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Copain Has its Day in the Sun

Copain Tous Ensemble Rosé Price & Reviews | Drizly
Admit it, you have been walking past this gorgeous bottle of Rosé.
Some of you may think that 2018 is "old" for Rosé.

Au contraire. Ask the French! Some wines, some rosé are meant to age. This is one of them.


This Rosé is made from 100% Copain Pinot Noir and guess what:
The 2018 Copain Pinot Noir just scored 91 Points from Wine&Spirits 
and costs on average $65. THAT is what is in this bottle for $16.99!

Brett says: "In a just world, this bottle should be $30! Copain Rosé presents
a range of red fruit flavors. Tangy berry flavors of wild strawberry and sour cherries wrapped in delicacy. Not an easy balance to achieve."

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A Chardonnay Everyone will Like


Lagarde Chardonnay 2018 - Bodega Lagarde
Yellow gold in the glass. Aromas reminiscent of tropical fruit,
honey and sweet notes of vanilla & coconut. Palate creamy yet refreshing. 


*** $8.99 ***
Available ONLY at Metro North in Reynolds Village.
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Gift for Attendants?

On the Side: Petite Style Table
The latest must-have furniture craze lets you keep
your wine glass close by and the smaller table is easily movable. 
Small table. Small Bottle.


3256930103831 EAN - 40000194 Champagne Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Blue Top  Brut (1 X 0.2 L) | Buycott UPC Lookup

Light yellow color, with green highlights. The nose is strong and generous,
slightly woody and spicy, characterized by an aromatic richness blending
toasty and buttery aromas. Unreserved palate, full, fruity and well-structured.

Wine Spectator, 91 Points
"Well-defined and energetic, with racy acidity driving flavors of fresh-cut apple,
black cherry, candied lemon zest and a richer note of pear financier.
Offers a fresh, minerally finish."
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Versailles and Raimbault Vouvray

Virtual Guided Tour of The Place of Versailles
with The French American Chamber of Commerce

https://www.faccwdc.org/civicrm/event/info?id=294&reset=1

Versailles sits regally in The Loire
and so does Domaine de La Robinière

Domaine de la Robinière - Raimbault Bel-Air Vouvray Sec | Vivino

Yellow with reflections of gray green. On the nose, expressive with
a predominance of white fruits including peach supported by notes
of fresh almonds and flowers of accacia. On the palate, tender and long
with flavors of cooked butter and toasted hazelnuts. Chenin Blanc.

$18.99

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Cocktails Anyone?

 

Cocktails Anyone?

Louis Icart (French, 1880 - 1950) - Favorite Scent | Greyhound art, Dog  art, Art

New York Times says a "Bamboo Shot" is the way forward!
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/28/dining/drinks/shots-new-years-eve.html

  • 3 ½ ounces fino or manzanilla sherry
  • 3 ½ ounces dry or bianco vermouth
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 3 dashes orange bitters
  • 2 orange peels
  • 2 lemon peels
  •  Very small pinch of flaky sea salt (optional)
  •  Ice
  •  Big green olives, such as Castelvetrano, for serving
Shop Manzanilla Sherry, Dry or Bianco Vermouth, Angostura Bitters,
Orange Bitters and Sea Salt @MetroWines!

Essential Groceries!
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Turckheim Pinot Blanc

*** Radicchio: It's ALL the Rage ***
This chicory presents in striking hues, has a zing
and holds up in the refrigerator between store stops.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-radicchio-
is-the-ingredient-we-need-right-now-11609336676

Radicchio is a singular touch but it can be a real diva! Let's give the devil diva its due. Nothing else springs up from a salad or the grill like Radicchio.
When including Radicchio in a dish, let is shine, and pair to IT.
Pinot Blanc smoothes out the pointed flavor spikes and brings forth
the intrinsic spiciness of Radicchio!

Ciao Asheville suggests grilled Radicchio
tossed with olive oil in pasta!

Turckheim 2018 Alsace Pinot Blanc

Pinot Blanc Alsace
 A wine whose color can be pale-yellow, yellow-green, and yellow-gold.
Made from 80% Pinot Blanc Auxerrois and 20% Pinot Blanc.
Highly aromatic nose with lemon sherbet, stone fruits and flinty minerals.
The palate is well balanced and rounded, delicate lemon, notes of pineapple, considerable minerality and hints of creamy citrus on the finish.
Overall, this wine is rounded with a generous palate weight. 

No oak. 13% ALC $16.99

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Sparkling from $8.99

 

** Sparkling at Your Price **

 

╰☆╮HAPPY NEW YEAR!!♡♥❤️☆ LET IT BE SPARKLY ❤️ *•.¸¸.•**•☆ . | Happy new  year 2019, Happy new year, Happy new year 2018

Belvive  Sparkling NV, Cantine Povero, Italy $8.99
This wine is less about thinking and more about drinking! Bright and fun flavors
lead you to either drink it like any great sparkling wine or, if so inclined, blend it with your favorite 
OJ or Peach Juice for a cocktail that everyone will be appreciate.

** Note: Belvive was a MetroWines Focus Group Pick! in 2020 **
Let's stop here for a Teaching Moment. What's NV? Non-vintage (NV) wine
is made by blending multiple years together. NV wines are known
for their consistent, house style and are usually a good value. 

Avinyo Cava Reserva 2017, Spain $17.99
90 Points, Wine&Spirits Magazine
($19.99 at wine.com. Who cares. It's out of stock anyway. As usual.)
Pinpoint bubbles mingle with fruits, fresh-baked bread and a crisp,
mineral-driven finish. Traditional Catalan sparkling made méthode traditionnelle.
100% free run juice, aged 18 to 22 months before being disgorged.

Baga Bruto 2017, Portugal $24
100% Baga, a varietal planted in Bairrada.
15 year old vines planted in clay, calcareous soil. Stainless steel.
Second fermentation 12 to 18 months before bottling.

Castelnau Reserve Champagne, $40
40% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier
Wine Spectator: 90 Points: "Fresh and lightly toasty, this creamy Champagne
offers open-knit flavors of black currant, toasted brioche and lemon parfait.
An accent of smoky mineral chimes in on the subtle finish."

Christian Etienne Brut, NV Cuvee Meurville, $54
Christian Etienne has been handcrafting different Champagne cuvees
on his 9 hectacre plot in the Aube with chalk and limestone soils are ideal for producing top notch Champagne. This offering, is as blend of mostly Pinot Noir, with the classic Champagne nose, terrific body weight, elegant mousse, and long finish. Served as an aperitif or pair with a variety of foods.

We also have Large Format Bottles, some in wood boxes!
For Other Selections and Prices Ranges
Call (828) 575-9525.

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MetroWines Staff Picks 2020

*** Staff Picks for 2020 ***

 

A boy leaning on a rock, holding a wine glass in his hand, a greyhound to  the left by Jacob Esselens on artnet

 

** John's Pick **
Maestro 2016, South Africa $24

32% Roussanne, 23% Chardonnay, 23% Chenin Blanc, 15% Grenache Blanc,
and 7% Viognier. The nose shows notes of concentrated orange
and yellow stone fruits, with a hint of spice, citrus and blossoms.
The palate is full-bodied, textured and nuanced with a lingering finish.

"Not new to the shop but a consistently high quality and versatile wine.
The unique blend presents just enough crispness and texture resulting
in a familiar yet different and enticing palate."

** Gina's Pick **
VentiSei 2017, Italy $16.99

91 Points from James Suckling
Fresh raspberry notes, delicate underbrush hints and sweet spice aromas
will charm you. Serious wine drinkers will think Cru Beaujolais got their passport stamped in Italy while touring Montepulciano. Juiciness and mineral finish
will call for another glass straight away.

"Aside from the fact that this is just a great, easy drinking and pleasing wine,
it reminds me of the strawberry farm in Hammond Louisiana, owned by my father's immigrant family, where they occasionally made strawberry wine. This is no doubt
a much more complex and elegant version, but it still brings back memories
and sends me to my comfort zone. Wine can do that!"

** Zach's Pick **
Biortolone Frappato 2018, Sicily $16.99
Bortolone's 100% Frappato is from vines grown on sandy red soils at an altitude
of 260 meters. The wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel in order to preserve its prisitine fruit qualities. This Frappato is a pale, light ruby color with intense aromas of cherries, blueberries and raspberries with a subtle earthiness. The palate is light and fresh with moderate tannins and wonderful concentration of berry fruit flavors. Zach says: "Bortolone Frappato is an amazing value from a small family
that has been in Sicily since the 1800s. This organic Frappato over delivers.
Light to medium bodied, balanced fruit and acidity. Very versatile with food."

** Andy's Pick **
Chateau Musar Jeune 2018, Lebanon $19.99

Blend: Cinsault 50%, Syrah 30%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%
The 2018 Chateau Musar Jeune Red is a deep plum color with a violet rim.
Aromas of blueberries, dark red cherries with Mediterranean herbs,
tobacco and spice. A warm and fruity wine with medium tannins
and gentle acidity. Dense darkfruits –including blackcurrants, blueberries
as well as strawberries and pomegranate with a touch of Eastern spice. 
Andy says: "Musar is one of my favorite wineries in the world
and certainly the Middle East. Stylistically, it is halfway between
Bordeaux and Cotes du Rhone with a generous dab of Napa Cab tossed in.
It's easy drinking enough on its own but also pairs well with food. 
The fact that it's under $20 makes it a treat that I can enjoy on a regular basis."

** Lou's Pick **
Shebang 13th Cuvee, California $14.99

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Blend: 55% Zinfandel blended with Carignane, Petite Sirah, Mourvedre,
Alicante Bouchet, Grenache, Syrah, Barbera and a touch of whites
for aromatics much of which comes from old vines.

Lou says: The Whole Shebang! The most popular Red Blend at both our locations. And who doesn't love a good blend? This rich and full bodied beauty goes well with steak, grilled meats or just by itself. I'm Lou Collichio and I approve of this message!"

** Kristen's Pick **
Christian Etienne Brut Rose NV, France $46

From a small family grower. Their rosé is 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay
from vines averaging 25 years old, and it bursts from the glass in bright,
fresh berry fruit and a resplendent color.

Kristen is our Wedding Coordinator and she is all about joy.
She says "This bottle is pink and bubbly like me, joyful and so, so good." 

*** Brett's Pick ***
2016 Clos Guirouilh Jurancon, $22
Clos Guirouilh Estate has been in the same family since the 16th century.
Jean Guirouilh is currently operates the estate. The climate is characterized by cooler temperatures, and the soil varies from clay-calcareous to grès.
The Jurancon Sec is made up of 85% Gros Manseng and 15% Courbu.
The vines are over 40 years old and are located at an average of 350 meters elevation on steep slopes. The nose of Jurancon Sec comes across as floral and sweet, but with a palate that is dry, flinty and bright. 

Brett says: This bottle is from a woman winemaker, the daughter
of the patriarch of the Jurancon region, Jean 
Guirouilh. Jurancon is just southwest
of Bordeaux. A Bordeaux Blanc with more of a cold climate mountainous core laced with an elegance throughout. Best bottle for classical old world French white.

 

Celebrate the End of 2020 with a case of staff picks!

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Tables That Taste Good and Look Good

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Gift a Book and Bottle

 

GREENS 

 


Thanks to her cookbooks and groundbreaking work as chef at Greens Restaurant
in San Francisco, Deborah Madison, though not a vegetarian herself, has long been revered
as this country's leading authority on vegetables. She profoundly changed the way generations of Americans think about cooking with vegetables. In this charmingly intimate and refreshingly frank memoir, she tells her story, and with it the story of the vegetarian movement. From her childhood in Big Ag Northern California to working at Chez Panisse, and from the birth of food TV to the age of green markets everywhere, An Onion in My Pocket is as much the story
of the evolution of American foodways as it is the memoir of the woman at the forefront.
A personal look at the rise of vegetable-forward cooking and a manifesto for how to eat well.

https://www.malaprops.com/search/site/onion%20in%20my%20pocket

Your Read it With and Serve it With Wine

Ostatu Blanco 2019

Pale yellow and bright color with greenish hues. Citrus and white fruits, green apple, pear,
with floral and slightly herbal memories, very fine expression of the variety.
Very good balance, well-salted acidity, fresh, greedy and with a certain oiliness note.
Great balance of flavors where green apple and lemon, ripened greengage
plum and white flowers are predominating. Blend: 85% Viura, 15% Malvasia

John says: "As one who spent a lot of time at Greens in San Francisco,
that the texture and weight of Ostatu allow this wine to will stand up to any food.
He recalls that the secret to the intense flavors at Greens
was reducing the stock and preparing specific stocks for each dish." 

$19.99 at wine.com. Shameful.
*** $16.99 @MetroWines ***

And don't forget Roland Artichoke Hearts @MetroWines! 

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Gruet. Dependable Quality.

*** The Sparkling ***

Gruet Brut Price & Reviews | Drizly

 

The Brut from New Mexico offers a crisp, and full-bodied sparkling wine,
which has developed rich complexity and fine mousse.
The allure of toasty finish from twenty-four months on tirage,
is a complement to the sophisticated apple and citrus flavor.
A blend of 75%Chardonnay and 25%Pinot Noir. ALC 12%
Winemaker's Note: Brilliant with ultra fine bubbles.
A wonderful fine bouquet dominated by green apple and grapefruit flavors. $18.99


New York Times: "For my money, the best sparkling wine in the US
is still produced by Gruet in a place about as far away
from Champagne as it could be." 

Wall Street Journal: "Best Value sparkling wine in the U.S. under $30.” 
And 90 Points from Wine Spectator

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CMS Sauvignon Blanc


CMS Sauvignon Blanc – Verity Wines
CMS 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley, Washington State
Hedges Philosophy "less intervention, less filtration, naturally occurring."
90 Points from Decanter

Bright aromas of creamy lemon curd, tropical papaya, hint of ripe pear,
lemon grass and just a touch of gooseberry. Bright and citrusy with
a touch of creaminess on the mid-palate. Flavors of citrus and lychee
lead into a delicately refreshing yet layered finish.

$15.99 @MetroWines

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Sangria Works at Fall Weddings

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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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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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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Cooking with Wine

Cooking Wine?

By Gina Trippi for 50 Plus Living
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/cooking-wine

Retro Metal Coaster I ALWAYS COOK WITH WINE 9 x 9cm with cork base 1950's  Style | eBay

Call us with your recipe. (828) 575-9525

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White Wedding Wine

*** PUBLIC NOTICE ***

 

Because the Distributor will be raising the price on Ciro' significantly,
we will need to raise our price. That said, our bottle selling now for $10.99
(red tag - no further discounts) will be ramping up to around $14.
Ciro is already $13.99 at wine.com and $17.99 at Vivino.

This has been a best seller so we bought up big for you.
But when they are gone, they are gone, and the price goes up. 

We have 30 cases. Claim one NOW!

Librandi Cirò Bianco (Segno) | Wine Info
Brilliant lemon-green in color, aromas of peaches and citrus fruits
complement undertonesof herbs and flowers. On the palate, zesty acidity
and a long finish showcase this wine's subtle hints of toasted almonds
and macadamia nuts.

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Love Rosé, Broc Cellars

The Front Porch is on a Comeback
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-forgotten-front-porch-is-making-a-comeback-11601092860

Historian Donald Empson, the author of "The Street Where you Live" says
"on the porch in the cool of the evening, the family could gather to discuss
the day's events and the latest news with neighbors strolling by." 

Rosé is often referred to as a porch "pounder." But the porch and Rosé
are generally relegated to summer only. COVID has changed everything.

We are sitting outside at restaurants, bars and our porches in cooler weather
and probably the coming cold. Let's keep the "Porch Pounder Tradition"
alive with a slightly heavier Rosé. Love Rosé from Broc Cellars!

Broc Cellars 2019 Love Rose, USA - Convive Wine and Spirits
Broc says:  The fruit was destemmed and pressed into stainless steel tank.
All three varieties fermented together just over 30 days.
Spice comes from Zinfandel, acidity from Valdiguié and texture from the Trousseau.
This is a 100% finished wine. This year's rosé is a deep salmon color,
bursting with notes of ripe, juicy strawberry and watermelon with a salty, savory finish and plenty of acidity that keeps this sunny Mendocino wine from becoming too fruity.

The 2019 from Broc Cellars is $19.99

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French Fashion, French TV, French Wine!

*** Paris Fashion Week, etc. ***
From the MetroWines French Desk
and The French American Chamber of Commerce

 

TV5MONDE Style

 

The latest trends! TV5MONDE Style presents a world of fashion, luxury, design, cuisine, culture and more!
All programs are subtitled in English. Enjoy feature documentaries about fashion designers, artists,
performers, sculptures, painters, chefs and visionaries who are creating the trends of today and tomorrow.
In addition, watch some of the best TV5MONDE signature programs including Epicerie Fine, #versionfrançaise, Tendance XXI, Monte-Carlo Riviera Chik, Rendez-Vous d'Amérique, Visites Privées and Echo-logis. 
And more: 
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/france-online

Your French Immersion Wine:

Domaine de Fontsainte Corbieres Gris de Gris 2019 | Wine.com

A crystalline salmon color with superb amethyst tints. Expressive and particularly tonic,
the wine immediately gives off notes of raspberry, cherry and freshly picked strawberries followed by exotic aromas such as pineapple and mango. A direct and considerable freshness. The density and richness
of the fruit mingle with the superb acid vitality giving a wine with a frisson and a magnificent persistency. 

21.99 at wine.com
*** $17.99 @MetroWines ***

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Sandy Cove Sauvignon Blanc

Brett's New Find of the Week!

 

Winery Tasting Notes for 2019
This wine is elegant and restrained while still undeniably Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. 
It has that grassy element we love from New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, 
but it's a little less aggressive and perhaps rounder and richer in flavor than most.
All good: Certified Sustainable Farming, Minimal Intervention, Recyled Glass! 12.55 ALC.

$17.99

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