Fringe wineshops

Boutique wine stores are popping up in unexpected nabes. Momofuku wine director Theresa Paopao helps us size up these quirky spots.

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    Vinyl Wine

    Vinyl Wine

  • Photograph: Noah Devereaux

    Vinyl Wine

    Vinyl Wine

  • Photograph: Noah Devereaux

    Vinyl Wine

    Vinyl Wine

  • Photograph: Noah Devereaux

    Vinyl Wine

    Vinyl Wine

  • Photograph: Noah Devereaux

    Vinyl Wine

    Vinyl Wine

  • Photograph: Noah Devereaux

    Vinyl Wine

    Vinyl Wine

  • Photograph: Noah Devereaux

    Vinyl Wine

    Vinyl Wine

Photograph: Noah Devereaux

Vinyl Wine

Vinyl Wine

Spanish Harlem: Vinyl Wine


1491 Lexington Ave between 96th and 97th Sts (646-370-4100)

 

This funky music-minded wine spot highlights offbeat varietals and under-the-radar regions. More than two hundred small-production wines and almost 1,000 albums share shelf space at the shop, which shares an owner with cool-kid favorite Earl's Beer and Cheese one avenue over. Blown-up photos of famous musicians, like Axl Rose and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, downing glasses of vino decorate the walls, and Paul Simon plays in the background. Paopao picks up a bottle of La Grange Tiphaine Rosa Ros Rosam ($24) from France's Loire Valley. "I love ros," she enthuses. "This is earthy, acidic, and it has a little bit of sweetness, which balances savory foods." A Casa de Mouraz Encruzado 2010 ($18) from Dao, Portugal, catches her eye in another bin. "Those are good," she says about the producer of the floral, dry white, which is made with an indigenous Portuguese grape on a biodynamic family-owned estate. "A lot of people only think of port when [it comes to] Portugal, but they use the same grapes to make good table wines. The country has some good value bottles."

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