On the NYT List of 52 Places to Visit in 2020!
Slovenia is arguably the world's most environmentally conscious nation.
In 2016, it's chief city, Ljubljana, was named European Green Capital
and in 2017, Slovenia became the first country to be certified as a "green destination."
I know you want to go right now, today!
But you probably can't drop everything and head for Ljubljana.
Plan B. Travel vicariously. Try a Slovenian Wine!
Rodica Istra 2015 Malvazija, a dry white presenting
lemon, honey and peach.
I asked Brett Watson, Asheville School of Wine,
if my Plan B had legs? And he said:
"If you've read the NYT 2020 list and are packing your bags,
AND have a penchant for incredible, under-valued, historic wine, look to Slovenia.
Look more importantly at the wines of the 100% organically produced Rodica.
Hanging off into the Slovenian Adriatic Sea in an epic grape growing area
known as Istria, lies the vineyards of Rodica. The 100% pure and ancestral grape
of Malvazija (Malvasia) ripens at high altitudes overlooking the sea and is entirely
dry-farmed. One of the most nuanced white wines in the shop, Rodica will surprise
you with its wild-flower elegance. Put it next to a Tupperware of truffle pasta you had leftover from last nights Istrian dinner. $21 buys your a piece of Slovenian purity."
Books about Slovenia, travel to Slovenia
and travel journeys for when you go for real here:
*** FLAT OUT BIG RED of THE WEEK ***
This sexy and approachable wine leads with aromas of boysenberry
and blackberry. It greets the palate with lush notes of dark fruit
and a smooth hint of chocolate. The finish lingers on your tongue
and the taste is heightened with just a touch of spice.
John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine says
"Entycement is a big and rich red but remains elegant."
Originally released at $34
$31 Average online
and $19.99 @MetroWines
*** Pre-Tariff French White of the Week ***
2018 Domaine Adele Rouze QUINCY $19.99
A Charles Neal Selection
Quincy is characterised by its freshness and notes of ripe citrus, grapefruit,
white flowers and freshly-cut herbs. On the palate, this medium-bodied wine shows flavors
of grapefruit and lime, with a touch of citrus pith and a crisp, mineralled finish.
The Winemaker Adèle Rouze
Farming and winemaking is in Adèle's blood. Her father, Jacques, is a respected vigneron
in Quincy & Reuilly, while her brother, Côme, is a well-known oenologist.
Adèle is a certified agricultural appraiser, and after completing her wine studies
in Bordeaux, she returned to Quincy in 2003 to launch her eponymous domaine.
Her vineyard holdings are only 5 hectares, but many parcels consist of old vines,
some of which were planted in 1920, 1930, and still others in the 1950's.
She farms with minimal spraying, using only natural products to work the siliceous,
gravel and clay soils. Domaine Adèle Rouzé is the quintessential familial estate;
the type we are delighted to support @MetroWines.
I asked Brett Watson of The Asheville School of Wine
what a Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc is all about? And he said:
"Extremely small wine producer and local female winemaking legend Adele Rouze
farms 80+ year old vines in Loire Valley's Sancerre neighbor of Quincy. Farming everything
by hand in a traditional organic, true to the land style, Rouze showcases the stone and granite soils of Quincy, Frances 2nd AOC in 1936, to absolute perfection. Think crystal clean Sancerre'ish Sauvignon Blanc at a heavy discount with a touch more visceral
and ripe stone fruit-like texture. An absolute steal of a deal at $19.99 here @MetroWines
will make your friends like white wine again in the winter."
*** Tariff Free Italian Wine of The Week ***
MOMA, Umberto Cesari, 2016
A blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Merlot, 13% alc.
Emilia-Romagna is one of Italy's best loved wine regions,
and this northern region has been a superb viticulture for an astonishing
length of time. Indeed, wine has been made in Emilia-Romagna for almost
three thousand years, and as an ancient and respected wine region
remains today deeply traditional and proud, with wineries determined
to protect this region of quality and distinction.
This wine is soft and velvety with an intense bouquet
of berry fruit especially raspberries. $22
*** BIG WHITE of THE WEEK ***
2016 Bouchaine Chardonnay, Napa Valley, Carneros
Aged in select French oak, this wine is a barrel selection of Chardonnay
from the Estate. Aromas of baked golden apples, Asian pears, honeycomb,
and hazelnuts greet the senses. The rich, mouth-coating texture lingers,
while notes of butterscotch, nutmeg and vanilla grace the finish.
This bottle is essentially French White Burgundy with a touch of California
expressed in light tropical fruit. Rockstar Winemakers! Paul Hobbs consulting. $21
Neil deGrasse Tyson was generous enough with his time to answer my question about biodynamic wine. The Astrophysicist said, in essence, that the concept of the wine being better because of the stars and the moon is (paraphrasing) not a fact. Sadly our Astrophysicist Department @MetroWines is on a space sabbatical but we @MetroWines who were left behind think, you might nevertheless find, as do we, that biodynamic wines have a better and more solid taste. Biodynamic wines undergo no processing. The grape is the grape. Every vintage is unique. Open and fervent invitation to Neil deGrasse Tyson to join us @MetroWines and let's talk wine. Anytime. AnyWine. @Neil deGrasse Tyson
More on Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Wine:
Wine Auctions? Online Bidding?
Lettie Teague Tells All in Wall Street Journal
Bottom Line: Easy to become caught up in the frenzy!
But what sounds like a deal is not always a deal.
Call us @MetroWines and let us search and confirm for you.
***And Thinking of Stocking a Wine Cellar **
We Got This TOO!
Call John or Brett @MetroWines: (828) 575-9525
From The MetroWines Book Review Department
Flowers When You're Dead is a memoir covering the author's first 18 years.
Included are much-loved Italian recipes from his relatives. The memoir also takes
an historical look at two topics currently in the news: immigration and ancestry.
Daniel Delfucho renders a touching and revealing history of his family.
Daniel Delfucho is an Italian-American raised and educated on the East Coast.
Born 19th century, all four of his grandparents emigrated to U.S. from Italy.
His mother was one of ten children and his father one of eight children.
When his parents married, their families merged around holidays,
relationships, celebrations, and food.
BYOB Policies Changing
Wall Street Journal reports that restaurants,
in any effort to bring in more business,
are easing their BYOB policies. Know the BYOB rules.
And shop your BYObottle @MetroWines!
More on BYOB in this article.
Although the focus is Thanksgiving, the rules apply to any situation.
Gina Trippi of The Asheville School of Wine, for The Laurel of Asheville
Flying Cars? Hundai and Uber are working on it.
Oh baby, we've seen this before!
Stop the World. This is just too much.
Hold onto your sanity and your ground bound car
with a solid, standard operating Cabernet Sauvignon:
2017 Tradition & Red Wine
$39.99 online (what planet are they on?)
** $29 @MetroWines ** (with free parking on earth)
Vinous Says: Shimmering orange. Fresh pit fruit, red berry and floral qualities
on the highly perfumed nose, along with suggestions of dusty minerals
and orange zest. Juicy, focused and lithe on the palate, offering intense nectarine,
red currant, strawberry and candied lavender flavors supported by a spine
of juicy acidity. Shows outstanding clarity and mineral cut on a very long,
sappy finish that strongly echoes the floral and pit fruit notes.
Kermit Lynch Import: 55% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, 20% Cinsault
$49.99 at wine.com and (all together now) unavailable!
*** $44 @MetroWines ***
John Malkovich and Wine. Who Knew?
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:
2017 Tournon Victoria Shiraz by Chapoutier
"Mathilda" named for his daughter.
It could be a life altering experience!
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
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!
Big RED of The Week, $19.99
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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Sensory Analysis: How to Talk About Wine Like a Pro on April 9th, 5:30-6:30, $25
Sensory analysis – describing wine
Basic wine varietals
Faults/returning a bottle
Interacting with your Sommelier
Call (828) 575-9525
Restaurant Wine Service Skills for the Home, April 16th, 5:30-6:30, $25
Opening a bottle of wine/champagne
Wine glass shapes
Food and wine pairing in brief
Call (828) 575-9525
The classes can stand alone but taking both exponentially increases your wine knowledge and lexicon.