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Rose' and Candles

 



July Great Rose' Tasting

Saturday, July 6th
from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines


*** We will be joined by Paris of The South Candles ***
Over 20 scents made locally including Vintage Rose!


https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/rose-tasting-and-candles

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Golden Pinot Noir

2017 Golden Pinot Noir,
Monterey County, from Folktale, $16.99

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Pale Ruby in color, ripe cherries, strawberry preserves, floral notes of roses, earthiness,
and a touch of oak round out this wonderful Monterey Pinot. The palate shows a great balance
of fruit and oak on the palate which resembles cherry pie. A light, refreshing whip 
of watermelon on the finish. Richness mid-palate enhanced by floral notes indicative of Monterey.
The smooth finish and bright acid begs to be enjoyed with food. and, oh yeah, "Big Little Lies."

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Garzon Single Vineyard Alabrino

*** Making a BIG DEAL of IT***
Garzon 2017 Single Vineyard Albarino

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94 Points from James Suckling
Like Albariño’s home terroir in Galicia, granitic soils and proximity
to the Atlantic create a perfect habitat
for grapes that imbue the finished wine with minerality,
ripe peach pulp, green melons, and white flowers.
“Cherry blossom, daffodils, apple strudel, preserved lemons and peach pit…
Full body, loads of layers of citrus character.” 


*** $19.99 ***

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Blind Tasting League Returns!

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The Blind Tasting League @MetroWines
Officially Returns in September
and Expect the Occasional Importer PopUP!

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Critics and Staff picks

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(not Eric Asimov in photo)
Eric Asimov criticizes the critic in NYT on Wednesday. He accurately points out
that a review is just the opinion of one person (including Eric.) 
True. Better idea is to get personal. Shop @MetroWines where staff cards their "picks."
Find the palate that suits you and go on a wine adventure with confidence.
Let's Get Started with MetroWines Staff Picks!


*** Andy's Pick ***

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Fontana Vecchia Aglianico del Taburno, $17.99

Why this one? "Because I like the combination of new world like fruit with old world earthy leathery flavors.
This Aglianico is not afraid to show some tannin which I like with food and it is a historical wine.
This is the grape that probably would have been the "premier cru" in ancient Rome.
 It drinks like a combination of a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and Barolo at a third of the price.

Generally speaking what I am looking for in a "pick" is a wine that pairs
with food showing bright acidity and complexity for the price."

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Italian Rose' Tasting


Ciao Asheville Presents

Aperitivi !
Italian Rose' Wine Tasting

Hosted at a lovely covered pavilion at a private home in Asheville,
you will taste 4 bottles of Rose' paired with Italian Finger Foods
including cheese, melon, prosciutto and bruschetta.
The event is hosted by Ciao Asheville and Mike Tiano of Haw River Wine Man
$20 includes wine, food, fun and tax!
Ciao Asheville events sell out so please shop now:
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/aperitivi-italian-rose-tasting

Follow ALL Ciao Asheville Events Here:
http:// https://www.facebook.com/CiaoAsheville/

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Caliza

Marquis de Grinon 2013 Caliza, $19.99
40% Petit Verdot, 35% Graciano, 35%Syrah

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"Caliza" means limestone in Spanish, used in naming this wine so as to pay homage
to the unique soil profile at this Dominio de Valdepusa estate. The moderate layer of clay topsoil
over rocky limestone leads to elegantly structured wines. Caliza is a blend of Syrah and Petit Verdot
which are fermented in stainless steel followed by one year in new and second passage French oak.

Deep purple in color with ruby reflections, this wine shows alluring notes of blackberries and cassis
with undertones of cinnamon and minerality. On the palate, it is beautifully full-bodied and silky
with refreshing acidity and flavors that unfold into the long-lasting finish.

** 90 Points, Robert Parker Wine Advocate **

$19.99 @MetroWines
$21.99 at wine.com Really? Really.

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Trebbiano

Agriverde Piane di Maggio
2017 Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 


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100% Trebbiano grown in clay, sand and iron.
Straw-yellow  with greenish highlights in the glass.
The nose is delicately scented with flower and fruit aromas
And the palate is dry, crisp and well balanced
it recalls fresh fruit and flowers with citrus hints.​

Camillo di Carlo founded Agriverde winery in 1830. Two centuries have passed
and the property has expanded to become an organic farming business.
AGRIVERDE mission is to produce superior wines preserving what we inherited from Nature,
in order to hand it down to future generations.
AGRIVERDE philosophy is centered on the respect of Nature and Man himself. 
That is why the property is all organic farming and biodynamic.
The tree in the center is the symbol of our commitment
and it is transparent like us because there is nothing to hide at Agriverde!!!

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Zoe Rose' from Greece

2018 ZOE, Greece
Zoe=Life=Happiness

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A blend of Aghiorghitiko 70%, Moscofilero 30%, Zoe is fermented in stainless steel vats.
Short maceration, no malolactic fermentation and short aging over fine lees. Screw cap.
DRY. Ripe cherries, raspberries, rose petals, full and complex palate.

$12.99 @MetroWines
$14.99 at wine.com
Skeptical? Click on the photo!

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Rose' and Candles

 



July Great Rose' Tasting

Saturday, July 6th
from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines


*** We will be joined by Paris of The South Candles ***
Over 20 scents made locally including Vintage Rose!


https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/rose-tasting-and-candles

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Golden Pinot Noir, Monterey

2017 Golden Pinot Noir,
Monterey County, from Folktale, $16.99

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Pale Ruby in color, ripe cherries, strawberry preserves, floral notes of roses, earthiness,
and a touch of oak round out this wonderful Monterey Pinot. The palate shows a great balance
of fruit and oak on the palate which resembles cherry pie. A light, refreshing whip 
of watermelon on the finish. Richness mid-palate enhanced by floral notes indicative of Monterey.
The smooth finish and bright acid begs to be enjoyed with food. and, oh yeah, "Big Little Lies."

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Garzon Single Vineyard Albarino

*** Making a BIG DEAL of IT***
Garzon 2017 Single Vineyard Albarino

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94 Points from James Suckling
Like Albariño’s home terroir in Galicia, granitic soils and proximity
to the Atlantic create a perfect habitat
for grapes that imbue the finished wine with minerality,
ripe peach pulp, green melons, and white flowers.
“Cherry blossom, daffodils, apple strudel, preserved lemons and peach pit…
Full body, loads of layers of citrus character.” 


*** $19.99 ***

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Bobal

Bobal Estenaas 2017
Jose Pastor Selections


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The Wine: Estenas Bobal Crafted from en vaso trained Bobal vines averaging 50 years of age
(some of them up to 100 years) located in the heart of Utiel-Requena on clay-calcareous soils.  
The wine is fermented in concrete tanks and raised in a mix of concrete and old American oak barrels.
This Bobal is medium-bodied and shows a mix of bright black and red fruits, spice, and minerals,
while maintaining moderate alcohol and high acidity. The result is a food friendly red wine
that can handle a very wide range of flavors and palate intensity.
You can casually mention that a traditional pairing is Gazpacho Manchego! 


The Winery: Founded in 1945 by Francisco Martinez Bermell, Vera de Estenas has been
crafting wines from their 47 hectares of estate fruit since their inception.
Situated at 800m elevation near the mouth of the Estenas river near the foot of the Sierra del Remedio mountains,
en vaso trained vineyards run northwest to southeast along a broad swath
of calcareous clay soils. Summer brings scorching heat, but a cooling wind called the Solano brings relief,
and nighttime temperatures can drop substantially due to the high elevation, helping to preserve acidity in the grapes.
Under the current leadership of Felix Martinez, Vera de Estenas is producing some
of the region’s most compelling wines, from Bobal vines as old as 100 years.



*** $13.99 ***
$14.99 at Chelsea Wine Vault in NYC and Sold Out!
Shop LocaLY and Save.

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Daou Dinner

*** Book It NOW ***
(Last Dinner at Bone and Broth was a Sell Out)

Daou Wine Dinner at Bone and Broth

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Details, Menu and Tickets:
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/daou-dinner-at-bone-and-broth

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Neyers Tasting

Neyers Vineyard Wine Tasting
with Juniper Cooper of Mutual Distribution
*** Wednesday, July 3rd from 3 to 6pm ***
"on the house"
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/neyers-vineyards-tasting

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Guests in town? Looking to upscale your 4th of July menu?
Searching for Red and White Partners for Barbecue?


Celebrate with California Wines!
NEYERS VINEYARD

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La Zorra and Spicy Hot

 

Putting aside the obvious white pairings such as Gruner Veltliner,
an off dry Riesling, maybe a Pinot Gris,
let's go Red with 2017 La Zorra from Salamanca Spain.
This is risky business for me because I LOVE this wine.
Don't break my heart!)

Image result for la zorra rufeteImported byDe Maison Selections, 
La Zorra is a blend of 50% Rufete and 50% Aragones (local name for Tempranillo).
LaZorra is a little lighter in body but packed with aromas and flavor. $16.99

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ChateauMar Rose'

 

Domaine de Chateaumar, $15.99
A blend of 90%Grenache and 10%Mourvedre


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Chateaumar dates back to Roman Times. With a Rose Petal Color,
the nose is strawberries, raspberries, and peaches. Soft and round
on the palate with an elegant sweetness from the fruit. 30 year old vines.
Sustainably farmed. Steel Tank.

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Domaine Couron Rose'

 

Domaine de Couron Rose' Ardèche, 2018

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Domaine de Couron is a true family winery. Their marketing department is said to be
the kitchen table. A small Grenache vintage, the 2018 was hand harvested from 
reds planted exclusively for Rosé. This 95% Grenache (5% Carignan) is de-stemmed,
cold-soaked 4 hours for color before pressing, then cool-temperature, stainless-fermented.
Made without oak. A bountiful bouquet of fresh strawberries, watermelon and citrus zest
leads to a fresh full-flavored, but light-bodied mélange featuring light raspberry,
watermelon, strawberry and a lingering finish.

Domaine de Couron is sited in The Ardèche which has been inhabited by humans at least
since theUpper Paleolithic as attested by the famous cave paintings at Chauvet Pon d'Arc. 

About The Ardèche: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ardèche
About the Winery: http://couron.ardeche.com

*** $11.99 @MetroWines** Believe it!

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White Rhone

 

** French Wine **

French Rhone Blanc. Affordable. Lovely.

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This bright, pale-golden wine opens to aromas of white fruits and flowers.
On the palate, it is nicely balanced with freshness provided by the Clairette
while the Grenache gives it body and a gentle softness.

Teaching Moment: Clairette?  Clairette is one of the oldest grapes used for wine in France,
dating back to the mid 1500’s.Clairette is used not only in the production of white wine,
it is also used to produce Vermouth. Typical flavors in the grape are green apple, lime, peach, licorice,
white peach and floral characteristics. Clairette is one of the few white wine grapes also used as part
of the blend from time to time in the production of red Chateauneuf du Pape wine.

$12.99 @MetroWines

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Muga Rose' 2018


MUGA 2018

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James Suckling 90 Points: This is a superb rosé with aromas of white strawberries and watermelon,
as well as a hint of pink grapefruit. The palate is packed with bright acidity
and zesty, flavorsome pink berries. So good! A blend of viura with some grenache.

Wine Enthusiast, 90 Points: Bright, peppy aromas of tangerine and nectarine.
A healthy palate braced by proper acidity offers flavors of cantaloupe and peach,
while this is a steady and fresh on the finish.

$15.99 on shelf @MetoWines. Limited Distribution but Muga is HERE!
($18.99 at wine.com and that is for 2017 Muga. The 2018 not available.)

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