Best Of 2013
Birthday festivities continue!
 We've unearthed a time capsule from 2007...
In This Issue:
- Tasty Tuesday: Prepare for G Day!
- Saturday's Tasting: Time capsule from 2007
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The Birthday Fun Continues!
Thumbs up!  
    Our week-long birthday celebration continues!  At this time six years ago, we had just opened our doors.  Now, we commemorate the anniversary of our beginnings with a hefty birthday sale!  Through Saturday (the 14th), we're offering a special six pack deal to celebrate our sixth birthday.   Put together any half case of wine, and we'll take 20% off!  Simply give us a thumbs up when you check out to take advantage of our festive sale! You can take advantage of it as often as you like over the course of the six day sale.
    Also, in honor of our 2007 opening, we have a great tasting lined up for this Saturday which features four wines made from grapes that were being harvested at almost precisely the same time as we were greeting our first customers.  Check out the details in our Saturday Tasting section below...
Rosé Limerick Contest!


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   The limericks are in!  They've been lovingly collected and are being delivered via an enormous pink stork to the judges, who will, no doubt, painstakingly deliberate over their merits and confer at length with one another about the depth of symbolism in each.  Expect the announcement of winning entries soon!

The Judges


   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!  
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 the profundity of symbolism and heart wrenching emotion to be found in this year's rosé limericks...    
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.
  • Domaine Daulny - Sancere Rosé 2012  $25.99
  • Domaine Robert Serol - "Cabochard" 2012  $13.99
  • 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:

"Not only do you do all the work for me,
but it's a lot of fun!"

  - Heidi R.     

Wines for Humanity  
   Long-time Wine Authorities customer, Deb Kinney, has recently started a new venture with Wines for Humanity  ( Anyone interested in having an in-home wine tasting which both benefits their local charity and features some really good wines, please email Deb Kinney (
   Wines for Humanity has given over $1.8 million since its inception in 2007.
Tasty Tuesday:
Prepare for G-Day! 
(International Grenache Day) 

This Tuesday, September 17th, 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! 
Grenache & Gallets
   International Grenache Day is just around the corner!  Are you prepared?  We aren't making this up!  Grenache lovers have annexed the third Friday of each September as a time to sing the praises (and drink up the flavors) of their favorite grape.  Prepare with us this Tuesday (Sep 17th) as we anticipate the Grenache-i-est of days with classic examples of the grape in all of its violet-hued, voluptuous glory from both France and its native Spain as well as a blend based around Grenache Blanc (the light-skinned mutation of the varietal).  Vive la Grenache! 
And don't forget:
Tasty Tuesday 15%
Half-Case Discount!
   After you taste, put together 6 bottles from our Tasty Tuesday lineup, and we'll take an entire 15% off!

This Saturday from 12 to 3 PM 
"try before you buy" at
our FREE tasting 

2007 Time Capsule 
    What were you doing in September of 2007?  Six years ago, we had just opened our doors.  Join us this Saturday as we continue to celebrate the week of our birthday with four wines whose grapes were preparing to be harvested just as Wine Authorities was taking its first breaths!  We'll begin with a pair of gorgeous vintage bubblies - one completely new and the other, a returning favorite.  Next we'll turn our sights to one of the earliest "Wine Authorities Selections" (wines which we have had brought into the United States specifically so that we're able to share them with you), a stunning Burgundy.  The final wine is another newcomer, a richly rustic red hailing from one of the most exciting of Portugal's many well-kept secrets, Bairrada. 

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Mestres Coquet
Heretat Mestres 

Cava Brut Nature 2007

Gran Reserva  "Coquet" 

{organic} 40% Xarel-lo,
30% Macabeo, 30% Parellada 
(Penedès, Spain)
                                 CHRYSANTHEMUM & HONEY

The Mestres family has presided over and protected the same 80 hectares for seven centuries (and one year as of 2013!), maintaining just as secure a grip on their traditions.  Not only was Josep Mestres, in the first quarter of the 20th century, among the earliest....
  On Sale! $26.99 [Full Description] 

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Laetitia Rosé
Laetitia Winery 

Brut Rosé 2007

{sustainable} 100% Pinot Noir 

 (Arroyo Grande, California)

The phenomenal Laetitia estate presents us with another stunning value in domestic bubbly. An almondy toasted nose supports spicy red fruit aromas. The estate planted their Pinot Noir vines, employed in this luxurious and very...

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Rully Rouge
Eric de Suremain 

Rully 1er Cru Rouge 2007 

{biodynamic} 100% Pinot Noir 

(Burgundy, France)

Although better renowned for its white wines, Rully produces incredible reds in warmer years. Eric works the soil of this single vineyard biodynamically, and you can taste the vibrant life and soul in...
  On Sale $29.99 [Full Description]



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Domingos Bairrada
Solar de São Domingos

Bairrada Reserva 2007

40% Baga, 30% Touriga Nacional, 

30% Tinta Roriz 

(Bairrada, Portugal)

Baga, a sturdy black grape with firm tannin and a reputation for age-worthiness hasn't perhaps found its way onto the radar of the average American wine lover just yet, but it's nevertheless part of Iberia's dream team of outstanding...
  On Sale $12.99 [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

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

Whites (48˚F):




$44.99 on sale



Sangiovese Rosato


$16.99 on sale


Domaine de Bidalere

Gascogne Blanc 

$10.99 on sale


Grüner Veltliner 

$13.99 on sale


 Reds (65˚F): 



Sannio Rosso  

$15.99 on sale



"La Cuadrilla" 

$24.99 on sale


Chateau Saint Jean  

Cotes du Rhone

Plan de Dieu 

$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


Mas Bruguiere 

Pic Saint Loup

"La Grenadiere" 

 $39.99 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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