This boot was made for walking!
Thursday Evening: Central Italy Class
This Saturday: Southern Italy Tasting 
 Next Tasty Tuesday: Northern Italy Tasting
In This Issue:
Tasty Tuesday: "Hips Don't Lie"
Free Saturday Tasting: Put the foot in your mouth!

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An Italian
Itinerary!

   After hangin' around on the banks of France's Loire last week, we began to notice that our passports were getting a bit restless, and so we're off to Italy! Over the course of the next week, we have a thoroughly Italian itinerary to explore. Tonight (Thursday, the 28th) our Central Italian class will cover Tuscany, Umbria, Marche, Abruzzo, and Lazio. Following that, we've arranged for an adventurous tasting of Italy's southern specialties on Saturday and a few northern highlights next Tuesday. Read on for details!
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Indy's Best of
the Triangle!
 
   Friends, Trianglites, countrymen, you can now vote for your favorite finalists (including a certain passionate bastion of estate-produced wine) by clicking on the Indy's "Best Of" image above! Keep in mind that there are many people out there who may cast votes for the unwieldy, unimaginative chains. Our area's many exciting local businesses depend on your loyalty, selectivity, and vociferous support, so be true to your civic duty and vote for the little guys who make our community special. It truly makes a difference!
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Vote for your favorite
Durham businesses!
Only two days left! 
 
   The polls are open for a mere two more days at Durham Magazine's website. Head on over and give some sugar to the local enterprises that brighten your Durham days!
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Parade of the
Vignerons!

Wine Authorities Raleigh
Wednesday, May 11th
5:00 - 7:00pm
     Join us at our Raleigh shop as we welcome an absolutely heroic legion of some of our favorite French winegrowers! Importer Franck Agostini's portfolio of immensely talented producers has contributed hugely to our selection over the years.
     Many of you have probably noticed his signature on the back labels of beloved bottles from Bordeaux, France's Southwest, Loire, Rhone, Burgundy, and Languedoc. On May 11th, you have the opportunity to meet the man himself as well as eight of his virtuous vignerons.
  • Stephane Gouron - Domaine Gouron of Chinon, Loire
  • Jerome Choblet - Domaine des Herbauges of Muscadet Cotes de GrandLieu,
    Loire
  • Berengère Quellien - Chateau Lusseau of Graves, Bordeaux
  • Frederic Leydet - Chateau Leydet Valentin of Saint-Emilion (Grand Cru) & Chateau de Valois of Pomerol, Bordeaux
  • Jean-Pierre & Elizabeth Toxe - Chateau Pillebois of Castillon, Bordeaux
  • Martine Pages - Domaine La Bouysse of Corbieres, Languedoc
  • Laurent Pontaud & Sylverine Rivalta - Chateau Marjolet of Laudun, Rhone Valley
  • Nicole Guillot - Aureto of Ventoux
    & Vaucluse, Rhone Valley
* For $10 you'll taste over 20 wines with the very winegrowers who make them. You'll also receive a $10 refund towards your purchase of their wines during the event!
* Mixed cases of wines from this event will receive a 25% discount!!!
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Tonight:
Knee Deep in
Central Italy!

Central Italy Wine Class
April 28th @ W.A. Durham
  Just when you thought it was safe to trade your boots for spring sandals, Italy's outline has appeared triumphantly on the horizon. Tuscany, Umbria, Marche, Abruzzo, and Lazio! What do the fab five of Central Italy have in common and what differentiates them from one another? Join us for the answers as we embark on a comprehensive tour of the leg-shaped peninsula's mid thigh!
Class includes comprehensive tasting, visual presentation, and handouts.
$48 - 7:33 PM
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Rosť Garden!!!
     It's here at long last! The pink oasis that refreshes our mouths and nourishes our souls is once again in bloom!  The Rosť Garden has arrived, and we're kicking off the the season with selections that include the Garden's starring darling, "Venus" (in both bottles and glorious 3-LITER Bag-in-boxes) along with other returning favorites from years past in their shiny new vintages fresh off the boat! As always, a portion of each and every bottle of rosť sold will be donated to the fight against breast cancer!
  • Domaine La LigiŤre - "Sud Absolut" Rosť 2015  $10.99 
  • J. Mourat - Rosť "Collection" 2015  $11.99
  • Anton Bauer - Wagram Rosť "Feuersbrunn" 2015  $12.99 
  • Domaine Laurent Gauthier - Beaujolais Villages Rosť "Vintage" 2015  $14.99
  • Meinklang - Pinot Noir Rosť "Prosa" 2015  $16.99
  • Domaine Pinchinat - "Venus" Rosť 2015  $9.99
  • Domaine Pinchinat - "Venus" Rosť [3-Liter BIB] 2015   $29.99
Rosé Garden Glasses
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Why, thank you!   
Real Customer Comment:
  
"It is an absolutely enjoyable experience to come here. When we do, we leave with a case..."
                       -  Andrew K. (via Yelp)    

    
Tasty Tuesday!
"Hips Don't Lie"

Northern Italy
This Tuesday, May 3rd, we present our FREE
 midweek wine tasting!  Every Tuesday is tasty...

5:00 - 7:00 pm
   Hot on the heels (pun absolutely intended) of  this Saturday's tastings of Italy's foot-shaped south, we're setting our sights further north, honing on on the country's shapely hip! Italy's northern regions of Friuli, Verona, and Piemonte provide us with a few of the nation's most singular and unmistakable specialties. Join us as we home in on Friuli's Friulano, the elegant minerality and balance of our newest arrival from Soave, and an unusually robust rendition of Barbera de Monferrato. Shake, shake, shake your booty, Italy!
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!

Free Saturday Tastings!
Durham & Raleigh:
From Noon to 3 pm, "try before you buy"
at our FREE tastings!
Italy's South:
"Put the foot in your mouth"
   Normally, putting your foot in your mouth is something to be regretted (or, better yet, avoided), but when it comes to the wines of Italy's foot-shaped south, we've absolutely no hesitation! Join us this Saturday as we embark on a tasty journey to Basilicata, Puglia, and Campania for affable and affordable examples of the regions' specialties - some familiar, others strikingly exotic. Primitivo, Aglianico, Fiano, Greco, and a host of seldom encountered white grapes provide us with an ensemble cast. The fun continues at next week's Tasty Tuesday, where we explore Italy's luscious hips... Grazie!  
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I Pastini 
Locorotondo Bianco 2014
"Antico"
{biodynamic} 60% Verdeca,
35% Alsessano, 5% Minutolo 
(Puglia, Italy)
ZESTY LEMON & PINEAPPLE, ZIPPY MINERAL, DELICATE HERBS
Welcome to your new favorite white wine! Who'd have thought that you could make 12% alcohol, snappy white wine like this in Italy's way far south? Hailing from halfway down the heel of the boot on the Adriatic coast of Puglia, this bright...

 
 
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Antonio Caggiano 
Irpinia Bianco 2014
"FiaGre" 
70% Fiano, 30% Greco 
(Campania, Italy)
DRIED TURKISH APRICOT & WISPY ACACIA, PEAR, WAXY PISTACHIO
Two quintessentially Campagnese grapes, Fiano and Greco, are not only among the most important grapes of Italy's shin-shaped eno-paradise, they're also responsible for some of the the country's most striking whites. Previously reputed to be of Greek origin, these ancient and exotically perfumed varietals can...
 
  
  
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D'Angelo
Aglianico 2013
"Sacravite" 
100% Aglianico  
(Basilicata, Italy)
GENEROUS BERRY, SMOKY MINERAL, RUSTIC LEATHER
In the northern reaches of Basilicata, at the base of the extinct volcano, Monte Vulture, D'Angelo produces distinctive, definitive Aglianico. Not content to be simply "old world" in style, this wine is perhaps "ancient world." Darkly intriguing and terroir-driven, the "Sacravite," will slowly draw you into its clutches with aromas of graphite, dried black fruits, and cordovan...
Morella
Primitivo Salento 2014
"Mezzanotte"
{biodynamic}100% Primitivo (Zin)   
(Puglia, Italy)
BRAMBLY BLACK RASPBERRY & CHERRY, MOCHA & MINT
Produced biodynamically with love and a defiantly quality-over-quantity approach, the "Mezzanotte" is one of Lisa Gilbee's profoundly Puglian offerings of Primitivo. An Australian native, she settled in Italy just over two decades ago and, after working as a winemaker both there and abroad, began Morella in 2004, naming the estate for her Italian husband. She's fallen in love with the local...


Far from Topless...
 
   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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Six for Sixty!

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!*
Composition

Saturday Tasting 
April 30th
Italy's South: Put the
Foot in Your Mouth 
 

Tasty Tuesday  
May 3rd 
Northern Italy:
Hips Don't Lie


*Subject to change!
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