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Neyers Tasting

Neyers Vineyard Wine Tasting
with Juniper Cooper of Mutual Distribution
*** Wednesday, July 3rd from 3 to 6pm ***
"on the house"
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/neyers-vineyards-tasting

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Guests in town? Looking to upscale your 4th of July menu?
Searching for Red and White Partners for Barbecue?


Celebrate with California Wines!
NEYERS VINEYARD

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La Zorra and Spicy Hot

 

Putting aside the obvious white pairings such as Gruner Veltliner,
an off dry Riesling, maybe a Pinot Gris,
let's go Red with 2017 La Zorra from Salamanca Spain.
This is risky business for me because I LOVE this wine.
Don't break my heart!)

Image result for la zorra rufeteImported byDe Maison Selections, 
La Zorra is a blend of 50% Rufete and 50% Aragones (local name for Tempranillo).
LaZorra is a little lighter in body but packed with aromas and flavor. $16.99

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ChateauMar Rose'

 

Domaine de Chateaumar, $15.99
A blend of 90%Grenache and 10%Mourvedre


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Chateaumar dates back to Roman Times. With a Rose Petal Color,
the nose is strawberries, raspberries, and peaches. Soft and round
on the palate with an elegant sweetness from the fruit. 30 year old vines.
Sustainably farmed. Steel Tank.

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Domaine Couron Rose'

 

Domaine de Couron Rose' Ardèche, 2018

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Domaine de Couron is a true family winery. Their marketing department is said to be
the kitchen table. A small Grenache vintage, the 2018 was hand harvested from 
reds planted exclusively for Rosé. This 95% Grenache (5% Carignan) is de-stemmed,
cold-soaked 4 hours for color before pressing, then cool-temperature, stainless-fermented.
Made without oak. A bountiful bouquet of fresh strawberries, watermelon and citrus zest
leads to a fresh full-flavored, but light-bodied mélange featuring light raspberry,
watermelon, strawberry and a lingering finish.

Domaine de Couron is sited in The Ardèche which has been inhabited by humans at least
since theUpper Paleolithic as attested by the famous cave paintings at Chauvet Pon d'Arc. 

About The Ardèche: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ardèche
About the Winery: http://couron.ardeche.com

*** $11.99 @MetroWines** Believe it!

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White Rhone

 

** French Wine **

French Rhone Blanc. Affordable. Lovely.

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This bright, pale-golden wine opens to aromas of white fruits and flowers.
On the palate, it is nicely balanced with freshness provided by the Clairette
while the Grenache gives it body and a gentle softness.

Teaching Moment: Clairette?  Clairette is one of the oldest grapes used for wine in France,
dating back to the mid 1500’s.Clairette is used not only in the production of white wine,
it is also used to produce Vermouth. Typical flavors in the grape are green apple, lime, peach, licorice,
white peach and floral characteristics. Clairette is one of the few white wine grapes also used as part
of the blend from time to time in the production of red Chateauneuf du Pape wine.

$12.99 @MetroWines

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Muga Rose' 2018


MUGA 2018

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James Suckling 90 Points: This is a superb rosé with aromas of white strawberries and watermelon,
as well as a hint of pink grapefruit. The palate is packed with bright acidity
and zesty, flavorsome pink berries. So good! A blend of viura with some grenache.

Wine Enthusiast, 90 Points: Bright, peppy aromas of tangerine and nectarine.
A healthy palate braced by proper acidity offers flavors of cantaloupe and peach,
while this is a steady and fresh on the finish.

$15.99 on shelf @MetoWines. Limited Distribution but Muga is HERE!
($18.99 at wine.com and that is for 2017 Muga. The 2018 not available.)

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Xiloca Garnacha

**The Red Wine **
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Intense blackberry color and aroma are captivating. 
Freshness and integrated tannins invite a second sip. The intensity continues
in a mouth full feel palate and a lingering fruit/mineral finish.
Awarded The Gold Medal at Concours International, $13.99


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Hopler Gruner

Also for Summer: Hopler Wines from Austria
Gruner Veltliner and DRY Riesling
on Shelf @MetroWines NOW!


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Christof Hopler, Winemaker and Owner, was at the shop on Tuesday.
Customers LOVED his wines. And the stories! 

https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/hopler-a-hit

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Italian Cabernet Sauvignon: Sultry

 

By night, something more, shall we say, sultry in the glass.
Eva Luna 2016 Cabernet with Cabernet Franc,
Lake Garda, Italy $15.99


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In the 1990s, Carla Prospero and her daughter Nadia Zenato acquired a large 18th century farm
in the Sirmione area called Sansonina. With this purchase they accepted a challenge to disprove
some preconceptions. They set about producing exceptional red wine in a zone traditionally known
for whites, while demonstrating that well-structured red wine isn’t necessarily men’s work.
With a typically feminine combination of determination and sensitivity, 
Carla and Nadia have succeeded in producing hearty, powerful and elegant wines.

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Le Quattro Terre Rose'

WINNER: June Great Rose Tasting
Le Quattro Terre, Barbera, Piemonte Rosato, $14.99

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The soil is calcareous-clay and silt with south exposure. Manual harvest. Direct pressing of grapes. 
Static cold decantation, fermentation in stainless steel tanks on fine lees for 3 months at controlled temperature. 
Brilliant rosé with light purple hues. Delicate but intense. Pleasant, with light hints of wild strawberry and sour cherry. 
Medium body, good acidity and minerality. Provencal in style with Italian Grapes!

"Quattro Terre" Piemonte Rosato is Gianpiero's is an iconic rosé made of 100% Barbera grape,
This wine represents the Piemonte Region, specifically the Monferrato terroir.
The rosé is also made with grapes from four different types of soil at La Meridiana Estate;
hence the name, "QUATTRO TERRE" or "FOUR SOILS." Clay, sand, limestone, and iron. 
The blend presents  complexity and minerality. Elegant body and harmonious acidity. 


And Le Quattro Terre Red will be "on the taste at Foucs Group on Wednesday!

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Asheville Wine Focus Group July 10

 

Tickets HERE!

News Release: June18th, 2019

About: Asheville Wine Focus Group for July
 
Please join us on Wednesday July 10th for The Asheville Wine Focus Group. Our host, Chris Curtis of Winebow, will present four wines for your consideration. 
 
Winebow says the company "offers a dynamic portfolio of fine wine and spirits from around the world, representing both established properties and a new generation of winemakers and distillers. Since 1980, Winebow has upheld a long-standing commitment to personal relationships, knowledge, and outstanding service. With a distribution network in 20 markets that cover ˜70 percent of the wine consumption in the U.S., Winebow strives to be the best partner to its customers and suppliers, and to inspire a passion for fine wine and spirits nationwide."
As always, the group will be asked if you like each wine, do you think others will like it, should the wine be on our shelves and what should the wine cost. We encourage you to speak candidly! We value your opinion.
 
Asheville Wine Focus Group is open to all but you must reserve  your seat. Call (828) 575-9525 or reserve online at: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/wine-focus-group-on-july-10th/
 
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Neyers Vineyards Tasting

News Release: Tuesday, June 18th, 2019
About: Neyers Vineyards Wine Tasting @MetroWines
 
Please join us on Wednesday July 3rd from 3 to 6pm @MetroWines for barbecue perfect wines from Neyers Vineyards, Napa Valley. The tasting, hosted by Juniper Cooper of Mutual Distribution, is "on the house" with event pricing on featured bottles.
Because of the minimal intervention in the winemaking process, Neyers Vineyards is known for balanced and bold flavors. Both the winery and the winemaker have received awards from highly regarded reviewers.
"This is a great opportunity to taste California Wines that can really take your 4th of July celebration up a notch," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Neyers is one of the best domestic producers of Carignan featured in the Sage Red Blend and the winner of the Carignan Blind Tasting last year @MetroWines!"
Neyers 304 Chardonnay
The winery calls this wine Chardonnay '304' because of the use of food grade 304 stainless steel vs French oak barrels for fermentation and storage. A portion of the wine was fermented in a concrete tank to add richness and bring out the minerality in the wine. There was continuous lees contact used in this unique fermentation process. It pairs with everything from a plate of oysters to a crisp roast chicken.

Neyers fondness for French Chablis led to a search for the right combination of grapes and winemaking techniques to more closely approximate this style of wine. Neyers needed to find Chardonnay fruit grown under especially cold conditions in order to ensure a high level of natural acidity and a lower than normal pH, both necessary to reach the balance essential to this style of wine. And Neyers wanted those grapes to be grown on soils that were rocky, in order to maximize the mineral character in the finished wine. 

Two vineyards provided the right stuff. Paul Larson Vineyard in Sonoma Carneros only a few hundred yards from the northern-most reach of the San Francisco Bay and the Trinchero Family Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. 

The fruit is harvested by hand, then whole-cluster pressed to yield bright, crisp juice. The fermentation is carried out in stainless steel tanks (made from Stainless Steel 304) with a mix of native and dry-active yeast strains, and the wine is then aged four months on the natural yeast lees to increase flavor, texture and stability. We filter the wine just before bottling, which typically leaves the secondary or malo-lactic fermentation less than 50% complete. The result is a fresh, crisp wine with no external oak flavor to interfere with the attractive lemon-lime component natural to cold climate Chardonnay.

Neyers Sage Canyon Red

An Old World-Styled Blend, the Sage Canyon Red derives its name from the region where the winery is located. The canyon created by the north face of Pritchard hill was settled in the 1830’s by a group of Ohio pioneers led to California by John Chiles, and in neighboring Chiles Valley they established a modern, self sustaining community with farms, homes, gardens, winemaking, mills and a distillery. The sage they introduced to the area grew wild in the canyon, hence the name we use today.

We draw together fruit from four separate areas of northern California for this wine: Grenache from the Sierra foothills, Carignan from Oakley, Mourvèdre from the southern Sonoma Valley near Glen Ellen, and Syrah from the Santa Lucia Highlands.

The grapes are all processed using traditional Rhône Valley techniques as they are fermented with 100% stem retention and crushed by foot for the first 30 days or so. The tanks are then drained and pressed, and the new wine is aged 8-10 months in used 60-gallon French oak barrels. Carignan makes up 45% of the finished wine, and the vines here are 140 years old, with yields that barely reach 1 ton/acre.

It’s a soft wine, wonderfully attractive in its youth with complex flavors that are attractive across the palate. 

Neyers Left Bank Red

Awarded a score of 90 POINTS from Wine Enthusiast. 

Left Bank Red is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot. Both vineyards are planted in the gravelly soil at the south end of our Conn Valley Ranch. The soil profile from a recent well drilling has shown the gravel deposit on this section of the vineyard is almost 40 feet deep, and with the combination of nearby sandy-loam and basalt soils, serves as an ideal spot for Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to mingle. Both parcels are certified organic with CCOF, and we practice modern sustainable farming. 

Winemaker Tadeo Borchardt focuses on small yields, grown on vines propagated from heirloom budwood selections. Each vineyard is separately hand-harvested, and each cluster is closely examined on our sorting table before de-stemming. Fermentation is carried out using only native, wild yeast, and the separate wines are aged in a combination of new and used 60-gallon French oak barrels. We bottle the Left Bank Red after 14 months of barrel aging, without fining or filtering the finished wine. The blend is immediately appealing, with its combination of bright raspberry flavors balanced by the charm of the wild cherry component of the Merlot. The gravelly soil provides a subtle hint of minerality, making the wine both complete and complex. 

A Little History:

Neyers Vineyards sits in the heart of the Napa Valley but Bruce’s experience with French wine importer Kermit Lynch has had an undeniable influence on our wines. Many of the French producers Bruce works with farm organically, make their wines naturally without use of cultured yeast or laboratory designed malo-lactic starter, and bottle their wines without fining or filtration. We like their results and utilize many of their ideas.

Our barrels are made in France, to our specifications, from wood that we buy in bulk and air dry for three years, two years longer than normal. All of our grapes are picked by hand, into small bins that hold only one-half ton. They are then laboriously hand sorted and inspected at the winery. Grapes that require travel of more than thirty minutes to our winery are delivered in refrigerated trucks.

Meet The Neyers:

Bruce Neyers

Bruce worked at a French wine importing company in the city before moving to Mayacamas Winery in the Napa Valley in 1972. He spent a year in Germany as an apprentice winemaker in 1974, then 17 years at Joseph Phelps Vineyards. In 1991 he left to begin Neyers Vineyards. At the time Bruce and Barbara began the winery, Bruce accepted a position as national sales manager for Berkeley importer Kermit Lynch. Today he divides his time between these two positions.

Barbara Neyers

Barbara followed her academic training and became a teacher but was soon able to pursue her love of food and cooking as a chef and eventually manager at Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley. Bruce and Barbara raised three children on their home vineyard and ranch in the Conn Valley area of the Napa Valley, and now lead the varied and hectic lives of all vignerons; running a small business, growing grapes on their farm, and traveling around the country to oversee the distribution of their wines.

More about Neyers Vineyards: https://www.neyersvineyards.com 

 

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Rose' Tasting and Candles

News Release: Monday, June 17th, 2019

About: Update Great RosTasting
 
MetroWines partners with Paris of the South Candles for The Great Rose Tasting on July 6th from 10am to 7pm.
 
Candlemaker and Owner, Anthony Mikolojeski, will be @MetroWines from 10 to 6pm with over 20 different scents including Victorian Rose. There is a candle that is perfect for any time of the day or night or for summer or any time of the year! 
 
Candles are locally made from 100% organic soy wax, small batched and hand poured with 100% lead free wicks. Fragrances are made with essential oils. Candles burn 60-65 hours. For more about these "real" candles: http://www.ashevillesparisofthesouthcandles.com
 
"Paris of the South Candles were created with the inspirations of Asheville and surrounding Western North Carolina," says Anthony. "Each scent is customized to share an experience or location in the area."
 
There will be six bottles of Rose "on the taste" and "on the house" all day long. Event Pricing on all featured bottles of Rose.
 
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Daou Dinner at Bone and Broth

 

News Release: Monday, June 17th, 2019

About: Daou Wine Dinner at Bone and Broth
 
Please join MetroWines on Wednesday, July 17th starting 6pm at Bone and Broth, 94 Charlotte Street in Asheville, for a wine pairing dinner hosted by Caitlyn Hadley of Daou Vineyards &Winery. Daou Wines average ratings from the most respected reviewers of 91.5 points per bottle!
 
Chef Chris Benson of bone and Broth will again create dishes that prove what wine pairing is all about. And Chef Will be preparing the dinner with olive oil made by Daou not available to the public in this area.
 
"Chef Chris sat in on the wine tasting and gave the pairings very serous thought," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "I expect great pairings and an amazing evening!"
 
Wines will include 2017 Chardonnay, 2017 Chardonnay Reserve, 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and 2017 Pessimist!
 
The last dinner with Chef Chris at Bone and Broth sold out! Don't be left out. 
$75 INCLUDING tax and gratuity! Tickets:
 
 
The Menu:

Come enjoy an evening of great food from Bone & Broth and Daou Winery and Metro wines. 

Meet & Greet-

Paso Robles Chardonnay 2018

First Course-

Reserve Chardonnay 2017

Seared halibut medallions with fennel ceviche, cilantro pesto, micro marigold fronds

Second Course-

Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Scarlet kale & arugula with Manchego peppercorn dressing, balsamic marinated blueberries, Manchego crisp, and watermelon radish

Third Course-

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

7 spice lamb porterhouse with Lebanese green beans, Congaree and Penn purple rice, and red wine gastrique

Fourth Course-

Pessimist 2017

Flourless bittersweet chocolate torte with lavender creme anglaise, grilled plum & raspberry coulis

 
2017 Chardonnay
Floral and fragrant with a nose of pear and white peach, fresh vanilla bean creme brûlée and star jasmine. The palate is lush and silky with fruit flavors of mango, pineapple and kiwi laced with hazelnut and honeysuckle.
 
Reserve Chardonnay 92 points, Wine Enthusiast
Bright citrus, honey and warm toast on the nose with hints of tangerine, orange blossom, vanilla, lemon chiffon and nutmeg. Aromas flow into the palate of pineapple, nectarine, casaba melon and cinnamon toast. Good weight yet crisp with a long and flavorful finish.
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
For serious wine lovers. The aromas are black cherry, currant, plum and blackberry bolstered by chocolate, tobacco and menthol with wisps of olive, fig and dried thyme. The bold palate presents dark fruits, bing cherries, black raspberry, plum, pomegranate with notes of cranberries and rhubarb, fennel and cigar box. 
 
2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Impressive aromas of black cherry, Oregon blackberry surrounded by cigar box, desert sage and peppermint with unfolding layers of blueberry, leather, black plum and whisks of wild mushroom, bayleaf and white pepper. Voluptuous on the palate with fruit and earthy undertones. Elegant yet powerful. 91-93 Points, Wine Advocate
 
2017 Pessimist
A blend of 64%Petite Sirah, 23%Syrah, 10%Zinfandel, 2%Lagrein and 1%Tannat. Much like a pessimist, you will not be disappointed! Powerful and aromatic nose of blueberry, boysenberry and black plum evolving into layers of elderberry, truffle, cocoa, cardamom spice and hints of eucalyptus, leather and cherry pie. The lush palate is black cherry, blueberry and forest floor with notes of lavender, anise and black olives. Smooth finish.
 
The History:
    As children growing up in Lebanon, Georges and Daniel fell in love with the rural way of life during visits to their grandfather’s ancient olive groves. Their world was turned upside down, however, when the Daou family home was struck by an errant rocket at the start of the Lebanese civil war.  
    The Daous were forced to emigrate to Paris and later moved to Southern France. It was here surrounded by vineyards that reminded them of their childhood that Georges and Daniel first began to dream of a life in wine.
Georges Daou, Proprietor
 It was only on DAOU Mountain that he discovered his true calling. Here, he became the shepherd of a dream: that the mountain’s wines would one day bring joy and pleasure to people around the world.      
   “The raw jewels of this mountain have been here for thousands of years, but they can only be unlocked through great imagination,” Georges says. “This is the quest we are wholly engaged in—and it is the journey that we invite you to walk with us.”
Daniel Daou, Proprietor & Winemaker
   Daniel has mastered both the science and creativity necessary to make transcendent wines. Upon discovering DAOU Mountain, he set out to elevate Paso Robles to a new level by becoming the region’s ambassador of Bordeaux varieties. His heart ultimately lies in the vineyard, where he spends the majority of his time living amongst the vines—attentive to every possibility for cultivating the purest expression of terroir.
 
Daou Facebook Event Page:
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Contact Bone and Broth at (828) 505-2849
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Aperitivi: Italian Rose Tasting

News Release: June 13, 2019 
About: Ciao Asheville presents Italian Aperitivo Rose Tasting
 
Ciao Asheville is pleased to announce our signature summer event. We will be presenting four Italian rose wines for tasting along with light Italian appetizers for an authentic Sunday afternoon Italian "happy hour" aperitivo! This event will take place at a gorgeous outdoor location here in Asheville (location and directions to be provided when you reserve and pay). We will be serving a variety of aperitivo foods including bruschetta, cheese, prosciutto, and fruit. This is a great way to kick off your Sunday dinner plans the Italian way!  
 
Sunday, July 21, 3:00-4:30pm. 
 
Cost is $20 per person which includes tax. 
 
Please note that Ciao Asheville events often sell out so reserve early. 
Call (828) 575-9525 with credit card or shop online: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/italian-rose-tasting/.    
 
Contact for Ciao Asheville: Gail Rampersaud
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Il Postino Film Discussion

 

Registration HERE!

Film Discussion of Il Postino on Sunday, June 30th starting1pm @MetroWines. The event and popcorn is on the house. A glass of Italian red or white wine is $7. Robert Formento, Film Coordinator for Ciao Asheville will lead the discussion. Robert has extensive knowledge of Italian Films. His brief synopsis of Il Postino is here:

Il Postino

Pablo Neruda was a Nobel Prize winning Chilean poet-diplomat and politician. Probably best known for his passionate love poems, he also served a number of diplomatic positions in Chile, but because of his politics (he was a communist), he got himself into trouble with the Chilean government and was exiled to The Isle of Capri in Italy in the early 50s. (Tough exile!)

 

The movie, Il Postino, takes place after Pablo Neruda arrives. It is a story about Mario, a bumbling mailman, who’s madly in love with Beatrice, the most beautiful woman on this island. . . . but is too shy to tell her how he feels. With Pablo’s help, he finds the right words to win her heart. 

 

Il Postino was nominated for 5 Oscars in 1994 (Best Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Original Music Score and Best Picture) Those viewers who loved the movie, Cinema Paradiso, will be pleased that Philippe Noiret (who played Alfredo, the movie projectionist) also plays the role of Pablo Neruda in Il Postino. Mario is wonderfully played by Massimo Troisi. Although not well known in America, Troisi was very well known in Italy for his comedy films. Sadly, Massimo died one day after major filming was completed. The movie ends with a simple dedication, “To Our Friend Massimo”.

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July Rose' Tasting

News Release: Monday, June 10th, 2019

About: July Great Rose' Tasting @MetroWines
 
Join us for the monthly Great Rose' Tasting on Saturday, July 6th from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines.
 
6 bottles of Rose' from around the world will be "on the taste" and "on the house" all day.
 
"Some Rose' works for porch sitting, parties and nearly every recipe," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "And Rose' is pure joy in a bottle!"
 
Event pricing on featured bottles of Rose' at the tasting!
 
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Trip to Cotes du Rhone

Tickets HERE!
 
News Release: Saturday, July 8th, 2019
About: Guided Trip to Cotes du Rhone
 

Do you look for unusual travel experiences? Then consider joining Roots and Tradition tour by Provence Detours in June 2020 to one of France’s secret destinations, the county of Drôme in the Côtes du Rhône region of southern France.

Let Sylvie Delaunay take you on an intimate discovery of her native land. Sylvie has been conducting tours to her region for five years. The 10 day tour will let you marvel in the county’s beauty, delight in its gastronomy, meet the people who call this land home. 

A presentation of the region, followed by details of the trip is scheduled Sunday, June 23, 2019  4pm @MetroWines on Charlotte Street. Wine and cheese will accompany the presentation. Space is limited. To RSVP and for more information contact Sylvie at france26120@gmail.com.

The event is "on the house" @MetroWines.

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Gustavo Gonzalez, Mira

This was not a structured interview, just bits and pieces I picked up while Gustavo chatted with us and the dinner guests. Hee we go:

Gustavo Gonzalez, Winemaker for Mira, dropped in @MetroWines today. Not to make this personal already but my favorite restaurant in this country is Bistro Jeanty (https://bistrojeanty.com) in Yountville. Guess where the new Mira Winery will be built? Come on, just guess. Just south, I mean steps, south of the Bistro. How cool is that?
 
Meanwhile, let's start with the basics. What's the name, Mira, all about? Mira is the Latin root word for "miracle." Mira means peace in Russian, luck in Spanish and Sicilian and beautiful in Hindi. The label has a story too. The graphic encircled on the label is the 12th letter of the ancient Germanic alphabet signifying the harvest.
 
Gustavo is not just the Winemaker, he is also the artist who designed the label and the thinker who thought up the name Mira. "Everybody takes part in the process," says Gustavo who started the winery with two friends with other skills, "and I wanted to bring a little intellectual touch to our presentation." Well done Gustavo!
 
Mira started in 2009. Gustavo had been Winemaker for Robert Mondavi and had worked at Ruffino in Italy as well as at wineries in Burgundy, Argentina and, wait for it, Brazil. What?? The winery in Brazil only exports to the UK. Gustavo's goal for Mira is to put "all this experience from around the world into the bottle."
 
The dinner started with a Chardonnay paired with an oyster "dressed" as we say back home. Gustavo says, if you were to pick one off a vine, the Chardonnay grape does not look like anything special nor does it have much taste. That is what the Winemaker does, "build the grape." Same with Pinot Noir. The grape neither has much color or taste right off the vine. "It does not show what it has." The Winemaker has to "coax it out."
 
Jimmy D's Red Blend is smooooooooooth with raspberry, black cherry, violet and spice aromas and flavors. Gustavo mostly only works with 100% varietal wines, but here he has blended Petit Verdot, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. Nice.
 
The 100% Cabernet Sauvignon shows plum, coffee beans and velvety tannins. We were surprised by the capability of this wine. The pairing partner featured asparagus. Notorious for being a pairing nightmare, asparagus is said to only play well with a few wines including Gruner Veltliner. We are a long way from that grape here. Now it could have been that the asparagus in this dish were surrounded by meat and mushrooms and the respective juices took over. But, I don't know, asparagus usually busts through the barrier to clash just for the fun of it! Not here. All systems GO.
 
With vibrant red fruit with pencil lead undertone, the Cabernet Franc was the star in the lineup. Even Gustavo says: "I love this Cabernet Franc!" The brutal truth here is that there were only 100 cases to begin with and there are only three bottles left @MetroWines! Call now!
 
Fun Fact: Gustavo is left handed. He says many people in the wine industry are left handed. Who knew? But I can tell you that over, way over, 50% of the people who have worked here have been left handed. We need a study on this phenomenon.
 
Serious Business Fact: Gustavo Gonzalez is considered by many, including us @MetroWines, in the wine world to be "a winemaker's winemaker." These wines certainly proved the legend. 
 
And on top of it all that, Gustavo was a really genuine guy. No attitude. No prevention.  He did and does the name "Mira" proud.
 
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All About Gustavo and Mira here: https://miranapa.com

 

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Christof Hopler was delightful! He shared the story of the winery and why their wines are so special. And indeed they are extraordinary. 
 
Of course, we asked Christof about the rumor that Hopler provides wine to kingdom royalty as well as food royalty. Turns out it is all true. Hopler supplies Gordon Ramsey and Jamie Oliver with his Gruner Veltliner and Dry Riesling (which BTW was DRY and very appealing). And, Hopler Gruner was on the table at a recent State Dinner hosted by Prince Charles of England! All ture.
 
You can share in the majesty!! on Thrusday. Hopler Gruner and Rielsing will be on the shelf @MetroWines. Surprisingly very affordable. The British subjects can feel good that the boss served an excellent price to quality wine and did not waste their pounds, not this time at least!
 
Hopler is a family winery located in Burgenland, Austria. 
 
"Hopler produces food friendly wines," says Gina Trippi, co owner of MetroWines. 
 
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