This Saturday, we're layering the Loire!
In This Issue:
Vacation Wine 6-Pack! $65 including tote.
Next Tasty Tuesday: "Door to the Douro"
This Saturday's Tastings: "Layering the Loire"

  Beat the heat...

with gratuitously great whites!
(and refreshingly radiant rosés)
    In the throws of our frequent NC heat waves, we take great comfort in knowing that while our air conditioning may fail and our mosquito nets may tear and fray, we can still rely on a treasure trove of brilliantly great whites, rosés, and bubblies to help us keep cool. Brand new, deliriously charming examples of each will be featured at this Saturday's free tasting. In fact, we have enough new great whites that "you're going to need a bigger boat." Come on in and take a big chomping bite out of some with us.
    But! If you're tired of all this talk of seasonally appealing wines and prefer to drink powerful reds all year long, don't despair! Our Douro tasting next Tuesday is brimming with faves in bold new vintages and an entirely new selection that's guaranteed to put hair on your chest!
Why, thank you!    
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Vacation? Staycation?

We have the Libations!
   The 2015 edition of our annual Vacation Pack is going strong! 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 both on your various summer adventures and your relaxing moments at home. These wines clock in at a deep discount, and we're also throwing in a stylish 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 in full bloom! As always, a portion of each and every bottle of rosé sold is being donated to the fight against breast cancer!  
  • Tempore - Rosado de Garnacha 2014  $9.99
  • J. Mourat - Rosé "Collection" 2014  $11.99
  • Mas de Libian - Rosé "Bout d'Zan" 2014  $14.99 
  • Mas Codina - Rosé Penedès 2014  $9.99
  • Casa Los Frailes - Monastrell Rosado 2014  $9.99 
  • Tenuta Sant'Antonio - Corvina Rosato "Scaia" 2014  $12.99
  • Domaine Cady - Rosé de Loire 2014  $10.99
  • Domaine Pinchinat - "Venus" Rosé [3-L!] 2014  $29.99


Tasty Tuesday!
Lua Cheia Um 
"Door to the Douro" 
This Tuesday, August 4th, we present our FREE
 midweek wine tasting! Every Tuesday is tasty...

5:00 - 7:00 pm
    In a recent newsletter, we disclosed our astonishing discovery of a portal from Portugal. This strange wormhole- like phenomenon seems to be siphoning all sorts of unexplained, unexpected, unctuous wines from the Iberian country's varied viticultural landscape and depositing them right here, in the astoundingly reasonable prices. We fully expect to win the Nobel Prize in physics for this discovery.
    Portugal's Douro River Valley offers some of the most breathtaking scenery associated with the production of wine. Its famously steep, terraced vineyards recall an alien yet beautiful landscape just waiting to be explored.  Join us as we explore them a bit at this week's Tasty Tuesday with our attention fixed on Lua Cheia, a champion of tradition, value, and innovation! This is a door to the Douro.
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!

Free Saturday Tastings!
Durham & Raleigh:
From 12 to 3 PM, "try before you buy" 
at our FREE Saturday tastings!

Tour de France:
"Layering the Loire"
Fiefs Vendéens & Anjou
(feat. Mourat & Cady)
   At this week's free Saturday Tasting, we're exploring just a few of the awesome new arrivals from J. Mourat and Domaine Cady, two producers who have just joined our stable of Wine Authorities Selections. We'll begin in the little-known, far western reaches of the Loire Valley, south of the land of Muscadet. The Fiefs Vendéens is a corner of France that's just beginning to find an international audience, and once you taste the wines of J. Mourat, we're confident that you'll be as excited as we are about this frontier. Further east, in the Chenin-centric Anjou, we'll encounter the outstanding (and startlingly affordable) work of the Cady family. By the time we've wrapped our tasting-tour, we'll have had a thorough sampling of these regions' best loved specialties and innovative offerings!
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J. Mourat 
Blanc 2014
"Clos Saint Andre"

{organic} 90% Chenin Blanc,

10% Chardonnay 

(Loire Meridionale, France)

This utopian white comes courtesy of immaculate attention to detail (both in the vineyard and during vinification). Staunchly organic practices and architecturally-inspiring Nomblot concrete egg fermentation/aging make clear that no effort has been spared to bring this gleaming, radiant creature to life
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Cady Crémant
Domaine Cady  
Crémant de Loire 

{organic} 100% Chenin Blanc 

(Middle Loire, France)

The cooler, more northerly regions of France have no shortage of vibrant, elegant sparkling wine to contribute. Joining Champagne are Alsace, Jura, Burgundy, and perhaps most famously, the Loire. Here, Chenin is served extremely well by tendency toward mouthwatering...
Domaine Cady 
Rosé de Loire 2014  

{organic} 50% Cabernet Franc, 50% Grolleau 

(Middle Loire, France)
A collaboration between the famous Cabernet Franc and the decidedly less famous but very rosé-friendly workhorse grape, Grolleau, this vibrant, ruby-tented sipper is an elegantly expressive and beautifully balanced representative of what we love about Middle Loire rosé. While it hails from Anjou, it's a very different beast from the famously off-dry...  
J. Mourat
Rouge 2014
"Chateau Marie du Fou"

{Organic} Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Negrette 

(Loire Meridionale, France)


As deeply purple as the shale soil that feeds its vines, the "Marie du Fou" cuvée takes its name mysteriously from a colloquial french phrase that is applied to carefree country girls. While there is arguably a kind of feminine intrigue that is demure yet chiseled and no shortage of terroir-driven suggestions of unspoiled countryside, we find this red to be more measured and elegant than carefree... 

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Our best to you,
Grand Poobah & the Wine Authorities staff 
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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!]

Upcoming  Tastings!*


Saturday Tasting
August 1st
"Layering the Loire"

Tasty Tuesday 
August 4th
Lua Cheia Um:
"Door to the Douro"

Saturday Tasting
August 8th
Quinta de Sant'Ana

Tasty Tuesday 
August 11th
Lua Cheia Dois:
"Album of Alentejo"

Saturday Tasting
August 15th
New from Central Italy!

Tasty Tuesday 
August 18th
Rosato Italiano

Saturday Tasting
August 22nd
"Beyond the d'Or"
Cote Chalonnaise

Tasty Tuesday 
August 25th
New York! New York!

*Subject to change!
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!
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Subject to change on 
  a whim or fancy...



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Vande Rose Farms
  • Applewood


Firsthand Foods 

Fresh Local Sausages

  • Bratwurst
  • Country Breakfast
  • Spicy Italian
  • Smoked Polish
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