Bringin' the Spritz
In This Issue:
Tasty Tuesday: "Spritzy in Pink"
Saturday Tasting: ¡Hay Txakolina!

    You are about to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of taste and smell but of texture. A journey into a wondrous land of firm fizziness and light, refreshing bubbles.  Next stop, the Spritzy Zone!
   We're immersing ourselves in May in the very best way and diving headlong into the spirit of the spritz. Nothing in the world of wine packs quite the refreshing punch of zesty, vibrant, effervescent vino. With Mother's Day celebrations and Graduation parties happening with increasing frequency over the next week, bubbles occupy an important part of early May's wine-scape. Join us for a Txakolifest preview tasting at both our shops this Saturday and a vibrant, pink, celebration-friendly tasting of bubbly and effervescent wines next Tuesday (starring the ever-popular Txakolina Rosé from Amestoi). Cheers!
Meinklang Dinner!

Wednesday, June 17th 
   We're very excited to announce the upcoming wine dinner focusing on Austria's Meinklang estate of Burgenland at Raleigh's extraordinary and unique Garland restaurant. Chef Cheetie Kumar's adventurous, Southeast Asian and Indian cuisine promises to be a perfect partner for the biodynamic producer's flavorful and distinctive wines! Stay tuned for more details... 

Wednesday, June 17th
6:30 PM @ Garland 
14 W Martin St. Raleigh, NC 27601
$60 (PLUS TAX & TIP)
Garland: (919) 833-6886
Menu TBD
Party 'round 
the Garden!
   Join us on May 23rd (at both our Durham and Raleigh stores) from noon to 3:00 PM for our second annual Rosé Garden Party!
  Discover the pairing perfection of vibrant rosé and fresh NC seafood from Walking Fish (prepared by chefs Ricky Moore of Saltbox Seafood at our Durham store and Angela Salamanca of Centro in Raleigh). Exciting local cheese plates will also be available from Cedar Grove's newly-established Boxcarr Handmade Cheese. Boxcarr's co-owner Samantha Genke will be on hand in Raleigh to offer samples. Garden Party visitors at both stores will enjoy a free tasting of four rosés and then pick a glass of their favorite for $15 to enjoy with their choice of a fish, bivalve (clams in Durham/oysters in Raleigh), or cheese plate! 

   Be sure to don a Garden Party outfit! Party attendees with fancy hats, bow ties, or parasols will receive a 10% discount on wine purchases (and an extra 5% off on case and half-case purchases)! A best-costume winner will be selected in both Durham and Raleigh and will receive a whopping $100 Enomatic card (thus ensuring coolest-kid status). Feel free to surprise us with the outlandish rosé-themed outfits of your wildest imaginations! 


PS: We still need shuckers in Durham! Call or reply to this email to help us out. You get to drink rosé, eat clams, and hang with the fabulous Durham crew!
Rosé Garden 2015!
     It's here at long last! The pink oasis that refreshes our mouths and nourishes our souls is once again in bloom!  The Rosé Garden has arrived, and we're kicking off the season with selections that include the Garden's starring darling, "Venus," which has just returned in both bottle and glorious 3-LITER BOX! We're also happy to feature a brand new pink offering from the fan-favorite Austrian producer, Paul D.  As always, a portion of each and every bottle of rosé sold will be donated to the fight against breast cancer!
  • Paul D. - Rosé 2014  $12.99 
  • Domaine Magellan - Hérault Rosé "Le Fruit Défendu" 2014  $10.99
  • Anton Bauer - Wagram Rosé "Feuersbrunn" 2014  $12.99 
  • Barnard Griffin - Rosé of Sangiovese 2014  $14.99
  • Meinklang - Pinot Noir Rosé "Prosa" 2013  $16.99
  • Domaine Pinchinat - "Venus" Rosé 2014  $9.99 
Walking Fish! 

Spring shares 
available now!
     Walking Fish, our partner at this year's upcoming Rosé Garden party, is truly a local gem, bringing phenomenally fresh seafood to the Triangle through its CSF programs.
    This year, they're offering the full 10 week spring CSF as well as the option to customize their delivery schedule (e.g. bi-weekly for 6 weeks or weekly for 8 weeks).
    The spring CSF offers an abundance of seafood from Carteret County. Members should expect to get a wide variety of seafood including triggerfish, snapper, flounder, softshell crabs, mahi, shrimp, and clams.
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Holy Txakoli!!!

Saturday, May 16th 
6 Plates Txakoli  
   It's the one day of the year that Durham breaks out its secret stash of porrons and is transformed into an unlikely sister city to San Sebastián - complete with spritzy Basque wine, oysters, and pintxos (tapas).  This is one of the greatest celebrations in town, and it's become the largest festival of Txakoli in the United States!
   Wine Authorities's Grand Poobah will be on hand through the afternoon and evening sessions as the event's professor of Txakolina! He'll describe the grapes & regions responsible for Txakoli, demonstrate how to use a porron, and answer all your Txako-riffic questions.
First Session 
Noon to 3:00 PM 
     The first session is a tasting and food extravaganza as well as a fundraiser for Urban Ministries of Durham.  This session is a rare opportunity to wine and dine decadently and features all you can eat and drink (!) including:
  • 10 different Txakolis!
  • 3 different oysters on the half shell
  • 3 different Estrella beers
  • "Amazingly crazy" Basque sidra (cider)!
  • Lots of fantastic food from favorite local chefs
  • Souvenir glass for you to take home
  Six Plates will be joined by Watts Grocery, Gocciolina, Pizzeria Toro, Blu Seafood, Bar Mateo, Vin Rouge,  Toast, G2B, and Juju. The folks from Firsthand foods will also be here to tell you about all the fantastic things they are doing to help our fantastic farms get to our tables.
Oysters & Melon de Bourgogne 
Second Session
3:00 to 10:00 PM+ 
   This is the classical, general admission session. Purchasing tickets in advance guarantees your entrance. An eclectic music lineup features some of the best talent our region has to offer, and you'll have access to an incredible menu.
   Food and wine for the second session is not included in the ticket price and must be ordered separately!

The Music 
TxakoliFest @ Six Plates Wine Bar 
Saturday, May 16th, 2015   
2812 Erwin Rd 
Durham, NC 27705  
1st Session - Noon to 3:00pm 
$75 per person 
2nd Session - 3:00pm to 10:00+ pm   
General Admission 
$10 per person


Tasty Tuesday:
"Spritzy in Pink"
This Tuesday, May 12th, we present our FREE
 midweek wine tasting!  Every Tuesday is tasty...

5:00 - 7:00 pm 
   Our excitement for Txakolifest keeps building, and the demand for bubbles is reaching a fever pitch as students just keep on graduatin' throughout the Triangle. Join us this Tuesday as we feature one of the most coveted rarities that Txakoli has to offer and two festive sparklers to toast the recent grads in your life. Pretty, pink, and ready to drink!
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
Hay Takolina!
   Prepare for Txakolifest!
    In rapt anticipation for next week's annual Txakolifest celebration at Six Plates (Saturday, May 16th), we've arranged for a beautiful line up of gorgeous Txakolinas from each of the three zones of production (Getaria, Biscay, and Álava) to wet your whistle and whet your appetite for the famously spritzy Basque wines. Join us this Saturday as we sling samples of three crystal-crisp whites and an ambitiously aromatic red made from Hondarribi Beltza, a close relative of Cabernet Franc. Prepare to pass the porron (pictured below) and hone your skills for Txakolifest!
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Txakolina Getariako 2014 

90% Hondarribi Zuri,

10% Hondarribi Betza 

(Pays Basque, Spain)

This seventh generation estate is considered one of the top producers of Txakoli (CHOCK-oh-lee), the spritzy, tart, low-alcohol wine that is perfect with seafood tapas. Ignacio Ameztoi Aranguran is the latest generation to continue making this traditional wine that most resembles the "lovechild" of Chablis and Vinho Verde...

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Arabako Txakolina 2014 

{sustainable} 80% Hondarribi Zuri, 10% Hondarribi Zuri Zerratia, 5% Izkiriota, 5% Izkiriota Ttippia

(Pays Basque, Spain)

Arabako Txakolina (AKA Txakoli de Alava) is the most southerly, furthest inland, and least moist subregion of the three enclaves in Spain's Basque Country that make up Txakoli country. This lean white is refreshingly sharp by itself and positively tremendous with salty, savory food such as...
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Doniene Gorrondona 
Bizkaiko Txakolina 2014 
  85% Hondarribi Zuri, 3% Hondarribi Beltza and 12% Mune Mahatsa 

(Pays Basque, Spain)

Taking it's name from the Bay of Biscay, the Bizkaiko zone of Txakolina production brings us, perhaps, the most diversity stylistically. This example has only the faintest touch of the spritz that Txakoli is famous for while retaining the insanely pronounced minerality and refreshing, tangy fruit. Robustly flavorful and chiseled in structure, this delicate white subtly layers aromas...
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Txakolina Baltza 2013
100% Hondarribi Beltza

(Pays Basque, Spain)

From 150 year-old Hondarribi Beltza vines grown in the tiny Aldape vineyard farmed by Gorrondona, this is an extremely rare, obscure wine that is totally delicious, food-versatile, ageworthy, and distinct. If you are a fan of the grape's close relative, Cabernet Franc, or simply a fan of good food and wine, you...
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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):




$9.99 on sale



Riesling Kabinett 

"Trittenheimer Apotheke" 

$19.99 on sale


Dr. Heyden

Riesling Kabinett 


$14.99 on sale

Anton Bauer 

Wagram Rosé

$12.99 on sale


Reds (65˚F):


La Casaccia 

Barbera de Monferrato


$15.99 on sale


Bastide Blanche 


$26.99 on sale


Bodegas Arrocal 

Ribera del Duero 

$18.99 on sale


Chateau de Mendis 
Cotes de Bordeaux 

$14.99 on sale


Peirano Estate 

"Immortal Zin" 



Chateau Armandière 


$11.99 on sale



$36.99 on sale


Domaine Borie la Vitarèle 

Saint Chinian 

"Les Terres Blanches" 

 $21.99 on sale


on the Enomatic
in Raleigh:
Here's what's on tap!
Subject to change on 
  a whim or fancy...

Whites (48º F):


Labranche Laffont 

Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh Sec 

$21.99 on sale


Frank Family 


$36.99 on sale


Domaine de



"Vignes de 1914" 

$18.99 on sale


Grüner Veltliner
"Grand Grü" 

$26.99 on sale


Ken Forrester 

Chenin Blanc 

$15.99 on sale


Borgo Moncalvo 


$11.99 on sale


Anton Bauer 

Wagram Rosé 

$13.99 on sale

Cave Freudenreich 


"Terre d'Apollon" 

$17.99 on sale



Reds (65º F):


Giorgio Cantemessa 

Grignolino d'Asti 

$16.99 on sale


Lua Cheia 



$14.99 on sale


Domaine Clair 

Santenay "Clos Genet"  

$35.99 on sale


Fattoria Ambra 

$19.99 on sale


Nugan Estate 


"3rd Generation"



Tenuta Ibidini

Nero d'Avola 

$12.99 on sale


Beira Interior Tinto 

$13.99 on sale


Cascina Barisel 


$13.99 on sale


Peirano Estate 


"The Immortal Zin" 

$11.99 on sale


Tenuta Mazzolino  

Pinot Nero


$14.99 on sale


Abbaye Sylva Plana 

Faugeres "Les Novices" 

$17.99 on sale


Thelema Mnt Vineyard 
"Mountain Red" 

$15.99 on sale


D. Ventura 

Ribeira Sacra 

"Viña Caneiro" 




Ventoux "Vieux Clocher"  

$10.99 on sale

Hacienda Villarta 

Mentrida Tinto 


$11.99 on sale


Domaine Bardin 

Coteaux du Giennois

 $19.99 on sale 




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Saturday Tasting 
Hay Txakolina!!!
Tasty Tuesday
"Spritzy in Pink"

Saturday Tasting 
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Tasty Tuesday
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