Tucked away in the mountains of Western North Carolina and a short drive from Asheville , NC (25 miles) is the quaint town of Waynesville. A small, upscale paradise of shops, eateries and galleries. Travelers come for a weekend visit or for a brief stop on their way to the vast outdoor playground of The Great Smokey Mountains that straddle the North Carolina Tennessee border
If you’re a wine nut and foodie, a must stop is The Classic Wine Seller on Church Street. Billed as Purveyors of Fine Wine, Cheese and Cigars, this little find has an extremely well-selected inventory of great wine. Many Old World and California choices top the list of quality wines, but with a heavy dose of Bordeaux. There is also a really nice choice of large formats, mostly from California. You can actually find a 1.5 liter bottle of 1987 Silver Oak, Bonny’s Vineyard for $250. That’s a collectors gem. And, it’s when Silver Oak still produced top quality wines. Recent vintages and since the departure of Justin Myer have not shown such consistent quality.
The shop’s owner, Richard Miller, has spent a career of sourcing and providing fine wine for his clients. Richard is well versed in wine knowledge from around the world. A view of his shop lets you know quickly Richard is meticulous about selecting his inventory.
I would recommend a visit to The Classic Wine Seller for anyone who may be passing through this quaint little town.
Two doors away from The Classic Wine Seller , next to the shared courtyard, you’ll find Chef’s Table Restaurant formerly owned by Richard Miller, but since sold to Chef, owner Josh Monroe. Eat here, or you’ll forever wish you had. Josh, classically French trained, is a talented young chef who adds his own creative flare to his French background. He enjoys the fusion of French and Northern Italian with a touch of Asian influence. His blending of these three gastro cultures shows well in his pasta and always fresh fish entrees. Check out the Pan Fried Grouper Picata with Risotto and Spinach or the house made Gnocchi made fresh daily when offered as an entrée.
You’ll find an award-winning wine list of 300+ bottles at Chef’s Table or buy a bottle from The Classic Wine Seller and pay a very reasonable corkage fee of $10.
Chef’s table is open Monday through Saturday from 5pm. Reservations are a must well in advance since the capacity is 36 people. It’s a small, delightful and delicious. Don’t miss this combination of fine wine and great food.
The Classic Wine Seller
20 Church Street
Waynesville, NC 28786
Chef Josh Monroe
30 Church Street
Waynesville, NC 28786
Next week – a review of www.acmefinewines.com , St Helena CA.