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Learning Italian

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...

Learning Italian

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!)

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Vajra Rose'

A MUST HAVE Rose
 (or, in this case, Rosato)
Rosabella 2018 from G.D. Vajra
100% Nebbiolo

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In the glass, Rosabella is a delicate and translucent wine, with a pale rose hue
in the glass. On the nose, floral, rich, with rose petals, raspberry, fresh strawberry and strawberry blossoms, cherry stone and a very distinctive signature of Nebbiolo. On the palate, it discloses a lovely balance and texture, with aromatics of oriental citrus, strawberry, raspberry, orange blossoms and a hint of incense.
It finishes long, soft and fruity.


Under Internet Pricing at $17.99

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Franco Serra Wine Tasting

News Release:  August 6th, 2019

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

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

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

 
About Franco Serra Winery:

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

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

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

 
Contact for Ciao Asheville" Gail Rampersaud: 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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Italian Language Classes Update

 

Tickets HERE!

News Release: August 5, 2019 (updated from May 4, 2019 release)

About: "Low Pressure" Italian Language Classes

Ciao Asheville presents Italian Language Classes @MetroWines with Dr. Valeria Tezzon. This introduction to the Italian Language will be a total of 10 low-pressure classes that focus on conversation and communication. Classes will be organized by topics, such as ordering at a restaurant, traveling within the country, shopping, and enjoying an afternoon in a piazza! 

"The goal is to teach students what they will need to enjoy and successfully navigate a trip to Italy," says Valeria Tezzon. "The classes, sprinkled with Italian history and culture, are designed to be both fun and informative."

A "kick off" introductory party will be held for attendees on Thursday, September 26th, from 5:30-7pm @MetroWines. We'll all get to know each other and Dr. Tezzon will review the class series and topics. A glass of wine and snacks will be provided "on the house". The 10 language classes will run from October 3 through December 12, every Thursday from 5:30-7pm. Note that there will be no class the week of Thanksgiving. The cost for the series is $150 (plus tax).** Each class will build on the previous classes so you must purchase the entire series to ensure continuity and that everyone can move at the same pace. 

 

Classes will be limited to 25 students to ensure personal attention. You can register by calling (828) 575-9525 or shopping online here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/special-events/

"Ciao Asheville had so many requests for language classes that focus on communication over conjugation." says Gina Trippi, Outreach Coordinator for Ciao Asheville, "We are delighted to offer what Michael Scardaville, Ciao Asheville Travel Consultant, calls Survival Italian!"

Parking is free, close and easy @MetroWines. 

 
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Out of Italy

By 1450, all of Europe and the Mediterranean were influenced by the teachings, the economies and the intellect of Italy. Its predominance had been achieved through a long history of effort, patience and strategic victories. How had Italy, or rather a handful of Italian cities, a few men all told, succeed in acquiring and maintaining a position of dominance vis-à-vis Byzantium, Islam, and western Europe?

In this fascinating and insightful study, Fernand Braudel, one of the most distinguished historians of our time, examines the many-sided phenomenon of greatness that characterized Italy during the two centuries spanning the Renaissance, Mannerism, and the Baroque-- dazzling, multicoloured Italy, whose radiance shone all over Europe. Braudel perceptively describes the extent, nature and force of Italian influence abroad, analyses the complex interaction between art, science, politics and commerce, and proposes a paradigm of Italy's extraordinary cultural flowering.

This is the first English translation of Braudel's now-classic text. The volume is beautifully designed and illustrated with works by Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Ghirlandaio, van Eyck, Rubens, Caron, and Poussin. It is an invaluable work for students of Italian history who will find that their understanding of Italian culture has been immeasurably enriched.

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Vermentino

*** Staff Pick: Lou ***
Marziano Abbona 2017 Cinerino, Langhe


100% Viognier aged in oak and acacia barrels and then assembled in steel tank. Winery Tasting notes: The challenge of planting Viognier on the hills of the area has given excellent results. The Cinerino is more compelling every year with its aromas of honey, white flowers, and citrus fruits of rare appeal. On the palate,
this wine is rich, round, smooth, and has an exceptional freshness.

Why Lou picked this wine: "I was looking to pair wine with chicken marsala.
Googled it and found Viognier. Tried it loved it. It totally outclassed my
Chicken Marsala which is not easy to do because my Chicken Marsala
is pretty good." Lou says the wine is versatile and would be a great aperitif,
lovely pairing for light meats and vegetables or veined cheeses.

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Very Limited Distribution in US.
$28 @MetroWines and in stock.
Rejoice that you are not in London where this bottle is $42!

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Fiano

Naples, Campagna
NYT says: 
"A city of glorious but battered beauty, known for its vibrancy and,
yes, a frisson of menace, Naples is now humming with visitors.
"


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You will see this work by El Greco at Museo di Capodimonte.
And you will probably see a bottle of Fiano on the dinner table!


Montesole Fiano Campania
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Very limited distribution in US. $16.99 @Metrowines!
The Vitis Apiana grapes from Irpinia hilly landscape make Montesole Fiano, an impressive white with unforgettable delicacy, extraordinary taste of great elegance. Straw yellow color, fine floral scents of sage, whitethorn, racy pear, ginger introduce a crisp and refreshing sip, rich in minerality as well as graceful body and perfect balance. The ideal companion of seafood and Mediterranean dishes.

Planning a trip? https://www.lonelyplanet.com/italy/campania/naples

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Erbaluce

Erbaluce from Cieck is Here!
The New. The Old. The Different.
Piedmonte, Italy


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Founded in 1985, Cieck is overseen by Remo Falconieri. The winery was one
of the original five producers in San Giorgio Canavese, and a number
of other top estates in the area consult with Remo today. Now in his eighties,
Remo labors daily in the cellar alongside his daughter, Lia, and Domenico Caretto, producing some of Alto Piemonte’s most elegant Erbaluce.
This ancient, indigenous grape, Erbaluce, is derived from two words:  dawn (“erba”) and light (“luce”). Its name alludes to the striking copper color the grapes assume as the sun hits them on traditional pergola-trained vines. $22


"Your Drink it With" Suggestion is:
This BBC piece on Italian Author Andrea Camilleri,
creator of the Inspector Montalbano Series

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48681253
Camilleri died last week at 93. He was 69 when his first novel was published.
Shop one of his many novels at Malaprops here:

https://www.malaprops.com/search/site/inspector%20montalbano

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July Film Discussion

"Io Non Ho Paura" (I am Not Afraid)

Film Discussion with Robert Formento of "Ciao Asheville"

Sunday, July 28th starting 1pm @MetroWines.

Admission is "on the house" and $7 for glass of Red or White Italian Wine.

Ciao Asheville is dedicated to raising awarness about Italian Culture in Asheville. We believe that a review of some of the best regarded films will be a window into the history, attitudes and hopes of Itlay.

Robert's Film Summary:

With this next film (released in 2003) we visit Italy in the turbulent 1970s, sometimes called the “Years of Lead”. Political and ransom killings were rampant at that time. The worst of it often involved kidnapping children of wealthy families for ransom.

 

This movie, Io Non Ho Paura (I Am Not Afraid), is loosely based on one such kidnapping of a 10 year old boy from Milan. He is taken to a small impoverished town in the south of Italy. The village is tiny and there are only a handful of children who roam the area around them.  The story is about how he was discovered by another 10 year old boy from the local town.

 

This film can be described as a crime mystery thriller, but uniquely seen through the eyes of a ten year old boy. You get to observe how the boy confronts the idea that the family and neighbors whom he loves and trusts are the same people who kidnapped the boy and shackled him in a deep underground cellar. Does he decide to protect his family or protect the kidnapped boy?

 

Io Non Ho Paura, is based on the novel of the same name by Niccolo Ammaniti. The movie was very popular in Italy where it won several awards, but had a very limited release in America. The director, Gabriele Salvatore also directed Mediterraneo which won the Oscar for best foreign film in 1992. 

 

Please reserve your seat HERE!

or call (828) 575-9525. 

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Belstar Prosecco and History

"Isle Be Waiting"
5 Mediterranean Islands that offer fabulous food and lodging
but are not so well known making these locations a perfect escape.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/5-mediterranean-islands-
the-tourist-mobs-havent-invaded-yet-11562331771


Let's add history to the escape. One of the suggestions is Mazzorbo.
There you will find the a wine villa owned by the Bisol Family making wine
for centuries. And you know their work well. Bisol makes Belstar!


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A unique sparkler created by one of Prosecco's top producers,
the Cuvee Rose is a blend of Merlot, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. 
Fresh, juicy, somewhat soft and sweet with citrus, licorice, melon and ripe strawberries. Clean, easy style with light, creamy mousse.

The history of Bisol dates back to 1542, when the Bisol family first began cultivating grapes. Today, Gianluca Bisol has assumed the role of president and CEO while his brother, Desiderio, holds the position of chief enologist and technical director.
With 500 years of winemaking tradition, Bisol produces a range of organically farmed and internationally recognized Valdobbiadene Superiore DOCG crus. 


And speaking of history...UNESCO has just last week declared
Valdobbiadene Superiore  DOCG a World Heritage Site. check it out:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/unesco-world-heritage-list-additions-2019-1594954

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That's a LOT of History for $12.99
$14.99 at wine.com and, not surprisingly, unavailable.

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Donati Family Vineyard Tasting

News Release: July 10, 2019

About: Ciao Asheville Presents Donati Family Vineyards!
 
Ciao Asheville presents Donati Family Vineyards on Thursday, August 22nd, 2019 from 5 to 6:30 @MetroWines. Adam Chesia, East Coast Representative for Donati Family Vineyards, who will host a tasting of Donati Wines "on the house" and tell us all about the winery, the history and the current winemaker, Briana Heywood!
 
About Donati Family Vineyards: 
As a young boy, Ron Donati grew up in South San Francisco, the son of a first generation Italian-American family. One of his fondest memories was the sights and smells of his grandfather making wine in his basement. Like most Italian immigrants, Albino Donati made his own wine for the family dinner table. As an adult, Ron became a successful entrepreneur with a penchant for making quality products that were attainable to all, not just a select few. This same passion serves as the foundation and guiding mission of Donati Family Vineyard today. It is our goal to produce wines of exceptional quality regardless of budget.
 

The Donati Family Estate Vineyard site enjoys a variety of soils from limestone to decomposed granite to clay loam, and access to the cooling ocean breezes of the Monterey Bay. Like much of southern Napa, Sonoma, and Monterey counties, Paicines has long warm days followed by cool nights.

The vineyard is planted to various select clones of Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Syrah, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Blanc and Petit Verdot. Vine selections are carefully screened for viral diseases prior to planting, ensuring that the future of the vineyard is secure, and that vine health and fruit integrity remain intact from planting through harvest.

About the Winemaker: Briana Heywood:

Briana Heywood joined the Donati Family Vineyard team in 2016 as Head Winemaker. She has been involved in the wine industry for the past 10 years and gained her knowledge primarily through hands-on experience. Prior to starting at Donati, Briana was Enologist at JLohr Wines in Paso Robles for the past 7 years, along with prior internships at Eberle Winery and Gallo Vineyards. She earned her Enology and Wine Business degrees from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, in 2009.

Possessing experience in both small and large wineries, Briana is equipped with a unique perspective on maintaining consistency of hand-crafted premium wines in ever increasing quantities. This experience and perspective will take the Donati Family Wines forward as we continue to build our brand and extend our reach.

Follow Donati on FB here: https://www.facebook.com/DonatiWine/

Contact for Ciao Asheville: Gail Rampersaud
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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Critics and Staff picks

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(not Eric Asimov in photo)
Eric Asimov criticizes the critic in NYT on Wednesday. He accurately points out
that a review is just the opinion of one person (including Eric.) 
True. Better idea is to get personal. Shop @MetroWines where staff cards their "picks."
Find the palate that suits you and go on a wine adventure with confidence.
Let's Get Started with MetroWines Staff Picks!


*** Andy's Pick ***

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Fontana Vecchia Aglianico del Taburno, $17.99

Why this one? "Because I like the combination of new world like fruit with old world earthy leathery flavors.
This Aglianico is not afraid to show some tannin which I like with food and it is a historical wine.
This is the grape that probably would have been the "premier cru" in ancient Rome.
 It drinks like a combination of a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and Barolo at a third of the price.

Generally speaking what I am looking for in a "pick" is a wine that pairs
with food showing bright acidity and complexity for the price."

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Italian Rose' Tasting


Ciao Asheville Presents

Aperitivi !
Italian Rose' Wine Tasting

Hosted at a lovely covered pavilion at a private home in Asheville,
you will taste 4 bottles of Rose' paired with Italian Finger Foods
including cheese, melon, prosciutto and bruschetta.
The event is hosted by Ciao Asheville and Mike Tiano of Haw River Wine Man
$20 includes wine, food, fun and tax!
Ciao Asheville events sell out so please shop now:
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/aperitivi-italian-rose-tasting

Follow ALL Ciao Asheville Events Here:
http:// https://www.facebook.com/CiaoAsheville/

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Italian Cabernet Sauvignon: Sultry

 

By night, something more, shall we say, sultry in the glass.
Eva Luna 2016 Cabernet with Cabernet Franc,
Lake Garda, Italy $15.99


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In the 1990s, Carla Prospero and her daughter Nadia Zenato acquired a large 18th century farm
in the Sirmione area called Sansonina. With this purchase they accepted a challenge to disprove
some preconceptions. They set about producing exceptional red wine in a zone traditionally known
for whites, while demonstrating that well-structured red wine isn’t necessarily men’s work.
With a typically feminine combination of determination and sensitivity, 
Carla and Nadia have succeeded in producing hearty, powerful and elegant wines.

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Aperitivi: Italian Rose Tasting

News Release: June 13, 2019 
About: Ciao Asheville presents Italian Aperitivo Rose Tasting
 
Ciao Asheville is pleased to announce our signature summer event. We will be presenting four Italian rose wines for tasting along with light Italian appetizers for an authentic Sunday afternoon Italian "happy hour" aperitivo! This event will take place at a gorgeous outdoor location here in Asheville (location and directions to be provided when you reserve and pay). We will be serving a variety of aperitivo foods including bruschetta, cheese, prosciutto, and fruit. This is a great way to kick off your Sunday dinner plans the Italian way!  
 
Sunday, July 21, 3:00-4:30pm. 
 
Cost is $20 per person which includes tax. 
 
Please note that Ciao Asheville events often sell out so reserve early. 
Call (828) 575-9525 with credit card or shop online: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/italian-rose-tasting/.    
 
Contact for Ciao Asheville: Gail Rampersaud
ciao@MetroWinesAshweville.com
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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Il Postino Film Discussion

 

Registration HERE!

Film Discussion of Il Postino on Sunday, June 30th starting1pm @MetroWines. The event and popcorn is on the house. A glass of Italian red or white wine is $7. Robert Formento, Film Coordinator for Ciao Asheville will lead the discussion. Robert has extensive knowledge of Italian Films. His brief synopsis of Il Postino is here:

Il Postino

Pablo Neruda was a Nobel Prize winning Chilean poet-diplomat and politician. Probably best known for his passionate love poems, he also served a number of diplomatic positions in Chile, but because of his politics (he was a communist), he got himself into trouble with the Chilean government and was exiled to The Isle of Capri in Italy in the early 50s. (Tough exile!)

 

The movie, Il Postino, takes place after Pablo Neruda arrives. It is a story about Mario, a bumbling mailman, who’s madly in love with Beatrice, the most beautiful woman on this island. . . . but is too shy to tell her how he feels. With Pablo’s help, he finds the right words to win her heart. 

 

Il Postino was nominated for 5 Oscars in 1994 (Best Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Original Music Score and Best Picture) Those viewers who loved the movie, Cinema Paradiso, will be pleased that Philippe Noiret (who played Alfredo, the movie projectionist) also plays the role of Pablo Neruda in Il Postino. Mario is wonderfully played by Massimo Troisi. Although not well known in America, Troisi was very well known in Italy for his comedy films. Sadly, Massimo died one day after major filming was completed. The movie ends with a simple dedication, “To Our Friend Massimo”.

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Italian Hand Gestures!

 

Tickets HERE!! (HIGH Sell Out Risk)

News Release: May 14, 2019
About: Learn Italian Gestures with Ciao Asheville!
Everybody knows it – Italians are masters at talking with their hands! But do you know what all those hand gestures mean? Want to know how to order a beer instead of a glass of wine in Italy just by using a hand gesture? Or let your waiter know that your meal is fantastic?

Ciao Asheville presents a fun and animated journey into learning about and understanding Italian hand gestures with Italian native and Asheville resident Roberto Stragiotti. Roberto will give us a demonstration and lend some history to hand gestures, along with some useful cultural information. “Travelers to Italy will benefit by knowing about gestures and actually using some while you are there”, adds Roberto.   

Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 5:30-6:30 at Metro Wines. $10 for the talk, which includes a glass of red or white Italian wine.

Please note that Ciao Asheville events often sell out so please reserve early.

Call (828) 575-9525 with credit card or shop online:  https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/italian-hand-gestures/

Contact for Ciao Asheville: Gail Rampersaud
ciao@MetroWinesAshweville.com
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
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Italian Language Classes

 

Stand by for Updated Information!

 Tickets HERE!

News Release: Saturday, May 4th, 2019

About: "Low Pressure" Italian Language Classes
 
Ciao Asheville presents Italian Language Classes @MetroWines with Dr. Valeria Tezzon. This introduction to the Italian Language will be low-pressure classes that focus on conversation and communication. Classes will be organized by topics, such as ordering at a restaurant, traveling within the country, shopping, and enjoying an afternoon in a piazza! 
 
"The goal is to teach students what they will need to enjoy and successfully navigate a trip to Italy," says Valeria Tezzon. "The classes, sprinkled with Italian history and culture, are designed to be both fun and informative."
 
The "kick off" class will be held "on the house" on September 26th from 5:30 to 7pm @MetroWines. Dr. Tezzon will host 10 classes, one each week from October through December. Classes are tentatively scheduled for Thursdays from 5:30 to 7pm. The cost for each class is $20 (plus tax) or $150 (plus tax) for the entire series.
 
The classes will be limited to 25 students to ensure personal attention. You can reserve your seat for the series by calling (828) 575-9525 or shopping online here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/special-events/
 
"Ciao Asheville had so many requests for language classes that focus on communication over conjugation." says Gina Trippi, Outreach Coordinator for Ciao Asheville, "We are delighted to offer what Michael Scardaville, Ciao Asheville Travel Consultant, calls Survival Italian!"
 
Parking is free, close and easy @MetroWines. 
 
Contact for Ciao Asheville: Gail Rampersaud
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Bele Casel Tasting with Paola Ferraro

 

Tickets HERE!

News Release: April 9th, 2019

About: Bele Casel Tasting with Paola Ferraro
 
Ciao Asheville presents Paola Ferraro from Bele Casel on Tuesday, May 7th from 5:30 to 6:30 for "A Prosecco ONLY Cocktail Party" @MetroWines! 
 
Two Proseccos, Bele Casel Colfondo and Bele Casel, will be on the taste paired with a traditional Antipasto Plate. Paola Ferraro and Mike Tiano of Haw River Wine Man host the party.
 
"Paola appeared by skype @MetroWines last year wowing the crowd," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "We are delighted to have Paola join us in person this year!"
 
$10 for the party and the opportunity to meet the much written about and photographed Paola Ferraro!
 
Please note that Ciao Asheville events sell out. Please reserve early.
Call (828) 575-9525 with credit card
 
About Prosecco Colfondo:

“The methode ancestral,” write the editors of the Oxford Companion to Wine, “results in a lightly sparkling wine, often with some sweetness and sediment, and most closely parallels how wines were originally made sparkling. It involves bottling young wines before all the residual sugar has been fermented into alcohol. Fermentation continues in bottle and gives off carbon dioxide.”

This method of sparkling wine production has been “given new life by the petillant naturel vogue,” they add, referring to the sparkling wine production method known popularly as “pet-nat.”

There is still a lot of confusion in the wine world as far as sparkling wine production terminology is concerned.

Many still refer to wines like our Prosecco ColFòndo (col fondo) as an ancestral method (méthode ancestral) or pet-nat wine. In fact, our col fondo is neither.

The overwhelming majority of Prosecco is produced using what is properly called “the tank method.” In Italy it is called the Martinotti method, after the enology professor who developed and perfected it. And many also call it the “Charmat” method after the man who patented the technology. 

For tank method wines, a base wine is produced and then it is re-fermented in large, pressurized tanks, hence the name.

Today, more and more Prosecco producers are also making “col fondo” wines. We call ours Prosecco ColFòndo.”

It’s different from the ancestral method. Instead of bottling the wines while they are still fermenting (the technique described above), a base wine is produced and fermentation is carried out until completion. The wine is then bottled and the wine undergoes a second fermentation, thus resulting in a sparkling wine thanks to the CO2 that’s produced by fermentation in a pressurized environment.

Unlike traditional method wines (the name for Champagne method wines made outside of Champagne), col fondo wines are not disgorged of their sediment.

Perhaps the English-language term would be “re-fermented in bottle” wines.

And Bele Casel Dry

Production area: Maser
Grape variety: Glera
Vineyard: sloped, 145 meters a.s.l.
Training system: Guyot – organic
Harvest: 10/30 September, picked by hand
Vinification: the grapes are soft-pressed with a pneumatic press followed by static racking of the must and temperature-controlled fermentation (18-20° C.) with cultured yeast; the wine is then aged on its lees in stainless-steel vats for 3 months.
Secondary fermentation: Martinotti method in pressurized tanks at low temperatures
Fermentation time: 40/50 days.

Tasting Notes

Light, soft fizziness with persistent bubbles makes this elegant wine stand apart from the rest.

Fresh fruity aromas with hints of sour apple and banana and floral notes dominated by acacia flower.

Elegant flavor, slightly sweet, velvety, refined, and lingering on the palate.

An ideal wine for festive occasions and dry pastry.

Alcohol: 11.5%
Pressure: 4.5 atmospheres
Acidity: 5.4 g/l
Residual sugar: 23 g/l
Serving temperature: 6-8° C.

More about Bele Casel: http://www.belecasel.com/en/
 
Contact for Ciao Asheville: Gail Rampersaud: ciao@MetroWinesAsheville.com
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
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About Don Camillo

In Don Camillo, we enter a small rural town in the Po Valley of Northern Italy. The time period is the late 1940s early 50s. At that time, Giovanni Guareschi started writing short stories about conflicts between a hot headed town priest, Don Camillo, and with his rival, the Communist mayor, Peppone. The stories, printed in the satirical Milanese weekly magazine Candido, represent the real life conflict that was taking place between the Catholic Church and the Communist party of Italy (which had a strong following in Northern Italy at the time).These short stories were later compiled into a series of books and then woven into several movies. 

 

Filmed in Italy during the 1950s, they showcase Don Camillo, the village priest who is always arguing with his ideological enemy, the communist mayor, Peppone. Guareschi takes on the philosophical arguments in both a serious and comical way. Both the priest and the mayor are convinced of their ideas which makes for some fiery but humorous arguments. Adding to the comedy and delight of this movie is the third main character, the statue of Jesus. There are many “conversations” that the priest (Don Camillo) has with his statue of Jesus in his church...and the statue gently but firmly lectures Don Camillio into better ways to work with Peppone for the good of the village.

 

Well-known and loved in Italy, but relatively unknown in America, this film will make you want to read “The Little World of Don Camillo” stories by Guareschi. 

 

Movie discussion with "Ciao Asheville" Film Critic Robert Formento on Sunday, April 28th starting 1pm @MetroWines.

Admission is free. $7 for a glass of Italian Wine!

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Resources to Plan Your Trip to Italy

 

By Michael Scardaville!

Planning your own trip: benefits

Is planning your own tour of Italy realistic?

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g1-i13626-k10240800-Is_planning_your_own_tour_of_Italy_realistic-Senior_Travel.html

Palio

https://www.discovertuscany.com/siena/palio-siena.html

San Gimignano

https://www.discovertuscany.com/san-gimignano/

Trastevere

https://www.tripsavvy.com/things-to-do-in-trastevere-rome-neighborhood-4157952

Crete Senesi, Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore

https://www.discovertuscany.com/what-to-see-in-tuscany/abbey-of-monte-oliveto-maggiore.html

The tradition of "Vino Sfuso" (getting wine in bulk) in Italy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FFJ0S76bCI

When to go

Weather in Italy

https://www.italylogue.com/weather/

White Truffle Festival, Alba

http://www.turinitalyguide.com/alba-truffle-festival/

EuroChocolate

http://www.bellaumbria.net/en/eurochocolate/

New travel security system for most EU countries in 2021

https://www.etiasvisa.com/etias-requirements/americans

Where to go

Italia (nice overview of regions, trip possibilities)

http://www.italia.it/en/

Regions of Italy

https://www.italylogue.com/regions-of-italy/

The Ultimate Guide to the Regions of Italy

https://www.oyster.com/articles/62385-regions-of-italy-places-to-visit-in-italy/

Via Francigena

https://www.viefrancigene.org/en/

La Pasta di Gragnano

https://www.eataly.com/us_en/magazine/culture/magazine-pasta-di-gragnano/

Slow Food: Food itineraries

https://www.slowfoodeditore.it/it/itinerari-86

What to do

Google regional specific sites: examples

Tickets for the Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Gallery,

https://www.visitflorence.com/what-to-see-in-florence/booking-florence-museums.html

Firenze Card

https://www.visitflorence.com/florence-museums/is-firenze-card-worth-it.html

Vatican Museums

http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en.html

OMNIA Vatican & Rome Card

https://revealedrome.com/2017/05/is-a-roma-pass-worth-it-or-omnia-card/

Venezia Unica Pass

https://partwaythere.com/2018/07/17/is-the-venice-pass-worth-it/

How to get around

Rome2Rio

https://www.rome2rio.com/

Maps.me

https://maps.me/

A beginner's guide to train travel in Italy

https://www.seat61.com/Italy-trains.htm

Trenitalia

https://www.trenitalia.com/

ItaloTreno

https://www.italotreno.it/en

Italia rail (be wary of additional fees)

https://www.italiarail.com/

Rail Europe (be wary of additional fees)

https://www.raileurope.com/

Auto Europe

  • Arranges cheap rentals with the major companies: Avis, Europcar, Hertz, etc.

https://www.autoeurope.com/our-car-rental-partners/europcar/

A Beginner's Guide to the Do's and Don't's of Driving In Italy

https://www.italymagazine.com/featured-story/beginners-guide-dos-and-donts-driving-italy

A beginner's guide to train travel in Italy

https://www.seat61.com/Italy-trains.htm

Where to stay

True Italian Agriturismos

https://www.agriturismo.it/en/

Bed and Breakfast

https://www.bed-and-breakfast.it/en/

Monastery Stays

https://www.monasterystays.com/

Where to eat

8 Signs You’re Eating at a Tourist Trap

https://anamericaninrome.com/wp/2018/06/8-signs-youre-eating-at-a-tourist-trap/

How to Read An Italian Menu

https://www.walksofitaly.com/blog/food-and-wine/dining-in-italy-italian-menu

Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurants in Italy (and gluten-free)

https://www.happycow.net/europe/italy/

Eating Vegetarian in Italy (or Vegan, Gluten-Free, Lactose-Intolerant, Celiac)

https://www.walksofitaly.com/blog/food-and-wine/vegetarian-in-italy-vegan-gluten-free-europe

The Essential Gluten Free Guide to Italy

https://www.legalnomads.com/gluten-free/italy/

Slow Food: cookbooks

https://www.slowfoodeditore.it/it/foreign-corner-93

Decanter, Wine Travel – Italy

https://www.decanter.com/wine-travel/italy/

How to communicate

Google Translate

https://translate.google.com/

Google Translate: download languages to use offline

https://support.google.com/translate/answer/6142473?co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid&hl=en

Edoardo A. Lèbano, Italian: A Self-Teaching Guide (2nd edition)

https://www.wiley.com/en-us/Italian%3A+A+Self+Teaching+Guide%2C+2nd+Edition-p-9780471359616

Metro wine blog: Survival Italian

https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/learning-italian

Coffee Break Italian (Season 1 & 2)

£ 80 ($104.) each; £ 145 ($189) together  https://coffeebreakacademy.com/courses?query=Italian

Online Italian Club (free)

https://onlineitalianclub.com/

Rocket Italian (free)

https://www2.rocketlanguages.com/italian/

Wellesley College: Italian Language and Culture: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced (more academic; free)

https://www.edx.org/course/italian-language-culture-beginner-wellesleyx-italian1x

Learn Italian: How to Survive on Your Travels to Italy If You Do Not Speak Italian (3 parts)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbKO3R8j0RU

WhatsApp

https://www.whatsapp.com/

XE Currency: for offline currency conversions

https://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/

When in Rome . . .

When in Rome… A Look at Cultural Norms in Italy

https://mattathomeintheworld.com/2017/09/17/when-in-rome-a-look-at-cultural-norms-in-italy/

A Look at Italian Language, Culture, Customs and Etiquette

https://www.commisceo-global.com/resources/country-guides/italy-guide

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