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Two reasons for the title of this blog post:

1. Come on, you’re shocked that we’re finally getting around to a new blog post! As in: “My-oh-my, Tastings is actually updating their blog”

2. This wine:

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Meiomi Chardonnay! A number of our customers have experienced the joy that is the Meiomi Pinot Noir, but now we’ve also brought in the Chardonnay. Joseph J. Wagner is a fifth-generation winemaker from a family with farming and winemaking roots in the Napa Valley since the 1880’s.  Meiomi Chardonnay embodies the character of California’s most notable coastal wine regions. Unifying the unique characters from each region allows this Chardonnay to distinguish itself as an elegant, balanced Chardonnay fully formed.

Oaky, happy and perfect for this warm summer we’re having in North Carolina. Stop by the shop and pick up a bottle for your next special occasion!

The reason for the title of this post? When we bought the shop, we heard a great story about this wine from the former owners. When Meiomi first arrived in the shop, no one was sure how to pronounce the name of the wine. During a discussion of varying pronunciations a customer offered to buy a bottle and try it. She called the shop the next day and informed them: “I know how to pronounce the name of that wine, it’s My-Oh-My, because that wine is so fabulous!”

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Posted by on July 10, 2014 in Uncategorized


Wente Event!

Join us on Thursday, April 3rd from 5:30-7:30pm at the shop as we pay tribute to Wente wines! Wente Vineyards was founded 130 years ago and is the country’s oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery and was recently named Wine Enthusiast’s American winery of the year. We love these California wines and our relationship with this fantastic winery. Please join us to celebrate their wines – we’ll open all of our Wente wines and share the love!

In the video below, Chris talks about the difference between two of the Wente Chardonnays, but don’t take our word for it, stop in and taste the difference yourself!

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Posted by on March 28, 2014 in Uncategorized


Ghost Face Killah Review

We tried out Twisted Pine Brewing Company’s Ghost Face Killah. It’s brewed with fresno, anaheim, jalapeno, habeneros, serrano and ghost pepper chili’s (the ghost pepper chili’s are the hottest in the world and the only peppers that can be weaponized). To say the least, it was hot. I didn’t hate it, but I also had a glass of milk after having a big taste of my share. If you love spicy food – this beer is a fun experience.


Posted by on November 7, 2012 in Uncategorized


Fall Events and Back to Blogging!

We’ve been so busy this summer (thanks Lexington!!) and now we’re so excited for the fall. This is one of our favorite times of year. The weather is cool, football is back and its a stunning and exciting time for new wine and beer!

Our next tasting is scheduled for Saturday, September 22nd from 3-5 pm. We’ll showcase both wine AND beer (so husbands and wives who are split on wine or beer can both enjoy this event)!

Later this week on the blog we’re reviewing the Rogue Voodoo Doughnut (and telling you why we aren’t carrying it in the shop):

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Posted by on September 19, 2012 in Uncategorized


Tasting Event

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our tasting Saturday night! We hope you enjoyed our Spanish / Latin American tour. If you weren’t able to join us, here’s a list of our featured wines:

  • Don Rodolfo Viña Cornejo Costas Torrontes 2010 – Cafayate Valley, Salta, Argentina
  • Bodegas Don Sancho Londoño Cortijo Tinto 2010 – Hormilla, La Rioja, Spain
  • Parados de Don Manuel Villafañe Malbec 2011 – Maipú Vineyard, Mendoza, Argentina
  • Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Reserve Syrah 2007
  • El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa Old Vines Garnacha 2009 – Añorbe, Navarra, Spain


Chris & Kristin

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Posted by on April 29, 2012 in Uncategorized


We’re Baaaacccckkkk!!!

It’s been awhile since we updated the old blog, but we have a good excuse: we’ve finally wrapped up our move from New York. All of our stuff (and our family) now live in North Carolina.

Be sure to check the Tastings website at for updates on new tasting events, and new wine and beer! Now that we’re fully here in NC we look forward to making new plans for the shop. Stop in next week to preview some new merchandise that’s scheduled to come in, new chocolate (!) and of course, even more new wine and beer.

We’re also expanding our events in the shop. If you have a book club, knitting group or social gathering, consider meeting at Tastings! We can host groups of 18 and smaller. We’ll be happy to offer wines by the glass during your event, or we can create a custom tasting for your group. All groups receive a discount on their in-shop purchases made during the event. We also offer light hors d’ oeuvers and entertainment.

Chris and Kristin

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Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Uncategorized


St. Patrick’s Day!

 It’s the luck of the Irish (and of those in Lexington)!

  • Saranac: Limited Release Irish Red Ale
  • Guinness: Foreign Extra
  • Guinness: Black Lager
  • Bellhaven’s: Scottish Ale
  • Rouge’s: Dead Guy Ale
  • Bellhaven’s: Scottish Ale
  • Bear Republic’s: Rocket Ale
  • Mother Earth’s: Dark Cloud
  • Dixie’s: Blackend Voodoo
  • Thirsty Dog’s: Siberian Night
  • Big Boss’: Bad Penny
  • Bear Republic’s: Hop Rod Rye
  • Baltika’s: Grade 9
  • Baltika’s: 7 Export Lager
  • Orange Blossom Pilsner
  • Sweet Water Brewing Company’s: Blue

We have a little something for everyone! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Posted by on March 16, 2012 in Uncategorized


ACC + Beer + Wine = Slam Dunk

For more information on the amazing beers we have stocked up for the tournament, visit the Craft Beer Page

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Posted by on March 9, 2012 in Uncategorized



Sorry we’ve been out of touch on the blog for the last few days – we’ve been working hard to score this: One last case of Bell’s Hopslam beer!

“A biting, bitter, tongue bruiser or an ale.”  Bell’s uses six different hop varieties and Simcoe dry hops to create this limited-release ale. The hops are selected because they contribute a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit, and floral notes and when Bell’s adds honey the beer becomes a generous malt and a solid dollop of honey provides just enough body to keep the balance in check, resulting in a remarkably drinkable rendition of the Double India Pale Ale style.

We’re offering 2 per customer because we want everyone who would like to try this remarkable beer to have the chance to score some!

Kristin & Chris

PS – French wine tasting from 5 -7 PM on Saturday!

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Posted by on March 1, 2012 in Uncategorized


A Riesling

In 2008 Chris and I went to the Finger Lakes region in New York State for our honeymoon. We cruised the wine trail and had a fantastic time. Here I am, a new bride, standing next to the sign for Dr. Konstantin D. Frank & Son’s vineyard.

Dr. Franks (as the vineyard is known) sits along the Keuka Lake wine trail, near Hammondsport, NY. All of the vineyards surround the beautiful Finger Lakes and visiting the tasting rooms is so much fun.

Chris ordered this Salmon Run Riesling (2010) for me and we got a few extra bottles to sell in the shop. The steely acidic backbone and pear and apple flavors allow it to pair well with all kinds of food.

I hope you’ll like this wine as much as I do. It takes me back to a sweet time in my life!


Kristin & Chris


Posted by on February 16, 2012 in Uncategorized