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Visiting Vignerons of the Loire:
Next week's Tasty Tuesday and Vin Rouge Dinner!
In This Issue:
We're hiring in Raleigh
- Tasty Tuesday: Guest Vignerons of the Loire!
- Saturday Tasting: Hang a Left at Bordeaux
Happy Halloween!
    Happy Halloween everybody! We've had a fun week of terrifyingly delicious wine tastings, grisly decorations, and general spooky buffoonery. But today is the real deal, y'all! All Hallows Eve! Tonight is the night for children of all ages and weird candy-seeking adults to join the ghouls and monsters of this world for an evening of tricks and treats. In England, where they go totally crazy on Halloween, tonight is the night to bob for apples and carve jack-o'-lanterns out of turnips.
  In other news... 
"Let's Do the Time Warp Again" 
   And this weekend, it's time to defy the very laws of space and time by setting our clocks back an hour in accordance with bafflingly archaic agricultural traditions! So if you're knocking on the door on Sunday and no one is here, just wait an hour. Along with this annual timefoolery, many of us traditionally celebrate the decidedly non-threatening month of November with another beloved holiday.


Why, thank you!     
Real Customer Comment:

 "I love coming here!  Everyone knows what
the heck they're talking about!"

  -  Janice P.      

Vin Rouge Wine 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.


This 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!
Visiting Vignerons of the Loire
This Tuesday, November 5th, we present our FREE midweek wine tasting.  Every Tuesday is tasty!
  5:00 - 6:45 pm
   At our upcoming Tasty Tuesday, we welcome special Loire Valley guests Jerome Choblet (meting out his masterful Muscadet) and Arnaud Lambert (with samples of his sumptuous Saumur).  These talented guys are responsible for some of our favorite offerings year round, and they're especially appropriate right now!  As oyster season has just begun, Jerome's chiseled, minerally whites are in high demand.  Arnaud's Cabernet Francs remind us of the spicy perfume of autumn leaves and are excellent companions for the hearty stews that we love as cooler weather gains ground.
   Following this free tasting, Arnaud's and Jerome's wines will be starring in an exquisite Loire-themed dinner at Vin Rouge.  Check out the details (and reservation information) above! 
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 

 "Hang a Left at Bordeaux!"
Wines of Graves and the Médoc
    This week, we're chartering a vessel and setting northward from the banks of the Garonne River, following it upstream into the Gironde (and practically all the way to its Atlantic mouth).  Of course, we'll be sampling wines from the famous "Left Bank" appellations along the way.  Beginning in Graves, traditionally home to Bordeaux's best-known whites, we'll find a crisp Sauvignon Blanc-driven blend filled with bright citrus and characteristic minerality.  Next, we'll reach the borders of Pessac-Léognan and encounter a stoney red which ranks among the best Bordelais values year in and year out.  From here, we'll focus our attention to the southern and northern extremes of the Haut Médoc (namely Margaux and Saint-Estèphe) for prime examples of the region's bold Cabernet Sauvignon-centric reds Miss this, and you'll feel left out...

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Magneau Blanc
Chateau Magneau 

Graves Blanc 2011

{sustainable} 45% Sauvignon Blanc,
45% Semillon, 10% Muscadelle   
(Graves, Bordeaux)
The estate goes back to 1400 AD (the times of Henry IV) and is, today, owned by the Ardurats family. With a mere 40 hectares of vines, and just 25 of them planted to white varietals in the gravelly soil for which the region of Graves is named...
  On Sale! $15.99 [Full Description] 

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Chateau Lusseau
Graves Rouge 2010
"Cuvée Berengere" 

{organic} 65% Merlot, 35% Cab Sauv 

 (Graves, Bordeaux)

Just 7 hectares of gravely, clay soil vineyards, this estate is tiny and part of the family since the 1800s. High density plantings and short pruning concentrate and focus the flavors in the wine. Final hand-harvesting ensures quality in the bottle. Berengere is the young woman winemaker creating a...

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Barraillots Margaux
Chateau Barraillots
Margaux 2010 

55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot,

15% Cab Franc & Petit Verdot 

(Médoc, Bordeaux)

Textbook Margaux! Subtly perfumed, and simultaneously supple and firm. This is the classic style of Bordeaux with perfect balance and a long, long finish. Margaux is in the Medoc region most renowned for tasting like "classy Bordeaux." Les Barraillots is the kind of wine that would make your British friend say...

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Bel Air Saint-Estephe
Chateau Bel Air

Saint-Estèphe 2009

65% Cabernet Sauvignon,

30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc

(Médoc, Bordeaux)

Representing the northernmost commune of Bordeaux's Cab-centric Haut-Médoc, this powerful red is symbolic of all the strengths upon which the region has built its reputation. Sternly-constitutioned and brimming with generous black fruit, chocolate, coffee, and a silken, clay-like minerality, this very serious wine still clearly knows how to have a good time...
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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):


Bodega La Soterraña 


$11.99 on sale


Pas Saint Martin 

Saumur Blanc

"La Pierre Frite" 

$15.99 on sale


Anne Amie 

Pinot Blanc

$19.99 on sale

Domaine Daulny

Sancerre Rosé 

$25.99 on sale


Reds (65˚F):


Pietra Santa

Cabernet Sauvignon 

$16.99 on sale


Cascina Barisel 

Monferrato Dolcetto 

$13.99 on sale


Lua Cheia 



$14.99 on sale



$19.99 on sale








Cabernet Sauvignon 

$11.99 on sale

Hook & Ladder 

Pinot Noir 

$23.99 on sale


Laurent Combier 

Crozes Hermitage 

"Cuvée L" 

 $23.99 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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