This Saturday, join us as we welcome
Luca from Carussin!
(you know, the people behind the "donkey wine")
In This Issue:
Tasty Tuesday: New & Notable from Northern Portugal
Saturday Tasting: Welcome Luca of Carussin

From one
to another!

    This Saturday, we welcome Luca Garberoglio (pictured above, on the left, with his family) of Carussin! Hailing from Asti of Italy's Piemonte, he'll be pouring his family's wines as well as one of their tremendous beers at our Durham shop. These selections will also be featured at our Raleigh store, where Jay Murrie of Piedmont Wine Imports, their local importer, will be pouring and sharing his excellent and entertaining insights. Salute! 

A Swami's Tour
Swami in the Southeast

   Our fearless leader has set sail again! He's gallantly tasting his way through oceans of French wine, seeking new frontiers of value and helping to illuminate regions and specialties that we seldom are able to get our hands on stateside. We understand that he's already secured some exciting new selections which we'll be able to offer at our shops later this year - wines which have never before been available in our neck of the woods. Follow his adventures through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!


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Real Customer Comment:

"I have to say that every wine I've gotten
here has been delicious!"

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Tasty Tuesday:
New & Notable 
From Northern Portugal 
This Tuesday, February 3rd, we present our FREE
 midweek wine tasting!  Every Tuesday is tasty...

5:00 - 7:00 pm
    Our most recent Tasty Tuesday delivered us safely into the lovin' arms of Austria - a land with a long history of serious and impressive wine production but a much more recent elevation to international stardom. It's a tough act to follow, but we know just where to turn. Portugal is that place. A country with a past as rich as anyone could ask for and a fleet of extraordinary and virtually exclusive grapes that are conducive to world class wine, Portugal provides us with some of our favorite values as well as a peppering of pricier offerings that never fail to impress. Join us this Tuesday for three prodigal sons of the most Portuguese kind - returning favorites proudly brandishing their shiny new vintages for all to see (and taste)! 
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
We're Putting the "Ass" Back in Asti

aka "Dawn of the Donkeys"
    Carussin definitely deserves renown for their superb and fiercely natural wine and beer, but they're also renowned for their donkeys - gentle creatures that actually provide comfort and therapy sessions. What springs to mind first and foremost is the adorable portrait of a donkey which adorns their "Asinoi" Barbera. It's rendered all the more memorable by the fact that said wine is typically available in a stylish and generous 3-Liter box - a care package practically of pure love from their farm in Asti!
    This Saturday, we're featuring three wines and a beer from the estate. Carussin's Luca will be pouring in Durham, and Jay Murrie of the local importer, Piedmont Wine Imports, will be slingin' the wine in Raleigh and talking about what makes Carussin's wines as exciting as they are! 

    Psst! In addition to the two Barberas and Blonde Ale listed below, there will be another special guest at our tasting this weekend. Carussin's extremely limited Nebbiolo (pictured above) will be on site!  Less than a case will be available for purchase at each store, so don't dally... 
Wine Authoritites sticker sighting at Carussin headquarters in Asti!

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Barbera d'Asti 2013  

100% Barbera

(Piemonte, Italy)

Matteo and Luca Garberoglio are the genial, laid-back fellows behind the 85 year-old Carussin estate, where they spend their days brewing beer and hanging out with donkeys. Oh, and making incredible wine. This powerful Barbera is an homage to the noble donkey, the raising of which has been a passion for Matteo and Luca's mother Bruna for decades...

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Barbera 2013
"Lia Vi" 

100% Barbera

(Piemonte, Italy)


You might say a little bird told us about this wine. Actually, it's named for a bird which inhabits Carussin's vineyards and builds its tiny nests from fragments of vine which it carefully selects This wine is, itself, also the result of careful selection. It comes courtesy of grapes obtained from 35 year-old vines grown in terra rossa soil and harvested when generously...

Clan! Destino?
Birra Viventi
"Clan! Destino?"  

(Piemonte, Italy)

Delightfully rustic yet with a zestily clean and very
refreshing appeal, the "Clan! Destino?" comes to us from
a producer which we think of first and foremost as a winery, yet beer is among Luca Garberoglio's passions, and he draws inspiration from breweries around the world...  
The estate's Bruna Ferro with one of their beloved therapy donkeys
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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):



"Clos Les Montys"

$13.99 on sale



Tejo Branco


$7.99 on sale



Gascogne Blanc

"Les Terres Basses" 

$9.99 on sale

Domaine des Gandines

Macon Perrone 

$22.99 on sale


Stuhlmuller Vineyards


$26.99 on sale


Bodegas Los Frailes 

Valencia Blanco 

"Blanc de Trilogia" 

$16.99 on sale


Domaine Magellan 

Hérault Rosé

"Le Frut Défendu"  

$11.99 on sale

Dr. Heyden

Riesling Oppenheimer Kabinett  

$14.99 on sale



Reds (65º F):


Bodegas Tempore

Garnacha Joven 


$10.99 on sale


Weingut Schäfer 

"Red Sheep"

$11.99 on sale



Rosso Conero 


$15.99 on sale


Cooper Mnt Vineyards 
Pinot Noir
"Cooper Hill" 

$19.99 on sale



Dolcetto d'Alba




Domaine Le Garrigon 

Rhone Rouge

"Vin de Mediterranée 

$10.99 on sale

Fattoria Lucignano 

Chianti Colli Fiorentini 

$16.99 on sale


Ancient Peaks 

Cabernet Sauvignon

$19.99 on sale


Lua Cheia 

Douro Tinto 

"Lua Nova"

$11.99 on sale


Mas Bruguiere

Pic Saint-Loup 


$23.99 on sale


Mas Bruguiere 

Pic Saint Loup 


$25.99 on sale


Viña Aliaga 

$9.99 on sale








Ventoux Rouge 

"Vieux Clocher" 

$10.99 on sale



$14.99 on sale


Domaine Bardin 

Coteaux du Giennois

 $19.99 on sale 




Upcoming  Tastings!*

Saturday Tasting
Carussin of Asti

Tasty Tuesday
New and Notable
from Northern Portugal

Saturday Tasting
Summer Somewhere 2:
 South Africa

Tasty Tuesday
Blushing for Valentines!

Saturday Tasting
A Toast to Romance

*Subject to change!

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