Happy Father's Day!
It's a "man's world" this Saturday 
The Pappy Pack triumphantly returns! 
In This Issue:
Pappy Pack 2014
The Rosé Garden
Tasty Tuesday: "Set Free by Friuli"
Saturday Tasting: "It's a Man's World"


This Father's Day,
"It's a Man's World..."
    We heard it from our dads all the time; no funny business, no goofing off, and especially no horsing around. This is why we here at Wine Authorities run our shops with firm, humorless stoicism. But in honor of macho dads the world over, we suppose we can let down our guard for a brief recognition of Father's Day. Read on for details on the manliest tasting ever, as well as a Pappy's Gift Pack deal guaranteed to please the stern patrician in your life.
   We would like to offer our very heartfelt thanks to all of our customers and the citizenry of the Triangle for once again voting us Best Local Wine Store...six years in a row! We are proud and honored to provide great estate wine to such an excellent and discerning public, who keep small, local businesses thriving. Congratulations, as well, to all of the area's terrific winners and finalists


Why, thank you!      
Real Customer Comment:

"The  great thing about coming here is that whatever I pick, with or without your help,
I end up loving!"

  -  Claire W.          

Pappy Pack 2014!
Happy Pappy Pack  
    Give Dad a gift that would be sure to make any dad feel like King Dad. This sturdy, classical White Burgundy and sumptuous Sonoma Cab are our magnanimously masculine (and perfectly aged) Father's Day picks, and this weekend you can pick up the pair for only $50!* See below for more details...

*after a 20% discount off the sale price! 
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Rully 1er Blanc
Eric de Suremain 

Rully 1er Cru Blanc 2007

{biodynamic} 100% Chardonnay
(Central Burgundy, France)
Savvy wine buyers already know that the wines of Rully are among the best values in Burgundy. Within earshot of Meursault, the whites often very closely resemble their more famous neighbor, but at more reasonable prices. This one is among the finest we have ever seen, at perfect maturity right now! Eric de Suremain is the hardest working man in Burgundy, and he is a true artist in the cellar, crafting cellar-worthy wines of richness, elegance and passion. You shouldn't miss this.
Serving Suggestion: Chicken in mushroom cream sauce. Comte or similar Emmenthal, whether melted in fondue or Raclette or on a cheese plate.

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Tre Ricci 
Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

100% Cabernet Sauvignon 

(Sonoma, California)

Our first Californian direct import! Not sure how that works? Neither are we, but it's a Wine Authorities selection all the way, and what a beautiful benchmark to set. This is a knockout cabernet showing rich black fruit, creamy oak, and just a hint of bay leaves and spice. Tuned to perfection, this baby will hum all night. Note that this 2008 is drinking magnificently right now!
Serving Suggestion: A Sonoma County picnic served on the hood of a 1969 Shelby Cobra. Or beef tenderloin with horseradish sauce and smashed skin-on red potatoes.
    Firsthand Foods - our favorite provider of delicious, local, and humanely, sustainably raised meat products - is offering the (M)eat Local Box, a seasonal subscription that provides a monthly delivery of top-quality beef and pork from small farmers. Click here for details!

   Oh, and our Raleigh location just happens to be one of the pickup locations for this Box of Righteous Deliciousness. 

Holy Txakoli!!!

(almost sold out)

Txakoli Fest!
Saturday, June 14th
6 Plates Txakoli
   It's the one day of the year that Durham breaks out its secret stash of porrons and is transformed into an unlikely sister city to San Sebastián complete with spritzy Basque wine, oysters, and pintxos (tapas).  This is one of the greatest celebrations in town, and it's become the largest festival of Txakoli in the United States!

First Session 
Noon to 3:00 PM 
     The first sessionis a tasting and food extravaganza as well as a fundraiser for Urban Ministries of Durham.  This session is a rare opportunity to wine and dine decadently and features all you can eat and drink (!) including:
  • 12 different Txakolis!
  • 5 different oysters on the half shell
  • 3 different Estrella beers
  • Lots of fantastic food from local favorite chefs 
   Six Plates' John Eisensmith will be joined by Amy Tournquist of Watts Grocery, Gray Brooks of Pizzeria Toro, Kim Floresca and Daniel Ryan of ONE restaurant, Matt Kelly of Bar Mateo and Vin Rouge,  Ricky Moore of Saltbox Seafood Joint, and Tim Lyons of Blue Seafood. The folks from Firsthand foods will also be here to tell you about all the fantastic things they are doing to help our fantastic farms get to our tables. There will be 12 different txakolis to taste by the glass, and a souvenir glass for you to take home.
Oysters & Melon de Bourgogne 
Second Session
3:00 to 10:00 PM+ 
    This is the classical, general admission session. Purchasing tickets in advance guarantees your entrance. An eclectic music lineup features some of the best talent our region has to offer, and you'll have access to an incredible menu.
   Food and wine is not included in the ticket price and must be ordered separately.

Music will be provided by:
TxakoliFest @ Six Plates Wine Bar 
Saturday, June 14th, 2013  
2812 Erwin Rd 
Durham, NC 27705  
1st Session - Noon to 3:00pm 
$75 per person 
2nd Session - 3:00pm to 10:00+ pm   
General Admission 
$10 per person

Rosé Garden 2014
   The ninth wonder of the world (our beautiful Rosé Garden) has re-sprouted in all it's pink, juicy glory. In fact, we have two gardens for the first time this year and a whole new cadre of gardeners to tend our Raleigh Rosé. Old favorites have returned along with the requisite new arrivals, and (as always) we will donate a portion of our rosé sales throughout the year to breast cancer research. So come shop in our magnificent garden! Did we mention that we love dry rosé? 

Currently in the Garden:
  • Viña Aliaga - Navarra Rosado "Lagrima de Garnacha" 2013  $9.99
  • Mas Codina - Rosé Penedès 2013  $9.99 
  • Domaine Magellan - Hereault Rosé "Le Fruit Defendu" 2013  $11.99
  • Bodegas Arrocal - Ribera del Duero Rosado "Rosa" 2013  $13.99
  • Barnard-Griffin - "Rosé of Sangiovese" 2013  $14.99
  • Laurent Gauthier - Beaujolais Villages Rosé "Vintage" 2013  $14.99
Tasty Tuesday!
"Set Free by Friuli"
This Tuesday, June 17th, we present our FREE
midweek wine tasting.  Every Tuesday is tasty!

5:00 - 7:00 pm
   At our next Tasty Tuesday, we're venturing into the pristine hills of northeastern Italy, home to some of the Country's most revered whites. Fragrant, minerally, and (perhaps most important for the moment) refreshing, the trio we're set to sample represents three of the most noteworthy denizens of the region's vineyards - Friulano, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Gris. Each originally from France, these grapes, today, do some of their best work in this eastern Alpine clime. Cin cin!
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
This Father's Day,

It's a Man's World
    This Saturday, we're toasting the dads in our lives with some indisputably manly wines from France's southwest. We'll begin in Gascony for a powerfully perfumed example of the stunning Gros Manseng grape. Next up, we have twice the man: a collaboration between father and son varietals, Petit Manseng and Gros Manseng resulting in a sturdily built, sublimely ageworthy white which we count among our very favorites of all time. Heading eastward, we find ourselves in the company of the red Mansois grape. Bold, charismatic, and better-known by the name Fer (meaning both "iron" and "untamed"), this one comes off like the archetypal star of a classic western - fearless, timeless, and of the earth. The tasting's final wine hails from the  southerly reaches of Bordeaux and the exceptionally stoney vineyards of Chateau Mancèdre. This triumphant blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is the perfect way to close a tasting dedicated to dads. Happy Father's Day!
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Gros Manseng
Domaine Chiroulet 

Gros Manseng 2012

"La Cote d'Heux" 

100% Gros Manseng 
(Gascony, South West France)
Gros Manseng is a grape which frequently hides in the depths of crisp whites from Gascony, often occupying only minute percentages of these blends. Each time we taste a deliciously vibrant and aromatic wine which showcases the grape in a larger role...

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Twice the Man(seng)

Domaine Labranche Laffont 
Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh Sec 2012

{organic} 70% Gros Manseng,

30% Petit Manseng 

(Madiran, South West France)

If you have heard of Pacherenc du Vic Bilh, you deserve a pat on the back. This rarely seen white wine from Madiran is one of France's best kept secrets. In fact, Christine Dupuy produces just a few hundred cases per year. The wine is aged on its lees and ...

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Domaine du Cros
Marcillac Rouge 2012
"Lo Sang del Pais"

100% Mansois (Fer Servadou)

(Marcillac, South West France)

From a beautiful, rural region bordering Auvergne and South West comes this "most French" of wines, giving you a peek at the authenticity of the mountainous countryside. Made from Mansois (Fer Servadou), a little known grape with flavors of herbs, spice, dried berries and...
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Man, Cedar

Chateau Mancèdre 
Péssac-Leognan 2009

{sustainable} 60% Cabernet Sauvignon,

40% Merlot 

(Bordeaux, France)

Chateau Mancèdre's Jean Trocard describes his estate's recent history simply: "It is the story of a rebirth." Having been destroyed by the notoriously icy conditions of Bordeaux's 1956 winter, his grandparents vineyards lay desolate for decades until Trocard and his wife, Bénédicte, stepped forward to breathe new life into them...
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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):


L.R. Vasquez 

Ribeira Blanco
"Os Pasás"  

$35.99 on sale


Domaine Pinchinat 

"Venus" Rosé  

$10.99 on sale


Laurent Gauthier 

Beaujolais Villages Rosé


$22.99 on sale



$14.99 on sale


Reds (65˚F):


Nugan Estate 


"Third Generation"

$11.99 on sale


Domaine La Bouysse 



$24.99 on sale


Chateau La Colombiere 



$12.99 on sale


Buil & Giné 
"Giné Giné" 

$19.99 on sale


Carlos Santos Lima

Lisboa Tinto





Pinot Noir 


$29.99 on sale



$10.99 on sale


Domaine Vissoux

Beaujolais Nouveau VV

 $13.99 on sale


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

Whites (48º F):


Bodegas La Soterraña 


$11.99 on sale




$16.99 on sale


Bodegas Arrocal

Ribera del Duero 


$13.99 on sale

Chateau Jouclary 

Sauvignon Blanc 

$11.99 on sale



"Venus" Rosé 

$11.99 on sale


Barkers Marque

Sauvignon Blanc

"3 Brooms" 

$15.99 on sale


Chateau de L'Hoste

Entre Deux Mers V.V. 

$22.99 on sale



"Grand Firepeak Cuvée" 

$22.99 on sale



Reds (65º F):




$14.99 on sale


Viña Apaltagua

Pinot Noir  


$11.99 on sale



Cabernet Sauvignon 

$10.99 on sale



$16.99 on sale


Ancient Peaks







$20.99 on sale


Proprietary Red

$39.99 on sale


Bodegas Perica

Rioja Crianza


$16.99 on sale


Anton Bauer



$14.99 on sale


Chateau La Colombière 


"Coste Rouge" 

$24.99 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


Brunello di Montalcino

$49.99 on sale


Bodegas Tempore

Old Vine Garnacha "G"

 $17.99 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


  • Bacon Jam 

Big Spoon

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Local peanut butters

  • Peanut  
8oz Jar - $9.99
16oz Jar - $16.99

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

8oz Jar - $12.99

16oz Jar - $17.99   

  • Mission Almond

8oz Jar - $13.00 


Counter Culture Coffee
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  • Rustico
  • Farmhouse Blend, Equador & Peru
  • Tsheya, Congo    
  • Baroida Late Harvest, Papua New Guinea 
  • Remera, Rwanda 
  • Espresso Toscano                
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Thursdays: 8am-2pm
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  • Socially & financially underutilized urban land. 
  • Healthy neighborhoods & thriving markets. 
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