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Merlot, Touraine, ZOE, Gateway Vinho Verde, Brumont Tannat, Francois Servin,

 

Stop Merlot Bashing. Get over it!
So says Lettie Teague of Wall Street Journal. And she is so right.
We took a stand in 2014: https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs
/blog/entry/merlot-is-a-lonely-grape

Isn't it time we let a remark in a movie live at Netflix and not your wine shop?
So, maybe Cabernet is king but Merlot was king first!

Winemaker Steve Matthiasson says:
"Cabernet is powerful but Merlot is the one that allows me to express elegance."

Lettie recommends Shafer Merlot.
We have Shafer and bottles of Merlot from California and around the world
from countries including, Italy, South Africa and France.

Three affordable bottles of Merlot to get you started.......


Rich, rounded dark fruit flavors are balanced by a light touch of oak. Pleasant, lingering finish. At 13% alc, this is a bottle for dinner.

Guy Marden Sauvignon Blanc
Perfect Partner for Esquirrou
Generous, with notes of tart lemon and grapefruit.
A good balance of ripe and fresh flavors with crisp acidity and good minerality.
There's good news and bad news:
The Big Winner was Zoe, Greece

And I mean BIG!!

A blend of 70% Agiorgitiko and 30% Moscofilero, the wine shows
ripe cherries, raspberries, rose petals, full and complex palate.
Tasters also said they tasted a touch of lavender.

The bad news is we sold out. The importer is out.
ZOE will hit Asheville again on May 17th.

Taking orders now.
Call Emily at (828) 575-9525

Gateway Rose Vinho Verde, Portugal
Veeeeeery Popular at Great Rose Tasting Yesterday

A blend of regional varietals; 60% Touriga Nacional and 40% Espadeiro
the grapes are from the best Vinho Verde vineyards in the Amarante sub-region.
Each grape varietal is picked individually at optimum ripeness so that the wine
has the best balance between the richness of the fruit and the natural acidity.
Bright pink in the glass with lively strawberry, red currant and floral notes
on the nose, the palate is young, fruity and luscious with a slight fizz.
At 10.5% alc, this is an easy drinker. Take home more than one!


*** SEXY BEAST ***

Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines
May Winner: Brumont Tannat Merlot Blend, $13.99

https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/
blog/entry/brumont-tannat-merlot-wines-may


Chablis

with Winemaker Francois Servin
For those of you who know Chablis, you do not want to miss these extraordinary bottles and the opportunity to meet Francois Servin considered by many including many of his peers as the best winemaker in the region.
And for those who are not familiar with Chablis, this event will rock your world!

"On the House"
Saturday, May 19th from 4 to 6 STAT!
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/
blog/entry/french-chablis-tasting-with-winemaker

Mark Orsini in June
Great Rose' Tasting May