Neyers Vineyard Wine Tasting
with Juniper Cooper of Mutual Distribution
*** Wednesday, July 3rd from 3 to 6pm ***
"on the house"
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 Wine Tasting
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!)
Imported 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
Domaine de Chateaumar, $15.99
A blend of 90%Grenache and 10%Mourvedre
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.
Domaine de Couron Rose' Ardèche, 2018
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.
About the Winery: http://couron.ardeche.
*** $11.99 @MetroWines** Believe it!
** French Wine **
French Rhone Blanc. Affordable. Lovely.
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.
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.)
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
Also for Summer: Hopler Wines from Austria
Gruner Veltliner and DRY Riesling
on Shelf @MetroWines NOW!
Christof Hopler, Winemaker and Owner, was at the shop on Tuesday.
Customers LOVED his wines. And the stories!
By night, something more, shall we say, sultry in the glass.
Eva Luna 2016 Cabernet with Cabernet Franc,
Lake Garda, Italy $15.99
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.
WINNER: June Great Rose Tasting
Le Quattro Terre, Barbera, Piemonte Rosato, $14.99
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!
News Release: June18th, 2019
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
News Release: Monday, June 17th, 2019
News Release: Monday, June 17th, 2019
Come enjoy an evening of great food from Bone & Broth and Daou Winery and Metro wines.
Meet & Greet-
Paso Robles Chardonnay 2018
Reserve Chardonnay 2017
Seared halibut medallions with fennel ceviche, cilantro pesto, micro marigold fronds
Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Scarlet kale & arugula with Manchego peppercorn dressing, balsamic marinated blueberries, Manchego crisp, and watermelon radish
Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
7 spice lamb porterhouse with Lebanese green beans, Congaree and Penn purple rice, and red wine gastrique
Flourless bittersweet chocolate torte with lavender creme anglaise, grilled plum & raspberry coulis
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.
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:
Pablo Neruda was a Nobel Prize winning Chilean poet-diplomat
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”.
News Release: Monday, June 10th, 2019
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event is "on the house" @MetroWines.
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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: