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This Saturday, we're sharing the Sherry
(6 different ones!)
And five donut & biscuit samples from Rise!
In This Issue:
- Tasty Tuesday: "Sprechen sie Deutsch?"
- Saturday's Tasting: Sherry!

top Greetings! 

It's Not Your
Granny's Tipple!
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     Sherry, a collection of some of the wine world's most distinctive and unique styles and flavors, has been in the shadows for too long, and we're not going to take it any more.  That's right, we've joined the war that's being waged against Sherry-phobia, and we're in it for the duration.  This Saturday, we're featuring six Sherries at our free weekly tasting, and over the course of the next week, four Sherries will be available continuously for sampling back at the Enomatic.  So, come in and discover just how much you love Sherry! 

Recent Arrivals: 
  • Cesar Florido - Moscatel "Dorado" [375ml] $11.99 
  • Steindorfer - Red "Apetlon" 2010 $14.99 
  • Chateau de l'Aulée - Touraine Brut "Intense" $17.99 
  • Quinta das Touquinheiras - Alvarinho "Nostalgia" 2011 $18.99
  • Dirk Würtz - Riesling Trocken (3-Liter Box!!!) 2011 $29.99 (Equivalent of $7.49 per bottle!!!)    
  • Castello di Verduno - Verduno "Basadone" 2010 $25.99
  • Stolpman Vineyards - Syrah 2010 $26.99 
  • Chateau Armandière - Cahors 2009 $9.99
  • Domaine Le Garrigon - Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2011 $11.99    
Return of the Garrigon! 

That's right, twice in one year!  Durham's favorite French celebrity has returned for a surprise summer visit.  Although we usually only get 400 of these each year, we were able to sweet talk vigneron Daniel Couston into sending us another 200.  Durham rejoice!!

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!

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), and he'll be giving out biscuit and doughnut samples from his soon to open restaurant Rise.
     During our 12-3 wine tasting, Tom and his staff will be featuring samples of three types of doughnuts and two different biscuits (one vegetarian)!
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 Mateo's opening last night at Durham's Five Points, we have four sherries on the Enomatic.  Come in anytime throughout the next week to taste and learn about these signature wines that are classically served with tapas.  Grab our fun and informative zine/guide to sherry and escape your fear of these beautiful but misunderstood fortified wines.
     Be sure to visit Mateo and enjoy Manager Michael Maller's extensive sherry selection and Chef Matt Kelly's stellar small plates.  In the hands of these two, we have no doubt that this restaurant will be one of Durham's (and North Carolina's) finest.

 Why, thank you!

Real Customer Comment:

"I'm happy to come out of my way to shop here because I love you guys!"

  - Katy D.     

Tasty Tuesday 
"Sprechen sie Deutsch?" 
Sprechen sie Sprockets?
     This Tuesday, August 14th, 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.
     This week, we're posing a simple question: "Do you speak the language of Austrian and German wine?"  You should.  After all, it's a universal one whose syntax involves balance, freshness, and minerality.  Join us this Tuesday, and we'll enhance your vocabulary with three new arrivals.  From Austria, we have a red never before available in Durham and the latest vintage of a rosé that we've adored for years.  From Germany, we'll be sampling a new dry Riesling whose sexy complexity, simply put, knocks our lights out.  "TOUCH MY MONKEY!"   
This Saturday from 12 to 3 PM  
"try before you buy" at
our FREE tasting

  Jerez map This Saturday, we have what is for us one of the most exciting tastings in recent memory. We'll be pouring Sherries - six of them!  While these elegant and food-friendly fortified wines from southern Spain are far from new, change is in the air, and they're beginning to reclaim much of the esteem that they enjoyed in previous eras.  Join us and taste for yourself the diversity and deliciousness of Sherry in all of its many shapes, sizes, and styles.  It's practically a new world just waiting to be discovered!
(WEEKLY WINE: $12 to $19.99)


Elcano Gutierrez Colosia 

Fino Sherry 

"Finca Elcano" 

100% Palomino

(Jerez, Spain)

Of the three towns that make up the Sherry wine region, Gutierrez Colosia is the last remaining producer in the town of El Puerto de Santa Maria. Established in 1838, the winery is located on a river bank, ideal for producing an active "flor" or yeast growth. This thick flor keeps the wine from oxidizing, and...
On Sale $11.99 [Full description]



(WEEKLY WINE: $12 to $19.99)


Cigarrera Bodegas La Cigarrera


100% Palomino 

 (Jerez, Spain)

From the seaside town of Sanlucar de Barrameda, the home of all Manzanilla, comes this small production sherry made by ninth generation cellar master Ignacio Hidalgo. Since 1758 the wines of his family have been blended off to larger houses such as Lustau, but starting in 1997 Ignacio started...
  On Sale $11.99 [Full Description] 



(WEEKLY WINE: $12 to $19.99)





"La Garrocha" 

100% Palomino

(Jerez, Spain)

"La Garrocha," this wine's title, refers to a dance performed on horseback while wielding a 12 foot wooden pole - an activity which is probably almost as complex as this Sherry.  Deliciously indulgent, this marriage of golden roundness, delicate minerality, and subtle wisps of ripe...
On Sale $13.99 [Full description]


(WEEKLY WINE: $12 to $19.99)

Sangre y Trabajadero Gutierrez Colosia


"Sangre y Trabajadero" 

100% Palomino  

(Jerez, Spain)

A truly sophisticated drink, this Oloroso is layered with complex spice and nut flavors, but still refreshingly dry and elegant. From vines up to sixty years old, this sherry is aged for a minimum of twelve years and blended using the Solera...

                                               On Sale $17.99 [Full Description] 


(WEEKLY WINE: $12 to $19.99)


Dorado Cesar Florido

Moscatel "Dorado"  

100% Moscatel  

(Jerez, Spain)

Founded in 1887, this bodega is renowned in the Sherry zone for producing some of the best dessert Moscatel anywhere.  Made in several styles, this one is their freshest and most citrusy.  Fermented to 2% alcohol before being...

(WEEKLY WINE: $12 to $19.99)


XIMENEZ! mmm... El Maestro Sierra 

Pedro Ximenez  

100% Pedro Ximenez 

(Jerez, Spain)

If you've never had a sweet Pedro Ximenez, then you're missing out. Sometimes they can have flavors of molasses and honey, but this one leans more towards dried fig and spicy earthy flavors. This tiny sherry producer continues to make complex..
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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):


Gutierrez Colosia 

Fino Sherry 

$11.99 on sale




"La Garrocha"  

$13.99 on sale


Gutierrez Colosia


"Sangre y Trabajadero" 

$17.99 on sale

El Maestro Sierra

Pedro Ximenez 

$15.99 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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