A message from our departing curator

Ever since the launch of our first edition, Le Metro has been the journey of a lifetime. As I prepare for my next adventure with my family and begin to say my goodbyes, I’d like to personally thank each of you who helped turn my vision into reality.

This project has truly taught me the meaning of the word “community.” When Julia and I arrived in San Diego three years ago, we knew almost nobody here. Yet this past Saturday night, Le Metro hosted more than 100 people at our Summer Solstice Rosé party. It would not have been possible without you.

More importantly, it wouldn’t have been possible without the commitment of my friends at PROTOCOL wine studio. In 2013, I came up with this crazy concept for a “content-based wine club,” but I had absolutely no idea how to implement it. Tina & GUY took a leap of faith in me, and assembled all of the pieces. Now, as I officially pass them the torch, it is with immense gratitude. I hope that you’re as excited as I am to see where Le Metro goes from here.

My friends, THANK YOU for your support. Thank you for your enthusiasm. Thank you for following along, and for sharing your thoughts. Please do stay in touch! You can keep track of my own voyage at Winedad.com and TrailingToddler.com, or by following @TheWinedad on Twitter or Instagram.

Cheers and endless thanks,

Aaron Epstein

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The Le Metro Wine You Know

The Changing Seasons

Spring is in full swing and the bounty of summer is at hand. As the seasons change, so too does Le Metro Wine. June is an auspicious month for us, with our Rosé Every Day edition, we cross the two-year mile marker and wonder at twenty four past editions of amazing art and wine. But there’s a bittersweet mood surrounding the festivities as we bid our Curator, Aaron Epstein farewell and look eagerly forward to producing our next editions of Le Metro Wine.

Aaron is an adventurer. Followers have come to know Aaron and have seen this adventurous spirit at play, both in his writing and wine selection. And so it’s no real surprise to us that Aaron and his family are embarking for a new opportunity in China. We’ll all watch with anticipation to see what this next chapter will bring him as he writes under his nom de plume: The Wine Dad.

Where does Le Metro go from here? As the conductors for this ambitious wine project we bid you, “All Aboard!” for our journey continues…

A Culture of Le Metro is Born

If you’re a subscriber to Le Metro, attend our parties and dinners, or simply participate by way of our free email subscription, then you’re aware that Le Metro is a unique enterprise. More than a wine club, we are a collective of sorts; a safe haven where art and wine find a place to come together in support of a community of wine lovers.

Le Metro Wine is forged via an assembly of craftsman and artists. We are writers, sommeliers, art lovers, designers, entrepreneurs and most importantly lovers of culture. We wrap our work together via creative content and in great context with each monthly edition.

How it All Began

When Tina and I first discussed the possibility of a wine club at PROTOCOL wine studio – the production company for Le Metro – we knew we wanted something encompassing. We came to the table with many years experience managing various clubs and while they were financially successful, they fell short on the creative community-building aspect of how we wanted to sell wine.

Perhaps then it’s no surprise that we spent over a year searching for a partner for this wine club project that would eventually become Le Metro Wine. In Aaron we found a young, powerful force, looking to make his mark in the wine trade.

And so together the partners of Le Metro have built an amazing community with over two years of intense work, creative force and our fair share of debate. The results speak wonders, as Le Metro has become what we like to call: The World’s Best Wine Club!

The Next Destination

Le Metro is built on strong and yet paradoxically flexible foundations. This dynamic balance is necessary because we’ve learned that to build something special, you must hold true to your convictions of what is great, but also be prepared for change.

As we bid farewell to Aaron, we look at the inspiration he has delivered to us as our first Curator and Founding Partner. His charge of demanding incredible wine, inspiring art and expertly crafted content will continue.

If you’re wondering what’s next, we say to you, our Le Metro lovers, “You ain’t seen nothing yet!” In the coming months we’ll go further and dive deeper into the wine trade to bring true wine culture into your home. Even now we’re exploring new and exciting themes with many surprises. But as we change, you can expect to see the same incredible commitment to quality that is our standard at Le Metro.

In the meantime, our resident Certified Sommelier Tina Morey will curate our next few editions. July is already well underway and monthly subscribers will be excited to receive our twenty-sixth edition!

While we move through this period of evolution for Le Metro Wine, we’d love to hear from you dear readers and fellow wine lovers, please reach out to us and let us know what you enjoy about the Le Metro community.

There’s so much country yet undiscovered… grab your subscriber ticket and explore with us!

GUY & Tina
Le Metro Wine
- a PROTOCOL wine studio production
info@LeMetroWine.com

Team Rosé

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Last week we revealed three of the six wines included in our upcoming release, Volume XXV: “Rosé Every Day.” Now we’re back to raise the curtain on the other half of the set!

These wines are in house and shipping next week, but there’s still time to order a collection for yourself. Whatever you do, don’t miss the chance to sample all six wines at our rooftop rosé dance party, on June 20! Tickets are available here.

Poe, and Donelan, and Bonny Doon, oh my.

And here’s a sneak peak at the incredible artwork from Sid Katragadda….

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Rosé revelations

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The time has come to let you behind the curtain!

This photo depicts three of the six outstanding California rosés that are included in our upcoming rosé collection,  which will also be served at our rooftop rosé dance party on June 20. We couldn’t be more eager to share these wines with you. Le Metro Volume XXV: Rosé Every Day will be available June 1!

You can pre-order your own rosé set now, and there’s still time to purchase tickets to the wine event of the summer. Just click here!

Liquid Farm, Y. Rousseau, and A Tribute to Grace are only half of it… don’t forget to check back here next week for the full reveal.

Going back to Cali

IMG_7134.JPG Last week brought me to the end of a month of intensive rosé-tasting, and I’m excited to announce that the selections have all been made for Le Metro Rosé 2.0! (Seriously though, it’s harder than you think…) Liquid Farm’s 2014 rosé, pictured above, is only one of the spectacular wines to be included.

I must confess that with this collection, however, I’ve accidentally made a liar out of myself. I stated back in February that Volume XXI: Zinfandel Rising was to be our sole all-California edition for the year… but back in February, I hadn’t yet tasted any of these wines. Let’s just say, mind=blown. I cannot get enough of the incredible rosés being produced in California these days.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be revealing the rest of the wines that will be making their way into this box – and served at our rooftop rosé dance party - so keep your eyes open! You can pre-order your rosé set now, and tickets are available here for our shindig on Saturday, June 20.

Cheers!
Aaron Epstein, Curator

And now, a word from our sponsors…

We’re always saying that Le Metro would be nowhere without the support of our community, and that’s especially true in the case of our events. Our Rooftop Rosé Dance Party at The Westgate Hotel on June 20 (purchase your tickets here!) wouldn’t be possible without the help of our friends here in San Diego. In particular, we’d like to thank Realstir – The Next Generation in National Home Search – who has generously sponsored our musical entertainment for the evening. Thanks to Realstir, we’ll have 14-piece funk & soul band Bump N Brass to keep us moving! 

Our parent company, PROTOCOL wine studio, needs no introduction here, but deserves endless thanks on behalf of all who are involved with Le Metro. Our wine club wouldn’t exist were it not for PROTOCOL’s Tina Morey and GUY, and although she’ll rarely take the credit, Tina is the event-planning force behind each of our unique shindigs. We hope you can join us at one of our upcoming events to see what she has pulled together! 

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Rosé funk

Although our rosé shindig on June 20 won’t be the first time we feature live music at one of our events, it’s the first all-out dance party that we’ve ever hosted. So, we’re not messing around: we’ve booked San Diego’s premiere funk & brass band, Bump N Brass.. To get a taste for the evening that’s in store, hit play on the video above! If you’re not already as excited as we are about this rooftop rosé dance-off, the music is sure to move you.

Now’s your chance to purchase tickets for the event before prices go up again on May 1. Click here for yours. 

Tickets are on sale for our next wine popups!

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Curator Aaron kicks off the evening at Kettner Exchange

Our popup wine dinner at Kettner Exchange on 2/28 was a blast, thanks to lively company, great wine (of course!) and incredibly delicious food. The kitchen at KEX truly outdid itself – definitely check this place out next time you’re in San Diego!

Tickets are already on sale for not one but TWO upcoming Le Metro events, which will take us all the way into summer. Join us on Saturday, April 25 at The Patio on Goldfinch for an intimate, family-style meal paired to the wines from our Portuguese collection (Volume XXIV – May, 2015). Click here for details, and to purchase your seat at the table.

We’re also pumped for our first-ever rooftop rosé dance party, on June 20! Join us as we welcome summer from the stunning Riviera Patio at the Westgate Hotel, and dance the night away to live music by 14-piece funk and soul band Bump n Brass. This one is worth the trip even for out-of-towners! And prices are only going up as we get closer to the date, so make sure you snag your ticket early. This year’s rosé collection is currently in development, and you can be sure that there are surprises in store.

We hope to see you in person soon, and remember – Le Metro subscribers always get first dibs on our sell-out events! Purchase your own subscription now and start receiving our unique wine collections at home.

 

 

 

Rooftop rosé & dancing!

Tickets are now on sale for the hottest wine event of the summer – Le Metro’s summer solstice rosé dance party! This is your last week to snag special subscriber-only pricing before prices go up on March 1, so act now.

Join us on Saturday, June 20, as we sip rosé at the most glamorous outdoor space in San Diego, the Westgate Hotel‘s Riviera Terrace.  Live music will be provided by 14-piece funk and soul band, Bump n Brass, and our array of rosé will be accompanied by Provençal-style charcuterie.

The Westgate is even offering a special Le Metro room rate, and will raffling off a free overnight stay for “best summer solstice outfit.” So be sure to look your summer best, and don’t forget your dancing shoes!

Click here for more information, and to purchase your ticket now.

Artist Spotlight: Ray Ferrer

"Wine, Anyone"

At Le Metro, we take take great pride in the fact that our project allows us to share with you not only the most dynamic wines in the world, but also the work of immensely talented artists such as our current collaborator Ray Ferrer. Today, Volume XXII: Underground Australia goes to press, which is our second edition to feature Ray’s artwork.

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It’s not only Ray’s vision that is entirely unique, but also his process; the “urban wall art” that he creates is made by use of spray paint on canvas and Ray’s own hand-cut stencils. In fact, it’s gained him sponsorship from both X-Acto (whose blades he uses to cut his stencils) and Plutonium Paint. We’ve never seen anything like Ray’s work.

Nor have we met anybody else like Ray, who likes to say that he “traded in his MBA for spray paint,” and happens to have relocated from New York to San Diego in 2014. It’s a pleasure and an honor to have Ray as part of the Le Metro crew, and we’re excited that there’s still one more piece on the way from him for April.

We still have a few sets of Zinfandel Rising in stock, which contains Ray’s painting, “Wine, Anybody?,” and Underground Australia is also available for pre-order. And if you like what you see here of Ray’s work, please do click on over to his website; he and his family could really use your support right about now.

 

Le Metro Curator makes the Imbibe 75!

Imbibe BadgeWe’re thrilled to announce that Le Metro Curator Aaron Epstein has been included in Imbibe Magazine‘s 2015 Imbibe 75.

The Imbibe 75 is an annual list of “People, Places, and Flavors that will shape the way you drink,” and we simply couldn’t be more proud that Aaron’s work with Le Metro has gained such recognition from a publication that we ourselves admire. It’s an incredible honor, and quite a rush to see Aaron alongside illustrious tastemakers in the beverage world.

The full issue of Imbibe is not available online, but you’ll find it on newsstands now. And here is the full text of Aaron’s write-up, along with an awesome photo by Gary Allard!
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Bubbles, unmasked!

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We’re now in the final stretch leading up to Friday night’s Champagne Masquerade, and it’s time to reveal the wine selections for the evening. Each of these bottles is truly distinctive, and we cannot wait to share them with you. We’ve even made a teaser video for this event!

Only a couple of days remain to purchase tickets; if these don’t whet your palate, we don’t know what will. Click here to buy yours before it’s too late! And if you missed our blog post last week, here’s more info about our fabulous host, The Westgate Hotel, as well as the details of Executive Chef Hardel’s pairing menu.

Lini, NV Labrusca 910 Bianco (Emilia Romagna, Italy)

Pere Mata, 2009 Cava l’Origen (Penedés, Spain)

Cantina Castelnuovo Del Garda, NV Bardolino Chiaretto (Veneto, Italy)

Meyer-Fonné, NV Brut Extra Crémant D’Alsace (Alsace, France)

Caraccioli Cellars, 2008 Brut Cuvée (Santa Barbara County, California)

Champagne Agrapart & Fils, NV 7 Crus (Champagne, France)

Hungaria, Sparkling Rosé (Etyek-Buda, Hungary)

Patrick Bottex, Bugey-Cerdon La Cueille (Savoie, France)

Cheers! We’ll see you on Friday!

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