Metro Wines Blogs
As published in 50+ Living by Gina Trippi
"Put a Chill on It!"
Thinking it’s too hot for a room temperature Cabernet Sauvignon? You’re probably right! Put a chill on your red wines. The optimal serving temperature for most red wines is about 62-65F. But some red varietals really come alive served a little cooler. Many of the best wines to chill are made from Italian varietals. So let’s take a trip through Italy and chill out!
Starting in the northeast corner of Italy just north and west of The Veneto, is Alto Adige. We find Schiava! The grape prefers shade and produces a fresh and light wine with rounded tannins and moderate alcohol at about 11%. Ruby red in the glass with a purple shimmer, Schiava is floral including violets on the nose with a fruity palate and a hint of white pepper. Perfect for warmer days and lighter fare. Schiava from Alois Lageder is leading the way putting this forgotten grape solidly on the wine map. The suggested serving temperature is 54-57F.
Going just south from The Veneto, we pass through Emilia Romagna where they are serving Lambruso! What we call Lambrusco is a family of old grape varietals native to the region, a part of ancient history. Cato spoke of these grapes in Agri Cultura in 160 BC, humanity’s oldest farming manual. Lambrusco styles range from very dry to sweet to sparkling. The four most popular varietals, Sorbara, Maestri, Grasparossa and Salamino pair with a wide range of summer dishes. Served Lambrusco between 50 and 55F.
The Trentino-Alto Adige Region in South Tyrol is home to another native varietal, Lagrein. A dark garnet color in the glass, the grape offers aromas of violets, bilberry and blackberry with hints of dark chocolate. Spicy and smooth on the palate with a long finish. Colterenzio, a popular producer of Lagrein, recommends you serve this bottle at 58-60F.
From Alto Adige, we travel west across northern Italy to Langhe in the Piedmont . Here we find a wine from GD Vajra, Langhe Russo, a fruity blend of Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto. Beautiful violet hues spring from the purple in the glass. Concentrated flowers and fruits on the nose give way to a plate of intense berries, hay, tobacco and spices. Serve at 58-60F.
And way down south in Sicily is the indigenous grape Frappato! Flavors are strawberry, pomegranate, white pepper and clove. Frappato is perfect for summer pasta with sun dried tomatoes or a dish with roasted red peppers and works through fall with turkey and cranberry sauce. Valle dell’Acate frappato is a shop favorite presenting all the varietally typical flavors plus raspberry and cherry. Experts say to serve Frappato between 55 and 60F.
Other varietals available at bottle shops to consider for the cool are Dolcetto, Neurella Mascalese, Corvina and Ruche.
How can you tell if you have hit the cool? Wine Spectator recommends a temperature control cuff!
The cuff wraps around the bottle giving you a reasonably good reading of the temperature inside.
THIS IS BIG
*** SAVE the DATE: September 18th ***
for A Wine Pairing Dinner Collaboration with MetroWines
and Grapevine Distribution at Celine & Company
in The Historic Broadway Arts Building
*** And, as always, Chef Kim can accommodate any dietary restrictions. ***
$79 (including tax and gratuity)
Call Celine&Company at (828) 254-9902
Details and Menu here: https://
"14-18h" from Greece
The name refers to the length
of time of skin contact with the Agiorgtiko grapes.
A pioneer of modern Greek wine, Gai’a Estate (pronounced Yay-ya)
was established in 1994 by Leon Karatsalos and winemaker
Yiannis Paraskevopoulos. Their mission is to capture the best
that Greece’s indigenous grapes have to offer by merging traditional viticultural and production methods with innovative techniques.
The estate is named after “Mother Earth,” in honor of its unique terroir.
About the Vineyard: The grapes for the 14-18h Rosé come from vineyards located on the slopes of the mountainous Koutsi and Asprokampos regions
of Nemea, at 2,625ft. The climate is cooler at this higher elevation,
producing grapes with higher acidity and berry fruit aromas. Ideal for Rose!
Wine Production: After harvest, the grapes are crushed and placed
into stainless steel vats where they undergo a chilled maceration
(50°F) for 14-18 hours in order to extract its suberb rosy hue.
Tasting Notes: This intensely-hued rosé has a fresh and fruity character,
with flavors of cherry and gooseberry, typical of Agiorgitiko grapes from Nemea highlands. Medium-bodied and well balanced,
it has a cool and refreshing finish.
Food Pairing: This refreshing and versatile rosé pairs well with variety
of flavors and salty dishes. Chinese and Southeast Asian cuisine!
$18.99 at wine.com (OUCH)
$14.99 on shelf @MetroWines!
NYT says: "A city of glorious but battered beauty, known for its vibrancy and,
yes, a frisson of menace, Naples is now humming with visitors."
You will see this work by El Greco at Museo di Capodimonte.
And you will probably see a bottle of Fiano on the dinner table!
Montesole Fiano Campania
Very limited distribution in US. $16.99 @Metrowines!
The Vitis Apiana grapes from Irpinia hilly landscape make Montesole Fiano, an impressive white with unforgettable delicacy, extraordinary taste of great elegance. Straw yellow color, fine floral scents of sage, whitethorn, racy pear, ginger introduce a crisp and refreshing sip, rich in minerality as well as graceful body and perfect balance. The ideal companion of seafood and Mediterranean dishes.
Planning a trip? https://www.
BIG RED of THE WEEK
*** The Fableist ***
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
Spending 10 months in American Oak, The Fableist is a blend of 84%Cabernet Sauvignon, 6%Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Tempranillo.
Winery Tasting Notes: Vibrant black currant, cedar and vanilla hit your tongue,
as you're warmed by the comforts blackberries and cherries.
About the Winery: A strong finish wraps you in a fond embrace.
Two winemakers who were already producing some serious Central Coast wines, Curt Schalchlin founder of Sans Liege and Andrew Jones who started
Field Recordings, teamed up to launch The Fableist Wine Co.
$22 on the shelf @MetroWines
And Speaking of Rose,
while guests loved all the wines presented at "Aperitivi" Rose Tasting,
the most popular was Girolamo Russo, Mt. Etna Rosato, 2018 Sicily.
A unique pink in color with orange hues, the wine is 100% Nerello Mascalese.
The bouquet recalls notes of pomegranate and wild strawberries that alternate
with hints of broom; the sip is supported by a big boost savory and mineral,
with a lingering finish and great freshness. Can go 2 to 3 years in bottle!
This wine is $27 to $28 on West Coast and $25 at Vivino. Sad.
$23 @MetroWines Everyday ALL Day.
Read more about the winemaker, winery and this wine on SommSelect here:
The Blind Tasting League is moving on and moving up. "Expect wines to be higher quality and the commentary to be more in depth than our last series," says Andy Hale. "but we will keep the causal, no pressure comfortable, atmosphere that makes it work!"
Piquello Peppers, Smoked Goat Cheese and Edible Flower Petals GF
Atlantic Coast Oysters, Steamed on the Half Shell, Cured Chorizo Butter GF
Traditional Spanish Gazpacho, Charred Ciabatta
From the Sea
“Gambas al Ajillo”
Spanish Garlic Shrimp
Spanish Paprika Spiced Fresh Tomato Sauce
Poached White Asparagus, Saffron Aioli & Preserved Lemon
Simple Sweet Ending
Churro with Dark Chocolate Fondue
** CASTING CALL **
The First Annual Thanksgiving Wine Tasting
and Customer 2 Customer Arts and Crafts Bazaar!
Saturday, November 9th from Noon to 5pm
** 6 Tables Left! **
If you have something to sell, avante garde encouraged!
call Hayley at (828) 575-9525
Give the Unique! Locally Made.
Erbaluce from Cieck is Here!
The New. The Old. The Different.
Founded in 1985, Cieck is overseen by Remo Falconieri. The winery was one
of the original five producers in San Giorgio Canavese, and a number
of other top estates in the area consult with Remo today. Now in his eighties,
Remo labors daily in the cellar alongside his daughter, Lia, and Domenico Caretto, producing some of Alto Piemonte’s most elegant Erbaluce.
This ancient, indigenous grape, Erbaluce, is derived from two words: dawn (“erba”) and light (“luce”). Its name alludes to the striking copper color the grapes assume as the sun hits them on traditional pergola-trained vines. $22
"Your Drink it With" Suggestion is:
This BBC piece on Italian Author Andrea Camilleri,
creator of the Inspector Montalbano Series
Camilleri died last week at 93. He was 69 when his first novel was published.
Shop one of his many novels at Malaprops here:
The Estate Red is a blend of Syrah, Zinfandel, and Tempranillo.
These grapes were sourced from distinctly different sections of our Estate Vineyard. Each wine was vinified separately and aged for 12 months in French Oak barrels (30% new). Syrah was chosen for structure; Zinfandel contributes bright fruit flavors; and Tempranillo adds a unique spicy element. Combined, these varietals produce a playful, easy drinking red that is both fruity and complex.
Tasting Notes: Rich aromas of blackberry and red currants with a hint of vanilla
and cedar. The mouth is filled with juicy flavors of cassis, boysenberry, cherry,
and plum jam. Round tannins provide an opulent finish of red fruit and spice.
Vivino only found one online retailer selling this bottle. Price? $19.97.
Price @MetroWines: $18.99
"Not Your Parents' Provence"
Wall Street Journal says Provence went trendy and cutting edge.
Maybe so, but a provencal Rose is still PROVENCAL!
In my head, I am there with a glass of:
Peyrassol, Cuvee De La Commanderie Rose, $21
Rosenthal Wine Merchants
2018 Vintage Notes: Hermine Clermont, Peyrassol’s spirited young winemaker
says this cute is a classic Provence rosé without being heavy or overly structured, but still offering good concentration. Varieties and parcels are all vinified individually.
Tasting Notes: A workhorse rosé, Commanderie shines in 2018,
the best example of Commanderie in recent memory. Built around equal parts Cinsault and Grenache, with splashes of Syrah and Rolle, it is a chiseled rosé
with pronounced salt component and a driving energy on the palate.
The fruit is tight and focused. The finish is long and persistent. Dry.
New York Times suggests pairing a dry rose
with a Charred Tomato Soup with Coriander and Cilantro.
Straight Talking Vermouth to MountainX
UNIQUE SPIRIT: Vermouths are fortified wines with added herbs, spices and sometimes sugar, all of which provide distinctive characteristics. A primary goal of vermouth in a cocktail, says John Kerr of Metro Wines, pictured, is “to add flavor without overpowering the drink.”
John suggests you try:
Caperitif, South Africa, $30
This question asked by an adventurous Danish mixologist lead to
a meeting with a maverick South African winemaker and the rebirth of South Africa’s once-famous vermouth. Caperitif is handcrafted by infusing Chenin Blanc with the flavours and aromas of some 35 natural botanicals, many of which are unique
to the insane biodiversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom.
All About Caperitif: http://caperitif.
Follow on Instagram: https://www.
We Also Carry These Vermouths:
Dolin Rouge, Blanc and DRY (France)
VErmut Lustau (Spain)
Carpano Bianco (Italy)
Berto (Italy, Kermit Lynch Import)
Great Rose Tasting August
6 Bottles "on the taste" and "on the house"
Saturday, August 3rd from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines
Stacy Strong of Empire Distribution will join us from 1 to 4pm
This dry rosé made from Petit Verdot grapes exhibits elegant
flavors of strawberries and rose water. Perfect for a Summer day!
From Stellenbosch, South Africa, $13.99 @MetroWines
Rustenberg is a favorite every year.
But we will also have two new bottles of Rose on the taste.
And event pricing on all featured bottles!
Wall Street Journal says some retirees are retiring to yachts!
With a LOT of money to spend, drink of choice?
From The MetroWines Book Review Department
** Of Malice and Mushrooms **
The Truffle Underground by Ryan Jacobs
Beneath the gloss of star chefs and crystal-laden tables,
the truffle supply chain is touched by theft, secrecy, sabotage, and fraud.
Farmers patrol their fields with rifles and fear losing trade secrets to spies.
Hunters plant poisoned meatballs to eliminate rival truffle-hunting dogs.
Naive buyers and even knowledgeable experts are duped by liars and counterfeits.
This exposé documents the dark, sometimes deadly crimes at each level
of the truffle’s path from ground to plate, making sense of an industry that
traffics in scarcity, seduction, and cash.
Your Read it With Wine is:
Luigi Giordano Langhe Rosso 2017
I asked Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines
to tell us about a classic truffle and wine pairing:
Luigi Giordano Langhe Rosso brings history, the old world style.
The background is that the white grape Arneis was, way back when,
blended with Nebbiolo. Barolo and Barbaresco needed years for the tannins to smooth out and be drinkable. Arneis tempered the tannins making the bottle ready
to go to table. But when the regulations took hold in Italy, to be labeled Barolo
and Barbarsco, the bottle had to be 1005 of the varietal. Read: no Arneis!
This situation nearly sent Arneis to being extinct. Giordano brings the traditional style back blending a touch of Arneis with Nebbiolo, simulating aged wine.
Lovely and smooth this bottle, this bottle offers classic Barbaresco flavors
including dried tobacco and rose petals.
Totally Internet Competitive at $17.99
and beating the heck out of NY and NJ Retailers!
"There are more than 10,000 wines in Spain and only one is unique, the one you choose!" says Marta. "Excellence in service is a big deal to me as well - sometimes simple, sometimes sophisticated - it's just what I have always done."
"Io Non Ho Paura" (I am Not Afraid)
Film Discussion with Robert Formento of "Ciao Asheville"
Sunday, July 28th starting 1pm @MetroWines.
Admission is "on the house" and $7 for glass of Red or White Italian Wine.
Ciao Asheville is dedicated to raising awarness about Italian Culture in Asheville. We believe that a review of some of the best regarded films will be a window into the history, attitudes and hopes of Itlay.
Robert's Film Summary:
With this next film (released in 2003) we visit Italy in the turbulent 1970s, sometimes called the “Years of Lead”. Political and ransom killings were rampant at that time. The worst of it often involved kidnapping children of wealthy families for ransom.
This movie, Io Non Ho Paura (I Am Not Afraid), is loosely based on one such kidnapping of a 10 year old boy from Milan. He is taken to a small impoverished town in the south of Italy. The village is tiny and there are only a handful of children who roam the area around them. The story is about how he was discovered by another 10 year old boy from the local town.
This film can be described as a crime mystery thriller, but uniquely seen through the eyes of a ten year old boy. You get to observe how the boy confronts the idea that the family and neighbors whom he loves and trusts are the same people who kidnapped the boy and shackled him in a deep underground cellar. Does he decide to protect his family or protect the kidnapped boy?
Io Non Ho Paura, is based on the novel of the same name by Niccolo Ammaniti. The movie was very popular in Italy where it won several awards, but had a very limited release in America. The director, Gabriele Salvatore also directed Mediterraneo which won the Oscar for best foreign film in 1992.
Please reserve your seat HERE!
or call (828) 575-9525.
Staff Pick: Zach (The Manager)
Domaine de la Pepiere ‘La Pepie’ Muscadet
"I chose this wine because of it’s minerality, body weight and balance. I like white wines that have a little richness to them without tasting wood from the oak.
This wine is made ‘sur lie’ which translates to on the lees. After fermentation the wine is aged with sediment and stirred occasionally to give the wine it’s fuller body.
It is organically farmed and hand-harvested. If you see a Muscadet on a wine list, there will most likely be shelf fish on the menu. Very versatile with lighter fare,
but classically paired with mussels, oysters and scallops."
Internet Competitive and Often Better at $14.99
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at the importer or temporarily out of stock @MetroWines, we want to give you
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