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Peabody’s 34th Anniversary Charity Wine Tasting Expo Almost Sold Out; Happens Nov. 17 at the Turchin Center

By Paul T. Choate

Peabody’s co-owners Jeff Collins (left) and Gregg Parsons. Photo by Ken Ketchie

Nov. 12, 2012. On Saturday, Nov. 17, Peabody’s Wine & Beer Merchants of Boone hosts its 34th anniversary Charity Wine Tasting Expo. This year, the event will be held at ASU’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts.

As of today Peabody’s co-owner Jeff Collins said there are about 40 tickets left for the event.

“Sales are going great. It should sell out in the next day or two,” Collins said. “We’re getting excited.”

Previously held at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center with 500 annual attendees, only 300 tickets were made available this year, and Collins said having less attendees would provide a better, more intimate atmosphere for the event.

“For all the folks have come before, this is going to make it almost a new event again having it in this space so we’re really excited about it,” Collins said.

He described his vision of the upcoming event as, “[a] smaller crowd, better ambience, more visually appealing and the separation of spaces to allow a different feel for each space you’re in.”

He said he is also excited about hosting the event in downtown Boone this year, which is a big change from being up on the hill at the Broyhill Inn.

“I think that’s going to be great — particularly for the merchants when it’s done,” Collins said. “It should make it really lively downtown that night.”

Those in attendance will be able to take advantage of guide books available at each tasting table that will better explain the wines offered and allow them to choose their favorites.

Previously, the Expo was held at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center, but will enjoy a new downtown Boone location this year at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. Photo by Ken Ketchie

Collins said the full wine list is being finalized at this time, and that he would submit it to High Country Press for publication soon. This year there will be 209 wines from all around the world available and the event will also offer beers from Olde Hickory Brewery, food samples from local restaurants and live music.

Music will be provided by D.J. Small Wonder, who will be spinning instrumental and jazz selections; David and Ledah Finck, playing acoustic guitar and violin; and old-time folk offerings from Cliff Hicks.

The following restaurants will have offerings to go along with the wine samples: The 1861 Farmhouse, Gamekeeper, Reid’s Catering Co., Casa Rustica, Vidalia, Char, Stick Boy Bread Company, Joy Bistro, Bistro Roca, Restaurant G and The Best Cellar.

The event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. and runs until 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and the charity recipient this year is the host venue, the Turchin Center. Tickets are available at Peabody’s. Parking for the expo will be available at the ASU parking deck near the library.

For more information, visit peabodyswineandbeer.com or call 828-264-9476.