News Release: Saturday, October 12th, 2019
News Release: Saturday, October 12th, 2019
*** Another BIG RED ***
"The Wild Ride" 2015 by TAIT
A blend of 60% Shiraz, 20% Grenache and 20% Mataro
*** Teaching Moment! ***
Mataró, also known as Mourvedre or Monastrell, is a red grape varietal grown in many regions around the world including the Rhone and Provence in France, the Valencia and Jumilla regions of Spain, as well as the Balearic Islands, California, Washington, Australia and South Africa. Mataro wine is medium to full-bodied with a dark purple color. On the nose, you will find herbal notes as well as spice, licorice and leather. Dark fruits like plums and dark cherries are apparent on the palate with an obvious savoury presence with spice and leather.
Winemaker says this is a full bodied wine, but one that stays within normal bounds. Black cherry fruit is tinged
with mocha and baking spices, ending in a dusting of soft tannins. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate 90 Points
Tait's 2015 The Wild Ride boasts hints of vanilla and graham crackers on the nose, alongside notes of mulberries and plums. A big, full-bodied wine is still reasonably light on the palate, with just a touch of warmth on the finish. Drink it over next 3-4 years.
$20.99 at wine.com and unavailable.
$19.99 @MetroWines and on the shelf!
Obsessio White Garnatxa 2017
Montsant, From Marta Plana
Intense fresh white fruit, mostly pears and apples with citric notes, white flower and fennel on the nose. On the palate, the white fruit stands out, pear and almond white flower, aniseed flavored and a taste of aromatic plants with a long and persistent end note and a pleasant saline touch. $19.99
** Big RED of the Week **
Arrels Garnaxta from Clos Pissara
from Winemaker Emmanuel Kermiji
The name Clos Pissarra is derived from the Catalan word for slate, as this is the soil that covers the regions of Montsant (sacred mountain) and Priorat (priory), that lie about 85 miles southwest of Barcelona.
Priorat has quickly established itself as the premier wine region in Spain, producing intense and concentrated wines yet remaining elegant and balanced. Montsant is a softer, more approachable version of Priorat, hence, a great value.
The flinty, mineral character of this wine combined with rich peach notes and a lively acidity continue to a palate that shows balance and concentration.
Only 179 cases produced. $21
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Based on a true story, Naughty Noel is about a cat who loses everything and finds his way home for Christmas. Without Grandma, Noel is forced to leave the comfort of the little house with pink shutters in Florida and embark on a year-long journey. There are adventures and misadventures along the way. It’s a scary world even for this tough cat, and at times, he just wants to give up. Ultimately, Noel discovers a home and family in the spirit of Christmas.
This tale of a regal Persian cat’s journey is a love letter to felines and their companions. Cat lovers will recognize Noel’s instinctive, quirky, and hopeful reactions to tragedy and change. The illustrations perfectly convey a frightened, curious, angry, confused, perturbed, and ultimately contented cat.”
—Veronika Gunter, editor, Lark Books Children’s Book Division, Sterling Publishing/Barnes & Noble
Christine D. Page received a painting of her mother’s beloved cat as a Christmas gift from her daughter and was inspired to write Naughty Noel. Christine enjoys photography and writing short stories and poetry. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Utah and later studied fine arts and photography at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her short stories are regularly published in the La Honda Voice.
Christine is an international flight attendant and a volunteer with Airline Ambassadors International (AAI). She is also a mission and child sponsorship coordinator for Shepherd of the Hills Children’s Foundation in the Philippines. A portion of the proceeds of this book will go to AAI (airlineamb.org) and to the orphanage. Christine lives with her husband, Philip, in Asheville, North Carolina.
Dana Irwin has been creating art since her childhood in Greenville, South Carolina. She earned a BFA from University of Georgia in graphic design and did post graduate study at the School of Visual Arts in New York, the Art Students League of New York, Tyler School of Art in Pennsylvania, and Pythagorian School of Art in Samos, Greece.
Dana’s publishing career spanned both coasts as art director for Avon Books, Hearst Magazines, Mother Earth News, Peninsula Magazine, Northern California Home & Garden, and Lark Books. She is a member of the Saints of Paint, a local art fundraising group benefittting non-profits and artists. She lives with her dog and two mischeivous cats in Fairview, North Carolina.
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News Release: Tuesday, October 8th, 2019
The Felten Family own and manage fifteen individual vineyard blocks of “Old Vine” Zinfandel that range in age from 40 to 120 years old. Each vineyard is planted in sandy loam soils in the Mokelumne River Appellation of Lodi and the Clements Foothills.
In the nineties, the family began to market their zinfandel in the bulk wine market, selling to a number of prestigious, benchmark producers of Zinfandel in Napa and Sonoma Counties.
In 2000, Steve and Lori produced their first vintage of Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel. They continue to produce wine from all of the vineyard blocks, culling only the very best lots for bottling Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel and designated vineyard wines. They produced their first vintage of Farrah Syrah in 2001.
The Feltens and Klinker Brick have one goal…produce world-class wine.
News Release: Tuesday, October 8th, 2019
La Due Arbie is a blend of 80%Sangiovese and 20%Merlot.
2016 was the 300th Anniversary of the most famous Italian Wine in the World,
from the ancient recipe by Barone Bettino Ricasoli (1716).
Chianti Superiore Le Due Arbie by Dievole has fresh
and fruit forward with tannins that are youthful yet harmonious and rounded.
An elegant wine, with a long finish pairing easily with foods.
The Dievole estate has a long standing history in Tuscany,
dating back as far as 1090. Dievole does not use herbicides and pesticides, they swapped the use of cultured yeasts for wild, and they replaced international varietals with indigenous varieties. The result is is varietal purity and authenticity.
$18.94 in New York. $16.00 @MetroWines!
Dionysus is Bacchus. Bacchus is Dionysus.
(although the Greek depiction is a little more stately, same god!)
The intersection of Greek snd Roman Cultures is ancient
AND alive and well in Asheville.
Ciao Asheville hosts a fundraiser for UNCA Celebration of Dionysus
on Tuesday, December 3rd from 5:30 to 7pm at Golden Fleece!
$35 for appetizers that span the cultures with Greek and Italian Wines.
Reserve by Calling (828) 575-9525 or online:
Meanwhile, revisit the pleasure principle and indulge
in "How to Be an Epicurean"
By Catherine Wilson. Reviewed by Wall Street Journal here:
Book at Malaprops here:
Your Read it With Wine @MetroWines!
*** Agyros Santorini 2017 ***
100% Assyrtiko, Stainless steel fermentation, volcanic and sandy soil.
Founded in 1903, Argyros Estate is on the island of Santorini,
famed for its spiraling vines and white washed churches. Yiannis Argyros, 3rd generation owner of the estate took over in 1974 and today,
Matthew Argyros the 4th generation of family winemakers continues
his father's legacy using traditional techniques
The estate vineyards are primarily in Episkopi and Pyrgos,
prime locations for Assyrtiko. The ungrafted vines range in age
from 30 to over 150 years, and are trained into basket-shaped bowls,
a traditional technique called "kouloura".
The soil of Santorini is naturally immune to Phylloxera and other vineyard pests, reducing the need for synthetic herbicides & pesticides.
Estate Argyros practices sustainable viticulture, using composted grape must
as fertilizer, and plowing the vineyards with mules.
Assyrtiko is known for its high natural acidity.
This wine is true to character, with flavors of citrus, lemongrass and stone.
It is medium-bodied and elegant with great finesse.
$29.99 at wine.com and, you guessed it, unavailable. $29.99 at Vivino
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News Release: Saturday, October 5th, 2019
News Release: Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019
Ciao Asheville Hosts
A Fundraiser for Dionysus!
"Dionysus is Bacchus. Bacchus is Dionysus.
Greek and Roman cultures have always been linked in more ways than just words and the connection continues today.
UNCA hosts the Celebration of Dionysus, the god of Wine!
every year in April. This year the students will translate and perform "Antigone," a Sophocles play that presents issues that remain unanswered.
Join us on Tuesday, December 3rd from 5:30 to 7pm
at Golden Fleece
for a Fundraiser to support The Celebration of Dionysus
Golden Fleece will present Mediterranean appetizers
paired with Greek and Italian wines selected in conjunction with MetroWines and presentations will be offered by UNCA Professor Sophie Mills, PHD and Valeria Tezzon, PHD, both of the ancient history departments at UNCA
about how the Greek and Italian cultures crossed paths.
$35 for an extraordinary evening. Reserve tickets here:
or Call (828) 575-9525
Golden Fleece has ample free and close parking!
Asheville Wine Focus Group
Wednesday, October 9th from 5:30 to 6:30
*** Slovenia and Croatia ***
"1,000 Years of Winemaking"
Katerina Dordelman of Sour Grapes Imports and Distribution,
a native of The Czech Republic and recently returned from a trip to Croatia and Slovenia, presents four wines. Katerina will share photographs and stories from her trip including meeting with the winemakers and their families.
When NYT Eric Asimov says a wine is difficult to find in NYC, we have it on the shelf. When Lettie Teague of WSJ recommends 5 varietals you should try, we already have them on the shelf. Why.? Because we and YOU have opened our minds and palates to the new imports. WE have work to do!
Call (828) 575-9525
BIG RED of the WEEK
*** ANATOMY ***
French winemaker Philippe Langner brings a touch of Bordeaux to Napa for a more restrained though still very engaging style of Cabernet. The nose opens with nicely ripe black fruits – think blackcurrant, blackberry, and black cherry – plus a subtly oaky nose of smoke, black pepper, and cloves. Bright, refreshing acidity on the palate adds to the overall approachability.
Great everyday drinking Napa Cab.
Sold Out Online. $23 and on shelf @MetroWines!
Binge on Beethoven
What Beethoven Might Have Binged On...
Steininger Gruner Veltliner Ried Loisium
Kampala Reserve 2017
Really pure green apple and tarragon aromas lead into a dry, steely palate with hard-edged green apple and citrus followed by a scattering of white pepper. Smooth on palate.
Long finish with a crisp acidity. Great food wine.
90 Points from Decantur. 94 Points from Wine Enthusiast.
Almost nowhere in country. $22 and on the shelf @MetroWines.
"This is what Gruner Veltliner was meant to be." John Kerr, Asheville School of Wine
Pazo Cilleiro 2017 Albariños, Rias Baixas
Importer says: This first vintage of Pazo Cilleiro has a lively golden yellow color, with green reflections. It is clean and balanced, with citric fruits and white fruit notes, with small white flower aromas. The palate brings forth the nose. Pazo is fresh,
round and elegant on the palate, with a persistent, refreshing finish.
James Suckling says: 90 Points
For those online shops that actually have this wine:
Applejack says $17.99
WineChateau says $17.07 (if you buy 12)
MetroWines says: $14.99 (If you buy even one!)
Shopping online just does not match the hype.
SAVE and Support Your Community
Walk the Talk.
Great Rose Tasting
Saturday, October 5th from 10am to 7pm
Let's get serious here. Most of the world drinks Rose all year. Why? Because, while Rose' is perfect for summer, it is food more than weather that drives it to the table. We serve aperitifs, host pot-lucks and have salad, fruit and asparagus, seafood, and turmeric!! on the table all year.
And in a global economy, we can access Rose' all year long.
Be part of the international community!
But, we get it. Join us to taste Rose' with a slightly heavier
body and flavor from four countries.
Harvested from sustainable farmed Napa Valley estate vineyards, this is an elegant and dry Rose'.With aromas and flavors of strawberry, raspberry and watermelon, this wine is refreshing and full of life.
Michael Scholtz, winemaker for St. Supery says:
Taste St. Super on October 5th! $11.99
*** NEXT MONTH ***
100% Nebbiolo (the locals say "Picontendro") grown in sandy soil. The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines chose this rose for one of the flavor driven dishes at ChowChow. A bit of creaminess, strawberry on the palate. And some say a touch of pepper.
Hard to Find. $22 and on the Shelf @MetroWines!
Perfect for Thanksgiving. Taste on November 2nd
at The Great Rose Tasting!
Hot Tip: For a real transitional wine,
try Rose Sangria laced with White Vermouth!
*** Friday ***
Friday, October 4th from 5 to 6:30 @Metrowines
Hosted ny Andrea di Properzio
About our Host: Andrea di Properzio was born and raised in Pescara (Abruzzo). He is a Graduate in Business Administration from University of Bologna and University of Virginia Darden School of Business. A former management consultant, Investment Banker and working within the family’s business since 2002. Andrea, along with his brothers Sabatino and Roberto, Co-own Fattoria La Valentina. The winery was founded in 1990 in Spoltore, a village nestled amongst Pescara Hills on the central coast of the Adriatic. Today, La Valentina is a member of Grand Cru D’Italia and is regarded by Italian and international critics as one of the best cellars in Abruzzo.
Presented and Hosted by Ciao Asheville!