Join us for Disaster Relief this Saturday
and Piquant Piemontese wines on Tuesday! 
Plus: help spread the Love of Cheese... 
In This Issue:
Tasty Tuesday: La Casaccia (with special guest in Durham only)
Saturday Tasting: Disaster Relief

It's American
Cheese Month!
    And by "American Cheese", we certainly don't mean soul-deadening slices of day-glo orange wax. No sir. We are referring to extremely high-quality, traditionally produced American Cheese. Cheese made by the skilled and toughened hands of proud, passionate artisans. Cheese aged under impeccably precise conditions. Cheese that tastes so good that your knees will dissolve into puddles of whey the second it hits your tongue.
   Wine Authorities has always sported a great cheese selection to go along with our hallowed halls of estate wine. But since the Raleigh store opened, we have been able to expand our cheesy wares beyond our wildest dreams. To celebrate American Cheese month, we're loading up on absolutely world-class cheeses produced in the United States, and many from right here in North Carolina.
   We will be sampling a different US cheese every Saturday this month during our regular 12-3 tastings, so stop by and get cheesy...American Style!
Say Cheese
Say Cheese!
in love with
The Loire 
   With fall and October comes the annual hibernation of our Rosé Garden, but as we've all learned very well, it will spring to life with renewed vigor in its plethora of refreshing pink hues next year. In the meantime, discover, rediscover, or just plain fall in love with some of our current favorites from France's Loire. This massive 600+ mile river and its many tributaries are home to a network of wine regions brimming with autumnal romance! We have erected monuments made of Loire Valley wines in our Durham and Raleigh stores to help us sing the praises of these fall-friendly delights! 


Why, thank you!      
Real Customer Comment:

"I love it!"

  -  Elise D.                       

(in response to our Farmers Not Factories philosophy) 


Tasty Tuesday!
La Casaccia of 
Italy's Monferrato
Featuring (in DURHAM ONLY)
special guest, Margherita Rava 
This Tuesday, October 14th, we present our FREE
midweek wine tasting.  Every Tuesday is tasty!

5:00 - 7:00 pm
   Join us this Tuesday as we celebrate the wines of La Casaccia, whose specialties include three of the signature varietals of the Piemonte's Monferrato. The Barbera grape has found its way into the hearts and endeared itself to the palates of many American wine lovers, becoming one of the most popular Italian varietals in recent years. We'll also be sampling excellent examples of two grapes which are less familiar to many of us. Freisa and Grignolino are famously distinctive - both typically pale in color, firmly-structured, and generously aromatic!
   We'll be joined by the estate's Margherita Rava (pictured below with her father, Giovanni) only in Durham. The three wines themselves, however, will be poured at both locations!
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
Disaster Relief
  Survey the Damage...
...via Delicious Wine!   
   Following Napa's now infamous August 24th earthquake, we're setting aside this Saturday afternoon to survey the damages following some of the most harrowing wine-related and vintage-changing disasters in recent memory.
2010 Earthquake Aftermath in Chile
    We'll begin close to the site of one of the most broadly-scoped catastrophes to befall any wine-producing area in the last decade. On February 27th, 1910, an earthquake clocking in at 8.8 on the Richter Scale shook the heart of Chile's wine country with devastating effects that reached far beyond the bounds of wine production and storage. Between 12 and 20 percent of Chilean bottles and barrels awaiting release (and accounting for numerous previous vintages' worth of labor) were lost in the blink of an eye. Rivers, it is said, could be seen literally running red with wine. Our ambassador wine for this tragedy is a bountiful 3-liter box of Sauvignon Blanc from Curico, one of the regions hit hardest by the quake.
2012, 2013 Flooding in Burgundy
   Our next offering hails from Beaujolais and represents a trio of vintages for Burgundy and central France which have included problems ranging from the routine to the bizarre. Beaujolais itself, for instance, had a run in with a Tornado in late August of 2013! It was the less-exotic cold, flooding, rot, and sporadic rashes of hailstorms, however, that rendered the most devastation. The 2012 Cote de Brouilly that we're sampling on Saturday was reduced to 25 cases for export. Meager quantity aside, the little bit that we've gotten our hands on is just as delicious, vibrant, and impeccably-balanced as we've come to expect from Piret!
Napa Earthquake 2014
   On August 24th, 2014, the biggest earthquake in 25 years struck the Bay Area of Northern California: it's epicenter was just a few miles south of America's wine Mecca, the town of Napa. The quake caused severe damage to historic buildings, and many local wineries were thrown into - to put it mildly - a state of disarray. Hendry Ranch had dozens of barrels of aging wine tumble to the winery floor after the earthquake caused their racks to collapse. Only a few barrels broke open, which caused a huge mess but luckily meant that most of their wine remained safe and intact, although some of their old barriques are now stained an implacable shade of purple. Life (and wine) goes on, and the Hendry team has almost finished harvesting the grapes that will make up their 2014 vintage. We have their 2012 Pinot Noir lined up for you as part of this tasting...
Grapes and Leaves Ravaged by Hail at Libian
   We'll end our adventure in the northwestern reaches of the Southern Rhone among the vines of of the heroic Mas de Libian. The estate's hard work, biodynamic principles, and (most importantly) remarkably characterful wines have made sure that the Thibon sisters and Nestor, their famously handsome horse, always occupy a very special place in our hearts. Following smaller-scale calamities that limited their yields (in 2012) and damaged a large cross-section of their harvest (in 2011), the September of 2014 brought with it a violent hailstorm which threatened to devastate their vineyards - and just prior to harvest. It appears the damage may not be quite as bad as originally thought, and we're eagerly awaiting more news. Meanwhile, the estate plows ahead with typical gusto (see below)! 
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Viña Apaltagua

Sauvignon Blanc [3-L!] 2013

[sustainable] 100% Sauvignon Blanc
(Curico, Chile)
Sauvignon Blanc is one of Chile's most sought-after specialties, and the Loire Valley native does excellent work in the nation's Valle Central. Arguably the antithesis of the cold-climate offerings associated with New Zealand's Marlborough or France's Sancerre, these distinctly more tropical renditions...

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Domaine Piret
Cote de Brouilly 2012

[sustainable] 100% Gamay

(Beaujolais, France)

Deft hands in the winery meet with the perfectly ripened fruit from 65 year-old vines grown in some of the finest blue shale soils in all of Beaujolais; a recipe for serious, elegant wine. Clean, slatey minerality runs through bloomy, floral aromatics and soft rich fruit like veins of precious ore glistening in a mountainside. See that? This wine made us paint a pretty picture in your mind. We can't help it with Gamay this good..."

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Hendry Ranch 
Pinot Noir 2012

100% Pinot Noir 

(Napa, California)

Hendry Ranch lies in the "transitional" climate area between cool Carneros and the sun-baked plains of the lower Napa Valley. This lovely wine lies - quite appropriately - in the transitional spectrum between the bright acidity of Burgundy and the full-fruit approach of Californian pinot noir...
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Mas de Libian 
Cotes du Rhone 2012

{biodynamic} 80% Grenache,

10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre 

(Southern Rhone, France)

"Drink wine. This is life eternal," famously wrote the ever beauty-seeking Omar Khayyam, and 800 years later, his attitudes and observations resound with timelessness. The Thibon sisters of Mas de Libian have named this delicious cuvée after the 12th century Persian poet and philosopher, and its exotic perfume of rosemary, lavender, and cocoa combine with violet-fruited romance in a sublimely exotic...
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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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