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We're up to our ears in holiday cheer!
In This Issue:
- Tasty Tuesday: Mature & Masterful
- Saturday Tasting: Top Holiday Picks (Pt. 1)
Introducing 2013's

Holiday Picks!

   It's the coziest time of the year here at Wine Authorities  because our Holiday Display is up and spreading warm, fuzzy vibes and good cheer just all over the place. Instead of an artificial bottle tree, this year we've opted for a fresh one. It's local too, straight from the picturesque bottle fields of Northern Durham County. We've also been blessed with our best ever chalkboard, featuring a polyamorous glass of rosé dancing with salami and robustly fragrant cheese while what appears to be a drunk baguette photobombs the scene.  
   Oh, and it's chock-a-block with amazing wines! Festive bubblies, exotic whites, rich reds and more. Come see us for a quick dose of peace on earth and goodwill toward all. 
Holiday Gift Wrap
     Nothing is more fun to unwrap than a bottle of delicious farmer-produced wine, and we have our team of highly skilled wrapping specialists at the ready to put a special touch on your gift bottles!
  • Four or fewer, we can wrap on the spot
  • Five or more can be picked up the next day
   Descriptions are included!  Gift certificates and Enomatic cards make sublime stocking stuffers as well!

Cheese for Dessert!
Rush Creek!  
    When it comes to seasonal cheese, Uplands Cheese Company in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, makes two of the finest examples, Pleasant Ridge Reserve and Rush Creek Reserve. Uplands is a farmstead dairy, meaning they make their cheeses with milk only from their own cows. Sounds familiar, huh? Estate wines, farmstead cheese. Andy Hatch makes excellent use of the richer autumn and winter's milk in the "Rush Creek Reserve," which he models after the legendary Vacherin Mont d'Or (a cheese that marks the holiday season just as much as mistletoe or eggnog). This is a 12 oz washed rind wheel wrapped in spruce bark that oozes with sweet, woodsy goodness - the kind of cheese you eat with a spoon! An exceptionally rare treat, this is perfect for the holidays! 
  • Only EIGHT Available! 
  • $26.99/wheel

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! 

The Nouveau selections:

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


Why, thank you!     
Real Customer Comment:

 "Festive and artistic!"
(regarding our signature gift-wrapping) 

  -  Larry C.       

Very, very soon in the 
    Land of Raleigh...  
    Take your gowns and tuxedos to the dry cleaners - or at least hunt for your best jean shorts and relatively intact flip-flops - because there is almost a new Wine Authorities in this land, and we could not be more proud or excited. It's been months in the making, but the racks are soon to be full, the Enomatic is preparing to flow, and the staff is ready to help you pick out some perfect estate wines. We're not quite ready to throw open the doors, but the opening of Wine Authorities Raleigh at 211 E Franklin St. is imminent, and when it happens, we want you to come party with us. Check our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates on the exact moment that we'll be opening our doors to the public (it may very well be this weekend), and get ready!

Brand New for the Raleigh Location: 
**24 wines on tap with our space age Enomatic wine dispensing machines!**
**Expanded deli case with cheese and charcuterie plates**
**3-6 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**
**Giant projector screen for classes and events**
**Open later hours Friday and Saturday**
**Fresh baked bread from Yellow Dog Baking**

   Meanwhile in Durham, the original store will remain unchanged (except for continuously and unfailingly getting even more awesome, of course!) and occupied by the same amazing staff that you've come to know and trust. 

Great for Gatherings:

Boxes of Wine!

   We currently have plenty of boxed wines to place beneath any decorated trees that might suddenly show up in your homes.  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 back in in stock is southern Portugal's energetically tropical white, "Alandra"! 


  • Apaltagua - Sauvignon Blanc "Gran Verano" 2013  $29.99 - NEW! 
  • 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!!


Tasty Tuesday!
"Mature & Masterful"
This Tuesday, December 17th, we present our FREE midweek wine tasting.  Every Tuesday is tasty!
  5:00 - 7:00 pm 

Great Gift Wines Aging Gracefully 
   Holiday gifts are ephemeral. What seems shiny and new in the firelit glow of the season is often just another thing come February. It's important to strike the balance between instant gratification and enduring appreciation.
   Wines are often the same way, which is why they make such great gifts. There's the initial excitement of receiving a great bottle, the anticipation of popping the cork, and the afterglow of pleasure when the last drop is gone. A gift of wine is the gift of a singular experience.
   Which is why we're presenting three magnificent wines for your tasting (and gifting) pleasure this Tuesday. All three have matured over the past decade to a point of blissful perfection.  Expect surprises from 2001, 2002, and 2003! 
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:  

Tree & Gifts
   Sure, silver and gold are plenty nice, but at this week's tasting, we've got red, pink, and both shades of white (still and sparkling) to share in anticipation of the holiday gift-givings and parties that populate this stretch of the year.  Festive, food-friendly, and boldly bursting with a brand of cheery holiday potential that could leave even The Yule Log a bit envious, these four wines are as timely as they are tasty!  We'll begin with the babbling brook of festive refreshment that is Italy's most famous bubbly, Prosecco.  Next, we'll turn our sights to Provence for a December-ific rosé that provides an excellent companion for the season's often heavy hors d'oeuvres-heavy parties.  The third and fourth wines are indulgent masterpieces from Burgundy and the Rhone that won't break the bank.  Season's greetings!

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Treviso Brut

Prosecco Brut


100% Glera 
(Veneto, Italy)

Prosecco / Glera, a Venetian grape associated almost exclusively with sparkling (and semi-sparkling) wines has captured the hearts and tongues of wine-drinkers the world over. Originating from a single contiguous hillside vineyard...
  On Sale! $13.99 [Full Description] 

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Pinchinat Rosé
Domaine Pinchinat 
Cotes de Provence Rosé 2012

{organic} Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault 

(Provence, France)

Served cold, this goes down easily (and very quickly) just as it would in the land where it's made. Picture this: you, your love, and your closest friends around a small table with a saffron table cloth. It's dusk. Cool breezes relieve the...

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Gandines Viré Clessé
Domaine Gandines 
Viré Clessé 2011 

{organic} 100% Chardonnay 

(Burgundy, France)

Organic since 1979 (certified in 2006), this 4th generation tiny estate makes truly amazing white Burgundy from chardonnay vines up to 90 years old. Robert Dananchet and his son Benjamin are making rich but balanced...

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Mas de Libian 

Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2012


{biodynamic} 80% Grenache,

10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre

(Southern Rhone, France)

"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 the 12th century Persian poet and philosopher, and its exotic perfume of...
  On Sale $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):


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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