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Bordeaux Superieur, $14.99

Bring me THIS Bordeaux!

Bordeaux in southwestern France is arguably the most famous wine region in France, in the world, anywhere, ever. The region takes its name, roughly translated as "next to the water" from the port city of Bordeaux. Bordeaux can be, usually is, outrageously expensive. But if you shop smarter, shop Metro Wines, you can find a quality Bordeaux for less than $15.  

Our Chateau De La Vieille Bordeaux Superieur is imported by Wine Traditions, Falls Church, Virginia. We tell you this because this importer visits the wineries, knows the winemakers and selects top quality wines for the price to bring home. Wine Traditions is highly regarded among wine importers. This parituclar Bordeaux is not widely available in this country. Google it and witness all the prices in Euors. 

At $14.99, Chateau De La Vieille Tour Bordeaux Superieur 2010 is an excellent choice. A blend of 40% Merlot and 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, this Bordeaux offers, according to the winemaker, aromas of cherry, blackcurrant, black pepper and licorice. Our tasting group noted that it is this higher percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon that sets this wine apart from its price competitors and gives it a full feel, rich taste and weight.

Because of the weight of this Bordeaux, the wine pairs best with grilled and roast meat, poultry and cheese.

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The Scene Features Metro Wines

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Mackensy Lunsford talked tonic water in The Scene yesterday. She noted that the New York Times has given high praise to Fentimans Tonic Water and that you could find it here in Asheville at Metro Wines. Mackensy also mentioned our Rose Lemonade, an elegant drink when alcohol is off the menu.

The Scene story here!

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Carmenere is a Lonely Grape

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Apaltagna Envero Gran Reserva Carmenere 2011 from the Colchagua Valley, Chile

Seldom grown in France today, Carmenere is originally a Bordeaux. The grape has found a home, due to the warm, dry growing season, in Chile. Although Chile grows more cabernet grapes, the carmenere has become the country's signature grape. Apaltagna is known for high quality for the price, small production appelllation based wines.

This 2011 Gran Reserva Carmenere is no exception. For the price, this wine is unusually lush, offers firm and fine tannins with good volume and a long finish. The red fruit on the nose turns a concentrated and velvety black plum and blueberry on the palate. 

This bottle has won many, many awards around the wine world including the Gold Medal at Selections Mondiales de Vins Canada, Quebec and Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2013. 

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Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc

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What the winemaker says:

"A vibrant combination of fresh basil and spicy tomato leaves, tossed with tangy nashi pears and mandarin, sprinkled with a little lemon zest. A highly perfumed wine with blossom-like subtle aromas and a flintiness that alludes to an underlying core of minerality. A mouth watering, refreshing style with a deliciously crisp, yet luscious finish."

WOW. That's a tough act to follow! We would add that this wine is balanced with a capital "B." Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2011 is soft and light but presents real weight. This fruit intense wine with notes of grapefruit, passion fruit and peach offers vibrant acidity carrying through to a lengthy, chalky finish. Much like our Domaine de Valensac Chardonnay is proving to be the red wine drinkers white wine, Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc might just be the Sauvignon Blanc for those who have not found one to like. Robert Parker says drink until 2014.

What the other critics say about Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2011

92 points Wine Spectator

  *Top Wines of 2012* This intriguing white delivers a complex aromatic note that includes whiffs of petrol, oolong tea, mineral and lanolin, giving way to an equally complex flavor profile. Crunchy green apple, Meyer lemon and melon flavors are refreshing, balanced, and persistent on the finish. Drink now. 1,500 cases imported. –MW   (6/ 2012)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

  Pale, bright yellow. Highly aromatic nose combines grapefruit rind, underripe pineapple, white pepper, fresh herbs and stony minerality. Rich, pliant and fairly full, but with a juicy sappy quality to the orange blossom and spice flavors. In a rather forward style but bright framing acidity gives it definition and thrust. Finishes with excellent length. Greywacke is the new project of sauvignon blanc guru Kevin Judd, who put Cloudy Bay on the map during his 25 years as winemaker there.   (9/ 2012)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

  Former Cloudy Bay winemaker Kevin Judd’s new label displays a vibrant pungency to its leafy aromas, then opens up on the palate to add gooseberry and grapefruit notes. It’s refreshingly medium bodied, with a slightly creamy texture and a long finish filled with pink grapefruit.   (8/ 2012)

 

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Valensac

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Where do we start?  Not one but three of our customers who prefer and generally only drink red wine, went home with a bottle, sometimes two!! of Domaine de Valensac Chardonnay 2011.  Perfect for everyday or special occasion, this Chardonnay is from the Lafon estate, Vin de Pays d'Oc. In the family for more than a century, Domaine de Valensac is considered by many critics to be one of the superior chateaux in the Languedoc and has gained a reputation for producing good value, solid white wines.

This unoaked Chardonnay offers a pleasant, buttery taste blended with exotic ripe fruit with correspondent pleasing and encouraging aromas. This Chardonnay has been described as "crackling," "vivacious" and "competitive with more prominent Chardonnays." The bottom line is that Domaine de Valensac Chardonnay 2011 is just born of basic, good winemaking. And, this is, as we noted, a red wine drinkers white wine.

At $13.49, this Chardonnay has earned a place on our shelf.

Pairing possibilities include sautéed spinach with white beans and pine nuts, chicken marsala with pancetta and cream. This Chardonnay can work smoothly with difficult to find wine partner flavors from artichokes to ripe red peppers.

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Father's Day Auction!

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Father's Day Gift Basket Silent Auction!

Give the unique. The Metro Wines gift Basket is perfect.

Basket Contains:

Bottle of Grochau Cellars 2009 Pinot Noir (not available in Asheville, from owners private collection)

4 rounds of golf at Reems Creek Golf Club ($100 value. Cart fee not included.)

2 bottles of Fentimans Tonic Water, Great Britain

Bottle of Olde Hickory Piedmont Pilsner

"Rough Guide to Digital Photography"

An original art gift card by Botanical Illustrator Jules Whelan

Starting Bid: $25

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G&T, Mario Batali and Fentimans

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Before you enjoy that Metro Wines bottle of wine with dinner, consider serving TV Chef Mario Batali's G&T. Mario says his secret summer ingredient is celery. Our secret ingredient is Fentimans Tonic Water. Botanically brewed the traditionally way since 1905, Fentimans Tonic Water is imported from Great Britain.

Mario suggests that you finely chop 4 ribs of celery and take all the leaves of a whole head and put them in a saucepan with 2 cups each sugar and water, bring to a boil and simmer 30 minutes. Cool, strain and chill. Fill a highball glass with 3 ounces Bombay Sapphire, 2 ounces celery syrup and 4 ounces tonic water. Top with a lime wedge and a few celery seeds.

Mario probably has a little more time to devote to a G&T than the rest of us.  But if you have the time, this recipe is screaming come hither.  If not, we suggest a good Gin and our Fentimans Tonic Water.

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Incognito

This Viognier (read below!) presents lemon and applesauce on the nose, is full bodied with flavors of pear, nectarines and mangos. Some have called it a "fruit store in a glass." The wine is off dry, well balanced and eminently drinkable.

Incognito Viognier from Michael-David Vineyards also has a storied past. Check out what we found:

This wine was awarded "Best Rhone in the World" as a Roussanne at the 2000 Los Angeles International Wine Competition. However, using DNA testing, U.C. Davis later determined that this unique grape is a rare clone of Viognier that mysteriously appeared in California during the past decade and is not, in fact, a Roussanne after all. The phantom clone originated somewhere in the Chateauneuf du Pape region of the Rhone Valley in France, then mistakenly sold to the grower - the talented Mr. Ripkin - as Roussanne, who, finally, sold the resulting grapes to Michael~David Vineyards. The rest is history! Incognito's grapes are grown in the Ripken Vineyard, east of the Carquinez Straits in the Sacramento River Delta region of California. Warm days and cool evenings - reminiscent of the clone's native Rhone Valley - produce the powerful and intense fruit with a sultry body that characterizes this wine, making it unlike any other Viognier.

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food pairings include:

crispy curried chicken with honey mustard sauce

thai chicken salad with lemongrass

snow peas thai style

sundried tomato dip

 

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Tilia Chardonnay, a runaway hit!

Tilia Chardonnay was a runaway hit on Almost Free Friday. Under $10, this wine drinks like $15. You just can't beat it. Tilia Chardonnay has earned a spot on the "GO TO" shelf.

!00% Chardonnay aged 5 months in French Oak, golden yellow in color, this wine has a nose of floral notes and vanilla and tastes of pear, apple, grapefruit and spice and serves up a bright, lingering fresh finish.

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See what the wine critics had to say:

Wine Advocate

The 2011 Tilia Chardonnay is harvested early at around 11% potential alcohol (pH 3.23) and is fermented in stainless steel and cement and undergoes a light aging for six to nine months. It has a clean, lightly honeyed bouquet with touches of lime blossom and quince. The palate is medium-bodied with a slightly viscous entry. There is good weight here and it offers a generous, pleasing, shaved ginger-tinged finish. Drink now-2015.

Score: 88. —Neal Martin, October 2012. 

Wine Enthusiast

Dusty and warm up front, this has baked apple and peachy aromas. It feels round with only mild acidity, while the flavors yield barrel resin, citrus and sweet melon. It's not too evolved on the finish.

Score: 85. —Michael Schachner, November 01, 2012. 

Wine Spectator

This forward, open-knit white shows Honeycrisp apple, pastry and light melon flavors, which glide through the finish. Drink now.

Score: 85. —Nathan Wesley, November 15, 2012.

All this and Tilia is socially and environmentally responsible and forward thinking.

Read about Tilia Wines.

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Bacon Makes Everything Better!

Home Source Design Center on Charlotte Street in Asheville asked us to pair wines with bacon chicken Pinwheels.

This recipe takes 10 minutes to prepare, 15 to cook and serves 4.

RECIPE

These pinwheels are made of chicken strips and bacon then grilled for an out of this world flavor.

Ingredients
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 8 slices of thick pepper bacon
  • 2 T of olive oil
  • 2 t dried thyme
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • toothpicks soaked in water
Instructions
  1. slice your chicken breast into 1 inch thick slices
  2. slightly cook your bacon. (not to a crisp just to a little color)
  3. divide your chicken strips into four equal amounts
  4. lay a strip of bacon on top of a chicken slice and roll up with the bacon on the inside. You will probably use 2-3 strips of chicken and 2 slices of bacon
  5. use your toothpicks to hold together
  6. drizzle the olive oil over the tops and bottom and sprinkle with thyme and garlic powder
  7. grill over med heat until chicken is completely cooked, usually 5 minutes on each side. (this depends on each grill so be sure your chicken is thoroughly cooked before serving.

Bacon and Chicken Pinwheels

Bacon is everyone’s favorite secret ingredient.  When contestants on the TV cooking show Top Chef need to pump up a dish, it’s always their go-to addition – and it usually wins the contest!  And when you combine bacon with grilling, you have a meal that simply can’t be beat. 

So, what wines can you pair with an unbeatable recipe?  Because you’re grilling bacon and herbed chicken, you’ll want something that can stand up to these distinctive flavors, but not so heavy that the wine overpowers the chicken.  Two reds that fill the bill are:

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Marc Roman Malbec

Malbecs were made to go with meat dishes, and this one is no exception.  This is Malbec made in the French style, so don’t expect to get the big, inky wines of Argentina.  Instead, you’ll be serving a Malbec that is well balanced and smooth.  This wine is rich and fruity, and is packed with black spice notes and dark berry fruit.  The new owners of Ambrozia like it so much, they served it at their grand opening. 

 Marietta Old Vine Red

If you’re looking for a heavier rustic red, then look no further than Marietta Old Vine red.  The winery has been making this multi-vintage, primarily Zinfandel-based red for over 30 years.  Aromas of red fruit are supported by darker fruit on the palate with licorice, mineral, and spice. The terroir of the wine's Sonoma and Mendocino County origins lend themselves to an acidity that concisely drives the finish of this traditional field blend.

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Perucchi - the vermouth that will change your mind...

To be honest, I’ve never quite liked vermouths.  Just how did the Martini reach iconic fame when the original recipe required some amount of this beverage splashed into perfectly good gin?  So, we did our homework to get to the bottom of this mystery.  And the results?

With just a little bit of effort, we found that there are a few truly remarkable vermouths still made with time-honored recipes, in a way that a bartender would even consider adding some to a cocktail.  And one of the best is Perucchi: the first, and best, vermouth ever produced in Spain.  Perucchi has been made in Catalonia since 1886, but has only been available in the US for a couple of years.  You can thank the American wife of the vintner, who encouraged him to bring this liquid gold to our country.

This vermouth is so good that you’ll want to serve it alone.  But don’t forget to blend it in mixed drinks or to make a Manhattan that dreams are made of.  Or as one of our customers does, coat the pan before a roasting a chicken!  It’s smooth and rich, with notes of chamomile, ginger, cinnamon, mint, lemon peel and orange blossom. 

This vermouth is made with aromatic plants, herbs, and roots of both Mediterranean and Asian origin.  Every component of this complex blend is carefully selected and harvested at its peak of ripeness, then infused into a “Grand Cru” wine.  Most of the presses and casks used today are the original ones from the 1800’s allowing the vermouth to maintain its original bouquet and character. 

Consider trying both the red and white Perucchi.  The white is more spicy than herbal, with a hint of ginger and a somewhat honeyed finish.  The red is assertively earthy and woody, with notes of licorice and tobacco – excellent at the end of dinner with a wedge of cheese.

Still skeptical?  Drop by – we’re pouring it today, June 4th.

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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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Home Source Recipes 

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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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