How You Can Help Your Business Community?
The City has closed restaurants allowing pickup delivery service only.
One of our customers (you know who you are!) had a great suggestion:
Buy gift cards at your favorite restaurants!
This will provide cash flow to them through these tough economic times
and you will have dinner waiting for you when the storm clears.
If you decide to help in this way, please consider supporting our partners on Charlotte Street.
Remember the "Moonshine Still" in The Andy Gritffith Show?
More advanced and modernized but distilleries to the rescue!
By Ethan Joyce, The Winston-Salem Journal
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — It took about two rings for Joe Tappe to answer the phone the morning of March 18.
And he kept it brief because he was busy.
“We’re open,” Tappe said. “Come on by.”
He clicked off the call and stooped back over a cart covered in plastic containers. About 20 minutes before, his counterpart Don Jenkins had leaned into a metal drum, mixing its contents with a drill before making his way over to help Tappe bottle their newest product.
The two distillers at Broad Branch Distillery put their liquor-making skills to use for the good of the public: Making hand sanitizer to give out for free to combat the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the nation. The ethanol produced for whiskey can be converted to battle bacteria in the amount of time it takes to mix a stiff drink.
“Just because we’ve got this sitting here and it needs to happen,” Tappe said. “There’s a need. There’s a role that we can play.”
Broad Branch is one of a few distilleries trying to curb the shortage of hygiene products, and at least one of two in the Triad with Old Nick Williams Farm and Distillery in Lewisville. Broad Branch is focused on giving out its santizer free to the public, up to two bottles per person, while asking for donations to the Lynne H. Berry School Buddies Fund.
Old Nick Williams is opting to donate its cleaning products, along with Durham Distillery and others, to hospitality businesses. Zeb Williams, owner of Old Nick Williams, said it exemplifies the quality people in the local liquor business.
“We’ve got a lot of good players that want to help and share information,” Williams said, “and help do the right thing, and it shows in times of need.”
Tappe and Jenkins said they hatched the idea to make hand sanitizer over the weekend. They used March 16 to check the proper channels – mainly with the N.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission – to make sure they could give the sanitizer away. Tappe said they also worked on the label and looked at container options.
A local company, Sessions Specialty in Lewisville, donated 60-milliliter spray bottles to Broad Branch to start distributing on March 18.
And the production of hand sanitizer lines up perfectly with the process. During the initial distillation phase, a non-potable liquid is produced called “the head.” Normally, Broad Branch just gets rid of it since it can’t be consumed.
But the head can be converted to hand sanitizer by adding a couple of ingredients. Broad Branch adds water and glycol. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mandates that hand sanitizer must be made of 60 percent ethanol, or 120 proof. But if the proof is too high, like 160 or 170 proof, the alcohol evaporates too quickly and doesn’t kill the bacteria. Jenkins said Broad Branch’s hand sanitizer was around 136 proof, roughly 67 percent ethanol based.
Broad Branch had bottles produced by noon, when Chuck and Ginny Rutter walked in for the first samples. Chuck Rutter and Broad Branch founder John Fragakis have been friends since the mid-1970s. The couple noticed the absence of hand sanitizer in every grocery store they walked through during the last week.
This was at least a way to keep a little cleaner while helping the community.
“It was a dual purpose to buy hand sanitizer and help out a good cause,” Ginny said as the Rutters made their way toward the door.
In all, Tappe said Broad Branch gave away around 300 bottles during their first day of distribution. Williams said they had one or two companies reach out, but the clamp down on restaurants in the state probably thinned the initial rush. But Williams wanted local companies to know that they were there to help.
Broad Branch, like all others in the service industry, had to shut down its tasting room and tours. And because restaurants are unable to serve dine-in customers, that’s fewer places for Broad Branch whiskeys to be sold.
As they navigate this tough financial time, Tappe said the Broad Branch crew just wanted to do some good.
“We can do something while we’re making liquor besides just keep people company in their homes while they’re stuck,” Tappe said.
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Just another warning about shopping online!
Shop LocalLY. We are full service.
Ask for Lou @MetroWines.
He knows somebody who knows somebody!
But seriously, at the end of the day, living well is still the best revenge.
Celebrate Your Good Fortune
50% Macabeo, 30%Xarello and 20%Parellada. Method Traditionelle.
93 Points from Wine&Spirits Magazine: There’s finesse as well
—fine bubbles, delicate aromas of green and red apples and mineral notes.
The wine’s acidity is crystalline and sharp, the flavors deep and focused on fresh lime.
*** $16.99 ***
Stand in Solidarity with New Ideas!
SPICY PUCKER is ALL the RAGE
New foods mix hot pepper and sour tastes. That blend doubles the burn.
Staying ahead of the culinary curve, MetroWines offers pairing guidance.
Now, I know many of you flinch when we suggest a wine that has a touch,
even just a TOUCH of the sweet.
But, if you don't do it here, you will regret it. And that's a fact.
I asked Brett Watson to help us
tame the heat and bring the sweet, and he said...
Spice Cutter (Hofgut Falkenstein Niedermenniger Herrenberg Spatlese Feinherb 2018)
"One of the best ways to combat spice in any food of all sorts is a tiny hint of sweetness.
The best way to do that is via Sir. Hofgut Falkenstein. These wines out of the cool climate Mosel of Germany, right on the bend of the Saar River Valley are revered by most - those who know and enjoy Riesling and those that don't know anything about Riesling other than "is it sweet?"
The answer is yes....but in only the most perfect balanced way. This Spatlese is jussssst off dry and showcases all of the kafir lime, lemon zest, under-ripe pear freshness that makes it so lazer sharp. The Niedermenniger Herrenberg vineyard site (say that three times fast) is one of the oldest vine
and most respected sites in Germany. It slopes almost directly into the river to help give the wine
the acid to carry the whole package right to your table next to a bag of Flamin' Hot limon Doritos."
"It also happens to just be the best damn Riesling
I've ever tasted under $50. $24 on our shelves!"
Stand in Solidarity with Chile!
Truck Smashes Moai on Easter Island
Sickening. Easter Island is priceless. Chile will try to salvage what they can.
Stand in Solidarity with Chile and buy their wines!
I asked Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine,
to suggest a bottle that speaks to holding on to tradition. And he said....
"This bottle has structure and balanced tannins. To find a California Cabernet
of this quality for $17.99 is just not happening. Under $20, a California Cabernet
can be too soft and, in the worst case, taste like a blend of kool aid and grape jelly.
But Clos des Fous is made old school. Showing respect for the benefits of age,
this 2015 is the current release. Great bottle. Built for food."
Stand in Solidarity with Being in the Middle!
The Middle Seat
Airlines are experimenting with middle seats that are wider
than the coveted window or aisle seats.
Often called crowd pleasers or party wines,
flavor and style profiles that hit the middle ground.
We suggest our March Winner!
60% of The Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines chose:
2018 Clovis Cotes du Rhone, France
50% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 15%Cinsault and 10%Carignan
Organic, Steel Tank. $16.99
Medium bodied, red fruit including cherry with a touch of black pepper. Soft tannins.
*** Stand in Solidarity with Australia ***
Fires have caused a lost Vintage.
We have pre-fire- wines. And local distributors have more bottles.
To buy more, we need to sell more.
Support the cause. Shop Australia @MetroWines
The very sad story: https://www.
MetroWines Manager Zach Eidson says "Mathilda is in The Rhone Style.
Not overly bold or jammy, the wine is terroir driven, dark, earthy and balanced."
You will find hints of roasted meat, black olive and asphalt on the nose.
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.
Unavailable at wine.com
And plan your trip to Sydney
MetroWines continues to keep the press advised of our services. We are open if and until forced to close!
News Release: Thursday, March 19th, 2020
Stand in Solidarity with Italy
Country wide lockdown in progress to stop spread of virus.
Italians learning to adapt.
We can help by supporting Italian Culture!
Sangiovese (with a small amount of Canaiolo) is vinified in thermo-regulated
stainless steel tanks at a fermentation temperature of 28° C. It then spends time
in steel tanks (30%), Sessile oak casks (50%) and barriques (20%).
After blending, the wine is refined in French oak casks for two to three months.
Pairs well with pasta dishes, pizza and appetizers.
90 Points Decanter - Delicate aromas of subtle herbs and oak.
The palate is elegant and fresh with flavours of red berries,
liquorice and plum to finish. Balanced, ripe, smooth tannins. $19.99
Ciao Asheville Presents
Sunday, March 29th starting 1pm
*** Olive Oil and Wine Tasting ***
with Jessica Gaydos from "Olive This" @MetroWines
March 26th from 5:30 to 6:30
Sign up here: https://
Meanwhile: In Memoriam: Joyce Gordon
For those of you who joined us for "once Upon a Time in the West"
and were certain the voice was Claudia Cardinale who must certainly
have mastered a fast class in English, not so! As Robert Formento assured us,
the movie was dubbed. And now we know who it was at the mic!
Joyce Gordonknown as "The Girl with Glasses" passed away at 90 this week.
She said of the movie: "It's an anonymous kind of gratification."
Ciao Asheville extends posthumous membership to Joyce Gordon!
Ship or Shop in Town?
John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine
Speaks Truth to the power and the Public
for Capital at Play
From MetroWines Newsletter, July 29th, 2018
"Four on the Floor"
|The FIRST Wine Critic was a Woman
Ruth Ellen Church of The Chicago Tribune
Writing during the 1960's Ruth Ellen Church recommends:
News Release: Friday, March 13th, 2020
Tracking Beethoven from Bonn to Vienna
"Starting out in Bonn, Germany, where he was born to a family
of downwardly mobile court musicians, I set out on a Beethoven odyssey,
from the scenes of his upbringing to the places in and around Vienna
where he lived and worked, despaired and triumphed."
Entire Story here: https://www.nytimes.com/
Travel Restrictions Have You Bunkered Down? No Problem!
You can get your Beethoven on right here!
with The Asheville Symphony Orchestra
And a bottle of home grown German Style wine!
Teutonic Pinot Noir, Bellpine 2017, $33
Barnaby Tuttle, Winemaker and Owner
MetroWines Interview with Barnaby for UNFILTERED here:
(out of stock at wine.com)
Teutonic Wine Company is a small-production winery that strives to make
the finest German and Alsatian-style wines in Oregon. The climate in Germany’s Mosel region, famed for producing some of the world’s finest Rieslings, is ideal because of its cooler growing climate which allows the fruit to hang longer on the vines without over ripening. A longer hang time gives the fruit more time to pull up complex flavors from the soil. Therefore, the vineyard sites, Teutonic sources its fruit in Oregon are located in cooler areas and at higher elevations.
This is NOT a Book Suggestion but rather a Book FYI.
The MetroWines Book Review Department found this book bizarre,
as you might expect from Dali, and mid to full blown upsetting,
as you also might expect from Dali. But we thought you should know.
Again, You are NOT Hallucinating.
This IS a cookbook by surrealist painter Salvador Dali.
These are classic French recipes accompanied by Dali illustrations.
"Les diners de Gala is uniquely devoted to the pleasures of taste ...
If you are a disciple of one of those calorie-counters who turn the joys of eating into a form of punishment, close this book at once; it is too lively, too aggressive, and far too impertinent for you."--Salvador Dal
The Review says: Food and surrealism make perfect bedfellows: sex and lobsters, collage and cannibalism, the meeting of a swan and a toothbrush on a pastry case. The opulent dinner parties thrown by Salvador Dal (1904-1989) and his wife and muse, Gala (1894-1982) were the stuff of legend. Luckily for us, Dali published a cookbook in 1973,
Les diners de Gala, which reveals some of the sensual, imaginative,
and exotic elements that made up their notorious gatherings.
I asked Brett Watson to get surreal and pick a wine for this book, both to read and pair with recipes. And he said................
"The only thing I can think of to play with the oddities of food produced by Dali is naturall,y a bottle of Corsican Niellucciu and Sciaccarellu from Domaine Vetriccie. Who wouldn't automatically come to that conclusion?? Native to Corisca, those 2 grapes are very close cousins to Italian Sangiovese and French Grenache. Pair that with the rugged and mountainous landscapes of the Ile de Beaute in eastern Corsica and the result is pretty fantastical. Similar to Salvador himself."
On our shelves @MetroWines for $12.99!
In more Surrealism News from Wall Street Journal
"Midnight in Paris: Surrealism at the Crossroads,
1929 Review: More Than Melting Watches"
Dali is all the rage all over again. Better get cooking!
Ciao Asheville Presents
"Olive Oil and Wine Tasting"
Thursday, March 26th from 5:30 to 6:30
Hosted by Jessica Gaydos of "Olive This" on Biltmore.
Different Olive Oils have different tastes and purposes.
Taste for yourself!
*** RESERVE YOUR SEAT ***
In Memoriam: Anna Julia Cooper
Out of 13 quotes on the US passport, only one is from a woman, Anna Julia Cooper.
After a receiving a degree from Oberlin College, Cooper received a PH.D from
The Sorbonne in Paris. The author of numerous books, Cooper was a tireless advocate
for civil rights and equality in education for African Americans and women.
"The cause of freedom is not a cause of a race or a sect, a party or a class -
it is the cause of humankind, the very birthright of humanity."
All about: https://en.wikipedia.
Let's celebrate her life and French education
with a French Wine made by a Woman Winemaker:
Chateau Coupe Roses 2018 Mervois
48%Carignan, 46%Grenache and 6%Syrah. $15.99
Made by Francoise Le Calvez, Bastide is bottled with no oak.
Vibrant red with notes of red cherries and a touch of bitter plum.
The palate is dry with bright, fresh acidity, soft tannins, and a round texture.
Complex with notes of minerals, graphite, herbs, and leather.
Those who are interested in leveling the passport quote field,
consider this most prescient caution from Abigalil Admas to her husband:
"If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined
to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which
we have no voice or representation."