Surf's up! 
In This Issue:
TxakoliFest 2016
Tasty Tuesday: Domaine Herbauges
Free Saturday Tasting: Beach Wines of the Atlantic!

Gifts from 
(or going to) 
the Atlantic!
   Sincere, characterful, wine can contribute much to our enjoyment of special destinations. As the winning stretch of our long, leisurely, N.C. beach season kicks into gear, we always find ourselves musing about what goes best with basking in the sun and bathing in the surf. And while nothing exactly clashes with seaside fun, some wines are simply more perfect than others. Join us at our next tastings for wines both from and for Atlantic escapades! Also, keep in mind that TxakoliFest and its very oceanic Basque wines are just around the corner (read on for more info).
   We're also now offering Growlers and refills from tap at our Raleigh location from beloved local and regional craft breweries like Ponysaurus, Wicked Weed, and Crank Arm! Each is the equivalent of roughly four pints and offers an ocean of ale-errific or lager-tastic enjoyment to share (or not share) while on vacation or staycation. Cheers!
Rosť Garden!!!
     It's here at long last! The pink oasis that refreshes our mouths and nourishes our souls is once again in bloom!  The Rosť 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 rosť sold will be donated to the fight against breast cancer!
  • Domaine La LigiŤre - "Sud Absolut" Rosť 2015  $10.99 
  • J. Mourat - Rosť "Collection" 2015  $11.99
  • Chateau de Lancyre - Pic Saint-Loup Rosť 2015  $19.99
  • Bodegas Arrocal - Ribera del Duero Rosado "Rosa" 2015  $12.99
  • Domaine Laurent Gauthier - Beaujolais Villages Rosť "Vintage" 2015  $14.99
  • Domaine Pinchinat - "Venus" Rosť 2015  $9.99
  • Tegernseerhof - Zweigelt Rosť 2015  $14.99
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)    

Sunday, June 12th
   Txakolifest is back! It's the one day of the year that Durham breaks out its secret stash of porrons and is transformed into an unlikely sister city to San SebastiŠn. Complete with spritzy Basque wine, oysters, and pintxos (tapas), this is one of the greatest celebrations in town and has become the largest festival of Txakoli in the US!
6 Plates Txakoli
  This year, Mattie Beason, De Maison, Wine Authorities, and The Rickhouse are partnering to carry on the torch of Txakolifest! With the help of spectacular vendors, chefs and culinary artisans, we are making this year's Txakolifest one for the books! Hold on to your porron, and basque in the camaraderie of this day all while raising money and awareness for Urban Ministries of Durham, whose mission is to meet emergency needs for food, clothing, and shelter and to help those who are homeless secure a home and the resources to stay there.

Also Featuring:
   Wine Authorities's Grand Poobah will be on hand through the afternoon and evening sessions as the event's professor of Txakolina! He'll describe the grapes & regions responsible for Txakoli, demonstrate how to use a porron (pictured above), and answer all your Txako-riffic questions. 
Oysters & Melon de Bourgogne 
TxakoliFest @ The Rickhouse
Sunday, June 12th, 2016 
609 Foster Street 
Durham, NC 27701 

VIP Entry - Noon to 1:00pm
$100 per person 
(Includes tasting glass, T-shirt, and hour-early access) 

General Admission - 1:00pm to 4:00 pm
$75 per person 
(includes souvenir tasting glass)


Tasty Tuesday!
Domaine Herbauges
This Tuesday, May 24th, we present our FREE
 midweek wine tasting!  Every Tuesday is tasty...

5:00 - 7:00 pm
  Picking up where we've left off following Saturday's tasting of supremely Atlantic wines to celebrate the return of beach season, we're venturing to the Oceanic reaches of the Loire valley whose wines, namely Muscadet, have long been celebrated as the champions of all seafood-friendly wines. Join us as we hit up Domaine Herbauges for not only Muscadet but a couple of lesser-known yet no less lovable specialties made from Chardonnay and Grolleau Gris!
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!
Bastions of Beach Season:
Atlantic Wines! 
  Beach season is back, and we have wines from all corners of the Atlantic to accompany you to our patch of oceanside paradise! We'll begin with Muscadet, a powerhouse of pairing with every manner of seafood...especially oysters! Next, we'll allow refreshment the likes of which only Txakoli dares provide to surf gently over our palates and fill us with the exciting essences of the ocean.
   Now that we've covered seafood pairings and summery, shimmery, surfside fun, we'll celebrate a pair of prime red specialties from some of the world's most Atlantic-influenced wine regions. Portugal's Bairrada with its native Baga grape and Uruguay with it's adopted favorite, Tannat, have a well earned reputation for dark, powerful, sometimes rustic reds that we probably should decline to pair with seafood but will gladly enjoy on the porch with an evening breeze! 
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Chateau de la ChauviniŤre 
Muscadet SŤvre et Mane 2014
Sur Lie 
{organic} 100% Melon de Bourogne 
(Loire Atlantique, France)
Holy Moly! We weren't sure if we were ready for this one! Possibly the driest tasting wine in the store. "It don't get no drier," said one fan. If you are curious about experiencing a wine with a very minerally flavor, but haven't identified...

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Akarregi Txiki 
Getariako Txakolina 2014 
100% Hondarribi Zuri 
(Getariako Txakolina, Spain)
Lasalde Elkartea is a big man with giant hands. He comes from a cattle farming family, but left this tradition to follow his love of the zippy Basque wine. Glimmering with green zestiness and bright golden fruit, this phenomenal value in Txakoli layers the signature mineral and blazing acidity that we crave from these refreshing Basque sensations...
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Q do E
Quinta do Encontro 
Bairrada 2012
50% Baga, 50% Merlot
(Bairrada, Portugal)
Baga, the primary grape of Bairrada, is known for powerful wines with sometimes tongue-drying tannins. This beauty from Encontro tempers that rustic character with a small addition of Merlot and fully ripened Baga that accentuates its lush, raisiny character. Don't be afraid - this is an exquisite wine...
Tannat 2014
"Premium Varietal"
100% Tannat 
(Canelones, Uruguay)
What crazy national wine industry specializes in Tannat?! Uruguay has quietly toiled in the shadows of its viticultural upstart neighbors Argentina and Chile, but it's recently started to emerge from obscurity on the basis of top-notch Tannat...
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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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Free Tastings!

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

Tasty Tuesday  
May 31st
Domaine Herbauges

Saturday Tasting 
June 4th
A Flood from the Rhone! 

Tasty Tuesday 
June 7th
Mediterranean Mettle

Saturday Tasting 
June 11th 
Txakolina Txallenge!

Tasty Tuesday 
June 14th
Effervesce into Summer

Saturday Tasting 
June 18th 

Tasty Tuesday 
June 21st
Vacation Pack
Featurette 1

Saturday Tasting 
June 25th
Mad about Madiran!
Patched into Pacherenc! 

Tasty Tuesday 
June 28st
  Vacation Pack
Featurette 2

Saturday Tasting 
July 2nd
Summer Wine Coctails
for Independence Day!

Special Bonus
Saturday Tasting
W.A. Raleigh
4:00-9:00 PM  
July 9th
Wicked Weed
Subject to change!
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in Durham:

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Subject to change on
a whim or fancy...

on the Enomatic
in Raleigh:
The Whites!
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  a whim or fancy...
Upcoming  Wine Classes!

School's Out
For Summer!
Alice Cooper

Fall Semester:
(to be announced:
Austria, Southern Italy,
Burgundy, and more!) 



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Vande Rose Farms
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  • Bratwurst
  • Country Breakfast
  • Spicy Italian
  • Smoked Polish
  • Chorizo
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