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Wine Authorities in Raleigh – Open House January 11th

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Yesterday founder Craig Heffley opened the doors to Raleigh’s newest wine store – Wine Authorities – located downtown at Person Street Plaza (211 East Franklin Street).  To celebrate the opening of their Raleigh location Heffley will host an Open House January 11th from 11am to 5pm. The open house will feature at least two food trucks, beer & wine tastings, and local product demos. There will even be a magician for the kids.

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I had a chance to swing by the shop yesterday to take few pictures and sample some wine from the Enomatic wine machine. The shop has a great vibe with a fun lounge and bar area to sample beer and wine. I love their huge selection of affordable wines (all under $50) and great local product offerings: counter culture coffee, slingshot cold brew, big spoon peanut butter – just to name a few. The staff and owner were very helpful and friendly. I think this new local shop is a great addition to downtown Raleigh and I plan on being a regular there.

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OPEN HOUSE – January 11th (11am-5pm)
Heffley and his friendly staff will pour a variety of wines and beers at the open house this Saturday.  Their Enomatic wine dispensing machine will provide 24 wines for sampling before purchasing (1 ounce tastings range from 80¢ to $5). Visitors will also discover a wine-by-the-glass menu and cheese & charcuterie plates to enjoy in the indoor lounge seating and outdoor café seating.

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Local Products
Heffley, a longtime supporter of independently owned businesses, has invited local food and beverage entrepreneurs and vendors whose artisanal foods and brews will be available at the store regularly, to sample on January 11th.

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At the open house, and on-going, guests will find local craft beers like the much-anticipated Ponysaurus, as well as Trophy Brewing and Crank Arm, Scratch Bakery’s crackers and granola, Yellow Dog Bakery’s breads, Greensboro’s Giacomo Santomauro’s charcuterie, Toast’s salad dressings, Big Spoon Roasters Nut Butters, Counter Culture Coffee in bag, Slingshot’s coffees, as well as local and imported cheeses. Food trucks will also be part of the festivities.

Fun for the Kids
Children are welcome to join in the celebration! Just like the Durham store, Wine Authorities’ Raleigh store will be a family-friendly wine store, offering a kids coloring table for designing little works of art that will be displayed in the store. A kid-friendly magician will also be on hand at the open house.

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About Wine Authorities
Since opening in Durham in 2007, Wine Authorities has blazed a new trail in wine retailing. Eschewing big brands and critic-appointed ratings, Heffley has focused on a selective inventory, creative, informative and even humorous marketing, and wine education. As a result, loyal fans and national press followed; Wine Authorities has repeatedly won Durham Magazine and Indy Week’s “awards for Best Wine Shop, and in 2013 The New York Times’ wine critic Eric Asimov praised Wine Authorities as a “shop devoted to removing intimidation from the wine business.”

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“We believe that our customers care as much about what they put into their glass as they do about what’s on their plate, so we don’t carry any factory made wines… only wines made by small family-owned wineries; and we’re excited to finally bring these wines to Raleigh,” exclaimed Heffley. And what’s more, Wine Authorities focuses on value and doesn’t cater to collectors. As a result it’s become a haven for drinkers of everyday wine, all under $50 a bottle, with the majority of their selection under $15.

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Wine Authorities takes great pride in sourcing delicious, value-oriented wines and has even been quite successful as one of the largest retailers of artisan “bag-in-box” wines. Heffley continues to source delicious wines from small, estate-owned wineries in an effort to deliver hand crafted wines at an affordable cost – in the same way that he’s experienced at many tiny restaurants and corner markets in European villages.

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Since education is at the core of their mission, free tastings will take place every Saturday and Tuesday, with Tuesdays howcasing more obscure wines, and regular classes providing an opportunity for more in-depth tasting and study, often with winemakers and importers – just as they are at the Durham store. Tastings at the Raleigh store will begin immediately after opening, and the first wine class, “Vine to Wine,” will take place in January.

Wine Authorities – Raleigh
211 East Franklin Street
Raleigh, NC 27604 (map)
website: http://www.wineauthorities.com/
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WineAuthorities
twitter: @wineauthorites


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Wine Authorities To Open in Raleigh! Residents Hunt for Wine Cards!

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Wine lovers take note, Craig Heffley, the Founder of Wine Authorities in Durham has been working tirelessly these past few months as he prepares to open a second Wine Authorities location in downtown Raleigh at Person Street Plaza (211 East Franklin Street).  

This is great news for downtown Raleigh and the Triangle wine scene. It is also a huge boost to the exciting Person Street & Mordecai area which has seen a surge of activity in recent years with local businesses opening up like nearby Yellow Dog Bakery, Slingshot Coffee, Oak City Cycling Project, PieBird, The Stanbury, Escazu and The Station. I drive by the future home of the Raleigh Wine Authorities every day on my way home from work and it warms my heart to see the area revitalized with local businesses. I look forward to the hub of activity it is transforming into right before my eyes with each passing day.

About Wine Authorities
The Durham Wine Authorities location was opened by Craig Heffley back in 2007 and has been a centerpiece of the Triangle wine scene ever since. This is due in large part to their commitment to artisan “farmer made wines” and their unintimidating and playful approach to educating consumers about the wines they purchase. Wine Authorities has repeatedly won Durham Magazine and Indy Week’s “awards for Best Wine Shop, and in 2013 The New York Times’ wine critic Eric Asimov praised Wine Authorities as a “shop devoted to removing intimidation from the wine business.” The store is the perfect place for drinkers of everyday wine, with all wines being under $50 a bottle, with the vast majority of the inventory under $15.

The new 3000-sq foot Raleigh store will be 50% larger than the Durham store, allowing for a larger lounge area for tasting more wines and beers, double the capacity for cheese, charcuterie, and refrigerated specialty items, and a more comfortable shopping experience.

To complement farmer-grown wines, the Raleigh location will sell hand cut local cheeses, breads, crackers and local charcuterie, including Wine Authorities’ own private batch made by Greensboro’s Giacomo Santomauro. Other coveted local products, such as Salad Dressings from Toast, crackers and granola from Scratch Baking, and Big Spoon Roasters Nut Butters, will be available.

Enomatic Wine Sampler

Enomatic Wine Sampler

The Enomatic – Wine Sampling Station
Wine Authorities has also won customers with the Enomatic – an Italian wine dispensing machine – ideal for sampling and tasting wines before purchasing. (1 ounce tastings range from 80¢ to $5) The Durham store was the first in the Triangle area to offer 12 wines for tasting throughout the day with the automated wine dispensers; the new Raleigh store will serve 24 different wines daily and boasts a larger lounge area. Wine Authorities will also serve local craft beers on tap, including Trophy Brewing, Crank Arm and the highly allocated Ponysaurus, once it’s available.

Wine Authorities Enomatic Card Contest

Art Sheppard of “The Wandering Sheppard” Travel Blog Discovers an Enomatic Card at Yellow Dog Bread

Contest – Win $20 Enomatic Wine Cards!!
Earlier this month Wine Authorities introduced Raleigh residents to the plans for their new store with a series of Enomatic cards strategically placed at historic sites and locally owned businesses in downtown Raleigh. Each day Heffley and his team discreetly reveal the location via social media, and those who discover the cards post a picture of them after finding the card on social media, then enjoy their Enomatic dollars once the store opens.

Art Sheppard, my friend and author of the The Wandering Sheppard travel blog used his sleuthing skills to discover one of the Enomatic cards at Yellow Dog Bread Co. earlier this month (victory picture above). Make sure you follow wine authorities on facebook, twitter, and instagram to follow future clues and your chance to win an Enomatic card of your own. The contest will continue for the next few weeks while final preparations for the grand opening of their store is underway.

Soon after opening, Wine Authorities plans on hosting an open house featuring neighboring businesses and food trucks. Once open I plan on stopping by to grab a few pictures of the store, and try some wines for a future feature on the blog. Happy hunting for those Enomatic wine cards!

Wine Authorities – Raleigh (Opening Soon!)
211 East Franklin Street
Raleigh, NC 27604 (map)

wesbite: http://www.wineauthorities.com
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WineAuthorities
instagram: http://instagram.com/wineauthorities
twitter: @WineAuthorities


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Parking Lot Party This Wednesday at Taylor’s Wine Shop in North Raleigh!


Taylor’s Wine Shop ~ North Raleigh

Taylor’s Wine Shop & BP has been around for over 30 years and is an institution of North Raleigh. Long ago, the savvy owners realized the need to diversify and have developed a great little shop offering an impressive selection of wines, local and other craft beers, local coffee (including Larry’s Beans and Carrboro Coffee) and even sell locally made Escazu chocolate and Pleasant Bee Honey along with an assortment of other items like handmade jewelry and Faerie Made Soaps.  Of course, you can still pick up bait there for your fishing trip to Falls Lake as well.

If you’ve never been to Taylor’s this week is the perfect time to check them out. They are holding a huge wine and beer sale, as well as a Parking Lot Party Wednesday July 24th from 5:30-8:30 p.m.


Inside Taylor’s

Event Details
The parking lot party will feature food from C.J.’s Street Food truck, free wine and beer tastings (including French Broad Brewing & Bottle Tree Beer Co.) and live music from local band Velvet Goldfish. A big tent will be set up out in the parking lot with the band playing underneath and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to relax and enjoy the outdoor live music. Beer tasting will take place outside with wine tasting going on inside the shop. In addition, there will be a Larry’s Beans Cold Brew Coffee Demo and a demonstration booth by Green City Bottles.

Along with the food and entertainment there will be great beer and wine sales going on inside the shop including 10% off 4-packs and 6-packs & 20% off cases of craft beer, 10% 1-5 bottles of wine, 15% off 12 or more bottles, and 20% off select cases of wine.

When: Wednesday July 24th from 5:30-8:30pm
Where: Taylor’s Wine Shop & BP – 1005, Six Forks Road (just north of I-540)

For more info about Taylor’s Wine Shop visit:
Taylor’s Website: http://www.taylorswineshop.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wineman.cash
Twitter: @TaylorsWineShop


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The Wine Feed and The Cupcake Shoppe Host A Sweet Valentine’s Day Contest!


The Wine Feed & The Cupcake Shoppe

Raleigh-based specialty wine retailer, The Wine Feed, is partnering with local cupcake boutique and bakery, The Cupcake Shoppe, to reward fans with a romantic Valentine’s day treat. Through Sat., Feb. 9, 2013, fans can enter to win entry to the perfect Valentine’s day date – a wine tasting hosted by The Wine Feed featuring delicious baked goods from The Cupcake Shoppe paired with carefully selected wines.

Interested participants 21 years or older can enter via The Wine Feed’s Facebook page or by filling out an entry form at The Cupcake Shoppe located at 104 Glenwood Avenue. On Mon., Feb. 11, three winners will be selected to receive tickets for two to the Valentine’s day tasting. One grand-prize winner will also win a beautiful Black Tie Bliss Decanter valued at $200.  Selected winners must be able to attend the Feb. 14 wine tasting.

Cupcakes and Wine

A good rule of thumb to follow for pairing with sweets is that the wine needs to be sweeter than the dessert being served so you can actually taste the wine

Valentine’s Day Event Details for Contest Winners:

  • The Wine Feed will be pouring a mix of 3 to four high quality dry, and sweet dessert wines that pair well with The Cupcake Shoppe’s sweets. The Cupcake Shoppe will be providing a festive holiday mix of cupcakes, bars, and truffles
  • The Wine Feed will have romantic music playing in the background to set the mood; and they are happy to take requests from the guests!
  • The tasting is not open to the public. It is a private event exclusively for the 3 contest winners and their guests. Each will have a private table in our store away from others so that they can enjoy the evening and feel comfortable asking the staff questions about the wines and pairings.
  • The tasting will begin for the 3 couples at 6pm on Valentine’s Day and they are welcome to stay as long as they like


“Wine and desserts are a welcomed gift for loved ones – they add relaxation and a bit of indulgence to any romantic evening,” said Philip Rubin, Co-Founder of The Wine Feed. “Through this contest, and our ongoing partnership with The Cupcake Shoppe, we strive to help wine and sweet lovers alike celebrate special occasions by offering interesting pairings at fun, social events or through ready-to-order gift packages.”

The Valentine’s day contest is an extension of the long-standing partnership between The Wine Feed and The Cupcake Shoppe to bring specialty wines and desserts to the Triangle community. The two local businesses have hosted a series of successful events, including Corks and Cakes, and a gift set series featuring five packages of wines and desserts expertly paired together.

To learn more about The Wine Feed and their offerings, visit www.thewinefeed.com. Connect with The Wine Feed on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheWineFeed and Twitter by following @TheWineFeed.

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Some of The Wine Feed’s favorites include Moscato d’Asti, Brachetto d’Acqui, Port wines, and sweet Spanish Sherries.

About The Wine Feed

The Wine Feed, an N.C. -based online wine retailer, provides innovative and accessible options for online shoppers. Serving 35 states and D.C., The Wine Feed provides an intimate selection of wines to help customers determine their own sense of quality and taste. The Wine Feed cultivates an appreciation of wine through educational events, personal interaction, community involvement and social networking. To learn more about The Wine Feed, visit www.TheWineFeed.com and connect on Twitter @TheWineFeed and Facebook www.facebook.com/thewinefeed.

 About the Cupcake Shoppe

As Raleigh’s first and finest cupcake shop, we are committed to using fresh and local ingredients. We believe in small batch baking and providing top quality sweets with no shortcuts and our open kitchen concept allows visitors to watch our staff at work. Whether piping away on a tray of freshly baked cupcakes, or mixing up a homemade batch of cookies, the shop is both a delight for the young and old. To learn more, visit www.thecupcakeshopperaleigh.com/.

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Free Wine Tasting at Taylor’s Wine Shop December 9th 6-8pm


The nice folks at Taylor’s Wine Shop will be hosting another free wine tasting this week on Thursday December 9th from 6-8pm.  Taylor’s is located in North Raleigh on Six Forks road just north of I-540.  If you haven’t been to by the shop yet, I recommend you check them out when you get the chance.  Taylor’s is not your typical convenience store. 


Taylor’s has been around for over 30 years and is an institution of North Raleigh. Long ago, the savvy owners realized the need to diversify and have developed a great little shop offering  an impressive selection of wines, local and other craft beers, local coffee (From Larry’s Beans, Carrboro Coffee and, Tradewinds Coffee), and even sell locally made Escazu chocolate along with an assortment of other items like handmade jewelry and Faerie Made Soaps.  Of course, you can still pick up bait there for your fishing trip to Falls Lake as well.


Taylor’s is the type of shop every town needs.  It isn’t just a place to fill up your tank and pick up a gallon of milk.  It is a neighborhood store that supports the local economy by offering locally made products sold by people you know.  It isn’t just that you need to go there; you actually want to go there.  I’ve made a habit out of making a Sunday morning trip to Taylor’s just to grab cup of Larry’s Beans coffee and say hello to the owners while browsing their latest offerings.  It is a great way to start the week.


Oh, by the way,  did I mention I will be at the December 9th wine tasting playing Christmas Carols on my trombone out on the porch from 6-8pm? Come on by and say hello!

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