Popular in London and throughout Europe, big British retailer, Uvinum, reports Elpenor is sold out! Might be because Harris Imports brought a shipment to Asheville! Shop Elpenor @MetroWines.
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Grapes from vines grown strong in an heavily mineral based "terroir" benefited by abundant sunlight and a mild climate. Aged in French Oak Barrels, this is an elegant wine with great complexity. Purple-colored wine with rosemary and violet aromas combined with a hint of toast and coffee. The “in mouth” sensation reveals a full-bodied and concentrated structure.
Valle dell'Acate Winemaker and Friend of the Shop, Gaetana Jacono Gola, is serving as Ambassador for WE-Women for Expo Milano 2015. This program developed in conjunction with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Italy is all about sustainability. What they say:
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Fiddlehead Hunnysuckle Sauvignon Blanc 2009 -92 IWC
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Smoked Bison Tartar, Crushed Peas, Tarragon,
S.C. Sea Salt, Blood Orange
Fiddlehead Pink Fiddle Rose of Pinot Noir 2014 -90 IWC
Ramps, Artichoke, Fiddle Head Ferns
Celery Root Gnocchi, Apple-Pinot Puree
Fiddlehead Cellars 728 Pinot Noir 2010 -92 IWC
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Strawberry-Honey Soup, Strawberry Whip, Micro Basil
Fiddlehead Cellars Sweetie 2012 *375ml*
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Customer Endorsement! "I once represented these wines through the importer, Danny Kravitz of Hand Picked Selections. The wines are great, some of the very best of southern Rhone."
Lovely wine in a lovely bottle. The whole package speaks of tradition, style and friendship. Crafted by highly regarded Laurence Feraud, owner of and winemaker for Chateau du Pegau, the wine is "bone dry." The Feraud Family, a time honored and well known name in Chateauneuf du Pape, has been planting grapes since the middle of the 17th century in the Southern Rhone Valley.
Winemaker's Notes: A delicious new rosé from Laurence Féraud of Domaine du Pegau, Pink Pegau was crafted at Château Pegau, a newly purchased estate of more than 100 acres located less than 4 miles from Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Pale pink/salmon in color, with peach, floral and red fruit aromas. Bone dry, with a crisp, mouth-watering acidity leading to a long, spicy, mineral finish.
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About Hand Picked Selections
“Good wine is a necessity of life for me.” The quote is from Thomas Jefferson. Of course the statement isn’t literally true. Mr. Jefferson would not have perished from lack of wine, although his pleasure in life would have been greatly diminished. Wine was something of an obsession for him and his failure (due to phylloxera) to successfully grow fine wine in Virginia was one of the few disappointments in one of the happiest and most successful of lives.
Jefferson was an aristocrat to his fingertips. His leisurely trips to Europe included stops at and purchases of Châteaux Lafite, Haut-Brion and d’Yquem as well as Romanée Conti. While I would love to emulate his purchases and drinking habits, like 99.9% of us I can’t afford those beverages on an everyday basis.
The goal of Hand Picked Selections is to provide consumers with moderately priced wines of flavor and character. I am convinced that America will be a better and happier place as we begin to incorporate wine into our daily lives. Those wines will rarely be Lafite or Romanée-Conti. They won’t be Napa Valley Cabernets, Tête de Cuvée Champagnes, super-Tuscans or garage Saint-Emilions. They can be mass-produced wines from multinational drinks corporations – these are far better than nothing. One of the greatest advances in the history of wine has been the adaptation of modern technology. Most of the world’s vineyards can now produce consistently clean and pleasant wines. Good as these wines are, there is no reason why we shouldn’t choose to drink, at comparable prices, wines of individuality and character. These are wines from vineyards cultivated by independent growers, harvested, fermented, aged and bottled on their own property, wines that give you a sense of the place where they were grown. It is those wines that Hand Picked Selections chooses to sell.
There is a different quote from a Founding Father that for me best expresses what wine can bring to us:
“Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.” — BEN FRANKLIN
What a perfect description. And what a great prescription for an improved quality of life in our beloved but increasingly harried and economically challenged America.
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“Kravitz still has a knack for finding good wines at great prices” – Robert Parker, Parker on Wine, BusinessWeek
Marisa Cuomo Winery, Amalfi Coast. The winemaker is Marisa Cuomo and she has received widespread accolades for her winemakeing style and 90 points and higher for her wines. Furore comes to MetroWines by customer request. A blend including 50% Aglianico, a varietal that you have liked, and an unusual varietal that will probably be new, and well worth it, to you. This wine, from vines grown on stone walled terraces, truly brings the cool breezes of the Mediterranean to you. The grapes are flavorful and intense and, made wine, offer cherries, licorice and spice. From the winery:
The grapes that grow here, clinging to the rocks of Furore, are exposed to the magical action of the sun and sea of the Amalfi Coast. The charm of the geometry of the estate’s vineyards is joined by the beautiful wine cellar dug into the rock.
Since 1980, the year in which the winegrowing estate was established, Cantine Marisa Cuomo has belonged to Andrea Ferraioli and Marisa Cuomo, and it occupies an area of 10 hectares.
The selection of noble grapes, the search for the right degree of freshness and humidity, combined with the passage of time, old secrets handed down by the local winemakers and the advanced technology used by today’s wine technicians give life to wines of the finest quality, appreciated the world over.
Andrea Ferraioli and Marisa Cuomo, with oenologist Luigi Moio and the estate’s winegrowers, decide to focus on quality to stand out from the crowd in the Italian oenology sector, with wines with a taste that is just as unique and extraordinary as the Furore coast.
Cantine Marisa Cuomo produces about 50,000 bottles a year, of which 60% are white wine. The vines are the classics of the area Doc Furore: Falanghina grapes and Biancolella form the Furore Bianco, while a composition of order 'and Palummo Aglianico and gives life to the Red Fury.
Two of the most important labels for Cantine Marisa Cuomo, wines that boast a rich medal, are linked by a reduced yield per hectare and a late harvest. The Furore Rosso Riserva ages 12 months in new French oak barrels that give the wine a unique taste soft and well balanced. The Fiorduva, a category of white wines Extremes, is made from grapes Fenile, Ginestra and Ripoli vinified with a soft pressing and fermented at a temperature of 12 ° C for about three months.
Ravello White and Red are born from the same grapes of Furore, while modeled the vinification technique of its Fiorduva and Furore Rosso Riserva. More precisely, the Ravello Red rests in new French oak barrels and Ravello Bianco ferments at 18˚C for about a month in stainless steel tanks.
Amalfi Coast Red, White and Rosé wines are coming from grapes of the area Doc Cetara and Raito and are linked by a high yield per hectare.
Vinification technique: The hand-picked grapes are brought into the cellar whole and, after being destemmed and crushed they undergo fermentation with maceration for 12 days, followed by malo-lactic fermentation and development in French oak barriques in their second year of use. Maturing technique and duration prior to bottling: 6 months in French oak barriques in their second year of use. Organoleptic characteristics: Red with ruby hues, characteristic aroma of ripe cherries and liquorice. Smooth flavour characterised by a pleasant base of spicy notes.
Lawyer and Winemaker, Julia Kemper offershighly regarded wines from Portugal. Of her demanding dual career, Kemper says: “a walk through my vineyards when the sun is shining compensates for the efforts it takes to simultaneously run a farm and a law office.”
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Founded in 1989, Domaine du Joncier is located in Southern Rhone, Lirac. A hand harvested blend of 80% Mourvedre and 20% Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Carignon, the wine is aged 18 months underground. Made with natural yeasts, Joncier is organic and biodynamic. You might be thinking you are not so sure about a bottle of mostly Mourvedre. You are right to be concerned. The varietal, like Cabernet Franc, can be a tough customer if not handled skillfully. But if you want to know what a well tamed and groomed Mourvedre can be, this Kermit Lynch Import is case in point.
DOMAINE DU JONCIER
The feisty, vivacious Marine Roussel took her time finding her place in the family domaine. Her father, Pierre, was an agronomist and started Domaine du Joncier in 1964. However, as a young graphic artist, Marine was seeking adventure beyond her small, sleepy town in the Southern Rhône. After living in both Marseille and Paris, Marine eventually felt a strong pull to return home. She joined the domaine in 1989, and has since taken on her new vocation with the zeal that only a true artist could possess. Marine aims to achieve balance, purity, and minerality in her wines—a noble, if not challenging, goal given the sunbaked terroirs she farms. On the right bank of the Southern Rhône, Lirac shares many similarities to both neighboring crus Tavel and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Her terraced vineyards of alluvial soil and galets roulés mirror Châteauneuf’s terraces right across the river. Maximum sun exposure and ripeness like that of Tavel must be tempered, and that is where both nature and Marine’s artistry comes into play.
Her terraces benefit from the persistent mistral, whose regular gusts purify the vines of parasites and mildew throughout the entire year. The galets roulés in the soil provide good drainage and insulation, preventing the roots from getting too hot or too cold at any given time. In addition, Marine achieved organic certification in her vineyards in 2000 and biodynamic certification in 2011. Her soils are alive with microbiotic activity, lending a hand in both the long-term sustainability of her land and in the mineral expression of her wines. Since the vines naturally achieve such low yields, Marine seeks a gentle tannin extraction, too, an important step that provides balance to the final blends. She makes two impressive Lirac Rouges, the first a classic blend with a majority percentage of Grenache, and Cuvée Les Muses, an inky blend made predominately with Mourvèdre.
"Warm aromas of ripe plum, cola, tobacco and cayenne frame the floral notes of violet and dried rose petal in the nose. The plush and silky mouth shows spicy black cherry and sweet almond while the juicy acidity and soft tannins make this wine dangerously approachable." WINEMAKER LUISA PONZI
Our wine for the everyday table is made entirely from Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, aged in French oak barrels and blended for a delicious early release. Generally a blend of up to 10 vineyards, this wine presents an extremely perfumed nose of spice and fruit, the mouth full and fruit-driven leading to a long finish with soft tannins.
VINTAGE 2012: On the heels of the late and cool 2010 and 2011 vintage, 2012 was a welcome sight. Although the season started with wet and long spring weather, the summer brought dry and warm conditions. From July through midOctober there were only trace amounts of precipitation. Days were warm, but nights stayed cool giving us beautiful ripeness and sugar, while maintaining bright acidity. Crops were low, due to the wet spring, increasing the intensity of fl avor. 2012 is being hailed as an “epic” vintage in Oregon wine history and the wines are proving that to be true. VINEYARDS: The 2012 Tavola Pinot Noir is produced from LIVE Certifi ed Sustainable Ponzi Aurora, Avellana and Madrona Vineyards, as well as sustainably-grown vineyards in the Dundee Hills, Yamhill-Carlton and Eola Hills AVAs.
FERMENTATION: All fruit is sorted then destemmed to 1.5–3 ton fermenters. An extended cold soak increases color and aroma. Fermented by native yeasts, the peak temperatures reach 90°F. The fermenters were aerated or punched down twice a day, then lightly pressed just before dryness to ensure a softer, fruit forward style. The wine was aged in French oak for 11 months (20% new). A barrel selection is made for Tavola, then racked and bottled by gravity without fi ning or fi ltration. This wine has been bottle aged for seven months before release. Alcohol is 13.4%.
Gabriela García is young and is taking over the grape ceiling. Metro Wines has had the pleasure in meeting this determined and hardworking wine maker this past summer. Gabriela Garcia is the Co-Owner of Lamadrid Winery. A winery that is producing some exquisite wines at great prices.
Gabriela is the second daughter of Guillermo Garcia Lamadrid, owner of Lamadrid Estate Wines. She was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She recently graduated from NYU’s business school, but her biggest accomplishment is joining her father’s venture into the world of wine and becoming partner at Lamadrd. She took the intensive Sommelier Training at the International Culinary Center in New York, and passed her Certified exams in January. Gabriela is committed to working alongside her father to continue to develop the Lamadrid brand and aid in its expansion throughout the U.S. and other countries. She is also taking initiative on new projects in the Mendoza Winery.
The Garcia family bought three Agrelo, Argentina vineyards (one aged over 80 years old) and renovated a traditional winery to which they added state-of-the-art technology, resulting in the creation and founding of Lamadrid winery in 2005. According the Robert Parker, Lamadrid is a “great value winery” and in producing some of Argentina’s very top wines, such as their Malbec Gran Reserva.
Each wine comes from one the Agrelo single vineyards and only indigenous yeasts are used. There is no fining or filtration in the process. Lamadrid combines a unique mix of traditional and cutting-edge winemaking.
Elisabetta Fagiuoli knows wine, it’s in her blood. She has been breaking the grape ceiling since 1971. Elisabetta grew up with a family who had cultivated vines and olive trees in Custozza, Italy since the 1700’s. Her love for the land and for vines is thanks to her childhood of wandering the vineyards of Valpolicella.
Elisabetta and her husband Sergio live in their vineyard, Montenidolli, right outside of Tuscany. The wine estate is set in the high hills overlooking the city of San Gimignano. Following her family traditions, the winery respects the land. They cultivate the land with exclusive organic methods. Sulfur and copper are the only substances used to fight parasites, and only if absolutely necessary. Elisabetta and her husband believe sunlight and clean air is the best medicine to make vines healthy, strong, and resistant to disease and bad weather.
Elisabetta’s winery Montenidolli creates wines that are not similar to others and her true traditional attitudes and natural vinification methods used by Elisabetta is highly admirable. Montenidolli vineyards has many indigenous varietals: Vernaccia, san Gimignano’s white grape, Sangiovese, Canaiolo, and Trebbiano.
In an interview by Luigi Veronelli, a wine expert in the field of Italian wines, he described Elisabetta as a unique individual. She is a living metaphor of her land. She shares with you her vision of the world, and impresses you with the same quiet strength of her cultural winemaking. She knows how to be firm and tough to create the best wine of Tuscany. She is not afraid to go against the stream and stand alone, and does so with grace and elegance.
Elisabetta carries the Montenidolli winery torch forward wit the same elegant touch that she has always possessed as a winemaker. Her wines portray her finesse, knowledge, and grace.
We @MetroWines are delighted to be able to offer this highly rated wine, Lea, on our shelf under the internet price. This is an opportunity to cellar a case of this remarkable Pinot Noir and taste through the next 5 to 7 years. Quite Burgundian in style, this Pinot Noir from the Buona Terra Vineyard has a persuasive floral nose, bright acidity and balanced fruit on the palate. Foggy mornings and cooler temepratures make Santa Rita an ideal climate for the varietal. Winery owner, Jennifer Lea Tensley, is also the Winemaker.
The Critic says: "Starting off the Pinot Noirs, the 2013 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills is an outstanding effort that offers juicy black cherries, spice, earth and ground herbs in its sweetly fruited, rounded and supple style. There’s good concentration here, and it opens up nicely in the glass. Already delicious, it will thrill over the coming 5-7 years. Made by Jennifer Lea Tensley, these are first-rate Pinot Noirs (and a Chardonnay) that have singular, individual characters. They don’t skimp on fruit or texture, yet they also have plenty of earthy, savory characteristics to go with that core of sweet fruit that California provides. In addition, they represent superb values!" 91 Points, Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
The Winery says: This is this first vineyard-designated Pinot Noir we have produced from the Buona Terra Vineyard and we are very excited with the results. This section of Buona Terra, like our sections at the Turner and Moormann vineyards, is planted entirely to the renowned Pommard clone. It should be a fascinating vintage to compare these three wines which are the same clone and made exactly alike. Their only difference is their terroir. The Buona Terra is brimming with flavors of pomegranate, wild berry and and raspberry with a silky, rounded mouthfeel and chewy tannins. Buona Terra is in quite a cool location lending the wine hints of spice and black and white pepper. Drink now or age this wine for 5 to 7 years.
Prince of Pinot Blog offers a good article on this wine, the varietal and the Santa Rita Hills HERE.
About WineMaker Jennifer Lea Tensley:
Lea Wines. Jennifer Tensley, Owner and Winemaker
Jennifer Lea Tensley’s brand, Lea Wines, is focused on vineyard-designated Rosés and Pinot Noirs from Santa Barbara County.
Jennifer’s road to winemaking was not a direct one though her interest in wine started early. When she was twelve years old, her mother, a wine importer at the time, decided to move them to Paris for a year. It was an incredible learning experience that immersed Jennifer in French culture and the culture of winemaking. She met winemakers, toured wineries throughout France, and, like her French friends, began tasting the wines served with evening meals.
While Jennifer went on to pursue a career in broadcast journalism then a career as a TV and film writer in Los Angeles, her love of food and wine remained an important part of her life. She continued to make regular visits to France and, of course, to her home town of New Orleans which had also fostered her love of great cuisine paired with great wine.
In 2001 Jennifer moved to Santa Barbara County’s wine country, feeling that it would be a perfect opportunity to combine her two passions – wine and writing. The beautiful and peaceful countryside provided an idyllic creative setting and gave her an opportunity to start working with local wineries.
In 2002 she met up-and-coming winemaker Joey Tensley. The connection was immediate and by 2003 they were married and had a son, Oliver. Tensley Wines was and remains a relatively small, hands-on operation, and Jennifer spent a great deal of time working side by side with her husband. By 2005 she felt ready to launch her own brand.
Jennifer started Lea Wines with two vineyard-designated Rosés, a vineyard-designated Pinot Noir, and a Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir blend. True to the Tensley tradition, there is a simple philosophy behind her winemaking - get out of the way and let the vineyard speak for itself.
P.O. Box 874
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
Tensley Tasting Room:
2900 Grand Avenue Suite B
Los Olivos, CA 93441.
We are open Thursday through Monday, 11:00am to 5:00pm.
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Jancis Robinson, wine adviser to the Queen of England, has influenced world wine opinion for four decades. Jancis tastes about 10,000 wines each year. To keep herself in top tasting shape, she takes Milk Thistle, a plant extract known to help your liver process toxins. All about Jancis from her website:
Jancis Robinson - the long version
Women are winemakers. Women are wine critics. Meet Lettie Teague, Wine Critic for The Wall street Journal.
Lettie Teague is a staff writer and wine columnist at The Wall Street Journal. She was formerly the wine columnist of Food & Wine (“Wine Matters”) for ten years and its wine editor for twelve years. She is the author ofEducating Peter (Scribner’s) and the co-author of Fear of Wine (Bantam). She has won three James Beard Awards, including the MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award, and her work can be found in the 2009 Best Food Writing Guide (DaCapo Press). She loves most wines of the world except Pinotage. She has never had a good Pinotage.
Wine Journalist, Author, Columnist
In addition to the women winemakers already featured on this blog, we have access to the wines from these 31 women winemakers. Interested? To celebrate and raise awarness for women winemakers, Metro Wines offers 20% off on a pre-paid case. Call for pricing! 828-575-9525.
Cocobon Winery – Georgetta Dane
Colgin – Allison Tauziet
Domaine Carneros – Eilleen Crane
Garnet Vineyard – Alison Crowe
La Crema – Elizabeth Grant-Douglas
Jos Phelps – Ashley Hepworth
Garry Farrell – Theresa Heredia
Shannon Ridge – Joy Merrilees
Heron Wines – Laely Heron
Sequoia Grove – Molly Hill
Beringer Vineyards Laurie Hook
Cakebread Cellars – Julianne Laks
St. Francis Winery – Katie Rose Madigan
Mercier – Andrea Swanton Mercier
Meridean – Lee Miyamura
Matanzas Creek – Marcia Monahan
Franciscan Estate – Janet Myers
Mount Veeder – Janet Myers
Boisset Family – Stephanie Putnam
Raymond Vineyards – Stephanie Putnam
Cambria Estate – Denise Shurlleff
Black Stallion –n Elaine St. Clair
Beaulieu Vineyards – Domenica Totty
Chateau St. Jean – Margo Van Staaveren
Chimney Rock Winery – Elizabeth Vianna
Arrowood Vineyard – Heidi Von Der Mehden
Handcraft – Alica Ysais
Domaine Galevan – Cote du Rhone and CDP – Coralie Goumarre – Organic
Don and Son’s = Crusher Viognier – Crusher Chardonnay – Gloria Mercado Martin
Wall Street Journal reports that the trend is to invest in companies lead by women. Studies show these companies are preforming better than companies dominated by male leadership. Women vintners are working it too! Invest in women vintners when you purchase wine. Let us put together a collection of wine by women vintners for your table, an event or start a cellar for you. We can even have one of our women staffers @MetroWines choose the selection.
Call us at 828-575-9525. WSJ story here:
Daniela Dellio brings us this bottle of dry white wine from Italy. This is a strident wine. Pear and apple on the nose and palate and a medium acidity that sparks. Organic practices are followed on the farm. And this is a farm in the truest sense of the word, cows, etc. Love of love in that bottle! If you like Picpoul, this is a good choice for you. A little pricey but worth it.
From Fringe Wine: Today's post is hardest kind of post to write. I've this really cool, rare grape to write about and my research keeps coming up with nothing. Sure, there's a sentence here or there about Petite Arvine, but there isn't all that much of substance. Sometimes I get lucky with these things and find out that there's some kind of controversy or interesting mystery about a grape, but with Petite Arvine, there just doesn't seem to be anything like that. I could, of course, just ignore the grape and move on, but I bought two bottles of this stuff and am going to find some way to make use of them. So, without further ado, here's what I was able to find about Petite Arvine.
Petite Arvine's origins are mysterious, but unfortunately that's all they are. The grape is thought to be native to Switzerland and one source claims that it has been grown in the Valais regions of Switzerland since 1602, while anothersource dates it to 1878. The 1878 date is important, as it is when the International Ampelographic Society met in Geneva and decided that Petite Arvine was a unique grape not found anywhere else in the Valais or in the world. It is this article that people point to when trying to establish a Swiss origin for the grape, but without knowing exactly how thorough their search was, it's hard to say how credible their statement is. The grape is also known today in the Valle d'Aosta of Italy and some source say that the grape is actually named for the Arve valley around Savoy where the grape is thought to have entered the Valais region, possibly from the Valle d'Aosta. In either case, the grape almost certainly has Alpine origins and today is found virtually nowhere other than the Valais and the Valle d'Aosta.
The grape's parentage is a mystery as well. Petite Arvine was thought to be closely related toAmigne for some time, but recent DNA testing has shown that they may not be that closely related after all. It does seem to be distantly related to Prié Blanc, Premetta and possibly Chasselas. The grape is commonly known as Arvine these days, though the Petite Arvine name was necessary for many years to differentiate it from another grape known as Grosse Arvine (or sometimes Arvine Grande) which has larger berries and which makes wine of a much lower quality. Today, Grosse Arvine is practically extinct (it does not exist in cultivation but only in grape collections) so the distinction isn't as important. The two grapes are related, but not as closely as their names might have you believe. Confusingly, both Arvine and Arvine Grande are synonyms for Silvaner, which is not related to either Petite Arvine or Grosse Arvine.