*** More Good News ***
Luzan 2018 Bianco is Back
50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Macabeo
Pale straw yellow with a greenish rim color.
Aromas of floral notes, tropical and herbs.
The Macabeo and Chardonnay brings a fresh,
fruity and spicy and sweet palate driven with good acidity.
This wine is amazing for the price! 3 cases only.
Call with cc to reserve: (828) 575-9525
*** More Good News ***
News Release: Wednesday, April 8th, 2020
Organic and Biodynamic, this 2017 wine is a blend of 90%Sangiovese
and 10%Cabernet Sauvignon from Fabrizio Pratesi. Wine producers in the Carmignano
near Florence have been blending Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon since the 1600s!
Pratesi has brought attention back to a region The Medici Family prized for their table.
Bold aromas of ripe cherry, dark raspberry, and Bordeaux-like lead pencil
leads to a juicy, ripe, palate of dark red fruit, tobacco and spice. The wine is full of fruit,
but not really “fruity,” and finishes with layers of savory graphite and earth.
The wine works for a casual dinner or a sophisticated table.
Wine Spectator: 91 Points
“Leads off with an intense graphite aroma
and flavors of cherry, currant and mineral.
Fresh, fruity and saturated on the long, firm finish.
Drink now through 2024.”
Finally Some Good News!
Customer sent this email last Sunday:
Hi guys! In last week's newsletter, you mentioned the AHS needed emergency foster homes.
Experienced with fostering cats, I applied, then scanned through the kitty pics,
guessing who might be a match for us. Long story short, we ADOPTED Willow, an 18 yr old cat - yes, 18. We just lost our 18 yr old cat so Willow was meant for us. ? We needed each other.
Wanted you to know your suggestion made a difference - thank you!
Animal Shelters Everywhere Need Your Help.
Please help if you can - foster or adopt. Contact your nearest shelter.
From the April Edition of 50Plus Living
By Gina Trippi
Avocado is back on the table and on the walls! The all white kitchen is yielding to the resurgence of the celebrated 1960’s color and the avocado itself is showing up with everything from toast to dessert. The color palette is your call but we can help with the avocado, the fruit, palate pairing.
The relatively mild avocado, indigenous to Central America, with its creamy texture started as an aphrodisiac! By 1871, the avocado had found its way to California. Hass and Fuerte are the two most easily accessible varieties. While Hass has more oil content and Fuerte more fiber, the two are similar in taste and interchangeable for recipes and for our purpose of pairing.
Got a great recipe and the wine ready but the avocado is not yet ripe? Put no more than a few avocados in a paper bag with an apple at room temperature. The apple emits ethylene gas, a ripening agent. And to stop the avocado from turning brown, a teaspoon of lemon or lime juice helps the fruit retain its lovely green color.
Most of us think of the avocado as uniquely suited to Mexican dishes but this versatile fruit is holding its own in many other cuisines. You have no doubt encountered western style sushi known as the California Roll. So, now the avocado is surround by cucumbers instead of black beans and salsa! And the avocado is a welcomed addition to any dish with the heat turned up as the natural fat tempers the heat and calms the spices. Avocados are now in ice cream, sweet drinks and vinaigrette.
But for all its virtues, the Avocado has a bad reputation for wine pairing. Natalie MacLean, author of Red, White, and Drunk All Over says: “I put them in a category I call ‘Green Wine Stalkers’ because their natural compounds don’t marry well with many wine styles.”
Look for a white wine with high acidity to cut through the sweetness and fat in the fruit. A New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc such as Kim Crawford or Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio from Alto Adige would be good matches. If you prefer red, avoid tannic wines and opt for Domaine Depueble Beaujolais or California Pinot Noir such as Bodan Roan.
Depending on the heat level of the recipe, the pairing may require a demi-sec Vouvray such as La Vigne Des Sablons or a domestic sparkling like Roederer Brut. And in case of doubt, call for backup! A middle of the road Rosé works with almost anything almost anytime!
Finally, many fear the avocado for its fat content. But rejoice! It is, as they say, the good fat. Avocado is loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, the kind that doctors say can lower the bad LDL cholesterol and maintain levels of the good HDL cholesterol.
Pick up avocados and let us pair a wine to your recipe @MetroWines. Painting the walls is up to you!
From The MetroWines Book Review Department
No Better Time to Bring The Outside IN !!
*** Broken Glass by Alex Beam ***
Tells the Story of the Building and the Builders of The Farnsworth House.
WSJ Review: https://www.wsj.com/
So bringing the outide in is not just about the fresh air and greenery,
it's about all that goes on outdoors. Maybe back yard parties. Maybe picnics.
Leverano Vechia Torre Rosé
Quality in a 5 liter Bottle holding over 6 bottles of wine!
80% Negroamaro with Malvasia Nero,
Color: bright pink with violet highlights
Bouquet: intense and delicate
with hints of raspberries
Taste: soft and tangy
Serving Temperature: 8-10°C
Pairing: an ideal companion to all kinds
of meals, to first courses with tomato sauce,
white meat, fish soup and roast prawns.
All over Europe but not widely available
in this country.
$29 for what is over 6 bottles of wine!
bring all that is the outside IN!
From the Winery, Kokomo
Pét Nat, short for Pétillant Naturel, is French for “natural sparkling.”
This method of making sparkling wine pre-dates the traditional champagne method,
where one takes a fully fermented dry wine and adds yeast and sugar to cause
a secondary fermentation. Instead, the Pétillant Naturel method transfers wine
that is still in its first fermentation to the bottle. This allows the native yeast
to continue fermentation within the bottle and produce carbon dioxide
which creates the delicious bubbles we all love.
Passion fruit and Bing cherry come off the nose of this wine with a distinctive,
wet gravel minerality. As you look at the wine in your glass it continues to dance
and open up to its more complex flavors and aromatics. The palate on this wine evokes
a traditional Champagne in weight and fineness of bubbles;
however the easy-drinking, fruit forward youth of the wine makes it very quaffable.
Very Limited Distribution. $26 at Kokomo Winery.
MetroWines "Essential" Dinner
Martha Stewart Recipe
(You might want our Spicewalla Mediterranean Collection for this recipe.)
Bon Appétit Recipe
(You might want our Stanislaus Red Sauce for this recipe.)
Roland Artichoke hearts in a can
"Gigantes" white beans from Greece in a can
Bagged Pasta and Stanislaus Red Sauce
Roland Aritchoke Hearts from Peru
Cheese, Eggs, Italian Hard Salami!!
Spicewalla Mediterranean and Indian Collections
We can take orders for a menu of cheeses including Cheddar and Manchego
and nuts including Marcona Almonds and Walnuts.
Bunkered IN? Good time to experience what it is like to be an astronaut.
Or experiment with vegetables.
"The Mars Menu"
Soviet Cosmonauts have conquered Chinese Cabbage,
Flax, Leeks and Onions in the space galley.
NASA is testing Kale, Broccoli, Red Lettuce and Brussels Sprouts.
Need help with the recipes?
Chef Amanda Cohen at Dirt Candy in NYC offers a new approach to vegetable dishes.
I asked Brett Watson to pair to Mars and he said....
Cascina Barisél Foravia Bianco 2018
As weird as things could get being stuck on Mars with a fairly strict menu, it calls for nothing else
than a strict diet of Italian Piedmontese Favorita. A grape most of you haven't heard of,
much like most of you haven't experienced life on Mars. But HEY, turns out...it's delicious!
All the freshness and ripping saline style of coastal Italian Vermentino.
All the old school structure and grip on central Piedmont Gavi..
all wrapped into a completely organically farmed and 11.99 package.
If you brought a portable cooler to your Mars cottage, fill it up with dry ice and this peppy little number.
Wine Searcher says the Global Average for this Bottle is $17!
Stock UP! $11.99 @MetroWines and Mars Meal Ready
** Big RED of The Week **
This wine is not new but so apropos!
$25 and Bunker Ready @Metrowines!
We believe that with so much such great fruit coming out of our vineyards,
it would be shame not to spread the wealth. This medium body wine exhibits a dark garnet color
with a bouquet of dark fruit, herbs, earth and hints of tobacco. On the palate, flavors of cherry,
red currants and spices shine through. This wine is fresh, youthful and ready to drink,
though will cellar nicely through the next 5 years. 73% Cabernet, 20% Merlot, 7% Cab Franc. 21 months in barrel.
Firm in texture with a smoky core of blueberry and dark chocolate. Graphite, licorice, roasted meats and singed herbs.
Amidst All This Bad News, New York Times Brings us Good News
** The Bouffant is Back! **
Celebrate the Bouffant and Binge The 1970s Mary Tyler Moore Show in the Bunker
The 7 seasons stand the test of time. I have high comedy standards.
And don't just ask me, ask Joan Jett! Here she is reviving the theme song in 1997:
Your Watch it ALL With Bottle?
You need something traditional but built for Bold. Cutting edge.
Sometimes it takes courage to say you like Rosé
But as the Charles and Charles Bumper Sticker says:
"Yes, you can still be a Bad Ass and Drink Rosé"
Binge the Bouffant with Giacometti
Kermit Lynch Import
Three generations ago, when Laurent Giacometti purchased a derelict, sprawling vineyard and estate
in the middle of the Désert des Agriates, the previous owner handed him the keys and dryly told him,
“Welcome to the village where it’s always raining somewhere else.” For centuries, agricultural plans
and projects failed in this aptly named desert, and the Giacomettis struggled for many years as well.
It took more than three decades of organic farming and persistence for vines to learn to go deep,
away from the parched and sea-salt-crusted surface. A blend of 75% Niellucciu and 25% Sciaccarellu.
This rustic, pomegranate-tinged year-round rosé is for the table, not the pool.
$23 or more online
News Release: Wednesday, March 25th, 2020
Ciao Asheville Alert
Olive Oil and Wine Tasting
Set for March 26th
Set for Sunday, March 29th
Do Red Wine in the Bunker Instead!
With something about Leonardo, but of course, to read:
2015 100% Sangiovese is an intense ruby red color with a very concentrated red berry bouquet
that finishes with hints ofvanilla. On the palate, it is well-balanced and smooth with delicate tannins
and a persistent finish. This Chianti is made for pizza, pasta with red sauce, charcuterie,
grilled meats, Fettuccine Alfredo, and Spaghetti Carbonara.
*** $11.99 ***
*** What to do in Isolation? Take Virtual Tours ***
Check Out Museums Online!
Selected Works from Asheville Art Museum Collection
Virtual Tour of The New Orleans Museum of Art
Nearly all museums have a virtual tour. Take one!
Take Virtual Tours of Expensive Homes for Sale
Prince's Bomb Proof Estate
340 Year Old London Mansion
Clint Eastwood's BelAir Mansion in 3D
Your Virtual Tour Wine
Mas Theo 2017
A blend of 40%Grenache, 40%Syrah and 20%Carignan
Aged in an underground cave!
$20 and UP online*** $17.99 @MetroWines **
Virus Block and Tackle Update @MetroWines
We are all still bunkered, bunkering, bunkerizing.
But, wine perseveres!
** We have Pre-packed Bunker's Dozen Boxes **
We also have restaurant quality Pasta and Red Sauce!
and candles and teapots in case of power failures.
Sealed, pre-pakcaged restaurant quality bag is $2.49
And $14.99 for this 6 pound can that holds more
restaurant quality red sauce than 6 jars of Prego for $50
Ask for a can when you call in for wine!
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Meanwhile, Big Box is slow, sluggish and making a mess. Asleep at the wheel.
Call us with questions. Operators are standing by!