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Portuguese Dinner at Golden Fleece


News Release: Monday, February 27th, 2017
About: Portuguese Wine Pairing Dinner at Golden Fleece
Please join The Asheville School of Wine for a Portuguese Wine Pairing Dinner at Golden Fleece on Tuesday, March 28th from 6 to 9pm at Golden Fleece.
"We are thrilled to announce our third wine dinner with MetroWines," says Chelsea Herre, Assistant Manager at Golden Fleece. "Join us for a magnificent dining experience that includes 4 decadent courses paired with incredible boutique wines straight from the vineyards of Portugal." 
The dinner is $65 - tax and gratuity excluded. Please call Golden Fleece to reserve your seat at 828-424-7655. Limited free parking is available.
"Our two previous dinners with Golden Fleece have sold out early," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "We encourage you to please call soon!"
About Golden Fleece:
Contact for Golden Fleece: Chelsea Herre at 828-424-7655 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Shop:  828-575-9525
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AuthentiqueVin Wine Tasting with Thomas Meunier

News Release: Monday, February 24, 2017

About: AuthentiqueVin Tasting with the owner Thomas Meunier
Please join The Asheville School of Wine for a tasting of wines imported by AuthentiqueVin on Friday, March 17th from 5:30 to 7pm. Owner Thomas Meunier will pour wines from his French Portfolio "on the taste" and "on the house" 
Speaking about the reason for the name of his company, Thomas Meunier says:
     “Authenticity”, a simple and humble word that sums up my conception of wine and life because, to me, both are so closely linked.
As sales manager at a winery in the Loire Valley for the last 6 years, I had the chance to live in the heart of a family that has made wine for four generations. Thanks to them, I realized that behind a wine and our sometimes subjective, personal appreciation there underlies a family tradition, the force of the experience, the expression of a single personality that makes each wine different with its quality and defaults. In the end, all this makes it unique…"

More about AuthentiqueVin:
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
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Croizillion Malbec Cahors 2015

Wine Spectator

"Aromas of dried herbs mingle with the flavors of plum and red currant in this rather full-bodied red. With present tannins that allow the final to last, on a saline tip and slightly smoked. Drink it today. "

    Family owned Château Les Croisille, with the advice of Cahors top oenologist Pascal Verhaeghe, has gone global in the past years. Château Les Croisille is the creation of Bernard and Cécile Croisille, who in the late 1970s, decided they wanted to build their life around their passion for wine.  In 1980, upon discovering a prime vineyard site on land that had been abandoned to the junipers, they planted the vineyard, transforming it into the Château that bears the family name today. Based on the simple principle ‘wine is made in the vineyard,’ Bernard and Cécile constantly seek to evolve their practices. They are committed to protecting the environment around the estate and have been certified Organic since 2010.

   Le Croizillon is 100% Malbec from vines of an average age of 30 years old. The winemaker has achieved a fruit-forward and easy-drinking style by encouraging a low extraction and short maceration time and then maturing the wine without the use of oak.


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International Wine Dinner at NC Arboretum

News Release: Monday, February 20th, 2017

About: Wine Dinner at The North Carolina Arboretum with MetroWines
Please join The Asheville School of Wine for an International Wine Pairing Dinner at The North Carolina Arboretum on Sunday, March 19th. The afternoon includes a Champagne Reception from 3:30 to 4pm and dinner from 4 to 6pm. 
The menu features 6 internationally inspired courses representing Oregon, Spain, Italy, Argentina and France created and prepared by the Savory Thyme Cafe. Each course will be paired with a wine from that country. The afternoon concludes with Fair Trade Coffee and dessert.
$50 plus tax and gratuity includes the dinner and wine as well as admission to The North Carolina Arboretum. Stay tuned to MetroWines Wine Blog ( for the menu and wine pairings. 
For reservations, call (828) 665-2492, ext 232. The North Carolina Arboretum is located at 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way in Asheville.
About The Arboretum: 
     For 30 years…Cultivating Connections between People and Plants…amid a 434-acre public garden, The North Carolina Arboretum is located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest just south of Asheville and adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 393. Surrounded and crisscrossed by forested coves and meandering creeks in the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains, The North Carolina Arboretum is set in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America.

     The Arboretum was established as an affiliate of the University of North Carolina by the State General Assembly in 1986, nearly a century after Frederick law Olmsted, the Father of American Landscape Architecture, first envisioned a research arboretum as part of his legacy and plan for George Vanderbilt at Biltmore Estate. More about The Arboretum here:

  Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525


Champagne Greeting 


Food and wine Tasting


 U.S.A.-Pacific Northwest

House-smoked Salmon Rillettes

Chunky smoked salmon spread with dill  

Served with toasted brown bread

Lange Pinot Gris '14, Willamette Valley, Oregon 



 Braised Pork and Clams

Pork and fresh clams braised in an aromatic broth 

Luis Canas Rioja Blanco '14, Rioja, Spain



 Spinach, Goat Cheese and Prosciutto Ravioli

 With sun-dried tomato pesto cream sauce

L'Armangia Barbera D'Asti '15, Piedmont, Italy 



Argentine-style Chicken 

On skewers with Chimichurri 

Qaramy Alto Malbec '13, Uco Valley, Argentina 



Blue Cheese Terrine

With Sun-Dried Fruit

 French cave aged blue cheese, mascarpone, sun-dried apricots, currants,

cranberries, black figs, raisins, pistachios and toasted pecans

Served with assorted crackers

Grand Planal Corbiers '14, Rhone Valley, France  


  A Collection of Chocolate Desserts

Fresh Brewed Fair Trade Coffee

 Premium Hot Tea

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Open Letter to Hilary Swank


First, let me say that we loved you in "Million Dollar Baby" all night long! Now, to the matter at hand....

According to an interview in The Download in New York Times Magazine, you said that you use an app to "learn more about the wine I am drinking." A little research indicates you are learning through tasting too!

Sounds like you are working the wineries on the west coast and points beyond. You recently presented Ellen De Generes with a bottle from your favorite winery with her name on it. Nice. And this past September, we hear that you and your brother Dan wined, dined and even truffle-hunted as the guests of proprietor Ernesto Abbona at Piedmont’s Marchesi di Barolo winery in Barolo. We met with Valentina Abbona of Marchesi di Barola just two weeks ago here @MetroWines. Now that you have taken the tour on location, we can save you a trip to re-stock. We have Marchesi di Barolo on our shelves!

Scrap the app! We can do more and do it better. We @MetroWines have been featured in Lettie Teague's column in The Wall Street Journal and between us we write for The Laurel of Asheville, Sophie and Capital at Play. We @MetroWines are The Asheville School of Wine and home to the first of its kind Blind Tasting League! We offer wine classes, co-host wine pairing dinners and taste dozens of wines every month. And, if you give us a little guidance on what you like, we can set you up but good!

All this is to say that we can help you learn about wine and to shop. Hilary, call us anytime for help at 828-575-9525 or to place an order. We ship right to your door.

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