This Saturday: Inconceivable Horror!
Nov 6 @ W.A. Raleigh: Vine to Wine Class
In This Issue:
Tasty Tuesday: Halloween Masquerade (Party Wines!)
The Saturday Tasting of Inconceivable Horror

It's getting a bit
  spooky up in here...
    So far this Halloween season has shown a disappointing dearth of atmospherics. Instead of dismal, dripping vistas and fog-wrapped witchery, we are in the grips of a depressingly beautiful stretch of golden Indian Summer. Fortunately, the glorious weather hasn't stopped our two shops from experiencing our annual grisly hauntings. We're infested by enormous arachnids, and the strings of hanging lilliputian carcasses showed up in the middle of the night, along with our new full-sized pal, Boney McSkells. Boney can often be found enjoying a glass of wine in the sunlight with his friend Severin the Severed Hand, so say hello next time you stop by. No sign of the Werewolf-Headed Dracula Man yet, but it's only a matter of time... 
  In spite of the cheerful weather, we've planned some spine-tingling Halloween fun for the next two weeks, including the return of the most terrifying Saturday tasting in history. Read on gentle customers...your very souls depend on it! 
Class is in Session!
Thursday, November 6th
at our Raleigh Shop
7:33 pm - $36
   Join us for a fun and educational evening of wine that 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 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 two hour class. 
(includes tasting wines, video presentation, and handouts)
Thursday, November 6th @ 7:33 pm 
$36 per person 
Reservations required 
(Corkscrew) Operators are standing by: 
(919) 831-9463 
American Cheese Month!
   To celebrate American Cheese month, we're loading up on absolutely world-class cheeses produced in the United States - many from right here in North Carolina. These extremely high-quality, traditionally produced cheeses are made by the skilled and toughened hands of proud, passionate artisans and aged under impeccably precise conditions, resulting in such deliciousness as to dissolve your knees into puddles of whey upon first taste. 
    We will be sampling a different US cheese every Saturday this month during our regular 12-3 tastings, so stop by and get cheesy...American Style!
Some wine w/ that cheese?
Fall in love with The Loire!
   Speaking of cheese, it's arguable that the Loire valley provides the world with the most Cheese-friendly wines of all! 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! 


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Tasty Tuesday!
"Halloween Masquerade"
This Tuesday, October 28th, we present our FREE
midweek wine tasting.  Every Tuesday is tasty!

5:00 - 7:00 pm
Haunting Values for Spooky Festivities
   We may feast better at Thanksgiving and rack up on gifts at the end of the year, but Halloween is the holiday that really knows how to throw a party. Join us at next week's Tasty Tuesday as we explore some fiendishly fun and frighteningly affordable party wines to help bolster our Halloween festivities. We'll begin with a bountiful box of of Viognier from close to the grape's birthplace in the Rhone Valley. Next, we'll set our sights on a beautifully brutish northern Portuguese blend of the very black Baga grape and Merlot (whose name, incidentally, is derived from the French word, "Merle," meaning "blackbird"). Our final wine comes from the western Venetian province of Verona. Not only is the Veneto one of the mask-i-est places on earth, but the black Corvina grape of the Veronese countryside may very well be named after corvids (crows, ravens, etc). Don't worry, there's nothing to fear... except missing these wines! 
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 floorboards creak under your feet. The wan light of a sinister yellow moon shines through the broken window through which tendrils of mist creep, snaking along the floor.  The wind howls...or is that the screaming of damned souls? Your terror grows, but you must continue. You must see what's behind the next door. Is it a skeleton? Is it some kind of Werewolf-headed Dracula Man?

The Saturday
 Tasting of...
    Oh dear friends, do we have a spine-tingling tale to tell. We have walked the vineyards of madness, tasted the true grapes of wrath, and plunged our maimed and bleeding hands into the rich, loamy soils...OF DEATH!  In our quest to bring you the most unique estate wines from this world (and the worlds beyond), we have gazed into a swirling maw of pure nightmare. We barely escaped with our lives - and we certainly surrendered our sanity to the void - but we brought something back with us. Five things, in fact. Five wines with stories much too terrible to tell...YET WE WILL TELL THEM!  On the final Saturday before Halloween, join us! But beware...though it is you who swallows the wine, it is the wine that swallows your very soul...

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Ghost in the Vineyards
Chateau de Brézé

Saumur Blanc 2011 

{organic} 100% Chenin Blanc 
(Middle Loire, France)
Chateau de Breze might already seem a pretty spooky place by moonlight, with its imposing bulk of wicked-looking towers and warren of subterranean tunnels running beneath the estate, but we were shocked to discover that it was the site of a brutal crime. In the late 1970s, Myriam de Dreux Breze (sister of chateau owner Charlotte Marie) was murdered by her nefarious husband, estate groundskeeper Monsieur Pedron. Her ghost apparently haunts the cellar on particularly cold nights. In a grisly footnote, Pedron was acquitted of the crime, only to murder his second wife a few years later...

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Decapitation among the Vines

Chateau La Grolet
Cotes de Bourg 2010

{biodynamic} 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon 

(Bordeaux, France)

During the grisly French revolution, Chateau La Grolet's owner, Elie-Louis Dufaune de Lajarte, was a staunch royalist...up until the point where he was captured by an angry mob and decapitated via a Guillotine erected in his vineyards.  Some say that the phantom of his headless corpse still stalks the vineyards on moonless nights, watering the vines with aristocratic blood. One of daringly macabre imagination might attribute the fierce and vibrant minerality of this wine to that ghastly irrigation

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Giant Wolf-Beast Terrorizes Countryside
Mas Bruguiere 
Pic Saint-Loup 2011

{organic} 60% Syrah, 40% Grenache 

(Eastern Languedoc, France)

Powerful, dark, and mysterious, this blackish red comes from the foot of an imposing mountain of solid stone with an even more imposing name: Pic Saint Loup, which almost translates to "peak of the holy wolf."  Coincidentally (or not), it was within walking distance of these vineyards that the giant wolf-beast of Gévaudan famously terrorized the countryside for six years in the mid-1700s...
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Entombed Alive in Catacombs
Amontillado [375 ml]
"La Garrocha" 

{Organic} 100% Palomino   

(Jerez / Sherry, Spain)

If we've learned anything from Edgar Allen Poe, it's that the promise of some delicious Amontillado Sherry is enough to blind a man to danger, dull his wits, and ultimately lure him to a horrible death, chained to a wall and buried alive in a dank catacombs. It's called "immurement," and it happens more than one might think. Be very suspicious if a friend offers you a taste of Amontillado, especially if that friend is a sociopathic Italian with a hair-trigger temper. Or just maybe, good Amontillado is worth a horrible death...
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The Soul's Midnight
Bodegas Los Frailes 
Late Harvest Monastrell 2009
"After 3"

{biodynamic} 100% Monastrell

(Southern Valencia, Spain)

3:00 am, "the soul's midnight," is that mysterious time during which strange things are most likely to happen. Each person's connection to this world (rather than that beyond) is at its most tenuous. Some say that this is the most unlucky segment of the night, the peak of the "witching hour," and the moment that evil is at its most brazen. We don't have time to worry about that right now, however. This wine is simply too delicious...
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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

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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):



Pinot Gris

$17.99 on sale


Chateau La Colombière 

Bouysselet Blanc 

"Le Grand B" 

$28.99 on sale


Jean Paul Brun 

Beujolais Rosé 

"Rosé d'Folie" 

$16.99 on sale

Domaine de la Chauviniere 


$9.99 on sale


Reds (65˚F):


Hook & Ladder 


$25.99 on sale


Abbaye Sylva Plana 


"Les Novices"

$17.99 on sale




$26.99 on sale


Casa Santos Lima 
Lisboa Tinto

$15.99 on sale


Chateau Bel Air 

Saint Estephe 



Domaine Cedric Bardin 

Coteaux du Giennois 

$19.99 on sale

Pères de l'Eglise 

Chateauneuf du Pape 

$39.99 on sale




 $23.99 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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Artisan Bacon



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 North Country 

  • Applewood
  • Peppered

Firsthand Foods 

  • Fresh & Local
Vande Rose Farms
  • Applewood
  • Caraway Rye 


  • Sorghum Sesame


  • Bacon Jam 

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8oz Jar - $12.99

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8oz Jar - $13.00 


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