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Wine Authorities Durham ~ Wine Shop


2501 University Dr
Durham, NC 27707
Phone: (919) 489-2884
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Photo of Alina Barnett Alina Barnett
Nov 13, 2018 5

I love this place! The Saturday wine tastings are great. The staff are very knowledgeable and five good recommendations. The cheeses are the best I've had outside of Europe.

Photo of Kathryn Desplanque Kathryn Desplanque
Jun 2, 2019 5

Better than their selection is the knowledge of their staff. This is a great place to go with only vague ideas of what you want to get great, affordable recommendations.

Photo of Sharon Smith Sharon Smith
Mar 28, 2019 5

Wine Authorities has a wide-ranging selection of carefully chosen wines, focusing on small, family-owned farms. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and are delighted to assist you with selection. There is a small, curated selection of wine-friendly foods (think cheeses and cured meats) available also. Don't skip the Oenomatic, where you can enjoy a small selection of wines in a one, two or five ounce pour using a preloaded swipe card.

Photo of Regina Madalena Regina Madalena
Jun 8, 2019 5

Excellent selection of wines and mixers. Helpful staff, too. Favorite wine shop in the area by far.

Photo of Ken Ray (mrkenray) Ken Ray (mrkenray)
May 1, 2019 5

Few things in Durham are as wonderful, as rare, as quirky or as valuable as the Wine Authority shop. Every single bottle in the store, from the cheapest to the most expensive, is the product of a family, not a factory. It's always a glorious experience when you get to take someone into the Wine Authority shop for the first time. No matter what you pick and choose at the store you walk away with a printed sheet of descriptive review and pairing suggestions. and if you go in even just a few times, the staff will begin to learn you by name, and your likes. And please don't buy all the Cedarberg, thanks. I need that for the holidays.

Photo of Norra Chase Church Norra Chase Church
Dec 11, 2021 5

I got invited to a luncheon Tea Party, and so a sweet red or dessert wine is in order. I may be a white wine girl but I know where to go to get good wine advice! Wine Authorities did not disappoint! My adviser, whose name I'm ashamed to say I didn't get - cute young lady w/multi-color hair- went above & beyond. For a sweet sparkling red she suggested the Reggiano Lambrusco Rosso "Montelocco" which I picked up and will gift to the New Years Eve gathering hostess. For the dessert wine, the Brachetto d'Acqui. Room temperature I asked, Best chilled she replied. This will be the special guest at the tea party :) I then tossed another challenge her way,,, my best friend loves Kendall Jackson Vintner Chardonnay, do you carry that? Oh no, we only honor small batch producers, but let me Google it and see what we have that would compare. She came up with Bliss Family Vinyards Chardonnay, also from California. I'll bring this to the Christmas Eve gathering at my friends house. I'll check back in in the new year to share the results of my gifts with you!

Photo of Adam Herbage Adam Herbage
Jul 8, 2021 5

I couldn't love this place more. Every time I visit, I wander for a bit, checking out the bottles and the fun labels on the shelves, and within a couple minutes, someone will kindly ask if I need help or recommendations. I like wine, and I'm not shy about admitting that I know practically nothing about it. The staff are always super happy to take whatever guidelines I have, no matter how vague, and suggest as many bottles as I'm looking to buy. With every suggestion comes an interesting bit of education about the wine, or the vineyard, or the history, or the grape. And most importantly, the wines invariably turn out to be just what I wanted. As others have said, the knowledge of the staff is just astonishing. It's a hell of a treat, having a collection of fun, friendly, non-judgmental sommeliers right in the neighborhood. I was told last night that tastings might be starting up again this month, and I couldn't be more stoked. Thanks, Wine Authorities. You're doing it right.

Photo of Caroline McDaniel Caroline McDaniel
Sep 19, 2021 5

Interesting wine, helpful knowledgeable staff, reasonable prices

Photo of Spencer Noble Spencer Noble
Nov 10, 2020 5

Such an incredible business that truly cares about the customer experience. Can't say enough about how they'll go out of the way to take care of anyone that chooses to do business with them. Thank you so much Noah

Photo of Joseph H. Vilas Joseph H. Vilas
Sep 13, 2018 5

Always helpful and pleasant, with pretty much everything in the store being

Photo of Traci Cappiello Traci Cappiello
Aug 20, 2014 5

Wine Authorities has such a great selection of wines from pretty much every region. The employees are vwry knowledgeable and insist on helping you find the perfect wine for your occasion. In addition to wine, they stock local goodies to accompany that great wine you just bought! They also offer workshops, which look fun.

Photo of Christine Weidinger Christine Weidinger
Feb 15, 2020 5

They have great wines for a good price. The staff is extremely well qualified and knowledgeable.

Photo of Stephen Erickson Stephen Erickson
Nov 18, 2019 5

Excellent prices and super helpful and knowledgeable staff

Photo of Georgia Schumacher Georgia Schumacher
Oct 28, 2019 5

Great local wine shop, with good variety of wine types, regions, and price points. Staff is both friendly and knowledgeable. Plus wine tastings available two days a week!

Photo of A Google User A Google User
Oct 8, 2019 5

A treasure. The Durham location is filled with thoughtfully placed memes and notes. It is a joy to walk around the store. I've never had the pleasure of shopping in such a skillfully curated wine store. Every single bottle we've enjoyed has been fantastic and every interaction we've had with staff has been the same. I hope the Enematic gets fixed soon!

Photo of Joseph Billiot Joseph Billiot
Aug 13, 2017 5

Best wine store in Durham? Super helpful staff. They generally have better deals on wine than what you can get at other chain stores. Plus they have local baked bread and meats and a selection of good cheese. Not sure what else you could want.