*** A Geodesist ***
NYT defined the profession as: Someone who calculates the Earth's shape and size,
gravitational field and orientation in space over time. Who does this?
I did some research. Turns out Gladys Mae West did it and slammed it home!
Gladys Mae West (née Brown) (born 1930) is an American mathematician
known for her contributions to the mathematical modeling of the shape of the earth
and her work on the development of the satellite geodesy models that were eventually incorporated
into the Global Positioning System (GPS). West was inducted into the USAir Force Hall of Fame in 2018.
*** A toast to you Gladys Mae West ***
UPHOLD 2017 California White from Ryme
All profits donated to support the planet!
Lemon and tart tangerine citrus, good body,
balanced acidity, smooth with nice finish.
*** $16.99 ***
*** A Geodesist ***
*** In the Beginning ***
Before photography, plagues and pandemics were recorded in paint.
A great example is the oval depicting St. John healing victims of the plague painted
for the Hospital of San Giovanni di Dio in Florence by Violante Ferroni,
a woman who bent all rules at a time when large scale public commissions were reserved for men.
Webinar through Italian Embassy in Washington DC on June 4th from 4 to 5pm
Your Webinar With Wine:
Cera Suolo di Vittoria Classico 2017
50% Nero D'Avola and 50% Frappato, Sicily $16.99
The Countess Constance wine Poggio di Bortolone is characterized by its remarkable freshness.
It has a bright red color and gives off vibrant aromas of blueberry, cherry and red currant.
On the palate it reveals its excellent structure and fruity and persistent finish.
Peru, Potatoes and Potato People
National Geographic writes: Since at least 5,000 BC, Peru has been dining on spuds.
More than 4,000 varieties grow in country. But diversity and the cultural value
of the crop are being threatened by industrialized agriculture. Inventive chefs,
including Virgilio Martinez, are working to boost the status of the potato
and other traditional Andean mood often called "Novoandina."
At his restaurant, "Mil," in the Sacred Valley, you will find varieties of potatoes
in an 8 course Andean focused meal.
Gordon Ramsey on The Potato King in Peru
All About Traditional High Andean Food
*** $15.99 @MetroWines ***
*** Edible Garden ***
You still have time to build a garden that YOU CAN EAT!
All those herbs and most delicious vegetables.
let's select something versatile and earthy.
RAW made its debut @MetroWines last year. Smashing Success.
You bought more than 10 cases. Very popular. Good news! New vintage is IN.
RAW has no additives and no manipulation.
Pale pink in glass, aromas and palate of strawberries, raspberries and white flowers.
Made in Spain. $15.99 @MetroWines!
From The MetroWines Book Suggestion Department
in Collaboration with Ciao Asheville
Italo Calvino presents a novel of endless mutations in this intricate story about writing and readers.
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler turns out to be not one novel but ten, each with a different plot,
style, ambience, and author, and each interrupted at a moment of suspense.
Together they form a labyrinth of literatures, known and unknown, alive and extinct, through which
2 readers, a male and a female, pursue both story lines that intrigue them and one another.
ITALO CALVINO (1923–1985) attained worldwide renown as one
of the twentieth century’s greatest storytellers. Born in Cuba, he was raised
in San Remo, Italy, and later lived in Turin, Paris, Rome, and elsewhere.
More about Calvino: https://www.
Published in 1992. In paperback from Malaprops
Your Read it With Bottle
Sorelle Palazzi (Palazzi Sisters)
Toscana Sangiovese 2015, $17.99
Grapes grown from old vines on Colli Pisani, Pisan Hills, on soils that are composed
mostly of clay. Native yeasts, non-filtered, and vilification in large cement tanks
give one the chance to taste the "blood of Jove" (Sangiovese) without breaking the bank.
Dried herbs, including thyme and chives, and fruit. Easy to drink solo or with food.
The Palazzi Sisters, or Sorelle Palazzi, started their winery in 1973 in the little-known Chianti town
of Morrona di Terricciola, in the heart of the Colli Pisani,between Pisa and Volterra.
Certified Organic by ICEA.
Meanwhile, a Roman Mosaic Floor was found under a Vineyard near Verona!
** YOUR MID-LIFE CRISIS **
Some say Covid launched a groundswell of early mid-life crises. Whatever.
Your Contemplate Where You Went Wrong and Where You are Going Wine:
And THE BIG RED OF THE WEEK
Although not at the mid-life point yet, I asked Brett Watson to pick a bottle to steer the process.
And he said: "Ascent! 100% cabernet from a vineyard site just next to the fabled Pride Mountain Vineyards
that straddle the Napa and Sonoma County line. Ascent is a side project of well respected winemaker
Andrew Geoffrey. Well aged, integrated classical Cabernet for a quarter of the usual Napa cost. "
The generous fruit will allow this wine to age gracefully for years.
This limited-production masterpiece sits prettily in the glass with opulent aromas
of blackberry, red plum, and red cherry, accented by generous wisps of cola and chocolate.
The palate is anchored by dense flavors of cassis, licorice, and black olives,
and the tannins are still impeccably structured.
Compare, if you can find it, at $54.
OK. I realize Ascent is a little higher in price
but do I have to remind you:
THIS IS YOUR MID-LIFE CRISIS.
(I already had mine.)
EMPAHSIS ON MID-LIFE!
*** WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? ***
Or you could go the red sports car route and pair it
with this race car lover's dream house in LA for $62 million.
Your Call: $62M for $54?
*** BEANS ***
Wine & Spirits Magazine Talks Beans!
"Beans, beans, a glorious staple. They last forever!
Don't skimp on the herbs and spices
and you will find you have a hearty comforting meal for your table.
"Earth, rusticity is the name of the wine game here"
with particular focus on muscular Uruguayan wines.
W&S suggests Garzon Tennat with Black Beans.
The 2018 scored 92 Points from W&S and Wine Enthusiast gave 90 Points.
One of the best sellers @MetroWines.
And The Big RED of The Week
German Bruzzone ferments this Tennat in cement then ages it
in a mix of French Oak barrels and casks, creating a clean, austerely red.
Expect turmeric and green peppercorn scents with solid dark fruit.
Structured and balanced, wine will go in bottle several years but is ready to drink now.
$19.99 at wine.com
(It really is beginning to tick me off the way wine.com is horn swoggling customers.
And they get awards for it! I feel a fight coming on....)
Beating Online Everywhere! $15.99 @MetroWines
Still Life Painting "Three Wines": by Laurin McCracken
Mr. McCracken was born in Mississippi and lives in Ft. Worth Texas.
I am certain that you can find a local artist to paint your bottle!
Anyway, this whole genre got me to thinking, what wine would I like to have on canvas?
Well, it would need to be one that I also like in the glass,
like the story and want to share it with others.
Nikolaus and Carolin Bantlin originally came from Germany
but fell in love with the south of France, rock climbing and biking on holidays.
They discovered a large sheep pasture in Fitou, France,
with a small number of vines around that inspired them to start making wines.
The vineyards at Les Enfants Sauvages are hidden by the surrounding garigue
with no neighbors in sight. The only threat is the overgrowth of vegetation and the wild pigs!
Why "Les Enfants Sauvages?" Simply put, as a tribute to Jim Morrison and The Doors.
The duo behind the wines drew inspiration from The Doors’ song “Wild Child”—
about finding salvation in the wild state of nature. They took the French translation for their name.
A blend of 40% Cinsualt,40%Syrah and 20% Mourvedre
The result is a lovely, finesse-driven red that’s atypically light for the region.
Delicate, fresh cherry and strawberry flavors complemented by subtle mineral and earth notes.
Crisp acidity and a dry finish. Drink alone or with food. You can also put a chill on it.
There's a lot of WILD in this bottle!
And that whole Doors Thing!
Just in case you don't remember the Doors or the song,
Here is Jim Morrison and The Doors on (get this) The Smothers Brothers in 1968:
Whoa. Totally worth a painting!
$24 at GnarlyVines BUT $22 @MetroWines!
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Get Healthy. Stay Healthy!
According to legend, when the plague came to the city of Yogyakarta
on the Indonesian island of Java, the sultan ordered his citizens
to cook sayur lodeh and stay home for 49 days. The plague ended.
And so began a practice that continues to this day.
Spicewalla @MetroWines! 3 Pack Set, $12.49
And Your Pair the Sayur Lodeh With Wine:
You will need the acid to cut through the coconut milk.
And a palate that will blend with the many flavors in the recipe
$19.99 at wine.com (Shameful)
*** $16.99 @MetroWines ***
*** Zoom Tasting ***
with Shop Favorite Laurence Vuelta!
from Trinchero Family Estates
*** 5 to 6pm on Thursday, June 4th ***
As we always say @MetroWines:
"If you have not been to a wine tasting with Laurence Vuelta,
you have NOT been to a wine tasting!"
With the success of our last Zoom Tasting, we are going again.
While you cannot meet Laurence in person as you would at an in store tasting,
the advantage is that you can hear the entire presentation in sequence from start to finish.
And, while crowds are fun, this way you can ask questions and actually hear the answer!
Information and Registration: https://
If you want to taste along with Laurence,
you can purchase wines before the event.
Call (828) 575-9525
June 4, 2020 at 4:00 PM ET
THE ART OF HEALING
Rediscovering Historical Women Artists from Florence
( Zoom Webinar )
Are we the ones really preserving art through conservation or is it a mutual relationship where art preserves us as well?
Through the joint efforts of Italian institutions such as the Uffizi, the Fondazione Santa Maria Nuova and the US organization Advancing Women Artists (AWA), often-forgotten women like Violante Ferroni are now being rediscovered and their works exhibited once more.
During the webinar, Linda Falcone, Director of AWA, and Elizabeth Wicks, Conservator of Fine Art, will enlighten us on the works of Plautilla Nelli, Artemisia Gentileschi, Violante Siries Cerroti and Violante Ferroni. Through the fascinating journey of the restoration of their pieces, we will learn about the historical women artists of Florence and their role in the ‘Art of Healing’.
LOCATION: Zoom Webinar (registration required)
This program is organized in collaboration with
*** BIG DEAL of THE WEEK ***
Barbera is a vigorous and productive variety requiring management
through pruning and planting density. The clusters are big and compact,
and the grapes are rich in sugar, acidity, soft tannins and color.
Vallana’s viticultural philosophy is sustainable farming.
Grapes are ready for harvest mid-September. Handpicked and placed in small boxes.
Fermentation takes place in large cement tanks and lasts for about one week.
The wine is unoaked and rests in large cement vessels for up to one year before bottling.
The wine is perfect to drink young, but suitable for medium to long aging.
*** $12.99 ***
*** It's ALL Greek to Me ***
Daily Olive Oil May Contribute to Heart Health
says The Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Reported by The American Heart Association here:
Shop 100% Olive Oil @MetroWines
Many Big Box Brands contain a substantial amount of lesser oils
of no value to your health but offering some solid padding where you least need it.
You need 100% olive oil.
Sparta Kefalas, Greece, Organic
750 ml (like a wine bottle) $14.99
In the small village of Kefalas, near the city of Sparta in Laconia,
a group of organic farmers lovingly produces this extra virgin olive oil.
The fertile land of Laconia and the natural methods of production
give the olive oil the flavor and aroma which allows you to discover
the beneficial and nutritious value of the Mediterranean Diet.
or Go Bigger!
3 Litre Can, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, $43
Another source of health and vitality is Mastic,
cultivated in Chiros:
From The MetroWines Book FYI Department
Along the French Riviera in the early 1900s, an illustrious family in thrall
to classical antiquity builds a fabulous villa—a replica of a Greek palace, complete
with marble columns and frescoes depicting mythological gods.
The narrator of this brilliant novel calls the imposing house an act of delirium,
“proof that one could travel back in time, just like resetting a clock, and resist the outside world.”
This is a Greek epic for the modern era.
And Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon conclude their culinary journey in Greece!
Your Greek Wine to Pair with All This Great Greek Stuff
Pale golden color. Medium intensity aromas of yellow and citrus fruits,
which are combined with a little more intense aromas of chamomile, jasmine and spices.
Full and rich flavor presenting the tasting characteristics of apricot and flowers.
Very pleasant, balanced acidity and fine finish. An ideal companion to soup of chickpeas
with lemon sauce or salad of boiled chickpeas with herbs.
$18.99 at wine.com (how do they stay in business?)
Does Amazon bring good jobs?
John Boyle’s well written column on Amazon focused on their jobs but missed the key drawback for our community. Yes, Amazon brings jobs with reasonable pay. But the real damage is that all of Amazon’s profits and most of their tax dollars are siphoned out of our local community, state and country. Amazon pays no federal taxes. And in many communities, they get breaks on income and property taxes while local businesses pay full freight. Local businesses spend or reinvest their profits here bringing far more jobs to our community than Amazon ever will.
In the long run, this means higher taxes for you to make up what Amazon doesn’t pay and fewer businesses in town to maintain the charm and vibrancy you moved here to enjoy. You get to decide what Asheville looks like. There are plenty of local businesses that provide many services that Amazon offers at a better price and/or offer equal or better pay. Please support them or Asheville will cease to be the place you love.
News Release: Friday, May 22st, 2020
Try Tendu by Matthiasson
2018 "Tendu" is 47% Aglianco, 42% Montepulciano, and 11% Barbera from the Windmill Vineyard in the Dunnigan Hills AVA made in Bistro style. Fermented in stainless steel, aged in neutral barrels, and then bottled with no additives or sulfur. On the nose, find violets, dried and fresh raspberry and purple plum. The palate presents the right balance of acidity, structure, and concentration with a dark, rocky finish.
Steve Matthiasson is known as the winemaker to the winemakers.
As a vineyard consultant Steve Matthiasson teaches and makes decisions,
including when to water and how to prune, on vineyards throughout Napa
and Sonoma. Steve’s current clients include Araujo Estate, Spottswoode,
Chappellet, Robert Sinskey Vineyards, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars,
Long Meadow Ranch, Trefethen, Limerick Lane, and others.
On his own vineyards, Steve cares for the vines with his own hands,
driving the tractor at night, and working with the crews on Sundays.
$19.99 for a Class Act!
Not Ready for Pink. Let's Do Orange.
From Haloze Belo 2016
Eric Asimov talked Orange Wines on Wednesday in NYT.
"They have been hailed as innovative expressions,
and damned as flawed, oxidized, repetitive and dull.
Both the praise and criticism have been well earned. Some orange wines are in fact insipid. People tire of them quickly when the novelty disappears. But why would it be surprising to find bad examples of any type of wine."
Bottom Line: You need a good one!
This wine from Slovenia is made from Sauvignon Blanc.
The additional skin contact adds fruit, complexity and texture.
Expect flavors of Passion Fruit, gooseberry and Grapefrui
The winery recommends serving baked fish and a grapefruit pesto.
Vivino is still looking for it online!
*** This is a good one! ***
Books, Scotland and Wine
While spending time in isolation, we have talked about reading books
and writing a book but what about a book store?
From the MetroWines Stuff You Never Knew Existed Department:
Be a BookShop Owner for a Week or Two...
If you have ever romanticized about owning a bookshop, you can test drive
the dream in Scotland. In the coastal Scotland community of Wigtown,
sojourners can pay to operate a book store called The Open Book
for a week or two and live upstairs in the apartment. The rental is typically booked years in advance proving that running a bookstore is a popular fantasy,
at least for bibliophiles. Need a jolt back into reality?
"Confessions of a Bookseller" by Shaun Bythell and David R. Godine
But what about a Read it With Wine?
Does Scotland make wine? You decide.
Meanwhile, we have chosen a wine that is a close to the peat-y Scotland
as we could find. Earthy, brambly, rustic and some say downright dirty.
** HOMS Clots de Pals 2016 Minervois, $17.99 **
An blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah from one of the Languedoc's
great growing regions: Minervois. It really gushes with blackberry
and blueberry fruit on the nose and palate with just a hint of warm stone
and garrigue notes. You might also find a touch of burnt sugar and cola. The wine finishes with a flush of brightness to the fruit from the acidity and a little tar and cedar on the palate periphery. There's plenty of ripe tannin to support the bold fruit
and help the flavors sustain nicely on the generous, fruit-filled, finish.
$17.99 is Abundantly Online Competitive!
(And don't forget, when we can socialize again,
you can play wine shop owner
at The Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines.)