Gifts for / brunch with
Your Mama!
+ Mom grape varieties spanning four generations on Sat!
+ The mother of all visiting winemaker tastings on 5/11!
+ Annual Rosé Garden Party 
In This Issue:
Tasty Tuesday: Chenin Shindig
Free Saturday Tasting: 4 Generations of Mother & Daughter Grape Varieties

Yo mama's so nice,
she deserves a gift!
Mother's Day Brunch Bundle
A $47 value!
  Whether your mother's parenting style is better likened to that of June Cleaver or the Queen from Aliens (probably somewhere in between), she deserves this special weekend because Moms are the best! To help you treat your terrific Mom, we're busting out our goodie-packed Mother's Day Brunch Bundles for gifting or sharing at a discounted price of $39.99. Tote over a spectacular spread for Mom overflowing with:
  • Mas Codina's Cava Pinot Noir Rosé (also featured at this week's free Saturday tasting-try it!)
  • Escazu's famous Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Bar
  • Scratch Bakery's Famous savory Sorghum Granola
  • Locally roasted Counter Culture Coffee
  • A Wine Authorities Tote to tote it to brunch!
You provide the flowers and the oeufs en cocotte florentine 
* and we'll provide the luxurious accoutrements. 
*You should probably pick an easier recipe...
Parade of the

Wine Authorities Raleigh
Wednesday, May 11th
5:00 - 7:00pm
     Join us at our Raleigh shop as we welcome an absolutely heroic legion of some of our favorite French winegrowers! Importer Franck Agostini's portfolio of immensely talented producers has contributed hugely to our selection over the years.
     Many of you have probably noticed his signature on the back labels of beloved bottles from Bordeaux, France's Southwest, Loire, Rhone, Burgundy, and Languedoc. On May 11th, you have the opportunity to meet the man himself as well as eight of his virtuous vignerons.
  • Stephane Gouron - Domaine Gouron of Chinon, Loire
  • Jerome Choblet - Domaine des Herbauges of Muscadet Cotes de GrandLieu,
  • Berengère Quellien - Chateau Lusseau of Graves, Bordeaux
  • Frederic Leydet - Chateau Leydet Valentin of Saint-Emilion (Grand Cru) & Chateau de Valois of Pomerol, Bordeaux
  • Jean-Pierre & Elizabeth ToxeChateau Pillebois of Castillon, Bordeaux
  • Martine Pages - Domaine La Bouysse of Corbieres, Languedoc
  • Laurent Pontaud & Sylverine Rivalta - Chateau Marjolet of Laudun, Rhone Valley
  • Nicole Guillot - Aureto of Ventoux
    & Vaucluse, Rhone Valley
* For $10 you'll taste over 20 wines with the very winegrowers who make them. You'll also receive a $10 refund towards your purchase of their wines during the event!

* Mixed cases of wines from this event will receive a 25% discount!!!
Party 'round 
the Garden!
   Join us on May 14th (both at our Durham and Raleigh stores) from noon to 3:00 PM for our third annual
Rosé Garden Party! Discover the pairing perfection of vibrant rosé and fresh NC oysters (steamed or raw) or seasonal fish from Walking Fish prepared by celebrated local chefs (Phoebe Lawless of Scratch in Durham and a  chef guest in Raleigh yet to be announced). Garden Party visitors at both stores will enjoy a free tasting of four rosés and then pick a glass of their favorite for $15 to enjoy with their choice of a fried fish, oyster, or cheese plate! 
   Be sure to don a Garden Party outfit! Party attendees with fancy hats, bow ties, or parasols will receive a 10% discount on wine purchases (and an extra 5% off on case and half-case purchases)! A best-costume winner will be selected in both Durham and Raleigh and will receive a whopping $100 Enomatic card (thus ensuring coolest-kid status). Feel free to surprise us with the outlandish rosé-themed outfits of your wildest imaginations! 
PS: We need oyster shuckers at both locations. Call or reply to this email to help us out!
Indy's Best of
the Triangle!
   Friends, Trianglites, countrymen, you can now vote for your favorite finalists (including a certain passionate bastion of estate-produced wine) by clicking on the Indy's "Best Of" image above! Keep in mind that there are many people out there who may cast votes for the unwieldy, unimaginative chains. Our area's many exciting local businesses depend on your loyalty, selectivity, and vociferous support, so be true to your civic duty and vote for the little guys who make our community special. It truly makes a difference!
Rosé Garden!!!
     It's here at long last! The pink oasis that refreshes our mouths and nourishes our souls is once again in bloom!  The Rosé Garden has arrived, and we're kicking off the the season with selections that include the Garden's starring darling, "Venus" (in both bottles and glorious 3-LITER Bag-in-boxes) along with other returning favorites from years past in their shiny new vintages fresh off the boat! As always, a portion of each and every bottle of rosé sold will be donated to the fight against breast cancer!
  • Domaine La Ligière - "Sud Absolut" Rosé 2015  $10.99 
  • J. Mourat - Rosé "Collection" 2015  $11.99
  • Anton Bauer - Wagram Rosé "Feuersbrunn" 2015  $12.99 
  • Domaine Laurent Gauthier - Beaujolais Villages Rosé "Vintage" 2015  $14.99
  • Meinklang - Pinot Noir Rosé "Prosa" 2015  $16.99
  • Domaine Pinchinat - "Venus" Rosé 2015  $9.99
  • Domaine Pinchinat - "Venus" Rosé [3-Liter BIB] 2015   $29.99
Rosé Garden Glasses
Why, thank you!   
Real Customer Comment:
"My friends and I come here all the time. Twice I've given guests gift cards here and they've loved it."
                       -  Holly K. (via Yelp)    

Tasty Tuesday!
Chenin Shindig
This Tuesday, May 10th, we present our FREE
 midweek wine tasting!  Every Tuesday is tasty...

5:00 - 7:00 pm
  Chenin Blanc is a very selective grape. Not content to party just anywhere or with just anyone, it's the definitive A-lister in France's Middle Loire and South Africa's Stellenbosch. Blazing a trail with its blazing acidity and aromas of vibrant citrus and stone fruit, the variety has agreed to show us the ropes and get us on the guest list at next week's Tasty Tuesday. From Anjou to the Cape of Good Hope, we'll learn the moves and see how the Chenin insiders (Cheninsiders?) get down. Be there or be square!  
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!
Mothers of the Vine:
Four Generations 
  Join us this Saturday as, in honor of Mother's Day, we chase some familiar grapes along their family tree (or vine) through four generations.  Just as it can be with people, the familial resemblance between parent and offspring grapes is sometimes tenuous, and relationships between many varieties have come to light only recently via DNA studies. We'll begin with Pinot Noir (in the form of a brilliant Cava rosé with which we'll toast moms and Mother's Day - also featured in this year's Mother's Day Brunch Bundle).  Next, we'll visit the daughter that you never knew belonged to Pinot, Gewürztraminer, and one of her most famous progenies, Sauvignon Blanc.  Our final wine is a bold Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon, representing the centuries old love child of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Come and enjoy a Mother's Day tasting with a twist this Saturday. A most delicious family portrait! 
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Mas Codina Cava Ros_
Mas Codina 
Cava Rosé 2013 
{organic} 100% Pinot Noir 
(Penedès, Spain)
By law, all Cava must be produced utilizing a secondary fermentation in the bottle - "Méthode Champenoise," but few in this price range warrant such close comparison to the singularly elegant wines of Champagne as this delicate and keenly generous rosé from our friends at Mas Codina. Bright, restrained, and finely textured, this is a profound and understated sparkler which exudes sophisticationt...

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Freudenreich Gewurztraminer
Cave Freudenreich 
Gewurztraminer 2012 
100% Gewurztraminer 
(Alsace, France)
From this venerable Alsatian producer comes a Gewurztraminer that blooms with exotic tropicality, woven with musky spice, and braced by a voluptuous texture and lean, lengthy acidity. Bursting with lychee, passionfruit, and other flavors that one usually has to travel to Southeast Asia to find, this...
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Ancient Peaks SB
Ancient Peaks 
Sauvignon Blanc 2014 
100% Sauvignon Blanc 
(Paso Robles, France)
From the oldest vines in the San Luis Obispo region, comes this clean, unoaked Sauvignon Blanc. The 35-year-old vines are now mature and naturally low-yielding, meaning the grapes are harvested with lots of flavor, but not much...
Finca Sophenia
Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
{organic}100% Cabernet Sauvignon 
(Mendoza, Argentina)
Very impressive classic cherry Cabernet flavors with a perfect balance between acid/tannin and fruit. The finish is long and deep showing ample toasty oak, but never cloaking the fruit. The high altitude vineyards give us grapes with super ripeness, never losing their backbone...

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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Saturday Tasting 
May 7th 
4 Generations of
great grapes for
Mother's Day! 

Tasty Tuesday  
May 10th
Chenin Shindig!

Parade of the Vignerons Tasting 
Wed May 11th
Raleigh Location
Look to the left
for all the details!

Saturday Tasting 
May 14th 
Rosé Garden Party!

Tasty Tuesday  
May 17th
Sunny Southern
Saturday Tasting 
May 21st
From Bordeaux with Love
(New Arrivals) 

Tasty Tuesday 
May 24th

Saturday Tasting 
May 28th
Bastions of Beach Season
Atlantic Wines! 

Tasty Tuesday  
May 31st
Domaine Herbauges
*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!
Composition Notebook

School's Out
For Summer!
Alice Cooper
Fall Semester:
(to be announced:
Austria, Southern Italy,
Burgundy, and more!) 



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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