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What's in Processed Wine?

In a New York Times article titled "The Pleasures of Processed Wine," author Bianca Bosker offers an opinion on Big Box Wine which discusses additives and the possibility of labeling wines much like any other prepared food. 

Excert from the article:

Maybe they’d want purplish wines with blackberry aromas, or low-alcohol wines in a pink shade. Whatever it was, there was no feature winemakers couldn’t engineer.

Wine too full of astringent, mouth-puckering tannins? Add Ovo-Pure (powdered egg whites), isinglass (fish bladder granulate) or gelatin. Not tannic enough? Replace $1,000 oak barrels with stainless steel and a bag of oak chips (toasted for flavor), tank planks (oak staves), oak dust (what it sounds like) or a few drops of liquid oak tannin (pick between “mocha” and “vanilla”). Cut acidity with calcium carbonate. Crank it up with tartaric acid. When it’s all over, wines still missing that something special can get a dose of Mega Purple, a grape-juice concentrate that has been called a “magic potion” for its ability to deepen color and fruit flavors.

More than 60 additives can legally be added to wine, and aside from the preservative sulfur dioxide, winemakers aren’t required to disclose any of them.

Entire article HERE.

Response from The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines:

We’d like to add a couple of thoughts to the article “The Pleasures of Processed Wine” in the March 19, 2017 issue of Sunday Review in the New York Times. 

You don’t need to buy a wine laced with chemicals to enjoy a tasty wine at a low cost. There are plenty of wines around the consumers’ average purchase price of $9.89 that will please wine “newbies,” as referenced in the article, that don’t contain the 60+ additives legally allowed in wine, at least in our wine shop. The article mentioned a few of the less alarming ones like fish bladders and mega purple. But the article did not reference the synthetic chemicals like plastics and pesticides that are also used.

One simple solution is to require wine labels to disclose all ingredients just like labels on any other processed food or beverage. The information will be there to inform all who wish to read it.

We encourage you to shop additive free, quality wines @MetroWines. And we encourage you to ask questions about the contents of the bottle. Hey, it's your body!

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Tricky Rabbit Wine Tasting

News Release: Saturday, March 18th, 2017

About: Tricky Rabbit Wine Tasting @MetroWines
 
Please join The Asheville School of Wine as we host the wildly popular Tricky Rabbit line of wines from Chile.  Both white and red wines from Tricky Rabbit will be "on the taste" and "on the house" on Thursday, March 30th from 5 to 6:30.
 
"Tricky Rabbit" Wines have staked a claim in the wine world by mixing varietals that are not often partnered such as their Sauvignon Blanc & Carmenere blend!
 
"Tricky Rabbit" Wines to be poured at the tasting include blends of Sauvignon Blanc & Carmenere, Pinot Noir & Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah and Chardonnay & Viognier. Expect special event pricing!
 
"Tricky Rabbit" Wines are made by InVina, a state of the art winery in the Maule Valley in Chile. The grapes are from vineyards in four different microclimates. InVina received the "Sustainability Certificate" in 2013 and is committed to an environmentally conscious use of the land and to packaging that has minimal impact on the environment.
 
More about "Tricky Rabbit" Wines from InVina: http://www.invina.net/TRICKY/trickywines.html
 
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Cascina Barisel Favorita

 

All about it from Piedmont Wine Imports.

Cascina Barisel

Who: Franco Penna

Where: Canelli

What grapes: Dolcetto, Barbera, Favorita, Moscato

How many bottles: 35,000

Key facts: No chemical fertilizers or insecticides are used on this five-hectare family estate. A south facing three-hectare calcium-rich monopole sits immediately behind his cellar and is the source of most of Barisel’s grapes.

Barisel Vineyard

Franco Penna is a patient man. His winery is remarkably hard to find, hiding in plain sight among segmented roads bearing the same name and non-contiguous house numbers. His house number is 30, number 31 is at least a kilometer away. Across a main road. Guarded by a not-so-friendly dog. Canelli is rich in wineries, numerous enough that innocent pedestrians are ignorant of this five-hectare family estate at the beginning of a south-facing hillside more or less in the outskirts of town. I found my way to the wrong cellar a couple times before ultimately winding up the drive to meet our waiting winemaker.

Franco has been a grower since 1985. Penna’s father bought the house in 1965 and grew grapes on the land. His brother grows some of the fruit Cascina Barisel utilizes: all his fruit comes from the family’s vines. In conversation about the property, it is clear that Penna is enjoying himself. He has perspective and a sense of humor, but this lightheartedness does not signify a lack of dedication or purpose. He has the charisma of a man 100% in control of his life’s work.

“I do everything. I work in the vineyard, in the cellar, I sell the wine….” In the vineyard Penna works without chemical fertilizers or insecticides. Franco says his parents taught him to respect nature. “I work mechanically, not with chemicals.” In the cellar, temperature-controlled fermentation tanks keep the estate’s flavor profile one of decidedly fresh fruit aromas.

The Dolcetto from Barisel is a low-key masterpiece, subtle and fine.

Foravia is wild herb and pithy citrus; wine from Piemonte on a seaside holiday. Put it on your table next to (Favorita/Vermentino) from Liguria or Sardinia and Foravia reveals talent for understatement. It is measured and brimming with local character.

Recently Franco built a new cellar with old bricks under his house. You can see the roots of his vines coming through the marl from five meters above. In this very clean, cool underground space he has a corner devoted to a natural spring, one of many local water sources that these roots are seeking. Their struggle is the origin of good wine in this good terroir. Franco Penna’s single-handed careful and constant work completes their labor.

SPRING 2014 Update

I know Franco Penna well. He lacks the self-righteousness of natural farmers, and he has a good sense of humor. He’s not an outwardly ideological guy. In his cellar while tasting no-sulfur natural yeast Dolcetto, in the middle of 15 hilly acres of scrupulously tended chemical-free vines, I think I see the core identity of Franco. He is action not talk. His talk is lively and gently irreverent, untethered to the professionalism of Cascina Barisel. He wants people to taste his wines because they taste good, and that is how he presents them. He is quick to discuss the wines of other estates that we taste together, and he seems to enjoy interaction with other winemakers. He has opinions. He is very generous. The estate’s cellar is very well maintained. Many additional hours of labor clearly go on at Barisel to create even-keel, understated and exceptionally affordable wines. I scan down a sheet of available quantities: there isn’t much wine! Franco prices his wine to sell “I have to make a living with wine, this is not a rich man’s hobby for me,” and to drink. They are seamless and perfectly representative daily wines, clean, direct and good.

The sun may be shining but rainwater is still draining down the hills of Astigiana. Light chalky clay soils stick to my fancy leather shoes and stain one of the three pairs of pants I possess. So much for packing light. I don’t go to the top of Franco’s hill, I stop mid-slope among stunted mean old Moscato vines, sick of sticking and sliding and wondering how much better the view could really get. A truck is delivering bottles, it’s time for me to get out of Franco’s way and out onto some little road. We’re meeting up again soon for pizza anyway.

Cascina Barisel Dolcetto Monferrato DOC

  Organic. Calcareous marl soils. This wine is harvested from the middle of Cascina Barisel’s south-facing slope. Penna does vigorous cluster pruning to create intensity in the finished wine. The fruit is picked in two passes, to harvest it at optimal maturity. 100% de-stemmed, and fermented in stainless steel. The wine is bottled in spring, with minimal sulfur (<20mg/l.)

Cascina Barisel Moscato d’Asti Canelli DOCG  Organic. Calcareous marl soils. 50-year-old vines. Very gently pressed, fermented in pressurized, temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks.

Organic: Organic
Soil type: South sloping calcareous marl.
Elevation: 300-350m
Grapes: 50 year old Moscato vines.
Method of fermentation: Gently pressed and fermented in pressurized, temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks.
Bottles made: 10,000
Cascina Barisel Perdesne’ Rosato

It tastes a little mysterious. Dark, mellow, this is a full-bodied flavorful rose that does not punch you in the mouth (or nose) with aggressive acidity, or tropical fruit-bowl aromatics. In its own way, Perdesne is subtle. The roundness and amiability of Perdesne makes it very food versatile. Made with dolcetto, The name, Perdesne, means “for lunch” in Piedmontese dialect.

Cascina Barisel no sulfur added Dolcetto Monferrato DOC I’m agnostic when it comes to the natural wine community no-sulfur vs. low-sulfur debate. Tasted side-by-side in Franco Penna’s cellar, this no-sulfur cuvee seemed more complete, complex, exotic… the low-sulfur version (which I also import) was more bright and direct, its appeal tied to refreshing red fruit. I like Dolcetto with duck (if you have time to prepare duck) but it really suits a lot of autumn flavors: acorn squash, black lentils, farro, chard. Turkey, too.

Cascina Barisel Bianco “Foravia” Monferrato DOC 
Organic: Organic
Soil type: South sloping calcareous marl/limestone
Elevation: 300-350m
Grapes: Favorita
Method of fermentation: Fermented in Stainless steel tanks.
Bottles made: 3,000
Cascina Barisel Barbera “Listoria” d’Asti DOCG
Organic: Organic
Soil type: South sloping calcareous marl/ limestone
Elevation: 300-350m
Grapes: 50-year-old Barbera vines
Method of fermentation:
Bottles made: 5,000
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Anita Riley Book Signing TODAY

News Release: IMMEDIATE

Anita Riley in Shop TODAY from 3:30 to 4pm
Anita Riley, formerly of MetroWines!, stops in shop TODAY from 3:30 to 4pm to sign copies of her new book: "BREWING AMBITION: Recipes and Stories from the Women of North Carolina Craft Beer."
 
Anita Riley is Certified Beer Server Cicerone. She studied Brewing, Distillation, and Fermentation at Rockingham Community College and ABTech. After starting the Beer Program @MetroWines, Anita joined Mystery Brewing Company (http://www.mysterybrewing.com/index.html) as the Cellar Operator in 2015. In addition to writing her first book, Anita Riley still contributes to local publications and regularly posts on "Brewing UP a Storm" for MetroWines (https://www.metrowinesasheville.com/brew-blog)
 
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Meet The Treasure Hunter!

News Release: Saturday, March 11th, 2017

About: Treasure Hunter Wine Tasting with The Treasure Hunter!
 
Please join The Asheville School of Wine as we welcome Hunter Vogel, The Treasure Hunter, for a wine tasting "on the house" of his discoveries on Wednesday, April 5th from 5 to 6:30 @MetroWines. Parking is, as always, free, close and easy.
 
What's it all about? Hunter Vogel says: "Treasure Hunter wines are micro-lot and one time releases.  Each lot represents the best of it's appellation, varietal and the winemakers who have crafted them.  They are the crème de la crème of terroir driven wine excellence but get them quick before your next favorite wine is gone forever!"
 
Follow The Treasure Hunter on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/TreasureHunterWines/
 
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Wine Class: Italy!

News Release: Friday, March 10th

About: Asheville School of Wine Class: Italy!
 
Please join Andy Hale of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines to learn about wines from Italy by "tasting your way through the country" on Thursday, April 13th from 6 to 7pm @MetroWines. 
 
"What makes our classes different is our approach," says Andy Hale, Education Director @ MetroWines. "We strive to be both informative and substantive in a casual atmosphere."
 
$20 for the class. Call 828-575-9525 or buy tickets on line here: https://www.metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/wine-class-italy/
 
Parking is free, close and easy.
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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LOVO Cabernet Veneto

Imported by Small Vineyards, Seattle

From the Label:

For over a century, the LOVO Family has been producing delightful wines in theri tiny village in the mountains of Colli Euganei. Winemaker Salvatore, his wife Rita and their daughter Silvia, passionately carry on their tradition "to honor our family, our land, and our neighbors around the world." This Cabernet is strikingly fresh and bright, made in a lighter style that bursts with aromas of fresh, ripe fruits, sun dried herbs, and has a playful zesty-ness on the palate.

Wine Tasting Notes

Salvatore Lovo has a heart for small winemakers. That's why he created a mobile bottling company that allows the little guys to bottle at their own cellar, controlling quality while keeping costs down. In the process, he's acquired knowledge from some of Italy's best "garagiste" winemakers. Consequently, he's now producing some of Veneto's most interesting and expressive wines. Here, his Cabernet Sauvignon cuts straight across the grain of the highly concentrated, heavily-oaked versions we have in the U.S. Unoaked, it is remarkably bright and clean, with a zesty-ness perfect for food off the grill.

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Kosher Wine Tasting

News Release: Wednesday, March 2nd, 2017

About: Kosher Wine Tasting @MetroWines
 
Please join The Asheville School of Wine as we host a Kosher Wine Tasting with Stuart Greenwald on Friday, March 31st from 6:00 to 7:00 @MetroWines. Taste and learn about Kosher wine "on the house."
 
Stuart Greenwald has been in the beverage business most of his life. After developing the Chateau and Estates Wine Division of Jos. E. Seagram & Sons, Greenwald, together with his family, owned a own multi-million dollar wine and spirit shop in New Jersey.
Greenwald served as a beverage manager for Ferraro's, widely known as the #1 Italian Restaurant in Las Vegas.  And he has extensive experience tasting and studying wine across this country as well as Germany and France.
 
The use of Kosher wine in religious ceremonies, on the table with food, or at celebrations is historical. This is a unique opportunity to learn the history and philosophy of Kosher Wines and to taste the new world of Kosher Wines available in this area.
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Mediterranean Diet Appalachian Style

 

 

News Release: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

About: Following The Mediterranean Diet Appalachian Style
 
Please join Andy Hale of The Asheville School of Wine as we host Denise Barratt, Registered Dietician Nutritionist and founder of Vine Ripe Nutrition, to explore the health benefits of foods grown in WNC and how those foods fit into The Mediterranean Diet on Thursday, March 30 from 6 to 7pm @MetroWines. Sample regional foods paired with wines. $20 includes small bites, wine and free parking!
 
"I chose the name Vine Ripe Nutrition out of a passion for teaching others to eat whole, local foods," says Denise Barratt, "and a desire to create a heathy lifestyle through fresh, seasonal food."
 
More about Denise Barratt, her recipes and programs here: http://www.vineripenutrition.com/
 
BUY TICKETS HERE!
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Portuguese Dinner at Golden Fleece

 

 

 

1st course:

Apple Broccoli salad
paired with: Ponte Vinho Verde Rose (2015)

2nd course:

Spinach Asparagus Presunto Quiche
paired with: Adega Vila Real Branco (2015)

3rd course:

Seared Tuna, Soppressata, Cebolada sauce
paired with: Pinha Red (2014)

4th course:

Mango Crème Tartlet
paired with: Forma De Arte Reserva (2012)

 

News Release: Monday, February 27th, 2017
About: Portuguese Wine Pairing Dinner at Golden Fleece
 
Please join The Asheville School of Wine for a Portuguese Wine Pairing Dinner at Golden Fleece on Tuesday, March 28th from 6 to 9pm at Golden Fleece.
 
"We are thrilled to announce our third wine dinner with MetroWines," says Chelsea Herre, Assistant Manager at Golden Fleece. "Join us for a magnificent dining experience that includes 4 decadent courses paired with incredible boutique wines straight from the vineyards of Portugal." 
 
The dinner is $65 - tax and gratuity excluded. Please call Golden Fleece to reserve your seat at 828-424-7655. Limited free parking is available.
 
"Our two previous dinners with Golden Fleece have sold out early," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "We encourage you to please call soon!"
 
About Golden Fleece: http://goldenfleeceasheville.com/
 
Contact for Golden Fleece: Chelsea Herre at 828-424-7655 
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AuthentiqueVin Wine Tasting with Thomas Meunier

News Release: Monday, February 24, 2017

About: AuthentiqueVin Tasting with the owner Thomas Meunier
 
Please join The Asheville School of Wine for a tasting of wines imported by AuthentiqueVin on Friday, March 17th from 5:30 to 7pm. Owner Thomas Meunier will pour wines from his French Portfolio "on the taste" and "on the house" 
 
Speaking about the reason for the name of his company, Thomas Meunier says:
 
     “Authenticity”, a simple and humble word that sums up my conception of wine and life because, to me, both are so closely linked.
As sales manager at a winery in the Loire Valley for the last 6 years, I had the chance to live in the heart of a family that has made wine for four generations. Thanks to them, I realized that behind a wine and our sometimes subjective, personal appreciation there underlies a family tradition, the force of the experience, the expression of a single personality that makes each wine different with its quality and defaults. In the end, all this makes it unique…"

 
More about AuthentiqueVin: http://www.authentiquevin.com/
 
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Croizillion Malbec Cahors 2015

Wine Spectator

"Aromas of dried herbs mingle with the flavors of plum and red currant in this rather full-bodied red. With present tannins that allow the final to last, on a saline tip and slightly smoked. Drink it today. "

    Family owned Château Les Croisille, with the advice of Cahors top oenologist Pascal Verhaeghe, has gone global in the past years. Château Les Croisille is the creation of Bernard and Cécile Croisille, who in the late 1970s, decided they wanted to build their life around their passion for wine.  In 1980, upon discovering a prime vineyard site on land that had been abandoned to the junipers, they planted the vineyard, transforming it into the Château that bears the family name today. Based on the simple principle ‘wine is made in the vineyard,’ Bernard and Cécile constantly seek to evolve their practices. They are committed to protecting the environment around the estate and have been certified Organic since 2010.

   Le Croizillon is 100% Malbec from vines of an average age of 30 years old. The winemaker has achieved a fruit-forward and easy-drinking style by encouraging a low extraction and short maceration time and then maturing the wine without the use of oak.

 

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International Wine Dinner at NC Arboretum

News Release: Monday, February 20th, 2017

About: Wine Dinner at The North Carolina Arboretum with MetroWines
 
Please join The Asheville School of Wine for an International Wine Pairing Dinner at The North Carolina Arboretum on Sunday, March 19th. The afternoon includes a Champagne Reception from 3:30 to 4pm and dinner from 4 to 6pm. 
 
The menu features 6 internationally inspired courses representing Oregon, Spain, Italy, Argentina and France created and prepared by the Savory Thyme Cafe. Each course will be paired with a wine from that country. The afternoon concludes with Fair Trade Coffee and dessert.
 

Champagne Greeting

Saint-Hilaire Brut

with a special amuse-bouche
3:30-4:00

Food and Wine Tasting
4:00-6:00

U.S.A.-Pacific Northwest
House-smoked Salmon Rillettes

Chunky smoked salmon spread with dill 
Served with toasted brown bread 

Lange Pinot Gris '14, Willamette Valley, Oregon 

Spain
Braised Pork and Clams
Pork Tenderloin and fresh clams braised in an aromatic broth 

 Luis Canas Rioja Blanco '14, Rioja, Spain  

Italy
Spinach, Goat Cheese, and Prosciutto Ravioli
With sun-dried tomato pesto cream sauce

L'Armangia Barbera D'Asti '15, Piedmont, Italy  

Argentina
Argentine-style Chicken
On skewers with Chimichurri

Qaramy Alto Malbec '13, Uco Valley, Argentina

France
Blue Cheese Terrine with Dried Fruit
French cave aged blue cheese, mascarpone, sun-dried apricots, currants, cranberries, black figs, raisins, pistachios and toasted pecans
Served with assorted crackers

Grand Planal Corbieres '14, Rhone Valley, France 

A Collection of Chocolate Desserts

Fresh Brewed Fair Trade Coffee
Premium Hot Tea
Sugar Stevia Half and Half Lemon Wedges
Water Service 

 
$50 plus tax and gratuity includes the dinner and wine as well as admission to The North Carolina Arboretum. Stay tuned to MetroWines Wine Blog (https://www.metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog) for the menu and wine pairings. 
 
For reservations, call (828) 665-2492, ext 232. The North Carolina Arboretum is located at 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way in Asheville.
 
About The Arboretum: 
 
     For 30 years…Cultivating Connections between People and Plants…amid a 434-acre public garden, The North Carolina Arboretum is located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest just south of Asheville and adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 393. Surrounded and crisscrossed by forested coves and meandering creeks in the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains, The North Carolina Arboretum is set in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America.

     The Arboretum was established as an affiliate of the University of North Carolina by the State General Assembly in 1986, nearly a century after Frederick law Olmsted, the Father of American Landscape Architecture, first envisioned a research arboretum as part of his legacy and plan for George Vanderbilt at Biltmore Estate. More about The Arboretum here: http://www.ncarboretum.org/

 
 
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Champagne Greeting 

3:30-4:00

Food and wine Tasting

4:00-6:00 

 U.S.A.-Pacific Northwest

House-smoked Salmon Rillettes

Chunky smoked salmon spread with dill  

Served with toasted brown bread

Lange Pinot Gris '14, Willamette Valley, Oregon 

 

 Spain

 Braised Pork and Clams

Pork and fresh clams braised in an aromatic broth 

Luis Canas Rioja Blanco '14, Rioja, Spain

 

  Italy

 Spinach, Goat Cheese and Prosciutto Ravioli

 With sun-dried tomato pesto cream sauce

L'Armangia Barbera D'Asti '15, Piedmont, Italy 

 

 Argentina

Argentine-style Chicken 

On skewers with Chimichurri 

Qaramy Alto Malbec '13, Uco Valley, Argentina 

 

France

Blue Cheese Terrine

With Sun-Dried Fruit

 French cave aged blue cheese, mascarpone, sun-dried apricots, currants,

cranberries, black figs, raisins, pistachios and toasted pecans

Served with assorted crackers

Grand Planal Corbiers '14, Rhone Valley, France  

 

  A Collection of Chocolate Desserts

Fresh Brewed Fair Trade Coffee

 Premium Hot Tea

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Open Letter to Hilary Swank

 

First, let me say that we loved you in "Million Dollar Baby" all night long! Now, to the matter at hand....

According to an interview in The Download in New York Times Magazine, you said that you use an app to "learn more about the wine I am drinking." A little research indicates you are learning through tasting too!

Sounds like you are working the wineries on the west coast and points beyond. You recently presented Ellen De Generes with a bottle from your favorite winery with her name on it. Nice. And this past September, we hear that you and your brother Dan wined, dined and even truffle-hunted as the guests of proprietor Ernesto Abbona at Piedmont’s Marchesi di Barolo winery in Barolo. We met with Valentina Abbona of Marchesi di Barola just two weeks ago here @MetroWines. Now that you have taken the tour on location, we can save you a trip to re-stock. We have Marchesi di Barolo on our shelves!

Scrap the app! We can do more and do it better. We @MetroWines have been featured in Lettie Teague's column in The Wall Street Journal and between us we write for The Laurel of Asheville, Sophie and Capital at Play. We @MetroWines are The Asheville School of Wine and home to the first of its kind Blind Tasting League! We offer wine classes, co-host wine pairing dinners and taste dozens of wines every month. And, if you give us a little guidance on what you like, we can set you up but good!

All this is to say that we can help you learn about wine and to shop. Hilary, call us anytime for help at 828-575-9525 or to place an order. We ship right to your door.

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For the Love of DOG

"Opening the Heart's Floodgates, With a Paw"

A New York Times story about shelter dogs, those who work to find them homes and those who adopt them.

Starts like this:

The quiet young man had come to me looking for love, ideally at first sight. I asked my usual questions about his work, where he lived, how he spent his free time. I asked about his great loves of the past, what had worked, or not worked, in those relationships. Then I asked how he felt about being jumped on, slobbered on or getting mud all over his couch.

Full story here.

Help if you can,

   Your Shop Dogs

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Asheville School of Wine Class: France

Friday, February 17th, 2017

About: French Wine Class
 
Please join Andy Hale of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines for a one hour class about French Wine on Thursday, March 9th from 6 to 7pm. Participants will taste their way through Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne and other well known wine making regions in France. You will also learn how to read the label on a bottle of French wine.
 
The class is $20. Shop "France" and other classes here: https://www.metrowinesasheville.com/store/special-events/ or call MetroWines at 828-575-9525.
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Podere Ciona Chianti Classico Reserva 2011

Imported by Small Vineyards, Seattle!

Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva

The most important wine for the estate, our Chianti Classico Riserva is meticulously crafted from the best Sangiovese grapes coming from our vineyards. Fermented and aged in French oak, then refined in the bottle for at least a year.

Rich and elegant, it has a deep, garnet red color with swaths of mineral cherry fruit, layered with tobacco and dried herbs all underlined by a firm grip of refined tannins. It pairs well with pastas with red sauces, roasted and grilled meats, game, aged cheeses.

We recommend waiting at least 5 to 6 years from vintage for consumption; can be cellared for 10 - 12 years.

Harvest period: Sangiovese, from Oct 1st to Oct 15th; Merlot, from Sep 20th to Sep 30th; Alicante Bouschet, from Sep 25th to Oct 10th.

Harvest method: Manual in small baskets, immediately brought to the cellar for de-stemming. Manual berry-byberry selection (triage) before slight crush and filling of temperature-controlled fermentation tanks (30 HL French oak vats).

Characteristics

Colour:Deep ruby red.
Aroma:Elegant fragrance of red fruits and spices.
Palate:Well-balanced, velvety, excellent structure, prolonged concentrated finish.
Serving:Serving Temperature of 18-20 °C (65-68 °F). Uncork at least one hour before drinking, preferably two.

Food Pairings

Pastas with red sauces, roast & grilled meats/game, cheeses, traditional Tuscan cooking.

The Podere Ciona estate and vineyards are located in Chianti Classico, the original and oldest part of Tuscany’s Chianti wine-growing region, symbolized by the Gallo Nero, or Black Rooster, a figure prominently featured on the authentication labels of locally produced wines.

Our estate lies on a south-facing hill between 1,600 and 2,050 feet (or approximately 490 and 625 meters) above sea level, and the vineyards extend over an area of about 12 acres (or 5 hectares), oriented to the south-southwest. The soil is a mixture of quartz arenite (sandstone), clay schist and marl – ideal for high-quality winemaking – and the varietals planted are SangioveseMerlotAlicante Bouschet and a little Cabernet Franc.

We keep our yields very low – on average one bottle per vine – in order to produce superior wine. Harvesting is done exclusively by hand and we carry a grape-by-grape selection out at harvest; alcoholic fermentation takes place both in stainless steel and French oak vats (according to the grape selection), while ageing is primarily done in French oak barriques and tonneaux (made from a mix of Allier, Nievre, Tronçais and Vosges oak).

Podere Ciona is currently producing a Chianti Classico DOCG (Denominazione di Orgine Controllata e Garantita) Riserva, as well as our flagship wine, Le Diacce – a Merlot-based IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) – and two young IGTs, Montegrossoli and Semifonte, respectively based on Sangiovese and Merlot grapes. In most vintages, there is also a small production of Rosé wine.

The vineyards and cellar are managed by Franco Gatteschi and his son Lorenzo, the wine maker. They are assisted by Dott. Stefano Chioccioli, an œnologist of international fame, and his assistant agronomist, Dott. Marco Pierucci.

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Gavalas Assyrtiko, Santorini, Greece

        Delicate fruity aromas of pear, pineapple and citrus. A full-bodied wine with balanced acidity and long finish. 
        One of the finest noble white grapes of Europe, its origins come from the island of Santorini, where it has its greatest expression of character, due in large part to the influence of the island’s volcanic soil. It is naturally resistant to most diseases and another reason why it has become a popular grape, re-planted throughout Greece. Assyrtiko makes up 70% of the vineyards of Santorini. It has the unusual quality of maintaining high levels of alcohol and acidity at the same time, making it one of the few white grapes of the Mediterranean that also possess long aging potential. Assyrtiko produces dry, full-bodied white wines with citrus aromas combined with a pleasing mineral character derived from the volcanic soil it is grown in. 
        The Gavalas family’s history, part of the rich tradition of winemaking in Santorini, is carried on today by George Gavalas utilizing many of the same practices as his distant forefathers. But even though many customs of the past still remain, George has brought a modern approach to the family business in order to help realize the enormous potential of the indigenous varieties from this unique volcanic island.

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Trade Show Wines at MetroWines

News Release: Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

About: Trade Show Wines @MetroWines
 
Join The Asheville School of Wine to taste wines direct from The Country Vintner Trade Show on Monday, March 13th from 5:30 to 7pm @MetroWines. 
 
Selections from Cape Classics (http://capeclassics.com/) and Hedges (http://www.hedgesfamilyestate.com/) will be "on the taste" and "on the house" poured by representatives of the wineries.
 
"This is an opportunity to gather information and hear stories about the winemakers, the wines and the winery that you won't find on the websites," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "And a little window into how our wine shop decides what wines to put on the shelves."
 
Parking is, as always, free, close and easy.
 
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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My Valentine to Cate

Dear Cate,

I know you get tired of hearing the story of the day we met, but it means so much to me, would you humor me just one more time? OK. 

I was at a greyhound rescue kennel outside of Chicago. Lonely. Sad. I had been at a home but a baby came and I did not make the transition as well as the family had hoped. So I ended up here. I was thinking I would never have a real home again. Never. And I missed my family. One day, they were just gone. And I was here.

There was talk about you maybe being in the dating market. They said you were really pretty, sweet and strong. Had  a nice family in Washington DC and a new car! When I saw your picture, I just thought we might be soul mates. Just something about the look in your eyes and my heart singing! You looked like you might be a little high maintenance, that's true, but a girl like you deserves the best! And I am that guy. I just knew it.

Then one day they told me that you were coming to find a companion and I would be in the bachelor pool! Awesome! Bachelor #2 to be specific. I knew you had been recently widowed with the passing of FourWheels at almost 15. That was a little intimidating. Everybody knew Grey's FourWheels. A 20 page track record with a LOT of wins. And handsome too.  A big man they say. Confident. All the women liked him. An officer and a gentleman, they say. That's tough for a basic guy like me. I was not a great racer but my heart has always been in the right place! I'm what you call a heart dog.

I was up early the day you were to arrive. Handing out kisses to anyone who take one. You just didn't know who might put in a good word for you. Being sweet. Keeping to myself. Eyes open and scanning the territory. I was so nervous. But I took a deep breath and Iooked over the the other contestants.

Bachelor #1 had been brought up on the haul from Florida just to meet you. I was worried about that. But he seemed a little rough, like he might be the jealous type. From what I heard, you would not go for a tough guy but more of a partner. So, I thought he was probably out.

Bachelor #3 was a looker. A blue greyhound they call his type. Really good looking. Just like the dog on the side of the bus. But Bachelor #3 had been injured on the track and had a bum leg. Needed surgery. And while he was expect to make a full recovery, he would need some rehab. I figured after helping FourWheels in his last years, you might not want to be a caretaker again. Maybe want somone to take care of you for a change. I would!!

Bachelor #4 was a young one, only 2. He was fast and strong and had a shiny coat. Sweet too. But you were 9 and while I heard you were not opposed to a younger man, he was a baby! No worldy experience. Not the kind of relationship to which you had become accustomed, as they say. I was only 4 but I was more mature than that guy.

Bachelor #5 was a problem. He was your standard operating nice guy. Good looking but not overly handsome. Smart. Knowledgable but a little quiet. Of the group, I thought this guy, the strong silent type, was the biggest threat.

But I didn't have much time to think about it.

All of a sudden, there you were. Just like your picture. Beautiful. Full of life. They brought you and all the bachelors to a big field. We all tried to act sure of ourselves. But, man, I was jittery. You kind of gave me the nod. I was sure of it. But no one was convinced. They thought you would go for the blue guy. So they brought out a kiddie pool and you stepped in. I waited a minute and then joined you. It was like the other guys just knew it was to be me and you!

We left in your new car and went back to the O'Hare Hilton. Gave the car to the valet and headed upstairs. I guess you were thinking to stay the night to be sure we were a match. But within minutes we were rubbing noses. We called downstairs and got the motor cranked before the valet even had a chance to park it and headed HOME! We spent the night in Indiana and made it to DC the next day.

That's me in the back of the car on the way HOME!

That's you after we got HOME! You are so beautiful to me!!

And there has never been a grumble between us. Never. I will always take care of you Cate.

I love you. You will always be my Valentine. Always.

Your Bandit

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