This Week, Get Pinofied!
We're closed on Labor Day, Monday September 1st
In This Issue:
The Rosé Garden
Tasty Tuesday: Pinot's Heirs
Saturday Tasting: Pinot's Wardrobe
Deep Cuts


  Our recent stretch of unseasonably cool weather is ending just in time for Labor Day weekend, as the mercury will once again shoot up to brain-meltingly high temperatures. It's time to begin the slow but inevitable process of bringing summer to a close with one more lazy long weekend. It's your last chance to wear white and/or seersucker, if you allow your sartorial instincts to be dictated by outmoded Victorian ideas. Our friend Pinot, for instance, is throwing a little fashion show on Saturday, and is known to wear white all year long. Read on for details!
   Before we move on to the creamy molten center of this particular newsletter, we would like to express our gratitude to the readers of Durham Magazine for voting us Best Wine Store in Durham!
    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!



  And remember... 
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...
Closed on Labor Day

Monday, September 1st


Why, thank you!      
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"Who chooses the music for the store?
It's always so, so good!"

    -  Katherine D.        

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!
Pinot's Heirs
This Tuesday, September 2nd, we present our FREE
midweek wine tasting.  Every Tuesday is tasty!

5:00 - 7:00 pm
  Join us next Tuesday as we chase some very familiar heirs of Pinot Noir along their family tree (or vine, as it were) and across three continents. Just as it can be with people, the familial resemblance between parent and offspring grapes can be astoundingly tenuous, and many relationships between varietals have only very recently come to light via DNA studies.
   We'll begin with a direct descendent of Pinot Noir, Savagnin (in the form of its more familiar, aromatic, pink-skinned mutation, Gewürztraminer). Next, we'll follow the lineage to one of Savagnin's most popular progenies, Sauvignon Blanc. Our final wine is an example of the famous son that you might not have realized belonged to Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines come courtesy of Oregon's Willamette, New Zealand's Nelson, and Argentina's Mendoza valley. For more information on Pinot Noir's many children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and so on, check out the "Deep Cuts" section of this week's newsletter below the Saturday Tasting section!
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
Pinot's Wardrobe
   In the past, we've explored the multi-hued mutations of Pinot, and we're doing so again - although this time with an exciting twist...a scandalous twist, even! We're peeking into Pinot's dressing room to observe the grape in various stages of dress and, shall we say, déshabillé. We're starting off with Pinot au naturel, as we pour a titillating taste of German Blanc de Noir, a white wine made from the red Pinot Noir grape. We'll then accompany Pinot as it dons its famous white, gray, and black suits - an elegantly lush Alsatian Pinot Blanc, an chiseled Oregonian Pinot Gris, and a boldly contemporary Austrian Pinot Noir, respectively. Join us on Saturday for a front-row seat.
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Paul Anheuser 

Pinot Noir

"Blanc de Noir" 

Pinot Noir 
(Nahe, Germany)
Paul Anheuser explains how he goes about making a white Pinot Noir. He vinifies it in 100% stainless steel tanks (so there are no oak flavors to be found) and then employs a clear Bordeaux-style bottle to show off the wine's lovely golden depth. Despite being vinified from Pinot Noir...

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Freudenreich Pinot Blanc

Cave Freudenreich 
Pinot Blanc 2012 

{sustainable} Pinot Blanc 

(Alsace, France)

This is a prime example of outstanding Alsatian Pinot Blanc. Soft flower garden aromas swirl out of the glass in heady waves, and the palate is pretty and focused with stone fruit and citrus. Bright acidity and a tinge of smoky minerals...

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Montinore Pinot Gris
Montinore Estate 
Pinot Gris 2013  

{biodynamic} 100% Pinot Gris 

(Willamette, Oregon)

Continuing their great tradition of superb Alsatian-styled dry whites, Montinore presents this medium to full-bodied Pinot Gris showing golden skin contact coloration and a nose of dried pear slices, apricot and fresh flowers...
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Bauer Pinot Noir

Anton Bauer
Pinot Noir 2012 

{sustainable} 100% Pinot Noir   

(Wagram, Austria)

In our exploration of Austrian producers and their array of superlative wines, Anton Bauer has continued to truly stand out. This Pinot remains an exciting favorite because of its quality, character, and value - the ripe cherry fruit which we...
Pinot & Co.
Beginning in Burgundy, 
Conquering Contenents!
  Whether Pinot (in its signature Noir, Gris, or Blanc attire) itself ranks among your very favorite varietals, there's a good chance that you, as a wine lover, have been celebrating its many descendents without even realizing it. Having sprung up in Burgundy (perhaps in Beaune as many as a thousand years ago), the Pinot grape has since proven to be a prolific parent to children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren (etc.) which have taken on noteworthy lives and reputations of their own.
   The following grapes are just a few of Pinot's better known descendents!

  • Chardonnay
  • Gamay
  • Savagnin (aka Traminer - less aromatic, green-skinned, original form of the better-known, pink-skinned Gewürztraminer grape)
  • Melon de Bourgogne
  • Aligoté
  • Auxerrois
  • Tresallier
  • Romorantin
  • Pinotage
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Grüner Veltliner
  • Petit Manseng
  • Teroldego
  • Verdelho
  • Trousseau (more colorfully known as BASTARDO!)
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Syrah
  • Gros Manseng
  • Colombard
  • Lagrein
Further Down the Line:
  • Petite Sirah (originally called Durif)
  • Corvina
  • Rondinella
  • Refosco
  • Raboso
   Tune in next week for more "Deep Cuts"! 
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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  


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 

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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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  • Remera, Rwanda 
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