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You Can't Judge a Wine by its Label

The Glory Days 2011 Zinfandel might be a stretch for a wine label with the merged historic photographs of baseball players and planes but it is no stretch to say that this wine drinks like a lot more than the $9.99 shelf price.  We offered a tasting of Glory Days here at Metro Wines yesterday and customers agreed the wine was perfect for bar-b-que but was rich and smooth enough to enjoy by itself. Even confirmed white wines only customers were delighted. We agree. This wine is a wonderfully rich and a surprisingly complex wine for the price.

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine has a dark, rich color and plenty of minerality, loads of bright and savory raspberry and black currant fruit with hints of pepper and crushed rocks. This wine pushes the envelope of sheer decadence with an expressive fragrance of briery berries, pepper and spice.

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Duffy

Getting ready for "The Green Ladies" event tomorrow starting at 1pm to benefit Helpmate.

Picking the music for the big day but everyone has their own favorites. Gary and Kendal and John and Gina all want different stuff.

Us? We want Duffy!

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"More Face than Head" on exhibit until June 8th

The work currently on view represents a selection of oil/wax on canvas from 2000 -2008. The work is content driven an represents a small portion of work done over 8 years, most of the work from that period is now in private collections.The work is operating as abstraction and within the layers a subtle figurative element begins to appear. Therein lies the content. My work is rooted in the observation of man, loosely put: I see, I think, I worry, I paint.
Gary Byrd, April 2013

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Rebuttal

First, I would like to point out that I am not a "baby." Second, there is a big difference between whining for biscuits and a respectful request for one of those hard bread focaccia like rounds that we serve at wine tasting. So there! Bandit.

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Could this be the best Sangiovese under $10?

Could this be the best Sangiovese under $10?

It’s certainly the best Sangiovese we’ve tasted at this price point in years, exceeding the quality of many of the more expensive wines.

So why drink Sangiovese?  It’s an open secret how easily it pairs with food.  It’s versatile, with many different interpretations that open up numerous opportunities for pairings.  We would place Sangiovese in our top five food-friendly wines – you simply need to add food to make it shine.  Hey, how many wines do you know that go this well with tomato sauce, and just about anything else other than possibly Asian dishes?  The acidity in these wines and their medium weight help make these Italian gems the chameleons of the wine world.   

Many consider Sangiovese to be the Cabernet Sauvignon of Italy (with Nebbiolo the Pinot Noir) because it is sturdy wine with a complexity that people love.  The more expensive ones, like the Brunello, age well and can hold their ground to a fine Bordeaux.  But also like Cabernet Sauvignon, the flavors are so appealing that even a modestly priced Sangiovese can spark up a meal with its rich, juicy flavors.  And our Coppaia Toscana is one of those wines – it’s so inexpensive, you can consider it part of the groceries needed to make your meal. 

Our Coppaia Toscana has a nice ruby red color, with a fruity, rich and lingering nose of cherry and wild berry.  It’s soft on the palate, and shows great structure and body.

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Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting and the YWCA

Back on the job. Big day at the shop. New staffer, Kendall, joined us. She's awesome. Just about to graduate college. Congratulations Kendall and welcome aboard! Kendall learned the cash register pretty quickly. Great. Because that is where we are drawing the shop duties line. Anyway, we will be able to toast Kendall in style because we just took delivery of nearly 100 "champagne" glasses. But the toasting starts today when the Asheville Chamber of Commerce comes to do the Official Ribbon Cutting at the shop. Word is that we get to keep the ribbon. And someone said that as part of the festivities, someone might break out a guitar and jam. And part of proceeds benefit The Asheville YWCA. We know what it's like to need a helping hand. Hoping everyone comes out to shop and support the programs at the YWCA. Our contribution is that we promise not to whine and cry for biscuits during the party. OK. I promise. Me, Cate. Bandit's a baby.

 

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This is a day off?

We were technically off today. But, getting ready for the Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting and the YWCA!!!!, we ran errands. First, we let Larry the electrician in at our house - we love Larry - later Larry went to the shop - so we were there on our day off - see what we mean!! - anyway - then we went for a walk and our neighbor Mary said she might bring her poetry group to the shop on Sundays - oh yeah - then we went to Allegra Printing for flyers for the WNC Green Ladies event on Saturday, Rosebud Video for most awesome movies like "Wise Blood" - Staples for chairs - you have to know how to shop furniture at office supply and hardware - it's an art - and there was a little too much excitement about the sale on scissors - moving on - Mike's on Charlotte Street for our food - Ingles for their food and balloons - using a lot of those pesky things to let folks know that we are open and come on down! - and then to the coffee place but it was closed - the cans of Cafe du Monde seem to be disappearing a little too quickly around here these days - we still have stuff to learn and oh boy everyone is excited because Bob Bowles posted our YWCA Ribbon cutting event - love him - and we went to UPS - we love that guy too! - and now we are settling in to watch the movie "50/50" AGAIN because this guy is the star - OK - not the star but a really big deal and he did us proud.

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Price Does Not Always Reflect Quality: Los Dos at $7.99

This weekend, Metro Wines has been pouring "Los Dos," a blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah.  The wine maker says the soft, berry flavors of old-vine Grenache meet the depth and complexity of Syrah in this full and friendly wine from Campo de Borja in Northeastern Spain. Located between the Sierra de Moncayo mountain range and the Ebro River Valley, the historic region has produced wine since the late 12th century. The continental climate is mitigated by the "cierzo" wind that cools the vineyards nightly. With a fruit forward palate of cherries and blackberries, the 2011estate bottled Los Dos carries through to a refined, lengthy finish.

For $7.99, this wine overdelivers. After tasting this wine, Metro Wines customers have agreed and Los Dos is one of the biggest sellers this weekend. We are down to a case, so drop by the shop. This is the kind of wine to buy by the case, and another case, and another case.

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Napoleon Bonaparte

The Asheville Citizen Times reports that on this day in 1821 France's Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile on St. Helena. So we started  to thinking, did Napoleon have a dog? Despite the many millions of pages written about Napoleon and all the pages he penned himself about himself, the answer to this question cannot be verified. But your Shop Dogs found the following text and we are running with it. In any case, it sounds like a good reason to raise a glass of something French. Come on over to the shop! We can talk about the fact that Napoleon Bonaparte was really born Napoleone Bounaparte to parents from the Tuscany region another day. 

Meanwhile, here is what we found on the dog controversy:

The Newfoundlander

 
 
Napoleon Bonaparte owed his life to a nameless Newfoundland. As Bonaparte fled the island of Elba in 1815, where he was exiled, choppy seas pitched him overboard. A fisherman's dog jumped in after the drowning despot and kept him afloat. Napoleon lived to experience his own defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.  CNN LIVING
 
 

 

 
 
 

"When Napoleon was on St. Helena he had a black and white dog called 'Sambo' - it had its ears cut off, in the Chinese style, and looked more like a seal. After Napoleon's death in May 1821 the dog was taken back to Europe by Countess Bertrand and her children." Napoleonguide.com 

This is Napoleon:

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Whispering Angel is on the Shelf!

"Whispering Angel," Cotes de Provence Rose 2012 is on the shelf priced at $21.95. 

This lovely wine is a blend of grenache, rolle, syrah, cinsault and mouvedre grapes. Pale pink in color, with a fresh and fruity aroma, "Whispering Angel" is bone dry through the finish. Many in the wine appreciation world say that "Whispering Angel" is the benchmark for rose. Chateau d'Esclans is deep in the heart of Provence beautifully sitting about one half hour north of St. Tropez.

The winemaker says that the angels whisper in the Esclans Valley where this lovely wine is made.

Wine Spectator rated this one at 90. Tell us what you think.

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Bordeaux

Yesterday was really really really busy. So busy that a sales rep (learning the "talk") had to walk us after dinner. Nice guy. He had Bordeaux. We need a plan to ride the passenger cabin! Why? Because this is Bordeaux:

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Radio 1350 WZGM Metro Wines Interview

Oh no! We are never going to hear the end of this! John and Gina were interviewed by Bob Bowles!!! of Asheville Wine and Food !! oh yeah! on WZGM 1350 Asheville Independent Radio. Interview will be broadcast today about 4:30. We weren't there. Nope. Somebody had to watch the shop. Shop Doggin' is 24/7. Anyway, here is a studio shot:

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Empowerment!

Chasing ceeeeeese is funny, but this is serious. This is about the work YWCA does to empower women.

Empowering Women

Since 1906, women’s empowerment has been at the heart of the YWCA of Asheville’s work. The organization’s original charter in 1897 was to provide safe housing for working women. Today, the YW combines a programmatic history of women’s empowerment, a century of advocacy with and for women, and a passion for justice and equality into programs that change women’s lives and the lives of their families.

Women have held the leadership positions throughout the 103 year history of the organization. At the YWCA, all program directors and all board members are women. From a staffing perspective, the YW does not discriminate of the basis of sex; however, a review of our administrative staff, departmental directors and employees reflects the extensive efforts the YW makes to reach out to women and underrepresented groups when job opportunities arise. Our success at inclusion has lead to our being recognized as having one of the most visibly and intentionally diverse leadership teams in Asheville.

The YWCA Board of Directors pays great attention to power-building in historically disenfranchised groups of women as well as the generational transfer of leadership. We intentionally build the power of low-income women by hiring women who have been enrolled in our programs, and offering deeply discounted on-site child care and after school care. Specifically, to build up the power of low-income women, the YW has intentionally not incorporated a financial means needs test to access service. Instead, the YW has developed program entry avenues for low-income women that assure dignity and full participation. Many of our programs have advisory councils that intentionally seek out program participants so that they may have direct input into program decisions. Maintaining an environment that includes people from all walks of life creates challenges and risks, and we continually assess whether our programs successfully align with our mission.

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No Cheese

A shop dog's responsibilities are many and varied. One of them is assisting with clean up. We had about 50 people in the shop last night to taste sparkling wine from Saumur. There was cheese. We prepared, shall we say, the plates for washing. Success! Now, if we can just figure out how to get into the passenger cabin of a plane! We need another plan. This is the Chateau Saumur.

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cheeeeeeeeeese

Three Graces Dairy cheeeeeeeeeeese coming out for the wine tasting today. Another chance! Strategy. It's all about strategy. A plan. We need a plan. We can do this. We took out a bag of sourdough last week. We can do this. Less than 2 hours. Keep you posted.

This is about the Three Graces Dairy: 

In antiquity the Three Graces brought beauty, mirth and hospitality to the Gods...
Our Three Graces - the goat, the sheep and the cow give us the exquisite milks
that are the source and inspiration for our French-style cheeses.
From soil to seed to grass to feed
From goat, sheep and cow to kid, lamb and calf
From milk to curd to cheese
Farmstead means it all happens on our farm!
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Trent Reznor

Open letter to Trent Reznor,

Dear Trent, Thank you for adopting retired racing greyhounds and for your efforts to raise funding for more to find homes. You are most awesome and we love Nine Inch Nails! Please stop by our store, Metro Wines (some of us greys are not totally retired but that is another story!) when you headline the New Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit from October 25 to 27. We found this clip about you. Also, we loved you in Social Network.  Your most devoted fans, Shop Dogs.

 

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Trent Reznor, the frontman of Nine Inch Nails, who also scored the movie The Social Network.

He has put up rare band memorabilia on eBay to benefit two greyhound rescue organizations, Greyhound rescue and California Greyhound Adoption Promotion.

There are four bundles of Nine Inch Nails collectors items including, limited edition CDs, t-shirt protypes, tour posters and other swag, all signed by Trent Reznor.

Current bids are hovering just above $1,000 so get your bid in soon!

The 2011 auction page said: "Trent is an animal lover and longtime supporter of rescuing greyhounds and has created this auction specifically to help his friends continue their work in saving these animals’ lives. Reznor himself has adopted several greyhounds."

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Tres Francais

This is Erte. Look at that greyhound. You know, you really can be too thin!

Anyway, please come to the shop on Wednesday from 5 to 7 pm for French. Your Shop Dog, Cate

This is Erte. 

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What Shop Dogs do on Their Day Off

Sleep! "Sleep is the best meditation." Dalai Lama

This is me and Bandit meditating on our day off.

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Fat Dog Update

Really rainy here but we are excited to tell you that people still came in the shop!  In fact, a nice couple just came in and specifically requested to meet us! They even knew our names. How cool is that? From where we sit, I can see a hole on the shelf where two six packs of Fat Dog have sold.  I forgot to tell you that a really nice lady came in the shop and was so excited to see Fat Dog Oatmeal Stout here. She says she is from Adamstown, the home of Stoudts Fat Dog and there is only one other shop around Asheville that has the Fat Dog. She was pretty happy. Us too. Signed Bandit, Shop Dog. 

PS  This is Fat Dog!

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Art and Caravaggio, "Bacchus"

Metro Wines and Curator Gary Byrd launch the first in a series of Art and Wine presentations blending art history with the history of wine. The first talk will focus on Caravaggio's painting, "Bacchus," circa 1595, Rome. We have all seen this painting with a young Bacchus offering a glass of wine to the viewer. Gary will discuss the artist, the subject and Metro Wines will add and offer what is probably in the glass! Join us Wednesday, May 29th from 6 to 8pm at Metro Wines.

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