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In This Issue:
"Vine to Wine" Class in Durham!
Tasty Tuesday: Casa Los Frailes
Free Saturday Tasting: Pivotal Portugal!

Our Budget-Busting
campaign of 2016 continues in style!
    Last week, we revealed our dream team of budget busters for our annual post-holiday display (listed below) and featured four of the sensational six at our Saturday tasting. This week, we keep the frabjously frugal elixirs flowing, featuring the display's two Portuguese offerings (a Douro and a Vinho Verde) in addition to a second pair of Dailydelights (from Alentejo and Lisboa). Read on for more info
  • Tempore - Garnacha "Finca La Cañada" 2014  $7.99
  • Socalos do Douro - Vinho Verde "Colheita Seleccionada" 2014  $9.99
  • Hyatt Vineyards - Cabernet Sauvignon 2012  $11.99
  • Domaine Herbauges - Chardonnay "Unoaked" 2014  $11.99
  • Lua Cheia - Douro Tinto 2013  $9.99
  • Chateau Haut Dambert - Entre-Deux-Mers 2014 $11.99
Put down that penny!
Why, thank you!   
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Thursday, January 14th!
"Vine To Wine" Class
7:33 PM - $36 per person
Wine Authorities Durham 
   There are still seats available at our first class of spring semester! Our concise yet comprehensive "Vine to Wine" is fun and educational, boldly chronicling the lives of wines from the first spring buds' breaking open to each grape's being lovingly squeezed into the bottles that we take home with us! We cover how vines are grown and how wine is made, how to read a label, how to buy wine, how to store wine, how to drink, er, taste wine...and we'll debunk some of the stubbornest wine myths throughout the course of the two hour class! 
Call (919) 489-2884 to purchase tickets! 
(includes tasting wines, visual presentation, and handouts) 

Tasty Tuesday!
Casa Los Frailes
This Tuesday, January 19th, we present our FREE
 midweek wine tasting! Every Tuesday is tasty...

5:00 - 7:00 pm
   Following this Saturday's tasting of pivotal Portuguese offerings, we're taking a leap clear across the Iberian peninsula to Spain's southeast at our next Tasty Tuesday. We'll find ourselves in sunny southern Valencia (sounds really good right about now) and in the company of monolithic Monastrell and iconic blanco that's one of a kind. Put on the paella and warm up with wonderful wine of the Levante-i-est kind!
Free Saturday Tastings!
Durham & Raleigh:
From Noon to 3 pm, "try before you buy"
at our FREE tastings!
West Portugal
   Good things come in small packages, and while Portugal isn't among the smallest European countries, it's dwarfed on the map by its closest neighbors. The nation's wines, however, are gargantuan in character and unparalleled in uniqueness. This Saturday, we're covering the country's specialties in a series of sweeping sashays which will take us from north to south to north to south again. Refreshing Vinho Verde and radiant rosé promise to refresh us and tantalize our taste buds while inky reds elegantly wallop us over the heads with powerful dark fruit. It's cold out, but a Portuguese paradise is just one tasting away! 
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Bouro not Douro
Socalos do Bouro
Vinho Verde 2014 
70% Louriero, 15% Trajadura,
15% Arinto 
(Minho, Portugal)
Let the refreshment wash over you! Vinho Verde is still what patio & picnic dreams are made of, but a renaissance is sweeping through Portugal's far north and carrying these valiantly vibrant, tirelessly tangy delights forward. Not all contemporary Vinho Verde is effervescent, but this one represents the classically frothy and fresh style...with a richer twist...
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Sant_Ana Ros_  
Quinta de Sant'Ana 
Rosé 2014
{sustainable} Pinot Noir, Touriga Nacional, Aragonez, Merlot  
(Lisboa, Portugal)
To look at Portugal's Lisboa on a map, one would understandably envision it as probably hot and best suited to dense, extracted reds like the ones associated with many similarly southerly Iberian regions. The reality is astonishingly mild - conducive less to unwieldily powerhouse wines than to elegance and balance. The Sant'Ana estate is very small (less than 20 acres!) and lovingly manages...
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Formerly Lua Nova
Lua Cheia em Vinhas Velhas 
Douro 2013 
Touriga Franca (etc. etc...)
(Douro, Portugal) 
Often as vines grow older, their production of grapes diminishes to the point that growers will rip them out and replant younger, more vigorous ones. The problem is that younger vines rarely produce wines with as much richness and character as the older, more established ones do. This field blend of Touriga Franca and up...
Lua Cheia em Vinhas Velhas 
Alentejano Reserva 2011
"Album" Reserva 
40% Petit Verdot, 30% Alicante Bouchet, 20% Syrah, 10% Aragonez
(Alentejo, Portugal) 
This is a truly exciting find for its bold, flavorful generosity and depth. Adventurous wine-lovers and geeks will also relish the opportunity to taste rich, ripe Petit Verdot at a very rare 40% concentration. In this cuvee it appears with fellow-French expats Alicante Bouschet and Syrah along with Spain's Tempranillo (three of southern Alentejo's most important varietals)...

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!

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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 
January 16th
Pivotal Portugal 

Tasty Tuesday
January 19th
Casa Los Frailes

Saturday Tasting 
January 23rd
Sumptuous Southern Rhone

Tasty Tuesday
January 26th
Lavish Languedoc

Saturday Tasting 
January 30th
A Piece of
the Piemonte

Tasty Tuesday
February 2nd
"Groundhog Day"
"Six More Weeks?" 
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