Happy Mother's Day! 
"Sprechen Sie Deutsch?"
In One Week, a Rosé Garden Party!!!
In This Issue:
Tasty Tuesday: "Three Heads is Better than One"
Saturday Tasting: "Sprechen Sie Deutsch?"
Yo mama's so nice, 
she deserves a gift! 
Mother's Day Brunch Kit
Whether your mother's parenting style is more June Cleaver or the Xenomorph Queen from Aliens (probably somewhere in between), she deserves this special weekend because Moms are the best! To help you treat your awesome Mom, we are offering a goodies-packed Mother's Day Brunch Kit for a discounted price of $39.99*. Set up a nice spread for Mom with:
  • Leo Hillinger's Sparkling Pinot Noir Rosé
  • Zesty Charleston Bloody Mary Mix
  • Scratch Bakery's Famous Sorghum Granola
  • Locally Roasted Counter Culture Coffee (choose Rustico, Nueva Llusta, or Espresso Toscano)
  • A Wine Authorities Tote Bag to carry it all!
You provide the flowers and the oeufs en cocotte florentine** and we'll provide the luxurious accoutrements. 

PS - It's graduation weekend too, and we have a great selection of delicious sparkling wines with which to toast your matriculating loved ones!
*This price includes tax! 

**You should probably pick an easier recipe.

It's a Party 'round the Garden!
(In Durham & Raleigh)
   PAAAAARRTTTYYY! Garden Party, to be exact, in honor of the annual blooming of our Rosé Garden, often referred to by historians as The Greatest Thing on Earth. To match our garden's pink, juicy glory, we're throwing an ambitious two-city simultaneous Rosé Rager on Saturday, May 17th. Oysters will be shucked, fish will be fried, and (of course) the wine will flow. More details will be revealed in the coming weeks, but we wanted to send this early invite so we all have a chance to save the date and plan our Garden Party Outfits.
   Oh yeah, you're definitely gonna need a Garden Party Outfit...
Seurat in Durham
Photo by Larry Gottschalk
(more details soon to follow)
Prodigal Farm 
Kickstarter Project
Prodigal Goats  
  Our friends at the local, humane, pasture-based farm are building a cheese aging space in order to become even more sustainable:
   "We raise goats the hardest way: humanely, always on pasture, mirroring the lives they'd live in nature, but with better care and better protection from predators. No other commercial-scale goat dairy in North Carolina bears the Animal Welfare Approved certification, and very few do nationwide. We make beautiful cheeses which in three years have found a market from New York's Hudson River Valley to New Orleans. In those three years, we've discovered some bottlenecks and business challenges." 


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Boxes are Blooming!

    While you might have heard of "Christmas in July," "Boxing Day in May" is probably slightly less familiar. That's okay! We're here to fill you in on all the juicy details. Returning just in time for all our favorite vernal festivities is a stable of beloved Rhone and Provençal boxed wines.  Domaine Le Garrigon's famous Vin de Méditerranée and Cotes du Rhone, along with Domaine Pinchinat's Venus Rouge and Rosé, are finally back!  We also welcome our newest arrival to the wild world of 3L, Apaltagua's "Gran Verano" Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile's Curico, which joins the estate's crisp, tropical box o' Sauvignon Blanc!
   To celebrate all the boxy goodness we have going on up in here, our next Saturday Tasting (May 3rd) features the wines of Domaine Pinchinat, an estate which knows that it's sometimes best to think inside the box, so glass bottles are set to share the spotlight with space-age sachets forged of mylar and cardboard. 

  • Apaltagua - Sauvignon Blanc "Gran Verano" 2013  $26.99 [3L] 
  • Herdade do Esporão - Branco "Alandra" NV  $24.99 [3L] 
  • Domaine Pinchinat - Venus de Pinchinat Rosé 2013  $29.99 [3L]
  • Domaine Pinchinat - Venus de Pinchinat Rouge 2012  $29.99 [3L]
  • Carussin - Barbera d'Asti "Asinoi" 2011  $34.99 [3L] (JUST RETURNED!) 
  • Domaine Le Garrigon - Vin de Méditerranée 2012  $29.99 [3L]  
  • Domaine Le Garrigon - Cotes du Rhone 2012  $34.99 [3L]  
  • Apaltagua - Cabernet Sauvignon "Gran Verano"  2013  $26.99 [3L]

And behold our glorious box discounts!

  • 2 Boxes: 10% Off!
  • 3 Boxes: 15% Off!!
  • 4 Boxes: 20% Off!!!


Tasty Tuesday!
"Three Heads are
Better than One"
This Tuesday, May 13th, we present our FREE
midweek wine tasting.  Every Tuesday is tasty!

5:00 - 7:00 pm
   Sure, plenty of venerable wines are made from single varietals, but numerous regions have signature recipes which often consist of three-grape blends. Join us on the 13th as we explore two classic examples of this: a Merlot / Cab-Sauv / Cab-Franc combination from southern Bordeaux and a Grenache / Syrah / Mourvedre melding from the Southern Rhone Valley. These famous trios have, today, made their mark on wines around the world through fashionable phenomena such as the "Meritage" and "GSM." And because innovative three-grape blends are all the rage, we'll start our tasting with a unique collaboration between Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat, and a very rare varietal found only in southeastern Spain known as Verdil. Three heads are better than one...  
And don't forget:
Our Tasty Tuesday 15% Half-Case Discount!
After you taste, put together 6 bottles from our Tasty Tuesday lineup, and we'll take an entire 15% off!

This Saturday from 12 to 3 PM
in Durham & Raleigh
"try before you buy" at
our FREE tasting 

"Sprechen Sie Deutsch?"
Recent German Arrivals 
    This Saturday, join us in Germany's Rheinhessen and Pfalz as we explore some of the country's spring-friendly wine specialties! The tasting's alpha and omega is the quintessentially German Riesling grape - demonstrated first as an elegantly dry bubbly that's perfect for toasting moms and grads alike. Examples of Silvaner and Pinot Blanc provide variety and brilliantly showcase two of the nation's most significant white grapes. As promised, the tasting will end as it began with a beautiful example of dry Riesling (this time coming in gloriously almost-ample one liter format)!

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Fitz Ritter Sekt

Riesling Sekt 

"Extra Trocken" 

100% Riesling 
(Pfalz, Germany)
Family owned and operated since 1817, the oldest Sekt producer in the Pfalz region of Germany makes brilliantly dry and lively sparkling wines from the illustrious Riesling grape. Focusing on this German queen of white varietals...

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Doctor Heyden 
Silvaner Trocken 2012
"Alte Reben"

{sustainable} 100% Sylvaner 

(Rheinhessen, Germany)

Old vine Silvaner is a true rarity. While the second most planted grape (after Riesling) in Germany and nearly as old, Sylvaner has remained in the shadows. Frank Heyden...

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Weingut Binz
Pinot Blanc 2012

100% Pinot Blanc 

(Rheinhessen, Germany)

Seated at a wooden table inside the winery, we were poured this delightful "Weissburgunder" by Manfred Binz himself. Bright melon and stone fruit aromas began to fill the air immediately. The estate is located squarely in...
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Weingut Binz 
Riesling Trocken 2013
"Nackenheimer" 1-Liter! 

100% Riesling  

(Rheinhessen, Germany)

Half a decade ago, we visited this winery for the first time while on a German wine-buying trip. We can still confirm that the Binz estate is responsible for some of the Rheinhessen's (and Germany's) greatest values. Located on the "red slope" between Nackenheim and Oppenheim...
On Sale! $14.99 [Full Description]
1-Liter Bottle! The Equivalent of $11.25 Per Standard 750ml Bottle!

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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
in Durham:
Here's what's on tap, subject to change on a whim or fancy

Whites (48˚F):


Finca Sophenia 

Chardonnay "Reserva"  

$15.99 on sale


Weingut Binz 

Riesling Trocken 

1 Liter!

$14.99 on sale


Chateau de L'Hoste

Entre Deux Mers 

$22.99 on sale

Bliss Family Vineyards

Sauvignon Blanc

$12.99 on sale


Reds (65˚F):


Nugan Estate 


"Third Generation"

$11.99 on sale


Domaine La Bouysse 



$24.99 on sale


Chateau La Colombiere 



$12.99 on sale


Buil & Giné 
"Giné Giné" 

$19.99 on sale


Carlos Santos Lima

Lisboa Tinto





Pinot Noir 


$29.99 on sale



$10.99 on sale


Domaine Vissoux

Beaujolais Nouveau VV

 $13.99 on sale


on the Enomatic
in Raleigh:
Here's what's on tap, subject to change on a whim or fancy

Whites (48º F):


Pas Saint Martin 

Saumur Blanc
"La Pierre Frite" 

$15.99 on sale


Borgo Moncalvo 


$11.99 on sale


Bodegas La Soterraña 



$11.99 on sale


Grüner Veltliner 

$13.99 on sale



"Venus" Rosé 

$11.99 on sale


Barnard Griffin

Rosé of Sangiovese

$14.99 on sale


Chateau de L'Hoste

Entre Deux Mers V.V. 

$22.99 on sale



"Grand Firepeak Cuvée" 

$22.99 on sale



Reds (65º F):




$14.99 on sale


Viña Apaltagua

Pinot Noir  


$11.99 on sale



Salice Salentino 

$11.99 on sale



$16.99 on sale


Ancient Peaks







$20.99 on sale


Proprietary Red

$39.99 on sale




 $19.99 on sale


Anton Bauer



$14.99 on sale


Chateau Mancedre

Pessac Leognan 

$39.99 on sale


Domaine Le Garrigon

Rhone Rouge

"Vin de Méditerranée" 

$10.99 on sale


Domaine du Vissoux 
Beaujolais Nouveau
"Pierre Charmette" 

$12.99 on sale


Domaine du Vissoux 

Beaujolais Nouveau

"Vieilles Vignes"



Marcel Giraudon

Bourgogne Rouge 

Chitry Pinot Noir

$17.99 on sale


Brunello di Montalcino

$49.99 on sale


Bodegas Tempore

Old Vine Garnacha "G"

 $17.99 on sale  


Firsthand Foods


Fresh Local Sausages 

  • Bratwurst
  • Country Breakfast
  • Spicy Italian




Artisan Bacon



  • Applewood 
  • Garlic

 North Country 

  • Applewood
  • Peppered

Firsthand Foods 

  • Fresh & Local
Vande Rose Farms
  • Applewood
  • Caraway Rye 


  • Sorghum Sesame


  • Bacon Jam 

Big Spoon

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Local peanut butters

  • Peanut  
8oz Jar - $9.99
16oz Jar - $16.99

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

8oz Jar - $12.99

16oz Jar - $17.99   

  • Mission Almond

8oz Jar - $13.00 


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  • Farmhouse Blend, Equador & Peru
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