Hopscotch Party & Birthday Festivities...
Did someone say SALE?
In This Issue:
The Rosé Garden
Tasty Tuesday: A Toast on the Eve of Our Birthday!
Saturday Tasting: Greener on Every Side!

Happy Birthday!
(May we say that to ourselves?)

    As we prepare to turn seven next Wednesday, September 10th, we're feeling enormous gratitude to all of the loyal friends and customers in the Triangle and beyond who've unfailingly shown us support as we've grown older and quite possibly wiser!  We've bonded with you over our shared thirst for wine and passion for the delicious silver lining which lies beyond industrialized corporate wineries.
    The past year has been one of the most exciting for us as we've sprouted new buds, opening our second store in an awesome Raleigh neighborhood of which we couldn't be more proud to be a part! What better way to celebrate than with a hefty birthday sale?  Next week, starting on Monday (the 8th) and ending on Sunday (the 14th), we're offering a robust 20% discount on every purchase of 6 or more Wine Authorities Selections  and a 25% discount on every purchase of 12 or moreWine Authorities Selections™!  These are some of our very favorite wines - ones which we've invited to the Triangle, bringing them exclusively to our shops! It's like a birthday discount for everyone, and you can take advantage of it as often as you like over the course of the seven-day sale. There's only one catch, you'll need to give us the ultra-secret, ultra-special hand signal at checkout in order to congratulate us on our seven years of existence:

   Seriously, you have to give us the signal...

Wine Authorities Selections:
Join us for a game of

  For the aurally alert among you, it should be fairly clear that we here at Wine Authorities are rabid music fans. We're always kicking out the tasty jams and filling the shop with only the crunchiest of grooves. So it is with a kid-on-Christmas sense of joy that we anticipate this coming weekend, the greatest musical weekend in the history of the world. It's Hopscotch Time!
And now that we have a wonderful Raleigh location, we get to be right in the thick of the festival and participate like we never have before. On Saturday, September 6th, we will help our awesome neighbors Person Street Bar throw one of Hopscotch's legendary (and totally free) Day Parties. The Person Street Plaza parking lot will be rocking starting at 2pm with live music provided by Petey, The Shelles, Cousins, and Loose Canyons. We'll be pouring beer on tap and wine by the glass for the duration, and Yellow Dog Bread will have pastries and Lamplighter Coffee for sale. Our soon to be neighbors Standard Foods are having a lamb roast*, so it's going to be one big happily roiling sea of great food, great wine (and beer), and great music. We're literally vibrating with excitement!

For more info check out the Hopscotch website!

*Vegetarian Plates also available
   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 floatingheads@wineauthorities.com, 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...


Why, thank you!      
Real Customer Comment:

"I work at [other major wine shop], but I buy all
of my wine at Wine Authorities"

    -  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!
A Toast on the Eve 
of Our Birthday 
This Tuesday, September 9th, we present our FREE
midweek wine tasting.  Every Tuesday is tasty!

5:00 - 7:00 pm
Birthday Toast
     Join us on Tuesday as we celebrate Wine Authorities' seventh anniversary - our birthday!  We're sampling three bubblies which wouldn't be available in our corner of the world if we hadn't loved them enough to bring them here and share them with our customers.  First up is the refreshing Cava from Mas Codina that is as precious to us as gold but disappears as quickly as water! Next, we'll venture to France's Alsace for an elegantly piercing sparkler made from Riesling, Pinot Blanc, and Pinot Noir courtesy of Cave Freudenreich. We'll end in Burgundy with what was the very first sparkling Wine Authorities Selection, the Blanc de Blancs Cremant from Domaine Tripoz. Toasting to the exploration and adoration of wines that are made, as is the case with every wine we carry, by the very farmers which grew the grapes, we share these favorites with you. Cheers!
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
Greener on
Every Side!
   Prepare to enter a mysterious green world at this week's free Saturday tasting, and join us in the midst of the last (and perhaps hottest) leg of this overtly green Triangle summer. We're sampling four phenomenal values - each fantastically green in its own special way. Our first stop is in Basque Country, at the eastern extreme of what is typically referred to as "Green Spain" (stretching from Galicia across Spain's northern, very Atlantic coast). Here, in this most mild and moist part of Spain, we'll find one of our best and only defenses against these 90+ degree North Carolinian days we have at hand. Next, we'll venture westward into the realm of northern Portugal's "Green Wine," Vinho Verde for a great example of one of the nation's many spectacular and virtually exclusive grape varietals, Loureiro. Taking a detour from Northern Iberia, we'll find ourselves at the heart of Europe in the company of Austria's revered green grape, Grüner Veltliner - in this case, by the liter! Our final wine welcomes us back to "Green Spain." At the frontier of Galicia and Castilla y León, where we'll find Bierzo and its impressive but somewhat rare Mencía grape. Get your green on!
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Txiki Txak!
Akarregi Txiki 

Getariako Txakolina 

100% Hondarribi Zuri 
(Pays Basque, Spain)
Lasalde Elkartea is a big man with giant hands. He comes from a cattle farming family, but left this tradition to follow his love of the zippy Basque wine. Glimmering with green zestiness and bright golden fruit, this phenomenal value in Txakoli layers the signature mineral and blazing acidity that we crave...

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Pássaros Loureiro

Anselmo Mendes 
Vinho Verde ~ Loureiro 2013

100% Loureiro

(Minho, Portugal)

Anselmo Mendes has established himself as Portugal's go-to specialist for white wine, and he continues his streak with this superb Vinho Verde. The "Passaros" is unusual in that it is the rare example of a Vinho Verde made from...

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Paul D. Grüner
Paul D. 
Grüner Veltliner 2013 [1 Liter!

100% Grüner Veltliner 

(Wagram, Austria)

On a wine buying trip in Austria, Paul Direder stood before us looking barely old enough to drive. He smiled as we sampled his wine and stood nervously with his mother at his side waiting for a reaction. His first vintage was brilliant. The family farm...
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Bierzo 2012 

100% Mencía

(Bierzo, Spain)

Here's a rare value from the "in vogue" Bierzo appellation in North Western Spain. From Mencia vines over 50 years of age, this unoaked little minx is tempting and intriguing. Mencia is known for it's complex spicy aromas...
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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 

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 


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  • Farmhouse Blend, Equador & Peru
  • Tsheya, Congo    
  • Baroida Late Harvest, Papua New Guinea 
  • Remera, Rwanda 
  • Espresso Toscano                
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