Valentine’s Day Wines

by Mark Patykewich on February 13, 2019

Hello from The Caviste,
I hope everyone is having a good week.  It is that time of the year, Valentines is tomorrow and spring seems to be halfway here already.  To help you celebrate with your special someone, we wanted to offer some fitting bottles for tomorrow and the weekend.
Sparkling Rosé Deliciousness
This wine has been floating just under the radar in Winston but this year may be the year it breaks out.  Jean-Paul Brun (another favorite Beaujolais producer) makes this sparkling rosé that is just off dry and deliciously intriguing, some would even call it gulpable.  It is delightful on its own and a great pairing with a creamy chocolate mousse and strawberries.  The name of the wine is also a play on words in French, read “effervescent”.
It is made using the single-ferment Méthode Ancestrale in the style adopted in the nearby Bugey-Cerdon appellation where their vins mousseux are also made primarily from Gamay. When you pour this lightly petillant wine into the glass you are immediately struck by the deep pink hue of the wine.  It is softly bubbly and richly flavored, off dry, it is like a delicious mouthful of fresh red berries – strawberries, raspberries and a touch of bing cherries.  It is a delicious treat, a wonderful aperitif and perhaps the next it wine on the horizon for Winston-Salem.
G Descombes – St Amour
Is there a more appropriately named wine for Valentines?
St Amour is one of the ten Crus in Beaujolais, but one rarely seen in the states.  If you enjoy authentic Beaujolais, Georges Descombes is a source of some of the most delicious and certainly most natural wines in the region.  Having lost much of his crop to frost in 2016, he went searching for grapes that met his organic and quality standards.  Fortunately for us, he find some and made this delicious St Amour for the first time ever. The wine shows beautiful aromatics of ripe black raspberry, black cherry and plum with rose and violet and hints of citrus. The palate is supple and sappy with earthy black raspberry and red currant fruit, with a lovely texture and firm saline acidity and stone flavors in the finish. While the wine is quite delicious now, two to five years of aging will bring a softer and more complex expression. $39/bottles
The 25 Best Rosés You Need To Drink This Summer – 2017
Rosé Sale
Love us some Pink!
And then, one of my loves favorite loves – Rosés. Spring is around the corner but the weather is nice now, so for the Valentine’s Week (through Saturday) all rosés in the store will be on sale, 15% and 20% off by the case, feel free to mix and match.  We have a variety still in and even a case of Ameztoi Rubentis and some Muga and Houchart.  So, fee free to stop by and see us to stock up a little for the Spring.
Cheers from The Caviste!!

by Mark Patykewich on February 5, 2019


Good sunny afternoon from the Caviste,
This week holds a great winemaker visit and some lovely sale wines. We always enjoying hosting winemakers and look forward to each one.  Martin’s visit is perfectly timed for the pretty weather we have been having.
Winemaker Visit
Martin Minkowitsch
This Thursday, we have another great opportunity to host one of the winemakers we work with. Martin Minkowitsch will be in the store pouring wines from his fabulous Austrian estate. The Minkowitsch wines quickly became favorites for our white wine loving customers.  Made from Gruner Veltliner and Riesling, they offer some delightfully mineral flavors just perfect for the current warm weather and coming summer.
Martin will be in the store from 4:30 to 6:30.
Wine Sale
We’ve also gotten word that one of our distributors is trying to clean up their warehouse before the new vintages start to arrive.  This is always a great time to stock up on a few items. We have some but not all of the following wines in, but are offering them on sale. 10% off of 6 to 11 bottles and 20% off of a case or more.  Feel free to mix and match. Looking at the list you will recognize many of the name.
Matthiason Tendu White $21.00
Pepiere La Pepie Muscadet $15.00
Les Heretiques $12.00
Zum Martin Sepp Gruner (liter) $15.00
Bacaro Pinot Grigio $11.00
Next week is Valentines, stop by this weekend to pick out a special bottle for a special meal or look for some special Valentine picks during the early part of the week.
Russ and Mark

Inventory Clearance 1/4 & 1/5

January 4, 2019

Let us bring a little brightness to your rainy day with our annual inventory clearance sale. Once a year we do a thorough inventory counting all the bottles and finding some hidden treats here and there.  We’ve collected them and put them on the table, all clearance wines are 20% off their normal price. With […]

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Bubbles Tasting Rescheduled for Saturday, December 29th

December 28, 2018

Well the weather outside is frightful . . . and since Russ is under the weather, the bubbly tasting has been RESCHEDULED to tomorrow (Saturday, Dec 29 – starting at 2pm). Stop by to taste some wines and stock up for your new years eve festivities! We will be pouring the following delightful bubblies tomorrow: […]

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Tonight’s Tasting & Holiday Hours

December 20, 2018

Hello From The Caviste, The holidays are rolling along and we wish everyone the best. It is a cold and rainy day, just perfect for coming out and tasting some delicious and warming Italian wines with Jay Murrie tonight, starting at 4.  Then next Friday, we will have a bit of a bubble fest at […]

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This Week’s Tasting and Next Monday’s Meet and Greet

December 13, 2018

We have some great tasting lined up in the next couple of weeks.  This Friday we will explore some of the breadth in the wines world.  Damon Haynes will be here to pour wines from California, France, Spain and Italy.  A great little tasting to sample the variety available in the wine market today.  This […]

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A Delicious Pinot Noir

December 13, 2018

Good Day from The Caviste As we dig or melt our way out from all of the snow, the holidays continue to creep closer. In the spirit of the holidays, we have a couple of great wines, a delicious sparkler and a fantastic Pinot Noir. In addition, we have a great in store tasting this […]

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December 4, 2018

Hello from The Caviste, Now that it is December, we are focusing our store tastings on celebratory and gift wines, so be sure to join us for one or all of these special tastings.  This week, we will start with some fabulous selections from the Kermit Lynch Portfolio.  As many of you know, there are […]

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Evening Reading – Upcoming Events at the Caviste

November 29, 2018

Hello from The Caviste, I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.  Although sunny, it has gotten cooler and red wines are really hitting their stride now. We have some more great tastings lined up in the store, so be sure to join us soon, the first is tomorrow. Upcoming In Store Tastings We have […]

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Holiday Delivery 

November 21, 2018

For the Holidays we are going to be offering delivery on wine purchases of a case or more.  So, if you need to stock up for the party but are running short on time, let us help!  Call or email the store for more details. (Common sense says this will be within a certain range of Winston-Salem, but […]

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