You know what they say...
March goes out like a lamb
(or a baked ham).
In This Issue:
Tasty Tuesday: The April Fool Cometh!
Free Saturday Tasting: Out like a lamb (or a baked ham).

This is Madness!
March Madness!  
   We here at your friendly neighborhood Wine Authorities like beer as much as the next guy in mesh shorts, but we still have to say that wine has the power to make basketball better. Wait! This is no mere beverage bias! Parties provide the ideal setting for popping corks on a variety of exciting new wines and sharing the experience with your closest friends, and even though you may hate each other's favorite teams, your bond will be better preserved courtesy of delicious, estate-produced wine! Also, don't forget to box out for box wine. It's a slam dunk!
March. Out like a lamb...but inbounding like a sheep.
Austrian Wine Class!

Thursday, March 31st 
 In the hearts and minds of American wine drinkers, Austria has arrived. Its reputation for characterful wines of inspiring quality gains momentum while its knack for tremendous value remains intact. But on what foundation is all of this built? Quite a sturdy one! Austria's viticultural history goes back millennia. Join us as we celebrate the nation's uniqueness as well as what connects it (and its signature grapes) to the rest of Europe. We'll focus on the present, examine the past, and ponder the future of modern, masterful Austria! Class includes comprehensive tasting, visual presentation, and handouts.
Thursday, March 31, 7:33pm
at our Raleigh location
$48 / person
Reservations Required:(919)831-9463
Indy's Best of 
the Triangle!
     Beloved Trianglites, you can now nominate your favorite Triangle businesses (including wine shop - hint, hint) by clicking on the Indy's "Best Of" banners above and below! Remember, there are many people out there who may vote McDonald's (for instance) as the best burger or Harris Teeter as the best place to buy wine! Be true to your civic duty, and support the little guys who make your community special, by giving them your nominations and votes. It can truly make a difference!   
indy best
Why, thank you!   
Real Customer Comment:
"It is an absolutely enjoyable experience to come here. When we do, we leave with a case..."
  -  Andrew K. (via Yelp)      
Tasty Tuesday:
The April Fool Cometh!
"Grave Grape Blunders"
This Tuesday, March 29th, we present our FREE
 midweek wine tasting!  Every Tuesday is tasty...

5:00 - 7:00 pm
   Prepare to be dynamically un-fooled this Tuesday as we celebrate this year's impending April 1st by eroding a few falsehoods about grape varietals which are well-overdue for quashing.
   Join us as we explore the fact that there's not anything inherently oaky or buttery about Chardonnay. We'll explain why there's no whisper more sweetness in Riesling that's had all of its sugar fermented into alcohol than there would be in a wine made from any other grape. We'll also tear right into the mystifyingly still fashionable anti-Merlot sentiment whose foundation was laid by overproduction and cemented by Hollywood. You won't get fooled again!
And don't forget:
Our Tasty Tuesday 15% Half-Case Discount!
After you taste, put together 6 bottles from our Tasty Tuesday lineup, and we'll take an entire 15% off!

Free Saturday Tastings!
Durham & Raleigh:
From Noon to 3 pm, "try before you buy"
at our FREE tastings!
For Easter:
"Out Like a Lamb"
(or a Baked Ham)
    Join us this Saturday as our tasting takes its cue from the trappings of traditional Easter feasts. We'll begin with a sparkling rosé as crisp, juicy, and versatile as they come. After all, despite what you might have been told, pork is not a "white meat." It's pink. It's only natural that we should drink some pink wine with it. Our second offering is a flavorful blend from Alsace which features a veritable who's who of the region's grapes.
   Our two reds are classic combinations of grapes like Mourvedre (Monastrell), Grenache, and Syrah - one from Spain and the other from France's Southern Rhone. These are lip-smackingly juicy enough for ham but with wonderful, outlandishly lamb-friendly spice. 
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Mas Codina Ros_ Cava
Mas Codina
Cava Brut Rosé 2013
{organic} 100% Pinot Noir
(Penedès, Spain)
By law, all Cava must be produced utilizing a secondary fermentation in the bottle - "Méthode Champenoise," and this delicate an keenly generous rosé from our friends at Mas Codina is bright, restrained, and finely textured, this is a profound and understated sparkler which exudes sophistication, fun, and balance...

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Cave Freudenreich
Edelzwicker 2012
Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Sylvaner, Muscat, Pinot Blanc, etc.
(Alsace, France)
The term Edelzwicker means "Noble Blend", and serves as a catch-all for Alsatian wines blended from noble grape varieties. This example from Cave Freudenreich is a who's who of what Alsace does best, and it's more than the sum of it's parts. Heady aromatics conjure blossoms on a spring breeze...

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Casa Los Frailes
Valencia Tinto 2013
{biodynamic} 50% Monastrell,
50% Syrah
(Valencia, Spain)
Casa Los Frailes, taking its name from the friars which once inhabited the estate, produces wine with the utmost respect for nature and its vineyards. Monastrell, the premier varietal of Spain's southeast, is clearly their first priority. For the Bilogía cuvée, they blend it with its classic blending partner of France, Syrah...
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Vitalis Cairanne
Domaine La Vitalis 
Cairanne 2012 
60% Grenache, 20% Syrah,10% Cairanne, 5% Mourvedre, 5% Cinsault 
(Southern Rhone, France)
Cairanne is one of the brightest points in the Southern Rhone and, despite its increasingly lofty reputation, somehow continues to remain a source for some of the valley's best values. Forged predominantly from 100 year old Grenache vines and Syrah planted more than half a century ago, this offering...

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.
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Upcoming Free Tastings!*

Saturday Tasting 
March 26th
Out Like a Lamb
(or a Baked Ham)

Tasty Tuesday  
March 29th
The April Fool Cometh:
Grave Grape Blunders 
Saturday Tasting 
April 2nd 
A Fountain of Youth

Tasty Tuesday  
April 5th 
Effervesce into Spring!

Saturday Tasting 
April 9th
Old World! New World!
Which "world" are
you from?

Tasty Tuesday  
April 12th
Off the Beaten Path
in California 
*Subject to change!
on the Enomatic

in Durham:

Click for what's on tap! 
Subject to change on
a whim or fancy...

on the Enomatic
in Raleigh:
The Whites!
Click for what's on tap!
Subject to change on 
  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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