This Saturday, take the Txallenge!
On Sunday, it's the Fest!!!
In This Issue:
TxakoliFest 2016
Tasty Tuesday: Effervesce into Summer...
Rosé Garden 2016
Free Saturday Tasting: "Txakolina Txallenge"


    It's time again to enter another dimension - a dimension not only of taste and smell but of texture. A journey into a wondrous land of firm effervescence and light, refreshing bubbles. Next stop, The Spritzy Zone!
   We're drifting into the onset of summer in a fashion most correct - with two tastings focusing on the fizzy side of things. Nothing beats a bright burst of bubbles around this time of year. Read on for all the details on tiny bubbles!

What else calls for bubbles?
Indy's Best of!
Thanks again to you,
our loyal customers!
   Tremendous thanks to our lovely customers in Durham and Wake counties as well as the rest of the Triangle for once again voicing your affection for us and the wines we love. We promise not to get too schmaltzy on you, but we are profoundly appreciative! You've voted Wine Authorities the Best Wine Store in Indy Week for the eighth time in as many years, and, as the old saying goes, "eight out of eight ain't bad!" As we approach our ninth birthday, we know that we have the best friends and customers that we could wish for! Congratulations to the other winners and finalists, and thanks again to the vibrant community that is our beloved Triangle. Cheers! 
Why, thank you!   
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This Sunday! 
Txakoli Fest! 
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:
Effervesce Into Summer
with Italian Spritz!
Next Tuesday, June 15th, we present our FREE
 midweek wine tasting! Every Tuesday is tasty...

5:00 - 7:00 pm
   The shimmering mirage: a tell-tale sign that summer has arrived. Next week, at our free Tuesday tasting, we'll be sampling selections which come complete with their own delightful shimmer - three bubbly-ish wines from Italy which are the perfect companions to the onset of a sultry North Carolinian summer. We'll begin with a pristine Prosecco of the frizzante-est kind before seeing red with effervescent, off-dry Lambrusco.  We'll wrap things up with a masterful Moscato that just won't quit. So cheers to summer and the always welcome oasis in a bottle that is effervescent wine!    
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!

Rosť Garden!!!
     It's in full bloom! The pink oasis that refreshes our mouths and nourishes our souls has returned and features an eclectic, rotating assortment of exotic pink wines from around the world. Come thirsty and prepare to be refreshed!
    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 
  • ViŮa Aliaga - Lagrima de Garnacha 2015  $9.99
  • 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

Free Saturday Tastings!
Durham & Raleigh:
From Noon to 3 pm, "try before you buy"
at our FREE tastings!
Prepare for TxakoliFest!!!
    In rapt anticipation for this Sunday's annual TxakoliFest celebration, we've arranged for a beautiful line up of gorgeous Txakolinas to wet your whistle and whet your appetite for the famously spritzy Basque wines. Join us this Saturday as we sling samples of three crystal-crisp whites and an ambitiously aromatic red made from Hondarribi Beltza, a close relative of Cabernet Franc. Prepare to pass the porron and hone your skills for TxakoliFest!

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Doniene Gorrondona 
Bizkaiko Txakolina 2015  
  85% Hondarribi Zuri, 3% Hondarribi Beltza and 12% Mune Mahatsa 
(Pays Basque, Spain)
Taking it's name from the Bay of Biscay, the Bizkaiko zone of Txakolina production brings us, perhaps, the most diversity stylistically. This example has only the faintest touch of the spritz that Txakoli is famous for while retaining the insanely pronounced minerality and refreshing, tangy fruit. Robustly flavorful and chiseled in structure, this delicate white subtly layers aromas...

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Arabako Txakolina 2015
{sustainable} 80% Hondarribi Zuri, 10% Hondarribi Zuri Zerratia, 5% Izkiriota, 5% Izkiriota Ttippia
(Pays Basque, Spain)
Arabako Txakolina (AKA Txakoli de Alava) is the most southerly, furthest inland, and least moist subregion of the three enclaves in Spain's Basque Country that make up Txakoli country. This lean white is refreshingly sharp by itself and positively tremendous with salty, savory food such as...
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Akarregi Txiki 
Getariako Txakolina 2015
  100% Hondarribi Zuri 
(Pays Basque, 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 re...
Doniene Gorrondona
Txakolina Baltza 2014
100% Hondarribi Beltza
(Pays Basque, Spain)
From 150 year-old Hondarribi Beltza vines grown in the tiny Aldape vineyard farmed by Gorrondona, this is an extremely rare, obscure wine that is totally delicious, food-versatile, ageworthy, and distinct. If you are a fan of the grape's close relative, Cabernet Franc, or simply a fan of good food and wine, you...

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Free Tastings!

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
Featurette 1

Saturday Tasting 
June 25th
Mad about Madiran!
Patched into Pacherenc! 
Tasty Tuesday 
June 28st
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Featurette 2 
Saturday Tasting 
July 2nd
Summer Wine Cocktails
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Special Bonus
Saturday Tasting
July 9th
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Wicked Weed
Subject to change!
Is that my beer growling?
   We're now offering Growlers and refills from tap at our Raleigh location from beloved craft breweries. Each is the equivalent of roughly four pints and offers ale-errific or lager-tastic enjoyment to share (or not) while on vacation or staycation.
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Upcoming  Wine Classes!

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



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