News Release: Friday, February 23rd, 2018
News Release: Friday, February 23rd, 2018
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
|"The Read it With Bottle"
Château de RUTH is located in Ste-Cécile-les-Vignes,
The estate is one of the oldest in the Rhone Valley.
A balanced blend of White Grenache and Roussanne,
|Idiot's Grace 2014
From Memaloose in the Columbia River Gorge, WA
Wine Searcher Says:
to MetroWines Customers
Please join MetroWines at The Grand Opening
The event, with hors d'oeuvres, wine poured by MetroWines!
Let's Just Tell it Like it IS
With nearly 20 Different Bottles of Vermouth,
MetroWines is Your Vermouth Destination
And it's ALL the Rage!
Berto White and Red Vermouth from Kermit Lynch
Founded in 1890, the distillery of Castelnuovo Don Bosco was purchased in 1906 by Carlo Quaglia, the great grandfather of the current distillery director. Based in The Piedmont, traditional knowledge of distillation, liqueur, and vermouth has been passed down through generations.
The Bèrto red vermouth (Ross da Travaj) and white vermouth (Aperitiv dla Traddission) are standard-bearers of traditionally produced sweet vermouth from The Piedmont. The recipe dates back to the 1930s. The vision was to create Piemontese Vermouth that could stand on its own as an aperitif or after dinner drink. Enjoy Berto in wide glasses or in a tumbler with ice and an orange peel.
Bubbles and amuse-bouche; Pinot Gris and Squash soup; Bourgogne Rouge and Duck, fennel, and beet salad; Cabernet and steak. The pairings were fantastically executed (I would know- I was there!), and ensured love remained in the air long into the evening. So did the entire staff at the Princess Anne Hotel, without whom this would not have been possible, nor as successful or enjoyable.
With every new course came a new wine. Tom Leiner of Grapevine Distributors and I introduced these delights as they were poured, offering small bits of information about the wines and the people who make them. To my relief, it was well received- safe to say we made acceptable entertainers.
For my part, I thoroughly enjoyed interacting with every guest, meeting new faces, and sharing a little of what we do here at Metro. It was my first of such events, and I should like to know it won't be the last. Certainly a memorable experience!
Again, infinte thanks to the Princess Anne Hotel for hosting the event, their kitchen and wait staff for the impeccable service, and Tom Leiner and Grapevine Distributors for the libations. I had a great time working the event, and look forward to doing it again soon!
News Release: Thursday, Februay 15th, 2018
|Sparkling Rose from France
"We are one of the rare Houses producing Rosé by the saignée method."
Saignée (“sohn-yay”) means “to bleed.” It describes a method of rosé winemaking that involves “bleeding” off a portion of red wine juice after it’s been in contact with the skins and seeds. Saignée is a unique style of rosé wine because it produces a bolder and darker rosé wine. On the nose, you will find hints of red fruits and violet with a hint of spice. The palate is fresh with a subtle trace of licorice in the finish.
|Asheville Wine Focus Group "Red" Winner for February:
Pinyeres 2013 from Spain
Blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Carignan and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Celler el Masroig is situated in the southern part of Montsant, bordering on Priorat.
FURMINT from Hungary
We LOVED this wine. Great acidity and a touch of lemon that is extraordinary.
Carpinus is a relatively young wine company from the Tokaji region in Hungary.
The wine has a lot of elegance, minerality and a rich taste.
Another week, another class! This time we went back to the drawing board, to expand on the finer details and cover the lesser-known bits of the basics, beyond fermentation, balance and complexity, and typical flavor profiles. For instance, did you know that many of the wines that you've drunk have gone through Malolactic conversion? You may associate this term with white wines, such as Chardonnay and Viognier, and the distinct buttery flavor and creamy texture it imparts on the wine. What's less known about MLF (as this conversion is usually referred to), is that nearly all reds will undergo this process, so it isn't considered a distinctive or differentiating quality. To showcase the effects of MLF, we tasted Talbott Chardonnay from Monterey, California.
We also covered "lees". Lees are, in simple terms, the dead yeast cells post-fermentation, when they've essentially eaten themselves. This may sound odd, but for some wines, keeping these little critters can enhance the texture, and add complexity to the flavor. Muscadet, legendary friend of oysters, is a great example of a wine aged on the lees, and very often the words "sur lie" will be printed on the label. Albariño and Champagne often get cozy with their defunct friends as well, except it isn't explicit on the packaging. We did in fact taste a wonderful Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie to identify those delicious bready, brioche flavors, as well as the incredible texture that results from this, and we learned that every time we heard the words "autolytic character" this is what was being talked about.
These are just two of the topics we covered in addition to oak (French vs. American, toast levels, size of the barrel), extraction, terroir, variety vs. varietal (yup, there is a difference!), decanting (when and how to do it), clones, crossings, hybrids, and mutations (Pinot Noir, Gris, and Blanc are the same grape with varying degrees of pigment). We even discussed how to interact with your sommelier at the restaurant to get your wine in perfect drinking condition! To wrap up the evening and, well, enjoy ourselves a bit, we chose a fantastic example of a crossing: Austrian Zweigelt. Delicate flavors of red currants, raspberries, violets, lavender, and earth were just the perfect kiss to send us off.
For more information on our classes, as well as our schedule, visit www.ashevilleschoolofwine.com
News Release: Friday, February 9th, 2018
Carpinus Takaji Furmint
The name of the winery, Carpinus (Latin for hornbeam, the English translation of the Hungarian name), is after Gyertyános, our largest current vineyard. It is the goal for Carpinus Winery to be an example of a Tokaj winery that with top quality work and family cooperation, without compromise, can run sustainably and build a stable position in the world wine market. Continuing local values established by families from the wine region is of particular importance. The vineyards are located in the Tokaj Wine Region. The vineyards are classed first and second growths according to the historical classifications.
They also grow Hárslevelű, Sárga Muskotály and Sauvignon Blanc. The expectations of Carpinus are that by making the very best wine possible, they can present the natural assets and varieties of the varied terroirs of Tokaj Wine Region. They strive to cultivate the crop with environmentally friendly practices. The individual attributes of the vineyards (soils, aspect, microclimate) are expressed through the single-vineyard wines. The wines are characteristically fresh, elegant and harmonious, and to be enjoyed.
All stainless steel fermentation
Vines planted 1985-1990
* "Fresh. I like the lemony taste."
* "Could be used as an aperitif."
* 11% alcohol means you could drink the entire bottle!"
" Dry Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc drinkers would like this wine."
CELLER el MASROIG
Celler el Masroig is situated in the southern part of Montsant, bordering on Priorat. It was founded in 1917 as the Cooperativa of El Masroig. It is an association of grape and olive oil producers with approximately 300 members who are associated owners of the company. In the early years of the Cooperativa, the focus was on producing quantities of wine rather than quality wine. They produced wines with high alcohol content and very deep color that were sold to the domestic market and often used to “improve” other wines. Then followed a period in which the major products were mistelas, fortified wines.
Today, the Cooperativa’s members own almost 500 hectares of vineyards. The winery uses two main methods of vinification: Traditional fermentations begin when bunches are destemmed at the winery. Alternatively, bunches may be kept in tanks to permit them to undergo carbonic maceration before pressing and a low-temperature fermentation.
Despite its eighty years heritage, the Cooperativa el Masroig continually strives to improve methods of production and the quality of the wines, while maintaining and enhancing their traditional identity.
2013 Celler el Masroig Pinyeres
50% Garnacha, 40% Carignan, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Fully destemmed, fermented with native yeasts
12 months in neutral oak barrels
* "Low tannins make this wine totally quaffable!"
* "Great nose with a good cherry taste."
* "Drinks way better than the price."
News Release: Thursday, February 8th, 2018
PLEASE VOTE FOR THE STORY ABOUT THE RESCUE OF MY KNISMEN FROM THE HORRORS OF A TEXAS BLOOD BANK IN THE "SHORTY AWARDS." GREYHOUNDS COULD USE THE PRESS. AND IT WOULD BE A NICE WAY TO HONOR MY CATE.
THANK YOU, YOUR SHOP DOG BANDIT
Through a multi-faceted campaign including social media, online video, traditional media, and celebrity outreach, PETA exposed a horrific practice to the public, resulting in the shut-down of a terribly abusive business.
For years at The Pet Blood Bank, greyhounds had been warehoused in conditions akin to solitary confinement, trapped 24/7 in wire and dirt-floored kennels in an old shed, with nothing to do but wait for the next "bleed," where 20% of their blood volume was taken from their jugular vein, to be sold to vet clinics across the US. These naturally active, sensitive dogs were deprived of exercise, enrichment, companionship, respect, and any semblance of joy.
The vast majority of the public had no idea a dog blood bank could exist, so we first had to educate the public and then encourage them to get active. Following PETA's multi-platform awareness campaign — which included social media videos and images, instant advocacy such as text-ins, call-ins, emails alerts and more — The Pet Blood Bank closed its doors within X days of the feature going live, and transferred 151 dogs into adoption programs. These dogs are finally getting the care and love they need and deserve.
Details and Link to VOTE HERE.
|143 Million US Consumers were victims of cybercrime
in the past year with losses totaling $19.4 billion
according to a survey by Norton Cyber Security Insights
We @MetroWines probably cannot stop cybercrime.
95 Points Decantur Magazine
Vinification This Pedro Ximénez is aged for 15 years in the solera system.
Tasting Notes A great nose of exotic spices and almost red fruits combine
Mouthwatering and multi-dimensional, this perennial crowd pleaser is a blend of our favorite cool-climate whites: Müller-Thurgau (38%), Gewürztraminer (32%), Riesling (19%) and Pinot Gris (11%). Crafted from several harvests in order to display the unique qualities of each variety, heady scents of orange blossom, ripe honeydew, guava and kiwi offer a vibrant introduction to this aromatic blend. The palate is sumptuous and round, bursting with stone fruit, Meyer lemon and juicy pear drizzled with caramel. This plushness yields to a clean, bright and uplifting finish.
*** THIS JUST IN ***
Emily Farrell, Territory Manager
for Leonardo LoCascio Selections (LLS)
Tuesday, February 6th from 5-6:30
"on the taste" and "on the house" @MetroWines
Emily will pour 3 Barberas made in 3 different styles from Pico Maccario
Barbera specialists in Asti for four generations!
Pico Maccario Lavignone Rosato 2017 ($9.99)
Pico Maccario Barbera d’Asti Lavignone (unoaked) 2016
Pico Maccario Barbera d’Asti Tre Roveri old vine, oaked 2014
Emily Farrell, a Raleigh native, is a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW)
Wine can be, and often is, an expression of the place where it's made; a representation of the local taste and culture, a sense of 'what grows together goes together.' As part of our ongoing Italy class, and thanks to Mark Orsini of Orsini Wines, we tasted our way Tuscany. This means we got really friendly with Sangiovese, as well as other much more rare, but no less tasty varietals: Malvasia frizzante; a Vermentino blended with Fiano, Verdicchio, Incrocio Manzoni, and Petit Manseng; a Bordeaux left-bank style beauty with the kingly name of Atis. While these uncommon wines showcased Italian artistry and creativity, the more familiar names reminded us of the power of tradition: Chianti Classico, Brunello, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
And then, there was Jassarte. Oh, Jassarte! Where old meets new, tradition meets experimentation, and the diversity of the world grows in one small lot of land. This wine is a blend of thirty (yes, THIRTY) grapes, all contributing the same 3.3% to the bottle, with origins that go beyond Italy, both in location and in history. France, Spain, and Greece lend their flavors, as well as the Saperavi grape from Georgia! Saperavi was found in amphorae dating back over 8,000 years, and it is still planted in Georgia today. All of this amounts to a wine that is powerful, but not opulent or hedonistic; complex, yet approachable; great friend of food, and a pleasure to enjoy on its own.
This experience would not have reached such heights without Mark and his wines, and Mr. Michele Scienza of Guado al Melo, who was beyond kind to connect via Skype with us so late in the day and take us through the history, land, fruit, and flavor of his little piece of Tuscany. For that, the team at Metro Wines are infintely thankful!
*For more information on our classes, visit www.ashevilleschoolofwine.com
|FRENCH CHARDONNAY IN STEEL FOR A STEAL!
** YOUR WINTER WHITE **
Tasting notes: From the Valley of Loire in Western France almost into
|Mud House Pinot Noir from New Zealand is Back!
** 91 Points from Wine Spectator **
A deep ruby red in the glass. Aromas of red cherry, dried herbs, scented oak and vibrant spice on the nose. Smooth on the palate with dark cherry and bramble flavors delivering a long finish with fine tannins and balanced acidity. ALC13.50% Cellar for the next five to six years.
|** SKYFALL is Back by Very Popular Demand **|
|John Kerr for Capital at Play
How to get the most from a wine list:
simple tips to maximize value and minimize panic.
"Rose is Your Winter White"
100% Caberent Sauvignon
Domaine Bousquet Cabernet Sauvignon
** 91 Points Wine&Spirits **
Color: dark ruby color.
|Domaine Bousquet Chardonnay
On The Menu for AXIOS Wine Dinner
at Golden Fleece
Worthy is the second label of AXIOS. "Sophia's Cuvée," a premium Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, is named after the daughter of proprietor Gus Kalaris. AXIOIS is the the Greek word for worthy. Sophia's Cuvée enjoyed overnight success when this Cabernet Sauvignon dominated Bordeaux blend stormed into the market in 2001. Over the years Worthy has been recognized as a household name in small production wines.
90+ rated wines served:
Worthy Chardonnay, TRUTH,
AXIOS Cabernet ($330 on menu!)
Worthy is the second label of Axios - the super premium Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Axios is the the Greek word for worthy. Worthy’s Cabernet Sauvignon dominated Bordeaux blend enjoyed overnight success when it stormed into the market in 2001. Over the years Worthy has been recognized as a household name in cult wines.
The Kalaris brand, named after proprietor Gus Kalaris, evolved from Gus' love of the great wines of Burgundy and his passion for producing California wines reflective of the uniqueness and beauty of their terroir. It is the newest addition to our family of wines mostly coming from our Calistoga Kalaris Family Vineyard. Staying true to the vision of the brand, these wines are hand-crafted, small production and of the highest quality. They are a true reflection of Gus’ vision to produce first class wines in a classic old world style but allowing the wine’s Napa Valley origin to shine.
The label for Truth was the inspiration behind this wine's name. Looking at one's own reflection unveils the truth. This intriguing label was proudly displayed at the SFMOMA's exhibition "How Wine Became Modern" in 2010-2011. Beyond the packaging you will find an outstanding bistro style wine at a value price point.”
The Telios brand is a new entry to the portfolio. The name Telios is of Greek origin meaning "complete", finished in the most successful way possible, reaching the pinnacle. Telios follows all the same protocols and philosophy of all of our Axios Napa Valley wines, achieving perfect balance.
Napa Valley’s fantasy baseball team has added another star to its roster. Hall of Famer
Cal Ripken Jr., dubbed the Iron Man for not missing a single game in almost 17 years,
is the latest player turned Napa vintner. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of surpassing
Lou Gehrig's consecutive game streak, Ripken has teamed up with Napa Valley’s AXIOS winery
to make a luxury Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is named "2131"after Ripken's record-breaking number of consecutive games. One-third of the profits from the wine will be donated to the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, which supports at-risk youth through baseball-related programs. This collectable wine is a limited run of 2,131 bottles and sold individually in wood-and-glass boxes.
Derek Rubio of Skyland Distributing hosts the May gathering of Asheville Wine Focus Group. Skyland represents some of our favorite brands here including Orin Swift (Prisoner) and Kindred. Derek understands that this is serious business so bring it!
Skyland FB page HERE.
News Release: Friday, January 5th, 2018