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!
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
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.
It’s wonderfully soft, harmoniously balanced… and is a wonderful companion to many foods.
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.
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.
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.
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:
"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:
"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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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!
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.
Long night of shop doggin' last night. Over 250 visitors tasted 6 wines at Metro Wines Grand Opening last night! We worked the crowd but good. We made several valiant efforts to reach the 3 Graces Dairy Cheese on the party table but failed. But hope springs eternal! today is clean up and who knows what will happen. Keep you posted. Saw a lot of rose and cava go out the door. Stand by for party pix but for now: