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This Saturday, Garnacha Guaranteed!
Tonight, "Kickin' it Kiwi"
In This Issue:
- Tasty Tuesday: Prelude to Spring - Rosé Sale!
- Saturday's Tasting: "Gotcha Garnacha"

New Zealand Tonight!
We're Kickin' it Kiwi with
a Special Free Thursday Tasting
Hosted by Eric Platt


   This evening, we welcome Eric Platt of Pacific Prime Wines as our special guest.  He'll be pouring three selections from his dynamic New Zealand portfolio.  From Marlborough, there'll be a classic Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc with a twist - a cold climate masterpiece of jump-starting acidity with a dash of sweetness as icing on the cake.  From the neighboring Nelson region, a most Grü-Vee Austrian expat is set to make a glimmeringly mineralistic appearance.  Last but not least, from NZ's capital of Pinot Noir (and the most southerly wine region on the planet), Central Otago, a commandingly bold example of the classic Burgundian red is poised to unravel us with its unmistakable elegance.  Don't miss it! 
And on March 7th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm...  
Castello di Verduno 
Special Free Thursday Tasting! 
Verduno (Castello di)
Hosted by the estate's Marcella Bianco
     The Piemonte's Castello di Verduno is a small family estate with picturesque vineyards in both Barolo and Alba. In two weeks, we welcome young Marcella (pictured in the family portrait above on the left) as she pours five of the castello's fabulous wines from 5:00 to 7:00 during a special free Thursday tasting!  In the four years that we've carried the estate's wines, we've often noted that each and every offering we taste from them is stellar, and here we have a great opportunity to sample five of these gems all at once!
End of Winter Rosé Sale!
Rosé Garden Glasses
All Still Rosé 20% Off
For a Limited Time
    The time has come for us to once again dust off our garden shears (and garden gnomes) in preparation for the monumental marvel of landscape architecture which is the Rosé Garden.  Just thinking about it instills in us an almost unquenchable thirst for this noblest of pink drinks!  Though it's not yet quite time for the Garden, we have a host of wonderfully vibrant rosés in stock to choose from at a deep discount.  All still rosé is 20% off for a limited time, so enjoy and celebrate the approach of spring!
It's time to vote for your favorite Triangle businesses
(including "Local Wine Shop" in case you have a favorite, hint, hint.)
Don't let the chains beat your favorite local places!  VOTE!
Indy best of 2013 (click here)

  And while you're voting... 
Vote For Durham!
The South's Tastiest Town
     Southern Living magazine has named Durham one of "The South's Tastiest Towns," which is quite an honor!  However, we suspect that you'll agree that Durham deserves to be named The Tastiest, so it's important that we passionate Durhamites voice our opinions and vote for our fair city.  As always, every vote counts!  You can vote once a day and every day, so put your love of our fantastic town and its cuisine to work and get voting! Voting ends on February 28th.  Click on the badge below to vote and on the "Tastiest Town" banner above for more information.
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Tasty Tuesday!
"Prelude to Spring"
An introduction to the great End-of-Winter
Rosé Sale of 2013

  This Tuesday, February 26th, 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!
Seurat in Durham
Image © Larry Gottschalk
   We may have just seen snowfall last Saturday, but the occasional glimpses of spring are already adding up, and you may recall that the groundhog did not see his shadow this year!  In celebration of the impending springtime weather, join us this Tuesday for a taste of three of our favorite Weekly French rosés (made Daily by our annual 20% off End of Winter Rosé Sale).  Fans of pink Gamay, Grenache, and Cabernet rejoice!

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 

¡Gotcha Garnatcha!

Garnacha in Aragon
Originating in or close to Northern Spain's historic Aragon region, the ancient Garnacha grape (Grenache in French) is one of the true kings of the Mediterranean.  This Saturday, we'll visit some of its contemporary capitals in both its Spanish homeland and adoptive France.  We'll begin in the western Languedoc for a taste of the famously fresh and aromatic white skinned mutation of the grape, Grenache Blanc.  Next, we'll journey southward to Navarra, where we'll encounter Garnacha immersed in one of its favorite hobbies, being vinified as pretty & pink rosé.  We'll remain in Spain for our third wine of the afternoon, a bold red from Catalonia's Montsant.  Finally, we'll find ourselves in the Southern Rhone's Lirac (just across the river from Chateauneuf du Pape), where we'll taste a brand new Grenache/Mourvedre blend brimming with spice and inky dark fruit.  Garnacha Guaranteed!

(DAILY WINE™ $11.99 or LESS)


Garnacha comes in white?

Domaine de la Bouysse 

Hauterive Blanc 2011

{organic} 60% Grenache Blanc,

30% Maccabeu, 10% Muscat 

 (Western Languedoc, France)

Our friend Martine Pages (PAH-jess) is really hitting her stride. The current vintages of all of her wines are the best she's ever made. This white is lush and full, but bright and lively. It's expansive and sophisticated, but tangy and...
  On Sale! $10.99 [Full Description] 

(DAILY WINE™ $11.99 or LESS)


And pink?
Viña Aliaga 

Navarra Rosado 2011

"Lagrima de Garnacha"

{organic} 100% Garnacha 

 (Navarra, Spain)


We met Carlos Aliaga in southern France at a wine show. This wine's ruby-pink on a table of red wine caught our eyes. Its name, Lagrima de Garnacha or "Grenache Tears," compelled us to taste. Bright and crisp with telltale raspberry Grenache aromas, light lemon zest goodness and a long dry...

(WEEKLY WINE™ $12 to $19.99)


and speaks Catalan?
Joan d'Anguera

Garnatxa 2010

{biodynamic} 100% Garnacha

 (Montsant, Spain)

Brothers Joan & Josep surprised
local importer, André Tamers with
this great, unoaked gem from their biodynamically farmed vineyards. This is pure Grenache (or Garnatxa in Catalan), which not only shows the varietal flavors of the grape, but also the...
  On Sale $17.99 [Full Description] 


(MONTHLY WINE™ $20-$49.99)


Hangin' out with Mourvedre
Domaine Duseigneur 
Lirac 2010

{byodynamic} 60% Grenache,

40% Mourvedre  

(Southern Rhone, France)

From the western reaches of the Southern Rhone and treacherously stoney red clay vineyards, comes this imposingly structured and indulgently generous blend of Grenache and Mourvedre - a true Mediterranean dynamic duo. Sumptuously bold purple-black fruit is pinpricked by exotic floral spices and an enlivening...
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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):



Jurançon Sec

$19.99 on sale



Saint Pourçain Blanc

"Le Vin d'Alon"

$15.99 on sale




$19.99 on sale

Domaine de Mirail

Gascogne Rosé  

$11.99 on sale


 Reds (65˚F): 


Albrecht Schneider


$15.99 on sale


Domaine de Colette 


$18.99 on sale




$14.99 on sale

Chateau le Bost

Bergerac Rouge

 $12.99 on sale


Laurent Combier 

Crozes Hermitage 



Chateau la Colombiere

Fronton "Réserve"

$14.99 on sale




$18.99 on sale


Chateau Lusseau 

Graves Rouge 

"Cuvée Barriques"
$27.99 on sale





Artisan Bacon



  • Applewood 
  • Garlic

 North Country 

  • Applewood
  • Peppered

Farmhand Foods 

  • Fresh & Local

The Pig 

  • Carolina Bacon
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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