Saturday: Loire-a-thon! 
Tonight! W.A. Raleigh: Vine to Wine Class
In This Issue:
Tasty Tuesday: The Carmenere way down there (in Chile)
Saturday Tasting: Loire-a-thon!

The Turkeys are Coming! 
The Turkeys are Coming! 
   Like the walls of Jericho, the Loire Valley display has come a'tumbin' down, to be replaced with our 2014 Thanksgiving picks! As in years past, we have carefully selected only the most delicious and unique wines to pair with your holiday feast, whether it be a traditional bird or something more unusual. We've also peppered the stores with our staff-curated Alternative Thanksgiving wine picks, so keep your eyes peeled! 
Thursday, November 6th
at our Raleigh Shop
  Class is in session...
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
First Friday, November 7th
at Switch House
6:00 to 9:00 pm
Over 70 new works by Dave Green  
 in wood, steel, & mixed media... 
   On November 7th, don't miss the First Friday opening of new work familiar theme, a new show from artist Dave Green at the Switch House Gallery in Raleigh. Craig (the Grand Poobah himself) will be pouring wine and dropping science for any and all art-loving attendees.
Switch House Gallery
208 S. Boylan Ave, Raleigh


Why, thank you!      
Real Customer Comment:

"You all are the best.
The Winemongers par excellence!"

  -  Mike T.                       


Tasty Tuesday!
The Carmenere way  
down there (in Chile) 
This Tuesday, November 11th, we present our FREE
midweek wine tasting.  Every Tuesday is tasty!

5:00 - 7:00 pm
   The long lost "6th" grape of Bordeaux, Carmenere had at one point been forgotten to such an extent that we might say nobody even knew to miss it. Between the advent of the devastating, vine-i-cidal phyllloxera aphids (pictured below) in 1870s' Bordeaux and the grape's rediscovery in Chile and Italy during the 1990s, it was often presumed to be extinct. Today, Chile grows and produces far more Carmenere than any other country, and these wines represent one of South America's most unique specialties. Join us next Tuesday as we sample three of these distinctive reds which are close relatives of the Cabernets and Merlot!
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 
    When a wine region follows a river and its numerous tributaries upstream for over 600 miles, there's bound to be simply too much to see (and taste) on a single Saturday afternoon, so this week, we've planned a short getaway to focus on just a few of our current favorites.
   In Touraine, the Middle-Loire's single largest subregion, we'll begin with a tremendous value in crisply bold, citrusy Sauvignon Blanc as well as a spectacularly generous bubbly featuring a perfectly harmonized collaboration between Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay. Next, just north of Sancerre and Pouilly-sur-Loire, we'll encounter a bright, Gamay-centric blend with just a kiss of Pinot Noir. We'll end on a more powerful note coming courtesy of old vine Chinon starring the ever-ethereal and perfectly perfumed Cabernet Franc grape! Vive la Loire!
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Domaine de la Bergeonnière 

Touraine Sauvignon 2013

100% Sauvignon Blanc
(Middle Loire, France)
Touraine is swiftly becoming one of our favorite regions in the world for knockout Sauvignon Blanc, and they tend to be less expensive than some of their more famous neighbors. This lovely drop from Domaine de la Bergeonniere is a study in balance, with bright acidity and flinty...
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Domaine du Pas Saint-Martin
Saumur Blanc 2013

{organic} 100% Chenin Blanc 

(Middle Loire, France)

Produced in exactly the same way as Champagne but from the Loire Valley's Touraine region, this bold Brut has very fine bubbles with persistent flavors of tart apple, pear, lemon, and honey. Floral aromas of acacia come through on the nose, and this sparkler finishes with almonds and hazelnuts...

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Domaine Cedrick Bardin 
Coteaux du Giennois 2012
"La Cote"

{sustainable} 80% Gamay,

20% Pinot Noir 

(Eastern Loire, France)

FRESH RED PLUM, POMEGRANATE, TART CHERRY, RESTRAINED SPICE From sustainable producer Cedrick Bardin comes this alluring and rare Loire red blend. Coteaux du Giennois is located on the eastern edge of the Loire Valley northeast of Sancerre. This young, fresh, and harmonious Loire red shows fresh, red plum and bright, tart cherry reminiscent of a pomegranate fruit roll-up...
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Domaine Gouron 
Chinon 2009
"Cuvée Terroir"

{Sustainable} 100% Cabernet Franc 

(Middle Loire, France)

The Gouron family has farmed their estate for five generations in the region of Chinon. The unique gravelly- sloped soils are key to the structure they get from the vines. This cuvée called "Terroir" reflects this gravel and the 50- year old vines planted there. More Pinot Noir-esque in style, the Cabernet Franc here is wide open with a knife edge...
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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):



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):


Anton Bauer 

Grüner Veltliner

$19.99 on sale


Jean Paul Brun 

Beaujolais Rosé


$16.99 on sale


Don Rodolfo


$12.99 on sale

Eric de Suremain

Rully 1er Cru 

$31.99 on sale


Stuhlmuller Vineyards 


$26.99 on sale



Sauvignon Blanc


$11.99 on sale


Cave Freudenreich 


$18.99 on sale

Dr. Heyden

Riesling Kabinett 


$16.99 on sale



Reds (65º F):


Bodegas Tempore

(means time)



Garnacha "G" 

$10.99 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


Santos Carlos Lima 

Lisboa Tinto 


$10.99 on sale



Barbera del Monferrato 


$15.99 on sale


Mas Bruguiere 

Pic Saint-Loup 


$23.99 on sale




$37.99 on sale


Mas de Libian 
Cotes du Rhone Rouge

$19.99 on sale




"Bliss Vineyard"



Domaine Billard 


"La Perrière" 

$32.99 on sale


Pinot Noir 

"Ribbon Ridge Estate"

$42.99 on sale


Laurent Combier 

Crozes Hermitage "L"

 $26.99 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
Visit our Neighbors at:
  • Community supported farms & entrepreneurs. 
  • Socially & financially underutilized urban land. 
  • Healthy neighborhoods & thriving markets. 



Upcoming Tastings!*  


Tasty Tuesday


"One does not simply

walk into New Zealand"


Saturday Tasting




Tasty Tuesday


"The Carmenere from Way Down There" (in Chile) 

Saturday Tasting
Thanksgiving Selections Part 1

Saturday Tasting
(Raleigh Only!)
Austrian Selections
From Klaus Wittauer
Klaus Wittauer 
(Raleigh Only!
Tasty Tuesday
Beaucoup Beaujolais!
(well, actually three)

Saturday Tasting
Thanksgiving Selections Part 2

Tasty Tuesday
"Alternative Turkey Wines"

*Subject to change! 
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