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The Southern Rhone 
"New Arrivals from the Old World" 
In This Issue:
- Tasty Tuesday: Tempranillo Tuesday 2
- Saturday's Tasting: The Southern Rhone

top Greetings! 

School is (almost) out for summer!
School's Out

     School's almost out for summer (it's essential that you imagine Alice Cooper singing this) but we have one more class planned to share with you before the season of Rosés and Riesling takes Durham by storm yet again.  We love our classes, but with warm weather swimming in gorgeously refreshing whites and crisp Rosés, we can't exactly expect our restless pupils to give us their undivided attention! We did, however, schedule one more class before summer begins in earnest.  Please see details below.

New Arrivals!
  • Ancient Peaks- Zinfandel 2010 $19.99
  • Laetitia - Pinot Noir 2010 $26.99
  • Laetitia - Chardonnay "Estate" $19.99
  • Casale della Ioria - Cesanese de Piglio "Campo Novo" 2010 17.99
  • Hendry Ranch - Chardonnay "Barrel Fermented" 2009 $33.99
  • Hendry Ranch - Rosé 2011 $15.99
  • Fantinel Pinot Grigio "Borgo Tesis" 2011 $15.99
  • Avinyo - (Vi d'Agulla) "Petillant" 2011 $14.99
  • Steininger - Gruner Veltliner "Grand Gru" 2010 $25.99
  • Oratoire St. Martin - Cotes du Rhone "Le P'tit Martin" $16.99 
Lambrusco & wood-fired pizza at Nana's?
Only a few seats left!
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     Chef Scott Howell has brought the old wood-fired Rockwood Pizza oven back to life in the kitchen of his landmark restaurant Nana's.  The pizzas are better than ever!  Join us for a steady flow of his amazing pizza samples and classic antipasto while we pour a variety of stunning dry Lambruscos for you to enjoy.  Only $20 a person for this perfect match.


Wednesday, May 23rd 5:00-7:00
Call (919) 493-8545
for reservations.
$20 per person

Tasty Tuesday
This Time, it's Personal 
This Time, It's Personal
     This Tuesday, May 22nd, we present our weekly "Tasty Tuesday" FREE wine tasting.  Every Tuesday is tasty!  From 5:00 until 6:30, we host this FREE bonus tasting of three wines to get you through the early week and land you safely on hump day.
      Last September, Tempranillo Tuesday took a certain 5 to 6:30 PM by storm.  Now, Tempranillo is back with a vengeance and calling in the reinforcements.  With an ensemble cast of selections from both Portugal and Spain, grown, produced and bottled on location, this is guaranteed to be an action-packed afternoon of Aragonez goodness.
(Not suitable for audiences under 21)   
Vine to Wine
Our final class before Summer break!
On Thursday, June 7th, we present our in-depth introductory wine class.  7:33 - 10:00pm
     An evening of wine chronicling a vine's bud break in the spring to each of its grapes being lovingly squeezed into the bottles that we hold so dear.  We cover how vines grow, how wine is made, how to read a label, how to buy wine, how to store wine, how to drink, er, taste wine... and we'll debunk many wine myths throughout this short two+ hour class.
(includes tasting wines, video presentation, and handouts)
$36 per person
Reservations required
(Corkscrew) Operators are standing by:
(919) 489-2884
This Saturday from 12 to 3 PM  
"try before you buy" at
our FREE tasting

     The Southern Rhone:  As recently as ten years ago, it lingered in the shadows of Bordeaux and Burgundy, remaining a region of France perhaps held back by just how extraordinary the values it produced could be.
     Today, having rapidly gained recognition not only as a hub of ripe Mediterranean reds of impressive complexity but also as a source of diversity and elegance.
     Join us this Saturday for a look at four very different wines which continue the Southern Rhone's longstanding tradition of value while showcasing the heights that the region reliably reaches vintage after vintage.

(WEEKLY WINE: $12 to $19.99)


Garrigon Blanc Domaine Le Garrigon 

Cotes du Rhone Blanc 

[Organic] Viognier, Bourboulenc,

Ugni Blanc  

(Southern Rhone, France)

Oh, how we love the wines of Domaine Le Garrigon. Daniel Couston makes wines that are delicious, classic examples of their type that happen to be organically grown. This white will reward you with amazing versatility and complexity. Symbiosis at...
On Sale $15.99 [Full description]


(DAILY WINE: $12 to $19.99)



Cotes du Rhone Rosé 2010


[Biodynamic] 80% Grenache,  

15%Syrah, 5% Cinsault  

(Southern Rhone, France)

This estate in the Northern Rhone is better known for their Syrah-based Hermitage and Cote-Rotie from the northern part of the Rhone Valley. Under the tutelage of Michel Chapoutier since...
On Sale $11.99 [Full description]



(WEEKLY WINE: $12 to $19.99)


P'tit Martin

Oratoire St. Martin 

Cotes du Rhone 2010

"Le P'tit Martin" 

[Organic] 50% Grenache, 50% Syrah    

(Southern Rhone, France)

We've been fans of Frédéric and François Alary since the mid '90's, and in 1998 after visiting their small estate in the country village of Cairanne, I became convinced that they made wines as great as any in the world. Since that time, their...
   On Sale $16.99 [Full description]


(MONTHLY WINE:$20 to $49.99)

Mas de Libian

Cotes du Rhone 2010

"La Calade"

[Biodynamic] 90% Mourvedre(!), 10% Grenache 

(Southern Rhone, France)

A cuvée made precious as much by its exoticism as its rarity, "La Calade" takes its name from the prized (and world-famous) stoney terroir of the finest growing sites in the Southern Rhone.  Aptly illustrating the fact that austere terrain produces wines which are anything but and showcasing a decidedly elegant side of the...

On Sale $39.99 [Full description]



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Six for Sixty
6 for Sixty
Here's our deal this month; a package of six reds or six whites for $60 plus tax.  You can double down and buy two: one of each or two of one for $110 plus tax.  Sorry, no other discounts apply.

Show me the six

Show me the six

[click links to see this month's selection!]

on the Enomatic:  Enomatic
Here's what's on tap, subject to change on a whim or fancy

Whites (48˚F):




$26.99 on sale



Cotes du Provence Blanc 

$13.99 on sale



Zweiglet Rosé 

$14.99 on sale


Sauvignon Blanc

$11.99 on sale


 Reds (65˚F): 




$19.99 on sale



Cabernet Sauvignon 

$39.99 on sale



$11.99 on sale

Francisco Casas 

"Touchuelo Selección"

 $10.99 on sale






Domaine la Bouysse  

Hauterive Rouge 

$10.99 on sale

Oratoire St. Martin 

Cotes du Rhone

"Le P'tit Martin" 

$16.99 on sale



Pinot Noir

$29.99 on sale



Farmhand Foods

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Fresh Local Sausages 

  • Bratwurst
  • Country Breakfast
  • Spicy Italian
  • Smoked Polish


Big Spoon

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Local peanut butters

  • Peanut  

8oz Jar - $8.00
16oz Jar - $12.00

  • Peanut Cashew
  • Peanut Almond
  • Penut Pecan 

8oz Jar - $10.00

16oz Jar - $15.00 




Artisan Bacon



  • Applewood 
  • Garlic

 Loveless Café

  • Country Smoked
  • Jalapeño

 North Country 

  • Applewood
  • Peppered

 Vande Rose Farms

  • Applewood
Counter Culture Coffee
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  • Espresso   Rustico  
  • Idido, Ethiopia 
  • Jagong, Sumatra
  • Frontera, Decaf, Peru
  • La Golondrina, Columbia                
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