Tastings & Events

SaturdayTasting

Fresh from France!
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with Brad Beavers of The Country Vintner
Saturday, October 21st, 1-4 pm
Free!

This weekend your friendly neighborhood Brad Beavers is back in the shop! This time he’s brought with him some underrated gems from all around France, some that are brand new to the shop. So stop in this Saturday to sample and save on some Gallic goodness!
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Up first we have a Colombard from Mont Gravet in the Côtes de Gascogne. Once just a blending grape for brandy, Colombard gained in popularity as a single varietal grape for its hardiness and ability to thrive in hot temperatures. A light, refreshing wine with citrus notes of grapefruit backed by a little white peach. Imminently gluggable!
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We’re jumping things up a notch next with some white Burgundy. In a very historically Burgundian move, Philippe Colin and his brother split the family holdings equally in the early 2000s after their father retired. Since parting ways Philippe focused on the estates in Chassagne Montrachet while adding some new land to experiment with different terroirs. His entry level Chardonnay is a blend from Chassagne and St Aubin, aged in neutral oak to provide hints of baking spiced apples and melon.
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From here we go into Alpine France to the region of Savoie on the border with Italy. Here Eugène Carrel’s family has been producing wine from indigenous grapes for generations. Their Mondeuse is an elegant medium bodied red with ripe black cherry fruit, smoky and spice hints, and a light tannic touch to provide structure. A great middle ground between Pinot Noir and Syrah!
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Finally, we’ll finish in the Languedoc along the Mediterranean. The rugged sun drenched hills turn out powerful, fruit driven wines like this red blend from Minervois. The Daglas Family has owned Chateau de Paraza for just over a decade now and has turned it into one of the best wineries in the region. This GSM blend is complex, bursting with juicy fruit notes of cherry and raspberry with hints of black olive tapenade. An adventure in every sip!

See you Saturday!

2016 Mont Gravet Blanc, Gascogny, France ($8.99)
2015 Philippe Colin Blanc, Burgundy, France ($32.99)
2015 Eugène Carrel Mondeuse, Savoie, France ($17.99)
2014 Chateau de Paraza ‘Cuvée Speciale’ Rouge, Minervois, France ($12.99)

All wines tasted are discounted:
10% off by the bottle
15% off 6+ bottles (mix or match)

Upcoming Events

Tonight!
Sip N’ Shop with Us!
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As being a part of the vibrant Downtown Raleigh community, we’re banding together with many of our retail neighbors for a night of shopping around town. We’re staying open late, ’till 9 pm, so y’all can enjoy a glass, or two, out of the WineStation during the Sip n’ Shop. All wines out of the WineStation are 10% off by the bottle to take with you, so come hang and join us and other downtown retailers for a night full of exclusive deals you can only get from shopping small and shopping local!


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A Wine Dinner to Remember!
From Burgundy Farm to NC Table
dublere logoWine Dinner with Blair Pethel of Domaine Dublère

Friday, October 20th, 7 pm
Reservations Required
$95 per person (plus tax & gratuity)

Join us for a night of stunning local, farm-to-table cuisine and memorable Burgundian wines. It’s a rare opportunity to meet a Burgundian winemaker and taste through a selection of some of the most noble wines in the world, which makes this dinner an exciting event not to be missed.
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We’re welcoming back to town NC-native-turned-Burgundy winemaker Blair Pethel of Domaine Dublère for an unforgettable evening.blair sorting

About the Winery

Blair’s outstanding Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines from their ancestral homeland have garnered the attention of acclaimed Burgundy importer Becky Wasserman, as well as many Burgundy-philes across the country. His intent focus on keeping the terroir of the region front and center shines in the benchmark 2015 vintages that you will be able to taste with the winemaker. They’re exceptional representations of their respective places of origin throughout Burgundy, from the humble Burgundy appellation to some of the most coveted of Premier Cru wines.These dinners are hallmarks of restaurants in cultural benchmark cities like New York, LA, and Paris, but here in Raleigh it is a unique experience for us to be able to welcome a Burgundian winemaker to our burgeoning food scene which includes the locavore centric Mandolin – a staple of seasonal and sustainable Southern cuisine downtown.chef fowler

About the Restaurant

Headed by the talented Chef Sean Fowler, Mandolin is focused on bringing the best, seasonal ingredients to the table from farms across the state. Both born and raised in North Carolina, Blair and Chef Sean are putting together a unique menu, bringing together Mandolin’s NC rooted food and Blair’s stunning Burgundy.It’s going to be a delicious night that brings a one of a kind experience right to our Raleigh community in the Five Points neighborhood. There’s something to be said for focusing on the best ingredients in your food and there should be no exception in your wines – especially from a place as regionally gifted as Burgundy.

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Reservations are limited for this intimate evening with Blair, so mark your calendars and book your seat now to join us for an incredible evening.

~ First Course ~
Fried Oyster
with sour corn purée, shaved celery compressed in turmeric juice, radish
2015 Dublère ‘Les Millerands’ Bourgogne Blanc ($29.99)
~ Second Course ~
Smoked Pumpkin & Chèvre Tart
with rye tart crust, caramelized onion, cocoa nib
2015 Dublère Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Chenevottes 1er Cru ($94.99)
 
~ Third Course ~
Seared Duck Breast
with chestnuts, wild rice, duck liver mousse, cranberry, duck jus infused with grilled fig leaf
2015 Dublère Savigny les Beaune, Les Planchots du Nord ($37.99)
 
~ Fourth Course ~
Braised Lamb Neck
slow roasted turnips, carrots, anson mills rice peas, lamb pancetta, herb purée
2015 Dublère Morey-Saint-Denis, Les Blanchards 1er Cru ($80.99)
 
~ Dessert ~
Petits Fours
Counter Culture Coffee

Click Here to Book Your Seat Now

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Save the Date!
Insider’s Tasting
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Thursday, November 9th, 7-8:30 pm
Reservations Required
$25 per person

Click Here to Book Now

In just a couple of weeks, we’ll be welcoming back to the shop one of our favorite Austrians, the jovial Mr. Klaus Wittauer of KW Selections for a special evening of tasting. For those of y’all that were able to make our first Insider’s Tasting with Nat Gutner, you know that this is one of the most unique and inspiring ways to taste through some of the wines we carry here in the shop – hearing the stories and the details from the importer himself in a small, conversational setting.

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Throughout the night you’ll be given the chance to taste 5 different wines from Klaus’s delicious Austrian portfolio along with small bites to accompany the many flavors of the wine.  You’ll be guided through what makes each wine so special and why many of them are not only a great fit for your home year round, but especially on the Thanksgiving table.

We’ll have more details on the unique wines and the bites to match in the coming weeks but as space is limited for this intimate event, click here to book your seats now and don’t miss out!