Owner of Metro Wines

Newsletter for July 12th

 
 
"The Public Palate: Putting Wine in its Place" (c)
*** Start a Wine Cellar for $30 ***

Why Wait? 100% Tariffs are looming. 
And Distributors have wine that can age in stock.
We can help you get started for an affordable investment
or continue to stock your collection.
Call John Kerr, Cellar Department Manager
at The Asheville School of Wine, 

on the Cellar Line at (828) 200-6504

*** Ask About The Cellar Club! ***

Your Cellar Starter Bottle
Vallana Spanna Colline Novaresi | Wine Info

This ruby-red wine shows a deep aroma of spices and red fruit.
Gentle yet persistent flavors of red and black fruits on the palate.
The wine is 100% Spanna, the local name for Nebbiolo in the Alto Piemonte.
The grapes come exclusively from the Colline Novaresi DOC,
a growing area characterized by old vines and high altitudes. 
Colline Novaresi is aged for 6 months in large oak casks before being bottled.
This wine can go 3 to 8 years in bottle. 

The 2016 is $23 and Cellar Ready!
A good idea is to take 3 now for your cellar and try one each year.

Don't Believe It?
Here's Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine,
to Make the Case for Cellaring Wine

even on a budget!
A Glamorous 1960s Couple Dining by Horn & Griner | Couples dining ...

Wine Pairing Dinner at Celine and Company 
with MetroWines and Grapevine Distribution
Let the Good Times Roll. Finally!

*** Thursday, July 23rd starting 6:30 ***
$68 including tax! Gratuity at your discretion.

For Your Safety, Seating is Limited to 30
Call for Reservations Now at (828) 254-9902

https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/
menu-for-celine-and-company-dinner

The Bikini Girls of Villa Romana del Casale
Sicilians take credit, and rightly so, for this fashion constant!

Roman Mosaic of girl athletes from the room of the Ten Bikini ...
4th Century AD, Sicily
https://www.fashionologiahistoriana.com/costume-history-legends-essays-in-
english/bikini-girls-of-villa-romana-del-casale-do-we-know-all-about-them

Are those barbells?????

Your Appreciate it With Wine
Etna Rosato 2019 by Girolamo Russo

Gina Trippi - Metro Wines Asheville - Metro Wines Blogs - Page 21

A unique pink in color with orange hues, the wine is 100% Nerello Mascalese.
The bouquet recalls notes of pomegranate and wild strawberries that alternate
with hints of straw; the sip is supported by a good mineralogy,
with a lingering finish and great freshness. Can go 2 to 3 years in bottle!

$27 to $27.99 all over New York
$26 @MetroWines. Bikini Optional.

Moderate Drinking May Aid Brain
The Science....

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2767693
pink purple magenta smudged blurry lips lipstick lip gloss stars ...

Face masks over makeup trigger new anti-smear campaign,
according to The Wall Street Journal. Frustrated cosmetic users resort to lip,
eyebrow tattoos to keep that made up look and avoid a face full of schmear
when you take your mask off for dinner!

We @MetroWines want to help! 
Let's go with a wine that will bring a lovely,
natural looking stain to your lips!

Nothing stains like Shiraz. And it is Palate Pleading too!

Kilikanoon Wines Killerman's Run Shiraz 2015 Expert Wine Review ...

Kilikanoon Killerman's Run 2017, South Australia

Totally opaque black dark red core with a dark red hue. Showing plenty of pepper and spice,
the uplifted nose features aromatics of liquorice, black cherries, a hint of black olive,
spiced meats and blackpepper. Medium to full bodied with a juicy feel ,
the palate is filled with liquorice, black cherry and blackberry flavors over a back drop
of lightly smoked vanillin cedar and blackpepper. Velvet smooth tannins,
good depth and a long savory finish tinged with black pepper.

Drink now or Cellar 4-5 years.

Not Widely Available in the US.

*** $23 @MetroWines ***

*** MANSARD MANIA ***
https://www.wsj.com/articles/centuries-after-it-topped
-the-louvre-the-mansard-roof-remains-a-fashionable-fixture-11593694832

The Mansard Roof and Second Empire Style - Old House Journal Magazine

It is an architectural style that’s been around for centuries: the Mansard Roof. 
The design, recognizable by its sloping facades on all four sides and shallow roof line,
can be traced to Pierre Lescot, a 16th-century architect who designed a section
of the original Louvre using the concept. The Mansard Roof was popularized by and named
for François Mansart, a 17th-century French architect who built upon Mr. Lescot’s concepts
when designing numerous Paris townhouses and châteaux. 

The complexity of the roof’s design means higher installation and maintenance costs
for homeowners. They often require costly repairs like those associated
with a low-pitch roof line. So, Mansard Roofs aren’t ideal in extreme weather environments.
Despite the challenges, the style has retained its popularity over the centuries.
WHY? BECAUSE IT IS WORTH IT! LOOK AT IT. GORGEOUS.
And every now and then, you need a wine that,
yeah, it cost a little more but it's worth it and so are you!

Chateau Moulin de Tricot 2016 Haut Medoc
Rosenthal Wine Merchants 

*** Cellar Potential: 10 Years! ***
Château Moulin de Tricot Haut-Médoc | Wine Info
Sourced from a single parcel, adjacent to the appellation of Margaux,
Chateau Moulin de Tricot Haut-Medoc is entirely reminiscient of it's big-brother next door.
Ripe red and black currants, blackberry, and black plum with slightly chewy, yet nicely balanced tannin. The sip ends with gravelly mineral and a spiced, velvety finish, with just a touch of green herb and pepper. An excellent value, for certain, that will drink beautifully over the next ten years."

$34 for Haut Medoc @MetroWines!

More French 
from The MetroWines Book Suggestion Department


New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

Bill Buford turns his inimitable attention from Italian cuisine to the food of France.
Baffled by the language, but convinced that he can master the art of French cooking
or at least get to the bottom of why it is so revered, he begins what becomes a 5-year odyssey
by shadowing the esteemed French chef Michel Richard, in Washington, D.C.
But when Buford realizes that a stage in France is necessary, he goes to Lyon,
the gastronomic capital of France. Studying at L'Institut Bocuse, cooking at the storied,
Michelin-starred La Mère Brazier, enduring the endless hours and exacting rigeur of the kitchen,
Buford becomes a man obsessed with proving himself on the line, proving that he is worthy
of the gastronomic secrets he's learning andproving that French cooking actually derives from
(mon dieu!) the Italian. With his signature humor, sense of adventure, and masterly ability
to immerse himself--and us--in his surroundings, Bill Buford has written what is sure
to be the food-lover's book of the year.
https://www.malaprops.com/search/site/dirt%20buford

Franck Balthazar Selections 
Cotes /du Rhone 2018 $23

2018 - Petitescaves.com

 Balthazar Domaine dates back to 1931, when it was founded by Franck’s grandfather Casimir.
Franck continued to sell mostof his wine in cask, as Casimir did to the local cafés.  
Franck now bottles all of his tiny production, made by methods little changed from those
of his grandfather: he plows with a horse, and bottles his wines without fining or filtration.
His Cotes du Rhone is a 50/50 blend of Grenache and Syrah; it is luxurious,
elegant and expressive, with an unmistakable sense of place.

And More French: In Memoriam
Cirque du Soleil Files for Bankruptcy

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/29/business/cirque-du-soleil-bankruptcy/index.html
Sweat Suits. They're Back. They're Staying.

Amazon.com : Canada Pooch | Frosty Fleece Dog Sweatsuit | Plush ...
Continuing a long history, sweatpants rule and WSJ says:
"The sweatsuit could be considered the sartorial equivalent of journaling."

https://www.wsj.com/articles/worn-a-sweatsuit-for-months-
discover-its-fascinating-backstory-11592932217

Whether or not that is a fact, you can be certain that if you attend
a socially distant backyard party, someone, maybe you, will be wearing one.
So what wine do you bring that conveys you can agree with this casual expression
of fashion but you also appreciate good wine at a casual price!

City Limits Cabernet Sauvignon | Wine Info
New! Easy drinking, affordable Washington State Cabernet! This is prototypical
Columbia Valley Cabernet, with aromas of cherry, meats, black currant, coffee and wafts of herbs. Though far from over the top, the flavors show intensity and texture with a pleasing acidic lift.
It offers a lot of subtlety and elegance for a wine at this price.
Made by veteran winemaker Morgan Lee of Two Vintners.

*** Big RED of THE WEEK at $16.99 ***

This Yoshitomo Nara painting sold for S$34 million, a new world record

** Sold for $24,941,455 **
Created after the return of the artist, Yoshitomo Nara, 
to Japan after 12 years in Germany. "Knife behind the Back" sold after
a 10 minute bidding battle between 6 collectors.

I appreciate good art. I even like this one. But $24 million?

Meanwhile Japan has the most centenarians ­– those 100 years old or more,
of any country in the world. 48 in every 100,000 people in the country make it to their century.
Nowhere else on Earth really comes close. Numbers like that can cause people in other parts
of the world to pay attention. What do they have that we don’t? Is it something they’re eating?

Well, I am going out on a limb here and saying it probably is not the art!
https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200626-should-we-eat-more-like-the-japanese

For a mix of all things Japanese shared over food, try "Midnight Diner" on Netflix.
A scarred man operates a midnight diner in the backstreets of Shinjuku.
No one knows his name or his story, but his customers each bring their challenges.

https://www.netflix.com/title/80113037

Contemplate, watch, eat with a bottle that will even work with seaweed!
Grunhaus Riesling Monopol 2018, from Loosen Brothers


Winemaker says: The name “Monopol” refers to the fact that the Grunhauser estate
owns the entire hillside of vineyards. Most vineyards in Germany are shared
amongst dozens of growers, so this is quite uncommon. The wine presents aromas and flavors
of green apple, green pear, green tea, key lime and minerals.
DRY on the palate with sizzling acidity and freshness. 

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate says 91 Points: The 2018 Maximin Grünhaus Riesling Monopol
blends fruit from the three grand crus and opens with clear, aromatic mango fruit and,
after a while, lots of flinty notes of crushed stones. Silky, pure and enormously salty on the palate,
this is a stunning, complex, tensioned and almost challenging Estate Riesling with lingering salinity
and immense complexity and charisma. A spectacular wine at this price point. 

We say: $26

In Memoriam
from Ciao Asheville

Italian Composer Ennio Morricone, Gone at 91
https://www.forbes.com/sites/isabeltogoh/2020/07/06/ennio-morricone-
oscar-winning-italian-composer-famous-for-spaghetti-western-scores-dies-aged-91/#78ef99151459

You know his work from "The Untouchables"  and "The Hateful Eight."
BUT, what you will remember is his howling theme to the Spaghetti Western
"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly."

Amazon.com: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly [DVD]: Movies & TV

DID SOMEONE SAY CHIANTI?
Let's keep the theme, cheap, strike that, value minded but good, going...
Chianti Colli Senesi 2018

Vino Chianti: vendita online al miglior prezzo. Negoziodelvino

The 2018 Chianti Colli Senesi is a bold, pleasantly rustic wine that far outperforms
its very modest price tag. Bright red cherry fruit, tobacco, cedar and dried flowers seem
to jump from the glass. This rich, burly Chianti Colli Senesi screams with Sangiovese character.

BIG RED WINE DEAL of THE WEEK

 $10.99 (red tag)

*** In Other News ***

South Koreans have waited 16 years for Onion Chex.
A grateful nation announces: It's here!

https://www.npr.org/2020/07/05/887386848/south-
korea-gets-long-awaited-green-onion-chex

(I knew you would be relieved.)

Rookie RV Vacationers are driving us all into a tailspin.
Better idea is to stay home and plan for the foreign.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/rv-rental-buy-how-to-drive-
repair-camp-park-coronavirus-11594132322

Call Andy Hale for a Destination Wine Tasting on ZOOM!
(828) 575-9525

Anthony Terlato, a Chicago based wine importer,
gave Pinot Grigio a home in America dead at 86.

https://www.winemag.com/2020/06/30/anthony-terlato-dies-at-86/

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Blue Ridge History and Eats

Wilkes Journal Patriot | Site Launches | townnews.com

Story by Julie Hubbard

 

Julie Hettiger at left in Wilkesboro, Anna Kerley (now Holland) with Blue Ridge Parkway Ranger at front door of Bluffs Restaurant and Coffee Shop in 1966. Photo courtesy of Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

Interior renovations of the Bluffs Restaurant and Coffee House on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Laurel Springs are scheduled to start in a few weeks in preparation for a scheduled midsummer opening.

To help raise remaining funds needed to complete work on the historic facility, former Wilkes County resident Julie Hettiger and her husband, Ken Nelson, have announced that they will match donations for the work dollar for dollar up to $25,000.

Julie Hettiger, Author of the upcoming book about the culinary tradtions along the Blue Ridge Parkway!

“When I was growing up, the Bluffs restaurant was the favorite destination for Sunday outings with my grandparents, my parents and many other relatives, and I have always cherished those memories,” said Hettiger, daughter of Holly Farms co-founder Harry Hettiger. “For my family, driving up the mountain from Wilkes County to Bluffs restaurant was a monthly trip. Guests and relatives would always join us for fried chicken, grits, cobbler and the real deal—ham biscuits.” 

The restaurant opened in 1949 in a building completed the same year and was an attraction for Parkway visitors and residents of Wilkes, Alleghany and other area counties until it closed in 2010 when no one stepped up to take over an expired contract with the National Park Service (NPS) for operating the eatery.

Bluffs Restaurant photos

Original Interior of the Bluffs Restaurant and Coffee Shop at right. Current condition at left.

Photos courtesy of Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation responded to an outpouring of public interest by conducting fundraising for reopening the Bluffs Restaurant and Coffee Shop, which required extensive renovation, new equipment and infrastructure and remediation of mold that appeared while it was shuttered.

All but about $60,000 needed toward the endeavor’s total cost of $942,280 has been raised, said Rita Larkin, foundation communications director. This includes a $300,000 Appalachian Regional Commission grant and $350,000 from the N.C. legislature in consideration of the restaurant’s role as a tourism anchor enabling visitors to spend more time in the area and 14 new jobs it will provide.

The foundation, a private, nonprofit based in Winston-Salem and founded in 1997, is the Parkway’s primary fundraising partner. For more information or to make a donation, including in response to the challenge grant, go to BRPFoundation.org.

The foundation leased the property through the NPS historic leasing program and advertised for someone to operate the Bluffs restaurant. Larkin said concessionaire applications for operating the restaurant are no longer being accepted and a new operator will be announced in March.

Foundation CEO Carolyn Ward called the challenge grant of Hettiger and Nelson a huge step toward securing final funding needed. “It is another example of how meaningful this revitalization project is to the community and thousands of Parkway visitors who stopped here,” said Ward.

Hettiger said, “My husband and I are very excited that the foundation is so close to reopening the restaurant, and we have created this challenge grant to get the project across the finish line.”

Reopening scheduled

The Bluffs Restaurant and Coffee Shop in Doughton Park, Near Laurel Spings, south of Sparta and north of North Wilkesboro.  Photo courtesy of Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

Remediation of the mold problem was completed in 2016 and a new roof installed in 2018. New state-of-the-art kitchen equipment and amenities will soon be installed and HVAC, plumbing and electrical work completed to meet current safety standards. The project also includes new furniture and communication equipment.

The work is being carried out in accordance with NPS and N.C. Historic Preservation Office guidelines to maintain the property’s original features and historical nature. Hickory-based Atriax Group is overseeing the design and construction.

“Members of the surrounding communities and people from across the country hold fond memories of their experiences at The Bluffs,” said Willa Mays, the foundation’s chief development officer. “We are honored to play a role in bringing this special place back to life for all the people who have championed its return over the past 10 years.”

At Milepost 241 in Alleghany, the Bluffs Lodge and Coffee Shop was the first provider of meals on the Parkway. It seated 76 and was one of only four restaurants on the Parkway. The Bluffs Lodge, in another area of Doughton Park, was the Parkway’s first lodging. There are no plans to reopen the lodge.

Hettiger is collecting recipes used in the original Bluffs Restaurant and Coffee Shop for a book she plans to publish as a fundraiser. She and her husband now live in Asheville and she can be reached at jhettiger@aol.com.

The foundation also is seeking photos of the restaurant or any mementos featuring the Bluffs logo from its operating days.  To share images, contact Larkin at rlarkin@brpfoundation.org or 866-308-2773, ext. 418.

Hettiger graduated from Wilkes Central High School and East Carolina University and worked in the Lowe’s Companies Inc. advertising department before moving to Houston, Texas, where she had a long career in food styling and food photography. She is a standing member of International Association of Culinary Professionals.

She also is on the Boone-based Blue Ridge Conservancy Board of Trustees, which has protected over 20,000 acres of forestland and farmland in Wilkes, Alleghany, Watauga, Ashe, Avery and Yancey counties through conservation easements and deed transfers.

Read More About The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation HERE!

From National Picnic Day, a time honored recipe passed down from Julie's mother!

 

Skillet Fried Chicken!
1 whole chicken cut into pieces
or 8-10 chicken pieces, cut up but Must have Skin On.
 
2 cups white flour
6 TBS garlic salt
1-2 TBS Seasoning salt
Black pepper,ground
 
In a brown paper bag ,toss flour and seasonings with chicken until well coated.
 Using the fatty pieces of chicken ,place in preheated cast iron skillet. Remove after their/fat has been rendered.
Add the coated pieces of chicken skin side down into the medium hot skillet.
After the chicken pieces have seared
 ,but not burned, place entire skillet into 350 oven.
15 -20 minutes usually allows for completely done crispy chicken.
 remove from hot skillet and drain.
Pack up your picnic and have fun. 

 

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Wine Cellar for $30

*** Start a Wine Cellar for $30 ***

Why Wait? 100% Tariffs are looming. 
And Distributors have wine that can age in stock.
We can help you get started for an affordable investment
or continue to stock your collection.
Call John Kerr, Cellar Department Manager
at The Asheville School of Wine, 

on the Cellar Line at (828) 200-6504

*** Ask About The Cellar Club! ***

Your Cellar Starter Bottle
Vallana Spanna Colline Novaresi | Wine Info

This ruby-red wine shows a deep aroma of spices and red fruit.
Gentle yet persistent flavors of red and black fruits on the palate.
The wine is 100% Spanna, the local name for Nebbiolo in the Alto Piemonte.
The grapes come exclusively from the Colline Novaresi DOC,
a growing area characterized by old vines and high altitudes. 
Colline Novaresi is aged for 6 months in large oak casks before being bottled.
This wine can go 3 to 8 years in bottle. 

The 2016 is $23 and Cellar Ready!
A good idea is to take 3 now for your cellar and try one each year.

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Cellaring with Andy Hale: Part 2

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Milton Glaser and Elbling

 

In Memoriam

Milton Glaser: I Love New York Enamel Pin in color
Milton Glaser, the Graphic Designer behind this design is gone at 91
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53203203

Let's Celebrate Perfection in Simplicity!

2017 Weingut Matthias Hild Elbling Trocken Mosel | tasting notes ...

Along the Obermosel (Upper Mosel), which acts as the border between Germany
and Luxembourg, the cold winds off the North Sea make it nearly impossible
for even cold hardy Riesling to grow. This inhospitable environment is where Elbling shines.
It's more or less an unknown grape, planted in this corner of Germany for the sole reason
that no other grapes will ripen in time for harvest. Predominantly used to make Sekt
(a German sparkling wine), it's rare to see a still offering like this one. COOL.
The wine is light and easy with striking acidity and effervescence upon opening.

Beating Online at $16.99

BTW: The pin is available at MOMA
https://store.moma.org/accessories/featured/enamel-pins/milton-glaser-i-love-new-york-
enamel-pin/6249-400847.html?cgid=accessories-featured-enamel-pins#start=6

And this might be a good time to remind you of "Mobituaries"
by Mo Rocca. The book reflects his NPR podcasts by the same name 
telling the stories of people, things and causes and concerns that just
did not get enough attention during their lives. This design did but......

https://www.mobituaries.com

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Maurice the Rooster and Maison Chanzy

 

** UPDATE on MAURICE the ROOSTER **
You might recall from a previous email that Maurice was the subject of controversy.
Seems residents did not like being awakened by his rooster-ing.
Maurice has passed away but he left some mighty words of wisdom.

https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/
maurice-the-rooster-last-will-and-testament

*** Rooster ON Maurice! ***

Your Contemplate it With Wine
Generally speaking, White Burgundy (Chardonnay) is typified by aromas and flavors
of green apple and lemon and is defined by its structure and expression of minerality.
White Burgundy vinified in stainless-steel tanks will emphasize its freshness,
while aging in French oak barrels can lend accents of toast and vanilla.

Maison Chanzy | Les Fortunés Chardonnay 2018

This White Burgundy, with its rich texture and toasted flavors, pairs well
with white fish and shellfish, and its naturally high acidity can counterbalance
cream-based sauces. Oak-aged Chardonnay from warmer climates lends itself
well to grilled fish, starches, butter, and toasted nuts.

2018 is $24

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Menu for Celine and Company Dinner

 
News Release: Thursday, July 9th, 2020
About: UPDATE: Celine and Company Partners with MetroWines and Grapevine Distribution for Dinner!
 
You need a break! You need dinner out! Celine and Company on Broadway has partnered with MetroWines and Tom Leiner of Grapevine Distribution to start the return to having an inspired dinner out. 
 
"Not that we have not all learned to be better cooks in isolation but, nobody does it like Kim Lloyd and the staff at Celine and Company," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "And isn't it time to let someone else do the cooking?"
 
Celine and Company, as a wedding and event venue, has a very large floor space and very high ceiling. Social Distancing is easy to do and, given the space, is somewhat organic. Tables are spacious and well placed. The staff has and continues to observe health and safety requirements.
 
 
 

Owner and operator Kim Lloyd joined Celine and Company Catering as Executive Chef in 2006. She was formerly Executive Chef of Pawley’s Plantation Golf Resort and Thoroughbreds Restaurant. She is a graduate of The Florida Culinary Institute and an American Culinary Federation Gold Medalist. Kim has led numerous award winning teams in regional culinary competitions as well as had the pleasure of assisting her South Florida mentors in an acclaimed Caribbean-influenced dinner at Manhattan’s celebrated James Beard House. Building on her over 25 years of culinary and business expertise, Kim has found her passion here in downtown Asheville. Helping people celebrate their once in a lifetime moments.

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“Safe Distanced Summer Wine Dinner 

in the Heart of Downtown Asheville”

Celine and Company, MetroWines & Grapevine Distributors 

at Celine and Company “On Broadway”

MENU

By Executive Chef Austin Tisdale and Owner and Operator Kim Lloyd

First Course 

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, Crimson Cabbage Slaw, Avocado Emulsion 

2019 Laxas Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain 

Second Course Salad 

Baby Greens with Grilled Market Fruit and Local Goat Cheese Croquette

Toasted Pine Nuts, Shaved Fennel, Dried Cherry Balsamic Reduction, EVOO

2019 Three Brooms Sauvignon Blanc, Blind River, Marlborough, NZ  

Third Course

Spice Brined and Roasted Pork Tenderloin 

Artisan Grits, Smoked Chili Braised Bok Choy

Forest Mushrooms, House Made Hoisin Demi

2016 Truchard Syrah, Carneros, CA   

Sweet Ending

Old Fashioned Buttermilk Pie, Blackberry Sauce, Pecan Praline Tuille

Thursday July 23, 2020, 6:30 pm

Reservations 828-254-9902 

Cost: $68 inclusive of tax, gratuity at your discretion

Seating Limited to 30 

Celine and Company is a large space with good ventilation.

And All Health and Safety Guidelines will be followed and enforced.

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Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi

Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Guilhelm Rosé

Pink Diamonds

14.83-Carat Pink Diamond; 'The Spirit of the Rose'; Could Be a ...

The source of their pink color is greatly debated in the gemological world
but it is most commonly attributed to enormous additional pressure
that these diamonds undergo during their formation.

The price can range from thousands of dollars to $multi millions.
The price leads to questions about provenance and, sometimes, consequent litigation. 
The son of a high-flying Italian senator, Amadeo Angiolillo,
was due to take Christie’s to court in NYC over the sale of one of the world’s
most expensive diamonds, which he claims was stolen from his family.  
This case is a mess involving family intrigue, alleged deception,
lots of money and the Qatari Royal Family. Stand by for an update.

But if you are just in the market for a dreamy pink color,
our advice is to stay away from the treacherous diamond market
and buy a French Rosé like this one:

*** Guilhem Rosé 2019 ***
40%Grenache, 40%Cinsault and 20%Carignan

Mas de Daumas Gassac Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Rosé 2019 | Wine Info
From the Languedoc hillsides, this wine captures
the essence of Southern France and THAT color.

*** $11.99 ***

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Mangiare!

Join NIAF for 
A Mangiare: A Cultural History for Foodies
with Author of La Dolce Vita University: 
An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z,
 Carla Gambescia 

Tuesday July 14, 7:00pm EST

Test your knowledge about Italian cuisine while discovering little-known facts and the origin stories behind some of Italian cuisine's most iconic ingredients and dishes. 

Join NIAF and travel author, Carla Gambescia, for an interactive and entertaining "salon" exploring Italy's culinary heritage from antiquity to the present day. Even the most sophisticated Italophile and foodie will come away with new insights!

Be sure to sign up before space runs out! The lecture will also feature a stunning slideshow. Registration is required and it is only $25 to attend. We hope to see you then!

REGISTER

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.

Following Carla's, presentation there will be a brief Q&A session.

Not able to join us on Zoom, but want to tune in later? If for whatever reason you are not able to join the webinar, all paid and registered attendees will receive a recording of the session no later than two business days after the event. Refunds will not be issued

We can't wait for you to join us!

THE NATIONAL ITALIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION
Amb. Peter F. Secchia Building
1860 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
www.NIAF.org

© 2020 National Italian American Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

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Garrubbo Guide and Lamùri Nero d'Avola

Ciao Asheville Book Recommendation

THE GARRUBBO GUIDE is a handbook to the delicious importance
of Italian food, wine, and culture. It can be a kitchen reference or a travel companion.
It is a guide to the adventure of Italian food and culture through the last 3,000 years.
LA GUIDA GARRUBBO covers everything you need to know about the most popular
Italian foods, from bread and olive oil, to prosciutto and mozzarella, to panini, pizza,
and pasta, all the way to gelato, espresso, and sambuca!
The comprehensive chapter on wine simplifies the elaborate world of Italian wine.
The book contains an extensive Italian food glossary, a detailed table of pasta shapes,
as well as sample menus from Italy’s 20 regional cuisines and the Italian “food rules,”

and a bit of history, grammar, and geography.

Your Read it With Wine
Tasca d'Almerita Lamùri Nero d'Avola Regaleali 2016 | Wine Info

Winemaker says: Made from a selection of Nero d’Avola grapes cultivated
on the high hills. It expresses the primary aromas, without excess from
the ripening process. Different age barriques provide soft and elegant tannins,
with subtle hints of wood. Its name comes from the Sicilian word for love, “L’ Amore.” 

Vinous says 93 points: Ruby in glass. Begins rather stern, then opens with aeration
to showcase precise aromas of graphite, blueberry, and violet. Medium bodied
and quite tangy, with fresh acids giving the flavors similar to the aromas a piercing quality.
Finishes with silky tannins and freshness. A lovely Nero d’Avola of early appeal.

James Suckling says 92 Points: I love the sweet, floral and mulberry nose
of this succulent Nero d’Avola. The gentle tannins creep up on you at the finish,
making it even more delicious. Good length and food compatibility.

Decanter says 92 Points: Tasca d’Almerita is an aristocratic and historically important
Sicilian producer. Lamùri is a pretty, medium-bodied version of Nero d’Avola from a cool,
high-altitude site. Intriguing spice and ripe cherry aromas and fresh finish.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate says 90 Points: Here is another excellent value
wine from Sicily. The 2016 Sicilia Nero d’Avola Lamùri Tenuta Regaleali
(aged in barrique for 12 months) shows a lot of varietal authenticity with dried cherry aromas
followed by black olive, caper and toasted pistachio nut. All those aromas take you straight
to Sicily in heart and mind. This vintage takes a little longer to open and swing into action. 

Vivino says $17.99
wine.com says $18.99, on sale from $20!

*** We say $14.99 ***

From The MetroWines "How Can This Be" Department
Wine Retailer Report says: At the start of the Covid-19 crisis, e-commerce retailer wine.com
saw its sales roar into overdrive, and that growth has continued unabated. After experiencing
a 47% increase in sales to nearly $200m in the 12 months through April, wine.com’s
trailing 12-month figures for May jumped by 65% to $222m.

How can this be? Week after week, including today, we post their prices
which are almost always $1 to $3 a bottle higher, sometimes more.
Friends don't let friends get ripped off at wine.com!

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Cellaring: La Viarte

 

Cellaring Part III

 

"The Before Time"
The phrase is attributed to an episode of the original Star Trek series from 1966.
Captain Kirk has found a planet populated only by children. One explains the grown ups
have disappeared: "that was when they started to get sick in the Before Time."

We need something to hold on to at this point in time. 
We need something that will bring "The Before Time" forward.
We need a wine that transcends time, that actually wants time, continuity,
a Cellar !

Review video by Andy Hale above on home "cellaring."
With great prices being offered by our distributors combined with potentially
100% tariffbearing down on us, this is the time to collect wines that can age.
John, Andy and Brett of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines
can get you started or add to your existing cellar.

(828) 575-9525.

Meanwhile, John suggests you start here:  
la Viarte Schioppettino di Prepotto 2009!

La Viarte Schioppettino di Prepotto 2009 | Wine Info
The varietal is Schioppettino. Mentioned in documents as far back as the 1300s,
the grape had nearly gone extinct by the 1970s. But it's back.
Think of it as a cross between Syrah and Cabernet Franc. All about it from VinePair: 
https://vinepair.com/articles/italian-wine-schioppettino-explainer/

La Viarte winery was founded in 1973 in a small town named Prepotto,
in the province of Udine. A company that fixes in its name the encounter between
dream and reality, between roots and air, between past and future: “Viarte”,
in Friulian (the local dialect)  means “spring”.

The Schioppettino of Prepotto is born in the Valley of the Judrio,
between Italy and Slovenia; today it is grown in the municipality of Prepotto
where the microclimate makes this wine unique and unmistakable.

Open one hour before drinking. Almost opaque, dark garnet color with a light red rim.
Cherry, strawberry and lots of wet wood aromas. Smooth entry, dry, a little rustic,
medium body and a 150-grit texture. Flavors of mostly cherry and spicy pepper,
but with red current in the background. Very refined leathery tannins that slowly grow
in grip through a long tart, dry finish that had a smoky and peppery taste.
An assertive, dry Italian wine, robust and distinctive. Tannins and acidity make it age-able!

Unavailable at wine.com. Be grateful. It was $41.

$29 @MetroWines and ready for the long haul!
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Wine Dinner at Celine and Company!

 

News Release: Monday, July 6th, 2020

About: Celine and Company Partners with MetroWines for Dinner!
 
You need a break! You need dinner out! Celine and Company on Broadway has partnered with MetroWines and Tom Leiner of Grapevine Distribution to start the return to having an inspired dinner out. 
 
Save the date for dinner on Thursday, July 23rd at 6:30. Stay tuned to the MetroWines Wine Blog for the menu and further details. To reserve your table now, because you know it will be great! call Celine and Company
at (828) 254-9902.
 
"Not that we have not all learned to be better cooks in isolation but, nobody does it like Kim Lloyd and the staff at Celine and Company," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "And isn't it time to let someone else do the cooking?"
 
Celine and Company, as a wedding and event venue, has a very large floor space and very high ceiling. Social Distancing is easy to do and, given the space, is somewhat organic. Tables are spacious and well placed. The staff has and continues to observe health and safety requirements.
 
To reserve your table now, call Celine and Company at (828) 254-9902

Owner and operator Kim Lloyd joined Celine and Company Catering as Executive Chef in 2006. She was formerly Executive Chef of Pawley’s Plantation Golf Resort and Thoroughbreds Restaurant. She is a graduate of The Florida Culinary Institute and an American Culinary Federation Gold Medalist. Kim has led numerous award winning teams in regional culinary competitions as well as had the pleasure of assisting her South Florida mentors in an acclaimed Caribbean-influenced dinner at Manhattan’s celebrated James Beard House. Building on her over 25 years of culinary and business expertise, Kim has found her passion here in downtown Asheville. Helping people celebrate their once in a lifetime moments.

Contact: for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Lightbulbs Spying and Deal of the Week

LIGHTBULBS ARE SPYING ON US

SCIENTISTS AT BEN GURION UNIVERSITY IN ISRAEL HAVE DISCOVERED
A WAY TO EAVESDROP ON ENTIRE CONVERSATIONS BY STUDYING
THE VIBRATION PATTERNS IN A LIGHTBULB!
wired.com
https://www.wired.com/story/lamphone-light-bulb-vibration-spying/

Sounds like passwords are going the way of the buggy whip.
Not to be paranoid but somebody somewhere is collecting
our private data through mail, laptop cameras,

phones and now, lightblulbs! What does this tell us?

*** Fight Back ***
Let them watch you enjoying 
The DEAL of the WEEK!

2017 RAMOS RESERVA 
Joao Portugal Ramos Reserva Tinto 2017 | Wine Info
Ruby red in color. This wine displays aromas of ripe red fruit and dried herbs.
Soft and robust with complex tannins. On the palate, the wine is spicy with a long finish.

*** $12.99 ***

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Andy Hale Talks Cellaring

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Big Wine Deal of the Week

** BiG DEAL of THE WEEK ** 
Ultraviolet Cabernet Sauvignon | Wine Info

Blackberry compote with hints of blueberry, a chewy mouthfeel
with an earthiness familiar of an old world Bordeaux. Hints of tobacco and leather
with bright acidity and soft lasting tannin. No additives.
Ultraviolet was started in 2009 by Samantha Sheehan of POE Wines.
The grapes are sourced from vineyards in St Helena and Coombsville,
and the wine is typically a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot.
The wine is aged for 18 months in 50% new French oak, 50% neutral French oak.

Samantha Sheehan found her wine 'wonderful - no more corked or ...

Samantha Sheehan was named one of Food & Wine Magazine’s
“15 Women to Watch in Wine,” and has been featured in Bloomberg,
Wine & Spirits Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, LA Times.

$15.99 at Vivino and wine.com

** $14.99 @MetroWines (red tag) **

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Laurel of Asheville: Wine as Art

Breweries, Wine, and Cheese  Lifestyle

The Grapevine: Wine As Art

By Gina Trippi

The Arts and Crafts movement began in European and American design during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, promoting handcraftsmanship over industrial mass production. Since then, the philosophy has spread to works that were not traditionally considered art. Wine has always been part of paintings; think Bacchus by Caravaggio. But some wine is art in and of itself. We herein submit our case that wine can be art!

Art is generally defined as the expression of creative skill and imagination producing works appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright said, “Art is a discovery and development of elementary principles of nature into beautiful forms suitable for human use.” Painter Paul Cézanne said, “Art is a harmony parallel with nature.” And writer Émile Zola said, “A work of art is a corner of nature seen through a temperament.”

Bacchus by Caravaggio

Wine comfortably fits under any definition. By claiming this mantle, we must separate, as did the early pioneers of the movement, handcrafted wines from mass-produced bottles sold at big-box retailers. Think of it as the difference between the original painting and the reprints.

Many winemakers still follow tradition and remain devoted to the hands-on approach from farming to bottle. Made in this way, the wine truly reflects the terroir—the complete environment surrounding the vineyard including soil, topography and climate—each year. Mass-produced wines are manipulated and polluted with additives to ensure that they have the same taste year after year. In a handmade wine, with no additives or manipulation, each bottle is unique. This is how wine becomes art.

Clos Marfisi, in Corsica, is a small winery doing just that: making art in a bottle. Corsica sits alone in the Mediterranean. One of the Corsican vineyard designations is Patrimonio and, because of its high elevation it is considered by many the best for growing grapes.

Patrimonio is where you will find Clos Marfisi. Brother and sister Mathieu and Julie are fifth-generation winemakers who returned home to Corsica, stepping into the boots of their father, Toussaint, and chose the vineyard life after both had successful careers in France.

The vineyards, with steep slopes almost white with limestone rising up from the Mediterranean, were planted nearly 50 years ago by Toussaint. Only local varietals are farmed at Clos Marfisi. The winery says, “You won’t find any Grenache here!” This estate has never been touched by pesticides or herbicides, and native yeasts are kept in the cellar.

We have two wines from Clos Marfisi at MetroWines to prove our point that handcrafted wines are indeed art. Grotta di Sole is a dry white made from 100 percent vermentino. The grapes are farmed in the limestone soil and fermented naturally in stainless steel before being racked into cement vats. And gritole, a translucent purple wine crafted from 100 percent Niellucciu, is fermented in stainless steel followed by 18 months in cement which allows the wine to breathe naturally. We rest our case that, at least, this wine, Clos Marfisi, is art!

Gina Trippi is the co-owner of Metro Wines, 169 Charlotte Street in Asheville. Metro Wines offers big shop selection with small shop service. Gina can be reached at gina@metrowinesasheville.com or 828.575.9525.

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Jackie, White Jackets, White House Menu and Macon

The Casual White Jacket is Back

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Style: A White Back-to-Work Blazer - WSJ
https://www.wsj.com/articles/jacqueline-kennedy-
onassis-style-a-white-back-to-work-blazer-11592327851

This look definitely calls for white wine. WhileThe Kennedy White House served
domestic wines on occasion, Jackie preferred French Wine. And this is in great part
because the California wine rush had not yet happened. Nevertheless:

What Jackie Liked to Eat | Kennedy, Jackie, White house

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Chateau de La Greffiere — Weygandt-Metzler Importing

Twice in the Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines
Made by Vincent and Isabelle Greuzard from old vines, this wine is straw yellow
with silver glint in glass, hazelnut on the nose, round and dry on the palate.
Half old oak barrels, half new. The village of La Roche Vineuse (meaning vinous rock)
appropriately named for the bevy of limestone found in the vineyards,
is located in the heart of the Mâconnais, and captures its true “terroir”.
Balancing richness with minerality; the mid-palate and length are classic Burgundy.

Brett Watson says: "This bottle drinks like high quality
White Burgundy for a fraction of the price."

The 2018 is $19.99

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Lucy

OK. You (me) could definitely sit and watch this stuff ALL day long.
No crime there. Do it. But you can DO GOOD while loafing!

Lucia 2019 Lucy Rose Santa Lucia Highlands Herman Story 2015 Rose ...

WINERY TASTING NOTES: Born from the cold and windy slopes of the Santa Lucia Highlands,
the 2019 Lucy Rosé reflects a true sense of place as its pale grapefruit hue catches the light
with each swirl in the glass. Just as sea meets land a short distance north, crisp notes of salinity and sea air mingle and dance with delicate aromas of fresh strawberry, orange peel,
and peach blossom. Gentle pressing combined with minimal skin contact produces this rosé
of distinct purity; one which, when paired with neutral barrel aging, creates additional texture
that offers a complexity not available in most wines of its type. With bracing, refreshing acidity,
Lucy is a wonderful accompaniment to flavorful foods and friendly conversation.

ONE DOLLAR OF EVERY BOTTLE OF LUCY SOLD
IS DONATED TO BREAST CANCER RESEARCH. 19.99

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Leonardo, Barney's and Fonterenza

Ciao Asheville Presents:

Leonardo Nailed it Centuries Ago!
https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2020-06-09/
leonardos-vitruvian-man-ideal-isnt-far-off-modern-measures

Did Leonardo da Vinci copy 'Vitruvian Man'? - Technology & science ...

FlashForward 500 Years >>>>>>>>>>
Generations of Entrepreneurs in Italy hit Hard
But Still Standing!

Coronavirus Rips Through Italy's Postwar Entrepreneurial ...
MILAN—Mario Bresciani left his village near this city in 1970 with a suitcase full of socks
and knowing just a few words of English. He returned home weeks later after signing up
Barney’s department store in New York City as his first foreign client.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/coronavirus-rips-through-italys-
postwar-entrepreneurial-generation-11592839030

Celebrate Tradition and Determination
Fonterenzo Alberello Rosso di Montalcino 2016

Fonterenza Rosso di Montalcino Alberello | Fonterenza | Sant ...

Twin sisters Margherita and Francesca Padovani founded Fonterenza in 1997
on farm owned by parents since the 1970's. Daughters started planting vines in 1999.  
The estate is now has high-altitude Sangiovese, with only 1 hectare is used
for their Brunello di Montalcino; the rest goes into their Rosso di Montalcino
and a younger-vine, stainless steel version called Pettirosso (featured next week!).  
The farming has been organic from the beginning, and now biodynamic.
Minimal cellar work. Fermentations are natural in large, mainly Slavonian oak casks.
Use of sulfur is minimal; aging takes place in a mix of botti, tonneaux and barriques.
And the Sisters are doing it all by themselves!

 On the nose there are also touches of noble wood, together with balsamic notes
and those of undergrowth. On the palate, great body, balance, full and freshness.

Louis Dressner Selections
$51 What are YOU Waiting For?

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Big Red of the Week: Flux

BIG RED of THE WEEK

 

*** 2016 FLUX ***
58% Grenache, 28% Mourvedere and 17% Syrah

** A Mark Herold Wine **

Mark Herold Flux Red 2016 | Wine Info

** WINEMAKERS TASTING NOTES **
This wine offers a dizzying array of heady aromas - candied black raspberries,
currants, mango peel, ripe strawberries, rhubarb pie, cracked pepper and black soil.
Hints of toasted nuts, mocha, cotton candy, pencil lead, tree bark and bramble add
complexity to this layered wine. The palate is rich, savory and loaded with bright fruit flavors.
A structured yet supple wine supported by silky tannins and a lingering, fresh finish.

** VINTAGE NOTES **
2016 was an unquestionably near perfect vintage; with an early start
and a season filled with long, warm days. The grapes developed beautifully
achieving optimal ripeness at harvest. The resulting wines exhibit expressive,
balanced and complex fruit flavors, supported by elegant tannins. Aged in oak.
Read about the Winemaker Mark Herold here: 
https://www.markheroldwines.com/About/Mark-Herold-Wines

** Manager's Special **

$19.99 (Red Tag)

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