Spring is in the air!
In This Issue:
Tasty Tuesday: A Pairing for... Pollen?
Saturday Tasting: Easterrific Ham 'n Lamb
Greetings! top
   We all recognize this guy. He shows up every year around this time with billions of his friends to throw a party in our sinuses and gather in dense, pet-obscuring drifts. It's the annual en-pollen-ing, and it's pretty gross.
   But take it as a good omen, because it means that, despite a few strangely cold days here and there, spring has definitely arrived! Our next Tasty Tuesday, in fact, features supremely floral wines, so brave the yellow fog and come join us! Just keep your glass covered...
   We're also pouring wines on Saturday which take a cue from the quintessentially springy cuisine of a traditional Easter meal - specifically Ham 'n Lamb. But if Chicken is more your thing, well, we've got Chicken-friendly wines that are fit for a king. In fact, you might have to eat every chicken in the room...
Closed Sunday
April 20th 
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
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Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden
420 Anderson St, Durham, NC 27708 
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Francophile Fun

at Our Raleigh Shop! 

   Join us on Wednesday as we welcome author and expert on all things Provençal Jo Maeder to our Raleigh location. Jo is a celebrated novelist whose work telegraphs a deep love of food and wine, so there's no better place to celebrate the release of her new novel Opposites Attack: A Novel with Recipes Provencal. Joining her will be Teresa Engebretsen a.k.a The Sabbatical Chef with samples of food from the book! There are prizes to be had as well; everyone who attends gets a raffle ticket, but wearing a beret gets you two. More details below!
Wednesday April 23rd 2014 
5:00 - 7:00 pm

Wine Authorities Raleigh 
211 E. Franklin St. 
Raleigh, NC 27604 


Tasty Tuesday!
  If you can't beat 'em...
This Tuesday, April 22nd, we present our FREE
midweek wine tasting.  Every Tuesday is tasty!

5:00 - 7:00 pm
"Fragrantly Floral!"
"A Pairing for... Pollen?"
   Spring is in the air! And all over our cars. And in our eyes, ears, mouths, and noses. That's okay because it means that our strange, meandering winter is finally (probably?) over! At this week's Tasty Tuesday, we're buying into the old adage that "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" and throwing a welcome back party for the insurmountable yellow dunes which have recently become a fixture of our Carolinian topography. We've selected three supremely floral wines - an Argentine Torrontes with a magnolia-grade intensity and bright citrus, a voluptuous Alsatian Gewurztraminer with just a kiss of sweetness, and a berryishly violet Spanish Garnacha that smells like a bouquet of...well...violets!
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
Ham 'n Lamb 
    Join us this Saturday as our tasting takes its cue from the trappings of traditional Easter feasts. Keep in mind, of course, that the wines we've selected have a much broader skill set than simply being served with ham and/or lamb, but they certainly do excel at it! We'll begin with a rosé as crisp, juicy, and versatile as they come. After all, despite what you might have been told, ham is not a "white meat." It's pink. It's only natural that we should drink some pink wine with it. Our second offering is a dry, tangy, youthful Riesling from Austria's lauded Wachau - a champion of a companion for every manner of savory red meat. A glorious Pinot Noir from California's Santa Lucia Highlands provides us with the afternoon's first red, and then we'll venture back to the Old World for a Grenache-based blend (or as our lamb-lovin' Aussie friends might say, a "GSM") that's lip-smackingly juicy enough for ham but with the sort of lamb-friendly Mediterranean spice and earth at which the Rhone Valley excels. Cheers!

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Anton Bauer 

Wagram Rosé 2013 


{sustainable} 34% Zweigelt,
33% Syrah, 33% Merlot   
(Wagram, Austria)
A fourth generation winemaker, Anton Bauer has a built a reputation for his exacting attention to detail while making traditionally-styled wines in the hills of Wagram. Dry, minerally, and floral with fruit character reminiscent of tangy red berries, and white cherry...

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Riesling 2012

100% Riesling 

(Wachau, Austria)


Get it before he becomes a superstar and his prices go through the roof. Martin Mittelbach is one of the greats right now, but his reputation has not hit the mainstream or the critics yet. This dry Riesling from his terraced, hillside vineyards in the prestigious Wachau is the kind of...

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Paraiso Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir 2010  

100% Pinot Noir 

(Santa Lucia Highlands, California)

The Smith family has maintained their course in central California producing very California style wines for two generations. They are largely responsible for the Monterey region's rise to prominence and started out as grape farmers for...

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Mas de Libian 
Cotes du Rhone 2012

{biodynamic} 80% Grenache,

10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre 

(Southern Rhone, France)


"Drink wine. This is life eternal," famously wrote the ever beauty-seeking Omar Khayyam, and 800 years later, his attitudes and observations resound with timelessness. The Thibon sisters of Mas de Libian have named this delicious cuvée after the 12th century Persian poet and...
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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.

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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 Pinchinat

Cotes de Provence 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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Artisan Bacon



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  • Garlic

 North Country 

  • Applewood
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Firsthand Foods 

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


  • Sorghum Sesame


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