Metro Wines Blogs

Metro Wines Asheville, NC

This blog is dedicated to learning Italian La Dolce Vita, that is, fashion, food and wine! We will focus on the words and phrases you need to get by in Italy. We will learn by translating facebook posts from some of our favorite winemakers including Gaetana Jacono Gola of Valle dell'Acate and Giampaolo Tabarrini, "Menu Italian" from Ristorante...

This blog is dedicated to learning Italian La Dolce Vita, that is, fashion, food and wine! We will focus on the words and phrases you need to get by in Italy. We will learn by translating facebook posts from some of our favorite winemakers including Gaetana Jacono Gola of Valle dell'Acate and Giampaolo Tabarrini, "Menu Italian" from Ristorante Trippi in Valtellina as well as text from the winery websites for some of the many Italian Wines on the shelves @MetroWines. Andiamo! (let's go!)


Discover Your Italian Heritage


Connect to your Community, 
Uncover your Heritage.

Dear Fellow Italian American:

Thank you for joining the National Italian American Foundation's virtual webinar "Your Italian Passport – A Conversation about Dual Citizenship." NIAF programs are a vital part of our mission and we are committed to bringing exciting content to our members and supporters virtually. 

I would like to invite you to join NIAF. It is a perfect time to connect with your heritage and your fellow Italian Americans as you experience our programs and events. Further your NIAF membership provides you with an opportunity to honor your Italian American ancestors while creating a direct link to the next generation of Italian Americans by providing an understanding of their heritage and its importance in guiding their lives.

Along with our newly launched virtual events, our three flagship programs are focused on ensuring that the rich tradition of being Italian American is carried forward to the next generation: 

  • Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery provides all-expense paid, first-time travel to Italy for young Italian American adults
  • NIAF Scholarships have provided millions of dollars in financial aid to college-bound Italian American students.
  • NIAF on Campus encourages young Italian Americans at major colleges and universities to understand and embrace their cultural heritage. 

We cannot build on these wonderful programs without your continued support. Your membership will not only be of benefit to you it will ensure these vital programs continue as we honor our heritage, values, and culture - and in the process inspiring the next generation.

Please go to to support and join us. We hope you will become part of our NIAF family.



Hon. Patricia de Stacy Harrison 


National Italian American Foundation

Continue reading
  207 Hits
207 Hits

Violante Ferroni and Contessa Costanza

*** In the Beginning ***
Before photography, plagues and pandemics were recorded in paint.

A great example is the oval depicting St. John healing victims of the plague painted
for the Hospital of San Giovanni di Dio in Florence by Violante Ferroni,
a woman who bent all rules at a time when large scale public commissions were reserved for men.

Webinar through Italian Embassy in Washington DC on June 4th from 4 to 5pm

Your Webinar With Wine:
Contessa Costanza
Cera Suolo di Vittoria Classico 2017

Poggio di Bortolone Contessa Costanza Cerasuolo di Vittoria ...
50% Nero D'Avola and 50% Frappato, Sicily $16.99
The Countess Constance wine Poggio di Bortolone is characterized by its remarkable freshness.
It has a bright red color and gives off vibrant aromas of blueberry, cherry and red currant.
On the palate it reveals its excellent structure and fruity and persistent finish.

Continue reading
  283 Hits
283 Hits

Italo Calvino and Sorelle Palazzi

From The MetroWines Book Suggestion Department
in Collaboration with Ciao Asheville

Book Club 1: If on a winter's night a traveler | Don't read too ...

Italo Calvino presents a novel of endless mutations in this intricate story about writing and readers.
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler turns out to be not one novel but ten, each with a different plot,
style, ambience, and author, and each interrupted at a moment of suspense.
Together they form a labyrinth of literatures, known and unknown, alive and extinct, through which
2 readers, a male and a female, pursue both story lines that intrigue them and one another. 

ITALO CALVINO (1923–1985) attained worldwide renown as one
of the twentieth century’s greatest storytellers. Born in Cuba, he was raised
in San Remo, Italy, and later lived in Turin, Paris, Rome, and elsewhere.

More about Calvino:

Published in 1992. In paperback from Malaprops

Your Read it With Bottle

Sorelle Palazzi (Palazzi Sisters)
Toscana Sangiovese 2015, $17.99

Sorelle Palazzi Sangiovese 2018 – P&V Merchants
Grapes grown from old vines on Colli Pisani, Pisan Hills, on soils that are composed
mostly of clay. Native yeasts, non-filtered, and vilification in large cement tanks
give one the chance to taste the "blood of Jove" (Sangiovese) without breaking the bank.
Dried herbs, including thyme and chives, and fruit. Easy to drink solo or with food. 
The Palazzi Sisters, or Sorelle Palazzi, started their winery in 1973 in the little-known Chianti town
of Morrona di Terricciola, in the heart of the Colli Pisani,between Pisa and Volterra. 
Certified Organic by ICEA.

Meanwhile, a Roman Mosaic Floor was found under a Vineyard near Verona!

Continue reading
  264 Hits
264 Hits

Violante Ferroni Webinar


June 4, 2020 at 4:00 PM ET


Rediscovering Historical Women Artists from Florence

( Zoom Webinar )

san giovanni di dio cropped

Violante Ferroni, Saint John Of God Heals Plague Victims, detail, 1738

Are we the ones really preserving art through conservation or is it a mutual relationship where art preserves us as well? 
The concept of displaying art in hospitals may seem to be a modern idea, but humanists truthfully believed that art and beauty possessed intrinsic healing powers for both the body and the soul. A great example is the oval depicting St. John healing victims of the plague painted for the Hospital of San Giovanni di Dio in Florence by Violante Ferroni, a woman who bent all rules at a time when large scale public commissions were reserved for men.

Through the joint efforts of Italian institutions such as the Uffizi, the Fondazione Santa Maria Nuova and the US organization Advancing Women Artists (AWA), often-forgotten women like Violante Ferroni are now being rediscovered and their works exhibited once more.

During the webinar, Linda Falcone, Director of AWA, and Elizabeth Wicks, Conservator of Fine Art, will enlighten us on the works of Plautilla NelliArtemisia GentileschiViolante Siries Cerroti and Violante Ferroni. Through the fascinating journey of the restoration of their pieces, we will learn about the historical women artists of Florence and their role in the ‘Art of Healing’.

LOCATION: Zoom Webinar (registration required) 
WHEN: June 4, 2020 at 4:00 PM ET

This program is organized in collaboration with

AWA logo
Continue reading
  265 Hits
265 Hits

Caravaggio and Wine

*** BIG DEAL of THE WEEK ***

Barbera is a vigorous and productive variety requiring management 
through pruning and planting density. The clusters are big and compact, 
and the grapes are rich in sugar, acidity, soft tannins and color. 
Vallana’s viticultural philosophy is sustainable farming. 
Grapes are ready for harvest mid-September. Handpicked and placed in small boxes. 
Fermentation takes place in large cement tanks and lasts for about one week. 
The wine is unoaked and rests in large cement vessels for up to one year before bottling.
The wine is perfect to drink young, but suitable for medium to long aging.

*** $12.99 ***

Continue reading
  203 Hits
203 Hits

Find Your Italian Roots

Thursday, May 21, 6 p.m. EST

Get all the tips of how to begin researching your Italian family through this first webinar from NIAF's virtual three-part Genealogy Series.

In the first session, we will answer both Genealogy and Dual Citizenship Questions; it is free but you must register to attend! 


Bianca Ottone, founder of My Italian Family will explain how to start and navigate your family research. My Italian Family has helped people of Italian origin to trace back their roots, reconnect to their living relatives, follow their Ancestors' steps onsite in Italy and become Italian Dual Citizens. 

If you'd like to have your question answered during the Q&A portion of the session, please email your question to no later than Tuesday, May 19, at 5 p.m. If we cannot get to your question during the session, we will send you a response via email. 

If you have any questions, please contact us at

We can't wait for you to join us! Register here.

Amb. Peter F. Secchia Building
1860 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

© 2020 National Italian American Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

Continue reading
  304 Hits
304 Hits

Allegracore: Big Deal of The Week

Big Deal of The Week

With restaurants closed, sales are down for Asheville Wine Distributors.
That means that some of those wines destined for menus are now on our shelves.
We can help our Distributors and at the same time, provide a great wine opportunity for you!
This wine is one we might not have purchased due to the price but now.......

2017 Allegracore Etna Rosso DOC - Cavinona

A blend of Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappucio but primarily Mascalese.
Winemaker Chiara says that Cappucio gives color and boldness,
while the structure comes from the Mascalese
From Fattorie Romeo del Castello in Randazzo in Etna, Sicily

Burgundian style wine with wild strawberry fruit, fresh with a sweet core.
From a 14 hectare vineyard close to Etna that lost half its vines to the 1981 eruption.

** The Winemakers **
Interview with Winemakers:

$26 @MetroWines
This is What Sicily Can DO!

Continue reading
  270 Hits
270 Hits

The Dreaded 2 Wine Bottle Dilemma

** The Dreaded Two Bottle Dilemma **

While some businesses are opening, restaurants are not yet back on radar.
One of the great pleasures of a restaurant is pairing each dish to just the right wine.
If you have a crab salad for an appetizer and a steak for an entree,
you probably don't want, nor should you, a bottle of Red Bordeaux for the entire meal.
At a restaurant, you could select just a glass of wine for each course.

But now we are playing DIY restaurant at home
and without a party of four or more, we are facing:

The Dreaded Two Bottle Dilemma!

MetroWines To The Rescue! 

** Solution: Half Bottles!**

Half Bottle Wine Stock Photos And Images - 123RF

Tiefenbruner Pinot Grigio Alto-Adige, Italy $6.79
Catena Malbec Mendoza, Argentina $10.99
Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano Abruzzo, Italy $8.99

** Word is Out. Limited Supply **
Call (828) 575-9525 and stake your claim!

Continue reading
  290 Hits
290 Hits

Mt. Etna and Wine

From The MetroWines Book Suggestion Department

Making wine on Europe's largest active volcano doesn't come easy.
Frequent changes in topography, elevation, and weather influence each vintage
and every winemaker has an interpretation of the evolving volcanic landscape.
This is part of what makes Etna so exciting. The wines are as inviting as the terrain. For millennia the mountain served as a backdrop in the development of Europe. Today, the UNESCO Heritage Site is a destination for the world.
American wine expert Benjamin Spencer goes beyond the vines to explore
the history and rebirth of the region that has everyone talking about Sicily.

Your Read it With Wines
But of course, from Mt. Etna

2018 Tascante Buonara Etna Bianca 2018 Caricante

Newton Wines & Spirits Tascante Etna Bianco Buonora 2018
Buonora is Tenuta Tascante’s white wine from Mount Etna’s indigenous
Carricante grape variety. Historically prized for its high acidity
and abundant productivity, Carricante is a multi-facited grape that ripens late
 gains complexity with aging.  Grapes for the Tenuta Tascanate Buonora
are sourced from cool-climate vineyards on the north and east faces
of the volcano’s slopes.
 Really great bottle!

More about the Winery:
$21 @MetroWines by the bottle everyday all day!
As always, 10% off when you buy 6 of anything
and 15% on a case of regularly priced bottles!

Continue reading
  271 Hits
271 Hits


Does wine have an expiration date? Some wines, even white wines
are bottled to age and,in fact improve with age. Coenobium, an orange wine
from Italy is such a bottle. Coenobium wants time in bottle.

$26 @MetroWines. Best price stateside.
Less in Europe but shipping is a dealbreaker!

Coenobium, Bianco | Astor Wines & Spirits
Built to last. Brett Watson says you can drink it now. But if you do,
uncork and let it breath for a day. If you choose to wait, 2-3 years
from the vintage date,2018 in this case, would be optimal.
Coenobium is highly allocated meaning limited distribution to each retailer.
Brett tells me MetroWines has every bottle in NC!

Continue reading
  246 Hits
246 Hits

Pizza, Pacino and Dolcetto

 Neapolitan PIZZA ***

Like so many of the country’s most prized gastronomic delights like wine,
olive oil and cheese, the quintessential pie from Naples, where pizza was born,
has become so cherished that it’s now worthy of its own Designation of Controlled Origin (DOC).
The city’s pizza-making tradition even received 
Unesco recognition in 2017
as an intangible cultural heritage item.

Your Bake it With and Serve it With Wine

Pierino 100% Organic Dolcetto  
The delight of this wine is due to the terroir and the suitability of the grape to the area.
Dolcetto d'Asti is known for its softness, a wine "of all meals" typical of this area.
Delicate and fragrant red wine. Short aging from May to June,
 Ruby red color with violet highlights. On the nose it offers fruity notes of cherry and raspberry.
On the palate, the wine is dry, with evident tannin and good structure.
Pierino Dolcetto d'Asti Borgo Monacato 2018 
Importer Notes:


*** More News From Ciao Asheville ***
Al Pacino turned 80 yesterday!
Watch The Godfather, all 3 of them, even the weak one.
Or indulge yet again in my personal favorite,
"Dog Day Afternoon." Attica!

Girolamo Russo a Rina Etna Rosso | Binny's Beverage Depot
2017 is 95% Neurello Mascalese and 5% Neurello Cappuccio
'A Rina' is an earthy and red-fruited Nerello Mascalese dominant Etna Rosso,
marked by flavors of scorched earth, cherries, and tobacco. Russo's wines are rustic
and harmonious, marked by zesty acidity, volcanic-influenced flavors,
and a distinct sense of place.

Continue reading
  197 Hits
197 Hits

Regaleali and Balconies

The Power of the Balcony!

BBC - Travel - Why do balconies inspire us?
But What's a Balcony Without Rosé?

Tasca D'Almerita Regaleali Le Rose 2017 :: Rose
Deep salmon-pink in color, Le Rose offers delicate aromas of cherry, raspberry,
blackberry, and-appropriate to its name-rose petals.  Rich on the palate
with refreshing acidity and a long, flavorful finish. Sicily in the summertime!

And What's a Balcony with Rosé Without Italy?
Dream of Italy with Kathy McCabe of PBS
Recommended as one of the 13 best podcasts for wandering souls.

Continue reading
  286 Hits
286 Hits

In the Beginning!

Small bites: Ciao Asheville 720w, 768w, 330w" sizes="(max-width: 1100px) 100vw, 1100px">
ALL THINGS ITALIAN: Gail Rampersaud, left, and Gina Trippi co-founded Ciao Asheville, an Italian cultural forum. “We want to bring the Italian cultural experience to Asheville," says Trippi. Photo by Thomas Calder 

You don’t have to be Italian to join Ciao Asheville. The new cultural forum only asks interested members to bring their passion for the country’s cuisine, language, wine, film and literature with them to the monthly meetings at Metro Wines. “The mission of the group is to try to address all of those aspects,” says Gina Trippi, co-owner of Metro Wines and co-founder of the forum. “We want to bring the Italian cultural experience to Asheville.”

On Wednesday, Jan. 16, the group will host its inaugural meeting. Strada Italiano will supply pizza, and Mike Tiano of Haw River Wine Man will offer a brief presentation on Chianti wine. In addition, Gail Rampersaud, the group’s event coordinator, will discuss plans for the forum’s future and upcoming programs, which include presentations on the slow food movement and travel ideas when visiting Italy.

Along with monthly presentations, the group intends to host free Italian films at Metro Wines. Trippi and Rampersaud also hope to develop an Italian language speaking group to meet more frequently than the forum’s current monthly gathering.

“We really want to serve the needs of the people that are interested in this,” says Rampersaud. “The inaugural event is about bringing folks together, getting their feedback and figuring out the future direction of the group. We want our courses to be driven by our members. We want to provide what people want.”

Ciao Asheville: An Italian Cultural Forum will host its inaugural meeting 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Metro Wines, 169 Charlotte St. The event is free to attend. To learn more, visit

Continue reading
  270 Hits
270 Hits


You've Got Time to Read or Re-read 
"A Room With a View" by E.M. Forster 

A Ciao Asheville Recommended Read!
WSJ Review:

Lucy Honeychurch travels to Florence, Italy, with her cousin and they were assured
they would receive a room with a view of the River Arno, but instead are given a room overlooking
a dull courtyard. A one Mr. Emerson and his son George offer their room, which as the desirable view,
to the two ladies. From this opening sequence, A Room with a View sets off following young Lucy
as she navigates through the proprieties of Edwardian-era society.

Ciao Asheville Suggested Read it With Wine:
Martoccia Toscana 'Poggio Apricale' | Wine Info
2018 Produced in Montalcino,Cinigiano, this blend of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot  5% Colorino, 
spends up to 3 months, a part in Slavonian oak barrels and a part in French oak barrique. 
Ruby red in glass. Fresh and young red wine with hints of cherry, raspberry and black fruit. 
Medium bodied. Always a shop favorite.

$19.99 and the book takes you to Tuscany

Continue reading
  248 Hits
248 Hits


Organic and Biodynamic, this 2017 wine is a blend of 90%Sangiovese
and 10%Cabernet Sauvignon from Fabrizio Pratesi.
 Wine producers in the Carmignano
near Florence have been blending Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon since the 1600s! 
Pratesi has brought attention back to a region The Medici Family prized for their table.

Bold aromas of ripe cherry, dark raspberry, and Bordeaux-like lead pencil
leads to a juicy, ripe, palate of dark red fruit, tobacco and spice. The wine is full of fruit,
but not really “fruity,” and finishes with layers of savory graphite and earth. 
The wine works for a casual dinner or a sophisticated table. 

Wine Spectator: 91 Points
“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.”


Continue reading
  281 Hits
281 Hits

Learn Italian Online

Dear Ciao Asheville members,
We certainly hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!
Since we are all stuck at home, Ciao Asheville has been thinking about how we can offer virtual Italian language classes and have come up with a plan. We are going to use Coffee Break Italian, which has free podcasts on their website. They have a beginning Italian series that includes 40 podcasts, with each podcast being about 20 minutes long. You can access the podcasts here to check it out. They also offer some other supporting materials which are free, plus a more comprehensive language program and materials for a fee.
We plan to use Zoom Pro and once per week in a one-hour time slot we will broadcast 2 of the audio podcasts back to back. Those interested would need to download Zoom (free; you do not need to pay for an account) onto their phone, tablet or computer to listen in and participate. Listening to the podcasts would take up about 40 to 45 minutes of an hour-long session. The remaining 15-20 minutes would be to practice, discuss, ask/answer questions, etc. via the Zoom session. Everyone participating would be put on mute for the podcast broadcast but then we would open up the lines so we could hear everyone for the discussion portion of the class. Note that the podcasts are *FREE* and we are offering this experience at no cost to members. We are hoping that this will give everyone something to focus on and we can all be ready with some basic Italian phrases when COVID-19 has cleared and we can plan (reschedule?) our trips to Italy. I know that I personally am really looking forward to that day!!
At this time, we would ask a couple of things from you. For those who are interested in participating, please do the following:
(1) Reply to this email (please do NOT reply all) to let us know you are interested.
(2) Let us know what day of the week and 1-hour time period you would prefer for the classes. Note that when we planned our language classes last fall that subsequently got canceled, we were going to have those classes on Thursdays starting at 5:30PM. 
If you are interested, please respond to us by Wednesday, April 8.  Feel free to email us if you have any questions.
Honestly, we are not sure how this will all work out but we are going to give it a good try!  We look forward to hearing back from you.
Gail Rampersaud
Events Coordinator
Ciao Asheville
Continue reading
  395 Hits
395 Hits

Leverano 5 Liter Rosé

From The MetroWines Book Review Department
No Better Time to Bring The Outside IN !!

*** Broken Glass by Alex Beam ***
Tells the Story of the Building and the Builders of The Farnsworth House.
WSJ Review:

So bringing the outide in is not just about the fresh air and greenery,
it's about all that goes on outdoors. Maybe back yard parties. Maybe picnics.

Leverano Vechia Torre Rosé
Quality in a 5 liter Bottle holding over 6 bottles of wine!

80% Negroamaro with Malvasia Nero, 

Tasting Notes:
Color: bright pink with violet highlights
Bouquet: intense and delicate
with hints of raspberries
Taste: soft and tangy
Serving Temperature: 8-10°C
Pairing: an ideal companion to all kinds
of meals, to first courses with tomato sauce,
white meat, fish soup and roast prawns.

All over Europe but not widely available
in this country.

$29 for what is over 6 bottles of wine!
bring all that is the outside IN!

Continue reading
  254 Hits
254 Hits

Ghibello Sangiovese

Ciao Asheville Alert
Canceled events:

Olive Oil and Wine Tasting
Set for March 26th

Film Discussion
Set for Sunday, March 29th 

Do Red Wine in the Bunker Instead!
With something about Leonardo, but of course, to read:
Image result for ghibello chianti 2015

2015 100% Sangiovese is an intense ruby red color with a very concentrated red berry bouquet
that finishes with hints ofvanilla. On the palate, it is well-balanced and smooth with delicate tannins
and a persistent finish. This Chianti is made for pizza, pasta with red sauce, charcuterie,
grilled meats, Fettuccine Alfredo, and Spaghetti Carbonara.

*** $11.99 ***

Continue reading
  325 Hits
325 Hits

NIAF Relief Efforts

NIAF Coronavirus Relief Efforts

Dear NIAF Members and Friends, 

In just the last week the numbers of those afflicted by COVID-19 have increased dramatically both here and in Italy. The National Italian American Foundation's (NIAF) goal at this unprecedented time in our country's history is to connect and help our Italian American community here in the United States while we work with those who can help the people of Italy.


I want to thank NIAF's Management, Executive Committees and the Board as a whole, for their responsiveness as together we look at viable ways to meet this goal. 


In terms of Italy outreach, I particularly want to thank Peter Arduini, Anita McBride and Joseph Del Raso, who are working with Italy's Ambassador to the United States Armando Varricchio, to focus on priority needs. The Ambassador is very appreciative of NIAF's help. NIAF Board Member Peter Arduini, is a member of the board of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) and is working with Advamed CEO Scott Whitaker and the Ambassador to identify resources available to meet urgent needs for Italy.

There are ways for you to help right now. Hospitals in Italy are overwhelmed treating and caring for the infected. Their lack of resources and beds force them to turn the sick away and hundreds are dying daily. 


We encourage those who want to help Italy, especially those with family there, to consider donating to one or more of the following relief campaigns. Each campaign is supporting a specific hospital in Italy. The funds raised will go directly to the hospital so it can secure the urgent resources needed.


Papa Giovanni XIII Hospital in Bergamo
Cesvi, an Italian charity founded in Bergamo, is raising money for the Papa Giovanni XIII Hospital and for home assistance for the elderly living in Bergamo and Milan, the area with the highest concentration of COVID-19 cases in Italy to date:


San Raffaele Hospital in Milan
There are two opportunities to support the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan. Donations can be made directly to the hospital: Donations can also be made through a GoFundMe campaign created by the Ferragni family; the funds raised will be directly donated to the hospital to strengthen intensive care:


Spallanzani Hospital in Rome
The Spallanzani Hospital is the most important infectious disease hospital in Italy and during this coronavirus outbreak it was the first hospital to isolate the virus. Umberto Mucci from We The Italians has launched this fundraiser to support this hospital:

Celebrity Chef Mary Ann Esposito has joined the Foundation in this effort by sharing NIAF's website that lists these relief campaigns on her Ciao Italia website for her fans to support as well. 

In terms of what we are doing for our Italian American family, some of us had the opportunity to listen to a unique "Telephonic Town Hall Virtual Meeting" with Dr. John Rosa and Dr. Angelo Falcone on the facts about the coronavirus on Sunday, March 22. It was informative and also provided tips for getting through this crisis. They are planning to expand and continue this conversation and we will let you know when this will be scheduled.


As you know, there is a critical shortage of surgical masks and supplies for our local hospitals and emergency rooms. If you have access to a trusted site that is dedicated to filling this need, we will post on our website.

For the most up to date and factual information, visit the CDC's website,, and the John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, For further updates on all of the initiatives and campaigns mentioned, visit:


Patricia de Stacy Harrison

NIAF Chairman

The National Italian American Foundation

Amb. Peter F. Secchia Building
1860 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

© 2020 National Italian American Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

Continue reading
  502 Hits
502 Hits

Stand in Solidarity with Italy

Stand in Solidarity with Italy
Country wide lockdown in progress to stop spread of virus.
Italians learning to adapt.

We can help by supporting Italian Culture!
Image result for selvapiana chianti rufinaSangiovese (with a small amount of Canaiolo) is vinified in thermo-regulated
stainless steel tanks at a fermentation temperature of 28° C. It then spends time
in steel tanks (30%), Sessile oak casks (50%) and barriques (20%).
After blending, the wine is refined in French oak casks for two to three months.
Pairs well with pasta dishes, pizza and appetizers.
90 Points Decanter - Delicate aromas of subtle herbs and oak.
The palate is elegant and fresh with flavours of red berries,
liquorice and plum to finish. Balanced, ripe, smooth tannins. $19.99

Ciao Asheville Presents
Sunday, March 29th starting 1pm

Image result for rome open city film

*** Olive Oil and Wine Tasting ***
with Jessica Gaydos from "Olive This" @MetroWines
March 26th from 5:30 to 6:30

Sign up here:

Meanwhile: In Memoriam: Joyce Gordon
For those of you who joined us for "once Upon a Time in the West"
and were certain the voice was Claudia Cardinale who must certainly
have mastered a fast class in English, not so! As Robert Formento assured us,
the movie was dubbed. And now we know who it was at the mic!

Joyce Gordonknown as "The Girl with Glasses" passed away at 90 this week.
She said of the movie: "It's an anonymous kind of gratification."

Ciao Asheville extends posthumous membership to Joyce Gordon!

Continue reading
  320 Hits
320 Hits