Beaujolais, Turkeys, & Rioja Class? 
Oh my!
In This Issue:
Rioja Class!
Tasty Tuesday: Alternative Turkey Wines
Autumn Pack
October Rosé Sale
Thanksgiving Selections part 2
Would you take the shirts right off our backs?


Third Thursday?
  "Est arrivé," as they say... 
   The time has come to once again embrace the wine world's eternal symbol of youth and renewal. Every year on the third Thursday of November, the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau celebrates the completion of (virtually all) grape harvests throughout Europe. In fact, it tends to be the first commercially available wine of the year from anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere. Vive la France! Vive la Beaujolais!
     Just as we do every year, this time we'll only be selling artisan Beaujolais Nouveau from small, family-owned estates. You'll find none of that artificial tasting stuff that they hawk in grocery stores and big box stores. These are truly delicious, and truly a revelation if you've never had the good stuff before.
Our 2015 Nouveau selections:
  • Jean-Paul Brun - Beaujolais Nouveau "L'Ancien" Terres Dorees 2015  $16.99
  • Domaine Vissoux (Pierre-Marie Chermette) - Beaujolais Primeur "Pierre Chermette" 2015  $14.99
  • Domaine Vissoux (Pierre-Marie Chermette) - Beaujolais Primeur Vieilles Vignes 2015  $15.99
  • Domaine Vissoux (Pierre-Marie Chermette) - Beaujolais Primeur Rosé "Les Griottes" 2015  $14.99
We talk Turkey!
  and that ain't no jive...
   The writing is on the wall (along with a bit of the stuffing).  Thanksgiving is a mere week away, and it provides us with memorable encounters with family and friends as well as opportunities for adventurous wine pairings with zany foods that we've somehow decided should be served together! 
     In typical Wine Authorities fashion, we've cobbled together (gobbled together?) a convenient display for each store which highlights our tip-top tipple for Turkey Day! Scroll down to theSaturday Tasting's section of the email to see which four that we're sampling this week. This year's Thanksgiving treasure trove includes:
  • Alexander Gysler - Riesling Trocken "Sandstein"  2014  $16.99
  • Baileyana - Pinot Noir "Firepeak Cuvée"2013 $22.99
  • Domaine Magellan - "Le Fruit Défendu" Cinsault Rouge2014  $11.99
  • Meinklang - Pinot Noir Rosé Frizzante "Prosa"2014  $16.99
  • Mas Codina - Penedès Blanc 2014  $9.99  
  • Cave Freudenreich - Alsace Gewurztraminer 2012  $18.99
  • Domaine des Grandes Bruyeres - Beaujolais-Villages - Vieilles Vignes "Prestige"2014  $17.99
  • Quinta de Sant'Ana- Pinot Noir 2013  $18.99
P.S.(!)Psst - For outlandishly grand wines for cobblers and other tangy, fruit-based desserts, consider two new arrivals from the Loire Valley's Coteaux du Layon
courtesy of Domaine Cady. Supplies are limited!

Coteaux du Layon & Coteaux du Layon "Cuvée Volupté"

$15.99 & $45.99 (500 ml)
Also ideal for
   This week, just in time for Thanksgiving, Kate Elia debuts her new venture, Growers and Cooks! She is introducing the first two products from a growing line of stocks made from fresh ingredients, pastured meat, and sustainable vegetables. Genuine stocks like these are an essential, wholesome kitchen staple that, until now, took many hours of work at home to produce. The alternative has long been the industrial and artificial output of the factory "food" system. Stocks are the key ingredients for many of the dishes that we eat on Thanksgiving, and Kate's authentic offerings will enhance your feast and are a cinch to use! Come by to say hello, take a taste and learn how you can use Growers and Cooks to complete your holiday menu!
Closed Thanksgiving 
(November 26th)

Re-opening on Friday, November 27th 
@ Noon
Have a fun & festive holiday!
Why, thank you!   
Real Customer Comment:
"...the staff are incredibly approachable and knowledgeable. If you want to know what wine to serve with something like asparagus soup (tricky!), they will be ready with recommendations. If you want to have a very technical conversation about biodynamic wine from the Loire Valley, they are ready. If you want to talk casually and don't know what you're talking about, they can roll with that, too."
  -  Jules P. (via Yelp)     
Rioja Class!
December 3rd
7:33pm in Raleigh 
    Join us on December 3rd for an intensive and creative look at one of the world's greatest wine regions. Rioja has both traditional producers and resolutely modern ones, but isn't the real story here one of varied terroirs that greatly influence the character of the area's wines? Taste and learn why and how the soil is unique, the output distinct, and the flavors muy, muy bien! The class includes a comprehensive tasting, visual presentation, and handouts.
Tickets: 919-831-9463
$48 per person
Tasty Tuesday:
Turkey Wines?
This Tuesday, November 24th, we present our FREE
 midweek wine tasting! Every Tuesday is tasty...

5:00 - 7:00 pm
Alternative Turkey
      Whether or not your Thanksgiving is poised to revolve around the goliath guest of honor that Benjamin Franklin envisioned as our national mascot, we have the perfect wines for the feast.  With all of the odd and sometimes mismatched dishes that we've somehow agreed should be served together, versatility becomes the key.
   Join us at this week's Tasty Tuesday as we feature three champions of food-friendly, versatile, crowd-pleasing appeal from Germany, Spain, and France!
    Remember! Also, at our Durham store Tuesday from 5-7pm, we welcome W.A. veteran, Kate Elia (aka "The Notorious D.O.C.G.") and her fresh cooking stocks from her exiting new startup, Growers and Cooks! Don't forget that she'll be in Raleigh the following evening (Wednesday, the 25th) from 2:00 to 5:00. Stock up on the goodness!
(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 comfortingly spicy Portuguese powerhouse for chilly nights. Let's have three (or, in this case, six) cheers for autumn!
Fall Rosé Sale!
20%-25% off
our final five 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 rosé selections are 20% off, and mix-and-matched cases of them are a whoppin' 25% off! Come in and discover these 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!
IS UPON US! (well, in one week) 
    Turkeys are a huge deal this time of year. We find ourselves increasingly surrounded by the bird behemoths, and they're not alone. Each November, we're privy to mounting reports of every conceivable manner of casserole and yams which have been diabolically transformed! Is there anything we can do to prepare for the madness!? As a matter-of-fact, there is.
    Analyzing the perils of Thanksgivings past and scanning the horizon for further anomalies, we've perfected an arsenal of secret weapons - wines which tackle the threat of difficult, fourth Thursday pairings head on. These bold, balanced whites and reds have what it takes to stand up to the cornucopia of festive aberration that is the "traditional Thanksgiving spread." See further documentation below... 
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Mas Codina Blanc Pened_s
Mas Codina 
Blanc Penedès 2014 
40% Xarel-lo, 30% Macabeu,
25% Chardonnay, 5% Muscat   
(Penedès, Spain)
This limited production white is a fun blend that is fresh and lively with lots of fruity, floral aroma, while still remaining dry and mouthwatering. Toni Garriga uses the same grapes in his Cava blend, but here he adds a hint of Muscat to enhance aromatic...

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Cave Freudenreich 
Gewurztraminer 2012 
{organic} 100% Gewurztraminer
(Alsace, France)
From this venerable Alsatian producer comes a Gewurztraminer that blooms with exotic tropicality, woven with musky spice, and braced by a voluptuous texture and lean, lengthy acidity. Bursting with lychee, passionfruit, and other flavors that one usually has to travel to Southeast Asia to find, this wine...
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_Le Fruit D_fendu_ Rouge
Domaine Magellan 
Hérault Rouge 2014
"Le Fruit Défendu" 
{sustainable} 90% Cinsault,
10% Grenache 
(Languedoc, France) 
A beautiful, Cinsault-based anomaly from the Languedoc, the red "Forbidden Fruit" is gentle, outlandishly versatile, and tailored to being guzzled in vast quantities at parties and feasts regardless of season. It's so approachable that we've approached it again and... 
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Sant_Ana Pinot Noir
Quinta de Sant'Ana 
Pinot Noir 2013
"Grand Firepeak Cuvée" 
{sustainable} 100% Pinot Noir
(Lisboa, Portugal)
Situated 30 miles northwest of Lisbon on an ancient estate near the Atlantic, Quinta de Sant'Ana benefits from hot days followed by cool nights. With the help of this utopian climate, James and Ann Frost along with their seven sons have produced a Pinot Noir with beautifully balanced elements of pleasant acidity, ripe fruit...

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, November
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
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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