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Wine for St. Valentine’s Day

by Elizabeth Cooper in Wine & Beer

 
Join us as we raise awareness for the American Heart Association and its Mission to fight heart disease by wearing red. To honor this worthy cause, we will be drinking red as well at that evening’s Uncorked wine tasting event (wear red and you’ll receive 20% off admission!)
Chapel Hill: Friday, February 6, 5 – 8 p.m. 
Richmond: Friday, February 6, 5 – 8 p.m.
Charleston: Thursday, February… read more

Chapel Hill Wine Sale

in Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

Come into Southern Season and celebrate French culture. All French wine, beer and vermouths on sale at 20% off now through Monday, January 19. Don’t forget our special value Case of the Month for January. 
 
In addition to a great sale on French spirits, check out our Cheese feature and Deli specials:
 Vieux Cru des Cremiers – $23.99Made in the Jura Mountains from unpasteurized cow’s milk,… read more

National Bloody Mary Day

by Charlotte Myer in Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Learn, Wine & Beer

 

“I’ve always loved New Year’s Day. More than the festivities of the night before, with their requisite planning, expectations, and the very real risk of having to wear high heels, New Year’s Day always feels like a fresh start: a day of optimism, and looking forward, and of making resolutions. But it’s also a day to sleep in and have a big brunch, which to me has always felt like… read more

Wine Harvest

by Elizabeth Cooper in Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Learn, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

As the 2014 harvest draws to a close – the winemaker can reflect on the nail biting anticipation that goes along with the lead-up to this flurry of activity. Like almost no other business, the year’s toil is wrapped up into this small, highly anticipated window: a culmination of a year in the vineyard, at the hands of Mother Nature. Each vintage brings with it its own personality. In the words of a good friend and winemaker… read more

September Sippers

by Elizabeth Cooper in Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Learn, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

Well, folks it’s that time of year… We are gearing up for our 3rd Annual Homebrew Competition and Extravaganza!  If you’ve been in the past, you have some idea of how it works and how much fun the Extravaganza truly is. If not, then you are in for a treat.  In any case, we have made some changes this year, so here is the skinny:
As you may or may not know, we are now three stores and with the additional locations, we will… read more

Becoming a Sommelier

by Elizabeth Cooper in Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Learn, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

I have, over the years, had many people ask, “Where did you learn about wine and beer?” My standard response is “I drink a lot….” But in all honesty, I personally have not attended any type of school or classes—my “wine education” is based on considerable amounts of self study, travel, tasting and work experience. However, one of the motivating forces that spurred this “self study” was taking… read more

May New Arrivals

by Elizabeth Cooper in Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Learn, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

It’s the time of year when our presale gems come in, in fact we have added another 30+ labels in the last couple of weeks in addition to our standing reorder presale wines. It’s always exciting when these new wines arrive!
Here are some of our new rosés: 
Chateau Miraval 2013
It’s back! Brangelina’s second vintage from Provence. “The first release of the rosé from their summer residence and wine estate… read more

South Africa

by Elizabeth Cooper in Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Learn, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

I just returned from an incredible trip to South Africa. It is not the easiest or quickest place to go, but I can assure you it is well worth the time and effort.
The trip was organized through Wines of South Africa (WOSA), which is funded by the government of South Africa to help market their wine trade globally. I traveled with four other retailers from throughout the U.S., as well as the marketing manager of WOSA. These trips… read more

Celebration Season

by Elizabeth Cooper in Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Learn, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

It is celebration season: Mardi Gras, Saint Patrick’s Day, NCAA Tournament, Passover and Easter—this is definitely a busy time of year, and when we celebrate, well, we need to toast the event with the appropriate beverage. There are beverages for any and every occasion and ones that match any taste or style preference. Of course with Mardi Gras, I’m sure many of you indulged in the random Hurricane or Sazerac,… read more

Hong Kong

by Elizabeth Cooper in Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Learn, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

I spent a wonderful vacation at the end of January in Hong Kong. It was truly an eye-opening experience with such cultural diversity—I was able to try a mix of cuisines both local and multi-cultural. My traveling companion and I arrived late on Wednesday evening, so our trip really did not begin in earnest until that following Saturday. We were visiting my friend Lee’s daughter, Rae, and her husband, LY, who have been… read more