This Saturday:
Next Tuesday:
Vacation Pack Sampler
In This Issue:
Think Inside the Box
The Rosé Garden
Tasty Tuesday: Vacation Pack Sampler
Saturday Tasting: "Oc!"
Deep Cuts: "Tis but the vessel!"


  Put Up Your Dukes...
For a Heavyweight Wine Tasting!
   It's a double-city showdown this Saturday, as two heavy hitters square off in a wine tasting fight to the finish. In the Raleigh corner, our own Pugilistic Poobah, Clobberin' Craig Heffley! And in the Durham corner, that most Ferocious Frenchman (and local wine importer extraordinaire), Bruisin' Bruno Arricastres! The outcome is uncertain, but rest assured that YOU will be a Champion, whether you roll up to Raleigh or throw down in Durham. Come one, come all! Taste magnificent wines...poured by magnificent men. Join us for this and more exciting tastings as the Year of the Horse continues!
We'll help you pack!
Vacation Pack
   In other news, our 2014  Vacation Pack deal is going strong, but it won't last forever! Two crisp whites, two luscious rosés, and two sumptuous reds are ready to accompany you on your various late-summer travels (or late-summer chillin'  at home). The wines are at a deep discount, and we're also throwing in a stylish Wine Authorities tote to help you..uh.. tote'em. Pick up your pre-packed portable party today! Click here to read more and visit us us at our next Tasty Tuesday for the opportunity to sample three of the six selections...
Extree! Extree!
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Illustration by Laura Frankstone
   Check out this excellent article on our new Raleigh 'hood in the latest issue of Walter Magazine! They have some great things to say about the new businesses in the area (including ours), and we're very proud to be part of the ongoing radification of such a cool part of town.
   We would like to point out that our Durham store has actually been in business since 2007 (not 2009 as mentioned in the article) and to clarify that it is, in reality, a whopping 95% of grocery store wine which is produced by the same eight corporations. These corporations have bought or created brands to make it seem like they are hundreds of individual wineries while manufacturing the wines in massive factories. Dastardly indeed.
Fill That Bus! 
Fill that Bus! 
    Help fill the bus! Each year we participate in the Fill That Bus school supply drive, and currently beside our front door, you'll find a box waiting to be filled with much needed school supplies for Durham students.  Contributions of any of the following will be much appreciated:
  • Boxed CrayonsGlue Sticks
  • Boxed Markers
  • Packages of Pencils
  • Staplers
  • Highlighters
  • Clipboards
  • Copy Paper
  • Notebook Paper
  • Composition Books


Why, thank you!      
Real Customer Comment:

"You are the most civilized wine store."

    -  Pierre G.        

  Think inside the box... 
"Bag-In-Box Brutalism" -Vinodrome
   Currently at W.A. are more boxes to choose from than ever before. Our full stable of Provençal, Rhone, and Chilean offerings has returned. What's more, a new Rhone white made from Viognier (75%) & Ugni Blanc (25%) from our beloved Domaine Le Garrigon is available for the very first time, and it is positively awesome! 

  • Domaine Le Garrigon - Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2013  $34.99 [3L] BRAND NEW!
  • Apaltagua - Sauvignon Blanc "Gran Verano" 2013  $26.99 [3L]
  • Herdade do Esporão - Branco "Alandra" 2013  $24.99 [3L]
  • Domaine Pinchinat - Venus de Pinchinat Rosé 2013  $29.99 [3L]
  • Domaine Pinchinat - Venus de Pinchinat Rouge 2012  $29.99 [3L]
  • Domaine Le Garrigon - Vin de Méditerranée 2012  $29.99 [3L]  
  • Domaine Le Garrigon - Cotes du Rhone 2013  $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!!!
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. New rosé selections are continuously blooming, and you never know what might surface next!  
Currently in the Garden:
  • Viña Aliaga - Navarra Rosado "Lagrima de Garnacha" 2013  $9.99
  • Tegernseerhof - Zweigelt Rosé "Mittelbach" 2013  $14.99  
  • Bodegas Tempore - Garnacha Rosado "Terrae" 2013  $9.99 
  • Bodegas Los Frailes - Monastrell Rosado 2013  $9.99 
  • Mas Codina - Rosé Penedès 2013  $9.99 
  • Domaine Gouron - Chinon Rosé 2013  $17.99
  • Barnard-Griffin - "Rosé of Sangiovese" 2013  $14.99
  • Jean Paul Brun - Beaujolais "Rosé d'Folie" 2013  $16.99
Tasty Tuesday!
Vacation Pack Sampler
This Tuesday, August 19th, we present our FREE
midweek wine tasting.  Every Tuesday is tasty!

5:00 - 7:00 pm
   For many of us, this stretch of summer is prime vacation time.  We flock to the beach to soak up the sun and bathe in the Atlantic breeze or we head for the mountains to escape the insistent midsummer heat.  Either way, we want our excursions to be special and filled with wonderful, memorable things.  Unfortunately, most of our favorite nearby travel destinations are sorely lacking in places to buy good wine.  Well, we've put together an assortment of some of our favorite vacation wines, tailored to the season and to our beautifully varied NC landscape - each at home on the beach or mountain cabin porch.  So, as you pack for your vacation, don't forget our essential Vacation Pack. At our next Tasty Tuesday, come and meet (or rediscover) three of the selections in this year's vacay / staycay six-pack sack!
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
May we say "Òc!" 
to the Languedoc? 
Mais Ouis! err.. Oc! 
   The Languedoc, France's sprawling western Mediterranean reaches which curiously take their name from the fact that in their traditional Occitain language, "yes" is spoken as "òc" instead of "oui," is truly a world of wine and a world under vine! This viticultural paradise, in the not-too-distant past, was plagued by the prioritizing of quantity over quality, perhaps too conducive to grape-growing for its own good! Now, the tides have turned in favor of harnessing the potential of these southern climes and making the excellent wines of which the Languedoc has always been capable but not always been allowed to produce. Join us this Saturday as we sink our teeth into a highly exotic white value from Corbieres, a fresh Cinsault-based rosé which benefits from the expertise of a vigneron from one of the brightest corners of Burgundy's Beaune, a spicy Grenache-driven blend from the central Languedoc's Saint-Chinian, and a Syrah-starring masterpiece from the northeastern region of Pic Saint-Loup!
Join Bruno in Durham and the Grand Poobah in Raleigh!
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Bouysse Blanc
Domaine La Bouysse 

Aude-Hauterive Blanc 2013

{organic} Grenache Blanc, Maccabeu,
Viognier, Muscat à Petits Grains 
(Western Languedoc, France)

Our friend, Martine Pages is really hitting her stride. The current vintages of her various wines are among the best she's ever made. This white is lush and full but bright and lively. It's expansive and exotic but fresh - filled with flavor and fun personality...

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Magellan Rosé

Domaine Magellan 
Hérault Rosé 2013
"Le Fruit Défendu" 

{sustainable} 100% Cinsault 

(Central 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 Burgundian expertise...

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Domaine Borie La Vitarèle 
Saint Chinian 2012
"Les Terres Blanches" 

{organic} 45% Grenache, 45% Syrah,

10% Mourvedre 

(Central Languedoc, France)

Nestled amongst the garrigue within a pine forest, the few acres of Borie la Vitarele's old vines are treated like a private garden employing biodynamic compost made from local plants. Hand-harvesting ensures quality and the wine is aged for 12 months in French oak. Dark purple in color, with great...
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Mas Bruguiere 
Pic Saint-Loup 2011 

{organic} 55% Syrah, 45% Grenache 

(Eastern Languedoc, France)

Monks made liquor from the Arbutus berry in Corsica and brought the shrub to the Languedoc, where the red fruit dots the hillsides today. Established in 1664, this estate uses a derivation of Arbutus for the name of this cuvée...
"Tis but the vessel!"
Aka "What's in the box?" 
   What's in the box? Well, hopefully wine! Boxes of wine aren't, however, simply boxes of wine. They provide us with the most futuristic means to purchase our wine as well as to dispense it and up our ability to be conscientious when it comes to the carbon footprint left behind by the journeys that these wines have to undertake before they arrive at our favorite wine shops (ahem).  For instance, four bottles of wine, on average, weigh 12 lbs. The boxed equivalent, three liter BIB (short for Bag-in-Box) weights about 6.5 lbs. So it's twice as efficient to move wine around the world in boxes than in bottles.
   This efficiency means not only a happier planet, but reduced prices for the consumer once the wine reaches it's destination. While we certainly are not advocating a bottle-less winescape, we are firm believers in boxes as fun, tough, and efficient alternative packaging.
 Truly Spaceage: Mylar Sachet
DuPont-developed, NASA-approved 
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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):


Anton Bauer 

Grüner Veltliner

$19.99 on sale


Dr. Heyden 

Riesling Kabinett 


$16.99 on sale


Jean Paul Brun 

Beujolais Rosé 

"Rosé d'Folie" 

$16.99 on sale

Chateau Jouclary 

Sauvignon Blanc 

$11.99 on sale


Reds (65˚F):


Quinta do Encontro 

Beira Atlântico 


$11.99 on sale


Viña Aliaga 


"Syrah Syrah"

$13.99 on sale



Pinot Noir 

"Firepeak Vineyard" 

$22.99 on sale


Grosbos Barbara 
Saint Pouçain Rouge
"Chambre d'Eduard" 

$15.99 on sale


Bodegas Arrocal 

Ribera de Duero 





Pinot Noir

$19.99 on sale

La Quercia 


$16.99 on sale




 $19.99 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


Cave Freudenreich 

Riesling d'Alsace 

"Terre d'Apollon" 

$17.99 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 


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
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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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