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First published in 1931, the 9th edition of "Joy of Cooking"
will be out on November 12th. Much has changed in available ingredients, cooking techniques, and international influences on our tables. Wine pairing have changed as well. With access to nearly every wine producing region in the world, varietals and styles that were not even in our dreams in 1931 on our the shelves. Pick a recipe and shop a "revised" wine partner @MetroWines!

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Your "Peruse it With" Wine:
Lumos 2016 Oregon Pinot Noir 


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* Double Gold at the Oregon Wine Awards *
* 91 points from Prince of Pinot*

"A blend of fruit from Wren and Temperance Hill vineyards, this is showing its oak at present in a salted-caramel scent and in a smooth, firm edge of tannins that finishes the wine. In between, a splash of red cherry saturates the flavors. Give it time to knit." 90 Points from Wine & Spirits 

John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine says:
"This wine comes from the highly regarded Five Blocks Vineyard and,
to be honest, the shelf price is less, way less, than it is worth!"

Book is at Malaprops:
https://www.malaprops.com/book/9781501169717
Wine is @MetroWines

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Sparkling Class

Tuesday, December 17th

Sparkling Class with Andy Hale
5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines $25


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Champagne, Cava, Prosecco, Methode Champenoise?
Not all bubbles are the same nor should they be. Know your bubbles!
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/
blog/entry/wine-class-sparkling

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Riedel

 <em>Wine Jar with Fish and Aquatic Plants</em>, 14th century. Porcelain with underglaze cobalt blue decoration, 11 15/16 x 13 3/4in. (30.3 x 34.9cm). Brooklyn Museum, The William E. Hutchins Collection, Bequest of Augustus S. Hutchins, 52.87.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 52.87.1_side1_PS9.jpg)
This masterpiece of Chinese porcelain is an important example of early
blue-and-white ware from the imperially sponsored kilns of Jingdezhen. Four energetic fish—mackerel, whitefish, carp, and freshwater perch—are depicted swimming along the hips of the vessel; their Chinese names form a rebus for the phrase qingbai lianjie, meaning “honest and incorruptible.” The twisting leaves and stems of the eelgrass, blossoming lotuses, and other flora elegantly frame the fish and re-create the teeming pulse of a lush aquarium. The visual wordplay suggests that the jar may have been made for an elite clientele who, it was hoped,
would be inspired by the rebus’s message of rectitude while drinking their wine.


Flash Forward 2,000 Years. We DO Riedel !

Make the Holidays Special
or Give a special Gift.


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HOMS Cinsault

HOMS CINSAULT
We scored again!

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So this wine is 100% Cinsault. You know this grape. Yes you do!
Cinsualt is the foundation for most Rose' from Provence. But you rarely see a bottle of 100% Cinsualt Red. The truth is that much like Tannat and Cabernet Franc,
when you produce a bottle that has only one varietal, you better be right
because you can go so very wrong. HOMS gets it right.
Again, the entire staff tasted this bottle and love it. A lighter red,
this bottle would sit well on your Thanksgiving table. Flavorful yet versatile,
a wine that will complement and not overwhelm food flavors.


Teaching Moment: From Jancis Robinson:
Also spelled as Cinsaut. Widely planted throughout southern France
and Corsica. With its lighter skins and soft perfume it is particularly suitable
for rosés and fruity, early-drinking reds, although low yields are needed
to eke out much flavour. It has the advantage over 
Grenache of being easy
to pick by machine. Cinsault is used to add perfume and fruit to wines such as Minervois and Corbières. The variety withstands drought well and has been important in North Africa, Lebanon, Israel and South Africa where it is most famous as a parent of 
Pinotage. In southern Italy it is known as Ottavianello.


But Where Can I find it?
Vivino says again: "Vivino doesn’t sell this wine.
Also, we searched other online shops, but couldn’t find it for sale anywhere."


(Vivino is looking for love in all the wrong places!)
$18.99 and on the shelf @MetroWines!

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HOMS Chardonnay

Homs 2018 Chardonnay

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This wine is all over Europe and hugely popular
but very HARD to find, if you even can, in USA.

"Vivino doesn’t sell this wine. Also, we searched other online shops, 
but couldn’t find it for sale anywhere."

Because of Euro domination, notes and reviews are in foreign languages!
Ce Chardonnay est un vin séducteur qui distille de subtils arômes minéraux et floraux. La bouche est gourmande, tendre et justement équilibrée. Sa finale, d’une belle fraîcheur, s’achève sur une agréable sensation de légèreté.

OK. I don't know what that says. But what I do know is that the entire staff
tasted this wine and we though it was lovely. We thought HOMS Chardonnay
would please palates that prefer heavy oak to no oak at all.
All this for $16.99 @MetroWines


Still not sure? Wine Searcher lists Best Chardonnays in the World:
https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2019/10/the-worlds-best-chardonnays?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20191030-article04
That's Ok. We know you had to look. I did too. Back to Planet Earth.
Operators are standing by @MetroWines to help you with HOMS!

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Agnes Cremant

* Tips for What To Do if You Inherit Artwork *
https://www.wsj.com/articles/you-inherited-
some-art-work-now-what-do-you-do-11571623260


All great suggestions, but WSJ forgot the Big One!

**** Sparkling ****

But wait, YOU are still frugal. You want Champagne but, despite your lucky break, you want value. We get that. Easy. Cremant!

Agnes Cuvee Cremant, Joillot,
Hard to find:  $39.

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Sparkling Wine from Burgundy. 
Produced with traditional grapes (70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay) used to make true Champagnes.
And made in the traditional Methode Campenoise. 
Aged at least 18 months on lees, more than most entry-level Champagnes! In fact, in blind taste tests, people choose this Cremant over many famous Champagnes. It’s like a true Champagne at half the cost!
Tasting Notes: Nice pinpoint bubbles. Big creamy mousse, with bright citrus and apple fruit. Clean and refreshing. Terrific value!
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Give Back with Purple Cowboy

 

This is the time of year when we look to wineries that *** Give Back ***
That said, our BIG RED this week
is Purple Cowboy! 
Every year, Purple Cowboy does a Paso Robles Blend to battle breast cancer and support research.


"A rich, full-bodied wine with aromas of crushed red berries and cherries, notes of cola and cinnamon, and a hint of earthiness. Berry flavors explode in the mouth with cinnamon and cassis in the mid-palate leading to slight cocoa powder tannins on the finish."

$12.99 at Vivino. $13.99 at wine.com.  $14.97 at Wine Chateau.
*** $11.99 @MetroWines ***
So, now it's math. Could be that the "portion of the proceeds"
at a higher price will outweigh the take from quantity sales.
But logic and experience says shoppers will choose the lower price and buy more.

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Dark red with hints of purple. Aromas of ripe plum, cherry and cassis are accented with cola and vanilla. Tastes Like: Dark red with hints of purple. Aromas of ripe plum, cherry and cassis are accented with cola and vanilla.
Again, $13.99 at wine.com. $11.99 @MetroWines!

Purple Cowboy creator and Wine Sisterhood founder, Terry Wheatley, is a breast cancer survivor and the Purple Cowboy wines she created have long given back to Tough Enough To Wear Pink.
Terry co-founded Tough Enough To Wear Pink in 2004 with the idea that cowboys would wear pink at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on one night of the competition to raise awareness. The idea took off and Tough Enough To Wear Pink is celebrating its 14th anniversary in 2018. To date, $26 million has been raised at rodeos and western events to support families facing breast cancer,
early detection and research. The goal is $50 million by the 20th anniversary. A portion of the sale of each bottle goes to Tough Enough To Wear Pink.

*** GIVE BACK ***

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Wedding Perfect Pinot Noir

Wall Street Journal Says
Ai Could Prevent Marital Arguments

https://www.wsj.com/articles/ai-could-prevent-marital-arguments-before-they-even-begin-11570807573


OK. We really don't need another job to do @MetroWines BUT, this weekend we settled two disputes over wine.
So, it's out there.
Don't fight. Bring the debate to us.
Let us take the heat. We will pick the wine!
** Our Counselors are standing by! **


The DYI Suggestion:
Be prepared a bottle of a wine that is very difficult to find objectionable and Lettie Teague of The Wall Street Journal recommended!

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Winemaker Says: This wine is no exception to Angeline's dedication in over-delivering quality in every wine they bottle. Their Pinot Noir is a wealth of aromas such as fresh cranberries, dark cherry cordial, and balanced by fresh tart raspberry. Underlying savory notes of Mulberry, baking spices
and a touch of eucalyptus round out the palate, with a juicy with lively acidity, and a touch of sweet, toasty oak on the finish.


James Suckling Says 90 Points and...
Fresh and clean with strawberries and hints of orange peel.
Medium body. Crisp and vivid. Low impact and lovely delicacy here.

Wine.com says $13.99 and unavailable.
MetroWines says: $11.99 and on the shelf!

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Wedding Party Gifts

First Annual Thanksgiving Wine Tasting
and Customer2Customer Arts and Crafts Show 

@ and ONLY @MetroWines


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https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/tgiving-tasting-customer2customers-arts-crafts-show

You do not want to miss this event,
We have pottery, candles, greeting cards, jewelry, paintings, wine bottle art, pet toys, wine accessories and quilts. Shop while you taste wines perfect for the Holidays.


"on the house"

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Weddings and Charity

Weddings and Charity

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More couples, says NYT, are requesting charitable donations as gifts.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/01/fashion/weddings/
move-over-bridezillas-here-comes-a-more-giving-bride.html

Metro/wines has always offered a Gift Registry for weddings and events (birthdays, retirements, graduation, etc) that includes charities. 
Call our Wedding Director Kristin Hill at (828) 575-9525!

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November Great Rose' Tasting

News Release: Saturday, October 12th, 2019

About: Taste Rose' Perfect for Thanksgiving 
 
Join us on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 from 10am to 7pm for a tasting of Rose' Wines perfect for your Thanksgiving Table. 
 
"With all the flavors that come together on a Thanksgiving Table, you need wines that are versatile and pair with most flavor profiles," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "We are introducing Rose' wines a little heavier in body that can not only handle bolder flavors but cooler weather!"
 
The event is "on the house" and all wines poured will be offered at an event price.
 
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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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Tgiving Tasting & Customer2Customers Arts & Crafts Show

News Release: Friday, September 27th, 2019
About: First Annual Thanksgiving Tasting and Customer2Customer Arts and Crafts Show
 
Please join us on Saturday, November 9th from Noon to 5pm for The First Annual Thanksgiving Tasting and Customer2Customer Arts and Crafts Show @MetroWines. 
 
"Customers of MetroWines will present their arts and crafts for sale to all of our customers as well as all of Asheville!" says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "This is an opportunity to select holiday gifts that are unique or something special  and "one of a kind" for yourself."
 
Customers will be presenting pottery, pet tugs, candles, greeting cards, wine bottle art, wine art including clothing and accessories, paintings, jewelry and quilts. 
 
Shoppers can enjoy versatile wines that would be perfect for the Thanksgiving holidays while strolling the store and meeting the artists.
 
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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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Natural Wine: Kepos

From the MetroWines FYI Department

"Natural Wines"

NYT reports that "natural" is THE word in the wine world
meaning wines that are produced with minimal intervention like chemical additives or commercial yeast. Check out our shelf of "Natural Wines" @MetroWines from around the world including this one:


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Unfined. Unfiltered. Biodynamic. From Foradori, Tuscany, $26 Different Mediterranean grape varieties are fermented together and blended to produce this wine. The grapes are sourced in the older vineyards of the Mediterranean varieties, in Ampeleia di Mezzo, where the Mediterranean
scrub dominates the landscape permeating the air with its fragrances.  Kepos means garden in Greek.

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Corte Gardoni Bardolino Rose'

Corte Gardoni Bardolino

Chiaretto Rose 2018

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Chiaretto is the local word for rosé on the eastern shores of Lake Gard, a land where the sun shines, the wine flows, and the prosciutto-slicer slices year-round. At Corte Gardoni, the Piccoli family specializes in making light, refreshing wines that don’t cost much. Their Chiaretto—made from grape varieties you’ll find only in the Veneto—is incredibly bright in flavor, with citrus and nectarine leading the way to the crispest of finishes. This wine exudes pure joy.

Documents show the Piccoli family has owned vineyards in Veneto since 1600. Many generations tended vines, but after phylloxera, the ravaged estate couldn’t support all 5 brothers. One left to become a fruit grower. Having grown up in vineyards, Gianni Piccoli had wine in his blood. He bought a vineyard estate in 1971. For several years Corte Gardoni grapes were sold to cooperatives, but Gianni felt their wines lacked soul and in 1980 he broke those ties and crafted his own wine.

Today Gianni is a well-known and highly respected figure in the region and a leader in the fight against homogenization of local wine. While local cooperatives push for laws that would force producers to plant only French grapes like Chardonnay and Merlot, Corte Gardoni is reserved for local varietals including 
Garganega, Corvina, Rondinella, and others. $16.99

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Great Rose' Tasting: October

News Release: Monday, September 9, 2019

About: Great Rose Tasting for October
 
Please join us on Saturday, October 5th for The Great Rose Tasting from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines. Four bottles of Rose from around the world that will stand up to the slightly cooler temperatures will be "on the taste" and "on the house."
 
"Rose works all year and, sometimes, Rose is the only wine that works" says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "The versatility of Rose, the celebratory atmosphere Rose can create, and the sheer pleasure of sipping a glass of Rose while reading a good book, puts it on the call list any time of year!"
 
Rose selections for the tasting will be offered at an event price all day.
 
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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Great Rose' Tasting

See the World Through RosE
Great Rose Tasting
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** Saturday, September 7th from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines **
The selections this month are from Winebow!
and Chris Curtis of Winebow will join us from 2 to 5pm.

 14-18h, Greece
Mont Gravet, France
Regaleali, Italy
Barnard Griffin, California
"on the taste" and "on the house"

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Wedding Venues. Wine @MetroWines!

From AVLTODAY:

 

15+ Asheville wedding venues from farms to dance floors

So, you just got engaged. Or maybe you’re planning on popping the question, or you enjoy daydreaming of the perfect wedding. (Or, you’re just reliving your own wedding. Or, you’re not interested in weddings in which case just skip below.)

Asheville is definitely a destination location thanks to the scenery. But even for locals, one of the most daunting questions can be “where?” 

So, to start of the start of “wedding season,” we’re starting a wedding series – from venues, planners, photographers, bakers + more – you will be served the full wedding 411 in mini-features throughout the summer. To kick if off, we’re featuring 16 unique venues in Asheville – for the small gathering to the giant party.

Claxton Farm

288 Upper Flat Creek Rd. | Weaverville | Farm

If open pastures + mountain views is your dream “I do” location, then check out this 500 acre working farm.This venue is about 15 minutes from downtown AVL which means total convenience for you, your guests, caters, etc.

Biltmore Estate

1 Lodge St. | Asheville | Estate

Alright, Biltmore is a dream location – even I will admit to that. Best part: Biltmore offers 10 venue locations on the estate. Now the question is do you exchange vows at Diana, the Antler Hill Barn, or Cedric’s Garden??

The Omni Grove Park Inn

290 Macon Ave. | Asheville | Resort

Choose between indoor + outdoor locations in this elegant resort. Whether your wedding is small + intimate or full of guests, this venue can accommodate accordingly. Bonus: Mountain and the city views from the Mountain View Terrace. 

Asheville Social Hall

81 Broadway | Asheville | Event Space

This modern event space is lit – literally, with string lights + the whole shabang!! Perfect for a slightly smaller wedding, Asheville Social Hall is in the center of downtownAsheville.

Homewood

19 Zillicoa St. | Asheville | Manor

Once home to a prominent doctor, this historic manor can house a wedding of about 150 guests. Located on one of the most special streets in Asheville, Homewood provides an eclectic + charming experience.

The North Carolina Arboretum

100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way | Asheville | Garden

Imagine nothing but lush garden scenery. At The Arboretum, you and your guests can enjoy the ceremony + cocktails on the lawn, the Blue Ridge Court or even the Heritage Garden.

Old Edwards Inn and Spa

445 Main St. | Highlands | Inn

Old Edwards Inn screams “charming + enchanting woodlands theme.” While being surrounded by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, your wedding will feel straight out of a fairytale.

Grand Bohemian Hotel

11 Boston Way | Asheville | Hotel

Want to feel like royalty? With crystal chandeliers + 24K gilded carved details, Grand Bohemian is one of the finest wedding venues in AVL. 

The Venue

21 N Market St. | Asheville | Event Space

There is something wonderful about celebrating your big day downtown, and The Venue makes your special moment even better. This French cottage setting in the heart of downtown with a balcony overlooking the mountains will make even your guests swoon in awe.   

The Barn at Honeysuckle Hill

2 Country Spring Dr. | Asheville | Farm

Calling all in favor of southern charm + rustic eleganceThis family-owned property in the mountains of Asheville provide the perfect touch of country magic to your wedding day. 

Chestnut Ridge 

633 Turnpike Rd. | Canton | Farm

Now a beloved wedding destination, this family-owned farm has produced cattle, sorghum, tobacco + abundance for over 100 years. With mountain roots + southern authenticity, this venue will create the picture perfect day.

Olivette

1069 Olivette Rd. | Asheville | Outdoors

From riverfront spots to rustic farm locations, the Olivette provides the picturesque WNC scene. Experience your first glance among the trees or say your vows by the riverside, you can’t go wrong with the outdoor experience. 

OM Sanctuary

87 Richmond Hill Dr. | Asheville | Campus Venue

Mostly used as the perfect retreat center, OM Sanctuary can host a gorgeous wedding. With public venues such as the Serenity Garden + Outdoor Patio, this outdoor spot creates the lushest outdoor wedding.

AC Hotel Asheville Downtown | Capella on 9 

10 Broadway (9th Floor) | Asheville | Hotel Restaurant

Looking for the perfect spot for your receptionrehearsal dinner, or bridal party? Capella on 9 has been named on of the best rooftop bars in the world by U.S. News and World Report. Your MOH or Best Man giving a toast while looking at AVL’s skyline? Yes. Please. 

The Asheville Masonic Temple

80 Broadway St. | Asheville | Event Space

Located in one of Asheville’s most historic venues, this historic + elegant space is includes a dining room, foyer, theatre + auxiliary room creating the perfect vintage aesthetic. 

Engaged Asheville

41 North Merrimon Ave. #107 | Asheville | Event Space

Engaged Asheville is the perfect spot for smaller wedding after parties, or for your pre/post wedding photo shoot.

Currently, planning a wedding isn’t in my near future. All the single ladies, now put your hands up! 

Despite how much I enjoy attending weddings, being a bridesmaid + writing about weddings, I don’t care to have a giant wedding myself. Who knows, that could change – I see you OM Sanctuary.

Pro-tip: Most of the venues are open to the public, like The Arboretum + Homewood, so plan a day to enjoy the scenery solo or with friends. 

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Celine and Company Wine Dinner



THIS IS BIG
*** SAVE the DATE: September 18th ***
for A Wine Pairing Dinner Collaboration with MetroWines
and Grapevine Distribution at Celine & Company
in The Historic Broadway Arts Building


*** And, as always, Chef Kim can accommodate any dietary restrictions. ***

$79 (including tax and gratuity)
Call Celine&Company at (828) 254-9902

Details and Menu here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/celine-and-company-wine-dinner

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14-18h Greek Rose'

"14-18h" from Greece
The name refers to the length
of time of skin contact with the Agiorgtiko grapes.

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 A pioneer of modern Greek wine, Gai’a Estate (pronounced Yay-ya)
was established in 1994 by Leon Karatsalos and winemaker
Yiannis Paraskevopoulos. Their mission is to capture the best
that Greece’s indigenous grapes have to offer by merging traditional viticultural and production methods with innovative techniques.
The estate is named after “Mother Earth,” in honor of its unique terroir. 

About the Vineyard: The grapes for the 14-18h Rosé come from vineyards located on the slopes of the mountainous Koutsi and Asprokampos regions
of Nemea, at 2,625ft. The climate is cooler at this higher elevation,
producing grapes with higher acidity and berry fruit aromas. Ideal for Rose!

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Wine Production: After harvest, the grapes are crushed and placed
into stainless steel vats where they undergo a chilled maceration
(50°F) for 14-18 hours in order to extract its suberb rosy hue.

  Tasting Notes: This intensely-hued rosé has a fresh and fruity character,
with flavors of cherry and gooseberry, typical of Agiorgitiko grapes from Nemea highlands.  Medium-bodied and well balanced, 
it has a cool and refreshing finish. 
  Food Pairing: This refreshing and versatile rosé pairs well with variety
of flavors and salty dishes. Chinese and Southeast Asian cuisine!

$18.99 at wine.com (OUCH)
$14.99 on shelf @MetroWines!

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Great Rose' Tasting

Great Rose Tasting
Saturday, August 3rd from 10 to 7pm!

6 bottles from around the world
"on the taste" and "on the house"
ALL DAY LONG!
Stacy Strong from Empire Distribution
joins us "behind the bar" from 1 to 4pm. Party!

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It's true, I look at the world through Rose colored glasses. 
BUT you really Should Join us!

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