asheville weddings

Whether you live here or are planning a Destination Asheville Wedding, we can help. We work with some of Asheville's top event planners, wedding venues, caterers and B&Bs. Wines are rapidly becoming a focal point of weddings. And our wines are the highest quality for the price.

Our shop, on the way to The Grove Park Inn has been voted number 1 in Western North Carolina in the Best of WNC MountainX Poll, for the past three years. MetroWines has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, and staff writes for Capital at Play, The Laurel of Asheville and Sophie Magazine. We are a trusted purveyor in Western North Carolina and we KNOW Asheville.

We have seen dozens of weddings through from start to vows! We have a dedicated wedding coordinator that will work with you on every aspect of putting your wedding together. We can assist in planning with rehearsal dinners, bachelor or bachelorette parties, and a wedding registry. And we can even help you with "themed" weddings and parties! @MetroWines, we say that if we don't do it, we know who does and who does it right!

Planning a honeymoon out of the country, we can plan a tasting for wine you might find on the menu at your destination.

All you need to do is decide what you're wearing, who is in the wedding party, and invite guests.

Call our Wedding Coordinator, Hayley, at (828) 575-9525 to get started.


From the Asheville Wedding Wine Blog

04 January 2018
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News Release: Thursday, January 4th, 2018

About: "Bird Bliss"

Please join us for The Opening Reception of "Bird Bliss" by local artist Lisa Casperson on Thursday, February 8th from 5 to 7pm @MetroWines. 

"This is the third exhibition by Lisa Casperson @MetroWines," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "As her work is both engaging and affordable, Lisa is back by very popular demand."

Multi-media artist, Lisa Casperson, will display petite paintings  @Metro Wines from Thursday February 8, through Sunday, February 12, 2018. 

The pieces will revolve around the theme of birds, some of which belong to a series the artist is presently working on, "Birds of North Carolina." These are not Audubon style bird representations; Casperson has combined several techniques to produce very unusual likenesses of our North Carolina song birds. 

"Smaller framed prints mean more affordable art, just in time for that perfect Valentine’s Day gift," says Lisa. "A bottle of wine, a unique piece of art. Who knows where that could lead?"

More about Lisa and her work here: www.playswellalone.com.

The Opening and Wine Tasting are on the house. Glasses of wine are $5 all evening. 

Photos Attached. Photo Credit to Lisa Casperson

 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
Cell: (828) 273-5348 and Shop: (828) 575-9525
 
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Wedding Wine Don’ts

Heidi and Cataldo Perrone. Photo by Laura Pena

By Gina Trippi

Let them eat cake…but not with Brut! The first “wedding don’t” is not to serve a dry sparkling wine with a sweet cake. “If the cake is sweeter than the wine, the wine can take on a vinegar taste and the cake can taste metallic,” says John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine.

With just a touch of sweetness, Kerr advises that Prosecco is a better choice as a partner to the toast and traditional wedding cake. London’s The Telegraph reports that 63 percent of British couples chose Prosecco, according to a 2015 survey, for the toast, with only eight percent toasting with traditional Champagne.

But if you intend to serve sparkling with dinner, don’t go sweet! Martha Stewart recommends, and so do we, Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne Brut Blue Label. “It’s light with a hint of citrus that works nicely with all foods,” says Todd Krafchin, senior director of facilities at Union Square Events in New York City. Sparkling wines made outside of Champagne, like Saint Hilaire, are well-made, value-minded alternatives.

Don’t let a venue tell you that you can only serve the wines they offer. True story: A bride comes into my shop tearfully saying she is having her wedding at an Asheville venue where you must pick your wedding wines from their list of rather unremarkable wines. It gets worse. The venue would not even let her taste the wines! She came to Metro Wines to buy bottles of the wines she chose so she could taste them before serving the wines to her guests!

A reasonable corkage fee for outside wines is fair. Businesses are, after all, in the business to make a profit. But to deny you the wines you prefer on your wedding day is nonsense. Cheap wine in a nice place is still cheap wine. Remember, the wine says something about you.

Don’t scrimp on the wines. The idea that the wines for your wedding are the item where you can save a few dollars is so yesterday. You don’t need to buy cheap wines to make your budget work. There are plenty of quality wines that you won’t find at the grocery at affordable prices. The wines you choose are part of the memories for you and your guests.

Don’t offer too many choices. Choices create confusion and, on occasion, irritation. If you offer, for example, two whites, one will inevitably be more popular than the other one. If the favorite runs out, guests often become disenchanted. Select one versatile white, red and rosé appropriate for your menu. “You don’t want to make it too complicated,” says Gillian Sciaretta, associate wine tasting coordinator at Wine Spectator.

Don’t overbuy, but don’t underbuy. The general rule for a wedding is a bottle per person. This might sound like a lot of wine, but your event will likely extend for hours and some will consume more than others. “There’s nothing worse than running out of wine,” says Nicholas Jackson, Sotheby’s wine buyer.

Don’t just select wines that you like. The wines should pair well with the menus.

Finally, don’t forget this day is about you! If you avoid the wedding wine don’ts, you will have served your guests well. Stash an exceptional bottle somewhere for the two of you!

Gina Trippi is the co-owner of Metro Wines, 169 Charlotte Street in Asheville. Committed to the community, Metro Wines offers big shop selection with small shop service. Gina can be reached atgina@metrowinesasheville.com or 828.575.9525. To learn more about wines for the big day, visit Metro Wines’ Facebook page dedicated to weddings at Ashevilleweddingwines.

 

Link to Laurel of Asheville for more great stories HERE! 

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