Best Of 2013
This Saturday: A Riesling Diaspora! 
In This Issue:
- Tasty Tuesday: Belly up to the Barbera!
- Saturday's Tasting: Riesling Diaspora
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 Summer is here...
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And so is Riesling!
    An entire season might seem like too lengthy a period of time to dedicate to a single grape varietal, and while that could usually be the case, this is Riesling that we're talking about!  Since 2008, a grassroots movement has been building momentum to increase the ancient German grape's audience and help it reclaim its historical status as the most regal white varietal of all!
    What does this mean for Wine Authorities?  Well for starters, we have some exceptional Riesling tastings lined up this summer, the first falling on this Saturday - the second day of summer.  We'll also be featuring some of our favorite Rieslings on the Enomatic throughout the season.  Join us, cuddle up with the brilliant acidity and unabashed minerality, and fall in love all over again!
Durham Mag's "Best of Durham" 2013
Durham Mag's Best
     Voting season in Durham Magazine's annual "best of" polls has arrived!  Vote!  Support our many excellent local, independent businesses and don't let chains become the face of our town.  It's quick, it's easy, and it truly matters.
Recent Arrivals:
  • Aia Vecchia - Vermentino 2012  $12.99
  • Peirano - Petite Sirah "Heritage Collection 2011  $14.99
  • Domaine Skouras - "Zoe" Red 2011  $11.99   
  • Domaine de la Guilloterie - Saumur Rouge "Affinité" 2009  $13.99 
  • J.M. Raffault - Chinon Rosé 2012  $14.99
  • Domaine Girard - Sancerre 2012  $18.99
  • Gerard Fiou - Sancerre Rouge 2010  $28.99
  • Cave Freudenreich - Pinot Blanc 2012  $14.99   
  • Chateau la Colombière - Rosé Methode Ancestrale 2011  $19.99
  • Chateau la Colombière - Prunelard Blanc 2011  $21.99
  • Eric Texier - Cotes du Rhone Rouge "Chat Fou" (5-Liter Box!) 2011  $94.99 (equivalent of $14.25 per regular 750ml bottle)
The 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 every bottle of rosé sold will be donated to the fight against breast cancer.
  • Tempore - Rosado de Garnacha "Terrae" 2012  $9.99 
  • Domaine St Croix - Rosé "La Croix Gratiot" 2012  $9.99
  • Tegernseerhof - "Mittelbach" Zweigelt Rosé 2012  $13.99 
  • Barnard Griffin - Rosé of Sangiovese 2012  $14.99
  • Anton Bauer - Wagram Rosé 2012  $12.99
  • Robert Serol - "Turbullent" Methode Ancestrale Rosé 2011  $18.99
  • Weingut Michlits - Pinot Noir Frizzante  2011  $16.99
  • Netzl - Zweigelt Rosé "Rosanna" 2012  $12.99 


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Tasty Tuesday!
"Belly up to the Barbera"

  This Tuesday, June 24th, 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!
Barbera, Belly Up to the
   When hot weather rolls around, powerhouse reds aren't necessarily as desirable as they would be by the flickering glow of the fireplace.  Yet, sometimes a substantial wine with real depth is still what's called for.  Few varietals are as consistently reliable for yielding reds which are both bold and refreshing as northern Italy's Barbera, its dark fruit and firm structure beautifully streamlined with lively acidity.  Join us this Tuesday as we sample three of these majestic Piemontese reds! 
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 

Riesling Around the World 
S.O.R 2013
The Riesling grape, quite possibly Germany's greatest contribution to the world of wine, has made its way around the world and won the passion and enthusiasm of wine lovers everywhere.  This Saturday, we celebrate the varietal and the return of the "Summer of Riesling," an international movement which is dedicated to the wonderfully bright minerally wines which the grape breaths life into. Join us for a tasting of Rieslings from around the world: Washington State, Austria, France, and New Zealand!  Don't worry, German Riesling will get its own time in the spotlight in a tasting next month (as July has come to be known as "The 31 Days of German Riesling" among the grape's most avid admirers).

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Milbrandt Riesling
Milbrandt Vineyards

Riesling 2012

100% Riesling 
(Columbia Valley, Washington)
Brothers Butch and Jerry Milbrandt planted their first vineyards in 1997 along the Wahluke slope. Family farming since the mid-1950s, grape growing was a newer venture. First they sold off their grapes to other wineries, but as the vines matured, the fruit was too good to...
  On Sale! $12.99 [Full Description] 

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Riesling 2011


100% Riesling 

 (Wachau, Austria)

Get it before he becomes a superstar and his prices go through the roof. Martin Mittelbach is one of the greats right now, but his reputation has not hit the mainstream or the critics yet. This dry Riesling from his terraced, hillside vineyards in...

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Cave Freudenreich

Riesling 2011

"Terre d'Apollon"

{sustainable} 100% Riesling

 (Alsace, France)

A wine whose personality is as chiseled and immediately recognizable as the rooftops of traditional Alsatian architecture, this Riesling is a textbook example of the grape in all of its shimmering and prickly...
  On Sale $17.99 [Full Description]



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Forrest Wines 

Riesling 2011

"The Doctors"

{sustainable} 100% Riesling 

(Marlborough, New Zealand)


From husband and wife team Drs. John & Brigid Forrest, comes this novel and delicious wine. Picking the grapes slightly early, enough to capture the fruit character but without too much sugar, they...
  On Sale $18.99 [Full Description] 
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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


Dr. Heyden

Riesling QbA 1L

$15.99 on sale




$19.99 on sale

Borgo Moncalvo


$11.99 on sale


 Reds (65˚F): 



"Burgenland Red"  

$13.99 on sale


Chateau Lusseau 

Graves Rouge  

$27.99 on sale


Cooper Mtn. Vineyards 

Pinot Noir

"Cooper Hill" 

$17.99 on sale


Cerasuolo di Vittoria 

$17.99 on sale



Douro Tinto

"Lua Nova"



Mas de Libian 

Rhone Rouge

"Vin de Petanque" 

$11.99 on sale



$11.99 on sale


Chateau La Colombière 


"Coste Rouge" 

 $14.99 on sale


Firsthand Foods


Fresh Local Sausages 

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Artisan Bacon



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 North Country 

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  • Peppered

Farmhand Foods 

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Vande Rose Farms
  • Applewood
  • Blue Moons
  • Caraway Rye 


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Local peanut butters

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

  • Peanut Cashew
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  • Penut Pecan
  • Chai Spice (8oz size only)  

8oz Jar - $10.00

16oz Jar - $15.00 


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