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ZOLO Bonarda SOLD OUT! But we have a Bonarda blend which is extraordinary. That said...........

ZOLO Signature Red 2012

Estate grown, sustainably farmed in Mendoza, Argentina at the foothills of The Andes.  ZOLO calls upon different grapes to create more complex and interesting wines.  "Signature Red" blends Cabernet Sauvignon, Bonarda, Merlot and Malbec. Red fruit on the nose; long, lush mouthfeel on the palate.

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ZOLO. Just ZOLO

"LONELY GRAPE DAY" is all about ZOLO. Today: Torrontes and Bonarda

These are both grapes that make wonderful wines that wine consumers might have passed by. When "lonely grapes" are raised right, as we say back home, with the right winemaker and the right conditions, wine magic happens.

First about the winery: Stephen Tanzer of the International Wine Cellar says of ZOLO: "Genuinely Excellent Wines."

Patricia Ortiz, president and owner of ZOLO, produces wines in one of the most technologically advanced wineries in Argentina. Estate-grown and sustainably farmed, ZOLO has been a leader among Argentine winemakers since 2004. ZOLO selects grapes from targeted regions in Mendoza.  Situated at various altitudes, each of these terroirs presents a different fruit and varietal concentration. The purpose of the ZOLO classic line, including the Torrontes and Bonarda that we feature here, is to create a family of fruit-forward wines at great values which can be served and enjoyed with a wide range of foods or stand alone. 

ZOLO Torrontes

"Best Buy" says "Wine and Spirits." This accolaide follows a long line of praise for ZOLO Torrontes. "Wine Enthusiast" called the 2008, 2009 an 2011 a "Best Buy." And over the years, ZOLO Torrontes has received praise from critics across the wine world including "The Wall Street Journal" and Robert Parker.  Medium straw in color, the nose is an array of citrus including lime, white flowers and tropical fruit. The taste is ripe, dry and restrained, with notes of pear and dried orange peel. The finish is crisp!

ZOLO Bonarda

There remains some doubt as to the true origin of this grape, but most agree that Bonarda is the French Charbono grape. Following prohibition, Charbono was the workhorse grape in California for bulk wine production and, hence, fell into having a less than inviting reputation. Today, there is little left in California. The sad situation for this "lonely grape" is that it was never handled properly with appropriate attention and conditions, but when it is, as with ZOLO, it can be spectacular.

ZOLO Bonarda is produced under the direct supervision of Patricia Ortiz who works in Buenos Aries but travels to Mendoza weekly leaving her husband, "zolo," read "solo," alone.  Deep purple in color, the wine is full bodied with brambly fruit tastes of raspberries and blackberries. And, aging in French and American Oak for 6 months, lends a sweet toasty vanilla taste to the wine. ZOLO Bonarda presents firm tannins that are mouth filling but not out of balance with the fruit.

This lonely (and often disparaged grape) grape is one worth trying. ZOLO Bonarda is an excellent choice for grilled meats and hearty flavored stews. 

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Unfined. Unfiltered. Unparalleled.

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Bottled unfined and unfiltered, this wine is unparalleled for the price, $13.99.  Located in Catamarca, Argentina, surrounded by the Andes Mountains, the Alto3 vineyard is one of the highest altitude vineyards in the world sitting at 4947 feet!  It is this high altitude and the characteristic dry rocky soil combined with minimal rainfall and highly contrasting temperatures between day and night, that produce low yield, high quality grapes.  The altitude and weather facilitate organic practices. The vines are not treated with any chemicals.

The grapes that make Alto3 are hand picked and packed in small cases of 30 pounds.  Fermentation takes place in small concrete tanks and only native yeasts are used. After a 21 day maceration, the wine is aged in American and French oak casks for 6 months and then bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, Alto3 presents a deep red, purple color in the glass. On the nose, you will find red currants, herbs, licorice and tobacco.  On the palate, the flavors mimic the nose and add a slightly minty quality to the mix. Alto3 is medium bodied with a smooth texture, solid structure and balanced fruit profile.

"The Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva is inky purple with an attractive bouquet of toasty black currants.  The wine has excellent depth with ample spicy red and black fruits, light tannin, and a very good depth.  Bodega Alto's Alto3 vineyard, consisting of 190 acres, is located in Catamarca, 515 miles north of Mendoza, at 4900+ feet of elevation. The vineyard is farmed organically." Wine Advocate 88 points.

Metro Wines Tasting Panel ALL agreed, and this is not always the case!, that this wine is excellent. Being unfined and unfiltered, the true flavors of the grapes are strong, yet elegantly blended. Alto3 is a great food wine.

Online shippers are showing limited supply of this wine left.

Metro Wines Tasting Panel Approved Unanimously

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Snap it, baby!

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Bastille Day was awesome. But the pictures leave a little something to be desired. Anthony from Rely Local does a great job. Look at that shot of us on this page. We look maaaaarvelous. But the in house stuff by staff, well..... That said, and since Anthony is always busy with important clients, we are suggesting that Metro Wines hire another professional photographer for big events in the future. This is "Martine," a friend from Chicago. She is trying to break into the "biz." We hope you will support us in this effort. Your Shop Dogs.

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CHATEAU ROC MEYNARD

Metro Wine poured Chateau Roc Meynard at the Bastille Day event on Sunday. Tough crowd for a French wine!

Verdict: Tres bien.

Chateau Roc Meynard 2010, Bordeaux Superior is a true Bordeaux value.  Aged for 20 months in tank, this Bordeaux blend is 90% Merlot giving the wine finesse and fruit, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon adding weight and complexity and 5% Cabernet Franc making for the high note. Located in the village of Villegouge, the Chateau sits stately next to the Fronsac Region. The vines are planted on the hillsides within a perfect terroir of chalk, clay and sandy soils. Robust, yet elegant, with ripe tannins and a velvety feel, the wine presents black fruits and darker spices on the palate making it a perfect match in texture and taste for meats and cheeses.

Chateau Roc Meynard received the MEDAILLE D'OR, concours de bordeaux 2012.

Being sold everywhere for $16.99, OUR PRICE IS $13.99. tres bien!

We pour again to taste on "Bring Me Bordeaux Sautrday."

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Chardonnay FAQ

Kendal's Chardonnay FAQ

  • Chardonnay is the world’s most popular white wine grape and it is grown in virtually every wine-producing region. 
  • Chardonnay generally produces dry to medium dry wine with oak, spice, smoke, vanilla, pear, apple, tropical, or citrus fruit flavors
  • When there is little to no oak barrel aging, Chardonnay tends to be more crisp and fresh. With extensive oak aging, the wine tends to have a creamy and buttery flavor with vanilla.
  • Chardonnay thrives as the white grape of Burgundy and it produces extraordinary wines in the Russian River Valley and Carneros region in California.
  • It is a relatively “low-maintenance” vine that adapts well to a variety of climates, resulting in fairly high yields worldwide. These high yields translate into millions of bottles of Chardonnay wines. As a result, you can buy a good bottle of Chardonnay for under $15.

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A $5.99 CHARDONNAY AND A $29.99 CHARDONNAY?

The answer to the question is relatively easy to explain. An inexpensive Chardonnay, for the most part, will be light, easy-drinking and will have little oak influence and are relatively one dimensional on the palate, pure and simple. 

As you move up the price tier, most Chardonnays released have two principle influences. The first is the benefit of a more precise growing area, which has proven to be ideal for Chardonnay. For example, the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County has proven to be one of the most prestigious areas in California for Chardonnay. These wines generally display more intense fruit flavors and more complexity.

The second factor is oak aging. Oak barrels are very expensive, for example one 60 gallon French oak barrel is approximately $1,200, but well worth the investment, especially when Chardonnay is involved. When oak is involved, the retail is certain to increase. However, the wine’s body, complexity and finish increase dramatically as well.

In conclusion, a Chardonnay at $29.99 compared to a Chardonnay at $5.99 will have more complexity, more intense fruit flavors, a longer finish and more integrated oak flavors.

 

One of the most popular Chardonnays at Metro Wines is Domaine de Valensac. Page down to read the review on Wine Blog.

 

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Food Pairings:

  • Unoaked Chardonnay:
    • Raw or lightly cooked shellfish
    • Grilled Fish and Chicken
    • Creamy pasta with chicken or pork
    • Chicken or ham based salads
  • Full Bodied Chardonnay
    • Grilled steak, veal, and red peppers
  • Foods not to eat with Chardonnay
    • Smoked fish and meats
    • Tomato based dishes
    • Thai flavors
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Viognier FAQ

Kendal's

Viognier Information Sheet

(Vee-ohn-yay)

 

-Viognier - the fast rising star.
Viognier is fast growing in popularity. The last ten years has seen a massive increase in Viognier production throughout the world.

-It is a French Dry, Floral, Full-bodied white wine from the Rhone Valley. Also found in California, Oregon, Washington State, Virginia, etc.

-Initially the grape was grown to blend with other whites - and reds, bringing extra character to well know varieties, and softening the syrah wines of the Côte Rôtie.

-Viognier has the most amazing clear, golden colour and the aroma of flowers and fruits at their freshest. Many talk of being surprised by the taste; the colour and nose hinting at something sweeter but the actually taste being dry with a variety of distinctions both on the tongue and afterwards. 

-Typical markers, or notes, of viognier include white floral such as honey-suckle or jasmine, as well as orange blossom. Along with a honey or honey-suckle notes, you’ll also find stone fruit flavors, peach, apricot, nectarine, as well as a nice spice component that can be described as baking spices.  On the palate, you will find it to be typically fuller bodied, often with an oily or “lanolin” feel in your mouth.

-Food Pairing:

-Asian and Chinese food, Roasted Chicken, Crab, White Fish, Lobster, Indian Food, Cirtus fruit, rosemary, 

Seafood (scallops, shrimp, shellfish), Curry and Thai food, veal

-Do not pair with:

-Any earthy dishes and salty dishes.

 

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Case Club Report

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If you were a member of the Case Club, you found these great wines in your box:

RED

 

Altes Herencia Garnatxa Negra 2012

 

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

“Another incredible value and full-throttle wine made from 100% Grenache.  From very old vines and aged completely in concrete, is a naked, unadulterated, unmanipulated effort with great minerality (from the chalky, limestone soils) and an intensity and richness (from the old vines) that are normally found in $50+ wines. It offers loads of kirsch, raspberry, licorice, and chalky minerality. Medium to full-bodied and dense, it is best consumed over the next 2-3 years. “

 

Pair with grilled meats, and Spanish and Mexican foods that have low levels of chili pepper heat.

 

Chateau Recougne Bordeaux Superieur 2009

 

Robert Parker called Recougne the finest Bordeaux Superieur. It is an estate that has produced wine for over 400 years, and its name is said to have come from King Henri IV in the early 17th century, in "recognition" of the quality of its wine. Factors that contribute to the quality of the vineyard include: several parcels of very old vines of 50+ years, environmentally friendly viticulture techniques, minimal spraying, low yields through green harvesting, and excellent canopy management.  The blend is 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc.

 

This is liberally toasty up front, with a mocha edge giving way to notes of espresso and spice, yet pure red currant, black cherry and plum fruit emerges from behind, with a roasted cedar edge inlaid on the finish. Drink now through 2013.  Serve with beef, mushrooms, and heavier French or European style meals.

 

Colle Ambro Rosso Piceno 2009

 

This wine is made from 70% Montepulciano and 30% Sangiovese. Ample, persistent aroma of ripe red fruit with scents of cherries, plums and prunes as well as fresh licorice roots. Flavor is full, and warm with generous hints of tannins that are moderately expressed.  Enjoy with anything Italian.

 

 

Honoro Vera Monastrell 2012

 

The Honoro Vera is deeply colored with aromas of sweet herbs and spices, and the lush palate is bursting with ripe raspberries, blackberries, and cherries. Backing all of these aromas and flavors are firm tannins; which makes the wine a great match for braised lamb and pork dishes, as well as a plate of figs and aged cheeses.

 

WHITE

 

Con Class Rueda 2011

 

A blend of 60% Verdejo, 25% Viura and 15% Sauvignon Blanc aged on its lees in stainless steel, this is a light to medium-bodied, pure, floral-scented, nicely textured, crisp white that admirably demonstrates the remarkable progress Spain has made with its white wine program.  The Wine Advocate rated it 87 points.

 

Enjoy with chilled shellfish, variety of tapas, warm cream sauces and soups, salads, grilled fish, or a wide variety of cheeses including brie and goat cheese.

 

Cono Sur Bicicleta Viognier 2012

 

Pale gold color; tropical fruit aromas with melon, peach and orange blossom notes; dry, medium bodied, with great acidity and flavors of grapefruit, peach, green apple and pineapple; good length on the finish.


Serve with stir-fry or wok-sautéed white meats, vegetables and creamy poultry.

Don't let another month pass you by. Some of these wines just don't stay on the shelf.

And Case Club Members always get First Dibs!

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Windows - Walls - Cancellations and Infections

Windows, Walls, Cancellations and Infections

Semi Public Viewing Space at Metro Wines, 169 Charlotte Street in Asheville.

New Art Now: Tony Bradley 2012-2013. New Prints NOW through August 27th. 

Join us on Saturday, August 27th for a Closing Reception and Artist Talk, 6 to 8pm.

And show can be seen daily at Metro Wines, Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 8pm and Sunday from noon to 5pm.

Some of the pieces here:

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More Lonely Grapes

Terrazze Pinot Nero (Noir)

Made from the Pinot Noir grape hand picked on the Mazzolino Estate in Italy. The intense ruby turn garnet color is spectacular. On the palate, the wine presents ripe red fruits , a hint of violet and a slightly spicy taste. The wine is full but soft.

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Cote EST 2011 Grenache Blanc (50%), Chardonnay (30%) and Marsanne (20%). Winner, Medaille D'Or, Paris, 2012

The color is gold with hints of green. The taste is sharp and clean with a nice acidity for fish or chicken. The wine is also good with lighter fare or can stand on its own.

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Bastille Day. Bastille Wine.

What better on Bastille Day than Bastille Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.  The winemaker says: "Wine is made from the soul, not a rulebook. Ours is made without restraint, without pretension, quite simply, it's time to experience the freedom of what great wine can be."

Bastille Chardonnay is made in Languedoc from 100% Chardonnay. Aged for 6 months in steel tanks, this wine is round and crisp with nice flavors of exotic fruit, green apple and white flower.

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Bastille Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 is a red table wine from Languedoc Rousillon, France. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon made from older vines, this wine, aged for 10 months in stainless steel tanks, is full and rich on the palate with well integrated tannins. The wine presents dark ripe fruit followed by a solid structure and smooth finish.

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The importer for these wines lives right here in Asheville. Word is that the importer, Philippe Bourgeois will be here for the Bastille Day Celebration.  This is a great opportunity to ask him not only about his wines but about the process of importing wines from France.  About the company:

Bourgeois Family

Region: France

Website: http://www.bourgeoiswines.com/default.htm

Bourgeois Family Selections is a highly specialized importing company that puts the focus on the greatest wine nation in the world, France. The heart and soul of France are the small estates which are the very pulse of its lifeblood, “le vin”. We put the spotlight where it belongs, on the terroir that generations of the same family have toiled, the handpicked grapes, wine lovingly made with the knowledge handed down father to son, since time immemorial. Jean-Philippe is a sixth generation legacy in the beer, wine and spirits industry in his native country. He has spent years traveling the wine regions and countless time scouring the back roads of Gaul for unique, hand selected, organic wines. Our goal is to bring you what only a Frenchman can; the most exciting undiscovered gems of the old world; beautiful, passionately hand made wines, never before available in the US market.

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You Can't Touch This!

 

So Bastille Day is coming to our shop on, well, Bastille Day, next Sunday, July 14th from 3 to 6pm. Gina says they celebrate big time in New Orleans. This is, of course, no surprise since New Orleans is still threatening to secede from the union and beg France to take them back. But the city may have gone too far this time. Check out what New Orleans is planning for Bastille Day. From NOLA.com:

Is your chien chic? Then he must be French, quiAnd therefore, my cherie, you must consider entering your Chanel-worthy canine in the French Dog Parade at the Crescent City Farmer's Market Uptown on Bastille Day (Tuesday).The L'Alliance Francaise de La Nouvelle-Orleans sponsors its first French poodles versus French bulldogs contest, with prizes going to, well, the most French.Prepare for such categories as: Chic-est French dog, Le Plus Fou French dog, Depardieu Look-A-Like, Best French Talker or Balker, and Best French Kisser.Judges are Olivier Brochenin (Consul General of France), Alexandra Stafford (president of L'Alliance Francaise de La Nouvelle-Orleans) and musician Ronnie Kole.

Depardieu look alike? Puleeeeeease. You can't touch this:

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 Can't touch this.

Join us for Bastille Day. Tres civilized!!!!!!

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Balnea Rueda

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Balnea is a family owned winery that has been cultivating grapes since the last century. This wine is 100% Verdejo, estate grown in limestone rich soil with a gravel sublayer on a 2400 foot plateau and is hand harvested.

The winemaker is Maria Jesus de la Hoz Montalve

The low fertility soil and scarcity of rain at this high altitude combine to offer low yields but highly concentrated Verdejo grapes.The grapes have the benefit of harsh, dry and sunny winters allowing the grapes to ripen perfectly. The extreme temperature differences between night and day create real and discernible balance in the grapes. Only native yeasts are used for Balnea Rueda.

The culmination of four generations of winemaking, this wine is clean, straw yellow with lemony hues. On the nose, the wine presents citrus fruit and herbal teas.  On the palate, the wine has a creamy, delicate body and finishes with the characteristic bitterness of the Verdejo grape.

Goes down easy.  At $11.49 a bottle, buy a case.

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Bears in the Woods!

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Not good. The story in The Asheville Citizen times today is just a little bit frightening. Bears. Ms. Patton saw bears last night. Ms. Patton is, we can't believe we are saying this, our neighbor. We, Shop dogs, share a back yard with her! YIKES!  Tips for what to do to prevent seeing "our" bear or any other one and tips for what to DO if you do see "our" bear on any other one in the story.

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General Washington and General Lafayette

4th of July. Shop Dogs here. All this French wine in the shop and the upcoming Bastille Day event at Metro Wines on July 14th makes us think about how General Lafayette helped General Washington Storm the British!  We also, as you might have suspected, turned our attention to the dogs invovled in this relationship. All told below:

George Washington bred hunting dogs, and his papers at the Library of Congress note that he wanted to breed “a superior dog, one that had speed, sense and brains.” In the mid-1780’s, aware of Washington’s intense interest, Marquis de Lafayette Washington’s French friend and ally during the Revolutionary War, sent him seven massive hounds. Young John Quincy Adams, son of John Adams who was then minister to England, escorted the hounds overseas from France to America. Future president John Quincy invoked the ire of General Washington by abandoning the hounds once the ship docked in the New York harbor. Washington worried over his missing hounds, and although they were eventually found and shipped overland to Mount Vernon, Washington’s home in Virginia, it is not known if he ever truly forgave young Mr. Adams.

The French hounds were reportedly so fierce Washington assigned a servant to monitor their meals because they tore each other apart fighting over their food. He crossed these French beasts with his own black and tan hounds to create a new breed—the American Foxhound.  

In addition to Sweet Lips, Tipsy, Tipler, Cloe, Searcher, and Drunkard, the hounds portrayed in Steven Kellogg’s delightful illustration in Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out, Washington had more than twenty additional canine companions. They included:  Mopsey, Pilot, Tartar, Jupiter, Trueman, Truelove, Juno, Duchess, Ragman, Countess, Lady, Rover, Vulcan, Singer, Must, Tiyal, Forrester, Captain, and the frisky Madam Moose, of whom Washington noted in his diary, “A new coach dog [arrived] for the benefit of Madame Moose; her amorous fits should therefore be attended to.”

One of Washington’s hounds, Vulcan, black and so big a young boy could ride him like a pony, had powerful jaws and an insatiable appetite. It seems he had a taste for Virginia hams. A story is told of Vulcan sneaking into the Washington’s Mount Vernon kitchen, snatching a succulent ham, and running “straight to the kennels with it locked in his great jaws.” Mistress Martha was miffed, but the event delighted Master George. 

It is commonly held belief that the Marquis de Lafayette also gifted George Washington with a French basset hound, bringing the basset for the first time to America, but no historical evidence is available to support that claim.

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We would do anything for Yucca Fries!

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Look at the neighbor dog! Unsuccessful. Too high. Too obvious. Too hungry!  You have to look like you don't care. This guy had no strategy.

We try on Friday Night from 5 to 7pm when SMASH BOX brings the Yucca Fries and the Chimichurri Sauce.  Failure is NOT an option!

Wines by the glass inside the shop and Sade in Concert on the BIG digital TV. This is a good distraction.  We plot.  We plan. 

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Banshee

New York Times today featured Banshee in an advertisement for their New York Times Wine Club saying: "Embark on the ultimate journey through the spectacular world of wine." WE HAVE BANSHEE in the shop now. 2011 was not the best year for Pinot Noir but you would not know it from this bottle of Banshee 2011 Pinot Noir from Sonoma County offering layers of depth and refinement, complexity and richness. Yes. All that. And more. 

Giving this vintage 89 points, Stephen Tanzer of International Wine Cellar, said this in June of 2013 of Banshee Pinot Noir: "Deep red. High-pitched red berry and floral aromas are accented by cinnamon and pungent herbs. Taut and linear on the palate, offering tangy redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of cola. Finishes clean and brisk, with lingering spiciness and a touch of bitter herbs."

Metro Wines Tasting Panel agrees with Tanzer's description particularly the distinctive hint of cola on the palate as well as cherry and would add raspberry and blackberry. This is a bold and balanced wine.

Sourced primarily from the Sonoma Coast AVA, the cool-climate fruit presents an earthy character. Balance is brought to the bottle by the addition of fruit from a top Sonoma Mountain grower and a few Russian River sources. Complexity and richness are complements of the 20 barrels added to the final blend from declassified single vineyard fruit from Tina Marie and Hurst Vineyards. Banshee recommends pairing this bottle with grilled salmon or mushroom risotto.

It is widely agreed that this 2011 Banshee Pinot Noir is an exceptional value and that it will sell out.

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4th of July Safety Tips

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Puppies and kittens need special attention on the 4th of July. Hi, Shop Dogs here with 4th of July safety tips from the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). The shop is promoting organic Yellow Blue Wines in an environmentally sound box, big bottle (2 liter size!) Indaba red and white, and Glory Days with the iconic American photos on the label for your outdoor and party events. But the main message is safety. Safe driving. Safety around the pool. Safety for animals. Here is a comprehensive list for animals on the big day:

ASPCA Safety Tips

 

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Boxed Wine? No. Wine in a Box.

YELLOW BLUE WINES

Founded by Matthew Cain, Yellow Blue Wines is a leader in the new way of the wine world. After 15 years in the wine industry including a decade working with renowned wine importer Kermit Lynch, Cain decided the wine business was in need of an overhaul. With financial and environmental costs of wine making increasing by the day, Cain embarked on a plan to bring top quality organic wines to market at reasonable prices and wiht minimal negative impact on the environment. the result is Yellow Blue Wines. why the name? Because, Cain says, when you mix the two together, you get green, as in, he says, "environmentally conscious, forward thinking and committed to positive change."

With the high cost of fuel driving up shipping charges, Cain solved the problem by partnering with organic wineries and packaging wines in light weight, recyclable, unbreakable boxes. Cain says he hopes to change the world "one box at a time." What better for the 4th of July?

Yellow Blue Sustainable Select Red

Dark purple black in color, this rich and powerful wine presents aromas of blackberry, leather and cardamom, with a long spicy finish. The grapes come from Santa Barbara County where the east west orientation of the coastal mountains form valleys opening directly to the Pacific Ocean.  It is this unique topography, the winemaker says, that allows the flow of fog and ocean breezes to shape distinct microclimates perfect for cultivation of classic grape varietals and world class wines.  In a box!  The fruit has an unusually long hang time on the vine allowing it to fully develop acids , flavors and tannins needed to produce wines with distinctive character.

Sustainable Chardonnay

The color is golden yellow. The aroma is mineral, apple and lime. The taste is full yet elegant with fine acidity and a lingering complex finish. And the region is Lodi, between San Francisco Bay and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. With a classic Mediterranean climate, the break out wine star Lodi makes for wines that are full bodied and balanced.

At $11.49 for a liter, there is no better choice for a picnic, a hike, boat trip, bicycle ride, camping. But the truth is, this wine can be served at the table anytime. the bottom line is that this is good wine "screaming good" according to Klimpton Hotels Wine Director, in a box.

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Open YOUR Hearts

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Open YOUR Hearts to Open Hearts on Wednesday at 5pm at our shop.  Everybody is talking about how great an event this promises to be. Kristy from Open Hearts brought some of the work of the students over to the shop last week.  Painting, mixed mediums, 3D! Really nice stuff. Really nice. Gary hung the Open Hearts Exhibition. There are at least 2 paintings with dogs and more with cats. John picked 3 wines that everybody says everybody loves. We like the label on evodia! The label is a beautiful blue with some kind of black swirling thing. Really pretty. Make a nice gift. Anyway, Gina and Kendal are working hard to get the word out to come over to the shop on Wednesday, taste some great wines see the Exhibition, bring a work of art home. All for a great cause, $5.

 

And Gary asked us to remind you to click on "Art" on our menu bar to see the work of Tony Bradley which is on exhibition in the Semi Public Viewing Space at the shop. Two of the pieces here:

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