Forge ahead through the remainder of winter!
In This Issue:
Tasty Tuesday: Sick of Winter!
Saturday Tasting: Birthplace of Malbec w/ Special Guest
Saturday Tasting: Washington for Washington (Raleigh)
Happy Birthday 
To The Indispensable Man
    The winter of 1778 was brutally harsh, and the brave troops of the American Revolution stationed at Valley Forge shivered and starved without food, shelter, or (one can assume) ready supplies of wine. The misery ended upon receipt of a care package from the French (appropriately), but history records that it was the bravery, spirit, and wherewithal of one General George Washington that saw the soldiers through the frozen darkness and eventually to the dawning of this thing we call America, baby. Aww yeah...
Cahors Strikes Back
Manu of Cahors pours in Durham this Saturday! 
   The winter of 2014 has also been an accursed and snow blinded ordeal, but to celebrate the great Washington's birthday, we're lacing up our boots and surging ahead. First, the rare situation of a different Saturday tasting at each store, with a visit from Cahors producer Emmanuel (Manu) Rybinski in Durham and a Washington (get it?) State tasting in Raleigh. Join us again this Tuesday as we fantasize about Spring. Keep reading and be brave, good sirs and madams!
Indy's Best of The Triangle!
Indy Best of 2014  
Vote for all your favorite local businesses!
(including "Local Wine Shop" in case
you have Wine Authorities in mind, hint, hint)
Don't let the corporate chains beat your favorite local places!  Be sure to vote!
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.


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Museum of Life & Science:

The Science of Eats!

Science of Eats 2014
  Get ready for the tastiest event on the block from your favorite Museum AfterHours group. Join us at EATS as all your favorite foodie spots from across the Triangle converge on the Museum for a night of delectable, delicious science.  We'll be there - along with nearly three dozen other food and/or beverage specialists! Click here for more info and the opportunity to purchase tickets... 
  • 6:30 to 9:30 PM
  • Ages 21+ only
  • Member Pricing: $20.00
  • General Public: $24.99 
  • Mushroom Workshop: Additional $10.00 


Tasty Tuesday!
"Sick of Winter" 
This Tuesday, February 25th, we present our FREE
midweek wine tasting.  Every Tuesday is tasty!

  5:00 - 7:00 pm
    Between Snowmageddon and the constant polar vortices, we've basically been living on Hoth for the last two months. Sure, the weather is supposed to get super warm this weekend, but come Tuesday it will be up to its sleety old tricks again. We're sick of winter and ready for spring, so we're pouring some of the most spring-appropriate wines in the shop as an act of defiance. Come dream of warmer times with a beautifully floral Verdejo and a bright, tangy rosé. Of course, it wouldn't be the end of February without a big spicy red, so we'll have one of those too. It's better than seeking refuge inside a dead Tauntaun.
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  
"try before you buy" at
our FREE tasting
The Birthplace of Malbec
Featuring Emmanuel Rybinski!
   This Saturday at our free tasting, we welcome a truly dedicated and forward-thinking ambassador of Southwestern France's Cahors to our shop. Emmanuel Rybinski of Clos Troteligotte is returning to pour four of his wines, beginning with a very vibrant and adventurous white.  Next, a pair of his famously structured, mineral-rich Malbec cuvées (the "Knom" and the "Kor" - grown organically and vinified without oak aging) will be showcased. A very special fourth offering (which will be purchasable by special order only), the imposing "K2," is an amphora-aged sentinel of a Malbec!

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Clos Troteligotte 

"CSV" 2012

{organic} Chardonnay, Sauvignon
Blanc, Viognier 
(Cahors, Southwestern France)
Emmanuel Rybinski is veritable maestro of Malbec. With this cuvée, however, he turns his sights toward a trio of France's most distinguished white grapes, each finding itself a long way from home in Rybinski's Sud-Ouestern vineyards...

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Clos Troteligotte 
Cahors 2011

{organic} 85% Malbec, 15% Merlot 

 (Cahors, Southwestern France)

Emmanuel Rybinski turns out some fantastic Malbec-based wines. Taking over the family estate and farming organicly, he coaxes beautiful fruit flavors from their younger vines for this cuvée. No oak to be found, the wines are pure plum, black currant, blackberry and finish with a kiss of mineral....

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Clos Troteligotte 
Cahors 2011

{organic} 100% Malbec

(Cahors, Southwestern France)


Emmanuel Rybinski knows that great wine is made on the vine, and he devotes most of his time to carefully farming his small vineyard (which of course makes us at Wine Authorities get all swoony). Debudding and judicious pruning means that his...

This Saturday from 12 to 3 PM 
in Raleigh 
"try before you buy" at
our FREE tasting
Washington for Washington!
   In Raleigh this weekend, we take a cue from "The Indispensable Man" himself, George Washington as we dispense some samples of indispensable Washington State wines.  A juicy Sangiovese rosé serves as the opening act for some of the state's best-loved specialties, Riesling, Merlot, and Syrah. With wines like these on display, missing our tasting would be insensible (and borderline indefensible).

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Barnard Griffin 

"Rosé of Sangiovese" 2012

100% Sangiovese 
(Columbia Valley, Washington State)
Super pink, borderline light red in color, this Washington State rosé wine is rich and deeply extracted in style. Like a squirt of cherry and strawberry fruit pie on the palate, this rosé is a full-bodied pink for a meal. Showing watermelon, cherry and...

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Milbrandt Riesling
Milbrandt Vineyards
Riesling 2012

100% Riesling

 (Columbia Valley, Washington State)


Brothers Butch and Jerry Milbrandt planted their first vineyards in 1997 along the Wahluke slope. Family farming since the mid-1950s, grape growing was a newer venture. First they sold off their grapes to other wineries, but as the vines matured, the fruit was too good...

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Hyatt Merlot
Hyatt Vineyards 
Merlot 2011

100% Merlot

(Columbia Valley, Washington)

For three decades, Hyatt Vineyards in Yakima Valley's Rattlesnake Hills AVA has been dedicated to the production of quality-driven wines which are also tremendous values. This Merlot is no exception to the standards we've come to expect...

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Barnard Griffin
Barnard Griffin 

Syrah 2011

100% Syrah

(Columbia Valley, Washington)

Rob Griffin and Deborah Barnard founded Barnard Griffin thirty years ago and have consistently produced beautiful wines ever since. This Syrah blends old world complexity with new world brightness and fruity boldness, bringing...


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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


Campanhia das Lezirias 

Tejo Branco


$7.99 on sale


Chateau de Brézé 

Saumur Blanc 

$17.99 on sale

Domaine Serol

"Cabochard" Rosé

$13.99 on sale


Reds (65˚F):


Domaine Vissoux  

Beaujolais Nouveau

"Vieilles Vignes" 

$13.99 on sale


Mas de Libian 

Cotes du Rhone


$19.99 on sale


Domaine Pinchinat 

"Venus Rouge" 

$10.99 on sale


Abbaye Sylva Plana 
"Les Novices"  

$17.99 on sale







Castello di Verduno 



$25.99 on sale

Anton Bauer 



$14.99 on sale


Ch 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

"Vieilles Vignes"



Shea Wine Cellars 

Pinot Noir

$44.99 on sale


Il Frappato 

$34.99 on sale



Rosso Conero

Uve Montepulciano 

 $13.99 on sale  


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Artisan Bacon



  • Applewood 
  • Garlic

 North Country 

  • Applewood
  • Peppered

Firsthand Foods 

  • Fresh & Local
Vande Rose Farms
  • Applewood
  • Caraway Rye 


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Local peanut butters

  • Peanut  

8oz Jar - $8.00
16oz Jar - $12.00

  • Peanut Cashew
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  • Penut Pecan
  • Chai Spice (8oz size only)  

8oz Jar - $10.00

16oz Jar - $15.00 


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