Wining, Dining & Charity

Article Published: Nov. 3, 2011 | Modified: Nov. 6, 2011
Wining, Dining & Charity

From left, Peabody’s Wine & Beer Merchants’ Kevin Burnette, Gregg Parsons and Jeff Collins
invite the High Country to Peabody’s 33rd Anniversary Charity Wine Tasting Expo this Saturday.

Photo by Frank Ruggiero

Peabody’s 33rd Anniversary Charity Wine Tasting Expo pours into Boone this Saturday.

On the menu: More than 200 wines, a generous cross-section of area eateries, live music, copious raffle prizes and the warm, fuzzy feeling that it’s all for a good cause.

As in years past, this year’s expo benefits the Watauga Education Foundation, with last year’s event providing $2,600 to the foundation, a local nonprofit that funds projects and programs that fall outside the schools’ budgets.

Visitors can also drink to the tune of 88.7 WNCW, another beneficiary of the expo.

“We’re very excited about the expo, like we are every year,” Peabody’s general manager Kevin Burnette said. “It’s a real pleasure to see all of our favorite people come out and get gussied up.”

He’s referring to what’s been labeled by patrons as “the social event of the year,” in which many don their finest garb for a night of fellowship, hobnobbing and wine tasting.

Hosted in the Broyhill Inn & Conference Center’s Helen Powers Grand Ballroom, the expo hosts wines and wineries that span the globe. Peabody’s co-owner Jeff Collins said some highlights include Familia Zuccardi, Klinker Brick, McRitchie and Grandfather Vineyard & Winery, along with importer Eric Solomon’s European Selections and Frederick Wildman Imports.

The return of Peabody’s Appalachian Ale brings beer into the mix, with Olde Hickory now brewing the area favorite. Highland Brewing Co. will also attend for the release of its Cold Mountain Ale.

Along with the Broyhill kitchen’s bounty of delectable foods, area restaurants will set up sample-laden booths in the center’s Alumni Hall, including Casa Rustica, Joy Bistro, Vidalia, Crave, Char, Best Cellar, The Gamekeeper, Stick Boy Bread Company, the Table at Crestwood, Bistro Roca and Restaurant G.Music comes courtesy of Asheville-based fusion jazz group A Ghost Like Me.

And then comes the raffle.

“The Watauga Education Foundation is going to have 20 incredible raffle packages,” Collins said, “with only 20 chances per package.”

Prizes run the gamut, from clothing to private kayaking and climbing tours to restaurant meals to legal services. Put simply, he said, “All kinds of stuff.” Raffle tickets vary, depending on the package, and the drawing will take place Dec. 3 during the WEF’s annual Flapjack Flip fundraiser.

Peabody’s 33rd Anniversary Charity Wine Expo takes place Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Broyhill Inn & Conference Center in Boone. Tickets cost $45 and are only available at Peabody’s Wine & Beer Merchants, located at 1104 N.C. 105 South. For more information, call (828) 264-9476 or visit

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