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This weekend is the time we celebrate as St. Valentine's Day. In ancient Rome, 13, 14 and 15 February were celebrated as Lupercalia, a pagan fertility festival. There is no record of little candy hearts that say "Be mine." Instead, it is said that young men would strip naked and use goat- or dog-skin whips to spank the backsides of young women in order to improve their fertility.  Makes candy hearts seem pretty tame.
 
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Wines (and an ale) for Sweeties

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When it comes to this season of wines and chocolates, Wine & Words has got you covered.
 
Sant'Evasio Brachetto D'Acqui (Monferrato, Italy) Regular Price $18.60, Feature Price $14.88
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Little James' Basket Press Grenache

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Chateau de Saint Cosme Little James’ Basket Press (Gigondas, France) Regular Price $15.50, Feature Price $12.40
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Italian Sweeties for the Holidays

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The holiday season is a great time for something sweet and festive. Of course, I'm not talking about fruit cake. I'm talking about wine - beautiful, lightly sweet, sparkling wine from Italy's Piemonte region.
 
Bosio Moscato D'Asti (Santo Stefano Belbo, Italy) Regular Price $12.15, Feature Price $9.72
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Wines for Thanksgiving...and Beyond

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 Thanksgiving is one of those occasions that cries out for a special wine. It’s all about celebrating harvest and bounty and cuisine and family and friends. And those are the things wine was made for!
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Vineyards on the Scuppernong

Vineyards on the Scuppernong

 We get a lot of people in the stores who ask for “local wine.” I explain that the only really local wine, meaning made from grapes grown here in Eastern North Carolina, is from the native Muscadine grape and that it’s very sweet and has a taste unlike any kind of wine you’ve ever had…unless you grew up down here, in which case it reminds you of the fat grapes your granddaddy grew on a trellis in the back yard. Then I try to move them on to “real” wine that is made in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley.
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New from Australia, Oregon, California and France

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Ironberry Chardonnay Viognier (Western Australia) Everyday Low Price $9.95
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