Archive for October, 2009


Wine & Chocolate Pairing Fri Oct 30th @ 5:30

What may prove to be among the most popular programs we offer is the chocolate and Wine pairing Program. In this Chocolate Pairing Program, we will Partner with a chocolatier out of Charlotte and pair their chocolate truffles against red and white wines as well as cheeses.

The entire principle of this program is to start thinking of all the accompaniments as more than just an isolated flavor palate and branching out in new and exciting ways to try things we’ve never thought about before and how they may work together in a comprehensive meal plan.

There will be limited seating for this program so we will need you to let us know you’re coming for the program well in advance. Advanced reservations are always suggested – $15 advance purchase or $20 at the door on a space available basis. Please call 828-414-9111 (toll free at 866-713-9437 for our out of town guests)


Port Tasting Fri, Oct 23rd @ 5:30

Port Wines…

Of all the wine classifications that we have and love, Ports are by far the most misunderstood. We will take a look at port styles of wine around the world, but will focus on the real thing- those Ports from Portugal!

Ruby Port, Vintage Port, Tawny Port, and a few other branches of the port family that are unheard of, or often forgotten about. We will explore the effects of spice and food with ports and make this Carolina Wine Academy program one that will live in memory of all who attend, or hear about it for years to come!

Because of the nature of this program, the cost will be $20 with reservations, and $30 at the door.  Click here to make your reservations.


Donati Family Vineyards Tasting Friday Oct 16th @ 5:30

Donati Family Vineyards

Donati Family Vineyards

Through the millennia Italian Families have earned reputation of pride and integrity for their wine production. Many of the subtle unheard of niches in California were settled by Italians that brought their affinity for vineyards and grapes with them. These families of Italian Heritage are the very people who put California on the map in regards to wine.

Christopher’s is proud to present a new Family Owned Winery to our region with Italian heritage; Donati Family Vineyards. DFV is owned by Ron and Matt Donati, father and son, with Matt taking the lead in their viticulture producing enticing fruits in their vineyards where their esteemed winemaker, Dan Klek converts the highest quality fruits into the highest quality wines imaginable.  The Donati Family with the assistance of Dan Klek is putting the Paicines Region of California on the map as one of the newest AVAs, with some of the most delightful wines of all California.

This evening, come and enjoy as we explore the succulent offerings of the Donati Family and discover the joys of a new find that is soon to be among our old friends on the shelves of Christopher’s Wine & Cheese.

Advanced reservations are always suggested – $15 advance purchase or $20 at the door on a space available basis. Please call 828-414-9111 (toll free at 866-713-9437 for our out of town guests)


Pinot for the show! Fri Oct 9th @ 5:30

With the advent of October here in the mountains we revel in anticipation of watching the hills explode in vibrant colors.  As the hues of green transform into a cascade of yellow, orange, and red my mind shifts into brighter flavors and heavier hues as well.

There are a ton of great wines for the fall with cooler temperatures and extravagant colors exploding around us, but those flavors that resonate the most soundly are those of the pinots. Pinot Noir is first and foremost on my mind, but with the season’s feasts of harvest… there are other crisp, bright exciting pinots to be had and experienced as well.

We will take a hike through the Pinots this week with Pinot Grigio, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and of course Pinot Noir accompanied by a few tantalizing items the tantalizing items the help the true colors of the great pinots pop and explode.


Wine to Water Founder Top 10 CNN “Hero” – Send us your House Party Photos

cnnMany Thanks to all of you who’ve order Wine to Water and supported this wonderful cause.  For those of you throwing house-parties to help spread the word – please send us your photos so we can post them here and show everyone else how much fun you can have Drinking Well While Doing Good!

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