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Saturday tasting events, wine dinners,
restaurant openings, and more!
In This Issue:
- Tasty Tuesday: Summer Olympics tasting w/ wines from Greece
- Saturday's Tasting: Rise & wine!

top Greetings! 

This Saturday, rise and shine with Rise & wine! 
     In the great tradition of the Only Burger debut, Pork & Pinot, and other store-packing events of our past, this Saturday we welcome Chef Tom Ferguson (Durham Catering Company, co-creator of Only Burger) when he'll be giving out biscuit and donut samples from his soon to open restaurant Rise.
     During our 12-3 wine tasting, Tom and staff will be sampling three types of donuts and two types of biscuits (one vegetarian!)
     While it might at first seem odd that Saturday's wine tasting revolves around what are generally viewed as breakfast foods, we (as passionate proselytizers of viticultural virtue) can't help but see breakfast as an unconquered land - the lone meal of the day which insists on playing coy with our beverage of choice!
Guglhupf interiorWine dinner at Guglhupf
Sparkling Wines & Local Farms
Wednesday, August 22nd
     Join us for another fantastic evening at Guglhupf Café where we'll be pouring several sparkling wines, including Cava, Txakoli, Crémant, Lambrusco & Moscato from artisan farm wineries.  Chef Dave Alworth will be working closely with and featuring local farms for produce and meat in an inspired menu that never fails to impress us. Call soon, as these dinners sell out very quickly.
Call 919.401.2600 for reservations.
The Rosé Garden 
Showcasing our fondness for juicy, dry, pink wines that are arguably the best flavor of wine during a Carolina summer.
Rose Garden 2011 staff
Currently in the Garden: 

Domaine Amido - Tavel "Amandines" '11 $19.99
Robert Serol
"Cabochard" '11 $13.99
La Croix Gratiot - "Roséphine" '11 $9.99
Ameztoi - Txakoli Rosado "Rubentis" '11 $17.99  
Li Veli - Negroamaro Rosé '11 $11.99
Los Frailes - Monastrell Rosé '11 $9.99 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!

     To celebrate the opening of Mateo late next week in Durham's five points, we'll have four sherries on the Enomatic.  Starting next Monday, come in anytime to taste and learn about these signature wines that are classically served with tapas.  Grab our free zine/guide to sherry and escape your fear of this misunderstood wine.
     Then, be sure to visit Mateo and enjoy Michael Maller's extensive sherry selection with some of Chef Matt Kelly's small plates.  In the hands of these two, we have no doubt that this restaurant will be one of Durham's (and NC's) finest.

 Why, thank you!

Real Customer Comment:

"Every time I've come in and said that I've needed a good pairing, you guys have never let me down.  You're doing a great job!"

  - Ed M.     

Tasty Tuesday 
2012 Summer Olympics: 
Get crackin' with Greek wine! 
Kraken + wineglass
     This Tuesday, August 7th, 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.
     Great wine pairings aren't always about what we're having for dinner!  For instance, which wines pair perfectly with the Olympic Games?  Greek ones, of course, and this gives us a great opportunity to sample through three of our favorites: an enormously aromatic white made from the indigenous Assyrtiko and Athiri grapes, a daily white which incorporates both the Roditis and Moscofilero varietals, and a fresh, lively red featuring a blend of Agiorgitiko (St. George) and Cabernet Sauvignon!
This Saturday from 12 to 3 PM  
"try before you buy" at
our FREE tasting

  RiseUp This Saturday, we have a tasting lined up for you involving a theme never before approached at Wine Authorities: pairing wines with donuts and biscuits!  And these won't be just any doughnuts and biscuits, but a sneak peak at the products of Rise. The brainchild of Chef Tom Ferguson, Rise aims to bring us classic and adventurous versions of donuts and biscuits highlighting local ingredients for discerning palates.  Rise will be giving out FREE samples of three types of donut and two types of biscuit, including a vegetarian option!  Don't miss it.
(WEEKLY WINE: $12 to $19.99)


Rosé Frizzante Weingut Michlits

Pinot Noir Rosé 


{BIodynamic} 100% Pinot Noir 

(Burgenland, Austria)


Werner and Angela first produced this rosé for their wedding. The marriage is still going strong and the wine is regularly produced in small quantities. Its lush fruit, slight effervescence and full mouth-feel is the perfect way to start a...
On Sale $16.99 [Full description]



(DAILY WINE: $11.99 or LESS)


Rosé Penedès Mas Codina 

Rosé Penedes 2011  

70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon 




Grown high in the Penedes region of the Catalan mountains, this wine is like a classic Clairet, traditionally made in Bordeaux and the origin of the English term "claret" referring to (oddly enough) red Bordeaux wines. It's a less fruity...

  On Sale $9.99 [Full Description] 



(DAILY WINE: $11.99 or LESS)



Domaine de Mirail 

Colombard 2010

100% Colombard

(Southwest France)

Farmed since 1491 and renowned for its wines and Eau-de-vie for several centuries, the Mirail Estate fell into disrepair until Charles Hochman and his son bought it and worked meticulously to bring it back to its former glory. This white, made from the modest...
On Sale $11.99 [Full description]


(DAILY WINE: $11.99 or LESS)

Amabile Venturini Baldini 

Lambrusco Amabile 

Grasparossa, Sorbara, Marani, Montericco, Maestri, Malbo Gentile 

(Emilia Romagna, Italy)

This off-dry field blend of different Lambrusco grapes represents a renaissance of sorts for the fizzy red wines of Emilia-Romagna. Lambrusco has been long maligned by factory production, but it takes only a few honest growers (and a bit of common sense) to realize that...

                                               On Sale $10.99 [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):


Clos Lapeyre 

Jurançon Sec   

$19.99 on sale


Virxen de Galir


Via Nova 

$13.99 on sale


Li Veli 

Nero d'Avola Rosato 

$11.99 on sale

Pascal Bonhommé

Viré Clessé 

$24.99 on sale


 Reds (65˚F): 


Domaine de Colette 


$18.99 on sale


Lake Chalice 

Pinot Noir  

$24.99 on sale



$19.99 on sale

Virxen de Galir  

"Lua Nova  

 $13.99 on sale






Chateau Armandiere 


$9.99 on sale

Podre Elia 

Barbera d'Asti

$16.99 on sale


Domaine la Bouysse 

Corbieres Boutenac 

$23.99 on sale





Artisan Bacon



  • Applewood 
  • Garlic

 North Country 

  • Applewood
  • Peppered

 Vande Rose Farms

  • Applewood

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 


Counter Culture Coffee
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  • Espresso   Rustico
  • Farmhouse Blend, Equador & Peru
  • Nueva Armenia, Guatemala 
  • Jagong, Sumatra
  • Las Milpas Decaf, Mexico                 
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