Brush up on your Italian Wine and wine trivia with Laurence Vuelta, a.k.a. DR. LUV. He will be back Saturday, July 13th from 2-4pm in the wine shop.


  • Italy has over 2000 grape varieties!
  • Italy has 330 DOC wines and 75 DOCG wines. Both signify the wines were made in a particular way from grapes grown from a particular place, following the rules of that specific DOC or DOCG.
  • Italy produces more wine than any other country!
  • Italy has two vineyard areas that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites! They are the hills of Prosecco of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene in the Veneto and the Langhe-Roero and Monferrato in Piedmont.
  • The first Greek settlers that landed in Southern Italy around 800 BC, referred to the Italian peninsula as “THE LAND OF WINE”.

Laurence has over three decades of experience in the hospitality industry ranging from importer to distributor. He is currently the Director of Sales for Sunrise Wines, a small importer based here in NC. Laurence is unfailing charming and has a wealth of knowledge. Join us and see what the Dr. has in store for us!

These are the wines he will be pouring:

Gorghi Tondi “Coste a Preola” Grillo, Sicily 2022
MadonnaBrunna “Rivafiorita” Passerina, Marche 2022
San Biaggio Vecchio “Cacciabruco” (Orange Wine), Emilia-Romanga 2022
Sterparo Basilcata Rosato di Aglianico 2023
La Meridiana Gropello, Garda 2021
“Valerio” Rosso (Nebbiolo, Cabernet, Barbera, Fresia), Piemonte 2023
Fazio “Gaba;” Nero d’Avola, Sicily 2022
CollAlto “San Salvatore” Brut Prosecco Millesimato DOCG, Valdobbiadene 2023

The Cheese Shop will sample the perfect cheeses to accompany these great wines.

The wine tasting and cheese tasting are free! Drop in anytime between 2 and 4, no reservations are needed. We look forward to seeing you!

French Wine Dinner with Vintage ’59 Imports – July 16th

We are pleased to announce our French Wine Dinner on Tuesday, July 16th, 2024 with Debra Lewis, Regional Sales Manager for Vintage ’59 Imports. We are longtime supporters of Vintage ’59, chances are you’ve had some of their wine on our glass list. They represent authentic wines with a unique sense of place. We will have a four course dinner paired with five wines. We have nailed down the wines and are finalizing the menu. Stay tuned!

Branger ‘Le Fils des Gras Moutons’ Muscadet Serve et Maine Sur Lie – 22.99
Normand Bourgogne Chardonnay – 25.99
Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes ‘Cuvee Ambassades’ Cote Brouilly – 31.99
Saje Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge – 52.99
Champagne Barnaut Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru Brut – 79.99

You can count on purchasing the wines the night of the dinner at a deep discount.

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