News Release: Monday, July 16th, 2018
News Release: Monday, July 16th, 2018
News Release: Monday, July 16th, 2018
Great Rose Tasting: July
Notorious Pink, France: 100% Grenache
Aromas of ripe peaches, plums, lavender, pear, orange, and honey. The palate is melon, raspberries, sweet cherry, pear, peach. Crisp, good acidity, minerality and long finish.
Regaliale, Sicily: 100% Nerrello Mascalese
Deep salmon pink presenting aromas of cherry, raspberry, blackberry and rose petals. Refreshing acidity. Long finish. Seems like it might want to sparkle. This is what Sicilians enjoy in the hot summer!
Muga Rioja: 60%Garnacha, 30%Viura, 10%Tempranillo
Dry. On the nose and palate, you find citrus and green apple. Freshness and acidity through to a long finish for a Rose. Add Raspberry and strawberry. 91 Points James Suckling
Love Drunk, Oregon: 75%Chardonnay, 25%Pinot Noir
Provacative aromas of strawberry and raspberry followed by flavors of wild strawberry, watermelon rind and kiwi. Bottles signed by the Winemaker Andre Mack.
Calcu, Chile: Blend of 90%Malbec and 10%Petite Verdot.
Calcu is a family owned winery that crafts wines expressing the unique character and diversity of chile's Colchagua Valley. Grapes for this wine are hand selected from individual vineyard blocks. Calcu Rose has aromas of floral citrus and wild berries. on the palate, it is elegant and bright.
Belstar Rose, Italy:
A blend of merlot, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. this unique sparkling wine is fresh and juicy with soft flavors of citrus and licorice, melon and ripe strawberries. The style is clean by smooth over the palate with a hint, just a hint of sweet.
News Release: Thursday, July 12th, 2018
The WINNER of the July Asheville Wine Focus Group is Carlos Serres Reserva Rioja! By WINNER, we mean the bottle that sold the most and the fastest! Finding an affordable "Reserva" with this much age on it is rare.
The Group thought the wine was complex presenting identifiable flavors followed by a long finish. This wine, with just the right amount of acidity, would be a perfect match for food but could also go solo. And most thought, because of its versatility, this bottle would be great to bring to a dinner.
Wine has a history. And history is full of wine. That of Carlos Serres (Charles, in French) is one of them. One of those which happen once in a lifetime and perdure.
Not only because he saw in Haro a perfect place to make wine of great quality but, above all, because he envisaged a new horizon for Rioja wine not considered until then: international exports.
He came from Bordeaux, where the phylloxera pest had compromised winemaking. This famous French wine consultant found in Haro the perfect terroir to make Bordeaux style wines, with a climate and terrain which reminded him of the best terroirs in Bordeaux.
A perfect place to make wines that met the quality, flavour and personality expectations of the most discerning international palates. Elegant wines with a Rioja flavour, ready to conquer; even overseas.
A blend of 90%Malbec and 10%Petite Verdot.
Calcu is a family owned winery that crafts wines expressing the unique character and diversity of Chile's Colchagua Valley. Grapes for this wine are hand selected from individual vineyard blocks. Calcu Rose has aromas of floral citrus and wild berries. on the palate, it is elegant and bright.
|Pesto Perfect White!
The Cecchi family offers good-value buys with theirLa Mora line of wine from
the Tuscan Coast. Some 200,000 bottles are made of the white wine
and 300,000 bottles of the red.
-Monica Larner, Interim End of November 2017, The Wine Advocate
It's ALL the Rage. And for Good Reason!
Franciacorta’s layered geological formations boast complex microclimates.
Franciacorta’s moderate to high acidity makes it admirably versatile at the table. Animante Brut offers a zesty texture, a vein of minerality and vibrant acidity that cuts through a creamy risotto or pasta. For a delightful contrast, match to foods rich in umami such as mushrooms, cured meats or shellfish, flavors that will act as a balancing agent to the full stone fruit notes.
Areyna Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
|Domaine de Couron Rose
This area has been inhabited since the Upper Paleolithic as evidenced by the cave paintings at Chauvet Pont d'Arc. The plateau of the Ardèche river has extensive standing stones, erected thousands of years ago.The river has the largest canyon in Europe and the caves that dot the cliffs are known for signs of prehistoric inhabitants!
From this tiny village in the South of France,
this 100% Grenache is dry.
Different. Pale Pink in the Glass. Lovely.
The Cococciola grape is a specialty of southern Abruzzo.
This refreshing white wine appears pale straw yellow with green highlights. Although light on the palate, it exhibits a sense of firmness emphasized by
Wall Street Journal reports that ultrasound signals from widespread electronics,
including your car, are behind headaches and dizziness.
Make one less car trip!
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|Thieves Plunder Parmesan in Italy! Again!
This is a new level of LOW. Support Parmesan Cheese Makers in Italy.
Pick up a hunk. Then stop @MetroWines and shop a bottle to pair.
Le Corti Chianti Classico 2013
Perfectly aged to match you little hunk of heaven and critically acclaimed!
Intense ruby red in color, the wine has a brilliant and silky profile, almost thirst-quenching with its traces of raspberry, violet, lavender, and forest roses. The lightly spicy nose is inviting, an anticipation of a lively flavor and texture with a genteel note of rhubarb, its precise tannins marked by the sensation of just-harvested crunchy, red plums, and a finish that pushes through a dynamic progression of savoriness. Food pairings: Ideal with roast pork, mixed boiled meats, wild fowl, grilled white meat, and medium-aged cheeses.
Wine Enthusiast, 91 Points: Smooth and juicy, this opens with aromas of wild berry, blue flower and a whiff of grilled herb. The soft, succulent palate doles out black cherry, chopped mint, cinnamon and a hint of mocha alongside dusty tannins and bright acidity. It's rather straightforward but delicious.
James Suckling, 90 Points: Aromas of blueberry, lemon and berry follow through to a medium to full body, tangy acidity and a firm, tannic finish.
Friend and Farmer and HAND WORK is the dream of three brothers,
The Parra Brothers work two vineyards near the town of Las Mesas.
Wine Advocate 92 Points $12.99
"Their entry-level Monastrell is already the 2016 La Tremenda is sourced from the vineyard that names the wine, from their estate El Chaconero in the village of Villena, a plot at 600 meters altitude planted some 25 years ago. It fermented in stainless steel and matured in French barriques for six months. 2016 is a cooler year than 2014 or 2015, and the wines reflect it. It was not an easy year; they had to do a strict selection of grapes, and it paid off. It has the character of the variety, with its elegant rusticity with a fresh, herbal twist and a palate with fine-grained tannins, nicely textured and with a supple, very tasty finish. This is a superb introduction to Monastrell from Alicante at an incredible price."
"Bright ruby-red in color, this wine shows expressive notes of fresh black cherries and red berries mingled with hints of sweet spice, toast and cocoa. On the palate, this accessible red shows silky texture, liveliness and long length." ~ Winery notes
*** $9.99 ***
|"A Midsummer Wine Dinner at The Princess Anne Hotel"
** Call and Call Now: (828) 258-0986 **
And FYI: The Princess Anne Hotel will be opening for dinner,
not just special occasions, but dinner.
High End but affordable in the Charlotte Street Hood!
|Wine from the Veneto
La Foraci Lugana 2016
Tommasi Wines, Lake Garda
Steel Tank Fermentation of 100% Trebbiano di Lugana
Moon yellow color, the perfume is clean and spicy, highlighted by delicious
Louis Dressner Wine Tasting
6 Summer Wines From This Acclaimed Importer
Louis/Dressner Selections is a portfolio of over 100 vignerons hailing from France, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Croatia, Slovenia and Chile.
The wineries are all family owned, organically farmed, made with indigenous yeasts, or, in other words, true vine to glass wines.
Italian Wine Tasting
with Mauro Maugliani, Italian Wine Specialist for Kobrand
News Release: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
THE Treasure Hunter
Pops UP @MetroWines
on Monday from 3 to 4pm
to pour and sign bottles.
If you have not met Hunter Vogel
you don't want to miss this event!
Treasure Hunter wines are micro-lot and one time releases.
Each lot represents the best of it's appellation,
varietal and the winemakers who have crafted them.
Andre Mack is @MetroWines for a Pop Up Hard Target Tasting
Tuesday, June 12th from 4 to 5 to pour his
"Love Drunk Rose"
and signing bottles until the ink runs dry.
If you have not met Andre Mack,
you DO NOT DO NOT want to miss this opportunity!
Who is Andre Mack?
After a successful career with Citicorp Investment Services, André Hueston Mack decided to pursue his passion for wine. While working as a sommelier in San Antonio, Mack was awarded the prestigious title of Best Young Sommelier in America by the highly regarded Chaine des Rotisseurs.
This recognition propelled Mack to sommelier at Thomas Keller’s world-renowned French Laundry in Yountville, California and then to Head Sommelier at Keller’s Per Se in NYC, where he managed a 1800 selection award-winning wine list.
Mack has been featutured in major publications including Food&Wine, Wine&Spirits, The New York Times, Women’s Health, Ebony, and Wall Street Journal. Mack was honored in 2007 with The Network Journal’s 40-Under-Forty Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to business
What is Love Drunk Rose
The 2017 Love Drunk is an intoxicating rosé. Andre mack says: "Much like new love, it clouds the brain, causes eyes to sparkle, cheeks to glow, blood pressure to rise, and lips to pucker. Provocative aromas of strawberry and raspberry, followed by refreshing flavors of wild strawberry, watermelon rind, and a hint of kiwi."
The June Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines was a great night of history, fun and, of course, great wine! Mark Orsini of Orsini Imports took us on a vicarious trip back to Yakima, Washington, circa 1940s. The property that now yields extraordinary vines was once used to build planes for the war effort.
If you shop @MetroWines, you know the great Italian wines that Mark brings us and it was Mark that brought us Marcel Servin and his magnifique Chablis last month. Mark wanted to show us that his portfolio also includes some great west coast wines. And that he did! We tasted and reviewed four wines: Chardonnay, Rose, Cabernet Sauvignon and a Bordeaux Blend.
The Focus Group, while all wines were hits, thought two stood out. The price to amazing quality ratio for the Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon was high. And both wines were thought to be wines that, no matter your preferred style, you could enjoy. In other words, you can serve these wines to guests with confidence. And both are the kind of wines you can and should! buy by the case. Just that good. Worth it!
Mark shared personal stories of his visits with the family as well as the history of the property and the generations of owners. This text from the website is some of what we learned.
Founder of our Family Farm
H. Lloyd Miller was a successful businessman and pioneer of the Yakima Valley. Noting the potential for the valley to become one of the nation’s leading agricultural producers, he began acquiring dry farmland with the hopes that someday it would have access to water. Eventually, H. Lloyd became the chairman of the Roza Irrigation Canal Board, and he saw the project through to its completion in 1951. At that time, he was able to begin farming on his property and devoted the rest of his life to managing our family farm, which became known as Airport Ranch.
Founder of our Estate Vineyard
Don Miller, son of H. Lloyd, was born and raised in Sunnyside, Washington. During his junior year of college at Washington State University, Don enlisted in the military and was stationed overseas through the duration of World War II. Returning home, Don joined his father on the ranch in 1950 and helped develop a diversified farm consisting of asparagus, alfalfa, potatoes, onions, oats, hogs, cattle, mint, and sugar beets. In 1968, Don planted Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Cabernet Sauvignon marking the early beginnings of our estate vineyard.
Founder of Airfield Estates Winery
Mike Miller, son of Don Miller, was born and raised on the family farm. During the Vietnam War, Mike enlisted in the Navy and was stationed in Japan. Upon returning home, he graduated from Washington State University, married his wife Kristeen, and became the third generation to carry on the family’s farming legacy. Facing the demise of the sugar beet processing plants in 1978, but seeing a bright future with Washington’s Wine Grape Industry, Mike took grape growing to a whole new level. Mike gradually transitioned our farm into what it is today – 830 acres of wine grapes and 350 acres of Concord juice grapes. In 2005, Mike founded Airfield Estates Winery, and he brought his son, Marcus, and daughter, Lori, on board to help manage the daily operations. Airfield Estates Winery and Tasting Room in Prosser opened its doors in 2007, the Tasting Room in Woodinville opened in 2010, and after outgrowing the Prosser Winery, the Production Facility was relocated to our farm in 2014. The pride, passion, and enthusiasm that Mike expressed for our vineyard, grapes, and wine is something that we hope to share for generations to come.
With the onset of World War II, the Olympia Air Transport Corporation began looking to lease land in the Yakima Valley to establish a civilian flight school. H. Lloyd Miller, the founder of our family estate and a successful realtor and landowner, knew that it would be several years before the arrival of irrigation water on his farmland so he signed a lease agreement for a portion of his property.
Construction of the flight school commenced on December 21, 1941. The airbase included three dirt runways, each over a half mile long, and several buildings including a 70-foot water tower, multiple airplane hangars, a large mess hall, four barracks, and several smaller storage buildings.
Initially, the training was part of the Civilian Pilot Training Program, which was sponsored by the United States Government. It offered primary, secondary, and cross-country courses, and the pilots trained on various types of biplanes. In mid-1943, the school changed to the War Training Service Program, and they confined the training to the secondary phase only, which focused on aerobatics and other evasive techniques. According to government records, over 500 Army Air Corps pilots trained at the airbase on our family’s property until the flight school closed in 1944.
Shortly after the war came to an end, the pilots moved off-site and the recently constructed buildings were auctioned off to the highest bidder. The only bidder turned out to be H. Lloyd Miller. With a bid of $1, he got one heck of a deal for all of the buildings on the property. These unique buildings became the headquarters of our family’s farming operations, which today is known as Airport Ranch. Over time, many of the buildings began to deteriorate, but two of the original hangars still exist and we continue to use them as workshop and storage facilities.
And now, drumroll please...Focus Group Favorites!
|The Distributor says: "The 2016 Wyatt Chardonnay is made primarily from select vineyards in California with about 30% from Napa Valley and a good amount of Russian River Valley fruit to round out the blend. The result is an elegant California Chardonnay with good ripe fruit, subtle toasty oak, and great balance. Notes of orchard fruits are complemented by zippy citrus and a rich, mouth-filling texture."
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|Customer Favorite at The June Great Rose Tasting
J.Mourat, Loire: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Negrette & Gamay.
Flavors of white peach, raspberry, hint of orange peel. Long on the palate
|Staff Favorite at The June Great Rose Tasting
La Villa Real, La Mancha, Spain
Dry Rose presenting flavors of raspberry, strawberry cherry and violet.
Note: Only 4 cases left in North Carolina
And all are @MetroWines! Hurry!
|New York Times Talking "Obscure Wines"
One of the wines is Tannat. If you shop @MetroWines, you already know Tannat!
A blend of Tannat and Merlot from France was the winner in May of
The Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines.
Let's go one step further, try a Tannat from Bodega Garzon in Uruguay!
About Garzon: Uruguay is renowned worldwide Tannat, a grape variety popular in Uruguay for its unique velvety flavor and international awards. Tannat makes full-bodied reds in Southwest France. Uruguay is producing a bold, expressive wine with good complexity. Bodegas Garzon grows Tannat in the mineral rich soil of hillside vineyards. Combing this soil with cool ocean breezes brings beautiful balance and intense flavor. Consulting Enologist Alberto Antonini extracts the rich flavors and then ages the wine on the lees in French oak barrels for 12 months.
Critics say: The Decanter World Wine Awards gave it 90 points saying "Ripe and rich with intense fruit and power. Complex notes of black tea leaf and liquorice along with great texture." And James Suckling scored it 91 and said "A juicy red with blackberry and stone. Slate undertone. Full body. Chewy tannins. Big and intense. Needs some time to soften. Lots of flavor and character. Flamboyant. Drink now."
** $14.99 **
Note: Gary's (online) is selling for $16.99.
And THAT is before shipping and the possibility of damage.
Shop locally @MetroWines and SAVE!
Put dollars into your community instead of New York!
** By Customer Request **
Lodge Hill Shiraz 2016, Claire Valley, Australia
Lodge Hill was first planted in 1977 and has yielded some of the best fruit
at the estate. The Shiraz plantings are sited upon the north facing high altitude
slopes in the vineyard. A medium bodied, complex wine is ready to drink now!TheWinemaker says: "This wine is a deep red with a bright magenta hue.
The nose offers vibrant aromatics of red and black berry fruits, a lift of violet florals, clove spice and mixed garden herbs. The palate is dominated by a lively burst of berry fruits, which are well-framed by fine, powdery tannins. Juicy plum and blackberry flavors persist through the finish, with sweet spice to close."
News Release: Thursday, June 7th, 2018
The Princess Anne Hotel and Metro Wines Presents…
A Midsummer Wine Dinner
Crispy Cauliflower Wings
Sundried tomato and blue goat cheese sauce, basil salt, balsamic reduction
NV Cune Cava, Penedes, Spain
Roasted and Stuffed Peach
Prosciutto and peach marmalade, tarragon, spiced pistachios
2017 Lubanzi Chenin Blanc, Swartland, SA
Rosemary Smoked Silky Avocado Cold Soup
Charred Lemon Creme fraiche, scallop ceviche, fried leeks, parmesan tuile
2017 Amity White Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR
Basil Marinated Jumbo Sea Scallop
Creamy popcorn grits, braised chard, cranberry beurr blanc
2017 Commanderie de la Bargemon Rose, Provence, FR
Caribbean Jerk Oxtail
Whipped golden beets, black berry peach chutney, ginger and wine poached beet greens
2014 Capcanes Mas Collet, Montsant, SP
Watermelon, Raspberry & Rosé
News Release; Monday, June 4th, 2018
Great Rose Tasting: June
Event Pricing (10% off any bottle) in RED
L'Espigoutte, Rhone: 60%Grenache, 20%Syrah & 20%Cinsault
Family owned, Domaine L'Espigouette offers this fresh Rose with hints of citrus and mineral finish making it perfect as an aperitif or with a summer meal. The sandy, clay soils provide an elegance and depth to the wine. Grapes from estate Cote du Rhone vines averaging 45 years. Leaner, old school style.
Shelf Price: $21.00 Event Price: $14.99
Copain, North Coast, Santa Rosa: 88%Pinot Noir and 12%Syrah
Salmon pink in glass. Watermelon, grapefruit, lemon blossom, satsuma orange on nose. All this and tart cherry, strawberry, Meyer Lemon and Granny Smith Apples on palate. Moderate acidity. Mendicino County is all the rage!
Shelf Price: $ 13.99 Event Price: $11.99
Rustenberg, Stellenbosch, South Africa: 100%Petite Verdot
The newest edition to Rustenberg Wine Portfolio, this dry Rose' exhibits elegant flavors of strawberries and rose water. We are not aware of any other winery that makes a 100% Petite Verdot Rose!
Shelf Price: $13.99 Event Price: $11.99
J.Mourat, Loire: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Negrette & Gamay.
Flavors of white peach, raspberry, hint of orange peel. Long on the palate with great acidity makes this Rose perfect for spicy foods like Thai Curry. Mourat is also available in splits and wine kegs.
Shelf Price: $14.99 Event Price: $12.99
La Villa Real, La Mancha, Spain: 100%Tempranillo
Dry Rose presenting flavors of raspberry, strawberry cherry and violet. Perfect with pasta, paella and machego cheese! Classic Spanish style.
Shelf Price: $7.49 Event Price: $6.99
Leverano, Puglia: 80%Negroamaro and 20%Malvasia.
The winery dates back to the 16th century. Popular around the world including Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Czech Republic, Leverano is a direct import of Haw River Wine Man in NC, cutting out the middle man and keeping the price low. Also available in a really big bottle!
Shelf Price: $8.99 Event Price: $7.99
|Grillo: Dry, Italian White Grape
Makes "Top 20 Under $20" by NYT Eric Asimov
If you shop @MetroWines, you know ZAGRA.
We have been fans of ZAGRA and all wines from Valle dell'Acate
and owner Gaetana Jacono Gola since we opened the store five years ago.
Our interview with Gaetana during her most recent visit to Asheville.
What Eric Asimov said about ZAGRA
"In recent years, I have seen more dry whites made from grillo, a grape once known as the backbone of sweet Marsala or for making big, blousy dry wines. This one — from various coastal vineyards in eastern Sicily — is young, fresh, floral and refreshing, with lingering earthy notes. Delightful."
(YIKES! ZAGRA sold out yesterday. Back in stock on Thrusday after
In the meantime, try another great Italian White Wine @MetroWines)
100% Petite Verdot, Stellenbosch
Hand Picked. Steel Tank Fermentation
This rosé exhibits aromas and flavors of red fruits: strawberries, cranberries
and red cherries rounded by a fresh clean palate and food friendly palate weight.
Gold Medal Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2017
Silver Medal International Wine & Spirits Competition 2017
|Corvina is the main grape in "Valpolicella"
And Monte Tondo is 100% Corvina!
Pasta and Clams? Bring it ON!
From Small Vineyards, $13.99
To create the classic Valpolicella cuvee, the noble Corvina is typically blended with other varietals such as Molinara and Rondinella. Monte Tondo’s Veneto IGT is the extraordinarily rare 100% Corvina wine crafted from vines that could wear the more recognized Valpolicella label. Transparent garnet in the glass, Monte Tondo’s Corvina is redolent of pie cherries, orange peel, potpourri, mint, and star anise. Brisk on the attack yet round and satisfying, Monte Tondo’s Corvina conveys suggestions of violets, white pepper, and ruby red grapefruit notes wrapped around a bright, vibrant core of sour cherry fruit. Bitter herbs and fine tannins join the wine’s chewy core of red fruits to make this an exceptionally versatile and table-ready red wine. Pair this over the coming two years with just about everything but shellfish, oily fish, and delicate freshwater fish preparations.
ZOE, the fabulous Greek Rose that won the
Beer Beats Arthritis!
American experts found that beer protects women from a deadly disease. Specialists from the Harvard Medical School in Boston conducted relevant studies, reports ” Medic Forum “.
In the observations of scientists participated 250 thousand women. In the course of the experiment it turned out that the use of certain types of beer allowed participants to reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. As a result, the probability of the disease decreased by 31%.
“Perhaps a moderate use of alcohol two or three times a week can reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis in women,” the study authors said.
Researchers have not yet been able to explain how exactly physiologically beer helps women reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease of unknown etiology, characterized by symmetrical damage to cartilage and bone tissue. The disease leads to a deterioration in the quality of life, disability and premature death.
Earlier in the UK, a 100-year-old woman explained the longevity of love for beer .
If you shop @Metrowines, you KNOW Zagra. Review from way back here!
We have been big fans of not just Zagra but all wines from Valle dell'Acate and owner Gaetana Jacono Gola since we opened the store five years ago.
In an interview with Gaetana, she told us that outisde of the US, her biggest market is Japan. Why? Because her Zagra and Frappato GO with anything! Interview here!
Color: Bright straw-colored yellow
Aroma: Complex with distinctive aromas of white flowers and minerals
Flavor: Large, velvety but alive, with great structure and persistence with strong flavor and minerality