To celebrate the momentous and epoch-defining occurrence of Durham Co-op Market’s second birthday, I present the most personal Nicky’s Sixx yet. The rules for admission are A) I tasted these wines specifically for inclusion on the Co-op shelves and B) I found them to be excellent. Some are new arrivals, some have been with us (literally) since day one, but all six get my teary, sentimental stamp of approval. Reg. $99.99/SALE $79.99 – 20% OFF! 
Chateau Roustan Costieres de Nimes Rouge (Syrah, Mourvedre), Rhone Valley, France, 2014 – Meaty, smoky, downright animalistic. This is a wine for meats treated to flame, exotic spices, and blood.

M. Bonnamy Cremant de Loire Brut (Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay), Loire Valley, France, NV – Bright lemon and peach go hand-in-hand with delicate mousse and struck flint. The whole package sings “Loire.”

Anima Negra Bianco “Quibia” (Premsal, Callet), Mallorca, Spain, 2013 – A bit of age gives this island wine the depth and nuttiness to stand up to an all-night pintxos binge, especially the fruits of the brine.

Giorgio Nicolini Vitovska, Venezia-Giulia, Italy, 2015 – Vitovska is aged with extended skin-contact and bottle without filtration for a hue of burnished gold and psychedelic flavors of clove, guava, and nutmeg.

Rojac Refosk, Istra, Slovenia, 2013 – Slovenia had to sneak in here somewhere, and in what better form than this dynamite Refosk (a synonym for Croatian Terran). Plum, spice, and bittersweet chocolate.

Joan d’Anguera “Altaroses” Garnatxa, Montsant, Spain, 2015 – A bright, tangy, utterly stupefying Garnacha given almost a sherry-like treatment. Bright cherry cordial tempered by herb and a salty bite.