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It's our fifth birthday!!!
How does an awesome sale sound?
In This Issue:
- Tasty Tuesday: We're digging the heel!
- Saturday's Tasting: Join us for a toast to five wonderful years!

top Greetings! 

Celebrate Year Five With
a High Five!
  High Five!  
     September tenth is right around the corner (Monday!) and it's set to mark our fifth year of getting to know you at Wine Authorities!  These five years have been highlights of our lives, and we're prepared to celebrate in style.  We're crossing the "five-year hump" and offering a week of celebratory savings beginning this Monday (September 10th) and ending next Saturday (September 15th).
     A 20% discount will be available on all in stock wines!  You're welcome to use it as often as you like, and all you have to do is present us with a high five when you check out.  It's like a secret handshake, and it gets you 20% off of the price on your favorite wines at Wine Authorities!
A Rare Treat from Chateauneuf!
Coralie & CDP Blanc  
    Shhh!  Don't tell anyone, but we're breaking one of our cardinal rules and offering a wine above our typical price cutoff of $49.99.  We wouldn't do so, however, without a good reason, and in this case, the wine and the value are simply too great to pass up!  During one of our resident Wine Swami's pilgrimages to France earlier this year, he encountered a truly majestic example of illusive white Chateauneuf du Pape from Coralie Goumarre of the always excellent Domaine Galevan.  Of course, the region's reds are the stuff of legend (and account for over 95% of all Chateauneuf), but its whites can be equally exceptional and due to their rarity, are often more expensive.  Only two cases of this beauty were shipped to the United States, and you'll find them both right here in Durham at Wine Authorities.  You won't see this wine among our shelves and stacks or on our website.  Like a secret handshake (or high five?), you'll have to ask about it in person, and it will be our pleasure to fill you in on all of the delicious details. (limit 2 bottles per customer)
Last chance!
Queen of South West France!
Labranche Laffont
     Returning from his trip to the South West of France earlier this year, Grand Poobah Wine Swami discovered a few new selections that have really blown our customers away.  But, he also brought good news about one of our old favorites!  He visited winegrower Christine Dupuy at Domaine Labranche Laffont, whose bold, authentic reds and racy, exotic whites were core wines for us and earned her the reputation as the Queen of South West France in our eyes.  However, two years ago, a national importer picked up the rights to her wines and the prices skyrocketed.  The wines were worth it, of course, but it still disappointed her longtime fans here in Durham.
     The good news is that after an amicable split with this national importer we had the opportunity to buy their Labranche Laffont inventory at a huge discount, bringing them back to our previous prices.  Now we've taken this inventory and created a handful of mixed cases for you to see the Queen of South West France at her best.  A few of her wines are now so limited that they will only be available in this mixed case.  All of the wines are epic!
Regularly $371.88, on sale for $275.88
twelve bottle sampler: $220.70 + tax (40% off!)  
Only four cases left! 
Last calllllll for entries!
Rosé Limerick Contest 2012
Quill pen (for writing limericks, of course!) 
    It's time once again to get creative* and express your passion, joy, love, and desire for dry pink wines through the always eloquent, heartfelt, and touching... limerick!
      From Wikipedia: A limerick is a five-line poem in anapestic or amphibrachic meter with a strict rhyme scheme (aabba), which intends to be witty or humorous, and is sometimes obscene with humorous intent.  
The following example of a limerick is of unknown origin:


The limerick packs laughs anatomical
In space that is quite economical,
But the good ones I've seen
So seldom are clean,
And the clean ones so seldom are comical.
* Needless to say, we recommend a glass of wine... or two... to help you gear up (or down?) for waxing limericktic.
Constitution or limerick contest entry?
The Rules:
  1. You must be at least 21 to submit an entry.
  2. Multiple entries are allowed, but each must be in a separate email.  Only poems in true limerick format are eligible to win, but other forms of poetry are welcome.
  3. Only entries submitted via email will be accepted.  
  4. Entries must be "clean enough" to print publicly.
  5. All entries are due by tomorrow, Friday, September 7th at midnight!
  • 1st prize - $50 Wine Authorities Gift Certificate 
  • 2nd prize - $30 Enomatic Card 
  • 3rd prize - Two bottles of any DAILY-priced rosés 
     Our panel of celebrity judges this year is composed of some of the nicest people in the world that we're lucky enough to have right here among us!:
Billy and Kelli Cotter, chef owners of Toast Paninoteca, one of North Carolina's culinary treasures. Not only was Kelly our bronze medalist in our Rosé Limerick contest of 2008, but they've both had every rosé in the garden this year!  And for God's sake, if you haven't eaten at Toast yet, run-don't-walk to some of the best food around!
     Phil Cook, multi-instrument musician, of the American music band Megafaun.  Few people in the world love performing music as much as Phil, and it shows. Whether rocking out in avante-roots trio Megafaun or striking it solo as Phil Cook & His Feat, he's a joy to watch and hear.
Land ArnoldLand Arnold, co-owner of Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill is a recent convert to rosé, and a longtime lover of words.  What kind of nut opens an independent bookstore while they're going out of business all across the country? Our favorite kind of nut, one with passion and a fresh, clever perspective. That's what makes Flyleaf so special.
The Rosé Garden 
Showcasing our fondness for juicy, dry, pink wines that are arguably the best flavor of wine during a Carolina summer.
Rose Garden 2011 staff
Currently in the Garden: 

Domaine Amido - Tavel "Amandines" '11 $19.99
Domaine Pinchinat
Provence Rosé '11 $13.99
La Croix Gratiot - "Roséphine" '11 $9.99
Tegernseerhof - Zweigelt Rosé '11 $14.99  
Los Frailes - Monastrell Rosé '11 $9.99
Peñalba Lopez - Montecastrillo Rosado '11 $15.99
Jean Paul Brun - Rosé d'Folie '11 $16.99 NEW
Domaine la Bouysse - Rosé Hauterive '11 $10.99

Pink RibbonA portion of all our dry Rosé sales is being donated directly to the fight against breast cancer.  So far you've helped us raise over $12,000!


 Why, thank you!

Real Customer Comment:

"Sometimes it's easiest to have other people make good decisions for you, and your recommendations never disappoint."

  - Sharon A.     


Tasty Tuesday!

  This Tuesday, September 11th, we present our mid-week FREE wine tasting.  Every Tuesday is tasty! From 5:00 - 6:30, we host this bonus tasting of three wines to get you through the early week and land you safely on hump day!
   It's the dynamic stiletto heeled peninsula of Italy's boot-
shaped silhouette and the origin of some of the country's ripest, spiciest reds and best values.  This Tuesday, we'll be showcasing two brand new representatives of the region's prized Primitivo grape (in both red and rosé form) and a darkly rustic example of Negro Amaro.  Find out what Primativo has in common with California's Zinfandel and how it's believed to have traveled around the world!    
And don't forget:
Tasty Tuesday 20% 
Mixed Case Discount! 
    After you taste, put together 12 bottles from our Tasty Tuesday lineup, and we'll take an entire 20% off!
This Saturday from 12 to 3 PM  
"try before you buy" at
our FREE tasting

  sparkling array This Saturday, join us for a toast to five wonderful years of Wine Authorities!  Hot on the heels of a fantastic sparkling wine themed dinner at Guglhupf, we're celebrating our fifth birthday with four of our favorite bubblies - including one deliciously reliable standby and three which are brand new to the shop. These are among the most festive wines we know of, and it's important to remember that sparkling wine is not only great for a celebration but is, itself, always worth celebrating!
(DAILY WINE: $11.99 or LESS)


Mas Codina Brut Mas Codina 

Cava Brut 

{organic} Macabeu, Xarel-lo 

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir 

(Penedes, Spain)

On the last day of a recent trip to Spain, we found this lovely small winery on a "down-low" tip from one of the owners of the top quality estate of this entire region. It ended up being a fantastic find for us, as this bubbly has...
On Sale $11.99 [Full description]


(MONTHLY WINE:$20 to $49.99)


First Hill Laetitia

Brut Cuvée 

{sustainable} 60% Pinot Noir,

30% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Blanc 

 (Arroyo Grande, California)

Wow!  This is an amazing value in domestic sparkling wine, rising to stand among the very best in every aspect apart from price.  Intensely fragrant while remaining delicate, this assemblage of fruit harvested from older vines washes over the palate with its rich...
  On Sale $28.99 [Full Description] 



(WEEKLY WINE: $12 to $19.99)


Marchetti Montepulciano

Chateau de L'Aulée 

Touraine Brut

"Cuvée Intense"  

80% Chenin Blanc,

20% Chardonnay 

(Middle Loire, France)

Produced in the same way as Champagne, but from the Touraine region of the Loire Valley, this Brut has very fine bubbles with persistent aromas of white fruits and citrus. Floral aromas of acacia come through on the nose, and this sparkler finishes with almonds and...
On Sale $17.99 [Full description]


(WEEKLY WINE: $12 to $19.99)

Vie en Rosé Domaine Pas St. Martin 

"La Vie en Rose"

Methode Ancestrale Rosé   

{organic} 100% Cabernet Franc  

(Middle Loire, France)

Representing the prototypical pre-Champagne "ancestrale method" of sparkling wine production and ushering in a delightful collision of tart strawberry and refreshingly sweet white cherry, the "Vie en Rose" is...

                                               On Sale $19.99 [Full Description] 




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Six for Sixty
6 for Sixty
Here's our deal this month; a package of six reds or six whites for $60 plus tax.  You can double down and buy two: one of each or two of one for $110 plus tax.  Sorry, no other discounts apply.

Show me the six

Show me the six

[click links to see this month's selection!]

on the Enomatic:  Enomatic
Here's what's on tap, subject to change on a whim or fancy

Whites (48˚F):



Jurançon "Mantoulon"

$38.99 on sale





$19.99 on sale


Bodegas Los Frailes

Monastrel Rosado  

$9.99 on sale

Esteban Martin


$8.99 on sale


 Reds (65˚F): 


Robert Serol 

Les Blondines 

$18.99 on sale


Ariana Occhipinti 

Il Frappato  

$33.99 on sale


Domaine le Garrigon 

Cotes du Rhone
$11.99 on sale

Adega de Pegoes 

Setubal Tinto  

 $10.99 on sale






Domaine Pinchinat 

Venus Rouge 

$10.99 on sale

Podere Elia 

Barbera d'Asti

$16.99 on sale




$27.99 on sale





Artisan Bacon



  • Applewood 
  • Garlic

 North Country 

  • Applewood
  • Peppered

 Vande Rose Farms

  • Applewood

Farmhand Foods

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Fresh Local Sausages 

  • Bratwurst
  • Country Breakfast
  • Spicy Italian
  • Smoked Polish


Big Spoon

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Local peanut butters

  • Peanut  

8oz Jar - $8.00
16oz Jar - $12.00

  • Peanut Cashew
  • Peanut Almond
  • Penut Pecan 

8oz Jar - $10.00

16oz Jar - $15.00 


Counter Culture Coffee
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  • Espresso   Rustico
  • Farmhouse Blend, Equador & Peru
  • Nueva Armenia, Guatemala 
  • Jagong, Sumatra
  • Las Milpas Decaf, Mexico                 
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