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Four days left of the sale!
In This Issue:
- Tasty Tuesday: Start the month with Mencia!
- Saturday's Tasting: Navarra's Viña Aliaga

top Greetings! 
Sustain-a-Bull Sale:
Four more days to save! A Wine Authorities Selection 
    This week, we've rolled out one of our most exciting sales so far, giving everyone a chance to explore, enjoy, and save with our dedicated "Wine Authorities Selections" - wines that we've personally scouted out aSustain-a-Bullnd brought to NC!  Many of them are unavailable anywhere else in the country.  Once again, we've joined Durham's Sustain-a-Bull organization, helping to encourage the support of locally-owned independent businesses.  Through Sunday (December 2nd), all of our exclusive "  Wine Authorities Selections" will be a full 20% off!
  As an added bonus, any purchase over $200 will receive a FREE stocking stuffer: a $20 Enomatic card to give as a great holiday gift or to keep and treasure for yourself!       
Home for the Holidays!
Holiday Lights
    Just in time for the holidays, numerous new arrivals and recently unavailable old favorites are making themselves at home among our bins and stacks.  Some of these have never been available in the triangle before and others are like prodigal sons finally returning after long absences!

New arrivals & recent returns: 
  • Aliaga - Doscarlos 2011  $13.99
  • Aliaga - "Antonio Corpus" 2002  $36.99 
  • Cooper Mountain - Pinot Noir "Cooper Hill" 2011  $17.99
  • Casa Santos Lima - Lisboa Tinto "Cigarra" 2010  $10.99
  • MacRostie - Chardonnay "Wildcat Mt. Vineyard" 2008  $33.99
  • Hartwell - Cabernet Sauvignon "H" 2009  $46.99
  • Montinore - Pinot Noir 2011  $20.99
  • Giraudon - Bourgogne Aligoté 2011  $14.99
  • Anton Bauer - Riesling "Berg" 2011  $16.99
  • Chateau de la Vielle Tour - Bordeaux Blanc 2011  $12.99
  • Corte Majoli - Amarone della Valpolicella 2008  $34.99
  • Bodegas Perica - Rioja Blanco "Olagosa" 2011  $16.99
  • Chateau Le Bergey - Bordeaux Rouge 2009  $9.99
  • Domaine Duffour - Cotes de Gascogne Blanc 2011  $9.99
  • Abbaye Sylva Plana - Faugeres "La Closeraie" 2009  $21.99
  • Borie La Vitarèle - Saint Chinian "Les Terres Blanches" 2010  $21.99
Holiday Gift Wrap 
     Nothing is more fun to unwrap than a bottle of delicious farmer-produced wine, and we have our team of highly skilled wrapping specialists at the ready to put a special touch on your gift bottles!
  • Four or fewer, we can wrap on the spot
  • Five or more can be picked up the next day
   Descriptions are included!  Gift certificates and Enomatic cards make sublime stocking stuffers as well!


"How much is that meatstick in the window?"
Giacomo Salami
Limited Edition 2012! 
Giacomo LTD Salame
     With the approach of the holiday season, we always look forward to the yearly arrival of Giacomo's Wine Authorities exclusive holiday Salami!  It has arrived, and if we may say so, it's quite possibly the best yet!  Spicy, succulent, and indulgent, these masterpieces of Abruzzo/Marche-inspired goodness are merely $24.99 and available only for a few short weeks!
     This year it's a spicy one, 1 3/4 pounds, made with Marchetti Montepulciano, red pepper, aged pecorino, sun-dried tomatoes, and fennel.  Only 250 were made, so get them soon before they are gone.
Buy the Salami and the wine it's made with and save $6 for the perfect pair!:

Ltd edition 2012 Salami ($24.99)
Marchetti Montepulciano ($13.99)
= $38.98
(-$6.00 discount)
= $32.98
Eric Asimov visit 
December 15th! 
Asimov & Book
   On Saturday, December 15th, we'll be joined in store by none other than Eric Asimov, impassioned New York Times wine journalist and author of the critically acclaimed (and beautifully titled) book, "How to Love Wine," which he'll be signing from 1:00 to 3:00 as we perform our free weekly Saturday tasting!  Put it in your calendar.

Why, thank you! 
Real Customer Comment:

"It's too fun to shop here!  The more I talk to each of you the more I buy."

  - John K.   


Tasty Tuesday!
Start the month with
  This Tuesday, December 4th, we present our mid-week FREE wine tasting.  Every Tuesday is tasty! From 5:00 - 7:00, we host this bonus tasting of three wines to get you through the early week and land you safely on hump day!
Mencia Map
   Northwestern Spain's reds made from Mencia exude mystery and, as this week's Tasty Tuesday will aptly demonstrate, are also subject to great diversity.  Inviting comparisons with Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, and sometimes even Gamay, the great Galician grape is one of many faces.  We'll begin in Valdeorras for an example of the varietal at its brightest and freshest.  Next we'll travel to Ribeira Sacra for a firm, medium bodied, and aromatic rendition.  At last, we'll trace Mencia back to its birthplace, Bierzo, for a powerfully rich, earthy, and oaken example.  
And don't forget:
Tasty Tuesday 20% 
Mixed Case Discount! 
    After you taste, put together 12 bottles from our Tasty Tuesday lineup, and we'll take an entire 20% off!
This Saturday from 12 to 3 PM 
"try before you buy" at
our FREE tasting 

A Wine Authorities Selection:
Navarra's Viña Aliaga
Carlos Aliaga Viña Aliaga, hailing from a tiny  corner of southern Navarra which borders Rioja, specializes both in fabulously long-lived reds and youthful wines brimming with energy and life.  Carlos is a visionary, clearly following his passions and producing the wines that speak to him and, in turn, to us!  Join us this week for a free tasting of four wines from this exceptional producer.  Among them are some stellar values (for holiday parties, perhaps?) and great potential gifts.  This Saturday is the next-to-the-last day of our "Sustain-a-Bull sale, through which you can enjoy these and all other dedicated "Wine Authorities Selections" at 20% off the prices shown below!
(WEEKLY WINE: $12 to $19.99)



Viña Aliaga 

"Doscarlos" 2011

100% Verdejo 

(Navarra, Spain)


Viña Aliaga continues to get better every year, and this wine is a great example. In previous vintages, their Verdejo was harvested very ripe and aged in oak barrels making for a rich, but non-distinct wine. For this vintage, they turned 180º and made the wine with juicy, mouthwatering grapes and...
On Sale $13.99 [Full description]


(DAILY WINE: $11.99 or LESS)


Viña Aliaga

Rosado 2011

"Lagrima de Garnacha" 

100% Garnacha 

 (Navarra, Spain)

We met Carlos Aliaga in southern France at a wine show. That pink color on a table of red wine caught our eyes. And then the name, Lagrima de Garnacha or "Grenache Tears," compelled us to taste. Carlos is clearly passionate; he uses only natural yeast and some of the lowest...
  On Sale $9.99 [Full Description] 

(DAILY WINE: $11.99 or LESS)


Tempranillo Viña Aliaga

Tempranillo 2010

100% Tempranillo  

 (Navarra, Spain)

Winemaker and owner Carlos Aliaga named his wines after his mother's last name, Aliaga. His father planted the vines more than 45 years ago and being just two kilometers from Rioja, he planted Tempranillo vs. the usual Garnacha of Navarra. In the heart of Ribera Baja of Navarra, Carlos coaxes loads of...
  On Sale $9.99 [Full Description]  


(MONTHLY WINE:$20 to $49.99)



Viña Aliaga
Navarra Tinto 2001
"Vendimia Seleccionada"

70% Tempranillo,

30% Cabernet Sauvignon 

(Navarra, Spain)

While Viña Aliaga is not a winery that pushes the envelope in the modernist, hyper-rich style, they will flirt with it to the point of seduction if the vintage merits. In 2001 they had a small parcel of grapes with perfect ripeness and balance that reached this rare quality. So they put it in... 
On Sale $31.99 [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):


Chateau la Colombière

Vin Gris  

$13.99 on sale


Cave Freudenreich  



$14.99 on sale


Quinta Touquinheiras 

Vinho Verde


$10.99 on sale

Eric de Suremain

Rully Blanc 1er Cru 

$31.99 on sale


 Reds (65˚F): 


Viña Aliaga 


"Antonio Corpus" 

$36.99 on sale


Domaine Pinchinat

Cotes de Provence Rouge 

$15.99 on sale


Chateau La Colombière 

Fronton Rouge 


$14.99 on sale

Bodegas Los Frailes 

Valencia Tinto

 $13.99 on sale



Douro Tinto

"Lua Nova 



Mas del Périé 

"Tu Vin Plus Aux Soirées..." 

$19.99 on sale

Domaine Le Garrigon 

Vin de Mediterranée


$10.99 on sale


Mas de Libian

Cotes du Rhone

"La Calade"
$39.99 on sale





Artisan Bacon



  • Applewood 
  • Garlic

 North Country 

  • Applewood
  • Peppered

Farmhand Foods 

  • Fresh & Local

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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