A Weekend of Rheinhessen-ness!
In This Issue:
Tasty Tuesday: Rain Check Rhone
Weekend Tastings: Germany's Rheinhessen w/ Schäfer

He was right!
   Our apologies for talking about the weather once again, but it's fascinating and always relevant! Yesterday (the 25th of February - Wednesday), we had scarcely a customer who didn't mention the possibility of impending blizzard and the cabin fever or snowscape frolicing which might ensue. Thankfully, wine compliments both spectacularly! We're having a proper winter this year - be it fun or fiercely inconvenient (likely both for most of us), and forecasters have proven unusually accurate. The noble and humble groundhog, at the very least, was right! Join us at next week's Tasty Tuesday as we sample two bold reds and a spicy, refreshing, seasonless rosé whose appearances are inspired by (and delayed by) our recent wintry weather!  
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Tasty Tuesday:
Rain Check Rhone!
This Tuesday, March 3rd, we present our FREE
 midweek wine tasting!  Every Tuesday is tasty...

5:00 - 7:00 pm
    Allow us to make good on the rain check (snow check?) necessitated by last week's wintery weather as we feature the Rhone line up from February 17th's cancelled Tasty Tuesday. We're enthusiastically celebrating the recent arrival of a few favorites (new and old) from the "Right Bank" of the Southern Rhone. Tavel's famously rich rosé "of kings" is represented along with a brand new Syrah-centric cuvée from Mas de Libian and a powerful Grenache-driven red which originates in Laudun - just across the river from the famed Chateauneuf. Dial "G" for garrigues. We're calling on the Rhone! 
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 (in Durham)
from 12 to 3 PM
and Sunday (in Raleigh)
from 1:00 to 4:00 PM 
"try before you buy" at
our FREE tastings
A Weekend of 

Volker Schäfer 
(He pours at our Durham store on Saturday
and at our Raleigh store on Sunday)
Since we first opened the doors of our Durham store seven years ago, few producers have presented us with wines as singular as those of the Rheinhessen's Schäfer. These have featured grape varietals otherwise not seen (or tasted) here in the US as well as passionately produced German reds which brim with ripe richness and beautiful terroir. We welcome Volker Schäfer to our Saturday (or Sunday in Raleigh) tasting this week and are excited to feature a surprise (to us as well!) lineup of his spectacular wines. See you there!
The Rheinhessen! 
   Grapes have been cultivated in the Rheinhessen of Southwestern Germany since Roman times, but it wasn't until the region attracted the attention of noted wine-lover Charlemagne that it began to gain international fame. He was so fond of the region that many records exist of his saying things like "Y'all count your blessin's when y'all in the Rheinhessen"*

*it is unclear whether Charlemagne actually said this 
This Saturday in Raleigh only

Rheinhessen Featurette
   While our Raleigh shop awaits Volker's special Sunday appearance, we'll be featuring a mini-tasting consisting of three other wines from the Rheinhessen that are more than capable of tiding everyone over on Saturday! While we suspect that Volker's surpirse lineup is likely to consist of a few reds, the region is famous for world-class white wines marked by soaring acidity, lip-smacking fruit, and flinty minerality. This Saturday, we feature two such whites (a savory Silvaner and a zesty LITER of delicious Riesling) as well as a juicy, sumptuous red made from Dornfelder! 

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Dr. Heyden 
Silvaner 2013 

{sustainable} 100% Sylvaner 

(Rheinhessen, Germany)

Old vine Silvaner is a true rarity in Germany's Rheinhessen. While it remains the second most planted grape (after Riesling) in Germany, it has always been in the shadows. In fact some have even accused it of neutrality. So, Frank Heyden quietly makes this from old vines...

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Weingut Binz 
Riesling 2013 [LITER!]

100% Riesling

(Rheinhessen, Germany)

Amost a decade ago, we first visited this winery while on a wine-buying trip. Five years later, we can still confirm that the Binz estate is responsible for some of the Rheinhessen's (and Germany's) greatest values. Located on the "red slope" between Nackenheim and...



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Georg Albrecht Schneider 
Dornfelder 2011
100% Dornfelder

(Rheinhessen, Germany)


The Schneider estate goes back 7 generations and during harvest, one usually finds 3 generations at work! Red earth soils yield wines with finesse and power. Some Dornfelder wines are...
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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):



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


Lua Cheia 


"Lua Nova" 

$11.99 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


Estiban Martin 



$8.99 on sale



Gascogne Blanc

"Les Terres Basses" 

$9.99 on sale


Grüner Veltliner 

$13.99 on sale


Gilles Noblet 

Pouilly Fuisse 

$28.99 on sale


Angel Rodriguez 

Rueda Verdejo 


$18.99 on sale


Clos Lapeyre 

Béarn Rosé

$20.99 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


Casa Contini

Biferno Riserva

$13.99 on sale


Cooper Mnt Vineyards
Pinot Noir
"Cooper Hill"

$19.99 on sale



Dolcetto d'Alba




Chateau La Colombière

Fronton Rouge 


$15.99 on sale



$27.99 on sale


Ancient Peaks

Cabernet Sauvignon

$19.99 on sale


Lua Cheia 

Douro Tinto 

"Lua Nova"

$11.99 on sale



Pinot Noir 

$34.99 on sale




$11.99 on sale


Viña Aliaga 

$9.99 on sale




"Premium Varietal" 




Ventoux Rouge 

"Vieux Clocher" 

$10.99 on sale



$14.99 on sale


Domaine Bardin 

Coteaux du Giennois

 $19.99 on sale 




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