Mediterranean France
  The Swami tours and we taste...
In This Issue:
Tasty Tuesday: Lavish Languedoc
Free Saturday Tasting: Sumptuous Southern Rhone

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new adventures!
   Our fearless leader has gone off gallivanting again! He's currently on one of his expeditions to France, catching up with some of our favorite producers. He's also gallantly tasting his way through oceans of French wine, seeking new frontiers and values while helping to illuminate regions and specialties that we are seldom able to get our hands on stateside. Follow his adventures through the interwebs: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!  
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Busting up budgets
with our popular
post-holiday display!
  • Tempore - Garnacha "Finca La Cañada" 2014  $7.99
  • Socalos do Douro - Vinho Verde "Colheita Seleccionada" 2014  $9.99
  • Hyatt Vineyards - Cabernet Sauvignon 2012  $11.99
  • Domaine Herbauges - Chardonnay "Unoaked" 2014  $11.99
  • Lua Cheia - Douro Tinto 2013  $9.99
  • Chateau Haut Dambert - Entre-Deux-Mers 2014 $11.99
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Tasty Tuesday:
Lavish Languedoc!
This Tuesday, January 26th, we present our FREE
 midweek wine tasting! Every Tuesday is tasty...

5:00 - 7:00 pm
   The Languedoc, clinging to France's sprawling southern coastline, is a viticultural paradise. It's precisely the sort of place that we can take up refuge from the icy fingers of January (at least in our glasses and our imaginations). Join us on Tuesday to sip and sample vibrantly berryish rosé made from Cinsault, full-bodied white with opulent aromatic appeal, and robust red made from Carignan. This is the stuff that Mediterranean dreams are made of, and it's sure to warm your palate and your heart! 
Free Saturday Tastings!
Durham & Raleigh:
From Noon to 3 pm, "try before you buy"
at our FREE tastings!

Southern Rhone 
    As winter tightens its grip and power bills pack on some cold climate blubber, we turn our sights to a region whose wines both warm us and fill our imaginations with breezy, balmy, Mediterranean bliss. France's Southern Rhone is famous for its spicy, resoundingly ripe reds and boldly refreshing rosés. Its exotically perfumed whites are rarer, but they're the delicious icing on the cake! We have great examples of each from Laudun, Tavel, Vacqueyras, and (drumroll, plese) Chateauneuf du Pape for your weekend tasting pleasure. See you on Saturday! 
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Marjolet Blanc
Chateau Marjolet 
Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2014 
{organic} 60% Roussanne,
40% Viognier 
(Southern Rhone, France)

Located in Laudun (just across the Rhone River from Chateauneuf du Pape), Chateau de Marjolet's strikingly stony vineyards may remind the casual onlooker more of a lunar landscape than a cradle of viticultural excellence, but the rows of gnarled vines are an unmistakable sign that something exciting...
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Rocaliere Tavel  
Domaine La Rocalière 
Tavel 2014
{organic} 60% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre 
(Southern Rhone, France)
Sisters Séverine and Mélanie manage the Borrelly family estate, Domaine la Rocalière, which was established by their father, Jacques, from long-held family vineyards two decades ago. Slightly less than half of the 120 acre estate falls within Tavel, a region of rosé royalty. True to form, this is a deeply colored, bold...
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Ligi_re Vacqueyras
Domaine La Ligière 
Vacqueyras 2012  
{biodynamic} 70% Grenache, 
20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre
(Southern Rhone, France) 
Preserving the preponderance of "P"s in winemaker Philippe's name, this Vacqueyras provides palpable, palate-pleasing profundity! It perseveres in its preservation of place through biodynamic preparations. Opening with a wallop of violet blossoms before releasing the signature aroma of ripe strawberries and then...
Domaine des Pères
de l'Église 
Chateauneuf du Pape 2014 
95% Grenache,
3% Mourvedre, 2% Syrah 
(Southern Rhone, France) 
The shell of an imposing castle overlooking sunbleached cobblestone streets and winding alleyways provides a mysterious focal point to the Southern Rhone's oldest and most famous appellation. Chateauneuf du Pape requires relatively little introduction. Domaine des Pères de L'Eglise is a producer which with a rich history of two centuries...

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   Our classic "WINE FROM FARMERS NOT FACTORIES" Pitchforkscrew™ shirts have returned in deepest, azure-i-est, "Ocean" teal. For the first time, we are also offering dedicated shapes for both gals and guys! Each style ranges from small to XXL, and are $15.99. Now you've absolutely no excuse to go around naked (not that you necessarily need an excuse).
   The Wine From Farmers: Pitchforkscrew™ shirts are grown and entirely made right here in NC by our friends at TS Designs!
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Hope to see you Saturday!

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Grand Poobah & the Wine Authorities staff 
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Here's our fabulous monthly deal, 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.
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Upcoming Free Tastings!*

Saturday Tasting 
January 23rd
Sumptuous Southern Rhone

Tasty Tuesday
January 26th
Lavish Languedoc

Saturday Tasting 
January 30th
A Piece of
the Piemonte

Tasty Tuesday
February 2nd
"Groundhog Day"
"Six More Weeks?" 
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