Owner of Metro Wines

Election Night Sangria

Autumn Sangria
https://www.wsj.com/articles/happy-hour-helper-this-sangria-
more-or-less-makes-itself-11602619542

Plums, Brandy, Orange Juice: check. But what wine?

GULP/HABLO Trademark of T Edward Wines, LTD - Registration Number 5698991 -  Serial Number 87790040 :: Justia Trademarks

Hand picked grapes. Vegan. Biodynamic. Stainless Steel, 12%ALC
from Castilla La Mancha

This proverbial kitchen sink blend, with 16 different varietals;
Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Verdejo, Moscatel de Alejandra,
Moscatel de grano pequeo, Macabeo, Chardonnay, Tempranillo, Graciano,
Merlot, Monastrell, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc,
and last but not least Garnacha. It's an easy drinking, light bodied wine
with flavors of red fruits and fresh herbs.

The 2019 LITRE Bottle is $14.99 @MetroWines.

More of Spain? Velazquez!
https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20201015-velzquezs-
las-meninas-a-detail-that-decodes-a-masterpiece

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Chocolate and Wine

From the Wine & Chocolate Department
Need a Chocolate Fix? Yeah, we got that!

 

Sea Salt 75% - 2oz/60g - (vegan) – French Broad Chocolates

Indulge! Add a Bar to your order!

*** $9.95 ***

One of the toughest pairings we do is with chocolate.
One might think that any red will do but au contraire. So why does this wine work?
Brett says: The blend of the Nero d'Avola and Frappato brings forth
notes of chocolate and raspberry. Smooth Operator!


Poggio de Bortolone was founded by the Cosenza family at the end of the 18th century,
and passed down from father to son ever since. The name of the estate comes from
a Sicinian expression, "Puoiu ri Burtuluni", describing an estate on top of a hill.
Poggio di Bortolone's Cerasuolo di Vittoria is a blend of 60% Nero d'Avola and 40% Frappato, fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks. Faded ruby in color with a garnet rim,
the wine emits beautiful aromas of cherries, plums and blackberries dusted with spice.
The palate is fresh and alluring with wonderful fruit concentration balanced
by a subtle earthiness and mouth-coating tannins.

$22 in Princeton and $22 at Vivino
but $17.99 @MetroWines

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Latitude 50 Sparkling German Wine

In Memoriam

Tab | Soda Pop Wiki | Fandom

Coca Cola is retiring Tab, a pop culture icon in the 1970s,
as part of a culling effort in response to the COVED pandemic.
In this rare situation, we suggest you celebrate the demise!
Truth be told, this thing needed to take a header decades ago.

Celebrate THIS and Other Occasions with...
Imported by Savio Suarez Selections, this German Sparkling Wine was sourced
from organic Rheinhessen Muller-Thurgau and Pinot Blanc varietals
harvested to insure higher acids and lower sugar grapes. DRY. 11% ALC

Not Everywhere in Country: $16.99

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Domaine Fichet and Beyond Politics

Beyond Politics

Shakespeare Folio Sold at Auction for $10million
https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-54544737
Even now, the battles rages on whether the guy
we think of as Shakespear is really Shakespeare. Worth it?

Mercury is in Retrograde! Discuss.
OK, I admit I thought this must be woo woo talk.
But it's in the Framers Almanac so it has to be true, right?
https://www.almanac.com/content/mercury-retrograde-dates

Stan is back in the News
Stan is the TRex that sold for $32million at auction.
We questioned the efficacy of allowing a private buyer to have Stan.
We were right. There is a family feud and Stan is in the middle. Revisit.

Shipageddon
Delays and chaos predicted to increase as parcel companies
try to keep up with holiday sales vastly increased by the the COVID effect.
Traffic, pollution, hits across the board to the local economy.

Class UP the Conversation

"Established in 1976, Domaine Fichet started when Francis Fichet (Olivier's father)
withdrew from the town co-op and began to make wines from his estate vineyards.
In their youth, Oliver and his brother Pierre-Yves worked side-by-side with their father;
tending to the vines and land that they own today. In 1990 the brothers took full control
of the winery and began to broaden the Domaine's holdings. 

and Stay Sharp with only 12.5% ALC $22

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Autumn Wine. Autumn Sangria. Gulp

Autumn Sangria
https://www.wsj.com/articles/happy-hour-helper-this-sangria-
more-or-less-makes-itself-11602619542

Plums, Brandy, Orange Juice: check. But what wine?

GULP/HABLO Trademark of T Edward Wines, LTD - Registration Number 5698991 -  Serial Number 87790040 :: Justia Trademarks

Hand picked grapes. Vegan. Biodynamic. Stainless Steel, 12%ALC
from Castilla La Mancha

This proverbial kitchen sink blend, with 16 different varietals;
Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Verdejo, Moscatel de Alejandra,
Moscatel de grano pequeo, Macabeo, Chardonnay, Tempranillo, Graciano,
Merlot, Monastrell, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc,
and last but not least Garnacha. It's an easy drinking, light bodied wine
with flavors of red fruits and fresh herbs.

The 2019 LITRE Bottle is $14.99 @MetroWines

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Big RED is UpHold Zinfandel

Big RED of The Week
Out of Stock with Importer for Months.
But now, It's baaaaaaaaaack!

Uphold 2019 Uphold Zinfandel  for The People from Ryme Winery:
Fruit forward red wine with ripe flavors and great structure on the palate.
100% of net profits from this wine will be donated towards people's equality.
The Ryme Story:

https://www.rymecellars.com/ryme

$19.99 in Chapel Hill
but $16.99 @MetroWines
(No wonder they drive over here!)

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Lorraine Bracco $1 House in Sicily and Grillo

Ever Wonder What Goes On
with Those Buy a House for a Dollar Deals?

Sopranos star Lorraine Bracco will renovate a 200-year-old home she  purchased for one euro | Daily Mail Online

Follow Lorraine Bracco in Sicily!
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/learning-italian
Your Watch It With Wine: 100% Grillo from Sicily. $13.99

Vinaccio Vino da Tavola Bianco - Barrel & VineWinemaker Tim Manning, left the UK in 1998 to chase his dream of becoming
a winemaker in Italy. While working in Tuscany, Tim decided to use
innovative te
chniques on old varietals while maintaining natural winemaking.
Tim says Sicily is one of the most underrated and undervalued wine regions on the planet. 
With Vinaccio Bianco, Tim takes us on a journey to Sicily, like Lorraine!, 
via a classic grape, Grillo. The juice will make you think you picked
a bunch of fresh fruit like peaches, apricots, lemon, and grapefruit. Fruit-forward. 

Meanwhile, what's the Covid plan at restaurants in Italy?
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-54575958

And What About Barolo?
https://www.winemag.com/2020/10/21/best-barolo-wine-review/

Teaching Moment: John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine says: 
This article discusses the 2016 vintage of Barolo. With climate change, a great vintage
is becoming more and more difficult to produce. 2016 needs about a decade before drinking.

Nebbiolo is an old grape dating back to the 13th century and the name derives
from the Italian word, nebbia, for fog. The best Nebbiolo vineyards are those sited above
the fog that hangs in the valley. It is fragile in the sense that Nebbiolo is very climate specific.
If rain arrives too early, grapes mature too quickly not allowing time for balance.
If rain comes too late, just before harvest, mildew forms affecting quality.
The goal is fruit that does not ripen so quickly that acid is lost.

In the shop, we have Barolos and Brunellos that were built to age
and are ready to be uncorked. If you want to try a perfectly aged bottle from 2010,
another great vintage, call (828) 575-8525 and ask for John.

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Wine in The White House

Good Time to review this article from four years ago for The Laurel of Asheville

 

Wine in the White House

The Grape Vine: A Brief History of Wine in the White House

By Gina Trippi

Wine in the White House dates back to Thomas Jefferson who, having become accustomed to French wine on his diplomatic missions to France, built a wine cellar under the West Wing to store up to 20,000 bottles! Ordering wine by the barrel from Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal and serving four to six wines with dinner daily, he racked up a $10,000 bill for his eight years in the White House (1801–1809).

After Jefferson’s administration, the cellar hit hard times. Hard liquor was the alcoholic beverage of choice for decades. By the time Franklin Roosevelt took office in 1933, with his preference for martinis, Jefferson’s cellar had been repurposed and wine was stored in the pantry.

Through the Kennedy administration, French wines were still served at official dinners. The menu for a 1961 luncheon to honor Princess Grace included Dom Pérignon and Puligny-Montrachet. It was Lyndon Johnson, according to Bloomberg News, who decreed only American wines should be served in the White House. By the time Richard Nixon took office in 1969, the California wine industry was taking off. While only serving American wines at official dinners, Nixon preferred Bordeaux when dining with family. He started his own tradition, serving Schramsberg’s Blanc de Blanc for his “Toast to Peace” in 1972 with China’s Premier Zhou Enlai. Schramsberg sparkling wines have been served at official state functions by every president since.

Just before Jimmy Carter took office in 1977, Chateau Montelena from California won a tasting in Paris, putting Napa Valley forever on the wine making map. Few knew that Carter was a winemaker himself! Wine Spectator reports that his grandfather had worked 15 acres of grapes in Georgia and Carter had been making wine from the family recipe for years.

When Ronald Reagan became president in 1981, the tradition of serving American wines was “rigorously enforced” according to Daniel Shanks, a sommelier from Napa Valley later hired to be Usher of Food and Beverage for President Bill Clinton, a position Daniel still holds. During the Reagan administration, the White House cellar grew to include California wines, like those from Grgich Hills and Stag’s Leap.

Most Americans, however, still considered European wines to be the standard when Clinton became president. Daniel says Clinton—who served Gruet and Roderer Estate, wines that are still in rotation at the White House today—was determined to promote the quality of American wines.

Today the White House plans themed dinners that connect foreign dignitaries and guests with the American experience. Daniel said the White House recently served a Greek Delegation wines from Topolos and Lolonis, California wineries started by Greek immigrants.

And it’s not just California wines on the table. Daniel says he has served wines from “19 or 20 states, Idaho to Pennsylvania, North Carolina to Massachusetts”—including Biltmore’s Blanc de Blanc.

But as much as we focus on the wines at the White House, Daniel says the guests are really focused “on one thing—the President.”

Gina Trippi is the co-owner of Metro Wines, 169 Charlotte Street in Asheville. Committed to the community, 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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Mediterranean Food and Wine

Big LOVE Cooking

From the MetroWines Book Suggestion Department

From Joey Campanaro, the lovable chef and owner
of popular Little Owl restaurant in New York City!

Big Love Cooking features 75 accessible recipes infused
with Mediterranean flavors inspired by Joey's Italian-American family.

This is simple, authentic food, shareable meals.


https://www.malaprops.com/search/site/big%20love%20cooking
Includes stories from the restaurant, historical NYC photographs, and advice.
Dishes include recipes ranging from Ricotta Cavatelli 
to Brioche French Toast with Stewed Strawberries. 
So, here we need a wine that can go solo and one that is versatile enough
to pair with the myriad of Mediterranean flavors featured in this book....

Your Read it With and Serve it With Wine
2018 Envínate Albahra | Wine Info
Albahra (Castilian for “small sea”) is named for the vineyard area
in the Almansa region close to the town of Albacete, at the southeastern tip
of Castilla-La Mancha. A blend of 70% Garnacha Tintorera and 30% Moravia Agria. The Garnacha Tintorera, aka Alicante Bouschet, a red-juiced grape, is from
a vineyard on clay/calcareous soils. The Moravia Agria, a high-acid, low alcohol grape, is from a vineyard on sandy clay-calcareous soils in neighboring Manchuela, pruned to get more yield since there are very few vineyards left!
The Garnacha Tintorera is foot-trodden, then  fermented in concrete for 8 months, the Moravia Agria ages in French barriques for 8 months
and then this organic wine is blended and bottled unfined, unfiltered.
This wine offers a pure high-toned nose, floral red fruit, hints of spice
and bursting minerality. An extremely versatile food wine,
especially with Mediterranean meats and seafood. 

This 2019 from Jose Pastor Selections
is $28 @MetroWines

Ask Brett about other wines from The Canary Islands from this importer.

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Beyond Politics and Vouvray

Beyond Politics

 

WSJ reports that "the mini manbag" is finally here!
Should it be?
A giant Amazon center is slated for construction in the Rhone.
Is this a step too far?
Apps can help you speed-read. They say clear that pile of books!
But is this why you brought them?
Italians plan to 3-D print an exact copy of the 17 foot statue
of David by Michelangelo at the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence.
The US - China Trade War Gets wrapped up in twist ties.
That metal twist thing has convinced us that we can't tie a knot anymore!
Is it time to just deep six the metal thing? Is it worth a trade war?

*** Your Discuss it ALL Over Wine ***

Vouvray Sec 2018
Chenin Blanc, Loire Valley, $18.99

Domaine de la Robinière - Raimbault Bel-Air Vouvray Sec | Wine Info
The Producer says: Vin de bonne maturité aux senteurs de fleurs blanches
avec des notes vanillées. Frais et ample aux arômes fruités de pêches,
d'abricots et de miel. 

Google Translate says: Good maturity wine with scents of white flowers
with hints of vanilla. Fresh and ample with fruity aromas of peaches,
apricots and honey. 

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Peirano Cabernet!

Big DEAL of the Week

2017 Peirano Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi

The Online Wine Store at Peirano Estate Winery & Vineyards
From 50 year old vines. 13.8 ALC

Silver Medal in 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
The rich, dark color of this wine catches you from the first pour.
It exhibits a rich, deep burgundy hue with perfect clarity. The aromas are a compendium of cinnamon-spiced baked plums, black pepper, ripe raspberries, coriander & nutmeg. The first initial sip fills the mouth with spicy cran-raspberry, spiced bing cherry, black pepper, applewood and more black pepper, all the while maintaining absolute dryness with firm, round, yet supple, mouth filling tannins.

** $13.99 **
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Italian Language Week

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The Settimana Della Lingua Italiana Nel Mondo (Week of the Italian Language in the World) starts today!

Through October 25th, hundreds of events - organized by Embassies, Consulates, and Italian Cultural Institutes - will take place around the world to celebrate our language and its heritage. The initiative, promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation together with the Accademia della Crusca, started in 2001. Since then - every year - a specific theme is chosen as a common thread to the events of La Settimana. This year’s theme is Italian Between Word and Image: Graffiti, Illustrations, Comic Books.

Join us for a lineup of virtual events celebrating our beautiful language, la bella lingua! And don’t worry if you don’t speak Italian (yet), translations will be available.


VIRTUAL EXHIBITION: DRAWING STORIES - THE EVOLUTION OF ITALIAN LANGUAGE IN COMICS

Available until November 15

“Drawing Stories” is a digital, interactive exhibition offering a virtual journey through the changes that the “ninth art” has experienced in recent years, starting with the role of the writer. 
More Info )

The exhibition will be accompanied by the following webinars:

THE EVOLUTION OF LANGUAGES IN DISNEY PRODUCTIONS IN ITALY

Wednesday, October 21 @ 1 PM ET 
More Info ) 

SCRIPT AND DRAWING, THE ALCHEMY OF A COMIC STORY

Friday, October 23 @ 1 PM ET 
More Info )

GRAPHIC NOVELS, THE NARRATIVE IMPACT AND EVOLUTION OF THE SCRIPT

Wednesday, October 28 @ 1 PM ET 
More Info )

The webinars will be available live at the times listed above through the exhibition platform and our Facebook Page. A recording will be posted after the event scheduled time.

Presented in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institutes in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Toronto.


CHILDREN ACTIVITY: TELEPHONE TALES BY GIANNI RODARI

Available until November 29

Also part of Kids Euro FestivalTelephone Tales is a series of 12 sweet, short and animated read-aloud stories for kids by beloved Italian children’s author, Gianni Rodari. Recently translated in English by Antony Shugaar and illustrated by Valerio Vidali, Telephone Tales is a family event! 
More Info )


MOVIE SCREENING: I SEGRETI DEL MESTIERE BY ANDREAS MACIOCCI

Streaming October 19 - 25

Our friends at the Embassy of Switzerland to the United States join the celebration by offering the streaming of I Segreti Del Mestiere (Learning the Ropes), a film by Andreas Maciocci. The movie follows the growth of Samuel, a teenager who has channeled his creativity and his need to communicate into drawing. The movie will be followed by a live discussion with the Film Director. 
More info )




All the events part of the Settimana della Lingua are
under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic

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Sex and Consequences and Ventisei

"Sex and Consequences"

The new show from Isabella Rossellini mixing animal welfare
and humor streaming live from her organic farm in Bellport, New York
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/11/theater/isabella-rossellini-
sex-and-consequences.html

Your "Watch it With" Wine 

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This is not a new wine but I want to bring it to your attention again.
Ventisei, 26 in Italian, is a blend of 45% Sangiovese, 33% Merlot, 
22% Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery says: "Rosso is the wine you want
for long talks and big thoughts, the ideal one to wash away all the heavy matters from your heart. Fresh raspberry notes, delicate underbrush hints
and sweet spice aromas will charm you from the first sip.
Juiciness and mineral finish will call for another glass straight away." 

Personal Note: I love this wine. I would describe it as
traditional old world Italian with more fruit and less tannins.
Woman Winemaker!

91 Points from James Suckling

*** $16.99 ***

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Lettie Teague and Hourglass

*** From The MetroWines Holiday Gifting Desk ***
Lettie Teague Talks Hourglass Winery and Coping with The Fires
https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-one-winery-is-coping-
with-the-napa-fire-11602703815

 

Hourglass Vineyard - Napa Valley Wineries -
Hourglass produces premium Napa wines.
We have placed Hourglass Wines in the cellars of customers
who, like you, demand the best for the buck.

If we have learned anything this year, 
it's "what are you waiting for?"

Call (828) 575-9525 and ask for Brett

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Botticelli and Corzano Bianco

Botticelli portrait could sell at auction for over $80M - CNN Style

In January, Christie's will auction "Young Man Holding a Roundel"
by Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510). Expected Hammer Price: $80million!
The Florentine Master of Early Renaissance is best known
for his elegant mythological scenes like "The Birth of Venus" and "Spring"
both in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

https://www.sothebys.com/en/articles/the-ultimate-renaissance-portrait

Gorgeous. You could spend the time until January planning a profit generating crime or you could buy the poster of this Botticelli and a bottle of Tuscan Wine!
When you think Tuscan, you probably think Red.
But we have great Tuscan Whites @MetroWines like this one:

IL Corzanello Bianco
Chardonnay 55%, Petit Manseng 20%, Semillon 10% 
Sauvignon Blanc 10%, Trebbiano and Malvasia 5%.
Strong nose, with light notes of white flowers and lemon curd.
It is intensely fruity, yet fresh and minerally. 

2018 is sold out online at Central Wine Merchants.
Just as well. It was $17.99!
and $17.99 at Vivino too.

** But $14.99 @MetroWines! **

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Lorraine Bracco Buys Sicilain Home for 1 Euro

Actress Lorraine Bracco Buys and Renovates Sicilian Home in New Series "My Big Italian Adventure"

She bought the 200-year-old home for only one euro.

 
 
 

Ciao, Italia! Lorraine Bracco, the OSCAR® and Emmy®-nominated actress from Goodfellas and The Sopranos, will take a break from Hollywood for her next gig on the island of Sicily—renovating a 200-year-old home she purchased for only one euro. The new HGTV series My Big Italian Adventure, premiering Friday, Oct. 30, at 9|8c, will follow Lorraine’s journey to renovate the 1,075-square-foot property in the tiny hilltop town of Sambuca di Sicilia with help from an architect, contractor and other local experts. The Sambuca one-euro program was created by the mayor to help sell the town’s vacant homes quickly and inexpensively. The goal is to encourage families to return to the rural oasis, but the catch is that the homes must be completed within three years of purchase.

"I believe life is an adventure," said Lorraine. "When I saw the article that you could buy a house in Sambuca for one euro, I jumped on it. So, I came on the plane. I bought the house. I’m very excited to be here, meet and work with the locals, and live amongst them. I’m here to pay homage to my family that comes from Sicily."

While it was a bargain at its one-euro price point, the centuries-old home has no electricity, running water, kitchen or bathrooms and needs to be gutted due to its deteriorating floors, crumbling walls and dilapidated roof. The whole-home renovation will be a massive project filled with unexpected challenges, tough decisions, disappointments, valuable learnings and triumphant reveals. With her contractor Piero, translator Cynthia, several American friends and a welcoming town on her side, the impossible will become a breathtaking reality when together they complete a gorgeous Italian retreat where Lorraine can spend time with her family. In the end, the overhauled home will feature a stunning entryway with a custom tiled rug, a dreamy Sicilian-inspired bedroom and an indoor courtyard with a custom water feature.

"This is a huge undertaking,” said Bracco. "I'm not a contractor. I'm not a decorator. I'm an actress. I've never done this before. I have no idea what I'm really getting into! It's a lot of work, but everything is possible. I believe that. And for one euro, we'll see!"

Fans are invited to connect with My Big Italian Adventure on HGTV’s digital platforms as well. Each episode will be available on HGTV GO the same day and time as the TV premieres starting Friday, Oct. 30, at 9 p.m. Fans can visit HGTV.com for special show extras, behind-the-scenes photos and exclusive videos with Lorraine. Viewers also can follow @HGTV and #MyBigItalianAdventure on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for additional show content and updates and can follow Lorraine on FacebookInstagram and Twitter

 
 
 
 
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Dante Cabernet is Big Red Weekend Wine

Big DEAL and Big Red of The WEEK!
Dante 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, California


Dante Cabernet Sauvignon

Michael Pozzan proudly presents Dante, named after his eldest son,
and inspired by wines savored during travels through the Italian countryside.
The style of his hearty yet approachable wines are reminiscent of that in your
favorite Italian trattoria. This full-bodied soft and ripe tannic,
Cabernet Sauvignon bursts with flavors of black cherry, plums,
sweet spices of star anise and cedar. Enjoy Dante’s heavy character, 
balanced personality, and a rounded out seamless finish. 

*** 13.5% ALC $10.99 ***

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Divina Fig spread at Metro North

Consumables Make Great Wedding Gifts!

 

*** Divina Fig Spread ***

at Metro North in Reynolds Village

Divina Fig Spread 9 oz. (255g)

Crafted from Aegean figs, classic Mediterranean Fig Spread from Divina
is rich and complex with notes of sweet honey and caramel. Use this Fig Spread
to add some flair to your pancakes or toast and can even be incorporated
it into savory recipes. Try combining Divina Fig Spread with oil, garlic,
salt and pepper for a marinade or sauce

Perfect with our Manchego Cheese!
Internet Competitive at $5.99

And pick up a bottle of Ciro! We talked about Ciro last week,
but this wine, moved to the best seller shelves at Metro North,
Made in Calabria from 100% Greco Bianco, Ciro is the perfect partner to Divina.
Ciro presents brilliant lemon-green in color, aromas of peaches
and citrus fruits complement undertones of herbs and flowers.
On the palate, zesty acidity and a long finish showcase this wine's
subtle hints of toasted almonds and macadamia nuts.
vendita online miglior prezzo Cirò bianco DOC Segno di Librandi
17.99 @Vivino and $13.99 at wine.com
*** $10.99 @MetroWines ***
on Charlotte and Metro North!

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Chinon les granges

*** International Notes ***


Lettie Teague says step outside your comfort Zone with 
2018 Bernard Baudry Chinon

Our buyer Brett Watson says "We have Baudry Chinon Les Granges.
Very Limited. We have some bottles left from allocation."
 (at 9:06am Saturday)
Read: If you want to it, come and get it! Call (828) 575-9525.


Bernard Baudry Les Granges Chinon | Wine Info
100% Cabernet Franc. The Granges vines are an 8-hectare alluvial site along the Vienne Riverin Cravant, very near the winery, planted in 1985 and 1988 and farmed organically like the rest of the estate.

The soil is all sand and pebbles, with little to no clay, so it drains well and yields a light, fresh style of Chinon. The fruit is hand-harvested, destemmed and moved by gravity into unlined cement vats. Fermentation with native yeasts and without sulfur or temperature control lasts from two weeks to two months.

The wine is aged nine to ten months in cement before being bottled without filtration.

It is the first red of any vintage to be released.

Cellar Master John Kerr says "drinkable now." $24

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*** Points ***
Let's talk about it. Sure, rumors continue that some wineries pay off critics
for good reviews, that is, points. And yes, some of the best wineries are too small
to distribute nationwide and cannot submit their wines for review. And, of course,
it is easy to say a wine like Vega Sicilia made the hot list!

All true, but our buyer, Brett Watson, has been reaching for the lesser known,
hidden gems. And while points may or may not indicate good price to quality ratio, recognition is still appreciated. And Brett picked a winner with Big Salt by Ovum!
OVUM was chosen as one of the Top 100 Wineries of the Year by Wine&Spirits 
and Big Salt snagged 91 Points. Step outside your comfort zone with confidence!

And some of our other favorites were also in the top 100 including but not limited to: Saint Cosme, Dr. Loosen, G.D Vajra, Tenuta, Tosca and Garzon.

Shop LocalLY. Talk to the Buyer. Tell us what you want!

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Uncorked and Spelt

From The MetroWines Book Suggestion Department
and Holiday Gift Alert Desk

 

Ever since the standardized wine bottle came into use in the 18th century,
wine drinkers have sought a convenient means of removing its cork stopper.
In the beginning, they used whatever had a liberating potential.
The patented corkscrew emerged in 1795 and soon multiplied
into numerous permutations.

In Uncorked, Marilynn Gelfman Karp uses her own collection of corkscrews, 
chosen for inventiveness and decorative qualities to trace the evolution of this tool.  
Each example is illustrated with superb color photography and fully described.

This Book needs to be paired with a Fine Bottle With a Cork!
We went with Italian! In the world of wine things, Italians seem more wedded
to corks than other producers. Very few screw caps coming out of Italy.

James Suckling 93 Points
Bright lemons and oranges highlight raspberry and strawberry overtones.
The medium-bodied palateis finely wound up in tightly buttoned tannins
and driven along by vertical acidity and umami undertones.

Jeb Dunnuck 91 Points
Deeper, richer, concentrated, 2016 Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Riserva Spelt
offers terrific chocolaty, darker berry fruits, spice, new leather,
and dried herb-like aromas and flavors. These all carry to a medium-bodied red
that has good acidity, some building tannins that stay nicely tucked behind the fruit,
and a good finish. Another outstanding wine from this producer.
7-8 years of longevity. (cellar?)

Wine Enthusiast 90 Points
Wine EnthusiastBright red cherry melds with crushed granite and herbs
on the nose of this red. The medium-bodied palate is juicy in a vibrant red-cherry flavor, with a line of crunchy tannins and vibrant acidity propping it up. 

Soooooo Internet Competitive at $22!

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