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Rise Over Run Hosts February

 

Rise Over Run (https://www.riseoverrunwine.com/) hosts The Asheville Wine Fcous Group on February 7th.

Rise Over Run is an anthology of singular wines from steep and often challenging sites, and the dedicated families who farm them. Even down to our name, the inception of Rise Over Run emanated from our mutual passion and respect for challenging viticultural microclimates, often individuated by vertical, rocky slopes where little else can thrive. Many are viticultural marvels, and the finished wines are expressions that could not be recreated elsewhere. Our book is a compilation of these wines that have stories to tell, and we are excited to be the ones doing so.

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News Release: Wednesday, January 2nd, 2018

About: Asheville Wine Focus Group: February
 
Please join The Asheville School of Wine as we present The Asheville Wine focus Group (https://www.metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/wine-focus-group) on Wednesday, February 7th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines.. 
 
"We are asking our customers to let us know what they think about wines that have been presented to us by our sales representatives," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines."As a small shop with limited space, our goal is to offer not more choices, just better ones!"
 
Charlie Stanley of Rise Over Run (https://www.riseoverrunwine.com/) will host the February gathering of The Asheville Wine Focus Group.
 
The event is free but seating is limited to the first 12 participants who call (828) 575-9525. The Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines meets the first Wednesday of every month.

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525

 

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Advintage Distributing Hosts

 

Our FIRST gathering of Asheville Wine Focus Group will be hosted by Advintage Distribution! Details TBA.

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Rise Over Run Wine Tasting

News Release: Monday, November 27th, 2017
About: Columbia Valley Gorge Wine Tasting @MetroWines
 
Please join us on Thursday, December 14th from 5 to 6:30 @MetroWines to meet the HOT new importer, RiseOverRun. 
 
Columbia Valley Gorge Wines including a 100% Semillon, French Varietals Red Blend, Barbera and Pinot Noir will be "on the taste" and "on the house" @MetroWines.
 
Event pricing set on these wines perfect for holiday meals, parties, gifts and sitting in front of the fireplace.
 
Parking is, as always, free, close and easy @MetroWines.
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525

Rise Over Run is an anthology of singular wines from steep and often challenging sites, and the dedicated families who farm them. Even down to our name, the inception of Rise Over Run emanated from our mutual passion and respect for challenging viticultural microclimates, often individuated by vertical, rocky slopes where little else can thrive. Many are viticultural marvels, and the finished wines are expressions that could not be recreated elsewhere. Our book is a compilation of these wines that have stories to tell, and we are excited to be the ones doing so.

Wines "on the taste" and "on the house" with Rise over Run! 

SYNCLINE

Poppie and James Mantone met while working the harvest of 1997 at a custom crush house, LaVelle Vineyards (Willamette Valley, Oregon). Four years later, they relocated their home to the Columbia Gorge, where passion for Rhône wines led them to explore the emerging potential of vineyards there, as well as in the larger Columbia Valley.

Inspired by early efforts of Rhone and Burgundy varieties sampled from Washington wineries, Syncline’s first vintage (1999) consisted of 76 cases of Celilo Vineyards Pinot Noir from vines planted in 1973. The next year, production was increased to include Columbia Valley Syrah and Grenache. At the same time, they began working with vineyards for plantings of Mourvedre, Cinsault, Counoise and Carignan. They have kept production under 6,000 cases annually to ensure intimacy with each barrel and every vine.

Syncline Wine Cellars is located along the Columbia River in southern Washington.

The location, in the eastern Columbia River Gorge, is a unique place for growing wine grapes. The estate vineyard, Steep Creek Ranch, is located on a southern slope, on the very eastern edge of the new Columbia Gorge AVA. Directly west of the vineyard and winery is a series of 300-foot cliffs rising up into the surrounding mountains, straight out of the Columbia River. Locally known as the “Coyote Wall Syncline,” and to geologists as the “Bingen Syncline,” this dramatic feature gives the winery its name. It is at this point that the rainy western Columbia Gorge transitions to the semi-arid eastern Gorge.

IDIOT’S GRACE

Idiot's Grace and Memaloose are the production of a small, family-owned estate winery in the Columbia Gorge.  Their several plots—established in 2003, overlooking the River on both the Oregon and Washington sides—are farmed organically with imagination and humility. The wines are wild-fermented and unposturing, and are crafted in a search for originality in this dramatic growing region. Taking their inspiration from the Rhone, Memaloose reds, whites and rosés are blends and occasionally varietal wines from Grenache, Syrah, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier. The array of Idiot's Grace offerings reflect restless work to match grape to place and tend to be varietal bottlings of Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc, Dolcetto, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Sangiovese and Primitivo, amongst others.

Regarding the names:

Upon its inception in 2006, the winery took the name Memaloose from a chain of islands in the Columbia Gorge referenced in the journals of Lewis & Clark. The duo and their crew made camp at what would become the town of Lyle, WA., currently the location of the winery, tasting room and three of the vineyards.  Much of the Memaloose label art, back label story and several wine ‘nicknames’ drew from this history.

Idiot’s Grace is the name given to the property in Mosier, OR, by its owner, grower and cellar master Brian McCormick. This 55 acre parcel supports cherry orchards, an itinerant kale farmer and approximately 13 acres of vineyards (along with a flock of ducks, a drift of pigs, two goats, chickens galore, and a couple of very busy dogs).  

Idiot’s Grace, then, initially appeared on Memaloose labels as a vineyard designate before spinning off into a “second” or “winemaker’s label” in 2010. As the vineyards and wines evolve and the character thereof comes into somewhat sharper focus, the name Idiot’s Grace seems better suited to convey that character while also connoting a slightly more contemporary connection to place. Therefore, it has assumed the role of “Lead Moniker” with the majority of production now, and henceforth, bottled under that label. In a gesture of respect to history, current plans are to bottle 3-4 wines per year from “Rhone” varieties, under the Memaloose label.

2015 Idiot's Grace Semillon                                                                                      

Grown on an east-facing terrace, on loam formed in alluvium and mudflows associated with Mt. Hood vulcanism. Fermentation proceeded with ambient yeasts in stainless steel; no malolactic conversion. We continue to be impressed by the promise of this variety in the Gorge. The juice has been handled somewhat differently each year; in the present case (motivated in part by a remarkable bottle from Australia) the approach was intended to maximize the freshness and vigor of the grape in a warm season.

2015 Idiot's Grace Barbera                                                                                       

A wine that we hope would make Giacomo Conterno proud! Barbera seems quite at home in this warmer corner of the Gorge, where the strong diurnal swings in temperature help to retain fresh acidity beneath the veneer of fresh red fruit. Hand harvested, fermented with wild yeasts in neutral oak puncheons, unfined and unfiltered. 2016 Syncline ‘Subduction Red                                                                  

Long inspired by the wines of the Southern Rhone Valley, this is our answer to a Washington version of a Cotes-du-Rhone Villages wine. A blend of classic southern French varieties that are unique and expressive on their own; yet each contributes to create a harmonious whole.

Varietals: 40% Syrah / 15% Mourvedre / 20% Grenache / 14% Cinsault / 11% Carignan

2,400 cases

HIYU WINE FARM

Hiyu Wine Farm was founded by Nate Ready, MS and China Tresemer. Ready worked as a sommelier in Boulder, CO., achieving his MS diploma in 2006. Shortly thereafter, he began gravitating more toward viticulture and winemaking. Working harvest in Italy, Ready crossed paths with Tresemer, who he knew from their days in Boulder but who was working in Italy as an artist, gardener, writer and cook. Eventually their shared loves took them to the Portland area where they partnered with Ready’s winemaking colleague, Geoff Burke, and purchased 21 acres in the Hood River Valley. They took the existing 7-acre parcel of Pinot and Syrah and added another 7 acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Tempranillo.

Hiyu is a fully operational farm guided by biodynamic practices with a robust polyculture of animals and cover crops. The vineyards are dry farmed without the use of herbicides, pesticides or fungicides. Hiyu uses 85% less spray material than typical certified organic spray programs. In the cellar, Ready tends to favor long elevage in oak barrels and almost no intervention. The only addition Ready permits is 5ppm of SOs before bottling. With the first commercial vintage release in 2015, Hiyu opened its tasting room and professional kitchen to the public

SMOCKSHOP BAND

Smockshop Band is an exploration of the Columbia Gorge by the Hiyu Wine Farm team as they seek out new ideas and partnerships. Hiyu Wine Farm tends 14 acres of vines on their own land in the Hood River Valley, but their adventurous spirit and commitment to biodynamics and permaculture could not contain them. They have been developing relationships with growers and landowners that have opened up chances to experiment with grapes and locations across the varied terrain of southern Oregon.

The Columbia Gorge presents numerous creative opportunities. With their crew and friends, Ready and Tresemer seek out unique climates across, up and down the gorge. Some sites speak in nuance like Burgundy, while others recall the wild terrains of southern France and the volcanic character of Mt. Etna. But no matter where the grapes are grown, Smockshop Band transports the ethical viticulture that Hiyu Wine Farm uses at home: dry farming, biodynamic practices, and no herbicides, pesticides or fungicides.

Today they lease and farm twenty acres of vineyards outside of the farm and release the wines under the Smockshop banner. The name itself is lifted from a scribbled note on a map Lewis and Clark carried while exploring the Pacific Northwest; on the site where Hiyu farm sits is written “Smockshop Band.” One of the vineyards, Atavus, was planted at the end of the 1960’s and is the source of their solera of skin-macerated Gewürztraminer started back in 2013. But not all wines are meant to have a foot in the past; Smockshop Band’s “Spring Ephemeral” Red Wine and Pinot Noir capture the sudden youth of spring.

2016 Smockshop Band ‘Spring Ephemeral’ Columbia Valley Red (6-pk)                

This is a very pale, delicate and perfumed, 50/50 blend of Grenache and Syrah from Scorched Earth Vineyard. This site sits in the eastern, desert-like portion of the Gorge and is technically in the Columbia Valley AVA. 50% whole cluster and 30% new French oak. 226 cases.

2016 Smockshop Band ‘Spring Ephemeral’ Pinot Noir (6-pk)                                              

This Pinot from three sites worked within the Gorge is based primarily on fruit from a vineyard on Eastside Road that faces south just below panorama point. 50% whole cluster and 10% new French oak. 243 cases.

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Neopolitan Pizza, World Heritage & Aglianico

TIRED of COOKING. YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO. 

 

PIZZA!

And don't think you are giving up tradition during the holidays!
Pizza is all about tradition and it's about to be official!

The Embassy of Italy in Washington DC, honoring "Italian Cuisine in the World,"

showed the world premiere of the documentary

"La Pizza, il cuore di Napoli" presented by director Luca Verdone.
The screening was, of course, followed by a pizza tasting.

Pizza is a Neapolitan celebration that boasts a tradition dating back
to the first half of the 18th century. Today, it is the most popular food found on any table around the world. The documentary tells the evolution of the pizza both from the historical and the gastronomic point of view and reveals the secrets of the ancient Neapolitan cuisine that made pizza stand out as the tastiest and the cheapest food globally, popular with all. 
The reasons for this success belong only to the culture of Naples,
to its philosophy and to its "way of life." Food and philosophy of life
identify each other in producing a singular combination, says sociologist Domenico De Masi and psychotherapist Massimo Ammaniti explain.

Last year Italy chose Neapolitan pizza
as its candidate for protection under
UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

There's Your Tradition!

 


Naples is located in the Compagna Wine Region
which is home to the hearty varietal Aglianico.
Serve tradition with tradition!

 
     While Piedmont and Tuscany may be the most famous wine regions in Italy, Campagna, the region that includes Naples, Capri and Pompeii, is a most impressive producer of high quality wines. Only now gaining recognition outside of the region and beyond Italy, the star of Campagna REDS is Aglianico, a grape thought to have been brought to the region by the Greeks when Campagna was part of Magna Grecia some 2500 years ago.
     Generally speaking, Aglianico presents aromas of dreid figs and sun tanned leather with a palate of bringing the "leather" forward and adding white pepper, black fruits and cured meats.
     
      This wine, Fontanavecchia Aglianico del Taburno, is intense with an elegant structure. Dark ruby ​in the glass. The nose reveals aromas of black berries, graphite, weeds, spices and dark brown tabacco. The palate is full, deep, complex and balanced, fine tannins and a long finish. 

    White pizza? Want to go lighter? FontanaVecchia also offers a Rose
made from their most extraordinary Aglianico grapes! Believe it!

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Jean Luc Colombo White Rhone

Wine with a Heart

Jean Luc Columbo White Rhone
(Charred Cauliflower Approved!)
 

Winemaker Notes:
 Light straw color. Intense floral aromas with scents of peach
and melon, then herbal and mineral notes. This is a complex, crisp and well-balanced wine with flavors of stone fruit, citrus and pear.

   
Why Heart?
   Les Abeilles is named for bees, those crucial yet fragile creatures that play an essential role in biodiversity through pollination. Sadly, their hives are threatened by a condition called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). The Colombo Family keeps their own hives in the Rhone Valley and actively supports research to eradicate the threat against bees by donating a portion of the sale of this bottle to honey bee research.
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Elk Cove Pinot Gris 2016

ELK Cove is a "Wine with a Heart"
And The Elk Cove Pinot Gris is Thanksgiving Perfect

Philanthropy? Elk Cove Vineyards contributes wine, dollars & time to hundreds of local and national non-profits every year.  Healthcare, the environment & children’s causes are all close to our hearts with a strong presence in Oregon.
https://elkcove.com/about-us/philanthropy/

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Asolo Prosecco

Let Them Eat Cake (and Pie)

But not with BRUT!

Something sweet, like that Thanksgiving Pecan Pie!! you are working
calls for something slightly, repeat, slightly sweet.

"An overly dry wine will clash with the sweet," says John Kerr
of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines.
"Ever have a sparkling wine with wedding cake that just didn't work?"
says Kerr, "Thats what's wrong. Try a Prosecco with just a little residual sugar."

 

Asolo Prosecco
"just a little residual sugar"

LET THEM EAT CAKE!

Tasting Notes
Light, soft fizziness with persistent bubbles stands this elegant apart. 
Fresh fruity aromas with hints of sour apple and banana and floral notes
are dominated by acacia flower. Elegant flavor, slightly sweet, velvety, refined,
and lingering on the palate. An ideal wine for festive occasions and pastry.

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Bellus Falanghina

Bellus Falanghina
Thanksgiving Italian Wine

A Wine with a Heart

Bellus says: Our Caldera is made from Falanghina grapes grown
without chemicals or pesticides in the hills of Campagnia. 
The violent explosions of nearby Mount Vesuvius' have released
more than 100,000 times the thermal energy of an atomic bomb.
The explosions have created Campagna's geological identity. 

Woman Winemaker: Bellus Wines is the creation of New York Sommelier Jordan Salcito, currently Head of Beverage Operations at Restaurant Momofuku.
Bellus was inspired by Salcito’s own journey in the wine world.
As a Master Sommelier Candidates within the Court of Master Sommeliers,
Salcito has spent nearly a decade in Manhattan’s most established restaurants including Eleven Madison Park, Restaurant Daniel, and Veritas.
Salcito has extensive winemaking experience. Since 2006 she has worked harvests at Domaines Dujac, De Montille, Roulot, du Comte Liger-Belair, de L’Arlot, and Comtes Lafon. Charming and accessible, her Falanghina is aromatic and bright
but with some weight, and very easy to enjoy.

Wine with a Heart: Bellus donates a % of
Caldera proceeds to 
Earth Justice.
About the organization: 
https://earthjustice.org/

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Lambrusco Emilia for Thanksgiving

 

Lambrusco Emilia
Perfect for Thanksgiving, Pie and Cake anytime 
and, oh yeah, Ferraris!
"In Montelocco you can feel the Montelocco perceptible fragrance of herbs and juicy black cherries. Fresh, semi dry flavor with light tannic sensations, it’s a wine for the entire meal, particularly recommended with rich first courses, as meat-filled ravioli." 
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Le Volte Tuscan RED

 

"A Bottle to Drink With It"
from Tuscany

Winemaker's Notes
“2015 was one those years that every winemaker dreams of having at least once in his career. The balanced season with a warm and sunny summer, but with a cool, dry weather during the harvest produced wines that perfectly denote the seasonal trend. Rarely do we find a perfect balance between the various components of the wine, from the deep ruby color, to the crisp and fresh fruity hints with an ideally meaty texture, supported by silky, smooth tannins, devoid of any harsh edge.”

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Hedges Mountain RED

 

Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain
This and all Hedges Wines, including CMS, are "Wines with a Heart"
    Check out the charities that Hedges has supported that range from
Boys and Girls Club to Seattle Police Foundation to Juvenile Diabetes Research:
   About Red Mountain: Flagship wine of the estate, the HFE Red Mountain consistently displays dense color, firm tannins, and well-defined acidity. Always a majority blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this wine is suitable for drinking upon release, but will reward those with the patience to age it. This wine represents all vineyard blocks farmed within the Hedges Family Estate vineyard portfolio. A true chateau-production bottling, the HFE Red Mountain is the epitome of classic style, and one that represents the Terroir of the Red Mountain AVA in a pure and elegant 
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Patty Green Gone at 62

From the winery:

With great sadness, we would like to inform you that Patricia Green has passed away unexpectedly at the age of 62. She was at her home in Roseburg, Oregon when she was found. There is no way to convey this message without the heartache and loss that we feel here at the winery.

Note from Jim Anderson (Owner-Winemaker):

I had the special privilege of having known, worked and partnered with Patty for over 20 years. I met Patty in 1995 and over the course of the preceding 22+ years we went from strangers working together to co-conspirators in making something out of a new Oregon winery to partners in a vineyard and winery venture that surpasses anything we ever expected to do. We had ups and downs like anybody does in any sort of relationship but we used to joke that other than the weird people whose marriages somehow survived owning a winery together that we were the longest standing winemaking duo in Oregon. There's something to both the factual information about that and the joking sentiment behind it  that contribute to the special nature of our relationship.

Patty was a mighty force and an old soul crammed into a small little body. She had done so many interesting and crazy things in her life way before she started making wine that it was hilarious how far down the list the life of a winemaker was in her amazing life. Her approach to winemaking was pure. She had no motivations to be famous or acknowledged or even particularly that well paid. She had a belief in what parts of the earth could bear and what she could do to guide that fruit along a path of turning from one pristine to state to another.  Because of her desire to be extremely low-profile and the nature of the winery itself she likely did not get the accolades for her work in the Oregon wine business. Nonetheless I know that the loss I feel will also be a loss to the more delicate soul of all the things that make winemaking and vineyard tending special in Oregon.

Obviously at this time we are simply attempting to inform people and figure out how we will all go about grieving. There is still very little information available, even to us, and we appreciate that for the time being folks allow us to attempt to figure out where things stand and what will be done to ensure that everyone can have an opportunity, if they wish, to share in saying goodbye and celebrating the life of a unique, special and wonderful individual.

We understand and appreciate that people may want to reach out. Memorial services details are in progress.

Patricia Green Cellars Team

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The entire winery is dedicated fully and solely to displaying the nature of Pinot Noir that is derived from where it is grown. In each vineyard a unique combination of geology, topography, elevation, aspect to the sun, degree of slope, type of water, age of vine, clonal material, flora and fauna that come together to make up the concept that is referred to as terroir.  All our vineyards are either organically or sustainably farmed  to produce textures, aromatics and flavors that are specific to the site from which they are born.  Our goal is to work with unique vineyards that have wide ranging natures so that we can showcase a broad range of Oregon Pinot Noir capabilities. 

Patricia Green Cellars is located in the Ribbon Ridge Appellation of the Willamette Valley on a 52 acre estate purchased in 2000 by Patty Green and Jim Anderson. The winery, and thus the two friends and business partners, are noted for producing a tremendously broad selection of Pinot Noirs from several vineyards representing some of the better sites in the Willamette Valley with a particular emphasis over the years on Ribbon Ridge, Dundee Hills and the Chehalem Mountains appellations. Patricia Green cellars focus is to produce Pinot Noirs that show the distinct characteristics of the sites and vintage within the context of the wines. 

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Klein Constantia Has a HEART

"As a WWF Conservation Champion our vision is aligned with that of the World Wildlife Fund as we aim to unite conservation and agricultural development in a complementary, mutually beneficial manner. We continually strive to produce wines in more environmentally responsible and biodynamic ways."

Shop Klein Constantia Red Blend for Thanksgiving @MetroWines!

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More About Wines with a Heart

Serve Wines at Thanksgiving that Give Back

By Gina Trippi for The Laurel of Asheville

Online HERE.

Every year at this time, we see countless articles about what wines are best to serve at thanksgiving. But Eric Asimov, Wine Critic for The New York Times, says is difficult to make a bad wine decision for the thanksgiving table.

 

“Whichever wines you serve, they will be well received,” says Asimov. “Nobody comes to Thanksgiving for the wine. They come for the people.”  Asimov believes you can’t go wrong.

So let’s go right! Serve wines from wineries that not only make great wines that pair well with a traditional Thanksgiving menu, but that show their gratitude by donating proceeds to worthy causes.

Indaba, a South African winery, makes food friendly wines that present character and structure well beyond their very affordable price. Drawn from some of the world’s oldest soil, Indaba wines are made by family farmers. “These are real wines made by real people,” Indaba says.

But serving Indaba is more than just supporting small family businesses, it’s about participating in the future of South African children. Cape Classics, the importer for Indaba, has established The Indaba Education Fund (IEF) to improve a child’s capacity to develop through Montessori training. Offered in the child’s earliest years, Cape Classics believes this educational opportunity will greatly improve the child’s chances for a successful adulthood, enhancing family life, elevating societies and building a better future for South Africa. Toward this goal, Indaba donates $.50 of every case of Indaba sold world wide to IEF.

Joseph Carr named his winery after his father, Josh, who both served in the military and as a volunteer firefighter. Carr continues to honor his father’s commitment to community and public service through charity. Last year, Josh Cellars donated one dollar from each bottle of wine sold up to $50,000 to Operation Homefront for military families. (Learn More about Operation Homefront HERE) Operation Homefront has helped more than 590,000 families with basic necessities such as food, infant supplies, rent and utility payments.

A former bike racer, John Grochau, donates $.40 of every bottle of his GC Commuter wine, an extraordinary Pinot Noir, sold to the Brett Jarolimek Memorial Fund. Named in honor of Brett Jarolimek, a cyclist killed in a collision with a truck in Portland, Oregon, the fund supports bicycle safety and strategic partnerships to enhance motorist and cyclists awareness and education and bicycle safety infrastructure projects.

Rickshaw Wines are dedicated to two ideas: that California wine should be available at reasonable prices and that people should do what they can to help each other. To achieve the first goal, Rickshaw scours California for the best grapes. To achieve the second goal, Rickshaw donates 5% of the gross profit from each bottle to food-related charities in the states where the wine is sold.

And then there’s Smith Story. Following old world techniques, these wines are made with respect for the grape growers and the land. Their red blend, named for their beloved goldendoodle, Lord Sandwich, is not only perfect for Thanksgiving but serves a mission. Smith Story has established a non-profit organization, SocksforSandwich.org, which collects and distributes socks to those in need including North Sonoma City Services, Center for Domestic Peace and fire and flood victims around the country.

This Thanksgiving, support wineries that support community.

 

 

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"Midnight in Morocco" UPDATE

New Year's Eve
"Midnight in Morocco"

Because When It's 7pm here,
it's Midnight in Casablanca!

This year, we partner with Rose's Garden Shop
at 211 Charlotte Street to being you our version of
Rick's Cafe and Moroccan BAZAAR
in Casablanca with Fireworks from Marrakech!
on December 31st from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

https://www.metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/midnight-in-morocco

Expect Sam to "play it again."

Get Started Now. NYT on Morocco: 
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/08/travel/08Fez.html

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"Zinposium" UPDATE

ZINPOSIUM
Friday, November 17th from 5-6:30
with Kevin Hicks

This wine? 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast

   
   Set in ground in the 1800s, the vines in this bottle represent one of the original Zinfandel plantings in Amador County. A 20 acre shallow and rocky lot consisting of 131 year old vines that continue to grow deeper into the soil and vigorously pull nutrients from multiple soil layers, producing larger qualities of highly concentrated fruit. Aged 16 months in premium French and American oak barrels, this balanced and powerful wine has aromas of clove (read: Thanksgiving!), allspice, cracked white pepper, layers of ripe blackberry, plum, cinnamon, briary tannins and baked spice.

History of Terra d'Oro Wines:

• Amador county was first planted in 1856 by Italian pioneers during California’s Gold Rush. They saw a boom in wineries over the next few decades, first to satisfy the thirst of miners and later to make a living after the mines ran dry.

• Located in Shenandoah Valley in the Sierra Foothills, Terra d’ Oro was the first post-Prohibition winery

to open in Amador County.

• Italian for “Land of Gold,” Terra d’ Oro was founded by Cary Gott in 1973 and purchased by the Trinchero family in 1988.

• Committed to honoring the heritage of Amador County with robust Zinfandels, Barberas, and traditional Italian varietals.

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"A Bottle of German Wine to Drink"

"a bottle of German wine to drink"

Von Winnings Riesling 2015

90 points Vinous

"On the nose, pure, Normandy-cider-like apple and pear are tinged with cardamom as well as maritime salinity and alkalinity, and that combination then informs a polished, succulent, subtly creamy palate and buoyant, mouthwatering, spice- and mineral-tinged finish."

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Chateau Masur

Musar Jeune Red


Musar Jeune Red is an unoaked blend of Cinsault, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon from youthful Bekaa Valley vines.
Meant for current consumption, within a few years of harvest, this deeply-coloured, vividly fruity style, may yet prove to be a ‘keeper’.
Inky-dark, silky-textured and aromatic, with blackcurrant, raspberry and cherry jam flavours and a warm, spicy finish, likened to a fine Roussillon red. 

Musar Jeune Red is fermented in cement-lined vats, unfiltered and unfined. 

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Signorello

Lettie Teague, Wall Street Journal,
asked "What Can We Do to Help Wine Country"

Gone out of front page news, the disaster is ever present
for the residents and businesses who are living it.

Ray Signorello, whose winery was burned to the ground said:
"Napa Valley will get back to business. Supporting our wines
in the international and national markets will help us.

We are proud and grateful to have bottles of Signorello Wines
signed by Ray Signorello when he was @MetroWines in October 2016
Supporting Signorello and Napa Valley wines @MetroWines.

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What The Professionals Drink at The Holidays

"What the Professionals Drink at The Holidays"
by John Kerr, Education Director, Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines
for Capital at Play
http://www.capitalatplay.com/wine-column-professionals-drink-holidays/
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