September 11th:
Scratch Dinner @ Duke Gardens
This Saturday:
Back to School with Old School Wines! 
Next Tuesday:
Vacation Pack Sampler (Part 2) 
In This Issue:
Scratch Dinner at Duke Gardens!
Think Inside the Box
The Rosé Garden
Tasty Tuesday: Vacation Pack Sampler (Part 2)
Saturday Tasting: Back to School w/ Old School Wine


    Every year at about this time, we invite our customers to submit rosé-themed limericks. These are then expertly judged, and prizes are distributed to the most deserving poets. A good laugh is had by all. So, with all appropriate pomp and ceremony, let the 2014 Rosé Limerick Contest begin! (cannons fire, doves are released)
   BUT WAIT! We have two stores now, so this year we are having TWO CONTESTS. Ladies and gentlemen, it is our great honor to announce the first ever Rosé Haiku Contest. While the limericks are stored in a secret location and judged by a stern and patriarchal panel of adjudicators, the haikus will be judged by you, in what will surely be a breathtaking use of social media. As tech nerds like to say (probably), the haiku contest is "open source".
   Feel free to submit your work to both contests! Read on for rules, details, and examples. Remember, no matter which format you choose, your muse MUST be dry rosé!

From Wikipedia: A Limerick is a form of poetry in five-line anapestic meter with a strict AABBA rhyme scheme (no, not the Swedish pop band). Limericks are usually humorous and sometimes obscene. Here's an example:

The limerick packs laughs anatomical 
Into space that is quite economical 
But the good ones I've seen 
So seldom are clean 
And the clean ones so seldom are comical


1. You must be at least 21 to submit an entry.
2. Multiple entries are allowed, but each must be sent in a separate email.
3. Poems MUST BE IN STRICT LIMERICK FORMAT. Only true limericks are eligible to win.
4. Entries must be "clean enough" to print publicly. Please don't say a cussie.
5. All entries are due by Friday, September 12th at midnight.
6. All limericks must have a rosé-based theme.

Please email all entries to, with LIMERICK as the subject line.
A haiku is an ancient Japanese poetic form, usually meant to inspire contemplation of the dignity and solemnity of nature. For our purposes, your haiku should follow a strict format: three lines, the first and third containing five syllables, and the second containing seven syllables. Here's a truly stirring example:
As the sun rises 
My underwear goes with it 
I have a wedgie

-Andrew Fiore circa 1995  


1. You must be at least 21 to submit an entry.
2. Multiple entries are allowed, but each must be sent in a separate email.
3. Poems MUST BE IN STRICT HAIKU FORMAT. Only true haikus are eligible to win
4. Entries must be "clean enough" to print publicly. Again, please refrain from the invocation of cussies.
5. All entries are due by Friday, September 12th at midnight.
6. Each haiku must have a rosé-based theme.

Please Tweet or Instagram your submissions @wineauthorities, and be sure to tag them #rosehaiku2014. You can also post your entries on our Facebook page with the #rosehaiku2014 hashtag.

  • 1st Prize - $50 Wine Authorities Gift Certificate! 
  • 2nd Prize - $30 Enomatic Card!
  • 3rd prize - Two bottles of any DAILY-priced rosés!
Our panel of celebrity limerick judges will be announced soon. Stay tuned for more info! 
We'll help you pack!
Vacation Pack
   In other news, our 2014  Vacation Pack deal is going strong, but it won't last forever! Two crisp whites, two luscious rosés, and two sumptuous reds are ready to accompany you on your various late-summer travels (or late-summer chillin'  at home). The wines are at a deep discount, and come in a stylish Wine Authorities tote to help you..uh.. tote 'em. Pick up your pre-packed portable party today! Click here to read more and visit us us at our next Tasty Tuesday for the opportunity to sample three of the six selections...
Extree! Extree!
Laura Frankstone Illustration 
Illustration by Laura Frankstone
   Check out this excellent article on our new Raleigh 'hood in the latest issue of Walter Magazine! They have some great things to say about the new businesses in the area (including ours), and we're very proud to be part of the ongoing radification of such a cool part of town.
   We would like to point out that our Durham store has actually been in business since 2007 (not 2009 as mentioned in the article) and to clarify that it is, in reality, a whopping 95% of grocery store wine which is produced by the same eight corporations. These corporations have bought or created brands to make it seem like they are hundreds of individual wineries while manufacturing the wines in massive factories. Dastardly indeed.


Why, thank you!      
Real Customer Comment:

"This is perfect! I love this place."

    -  Cheyenne S.        

"Late Summer Latin" 
With Scratch Bakery 
and Wine Authorities 
at Duke Gardens
  Join us for a farm-to-fork dinner that brings Scratch Bakery, the Wine Authorities and Duke Gardens together again for a dinner featuring the flavors of Latin cuisine. For this event Phoebe Lawless, of Scratch Bakery, promises to leave her mariachi pants at home, but will be wielding fire and spice to present a Late Summer Latin Feast complete with wine pairings from Wine Authorities. Your evening will begin with a seasonal cocktail and stroll through the Gardens, and continue with a family-style dinner under the stars along with explanations of the food and wine selections.  You will enjoy NC Mackerel Escabeche, Carnitas Tamal, and Late Season Charred Tomatoes with Slow Roasted Onions and Purslane, as well as other menu surprises.

The Food: Prepared by the renowned Phoebe Lawless and her staff from Scratch Bakery and Café. Phoebe has been written about by the N.Y. 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 Indy Week.
The Wine: Wine Authorities showcases the estate wines from wineries that grow all of the grapes used in their wine production. Simply put, the estate wine producers are as much farmers as they are winemakers. The selections and expertise at Wine Authorities have landed the shop "Best in the Triangle" in the Local Wine Store category from Indy Magazine for the past six years.
The Setting: The picturesque Duke Gardens, voted one of the top 10 public gardens in the United States by Tripadvisor. and winner of the 2013 Horticulture Magazine Award for Garden Excellence!

$70 Per Person
Only 40 Seats Available!
Please call the Duke Gardens to purchase tickets:
(919) 668-1707 
Phoebe Lawless of Scratch
  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 has returned. What's more, a new Rhone white made from Viognier (75%) & Ugni Blanc (25%) from our beloved Domaine Le Garrigon is available for the very first time, and it is positively awesome! 

  • 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) continues to bloom 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!
Vacation Pack Sampler
Prepare for Labor Day!
This Tuesday, August 26th, we present our FREE
midweek wine tasting.  Every Tuesday is tasty!

5:00 - 7:00 pm
 On Tuesday, August 26th, we're preparing for the impending  early September reprieve from having to do stuff that is Labor Day!  How better to do this than with a second examination of our fantastically fun 2014 Vacation Pack? Whether you intend to travel over the holiday or simply catch up on some rest and relaxation close to home, this assortment is diverse, fun, and a great way to save over 20% on some of our current favorites. This week, we're highlighting three of the six selections to be found in the Vacation Pack including a Provençal white made from Rolle/Vermentino (which identical to the Piemonte's Favorita) and Clairette, a sumptuously refreshing Monastrell-based rosé from southern Valencia, and a bold Zinfandel from Cali's Paso Robles. Vacay or staycay, these wines are the way!
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 Saturday we celebrate this most scholarly "back to school" season with a tasting which features "old school" wines from the old world. We've selected four favorites which are as timeless as they are retro and more relevant than they are relic-ish. We'll begin with a phenomenal value in sparkling wine from Burgundy. Aged to perfection yet boldly bright, it's a tremendous alternative to the much more expensive vintage options from Champagne. Next, we'll find ourselves in Tuscany for a Trebbiano/Malvasia combo whose deep coloration and refreshing pearskin-like astringency are the result of extended skin contact. In northern Portugal's Bairrada, we'll encounter the Baga grape in the excellent company of Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo). Firm and filled with black fruit, this mature red is still plenty assertive with rustic notes of walnut and leather. Our tasting's finale is set to find us is Navarra for a sumptuously oaky Tempranillo/Cabernet blend inching deliciously toward a decade of age. Kick it old school with us, pick your favorites, and have a late-night European evening after you put the kids to bed for their first day back to school!

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Domaine Tripoz 

Cremant de Bourgogne 

{biodynamic} Chardonnay 
(Southern Burgundy, France)
This micro-production cremant is crafted like many of the finest grower Champagnes, and it shows. Rich, mature, and elegantly vinous, it is perfectly at home at the table, and not to be delegated merely to celebrations! Lush and rich, this is great sparkling wine...

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Bianco Toscano 2010
"Bianco di Caparsino" 

{biodynamic} Trebbiano, Malvasia  

(Tuscany, Italy)

In 1982, Paolo Cianferoni started transforming his family's property in the heart of Chianti into an organic farm, leaving 60% of the land forested to maintain maximum sustainability. Though he concentrates on Sangiovese, a small parcel of his vineyard is devoted to the grapes that go into this distinctive...

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Sao Domingos Bairrada
São Domingos 
Bairrada 2008 

40% Baga, 30% Tinta Roriz,

30% Touriga Nacional  

(Bairrada, Portugal)

Baga, a sturdy black grape with firm tannin and a reputation for ageworthiness hasn't perhaps found its way onto the radar of the average American wine lover just yet, but it's nevertheless part of Iberia's dream team of outstanding and exclusive grape varietals. Complex, rustic, and somewhat anachronistic...
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Viña Aliaga  
Navarra Tinto 2005
"Reserva de la Familia" 

75% Tempranillo, 25% Cab Sauv  

(Navarra, Spain)

Show stopper Spanish Reserva here. The mahogany colored edge is just a hint that the wine has been maturing for some time. The nose leans old-school with orange peel, light cherries and lays down with silky plush tannins...
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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


Dr. Heyden 

Riesling Kabinett 


$16.99 on sale


Jean Paul Brun 

Beujolais Rosé 

"Rosé d'Folie" 

$16.99 on sale

Chateau Jouclary 

Sauvignon 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):


Cooper Mountain 

Pinot Gris 

$19.99 on sale



Syrah / Grenache Rosé

$11.99 on sale


Bodegas Los Frailes 

Monastrell Rosado 

$9.99 on sale

Eric de Suremain 

Rully 1er Cru 

$29.99 on sale


Clos Lapeyre 

Jurançon Sec

$38.99 on sale




$19.99 on sale


Cave Freudenreich 


"Terre d'Apollon" 

$17.99 on sale




$19.99 on sale



Reds (65º F):


Bodegas Arrocal

Ribera del Duero 

$19.99 on sale


Mas Granier 

"Cuvée Psalmodi"

$11.99 on sale


Paul D 


$12.99 on sale


Pinot Noir 

$26.99 on sale



Dolcetto d'Alba




Tre Ricci 

Cabernet Sauvignon 

$29.99 on sale

Bodegas Los Frailes 

Valencia Monastrell 

$9.99 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



"Il Frappato" 

$34.99 on sale


Domaine Magellan 
Hérault Rouge
"Le Fruit Défendu"

$11.99 on sale




"Bliss Vineyard"




"Old Vine Red" 

$14.99 on sale


Cabernet Sauvignon


$49.99 on sale


Laurent Combier 

Crozes Hermitage "L"

 $26.99 on sale  


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Artisan Bacon



  • Applewood 
  • Garlic

 North Country 

  • Applewood
  • Peppered

Firsthand Foods 

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


  • Sorghum Sesame


  • Bacon Jam 

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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 


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