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10% off if you order by 3 pm Wednesday “one of the most stunning values to come out of Tuscany.”

Wine Advocate’s Antonio Galloni said this about La Maialina Gertrude Toscana Red Wine…

"La Maialina is my most exciting discovery in Tuscany so far this year. Consulting oenologist Attilio Pagli buys wines in bulk from one of Tuscany's most elite properties, then…bottles them in a separate facility. I was blown away by what I tasted. When you factor in the price, these are some of the most stunning values to come out of Tuscany, or anywhere for that matter." 

La Maialina is a simple yet powerful Tuscan wine.  It’s a baby super Tuscan comprised of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot.  The label displays a drawing of Gertrude, a pink pig, in honor of the last native boar that lives in the Siena area.

Our regular price is $14.99.  But if you order by 3 pm Wednesday, June 5, you will receive a 10% discount, $13.49 a bottle, on any quantity.  Your order will be ready for you to pick up after noon on Friday, June 7.  To reserve your order, email or call us at 828-575-9525, and provide us your name and phone number as well as the number of bottles you’d like.

 

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Bordeaux Superieur

Chateau Recougne Bordeaux Superieur 2009 is extraordinary. This is what old vines is all about. Producing wines for over 400 years, Robert Parker called Chateau Recougne the finest Bordeaux Superieur Estate. It is said that Henry IV is responsible for the name, so calling the winery "Chateau Recougne" in "recognition" of its fine wine. 77% merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon.

James Molesworth of the Wine Spectator, reviewing this wine, said "this is liberally toasty up front, with a mocha edge giving way to notes of espresso and spice, yet pure red currant, black cherry and plum fruit emerges from behind with a roasted cedar edge inland in the finish." 88 points.

All true. We would also add that the 2009 Chateau Recougne Bordeaux Superieur is a beautiful deep ruby color, has a lovely nose of black currant and blackberries, is both concentrated and balanced and is reminiscent of roasted coffee.  

Enjoy this bottle on your own table for $14.99.

 

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Santa Julia Tempranillo

Santa Julia is a winery worth supporting not just for the great wine
but for their environmental practices and the company's fair and beneficial worker policies.


One of the leading exporters of Argentine Wines, Santa Julia Wines are handcrafted from estate grown, hand picked fruit.
The winery follows sustainable practices, including recycling winery water, and half of the vineyards are certified organic.

Winery owners Familia Zuccardi believe in using people over machines.
Workers at Santa Julia are employed all year and 
provided subsidized health care and free education.
The winery also has a wildlife preserve on the property.

Tempranillo 2012 (Organica)
Intense red violet in color with ruby hues, the wine                                                                                                             
presents black ripe fruit aromas of blackberries and raisins.

The taste is well balanced with soft sweet tannins and a long finish.

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All this for $9.49 a bottle. 

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Almost FREE Friday Wine Review

*** Almost FREE Friday ***

Honora Vera Monastrell 2012 (100% organic)

With dark fruit and nuances of spice and white pepper,
this young, medium bodied wine is well balanced.
Serving suggestions range from red meat to creamy cheeses to salad.
Stephen Tanzer of the International Wine Cellar calls this wine an "outstanding value."

Tanzer says it should retail for about $15.
>> Our price: $9.49 <<

Chateau Grande Cassagne

Made near the Village of St. Gilles on the western edge of the Rhone Valley,
this 2011 pink Chateau Grande Cassagne is only available in the USA.

Made from 45% Grenache, 45% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre,
this wine offers a wide range of flavors
highlighted by notes of strawberry, blue fruit, fresh herbs and black pepper. 
With just a touch of minerality tang, the wine has a fully dry finish.

Offered at other stores for $8.99.
>> Our Price: $6.00 <<

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Renaissance Wines

Should you serve wine from the days of the Renaissance?

No, these bottles of wine are not 400 years old.  But these Barbera and Arneis wines come to us from vineyards that have been growing grapes since the Renaissance.  It’s very possible that the great painter Caravaggio drank wines from these very vineyards during the 1600’s.  For this reason, we poured both last night to celebrate artist Nick Wade’s stunning reproduction of Bacchus, one of Caravaggio’s iconic paintings.

Paitin Barbera d’Alba Serra 2010

Don’t take our word for it – this is what the Los Angeles Times wine critic said:

“This is not your rustic Barbera but a wonderfully elegant example from the renowned Barbaresco producer Giovanni  Pasquero-Elia.  A gorgeous ruby red, the 2010 Paitin Barbera "Serra" is soft and silky in texture, intense and so fresh with flavors of cherries, blueberries, mint and spice. The Barbera shines with a platter of salami and with hearty pasta dishes. Pour it with vegetarian dishes, pizza and grilled meats too.”

Metro Wines offers this extraordinary Italian red at a very competitive price.

Cordero di Montezemolo Arneis 2012

The Wine Authority said this about this Arneis.  

“Vibrant, quince, floral honey – clean and dry.  Since 1340, this single estate has been owned by the same family for 18 generations. This Arneis really delivers the goods. Where most are insipid and over-priced, this one is a great deal for a wine of its complexity, distinction, and perfect balance. Classic white Italian style, both breathtakingly vibrant and complex. A truly lovely drink! Serving Suggestion: flounder in browned butter and almond slivers, and …piccata dishes.”

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The winemaker says: “Medium straw yellow. Soft nose of lemon, yellow apple, river rock, and mineral. Good acidity and lemon and mineral dominated palate, with some white pepper and spice also in the mix. Good with shellfish and seafood in general. Splendid accompaniment for antipasti and first courses of spring, including omelets with wild herbs, savory pies, vegetable soups, stuffed squash blossoms, and freshwater seafood… Excellent as an aperitivo.”

The MetroWines Tasting Panel says: If you are not familiar with Italian White Wines, Cordero de Montezemolo Arneis from the Langhe Region is an excellent and most delightful bottle to start you down the path of the many possibly little known, probably unappreciated and certainly undervalued world of white Italian varietals. Aromatic on the nose, plush on the palate, smooth and stong on the finish. No bumps in the road. Good from the get go to the end.

And read what Gina said in her wine column in The Laurel of Asheville about this Arneis and two other great white varietals:

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Flowers are starting to bloom. Spring has decidedly sprung. Time to bring out the white wines. But maybe you are not quite ready for the snap and tingle of a Sauvignon Blanc. You are still thinking a little heavier in body, a little more floral on the nose, a little more lush on the palate. Think Italian Whites. Think indigenous grapes such as Grillo, Verdicchio or Arneis. The rich aromas and discernible flavors in these Italian Whites come from the vineyard terroir and the varietal, not oak. We taste spring!

Although the origin of Grillo is not certain, the varietal was already widely planted throughout Sicily by the end of the 1800s. Traditionally used as the primary grape in Marsala, Italian winemakers have begun to make dry wines from this plush varietal.

Zagra Gillo is a fine example. The name itself evokes spring. Zagra in Sicilian dialect is “la Zagar,” white blossoms prevalent in Sicily and traditionally used in bridal bouquets. This dry white wine is a deep yellow in the glass, presents an intense bouquet of white flowers and wild rose and spreads velvety and creamy across the palate. 

Verdicchio calls the Marche Region of Italy, think calf muscle of the boot, its varietal home. Verdicchio is a low yield grape and to maintain n its characteristic integrity, the yield per acre is kept low.  “Macrina” by Garofoli, fifth generation winemakers, offers an award winning version of verdicchio. Pale straw in color with soft green highlights, Macrina is spring in your glass. In fact, verdicchio is derived from the Italian word, “verde” that is, green, referring to this characteristic greenish cast. On the nose, expect pear, lemon, lime, fresh melon and apple flavors. Well structured, you will find the aromas turn fresh, rich flavors with the varietally characteristic almond finish.  

And then there’s my favorite, Arneis. Eighteen generations have made grapes wine on this single estate since 1340! A strong, straw yellow in color, Langhe Arneis from winemaker Cordero di Montezemolo, delivers a seductive, floral nose of acacia blossoms and yellow flowers with peach and hazelnut rolling into a vibrant, velvety and dry palate of citrus and solid minerality and ever so slight a touch of white pepper. I know. I know! Some of you might be thinking how can this wine be both velvety and dry? I questioned that too. But tasting is believing! This Arneis can serve as an aperitif, stand up to herbs that demand attention or a good book all by itself.

Slide into Spring with Grillo, Verdicchio and Arneis.

 

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Home Source Design Center Recipe. Our Wines!

On Tuesdays, we partner with Home Source Design Center to make meals, their recipes and our wines.

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Putting this week’s pours to the test

As we pulled into the driveway last night, we gathered our grocery bags for the night’s meal.  We were ready to have a little fun, but really this meal was all business.  We knew that the favorite store pours of the week were versatile, but we wanted to put them to the test with a variety of foods.

We tasted a lot of great wines this week, but the ones that seemed to get everyone’s attention were the French white Domaine Delsol Picpoul de Pinet and the Portuguese red Marques de Montemor.  These are stellar wines not only because of their quality for a low price, but because they pair with just about anything.

Anything?  Out came the half sandwiches left from lunch.  Next, we covered the table with small tubs of food from a local restaurant.  The spread before us included spicy sesame noodles, broccoli in a very sharp vinaigrette, fruit, an exotic type of cheese, Korean barbecue and two half sandwiches – one plain and one with the works.

Both the Picpoul and the Montemor paired beautifully with each and every dish.  We attribute their versatility to their distinctive and balanced flavors.  No clash at all with the blast of different spices and styles of foods.  So, don’t be surprised to see an open bottle in the shop, or a bottle or two in our home.

    

 

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The favorites at our night with the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club

And what a night it was.  For the full two hours, the crowd grew larger as people poured in to enjoy our latest selection of wines and meet the members of the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club.  Everyone had a great time, and several people joined the Bicycle Club on the spot after they got the chance to learn about Blue Ridge’s activities and charity work.

The other hit of the night was the latest release from the North by Northwest winery, aka “N x NW.”  Once the crowd tasted their 2011 Chardonnay, we had a hard time keeping a supply near the cash register as it flew out the door. 

 

And we were not surprised.  Even two of the club members pondered on how to retro-fit their bicycle water bottle holders to accommodate a bottle of this Chardonnay.  The aging in 20% new French Oak helped produce a golden buttery and rounded wine with crisp acidity and a long finish.  On your first sip, you’ll taste vanilla, oak, pear and honeysuckle, along with notes of red apple and a hint of toast.

 

N x NW’s vineyard is located in the prized Columbia River Basin, which straddles Oregon and Washington.  As in the great growing regions of France, the river basin moderates the temperature, producing wines of distinction.

 

You don’t have to ride a bike to enjoy this wine.  Just drop on by the shop in any mode of transportation and snag a bottle.

 

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Sexual Chocolate

Using grapes from around California, 2011 Sexual Chocolate is vinted and bottled in the Santa Barbara countryside by, as the label says,b2ap3_thumbnail_product-2.png"the boys at SLO Down Wines" in Napa. This bottle of red is a smooth blend of old vine Zinfandel from Napa's Howell Mountain and Syrah from the warm climate of Santa Barbara. The full bodied tongue feel of the Zinfandel is much like that of biting into a chocolate covered cherry. The Syrah adds a touch of class bringing a refined and long finish. Sexual Chocolate is an experience.

Winemaker's Notes:

"This bottle originated From a boot legging operation my buddies and I had in college.  We started making wine knowing it would be used for late night drinking and that the French are annoying. It took some time but we finally perfected our blend and came up with this full bodied red that pairs well with Wednesday nights and pizza. We use grapes from all over California so we recommend that this be drank immediately, and shared with girls. When you want more, just call us." Bob & Brandon

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Home Source Desin Center Recipe and Our Wines!

 

Ashevile Grilled Cheese RecipeAsheville’s One-Stop Shop for home remodeling needs brings you Savory Tuesday: featuring delicious Asheville recipes paired with a complimentary wine from Metro Wines, the newest wine studio in Asheville.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Recipe:

Grilled Cheese w/ Bacon, Tomato and Avocado

Ingredients
2 slices bacon, sliced in half crosswise
2 slices hearty white bread, such as Pepperidge Farm or Arnold
2 teaspoons butter
2 slices American or Cheddar cheese
2 slices ripe beefsteak tomato
1/2 a ripe avocado, thinly sliced
Kosher salt

Procedures
1 Place bacon in a large nonstick or cast iron skillet and cook over medium-low heat, turning occasionally, until crisp all over, about 8 minutes. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate and bacon fat to a small bowl.
2 Wipe out skillet and return to medium heat. Melt butter until foaming subsides. Add both bread slices and cook, swirling occasionally, until pale golden brown on bottom side, about 2 minutes.
3 Transfer to a cutting board toasted-side-up. Place one cheese slice on top of one slice, followed by bacon, tomato, and avocado. Top with second cheese slice and close sandwich.
4 Add half of reserved bacon fat to skillet and heat over medium-low heat. Add sandwich and cook, swirling occasionally, until deep, even golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove sandwich using a flexible metal spatula. Add the remaining bacon fat. Return sandwich to skillet cooked-side up. Season with salt. Cook, swirling occasionally, until second side is deep, even golden brown and cheese is thoroughly melted, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

There’s nothing quite like a BLT for lunch or a light dinner on a warm, sunny day.  It’s a great contrast of light and hearty from the classic combination of crisp, cold lettuce with the juicy sharpness of tomatoes and the spicy, deep flavors of crunchy bacon.

Metro Wine Studio of Asheville has supplied delicious wine pairings below to compliment your grilled cheese.  You can choose a French with an elegant Rhone red blend, or go a little heartier with an earthy Italian Sangiovese.  To help you decide, here’s a description of the wines.

French Wine AshevilleDelas Ventoux 2011

This delightful regional blend is a wonderfully aromatic wine, with fruity cherry-berry Grenache to the fore and a nice backbone of spicy Syrah to add interest.  Medium bodied with soft tannins, this classic regional blend won’t disappoint.  This is a beautiful example of the red wines from the Ventoux region.

Toscana Wine AshevillePerazzeta Sara Sangiovese Toscana IGT 2011

Perazzeta is making some of the best everyday wines in all of Toscana right now. Located in the D.O.C. region of Montecucco, just south of the famous Montalcino region, these wines have tremendous power, tension, and assertive terroir.  Bright, stinging cherry, crisp acidity, and tantalizing earth tones make this pretty, yet interesting wine hard to resist.

 

 

More Information Metro Wines:
Metro Wines, located at 169 Charlotte Street, offers a wide selection of wines focusing on pairing just the right wine with any dish or event. Here you will find grape specific shelves as well as categories ranging “from $10 and under” to the “bucket list.” Proprietors John Kerr and Gina Trippi share the philosophy that wine is about friends, family and community. Both are always available to answer questions, offer suggestions, share stories and work with your caterer or event planner. Metro Wines is also home to the Semi Public Space for Contemporary Art presenting rotating exhibits from acclaimed artists across the country. At Metro Wines, you will always find great wine on the shelves and great art on the walls! Visit metrowinesasheville.com for our wine tasting events and wine blog.

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One convenient location providing home improvement, new construction and remodeling products; kitchen and bath design; and all your construction and landscaping needs. Located at 409 Charlotte Street in Asheville, NC.  Make 80% of finishing product selections including cabinets, countertops, flooring, decking, roofing and more. 

 

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The Half Hour Rule

What are the secrets of making your wine taste like it did at the winery or event?  If you use one or more of these simple tips, you’ll enjoy a wine that tastes as good as it did when you first tasted it.

 

In our first part, we talked about air time for younger red wines.  Even with an aerator, it’s good to let these wines breath for a while to bring out their best.  Make sure that you open them and pour a glass early enough before the meal so that it’s ready when you are.

Now, on to the half hour rule.  The guide we always hear is that red wines are served at room temperature and white wines should be poured straight from the refrigerator.  But as comedian Steven Wright said, room temperature is always the temperature that the room happens to be.  So, is any temperature the right one for red wine?

Most red wines taste better at about 65 degrees.  And to get to this temperature, pop your bottle into the refrigerator about ½ hour before you serve it.  Really?  We were skeptical too until a vintner put us to the test, serving his red from the frig as well as from a bottle sitting on the table.  The ½ hour in the frig did not make the red wine taste chilled.  Instead, it reduced the taste of the alcohol and made the wine's flavors really pop. Yes, this is one test that you can and should try at home.

White wines straight from the refrigerator are cold and refreshing, and we drink many of them that way.  But if you really want to taste the flavors of the wine, it has to be a little warmer.  So, take it out of the refrigerator and let it sit on your table for ½ hour.  Your white wine will still have a chill to keep it refreshing, but you’ll get more of the nuanced flavors out of your wine.  We often do this when we’ve pulled out that special bottle of white or rose.

Next time, we’ll cover the last bit on the temperature of the wine.

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Partnering with The Home Source for a Great Menu!

We are partnering with The Home Source Design Center on Charlotte Street to pair our great wines with their great recipes on Tuesdays!

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Why Doesn't My Wine Taste Like it Did?

Why doesn’t my wine taste like it did at the winery – tasting – event?

 

Over the years, I’ve heard so many people lament that the wines they tasted at the winery or event never taste quite as good at home.  Certainly part of it is being swept up in the fun of the event itself.  But most of it is how your host presents the wines served.  So, just what is it that the wineries do to make their wines taste their best?  Can you easily replicate this at home?  And the answer is…YES!

 

The three tricks of the trade are air time, the “half hour rule,” and the temperature of the wine.  If you’re willing to spend a few extra minutes to do one or more of these, you’ll get the best out of your wine.  Today, we’ll cover air time.  Stay tuned for future blogs on the other two.

 

When wineries pour their wine, the bottles have been open for a considerable time, allowing them to air and open up to their full potential.  You can do this too by opening your bottle before you start to cook, or even earlier in the day.  Higher end French and Italian red wines tend to need more time to breath, and we’ll often open them at lunch or even while we’re drinking our breakfast coffee to ensure they taste their best at dinner.  Young wines from the old world tend to benefit most from several hours of air.  If your wine doesn’t taste right or balanced, it probably just needs more air.

 

New world red wines tend to need less air.  So, if you’re buying a red after work for tonight’s dinner, consider buying one from Australia, South America, or our west coast.  Most whites don’t need much air time.  Probably ½ hour will do the trick.

 

Of course, air time can vary widely, so just ask us when you’re in the store if you have any doubts about your next purchase.  Our next blog will talk about the “half hour rule.”

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You Can't Judge a Wine by its Label

The Glory Days 2011 Zinfandel might be a stretch for a wine label with the merged historic photographs of baseball players and planes but it is no stretch to say that this wine drinks like a lot more than the $9.99 shelf price.  We offered a tasting of Glory Days here at Metro Wines yesterday and customers agreed the wine was perfect for bar-b-que but was rich and smooth enough to enjoy by itself. Even confirmed white wines only customers were delighted. We agree. This wine is a wonderfully rich and a surprisingly complex wine for the price.

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine has a dark, rich color and plenty of minerality, loads of bright and savory raspberry and black currant fruit with hints of pepper and crushed rocks. This wine pushes the envelope of sheer decadence with an expressive fragrance of briery berries, pepper and spice.

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Could this be the best Sangiovese under $10?

Could this be the best Sangiovese under $10?

It’s certainly the best Sangiovese we’ve tasted at this price point in years, exceeding the quality of many of the more expensive wines.

So why drink Sangiovese?  It’s an open secret how easily it pairs with food.  It’s versatile, with many different interpretations that open up numerous opportunities for pairings.  We would place Sangiovese in our top five food-friendly wines – you simply need to add food to make it shine.  Hey, how many wines do you know that go this well with tomato sauce, and just about anything else other than possibly Asian dishes?  The acidity in these wines and their medium weight help make these Italian gems the chameleons of the wine world.   

Many consider Sangiovese to be the Cabernet Sauvignon of Italy (with Nebbiolo the Pinot Noir) because it is sturdy wine with a complexity that people love.  The more expensive ones, like the Brunello, age well and can hold their ground to a fine Bordeaux.  But also like Cabernet Sauvignon, the flavors are so appealing that even a modestly priced Sangiovese can spark up a meal with its rich, juicy flavors.  And our Coppaia Toscana is one of those wines – it’s so inexpensive, you can consider it part of the groceries needed to make your meal. 

Our Coppaia Toscana has a nice ruby red color, with a fruity, rich and lingering nose of cherry and wild berry.  It’s soft on the palate, and shows great structure and body.

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Price Does Not Always Reflect Quality: Los Dos at $7.99

This weekend, Metro Wines has been pouring "Los Dos," a blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah.  The wine maker says the soft, berry flavors of old-vine Grenache meet the depth and complexity of Syrah in this full and friendly wine from Campo de Borja in Northeastern Spain. Located between the Sierra de Moncayo mountain range and the Ebro River Valley, the historic region has produced wine since the late 12th century. The continental climate is mitigated by the "cierzo" wind that cools the vineyards nightly. With a fruit forward palate of cherries and blackberries, the 2011estate bottled Los Dos carries through to a refined, lengthy finish.

For $7.99, this wine overdelivers. After tasting this wine, Metro Wines customers have agreed and Los Dos is one of the biggest sellers this weekend. We are down to a case, so drop by the shop. This is the kind of wine to buy by the case, and another case, and another case.

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Whispering Angel is on the Shelf!

"Whispering Angel," Cotes de Provence Rose 2012 is on the shelf priced at $21.95. 

This lovely wine is a blend of grenache, rolle, syrah, cinsault and mouvedre grapes. Pale pink in color, with a fresh and fruity aroma, "Whispering Angel" is bone dry through the finish. Many in the wine appreciation world say that "Whispering Angel" is the benchmark for rose. Chateau d'Esclans is deep in the heart of Provence beautifully sitting about one half hour north of St. Tropez.

The winemaker says that the angels whisper in the Esclans Valley where this lovely wine is made.

Wine Spectator rated this one at 90. Tell us what you think.

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Art and Caravaggio, "Bacchus"

Metro Wines and Curator Gary Byrd launch the first in a series of Art and Wine presentations blending art history with the history of wine. The first talk will focus on Caravaggio's painting, "Bacchus," circa 1595, Rome. We have all seen this painting with a young Bacchus offering a glass of wine to the viewer. Gary will discuss the artist, the subject and Metro Wines will add and offer what is probably in the glass! Join us Wednesday, May 29th from 6 to 8pm at Metro Wines.

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Party Planning!

Our BIG TV screen just posted The Asheville Humane Society. Come see. Way cool.

 

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Grand Opening April 27, 2013

b2ap3_thumbnail_44456_475898229149573_184717127_n.jpgPart Deux of Saturday Grand Opening.

Muriel of The Country Vintner will be pouring:
Pinot Grigio by Alois Layered - Produced from grapes grown in vineyards on slopes of the Alpine Dolomite foothills, abundant in the prized alluvial dolomite.

Bieler Pere and Fils Rose - Dry rose, Provence. Syrah (55%), 25% Grenache, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cinsault. Cranberry color, rasberry nose, spicy minerality. Crisp on palate, medium body, underlying lavender, grass and herbs de Provence, no oak and a long finish. 

Santa Julia Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve - 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, Medoza, Argentina. Grapes hand picked oak barrel aged 8 months. Aroma of cherries, plums, vanilla, leather, tobacco, pepper and paprika. Full bodied, sweet tannins, balance, complexity, long finish. Santa Julia is part of a social welfare project, recycles winery water and has a wildlife preservation program. 

Don't miss this opportunity to try 6 great wines!

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