This Week's Magic Monday Deal

Like Chardonnay? Tired of over-paying for a nice weeknight bottle? Then read on...

Today's special began with a phone call from an old friend who owns a small distributor. He has a salesperson-a good saleperson- who handles our account. But he felt this salesperson was under-representing a certain portfolio of wines, and wanted to bring them by himself. I asked what wines. He said, 'Bulgarian'. Well.

Bulgarian. Honestly, that's not the salesperson's fault. I haven't asked for Bulgarian wines. Do I need Bulgarian wines?

Apparently, I do. And so do you, because the majority of what he showed me was very good. And really, really cheap.

For example: this soft, juicy, pretty Chardonnay, overflowing with peach, apple, and pear flavors. A little citrus, a touch of vanilla, a hint of something floral. Pretty much your perfect bargain sipper.

For $8. Bring it on, Bulgaria!

Online special available for pickup in-store after noon today. Special available until Sunday, May 27, or until we run out of wine. To purchase, just click on the Specials tab, above.

The Almanac

Notes From All Over

Happy National Wine Day
National Wine Day

Did you know that today is National Bring Your Parents to the Playground Day? Also: National Quiche Lorraine Day. Better yet, it's also National Rescue Dog Day! (Hello, here's my chance to get another dog!) Tomorrow, you can celebrate National Waitstaff Day or National Strawberries and Cream Day. Tuesday? That's National Vanilla Pudding Day.

Simply put, any date seems to have one or more 'National Days'. But there's an extra special one coming up this Friday. May 25 is National Wine Day!

Seize (Everything)
Carpe Diem

Anyone who knows me in the slightest degree knows that I worship a good cup of coffee. I happily make large detours in order to visit my favorite coffee shop. I *may* give preferential treatment to sales reps savvy enough to bring me a latte on busy days. My family once gave me a Christmas ornament that read: Instant Human-Just Add Coffee. They have a point: I am much better prepared to seize the day-not to mention a LOT more pleasant-when I'm adequately caffeinated.

Old Friends
Cable Car

Randomly checking movie listings this week, I got a particularly sad surprise. After 33 years, Providence's Cable Car Cinema is closing, a victim of skyrocketing rents.