New York Times talking a summery, grilled event in Sicily.
"batch of arancini, made with saffron and sushi rice and packed with as much mozzarella as the baseball sized mounds could hold."
"This wine is our take on the Nerello Mascalese from young vineyards. There are terraces, surrounded by chestnut and downy oak groves, a typical biodiversity that gives the wines their personality. Soft tannins, good drinkability and freshness. Aged in large oak barrels, an ideal and non-invasive wood for Nerello Mascalese." Red wine grown on a volcano in Sicily! 100% Nerello Mascalese tastes volcanic in its minerality and vivacity. Pinot like in body, but full of pure aromas and flavors of cranberry, licorice, olive with some grippy tannins.
92 Points from James Suckling
Limited distribution. On the shelf @MetroWines, $19.99
New York Times talking a summery, grilled event in Sicily.
BIG RED of THE WEEK
ElQui Wines, Chile
Elqui is a transversal valley bordering the Pacific Ocean on the west, the Atacama Desert on the north, and the Andes Mountains to the east. Here, a cool breeze blows eastward across the Humboldt current, which flows from Antarctica north past Chile and Peru. These evening breezes cool the vineyards and lower night time temperatures almost 40 degrees, creating wonderful natural acidity in the grapes. The proximity to the Atacama, makes rain in this region extremely rare, extending grape growing season by 6 weeks more than other South American regions.
Fresh with a substantial nose offering plenty of dark fruits, some currant and a minty, almost menthol hint. Young, and vibrant with loads of smooth tannin, earthy elements and elegant minerals, building into a lingering finish.
$17.99 at wine.com (they have no shame)
Aside from the good taste, evidence mounts that wine,
in moderation of course, may be good for you.
A study of 56,048 Danes over 23 years confirms the positive effect of flavonoids on cardiovascular disease and reduced mortality from "the C word." Where are flavonoids? Tea, chocolate, RED WINE, citrus fruits, berries, apples and broccoli.
But don't believe me! Don't even b eleven the Danes.
Ask the National Institute of Health! NIH Scientific Paper on the positive effects of flavonoids in wine here:
*** But wait, there's more! ***
The BBC reports polyphenols in wine may also have health benefits.
Loafers? Is your style a statement?
It's the annual WSJ loafer review! This year, Zach, our Manager, takes the Loafer Pairing Challenge!
GH Bass Larson Weejuns: Shiny, flashy and preppy makes me think ofJoseph Wagner wines, the infamous winemaker for Caymus. For this pairing I am going with Quilt Cabernet. Wagner’s newest project and one of our top selling Cabernets. Big fruit, rich and velvety.
Allen Edmund Wooster Street:The workhorse, yet sophisticated. This pairing calls for Nicolas Potel Macon-Villages. A top selling Chardonnay with a Tuesday night price-point from one of the most heralded wine regions in the world. Un-oaked, medium body and mineral driven.
Carina Shoemaker Full Strap: Rustic, durable with an elegant finish and founded in Spain, this shoe is meant to be paired with Black Slate Escaladei from Priorat, Spain. Grenache, Carignan and Cabernet with big fruit and big tannins.
John Lobb Lightweight Lopez:The handmade, sophisticated clunker that comes with a price. This is a perfect match for Turley Estate Zinfandel. One of the oldest estates in California, that has become a cult classic. The availability is scarce and is often shipped in small allocations. Big fruit, low tannins, yet strutted for a big California Zinfandel.
Next Sunday, We do mustaches. Play the home version here:
So, you just got engaged. Or maybe you’re planning on popping the question, or you enjoy daydreaming of the perfect wedding. (Or, you’re just reliving your own wedding. Or, you’re not interested in weddings in which case just skip below.)
Asheville is definitely a destination location thanks to the scenery. But even for locals, one of the most daunting questions can be “where?”
So, to start of the start of “wedding season,” we’re starting a wedding series – from venues, planners, photographers, bakers + more – you will be served the full wedding 411 in mini-features throughout the summer. To kick if off, we’re featuring 16 unique venues in Asheville – for the small gathering to the giant party.
288 Upper Flat Creek Rd. | Weaverville | Farm
If open pastures + mountain views is your dream “I do” location, then check out this 500 acre working farm.This venue is about 15 minutes from downtown AVL which means total convenience for you, your guests, caters, etc.
1 Lodge St. | Asheville | Estate
Alright, Biltmore is a dream location – even I will admit to that. Best part: Biltmore offers 10 venue locations on the estate. Now the question is do you exchange vows at Diana, the Antler Hill Barn, or Cedric’s Garden??
290 Macon Ave. | Asheville | Resort
Choose between indoor + outdoor locations in this elegant resort. Whether your wedding is small + intimate or full of guests, this venue can accommodate accordingly. Bonus: Mountain and the city views from the Mountain View Terrace.
81 Broadway | Asheville | Event Space
This modern event space is lit – literally, with string lights + the whole shabang!! Perfect for a slightly smaller wedding, Asheville Social Hall is in the center of downtownAsheville.
19 Zillicoa St. | Asheville | Manor
Once home to a prominent doctor, this historic manor can house a wedding of about 150 guests. Located on one of the most special streets in Asheville, Homewood provides an eclectic + charming experience.
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way | Asheville | Garden
Imagine nothing but lush garden scenery. At The Arboretum, you and your guests can enjoy the ceremony + cocktails on the lawn, the Blue Ridge Court or even the Heritage Garden.
445 Main St. | Highlands | Inn
Old Edwards Inn screams “charming + enchanting woodlands theme.” While being surrounded by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, your wedding will feel straight out of a fairytale.
11 Boston Way | Asheville | Hotel
Want to feel like royalty? With crystal chandeliers + 24K gilded carved details, Grand Bohemian is one of the finest wedding venues in AVL.
21 N Market St. | Asheville | Event Space
There is something wonderful about celebrating your big day downtown, and The Venue makes your special moment even better. This French cottage setting in the heart of downtown with a balcony overlooking the mountains will make even your guests swoon in awe.
2 Country Spring Dr. | Asheville | Farm
Calling all in favor of southern charm + rustic elegance. This family-owned property in the mountains of Asheville provide the perfect touch of country magic to your wedding day.
633 Turnpike Rd. | Canton | Farm
Now a beloved wedding destination, this family-owned farm has produced cattle, sorghum, tobacco + abundance for over 100 years. With mountain roots + southern authenticity, this venue will create the picture perfect day.
1069 Olivette Rd. | Asheville | Outdoors
From riverfront spots to rustic farm locations, the Olivette provides the picturesque WNC scene. Experience your first glance among the trees or say your vows by the riverside, you can’t go wrong with the outdoor experience.
87 Richmond Hill Dr. | Asheville | Campus Venue
Mostly used as the perfect retreat center, OM Sanctuary can host a gorgeous wedding. With public venues such as the Serenity Garden + Outdoor Patio, this outdoor spot creates the lushest outdoor wedding.
10 Broadway (9th Floor) | Asheville | Hotel Restaurant
Looking for the perfect spot for your reception, rehearsal dinner, or bridal party? Capella on 9 has been named on of the best rooftop bars in the world by U.S. News and World Report. Your MOH or Best Man giving a toast while looking at AVL’s skyline? Yes. Please.
80 Broadway St. | Asheville | Event Space
Located in one of Asheville’s most historic venues, this historic + elegant space is includes a dining room, foyer, theatre + auxiliary room creating the perfect vintage aesthetic.
41 North Merrimon Ave. #107 | Asheville | Event Space
Engaged Asheville is the perfect spot for smaller wedding after parties, or for your pre/post wedding photo shoot.
Currently, planning a wedding isn’t in my near future. All the single ladies, now put your hands up!
Despite how much I enjoy attending weddings, being a bridesmaid + writing about weddings, I don’t care to have a giant wedding myself. Who knows, that could change – I see you OM Sanctuary.
Pro-tip: Most of the venues are open to the public, like The Arboretum + Homewood, so plan a day to enjoy the scenery solo or with friends.
Bad, Sad News. Dr. Tezzon has been assigned another class at UNCA which will conflict with our program so we must, for now, cancel the program.
But nothing stops us from try to learn on our own. we Will have 12 extraordinary lessons on our Learning Italain Blog by Michael Scardaville. Get with it!
About: Fattoria La Valentina Wine Tasting@MetroWines>
Join us Friday, October 4th from 5 to 6:30 for a tasting of wines from Fattoria La Valentina, Abruzzo, presented by Ciao Asheville and hosted by La Valentina Owner Andrea di Properzio.
"This is a unique opportunity to taste and learn about extraordinarily well made Italian wines," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines, "and to practice your language skills with Andrea!"
The event is "on the house" with featured wines offered at event pricing.
About our Host:
Andrea di Properzio was born and raised in Pescara (Abruzzo). He is a Graduate in Business Administration from University of Bologna and University of Virginia Darden School of Business. A former management consultant, Investment Banker and working within the family’s business since 2002. Andrea, along with his brothers Sabatino and Roberto, Co-own Fattoria La Valentina. The winery was founded in 1990 in Spoltore, a village nestled amongst Pescara hills on the central coast of the Adriatic. Today, La Valentina is a member of Grand Cru D’Italia and is largely awarded from Italian and international critics as one of the best cellars in Abruzzo.
About Fattoria La Valentina
From The MetroWines Book Review Department:
(Name Dropping Alert: I have had the honor and pleasure of hosting
a book signing event for Mary Doria Russell at my home in Washington DC.
Mary is not only a literary genius and success - like I need to say that!, but also
warm, charming, fun, and she has the best black pencil skirt EVER!)
From the bestselling and award-winning author of The Sparrow comes
an inspiring historical novel about “America’s Joan of Arc” Annie Clements—
the courageous woman who started a rebellion by leading a strike
against the largest copper mining company in the world.
Shop the Book at Malaprops here:
Continuing with the pioneering women theme,
"Your Read it With Bottle"
is Glenelly Cabernet Sauvignon, Glass Collection, 2016.
$19.99 at Vivino.
$14.99 @MetroWines! Price Pioneers!
Glenelly Estate in Stellenbosch was purchased by May de Lencquesaing, former owner of Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse deLalande in France. This Cabernet Sauvignon delivers a classic Bordeaux profile, with bright, tangy acidity, excellent structure, fine tannins and perfect balance. A core of pure blackcurrant and dark cherry fruit, and notes of dark chocolate, herbs and spice.
Inspired by antique glasses from May de Lencquesaing’s private collection, Glenelly’s Glass Collection celebrates the parallels between the art of making wine and the art of making glass. Both glass and fine wine come from poor soil, and just as the glassblower breathes life into glass, the winemaker’s love gives life to wine.
“Since my childhood in the heart of Bordeaux’ finest vineyards till today,I have travelled the world and discovered the amazing diversity of terroirs. On my first visit to Stellenbosch I knew that this was where I wanted to fulfil my dream of starting a new adventure outside of France. In 2003, and after visiting many vineyards, I recognized the amazing potential of Glenelly.
I also believed in continuing the French heritage of wine making in South Africa going back more than three centuries.
My vision is to establish Glenelly as a world-class estate, producing award-winning wines with power, elegance and balance.”
From The Ciao Asheville Book Review Department:
Mary DORIA Russell has an Italian Heritage!
Mary Doria Russell is also the author of "A Thread of Grace," the little-known story of the vast underground effort by Italian citizens who saved the lives of 43,000 Jews during the final phase of World War II.
"AThread of Grace" puts a human face on history."
Shop book @Malaprops: https://www.
NPR on "Thread of Grace"
"Your Read it With Bottle"
is Ventale Valpolicella Superiore 2016
Imported by Frederick Wildman&Sons 14.99
Hand picked fruit, aged in 70%Oak, 20%Chestnut and 10%CherryWood for 18 months and then a few months in bottiglia (bottle). A blend of Corvina, Corvinone, and Rondinella sourced primarily from vineyards in the breezy Illasi Valley, the name Ventale is inspired by the Italian word for wind.
A medium bodied red with a touch of cranberry tartness and red cherry. Fresh vibrancy with velvety tannins make this the perfect "drink it with bottle."
PROOF ALCOHOL ICE CREAM
An artisan ice cream company in Columbia, South Carolina, PROOF is changing the way people think about dessert. Using proprietary formulas and production techniques, PROOF is handcrafted daily using top-shelf liquor as a key ingredient to create a savory end-product with an unmatched creamy consistency.
Combining quality spirits and popular ice cream flavors,
PROOF delivers a modern, indulgent taste experience in every bite.
$9.99. Seasonal flavors available NOW @MetroWines include:
Strawberry Moonshine, Bourbon Caramel, Coconut Rum,
Cheesecake Moonshine and Mocha Chocolate Moonshine
*** Italian Language Classes ***
Presented by Ciao Asheville
Hosted by Dr. Valeria Tezzon
*** Low Pressure ***
Learn through subjects like shopping, travel, art, etc.
Details and Seat Reservation here:
Let's get started!
This is "The Kiss" translate: il Bacio
by Italian Artist Francesco Hayez
*** AND This (also) Just IN ***
Franco Serra Wine Tasting
Hosted by Antonio Sperone
LIVE from Italy!
Monday, September 30th from 5 to 6:30
"on the house" @ and ONLY @MetroWines
Sponsored by Ciao Asheville
(Added Benefit: Practice your Italian!)
*** THIS JUST IN ***
"A Walk Through the Andes"
Wednesday September 25th
@Bone and Broth on Charlotte Street
Because of the popularity of Bone and Broth Dinners,
seating will be limited this time. Reserve NOW!
Rose when you arrive followed by 4 courses paired
with wines from Chile and Argentina. Then dessert!
$80 with tax and gratuity!
Reserve by calling (828) 575-9525 or online here:
*** Big Red of The Week ***
A NEW Treasure Hunter is in The House!
Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa
Treasure Hunter says: "Complex aromatics of blackberry liqueur, fresh strawberry, pipe tobacco, and salted caramel are complemented with mouth-coating flavors
of velvety blueberry, cream soda, sage, and roasted chicory."
440 cases made. When it's gone, it's gone.
Sold Out online at Wine Spies for $30
$27 @MetroWines and IN Stock!
2017 from Hungary!
Istvan and Edit Bai farm 5 small, historically celebrated vineyards in Tokaji.
These prized plots are situated on the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, encompassing a myriad of wine growing soils. This cuvee is 100% Furmint.
While the grape is mostly recognized as a dessert wine, Carpinus is DRY.
This balanced wine presents orchard fruits, nuts, mineralogy and beeswax.
Furmint pairs with a wide range of spices and flavors.
(Personal Note: And, because of its slightly lemony taste,
Furmint can be served as a sorbet alternative. Do the different! Do Furmint!)
Almost nowhere in country. But on shelf in London and Netherlands!
Make Hungarian Wine an Experience
with a Marcel Breuer Hungarian Chair!
The Hungarian born architect and designer Marcel Breuer created the B3 chair inspired by bicycle frames. In 1927, he launched the sequel: the D4, that folded!
The D4 has been reissued in cobalt blue canvas at MOMA Design Store in NYC.
In the first catalog of Breuer's tubular steel furniture, the D4 was nicknamed the Wassily after Bauhaus School colleague Wassily Kandinsky. Marketed as suitable
for patios, summer homes and gardens. Still a good suggestion in 2019!
Shop the Breuer Chair at MOMA here:
When looking for everyday whites, many automatically pick up old reliables like Chablis, Mâcon, or Sancerre. But with yields down in Burgundy and prices for good Sancerre creeping up, why not experience new flavors?
Corte Gardoni, the Veneto farm run by the Piccoli Family since 1600s, is just south of Lake Garda. Gianni Piccoli is something of a local legend. Having resisted the wave of globalization that saw native grape varieties uprooted in favor of international ones, this man is a hero! And he has efused to raise his prices over the years, allowing Kermit Lynch to continue offering his wines at affordable prices.
Piccoli’s Custoza is incredibly complete with spring-fresh bouquet, complex flavors, good body, pleasant acidity, and a stimulating finish. Garganega is prominent, blended with other local grapes to complete your new experience.
MetroWines Does SPAIN in September
*** September Wine Class: Spain ***
Seated Spanish Tasting with Marta Plana, Owner of Winetones,
and Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine
Thursday, September 12th from 5:30-6:30, $15
@ and ONLY @MetroWines
*** September Dinner: Spain ***
at Celine and Company!
Wednesday, September 18th at 6:30, $79 ALL IN.
Extraordinary Menu. Spanish Garlic Shrimp anyone?
Chef Kim can accommodate any food requirement.
As Featured in Carolina Epicurean
From the "Ciao Asheville"
Book Review Department:
Order the book from Malaprops:
Make it Real with Locorosso 2017, Fabrizio Pratesi
Wine Spectator: 91 Points, $17.99
“Leads off with an intense graphite aroma and flavors of cherry, currant and mineral. Fresh, fruity and saturated on the long,
firm finish. Drink now through 2024.”
This wine is produced by Fabrizio Pratesi in the LoLocco estate,
owned by his family since 1875. Locorosso is made with hand-harvested
90% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet. This fragrant wine offers
flavors of strawberry, cherry and black currant with a wisp of chocolate.
Ample bodied wine, soft on palate with plushy tannins. Long finish.
Summer Pasta Salad Recipes
*** And Don't Forget ***
Italy in America!
Donati Family Wine Tasting with Adam Chesia
Presented by Ciao Asheville
** Thursday, August 22nd from 5-6:30 @MetroWines **
Follow all Ciao Asheville events HERE:
News Release: Monday, August 12th
Join Andy Hale, Certified Wine Specialist, and learn the practical skills essential for a career in the wine industry. Focus on knowledge necessary to prepare students for entry-level certification exams such as those offered by the Court of Master Sommeliers and the Society of Wine Educators. Must be 21 years of age and register in person.
Classes are Monday Evenings from 6 to 9pm from September 9-September 30. $107.
For more information, call Maria Spadaro at (828) 398-7925
or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
CELEBRATE! Or Not.
Montsarra CAVA, Penedes, Methode Champenoise
90 Points from Wine & Spirits
Bosky apple scents and flavors of clotted cream imply richness, but the wine cuts that with Spanish severity, finishing on the flavor of Marcona almonds, briny and tight.
This bottle is a great price for a special occasion, gift, thank you, to take to a party when you "don't know what they are serving" or for your own table of various and diverse flavors.
$15.99 at wine.com, $17.99 at Vivino
Italian Language Classes
(the easy and interesting way!)
Presented by Ciao Asheville
and Hosted by Dr. Valeria Tezzon
starting September 26th and then 10 Thursday classes.
Everything You Need to Know to Get By in Italy!
As this Italian Language class is one of the very few in Asheville
and class size is limited to insure meaningful participation,
there is a very HIGH SELL OUT Risk.
To encourage that all students progress at the same level,
You must purchase the entire series. You will LOVE it!
Go here to reserve your seat: