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Le Beaujolais Nouveau est Arrivé!
& Thanksgiving Festivities are in Full Swing
In This Issue:
- Tasty Tuesday: Alternative Turkey Wines
- Saturday Tasting: Thanksgiving Selections (part 2)
Today is the 3rd Thursday 
  in November, which means...
Nouveau NV
Est Arrivé!
   The time has come again to embrace wine's eternal symbol of youth and renewal.  Every year on the third Thursday of November, the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau heralds the completion of (virtually all) grape harvests throughout Europe.  In fact, it tends to be the first commercially available wine of the year from anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere!
   This year, we're especially excited  about the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau because we've gotten our hands on not one, not two, but three (!) different offerings including a very limited rosé which is brand new to the store. 

The Nouveau selections:

  • Domaine Vissoux - Beaujolais Nouveau "Pierre Chermette" 2013  $14.99
  • Domaine Vissoux - Beaujolais Nouveau Rosé 2013  $14.99
  • Domaine Vissoux - Beaujolais Nouveau "Vieilles Vignes" 2013  $15.99


Totes Totes!

   Check out our new totes! {totes} Awesome, right? And they are only $2.99, which is, like, {totes} a good deal. They {totes} have our logo and stuff, and our slogan, "Wines from farmers, not factories," is on the back so you can {totes} show your support for, like, estate wines! Yay! 


New Food!

  Just in time for the holidays, some truly incredible edibles are all up in the house!  We've got oozing cheeses, tasty coffees, rich local chocolates, and a brand new bacon that imbues everything it touches with a smoky pork essence that makes the world a better place. Stock up!
  • Toast Paninoteca (yes, Durham's own!) - "A Most Delicious" Red Wine Vinaigrette  $7.50 per 500 ml bottle 
  • Benton's Country - Hickory Smoked Country Bacon  $13.99  per 16oz package 
  • Big Spoon Roasters - Mission Almond Nut Butter  $11.99 per 8oz jar 
  • Cabot / Jasper Hill - Clothbound Cheddar $23.99 per lb
  • Wiebe Dairy - Cottonwood River Cheddar  $16.99 per lb 
  • Rogue Creamery - Caveman Blue  $29.99 per lb 
  • Point Reyes - Bay Blue $24.99 per lb. 
  • Uplands Cheese Co. - Pleasant Ridge Reserve (it's back!) $28.99 per lb

Coming the last week of December:

  • Uplands Cheese Co. - Rush Creek Reserve  26.99 per 12oz wheel (limited to four wheels!

Bloody Mary Mixes for Holiday Hangovers:

  • Charleston - Bold & Spicy Mix (8oz)  $3.99 
  • Charleston - Bold & Spicy Mix (32oz)  $8.99  



Chag Sameach!


   Just in time for this year's early Hanukkah, we're very happy to reveal a great lineup of Kosher wines - some of which are entirely new to the store. 

  • Barkan - Sauvignong Blanc "Classic" 2011  Andulam, Israel  $14.99
  • Tishbi Estate - Chardonnay 2010  Zichron Yaakov, Israel  $24.99
  • Tishbi Estate - Cabernet / Syrah 2011  Shomron, Israel  $19.99
  • Tishbi Estate - Brut 2009  Shomron, Israel  $32.99  


Why, thank you!     
Real Customer Comment:

 "This was great!  You all really made
it an experience!"

  -  Christine A.       

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
  • Terrabianca  - Dolcetto d'Alba "Brichet" 2011  $16.99
  • Hacienda Villarta - Mentrida Crianza "Besanas" 2009  $11.99
  • Paraiso - Pinot Noir 2010  $19.99
  • Eric de Suremain - Rully Rouge 1er Cru "Preaux" 2007  $29.99  
(All Thanksgiving Display wines eligible for our 20%
Just in Case™ discount on UNMIXED cases) 



Also Great for Gatherings:

Boxes of Wine!

   We currently have in stock enough boxed wines to fill the mayflower!  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.  Just in time for Thanksgiving, southern Portugal's energetically tropical white "Alandra" has also returned! 
  • Heredade do Esporão - Branco "Alandra" NV  $24.99 
  • 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!]

And behold our glorious box discounts!

  • 2 Boxes: 10% Off!
  • 3 Boxes: 15% Off!!
  • 4 Boxes: 20% Off!!!
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...


Tasty Tuesday!
Alternative Turkey Wines
This Tuesday, November 26th, we present our FREE midweek wine tasting.  Every Tuesday is tasty!
  5:00 - 7:00 pm
Alternative Turkey
 About a bird...
or not?
   Whether or not your Thanksgiving is poised to revolve around the goliath guest of honor that Benjamin Franklin envisioned as our national mascot, we have the perfect wines for the feast.  Versatility is the key (due to all the odd, sometimes mismatched dishes that we've somehow agreed should be served together)!
   Join us at this week's Tasty Tuesday as we feature three champions of versatility and food-friendliness.  A great Gewürztraminer from Oregon will get us started with its exotic perfume and the balancing acidity to back it up.  Next, we'll reveal a three-liter box of bountiful Barbera - tremendously chummy with all sorts of meals and in a format that provides (almost) enough for the whole family!  Our final wine is Ariana Occhipinti's beautiful "Il Frappato" - as fun and as elegant a companion for Thanksgiving fare as one could possibly want! 
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 

The Wine Authorities
Guide to Thanksgiving
(Part 2)
    If you regularly follow this newsletter, you may have noticed a distinct tone of sardonic detachment - cynicism even - when it comes to the various tropes and traditions of the holidays. Like many, we tend to depict these times as a gravy drenched, sweater-clad blur of enforced gluttony and togetherness. But this ironic detachment is an act to hide the warm, fuzzy, sentimental creatures that we are at heart.
    We love thanksgiving. We love spending time with family and stuffing our faces until floor prostration is an inevitable end. But we especially love breaking out the good stuff, the truly special, head-swimmingly grand wines of the season. So come down this Saturday and taste a few treasures with us. We are happy to share.

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Freudenreich Cremant
Cave Freudenreich 

Cremant d'Alsace Brut 

{sustainable} Pinot Blanc,
Pinot Noir, Riesling   
(Alsace, France)
From Alsace, quite possibly the origin of France's most haunting and ephemeral whites, comes this intensely flavorful and bright Cremant. Striking a very satisfying balance between powerfully tangy fruit and complex floral...
  On Sale! $19.99 [Full Description] 

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Weingut Michlits 
Pinot Gris 2011

{biodynamic} Pinot Gris 

 (Burgenland, Austria)

Werner and Angela run the wine side of the family farm using natural, biodynamic methods. This Pinot Gris is produced in a unique method of NEVER pruning the vines. "Graupert" is German for uncombed hair and one look at these wildly growing vines makes one want to...

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Paraiso Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir 2010 

100% Pinot Noir 

(Santa Lucia Highlands, California)

The Smith family has maintained their course in central California producing very California style wines for two generations. They are largely responsible for the Monterey region's rise to prominence and started out as grape farmers for many famous producers. This Pinot is...

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Suremain Rully Rouge
Eric de Suremain  

Rully Rouge 1er Cru 2007


{biodynamic} 100% Pinot Noir 

(Central Burgundy, France)

Although better renowned for its white wines, Rully produces incredible reds in warmer years. Eric works the soil of this single vineyard biodynamically, and you can taste the vibrant life and soul in this wine. This is what fine red Burgundy is...
  On Sale $29.99 [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):


Cave Freudenreich 


$14.99 on sale


Domaine Gandines 

Viré Clessé 

$24.99 on sale


Weingut Michlits 

Pinot Gris


$18.99 on sale

Domaine Gourron

Chinon Rosé 

$15.99 on sale


Reds (65˚F):


Eric de Suremain 

Rully Rouge 1er Cru  

$29.99 on sale


Domaine Plageoles  


$19.99 on sale


Hook & Ladder 


$23.99 on sale


Burgenland Red 

$13.99 on sale


Domaine Jacky Piret 


"La Combe" 




Pinot Noir   

$19.99 on sale

Domaine Largeot 

Bourgogne Rouge 

$19.99 on sale



"Il Frappato" 

 $34.99 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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