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Fontanes, Closerie du Pic, Surveillance and Skyfall, Maligned Grapes, French Wine Tasting, Burgundy Dinner, Provenance SB, Portelli Cerasuolo, Molamatta

*** Featured Wine ***

Chateau Fontanes, Pic St. Loup, $16.99
Kermit Lynch Import

100% Organic and Biodynamic Cabernet Sauvignon
Soil is Clay, Limestone and Marl. Aged in Stainless Steel.
John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine says:
"French but just a touch more weight."

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Kermit Lynch says: 

  "Though the winery is within the boundaries of the appellation Pic St-Loup, the lion’s share of his production is Cabernet Sauvignon, a grape varietal that is outside of the constraints set for the A.O.C. in the Languedoc. This means that in lieu of getting an A.O.C. cru status, he must take a Vin de Pays d’Oc designation. The trade-off for Winemaker Cyriaque is that he gets to make his wines his way, and we, in turn, get an incredible price—a mutually beneficial trade-off. Being rebellious seems to come naturally to a man of such innate talent, and the elegance of his wines are proof enough in a region where bigger is often considered better. Make no mistake, raw terroirand spicy garrigue abound in wines, with rich, juicy fruit and silky tannins."

Robert Parker Wine Advocate says 91 Points:
  "The traditional 2015 Pic St Loup from Domaine Fontanes is a beauty! Coming from high density plantings (all massal selection) and aged in foudre, it offers lots of peppery herbs, black fruits and garrigue in a supple, textured, pure style. This is a bistro styled drinker, yet with oomph, as well as the classic elegance of the Pic Saint Loup appellation. Count me as a fan!"
Another Pic Saint Loup
La Closerie Du Pic, $29


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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 96 Points
Eric Solomon Import    
     "Just bottled three weeks ago, the 2015 Pic Saint Loup La Closerie Du Pic is certainly one of the gems in this terrific vintage. Its vibrant purple color is followed by sensational notes of black raspberries, toasted spice, cassis and even a hint of bacon fat. With medium to full-bodied richness, a seamless texture, integrated acidity and a blockbuster finish, drink this straight up fabulous Pic Saint Loup anytime over the coming 7-8 years. Hats off to team at Puech-Haut, & consultant Philippe Cambie, for this sensational wine!"
From The MetroWines Book Review Department


"The New Big Brother"

Surveillance capitalism is, according to Shoshanna Zuboff,
what happens when companies scoop up the data you willingly posted
and use it for their own commercial ends.


"Your Read it With Wine"
2016 Skyfall Merlot, 13.99

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Wonderfully developed plum, vanilla and leather aromas swirl in the glass.
Juicy flavors of cherry candy coupled with hints of cocoa powder weave
through the palate. Balanced acidity and polished tannins on the finish.

Much Maligned Grapes

Seek Justice

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Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine,
Makes The Case for Chardonnay and Merlot,
(no pressure but: https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/
Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.
Maybe You Don't Like These Grapes. BUT, Maybe You Do!

Make Plans for the Entire Series

** Chardonnay Takes the Challenge on February 5th! **


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*** Tres French ***

Friday, February 8th, 5-6:30
French Wine Tasting
with Thomas Meunier, AuthentiqueVin
"on the house" @MetroWines



*** More French ***
Domaine Chanson Burgundy Dinner at Isa's Bistro

Tuesday, February 19th 6pm

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And Introducing the NEW Isa's Bistro Chef de Cuisine
Peter Crockett from Charleston

Dinner Hosted by Christophe Courteaud from Vintus, the Importer
and Vincent Wallays from Chanson

The Wines?
2016 Chanson Vire-Clesse  to Welcome You
and Perfectly Paired with Small Plates
2016 Chanson Chablis
2013 Chanson Beaune Bastion 1er Cru Blanc 
2015 Chanson Givry 
2016 Chanson Savigny-Dominode 1er Cru 

Cost and Menu TBA. But Call NOW for a Seat.
Call: (828) 575-9525

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     Winery Says: Our Sauvignon Blanc is made exclusively from our Rutherford estate fruit. By pressing the clusters whole and fermenting the wine primarily in stainless steel, we captured the aromas of lemon lime, guava and pineapple. Bright acidity and notes of spice add balance to this wine. We selected a Stelvin closure for our Estate Sauvignon Blanc to enhance the freshness and ensure the quality of this wonderful ready-to-drink wine.

      Tasting Notes:  Our 2016 Rutherford Estate Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc reflects both the excellent concentration of the smaller-crop vintage and the personality of our exceptional vineyard around our winery in Rutherford. As typical of this estate-grown Sauvignon Blanc, the wine shows the most tropical fruit expression of the three Sauvignon Blanc wines that we produce at Provenance. The aromas and flavors are filled with juicy pineapple and white peach notes, intertwined with citrus blossom and wet-stone minerality. Partial barrel fermentation and aging in new oak added hints of toasted almond, nutmeg and vanilla. Yeast contact enhanced the silky texture and weight on the palate. Showcasing the quality of our estate vineyard, this wine has rich fruit intensity, impeccable balance and a crisp, yet creamy, lemon curd finish.
$19.99 at Total Wine
??? Their Big Deal on 6 is $17.99 ???

MetroWines EveryDay Price is $16.99
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2015 Cerasuolo Di Vittoria, Sicily
Kermit Lynch Import, $24
Biodynamic and Organic Blend
of Nero d'Avola and Frappato

The nose is berry, cherry, plum, earth, pine, strawberry, raspberry and floral.
The palate presents plum, berry, white pepper, pine, strawberry, raspberry and floral.

Kermit Lynch Says: "In the southeastern corner of Sicily, west of Modica and Ragusa,
the town of Vittoria is the home of Sicily's sole DOCG
(Italy's strictest form of wine certification), known as Cersuolo di Vittoria.

Cerasuolo is an enlightened blend of Frappato and Nero d'Avola, and the two grapes when blended melt into each other in a harmonious symphony of flavor and texture. I fell in love with the wine and its medium-bodied, sensual, seductive personality.

Then I discovered the Portelli family, Salvatore and his son Alessandro, and have been duly impressed with their mastery of these fine examples of southern Sicilian charm. Wines are fresh, joyful to drink, while being faithful representatives of their native land."


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2013 Marco Felluga Molamatta, Collio Bianco DOC, Italy
40% Pinot Blanc, 40% Tocai Friulano, 20% Ribolla Gialla,  

92 Points, Robert Parker's, $21 
    "Here's a wine that has shown a very impressive improvement curve over these past few years. The 2013 Molamatta is a stainless steel aged blend of 40% Pinot Bianco, 40% Friulano and 20% Ribolla Gialla. The wine presents delicious flavors of stone fruit, honey, preserved lemon and fresh apricot. Molamatta's creamy texture wraps smoothly over the palate."
Bubbles and Truffles
Domaine Chanson Burgundy Dinner at Isa's Bistro