About Us

About the Girl & her Somm

HI! We’re Charlie and Chrissy Deal, and we’re pleased to meet you.

Charlie and I met online in 2014, were married on the top of a mountain in western North Carolina in 2015, and started this blog in 2018. Along the way, we’ve spent a lot of time in the kitchen together; eaten some incredible food, both at home and elsewhere; shared many a bottle of wine; and traveled all over the world in search of authentic cultural experiences — mostly around food and drink!

Charlie is a certified sommelier and a restauranteur, and he owns three much-loved restaurants in the Durham and Chapel Hill area. He got his start in the San Francisco Bay area, after realizing studying math at UC Berkley wasn’t his true calling. He left a successful business behind to move to North Carolina in the early 2000s, and all of us who appreciate incredible food here in the Triangle are much better off because he did.

I am a Georgia girl who spent most of my grown-up life working for politicians in communications and media relations. I’m an artist at heart, though, so a few years ago I decided to start my own business that would allow me to continue my communications work but also get back to my roots in graphic design and photography.  I love documenting the places we go and the things we eat and drink!

Together we live in Holly Springs, just south of Raleigh, with our son, Benji, and a schnoodle dog. You can follow us on Instagram — please do! — @agirlandhersomm and @rcharliedeal.

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