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Blind Tasting League- Virtually

Blind Tasting League Goes Multi-Media!!!
*** Wednesday, December 16th at 5:30***
Join us on Facebook LIVE

Logon Here: https://www.facebook.com/MetroWinesAsheville

OR Join us on Zoom!
Meeting ID: 631 336 1327
Passcode: Metro

No charge. No experience necessary.
If you do want to taste along with Andy, you can pick up
the cleverly concealed bottles @MetroWines
Call (828) 575-9525

And don't tell Andy!

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Barbera del Monferrato


Keep the Conversation Going

The Kangaroo Court of Master Sommeliers
just won't cry "uncle" on lurid charges of discrimination.


Do you have E-Charisma? Tips on improvement.
  (In other words, the "kavorka")
The futures here. It won't be long before you can smell the coffee! (literally)
The Battle over Carbohydrates Rages
Should Americans get half their calories from carbs? As the U.S. government
revises its dietary guide lines, battle lines are being drawn.

from-carbs-two-camps-battle-it-out-11606150740 (One word: PASTA!)

Asheville chosen #7 of 10 Top Places to Retire by money.com
https://money.com/best-places-to-retire-2020/ (Now what?)
And a Chinese Robot has Landed on the moon.

Your Discuss it Civally Wine
2018 La Casaccia Giuanìn Barbera Monferrato
Organic. Extraordinary.

La Casaccia Giuanìn Barbera del Monferrato | Vivino
$16.99 at Vivino (I would say thanks for the bottle shot but I am starting to feel guilty)
Websites with hundreds of bottle shots, at least one employee to manage
the site, box packaging and shipping is expensive. Shop your local merchant and save.

$14.99 @MetroWines. 
Always a "SOMM in The House" to answer questions!

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Gift a Book and Bottle




Thanks to her cookbooks and groundbreaking work as chef at Greens Restaurant
in San Francisco, Deborah Madison, though not a vegetarian herself, has long been revered
as this country's leading authority on vegetables. She profoundly changed the way generations of Americans think about cooking with vegetables. In this charmingly intimate and refreshingly frank memoir, she tells her story, and with it the story of the vegetarian movement. From her childhood in Big Ag Northern California to working at Chez Panisse, and from the birth of food TV to the age of green markets everywhere, An Onion in My Pocket is as much the story
of the evolution of American foodways as it is the memoir of the woman at the forefront.
A personal look at the rise of vegetable-forward cooking and a manifesto for how to eat well.


Your Read it With and Serve it With Wine

Ostatu Blanco 2019

Pale yellow and bright color with greenish hues. Citrus and white fruits, green apple, pear,
with floral and slightly herbal memories, very fine expression of the variety.
Very good balance, well-salted acidity, fresh, greedy and with a certain oiliness note.
Great balance of flavors where green apple and lemon, ripened greengage
plum and white flowers are predominating. Blend: 85% Viura, 15% Malvasia

John says: "As one who spent a lot of time at Greens in San Francisco,
that the texture and weight of Ostatu allow this wine to will stand up to any food.
He recalls that the secret to the intense flavors at Greens
was reducing the stock and preparing specific stocks for each dish." 

$19.99 at wine.com. Shameful.
*** $16.99 @MetroWines ***

And don't forget Roland Artichoke Hearts @MetroWines! 

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Boatman is Big RED Deal of Week

*** Big RED Deal of The Week ***

Winery says:  "2017 is sourced from Papagni Vineyard in Madera California.
We have a long relationship with Demetrio Papagni whose wine roots go back generations.
The Boatman is the result of not just our efforts but also his extensive experience in Viticulture. The grapes were picked at dawn then crushed and de-stemmed quickly to tanks while still cold. After a long cold soak, fermentation was started, tanks were allowed to heat up for maximum extraction of fruit and color. The fermentIng wine was pumped over twice a day to give the yeast plenty of oxygen for a nice clean fermentation. Once dry the grapes were lightly pressed off the skins and a young Boatman was born! This wine is deep-inky purple in color. The nose is bright with toasted pumpkin seed, blackberry and a touch of asian spice. The palate is sumptuous
with layers of dark, forest fruit and notes of pepper, rhubarb and umami spice."

*** $12.99 @MetroWines ***

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Barber of Seville - Virtually

Join Us Virtually
Italian Opera Series: The Barber of Seville 

Italian opera composer Gioacchino Rossini wrote 39 operas before retiring at the young age of 37. He was groundbreaking for his time in the world of both opera seria and opera buffa (comedic opera), but perhaps his most famous opera is the opera buffa Il Barbiere di Siviglia. The work is a prequel to Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, and both works are drawn from a three-part trilogy by the playwright Beaumarchais, several of whose plays were banned for their revolutionary nature and the power afforded to the lower classes. Learn about the history, structure, and prominence in modern culture of Rossini's exciting, innovative and fun opera! 

Instructors Ashley Galvani Bell (Carnegie Hall, New York City Opera, Sarasota Opera) and Anton Armendariz Diaz (Rioja Forum, Principal de Castellón, Festival de Cine de Barcelona) come from a background of operatic performance and directing, and their passion is likely to ignite yours.  
Registration fee: $25 per class

Italian Opera Series Classes:
December 9: Barber of Seville by Rossini
December 16: Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti 
January 6: La Traviata by Verdi 
January 13: La Bohème by Puccini


Can't make the session? A link to the recording will be provided and accessible to you for 24 hours after the session. 

Questions? Email: divariaproductions@gmail.com

Missed a virtual event?  Check out all NIAF Virtual Events

Amb. Peter F. Secchia Building
1860 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

© 2020 National Italian American Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

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Fellini and Montenidoli


The iconic style of Marcello Mastroianni – Les Belles Heures
Cioa Asheville Suggests you Review
Fellini Films that celebrate the humor and compassion that make his work unforgettable.
(There is more to his work than Marcello Mastroianni!)


Your Watch it With Wine
2017 Chianti Colli Senisi

Dry Red Wine by Elisabetta Fagiuoli, Montenidoli
San Gimignano, Italy 13.5 ALC at bottling $21

Il Garrulo Chianti Colli Senesi
Blend: 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo.
Vivid ruby red color, slight purplish hues.
The bouquet on the nose is fruity with hints of wild black cherry,
cherry and a delicate balsamic and herbal finish.
On the palate it is soft yet direct with excellent persistence.
This wine is best served with first course dishes or enjoyed solo.

Brett says: Let energy blow off for about 20 minutes.
Dollar more at Vivino but, as always, thanks for the bottle shot!

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Estenas Bobal is Back

*** Heads Up ***
Estenas Bobal is Back in The House
José Pastor Selections 2019

Customer Favorite. Versatile. Crowd Pleaser!


Vera de Estenas - Bobal 2018 - Kingston Wine Co.

Estenas Bobal is crafted from old Bobal vines averaging 50 years of age
(some up to 100 years) located in the heart of Utiel-Requena on clay-calcareous soils.
The wine is fermented in concrete tanks and raised in a mix of concrete
and old American oak barrels. This 100% Bobal is medium-bodied and shows
a mix of bright black and red fruits, spice, and minerals, while maintaining moderate alcohol
and high acidity. The result is a red wine that’s friendly with a wide variety of meats.
A traditional pairing is Gazpacho Manchego Cheese
Whoa, we have restaurant quality Manchego Cheese @MetroWines!

$14.99 at Kingston Wine Co. (but thanks for the bottle shot!)
** $13.99 @MetroWines (and we have the cheese!) **

Call to reserve your wine and cheese: (828) 575-9525
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Blind Tasting League: Virtually

Blind Tasting League Goes Multi-Media!!!
*** Wednesday, December 16th at 5:30***
Join us on Facebook LIVE

Logon Here: https://www.facebook.com/MetroWinesAsheville

OR Join us on Zoom!
Meeting ID: 631 336 1327
Passcode: Metro

No charge. No experience necessary.
If you do want to taste along with Andy, you can pick up
the cleverly concealed bottles @MetroWines
Call (828) 575-9525

And don't tell Andy!

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Wines of Kermit Lynch with Nick Demos


Thursday, December 17th at 5:30 on Zoom

Nick Demos takes us through 4 European Wines, two French and two Italian,

from Kermit Lynch Imports, all perfect for the holidays.

The Zoom is "on the house." This is a unique oppotunity to hear from and ask questions of an expert.

Logon HERE!

If you want to taste along with Nick, (and you really should!)

MetroWines will have all 4 wines packaged up for purchase.


Quenard Les Abymes Jacquere - Savoie, France  
Chateau La Grave Cahors Malbec - Sud-Ouest, France 
Il Palazzotto Dolcetto di Diano d'Alba - Piemonte, Italy 

Cantine Elvio Tintero Barbaresco - Piemonte, Italy 

All in $74 +tax  Please call (828) 575-9525.

Bio — Ampéli Wine Consulting


Nick Demos, native of Western North Carolina, has been immersed in wine culture since an early age. His grandfather opened the very first wine shop in downtown Asheville, NC just after prohibition.

Following in his grandfather's footsteps, Nick became the general manager of a family owned wine shop in 2006. After two years in retail, Nick made the move to the wholesale side of the trade, where he has remained. Nick is presently serving as a Wine Specialist, Educator and Portfolio Manager for Tryon Distributing in North Carolina.

In July of 2016, Mr Demos passed the ever challenging Advanced Sommelier exam through the Court of Master Sommeliers. He is currently pursuing his studies as a candidate for the Master Sommelier diploma. Nick has also earned the designation of Certified Wine Educator. This is the highest honor awarded by the Society of Wine Educators.

Nick has a natural inclination for hospitality, as well as food and wine pairings. Most of all, Nick truly enjoys sharing the knowledge and passion he has found through his experience, travel and accomplishments in the wine trade. Nick believes wine is a classic enjoyment, an art form of place and one of the world's oldest explorations.

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Legend of La Befana

National Organization of Italian American Women
Connecticut Region presents
NOIAW's Connecticut Region invites you and your entire household to "La Befana Takes America," a virtual family-friendly holiday celebration of Italian folklore, the power of empathy, and everyday magic too! La Befana & Friends will share the story of La Befana's ancient origins in Italy to her present-day search for the Holy Child. Join us for this journey and be inspired by La Befana's stories of how small acts made in the spirit of crazy love can make a difference! Not only will we meet the mystical La Befana but also co-creators Kate West, multimedia storyteller and author of La Befana and the Star, and Dina Gregory, a former educator turned writer and puppeteer!Kate will share with us more about La Befana & Friends' mission to transform the world one magical encounter (and cookie!) at a time, as well as her and Dina's inspiration for sharing this story.  
La Befana will also join Kate and Dina for a lively Q&A discussion; wherein audience participation is highly encouraged!
Monday, December 21st @ 5:00 PM (EST)
Registration Fee: $10
If you have any questions, please send us an email at noiaw@noiaw.org
National Organization of Italian American Women | 25 West 43rd Street, Suite 1010, New York, NY 10036
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Italian Holiday Traditions

Join Us Virtually
Buon Natale:
Unexpected Stories Behind Holiday Traditions

Get in the holiday spirit with Carla Gambescia, author of La Dolce Vita University, to discover the surprising stories behind some of our most cherished holiday traditions. Carla's presentation will explore how both the pagan and Christian traditions magically coalesced into the Christmas holiday traditions we celebrate today, as well as a few less familiar uniquely Italian customs around the celebration of the Feast of the Epiphany and wearing red underwear on New Year's Eve! 

Intrigued? Join us and let's celebrate Natale and Capodanno together. Following Carla's, presentation there will be a brief Q&A session. Registration fee: $25


Carla Gambescia is the author of La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z, Silver Prize winner of "Best Travel Book of the Year" awarded by the North American Travel Journalists Association. A regular lecturer on topics of Italian cultural interest, Carla has written about and toured every region of Italy on foot or by bicycle and curates the photoblog Postcards from the Boot. Carla conceived and co-led the Giro del Gelato bicycle tour winner of OUTSIDE Magazine's "Best Trip in Western Europe," and, for a decade, owned and operated Via Vanti! Restaurant & Gelateria in Mount Kisco, NY.

If you are not able to participate in the live webinar, all registered attendees will automatically receive a recording of the session within two business days after the event.
Refunds will not be issued.

We can't wait for you to join us! 

Missed a virtual event?  Check out all NIAF Virtual Events

Amb. Peter F. Secchia Building
1860 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

© 2020 National Italian American Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

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Suffragists & Italian American Women

Join NOIAW Greater New York's Staten Island Network on Zoom for a dual presentation featuring Gabriella Leone, History Archives Manager at the Staten Island Museum, and Ann Marie Nicolosi, Ph.D., Professor of History at The College of New Jersey. Ms. Leone will share with us the stories of Staten Island suffragists, as presented in one of the Staten Island Museum's most recent exhibitions, "Women of the Nation Arise!" focusing on the four tactics used by these determined women in the decades-long struggle for political change before they could vote: education, organization, agitation, and publicity. Dr. Nicolosi will elaborate on how Italian and Italian American women of the early 20th-century achieved autonomy (in the home and beyond) in the absence of the right to vote and formal avenues of power. 
These illuminating presentations will conclude with an interactive Q&A session. Audience participation is highly encouraged!
About Gabriella Leone
Gabriella Leone is the Curator of "Women of the Nation Arise!" an exhibition honoring the Centennial of the 19th Amendment at the Staten Island Museum. She has worked at the Staten Island Museum since 2014 and was promoted to Archives Manager in 2017. She was recently named the College of Staten Island’s John J. Marchi Visiting Scholar for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the Macaulay Honors College at the College of Staten Island. She is currently working toward a Master’s Degree in History from the College of Staten Island.
About Ann Marie Nicolosi, Ph.D. 
Dr. Nicolosi is a Professor in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at The College of New Jersey. She earned her Ph.D. in US History from Rutgers University with a specialization in American Women’s history. Her research interests include 20th-century women’s social movements, women and media representation, and LGBTQ history. Her article, “The Most Beautiful Suffragette; Inez Mulholland and the Political Currency of Beauty,” appeared in the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era and was a finalist the 2008 Fishel-Calhoun Article Prize. Her current research project is a study of how beauty product manufacturers and advertisers used the rhetoric and ideals of feminism and the women’s movement to create a false sense of empowerment to sell these products to women.
Tuesday, December 15th @ 6:00 PM (EST)
Registration Fee: $10
If you have any questions, please send us an email at noiaw@noiaw.org
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Elisabetta from the Heart

Cream Wine Company


Elisabetta Fagiuoli. Historians and critics agree that she was and IS a ground breaker, a visionary and one of the best winemakers in the world. You can hear stories of her life and work on YouTube but what you can't hear is her heart speaking. And that is what we heard when Elisabetta joined us LIVE on Zoom from her B.C. built home in San Gimignano, Italy.
We heard her but Elisabetta is hearing too, hearing the earth, hearing nature. "Everyday, nature gives you a different message and you must be able hear it." Humility, attention and love are her guides in making wine and, of these, "humility is the key to making something good."
"We are a big family on a small planet." Elisabetta believes that "the goal is friendship and mutual understanding." And nature can teach us if you watch and listen. "If we follow the miracles of animals and nature, we will become very rich." Elisabetta shared that she has learned from watching the life cycle of the swallows in the trees near her home. In a somewhat solemn moment, Elisabetta said, "I love the birds." 
But what can make us friends? Not just observers but participants? Wine, says Elisabetta, is certainly part of the process.
"Wine for me is like making soup." Elisabetta blends and blurs the lines of wine and everything in life. "Wine is a good companion. It gives you strength." And when you hear the wine speaking to you, "each wine is like humanity, it has a personality of its own."
Bottom line: Elisabetta says "I don't like people who don't like wine." È vero!
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Cookbooks and Wines




The book explores how to cook really well using simple ingredients!

But Wait! There's more! 
When you join the Jacques Pepin Foundation, an organization that
supports training programs for chefs you receive a Members Only Cookbook.
This cookbook includes submissions from 45 contributors
including Thomas Keller, Alice Waters and José Andrés.


2016 Santa Duc Cotes du Rhone - Perrine's Wine Shop
You Read it With Wine is a wine that can go solo while you peruse the book
and also a wine that can pair nicely with most of the recipes.
Famille Gras Les Vieilles Vignes Cotes du Rhone 2017

Santa Duc, Winemaker

From organically and biodynamically farmed vineyards in Gigondas. 
Domaine Santa Duc has been owned and run by the Gras family since 1874.
Harvesting is done by hand. Vinification is natural, fermentation with indigenous yeasts,
no additives, and very little added sulfites. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Blend of 60% Grenache from 40 year old vines with the rest Syrah and Mourvèdre.
13.5% alcohol. Rustic and delicious.

Brett says: "one of the best balanced Cotes du Rhone under $20." 
Not everywhere. $18.99 @MetroWines

*** Gift Pairing Alert #2 ***


Naked Chef television personality Jamie Oliver considers the top ingredients
we consistently buy every week, meal staples we pick up without thinking such as eggs,
potatoes as well as prepared condiments. Jamie says we are all busy,
but that shouldn’t stop us from having tasty, nutritious meals  So, rather than trying
to change what we buy, Jamie gives everyone new inspiration for their "staples."
Jamie focuses on 18 popular ingredients and each recipe includes fewer than 8! 


Your Pair it With Book Makes, like Jamie, the Old New Again
Old indigenous grapes made in a new style. Perfect.
BAAAGADUCK, Joao Pato aka Duckman, Vinho Tinto, 
From Portugal at ONLY 12% ALC !

Blend of 85% Baga, 15% Touriga Nacional

Baga (pronounce: bah-gah) Dry, Medium to full bodied with Blackberry,
Black Currant, Dried Cherry, Cocoa and Tar. Decant for an hour.
Cuts through fat and plays well with smoke. $21

João Pato “Duckman - Baaagaduck” Tinto (750ml) - winehut

"Behave Wildly. Feel the Unexpected."

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Michelangelo, Graffiti & Stefanago Rosso

Did Michelangelo Dabble in Renaissance Graffiti?

(Well this really takes the torta, as they say.)


Graffiti by Michelangelo in Florence


To consider this artistic conundrum, we need a high quality
yet unassuming bottle that does not take itself to seriously but knows
with great confidence exactly what it is and what it has to offer!

A Savio Soares Selection
2019 Castello di Stefanago Rosso 13.5% ALC 

The bottle shot of this wine is somewhat underwhelming
and does not speak to its good breeding and high standards.

But THIS is where Rosso was raised!

castello2_credits Cigognola (4)

Rosso by Castello di Stefanago is a red wine produced in Oltrepò Pavese
with a blend of local grapes such as Croatina and Uva Rara together with Merlot.
 With its ruby and violet color and floral and fruity scents,
the wine is smooth on the palate for easy drinking. Traditional, artisanal winemaking.
To enjoy this wine at its best, let it 'breathe" at least 15-30 minutes before serving.

*** Quiet Confidence: $16.99 ***

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Elisabetta Fagiuoli on Zoom

News Release: Monday, November 30th, 2020
About: Wine Tasting with Elisabetta Montenidoli
This is BIG! A Zoom Tasting with the Grand Dame of Italian Winemaking Elisabetta Fagiuoli of Montenidoli, San Gimignano, on Thursday Dec 3rd at 5:30 EST.  
Who is Elisabetta?

Elisabetta Fagiuoli has a spirituality about her that is present in her wines. She is the owner of Montenidoli in the San Gimignano region of Chianti, Tuscany. Montenidoli means "the mountain of the little nests" and it is comprised of 24 hectares of vineyards surrounded by 200 hectares of woodlands. The Etruscans were the first to discover this treasure and plant vines, followed by the Romans and the Knights Templar. 

The property which she owned with her late companion Sergio was brought under vine in 1965, and at the time was abandoned wilderness. Located on the top of hills, the farm is remote and has spectacular vistas of the Chianti hillsides. There is a profound respect of the vineyard and the land which is clearly present in the winemaking at Montenidoli. Fagiuoli's highest vineyards are comprised of Triassic soils which are over 350 million years old.

More on Elisabetta:                                                                                            Comprehensive interview and video with Monty Waldin of Grape Collective here: https://grapecollective.com/articles/the-soul-of-chianti-elisabetta-fagiuoli-of-montenidoli

How to Join Us to E-Meet Elisabetta!
Zoom Meeting Link:
You are invited to join the Zoom "on the house." But, if you want to taste along with Elisabetta, we have some of her greatest wines @MetroWines.
2019  Montenidoli Vernaccia "Tradizionale" for $22 @MetroWines (in shop now)
2017  Montenidoli Chianti Garrulo, $21 (arrives Thursday)
Also available from Montenedoli @MetroWines but not set for Zoom Tasting:
2018 Montenidoli Rosso Toscana for $23 
And for you Italophiles, the Montenidoli website is also in Italian:
Join us! This is a rare opportunity to meet one of the most respected winemakers EVER.
Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Bordeaux in Wood Box



Château De L'Ane neighbors the legendary Château Cheval Blanc and shares the same iron laced blue fruit and dried violet of Saint Emilion's northern plateau.

94 Point Wine Enthusiast

6 Bottles in Wood Box from Winery with a Bow!

Call (828) 575-9525

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Black Friday Letter to Editor, ACT

From: Gina Trippi <metrowinesasheville@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Nov 21, 2020 at 1:37 PM
Subject: Black Friday
To: <letters@citizen-times.com>


Dear Editor:
Black Friday has been delayed in France to give independent merchants, those same small businesses that are the backbone of our economy in America, a chance to benefit while Amazon rages through the country. Please shop locally Asheville! This is the day, the time of the season, the last chance for many merchants to stay afloat to serve you next year. 
COVID took a toll on the little guy. Consumers started shopping online, forgetting about the neighborhood merchant. Stores, restaurants, service businesses have closed. And the domino effect is that local charities for veterans, children, homeless pets, you name it, suffer.
Your dollars are your voice. Your dollars express your opinions, your values and determine your future. What do you want the years to come to look like? Streets clogged with Amazon Prime trucks, delivery drones forcing sky traffic, big box, big box, big box? Support those in the community who hire employees, pay taxes, give to local charities, and answer the phone when you call! 
Gina Trippi
MetroWines, Asheville
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2020 Thanksgiving Picks


*** Top Thanksgiving Picks***
Support Domestic Wineries on Thanksgiving


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With fewer guests at The Thanksgiving Table,
this is the time to UP the wine served.


And Oh Yeah, after this year, you deserve it!
For specific menu pairings, Call (828) 575-9525
for Thanksgiving Suggestions from one of our Sommeliers @MetroWines.

*** The Sparkling ***

Gruet Brut Price & Reviews | Drizly
The Brut from New Mexico offers a crisp, and full-bodied sparkling wine,
which has developed rich complexity and fine mousse.
The allure of toasty finish from twenty-four months on tirage,
is a complement to the sophisticated apple and citrus flavor.
A blend of 75%Chardonnay and 25%Pinot Noir. ALC 12%
Winemaker's Note: Brilliant with ultra fine bubbles.
A wonderful fine bouquet dominated by green apple and grapefruit flavors. $18.99

New York Times: "For my money, the best sparkling wine in the US
is still produced by Gruet in a place about as far away
from Champagne as it could be." 

Wall Street Journal: "Best Value sparkling wine in the U.S. under $30.” 
And 90 Points from Wine Spectator


*** The White ***
Trouchard Roussanne 2018 $24
($28 at the winery.) 

Truchard Vineyards - Buy Wines - Current Releases
The 2018 vintage will be remembered as nearly perfect. A cold winter with average rainfall
made for a late bud-break. Ideal spring weather allowed for a heavy set. 
Mild conditions in summer and fall allowed the crop to slowly ripen and develop maximum flavor. Wines of 2018 are powerful but elegant with firm acidity and beautiful balance. 
This could be the vintage of the decade!
Roussanne has been traditionally associated with the Northern Rhone,
where it is blended with Marsanne to make white Hermitage wines. In 1998,
3 acres of Roussanne were planted the Truchard Estate Vineyard.
Floral aromas of pineapple, honeysuckle, and jasmine with highlights of brioche and vanilla.
The palate is crisp, with clean flavors of fresh pear, honeydew melon and apricot.
Bright acidity provides a lengthy finish of citrus, mineral, and spice.
(Not new to shop. This label has been here since we opened the doors.
I thought its popularity, its uniqueness, would fade but no, never.)


*** The Red ***

2018 Sandlands Cinsault, USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi -  CellarTracker

2018 Lodi Cinsault- 8 barrels produced. Planted in 1886 in Lodi. 
Cranberry, candle wax, lavender. 
Black tea, violets, red cherry.
Crisp. silky finish. 
Crystalline, suave tannin finish. 13.3%ALC
Only 8 barrels produced.

Vinous Media Says 93 Points
The 2018 Red Table Wine (Lodi) offers a super-intriguing range of floral
and red/purplish berry notes, all in a mid-weight frame that is hugely appealing.
A lighter, more food friendly blend that features Cinsault, Carignane and Zinfandel.

(Stand By: This might be my pick of the year!)
$39.99 at union Square in NYC and SOLD OUT
$29 @MetroWines and ready for pick up!

Hey! Wait a minute! Let's Get Crazy!
Do an All Sandlands Thanksgiving with their Cinsault AND Chenin Blanc!
From Amador County, the Sandlands 2018 Chenin Blanc is made wine in French Oak.
Planted in 1979 and grown at 1500 feet in a mixture of iron rich volcanic quartz
and decomposed granite soils in a dry farmed vineyard.
Lemon verbena, peach blossom, bees wax, focused, structured finish.  12% ALC.

2018 sold out at winery.
$27 @Metro Wines and ready to make
 Thanksgiving special 
after all!


*** The Rose ***

2017 Broc Cellars
 There is a lot to love about this plush, summery rosé from Broc Cellars.
Chris Brockaway makes a wide range of California wine but the common denominators
are that they must be made without additives (other than a small amount of SO2 as necessary), always fermented with indigenous yeasts, using grapes from vineyards that do not use
synthetic chemicals (many of them certified organic), and of course they must be delicious.
The blend is 80% Valdigue, 14% Zinfandel, and 6% Trousseau. This year's rosé is a deep salmon color, bursting with notes of ripe, juicy strawberry and watermelon with a salty, savory finish and plenty of acidity that keeps this sunny Mendocino wine from becoming too fruity.

Limited Distribution. 2019 is $19.99

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Gruet. Dependable Quality.

*** The Sparkling ***

Gruet Brut Price & Reviews | Drizly


The Brut from New Mexico offers a crisp, and full-bodied sparkling wine,
which has developed rich complexity and fine mousse.
The allure of toasty finish from twenty-four months on tirage,
is a complement to the sophisticated apple and citrus flavor.
A blend of 75%Chardonnay and 25%Pinot Noir. ALC 12%
Winemaker's Note: Brilliant with ultra fine bubbles.
A wonderful fine bouquet dominated by green apple and grapefruit flavors. $18.99

New York Times: "For my money, the best sparkling wine in the US
is still produced by Gruet in a place about as far away
from Champagne as it could be." 

Wall Street Journal: "Best Value sparkling wine in the U.S. under $30.” 
And 90 Points from Wine Spectator

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