Season's festivities and
gift-givin' proclivities!
In This Issue:
Happy Wrappin' for that Holiday Hapenin'
Tasty Tuesday: Mature & Masterful
Saturday Tasting: Yuletide Rheinhessen Rhapsody
Would you take the shirts right off our backs?

Tis the Season!
What!? Already!?
    Don't panic, but it's about to get really festive. It happens around this time every year, but many of us simply don't see it coming. That's absolutely okay, because your friendly neighborhood Wine Authorities are always vigilantly scanning the horizons for every manner of unexpected festivity or cheer (after all, these are great excuses to enjoy some wonderful treats of the most wine-ish kind). We've put together a few great gift ideas which incorporate not only some most inviting imbibements but also local, artisanal treats fit to stuff the stockings of a king. Cue some festive music! It's time for:

The Totes of Plenty!  
    These assorted gift packs feature some of our favorite wines and other tasty treats!* The holiday season is upon us, but don't freak out! Doing your shopping at Wine Authorities is fun and easy!

Option One $24.99:
  • 1 bottle of Casa Los Frailes - Monastrell
  • 1 San Giuseppe by Giacomo Salami Chub
  • 1 Escazu Chocolate Bar w/ Cocoa Nibs
  • 1 Free Tote bag
Option Two $35.99: 
  • 1 bottle of Tempore - Garnacha Joven "Terrae"
  • 1 bottle of Wicked Weed - Brett Red IPA "Brett Tyrany" (500 ml)
  • 1 Farmer's Daughter Jam / Preserve
  • 1 Accidental Baker Black Pepper Flatbreads
  • 1 Free Tote bag

Option Three $49.99:
  • 1 bottle of Mas de Libian - Cotes du Rhone Rouge "Khayyäm"
  • 1 San Giuseppe by Giacomo Salami Chub
  • 1 Escazu Chocolate Bar w/ Cocoa Nibs
  • 1 Big Spoon Roasters - Cashew Peanut Butter
  • Accidental Baker Black Pepper Flatbreads
  • 1 Free Tote bag

*minor substitutions featuring similar items of equal

value may occur based upon continued availability 


But wait!
   We're far from being out of great gift ideas and are stocked up on beautiful, detailed maps and "periodic tables" of grape varieties! 
  • Wine Maps (France, Italy, Iberia, Germany, California) $29.99
  • Wine Grape Varietal Table - $24.99

   Also, you know who loves wine this time of year? Teachers! Gift certificates are the perfect gift for your child's teachers, and believe us, teachers really, really appreciate wine!

 Just in time to recover from all that grading! 
Why, thank you!   
Real Customer Comment:
"This is the nicest thing that's
happened to me today."
  -  Matt G.      
Happy Wrappin' for that Holiday Happenin'
     Nothing is more fun to unwrap than a bottle of delicious farmer-produced wine, and we have our team of highly skilled wrapping specialists at the ready to put a special touch on your gift bottles!
  • Four or fewer, we can wrap on the spot
  • Five or more can be picked up the next day
   Descriptions are included!  Gift certificates and Enomatic cards make sublime stocking stuffers as well!
Tasty Tuesday! 
"Mature & Masterful"
This Tuesday, December 15th, we present our FREE
 midweek wine tasting! Every Tuesday is tasty...

5:00 - 7:00 pm
   Holiday gifts are ephemeral. What seems shiny and new in the firelit glow of the season is often just another thing come February. It's important to strike the balance between instant gratification and enduring appreciation.
   Wines are often the same way, which is why they make such great gifts. There's the initial excitement of receiving a great bottle, the anticipation of popping the cork, and the afterglow of pleasure when the last drop is gone. A gift of wine is the gift of a singular experience.
   Which is why we're presenting three magnificent wines for your tasting (and gifting) pleasure this Tuesday. All three have matured for years to a point of perfection!
Free Saturday Tasting!
Durham & Raleigh:
From 12-3pm, "try before you buy" 
at our FREE Saturday tastings!
Yuletide Rhapsody 
of Rheinhessen Majesty
   This Saturday, we're putting the Klaus back in Santa Claus with a sampling of four of our current absolute favorites from the land of the rising lederhosen.
   Just in time for tidings of the Yule-er-ific variety, we've gotten robustly restocked on these brisk, old world delights from the Rheinhessen - arguably home to Germany's greatest values of today. Not only crisp and comforting, these all-season treats from the back yards of Yule elves and reindeer are phenomenal party wines and pair splendidly with the fare that we're likely to encounter at holiday feasts. Expect a liter of rockin' trocken (dry) Riesling as well as a semi-sweet slice of heaven that will win over any of us who are still on the fence about having a place for some residual sugar in our lives. Also joining us are a brilliant Pinot Noir (traditionally called Spätburgunder in Germany and, today, the country's third most planted grape) and a vibrant Silvaner. Unlimited, jubilant Yuletide cheers* included at no extra cost!

*Not to be confused with Mule-ride beers,
although that sounds like a great idea... 
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_Ate Reben_
Dr. Heyden
Silvaner 2014
"Alte Reben" 
{sustainable} 100% Silvaner
(Rheinhessen, Germany)
Old vine Silvaner is a true rarity in Germany's Rheinhessen. While it remains the second most planted grape (after Riesling) in Germany, it has always been in the shadows. In fact some have even accused it of neutrality. So, Frank Heyden quietly makes this from old vines, and the quality shines so...

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Weingut Binz 
Riesling Trocken 2014
100% Riesling
(Rheinhessen, Germany)
Half a decade ago, we visited this winery while on a German wine-buying trip. Five years later, we can still confirm that the Binz estate is responsible for some of the Rheinhessen's (and Germany's) greatest values. Located on the "red slope" between Nackenheim and Oppenheim...
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Hipping Hopping
George Albrecht Schneider 
Riesling Spätlese 2013
"Niersteiner Hipping"
{sustainable} 100% Riesling
(Rheinhessen, Germany) 
Whatever the time of year, when we taste the zesty combination of bright citrus and restrained tropicality - the graceful contrast of mouthwatering acidity and gentle sweetness that punctuates the profile of classic Rheinhessen Spätlese, we immediately want to hit the slopes... The famously red slope of Nierstein, to be precise. Like a wintery piña colada that hasn't had any irritating songs written about it, this perennially refreshing white could bring a kiss of healthy chill to a summer evening or pair spectacularly with traditional holiday fare.... 
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Sch_fer Pinot Noir
Weingut Schäfer 
Pinot Noir 2012
100% Pinot Noir 
(Rheinhessen, Germany)
Here's a medium-bodied red with healthy, cherryish red fruit and wholesome, earthen tones. Volker Schäfer has made his mark as a great winemaker (who's most famous for his reds) and as the owner of Schäfer winery along with his father. The family estate dates back...

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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Upcoming Free Tastings!*
Saturday Tasting  
December 12th
German Delights 
Tasty Tuesday 
December 15th
"Mature & Masterful"

Saturday Tasting  
December 19th
Holiday Picks 2015 
Tasty Tuesday 
December 22nd
Stocking Stuffers 

Saturday Tasting  
December 26th
We're Closed 
Tasty Tuesday 
December 29th
Bubbly Extravaganza! 
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