This Saturday:
"The Provençal Sons Return"
Next Tuesday:
"Rhone-et-Loire Split"
In This Issue:
Think Inside the Box
The Rosé Garden
Tasty Tuesday: Rhone-et-Loire Split
Saturday Tasting: The Provençal Sons Return
Deep Cuts: "Rolle Call"


   In our busy lives as Wine Authorities, the question we hear the most is definitely "do you have the Venus Rosé in a box?" After many thirsty months we are now able to answer that echoing query with a triumphant "YES!" Indeed friends, the beach (in a box) is back. Roll out your best welcome wagons for our prodigal box(es), plus one very exciting rectangular newcomer. Read on for details!
Vacation Pack
   In other news, we're rolling out the 2014 edition of the famous Vacation Pack; two crisp whites, two luscious rosés, and two sumptuous reds to accompany on your various late-summer travels (or your late-summer chillin' out at home). The wines are at a deep discount, and we're also throwing in a stylish Wine Authorities tote to help you..uh.. tote'em. Click here to read more.
Fill that Bus! 
    And finally, please allow us to digress from the usual bizarre zoological hybrids and sporting catfish to get real charitable for a moment. Each year we participate in the Fill That Bus school supply drive, and currently beside our front door, you'll find a box waiting to be filled with much needed school supplies for Durham students.  Contributions of any of the following will be much appreciated:
  • Boxed CrayonsGlue Sticks
  • Boxed Markers
  • Packages of Pencils
  • Staplers
  • Highlighters
  • Clipboards
  • Copy Paper
  • Notebook Paper
  • Composition Books


Why, thank you!      
Real Customer Comment:

"I've lived in this neighborhood for 20 years,
and [Wine Authorities] is by far my favorite
thing about it."

    -  Lauren A.        

  Think inside the box... 
"Bag-In-Box Brutalism" -Vinodrome
   Currently at W.A. are more boxes to choose from than ever before. Our full stable of Provençal, Rhone, and Chilean offerings is has returned. What's more, a new Rhone white (Viognier & Bourbelenc blend) from our beloved Domaine Le Garrigon is available for the very first time, and it is awesome, but don't take our word for it. Come and meet it at our next Tasty Tuesday! 

  • Domaine Le Garrigon - Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2013  $34.99 [3L] BRAND NEW!
  • Apaltagua - Sauvignon Blanc "Gran Verano" 2013  $26.99 [3L]
  • Herdade do Esporão - Branco "Alandra" 2013  $24.99 [3L]
  • Domaine Pinchinat - Venus de Pinchinat Rosé 2013  $29.99 [3L]
  • Domaine Pinchinat - Venus de Pinchinat Rouge 2012  $29.99 [3L]
  • Domaine Le Garrigon - Vin de Méditerranée 2012  $29.99 [3L]  
  • Domaine Le Garrigon - Cotes du Rhone 2013  $34.99 [3L]  
  • Apaltagua - Cabernet Sauvignon "Gran Verano"  2013  $26.99 [3L]
And behold our glorious box discounts!
  • 2 Boxes: 10% Off!
  • 3 Boxes: 15% Off!!
  • 4 Boxes: 20% Off!!!
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. New rosé selections are continuously blooming, and you never know what might surface next!  
Currently in the Garden:
  • Viña Aliaga - Navarra Rosado "Lagrima de Garnacha" 2013  $9.99
  • Tegernseerhof - Zweigelt Rosé "Mittelbach" 2013  $14.99  
  • Bodegas Tempore - Garnacha Rosado "Terrae" 2013  $9.99 
  • Bodegas Los Frailes - Monastrell Rosado 2013  $9.99 
  • Mas Codina - Rosé Penedès 2013  $9.99 
  • Domaine Gouron - Chinon Rosé 2013  $17.99
  • Barnard-Griffin - "Rosé of Sangiovese" 2013  $14.99
  • Jean Paul Brun - Beaujolais "Rosé d'Folie" 2013  $16.99
Tasty Tuesday!
Rhone-et-Loire Split
This Tuesday, August 12th, we present our FREE
midweek wine tasting.  Every Tuesday is tasty!

5:00 - 7:00 pm
    On August 12th, 1793, the gigantic French département known as the Rhone-et-Loire was split into two still-massive entities, (rather predictably) the Rhone and the Loire. Well, with rapturously excited hearts (and palates) we reunite the Loire and Rhone with brand new, immensely summery selections from each at our next Tasty Tuesday, which falls on the 221st anniversary of their split! Expect an exotically perfumed Viognier-based Rhone blend courtesy of glorious 3-LITER BAG IN BOX, a sharply elegant Sauvignon Blanc from Touraine, and an example of the illusive Pinot Noir rosés from Sancerre. File under: Too Big to Fail... 
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
From Beneath the 
  Provençal Sun...
Return the Region's
Prodigal Sons! 
   Can any late summer undertaking truly compete with the prospect of a surprise trip to Provence? Not likely! Similarly worthy of our excitement, however, is the return of a slew of our favorite Provençal selections including many offerings from Domaine Pinchinat and one of the best values around from Provence's indisputable capital of red wine, Bandol! Join us this Saturday as we sample the newest vintage of Pinchinat's Cotes de Provence Blanc, starring the region's Rolle grape (better known as Vermentino in Sardinia and Favorita in Italy's Piemonte - see below the tasting section for more information). We'll continue with the estate's 3-Liter Rosé masterpiece, a great Grenache-driven value from Ventoux, and a Cotes de Provence Rouge aged to perfection. The grand finale finds us on Provence's southern shores for that gorgeous powerhouse, the aforementioned Bandol!
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Venus Rosé 3-L!
Domaine Pinchinat 

Rosé 2013

"Venus de Pinchinat"

{organic} Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault
(Central Provence, France)
DRY, WITH CITRUS, WHITE CHERRY AND FLOWERS (3L BIB = 4 bottles!) Although the vines for this wine are within the Cotes de Provence appellation and meet all of the criteria including the correct grapes, they are at the bottom of the hills that get that designation. This wine is a stunning...

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Pinchinat Blanc
Domaine Pinchinat 

Cotes de Provence Blanc 2013 

{organic} 80% Rolle (Vermentino),
20% Clairette
(Central Provence, France)
Pinchinat is great for so many reasons. For one, the combination of Rolle (called Vermentino and Favorita in Italy) and Clairette is a perfect match, made in heaven. Secondly, the combination of historic vineyards, clean...

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Vieux Clocher Ventoux

Arnoux ~ Vieux Clocher 
Ventoux Rouge 2012 

75% Grenache, 10% Syrah,

10% Carignan, 5% Cinsault 

(Northwestern Provence, France)


The Arnoux family's entrée into winemaking can be traced back to 1717, when the Count of Vacqueyras granted the family a small parcel of land. Today, three centuries later, they attentively farm 40 hectares and produce top value Rhone wines - intensely flavored reds with naturally low yields...

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Pinchinat Provence Rouge
Domaine Pinchinat 
Cotes de Provence Rouge 2006 

{organic} Syrah, Mourvedre, Cab 

(Central Provence, France)

Alain de Welle is a nice, peaceful man. As the owner and manager of Pinchinat, it's his vision that is expressed in each glass of his wine that is served these days. Although his family has farmed this vineyard for over two centuries (and the land farmed back to pre-history), his father broke from tradition and raised him in the nearby city of Aix...
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Domaine la Bastide Blanche 
Bandol 2011  

{organic} 76% Mourvedre, 24% Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, & Carignan 

(Southern Provence, France


Known as the greatest red of Provence, Bandol Rouge is made primarily from the bold Mourvedre grape, which lends the wines their power and frequently rustic edge. Sometimes, they can be so rich as to seem a bit harsh, but that isn't the case here. While this example has the typical, classical...
Rolle Call
Vermentino by Any Other Name
   While Vermentino's origins remain uncertain, its range is a broad one of importance in Italy's northwestern quarter, Mediterranean France, and in the islands of the Tyrrhenian and Ligurian seas. It was first written about under the name of Fermentino in the mid-1600s but may very well be several centuries older. Despite its many names and faces (though it's not surprising that a grape with so broad a range should exhibit dramatically different character traits from place to place), Vermentino is identical to the Rolle of Provence, the Pigato of Liguria, and even the Favorita of the Piemonte. Tune in next week for more deep cuts. 
Republic of Vermentino
    Republic of Vermentino*  
Know the Names:
  • Vermentino / Vermentinu - Sardinia, Tuscany, Corsica
  • Pigato - Liguria
  • Favorita - Piemonte
  • Rolle / Rollé - Provence

But wait, that's not all!

  Vermentino can also be found under the names Fermentino, Furmentin, Varlentin, Verlentin, Verlantin, and Varlanten.


*Territory not recognized by the United Nations


For more fun with grapes click here and here.

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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):


Anton Bauer 

Grüner Veltliner

$19.99 on sale


Cave Freudenreich

Riesling d'Alsace

"Terre d'Apollon" 

$17.99 on sale



Navarra Rosado 

"Lagrima de Garnacha" 

$9.99 on sale

Domaine la Bouysse 

Hauterive Blanc 

$11.99 on sale


Reds (65˚F):


Quinta do Encontro 

Beira Atlântico 


$11.99 on sale


Viña Aliaga 


"Syrah Syrah"

$13.99 on sale



Pinot Noir 

"Firepeak Vineyard" 

$22.99 on sale


Grosbos Barbara 
Saint Pouçain Rouge
"Chambre d'Eduard" 

$15.99 on sale


Bodegas Arrocal 

Ribera de Duero 





Pinot Noir

$19.99 on sale

La Quercia 


$16.99 on sale




 $19.99 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


Cave Freudenreich 

Riesling d'Alsace 

"Terre d'Apollon" 

$17.99 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
Saturdays: 8am-3pm 
  • Community supported farms & entrepreneurs. 
  • Socially & financially underutilized urban land. 
  • Healthy neighborhoods & thriving markets. 
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