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Return of GARRIGON 3-Liter Box!
Last Wine Class Until This Fall!  June 7th 
Central Italy: It's the bee's, err, boot's knees!
In This Issue:
- Tasty Tuesday: (Not quite) A spoonful of sugar...
- Saturday's Tasting: Central Italy

top Greetings! 

     "Garrigon." If we didn't know better, the sheer weight of the name might inspire us to believe that it belonged to some legendary and massive beast which could rise from the Atlantic and drive Durham's fair citizens to hysteria.  Come to think of it, that's not too far from the truth.  Only, instead of running in droves away from the goliath, our customers clamor to it.
     The legendary 3-Liter Box of Garrigon is now poised to descend upon Wine Authorities this very Friday (Tomorrow, June 1st) at 10am and will be available on a first come - first serve basis.
  • A Syrah/Grenache blend from our favorite Rhone Valley estate.
  • It usually sells out in one day here!
  • Organically farmed from their own vineyard.
  • It is bottled (and bagged in the box) just for us!  The rest is sold locally in bulk to restaurants and nearby residents.
  • Each box holds the equivalent of 4 bottles of wine.
$29.99 each = $7.50/bottle
buy two and get 10% off
$26.99 each = $6.75/bottle
buy three and get 15% off
$25.49 each = $6.37/bottle
buy four (or more) and get 20% off
$23.99 each = $5.99/bottle!
     In other exciting news this week, we welcome Craig, our Grand Poobah Wine Swami, back from two weeks abroad in Slovenia & Italy, and we can't wait to hear more about his discoveries.  Even better is the fact that he can no longer torture us with graphic pictures and descriptions of the wonderful things that he's been eating and drinking there.  
     Also, we have a special guest, Matt Souza from Counter Culture Coffee in the store this Saturday.  He'll be pouring samples and demonstrating his techniques for making excellent iced coffee from 11:30 to 2:30 on Saturday afternoon. 
Rosé Garden 2012

The Rosé Garden is in bloom once again!

It's growing new blossoms every week, so check in frequently to discover which new pretty and pink selections have emerged since your last visit.  2012 will see one of the most diverse and ornate gardens thus far!
Rose Garden 2011 staff
A portion of all dry Rosé sales are being donated to the fight against breast cancer.
Real Customer Comment:
"That's why I come here.  You know what you're getting.  All of these wines are from estates, and I've never had one from here that I haven't liked."
                                                  -Michael M. 

Tasty Tuesday
(Not Quite) A Spoonful of Sugar...
     This Tuesday, May 29th, 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.
     Many of us have an odd phobia of "sweet wines," avoiding everything from fresh spritzy Moscato to powerful fortified treasures that can age for a century.  This week, we're taking you a baby step toward reevaluating wines with a bit of sugar - in this case, far less than a spoonful.  The three wines we'll be tasting on Tuesday have a barely perceptible degree of sweetness and are all the better for it, so stop in and try a ripe Sauvignon Blanc from central Spain, a lithe Riesling from New Zealand, and a citrusy Chenin from California to find out just how sweet a pinch of sweetness really can be!
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

Central Italy
     Many of us have been following Craig's travels in northern Italy and Slovenia via Facebook as he's tasted his way through one exciting discovery after another.  This week's Saturday tasting will pick up where he left off with four wines from central Italy - a clean and minerally white from Marche, another with mysterious richness from Umbria, a red from Lazio with an ancient and regal reputation, and a weekly northern Tuscan blend of Sangiovese with a Franco-Italian assortment of other grapes.  Ciao!  
(WEEKLY WINE: $12 to $19.99)


Macrina Garofoli

Verdicchio 2010


100% Verdicchio

(Marche, Italy)


Two brothers took over this estate from their father in the 1970s. Today their children are now taking the reins, making 5 generations of winemakers in this family. Garofioli has received Gambero Rosso's Stella award, and the only Marche producer to receive this award. Garofoli is best known for...
On Sale $13.99 [Full description]



(WEEKLY WINE: $12 to $19.99)


Terre Vineate Palazzone  


50% Procanico, 20% Grechetto,

30% Verdello, Malvasia & Drupeggio  

(Umbria, Italy)

A dynamic, evolving property in Umbria, Palazzone is owned by the Dubini family since 1969 and over time they have replanted their vineyards and modernized the winery to become a regional leader. This dry, rich white dances...
On Sale $15.99 [Full description]



(WEEKLY WINE: $12 to $19.99)


Ioria Cesenese

Casale della Ioria 

Cesanese 2010

"Campo Novo"   

100% Cesanese   

(Lazio, Italy)

Regarded locally for centuries as the "King of Wines", Cesanese del Piglio, Lazio's most prized and beloved red, has recently been elevated to Italy's highest level of wine pedigree, DOCG. Casale della Ioria is the dynamic producer of some of the best examples of why this rare wine is quickly...
   On Sale $17.99 [Full description]



(WEEKLY WINE: $12 to $19.99)

Wandanna Montecarlo Wandanna

Montecarlo Rosso 2008

Sangiovese, Cilegiolo, Malvasia, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon   

(Tuscany, Italy)

Montecarlo, tucked away in northern Tuscany, is a region whose name is derived from the fortified medieval city which it surrounds. Though the appellation is by no means among Italy's most famous, it enjoys a reputation for producing some of Tuscany's best white wines. Its reds, as demonstrated...

On Sale $14.99 [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

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

Whites (48˚F):


Cooper Mountain 

Pinot Gris

$17.99 on sale


Domaine de Bidalere 

Cotes de Gasogne Blanc 

$10.99 on sale



Zweiglet Rosé 

$14.99 on sale



$11.99 on sale


 Reds (65˚F): 


Chateau Tour de



$16.99 on sale



Cabernet Sauvignon 

$39.99 on sale



$11.99 on sale

Francisco Casas 

"Touchuelo Selección"

 $10.99 on sale


Castello di Verduno




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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