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20% Off Sale is Live!

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We've just put a number of wines on sale for 20% off when you use code TWENTY at checkout. The sale applies only to the wines in this collection. Many of them are from France and Italy but there are some good California wines mixed in as well.

Prices on many of these wines are already the best in the country before the 20% so the savings are big.

Email with any questions. 

Our Top Selling Wines Online This Month

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This month we've seen a huge spike in online wine sales. December is typically a wine shop's best month of the year by far but we've far surpassed that busy month. Much of the growth is coming from key wines that we've been adding to our inventory. Here's the top sellers that people are snatching up this month.

Turley Juvenile Zinfandel 2015 $24.99 

Each year we try to get our hands on as much Turley as possible. We're usually quite fortunate with the amount that we do receive. Most of the Turley wines are kept for their club members and for restaurant wine lists. When we get in their Old Vines and Juvenile Zinfandels we typically have them to sell for a few months and then they're gone until the following year. The Old Vines went particularly fast this year and we should have Juvenile around for another month or so. It's drinking great right now so be sure to take advantage while we have it. 

Caymus Red Schooner Voyage 3 $39.99 (Voyage 4 arriving next week)

This is an interesting project from Caymus. They select premium Malbec grapes in Argentina and then put them on a ship to California keeping them cool with a special process. The grapes arrive to Caymus and they make the wine just as they would their famous Cabernet. Forty bucks is a great price on this wine, you're more likely to find it for fifty or more. I personally enjoyed it more than the last vintage of Caymus I had. 

Quilt Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2014 $39.99 (15% off on the purchase of 6 or more bottles)

Quilt is Joe Wagner's (of the family behind Caymus) first foray into Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is very much in the style of modern day Caymus: ripe fruit, round & plush with low acid. If this is your style then this wine is for you. It's incredible how much of this stuff we've sold in the past several months. 

Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Knoll 2013 $39.99 (save 10% on the purchase of 6 or more bottles) 

Trefethen has been turning out classic Napa Cabernet year after year for many decades. The winery is currently sold out of the excellent 2013 vintage but we'll still have it available for a bit longer. The price that we're able to sell it at is substantially less than what you would pay from the winery, $60. Another great discovery we've found is their Dragon's Tooth Red Blend which is 45% Malbec, 35% Petit Verdot and the rest Cabernet. It's a beast of a wine that's been creeping towards our best seller list. 

Introducing the Craft & Curd Wine & Cheese Club (Tampa Residents)

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I'm pleased to announce the arrival of the Craft & Curd Wine & Cheese Club. I'll get right into the details:

$40 (plus tax) per month gets you one bottle of red and one white each month
You also get one special piece of cheese to go with them

Additional benefits for Tampa members:

15% off all cheese / gourmet goods purchases
10% off 6 bottle purchases instead of having to buy 12 (In store only. Some exclusions)
Invitations to special club only tastings
Access to special sales 
Possible additional benefits not thought of yet...

The time has come where we have to raise the price of our Friday tastings to $20 per person. Wine club members will however continue paying just $10 for the tastings.

The only way to join right now is by sending me an email at I'll respond back with an invoice. Please note that that is just a preliminary invoice and the real one will come the day after. Click the 'pay now' button in the second email and check box to leave CC on file. The day of the month you pay the invoice is when the charge will occur again monthly. The selections will be available for pickup around the 3rd or 4th week of the month depending. 

The wines I pick out can be from anywhere in the world. I'm not going to get extremely geeky or radical in my selections but they have to be interesting. There is only so much I can say about a Napa Cabernet like it's from Napa and a Cabernet. I love the story or interesting details behind the wines. A lot of the selections will be European but I will pull from all over the world, including (gulp) California.

You get detailed background stories about the wines along with suggested food pairings. I want you to learn a little bit more about the regions the wines come from and what makes them special. Wine is all about place. That's what makes it interesting to me. Not whether it has "hints" of clove or a "touch" of lavender. 

I'm really excited about selecting the cheese each month. This gives me the opportunity to pick out some nice cheeses and not worry about whether or not it will sell. From time to time, we may include a meat based product instead of cheese but we'll give any non-meat-eaters the option to get a cheese in its place.

I reserve the right to occasionally do two reds for the month, if fitting. I promise to never do two whites though. Given that one of the bottles will be white each month I know this might scare some people away. EMBRACE WHITE WINE. Try, at least. Whites are much more versatile with food than red. The white will be way more likely to pair well with the cheese more so than the red. But Tom, isn't red wine healthier? Sure if you drink no more than 1.5 glasses of wine a day (less if you're female). Who among us does that? I'm no doctor and I'd hate to burst your bubble but we're probably negating any health benefits with the amounts we consume anyway.

This club is also available for out of town customers (great gift idea, no?). The cost is the same but does not include the piece of cheese or the additional benefits. I'll include printed notes on the wines in the shipment. You can view the states we're allowed to ship to here

Ready to join? Send me an email at 

The Wines of Joe Wagner

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Joe Wagner is the wiz-kid that created the monster brand Meiomi Pinot Noir and sold it to Constellation Brands for $315 million. That included no vineyards, no winery, basically just the brand. Incredible feat. 

Joe is not just sitting around living the good life, he's been cranking out a bunch of new wines which are sure to be followup hits. The name of his new company is called Copper Cane Wines & Provisions. So far the provisions are cigars and women's swimsuits. Who knows what they'll get into next. 

One of the best selling wines for us so far has been Quilt Napa Valley Cabernet ($39.99 or 15% off on purchase of 6 or more bottles). Keep in mind that Joe comes from the family behind Caymus so he know a thing or two about Cabernet Sauvignon even though his primary focus has been Pinot Noir in the past. It's ripe, plush, fruit-forward and ready to drink upon release without decanting much like the original Caymus (by the way, have you tried the Malbec from Caymus yet?). 

The brand that's likely to get him as close to his Meiomi success is Elouan Pinot Noir ($17.99) from Oregon. This is billed as a California winemaker's take on Oregon Pinot Noir. Joe didn't confine himself to just Willamette Valley to make this wine, it also includes grapes from the warmer Umpqua and Rouge areas. While this label also has a Native American sounding name (it's actually Breton and means good light) and is also a blend of three areas, it is not as sweet as Meiomi has become over the years (and not just after the new corporate ownership). 

Another future hit is Boen Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($23.99). Much like his smashingly popular Belle Glos 'Dairyman' Pinot Noir (also RRV) it has generous fruit, beautiful spice and a silky mouthfeel. We also have Belle Glos 'Las Alturas' Pinot Noir available at a great price and can special order the Clark & Telephone vineyard as well.  

Other wines that we don't carry yet but probably will in the near future from him are Steorra Russian River Valley sparkling wine, Beran Zinfandels and Carne Humana red and white blends.

If you'd like to special order any of these wines please email me at I'll be sure to get you the best prices available. Please reach out if there is anything else I can do. Thanks for reading. 

Newsletter Archive 1/27/2017

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What's up party people!

Hope you're well and looking forward to a crazy or peaceful weekend. I'm going for the latter.

We're open today until 8:00. Gasparilla Saturday we're open 11AM to 6PM. Yup, one hour early for anyone who wants to pre-game...Or post-game depending what you're getting into. There should be no issue getting to this side of town - you might want to avoid Bayshore. Don't worry about any parking issues, I'm guarding the lot like the grumpy old man I am. Debauchery will be kept to a minimum in the store. I promise not to be drunk before 4:00...Maybe 2. Can't make any promises for my wife.

So we're still pouring that Maple Bacon Coffee Porter from Funky Buddha. I want to be sure we have enough to serve here so no more growler fills are available. If you happen to come into the store tomorrow to buy something and are looking for a growler fill as well, I may be able to accommodate depending on supply. Please don't call asking if we can fill growlers simply because we don't have a phone. Anyone have something I can use to scrape our phone number off the front door? I'm serious.

After 5:00 tonight we have wine or beer flights paired with chocolate available.

The chocolates are from Raaka out of Brooklyn and you get 3 pieces of each of these flavors: Bourbon Barrel Aged, Ghost Pepper (it's not that bad) and Cabernet Sauvignon.

The 3 dark beers (2oz pours) they're paired with are Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, Omnipollo 'Selassie' and Prairie Christmas Bomb! If the MBCP kicks the substitution will be FB So Excited, I'm Scared. The cost for the beer and chocolate flight is $12.

If you prefer to do the wine and chocolate flight the 3 wines are Elouan Pinot Noir (Oregon), Amado Sur Malbec and Volunteer Cabernet. Same chocolates. The cost for that flight is $18. All the wines are also available to purchase by the glass. Stop by anytime today if you'd just like to taste the 3 reds.

The Elouan is made by Joe Wagner, the Caymus wiz-kid who sold Meiomi (just the stinkin' label) for $315 mil. He's been reinvesting some of that money into new brands that are growing fast and we're beginning to carry all of them. The name of his parent company is Copper Cane and I'm working on putting a tasting together of those wines (including some Belle Glos) in the near future. The other two that we carry from him are Quilt Napa Valley Cabernet and Boen Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. If you like Belle Glos Dairyman, the Boen has some similarities. By the way we're down to our last 3 bottles of 2014 Dairyman. 2015 Las Alturas will be here on Monday.

The Amado Sur Malbec is the best Malbec I've found for under $15 recently. It scored 93 points with wack job critic James Suckling.

We're down to the last case or so of the 2012 Volunteer Napa Valley Cabernet available to us. It's a steal at $25. The winery simply can't hold that price while keeping the fruit from Napa so changes are coming. Sorry to see it go. Speaking of good value California Cabernet, that B.R. Cohn Silver Label at $17.99 was popular at the tasting last week. Still have some in store right now and more coming next week.


So we had 4 customers come in today just to purchase something called FitVine. It's supposedly supposed (do not question my grasp of the English language) to be cleaner wine or something like that. Whatever the case, I'm just happy to carry something that brings that many people into the store. There are times when we don't have 4 customers all day (not because of you, dear reader, I know you shop here weekly). My point is that when I see brands that have a lot of buzz online and not much distribution my curiosity is peaked. Hence, next week we will start carrying bottles of Mimosa and Sangria. Never thought we'd carry Sangria. Never thought I'd do a lot of things. Sample for yourself next Wednesday. The brand is called Miami Cocktail Co and the reviews online look great. Probably a few days too late cause that's just what you may need this Sunday. In other news, catch me working the midnight to 3AM shift on 7th Avenue in Ybor Saturdays.

Make that five Fitvine customers today, another just came in. We only have 1 bottle of Cabernet left until Tuesday. Chardonnay is still here. I'm totally going to get my ass kicked by some female cross-fitter this weekend.

Look for other new wine arrivals next week. Not sure what's coming as far as beer yet. Next Friday Mike with Opici will be pouring wines and acting crazy like the good ol' times. Jessica will be out of town so it will be just us two obnoxious Long-Islanders.