Experience the wine regions of Provence and the Rhône Valley like an insider! Native Frenchman Jean-Christian Rotagni of Contrast Wines will take you to the best local restaurants, wineries as well as dine with winemakers. You will even tour several wineries during the harvest and crush, a rare opportunity.
But this is not just a wine tour. You’ll also visit Roman and pre-historic vestiges like the oldest cave paintings in Europe, and meet local photographers and artists. For a unique experience, Jean limits the number of guests, books hotels that are four star or equivalent and selects restaurants with quality cuisine.
World Verdejo day which was held last week was a chance to spread the “notoriety “ of DO Rueda, and to better inform consumers on the quality of the wines from the region, according to managing director Santiago Mora.
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From Vinex: “Verdejo day has become more and more important,” he claimed. The event, which first took place in 2013 in four cities in the US, had grown, within five years, to become an international celebration of the Verdejo grape led by DO Ruedea in tandem with the Ribera de Duero DO.
About: Oceano Wines and Grove Wood Gallery Set the Perfect Table
Join us on Wednesday, June 29th at 5:30, for "The Perfect Table" @MetroWines. Grovewood Gallery will bring artist designed place settings, and MetroWines will serve award winning Oceano Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with surprising but perfect finger foods, together with commentary from Oceano Owner and Vinter Rachel Martin! The evening is $20 and all wines and Spiegelau wine glasses are event priced.
On Feb. 15, MetroWines closed its flagship store on Charlotte Street to walk-in customers, as renovations were underway to restore the small building to its century-old bones. (The shop continued to accept online orders and offer curbside pickup throughout the process.) “We took off all the drywall to expose the original brick and removed the drop ceiling to reveal the original tin ceiling,” says store manager Zach Eidson. “That added about two feet of height and really brightened things up.”
When the store opened to the public again on April 22, customers saw not only the refurbished old but also some new additions, including flooring, racks and lighting.
What has not changed, assures Eidson, is the layout. “Regular customers walk in and are blown away by the look, but glad to see their favorite wines in the same places.”
On Saturday, May 14, 1-5 p.m., MetroWines will celebrate its official grand reopening with a tasting of DAOU Vineyards wines, paired with small bites by chef Sam Etheridge.