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Official Sweatpants Wine

Will Sweatpants Survive The Lockdown?


Here @MetroWines, we are the First to Introduce:
The OFFICIAL SWEATPANTS WINE

So, we looked for an easy drinking wine with clear purpose.
Just because you are clad in the casual does not mean you are not working
and working on complicated stuff. So there!

** The 2017 Ridge Zinfandel East Bench **
made from 100% Zinfandel aged 12 months in 10% American oak,
has a medium ruby color and is scented of violet, lilac, warm peaches
and yellow apricot with wet clay, dust, red and black cherries, bramble fruit
and notions of dried herbs and earth melted right into all that fruit.


2017 Ridge Vineyards

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2017 Zinfandel East Bench, made from 100% Zinfandel aged 12 months in 10% American oak,
has a medium ruby color and is scented of violet, lilac, warm peaches and yellow apricot with wet clay, dust, red and black cherries, bramble fruit and notions of dried herbs and earth melted right into all that fruit. Medium to full-bodied, it has wonderful earth-tinged fruits in the mouth with chalky,
integrated tannins and juicy acidity, finishing long and layered. A more serious expression. "


91 points Jeb Dunnuck
"The 2017 Zinfandel East Bench comes from the Dry Creek Valley and has a classic bouquet
of spice blue fruits, sweet kirsch, cedar, and tobacco leaf. It's a juicy, forward, delicious effort
that has notable purity, as well as balance. Drink it anytime over the coming 15 years or more."


90 points Vinous
"The 2017 Zinfandel East Bench is bold and forward, with all of the intensity of Dry Creek very much
in evidence. Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, leather, licorice, spice and chocolate all race out of the glass. The East Bench is always extroverted in style, as it is once again in 2017." 


90 points Wine & Spirits
"This wine is a paean to Ridge’s devotion to California’s viticultural heritage. The 19th-century
vineyard site, neighboring Ridge’s Lytton Springs vineyard, was abandoned in the early 20th century. Working with cuttings from four pre-phylloxera vineyards, Ridge has been replanting the site,
including the two blocks that provided this wine, planted in 2000 and ’01. They produced a lean,
fragrant red in 2017, a gracious young zinfandel with notes of stewed cherries and shiso." 


John Kerr @MetroWines says 91 Points
and gets better, read more points, with age!

"Many in the wine know consider Ridge one of the best wineries in the country.
Years ago, Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon was a winner at the famous Judgment of Pairs.
It's a solid winery with a long history quietly making fine wine and honesty in labeling!
Many think of Zinfandel as simple but Ridge presents complexity and character bottle and,
at the same time, enormous comfort like the versatility of sweatpants." 


$32.97 at winechateau.com
$36.99 at Gasparros.com
and My Personal Favorite: $29.95 at K&L

*** $27 all day long @MetroWines ***

Still don't feel worthy?
Class UP those sweatpants by virtually marching though British Culture!

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-staying-inside-guide-
british-culture-available-everywhere-11588710006

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The Dreaded 2 Wine Bottle Dilemma

** The Dreaded Two Bottle Dilemma **

While some businesses are opening, restaurants are not yet back on radar.
One of the great pleasures of a restaurant is pairing each dish to just the right wine.
If you have a crab salad for an appetizer and a steak for an entree,
you probably don't want, nor should you, a bottle of Red Bordeaux for the entire meal.
At a restaurant, you could select just a glass of wine for each course.


But now we are playing DIY restaurant at home
and without a party of four or more, we are facing:

The Dreaded Two Bottle Dilemma!

MetroWines To The Rescue! 

** Solution: Half Bottles!**

Half Bottle Wine Stock Photos And Images - 123RF

Tiefenbruner Pinot Grigio Alto-Adige, Italy $6.79
Catena Malbec Mendoza, Argentina $10.99
Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano Abruzzo, Italy $8.99


** Word is Out. Limited Supply **
Call (828) 575-9525 and stake your claim!

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Laurel of Asheville: Pets Off the Wagon

From The Laurel of Asheville

The Grapevine: Pets Off the Wagon

Grapevine: Pets off the Wagon!

By Gina Trippi

Not a lot of research has been done on the tipsy pet because most pets find the taste of alcohol unpleasant. Without an opposable thumb and access to the liquor cabinet, how does a pet get into alcohol anyway?

A significant number of pet owners indulge in giving a sip to calm the pet down. And during the chaos of a social gathering, pets can get into mischief, including alcohol. If your pet gets a snoot full, the effect is either a little buzz or, in extreme cases, a trip to a veterinary hospital.

Although your pet is not likely to take more than a sip of wine, certain mixed drinks contain ingredients presenting a sweet taste that might appeal to the pet palate. Sometimes these other ingredients—chocolate, raisins or macadamia nuts, for example—are dangerous in and of themselves. You should also take care to secure household products such as mouthwash or hand sanitizer, both of which contain ethanol. And be careful placing unfinished drinks in the garbage can.

The type of alcohol does not matter. It’s the amount that is of concern. Wine is not necessarily better than bourbon. “Pound for pound, it’s the ethanol that gets you,” says Dr. Christine Ritter of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. “Light beers are the least dangerous since their alcohol content is less, followed by craft beers, wine, hard liquors and, finally, grain alcohols.”

And watch for hidden sources of alcohol in foods, like certain flavorings, including vanilla and almond, and for spices that might contain essential oils like cinnamon. “That can be irritating to the gastrointestinal tract,” says Dr. Ritter. As the effect of alcohol is governed by weight in humans, so it is in pets. “A dog weighs substantially less and is not used to consuming alcohol,” says Dr. Ritter. “So the processes that break down alcohol are not regulated in a dog in the same way as in a person who consumes alcohol once in a while.”

Rover.com, a website dedicated to all things dog, further explains: “Dog livers aren’t built to process alcohol, and while some dogs may not show any overt signs of distress when imbibing the fruit of the vine, if too much is ingested, serious health problems could arise.” Grapes themselves are known to be extremely toxic to some dogs.

But what happens if your pet does imbibe? Doctors say that the pet could have a gastrointestinal upset and possibly become wobbly. Other symptoms can include increased thirst, increased urination, lethargy and disorientation. In severe cases, you may see muscle tremors, paralysis, extremely slow and shallow breathing, seizure and loss of consciousness.

In mild cases, doctors say pets generally recover with time and no other treatment. But if you think that your pet could have ingested a large amount of alcohol or is starting to show worrisome clinical signs, seek immediate veterinary care. In other words, pets should stay on the wagon!

Gina Trippi is the co-owner of Metro Wines, 169 Charlotte Street in Asheville. Committed to the community, Metro Wines offers big shop selection with small shop service. Gina can be reached at gina@metrowinesasheville.com or 828.575.9525.

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Señorio de P.Peciña Rioja

*** Big Deal of The Week ***
Señorio de P. Pecina 2018

Señorío de P. Peciña Cosecha, Rioja San Jamon
Bright garnet red, with good depth of color and a clarity which gives
it a bright sheen in the glass. Fruity aromas of plums and blackberries,
black fruits. The palate has balsamic notes, good acidity, fresh
and is pleasant to drink. Lots of fruity nuances.

Wine Advocate, 90 Points: The bright and fruit-driven 2018 Señorío de P. Peciña Cosecha Tinto is more than your average unoaked red Rioja. It has some depth and complexity, a clean profile and a lively palate with bright acidity that lifts it up and makes it long and tasty.
A brilliant young Rioja offered at a great price.

$16.99 at wine.com
*** $14.99 @MetroWines ***

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Mt. Etna and Wine

From The MetroWines Book Suggestion Department


Making wine on Europe's largest active volcano doesn't come easy.
Frequent changes in topography, elevation, and weather influence each vintage
and every winemaker has an interpretation of the evolving volcanic landscape.
This is part of what makes Etna so exciting. The wines are as inviting as the terrain. For millennia the mountain served as a backdrop in the development of Europe. Today, the UNESCO Heritage Site is a destination for the world.
American wine expert Benjamin Spencer goes beyond the vines to explore
the history and rebirth of the region that has everyone talking about Sicily.
https://www.malaprops.com/search/site/new
%20wines%20of%20mount%20Etna%20spencer


Your Read it With Wines
But of course, from Mt. Etna


2018 Tascante Buonara Etna Bianca 2018 Caricante

Newton Wines & Spirits Tascante Etna Bianco Buonora 2018
Buonora is Tenuta Tascante’s white wine from Mount Etna’s indigenous
Carricante grape variety. Historically prized for its high acidity
and abundant productivity, Carricante is a multi-facited grape that ripens late
and
 gains complexity with aging.  Grapes for the Tenuta Tascanate Buonora
are sourced from cool-climate vineyards on the north and east faces
of the volcano’s slopes.
 Really great bottle!

More about the Winery: https://www.tascadalmerita.it/en/wines/
$21 @MetroWines by the bottle everyday all day!
As always, 10% off when you buy 6 of anything
and 15% on a case of regularly priced bottles!

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Frank Family Vineyards and Buzz Cuts

*** Get a BUZZ in Isolation***
NYT on the subject: 
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/15/style/
self-care/buzz-cut-your-own-hair.html


In isolation, many of us have had to resort to the DIY haircut.
John asked me to "buzz cut" his hair.
John's hair is impervious to water and all known chemicals of destruction.
(They really ought to make airplanes out of this stuff!)
That said, a weed eater would have been my weapon of choice but we went clipper.
After some time working with the electric hair clipper, I began to get dizzy,
started seeing double and some sort of sudden onset carpal tunnel
took hold of my right arm. I froze up. I did.
May Day! May Day!
We went to Plan B. The alternative strategy was for me to press my thumb
on the spot that needed trimming and John would put some muscle behind
the clipper and mow it down sight unseen. Booyah! It worked.

But the entire event was enormously stressful and I was sure that I would need medical treatment and possibly a stay at a special "spa" somewhere in Arizona.
If not for the comforting vision of The Frank Family 2016 Zinfandel
on the dining room table, I would surely have gone full on fugue state.

Frank Family Zinfandel Napa | Total Wine & More

Why had I chosen Frank Family as my lifeline?
I knew the job would be stressful when I took it. 
The Frank Family took me in no questions asked!


"THERE IS A FAMILY ATMOSPHERE IN ALL THAT WE DO—
A FEELING THAT COMES FROM OUR HISTORY AND PURPOSE.
FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS, THE HISTORY OF
FRANK FAMILY IS A SHARED LEGACY. WELCOME TO THE FAMILY."

And the wine is superior and I knew I would deserve it!
"A robust, fruit-forward wine with plenty of ripeness, 2016 Napa Valley Zinfandel
offers aromatics of savory spices and dark coffee. Brambly blackberry,
black cherry, and peppery cinnamon intermingle on the full-bodied palate.
The right amount of acid and tannin balance out the concentrated palate,
leading to a long finish."

Wine Enthusiast, 90 Points
Brawny in baking spice and rich red cherry, this wine is blended with 9% Petite Sirah,
which adds weight and concentration to the overall picture. Full bodied, structured
and offering a graceful lilt of sage and black pepper, it offers value as well. 


Out of Stock at wine.com and $38.97 @Total Wine 
*** $34 @MetroWines ***

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coenobium

Does wine have an expiration date? Some wines, even white wines
are bottled to age and,in fact improve with age. Coenobium, an orange wine
from Italy is such a bottle. Coenobium wants time in bottle.

$26 @MetroWines. Best price stateside.
Less in Europe but shipping is a dealbreaker!


Coenobium, Bianco | Astor Wines & Spirits
Built to last. Brett Watson says you can drink it now. But if you do,
uncork and let it breath for a day. If you choose to wait, 2-3 years
from the vintage date,2018 in this case, would be optimal.
Coenobium is highly allocated meaning limited distribution to each retailer.
Brett tells me MetroWines has every bottle in NC!

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New Finds @MetroWines

Big New "FINDs" of the Week

VERY LIMITED. Call with credit card NOW!

Brett says: The highly anticipated and highly sought after 2019 Jolie-Laide wines
are here @MetroWines!  Scott Schultz has created one of the most cult followed productions in the states not just in name, but more so, for insane quality. 
Farming some of the oldest and original California growths of Pinot Gris
and Trousseau, it's not hard to see why these gems are allocated.  

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The 2019 Pinot Gris comes from the old vine Glen Oaks Vineyard
of Sonoma County.  Farmed organically, picked by hand, direct pressed and seeing only one day of skin contact.  Purity and precision then fermented in concrete. 


***Only 24 bottles available.  $31 ***

TNoirBlend2019
2019 Trousseau Noir from one of the oldest plantings to grapes in the states, the Fanucchi Wood Road Vineyard.  Little bit of Jura France style Gamay
and Poulsard added into the cuvee to pretty the whole package up a bit. 
Nutty, woody, perfumed and floral. Fermented in concrete to maintain
the ancient vine mineral driven quotient. An incredible slice
of the high elevation French Alps from California royalty.  


Only 12 bottles available.  $33

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Comunica and Michele D'Aprix

2018 Comunica, in collaboration with Michele D'Aprix

La Pua 2017

A refreshing young Montsant white by Celler Comunica,
La Pua is a blend of Garnacha Blanca and Garnacha Tinta. Notes of cantaloupe,
fig and green apple on the nose compliment a crisp brightness on the palate. 
$29 at Cellar Comunica and SOLD OUT

$24 @MetroWines and, in a mixed case,
delivered signed to your car by Michele D'Aprix!

at Celebrity Parking Lot Pick Up on May 10th from 3-6pm!

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Celebrity Parking Lot Pick Up: Chef Sam Etheridge

 

News Release: Thursday, April 30th, 2020
About: Celebrity Parking Lot Pick Up @MetroWines with Chef Sam Etheridge
 
Chef Sam Etheridge cooks "Sunday Supper" and delivers, observing all health and safety protocols, curbside to your car in the parking lot @MetroWines on Sunday, May 10th from 2 to 5pm.
 
Dinner for four will include Sunday gravy with beef, short ribs and Italian sausage in a jar together with freshly baked dinner rolls, a Farmer's Market Salad with Caesar style dressing and a bag of Fronte penne pasta from Italy! 
 
The package for 4 is $25 plus tax. Chef Sam is extending a discount to restaurant workers who have been displaced during the COVID crisis offering the dinner for 4 package at $12.50.
 
Please place your order by calling (828) 575-9525 with credit card 
before Saturday, May 9th at 4pm.
 
Since moving on from Ambrozia, Sam heads up The A-Team, a conglomerate of chefs from around Asheville available for private parties, catering, and pop up dinners. In addition to Ambrozia Bar and Bistro here in Asheville, Sam is known for his work at Nob Hill Bar and Grill and Ambrozia Cafe & Wine Bar in Albuquerque. A James Beard award winner for Best American Regional Cookbook, Sam was also a highly regarded nominee for best chef in the southwest.
 
***************************************************************************
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Big Red: Three Saints

Your Big RED of The Week

Three Saints Cabernet Sauvignon | Wine Info

Cabernet Sauvignon anchored with some Merlot, Cab Franc and Petit Verdot

Three Saints wines are a vivid expression of carefully selected grapes from
The Dierberg Family's vineyards which are located in three of Santa Barbara County's
premium wine growing regions: Santa Maria Valley, Santa Rita Hills and Santa Ynez Valley. 
Chocolate, smoked game, gunpowder and coffee bean tones leap from the glass.
On the palate, chocolate note persists with blackberry fruit and an exciting blueberry nuance.
Texturally, the wine is as soft and as enveloping as can be, with supple tannins
that caress the palate and fresh acid lending to the vibrancy of the wine. Ready Now.


John Kerr says: "This is a Southern California wine from Happy Canyon, Santa Barbara
made in the big, bold and smooth Paso style. Decant for an hour before serving at the table."


Vivino says: "Great value for money. Similar wines usually cost 2 times as much. (2016 Vintage)"

$25 at wine.com
** $24 @MetroWines and in stock! **

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Alice Waters, Kermit Lynch, Cabernet Franc

From The MetroWines Book Suggestion Department


In this extraordinarily intimate portrait of her mother--and herself--Fanny Singer,
daughter of food icon and activist Alice Waters, chronicles a unique world of food,
wine, and travel; a world filled with colorful characters, mouth-watering traditions,
and sumptuous feasts. Across dozens of vignettes with accompanying recipes,
she shares the story of her own culinary coming of age and reveals a side of her
legendary mother that has never been seen before. A charming, smart translation
of Alice Waters's ideals and attitudes about food for a new generation, 
Always Home is a loving, often funny, unsentimental, and exquisitely written look
at a life defined in so many ways by food, as well as the bond between mother and daughter.
https://www.malaprops.com/search/site/always%20home%20fanny%20singer


Your Read it With Wine
Has to be one imported by Berkeley Neighbor Kermit Lynch


Domaine de la Chanteleuserie Bourgueil Rouge Cuvée Alouettes 2018 ...
100% Cabernet Franc aged in stainless steel.
"One taste of Thierry and Christine Boucard’s Cuvée Alouettes ignites a craving in me
for a juicy bistro burger finished with a shmear of spicy moutarde forte.
Since it’s similar in style and price to an easy-drinking Beaujolais Villages,
you’ll want to drink it chilled and, likely, in one sitting. Unlike with other quaffers,
though, you can expect a little extra brawn and woodsy fruits
like cassis and plum. It’s pure, peppery, and perfect Cabernet Franc." 
$17.99

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Pizza, Pacino and Dolcetto

 Neapolitan PIZZA ***

Like so many of the country’s most prized gastronomic delights like wine,
olive oil and cheese, the quintessential pie from Naples, where pizza was born,
has become so cherished that it’s now worthy of its own Designation of Controlled Origin (DOC).
The city’s pizza-making tradition even received 
Unesco recognition in 2017
as an intangible cultural heritage item.

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200415-how-to-make-pizza-like-a-neapolitan-master

Your Bake it With and Serve it With Wine

Pierino 100% Organic Dolcetto  
The delight of this wine is due to the terroir and the suitability of the grape to the area.
Dolcetto d'Asti is known for its softness, a wine "of all meals" typical of this area.
Delicate and fragrant red wine. Short aging from May to June,
 Ruby red color with violet highlights. On the nose it offers fruity notes of cherry and raspberry.
On the palate, the wine is dry, with evident tannin and good structure.
Pierino Dolcetto d'Asti Borgo Monacato 2018 
Importer Notes: https://www.piedmontwineimports.com/borgo-moncalvo

11.99

*** More News From Ciao Asheville ***
Al Pacino turned 80 yesterday!
Watch The Godfather, all 3 of them, even the weak one.
Or indulge yet again in my personal favorite,
"Dog Day Afternoon." Attica!


Girolamo Russo a Rina Etna Rosso | Binny's Beverage Depot
2017 is 95% Neurello Mascalese and 5% Neurello Cappuccio
'A Rina' is an earthy and red-fruited Nerello Mascalese dominant Etna Rosso,
marked by flavors of scorched earth, cherries, and tobacco. Russo's wines are rustic
and harmonious, marked by zesty acidity, volcanic-influenced flavors,
and a distinct sense of place.

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BREA Cabernet

MIND BLOWING

It's hard to believe now that a talk show like Dick Cavett ever existed.
Guests range from this guy, Roman Polanski discussing the murder of his wife,
Sharon Tate, to Salvador Dali, Jimmy Hoffa, John and Yoko, Michael Caine,
Norman Mailer, Janis Joplin, John Kerry, Jimi Hendrix, Lester Maddox and on and on.

More Mind Blowing Here:  https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=dick+cavett

BBC says Dick Cavett was the greatest talk show ever!
http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20200415-
why-dick-cavett-was-the-greatest-talk-show-host-of-all

Your Watch It With Wine
Something Cerebral

Brea Margarita Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon | Wine Info

2018, Margarita Vineyard, Paso Robles, $30
Chris Brockway, winemaker & owner at Broc Cellars, a noted California natural wine maker,
and Tim Elenteny, the libations logistics master behind TE Imports, are the masterminds
behind Brea Wine Company. They have seen the thirst for site specific, terroir driven,
and sustainably farmed wine become the driving force for many avant-garde
California winemakers who gravitate toward varieties outside the mainstream.
There is a mineral core to this wine, a thread found in many of the wines from this vineyard making it unique. The uplifted seabed and calcareous nature of this vineyard helps to maintain
a balanced acidity in the wine.  Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petite Verdot.

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Cristom


Big Shop Selection and Small Shop Service!
We lived up to our motto again in 2020.
@MetroWines, we have or have had 47 of 50
Wine and Spirits Top 50 Wines for 2020!

https://www.wineandspiritsmagazine.com/news/entry/
wine-spirits-magazine-releases-results-from-its-31st-annual-restaurant-poll


For example

Cristom Mt. Jefferson Cuvee Pinot Noir 2018 | Wine.com
James Suckling, 94 Points
A very spicy and fresh array of blueberries, ripe darker cherries and plums.
Cassis aromas, too, as well as more savory notes of graphite and fragrant wood.
The palate has very striking depth and presence with expansive, fleshy tannins
carrying intense fruit flavors, in the darker spectrum of cherries and berries.
Cocoa powder to close. Biodynamic. Drink or hold.
 $38

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Wild Thing Rosé

*** From Carol Shelton ***
Carol Shelton Wild Thing Rendezvous Rosé | Wine Info
Rendezvous with friends over a bottle of chilled dry rosé, the name of our Rendezvous Rosé.
Created from the “pink” juice off of red Carignan grapes a full three days after crushing them,
fermented cold like a white wine to retain every drop of crisp strawberry fruitiness.


Winemaker: Winemaker's Notes: Light cranberry color, juicy strawberry-watermelon
fruit aromas, nice mineral, nice lift of springflowersand fresh zest from cara-cara oranges,
tangy vanilla creme frache on strawberry shortcake! Refreshingly crisp and dry,
mouth-watering actually. Great with almost any food, from sushi to salmon to Bbq!


Don't forget it's Big, Bold Partner!
Wild Thing 2016 Old Vine Zinfandel $21

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Celebrity Parking Lot Pick Up

Celebrity

Parking Lot Pick Up

Pentimento Winemaker Michele D'Aprix Returns to Bin 14 for a ...
We are crazy busy answering phones, finding boxes, packing boxes,
delivering and working curbside. Fridays are especially manic!
So when we heard Winemaker Michele D'Aprix
has been holding up for the last 6 weeks in North Carolina, we asked for help.
Without hesitation, Michele said she will be here to handle curbside

on Friday, May 8th from 3pm to 6pm.

When you buy a case of Michele's wines,
Signed Bottles! will be delivered to your car by a face masked Michele wearing gloves. 
And Michele will be available for a 6 feet of separation photo!

Michele's wines have always been some of the favorites @MetroWines including
Pentimento Bordeaux, Maz Caz White Rhone (see next post!),
Maz Ca Red Rhone (very few bottles left, Angulaire Sauvignon Blanc Blend
and Comunica Monsanto Spanish Garnatxa White Blend
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/
blog/entry/celebrity-parking-lot-pick-up-michele-d-aprix


Just a Little Bright Spot
from Public Palate Productions

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Cape Classics Zoom Tasting

The Cape Classics Zoom tasting exceeded expectations. When you attend a LIVE tasting for a popular brand, customers drift in and out of the shop and are often crowded at the counter preventing everyone from hearing the whole story. Not so on Zoom. Zingo Munger of Cape Classics took us through history, geography, terroir, winemaking and all about the particular bottles. We all heard him. And we all heard the whole story. And, best of all, when it was over, we were already home!
 
Zingo Munger has been the Mid-Atlantic Manager for Cape Classics for the past 14 years. Introducing him was Chris Curtis of Winebow. To explain this structure: Zingo works for the importer brings the bottles in country, sells the bottles to a North Carolina distributor, Winebow, who is represented by Chris Curtis at our shop. I took copious notes during the tasting!
 
Since 1992, Cape Classics has imported solely from South Africa. But over the past four or five years, the company has begun to build and import their French portfolio.  In so doing, they discovered some similarities in varietals but differences in styles. Hence, the theme of the tasting: France vs. South Africa!
 
First up was Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray from Loire in France by Vincent and Tanya. Vouvray is the birthplace of the varietal Chenin Blanc. Vouvray is both a collection of small towns and an appellation. To be labeled "Vouvray," the varietal must be Chenin Blanc. The area sits about 2 hours south of Paris where the climate is quite cool and perfect for the varietal. The winery is cut out of a hill of chalky limestone providing a unique mineral undertone in the wine.
 
I asked why so many consumers think of Vouvray as sweet. Zingo said it can be. Style ranges from dry to somewhat sweet. But the reason why Americans think of Vouvray as sweet is because it was! Decades ago, California was not farming Chenin Blanc so all the bottles of this varietal were imported from France. The American palate called for a sweeter version (demi-sec meaning half dry) than the French preferred and so they met consumer demand exporting a slightly sweeter version.
 
Anyway, one day Vincent went to South Africa to consult on farming the varietal. The seasons in France and South Africa are opposite so he could do Chenin all year! Vincent met Tanya who is South African and they started producing wine there which brings us to the second wine.....
 
The climate in South Africa is warmer than in Loire. This is the Swartland. Say what? The colonial heritage of the area is Dutch, French and English. "Swartland" means black land. In the past, farmers would burn the soil to replace nutrients.
 
Overall, the climate in Swartland is more like central Italy. The area is centered around CapeTown where the Atlantic ocean meets the Indian Ocean keeping the temperature warm but not too hot. These are 50 year old bush vines farmed the tradition way producing a lower yield, smaller grapes with more intensity.
 
The result is 2018 Terre Brûlée! Zingo says this version of Chenin Blanc is more "full, fruity with more viscosity" than the French version by Vincent and Tanya. The wine is fermented in 60% stainless steel and 40% Foudre (wood) whereas the French version is done completely in stainless steel. This method preserves the the fruit but does not allow any oxygen into the wine. The Foudre gives texture without imparting any flavor.
 
Both wines received 90 points from Wine Spectator and "Terre Brulee" was the only Chenin Blanc included in the Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines!
 
On to red wines. 2018 Feuille de Garance Cote du Rhone is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault. The Rhone River runs from the north where butter is king to the south where all is olive oil. This wine finds home in the area where the Rhone meets Provence. Cote means slope. And Feuille is born of, according to Chris Curtis, "a wild Southern French garrigue."  A garrigue is a low open scrubland loaded with evergreen shrubs, low trees, aromatic herbs, and bunchgrasses found in poor or dry soil in the Mediterranean region. The terrain, in turn, imparts a sense of herbs in the wine.
Feuille is vinified with no oak making the wine very "light on its feet," Chris says. Scoring 92 points from Wine Enthusiast, Zingo says "this wine just makes me want to wear a beret!" And at $16.99 @MetroWines, you can afford both.
Back over to South Africa where we find Kanonkop Kadette. One of the most iconic wines of South Africa, thewine is a Bordeaux blend of varietals. What makes this wine so unique is the inclusion of Pinotage in the mix. Pinotage is a South African creation of a circa 1930 cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsualt. So, while our two reds for tasting present different grapes, the French and South African Reds are, as Zingo says, "spiritually similar" and are both meant for food. The 2018 is $14.99. Kadette has been a constant @MetroWines for at least four years. It is a quality crowd please.
 
And speaking of Bordeaux....Glen Elly was not part of the tasting but it fits the theme. This Bordeaux Bend is made by a French woman winemaker in South Africa. Zingo told me off camera that she is 95 years old and still working the wine! One of my favorites in the shop, 2016 Glen Elly is $14.99. I would describe it as a Bordeaux blend of flavors with a slightly fuller body and heavier feel.
 
Cape Classics was the Wine Enthusiast 2018 Importer of the Year. As I said during the Zoom Tasting, this is a reliable name. If you are traveling and have no idea what wine to select, ask for a Cape Classics Import. Other wines in their portfolio @MetroWines include Excelsior, RAATS, DMZ and Indaba.  As Zingo summed it up, "Cape Classics takes a lot of time selecting the bottles they will import." And you can tell.
 

All of the bottles featured during the Zoom Tasting as well as the other noted Cape Classics wines are available @MetroWines. Call (828) 575-9525.

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Celebrity Parking Lot Pick Up: Michele D'Aprix

News Release: Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

About: Wine World Celebrity Brings Your Box to Your Car!
Michele D'Aprix, American Woman Winemaker and a favorite of MetroWines, will be helping us serve you, following all health and safety guidelines, from 3 to 6pm on Friday, May 8th in the parking lot @MetroWines. This is the first in our "Celebrity Parking Lot Pick Up" series which will include locally accessible winemakers, importers and chefs.
When you buy a case of wines made by Michele, including Pentimento Bordeaux, Maz Caz White and Red Rhone Blends and Pierre Angulaire Bordeaux Blanc, Michele will deliver, with face mask and gloves, signed bottles to your car with time for a six feet of separation photo. 
Michele has been in home isolation here in North Carolina for five weeks. With reduced staff working, we have asked her to help us out on one of our busiest days of serving customers. "Don't miss this opportunity for a little silver lining in these troubled times," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines.
Originally from upstate New York, Michele started as a bartender in Boston while studying chemistry. Her expertise in multi-tasking landed Michele a job at Dry Creek Winery in California. From there, Michele attended U.C. Davis earning a degree in Viticulture and Enology. 
Michele then headed to Bordeaux and trained with accomplished and highly regarded winemaker Stephane Derenocourt known for his many bottles that have garnered 100 points from critics. 
Adding her own touch, Michele started her own project in St. Emilion, "Pentimento." And the rest is, as they say, wine history! Michele has been called "the new face of Bordeaux."
"Michele and her wines have been popular since we opened the doors almost seven years ago," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines.  "The wines are great but it is meeting the charismatic, accomplished and approachable Michele, that makes this parking lot pick up a must for anyone who appreciates winemaking."
 
More about Michele D'Aprix here:
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Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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Yoga, Reading and Saratoga Sparkling Water

WHIPPET glossy photo PRINT JSCHMETZ 8.5x11 reading a book | eBay

Reading
https://www.wsj.com/articles/reading-between-the-lines-11586810133
"A paean to the simple pleasures of the book - as text, object, experience."
I know what you are thinking: I need more activity than just reading! OK.
Some of you are probably practicing yoga at home. But what's it all about?
Let's combine the two in a yoga kind of mind body meld!

"The Story of Yoga from Ancient India to the Modern West 
by Alistair Shearer. 



https://www.malaprops.com/search/site/story%20of%20yoga

Your Read it With Bottle?
Sparkling Water from Saratoga in the Cobalt Blue Bottle.


So good. 12 oz.$2.99 @MetroWines!

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