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

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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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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Rise Over Run Hosts February

 

Rise Over Run (https://www.riseoverrunwine.com/) hosts The Asheville Wine Fcous Group on February 7th.

Rise Over Run is an anthology of singular wines from steep and often challenging sites, and the dedicated families who farm them. Even down to our name, the inception of Rise Over Run emanated from our mutual passion and respect for challenging viticultural microclimates, often individuated by vertical, rocky slopes where little else can thrive. Many are viticultural marvels, and the finished wines are expressions that could not be recreated elsewhere. Our book is a compilation of these wines that have stories to tell, and we are excited to be the ones doing so.

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News Release: Wednesday, January 2nd, 2018

About: Asheville Wine Focus Group: February
 
Please join The Asheville School of Wine as we present The Asheville Wine focus Group (https://www.metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/wine-focus-group) on Wednesday, February 7th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines.. 
 
"We are asking our customers to let us know what they think about wines that have been presented to us by our sales representatives," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines."As a small shop with limited space, our goal is to offer not more choices, just better ones!"
 
Charlie Stanley of Rise Over Run (https://www.riseoverrunwine.com/) will host the February gathering of The Asheville Wine Focus Group.
 
The event is free but seating is limited to the first 12 participants who call (828) 575-9525. The Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines meets the first Wednesday of every month.

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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Advintage Distributing Hosts

 

Our FIRST gathering of Asheville Wine Focus Group will be hosted by Advintage Distribution! Details TBA.

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