Blood Bank Greyhounds in Rescue

 

UPDATE ON GREYHOUND BLOOD BANK BATTLE:

Greyhounds OUT and in rescue!

On the job for you!

    Your Shop Dogs, Cate and Bandit

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Lambrusco Emilia for Thanksgiving

 

Lambrusco Emilia
Perfect for Thanksgiving, Pie and Cake anytime 
and, oh yeah, Ferraris!
"In Montelocco you can feel the Montelocco perceptible fragrance of herbs and juicy black cherries. Fresh, semi dry flavor with light tannic sensations, it’s a wine for the entire meal, particularly recommended with rich first courses, as meat-filled ravioli." 
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Le Volte Tuscan RED

 

"A Bottle to Drink With It"
from Tuscany

Winemaker's Notes
“2015 was one those years that every winemaker dreams of having at least once in his career. The balanced season with a warm and sunny summer, but with a cool, dry weather during the harvest produced wines that perfectly denote the seasonal trend. Rarely do we find a perfect balance between the various components of the wine, from the deep ruby color, to the crisp and fresh fruity hints with an ideally meaty texture, supported by silky, smooth tannins, devoid of any harsh edge.”

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Hedges Mountain RED

 

Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain
This and all Hedges Wines, including CMS, are "Wines with a Heart"
    Check out the charities that Hedges has supported that range from
Boys and Girls Club to Seattle Police Foundation to Juvenile Diabetes Research:
   About Red Mountain: Flagship wine of the estate, the HFE Red Mountain consistently displays dense color, firm tannins, and well-defined acidity. Always a majority blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this wine is suitable for drinking upon release, but will reward those with the patience to age it. This wine represents all vineyard blocks farmed within the Hedges Family Estate vineyard portfolio. A true chateau-production bottling, the HFE Red Mountain is the epitome of classic style, and one that represents the Terroir of the Red Mountain AVA in a pure and elegant 
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Patty Green Gone at 62

From the winery:

With great sadness, we would like to inform you that Patricia Green has passed away unexpectedly at the age of 62. She was at her home in Roseburg, Oregon when she was found. There is no way to convey this message without the heartache and loss that we feel here at the winery.

Note from Jim Anderson (Owner-Winemaker):

I had the special privilege of having known, worked and partnered with Patty for over 20 years. I met Patty in 1995 and over the course of the preceding 22+ years we went from strangers working together to co-conspirators in making something out of a new Oregon winery to partners in a vineyard and winery venture that surpasses anything we ever expected to do. We had ups and downs like anybody does in any sort of relationship but we used to joke that other than the weird people whose marriages somehow survived owning a winery together that we were the longest standing winemaking duo in Oregon. There's something to both the factual information about that and the joking sentiment behind it  that contribute to the special nature of our relationship.

Patty was a mighty force and an old soul crammed into a small little body. She had done so many interesting and crazy things in her life way before she started making wine that it was hilarious how far down the list the life of a winemaker was in her amazing life. Her approach to winemaking was pure. She had no motivations to be famous or acknowledged or even particularly that well paid. She had a belief in what parts of the earth could bear and what she could do to guide that fruit along a path of turning from one pristine to state to another.  Because of her desire to be extremely low-profile and the nature of the winery itself she likely did not get the accolades for her work in the Oregon wine business. Nonetheless I know that the loss I feel will also be a loss to the more delicate soul of all the things that make winemaking and vineyard tending special in Oregon.

Obviously at this time we are simply attempting to inform people and figure out how we will all go about grieving. There is still very little information available, even to us, and we appreciate that for the time being folks allow us to attempt to figure out where things stand and what will be done to ensure that everyone can have an opportunity, if they wish, to share in saying goodbye and celebrating the life of a unique, special and wonderful individual.

We understand and appreciate that people may want to reach out. Memorial services details are in progress.

Patricia Green Cellars Team

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The entire winery is dedicated fully and solely to displaying the nature of Pinot Noir that is derived from where it is grown. In each vineyard a unique combination of geology, topography, elevation, aspect to the sun, degree of slope, type of water, age of vine, clonal material, flora and fauna that come together to make up the concept that is referred to as terroir.  All our vineyards are either organically or sustainably farmed  to produce textures, aromatics and flavors that are specific to the site from which they are born.  Our goal is to work with unique vineyards that have wide ranging natures so that we can showcase a broad range of Oregon Pinot Noir capabilities. 

Patricia Green Cellars is located in the Ribbon Ridge Appellation of the Willamette Valley on a 52 acre estate purchased in 2000 by Patty Green and Jim Anderson. The winery, and thus the two friends and business partners, are noted for producing a tremendously broad selection of Pinot Noirs from several vineyards representing some of the better sites in the Willamette Valley with a particular emphasis over the years on Ribbon Ridge, Dundee Hills and the Chehalem Mountains appellations. Patricia Green cellars focus is to produce Pinot Noirs that show the distinct characteristics of the sites and vintage within the context of the wines. 

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Klein Constantia Has a HEART

"As a WWF Conservation Champion our vision is aligned with that of the World Wildlife Fund as we aim to unite conservation and agricultural development in a complementary, mutually beneficial manner. We continually strive to produce wines in more environmentally responsible and biodynamic ways."

Shop Klein Constantia Red Blend for Thanksgiving @MetroWines!

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More About Wines with a Heart

Serve Wines at Thanksgiving that Give Back

By Gina Trippi for The Laurel of Asheville

Online HERE.

Every year at this time, we see countless articles about what wines are best to serve at thanksgiving. But Eric Asimov, Wine Critic for The New York Times, says is difficult to make a bad wine decision for the thanksgiving table.

 

“Whichever wines you serve, they will be well received,” says Asimov. “Nobody comes to Thanksgiving for the wine. They come for the people.”  Asimov believes you can’t go wrong.

So let’s go right! Serve wines from wineries that not only make great wines that pair well with a traditional Thanksgiving menu, but that show their gratitude by donating proceeds to worthy causes.

Indaba, a South African winery, makes food friendly wines that present character and structure well beyond their very affordable price. Drawn from some of the world’s oldest soil, Indaba wines are made by family farmers. “These are real wines made by real people,” Indaba says.

But serving Indaba is more than just supporting small family businesses, it’s about participating in the future of South African children. Cape Classics, the importer for Indaba, has established The Indaba Education Fund (IEF) to improve a child’s capacity to develop through Montessori training. Offered in the child’s earliest years, Cape Classics believes this educational opportunity will greatly improve the child’s chances for a successful adulthood, enhancing family life, elevating societies and building a better future for South Africa. Toward this goal, Indaba donates $.50 of every case of Indaba sold world wide to IEF.

Joseph Carr named his winery after his father, Josh, who both served in the military and as a volunteer firefighter. Carr continues to honor his father’s commitment to community and public service through charity. Last year, Josh Cellars donated one dollar from each bottle of wine sold up to $50,000 to Operation Homefront for military families. (Learn More about Operation Homefront HERE) Operation Homefront has helped more than 590,000 families with basic necessities such as food, infant supplies, rent and utility payments.

A former bike racer, John Grochau, donates $.40 of every bottle of his GC Commuter wine, an extraordinary Pinot Noir, sold to the Brett Jarolimek Memorial Fund. Named in honor of Brett Jarolimek, a cyclist killed in a collision with a truck in Portland, Oregon, the fund supports bicycle safety and strategic partnerships to enhance motorist and cyclists awareness and education and bicycle safety infrastructure projects.

Rickshaw Wines are dedicated to two ideas: that California wine should be available at reasonable prices and that people should do what they can to help each other. To achieve the first goal, Rickshaw scours California for the best grapes. To achieve the second goal, Rickshaw donates 5% of the gross profit from each bottle to food-related charities in the states where the wine is sold.

And then there’s Smith Story. Following old world techniques, these wines are made with respect for the grape growers and the land. Their red blend, named for their beloved goldendoodle, Lord Sandwich, is not only perfect for Thanksgiving but serves a mission. Smith Story has established a non-profit organization, SocksforSandwich.org, which collects and distributes socks to those in need including North Sonoma City Services, Center for Domestic Peace and fire and flood victims around the country.

This Thanksgiving, support wineries that support community.

 

 

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"Midnight in Morocco" UPDATE

New Year's Eve
"Midnight in Morocco"

Because When It's 7pm here,
it's Midnight in Casablanca!

This year, we partner with Rose's Garden Shop
at 211 Charlotte Street to being you our version of
Rick's Cafe and Moroccan BAZAAR
in Casablanca with Fireworks from Marrakech!
on December 31st from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

https://www.metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/midnight-in-morocco

Expect Sam to "play it again."

Get Started Now. NYT on Morocco: 
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/08/travel/08Fez.html

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"Zinposium" UPDATE

ZINPOSIUM
Friday, November 17th from 5-6:30
with Kevin Hicks

This wine? 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast

   
   Set in ground in the 1800s, the vines in this bottle represent one of the original Zinfandel plantings in Amador County. A 20 acre shallow and rocky lot consisting of 131 year old vines that continue to grow deeper into the soil and vigorously pull nutrients from multiple soil layers, producing larger qualities of highly concentrated fruit. Aged 16 months in premium French and American oak barrels, this balanced and powerful wine has aromas of clove (read: Thanksgiving!), allspice, cracked white pepper, layers of ripe blackberry, plum, cinnamon, briary tannins and baked spice.

History of Terra d'Oro Wines:

• Amador county was first planted in 1856 by Italian pioneers during California’s Gold Rush. They saw a boom in wineries over the next few decades, first to satisfy the thirst of miners and later to make a living after the mines ran dry.

• Located in Shenandoah Valley in the Sierra Foothills, Terra d’ Oro was the first post-Prohibition winery

to open in Amador County.

• Italian for “Land of Gold,” Terra d’ Oro was founded by Cary Gott in 1973 and purchased by the Trinchero family in 1988.

• Committed to honoring the heritage of Amador County with robust Zinfandels, Barberas, and traditional Italian varietals.

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"A Bottle of German Wine to Drink"

"a bottle of German wine to drink"

Von Winnings Riesling 2015

90 points Vinous

"On the nose, pure, Normandy-cider-like apple and pear are tinged with cardamom as well as maritime salinity and alkalinity, and that combination then informs a polished, succulent, subtly creamy palate and buoyant, mouthwatering, spice- and mineral-tinged finish."

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Chateau Masur

Musar Jeune Red


Musar Jeune Red is an unoaked blend of Cinsault, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon from youthful Bekaa Valley vines.
Meant for current consumption, within a few years of harvest, this deeply-coloured, vividly fruity style, may yet prove to be a ‘keeper’.
Inky-dark, silky-textured and aromatic, with blackcurrant, raspberry and cherry jam flavours and a warm, spicy finish, likened to a fine Roussillon red. 

Musar Jeune Red is fermented in cement-lined vats, unfiltered and unfined. 

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Signorello

Lettie Teague, Wall Street Journal,
asked "What Can We Do to Help Wine Country"

Gone out of front page news, the disaster is ever present
for the residents and businesses who are living it.

Ray Signorello, whose winery was burned to the ground said:
"Napa Valley will get back to business. Supporting our wines
in the international and national markets will help us.

We are proud and grateful to have bottles of Signorello Wines
signed by Ray Signorello when he was @MetroWines in October 2016
Supporting Signorello and Napa Valley wines @MetroWines.

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What The Professionals Drink at The Holidays

"What the Professionals Drink at The Holidays"
by John Kerr, Education Director, Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines
for Capital at Play
http://www.capitalatplay.com/wine-column-professionals-drink-holidays/
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"Spain for The Holidays" UPDATE

"Spain for The Holidays"
Thursday, November 16th starting 5:30
@ and ONLY @MetroWines!

*** 3 SEATS LEFT. RESERVE NOW ***

Tapas Will Accompany 5 Wines
Presented by Laurence Vuelta

https://www.metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/spain-for-the-holidays

Give an Early Holiday Gift or Gift Yourself.

Because if you have not been to a wine tasting
with Laurence Vuelta,
YOU HAVE NOT BEEN TO A  WINE TASTING.

That's Just  Fact.

 

Laurence Vuelta will greet you
with a glass of Cuvee Barcelona
at our "Spain for the Holidays" @MetroWines!

"A cava with rich aromatic nuances, creaminess and intense expression.
And draped in a bottle inspired by our own history,
typical modernist stained glass windows."

Tickets: https://www.metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/
blog/entry/spain-for-the-holidays
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Midnight in Morocco

 

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News Release: Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

About: Midnight in Morocco
 
Please join us on December 31st to spend New Year's Eve at our version of Rick's Cafe and Moroccan BAZAAR in Casablanca from 6:30 to 7:30 @MetroWines with fireworks from Marrakech! "Because when it's Midnight here, it's Midnight in Morocco."
 
This year, MetroWines partners with Rose's Garden Shop at 211 Charlotte Street to make it sultry, exciting and real!
 
Expect Sparkling Wine, French Reds, Moroccan inspired foods, customary cheeses, LIVE music and fireworks. And expect Sam to "play it again!"
 
$25 for the experience. 
Tickets by calling (828) 575-9525 or online here: 
 
This event will sell out. Reserve your seat now.
 
About Rick's Cafe in Casablanca: http://www.rickscafe.ma/

Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Ventoux, Traverses, Paul Jaboulet

Vacation Rental Emergency Kit RED
80% Grenache, 20% Syrah. 
    ‘Les Traverses’ are the dry stone walls which were built to support and protect the slopes in Ventoux from the significant erosion caused by the strong Mistral winds. 40+ year old vines on averag. From the foothills of the Mont Ventoux – clay and limestone soils with south/southwest exposure. Aged in 20% large older barrel and 80% in stainless tanks. Blood orange, raspberry, fresh pepper and wild herbs emerge from this delicious Ventoux Rouge. 
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Hecht&Bannier WHITE Blend Languedoc 2016

Vacation Rental Emergency Kit Versatile White

Hecht & Bannier Languedoc 2016
50% Picpoul, 25% Roussanne, 25% Grenache Blanc

The Picpoul Blanc brings this crunchy and vivid character, which,
blended with the Roussanne citrus fruits and white flowers notes,
complete perfectly the aromatic pallet and give us a medium weight palate.
Perfect for aperitif between friends, our Languedoc Blanc
will accompany tapas, fresh fish and shellfish. 

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Fiction RED Blend from Field Recordings

From Field Recordings in Paso Robles. 
"Local Knowledge. Traditional Techniques."
48% Zinfandel, 15% Syrah, 14% Mourvedre, 8% Graciano,
8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Touriga Nacional, 3% Carignan

Winemaker Andrew Jones has a keen eye for diamonds in the rough:
sites that are unknown or under-appreciated but hold enormous untapped potential. He strives for unique wines loaded with personality and a one-of-a-kind experience. 

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Toscana Rosso, Podere Castellinuzza

MetroWines Bottle for Dinner, 12%alc.
A blend of 90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo and 5% Malvasia Blanca,

  The Winery Says: Castellinuzza Chianti follows the local contadino (farmer) practice of vinifying Sangiovese di Lamole with a bit of Canaiolo, and, more importantly, the white Malvasia Bianca. This humble farmer wisdom produced a "MetroWines Bottle for Dinner "at 12% alcohol. Its graphite and tart fruit are just the pairing for a juicy steak. An equally satisfying pairing would be a bowl of the prized Tuscan Zolfini beans, simmered traditionally in a glass flask with garlic and sage. If you’ve never had the silky-skinned Zolfini fagioli, search them out. Toasted bruschetta all’olio toscano is a good side for dipping.
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Hugel Dry White, Alsace

DRY WHITE WINE GOES ALONE or WITH FOOD
12 generations of wine growing tradition since 1639. 
Alsace is the driest wine region in France producing unique dry wines
with great finesse and intensity. 
A blend of Noble grapes allies the suave, spicy flavour of Gewurztraminer,
the body of Pinot Gris, the finesse of Riesling, the grapiness of Muscat
and the refreshing character of both Pinot Blanc and Sylvaner.

Gentil shows pure, fresh aromas, very fruit-driven and floral.
 On the palate, this dry wine has a lively, youthful fresh character
that is refreshing, with a pleasant, scented finish.

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