The Wine Authorities have opened on University Drive a few doors down from Thai Cafe and across from Nana's.
The owners used to work at Fowler's and WholeFoods respectively. Their new place is dedicated to bottles from family owned and operated vineyards where they grow their own grapes and make their own wine. As obvious as that should be, apparently this doesn't happen as often as it should. All of their bottles are under $50.
In addition they will sell some cheeses, Michel Cluizel chocolates, and salame that can be paired with the wines. They will also sell some coffee. Imagine my delight to have four of the five major food groups (choc, coffee, cheese, wine, bread) under one roof walking distance from my house! The bread I can get at Guglhupf which is also nearby.
On Saturday they are having a tasting of French wines from 12pm to 3pm. GO! I cannot make it but I'm wishing I was able.
I picked up a gruner vetliner on my way home from work to eat w/ steamed crab legs with melted, salted butter and peas with a dollop of cream cheese. It is the perfect meal: it takes less than 5 minutes to prepare and it is really, really tasty! I pick up frozen crab legs at Harris Teeter. Look for the wild caught ones from Alaska. They seem to taste better, sweet without being fishy.
The vetliner was perfectly dry and a nice accompaniment to the sweetness of the crab meat.