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TinPot, Alice, Focus Group, Ancient Peaks, Wine Classes, French Cafe


98 points Decanter

 "This is a flinty, dry and textural wine. A concentrated, poised amalgamation of complexity and style, effortlessly pure and well composed with nice phenolics and crisp acidity." 

(Zucchini and Goat Cheese approved)


**More than Prosecco **
Alice Tajad Brut Spumante, $21

40% Boschera, 40%Verdiso and 20% Glera

Tajad means “blend” in local Veneto dialect, and this kind of blend of local varieties used to be the daily drink in the Veneto. Tasting it makes one question the wisdom of abandoning those antique varieties for a single-minded, conformist focus on Glera. (Wine now must be at least 85% Glera to be labeled Prosecco.) Tajad shows a little spiciness, a touch of rusticity, and a lot of character. It makes you wish you could be standing at Nonna Alice’s bar, asking her for another glass!

Brut dry and ready to please Prosecco historians, hipsters,
and anyone who just loves fun and fine bubbles.

More on the Veneto. The Venice Film Festival is UP.


Asheville Wine Focus Group
Wednesday, August 8th, 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines

Randy Basham of Ocean South Importers is the Host.

Note: This group is progressing. Getting too smart! This is getting too easy!
Time to move to the next level of deciding what goes on the shelf.

Reserve your Seat at (828) 575-9525

For you Ruth Ellen Church!
Ancient Peaks Zinfandel 2016
From Paso Robles, $17.99

Winemaker Notes: 
"The 2016 Zinfandel jumps out of the glass with bold aromas
of cherry jam, wild blackberry, violets, kirsch, and toasty oak. A rich, viscous texture
is packed with dense flavors of black cherry, boysenberry, cola, and spicy vanilla. Lively notes of black pepper add focus to a smooth, jammy finish.

The 2016 Zinfandel’s deep, supple flavors are an excellent match for fine comfort foods, including wood-fired pizzas, classic lasagna, and smoked gouda burgers."

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 90 Points
"Wafting from the glass with notes of black cherries, cassis, fruitcake and mint,
the 2016 Merlot from Ancient Peaks is full-bodied and velvety on the palate,
with a generous core of savory fruit, powdery tannins and a long, flavorful finish.
For the price, it's an incredible value."
"Around the World in Wine"
Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines

 6 classes from September 18th to October 23rd.
Classes will be limited to 20 students
and tickets must be purchased prior to the date.

Details: https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/
*** This Just IN ***

"French Cafe" with Thomas Meunier
Friday, September 7th from 5:30-6:30 @MetroWines
French Wine, Cheese, Bread Charcuterie 

$25. Seating Limited to 20
You Must Buy Tickets in Advance

Details and Tickets: https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/

September Dinner at The Princess Anne Hotel
Port & Sherry Class