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This Month's Cheese Feature -- 3 milks, 3 countries, 3 cheeses

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This month we're featuring three classic cheeses from the milk of three different animals who graze in three different countries in Europe.
 
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Grillin' and Chillin'

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Summertime has hit us with a vengeance. Down here in Eastern NC everybody's firing up lawnmowers and boat motors...and grills. Seems most people down here do their chillin' with ice cold beer or cold white wine and their grillin' with hearty California Cabs. Well, I've been suggesting a different strategy for some years now -- do your chillin' with cold rosé wine while you're out in the heat doing the grillin'. When the meat is nicely done is the time to serve up a hearty red that goes with the occasion. Herein, some wines of both styles. Welcome, summer!
 
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New from Spain and South Africa

New from South Africa...
 
Joostenberg Chenin Blanc (Paarl, South Africa)
 
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From the Court of the King

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King Estate is located southwest of Eugene, Oregon near the town of Lorane. The 1,033-acre certified organic estate (including 465 acres of organic vineyards, as well as 30 acres of fruits, vegetables, and flowers) provides a spectacular mountain vineyard site with elevations ranging from 800 to 1,100 feet and cool, prevailing northwest winds that moderate vineyard temperatures.
 
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2 More 4 Sisters 4 U

Trevor Mast's Four Daughters

We've carried Four Sisters Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc for several years, and they've attracted a loyal following of customers who find them well-made and reliable at an affordable price.  In April 2009, we introduced the Four Sisters Merlot.  At that time I wrote, "Wow! It's just what you'd expect from an Australian Merlot.
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Charles Smith Wines

Walla Walla Vineyard

If you go to the "Press+Trade" page of Charles Smith's website you're confronted with hip videos of Charles himself. I wasn't impressed - the Nirvana t-shirt, the "shades," the aging hippy long hair, the rock 'n roll allusions. As he takes you through his vineyards, everything is "hot" or "cool." It's a good thing I tasted his wines before I saw the marketing persona.
 
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Some of our cold weather favorites

3 Glasses of Wine

One of the things I like about Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, my favorite indie bookstore, is that they have little cards describing "Staff Favorites." These mini reviews show that the staff love books and actually read the books that they sell in the store. Well, since I'm not ready yet to start introducing new wines of the year to our Wine & Words stores, I thought I'd do a "staff favorites" from our Washington and Belhaven points of view.
 
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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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