This Saturday: Post-Holiday Budget Relief
Starring Wine Authorities Selections 
from the French Brigade of Budget-Busters!!!
In This Issue:
Tasty Tuesday: Winter Warmers!
Saturday Tasting: Budget Relief 2015!

We're going to party
like it's 2015!

    Welcome to January, 2015! We hope that everyone's shiny new year is beginning spectacularly! We've just celebrated the 1st birthday of our Raleigh store (they grow up so fast!) and will continue celebrating this weekend with four Wine Authorities Selections of tremendous value at our Saturday tasting - a great way to get our new year off on the right foot! 

    Yes, the month of January is an opportunity to begin anew, but it also provides us with unique opportunities to officially and confusedly celebrate some (often food- related) phenomena while bewaring of others. In the past, we've discussed the probable connection between its serving as both "Bath Safety Month" and "National Soup Month," but it's become clear that this is only the tip of the iceberg where January is concerned.

    At first, January appears to be a haven of vegetarianism and, indeed, fruitarianism with the distinction of having both "Artichoke & Asparagus Month" and "Apple & Apricot Month" titles under its belt. But wait! In a bewildering and disconcertingly vague move, it's also "National Meat Month." Vagueness and "meat" don't play well together, after all. It's also "National Radon Action Month" which probably shouldn't conjure notions of nostalgic super heroes and mad scientists of the atomic age but somehow manages least for some of us.

    Perhaps on a more practical note, January is also "Walk Your Pet Month," which we encourage owners of energetic dogs and irritable cats to take advantage of, albeit for very different reasons. You might not want to celebrate "Walk Your Pet Month" if you're an aquarium enthusiast as that could turn tragic rather least without the proper equipment.


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Tasty Tuesday:
"Winter Warmers" 
This Tuesday, January 13th, we present our FREE
 midweek wine tasting!  Every Tuesday is tasty...

5:00 - 7:00 pm
    Sometimes winter swoops in with falcon precision and relentlessly icy talons. Other times, it shambles around with the vague amicability of snow monsters from 1960s and 70s Japanese television programs about gigantic, silver, heroic aliens... In any case, our weather these days may continue to be relatively mild, but many of us find ourselves cranking up the heat after sundown.  We're here to remind you that it is far more environmentally sound, economical, and fun to simply pour a glass (or two) of port and curl up by the fire with a good book. Join us this Tuesday for three wintry wines that are sure to warm things up!  
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
"try before you buy" at
our FREE tasting
Post-Holiday Budget Recovery

Featuring the French
Budget-Busting Brigade!  
     The all-too-familiar, post-holiday, collective cry of "my wallet hurts!" has once again been raised, and once again, we have selected four fabulously flavorful wines that won't complicate your next credit card bill or bank statement.  No! These expressive but inexpensive beauties have the tenacious tastiness that one might demand from selections clocking in at twice the price.
   At this year's first Saturday tasting, we're featuring some classic French specialties. Each offering is a Wine Authorities Selection, so not only can it count itself among our very favorites, it is a hand-picked, remarkable value that can't be found anywhere else in our part of the country (and in some cases, anywhere else in the United States)!

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Domaine de la Chauvinière

Muscadet Sèvre et Main 2013 

Sur Lie 

{organic} 100% Melon de Bourgogne 
(Loire Atlantique, France)
Holy Moly! We weren't sure if we were ready for this one! Possibly the driest tasting wine in the store. "It don't get no drier," said one fan. If you are curious about experiencing a wine with a very minerally flavor, but haven't identified that flavor yet, here is your chance. The minerality lingers on the finish...
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Domaine Robert Serol
Cote Roannaise Rosé 2013 

{sustainable} 100% Gamay

(Southern Loire, France)

This rosé is a bright, shiny, pink beacon of glorious Gamay goodness, and it's just perfect for "stubborn" people who refuse to try pink wines for fear of their being sweet. In fact Cabochard is French for a stubborn person, and this is a totally dry wine - no sweetness to be found. Stephane Serol has been head of the estate for the last...

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Domaine Magellan
Hérault Rouge 2013
"Le Fruit Défendu" 

{sustainable} 90% Cinsault,

10% Grenache 

(Languedoc, France)

This unusually Cinsault-driven red is built to be guzzled in vast quantities at parties and barbecues throughout the year. It's so approachable, so beautifully textured, and the fruit-to-spice ratio is just right. A fantastic wine at a frankly astounding price...
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Domaine Le Garrigon 
Rhone Rouge 2010
"Vin de Méditerranée"

{organic} 100% Grenache  

(Southern Rhone, France)

This is winegrower Daniel Couston's unbelievable value red, never exported outside of France until now! Only sold to local restaurants in the vicinity of the winery, once we tried it, we had to have it. Estate grown, delicious organic red...
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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):



Gascogne Blanc
"Les Terres Basses"

$9.99 on sale



Ribeiro Blanco 

"Os Pasás"

$36.99 on sale


Dr. Heyden 


"Alte Reben"

$15.99 on sale

Cave Freudenreich 


"Terre d'Apollon" 

$17.99 on sale


Reds (65˚F):


Hook & Ladder 


$25.99 on sale





$17.99 on sale


Mas Bruguiere 

Pic Saint Loup 

$23.99 on sale


Domaine Vissoux 
Beaujolais Primeur
Vieilles Vignes 

$15.99 on sale


Clos de Pavillon 


"La Petite Folie 



Domaine Cedric Bardin

Coteaux du Giennois 

$19.99 on sale

Chateau Lusseau

Graves Rouge 

"Cuvée Berengere" 

$19.99 on sale



Pinot Noir


 $22.99 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


Domaine Gouron 

Chinon Rosé

$17.99 on sale


Don Rodolfo


$12.99 on sale

Eric de Suremain

Rully 1er Cru 

$31.99 on sale


Stuhlmuller Vineyards 


$26.99 on sale


Domaine Bergeonniere 

Sauvignon de Touraine 

$16.99 on sale


Cave Freudenreich


$18.99 on sale

Dr. Heyden


Trocken, Alte Reben  

$14.99 on sale



Reds (65º F):


Bodegas Tempore

Garnacha Joven 


$10.99 on sale


Domaine Robert Serol

Cote Roannaise 

"Les Originelles"

$14.99 on sale


Abbaye Sylva Plana


"Les Novices" 

$17.99 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


Tenuta Mazzalino

Pinot Nero  


$14.99 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


Domaine Bardin 

Coteaux du Giennois

 $19.99 on sale 




Upcoming  Tastings!*

Saturday Tasting
Post Holiday
  Budget Relief 1:
"French Budget-Busters"

Tasty Tuesday
Winter Warmers!

Saturday Tasting
Post Holiday
Budget Relief 2:
Boxing Day!

Tasty Tuesday
Sprechen Sie Deutsch 1:
The Old-World Delights
of Germany

Saturday Tasting
Summer Somewhere 1:
South America

Tasty Tuesday
Sprechen Sie Deutsch 2:
Austria's New Guard

Saturday Tasting
Summer Somewhere 2:
 South Africa 

*Subject to change!

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