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This Saturday, Cascina Barisel of
The Piemonte's Canelli Hills
In This Issue:
- Tasty Tuesday: Castilla y Leon
- Saturday's Tasting: Cascina Barisel
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Special Guest this Saturday:
Franco Penna of Cascina Barisel
    We have many international friends visiting this week, so why not break out the air mattress and clean guest towels for one more. Ladies and gentleman, please give your warmest Saturday welcome to the globetrotting Piemontese producer Franco Penna.  Franco runs Cascina Barisel, an off-the-beaten-path vineyard and winery responsible for some of the freshest and brightest wines Italy's Piedmont has to offer.
   He's a man of nature, eschewing chemical fertilizers and insecticides for a hands-in-the-dirt approach. You can even see the roots of his vines poking through the ceiling of his subterranean cellar, wending their way down to the natural spring that sits under the property. Sounds nice! Maybe he'll bring pictures...


(See more details in the Saturday section below...)
Tomorrow Night!
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 aisles, 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 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 
Vin Rouge Dinner 
with Vignerons of the Loire! 

Arnaud Lambert of Chateau de Brézé & Domaine Saint-Just

Jerome Choblet of Domaine Herbauges

Tuesday, November 5th @ 7:00 pm
   Domaine Herbauges has been among our very favorite estates for years, and Chateau de Brézé & Domaine St. Just have provided us with some of the most exciting new arrivals of 2013!  Get to know both of these lovely Loire Valley producers first thing next month and meet the enthusiastic and very talented young proprietors.  The venue, Vin Rouge, couldn't provide a more perfect embassy for their classical French specialties.  Stay tuned to next week's Wine Authorities newsletter for all the information you'll need to register! Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the announcement the minute it happens.


Tuesday, November 5th at 7:00 pm
Save the Date! 
More details & Registration Info Soon... 
Bull City Sculpture Show 
by Liberty Arts
Sculpture Show 
   Liberty Arts, a non-profit arts community, is currently planning the launch of an annual world-class outdoor sculpture celebration in Durham beginning next may and needs your support!
The outdoor show will stretch within walking distance from Durham Central Park and include twelve sculptures, one of which will remain permanently on display.  Check out the organization's Kickstarter page for more information about the show and how to contribute to it.  They're closing in on their goal, but the campaign ends on October 21st at 9:52 pm, and every pledge remains essential! 
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!
Latest update:
**24 wines on tap with our brand new Enomatic wine dispensing machines!**
More details are soon to follow... 


Why, thank you!     
Real Customer Comment:

"I can't believe that I can just walk in here to grab a ten dollar bottle, and it ends up being great!"

  - Toriano F.     

Tasty Tuesday!
Heart of Spain: Castilla y Leon 

This Tuesday, October 22nd, 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!
    Wine lovers are often a romantic bunch, and few areas of this world stir our souls like Castilla y Leon. The region is, of course, where many of us spent a college semester alongside our feisty Spanish lover Maria, camping out and blowing up bridges before...um...falling off a horse and getting shot by fascists. Still, we remember the time fondly.
   But Castilla y Leon is more than just doomed romance and guerrilla warfare. It's Spain's most climatically and geographically diverse region, owing to the fact that it is freaking enormous.  For this week's tasty Tuesday, we will explore this giant hunk of Spain with three wines: a crisp Verdejo from arid Rueda, a ripe and richly mature Crianza from the furnace-hot Mentrida region of Toledo, and an earthy Mencia from cooler, greener Bierzo.  Come join us! Papa would approve.
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 

Autumn in the Piemonte part 2: 
Cascina Barisel 
of the Canelli Hills 
    Last Saturday, we took a broad look at (and taste of) a few of the many specialties to be found in Italy's Piemonte.  Join us again this week as we hone in on the Canelli hills which straddle Langhe and Monferrato.  Serving as our ambassador for this region, Franco Penna of Cascina Barisel will be on hand to pour samples of his lovingly (and very naturally) produced Favorita, Dolcetto, and Barbera.  These are locally imported, and two are entirely new to our shop.  Come and discover these brand new arrivals!

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Cascina Barisel

Monferrato Bianco 2012


{sustainable} 100% Favorita (Vermentino) 
(Monferrato, Piemonte)
A denizen of northwestern Mediterranean Italy (straight through into Sardinia and France's Provence), the Favorita grape is better known as Vermentino throughout most of its coast-clinging habitat...
  On Sale! $15.99 [Full Description] 

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Barisel Dolcetto
Cascina Barisel

Monferrato Dolcetto 2012

100% Dolcetto

 (Monferrato, Piemonte)

In Franco Penna's cellar, five meters beneath the calcite soils of his tiny vineyard, visitors can see the roots of his vines working their way down to a natural spring. It's visible proof of exceptional terroir, and it's certainly...

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Barisel Barbera
Cascina Barisel

Barbera d'Asti 2010 


100% Barbera

(Asti, Piemonte)

Like all of Franco Penna's wines, this lovely Barbera has immaculate structure and presence while remaining subtle and refined. Toasty spice aromas swirl out of the glass while black and red cherry flavors gently gambol about the...
  On Sale $19.99 [Full Description]



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Cascina Barisel

Moscato d'Asti 2012

100% Muscat

(Asti, Piemonte)

 Perhaps today's most popular rendition of the ancient Muscat grape, Moscato d'Asti really stands out in a crowd.  Unlike the heady sippers and decadent fortified heavyweights that the grape has found its audience through in the past, these light and lively treats from Italy's northwest are great guzzle-able fare...
  $21.99 [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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