Big New "FINDs" of the Week
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Brett says: The highly anticipated and highly sought after 2019 Jolie-Laide wines
are here @MetroWines! Scott Schultz has created one of the most cult followed productions in the states not just in name, but more so, for insane quality.
Farming some of the oldest and original California growths of Pinot Gris
and Trousseau, it's not hard to see why these gems are allocated.
The 2019 Pinot Gris comes from the old vine Glen Oaks Vineyard
of Sonoma County. Farmed organically, picked by hand, direct pressed and seeing only one day of skin contact. Purity and precision then fermented in concrete.
***Only 24 bottles available. $31 ***
2019 Trousseau Noir from one of the oldest plantings to grapes in the states, the Fanucchi Wood Road Vineyard. Little bit of Jura France style Gamay
and Poulsard added into the cuvee to pretty the whole package up a bit.
Nutty, woody, perfumed and floral. Fermented in concrete to maintain
the ancient vine mineral driven quotient. An incredible slice
of the high elevation French Alps from California royalty.
Only 12 bottles available. $33
Big New "FINDs" of the Week
2018 Comunica, in collaboration with Michele D'Aprix
A refreshing young Montsant white by Celler Comunica,
La Pua is a blend of Garnacha Blanca and Garnacha Tinta. Notes of cantaloupe,
fig and green apple on the nose compliment a crisp brightness on the palate.
$29 at Cellar Comunica and SOLD OUT
$24 @MetroWines and, in a mixed case,
delivered signed to your car by Michele D'Aprix!
at Celebrity Parking Lot Pick Up on May 10th from 3-6pm!
Your Big RED of The Week
Cabernet Sauvignon anchored with some Merlot, Cab Franc and Petit Verdot
Three Saints wines are a vivid expression of carefully selected grapes from
The Dierberg Family's vineyards which are located in three of Santa Barbara County's
premium wine growing regions: Santa Maria Valley, Santa Rita Hills and Santa Ynez Valley.
Chocolate, smoked game, gunpowder and coffee bean tones leap from the glass.
On the palate, chocolate note persists with blackberry fruit and an exciting blueberry nuance.
Texturally, the wine is as soft and as enveloping as can be, with supple tannins
that caress the palate and fresh acid lending to the vibrancy of the wine. Ready Now.
John Kerr says: "This is a Southern California wine from Happy Canyon, Santa Barbara
made in the big, bold and smooth Paso style. Decant for an hour before serving at the table."
Vivino says: "Great value for money. Similar wines usually cost 2 times as much. (2016 Vintage)"
$25 at wine.com
** $24 @MetroWines and in stock! **
From The MetroWines Book Suggestion Department
In this extraordinarily intimate portrait of her mother--and herself--Fanny Singer,
daughter of food icon and activist Alice Waters, chronicles a unique world of food,
wine, and travel; a world filled with colorful characters, mouth-watering traditions,
and sumptuous feasts. Across dozens of vignettes with accompanying recipes,
she shares the story of her own culinary coming of age and reveals a side of her
legendary mother that has never been seen before. A charming, smart translation
of Alice Waters's ideals and attitudes about food for a new generation,
Always Home is a loving, often funny, unsentimental, and exquisitely written look
at a life defined in so many ways by food, as well as the bond between mother and daughter.
Your Read it With Wine
Has to be one imported by Berkeley Neighbor Kermit Lynch
100% Cabernet Franc aged in stainless steel.
"One taste of Thierry and Christine Boucard’s Cuvée Alouettes ignites a craving in me
for a juicy bistro burger finished with a shmear of spicy moutarde forte.
Since it’s similar in style and price to an easy-drinking Beaujolais Villages,
you’ll want to drink it chilled and, likely, in one sitting. Unlike with other quaffers,
though, you can expect a little extra brawn and woodsy fruits
like cassis and plum. It’s pure, peppery, and perfect Cabernet Franc." $17.99
Neapolitan PIZZA ***
Like so many of the country’s most prized gastronomic delights like wine,
olive oil and cheese, the quintessential pie from Naples, where pizza was born,
has become so cherished that it’s now worthy of its own Designation of Controlled Origin (DOC).
The city’s pizza-making tradition even received Unesco recognition in 2017
as an intangible cultural heritage item.
Your Bake it With and Serve it With Wine
Pierino 100% Organic Dolcetto
The delight of this wine is due to the terroir and the suitability of the grape to the area.
Dolcetto d'Asti is known for its softness, a wine "of all meals" typical of this area.
Delicate and fragrant red wine. Short aging from May to June,
Ruby red color with violet highlights. On the nose it offers fruity notes of cherry and raspberry.
On the palate, the wine is dry, with evident tannin and good structure.
Pierino Dolcetto d'Asti Borgo Monacato 2018
Importer Notes: https://www.
*** More News From Ciao Asheville ***
Al Pacino turned 80 yesterday!
Watch The Godfather, all 3 of them, even the weak one.
Or indulge yet again in my personal favorite,
"Dog Day Afternoon." Attica!
2017 is 95% Neurello Mascalese and 5% Neurello Cappuccio
'A Rina' is an earthy and red-fruited Nerello Mascalese dominant Etna Rosso,
marked by flavors of scorched earth, cherries, and tobacco. Russo's wines are rustic
and harmonious, marked by zesty acidity, volcanic-influenced flavors,
and a distinct sense of place.
It's hard to believe now that a talk show like Dick Cavett ever existed.
BBC says Dick Cavett was the greatest talk show ever!
Your Watch It With Wine
2018, Margarita Vineyard, Paso Robles, $30
Big Shop Selection and Small Shop Service!
We lived up to our motto again in 2020.
@MetroWines, we have or have had 47 of 50
Wine and Spirits Top 50 Wines for 2020!
James Suckling, 94 Points
A very spicy and fresh array of blueberries, ripe darker cherries and plums.
Cassis aromas, too, as well as more savory notes of graphite and fragrant wood.
The palate has very striking depth and presence with expansive, fleshy tannins
carrying intense fruit flavors, in the darker spectrum of cherries and berries.
Cocoa powder to close. Biodynamic. Drink or hold. $38
*** From Carol Shelton ***
Rendezvous with friends over a bottle of chilled dry rosé, the name of our Rendezvous Rosé.
Created from the “pink” juice off of red Carignan grapes a full three days after crushing them,
fermented cold like a white wine to retain every drop of crisp strawberry fruitiness.
Winemaker: Winemaker's Notes: Light cranberry color, juicy strawberry-watermelon
fruit aromas, nice mineral, nice lift of springflowersand fresh zest from cara-cara oranges,
tangy vanilla creme frache on strawberry shortcake! Refreshingly crisp and dry,
mouth-watering actually. Great with almost any food, from sushi to salmon to Bbq!
Don't forget it's Big, Bold Partner!
Wild Thing 2016 Old Vine Zinfandel $21
Parking Lot Pick Up
We are crazy busy answering phones, finding boxes, packing boxes,
delivering and working curbside. Fridays are especially manic!
So when we heard Winemaker Michele D'Aprix
has been holding up for the last 6 weeks in North Carolina, we asked for help.
Without hesitation, Michele said she will be here to handle curbside
on Friday, May 8th from 3pm to 6pm.
When you buy a case of Michele's wines,
Signed Bottles! will be delivered to your car by a face masked Michele wearing gloves.
And Michele will be available for a 6 feet of separation photo!
Michele's wines have always been some of the favorites @MetroWines including
Pentimento Bordeaux, Maz Caz White Rhone (see next post!),
Maz Ca Red Rhone (very few bottles left, Angulaire Sauvignon Blanc Blend
and Comunica Monsanto Spanish Garnatxa White Blend
Just a Little Bright Spot
from Public Palate Productions
All of the bottles featured during the Zoom Tasting as well as the other noted Cape Classics wines are available @MetroWines. Call (828) 575-9525.
News Release: Thursday, April 23rd, 2020
"A paean to the simple pleasures of the book - as text, object, experience."
I know what you are thinking: I need more activity than just reading! OK.
Some of you are probably practicing yoga at home. But what's it all about?
Let's combine the two in a yoga kind of mind body meld!
"The Story of Yoga from Ancient India to the Modern West
by Alistair Shearer.
Your Read it With Bottle?
Sparkling Water from Saratoga in the Cobalt Blue Bottle.
So good. 12 oz.$2.99 @MetroWines!
A Toast to France
Amazon warehouse employees in France were concerned that the company
refused to supply them with proper equipment, such as masks, for their health and safety.
Amazon, rather than acting like adults and taking care of their people,
followed their usual company protocol when challenged, and gave the employees the French finger!
Legal challenge ensues. The Court was not amused and "upbraided" Amazon.
Non-essential business at Amazon has ceased for the foreseeable in France.
About time someone tamed the beast! Vive la France!
St. Hilaire Methode Traditionelle 2018, $14.99
Bugey Montagnieu Brut Methode Traditionelle, $24
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve Champagne, $39
Don't Want to Sparkle?
Laurent Miguel Viognier @MetroWines!
Deliciously opulent wine. Characteristic aromas of white flowers and vineyard peach.
On the palate it is surprisingly elegant for a Viognier with hints of
delicate apricot and orange blossom yet also revealing a slightly citrus character. $17.99
All about Viognier: "Overlooked and Unappreciated"
By Gina Trippi, Asheville School of Wine
for The Laurel of Asheville
The Constants. The Reliable. The Always There.
Now that is a photo for the Time Capsule! Tutankhamen in a Giza laboratory,
circa 2019, with a guy in a 3M mask. Is nothing constant, reliable, always there????
Any wine worth its bottle will change year after year,
will never be constant and you want it that way.
Terroir driven wines reflect the soil, the weather, the environment and acts of nature.
But some wineries care enough to insure that the bottle, while reflecting the year's terroir,
still meets high standards, that is to say, a name you can count on year after year.
And THAT is our Big RED of the Week!
Our winemaking is based on a unique blend of tradition and innovation,
however, the backbone to everything that we do is hard work. Román Cisneros,
our Cellar Master and employee of thirty years, embodies the heart and commitment
that creates our wines. This Zinfandel is from our vineyards in Alexander Valley,
McDowell Valley and the Yorkville Highlands. Made in Román’s favorite style,
it is rich and lush with powerful structure.
The history of family winemaking goes back four generations in Sonoma County.
There have been 7 winemakers in the family each with their own focus and style.
The unifying elements have been family, hard work, passion,
and a love of the creative process that is winemaking.
The 2017 Román, a blend of 88% Zinfandel, 8% Petite Sirah and 4% Barbera,
offering floral notes and bright, red-toned berry flavors. Medium-bodied and refreshing.
91 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Spring 2019
$21 for Reliability!
|*** PRIORAT ***
We have not talked Priorat lately.
A wine making region just south of Barcelona, Priorat is one of a kind.
All about it from Wine Folly:
Cesca Vicent Priorat 2017. Full body, red plum and currant aromas.
This Garnacha- led blend shows beautiful flavors of baked plum followed by a fresh,
lively finish. Cesca Vicent is a unique proprety located in the heart of Priorat,
in the town of Gratallops.
51% Grenache, 20% Merlot, 11% Carignan, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon
and 7% Syrah done in the California style.
$26.99 at Vivino (BTW: thanks for all the pictures!)
"Think Kafka with a Thick Pelt and Buck Teeth"
So cool. I would love to take credit for that line but it belongs to NYT.
The Weekend Watch with Tony and Manohla recommends that,
as we are living an existence that seems like the same day over and over again, we just do it.
Take a look at "Groundhog Day" with Bill Murray through a different lens.
Streaming on Netflix, iTunes and YouTube.
Tell Tony and Manohla what you think at nytimes.com/movies by 6pm EST on Monday.
Comments in next Weekend Section.
Your Watch it With Bottle
Short aging over fine lees. Brilliant color, medium-strength violet with pink hues.
On the nose Zoe is vivid and intense with aromas of black cherries,
blackberries, hints of plums, violets and dried herbs.
90% Agiorgitiko and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Screw Cap! $13.99
About Zoe: https://www.skouras.gr/
The Power of the Balcony!
But What's a Balcony Without Rosé?
Deep salmon-pink in color, Le Rose offers delicate aromas of cherry, raspberry,
blackberry, and-appropriate to its name-rose petals. Rich on the palate
with refreshing acidity and a long, flavorful finish. Sicily in the summertime!
And What's a Balcony with Rosé Without Italy?
Dream of Italy with Kathy McCabe of PBS
Recommended as one of the 13 best podcasts for wandering souls.
*** SOUNDING ALARM ***
Small Wineries in Big Trouble.
NYT Eric Asimov tells the sad story here:
If you could not access NYT link,
these are the pertinent parts about some of the wineries we support.
Faced with a steep drop in income, Lioco's owners, Matt and Sara likelier,
have had to move fast to stay in business. They have furloughed their nine person staff,
as well as themselves, says Ms. Liklider as they can no longer make payroll or pay bills.
..."We aren't going anywhere, she said, But I'm not sure what our business
will look like on the other side of all this."
On the nose, bartlett pear, bay laurel, sea shell.
Palate is lemon drops, tomato leaf, fennel pollen.
$25.99 at wine.coim and out of stock.
Online Competitive. This is an exclusive wine usually
only on a restaurant menu. Few retailers carry this label. We do!
$24@MetroWines and on the shelf.
Chris Brockway runs an urban winery, Broc Cellars, in Berkeley, Calif.
Faced with closing his tasting room and losing his restaurant clients,
he started a local wine delivery business, selling bottles to anyone in the Bay Area.
"So far it's allowed us to keep everyone employed." But he is not sure it's a sustainable solution."That's a big worry at this moment," Mr. Brockway said.
Counnoise Eagle Point 2017
Counoise, a grape variety somewhat forgotten in France, is cultivated by Chris Brockway
in his Berkley winery. Selected following the principles of sustainable viticulture,
this wine is pure, simple and cohesive with food. The grapes are destemmed then fermented
in open, truncated vats made of oak. The élevage takes place in old, German barrels of 600-1200 litre capacity. This grape is generally used for blending in the southern Rhône,
but here it gives off a pleasant profile with a peppery finish.
$28.95 Average price
Broc Cellars 2016 Red Blend, Alexander Valley.
85%Carignan, 10%!licante Bouschet, 4% Zinfandel and 11% Palimino
Only 405 cases. Sold Out at winery. $35 @MetroWines.
"We take the whole clusters and transfer them from bin into our 2 large concrete tanks.
The berries remain intact and protected with a constant blanket of C02 until their native yeasts
begin to ferment the grape sugars from the inside out. A slow mortification breaks down the color components in the skins, infusing the juice inside the still-unbroken berries with a vibrant red hue. When fully dry, it is pressed into neutral oak for aging. This wine shows the amazing depth
of flavor from these rugged, ancient vines." Winemaker Notes
Check Out Family Winery Wine
In 1930, Dimitris Douloufakis became one of the first winemakers in Crete to produce wines
professionally in his traditional, old winery. A consistent award winner, Dimitris’s grandson, Nikolas,
who received his oenology degree from the university at Alba, now runs the winery carrying
on his grandfather’s traditional practices but with more modern equipment and facilities.
This region has a long history in viticulture and also has been established
as a Protected Designation of Origin for Liatiko wines. Average altitude is 300 meters above sea level.
In addition to the natural choice of Liatiko, Nikolas grows other Cretan indigenous varieties such as Kotsifali, Vilana, Vidiano, with other international varieties such as Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Nikolas also cultivates a host of international varieties (including Barbera and Sangiovese)
on an experimental basis, but the focus here is on native varieties.
The privately owned vineyards are certified 100% organic and span over 70 acres of rolling hills
in the Dafnes sub-region, a village close to Iraklio in Crete. The organic fever sweeping the world leaves
Nikolas bemused. He says, “Crete has an advantage in the transition to natural cultivation.
We never adopted unnatural methods. The only obstacle I face in getting certification is the certification fee.”
100% Liatiko—one of Crete’s noblest indigenous red grapes—
historically used for sun-dried sweet wines, but increasingly explored for dry table reds.
Aged for 12 months in large, used French barrels.
The 2017 has aromas of red currants, dark chocolate and black cherry start this delicious red from Crete. Structured and focused on the palate, its flavors of red berry and spices have a refined overall character.
Wine Enthusiast Top 100!
Not Widely Distributed in Country. $16.99 @MetroWines