The Fright's on us this Saturday!
Wine & Food class in one week!
In This Issue:
Wine Classes (Special Deal)
Autumn Pack
Tasty Tuesday: Chauvinière's Muscadet
October Rosé Sale
Saturday's Tasting: Tasting of TERROR!
Would you take the shirts right off our backs?

Tasting of Terror
& Matinée Masquerade*

This Saturday, Both Locations
   Chances are, if you've shopped with us for a while, you've noticed that we have a certain affinity for the spookier, shadowy side of autumn and for its focal point on October 31st. This Saturday is Halloween, and we've got a tasting lined up that's overflowing with genuine ghost stories (well, genuine speculation at least)! We're also holding a costume contest at each of our stores. Come by between noon and 3:00 PM wearing your best ghoulish attire, and you'll be entered automatically to win a $100 dollar Enomatic card!
 *not to be confused with "manatee masquerade" 
Wine & Food Class: 
"The Power of Pairing"
November 5th in Durham
7:33 PM - $48 per person 
   Wine pairing isn't an exact science...or is it? Of course, there are different approaches to marrying meal to swill, but there are some generally accepted rules that can help demystify the art of pairing and enhance enjoyment (not only of wine but of the food that it's destined to accompany). Join us as we lay out the principles and engage your taste buds in exercises of food-drink camaraderie. Give your inner-sommelier a booster shot!
   Class includes comprehensive tasting, nibbles* to illustrate the power of pairing, a visual presentation, and handouts.

Call (919) 489-2884 to purchase tickets!

Don't be afraid of adventurous
wine-food pairings!

*The class includes five "courses" of illustrative nibbles, but it isn't intended to serve as a meal. You will probably want to have had a bite to eat beforehand (or afterward).

Read on below about how to
save on classes with our
class package deal!
Why, thank you!
Real Customer Comment:
"I love knowing that I can come here, say
one word, and get exactly what I want!"
  -  Taylor N.      
Wine Classes!
(Package Deal) 
     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? 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 throughout 2015 and 2016. Heck, get one for each semester if you want to bone up in a most unbridled fashion! Have a look at the classes we've scheduled in the side column!
Class Certificate: $100 
(covers three classes) 
a value of up to $144!
(class schedule at right)
(now 100% pumpkin spice free)
   Autumn has arrived in earnest, and the first yellowish leaves are gathering on the ground. To celebrate the advent of oyster season, crisp autumn aromas, and Thanksgiving feasts, we've prepared a care package of fall favorites to share with you! There's a mineralistically razory bubbly from the 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. Let's have three (or, in this case, six) cheers for autumn!
Tasty Tuesday: 
of Muscadet! 
(for Oyster Season)
This Tuesday, November 3rd, we present our FREE
 midweek wine tasting! Every Tuesday is tasty...

5:00 - 7:00 pm
   You, like us, may have recently dived headlong into the beginnings of Oyster Season! The annual honeymoon period of summer spawning has guaranteed a bounty of bonny bivalves. Thankfully, we've got a smorgasbord of most mouthwatering Muscadet to explore in tandem!
   Domaine de la  Chauvinière offers beautiful examples of the deliciously diverse yet singularly-focused output of this most Atlantic part of the Loire Valley and its signature grape, Melon de Bourgogne.
So, hop in our Tasty Tuesday kayak and journey with us to the magical land of Muscadet!

Fall Rosé Sale!
20%-25% off
Throughout October!
  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 at Wine Authorities!
Free Saturday Tasting!
Durham & Raleigh:
From 12-3pm, "try before you buy" 
at our FREE Saturday tastings!
    From giant wolf-beasts to troglodytes to wines whose names evoke (and perhaps invoke) the witching hour, our tour de fright this year is equal parts Halloween nostalgia and terrifyingly unexplored territory! Returning from previous years' tastings of terror (and terroir) is the truly confounding tale of a creature which stalked an 18th century French town for six years - still unexplained. We've also prepared a grisly bloodfeast of the wine-i-est kind, a subterranean exploration through the (now wine-filled) caves of ancient human inhabitants, and a red that you can FINALLY pair with your guiltily pleasurable Trick-or-Treating spoils...
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_Les Marnes
Mas Granier 
Coteaux du Languedoc 2013
Blanc "Les Marnes"
{organic} 70% Roussane,
20% Grenache Blanc, 10% Viognier 
(Eastern Languedoc, France)
These vines are grown on a hilltop of remarkably stony soil called "Marnes" - so poor that nobody thought vines would grow there. Dominique Granier traded other plots to get this one and proudly states "If you can find one bucket of dirt on this hill, I'll give you the vineyard!"  It happens that this area is practically a stone's throw from Gévaudan, where a giant wolf-beast famously terrorized the countryside for six years in the mid-1700s...
Pair with:
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Blood of the Countryside
Domaine de Cros 
Marcillac 2014
"Lo Sang del Pais
100% Fer Servadou 
(Sud-Ouest, France)
"Lo Sang del Pais"... With a name meaning "blood of the countryside" it's got to be good. From a beautiful, dynamically hilly region bordering the Auvergne comes this beautifully rustic and unspoiled red. Authenticity runs through its very veins, and the mystique of this mountainous countryside is...its very blood! Made from Mansois (Fer Servadou), an ancient yet lesser-known grape whose flavors of herbs, spice, dried berries, and intriguing notes of iron-rich terroir (which literally resemble blood) imbue in it a complex depth and an affinity for "variety meats." It is an untamed wine...
Pair with:
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_Mont_e des Roches_
Domaine de Saint-Just 
Saumur-Champigny 2012
"Montée des Roches" 
{Organic} 100% Cabernet Franc   
(Middle Loire, France)
 Perfectly ripe red and black fruit kissed with deeply expressive floral perfume and clean, cool stone, the Montée des Roches's name translates to "climbing the rocks." Ironically, it's what lies beneath this estate's limestone vineyards which most interests us. Saint-Just has a network of caves which are now home to facilities for aging wine but which were previously occupied by troglodytic human inhabitants! While these subterranean dwellers do appear to have vacated the premises, anyone familiar with the morlocks from "The Time Machine" by H.G Wells and the post-human creatures of "The Descent" or "C.H.U.D" knows that it's not wise to assume safety when navigating underground... 
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After 3...am_
Bodegas Los Frailes 
Late Harvest Monastrell 2011
"After 3"
{biodynamic} 100% Monastrell
(Southern Valencia, Spain)
3:00 am, "the soul's midnight," is that mysterious time during which strange things are most likely to happen. Each person's connection to this world (rather than to that beyond) is at its most tenuous... Some say that this is the unluckiest segment of the night, the peak of the "witching hour," and the moment when evil is at its most brazen. We don't have time to worry about that right now, however. This wine is simply too delicious...
Pair with:

Far from Topless...
   Our classic "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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New, October
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 31st
Halloween Masquerade

Tasty Tuesday 
November 3rd

Saturday Tasting
Nobember 7th
Italian Itinerary:
New & Notable 

Tasty Tuesday 
November 10th
C'est Sud Absolu! 

Saturday Tasting
October 14th
Selections (Pt. 1)

Tasty Tuesday 
November 17th
"Sake to me!"

Saturday Tasting
October 21st
Selections (Pt. 2)

Tasty Tuesday 
November 24th
Alternative Turkey
*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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  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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