Intense blackberry color and aroma are captivating.
Freshness and integrated tannins invite a second sip. The intensity continues
in a mouth full feel palate and a lingering fruit/mineral finish.
Awarded The Gold Medal at Concours International, $13.99
Metro Wines Blogs
Also for Summer: Hopler Wines from Austria
Gruner Veltliner and DRY Riesling
on Shelf @MetroWines NOW!
Christof Hopler, Winemaker and Owner, was at the shop on Tuesday.
Customers LOVED his wines. And the stories!
By night, something more, shall we say, sultry in the glass.
Eva Luna 2016 Cabernet with Cabernet Franc,
Lake Garda, Italy $15.99
In the 1990s, Carla Prospero and her daughter Nadia Zenato acquired a large 18th century farm
in the Sirmione area called Sansonina. With this purchase they accepted a challenge to disprove
some preconceptions. They set about producing exceptional red wine in a zone traditionally known
for whites, while demonstrating that well-structured red wine isn’t necessarily men’s work.
With a typically feminine combination of determination and sensitivity,
Carla and Nadia have succeeded in producing hearty, powerful and elegant wines.
WINNER: June Great Rose Tasting
Le Quattro Terre, Barbera, Piemonte Rosato, $14.99
The soil is calcareous-clay and silt with south exposure. Manual harvest. Direct pressing of grapes.
Static cold decantation, fermentation in stainless steel tanks on fine lees for 3 months at controlled temperature.
Brilliant rosé with light purple hues. Delicate but intense. Pleasant, with light hints of wild strawberry and sour cherry.
Medium body, good acidity and minerality. Provencal in style with Italian Grapes!
"Quattro Terre" Piemonte Rosato is Gianpiero's is an iconic rosé made of 100% Barbera grape,
This wine represents the Piemonte Region, specifically the Monferrato terroir.
The rosé is also made with grapes from four different types of soil at La Meridiana Estate;
hence the name, "QUATTRO TERRE" or "FOUR SOILS." Clay, sand, limestone, and iron.
The blend presents complexity and minerality. Elegant body and harmonious acidity.
And Le Quattro Terre Red will be "on the taste at Foucs Group on Wednesday!
News Release: June18th, 2019
Neyers fondness for French Chablis led to a search for the right combination of grapes and winemaking techniques to more closely approximate this style of wine. Neyers needed to find Chardonnay fruit grown under especially cold conditions in order to ensure a high level of natural acidity and a lower than normal pH, both necessary to reach the balance essential to this style of wine. And Neyers wanted those grapes to be grown on soils that were rocky, in order to maximize the mineral character in the finished wine.
Two vineyards provided the right stuff. Paul Larson Vineyard in Sonoma Carneros only a few hundred yards from the northern-most reach of the San Francisco Bay and the Trinchero Family Vineyard in the Russian River Valley.
The fruit is harvested by hand, then whole-cluster pressed to yield bright, crisp juice. The fermentation is carried out in stainless steel tanks (made from Stainless Steel 304) with a mix of native and dry-active yeast strains, and the wine is then aged four months on the natural yeast lees to increase flavor, texture and stability. We filter the wine just before bottling, which typically leaves the secondary or malo-lactic fermentation less than 50% complete. The result is a fresh, crisp wine with no external oak flavor to interfere with the attractive lemon-lime component natural to cold climate Chardonnay.
An Old World-Styled Blend, the Sage Canyon Red derives its name from the region where the winery is located. The canyon created by the north face of Pritchard hill was settled in the 1830’s by a group of Ohio pioneers led to California by John Chiles, and in neighboring Chiles Valley they established a modern, self sustaining community with farms, homes, gardens, winemaking, mills and a distillery. The sage they introduced to the area grew wild in the canyon, hence the name we use today.
We draw together fruit from four separate areas of northern California for this wine: Grenache from the Sierra foothills, Carignan from Oakley, Mourvèdre from the southern Sonoma Valley near Glen Ellen, and Syrah from the Santa Lucia Highlands.
The grapes are all processed using traditional Rhône Valley techniques as they are fermented with 100% stem retention and crushed by foot for the first 30 days or so. The tanks are then drained and pressed, and the new wine is aged 8-10 months in used 60-gallon French oak barrels. Carignan makes up 45% of the finished wine, and the vines here are 140 years old, with yields that barely reach 1 ton/acre.
It’s a soft wine, wonderfully attractive in its youth with complex flavors that are attractive across the palate.
Awarded a score of 90 POINTS from Wine Enthusiast.
Left Bank Red is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot. Both vineyards are planted in the gravelly soil at the south end of our Conn Valley Ranch. The soil profile from a recent well drilling has shown the gravel deposit on this section of the vineyard is almost 40 feet deep, and with the combination of nearby sandy-loam and basalt soils, serves as an ideal spot for Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to mingle. Both parcels are certified organic with CCOF, and we practice modern sustainable farming.
Winemaker Tadeo Borchardt focuses on small yields, grown on vines propagated from heirloom budwood selections. Each vineyard is separately hand-harvested, and each cluster is closely examined on our sorting table before de-stemming. Fermentation is carried out using only native, wild yeast, and the separate wines are aged in a combination of new and used 60-gallon French oak barrels. We bottle the Left Bank Red after 14 months of barrel aging, without fining or filtering the finished wine. The blend is immediately appealing, with its combination of bright raspberry flavors balanced by the charm of the wild cherry component of the Merlot. The gravelly soil provides a subtle hint of minerality, making the wine both complete and complex.
Neyers Vineyards sits in the heart of the Napa Valley but Bruce’s experience with French wine importer Kermit Lynch has had an undeniable influence on our wines. Many of the French producers Bruce works with farm organically, make their wines naturally without use of cultured yeast or laboratory designed malo-lactic starter, and bottle their wines without fining or filtration. We like their results and utilize many of their ideas.
Our barrels are made in France, to our specifications, from wood that we buy in bulk and air dry for three years, two years longer than normal. All of our grapes are picked by hand, into small bins that hold only one-half ton. They are then laboriously hand sorted and inspected at the winery. Grapes that require travel of more than thirty minutes to our winery are delivered in refrigerated trucks.
Meet The Neyers:
Bruce worked at a French wine importing company in the city before moving to Mayacamas Winery in the Napa Valley in 1972. He spent a year in Germany as an apprentice winemaker in 1974, then 17 years at Joseph Phelps Vineyards. In 1991 he left to begin Neyers Vineyards. At the time Bruce and Barbara began the winery, Bruce accepted a position as national sales manager for Berkeley importer Kermit Lynch. Today he divides his time between these two positions.
Barbara followed her academic training and became a teacher but was soon able to pursue her love of food and cooking as a chef and eventually manager at Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley. Bruce and Barbara raised three children on their home vineyard and ranch in the Conn Valley area of the Napa Valley, and now lead the varied and hectic lives of all vignerons; running a small business, growing grapes on their farm, and traveling around the country to oversee the distribution of their wines.
More about Neyers Vineyards: https://www.
News Release: Monday, June 17th, 2019
News Release: Monday, June 17th, 2019
Come enjoy an evening of great food from Bone & Broth and Daou Winery and Metro wines.
Meet & Greet-
Paso Robles Chardonnay 2018
Reserve Chardonnay 2017
Seared halibut medallions with fennel ceviche, cilantro pesto, micro marigold fronds
Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Scarlet kale & arugula with Manchego peppercorn dressing, balsamic marinated blueberries, Manchego crisp, and watermelon radish
Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
7 spice lamb porterhouse with Lebanese green beans, Congaree and Penn purple rice, and red wine gastrique
Flourless bittersweet chocolate torte with lavender creme anglaise, grilled plum & raspberry coulis
Bright citrus, honey and warm toast on the nose with hints of tangerine, orange blossom, vanilla, lemon chiffon and nutmeg. Aromas flow into the palate of pineapple, nectarine, casaba melon and cinnamon toast. Good weight yet crisp with a long and flavorful finish.
Film Discussion of Il Postino on Sunday, June 30th starting1pm @MetroWines. The event and popcorn is on the house. A glass of Italian red or white wine is $7. Robert Formento, Film Coordinator for Ciao Asheville will lead the discussion. Robert has extensive knowledge of Italian Films. His brief synopsis of Il Postino is here:
Pablo Neruda was a Nobel Prize winning Chilean poet-diplomat
The movie, Il Postino, takes place after Pablo Neruda arrives. It is a story about Mario, a bumbling mailman, who’s madly in love with Beatrice, the most beautiful woman on this island. . . . but is too shy to tell her how he feels. With Pablo’s help, he finds the right words to win her heart.
Il Postino was nominated for 5 Oscars in 1994 (Best Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Original Music Score and Best Picture) Those viewers who loved the movie, Cinema Paradiso, will be pleased that Philippe Noiret (who played Alfredo, the movie projectionist) also plays the role of Pablo Neruda in Il Postino. Mario is wonderfully played by Massimo Troisi. Although not well known in America, Troisi was very well known in Italy for his comedy films. Sadly, Massimo died one day after major filming was completed. The movie ends with a simple dedication, “To Our Friend Massimo”.
News Release: Monday, June 10th, 2019
Do you look for unusual travel experiences? Then consider joining Roots and Tradition tour by Provence Detours in June 2020 to one of France’s secret destinations, the county of Drôme in the Côtes du Rhône region of southern France.
Let Sylvie Delaunay take you on an intimate discovery of her native land. Sylvie has been conducting tours to her region for five years. The 10 day tour will let you marvel in the county’s beauty, delight in its gastronomy, meet the people who call this land home.
A presentation of the region, followed by details of the trip is scheduled Sunday, June 23, 2019 4pm @MetroWines on Charlotte Street. Wine and cheese will accompany the presentation. Space is limited. To RSVP and for more information contact Sylvie at email@example.com.
The event is "on the house" @MetroWines.
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
This was not a structured interview, just bits and pieces I picked up while Gustavo chatted with us and the dinner guests. Hee we go:
Thursday, June 6th at 6:30
*** This is BIG. This is Mira! ***
And this is Coming Up! Call Now!
Call Smoky Park at (828) 350-0315
Event Posted on Carolina Epicurean!
Calabria is Back!
More Specifically, "Ippolito" is back in the House.
In 1845, Vincenzo Ippolito stamped his initials on a country house that sat amongst vineyards,
olive groves, and orange trees in the heart of the Marina of Ciro. With a 160+ year history, Ippolito is Calabria’s oldest winery. Located in the historic center of Ciro Marina, the heart of Calabrian wine-growing, the company maintains a farm amongst rolling hills and sunny plains near the Ionian Sea.
The company’s mission is the restoration and enhancement of indigenous grapes.
More about Ippolito from Wine Spectator
Mare Chiaro (clear sea) is 100% Greco Bianco, a grape indigenous to the area at the Ionian Sea.
This Calabrian white has an explosive nose full of fresh flowers and bright citrus.
All steel tank, no oak to preserve freshness and fruit. Organic.
Note: For Sauvignon Blanc Fans looking to step outside their comfort zone,
this is a good choice. Fresh, snappy, flavorful.
100% Galioppo aged in French Oak.
Ruby red in color with a light purple hue, complex aromas of wild berries, violets,
spice and a soft note of oak provided by barrique aging. A full-bodied, rich and velvety wine.
Wine Dinner at Celine and Company
"Asian Fusion with a French Kiss"
Wednesday, June 12th, 6:30
Grapevine Distribution and MetroWines
Check Out This Menu!
The Jude Law Retro Shirt Look
This is probably for the more Avant Guard Dad.
Let's pair the present with a wine that is a little outside the Dad comfort zone.
Rickety Bridge 2017 Pinotage, $26
Rickety Bridge is a boutique wine cellar situated just on the edge of Franschhoek village
in South Africa. With just an hour or so drive from Cape Town, the vineyard is a favorite
with tourists to Franschhoek with its picturesque setting and great quality wines.
This classic pinotage is produced from vines in the Swartland region. A smooth Pinotage showing some earthy characters and underlying dark berry flavors and a hint of bramble. It's So Dad.
The Asheville Wine Focus Group
Leah Chase, the famed Creole Chef, passed away at 96. Over the decades, Leah served everyone from Presidents to janitors. We loved Leah. Subscribe to our email for wine pairings with some of her most loved and "cooked" recipes posted on Sunday, June 9th!
From the Dooky Chase Website:
Born on January 6, 1923 in New Orleans, Chase was one of 14 children. She was raised in the small town of Madisonville, LA. There were no high schools for black children, so after sixth grade, Chase moved to New Orleans to live with an aunt. After completing high school, Chase had a colorful work history including managing two amateur boxers and becoming the first woman to mark the racehorse board for a local bookie. Her favorite job, though, was waiting tables in the French Quarter. It was here that she developed her love for food and feeding others.
In 1946, she married local musician Edgar “Dooky” Chase Jr., whose father had opened a street corner stand selling lottery tickets and his wife’s homemade po’boy sandwiches. Eventually, Leah and Dooky Jr. took over the business, which by then had become a sit-down restaurant and a favorite local gathering place.
In a town deeply divided by segregation, Dooky Chase’s Restaurant was one of the only public places in New Orleans where mixed race groups could meet to discuss strategy for the local Civil Rights Movement. Although such gatherings were illegal through most of the 1960s, Dooky Chase’s was so popular; it would have caused a public uproar if local law enforcement had interrupted the meetings. Black voter registration campaign organizers, the NAACP, backdoor political meetings and countless others often found a home at Dooky Chase’s, and Leah cooked for them all.
Chase is also a patron of black art and her collection — displayed on the walls of her restaurant — was at one time considered New Orleans’ best collection of African American art. To this day, she serves on the board of the New Orleans Museum of Fine Arts and has even testified before Congress to lobby for greater funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. She has participated in countless political campaigns and has used her culinary talents and celebrity to raise money for a myriad of charities and services. Her cookbooks, including The Dooky Chase Cookbook, And Still I Cook, and Leah Chase: Listen, I Say Like This, are popular and have received great praise among her most famous colleagues.
Chase has received many awards, including multiple awards from the NAACP, the New Orleans Times-Picayune 1997 Loving Cup Award, the Weiss Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and the Outstanding Woman Award from the National Council of Negro Women. Chase was inducted into the James Beard Foundation's Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America in 2010. She was honored with a lifetime achievement award from the Southern Foodways Alliance in 2000. Chase received honorary degrees from Tulane University, Dillard University, Our Lady of Holy Cross College, Madonna College, Loyola University New Orleans, and Johnson & Wales University. She is also the recipient of the Francis Anthony Drexel Medal, the highest award presented to an individual by Xavier University of Louisiana. The medal is not presented annually. The Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana named a permanent gallery in Chase's honor in 2009. She also serves on many boards, including the Arts Council of New Orleans, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Urban League. She is member of the Women of The Storm and the International Women’s Forum. She has four children, sixteen grandchildren and twenty-two great-grandchildren.
Many are attracted to her warmth and mastery of culinary arts, that to this day still excite the minds of those she serves. Ray Charles sang about her, and National and International Presidents have sought her out, but in all her ability to excite the palates of Leaders she has remained steadfast in her ministry to all.
** Recipe for Creole Shrimp Gumbo **
News Release: Thursday, May 30th, 2019
We believe in the importance of working locally, not just using ingredients from our surrounding area, but also in our contribution to the community. The success of our restaurant has always been closely entwined with the health and progress of our community. For 35 years we have supported the arts, local-needs and education programs.
Our clients have returned over the decades, we hope in part because we have always tried to treat them as family… and friends. Some might say, our food tastes good, perhaps even memorable. Each day, we do our utmost to prepare and present fresh food in a creative manner with a craftsman’s hand. Working in the most sustainable way possible is important.
The Market Place has been a fixture in downtown Asheville since 1979. Though it’s beginnings rose in the streams and mountains of western North Carolina – a place of mountain trout and small farms – it also has a hand and heart inspired by traditions far from our borders. This mélange of local food prepared with other worldly traditions of the table may have helped the Market Place garner national attention but the keen reverence for the heritage and roots of Appalachia has always remained at the center of what we do.
About Silver Oak:
Silver Oak complements winery-owned fruit with grapes from top independent growers throughout the Napa and Alexander Valley appellations, giving our winemaking team access to the highest-caliber fruit to make Cabernet of the finest quality.
“We have yet to make our best bottle of wine.” This is a saying we have at Silver Oak that embodies our commitment to quality, continuous improvement and excellence. Our pursuit of making our best bottle of wine continues as in 2015 we became the sole owners of a Missouri-based cooperage we proudly call The Oak Cooperage.
No detail goes overlooked in our pursuit of excellent wine, and that includes cork quality. Associate Winemaker Christiane Schleussner pioneered the use of the “dry soak” method with a team of researchers from Cork Supply USA, and this method has given Silver Oak one of the lowest cork taint rates on large-format bottles in the wine industry: 0.53% cork taint versus the 4% industry standard.
Bottle shock is real. It takes a full-bodied red wine 12 months to fully recover and show the full expression of fruit that it had before bottling. We give wine more time in the bottle, and the end result is a food-friendly, moderate-alcohol (13–14.1%) Cabernet that is drinkable upon release.
More About Silver Oak: https://www.silveroak.com
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
*** Great Rose Tasting ***
Saturday, June 1st
from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines!
No reservations needed. No charge. No reason not to join us!
As always, 6 Bottles of Rose from Around the World.
Event pricing on Featured Bottles!
*** This Just In and Coming Up ***
Hopler (Bergenland, Austria) Wine Tasting
Hosted by Hopler Owner and Lead Winemaker
*** Christof Hopler ***
Hopler is a family winery in Bergenland Germany
that is winery to some of the biggest names in food including
Jamie Oliver, Thomas Keller of French Laundry and Gordon Ramsey!
Tuesday, June 4th
from 5-6:30 @MetroWines
"on the house" @ and ONLY @MetroWines!
Thursday, June 6th at 6:30
** Hosted by Winemaker Gustavo Gonzalez **
John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine says:
"The Cabernet Franc from Mira is one of the best anywhere."
Call Smoky Park at (828) 350-0315
Event Posted on Carolina Epicurean!
Sour is on the RISE!
Ligaya Mishan writes in the New York Times Magazine:
Sour is ascendant! Sour is booming in candy, cocktails and food.
And home fermentation is back! Basements are full of loaded jars again.
But, in terms of wine pairing, sour is a tough customer.
As always, pairing depends on the details of your recipe but generally speaking....
The easiest wine pairing with sour is contrast, that is, fruity or possibly a touch of the sweet,
to balance out the sour. think of the classic sweet and sour sauce. The food pairing is in the sauce itself!
So let's pair a bottle that will sidle past the sour and smooth out the experience.
Borealis has the slightest touch of sweetness. Pairing it with the sour,
you will not taste the sweetness, you will taste balance.
38% Muller-Thurgau, 32% Gerwerztraminer, 19% Riesling and 11% Pinot Gris
Flavorful and multi-dimensional, this perennial crowd pleaser is a blend
of the winery's favorite cool-climate whites.
Crafted to display the unique qualities of each variety, heady scents of orange blossom,
ripe honeydew, guava and kiwi offer a vibrant introduction to this aromatic blend.
The palate is sumptuous and round, bursting with stone fruit, Meyer lemon
and juicy pear drizzledwith caramel. Clean, bright and uplifting finish.
Warm Weather PartEEEE!
From Badenhorst, Curator is organic, sustainably farmed and part of the bio diversity project.
A blend of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Semillon from Swartland in South Africa.
On the nose, find beeswax, lemon zest, lime and fresh peach. The palate is peach with hints of honey,
yellow apple, and citrus peel. Full fruit but still DRY with a peach, lemon-lime finish.
Excellent value selected Washington Post #2 best bargain wine of 2018!
Curator is $9.99 @MetroWines!
The Asheville Wine Focus Group
These are wines that our new manager, Zach,
thinks should be in the shop.
As always, YOU DECIDE!
Wednesday, June 12th from 5:30 to 6:30
@ and ONLY @metroWines
Call (828) 575-9525
Wine Pairing Dinner at Celine and Company
on Broadway in Asheville
"Asian Fusion with a French Kiss"
Wednesday, June 12th, 6:30
$75 (including tax and gratuity)
As Featured in Carolina Epicurean
From The Metro Wines Book Review Department
Diner a La Maison
By Parisian Designer, Architect and Bon vivant Laurent Buttazzoni
In this guide to hosting chic French stye dinner parties,
you will find recipes to table settings
and an interaction by frequent guest, Sofia Coppola.
YOUR "READ IT WITH WINE"
As the recipes are influenced by local culture and include local ingredients:
read: all very different.
Let's go with a versatile wine with wide ranging pairing potential.
Cuvee Annibals 2018, $16.99
A blend of 70%Cinsault, 10%Syrah, 10%Grenache, 5%Ugni Blanc and 5%Rolle.
Popular every year, Annibals is limited.
And your Winemaker:
Located in the heart of the Provence verte region, Chateau des Annibals,
founded 1772, spreads over 75 acres. Chateau des Annibals is a pillar estate of the region.
Nathalie Coquelle, owner and winemaker, has dedicated herself to sustainability.
The estate is farmed organically and run using 100% of renewable energy sources.
David Tanis of New York Times City Kitchesn tells us that an artichoke is not a vegetable,
it is a flower that we eat just before the purple bloom bursts.
Eric Asimov, NYT Wine Critic steps up to pairthe artichoke calling it a vegetable.
OK, let them fight that one out. A rose is a rose. Let's move on.
Conventional wine wisdom says a chemical in artichokes can make wine taste sweet.
This is especially true if you choose an oaked wine.
OK. So select an un-oaked, dry Vermentino, Etna Bianco or Sauvignon Blanc,
Manzanilla Sherry, Txakolina or our choice, Vermentino from Sardegna.
2018 Parpinello Vermentino, Sardegna, Italy, $15.99
Elegant and fine aromas of ripe tropical fruits, with an intriguing hint
of bitter almonds and a lovely spicy finish. 13% ALC
The Parpinello family have passionately run this winery for three generations.
Giampaolo Parpinello and son Paolo strive to maintain the respect for the typicity of the wines
from the Sardinian terroir. The vineyards are situated on a gentle slope between Alghero and Sassari,
in the North-West of the island. The most modern winemaking technology is successfully combined
with traditional farming and respect for the environment. The result is high quality wines
with aroma and flavor, recalling those of the area from which they originate.
Bring ON the Artichokes!
*** Father's Day ***
We Got This But Good
Louis Sarkozy, the son of Nicolas Sarkozy, former president of France,
has created a line of shoesinspired by a few of his "brainy heroes"
including Marie Curie, Sigmund Freud and Thomas Jefferson.
Add a bottle of Bordeaux and you have an unbeatable gift!
Domaine de Galouchey
2015 Vin de Jardin Bordeaux, $34
A blend of 65%Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 3%Carmenere,
2%Petit Verdit, 1%Sauvignon Blanc, 1%Sauvignon Gris, 1%Semillon and 1%Muscadelle
John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine says of this bottle:
"The wine is rich. The white grapes add a complexity and smoothness
not usually found in a red Bordeaux."
MONEY. MAYHEM. MURDER!
By Very Popular Demand
HIGH Sell-Out Risk. Shop NOW!
Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine,
takes you through the darkest side of wine from the Borgias in Italy
to the present day in North Carolina.
Neil deGrasse Tyson and Wine
Some suggestions for you!
In an interview with NPR, Tyson said:
"I'm a sucker for cosmically conceived wine names and labels."
To meet your interest in cosmically conceived labels, we suggest 2017 Les Heretique
(label from last vintage but the picture was so good and, anyway, the label is always the same.)
The Bottle and Cosmically Influenced Label:
A blend of 90%Carignan and 10% Syrah produced with biodynamic methods, organic and unfiltered.
The Carignan vines average 40 years in age, with some of them being over 100 years old.
The fruit is sustainably farmed and harvested partly by hand and partly by machine.
Half of the Carignanis vinified traditionally--destemmed and fermented in used barrel
and macerated with skins for 30 days, half as whole clusters with carbonic maceration.
Wines are blended with Syrah and aged in a combination of steel tank and neutral oak vats.
History figures prominently in this label from Château d'Oupia. "Les Hérétiques"
is named in recogntion of the Cathars, a heretical Christian group once based in the Languedoc
but wiped out by order of Pope Innocent III in 1208 in response to the murder of a papal representative
by a Cathar supporter near Minervois. The castle, home to Château d'Oupia in Minervois dates back to this time.
(Interlude) Tyson takes some pretty controversial positions in the wine world like this one:
"And the fact is, let a grape hang without intervening and you’re not getting Jamet Côte-Rôtie.
You’re getting salad dressing." YIKES
Neil deGrasse Tyson has a well documented love and, as you might expect, extensive knowledge of wine.
Apparently when he’s not working on unlocking the secrets of the cosmos, he’s trying to understand
the secrets of Gouges, the enigmatic grand cru wines of the Nuits-Saint-George region of Burgundy.
Jerome Chézeaux Nuits -Saint George, 1st Cru Les Vaucrains
from Neil Rosenthal Wine Merchants, $74
Somewhat reticent right now, swirling reveals dark red and black fruits that build in intensity
along with classic hints of earth (sous bois), creating a rustic and brooding style
that has a lot of structure in its youth.
A very classic and traditional representation of this famed vineyard site,
although this one will need some time to show at its best.
(More Value minded, relatively speaking, of course.)
Cote de Nuits Villages 2016, Domaine Gachot Monot, $41
Kermit Lynch Import
Damien Gachot sources grapes from the village of Corgoloin in the southern end of the Côtes de Nuits
presenting a wine with the velvety character of the Côtes de Beaune while maintaining the structure
and finesse of the Côtes de Nuits. Soft fruit. Exotic spice. The genius of the winemaker is found
in his ability to balance traditional philosophies in the vineyards and respect of terroir
with more contemporary methodologies in the cellar. His style gracefully manages to achieve approachability
without sacrificing authenticity, typicity, or age-ability. sustainable farmed. Hand picked. 18 months in barrel.
And, either bottle, together with the story,
would make a great Father's Day gift!
First: The Bad News!
Shop Favorite Paitin Serra Barbera is out with the importer.
But: The Good News is that this is a good time
to move on up to another shop favorite
the Paitin Campolive Barbera D'Alba Superiore, $25
In the steepest, sandier and warmer part of Serraboella, one century ago there was olive trees,
now only the name survived along the generations and some old roots can recall that moment.
In this area the Barbera has a unique expression for roundness, deepness and aging ability.
Lavender, mint, plum, violet and dark spice add considerable nuance throughout.
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News Release: Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019