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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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"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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