Owner of Metro Wines

Wine Destination: Asheville

 

It’s the Next BIG Thing!

By Gina Trippi

Real Estate analysts tell us that big city dwellers are escaping the congestion and stress and heading for smaller towns. Asheville is one of the top destinations!

 

We want new residents to know that @MetroWines you will find all the national brands that you know including Camus, Turley, Rombauer, Chateau Montelena, Silver Oak, Stag’s Leap and Frog’s Leap! But you will also find wines from North Carolina importers that you may not have seen back home.

Welcome! Jay Murrie, owner of Piedmont Imports based in Durham, brings us Plantamura Primitivo. From Puglia, Italy, this wine is a lovely ruby red. You will find intense aromas and a palate of black cherry and blackberry. Certified organic, Plantamura can be cellared up to seven years.

 

Never had primitivo? While the origin of this grape is still subject to debate, most wine scholars agree that the modern home of primitivo is southern Italy, specifically Puglia. Probably arriving from Croatia in the early 19th century, the varietal was brought to the United States under the name of Zinfandel.

 

Or what about aglianico from Compania? A few months back, Eric Asimov, wine critic for New York Times, sang the praises of the grape saying: “Among its many charms, aglianico is versatile, able to make wines that are delicious when young as well as those that can benefit from years, even decades, in the cellar.”

 

But Asimov also said that aglianico might be difficult to find. Not here! We have had Fontanavecchia Aglianico from Haw River Wine Man in Burlington, North Carolina, since we opened the doors. Ruby red in the glass with one year oak aging, this wine offers aromas of dark berry, blue flower and a whiff of char. The easy palate presents Marasca cherry, crushed raspberry and Mediterranean herbs.

 

And it’s not just Italian wines, we can access some limited distribution French wines too. JP Bourgeois, based in Asheville, brings in wines you should try!

 

Forbes Magazine just chose Gonc Dry Muscat 2019 from JP Bourgeois as one of the eight wines to pair with “comfort food.” JP Bourgeois says muscat’s fresh floral qualities can take you away and dry muscat’s spicy citrus and orchard fruits make this wine a perfect pairing for intense cheeses.

 

Prefer red? Try Chateaumar Châteauneuf du Pape, also from JP Bourgeois. The Castel Mar dates back to the 11th century. Farming is organic. Soil is turned several times during the year and grapes are hand-harvested, selected, and sorted. Voila!

 

A limited production blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Mourvèdre, the wine spends eight months aging in French oak then concrete tank. This more traditionally-styled Châteauneuf-du-Pape features fruit and spice aromas with hints of smoke, anise, and earth. The palate is rich with dark berry, roasted plum, hints of wild herbs, and dark chocolate. The finish presents herbs, plum, and anise, incorporating old leather, dried violets, and dry-cured olives.

Find comfort in names you know and adventure in a world of new wines!
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For The Inner Wedding Circle

Copain Has its Day in the Sun

Copain Tous Ensemble Rosé Price & Reviews | Drizly
Admit it, you have been walking past this gorgeous bottle of Rosé.
Some of you may think that 2018 is "old" for Rosé.

Au contraire. Ask the French! Some wines, some rosé are meant to age. This is one of them.


This Rosé is made from 100% Copain Pinot Noir and guess what:
The 2018 Copain Pinot Noir just scored 91 Points from Wine&Spirits 
and costs on average $65. THAT is what is in this bottle for $16.99!

Brett says: "In a just world, this bottle should be $30! Copain Rosé presents
a range of red fruit flavors. Tangy berry flavors of wild strawberry and sour cherries wrapped in delicacy. Not an easy balance to achieve."

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Big Red is Italian

*** Big Red of the Week ***
If you have never wrapped yourself in a Tuscan Blend of French Grapes,
you are missing something luxurious, smooth and sexy.
This is the way to do BIG right. And Italian!

 

Yantra

Winemaker Says: "A vivacious wine, freshly persistent fruitiness,
interesting for its complex simplicity. Harmonious, geometrical,
born from research of a universally pleasing wine, fresh with red fruit aromas.
This balanced meeting between simplicity and vivaciousness,
results in a pleasing and lively wine."

Vinous Says 91 Points. "The 2018 Yantra, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon
and Merlot, is an attractive entry-level offering. Sweet red berry fruit,
cinnamon and spice are pushed forward in a mid-weight,
silky red that offers tons of immediacy in a fresh style that is best enjoyed
on the early side. This is such a pretty wine. Drinking window: 2021-2026."


Brett Says: "Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from Tuscany.
Estate Bottled. BIG The Italian Way!"  
$26

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Italian Food Hungarian Wine




A look at Giada's approach to healthy, balanced living.
Giada selects food that makes you feel better and support a healthy mind and body.
Giada De Laurentiis is the Emmy Award-winning star of Everyday Italian
Giada EntertainsGiada at HomeGiada in ItalyGiada's Holiday Handbook, and Next Food Network Star. Author of 9 New York Times best-selling books. 


Read, Cook and Serve with this lively
and light wine from Hungary!


Carpinus Tokaji Hárslevelű | Vivino
The name, Harslevelü refers to lime tree leaves. Although South Africa
is harvesting some of this varietal, Harslevelü is native to Hungary.
Fresh, ripe pure notes, honey, floral fragrant, lime peel and touch of elderflower.
A palate of white peach and tropical aromas followed by a silky lingering finish. 

Easy-drinking wine solo or with food, including healthy food!

The 2018 is $16.99

Even though this wine sounds great, you might be asking why
we picked a wine from Hungary for an Italian cookbook. Because it works.
It would be easy to pick a versatile Vermentino or Grillo or Verdicchio
but there is a world of grapes! It's a global economy. Take advantage of it!
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Emmanuel Kemiji Wine Tasting

 

News Release: Tuesday, March 30, 2021

About: Emmanuel Kemiji Wine Tasting on Zoom

There are about 275 Master Sommeliers in the world. Even more rare is a Master Sommelier who is the WineMaker for his two wineries!

Join us as The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines presents this rare opportunity to taste wine with a Master Sommelier and Winemaker Emmanuel Kemiji on Thursday, April 29th, 2021, at 5:30 on Zoom through MetroWines.

 

Miura and Clos Pissarra wineries were founded by Emmanuel Kemiji, one of the few master sommeliers to also own a winery! To become a master sommelier, you must be able to discern the qualities in an exceptional wine. Emmanuel uses these skills to produce some of the best wines in the world.

 

The most important step to producing the best wine is to acquire the best grapes. Emmanuel has the uncanny ability to find the best vineyards in Spain and California for his wines. 

"I am amazed at his ability to find the right slope on a mountain or persuade the owners of the best vineyards around to sell him their grapes." says John Kerr, co-owner of MetroWines.

 

The name Clos Pissarra is derived from the Catalan word for slate, which is the soil found in the regions of Montsant (sacred mountain) and Priorat (priory) that produce many of Spain’s most exceptional wines. These regions produce wines of great intensity and concentration, yet elegant and balanced. 

Miura winery focuses on some of California’s most idyllic Pinot Noir regions. The Santa Lucia Highlands has quickly become recognized as one of the best regions for the varietal on the West coast.

 

The Zoom with Emmanuel Kemiji is "on the house" through MetroWines.

Join us here: Zoom here: https://zoom.us/j/6313361327.

 

But if you want to seize the day and taste wines with this Master Sommelier and WineMaker, take a look at the line up and call (828) 575-9525.

 

The Wines For the Tasting:

Arrels de Clos Pissarra, El Sol Blanc Montsant - white Grenache 2017 

Regular price: $36.  Event price: $26.  Orders from event: $30

El Sol Blanc is named after the brutal sun that besieges this vineyard surrounding the Clos Pissarra winery. The clay and slate soil produce a white Grenache (Garnatxa Blanca in Catalan) with a flinty, mineral character wrapped in rich peach notes and a lively acidity as well as a hint of white flowers. This wine shows very good balance and concentration, and may be the reason that this white sells out at the winery before the highly regarded reds from Clos Pissarra.

 

Arrels de Clos Pissarra, Aristan Vineyard Grenache/Syrah 2016   

Regular price: $25. Event price: $18. Orders from event: $21.

Aristan is a small vineyard that lies next to the winery. The yields of the Grenache and Syrah are cut back to a miserly one ton per acre to provide exceptional concentration to the wine. The Grenache brings wonderful aromatics and bright red fruit to the wine, while the Syrah adds a full, luscious character with some rustic earth tones to the mixture. The wine is polished, refined but with an earthy, terroir driven character. Expect plum, herbs, fresh tobacco and blueberry leading to some earth and smoke at the finish.

 

Miura Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2018 

Regular price: $36.  Event price: $26.  Orders from event: $30

The 2018 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir is produced from the harvest of Steve McIntyre’s vineyard, producing a quality that is off-the-charts. This Pinot is done in a richly textured style with good weight and balance. Expect abundant bright red fruits, and multi-dimensional flavors. Medium-bodied, bursting with bright red cherry and red plum fruit aromas that develop on the palate along with allspice notes. A refreshing acidity keeps the wine bright and focused.

 

Customers can buy one, two or three bottles.

  • All three bottles at special event price are $70
  • Pinot Noir and White Grenache are $52
  • Aristan Grenache/Syrah and one of the others are $44

More about Miura Vineyards HERE.

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Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi

"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"

(828) 575-9525

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A Chardonnay Everyone will Like


Lagarde Chardonnay 2018 - Bodega Lagarde
Yellow gold in the glass. Aromas reminiscent of tropical fruit,
honey and sweet notes of vanilla & coconut. Palate creamy yet refreshing. 


*** $8.99 ***
Available ONLY at Metro North in Reynolds Village.
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3 to Try @MetroWines

*** 3 to Try ***

Martoccia Poggio Apricale Toscana Rosso '19:
"baby brunello" from Lucca Brunelli for Small Vineyards $19.99

Martoccia Toscana 'Poggio Apricale' | Vivino
Ruby red. Fresh and young red wine with hints of cherry ,
raspberry and black fruit. Last of this most fabulous vintage! Medium bodied.


*** $16.99 (red tag) ***

Vallevò Costa dei Trabocchi Rosato | Vivino
Mostly Montepulciano. After tasting MANY bottles of Rosé, I tell you with confidence that Montepulciano is a grape that truly lends itself to Rosé. 
Brett says: "Like a blend of Tuscany, and Bandol."


*** $9.99 ***

Little James Basket Press Jeune Solera 2019

Cotes du Rhone from the legendary Rhone house of Saint Cosmes. 
All grenache done in a baby cement solera.
Winemaker Says: "In the same mold, the Little Basket Press (all Grenache) offers good pepper, spice and herbs in a medium-bodied, easy drinking package.
It's a solid, bistro-styled red to drink over the coming couple of years."

James Suckling Says 90 Points: "Pure grenache and made as a solera that has been alive for twenty years with half of the new harvest being exchanged into the solera each year. The final blend is 50% solera wine and 50% wine of the new vintage.
The richness is really something. Such deep-set grenache red and dark berries,
as well as riper, raisiny notes. Long, smooth and deep. Drink now."


*** $14.99 ***
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The Roman Forum, The Wine, The Book, The Pasta

Ciao Asheville
Book, Wine & Pasta Pairing


** The Book **

In Ancient Rome, all the best stories have one thing in common—murder.
Romulus killed Remus to found the city, Caesar was assassinated to save
the Republic. Caligula was butchered in the theater,
Claudius was poisoned at dinner, and Galba was beheaded in the Forum.
In one 50-year period, 26 emperors were murdered.
But what did killing mean in a city where gladiators fought to the death
to sate a crowd? In A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,
Emma Southon examines a trove of real-life homicides from Roman history to explore Roman culture, including how perpetrator, victim, and the act itself
were regarded by ordinary people. Inside Ancient Rome's darkly fascinating history, we see how the Romans viewed life, death, and what it means to be human.


** The Wine **
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From Savio Soares Selections: This Barbera is a rich, spicy wine.
Notes of juicy black cherries and spices, with the perfect balance of acidity
and juiciness to keep this full-bodied wine very drinkable.
Give it some airing time when opening to allow flavours to develop.


** The Pasta **
The Pasta. Actually the NEW Pasta. Here we are bucking centuries of tradition.

Somebody, a Mr. Pashman, has developed what he says is the perfect pasta!

This Pashman guy is asking for it! I went to the local Italian cultural source
for comment: 
Gail Rampersaud, Ciao Asheville Director, said this:

"Mr. Pashman treads into some dangerous water here because Italians and Ciao Asheville are VERY serious about their pasta shapes, and particularly what sauce goes with which shape, so I'd be curious to know what they think. Who could ever be bored by spaghetti? Not me, and no matter the shape or sauce a well-made pasta dish will always be my ultimate comfort food!"

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Gift for Attendants?

On the Side: Petite Style Table
The latest must-have furniture craze lets you keep
your wine glass close by and the smaller table is easily movable. 
Small table. Small Bottle.


3256930103831 EAN - 40000194 Champagne Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Blue Top  Brut (1 X 0.2 L) | Buycott UPC Lookup

Light yellow color, with green highlights. The nose is strong and generous,
slightly woody and spicy, characterized by an aromatic richness blending
toasty and buttery aromas. Unreserved palate, full, fruity and well-structured.

Wine Spectator, 91 Points
"Well-defined and energetic, with racy acidity driving flavors of fresh-cut apple,
black cherry, candied lemon zest and a richer note of pear financier.
Offers a fresh, minerally finish."
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Noble Rot

Coffee Table Book



In Wine from Another Galaxy the authors help you to understand how it is made,

where to buy it, what to look for when you drink it, and how to talk about it.
And once you've mastered the basics, they'll take you on a journey through the best of European wine culture,

meeting people and places behind their favorite bottles.
Indeed, Dan and Mark have spent years visiting growers that you probably haven't heard of,

from the original thinkers of the natural wine movement to the iconic estates of Burgundy and Bordeaux.                                      

This is the alternative, accessible,
no-holds-barred guide to wine, where the usual clichés and rules don't apply.


OR ask Andy and Brett
of The Asheville School of Wine!

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Judgment of Paris Winery Wines

In Memoriam
Steve Spurrier



Wine - A Way of Life : Steven Spurrier : 9780956238788

In 1978, little known British Wine Merchant, Steve Spurrier, changed the wine world

and brought California Wine to world awareness. Spurrier arranged

"The Judgment of Paris" pitting European Wines against wines from California 

in a blind tasting. And guess what? A Chardonnay from Chateau Montelena

and a Cabernet Sauvignon from Stag's Leap WON.

Celebrate a World Changing Event and the Life of Steve Spurrier
Chateau Montelena 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon: Red Tag at $59
Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate: 2012 is $122 
Chateau Monetlena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate: 2014 is $139
Stag's Leap Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon: Red Tag at $68
Stag's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 S.L.V.: Red Tag at $185

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Biancolella from Ischia

*** Do the Different***
From a Local Importer
This Wine from Ischia, Italy is HARD to find!


MetroWines has it ONLY
at Metro North in Reynolds Village.
Call (828) 424-7410 Email us to order
or shop 10 to 5 on Saturdays!
metrowinesasheville.com/north


Biancolella cl. 75 | Ischia Vini - Cantine Antonio Mazzella

100% Biancolella from Ischia island. Soil is volcanic, pumice and obsidian. 
Sunlight yellow with golden reflections in the glass. 
Intense nose of white flowers and spices, with hints of sage and gorse on the nose and palate. 
Medium bodied, good minerality and long elegant finish.​

Biancolella is an indigenous grape grown mainly on hard and stark slopes
of Ischia Island out of the coast of Naples in Campania Region.
Strong wind, poor volcanic soil made of pumice-stone and obsidian
are the extreme conditions Biancolella loves! 
Best served at 50°-53° F.

Ischia, Town in Capri and Ischia, Italy

Ciao Asheville Recommended 

$14.99

ONLY AT METRO NORTH IN REYNOLDS VILLAGE

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Big Red: Trentadue

Keep Talking 

with "The Big Red" of the Week

For Discussion: Dinosaurs
Paleontologist Steve BruDinsatte, author of a new children's book about dinosaurs,
says: "A new species of dinosaur is currently being found, on average, once a week."


*** TRENTADUE ***

Trentadue - Old Patch Red Sonoma County 2019 - Shoppers Vineyard

56% Zin 18% Petite Sirah 11% Carignane 11% Merlot 2% Syrah 2% Sangiovese
The Red Blend, OPR references “Old Patch Red” from Trentadue’s Estate Vineyard.
A block of the vineyard planted pre-prohibition produced a wonderful red wine.
The block was a mix of red varietals whose identity had been lost through time.
Common to the times when it was planted, the block was a field blend of varietals
that when harvested together would make a complete, well balanced, flavorful wine.
The 2019 Old Patch Red is predominately Zin blended with Petite Sirah
and Carignane resulting in fruity yet complex, full bodied Rhone-like style wine.
Dark red color with intense black cherry aromas, blueberries and cherry cola.
With aeration nuances of ripe plums, vanilla and cocoa are showing
with slight dose of oak and toast. On the mouth the wine is fresh and juicy
with youthful brightness, finishing long and fruity. This is a wine that will drink well with
variety of foods but it is also very enjoyable on its own.
The 2019 OPR is good to go now but will benefit from 2-5 years of aging.


$14.99
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2 to Taste: Zorzal and Four Vine Naked

*** 2 to Taste ***

Four Vines 2019 Naked Chardonnay (Central Coast) Rating and Review | Wine  Enthusiast

Four Vines Naked Central Coast Chardonnay 2019 
Old oak and steel. Aromas of Lemon meringue, nectarine, and a nuance of lightly toasted marshmallow lead to a lemon curd, slightly toasted caramelized nectarine, nuances of fresh ground cloves and cinnamon. 

Brett Says: "The best west coast chardonnay I have found so far
for under $12 on the shelf." 


*** $10.99 ***

Zorzal Terroir Único Malbec | Vivino
Zorzal Valle de Uco Malbec 2019 

Hand harvested,100% Malbec from multiple organic vineyards in Uco Valley.
The wine shows notes of coffee, blueberry, and chocolate with secondary notes
of licorice, black cherry, cinnamon, baking spices, and sage. Complex. Big and bold without being flabby, with smooth tannins and light acidity. Strong finish with plum, cassis, doughnut cake, and fine silky tannins. Out delivers it’s price by tenfold!

Brett Says: "Rich and bold? Yes. Easy to drink? Yes.
Mass produced fruit bomb? NO!"


*** $14.99 ***
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Albe Barolo $40 Snags 94 Points

*** BAROLO ***

Don't tune me out thinking you have to sell stock to buy a bottle!
Wine Spectator just gave "Albe" by G.D. Vajra 94 Points!

2016 G.D. Vajra Albe Barolo | Vivino

"The 2016 Albe has textbook aromatics: rose petals, rose hips, cherry stones

on the nose, followed by delicate tones of Nebbiolo pomace, tar, cranberries

and raspberries, mint, anise, gentle musk and a whiffle of white pepper.

On the palate, it’s fragrant and uplifting, yet disclosing a rich texture,

a fresh but poised mid palate and velvety tannins.

Authentic and expressive, Albe beautifully celebrates Barolo
and the amazing craft of assembling vineyards."  
94 Points Wine Spectator

"Such a delicious expression of the balanced and drinkable 2016 harvest with fresh red cherries, strawberries and rose perfume.

The palate has bright, fine and fleshy texture with a super fine, chalky and plush delivery of ripe,

supple and concentrated cherries. So complete. Drink or hold."  93 Points James Suckling

$40 for a 94 Point Barolo! 
Has the World Gone Mad?

G.D. Vajra | Superiore.de
Francesca Vaira at the Winery in Barolo, Italy

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What's MetroWines Drinking with Brett Watson

About - Metro Wines Asheville

News Release: Tuesday, March 16th, 2021
About: Zoom Presentation on Current Staff Favorites 
 
Join Brett Watson, Wine Buyer @MetroWines, on Friday, March 26th at 5:30 for "What's MetroWines Drinking," a Zoom presentation by The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines about which wines staff is taking home! 
 
"These are current staff favorites," says Brett Watson, Wine Buyer @MetroWines. "We are tasting wines that reflect the changing season, drifting into warmer days while nights remain cool."
 
"Things are Getting Green Tasting"
Kofererhof Alto Adige Pinot Grigio 2016
"Extremely cold climate and high elevation Pinot Grigio with the quality to put a teeny tiny bit of age on it from an Italian area that used to be considered Germany.  Pinot Grigio in a hand-made couture wedding dress and stiletto pumps."
 
Louis Seabra Xisto Ilimitado Branco 2019  
"Field blend of 6 different Douro Portugal varietals made by a legend Louis Seabra. Close your eyes and imagine Portugese Burgundy at half the cost."
 
Domaine Suavette Les Gravouilles Gamay 2019 
"What "not from Beaujolais" 100% Gamay should taste like.  Made as true to the land as possible and 8 days of Carbonic makes this as fresh and energetic as a new puppy playing in the backyard!"
 
The Zoom is "on the house" but, if you want to taste along with Brett, the three wines will be available for purchase at a discounted price @MetroWines for $59.68 (including tax) 
Call (828) 575-9525 for purchase and curbside pickup!
 
To join the Zoom, go here: https://zoom.us/j/6313361327
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Contact: Brett Watson
https://www.google.com/url?q=https://metrowinesasheville.com&source=gmail&ust=1616009862450000&usg=AFQjCNGjyzGVKQu6ZymPb1CfWEW0DP1EJg">Metro Wines Asheville
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
(828) 575-9525
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Syncline Seduction Red

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We heard you.

Syncline Seduction Red is Baaaaaaaack
2016 from Columbia Valley $23

Subduction Red
Long inspired by the wines of the Southern Rhone Valley, this is our answer
to a Washington version of a Cotes-du-Rhone Villages wine.
A blend of classic southern French varieties that are unique and expressive on their own;
yet each contributes to create a harmonious whole. This charming, ruby colored wine
displays raspberry, black cherry, and spice aromas with bright acidity.
The juicy mid-palate and excellent length makes for a versatile wine.


$23
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Klinker Brick Syrah and Conversation

Bottle With a Friend Discussion Topics

Police enlist a robotic dog. Privacy concerns arise.
The dog bears a resemblance to "Metalhead," an episode of Black Mirror, 
designed to effect covert mass surveillance. (Spoiler: the dog wins)

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/27/nyregion/nypd-robot-dog.html
Judge John Hodgman tackles the question of whether croutons
should be consumed as a snack or remain sacred as salad accoutrement.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/25/magazine
/judge-john-hodgman-on-crouton-snacking.html

And The Zoom Report
Animals Liven UP the Meeting

https://www.wsj.com/articles/animals-make-corporate-zoom-calls-
bearable-if-you-dont-mind-the-spit-11614538077

Decode Zoom Body (human) Language
https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-decode-office-body-language-
while-working-from-home-11614560400

And the Bottle

"Our Syrah is rich and balanced with a traditional treatment.
Barrel fermentation and maturation in French Oak brings a spice and texture
that cannot be replicated with American Oak. The result is a Syrah
that is both true to the varietal and the appellation.
Perfect complement to Camembert.
Dark Garnet in color, the wine gives aromas of Herbs de Provence,
black raspberry and toast. The palate bursts with bright cherry and spice
followed by a long finish. True to Klinker Brick style, the wine is balanced
with juicy acidity and a fine tannin structure."

Andy Hale says: "When I saw this Syrah was from Lodi, I was concerned
the wine would be too fruity, even jammy, with no real depth.
But the wine is balanced with just the right amount of acidity.
I would call it cheerful and can easily go solo!"

 

$21 @MetroWines

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Caffe Florian and Prosecco

Caffe Frorian
Founded 1720 in Piazza San Marco Venice

 

No photo description available.
Historic watering hole for notables since Goethe, Charles Dickens,
and Marcel Proust. Casanova, (yes, that one) was a frequent customer.
The Caffe Florian was the only cafe in town to admit women and, hence,
prime hunting grounds for hungry noblemen. After celebrating its 300th birthday
in December, COVID has forced a temporary closing. Robeto Ferronato,
who has been with the Caffe since 1986 says:
"The Florian is more than just a café, it's a medicine."

Indeed. Calls for a sparkling wine from The Veneto!

Tenuta Degli Ultimi “Ciacola” Prosecco Treviso Brut Price & Reviews | Drizly
From Treviso in The Veneto, this organic Prosecco (100% Glera) has aromas
of small yellow field flowers. Flavors of fresh yellow plum, not quite ripe.
Bright, fresh, hint of almond. Dry, small and persistent bubbles. 
Temperature controlled stainless steel fermentation by Charmat method.

$14 at Drizly and $14.99 at Local 604 Bottle Shop
From Piedmont Wine Imports (Durham) 
*** $12.99 @MetroWines ***

Meanwhile, back in Pompeii, a chariot has been unearthed.
They were having a really good time until YIKES! they weren't.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56222992

And Pizza with a Purpose in Washington DC
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-56246509

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KIR & Aligote

Ahhh, but the French
Sur la Table Online Cooking Classes

https://www.surlatableonlineculinaryinstitute.com

and KIR and Aligote

2018 Berthenet Vieilles Vignes Bourgogne Aligoté | Vivino
Aligoté (the product of Burgundy’s other white grape) is a lively and citrusy
white wine. A pale yellow in glass, fresh fruits aromas. From the Berthenet family Domaine in Montagny, this wine can serve as an aperitif or offer up its acidity to make the perfect partner for grilled fish, salads, and goat cheese.

More about Domaine Berthenet: 
http://www.charlesnealselections.com/domaine-berthenet.html

But wait! There's more. Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine,
says "Aligote is the secret ingredient to the Classic Kir."
Food and Wine Magazine Agrees: 

https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/classic-kir-cocktail

From Charles Neal Selections,
the 2018 is $17.99 @MetroWines

$21.50 at Vivino and $19.99 at Westgate Wine in Raleigh

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