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A Wine Dinner

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By Gina Trippi

A Wine Dinner is a culinary symphony where dishes are paired perfectly with various wines.

At the best dinners, the Chef tastes the wines to be served first and then prepares dishes that call upon those flavors that will accentuate both the wine and food. No doubt, these pairings will present options that may have never occurred to you or seem to be very unlikely to succeed!

At Metro Wines, we regularly host Wine Dinners in the shop amidst our collection of wines from around the world in a comfortable library-like atmosphere. And this month is no exception. Please join us for The French Fête for the Holidays, a Wine Dinner partnering Chef Sam Etheridge of AMBROZIA and Asheville based Wine Importer Jean Philippe Bourgeois. Now, that’s a perfect pairing!

JP Bourgeois travels and searches out rare French handcrafted wines produced on small family estates. Many of the wineries have been operating for hundreds of years. By working with small, family-owned estates, JP Bourgeois not only ensures the wine is high quality for you but also supports a way of life, care, concern and tradition that has been handed down through generations.

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“Every estate’s wines change from one year to another depending on the characteristics of the harvest, the soil, weather, geology, varietals and the style.” says Bourgeois.

So that even if the producer uses the same plot of land, each vintage will present unique characteristics. When you join us for a wine dinner with JP Bourgeois, although his company distributes in 35 states, he lives locally and is always present to tell the complete story of the wine including the history of the winery, the credentials of the winemaker, and maybe, a little inside information!

Chef Sam Etheridge was the chef and owner at AMBROZIA, a highly regarded and wildly popular restaurant in North Asheville a few years back. Since then, he has been bringing his magic to catering, preparing innovative dishes based on local foods. “I have a passion for wine and love to explore food pairings,” says Sam Etheridge. “Metro Wines provides a forum for the best of both worlds.” Much missed, AMBROZIA returns @Metro Wines for wine pairing dinners.

The philosophy at Metro Wines is that wine is about food, family, friends and community and a Wine Dinner hits on all cylinders. Diners will find interesting and innovative wine and food pairings, recipes and conversation starters for their own tables.

You might also share a table with friends or meet new neighbors who share your interests in wine and food. And you might consider a Wine Dinner as a gift anytime but certainly at the holidays.

Julia Child said: “Food, like people who eat it, can be stimulated by wine or spirits. And, as with people, it can be spoiled.” Join us for The French Fête on December 15th @Metro Wines and find out how to do it right!

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