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This Saturday: Kick off Txakolifest at W.A.
In This Issue:
- Tasty Tuesday: Tap the Mediterranean with Bouysse!
- Saturday's Tasting: Txakolifest & new cheeses from Prodigal Farms

top Greetings! 

¡Hay Txakolina!
Txak 3  
     Are you a Txakoholic?  If so, this is a great week to be you!  If not, this is a great opportunity to begin cultivating an affinity for the tantalizingly effervescent and energetic wines of choice from the Basque Country of Spain.  This Saturday, we'll be hosting a free tasting & tribute to these rare and refreshing spritzy delights from noon to three, and Six Plates is holding its annual Txakolifest from 1pm to 2am (broken into three ticketed sessions - check out the Txakolifest section below for details).

New Cheese Selections
from Prodigal Farm  
     We're very happy to announce three new farmstead selections from Prodigal Farm right here in Durham County (Rougemont). They love their goats!  In fact, they are certified by the Animal Welfare Institute and proudly uphold the highest standards of goat husbandry. This Saturday, we'll be sampling each of these new arrivals:
  • Crottin: Little packages of goat cheese goodness traditional in the Loire valley.  Complex and robust.
  • Marinated Feta: Creamy with light floral and citrus notes.  Grab a cibatta or batard to soak up the delicious marinade!
  • Field of Creams: Prodigal Farm's original creation inspired by and perfumed with woodland flavors of rosemary, juniper, thyme and fennel. 
Txakolifest 2012
Txakoli Fest!Tickets still available! 

     The Various calling cards of summer keep mounting up, and yet another seasonal milestone looms on the horizon - Txakolifest!  Yes, it's the one day a year that Durham breaks out its secret stash of porrons and is transformed into a an unlikely sister city to San Sebastián complete with spritzy Basque wine, oysters, and tapas.  Each year this is one of the great celebrations in town, and it's become the largest TxakoliFest in the United States.
       There will be two reserved sessions, The first (1:00 - 4:00) and the second (4:00 - 7:00) where guests will be given a Txakoli/Sidra glass upon admittance and have at their disposal the ability to order a vast sea of Txakoli and small plates specially chosen to go with the wine.  Of course there will be live music and much revelry.  This event sells out every year, so get your tickets ASAP at Wine Authorities (cash only) or Six Plates (both cash and credit cards accepted). As usual, we will be kicking off the festivities with our FREE Saturday tasting of several Txakoli from 12-3:00 to get you primed for the party and brushed up on your porron wielding skills. 


Six Plates Wine Bar

2812 Erwin Rd

Durham, NC 27705


Saturday, July 21st

1st session: 1:00 - 4:00 $12.00 

2nd session: 4:00 - 7:00 $12.00 

3rd Session: 7:00pm - 2:00am $12.00



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! 
     Our newest addition to the Rosé Garden, Domaine Amido's "Les Amandines," comes to us from Tavel, a western enclave of the Southern Rhone (just across the river from Chateauneuf du Pape) whose reputation for producing the world's boldest (even "kingliest") pink wines has remained undisputed for centuries!
Rose Garden 2011 staff
Currently in the Garden: 

Domaine Amido - Tavel "Amandines" '11 $19.99 NEW
- Zweigelt Rosé "Rosanna" '11 $12.99
Domaine Pinchinat - Provence Rosé '11 $13.99
Barnard Griffin - Rosé of Sangiovese '11 $14.99  
Li Veli - Negroamaro Rosé '11 $11.99
Ameztoi - Txakoli Rosé "Rubentis" '11 $17.99 NEW
Peñalba Lopez - Montecastrillo Rosado '11 $15.99
Chateau la Colombiere - Fronton Vin Gris '11 $13.99 

Pink RibbonA portion of all our dry Rosé sales is being donated directly to the fight against breast cancer.  So far you've helped us raise over $12,000!



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  - Sandra K.     


Tasty Tuesday
Tap the Mediterranean with
Domaine la Bouysse! 
     This Tuesday, July 24th, 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.
     One of our favorite destinations (and origins) for wine
in all the Languedoc is Domaine la Bouysse of Corbieres.  Siblings Martine and Christophe never fail to impress us with the quality of their wines or their breadth of scope.  Join us this Tuesday for an introduction to the brand new 2011 vintage of both their signature white and Rosé as well as a stunning value in red Corbieres (the "Roc Long") which is brand new to the Store!
This Saturday from 12 to 3 PM  
"try before you buy" at
our FREE tasting

  porron This year's Pre-Txakolifest kickoff features several familiar faces from Txakoli tastings of previous years while adding an extra bit of mystery!  Not only are we psyched to have up our sleeves  illusive examples of rosé and red Txakoli, but we're also pouring a deliciously traditional Basque cider.  Most exciting of all is that we'll be introducing a brand new Txakoli exclusive which has never before been available on our shores.  So join us as we pass around the porron, taste some truly unique and fantastic wines, and try your hand at actually catching some of the spritzy summertime elixir in your mouth (don't worry, Txakoli won't stain). ¡Hay Txakolina!   
(DAILY WINE: $11.99 or LESS)


Uriondo Uriondo 

Txakoli Bizkaiko 2010

70% Mune Mahatsa,

30% Txori Mahatsa   

(Pays Basque, Spain)

Roberto Ibarretxe Zorriketa founded this tiny winery near Bilbao in 1987 on a six acre heavily Atlantic-influenced, hillside vineyard. The delicious wine he makes is crisp and racy, refreshing, and perfect with seafood. They are close enough to the ocean that the tart, green fruit even has...
On Sale $15.99 [Full description]



(WEEKLY WINE: $12 to $19.99)


Akarregi Txiki Akarregi Txiki 

Txakoli 2011   

100% Viura

(Rioja, Spain)

100% Hondarribi Zuri 

Glimmering with green zestiness and bright golden fruit, this phenomenal value in Txakoli layers the signature mineral and blazing acidity that we crave from these  refreshing Basque sensations.  And despite all that it has going on, it's remarkably clean - like minimalism incarnate in a... 
On Sale $13.99 [Full Description] 


(WEEKLY WINE: $12 to $19.99)




Txakoli Rosé 2011


50% Hondarribi Beltza,

50% Hondarribi Zuri 

(Pay Basque, Spain)

If it were possible to nominate a single wine for the official title of "most refreshing," this Txakoli Rosé might very well take the prize.  Tangy-tart citrusy brightness, fresh red fruit, and elegant mineral conspire to make it both deceptively thirst-quenching and consummately captivating.  This an eloquently effervescent elixir to down by the liter, and its relatively low...
On Sale $17.99 [Full description]


(MONTHLY WINE:$20 to $49.99)

Baltza Doniene Gorrondona 

Txakolina Baltza 2010  

(Red Txakoli!)  

100% Hondarribi Beltza  

(Pay Basque, Spain)

From 150 year-old vines grown in the tiny Aldape vineyard farmed by Gorrondona, this is a really rare, obscure wine that is totally delicious, food versatile, age-able and distinct. If you are a fan of food and wine, you owe it to yourself to....

                                               On Sale $27.99 [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.

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Show me the six

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

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

Whites (48˚F):


Pascal Bonhommé 


$24.99 on sale


Virxen de Galir 


Via Nova 

$13.99 on sale


Li Veli 

Nero d'Avola Rosato 

$11.99 on sale


Chardonay Reserve


$11.99 on sale


 Reds (65˚F): 


Chateau Tour de



$16.99 on sale


Lake Chalice 

Pinot Noir  

$24.99 on sale



$19.99 on sale



 $11.99 on sale


Castello di Verduno




Domaine la Bouysse 


$11.99 on sale

Luca Ferraris

Barbera d'Asti

"Del Martin"

$16.99 on sale


Domaine la Bouysse 

Corbieres Boutenac 

$23.99 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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