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  A Week of Halloween Fun Begins... 
Tonight: Our "Vine to Wine" Class Returns!
In This Issue:
We're hiring in Raleigh
- Tasty Tuesday: An autumn chill is in the air...
- Saturday Tasting... OF INCONCEIVABLE HORROR!
Trick or Treat!
   The floorboards creak under your feet. The wan light of a sinister yellow moon shines through the broken window through which tendrils of mist creep, snaking along the floor.  The wind howls...or is that the screaming of damned souls? Your terror grows, but you must continue. You must see what's behind the next door. Is it a skeleton? Is it some kind of Werewolf-headed Dracula Man?
   No, it's simply a monstrous goody bag of new wines from your fiendish friends at Wine Authorities!  As usual, we've scoured both the mortal plane and a litany of underworld necropolises for the absolute finest in terror...er...terroir-driven wines, all guaranteed to be estate-grown, produced, and bottled (and in some cases, haunted).  So come on down and check out these beaune-chilling new arrivals:

  Lots from France...
  • Domaine Plageoles - Braucol 2012  $19.99 
  • Domaine Plageoles - Mauzac Noir 2012  $19.99
  • Domaine Labranche-Laffont - Pacherenc du Vic Bilh Sec 2012  $21.99  
  • Domaine Labranche-Loffont - Pacherenc du Vic Bilh Moelleux 2012 (500ml)  $24.99
  • Chateau Bel Air - Saint Estephe 2009  $41.99
  • Chateau Peybrun - Cadillac Rouge 2010  $2010 
  • Domaine Quenard - Altesse de Savoie "Maristel" 2012  $23.99
  • Domaine des Soulanes - Maury Rouge 2011  $26.99 
  • Domaine des 7 Terroirs - Bourgogne Rouge 2010  $18.99
  • Domaine Berthenet - Aligote "Vieilles Vignes" 2012  $16.99  
  • Domaine Jouard - Chassagne-Montrachet Vieilles Vignes 2011  $49.99
  • Mas de Libian - Cotes du Rhone "Khayyâm" 2012  $19.99

...other parts of Europe... 

  • Mas Martinet - Priorat "Bru" 2009  $26.99 
  • Cascina Barisel - Barbera "Listoria" 2010  $19.99
  • Cascina Barisel - Monferrato Bianco "Foravia" 2012  $15.99
  • Plantamura - Primitivo "Rossa" 2011  $14.99
  • Lidia e Amato - Trebbiano d'Abruzzo "Palu" 2012  $13.99   
  • Leo Hillinger - Zweigelt 2011  $19.99
  • Leo Hillinger - Blaufränkisch "Leithaberg" 2010  $37.99      

...and the United States   

  • Dancing Coyote - Petite Sirah 2011  $16.99
  • Dancing Coyote - Chenin Blanc 2012  $14.99
  • Dancing Coyote - Gewurztraminer 2011  $14.99
  • Hartwell - Cabernet Sauvignon "H" 2011  $47.99


Why, thank you!     
Real Winemaker Comment:

 "Ahhh, the most colorful wine shop in the world..."

  - Micheal Höffken (of Hillinger)   

Our in-Depth, introductory
wine class is in session!

"Vine to Wine"
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)

Tonight, 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 Saint-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.  This intimate dinner is going to sell out very quickly, so call Vin Rouge now to make your reservation.


Tuesday, November 5th at 7:00 pm
$70 (plus tax and tip)
Call Vin Rouge at
for reservations
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!**
**Expanded deli case with cheese and charcuterie plates**
**3 beers and 3 wines on tap at the tasting bar**
More details are soon to follow... 


Attn. Raleigh:
     Yes, we are hiring new employees for our Raleigh store. If you or somebody you know may be interested, please click the link below.
     We are looking for full-time and part-time employees for our Raleigh store which will open this fall. Applicants must be friendly, outgoing, proactive, and funny with strong computer skills, a moderate to full knowledge of wine, and ability to very frequently pick up and carry boxes of wine (weighing 40 pounds) up to 50 yards. Raleigh residents preferred, and regular driving to the Durham store is required, especially this holiday season. Availability to work shifts on any day Sunday through Saturday required. Pay is modest to start, then based on performance. Training begins within two weeks.
Tasty Tuesday!
An Autumn Chill in the Air 

This Tuesday, October 29th, 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!
   Our evenings of late have been punctuated by a crisp autumnal chill and the spicy perfume of drying leaves.  Butternut squash and sweet potato stew, shepherds pie, and other fall-friendly dishes herald that comforting contrast between an impending cold outside and the warmth indoors.  We may notice the first aromas of chimney smoke while walking at night or watch nostalgic horror films in honor of Halloween, knowing that we're safely guarded by freshly carved jack o' lanterns on the front porch. Join us next Tuesday as we celebrate fall and Halloween with three selections whose flavors might as well have been plucked straight from our autumn memories.  Semillon, Cab Franc, and the seldom-spotted Fer Servadou will be the evening's headliners...
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 

  In honor of Halloween...
    Oh dear friends, do we have a spine-tingling tale to tell. We have walked the vineyards of madness, tasted the true grapes of wrath, and plunged our maimed and bleeding hands into the rich, loamy soils...OF DEATH!  In our quest to bring you the most unique estate wines from this world (and the worlds beyond), we have gazed into a swirling maw of pure nightmare. We barely escaped with our lives - and we certainly surrendered our sanity to the void - but we brought something back with us. Five things, in fact. Five wines with stories much too terrible to tell...YET WE WILL TELL THEM!  On the final Saturday before Halloween, join us! But beware...though it is you who swallows the wine, it is the wine that swallows your very soul...

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Gévaudan Blanc?
Mas Bruguiere 

Coteaux du Languedoc Blanc 

"Le Muriers" 2011 

{organic} 80% Roussanne,
20% Marsanne  
(Eastern Languedoc, France)
As undeniably gorgeous as this white Northern Rhone-styled blend is, it comes from the foot of an imposing mountain of solid stone with an even more imposing name: Pic Saint Loup, which kind of translates to "peak of the holy wolf."  Coincidentally (or not), it was within walking distance of these vineyards that the giant wolf-beast of Gévaudan famously terrorized the countryside for six years in the mid 1700s...
  On Sale! $24.99 [Full Description] 

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Chateau de Brézé 

{organic} 100% Chenin Blanc 

 (Middle Loire, France)

Chateau de Breze might already seem a pretty spooky place by moonlight, with its imposing bulk of wicked-looking towers and warren of subterranean tunnels running beneath the estate, but we were shocked to discover that it was the site of a brutal crime. In the late 1970s, Myriam de Dreux Breze (sister of chateau owner Charlotte Marie) was murdered by her nefarious husband, estate groundskeeper Monsieur Pedron. Her ghost apparently haunts the cellar on particularly cold nights. In a grisly footnote, Monsieur Pedron was acquitted for the crime, only to go on to murder his second wife a few years later...

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Stick your neck out for this wine...
Chateau La Grolet
Cotes de Bourg

{biodynamic} 60% Merlot,

20% Cab Franc, 20% Cab Sauv 

 (Bordeaux, France)

During the grisly French revolution, Chateau La Grolet's owner, Elie-Louis Dufaune de Lajarte, was a staunch royalist...up until the point where he was captured by an angry mob and decapitated.  Some say that his headless corpse still stalks the vineyards on moonless nights, watering the vines with aristocratic blood. One could attribute the fierce and vibrant minerality of this wine to this ghastly irrigation, but we know it's mostly due to the fact that the modern-day winemakers at Chateau La Grolet keep the bones of de Lajarte in one of the barriques. They can often be heard in the tasting room, declaring "C'est bien, mais il faut plus de crâne! (It's good, but it needs more skull!)"...

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Walled in by flavor

Amontillado [375ml] 

"La Garrocha" 

{organic} 100% Palomino

(Jerez, Spain)

If we've learned anything from Edgar Allen Poe, it's that the promise of some delicious Amontillado Sherry is enough to blind a man to danger, dull his wits, and ultimately lure him to a horrible death, chained to a wall and buried alive in a dank catacombs. It's called "immurement," and it happens more than one might think. Be very suspicious if a friend offers you a taste of Amontillado, especially if that friend is a sociopathic Italian with a hair-trigger temper. Or just maybe, good Amontillado is worth a horrible death...
  On Sale $13.99 [Full Description]



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The soul's midnight
Bodegas Los Frailes 

Dulce Natural Monastrell 2011

100% Monastrell

(Valencia, Spain)

3:00 am, "the soul's midnight," is that mysterious time during which strange things are most likely to happen and each person's connection to this world (rather than that beyond) becomes most tenuous.  Some say that this is the most unlucky segment of the night, the peak of the "witching hour," and the moment that evil is at its most brazen.  We don't have time to worry about that right now, however.  This wine is simply too delicious...
  $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!]

on the Enomatic:  Enomatic
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


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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