Tastings & Events

SaturdayTastingSaturday Tasting at the Shop!

with Brad Beavers of The Country Vintner
Saturday, July 11, 1 – 4 pm

We’re working on a great lineup for this weekend…stay tuned!

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


Popup Dinner: Sake & Waraji
Now Taking Reservations!

Wednesday, July 15th, 7:30pm
$85 (plus tax) per person
Reservations Required

We’re excited to announce our next popup dinner, right here in the shop, will be a sake and Japanese cuisine dinner with food by Waraji Japanese Restaurant. This dinner event will be hosted by two renowned experts in their fields who are as passionate about teaching others about their specialities as they are practicing their craft.

About the Master Sake Sommelier
Tiffany Dawn SotoWe’re honored to have as our special guest host for the evening Master Sake Sommelier Tiffany Dawn Soto. Tiffany, the first non-Japanese woman to earn the title of Master Sake Teacher, has revolutionized the sake industry in the United States – expanding imports of sake into the country, creating sake lists at some of the top restaurants across the US, and consulting for restaurants and teaching classes here as well as abroad. She is one of the top Master Sake Sommeliers outside of Japan and we’re welcoming her, as well as some of her specially imported sakes to the shop for this special event.

About the Chef
chef masaBorn in a fishing village in western Japan, Chef Masa Tsujimura of Waraji Japanese Restaurant in Raleigh has over 30 years of experience as a sushi chef and has been the proprietor and head chef at Waraji for the past 18 years. As well as perfecting his craft, he has trained dozens of sushi chefs throughout his career.
Masa is as passionate about sake as he is about his award winning sushi and traditional Japanese foods. Waraji carries over 50 different sakes to match with their extensive menu.

Check out the menu below and give us a call us at 919.803.5473 or e-mail us to reserve your seat as we bring these two heavyweights of the Japanese culinary world together for this special popup dinner. 

~ Reception ~
Assorted Japanese Rice Crackers 

Sake Cocktail

~ Amuse Bouche ~
Chilled and Lightly Salted

~ 1st Course ~
Seaweed Salad
with Shredded English Cucumber

Ichishima Seishu Sake (720 ml at $31.99)

~ 2nd Course ~
Raw Oyster in Ponzu Sauce with Spicy Daikon Radish

Ichishima Tokubetsu Honjozo Sake (300 ml @ $21.99)

~ 3rd Course ~
Tekka Tartar
Tuna with Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil, and Finely Minced Green Onion

Ichishima Junmai Sake (300 ml @ $23.99)

~ 4th Course ~
Chef Masa’s Selection of Assorted Nigiri Sushi

Ichishima Junmai Daiginjo Sake (300 ml @ $40.99)

~ 5th Course ~
Chicken Kamameshi
Japanese Rice Pilaf with Chicken, Shiitake mushrooms, and Bamboo shoots

Ichishima Seishu Sake – Warm Preparation (720 ml @ $31.99)

~ Digestif ~
Ichishima ‘Silk Deluxe’ Sake (500 ml @ $37.99)

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


Meet the Importer
with Melissa Saunders of Communal Brands


Tuesday, July 7th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

melissasaundersSome of our favorite importers focus  on one particular country or one specific region while others manage to find delicious selections from around the world. Melissa Saunders, founder of Communal Brands, has worked hard to find great wines from as far disparate places as New Zealand, Italy, France and the United States while still maintaining a near obsessive dedication to quality.

We’re excited to welcome Melissa to the store to pour some of her imports that have become shop favorites from New Zealand, Tuscany, and Washington State. In addition we’re excited to showcase some new wines, from Burgundy and Rioja, that have never been seen before in North Carolina, and you can be amongst the first to try them!

2014 ‘OCD’ Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand ($15.99)
2014 Moutard Diligent Bourgogne Blanc, Burgundy, France ($20.99)
2012 Ampeleia ‘Kepos di Ampeleia’ Rosso, Tuscany, Italy ($27.99)
2004 Vina Olabarri Grand Reserva, Rioja, Spain ($32.99)
2013 Grapesmith & Crusher Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, WA ($16.99)

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