Sweet Local Wine Shop
A Personalized and Knowledgeable Approach to Wine
With big box stores and chain convenience stores looming on every corner these days, the inviting atmosphere of a neighborhood wine shop is a welcoming change of pace. A relationship with your local wine shop can be an extremely advantageous one; it can provide you with the knowledge and confidence to choose the perfect wine to compliment your date’s meal or impress the guests at your party.
Approaching your local wine shop may seem intimidating if you‘ve never ventured in before. Maybe you have visions of a stuffy wine shop proprietor looking down his nose at you in thinly veiled scorn at your lack of knowledge. Don’t let an overactive imagination deter you from trying a wine shop. In order to compete with chain liquor stores, a local wine shop has to provide excellent customer service to keep you coming back. A wine shop also has to provide unique products which is why you might find a smaller label here than at a chain. Employees of a wine shop also provide a wealth of knowledge.
It’s safe to say anyone who runs their own wine shop is passionate about wine, and this passion is just waiting to pour out to anyone willing to uncork it. Having a good relationship with the owner of a wine shop can be a path to discovery and adventure. Imagine walking into a wine shop and being greeted with the excitement of a new product and the desire to share that knowledge through talking points and a sample. Getting to know the employees at a wine shop can get you personalized recommendations.
You already know what you like, whether it’s red or white, Riesling or Bordeaux, and the staff at a wine shop will build and expand on your tastes to offer you new and exciting options that are within your comfort zone. With an array of smaller labels, you can easily try something you would never be able to find at the grocery store.
You may also be pleasantly surprised to learn that your local wine shop may hold wine tastings. Attending a tasting is a great way to get to know the staff of a wine shop and learn about wine, wine terms and growing geography. Even better, you get to try something new without the risk of buying a whole bottle. This way you can taste and learn about several specialized wines at once. Side-by-side comparisons often illuminate some of the more obscure tasting notes you might not notice when tasting a single wine. There may also be cheeses or meats to show you how wine can compliment food, thereby helping you out on that date.
While you may find slightly cheaper prices at a chain liquor store, you won’t find the personal attention and general enthusiasm of a local store. At a small wine shop you'll find a personable approach to the wide world of wine to get you in the know and expand your palate. A wine shop isn't nearly as intimidating as you may think and is more than likely waiting to share its knowledge with you.
Sweet Local Wine Shop