New from Portugal!
Plus! Tour de (Mediterranean) France
features at our next two tastings...
In This Issue:
Tasty Tuesday: Provencal Providence!
Saturday Tasting: Vacation in Vacqueyras

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Forget Pluto!
We've got a portal
from Portugal!

   While our current stable of tastings puts France squarely in the spotlight, we have some outstanding new arrivals that we can count among our shops' rising stars. From the vine covered countrysides of Portugal, these Wine Authorities Selections have just landed and refuse to be overlooked! France may have to contend with being upstaged for a moment! It's as if a portal from Portugal has just opened before our very eyes...

Lua Cheia em Vinhas Velhas
  • Douro ~ Touriga Nacional/Touriga Franca "Andreza"
    2013  $16.99
  • Alentejo Branco "Album" 2013  $7.99
  • Alentejo Tinto "Album" 2013  $7.99
  • Alentejo Reserva"Album" 2011  $11.99


Quinta de Sant'Ana
  • Rosé Lisboa 2014  $11.99
  • Branco ~ Fernão Pires 2014  $13.99
  • Sauvignon Blanc 2014  $16.99
  • Pinot Noir 2013  $18.99
  • Tinto Lisboa 2013  $14.99
  • Touriga Nacional 2011  $35.99
  • Tinto "Baron Gustav Von Furstenberg" 2010  $29.99


"A Delicious Cycle" 
  Our July-long stretch Tour de France goodness continues! Throughout the month, we're delving deeper into the many new selections that we've lately acquired from the land of the rising baguette.  July is a tour de force celebration of "Tour de France" at Wine Authorities, and we'll follow the rapidly peddling athletes on their journey. Take a look at the tastings we have lined up in the side bar to the right... 
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Vacation? Staycation?

We have the Libations!
   The 2015 edition of our annual Vacation Pack has arrived! Is this the most splendiferous pack thus far? Yeah, we're pretty sure it is! This care package of six delicious and versatile Wine Authorities Selections features two crisp whites, two tangy rosés, and two sumptuous reds to accompany you on your various summer adventures and relaxing moments at home. These wines clock in at a deep discount, and we're also throwing in a stylish blue Wine Authorities tote so you can totally take them wherever the fun is! It's only $65 (plus tax) after a 30% discount! Click here to read more. 
   Also! If this year's Vacation Pack isn't quite what you have in mind for the journeys you've planned, we're always happy to help put something special together for you! 

Rosé Garden 2015!
   The dry, pink oasis that refreshes our mouths and nourishes our souls is once again in bloom!  The Rosé Garden has arrived. As always, a portion of each and every bottle of rosé sold will be donated to the fight against breast cancer!
  • Tempore - Rosado de Garnacha 2014  $9.99
  • Netzl - "Rosanna" Zweigelt Rosé 2014  $13.99
  • Mas de Libian - Rosé "Bout d'Zan" 2014  $14.99 
  • Mas Codina - Rosé Penedès 2014  $9.99
  • Gauthier - Beaujolais-Villages Rosé 2014  $14.99 
  • Tenuta Sant'Antonio - Corvina Rosato "Scaia" 2014  $12.99
  • Domaine Pinchinat - "Venus" Rosé 2014  $9.99
  • Domaine Pinchinat - "Venus" Rosé [3-L!] 2014  $29.99


Tasty Tuesday!
Provençal Providence 
This Tuesday, July 21st, we present our FREE
 midweek wine tasting! Every Tuesday is tasty...

5:00 - 7:00 pm
   Next Tuesday, as the Tour's athletes enjoy a day of well deserved rest in Provence, we'll sample, from a couple of nearby producers, a pair of tasty new vintages (Domaine Pinchinat) and a never before available Syrah/Carignan blend (Domaine La Ligière). So, don't procrastinate and pedal to Provence with us on Tuesday!
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!

Saturday, July 11th from 12 to 3 PM 
"try before you buy" at
our FREE tasting
Tour de France
Vault of Vaucluse pt.2
Vacation in Vacqueyras w/ Ligière
   Following last week's celebration of cycling and bold Mediterranean wines, we return to the same neighborhood of France - the department known as the Vaucluse. This southeastern corner of the Rhone Valley brushes up against Provence, and it's especially appropriate that it should be the subject of Saturday's tasting as the Tour's cyclists are scheduled to enter the Rhone Valley the following evening. Thankfully, we also have a slew of new wines from the department courtesy of Domaine La Ligière, whose beautiful, biodynamic and organic wines have never before been available in our stretch of the United States. Expect vibrant rosé, dry Muscat, and two prime specimens of intensely-perfumed, voluptuous Vacqueyras!

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Domaine La Ligière 
Rosé 2014
"Sud Absolu"

{organic} 100% Carignan 

(Southern Rhone, France)

JUICY RASPBERRY & LEMON ZEST, FIRM & HYPER-REFRESHING Carignan, with its reputation for robust rusticity, is probably not the grape that you'd immediately suspect upon tasting this vibrantly berryish, lean, clean, and by no means mean rosé from the northwestern fringe of the Provençal countryside. As eloquently balanced and dry as this wine is, we can't help but think of it as the adult equivalent of a raspberry-lemon push pop... 
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Dry Muscat
Domaine La Ligière 
Blanc 2014
"Sud Absolu"

{organic} 100% Muscat 

(Southern Rhone, France)

Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains is an ancient pan-Mediterranean grape with no shortage of clout in this corner of the Southern Rhone (home to the fortified wine specialist subregion, Beaumes-de-Vinise). It's long been typecast as a grape whose undeniable potential for decadence and dessert should be pursued to the absolute fullest. Taking a totally different tact with this cuvée, Ligière follows a decidedly non-dessert, dry route here and employs the fiercely...
Domaine La Ligière 
Vacqueyras 2012 

{biodynamic}70% Grenache,

20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre 

(Southern Rhone, France)
Preserving the preponderance of "P"s in winemaker Philippe's name, this Vacqueyras provides palpable, palate-pleasing profundity! Perhaps it persists with his preservation of place through biodynamic preparations. Presumably it prevails because of his partner's positive posturing. Regardless, this rouge opens with a wallop of violet blossoms before releasing the signature aroma of ripe strawberries and then finishes with a savory blend of grilled thyme and dried dates...  

Domaine La Ligière 
Vacqueyras 2012
"Point G"

{biodynamic} 80% Grenache,

15% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre

(Southern Rhone, France)

The Southern Rhone has a lovely way of oscillating around Grenache - particularly gnarly, old Grenache vines. We like to think of these vines as accessing a kind of underground pipeline, extracting ancient secrets, winding deeper into the sandy-clay soils of the Vacqueyras region they call home. The vines in this particular plot predate the naming of Vacqueyras as an AOC, the winemaker, and even the estate itself...

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Hope to see you Saturday!

Our best to you,
Grand Poobah & the Wine Authorities staff 
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Upcoming  Tastings!*  

July is a month of 
"Tour de France"
at Wine Authorities!

Saturday Tasting 
July 18th
"Vault of Vaucluse" 2:
Vacation in Vacqueyras
feat. Domaine Ligière

Tasty Tuesday 
July 21st
"Provençal Providence"

Saturday Tasting
July 25th
"Layering the Loire"

Tasty Tuesday 
July 28th
Fresh, Refreshing,
& (Frankly) Francophilic

*Subject to change!
Fresh picks for July!
Six for Sixty!

Here's our fabulous monthly deal, 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.
[click on the magic green bag above to see this month's selections!]

on the Enomatic
in Durham:

Click for what's on tap! 
Subject to change on
a whim or fancy...

on the Enomatic
in Raleigh:
The Whites!
Click for what's on tap!
Subject to change on 
  a whim or fancy...



Artisan Bacon

at our Durham store



  • Applewood 
  • Garlic

North Country 

  • Applewood
  • Peppered


  • Double Hickory (also available in our Raleigh store!) 
Vande Rose Farms
  • Applewood


Firsthand Foods 

Fresh Local Sausages

  • Bratwurst
  • Country Breakfast
  • Spicy Italian
  • Smoked Polish
  • Chorizo
Raleigh CIty Farm
Visit our Raleigh Neighbors at:
  • Community supported farms & entrepreneurs. 
  • Socially & financially underutilized urban land. 
  • Healthy neighborhoods & thriving markets. 

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