Drinking With Burnie

burnie.jpgBefore I was totally immersed in cooking, I used to spend my after-work hours drinking.  Drinking.  Drinking.  And because of this, I met the most fabulous liquor store owner, Burnie Williams.  Burnie owns Chat’s, a liquor store directly across the street from my then-office and just down the street from my then-apartment.

Burnie knew exactly what type of wine I should pair with my delicate white fish; exactly what type of fancy bourbon I should buy 80 for the holidays, and um, exactly when I wouldn’t ask for his opinion and just buy the biggest, cheapest bottle of alcohol I could find.

Burnie is always greeting patrons with a smile.  He literally knows all of his customers’ names.  And I can say this with confidence, he’s the only man on Barrack’s Row that rocks a suit to work.  I know this post may seem scattered, but I just don’t know how to get across how much Burnie and Chat’s were a part of my Capital Hill life.  But I do know, you should trust his advice for Thanksgiving drinks.

A Grape Holiday: Liquors for a Lovely Turkey Day [Express]

Photo: Jason Hornick/Express

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  • Melissa November 26, 2008  

    I love Bernie. That guy would rock a party.I’m really into Ace Beverage but your article that reminded me of the guy and the suit may sway me next time.

  • Liza November 29, 2008  

    I needed him for the wine list Ruby Girl gave me

  • Lauren December 3, 2008  

    Man, Burnie is just the greatest! And you can’t help but to love him. He brings so much life & versatility to Chat’s Liquors & Capitol Hill’s 8th Street. He’s so professional, knowledgeable & personable that I won’t go anywhere else to purchase wines & get top notch advice on all the different selections he has to offer. He’s got a customer for life right here!

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