Weekend of Grenache!
  & autumn is (almost) in the air...
In This Issue:
The Rosé Garden
Tasty Tuesday: Autumnal Equinox
Saturday Tasting: The Weekend of Grenache!

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Mucha's Autumn 
    The Autumnal Equinox is upon us, bringing with it the Pagan holiday of Mabon. After Halloween, Catfish Day, and Ice Worm Day, Mabon is our absolute favorite holiday because it promises crisp cool days, bright crunchy leaves beneath our feet, and of course midnight saturnalia filled, hopefully, with drunkenness and general nude depravity.
  Of course, there's no better place than Wine Authorities to stock up on supplies for your licentious autumn bacchanals. It's still warm enough for our epic selection of Rosé to pair well with that wicker effigy bonfire you've been planning. Happy Mabon! Blessed Be!
One final call for
Rosé Limericks!
Pink Haiku!
    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!


    All entries must be submitted before midnight on Monday, September 22nd (the final day of Summer). Our panel of celebrity limerick judges will be announced soon. Stay tuned for more info!



 And a final reminder...


Why, thank you!      
Real Customer Comment:

"Everyone I work with talks about this place.
We all love it!"

    -  Robert B.        

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!
Autumnal Equinox
  Featuring Franc*
This Tuesday, September 23rd, we present our FREE
midweek wine tasting.  Every Tuesday is tasty!

5:00 - 7:00 pm

*Cabernet Franc!
    Nobody knows fall like Franc - Cabernet Franc, that is! We crave its classically herbaceous, spicy aromas that remind us of drying, colorful leaves (the kind that we can currently look forward to covering our lawns and sidewalks in the near future). As we celebrate the dawning of a new fall, we look to the proud parent grape of half-brothers Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Malbec to stimulate our autumnal nostalgia! While Cabernet Franc may not be as famous as some of its globetrotting sons, its distinctive flavors and distinguished, elegant structure never cease to enchant us.   
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
Weekend of
  International Grenache Day is just around the corner! We aren't making this up! Grenache lovers have annexed the third Friday of each September as a time to sing the praises (and drink up the flavors) of their favorite grape, and we, for our part, are extending this Grenache-i-est of days to a weekend-long celebration of the grape in both its famously violet-hued, voluptuous glory and its potential for lighter shades...
   Originating in northern Spain's historic kingdom of Aragon, the ancient Garnacha grape (best known to many of us by its French/international name, Grenache) is, perhaps, the true king of the Mediterranean. This Saturday, we'll visit both its Spanish homeland and adoptive France, beginning in the western Languedoc for a taste of a wine headlined by the famously fresh and aromatic white-skinned mutation of the grape, Grenache Blanc.  For the next two wines, we'll journey southward to the birthplace of Grenache, southern Aragon. Here, we'll first encounter the grape immersed in one of its favorite hobbies, being vinified as bright, aromatic rosé. Next, we'll have the pleasure of meeting a bold, sumptuously oaken, rendition that is unmistakably Spanish. Finally, we'll find ourselves in what has, over recent centuries, become the world capital of Grenache, the Southern Rhone's beautiful Chateauneuf du Pape, where we'll taste a massive, 95% Grenache masterpiece featuring cameos by Mourvedre and Syrah. Vive la Grenache!

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Bouysse Blanc
Domaine La Bouysse 

Aude Hauterive Blanc 2013   

{organic} 54% Grenache Blanc, 26% Macabeu, 15% Viognier, 5% Muscat 
(Western Languedoc, France)
Our friend Martine Pages is really in full stride. The current vintages of her various wines are among the best she's ever made. This exotic white is lush, full, and floral while simultaneously bright and lively. Expansive and sophisticated...

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Tempore Rosé

Rosado de Garnacha 2007

{organic} 100% Garnacha 

(Aragon, Spain)

Aragón might take its name from an ancient kingdom and countryside littered with the ruins of imposing fortresses and medieval castles, but there's nothing imposing or ancient about this delightfully tangy rosé made from the region's native Garnacha grape. Its striking fuchsia iridescence offers...

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Sup, G?

{organic} 100% Garnacha

(Aragon, Spain)

Another beautiful take on Aragón's native Garnacha grape from Bodegas Tempore, and this one tips the scales. The iconic "G" only spends four months in oak, which speaks to how naturally luscious and concentrated...
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Pères de L'Eglise 
Chateauneuf du Pape 2010
"Le Calice de Saint Pierre"

{organic} 95% Grenache,

3% Mourvedre, 2% Syrah 

(Southern Rhone, France)

The shell of an imposing castle overlooking sunbleached cobblestone streets and winding alleyways provides a mysterious focal point to the Southern Rhone's oldest and most famous appellation. Chateauneuf du Pape requires relatively little introduction...
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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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