What Autumn Holds...
In This Issue:
Wine Class!
Tasty Tuesday: "Malbec Madness"
Saturday's Tasting: Whirlwind tour of South America!
Would you take the shirts right off our backs?

  Yesterday was technically the first day of autumn, so we can say that fall has tentatively arrived. So far, so good. After all, we're currently halfway through a seven day meteorological streak with only one high escaping the 70º's. That's quite a sharp turn!
   What does the season hold at W.A.? Lots of autumnal wine tastings are a given! We're looking forward to breaking out the ghost stories at Halloween and the turkey tales (not to be confused with "turkey tails") leading up to Thanksgiving. We've also got Autumn in a Box, which is quite possibly the most significant discovery since the famed Ark of the Covenant, and it's guaranteed to only melt your face metaphorically. Perhaps most importantly, however, we have... 

     The phrase "back to school" is a somewhat complicated one. It can simultaneously connote scholarship, savings, and...unimaginable horror. Let's keep those first two and check the third at the door, shall we? We kick off our "fall semester" of classes this October first, and for the first time ever, we're both announcing a year's worth of classes and giving you the opportunity to save substantially on them!
      Purchase a W.A. Wine Class Certificate either for yourself or as a gift for some wine lovin' someone in your life (or both!), and get up to a $144 value (three classes of your/their choosing) for only $100. The certificate can be used on both fall and spring classes. Heck, get one for each semester if you want to bone up in a most unbridled fashion! Have a look at the scheduled classes below!
Class Certificate: $100 
(covers three classes) 
a value of up to $144!
(class schedule at right)
Why, thank you! 
Real Customer Comment:

"Every single one of your wines, I have enjoyed!"
  -  Jan M.         
Wine Class:
"Vine To Wine"
Raleigh! October 1st!
7:33 PM - $36 per person 
   Join us for our first class of the fall! Fun and educational, our concise yet comprehensive "Vine to Wine" class boldly chronicles a vine's life from its spring buds' breaking open to each of its grape's being lovingly squeezed into the bottles that we hold so dear.  We will cover how vines are grown and wine is made, as well as how to read a label, how to buy wine, how to store wine, how to drink, er, taste wine... and we'll valiantly debunk some of the stubbornest wine myths throughout the two hour class!
Call (919) 831-WINE to purchase tickets! 
(includes tasting wines, visual presentation, and handouts) 

Tasty Tuesday!
"Malbec Madness"
This Tuesday, September 29th, we present our FREE
 midweek wine tasting! Every Tuesday is tasty...

5:00 - 7:00 pm
    Okay, space cadets, prepare to hurtle through the cosmos in next Tuesday's tasty episode! Malbec has been on a world-bridging mission for centuries -  providing, first, France's Sud Ouest and, more recently, the awesome Andes mountain range foothills of Argentina with "black wines" which are powerfully plummy and brimming with chocolaty richness.
   Strap on your helmets as we're kicking into overdrive, bouncing around between Malbec's three best known homes. Beginning in Bordeaux, the area where Malbec actually picked up its common name, we'll encounter a bright rosé that's as refreshing as (dry) pink lemonade. Next, we'll venture to the grape's birthplace a bit further south, Cahors. Finally, our not-quite-intergalactic travels will land us in South America's famed Mendoza Valley, where we'll meet an ambassadorial Malbec filled with dark fruit and lusciously toasty, cedary spice. It's madness!
Sunday, October 4th: 
Picnic+Lewis Barbecue 
Green Button Farm
1:00pm to 5:00pm  
  Get your hands on some "next generation 'cue" as whole hog "barbecue man" Wyatt Dickson and chef/partner Ben Adams welcome friend and celebrated Texas pitmaster John Lewis to the Carolinas for a Sunday afternoon picnic at Green Button Farm October 4th from 1pm to 5pm. Click here fore more information!

9623 Roxboro Rd.
Bahama, NC.
Wine from Wine Authorities!
Beer from Ponysaurus, and Fullsteam
  Harvest Dinner! 
   Join us for a magical evening under the stars with Chef Caroline Morrison and Raleigh City Farm! Click here for  information, tickets, and how to become a sponsor...  
Free Saturday Tasting!
Durham & Raleigh:
From 12-3pm, "try before you buy" 
at our FREE Saturday tastings!
Whirlwind Tour of
South America! 
    South America, within the next decade, will be able to celebrate a half-millennial legacy of viticulture! While the first vinifera vines to cross the Atlantic probably took up station in Mexico and Peru, today's three best-known wine producing nations of the southern continent weren't far behind. Argentina and Chile have launched themselves into the thirsty consciousnesses of North American wine lovers with previously unfamiliar, almost-exclusive grapes like Malbec, Carmenere, and Torrontes. 
     More recently, Uruguay has become increasingly visible internationally, specializing as, Argentina famously has with Malbec, in a little-known Southwestern French variety (Tannat) and bringing it to the New World and to new audiences. Join us at this Saturday's free tasting as we gallivant around these three southerly wine producing nations and explore their specialties. Cheers! 
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Viñedos Calcu 
Sauvignon Blanc 2014
100% Sauvignon Blanc 
(Colchagua Valley, Chile)
Chilean Sauvignon Blanc has increasingly become one of the most sought-after specialties of South America and frequently acts as a counterpoint to the lean, razory offerings associated with New Zealand's Marlborough. These often distinctly more tropical renditions owe their character to a...
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Don Rodolfo Torrontes
Don Rodolfo 
Torrontes 2014 
{organic} 100% Torrontes Riojano   
(Southern Mendoza, Argentina)
This winery is high! Well, high in altitude at almost 3,000 feet above sea level in the southern reaches of Argentina's revered Mendoza valley. That elevation is the key to greatness here. Wicked high vineyards means super ripe fruit, both fresh and crisp with super acidity. At this elevation, only hand...
Tannat 2013
"Premium Varietal" 
100% Tannat  
(Canelones, Uruguay)
Uruguay has quietly toiled in the shadows of its viticultural upstart neighbors Argentina and Chile, but it's recently started to emerge from obscurity on the basis of top-notch tannat. In typical tannat fashion, this is a red-meat lovers wine, with a firm, grippy texture that...
Carmenere Gran Reserva 2013
93% Carmenere, 7% Cab Sauv 
(Colchagua, Chile)
With its origins in Carmenere vineyards planted more than sixty years ago, this robust and multifaceted cuvée demonstrates both the signature characteristics of the grape's distinctive personality and the finesse which the estate has encouraged through careful selection and judicious aging in large oak...
Malbec "I" 2011  
100% Malbec
(Mendoza, Argentina)
This cuvée's title (simply the roman numeral "I" ) identifies the Malbec grape, not surprisingly, as the Pulenta family's first priority. Eschewing the ultra-concentrated and monstrously fruity style of many contemporary Argentine Malbecs, they've focused on the balance which is possible between elegance and power...

Far from Topless...
     New 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).

   The Wine From Farmers: Pitchforkscrew™ shirts are grown and entirely made right here in NC by our friends at TS Designs!
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Hope to see you Saturday!

Our best to you,
Grand Poobah & the Wine Authorities staff 
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Grenache Pack
for September!
Grenache Pack
International Grenache Day falls on the third Friday of each September, and we've rolled out a September-long six-pack to celebrate the variety's many contributions to great reds, whites, and rosés!
These wines clock in at a deep discount, and we're also throwing in a stylish W.A. tote!

$69.99 (plus tax) 
after a 30% discount
Click here to read more.
Fresh picks for September!
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  Wine Classes
Upcoming Free Tastings!*
Saturday Tasting
September 26th
Whirlwind tour of
 South America!

Tasty Tuesday 
September 29th
Malbec Madness

Saturday Tasting
October 3rd
Domaine Sérol

Tasty Tuesday 
October 6th
Franck's Signature

Saturday Tasting
October 10th
Autumn in the Loire

Tasty Tuesday 
October 13th
La Casaccia

Saturday Tasting
October 17th
The Bold & the Beautiful

Tasty Tuesday 
October 20th
Autumnal Rosé

Saturday Tasting
October 24th
Frontin' the Fronton
w' Colombière

Tasty Tuesday 
October 27th
Fiendishly Festive
(for Halloween Parties)

Saturday Tasting
October 31th
Halloween Masquerade

Tasty Tuesday 
November 3rd

*Subject to change!
on the Enomatic

in Durham:

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Subject to change on
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on the Enomatic
in Raleigh:
The Whites!
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  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

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