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Pierano Petite Sirah, Gravel Bar, Backsberg Chenin, Bordeaux Class, Venice, Pullus, Caravaggio, Orin Swift Dinner, Ambrozia Big Night, Amontillado

 

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Peirano Estate Petite Sirah, Lodi 2017, $13.99
The intense inky black color of this wine catches you from the first pour. It exhibits a rich deep hue
with perfect clarity. The senses are tempted by an array of wild blackberries, maple, brown sugar
and fresh baked boysenberry pie. The palate is mysterious and seductively filled with bright blackberries, deep dark plums, cassis and dried cranberries, with chewy moderate tannins.
The finish is soft and mysterious with a hint of cocoa and black pepper. 

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Gravel Bar, Columbia Valley 2015, $17.99
For more than 20 centuries, torrential floodwaters from melting ice-age glaciers
sculpted Eastern Washington's Columbia Valley leaving deep deposits of sandy, rocky alluvial soils. Today, these broad plains of ancient sediments constitute one of the world's finest
grape growing regions. Small lots aged sur lie in American Oak, Gravel Bar is full-bodied,
complex and concentrated yet subtle and elegant.
This blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot presents black cherry,
mocha and plum on the palate with a good balance of fruit and herbal flavors.

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   About the Winery: Michael Back’s grandfather arrived in Cape Town in the early years of the last century, a penniless political and religious refugee from Lithuania. Working first as a dockhand, then as a bicycle delivery boy, he eventually bought a butcher shop at the Paarl train station, which he subsequently traded in for the farm that is now the heart of Backsberg Wine Cellars. Michael continues in charge today, joined since 2008 by his son Simon. This Chenin’s wide array of aromatic characteristics includes pear, green apple, and cashew; its ripe fruit is tempered by finely balanced acidity to give the wine a mouth-filling yet refreshing palate.

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Who is Michele D' Aprix?
Pentimento Bordeaux! that's WHO!


Winemaker Michele D'Aprix
and Andy Hale of The Asheville School of Wine
Present a Class and Tasting
Join us at The French Cafe @MetroWines
Tuesday, March 26th from 5:30 to 6:30, $25

https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/
winemaker-michele-d-aprix-bordeaux-class


This is a unique opportunity to meet
The only American Women Winemaker in Bordeaux 

and hear how she, literally, stirs the pot!

 

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When in Venice, Eat Like a Venetian
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/27/travel/venice-cicchetti-small-plates.html
OR

When Not in Venice, But you Want to Drink like a Venetian

Stay with us...........

*** Teachable Moment Alert ***
My first thought was to pull a bottle from Friuli but that seemed so SOP.
So, I asked Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine, how,
apart from Friuli, I might drink like a Venetian. And, he said.....

 

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2017 Pullus Pinot Grigio with a Pinkish Hue! $17.99

"...Pullus is from Slovenia bordering northeastern Italy at Friuli.
Fruili has garnered a big reputation and is commanding a high price. 
The wineries are real state of the art. Slovenia has the same terroir
and quality but is not burdened with all the hype and marketing that drives up prices.
That said, Pullus does not have an inflated Friuli pricetag that represents "trendy".
And Pullus is a little less high tech, a little closer to the land in process."


Winery says this Pinot Grigio is a wine with a rosy-coopery hue in its colour,
which is typical for overripe, macerated grapes of this variety.
Its nuances are expressed in the bouquet, which hint at ripe pears and overripe melons.
The intense bouquet gives the wine a full and creamy finish. 

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2017 Pullus Pinot Grigio with a Pinkish Hue! $17.99

"...Pullus is from Slovenia bordering northeastern Italy at Friuli.
Fruili has garnered a big reputation and is commanding a high price. 
The wineries are real state of the art. Slovenia has the same terroir
and quality but is not burdened with all the hype and marketing that drives up prices.
That said, Pullus does not have an inflated Friuli pricetag that represents "trendy".
And Pullus is a little less high tech, a little closer to the land in process."

Winery says this Pinot Grigio is a wine with a rosy-coopery hue in its colour,
which is typical for overripe, macerated grapes of this variety.
Its nuances are expressed in the bouquet, which hint at ripe pears and overripe melons.
The intense bouquet gives the wine a full and creamy finish. 

Caravaggio or Not?

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 "Judith and Holofernes" discovered in an attic in Toulouse in 2014.
Experts disagree on the authenticity of the painting but it is set for auction anyway!
https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2019/the-toulouse-
caravaggio-painting-found-in-french-attic-valued-at-100m-to-be-offered-without-reserve-at-auction/

(Personally, I don't see it. But that's just me.)

*** Another Teachable Moment Alert ***
Michealangelo Merisi, aka Caravaggio, was born in Milan, Lombardy Winemaking region. Easy.
What would be more appropriate over which to discuss Caravaggio than a wine from Buttafuoco!

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As we have said, bad name but great wine. A blend of Croatina, Barbera and Uva Rara,
this is a taste extraordinaire. A fruity but dry, light red wine similar in characteristics to Dolcetto. Imported by Neal Rosenthal Wine Merchants. Give it at least two house to breath.
By the Glass for over 2 years at Cucina 24! and a personal favorite @MetroWines.

But this is too easy, so, I went back to Andy Hale and asked what would be close to Lombardy,
share some wine characteristics, maybe some varietals, but be just a little different.
Andy said: "Let's go  over the border to Piedmonte. Barbera!"

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Bright ruby in color. Fruity, sweet aromas of chocolate and raspberry, maybe a little cream soda.
Riva Leone offers a fruity, light-to-medium body and can go solo!
At $11.99 @MetroWines, Riva Leone is a steal!

 

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Orin Swift

"The Prisoner"
Wine Pairing Dinner at Vue 1913 
at Omni Grove Park Inn

** Thursday, March 28 **
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/
blog/entry/orin-swift-dinner-at-vue1913

Call (828) 210-7813

 

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"Ciao Asheville" 
Presnts
The Big Night at AMBROZIA
Wednesday, April 17th starting 6pm

Chef Sam Etheridge does the Big Dinner from "The Big Night"
with special guest Deborah diSabatino,
Food Stylist for the Film!

More: https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/
ciao-asheville-hosts-the-big-night-at-ambrozia


$65 (exclusive of tax&gratuity). Call (828) 350-3033

Don't Miss This BIG NIGHT!

 

"My dear Fortunato, you are luckily met. How remarkably well you are looking today!
But I have received a pipe of what passes for Amontillado and I have my doubts.
"
The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe


Reading Poe on a rainy day, I ran into this story and realized I had never tasted Amontillado. Unacceptable! So the next night, I had a glass of Amontillado at Jargon in West Asheville
following an extraordinary plate of Crawfish Etouffee by Chef Marcus Day.
The Amontillado? A very different, very exquisite taste!
I can understand how someone during the time of Poe,
when Amontillado was not so readily available,
might go willingly into the dark and dank catacombs to have a taste.

But you can access Amontilladoat catacomb free MetroWines! 
Lustau Dry Amontillado "Los Arcos" Solera Reserve

Lustau, Dry Amontillado
93 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 
"The non-vintage Dry Amontillado Los Arcos Solera Reserva reveals a medium amber hue
along with a nutty, honeyed, dry personality with great acid. 
The portfolio of under $25 a bottle selections represents remarkable value for their complex,
well-made personalities. Lustau includes a bottling date code."

Drink Old School by John Kerr
Torii Mor Wine Tasting