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In This Issue:
- Tasty Tuesday: Italy from Thigh to Heel
- Saturday's Tasting: Pre-TxakoliFest
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¡Hey Txakolina!
Txakoli Fest!
It's TxakoliFest!
6 Plates Txakoli      It's the one day of the year that Durham breaks out its secret stash of porrons and is transformed into an unlikely sister city to San Sebastián complete with spritzy Basque wine, oysters, and pintxos (tapas).  This is one of the greatest celebrations in town, and it's become the largest festival of Txakoli in the United States. 
     While you might know TxakoliFest from years past,  you've never seen it quite like this.  This year the first session is a tasting and food extravaganza as well as a fundraiser for the Housing for New Hope charity.  This session is a rare opportunity to wine and dine decadently and features all you can eat and drink (!) including:
  • 12 different Txakolis!
  • (at least) 4 different oysters on the half shell
  • 3 different Estrella beers
  • A crazy-delicious Basque sidra (cider) from barrel
  • Phenomenal food from Blu, Dos Perros, Mateo, Pops, Toast, Vin Rouge, Watts & Six Plates!
  • Andrew Kasab with incredible harp guitar
  • Newkirk bringing righteous jazz 
     The second session is an all out party where all wine and food is available for separate purchase.  You can get your tickets for either session via Six Plates or Wine Authorities.

TxakoliFest @ Six Plates Wine Bar
Saturday, June 1st, 2013 
2812 Erwin Rd
Durham, NC 27705

1st Session - 1:00 to 4:00pm 
Fundraiser: Homes for New Hope
$75 per person
2nd Session - 4:00pm to 12:00+ am 
General Admission
$15 per person
Final week: Bordeaux 6-Packs!
Bordeaux Map
Take Your Pick of these 6-packs:
"2009 in Saint-Émilion"
"Graves-Box: Chateau Lusseau"

   In typical Wine Authorities fashion, we've concocted two crazy great 6-pack sets of of Bordeaux, each showcasing some of our very favorite selections.  One is an assortment of Saint-Émilion from the illustrious 2009 vintage.  It contains three wines (two bottles each) which showcase the region's and vintage's strengths.
    Another box focuses on the recent return of a producer that has long been dear to our hearts, Chateau Lusseau, hailing from the southern stretch of the Left Bank, Graves.  This set includes the chateau's two red cuvées (three bottles of each).  You can enjoy them all in the immediate future or ration them out over the course of the next few years and watch (or taste) them evolve.  Enjoy!

Click on the links below for more information
and an ordering link (found at the bottom of each page)

$149.99 (Regularly $202.04) 
$119.99 (Regularly $154.74)

Interested in both together? Ask about an even better 12 bottle deal!
Rosé Garden
Rosé Garden 2013!
     It's here at long last!  The pink oasis that refreshes our mouths and nourishes our souls is once again in bloom!  The Rosé Garden has arrived, and speaking of fresh, we're kicking off the garden this year with selections that include a couple of brand new, never-before-in-the-US, Wine Authorities exclusives - a tangy Garnacha rosado from the grape's birthplace in Spain and a most juicy Mediterranean thirst quencher (watch out!) made entirely from Cinsault.  As always, a portion of each and every bottle of rosé sold will be donated to the fight against breast cancer.
  • Tempore - Rosado de Garnacha "Terrae" 2012  $9.99 
  • Domaine Magellan - Hérault Rosé "Le Fruit Défendu" 2012  $10.99
  • Tegernseerhof - "Mittelbach" Zweigelt Rosé 2012  $13.99 
  • Barnard Griffin - Rosé of Sangiovese 2012  $14.99
  • Anton Bauer - Wagram Rosé 2012  $12.99
  • Robert Serol - "Turbullent" Methode Ancestrale Rosé 2011  $18.99


Why, thank you!     
Real Customer Comment:

"This is the best shopping experience in Durham."

  - Neil P.    

Tasty Tuesday!
Italy from Thigh to Heel

  This Tuesday, June 4th, we present our FREE mid-week 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!
   At our next Tasty Tuesday, we're going to scope out the delightfully gam-shaped form of Italy and pluck three exciting new arrivals to sample.  Starting in the Piemonte, we'll revisit one of our favorite values in white (previously out of stock and having only recently returned), a delicate and vibrant Cortese from Monferrato.  Next, we'll discover a new Tuscan Rosato filled with crisp, cherry-berryish Sangiovese swagger.  Finally, we'll arrive at the gorgeous stiletto heel that is Puglia for an Aglianico which manages to showcase both the grape's famous boldness and its gentler side with powerful dark fruit and firm but graceful tannin.  Bravissimo! 

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 

Annual Pre-TxakoliFest Tasting 
This Saturday, we're striving for the most diverse pre-TxakoliFest tasting yet.  We've got whites, a rosé, and even an illusive red!  We've got spritzy wine, non-spritzy wine, and everything in between!  There'll be a total of five wines this year and no shortage of the stellar minerality, vibrant fruit, and refreshing acidity that we've come to love in Txakolina. So join us as we pass around the porron and taste some truly unique and fantastic wines. You can even try your hand at actually catching some of the spritzy summertime elixir in your mouth (don't worry, Txakoli won't stain). ¡Hey Txakolina!  

WEEKLY WINE™ $12 to $19.99


Arabako Txakolina 

Txakoli 2012


{sustainable} 80% Hondarribi Zuri, 10% Hondarribi Zuri Zerratia, 5% Izkiriota, 5% Izkiriota Ttippia  

(Pay Basque, Spain) 
In and around Bilbao, the Basque region that consumes the most Txakoli (CHOCK-o-lee), they pour the bottle from arm's length above the glass to accent the pétillant froth that makes it so refreshing. They also serve it with salty...
  On Sale! $15.99 [Full Description] 

WEEKLY WINE™ $12 to $19.99



Txakoli Rosé 2012


{sustainable} 50% Hondaribbi Beltza,

50% Hondaribbi Zuri 

 (Pay Basque, Spain)

If it were possible to nominate a single wine for the official title of "most refreshing," this Txakoli Rosé might very well take the prize. Tangy-tart citrusy brightness, fresh red fruit, citrus, and elegant mineral conspire to make it both...

WEEKLY WINE™ $12 to $19.99


Akarregi Txiki
Akarregi Txiki

Txakoli Getariako 2011

100% Hondaribbi Zuri 

 (Pay Basque, Spain)

Lasalde Elkartea is a big man with giant hands. He comes from a cattle farming family, but left this tradition to follow his love of the zippy Basque wine. Glimmering with green zestiness and bright golden fruit, this phenomenal value in Txakoli layers the signature mineral and blazing acidity that we crave from these refreshing Basque...
  On Sale $13.99 [Full Description]



WEEKLY WINE™ $12 to $19.99


Txakolina Bizkaiko 2011

{organic} 70% Mune Mahatsa

30% Txori Mahatsa, 

(Pay Basque, Spain) 

Roberto Ibarretxe Zorriketa founded this tiny winery near Bilbao in 1987 on a six acre heavily Atlantic-influenced, hillside vineyard. The delicious wine he makes is crisp and racy, refreshing, and perfect with seafood. They are close enough to the ocean that the tart, green...

MONTHLY WINE™ $20 to $49.99


Gorrondona ¡RED!

Txakoli Getariako 2011

100% Hondaribbi Beltza

(Pay Basque, Spain)

From 150 year-old Hondaribbi Beltza vines grown in the tiny Aldape vineyard farmed by Gorrondona, this is an extremely rare and obscure wine that is totally delicious, food versatile, ageworthy, and distinct. If you are a fan of this grape's close relative, Cabernet Franc, or simply a fan of good food and wine, you owe it to...
  On Sale $27.99 [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):


Quinta Touquinheiras 


$18.99 on sale




$12.99 on sale




$19.99 on sale

Borgo Moncalvo


$11.99 on sale


 Reds (65˚F): 



"Burgenland Red"  

$13.99 on sale



Langhe Nebbiolo 

$21.99 on sale




$11.99 on sale


Anton Bauer 

$14.99 on sale



Douro Tinto 

"Lua Nova"



Labranche Laffont 

Madiran "Tradition" 

$19.99 on sale



$11.99 on sale


La Casaccia 

Barbera del Monferrato  $14.99 on sale


Firsthand Foods


Fresh Local Sausages 

  • Bratwurst
  • Country Breakfast
  • Spicy Italian




Artisan Bacon



  • Applewood 
  • Garlic

 North Country 

  • Applewood
  • Peppered

Farmhand Foods 

  • Fresh & Local

The Pig 

  • Carolina Bacon
Vande Rose Farms
  • Applewood
  • Blue Moons
  • Caraway Rye 


  • Sorghum Sesame

Big Spoon

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Local peanut butters

  • Peanut  

8oz Jar - $8.00
16oz Jar - $12.00

  • Peanut Cashew
  • Peanut Almond
  • Penut Pecan
  • Chai Spice (8oz size only)  

8oz Jar - $10.00

16oz Jar - $15.00 


Counter Culture Coffee
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  • Espresso Rustico
  • Farmhouse Blend, Equador & Peru
  • Nueva Llusta, Bolivia   
  • La Golondrina, Colombia
  • Espresso Toscano                
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