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May means Chardonnay

One Wine, Many Faces

With the warm weather looking like it’s here to stay, we’re very excited for the theme of this month’s Marrow Magnum Monday. Our May selections showcase the many different faces of a warm weather favorite wine, Chardonnay. We’ll be featuring four different Chardonnays from regions all over the world, including France’s Jura and Burgundy regions alongside Napa Valley.

What’s Marrow Magnum Monday? Each Monday, our beverage director Cappie Peete picks a different magnum of wine to offer by the glass. The magnum picks are organized by a monthly theme, giving you a chance to do a deep dive into a region or style by trying wines in large format.

Monday is also the only day of the week that we offer our embered bone marrow--not to be missed!

On May 6th, we’ll be featuring Domaine Cheveau Vieilles Vignes from Pouilly-Fuisse, France. This small production wine from southern Burgundy comes from a domaine that has been family-owned and operated for three generations. This wine has powerful flavors like expressive fruit and brightness, with an accent of French oak.

On May 13th, we will be closed for staff appreciation celebrations.

On May 20th, our selection will be Domaine Pelican Arbois from Jura, France.  Domaine Pelican’s owner, Guillaume D’Angerville owns Domaine D’Angerville in Burgundy, and has started producing wine in a lesser known region, Jura. This wine stands out with its fresh and bright flavors, and takes on more Burgundy wine qualities than the typical oxidative style of a Jura wine.

On May 27th, our final selection this month is Hyde Vineyard Massican from Napa Valley, California. We’re imploring you to free your mind from past experiences of California Chardonnay and try this selection by Dan Petroski. He turns some of the best fruit in Napa into a wine rich and full, but with vibrant acidity that brings forth the tropical fruit and mineral tones.

Chardonnay, four different ways. You won’t want to miss the experience to try each of their individualistic flavor profiles. Make your Monday reservation(s) here.

April Means Five Marrow Magnum Mondays

Wine Selections From Loire Valley

April is a special month for many reasons, but mainly because we get FIVE Mondays, and you know what that means. Our Marrow Magnum Monday selections this month are from Loire Valley. This fertile river valley region in France was once the unofficial capital of France for aristocrats and royals; and its rich agriculture makes it one of the country’s top wine-producing regions.

What’s Marrow Magnum Monday? Each Monday, our beverage director Cappie Peete picks a different magnum of wine to offer by the glass. The magnum picks are organized by a monthly theme, giving you a chance to do a deep dive into a region or style by trying wines in large format.

Monday is also the only day of the week that we offer our embered bone marrow--not to be missed!

On April 1st, our selection is Bernard Baudry’s Les Grezeaux Chinon. The Loire region in France boasts some of the world's best white wines; however the reds are not to be shunned. This single vineyard Chinon is from one of the appellation's most outstanding producers, Bernard Baudry. His wines are known for their delicious texture and food-friendliness.

On April 8th, we’re featuring Clisson Muscadet-Sevre-et-Maine by Domaine de la Pépiere. Marc Ollivier has become the standard-bearer for natural winemaking in the region and consistently produces wines with impressive concentration, especially this deliciously complex Muscadet from Domaine de la Pepiere. This wine shows classic aromas of pear, Meyer lemon, salty minerality and lip-smacking acidity.

On April 15th, our selection is Terres Rouges Saumur-Champigny by Arnaud Lambert in a giant 3L bottle (because Tax Day deserves a little something extra). Lambert is driving a revolutionary movement in the appellation of Saumur Champigny and is re-discovering the potential of these vineyards through organic viticulture and precise winemaking. This wine is produced using only stainless steel to preserve its freshness and show off its ethereal aromas of roses, herbal tea and ripe raspberries.

On April 22nd, we’ll be featuring Lucien Crochet’s Sancerre Rosé. This highly quaffable wine, produced by Lucien Crochet, is made from all Pinot Noir and continues to get better with age. A glass of this exquisitely balanced and food-friendly wines is what makes this one of our all-time favorite roses!

On April 29th, we’ll end the month with Chenin Blanc & Cabernet Franc by Lieu Dit. Lieu Dit is a winery in Santa Barbara County that was founded to focus solely on the indigenous varieties of grapes from Loire Valley. Both their Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc display balance, elegance and purity; and they truly represent the essence of Loire Valley wines.  

These five selections from this incredible French region will not disappoint, guaranteed. Make your Monday reservation(s) here.


Stir The Pot with Jeremiah Langhorne

“Best Mid-Atlantic Chef” heads to the South

Our dinner series, Stir the Pot, which benefits the Southern Foodways Alliance’s documentary initiative, returns this spring at Death & Taxes.

Join us on Sunday, April 7th for a five-course meal with wine pairing by chef Jeremiah Langhorne. Tickets are $150 and available here.

Jeremiah Langhorne is chef and co-owner of The Dabney, located in Washington, D.C. In 2018, he won the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Mid Atlantic, and The Dabney was awarded a Michelin star in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Langhorne worked all over the world, from Charleston to Copenhagen to the mountains of Colorado, before settling in D.C.

Needless to say, this is going to be a phenomenal night, and all in support of one of our most cherished organizations.

Join us for Stir the Pot!

Leading Ladies

An evening with the next generation of French winemakers

Join us for a very special dinner service at Death & Taxes on March 25th; we'll be joined by 3 of France's leading winemakers, who all happen to be women who have taken leadership of their families' vineyards. These three powerhouse winemakers--Melanie Pfister (of Domaine Pfister in Alsace); Françoise Ollier (of Domaine Ollier-Taillefer in Faugères); and Françoise Le Calvez (of Château Coupe Roses in Minervois)--will all be in the restaurant as acting guest sommeliers, as we feature their wines in a by-the-glass TAKEOVER.

This is a rare opportunity to try these wines while hearing about them directly from the producer.We’ll be featuring something for everyone: reds, whites, rosés, and even sparkling options.

To further celebrate this incredible display of women in wine, our executive chef Lauren Ivey will be offering a featured menu (alongside our regular menu) that pays homage to women chefs we admire, from Julia Child to Alice Waters. No tickets are required; simply make your reservation here [https://resy.com/cities/rdu/death-and-taxes?date=2019-03-25&seats=2].

Old World Red Blends For A Month Of Love

February Marrow Magnum Mondays

February is the month of love… at Death & Taxes.

Our Marrow Magnum Monday wine selections this month are all selected from Old World vineyards. We’ve chosen classic, palatable red blends that not only pair with our marrow, but all of our delicious new menu additions as well.

On February 4th, our selection is a Tenuta Monteti, "Caburnio," Bordeaux Blend from Italy. This savory Super-Tuscan blend from the seaside winery of Tenuta Monteti is silky, smooth, and beautifully aromatic.

On February 11th, we’ll feature “Brezeme” Cote-du-Rhones, by Eric Texier.  Through all organic and minimal intervention winemaking, this cutting edge producer gives us a 100% Syrah wine from one of the top sites in the area.  It is perfectly ripe, tasting like the summer's best blackberries dusted with black pepper and licorice.

On February 18th, our choice is Château de Parenchere, Bordeaux Supérieure. This wine is an intense red, with notes of dark fruit and elegant tannins; and is an example of the versatile wines coming out of Bordeaux that are immediately intended for the dinner table.

On February 25th, we’ll end the month with Domaine Pelican, "Trois Cépages," a blend of three grapes: Pinot Noir, Trousseau & Poulsard. From France’s easterly, Jura, this selection is full of bright red fruit flavors and zippy acidity; and will bring new meaning to food versatility.

You’ll truly be feeling all the love this February, with our wide range of Old World blends. Make your Monday reservation(s) here.

James Beard Award 2019Outstanding Chef James Beard Award 2014Best Chef: Southeast
2019 James Beard AwardOutstanding Chef 2014 James Beard AwardBest Chef: Southeast
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