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|Stop Merlot Bashing. Get over it!
So says Lettie Teague of Wall Street Journal. And she is so right.
We took a stand in 2014: https://
Isn't it time we let a remark in a movie live at Netflix and not your wine shop?
So, maybe Cabernet is king but Merlot was king first!
Winemaker Steve Matthiasson says:
Lettie recommends Shafer Merlot.
Three affordable bottles of Merlot to get you started.......
|Guy Marden Sauvignon Blanc
Perfect Partner for Esquirrou
Generous, with notes of tart lemon and grapefruit.
A good balance of ripe and fresh flavors with crisp acidity and good minerality.
|There's good news and bad news:
The Big Winner was Zoe, Greece
And I mean BIG!!
A blend of 70% Agiorgitiko and 30% Moscofilero, the wine shows
The bad news is we sold out. The importer is out.
|Gateway Rose Vinho Verde, Portugal
Veeeeeery Popular at Great Rose Tasting Yesterday
A blend of regional varietals; 60% Touriga Nacional and 40% Espadeiro
with Winemaker Francois Servin
"On the House"
Great Rose Tasting: May
Event Pricing (10% off any bottle) in RED
1. Le Quattro Terre Rosato 2017 Piedmont, Italy $11.99 ($10.79)
This Barbera Rose is a bright pink in the glass with aromas of strawberry and rose petal leading to a salty, mineral driven finish.
2. Fleur de Prairie 2017, Provence $14.99 ($13.49)
Crafted in the traditional Provencal style, this blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault is a pale salmon color with flavors of strawberry, rose petals and herbs. Bright refreshing acidity. Fleur de Prairie translates as "wildflowers" celebrating the beautiful fields of wisteria, lavender, poppy (you might find a wisp on the nose!) and sunflowers.
3. DMZ Rose 2017, Stellenbosch, South Africa $14.99 ($13.49)
A crowd pleasing Cabernet rose with alluring aromas and juicy flavors of strawberry, watermelon and pomegranate highlighted by delicate floral and spice notes.
4. OVR Old Vine Rose Marietta Cellars, California $13.99 ($12.59)
This juicy blend of Syrah, Grenache Noir and Grenache Gris presents bright red and blue fruits on the nose and palate. Balanced bright fruit and acidity.
5. Zoe, Greece 2017 $12.49 ($11.24)
"Zoe" means life in Greek. This dry rose, a blend of 70% Aghiorghitiko and 30% Moscofilero, is full of life! Ripe cherries, rose petals on the nose and palate.
6. Gateway Vinho Verde, Portugal $9.99 ($8.99)
A blend of regional varietals: 60% Touriga Nacional and 40% Espadeiro. Bright pink color. The nose is lively strawberry and red currant complemented with floral notes. Luscious palate presents good acidity with fresh, young fruit, slight fizz and delicate finish.
We are all in this together! I feel like I should do more! Read on. Your Shop dog Bandit
This is a story about a pet's charity for people and, oh yeah, a wine that bears his name! Written by Gina Trippi of The Asheville school of Wine for The Laurel of Asheville, the story is on magazine site here! Reprinted below:
Derek Rubio of Skyland presented four wines for consideration to The Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines on May 2nd. All were well received but, based on sales, this 50-50 blend of Tannat and Merlot was the big winner. A lot of praise for the weight, palate feel and taste. Someone was passionatly screaming "sexy beast." OK, that was me. But a lot of participants agreed. We reckoned that any bottle based on a grape (Tannat) that needs another bold grape (Merlot) to lighten it's load, is a "sexy beast" by definition. Our sommelier Emily says the bottle needs abot two hours of air to hit it's best. $13.99!
News Release: Thursday, May 3rd, 2018
Septima Cabernet Sauvignon
Spinach Risotto? Oh Yeah!
Suavia Soave Classico is composed of 100% Garganega grapes harvested
Suavia Soave Classico appears bright and lemon-yellow.
Copain Pinot Noir Rose
Banh Mi Bound!
A blend of 86% Pinot Noir and 12% Syrah, this Rose is a bright salmon pink in the glass. You will find aromas including watermelon rind, grapefruit and lemon blossom. On the palate, Copain brings tart cherry, strawberry, Meyer lemon, and Granny Smith apples. Moderate acidity. Nice finish.
News Release: Wednesday, April 25th, 2018
100% Grenache, California, Beckstoffer
Hogwash Rosé started when Tuck Beckstoffer was invited to a co-host a charity barbeque. Tuck thought it would be fun to create a wine especially for the event. Tuck had been experimenting with making rosé from a special Grenache vineyard in the Central Coast of California that he thought would be ideal for a rose that paid homage to the rosés from the South of France and yet distinctly California in style.
The reception to the wine at the event was so positive that he started making small quantities of the wine for distribution. Hogwash Rosé is salmon-pink in color with fresh and lively aromas of rose, raspberry and orange zest. Flavors of lemon, mandarin, honey & just ripened peach.
|Poderi Elia 2014 Barbera D'Asti
Poderi Elia has the highest altitude vineyard site in the world famous
Barbaresco Wine Appellation. This affords the grapes maximum temperature variation, promoting longer growing season and more complexity in the wines. Third generation winemaker Federico Stella is a master craftsman who enjoys allowing his old vines to speak telling the story of the land with each sip.
This Barbera d'Asti is fresh and bright, with aromas of ripe pomegranate,
Out of the Box Macaroni and Cheese Pairing
Made exclusively from New York apples, Wolffer Rose Cider brings delicate floral notes with a blend of several apples including Jonagold, Mutsu, Golden Delicious, Gold Rush, Idared, and Northern Spy. To further the distinctive offering,
This cider speaks to that perfect color palate, too, glowing with a shiny rose color.
|LOVO 2016, Cabernet Sauvignon from Italy! $13.99
(Macaroni and Cheese Approved)
This Cabernet Sauvignon cuts straight across the grain of the highly concentrated, heavily-oaked versions. Unoaked, it is remarkably
bright and clean, with a zesty-ness perfect for food.
Made in the Veneto by Winemaker Salvatore Lovo, and his daughter Silvia,
the two grow classic varietals of North-Central Italia, but also love to experiment. Vineyards planted in clay and volcanic rock. 13.5 alc.
Masera GAVI 2016, $11.99
(Macaroni and Cheese Approved)
Clean and crisp, this 100% Cortese is from a single vineyard in Gavi. Exceptional value. Winemaker is known for limiting his yields to ensure wine is not overproduced or diluted. These low yields and careful winemaking give this Gavi its intensity.
Made from 100% Cortese grapes, this delicious white is both soft and crisp. With a pleasant stony backbone, this wine features notes of green apple, pear and a lovely, enlivening finish of white flower and white pepper.
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Gateway Vinho Verde Rosé
|Vineyard:||From selected vineyards within the Amarante sub-region, higher altitude than in the other parts of the Vinho Verde apellation.|
|Soil Type:||Dominated by granite soils.|
This is a blend made of the typical regional varieties; 60% Touriga Nacional and 40% Espadeiro.
The grapes are selected from the best Vinho Verde vineyards within the Amarante sub-region.
Each grape varietal is picked individually at optimum ripeness so that the finished wine has the best balance between the richness of the fruit and the natural acidity.
Pressed at low temperature, the must is then clarified and
fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at 12 to 14ºCentigrade. Before
bottling, the wine is filtered and cold stabilized.
|Nose:||Lively strawberry and red currant complemented with floral notes.|
|Palate:||In the mouth it is well balanced with good acidity and fresh fruity notes, young, crisp with a smooth and delicate finish.
The slight fizz on the finish adds a thirst quenching effect.
|Other:||It is brisk and luscious, a perfect summer wine that will enliven the palate on a hot summer day.|
Made in Loire from a unique blend of Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Gamay and Negrette, this is a very delicate and quite dry Loire Rose. Briny and flinty flavors. Lean, refreshing this is a go to for super warm days.
Lagrein is a lighter Northern Italian Varietal
Transition to Spring
The wine is velvety, elegant with a clear fruity character.
Tasca Tenuta Regaleali
At Tenuta Regaleali, in western Sicily, Grillo has been cultivated for years.
Pale straw yellow in color, Tasca Grillo offers a broad range of bright fruit aromas from crisp citrus to white peach, tangy apricots, and exotic tropical fruit like pineapple. An elegant backbone of minerality carries the wine across the palate and leads into a balanced finish.
And it's Bagna Cauda Approved!
DMZ Syrah, Stellenbosch, South Africa
DMZ is DeMorgenzon’s value label, where the objective is to produce classic, elegant, well-balanced wines which over-deliver in terms of quality for price.
Deep, purple core. Rich, berry fruit nose with lots of ripe, red plum and whiffs of white pepper. Some floral notes in the background, including violets, lavender and spring blossoms. Full in the mouth, with tremendous youthful vigor. Layers of berry fruit with developing spices of pepper, cinnamon, clove and vanilla. Gentle oak integration shows and supports the elegance and roundness of the wine.
Wolffer Hard Cider is summer, party and event perfect.
Taste it on May 5th at the season's opener of The Great Rose Tasting
What Wolffer says: Our elegant premium sparkling dry cider is a reflection of soft summer hues of sunsets across the Hampton beaches. This unique hard cider is sourced from only the best New York State Apples and represents the bohemian spirit that resides in everyone.
Meghan and Harry have asked people to give to charity, through their Gift Registry, as a gift for their wedding. We do that @MetroWines and have been doing it for two years! We have four Asheville charities, Our Voice, Habitat for Humanity, Brother Wolf, Full Moon Wolfdog Sactuary, listed on our Gift Registry or we can collect for one of your choosing.
Call Brandie at (828) 575-9525 to start your Gift Registry headed in the right direction. "Weddings Start @MetroWines!"
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have named seven charities they have chosen to benefit from financial donations in lieu of wedding gifts.
Many of them are small, little known organisations, including a Bristol-based children’s HIV charity with just four part-time employees and a charity for bereaved Armed Forces children.
The only foreign charity chosen is the Myna Mahila Foundation, which supports women in Mumbai’s urban slums and which Ms Markle visited last year before writing about the experience for Time magazine.
Kensington Palace said the couple, who will wed on May 19, did not have any formal relationships with the seven charities but wanted to chose those which represent a range of issues they are passionate about.
In asking guests and well-wishers to donate money rather than give them presents, the Prince and Ms Markle follow in the footsteps of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who asked for money to be donated to their own charitable fund, which supported 26 charities of their choice, when they got married, raising more than £1million.
One of the charities chosen by the couple is the Children's HIV Association (CHIVA) which supports more than 1,000 UK children growing up with HIV and their families.
A spokeswoman told the Telegraph: “We only found out a couple of weeks ago that we have been chosen, it’s a huge honour and will make a huge difference to us.
“We are a very small charity so it’s a massive deal.”She said Prince Harry had been aware of their work since members of their youth committee spoke to him at the International AIDS Conference in Durban in 2016 and that a group had subsequently met him at Kensington Palace.
Another one of the chosen charities is Scotty’s Little Soldiers, inspired by the experience of war widow Nikki Scott, which supports children who have lost a parent while serving in the British Armed Forces.
Mrs Scott, who met the Prince at Buckingham Palace last year, said: “I know that the Armed Forces and looking after the children our heroes have left behind is close to his heart.”
She said to have been personally chosen by the couple was an “incredible honour” and that she was extremely grateful.
But this one is limited every year. Stock up!
More About Txakolina from Eric Asimov NYT here:
|ASHEVILLE WINE FOCUS GROUP (RED) WINNER: APRIL
Copertino Negroamaro 2008!
Brick red and dense, Copertino has seductive aromatics of blackberry, spice, cigar leaf and smoked meats. It is medium-bodied and surprisingly complex, displaying well-integrated layers of leather, wild berries, cedar, tar, vanilla and soft spices. The long finish lingers with dried cherry and port-like nuances.
Piccolo Red from Peju, Napa Valley
News Release: Thursday, April 5th, 2018
News Release: Wednesday, April 4th, 2018
We are a group of cooks, farmers, waiters, cheese-makers, organizers, ranchers, brewers and dishwashers who share a common philosophy about how we eat and in a larger sense, about life.
We believe in the importance of working locally, not just using ingredients from our surrounding area, but also in our contribution to the community. The success of our restaurant has always been closely entwined with the health and progress of our community. For 35 years we have supported the arts, local-needs and education programs.
Our clients have returned over the decades, we hope in part because we have always tried to treat them as family… and friends. Some might say, our food tastes good, perhaps even memorable. Each day, we do our utmost to prepare and present fresh food in a creative manner with a craftsman’s hand. Working in the most sustainable way possible is important.
The Market Place has been a fixture in downtown Asheville since 1979. Though it’s beginnings rose in the streams and mountains of western North Carolina – a place of mountain trout and small farms – it also has a hand and heart inspired by traditions far from our borders. This mélange of local food prepared with other worldly traditions of the table may have helped the Market Place garner national attention but the keen reverence for the heritage and roots of Appalachia has always remained at the center of what we do.
More About Market Place Farmers: https://marketplace-r
“farmer to table” wine dinner 5.23.18
ember roasted carrots, preserved lemon, farmstead cheese, sumac, crushed almonds
Schug Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Carneros - Sonoma, CA, 2017
Benton's Country Ham wrapped Sunburst Trout, rainbow chard, hakurei turnips, gremolata
DeLoach Family Hook & Ladder Chardonnay, Russian River, CA, 2016
whey cooked Carolina Gold Rice middlins', asparagus, pine nut & mustard green pistou, soft herbs Stoller Estate Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2015
roasted Brasstown Beef striploin, black garlic steak sauce, charred spring onion, onion rings
Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, WA, 2014
strawberry trifle, pound cake, strawberries, whipped creme fraiche, lemon balm
executive chef: William Dissen chef du cuisine: Matthew Atkinson in partnership with:
NYT Wine Critic Eric Asimov selected MUGA for his
A lemon-yellow color in glass with green glints that reveal its youth.
|La Due Arbie Chianti Superiore
80% Sangiovese. 20% Merlot. 13.5ALC !
Ruby red in the glass, this Tuscan wine presents ripe red fruits, violets and cherries on the nose and palate. Rounded tannins and an elegant long finish. Fermentation on natural lees in steel vats for two weeks followed by aging in barrels for 12 months and three months in bottle before release.
Rose is Rolling IN
Start planning for "Rose in the Courtyard"
A blend of 78% Chardonnay, 19% Sauvignon Blanc and 3% Fiano.
News Release: Monday, April 2nd, 2018