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John Malkovich and Wine

John Malkovich and Wine. Who Knew?
https://www.winespectator.com/articles/john-malkovich-s-double-life-in-wine

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Malkovich said he had little interest in and no knowledge of wine
until  the night he tasted a bottle by Winemaker Michel Chapoutier.
Since Malkovich discovered Chapoutier,
the winemaker has become an international wine making sensation
and Malkovich has become The Pope - at least on HBO:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-new-pope-review-
resurrecting-entertainment-11578604539


2017 Tournon Victoria Shiraz by Chapoutier
"Mathilda" named for his daughter.

It could be a life altering experience!

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The 2017 Mathilda Shiraz is dark and earthy, with hints of roasted meat,
black olive and asphalt on the nose. Yet on the palate, there's a New World
sense of blueberry and blackberry fruit that's ripe without being
sweet yet dry and savory on the softly dusty finish. $16.99

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Staff Chili Cookoff and Wine Pairing

************ SAVE the DATE ************
Wednesday, February 5th, from 5:30 to 6:30
MetroWines
 Staff Chili Cookoff
and Wine Pairing with Crimson Imports


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$30. To reserve your BOWL,

online tickets HERE

 or Call (828) 575-9525

*** And THIS Just IN ***
Sam Etheridge, the Chef and Owner of Ambrozia,
a restaurant that turned the culinary scene
in Asheville toward the future,

will pick the winner. The pressure is ON!

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Greco di Tuffo


Organic Vadiaperti Greco di Tuffo, $23
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Pleasant note of bitter almond and apple blossom, full-flavoured white wine,
intense palate with fine orange-and-tangerine zest flavours, smoky,
mineral notes smoothing towards a honeyed finish.

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Primus

Big RED of The Week, $19.99

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A blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Carmenere, 25% Merlot,
8% Petite Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc. The base is Cabernet Sauvignon,
which provides structure, while Merlot delivers red fruit and vitality in mouth.
Carménère adds weight and softness, as well as spices that combine beautifully
with Petit Verdot’s smooth finish. Cabernet Franc brings elegance and persistence.

94 Points from James Suckling
A generous and rich red with round and chewy tannins. So much lovely ripe fruit
with currant and hints of walnut. Full and beautiful. Gorgeous wine.  Drink or hold.

90 Points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
I found nice integration and balance in the 2015 Primus The Blend. 
Matured in French barrique for 18 months. The oak is nicely folded into the fruit,
and the aromas and flavors are focused.
It has fine-grained tannins, good freshness and overall balance.

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Climate Change and Wine

News Release: Monday, January 13th, 2020

About: Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines Class on Climate Change and Wine
 
The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines presents "Climate Change and Wine" on Tuesday, April 14th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines.  Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine, hosts this class which includes presentation and tasting.
 
"The world is getting warmer and it is affecting the wine you drink more than you might think," says Andy Hale. "Famous wine regions are changing the grapes grown due to rising temperatures and different parts of the world previously too cold for vineyards are producing wine."
 
$25 for the class.
Reserve your seat by calling (828) 575-9525
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Contact for The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines: Andy Hale
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Money, Mayhem, Murder: The Darkest Side of Wine!

News Release:  Sunday, January 12th, 2020

About: Money, Mayhem, Murder: The Darkest Side of Wine
 
Join us for "Money, Mayhem, Murder: The Darkest Side of Wine" @MetroWines. 
 
Over the centuries, the wine business has occasionally turned deceptive, dangerous and often criminal! Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines, takes us on a remarkable and sometimes frightening journey through the very darkest side of wine.
 
"Some of the most recent incidents of wine crime have North Carolina connections," says Hale. "Where wine and money are involved, you can expect anything."
 
Each class is $30 or $75 for all three classes. 
Money: Tuesday, March 10th, 5-7pm @MetroWines
Mayhem: Tuesday, March 17th, 5-7pm @MetroWines
Murder: Tuesday, March 24th, 5-7pm @MetroWines
 
"Taking all three classes gives you an excellent overview and perspective on the wine business," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "What many think is glamorous has all the dark sides of any other business!"
 
Seating will be limited. Please make plans early be reserving your seat with a credit card at (828) 575-9525 or shopping our online store here: 
 
Parking is free, close and easy.
 
Contact for The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines: Andy Hale
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Blind Tasting League: March 19th

 

News Release: Saturday, January 11th 2020

About: Blind Tasting League @MetroWines
 
Blind Tasting League convenes on Thursday, March 19th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines. Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines, takes you through the process of deductive reasoning, in a fun and informative way, to determine what's in your glass!
 
"We are investigating higher end wines and delving into more detail in this series of classes," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "This training will not only help you to understand and speak with knowledge on wine, but also raise your skill level in interacting with restaurant staff and pairing wines with food."
 
$20 plus tax covers presentation and tasting. Please reserve your seat by calling (828) 575-9525 or online here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/blind-tasting-league/
 
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Contact for Blind Tasting League: Andy Hale
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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Asheville School of Wine Classes on Wine Service

News Release: Saturday, January 11th, 2020

About: Asheville School of Wine Classes
 
The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines presents two classes that will help you to know and sound like you know about the basics of wine. Classes are presented by Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines, and include lecture, discussion and wine tasting.
 

Sensory Analysis: How to Talk About Wine Like a Pro on April 9th, 5:30-6:30, $25

Sensory analysis – describing wine

Terroir

Basic wine varietals

Winemaking techniques

Oak

Faults/returning a bottle

Interacting with your Sommelier

Call (828) 575-9525

HERE!

 

 

Restaurant Wine Service Skills for the Home, April 16th, 5:30-6:30, $25

Service Skills

Opening a bottle of wine/champagne

Decanting

Aging wine

Serving temperatures

Wine glass shapes

Food and wine pairing in brief 

Call (828) 575-9525

online HERE!

The classes can stand alone but taking both exponentially increases your wine knowledge and lexicon. 

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Corzano e Paterno Wine Tasting

News Release: Saturday, January 11th, 2020
About: Italian Wine Tasting with Corzano e Paterno
 
Please join us on Thursday, February 27th from 5 to 6:30 @MetroWines to meet William Goldschmidt and taste wines from his Tuscan winery, Corzano e Paterno, on Thursday, February 27th from 5 to 6:30 
 
William Goldschmidt is the son of the winery owners. Not only does William have a comprehensive knowledge of wine, he speaks four languages including ITALIAN!
 
"This is not only an opportunity to taste and learn about exceptional Italian wines but to immerse yourself in Italian Culture! says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines.
 
The event is "on the house" and no reservation is required. Parking is free, close and easy.
 
The Winery Story from the Importer, Jay Murray, Piedmont Wine Imports

There is a wrong way to get to Corzano e Paterno, and I took it. When I told Aljoscha Goldschmidt about my GPS misadventure he said, “That isn’t even a road for cars.” It was not. I spun through a riverbed of gallestro stones past alarmed German tourists and fishtailed up a nearly vertical hill track mostly travelled by mountain and motor bikes. I arrived at Paterno and met Aljoscha’s kind aunt, who broke the news that the winery had consolidated to the Corzano side of the valley a couple years ago. She resided on the side with the sheep.

When Aljoscha’s uncle Wendelin Gelpke retired from architecture and moved to Tuscany in 1972, he wanted to create a real farm, with animals, grapes, olives, grains: the possibility of a self-sustaining system. He bought Paterno from the Marchesi Niccolini in 1975. They acquired sheep “because cows are too big” and began making cheese. Today they sell a small range of really impressive and diverse cheeses. My favorite is Buccia di Rospo. It began as a mistake in the dairy: now the name is registered, because of imitators making fraudulent versions of their discovery. Today the family keeps 700 milk sheep (and several sheep dogs) at Paterno.

Corzano was added later. The hill faces Paterno across a narrow valley to the southwest of Florence.  From Gelpke’s initial 5 ½ hectares the combined property has grown to 17 hectares. Three thousand olive trees take up much of the land, along with hay and cereals to feed the sheep. Forty years ago a fire destroyed some of the estate’s hillside olive groves. The family replanted these excellent south-facing slopes with vines.

Corzano e Paterno practice organic agriculture but are not certified as such. They produce 75,000 bottles of wine annually. They do a double green harvest: a rough one in July, then a finer adjustment later in the season once they have a better sense of the overall character of the weather for the season. “Fifteen years ago the grower with the most courage, the one who picked latest, that person made the best wine.” Goldschmidt said.  “But that has changed. The climate has changed. It is now possible to end up with seriously overripe wines.”

At Corzano e Paterno the grapes are hand-harvested and triaged twice on vibrating sorting tables to remove all unhealthy fruit and detritus of harvesting.  They sometimes use natural yeasts for fermentation, sometimes a mix of cultured and natural. “The (added) yeasts that begin the fermentation are never the ones that finish it. Yeast from the fields and the cellar always do that. The aromatic profile therefore stays close to the same.”

Corzano e Paterno makes many small experimental batches of wine to test this and other theories. Like what type of closure is best for the ageing of a wine, or if vineyard management strategies affect overall alcohol content. “It’s hard to affect it much.” Goldschmidt stated. “Sugar ripeness is the issue (and that is related to heat). All regions now have the same problem.” He thinks maybe planting some vineyards with different sun exposures may be an option in the future. Sites previous generations would have thought to be too cool or shady.

Corzano e Paterno is a perfect place. All the products show love from two generations of a family working a beautiful land.

When Tilio Gelpke was eight years old he was taken out of school, and a lifetime of working with sheep began. Tilio’s father, a Swiss architect, bought Corzano e Paterno in the late 1960’s. He imported 50 sheep from Sardinia, to clear the land of bushes. Tilio says goats would have been better. Sheep prefer grass, goats like larger vegetation. “Together they make a good team.” Tilio started learning from a Sardinian family that relocated to Tuscany with the initial animals.

We are talking in the middle of a milking parlor. It is loud, aromatic, and a fine balance of order and chaos, similar to watching people get onto a subway train, or file into seats at a large theater. There is bustle followed by placid moments of chewing and the methodical attachment of pumps. The sheep file in and jostle for favorite positions: they don’t like wet spots on the floor. I feel the same way. When an animal with four legs slips, limbs go in all directions its head ends up smacking the concrete. A free two-day-old lamb wanders through the milking in progress, then down to us in the center of the room. It’s amazing how alert and active this little creature is in comparison to barely awake human newborns. They register a similar level of cuteness, in my opinion.

Tilio attaches pumps and checks microchips in the first stomach (sheep have two) with a handheld device to verify identities and record production levels. Today he is the angel of death. Animals that are very old (generally over 12 years,) have malformed teats, or simply do not produce average levels of milk, are marked with a dark green stripe. It is the stripe of imminent slaughter.

“If an old animal dies on the farm I have to pay 50 euros to dispose of it,” he says. “If I only get 10 euros from the butcher… I hate it, I hate dealing with them, I’d rather make illegal sausage on the farm, but the regulations make us do stupid things. People can buy a pig and slaughter it at their property to make sausage, but I cannot do the same with my old animals (without violating EU codes.)

“Fifty years ago there was so much concentration of productive food: it was a garden.” Tilio says everything was grown here, not just olives and grapes. People had to maximize the potential of the land. “Each stone you see, someone has turned it a few times. How far do I have to go back to find an era like this? Probably before the Etruscans.” Across more recent millennia the land had to be more intensively farmed, to support the population density of Tuscany. Tilio says that until the last century 20 people would live on the production of 10 hectares of land, while giving 50% of the harvest to their aristocratic masters. “It was slavery,” he says. But it made people wring every ounce of productivity from their territory. Vines were trellised along fruit tress, and vegetables co-planted between the vines, and anywhere else that wasn’t too rocky or steep.

“Romans had a dependency on grain. Florence could not have had the Renaissance without a greater concentration of crops.”

It is initially unsettling to have a long conversation about the wastefulness of modern Tuscan agriculture surrounded by dairy sheep and pasture land, in a region whose most striking visual characteristics is abundant and often scrupulously cultivated olive groves and vineyards. But Tilio’s point is we must take a longer perspective. “In the 1950’s someone with 50 sheep would have a wealthy family.” His family have 650. His neighbors have productive land planted with olive trees that they do not use anymore, because the labor is too expensive, even to produce valuable Tuscan oil. The way they farm does not support them.

Tilio casts his life as the story of a struggle to regain some productivity for the farm. He built the first stable in 1986. “Corzano e Paterno still has animals because I am stubborn. At first I was also the only salesman for the cheese. The stress and reality of what we were doing first came when they (his cousin Aljoscha Goldschmidt and his partner Toni) had a ton of cheese.”

“My cousin said we must throw it all to the pigs. I threw none away.”

Tilio learned quickly that his market for their farmstead cheese was not the grocery store. “Fresh cheeses lose weight. Retailers don’t like it, which is why they prefer industrial cheese.” Restaurants in Florence were a much better market, able to sell a selection of diverse pecorinos. The dairy thrived, and today they can barely keep up with demand.

Tilio says the he mainly takes issue with the emergence of industrial cheese that tries to look like artisanal cheese. The ubiquity of these products in Italy sounds similar to what you find on a casual grocery store tour in America.

“Cheese makers have no secrets. It’s something we have been making for 10,000 years.” A mistake created their first “signature” cheese, Buccia di Rospo. Instead of tall round pecorinos the cheese came out as squat bloomy disks. The expression Buccia di Rospo was used by Aljoscha to say the cheese was rotting: literally “It’s toading off.”

Tilio also implicates man as the root of problems interacting with the greater environment. Locals complain of the reappearance of the occasional wolf. “We have (problems with) wild animals because agriculture has changed. Wolves follow the wild boar, deer. When I started (working life at Corzano) we had pheasants. Those were the large animals you would see. Now we have wild boar as big as a pig. When you see them on a motorbike I say ‘please, you first.’”

Hunters imported larger boar from central Europe. They thrive in the food-rich fields of Chianti, growing fat on the Sangiovese grapes from vines they vandalize. “When I was a child they were hill animals, small, to get between rows. The Hungarian ones give birth twice a year.” And now they become overabundant.

Tilio has lived through boom and bust years in Chianti. “It’s an Italian disease. When something is working well they can spoil it in a very short time.” I hear this kind of shockingly deprecating language from many farmers working in Italy. “1973 was a terrible vintage and they sold it like it was a normal wine, and killed the market. Then it took many years and someone with money, it was Antinori but it could have been anyone, to fix it again.”

He then gets positive “We learn so much out of growing food.” We are outside, sharing stories of trips to Morocco, cheese making friends in New Jersey, minutae of farm life. A sheep dog wanders between us. “He thinks of himself as equal to us, a peer.” Tilio says, indicating the dog. “I call him but he will not come. But he has a job to do.” I realize I’ve been here a long time, and it’s still not 8am. Time to depart. My work day is starting.

His sister Arianna makes the wine. The way she speaks about it “I am still learning from Joshi,” you’d think it was her first year. She’s been in the cellar since 2004. She was born on the farm, it was her father’s, and her mother still lives at Paterno, close to Arianna and her brother. https://www.piedmontwineimports.com/corzano-e-paterno

Contact for Ciao Asheville: Gail Rampersaud
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Asheville Wine Focus Group: February

 

TICKETS: HERE!

News Release:  Friday, January 10th, 2020

About: February Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines
 
Please join us on Wednesday, February 12th from 5:30 to 6:30 for The Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines. Juniper Cooper of Mutual Distribution will host the event. Four wines will be presented for your consideration.
 
Please reserve your seat by calling (828) 575-9525 or online: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/february-wine-focus-group/
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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January Focus Group Winner

 

Zinfandel 2015, Old School, Tollini Vineyard

 

Taking it back to when Zin was easy drinking and no thinking! Dry farmed, head trained, gnarly zinfandel vines farmed by the Tollini family that were planted in the 1970's in the heart of Mendocino are no bull! Easy tannins and bright natural acidity carry the layers of juicy fruit and zesty spice. Whether having a dinner party, barbecuing, relaxing after work, or on a weekend getaway, there's never a wrong time to make it old school.

 

Peterson Winery has been producing wine in Dry Creek Valley for 30 years and, like most wineries in the Valley, produces Zinfandel as well as other wines. Yet a closer look shows that is where the similarities end.

Owner Fred Peterson is an iconoclast with an old world winemaking philosophy and a reverence for sustainable farming. The Peterson approach is to capture the essence of vintage and vineyard—a philosophy they call Zero Manipulation—with low tech, yet high touch, to produce wines of a place, wines with soul. The evolution of Peterson wines and winemaking accelerated when

Fred’s son Jamie became assistant winemaker in the summer of 2002. In 2006, after moving from the tiny red barn on Lytton Springs to Timber Crest Farms, Jamie was given the overall responsibilities as winemaker. As a winegrowing team, Fred and Jamie assess the grapes from each vineyard and vintage as the season progresses, evaluating how the weather, soil and site are interacting for the particular vintage. At Peterson winery, the winemaking process begins while the grapes are still on the vines. Zero Manipulation is a discipline the Petersons follow to capture the character and balance of inherent in the grapes. Zero Manipulation means using the most gentle, traditional winemaking practices possible to maximize the flavors, aromatics and texture of the wines. Fred and Jamie celebrate vintage differences and don’t tweak or homogenize the wine to obtain consistency of flavors, a common practice in mass-market wineries.  For Fred and Jamie, Peterson Winery is all about the wines. But if you look a little deeper, you’ll see the heart and soul that goes into every bottle.

 

Making great wines is all about balance.

It starts in the vineyards, where we try to achieve a balance from bud break in the spring until the grapes are picked in the fall. Balancing the canopy, the crop load, the sun exposure, the hang time, and the few hundred other details involved in managing a vineyard are what need to be considered to achieve balance.

Once the grapes are picked, it is then the winemaker’s responsibility to continue the balancing act in the cellar. All the variables that Mother Nature gave us during the growing season need to be considered because they affect the grapes and the approach to winemaking for that vintage. If you keep a good handle on the growing conditions of the season, you have fewer preconceived notions of what the wine should taste like because you’ve already been dealing with all the realities of that vintage.

With the winemaking underway, now the balancing act involves questions like how much oak to achieve the proper intensity in the wine,what type of oak best enhances the flavors in this wine, how often should this wine be racked, or does this wine need blending?

At Peterson Winery we practice the philosophy of Zero Manipulation.

Our definition of Zero Manipulation is using the gentlest winemaking techniques possible to maximize flavors, aromatics and the original essence of the wine. The less you do in the course of a wine’s tenure in the cellar, the more of the grape’s and vineyard’s essence you’ll have to bottle. Every time you do something to a wine, you take out a little of what you started with.

 

 

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History of The Wine Glass

 

By Gina Trippi

of The Asheville School of Wine

for The Laurel of Asheville HERE!

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Wine in The Time of Tariffs

 

By John Kerr

of The Asheville School of Wine

https://www.capitalatplay.com/wine-in-the-time-of-tariffs/

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MetroWines Chili Cookoff and Wine Pairing

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News Release: Friday, January 3, 2020
About: MetroWines Chili Cookoff and Wine Pairing
 
Join us on February 5th from 5:30 to 6:30 for The MetroWines Chili Cookoff. Wines will be presented and discussed by Rexine Connor, Mid-Atlantic Manager for Crimson Wine Group (https://www.crimsonwinegroup.com). Who will claim the title?
 
"MetroWines staff, Lou, Andy, Brett and John, are busting out their best pots of chili in this first annual cookoff," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "And there will be a vegetarian option!"
 
Lou says: "Your spurs will be jingling and jangling after my Cowboy Chile, Pardner. This chili bites back at you."
 
Andy says: "My garlic chili will save you from vampires and make the case for white wine and chili!"
 
Brett says: "Settle in to this traditional old world Wisconsin ground beef based chili that is the perfect blend of racy spices and dad-rock savory.  You'll be asking why you haven't brought Wisconsin to your table sooner."
 
John says: "My all bean chili will shame all meat chilis and prove that these big flavors can handle big reds. Just sayin."
 
Wines include Seven Hills Merlot from Walla Walla and Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel as well as a Chenin Blanc and Viognier Blend from Pine Ridge and Archery Summit Pinot Gris.
 
$30 for the evening. Reserve your bowl by calling 9828) 575-9525 or online: 
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi 
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The Great Beauty Film Discussion

News Release: Friday, January 3rd, 2020

About: "The Great Beauty" Film Discussion
 
Join us on Sunday, January 26th at 1pm for a discussion of the Italian Film, "The Great Beauty" presented by Ciao Asheville @MetroWines. 
The discussion will be hosted by Robert Formento, Ciao Asheville Film Coordinator:
 

"Last year, Ciao Asheville started its Italian film series with Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. To begin 2020 it is fitting that we begin with a movie that is often described as Felliniesque. This film, aptly named The Great Beauty, is directed by Paulo Sorrentino, and is filled with beautiful images of Rome. Some have also described the movie as “La Dolce Vita in technicolor, for the Berlusconi era"! Released in 2013, it won both an Oscar and Golden Globes awards for Best Foreign Language Film as well as many other international awards. 

 

On one level, it is the story of Jeb Gambardella (played by award winning Toni Servillo) who is reflecting on his life (as he lived it, or as he could have lived it) as he turns 65. Having written one very successful novel, he has been living the high life and coasting ever since. Much of the story is told in connected episodes that include commentaries, poetic dialogues and images that make up Rome - both the gorgeous and the decadent.

 

But on another level, this movie can also be viewed as a story about the city of Rome and Italy. Has Italy lived up to its history and potential? The movie shows beautiful images of Rome (from ancient history) along with some of the shallowness of modern Rome, (the life that Jeb is now a part of). Pictures of the overturned ship, Costa Concordia, play a part in this story of Jeb and Italy as well as other scenes that make you stop and think. Runtime: 140 minutes."

The event with popcorn is "on the house." $7 for a glass of Red or White Italian Wine.
 
Reserve your seat by calling (828) 575-9525
 
Contact for Ciao Asheville: Gail Rampersaud
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
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Camus, Lucarelli and Darts

** Happy New Year **

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Thank you for your support for our small business
and supporting commerce and community on Charlotte Street.
We are delighted to share with you that your support has made possible
the opportunity to serve you even better with our new delivery vehicle,
The Dodge Ram Promaster 1500!

Wall Street Journal suggests, get this, a wine spritzer to celebrate New Year's Eve.
WSJ recipe calls for the Spanish Grape Verdejo. The Asheville School of Wine suggests
pure bubbles with any one of the Sparkling Wine listed below.
If there was ever a time for big bubbles, NYE is it. But if you prefer a lighter fizz,
the Albarino, our BIG WHITE of THE WEEK, also a Spanish Varietal,
featured in this email would make a very fine spritzer.

In Any Case, 

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler !!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laissez_les_bons_temps_rouler
Midnight in Santorini is SOLD OUT
Wait List Only (828) 575-9525
ALERT: From The MetroWines Tariff Department

The New Year will bring tariffs, possibly 100% on wines from certain countries.
This is our last shipment of St. Hilaire before the imposition of the tariff.
We have worked to beat BIG BOX to be lowest price on St. Hillaire.
But the price is going up for all of us. So when this shipment is gone,
prepare for a few dollars more. Shop now @MetroWines!

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France's Oldest Sparkling Wine! 
Dry, toasty, smooth and clean Saint-Hilaire Limoux Blanc de Blanc Brut
truly captivates with an attractive yeasty aroma and luscious creamy texture.
The palate is light and crisp with citrus and apple flavors and the body is just hefty enough. Blanquette de Limoux is probably the oldest sparkling wine in the world.
We know that in 1531, the Benedictine Monks of the Abbey of Saint-Hilaire were already producing Blanquette de Limoux which certainly makes it France's Oldest Sparkling Wine preceding Champagne by more than a century.
The Limoux vineyards are located in Languedoc, in Southern France,
at the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains. The grapes are selected
from clay-limestone plots that capture both the Oceanic and Mediterranean influences.

SHOP NOW @METROWINES and SAVE!

$13.99 Until Shipment Gone

It's "Best of The Year" Time

Panetone Color of the Year is Classic Blue

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"In these uneasy times, as we move along to the new decade,
the Pantone Color Institute has reached back in time to calming,
confident classic blue as its color of the year for 2020.
The color is an anchor offering stability, constancy and connection.
"It's a reassuring presence," says Laurie Pressman,

Vice President of Global Purveyers
of Color Consulting, Trendsetting and Analysis.
(WOW, who knew there was one?)

Anyway, we get it, the new anchored with the traditional.
That said, we are pairing the color of the year
with The Wine of the Year @MetroWin
es.

Why is Evaluna The Wine of the Year @MetroWines?
Simply put, the quality to price ratio is HIGH.
And all 45 Participants at Focus Group LOVED it.
And no one buys Evaluna that does not come back for another bottle!

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As a second generation producer in a region that her father Sergio Zenato
put on the map, Nadia Zenato and her mother Carla Prospero created Evaluna
out of a deep love but also deep knowledge of the area.
Evaluna (Eve + Moon) evokes the passionand a long practice in the vineyard sites
of Lake Garda by the Zenato family. Evaluna in name and intent endeavors
to break what is considered possible in a land of diverse agricultural abundance.

Both native and international grapes have grown around Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake,
for hundreds of years. Long ago, the presence of red wines of Lake Garda (Gardo clareto)
and their consumption was noted as early as the Renaissance,
when Pope Leo X commented on their quality. The landscape and geology are ideal
for viticulture. The near Mediterranean climate and unique terrain have made this possible.
The geology of advancing and retreating glaciers left deposits rich in morainic
and silty/morainic soils, the same soils prized for production of the region’s Lugana white wines. The lake’s thermo-regulating influence and temperate microclimate make more
than viticulture possible, as the area abounds in diverse crops, including lemon,
orange and citron trees, together with olive groves and capers.

Not widely available. Out of stock, of course, at wine.com.
$17.88 in California before shipping!

$15.99 @MetroWines!

Big RED of the Week
The Arsonist

The 2016 Arsonist Red Blend has expansive aromas of violet, rose petal,
saddle leather and orange peel. Broad flavors of blackberry, plum and cassis
fill the palate; a hint of dark chocolate and baking spice adds complexity.

Firm, but refined tannins add good structure and long, silky finish.
Power and grace in a bottle! 

Blend: 52% Petit Verdot, 26% Malbec, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon

$20.97 online at Wine Chateau
$18.99 @MetroWines
BIG WHITE of the WEEK

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The Rías Baixas in the cooler climate of Northern Spain.
Lowlands, with altitude generally less than 300 m. near the sea.  At the lower reaches of rivers, influences by the Atlantic  shown in mild temperatures and high rainfall,
with a water drop in the summer months.

La Milla is 100% Albariño, this variety finds its natural habitat in the Atlantic ecoclimate:
mild temperatures, close to sea, heavy rain, sunny atmosphere with sandy, shallow soil.

La Milla is a cuvée made especially for Vinos de Terruños by Familia Pastor Gilabert,
in collaboration with winegrower and winemaker Angel Parada. 
Slightly golden yellow wine with green hues, great aromatic complexity with ripe fruit, predominantly peach and apple, accompanied by memories of pineapple.
The palate is broad with fresh acidity and a long, silky, lightly herbaceous finish.  $22

I know what you are thinking. I do. Yes, I do!
You are wondering why you would pay more
for this bottle, than, let's say, Garzon Albarino.
To be honest, me too. 

So I asked Brett Watson of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines for his opinion.
He said: "They are both amazing bottles for the price. As The Asheville Wine Focus Group
would say, both wines present a very high quality to price ration.
The difference is that Lamilla is from Rias Baixas, the traditional home of Albarino.
Sited in northern Spain, a cooler climate, this bottle offers the old world nutty
but fresh flavors of the varietal. Lamilla is a crisp and authentic representation of Albarino!"

(I am getting really tired of him being right)

Celebrate Far and Wide!
Hobart Australia. That's Tasmania

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/05/travel/36-hours-in-hobart-and-environs.html

Tasmania is experiencing a surge of weekenders and property buyers,
driven by a new found interest in the pristine nature; unhurried way of life
and increasingly diverse art and food scene that really started to take off with the arrival,
in a Hobart suburb of The Museum of Old and New Art in 2011.

One of the first on board was French Winemaker Roederer!

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Jansz Tasmania is a pioneer of deluxe sparkling wine in Australia,
commencing as a French-Australian partnership in 1986. Now 100% family owned,
Jansz Tasmania has coupled old world inspiration with new world innovation
to craft this unique style, known simply as Methode Tasmanoise.
Pale salmon in color with a fine bead, this wine has a rich floral,
bouquet of strawberries with a soft and creamy palate.

Unavailable for the price of $24.99 at wine.com
$24 and on the shelf @MetroWines

On a Health Kick?
"Natural Wine for The People:
What It Is, Where to Find It, How to Love it"
By Alice Feiring 

https://www.malaprops.com/book/9780399582431


A compact illustrated guide to natural wine, focusing on minimal intervention,
lack of additives, and organic and biodynamic growing methods.

Today, wine is more popular than ever in the United States and millennials
are leading the charge drinking more wine than any other generation in history.
Many have been enticed by natural wine. While the hippest restaurants and wine bars
are touting natural wines, there is still a lot of confusion about what exactly natural wine is,
where to find it, and how to enjoy it. In Natural Wine for the People,
James Beard Award-winner Alice Feiring sets the record straight.

In addition to the James Beard and Louis Roederer Wine Writing Awards,
Feiring is the author of seven books, including The Battle for Wine and Love
Naked WineFor the Love of Wine, and The Dirty Guide to Wine.
In 2013 she was named Imbibe magazine's Wine Person of the Year.
Her website The Feiring Line has been an invaluable resource
for natural wine enthusiasts since 2004.

In reviewing the book, NYT says "Even Trader Joe's has started to lean
into "natural" with peach colored signs that imply organic without actually saying it."

Typical. You want the real thing. Shop Natural Wines @MetroWines

Your Read it With Wine:

2018 dv beton 1

A bistro wine and staple at the dinner table were the inspirations for Beton.
A blend of55% Cabernet Franc, 15% Gamay Noir, 15% Pinot Noir and 10% Cot (Malbec) 

(https://southamericawineguide.com/whats-the-difference-between-cot-malbec/)
from Applegate Valley AVA in Southern Oregon that sits on granite bedrock.
Each variety is fermented separately and then aged in concrete.
Focused, with violets, earth, black pepper and black raspberry.

Sold out at Manhattan Wine Company. Not Sold at Vivino.
It's Special. And on the Shelf @MetroWines, $26

"Existential" is the Word of the Year

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https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/
dictionary-chooses-existential-word-year-67435022

According to Dictionary.com, the word "existential" is an adjective meaning: 
relating to existence: Does climate change pose an existential threat to humanity?
or relating to or characteristic of philosophical existentialism  concerned
with the nature of human existence determined by the individual's freely made choices.

(I prefer the word "extant" to mean existing, ie:
there are 25 extant Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in Oak Park, Illinois -
and "existential" for the thinking and writings  of Camus and Kafka, but that's just me.)

Your Ponder it With Wine
Chat Fou (Crazy Cat) Louis Dressner Selections
Eric Texier Winemaker

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"A blend of primarily Grenache and white Rhone varietals. It is easy, fruity and joyful.
Why is it not big, rich and intense?Simply because of the terroir that produces it,
granites from the norther Rhone Valley, where Grenache vines get just enough sun to ripen.
This everyday wine appreciates coolness."  
Eric Texier

Most online prices in Euros!
Our Price $18.99

Speaking of existential, the second dictionary meaning, we will be hosting
a presentation on Camus (pictured above) and wine. Believe it!
One of our customers writes about Camus. His new book has just been published.

But wine? The book finds Camus in Algeria. Perfect.
Algeria is part of the cradle of wine civilization!

Stand By for Details!

Staying Home for NYE?

That's Fine BUT Get ready for the New Year.
*** Clean out your Shoe Closet ***
You know you have too many pairs of shoes.
Some you don't even wear!
But do it in style. Play Nordstrom.

https://n.nordstrommedia.com/id/83ffb3b8-a3fd-4897-8ce3-076bfac3d59e.pdf

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Nordstrom has Bars all over the NYC store.

Pick up your "Nordstrom 6 Pack" @MetroWines
and Clean the Closet in Nordstrom Style!

Daou Cabernet Sauvignon
Cakebread Chardonnay
Lageder Pinot Grigio
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
Wolffer Dry Rose Cider
and Veuve

New Ways to Battle Procrastination
https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-ways-to-battle-procrastination-11576083512


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OK But What's Wine Got to Do With It?
According to this Wall Street Journal article, nothing, not no way, not no how.
But this is thier 3rd or 4th article and nothing has worked yet.
Part of the problem is that there is no tangible reward for doing it Now.
And that's what wine has to do with it!
So, you need a bottle to anticipate, to work toward.
Perhaps, something you have not tried but you always meant to do so.
But you don't want to spend too much because then you will just be worried
about the price and use it as a justification to further procrastinate!

*** YOUR REWARD for GETTING OFF THE COUCH***

2017 Luccarelli Primitivo $15.99

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You know Luccarelli. This is the winery that sends us Negroamaro from Puglia,
the heel of the boot, which has been a best seller fr the past 3 years.
This is their Italian Primitivo (Zinfandel) in the same lush style!

This wine has black cherry, plum and spice aromas on the nose.
This leads to the palate which is dry, medium bodied
and has ripe black fruit flavors with a balanced acidity and fresh finish.

Overall this is a very drinkable wine with great character. 

Ciao Asheville Says Arrivederci to 2019
and Buon Giorno to 2020

Ciao Asheville Welcomes 2020 
with "La Cena" on Charlotte Street

An Italian Dinner Paired with Italian Wines from VOLIO Fine Wine Imports
with Chef Chris Benson at Bone and Broth

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on Monday, January 20th, 2020 at 6pm.
Reserve Your Seats Here:

https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/bone-and-broth-italian-dinner

While you are waiting....

The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini (written in the mid 1500s)


https://www.malaprops.com/book/9780464290346
WSJ Reviewed: https://www.wsj.com/articles/bringing-artists-to-life-11576267430

The New Italy with Veronica Raimo!
Female Writers on the Rise in Italy
"The Girl at the Door"


Book at Malaprops here:
https://www.malaprops.com/book/9780802147349

Follow Veronica Raimo on Facebook here:
https://www.facebook.com/veronica.raimo.7

And Send 2019 Out with Franciacorta
Barone Pizzini "Animante" Extra Brut, $37

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Barone Pizzini was founded in 1870 by the noble family of the same name.
It is one of the oldest wineries in Franciacorta, and was the first winery in the region
to promote biodiversity and natural farming methods. This choice was made in mid-90s 
because it was essential to having “live” vines, to produce healthy grapes
to for wines that are a complete expression of the terroir.

Animante is sourced from the estate’s 25 vineyards in locations across Franciacorta. 
The average elevation of the vines is 200/300 meters above sea level,
with an average age of 20 years. Subsoils are complex in origin.
Some are morainic in nature, while others are enriched by glacial river deposits.

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Bianco are sourced from all four distinct sites
and harvested in August. Grapes are gently pressed, fermented in stainless steel tanks
for six months, and further refined in bottle on natural yeasts for 20-30 months
until disgorgement and a dosage mixture of 2-3g/l of organic sugar is added.

Tasting Notes

Franciacorta’s layered geological formations boast complex microclimates.
Wines are defined by both a sub-Alpine and Mediterranean-type climate
due to the proximity of Lake Iseo. Summers are tolerably hot and dry,
while winters remain milder, contributing to freshness and complex aromas.
Morainic soils are conducive to stone fruit flavors, spice and florality.

Food Pairing

Franciacorta’s moderate to high acidity makes it admirably versatile at the table.
Animante Brut offers a zesty texture, a vein of minerality and vibrant acidity
that cuts through a creamy risotto or pasta. For a delightful contrast,
match to foods rich in umamisuch as mushrooms, cured meats or shellfish,
flavors that will act as a balancing agentto the full stone fruit notes.

From the 2019 "Milestones Department" @MetroWines

Fallon Sherrock said she is overwhelmed by the “incredible” response
to her historic victories at the PDC World Darts Championship,
as 
Billie Jean King led a wave of congratulations
from across the globe.

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Sherrock became the first woman to defeat a male darts player
in the best-known competition and then one of the world’s top-ranked players~

The 25-year-old, who only took up the sport at 17 after ditching her career
as a hairdresser, said she was struggling to grasp the wave of adulation coming her way.

“It hasn’t all sunk in yet,” she told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“I haven’t had time to process the first game let alone this game.
Then the fact that all these people are tweeting me, especially Billie Jean King.
Oh my god, I never thought someone like that would be contacting me
or congratulating me or anything like that.'"

King, the former world No 1 tennis player, posted her congratulations
on Twitter along with the hashtag “#Gamechanger.” 

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Toast Fallon and your accomplishments with another "Gamechanger"

*** Veuve Clicquot ***

We Match Best price in Asheville!

Veuve - Yellow Label - 750ml
And Read All About It Here:

The Widow Clicquot is the New York Times bestselling business biography
of the visionary young widow who built a champagne empire,
became a legend in her tumultuous times, and showed the world how to live with style.

Mazzeo brings to life the woman behind the label, Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin,
in this utterly intoxicating book that is as much a fascinating journey
through the process of making this temperamental wine as a biography
of a uniquely tempered and fascinating woman.

https://www.malaprops.com/book/9780061288586

And ....First created in 1972 to celebrate its 200th anniversary,
Veuve Clicquot created an award, the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award, 
to honor this bold woman. For 50 years, the House has awarded businesswomen who have built, taken on or developed a business. To date, 350 women in 27 countries have been honored.
And Vueve tracks the progress of women entrepreneurs here:

https://www.veuveclicquot.com/en-ca/clicquot-world/veuve-clicquot-
unveils-its-first-international-women-entrepreneurship-barometer

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Sparkling Rose'

"Sparkling RosTasting"

Saturday, December 28th
from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines

and, as always, on the house!


Forbes Magazine Says: "Step up to sparklers. You get the same advantages,
since these wines are served chilled, and in many cases they pair even better with food,
rosé champagnes are one of the world’s great food wines. Well, when it comes to celebrating, there is no more time-honored beverage choice than sparkling wine.
Best of all, you don’t have to stop when summer ends, as sparkling wines are well suited
for many other occasions, holidays, brunches, and year-round enjoyment."

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Lis Neris Sauvignon Blanc

** BIG WHITE of THE WEEK **
Lis Neris Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Friuli

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At Lis Neris, while the winery offers excellent red wine, the focus is on white wines.
And well it should be as the conditions at the winery are perfect for white wines.

John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine says:
Grapes grow in gravel beds 150 feet deep covered in breezes off the Mediterranean
and glacial waters that roll down the mountains.

*** Teaching Moment ***
Friuli-Venezia Giulia is where Italian, Germanic and Slavic cultures converge.
The wines produced here in Italy's far north-east reflect this merging of cultures.
Often shortened to just “Friuli,” the area is divided into many distinct subzones,
including Friuli Grave, 
Colli Orientali del FriuliCollio Goriziano and Carso. $25

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Casadei

Casadei, Tuscany, Italy

"A Lighter Red"

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A blend of 60% Syrah, 20% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre.
This wine is powerful, yet supple and elegant. The nose opens with intense berry
and cassis fruit, highlighted by notes of dark chocolate and tobacco.
Firm and silky upon entry, the palate is equally intense with chewy and sweet tannins
and a very persistent finish with dark berries and sweet spices.

$26.99 at Ace online, $22.98 at Vintage online, $20.99 at wine.com
Back on Planet Earth, $18.99 @MetroWines

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Talking Wine

*** Sparkling of The Week ***

Albet i Noya
Brut Rose Reserva 2017, Penedes 19.99

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Stone fruit and red apple aromas set up a punchy, fresh and citric palate.
This bright Penedès sparkler tastes of pink grapefruit and peach,
while the finish is fresh and forward.

Happy Holidays!

Your "Official Holiday Red Wines"

Casadei, Tuscany, Italy

"A Lighter Red"

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A blend of 60% Syrah, 20% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre.
This wine is powerful, yet supple and elegant. The nose opens with intense berry
and cassis fruit, highlighted by notes of dark chocolate and tobacco.
Firm and silky upon entry, the palate is equally intense with chewy and sweet tannins
and a very persistent finish with dark berries and sweet spices.

$26.99 at Ace online, $22.98 at Vintage online, $20.99 at wine.com
Back on Planet Earth, $18.99 @MetroWines

2016 Elderton Shiraz, Barossa, Australia

"A Heavier Red"

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A rich and vibrant dark purple. Black forest fruits, chocolate, vanilla on the nose.
The palate consists of flavors of plum and berries, chocolate and has a spice finish.
Full bodied, rich; a classic Barossa Shiraz.

Wine & Spirits, 91 Points
The Ashmead family farms 3 shiraz parcels in Barossa, most vines date to the 1940s.
2016 is typical of a powerful shiraz, a dense wine, thick up-front concentration,
lasting through an expansive finish, where detail in the tannins keeps yielding flavor,
from floral notes to salty edgesand tangy, tarry, cool freshness.

James Suckling, 91 Points
An impressive hearty Barossa shiraz with blackberry anddark-cherry aromas, 
feeing into a succulent, long palate. Plenty of hearty flavor here. Drink or hold.

$22.97 at Wine Chateau
$21 @MetroWines

Contradictions

"Félix Vallotton: Painter of Disquiet’"
Review: Beautiful Contradictions

The Swiss artist is a study in opposites: bourgeois yet radical;
affecting yet chilly; straightforward yet mercurial."

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/felix-vallotton-painter-of-disquiet-
review-beautiful-contradictions-11575323820

I am having trouble deciphering this review but it brings up a good point:
Things, people, ideas, stations in life, etc.
that seem like they won't work together, sometimes do!
Same is true in the wine world.
Sure, we are good with the Bordeaux Five but after that we start saying whaaaaaa? 
Think of varietals more as interlocking than intersecting!

We asked Brett Watson of The Asheville School of Wine
to translate the theory of this painting into wine.

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"Chateau Musar is one of the most revered and well respected winemakers
Europe.  Producing some of the most age-worthy wines from the base
of Mount Lebanon in Bekaa valley of Lebanon certified organic since 2006
and minimal sulphur added only at bottling.  Gaston Hochar's (winemaker) wines
are so unique because he uses the traditional French grape of Cabernet Sauvignon
from Bordeaux for structure and backbone.  Then Musar blends floral and perfumed grapes
such as Cinsault and Carignan from the Southern Rhone to round out
the gorgeous bouquet.  Extremely old vines lend themselves to producing
incredible vibrancy of fruit for 30+ years of bottle age.  

The premium red bottling is under the classic "Chateau Musar" label.
Current vintage is 2006 which is showing incredible right now and couldalso sit
for 10 more years and get even prettier.  Fermented in cement, aged in old french oak. 
Unfined and unfiltered.  Finished wines are released 7 years after harvest.  
2006 in store for $60. Back vintages available upon request.

The more "drink now" and for the table bottling is under the"Musar Jeune" label 
comes from younger vines of Cabernet, Syrah and Cinsault.  They are blended together
and fermented in steel and see no oak whatsoever.  Aging happens in cement lined vats
to showcase it's youthful minerality.  Unfined and unfiltered.  
Current vintage is 2017,
an extraordinary showcasing of Musar & Bekaa Valley for only $24."

In summary, Brett says: "Bordeaux mixed with Southern Rhone
has never worked and tasted so delicious."

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Art Update: Yesterday morning, I was surprised to see this painting in Wall Street Journal
with the title "The Hunt for Red December" pairing a flower arrangement by Lindsey Taylor
with the work. You would find the link here but WSJ is notorious for not posting these arrangements! I will do the best I can to summarize.

Lindsey is not concerned with theory or contradictions but rather, in this case, mostly color.
She selected a deep brown earthenware vessel to match the brown wood of the chair.
The reds of the dress were represented by amaryllis, full roses, carnations
and a slightly pinker Heptacodium bracts. WOW. Whatever. 
Lindsey then adds a sprig of light blue Larkspur with its black centered flowers
highlighting the painting one the fireplace weaving in a little green to pick up the subject's sash. And to complete the picture, literally, Lindsey places seasonally appropriate sprigs of evergreen sequoia and a playful pink carnation to represent the little girl's dress. You get the idea!
So there you have the paining, the wine and the floral arrangement.

Go Forth!

"Sparkling RosTasting"

Saturday, December 28th
from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines

and, as always, on the house!

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Forbes Magazine Says: "Step up to sparklers. You get the same advantages,
since these wines are served chilled, and in many cases they pair even better with food,
rosé champagnes are one of the world’s great food wines. Well, when it comes to celebrating, there is no more time-honored beverage choice than sparkling wine.
Best of all, you don’t have to stop when summer ends, as sparkling wines are well suited
for many other occasions, holidays, brunches, and year-round enjoyment."

Midnight in Santorini

"Because when it's 6pm @MetroWines,
it's already Midnight in Santorini"

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Meanwhile, archaeologists have discovered two monumentally important 
royal tombs dating from about 3500 years ago in Greece shedding light 
on the Bronze Age Palace in Pylos and the Mycenaean culture.
https://www.npr.org/2019/12/17/789142592/archaeologists-
discover-ancient-greek-royal-tombs-dating-back-3-500-years

OK. We don't have any archaeologic finds to reveal to you
but we promise a Greek Cafe, with friends food, fun, fireworks and wine!
This year, the evening is limited to 40 seated guests only!

Reserve your seat by calling (828) 575-9525
or online: 
https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/midnight-in-santorini/

From The MetroWines Book Department

James Beard Award-winning founder of Serious Eats, Ed Levine, 
finally tells the mouthwatering and heartstopping story of building
and, almost losing, one of the most acclaimed and beloved food sites in the world.

In 2005, Ed Levine was a freelance food writer with an unlikely dream:
to control his own fate and create a different kind of food publication:
 the world's best bagels, best burgers, best hot dogs--the best everything edible.
To build something for people like him who took everything edible seriously,
from the tasting menu at Per Se and omakase feasts at Nobu
down to mass-market candy, fast food burgers, and instant ramen.

This is the moving story of making a glorious, weird, and wonderful dream come true.
It's the story of one food obsessive who followed a passion to terrifying, thrilling,
and mouthwatering places--and all the serious eats along the way.

Your Read it With Bottle:

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Winemaker Says:
Our 2017 Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir reflects the diversity of our namesake AVA.
The variety of soil types across this region provide depth and complexity
to this approachable wine. Aromatics of blue and red fruits,
with a touch of brambly earth and spice. The palate shows ripe red fruit,
which is complemented by soft, silky tannins and a crisp finish. 

James Suckling Says 92 Points
This has quite ripe, creamed cherry and spice aromas with a very smooth,
supple and fleshy palate that offers good drinking right away.

The Book is at Malaprops
https://www.malaprops.com/book/9780525533542

$32.99 at wine.com (They truly have NO shame!)

$24 @MetroWines

*** BIG RED of THE WEEK ***
2018 Phoenix from Penley Estate
Coonawarra, Australia 17.99

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James Suckling 92
“Pretty and aromatic with dried-rose, spearmint and currant aromas and flavors.
Medium body, soft and velvety tannins and a flavorful finish.” 

The Wine Advocate
Penley Estate is one of the finest Coonawarra producers,
fashioning wines of greater richness, nuance and aging potential than most of their peers.

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We interrupt our regularly scheduled program
for this urgent message:

100% Tariffs Under Consideration for European Wines

https://www.winespectator.com/articles/trump-administration-
considers-increased-tariffs-on-all-european-wines

To the extent we can, we will work with importers and distributors to share the extra costs. Beware of online shippers. Many rely on "phantom inventory." This means the
.coms do not and never did actually have the bottle. The .coms order it when you do putting them smack under the tariff effect. We have been preparing and have a good European inventory bought and shipped before the onset of tariffs.

Nevertheless, this is a good time to expand your wine horizons and try wines
from countries excluded from tariffs. Consider wines from South America, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Croatia, Slovenia, Lebanon (see Chateau Musar above!)  
and, of course, this country. Finger Lakes?

From "The Wine Related News Department" @MetroWines
Winery Owner Agustin Huneeus is in the slammer for 5 months
for his part in the college admissions scandal, dubbed Varisty Blues"
actions brought by the US Attorney.

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Who is Agustin Huneeus?

Huneeus Vintners was founded by the elder Huneeus and his wife, Valeria.
Agustin C. built the Chilean winery Concha y Toro into an international success
before immigrating to the United States during political unrest and creating
a small empire around Franciscan Winery.

After his father sold Franciscan to Constellation Brands in 1999, 
Agustin F. stayed on the Board eventually becoming chief executive
of Constellation's fine-wine division before joining his father at the new family company.
The family had held onto 
Quintessa Estatethe foundation of Huneeus Vintners.

Today the company also owns Faust, Flowers Vineyards and Winery in Sonoma and Benton Lane in Oregon. Their biggest splash came when they bought 
The Prisoner from Dave Phinney in 2010, expanded it, and then sold it
in 2016
to Constellation for $285 million.

Meanwhile, Agustin F.  bought his daughter"s way into USC. 
The Justice Department presented evidence, including wiretapped phone calls,
that Huneeus paid $50,000 to Singer to have a proctor improve his daughter's SAT score by correcting some of her answers. Huneeus also agreed to pay both Singer's foundation and a coach at USC a total of $250,000 to secure his daughter a spot
on the school's water polo team, even though she was not a top athlete
and with the understanding she would not have to play.
** BIG WHITE of THE WEEK **
Lis Neris Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Friuli

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At Lis Neris, while the winery offers excellent red wine, the focus is on white wines.
And well it should be as the conditions at the winery are perfect for white wines.

John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine says:
Grapes grow in gravel beds 150 feet deep covered in breezes off the Mediterranean
and glacial waters that roll down the mountains.

*** Teaching Moment ***
Friuli-Venezia Giulia is where Italian, Germanic and Slavic cultures converge.
The wines produced here in Italy's far north-east reflect this merging of cultures.
Often shortened to just “Friuli,” the area is divided into many distinct subzones,
including Friuli Grave, 
Colli Orientali del FriuliCollio Goriziano and Carso. $25

*** CRUNCH TIME ***
Last Minute Perfect Gift: Luggage!

Wall Street Journal says: "Buying luggage used to be about
as sexy as acquiring a refrigerator."
But we have entered into the "snap-suitcase culture"

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Floyd’s hard shell suitcases will excite even the most experienced travelers
with their supreme quality, clever packaging solutions and high attention to detail. 
Perfect travel companion for people who haven’t given up on their inner teenager
and their enthusiasm for good, honest, optimistic and authentic design. $420.

This looks Sturdy, Functional and Stylish
Pair it with a Powerful yet Elegant Wine

WHIPLASH 2017 Zinfandel, Lodi
"Like the powerful horse for which they are named, Whiplash wines
are commanding and elegant. Our winery and its California wines celebrate
the unbridled spirit of this hole and pay homage to the invaluable horses
that settled the once untamed American West.
Our Whiplash Lodi Zinfandel is full-bodied with a graceful touch of oak.
Dynamic fruit including dark cherry, plum and blueberry combine with captivating
hints of spice leading to a delightful finish. This wine is the perfect dinner companion.

Add a Wine Journal for the Traveler

Malaprops has this one and dozens more!
https://www.malaprops.com/search/site/wine%20journal

The Economic Case for Regifting
WSJ: 
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-case-for-regifting-11576253754

Don't "Gift" and Don't "Regift"

*** Go DIY ***
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Give a Gift Card to MetroWines!
Call (828) 575-9525 or come on in.

Operators are standing by.

*** EMERGENCY STOP ***

From The MetroWines  "Upon Reconsideration Department"

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Last week, we suggested jeans and a bottle of CMS for a timeless and useful gift.
But, as it turns out, it takes an MIT doctorate in physics to determine the right size.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/its-not-you-clothing-sizes-are-broken-11576501384

"Christopher Moore has a doctorate in physics from MIT and has worked on projects ranging from tracking the world's oil supply to searching for new cancer drugs. His latest gig is turning out to be the hardest: helping shippers find the correct size in clothing."

Bag the jeans. No reason to add more stress to your life.
So, unless you know the size for sure, don't even try.

But the CMS is still a great gift!

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