Travelling to France, Italy or Napa Valley to sample the world’s most renowned grands crus is certainly a highlight in any wine enthusiast’s life. But what if travel isn’t an option? John Kerr and Gina Trippi, owners of Metro Wines in Asheville, North Carolina, have the solution: Skype. Metro Wines, a small wine shop with a surprisingly wide selection, offers creative promotions like “Side by Side Sunday” (wines made from the same grape but grown in different counties), and the Blind Tasting League – a fun interactive experience in which participants are led through a deductive process to determine what’s in the glass. It is also the venue for regular Skype calls with winemakers around the globe. John and Gina set up virtual “tours” where visitors sample a certain wine in the store, while talking to the vintner over Skype […]
Metro Wines’ most recent Skype call led its customers to a Sicilian vineyard, where they met winemaker Gaetana Jacono Gola from Valle dell’Acate.