Cheers to seasonal cheer!
In This Issue:
Happy Wrappin' for that Holiday Hapenin'
Tasty Tuesday: 11th Hour of Gifts
Saturday Tasting: Happy Holiday Selections
Would you take the shirts right off our backs?

Season's Greetings!
    While it's true that we're ironing out some kinks in the "Peace on Earth" part, we're happy to announce that we have no shortage of good wine for mankind. In typical Wine Authorities fashion, we've assembled displays at the front of our stores comprised of delicious wines which are priced to party hearty and robustly stuff the stockings of friends and family! Four of the selections are at our free Saturday tasting this week. Scope them out below:
  • Steininger - Grüner Veltliner Kamptal 2014  $14.99
  • Baileyana - Pinot Noir "Firepeak Cuvée"2013 $22.99
  • Domaine Le Garrigon - Cotes du Rhone Visan "Cuvée Inès" 2014  $15.99
  • Chateau La Colombière - Methode Ancestrale Rosé "Colombulle" 2011  $19.99
  • Mas Codina - Cava Brut Nature  $14.99  
  • Domaine de la Chauvinière - Muscadet "Clos Les Montys - Cuvée 1914" 2012  $18.99
  • J. Mourat - Rouge "Collection" 2014  $11.99
  • Lezírias - Tejo Branco "Samora" 2014  $7.99
Also! We have.... 
The Totes of Seasonal Cheer! 
    We've put together great gift ideas incorporating not only inviting imbibements but also local, artisanal treats fit to stuff the stockings of a king.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. The totes below are not only filled with the good-est of goodies, they're also discounted!

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!

Holiday Hours:
Closed Holiday Sign
We will be closing early (at 5pm) on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24th and will remain closed through Saturday, December 26th, reopening with our regular hours on Sunday, the 27th.

We will keep our regularly scheduled hours on 
New Year's eve (10am-7pm) and will be 
closed on January 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.
We will reopen on January 4th with our regular hours.
Why, thank you!   
Real Customer Comment:
"I've never gotten a bad wine from
you doing this (Six for $60),
so I am totally sold."
  -  Lori E.      
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! 
"The 11th Hour"
This Tuesday, December 22nd, we present our FREE
 midweek wine tasting! Every Tuesday is tasty...

5:00 - 7:00 pm
 Last Minute Gift Ideas... 
   The "eleventh hour" frequently has a somewhat ominous connotation, but not today!  This time, it's actually cause for celebration because we're going to help you escape unscathed from your procrastinatory inclinations. You'll be rewarded for waiting until the last minute, and no one will ever be the wiser!  Join us this Tuesday (three days before Christmas!) as we taste three tremendously gift-friendly wine offerings as well as a couple of delightful chocolate bars from Raleigh's own Escazú. Our signature W.A. totes will be standing by for you to fill and give away - far more efficient and accommodating than stockings!
Free Saturday Tasting!
Durham & Raleigh:
From 12-3pm, "try before you buy" 
at our FREE Saturday tastings!
Happy Holiday

for gifting & partying! 
  Sure, silver and gold are plenty nice, but at this week's free Saturday tasting, we've got the most festive colors of all (red, pink, and white) to bolster holiday gift-givings and parties that populate this stretch of the year. Festive, food-friendly, and boldly bursting with a brand of cheery holiday potential that could leave even The Yule Log a bit envious, these four wines are as timely as they are tasty!
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Grüner Veltliner 2014 
100% Grüner Veltliner 
(Kamptal, Austria)
Best known for its elegant, powerful sparkling wines which can rival Champagne, Weingut Steininger consistently produces profound wines with exemplary purity and focus. Karl, the estate's proprietor, prefers that his wines...

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J. Mourat 
Fiefs Vendéens Rouge 2014
{organic} Pinot Noir, Cab Franc,
Negrette, Gamay 
(Loire Meridionale, France)
"Buvabilité." Drinkability...the byline to this bottle. It's as accessible as the plot line of an HBO series. With a stellar cast in classic roles, Pinot Noir, Negrette, Cabernet Franc, and Gamay have chemistry on and off the trellis. While the vines average 30 years young, the wine spends 5 months in oak barrels. Our profile here...
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Domaine Le Garrigon 
Cotes du Rhone Visan 2014
{organic} 90% Grenache,
10% Syrah 
(Rhone Valley, France) 
Hailing from Daniel Couston's estate in the lower reaches of the Rhone's Drôme department, this wine showcases glorious Northern Rhone-esque (despite being predominately Grenache) character from old vines. Powerfully pretty (prettily powerful?) and featuring the combination of inky fruit and sumptuously...
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Chateau La Colombière 
Methode Ancestrale 2011
Rosé "Colombulle" 
{organic} 100% Negrette
(Sud-Ouest, France)
Philipe and Diane Cauvin have essentially bridled the finicky Négrette grape into graceful submission with their catalogue of wines that seem to improve with each passing vintage. This is their newest offering, a delectably refreshing "petnat" sparkling rosé 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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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.
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Upcoming Free Tastings!*

Saturday Tasting  
December 19th
Happy Holiday Pics
for parties & gifts 
Tasty Tuesday 
December 22nd
The 11th Hour 

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

New Year's Eve
December 31st
Sparkling Extravaganza!

Saturday Tasting 
January 2nd
We're Closed
Tasty Tuesday
January 5th
Welcome 2016!

Saturday Tasting 
January 9th
Budget Recovery 
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Upcoming  Wine Classes



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North Country 

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Firsthand Foods 

Fresh Local Sausages

  • Bratwurst
  • Country Breakfast
  • Spicy Italian
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