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Chill Out: Peyrassol Rosé

*** CHILL OUT and IN ***
The TOOU Outo Rocking Chair is Born to stay out,
enjoying the sun and rain, unafraid of heat, humidity or temperature changes
High-end comfort and design out in the open air showcasing 
quality, ergonomics and diversity, balanced with perfect aesthetics.

Chilling in a Chair. Chill IN the Kitchen.
Viana La Place and Evan Kleiman write in their classic 1985 book "Cucina Fresca" that "the true flavors of food" really shine at temperatures ranging from
"barely warm to cool." This book is a collection of Italian recipes designed to be served lukewarm or cold. Perhaps the greatest joy of room temperature dishes
is the way they give the cook time to cool off away from the hot kitchen!

Shop Spicewalla Mediterranean 3 Pack, Spigadoro Penne Rigate from Italy, Stanislaus Red Sauce, Greek Olive Oil and Divina Large White Beans.
All @MetroWines. Call (828) 575-9525

Cool off in the chair OR the Kitchen with a glass of ......................

2019 Château de Peyrassol
The name of the estate is the first indication of its long, illustrious past.
Located in the heart of Provence, near routes traveled by Crusaders
in the early Middle Ages, the Commanderie de Peyrassol was founded
by the Knights of Templar who were dedicated to protecting the Crusaders
en route to, and in, the Holy Land.
The first recorded grape harvest took place in 1256 and winemaking
has continued uninterrupted throughout the centuries.
When the Templars were brought down in 1311 by the King of France,
who was nervous of their power and jealous of their wealth, the Knights of Malta became the fortunate owners of the Commanderie. They remained in control, flawlessly maintaining the vineyards until the French Revolution, when it was taken over by the State. The Rigord family purchased the estate in 1870.
The current proprietor, Françoise Rigord, has been making the wines
at Peyrassol since 1981 and has now been joined by her son, François.
Drink well chilled and with black olives, tomato-based dishes.

$14.99 for centuries of history in bottle.

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Lettie Teague and Burgans Albarino

Lettie Teague Talks Summer

Lettie likes Burgans Albarino 2019

Burgans Rias Baixas Albarino 2018 | Wine Info
A bright greenish yellow color with golden highlights.
NOSE A uniquely fruity aroma where the varietal is clearly appreciated,
highlighting hints of ripe apples, apricots, and peach aromas. $16.99

We love Burgans too! It's the classic version of this varietal.
And take a second look at our video on some other summer wines we like.
Here's Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine!

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JUSTIN Tasting presented by Master Sommelier


News Release: Tuesday, July 28th, 2020

About: Online Tasting with Master Sommelier Joe Spellman and JUSTIN
This is BIG. This is JUSTIN! Join us on Monday, August 10th at 7pmEST on ZOOM for a tasting of three extraordinary wines from JUSTIN presented by Master Sommelier Joe Spellman. You will be at an online party with JUSTIN fans from cities around the country including Chicago, New York and Houston. The ZOOM presentation is on the house!
"This is a unique opportunity presented by one of the most well respected wineries in America and, judging from our sales here in Asheville, one of the most popular!" says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines.
The wines include two we have always shelved @MetroWines and a new one to our shop, JUSTIN Sauvignon Blanc.
JUSTIN Sauvignon Blanc from Central Coast, has been described as a "Bordeaux meets California" style that presents bright acidity, lemon and tropical flavors in a medium bodied crisp and clean wine. JUSTIN Cabernet Sauvignon made in Paso Robles was chosen as the "#5 Most Popular Restaurant Wine in the US" by Wine&Spirits Magazine in 2019. And JUSTIN Isosceles, is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Merlot scoring 94 Points from Wine Enthusiast. JUSTIN Cabernet and Cabernet blends are deep purple with a ruby core, full bodied, rich cherry wrapped in a Bordeaux style.
You do not need to purchase the wines to join in the online tasting. But when you buy any two of the three wines to be presented prior to the tasting, JUSTIN is presenting your purchase in an official JUSTIN tote bag while our stash lasts!
About JUSTIN: 


We planted our first vineyard back in 1981 with a mission to make world-class Bordeaux-style blends. Since then, we’ve expanded both our knowledge of viticulture in this unique region as well as our acreage.


Rich in fossilized limestone from eons of marine deposits, JUSTIN’s soil is ideally suited to creating big, Bordeaux-style reds. The limestone “stresses” the vines, producing grapes that fully express their varietal character.


Paso Robles’ distinctive microclimate offers the widest day-night temperature swings of any grape-growing region in California. The hot days allow the grapes to develop intense flavor, while the cool nights create great structure and balance.


At JUSTIN, we combine traditional Old World methods—like hand-harvesting and small-barrel aging in French oak—with New World technology. For example: the “Air Knife,” an ingenious process invented by our winemakers, boosts grape quality and efficiency.

Once the grapes are harvested, our winemakers—some of the best in the business—gather to sort, select, age, taste, blend and decide what goes into every bottle.


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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Summer Big-Ger Red is Lis Neris Cabernet


Summer (Big) Red

100% Cabernet Sauvignon, Alto Adige, 13% ALC

Venezia Giulia IGT Cabernet Sauvignon Lis Neris 2016 0,75 L

Lis Neris Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Why is this the Summer Big Red?
John Kerr of The Ashevilles  School of Wine @MetroWines says:
"This is an Italian Cabernet made with very little oak so the wine retains
the bold rich flavor experience from Cabernet but, because of low oak,
the fruit shines through. Low in tannins, this wine will not conflict
with barbecue sauce even one with a touch of the sweet."

The Cabernet Sauvignon of Lis Neris winery is an elegant and precise wine,
which matures for six months in oak barrels and then for a short period in glass, before being ready for consumption. At sight, it shows a beautiful
intense ruby red color. On the nose, it develops pleasing hints of cherry
and ripe red fruit, while on the palate it comes fresh and balanced,
with delicate tannins and a persistent final. It is excellent if drunk in combination
with pasta with ragout, white meat and medium-aged cheeses.

Lis Neris winery is one of the most interesting realities of Friuli Venezia Giulia,
which has continued its success for four generations. Owner, Alvaro Pecorari,
has continued his paternal tradition by producing exceptional white wines,
trying to exalt the characteristics of the different vines and the territory at their best. The perfect conditions of the land, favored by the proximity to the Adriatic Sea
and the winds of Bora, have allowed him to produce exceptional, harmonious
and balanced wines avoiding any form of weeding and placing Lis Neris
as the authentic excellence of Friuli Venezia Giulia.

$23 (red tag)
Personal Note: You know how you have a comfort level doing business with friends? It's like that with Lis Neris. This is a really nice, competent, dedicated family that we and, hence, you can trust. And with everything going on, we need trust!

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Wegman and Backsberg Rosé


NYT says "Watching any one of Mr. Wegman's short video takes on his practically human Weimaraners, you can laugh at their slow, poignantly befuddled reactions, and even utter a faint "Awww" without feeling square. In Duet, he has them looking up and around maybe at-a circling UFO. That's probably what we'd do if we saw one, too, and that's Wegman's point."
More about what's it's all about? Recent Interview with Wegman:

Your Discuss it Over Wine:
Backsberg Pinotage Rosé U.V. | Wine Info

Red fruit flavours of cherry and strawberry give way to minty freshness
from earlier picked fruit. Lightly tinted from red grape skins, this salmon
hued wine is fruity and juicy on the palate. Low in tannins, it displays
delightful notes of melon, ripe tropical fruit and strawberry.
We picked this rosé as it is not overly acidic and just right
for a summer talk. Backsberg is also a 3 year favorite!

*** $13.99 ***

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Anthony Horowitz and Frassinello

From The MetroWines Summer Paperback Read Department
The Sentence is Death by NYT Best Selling Author Anthony Horowitz
The author plays a part in this mystery about a celebrity divorce lawyer
murdered with a bottle of 1982 Château Lafite Rothschild!

ANTHONY HOROWITZ is the author of the US bestselling Magpie Murders 
and The Word is Murder, and one of the most prolific and successful writers
in the English language; he may have committed more (fictional) murders
than any other living author. His novel Trigger Mortis features original material
from Ian Fleming. His most recent Sherlock Holmes novel, Moriarty,
is a reader favorite. As a TV screenwriter, he created
both Midsomer Murders and the BAFTA-winning Foyle’s War on PBS.

Well the obvious Read it With Wine is Lafite Rothschild!
But let's say you still have a mortgage, want a new car, need to 

A good compromise is Rocca di Frasennili, a collaboration between
Rothschild and Italian Superstar Castellare. What started as a small expansion
in Maremma Toscana took on a new dimension, as a unique joint venture
between Castellare and Domaines Barons de Rothschild-Lafite,
the first partnership of its kind. 
The project couples Castellare's experience in the growing and vinification 
of Sangiovese with Lafite's experience in classic French varietals.
A Super Tuscan blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet and Syrah.

Rocca di Frassinello Maremma Toscana 2014 | Wine Info

93 Points from Robert Parker: 
Brooding and thick, the 2014 Maremma Toscana Rocca di Frassinello
takes all the intensity of the vintage and pours it into the glass.
That's saying a lot because this vintage infamously lacked in intensity overall, although you'd never know it here. Rocca di Frassinello makes good on the excellent environmental factors that contribute to this wine. There is the sunshine of Coastal Tuscany, the light sea breezes and the reddish Maremma soils. This Bordeaux blend born in Tuscany offers dark fruit aromas,
savory spice and bitter chocolate. The tannins are soft, but the wine
does deliver solid structure to keep it firmly stitched together.

We aged for 6 years in bottle. Ready to GO
$45 @MetroWines (red tag)

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The Biggest Bluff and Clovis Cotes du Rhone

From The MetroWines Book Suggestion Department
We NEED This Kind of Thinking!



How a New York Times bestselling author and New Yorker contributor
parlayed a strong grasp of the science of human decision-making
and a woeful ignorance of cards into a life-changing run
as a professional poker player, under the wing of a legend of the game.

Men rule the world she had entered, said Michael Paterniti in The New York Times.
97% of professional players are men and Konnikova endured plenty of harassment
and condescension on her way to a 2018 championship in which she beat 290 competitors
for a $84,600 prize. That said, The Biggest Bluff can be read as a feminist triumph story.
But, the big surprise in not the triumph at the table but that she "bet the house on the power
of her mind to synthesize big philosophical ideas and psychological insights"
 and she won.
She has found direction as to how we regard our futures, how to "see through the ups and downs to the underlying grid of chance and self determination that guides all life."

Clovis - Clovis Cotes du Rhone 2018 750ML |
50%Grenache, 25%Syrah, 15%Cinsault and 10%Carignan

Clovis Wines is a collaboration between T. Edward Imports and some of the best small producers in France. Clovis CDR comes from Remi Pouizin.
A biodynamic producer located in Visan (the northernmost part of Southern Rhône).
This is a blend of Pouizin estate’s grapes and 3 other organic producers.
They are all located 10km maximum from the winery.
Organic grapes. Aromas of red fruit and sweet spices. On the palate,
it’s ample and silky with good concentration and a smooth finish with plenty of tannins.

Unavailable at Rejoice. It was $16.99!
*** $15.99 @MetroWines ***
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Zoom and The Maestro, SA

*** Zoom Etiquette ***

Let's face it, Zoom Life is here to stay. In studying the rules of the road,
you need a wine that knows the art of blending but remaining a voice to be heard,
how to play in the bottle with others and how to serve the purpose for which you were born!
(OK, the last virtue is a little heavy but you get the point: behave yourself!)


DeMorgenzon, Maestro White Blend 2016 750ML


Maestro White 2016
A blend of 32%Roussanne, 23%Chardonnay, 23%Chenin Blanc,
15%Viognier and 7%Grenache Blanc

Winemaker Notes: The name Maestro pays homage to the Baroque music
piped throughout the vineyards and in the cellar at DeMorgenzon.
On the nose and palate, there are concentrated orange and yellow stone fruit flavors,
along with hints of citrus fruits and spice. Full-bodied, textured and nuanced,
floral, honeysuckle and frangipani notes linger on the lengthy finish.

 $24 to take control of the future!
(Personal Note: I love this wine Zoom or no Zoom)

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Chilled Italian Reds

*** Put a Chill on It ***
It's HOT out there. Some red varietals benefit from a slightly higher chill.


*** Schiava ***

Alois lageder sauvignon blanc 2018 - xtrawine IT

Teaching Moment: Schiava is a light-bodied red wine (like Pinot Noir) with aromas
of cotton candy, strawberry, bubblegum, and lemonhead candy. The wine is delicate
and light in color. On the palate, the flavors are quite subtle. Producers in Alto Adige
will often make a DRY style. The alcohol levels are slightly lighter
because the grape grows predominantly in a cooler climate.

Alois Lageder's great grandfather founded the winery over 150 years ago in Alto Adige, Northeast Italy. In 1934, the family acquired the Lowengang estate in Magre and continued adding other prime Alto Adige vineyards. Now in its fifth generation, the company is led
by Alois Lageder. His brother-in-law Luis von Dellemann, is the winemaker.
Color: Ruby-red with a purple shimmer. Aroma: Subtly pronounced, fresh, fruity,
floral (violet), white pepper. Flavor: Light to medium bodied, well-balanced, soft, dry. 

*** 12% alc. $15.99 ***


*** Ruche ***

Dacapo Majoli Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato | Wine Info

Teaching Moment: Ruchè is a varietal of Piedmont in Italy that has risen
from virtual obscurity as a little-known, dark-skinned variety to having its own appellation, 

Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato. Its origins are disputed, with some claiming
Ruchè as indigenous to the region, while others claim it has 
Burgundian roots.

Ruchè wines can be characterized by their lightness in color and complex aromas,
somewhat like the lauded 
Nebbiolo of the region. The similarities continue
with Ruchè having fine but forceful 
tannins and good acidity to stimulate the palate.

Ruchè is a very unique wine from the Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato 
that exhibits roses, pepper, black cherries, and cinnamon, with moderately high tannin.

Forbes Magazine on Ruchè and Surroundings

13.5% alc. $23

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Local Recipe and Savoie

*** REDUX ***

Blue Ridge Parkway Chooses Restaurant Operator » Carolina Outdoors ...
Julie Hettiger, nationally known food stylist and photographer, lives here in Asheville.
She is working on a book about Bluffs Reastaurant and Coffee Shop (pictured circa 1949),
Blue Ridge Parkway History and Culinary Traditions.

The book will present recipes from Bluffs Restaurant and Coffee Shop
and other area cooks including a recipe for "Skillet Fried Chicken"
passed down from Julie's mother. Blue Ridge Foundation is restoring the restaurant.
Go here for the Recipe and the Story:

Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine says the classic pairing
for Fried Chicken in Sparkling or a high acid wine. Oh yes it is!
This wine is 100% Jacquére, an Alpine varietal. Andy says the vineyards and winery
are located between the French Alps and the Swiss Border.
"It's like drinking melted snow." 
The wine is made with traditional methods passed down through generations
making it a perfect match for a treasured family recipe. 

Domaine Pascal & Annick Quenard Savoie Chignin ... | prices ...
Chill before drinking. Clear, light wheat straw color with a tiny tint of green.
Apple, peach, citrus and grassy aromas. Smooth, slightly yeasty and creamy,
but invigorating palate. Clean flavors of green apple, lemon, moist cut grass and water from a limestone spring. Plenty of bright acidity and a medium length mineral finish.
This is a mountain wine with its clean, fresh tastes and mineral core. $17.99

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Sablet is Steady in a Storm

In Memoriam

Brooks Brothers Files for Bankruptcy.

Sur La Table, Bankrupt.

You can keep track of 2020 retail bankruptcies here:

Segway says it will stop production of its signature Personal Transporter,
the 2 wheeled self balancing scooter once hailed as the future of transport.

We need something structured, balanced, not too trendy but in good taste,
something we can count on, something French! to say GoodBye to these icons.

Cotes du Rhone 2018
A blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah

Today most of the vines that Jean-Marc works with are 20-40 years old.
The Sablet is fermented for four weeks and aged for two years in large barrels
and wooden vats. It is bottled without filtration. The resultant wine 
is rich in body and flavor with lots of dark fruit and spice. 

Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines,
says "Sablet is like a baby Chateauneuf du Pape!"

*** $19.99 ***

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Magic and Wine

*** MAGIC ***
Bored? Learn Magic Tricks to Amuse Your Family!

And Then Treat Yourself to a Treasure Hunter Wine

Treasure Hunter
“Mouth Magic” presents flavors of spicy black fruit dipped in nutmeg
and cocoa powder. It is silky and sleek with integrated and measured tannins
with provide a herculean foundation of intensity and concentration.

A Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon for $24?

Now That's Magic!

and That's (also)The Big Red of The Week!

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Newsletter for July 12th

"The Public Palate: Putting Wine in its Place" (c)
*** Start a Wine Cellar for $30 ***

Why Wait? 100% Tariffs are looming. 
And Distributors have wine that can age in stock.
We can help you get started for an affordable investment
or continue to stock your collection.
Call John Kerr, Cellar Department Manager
at The Asheville School of Wine, 

on the Cellar Line at (828) 200-6504

*** Ask About The Cellar Club! ***

Your Cellar Starter Bottle
Vallana Spanna Colline Novaresi | Wine Info

This ruby-red wine shows a deep aroma of spices and red fruit.
Gentle yet persistent flavors of red and black fruits on the palate.
The wine is 100% Spanna, the local name for Nebbiolo in the Alto Piemonte.
The grapes come exclusively from the Colline Novaresi DOC,
a growing area characterized by old vines and high altitudes. 
Colline Novaresi is aged for 6 months in large oak casks before being bottled.
This wine can go 3 to 8 years in bottle. 

The 2016 is $23 and Cellar Ready!
A good idea is to take 3 now for your cellar and try one each year.

Don't Believe It?
Here's Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine,
to Make the Case for Cellaring Wine

even on a budget!
A Glamorous 1960s Couple Dining by Horn & Griner | Couples dining ...

Wine Pairing Dinner at Celine and Company 
with MetroWines and Grapevine Distribution
Let the Good Times Roll. Finally!

*** Thursday, July 23rd starting 6:30 ***
$68 including tax! Gratuity at your discretion.

For Your Safety, Seating is Limited to 30
Call for Reservations Now at (828) 254-9902

The Bikini Girls of Villa Romana del Casale
Sicilians take credit, and rightly so, for this fashion constant!

Roman Mosaic of girl athletes from the room of the Ten Bikini ...
4th Century AD, Sicily

Are those barbells?????

Your Appreciate it With Wine
Etna Rosato 2019 by Girolamo Russo

Gina Trippi - Metro Wines Asheville - Metro Wines Blogs - Page 21

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 straw; the sip is supported by a good mineralogy,
with a lingering finish and great freshness. Can go 2 to 3 years in bottle!

$27 to $27.99 all over New York
$26 @MetroWines. Bikini Optional.

Moderate Drinking May Aid Brain
The Science....
pink purple magenta smudged blurry lips lipstick lip gloss stars ...

Face masks over makeup trigger new anti-smear campaign,
according to The Wall Street Journal. Frustrated cosmetic users resort to lip,
eyebrow tattoos to keep that made up look and avoid a face full of schmear
when you take your mask off for dinner!

We @MetroWines want to help! 
Let's go with a wine that will bring a lovely,
natural looking stain to your lips!

Nothing stains like Shiraz. And it is Palate Pleading too!

Kilikanoon Wines Killerman's Run Shiraz 2015 Expert Wine Review ...

Kilikanoon Killerman's Run 2017, South Australia

Totally opaque black dark red core with a dark red hue. Showing plenty of pepper and spice,
the uplifted nose features aromatics of liquorice, black cherries, a hint of black olive,
spiced meats and blackpepper. Medium to full bodied with a juicy feel ,
the palate is filled with liquorice, black cherry and blackberry flavors over a back drop
of lightly smoked vanillin cedar and blackpepper. Velvet smooth tannins,
good depth and a long savory finish tinged with black pepper.

Drink now or Cellar 4-5 years.

Not Widely Available in the US.

*** $23 @MetroWines ***


The Mansard Roof and Second Empire Style - Old House Journal Magazine

It is an architectural style that’s been around for centuries: the Mansard Roof. 
The design, recognizable by its sloping facades on all four sides and shallow roof line,
can be traced to Pierre Lescot, a 16th-century architect who designed a section
of the original Louvre using the concept. The Mansard Roof was popularized by and named
for François Mansart, a 17th-century French architect who built upon Mr. Lescot’s concepts
when designing numerous Paris townhouses and châteaux. 

The complexity of the roof’s design means higher installation and maintenance costs
for homeowners. They often require costly repairs like those associated
with a low-pitch roof line. So, Mansard Roofs aren’t ideal in extreme weather environments.
Despite the challenges, the style has retained its popularity over the centuries.
And every now and then, you need a wine that,
yeah, it cost a little more but it's worth it and so are you!

Chateau Moulin de Tricot 2016 Haut Medoc
Rosenthal Wine Merchants 

*** Cellar Potential: 10 Years! ***
Château Moulin de Tricot Haut-Médoc | Wine Info
Sourced from a single parcel, adjacent to the appellation of Margaux,
Chateau Moulin de Tricot Haut-Medoc is entirely reminiscient of it's big-brother next door.
Ripe red and black currants, blackberry, and black plum with slightly chewy, yet nicely balanced tannin. The sip ends with gravelly mineral and a spiced, velvety finish, with just a touch of green herb and pepper. An excellent value, for certain, that will drink beautifully over the next ten years."

$34 for Haut Medoc @MetroWines!

More French 
from The MetroWines Book Suggestion Department

New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

Bill Buford turns his inimitable attention from Italian cuisine to the food of France.
Baffled by the language, but convinced that he can master the art of French cooking
or at least get to the bottom of why it is so revered, he begins what becomes a 5-year odyssey
by shadowing the esteemed French chef Michel Richard, in Washington, D.C.
But when Buford realizes that a stage in France is necessary, he goes to Lyon,
the gastronomic capital of France. Studying at L'Institut Bocuse, cooking at the storied,
Michelin-starred La Mère Brazier, enduring the endless hours and exacting rigeur of the kitchen,
Buford becomes a man obsessed with proving himself on the line, proving that he is worthy
of the gastronomic secrets he's learning andproving that French cooking actually derives from
(mon dieu!) the Italian. With his signature humor, sense of adventure, and masterly ability
to immerse himself--and us--in his surroundings, Bill Buford has written what is sure
to be the food-lover's book of the year.

Franck Balthazar Selections 
Cotes /du Rhone 2018 $23

2018 -

 Balthazar Domaine dates back to 1931, when it was founded by Franck’s grandfather Casimir.
Franck continued to sell mostof his wine in cask, as Casimir did to the local cafés.  
Franck now bottles all of his tiny production, made by methods little changed from those
of his grandfather: he plows with a horse, and bottles his wines without fining or filtration.
His Cotes du Rhone is a 50/50 blend of Grenache and Syrah; it is luxurious,
elegant and expressive, with an unmistakable sense of place.

And More French: In Memoriam
Cirque du Soleil Files for Bankruptcy
Sweat Suits. They're Back. They're Staying. : Canada Pooch | Frosty Fleece Dog Sweatsuit | Plush ...
Continuing a long history, sweatpants rule and WSJ says:
"The sweatsuit could be considered the sartorial equivalent of journaling."

Whether or not that is a fact, you can be certain that if you attend
a socially distant backyard party, someone, maybe you, will be wearing one.
So what wine do you bring that conveys you can agree with this casual expression
of fashion but you also appreciate good wine at a casual price!

City Limits Cabernet Sauvignon | Wine Info
New! Easy drinking, affordable Washington State Cabernet! This is prototypical
Columbia Valley Cabernet, with aromas of cherry, meats, black currant, coffee and wafts of herbs. Though far from over the top, the flavors show intensity and texture with a pleasing acidic lift.
It offers a lot of subtlety and elegance for a wine at this price.
Made by veteran winemaker Morgan Lee of Two Vintners.

*** Big RED of THE WEEK at $16.99 ***

This Yoshitomo Nara painting sold for S$34 million, a new world record

** Sold for $24,941,455 **
Created after the return of the artist, Yoshitomo Nara, 
to Japan after 12 years in Germany. "Knife behind the Back" sold after
a 10 minute bidding battle between 6 collectors.

I appreciate good art. I even like this one. But $24 million?

Meanwhile Japan has the most centenarians ­– those 100 years old or more,
of any country in the world. 48 in every 100,000 people in the country make it to their century.
Nowhere else on Earth really comes close. Numbers like that can cause people in other parts
of the world to pay attention. What do they have that we don’t? Is it something they’re eating?

Well, I am going out on a limb here and saying it probably is not the art!

For a mix of all things Japanese shared over food, try "Midnight Diner" on Netflix.
A scarred man operates a midnight diner in the backstreets of Shinjuku.
No one knows his name or his story, but his customers each bring their challenges.

Contemplate, watch, eat with a bottle that will even work with seaweed!
Grunhaus Riesling Monopol 2018, from Loosen Brothers

Winemaker says: The name “Monopol” refers to the fact that the Grunhauser estate
owns the entire hillside of vineyards. Most vineyards in Germany are shared
amongst dozens of growers, so this is quite uncommon. The wine presents aromas and flavors
of green apple, green pear, green tea, key lime and minerals.
DRY on the palate with sizzling acidity and freshness. 

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate says 91 Points: The 2018 Maximin Grünhaus Riesling Monopol
blends fruit from the three grand crus and opens with clear, aromatic mango fruit and,
after a while, lots of flinty notes of crushed stones. Silky, pure and enormously salty on the palate,
this is a stunning, complex, tensioned and almost challenging Estate Riesling with lingering salinity
and immense complexity and charisma. A spectacular wine at this price point. 

We say: $26

In Memoriam
from Ciao Asheville

Italian Composer Ennio Morricone, Gone at 91

You know his work from "The Untouchables"  and "The Hateful Eight."
BUT, what you will remember is his howling theme to the Spaghetti Western
"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly." The Good, The Bad And The Ugly [DVD]: Movies & TV

Let's keep the theme, cheap, strike that, value minded but good, going...
Chianti Colli Senesi 2018

Vino Chianti: vendita online al miglior prezzo. Negoziodelvino

The 2018 Chianti Colli Senesi is a bold, pleasantly rustic wine that far outperforms
its very modest price tag. Bright red cherry fruit, tobacco, cedar and dried flowers seem
to jump from the glass. This rich, burly Chianti Colli Senesi screams with Sangiovese character.


 $10.99 (red tag)

*** In Other News ***

South Koreans have waited 16 years for Onion Chex.
A grateful nation announces: It's here!

(I knew you would be relieved.)

Rookie RV Vacationers are driving us all into a tailspin.
Better idea is to stay home and plan for the foreign.

Call Andy Hale for a Destination Wine Tasting on ZOOM!
(828) 575-9525

Anthony Terlato, a Chicago based wine importer,
gave Pinot Grigio a home in America dead at 86.

The MetroWines You Tube Channel
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Blue Ridge History and Eats

Wilkes Journal Patriot | Site Launches |

Story by Julie Hubbard


Julie Hettiger at left in Wilkesboro, Anna Kerley (now Holland) with Blue Ridge Parkway Ranger at front door of Bluffs Restaurant and Coffee Shop in 1966. Photo courtesy of Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

Interior renovations of the Bluffs Restaurant and Coffee House on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Laurel Springs are scheduled to start in a few weeks in preparation for a scheduled midsummer opening.

To help raise remaining funds needed to complete work on the historic facility, former Wilkes County resident Julie Hettiger and her husband, Ken Nelson, have announced that they will match donations for the work dollar for dollar up to $25,000.

Julie Hettiger, Author of the upcoming book about the culinary tradtions along the Blue Ridge Parkway!

“When I was growing up, the Bluffs restaurant was the favorite destination for Sunday outings with my grandparents, my parents and many other relatives, and I have always cherished those memories,” said Hettiger, daughter of Holly Farms co-founder Harry Hettiger. “For my family, driving up the mountain from Wilkes County to Bluffs restaurant was a monthly trip. Guests and relatives would always join us for fried chicken, grits, cobbler and the real deal—ham biscuits.” 

The restaurant opened in 1949 in a building completed the same year and was an attraction for Parkway visitors and residents of Wilkes, Alleghany and other area counties until it closed in 2010 when no one stepped up to take over an expired contract with the National Park Service (NPS) for operating the eatery.

Bluffs Restaurant photos

Original Interior of the Bluffs Restaurant and Coffee Shop at right. Current condition at left.

Photos courtesy of Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation responded to an outpouring of public interest by conducting fundraising for reopening the Bluffs Restaurant and Coffee Shop, which required extensive renovation, new equipment and infrastructure and remediation of mold that appeared while it was shuttered.

All but about $60,000 needed toward the endeavor’s total cost of $942,280 has been raised, said Rita Larkin, foundation communications director. This includes a $300,000 Appalachian Regional Commission grant and $350,000 from the N.C. legislature in consideration of the restaurant’s role as a tourism anchor enabling visitors to spend more time in the area and 14 new jobs it will provide.

The foundation, a private, nonprofit based in Winston-Salem and founded in 1997, is the Parkway’s primary fundraising partner. For more information or to make a donation, including in response to the challenge grant, go to

The foundation leased the property through the NPS historic leasing program and advertised for someone to operate the Bluffs restaurant. Larkin said concessionaire applications for operating the restaurant are no longer being accepted and a new operator will be announced in March.

Foundation CEO Carolyn Ward called the challenge grant of Hettiger and Nelson a huge step toward securing final funding needed. “It is another example of how meaningful this revitalization project is to the community and thousands of Parkway visitors who stopped here,” said Ward.

Hettiger said, “My husband and I are very excited that the foundation is so close to reopening the restaurant, and we have created this challenge grant to get the project across the finish line.”

Reopening scheduled

The Bluffs Restaurant and Coffee Shop in Doughton Park, Near Laurel Spings, south of Sparta and north of North Wilkesboro.  Photo courtesy of Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

Remediation of the mold problem was completed in 2016 and a new roof installed in 2018. New state-of-the-art kitchen equipment and amenities will soon be installed and HVAC, plumbing and electrical work completed to meet current safety standards. The project also includes new furniture and communication equipment.

The work is being carried out in accordance with NPS and N.C. Historic Preservation Office guidelines to maintain the property’s original features and historical nature. Hickory-based Atriax Group is overseeing the design and construction.

“Members of the surrounding communities and people from across the country hold fond memories of their experiences at The Bluffs,” said Willa Mays, the foundation’s chief development officer. “We are honored to play a role in bringing this special place back to life for all the people who have championed its return over the past 10 years.”

At Milepost 241 in Alleghany, the Bluffs Lodge and Coffee Shop was the first provider of meals on the Parkway. It seated 76 and was one of only four restaurants on the Parkway. The Bluffs Lodge, in another area of Doughton Park, was the Parkway’s first lodging. There are no plans to reopen the lodge.

Hettiger is collecting recipes used in the original Bluffs Restaurant and Coffee Shop for a book she plans to publish as a fundraiser. She and her husband now live in Asheville and she can be reached at

The foundation also is seeking photos of the restaurant or any mementos featuring the Bluffs logo from its operating days.  To share images, contact Larkin at or 866-308-2773, ext. 418.

Hettiger graduated from Wilkes Central High School and East Carolina University and worked in the Lowe’s Companies Inc. advertising department before moving to Houston, Texas, where she had a long career in food styling and food photography. She is a standing member of International Association of Culinary Professionals.

She also is on the Boone-based Blue Ridge Conservancy Board of Trustees, which has protected over 20,000 acres of forestland and farmland in Wilkes, Alleghany, Watauga, Ashe, Avery and Yancey counties through conservation easements and deed transfers.

Read More About The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation HERE!

From National Picnic Day, a time honored recipe passed down from Julie's mother!


Skillet Fried Chicken!
1 whole chicken cut into pieces
or 8-10 chicken pieces, cut up but Must have Skin On.
2 cups white flour
6 TBS garlic salt
1-2 TBS Seasoning salt
Black pepper,ground
In a brown paper bag ,toss flour and seasonings with chicken until well coated.
 Using the fatty pieces of chicken ,place in preheated cast iron skillet. Remove after their/fat has been rendered.
Add the coated pieces of chicken skin side down into the medium hot skillet.
After the chicken pieces have seared
 ,but not burned, place entire skillet into 350 oven.
15 -20 minutes usually allows for completely done crispy chicken.
 remove from hot skillet and drain.
Pack up your picnic and have fun. 


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Wine Cellar for $30

*** Start a Wine Cellar for $30 ***

Why Wait? 100% Tariffs are looming. 
And Distributors have wine that can age in stock.
We can help you get started for an affordable investment
or continue to stock your collection.
Call John Kerr, Cellar Department Manager
at The Asheville School of Wine, 

on the Cellar Line at (828) 200-6504

*** Ask About The Cellar Club! ***

Your Cellar Starter Bottle
Vallana Spanna Colline Novaresi | Wine Info

This ruby-red wine shows a deep aroma of spices and red fruit.
Gentle yet persistent flavors of red and black fruits on the palate.
The wine is 100% Spanna, the local name for Nebbiolo in the Alto Piemonte.
The grapes come exclusively from the Colline Novaresi DOC,
a growing area characterized by old vines and high altitudes. 
Colline Novaresi is aged for 6 months in large oak casks before being bottled.
This wine can go 3 to 8 years in bottle. 

The 2016 is $23 and Cellar Ready!
A good idea is to take 3 now for your cellar and try one each year.

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Cellaring with Andy Hale: Part 2

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Milton Glaser and Elbling


In Memoriam

Milton Glaser: I Love New York Enamel Pin in color
Milton Glaser, the Graphic Designer behind this design is gone at 91

Let's Celebrate Perfection in Simplicity!

2017 Weingut Matthias Hild Elbling Trocken Mosel | tasting notes ...

Along the Obermosel (Upper Mosel), which acts as the border between Germany
and Luxembourg, the cold winds off the North Sea make it nearly impossible
for even cold hardy Riesling to grow. This inhospitable environment is where Elbling shines.
It's more or less an unknown grape, planted in this corner of Germany for the sole reason
that no other grapes will ripen in time for harvest. Predominantly used to make Sekt
(a German sparkling wine), it's rare to see a still offering like this one. COOL.
The wine is light and easy with striking acidity and effervescence upon opening.

Beating Online at $16.99

BTW: The pin is available at MOMA

And this might be a good time to remind you of "Mobituaries"
by Mo Rocca. The book reflects his NPR podcasts by the same name 
telling the stories of people, things and causes and concerns that just
did not get enough attention during their lives. This design did but......

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Maurice the Rooster and Maison Chanzy


You might recall from a previous email that Maurice was the subject of controversy.
Seems residents did not like being awakened by his rooster-ing.
Maurice has passed away but he left some mighty words of wisdom.

*** Rooster ON Maurice! ***

Your Contemplate it With Wine
Generally speaking, White Burgundy (Chardonnay) is typified by aromas and flavors
of green apple and lemon and is defined by its structure and expression of minerality.
White Burgundy vinified in stainless-steel tanks will emphasize its freshness,
while aging in French oak barrels can lend accents of toast and vanilla.

Maison Chanzy | Les Fortunés Chardonnay 2018

This White Burgundy, with its rich texture and toasted flavors, pairs well
with white fish and shellfish, and its naturally high acidity can counterbalance
cream-based sauces. Oak-aged Chardonnay from warmer climates lends itself
well to grilled fish, starches, butter, and toasted nuts.

2018 is $24

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Menu for Celine and Company Dinner

News Release: Thursday, July 9th, 2020
About: UPDATE: Celine and Company Partners with MetroWines and Grapevine Distribution for Dinner!
You need a break! You need dinner out! Celine and Company on Broadway has partnered with MetroWines and Tom Leiner of Grapevine Distribution to start the return to having an inspired dinner out. 
"Not that we have not all learned to be better cooks in isolation but, nobody does it like Kim Lloyd and the staff at Celine and Company," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "And isn't it time to let someone else do the cooking?"
Celine and Company, as a wedding and event venue, has a very large floor space and very high ceiling. Social Distancing is easy to do and, given the space, is somewhat organic. Tables are spacious and well placed. The staff has and continues to observe health and safety requirements.

Owner and operator Kim Lloyd joined Celine and Company Catering as Executive Chef in 2006. She was formerly Executive Chef of Pawley’s Plantation Golf Resort and Thoroughbreds Restaurant. She is a graduate of The Florida Culinary Institute and an American Culinary Federation Gold Medalist. Kim has led numerous award winning teams in regional culinary competitions as well as had the pleasure of assisting her South Florida mentors in an acclaimed Caribbean-influenced dinner at Manhattan’s celebrated James Beard House. Building on her over 25 years of culinary and business expertise, Kim has found her passion here in downtown Asheville. Helping people celebrate their once in a lifetime moments.


“Safe Distanced Summer Wine Dinner 

in the Heart of Downtown Asheville”

Celine and Company, MetroWines & Grapevine Distributors 

at Celine and Company “On Broadway”


By Executive Chef Austin Tisdale and Owner and Operator Kim Lloyd

First Course 

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, Crimson Cabbage Slaw, Avocado Emulsion 

2019 Laxas Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain 

Second Course Salad 

Baby Greens with Grilled Market Fruit and Local Goat Cheese Croquette

Toasted Pine Nuts, Shaved Fennel, Dried Cherry Balsamic Reduction, EVOO

2019 Three Brooms Sauvignon Blanc, Blind River, Marlborough, NZ  

Third Course

Spice Brined and Roasted Pork Tenderloin 

Artisan Grits, Smoked Chili Braised Bok Choy

Forest Mushrooms, House Made Hoisin Demi

2016 Truchard Syrah, Carneros, CA   

Sweet Ending

Old Fashioned Buttermilk Pie, Blackberry Sauce, Pecan Praline Tuille

Thursday July 23, 2020, 6:30 pm

Reservations 828-254-9902 

Cost: $68 inclusive of tax, gratuity at your discretion

Seating Limited to 30 

Celine and Company is a large space with good ventilation.

And All Health and Safety Guidelines will be followed and enforced.


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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Cellaring: La Viarte


Cellaring Part III


"The Before Time"
The phrase is attributed to an episode of the original Star Trek series from 1966.
Captain Kirk has found a planet populated only by children. One explains the grown ups
have disappeared: "that was when they started to get sick in the Before Time."

We need something to hold on to at this point in time. 
We need something that will bring "The Before Time" forward.
We need a wine that transcends time, that actually wants time, continuity,
a Cellar !

Review video by Andy Hale above on home "cellaring."
With great prices being offered by our distributors combined with potentially
100% tariffbearing down on us, this is the time to collect wines that can age.
John, Andy and Brett of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines
can get you started or add to your existing cellar.

(828) 575-9525.

Meanwhile, John suggests you start here:  
la Viarte Schioppettino di Prepotto 2009!

La Viarte Schioppettino di Prepotto 2009 | Wine Info
The varietal is Schioppettino. Mentioned in documents as far back as the 1300s,
the grape had nearly gone extinct by the 1970s. But it's back.
Think of it as a cross between Syrah and Cabernet Franc. All about it from VinePair:

La Viarte winery was founded in 1973 in a small town named Prepotto,
in the province of Udine. A company that fixes in its name the encounter between
dream and reality, between roots and air, between past and future: “Viarte”,
in Friulian (the local dialect)  means “spring”.

The Schioppettino of Prepotto is born in the Valley of the Judrio,
between Italy and Slovenia; today it is grown in the municipality of Prepotto
where the microclimate makes this wine unique and unmistakable.

Open one hour before drinking. Almost opaque, dark garnet color with a light red rim.
Cherry, strawberry and lots of wet wood aromas. Smooth entry, dry, a little rustic,
medium body and a 150-grit texture. Flavors of mostly cherry and spicy pepper,
but with red current in the background. Very refined leathery tannins that slowly grow
in grip through a long tart, dry finish that had a smoky and peppery taste.
An assertive, dry Italian wine, robust and distinctive. Tannins and acidity make it age-able!

Unavailable at Be grateful. It was $41.

$29 @MetroWines and ready for the long haul!
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