News Release: Thursday, April 23rd, 2020
Metro Wines Blogs
"A paean to the simple pleasures of the book - as text, object, experience."
I know what you are thinking: I need more activity than just reading! OK.
Some of you are probably practicing yoga at home. But what's it all about?
Let's combine the two in a yoga kind of mind body meld!
"The Story of Yoga from Ancient India to the Modern West
by Alistair Shearer.
Your Read it With Bottle?
Sparkling Water from Saratoga in the Cobalt Blue Bottle.
So good. 12 oz.$2.99 @MetroWines!
A Toast to France
Amazon warehouse employees in France were concerned that the company
refused to supply them with proper equipment, such as masks, for their health and safety.
Amazon, rather than acting like adults and taking care of their people,
followed their usual company protocol when challenged, and gave the employees the French finger!
Legal challenge ensues. The Court was not amused and "upbraided" Amazon.
Non-essential business at Amazon has ceased for the foreseeable in France.
About time someone tamed the beast! Vive la France!
St. Hilaire Methode Traditionelle 2018, $14.99
Bugey Montagnieu Brut Methode Traditionelle, $24
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve Champagne, $39
Don't Want to Sparkle?
Laurent Miguel Viognier @MetroWines!
Deliciously opulent wine. Characteristic aromas of white flowers and vineyard peach.
On the palate it is surprisingly elegant for a Viognier with hints of
delicate apricot and orange blossom yet also revealing a slightly citrus character. $17.99
All about Viognier: "Overlooked and Unappreciated"
By Gina Trippi, Asheville School of Wine
for The Laurel of Asheville
The Constants. The Reliable. The Always There.
Now that is a photo for the Time Capsule! Tutankhamen in a Giza laboratory,
circa 2019, with a guy in a 3M mask. Is nothing constant, reliable, always there????
Any wine worth its bottle will change year after year,
will never be constant and you want it that way.
Terroir driven wines reflect the soil, the weather, the environment and acts of nature.
But some wineries care enough to insure that the bottle, while reflecting the year's terroir,
still meets high standards, that is to say, a name you can count on year after year.
And THAT is our Big RED of the Week!
Our winemaking is based on a unique blend of tradition and innovation,
however, the backbone to everything that we do is hard work. Román Cisneros,
our Cellar Master and employee of thirty years, embodies the heart and commitment
that creates our wines. This Zinfandel is from our vineyards in Alexander Valley,
McDowell Valley and the Yorkville Highlands. Made in Román’s favorite style,
it is rich and lush with powerful structure.
The history of family winemaking goes back four generations in Sonoma County.
There have been 7 winemakers in the family each with their own focus and style.
The unifying elements have been family, hard work, passion,
and a love of the creative process that is winemaking.
The 2017 Román, a blend of 88% Zinfandel, 8% Petite Sirah and 4% Barbera,
offering floral notes and bright, red-toned berry flavors. Medium-bodied and refreshing.
91 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Spring 2019
$21 for Reliability!
|*** PRIORAT ***
We have not talked Priorat lately.
A wine making region just south of Barcelona, Priorat is one of a kind.
All about it from Wine Folly:
Cesca Vicent Priorat 2017. Full body, red plum and currant aromas.
This Garnacha- led blend shows beautiful flavors of baked plum followed by a fresh,
lively finish. Cesca Vicent is a unique proprety located in the heart of Priorat,
in the town of Gratallops.
51% Grenache, 20% Merlot, 11% Carignan, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon
and 7% Syrah done in the California style.
$26.99 at Vivino (BTW: thanks for all the pictures!)
"Think Kafka with a Thick Pelt and Buck Teeth"
So cool. I would love to take credit for that line but it belongs to NYT.
The Weekend Watch with Tony and Manohla recommends that,
as we are living an existence that seems like the same day over and over again, we just do it.
Take a look at "Groundhog Day" with Bill Murray through a different lens.
Streaming on Netflix, iTunes and YouTube.
Tell Tony and Manohla what you think at nytimes.com/movies by 6pm EST on Monday.
Comments in next Weekend Section.
Your Watch it With Bottle
Short aging over fine lees. Brilliant color, medium-strength violet with pink hues.
On the nose Zoe is vivid and intense with aromas of black cherries,
blackberries, hints of plums, violets and dried herbs.
90% Agiorgitiko and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Screw Cap! $13.99
About Zoe: https://www.skouras.gr/
*** SOUNDING ALARM ***
Small Wineries in Big Trouble.
NYT Eric Asimov tells the sad story here:
If you could not access NYT link,
these are the pertinent parts about some of the wineries we support.
Faced with a steep drop in income, Lioco's owners, Matt and Sara likelier,
have had to move fast to stay in business. They have furloughed their nine person staff,
as well as themselves, says Ms. Liklider as they can no longer make payroll or pay bills.
..."We aren't going anywhere, she said, But I'm not sure what our business
will look like on the other side of all this."
On the nose, bartlett pear, bay laurel, sea shell.
Palate is lemon drops, tomato leaf, fennel pollen.
$25.99 at wine.coim and out of stock.
Online Competitive. This is an exclusive wine usually
only on a restaurant menu. Few retailers carry this label. We do!
$24@MetroWines and on the shelf.
Chris Brockway runs an urban winery, Broc Cellars, in Berkeley, Calif.
Faced with closing his tasting room and losing his restaurant clients,
he started a local wine delivery business, selling bottles to anyone in the Bay Area.
"So far it's allowed us to keep everyone employed." But he is not sure it's a sustainable solution."That's a big worry at this moment," Mr. Brockway said.
Counnoise Eagle Point 2017
Counoise, a grape variety somewhat forgotten in France, is cultivated by Chris Brockway
in his Berkley winery. Selected following the principles of sustainable viticulture,
this wine is pure, simple and cohesive with food. The grapes are destemmed then fermented
in open, truncated vats made of oak. The élevage takes place in old, German barrels of 600-1200 litre capacity. This grape is generally used for blending in the southern Rhône,
but here it gives off a pleasant profile with a peppery finish.
$28.95 Average price
Broc Cellars 2016 Red Blend, Alexander Valley.
85%Carignan, 10%!licante Bouschet, 4% Zinfandel and 11% Palimino
Only 405 cases. Sold Out at winery. $35 @MetroWines.
"We take the whole clusters and transfer them from bin into our 2 large concrete tanks.
The berries remain intact and protected with a constant blanket of C02 until their native yeasts
begin to ferment the grape sugars from the inside out. A slow mortification breaks down the color components in the skins, infusing the juice inside the still-unbroken berries with a vibrant red hue. When fully dry, it is pressed into neutral oak for aging. This wine shows the amazing depth
of flavor from these rugged, ancient vines." Winemaker Notes
Check Out Family Winery Wine
In 1930, Dimitris Douloufakis became one of the first winemakers in Crete to produce wines
professionally in his traditional, old winery. A consistent award winner, Dimitris’s grandson, Nikolas,
who received his oenology degree from the university at Alba, now runs the winery carrying
on his grandfather’s traditional practices but with more modern equipment and facilities.
This region has a long history in viticulture and also has been established
as a Protected Designation of Origin for Liatiko wines. Average altitude is 300 meters above sea level.
In addition to the natural choice of Liatiko, Nikolas grows other Cretan indigenous varieties such as Kotsifali, Vilana, Vidiano, with other international varieties such as Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Nikolas also cultivates a host of international varieties (including Barbera and Sangiovese)
on an experimental basis, but the focus here is on native varieties.
The privately owned vineyards are certified 100% organic and span over 70 acres of rolling hills
in the Dafnes sub-region, a village close to Iraklio in Crete. The organic fever sweeping the world leaves
Nikolas bemused. He says, “Crete has an advantage in the transition to natural cultivation.
We never adopted unnatural methods. The only obstacle I face in getting certification is the certification fee.”
100% Liatiko—one of Crete’s noblest indigenous red grapes—
historically used for sun-dried sweet wines, but increasingly explored for dry table reds.
Aged for 12 months in large, used French barrels.
The 2017 has aromas of red currants, dark chocolate and black cherry start this delicious red from Crete. Structured and focused on the palate, its flavors of red berry and spices have a refined overall character.
Wine Enthusiast Top 100!
Not Widely Distributed in Country. $16.99 @MetroWines
You've Got Time to Schedule
*** The 1st MetroWines ONLINE TASTING ***
April 23rd from 5:30 to 6:30
with Zingo Munger from Cape Classics
South African Wines to French Wines Smackdown!!
Joining the tasting is "on the house" through Zoom.
You will find instructions on how to access us online here:
If you want to share in tasting the wines
Call (828) 575-9525 for pickup or delivery.
** Plan a Post Bunker Dinner Party **
In this Newsletter, I used to post Fantasy Guest Lists for occasions. But it became boring.
Why? Because the Guest List always began and ended with the same four people:
Tracy Ullman, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Randy Newman and our favorite Winemaker, Michele d'Aprix
Last week, The NYT Book Review, author Lorrie Moore was asked
"You're organizing a literary dinner party. Which three writers, dead or alive, do you invite?"
And she said: "Three is perhaps not a festive number of guests.
I would like to throw a 45th birthday party for all the great writers who dies at 44:
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Anton Chekhov, Robert Louis Stevenson,
Henry David Thoreau, D.H. Lawrence, Joseph Roth, Marvin Gaye and Billie Holiday."
Your turn! Who is on your Fantasy Post Bunker Dinner Party List?
But what to serve? You need a wine that can pass across very diverse palates.
Wine Spectator 92
"Offers refinement and presence, with expressive raspberry and pomegranate flavors,
laced with fresh violet and orange blossom notes, building richness toward polished tannins.
Drink now through 2027. 4,975 cases made. From Oregon. $30
That's German for "get me out of here!"
Well not exactly, but close.
Turns out Germans like to travel. They have, if you will, the wanderlust.
So I checked on the most popular destinations for German Travelers.
Number One Hot Spot is The Baltic.
So that is such in demand wine locations as Latvia, Estoni, Sweden and Finland,
all of which may be producing wine, but even if it is vunderbar,
it's not being widely imported into this country.
So, let's consider the runner up. That's Spain. Now, were cookin'
Ijalba Solferino 2016 Rioja
This wine follows the German commitment to quality. First to be certified organic in Rioja!
Ruby in the glass with purple hue. Nose of dark berries, spices, earth and a touch of oak.
Full palate feel with a lasting finish. Good structure but with ample fruit.
Vivino could not find this bottle for sale "anywhere." Seriously?
It's really not magic. We just work hard to find great wines for great values!
*** Big RED of The Week ***
The Equalizer from Ammunition
2015 Sonoma County, California
Winery Tasting Notes: "It levels the playing field with wines priced in another stratosphere.
Versatile and pleasing to a variety of palettes, this wine consistently delivers the goods.
The Equalizer is medium to full-bodied with a fruit-forward character.
The 2015 Equalizer Red Blend is deep purplish to ruby in color.
Its nose has plenty of blackberry, black cherry,
baking spice and vanilla notes that are both intense yet elegant.The finish is both long
and complex with a balance of sweet fruit and tannic structure
that will allow this wine to age gracefully for 5 to 10 years."
Vivino says Average Online Price is $23.99
*** More Good News ***
Luzan 2018 Bianco is Back
50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Macabeo
Pale straw yellow with a greenish rim color.
Aromas of floral notes, tropical and herbs.
The Macabeo and Chardonnay brings a fresh,
fruity and spicy and sweet palate driven with good acidity.
This wine is amazing for the price! 3 cases only.
Call with cc to reserve: (828) 575-9525
News Release: Wednesday, April 8th, 2020
Finally Some Good News!
Customer sent this email last Sunday:
Hi guys! In last week's newsletter, you mentioned the AHS needed emergency foster homes.
Experienced with fostering cats, I applied, then scanned through the kitty pics,
guessing who might be a match for us. Long story short, we ADOPTED Willow, an 18 yr old cat - yes, 18. We just lost our 18 yr old cat so Willow was meant for us. ? We needed each other.
Wanted you to know your suggestion made a difference - thank you!
Animal Shelters Everywhere Need Your Help.
Please help if you can - foster or adopt. Contact your nearest shelter.
From the April Edition of 50Plus Living
By Gina Trippi
Avocado is back on the table and on the walls! The all white kitchen is yielding to the resurgence of the celebrated 1960’s color and the avocado itself is showing up with everything from toast to dessert. The color palette is your call but we can help with the avocado, the fruit, palate pairing.
The relatively mild avocado, indigenous to Central America, with its creamy texture started as an aphrodisiac! By 1871, the avocado had found its way to California. Hass and Fuerte are the two most easily accessible varieties. While Hass has more oil content and Fuerte more fiber, the two are similar in taste and interchangeable for recipes and for our purpose of pairing.
Got a great recipe and the wine ready but the avocado is not yet ripe? Put no more than a few avocados in a paper bag with an apple at room temperature. The apple emits ethylene gas, a ripening agent. And to stop the avocado from turning brown, a teaspoon of lemon or lime juice helps the fruit retain its lovely green color.
Most of us think of the avocado as uniquely suited to Mexican dishes but this versatile fruit is holding its own in many other cuisines. You have no doubt encountered western style sushi known as the California Roll. So, now the avocado is surround by cucumbers instead of black beans and salsa! And the avocado is a welcomed addition to any dish with the heat turned up as the natural fat tempers the heat and calms the spices. Avocados are now in ice cream, sweet drinks and vinaigrette.
But for all its virtues, the Avocado has a bad reputation for wine pairing. Natalie MacLean, author of Red, White, and Drunk All Over says: “I put them in a category I call ‘Green Wine Stalkers’ because their natural compounds don’t marry well with many wine styles.”
Look for a white wine with high acidity to cut through the sweetness and fat in the fruit. A New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc such as Kim Crawford or Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio from Alto Adige would be good matches. If you prefer red, avoid tannic wines and opt for Domaine Depueble Beaujolais or California Pinot Noir such as Bodan Roan.
Depending on the heat level of the recipe, the pairing may require a demi-sec Vouvray such as La Vigne Des Sablons or a domestic sparkling like Roederer Brut. And in case of doubt, call for backup! A middle of the road Rosé works with almost anything almost anytime!
Finally, many fear the avocado for its fat content. But rejoice! It is, as they say, the good fat. Avocado is loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, the kind that doctors say can lower the bad LDL cholesterol and maintain levels of the good HDL cholesterol.
Pick up avocados and let us pair a wine to your recipe @MetroWines. Painting the walls is up to you!
MetroWines "Essential" Dinner
Martha Stewart Recipe
(You might want our Spicewalla Mediterranean Collection for this recipe.)
Bon Appétit Recipe
(You might want our Stanislaus Red Sauce for this recipe.)