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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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Get ready for the Grand Opening!

Prepare for the Grand Opening this Saturday, April 27th from 5 to 7pm. 3 great wines each poured by Muriel from The Country Vintner and Mike of Freedom. Stand by for details. And 10% of proceeds on our big day to The Asheville Humane Society.http://www.ashevillehumane.org/

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