The merry bells are
ringing in our ears!
In This Issue:
Happy Wrappin' for that Holiday Hapenin'
Tasty Tuesday: Bountiful Bubbly
New Year's Eve Tasting: Sparkling Extravaganza
Would you take the shirts right off our backs?

Holiday Festivities
Within Reach!
     Christmas is the day after tomorrow, and that gives us practically two days to finish our preparations! We're absolutely buzzing with an infectious bounty of yuletide cheer, and there's a lot to be excited about this year - a steady stream of new wines which are chomping at the bit to be stuffed into the stockings of your friends and family or shared at the year's most festive parties and gatherings. In fact, take a gander at our top picks of the season below (which are conveniently displayed at the front of each of our stores for your holiday shoppin' convenience):
  • Steininger - Grüner Veltliner Kamptal 2014  $14.99
  • Baileyana - Pinot Noir "Firepeak Cuvée"2013 $22.99
  • Domaine Vitalis - Cotes du Rhone Village Cairanne 2012  $16.99
  • 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!
"Bountiful Bubbly"
This Tuesday, December 29th, we present our FREE
 midweek wine tasting! Every Tuesday is tasty...

5:00 - 7:00 pm
   At our next Tasty Tuesday, we present three bountiful, beautiful bubblies which are perfectly priced for partying like it's 2015 (but won't be for much longer). We've prepared some previews and practice toasts to get us ready for sparkling wine's starring evening. Join us for blindingly bright Cava, fantastically fun Prosecco, and glorious Crémant de Loire brimming with the exotic perfumes of Chenin Blanc. Cheers! 
New Year's Eve Tasting!
Durham & Raleigh:
From 5-7pm, "try before you buy" 
at our FREE tastings!
Thursday, Dec 31 

Sparkling Extravaganza!
   Join us next Thursday (New Year's Eve) as we indulge in delicious sparkling wines and celebrate the imminence of 2016. While festive occasions indeed demand that we break out the bubbles, we can't let ourselves forget that these wines themselves are truly worth celebration. For New Year's, we're hauling out some of our very favorites - an Alsatian Crémant and two glorious Champagnes which are lusciously lively, rich, and resplendently festive from the very first sip. Happy New Year!!!  
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Cave Freudenreich 
Cremant d'Alsace Brut 
Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir 
(Alsace, France)
From Alsace, quite possibly the origin of France's most haunting and ephemeral whites, comes this intensely flavorful and bright Cremant. Striking a very satisfying balance between powerfully tangy fruit character and complex mineralistic and floral notes, this seamless blend of Pinot Blanc, Riesling, and Pinot Noir combines a...

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Champagne Brut
Blanc de Blancs 
100% Chardonnay
(Champagne, France)
This Blanc de Blancs (white wine]from white grapes - in this case, Chardonnay) is racy and very rich but still easy-going. Unlike the factory wines which dominate the world of Champagne today, this is handmade in minute quantities by a small, independent vigneron...
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Champagne Grand Cru Brut
à Cramant Blanc de Blancs 
100% Chardonnay
(Champagne, France) 
This is blazing, mind-blowing Champagne that has the perfect combination of mineral/leesy complexity and highly focused acidity. The pedigree is there, Grand Cru vineyards are only used, all from the village of Cramant, the source of the finest Chardonnay in the Champagne region. This Blanc de Blancs...

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 Every Month: 
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  
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 
*Subject to change!
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  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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