Friday Beer Tasting - It's Raining Oranges and Lemons

Friday Beer Tasting - It's Raining Oranges and Lemons

MANDARINA IPA

An adventure-loving and aromatic citrus IPA. Brewed with nuanced German Mandarina Bavaria and Hull Melon hops and bold, juicy American oranges, expect intense orange and tropical notes and a crisp, bright finish. This one is a palate-pleaser.

 

ASHEVILLE BREWING LEMON SPACE DOG 

Change of plans! When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, right?

Since last week our supply of ABC Lemon Space Dog flew out the store and we are unable to feature Highland Lost Cove, we're going to bring Asheville Brewing's Lemon Space Dog back for ROUND 2! 

Oranges and lemons are the perfect pair for this hot, muggy weather. 

Seasonal Lemon Space Dog comes on just in time to provide thirst-quenching relief to get you through the summer. Newish strain of hops, Lemondrop, adds a zesty, citrusy aroma ad flavor to this refreshing brew, while the malted wheat offers balance and smoothness.

 

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Friday Beer Tasting - Feeling Funky!

Tonight at Metro Wines, 5-7pm, beer and wine tango side-by-side with Wicked Weed Marina Peach and Apricot Blonde Sour and Ca' di Rajo Le Moss Frizzante.

Although seemingly very different, these two share some very interesting commonalities. In fact, sour ales are often referred to as the bridge between beer and wine. Pairing these two side by side, it's easy to understand why.

 

WICKED WEED MARINA

American Wild Ale, Peach and Apricot Blonde Sour

"Marina is a blonde sour ale aged in wine barrels with over one pound per gallon of peaches and apricots. The result is a lovely, hazy-gold ale with deep stone fruit character."

American wild ales utilize unique yeast strains or bacteria, sometimes in addition to or in lieu of the traditional brewers' yeast saccharomyces cerevisiae. People usually develop a love-hate relationship with these sour ales. The funky flavors produced in fermentation give them a unique of character that some liken to ...well, I'll let you use your own descriptors. Personally, I'm a big fan. 

Marina's mild flavors of apricot and peach tame the wild in this sour ale. The barrel aging process gives it a depth that lingers on your palate and allows you to savor the funk. 

If only Metro Wines had a disco ball.

 

CA' DI RAJO LE MOSS FRIZZANTE

Wild Fermented, Col Fondo Prosecco

 

Le Moss is not your typical prosecco. This wine is unfiltered and made in the traditional methods of Col Fondo. Fermented with indigenous yeasts in bloom directly in the bottle, it has a slight sour taste similar to a tart apple balanced with a full mouthfeel the winery describes as "pleasant and harmonious on the palate."
When one Metro Wine's customer tasted Le Moss and shared that it reminded her of a gose. That got our wheels turning. Why not lead adventurers across the bridge to the world of sour beers via Le Moss! 

 

If you like a little funk in your flavor, both of these are worth a taste. 

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Augusta National Masters Champions Dinner

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Every year as spring approaches the weather warms, the azaleas bloom, and the Masters golf tournament is played in my home state of Georgia. The Masters tournament and it's home, Augusta National Golf Course, are firmly rooted in tradtion. One of the most unique and time honored traditions is the Champions Dinner. Each year the previous year's champion chooses the menu for a pre-tournament supper, which is solely attended by Masters champions of years past. It's a special evening that allows many generations of great golfers to tell stories of the past, reminisce about tournaments lost and won, and relax before the pressure cooker competition takes over.

 

Now for the tie-in with wine. Last night Jordan Spieth, 2015 Masters Champion, hosted his Champions supper and featured a few wines which we have in stock her at Metro Wines. Along with menu consisting of Texas style BBQ, Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon and Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay were served to guests.  Both are great examples of the winemaking prowess of California and special treats for anyone who tries them.

 

So if your a fan of The Masters, a fan of golf, or just a fan of wine come on in and grab one or both of these offerings and drink like a true Masters champ.

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Friday Beer Tasting - An Apple a Day...

Friday Beer Tasting - An Apple a Day...

Who said apple cider is a fall beverage? Not I...and neither does Food and Wine Magazine. One of their most recent articles features a list of refreshing apple cider cocktail recipes (http://www.foodandwine.com/blogs/5-spritzy-hard-cider-cocktails). Personally, I consider these often-canned beverages picnic perfect. Max Patch Bald, anyone? 

This Friday at Metro Wines, 5-7pm, we're going to explore the versatility of this much-loved beverage. Gather round ye gluten free guys and gals...drink up!

 

FOR LOVERS OF ALL THINGS LOCAL:

NAKED APPLE - BLACKBERRY GOLD

Blackberry Gold has just a hint of our very own mountain grown blackberries woven into this Golden Delicious Cider. Its tart and tasty and leaves the palate wanting more! This is a hands-down favorite amongst hard core cider drinkers because it’s quite pleasantly a bit different from a traditional cider.

 

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NAKED APPLE - WICKED PEEL

Wicked Peel Hard Cider is refreshing, crisp and delicious.  It has a hint of sweet but not too much making it the PERFECT cider for a hot summer day. Picnic in the park, anyone? We only use Apples from Henderson County, North Carolina.

 

 

JUST PLAIN GOOD:

 

CITIZEN CIDER - THE FULL NELSON

This is a 'welcome' and a 'hello' to all the beer drinkers out there willing to take a chance on hard cider. Reach across the aisle and experience this bright, citrusy, easy-drinking cider. This cider is made with fresh sweet cider pressed at Happy Valley Orchard in Middlebury, Vermont and dry-hopped with Nelson Sauvin hops. We can get along.

No added sugar, never from concentrate.

Pairings: Scallops, pork burger, ceasar salad, cheddar cheese

 

CITIZEN CIDER - UNIFIED PRESS

Made from 100% locally (Vermont) sourced apples, never from concentrate, the Unified Press is Citizen Cider's flagship cider that keeps you wondering where it's been your whole life. This naturally gluten-free cider is an off-dry, crisp, clean and refreshing cider that keeps you coming back.

Pairings: Pork, soft cheese, spicy food, smoked fish, rustic bread and butter.

 

 

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Friday Beer Tasting - Fruit Forward

Friday Beer Tasting - Fruit Forward

Spring forward, fruit forward. It's not much of a stretch is it? 

Last week we tasted some tasty belgian-style brews as we sprung into spring. Tonight we are going to feature two very different ales, both with a healthy dose of Vitamin-C to help you rebound from winter: One-time release local Hi-Wire Brewing's Tropical Fruit Golden Strong and limited availability Dogfish Head Chateau Jiahu Ancient Ale. Join us between 5-7pm and drink some liquid sunshine. Below is a brief description from each of the breweries on their fine beers.

 

HI-WIRE TROPICAL FRUIT GOLDEN STRONG

 

A fruit-forward, 11% ABV, American-style golden strong ale brewed with fresh guava, papaya, and mango.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DOGFISH HEAD CHATEAU JIAHU ANCIENT ALE


Let's travel back in tie again for another Dogfish Head Ancient Ale (Midas Touch was our first foray and Theobrama our most recent). Our destination is 9,000 years ago, in Northern China! Preserved pottery jars found in the Neolithic village of Jiahu, in Henan province have revealed that mixed fermented beverage of rice, honey and fruit was being produced that long ago, right around the same time that barley beer and grape wine were beginning to be made in the Middle East!

Fast forward to 2005. Molecular archaeologist, Dr. Patrick McGovern, of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology calls on Dogfish Head to re-create another ancient beverage and Chateau Jiahu is born. 

In keeping with historic evidence, Dogfish brewers use orange blossom honey, muscat grape juice, barley malt and hawthorne fruit. The wort is fermented for about a month with sake yeast until the beer is ready for packaging.

 
Food Pairing Recommendations: 
Mexican and Indian cuisines, spice cake, oranges
 
Glassware Recommendation:
Snifter
 
Wine Comparable:
Citrusy sauvignon
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Friday Beer Tasting - Spring has Sprung!

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As the spring equinox, on March 20, approaches and the sun begins to shed its light into the evening hours, I can't help but think of the warmer spring and summer months. Since beer is often at the forefront of my mind, this also makes me think of saisons, sours, and anything Belgian in style.

This Friday, March 11, 5-7 pm, at Metro we will have these fine ales "on the taste."

 

Highland Brewing Company Saw-Whet Saison: Saisons, traditionally Belgian farmhouse ales were brewed throughout the winter to be enjoyed by the thirsty farmers during the spring and summer months. Highland notes that Saw-Whet "shows off a complex malt bill and a unique, spicy yeast, with subtle citrus notes. Astutely hopped for balance and dimension, while finishing exceptionally dry. A perfect beer to transition from winter to spring."


D9 Whiskers on Kittens Blonde Sour: Sour beers are definitely an acquired taste, but I find the effect of lactobacillus, brettanomyces, and pediococcus on an "intentionally" infected beer charming. D9's Whiskers on Kittens is no exception with a hint of rose petals on the palate and a sour sweep of the tongue from front to back.

Wicked Weed Lunatic Blonde: Brewed with Belgian hops and yeast, this Blonde Ale imparts the fruity, bread flavors of a classic Belgian Blonde. Simplicity at its finest. We'll leave fancy to the city folk. The packaging tells the story best..."Some believe it moonstruck madness to craft Old World ales for modern palettes constantly clamoring for the extremes of 'Hoppy' or 'Sour.' While our love for those extremities is strong, we believe that subtley, balance, and simplicity in beer are sacred necessities."

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Beer Tasting - Foothills Brewing -Tonight!

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Beer-Thumbnails-Jade-bigJADE IPA

Jade. Exotic jewel of the orient. Now a gem of an IPA. Bold, citrusy Pacific Jade hops lend striking tropical fruit notes and a hint of peppery finish to this easy-drinking IPA. Dry hop additions of Chinook and Citra add heady aroma and bold flavor. A special beer to charm the hop lover in you. Go ahead. Get Jaded.

Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 7.4%

Color (SRM): 4.1

Bitterness (IBUs): 86

 

 

 

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Foothills’ first foray into high gravity brewing. A dense blend of base malts sets a solid foundation for massive additions of Cascade hops and a Chinook dry-hopping. The result is an intense flavor profile that’s citrusy with heavy notes of pine. And immensely delicious.

Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 9.3%

Color (SRM): 4.9

Bitterness (IBUs): 108

 

 

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Sangallo Vinsanto Di Montepulciano Fattoria del Cerro: The Ideal Italian Dessert Wine!

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Sangallo Vinsanto Di Montepulciano

Fattoria del Cerro

The beautiful golden bunches of grapes, lying on reeds during the winter, are a pleasant sight for all Tuscan people and the best way to prepare a good Vinsanto. Pulcinculo (Grechetto) and Trebbiano bunches are handpicked and they are spread upon the reeds. At Fattoria del Cerro the grapes are placed to wither in the loft of the "Podere Argiano". It is a place with a good ventilation and perfect humidity levels that allow the grapes to be well preserved until January/ February, the period of the winepressing. Kegs preserve Vinsanto at least for three years (they are never opened), to generate those flavours and aromas that no other dessert wines can develop. This is the magic mystery of Vinsanto, something that captures and frightens at the same time oenologists and wine specialists.

Aged in traditional oak and chestnut barrels giving this dessert wine a gold color with copper notes. On the nose you will find rich, concentrated notes of orange peel and acacia honey. On the palate you have the perfect balance between natural sweetness and acid components. Pair this beautiful Italian dessert wine with Cantucci toscani (tuscan cookies) and other sweet treats.

Running off the shelves fast here at Metro Wines! Get yours to go with your holiday treats!!! Open today!

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This weeks Featured Wines

Featured Wines
           
  Wine: Price: Notes:
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Cederberg Chenin Blanc, 2012 $13.49 This white wine from South Africa offers beautiful layers of melon, grapefruit, and fleshy white pair. 5 month lees contact ensured a mouth coating creaminess on the palate with a lively crisp acidity to finish off. This wine will be suited to creamy dishes as well as light summer lunches.
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Vevi Rueda 2012 $13.99 This white Verdejo from Spain is fresh with hints peach and gooseberry and flavors of mountain herbs, stone fruits, minerals, light to medium bodied, round texture, crisp acidity, and clean lingering finish. Pair this wine with fresh seafood, trout, salmon, and Asian foods.
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Ostatu Crianza Rioja, 2011 $20.49 90% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, Mazuelo, and Garnacha. Aromas of cocoa, spices and toast. The palate is even and dense showing lush fruit framed by mineral undertones, Sweet and seamless with a sexy, perfumed quality to is raspberry preserve, cherry-vanilla, and floral flavors.
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Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup, Tour de Pierres 2012 $19.49  A complex blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Carignan. The wine is bold with fine tannins. On the palate, there are tobacco, spice, humus, cacao, and menthol notes. This wine is recommended with red meat, grilled dishes, and spicy foods.
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Bastide Miraflors Rouge 2012 $13.99 91 points Robert Parker. A blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache. You will find notes of violets, forest floor, black cherry jam and blackberries making an appearance in this medium-bodied, high-toned, dense, rich, complex, well-delineated red wine. Drink it over the next several years.
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Features Wines!

Featured Wines
  Wine: Price: Notes:
b2ap3_thumbnail_images_20140806-201350_1.jpgJohn's Pick! Perazzeta Sara Bianco Toscana 2013 $14.99 Female Winemaker Sara Bocci, from Tuscany makes this wine where the winery soils are covered with shells and sediment. Aromas of lemon zest, sage, and drive pineapple. Enjoy with tuscan beans and pancetta. 25% Trebbiano, 25% Chardonnay, 25% Malvasia Bianca, 25% Sauvignon Blanc
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b2ap3_thumbnail_imgres-4_20140806-201640_1.jpgGina's Pick! Abadia de la Oliva Garnacha 2012 $14.99 It is very suggestive on the nose, very open with a wide variety of aromas, graphite, spices  such as clove and nutmeg, and overripe fruit. Clear, elegant, long. Intense in the mouth, with backbone, velvety, smooth, sound, balanced, pleasant, and with a retro-nasal finish that's fruity and spacious
b2ap3_thumbnail_imgres-5.jpgAndy's Pick! Fantini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2013 $11.49 Grown between the Italian Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic sea.Dry Ruby red wine. Intense, persistent and fruity with a strong aroma of wild berries. Full bodied, well balanced, slightly tannic with a clean aftertaste.it's a perfect companion to pasta dishes, red meat, or seasoned cheeses.
b2ap3_thumbnail_imgres-6.jpgKendal's Pick! Fantini Sangiovese 2012 $11.49 Garnet red. Intense and persistent, fruity with a winy note and wood favour. Medium body, good tannins, balanced and ready to drink. Best with typical italian dishes with meat and baked fish.
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Bitters. Opposites attract.

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The reason why ice cream and bitters works is because opposites attract.

Ever cooked with Bitters? If you haven’t you are missing out on one of the best ingredients for your next meal! Want to add a little heat to your Spanish dish? Try Bittermens Hellfire, or maybe want a citrus flavor to your lemon cake? Add Bittermens Hopped Grapefruit, and I promise you, bitters won’t just be for cocktails anymore!

Bitterness is a large part of taste in humans, but our bitter taste buds are underdeveloped. Most of us have overdeveloped our tastes for sweet and salt, and sometimes sour, and we use very little bitter. By adding bitter tastes to a dish, your palate will be better balanced. This will give you new taste sensations, broaden your palate, as well as give you a new awareness of flavor.

 

Below are two recipes that we found that not only use the type of bitters we have in our shop, they also look and sound to die for! Check them out and try them for yourself!

 

From whiskedfoodie.com we found this recipe and I think this will get all the guy's attention!!

Bacon-Wrapped Chestnuts With Peychaud’s Bitter-Sweet Glaze

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pound bacon
  • 3 to 4 small cans water packed whole water chestnuts
  • 1 cup ketchup (Heinz brand)
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Gochujang
  • 8 to 9 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
  • 3 dashes Worcestershire

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  2. Cut the pound of bacon into thirds so that each slice is approximately 3 inches long.
  3. Drain the chestnuts, carefully wrap each portioned piece of bacon around each chestnut, and secure with a toothpick. Place onto a foil-lined baking sheet.
  4. Continue until you run out of bacon or chestnuts, whichever happens first.
  5. Put the chestnuts in the oven, and cook for approximately 15 minutes until they are starting to brown and to render off some of the fat.
  6. Remove from the oven, flip each piece over so that they crisp evenly on both sides, and return to the oven for 10 more minutes (keep an eye on them so they don’t burn.)
  7. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Combine all sauce ingredients in a saucepan, and bring up to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes so that it doesn’t burn. It will take on a dark color, and it will get thick.

*Sometimes the sauce splatters as it bubbles, so it’s a good idea to partially cover the pot with a lid (not completely, otherwise it won’t reduce properly.)

  1. When the bacon and chestnuts are starting to crisp on the second side, take the sauce, and with a pasty brush, generously slather the sauce on each bite. Return to the oven to let the sauce caramelize.
  2. Cook for 5 to 8 more minutes, then remove from the oven to cool slightly.
  3. Serve with lots of napkins, and watch for happy guests going back for seconds, thirds, and fourths.

 Wine Pairing: From the rockstar lady winemaker in Sicily Gaetana Jacono: Valle dell'Acate Il Frappato 

 

From Nola Cuisine:

CAJUN CATFISH COURTBOUILLON RECIPE

 A Louisiana Courtbouillon (COO-be-yahn) is completely different than the French Court-bouillon, which is an aromatic liquor or stock used as a cooking liquid. The Louisiana Courtbouillon, which is most definately a Cajun creation, is a thick, rich fish stew, brimming with Acadian flavors. There is a Creole style Courtbouillon as well, which is Whole Fish, usually Redfish, stuffed with aromatics, topped with lemon slices, then braised in Creole Sauce (future post). Here is my recipe for the Cajun Catfish Courtbouillon which is just pure, down home goodness:

Cajun Catfish Courtbouillon Recipe:
1 lb of Catfish Fillets cut into 2 inch pieces
2 Tbsp Creole Seasoning
2 Tbsp Bacon drippings or vegetable oil
1 Medium Onion, Julienned
2 Stalks Celery, Julienned
1 small Bell Pepper, Julienned
1 Tablespoon Garlic, minced
1 Can Diced Tomatoes (14 1/2 oz.) or Same amount fresh from the garden if in season
Fish Stock, Seafood Stock or water to cover, about 2-3 cups
2 Fresh Bay Leaves
2 Tbsp Fresh Thyme leaves
1/4 Cup Dark Roux
Kosher Salt, Black Pepper, Cayenne to taste
3-4 dashes Peychaud Bitters (optional)
1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tbsp Hot Sauce (I use Crystal)
3 Lemon Slices
2 Tbsp. Flat Leaf Parsley, Chopped
1/4 Cup Thinly sliced Green Onions
1 Recipe Creole Boiled Rice

Toss the Catfish with the Creole Seasoning and keep in the refrigerator.
Heat the bacon drippings over medium heat, add the trinity (onions, celery, bell pepper) and sauté until slightly wilted. Add the tomatoes and cook for about 1-2 minutes. Cover with the stock by 1/2 inch, add bay leaves, thyme, garlic and a small amount of seasonings, bring to a boil; Add the Dark Roux, cook stirring constantly for 2 minutes. Lower to a simmer, simmer about 20 minutes. Stir in the hot sauce, Worcestershire, Peychaud’s, parsley, 1/2 of the green onions, Catfish and the lemon slices. Simmer for 30-45 minutes. If the Courtbouillon gets a little too thick add a touch of stock or water, the consistency should be stew like, not watery. Be careful when stirring the pot not to break up the Catfish.
Adjust the seasonings if necessary; remove the bay leaf and lemon slices. Serve over boiled rice and top with the remaining green onions.

Wine Pairing: From our Lady Ms. Arianna Occhipinti SP68 Bianco Sicilia

 

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Jordanov Rkaciteli and Maipe Bonarda: Lonely Grape Day

Lonely Grape day is in full swing and we have quite the line up. Our white is a wine from Macedonia. The grape is called Rkaciteli. The name itself makes it lonely, now try pronouncing it! It is a mix between a Gruner Veltliner and Viognier. On the palate you find a dry white wine with hints of spicy apricot, orange zest, honeysuckle, red apple and a hint of a sherry like quality. To finish it off you will find a slight salinity like an ocean breeze. The Jordanov Rkaciteli is a wine you can only get once a year...and that time is RIGHT NOW! 

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"This wine comes from a place that isn't widely known by wine drinkers in the U.S., even though wine has been produced there since roughly 2800 B.C. Actually, Rkaciteli is one of the most widely-grown grapes in the world, though mostly found in eastern Europe and Georgia (the country, not the state). This is due to its thicker skin, which is more resistant to cold. When farmed properly, it makes for a wine that has a dense, expressive fruit component, but zippy underlying acidity"

 

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Our red grape for today is from Argentina. It's called Maipe Bonarda. This wine won 91 points from Wine Advocate.  "The 2012 Bonarda Old Vine Reserve is about as good an example of this varietal that one will find. Its saturated purple color is accompanied by an exceptional bouquet of mulberry jam, spring flowers and loads of berry fruit. Although it was aged 12 months in French oak, there is no hint of oak, only super fruit, medium to full body, and a terrific mouthfeel as well as aromatics. This crowd-pleaser should drink nicely for another 2-3 years." 

From the Winemaker:

"The purple-colored Bonarda offers a fruity, Beaujolais-like nose featuring plums and mulberries. A smooth, complex wine with intense, savory fruit flavors, great length and elegance. Fruity, forward, and easy-going, this tasty effort will match well with bistro cuisine. Drink it over the next 3 years."

This is a great table wine that would go with just about anything. It normally sells on the shelf as an $18 bottle, but you can get it here for $12.99! It won't disappoint! It's time to get Bonarda some love!

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Secret Shopper Report!

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It’s a dangerous world out there, but our secret shopper has done it again! After visits to two local stores, we came out alive and found numerous wines that we sell for substantially LESS then those “other guys.” We aren’t talking 10% less here people…try 15% to 20% less!

Want proof? The proof is in the numbers: We found Catena Malbec 91 points from Wine Spectator for three dollars more than our $22.49 price! Same with Sonoma-Cutrer chardonnay! La Crema chardonnay, we sell it for $20.99. It's $25.99 at the other place! That’s a five-dollar difference! Want some more examples? Decoy Merlot sells for $24.99 at other places, Metro Wines price? $21.75! The easy drinking Montes Cabernet, $12.59 vs. our $10.99!! It’s summertime and you’re in the mood for a chilled Rose. Well we could not find any for sale except for one, and of course our $19.99 Whispering Angel Rose was four dollars less!

And don’t forget…these are our regular prices and the prices go down 10% when you buy six bottles and 15% when you buy 12! We understand convenience is a factor, and in that case, join our case club and take wine shopping off your never ending list of things to do, because we will do it for you! Metro Wines works hard to make ourselves the best priced wine shop in town, but we ask you to shop around and find out for yourself! 

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This weeks Featured Wines

 

Featured Wines
           
  Wine: Price: Notes:
b2ap3_thumbnail_imgres-3_20140729-210335_1.jpgGina's Pick! Domaine Romanin Macon-Fuisse Chardonnay 2011 $17.49 Macon is BACK! Macon has an aromatic nose with notes of acacia flowers, hawthorn and grapefruit. In the mouth, these fruity notes are repeated accompanied by a round mouthfeel and good structure. Pair with fish, shellfish, or chicken with cream.

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Kendal's Pick!

Marchetti Verdicchio 2013 $20.75 Full-bodied and off-dry. It is deftly made, with lush pear, melon, and a touch of honey complexion that retains beautiful acidity. Pair with salmon, sea bass, sushi, clams, light pasta, or pork.

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John's Pick!

Abbazia di Novacella Lagrein 2012 $17.99 Intensely deep in color, almost black tinged with purple. Very open on the nose with concentrated aromas of violets, blackberries and black cherries all meshed with savory flavors, coffee and dark chocolate; supple youthful tannins and superb length.

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Andy's Pick!

Tami "Everyday" Nero D'Avola 2013 $18.99 Nero D’Avola is usually made in a dark and rustic style, but this offering is a little lighter and brighter than most. Big smooth tannins from the skins lend just enough weight to make this a perfect pair for grilled tuna steaks or stewy eggplant dishes.

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  Staff Pick!

Natalino "Anne" Negroamaro 2013 $17.99 Ripe fruits on the nose. Spiced and extracted purple fruits.  Plum skin, cocoa, and cracked pepper.  Red fruits emerge. The wine is young and forward and delicious. Pair with antipasto, grilled lamb, or grilled tuna.
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Wines that go with ANYTHING

After long hours of debate, research, sweat, and tears....Metro Wines was able to find THE five wines, that we believe go with ANYTHING! Stumped when it comes to which wine would go best with artichokes, capers or even meatloaf? Check out the wines and their interesting pairings. We promise they will not disappoint!

 

Bernard Griffin Sangiovese Rose 2013

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Delivers a lively mouthful of lovely strawberry, cranberry and apple flavors. Shows extraordinary balance and finesse without sacrificing zip and mouthwatering acidity. There’s a slight honeyed note to the long, elegant finish.

Even goes with Baba ganoush, red peppers, paella, and olives

Weinbiet 2011 Riesling Trocken

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Riesling is one of the white grapes that can and does age well, not indefinitely like a fine Bordeaux, but it can go years in the bottle and, as in this case, did itself proud. This wine has taken on a structure and a smoothness that did not exist in 2011.  Here's what Eric Asimov said in NYT on the subject: "Riesling also has the ability to age for decades, to make wines that are intense yet delicate and to express the intricate nuances of terroir so beloved by wine geeks, regardless of whether the wine is dry or sweet."  

Pairings: Anchovies, ceviche, mild curry

Macrina Garofoli Verdicchio 2013

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This Verdicchio is pale straw in color with green highlights.  On the nose, "Macrina" delivers pear, lemon, lime, fresh melon and apple flavors.  Well structured, flavors repeat aromas with an elegant core of freshness. Here, the Metro Wines Tasting Panel wants to make a distinction with a difference. Some wines claim freshness because of the lack of fruit or poor construction. Not so with "Macrina." Fermented in steel, the wine is richly complex and yet assuredly fresh with a discernable lift.  The winemaker promises, and we can verify, that "Macrina" has "substantial longevity," but the truth is, you won't need it. With 13% alcohol, you will, we know you will, recycle this bottle at the end of your meal

 Pairings: Calamari, Mussles, Prosciutto

Keo Malbec 2011

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A high altitude Malbec with perfect varietal typicity. Red violet colored with brilliant ruby hues. It has mature red fruit aromas where plums and blackberries combine with spicy hints of black pepper and soft mint. It is powerful with structure and amplitude represented by its complex personality and silky finish.

 Pairings: Indian food, fajitas, meatloaf, mushrooms

Domaine des Rozets 2010

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A blend of 60% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 5% Cinsault. It was brought up all in concrete, this vintage has an earthy, cherry and black fruited style with more herbs and hints of garrigue coming through with air. Medium-bodied, straightforward and easy-drinking, it should continue to drink nicely for another couple of years.

Pairings: grilled tunas, mexican food, cassoulet

 

 

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Support Youth OUTright from anywhere: Honoro Vera Rueda and Garnacha and Picpoul

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Not in town but want to support Youth OUTright?? You can buy these wines online at our store and 10% of proceeds will STILL go to Youth OUTright! Visit our online store:

 

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Wine with a purpose! When you buy a bottle of Honoro Vera Rueda, Honoro Vera Grenache or Picpoul de Pinet any time, any day during the month of September, 10% of the proceeds go to benefit the worthy work of Youth OUTright helping to make life better for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth in WNC.

 

About Youth OUTright:

Youth OUTright’s (YO) mission is empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning youth to be confident and vital members of our community.   Our vision is a community in which youth of all gender and sexual identities live in safe and inclusive environments.

 

We provide youth safe, welcoming and supportive environments for weekly meetings and special events and activities like It's YO Prom, to foster self-confidence and build a sense of community and belonging.  We provide access to valuable local, regional and national resources relevant to LGBTQ youth and their straight youth allies, parents, educators and other professionals who work with youth, and the general public.  We are an advocate.  YO helps LGBTQ youth to live authentically and to lead lives of integrity.

 

We believe that no youth – regardless of their sexual identity, gender expression or gender identification – should be bullied, harassed or discriminated against because of who they are or are perceived to be.

 

Youth OUTright WNC, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 organization as determined by the IRS. Your donation is deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the Charitable Solicitation Licensing Section at 888-830-4989.  The license is not an endorsement by the State.

 

Honoro Vera Rueda 

https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/honoro-vera-rueda/

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Stay with me here. I can tell you are drifting off into the Spanish dreamland that Honoro Vera brings on with their stunning labels. Yes, the label is extraordinary. But the wine lives up to the promise of the package. A blend of 3 white grapes, this bottle is summer perfect. From Juan Gil Family (think Silver Label Monastrell - OK, now I'm drifting!), this bottle is a blend of Verdejo, Viura (think macabeo made CAVA) and Sauvignon Blanc. Clean, clear, cool and light yellow in the glass, good acidity, good fruit, balanced.  Why is this bottle all that? Good genes and a solid upbringing! Rueda, in Northwestern Spain, is a dry desert plateau. Verdejo, which is drought resistant, is at home in this harsh climate. Some of the Verdejo vines are over 100 years old in the Rueda.  The Sauvignon Blanc adds a spark but stops way short of the heavy grassiness that overtake a blend.  We cannot through enough kudos at this bottle!

Honoro Vera Garnacha is one of the first bottles we tasted and shelved in the store. Honoro Vera is 100% Garnacha with a nose and palate of full on cherries and blackberries with just a touch of pepper. But what sets this Garnacha apart is that the fruit is full and lush but the wine is dry.  But don't take my word for it. Stephen Tanzer of the International Wine Cellar gave Honoro Vera Garnacha 90 points and when asked for pairing suggestions, Tanzer pretty much said what cannot be paried with this bottle? And then Hollywoood weighed in putting this Honoro Vera Garnacha sur la table! Described variously but always sending the same message by numerous critics as "best value" or "a steal," there really is only one word for this wine, this presentation, this story: WOW.
 
 
 
Picpoul de Pinet 2013, "Les Costieres de Pomerols"
 
 

This is a great everyday wine, lovely as a gift, perfect for a wedding, etc., etc., etc. From Languedoc, this bottle at this price CANNOT be beat. CANNOT.

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As the summer approaches and many of you are trying this varietal for the first time, we find ourselves saying "you'll be back" on a regular basis. Picpoul, translated literally as "stings the lips," is one of the oldest indigenous grapes from Langeudoc. Pale yellow in color with greenish tints. The aroma and palate are fresh with citrus. Bone dry and crisp, this picpoul lives up to its name! Pair it with gruyere cheese and feel the magic!

From the importer:  2013 Cave de Pomérols, Picpoul de Pinet, HB 12/750ml
Vinification: Skin maceration for a few hours, pneumatic draining and pressing, double cold decanting, temperature controlled fermentation. 100% Picpoul, aka Folle Blanche. Pale yellow color with green tints. Fresh and fine aromas  of grapefruit and exotic fruit. Lime flavors, with typical focusing acidity, are hallmarks of Picpoul. Our best value, this wine impresses novices and hardened geeks equally. Known as “the Muscadet of the South” in France, this is to the Mediterranean coast of France what Albariño is to northwest Spain…the default wine for fresh shellfish & seafood.

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Elk Cove Pinot Noir Rose 2013

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The Pinot Noir fruit for their Rosé is hand-harvested very ripe and gently whole bunch pressed with limited skin crushing, which makes virtually a “white Pinot Noir”. The wine is fermented cool in stainless steel tanks. Then carefully selected lots of fermented red Pinot Noir juice is blended back for color and texture. Our Pinot Noir Rosé is finished completely dry.

Tasting Notes: "Rose-petal pink in the glass, wafting peach-plum, rose and elderflowers. An initial flash of green apple and sweet lemon leads to ripe strawberry and watermelon in this lightly-structured, well-balanced rosé."

The rosé that results maintains a particularly crisp acidity that highlights the cherry, strawberry, and watermelon flavors. Pair this wine with oysters or pork sausage.

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This weeks featured wines!

 

Featured Wines
Wine: Price: Notes:
b2ap3_thumbnail_imgres-1_20140715-185336_1.jpg Le Dolci Colline Prosecco Brut $12.49 From the vineyards of the rolling hills. A classic Italian sparkling wine is gently aromatic with apple and peach. Crisp, and delicate with subtle fresh apple flavors. Serve as an aperitif.
b2ap3_thumbnail_imgres-4.jpg Re Teodorico Soave 2011 $10.49 Light to medium bodied white with subtle hints of violets and citrus on the nose. On the palate you will find flavors of mild pear, lemon, and slate. Pair with scallops and pasta dishes
b2ap3_thumbnail_imgres-2_20140715-185414_1.jpg Arcosesto Orvieto 2013 $19.99 A deliciously crisp, fragrant, clean white wine. It's aromas are of white flowers, citrus, and dried fruits. On the palate is ripe pear and orange peel. Has enough weight to be perfect for seafood, pork, and even spicy Asian foods.
b2ap3_thumbnail_imgres.jpg Head High Pinot Noir, 2011 $25.00 A complex bouquet of black cherries, asian spices, raspberry, and vanilla. The flavors show red fruits and dark plum. Sweet oak, spices, and black cherry vanilla are balanced for a long finish. Pair with duck, seared salmon, and tuna
b2ap3_thumbnail_imgres-3_20140715-185511_1.jpgCasa Contini Brindisi Riserva D.O.C., 2011 $14.99 Negro Amaro and Sangiovese Italian blend. Aromas of vanilla, red fruit, and biscuits. On the palate is red fruits framed with dusty tannins. Decant 30 minutes before drinking. Pair with braised meats and pork.
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Featured Wine: Domaine du Pas Saint Martin Saumur 2013

One of our featured wines this week is from the Domaine du Pas Saint Martin winery in Loire France. It is set among troglodyte caves formed out of ancient fossilized marine life that covered the Saumur region 10 million years ago. During the middle ages these caves served the Protestants as secret places of worship.

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Laurent Charrier and his mother run the certified organic domaine and farm. Laurent’s father was not interested in producing wine so in 1994 Laurent took over the domaine and winery and picked up right where his grandfather had left off. The first thing on his list was to immediately set out and acquire certification for organic farming. The family vineyards are a bit spread out, in addition to their primary vineyard in Saumur, they have smallholdings in Anjou and Coteaux du Layon. The average age of the vines is 25 years with a good part being older than 35 years. Vinification is carried out in temperature controlled stainless steel vats, in the amazing, and even creepy looking caves!

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The Saumur Blanc is produced from 100% Chenin Blanc that grow in siliceous-limestone soils on 30+ year old vines. There is no malo-lactic fermentation resulting in a wine that offers springtime aromas and a refreshing palate. A lightly floral nose also displays interesting citrus fruits of lime, minerality, and even honey. On the palate the wine immediately zings you with fresh, lemon zest. It continues to finish long with lingering honeysuckle and minerality notes.  Serve this wine with raw, grilled, or steamed oysters, scallops, and mild cheeses or as an aperitif. This wine is your perfect dry white summer wine.

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Check out our featured wines!

 

 

Featured Wines:

Wine: Price: Notes:
Nua Brut Sparkling Wine $9.75

 

Full, candidly intense; hints of freshly baked bread with a final scent of honey and hazelnut. On the palate it is notable balanced, full-bodied and full of flavor; persistent almond aftertaste.

 

Jordanov Rkaciteli $13.49

 

A white wine from Macedonia. It's similar to a Muscadet or Gruner Veltliner. It is round and insistent up-front with the fruit flavors joined by a stoney minerality. It is dry and crisp supported by some acidity.

 

Domaine du Pas Saint Martin Saumur 2013 $15.99

 

100% Chenin Blanc. This is a crisp yet rich and powerful white wine. On the nose you find hints of lime and honey. On the palate you will find a refreshing finish of citrus fruits.Serve with scallops and heavy fish.

 

Weinbiet Pinot Noir Trocken, 2011 $13.49

 

The perfect summer red wine. Light bodied with cranberry and raspberry notes. Serve with a slight chill on a hot day. Serve with salmon, pork, and tomato based dishes.

 

Moteserico Puglia Rosso, 2013 $10.49

 

Italian dry red wine. Predominately Sangiovese grape. Light to medium bodied that is surprisingly fruit forward. You will find bright cherry and raspberry flavors with a slight rosemary hint.

 

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