Owner of Metro Wines

Out of Italy

By 1450, all of Europe and the Mediterranean were influenced by the teachings, the economies and the intellect of Italy. Its predominance had been achieved through a long history of effort, patience and strategic victories. How had Italy, or rather a handful of Italian cities, a few men all told, succeed in acquiring and maintaining a position of dominance vis-à-vis Byzantium, Islam, and western Europe?

In this fascinating and insightful study, Fernand Braudel, one of the most distinguished historians of our time, examines the many-sided phenomenon of greatness that characterized Italy during the two centuries spanning the Renaissance, Mannerism, and the Baroque-- dazzling, multicoloured Italy, whose radiance shone all over Europe. Braudel perceptively describes the extent, nature and force of Italian influence abroad, analyses the complex interaction between art, science, politics and commerce, and proposes a paradigm of Italy's extraordinary cultural flowering.

This is the first English translation of Braudel's now-classic text. The volume is beautifully designed and illustrated with works by Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Ghirlandaio, van Eyck, Rubens, Caron, and Poussin. It is an invaluable work for students of Italian history who will find that their understanding of Italian culture has been immeasurably enriched.

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Jancis Robinson at Smithsonian

 

Jancis Robinson is described by Decantermagazine as "the most respected wine critic and journalist in the world". She is the co-author, along with Hugh Johnson, of the eighth edition of the World Atlas of Wine, a major new version of the landmark wine book that has now sold over 4.7 million copies worldwide. Since the publication of the first edition in 1971, The World Atlas of Wine has been widely recognized as the essential and most authoritative wine reference work available.

Robinson, who writes on wine daily for JancisRobinson.com and weekly for the Financial Times, has authored and edited many books on the subject, and even advises Queen Elizabeth on her cellars. In a conversation with Dave McIntyre, the Washington Post’s wine columnist, she shares her valuable expertise and insights on what’s new in the world of wine.

Afterward, raise a glass as you sample a generous selection of wines representative of today’s trends, and have Robinson sign a copy of the substantially revised The World Atlas of Wine (Mitchell Beazley), available for purchase. Cheers!

Location
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)
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Trip to Provence

News Release: August 4th, 2019
About: Provence Detours Presentation
 
Join us on September 15th from 3 to 4pm @MetroWines for a presentation with Sylvie Delauney of Provence Detours about a private trip to France while sharing French wine and cheese on a Sunday afternoon! 
 
Do you look for unusual travel experiences?  Then consider joining Provence Detours trip June 15 to 24, 2020 to one of France’s secret destinations, the county of Drôme in Northern Provence. 
Nestled in the heart of the Côtes du Rhône region, the tours explore the riches of Drôme. Relax and savor the charm and peacefulness of rural Provence among sprawling vineyards, brilliant lavender fields, hill-top villages, and sunny blue skies. It’s a region you shouldn’t miss — home to its own identity and culture, stunning landscapes, and incredible local flavors. 
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Put a Chill on It

As published in 50+ Living by Gina Trippi

"Put a Chill on It!"

Thinking it’s too hot for a room temperature Cabernet Sauvignon? You’re probably right! Put a chill on your red wines. The optimal serving temperature for most red wines is about 62-65F. But some red varietals really come alive served a little cooler.  Many of the best wines to chill are made from Italian varietals. So let’s take a trip through Italy and chill out!

Starting in the northeast corner of Italy just north and west of The Veneto, is Alto Adige. We find Schiava! The grape prefers shade and produces a fresh and light wine with rounded tannins and moderate alcohol at about 11%. Ruby red in the glass with a purple shimmer, Schiava is floral including violets on the nose with a fruity palate and a hint of white pepper. Perfect for warmer days and lighter fare. Schiava from Alois Lageder is leading the way putting this forgotten grape solidly on the wine map. The suggested serving temperature is 54-57F.

Going just south from The Veneto, we pass through Emilia Romagna where they are serving Lambruso! What we call Lambrusco is a family of old grape varietals native to the region, a part of  ancient history. Cato spoke of these grapes in Agri Cultura in 160 BC, humanity’s oldest farming manual. Lambrusco styles range from very dry to sweet to sparkling. The four most popular varietals, Sorbara, Maestri, Grasparossa and Salamino pair with a wide range of summer dishes. Served Lambrusco between 50 and 55F.

The Trentino-Alto Adige Region in South Tyrol is home to another native varietal, Lagrein. A dark garnet color in the glass, the grape offers aromas of violets, bilberry and blackberry with hints of dark chocolate. Spicy and smooth on the palate with a long finish. Colterenzio, a popular producer of Lagrein, recommends you serve this bottle at 58-60F.

From Alto Adige, we travel west across northern Italy to Langhe in the Piedmont . Here we find a wine from GD Vajra, Langhe Russo, a fruity blend of Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto. Beautiful violet hues spring from the purple in the glass. Concentrated flowers and fruits on the nose give way to a plate of intense berries, hay, tobacco and spices.  Serve at 58-60F.

And way down south in Sicily is the indigenous grape Frappato! Flavors are strawberry, pomegranate, white pepper and clove.  Frappato is perfect for summer pasta with sun dried tomatoes or a dish with roasted red peppers and works through fall with turkey and cranberry sauce. Valle dell’Acate frappato is a shop favorite presenting all the varietally typical flavors plus raspberry and cherry. Experts say to serve Frappato between 55 and 60F.

Other varietals available at bottle shops to consider for the cool are Dolcetto, Neurella Mascalese, Corvina and Ruche.

How can you tell if you have hit the cool? Wine Spectator recommends a temperature control cuff!

The cuff wraps around the bottle giving you a reasonably good reading of the temperature inside.

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Celine and Company Wine Dinner



THIS IS BIG
*** SAVE the DATE: September 18th ***
for A Wine Pairing Dinner Collaboration with MetroWines
and Grapevine Distribution at Celine & Company
in The Historic Broadway Arts Building


*** And, as always, Chef Kim can accommodate any dietary restrictions. ***

$79 (including tax and gratuity)
Call Celine&Company at (828) 254-9902

Details and Menu here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/celine-and-company-wine-dinner

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Vermentino

*** Staff Pick: Lou ***
Marziano Abbona 2017 Cinerino, Langhe


100% Viognier aged in oak and acacia barrels and then assembled in steel tank. Winery Tasting notes: The challenge of planting Viognier on the hills of the area has given excellent results. The Cinerino is more compelling every year with its aromas of honey, white flowers, and citrus fruits of rare appeal. On the palate,
this wine is rich, round, smooth, and has an exceptional freshness.

Why Lou picked this wine: "I was looking to pair wine with chicken marsala.
Googled it and found Viognier. Tried it loved it. It totally outclassed my
Chicken Marsala which is not easy to do because my Chicken Marsala
is pretty good." Lou says the wine is versatile and would be a great aperitif,
lovely pairing for light meats and vegetables or veined cheeses.

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Very Limited Distribution in US.
$28 @MetroWines and in stock.
Rejoice that you are not in London where this bottle is $42!

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14-18h Greek Rose'

"14-18h" from Greece
The name refers to the length
of time of skin contact with the Agiorgtiko grapes.

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 A pioneer of modern Greek wine, Gai’a Estate (pronounced Yay-ya)
was established in 1994 by Leon Karatsalos and winemaker
Yiannis Paraskevopoulos. Their mission is to capture the best
that Greece’s indigenous grapes have to offer by merging traditional viticultural and production methods with innovative techniques.
The estate is named after “Mother Earth,” in honor of its unique terroir. 

About the Vineyard: The grapes for the 14-18h Rosé come from vineyards located on the slopes of the mountainous Koutsi and Asprokampos regions
of Nemea, at 2,625ft. The climate is cooler at this higher elevation,
producing grapes with higher acidity and berry fruit aromas. Ideal for Rose!

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Wine Production: After harvest, the grapes are crushed and placed
into stainless steel vats where they undergo a chilled maceration
(50°F) for 14-18 hours in order to extract its suberb rosy hue.

  Tasting Notes: This intensely-hued rosé has a fresh and fruity character,
with flavors of cherry and gooseberry, typical of Agiorgitiko grapes from Nemea highlands.  Medium-bodied and well balanced, 
it has a cool and refreshing finish. 
  Food Pairing: This refreshing and versatile rosé pairs well with variety
of flavors and salty dishes. Chinese and Southeast Asian cuisine!

$18.99 at wine.com (OUCH)
$14.99 on shelf @MetroWines!

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Fiano

Naples, Campagna
NYT says: 
"A city of glorious but battered beauty, known for its vibrancy and,
yes, a frisson of menace, Naples is now humming with visitors.
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You will see this work by El Greco at Museo di Capodimonte.
And you will probably see a bottle of Fiano on the dinner table!


Montesole Fiano Campania
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Very limited distribution in US. $16.99 @Metrowines!
The Vitis Apiana grapes from Irpinia hilly landscape make Montesole Fiano, an impressive white with unforgettable delicacy, extraordinary taste of great elegance. Straw yellow color, fine floral scents of sage, whitethorn, racy pear, ginger introduce a crisp and refreshing sip, rich in minerality as well as graceful body and perfect balance. The ideal companion of seafood and Mediterranean dishes.

Planning a trip? https://www.lonelyplanet.com/italy/campania/naples

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Fableist

BIG RED of THE WEEK

*** The Fableist ***
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles



Spending 10 months in American Oak, The Fableist is a blend of 84%Cabernet Sauvignon, 6%Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Tempranillo.
Winery Tasting Notes: Vibrant black currant, cedar and vanilla hit your tongue,
as you're warmed by the comforts blackberries and cherries.
About the Winery: A strong finish wraps you in a fond embrace. 
Two winemakers who were already producing some serious Central Coast wines, Curt Schalchlin founder of Sans Liege and Andrew Jones who started
Field Recordings, teamed up to launch The Fableist Wine Co. 


$22 on the shelf @MetroWines

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Mt. Etna Rosato

And Speaking of Rose
while guests loved all the wines presented at "Aperitivi" Rose Tasting,
the most popular was Girolamo Russo, Mt. Etna Rosato, 2018 Sicily.


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A unique pink in color with orange hues, the wine is 100% Nerello Mascalese.
The bouquet recalls notes of pomegranate and wild strawberries that alternate
with hints of broom; the sip is supported by a big boost savory and mineral,
with a lingering finish and great freshness. Can go 2 to 3 years in bottle!


This wine is $27 to $28 on West Coast and $25 at Vivino. Sad.
$23 @MetroWines Everyday ALL Day.


Read more about the winemaker, winery and this wine on SommSelect here: 
https://www.sommselect.com/?product=girolamo-russo-etna-rosato

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Great Rose' Tasting

Great Rose Tasting
Saturday, August 3rd from 10 to 7pm!

6 bottles from around the world
"on the taste" and "on the house"
ALL DAY LONG!
Stacy Strong from Empire Distribution
joins us "behind the bar" from 1 to 4pm. Party!

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It's true, I look at the world through Rose colored glasses. 
BUT you really Should Join us!

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Blind Tasting League Returns

 
TICKETS HERE!
 
News Release: Monday, July 29th, 2019
About: Blind Tasting League Returns!
 
The Blind Tasting League, hosted by Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines, returns on Thursday, September 19th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines.
 

The Blind Tasting League is moving on and moving up. "Expect wines to be higher quality and the commentary to be more in depth than our last series," says Andy Hale. "but we will  keep the causal, no pressure comfortable, atmosphere that makes it work!"

 
The hour promises to be a fun, humorous and an exciting way to learn the deductive style of identifying what's in your glass. "And it's good for you!" Andy Hale says. "Research shows blind tasting is one of the best exercises for your brain, better than crossword puzzles, the jumble and sudoku."
 
Andy Hale will host The Blind Tasting League on the third Thursday quarterly. And expect "Pop UP" Blind Tasting Events featuring wine importers and winemakers as they come through Asheville. 
 
"We want to tap into their expertise while they are available to us." says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "This a great way to combine the facts of wine life with inside information from this close to the source."
 
This "level up" Blind Tasting League is $20 ALL IN for each event. Please call (828) 575-9525 or reserve your seat here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/blind-tasting-league-sept-19th/
 
Free, close and easy parking available as always.
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Celine and Company Wine Dinner

News Release: Saturday, July 27th, 2019
About: Wine Dinner Collaboration at Celine and Company
 
Please join MetroWines and Grapevine Distribution at Celine and Company on Wednesday, September 18th, 6:30pm at The Historic Broadway Arts Building located 49 Broadway Street in Asheville.
 
The innovative menu will be paired with wines by Grapevine Distribution. All featured wines will be available for purchase that evening at an event price with convenient pickup @MetroWines. 
 
"We rarely hear this many compliments on the decor, the dinner, and the service." says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines commenting on the last wine dinner at Celine and Company. "Chef knew the wines and paired each course perfectly."
 
The cost for this unique experience in this vintage, urban venue is $79 including tax and gratuity. Call Celine and Company at (828) 254-9902 to reserve your seat at the table!
 
More About Celine and Company: https://celineandcompany.com
 
Don't want to park downtown? Park in the lot @MetroWines and carpool or ride share down to the event!
 
*** MENU ***

Passed Bites 

Piquello Peppers, Smoked Goat Cheese and Edible Flower Petals GF

Atlantic Coast Oysters, Steamed on the Half Shell, Cured Chorizo Butter GF

Soup Course

Traditional Spanish Gazpacho, Charred Ciabatta

From the Sea

“Gambas al Ajillo”

Spanish Garlic Shrimp

 Entrée

Lamb Meatballs

 Spanish Paprika Spiced Fresh Tomato Sauce

Poached White Asparagus, Saffron Aioli & Preserved Lemon

Simple Sweet Ending

Churro with Dark Chocolate Fondue

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Casting Call

** CASTING CALL **

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The First Annual Thanksgiving Wine Tasting
and Customer 2 Customer Arts and Crafts Bazaar!
Saturday, November 9th from Noon to 5pm

@MetroWines!

** 6 Tables Left! **
If you have something to sell, avante garde encouraged!
call Hayley at (828) 575-9525

Give the Unique! Locally Made.

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Erbaluce

Erbaluce from Cieck is Here!
The New. The Old. The Different.
Piedmonte, Italy


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Founded in 1985, Cieck is overseen by Remo Falconieri. The winery was one
of the original five producers in San Giorgio Canavese, and a number
of other top estates in the area consult with Remo today. Now in his eighties,
Remo labors daily in the cellar alongside his daughter, Lia, and Domenico Caretto, producing some of Alto Piemonte’s most elegant Erbaluce.
This ancient, indigenous grape, Erbaluce, is derived from two words:  dawn (“erba”) and light (“luce”). Its name alludes to the striking copper color the grapes assume as the sun hits them on traditional pergola-trained vines. $22


"Your Drink it With" Suggestion is:
This BBC piece on Italian Author Andrea Camilleri,
creator of the Inspector Montalbano Series

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48681253
Camilleri died last week at 93. He was 69 when his first novel was published.
Shop one of his many novels at Malaprops here:

https://www.malaprops.com/search/site/inspector%20montalbano

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The Shepherd, Trouchard

 

BIG RED of THE WEEK!
Trouchard "The Shepherd" Estate Red 2014


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The Estate Red is a blend of Syrah, Zinfandel, and Tempranillo.
These grapes were sourced from distinctly different sections of our Estate Vineyard. Each wine was vinified separately and aged for 12 months in French Oak barrels (30% new). Syrah was chosen for structure; Zinfandel contributes bright fruit flavors; and Tempranillo adds a unique spicy element. Combined, these varietals produce a playful, easy drinking red that is both fruity and complex.

Tasting Notes: Rich aromas of blackberry and red currants with a hint of vanilla
and cedar. The mouth is filled with juicy flavors of cassis, boysenberry, cherry,
and plum jam. Round tannins provide an opulent finish of red fruit and spice.

Vivino only found one online retailer selling this bottle. Price? $19.97.
Price @MetroWines: $18.99

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Peyrrasol Rose' and Provence

 

"Not Your Parents' Provence"
Wall Street Journal says Provence went trendy and cutting edge.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-new-provence-from-
quaint-to-uber-chic-11562870638

Maybe so, but a provencal Rose is still PROVENCAL!

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In my head, I am there with a glass of:
Peyrassol, Cuvee De La  Commanderie Rose, $21 

Rosenthal Wine Merchants

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2018 Vintage Notes: Hermine Clermont, Peyrassol’s spirited young winemaker
says this cute is a classic Provence rosé without being heavy or overly structured, but still offering good concentration. Varieties and parcels are all vinified individually. 

Tasting Notes: A workhorse rosé, Commanderie shines in 2018,
the best example of Commanderie in recent memory. Built around equal parts Cinsault and Grenache, with splashes of Syrah and Rolle, it is a chiseled rosé
with pronounced salt component and a driving energy on the palate.
The fruit is tight and focused. The finish is long and persistent. Dry.

New York Times suggests pairing a dry rose
with a Charred Tomato Soup with Coriander and Cilantro.

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Caperitif, South Africa

 

Straight Talking Vermouth to MountainX

UNIQUE SPIRIT: Vermouths are fortified wines with added herbs, spices and sometimes sugar, all of which provide distinctive characteristics. A primary goal of vermouth in a cocktail, says John Kerr of Metro Wines, pictured, is “to add flavor without overpowering the drink.” 
https://mountainx.com/food/top-shelf-views-versatile-vermouth/

John suggests you try:
Caperitif, South Africa, $30


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This question asked by an adventurous Danish mixologist lead to
a meeting with a maverick South African winemaker and the rebirth of South Africa’s once-famous vermouth. Caperitif is handcrafted by infusing Chenin Blanc with the flavours and aromas of some 35 natural botanicals, many of which are unique
to the insane biodiversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom.

All About Caperitif: http://caperitif.com
Follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/caperitif/


We Also Carry These Vermouths:
Antica (Italy)
Dolin Rouge, Blanc and DRY (France)
VYA (California)
Lillet (France)
VErmut Lustau (Spain)
Acha (Spain)
Cardamaro (Italy)
Carpano Bianco (Italy)
Berto (Italy, Kermit Lynch Import)

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Rustenberg Petit Verdot Rose'

 



Great Rose Tasting August
6 Bottles "on the taste" and "on the house"

Saturday, August 3rd from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines
Stacy Strong of Empire Distribution will join us from 1 to 4pm
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/great-rose-tasting-august





This dry rosé made from Petit Verdot grapes exhibits elegant
flavors of strawberries and rose water. Perfect for a Summer day!
From Stellenbosch, South Africa, $13.99 @MetroWines
Rustenberg is a favorite every year.
But we will also have two new bottles of Rose on the taste.
And event pricing on all featured bottles!


Wall Street Journal says some retirees are retiring to yachts!
With a LOT of money to spend, drink of choice? 

https://www.wsj.com/articles/yacht-owners-
ditch-life-on-land-for-the-high-seas-11563373848

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Truffles and Wine

From The MetroWines Book Review Department
** Of Malice and Mushrooms **
The Truffle Underground by Ryan Jacobs


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Beneath the gloss of star chefs and crystal-laden tables,
the truffle supply chain is touched by theft, secrecy, sabotage, and fraud.
Farmers patrol their fields with rifles and fear losing trade secrets to spies.
Hunters plant poisoned meatballs to eliminate rival truffle-hunting dogs.
Naive buyers and even knowledgeable experts are duped by liars and counterfeits. 

This exposé documents the dark, sometimes deadly crimes at each level
of the truffle’s path from ground to plate, making sense of an industry that
traffics in scarcity, seduction, and cash.

Your Read it With Wine is:
Luigi Giordano Langhe Rosso 2017

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I asked Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines
to tell us about a classic truffle and wine pairing:


Luigi Giordano Langhe Rosso brings history, the old world style.
The background is that the white grape Arneis was, way back when,
blended with Nebbiolo. Barolo and Barbaresco needed years for the tannins to smooth out and be drinkable. Arneis tempered the tannins making the bottle ready
to go to table. But when the regulations took hold in Italy, to be labeled Barolo
and Barbarsco, the bottle had to be 1005 of the varietal. Read: no Arneis!
This situation nearly sent Arneis to being extinct. Giordano brings the traditional style back blending a touch of Arneis with Nebbiolo, simulating aged wine.
Lovely and smooth this bottle, this bottle offers classic Barbaresco flavors
including dried tobacco and rose petals.

Totally Internet Competitive at $17.99
and beating the heck out of NY and NJ Retailers!

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