Wine & Food Class Tonight!
In This Issue:
Wine Classes (Special Deal)
Special Guest: Ligière's Philippe
Autumn Pack
Tasty Tuesday: Viña Aliaga
October Rosé Sale
Saturday's Tasting: "An Italian Itinerary"
Would you take the shirts right off our backs?

It's Sherry Week!
     Sherry provides us with some of the most distinctive and unique flavors that the world of wine has to offer, yet it's spent the last few decades relegated to the shadows. A Sherry renaissance of sorts has, however, been recently gaining momentum, and a vocal, Sherry-lovin' contingency has robustly emerged in our very own Triangle area.
    Sherry Week (November 2nd-8th) may be almost half over, but look at it this way: as you receive this email, there are still approximately 89 hours to celebrate, discover, and feast upon sherry! Start by sampling one of our favorite Manzanillas - currently on the Enomatic at both stores... 
Tonight in Durham! 
"The Power of Pairing"
Wine & Food Class
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!
"One wafer thin mint?" 
*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).

Plus! Read on below about
saving on classes with our
class package deal!
Why, thank you!
Real Customer Comment:
"I came to the area to see if it's somewhere
that I might like to retire, and this is
a great selling point!"
  -  Kaylynn T.      
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)
Visit from special guest:
Domaine La Ligière
of the Southern Rhone 
  Next week, we welcome Philippe Bernard of the Southern Rhone's Domaine La Ligiere to our neck of the woods. His  corner of the Rhone Valley brushes up against Provence and brings us voluptuous reds, intensely aromatic whites, and vibrantly refreshing rosés. These beautiful, biodynamic and organic wines had never before been available in this part of the United States until we began bringing them in this summer. Help us extend a warm welcome to Philippe and taste through some of his estate's masterpieces!
Free Tastings 5 - 7 pm:
Next Wednesday in Durham!
(November 11th)
Next Thursday in Raleigh!
(November 12th)
(now 100% pumpkin spice free)
   Fall has arrived in earnest, and we can hardly find our footing for the crunchy, multicolored leaves covering the ground. To celebrate the advent of oyster season, crisp autumnal 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:
Viña Aliaga
This Tuesday, November 10th, we present our FREE
 midweek wine tasting! Every Tuesday is tasty...

5:00 - 7:00 pm
   Join us at our next Tasty Tuesday as we debut the newest vintages of three old favorites from the always outstanding Navarra estate, Viña Aliaga. Carlos Aliaga never fails to impress, and his Verdejo, Syrah, and "Cuvée" (a stunning, Rioja-esque blend of Tempranillo & Cab) currently clock in at all-time low prices! Come and enjoy these deliciously distinctive treasures from northern Spain!
Fall Rosé Sale!
20%-25% off
Selected Selections!
  Our awesomely autumnal sale on select pink-hued wines continues as we celebrate the timelessly invigorating freshness of rosé! Single bottles among these fab five fall rose selections are 20% off, and mix-and-matched cases of them are a whoppin' 25% off! Come in and discover the discounted selections. As always, we're proud to be 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!
"An Italian
New & Notable from 
the Leg-Like Land...
    For this Saturday's free tasting, we've charted out a z-shaped itinerary that would make Zorro, himself, proud! We'll begin in the province of Verona with an example of the Soave region's famously elegant whites before heading to Lombardy's Valtellina, an imposing landscape of steeply- terraced vineyards (with imposing names like "Inferno") just beneath the Swiss Alps.  Here we'll encounter a chiseled, ruby-like red made from Nebbiolo - a sensational value. Next, we'll dispense with the letter v and journey to the countryside southeast of Rome where we'll find Cesanese, a red revered in the late Renaissance era and becoming better-known once again. Our final stop lands us in the hills of Tuscany for a Sangiovese-dominated blend brimming with black cherry fruit and foresty elegance. Salute! 
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_San Rocco_
Monte Tondo 
Soave 2014
"San Rocco"
70% Garganega 
(Veneto, Italy)
We're overjoyed that Soave has rebounded from ages of mediocrity! Two decades ago, top producers here began realizing the magic of the Garganega grape and produced distinctive, delicious wines of character, albeit at a higher price. We...
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Rainoldi Rosso
Rosso di Valtellina 2013 
{sustainable} 100% Nebbiolo  
(Lombardy, Italy)
In the 1920s, Giuseppe Rainoldi, already an accomplished wheat & corn farmer, delved headlong into viticulture as a way to bolster his income. Almost a century later, his son and grandson carry the torch that he ignited, striving to balance uncompromisingly sustainable production with sharp, shrewd business sense. This is classic Nebbiolo with hues of dusky, rose-orange sunset and an...

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_Campo Novo_
Casale Della Ioria 
Cesanese del Piglio 2014
"Campo Novo" 
{sustainable} 100% Cesanese di Affile 
(Lazio, Italy)
Regarded locally for centuries as the "King of Wines", Cesanese del Piglio is Lazio's most prized and beloved wine and has recently acheived Italy's highest level of wine pedigree, DOCG. Casale della Ioria produces some of the best examples of why this rare wine is quickly reclaiming its ancient reputation. Delicate, with structure... 
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Castellinuzza Rosso
Podere Castellinuzza
Toscana Rosso 2013 
{biodynamic} 90% Sangiovese,
5% Canaiolo, 5% Malvasia Bianco 
(Tuscany, Italy)
Hand harvested from vines closing in on one hundred years of age, this Sangiovese-driven red's depth and impeccable, wholesome harmony is immediately striking...and yet it manages to grow on you as you sip and explore. As when walking between vines at the dusk...

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 Free Tastings!*

Saturday Tasting
Nobember 7th
Italian Itinerary:
New & Notable 

Tasty Tuesday 
November 10th
Viña Aliaga!  

Wednesday Tasting  
November 11th
Special Guest
Philippe Bernard
of Ligiére in
5:00-7:00 PM 

Thursday Tasting  
November 12th
Special Guest
Philippe Bernard
of Ligiére in
5:00-7:00 PM 

Saturday Tasting
November 14th
Selections (Pt. 1)

Tasty Tuesday 
November 17th
"Sake to me!"

Saturday Tasting
November 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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Subject to change on 
  a whim or fancy...
Upcoming  Wine Classes



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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