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Involuntary Commitment

** Big RED of The Week **
This wine is not new but so apropos!
$25 and Bunker Ready @Metrowines!

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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.

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Bouffant and Wine

Amidst All This Bad News, New York Times Brings us Good News

** The Bouffant is Back! **

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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

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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
$19.99 @MetroWines

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Essentials Update Press Release

News Release: Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

About: Food Essentials @MetroWines
MetroWines has essential food items for curbside pick up or home delivery. For residents who want to avoid shopping at Big Box or the potential dangers presented by online shipments, MetroWines can take your call and payment over the phone or email and deliver to our close and easy parking lot or to your homer office.
All food is restaurant grade and quality and pre-pakcaged. We have Fronte Pasta, Stanislaus Red Sauce, Divina White Beans from Greece, Roland Artichokes in a can from Peru, Roots and Branches Crackers, locally made Spicewalla, as well as eggs, bread and cheese.
Our staff follows a rigid policy of safety measures including taking their temperature before leaving home, wearing gloves, and following federal guidelines for social distancing and regular and as necessary hand washing and continuous cleaning of surfaces. And no more than 10 customers are allowed in the store at any one time.
Call (828) 575-9525 for service. Store remains open regular hours from 10am to 7pm Monday through Saturday and Noon to 5pm on Sunday.
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
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Virtual Tours with Wine

*** 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!

Image result for mas theo 2017$20 and UP online*** $17.99 @MetroWines **

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Shopping Options Updated @MetroWines

Virus Block and Tackle Update @MetroWines
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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

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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!
(828) 575-9525

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Buy Gift Cards to Restaurants

How You Can Help Your Business Community?

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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.

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Moonshine to the Rescue!

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

Posted Mar 22, 2020 at 8:26 AM

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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Dark Web and Wine

*** ALERT ***
Murder for Hire Sites is a Scam EVEN on Dark Web!

Just another warning about shopping online!
Shop LocalLY. We are full service.
Ask for Lou @MetroWines.
He knows somebody who knows somebody!

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But seriously, at the end of the day, living well is still the best revenge.
Celebrate Your Good Fortune

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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 ***

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Riesling Beats the Heat

Stand in Solidarity with New Ideas!

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)
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"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!"

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Easter Island and Wine

Stand in Solidarity with Chile!
Truck Smashes Moai on Easter Island

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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....

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"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."

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Wine in the Middle

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

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Medium bodied, red fruit including cherry with a touch of black pepper. Soft tannins.

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Australia Does Rhone

*** 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:

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  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
$16.99 @MetroWines

And plan your trip to Sydney

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MetroWines adds food delivery and curbside

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

About: MetroWines Adds Food Delivery and Curbside
In addition to wine, beer, sparkling bottled water and Fentiman's non-alcoholic beverages, MetroWines is offering pre-bagged, restaurant quality Fronte Pasta for $2.49 each bag. 
We also have restaurant quality Stanislaus Red Sauce in 6 pound cans, the equivalent of 4 jars of Prego, for only $14.99. Compare to Big Box for the same amount! You can save much needed dollars and you won't need to leave the house again!
And we have Spicewalla Indian and Mediterranean spice collections to vary your DIY dinners and pull you through.
Call (828) 575-9525
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Asheville Humane Society Needs Help


Friends, we desperately need your help!! With the uncertainty of COVID-19 Asheville Humane Society is doing our best to ​proactively prepare. In an effort to keep our volunteers and staff healthy, we have ​suspended all volunteer jobs on our animal care campus. ​As a result, our staff is working even harder to ​maintain our high standards of care for the animals on our campus.

We need our community's help!

We are requesting emergency foster homes to provide a respite for our cats and dogs for a minimum of 3-4 weeks. Our priority is to find foster homes for medium-to-large dogs and adult cats. Taking a foster animal home will not only help that individual animal, but it will also help the next animal in need by ensuring we have an open space in the shelter for them. With the new recommendation of social distancing, we anticipate seeing a decline in adoption. If you can't adopt, fostering is the next best way you can help!

We are so fortunate to be part of such an amazingly supportive community in Asheville. Every time we have reached out asking for emergency assistance, your responses have been overwhelming! We would be so grateful for your support now by registering to become an emergency foster parent, TODAY!!!!

If you are willing to foster an adult dog or adult cat for the next 3-4 weeks (minimum), please follow the link below and fill out our emergency foster application *Even if you are already a current Foster for AHS!

Please understand we will be working as hard as we can to respond to everyone and schedule pick-up appointments as quickly as possible, but there may be a delay in our response to your offer of help. Due to the nature of the circumstances, we ask that you please DO NOT arrive without an appointment to pick-up a foster animal. While we greatly appreciate everyone's offer to help, we are asking that all emergency foster homes be within an hour drive of Asheville Humane Society. We urge any potential fosters outside of this distance to reach out to your local shelter to offer help - we are all in desperate need!


Can't Foster?

Please consider donating to our emergency fund to aid us in caring for the animals during this crisis. Any amount helps!

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Italy Virus Update from NIAF



As the Country Urgently Tries to Contain the Coronavirus

(Washington, D.C. – March 17, 2020) On the occasion of the 159th anniversary of Italian Unity, the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) stands in solidarity with Italy as the country combats the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. Currently as the second country in the world to have the most reported cases, the world is closely watching what is happening in Italy as well as the country's response in efforts to contain the disease.


"As the unified voice for the Italian American community, and as Americans deal with the impact of the coronavirus as well, we send our prayers to our Italian 'family' with hope that we can meet this global challenge before more lives are lost," said NIAF Chairman Patricia de Stacy Harrison. "We urge everyone to heed the advice from Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who reminds us that to 'flatten' the escalation of the virus, we must limit personal exposure and remain home when possible." 

United States and Italian government officials and public health experts are making a concerted effort to address the pandemic and protect individuals most vulnerable to the disease. The U.S. Department of State, the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C., the White House, JFCNP, and NIAF are actively working together to help contain the virus.


"We are all in this together. Italy is testing thousands of people for free. The major challenge now is to stop the virus from spreading further," said Italy's Ambassador to the United States Armando Varricchio. 

"We need each other, wherever we are, to work together to guarantee on behalf of the United States and Italy that what we do leads to the best, safest possible outcome," said United States Ambassador to Italy Lewis Eisenberg. "We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will continue to share updates with the public."


"NIAF shares the sentiments expressed by Admiral James Foggo, Commander Allied Joint Force Command Naples (JFCNP)," said Chairman Harrison. "During a public announcement on March 13, the Admiral quoted one of his favorite books, Naples 1944. He said, that it is easily applied not to just Neapolitans but to Italians everywhere: 'Yet over the chaotic din, of the essential dignity of the Neapolitan people, whose traditions of civility, courage, and generosity of spirit, shone through on a daily basis in a very difficult situation.'"


The Foundation continues to express concerns for citizens in Italy, in the United States and worldwide as we unite to combat this deadly pandemic.

Read important information regarding the facts, myths and hypotheses about the COVID-19 from Enrico Bucci, Ph.D., from the Sbarro Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia, and Michele Carbone, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pathology at the John A. Burns School of Medicine in Honolulu: . 


The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to preserving, promoting and protecting the Italian American heritage and culture. To learn more about the Foundation and become a member, please visit .

Amb. Peter F. Secchia Building
1860 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

© 2020 National Italian American Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

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Shop Wine in Person Over Shipping

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

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Virus Block and Tackle

"The Public Palate: Putting Wine in its Place" (c)
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MetroWines updated delivery schedule:

Within a 2 mile radius of MetroWines:
Purchases under $100 - $10 for delivery
Purchases over $100 - free delviery
Deliveries on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Beyond a 2 mile radius up to 10 miles of MetroWines:
$100 minimum purchase - $1 per minute for delivery.
Deliveries on Tuesday and Thursday.

Outside the area, meaning beyond the 10 mile radius,
call Zach, our manager, for a quote.

(the guy in the picture is not really the driver)

** Credit Cards **
We can keep your credit card number on file.
Safely encrypted.
After that, just call in and tell us what you need.
** Car Service PICK UP **
Call and we can meet you in the parking lot.
If not on file, we can take your credit card there.
*** Bunker's Dozen ***

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We have pre-packed boxes
of a carefully curated dozen bottles.
All White, All Red, or All Mixed up!

Grab and GO!

Or call in! We are happy to pull together a custom box.

** Anti Bacterial Food **
Studies show that Turmeric and Curcumin can
reduce the growth of disease causing bacteria.

We have Spicewalla Indian Collection @MetroWines!
Shop staying healthy @MetroWines


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When you have pasta and red sauce, you have a meal!
Keep a supply in your "bunker."
We have restaurant quality pasta and sauce @MetroWines!

and Mediterranean Collection from Spicewalla!

Shop Bunker Staples @MetroWines

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Ruth Ellen Church, Wine Writer!

From MetroWines Newsletter, July 29th, 2018

"Four on the Floor"

The FIRST Wine Critic was a Woman
Ruth Ellen Church of The Chicago Tribune

Writing during the 1960's Ruth Ellen Church recommends:
“Zinfandel, a truly American wine for guests that drop in for wine and cheese.
The color is admirable. Its fruity aroma is pleasing
and, most importantly, it can stand up to cheese."

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Asheville Wine Focus Group: April


Register HERE!

News Release: Friday, March 13th, 2020

About: Asheville Wine Focus Group for April
Join us on Wednesday, April 8th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines for The Asheville Wine Focus Group. Our host will be Joseph Schwabauer from Kellogg Selections with  Moderator Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines.
Kellogg Selections will present four wines for your consideration.
Please save your seat by calling (828) 575-9525 or online here:
Parking is free, close and easy.
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Beethoven and Wine

Tracking Beethoven from Bonn to Vienna

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"Starting out in Bonn, Germany, where he was born to a family
of downwardly mobile court musicians, I set out on a Beethoven odyssey,
from the scenes of his upbringing to the places in and around Vienna
where he lived and worked, despaired and triumphed."

Entire Story here:

Travel Restrictions Have You Bunkered Down? No Problem!
You can get your Beethoven on right here!
with The Asheville Symphony Orchestra

And a bottle of home grown German Style wine!
Teutonic Pinot Noir, Bellpine 2017, $33
Barnaby Tuttle, Winemaker and Owner

MetroWines Interview with Barnaby for UNFILTERED here:

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Teutonic Wine Company is a small-production winery that strives to make
the finest German and Alsatian-style wines in Oregon. The climate in Germany’s Mosel region, famed for producing some of the world’s finest Rieslings, is ideal because of its cooler growing climate which allows the fruit to hang longer on the vines without over ripening. A longer hang time gives the fruit more time to pull up complex flavors from the soil. Therefore, the vineyard sites, Teutonic sources its fruit in Oregon are located in cooler areas and at higher elevations.

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