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Ardently Ardèche: Mas de Libian
Taste the Passions of the Rhone this Saturday!
In This Issue:
We're hiring in Raleigh
- Tasty Tuesday: Kickin' it Eastside!
- Saturday Tasting: The Rhone's Mas de Libian
Boxing Day 
   No need to wait until December 26th, 'cuz Boxing Day is HERE!  We were surveying our shelves, contemplating the beauty of Bag-in-Box wines, when all of a sudden, what can only be described as a boxcar's worth of boxes appeared before our very eyes! It was like the Great Wall of China - only each brick was actually a box filled with DuPont-tested, NASA-approved mylar satchels of wine. We were boxed in! By boxes! 

   It might not have gone down quite as described, but we have a bunch of boxed wines in stock. This is the point that we're trying to make...
   Old favorites like Domaine Le Garrigon's famous Vin de Méditerranée,  Domaine Pinchinat's Venus Rouge, and Eric Texier's fabulous "Chat Fou" are unarguably all up in the house, but we're most excited about the new additions to our 3 liter menagerie.  Daniel Couston of Domaine Le Garrigon has finally acquiesced and sent us BiBs (short for "Bag in Box") of his Cotes du Rhone. And in a crazy bolt-from-the-blue Box event, Carussin has sent us their delicious Barbera d'Asti in a very nice-looking box. Look for the box with the donkey on it, or as we are calling it, the Boxdonkeydonk. 
  • Domaine Le Garrigon - Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2012  $34.99 [3L]  
  • Domaine Le Garrigon - Vin de Méditerranée 2011  $29.99 [3L
  • Carussin - Barbera d'Asti "Asinoi" 2012  $34.99 [3L]
  • Domaine Pinchinat - Venus de Pinchinat Rouge 2012  $29.99 [3L]
  • Eric Texier - Cotes du Rhone Rouge "Chat Fou"  2011 $94.99 [5L!


Why, thank you!     
Real Customer Comment:

 "OMG!  Loved you all when I lived in Durham!
Where will the Raleigh store be??"

  -  Monica M. (via Facebook)      

Turkey Day 
is on its way!

(With our Thanksgiving Display)

   The writing is on the wall (along with a bit of the stuffing).  Thanksgiving is just around the bend, and it provides us with not only some of our favorite encounters with family and friends but also opportunities for adventurous wine pairings with zany foods that the founders of this country somehow decided should be served together in order to celebrate the extent to which people weren't going hungry!  This year's Turkey Day treasure trove currently includes:
  • Cave Freudenreich - "Edelzwicker" [1L!] 2012  $14.99
  • Cave Freudenreich - Cremant d'Alsace  $19.99
  • Domaine Gandines - Viré-Clessé 2011  $24.99
  • Domaine Gouron - Chinon Rosé 2012  $15.99
  • Steininger - Grüner Veltliner Sekt 2010  $29.99  
  • Michlits - Pinot Gris "Graupert" 2011  $17.99
  • Michlits - "Burgenland Red" 2011  $13.99
  • Hacienda Villarta - Mentrida Crianza "Besanas" 2009  $11.99
  • Paraiso - Pinot Noir 2010  $19.99
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**
**16ft wide bifold front window opens up on lovely days**
**Boules (petanque) out back**
**Cafe seating out front**
**3x more beer**
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!
"Kickin' it Eastside" 
This Tuesday, November 12th, we present our FREE midweek wine tasting.  Every Tuesday is tasty!
  5:00 - 7:00 pm
   Many beloved beverages have their origins on the East Coast of the United States: Moonshine, Cheerwine, Dr. Brown's (indescribably awful) "Cel-Ray" Celery-Flavored Soda, just to name a few.  But recently we've seen a renaissance in Eastern adult beverages which can proudly run with the best in the world while resolutely refusing to cause blindness, rotten teeth, or projectile vomiting... and no, we're definitely not referencing the Midwest's Four Loko (which can, in fact, cause all three).
  This Tuesday, we're celebrating the wonderful winemakers and brewers that choose to make their home right here in Eastern Standard Time. Join us on Tuesday as we taste a beautiful Riesling from the Finger Lakes of New York, a rustically comely Nebbiolo from NC's own Grove Winery, and a delicious bourbon barrel stout from Durham's own Fullsteam brewery. Kick it east side, yo!
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 

Mas de Libian: Ardently Ardèche
(A Wine Authorities Selection) 
    This week, we venture to the home of a producer which is equally iconoclastic and respectful of history.  Mas de Libian is one of our absolute favorites - a family of impassioned Rhone vignerons whose sense of agricultural responsibility is matched by its quest for quality.  The Thibon family has farmed its vineyards for three and a half centuries and was brought into the modern age by husband and wife Jean- Pierre and Jacqueline.  Today, two of their daughters, Hélène (pictured below) and Catherine (pictured above with Nestor the Horse), have taken the reigns and continued the passion and philosophy of their parents' keenly naturalistic approach.  Join us this Saturday as we celebrate the newest vintages of four of their awe-inspiring works.  Mais oui!

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Mas de Libian 

Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2012

"Cave Vinum" 

{biodynamic} 45% Viognier,
35% Roussanne, 20% Clairette 
(Southern Ardèche, Rhone Valley)
The soeurs Thibon of Mas de Libian are as thoughtful about naming their wines as they are about creating them. For this white offering, they play on the "cave canem" ("beware of the dog") signs that were...
  On Sale! $19.99 [Full Description] 

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Mas de Libian 
Graves Rouge 2012
"Bout d'Zan" 

{biodynamic} 80% Grenache,

20% Syrah 

 (Southern Ardèche, Rhone Valley)

This firm and elegantly structured Cotes-du-Rhone features many of the hallmarks of the more famous Gigondas and Cairanne regions nearby. Taking its title from the childhood nickname of Jean-Pierre Thibon, Libian's patriarch and father to the sisters who currently manage the estate, the...

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Mas de Libian 
Cotes du Rhone 2012

{biodynamic} 80% Grenache,

10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre 

(Southern Ardèche, Rhone Valley)

"Drink wine. This is life eternal," famously wrote the ever beauty-seeking Omar Khayyam, and 800 years later, his attitudes and observations resound with timelessness. The Thibon sisters of Mas de Libian have named this delicious cuvée after...

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Mas de Libian 

Cotes du Rhone 2012

"La Calade" 

{biodynamic} 90% Mourvedre,

10% Grenache 

(Southern Ardèche, Rhone Valley)

A cuvée made precious as much by its exoticism as its rarity, "La Calade" takes its name from the prized stoney soil of one of the finest growing sites in the Southern Rhone. Showcasing a decidedly elegant side of the monstrous Mourvedre grape, this wine resonates with dense purple energy, enchanted wildness, and...
  On Sale $39.99 [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):


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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