Southern French specialties from the
Rhone, Languedoc, and Provence!
In This Issue:
TxakoliFest 2016
Tasty Tuesday: Mediterranean Mettle
Free Saturday Tasting: A Flood from the Rhone!

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That Travlin' 
Swami Man!
Swami in the Southeast
   The Grand Poobah, our valiant Wine Swami, is currently traveling at a frenzied pace through Eastern France with a couple of delicious detours into Italy's great northwest. We miss that man, but we're able to enjoy plenty of his handpicked selections from the regions that he's visiting while he's away. We'll be tasting plenty of fabulous French wines from the Rhone, Languedoc, and Provence at our next tastings, and we also follow his adventures through the interwebs: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!  
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Is that my beer growling? 
   We're 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!
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
  • Chateau de Lancyre - Pic Saint-Loup Rosé 2015  $19.99
  • Bodegas Arrocal - Ribera del Duero Rosado "Rosa" 2015  $12.99
  • Domaine Laurent Gauthier - Beaujolais Villages Rosé "Vintage" 2015  $14.99
  • Domaine Pinchinat - "Venus" Rosé 2015  $9.99
  • Tegernseerhof - Zweigelt Rosé 2015  $14.99
Rosé Garden Glasses
Why, thank you!   
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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 Sebastián. 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!
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  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!
Mediterranean Mettle 
Next Tuesday, June 7th, we present our FREE
 midweek wine tasting! Every Tuesday is tasty...

5:00 - 7:00 pm
   Summer has, somewhat unsurprisingly, arrived ahead of schedule, and we're soaking up Provençal rosé faster than you can say "cheers!" or "pink!" or any other single syllable word that expresses the delight of drinking rosé. Let us not neglect, however, the many other specialties of southeastern France! Next Tuesday, we're beginning near Montpelier to sip the always refreshing white, Picpoul de Pinet. Next, we'll  turn our attentions to the balmy viticultural paradise of the Rhone's Tavel, where we'll meet a brand new rosé. We'll wind up in Bandol for a bold, broad-shouldered red made predominantly from Mourvedre! Vive la Méditerranée!
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!
A flood from
the Rhone!
New arrivals from Ligière & Guy Farge! 
   Normally, when we talk about a river flooding, it's literal and is very bad news. In the world of wine regions, this certainly remains true. Fortunately, we speak figuratively and with delight about this weekend's featured tasting as we're celebrating the arrival of bountiful boxes of bold, beautiful wines from our friends at Domaine La Ligière of Vacqueyras  and absolutely awesome inaugural arrivals form Domaine Guy Farge of the Northern Rhone. Typically, when we roll out a new arrival from the north, our palates celebrate and our pocketbooks mourn, but everyone is in agreement this time as these are seriously seductive wines at sympatico prices. Taste, explore, and celebrate with us this Saturday! 
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Domaine Ligière
Rosé "Sud Absolut" 2015
{organic} 90% Carignan,
10% Muscat 
(Southern Rhone, France)
Carignan, with its reputation for robust rusticity, is probably not the grape that you'd immediately suspect upon tasting this vibrantly berryish and lightly floral rosé from the northwestern fringe of the Provençal countryside. As eloquently balanced as this wine is, we can't help but think of it as the adult equivalent of a...

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Domaine Guy Farge
"Bouquet de Syrah" 2014
100% Syrah
(Northern Rhone, France)
The reds of the Northern Rhone are some of France's most distinctive, and their rarity has inducted them, over the last half-century, mercilessly into the ranks of wines that are nearly impossible to find good, inexpensive examples of. Every once in a while, a lone hero rides in and provides us with something that we can really sink our teeth into...
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Domaine Guy Farge
Saint-Joseph 2013
"Terre de Granit 
100% Syrah 
(Northern Rhone, France)
Saint-Joseph is a region that really sprawls. A relatively narrow strip, it spans vertically for approximately 40 miles with its best growing areas at the far north and far south. Domaine Guy Farge finds itself situated in the south, producing reds in the riper, more accessible style that this corner of the huge appellation is known for. Medium-to-full-bodied with elegantly earthy undercurrents and unctuously...
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Vacqueyras 2014
3-Liter Box! 
{biodynamic} 70% Grenache,
30% Syrah 
(Southern Rhone, France)
Biodynamic, buxom, and bodaciously boxed, we have here three liters of awe-inspiring Rhone red. Opening with a wallop of violet blossoms and black raspberry, it masterfully evolves into a savory blend of grilled thyme, clove, and dried dates. The proximity of Vacqueyras to Châteauneuf-du-Pape should also reflect...
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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 
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 
Pouring the Piemonte
Tasty Tuesday 
June 21st
Vacation Pack
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Saturday Tasting 
June 25th
Mad about Madiran!
Patched into Pacherenc! 
Tasty Tuesday 
June 28st
  Vacation Pack
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Saturday Tasting 
July 2nd
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for Independence Day!
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Saturday Tasting

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