A great wine store is like a great bookstore. It has to be welcoming. It has to offer something new and someone to prove their passion with great recommendations,
Every time I visit a new city, I google “best wine bars”. You never know what will come up. In Portland, Maine – I met Jacques and Erin at the Old Port Wine and Cigar Store . Owner Jacques is larger than life with a wine collection to match.
Uncorked is a gem in NYC’s West Village. Canadian Paul Common turned the world financial crisis into a dream when he opened what’s been labelled the best wine store in the city.
Uncorked features a tasting station with 40 wines. Unlike the LCBO or SAQ, Uncorked doesn’t charge for tasting. They simply hope it will lead to a purchase.
Lisa Carley, sommelier at Uncorked guided me through an around the world tasting tour – from a brilliant California Merlot – to a Burgundy that did not cost a fortune. It’s no wonder they boast a client list from all over the world.
The true taste of success.