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Lorraine Bracco Buys Sicilain Home for 1 Euro

Actress Lorraine Bracco Buys and Renovates Sicilian Home in New Series "My Big Italian Adventure"

She bought the 200-year-old home for only one euro.

 
 
 

Ciao, Italia! Lorraine Bracco, the OSCAR® and Emmy®-nominated actress from Goodfellas and The Sopranos, will take a break from Hollywood for her next gig on the island of Sicily—renovating a 200-year-old home she purchased for only one euro. The new HGTV series My Big Italian Adventure, premiering Friday, Oct. 30, at 9|8c, will follow Lorraine’s journey to renovate the 1,075-square-foot property in the tiny hilltop town of Sambuca di Sicilia with help from an architect, contractor and other local experts. The Sambuca one-euro program was created by the mayor to help sell the town’s vacant homes quickly and inexpensively. The goal is to encourage families to return to the rural oasis, but the catch is that the homes must be completed within three years of purchase.

"I believe life is an adventure," said Lorraine. "When I saw the article that you could buy a house in Sambuca for one euro, I jumped on it. So, I came on the plane. I bought the house. I’m very excited to be here, meet and work with the locals, and live amongst them. I’m here to pay homage to my family that comes from Sicily."

While it was a bargain at its one-euro price point, the centuries-old home has no electricity, running water, kitchen or bathrooms and needs to be gutted due to its deteriorating floors, crumbling walls and dilapidated roof. The whole-home renovation will be a massive project filled with unexpected challenges, tough decisions, disappointments, valuable learnings and triumphant reveals. With her contractor Piero, translator Cynthia, several American friends and a welcoming town on her side, the impossible will become a breathtaking reality when together they complete a gorgeous Italian retreat where Lorraine can spend time with her family. In the end, the overhauled home will feature a stunning entryway with a custom tiled rug, a dreamy Sicilian-inspired bedroom and an indoor courtyard with a custom water feature.

"This is a huge undertaking,” said Bracco. "I'm not a contractor. I'm not a decorator. I'm an actress. I've never done this before. I have no idea what I'm really getting into! It's a lot of work, but everything is possible. I believe that. And for one euro, we'll see!"

Fans are invited to connect with My Big Italian Adventure on HGTV’s digital platforms as well. Each episode will be available on HGTV GO the same day and time as the TV premieres starting Friday, Oct. 30, at 9 p.m. Fans can visit HGTV.com for special show extras, behind-the-scenes photos and exclusive videos with Lorraine. Viewers also can follow @HGTV and #MyBigItalianAdventure on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for additional show content and updates and can follow Lorraine on FacebookInstagram and Twitter

 
 
 
 
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Dante Cabernet is Big Red Weekend Wine

Big DEAL and Big Red of The WEEK!
Dante 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, California


Dante Cabernet Sauvignon

Michael Pozzan proudly presents Dante, named after his eldest son,
and inspired by wines savored during travels through the Italian countryside.
The style of his hearty yet approachable wines are reminiscent of that in your
favorite Italian trattoria. This full-bodied soft and ripe tannic,
Cabernet Sauvignon bursts with flavors of black cherry, plums,
sweet spices of star anise and cedar. Enjoy Dante’s heavy character, 
balanced personality, and a rounded out seamless finish. 

*** 13.5% ALC $10.99 ***

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Divina Fig spread at Metro North

Consumables Make Great Wedding Gifts!

 

*** Divina Fig Spread ***

at Metro North in Reynolds Village

Divina Fig Spread 9 oz. (255g)

Crafted from Aegean figs, classic Mediterranean Fig Spread from Divina
is rich and complex with notes of sweet honey and caramel. Use this Fig Spread
to add some flair to your pancakes or toast and can even be incorporated
it into savory recipes. Try combining Divina Fig Spread with oil, garlic,
salt and pepper for a marinade or sauce

Perfect with our Manchego Cheese!
Internet Competitive at $5.99

And pick up a bottle of Ciro! We talked about Ciro last week,
but this wine, moved to the best seller shelves at Metro North,
Made in Calabria from 100% Greco Bianco, Ciro is the perfect partner to Divina.
Ciro presents brilliant lemon-green in color, aromas of peaches
and citrus fruits complement undertones of herbs and flowers.
On the palate, zesty acidity and a long finish showcase this wine's
subtle hints of toasted almonds and macadamia nuts.
vendita online miglior prezzo Cirò bianco DOC Segno di Librandi
17.99 @Vivino and $13.99 at wine.com
*** $10.99 @MetroWines ***
on Charlotte and Metro North!

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Chinon les granges

*** International Notes ***


Lettie Teague says step outside your comfort Zone with 
2018 Bernard Baudry Chinon

Our buyer Brett Watson says "We have Baudry Chinon Les Granges.
Very Limited. We have some bottles left from allocation."
 (at 9:06am Saturday)
Read: If you want to it, come and get it! Call (828) 575-9525.


Bernard Baudry Les Granges Chinon | Wine Info
100% Cabernet Franc. The Granges vines are an 8-hectare alluvial site along the Vienne Riverin Cravant, very near the winery, planted in 1985 and 1988 and farmed organically like the rest of the estate.

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

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*** Points ***
Let's talk about it. Sure, rumors continue that some wineries pay off critics
for good reviews, that is, points. And yes, some of the best wineries are too small
to distribute nationwide and cannot submit their wines for review. And, of course,
it is easy to say a wine like Vega Sicilia made the hot list!

All true, but our buyer, Brett Watson, has been reaching for the lesser known,
hidden gems. And while points may or may not indicate good price to quality ratio, recognition is still appreciated. And Brett picked a winner with Big Salt by Ovum!
OVUM was chosen as one of the Top 100 Wineries of the Year by Wine&Spirits 
and Big Salt snagged 91 Points. Step outside your comfort zone with confidence!

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!

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Uncorked and Spelt

From The MetroWines Book Suggestion Department
and Holiday Gift Alert Desk

 

Ever since the standardized wine bottle came into use in the 18th century,
wine drinkers have sought a convenient means of removing its cork stopper.
In the beginning, they used whatever had a liberating potential.
The patented corkscrew emerged in 1795 and soon multiplied
into numerous permutations.

In Uncorked, Marilynn Gelfman Karp uses her own collection of corkscrews, 
chosen for inventiveness and decorative qualities to trace the evolution of this tool.  
Each example is illustrated with superb color photography and fully described.

This Book needs to be paired with a Fine Bottle With a Cork!
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
Bright lemons and oranges highlight raspberry and strawberry overtones.
The medium-bodied palateis finely wound up in tightly buttoned tannins
and driven along by vertical acidity and umami undertones.

Jeb Dunnuck 91 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
Wine EnthusiastBright red cherry melds with crushed granite and herbs
on the nose of this red. The medium-bodied palate is juicy in a vibrant red-cherry flavor, with a line of crunchy tannins and vibrant acidity propping it up. 

Soooooo Internet Competitive at $22!

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Beyond Politics and Pittnauer

From The MetroWines BEYOND POLITICS Desk

 

"Playboy" is going public. Are they still around?
Should they still be around?

"Subway" bread fails sugar test in Ireland.
The amount of sugar used in the dough in heated sandwiches
exceeds the maximum level for sugar content
for bread under Irish Law.

"Ruby Tuesday" files for bankruptcy protection.
Remember the peanuts?

The Smithsonian asks: Are Humans Naturally Good or Bad?

Your Discuss It ALL Over Wine:
Pittnauer Pitti | Wine Info

2018 Osterreich, Austria 12.5ALC
SavioSuares Selections

"WE ARE DEDICATED TO THE EXTRAORDINARY CRAFT OF THE PEOPLE
BEHIND THEIR WINES, SINGULAR WINES WITH TRUE IDENTITY AND EXPRESSINGTHE UNIQUE LOCATIONS OF THEIR ORIGIN. BEHIND
EACH OF THESE ESTATESARE WINEGROWERS WHO DEVOTE THEM

Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides,
fertilizers or herbicides in the vineyard. Austria's answer to Beaujolais,
this is a red wine that's full of juicy dark-berried fruit and meant to be enjoyed
with or without food or, as one critic said, "wishful thinking." Perfect. 
Winemaker Gerhardt Pittnauer took over his father's estate in the 1980s
and learned through the decades that less is more when it comes
to not only growing vines but vinifying in the cellar as well.

This is an impressive wine from an impressive importer.
And It's a Lou Pick!

Out of Stock at Astor in NYC
$19.00 at Vivino
$17.99 @MetroWines

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Cooking with Wine

Cooking Wine?

By Gina Trippi for 50 Plus Living
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/cooking-wine

Retro Metal Coaster I ALWAYS COOK WITH WINE 9 x 9cm with cork base 1950's  Style | eBay

Call us with your recipe. (828) 575-9525

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Blind Tasting League on Facebook

*** Blind Tasting League ***
on Facebook LIVE with Andy Hale

Video from September 16th Episode
https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=1727004710782753&ref=watch_permalink

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Join us for BTL on Wednesday, October 21st at 5:30 
Go here: https://www.facebook.com/MetroWinesAsheville/?ref=hl

And if you want to taste along with Andy, you can purchase the wines
in cleverly concealed brown bags @MetroWines. Call (828) 575-9525
No Peaking! I'm Serious.

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Caravaggio, Artichokes and Erbaluce

*** Artichokes ***
and, oh yeah, Caravaggio

The year 1604 provided insight into Caravaggio's short, hot temper.
He, along with two friends, was eating in the Moor's restaurant at La Maddalena.
After ordering eight artichokes, Caravaggio asked the waiter which were cooked
in butter and which were cooked in oil. The waiter later testified “I told him to smell them, which would easily enable him to tell the difference. He got angry and without saying anything more, grabbed an earthenware dish and hit me on the cheek at the level of my moustache, injuring me slightly... and then he got up and grabbed
his friend's sword which was lying on the table, intending perhaps to strike me with it,
but I got up and came here to the police station to make a formal complaint.”

Well, I guess that taught this waiter to be a smart off!
Let's partner this Italian favorite, artichokes, with another Italian favorite, Burrata!

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200928-the-surprising-origin-of-burrata-cheese
and then Pair both with the perfect Italian White Wine, Erbaluce!


INNOMINATO 2019 Erbaluce Piedmont
Antonio Vallana, Italian Dry Wine, 13%ALC

Buy 2019 Cantine Vallana 6 Colline Novaresi Bianco Innominato | Price and  Reviews at Drinks&Co
Chill before drinking. Clear, pale, lemon yellow color. Light whiffs of apple
and melon aromas.Smooth, slightly creamy and dry zesty mouthfeel,
light to medium body and a worthy texture.
Rich flavors of ripe apple and honeydew melon with just a whiff of starfruit taste.
Potent bright acidity and a dramatic finish that is uplifting, and fresh.
Erbaluce is an uncommon Italian grape and the wine has an unusual flair too.
The abounding acidity gives it character. Best paired with light dishes.
Some call it an "eccentric" Italian white wine. Limited Distribution.

Be Eccentric for $19.99!

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Navaherreros Garnacha

Navaherreros 2017

 

2017 Bernabeleva
This is as elegant and varietally correct Garnacha. Catalan Winemaker Marc Isart Pinos
takes old vines, applies excellent viticultural work, ferments in foudre
with some whole clusters, and long maceration on skins for complexity and elegance, 
Bottlied with a minimum of sulphur to create this beautiful, expressive wine.
A good bit more tangy, racy and serious than most Grenache at this price,
the Camino de Navaherreros is sure to please those who prefer layered nuance
and energetic flavors. Critics say Great Value.

$21

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White Wedding Wine

*** PUBLIC NOTICE ***

 

Because the Distributor will be raising the price on Ciro' significantly,
we will need to raise our price. That said, our bottle selling now for $10.99
(red tag - no further discounts) will be ramping up to around $14.
Ciro is already $13.99 at wine.com and $17.99 at Vivino.

This has been a best seller so we bought up big for you.
But when they are gone, they are gone, and the price goes up. 

We have 30 cases. Claim one NOW!

Librandi Cirò Bianco (Segno) | Wine Info
Brilliant lemon-green in color, aromas of peaches and citrus fruits
complement undertonesof herbs and flowers. On the palate, zesty acidity
and a long finish showcase this wine's subtle hints of toasted almonds
and macadamia nuts.

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Cooking Wine?

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.

 

 

 

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Move Beyond Politics with Murrieta's Well Big Red of Week

From the MetroWines Beyond Politics Department
Discuss Amoung Yourselves

* The Conan Doyle Estate has sued Netflix over the new film, "Enola Holmes,"
claiming for intricate legal reasons that copyright has been violated
by depicting Sherlock Holmes as having emotions.

*Amazon is offering small drones that fly above houses filming inside,
as NYT says, "ostensibly for security purposes." NYT asks "Is this good?"

Flights to Nowhere. Literally. Don't get me started on this one!
https://www.wsj.com/articles/some-travelers-miss-flying-so-much-
theyre-taking-planes-to-nowhere-11601227803

Your Discuss CIVILLY Among Yourselves Wine

*** is The Big Red of The Week ***

Murrieta's Well The Spur Red | Total Wine & More

The Spur 2017 is crafted from blending the classic Bordeaux varietals with Petite Sirah,
which offers a distinctively California expression. Each varietal is farmed, harvested,
and handcrafted to achieve the greatest expression prior to assembling the final blend. 

The 2017 vintage provides an aromatic profile of spiced cranberry, blueberry and clove
with complementary notes of graham cracker and ripe blackberry. The dark fruit aromas carry through to the palate framed by fine tannins, and a rich, lasting, and elegant mouthfeel.

$26.97 at Wine Chateau
Same Price at Total Wine

** $24 @MetroWines! **

*** NOTE ABOUT CALIFORNIA FIRES ***
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-09-30/napa-
sonoma-wineries-destroyed-smoke-damage

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/california-
milestone-4-million-acres-burned-in-wildfires

If you are a fan of California wines, you should be aware that the recent fires
may cancel many 2020 releases and the prices of those that survive will likely rise.
Support your wineries of choice. And consider buying sooner rather than later.

Check our stock @MetroWines. Call (828) 575-9525

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Cuvee Saint Vincent

2017 Cuvee Saint Vincent 13.5ALC.


Vincent Girardin Bourgogne Cuvée Saint-Vincent Rouge 2016 | Wine Info
Fruity and floral aromas. A fresh and mineral wine.
Sexy and shameless in its call.

$30.99 at Vivino
*** $24 @MetroWines ***

Rather do Bourgogne on a trip to France. Travel with the latest style. Roland Mouret,
known for his feminine silhouettes, has created a knotted handbag out of simple
square denim and an inexpensive metal chain. He calls it "Nimes." Roland says: 
"I used denim off-cuts (direct quote) I had at home and bought a chain from a local market
to create this bag, called the Nimes because that dark indigo blue reminds me
of the town in the south of France where many believe denim originated." 
(Really?)

Anyway, regardless of origin, here's how you DIY:
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/01/style/sewing-do-it-yourself-
roland-mouret-on-how-to-create-a-tktk-bag.html

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Michelagelo: Food and Poggio Anima!

This presentation from The Getty was Great! You can still access it on Getty website.

 

From Ciao Asheville

 

Did Michelangelo Start His Career as an Art Forger? | artnet News

Wine and Food in The Time of Michelagelo

https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/
blog/entry/food-and-wine-in-the-time-of-michelangelo

I have not seen the video but it is common knowledge that he was hanging
with The Medicis in Florence and that he lived in The Casa Buonarotti
there in Florence so let's go Tuscan! The 2018 Dry Red Belial.

Field and Fawcett - 'Belial' Sangiovese, Poggio Anima

Bright ruby. Aromas of ripe red fruit, sage and mint. Supple, but with bright acidity
on the palate with bright red cherries and sweet tobacco emerging nicely.
The finish is persistent and with medium intensity of tannins and fruit. 
One of the four crown princes of hell. Roughly translated to ‘without yoke’ in Hebrew.
It is believed that Belial is the purest definition of ‘lawlessness.’
The correlation is that much of what has come to be known as ‘Supertuscans’
or ‘IGT’ is simply lawless. People blending international varietals with indigenous varietals or not following the DOC laws and producing 'renegade wine.'
2018 has 13% ALC.

$18.99 at Vivino
$16.99 at Applejack
*** $14.99 @MetroWines ***

And Tonight: Pair Belial with Italian Wedding Soup
https://www.wsj.com/articles/recipe-for-a-uniquely-uplifting-chicken-soup-11600883776

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Columbus?

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 12 | 6:00 P.M. EST
Christopher Columbus
and the National Debate

This Columbus Day, the National Italian American Foundation invites you to sit down with our panel of experts as we discuss the debate over the celebration of Christopher Columbus and his legacy in America. Our panelists George BochettoWilliam Connell, and Anthony Wisniewski, will break down the history behind establishing Columbus Day, what it means not only to the Italian American community but other communities, and tackle the national debate on whether or not the statues should stay or go. You won't want to miss this thoughtful conversation.
Registration fee: FREE.

REGISTER

George Bochetto of Bochetto & Lentz, P.C., is a nationally acclaimed trial lawyer and litigator and has been recognized in countless cases for his unrelenting and persuasive litigation and trial techniques. George has been cited for "Raising the Bar" by the National Law Journal and has been written about and featured in dozens of trade journals and legal publications throughout the United States. Not only is George a well-known trial lawyer with multi-million dollar awards against national and multi-national corporations, George is also a very accomplished appellate advocate, having appeared before the highest appellate courts in the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on cutting edge, often controversial legal issues involving free speech, the separation of church and state, campaign finance reform, and legal ethics. Bochetto represents a group of South Philadelphia residents fighting to keep the Christopher Columbus statues where they stand.

 

William Connell is a historian and professor at Seton Hall University. He studies a wide range of problems in Italian and Italian American History, and European history in general, with particular concentrations in medieval and Renaissance intellectual history, humanism, social history and state building. In recent years he has been working on projects concerning interactions between 16th century Florence and northern Europe, Renaissance historical writing, Niccolò Machiavelli's political thought, early interactions between Italy and America, and prosecutions for blasphemy in early modern Europe. In 2018 he co-authored The Routledge History of Italian Americans with Stanislao Pugliese.

 

Anthony Wisniewski, is a former trustee and general counsel Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation (2007-2017) and author of a recent op-ed in the Baltimore Sun. Wisniewski was appointed by President of the United States to the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation Board of Trustees. He was also appointed by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) National Advisory Council, serving as a key employer voice on national quality measures reporting in areas such as disparities of care for minority populations, hospital associated infections, and overall patient safety. Further, Wisniewski was also appointed by the Director of AHRQ to serve on its Effective Health Care Stakeholder Group, focusing primarily upon development and reporting of quality measures associated with comparative effectiveness research of designated chronic diseases.

If you are not able to participate in the live webinar, all registered attendees will automatically receive a recording of the session within two business days after the event.  

We can't wait for you to join us!

Missed a virtual event?  Check out all NIAF Virtual Events

THE NATIONAL ITALIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION
Amb. Peter F. Secchia Building
1860 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
www.NIAF.org

© 2020 National Italian American Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

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Claude Val is $7.99 and Going Fast

This Continuing BIG DEAL
is About to Come to BIG END

Got word the distributor price is going up.
That means our price of $7.99 @MetroWines
would need to go up around $11. End around. 

So we bought up big (again) at the current price for you! 

Claude Val Red - WestSide | Beer Wine Spirits
Claude Val Red Rhone Blend
50%Grenache, 20%Merlot, 20%Syrah and 10%Carignane

$11.99 at wine.com and $9.99 at Vivino
BUT $7.99. Less than 2 cases left from our score! 

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Lapis Luna Zinfandel

BIG DEAL of THE WEEK
Lapis Luna 2018 Zinfandel

(Could also be The Big Red but I already picked one!)

 

Lapis Luna Zinfandel 2018 | Wine.com

 

Winemaker Notes: Rich, dry, and enticing. Flavors of lush blueberry, plums,
and blackberry cobbler. The finish is smooth, long, and juicy.
23% Sangiovese blends in top provide a lift of lively acid.

 

$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!"

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Love Rosé, Broc Cellars

The Front Porch is on a Comeback
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-forgotten-front-porch-is-making-a-comeback-11601092860

Historian Donald Empson, the author of "The Street Where you Live" says
"on the porch in the cool of the evening, the family could gather to discuss
the day's events and the latest news with neighbors strolling by." 

Rosé is often referred to as a porch "pounder." But the porch and Rosé
are generally relegated to summer only. COVID has changed everything.

We are sitting outside at restaurants, bars and our porches in cooler weather
and probably the coming cold. Let's keep the "Porch Pounder Tradition"
alive with a slightly heavier Rosé. Love Rosé from Broc Cellars!

Broc Cellars 2019 Love Rose, USA - Convive Wine and Spirits
Broc says:  The fruit was destemmed and pressed into stainless steel tank.
All three varieties fermented together just over 30 days.
Spice comes from Zinfandel, acidity from Valdiguié and texture from the Trousseau.
This is a 100% finished wine. 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.

The 2019 from Broc Cellars is $19.99

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Pasta in Tuscany through Smithsonian

Pontormo and Pasta:

Live from Tuscany

Friday, November 20, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

$20 for Members. $25 for Non Members

Go HERE!

"The Deposition from the Cross", by Pontormo, 1525–1528

STREAMING PROGRAM INFORMATION

  • This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streamingseries.
  • Platform: Zoom
  • Online registration is required.
  • For multiple registrations, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

You can’t visit Italy right now—but you can make pasta. Join art historian and culinary expert Elaine Trigiani at her farmhouse in Tuscany for a virtual exploration of this region through its artistic and culinary heritage.

Here in the hills of Chianti, four medieval castles were used to safely store works of art from Florentine museums during WWII, among them paintings by Renaissance artist Jacopo Pontormo, including his Visitation. Pontormo, who is named after the local Tuscan town from which he came, was a leader in the Mannerist movement, one that fought against the classicism of the high Renaissance. Trigiani examines his work, best known for its ambiguous use of space, dramatic color, and a sense of psychic restlessness.

Then, taking inspiration from a group of nearby heritage wheat producers, including farmers, millers, and bakers, she makes fresh pasta and la lasagna (and shares a recipe). Wherever you may be, art and food make a delightful way to explore this historic and beautiful corner of Italy.

UPDATED PATRON INFORMATION

  • Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org.
  • Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance.
  • View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom.
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