MIDNIGHT in FRANCE
News Release: Thursday, December 10th, 2020
About: New Year's Eve 2020: "Midnight in France"
The New Year's Eve Tradition @MetroWines continues! This year we present "Midnight in France" in collaboration with The Asheville Sister Cities Committee for Saumur, hosted by Jean Phillipe Bourgeois, owner of an Asheville based wine import company.
The evening will begin at 5pm EST on ZOOM and conclude with fireworks at 6pm because "When it's 6pm in Asheville, it's "Midnight in France!"
"This is a unique opportunity to have a fantastic New Year's Eve in your own home or join ZOOM with friends and family around the world," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "With French Wine, commentary from very French Jean Philippe and fireworks from Paris, its Midnight in France!"
JP Bourgeois is a highly specialized wine importer of French and Spanish wines, focusing solely on handcrafted, sustainably farmed or certified organic wines. "Our quest," says Jean Philippe, "is to stay close to the vines."
Jean Phillipe will present four wines by French Women Winemakers:
Clara Vie Blanquette de Limoux Brut NV - Limoux, FR
Francoise Antech, Winemaker
A custom cuvee between JP Bourgeois and Francoise Antech. Maison Antech-Limoux holds a six-generation family tradition of winemaking. Since the late 19th century, the family has had a vested interest in the winemaking traditions of the region, and each generation has added their own touch. Françoise, a member of the sixth generation, inherited her elders’ strong character. A guardian of the heritage, she is also a fervent advocate of social and cultural action in her region. For over five centuries, the family has tamed this magical terroir to make fine sparkling wines. The secret of their character lies in the wise combination of Limoux’s three terroirs, which form the backbone of their cuvées: freshness from the Pyrenees, minerality from the ocean and roundness from the Mediterranean. In the family vineyard, they try out new methods on their old vinestocks on the appellation’s highest land — stony, south-facing hillsides nearly 400m above sea level opposite the Pyrenees.
Domaine Loberger Meissenberg Pinot Blanc 2017 - Alsace, FR
Celine Loberger, Winemaker
Domaine Loberger Crémant d’Alsace Brut Extra NV
Blend: Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris
Aging: 12 months in stainless steel
Tasting notes: A fine and light mousse, a bright and luminous pale golden robe, and a mélange of zesty citrus and cool orchard fruits make this crémant the refined aperitif an ideal cocktail wine it is. Zero dosage helps accentuate the flinty minerality and creamy body underpinning its lightly fruity freshness.
Domaine Pral Beaujolais Cuvee Terroir 2019 - Beaujolais, FR
Marion Pral, Winemaker
In the heart of the Pays des Pierres Dorées in the southernmost tip of the Beaujolais region, Domaine Marion Pral practices ecological farming on their 45 acres of vines. The estate is located in the hamlet of La Roche in Saint-Laurent-d’Oingt, 10 miles from Villefranche, capital of the Beaujolais. Pascal Chatelus, his wife Marion Pral, and their family have been farming the estate for several generations. All vineyards are located on granite-based south and southwest-facing hillside soils. Harvests are done by hand.
Veema Rouge 2016 - Languedoc, FR
Florentia Stoppini, Winemaker
Blend: 45% Grenache, 5% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre
Aging: 6 months in new French oak barrels
Tasting notes: Veema’s time-honored and harmonious combination of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre offer an engaging wine that preserves the boldness and complexity of that blend. Leather and smoked meat give a brawny edge to a nose of pure, fragrant black fruit, brown spice, vanilla, and violets.
The ZOOM, starting at 5pm, is on the house. Access Zoom: HERE!
And if you want to taste along with Jean Philippe, the 4-Pack, one bottle of each wine to be poured is $68 (plus tax) @MetroWines. Call MetroWines at (828) 575-9525.
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