|Big DEAL and Big Red of The WEEK!
Dante 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, California
Michael Pozzan proudly presents Dante, named after his eldest son,
*** 13.5% ALC $10.99 ***
Consumables Make Great Wedding Gifts!
*** Divina Fig Spread ***
at Metro North in Reynolds Village
Crafted from Aegean figs, classic Mediterranean Fig Spread from Divina
Perfect with our Manchego Cheese!
And pick up a bottle of Ciro! We talked about Ciro last week,
*** International Notes ***
Our buyer Brett Watson says "We have Baudry Chinon Les Granges.
The soil is all sand and pebbles, with little to no clay, so it drains well and yields a light, fresh style of Chinon. The fruit is hand-harvested, destemmed and moved by gravity into unlined cement vats. Fermentation with native yeasts and without sulfur or temperature control lasts from two weeks to two months.
The wine is aged nine to ten months in cement before being bottled without filtration.
It is the first red of any vintage to be released.
Cellar Master John Kerr says "drinkable now." $24
All true, but our buyer, Brett Watson, has been reaching for the lesser known,
And some of our other favorites were also in the top 100 including but not limited to: Saint Cosme, Dr. Loosen, G.D Vajra, Tenuta, Tosca and Garzon.
Shop LocalLY. Talk to the Buyer. Tell us what you want!
From The MetroWines Book Suggestion Department
Ever since the standardized wine bottle came into use in the 18th century,
In Uncorked, Marilynn Gelfman Karp uses her own collection of corkscrews,
We went with Italian! In the world of wine things, Italians seem more wedded
to corks than other producers. Very few screw caps coming out of Italy.
James Suckling 93 Points
Deeper, richer, concentrated, 2016 Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Riserva Spelt
offers terrific chocolaty, darker berry fruits, spice, new leather,
and dried herb-like aromas and flavors. These all carry to a medium-bodied red
that has good acidity, some building tannins that stay nicely tucked behind the fruit,
and a good finish. Another outstanding wine from this producer.
7-8 years of longevity. (cellar?)
Wine Enthusiast 90 Points
Soooooo Internet Competitive at $22!
From The MetroWines BEYOND POLITICS Desk
"Playboy" is going public. Are they still around?
"Subway" bread fails sugar test in Ireland.
"Ruby Tuesday" files for bankruptcy protection.
The Smithsonian asks: Are Humans Naturally Good or Bad?
Your Discuss It ALL Over Wine:
2018 Osterreich, Austria 12.5ALC
Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides,
This is an impressive wine from an impressive importer.
Out of Stock at Astor in NYC
By Gina Trippi for 50 Plus Living
Call us with your recipe. (828) 575-9525
|*** Blind Tasting League ***
on Facebook LIVE with Andy Hale
Video from September 16th Episode
Join us for BTL on Wednesday, October 21st at 5:30
And if you want to taste along with Andy, you can purchase the wines
|*** Artichokes ***
and, oh yeah, Caravaggio
The year 1604 provided insight into Caravaggio's short, hot temper.
Well, I guess that taught this waiter to be a smart off!
INNOMINATO 2019 Erbaluce Piedmont
Antonio Vallana, Italian Dry Wine, 13%ALC
Be Eccentric for $19.99!
*** PUBLIC NOTICE ***
Because the Distributor will be raising the price on Ciro' significantly,
This has been a best seller so we bought up big for you.
By Gina Trippi for 50 Plus Living
Customer comes into our shop and asks for a wine to put into her Beef Bourguignon that she can also enjoy while cooking or at the table. The request for cooking wine for various recipes is fairly common.
First, what’s the difference in table wine and what we call cooking wine? Mainly, quality.
A successful match is simple. Avoid bottles labeled “cooking wine.” This is just a concoction of sugar, salt and preservatives that is nothing you would want in your dish. Notice “cooking wine” is usually shelved in the grocery store next to vinegar!
Julia Child summed it up this way: "If you do not have a good wine to use, it is far better to omit it, for a poor one can spoil a simple dish and utterly debase a noble one."
A good guide is to only cook with wine you would drink. That does not mean you need a high priced bottle. Because the subtle nuances of the wine will burn off in cooking, you would do best with a well made, reasonably priced wine, that complements not overwhelms your flavors. You can easily find an appropriate dual purpose wine for the dish and your table for under $15.
Why do recipes call for wine? Usually, to bring up the acidity in the dish which works to tenderize meats as well as to stabilize more delicate ingredients. As the wine cooks down and concentrates, it brings a richness or slight sweetness to the dish. Cooks generally recommend avoiding sweet wines like Moscato. And chose an un-oaked wine as oak aging can impart a bitterness when heated. If you select a wine that you can also serve with the dish, you continue the flavor profile through the meal!
Saving a wine to use in cooking presents real problems. The wine will likely oxidize. This results in musty, nutty, sherry like flavors. Such an addition might be right for your recipe but, if so, choose a wine that has been intentionally oxidized such as a dry Madiera or Marsala. Because wines become sweeter as reduced, unless you are working with a sweet dish, chose a dry wine. Remember the golden rule: use only wines that you would drink.
OK. But you want it all! A solid wine that makes a dish sing, sits nicely on a table and is a palate pleaser. We suggest Capitelles 2016 Pinot Noir and 2016 Chardonnay from Languedoc Roussillon, both $8.99.
This 2016 unoaked Chardonnay is well-balanced and structured on the palate making it a safe and solid addition to a dish. And the 2016 Pinot Noirhas a well-rounded body, with an expressive nose and palate of cherries and spices.
Choosing a wine to add to your dish is not a DIY project. Let us help.
|From the MetroWines Beyond Politics Department
Discuss Amoung Yourselves
* The Conan Doyle Estate has sued Netflix over the new film, "Enola Holmes,"
*Amazon is offering small drones that fly above houses filming inside,
Flights to Nowhere. Literally. Don't get me started on this one!
Your Discuss CIVILLY Among Yourselves Wine
*** is The Big Red of The Week ***
The Spur 2017 is crafted from blending the classic Bordeaux varietals with Petite Sirah,
The 2017 vintage provides an aromatic profile of spiced cranberry, blueberry and clove
$26.97 at Wine Chateau
** $24 @MetroWines! **
*** NOTE ABOUT CALIFORNIA FIRES ***
Check our stock @MetroWines. Call (828) 575-9525
|2017 Cuvee Saint Vincent 13.5ALC.
$30.99 at Vivino
Rather do Bourgogne on a trip to France. Travel with the latest style. Roland Mouret,
Anyway, regardless of origin, here's how you DIY:
This presentation from The Getty was Great! You can still access it on Getty website.
|From Ciao Asheville
Wine and Food in The Time of Michelagelo
I have not seen the video but it is common knowledge that he was hanging
Bright ruby. Aromas of ripe red fruit, sage and mint. Supple, but with bright acidity
$18.99 at Vivino
And Tonight: Pair Belial with Italian Wedding Soup
|This Continuing BIG DEAL
is About to Come to BIG END
Got word the distributor price is going up.
$11.99 at wine.com and $9.99 at Vivino
BIG DEAL of THE WEEK
Winemaker Notes: Rich, dry, and enticing. Flavors of lush blueberry, plums,
$16.99 at wine.com and $14.99 at Total Wine
*** But $13.99 @MetroWines ***
Brett says: "Balanced California fruit. This wine is banging for the price!"
|The Front Porch is on a Comeback
Historian Donald Empson, the author of "The Street Where you Live" says
We are sitting outside at restaurants, bars and our porches in cooler weather
The 2019 from Broc Cellars is $19.99