Seasonal Greetings!!!
Tonight: Rhone Class!
In This Issue:
Tonight! Rhone Class in Durham!
Tasty Tuesday: Holiday Party Wines
Saturday Tasting: "Mature & Masterful"

Winter (and Holiday
Cheer) is Coming! 
   Is it Winter that tiptoes in on little cat feet? Or is that the fog? Either way, all of a sudden the last traces of color have left the trees and winter is most definitely on its way. It's a very Game of Thrones type of feeling, except in place of an army of ice ghouls, we have the warmth and comfort of the holiday season. So join our Wine Authorities family for a month of wine-slingin' holiday cheer! We are in the process of building our Holiday Display, and we'll be featuring a cheery slew of seasonal tastings and events over the next few weeks...
   Oh, and if you are looking for something fun and exciting to do on this very night, we still have a few spots left for our first ever Rhone Class! See below for details. 
Holiday Gift Wrap
     Nothing is more fun to unwrap than a bottle of delicious, sincere,  estate-grown wine, and we have our team of highly skilled wrapping specialists at the ready to put a special touch on your gift bottles!
  • Four or fewer, we can wrap on the spot
  • Five or more can be picked up the next day
  Descriptions are included!  Gift certificates and Enomatic cards make sublime stocking-stuffers as well! 


Why, thank you!      
Real Customer Comment:

"I've never come in here and
gotten a bad suggestion!"

  -  Deria H.                 


, December 4th
Our Newest Wine Class:
"The Rhone Less Traveled"
7:33 PM @ Wine Authorities Durham
   Join us tonight at our Durham location as we unveil our newest intermediate wine class - this one dedicated to the Rhone Valley and its wealth of bold, spicy reds and exotic, aromatic whites. We'll follow the Rhone river itself from its Glacial Swiss beginnings through Lake Geneva and into the French Alps before reaching the viticultural promised lands that we know collectively as "The Rhone Valley." Learn about its history, its appellations, and what differentiates the "Northern Rhone" from the "Southern Rhone" (as well as what, other than the river itself, ties them together). What separates a Cotes-du-Rhone from a Chateauneuf-du-Pape? What's the difference between an Hermitage and a Crozes-Hermitage? Why are all the names hyphenated? Uncover the origins of the Rhone's dynamic grape varietals and some outstanding examples of the region's phenomenal wines. Vive le Rhone!
Thursday, December 4th
7:33 PM @ W.A. Durham
$48 Per Attendee 
Tickets: (919) 489-2884 
Tasty Tuesday:
Holiday Party Wines
This Tuesday, December 9th, we present our FREE
midweek wine tasting.  Every Tuesday is tasty!

5:00 - 7:00 pm
     The holiday season has arrived and brought with it all of the winter festivities that we look forward to throughout the year (but often scramble to prepare for at the last minute). Next Tuesday, get an early start and join us for a sampling of three tried, true, and very festive crowd-pleasing, party-friendly wines which will enhance any holiday gathering!  


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
"try before you buy" at
our FREE tasting 
"Mature & Masterful" 
Great Gift Wines Aging Gracefully
   Holiday gifts are ephemeral. What seems shiny and new in the firelit glow of the season is often just another thing come February. It's important to strike the balance between instant gratification and enduring appreciation.
   Wines are often the same way, which is why they make such great gifts. There's the initial excitement of receiving a great bottle, the anticipation of popping the cork, and the afterglow of pleasure when the last drop is gone. A gift of wine is the gift of a singular experience.
   Which is why we're presenting four magnificent wines for your tasting (and gifting) pleasure this Saturday. Each has been allowed to mature to a point of blissful perfection.  Expect surprises from Burgundy, Provence, Navarra, and the Piemonte. Cheers!
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Creme de la creme...
Domaine Tripoz

Cremant de Bourgogne 

{biodynamic} 100% 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 that happens to be biodynamic...
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Pinchinat Rouge

Domaine Pinchinat 
Cotes de Provence 2006 

{organic} Syrah, Mourvedre, Cabernet 

(Provence, France)

Alain de Welle is a kind, peaceful man. As the owner and manager of Pinchinat, it's his vision that is expressed in each glass of his wine that is served these days. Although his family has farmed this vineyard for over two centuries (and the land farmed back to pre-history), his father broke from tradition and raised him in the nearby city of Aix...

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Viña Aliaga 
Navarra Tinto 2001
 "Vendimia Seleccionada"

70% Tempranillo, 30% Cabernet 

(Navarra, Spain)

While Viña Aliaga is not a winery that pushes the envelope in the modernist, hyper-rich style, they will flirt with it to the point of seduction if the vintage merits. In 2001 they had a small parcel of grapes with perfect ripeness and balance...
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Moscato Passito 2004
"Carlottin" [375 ml]  

100% Moscato

(Piemonte, Italy)

The Moscato grapes in this lusciously complex dessert wines are covered and left in dry, windy places around the property to gradually wither and raisin up. The sugar ratio goes through the roof and the grapes take on natural musk, so we end up with silky sweet and intensely flavored passito that seems to float over the tongue...
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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):



Pinot Gris

$17.99 on sale


Chateau La Colombière

Bouysselet Blanc 

"Le Grand B" 

$28.99 on sale


Jean Paul Brun 

Beujolais Rosé 

"Rosé d'Folie" 

$16.99 on sale

Domaine de la Chauviniere 


$9.99 on sale


Reds (65˚F):


Hook & Ladder 


$25.99 on sale


Abbaye Sylva Plana


"Les Novices"

$17.99 on sale




$26.99 on sale


Casa Santos Lima 
Lisboa Tinto

$15.99 on sale


Chateau les Barraillots 




Domaine Cedric Bardin

Coteaux du Giennois 

$19.99 on sale

Chateau Peybrun 

Cotes de Bordeaux


$19.99 on sale




 $23.99 on sale


on the Enomatic
in Raleigh:
Here's what's on tap, subject to change on a whim or fancy

Whites (48º F):


Anton Bauer 

Grüner Veltliner

$19.99 on sale


Domaine Gouron 

Chinon Rosé

$17.99 on sale


Don Rodolfo


$12.99 on sale

Eric de Suremain

Rully 1er Cru 

$31.99 on sale


Stuhlmuller Vineyards 


$26.99 on sale


Domaine Bergeonniere 

Sauvignon de Touraine 

$16.99 on sale


Cave Freudenreich


$18.99 on sale

Dr. Heyden


Trocken, Alte Reben  

$14.99 on sale



Reds (65º F):


Bodegas Tempore

Garnacha Joven 


$10.99 on sale


Domaine Robert Serol

Cote Roannaise 

"Les Originelles"

$14.99 on sale


Abbaye Sylva Plana


"Les Novices" 

$17.99 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


Santos Carlos Lima

Lisboa Tinto 


$10.99 on sale


Tenuta Mazzalino

Pinot Nero  


$14.99 on sale


Mas Bruguiere

Pic Saint-Loup 


$23.99 on sale




$37.99 on sale


Mas de Libian 
Cotes du Rhone Rouge

$19.99 on sale




"Bliss Vineyard"



Domaine Billard 


"La Perrière" 

$32.99 on sale


Pinot Noir 

"Ribbon Ridge Estate"

$42.99 on sale


Domaine Bardin 

Coteaux du Giennois

 $19.99 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                



Upcoming  Tastings!*

Saturday Tasting
"Mature & Masterful"

Tasty Tuesday

Holiday Party Wines

Saturday Tasting
We're Cozy in Iberia

Tasty Tuesday
Gift Giving Wines on the
1st Day of Hanukkah 

Saturday Tasting
"That Perfect Something..." 

Tasty Tuesday

"The 11th Hour"
Last-Minute Gifts

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