At each Blind Tasting League gathering, using the techniques of the masters, you will learn how to identify the grape, country of origin and more and more as we progress through the wide world of wine. You can pick and choose the classes but the more you come, the more you learn!

September 19th Blind Tasting League Results

September 19th Blind Tasting League Results

Another great and well-attended evening of blind tasting!  Watch the entire video here!

The Wine: Louis Guntrum Dry Riesling, Rhein, Germany, 2018

What we Tasted: Apple, pear, citrus fruit, pineapple, white rocks, mineral, petrol/diesel, oak/coconut

What we Guessed: Northern Italian Sauvignon Blanc, “Not Sauvignon Blanc”

What Andy Guessed: “German Riesling from North of the Mosel Valley”

What we Thought: I think we mostly enjoyed this crisp and refreshing wine, although we all agreed that it would probably be better with food.


The Wine: Terre di Corzano Sangiovese, Chianti, Italy, 2018

What we Tasted: Sour cherry, “fall leaves,” cherry, red berries

What we Guessed: Sangiovese

What Andy Guessed: Barbera from Piedmont

What we Thought: I think we all enjoyed this one, although we thought it could benefit from some pizza or pasta as well.

Join us on October 21st at 5:30 for the next Blind Tasting League on facebook live!

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August 19th Blind Tasting League

August 19th Blind Tasting League

August 19th marked our first "virtual" Blind Tasting League event. We offered the wines that were to be tasted for sale in the previous weeks and they were available for pick up already bagged and numbered so that they could be tasted blind at home. I tasted the wines live on Facebook and led the tasting while people watched and tasted at home.

There was a bit of a learning curve with using Facebook live, all things considered, I think it went rather well for the first time! 

Watch the video of the tasting here!

Anyway, onto the wines we tasted...

The Wine: Stillman Street Chardonnay, Sonoma County, California, 2018

What we tasted: citrus, apple, oak, grapefruit, floral, rocks, vanilla

What we Guessed: Viognier, French Chardonnay, "Not Riesling"

What Andy Guessed: Macon area Burgundy Chard. Oh well, I got the grape right...

What we Thought: We enjoyed this one I think. I was impressed by the restrained oak on this California Chard, as well as the bright acidity. It was actually very well balanced for an affordable Chardonnay.


The Wine: Chateau du Petit Thouars "Les Georges" Chinon, 2017

What we Tasted: Leather, cranberry, earth, cinnamon/spice, pepper, "cigar box," Smoke

What we Guessed: Nebbiolo, something Northern Italian

What Andy Guessed: Andy guessed Northern Italian Nebbiolo. It was tannic and earthy without much fruit. At least the Loire Valley and Piedmont are both cool-climate, Old-World locations. I've gotten rusty!

What we Thought: I think we enjoyed this wine but we all agreed it needed some food!

Our next Blind Tasting League will be on September 16th at 5:30. If you want to join in yourself, pick up the wines at Metro Wines and tune in at


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The Blind Tasting League Returns... Virtually

The Blind Tasting League Returns... Virtually

Calling all blind tasters! Our in-house blind tasting class, The Blind Tasting League is all set to make its dramatic return… virtually.

We will be coming to you once a month via Facebook live with two wines, a red and a white. Both wines will be available at Metro Wines for pickup in advance of the tasting, we will have them in bags simply marked with a “1” and a “2” so that you can taste blindly along with me. No peeking! While we are tasting together virtually, you can comment on what you are tasting and guess what we are drinking, and I will be able to read them during the tasting, live. It should be interactive and a lot of fun!

If you have never blind tasted before, don’t worry. This is a very entry-level blind tasting class and meant for beginners, although hopefully even seasoned blind tasters will get some practice and enjoyment out of this virtual class!

If you are interested in joining our live event, watch my video below to learn the basics of blind tasting and download these helpful materials to make the tasting a little easier. It’s the blind tasting grid from the Court of Master Sommeliers as well as a cheat sheet of common tasting descriptions of different wine varietals.

Our first virtual Blind Tasting League will go live at 5:30 on August 19th on Facebook, the link is here. There is no need to RSVP or pay for the class, it is on the house! Pick up the wines at Metro Wines in advance so you can taste with me, or just watch and consider playing along next time.

Cheers and hope to see you on Facebook Live!


Get your cheat sheets for the tasting here!

Metro Wines' Facebook page is here

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COVID 19 and the Blind Tasting League

COVID 19 and the Blind Tasting League

Hi everyone,

You’ve probably noticed that due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the US, we haven’t been having our regular Blind Tasting League meetings. Well, we are finally getting back into blind tasting mode, albeit digitally. We will start hosting our Blind Tasting League events via Facebook live in the near future.

Stay tuned for more details!


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September 19th Blind Tasting Results

Well, maybe the previous post wasn't 100% accurate...

It turns out that Asheville is a really special place and sometimes it's worth giving up a promotion to live where you are happy. After a year in Nashville, we got homesick and came back.

Our first Blind Tasting League after my return was September 19th. We had better wines, new tasting sheets and my jokes have gotten even worse! I wish I could say that I scored as well this time as my last one.

 Trimbach Riesling Asheville

The Wine: Trimbach Riesling, Alsace, France, 2016

What we Tasted: Pear, crisp apple, mango, petite peach, wet-stone, "like smelling the outside of a balloon," lime-zest, "Musty-melon," spicy fruit, mineral.

What we Guessed: "Cheap," Italian Pinot Grigio, French Pinot Blanc, Alsatian Chenin-Blanc

What Andy Guessed: Alsatian Riesling - Nailed it!

What we Thought: Overall this one was a hit with our crowd, especially for a Riesling! “Nice” said one taster, “It’s easy drinking” said another. One taster commented that it would be “perfect for sitting on the deck watching bears.” One tasted mentioned that it’s crisp acidity “needs food,” but otherwise a strong showing.

The Wine: Thevenet & Fils Macon Pierreclos, Burgundy, France, 2017

What we Tasted: Honeysuckle, “Golden delicious apple,” Floral, Orange Blossom, Limestone, Honeydew Melon.

What we Guessed: Oregon Pinot Gris, French Viognier, California Chardonnay

What Andy Guessed: “California Chardonnay made my a French person.” I blame global warming for this richer and fruitier vintage.

What we Thought: We enjoyed this wine as well. “I like it” said one taster, “good with or without food” said another. Overall a strong showing.


The Wine: Brolio Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy, 2015

What we Tasted: Cedar, Tobacco, “Old club leather chair,” Cherry, Chocolate, Forest floor, “Drywall,” Sour Cherry.

What we Guessed: Italian Malbec, Italian Sangiovese, Spanish Tempranillo, Piemontese Barbera.

What Andy Guessed: Barbera from Piedmont. I over-thought this one, but at least I got the country right…

What we Thought: This was a big hit! “Yummy” was one comment, “Something we all want to keep drinking” was another. We enjoyed the mix of ripe red fruit flavor and earth in this one.


The Wine: Jason Stephens Merlot, Santa Clara, California, 2014

What we Tasted: Stewed plums, “Like an Old-Fashioned,” Tobacco/cigar, pepper, jammy fruit, spice, “coconut sunscreen,” blueberry, mushroom, orange zest, cardamom, pomegranate, ginger.

What we Guessed: Red Bordeaux, California Cabernet Sauvignon.

What Andy Guessed: I saw the cap on this one as we were setting up and recognized the wine immediately. It’s one of my favorites. I didn’t guess since I knew what it was. I hate when that happens!

What we Thought: Many of our tasters thought this one was a Cabernet, not the dreaded Merlot that Sideways taught us we weren’t supposed to like. As a result, it was very popular. “Rich and complex” said one taster, “Smooth” said another. One taster didn’t like the nose on it. “Drink it, don’t smell it” he said.

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