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This Saturday, taste Mendocino's Bliss & Brutocao
Also announcing October's wine class!
In This Issue:
- Tasty Tuesday: An autumn fling with rosé
- Saturday's Tasting: Mendocino's Bliss & Brutocao
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 The Garden Comes Down...
Piemonte Goes Up!
    Listen, it's no secret that we love rosé. Over summer, we act like the very gears of the earth are greased by luscious pink wine. We build an elaborate alter (the rosé garden) to declare our undying devotion these wines, and there's a rumor that - late at night - we pray to it.

That rumor is true.

   But alas, it is time again to gently dismantle the garden, demolish the plastic fence, and put the gnomes and butterflies back in the box so they can continue the weird gnome/butterfly fetish party that they throw all winter... every winter.
   In place of the garden, we're featuring other wines toward which we feel an almost religious devotion - the Piemontese wines of Italy! Funky, pasta-friendly Dolcetto. Easygoing Barbera. Stern, dignified Nebbiolo.  Sweet, sexy Moscato...
   The garden's being dormant doesn't mean our rosé lust has abated one bit. We'll have great selections throughout the year, including a few newcomers that we'll feature during our next Tasty Tuesday, which you can conveniently read about later in this email.

(Soundtrack to this section of the newsletter: The Byrds "Turn, Turn, Turn")
Wine Class!

Vine to Wine

On October 24th, we present our in-depth introductory wine class.  

7:33 pm

   Join us for a fun and educational evening of wine which chronicles a vine's bud break in the spring to each of its grape's being lovingly squeezed into the bottles that we hold so dear.  We cover how vines are grown and wine is made as well as how to read a label, how to buy wine, how to store wine, how to drink, er, taste wine... and we'll debunk many wine myths throughout this two hour class.
(includes tasting wines, video presentation, and handouts)

Thursday, October 24th at 7:33 pm
$36 per person
Reservations required
(Corkscrew) Operators are standing by:
(919) 489-2884 
The Wines of
Leo Hillinger

Tasting & mini-class w/ special guest

Michael Höffken

Friday, October 18th @ 7:33 pm
   If you've spent much time wandering our isles, you've probably noticed that we're ardent admirers of both Austria's traditional specialties and its bold spirit of adventure.  Leo Hillinger's offerings from the country's Burgenland serve as a perfect example of this balance.  The estate's Michael Höffken, assistant winemaker and traveling guru of all things Hillinger, will be joining us to share his first-hand knowledge of Burgenland's wines.
The event features five wines, catered hors d'oeuvres, and an opportunity to purchase the wines of Hillinger at a bonus discount.  Prost!
Friday, October 18th at 7:33 pm
$10 per person
Call us to register 
(919) 489-2884
Wine Authorities Raleigh
   We're very 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. This fall, 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 should be familiar to anyone who knows Wine Authorities but with a few exciting new tricks up its sleeves! More details are soon to follow... 


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  - Elizabeth D.     

Tasty Tuesday:
  An autumn fling with rosé...

This Tuesday, October 7th, 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!
    In honor of the of the Rosé Garden's venture into hibernation, this week's Tasty Tuesday will feature three French pink wines whose flavors go hand-in-hand with fall and the food that accompanies it.  More than simple sunny day quaffers, these wines are all about herbaceousness, spice, and complexity.  We'll start with a juicy offering from Southwestern France's Fronton, made from the black-skinned Négrette grape. Next, there's a peppery Cabernet Franc from Chinon. Finally, we'll pour a knee-weakeningly delicious (and difficult to find) Sancerre rosé made from Pinot Noir. Join us and celebrate a final pink hurrah (until next year, that is). 
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 

Bliss & Brutocao
    This Saturday, we're delving blissfully (not to mention Brutocao-fully) into northern California's Mendocino.  Over the past seven decades, the Bliss and Brutocao family estate has blossomed into the source of selections which we find to be not only delicious but among the most classical and sublimely affordable that California currently has to offer.  Venture north with us! 

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Bliss Chard
Bliss Family Vineyards

Chardonnay 2011

{sustainable} 100% Chardonnay   
(Mendocino, California)
In the 1930s, Grandpa Irv Bliss bought a 450 acre ranch at auction - sight unseen. Today, the family still farms this beautiful land, making some of the best Californian values around. Mendocino's cool oceanic influence keeps the wine crisp and elegant. Not of the of the oaky or buttery style, this highly drinkable, bright, balanced Chardonnay shows real elegance and...
  On Sale! $12.99 [Full Description] 

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Bliss SB
Bliss Family Vineyards

Sauvignon Blanc 2011

{sustainable} 100% Sauvignon Blanc 

 (Mendocino, California)

For three generations, the Bliss family has been dedicated to nurturing their vines and the vibrant wines which they yield.  This impressively balanced Sauvignon Blanc bursts with citrus and tropical fruit. Invigorating acidity and a refreshingly tangy finish underscore the wine's youthful...

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Brutocao Cab

Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 

{sustainable} 100% Cabernet

(Mendocino, California)

Our old friends of the Bliss and Brutocao families have been tied together as farmers and winemakers for generations, but when Len and Marty Brutocao released their own first vintage in 1980, things got really magical. This is classic cool-weather...
  On Sale $22.99 [Full Description]



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Brutocau Merlot

Merlot 2009

"Bliss Vineyard"

{sustainable} 100% Merlot

(Mendocino, California)

For those who think Merlot is wimpy and spineless, let me introduce you to my little friend. Taste why this grape is still one of the best when not manipulated and de-fanged into mindless pabulum. This is a serious and distinctive...
  On Sale $22.99 [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.

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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): 


Pietra Santa 

Cabernet Sauvignon 

$16.99 on sale




$26.99 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


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Fresh Local Sausages 

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Artisan Bacon



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 North Country 

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  • Peppered

Firsthand Foods 

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Vande Rose Farms
  • Applewood
  • Caraway Rye 


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

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8oz Jar - $10.00

16oz Jar - $15.00 


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