Capital at Play, Red Puro, Domaine Bousquet, Worthy

John Kerr for Capital at Play
"Diner's Choice"
How to get the most from a wine list:
simple tips to maximize value and minimize panic.

https://www.capitalatplay.com/diners-choice/

REDPURO (Argentina)

 "Rose is Your Winter White"

100% Caberent Sauvignon
WINEMAKER’S NOTES: Intense and brilliant rosé color.
Notes of cherries and red flowers.
Fresh and crispy with a very intense sucrosity.

 


Domaine Bousquet Cabernet Sauvignon 

(Argentina)

** 91 Points Wine&Spirits **

Color: dark ruby color.
Nose: intense red berry notes mixed with sweet spice.
Palate: open-knit elegant in style, with lots of mineral notes, cherry and blackcurrant. It’s bright acidity keeps it refreshing on the finish.
The palate is packed with ripe concentrated fruit flavors with hints of tobacco
and black pepper. It shows a long structure and fine tannins.

 

 

Domaine Bousquet Chardonnay
(Argentina)

WineMaker Notes
     Made from organic grapes sourced mainly from vineyards in Tupungato (Uco Valley) at an altitude of 1200 meters (4000 feet) above sea level, one of the highest points in Mendoza. It is 100% un-oaked Chardonnay, the wine has been fermented in stainless tanks in contact with lees to give a creamy feel to the wine, and then aged for 4 months in the bottle. Smooth with tropical fruit aromas, the wine has notes of apple and pear with a slight tone of sweet spice presenting a clean, fresh taste.
 
Producer
     From the southern French city of Carcassonne, The Bousquet Family has a long and accomplished history of wine making. In the constant struggle to produce wines of a superior quality, Jean Bousquet was determined to find the best place to continue the family’s decades long tradition.
   Bousquet first arrived in Mendoza in 1990 to investigate the vineyards and wineries. Upon discovering the unique characteristics of the region, its soil, it’s high altitude, it’s terroir, Bousquet moved from France to the foothills of The Andes. Located in Uco Valley, the vineyards are blessed with cool nights and a near constant cool breeze, the idyllic conditions for ripe grapes and excellent wines.
     The main objective of Domaine Bousquet is to combine the European winemaking style with the prefect cool climate and terroir of the Uco Valley in Argentina. The result is wines that are naturally elegant with incredible color, beautiful fruity driven character, good structure with velvety style and a perfect sugar to acid balance. Approachable young, the wines reward with further aging. The wines continue to receive accolades from the International Wine Press.

 


On The Menu for AXIOS Wine Dinner 
at Golden Fleece

 
  Worthy is the second label of AXIOS. "Sophia's Cuvée," a premium Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, is named after the daughter of proprietor Gus Kalaris. AXIOIS is the the Greek word for worthy. Sophia's Cuvée enjoyed overnight success when this Cabernet Sauvignon dominated Bordeaux blend stormed into the market in 2001. Over the years Worthy has been recognized as a household name in small production wines.
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AXIOS Wine Dinner at Golden Fleece

 

90+ rated wines served:

Worthy Chardonnay, TRUTH,

AXIOS Cabernet ($330 on menu!)

and Philotimo!

 

News Release:  January 16th, 2018
About: AXIOS Wine Dinner with MetroWines at Golden Fleece
 
Please join The MetroWines Asheville School of Wine for a Wine Pairing Dinner at Golden Fleece on Wednesday, February 21st at 6pm with AXIOS and Golden Fleece Executive Chef George Delidimos.
 
AXIOS Wines have been highly reviewed by wine critics including Robert Parker, James Suckling and publications from "Wine&Spirits" to the "Washington Post" and have won awards from contests including Critics Challenge International Wine Competition and Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition.
 
 "Chef George is known for authentic, culinary excellence," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Pairing innovative dishes by Chef George with the award winning wines from AXIOS will be an extraordinary experience."
 
Golden Fleece is located in Grovewood Village, part of an 11 acre property listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 
Zagat called Golden Fleece one of the "8 Hottest Restaurants and Bars in Asheville:

https://www.zagat.com/b/charlotte/8-hottest-restaurants-and-bars-in-asheville#1

And National Geographic Travel included Golden Fleece in a recent "food lovers" edition: 
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/united-states/north-carolina/asheville/asheville-restaurants-food-lovers/
 
The cost is $85 including tax and gratuity. Plenty of free, close and easy parking at Golden Fleece.
 
Wine Dinners at Golden Fleece have sold out in the past so please call Golden Fleece to reserve your seats now: (828) 424-7655
 
More about Golden Fleece: http://goldenfleeceasheville.com/
 
 
About AXIOS: 

A powerhouse collaboration between proprietor Gus Kalaris and winemaker Bob Egelhoff, Axios is a super premium Cabernet Sauvignon of Napa Valley "cult" status.  Axios, meaning worthy in Greek, reflects Gus' vision to craft a wine of Bordeaux influence that represents the richness of its' Napa Valley origin.  This wine was proudly served at a reception hosted by President Bush at The White House in March of 2002.


Worthy is the second label of Axios - the super premium Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Axios is the the Greek word for worthy. Worthy’s Cabernet Sauvignon dominated Bordeaux blend  enjoyed overnight success when it stormed into the market in 2001.  Over the years Worthy has been recognized as a household name in cult wines.

The Kalaris brand, named after proprietor Gus Kalaris, evolved from Gus' love of the great wines of Burgundy and his passion for producing California wines reflective of the uniqueness and beauty of their terroir.  It is the newest addition to our family of wines mostly coming from our Calistoga Kalaris Family Vineyard.  Staying true to the vision of the brand, these wines are hand-crafted, small production and of the highest quality.  They are a true reflection of Gus’ vision to produce first class wines in a classic old world style but allowing the wine’s Napa Valley origin to shine.

The label for Truth was the inspiration behind this wine's name.  Looking at one's own reflection unveils the truth.  This intriguing label was proudly displayed at the SFMOMA's exhibition "How Wine Became Modern" in 2010-2011.  Beyond the packaging you will find an outstanding bistro style wine at a value price point.”

The Telios brand is a new entry to the portfolio. The name Telios is of Greek origin meaning "complete", finished in the most successful way possible, reaching the pinnacle.  Telios follows all the same protocols and philosophy of all of our Axios Napa Valley wines, achieving perfect balance.

Napa Valley’s fantasy baseball team has added another star to its roster.  Hall of Famer
Cal Ripken Jr., dubbed the Iron Man for not missing a single game in almost 17 years,
is the latest player turned Napa vintner.  To commemorate the 20th anniversary of surpassing
Lou Gehrig's consecutive game streak, Ripken has teamed up with Napa Valley’s AXIOS winery
to make a luxury Cabernet Sauvignon.  The wine is named "2131"after Ripken's record-breaking number of consecutive games.  One-third of the profits from the wine will be donated to the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, which supports at-risk youth through baseball-related programs.  This collectable wine is a limited run of 2,131 bottles and sold individually in wood-and-glass boxes.

 
Contact for Golden Fleece: Kathleen Marshall: (828) 424-7655
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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Derek Rubio of Skyland Hosts in May

 

Derek Rubio of Skyland Distributing hosts the May gathering of Asheville Wine Focus Group. Skyland represents some of our favorite brands here including Orin Swift (Prisoner) and Kindred. Derek understands that this is serious business so bring it!

Skyland FB page HERE.

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Up Country Brewing Company Tasting

 

News Release: Friday, January 5th, 2018

About: Up Country Brewing Company Tasting @MetroWines
 
Please join us on Friday, February 2nd from 5 to 6:30 for a beer tasting "on the house" hosted by Up Country Brewing @MetroWines. We are pouring beer @MetroWines just in time for SuperBowl.
 
About Up Country Brewing Company:

At UpCountry Brewing, we believe that craft beer and the outdoors go hand in hand. This is the basis of our Mission Statement – “To create memorable experiences while sharing our passion for craft beer and for getting outside with family and friends.”

UpCountry Brewing was founded in 2016 by John Cochran, a craft beer industry veteran since the mid 1990’s. While John has worked many beer related jobs in his 20+ years in brewing (including co-founding Terrapin Beer Company), he sees UpCountry as the culmination of all he has done so far. “It was in 2013 that my wife Irina and I purchased an old farmhouse in the Carolinas,” says John. “We’ve always enjoyed being outside, whether it’s hiking, fishing, boating, or skiing in the winter. This farm has become our home base for exploring the Carolinas, especially the Blue Ridge mountains. I see UpCountry Brewing as being an extension of that. It’s a way I can share my dual love for craft beer and for the Carolina outdoors with others.”

We are committed to being a local, Carolina only brewery. “UpCountry beers will not find their way outside of the Carolinas”, states John. “This allows us to put all our efforts into working with and supporting local causes in the Carolina communities where our beer is sold. And that starts right here at home in West Asheville.”

UpCountry Brewing loves our neighborhood and we are excited to be West Asheville’s community brewery. With a taproom that serves a wide variety of craft beer styles and provides a full food menu, a complete bar, live music and a large outdoor area for your daily shenanigans, UpCountry Brewing is a fantastic place to meet up with family and friends.

We are proud to be a kid friendly and pet friendly brewery. Come have a beer with us—we’ll see you soon! Cheers!

Contact for Up Country Brewing: Miranda Michaels
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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Rustic Grape DOES MetroWines

 

News Release: Friday, January 5th, 2018
Rustic Grape DOES MetroWines
 
Join The Asheville School of Wine on Thursday, January 25th from 5 to 6:30 @MetroWines for a wine tasting "on the house" with Rustic Grape! 
 
Melissa Ward, co-owner of Rustic Grape, a wine bar set to open in March at 14 Aston Street at S. Lexington in Asheville, selects some of her favorites wines on the shelf @MetroWines. Please Join us to meet Melissa, hear news about this hot new wine bar and taste some great wines!
 

Follow Rustic Grape on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/rusticgrapeavl/

 
Contact for Rustic Grape: Melissa Ward: info@rusticgrapeavl.com
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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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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"Bird Bliss" Art Opening and Wine Tasting with Lisa Casperson

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
 
"Veery"
 

"Dream Bird" 

"Little Bird Sings"

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Asheville Wine Focus Group: March

 

Mike Tiano of Haw River Wine Man will host in March.

 

HAW RIVER WINE MAN, Inc.

AN ORGANICALLY GROWN COMPANY, IMPORTING,

DISTRIBUTING AND DEMOCRATIZING WINE SINCE 1995.

     Beginning in 1995 with six wines from Puglia, Haw River Wine Man has quietly compiled an Italian wine portfolio that stands out in North Carolina and South Carolina for Quality, Price and Selection. With a firm belief that wine is an every day beverage, and not the exclusive domain of the wealthy and privileged, the company strives to bring the consumer the best values possible by sourcing wine direct from the producer.  Our portfolio has slowly grown from the original six wines to now include partnerships with around thirty estates in Italy.  Beginning in 2006, we began our collaboration with Rosenthal Wine Merchant, one of the most respected importers of wines from France and Italy to North Carolina.  Our expansion into Europe continued in 2012 with the inclusion of the fantastic wines of Spain from De Maison Selections and Andre Tamers.

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Asheville Wine Focus Group: April

 

Chris Curtis of The Country Vintner will host this month!

About Country Vintner:  

The Country Vintner is the Mid-Atlantic’s premier fine wine and spirits importer and wholesaler. Established in 1980, in Richmond VA, our company would eventually grow to also serve the states of South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington D.C., Maryland and Delaware.

We take great pride in setting the industry standard for superior customer service, a highly educated and professional sales team and world-class portfolio of wines and spirits.

Website: https://www.thewinebowgroup.com/our-companies/the-country-vintner/

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Valentine's Day Wine Dinner at Princess Anne Hotel

News Release: Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018
About: Valentine's Day Wine Dinner at Princess Anne Hotel
 
Valentine's Day Wine Pairing Dinner is set for February 14th starting from 6:30 to 9pm at Princess Anne Hotel located at 301 East Chestnut Street in Asheville, one block off Charlotte Street.
 
"This is a new adventure for Princess Anne Hotel," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "The menu will be creative and well done not overdone!"

Wines will be paired and presented by MetroWines and Grapevine Distribution. 
 
"You will be greeted with Langlois Chateau Cremant de Loire Rose from France," says Tom Leiner of Grapevine Distribution. "Three wines will be presented and paired with the well-crafted menu including 2015 Maison J. Drouhin Bourgogne Pinot Noir also from France." 
 
The cost is $65 which includes tax, not gratuity. All wines will be offered for purchase at a special price with pick up @MetroWines.
 
Seating is limited. Please call Princess Anne Hotel at (828) 258-0986 for reservations.
 
THE MENU:
 

~A Valentine’s Day Special Food & Wine Event~

February 14th, 2018

6:30-9:00PM

Limited seating available

Cocktail and Appetizer

Tart Trinity

   House made pastry filled with sun-dried cherries, Brussels and herb goat cheese

NV Langlois Chateau Cremant de Loire Rose, France

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First Course

Butternut Squash Soup

2016 Foris Pinot Gris, Rogue Valley, Oregon

💕

Second Course

Duck, Apple, Fennel & Beet Salad

Tossed with a honey lemon vinaigrette, topped with a local herbed goat cheese

2015 Maison J. Drouhin Bourgogne Pinot Noir, France

💕

Third Course

Ribeye Plate

Served with tri colored fingerling potatoes, seared garlic roasted asparagus & finished with truffle oil.

2013 DeLormier Barrel Select Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, CA

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Dessert

Red Velvet Cake

Served with Coffee & Tea

$85 per person (tax included)

Gratuities not included

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Limited seating: please call The Princess Anne Hotel at 828.258.0986 for reservations

301 E. Chestnut Street Asheville, N.C.

 

About Princess Anne Hotel: Travelers looking for an accommodation experience that provides the charm of a bed and breakfast with the privacy of a hotel need look no further than the Princess Anne Hotel in Asheville, NC.. This historic Asheville inn promises to provide you with more than a place to lay your head. From our complimentary afternoon wine & hor d’oeuvres hour, to the full cooked breakfast in the morning, you’ll see that we do things differently. Our friendly staff takes hospitality to the next level. The Princess Anne Hotel is a gem that might turn Asheville into an annual escape for you and your family. 

 
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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Campolive. Duval LeRoy.

 

 

This story is from The MetroWines

"It's Always Something File"

Toasting The New Year in a Glass or a Cup?
The Guardian in London reports that The European Court of Justice
says that if sorbet tastes like Champagne, you can call it Champagne.
Needless to say, Champagne Producers are mad.

“A sorbet may be sold under the name champagne sorbet if it has, as one of its essential characteristics, a taste attributable primarily to champagne. If that is the case, that product name does not take undue advantage of the protected designation of origin ‘Champagne’,” it said in its judgment.
Complete Story here: https://www.theguardian.com/law/2017/dec/20/
european-court-rules-champagne-sorbet-can-keep-name-ecj-aldi

** Meanwhile: This is REAL Champagne **
(Tune in next week for more on "Real" Champagne as the plot thickens!)

Wine Spectator Top 100 
75% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay. 

Appearance straw gold & light bubbles.
Aromas of dried biscuits with hints of chocolate. On the palate soft in the mouth, rich, and well-structured with refreshing finish.
To bring out the best in this wine, Brie or Camenbert


MY FAVORITE WINE FOR 2017

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Trip Tasting!

 

What's going on wine-wise up there, down there, over there?


Let us present a private tasting of the wines you will find when you arrive there.
 
For example, going to Tuscany?
We can introduce you to the varietals you will find on the table in Florence and the foods that would be the best pairing. The days of an all encompassing, overly general, very limited rule of white with fish and red with meat are over!
 
Your vacation, your honeymoon, your family reunion, the trip you have been planning forever is no time to make a mistake!
 
Call Hayley, Weddings and Events Coordinator @MetroWines, for details at (828) 575-9525.
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Treasure Hunter, Feuillatte, Lageder

 

From Our Weekly Newsletter:

 
   
    Winemaker Notes: "Brilliant straw yellow with a green shimmer. Quite pronounced and expressive aroma with flowery and somewhat spicy notes. Rich flavoured in the mouth, with a slight smokiness at the back and a good, fresh finish. When properly cellared, this will drink well for 2 to 4 years." 

 
     About Lageder: Alois Lageder winery was founded over 150 years ago in Alto Adige, Italy’s most northern wine growing region. Here Alois Lageder grows grapes on steep Dolomite slopes with varied microclimates that provide distinct vineyard sites that are ideal for producing a wide variety of wines.
 
      Alois Lageder wines are produced via sustainable, biodynamic and organic farming methods expressing many nuances of the region’s microclimates and soils. Alois Lageder practices site-specific viticulture. Quality starts with the soil, composed of dolomitic rock, glacial moraine and porphry and slopes range from gentle to steep. The family has 156 acres of vineyards, in addition to fruit purchased from long-term contracted grape farmers on select sites.

NYT Florence Fabricant Pick
Nicholas Feuillatte Champagne
Yeah, We Got That
And So Can You!
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Treasure Hunter is Back!

 

"MIC DROP"
97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petite Verdot
Walla Walla Valley 2015

Only 460 Cases Anywhere!
 

Treasure Hunter Says: 

"This space is normally reserved for whimsical description, poor humor, buzzword jargon, and hopefully an honest attempt to bring some imagery and description of a wine. Not today. This wine needs no comment other than it is remarkable.  If you understand what Walla Walla is capable of, buy as much of this as you can afford. This wine is black and blue and dense and deep."

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Class Action Against "Wines til Sold Out"

 

Hear Ye. Hear Ye!

 

When you shop locally, your money stays in your community. Your dollars go to support merchants who have invested in the community, who hire employees and pay taxes, engage local services and other local merchants, and contribute to local charities. Your local brick and mortar merchant is also THERE. In person. In your town. With a phone number and someone who answers the phone! 

 

When you shop online, you lose that personal contact and service, risk damage to and delay of your mechandise as well as, well, THIS:

 

Claim ID: 10075845

PIN: 155882

 

Notice of Class Action Settlement

 

Cannon v. Ashburn Corporation, Civil Action No. 16-1452 (RMB)(AMD)

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against Defendant Ashburn Corporation, d/b/a “Wines ‘Til Sold Out” and d/b/a WTSO.com (hereinafter WTSO).

What is this case about?

 

Kyle Cannon, Lewis Lyons, and Dianne Lyons (collectively the “Plaintiffs” in this case) allege that because certain wines were not sold anywhere at the purported “Original Price,” the discount advertised by WTSO was not real, and consumers were not buying wines at a discount.  The Plaintiffs further allege that WTSO offered wines that were available elsewhere but that the stated “Original Price” of some of these wines was higher than the price set by the winery itself, resulting in a greater advertised discount than would have existed had Defendant used the winery’s price for such wines. 

WTSO maintains that the “Original Price” it advertised was the suggested retail price provided to it when it purchased the wine and was an accurate reflection of the value of the wine it sold.  WTSO denies all liability of any kind associated with the claims alleged.  WTSO further denies that class certification is appropriate for any purpose other than settlement.

The Court has not decided who is right in this case.

Who is included in the Class?

 

You are included in this class if you reside (or otherwise live) in the United States and purchased wine from WTSO.com at any point from March 15, 2010 to November 1, 2016 (“Class Period”).

What may I receive from this settlement?

 

You will receive credits to purchase wine on WTSO.com based on wine purchased during the Class Period if you complete a Verification Form as described below, as follows:

1.       For every bottle of wine listed on Exhibit A purchased during the Class Period for $12.99 or less, the Class Member will receive a credit of $1.75.

2.       For every bottle of wine listed on Exhibit A purchased during the Class Period for $13.00-$18.99, the Class Member will receive a credit of $2.00.

3.       For every bottle of wine listed on Exhibit A purchased during the Class Period for $19.00 or greater, the Class Member will receive a credit of $2.25.

4.       For every bottle of wine listed on Exhibit B purchased during the Class Period for $19.99 or less, the Class Member will receive a credit of $0.50.

5.       For every bottle of wine listed on Exhibit B purchased during the Class Period for $20.00 or greater, the Class Member will receive a credit of $0.75.

6.       For every bottle of wine not listed on Exhibit A or B purchased during the Class Period, the Class Member will receive a credit of $0.20.

You will not receive a credit for any bottle of wine for which you received a refund.  Credits will be good for one year from the date you receive an email with a code for your Credits.  Credits will be applied against purchases of any wine the first time it is offered on WTSO.com (with limited exceptions), and on certain other identified wines offered on WTSO.com, at the rate of $2.00 off per bottle, or for the full or remaining credit amount if less than $2.00. WTSO will identify on its website which wines are eligible for credit use. 

Has WTSO made changes to its advertising? 

 

After the lawsuit was filed, on or about November 2, 2016, Defendant replaced the advertising term “Original Price” with the term “Comparable Price” on the WTSO.com website and included a definition of “Comparable Price” to mean “the price at which the same or a similar wine with the same primary grape varietal and appellation or sub-appellation has been offered for sale to consumers directly by a producing winery or through retailers.”

What are my options?

 

1.      Remain in the Class and Receive a Credit

You do not have to do anything to remain in the Class.   However, if you wish to receive a credit as described above, you must complete the Verification Form.  If you received more than one Notice at different email addresses, you must complete the Verification Form for each email address that the Notice was sent to in order to obtain all of your Credits.

If the settlement is approved by the Court and you have completed the Verification Form(s), you will receive a unique non-transferable code that you may use on the WTSO.com website to access your Credits.  The Verification Form for each email address at which you received a Notice must be completed and submitted no later than April 19, 2018 in order to obtain all of your Credits.  If you do not complete a Verification Form for any email address at which you received a Notice, you will not obtain the Credits for purchases made under that email address. You will receive the Code and be able to use it 40 days after the Settlement is final.

If you remain in the Class, you release and give up your right to file a lawsuit against WTSO and its related agents and entities relating to WTSO’s selling, marketing and advertising of wine during the Class Period.  The precise terms of the release are set forth in the Settlement Agreement. Unless you exclude yourself from this Settlement, as described below, you will release your claims whether or not you submit a Verification Form and receive a credit. 

2.      Exclude Yourself from the Settlement

If you do not wish to be included in the settlement, you have the right to opt out of the class. 

If you decide to opt out of the Class, you:

(i)                  Will not receive any credits for the purchase of wine on WTSO.com;

(ii)                will not be bound by any orders or judgments entered in this Action;

(iii)               will not be entitled to relief under, or be affected by, this Settlement;

(iv)              will not gain any rights by virtue of this Settlement; and

(v)                will not be entitled to object to any aspect of this Settlement.

To opt out of the Class, you must mail a letter clearly stating your desire to opt out to the Settlement Administrator by February 16, 2018. If you have opted out and wish to revoke your request for exclusion from the Class, you may do so by mailing a letter stating clearly the desire to revoke the previous request for exclusion to the Settlement Administrator before the opt out deadline at Cannon v. Ashburn Corporation d/b/a Wines ‘Til Sold Out Class Action Settlement, P.O. Box 404041, Louisville, KY 40233-4041.

3.      Object to the Settlement

If you wish to be part of the proposed Settlement but want to object to all or any part of the Settlement, you must do so by February 16, 2018.  You must remain a member of the Class in order to object to any aspect of the proposed Settlement. Objections must be filed with the Court at:

Clerk of the Court

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

4th & Cooper Streets

Camden, NJ 08101

and mailed to the following:

Oren Giskan

Giskan Solotaroff & Anderson

217 Centre Street, 6th Floor

New York, New York 10013

Suzanne Ilene Schiller

Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP

401 City Avenue, Suite 901

Bala Cynwyd, PA  19004

 

Your written objection must include: Any objections must include (i) your full name and current address and telephone number; (ii) the identification of at least one wine purchased from WTSO.com; (iii) a description of all of your objections, the specific reasons for these objections, and any and all supporting papers, including, without limitation, all briefs, written evidence, and declarations; and (iv) your signature.

The final approval hearing (the “Fairness Hearing”) will be on March 19, 2018 at 10:00a.m., at the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 4th and Cooper Streets, Courtroom 3D.   You do not have to go to Court or hire an attorney but you may if you want to, at your own cost.  The Fairness Hearing is for the Court to decide (a) whether to approve the Settlement; (b) Class counsel’s requests for attorneys’ fees and expenses; and (c) the service award for the Class representatives in this case. 

If you wish to appear either personally or through counsel at the Fairness Hearing to present your objections to the Court orally you must include a written statement of intent to appear at the Fairness Hearing by February 16, 2018. Only if you specify in your objections that you intend to appear personally or through counsel at the Fairness Hearing will you have the right to present your objections orally at the Fairness Hearing. If you do not submit timely written objections you will not be permitted to present your objections at the Fairness Hearing.

If you file objections but the Court approves the Settlement as proposed, you will still be eligible for your share of the settlement relief. 

Who are the attorneys representing the Class?

 

The Court has appointed the lawyers listed below to represent you and the Class (“Class counsel”):

Oren Giskan

GISKAN SOLOTAROFF & ANDERSON LLP

217 Centre Street, 6th Floor

New York, NY 10013

James E. Cecchi

CARELLA, BYRNE, CECCHI,

OLSTEIN, BRODY & AGNELLO, P.C.

5 Becker Farm Road

Roseland, NJ 07068

Thomas Rosenthal

LAW OFFICES- THOMAS ROSENTHAL

45 Main Street #1030

Brooklyn, NY 11201

Edward Hernstadt

HERNSTADT ATLAS PLLC

45 Main Street #1030

Brooklyn, NY 11201

You do not have to hire your own lawyer but you may if you want to, at your own cost.

Will payments be made to Class Counsel or the Class Representatives?

 

The determination of an attorney fee award is made by the Court, which will determine a reasonable fee for the work done and the result obtained by Class counsel.  Class counsel will ask the Court to award attorneys’ fees and expenses of no more than $1.7 million.

Class counsel will also seek $2,500 for each Class Representative in recognition of their assistance in this litigation. 

Where can I get additional information?

 

THIS IS ONLY A SUMMARY OF THE SETTLEMENT. For more information regarding your rights and options, you can visit the Settlement website: www.winesettlement.com or contact the Settlement Administrator at:

Cannon v. Ashburn Corporation d/b/a Wines 

‘Til Sold Out Class Action Settlement

P.O. Box 404041

Louisville, KY 40233-4041

You may also contact Class Counsel at the following address:

Oren Giskan

GISKAN SOLOTAROFF & ANDERSON LLP

217 Centre Street, 6th Floor

New York, NY 10013

ogiskan@gslawny.com

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Trentadue, Bellevue Claribes, Rotie, Paroles de Femme

 

Couch Potato Wine

2016 Trentadue Old Patch Red Lot # 44

     "The 2016 Old Patch Red blend#44 is predominately Zin blended with Petite Sirah and Carignane resulting in very fruity yet complex and full bodied Rhone- like style wine. The wine has dark red color with intense black cherry aromas, blueberries and cherry cola as an immediate impression. With aeration nuances of ripe plums, vanilla and cocoa are showing with slight dose of oak and toast. On the mouth the wine is fresh and juicy with youthful brightness, finishing long and fruity. This is a wine that will drink well with variety of foods but it is also very enjoyable on its own. Our 2016 OPR Lot# 44 is delicious now but it will reward your patience with 2-5 years of aging. Cheers!"

 

50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc

Fairly deep, attractive garnet. Relatively subdued nose of red fruits
with a faint oak touch in the background. Quite a tannic wine on the palate,
balanced with upfront fruit and a restrained oak tone. 

Numerous prizes have been won by this wine:
The Concours General Agricole Paris awarded the 2015 Gold 

 

$12.99

 

Vinegar-ed and Fermented Cmpatible
ROTIE GRENACHE BLANC
Lemon meringue and nectarine jump out of the glass.
On the palate, cantaloupe and bright acidity.

 

Domaine Galevan Cotes du Rhone 2014
"Paroles de Femme"

(Julia Child Recipe Appropriate!)
   
A blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% cinsualt and 10% Carignan, this wine has a concentrted nose of black fruits, wild berries, and spices including pepper and laurel. The palate is lively, silky with a beautiful persistence of fruits. Certified Organic.

$14.99
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Nothing Else to Say

There's nothing else to say. Going to be lonely.

I'm almost 10 myself. 

Sail on Silver Girl, Your Bandit.

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Clarendelle, Il Moro, JANSZ

Bordeaux to Ready the Book WITH

Wine Spectator says:  "A light straw note frames modest tangerine
and grapefruit peel flavors, with a flicker of quinine adding zip to the finish." 

Made under the auspices of Château Haut-Brion considered one of the top estates
in the world, this relatively new estate takes its name from Clarence Dillon,
an eminent international financier who purchased the troubled estate of Haut-Brion
in 1934 and single handedly helped to restore the luster of this legendary estate. What makes this bottle so good, so special?
10 to 25% of the grapes come from Haut -Brion vineyard.

WOW. That's a LOT for only $21
Enjoy the bottle and the book!

 

Publication: Vinous
Rating: 90
"Good full bright red. Sexy aromas of red cherry, violet, tobacco and
a hint of marzipan. Fresh and flavorful, offering easygoing flavors of dark berries and plum complicated by hints of licorice and tobacco.
Long and bright on the floral finish. "

...oh yeah, and perfect with pistachios!

 

Out of Tasmania
a Roederer Project

Pale color resembling rose petals or Argyle pink diamonds.
The nose is fragrant and expressive with aromas of rose water, quince blossom
and strawberries, overlaid by notes of truffle and sweet brioche.

Rich and elegant, the palate shows a delightfully pure expression of Pinot Noir
with vibrant red fruit, Turkish delight and savoury notes of blue cheese and truffles.

A dash of fine tannin from barrel fermentation complements the luscious, creamy layers on mid palate. Fine natural acidity delivers a refreshing mouth-watering finish.

Perfect as an aperitif or to accompany a special meal or a wedding!

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First Day Without Cate

This is my first day wihout Cate. I am lost. People come to see me but it's not the same. Everything is different.

This is what mornings used to look like:

But today, it was just me.

I am working through it. But it's going to take some time.

We were always together ever since I left the shelter. Always.

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Embody Project at aSHEville Museum and we are there!

 

 

 

MetroWines will be pouring our wines provided complimentary by aSHEville museum

for guests at this event introducing

"The Embody Project" at aSHEville Museum on Thursday, December 7th from 5 to 7pm.

Follow news at the museum and details of the event HERE!

 

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Buena Vista Champagne

** CELEBRATE with CHMPAGNE**
In partnership with the largest family-owned proprietors of vineyards in Champagne, Buena Vista is proud to present our La Victoire Brut Champagne.
A blend of 70% Pinot Noir from Premier Cru vineyards from Montagen de Reims and 30% Chardonnay, this classic Champagne is made in the traditional style, Methode Champenois, and is aged more than 3 years. 

This champagne opens with elegant and complex aromas of grapefruit followed by rich honey and brioche notes. A crisp and intense palate offers flavors of white stone fruits, peaches and pears. The wine’s impressive mouthfeel is full and rich but well balanced, leaving delightful freshness on the palate. 

*** ONLY $37 for THE REAL THING***

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