Monthly Wine Tastings

Monthly Wine Tastings

Welcome to November!  It is November and Time for some Fun as we move into the Holiday Season! All Wines from Portugal are On Sale throughout November at Taylor’s Wine Shop! 10% OFF 1-5 Bottles and 15% OFF 6 or More Bottles NOVEMBER’S EVENTS: Free Wine Tasting Event November 4th 6:30-8:00pm at Taylor’s Wine Shop We will have owner/winemaker Kenneth Juhasz of Auteur Winery at the shop and tasting some of his amazing wines! FREE WINE TASTING Wines of Portugal with Andoni Uroz Friday, November 20th from 6:30 – 8pm at Taylor’s Wine Shop All wine lovers know Portugal is responsible for one of the world’s classic after-dinner treats, Port, but not nearly as many people realize that Portugal also produced fantastic dry, table wines too. All wines from Portugal are on sale for the month of November, but you can “try before you buy” at our Portuguese Wine Tasting on November 20th with Andoni Uroz. Wines for the Tasting: Passaros Alvarinho/Trajadura – Poucu Comum Alvarinho Dory Red Blend – Quinta do Enconatro – Veedha Red Blend Free Wine Tasting November 24th 6:30pm-8:00pm at Taylor’s Wine Shop Deb Williams from Freedom Beverage will be with us to taste some great Wines to serve with Thanksgiving! October is Packed full of Fun at Taylor’s Wine Shop! North Raleigh, Get Ready for Some FUN!!! (Scroll Down to See Event Schedule) Check out our Oktoberfest Sale:     October’s Event Schedule: Winemakers Dinner with Gallica & Priest Ranch Wines at Fleming’s ~ October 7th, 2015 @6:30pm Taylor’s Fall Charity BBQ Fundraiser for Walk for Hope ~ October 10th, 2015,  11am – 2pm Free Wine Tasting, Small Import/Italian...

Walk for Hope Fundraiser

Taylor’s Wine Shop’s 2015 FALL CHARITY BENEFITS WALK FOR HOPE Join Team Taylor’s in the 27th Annual Thad & Alice Eure Walk/Run for Hope October 11th, 2015 at 10AM CLICK HERE TO DONATE/REGISTER for the WALK FOR HOPE   BBQ FUNDRAISER BENEFITS WALK FOR HOPE SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10TH, 11AM-2PM AT TAYLOR’S WINE SHOP $10 per BBQ Plate CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS Our 2015 Fall Charity BBQ benefits Walk for Hope. As always, BBQ will be made by our very own Pit- Master Bill Brown and each $10 plate includes pork BBQ, potato salad, slaw and roll. There will also be a selection of homemade desserts available if you want to end on a sweet note. Bring the family and your lawn chairs as we’ll have a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy and you can also enjoy a cold beverage from our cooler. For information call (919) 847-3069 TAYLOR’S FALL CHARITY RAFFLE BENEFITING THE FOUNDATION OF HOPE WIN A TREK 820 MOUNTAIN BIKE! CLICK HERE FOR RAFFLE TICKETS Help a great cause AND win cool stuff! In addition to sponsoring “Team Taylor’s”and/or joining us for our BBQ on October 10th from 11am-2pm, you can now buy a $10 raffle ticket and be entered to win so cool prizes. Not 1 but 2 lucky winners will the grand prize, a Trek 820 mountain bike, valued at over $500. Also up for grabs are Wilson NFL footballs, a gourmet food and cookbook basket and all kinds of Taylor’s...

Learn Spanish Wines Part 2

Learn Spanish Wines and Regions Part 2 – Spain’s Top Regions and Their Wines   Rias Baixas Rias Baixas (REE-ez BUY-shez), a small region of Galicia in the northwestern corner of Spain, is responsible for the countries’ most exciting, sought after, and expensive white wines. For centuries, the Spanish palate has preferred their wines well aged in oak barrels, even for white and rosé wines. This practice yielded what many wine consumers considered dried-out, oxidized, earthy, musty and flat wines, unpalatable years ago and utterly unfathomable to modern consumers used light, crisp and fresh fruit flavors. Rias Baixes led the charge in modernizing the white wine industry in Spain with their stainless steel fermented Albarinos. Penedes Catalonia is one of the most dynamic regions in all of Spain, and the same holds true for its wines. Equally praised for reds, whites and SPARKLING wines, everything in the region is dynamic: politics, language, art, food & wine. International varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir have their largest foothold here in the Penedes region of Catalonia. The most well known wine to come out of Penedes is by far the sparkling Cava, Spain’s word for sparkling wines made in the traditional champagne method. While Cava can be made in any of 6 different regions spread over a wide area of Spain, Penedes accounts for 95% of Cava production. Rioja It might be a toss-up between Cava and Rioja as to which Spanish wine is more well known the world over, but for red wine drinkers, the answer is clear – Rioja. When phylloxera wiped out the vineyards of...

Learn Spanish Wines Part 1

Learn Spanish Wines & Regions Part 1- History of the Spanish Wine Industry   Spain & Wine Much like the rest of Europe, the Spanish people consider wine an essential part of life and a nourishing food more so than a simple beverage. Spanish culture revolves around family, food and enjoying all that life has to offer, but at a relaxed pace. At lunch Sangria and lighter wines are served, and in the evenings fuller bodied reds and whites are served in the cafes, restaurants and homes. Ancient Times What we now know as Spain has a long and prestigious wine history. 3,000 years ago the ancient Phoenicians prized the wines of Xera (modern Jerez) and 2,000 years ago the invading Romans used their “modern” winemaking techniques to make highly sought after wines from the native varietals. Vineyards flourished under Moorish rule, but mainly for eating purposes rather than winemaking. In 1492 Spain became a united county and, as prosperity flourished, wine became an increasingly important commodity.   Modern Spain Modern Spanish winemaking really begins with the devastation of the French wine industry during the late 1860’s. Trade with America had introduced a root louse known as phylloxera to French vineyards, and the destruction of the vineyards in much of France was almost complete (especially in Bordeaux). France and the rest of the world needed a new source for their wine and nearby Spain stepped up to fill the void. An influx of capital and winemaking talent revolutionized the industry, but the goal was to make lots of good wine, not necessarily great wine. By the turn of the...

Annual September Sale

BACK TO SCHOOL & LABOR DAY SALE Greetings! The clothes, pencils, books, and backpacks have been purchased. The kids’ schedules and routines are starting to make sense. Now it’s time to think about the supplies that Mom, Dad, teachers and everyone else needs to survive the school year. Now is the time to stock up on your favorite beer and wines. Save up to 20% on cases of wine up to 15% on Micro/Craft brew cases See details below Craft Brew/Micro-Brew Beer Sale 10% off – Bomber Singles & Individual 4/6 Packs Mix & Match 15% off –  Six or more Bombers & 4/6 Packs Mix & Match Get 10% off our own Taylor’s Blend coffee from Larry’s Beans 12oz Reg: $13.99, 10% off sale price $12.59 1kilo Reg: $28.99, 10% off price $26.09 A blend of organic coffees from Bolivia, Mexico and Guatemala. A delightfully smooth and creamy coffee that has good body and acidity balanced by a rich, mellow graham cracker spice finish. Stack Wine 20% Off Case Sale The non-shelf wines that we keep in case volume and have stacked around the store we simply refer to as “Stack Wines.”  For our Back to School sale, mix and match a case from our stack selections and get 20% off.  Over 25 different wines to choose from. Periodic Pinot Noir $14.99 – Bold and juicy without being heavy and tannic.  Hints of cola and spice add nice dimensions to the bright cherry fruit. Hillinger Pinot Gris $15.99 –aromas and flavors are enormously appealing and perfect for fall – spicy pear, nutmeg, ripe, golden apple, and a little hint...

Italian Wine Sale

September is Italian Wine Month at Taylor’s Wine Shop All Italian Wines on Sale! 1-5 bottles save 10% and 6+ bottles save 15%     Here are some great Italian Wines to check out this Month: Antonio Sanguineti 2013 Vermentino $16.99 This little gem of a white wine is from the Small Vineyards portfolio, an awesome collection of wines, mostly from Italy.  Small Vineyards only imports wines that meet certain criteria: they must be hand-harvested, from a family-owned estate, limited in production and earth-friendly.  Vermentino lives for sun, both in the vineyard and in the glass, so it has a very lively, up-front personality.  It is fresh and light, with a buoyant and fun palate of pineapple, white flowers, honeysuckle, apricots and citrus zest.   Santi 2014 Sortesele Pinot Grigio Reg: $14.99 Taylor’s: $12.99 A delightful and classic Italian Pinot Grigio from the Delle Venezie region.   This crisp white shows aromas of mineral, flowers, melon and white pepper with a palate that echoes the nose with the generous, soft but lively fruit balanced by good acidity and a long finish.   Tamellini 2013 Soave $15.99 This ain’t your mother’s Soave.  Gone of the days of oxidized, nutty, golden-brown and sour tasting Soave.  Today’s best Soaves crisp and clean and lets the fruit flavors shine through.  Green/gold-hued and medium-bodied, this wine is a superlative expression of Garganega, the indigenous Northern Italian grape varietal used to make Soave Classico. With white blossoms and delicate fruit on the nose – golden apple, pear, a tinge of ripe lemon. It features stony minerality, bright, refreshing acidity and lingering notes of honey yet is bone...