Best Of 2013
Saturday's Tasting: Pacific Northwest!
This year's Rosé Limerick Contest winners announced...
In This Issue:
- Tasty Tuesday: "Savor Savoie"
- Saturday's Tasting: The Pacific Northwest!
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Wine Authorities Raleigh
211 Franklin
    Hot off the heels of last week's celebration of our sixth birthday, we couldn't be more excited to fill you in on the status of our impending second location in Raleigh!  Our original Durham store will remain unchanged and occupied by the same staff that you've come to know and trust. In mere weeks (let's say 6 to 8, fingers and toes crossed), our Capital City home at 211 E Franklin Street in the Person Street Plaza will open its doors and welcome friends new and old to a space which will be familiar to anyone who knows Wine Authorities but with a few exciting new tricks up its sleeves (more details to follow soon)!
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Rosé Limerick Contest:
This year's winning entries! 


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   The limericks are in!  Our celebrity judges have, as promised, painstakingly deliberated over each entry's merits.  Some are heartwarming, others touchingly tragic - all masterpieces in one way or another.  There can be, however, only three winners, and it's with great pride that we announce and publish them below for all to see!

First Place: $50.00 Wine Authorities Gift Certificate!

A young vigneron from Calais 
Was trying to make Chardonnay 
He was clawed by a cat 
And bled into the vat 
The result was a new wine: rosé! 
  - Amy P.           

Second Place: $30.00 Enomatic Card!

My favorite beverage is pink 
It is what I prefer to drink 
They call it rosé 
From the Champs Élysées 
And it keeps me from seeing a shrink 
- Sharon A.         
Third Place: Two Bottles of Daily Rosé! 

There once was a naturist party 
With a vegetarian spread, nothing hearty 
But what to tipple 
While showing nipple? 
Oh, a rosé, pink and tarty 
- Susanna G.        
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!
     The Rosé Garden, that 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
  • Chateau La Colombière - Vin Gris 2012  $10.99 
  • 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:

"I'm always happy when I come here!"

  - David K.     

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:
Savor Savoie!

This Tuesday, September 24th, 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! 
Savoie & Quenard
  For our first tasting of autumn, we're turning our attention to the cooling alpine breezes of France's Savoie.  While skiers the world over look to the region as a haven of fresh powdery snow and some of Europe's most famous slopes, it's also home to hillsides clutched by rows of vines. Join us this Tuesday for tastes of whites from the region's racy, chiseled Jacquère and lush, aromatic Altesse grapes.  The red Mondeuse, now known to be an ancient grandparent grape to Syrah, is set to make a rare appearance as well. 
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 

More by Northwest!
Pacific (North by) Northwest
    Run, don't walk, to the distinctive and delicious wines of America's Pacific Northwest!  This Saturday, we're tasting a few of Oregon and Washington's signatures - specialties for which the states have grown increasingly famous.  From Oregon's Willamette Valley, examples of Pinots Noir and Gris demonstrate exactly why the "Beaver State" has perhaps become better known for its interpretations of Burgundian varietals than for the dammings of oversized rodents.  Meanwhile, the arid east of the "Evergreen State" provides US fans of Riesling and Syrah (an odd couple, perhaps, but two of Washington's best-loved specialties) with some of our nation's most exciting examples of the two grapes.  With wines as dynamic and representative as these, there's no threat of mistaken identity, and we're sure to find ourselves craving more from our Northwest!

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Montinore Pinot Gris
Montinore Estate 

Pinot Gris 2012

{biodynamic} 100% Pinot Gris  
(Willamette, Oregon)
Continuing their great tradition of superb Alsatian-styled dry whites, Montinore presents this medium to full-bodied Pinot Gris showing golden skin contact coloration and a nose of dried pear slices, apricot and
fresh flowers....
  On Sale! $15.99 [Full Description] 

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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...

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Cooper Hill Pinot Noir
Cooper Mountain Vineyards 

Pinot Noir 2012 

"Cooper Hill" 

{biodynamic} 100% Pinot Noir 

(Willamette, Oregon)

Established in 1978 as a grape grower, supplying to some of Oregon's finest wineries, Robert and Corrine Gross opened their own winery in 1987. Committed to sustainability and value...
  On Sale $17.99 [Full Description]



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Barnard Griffin Syrah
Barnard Griffin 

Syrah 2011

100% Syrah

(Columbia Valley, Washington)

Rob Griffin and Deborah Barnard founded Barnard Griffin thirty years ago and have consistently produced beautiful wines ever since. This Syrah blends old world complexity with new world brightness and fruity...
  On Sale $19.99 [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):




$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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