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Wine and Art and AUCTION

SPECIAL EVENT

Wednesday, May 29th from 6 to 8pm

Wine and Art and AUCTION

Join us to discuss the history of wine from a

13th century Italian winery and Caravaggio's painting of "Bacchus," circa 1595.

We will be offering for viewing and sale an Old Mater Reproduction painting

of Caravaggio's "Bacchus" by Asheville artist Nick Wade.

Stay tuned to this page for photos of the painting in progress.

Nick Wade's "Bacchus" completed. Auction May 29th, 6 to 8pm.

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Brother Wolf Critter Camp

Hi All, Brother Wolf is offering Critter Camp! We are proud to say that we still offer Brother Wolf logo wine and beer glasses, cat or dog, with all sales proceeds going to support programs like this one at Brother Wolf. So shop us!

Best regards, Your Shop Dogs

 

Brother Wolf to host 'Critter Camp'

ASHEVILLE – Critter Camp, offered beginning in mid June by Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, is a weeklong day camp designed for children who love animals. Age-appropriate activities and field trips teach young people about animal care in a fun, safe, hands-on environment.

Critter Camp will be offered June 17-21 and July 22-26 for grades three-four; June 24-28 and July 29-Aug. 2 for grades five-six; and July 8-12 and Aug. 5-9 for grades seven-eight.

All classes run 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The fee is $300 per camper, $250 for an additional sibling. Healthy snacks will be provided daily. To register or learn more, call 575-2699 or visitwww.bwar.org/critercamp.

Instructing the campers will be Brother Wolf staff, longtime volunteers and guest presenters. Speakers include wildlife rehabilitators, a service dog trainer and representatives from Phoenix Landing bird rescue and Friends 2 Ferals.

In addition to understanding cat and dog behavior, children will learn the value of socializing pets at a young age and will pick up training techniques that can be used with dogs and cats at home and in the adoption center if they choose to volunteer in the future.

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Making Tables

Busy day. Lots of customers and 8 cases of wine went out to a non-profit event. Busy. And we had to construct tables and chairs. Thank you to Sean and Tony for helping the staff to "make tables." In addition to the BIG meeting table and the 4 cafe tables, now we will have 6 more nice, really nice, black tables with 4 chairs each. The place is swinging' We hesitate to say this because it might mean shop doggin' overtime but this really is a great place to have a meeting or a party or a wedding or a campaign event or whatever. And on top of everything, Nick Wade brought his painting of "Bacchus' over today. This is Nick and Bacchus. Come on! Awesome. Come see us all on Wednesday night for wine, history, "Bacchus" and an auction! Have a great Sunday, Your Shop Dogs

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Power of the Purse

The Power of the Purse Luncheon yesterday was a huge hit. Sold out. Room filled. celebrities. BIG grants to worthy organizations supporting women. Women everywhere know the power of the purse. Look at my friend from Florida. She gets it:

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Downward Dog

OK. The Blue Ridge Bicycle Club folks were great. But let's face it, cycling is a little tough for us. But, word is yoga might be coming to the shop! Stretching, relaxing, downward dog, now that's stuff we can do.

 

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Sexual Chocolate

Using grapes from around California, 2011 Sexual Chocolate is vinted and bottled in the Santa Barbara countryside by, as the label says,b2ap3_thumbnail_product-2.png"the boys at SLO Down Wines" in Napa. This bottle of red is a smooth blend of old vine Zinfandel from Napa's Howell Mountain and Syrah from the warm climate of Santa Barbara. The full bodied tongue feel of the Zinfandel is much like that of biting into a chocolate covered cherry. The Syrah adds a touch of class bringing a refined and long finish. Sexual Chocolate is an experience.

Winemaker's Notes:

"This bottle originated From a boot legging operation my buddies and I had in college.  We started making wine knowing it would be used for late night drinking and that the French are annoying. It took some time but we finally perfected our blend and came up with this full bodied red that pairs well with Wednesday nights and pizza. We use grapes from all over California so we recommend that this be drank immediately, and shared with girls. When you want more, just call us." Bob & Brandon

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Pedal to the Metal

WOW! Yesterday was really busy. Getting ready for the big event tonight with The Blue Ridge Bicycle Club. Charlie from the Club came by to the shop  about 5pm. Real nice guy. He says he is bringing t-shirts tonight. LOVE t-shirts even if they are a bit difficult to navigate. We support cycling but we can really kick up some dust ourselves. Check out one of our buddies from Florida. This is "Heavy Metal." Pedal to the metal our way! Come out and support Charlie and his work to promote better health and a better environment through cycling.

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Home Source Desin Center Recipe and Our Wines!

 

Ashevile Grilled Cheese RecipeAsheville’s One-Stop Shop for home remodeling needs brings you Savory Tuesday: featuring delicious Asheville recipes paired with a complimentary wine from Metro Wines, the newest wine studio in Asheville.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Recipe:

Grilled Cheese w/ Bacon, Tomato and Avocado

Ingredients
2 slices bacon, sliced in half crosswise
2 slices hearty white bread, such as Pepperidge Farm or Arnold
2 teaspoons butter
2 slices American or Cheddar cheese
2 slices ripe beefsteak tomato
1/2 a ripe avocado, thinly sliced
Kosher salt

Procedures
1 Place bacon in a large nonstick or cast iron skillet and cook over medium-low heat, turning occasionally, until crisp all over, about 8 minutes. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate and bacon fat to a small bowl.
2 Wipe out skillet and return to medium heat. Melt butter until foaming subsides. Add both bread slices and cook, swirling occasionally, until pale golden brown on bottom side, about 2 minutes.
3 Transfer to a cutting board toasted-side-up. Place one cheese slice on top of one slice, followed by bacon, tomato, and avocado. Top with second cheese slice and close sandwich.
4 Add half of reserved bacon fat to skillet and heat over medium-low heat. Add sandwich and cook, swirling occasionally, until deep, even golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove sandwich using a flexible metal spatula. Add the remaining bacon fat. Return sandwich to skillet cooked-side up. Season with salt. Cook, swirling occasionally, until second side is deep, even golden brown and cheese is thoroughly melted, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

There’s nothing quite like a BLT for lunch or a light dinner on a warm, sunny day.  It’s a great contrast of light and hearty from the classic combination of crisp, cold lettuce with the juicy sharpness of tomatoes and the spicy, deep flavors of crunchy bacon.

Metro Wine Studio of Asheville has supplied delicious wine pairings below to compliment your grilled cheese.  You can choose a French with an elegant Rhone red blend, or go a little heartier with an earthy Italian Sangiovese.  To help you decide, here’s a description of the wines.

French Wine AshevilleDelas Ventoux 2011

This delightful regional blend is a wonderfully aromatic wine, with fruity cherry-berry Grenache to the fore and a nice backbone of spicy Syrah to add interest.  Medium bodied with soft tannins, this classic regional blend won’t disappoint.  This is a beautiful example of the red wines from the Ventoux region.

Toscana Wine AshevillePerazzeta Sara Sangiovese Toscana IGT 2011

Perazzeta is making some of the best everyday wines in all of Toscana right now. Located in the D.O.C. region of Montecucco, just south of the famous Montalcino region, these wines have tremendous power, tension, and assertive terroir.  Bright, stinging cherry, crisp acidity, and tantalizing earth tones make this pretty, yet interesting wine hard to resist.

 

 

More Information Metro Wines:
Metro Wines, located at 169 Charlotte Street, offers a wide selection of wines focusing on pairing just the right wine with any dish or event. Here you will find grape specific shelves as well as categories ranging “from $10 and under” to the “bucket list.” Proprietors John Kerr and Gina Trippi share the philosophy that wine is about friends, family and community. Both are always available to answer questions, offer suggestions, share stories and work with your caterer or event planner. Metro Wines is also home to the Semi Public Space for Contemporary Art presenting rotating exhibits from acclaimed artists across the country. At Metro Wines, you will always find great wine on the shelves and great art on the walls! Visit metrowinesasheville.com for our wine tasting events and wine blog.

More Information HomeSource Design Center:

One convenient location providing home improvement, new construction and remodeling products; kitchen and bath design; and all your construction and landscaping needs. Located at 409 Charlotte Street in Asheville, NC.  Make 80% of finishing product selections including cabinets, countertops, flooring, decking, roofing and more. 

 

Home Source Design Center Recipe

 

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Day Off Update

Day Off Update:

All the rage in the shop is about a French grape called Picpoul. We are thinking that Napoleon, whether or not he had a dog, drank Picpoul.

Anyway, sounds like 4 cases will be delivered to the shop today or tomorrow.

That means we have to go shop doggin' on our day off.

But the public demand must be met! The show goes on. 

And the shop was announced on WCQS 88.1 FM this morning. We met Melissa from WCQS. Real nice. 

And this is the Picpoul !!

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Summer Gear

Great article about summer gear in USA Weekend . Our friend here did not get the memo. The point is safety, yes, but also to look cool not crazy!! Anyway, not that we are hinting for gifts or anything but check this out:

Whether you’re into recreational Frisbee with your pup or just leisurely strolls around the block, here’s seasonal gear to help your canine companion stay safe and comfortable:

• Keep your running buddy dry in a water-repellent Muttluks Dog Jog Rainsuit featuring a step-in design and zip closure; available in a variety of colors and sizes. ($40-$80, muttluks.com)

• The Kurgo Surf n Turf Coat suits a water dog swimmingly. It features a removable flotation liner, two metal d-rings for leashes and handles for quick control. ($39.99 to $69.99, brookstone.com)

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• Doggles Protective Eyewear keeps out wind and debris and provides 100% UV protection; with wrap-around frames, fogproof and shatterproof lenses and flexible straps in a selection of sizes. ($29.99, petco.com)

• A battery-operated dog collar by Pup-Light features three ultra-white LEDs shining light up to 200 feet; fits necks from 8 to 26 inches. ($19.99, bedbathandbeyond.com)

• Help your pooch stay hydrated with this 25-ounce stainless steel water bottle from H204K9 that’s designed to make it easy for him to drink; available in a variety of brilliant colors. ($15.95, thedogoutdoors.com)

 

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The Door Knob Principle

This group is riding to our shop on Wednesday for the Bar-b-Que wine tasting!! AWESOME.

Bike riding is down the road, so to speak, for us as we are still working on the confounded door knob principle.

But once we nail that, there is no limit!

Come see us on Wednesday and support The Blue Ridge Bicycle Club. Your Shop Dogs

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Vote for Our Shop!!

Please vote for our shop as Best Wine Shop in the Mountain Xpress Poll.

We love Emily and Samantha and all the great people over at Mountain Xpress.

Please tell them that you love US!

And this is not a bribe but there is a Veggie Madness biscuit as a thank you in it for you.

Thank you for your support. Vote here:

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Meet Here!

Sounds like we are encouraging groups to meet at our shop. who wouldn't want to meet here?

Great art on the walls, big tables, digital TV (with a picture of us rolling through but we digress!),

state of the art sound system, wine by the glass, buy a bottle, chocolate and cheeeeeeeeeeeeeese.

Take a look here:

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Partnering with The Home Source for a Great Menu!

We are partnering with The Home Source Design Center on Charlotte Street to pair our great wines with their great recipes on Tuesdays!

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See here: The-Home Source

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Cool and Clear

Today is a beautiful day in Asheville. Right now, it is a cool, clear 57 headed for a high of 70. Perfect.

And tonight, it will look like this:

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We love it here!

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FedEx Guy

This is why shop dogin' is 24/7. We were out on our DAY OFF taking a late morning stroll past The Grove Park Inn when a FedEx truck stopped.  It was our FedEx Guy! He said he had been to the shop but he forgot we were closed on Mondays. He got lucky passing and saw us,The Shop Dogs. Then we got lucky because he gave us biscuits. All in all a good start to the day.

This is FedEx, not our FedEx Guy but still.....

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And speaking of biscuits, we forgot to tell you that Peter from the Black Walnut Bed and Breakfast in Montford stopped by to pick up a case of Rose for his guests and guess what, he gave us biscuits from the Three Dog Bakery. sometimes shop doggin' is great!

 

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Why Doesn't My Wine Taste Like it Did?

Why doesn’t my wine taste like it did at the winery – tasting – event?

 

Over the years, I’ve heard so many people lament that the wines they tasted at the winery or event never taste quite as good at home.  Certainly part of it is being swept up in the fun of the event itself.  But most of it is how your host presents the wines served.  So, just what is it that the wineries do to make their wines taste their best?  Can you easily replicate this at home?  And the answer is…YES!

 

The three tricks of the trade are air time, the “half hour rule,” and the temperature of the wine.  If you’re willing to spend a few extra minutes to do one or more of these, you’ll get the best out of your wine.  Today, we’ll cover air time.  Stay tuned for future blogs on the other two.

 

When wineries pour their wine, the bottles have been open for a considerable time, allowing them to air and open up to their full potential.  You can do this too by opening your bottle before you start to cook, or even earlier in the day.  Higher end French and Italian red wines tend to need more time to breath, and we’ll often open them at lunch or even while we’re drinking our breakfast coffee to ensure they taste their best at dinner.  Young wines from the old world tend to benefit most from several hours of air.  If your wine doesn’t taste right or balanced, it probably just needs more air.

 

New world red wines tend to need less air.  So, if you’re buying a red after work for tonight’s dinner, consider buying one from Australia, South America, or our west coast.  Most whites don’t need much air time.  Probably ½ hour will do the trick.

 

Of course, air time can vary widely, so just ask us when you’re in the store if you have any doubts about your next purchase.  Our next blog will talk about the “half hour rule.”

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Sexy Stuff this Honoro Vera Garnacha 2012

Honoro Vera Garnacha is one of the first bottles we tasted and shelved in the store and I don't see a day in the future when a bottle of this near perfect wine for $9.99 is not on the shelf. Honoro Vera is 100% Garnacha with a nose and palate of full on cherries and blackberries with just a touch of pepper. But what sets this Garnacha apart is that the fruit is full and lush but the wine is dry.  But don't take my word for it. Stephen Tanzer of the International Wine Cellar gave Honoro Vera Garnacha 90 points and when asked for pairing suggestions, Tanzer pretty much said what cannot be paried with this bottle? And then Hollywoood weighed in putting this Honoro Vera Garnacha sur la table! Described variously but always sending the same message by numerous critics as "best value" or "a steal," there really is only one word for this wine, this presentation, this story: WOW.

Lately it seems like I've been writing a lot about wines from Aragón, but honestly, it's not motivated by a pride of living in Aragón or anything like that, it just so happens that they are receiving all the praise in the U.S.
Borsao Selección and Tres Picos, both of Bodegas Borsao, from the D. O. Campo de Borja, have led the way in the U.S., receiving high points from The Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator and Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, but now they are joined by Honoro Vera, a young and vibrant red wine from the Ateca winery in Calatayud, Aragón, Spain.
Honoro Vera has been chosen by Wolfgang Puck to accompany the dishes in the Governor's Ball with more than 1,500 guests after the Oscar Awards, on Sunday, February 24th in Los Angeles. Over 400 bottles of wine will be served to the winners of the most desired prize in the world of cinema.
Wolfgang's choice caught Bodegas Ateca completely by surprise. The group sales manager for Oro Wines and Juan Gil said: "We knew nothing about it, until the wines were solicited for having been considered the best wine to pair with the dishes that will be served."

I don't know what dishes Mr. Puck is planning to pair, but Honoro Vera is an old vines Grenache with intense aromas of ripe red and black fruits (raspberry, currant and blackberry), balsamic sensations that come from a short period in oak and the spices like thyme which grow in the vineyards and a light mineral background which comes from the slate mountainsides. It's fruity, floral, fresh and easy to drink, producing a pleasant sensation with a tiny touch of sweetness on the tongue.
Bodegas Ateca emerged from a joint project of Bodegas Juan Gil and Jorge
Ordonez, through Orowines, but Ordonez left the company about three years ago. Oro Wines continues to control the facilities of the cooperative and its vineyards and produces two other wines, in addition to Honoro Vera; Atteca, with 12 months in the barrel, and Atteca Armas, with 18 months of aging. All three of the wines are surprising and delicious, but for me it's no surprise that Mr. Wolfgang Puck has chosen HonoroVera. I find it to be the most pleasant and refreshing of the three with a beautiful lively expression of fruit and spice without overpowering or dominating a meal.

 

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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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