This Saturday, we're getting 
sincere about Sancerre! 
In This Issue:
Tasty Tuesday: Diggin' the Heel
Saturday Tasting: Sincerely Sancerre

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It's On!
    October is here, and it brings so many dubious reasons to celebrate! Not only is it National Pizza Month, it's National Seafood Month and National Cookie Month. We've got wines to go with all those things! And just have a look at the free tastings that we've cooked up for the next few weeks!
    And of course we are just SO glad that it's FINALLY National Sarcasm Month. We really need THAT, right?
   We hope you have a great October, and whether you need a robust Champagne to celebrate your favorite virus on the third, or a yeasty Muscadet to go along with your moldy cheese on the ninth, we've got you covered.
    Hmm, we feel like we forgot to mention some other major holiday in October... Oh well!

Fall in love with
The Loire 
   With fall and October comes the annual hibernation of our Rosé Garden, but as we've all learned very well, it will spring to life with renewed vigor in its plethora of refreshing pink hues next year. In the meantime, discover, rediscover, or just plain fall in love with some of our current favorites from France's Loire. This massive 600+ mile river and its many tributaries are home to a network of wine regions brimming with autumnal romance! We have erected monuments made of Loire Valley wines in our Durham and Raleigh stores to help us sing the praises of these fall-friendly delights, and this weekend's Saturday tasting explores the revered corner of the Loire that is Sancerre!  


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"I never shop at [insert unwieldy wine chain's name] anymore since I discovered this place."

    -  Stephanie C.        

Tasty Tuesday!
We're digging
  the heel... 
This Tuesday, October 7th, we present our FREE
midweek wine tasting.  Every Tuesday is tasty!

5:00 - 7:00 pm
 Italy's stiletto-shaped peninsula and the heel-like landscape to its immediate northwest are home to some of the nation's most distinctive wine specialties and esoteric varietals. Join us at our next Tasty Tuesday for the opportunity to sample one of our newest arrivals, an exotically perfumed, waxy, and elegantly subtle white blend of three grapes (one a Croatian native which happens to be the daughter of Dalmatia's most famous contribution to the world of grapes, Zinfandel). Next, we've arranged a meeting with Zinfandel himself, who we'll find hiding in plain sight under his older and southern Italian nom de plume of Primativo. Finally, we'll wrap things up with a remarkably friendly, smooth rendition of Aglianico, a denizen of volcanic soils that we typically find in Campania and Basilicata. Che magnifico! 
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
"Sincerely Sancerre"
aka. Sancerre-ly Sincere
   To be found in the eastern reaches of France's sprawling Loire Valley and smack in the nation's center are the gentle contours of what is arguably the world capital of Sauvignon Blanc. Sancerre, however, isn't simply the origin of some of the most famously mineralistic, elegant examples of the fashionable yet timeless white grape. It's a notable producer of vibrant reds and refreshing rosés made from Pinot Noir. In fact, Pinot Noir and Gamay were the grapes most closely associated with the region until fairly recently. Gamay disappeared around the turn of the 20th century courtesy of the devastating aphid, phylloxera. Sauvignon Blanc's rise to prominence in the region began in the early 1950s and had, within a couple of decades, all but replaced Pinot Noir as "the grape" of Sancerre.
   Join us this Saturday as we explore the region's present, look to its past, and ponder its future. More importantly, taste some glorious (and miraculously affordable) examples of white, red, and rosé Sancerre - sincerely!
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Girard Sancerre Rosé
Domaine Michel Girard

Sancerre Rosé 2013 

100% Pinot Noir 
(Sancerre, Loire Valley)
Pinot Noir is what we might call the other grape of Sancerre. For very few of us does the appellation's name evoke thoughts of the regal red grape, but its presence in Sancerre predates that of the region's contemporary star, Sauvignon Blanc. While the reds are a rarity (accounting for significantly less than 20% of the region's production), the rosés are even more seldom-encountered...

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Girard Sancerre Blanc

Domaine Michel Girard 
Sancerre Blanc 2013 

100% Sauvignon Blanc 

(Sancerre, Loire Valley)

Winemaker Philippe Girard says this about his wine, "pungent fresh grassy aromas mingle with riper citrus-style fruits, rounder and fuller in the mouth but nevertheless finishing with a pure intensity and zippiness that you'd expect in classy Sancerre. Sauvignon Blanc at its best!"

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Bardin Sancerre Blanc
Domaine Cedrick Bardin 
Sancerre Blanc 2013

{sustainable} 100% Sauvignon Blanc 

(Sancerre, Loire Valley)

Cedric Bardin's tiny estate, which straddles both shores of the Loire river (one foot gently kicking up Poully-Fuisse and the other planted in Sancerre), is a source of some of these regions' most remarkable values. The domaine's two-hectare holdings in Sancerre account for less than 20% of its total production, allowing for an unparalleled focus...
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Daulny Sancerre Rouge
Domaine Doulny
Sancerre Rouge 2012 

100% Pinot Noir 

(Sancerre, Loire Valley)

Sancerre may have become essentially synonymous with bright, mineralistically profound Sauvignon Blanc, but the lesser-known reds hailing from this easterly extreme of France's seemingly endless Loire Valley are gems of quite another hue. Beautiful companion pieces to Sauvignon's peridot, these elegantly gleaming Pinot Noirs are deep, translucent garnet...
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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.

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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):


Cooper Mountain 

Pinot Gris 

$19.99 on sale



Syrah / Grenache Rosé

$11.99 on sale


Bodegas Los Frailes 

Monastrell Rosado 

$9.99 on sale

Eric de Suremain 

Rully 1er Cru 

$29.99 on sale


Clos Lapeyre 

Jurançon Sec

$38.99 on sale




$19.99 on sale


Cave Freudenreich 


"Terre d'Apollon" 

$17.99 on sale




$19.99 on sale



Reds (65º F):


Bodegas Arrocal

Ribera del Duero 

$19.99 on sale


Mas Granier 

"Cuvée Psalmodi"

$11.99 on sale


Paul D 


$12.99 on sale


Pinot Noir 

$26.99 on sale



Dolcetto d'Alba




Tre Ricci 

Cabernet Sauvignon 

$29.99 on sale

Bodegas Los Frailes 

Valencia Monastrell 

$9.99 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



"Il Frappato" 

$34.99 on sale


Domaine Magellan 
Hérault Rouge
"Le Fruit Défendu"

$11.99 on sale




"Bliss Vineyard"




"Old Vine Red" 

$14.99 on sale


Cabernet Sauvignon


$49.99 on sale


Laurent Combier 

Crozes Hermitage "L"

 $26.99 on sale  


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Firsthand Foods 

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