Wine tasting event May 17

May. 06, 2014 @ 11:02 AM

Wine Authorities to host rosé party: Wine Authorities, the independently owned wine shop on University Drive, is holding a celebration of rosé wines at its stores in Durham and Raleigh from noon to 3 p.m. on May 17.

At the indoor and outdoor Rosé Garden Party, the shop will have free samples of a variety of wines and wine for purchase by the ounce and glass through the store’s Enomatic Italian wine dispensing machine. With a wine purchase, customers will be served fish or oyster plates, and there will be separate cheese plates for sale.

The oysters and fish will be from Walking Fish, a community-supported fishery that sources fish from North Carolina’s coast.

Chef Billy Cotter of the downtown paninoteca Toast and of the planned new restaurant Dashi will be at the Durham store to serve the fried fish plates.

Visitors will get a free tasting of 4 rosé wines. Then they will be able to buy one glass for $15 and get a fish or oyster plate.

The farmstead cheese plates will be available for $9 each. The Durham store will feature cow’s milk cheeses from Chapel Hill Creamery.

Wine Authorities’ dry rosé picks include – like their entire selection – only wines from small, independent, family-owned farms around the world.

Included this year will be Domaine Pinchinat from Provence, Bodegas Aliaga from Navarra, Barnard Griffin Rosé of Sangiovese from Columbia Valley, Arrocal from Ribera del Duero, Meinklang from Austria and more.

“We’re also proud to continue our tradition of donating a percentage of our total rosé wine sales for the year to help find a cure for breast cancer,” Wine Authorities Owner Craig Heffley said in a statement. “This year’s will go to Chapel Hill Breast Cancer Foundation, which helps support cure research at UNC, Duke, and Wake Forest Universities.”

Wine Authorities has locations in Durham and Raleigh. The Durham store is located at 501 University Drive. For more information, call 919-489-2884 or go to the website


OnlyBurger plans new restaurant: In case you missed it in Tuesday’s edition -- OnlyBurger is planning to expand with a new, second brick-and-mortar restaurant.

Business owner Brian Bottger has signed a lease for a second location – this one in downtown Durham at the Diamond View III building at American Tobacco, he confirmed Monday. The restaurant is targeted to open in August.

In addition to selling burgers and fries, the new OnlyBurger spot is expected to also sell locally-brewed draft beers, hand-scooped, old-fashioned milkshakes and will have food truck decorations.

“I’m excited that its’ going to be a bigger space, allow us to spread out just a little bit,” Bottger said in a prepared statement.

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