Caviste Wine Bags

by Russ Anderson on May 11, 2017

caviste bags“Bag” by popular demand, Caviste wine bags. We ran out of these fantastic bags and have recently restocked. I think they are the best wine bag I have ever found. They are from sturdy and durable canvass with straps that run under the base. They are made for 6 bottles and while I don’t recommend it, I can say I have gotten 8 bottles in one and the straps held. They are $10 each and make great gifts for your wine friends who, like me, travel with wine. If you buy 6 bottles or more, the bags are $5 each.

World Class Pinot Noir

by Russ Anderson on April 26, 2017

1aMany of you will recognize this label as it is one of the most popular red Burgundies (Pinot Noirs) in the store. If you don’t recognize this wine, you will have the chance to taste it tomorrow. This wine is rare for two reasons, first this type of value is truly hard to find in Burgundy and second, only a few cases came in to the state.

Didier Regnaudot is the fourth generation to manage his family’s property in the beautiful little town of Dézize-les-Maranges, which is on the southernmost edge of the Côte d’Or, up in the hills just west of Santenay. The village is located at 1300 feet above sea level and its terroir is cooler and later ripening than the villages further north. Its older vines, many planted before or just after WWII, are more resistant to rot. Didier’s winemaking approach is simple; gorgeous, expertly managed vineyards, manual harvest, fermentation in concrete tank, long cuvaison, twelve months in oak, bottling without fining or filtration.

The result? Wines that are deep, structured, seriously dark red Burgundies that combine thickly textured tannins with a rustic elegance that makes them easily approachable now while still being worthy of cellar space as well. There is a nice dose of Burgundian soul in each glass and if you want to start learning what Burgundy is all about I can hardly recommend a better bottle to start with.

A great value at $30 a bottle and I will offer a 10% discount on orders of three (3) bottles or more.

Cheverny: Great Values from France​

April 5, 2017

​Cheverny is one of France’s newer AOC regions, being established in 1993. Before then, it was known in wine circles as a source of tremendous value where the wines are similar in style to Sancerre but much cheaper. This value proposition continues as you can see in today’s offer. Wines from the region are based […]

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Best Value Wines

March 30, 2017

We are always looking for the best value wines for your money, this weeks offering certainly have some; one of the store’s top sparkling wines, a delicious new vintage of a top Provencal rosé and a unique Pinot Noir. ​A wine that originates in the 13th Century, how can that be? Well not the wine, […]

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Old favorites return to the store

March 23, 2017

One fact of working with so many small, family owned producers like we do is that there can be interruptions in the availability of some of their wines. But we prefer the fact these producers craft wines that reflect the individuality of each vintage as well as their specific region. And even though it is […]

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Messmer Muschelkalk Riesling

March 15, 2017

So many people incorrectly shy away from Riesling wines.  This is one of the great grapes in the wine world and presents a range of wines from bone dry to sweet.  In fact, did you know it can also make a great sparkling wine?  We have one of the broadest selections of these wines in […]

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Standards

March 7, 2017

The dictionary tells us the word “standard” is “an idea or thing used as a measure, norm, or model in comparative evaluations.” In the world of wine, standards still exist but are sometimes obscured by the influence of marketing. Standards in the wine world, perhaps the world at large, remind me of the archery target […]

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First Rosé of 2016!!

February 15, 2017

Yes, I have had the Beaujolais nouveau rosé for 2016 in the store, but this is the first regular bottling to hit the shelves and a very popular bottling as well. You all know how much we love rosés in the store, they just suit the North Carolina climate so well. What better to drink […]

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Pre Sale – Houchart Rosé

February 11, 2017

Wow, it is February and going to hit 70 degrees today. It certainly feels like Spring is just around the corner, so the timing seems right to present one of the best selling rosés in the store. Additionally, it seems appropriate to offer a “pink” wine before Valentine’s day. This wine, the Houchart Rosé, is […]

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Inventory Clean Up Sale

January 9, 2017

Well inventory is done and now the snow is coming… Each year, I have an inventory sale in January. It helps clean up some of the single bottles lingering in the store. These are in no way “bad” wines, they have just been hanging out and overlooked by yours truly. After inventory, it is a […]

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