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Roland Artichoke hearts in a can
"Gigantes" white beans from Greece in a can
Bagged Pasta and Stanislaus Red Sauce
Roland Aritchoke Hearts from Peru
Cheese, Eggs, Italian Hard Salami!!
Spicewalla Mediterranean and Indian Collections
We can take orders for a menu of cheeses including Cheddar and Manchego
and nuts including Marcona Almonds and Walnuts.
Bunkered IN? Good time to experience what it is like to be an astronaut.
Or experiment with vegetables.
"The Mars Menu"
Soviet Cosmonauts have conquered Chinese Cabbage,
Flax, Leeks and Onions in the space galley.
NASA is testing Kale, Broccoli, Red Lettuce and Brussels Sprouts.
Need help with the recipes?
Chef Amanda Cohen at Dirt Candy in NYC offers a new approach to vegetable dishes.
I asked Brett Watson to pair to Mars and he said....
Cascina Barisél Foravia Bianco 2018
As weird as things could get being stuck on Mars with a fairly strict menu, it calls for nothing else
than a strict diet of Italian Piedmontese Favorita. A grape most of you haven't heard of,
much like most of you haven't experienced life on Mars. But HEY, turns out...it's delicious!
All the freshness and ripping saline style of coastal Italian Vermentino.
All the old school structure and grip on central Piedmont Gavi..
all wrapped into a completely organically farmed and 11.99 package.
If you brought a portable cooler to your Mars cottage, fill it up with dry ice and this peppy little number.
Wine Searcher says the Global Average for this Bottle is $17!
Stock UP! $11.99 @MetroWines and Mars Meal Ready
** Big RED of The Week **
This wine is not new but so apropos!
$25 and Bunker Ready @Metrowines!
We believe that with so much such great fruit coming out of our vineyards,
it would be shame not to spread the wealth. This medium body wine exhibits a dark garnet color
with a bouquet of dark fruit, herbs, earth and hints of tobacco. On the palate, flavors of cherry,
red currants and spices shine through. This wine is fresh, youthful and ready to drink,
though will cellar nicely through the next 5 years. 73% Cabernet, 20% Merlot, 7% Cab Franc. 21 months in barrel.
Firm in texture with a smoky core of blueberry and dark chocolate. Graphite, licorice, roasted meats and singed herbs.
Amidst All This Bad News, New York Times Brings us Good News
** The Bouffant is Back! **
Celebrate the Bouffant and Binge The 1970s Mary Tyler Moore Show in the Bunker
The 7 seasons stand the test of time. I have high comedy standards.
And don't just ask me, ask Joan Jett! Here she is reviving the theme song in 1997:
Your Watch it ALL With Bottle?
You need something traditional but built for Bold. Cutting edge.
Sometimes it takes courage to say you like Rosé
But as the Charles and Charles Bumper Sticker says:
"Yes, you can still be a Bad Ass and Drink Rosé"
Binge the Bouffant with Giacometti
Kermit Lynch Import
Three generations ago, when Laurent Giacometti purchased a derelict, sprawling vineyard and estate
in the middle of the Désert des Agriates, the previous owner handed him the keys and dryly told him,
“Welcome to the village where it’s always raining somewhere else.” For centuries, agricultural plans
and projects failed in this aptly named desert, and the Giacomettis struggled for many years as well.
It took more than three decades of organic farming and persistence for vines to learn to go deep,
away from the parched and sea-salt-crusted surface. A blend of 75% Niellucciu and 25% Sciaccarellu.
This rustic, pomegranate-tinged year-round rosé is for the table, not the pool.
$23 or more online
News Release: Wednesday, March 25th, 2020
*** What to do in Isolation? Take Virtual Tours ***
Check Out Museums Online!
Selected Works from Asheville Art Museum Collection
Virtual Tour of The New Orleans Museum of Art
Nearly all museums have a virtual tour. Take one!
Take Virtual Tours of Expensive Homes for Sale
Prince's Bomb Proof Estate
340 Year Old London Mansion
Clint Eastwood's BelAir Mansion in 3D
Your Virtual Tour Wine
Mas Theo 2017
A blend of 40%Grenache, 40%Syrah and 20%Carignan
Aged in an underground cave!
$20 and UP online*** $17.99 @MetroWines **
Virus Block and Tackle Update @MetroWines
We are all still bunkered, bunkering, bunkerizing.
But, wine perseveres!
** We have Pre-packed Bunker's Dozen Boxes **
We also have restaurant quality Pasta and Red Sauce!
and candles and teapots in case of power failures.
Sealed, pre-pakcaged restaurant quality bag is $2.49
And $14.99 for this 6 pound can that holds more
restaurant quality red sauce than 6 jars of Prego for $50
Ask for a can when you call in for wine!
Unless otherwise directed store hours remain the same!
Monday-Friday from 10am-7pm and Sunday from Noon to 5pm
Delivery and Curbside Pickup Options Here:
Meanwhile, Big Box is slow, sluggish and making a mess. Asleep at the wheel.
Call us with questions. Operators are standing by!
How You Can Help Your Business Community?
The City has closed restaurants allowing pickup delivery service only.
One of our customers (you know who you are!) had a great suggestion:
Buy gift cards at your favorite restaurants!
This will provide cash flow to them through these tough economic times
and you will have dinner waiting for you when the storm clears.
If you decide to help in this way, please consider supporting our partners on Charlotte Street.
Remember the "Moonshine Still" in The Andy Gritffith Show?
More advanced and modernized but distilleries to the rescue!
By Ethan Joyce, The Winston-Salem Journal
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — It took about two rings for Joe Tappe to answer the phone the morning of March 18.
And he kept it brief because he was busy.
“We’re open,” Tappe said. “Come on by.”
He clicked off the call and stooped back over a cart covered in plastic containers. About 20 minutes before, his counterpart Don Jenkins had leaned into a metal drum, mixing its contents with a drill before making his way over to help Tappe bottle their newest product.
The two distillers at Broad Branch Distillery put their liquor-making skills to use for the good of the public: Making hand sanitizer to give out for free to combat the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the nation. The ethanol produced for whiskey can be converted to battle bacteria in the amount of time it takes to mix a stiff drink.
“Just because we’ve got this sitting here and it needs to happen,” Tappe said. “There’s a need. There’s a role that we can play.”
Broad Branch is one of a few distilleries trying to curb the shortage of hygiene products, and at least one of two in the Triad with Old Nick Williams Farm and Distillery in Lewisville. Broad Branch is focused on giving out its santizer free to the public, up to two bottles per person, while asking for donations to the Lynne H. Berry School Buddies Fund.
Old Nick Williams is opting to donate its cleaning products, along with Durham Distillery and others, to hospitality businesses. Zeb Williams, owner of Old Nick Williams, said it exemplifies the quality people in the local liquor business.
“We’ve got a lot of good players that want to help and share information,” Williams said, “and help do the right thing, and it shows in times of need.”
Tappe and Jenkins said they hatched the idea to make hand sanitizer over the weekend. They used March 16 to check the proper channels – mainly with the N.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission – to make sure they could give the sanitizer away. Tappe said they also worked on the label and looked at container options.
A local company, Sessions Specialty in Lewisville, donated 60-milliliter spray bottles to Broad Branch to start distributing on March 18.
And the production of hand sanitizer lines up perfectly with the process. During the initial distillation phase, a non-potable liquid is produced called “the head.” Normally, Broad Branch just gets rid of it since it can’t be consumed.
But the head can be converted to hand sanitizer by adding a couple of ingredients. Broad Branch adds water and glycol. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mandates that hand sanitizer must be made of 60 percent ethanol, or 120 proof. But if the proof is too high, like 160 or 170 proof, the alcohol evaporates too quickly and doesn’t kill the bacteria. Jenkins said Broad Branch’s hand sanitizer was around 136 proof, roughly 67 percent ethanol based.
Broad Branch had bottles produced by noon, when Chuck and Ginny Rutter walked in for the first samples. Chuck Rutter and Broad Branch founder John Fragakis have been friends since the mid-1970s. The couple noticed the absence of hand sanitizer in every grocery store they walked through during the last week.
This was at least a way to keep a little cleaner while helping the community.
“It was a dual purpose to buy hand sanitizer and help out a good cause,” Ginny said as the Rutters made their way toward the door.
In all, Tappe said Broad Branch gave away around 300 bottles during their first day of distribution. Williams said they had one or two companies reach out, but the clamp down on restaurants in the state probably thinned the initial rush. But Williams wanted local companies to know that they were there to help.
Broad Branch, like all others in the service industry, had to shut down its tasting room and tours. And because restaurants are unable to serve dine-in customers, that’s fewer places for Broad Branch whiskeys to be sold.
As they navigate this tough financial time, Tappe said the Broad Branch crew just wanted to do some good.
“We can do something while we’re making liquor besides just keep people company in their homes while they’re stuck,” Tappe said.
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Just another warning about shopping online!
Shop LocalLY. We are full service.
Ask for Lou @MetroWines.
He knows somebody who knows somebody!
But seriously, at the end of the day, living well is still the best revenge.
Celebrate Your Good Fortune
50% Macabeo, 30%Xarello and 20%Parellada. Method Traditionelle.
93 Points from Wine&Spirits Magazine: There’s finesse as well
—fine bubbles, delicate aromas of green and red apples and mineral notes.
The wine’s acidity is crystalline and sharp, the flavors deep and focused on fresh lime.
*** $16.99 ***
Stand in Solidarity with New Ideas!
SPICY PUCKER is ALL the RAGE
New foods mix hot pepper and sour tastes. That blend doubles the burn.
Staying ahead of the culinary curve, MetroWines offers pairing guidance.
Now, I know many of you flinch when we suggest a wine that has a touch,
even just a TOUCH of the sweet.
But, if you don't do it here, you will regret it. And that's a fact.
I asked Brett Watson to help us
tame the heat and bring the sweet, and he said...
Spice Cutter (Hofgut Falkenstein Niedermenniger Herrenberg Spatlese Feinherb 2018)
"One of the best ways to combat spice in any food of all sorts is a tiny hint of sweetness.
The best way to do that is via Sir. Hofgut Falkenstein. These wines out of the cool climate Mosel of Germany, right on the bend of the Saar River Valley are revered by most - those who know and enjoy Riesling and those that don't know anything about Riesling other than "is it sweet?"
The answer is yes....but in only the most perfect balanced way. This Spatlese is jussssst off dry and showcases all of the kafir lime, lemon zest, under-ripe pear freshness that makes it so lazer sharp. The Niedermenniger Herrenberg vineyard site (say that three times fast) is one of the oldest vine
and most respected sites in Germany. It slopes almost directly into the river to help give the wine
the acid to carry the whole package right to your table next to a bag of Flamin' Hot limon Doritos."
"It also happens to just be the best damn Riesling
I've ever tasted under $50. $24 on our shelves!"
Stand in Solidarity with Chile!
Truck Smashes Moai on Easter Island
Sickening. Easter Island is priceless. Chile will try to salvage what they can.
Stand in Solidarity with Chile and buy their wines!
I asked Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine,
to suggest a bottle that speaks to holding on to tradition. And he said....
"This bottle has structure and balanced tannins. To find a California Cabernet
of this quality for $17.99 is just not happening. Under $20, a California Cabernet
can be too soft and, in the worst case, taste like a blend of kool aid and grape jelly.
But Clos des Fous is made old school. Showing respect for the benefits of age,
this 2015 is the current release. Great bottle. Built for food."
Stand in Solidarity with Being in the Middle!
The Middle Seat
Airlines are experimenting with middle seats that are wider
than the coveted window or aisle seats.
Often called crowd pleasers or party wines,
flavor and style profiles that hit the middle ground.
We suggest our March Winner!
60% of The Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines chose:
2018 Clovis Cotes du Rhone, France
50% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 15%Cinsault and 10%Carignan
Organic, Steel Tank. $16.99
Medium bodied, red fruit including cherry with a touch of black pepper. Soft tannins.
*** Stand in Solidarity with Australia ***
Fires have caused a lost Vintage.
We have pre-fire- wines. And local distributors have more bottles.
To buy more, we need to sell more.
Support the cause. Shop Australia @MetroWines
The very sad story: https://www.
MetroWines Manager Zach Eidson says "Mathilda is in The Rhone Style.
Not overly bold or jammy, the wine is terroir driven, dark, earthy and balanced."
You will find hints of roasted meat, black olive and asphalt on the nose.
On the palate, there's a New World sense of blueberry and blackberry fruit that's ripe
without being sweet yet dry and savory on the softly dusty finish.
Unavailable at wine.com
And plan your trip to Sydney
MetroWines continues to keep the press advised of our services. We are open if and until forced to close!
News Release: Thursday, March 19th, 2020
Ship or Shop in Town?
John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine
Speaks Truth to the power and the Public
for Capital at Play