BIG WHITE of THE WEEK
ERRE de herrero Verdejo 2018
ERRE is a Verdejo full of intensity, displaying the variety's particular aromas,
with balsamic and mineral hints, full and structured on the palate, giving a lovely flavour of fruit and notes of white flowers, with a pleasant bitter touch on the finish.
Not widely available. $14.99 @MetroWines
Same price in Spain but the shipping is really high!
BIG WHITE of THE WEEK
Thank you Chef Sam Etheridge, Rexine Connor from Crimson Wines and Congratulations to Brett Watson. Chili CookOff @MetroWines was a new, novel and a big hit! Plans are in the works for the next cook off. what happened. It was like Top Chef. Sam discussed each entry and then explained why his winner WON. And Rexine worked through pairings with the various ingredients. We learned. We laughed. We had dinner! Follow us for new of the next "educational competition!" @MetroWines.
BIG PAiRING HIT:
ROSÉ AND CHILI! ESPECIALLY THE SPICY BOWLS!
"Piero Chiara's novel is at once a murder mystery and a lyrical study of desire,
greed, and deception. The ending is simply stunning."
--Andre Aciman, author of Call Me by Your Name
"A strong, well-written and weirdly seductive little novel about
enjoying the small pleasures of life."--New York Times Book Review
"Summer 1946. World War II has ended and there's a yearning
for renewal. A man in his thirties is sailing on Lake Maggiore in northern Italy,
hoping to put off the inevitable return to work. Dropping anchor in a small, fashionable port, he meets the enigmatic owner of a nearby villa who invites
him home for dinner with his older wife and beautiful widowed sister-in-law.
A sultry, stylish psychological thriller executed with supreme literary finesse."
Your Read it With Italian Wine
Sandrone 2016 Dolcetto d'Alba
Alba, Piedmont, Italy- A sophisticated style that provides a showcase
for Sandrone's artistry. Bright raspberry, floral notes, and subtle hints of spice
are perfectly interwoven in this lush ripe attractive wine. A Marc de Grazia Selection.
Out of Stock at K&L and $27.99 at Vivino
$19.99 @MetroWines and in stock NOW!
Winemaker says: "The Cuvée Romaine is a blend
made fromthe more precocious tanks at Domaine la Garrigue. As such, it is in fact a declassified Vacqueyras not needing additional time in concrete. Therefore it can be viewed as a really easy-going “Vacqueyras” or an amazingly complex
and serious Côtes-du-Rhône."
Jeb Dunnick says 92 Points: "The 2017 Côtes du Rhône Cuvée Romaine
is a custom cuvée from Importer Eric Solomon that’s all from declassified Vacqueyras vines. A blend of 50% Grenache, 45% Syrah, and the rest Cinsault,
it reveals a deep ruby/plum color as well as a great nose of black raspberries,
black cherries, olive tapenade, ground pepper, and earth. It's a fleshy,
full-bodied, beautifully pure, rounded effort that's again a smoking value."
TOTALLY INTERNET COMPETITIVE AT $18.99
PLUS 10% Discount on 6 Bottles and 15% on a Case!
BIG RED of THE WEEK
"THE CLEAVER, California, 2015"
Dense. Rich. Intense.
Zinfandel Based Blend with Petite Sirah and Syrah
Deep and dark, The Cleaver is silky smooth with threads of acidity
that pace from front to back, balancing the full-bodied weight of this wine.
A flavor delight with this blend of red varietals: black plum, blackberry jam, and a smidge of peppercorn.
As the name implies, this wine is designed to go with big cuts of delicious meat.
But its food-friendly nature extends to distinctive, aged cheeses,
rubs with interesting spices, and a few other items that are still found in your butcher’s realm.
*** $14.99 ***
A Series of Small Plates Celebrating Brutocao Family Vineyards
As you Arrive
Broiled Clams, Roasted Garlic Butter, Lemon, Herbs
Carolina Bison Carpaccio, Charred Annie’s Bakery Baguette, Arugula, Lusty Monk Schmear
Crab and Artichoke Arancini, Avocado Emulsion
2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Feliz Vineyards, Mendocino, CA
Fennel Pollen Seared Scallop
Smashed Spring Peas and Roasted Beet Puree
Watercress, EVOO, Crispy Pancetta
2017 Chardonnay, Bliss Vineyard, Mendocino, CA
Duck Confit “Beggar’s Purse”
Forest Mushrooms, House Made Hoisin, Smoked Chili Braised Bok Choy
2015 Pinot Noir, Slow Lopin’ Vineyard, Anderson Valley, Mendocino, CA
Pan Seared Veal Chops with Roasted Grapes
Glace de Viande, Crispy Leek and Golden Potato Rosti, Haricot Verts
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Contento Vineyard, Mendocino, CA
California Cheese Course
Cowgirl Creamery Red Hawk Cheese, Sea Salt Cracker, Candied Orange Shallot Jam
Crispy Fried Cypress Grove Chevre, Poached Apricots, Toasted Pistachios
Point Reyes Blue, House Cured Bacon, Mountain Honey, Pink Peppercorns
2015 Quadriga Red Blend, Mendocino, CA
Olive Oil Cake, Passion Fruit Caramel, Fresh Mango and Orange Supremes
Continue to sip your favorites!
Executive Chef Austin Tisdale
Brutocao Family Vineyards is a tale of two families who combined their passion and expertise to establish one of Mendocino County's most notable wineries. In 1910, the Brutocao family brought with them a love for wine when they emigrated from Treviso, Italy (a small town near Venice). Len Brutocao met Martha Bliss while attending the University of California, Berkeley. Martha's father, Irv, had been farming in Mendocino since 1943. After Len and Martha married, the families joined forces and continued to sell their grapes to well-known Sonoma and Napa wineries for many years before starting to make their own wine in 1980. They selected the Lion of St. Mark as their symbol of family tradition and quality. The heart of that quality is in their land: over 400 acres of vineyards in Hopland and 12.5 acres of Pinot Noir in Anderson Valley.
In the early 90's, Len and Martha's three sons took on individual roles in the family business. David, as Director of Winemaking Operations, ensures the family's vision is carried out. Len, as Director of Vineyard Operations, oversees the cultivation of the land from new plantings to grape harvest. Our vineyard plantings have reached nearly 400 acres, and through out that growth, we have implemented important sustainability practices to ensure healthy land and quality grapes. Their youngest brother, Steve, took over as CEO in 2010 after many years of experience in wine marketing and sales. Steve has helped grow Brutocao's presence in markets accross the country as well as internationally. The three brothers carry on the values and traditions instilled in them through their family heritage to produce world class estate wines from their Mendocino ranches.
Fourth generation family, Kevin and Ryan, are now involved in carrying on the family's legacy. Ryan, Director of Custom Label Sales, wears many hats and assists with distribution as well as our non-profit partner Wine to Water. Kevin, who grew up with his father, Len, in the vineyards, can be found in our Hopland Tasting Room. Kevin does a bit of everything, from pouring wines to managing our online store and creating many of our designs for marketing materials. Many other members of the family help out when and where needed, and they can be found at winery events as well as assisting with wine quality control.
Spurs are thinned to one shoot per bud and two buds per spur with an optimum number of shoots per cordon foot appropriate for that variety. Weak and non-fruiting shoots and suckers sprouting from the head are removed.
Fertility: When making nutrient application decisions, leaf petiole analysis results are used as a guide. Vine vigor, fruit quality, wine quality, leaf symptoms, and vineyard history are factored into the decision. Site specific nutrient applications are made.
We use a pressure bomb throughout the irrigation season to measure the moisture content of the vines to determine our irrigation requirements. This is an important part of water usage so we do not waste this precious resource.
We partner with a PCA (pest control agency) that monitors our vineyard weekly. We keep a written record of what is found. Our control decisions are not only based on economic thresholds of destructive pests such as mites and leafhoppers but on the population of mite and leafhopper predators.
WINEMAKING & VITICULTURE
With the help of the winemaker we adjust our viticultural practices by determining which contribute positively or negatively to wine quality.
We are aware of the main watershed and tributary watersheds that our vineyard operations are located in. We manage the vineyard operations to conserve water and protect water quality by using such practices as cover cropping, buffer strips and other erosion control measures that protect riparian areas and aquatic habitats, particularly from sedimentation. We are proud to be Fish Friendly Farmer certified.
We track the amount of fuel used in the vineyard, and the results are used as part of an overall energy monitoring and conservation plan. We also utilize alternative fuel sources in the vineyard, such as solar, diesel, and propane.
Some of the items we recycle include batteries, tractor tires, scrap metal, cardboard, oil and oil filters.
We conduct monthly employee safety and training meetings as the season progresses and safety issues change. The meetings are documented with dates and attendance. We also have a third party audit our complete safety program at least once per year.
We use a combination of seeding or an approved anti-dust material on unpaved roads. Speeds and travel are restricted on and around the operation.
Require little maintenance.
A Jade Plant is a good place to start!
Shop Jade at Rose's Garden Shop on Charlotte Street
And Pair it with a Low Risk, Crowd Pleasing Wine.
Perfect as a house warming gift or for the plant killer in you!
*** THE BIG WHITE of THE WEEK ***
Winemaker says: A lifted nose showing citrus freshness, the palate continues
with fresh citrus and concentrated grapefruit flavors. The palate is light to medium bodied with a perfect balance of fruit and soft acid. In a vintage of this quality,
all of Semillon ended up with an "A" grade and Tyrrell's Wines is incredibly
pleased with the release of this Hunter Valley Semillon, easily their best.
James Suckling says 93 Points: An appley semillon showing fresh
Williams pears, dried coriander, honeysuckle and a touch of dried nettles.
Medium-bodied, but it has some really good texture and apple fruit
that are delivered through a bed of pretty acidity. A textured finish.
$23.99 at wine.com and unavailable.
*** $18.99 @MetroWines ***
(Personal Note: Semillon is a grape in a crowd pleaser with enough body
to please those who prefer Chardonnay and enough acid for those
who like Sauvignon Blanc. We often serve this grape to groups.)
Sell Out Risk is HIGH
"Pacific Northwest Wine Dinner"
March 24, 2020
A celebration of Raptor Ridge wines and the food that inspires it. A collaboration between Metro Wines and Bone & Broth.
Wilmante Valley Gruner Veltliner 2018
Poached Pear | Fennel Crystal | Micro Amaranth
Gran Moraine Vineyard Chardonnay 2015
Spring Vegetable Salad
Avocado| Lemon Olive Oil Dressing| Red Oak | Snow Peas | Heirloom Carrots | Asparagus
Estate Tuscowallame Pinot Noir 2017
Tournedo of Salmon
Sixty Degree South Salmon| Caramelized Turnips | Tobikko Caviar | Saffron Hollandaise | Italian Parsley | Chives
Shea Valley Pinot Noir 2015
Duck Two Ways
Duck Breast | Duck Confit | Fava Bean | Chestnut Mushroom | Purple Potato | Bordelaise | Carrot Oil | Micro Radish
Deconstructed Charlotte (Street)
Blueberry | Lady Finger | Rhubarb Pureee | Lemon Thyme Crème Chantilly
About Raptor Ride Vineyards: Raptor Ridge Estate’s Tuscowallame Vineyard is located in Oregon’s beautiful Chehalem Mountains about 25 miles southwest of Portland. The vineyard site slopes east-southeast with sweeping views of Mount Hood and Mount Adams—and on a very clear day, even Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier. At about 500 feet in elevation, this gently sloping land is frequently visited by red tailed hawks, Peregrine falcons, barn owls, and great horned owls. Tuscowallame is an indigenous word meaning “place where the owls dwell.”
Purchased in 2000, the site was a defunct cherry orchard. A year was spent digging out over 2000 cherry trees, ripping and cross ripping the soils to remove ancient cherry roots. The vineyard was planted in three phases, and each block is named for the vineyard manager who planted it. Adalfo’s Block was planted in 2001 by Adalfo Jimenez and was a ‘test block’ with a field blend of 115, 667, and 777 clones of Pinot noir and 1.5 acres of Grüner Veltliner. Macario’s Block was planted by Macario Ramirez in 2004, and contains Pommard, 667, and 777 clones of Pinot noir. Dustin’s Block was planted in 2007 by Dustin Miller, and contains Pommard and 114 clones of Pinot noir. Elevations range from 250 to 498 feet on our Loess-based Laurelwood soils with Jory underlayment.
Our estate Pinot noir is noted for its silky texture, fine-grained tannins, Italian plum, cherry, black pepper and mineral notes. Tuscowallame Pinot noir may be found in many of our cuvees, such as Trig, Flight Club Select, Reserve, and Willamette Valley. Our first vintages from the estate were released as Adolfo’s Block 2006-2010. Since 2011, we have blended the now-mature Macario and Dustin blocks with Adolfo’s to achieve a 500+ case Estate bottling.
Our estate Grüner seems to exhibit varietally correct nuances of lime citrus and minerality with a round silky palate thought to result from the Loess-based soils. To quote one of our esteemed distributors regarding our Estate Grüner Veltliner, “Hmmm…this bodes well for New World Grüner.” The Grüner may be found in our Estate bottling, sold mostly through the tasting room and Flight Club.
About Pinot Noir: Raptor Ridge sources from our estate vineyard in the Chehalem Mountain AVA, Tuscowallame, plus a rich tapestry of select Willamette Valley sites – up to 12 in a given vintage spanning multiple sub-appellations in the region. These long-term partnerships with vineyards such as Shea and Meredith Mitchell have given us more “ingredients” with which to blend and ultimately provide sensory complexity in our winemaking style.
Tuscowallame Vineyard is an 18-acre site planted to predominantly Pinot Noir plus one and a half acres of Grüner Veltliner. It is comprised of 13 separate blocks, each planted to different clones and rootstocks that address distinct soil characteristics. The word, Tuscowallame, is an indigenous word meaning “where the owls dwell.”Raptor Ridge Wine will be offered at an Event Price through MetroWines. John Kerr of MetroWines and Mark Orsini of Orsini Wines will be available to answer any questions or provide further information.
Italian Authorities Confirm Stolen Klimt Paining
Found IN Wall of Art Gallery in Piacenza
No one seems to know how the painting came to be IN the wall.
Call me crazy, but I think I have an idea!
New York Times reported on January 22nd that the painting
has been authenticated but there is still that nagging "what the heck?"
This artistic homecoming calls
for an old grape making a comeback!
*** On the Red ***
*** CARMENERE ***
"The Ultimate Comeback Kid"
Winemaker says: A red wine with an intense, violet-ruby color. The bouquet
is fruity with strong plum, cherry, and mulberry notes. The aroma also has
a vegetable edge of ripe red pepper, and the flavor is complex, with jams, spinach,
and chocolate. Barrel aging lends this wine pleasant smoky and toast notes,
bringing out its spices; texture is soft, with rounded tannins and medium body.
James Suckling says: Ample ripeness of red plums and mulberries
with a leafy edge that leads to a firm palate that has central tannins,
carrying wings of red-berry flavor. 90 Points!
For more on the history of Carmenere
from The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines
*** On the White ***
*** CHARDONNAY ***
by Brett Watson of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines
"West Coast Chardonnay has been beaten and battered in the recent years.
Lioco fights back with insanely non-interventionalist winemaking. The commercial, overly buttery and oaky Chardonnays of grocery stores are a thing
of your father’s past. Lioco, a true California negociant partners with sustainable
and organic grape growers all around the state’s untouched central coast and produces true expressions of the grape in its purest form. Chardonnay that’s focus is farming from Sonoma Coast sites benefiting from cold, foggy seaside evenings and windy afternoons, keep the fruit bright and not over blown. In the cellar, Lioco, presses,
rests and bottles with little hand or concern. The result, energetic and pure beauty. Metro Wines brings you the true and relevant beauty of Chardonnay long lost
to the commercial market that will make you remember why Chardonnay was
and is still a noble grape of the people at $24."
Full Page Advertisement in NYT Magazine about Puglia!
And Puglia is Showing Up in Some Unexpected Places
Like At Home Depot!
Pair this bowl with ...
Vecchia Torre Primitivo from Puglia
Vecchia Torre is brought in to the state by North Carolina importer,
Haw River Wine Man. This wine is not available at BigBox.
Vecchia Torre presents a text book example of a solid, palate pleasing,
quality (no sugar added) wine for a very affordable price.
An intense ruby red color, ample and persistent aroma with perceptible hints
of plum and cherry. On the palate, it is dry, warm and balanced with structure, body and elegance. It is an extremely powerful wine, but with a grace and a softness that you do not expect in a bottle of this price.
$12.99! Take That BigBox
New York Times Talks 36 Hours in Buenos Aires
NYT recommends Almacén Comunal, La Hora del Vermut, Juilia,
LaGlorieta, arteBA, El Preferido de Palermo and Football!
I LOVE Buenos Aires! But I can't go right now.
I asked Brett Watson of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines
to pick a wine that would let me me live large BA vicariously!
He said: El Libre 2018 Malbec, Medoza
"Very few South American cites showcase it's heritage and individuality
like Buenos Aires. The blend of European cultures, the languages and the traditions can vary from barrio to barrio. It's a city born of Latin American and European freedom. Along those lines, from a wine standpoint, Metro brings you "El Libre" Malbec from Revolution Wine Company. The bottling is a celebration of the revolutionary events that took place in Buenos Aires that occurred in May of 1810!
From the Las Compuertas region of the Andees the El Libre is full of juicy plum,
dark berries and high elevation freshness. Fermented and aged in concrete tank
and at $8.99....we should all celebrate revolution!"
On the NYT List of 52 Places to Visit in 2020!
Slovenia is arguably the world's most environmentally conscious nation.
In 2016, it's chief city, Ljubljana, was named European Green Capital
and in 2017, Slovenia became the first country to be certified as a "green destination."
I know you want to go right now, today!
But you probably can't drop everything and head for Ljubljana.
Plan B. Travel vicariously. Try a Slovenian Wine!
Rodica Istra 2015 Malvazija, a dry white presenting
lemon, honey and peach.
I asked Brett Watson, Asheville School of Wine,
if my Plan B had legs? And he said:
"If you've read the NYT 2020 list and are packing your bags,
AND have a penchant for incredible, under-valued, historic wine, look to Slovenia.
Look more importantly at the wines of the 100% organically produced Rodica.
Hanging off into the Slovenian Adriatic Sea in an epic grape growing area
known as Istria, lies the vineyards of Rodica. The 100% pure and ancestral grape
of Malvazija (Malvasia) ripens at high altitudes overlooking the sea and is entirely
dry-farmed. One of the most nuanced white wines in the shop, Rodica will surprise
you with its wild-flower elegance. Put it next to a Tupperware of truffle pasta you had leftover from last nights Istrian dinner. $21 buys your a piece of Slovenian purity."
Books about Slovenia, travel to Slovenia
and travel journeys for when you go for real here:
*** FLAT OUT BIG RED of THE WEEK ***
This sexy and approachable wine leads with aromas of boysenberry
and blackberry. It greets the palate with lush notes of dark fruit
and a smooth hint of chocolate. The finish lingers on your tongue
and the taste is heightened with just a touch of spice.
John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine says
"Entycement is a big and rich red but remains elegant."
Originally released at $34
$31 Average online
and $19.99 @MetroWines
*** Pre-Tariff French White of the Week ***
2018 Domaine Adele Rouze QUINCY $19.99
A Charles Neal Selection
Quincy is characterised by its freshness and notes of ripe citrus, grapefruit,
white flowers and freshly-cut herbs. On the palate, this medium-bodied wine shows flavors
of grapefruit and lime, with a touch of citrus pith and a crisp, mineralled finish.
The Winemaker Adèle Rouze
Farming and winemaking is in Adèle's blood. Her father, Jacques, is a respected vigneron
in Quincy & Reuilly, while her brother, Côme, is a well-known oenologist.
Adèle is a certified agricultural appraiser, and after completing her wine studies
in Bordeaux, she returned to Quincy in 2003 to launch her eponymous domaine.
Her vineyard holdings are only 5 hectares, but many parcels consist of old vines,
some of which were planted in 1920, 1930, and still others in the 1950's.
She farms with minimal spraying, using only natural products to work the siliceous,
gravel and clay soils. Domaine Adèle Rouzé is the quintessential familial estate;
the type we are delighted to support @MetroWines.
I asked Brett Watson of The Asheville School of Wine
what a Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc is all about? And he said:
"Extremely small wine producer and local female winemaking legend Adele Rouze
farms 80+ year old vines in Loire Valley's Sancerre neighbor of Quincy. Farming everything
by hand in a traditional organic, true to the land style, Rouze showcases the stone and granite soils of Quincy, Frances 2nd AOC in 1936, to absolute perfection. Think crystal clean Sancerre'ish Sauvignon Blanc at a heavy discount with a touch more visceral
and ripe stone fruit-like texture. An absolute steal of a deal at $19.99 here @MetroWines
will make your friends like white wine again in the winter."
*** Tariff Free Italian Wine of The Week ***
MOMA, Umberto Cesari, 2016
A blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Merlot, 13% alc.
Emilia-Romagna is one of Italy's best loved wine regions,
and this northern region has been a superb viticulture for an astonishing
length of time. Indeed, wine has been made in Emilia-Romagna for almost
three thousand years, and as an ancient and respected wine region
remains today deeply traditional and proud, with wineries determined
to protect this region of quality and distinction.
This wine is soft and velvety with an intense bouquet
of berry fruit especially raspberries. $22
*** BIG WHITE of THE WEEK ***
2016 Bouchaine Chardonnay, Napa Valley, Carneros
Aged in select French oak, this wine is a barrel selection of Chardonnay
from the Estate. Aromas of baked golden apples, Asian pears, honeycomb,
and hazelnuts greet the senses. The rich, mouth-coating texture lingers,
while notes of butterscotch, nutmeg and vanilla grace the finish.
This bottle is essentially French White Burgundy with a touch of California
expressed in light tropical fruit. Rockstar Winemakers! Paul Hobbs consulting. $21
Neil deGrasse Tyson was generous enough with his time to answer my question about biodynamic wine. The Astrophysicist said, in essence, that the concept of the wine being better because of the stars and the moon is (paraphrasing) not a fact. Sadly our Astrophysicist Department @MetroWines is on a space sabbatical but we @MetroWines who were left behind think, you might nevertheless find, as do we, that biodynamic wines have a better and more solid taste. Biodynamic wines undergo no processing. The grape is the grape. Every vintage is unique. Open and fervent invitation to Neil deGrasse Tyson to join us @MetroWines and let's talk wine. Anytime. AnyWine. @Neil deGrasse Tyson
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