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This week's issue:
Austria, Aragón, and Arks*
*if it doesn't stop raining soon!
In This Issue:
- Tasty Tuesday: Aragón's Tempore
- Saturday's Tasting: Burgnland, Wagram, & Carnuntum
Greetings! top
Two of each wine?
    While our recent rains may not have lasted forty days and forty nights (yet), they have been seemingly relentless. A sunny Wednesday almost lured us into a false sense of security, but we now appear to be in for another 24 hours of monsoon-ish-ness.  While it's pouring rain outdoors, may we suggest pouring wine indoors?  Curl up with a book and a nice glass of rosé from the Garden or have a picnic in your kitchen (it can be done!) with your favorite comfort food and a spicy red.
The Doughman
Help us get Doughie this Saturday!
Donate to our Sustain-a-Bull Team
The Doughman is a triathlon of running, biking, swimming and eating through downtown Durham. It is a fundraiser, this year for DPS's Hub Farm.  Sustain-a-Bull has a team featuring staff from Only Burger, Durham Spirits Co, Vert and Vogue, and Wine Authorities who will compete & eat!
Can we win?: Yes!
But, you must help sponsor our team; click on the image to the left, or [click here.] Your donation will help fund educational programs in Durham Public Schools teaching our kids about local food systems and environmental stewardship. Your donation will also help us to get a better start in the race. Five teams already have a head start in the race because of the money they've raised.
Donate $20, $30, $50 or more by selecting "Sustain-a-Bull Cuisine Team" from the PayPal drop-down menu and get us into the finish line first!
Donations close noon Friday! So do it today.
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Bordeaux 6-Packs!
Bordeaux Map
Take Your Pick of these 6-packs:
"2009 in Saint-Émilion"
"Graves-Box: Chateau Lusseau"

   In typical Wine Authorities fashion, we've concocted two crazy great 6-pack sets of of Bordeaux, each showcasing some of our very favorite selections.  One is an assortment of Saint-Émilion from the illustrious 2009 vintage.  It contains three wines (two bottles each) which showcase the region's and vintage's strengths.
    Another box focuses on the recent return of a producer that has long been dear to our hearts, Chateau Lusseau, hailing from the southern stretch of the Left Bank, Graves.  This set includes the chateau's two red cuvées (three bottles of each).  You can enjoy them all in the immediate future or ration them out over the course of the next few years and watch (or taste) them evolve.  Enjoy!

Click on the links below for more information
and an ordering link (found at the bottom of each page)

$149.99 (Regularly $202.04) 
$119.99 (Regularly $154.74)

Interested in both together? Ask about an even better 12 bottle deal!
Rosé Garden
Rosé Garden 2013!
     It's here at long last!  The pink oasis that refreshes our mouths and nourishes our souls is once again in bloom!  The Rosé Garden has arrived, and speaking of fresh, we're kicking off the garden this year with selections that include a couple of brand new, never-before-in-the-US, Wine Authorities exclusives - a tangy Garnacha rosado from the grape's birthplace in Spain and a most juicy Mediterranean thirst quencher (watch out!) made entirely from Cinsault.  As always, a portion of each and ever bottle of rosé sold will be donated to the fight against breast cancer.
  • Tempore - Rosado de Garnacha "Terrae" 2012  $9.99 
  • Domaine Magellan - Hérault Rosé "Le Fruit Défendu" 2012  $10.99
  • Tegernseerhof - "Mittelbach" Zweigelt Rosé 2012  $13.99 
  • Barnard Griffin - Rosé of Sangiovese 2012  $14.99
  • Anton Bauer - Wagram Rosé 2012  $12.99
  • Domaine Pinchinat - Cotes de Provence Rosé 2011  $13.99 
ˇHay Txakolina!
It's TxakoliFest!
Saturday, June 1st
     It's the one day of the year that Durham breaks out its secret stash of porrons and is transformed into an unlikely sister city to San Sebastián complete with spritzy Basque wine, oysters, and pintxos (tapas.)  This is one of the greatest celebrations in town, and it's become the largest festival of Txakoli in the United States. 
    You may think that you know TxakoliFest, but you've never seen it quite like this.  As usual, Durham's Basque transformation is scheduled to take place in two fabulous "sessions," but this year the first session is a tasting and food extravaganza which is also a fundraiser for the Housing for New Hope charity.  The second session is an all out party where all wine and food is available for separate purchase.  Get your tickets for either session via Six Plates or Wine Authorities. 
    Join the festivities and experience at least seven unique Txakolis available by the glass (the glass, itself, is a Basque souvenir that you'll take home with you), fantastic food, and live music from Andrew Kasab and Newkirk! 
6 Plates Txakoli
TxakoliFest @ Six Plates Wine Bar
Saturday, June 1st, 2013 
2812 Erwin Rd
Durham, NC 27705

1st Session - 1:00 to 4:00pm 
Fund Raiser: Homes for New Hope
$75 per person
2nd Session - 4:00pm to 12:00+ am 
General Admission
$15 per person


Why, thank you!     
Real Customer Comment:

"I come here as much for the company
as for the wine!"

  - Meg P.    

Tasty Tuesday!
Aragón's Tempore 

  This Tuesday, May 28th, we present our FREE mid-week wine tasting.  Every Tuesday is tasty! From 5:00 - 7:00, we host this bonus tasting of three wines to get you through the early week and land you safely on hump day!
Aragon's Tempore
   If the phrase "Kingdom of Aragón" evokes thoughts for you of an imposing landscape filled with ancient castles and fortified cities, then you're on the right track as that's exactly what it was, but there's also a treasure in the hills, and that powerfully purpley quarry is the equally ancient Garnacha grape.  Garnacha (or, as the french call it, Grenache) is a native to these northern Spanish climes, and it continues to reach its rich, ripe zenith in this arid and awe-inspiring environment.  Join us on Tuesday for a tangy rosé and two deliciously different reds from the excellent Tempore, a producer whose work has never before been available in North Carolina. Garnacha guaranteed! 

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 

Carnuntum, Burgenland, & Wagram
Grüner Spot (edit)
Join us this Saturday as we toast to the wrap of an excellent month of (and very bright future for) Austrian wine and a handful of our favorite producers from the central European wine paradise.  We'll begin with one of the freshly landed (and very freshly fruited) 2012 rosés, hailing from Carnuntum and bursting with vibrant red berry flavors.  Next, we'll venture to Wagram's coveted Ried Rosenberg vineyard for a bold and beautiful Grüner from master vigneron Anton Bauer.  We'll wind up in Burgenland for an introduction to the latest vintages of a pair of reds - one of which showcases traditional Austrian/Central European grape varietals while the other stars the fashionable intensity of French outlanders Syrah and Merlot.  Prost!

WEEKLY WINE™ $12 to $19.99



Rosé Zweigelt 2012


{sustainable} 100% Zweigelt  

 (Carnuntum, Austria)

Carnuntum is an emerging region just southeast of Vienna in Austria. Franz Netzl walked us through his vineyards to show off the high quality Zweigelt, it is the region's most important grape. This pink version is...
  On Sale! $12.99 [Full Description] 

WEEKLY WINE™ $12 to $19.99


Anton Bauer

Grüner Veltliner 2012


{Sustainable} 100% Grüner Veltliner

 (Wagram, Austria)

Ried Rosenberg is one of the best-known vineyards in Austria, and produces some of the greatest Grüner Veltliner in the world. This one, from perfectionist winegrower Toni Bauer, is very aromatic and full with round, balanced...

WEEKLY WINE™ $12 to $19.99


Burgenland Red
Weingut Michlits

Burgenland Red 2011

{Biodynamic} 60% Zweigelt,

30% Blaufrankisch, 10% St. Laurent 

 (Burgenland, Austria)

Werner and Angela run the wine side of the family farm. Their farm is a true biodynamic universe. Their family grows crops, raises livestock, makes wine, and produces micro-brew beer and heirloom apple cider - all biodynamically. Their Burgenland Red Blend is...
  On Sale $13.99 [Full Description]



MONTHLY WINE™ $20 to $49.99


Leo Hillinger 
Hillside Red 2011

{organic} 70% Syrah,

20% Zweigelt, 10% Merlot    

(Burgenland, Austria) 

Jeez, how many wines can one guy make? And where can we get more of them? Leo Hillinger continues his streak of making an enormous variety of good stuff. His latest offering is this wonderfully...
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Six 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):


Quinta Touquinheiras 


$18.99 on sale




$12.99 on sale




$19.99 on sale

Chateau la Grande Métarie

Entre Deux Mers

$11.99 on sale


 Reds (65˚F): 


Castello di Verduno 

Nebbiolo d'Alba 

$26.99 on sale



Langhe Nebbiolo 

$21.99 on sale




$11.99 on sale


Anton Bauer 

$14.99 on sale



Douro Tinto 

"Lua Nova"



Labranche Laffont 

Madiran "Tradition" 

$19.99 on sale


"Syrah - Syrah"

$11.99 on sale


La Casaccia 

Barbera del Monferrato  $14.99 on sale


Firsthand Foods


Fresh Local Sausages 

  • Bratwurst
  • Country Breakfast
  • Spicy Italian
  • Smoked Polish




Artisan Bacon



  • Applewood 
  • Garlic

 North Country 

  • Applewood
  • Peppered

Farmhand Foods 

  • Fresh & Local

The Pig 

  • Carolina Bacon
Vande Rose Farms
  • Applewood
  • Blue Moons
  • Caraway Rye 


  • Sorghum Sesame

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 Llusta, Bolivia   
  • La Golondrina, Colombia 
  • Buziraguhindwa, Burundi
  • Espresso Toscano                
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