Deep ruby red in the glass, Estate Pinot Noir is fragrant with aromas of plum, fresh herb, and an enticing, signature floral note. Medium bodied on the palate, it offers a mixture of raspberry, berry compote, mocha, and white pepper with good persistence and acidity.
The 2019 is $17.99 @MetroWines
From Doggone Good Wine, Mendicino
A rich and velvety blend of 45% Zinfandel, 22% Touriga Nacional, 7% Tinta Barroca, 7% Touriga Francesca, 6% Tinta Roriz, 6% Tinta Cao, 3% Petite Sirah, 2% Syrah, 2% Pinotage Deep ruby color with aromas & flavors of dark berries finishing with a soft spice and toasty oak."
Zach carried Fred's Red in his Cincinnati Store. Rave Reviews. Big Hit.
*** $16.99 ***
Looking for treasure with a metal detector has a long history.
But, with the onslaught of technology, the art form fell out of style. Recent shows like the one shown here, "The Detectorists," (BTW, Andy and I agree that this is possibly the best show ever!), youtube channels (including the Nugget Noggin from Charlotte) and a push by celebrities (Drew Barrymore gives detectors away on her show) have brought the the treasure hunt back into focus across all demographics.
The Renaissance in Florence was documented by scholars scribes and artists. At the heart, was Vespasiano da Bisticci. Born 1422, he was called then and now, "the king of the world's booksellers." At a time when books were made by hand, Vespasiano produced hundreds of volumes from his bookshop.
*** Such a Deal ***
WineListAwards called the 2017 Viña Pomal
"The Rioja of the Year"
A single varietal Tempranillo characterised by traditional winemaking techniques: after destemming and crushing, fermentation takes place.
The wine is macerated for 2 weeks, giving it a smooth, structure with great fruit.
Finally, it spends 12 months in American oak barrels and at least 6 months in bottle. "Viña Pomal is one of Spain's most exceptional and traditional wines, which has remained faithful to the classic style of authentic Rioja."
If you shop @MetroWines, you know Viña Pomal has been a staple on our shelves.
But the price, through the various distributors has gone up and down.
Good News: It's Down Again!
The 2017 is down from $15.99
*** to $12.99! ***
Claim Your Bottles. Call (828) 575-9525
The "Wicked Emperor" in the book below is Nero. Falsh forward to last week.
"The Arch of Nero" by Thomas Cole sold for $15 million at a Sotheby's auction.
Book Review: A few weeks back, Ciao Asheville suggested "A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" by Emma Southon.
The wine world has lost a true legend. Jim Clendenen, a pioneer in his industry is gone but will never be forgotten, for he has left a lasting impression for generations of winemakers and wine professionals. In the wine industry, being considered "old school" in Italy, France or Greece is considered cool and hip, yet old school in California is considered passé or dated. This may have to do with how young the California wine scene is in comparison to some countries that date back to 6000 B.C. Either way, Jim was considered "old school", well at least in the time that I knew him. He championed the notion of being able to enjoy a glass of wine for lunch "without getting drunk".
Goodbye our Friend.
Brett came to North Carolina from the restaurant world in Los Angeles and chose to spend a year and a half with us @MetroWines. But it seems that all good things must end and so it is time for Brett to use his years of experience and pursue his goals in the wine and hospitality industry. He will be joining the Leo's House of Thirst team in West Asheville and we all wish him the best and hope we will see him often @MetroWines.
Sail on Brett! Asheville is fortunate to have you here.