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Andre Mack Book and OPP

"Love Drunk" and OPP Winemaker Tells ALL!

    In this entertaining, informative, and thoroughly unconventional wine guide, award-winning sommelier, winemaker, and wine educator André Mack presents readers with the 99 bottles that have most impacted his life. Instead of just pairing wines with foods, Mack pairs practical information with personal stories, offering up recommendations alongside reflections on being one of the only African-Americans to ever work at the top level of the American wine industry. The 99 bottles range from highly accessible commercial wines to the most rarefied Bordeaux on the wine list at The French Laundry, and each bottle offers readers something to learn about wine. This window into Mack’s life combines a maverick’s perspective on the wine industry with an insider’s advice on navigating wine lists, purchasing wine, and drinking more diverse and interesting selections at home. 99 Bottles is a one-of-a-kind exploration of wine culture today from a true trailblazer.

Congratulations Andre! We LOVE you.

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Other People’s Pinot is classic Oregon Pinot from Willamette Valley.
It is accessible, a great value and stays true to the character of the vineyards
from which it was born. Earthy, spicy, floral, herb-framed flavors of cherry
with gingery wood spice tones. $24

Personal Note Alert: When I logged onto Andre's Facebook page to say congratulations, I found his friends including Lettie Teague.
Long time supporters of Andre and his wine, we are in good company!

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Trip to Italy

*** Trip to Italy ***

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Ciao Asheville is Partnering with The Sister Cities
in Saluda and Hendersonville
to present the first program in our Travel Series

"Italy Off The Beaten Path"

Sunday, March 8th from 1 to 2:30
$15 for Presentation, Glass of Italian Wine and Light Appetizers

In other Italian News:
2018 "Due Amici"
90% Montepulciano and 10% Sangiovese

Marchetti 'Due Amici - Two Friends' Uve di Montepulciano Rosso Conero, Marche, Italy
Click to image to check availability and price online. $13.99 @MetroWines.

Maurizio Marchetti is a charming character leading a charmed life.
He lives near the Adriatic coast of Italia in a region that sees nearly 3,000 hours
(200 days) of sun each year! Also, his wife is a cardiologist (so she brings home
the pancetta, as we like to say), leaving Maurizio free to pursue his two art forms: painting and making wine.  Since he needn’t rely on wine to earn an income,
Maurizio can afford to be as picky with his grapes as he wants.  He is so selective
that he sometimes produces as little as a half bottle of wine per plant!    

 Maurizio’s great-great-grandfather was an exotic spice trader,
sailing to the Far East over 250 years ago. He was quite successful,
allowing the family to buy the land that is now the Marchetti estate.
On their property, they have a castellino (‘little castle’) whose interior walls
have murals of Chinese sailors loading ships with the highly prized spices.

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Pier 1 and Wine

Also In Memoriam
Pier 1 Files for Bankruptcy due to online competition from Amazon and Wayfair.

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This is heartbreaking. Pier 1 was a coming of age store. First time on your own store.
Affordable furniture store. Introduction to the rest of the world store!
Many of us of a certain age bought a lot of "firsts" at Pier1, pots, lamps, rugs, tiki bowls, 
and learned about foods from other countries, shades of chocolate and wine!
And you continued to shop there because they always had the right bowl, cloth napkins or pillows!

Soft Wine to Sit, Think and Sink into Memories
Glenelly Cabernet 2016 $14.99
A Bordeaux Blend from South Africa

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Rich with concentrated cherry, cranberry, bell pepper, 
paprika, graphite and freshly cut grass and herbs.

Explore the world affordably just like we did at Pier 1 !!

You Can't beat Our Price: $14.99 @MetroWines

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Second Kitchens and Wine

A Second Kitchen?

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When friends stop by to drop of afternoon Thai food or just to bring you the newspaper
that was in their yard, look no further than California DRY Riesling from Santa Barbara County
legend Tatomer.  The "Steinhugel" from the lauded Santa Maria valley, is sourced
from certified biodynamic grapes and with an extremely minimalist hand,
churns into a lasting, pingy, green apple, fresh as the morning dew and BONE DRY Riesling
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Hart to Find.
2017 Tatomer Steinhugel Riesling $19.99

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Casting Call: Italians!

Twister Film, an Italian production company, is looking for Italian American families in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago and Detroit, who still have a love for Italy in their hearts for an upcoming TV program. The program will be broadcast in Italy on Rete 4 and worldwide on Mediaset Italia. The casting is open to families of Italian origin, both first generation and later, provided that at least one of the family members speaks Italian. All family members will be called to show that, while living far from Italy, it is possible to preserve the rich heritage of Italian traditions: from culture and music, to cooking and art. The families involved will have to show that in their home and in their neighborhood, there is still proof of Italian spirit and style, and at the end of the episode demonstrate that they are the symbol of Italianità in their city. If you're interested, email Sebina at:

Amb. Peter F. Secchia Building
1860 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

© 2020 National Italian American Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

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Friendship and Wine

From The MetroWines Book Review Department

The phenomenon of friendship is universal and elemental.
Friends, after all, are the family we choose.
But what makes these bonds not just pleasant but essential,
and how do they affect our bodies and our minds?

In Friendship, science journalist Lydia Denworth takes us in search
of friendship’s biological, psychological, and evolutionary foundations.
She finds friendship to be as old as early life on the African savannas
when tribes of people grew large enough for individuals to seek fulfillment
of their social needs outside their immediate families.
Denworth draws a link from primate relationships to
 scientists at the frontiers of brain and genetics research and discovers
that friendship is reflected in our brain waves, our genomes,
and our cardiovascularand immune systems; its opposite, loneliness, can kill.
At long last, social connectionis recognized as critical to wellness and longevity.

I asked Brett Watson to select a bond building bottle!
"Nothing will induce and keep conversation going more than a unique bottle 
of skin-fermented (orange) wine from legendary winemaker Elisabetta Foradori.  
More known for her Northern Italian "Dolomite Mountain" reds,
she brings us her Ampeleia label from the brambly seaside hills of Maremm,
a in Southern Tuscany.  A blend of mostly different strains of Trebbiano mixed
with a dose of Malvasia and rare Ansonica.  The bio-dynamic bottling ferments 
on skins for 7 days, then ages in concrete tank. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.  
Also, just tastes really realllllly good."

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Tomboys and Wine

Bring Back the Tomboy

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Nancy McKeon as Jo Polniaczek on "Facts of Life" in 1982.
Everybody loved Jo. With her mane of brown hair and disdain for convention,
the Tomboy who spoke her mind and had no need for high society,
was adored by little girls across America.

Jo inspired generations of early feminists to be forthright and assertive
rejecting traditional, passive femininity.
If encouraging the return of the Tomboy is of interest to you,
this book is a full examination of what was, what is and what could be.

In any case, your Read it With or BE it With Wine
FYI: Tomboy Knows NO Age!

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Anna Gallisà is the Oenologist

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 Fresh red fruit, minerality, structure and black fruit characteristics.

The wine is produced from all the grape varieties grown: 
Garnatxa, Cabernet Sauvignon, Samsó, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

And I have no idea what this says but if you can read Spanish,
please enjoy this interview with Anna!

All This for $19.99 @MetroWines

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Olive Oil and Wine Tasting


News Release: Wednesday, February, 26, 2020

About: Olive Oil and Wine Tasting Presented by Ciao Asheville
Join Ciao Asheville on Thursday, March 26th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines, for an "Olive Oil and Wine Tasting" with Jessica Gaydos of "Olive This" on Biltmore in Asheville. Jessica brings a world of knowledge about all things olive oil!
Sample six olive oils including one from Sicily! and a white and red Balsamic Vinegar. Jessica Gaydos will tell us about the historical olive oil thread from Greece, through Italy to Spain, explain how olives are grown, farmed and made into oil, the health benefits and many uses, as well as the best pairings for the various flavors in each oil.
Brett Watson of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines will present wines that highlight the olive oils and pour to taste. "We will be tasting wines, Chianti and Trebbiano, from Fattoria La Vialla, a family run, organic biodynamic far and wine estate," says Brett. "LaVialla also produces olive oil so their wines are natural partners." 
$15 (tax included) for the event.  Call (828) 575-9525 or online here:
Olive Oils and Wines poured will be available for purchase.
Parking is free, close and easy @MetroWines.

Jessica Gaydos started working in a bakery over 25 years ago, loved it, and hasn’t stopped working with food and wine since! She currently heads operations at Olive This!, a downtown Asheville boutique specializing in high quality extra virgin olive oils and vinegars and is on the board of Slow Food Asheville. Her high school jobs in restaurant kitchens led to a BS in Hotel Restaurant and Tourism Management from New Mexico State University, with a focus on restaurant operations. After many years of dining room and kitchen management, she transitioned to a long term stint with a French olive oil & specialty food company, time as a personal chef, and as an adjunct culinary instructor for Denver Public Library’s nationally recognized cultural programming, Fresh City Life. She is a graduate of the Ballymaloe Cookery School’s Culinary Certificate Program, where she polished her cooking skills in the midst of a 100 acre organic farm in County Cork, Ireland. An avid gardener, Jessica has long been a proponent of local, seasonal, and sustainable cooking.

About "Olive This"
At Olive This, you can sample more than 50 varieties of the finest, freshest imported extra virgin olive oils, all natural, aged balsamic vinegars and specialty oils. Olives are grown and pressed by artisans and small farms throughout the world and are 100% extra virgin, unfiltered and settled. All oils and vinegars are imported to "Olive This" stores in Asheville and Charlotte and bottled locally on site. The website also offers recipes for great olive oils and balsamic vinegars. 
UP_logo_lrgUltra Premium is a new grade in the industry that distinguishes the highest quality olive oil in the world from what dominates the so called “gourmet” and “premium” olive oil markets. The UP standard is reserved for the finest EVOOs in the world. As such, the grade of UP exceeds all existing European, Italian, Spanish, Greek, North American or any other standard known as extra virgin olive oil.  In order to qualify for Ultra Premium grade, the EVOO must meet or exceed a comprehensive set of production, storagetransportation, testing, chemistry, and organoleptic requirements. "Olive This" is proud of this new certification.  
More about "Olive This" here:
Contact for Ciao Asheville: Gail Rampersaud
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Italian Women Artists


March 6, 2020 at 6:00 PM


The Rediscovery of Historical Women Artists in Florence

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Violante Beatrice Cerroti, Autoritratto (Self-Portrait), 1735, detail, oil on canvas
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy

Florence is home to great masters of Italian Renaissance art such as Botticelli, Donatello, Leonardo and Michelangelo but few people know that the city nourished women artists as well. Through the joint efforts of Italian museums such as the Uffizi and the US organization Advancing Women Artists, these often-forgotten women are now being rediscovered and their works restored and exhibited once more.

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, join us and conservator Elizabeth Wicksfor a talk focusing on Plautilla NelliArtemisa GentileschiViolante Siries Cerroti and Violante Ferroni, and the fascinating journey of their rediscovery and conservation.

This program is organized in collaboration with

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Embassy of Italy 
3000 Whitehaven Street NW 
Washington, DC 20008

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Pituko in Peru

Skylodge Adventures in Peru
At Skylodge Adventure Suites in Peru, guests arrive either by hiking more
than 1300 feet upor by zipping in like a superhero on a series of zoo lines.
The rooms are transparent capsules haring on the side of a mountain
with panoramic views of Sacred Valley.

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OK. I am saying right now that I do not have the guts for this kind of adventure.
If it was me, I would be taking vodka and a big glass. Scrap it. I'm drinking from the bottle!

BUT, for those of you who are courageous thrill seekers,
I have asked Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine,
to pick a "thrill seekers" bottle
to put in your backpackbound for your mountain side room
or for the still adventurous yet level comforts of your table! 

2019 Pituko Viognier from Echeverria in Chile

Andy says: "I love it"

"The wine is unfiltered, unfined with no extra sulfites added.
It is a salty, flowery seaspray."

 $15.99 @MetroWines!

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Chianti Colli Senegi



for the Lancia Starts HF Zero! Oooooooh baby!

An Italian Concept Car That Broke All Tradition
Wake Up! 
Come back to reality. Value minded reality!

I asked Brett Watson to let us down easily.
"Nothing is more all encompassing for everyday drinking than pure and simple Chianti. 
Tenuta Casabianca makes a certified organic and vegan (first certified in Chianti)
based offering that is 90% sangiovese and 10% merlot that knocks it out of the park at $10.99. 
Drink this with your morning crossword, afternoon sandwich or hors d'oeuvres or dinner party. 
Stand 12 bottles up in your pantry for 10 years or drink them all this weekend. 
It will be an equally wonderful an experience." 

2016 Tenuta Casabianca Chianti Colli Senesi 

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*** $10.99 ***

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Smithsonian: Forgotten Women

Driving to DC?

Pick up a bottle of Veuve @MetroWines for after the show.


Forgotten No More: Rediscovering Remarkable Women

Part of the Smithsonian Women’s History Initiative

All-Day Program

Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.


Mary Lou Williams, ca. 1946, by William P. Gottlieb

From a Dutch artist’s workshop and a Frankfurt classroom in the 17th century to the streets of Washington in the early 1900s to musical stages today, women have been making strides in their fields that have often being overlooked, uncredited, or forgotten by time. Celebrate Women’s History Month by spending a fascinating day with four experts who bring to light an array of remarkable women who have lived in the shadows of history far too long.

9:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m.  Judith Leyster: A Star in Her Time

Judith Leyster (1609–1660) was indeed a star: Her family name means “lodestar” or “guide star.” She was also heralded during the Golden Age of Dutch painting as “the true leading star in art,” and regarded highly by her contemporaries. Leyster was arguably the first women to be admitted as a master to the Haarlem painter’s guild of St. Luke. As such, she was able to run her own workshop, take on paying pupils, and compete with well-known rivals, such as the esteemed Frans Hals. Her works, identified with her initials and a monogram of a star, sold broadly on the open market. Barrett Tilney, an adjunct professor in the art and art history department at Georgetown University, traces Leyster’s journey to gain remarkable professional success as a woman in a competitive, male-dominated art market.

11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.  Pioneers in Progressive Politics

In the early 20th century, the United States was awash in social movements that aimed to diminish inequalities of wealth and power. Women—black and white, working- and middle-class—led many of those initiatives. Historian Robyn Muncyspotlights some of the women of the period who laid the foundation for the American social welfare system, shifted the focus of politics from patronage to policy, and in the process changed the meaning of American womanhood itself.

12:15–1:15 p.m.  Lunch (participants provide their own)

1:15–2:30 p.m.  Women in Blues and Jazz: From Footnotes to High Notes

From the turn of the 20th century to the present, women in blues and jazz have made significant contributions to these uniquely American musical forms. When women musicians take the stage or enter the recording studio, it’s often because they’ve    overcome many obstacles to be regarded as serious artists in these male-dominated genres. Long relegated to footnotes of musical history, the talents and achievements of generations of blues and jazz women are crucial to understanding the entire tapestry of American music. Join Michele L. Simms-BurtonDownBeat magazine reviewer and former professor of African American studies at Howard University, to examine how blues and jazz artists including Big Mama Thornton, Barbara Lynn, Big Maybelle, Algia Mae Hinton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Norma Jean Wofford, Mary Lou Williams, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Alice Coltrane carved their own paths to success and recognition.

2:45­–4:15 p.m.  Maria Sibylla Merian: A Biologist to the Bone

The aesthetic appeal of the images of German-born Maria Sibylla Merian (1647–1717) has led history to label her as an artist who painted and engraved natural-history subjects. However, she was as passionate a naturalist (biologist, in modern terms) as Charles Darwin or Carl Linnaeus, and like all scientists, was impelled by her curiosity about nature. She was the first person to spend decades studying the relationships of insects and plants, and her work revolutionized what came to be the field of ecology. Using evidence from Merian’s own words and images, Kay Etheridge, a professor of biology at Gettysburg College, considers Merian’s motivations in the context of her time and place, and discuss her body of work in comparison to that of her near-contemporaries in the field natural history.

American Women's History Initiative

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MetroWines Dinners and Events


Waiting for you to join us!


Trip to Italy?
Ciao Asheville is Partnering with
The Sister Cities in Saluda and Hendersonville to Present
the First program in our Travel Series

"Italy Off The Beaten Path"
Sunday, March 8th from 1 to 2:30 @MetroWines
$15 for Presentation, Glass of Italian Wine and Light Appetizers!

Presentation includes details of a Planned Trip!
Trip to Greece?
with Asheville Sister Cities Committee for Karpenisi
Any Trip Anywhere Starts @MetroWines!
Shop Greek Wine and Go in the KNOW!
Pacific Northwest Dinner
with Raptor Ridge Winery
at Bone and Broth on Tuesday, March 24th

High Sell Out Risk! 
Over half seats sold with a month to go.
Chef Benson is ALL the Rage and rightly so!
Dinner at Celine and Company on Broadway
with Winemaker Hoss Milone and Brutocao Family Vineyards

*** Tuesday, March 31st ***
Celine and Company Presents NYC Culinary Sophistication
here at home in Asheville.
And with Hoss pouring. THIS is ALL THAT!

Always a Sell Out Risk at Celine and Company.
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Lettie Teague on Wine Shops

7 Reasons To Love Wine 
*** #2 on the List is "Wine Shops" ***
Lettie Teague for The Wall Street Journal
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"I visit wine shops as frequently as other people do grocery stores,
and not always with buying in mind. Sometimes I just wander the aisles,
look at the bottles and read the shelf talkers—for all the wildly descriptive adjectives,
not the numerical scores. I also like to see where wines are placed in the store.
Those in the front are typically the ones deemed likely to generate the largest profit margin,
and that means they’re not always the best value for the customer.

I also like eavesdropping on the requests fellow shoppers put to members of staff. 
“A Pinot Grigio, but one that’s expensive,” I overheard one woman say to a sales associate,
and I regret not sticking around to see the wine she bought. I also like looking over
the bottles people choose. Best of all, I like talking with store personnel. They might tell me about
a wine I should try or, just as useful, one that I should take pains to avoid. Sometimes I’ll wander
into a store to find a free wine tasting taking place, which gives me an opportunity to talk
to representatives of different wineries or even the winemakers themselves.
None of this happens if I’m buying wines online, in front of my computer at home.

I’ve found that the people who have chosen to make wine a big part
of their life are very much the sort of people I want to have in my life."

(emphasis added!)

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Café Culture and Capitelles

*** Save Café Culture ***

Cafés have vanished from more than 80% of France's small villages and towns.
Even celebrated Parisian cafes such as Les Deux Magots
and Café dela Paix ares surveying as tourist destinations relying on their cache
as one time hauntsfor Simone de Beauvoir, Ernest Hemingway and Oscar Wilde.
Only one thing to do besides supporting the tradition when you are in France, 
Live the Café Culture at Home!

I asked Brett Watson of The Asheville School of Wine
to chose a French Café wine for your table. And he said...

Capitelles des Fermes

With Parisian boardwalk cafe's on the decline, if you can still find one open for lunch,
no better to sit, smoke french cigarettes and drink lean chilled Pinot Noir. 
One of my favorite lunch/food wines is coastal french Pinot Noir.  The southern Mediterranean coast
is home to Frances Pays d'Oc region driven by limestone soils and ocean influence. 
Capitelles makes this bottling as Organically and by hand as possilble.  Just a tiny hint of old oak
offers a bit of structure, but the youthful brightness of this Pinot Noir would be just as good
out of a cooler, on a blanket, under a rose bush, or at your own café table!. 

Agreed. The Tasting Panel @MetroWines found the 2016 to be a quality to price star.
Ruby with hints of purple in glass, well-rounded body, expressive nose of cherries and spices, the wine is silky, fresh, and has a lovely balance between its fruit flavors and its oak hints.

9.99 and UP online.
$8.99 @MetroWines!

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Family Portrait with Food Fight and Wine

The Family Portrait with Food Fight
But at least they are wearing clothes!

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In the year 2020, the dinner table can be a volatile place.
Serve a wine that won't add to the chaos.

I asked Brett Watson of The Asheville School of Wine to select a wine
that is uncontroversial and a proven crowd pleaser. And he said...

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"The only way to cut through a healthy dinner table family argument that I know of,
is with a bottle of Washington based "Involuntary Commitment" from the Columbia valley. 
Cabernet Franc dominates the blend and structurally backed up warm-climate
Cabernet Sauvignon.  Merlot rounds it out in case Mom needs some more dark fruit. 
21yr old college student son likes the fact that the wine is fermented with native yeasts
in steel tanks and Dad loves the old French oak aging process. 
Bottom line, on hot dog night or haute cuisine with candles...
no argument can stand up the Involuntary Commitment! "

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
We believe that with so much great fruit coming out of our vineyards,
it would be shame not to spread the wealth. This medium body wine exhibits
a dark garnet color with a bouquet of dark fruit, herbs, earth and hints of tobacco.
On the palate, flavors of cherry, red currants and spices shine through.
This wine is fresh, youthful, ready to drink. but will cellar nicely over next 5 years.

This Washington State Wine Got Popular.
2018 is New to Market.  Already on shelf @MetroWines, $25

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Smarm Buster: CAVA


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The truth is that a leather looking shirt can be cool
but don't dive in head first.
Consider a proven SMARM BUSTER strategy:

First: Choses a faux leather shirt.
Show you are concerned about the environment and animal welfare.
And this one is quintessential MASCULINE. It's from Tractor Supply!

Second: Unless you have a way cool job, you are probably not wearing
your faux leather shirt to work. That said, you are bound for a social event.
That brings up part two of our strategy.
Walk in with a bottle of wine that makes you LEGIT!

Brett Watson of The Asheville School of Wine
cuts through the smarm with this one:

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"If you've chosen that type of high neck or leather clothing, the only thing to dig you out of such
a societal standard hole is bottle of wine equally as cool.  Nothing is as old world and classic
as Spanish chic.  Henceforth, the best made cava in the land comes in handy. 
Cellars de Can Suriol has been doing this since since the early 1900's. 
Specializing in true Spanish-Champenois style winemaking of original grapes Xaral-lo,
Macabeo and Parellada, Suriol continues the iconic tradition of the Alt-Penedes
region of high elevation grape growing.  No added sugar or dosage. 
No nonsense.  Nothing but the most expressive and true to land sparkling wine
from Spain's southern Mediterranean elevated coastline and accompany
such an old-world clothing choice."  

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Quality in a Box


Ananto, Bodega Sierra Norte, established 1914
Organic, Vegan. Made in Requena, Spain

*** in a Box ***

The Red: A blend of 65%Bobal and 35%Tempranillo in a 3 Litre Box. 13.5% alc. 
Certified Organic, Certified Vegan: Bobal 65% - Tempranillo 35%
"A youthful clean, dark garnet-cherry color. Complex aromas of red berry fruit
(strawberry and blackberry), good fruit expression, lively and complete.
The wine opens out on the attack on the palate and shows an impressive array of flavors,
great intensity and very good balance. Ripe, soft tannins bring a sensation of harmony."

The White: 100% Macabeo. Pale yellow, clean with green tinges.
Aromatic, well-balanced and fresh.
This white wine offers pleasant acidity that complements perfectly
the aromas of flowers, fruit and herbs that show through in the finish

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What we are saying is these are Bottle Shop Wines in Boxes
at Big Box Prices!
Note to Big Box: You're sleeping on the job.


Red and White IN. And Rosé in a box is en route!

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Marietta Christo

*** BIG RED of THE WEEK ***

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Blend of 65%Syrah, 19%Petite Sirah, 11%Grenache, 5%Viognier.
Estate Grown, Geyserville, CA

Winemaker Says: This intense, powerful Syrah-based wine is grown mostly
on their McDowell Valley property which has a long history of championing Rhone varietals.
Co-fermented with Viognier, the Syrah expresses violet, tar, and rich earth.
Petite Sirah from Alexander Valley brings bitter chocolate 
and Grenache grown at 1400 feet in Yorkville Highlands keeps the wine bright.
Full-bodied and fleshy, this wine is dark and brooding yet silky and smooth.

Vinous Says 93 Points: The 2016 Christo, Marietta's Syrah-based blend, is terrific.
Black cherry, chocolate, leather, licorice and spice give the wine much
of its dark, brooding feel. Powerful and intense, but with good freshness,
the 2016 is wonderfully complete and absolutely delicious.

$21.99 at and $19.95 at K&L
But $18.99 @MetroWines

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February Focus Group Winner

Asheville Wine Focus Group 
February Winner 

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40% Grenache (aged in stainless steel vats) and 60% Syrah (5 years in oak) Blend. 
Rich and Fruity, The Asheville Wine Focus Group found this wine to be versatile.
Perfect for your table, parties or as a gift (especially chess players!

Teaching Moment: Vin de France
A small category representing the wines that either fall outside of appellation lines
or don’t subscribe to the law and traditions set forth by the French government within certain classified appellations, “Vin de France” is a catch-all that includes some of the most basic French wines as well as those of superior quality. The category includes large production, value-driven wines. It also includes some that were made with a great deal of creativity, diligence and talent by those who desire to make wine outside of governmental restrictions. These used to be called Vin de Table (table wine) but were renamed to compete with other European wines of similar quality.

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