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Cookbooks and Wines




The book explores how to cook really well using simple ingredients!

But Wait! There's more! 
When you join the Jacques Pepin Foundation, an organization that
supports training programs for chefs you receive a Members Only Cookbook.
This cookbook includes submissions from 45 contributors
including Thomas Keller, Alice Waters and José Andrés.


2016 Santa Duc Cotes du Rhone - Perrine's Wine Shop
You Read it With Wine is a wine that can go solo while you peruse the book
and also a wine that can pair nicely with most of the recipes.
Famille Gras Les Vieilles Vignes Cotes du Rhone 2017

Santa Duc, Winemaker

From organically and biodynamically farmed vineyards in Gigondas. 
Domaine Santa Duc has been owned and run by the Gras family since 1874.
Harvesting is done by hand. Vinification is natural, fermentation with indigenous yeasts,
no additives, and very little added sulfites. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Blend of 60% Grenache from 40 year old vines with the rest Syrah and Mourvèdre.
13.5% alcohol. Rustic and delicious.

Brett says: "one of the best balanced Cotes du Rhone under $20." 
Not everywhere. $18.99 @MetroWines

*** Gift Pairing Alert #2 ***


Naked Chef television personality Jamie Oliver considers the top ingredients
we consistently buy every week, meal staples we pick up without thinking such as eggs,
potatoes as well as prepared condiments. Jamie says we are all busy,
but that shouldn’t stop us from having tasty, nutritious meals  So, rather than trying
to change what we buy, Jamie gives everyone new inspiration for their "staples."
Jamie focuses on 18 popular ingredients and each recipe includes fewer than 8! 


Your Pair it With Book Makes, like Jamie, the Old New Again
Old indigenous grapes made in a new style. Perfect.
BAAAGADUCK, Joao Pato aka Duckman, Vinho Tinto, 
From Portugal at ONLY 12% ALC !

Blend of 85% Baga, 15% Touriga Nacional

Baga (pronounce: bah-gah) Dry, Medium to full bodied with Blackberry,
Black Currant, Dried Cherry, Cocoa and Tar. Decant for an hour.
Cuts through fat and plays well with smoke. $21

João Pato “Duckman - Baaagaduck” Tinto (750ml) - winehut

"Behave Wildly. Feel the Unexpected."

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Michelangelo, Graffiti & Stefanago Rosso

Did Michelangelo Dabble in Renaissance Graffiti?

(Well this really takes the torta, as they say.)


Graffiti by Michelangelo in Florence


To consider this artistic conundrum, we need a high quality
yet unassuming bottle that does not take itself to seriously but knows
with great confidence exactly what it is and what it has to offer!

A Savio Soares Selection
2019 Castello di Stefanago Rosso 13.5% ALC 

The bottle shot of this wine is somewhat underwhelming
and does not speak to its good breeding and high standards.

But THIS is where Rosso was raised!

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Rosso by Castello di Stefanago is a red wine produced in Oltrepò Pavese
with a blend of local grapes such as Croatina and Uva Rara together with Merlot.
 With its ruby and violet color and floral and fruity scents,
the wine is smooth on the palate for easy drinking. Traditional, artisanal winemaking.
To enjoy this wine at its best, let it 'breathe" at least 15-30 minutes before serving.

*** Quiet Confidence: $16.99 ***

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Elisabetta Fagiuoli on Zoom

News Release: Monday, November 30th, 2020
About: Wine Tasting with Elisabetta Montenidoli
This is BIG! A Zoom Tasting with the Grand Dame of Italian Winemaking Elisabetta Fagiuoli of Montenidoli, San Gimignano, on Thursday Dec 3rd at 5:30 EST.  
Who is Elisabetta?

Elisabetta Fagiuoli has a spirituality about her that is present in her wines. She is the owner of Montenidoli in the San Gimignano region of Chianti, Tuscany. Montenidoli means "the mountain of the little nests" and it is comprised of 24 hectares of vineyards surrounded by 200 hectares of woodlands. The Etruscans were the first to discover this treasure and plant vines, followed by the Romans and the Knights Templar. 

The property which she owned with her late companion Sergio was brought under vine in 1965, and at the time was abandoned wilderness. Located on the top of hills, the farm is remote and has spectacular vistas of the Chianti hillsides. There is a profound respect of the vineyard and the land which is clearly present in the winemaking at Montenidoli. Fagiuoli's highest vineyards are comprised of Triassic soils which are over 350 million years old.

More on Elisabetta:                                                                                            Comprehensive interview and video with Monty Waldin of Grape Collective here: https://grapecollective.com/articles/the-soul-of-chianti-elisabetta-fagiuoli-of-montenidoli

How to Join Us to E-Meet Elisabetta!
Zoom Meeting Link:
You are invited to join the Zoom "on the house." But, if you want to taste along with Elisabetta, we have some of her greatest wines @MetroWines.
2019  Montenidoli Vernaccia "Tradizionale" for $22 @MetroWines (in shop now)
2017  Montenidoli Chianti Garrulo, $21 (arrives Thursday)
Also available from Montenedoli @MetroWines but not set for Zoom Tasting:
2018 Montenidoli Rosso Toscana for $23 
And for you Italophiles, the Montenidoli website is also in Italian:
Join us! This is a rare opportunity to meet one of the most respected winemakers EVER.
Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Bordeaux in Wood Box



Château De L'Ane neighbors the legendary Château Cheval Blanc and shares the same iron laced blue fruit and dried violet of Saint Emilion's northern plateau.

94 Point Wine Enthusiast

6 Bottles in Wood Box from Winery with a Bow!

Call (828) 575-9525

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Black Friday Letter to Editor, ACT

From: Gina Trippi <metrowinesasheville@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Nov 21, 2020 at 1:37 PM
Subject: Black Friday
To: <letters@citizen-times.com>


Dear Editor:
Black Friday has been delayed in France to give independent merchants, those same small businesses that are the backbone of our economy in America, a chance to benefit while Amazon rages through the country. Please shop locally Asheville! This is the day, the time of the season, the last chance for many merchants to stay afloat to serve you next year. 
COVID took a toll on the little guy. Consumers started shopping online, forgetting about the neighborhood merchant. Stores, restaurants, service businesses have closed. And the domino effect is that local charities for veterans, children, homeless pets, you name it, suffer.
Your dollars are your voice. Your dollars express your opinions, your values and determine your future. What do you want the years to come to look like? Streets clogged with Amazon Prime trucks, delivery drones forcing sky traffic, big box, big box, big box? Support those in the community who hire employees, pay taxes, give to local charities, and answer the phone when you call! 
Gina Trippi
MetroWines, Asheville
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2020 Thanksgiving Picks


*** Top Thanksgiving Picks***
Support Domestic Wineries on Thanksgiving


No photo description available.
With fewer guests at The Thanksgiving Table,
this is the time to UP the wine served.


And Oh Yeah, after this year, you deserve it!
For specific menu pairings, Call (828) 575-9525
for Thanksgiving Suggestions from one of our Sommeliers @MetroWines.

*** The Sparkling ***

Gruet Brut Price & Reviews | Drizly
The Brut from New Mexico offers a crisp, and full-bodied sparkling wine,
which has developed rich complexity and fine mousse.
The allure of toasty finish from twenty-four months on tirage,
is a complement to the sophisticated apple and citrus flavor.
A blend of 75%Chardonnay and 25%Pinot Noir. ALC 12%
Winemaker's Note: Brilliant with ultra fine bubbles.
A wonderful fine bouquet dominated by green apple and grapefruit flavors. $18.99

New York Times: "For my money, the best sparkling wine in the US
is still produced by Gruet in a place about as far away
from Champagne as it could be." 

Wall Street Journal: "Best Value sparkling wine in the U.S. under $30.” 
And 90 Points from Wine Spectator


*** The White ***
Trouchard Roussanne 2018 $24
($28 at the winery.) 

Truchard Vineyards - Buy Wines - Current Releases
The 2018 vintage will be remembered as nearly perfect. A cold winter with average rainfall
made for a late bud-break. Ideal spring weather allowed for a heavy set. 
Mild conditions in summer and fall allowed the crop to slowly ripen and develop maximum flavor. Wines of 2018 are powerful but elegant with firm acidity and beautiful balance. 
This could be the vintage of the decade!
Roussanne has been traditionally associated with the Northern Rhone,
where it is blended with Marsanne to make white Hermitage wines. In 1998,
3 acres of Roussanne were planted the Truchard Estate Vineyard.
Floral aromas of pineapple, honeysuckle, and jasmine with highlights of brioche and vanilla.
The palate is crisp, with clean flavors of fresh pear, honeydew melon and apricot.
Bright acidity provides a lengthy finish of citrus, mineral, and spice.
(Not new to shop. This label has been here since we opened the doors.
I thought its popularity, its uniqueness, would fade but no, never.)


*** The Red ***

2018 Sandlands Cinsault, USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi -  CellarTracker

2018 Lodi Cinsault- 8 barrels produced. Planted in 1886 in Lodi. 
Cranberry, candle wax, lavender. 
Black tea, violets, red cherry.
Crisp. silky finish. 
Crystalline, suave tannin finish. 13.3%ALC
Only 8 barrels produced.

Vinous Media Says 93 Points
The 2018 Red Table Wine (Lodi) offers a super-intriguing range of floral
and red/purplish berry notes, all in a mid-weight frame that is hugely appealing.
A lighter, more food friendly blend that features Cinsault, Carignane and Zinfandel.

(Stand By: This might be my pick of the year!)
$39.99 at union Square in NYC and SOLD OUT
$29 @MetroWines and ready for pick up!

Hey! Wait a minute! Let's Get Crazy!
Do an All Sandlands Thanksgiving with their Cinsault AND Chenin Blanc!
From Amador County, the Sandlands 2018 Chenin Blanc is made wine in French Oak.
Planted in 1979 and grown at 1500 feet in a mixture of iron rich volcanic quartz
and decomposed granite soils in a dry farmed vineyard.
Lemon verbena, peach blossom, bees wax, focused, structured finish.  12% ALC.

2018 sold out at winery.
$27 @Metro Wines and ready to make
 Thanksgiving special 
after all!


*** The Rose ***

2017 Broc Cellars
 There is a lot to love about this plush, summery rosé from Broc Cellars.
Chris Brockaway makes a wide range of California wine but the common denominators
are that they must be made without additives (other than a small amount of SO2 as necessary), always fermented with indigenous yeasts, using grapes from vineyards that do not use
synthetic chemicals (many of them certified organic), and of course they must be delicious.
The blend is 80% Valdigue, 14% Zinfandel, and 6% Trousseau. This year's rosé is a deep salmon color, bursting with notes of ripe, juicy strawberry and watermelon with a salty, savory finish and plenty of acidity that keeps this sunny Mendocino wine from becoming too fruity.

Limited Distribution. 2019 is $19.99

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Gruet. Dependable Quality.

*** The Sparkling ***

Gruet Brut Price & Reviews | Drizly


The Brut from New Mexico offers a crisp, and full-bodied sparkling wine,
which has developed rich complexity and fine mousse.
The allure of toasty finish from twenty-four months on tirage,
is a complement to the sophisticated apple and citrus flavor.
A blend of 75%Chardonnay and 25%Pinot Noir. ALC 12%
Winemaker's Note: Brilliant with ultra fine bubbles.
A wonderful fine bouquet dominated by green apple and grapefruit flavors. $18.99

New York Times: "For my money, the best sparkling wine in the US
is still produced by Gruet in a place about as far away
from Champagne as it could be." 

Wall Street Journal: "Best Value sparkling wine in the U.S. under $30.” 
And 90 Points from Wine Spectator

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LIOCO Chardonnay


In Memoriam
Walmart Deep Sixes Robots in Aisles
Walmart has ended use of roving robots in aisles to track inventory.
Some of the roving job stealing machines were 6 feet tall!
 Good Bye and Good Riddance! 
We are a Robot Free Zone @MetroWines now and always!

That said, we need a wine to acknowledge this occasion,
whether you agree or disagree with the Walmart decision,
that is sturdy like a robot but flexible like a mammal. To wit:

LIOCO Chardonnay Sonoma Country 2018, $24

2018 Lioco Sonoma County Chardonnay - SKU
Vinified in stainless steel to emulate a Mâcon Villages or Petit Chablis style.
Fresh and bright on the nose with lime peel, Bartlett Pear, bay laurel,
hints of lemongrass with white-stone fruits. Light to medium-bodied. Minerality.  

NYT Eric Asimov places Lioco in his list of wines for Thanksgiving.
In addition to LIOCO, we also have 3 other wines on his Thanksgiving list:
Franck Balthazar Selections Cotes du Rhone 2018 ($23)
Castello di Verduno Verduno Basadone 2018 ($27)
and wines from Forlorn - ask Brett.

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Coupe Roses Bastide

From The MetroWines
Level The "Wine Playing Field" Desk

Sexual Harassment is a Fixture Inside The Court of Master Sommeliers.
Story from Wine Spectator: 

Shop Women Winery Owners & Women Winemakers!

2018 Château Coupe Roses - Minervois la Bastide - Savannah Wine Cellar
Coupe Roses is owned, operated, and grapes are made wine
by agronomist Françoise Frissant, her husband Pascal, and children. 

Château Coupe Roses

Near the villages of Minerve and La Caunette in Languedoc, situated on a high plateau,                                      lies Château Coupe-Roses, an organic estate. Their vineyards are at

the highest altitudes in Minervois, between 750 and 1,350 feet above sea level,

where the cool nights and moderate temperatures allow the grapes
to ripen slowly developing great flavor while retaining acidity.

Bastide Minervois is a blend of 45%Carignan, 45%Grenache & 5%Syrah,
fermented in stainless steel and bottled without any exposure to oak. 
In this wine is all the garrigue underbrush of the high Minervois,
laced with high-toned blueberry notes underpinned by Carignan's tarry black notes. 
A brilliant cherry color with aromas of cherries, plum and blueberries.
The palate is dry and bright with soft acidity, tannins and a smooth,
round mouthfeel leading into a complex finish with motes of herbs and leather.

Bastide is not new to the shop but it is a continued favorite every year
and this 2019 vintage is an "Andy Pick" this year. He says:

"This Rhone blend with Carignan has abundant fruit including plum and blackberry

with an earthy, dirty taste, finishing with a sweaty leather saddle - in a good way!"

Unavailable at wine.com
$17.99 @MetroWines
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National Wine Clubs and Cinque Terre

National Wine Clubs
We have to talk about it.
Time to stop just talking the talk and walk the talk.

In addition to not being as exclusive as presented,
not as convenient, not as inexpensive, Wine Clubs are by nature a dark,
smoky, negative impact on the environment. This is particularly hypocritical
and offensive when the Wine Club is hosted by a thoughtful organization
such as National Geographic or NPR. And since COVID,
membership in national Wine Clubs has gone exponential.

Ever hear the old saying that the expert is always from 50 miles away.
Not true there or here. We are the experts. We tasted every wine on the shelves.
We are not motivated by advertising $$s, just customer service!
Open letter to National Geographic, the latest offender:


Here is Lettie Teague's Take on Wine Clubs in Wall Street Journal

Bottom Line: SHOP LOCALLY 
And BTW, You won't be getting this treasure in any wine club!
A Ciao Asheville Approved Wine.
Bisson Marea Cinque Terre | Wine Info
From Rosenthal Imports - "Made from a blend of several traditional
local grapes: Bosco (60% of blend), Vermentino (20%) and Albarola (20%).
The vineyards that produce this wine are situated on south-facing slopes
in the hamlet of Volastra in the town of Riomaggiore, the heart of the breathtaking Cinque Terre region. In this instance, [winemaker] Pierluigi Lugano opts to leave
this cuvée on the lees for an extended period of time, respecting the old traditions
of the region. The result is a full-bodied, earthy wine of immense character,
almost briny, with a deeper golden tint to its color than is found in his other whites and marked by the aromas of heather, broom and juniper."

What's Cinque Terre (the place) all about?


$35 at Vivino
The 2018 is $34. Cinque Terre!

Cinque Terre? This one is going to MOVE. Call (828) 575-9525!

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Blind Tasting League on FB and Zoom

Blind Tasting League Goes Multi-Media!!!
*** Wednesday, November 18th at 5:30 ***

Join us on Facebook LIVE
What's it all about?


Logon Here: https://www.facebook.com/MetroWinesAsheville

OR Join us on Zoom!
Meeting ID: 631 336 1327
Passcode: Metro

No charge. No experience necessary.

If you do want to taste along with Andy, you can pick up
the cleverly concealed bottles @MetroWines
Call (828) 575-9525

And don't tell Andy!

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Tamarack is Big Red of The Week - Again!

*** Big RED of The Week ***

Not new to the shop but you cannot improve on perfection!
And this vintage of Firehouse Red from Tamarack Cellars is perfection.

We agree with this review: "In the age of Wine Corporations and LLCs,
it is rare to find a value-priced wine that actually tells you who made the wine.
I have great respect for wineries that produce upscale wines, but also produce
wine priced for the average wine drinker. Bringing a wine of good value
year in and year out is not an easy task."

Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red 2017

The Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red 2017 is a blend of 33%Syrah, 
27%Cabernet Sauvignon, 18%Merlot, 11%Cabernet Franc,
13%Mourvèdre, 2%Grenache, 2%Counoise2%Sangiovese, & 2%Petit Verdot

sourced from vineyards in the Columbia Valley AVAof Washington State.
 Counoise is a grape typically found in Rhone Valley and used in Red blends.

Dark fruit on the nose, including ripe raspberry and blackberry with notes of cocoa,

anise and a soft, round mid-palate. On the palate, grippy tannin gives way

to black cherry, baking spices with herbal notes, followed by a hint of BBQ,
oregano with relaxed, dusty tannins.

Firehouse Red is aged in 40% new oak barrels, mostly French and American oak with a compliment of Hungarian oak, and 60% 2nd and 3rd vintage barrels.
Lot of power for 13.8 ALC


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Murder, Malaprops and Primitivo

From Ciao Asheville Book Suggestion Department
As the ONLY Italian Cultural Forum in Asheville, Ciao Asheville 
is  periodically called upon for their stamp of approval.


Since childhood, Helene Stapinski heard lurid tales about her great-great-grandmother, Vita.

In Southern Italy, she was a loose woman who had murdered someone.

Immigrating to America with three children, she lost one along the way.

Helene’s youthful obsession with Vita deepened as she grew up,

eventually propelling the journalist to Italy, where,

with her own children in tow, she pursued the story, determined to set the record straight.

“A murder mystery, a model of investigative reporting,
a celebration of the fierce bonds that hold families together through tragedies

Murder in Matera is a gem.” — San Francisco Chronicle

Book is Here at Malaprops:

Your Read It With Wine is @MetroWines
(also Ciao Asheville Approved)


Kaufen Parco Largo Primitivo | Gioia del Colle DOC - Azienda Plantamura |  2017 | DIVO.

100% Primitivo. Family farm working old vines. Ruby red in the glass.
The aroma is intense and fruity aroma with a sour black cherry, blackberry,
and cherry taste with an easy going, smooth palate for drinking with or without food!
Not widely available in country. Comes from one of our North Carolina Importers.


Got a Glass Left? Watch the new film with Sophia Loren:

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Beaujolais Class & Tasting on Zoom

*** Beaujolais Nouveau ***

Tasting and Class 

on ZOOM with Brett Watson @MetroWines
Just in Time for Thanksgiving.

*** Friday, November 20th from 5 to 6pm ***

MetroWines is showcasing the ENTIRE lineup of the critically acclaimed 
Pierre-Marie Chermettes Beaujolais Nouveau ("Premieur").
Think Beaujolais Nouveau is a sweet wine?
Brett Watson asks you to join him for this tasting and think again!

Chermette Wines are allocated meaning when gone, they are GONE!
Your ticket to the Zoom Tasting and Class is the collection of all 4 Wines.
$64.48 (+ tax). Call (828) 575-9525
or Register Online: 

The Small Print: These are direct press wines of the same bottlings,
of the same old vine fruit of Chermette's Cru level Beaujolais. 
No sugar added, no manipulation, longer ferments and bottled unfiltered
in a clean and flavorful way to preserve quality and versatility.
To make this really interesting, we plan to set the 2019 Non-Nouveau Beaujolais, "Cuvee Origine," at end of lineup so you can experience the difference.
Say What? Same vines, same fruit bottled as "Premieur Beaujolais"
released a year later. This is the Beaujolais process!

Brigitte Bardot, Venice uploaded by _daydreaming_
All About the Winery:

Can't Wait? Want to stock up on a Classic for Thanksgiving?
2020 Joeseph Drouhin Beaujolais Nouveau  $14.99

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Italian Opera Virtually

Join Us Virtually
The History of Italian Opera

One of the many gifts of Italy to the world is the beauty and magic of Italian opera which has endured for centuries. To understand opera is to understand life. This 7-week series will open the door to the incredible story telling that can only be done through powerful music and staging. The stories are timeless. Operatic music has touched people's emotions since its inception and knowing about its origins and its history will allow a deep appreciation of this important and unique art form. Instructors Ashley Galvani Bell (Carnegie Hall, New York City Opera, Sarasota Opera) and Anton Armendariz Diaz (Rioja Forum, Principal de Castellón, Festival de Cine de Barcelona) come from a background of operatic performance and directing, and their passion is likely to ignite yours. Choose one or all classes below.  Registration fee: $25 per class

November 18: The History of Italian Opera 
December 2: Don Giovanni & Lorenzo da Ponte 
December 9: Barber of Seville by Rossini
December 16: Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti 
January 6: La Traviata by Verdi 
January 13: La Bohème by Puccini


Can't make the session? A link to the recording will be provided and accessible to you for 24 hours after the session.

Questions? Email: divariaproductions@gmail.com

Missed a virtual event? Check out all NIAF Virtual Events

Amb. Peter F. Secchia Building
1860 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

© 2020 National Italian American Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

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Bread, Love and Dreams


November 18, 2020 - 4:00 PM ET

( Zoom Webinar )

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A scene from C'eravamo tanto amati by Ettore Scola (1974)

How many meals have been depicted in movies? How many secrets and intimate moments of family lives have been set around Italian stoves and tables? Since the Fifties, by combining food and cinema, the Italian film industry has not only been a precious lens to understand the country itself, but also a mean to experience its daily life.

On the occasion of the 5th Week of Italian Cuisine in the World, join us for a delicious expedition spanning over more than fifty years of Italian cinema. Through images, clips, memories and – last but not least – recipes, Italian journalist and food passionate Laura Delli Colli will unravel the evolution of Italian taste in film, and explore some of the most iconic foodie moments of our cinema as recounted and interpreted by movie icons like Federico Fellini, Alberto Sordi, Sofia Loren and Ugo Tognazzi.

WHEN: November 18, 2020 – 4PM ET 
WHEREZoom Webinar 

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Queen's Gambit and Lustau

After reading rave reviews about this series in nearly every respectable publication,
I watched, strike that, I gulped it down whole!  
One such Review: 

In choosing our "Watch it With Wine," let's put aside the obvious gender bias
surrounding women in modern chess in this country
and focus on the history and precision of an old world bottle for this old world game.

On a cold night, take on "The Queen's Gambit" with a bottle of Sherry.
"You have been lied to. Somewhere, somehow, you were taught that all Sherry
is sweet, sticky and unpalatable. Maybe it was a childhood sip snuck from
a dusty old bottle kept atop grandma’s fridge, or a cheap label
of the mass-produced California “sherry” on the supermarket shelf."  
Wine Folly

Sip before bed? Here are some ideas to make it an even more cozy experience:

The Rest of the Sherry Story from Wine Folly:

Lustau Amontillado Los Arcos Dry Sherry
This dry Amontillado acquires a genuine, rich and nutty flavour through years of ageing.
Amber in colour, with hazelnut aromas on the nose. Light, soft and round on the palate,
with a long aftertaste. Spain.

Secco (Dry): $19.99

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Big Red: Omen

The BIG RED of the Week
Wine Enthusiast: 90 Points

Omen Cabernet Sauvignon

Blackberry jam, cherry, and dark chocolate aromas with spicy hints
of licorice and clove. Pairs excellently with a bacon cheeseburger.

The 2018 is spot on internet pricing!
for $19.99 @MetroWines

Brett says "Big fruit packed style but very approachable."

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Fontanavecchia: Deal of the Week

*** Big Deal of The Week ***
Patrizia Leonardi Wine Selection | Fontanavecchia
Sannio Piedirosso Fontana Vecchia 2017
Azienda Agricola Fontanavecchia, Piedirosso, Taburno, Campania, Italy, 
{organic} 100% Piedirosso

Piedirosso Grapes

One of the rarer single-varietal reds to come out of Campania, Piedirosso is more often used
in blends where it softens the intensity of bolder varietals (typically Aglianico).
This example from Fontanavecchia shows off bright, brambly berries, radiant red roses, black pepper,
soft tannins, and a definitely distinct aroma of campfire ash - a direct result of the very volcanic soil.
Mount Vesuvius is nearby, and looms large over the land and culture. If you've ever been confused
by the term "minerality," here's a volcanic, solid stepping stone to understanding.

***MetroWines Teaching Moment ***
Piedirosso is a black grape exclusive to the Campania region and not grown elsewhere.
The name Piedirosso ("red feet") derives from a peculiarity of the vine,
namely the color of the pedicel of the grapes, which reminds of pigeons' red feet.
This vine has very ancient origins: The scolar Carlucci sustains that it is identical
to the Palombina nera vine cited by Herrera-Sederini (in the XVI century),
which itself is thought to go back to the Colombina vine described by Pliny the Elder
in his "Naturalis Historia" (I century). Its tannins are less aggressive and its acidity
is lower than that derived from Aglianico grapes. As a consequence wines from Piedirosso grapes
are less tannic, less structured, softer and more balanced, with fragrances of red fruits.
In the glass, the wine is an intense ruby red with violet glints.
The fragrance is refined, fruity notes of raspberry and cherry, flowery notes of roses and geranium.
The taste is dry, slightly tannic and of good intensity.

All This and only 13% ALC!  

13.99 @MetroWines

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Shame on You National Geographic


I love National Geographic. In my experience, although it is sometimes painful to what one would like to beleive, the publication speaks the truth. And that is why I was so very disappointed to see National Geographic had started a wine club.

Much like NPR (see post below on this site), National Geographic has set forth the facts on climate change, what has happened, what is happening, the contributing factors and what we can expect in the future. One of the factors is fossil fuel. Wine Clubs involve nationwide shipping in fossil fueled, smoking and belching, powered trucks. 

And the impact is greater than the evnvornment. Wine Clubs are a big negative for the local economy.  67 cents of every dollar spent in a local shop stays in the community. That's jobs, that's roads, that's structural upgrades.

Wine Clubs try to interest you by saying the wines are exclusive. Think about it. If the wines were so exclusive, so special, how could they be distributed nationwide? Look at the fine print. National Geographic is in "Partnership with Laith Wines." So is NPR. So are a number of other environmentally destructive wine clubs.

Add no personal service to this environmental disaster. Let's say a bottle breaks or is corked. You will be asked to send it back. More trucking. Let's say you want a recipe for this particular mass made wine. Who you gonna call?

You want to support the causes to which National Geographic is devoted. Me too. The better solution is to shop your wines locally and make a tax deductible donation to National Geographic. Wine purchases are, obviously not tax deductable, but taxes paid when you shop in your community stay in your community providing benefits to you and your family.

To be part of the solution, Simply Shop LocalLY. Lessen the negative impact on the environment, keep your dollars in your community to support jobs and public works, and make your life more convenient and increase your acccess to service. Everybody wins when you shop locally.

Donate to National Geographic HERE! and shop your wine @MetroWines.


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