A party of Pinot along
The Oregon Trail!
In This Issue:
Tasty Tuesday: California Dreamin'
Saturday Tasting: "The Oregon Trail"

Mission Accomplished!
Seurat in Durham
Photo © Larry Gottschalk
   We've just recovered from a fantastic weekend, and our first ever double-city Rosé Garden Party is on the books! Thanks to all who attended, especially our army of dedicated oyster shuckers and fish fryers. We couldn't have done it without you. Well, we could have, but we'd probably have ended up like this...
   Also, extra-special thanks to everyone that brightened our doors by wearing their garden party finest. There were some truly sharp looking people and some truly amazing hats, but there could be only one winner for each store. If you see your picture below (Alia in Durham and Ashley & Erin in Raleigh), you are the garden-partiest and we have a $100 Enomatic card waiting for you!
Alia in Durham
Ashley & Erin in Raleigh 
   There's plenty more crazy rosé-fueled debauchery to indulge in, however, because summer unofficially kicks off this Memorial Day weekend! We've also got the always great Six-for-$60, three-liter boxes, and all kinds of crisp whites to take to the beach. If you do opt to stay in town, we are featuring the world-class and quintessentially American wines from the Great State of Oregon this Saturday. You'll probably run into these two... 
Portlandia Bird Putters
Closed Memorial Day!
Closed Holiday Sign
We will be closed on Monday, May 26th for Memorial Day, but we're open normal hours Saturday and Sunday. Come hang out!


Why, thank you!      
Real Customer Comments:

"I'm happy to be here! We just moved to this part of town, and this is one of the perks."

  -  Nancy Z.          

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 12 different 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

Farm to Fork
The Triangle's Picnic
   It's almost time again for the annual Farm to Fork picnic! An initiative of Slow Food Triangle, The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), and the WC Breeze Family Farm, it features the opportunity to engage in some serious all-you-can eat smorgasbordery featuring a who's who of our areas many talented chefs working with a bounty of fresh local ingredients. Peruse the lists below and learn what to expect! 
Chef / Farmer Pairings
  • Acme Food & Beverage Co.
  • with Perrywinkle Farm
  • Bull City Burger & Brewery with Firsthand Foods & Muller's Grassfed Beef
  • Crook's Corner with Four Leaf Farm
  • Elaine's on Franklin with Peregrine Farm
  • Foster's Market Chapel Hill with Open Door Farm
  • Garland with Whitted Bowers
  • Glass Half Full with Prodigal Farm
  • Harvest 18 with Green Button Farm
  • Herons at The Umstead with Celebrity Dairy
  • Hummingbird Bakery with Color Fields Farm
  • Il Palio with Woodfruit
  • Irregardless Cafe with Well Fed Community Garden
  • Kimbap with In Good Heart Farm
  • Kitchen with Parker Farm & Vineyard
  • Lantern with Breeze Incubator Farms
  • Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen with Fickle Creek Farm
  • Mandolin with Rare Earth Farm
  • Mattie B.'s Public House with Ever Laughter Farm
  • Neal's Deli with Granite Springs Farm
  • Oak Leaf with Lilly Den Farm
  • One Restaurant with Cane Creek Farm
  • Panciuto with Lil Farm
  • Pazzo with Cozi Farm
  • Pompieri Pizza with Firsthand Foods & Muller's Grassfed Beef
  • Poole's Downtown Diner with Raleigh City Farm
  • Salt Box Seafood Joint with Walking Fish Cooperative
  • Saxapahaw General Store with Massey Creek Farm
  • Scratch Baking with Goat Lady Dairy & SEEDS
  • Six Plates Wine Bar with Maple Spring Gardens
  • The Eddy Pub with Rocky Run Farm
  • Toast with Dutch Buffalo Farm
  • Triangle Raw Foods with ECO
  • Watts Grocery with Chapel Hill Creamery & Seeds

Local Food Artisans


  • Big Spoon Roasters
  • Box Turtle Bakery
  • Chicken Bridge Bakery
  • Bread@Norton
  • Escazu Artisan Chocolates
  • Hillsborough Cheese Co.
  • Huntington Kitchen
  • Just Bee Apiary
  • Rose's Meat Market
  • Tempeh Girl
  • Two Chicks Farm
  • Videri Chocolate


   The most recent agriculture census reported that NC was tied for first in the nation in loss of farmland in 2007. Loss of North Carolina farms is equally alarming with a loss of half of the farms from 100,000 farms in 1976 to 52,500 farms in 2008. Nationally, we have lost 1 million acres of farmland since 1997 and there are now more people in prisons than on farms. With the average age of farmers now 59, it is critical that we support the training and development of new farmers. Proceeds of the Farm to Fork Picnic support the new farmer training programs at CEFS and the Breeze Farm.

Adult ticket (21+) - $100
Youth ticket (13-20) - $50
Free for children 12 & under.


Proceeds benefit farmer apprentice and internship programs.

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? 

Currently in the Garden:
  • Domaine Magellan - Hereault Rosé "Le Fruit Defendu" 2013  $11.99
  • Bodegas Arrocal - Ribera del Duero Rosado "Rosa" 2013  $13.99
  • Barnard-Griffin - "Rosé of Sangiovese" 2013  $14.99
  • Laurent Gauthier - Beaujolais Villages Rosé "Vintage" 2013  $14.99
  • Domaine Pinchinat - "Venus de Pinchinat" Rosé 2013  $10.99
  • Netzl - Zweigelt Rosé "Rosanna" 2013  $13.99
  • Meinklang - Pinot Noir Rosé Frizzante "Prosa" 2013  $15.99 
Tasty Tuesday!
California Dreamin' 
This Tuesday, May 27th, we present our FREE
midweek wine tasting.  Every Tuesday is tasty!

5:00 - 7:00 pm
   Hot on the heels of this Saturday's Oregonian Memorial Day Weekend tasting, we're featuring some truly dreamy and very representative values from Cali at next week's Tasty Tuesday! The three wines surfing our way include a brightly tropical Sauvignon Blanc from Paso Robles, a classically creamy Chardonnay from Sonoma, and a boldly berryish Petite Sirah from Lodi loaded with plenty of spice.  Join us and catch some totally rad waves! 
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 

The Oregon Trail
aka "A Party with Pinot"
    At this Saturday's free tasting, we venture into the great untamed west - the Pacific Northwest, to be precise.  Gaining momentum and a multitude of admirers, Oregon has rapidly become a force to be reckoned with in the arena of classical cooler climate European varietals, especially the Pinot grapes which originated centuries ago in eastern France's Burgundy.  Fittingly, we'll be presenting not only everyone's favorite Oregonian adoptees, Pinot Noir and Gris, but also an unusually robust example of the somewhat lesser-known Pinot Blanc.  Harness the oxen and bring your spirit of adventure!
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Cooper Pinot Gris
Cooper Mountain

Pinot Gris 2012


{biodynamic} 100% Pinot Gris
(Willamette, Oregon)

In the 25 years that Cooper Mountain Vineyards has commercially produced wine, they've carved a striking niche out of the highly specialized volcanic soil that hosts the estate's vineyards, focusing on the varietals that have helped establish Willamette...

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Anne Amie Pinot Blanc

Anne Amie 
Pinot Blanc 2011 

100% Pinot Blanc 

(Chehalem Mountains, Oregon)

What started out as an alarmingly rainy and cool summer (bloom didn't start until July 14th) blossomed into classic Oregon July, with steady warm weather and no rain. The good luck continued with an unprecedented Indian...

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Montinore Pinot Noir
Montinore Estate 
Pinot Noir 2012 

{biodynamic} 100% Pinot Noir 

(Willamette, Oregon)

We've watched this winery get better every year and now the Marchesi family has produced another great vintage for Montinore! This superb Pinot looks like a Pinot, smells like a Pinot and yes, tastes like a Pinot! Unfortunately this is becoming...
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Pinot Noir 2011   

{sustainable} 100% Pinot Noir 

(Willamette, Oregon)

Surrounded by hazelnut farms and trees that explode with color during harvest, Trisaetum's Ribbon Ridge vineyard is as idyllic a vineyard site as one could imagine. Underneath the beauty lies a base of crushed basalt rock and volcanic soils formed when the whole place was deep beneath the Pacific ocean...
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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):


L.R. Vasquez 

Ribeira Blanco
"Os Pasás"  

$35.99 on sale


Domaine Pinchinat 

"Venus" Rosé  

$10.99 on sale


Laurent Gauthier 

Beaujolais Villages Rosé


$22.99 on sale


"Rosé of Sangiovese" 

$14.99 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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  • Farmhouse Blend, Equador & Peru
  • Tsheya, Congo    
  • Baroida Late Harvest, Papua New Guinea 
  • Remera, Rwanda 
  • Espresso Toscano                
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  • Socially & financially underutilized urban land. 
  • Healthy neighborhoods & thriving markets. 
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