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Happy Holidays! 
Next Week: Sustain-a-Bull Sale! 
In This Issue:
- Tasty Tuesday: Holiday Party Wines
- Saturday Tasting: "A Jump on the Holidays"
Happy Thanksgivukkah!
   For the first time in several lifetimes, Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah occur on the same day. We've done our research and been able to confirm that this won't happen again for 77,798 years! Happy Thanksgivukkah, everybody!
   One thing that you shouldn't have to wait 77,798 years for is the annual Sustain-a-Bull Sale, which kicks off on Saturday with a tasting of superb holiday wines.  All Wine Authorities Selections (The 100+ wines that we've brought directly to the Triangle) will be 20% off throughout the week! It's hard to put into words just how thankful we are for our topnotch customers and the great city of Durham, This sale is just a small token of our gratitude and love!
   Every year, following Thanksgiving, Sustain-a-Bull celebrates Durham's many great independent businesses with "Shop Independent Durham Week."  Have a look at the organization's website for more information on the stores involved and related sales! Here's to another great year in the Bull City (as well as Wine Authorities' very first year down the road in The Capitol)!
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Chag Sameach!


   Just in time for this year's early Hanukkah, a great lineup of Kosher wines is ready and waiting to join you in your festivities.  Some of these are entirely new to our shop, so come and check them out today! 

  • 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
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 (now almost sold out) 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 


Why, thank you!     
Real Customer Comment:

 "I had friends from France stay with us this summer, and they said that this is a better wine store than the ones in Paris."

  -  Katherine T.       

Turkey Day
is Here!

(With our Thanksgiving Display)

   The writing is on the wall (along with a bit of the stuffing).  Thanksgiving is tomorrow, 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!
Holiday Party Wines
This Tuesday, December 3rd, we present our FREE midweek wine tasting.  Every Tuesday is tasty!
  5:00 - 7:00 pm

   Here's our advice this holiday season: throw a party. When your friends ask, "what can I bring?" simply reply that they can grab something from Wine Authorities. Voila! Your cellar will be full through January.
   Of course, it works both ways. If you find yourself with a busy holiday social schedule, do your wallet a favor by picking up a few of our specially selected party wines. We've partied extremely hard, under rigorous and exhausting conditions, to bring you three wines that maximize tasty fun while minimizing cost. On Tuesday, come taste a luscious Portuguese white, an easy-drinking Tempranillo from Spain's Navarra region, and for the true dedicated partier, a 3 liter box of the perennial favorite, Provence's "Venus Rouge." All under $10 per bottle, so the wine can flow like...well...wine.
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 

"A Jump on the Holidays" 
    This week, we're taking holiday planning by the reigns and showcasing four tremendous gift ideas and/or celebratory indulgences at our Saturday tasting.   We'll begin with our newest arrival from Champagne - a bright and super-lively sparkler from bubbly's true capital which is truly affordable. Next, we'll go west (life is peaceful there, after all) for a Russian River Chardonnay which brings all the boldness for which Cali Chards have become famous with a balance that few can scarcely imagine.  Our two reds hail from Italy's Piemonte and France's Middle Loire, featuring the rich and regal Nebbiolo and Cabernet Franc grapes.  Not one of these selections has ever before been featured at one of our tastings, so join us and get geared up for the most festive stretch of the year!

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Collon Champagne
Michel Collon

Champagne Brut

40% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier,
20% Chardonnay    
(Champagne, France)
From Champagne's southeastern outpost of Aube comes this lively bubbly of crystalline clarity. Youthfully bright golden fruit and pristine minerality like that of a hidden mountain stream carry the sumptuously subtle biscuity notes that...
  On Sale! $29.99 [Full Description] 

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Porter Bass
Chardonnay 2009 

{biodynamic} 100% Chardonnay  

 (Russian River, California)

Tucked in a small bucolic dell in the Russian River Valley just nine miles from the Pacific Ocean, the entire Porter-Bass estate has only 17 acres under vine. The other 48 acres of protective forest surround the vineyard, and help winemaker Luke Bass achieve a humming biodynamic oasis. Luke's parents raised him on this land, and he honors them with the busy bee (Mom) and musical grasshopper (Dad) on...

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Poderi Elia
Nebbiolo 2011

100% Nebbiolo  

(Piemonte, Italy)

Ruby-black in the glass, this bold red layers the high-toned personality for which youthful examples of Nebbiolo are famous with a rounder depth comprised of sweet pipe tobacco nuances and a vanilla-like voluptuousness...

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Domaine Saint-Just 

Saumur-Champigny 2010

"Montée des Roches" 

{organic} 100% Cabernet Franc 

(Middle Loire, France)

Like a heart-poundingly beautiful woman in an exquisite dress executing a perfect rappel down the side of Mont Blanc, this wine is elegance in action. Perfectly ripe red and black fruit just kissed with deeply expressive floral perfume and clean, cool stone. Montée des Roches means "climbing the rocks"...
  On Sale $34.99 [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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