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We are asking our customers to help us decide what wines should be on our shelves. A small wine shop has limited space so we have to be right! On the first Wednesday of every month from 5:30 to 6:30pm @MetroWines, we will pour wines that have been presented to us by our sales representatives. 
 
So many think owning a wine s...hop must be a great job. And it is! But it is also difficult. It's easy to say what wines we like. Not so easy to decide what wines most of you will like. So, we thought, who better to ask for help in the selection process than you. Tell us what you think.
 
Seating is limited to 10. The first who call (828) 575-9525 every month have a seat at the big table. As we are asking your guidance, the tasting is "on the house" and parking is free, close and easy.
 
We will be taking notes on our tastings and discussions and inviting comments on our Asheville Wine Focus Group Blog here: 
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November Wine Focus Group

About Mutual

News Release: Friday, October 12th

About: Asheville Wine Focus Group for November
 
Join us on Wednesday, November 7th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines for The Asheville Wine Focus Group. Play wine shop owner for the night!
 
The evening will be hosted by Juniper Cooper of Mutual Distribution. Four wines will be presented for your consideration. Should the wines be on our shelves? What should the wines cost? 
 
"We value the input and guidance of our customers," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "We are all in this together!"
 
The event is "on the house" but you do need to let us know that you will be joining us. Please call (828) 575-9525 or register online at https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/special-events/
 
Please note that due to our event schedule, we will be gathering on the first Wednesday rather than the second Wednesday of the month.
 
Contact: 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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Yangarra Wins!

 

We had a rollicking, rollicking I say, night at the October Wine Focus Group @MetroWines. Stacy Strong of Empire Distriution hosted presenting four wines and Any Hale, Director of The Asheville Shool of Wine, added commentary on fining, filtering as well as describing what "biodynamic" is all about. We leaned. We laughed. We left with confidence.

Yangarra PF Shiraz from McLarenvale, Australia, was the wine that nearly everyone agreed upon. Made more in the old world style than other popular versions of Shiraz, Yangarra has returned to the tradition of Shiraz. Rather than a big, let's be frank here, fruitbomb, Yangarra presents complexity in flavors and aromas in a slightly lighter body. Comments of leather and chocolate were common. And this is what we like to hear when a wine is presented, that the wine is so well made that you can actually identify flavors!

The Focus Group was of the opinion that this wine stood in a class of its own. Yangarra is a new world wine made with old world traditions and minimal, if any, interference from vine to bottle. The Group thought this wine coudl be served chilled and could handle a concoction of flavors that you might find on a holiday table. Shop Yangarra @MetroWines!

Winery Notes:

PF (Preservative Free) Shiraz is made from grapes grown on our certified biodynamic single-estate vineyard, grown without herbicides, fungicides or synthetic chemicals. It is made without additions of any kind: sulphur (preservative), acid, tannin or finings. It’s medium bodied, fresh, fruit driven wine that is delicious enjoyed as a young wine. With that in mind, we do have PF shiraz back to our first vintage of 2013 that is still showing some of lovely vibrant characters.

DETAIL

WINE COMPOSITION: 100% Shiraz

REGION: Estate grown in Kangarilla, McLaren Vale, SA

WINEMAKING: Cold soaked, wild yeast ferment, pressed after 10-12 days on skins, no additives, no fining, only filtration.

VINEYARD INFORMATION

The vineyard is certified Biodynamic (certification # 11587) with Australian Certified Organic. We have quite a practical approach, with our philosophy focused around healthy and alive soil. This involves the use of compost and biodynamic preparations, use of sheep in winter to graze under vine, and minimal mechanical soil disruption. There is no use of synthetic herbicides or fungicides.

REGION: Kangarilla, McLaren Vale, SA

VARIETAL COMPOSITION: 100% Shiraz

VINE AGE: 19-23 year-old vines

ELEVATION: 150-180m above sea level

VITICULTURALIST: Michael Lane

WINEMAKING INFORMATION

Sourced from Block 19 on our single vineyard estate, picked on two separate dates; 22nd and 27th February. De-stemmed and mechanically sorted with 50% whole berries retained. Open fermenters. Cold soaked, wild yeast ferment. Basket pressed after 10 - 12 days on skins. No additives were used throughout entire
production. Bottled in May 2018, after completing malolactic fermentation. No fining occurred, just filtration. Certified Organic/Biodynamic.

ALCOHOL: 13.0%

T.A.:  5.1 g/L

pH:  3.73

WINEMAKER: Peter Fraser

CASES:  2,875 cases

 

 

 

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October Wine Focus Group @MetroWines

 Reserve Your Seat HERE!

News Release: Thursday, September 13th, 2018

About: Asheville Wine Focus Group
 
Join us for The Asheville Wine Focus Group (https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/wine-focus-group) on Wednesday, October 10th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines.
 
Our host will be Empire Distributors. Empire is a wholesale distributor working in four states: Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Colorado representing 1,000 brands from around the world. The Empire Portfolio includes everyday wines such as Villa Pozzi from Sicily, Josh and 10 Span, to high end wines such as Stag's Leap, Heitz Cellars and Dom Perignon!
 
Empire Distributors will present four wines for consideration by the group. Participants are asked in an informal give and take gathering to advise if they like the wine, do they think other customers will like the wine, should the wine be in our shop and what should the wine cost.
 
"Participants are doing a great job guiding us in selecting wines for our shelves that have appeal for most customers," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "This is a small shop and every wine must earn its place!"
 
There is no charge for the event. Reserve at (828) 575-9525 or online here.
 
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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Airfield Cabernet Sauvignon

Just a quick note to say that the Wine Enthusiast just gave this one, one of our Focus Group Wines!! a great review. We got game people!

Winery Tasting Notes: "This classically styled Cabernet Sauvignon showcases pronounced aromas of cherry and blackcurrant with undertones of toasted oak. A smooth, well-balanced palate framed with lingering tannins on the finish."

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Backsberg Pinotage Rose'

August Wine Focus Group WINNER!


The growing demand for dry rosé from its established customer base has led to the launch of Backsberg Estate Cellars’ maiden Pinotage Rosé. Made from the superb 2017 vintage, the Backsberg Pinotage Rosé 2017 is produced from grapes grown on the Backsberg Estate on the Paarl side of the Simonsberg, arguably South Africa’s premier wine-making address. This is the second rosé in the Backsberg range, complementing a semi-sweet wine made from Grenache and Shiraz.

Grapes for the Backsberg Pinotage Rosé were picked at 21 degrees balling, just before optimal ripeness and so as to capture the bracing acidity and freshness required by this style of wine.

“The sweet spot for rosé is in allowing the juice sufficient contact with the red grape skins to give colour and a whiff of tannin complexity, but not enough of these to overpower the delicate composition and fruit profile this style of wine requires,” says Back.

As a result, the juice was drawn from the skins after six hours’ contact after which it was handled like a white wine, fermentation taking place in cooled stainless steel tanks.

“If there is one concept used internationally to describe the requirement of a dry rosé, it is freshness,” says Back. “This is what makes rosé so popular among consumers, together with the fragrant summer notes of berry-fruit and the slight complexity on the palate.”

Backsberg’s Pinotage Rosé 2017 exudes fruit flavours of cherry and strawberry, with a minty freshness, due to earlier picked fruit. The salmon pink coloured wine is lightly tinted from the red wine skins, but fruity and juicy on the palate, with subdued tannins. Delightful flavours of melon, ripe tropical fruit and strawberry are found in this wine, which is best served well-chilled.

For food pairings, look at seafood dishes and salads. Light meat lunches such as quiche and pastries. Mediterranean platters of olives and cheese, ham, French bread or ciabatta.

R/S: 3.6 pH: 3.37 TA: 5.7   Alc: 12.76%
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September Asheville Wine Focus Group

News Release: Friday, August 17th

About: Asheville Wine Focus Group
 
Please join us on Wednesday September 12th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines for The Asheville Wine Focus Group. Participants are asked to review wines and help us decide what we should sell in the shop.
 
"This is your chance to play wine shop owner for the night," says Gina Trippi, co- owner of MetroWines.
 
There is no charge, we value your opinion! But please call to reserve your seat or shop online here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/special-events/ so we can set a place for you.
 
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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August Asheville Wine Focus Group

 

News Release: Monday, July 16th, 2018

About: August Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines
 
Join us on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 for The Asheville Wine Focus Group from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines.
 
Randy Basham of Ocean South Imports (http://www.osiwine.com/) will be the host presenting wines from around the world.
 
The event is "on the house" but you must reserve your seat. And seating is limited! 
Call (828) 575-9525 or online here: 
 
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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August Asheville Wine Focus Group

News Release: Thursday, July 12th, 2018

About: Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines
 
The Asheville Wine Focus Group will meet again on Wednesday, August 8th @MetroWines from 5:30 to 6:30. Randy Basham of Ocean South Imports (http://www.osiwine.com/) will be the host.
 
Participants are asked to review four wines deciding whether they like the wines, whether they believe others customers will like the wines, whether the wine should be on the shelf @MetroWines and what it should cost.
 
There is no charge for the event but you must reserve a seat. Please call (828) 575-9525 or online here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/special-events/  to reserve a seat.
 
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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Carlos Serres Reserva Rioja 2011

The WINNER of the July Asheville Wine Focus Group is Carlos Serres Reserva Rioja! By WINNER, we mean the bottle that sold the most and the fastest! Finding an affordable "Reserva" with this much age on it is rare.

The Group thought the wine was complex presenting identifiable flavors followed by a long finish. This wine, with just the right amount of acidity, would be a perfect match for food but could also go solo. And most thought, because of its versatility, this bottle would be great to bring to a dinner.

 

Winemaker Notes: A complex and elegant aroma of mature ripe black fruits, vanilla and cinnamon spice. Extremely velvety smooth, harmonious with a fresh finish. Perfect to accompany all kinds of grilled, stewed or grilled meats. Fine delicatessen, sirloins, game dishes and strong and cured cheeses. 

James Suckling, 93 Points

"A deep and enticing nose showing ripe strawberries and raspberries plus hints of eucalyptus. Full body, excellent balance and lovely freshness. High level of juicy tannins and a long, fresh and cedary aftertaste."

 

 

Wine has a history. And history is full of wine. That of Carlos Serres (Charles, in French) is one of them. One of those which happen once in a lifetime and perdure.

Not only because he saw in Haro a perfect place to make wine of great quality but, above all, because he envisaged a new horizon for Rioja wine not considered until then: international exports.
He came from Bordeaux, where the phylloxera pest had compromised winemaking. This famous French wine consultant found in Haro the perfect terroir to make Bordeaux style wines, with a climate and terrain which reminded him of the best terroirs in Bordeaux.

A perfect place to make wines that met the quality, flavour and personality expectations of the most discerning international palates. Elegant wines with a Rioja flavour, ready to conquer; even overseas.

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July Asheville Wine Focus Group

News Release: Tuesday, June 12, 2018

About: July Asheville Wine Focus Group
 
Please join us for The Asheville Wine Focus Group on July 11th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines. Chris Curtis of Country Vintner will host the event.
 
"This is your chance to play wine shop owner," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Space is limited in a small shop and you have to be right!"
 
Participants are asked to advise on questions including whether they like the wines, whether they believe other customers will like the wines, what kind of event of food pairing works with each wine, should the wine be offered @MetroWines and what should the wine cost.
 
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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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Airfield Wines, Yakima, Washington

  The June Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines was a great night of history, fun and, of course, great wine! Mark Orsini of Orsini Imports took us on a vicarious trip back to Yakima, Washington, circa 1940s. The property that now yields extraordinary vines was once used to build planes for the war effort.

  If you shop @MetroWines, you know the great Italian wines that Mark brings us and it was Mark that brought us Marcel Servin and his magnifique Chablis last month. Mark wanted to show us that his portfolio also includes some great west coast wines. And that he did! We tasted and reviewed four wines: Chardonnay, Rose, Cabernet Sauvignon and a Bordeaux Blend.

  The Focus Group, while all wines were hits, thought two stood out. The price to amazing quality ratio for the Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon was high. And both wines were thought to be wines that, no matter your preferred style, you could enjoy. In other words, you can serve these wines to guests with confidence. And both are the kind of wines you can and should! buy by the case. Just that good. Worth it!

  Mark shared personal stories of his visits with the family as well as the history of the property and the generations of owners. This text from the website is some of what we learned. 

FOUNDERS

HOWARD LLOYD MILLER

Founder of our Family Farm

H. Lloyd Miller was a successful businessman and pioneer of the Yakima Valley. Noting the potential for the valley to become one of the nation’s leading agricultural producers, he began acquiring dry farmland with the hopes that someday it would have access to water. Eventually, H. Lloyd became the chairman of the Roza Irrigation Canal Board, and he saw the project through to its completion in 1951. At that time, he was able to begin farming on his property and devoted the rest of his life to managing our family farm, which became known as Airport Ranch.

DONALD DEETS MILLER

Founder of our Estate Vineyard

Don Miller, son of H. Lloyd, was born and raised in Sunnyside, Washington. During his junior year of college at Washington State University, Don enlisted in the military and was stationed overseas through the duration of World War II. Returning home, Don joined his father on the ranch in 1950 and helped develop a diversified farm consisting of asparagus, alfalfa, potatoes, onions, oats, hogs, cattle, mint, and sugar beets. In 1968, Don planted Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Cabernet Sauvignon marking the early beginnings of our estate vineyard.

MICHAEL LLOYD MILLER

Founder of Airfield Estates Winery

Mike Miller, son of Don Miller, was born and raised on the family farm. During the Vietnam War, Mike enlisted in the Navy and was stationed in Japan. Upon returning home, he graduated from Washington State University, married his wife Kristeen, and became the third generation to carry on the family’s farming legacy. Facing the demise of the sugar beet processing plants in 1978, but seeing a bright future with Washington’s Wine Grape Industry, Mike took grape growing to a whole new level. Mike gradually transitioned our farm into what it is today – 830 acres of wine grapes and 350 acres of Concord juice grapes. In 2005, Mike founded Airfield Estates Winery, and he brought his son, Marcus, and daughter, Lori, on board to help manage the daily operations. Airfield Estates Winery and Tasting Room in Prosser opened its doors in 2007, the Tasting Room in Woodinville opened in 2010, and after outgrowing the Prosser Winery, the Production Facility was relocated to our farm in 2014. The pride, passion, and enthusiasm that Mike expressed for our vineyard, grapes, and wine is something that we hope to share for generations to come.

AVIATION HERITAGE

With the onset of World War II, the Olympia Air Transport Corporation began looking to lease land in the Yakima Valley to establish a civilian flight school. H. Lloyd Miller, the founder of our family estate and a successful realtor and landowner, knew that it would be several years before the arrival of irrigation water on his farmland so he signed a lease agreement for a portion of his property.

Construction of the flight school commenced on December 21, 1941. The airbase included three dirt runways, each over a half mile long, and several buildings including a 70-foot water tower, multiple airplane hangars, a large mess hall, four barracks, and several smaller storage buildings.

Initially, the training was part of the Civilian Pilot Training Program, which was sponsored by the United States Government. It offered primary, secondary, and cross-country courses, and the pilots trained on various types of biplanes. In mid-1943, the school changed to the War Training Service Program, and they confined the training to the secondary phase only, which focused on aerobatics and other evasive techniques. According to government records, over 500 Army Air Corps pilots trained at the airbase on our family’s property until the flight school closed in 1944.

Shortly after the war came to an end, the pilots moved off-site and the recently constructed buildings were auctioned off to the highest bidder. The only bidder turned out to be H. Lloyd Miller. With a bid of $1, he got one heck of a deal for all of the buildings on the property. These unique buildings became the headquarters of our family’s farming operations, which today is known as Airport Ranch. Over time, many of the buildings began to deteriorate, but two of the original hangars still exist and we continue to use them as workshop and storage facilities.

And now, drumroll please...Focus Group Favorites!

TASTING NOTES

This lightly oaked Chardonnay unites layers of Asian pear and green apples with hints of marzipan and toasted marshmallow contributing to a round mid-palate and a smooth, well-balanced finish.

VINEYARD DESIGNATION

100% estate grown

PRODUCTION NOTES

65% fermented and aged in stainless steel, 35% fermented and aged in French oak (40% new).

PAIRINGS

Roast Lobster with Tarragon-Lemon Butter
Braised Pork with Pearl Onions and Grapes
Fresh Corn Soufflé with Bacon and Comté
Brie or Camembert

AWARDS

Gold, 2018 Seattle Wine Awards.

TASTING NOTES

This classically styled Cabernet Sauvignon showcases pronounced aromas of cherry and blackcurrant with undertones of toasted oak. A smooth, well-balanced palate framed with lingering tannins on the finish.

VINEYARD DESIGNATION

100% Estate Grown

PAIRINGS

Grilled Steak with Salsa Verde
Beef Tagliata, Arugula and Trevisana Salad
Port Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs
Sharp White Cheddar or Roquefort

RATINGS

91 Points, Wine & Spirits Magazine.

AWARDS

Gold, 2017 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.
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Mulderbosch Rose'

You are Always on Vacation with Rose!

Mulderbosch is Back!
100% Cabernet Sauvignon, South Africa

Winemaker Notes: 
"An attractive confected cherry note greets the nose, followed by subtle rose petal aromatics and a crisp mineral note that holds it all together nicely. Due to careful selection of vineyard sites and gentle fruit handling in the cellar the palate has an effortless poise about it. Sweet-fruited Cabernet flavors and early-picked natural acidity make for an intense palate that refreshes with each sip."


And Mulderbosch is Socially Responsible
As a member of WWF-SA Biodiversity & Wine Initiative, Mulderbosch follows environmentally responsible management practices both in the cellar and vineyards and on the land. Sections of the farm are zoned for conservation; projects including wetland rehabilitation and the introduction of fish, to removing alien invasive species of grass and replanting the indigenous, encouraging more bird species and insects.

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Mark Orsini in June

 

New Release: Monday, May 7th, 2018
About: Asheville Wine Focus Group
 
Please join us for the Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines on Wednesday June 6th from 5:30 to 6:30. Mark Orsini of Orsini Wines will be our host presenting four wines for your consideration.
 
"This is your chance to play wine shop owner," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "You will be asked questions and provide feedback to help us determine which wines to carry in the shop."
 

Follow Orsini Wines here: 

 
Check out Asheville Wine Focus Group here: 
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/wine-focus-group

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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Brumont Tannat Merlot Blend Wines May

   Derek Rubio of Skyland presented four wines for consideration to The Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines on May 2nd. All were well received but, based on sales, this 50-50 blend of Tannat and Merlot was the big winner. A lot of praise for the weight, palate feel and taste. Someone was passionatly screaming "sexy beast." OK, that was me. But a lot of participants agreed. We reckoned that any bottle based on a grape (Tannat) that needs another bold grape (Merlot) to lighten it's load, is a "sexy beast" by definition. Our sommelier Emily says the bottle needs abot two hours of air to hit it's best.  $13.99!

 

 
  • Vintage2016
  • Producer
  • CountryFRANCE
  • RegionGASCOGNE
  • Alcohol13.5%
  • Composition:
    50% TANNAT, 50% MERLOT
  • WINEMAKER NOTESGascony, lying between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pyrenees Mountains, is home to vineyards with real character, just like the men who cultivate them. Alain Brumont is the leader here. He was a pioneer in Madiran and Côtes de Gascogne wines, bringing them to rank with the world’s best. Alain Brumont has always been fascinated by the Gascony region which provides fruity and fresh wines thanks to its exceptional local terroirs. By blending both Tannat and Merlot, he made a balanced wine which reveals power and roundness. It can be served with food such as cooked pork meats, grilled red meats, roasted poultry, young cheeses.
  • TASTING NOTESAn intensive wine, on red fruits and spices, with a smooth finish. The fruity flavors are strengthened on the palate, and added to soft tannins.
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Asheville Wine Focus Group June

News Release: Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

About: Asheville wine Focus Group
 
Please join us for The Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines on June 6th from 5:30 to 6:30. Mark Orsini of Orsini Imports will host the event presenting four wines for your consideration.
 
This is your opportunity to "play wine shop owner." We ask you to tell us if you like the wines presented, do you think that other customers will like the wine, what is it's use, should it be in the shop and what should the bottle cost.
 
There is no charge for the event. We value your opinion. Please register, so that we can set a place at the table for you, by calling (828) 575-9525 or online here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/asheville-wine-focus-group-june/
 
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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April Focus Group Winners

 

Bryan Hendershot of Mims stepped out of the wine comfort zone presenting lesser known varietals or varietals done in a different style than is standard operating for a crowd. It worked.
 
The Group really liked all four wines for various reasons. When making decisions, in addition to versatility and being well crafted, price to quality ratio is also a consideration.
 
The Pala Cannonau from Sardegna was a less fruity more structured version than you generally encounter. The Group determined that this wine needs food and as we discovered a little air. After we tasted all four wines, we came back around to the Cannonau and those that were not fans on the first taste, appreciated the wine with the changes the air brought. Bryan explained that different wines call for different amounts of air and temperature.
 
And the Remo Farina Ripasso! We really liked the fact that this bottle was not heavy on the raisin taste. Some of the Group said they have hesitated to try Ripasso and certainly Amarone because the raisin taste smothers the bottle and not in a good way. If you like Amarone and find it out of your price range, Bryan suggested a Ripasso as an alternative. This full bodied, full flavored bottle at $23 is well worth it.
 
And now the winners!
 
Copertino is a blend of 95% Negroamaro and 5% Malvasia. This is where price to quality ratio was a factor. It is very unusual to find a bottle of wine that CAN be aged, that HAS been aged and successfully aged for 10 years for only $16.99.
The wine is rustic yet soft with flavors of black berries and earth. A robust wine, Copertino is always aged 2 years  prior to release becoming refined and elegant with the aging. Serve at 65 degrees. Copertino has the WOW factor. You can enjoy this wine by the glass at Nightbell and Cucina 24 in Asheville.
 
Terlano Muller Thurgau was a close second. Muller Thurgau IS the varietal. You can see how it might have suffered securing placement in the American market. The German grape Blaufrankish is called Franconia in Italy. Same taste on the palate but easier on the ear! Just a thought. Made in Northern Italy, Alto Adige, the wine is German in style.
 
Pale yellow in the glass with aromatic tropical fruits on the nose, the wine is medium bodied on the palate with flavors of mango and peach balanced with a crisp acidity. The Group agreed with James Suckling who awarded 91 Points! We thought this wine was perfect to enjoy without food but would make a take out bowl of fried rice from Gan Shan Station sing! And you have time. Bryan tells us that this wine could go another 10 years in the bottle.
 
Other wines from Mims that you may know include "Shop Favorites" such as Pentimento and the Maz Caz wines from Michele d'Aprix as well as Flor de Montgo organic Tempranillo.
 
Join us for Asheville Wine Focus Group on May 2nd when Derek Rubio of Skyland Distributing will be our host.
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Asheville Wine Focus Group: May

 

RESERVATIONS HERE! 

News Release: Thursday, April 5th, 2018

About: Asheville Wine Focus Group: May
 
The Asheville Wine Focus Group convenes on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines. Derek Rubio of Skyland Distributing will host the event. Four wines will be "on the taste" and "on the house" and "on the discussion!" 
 
Please call (828) 575-9525 to reserve a seat or reserve online here: https://www.metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/asheville-wine-focus-group-may-2/
 
What is Asheville Wine Focus Group? We ask our customers to give their opinions about wines presented by our sales representatives. "In a small shop, space is limited so the retailer needs to be right," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "And we want to serve the interests of our customers."
 
Participants are asked if they like each wine, do they think other customers will like the wine, what is the best use of the bottle, that is, is this bottle for a party, porch sipping, everyday table wine or a special occasion, and what should it cost.
 
 
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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Asheville Wine Focus Group: July

 

Chris Curtis of Country Vintner will host the July gathering of The Asheville Wine Focus Group.

The Country Vintner has served North Carolina as an importer and wholesaler of fine wines since 1995.  Our portfolio is incredibly diverse and dynamic, featuring classic iconic wineries and exciting new brands from around the world. 

We serve restaurants and retailers across the entire state from the coastline of the Outer Banks to the mountains of Asheville.  All of our wines are received into our temperature-controlled distribution center on refrigerated containers and are delivered to our customers on refrigerated trucks.

If you shop @MetroWines, you are familiar with Country Vintner Wines including Secateurs, RAATS, DMZ just to name a few!

You must reserve a seat. Please call (828) 575-9525.

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Asheville Wine Focus Group Winner: February

WINNERS!

Carpinus Takaji Furmint       

The name of the winery, Carpinus (Latin for hornbeam, the English translation of the Hungarian name), is after Gyertyános, our largest current vineyard. It is the goal for Carpinus Winery to be an example of a Tokaj winery that with top quality work and family cooperation, without compromise, can run sustainably and build a stable position in the world wine market. Continuing local values established by families from the wine region is of particular importance. The vineyards are located in the Tokaj Wine Region. The vineyards are classed first and second growths according to the historical classifications.

 

They also grow Hárslevelű, Sárga Muskotály and Sauvignon Blanc. The expectations of Carpinus are that by making the very best wine possible, they can present the natural assets and varieties of the varied terroirs of Tokaj Wine Region. They strive to cultivate the crop with environmentally friendly practices. The individual attributes of the vineyards (soils, aspect, microclimate) are expressed through the single-vineyard wines. The wines are characteristically fresh, elegant and harmonious, and to be enjoyed.

  • 100% Furmint

  • Sustainably Farmed

  • All stainless steel fermentation

  • Vines planted 1985-1990

Participant Comments:

* "Fresh. I like the lemony taste."

* "Could be used as an aperitif."

* 11% alcohol means you could drink the entire bottle!"

" Dry Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc drinkers would like this wine."

CELLER el MASROIG

Celler el Masroig is situated in the southern part of Montsant, bordering on Priorat. It was founded in 1917 as the Cooperativa of El Masroig. It is an association of grape and olive oil producers with approximately 300 members who are associated owners of the company. In the early years of the Cooperativa, the focus was on producing quantities of wine rather than quality wine. They produced wines with high alcohol content and very deep color that were sold to the domestic market and often used to “improve” other wines. Then followed a period in which the major products were mistelas, fortified wines.

 

Today, the Cooperativa’s members own almost 500 hectares of vineyards. The winery uses two main methods of vinification: Traditional fermentations begin when bunches are destemmed at the winery. Alternatively, bunches may be kept in tanks to permit them to undergo carbonic maceration before pressing and a low-temperature fermentation.

Despite its eighty years heritage, the Cooperativa el Masroig continually strives to improve methods of production and the quality of the wines, while maintaining and enhancing their traditional identity.

 

2013 Celler el Masroig Pinyeres           

  • 50% Garnacha, 40% Carignan, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Fully destemmed, fermented with native yeasts

  • 12 months in neutral oak barrels

 

Participant Comments:

* "Low tannins make this wine totally quaffable!"

* "Great nose with a good cherry taste."

* "Drinks way better than the price."

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January Winner: Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon!

First, BRAVO and THANK YOU to our January Asheville Wine Focus Group! The group really GOT IT! They played wine shop owners for the night and they made decisions. In the end, the group almost unanimously liked one of the whites and one of the reds best of the four we tasted. The winners for the evening were a white blend from New Zealand called "Hunky Dory Tangle" and "Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon" from Paso Robles. Thanks to our astute group, you will see both on shelf @MetroWines!

The group of 10 was tough but fair. They were asked to say whether they liked the wine, whether we should we offer it in the shop, and what the bottle should cost. The group also offered their opinion on whether they liked it, thought others would like it, thought it best for a party, with food or alone. They also focused on the quality to price ratio. The group was working!

"Hunky Dory Tangle" is a blend of 10% Riesling, 55% Pinot Gris and 35% Gewurztraminer. The winery says the wine presents honeysuckle, jasmine, quince, lime and lemon on the nose with ripe apple, lychee and mandarin flavors on the palate. What the group liked about "Hunky Dory Tangle" is that it presented as a wine everyone could like. Whether you enjoy Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio, you could find something to like in "Hunky Dory Tangle" served with or without food.

Broadside is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 14 months in neutral French and American Oak Barrels. The group found that this Cabernet was lighter and more complex than many of the Cabernets coming out of California which they thought to be too big and bold. Broadside, they said, would stand up to heavy flavors but at the same time would not overwhelm food and, could, unlike many other west coast Cabernets, be enjoyed without food.

Broadside says: 

Broadside produces wines focused on purity and true varietal expression. Our winemaking favors a natural approach in that our wines are minimally handled to best express the grape, site, and vintage. The 2015 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a vintage marked by frost, wind, drought, and the resulting record low yields from our vineyards. So low, in fact, that we elected to use all of the fruit originally intended for our vineyard designate and Ephemera bottlings in this 2015 Paso Robles Cabernet. Low yields of flavorful fruit, produced a serious, concentrated, yet still elegant Cabernet Sauvignon. Fresh boysenberry, peppercorn, and sweet tobacco notes highlight ample fruit in the nose, complemented by subtle notes of toasty oak vanillin and cigar box. Cassis, green olive, and fresh berry acidity greet the palate with an underlying current of fine tannin, coalescing in a dry, persistent finish.

The Asheville Wine Focus Group meets the first Wednesday of every month. Seating is limited to 10. If you want to join us, call (828) 575-9525 as soon as possible! There is no charge. We value your opinion.

 

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