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This Saturday: A Sojourn in South Africa...
In This Issue:
- Tasty Tuesday: California Dreamin'
- Saturday's Tasting: South Africa

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Follow the Meanderings &
Musings of a Wine Swami!
Swami in France (Map)
     Follow our beloved Grand Poobah's adventures in France over the course of the next week as he heroically samples fabulous wines, selflessly devours mountains of life-changingly delectable food, and bravely looks upon the stunning countrysides that postcards are made of.  Visit our Facebook page for frequent updates and insights into the exciting new selections that he's bound to discover during his travels.

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Our first class of 2013

Vine to Wine

Vine to Wine 

This evening, we present our in-depth

introductory wine class.  7:33 pm

    Join us for a fun and educational evening of wine which chronicles a vine's bud break in the spring to each of its grape's being lovingly squeezed into the bottles that we hold so dear.  We cover how vines are grown and wine is made as well as 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 two hour class.
(includes tasting wines, video presentation, and handouts) 
Thursday, January 24th at 7:33 pm
$36 per person
Reservations required


(Corkscrew) Operators are standing by:
(919) 489-2884


Why, thank you! 
Real Customer Comment:

"I'm so lucky to live just down the street from you."

  - Sally H.  

Tasty Tuesday!
California Dreamin' 

  This Tuesday, January 29th, 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!
Ancient Peaks
    For those of us who are already fed up with winter weather (however inconsistent it might be), the idea of escaping to warmer, more predictable climes may be very appealing.  Fear not!  At this week's Tasty Tuesday, we'll share three delicious wines (from three different corners of exactly such a place) which will have you feeling mild and balmy in no time.  California's Paso Robles, Mendocino, and Sonoma will be represented by mouthwateringly tropical Sauvignon Blanc, serious but affable Merlot, and peppery purple Zinfandel.  These great values are far more affordable and immediately satisfying than a plane ticket or vacation package, so come and taste with us!

And don't forget:
Our 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 

South African Vineyard This weekend, we're embarking on a jaunt to the southern hemisphere (where, incidentally, people are currently enjoying summer). South Africa has leapt and bounded into the 21st century, developing bold specialties (such as an affinity for Chenin Blanc and a die-hard dedication to the exclusively South African Pinotage).  This brave embrace of the unique has served the nation's wineries well, and this Saturday we'll pay tribute to South Africa's best-known and most-loved phenomena through a sampling of four selections which represent its steadfast traditions and dynamic trends.
(DAILY WINE™ $11.99 or LESS)




Sauvignon Blanc  2012


100% Sauvignon Blanc  

(Constantia, South Africa)

Pronounced [bay-ten-fur-vachk-ting] and translating from Dutch to "beyond expectations," this South African Sauv Blanc might best be described as being New Zealand-meets-Loire Valley in style, leaving out the...
On Sale! $11.99 [Full description]


(WEEKLY WINE™ $12 to $19.99)


Ken Forrester Chenin Reserve

Ken Forrester 

Chenin Blanc "Reserve" 2011

100% Chenin Blanc 

 (Stellenbosch, South Africa)

Ken Forrester is a pioneer in South African wine making. This wine is the big brother to the popular "daily wine" called "Petit" Chenin. The difference is 9 months of 20% new French oak barrel aging, yet the wine is not oaky tasting. Aging sur lie means the wine shows exceptional depth and...
  On Sale! $14.99 [Full Description] 

(WEEKLY WINE™ $12 to $19.99)


Cederberg Bukettraube

Bukettraube 2011

100% Bukettraube

 (Cederberg, South Africa)

A grape variety from the super-obscure category: Bukettraube! This grape is planted in miniscule amounts in France, Germany and South Africa, and the wine tastes like Chenin Blanc meets Sauvignon Blanc meets Riesling and Muscat. Big and friendly, spicy and...
  On Sale $18.99 [Full Description]  



(WEEKLY WINE™ $12 to $19.99)


Kanonkop Kadette
"Kadette" 2010

45% Pinotage, 29% Cab Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 9% Cab Franc 

(Stellenbosch, South Africa)

Legendary South African winery Kanonkop is now in their fourth generation of family winemaking. The canon is a reference to the "alarm" sounded to alert local farmers when a ship had landed at the harbor. This Kadette is produced from a blend of older vine fruit with Pinotage at the...
On Sale $14.99 [Full description]  
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Six 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):


Dr. Heyden 

Riesling Halbtrocken

$15.99 on sale


Domaine Quenard 


$15.99 on sale




"First Hill"

$11.99 on sale

Tenuta Sant'Antonio

"Scaia" Bianco


$11.99 on sale


 Reds (65˚F): 


Chateau Jouclary 


$11.99 on sale


Tenuta Sant'Antonio 

Corvina "Scaia"  

$11.99 on sale




$14.99 on sale


Cerusuolo di Vittoria 

 $17.99 on sale



Douro Tinto

"Lua Nova 



Poderi Elia 

Barbera d'Asti 

$16.99 on sale

Domaine du Cros 


"Lo Sang del Païs"  

$15.99 on sale


Chateau Lusseau 

Graves Rouge 

"Cuvée Barriques"
$27.99 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
  • Valle del Santuario, Peru  
  • Jagong, Sumatra
  • Buziraguhindwa, Burundi                  
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