Best Of 2013
This Saturday: Navarra's Viña Aliaga
We're also happy to announce this year's Rosé Limerick judges!
In This Issue:
- Tasty Tuesday: "Rosato Italiano"
- Saturday's Tasting: Navarra's Viña Aliaga
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This Year's
Rosé Limerick
 Contest Judges are... 
   In traditional Rosé Limerick Contest  fashion, we have three awesome judges lined up to render verdicts on just which poems of pink deliver the most potent limeristickal punch.  Durham's culinary, musical, and literary scenes are, as always, represented!  Keep your limericks coming our way.  For more information on the contest itself and what you can win, take a look below... 
Matt Kelly of Vin Rouge & Mateo
Matt Kelly
Culinary Institute of America graduate, Matt Kelly, is best known for bringing Durham's Vin Rouge and Mateo to life.  He's very modest about his thoughtful approach and the finesse that permeates his cuisine, but it's clear that he's serious about food and what he does.  He's a home town hero and instrumental to Durham's vibrant restaurant scene.

Kym Register of The Pinhook & Loamlands 
Kym Register Kym Register has been an integral part of the Triangle's music scene throughout the course of the past decade, a role that was further solidified when she (along with Elizabeth Albrecht and Wine Authorities' own Nick Williams) opened the Pinhook bar & music venue in the autumn of five years ago.  She currently plays guitar and sings in Loamlands.

Ken Rumble, Poet & Novelist 
Ken Rumble An author of several books of poetry and in the process of building his first novel, Ken Rumble is also a bit of a renaissance man and an ardent drummer.  He may be best known for Key Bridge, a thematically-driven poem of 72 pages.  He'll need to be at the top of his game to carefully weigh, from what we've seen so far of this year's entries, the profundity of symbolism and heart wrenching emotion to be found in this year's rosé limericks... 
Rosé Limerick Contest!
Rosé Limerick Contest  
   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.

Rosé Limerick 2
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 Friday, September 6th at midnight.
What can you win?
  • 1st prize - $50 Wine Authorities Gift Certificate
  • 2nd prize - $30 Enomatic Card
  • 3rd prize - Two bottles of any DAILY-priced rosés
Closed on Labor Day!
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 We'll be closed on Monday, September 2nd in observance of Labor Day.  Our regular Sunday hours (noon to 5:00 pm) are still in play, so don't forget to stock up this weekend for your Monday grillin' & chillin' needs!
T-Shirt Sale!
All shirts are $3.00 off 
 You no longer have to go topless now that our classic "Durham: Crunchy on the Outside" and "Wine from Farmers not Factories" shirts are currently on sale for only $12.99.  Stock up today and remain clothed throughout the season in cotton t-shirts grown, sown, ginned, and printed, all in North Carolina.  So über-local, you'll jump for joy!
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.  As always, a portion of each and every bottle of rosé sold will be donated to the fight against breast cancer.
  • Aliaga - Rosado "Lagrima de Garnacha" 2012  $9.99 
  • Terrasses d'Eole - Ventoux Rosé 2012  $10.99
  • Mas Codina - Penedès Rosé 2012  $9.99
  • Laurent Gauthier - Beaujolais Rosé 2012  $13.99
  • Domaine de Pinchinat - Venus Rosé  2012  $10.99
  • Netzl - Zweigelt Rosé "Rosanna" 2012  $13.99
  • Domaine Amido - Tavel 2012  $20.99 


Why, thank you!     
Real Customer Comment:

"This week's newsletter was so good, I had to buy each of the wines featured in it."

  - Ryan J.     

Tasty Tuesday:
"Rosato Italiano"

This Tuesday, September 3rd, we present our FREE midweek 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! 
Rosato Italiano Map
   A rosé "by any other name" still represents the pinkest of of drinks - a deliciously dry treat that we can't get enough of (whether or not it's said to be in season).  It's no accident that our first post-Labor Day tasting this year features deliciously pinkish wines - each hailing from Italy!
   We'll begin with a gently bubbly, blushing dry Lambrusco before shifting gears with a refreshingly complex Tuscan rosato featuring the region's ubiquitous Sangiovese grape.  Lastly, we'll delve into a Piemontese red that's not much darker than many rosés and packs exotic aromatics and an unexpectedly firm structure.  Feel free to wear white pants! 
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 

Navarra's Viña Aliaga
Carlos Aliaga
Northern Spain's Navarra is a region with a rich history and an impressive palette of grapes to paint with.  Those of us who've had a chance to try many of Carlos Aliaga's wines have probably noticed that he's not afraid to experiment (even exploring varietals not typically associated with the region).  This Saturday, however, our tasting is focusing on Navarra's tried and true Garnacha and Tempranillo grapes in four very different shapes and sizes. An exuberant rosé, a bold joven, and two strikingly different mature reds (each with over a decade of experience at... being excellent) are set to wow and woo us with their Spanish charms.  Ole!      

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Viña Aliaga 

Navarra Rosado 2012

"Lagrima de Garnacha" 

{organic} 100% Garnacha     
(Navarra, Spain)
We met Carlos Aliaga in southern France at a wine show. That pink color on a table of red wine caught our eyes. And then the name, Lagrima de Garnacha or "Tears of Grenache," compelled us to taste. Carlos is...
  On Sale! $9.99 [Full Description] 

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Aliaga Tempranillo
Viña Aliaga 

Navarra Tempranillo 2011

{organic} 100% Tempranillo 

 (Navarra, Spain)

Winegrower Carlos Aliaga's father planted the vines here more than 45 years ago and being just two kilometers from Rioja, his focus was largely Tempranillo vs. the usual Garnacha of southern Navarra. Here in the heart of the Ribera Baja zone, he...

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Aliaga Reserva
Viña Aliaga 

Navarra Tinto Reserva 2001 

{sustainable} 75% Tempranillo,

25% Cabernet Sauvignon 

(Navarra, Spain)

The mahogany colored edge is just a hint that the wine has been maturing for some time. The nose leans old-school with orange peel, light cherries and lays down with silky plush tannins. Winemaker and owner Carlos Aliaga named his wines after his...
  On Sale $19.99 [Full Description]



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Aliaga AC
Viña Aliaga 

Navarra Tinto 2002

"Antonio Corpus" 

{sustainable} 100% Garnacha  

(Navarra, Spain)

No wine before its time, indeed. Yes, 2002 is the current vintage of this show- stopping Garnacha from Viña Aliaga. Miles deep with flavors of fruit compote and sweet spice, the oak is so well integrated that the wine feels like it's melting in your mouth like chocolate...
  On Sale $36.99 [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!]

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

Whites (48˚F):



Grüner Veltliner  

$24.99 on sale


Laurent Gauthier 

Beaujolais Rosé

$13.99 on sale


Domaine Cassagnoles

Gros Manseng 

$12.99 on sale

Anton Bauer



$19.99 on sale


 Reds (65˚F): 



Sannio Rosso  

$15.99 on sale



"La Cuadrilla" 

$24.99 on sale


Poderi Elia 

Barbera d'Asti 

$17.99 on sale


"Third Generation" 

$12.99 on sale






Mas de Libian 

Rhone Rouge

"Vin de Petanque" 

$11.99 on sale




$10.99 on sale


Domaine Galévan 

Chateauneuf du Pape 

 $46.99 on sale


Firsthand Foods


Fresh Local Sausages 

  • Bratwurst
  • Country Breakfast
  • Spicy Italian




Artisan Bacon



  • Applewood 
  • Garlic

 North Country 

  • Applewood
  • Peppered

Firsthand Foods 

  • Fresh & Local
Vande Rose Farms
  • Applewood
  • 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
  • Chai Spice (8oz size only)  

8oz Jar - $10.00

16oz Jar - $15.00 


Counter Culture Coffee
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  • Rustico
  • Farmhouse Blend, Equador & Peru
  • Union El Triunfo, Mexico    
  • Finca Mauritania, El Salvador
  • Haru Buna Ababa, Ethiopia 
  • Espresso Toscano                
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