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From time to time small wine shops stumble into values that escape the mainstream. Here at Christopher’s Wine & Cheese we have been very fortunate to have several of these discoveries come to us through the careful presentation of representatives guiding us through the maze of wines from around the world.

We have been afforded one such offer again… we have obtained two (count them 2) verticals from Hank McCrorie of his 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 Burly Cabernet Sauvignon Vintages. The only requirement being that these verticals must be sold as a single unit.

Christopher has always maintained that Burly is the NAPA Cabernet to have above most any other. For those who think they like the Silver Oak NAPA Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s only because they have never tried Hank McCrorie’s Burly…and here is the premier way to try it… four vintages together in one nice, convenient, tidy package!

This is truly a rare opportunity for those fans of NAPA Cabernets as the 2004 and 2005 vintages of Burly are totally sold out except for these few verticals that Hank has entrusted to us until the find a new, happy home.  Because of the rarity of this opportunity, they are only available through our shop being announced to you through our blog, facebook and twitter posts to order. If you are interested in ordering, call Christopher directly at 828-414-9111 between 12:00 – 6:00pm, Eastern Time.

In case you are on the fence, I’m also going to entice you with some notes of each of the wines below as well….

2004: Gracefully rich, smooth and concentrated with aromas of lush blueberry and cassis, the fruit core is wrapped in complex vanilla, coffee, caramel, tobacco and spice box nuances. The pure, dense fruit is accented with pretty violet, anise and toasty oak notes while the supple, sweet tannins endow the wine with voluptuous texture, all finishing in a long alluring aftertaste. Beautiful now, will age well through the decade.

Best from 2008-2014.

2005: Intense, concentrated and rich with aromas of lush raspberry and cassis, the opulent fruit is accented in complex mocha, mint, white pepper, anise and loamy earth nuances. In the mouth the pure, dense fruit is shaded with jasmine flower and toasty oak notes while ripe, fine grained tannins endow the wine with voluptuous texture, all finishing in a long alluring aftertaste. Beautiful now, will age well through the decade.

Best enjoyed from 2009 – 2015.

2006: Shows complex aromas of ripe plum, currant and black cherry, with fresh-cut herb, mineral and cedary oak.  Full-bodied and firm on the finish, with a peppery, claylike edge to the tannins.

Best from 2009 through 2016.

2007: A huge wine developing complexities of rich black fruits lain upon a velvet blanket of cocoa. The mild oak massage upon one’s tongue explodes into spice and charisma waking the palate for a seductive finish that does not disappoint!

Best from 2010 through 2018.


Happy Anniversary with Food and Wine…

This weekend is Blowing Rock’s celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Christopher’s Wine & Cheese is always thrilled to have a good opportunity to celebrate with you… and this affords us a premium opportunity I think!

As part of the celebration we will be conducting one of our favorite programs this Friday night… a cooking demo with wine pairings! Because of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th anniversary and the fact that Blowing Rock, North Carolina was the only town that was on the path of the Blue Ridge Parkway at the time it was built, in conjunction with Blowing Rock today being celebrated as a destination for culinary tourism…. We have decided to celebrate with a demonstration of cooking with foods that were common in the Appalachian Region during that period. That means a lot of vegetables.

However, unlike 75 years ago we wil not be using a lot of fat for flavors. We will be taking the raw ingredients and putting a spin on them that is fresh, flavorful and wine friendly (of course). On the table we will find squash, cabbage, and beets along with a ton of fresh clean, crisp herbs and spices all with the wines Christopher selects to pair out with them.

And never fear the thoughts that you don’t like beets or the other veggies… Christopher has come up with some creative spins on each to reset your palate to make this a fun and exciting journey sure to please even the three year old in each of us…and scare the _____ out of the average vegetarian!

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