QUESTION: What does a seven time all-pro Offensive Lineman do after crushing NFL Linebackers for thirteen years?
ANSWER: Sell crushed grapes!
After playing seven years with the Indianapolis Colts (1983-89), four years with the Atlanta Falcons (1990-93), and two years with the Minnesota Vikings (1994-95), Chris Hinton has moved on from football to tackle the world of wine. After years of playing and sharing his love of the game with the fans, Hinton now wants to share his love of wine with others as well. Over the last several years Chris Hinton has become knowledgeable on the topic of wine. Whether it be a Chardonnay, Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon, he has a knack for pairing that selection with food, your taste preferences, or helping a person decide on the perfect "wine lovers" gift.
On July 9, 1999, he and his wife, Mya, opened "The Wine Store" in Alpharetta, Georgia. The store is designed to be an upscale wine and spirits store, with an emphasis in fine wines and great customer service. Not only will you be able to purchase your favorite wines and spirits, you will also be able to choose from a selection of gifts associated with wines such as gift baskets for any occasion, crystal stemware, wine totes, corkscrews, iron wine racks and much more.
The Wine Store
Bin75-Our Tasting Room
Two years after opening The Wine Store, Chris Hinton has once again helped Atlantans further enjoy their wine experience by introducing BIN 75, The Wine Store’s own tasting room. Named for the number Chris wore during his NFL career, BIN 75 is located adjacent to The Wine Store and may be accessed just to the right of the store’s entrance. The attractively appointed room hosts a variety of events from weekly wine tastings, cooking classes, wine classes and catered wine dinners. Click here for a schedule of upcoming events.
The room is also available to rent for private wine related events. In the past we have helped customers host: rehearsal dinners, wedding showers, business presentations, private wine classes, neighborhood social gatherings, etc. Stop in or call The Wine Store at (770) 641-1900 for more information on planning your own event.
Bin75 Interior Photos
Recent Bin75 Events
Dorothy and John who write the Friday wine articles in the Wall Street Journal announced that Saturday, February 25 will be “Open That Bottle Night”. The Wine Store was the only wine retail store mentioned in their recent Wall Street Journal article about “OTBN”.
In keeping with this tradition established by Dorothy and John, The Wine Store held its First Annual “Open That Bottle Night”, in the Bin 75 tasting room. We plan that this will become a tradition that our customers will enjoy being a part of each year.
The format was for each person/couple to bring a “Distinctive” bottle of wine they had been holding for some special event in the future. Each wine would be shared with other friends of The Wine Store. Attendees were encouraged to share any stories related to the particular bottle of wine which they were sharing.
Thirty-two attended and enjoyed many interesting wines that people had been saving for that “special” occasion. Good food was enjoyed and the event was covered by WGCL, Channel 46, the CBS affiliate on their Saturday night 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. local news coverage. Chris and several customers were interviewed.
In keeping with Chris’ commitment to make this 1st Annual OTBN a high quality evening, Bin 75 provided a variety of quality appetizers and foods so that the wines brought could be enjoyed with a food that paired well with the wines. As a special treat, Chris poured an 8-year Vertical Tasting of Dominus Estate. Vintages were 1983 through 1990. This well-respected winery is located in the Napa Valley of California.
Dominus Estate is the proprietary red wine produced in the heart of Napa Valley by Bordeaux producer Christian Moueix and his team. Dominus has become known since its first release for its complexity and earthy character. Christian Moueix truly believes that producing a wine begins in the vineyard. For that reason, each vintage is unique with different varietal blends reflecting the vineyard and climate conditions of that particular year.
Ray Leveille, Bin75 Manager and wife, Walli
Dominus Estate Vertical Tasting Wines
Carroll Broyles, guest, and WGCL TV Crew
Keith Lofton, TWS Wine Manager, and guests
Carroll Broyles, guest, and WGCL TV Crew