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Great Rose' Tasting: October

Great RosTasting
Saturday, October 5th from 10am to 7pm

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Let's get serious here. Most of the world drinks Rosall year. Why? Because, while Rose' is perfect for summer, it is food more than weather that drives it to the table. We serve aperitifs, host pot-lucks and have salad, fruit and asparagus, seafood, and turmeric!! on the table all year.
And in a global economy, we can access Rose' all year long.
Be part of the international community!
But, we get it. Join us to taste Rose' with a slightly heavier
body and flavor from four countries.

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Harvested from sustainable farmed Napa Valley estate vineyards, this is an elegant and dry Rose'.With aromas and flavors of strawberry, raspberry and watermelon, this wine is refreshing and full of life.
Michael Scholtz, winemaker for St. Supery says: 

"Enjoy year-round."
Taste St. Super on October 5th! $11.99

*** NEXT MONTH ***
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100% Nebbiolo (the locals say "Picontendro") grown in sandy soil. The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines chose this rose for one of the flavor driven dishes at ChowChow.  A bit of creaminess, strawberry on the palate. And some say a touch of pepper.
Hard to Find. $22 and on the Shelf @MetroWines!
Perfect for Thanksgiving. Taste on November 2nd
at The Great Rose Tasting!

Hot Tip: For a real transitional wine,
try Rose Sangria laced with White Vermouth!

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La Valentina Tasting

*** Friday ***
Friday, October 4th from 5 to 6:30 @Metrowines
Hosted ny Andrea di Properzio

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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 regarded by Italian and international critics as one of the best cellars in Abruzzo.
Presented and Hosted by Ciao Asheville!

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BookSigning and Beaujolais Nouveau Tasting

News Release: Monday, September 30th, 2019

About: "Nouveau Noir" Booksigning and Beaujolais Nouveau Tasting
Please join us on Saturday, November 23rd from 2 to 5pm @MetroWines to taste the best of Beaujolais Nouveau for Thanksgiving and meet Cynthia Drew, on one the authors of "Nouveau Noir"
What is the book about? Cynthia says: "The new Gamay Nouveaus are here...and they're killer. Someone is poisoning the wine in Napa Valley, but who? And why? Is it bioterrorism? Revenge? Industrial espionage? Nouveau Noir tails dyslexic FBI Art Crimes agent Wynn Cabot as she travels to California in search of paintings stolen from the Napa tasting room of Domaine Laurent winery; and before she’s through she’s solved the mystery of who poisoned Domaine Laurent’s promising release of Gamay Nouveau and why."
This event is "on the house."
More about Cynthia Drew:

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Tgiving Tasting & Customer2Customers Arts & Crafts Show

News Release: Friday, September 27th, 2019
About: First Annual Thanksgiving Tasting and Customer2Customer Arts and Crafts Show
Please join us on Saturday, November 9th from Noon to 5pm for The First Annual Thanksgiving Tasting and Customer2Customer Arts and Crafts Show @MetroWines. 
"Customers of MetroWines will present their arts and crafts for sale to all of our customers as well as all of Asheville!" says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "This is an opportunity to select holiday gifts that are unique or something special  and "one of a kind" for yourself."
Customers will be presenting pottery, pet tugs, candles, greeting cards, wine bottle art, wine art including clothing and accessories, paintings, jewelry and quilts. 
Shoppers can enjoy versatile wines that would be perfect for the Thanksgiving holidays while strolling the store and meeting the artists.

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi

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Big Red of The Week

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This delicious Napa Valley red is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 21% Cabernet Franc. It is full and soft with round, juicy black and red currant fruit, licorice and spice box. $22

Meanwhile, down south in Paso Robles, they are lighting up!

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Pasta Making Class

Pasta Making Class
Believe it. We're Doing it!
with Roberto Stragiotti @MetroWines
Sunday, October 20th, 1-3pm

$25 includes ingredients, glass of wine and instruction!

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Class is Limited to 15 Students

Follow All Things Italian at Ciao Asheville

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Chess and Vermouth

Keith Haring, Chess and Vermouth

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Crafted of turned and lacquered wood by the venerated toy firm Vilac, 
the Keith Haring Chess Set includes a white fabric bag to hold the pieces 
measures 12.6” square and pieces range from 0.5” (pawn) to 2.5” (king) tall. 
While it doesn't get much more traditional than chess, this set is out of the box.

Accordingly, we usually recommend port as your "play chess with wine, "but here we are stepping with Keith outside the box with Spanish Vermouth.
This Vermouth was the best seller at our recent wine tasting, with over 35 seated customers, with Marta Plana of WineTones Imports.

The Keith Haring Chess Set is at Moma
The Vermouth is @MetroWines (and Curate by the glass)

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Marta Plana, Owner of Winetones who imports Bandarra and recently hosted a sit down tasting @MetroWines,
suggests a slice of orange in the glass.
BTW, Bandarra was the favorite wine at the tasting
and sold out twice over!

Not Everywhere. $21 @MetroWines

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Tasting with Fine Wines Trading Company

News Release: Thursday, September 26th, 2019

About: Wine Tasting with Fine Wines Trading Company
Please join us on Wednesday, October 16th from 5 to 6:30 for a wine tasting from the portfolio of Fine Wine Trading Company (FWTC). The evening will be hosted by The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines and Andy Singleton of FWTC will present the wines. The event is "on the house" and all wines poured will be offered at an event price.
About FWTC from the website: Founded in March of 2003, Fine Wine Trading Company is family owned and operated by Danny and Kimberly Sanford. FWTC found itself born from a realization that most distributors were becoming too large and commercialized and losing touch with the finer points of the wine business. FWTC exists as a small, boutique style distributor that places a premium on product knowledge, service, and above all else, great juice. Over the past decade FWTC has built a reputation as one of the premier fine wine distributors in North Carolina. We are excited to announce that we have just launched service in South Carolina as well.
"This is a great opportunity to taste wines from a carefully curated collection," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "These wines will not be on every shelf in town!"
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Fundraiser for Dionysus!


Tickets HERE!
News Release:  Wednesday, September 25th, 2019
About: Fundraiser for UNCA Celebration of Dionysus.
Join us on December 3rd from 5:30 to 7pm for a unique cocktail party at Golden Fleece. Ciao Asheville hosts a fundraiser for UNCA Celebration of Dionysus, heralding the arrival of spring.
Dionysus in Ancient Greece, Bacchus in Rome, is the god of fruitfulness and vegetation, wine, theater and joy!
"Greeks and Italians share more historical and cultural connections, some conflicting, than just Dionysus and Bacchus," says Gina Trippi of Ciao Asheville. "This is an opportunity to taste Mediterranean food and wine, learn about the links and raise funding for a very special event." 
Each year UNCA Department of Classics translates a Greek play and performs the play for the public. The play this season, Antigone, written by Sophocles on or before 441BC, will be performed on April 21st. Directed and performed by UNCA undergraduates, the play offers interesting dance work and presents themes that are relevant even today. 
"In Sophocles’Antigone, the oppositions are clear: young versus old. woman versus man. family versus state," says Sophie Mills, PhD, Professor of Classics at UNCA. "But right versus wrong is not quite so clear. How far would you go to save your family?" 
Chef George Delidimos of Golden Fleece will prepare appetizers that represent both the culinary traditions of Greece and Italy paired with wines, in consultation with MetroWines, from both countries.
Professor Sophie Mills will offer a brief presentation on the connections between the two countries from the Greek perspective and Dr. Valeria Tezzon of Ciao Asheville will speak to the Italian view.
The cost for the evening is $35. You can reserve a seat at this celebration of the two cultures by calling (828) 575-9525 or online here:
Contact for Ciso Asheville: Gail Ramperssud
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Wine Class: France


News Release: September 23rd, 2019

About: Around the World in Wine: France
Join Andy Hale, Director tor of The Asheville School of Wine, for a vicarious trip around the world in wine starting on Tuesday, October 1st from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines.
$25 for this Seated Tasting and Presentation. Reserve your seat by calling (828) 575-9525 or online:
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Asheville Wine Focus Group: October


News Release: September 18th

About: Focus Group: Croatia and Slovenia
Please join us as The Asheville Wine Focus Group considers wines from Croatia and Slovenia on Wednesday, October 9th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines.
Katerina Dordelman of Sour Grapes Imports and Distribution, a native of The Czech Republic and recently returned from a trip to Croatia and Slovenia, presents four wines. Katerina will share photographs and stories from her trip including meeting with the winemakers and their families.
"But, while all that promises to be great, the bottom line is," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines, "do you like the wines and should they be in the shop."
Reserve your seat by calling (828) 575-9525 or online here:
This event will fill up quickly. Call Reserve NOW!
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Around the World Wine Series


"Around the World in Wine Series" with Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine!

Learn about the famous wine regions of the world as you taste wine in this fun series!

Class 1: Vin Francaise

Learn about the wines and regions of France.

October 1st @ 5:30, $25+ tax

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Class 2: Vino Italiano

Learn about the famous wine regions of Italy.

October 8th @ 5:30, $25+tax

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Class 3: The Iberian Peninsula

Learn about the wine regions of Spain and Portugal.

October 15th @ 5:30, $25+tax

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Class 4: The New World

Learn about the regions of the USA, Chile, Argentina, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

October 22nd @5:30, $25+tax

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 Or buy all 4 classes for $85+tax!

Buy The Series Here!

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"Buona Sera" an Italian Cocktail Party

(historic Sky Club)

News Release: Monday, September 16th, 2019
About: Italian Cocktail Party
Please join us for "Buona Sera" at The Sky Club on Wednesday, November 6th from 5:30 to 7pm. Hosted by Kelly Hull for Ciao Asheville, the event includes high end Italian wines paired with appetizers selected by Chef Marcus Day formerly of Jargon and The Vue at Grove Park INN.
Guests will include Marla Hardee Milling, author of "Legends, Secrets and Mysteries of Asheville" and Andy Hale of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines.
Wines will include 2017 Girolamo Russo Nerina Etna Bianco from Sicily, 2016 Dessimis Pinot Grigio, an "orange wine" served to great accolades at ChowChow, 2010 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino that received 93 points from Wine Spectator and 94 Points from Robert Parker, and 2014 Luigi Einaudi Barolo!
The Sky Club has a long history and remains the subject of speculation at cocktail parties! Starting as a restaurant and dance club operated by German-Americans Gus and Emma Adler atop Beaucatcher Mountain called The Old Heidelberg Supper Club. Opened in the late 1930s, the club changed its name in 1942 in response to anti-German sentiment. 
After Gus' death in a fire in 1952, Emma continued the club, hosting celebrities such as Grace Kelly and Robert Mitchum, in town to make movies. "Buncombe County did not allow sales of liquor," historian Sharon Fahrer writes. Sky Club patrons "would bring their own bottles ... They were also charged a dollar for a bucket of ice." The Sky Club "was known for ... strip steaks and shrimp cocktail," as well as for views, Rick McDaniel writes in his book "Asheville Food." 
In 1957, Castle in the Sky purchased The Sky Club from Emma Adler for $65,000, with much more later spent on renovations. The corporate treasurer was Fred Seely Jr., E.W. Grove's grandson. The president, William Conrad of New Jersey, revived the panoramic third floor dinner-and-dance hall as The Satellite Club. The Sky Club was later sold and converted to condos. 
"Join us as we bring an Italian touch to The Sky Club!" says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "The history continues." 
$35 for the evening. Tickets for "Buona Sera" can be reserved by calling (828) 575-9525 or online here: Space is limited to 20 guests so please reserve early!
Contact for Ciao Asheville: Gail Rampersaud
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Focus Group Survivor!

Where is the Love? That is what we were asking at the last Focus Group ("Group"). We presented four wines that we thought were great for the price, that have either fallen out of favor or just never got there. As always, Group was spot on and provided invaluable information.

Group was concerend about blends that do not indicate what the heck is in the bottle on the label. And while a wine story is good, it is not a great sales tool. For example, a bottle that was made from a special clone might be of interest to wine geeks but not so much to most customers. Group did think an eye catching label was imoortant in a sea of wine. But of most importance is education. More classes on wines such as txakolina are necessary to insure customers know what is being offered. And more informational cards on the shelf so custoemrs can roam around by themselves and get the drift.

So, of the four wines reviewed by Group, only one survived! While two of the others were acceptable for now, don't reorder! And one was a flat out why bother. Here's the winner:

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Winemaker's Notes: This Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon has all the hallmarks of a great, true-to-style Cabernet. Its structure is approachable, the fruit is juicy red with a hint of savory which is appropriate for this varietal. Oak is well integrated and lends spiciness on the palate. This wine is very fitting for a weekday wine and/or for more formal occasions.

Blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 4% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petite Verdot

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"Clay Baked" &MetroWines

Another Chow Chow Big Night and great engagement with the city for MetroWines on Saturday Night at East Fork Pottery.
"Clay Baked" at East Fork Pottery was an exceptional "hands on" experience and another ChowChow success! The event was structured to celebrate and experience the ancient tradition of clay for cooking and serving food. 
Toward that culinary goal, guests molded their own meal by wrapping the course in a leaf which was then molded in clay for cooking. In everyday cook's terms, the wrap looked like a burrito. Guests could initial the wrap so you could get your own wrap for dinner. 
To cook the wraps, guests placed each in a hot bed of coals while chefs  told the story of the history of clay. Clay was the first form of cooking and serving for meals. Concept of washing dishes did not exist. After the meal, there was a ceremony where diners would smash the clay ware. Little clay cups filled with a whiskey cocktail to toast evening and experience the tradition were passed around and guests did indeed smash the cups on the ground in front of the fire. 
The guests went inside to enjoy a meal beyond compare!
Grilled Mussels with Steininger Ried Loisium Gruner Veltliner (94 points), NC Jumbo Lump Crab with smoked tomato served with Caves de Donnas Nebbiolo Rose, Manchester Farms Quail with fig and pumpkin paired with Martin Woods Gamay from Willamette Valley, and Lamb Biryani and Horseradish Greens with FitaPreta Tempranillo Blend.
Guests could choose pairing dishes with wine or beer. Andy Hale and John Kerr of MetroWines both poured for guests and explained why these wines were the right match. As happened on Friday Night, lots of compliments about the wine pairings. 
Food writers, including Food and Wine, who interviewed Andy Hale (still in in his new Banana Republic suit but with a different shirt!) were crusin' the well organized and culturally rich scene. Smokin'
The evening closed with Counter Culture Coffee made with just a touch of rose water. OOOOOOOO Baby!
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"Brown in The South" &MetroWines

"Brown in the South" Dinner at Nightbell was, in a word, spectacular. The diners included Meherwan Irani, Katie Button and Vivian Howard from the PBS Show " A Chef's Life." 
And a surprise visit from Chef Jose Andres, whose World Central Kitchen delivers meals to survivors of disasters, was greeted with overwhelming enthusiasm! Chef Andres brought over 20,000 meals to the victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. (
TV cameras and crews were all over the place. And Andy Hale sported his new Banana Republic suit for the occasion.
John Kerr and Andy Hale of MetroWines, after meeting with Meherwan Irani about his cooking style and dishes to be served, accepted the daunting task of pairing wines with the Indian flavors. Many sommeliers say this is the most difficult food, with the intensity of aromatics and flavors, to pair wines with successfully. The buzz at the dinner was that MetroWines nailed it!
With the widely various flavors and textures in each dish, two wines were paired with each coarse to capture all the connections. Some of the wines served have long been favorite wines @MetroWines including Montenidoli Rose, and others were the result of intense research to find distinctive wine that would make the pairings seamless. One chef bought a case! 
You can share in "Brown in the South" starting today @MetroWines. We have about a case of each wine left until the next shipment.
And Spicewalla, Meherwan Irani's collection of herbs and spices, is coming to MetroWines next week! If we don't have the particular Spicewalla you seek, because there are literally dozens, we will order it for you.
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Natural Wine: Kepos

From the MetroWines FYI Department

"Natural Wines"

NYT reports that "natural" is THE word in the wine world
meaning wines that are produced with minimal intervention like chemical additives or commercial yeast. Check out our shelf of "Natural Wines" @MetroWines from around the world including this one:

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Unfined. Unfiltered. Biodynamic. From Foradori, Tuscany, $26 Different Mediterranean grape varieties are fermented together and blended to produce this wine. The grapes are sourced in the older vineyards of the Mediterranean varieties, in Ampeleia di Mezzo, where the Mediterranean
scrub dominates the landscape permeating the air with its fragrances.  Kepos means garden in Greek.

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Bone and Broth Dinner: The Andes!

"A Walk Through the Andes"

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Wednesday, September 25th
@Bone and Broth on Charlotte Street 
with Chef Chris Benson, Tryon Distribution and MetroWines

Rose when you arrive followed by 4 courses paired with wines from Chile and Argentina. Then dessert! $80 with tax and gratuity!
(About 10 seat left. Reserve NOW!)

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

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Remember our DAOU Dinner at Bone and Broth?
Wine Enthusiast just chose DAOU 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon as "Editor's Choice" and awarded a whooping 93 Points! And 92 Points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.

The point is: Expect Quality
at a Bone and Broth Collaboration!

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The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon has heady aromatics that affirm this is a serious wine for serious wine lovers. This wine displays black cherry, currant, plum and blackberry up front, complemented by dark chocolate,
tobacco leaf and cool menthol. Rounding out the nose are aromas of black olives, briarwood, fig, and dried thyme. Bold and assertive on the palate with flavors initially dominated by dark fruits, Bing cherries, black raspberry, plum, and pomegranate, accompanied by high note accents of cranberries and rhubarb. Midpalate delivers espresso and dried herbs with hints of fennel and cigar box all seamlessly integrated together on a structure of very fine grain, plush and ripe tannins. A wine of complexity and depth with a purity of fruit and subtle layers of flavors and texture that harmonize and enhance. This wine constitutes a journey of the senses that begins with power and finishes with elegance and style.

DAOU Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 is $25.99 at

$21 @MetroWines

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Women in Wine: Ancient Peaks

From The MetroWines FYI Department
Wine Enthusiast has issued their "40 Under 40" Edition
The cover went to Amada Wittstrom-Higgins, VP of Operations
Ancient Peaks Winery, Santa Margarita, CA

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As a second generation owner, Wittstrom-Higgins oversees everything from brand development and distribution to events and special projects. The 900 acres in Paso Robles begets high end wines for affordable prices. She is also the founder of
"Dream Big Darling" (,  a nonprofit devoted to elevating and promoting women in the wine industry.
If you shop @MetroWines,

you know Ancient Peaks! $19.99

Jeb Dunnuck, 90 Points
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is a terrific value and is 83%Cabernet Sauvignon, 14%Petit Verdot, and Petite Sirah. It has a Bordeaux-ish bouquet of new saddle leather, cedarwood, tobacco leaf, and smoky black fruits as well as medium body, plenty of fruit, sweet tannins, and a good finish. 4-6 years.

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Wine Enthusiast, 90 Points
Floral aromas of violet and cherry blossom drop into rich black-cherry and cocoa tones on the nose of this widely available bottling. The palate is juicy in black cherry and blackberry flavors, with accents of oak and cracked pepper, all framed by a chalky texture.

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Pompeii in California

POMPEII in California
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Pacific Palisades

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Pompeii is Compagna and Compagna is Fiano! 2017 Fiano from Montesole
Delicate aromas of apple and hazelnut carry over to the light-bodied palate along with suggestions of pear and citrus.

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$18.50 at Dreadnought online and out of stock.
$16.99 @MetroWines and on shelf!

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