Salt and Pepper are No Longer Enough
Ain't it the Truth?
Spicewalla Indian Spice Three Pack @MetroWines!
You probably dabble in Indian Food and Flavors all year.
Only one way to be sure the wine is right for those exotic flavors:
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Salt and Pepper are No Longer Enough
*** Focus Group Winner ***
Kobal Furmint, Slovenia $17.99
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It's ALL About Thanksgiving
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Food companies are beginning to cater to the single serving. Dining solo does not need to be dining without wine! In addition to single serve bottles and double serving cans, easy screw top bottles work well and stay fresh for days.
Two of our all purpose favorite screw tops are from Valentina:
La Valentina is located in the rolling Abruzzo Hills,
just inland from the port of Pescara on the Adriatic coast.
The area benefits from a special microclimate, taking advantage of cool breezes from mountains and maritime winds from the Adriatic.
The owner of La Valentina, Andrea di Properzio, was recently @MetroWines to pour his wines for our customers. He explained that what sets La Valentina apart is that every bottle is 100% varietal. Often, a bottle labeled Trebbiano contains other grapes such as Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc.
* Valentina Trebbiano 2018, $13.99 *
Vines grown in clay soil. Stainless steel fermentation.
Straw yellow with green reflections in the glass.
The nose presents intense notes of exotic fruits, floral sensations, notes of aromatic herbs and mineral tones. And the palate is dry, refreshing, harmonious and balanced. $13.99
* La Valentina Montepulciano *
Pretty depth of dark fruit in this with hints of flowers
and fruit tea that follow through to a medium to full body,
soft tannins and a juicy finish. Drink or hold. $13.99
Tricky Rabbit is not new to the shop but it has been a consistent seller for five years. The vintages continue to improve with the age of the vines. For $11.99, you cannot do better than Tricky Rabbit!
*** Big Red of The Week ***
Tricky Rabbit Stands for the Proposition That
A Big Red Does Need to Have a Big Price!
A blend of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Carmenere. This blend has aromas of dry leaves and white pepper
that unfold with raspberry and blackberry fruit flavors, silky smooth tannins, and a lovely complex finish.
*** $11.99 ***
The Glass House for Party People!
Designed by Arthur Elrod, this glass and concrete dwelling
is the standard bearer for Palm Springs Modernism. The interior designer was Kelly Wearstler, shoes design aesthetic has been described as "daring couture for architecture, not bodies." And her trademarks: "body juxtaposing eras and styles, introducing avant -garde glamour and statement everythings"
G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S! But, where's the wine? This IS a party house, right?
Some of the phrases used to describe the interior, although the scene is stunning,
are not too obtrusive, new space airiness, ambient, synergy, moods, and echoes.
A house of such architectural significance
calls for a wine that reflects its essence.
Let's go with New World
2017 Riviera Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Pali Wine Co.
** Robert Parker, Wine Advocate 91 Points **
Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2017 Pinot Noir Huntington has a perfumed nose of dried rose petal, bergamot, pipe tobacco and autumn leaves with black cherries and wild blackberries plus notes of blueberries, woodsmoke and cola. Medium-bodied with a good core of earthy dark fruits with spicy accents,
it has juicy acidity, grainy tannins and a long finish.
$24.99 at wine.com. I'm serious!
Lettie Teague Talks Cellars in Wall Street Journal
WE DO CELLARS @METROWINES
News Release: Monday, October 14th, 2019
News Release: Monday, October, 14th, 2019
Dionysus is Bacchus. Bacchus is Dionysus.
(although the Greek depiction is a little more stately, same god!)
The intersection of Greek snd Roman Cultures is ancient
AND alive and well in Asheville.
Ciao Asheville hosts a fundraiser for UNCA Celebration of Dionysus
on Tuesday, December 3rd from 5:30 to 7pm at Golden Fleece!
$35 for appetizers that span the cultures with Greek and Italian Wines.
Reserve by Calling (828) 575-9525 or online:
Meanwhile, revisit the pleasure principle and indulge
in "How to Be an Epicurean"
By Catherine Wilson. Reviewed by Wall Street Journal here:
Book at Malaprops here:
Your Read it With Wine @MetroWines!
*** Agyros Santorini 2017 ***
100% Assyrtiko, Stainless steel fermentation, volcanic and sandy soil.
Founded in 1903, Argyros Estate is on the island of Santorini,
famed for its spiraling vines and white washed churches. Yiannis Argyros, 3rd generation owner of the estate took over in 1974 and today, Matthew Argyros the 4th generation of family winemakers continues his father's legacy using traditional techniques
The estate vineyards are primarily in Episkopi and Pyrgos,
prime locations for Assyrtiko. The ungrafted vines range in age
from 30 to over 150 years, and are trained into basket-shaped bowls, a traditional technique called "kouloura".
The soil of Santorini is naturally immune to Phylloxera and other vineyard pests, reducing the need for synthetic herbicides & pesticides. Estate Argyros practices sustainable viticulture, using composted grape must as fertilizer, and plowing the vineyards with mules.
Assyrtiko is known for its high natural acidity.
This wine is true to character, with flavors of citrus, lemongrass and stone. It is medium-bodied and elegant with great finesse.
$29.99 at wine.com and, you guessed it, unavailable.
$29.99 at Vivino
La Due Arbie is a blend of 80%Sangiovese and 20%Merlot.
2016 was the 300th Anniversary of the most famous Italian Wine in the World,
from the ancient recipe by Barone Bettino Ricasoli (1716).
Chianti Superiore Le Due Arbie by Dievole has fresh
and fruit forward with tannins that are youthful yet harmonious and rounded.
An elegant wine, with a long finish pairing easily with foods.
The Dievole estate has a long standing history in Tuscany,
dating back as far as 1090. Dievole does not use herbicides and pesticides, they swapped the use of cultured yeasts for wild, and they replaced international varietals with indigenous varieties. The result is is varietal purity and authenticity.
$18.94 in New York. $16.00 @MetroWines!
Psychologists Say Color Affects Moods and Behavior
Working off that theory, this bottle has to make you happy!
2017 Sidekick Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi
On the nose, cedar, mocha, plum, pipe tobacco and licorice.
The palate is rich, bold with dark berries and a swash of anise.
$16.99 and on the shelf @MetroWines
News Release: Saturday, October 12th, 2019
*** Another BIG RED ***
"The Wild Ride" 2015 by TAIT
A blend of 60% Shiraz, 20% Grenache and 20% Mataro
*** Teaching Moment! ***
Mataró, also known as Mourvedre or Monastrell, is a red grape varietal grown in many regions around the world including the Rhone and Provence in France, the Valencia and Jumilla regions of Spain, as well as the Balearic Islands, California, Washington, Australia and South Africa. Mataro wine is medium to full-bodied with a dark purple color. On the nose, you will find herbal notes as well as spice, licorice and leather. Dark fruits like plums and dark cherries are apparent on the palate with an obvious savoury presence with spice and leather.
Winemaker says this is a full bodied wine, but one that stays within normal bounds. Black cherry fruit is tinged
with mocha and baking spices, ending in a dusting of soft tannins. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate 90 Points
Tait's 2015 The Wild Ride boasts hints of vanilla and graham crackers on the nose, alongside notes of mulberries and plums. A big, full-bodied wine is still reasonably light on the palate, with just a touch of warmth on the finish. Drink it over next 3-4 years.
$20.99 at wine.com and unavailable.
$19.99 @MetroWines and on the shelf!
Obsessio White Garnatxa 2017
Montsant, From Marta Plana
Intense fresh white fruit, mostly pears and apples with citric notes, white flower and fennel on the nose. On the palate, the white fruit stands out, pear and almond white flower, aniseed flavored and a taste of aromatic plants with a long and persistent end note and a pleasant saline touch. $19.99
** Big RED of the Week **
Arrels Garnaxta from Clos Pissara
from Winemaker Emmanuel Kermiji
The name Clos Pissarra is derived from the Catalan word for slate, as this is the soil that covers the regions of Montsant (sacred mountain) and Priorat (priory), that lie about 85 miles southwest of Barcelona.
Priorat has quickly established itself as the premier wine region in Spain, producing intense and concentrated wines yet remaining elegant and balanced. Montsant is a softer, more approachable version of Priorat, hence, a great value.
The flinty, mineral character of this wine combined with rich peach notes and a lively acidity continue to a palate that shows balance and concentration.
Only 179 cases produced. $21
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Based on a true story, Naughty Noel is about a cat who loses everything and finds his way home for Christmas. Without Grandma, Noel is forced to leave the comfort of the little house with pink shutters in Florida and embark on a year-long journey. There are adventures and misadventures along the way. It’s a scary world even for this tough cat, and at times, he just wants to give up. Ultimately, Noel discovers a home and family in the spirit of Christmas.
This tale of a regal Persian cat’s journey is a love letter to felines and their companions. Cat lovers will recognize Noel’s instinctive, quirky, and hopeful reactions to tragedy and change. The illustrations perfectly convey a frightened, curious, angry, confused, perturbed, and ultimately contented cat.”
—Veronika Gunter, editor, Lark Books Children’s Book Division, Sterling Publishing/Barnes & Noble
Christine D. Page received a painting of her mother’s beloved cat as a Christmas gift from her daughter and was inspired to write Naughty Noel. Christine enjoys photography and writing short stories and poetry. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Utah and later studied fine arts and photography at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her short stories are regularly published in the La Honda Voice.
Christine is an international flight attendant and a volunteer with Airline Ambassadors International (AAI). She is also a mission and child sponsorship coordinator for Shepherd of the Hills Children’s Foundation in the Philippines. A portion of the proceeds of this book will go to AAI (airlineamb.org) and to the orphanage. Christine lives with her husband, Philip, in Asheville, North Carolina.
Dana Irwin has been creating art since her childhood in Greenville, South Carolina. She earned a BFA from University of Georgia in graphic design and did post graduate study at the School of Visual Arts in New York, the Art Students League of New York, Tyler School of Art in Pennsylvania, and Pythagorian School of Art in Samos, Greece.
Dana’s publishing career spanned both coasts as art director for Avon Books, Hearst Magazines, Mother Earth News, Peninsula Magazine, Northern California Home & Garden, and Lark Books. She is a member of the Saints of Paint, a local art fundraising group benefittting non-profits and artists. She lives with her dog and two mischeivous cats in Fairview, North Carolina.