When Umlauts Attack:
An "Österreich Ouvertüre" & Groovy Grüner Diaspora!
In This Issue:
Tasty Tuesday: A Groovy Grüner Diaspora
Saturday Tasting: An Österreich Ouvertüre
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Al Fresco with Scratch!
   Sipping great wines in the warm glow of the setting sun overlooking the Duke Gardens while an amazingly talented chef prepares a spread of mind-blowing food is a seasonal highlight of the springiest kind. Let's do it again! This time, we're teaming up with Phoebe Lawless of Scratch for our second al fresco picnic in the astounding Discovery Garden. The menu will be a four-course Mediterranean- styled meal served family style, with wines picked and poured by your friendly neighborhood Wine Authorities. Make a reservation today! Details below!

The Food: Prepared by the renowned Phoebe Lawless and her staff from Scratch Bakery and Café. Phoebe has been written about by the NY Times, Bon Appetit, Southern Living and Food & Wine, among others. She was also a finalist for the 2013 James Beard Best Baker award and referred to as a "wizard" by the Indy.

The Wine: Wine Authorities showcases the estate wines from wineries that grow all of the grapes that go into the wine. Simply put, 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 TripAdvisor and awarded the 2013 Horticulture MagazineAward for Garden Excellence
 Thursday, May, 22nd @ 6:30 pm
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden
420 Anderson St, Durham, NC 27708 
Fee: $90 (Gardens members $70)
Participant limit: 40
Pre-registration required at 919-668-1707 
Extree! Extree!

Read All About It!
   In case you missed it, that most vaunted fourth estate instrument, The News & Observer, recently ran a great piece about Wine Authorities and our new Raleigh location. Don't worry, there's no need to dig through the recycling; you can read it here.
    And while you're perusing print journalism on the internet, go to Durham Magazine's site and vote Wine Authorities for best wine store. Vote for your other favorite local businesses too!

Durham Magazine's "Best of Durham" 
Durham Mag Best of 2013

And a reminder:
Indy's 2014 Best of The Triangle!
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Rosé Sale:

20% Still off ALL Still Rosé!

Rosé Thangs
  That's right, baby. There's still time to save with our annual springtime 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 arrival of spring!


Tasty Tuesday!
"Groovy Grüner Diaspora"
This Tuesday, April 15th, we present our FREE
midweek wine tasting.  Every Tuesday is tasty!

5:00 - 7:00 pm 
   Austria's superstar grape, Grüner Veltliner, has always known how to strike a balance between the immediate appeal of its refreshing drinkability and the complex elegance of its increasingly world-famous minerality.  This combination is like an intricate (and very groovy) tie dye - all of the wine's intricacies swirling together. Join us this Tuesday as we begin in the varietal's native central Europe before chasing it to opposite corners of the globe: the Edna Valley of California and New Zealand's Nelson. It's groovy. 

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
"Österreich Ouvertüre"
The Wines of Austria 
    What's red & white, green & blue, and delicious all over? Follow the dancing grapes (pictured above with name tags featuring their initials) to Austria's eastern borders. It's along this crescent shaped divide that we'll find the nation's revered wine producing regions. Beginning in Kamptal with the grape most fitting to open a tasting of Austrian wines, Grüner Veltliner, we'll make our way southward into Wagram for a delicious dry Riesling and Burgenland for a Zweigelt-dominated red blend as well as a spicily-perfumed example of the quintessentially central European red Blaufränkisch grape. Prost!

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Kamptal-Headed Grüner Veltliner Man

Grüner Veltliner 

100% Grüner Veltliner  
(Kamptal, Austria)
Best known for its elegant and powerful sparkling wines which rival top-knotch champagne, Weingut Steininger consistently produces profound wines with exemplary purity and focus. Karl, the estate's...

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Bauer Berg

Anton Bauer 
Riesling 2011

100% Riesling 

(Wagram, Austria)

Anton Bauer makes the very best value wines of Austria. Impeccably made in the Wagram region, they are rich, precise, elegant and typical of their homeland. This dry Riesling has blazing acidity, bold, aromatic fruit, and great complexity. Renowned for...

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"Burgenlandred" 2012 

{biodynamic} 60% Zweigelt,

30% Blaufränkish, 10% Sankt Laurent

(Burgenland, Austria)


Werner and Angela Michlits run the wine side of the family farm. Their farm is a true biodynamic universe. Their Burgenland Red Blend is all-get-out drinkin' wine. With sexy fruit aromas like a firm berryish perfume, the raspberry and cherry fruit gushes from the glass but remains dry and tasty...

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Hillinger Blaufrankisch

Blaufränkisch 2011 

{organic} 100% Blaufränkisch

(Burgenland, Austria)

As handsome and sturdily-built as former Hugo Boss model turned Austrian wine visionary, Leo Hillinger, this Blaufränkisch has the intense purple fruit and spice which have been admired in the varietal for at least a thousand years. Quintessentially Central European, Blaufränkisch is among the most...
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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 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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