Wine Class Tonight!
We're Packin' Autumn!
20-25% off Sale on Rosé?
In This Issue:
Wine Classes!
Ponysaurus Tap Takeover
Fall Rosé Sale!
Tasty Tuesday: Franck's Signature Selections
Saturday's Tasting: Domaine Robert Sérol
Would you take the shirts right off our backs?

$74.99 (32% off!) 
Regularly $110.99 
   It's been autumn for a week, and the first yellowish leaves are gathering on the ground. Sure, it's been a bit difficult to tell exactly which season we're entering with our fair Triangle playing dress up as a rain forest (practicing for a Halloween costume, perhaps?), but fall has arrived.
   To celebrate the advent of oyster season, crisp autumn aromas, and approaching Thanksgiving feasts, we've prepared a care package of fall favorites to share with you! There's a mineralistically razory bubbly from the magical land of Muscadet (indispensable for oyster aficionados) , a lushly perfumed yet beautifully balanced Viognier, a feast-friendly rosé from southern Portugal, a pair of turkey-lovin' reds (crisp Dolcetto & juicy Syrah), and a Cab Franc-driven ode to fallen forest leaves crunching under our feet. Cheers to autumn!
Why, thank you! 
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"Life is better when I come by!"
  -  Sarah M.         
     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)

October 1st in Raleigh
"Vine To Wine"
7:33 PM - $36 per person 
   There are still seats available at our first class of the fall! Fun and educational, our concise yet comprehensive "Vine to Wine" class boldly chronicles the life of wine from the first spring buds' breaking open to each grape's being lovingly squeezed into the bottles that we take home with us! 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) 

October 3rd! 
3:00 - 5:00 PM!
   To celebrate the opening of Ponysaurus Brewing Company's expanded location in Downtown Durham (219 Hood St.), we'll be having a tap takeover at our Raleigh location this Saturday. Six different equine/raptor-influenced beers including (Biere de Garde, Fig Saison, IPA, Scottish Ale, Rye Pale Ale, and Export Stout) will be poured by Ponysuarus brewmaster/owner Keil Jansen Saturday, October 3rd from 3pm until 5pm. This is a rare treat to meet the mad-genius behind these highly coveted beers before fame claims his salty bones.
Fall Rosé Sale?
Throughout October!
  Starting today, we're having a mighty, month-long sale on still rosé throughout the store as we celebrate the wrap of a beautiful summer and a most marvelous harvest of our beloved Rosé Garden! All single rosé bottles are 20% off, and mix-and-match cases of them are a whoppin' 25% off! As always, we're donating a portion of all rosé sales to the Chapel Hill Breast Cancer Foundation. Thank you for supporting them with your rosé purchases!
Tasty Tuesday!
Franck's "Insider's Tour of Bordeaux"!
This Tuesday, October 6th, we present our FREE
 midweek wine tasting! Every Tuesday is tasty...

5:00 - 7:00 pm
 Featuring (in Raleigh only), 
Special Guest, Franck! 
    We're thrilled to announce that dear friend and daring French wine exporter, Franck Agostini, will be joining us at our Raleigh store this Tuesday. (Don't worry, Durham! We're tasting five of Frack's fabulous Bordeaux selections at both locations, but Franck can appear at only one.)
    Franck has long been the source of some of our favorite wines from Bordeaux, and his home base is actually located in the heart of the region's famous city. He's dashing, fun, and bursting with knowledge and first-hand experience. He's also, understandably, very passionate about his carefully selected portfolio and his hands-on approach to working with his producers and helping them perfect their craft. Come and meet him and some of his great wines from the Haut-Medoc, Fronsac, Graves, Cadillac, and the Entre-Deux-Mers. Mais oui!
This 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 Fullsteam Brewery October 4th from 1pm to 5pm. Click here fore more information!

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!
Domaine Robert Sérol 
Cote Roannaise! 
    The Cote Roannaise, at the far southeastern extreme of the Loire Valley, is closer to Beaujolais and the Northern Rhone than it is to Sancerre or Touraine, and its wines seldom reach us here on this side of the Atlantic. The Sérol family has honed their craft here for five generations, earning their status as a focal point of the area.
    Specializing in Gamay, Stéphane Sérol, the current carrier of the estate's long-burning torch, seeks to celebrate and illuminate the differences between his parcels of land and how the resultant wines are effected. As a special treat, we'll also feature his awesome, very Northern Rhone-ish Viognier at an unprecedentedly fantastic price. Let's roll with the Sérol! 
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Domaine Robert Sérol 
Cote Roannaise Rosé 2014
{sustainable} 100% Gamay 
(Southern Loire, France)
This rosé is a bright, shiny, pink beacon of glorious Gamay goodness, and it's just perfect for "stubborn" people who refuse to try pink wines for fear of their being sweet. In fact Cabochard is French for a stubborn person, and this is a totally dry wine - no sweetness to be found. Stephane Serol has...
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Domaine Robert Sérol 
Viognier 2012  
{sustainable} 100% Viognier
(Southern Loire, France)
Viognier, the champion white grape of the northernmost reaches of the Rhone Valley inspires passion, and its rarity only serves to enhance our desire for it. Unfortunately, the grape is all-too-often encountered in somewhat overblown caricature mode, bursting with musky spice and sorely lacking in acidity. This Roannaise offering from Stéphane Serol, however, is tirelessly true to the grape's heritage and potential for elegance...
Domaine Robert Sérol 
Cote Roannaise Rouge 2013
"Les Originelles" 
{sustainable} 100% Gamay
(Southern Loire, France)
Wow this is Gamay to rave about! Robert Serol is a benchmark producer in the Cote Roannaise region. The estate has vines aging from five to eighty years old. All of his wines exquisitely reflect the terroir of his vineyards. Les Originelles is the sort of wine we wish we could share with every customer in the store...
Domaine Robert Sérol
Cote Roannaise Rouge 2011
"Les Blondins"
{organic} 100% Gamay
(Southern Loire, France)
Robert Serol is a benchmark producer in the Cote Roannaise region. The estate has vines aging from five to eighty years old, yielding ten different wines which each reflect the terroir of the vineyards. The "Blondins" is produced in cooperation with famous 3 star Michelin Chef Pierre Troisgros for...

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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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
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!
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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...



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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