Archive for October, 2012


Tasting: Bourgeois Family Selections

Bourgeois Family Selections

Wednesday, 14 November 2012 at 6pm Christopher’s Wine & Cheese is pleased to host a private tasting program with Jean-Philippe Bourgeois. For 6 years, starting in the early 2000s, Jean-Philippe was the General Manager for one of the top fine wine importers in the country and one of the most respected men in the industry. Six years spent with the best of the best honed to a fine sheen his lifelong passion for wine. He has also consulted for several projects to help start or improve the efficiency of various importers. Since a young age, Jean-Philippe has been traveling within the viniculture regions of France and Europe. Due to his lifelong passion for wine, international education, resulting in 2 BAs and one MBA, extensive travel and fluency in three languages: French, English and Spanish; he is uniquely suited to facilitate the best interests of producers and distributors, and provide American customers with hand selected and unique fine wines.

We at Christopher’s Wine & Cheese have long admired the Wine’s offered by Bourgeois Family Selections and are excited to offer you an opportunity to meet, drink and experience the wonders of the Bourgeois Family Selections.

Advanced reservations are required at $15.00 per person. Please call us at 828-414-9111 to make your reservations.


First snow of the year

Here in our little village of Blowing Rock, NC, we are bracing for the first true cold weather of the season that has promised to bring us our very first snow of the year.  The wind is blustering and the enchantment of winter is in the air.

There are two things on my mind as I finish up here in the Wine Shop this evening… what hot soups and stews do I want, and which hearty red wines will warm the soul as this storm rolls in tonight?

So, cuddle up with your love and grab a couple of glasses and let the world know what your favorite winter wines and activities are!


Happy Birthday….

There are certain moments in life that stand out with crystal clear recollection. Today, I celebrated (in my own way) my 44th birthday and as I lay in bed trying to sleep I am haunted by the memories that are vivid and as clear as day from my 4th or 5th birthday.

I recall there being a large box… a swing set, something every kid in their right mind should be excited about- and I was! However, I recall all four of my grandparents being there for dinner and cake along with several Aunts, uncles and other relative. The crystal clear memory isn’t really of the swing set or most gifts though. The memory that rings true and brings tears flowing is of Granddaddy. He handed me a simple brown paper bag filled with cucumbers he had picked, because he knew I loved them. My next memory of him was his death the following year.

Today was strange for me. I’ve never made a big deal of my birthday, its always been just another day and milestone for myself. Yet, I had customers bring me bottles of wines they wanted me to experience, and friends bring me smiles and well wishes. Cathy shared with me a caramel apple drizzled with chocolate…. and other friends, new and old alike came to share my favorite ports this evening. Personal experiences from the heart forming lifelong memories that bring tears to my eyes for the joy of love I have the greatest honor to have experienced.

I am truly blessed to know the levels of love from the most wonderful people on the face of the earth. Now I lay me down to sleep and wrap my arms around the one person who has been by my side when I’ve had my lowest moments and my highest moments…the one who has made me the most angry and the most happy. I lay down to the end of one of the most happy birthdays anyone could ever dream of… and it is because of each and every person who has touched my life and made me the person I have evolved into. Thank you.


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Wine Quotes

G.K. Chesterton

And Noah often said to his wife
when he sat down to dine;
“I don’t care where the water goes
if it doesn’t get into the wine.”

~ G.K. Chesterton, English writer 1874 ~ 1936

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