Wear green with Galicia! Get swept up in "Marche Madness"...
In Two Weeks: A Picnic for the Ages!
In This Issue:
Tasty Tuesday: Marche Madness
Saturday Tasting: Post-Paddy's Day in Green Spain!
  Spring is Coming. 
    You should be receiving this email on the very first day of spring. Our predictions? The immediate blooming of every flowering plant on earth will fill the air with a heady perfume, causing a bird/bee orgy to break out. The gyrations of millions of tiny bodies will raise the ambient temperature to a balmy 77 degrees, and it will stay that way, forever, and no one will ever be cold again. That's how spring works, right?
    Anyway, we can't wait for the opportunity to show off our brand new Wine Authorities branded tank-tops and cut-off jorts. Spring: it's right around the corner, baby.
Farm-to-Fork Garden Picnic Dinner
   One of the best new restaurants in the Triangle operates out of a tiny shack on a nondescript block of N. Mangum St. in Durham. We refer, of course, to the already legendary Saltbox Seafood Joint and its proprietor, Chef Ricky Moore. Wine Authorities is teaming up with Chef Moore and the fine folks over at Duke Gardens to bring you the first of our Farm-to-Fork Garden Dinners, right as the weather turns into luxuriant spring (we hope). Chef Moore will be on hand for an al fresco evening of masterfully prepared seafood and garden-sourced vegetables, and we will be pouring a selection of crisp whites and lively rosés to complement the delicious food. It's gonna be a picnic for the ages. Details follow below. Sign up now!
The Food: Ricky Moore of Saltbox Seafood Joint serves local, sustainable seafood harvested from the Carolina coast and the entire eastern seaboard. He is also a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, a previous Iron Chef contestant and former executive chef at Carrboro's GlassHalfFull. 

The Wine: Wine Authorities showcases the estate wines from wineries that grow all of the grapes that go into the wine. Simply put: the estate wine producers are as much farmers as they are winemakers. A trip to Wine Authorities always means learning something new about the wines you enjoy. 

The Setting: Sarah P. Duke Gardens, voted one of the top ten public gardens in the United States by Trip Advisor.com and awarded the 2013 Horticulture Magazine Award for Garden Excellence. 

Thursday, April 3, 6 pm @ Sarah P. Duke Gardens: 
Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden 
420 Anderson St, Durham, NC 27708  
Fee: $70 (Gardens members $55
Participant limit: 40 
Pre-registration required at 919-668-1707
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Rosé Sale:

20% off ALL Still Rosé!

Rosé Thangs
  That's right, baby. It's time once more for our annual pre-spring rosé sale, and it's real, real nice...
Rosé Garden Glasses      Yes, the time has come for us to dust off our garden shears (and garden gnomes) in preparation for the monumental marvel of landscape architecture which is the Rosé Garden.  Just thinking about it instills in us an almost unquenchable thirst for this noblest of pink drinks!  Though it's not yet quite time for the Garden, we have a host of wonderfully vibrant rosés in stock to choose from at a deep discount.  All still rosé is 20% off for a limited time, so enjoy and celebrate the approach of spring!


Tasty Tuesday!
"Marche Madness"
This Tuesday, March 25th, we present our FREE
midweek wine tasting.  Every Tuesday is tasty!

5:00 - 7:00 pm
Marche Madness
   In a slam dunk of central Italian proportions, we're rolling out some serious "Marche Madness" at this week's Tasty Tuesday. Marche, wedged between Tuscany and the Adriatic Sea, may not be quite as famous among American wine drinkers as its western neighbor, but its specialties are every bit as dynamic. Join us in sampling two examples of the vibrant whites made from the region's Verdicchio grape - one classically crisp and seafood-friendly, the other stepping up its aromatic game and body. Bold, fragrant Montepulciano from Rosso Conero rounds the tasting out, scoring enough points for a decisive victory!
And don't forget 
Our 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 & Raleigh
"try before you buy" at
our FREE tasting
Wear Green with Green Spain:
   Though the better part of a week may have passed since this year's Saint Patrick's Day, we're featuring wines this Saturday from one of the Gaelic-esque-est corners of mainland Europe, Spain's Galicia!  After all, when we get decked out in green, we prefer to be fashionably late. Galicia is affectionately referred to as "Green Spain", and not only are its colors suited perfectly to the recent Irish holiday, but Galicia actually takes its name from the Celtic people that settled there over two thousand years ago.  The region's wines are unique and focus on grapes which are found only in Iberia's Northwest. Godello and three examples of Mencia are set to provide us with distinctive Galician ambassadors for our tasting this Saturday.  Don't forget to wear green (at least in spirit)!
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Bodegas Virxen de Galir 

Godello 2012

"Via Nova" 

{sustainable} 100% Godello
(Galicia, Spain)
High up in Galicia, the Godello grapes that make up this exquisite wine cling precariously to the steep mountain slopes. At inclines over 40 degrees, they are drenched in sun and ripen beautifully...

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Mencia 2012
"Via Nova" 

{sustainable} Mencia

 (Galicia, Spain)

Another wonderful offering from the vertiginous shale slopes of Virxen de Galir's Galician vineyards. Intense sunshine mixed with cool breezes makes for slow and steady grape maturation and sophisticated...

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D. Ventura
Ribeira Sacra 2012
"Viña do Burato"  

{organic} 100% Mencia

(Galicia, Spain)

Wow, 80+ year old Mencía vines grown in slate soils showing the purest fruit flavors from just stainless steel aging - no barrels touched this wine! Intense in flavor, but mid-weight on the palate, we love this grape and region...

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D. Ventura 
Ribeira Sacra 2011
"Viña Caneiro"

{organic} 100% Mencia

(Galicia, Spain)

Mencia is not only the signature red grape of Galicia, but it can be counted among northwestern Iberia's most iconic varietals. Previously (and erroneously) rumored to be a descendent of Cabernet Franc, it's origins today remain a mystery. This example from Ribeira Sacra...
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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

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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 Saint Just  

Saumur Champigny 

"Montée des Roches"

$34.99 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


Domaine Vissoux 

Beaujolais Nouveau 

 $12.99 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 Pinchinat 

"Venus Blanc 

$10.99 on sale


Domaine Mirail 

Cotes de Gascogne Blanc


$11.99 on sale


Pinot Gris

$17.99 on sale


G.M. Machmer



$15.99 on sale





$33.99 on sale


Domaine Herbauges 

Muscadet Vieilles Vignes 

"Le Legendaire" 

$23.99 on sale



$15.99 on sale



Reds (65º F):



Douro Tinto 

"Lua Nova"

$11.99 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 




Stolpman Vineyards 


$26.99 on sale




$28.99 on sale


Anton Bauer



 $14.99 on sale




$13.99 on sale


Chateau Bel Air 

Sant Estephe 

$41.99 on sale


Domaine Le Garrigon 

Rhone Rouge

"Vin de Méditerranée" 

$10.99 on sale


Domaine du Vissoux 
Beaujolais Nouveau
"Pierre Charmette" 

$12.99 on sale


Domaine du Vissoux 

Beaujolais Nouveau

"Vieilles Vignes"



Marcel Giraudon 

Bourgogne Rouge 

Chitry Pinot Noir

$17.99 on sale

Fattoria Rodano 

Chianti Classico Riserva 

$34.99 on sale



Barbera d'Asti 


 $16.99 on sale  


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