This Saturday, join us for our first
Rosé Garden Party!!!
In This Issue:
Tasty Tuesday: Godello, Zinfandel, and Lambrusco!
Saturday Tasting: Rosé Garden Celebration
Rosé Garden Party!
(In Durham & Raleigh) 
May 17th. Noon to 3:00PM
An Extravaganza
Celebrating and Sampling Rosé!
   Our first ever Rosé Garden Party will be held in both our Durham and Raleigh stores on May 17th from noon to 3pm.
Discover the perfection of pairing rosés with NC oysters (steamed or raw) and fried fish from Walking Fish prepared by chefs Billy Cotter of Toast (and the soon-to-open Dashi) for Durham store and Andrew Shepherd of Stanbury (and Wine Authorities!) for Raleigh. Local farmstead cheese plates (from Chapel Hill Creamery in Durham and Prodigal Farm in Raleigh) will also be available for $9 each. 
   Be sure to don a Garden Party outfit! Party attendees donning fancy hats, bow ties, or parasols will receive a 10% discount on wine purchases (and an extra 5% bump-up on purchases of cases and half-cases)! A best-costume winner will be selected in both Durham and Raleigh and will receive a whopping $100 Enomatic card (thus ensuring coolest-kid status). Feel free to surprise us with the outlandish rosé-themed outfits of your wildest imaginations! 
PS: We need oyster shuckers at both locations. Call or reply to this email to help us out!
Seurat in Durham
Photo by Larry Gottschalk
Prodigal Farm 
Kickstarter Project
Prodigal Goats  
Ends Tuesday, May 20th! 
  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." 


Why, thank you!      
Real Customer Comments:

"I was a big fan of (insert other wine shop here),
but you've blown them away."

  -  Greg M.          

Vine to Wine
At Wine Authorities Raleigh
Our in-depth introductory class returns!
7:33 pm. Thursday, May 29th
   Join us at our new Raleigh store 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 how 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 concise but thorough two hour class.
(includes tasting, video presentation, and handouts) 

Wine Authorities Raleigh 
211 E Franklin St. 
May 29th @ 7:33 pm
$36 per person - Reservations required
(Corkscrew) Operators are standing by:
919-831-WINE (919-831-9463)


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!

First Session 
Noon to 3:00 PM 
     The first sessionis a tasting and food extravaganza as well as a fundraiser for Urban Ministries of Durham.  This session is a rare opportunity to wine and dine decadently and features all you can eat and drink (!) including:
  • 12 different Txakolis!
  • 5 different oysters on the half shell
  • 3 different Estrella beers
  • Lots of fantastic food from local favorite chefs 
   Six Plates' John Eisensmith will be joined by Amy Tournquist of Watts Grocery, Gray Brooks of Pizzeria Toro, Kim Floresca and Daniel Ryan of ONE restaurant, Matt Kelly of Bar Mateo and Vin Rouge,  Ricky Moore of Saltbox Seafood Joint, and Tim Lyons of Blue Seafood. The folks from Firsthand foods will also be here to tell you about all the fantastic things they are doing to help our fantastic farms get to our tables. There will be 12different txakolis to taste by the glass, and a souvenir glass for you to take home.
Oysters & Melon de Bourgogne 
Second Session
3:00 to 10:00 PM+ 
    This is the classical, general admission session. Purchasing tickets in advance guarantees your entrance. An eclectic music lineup features some of the best talent our region has to offer, and you'll have access to an incredible menu.
   Food and wine is not included in the ticket price and must be ordered separately.

Music will be provided by:
TxakoliFest @ Six Plates Wine Bar 
Saturday, June 14th, 2013  
2812 Erwin Rd 
Durham, NC 27705  
1st Session - Noon to 3:00pm 
$75 per person 
2nd Session - 3:00pm to 10:00+ pm   
General Admission 
$10 per person

Tasty Tuesday!
This Tuesday, May 20th, we present our FREE
midweek wine tasting.  Every Tuesday is tasty!

5:00 - 7:00 pm
   For absolutely no reason, we're tasting examples of wine made from the glorious Godello, Zinfandel, and Lambrusco grapes at this week's Tasty Tuesday in a dual-continental adventure. While the grapes in question may have very few specific commonalities, each is known for its unmistakably distinctive personality and iconic flavor profile. We'll begin in "Green Spain" for a sighting of the formerly illusive Godello variety before crossing ocean and land to Cali's Sonoma for an imposingly dark-fruited and impeccably balanced but fiercely representative Zinfandel. We'll end where northern and central Italy meet, in Emilia Romagna for beautifully deep and dark yet enormously fun Lambrusco - complete with just a hint of sweetness. Join us for a titanic tasting!  
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!
Rosé Garden 2014
Oh, la belle jardin! 
   Just in time for our first ever Garden Party extravaganza, the famous Rosé Garden has sprouted in all it's pink, juicy glory. In fact, we have two gardens for the first time this year and a whole new cadre of gardeners to tend our Raleigh Rosé. Old favorites have returned along with the requisite new arrivals, and (as always) we will donate a portion of our rosé sales throughout the year to breast cancer research. So come shop in our magnificent garden! Did we mention that we love dry rosé? 


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

An Introduction:
Rosé Garden Glasses
Rosé Garden 2014!
    In conjunction with our first ever (perhaps to-be first annual?) Rosé Garden Party, we're pulling out all the stops and upping the ante at this week's free Saturday tasting! A six-player ensemble cast of representative rosés from France, Spain, Austria, and the United States will greet you at our tasting bars in both Durham and Raleigh. Marvel at the diverse shades of Rosé - from pale salmon to rosy-red and magenta-tinged! Explore the variety in flavor and weight while reveling in the refreshing thread of consistency which binds all dry rosés together! Drink the pink!

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Mas Codina Cava Rosado
Mas Codina 

Cava Brut Rosado 

100% Pinot Noir 
(Penedès, Spain)

This delicate and generous rosé from our friends at Mas Codina is bright, juicy, and finely textured, exuding sophistication and balance through every fun, refreshing bubble. As is the case in many of the best rosé bubblies, here red fruit is nuance rather than star, allowing minerality and floral notes a voice in this highly memorable and complex sparkler....

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Domaine Magellan 
Hérault Rosé 2013
"Le Fruit Défendu"

{sustainable} 100% Cinsault

(Languedoc, France)

Cinsault is technically not allowed at this percentage in the Languedoc, hence this wine's name: "Le Fruits Defendu" (The Forbidden Fruit). Winegrower Bruno Lafon, a transplant himself originally from Comte de Lafon in Meursault, has brought his...

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Zweigelt Rosé 2013

100% Zweigelt

(Carnuntum, Austria)

Carnuntum's Franz Netzl is a dedicated specialist in the region's most important grape, Zweigelt, and takes great pride in the excellent quality of which his vineyards are capable. This pink representation is named for his daughter, Anna...
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Domaine Pinchinat 
Cotes de Provence Rosé 2013  

{organic} Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah 

(Provence, France)

Served cold, this goes down easily (and very quickly) just as it would in the land where it's made. Picture this: you, your love, and your closest friends around a small table with a saffron-colored table cloth. It's dusk. Cool breezes relieve...
Bodegas Arrocal 
Ribera del Duero Rosado 2013
"Rosa de Arrocal" 

100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) 

(Castilla y Leon, Spain)
Hailing from northern Castilla y Leon's arid Ribera del Duero region, home to some of the nation's most balanced and structured Tempranillo-based reds, this juicy rosé has a lot of the beloved characteristics of its darker brethren. Trading in the ample tannin and impressive longevity for youthful exuberance and intensely berryish-bright tangy red fruit, this wine's appeal is...

"Rosé of Sangiovese" 2013 

100% Sangiovese

(Columbia Valley, Washington)

Super pink, borderline light red in color, this Washington State rosé wine is rich and deeply extracted in style. Like a squirt of cherry and strawberry fruit pie on the palate, this rosé is a full-bodied pink for a meal. Showing watermelon, cherry and orange peel on...
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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 


Counter Culture Coffee
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  • Rustico
  • Farmhouse Blend, Equador & Peru
  • Tsheya, Congo    
  • Baroida Late Harvest, Papua New Guinea 
  • Remera, Rwanda 
  • Espresso Toscano                
Raleigh CIty Farm
Visit our Neighbors at:
Farm Stand Hours: Tuesdays: 4pm-7pm
Thursdays: 8am-2pm
Saturdays: 8am-3pm 
  • Community supported farms & entrepreneurs. 
  • Socially & financially underutilized urban land. 
  • Healthy neighborhoods & thriving markets. 
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