Boutique wine stores are popping up in unexpected nabes. Momofuku wine director Theresa Paopao helps us size up these quirky spots.
Mon Oct 24 2011
Photograph: Noah Devereaux
Crown Heights: Wino(t)
796 Franklin Ave between Eastern Pkwy and Lincoln Pl, Crown Heights, Brooklyn (718-576-6944)
Exposed-brick walls, brass chandeliers and vintage dark-wood shelves decorate this charming pint-size wineshop, which opened in July. It's located on a fast-growing strip of Franklin Avenue that includes retro fast-food joint Dutch Boy Burger, hipster beer garden and artisanal pizzeria Barboncino. "It's cool to see a Spanish cider right up front," Paopao remarks of the crisp, sour Isastegi Cider ($7) on the center table. She turns the bottle around and recognizes the importer, De Maison, on the back label. "Once you trust an importer and their tastes, it's an easy way to make a quick [shopping] decision about a wine," she says before buying the bottle. "[This shop] has a lot of good Austrian representation," she remarks of a selection that includes a few grner veltliners (food-friendly whites), a couple of zweigelts (spicy, floral reds) and a Weninger Franz 2008 ($13) made with a blend of merlot and blaufrnkisch, another native Austrian red. "These are some of the red varietals that you don't see everywhere," she adds.
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