Tag along with us to Toulouse at
this Saturday's free tasting!
In This Issue:
Tasty Tuesday: Sojourn in South Africa
Saturday Tasting: "Frontin' the Fronton"

Greetings! top
This heat is kinda 
 hard to swallow... 
...but rather than applying the illustrious Heimlich Maneuver (coincidentally celebrating it's 40th birthday this weekend), we've got a supply of deliciously cold wines to cool your jets and keep you breathin' easy. While it's supposed to be cool enough this weekend to have a red-focused tasting, we all know if won't last, so come see us for your txarming Txakoli and vivacious Vinho Verde needs.
Sun Report


Why, thank you!      
Real Customer Comment:

"I'm in no hurry! I just like hanging out here."

  -  Ken I.          


Holy Txakoli!!!

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
   The ninth wonder of the world (our beautiful Rosé Garden) has re-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!
Sojourn in South Africa
This Tuesday, June 3rd, we present our FREE
midweek wine tasting.  Every Tuesday is tasty!

5:00 - 7:00 pm
   5.5 thousand miles south of Western Europe's vineyards lie the beautiful hills and plains of South Africa. At this week's Tasty Tuesday, we celebrate some of the country's most famous specialties with prime examples of the Loire Valley natives (and siblings) Chenin and Sauvignon Blanc as well as a hefty blend which stars the quintessentially South African Pinotage grape and Bordeaux's Cabernets and Merlot. This sojourn doubles as a wine safari!
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
"Frontin' the Fronton"
or "Don't Negate the Negrette"
    Pretty soon, it will be too hot to dare dream up a tasting as red-centric as the one we've got in store for you this weekend, so join us as we boldly venture to the outskirts of Southwestern France's beautiful Toulouse. Fronton is a region armed with a signature grape known as Négrette which is virtually exclusive to its vineyards. Diane and Phillipe Cauvin of Chateau La Colombière are masters of this grape. In fact, you might even call them "Négrette whisperers." Join us this Saturday as we explore three different examples of this earthily floral grape in classic red followed by a lightly sweet sparkling rosé. After all, we wouldn't send you back out into the warm weekend sun without ending on a refreshing note. À Votre Santé!
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Chateau La Colombière 

Fronton Rouge 2011


{organic} 100% Négrette
(Sud-Ouest, France)
Of all the specialized and unusual appellations of southwestern France, Fronton, less than half an hour north of Toulouse, is quite possibly the most unique. Its exotic Négrette grape is cultivated virtually...

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Chateau La Colombière 
Fronton Rouge 2011

{organic} 100% Négrette  

(Sud-Ouest, France)

Fronton remains one of Southwestern France's frontiers for wine lovers. Despite being situated less than half an hour from the city of Toulouse, the region keeps a low international profile. Its reds team with deep purple fruit and a wholesome spiciness which is striking...

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Chateau La Colombière 
Fronton Rouge 2009
"Coste Rouge"  

{organic} 100% Négrette

(Sud-Ouest, France)

This is Diane & Philippe Cauvin's pure Negrette grape cuvee from a single parcel of vineyard with iron rich soils of pebbles, gravel and sand. The distinctive soil gives the wine a softer but more intense...
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Chateau la Colombière 
Rosé Methode Ancestrale 2011

{organic} 100% Négrette

(Sud-Ouest, France)

Philipe and Diane Cauvin have essentially bridled the finicky Négrette grape into graceful submission with their catalogue of wines that seem to improve with each passing vintage. This is their newest offering, a delectably refreshing...
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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):


Bodegas La Soterraña 


$11.99 on sale




$16.99 on sale


Bodegas Arrocal

Ribera del Duero 


$13.99 on sale

Chateau Jouclary 

Sauvignon Blanc 

$11.99 on sale



"Venus" Rosé 

$11.99 on sale


Barkers Marque

Sauvignon Blanc

"3 Brooms" 

$15.99 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



Cabernet Sauvignon 

$10.99 on sale



$16.99 on sale


Ancient Peaks







$20.99 on sale


Proprietary Red

$39.99 on sale


Bodegas Perica

Rioja Crianza


$16.99 on sale


Anton Bauer



$14.99 on sale


Chateau La Colombière 


"Coste Rouge" 

$24.99 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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  • Rustico
  • 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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