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Wine Dinner at Celine and Company!


News Release: Monday, July 6th, 2020

About: Celine and Company Partners with MetroWines 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. 
Save the date for dinner on Thursday, July 23rd at 6:30. Stay tuned to the MetroWines Wine Blog for the menu and further details. To reserve your table now, because you know it will be great! call Celine and Company
at (828) 254-9902.
"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.
To reserve your table now, call Celine and Company at (828) 254-9902

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.

Contact: for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Lightbulbs Spying and Deal of the Week



Sounds like passwords are going the way of the buggy whip.
Not to be paranoid but somebody somewhere is collecting
our private data through mail, laptop cameras,

phones and now, lightblulbs! What does this tell us?

*** Fight Back ***
Let them watch you enjoying 
The DEAL of the WEEK!

Joao Portugal Ramos Reserva Tinto 2017 | Wine Info
Ruby red in color. This wine displays aromas of ripe red fruit and dried herbs.
Soft and robust with complex tannins. On the palate, the wine is spicy with a long finish.

*** $12.99 ***

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Andy Hale Talks Cellaring

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Big Wine Deal of the Week

** BiG DEAL of THE WEEK ** 
Ultraviolet Cabernet Sauvignon | Wine Info

Blackberry compote with hints of blueberry, a chewy mouthfeel
with an earthiness familiar of an old world Bordeaux. Hints of tobacco and leather
with bright acidity and soft lasting tannin. No additives.
Ultraviolet was started in 2009 by Samantha Sheehan of POE Wines.
The grapes are sourced from vineyards in St Helena and Coombsville,
and the wine is typically a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot.
The wine is aged for 18 months in 50% new French oak, 50% neutral French oak.

Samantha Sheehan found her wine 'wonderful - no more corked or ...

Samantha Sheehan was named one of Food & Wine Magazine’s
“15 Women to Watch in Wine,” and has been featured in Bloomberg,
Wine & Spirits Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, LA Times.

$15.99 at Vivino and

** $14.99 @MetroWines (red tag) **

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Laurel of Asheville: Wine as Art

Breweries, Wine, and Cheese  Lifestyle

The Grapevine: Wine As Art

By Gina Trippi

The Arts and Crafts movement began in European and American design during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, promoting handcraftsmanship over industrial mass production. Since then, the philosophy has spread to works that were not traditionally considered art. Wine has always been part of paintings; think Bacchus by Caravaggio. But some wine is art in and of itself. We herein submit our case that wine can be art!

Art is generally defined as the expression of creative skill and imagination producing works appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright said, “Art is a discovery and development of elementary principles of nature into beautiful forms suitable for human use.” Painter Paul Cézanne said, “Art is a harmony parallel with nature.” And writer Émile Zola said, “A work of art is a corner of nature seen through a temperament.”

Bacchus by Caravaggio

Wine comfortably fits under any definition. By claiming this mantle, we must separate, as did the early pioneers of the movement, handcrafted wines from mass-produced bottles sold at big-box retailers. Think of it as the difference between the original painting and the reprints.

Many winemakers still follow tradition and remain devoted to the hands-on approach from farming to bottle. Made in this way, the wine truly reflects the terroir—the complete environment surrounding the vineyard including soil, topography and climate—each year. Mass-produced wines are manipulated and polluted with additives to ensure that they have the same taste year after year. In a handmade wine, with no additives or manipulation, each bottle is unique. This is how wine becomes art.

Clos Marfisi, in Corsica, is a small winery doing just that: making art in a bottle. Corsica sits alone in the Mediterranean. One of the Corsican vineyard designations is Patrimonio and, because of its high elevation it is considered by many the best for growing grapes.

Patrimonio is where you will find Clos Marfisi. Brother and sister Mathieu and Julie are fifth-generation winemakers who returned home to Corsica, stepping into the boots of their father, Toussaint, and chose the vineyard life after both had successful careers in France.

The vineyards, with steep slopes almost white with limestone rising up from the Mediterranean, were planted nearly 50 years ago by Toussaint. Only local varietals are farmed at Clos Marfisi. The winery says, “You won’t find any Grenache here!” This estate has never been touched by pesticides or herbicides, and native yeasts are kept in the cellar.

We have two wines from Clos Marfisi at MetroWines to prove our point that handcrafted wines are indeed art. Grotta di Sole is a dry white made from 100 percent vermentino. The grapes are farmed in the limestone soil and fermented naturally in stainless steel before being racked into cement vats. And gritole, a translucent purple wine crafted from 100 percent Niellucciu, is fermented in stainless steel followed by 18 months in cement which allows the wine to breathe naturally. We rest our case that, at least, this wine, Clos Marfisi, is art!

Gina Trippi is the co-owner of Metro Wines, 169 Charlotte Street in Asheville. Metro Wines offers big shop selection with small shop service. Gina can be reached at or 828.575.9525.

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Jackie, White Jackets, White House Menu and Macon

The Casual White Jacket is Back

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Style: A White Back-to-Work Blazer - WSJ

This look definitely calls for white wine. WhileThe Kennedy White House served
domestic wines on occasion, Jackie preferred French Wine. And this is in great part
because the California wine rush had not yet happened. Nevertheless:

What Jackie Liked to Eat | Kennedy, Jackie, White house

Your Wear it With Wine

Chateau de La Greffiere — Weygandt-Metzler Importing

Twice in the Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines
Made by Vincent and Isabelle Greuzard from old vines, this wine is straw yellow
with silver glint in glass, hazelnut on the nose, round and dry on the palate.
Half old oak barrels, half new. The village of La Roche Vineuse (meaning vinous rock)
appropriately named for the bevy of limestone found in the vineyards,
is located in the heart of the Mâconnais, and captures its true “terroir”.
Balancing richness with minerality; the mid-palate and length are classic Burgundy.

Brett Watson says: "This bottle drinks like high quality
White Burgundy for a fraction of the price."

The 2018 is $19.99

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Leonardo, Barney's and Fonterenza

Ciao Asheville Presents:

Leonardo Nailed it Centuries Ago!

Did Leonardo da Vinci copy 'Vitruvian Man'? - Technology & science ...

FlashForward 500 Years >>>>>>>>>>
Generations of Entrepreneurs in Italy hit Hard
But Still Standing!

Coronavirus Rips Through Italy's Postwar Entrepreneurial ...
MILAN—Mario Bresciani left his village near this city in 1970 with a suitcase full of socks
and knowing just a few words of English. He returned home weeks later after signing up
Barney’s department store in New York City as his first foreign client.

Celebrate Tradition and Determination
Fonterenzo Alberello Rosso di Montalcino 2016

Fonterenza Rosso di Montalcino Alberello | Fonterenza | Sant ...

Twin sisters Margherita and Francesca Padovani founded Fonterenza in 1997
on farm owned by parents since the 1970's. Daughters started planting vines in 1999.  
The estate is now has high-altitude Sangiovese, with only 1 hectare is used
for their Brunello di Montalcino; the rest goes into their Rosso di Montalcino
and a younger-vine, stainless steel version called Pettirosso (featured next week!).  
The farming has been organic from the beginning, and now biodynamic.
Minimal cellar work. Fermentations are natural in large, mainly Slavonian oak casks.
Use of sulfur is minimal; aging takes place in a mix of botti, tonneaux and barriques.
And the Sisters are doing it all by themselves!

 On the nose there are also touches of noble wood, together with balsamic notes
and those of undergrowth. On the palate, great body, balance, full and freshness.

Louis Dressner Selections
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Big Red of the Week: Flux



*** 2016 FLUX ***
58% Grenache, 28% Mourvedere and 17% Syrah

** A Mark Herold Wine **

Mark Herold Flux Red 2016 | Wine Info

This wine offers a dizzying array of heady aromas - candied black raspberries,
currants, mango peel, ripe strawberries, rhubarb pie, cracked pepper and black soil.
Hints of toasted nuts, mocha, cotton candy, pencil lead, tree bark and bramble add
complexity to this layered wine. The palate is rich, savory and loaded with bright fruit flavors.
A structured yet supple wine supported by silky tannins and a lingering, fresh finish.

2016 was an unquestionably near perfect vintage; with an early start
and a season filled with long, warm days. The grapes developed beautifully
achieving optimal ripeness at harvest. The resulting wines exhibit expressive,
balanced and complex fruit flavors, supported by elegant tannins. Aged in oak.
Read about the Winemaker Mark Herold here:

** Manager's Special **

$19.99 (Red Tag)

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Maurice the Rooster: Last Will and Testament

Meanwhile, in different information, Maurice, probably the most well-known rooster in France, is lifeless.

I do know, there’s been rather a lot to consider. Keeping six ft aside, shedding jobs, residing in rectangular Zoom containers, studying new sad types of greeting, coping with bored youngsters, making payroll, getting used to the deprivations of a digital life. It’s not been simple to separate the wheat from the chaff, as Maurice might need put it.

The crowing coq from Oléron, a small island off France’s western coast, grew to become a nationwide hero final 12 months when he and his proprietor had been sued by second-home neighbors who wished Maurice eliminated for making an excessive amount of noise and waking them up on their trip.

A fantastic French struggle pitting rural custom and terroir (that ineffable mixture of soil, solar and moisture that outline a spot and an individual’s immemorial connection to it) towards tourism and modernity was engaged. This was a case of deep France versus globalization, heritage versus holidays, the rooted rooster proprietor versus the rootless city dweller, a parable of our instances. A cockerel in a tradition warfare is a formidable factor. About 140,000 individuals signed a petition supporting a rooster’s proper to make a noise. (The crowing Gallic coq is in fact an everlasting image of France.) Last September, a choose dominated in Maurice’s favor and his lawyer, Julien Papineau, pronounced an amazing reality: “This rooster was not being insufferable. He was simply being himself.” Corinne Fesseau with Maurice at dwelling on the island of Oléron, in southwestern France, final 12 months.Credit…Kasia Strek for The New York Times

Now Maurice is not any extra. Perhaps the stress acquired to him. Corrine Fesseau, his proprietor,introduced final week that he had died in May of coryza — a respiratory an infection frequent to chickens — and she or he had buried him in her backyard. She waited to disclose the information as a result of France was in disaster and “Covid-19 was extra necessary than my cockerel.”

Maurice, whom my colleague Adam Nossiter memorably described as “a cantankerous fowl with an impressive puffed-out coat,” was 6 years outdated. Fesseau supplied this epitaph: “Maurice was an emblem, a logo of rural life and a hero.”

She didn’t allude to Maurice’s final will and testomony, however a neighbor in Saint-Pierre-D’Oléron, the place the rooster lived and died, despatched it alongside to me:


I’m not a hero. That’s an overused phrase. I spoke my very own reality. I did what got here naturally to me. Many issues change however the important issues don’t.

The solar units. The solar rises. Shaking my wattles, elevating my head, I needed to greet the morning. I may by no means resist, and why ought to I’ve? I needed to crow. This was my specific pleasure, my specific factor. Each of us has one. Honor it.

I’m sorry to have prompted a fuss. I by no means wished to harass anybody. Those neighbors from Limoges, with their busy metropolis lives, I do know they wished their peace. They had been saving for his or her summer season trip. Perhaps what they missed is sound, like my crowing or a ship’s foghorn or a practice whistle, might kind a part of the peace of a spot.A bit of extra endurance, rather less agitation, by no means did any hurt. I by no means went wherever, and I used to be completely satisfied. There’s extra to a coop than meets the attention. There’s extra to anyplace when you look lengthy sufficient.

I used to be content material to have three hens as companions. They saved me busy. Contentment, for me, was being attuned to the rhythms and cycles of life. The rooster and the egg.

This is a wierd season to be ending my days on this small planet. Human beings, so stressed, appear fearful. I hear there’s a virus. I’m not positive precisely what the virus is. I believe the virus is many issues. It all the time lurks, and it’ll move, and another scourge will seem. Keep your eye on the dawn.

My countrymen are offended. What else is new? It’s all the time an excessive amount of or too little in France however, my God, what a rustic of boundless pleasures! Bastille Day is coming alongside. Off with their heads, out with the outdated, in with the brand new! We French are revolution specialists. The world wants a superb revolution from time to time.

Even if every little thing modifications in order that every little thing can keep the identical. Cultivate your backyard. That by no means disappoints.

I’ll miss Corinne. I’ll miss strutting about. I’ll miss puffing out my plumage and making heads flip (sure, I admit it, I seen that). I’ll miss emptying my lungs within the daybreak, such an ideal feeling. I’ll miss the little acquainted sounds that supply consolation.

I bequeath the 1,000 euros the choose awarded me to the institution of a web-based (sure!) audio museum of rural sounds. Lest this hectic world neglect.

May peace unfold throughout the earth, however please don’t confuse peace with silence.

Maurice the Rooster

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Corsica on the Table with Brett Watson

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Madiran: Weekend Wine!

It's Raining Plastic!

So, this newest tragedy tells us: 
Limit the use of plastics.
Shop LocalLY because shipping is loaded with the stuff.

and, oh yeah, what are you waiting for?

Domaine Berthoumieu Madiran 2013 - PlumpJack
Blend of 90%Tannat and 10%Cabernet Sauvignon aged in new oak.

Winemaker Notes: Very ripe, rich Madiran that takes no prisoners.
This wine succeeds in obtaining more fruit than tannin! Color is nearly opaque.
Wine doesn't get much darker than this. It displays notes of black fruit
(blackcurrant and blackberry) along with just a hint of red fruit.
There is a cedar-like creaminess to the oak which is extremely well-integrated.
Tannins pick up on the finish but, this is Madiran and that is to be expected.

92 Points from Wine Enthusiast
"Of course, this 90% Tannat wine is still very young. But it's impressive,
rich and concentrated and promises to age well. It is dense with both tannins and fruit,
black plum and berry flavors dominating, cut by acidity."

This bottle was not ready to open until 2019. We bought a case and aged it.
So you reap the benefits of an aged wine for a good price!
Call (828) 575-9525 to reserve your bottles!

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Celine&Co. and MetroWines Press Release


News Release: Wednesday, 24th, 2020
About: Celine and Company and MetroWines Partner on Dinners
We are partnering with Celine and Company on their new Pop Up restaurant, The Hideaway "On Broadway" opening this Thursday, June 25th.  Celine and Company is known for extraordinary, international cuisine and the reputation is well deserved.
"If you have not been to Celine and Company, the space is quite large," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Social distancing is eminently do-able!"
You are invited to shop your wines at MetroWines and bring the bottle to dinner. For a minimal corkage fee, staff will take care of everything, the chilling, the pouring, the cleaning up! We will have the menu and be ready to pair the perfect wine for you.
The Hideaway “On Broadway “ will open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 4:30pm to 9:30pm through August 1. The menu will change weekly.
The Hideaway "On Broadway" will also have live music most evenings. This Saturday, June 27th, Asheville Favorite Tom Leiner is playing! 
Reservations are available by calling us at 828-254-9902, also thru email at or thru our

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi

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Celine and Company & MetroWines Open for Business!

We are partnering with Celine and Company on their new Pop Up restaurant, The Hideaway "On Broadway" opening this Thursday, June 25th. 
You are invited to shop your wines at MetroWines and bring the bottle to dinner. For a minimal corkage fee, staff will take care of everything, the chilling, the pouring, the cleaning up! We will have the menu and be ready to pair the perfect wine for you.
The Hideaway “On Broadway “ will open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 4:30pm to 9:30pm through August 1. 
We will also have live music most evenings. This Saturday, June 27th, Tom Leiner is playing!
Reservations are available by calling us at 828-254-9902, also thru email at or thru our
The menu will change weekly. 

The Hideaway“On Broadway”

49 Broadway Street AVL,Serving Dinner 4:30 -9:30

Menu June 25, 26 & 27, 2020

Call 828-254-9902 for Reservations


Pawley’s Island Inspired Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes $14

Crimson Cabbage Slaw, Zesty Remoulade

Duck Confit Bruschetta $12

Annie’s Bakery Baguette, Roasted Garlic Schmear

Pickled Shallots with Fresh Thyme, Bangin’ Blue Cheese

Carolina Bison Tenderloin Carpaccio $10

Aged Balsamic, EVOO, Lusty Monk Aioli, Fried Capers

Soup and Salads

Lemon Chicken Soup with Toasted Orzo $6

Creamy Burrata Salad with Grilled Peaches $12

Local Baby Greens, Toasted Pine Nuts, Shaved Fennel Fresh Mint, Raspberry Crunch, Lemon Vinaigrette

Frisee Salad, House Cured Bacon, Vinaigrette $10

Roasted Beets, Goat Lady Gouda, “Devilish” Farm Egg


Fresh Carolina Flounder & Poached Shrimp $24

Red Pepper Beurre Blanc, Summer Squashes

Golden Rice Pilaf with Benne Seeds

Steak “Au Poivre”Beef Tenderloin Medallions $26

Truffled Pink Peppercorn Demi Glace

Celery Root and Leek Whipped Potatoes

Creamed Spinach with Herb Toasted Breadcrumbs

Roasted Half Chicken, Parmesan Gnocchi $18

Fresh Tomato Basil Sauce, Roasted Broccoli Rabe

Char Grilled Cauliflower Steak, Chimichurri $18

Crispy Fingerling Potato Hash, Trumpet Mushrooms

Sweet Summer Corn, Smoked Paprika, Sexy Local Chèvre

Savory Pork Roast $20

Artisan Grits, Shitake Mushroom Pan Sauce, Collards

Sweet Endings

Key Lime Tartwith Chantilly Cream $6

House Made Mousse Trio $8

Chocolate Espresso, Strawberry Mascarpone

Salted Caramel with Poppy’s Popcorn Crunch

“Asheville Chocolate” Favorites $8

Firecracker Truffles, Sorbetto and Gelato

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Hit the Virtual Road with Cantayano

The pet suitcase: 12 Items to pack for your dog – SheKnows

Start Planning Travel Now!

First Step in immersion is to get a head start NOW vicariously.
Call our Vicarious Travel Expert,
Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine,
and plan a customized class!

(828) 575-9525

The planning process calls for a wine that is exciting, slightly exotic but mainstream.
You must remain reasonable and keep your wits about you yet stretch.
Both Brett and Andy agree this bottle of white is the ONE!

Cantayano Verdejo 2017 

Cantayano 2017 | Vino blanco | Isaac Cantalapiedra Viticultor

This delivers a deep, complex bouquet with bags of personality, revealing a nose of pear,
peach stone, wild fennel, beeswax, saline and a nice herbal touch of lemongrass.
On the palate, wine is pure, focused and very full-bodied for Verdejo, with a rock solid core, excellent minerality, fresh acidity and outstanding length yet with a youthful finish.

You may call young winemaker, Manuel Cantalapiedra, a rebel or even a freedom fighter
but most importantly he is a farmer with a clear vision for the style of Verdejo he wants
to make in Castilla y Leon. He shares a passion for this grape with his father, who he named
the winery after, and with his neighbors, but this is where the common interest ends
and the rebellion begins. Harvesting later, organically and from single vineyard plots,
his wines demonstrate power and finesse in equal measure. 

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Prevention Magazine Wine Pick!

** Prevention Magazine Selects 10 Best US Wines **

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Whole Cluster Fermented | Total Wine ...

Prevention Magazine selected Willamette Valley Vineyards' Whole Cluster Pinot Noir
as one of the "10 Best Red Wines Made in the United States to Buy in 2020." The article 
highlights resveratrol, an antioxidant found in the skins of wine grapes.
Pinot Noir is a thin-skinned wine grape that develops the antioxidant resveratrol
as a natural defense to botrytis (mold) in the Willamette Valley's moist, cool climate. 
Willamette Valley Vineyards obtained permission in 2005 from regulators to include resveratrol
on the Whole Cluster Pinot Noir label, making it the first wine in the United States
to include resveratrol content and its origin.  

Whole Cluster Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley Vineyards’s Whole Cluster Pinot Noir is certified sustainable
and incredibly versatile. The winemakers call it 'liquid fruit salad in a glass' because
it opens with aromas of ripe black cherry, strawberry, black currant, and raspberry.
It’ll go perfectly with any BBQ dish this summer.

-  Devin Tomb, Prevention Magazine, 5/24/2020

Lush and rich, balanced by firm texture. Dark berries and a touch of oak
come through from start to finish. 91pts Wine Enthusiast

To Your Health! $24

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Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan


From the "MetroWines Book Review" Department
and The Metro Wines "You Just Never Know" Department

At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents,
and consumed more electricity than New York City, yet it was shrouded in such secrecy
that it did not appear on any map. Thousands of civilians, many of them young women
from small towns across the U.S., were recruited to this secret city, enticed by the promise
of solid wages and war-ending work. The purpose of this mysterious government project
was kept a secret from the outside world and from the majority of the residents themselves. 

“Kiernan has amassed a deep reservoir of intimate details of what life was like for women living
in the secret city...Rosie, it turns out, did much more than drive rivets.” The Washington Post

Denise Kiernan is the author of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal bestseller 
The Last Castle. Her previous book, The Girls of Atomic City, is a New York Times,
Los Angeles Times,
 and NPR bestseller. Kiernan has been published in The New York Times,
The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, Ms., Reader’s Digest and Discover
She worked in television as head writer for ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 
during its Emmy award–winning first season and producing for media outlets
such as ESPN and MSNBC. She has been a featured guest on NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” 
PBS NewsHour, 
MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart 

and a customer @MetroWines!
Denise says: 
“The gang at Metro Wines is fun, friendly, and boy do they know their stuff.
We are so lucky to have them as a part of our Asheville community,
especially during these trying times."

Buy the Book Here:

"Read it With Wine" 
Pierre Marie Chermette Beaujolais 2018, $18.99


Brimming with bright, fresh raspberry, this is a wine of purity and finesse.
It absolutely shines, even among the scores of lively Beaujolais bottling available. 
Pierre Chermette and his wife Martine have produced some of the best vintages
in Beaujolais over the past two decades. The farm follows organic, natural, and biodynamic
wine-making practices. Vines have low yields of extremely high quality, ripe Gamay fruit.
Fermentation in oak foudre using only natural yeasts found on the grapes,
no use of sulfur and unfiltered. The wine is violet-blue in color and slightly cloudy
in the glass, with aromas of berries and wet earth. The wine is rich and fresh
on the palate with fresh fruit and mix of minerals and acidity. Versatile with food or solo. 
Serve with a slight chill. This is a great warm weather wine.

Want to Keep UP with Denise Kiernan?
Instagram: http://@iamdenisekiernan
Twitter: http://@DeniseKiernan>

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The Amazing Avocado


Reprinted from 50 Plus Linving in WNC Magazine

By Gina Trippi

Avocado is back on the table and on the walls!  The all white kitchen is yielding to the resurgence of the celebrated 1960’s color and the avocado itself is showing up with everything from toast to dessert.  The color palette is your call but we can help with the avocado, the fruit, palate pairing.


The relatively mild avocado, indigenous to Central America, with its creamy texture started as an aphrodisiac! By 1871, the avocado had found its way to California. Hass and Fuerte are the two most easily accessible varieties. While Hass has more oil content and Fuerte more fiber, the two are similar in taste and interchangeable for recipes and for our purpose of pairing.

Got a great recipe and the wine ready but the avocado is not yet ripe? Put no more than a few avocados in a paper bag with an apple at room temperature. The apple emits ethylene gas, a ripening agent. And to stop the avocado from turning brown, a teaspoon of lemon or lime juice helps the fruit retain its lovely green color.


Most of us think of the avocado as uniquely suited to Mexican dishes but this versatile fruit is holding its own in many other cuisines. You have no doubt encountered western style sushi known as the California Roll. So, now the avocado is surround by cucumbers instead of black beans and salsa! And the avocado is a welcomed addition to any dish with the heat turned up as the natural fat tempers the heat and calms the spices. Avocados are now in ice cream, sweet drinks and vinaigrette.


But for all its virtues, the Avocado has a bad reputation for wine pairing. Natalie MacLean, author of Red, White, and Drunk All Over says: “I put them in a category I call ‘Green Wine Stalkers’ because their natural compounds don’t marry well with many wine styles.”

Look for a white wine with high acidity to cut through the sweetness and fat in the fruit. A New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc such as Kim Crawford or Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio from Alto Adige would be good matches. If you prefer red, avoid tannic wines and opt for Domaine Depueble Beaujolais or California Pinot Noir such as Bodan Roan. 

Depending on the heat level of the recipe, the pairing may require a demi-sec Vouvray such as La Vigne Des Sablons or a domestic sparkling like Roederer Brut. And in case of doubt, call for backup! A middle of the road Rosé works with almost anything almost anytime!

Finally, many fear the avocado for its fat content. But rejoice! It is, as they say, the good fat. Avocado is loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, the kind that doctors say can lower the bad LDL cholesterol and maintain levels of the good HDL cholesterol.

Pick up avocados and let us pair a wine to your recipe @MetroWines.  

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Big WHITE of The Week
CEP Sauvignon Blanc 2019, $24
Cep Hopkins Ranch Sauvignon Blanc | Wine Info
Hopkins Ranch, Russian River Valley, Cloverdale, California

Our Sauvignon Blanc is unique and may be easiest to understand
by comparing it to other regions. It does not have the fruity sweetness found
in New Zealand or the melon and gooseberry oak inflected fatness
of most California Sauvignon Blanc. It is also not grassy like a typical
Sancerre but there is bright acidity, mineral, citrus and green notes.

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Edvard Munch The Scream and Riesling

This Real Thing by Edvard Munch is fading!
Scientists say “The Scream” is fading due to human breath.
With the museum closed, the painting is getting needed social distance. 

An international team of scientists used X-ray light and other techniques
to investigate the reasons for the deterioration of the paint in the iconic canvas.
The scientists determined Munch accidentally used an impure cadmium yellow paint 
vulnerable to low humidity. It can fade and flake because of human breath!

As a result, bright yellow paint that Munch had originally used
for the sunset background, and the neck area of its tortured protagonist,
has gradually degraded into an off-white color tone. The thick yellow paint
that he used for the lake above the screaming figure’s head is flaking off.

I need a glass of wine!  But what? Not a lot of vineyards in Norway and almost no export of wine.

We know there is at least one vineyards growing Rielsing in Norway:
Wall Street Journal on Wine in Norway:

Contemplate screaming about The Scream 
and our own upcoming HOT days with a German Dry Rielsing.

Louis Guntrum Dry Riesling 2018 | Wine Info
Delicate fragrance of white peaches, apricot and juicy pears.

Impressive smooth palate, lasting flavors. Classical Riesling in expression and elegance.
At least you don't need to scream about the price: $17.99

BTW, Need a Challenge? The world's most northern vineyard for sale!

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