Wines for Thanksgiving...and Beyond

3 Glasses of Wine

 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!

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.

New from Australia, Oregon, California and France


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

Best Buys in the Neighborhood

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 When I first started in the wine business (almost 8 years ago) I decided that we were going to carry a comprehensive selection of wines from all around the world, that aren’t available in local grocery stores, and that are good quality for the price at which we sell them. Of course, I read all the reviews and points ratings and “professional” recommendations, but I often found them confusing, heavily weighted toward big advertising spenders (e.g. Wine Spectator) or the style of the taster (e.g.

More Beautiful Wines for Lovely Feasts

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More wines that go with this season of good food and good friends.
No. 1 Family Estate Cuvee Number Eight (Marlborough, New Zealand) Regular price $29.99, Feature price $24.00

Beautiful Wines for Lovely Feasts


We are rapidly approaching the holiday season of feasts and festivals, so we herewith introduce some great wines to go with great meals.
Don Pedro Soutomaior Albariño 2008 (Rias Baixas, Spain) Regular Price $19.95, Feature Price $15.96

The Cow that Jumped Over the Vineyard

Frank and Lenna Hobson of Rag Apple Lassie Vineyards

When people come into our store and see the poster of a stylish black and white cow sitting in a crescent moon and sipping a glass of wine, I love to tell the Rag Apple Lassie story. How when Frank Hobson Jr. was just a little farmer boy, the Holstein calf he raised lovingly won Grand Champion at the North Carolina State Fair. How Frank Jr. was an “early adopter” of the new movement in his native Yadkin Valley – replacing tobacco growing with raising wine grapes. Frank Jr.

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