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Fromage-uary has arrived!
In This Issue:
Tasty Tuesday: Northern Portuguese Paradise
Saturday Tasting: Fromage-uary in the Loire!
Say Cheese!
Say Cheese
It's Fromage-uary! 
    We here at Wine Authorities spend much of our time contemplating the course of history so that we might rest assured that, yes, the process of fermenting grapes into wine is indeed the crowning discovery of human civilization. But winemakers aren't the only ones who embrace the importance of "turning things into more delicious things"; in those rarefied halls also dwells the affineur, under whose watchful eye, milk becomes cheese. And cheese is the second most delicious thing in the world.
   So in honor of these two miracles of time and microbial revelry, we christen this month "Fromage-uary." Come check out our new display, built from wines handpicked to go with our favorite cheeses. And this is as good a time as any to point out that we are always growing and strengthening our cheese selection. Exalt with us in the best possible pairing. It's Fromage-uary!
Wine Authorities Raleigh
   Wine Authorities Raleigh is in full swing!  We're looking forward to building a great new community of friends and customers in the Oak City.  Stay tuned to our pages at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest news!

Wine Authorities Raleigh Hours:
  • Monday - Thursday:  10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Friday & Saturday:  10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Sunday:  Noon - 5:00 PM 
Masterful chocolates
from local chocolatier,
Miel Bon Bons
Very Limited!
(25 in Durham, 25 in Raleigh)
     Gorgeous five-packs of delectable chocolates have just arrived courtesy of Durham chocolatier Miel Bon Bons! These delights were created incorporating the southeastern Spanish desert wine, "After 3."  Made from late-harvested Monastrell grapes by Valencia's Bodegas Los Frailes, this chocolate-friendly champion of a wine also provides the ideal pairing for these treats, so we're offering them together at a 15% discount!

Miel Bon Bons - "After 3" Chocolates  $10.99 
Bodegas Los Frailes - "After 3" Monastrell  $19.99
Buy them together and save $4.65!
The perfect Valentine's treat!
Miel Bon Bons
Monsieur Contraste
Jean-Christian Rostagni

The Carrack Modern Art
February 19th through March 1st
   You're invited to the film and photography exhibit of the documentary Monsieur Contraste by award-winning film maker Rodrigo Dorfman featuring the work and workings of Durham-based photographer Jean-Christian Rostagni.  Wine Authorities is proud to present wines from Rostagni's Rhone Valley homeland.  Seats are limited to 50 for each night's screening at 7:30.  Check out the event's Facebook page for more information.


Why, thank you!     
 Real Customer Comments:

"I always love the wines that you help me pick out."

  -  Mindy S.       


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.  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.  The newest arrival is Apaltagua's "Gran Verano" Sauvignon Blanc from Curico, Chile - crisp, tropical, and delicious! 


  • Apaltagua - Sauvignon Blanc "Gran Verano" 2013  $29.99
  • Herdade do Esporão - Branco "Alandra" NV  $24.99 
  • 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!
Northern Portuguese Paradise
This Tuesday, February 18th, we present our FREE
midweek wine tasting.  Every Tuesday is tasty!

  5:00 - 7:00 pm
    The ancient Romans knew what was up, and so did the Victorian British, but we here in modern America are still just beginning to excavate the joys Northern Portuguese wine. These wonderful wines tend to fly under the radar with their obscure yet venerable indigenous grape varietals - unusual for one of the most magnificently beautiful wine regions in Europe. It's this low profile, however, that makes these wines such incredible values. Join us on Tuesday as we pour a crisp and complex Alvarinho, an earthy and age-worthy Bairrada, and a Douro packed with rich, dark fruit. 
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 
in Durham and Raleigh 
"try before you buy" at
our FREE tasting

Fromage-uary Spotlight:
Loire Valley Perfection!
Fromage-u-ary in the Loire!
   Bookended by bubbly and consisting only of the cheesiest of champions, this Saturday's tasting is a Fromage-uary fest of Loire-lovin' lore.  What makes these wines so cheesy, you might ask?  They pair tremendously with cheese and share their origins along France's 600 mile cradle of not only some of the country's greatest cheeses but also its most grandiose chateaux.  Read more about Saturday's fab five selections below...  

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Chateau l'Aulée 

Touraine Brut  


{sustainable} 80% Chenin Blanc,
20% Chardonnay  
(Middle-Loire, France)
Produced in exactly the same way as Champagne, but from the Touraine region of the Loire Valley, this Brut has very fine bubbles with persistent aromas of white fruit, apples, pears and citrus such as lemon. The floral aromas of acacia come...

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Domaine Ricard 
Touraine Blanc 2012
"Le Petiot"

100% Sauvignon Blanc 

 (Middle-Loire, France)

Vincent Ricard is the latest generation (of many) to farm his 13 hectares of vineyards, but the first to make wine for sale under the family name. Instead of selling off his grapes to the local co-op, he makes small batches of...

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Girard Sancerre
Domaine Michel Girard 
Sancerre 2012 

100% Sauvignon Blanc  

(Eastern Loire, France)

Winemaker Philippe Girard says this about his wine: "pungent fresh grassy aromas mingle with riper citrus-style fruits, rounder and fuller in the mouth but nevertheless finishing with a pure intensity and zippiness that you'd expect in classy Sancerre. Sauvignon Blanc at its best!" We couldn't agree more...

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Domaine Grosbot Barbara 

Saint-Pourçain Rouge 2010 

"Chambre d'Edouard"

100% Pinot Noir   

(Southern Loire, France)

In 2001 a Pinot Noir-loving friend of vigneron Denis Barbara elected to sleep through the night in Pinot Noir tank number seven, then empty, of Denis' new winery. Now his 100% Pinot Noir cuvee is nicknamed "Chambre d'Edouard" (Edward's room.) This wine is lovely and aromatic with...



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Domaine Robert Serol 
Methode Ancestrale Rosé

{organic} 100% Gamay Saint-Romaine 

(Southern Loire, France)


This is Robert Serol's delightfully effervescent Gamay! Made in the méthode ancestrale from 100% hand harvested grapes, it tops out at a deliciously light 8.5% alcohol, so serve it liberally at your next dinner party...


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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):


Domaine Chiroulet 

Cotes de Gascogne Blanc
"La Cote d'Heux"  

$16.99 on sale


Domaine Gandines

Viré Clessé

$24.99 on sale



Tejo Branco 

$7.99 on sale

Domaine Pinchinat

Cotes de Provence Rosé 

$13.99 on sale


Reds (65˚F):


Chateau Haut Plantade  

Pessac Léognan  

$45.99 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


on the Enomatic
in Raleigh:
Here's what's on tap, subject to change on a whim or fancy

Whites (48º F):


Campanhia Leziras 

Tejo Branco

$7.99 on sale


Domaine La Grangette 

Picpoul de Pinet 

$9.99 on sale



Orvieto Classico 

"Terre Vineate" 

$15.99 on sale

Bodegas Los Frailes 

"Blanc de Trilogia" 

$16.99 on sale


Dr. Fischer


"Ockfner Bockstein" 

$15.99 on sale



Grüner Veltliner 

"Grand Grü" 

$26.99 on sale




"Tenuta del Cavaliere" 

$19.99 on sale



$26.99 on sale



Reds (65º F):


Companhia das Leziras 

Tejo Tinto


$8.99 on sale


Bodegas Tempore

Garnacha Joven 


$10.99 on sale


Bodegas Los Frailes 


$9.99 on sale


Hyatt Vineyards 

$11.99 on sale


Ancient Peaks 




Hook & Ladder 


$25.99 on sale

Poderi Foglia i Vignali


$19.99 on sale


Anton Bauer 



 $14.99 on sale




$13.99 on sale


Chateau Haut Plantade 

Pessac Leognan 

$45.99 on sale


Mas de Libian  

Cotes du Rhone Rouge 

$19.99 on sale


Domaine du Vissoux 
Beaujolais Nouveau
"Pierre Charmette" 

$14.99 on sale


Domaine du Vissoux 

Beaujolais Nouveau




Shea Wine Cellars 

Pinot Noir

$44.99 on sale


Il Frappato 

$34.99 on sale



Rosso Conero

Uve Montepulciano 

 $13.99 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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