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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Beans!

December 13, 2016

Yes, we are now selling beans. These are delicious beans that can help re-frame your understanding and appreciation of how good beans can be. I know you are reading this in wonderment but these are already popular in the store and our second order. We’ve enjoyed them at home and more and more customers are. […]

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Two of the Wine World’s Most Popular Grapes Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc

December 13, 2016

The Salvards family has had a working estate in the Loire Valley since 1898. Today they make two delicious and I think beautifully labeled wines as well. Ever since a movie (Sideways), Pinot Noir has gained in popularity but also price. The estate is in the Cheverny AOC which was just recently created in 1993. […]

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Holiday Treats: Bohigas Cava from Spain

December 13, 2016

Do you enjoy a nice glass of Champagne? Wish you could drink it more frequently than special occasions? Or need a couple of bottles for a holiday toast? This is just the bottle for you!! Champagne is only Champagne when it comes from Champagne. And due to its labor intensive production method and small quantities, […]

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Value Burgundies to Taste

October 29, 2016

Every once in a while, if you taste a lot of wines, you find some value surprises. From Burgundy, this is especially hard to do, but today I have an offer that fits just the bill. In addition, I have some in the store to taste and at least a case of each to sell. […]

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Deliciously Frizzante! A Store Favorite Returns

October 22, 2016

This wine just returned to the distributor and it is already moving quickly! People just love the festive touch bubbles add to any glass of wine. From one of the top organic producers in Austria, this wine was first made for the couples wedding. It was so popular for that single event that they decided […]

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Looking to Fall — BEAUJOLAIS En Primeur (aka Nouveau)

September 28, 2016

Many discovered this wine last year and continued to ask for it well after it was gone. Like several of the wines in the store, this is not the wine many people expect. It is a bottle of fun and enjoyment, not overly serious but seriously tasty, and like so many things in the store, […]

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