Wine Class and Tasting: Oregon

Oregon Wine Class and Tasting
News Release: Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
About: Asheville School of Wine: Flash Class on Oregon Wines
Please join Andy Hale, Education Director, for The Asheville School of Wine,  and guest speaker, Oregon Winemaker Jesse Lange of Lange Estate Winery and Vineyards, for a "Flash Class" on Oregon Wines on Thursday, July 18th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines. 
Andy Hale will present a brief overview about Oregon Wines and Jesse Lange will lead us through a tasting of his Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir from Lange Estate Winery and Vineyards.
The wine class including the tasting is "on the house" @MetroWines but let us know you are coming so we can set a place for you! Call (828) 575-9525 or send an email to

About Jesse Lange:

 Jesse has been farming (read: hoeing) and winemaking (read:cleaning) since he was 3 feet tall, assisting his parents in Santa Barbara County. Jesse’s formal winemaking training occurred at New Zealand’s Lincoln University while on a student exchange scholarship from Oregon State in 1999. A two-year stint as cellar rat for winemaker Bruce McGuire at Santa Barbara Winery rounded out his experience outside of Oregon.

At Lange Estate, Jesse joined the winemaking team in 2004, continuing the family legacy. His duties at the winery include winemaking, vineyard oversight, distribution, and general management. Jesse also serves on several industry boards including: President of Oregon Pinot Camp, former President of the Dundee Hills Winegrowers Association, and the Willamette Valley Wineries Association. He enjoys flyfishing, scuba-diving, running, and just about everything else halfway athletic and fully outdoors. And, of course, tossing a well-worn tennis ball for his personable Golden Retriever, Magnum “Maggie” Lange.

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Chilled Red Wines Tasting

News Release: Friday, June 16th, 2017

About: Summer Light Red Wines Tasting
Please join The Asheville School of Wine as we explore red wines that are lighter in style and perfect for the summer with a bit of a chill on Saturday, July 1st from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines. Four wines from around the world will be "on the taste" and "on the house."
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Wedding Wines in Asheville

True story. Bride comes in yesterday. Says she is having her wedding at an Asheville venue where you must pick your wedding wines from their list or pay a BIG corkage fee. The venue would not let her taste the wines!! She came to MetroWines to buy bottles of the wines she chose so she could taste them! UNBELIEVABLE.

We had one of the wines. It was, in the opinion of the staff, perhaps the worst wine you could offer for a wedding. Not very versatile with foods, a very definite taste and in no way a crowd pleaser. We don't even carry the second wine. Not one we want on our shelves and definitely not one you want on your wedding tables. Sad. Just sad.

The idea that wines for your wedding are a place where you can save a few $$ is so yesterday. And you really need to question a venue that tells you otherwise. We can help you select quality for the price. We don't PUSH cases of wines bought on discount. And there is no one size that fits all. Your wine depends on your menu, your story, YOU!

So 2 guidelines here. First, the wines you choose are part of the memories. You need to be right. Consult with us @MetroWines and make GOOD memories! And, second, a venue that won't let you taste the wines that you are buying doesn't GET IT and you have to wonder what else they DON'T GET!

Sorry about the length of this post, but we are very disturbed. Your wedding is important, very important. And we take it that way.

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Four Graces Wine Tasting


News Release: Tuesday, June 13th, 2017
About: Four Graces Wine Tasting @MetroWines
Please join The Asheville School of Wine as we host Marc Myers, Winemaker for Four Graces, on Wednesday, June 21st from 5 to 6:30pm @MetroWines. Marc Myers will pour his wines "on the taste" and "on the house" and discuss his philosophy, wine making style and the winery.

Marc Myers, Winemaker

Marc Myers was born and raised in Paradise, California and his childhood was spent enjoying the greater outdoors of California, Oregon and Washington. He was introduced to winemaking at a young age due to his parents making wine as a hobby while he was growing up. His family often enjoyed wine with dinner and wine was a central part of their greater family culture.

It was truly in the cards that Marc would later attend UC Davis and receive his degree in Viticulture and Enology in 2008. He was always interested in science, agriculture and creative expression and believes wine is at the intersection of these interests. Marc started interning prior to graduation at Trefethen in Napa Valley. Upon graduation he worked as a viticulture assistant for Diageo Chateau and Estates and then Paraduxx until 2014. He then worked for Gran Moraine and La Crema (Jackson Family Wines) prior to becoming Winemaker at The Four Graces.

Marc believes both the Dundee and Yamhill-Carlton estates are stunning at first glance and he can’t wait to work with the fruit that comes off of these properties. His excitement comes from the fact that The Dundee Hills AVA produces vibrant and expressive Pinot noir. He truly believes there is an elegance in Dundee Hills Pinot Noir that is hard to find anywhere else.

In his free time, Marc and his wife whom he met at UC Davis enjoy exploring Portland, OR and have fun going out to hear new music and visit new restaurants. He also loves cooking and one of his specialties is making fermented foods like bread, pizza dough, natural pickles, and cured meats.

About The Four Graces

The Black family purchased an existing vineyard in the Dundee Hills of the Willamette Valley in 2003 as a family retreat. They immediately began turning the estate into a sustainably farmed, well-tended vineyard with the goal of producing rich, elegant, delicious and complex wines.

That same year The Four Graces was founded. The winery is named in honor of the Black's four daughters.

In 2005 the Blacks purchased the Doe Ridge property in Yamhill Carlton to continue the growth of the brand. They chose a site in a differing appellation to add complexity and variety.

This vineyard has been turned into one of the largest experiments of its kind with forty acres farmed sustainably through the L.I.V.E (low impact viticulture and enology) program.

Today The Four Graces is owned by Bill Foley and produces Pinot noir, Pinot gris, and Pinot blanc renowned nationally and internationally for their balance, elegance, complexity, and richness. The wines are crafted under the guidance of Marc Myer’s who has been in the industry since 2008 and believes both the Dundee and Yamhill-Carlton estates are stunning at first glance and he can’t wait to work with the fruit that comes off of these properties.

More recently the historical farmhouse on the now named Foley Family Estate was carefully renovated and opened as a quaint tasting room that welcomes visitors to the famed Willamette Valley. Guests are encouraged to stroll through the demonstration vineyard and to bring a picnic to enjoy with memorable wines served in this thriving wine country destination.

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Andrew Murray Wine Tasting


News Release: Tuesday, June 13, 2017
About: Andrew Murray Wine Tasting @MetroWines
Please join The Asheville School of Wine as we host a tasting of Andrew Murray Wines "on the house" on Thursday, June 22nd from 5 to 6:30 @MetroWines.
About Andrew Murray Vineyards:
Andrew Murray Vineyards was founded in 1990 when entrepreneurs Jim and Fran Murray sold their southern California restaurants and 'retired' to 200 acres of fertile soil in the Santa Ynez Valley. With their son and winemaker Andrew Murray at the helm, the Los Olivos winery is now a well-respected purveyor of Rhône-style wines.

Andrew (born February 1, 1972) came of age in the wine business. As a teenager, Andrew traveled with his family on lengthy expeditions in France’s Rhône Valley wine region. He acted as translator as his father interviewed some of France’s notable winemakers. Together they planted their vineyard on steep hillside slopes.[2]

Andrew earned a bachelor of science degree in enology and viticulture from the University of California, Davis, and studied the art of crafting Syrah with an extended internship in Australia. He made his first wine in Australia at the age of 19 and his eponymous winery's first vintage was 1993. When the vineyard was sold in 2006, Andrew obtained leases for blocks of vineyards throughout California’s Central Coast for wine production. He established a new Los Olivos winery in a former brewery on property owned by fellow vintners, the Firestone family.

Regarded as a ‘maverick’ in the wine business, Andrew Murray Vineyards took the controversial step of switching to screw-tops to enclose all its wines starting with the 2006 vintage. Among other things, Murray cited considerable industry cork failure rates as one of the chief reasons for his decision.

Committed to sustainable practices, the winery says: 
"From the beginning in 1990, Andrew Murray Vineyards has been committed to sustainable farming and green business practices.  ‘Green’ is not a fad for us; it’s a way of life.  As a small, family-operated winery, our children have been with us amongst the vines since their birth." 

Critical Acclaim:

“This set of wines from Andrew Murray is remarkable for its breadth of quality and sheer value.”8/2011, Issue #196: Antonio Galloni for The Wine Advocate


“Andrew Murray Vineyards is one of the shining stars in the Santa Barbara firmament. Extremely low yields…and a dedication to hillside vineyards, ripe fruit, and non-interventionalistic wine-making have combined to propel this estate to the top echelon of the Rhone Ranger hierarchy. Production is small,…but these wines are well-worth seeking out.” (8-27-99 and 2-28-02: Robert Parker for The Wine Advocate)

“At a time when many California wines seem to be priced proportionally to their producers’ egos, Andrew Murray’s offerings are a breath of fresh air given their exceptionally high quality and realistic prices – readers take note.” (8-27-99: Robert Parker for The Wine Advocate)

“…an emerging star in Santa Barbara.” (12/98: Robert Parker, Jr. for The Wine Advocate)

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"Wines You Never Knew You Loved"

News Release: Thursday, June 8th, 2017

About: Wine class: "Wine You Never Knew You Loved"
Please join Andy Hale, Director of Education, for The Asheville School of Wine @Metro Wines for "Wines You Never Knew You Loved" on Thursday, July 13th from 6 to 7pm @MetroWines.
"Life is too short to just drink Cabernet and Chardonnay," says Andy Hale. "Take a walk on the wild side of wine and taste lesser known varietals and wines from more remote regions in the world." 
Class is $20. Parking is, as always, free, close and easy.
Reservations by calling (828) 575-9525 or online here: 

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Great Rose' Tasting II

News Release: Monday, June 5th 2017

About: Great Rose' Tasting II
Join The Asheville School of Wine for the second Great Rose' Tasting of 2017 on Saturday, July 8th from 10am to 7pm. As always, six bottles of Rose' will be open and offered "on the taste' and "on the house" @MetroWines.
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Sovereign Remedies "Sustainable Spain" Wine Pairing Dinner


News Release: Saturday, June 3rd 2017
About: Sustainable Spain Wine Dinner at Sovereign Remedies
Join the MetroWines Asheville School of Wine for a Wine Pairing Dinner, "Sustainable Spain" at Sovereign Remedies on Tuesday, June 27th at 7:30pm at Sovereign Remedies located at 29 N. Market Street.
Executive Chef Graham House will prepare a seasonal, four-course meal paired with carefully selected sustainably-produced Spanish wines in partnership with Metro Wines. The pairings will feature wines from all over Spain in varying styles and varietals. 
Guests will have the opportunity to order selected wines at a discount for pick-up from Metro Wines. 
Seating is at 7:30 PM and limited. Cost is $50 per guest excluding tax and gratuity. 
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Alexandria Nicole Wine Tasting

News Release: Friday, June 2nd, 2015

About: Alexandria Nicole WineTasting @MetroWines
Join us on Wednesday, June 14th from 5:30 to 6:30 for the wines of Alexandria Nicole "on the taste" and "on the house" Tasting will include the highly regarded and well reviewed Alexandria Nicole 2014 A Squared Cabernet Sauvignon and Alexandria Nicole 2015 Shepherd's Mark White Blend from Washington State.

     About Alexandria Nicole Sustainable Vineyard Management integrates three main goals:  environmental health, economic profitability, and social and economic equity.  Sustainability rests on the principle that we must meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.  It is our belief that wines are made in the vineyard and not in the winery. That’s why at Alexandria Nicole Cellars we believe that taking the best care of our vineyard and the surrounding environment is essential to making the best wines possible, not just today but for the foreseeable future.

     The same assets that make Washington a great place to make wine – low rainfall, ideal weather, phylloxera-free growing, few vineyard pests, and great soil – give us an advantage in our ability to implement sustainable vineyard practices.  With that being said, the philosophy behind farming sustainably at Destiny Ridge Vineyard is primarily concerned with these focus points: water conservation, composting and the planting of beneficial cover crops to reduce soil erosion, pest management and the use of environmentally friendly natural pest control agents, vine balance and power.

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Wine Tasting with Trione WineMaker Scot Covington

News Release: Saturday, May 20, 2017
About: Wine Tasting with Trione WineMaker Scot Covington
Please join us for a Wine Tasting with Trione Vineyards and Winery WineMaker Scot Covington on Monday, June 5th from 5 to 6:30 @Metrowines. Served at some of the best restaurants in town, a selection of their wines will be "on the taste" and "on the house."

Trione Family Vineyards and Winery

Three generations, four decades, five ranches — our family is deeply rooted in the Sonoma County wine industry. Dedicated farmers for forty years, brothers Mark and Vic Trione own and cultivate close to 700 vineyard acres in three prime Sonoma County appellations: Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Coast.

The Trione FamilyDuring 2005 a new chapter took root: Trione Vineyards and Winery. Our family built a winery on our Home Ranch in Alexander Valley and appointed Scot Covington winemaker. Scot made Trione 2006 and 2007 vintages in a custom crush facility; the winery construction completed in time to receive the 2008 harvest.

Living a winemaker’s dream, Scot selects just three percent of the Trione estate grapes and crafts small lots of wine in his customized “studio”. Scot’s goal: make wines that express the highest level of quality across all varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Zinfandel.

Our winery operations are a family affair. Mark Trione is President, Vic is Vice President, Mark’s daughter Denise oversees sales and marketing, and her husband, Kris Hicks, is Vineyard Operations Manager. We are proud of our family history (link to Timeline) and passionate about Sonoma County’s hospitality, food and wine.

Trione winery is located next to a 1908 landmark stone building at the Home Ranch in Alexander Valley. Respecting history and tradition, our family restored the Old Stone Building, preserving the history and authentic character. Now an event center, it is available for private parties.

Scot Covington


In 2005, when the Trione family decided to build their legacy winery on their Home Ranch in Alexander Valley, they searched for a winemaker with design, construction and wine production experience – a tall order that Scot Covington filled. The family appointed him winemaker in 2005. “The Triones basically gave me a blank piece of paper and said ‘Design your winery’.” Scot envisioned a straightforward facility, customized to accommodate small lots and hands-on winemaking.

Scot Covington

Scot brought years of relevant experience to the project. After graduating from California State University, Fresno in 1990 with a B. S. degree in Agricultural Science, Enology, he enhanced his knowledge working on three continents — in North America here in Sonoma County, South Africa and Australia. Scot’s mentors are legendary; his winemaking is influenced by years of training under such icons as Bill Bonnetti and Merry Edwards.

Living a winemaker’s dream, Scot has his choice of the finest grapes grown on the Trione family’s vineyards in the Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Coast AVAs. He selects the top three percent of grapes from more than 650 acres of vineyards. Scot’s goal: make wines that express the highest level of quality across all varieties produced from estate grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Zinfandel.

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SKYPE a Winemaker: Rollin Soles of ROCO


News Release: Saturday, May 20th, 2017
About: Wine Tasting with Winemaker Rollin Soles by SKYPE
Please join us for a wine tasting with Winemaker Rollin Soles of ROCO by SKYPE on Tuesday, June 20th at 5:30 sharp. Winemaker Rollin Soles will lead us through a tasting of his highly regarded wines, share his philosophy and his journey through the wine world to this point.
The event is on the house. Event pricing on wines poured!
Parking is free, close and easy.

About Rollin Soles: For nearly fifteen years, the Soles’ property remained a mostly wild landscape used for a variety of farming endeavors. Rollin was making wine at Argyle, his previous venture, and Corby was busy serving in a number of executive positions in the Oregon wine industry. But as the years wore on, the property’s southwestern exposure and diverse soils begged for the Soles to realize their dream: a vineyard of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay sloping toward the creek below, the Chehalem Valley beyond, and Oregon’s Coast Range in the distance.

In 2001, Rollin and Corby planted Wits’ End Vineyard and began bringing the idea of ROCO to fruition. Two years later, they produced their first vintage of Private Stash Pinot Noir—showcasing the very best of Rollin’s small-lot winemaking skills in a bottle that was eventually served in the White House. Building on their success, in 2009, the Soles built ROCO its own winery and added a tasting room in 2012. In 2013, Rollin expanded Wits’ End Vineyard and transitioned to full-time focus on ROCO to keep pace with its growing prestige and demand.

Today, Wits’ End Vineyard remains the heart and soul of ROCO wines. ROCO Private Stash and Wits’ End Vineyard Pinot Noirs derive exclusively from these vines—and serve as Rollin and Corby’s testament to the beauty of place, their devotion to family and friends, and their commitment to Oregon winemaking at its finest.

About Rollin Soles from Wine Spectator: 

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Below the Belt

News Release: Saturday, May 20th, 2017
About "Below the Belt"
The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines presents a class on wines from the Southern Hemisphere on Thursday, June 8th from 6 to 7pm. Andy Hale, Director of Education takes you on a vicarious trip "Below the Belt" to Argentina, Chile, South Africa and New Zealand through discussion and wine tasting.
Class is $20. To reserve a seat, call (828) 575-9525 or shop online:
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Wine in The Garden at NC Arboretum


News Release: Monday, May 15th

About: Wine in The Garden at NC Arboretum
The North Carolina Arboretum will host three "Wine in The Garden" events on June 15th, July 20th and August 17th from 6 to 8pm at The Arboretum Gardens. 
Cost is $27 for Arboretum Society members and $30 for non-members. Ticket price does not include tax and credit card fees but does include parking at The Arboretum. 
Please note that all tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets will not be sold at the gate. Participants must be 21 years or older. Valid ID is required to enter. Tickets are non-refundable. The events will be held rain or shine! Call (828) 665-2492 for further information.

About "Wine in the Garden" The NC Arboretum says: Sample, sip and enjoy the beautiful sights of The North Carolina Arboretum at itsWine in the Garden wine tasting and music series. Held every third Thursday of the summer from 6 – 8 p.m., the Arboretum invites visitors and members to come and enjoy a selection of sustainable wines carefully picked by the trained professional staff of Metro Wines in Asheville.

Celebrate the summer season with an evening in the Arboretum’s nationally known gardens while discovering new wines and listening to live music from some of Western North Carolina’s most talented artists. Each ticket includes a chance to sample four boutique wines hailing from some of the best wine regions in the world along with three hors d’oeuvre food pairings. 

Contact for The Arboretum: Tatiana Rivest
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Pavolino Pinot Noir from the Veneto, Italy


Wine Description


Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation: IGT Veneto – Italy

Notes: Medium ruby-red in color, darkening to garnet with age. Appreciated throughout the world for its characteristic and elegant floral fragrance and its stylish, velvety flavor. This Pinot Noir is enhanced by a lingering finish bursting with talc and features just the right touch of backbone.

Food Pairing: Perfect at mealtimes along with red meats and Mediterranean-style pasta dishes, but also a pleasant conversation wine. Great match for pan-fried eggs and flavoured omelettes.

Serving Temperature: Serve at 62°-66°F

Alcohol by Volume: 12%
Residual Sugar: .55 g/l
Total Acidity: 5.5 g/l
Formats: 750ml / 12 bottles

This wine is Kosher for Passover – Mevushal
This wine is Gelatin free.
This wine is suitable for Vegans & Vegetarians.


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Paul Jaboulet Wines Tasting


News Release: Thursday, May 11th, 2017
About: Paul Jaboulet Aine Wines Tasting
Please join The Asheville School of Wine as we host Amanda Schark from Skurnik Wines, importer for Paul Jaboulet Aine Biodynamic Wines, for a wine tasting on Wednesday, May 17th from 5 to 6:30 @MetroWines.
"Les Traverses" Ventoux, "Les Jalets" Crozes Hermitage, "Les Cedres" Chateauneuf-du-Pape will be "on the taste" and "on the house" with event pricing.
About Paul Jaboulet Wines:
In 1834, a full 100 years before the introduction of the A.O.C. system, Antoine Jaboulet began to transform a sleepy region into one of the most important quality winegrowing terroirs in the world. Since that time, Paul Jaboulet Aîné has become the benchmark in the Northern Rhône, with the iconic Hermitage ‘La Chapelle’ being responsible for some of the greatest wines ever produced. Ten years ago, the Frey family purchased this historic property and committed tremendous effort and resources to improve upon the already legendary estate. They immediately started converting the estate vineyards to biodynamic principals and encouraging sustainable practices from every family grower they work with. With each successive vintage the purifying effects of these natural agricultural improvements can be felt and tasted. This is one of France’s finest estates, the crown jewel of the Rhône Valley. Oenologist and proprietor Caroline Frey, alongside Winemaking Director Jacques Desvernois, are producing the authentic standard for quality Syrah across the Northern Rhône.
About Skurnik Imports:
Skurnik Wines searches the globe to assemble the finest portfolio of wines available at all prices. Wines selected must represent the highest quality and exhibit balance, finesse, and a sense of place. We never forget that fine wine comes from exceptional grapes grown in exceptional terroir and cared for by talented winemakers. It is our goal that the Skurnik Wines and Spirits logo on the back of a bottle is as close to a guarantee of quality as possible.

About Amanda Schark:
Fueled by a passion for wine, Amanda’s brilliant career has touched almost every facet of the wine business.
She’s been a wine buyer and leader for a Fortune 100 company, worked as a wine educator, a sales director, an importer and has traveled extensively through the wine world.
With every move she’s made, she carried a focus on quality which has made her a trusted resource to those seeking exceptional, authentic wines.
In 2015 Amanda joined forces with Skurnik Wines, one of the top importers in the United States, to represent their extensive national portfolio and bring wines of distinction to those waiting to be inspired.
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Grovewood Gallery


MetroWines is Part of Grovewood Gallery Anniversary Celebration

We will be there POURING!

Frm Grovewood Gallery: Grovewood Gallery is celebrating 25 years of American-made art and craft! Join us on Saturday, May 20 from 2 - 6pm as we celebrate this milestone with an outdoor sculpture exhibition, artist demonstrations, live music by The Bad Penny Pleasuremakers, and local food and drinks. Customers will also have a chance to enter a free raffle to win a kinetic Wind Sculpture by Lyman Whitaker.

Participating Artists: Grace Cathey, Josh Cote, Mark Chatterley, Todd Frahm, Jeff Hackney, Roger Martin, David Sheldon, Brad Spencer, Eric Velleca, Lyman Whitaker, and Robert Winkler

Grovewood Gallery’s 25th Anniversary Celebration is sponsored byGolden FleeceHi-Wire BrewingMetro Wines, and Noble Cider

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Wine Dinner at Arboretum


News Release: Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
About: Le Grand Picnic:
           Wine Pairing Dinner at Savory Thyme Cafe at Arboretum
Please join the MetroWines Asheville School of Wine at Savory Thyme Cafe at The North Carolina Arboretum for a wine pairing dinner in the beautifully decorated Plants of Promise Garden on Sunday, June 4th from 3:30 to 7pm. 
Authentic French dishes will be paired with French Wines. Guests will be welcomed with a complementary Savory Thyme Specialty Aperitif to enjoy while listening to music.
The cost for the evening is $65 (does not include tax and gratuity)
Please make reservations for Le Grand Picnic here:
Contact for Savory Thyme Cafe: Tony Smith, Operations Manager
   At the Cafe: (828) 665-2492-X232

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First Pairing:
Radish & Celery Heart Crudités / Pain Surprise with Salmon & Cream Cheese
                Domaines Schlumberger Pinot Blanc Les Princes Abbes '15

Second Pairing:
Pissaladiere/ onion, tomato, black olive
         By.Ott Provence Rose '16

Third Pairing:
Pate de Campagne/pork, bacon, smoked ham, Dijon
        Vincent Girardin Cuvée St Vincent '14
                       (Bourgogne Rouge)

Fourth Pairing:
Cold Provencale Chicken/ Asparagus/ Carrot Salad
       Clos Sainte Anne Pomerol '11

Fifth Pairing:
Summer Fruit Gallette/ Fromage
    Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau Vouvray Petillant Demi-Sec NV
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Great Rose' Tasting Series Premier


News Release: Sunday, April 30th, 2017

About: The Great RosTasting @MetroWines
Please join The Asheville School of Wine as we present the first of the season "Great RosTasting" on Saturday, June 3rd
from 10 to 7pm @MetroWines. 
Six different bottles of Rosrepresenting various varietals from countries around the world "on the taste" and "on the house"
with event pricing.
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ALL Rose' Wine Dinner at Sovereign Remedies!


News Release: Sunday, April 30th, 2017

About: ALL Rose Wine Pairing Dinner at Sovereign Remedies
Please join The MetroWines Asheville School of Wine for an ALL Rose Wine Pairing Dinner at Sovereign Remedies on May 21st starting at 7:30pm. 
Executive Chef Graham House will present a seasonal menu featuring four-courses each paired with a carefully selected Rose. The featured bottles of Rose will represent different varietals from around the world. 
Seating is very limited. Tickets are $50 excluding tax and gratuity. Sovereign Remedies is located at 29 N. Market Place in Asheville at the corner of Walnut.
Guests can purchase the wines at a a discounted event price that evening for pick up @MetroWines at 169 Charlotte Street.
About Sovereign Remedies:

Sovereign Remedies was opened in October of 2014, by Charlie Hodge and his partner Sunil Patel bringing together years of work in the hospitality industry with years of farming the land.   Sovereign Remedies is housed in the New Medical Building on North Market St.  A seven story building, it was once was office space for Asheville’s doctors and dentists, a drug store and barber shop, it now houses a wide variety of law, engineering, and environmental protection agencies, as well as our dear friends at Herbiary.

Somewhere between warm and regal the space is filled with visual treasures of vintage service-ware, rich black and gold curtains, and locally built furniture and fixtures by Iron Maiden Studios.  The 14-foot high windows dominating two of walls, allow for plants to thrive by filling the room with natural light during the day.  At night soft lights and candles create an inviting glow for guests and passersby.  Since opening in the main room we have expanded with a dinning area in our mezzanine and worked with the city to utilize former street parking for an outdoor patio.

The term Sovereign Remedies was discovered while reading about the great history of the Appalachian Mountains. As the area did not allow for easy access many families found and created their own medicine; this proprietary knowledge was know as each family’s Sovereign Remedy.  This concept fuses perfectly with our ethos in that the cherished bottles those early settlers filled with local medicinal herbs to care for themselves and their families reflects the way we bring together the local bounty of the Appalachian region to care for our guests and visitors, our own Sovereign Remedy.

After establishing ourselves as a place to enjoy a superior mixed drink, crafted with the best ingredients, as well as a place that served bar food with the highest commitment to local, organic and humanly raised meats we took a big step towards expanding our culinary offerings.  In the fall of 2016 we met Chef Graham House, an Asheville native, who joined our team, bringing with him the skills and passion to elevate thoughtful bar food to the exceptional culinary program we have today.  Working together Graham and Sunil bring great excellent food from urban-sprouted seed to your table.

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Morella Mezzogiorno Bianco 2015

  This is a winemaker who cares. The importer, who has met with Winemaker Lisa Gilbee on several occasions, said that when asked why she went biodynamic in her vineyards, Lisa said: "because my kids play in those vineyards!" The bottom line, as you can tell from that statement, is that this wine meets the highest standards of quality. And it shows in the glass, on the nose, on the palate and through to a long finish. We also offer Lisa's blend of Negroamaro and Primitivo @MetroWines. This is what wine should taste like! And that's just a fact.

From Jay Murray, Piedmont Wine Imports:

Who: Lisa Gilbee
Where: Manduria, Puglia
What grapes: Primitivo, Negroamaro, Fiano, small amounts of Petite Verdot, Cabernet, Malbec
Key fact: This biodynamic estate is farming very old bush vine Primitivo in an effort to preserve and grow interest in a disappearing form of local agriculture.

Lisa Gilbee has lived in Manduria for 12 years. She is Australian, married to an Italian. They have two young kids. She travels around the world making wine for other people, and also makes wine for a large Puglian winery. But Manduria is home, close to the seas, where they can make wine the way she wants.

Their logo is a picture of an owl statue made from local sandstone. They chose it because the owl observes, watches. It’s how Gilbee wants to farm. “We started by developing natural grasses in the vineyard, then we took out all the pesticides, and eventually got to just using copper and sulfur. Now we have moved to biodynamics.” Their methodology is slow, deliberate progress toward a lofty goal.

Traditionally in Manduria, wines were made really manually: foot stomping of grapes before fermentation, back-breaking pruning of low-trained bush vines, virtually no mechanization in most fields even until World War II. Poor sharecroppers farmed small parcels and could not afford the machinery, the feudal system funneled too much of their harvest into the pockets of local landed aristocracy.  Then, after World War II these old techniques of by-hand wine making virtually disappeared.  In the 20th century production shifted almost entirely to the Cantina Sociale: wine made with BIG equipment. Bulk wine shipped to pump up the alcohol by volume of thin northern Italian reds, and then headed to supermarket chains at bottom shelf prices. Today 90% of the area’s production goes to the Cantina Sociale.

“I’d rather we focus on being a small producer turning our own vineyard into wine,” Gilbee said.

Morella has non-nursery, antique clones in its 10 ha of bush vines. There’s lots of genetic diversity in Gilbee’s monopole because the parcel was planted over time by a variety of farmers. Bush vines like Lisa’s may yield 2 – 2 ½ tons per hectare, trellised conventional vines can produce three times that amount. So slowly the old bush vines are abandoned or removed and replaced with modern clones, in fields designed to work by machine. The fields become easier to work, bulk volume increases and maybe income increases, but the connection to a traditional type of Puglian viticulture disappears.

Lisa clearly likes it here. While she laments the lack of investment in truly studying and understanding Primitivo in the way, say, Barbera is analyzed in the north, she wants to stay, to protect these old vines.  They have an indomitable natural resource in Puglia. The region still makes more wine than all of Australia, and many fields of incredible century-old bush vines (and centuries old olive trees) still stand as mute guardians of the region’s real wealth and value.

The wines:

Morella’s wines are bottled without pumping and without filtration. They use a cement egg for some of the wines. The vessel keeps the lees constantly in movement, and is a hallmark gadget among biodynamic enthusiasts.

Mezzanotte rosso is a  mainly Primitivo blend. Small bits of Negroamaro, Malbec, Cabernet and Petite Verdot are co-fermented with the Primitivo. The wine has nice bones to it and merited several exclamatory emoticons in the margins of my tasting book. Malbec has been grown in Puglia for 100 years according to Gilbee. It was replanted post-Phylloxera because of interest from the Bordeaux wine market.

The estate’s Primitivo/Negroamaro blend was my personal favorite red on the day of my visit. These are the two main grapes of the Salento. Primitivo ripens at the end of August, while Negroamaro does not ripen until the end of September or early October. This wine is grown in terre rosse clay-rich soils, and came after a drought year.

Without a doubt we’ll one day bring Morella’s 80-year-old vine Primitivo to the States. It was lovely, with a shade more blue fruit in comparison to the Primitivo/Negroamaro blend. Full and round. Ditto for the Primitivo La Signora from a different clone that Gilbee also makes. I found the latter wine more aromatically interesting, with a hint of sweet raisiny fruit above all the brawny ripeness.

Of course all these wines taste amazing at lunch in the family’s home, sharing pasta and sauce made with spicy local peppers with Lisa’s husband and her kids, Matilda and Anton. The school-age duo eye me with suspicion, but I think they warmed up a little to the strange American dressed in too-warm clothes by the end of my stay. It was raining, and leaving the happy family to trek north was unappealing. Now that we see the Morella wines also taste great in the dining rooms of our North Carolina homes, I can begin to plan a repeat visit. Primitivo is so essentially Italian-American, great with the way we eat, our bold spectrum of sweet-spicy-hot-meaty flavors.

Morella “Mezzanotte” Primitivo Tarantino IGT  Biodynamic small farm Primitivo crafted by Lisa Gilbee. This is a blend of bush vine Primitivo with an average age of 40 years. It is located in Manduria about 3km from the Ionian sea. The soils are red sandy clay over limestone. The Primitivo is destemmed directly in small open fermenters. The fements are hand plunged and wine is pressed with the basket press and matured in old oak barrels. The wine is racked 2 or 3 times before bottling without filtration. Mezzanotte has a distinct ripe berry fruit nose with hints of blackberry and cherry and with wild herbs. The mouth is initially ripe fruit followed by a balanced fresh tannin finish.

Organic: Certified Biodynamic
Soil type: Red sandy clay over limestone
Elevation: 5 kl from the Ionian sea
Grapes: Blend of new plantings (2005) and 40 year old bush vine Primitivo
Method of fermentation: Destemmed directly into small open fermenters. Hand plunged in a basket press and matured in old oak barrels. Racked two to three times before bottled without filtering.

Morella “Mezzogiorno” Bianco Salento IGP 100% Fiano. 10-year-old vines, from cuttings brought to Puglia from Campania. Planted in Manduria, in red sandy clay over limestone soil, with a unusually large amount of quartz. Hand-picked into small baskets, then pressed whole-cluster in a vertical basket press. Fermented mostly in large oak barrels. Seven months of lees-stirring prior to a light filtration and bottling.

Organic:Certified Biodynamic
Soil type: Red sandy clay over limestone with lots of quartz particles
Grapes: Fiano
Method of fermentation: Handpicked and chilled overnight. Bunches pressed whole in basket press. Half fermented in large oak barrels and half in stainless steel. Stirred on the lees for seven months and lightly filtered before bottling.

Morella Negroamaro Salento IGT
This wine is a blend of 85% Primitivo and 15% Negroamaro, made from 40-year-old vines. Hand harvested in to small baskets and fermented at 28 degrees Celsius. Aged in Allier oak barrels for 12 months, and then an additional 8 months in bottle before release.

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