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Happy New Year!
In This Issue:
- Tasty Tuesday: New Year Bubbly on... New Year's Eve!
- Saturday Tasting: Spectacular Sparklers
We've got an ocean's worth 
of beautiful bubbly to ring in 2014! 
     2014 is just days away, and with the changing of years, we have the tendency to reflect on the past, look to the future, and drink lots and lots of sparkling wine!  This new year heralds a new era for us at Wine Authorities as we prepare our second store for its imminent opening.  We'd like to wish our fantastic friends and customers a very happy transition into 2014.  May all your New Year's dreams come true!
     Whether or not you plan to tune in at midnight and watch the ball drop in Times Square, it's essential not to drop the ball on great bubbly when ringing in the New Year.  We're stocked up with sparklers of all shapes, sizes, and colors from around the world.  In addition to featuring four of our favorites at this week's free Saturday tasting, we'd like to take a moment here to present you with some great spritzy and sparkling ideas to consider for your festive New Year's toasts and tipple.  Click on any of the beloved bubblies below for more information.

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"La Creme de la Creme"

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

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:

 "We live in San Francisco, and we don't have a wine store nearly as good as Wine Authorities."  

  -  Jim M.       

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. 

Perfect Post-Holiday

Budget Recovery:

Boxes of Wine!

  Chase away the post-holiday budgeting blues with our unprecedentedly extensive selection of boxed wines!  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!
New Year's Eve
Sparkling Selections 
This Tuesday, December 31th, we present our FREE midweek wine tasting.  Every Tuesday is tasty!
  5:00 - 7:00 pm 
   Our next Tasty Tuesday falls happily on New Year's Eve, so we've prepared some bubbly previews and practice toasts to kick off sparkling wine's starring evening.  Join us for Prosecco, Champagne, Moscato d'Asti, and spritzy Austrian rosé made from Pinot Noir.  
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!

Celebrate the New Year,  
Celebrate Sparkling! 
Champagne Popping
The New Year provides us with the perfect excuse to indulge in delicious sparkling wines, but bubbly itself is every bit as much a cause for celebration as the occasions that inspire us to break it out.  This Saturday, we present a few of our favorite faces from the varied world of sparkling wine. Oh yes, there'll be Cava, Cremant, Champagne, and a spritzy pink delight which represents the ancestral style of bubbly that actually started it all - refreshing, rich, and resplendently festive from the very first sip. Cheers!!!

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Mas Codina Cava Brut Reserva
Mas Codina

Cava Brut

50% Macabeu, 35% Xarel-lo
10% Chardonnay, 5% Pinot Noir 
(Penedès, Spain)
On the last day of a recent trip to Spain, we found this lovely small winery on a "down-low" tip from one of the owners of the top quality estate of this entire region. It ended up being a fantastic find for us. This bubbly has soul, freshness, complexity...
  On Sale! $11.99 [Full Description] 

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Tripoz Cremant
Domaine Tripoz
Cremant de Bourgogne

{biodynamic} 100% Chardonnay

(Southern Burgundy, France)


This micro-production cremant is crafted like many of the finest grower Champagnes, and it shows. Rich and vinous, it is perfectly at home at the table, instead of delegated merely to celebrations. Lush and rich, this...

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Grognet 2008
Champagne 2008
"Special Club"  

Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay 

(Champagne, France)

The special club bottle shape signifies the best of the best. This elite group of 26 Champagne producers uses this bottle shape for their top vintage Champagnes. Each vintage must be put to the Club's tasting panel for certification. Extended aging and superior...

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Chateau La Colombière 

Ancestrale Rosé 2011


{organic} 100% Negrette 

(Sud-Ouest, France)

RASPBERRY & WHITE PLUM, BREEZY SPARKLE, A TOUCH OF GRAPEFRUIT Philipe and Diane Cauvin have essentially bridled the finicky Négrette grape into graceful submission with their catalogue of wines that seem to improve with each passing vintage. This is their newest offering, a delectably refreshing...
  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
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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