Cuddle up under the Alps!
   Italy's great northwest is our next tasting...
In This Issue:
Tasty Tuesday: Groundhog Day!
Growers and Cooks Demo Saturday in Durham
Free Saturday Tasting: A Piece of the Piemonte

So Romantic!
Lovin' Bubbles Class
"Lovin' Bubbles" 
Sparkling Wine Class 
     Bubbles are terribly misunderstood... until now. Don't know your Cava from your Sekt? Just what is the difference between Spumante and Frizzante?  Why must Champagne always be so French? Well, this class will take you through the world of sparkling wines (and feature bubbly from around the world). 
    We'll dispel myths, defy logic and drink fizzy drinks. The evening will end with dessert sparklers and exceptional chocolate. If you've been afraid of effervescence, fear no more!  We'll show you the good stuff that won't cost you a monk and a leg.
Rosé Toast (3)  
Class starts at 7:33pm Thursday, Feb 11th
211 East Franklin Street
Raleigh, NC
$48 per Person
Reservations Required 
Call the Wine Authorities Love Line 
at (919) 831-9463 to purchase tickets!
Knee deep in
knolls of sleet?
#TBT 2014 Winteracolypse
   Well, the roads are clear-ish, and the thunderous sound of ice sheets cascading from our roofs onto our back decks and/or patio furniture is becoming less frequent. If you still have the shivers, however, we've planned a Saturday which promises to return sensation to your trembling fingers and put color back in your cheeks! Snuggle up with northern Italian wines on Saturday that know how to keep their footing on the ice. Kate Elia will also be featuring her Growers and Cooks stocks in Durham, and nothing washes away wintry blues like a hot cup of chicken stock! So, join us this Saturday! We promise that it will be better than seeking refuge inside a dead Tauntaun.
Tune in to the 
new adventures!
   Our fearless leader has gone off gallivanting again! He's currently on one of his expeditions to France, catching up with some of our favorite producers. He's also gallantly tasting his way through oceans of French wine, seeking new frontiers and values while helping to illuminate regions and specialties that we are seldom able to get our hands on stateside. Follow his adventures through the interwebs: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!  
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Busting up budgets
with our popular
post-holiday display!
  • 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!   
Real Customer Comment:
"Your store is out of this world! We don't
have anything like this in California."
  -  Ann Marie F.      
Tasty Tuesday:
It's Groundhog Day!
This Tuesday, February 2nd, we present our FREE
 midweek wine tasting! Every Tuesday is tasty...

5:00 - 7:00 pm
   Six more weeks of winter? That's what our calendars say, but our furry friend from Pennsylvania has yet to weigh in on the matter. By next Tuesday afternoon, we'll know all the details of the marmotine verdict and will be celebrating, shadow or not, with wines fit either for an early spring or another winter wonderland (one which hopefully isn't comprised simply of giant sleet drifts next time). Cheers!
Growers and Cooks
This Saturday in Durham
   Joining us at Durham's Saturday tasting is Kate Elia's  Growers and Cooks! She'll be sharing samples of some of her growing line of stocks made from fresh ingredients, pastured meat, and sustainable vegetables. Also, in a delightfully Piemontese twist, she'll showcase a risotto which pairs perfectly with Saturday's wine tasting lineup!
    Genuine stocks are an essential, wholesome kitchen staple that, until now, took many hours of work at home to produce. The sad alternative has long been the industrial and artificial output of the factory "food" system. Kate's authentic offerings are delicious and a cinch to use!

Free Saturday Tastings!
Durham & Raleigh:
From Noon to 3 pm, "try before you buy"
at our FREE tastings!
"A Piece of the Piemonte"

Snuggle up under the Alps!
    If you're as tired as we are of being covered under a blanket of snow, join us as we seek refuge in a more comforting source of shelter. This Saturday, we're venturing into Italy's dynamic northwestern vineyards, which are home to some of its most distinctive specialties. Famously firm, these offerings range from crisp and refreshing to powerful and long-lived. Not content to simply poke around in all of the usual places, we'll be exploring both the hallmarks and the deeper cuts. Join us this weekend as we venture into this sublimely subalpine land of the vine.

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Langhe Favorita 2014 
100% Favorita (Vermentino)
(Piemonte, Italy)
Winegrower Giorgio Alpiste names his wines after the parcel of land on which the grapes are grown. In the case of "Quattro 20 (Venti)" (or "four winds") his Favorita vines flourish on the sandy, south-facing slopes of his family's farm in the Piemonte town of Mango, where...
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Montezemolo Arneis  
Cordero de Montezemolo
Langhe Arneis 2014
100% Arneis
(Piemonte, Italy)
This single estate has been owned by the same family for 18 generations - since 1340.  Opulent, balanced, and mysterious, this Arneis, by the Cordero di Montezemolo family, really delivers the goods. Though fleshy and lush, a wonderful cleanness and clarity keep the balance brilliant...
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Domaine La Ligière 
"Anthos" 2013
100% Brachetto
(Piemonte, Italy)
 Before passing away too young, Matteo Corregia was a pioneer in his corner of the Piemonte, Roero. His widow continued has his vision, and this wine is a great example. Her "Anthos" cuvée is made from the Brachetto grape - only ever seen in the Piemonte and almost exclusively used in light, sweet, fizzy wines. This beautiful red, however, is dry, serious, and elegant...
Borgo Moncalvo
Barbera Superiore 2009 
{organic} 100% Barbera
(Piemonte, Italy) 
 Emerging from 70-year old vineyards, this firm, flavorful Barbera brings together classical structure and a generous dose of gracefully rustic forest fruit whose impressive ripeness evolves beautifully in the glass. The enchantment doesn't end there...

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 
January 30th
A Piece of
the Piemonte

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

Saturday Tasting 
February 6th
Sumptuous Southern Rhone

Tasty Tuesday
February 9th
Masterful Mas Codina

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