such practices as cover cropping, buffer strips and other erosion control measures that protect riparian areas and aquatic habitats, particularly from sedimentation. We are proud to be Fish Friendly Farmer certified.


We track the amount of fuel used in the vineyard, and the results are used as part of an overall energy monitoring and conservation plan. We also utilize alternative fuel sources in the vineyard, such as solar, diesel, and propane.


Some of the items we recycle include batteries, tractor tires, scrap metal, cardboard, oil and oil filters.


We conduct monthly employee safety and training meetings as the season progresses and safety issues change. The meetings are documented with dates and attendance. We also have a third party audit our complete safety program at least once per year.


We use a combination of seeding or an approved anti-dust material on unpaved roads. Speeds and travel are restricted on and around the operation.

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Big Red of The Week

Matsu is the Japanese word for "to wait" in this case describing the essence
of sustainable viticulture combining nature and biodynamic principles.

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Tyrrell's Semilon

Require little maintenance.

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A Jade Plant is a good place to start!
Shop Jade at Rose's Garden Shop on Charlotte Street

And Pair it with a Low Risk, Crowd Pleasing Wine.
Perfect as a house warming gift or for the plant killer in you!


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Winemaker says: A lifted nose showing citrus freshness, the palate continues
with fresh citrus and concentrated grapefruit flavors. The palate is light to medium bodied with a perfect balance of fruit and soft acid. In a vintage of this quality,
all of Semillon ended up with an "A" grade and Tyrrell's Wines is incredibly
pleased with the release of this Hunter Valley Semillon, easily their best.

James Suckling says 93 Points: An appley semillon showing fresh
Williams pears, dried coriander, honeysuckle and a touch of dried nettles.
Medium-bodied, but it has some really good texture and apple fruit
that are delivered through a bed of pretty acidity. A textured finish.

$23.99 at and unavailable.
*** $18.99 @MetroWines ***

(Personal Note: Semillon is a grape in a crowd pleaser with enough body
to please those who prefer Chardonnay and enough acid for those
who like Sauvignon Blanc. We often serve this grape to groups.)

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Bone&Broth with Raptor Ridge


Tickets HERE!

Sell Out Risk is HIGH

News Release:  Wednesday, January 29th, 2020
About: Raptor Ridge Dinner at Bone and Broth
Join us on Tuesday, March 24th at Bone and Broth for "Pacific Northwest Wine Dinner" starting 6pm. Chef Chris Benson puts PacWest on the plate and founder and Winemaker Scott Schull of Raptor Ridge pours PacWest in your glass!
Wines served will include Willamette Valley Gruner Veltliner, Grand Moraine Chardonnay, Estate Tuscowallame Pinot Noir and Shea Vineyards Pinot Noir.  
Menu from Chef Chris Benson:

"Pacific Northwest Wine Dinner"

March 24, 2020

A celebration of Raptor Ridge wines and the food that inspires it.                               A collaboration between Metro Wines and Bone & Broth.


Wilmamette Valley Gruner Veltliner 2018


Poached Pear | Fennel Crystal | Micro Amaranth

First Course

Gran Moraine Vineyard Chardonnay 2015

Spring Vegetable Salad

Avocado| Lemon Olive Oil Dressing| Red Oak | Snow Peas | Heirloom Carrots | Asparagus

Second Course

Estate Tuscowallame Pinot Noir 2017

Tournedo of Salmon

Sixty Degree South Salmon| Caramelized Turnips | Tobikko Caviar | Saffron Hollandaise | Italian Parsley | Chives

Third Course

Shea Valley Pinot Noir 2015

Duck Two Ways

Duck Breast | Duck Confit | Fava Bean | Chestnut Mushroom | Purple Potato | Bordelaise | Carrot Oil | Micro Radish


Deconstructed Charlotte (Street)

Blueberry | Lady Finger | Rhubarb Pureee | Lemon Thyme Crème Chantilly

About Scott Shull: Founder, owner and Winemaker
Since 1989, Scott Shull has been making Oregon wines—first as an independent producer, and since 1995 as a commercial winemaker at Raptor Ridge Winery. Scott strives to craft wines that are interesting to the palate and to the mind—wines of complexity, finesse and place. Born in Kentucky and raised in Des Peres, Missouri, Scott is a self-taught winemaker, having learned by doing, reading, and attending extension service courses on viticulture and enology offered by U.C. Davis, Oregon State University, and Chemeketa Community College, and by participating in the Willamette Valley’s Westside Winemakers Club for a number of years. Scott serves on the board of Oregon Pinot Camp. Previously, he has served as a board member of Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s Brand Oregon campaign; was a founding director of the Oregon Wine Board; and is president emeritus of the Chehalem Mountains Winegrowers Association.

About Raptor Ride Vineyards:                                                                                                 Raptor Ridge Estate’s Tuscowallame Vineyard is located in Oregon’s beautiful Chehalem Mountains about 25 miles southwest of Portland. The vineyard site slopes east-southeast with sweeping views of Mount Hood and Mount Adams—and on a very clear day, even Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier. At about 500 feet in elevation, this gently sloping land is frequently visited by red tailed hawks, Peregrine falcons, barn owls, and great horned owls. Tuscowallame is an indigenous word meaning “place where the owls dwell.”

Purchased in 2000, the site was a defunct cherry orchard. A year was spent digging out over 2000 cherry trees, ripping and cross ripping the soils to remove ancient cherry roots. The vineyard was planted in three phases, and each block is named for the vineyard manager who planted it. Adalfo’s Block was planted in 2001 by Adalfo Jimenez and was a ‘test block’ with a field blend of 115, 667, and 777 clones of Pinot noir and 1.5 acres of Grüner Veltliner. Macario’s Block was planted by Macario Ramirez in 2004, and contains Pommard, 667, and 777 clones of Pinot noir. Dustin’s Block was planted in 2007 by Dustin Miller, and contains Pommard and 114 clones of Pinot noir. Elevations range from 250 to 498 feet on our Loess-based Laurelwood soils with Jory underlayment.

Our estate Pinot noir is noted for its silky texture, fine-grained tannins, Italian plum, cherry, black pepper and mineral notes. Tuscowallame Pinot noir may be found in many of our cuvees, such as Trig, Flight Club Select, Reserve, and Willamette Valley. Our first vintages from the estate were released as Adolfo’s Block 2006-2010. Since 2011, we have blended the now-mature Macario and Dustin blocks with Adolfo’s to achieve a 500+ case Estate bottling.

Our estate Grüner seems to exhibit varietally correct nuances of lime citrus and minerality with a round silky palate thought to result from the Loess-based soils. To quote one of our esteemed distributors regarding our Estate Grüner Veltliner, “Hmmm…this bodes well for New World Grüner.” The Grüner may be found in our Estate bottling, sold mostly through the tasting room and Flight Club.

About Pinot Noir: Raptor Ridge sources from our estate vineyard in the Chehalem Mountain AVA, Tuscowallame, plus a rich tapestry of select Willamette Valley sites – up to 12 in a given vintage spanning multiple sub-appellations in the region. These long-term partnerships with vineyards such as Shea and Meredith Mitchell have given us more “ingredients” with which to blend and ultimately provide sensory complexity in our winemaking style.

Tuscowallame Vineyard is an 18-acre site planted to predominantly Pinot Noir plus one and a half acres of Grüner Veltliner. It is comprised of 13 separate blocks, each planted to different clones and rootstocks that address distinct soil characteristics. The word, Tuscowallame, is an indigenous word meaning “where the owls dwell.”

Raptor Ridge Wine will be offered at an Event Price through MetroWines. John Kerr of MetroWines and Mark Orsini of Orsini Wines will be available to answer any questions or provide further information.
The evening is $85 including tax and gratuity.
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deGrasse Tyson and Shebang

ON January 21st, I had the pleasure of meeting Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
As your Roving Reporter @MetroWines, I seized our collective opportunity
to ask the renowned Astrophysicist about Biodynamic Wine. 
The Astrophysicist (I love saying that! Can you imagine writing "Astrophysicist"
on your tax form)
 said, in essence, that the concept of the wine
being better because of the stars and the moon is (paraphrasing) not a fact.
Sadly, our Astrophysicist Department @MetroWines is on a space sabbatical
but we @MetroWines who were left behind think, you might nevertheless find,
as do we, that biodynamic wines have a better and more solid taste.
Biodynamic wines undergo no processing. The grape is the grape.
The wine is the wine. Every vintage is unique. 

I have issued an open and fervent invitation to Neil deGrasse Tyson
to join us @MetroWines and let's talk wine. Anytime. AnyWine.
If you know him, call him!

Meanwhile, for the Astrophysicist in you:
The Big Bang. The Whole Bang, Shebang

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Jancis Robinson Says

"Multi-vintage blend of declassified fruit from Morgan Twain-Peterson
MW's Bedrock Vineyard in Sonoma County. Mainly Zinfandel. Mid ruby.
Thyme, baked, mixed fruit, dusty minerality and some white-pepper tones,
with dark-chocolate and clove hints -- nice depth and complexity
(though not at the level of the Bedrock Vineyard bottling).
Chewy, quite firm tannins, with depth of mixed-berry, savoury,
spicy fruit and a decent-length, chocolate finish.
Classic old-vine Zin blend from a master craftsman."

$14.99 for This Big Bang!

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Klimt, Carmenere and Chardonnay

Italian Authorities Confirm Stolen Klimt Paining
Found IN Wall of Art Gallery in Piacenza

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No one seems to know how the painting came to be IN the wall.
Call me crazy, but I think I have an idea!

New York Times reported on January 22nd that the painting
has been authenticated but there is still that nagging "what the heck?"

This artistic homecoming calls
for an old grape making a comeback!

*** On the Red ***

"The Ultimate Comeback Kid"
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Winemaker says: A red wine with an intense, violet-ruby color. The bouquet
is fruity with strong plum, cherry, and mulberry notes. The aroma also has
a vegetable edge of ripe red pepper, and the flavor is complex, with jams, spinach,
and chocolate. Barrel aging lends this wine pleasant smoky and toast notes,
bringing out its spices; texture is soft, with rounded tannins and medium body.

James Suckling says: Ample ripeness of red plums and mulberries
with a leafy edge that leads to a firm palate that has central tannins,
carrying wings of red-berry flavor.  90 Points!

For more on the history of Carmenere
from The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines

*** On the White ***
by Brett Watson of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines

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"West Coast Chardonnay has been beaten and battered in the recent years. 
Lioco fights back with insanely non-interventionalist winemaking.  The commercial, overly buttery and oaky Chardonnays of grocery stores are a thing
of your father’s past.  Lioco, a true California negociant partners with sustainable
and organic grape growers all around the state’s untouched central coast and produces true expressions of the grape in its purest form.  Chardonnay that’s focus is farming from Sonoma Coast sites benefiting from cold, foggy seaside evenings and windy afternoons, keep the fruit bright and not over blown.  In the cellar, Lioco, presses,
rests and bottles with little hand or concern.  The result, energetic and pure beauty.  Metro Wines brings you the true and relevant beauty of Chardonnay long lost
to the commercial market that will make you remember why Chardonnay was
and is still a noble grape of the people at $24."

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El Libre

New York Times Talks 36 Hours in Buenos Aires
NYT recommends Almacén Comunal, La Hora del Vermut, Juilia,
LaGlorieta, arteBA, El Preferido de Palermo and Football!
I LOVE Buenos Aires! But I can't go right now.

I asked Brett Watson of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines
to pick a wine that would let me me live large BA vicariously!
He said: El Libre 2018 Malbec, Medoza

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"Very few South American cites showcase it's heritage and individuality
like Buenos Aires.  The blend of European cultures, the languages and the traditions can vary from barrio to barrio.  It's a city born of Latin American and European freedom.  Along those lines, from a wine standpoint, Metro brings you "El Libre" Malbec from Revolution Wine Company.  The bottling is a celebration of the revolutionary events that took place in Buenos Aires that occurred in May of 1810! 
From the Las Compuertas region of the Andees the El Libre is full of juicy plum,
dark berries and high elevation freshness.  Fermented and aged in concrete tank

and at $8.99....we should all celebrate revolution!"

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