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Wine Authorities #2

Posted by CDB 1 Oct 2013 4 Comments

If you ever find yourself taking a few wrong turns and ending up in Raleigh *shudder* you can take solace in the fact that there will soon be a bit of Durham there to comfort you.

Wine Authorities’ second location!

Coming this October to the Mordecai/Oakwood neighborhood at 211 E. Franklin Street.

The Raleigh location will offer the same great service and “wine is fun for everyone” attitude that has made Wine Authorities a Durham favorite since it opened its doors in September 2007.

To ensure that the stores are nearly identical, Craig Heffley (founder of Wine Authorities) and the Durham store staff (Brut Sauvage, Vinodrome, Notorious DOCG, Malbecka, Primitiva, and Sabrage Catastrophe) will all help open the new store.  And like the Durham store, the new location will offer a selection of cheeses, charcuterie and local food products.

Things that will be different in the Raleigh store: a larger lounge area in front of the Enomatic wine-tasting bar, later hours on weekends, and an expanded selection of craft beers.

We don’t exactly advocate leaving Durham (because why?), but we are happy to support the growth of a great Durham original.  Once the store opens its doors next month, we will be sure to let you know more!


  • Div said:

    Did Seaboard Wines close? Or are they opening up shop a literal block away from one of the Triangle’s original independent wine shops?


    CDB replies on October 1st, 2013 at 10:51 pm:

    Interesting. I have no idea about that Raleigh stuff. As far as I can tell Seaboard is still open. I’ll contact Wine Authorities and see what they have to say.


    CDB replies on October 3rd, 2013 at 12:26 pm:

    From the Grand Poobah Wine Swami, Craig Heffley:

    “We have great respect for Seaboard Wine Warehouse, and have known them since it opened in 1996. At that time, I was the wine buyer at Fowler’s Gourmet in Durham which had been the oldest wine shop in North Carolina, since prohibition. Just as there are many types of restaurants, there are many types of wine stores. Our two stores have completely different philosophies and will have almost no wines in common. I look forward to contributing to the revitalization of the Mordecai/Oakwood neighborhood in the same way that they contributed to the development of the Seaboard District. Ideally, they will keep every customer they have, and we will work hard to create new customers from people who are intimidated of shopping in traditional wine shops. I visited Seaboard to let them know about our location plans before we made a public announcement, and before I left we were joking about mud-wrestling each other to raise money for a local charity. I’m sure we will have a very friendly rivalry!”


    chip replies on October 2nd, 2013 at 9:21 am:

    = Raleigh Wine District


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