We wanted to let you all know that we will be closed for the Fourth of July here at the Caviste! We will be open normal hours beginning again on Thursday.
We are excited about getting to spend the day with friends and family, but wanted to let you know what we will be drinking to celebrate!
Cheers and have a happy Fourth!
Mark

Berangerie Malbec Rose

The Berangerie is a perfect celebration wine and a true crowd pleaser! It has a spectacular deep pink hue and is deliciously dry and fruity on the palate. This wine comes from one of the most highly regarded Cahors producers and they really knock this rose out of the park. At $14 per bottle its a great wine you can bring to the BBQ to impress family and friends! Price: $14

Domaine les Aphillantes Cotes du Rhone Rose

I think you would be very difficult to find a better Rose for the Fourth of July! The Domaine les Aphillantes is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Mouvedre, and Counoise. The vineyard is maintained organically and they are even still using horse drawn plows! The wine has great fruit density on the palate, particularly strawberry and raspberry, without being sweet. The Aphillantes is a perfect BBQ wine as it pairs beautifully with grilled meats and vegetables! Price per bottle $15.

While Russ is away…

by Mark Patykewich on June 28, 2018

Hi Everyone!

After last week’s introduction and while Russ is away, I wanted to take the chance to introduce myself further by sharing some of my favorite wines in the store. One of my favorite aspects of being at The Caviste is the unique and delicious wines I am able to offer the Winston Salem public. I like you, have discovered many delicious bottles here. One aspect of wine Russ and I share is its communal nature. So, I’d like to share three wines that resonate with me and helped broaden my perspective of the wine world. I will be pouring them in the Shop on Friday and Saturday.

Cheers!
Mark

Matthiasson 2017 Rose
Matthiason wines hold a special place to me after a wonderful visit to their estate last year. I was fortunate enough to share an afternoon tasting with Jill Matthiason. It was a relaxed and casual afternoon where I was able to not just hear but see the passion that she and her husband Steve share for producing balanced and elegant wines n California. The rosé is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Counoise. Between its beautiful citrusy aromas and clean acidity on the palate, this wine is a perfect summer porch sipper. This wine knocks my socks off! Price per bottle $27.

Theirry Germain Les Roches 2016
Thierry Germain has become known as one of the most focused producers of biodynamic Cabernet Franc in the Loire Valley. His once extracted and oak dominated style has know shifted to wines of elegant depth and a velvety richness. They are cashmere like on the palate and rich with dried fruit notes and the slightest hint of rain fresh forest floors. These wins from Saumur-Champigny rank among some of the most soft after reds from the Loire Valley and demonstrate the elegance and finesse biodynamic practices can produce. These entry level bottlings, $28 a bottle, are great for all things lamb.

Tami Frappato 2016
A few years ago, when I was new to the wine industry, Sicilian wines grabbed my attention, and one wine maker in particular quickly became a favorite; Arianna Occhipinti. Her wines opened my eyes to the spectacular potential of Sicilian wine. wines coming from Sicily. While Arianna makes wonderful wines from her own vineyards, the TAMI is a collaborative project she has taken on with a number of her neighbors. In making these wines, they sought to “prove that it is possible too make good, simple, natural wine in Sicily” at an approachable price point. This wine is 100% Frappato, an indigenous Sicilian varietal, which makes for a lively, bright and refreshing red wine. Price per bottle $18.

Thierry Germain’s Cabernet Franc

June 14, 2018

Cabernet Franc is an often under appreciated grape in the wine world. Getting lost in the shadows of Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon this grape is a little more unassuming and few people realize the deep and elegantly delicious wines it can produce. If poorly handled it may sometimes show a slight vegetal side, in […]

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Bastide Bandol Blanche Rosé

June 14, 2018

Each year it seems as if this rosé cannot arrive soon enough only to pass through the store equally quickly. It has been a perennial favorite at home and in the store since we opened our doors. As you explore rosé you learn that they are not all simply “pink wine.” There is a range […]

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Rosé

March 22, 2018

Many people mistakenly think rosés are a new phenomenon, but they have long been popular in Europe, especially in the south of France. Rosé, rosato, rosado, etc has been drunk for years, usually a dry wine that gives some feel for the vintage and provides a wonderful bridge for what I call the “in between.” […]

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White Burgundy = Chardonnay

March 16, 2018

Most people don’t know white Burgundy is predominantly made from Chardonnay.Still some of the most striking whites made today they satisfy those looking for less oak influence on their white wines. I thought it would be fun to explore these wines by also exploring the regions of Burgundy. Today we will start with the southern […]

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Two Rose Favorites

March 10, 2018

Houchart – Provence Rosé It’s not just a pretty label, this is a delicious bottle of wine and the best selling rose in the store. Whatever quantity we are able to get this year will probably, like last year, move quickly. Houchart – Cotes de Provence (France) From the sunny hillsides of Provence comes this […]

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Featured Wines

February 6, 2018

Gaston Chiquet Champagne One benefit of running an independent wine shop, is “extra” inventory taste incredibly good sometimes. This past weekend, we were lucky enough to share a bottle of Gaston Chiquet Champagne with some friends that more than demonstrated this fact. First a note on “grower” Champagnes, they truly reward a year or two […]

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Champagne for the Holidays

December 29, 2017

In the northeast corner of France, and at its closest, only 100 miles from Paris, is one of the best known wine regions in the world – Champagne. Originally a home for still wines, it is now known almost solely for its sparkling wines, certainly they are the most celebrated. For much of the production […]

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Bubbles for the Holidays

December 28, 2017

We truly believe bubble should be drunk more often throughout the year, who doesn’t enjoy the lively and fun sound of corks popping and sipping of crisp lively wines, but we fully embrace the fact that they become a more central focus this time of the year. Did you know there’s a whole world of […]

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