Explore the pastoral hills of
Burgundy & the Finger Lakes! 
In This Issue:
Vacation Wine 6-Pack! $65 including tote.
Next Tasty Tuesday: New York! New York!
This Saturday's Tastings: Burgundy, beyond the d'Or

   While it's indisputably still August in NC and certainly more sweltering than balmy, haven't there been a few milder days recently? Isn't there the faintest kiss of fall in the air? Well, whether or not you want to chalk it up to wishful thinking, the idea of a softer side of summer seems very real with the autumnal equinox scarcely a month away. Of course, as soon as the temperature drops, we'll begin pining for summer once again. The grass, ahem... vines, are always greener on the other side! That's just the way it goes...
   At our next two tastings, we'll venture to cooler climates and the gentle, green hills of France's Burgundy and New York's Finger Lakes, where we'll encounter racy, vibrant whites, medium bodied reds that perfectly populate the soothing warmth of this final leg of summer, and a brilliant rosé from Beaujolais that reminds us that there's still plenty of sun to soak up before the season ends. Cheers!
Far from Topless...

    We've got all kinds of shirts up in the house! Our "WINE FROM FARMERS NOT FACTORIES" Pitchforkscrew™ shirts have returned in deepest, azure-i-est, "Ocean" teal. For the first time, we are also offering dedicated shapes for both gals and guys! Each style ranges from small to XXL, and are $15.99. Now you've absolutely no excuse to go around naked (not that you necessarily need an excuse).

    That's not all, however! We're also offering (currently at our Raleigh store only) a sharply-designed "Brewed NC" shirt to quench the thirst for our passion for local beer! The silhouette of our fair state becomes a horizontally-oriented beer bottle. Available in sky blue and red! $24.99 each.
    Both the Wine From Farmers: Pitchforkscrew™ and Brewed NC shirts are grown and entirely made right here in NC by our friends at TS Designs
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Wednesday, August 26th & Thursday, August 27th! 
We're having some work done on our beloved cork floors, and unfortunately, the store will be rendered unnavigable in the process. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to seeing you on Friday, the 28th as we resume our normal hours. Thanks for your understanding!
Why, thank you! 
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"The place is definitely a quality over quantity sort of place...packed in this small, locally-owned shop are bottles of wine organized by country, and touches that are just absolutely perfect for a wine shop."
  -  Diana X. (via Yelp)      

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!
New York! New York!
This Tuesday, August 25th, we present our FREE
 midweek wine tasting! Every Tuesday is tasty...

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Finger Lake-ing good! 
    Join us next week as we trek northward onto the green banks of New York's famous Finger Lakes. Arguably providing eastern North America with its most revered wine specialties and a cool-climate viticultural paradise. Such a climate, of course, comes with many challenges largely unknown to warmer regions, but the hard work, know-how, and spirit of adventure exemplified by the region's best vignerons has seen viticulture there not only survive but thrive! A new vintage of Dr. Konstantin Frank's dry Riesling from the banks of Keuka Lake is waiting to greet us along with great Chardonnay and Cabernet Frank from Seneca Lake's Ravines Estate. It's up to you, New York! New York!

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 Tasting!
Durham & Raleigh:
From 12 to 3 PM, "try before you buy" 
at our FREE Saturday tastings! 
This Week: A Wealth 
of Weekly Burgundies! 
"Beyond the d'Or"
  It's a story of Pinot Noir! A story of Gamay! It's a story of Chardonnay and Aligote! At this week's free Saturday Tasting, we're delightedly wading into the waters of weekly Burgundies - new vintages and new arrivals that rise to the challenge of perfectly representing the famous (and usually pricey) region on an unprecedentedly gentle budget. These wines come from up yonder (in the Yonne department, next to Chablis), the far south (Mâconnais & Beaujolais) and central Burgundy's Cote Chalonnaise. So, check your Nuits Saint Georges and Montrachet at the d'Or. We've found a spring of fabulous values from other parts of Burgundy! 
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Bourgogne Aligoté
Marcel Giraudon
Bourgogne Aligote 2014  
100% Aligote  
(Northern Burgundy, France)
Aligoté is the other white grape of Burgundy. Not exactly a household name, Aligoté wines are not commonly found in the US, and in fact plantings are decreasing in Burgundy. You can help save this from extinction today. Aligoté is usually consumed in youth with appetizers, or as the base
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Bruyeres Rosé
Grandes Bruyères 
Beaujolais Villages Rosé 2014 
{organic} 100%Gamay
(Beaujolais, France)
This lovely rosé pours ballet slipper pink and dances out of the glass with bright, underripe fruit aromas and a spicy herb freshness. One of four selections that we currently offer from Bruyères, a fiercely naturalistic producer. Situated across 20 acres just south of Brouilly...
Céline & Laurent Tripoz 
Bourgogne Blanc 2011
"Les Chênes"
{biodynamic} 100% Chardonnay
(Southern Burgundy, France)
Though this cuvée from our friends, Céline & Laurent Tripoz, may take its name from the fact that it sees a short period of oak aging in a combination of new and older barrels, oak is far from this gorgeous white's foremost defining characteristic. Brimming with a waxy yeastiness that resembles that of some champagne and...  
Vieille Fontaine 
Bourgogne Rouge 2013
{Sustainable} 100% Pinot Noir
(Central Burgundy, France)

Coming to us from a vineyard at the cusp of Mercurey, one of the brightest points within central Burgundy's Cote Chalonnaise, this elegant yet sturdy Pinot Noir catches the eye with deep ruby shimmers and seduces the palate with an impression of firmness and generosity. Without being... 
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Hope to see you Saturday!

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 22nd
"Beyond the d'Or"
Cote Chalonnaise

Tasty Tuesday 
August 25th
New York! New York!

Saturday Tasting
August 29th
End August in Austria!

Tasty Tuesday 
September 1st
Veronese Veracity!

*Subject to change!
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in Durham:

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Subject to change on
a whim or fancy...

on the Enomatic
in Raleigh:
The Whites!
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  a whim or fancy...



Artisan Bacon

at our Durham store



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  • Garlic

North Country 

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  • Peppered


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Vande Rose Farms
  • Applewood


Firsthand Foods 

Fresh Local Sausages

  • Bratwurst
  • Country Breakfast
  • Spicy Italian
  • Smoked Polish
  • Chorizo

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