Wine Dinner - Castucci's, An Italian Joint - Monday, January 7 at 6 p.m. - SOLD OUT!  However, We Have Scheduled January 14!  Tickets Now Available

Without even posting the menu and the wines we are pairing with it, we have already sold out for our first wine dinner of the year.  That means one of two things:

  1. Everyone knows how great our wine dinners are; or
  2. Castucci's has such an awesome following, everyone was clamoring to enjoy their menu with some exciting new wines..  

Either way, we are so happy for Castucci's and The Grape & Ale that we have scheduled another dinner there for Monday, January 14.  The special guest for this event will be Matthew Carroll from European Cellars.  The price is the same, the wines will be different. 

Mike Lane with Epiphany Wines will be our guest Sommelier for January 7.  We have put together some exciting dishes and pairings for your enjoyment.  Jamie and I along with Mike Lane and his wife Gennifer were there last night for a test run of the pairings.  OMG...those of you who purchased tickets are in for a treat!

First Course

Parmigiana Reginano & Pear
Fresh pear and cheese drizzled with balsamic reduction.
paired with Andreola Verv Prosecco X Dry Venento
Wine Retail Price $16.99

Second Course

Octopus Salad
Tender octopus seasoned with lemon & olive oil.
paired with Breglia Gavi LaMerrena, Piedmont
Wine Retail Price $22.39

Third Course

Pollo Al Limone
Chicken seasoned with basil, oregano, and garlic in a white wine and lemon sauce
paired with Alovini Greco, Basilicata
Wine Retail Price $19.19

Fourth Course

Gnocchi Bolognese 
Tender homemade gnocchi in a hearty Italian meat sauce
paired with Camigliano Brunello d'Moltuciano
Wine Retail Price $47.99

Fifth Course

Italian ice cream desert
paired with Accordini Amarone
Wine Retail Price $71.99

With wines at those prices, what a deal...Right?  The price is only $50 per person for an evening of perfect pairings with  Castucci's Cuisine.  All tickets will be presold in advance (all sales final), and may be purchased at either The Grape & Ale or Castucci's.
Beer Tasting Thursday, December 6 from 5-7 p.m.

Jamie is looking forward to sharing some great new brews with you this week.  Please stop in, say hello, and BUY BEER!
  • Terrapin Wake n Bake
  • D9 Defying Gravity #7 Delta V
  • Ithaca Flower Power
  • Edward Teach Peg Leg Porter
  • Thirsty Dog 12 Dogs of Christmas

WINE TASTING - Friday, December 7, 5-8 p.m. 

Lauren with Country Vintner returns this Friday for our wine tasting.  Come say hello, taste and purchase some great wines (tastings are free; however, purchasing wine helps defray our costs), and meet and make new friends!

*Charles Vove, Methode Traditionnelle Brut

*Alain Normand, Macon La Roche-Vineuse

*Chateau Haut-Monplaisir Cahors Tradtion

*Gran Passione

*Ghost Block, Oakville Zinfandel Pelissa Vineyard


Due to the bridge closure, we are initiating a new delivery option to Southport and St. James every Wednesday.  Simply give us a call at 910-933-4384 and place your orders.  This service also includes soup orders from Sreat Side Take Out for consumers on Oak Island.  Soup orders need to be placed by Monday at 6 pm.
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The Grape & Ale has "no corkage" agreements with six restaurants.  Simply purchase your wine here at The Grape & Ale, show your receipt and
purchase an entree for everyone in your party, and enjoy no corkage at the following establishments: 
  • Castucci's - Thursday
  • Joseph's Italian Bistro - Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
  • Mr. P's Bistro - Monday,  Tuesday, and Wednesday
  • Ports of Call - Wednesday only
  • Shagger Jacks - Wednesday and Sunday   
  • Tranquil Harbor - All Days!
  • Turtle Island - All Days!  

*Remember to tip your wait staff as if you had purchased your wine in the restaurant!
Now Serving Crab and Tomato Bisque, Cream of Mushroom, and Corn and Sausage Chowder from StrEAT Side Eats

$12/pt; $20/qt.  plus tax.  Call by the end of business day on Monday and pick up your soups on Wednesday after 4 p.m.  We are unable to accept credit cards for the soup but we do accept checks, and of course cash.

Change of Hours

From now until December 31, our hours will be Monday through Wednesday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. ; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday 12 noon until 5 p.m.
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Wine & Proses Book Club

Looking for a good read?  Here are the selections for the 2018 Wine & Proses Book Club.

While the venue has changed, the group is still the same.  You can join them the 3rd Monday every month at The South Harbor Village Clubhouse at 4:30.  All are welcome.

January 15 th          The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
February 19 th          Tuesday Night Miracles by Kris Radish
March 19 th              Ordinary Grace by William Kent Kruger
April 16 th                 Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance
May 21 st                     The Courage Tree by Diane Chamberlain
June 18 th                State of Wonder by Anne Patchett
July 16 th                Sweet Grass by Mary Alice Monroe
August 20 th             Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
September 17 th     The Loop by Nicholas Evans
October 15 th            The Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddy Ratner
November 19 th        Enders Game by  Orson Scott Card
December 17 th         I feel Bad About my Neck Nora Ephron

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One of the perks of being a Wine or Brew Club member is adding your link to our website.  If you are a Grape & Ale Wine or Brew Club Member and would like to add your link to our newsletters and website, please contact me.  If you are a business and would like to join our wine club (a great client gift), please contact us as well.

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11-7 Thur
11-8 Fri
12-5 Sunday