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Next week, our "Lovin' Bubbles" class makes a move on Raleigh!
This Saturday, a series of serious Syrahs...
In This Issue:
Tasty Tuesday: Be Mine (With Wine)
Saturday Tasting: Syrah!
Winter is Half Over!
Groundy & Pic Saint Loup 
     We hesitated to trust our calendars, but the most marmotous of Pennsylvanians has recently confirmed that there are indeed only six weeks of winter remaining. Happy February everyone! We hope you've stayed warm and dry so far during this most delightfully dismal of months. And to our loyal customers in Cordova, Alaska, we hope this year's Ice Worm Festival went off without a hitch. Happy Ice Worm Day to all!
   We here in Durham don't have an Ice Worm Festival to keep our spirits up during these darkest days of winter, but fortunately Wine Authorities has all sorts of fun in store while we wait for the sun to come back out. We'll sweep you off your feet with some romance-minded wines that are GUARANTEED* to get you some action come Valentine's Day, and be sure to reserve your spot for the Wine & Chocolate class at our Raleigh shop. And watch this space as we roll out a delicious new display. Hint: will you brie our valentine?
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 
"Lovin' Bubbles"
Lovin' Bubbles Class
Our first Raleigh Class!
The night before Valentine's Day 
     Bubbles are terribly misunderstood... until now. Don't know your Cava from your Sekt? Just what is the difference between Spumante and Frizzante?  Why must Champagne always be so French? Well, this class will take you through the world of sparkling wines (and feature bubbly from around the world). 
    We'll dispel myths, defy logic and drink fizzy drinks. The evening will end with dessert sparklers and exceptional chocolate. If you've been afraid of effervescence, fear no more!  We'll show you the good stuff that won't cost you a monk and a leg. 
 Class starts at 7:33pm Thursday, Feb 13th
211 East Franklin Street
Raleigh, NC
$48 per Person

Reservations Required 

Call the Wine Authorities Love Line 
at (919) 831-9463 to purchase tickets!

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 of 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:

"You guys are so much better than
all the other wine stores!"

  -  Johnna 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!
Be Mine (With Wine)
This Tuesday, February 11th, we present our FREE
midweek wine tasting.  Every Tuesday is tasty!

  5:00 - 7:00 pm
    Milkshakes are alright if you're a teenager from 1956, and tequila shots will always have a place in the halls of courtship, but for serious romancin' the only true beverage is wine. Wine has that heady spirit, that dizzying opulence that unlocks the doors to our most sensual realms and makes it easier to straight lay that mack on. Ain't gonna lay that mack on with Bud Light Lime, if you catch our drift.
    Of course, some wines are more romantic than others, and we are happy to introduce you to a few. So come join us on Tuesday as we pour some sexy wines for these sexy times. Don't be shy, we're a cheap date.

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
A Series of 
  Serious Syrahs...
   Northern Rhone native and international man about town, Syrah has earned itself legions of admirers for all that it is and all that it can represent.  From the earthy mystique that it exudes on its home turf to the bouncing swagger and massive ripeness that it takes on when vacationing in the hotter climes of Southeastern Australia, Syrah is seriously distinctive and yet a champion of diversity.  Join us this Saturday as we taste some shining examples of the varietal from its various capitals around the world! 

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Hyatt Syrah
Hyatt Vineyards 

Syrah 2010 

100% Syrah 
(Colombia Valley, Washington)
Here's a small, domestic winery that's doing it right. Great wines at astoundingly good prices. This Syrah is a perfect example of Washington state's affinity for this grape, or is it vice versa? Bridging the...

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Garrigon Visan
Domaine Le Garrigon 
Visan CDR Villages 2011 

{organic} 90% Syrah, 10% Grenache 

 (Southern Rhone, France)


Hailing from the southerly reaches of the Rhone's Drôme department, this vibrant cuvée showcases Syrah from gorgeous old vines. Powerfully pretty (prettily powerful?) and featuring the combination of berryish fruit and spicy Mediterranean romance for which the wines of the Rhone are famous...

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Combier Crozes
Laurent Combier 
Crozes-Hermitage 2012 

{organic} 100% Syrah 

(Northern Rhone, France)


Laurent Combier, a second generation vigneron, passionately continues the work begun by his father, Maurice, an organic pioneer who established the estate in the early sixties. What began life largely as pear and apricot orchards with a smattering of vines now includes fifty acres of dynamic vineyard. This is the estate's most classical, distinctive...

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Pyren Vineyard 

Shiraz 2011

"Broken Quartz"

100% Syrah  

(Victoria, Australia)

Pyren Vineyards impressed us with their Cabernet Sauvignon, and continues to confound the skeptics with this lovely Shiraz. Menthol and cocoa aromas swirl around the glass like a savory take on mint chocolate chip. As the wine breathes the flavors...


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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



Tejo Branco 

$7.99 on sale


Chateau Jouclary 

Sauvignon Blanc 

$12.99 on sale

Domaine Pinchinat

Cotes de Provence Rosé 

$13.99 on sale


Reds (65˚F):


Domaine Vissoux  

Beaujolais Nouveau

"Vieilles Vignes" 

$15.99 on sale


Mas de Libian 

Cotes du Rhone


$19.99 on sale


Mas Montel 

"Cuvée Psalmodi" 

$11.99 on sale


Viña Aliaga

$9.99 on sale







Domaine la Bouysse 

Corbieres Rouge

"Roc Long" 

$13.99 on sale

Anton Bauer 


$14.99 on sale


Chateau Haut Plantade 

Pessac Léognan  

 $45.99 on sale


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

Whites (48º F):


Terrasses d'Eole 

Ventoux Blanc 

$12.99 on sale


Domaine La Grangette

Picpoul de Pinet 

$9.99 on sale


Domaine Pinchinat 

Cotes de Provence Rosé 

$13.99 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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