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Happy Holidays!
In This Issue:
- Tasty Tuesday: Gifting's 11th Hour
Happy Holidays
from your friends at
Wine Authorities!
    We at your friendly neighborhood Wine Authorities want to wish all of our customers in the Triangle and beyond a very happy holiday season and the beginnings of a great 2014!  Thanks for sharing this past year with us and inviting us to share, once again, our enthusiasm for gorgeous farmer-produced wines and passion for our community with all of you!
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 Hours:
Closed Holiday Sign
We will be closing early (at 5pm) on Christmas Eve, Tuesday December 24th and will remain closed through December 25th & 26th, reopening with our regular hours on Friday, the 27th. 

We will keep our regularly scheduled hours on 
New Year's eve (10am-7pm) and will be 
closed on January 1st, 2nd, & 3rd.
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:

 "This is why it's so great to shop here!
You really can't go wrong."  

  -  Elizabeth V.       

Very, 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!
"The 11th Hour"
This Tuesday, December 24th, we present our FREE midweek wine tasting.  Every Tuesday is tasty!
  3:00 - 5:00 pm 
Last minute gift wines
(and more) for the holidays!
   The "eleventh hour" might frequently have somewhat ominous connotations, but not today!  It's actually cause for celebration because we're going to help you escape unscathed from your procrastinatory inclinations.  It's as if you'll be rewarded for waiting until the last minute, and no one will ever be the wiser!  Join us this Tuesday (Christmas Eve!) as we taste three tremendously gift-friendly wine offerings as well as a couple of chocolate bars and other goodies.  Our lovely new blue totes will be standing by for you to fill and give away.  They make the perfect stockings!
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!

Holiday Selections Part 2: 
Winter's Cheers

This Saturday's tasting is the last before Christmas and also falls on the first day of winter!  We'll kick it off with Champagne!  From there, three bold reds are waiting to help usher in the spirit of the season.  Our newest arrival from the Southern Rhone is a rich Chateauneuf-du-Pape understudy from just across the Rhone river.  Next, we'll follow the Garnacha grape back to its birthplace in northern Spain's Aragon region for a Joven that is every bit as sumptuous as it is youthfully intense.  The final arrival is the first "Wine Authorities Selection" from California, a Cabernet Sauvignon courtesy of Sonoma's Tre Ricci.  Join us on Saturday and cuddle up with these comforting and gift-friendly reds!

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Dumont Champagne
R. Dumont 

Champagne Brut


80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay  
(Champagne, France)
In the southern region of Champagne called the Aube we find two Dumont brothers still working the vines they way their family has for over 200 years. The unique soils of this area are kimmeridgian chalky clay, similar to Chablis. The soft mousse and delicate aromas of roasted nut are the...
  On Sale! $32.99 [Full Description] 

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Amido Lirac
Domaine Amido
Lirac 2012

60% Grenache, 30% Syrah,

10% Mourvedre  

(Southern Rhone, France)

Just north of Tavel and across the Rhone river from Chateauneuf du Pape, Lirac remains less known than its neighbors while producing wines whose personalities are famously similar to both. Domaine Amido regales us with this concentrated, youthful, and lavishly perfumed...

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Garnacha 2012

{organic} 100% Garnacha  

(Aragon, Spain)

The Yago Aznar family continues a long history of respectful farming practices and viticultural sensibilities, evident in their organic "Terrae" wines. Their old vine garnacha grapes ripen on the arid plains where Zaragoza, Teruel, and Bajo Aragón meet...

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Tre Ricci 

Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Cabernet Sauvignon 

(Sonoma, California)

Our first Californian direct import! Not sure how that works? Neither are we, but it's a Wine Authorities selection all the way, and what a beautiful benchmark to set! This is a knockout cabernet showing rich black                                 fruit, creamy oak, and just a hint of...
  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
in Durham:
Here's what's on tap, subject to change on a whim or fancy

Whites (48˚F):


Bodegas Los Frailes 

"Blanc de Trilogia" 

$16.99 on sale


Domaine Gandines

Viré Clessé

$24.99 on sale


Domaine Herbauges 


"Moulin d'Argent" 

$11.99 on sale

Domaine Pinchinat

Cotes de Provence Rosé 

$13.99 on sale


Reds (65˚F):


Eric de Suremain 

Rully Rouge 1er Cru  

$29.99 on sale


Mas de Libian 

Cotes du Rhone


$19.99 on sale


Chateau Peybrun 

Cadillac Rouge 

$19.99 on sale


Garnacha Joven

$10.99 on sale


Poderi Elia 





Chateau Jouclary 


$11.99 on sale

Domaine Largeot

Bourgogne Rouge 

$19.99 on sale


Tre Ricci 

Cabernet Sauvignon  

 $29.99 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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