*** Edible Garden ***
You still have time to build a garden that YOU CAN EAT!
All those herbs and most delicious vegetables.
let's select something versatile and earthy.
RAW made its debut @MetroWines last year. Smashing Success.
You bought more than 10 cases. Very popular. Good news! New vintage is IN.
RAW has no additives and no manipulation.
Pale pink in glass, aromas and palate of strawberries, raspberries and white flowers.
Made in Spain. $15.99 @MetroWines!
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*** Edible Garden ***
And We Will NOT Let You, Virus, Delay Spring!
Lindsey Taylor has designed this "May Bouquet"
of Japanese Ranunculus and a bit of Larkspur,
to capture the colors of "Ella"
a 2007 painting by Gerhard Richter.
And to complete the scene:
"A dry and crisp rose wine made with Gamay grapes. Gamay from Beaujolais
with fruitiness, a balanced acidity and minerality, is a perfect varietal to make
a dry French Rose. The nose is very savory, characterized with red berries
and candy notes freshly picked. Finish is fresh and elegant." Winemaker
Out of Stock at TrinagleWine online
but just as well because it was $17.99
*** From Carol Shelton ***
Rendezvous with friends over a bottle of chilled dry rosé, the name of our Rendezvous Rosé.
Created from the “pink” juice off of red Carignan grapes a full three days after crushing them,
fermented cold like a white wine to retain every drop of crisp strawberry fruitiness.
Winemaker: Winemaker's Notes: Light cranberry color, juicy strawberry-watermelon
fruit aromas, nice mineral, nice lift of springflowersand fresh zest from cara-cara oranges,
tangy vanilla creme frache on strawberry shortcake! Refreshingly crisp and dry,
mouth-watering actually. Great with almost any food, from sushi to salmon to Bbq!
Don't forget it's Big, Bold Partner!
Wild Thing 2016 Old Vine Zinfandel $21
Stock up on Rosé for your wedding now. Hang in there. It's going to happen!
2018 Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé is made with fruit from vineyards farmed expressly for the purpose
of producing a true rosé ( "Weissherbst" in German). Only perfectly ripe, healthy grapes are selected.
Upon harvest the fruit is given a brief maceration (four to six hours) to extract a lovely salmon color
from the Pinot Noir grapes. Villa Wolf presents explosive aromas and flavors of strawberry,
watermelon, along with plums and raspberry and concludes with a zippy finishes!
Villa Wolf was part of our Great Rosé Compare&Contrast Tasting Box. Few bottles left. Hurry!
Just over 11% alcohol. $12.99 @MetroWines and Vivino is still looking for it!
Teaching Moment: A Word About Rosé 2018 and Back:
NYT Wine Critic Eric Asimov says when yo pull a Rosé from last year:
"You thought rosés were only good for summer? That is true for ordinary mass market rosés,
which are not made to last and decline as the first leaves begin to fall.
But well-made rosé not only endures, it improves.
A good wine shop ought to have a selection of these sorts of wines in April."
And David Ridgeway, Head Sommelier, Tourd'Argent in Paris says:
"Rosé wines are growing up. They are becoming drier and more terroir-oriented,
with a capacity to age that had not been explored until now."
From the Winery, Kokomo
Pét Nat, short for Pétillant Naturel, is French for “natural sparkling.”
This method of making sparkling wine pre-dates the traditional champagne method,
where one takes a fully fermented dry wine and adds yeast and sugar to cause
a secondary fermentation. Instead, the Pétillant Naturel method transfers wine
that is still in its first fermentation to the bottle. This allows the native yeast
to continue fermentation within the bottle and produce carbon dioxide
which creates the delicious bubbles we all love.
Passion fruit and Bing cherry come off the nose of this wine with a distinctive,
wet gravel minerality. As you look at the wine in your glass it continues to dance
and open up to its more complex flavors and aromatics. The palate on this wine evokes
a traditional Champagne in weight and fineness of bubbles;
however the easy-drinking, fruit forward youth of the wine makes it very quaffable.
Very Limited Distribution. $26 at Kokomo Winery.
News Release: Monday, March 9th, 2020
News Release: Monday, March 9th, 2020
Selecting wines for your wedding can be daunting. So many choices. Let us help you manage the situation with "not more choices just better ones!" Call Kristen at 828-575-9525.
This is the condition that results when you are faced with too many choices.
Bed Bath and Beyond seeks to cut the clutter:
(Edina on the left. Patsy on the right)
A while back, there was a BBC Show about two aging, hedonistic groupies
that spend their days drinking and shopping.
While being driven to Harrod's to buy milk, Edina, abundantly familiar with choices,
says "I don't want more choices, I just want better ones."
And that is what you get @MetroWines!
A curated collection of wines from around the world that fits
every interest, price point, occasion and recipe.
We are Absolutely Fabulous Approved!
To prove the point, a better choice among the many,
we suggest "E" from España, one of the Locations Wines.
According to John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine,
"E is a rich, full bodied wine with European flavors." $21.
and deep red shades are immediately present in the glass.
Complimenting the appearance is an impressive intensity on the nose
with elevated dark cherry and exotic spice notes. The entry is rich with youthful berry compote, floral, and plum flavors, complimented with bright acidity.
The finish is expansive and pleasing with a persistent mocha tinge and silky tannins.
Robert Parker says 93 Points: Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
If you judge wines on how they taste and the degree of pleasure they offer,
they are all incredible efforts. The three new cuvees I tasted are among the finest wine values one could hope to find. Moreover, there are 50,000 cases of each, no easy feat given the grapes Phinney has accessed and the quality he has turned out. As of now, Dave Phinney might be my “value winemaker of the year” candidate. P.S. It’s too expensive for this report, but I am including it as an hommage to what Dave Phinney has achieved. If there are better wines for under $20 a bottle in the world today,
please share that information with The Wine Advocate.
From The MetroWines Book Review Department
The phenomenon of friendship is universal and elemental.
Friends, after all, are the family we choose.
But what makes these bonds not just pleasant but essential,
and how do they affect our bodies and our minds?
In Friendship, science journalist Lydia Denworth takes us in search
of friendship’s biological, psychological, and evolutionary foundations.
She finds friendship to be as old as early life on the African savannas
when tribes of people grew large enough for individuals to seek fulfillment
of their social needs outside their immediate families.
Denworth draws a link from primate relationships to
scientists at the frontiers of brain and genetics research and discovers
that friendship is reflected in our brain waves, our genomes,
and our cardiovascularand immune systems; its opposite, loneliness, can kill.
At long last, social connectionis recognized as critical to wellness and longevity.
I asked Brett Watson to select a bond building bottle!
"Nothing will induce and keep conversation going more than a unique bottle
of skin-fermented (orange) wine from legendary winemaker Elisabetta Foradori.
More known for her Northern Italian "Dolomite Mountain" reds,
she brings us her Ampeleia label from the brambly seaside hills of Maremm,
a in Southern Tuscany. A blend of mostly different strains of Trebbiano mixed
with a dose of Malvasia and rare Ansonica. The bio-dynamic bottling ferments
on skins for 7 days, then ages in concrete tank. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Also, just tastes really realllllly good."
Bring Back the Tomboy
Nancy McKeon as Jo Polniaczek on "Facts of Life" in 1982.
Everybody loved Jo. With her mane of brown hair and disdain for convention,
the Tomboy who spoke her mind and had no need for high society,
was adored by little girls across America.
Jo inspired generations of early feminists to be forthright and assertive
rejecting traditional, passive femininity.
If encouraging the return of the Tomboy is of interest to you,
this book is a full examination of what was, what is and what could be.
In any case, your Read it With or BE it With Wine
FYI: Tomboy Knows NO Age!
Anna Gallisà is the Oenologist
Fresh red fruit, minerality, structure and black fruit characteristics.
The wine is produced from all the grape varieties grown:
Garnatxa, Cabernet Sauvignon, Samsó, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
And I have no idea what this says but if you can read Spanish,
please enjoy this interview with Anna!
All This for $19.99 @MetroWines
by Erin Jensen for USA Today
How about shedding something old and trying something new for your nuptials?
Experts say couples are committing to putting their personal touch on their wedding day, forgoing things that were once seen as traditional for what feels true. Rethinking registries, white dresses and wedding parties are among this year's trends. There is also a focus on the health of the planet and guests.
Etsy trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson deemed 2020 "the year of purpose" as she sees shoppers "making choices that stretch beyond just a pretty thing. It really has meaning and has a deeper purpose."
Lauren Kay, executive editor at The Knot, describes those preparing to walk down the aisle today as "really thoughtful," adding "they feel less pressure to have that kind of traditional wedding, the one we imagine when watching 'Father of the Bride.' They’re really looking to do it on their terms."
What you'll be seeing at 2020 ceremonies unveiled:
See the engagement ring trends inspired by celebs like JLo, Duchess Meghan
Bill Gates' daughter Jennifer is engaged to Egyptian equestrian: 'Yes a million times over'
Couples say 'I do' to sustainability
Kay advises not to be intimidated by this trend, as "You don’t have to have a carbon-neutral footprint wedding."
Some of her suggestions include recycling flowers, nixing an RSVP card in lieu of an online response, upcycling decor or working with bartenders who utilize reusable straws and avoid single-use plastics.
Efforts toward sustainability can also be made when purchasing fashion accessories like cufflinks from recycled materials or vintage veils and rings, says Isom Johnson. "Purchasing vintage is an act of sustainability because you’re not adding more to the world, you’re simply breathing new life into something that was once popular from decades past," she says.
The '70s are coming back
Isom Johnson says the essence of the decade may be seen in a color palette, lettering or in disco-inspired decor.
"This is where that nature-inspired moment can happen as well," she adds, mentioning the possibility of a flower crown "that has really been modernized and kind of amplified."
Suiting is here to shine
Isom Johnson sees power suits, which may be donned at the rehearsal dinner, reception or ceremony, as "a nod to feminism" and a "very fashion-forward" choice. It's also another opportunity for a bride to inject her personality.
Kay has noticed a shake-up for suiting when it comes to color and fabric selection, noting people are choosing bold colors, fabrics such as velvet and unexpected patterns.
Wedding parties depart from tradition
"This is when you’ll see them incorporate every single person and potentially a pet that’s close to them," explains Isom Johnson, mentioning gender-bending titles like groomswoman or man of honor. Having a best dog is also a possibility.
Searches on Etsy for bridesman items saw a 171% increase in the past six months, according to Isom Johnson. Queries for bestwoman items jumped 72%.
The best cities for a 2020 wedding
The 5 most popular wedding gifts of 2019
Pairs rethink food and drink
The food and beverage menu gives couples another opportunity to add personality. Kay says food offerings may reflect heritages or commemorate special occasions like a first date, or be a dish they consistently prepare at home.
*** Pre-Tariff French White of the Week ***
2018 Domaine Adele Rouze QUINCY $19.99
A Charles Neal Selection
Quincy is characterised by its freshness and notes of ripe citrus, grapefruit,
white flowers and freshly-cut herbs. On the palate, this medium-bodied wine shows flavors
of grapefruit and lime, with a touch of citrus pith and a crisp, mineralled finish.
The Winemaker Adèle Rouze
Farming and winemaking is in Adèle's blood. Her father, Jacques, is a respected vigneron
in Quincy & Reuilly, while her brother, Côme, is a well-known oenologist.
Adèle is a certified agricultural appraiser, and after completing her wine studies
in Bordeaux, she returned to Quincy in 2003 to launch her eponymous domaine.
Her vineyard holdings are only 5 hectares, but many parcels consist of old vines,
some of which were planted in 1920, 1930, and still others in the 1950's.
She farms with minimal spraying, using only natural products to work the siliceous,
gravel and clay soils. Domaine Adèle Rouzé is the quintessential familial estate;
the type we are delighted to support @MetroWines.
I asked Brett Watson of The Asheville School of Wine
what a Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc is all about? And he said:
"Extremely small wine producer and local female winemaking legend Adele Rouze
farms 80+ year old vines in Loire Valley's Sancerre neighbor of Quincy. Farming everything
by hand in a traditional organic, true to the land style, Rouze showcases the stone and granite soils of Quincy, Frances 2nd AOC in 1936, to absolute perfection. Think crystal clean Sancerre'ish Sauvignon Blanc at a heavy discount with a touch more visceral
and ripe stone fruit-like texture. An absolute steal of a deal at $19.99 here @MetroWines
will make your friends like white wine again in the winter."
Vinous Says: Shimmering orange. Fresh pit fruit, red berry and floral qualities
on the highly perfumed nose, along with suggestions of dusty minerals
and orange zest. Juicy, focused and lithe on the palate, offering intense nectarine,
red currant, strawberry and candied lavender flavors supported by a spine
of juicy acidity. Shows outstanding clarity and mineral cut on a very long,
sappy finish that strongly echoes the floral and pit fruit notes.
Kermit Lynch Import: 55% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, 20% Cinsault
$49.99 at wine.com and (all together now) unavailable!
*** $44 @MetroWines ***
"Sparkling Rose Tasting"
Saturday, December 28th
from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines
and, as always, on the house!
Forbes Magazine Says: "Step up to sparklers. You get the same advantages,
since these wines are served chilled, and in many cases they pair even better with food,
rosé champagnes are one of the world’s great food wines. Well, when it comes to celebrating, there is no more time-honored beverage choice than sparkling wine.
Best of all, you don’t have to stop when summer ends, as sparkling wines are well suited
for many other occasions, holidays, brunches, and year-round enjoyment."